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Bulls record first season win

Jacques Louis Potgieter kicked the Bulls to victory for their first victory of the campaign.

Jacques Louis Potgieter kicked the Bulls to victory at Loftus Versfeld for their first victory of the campaign on Saturday 1 March 2014. Picture: Supplied.

PRETORIA - Jacques Louis Potgieter kicked the Bulls to victory at Loftus Versfeld for their first victory of the Super Rugby campaign on Saturday.

The 20 points from the fly-half gave the men from Pretoria a 25-10 win over the Lions as both teams struggled with the constant downpour of rain.

It was a slow game that lacked any sparks, but after back to back losses in the competition, the Bulls were desperate to open their account.

A consolation try for the Lions was scored when Willie Wepener charged down and dotted a Francois Hougaard clearance.

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke says, "This is a great reward for the past three weeks' hard work. Not a lot of things went our way but we almost took control of our own destiny, finishing off and playing the full 80 so it's very satisfying."

Coming off the back of two losses, Bulls skipper Flip van Der Merwe says there was no reason to panic.

"Scrums, line-outs and everything was very good against the Sharks and Cheetahs as well, it's just a matter of handling the pressure which you can only do by getting some game time.

"When you have a couple of players playing, they could see what was happening today as well. If you just keep composed and keep doing what you have to do the magic will com."

Lions skipper Warren Whiteley says it was a poor performance all round from his team.

"The rain can have an impact on any game. I think tactically they were just superior to us today. They were good, kept us under pressure. They played out of their own half. We made mistakes at crucial times, pieces weren't great."

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