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- 10th Mar 2012
- KO 17:10
- Ground: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Bulls v Blues - Live
80 CONVERSION, BULLS. Steyn lands his conversion and steals a losing bonus point for his team. There's the final whistle... the Blues bring their two-match losing run to an end with a brilliant victory in South Africa's capital. Anscombe scoring all of his side's points - amazing effort. Thanks for joining us folks!
80 YELLOW CARD, BLUES. Yip, Ranger gets his marching orders but it won't matter as the match is over following Steyn's conversion attempt. He is shown a white card too though, which means he's not completely out of trouble yet.
79 TRY, BULLS. Oh, but it looks like the Bulls will have the last laugh as Basson races down the touchline and dives in the corner for a superb solo try. Rene Ranger could be in trouble here though after a dangerous tackle after Basson scored.
77 PENALTY, BLUES. Anscombe silences the Loftus crowd once again with his fifth penalty kick. They won't forget his name in a hurry!
75 Last chance saloon for the Bulls as Basson turns on the gas, trying to create something out wide as he zips back into midfield but runs away from his support and into a whole lot of trouble. He's pinged for holding on, and the Blues win another penalty in kicking range of Anscombe.
73 Vital conversion from Steyn, but the Bulls number ten has missed! ooooh dear, you don't see him miss from there very often. It now means the Bulls need two tries to at least draw! 16-26
72 TRY, BULLS. Jano Vermaak takes a quick tap and the Bulls charge towards the Blues line. Quick hands from Kirchner puts Basson over in the corner, and the wing does well to run it closer to the posts for a crucial try!
70 The Bulls chance their arm and spread it to the left-hand touchline. Bjorn Basson does well to stay in play - the ball gets recycled quickly and spread to the right where Akona Ndungane pushes past two tacklers, staying on his feet. His offload to Juandre Kruger is lost forward by the big man though... but the ref was playing advantage.
67 PENALTY, BLUES. This time though, Anscombe does find his target as penalty number four sails through the uprights! 11-26
64 The Bulls crowd boo Steve Walsh's decision to award the Blues another penalty. Anscombe lines it up from 45m out, but sends a roar through Loftus Versfeld as the flags stay down.
60 The Bulls need to score a try next if they are to have any hope of winning this match. They haven't come close after the break, and a mistake from Zane Kirchner doesn't help their cause either as the full-back tries to keep the ball from going into touch but fails miserably.
57 PENALTY, BLUES. Just when it seems the Bulls are back in the hunt, they give away a silly penalty that allows points machine Anscombe to add to his impressive tally. It's a tough attempt - just 5m in from the touchline and 35m distance from the posts. Over! 11-23
54 PENALTY, BULLS. Now the hosts get a chance to close the gap slightly through another Steyn penalty after the Blues' front row are blown up at scrum-time. Over it goes! The Bulls fans finally given something to shout about in this half. 11-20
51 Changes for the Blues - Weepu makes way for Alby Mathewson, and Pauliasi Manu is replaced by Tevita Mailau up front.
49 Olivier now with a small break as he steps out of Benson Stanley's tackle - Keven Mealamu puts in an ankle tap and the Bulsl centre loses his footing as well as possession as the ball spills forward. It's just not the Bulls night....
46 Steyn required to clear again as the Bok pivot hoofs the ball into touch. Change for the Bulls now - centre Francois Venter replaced by JJ Engelbrecht.
44 The Blues run back a wobbly clearance from Steyn - 7 phases later, prop Charlie Faumuina fumbles the pigskin forward 12m out from the Bulls' line.
Second half Welcome back! The Blues get the 2nd half under way, and the Bulls will have the put-in at the scrum after Luke Braid knocks on after trying to win possession back for his team.
Half-time Bulls 8-20 Blues
40 That's half-time folks! The Blues in control at the break. Can the Bulls bounce back in the second half? Stick around to find out!
39 CONVERSION, BLUES. The conversion is good! That's a personal haul of 20 points from Anscombe alone in this first half.
38 TRY, BLUES. Oh my - it's that man Anscombe again! After some brilliant work from Ma'a Nonu in midfield, the Blues pivot finishes off with a well-worked try under the posts with a conversion to follow... it's the Gareth Anscombe show at Loftus!
35 PENALTY, BLUES. The Kiwis work their way inside Bulls territory and manage to win a penalty for their efforts after Flip van der Merwe is blown up for not rolling away in the tackle. Anscombe makes no mistake, and extends his side's lead to five points. 8-13
33 The Bulls secure the line-out and maul the ball towards the Blues' 22. Deon Stegmann peels off the back, but loses the ball in contact - Chris Lowrey the big hitter for the Blues.
31 The Blues chuck it wide and Rene Ranger finally gets a chance to work his magic, but the Bulls aren't up for any of his tricks and shut the danger man down thanks to a thumping hit by Wynand Olivier which takes Ranger into touch.
27 PENALTY, BULLS. Steyn strikes it well and this time the flags do go up - three more points to the Bulls, and the Blues lead cut to just two points. 8-10!
25 The Blues have a line-out just inside their 22, Boric takes well and secures the ball in the air but gets blown up for holding on to the ball on the ground. Another chance for Steyn as Spies points to the posts...
22 Williams makes his way back to the pitch - the Blues conceded five points in his absence, but Steyn could add three more with the lock back on the field as he lines up his first penalty shot at goal after the visitors were caught offsides.
18 The 14-man Blues struggling against the Bulls now, as prop Werner Kruger bulldozes his way through two defenders and looks to have scored try number two for the hosts. We're going upstairs again, and this time the TMO gives the red light - no try! Kruger halted an inch short of the line.
16 Morne Steyn's conversion attempt is... wide!
15 TRY, BULLS. The hosts make full use of their one-man advantage as captain Pierre Spies powers towards the corner flag. The TMO is called in to decide.... try-time Bulls! 5-10
13 YELLOW CARD, BLUES. Trouble for the visitors now as lock Ali Williams is called over for a chat. The All Black was slowing down the ball again, and Walsh gives him his marching orders. Blues down to 14 men!
9 PENALTY, BLUES. The hosts penalised for coming in at the side of a ruck and referee Steve Walsh awards the Blues a penalty. It's in kicking range of Anscombe - just 35 meters out and the number ten makes no mistake! 0-10!
6 The Bulls regain possession from the restart and after retaining the ball for a couple of phases, Morne Steyn kicks an up-and-under which is taken in well by Anscombe who calls the mark... the Blues youngter getting involved early on in this match.
3 CONVERSION, BLUES. The conversion from Anscombe is good! 0-7
2 TRY, BLUES. And we're under way! Great start form the Blues in white, Piri Weepu spots the space and chips it ahead. Francios Venter takes his eyes off the ball and knocks it on - Gareth Anscombe is able to gather and canter in for the try!
Team news Blues coach Pat Lam has made eight changes to his starting XV with Ma'a Nonu and Piri Weepu both handed starting spots. Charlie Faumuina has recovered from a knee injury to start at tighthead prop in place of Tevita Mailau, while Pauliasi Manu replaces Tom McCartney at loosehead.In the absence of Jerome Kaino who suffered a shoulder injury last week, Chris Lowrey moves to number eight as Luke Braid makes his first start of the season at blindside flanker.
Team news The Bulls have made just one change to the side that swept past the Cheetahs last weekend with scrum-half Jano Vermaak making his first start in place of suspended Francois Hougaard.
Welcome! Hello and welcome to Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria where the Bulls and Blues go head to head in this final Round Three fixture of the weekend! Having been tipped in the pre-season for possible Super Rugby glory this season the Blues train is already starting to de-rail. That makes them very dangerous. They are particularly hungry for a win and can be expected to push the Bulls hard.
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