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  • Engelbrecht, Olivier, Vermaak, Kirchner, Van Der Merwe, Basson, Stander, Potgieter,
    Penalty goals: Steyn (3),
    Conversions: Steyn (5), Fouche,
61 - 8


  • Shipperley,
    Penalty goals: Lance,
  • Super Rugby
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  • 24th Mar 2012
  • KO 15:05
  • Ground: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Bulls v Reds - Live

Last updated: 24th March 2012  

Full Timefull-time Bulls 61 Reds 8

80 The Bulls win a turnover after the Reds win a turnover and Van der Merwe puts the ball into touch! That signals the end of the match and it has truly been a rampant display by the hosts. The visitors head back to Australia and will have a lot of soul searching to do.

80 The television match official rules that Arno Botha has lost the ball forward in his his bid to score a try.

TRY78 TRY, BULLS, BASSON! 61-8. Bjorn Basson rounds off in the right-hand corner after the receiving a pass from Olivier clsoe to the tryline!

TRY75 TRY, BULLS, ENGELBRECHT! 56-8. JJ Engelbrecht scores after Fouche puts him into space on the outside. Engelbrecht sells Genia a dummy before dotting down.

Conversion73 CONVERSION, BULLS, FOUCHE! 51-8. Louis Fouche adds his first points of the match with a well taken place kick!

TRY72 TRY, BULLS, STANDER! 49-8. CJ Stander dots down after the Bulls' forwards go on the drive from a line-out close to the Reds' tryline.

70 Fouché does well with a clearance kick from inside his 22 which goes into touch midway between the Reds' 22 and the halfway line.

Conversion66 CONVERSION, BULLS, STEYN! 44-8. Steyn maintains his 100 percent goal-kicking record for this match. It's his final act of the matcdh as he is soon replaced by Louis Fouché.

TRY65 TRY, BULLS, VERMAAK! 42-8. Replacement scrum-half burrows his way over the tryline after the Bulls initially set up a few phases from the line-out, with their forwards.

64 The Bulls are awarded a penalty just outside the Reds' 22. Steyn puts the ball into touch close to the Reds' five metre line.

TRY61 TRY, REDS, SHIPPERLEY! 37-8. Dom Shipperley finds himself in space close to the Bulls' tryline after receiving a pass from Tapuai. The right wing beats Zane Kirchner with a deft side step before crossing over!

Conversion60 CONVERSION, BULLS, STEYN! 37-3. Steyn slots the easy place kick and the Bulls are now running away with this match!

TRY59 TRY, BULLS, POTGIETER! 35-3. Jacques Potgieter scores under the posts after receiving a pass from Basson inside his half. The tearaway flanker goes on a great run and beats several defenders before dotting down.

57 There's a break in play as Jono Lance is receiving medical attention. The Reds centre twisted his ankle after fielding a high ball and is receiving medical attention. He is escorted off the field on a stretcher.

Conversion56 CONVERSION, BULLS, 30-3. Steyn slots the conversion and puts his side further in the lead.

TRY55 TRY, BULLS, VAN DER MERWE! 28-3. Flip Van der Merwe forces his way over from close range after running onto a pass from Hougaard close to the tryline!

52 The Bulls take the ball up with their forwards and set pu a couple of phases inside the Reds' half before Steyn launches a high ball which Genia collects inside his 22. However, the referee penalises the visitors for obstruction on Basson who was giving chase.

48 The Reds go on the attack inside the Bulls' half but Ben Tapuai knocks on after taking a solid hit from Basson.

45 The Reds are fighting back! Their inside backs create some space for Luke Morahan who goes on a run down the touchline. However, the move comes to nothing when Kirchner and Ralepelle bundle him into touch close to tryline.

Conversion43 CONVERSION, BULLS, STEYN! 23-3. Steyn slots the conversion to give his side a 20-point lead.

TRY42 TRY, BULLS, OLIVIER! 21-3. Wynand Olivier rounds off after his forwards lay a good platform before the ball goes wide to the hosts' back-line. Olivier gets in for an easy try after Steyn does well in the build-up with a well-timed pass which puts his inside centre into space.

40 Morne Steyn gets the second half started! His kick is gathered by Scott Higginbotham and the Reds immediately feed the ball to their backs.

Half TimeHalf-time Bulls 16 Reds 3

40 From a scrum inside the Bulls' half, the Reds put immense pressure on their hosts. Werner Kruger is eventually penalised for dropping his bind and Lance has another chance to narrow the gap with the final act of the half. However, he misses again and the Bulls go into the break with a handy lead. They've held the upperhand in most facets of play and certainly deseve their lead at the break. The Reds have struggled to build momentum and will have to improve considerably in the second half.

38 The Reds build some momentum and are soon inside the Bulls' 22. But at a critical stage, Genia passes the ball forward to Rob Simmons and the referee calls them back for the scrum.

36 The Reds have a chance to narrow the gap after Hougaard in penalsied for a late tackle on Luke Morahan but Lance pushes his kick to the right of the upright.

Conversion34 CONVERSION, BULLS, STEYN! 16-3. Steyn adds the extras and the hosts have a handy lead now.

TRY33 TRY, BULLS, KIRCHNER! 14-3. From another scrum on the Reds' five metre line Spies and Hougaard combine again to put Kirchner into space. The full-back beats a couple of defenders before crashing over!

32 The Bulls launch a brilliant move from a scrum on the Reds' five metre line. Spies and Hougaard combine before the ball comes out to Steyn who pops a pass on his inside for Ndungane. The wing is stopped short and stretches out for the tryline. The referee consults the television match who rules that it's not a try.

Penalty29 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 9-3. Steyn adds another three points to his side's total after the Reds go offside at a ruck.

Penalty26 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 6-3. Morne Steyn regains the lead for the home side after Ben Daley is pinned for scrumming illegally.

Penalty22 PENALTY, REDS, LANCE! 3-3. Jono Lance draws his side level with a kick from just inside the Bulls' half after Potgieter goes off his feet at a ruck.

20 Flip van der merwe and Chiliboy Ralepelle do well to hold up James Horwill as he takes the ball into contact. The maul becomes static and the Bulls can throw the ball in at the scrum.

18 Akona Ndungane is penalised for a high tackle on Ben Tapuai just outside the Reds' 22. Murphy puts the ball into touch on the halfway mark.

16 The Bulls get the ball out to Basson on the wing. He makes a dash for the tryline but Dom Shipperley bundles him into touch close to the corner flag!

13 The Bulls launch a breakout from inside their 22. The ball comes to Basson on the wing and he tries to get a pass inside to Wynand Olivier but Dallan Murphy is in the way. Referee Kaplan rules that it's a deliberate knock on and awards a penalty to the Bulls which Steyn puts into touch just outside the Reds' 22.

Penalty11 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 3-0. Morne Steyn adds the first points of the match with a well taken place kick.

10 The Bulls do well to take the ball through several phases from inside their half until they are inside the Reds' 22. Johann Sadie tries to get a pass to Basson but it rolls into touch. The referee, however, calls the players back and awards the Bulls a penalty after the Reds are ruled to have been offside earlier in the move.

7 The Bulls go on the attack and Zane Kirchner goes on a barnstorminmg run down the touchline! He offloads to Juandre Kruger but the referee rules that it's a forward pass and the forwards pack down for a scrum.

5 Referee Jonathan Kaplan penalises Werner Kruger for an illegal bind at the game's first scrum which is inside the Reds' half. They kick for touch.

2 Jacques Potgieter wins a turnover inside the Reds' 22! The ball comes out to Morne Steyn who puts a grubber ahead for Bjorn Basson to chase. The ball rolls over the tryline but Rod Davies is there to cover for the Reds.

Kick-off Dallan Murphy gets us underway! His kick is deep and Pierre Spies collects. The ball comes out to their backs and Akona Ndungane gets an early run in down the touchline.

Team News The Reds have made seven changes to their side that went down in Durban against the Sharks. The big news is that Dallan Murphy will receive his first Super Rugby start after being selected at fly-half. In other changes hooker Saia Faingaa returns as part of a revamped front-row which sees Greg Holmes shift to tighthead and Ben Daley promoted from the bench to loosehead. Forwards Rob Simmons and Jake Schatz reclaim their spots at lock and number eight respectively while Luke Morahan comes in for suspended winger Digby Ioane on the wing. Standout centre Ben Tapuai will move closer to the action after shifting from the number 13 jersey to inside centre while Jono Lance has won selection at outside centre. After being flown to South Africa on short notice earlier this week as injury cover for Ben Lucas and Mike Harris, outside back Nathan Eyres-Brown could earn his Queensland and Super Rugby debut after being selected on the bench.

Team News Francois Hougaard and Johann Sadie make a return to the Bulls line-up for this encounter. Their inclusions are the only two changes in the starting line-up for coach Frans Ludeke. Hougaard replaces Jano Vermaak, who moves to the bench and Sadie will replace Francois Venter. Sadie will play at outside centre and Wynand Olivier at inside centre.

Welcome Hello and welcome to Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria for this Super Rugby clash between the three-time champion Bulls and the defending champion Reds. Both teams are keen to return to the victory trail after losing their last matches. The Bulls come off a bye but lost to the Blues two weeks ago while the Reds came off second best against the Sharks last week.

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