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- 14th Apr 2012
- KO 18:10
Lions v Bulls - Live
Full time LIONS 18-32 BULLS
81 Taute knocks on. That's it! The Bulls win easily. The scoreline is flattering to the Lions, who were completely outclassed.
80 Louis Fouché clears. The Lions attack from one last line-out. Can they save a losing bonus point?
79 The Lions butcher another opportunity with an accidental offside right under the sticks. The Bulls will feed the scrum.
77 The Lions rumble to the line but once again Ralepelle steals it at the breakdown. He's having a great season. To goes wide to Basson, who knocks on! Scrum to the Lions 8m short.
75 Good running from Lions replacement Ross Cronjé, who breaks clear. CJ van der Linde makes good ground too. The Bulls shut it down again though. Scrum to the Lions as the ball is stuck in a ruck.
73 A let off for the Lions as Ralepelle spills it with the tryline begging. Bad news for Bulls fans as Dewald Potgieter is already off after coming onto the field a few minutes ago.
71 If you put all those misses from Steyn into perspective, the scoreline is flattering to the Lions. The Bulls are still looking for their sixth try, plying the pressure in the Lions 22.
69 Steyn MISSES another penalty! This is very uncharacteristic. He's kicked just 3 from 8 tonight!
67 The Bulls are pushing for a sixth try. A knock on in the Lions 22 allows Janties to clear from the scrum but Kirchner kicks it straight back and finds touch.
64 Steyn misses a penalty. He's had a poor night at the kicking tee.
62 Jantjies MISSES an easy conversion. The Springbok selectors won't be impressed with that.
60 TRY, LIONS, STRAUSS. 18-32. Josh Strauss crashes over to cap a great team effort. For the first time in the game the Lions managed to hang onto possession with making a mistake.
58 The Lions gather the line-out and pick-and-drive their way towards the try-line. Progress is slow, but they are going forward inch by inch.
56 Jantjie and Steyn partake in some ping-pong. That's a bad idea from the Lions. Wynand Olivier is pinged for hanging on eventually and Jantjies sets up the attacking line-out.
54 CONVERSION, STEYN. 13-32. Easy extra two points from right in front.
53 TRY, BULLS, J.KRUGER. 13-30. The Bulls counter with deadly precision. JJ Engelbrecht cuts the Lions defence apart before finding Juandré Kruger in support.
51 The Lions have had much more possession in the second half. They build in centre field but Cilliers spills an easy pass. Steyn sends them back with a huge kick.
49 PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES. 13-25. Easy three points for Jantjies after Potgieter is pinged for hanging on.
47 The Lions can't win this game from the kicking tee so Jantjies sets up a line-out from a penalty. The hosts have to score now or it'll be all over.
45 The Lions look to reply immediately and are just 5m short but Derrick Minnie is pinged for a side entry.
43 Morne Steyn misses another conversion...he isn't striking them very well tonight.
41 TRY, BULLS, STANDER. 10- 25. The Lions make a hash of another restart, coughing up possession. Steyn kicks cross-filed to Ndungane, who is tackled by Taute but can offload to CJ Stander. That's the bonus point!
Second half Here we go for the second half. The Bulls are the much fresher team having made half the tackles the lions did in the first 40. Morne Steyn kicks us off...Franco van der Merwe gathers.
Half Time LIONS 10 - 20 BULLS
40 Steyn's conversion attempt sails wide. That's it for the first half. The Bulls have dominated at every sector, scoring three tries. Time for a cold one. We'll be back in ten.
39 TRY, BULLS, KIRCHNER. 10-20. The Bulls just keep coming with wave and after wave of attack. Kirchner joins the line and finishes excellently in the corner.
37 Taute MISSES with another long-range penalty effort. That would have been a morale booster for the Lions, who haven't seen much ball.
35 Another bomb from Steyn tests the Lions back three. Wynand Olivier pressures Coetzee and the ball bounces clear as they clash. Scrum to the Lions inside their own half.
33 The Bulls hammer away in centre field again. Steyn sends a bomb up into the night sky but Andries Coetzee launches a brilliant counter! He chips ahead for himself but the bounce is unkind and Stander can take it up again for the men in blue.
30 CONVERSION, STEYN. 10-15. The Lions are in trouble if they can't sort out their line-out.
28 TRY, BULLS, HOUGAARD. 10-13. Another huge kick from Steyn sets up the line-out deep in Lions territory. Callie Visagie's throw goes straight over the top. Hougaard grabs it and barges over, showing impressive strength.
26 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN. 10-8. The Blue tidal waves keeps coming. Eventually Taute gives away the penalty for going off his feet. Steyn sends it through the middle.
24 A bomb from Steyn causes chaos in the Lions defence just short of their 22. The Bulls batter away again. How long can the Lions defence resist?
22 The Lions best attack of the game so far ends 5m short when Chiliboy Ralepelle competes well to force the turnover. Steyn clears.
20 Steyn sends his conversion attempt wide.
18 TRY, BULLS, NDUNGANE! 10-5. No mistake this time! Spies breaks clear. The Bulls recycle quickly and Kirchner sends Ndungane into the corner!
17 The free-running Bulls continue to ply the pressure. Some desperate defence from the Lions denies Ndungane in the corner. He's knocked on! Another chance is wasted by the Bulls.
15 PENALTY, LIONS, TAUTE. 10-0. Taute finds the mark from over 50m !!!! The Lions are ten points up but they've only had 30% possession!
13 Jantjies clears. Kirchner replies but overcooks his territory-seeking kick as it bobbles over the deadball line. Scrum to the lines on the Bulls 10m line.
11 JJ Engelbrecht and Wynand Olivier are putting a lot of pressure on the Lions defence. All the possession is with the Bulls. A knock on gives the Lions a scrum on their own 22.
9 The handbags are out. Hougaard and Strauss exchange pleasantries. The Bulls kick for touch with a penalty and set up another maul on the edge of the Lions 22.
7 JJ Engelbrech is over to score! No! The touch judge calls them back as Chiliboy Ralepelle's heel just scraped the touchline in the preceding move.
5 Whoa! The Bulls come close to scoring after Kirchner breaks down the touchline but his pass doesn't find Ndungane on his inside and goes to ground.
3 CONVERSION, JANTJIES. 7-0. Easy one for the home fly-half. Francois Hougaard is to blame for that try, his pass to Steyn was a shocker!
2 TRY, LIONS, MEYER. 5-0. What a start for the Lions. Meyer charges down Morne Steyn after the first scrum and scampers away to score under the sticks!
Kick-off Here we go! Elton Jantjies kicks us off. The Lions pack does well to win possession!
Conditions Conditions are perfect! It's a bone-dry, warm evening. The surface is magnificent. There are plenty of blue jerseys in the stands....
Team news Bulls coach Frans Ludeke made two changes to his starting XV. JJ Engelbrecht replaces Johann Sadie at outside centre and Wilhelm Steenkamp comes in for Juandré Kruger at lock.
Tean news Lions coach John Mitchell has rung the changes, making six in all. Jaco Taute moves to 13, Alwyn Hollenbach moves from 13 to 12, meaning Butch James drops to the bench. Andries Coetzee is at full-back. James Kamana returns from injury to start on the left wing.In the pack, Stephan Greeff replaces 19-year-old Paul Willemse in the second row, while Callie Visagie is back at hooker ahead of Martin Bezuidenhout.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Ellis Park in the heart of Jo'burg for our coverage of the last Super Rugby clash of the weekend: A Guateng derby between the Lions and their rivals from down the N1, the three-time champion Bulls.
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