Rebels v Bulls - Live

Last updated: 4th May 2012  

Full TimeFull time REBELS 35 - 41 BULLS

80 The Rebels throw the kitchen sink at the Bulls defence. But it's not enough. That's it! The Bulls win! It finishes with some pushing and shoving, but it won't change the result. Thanks for joining us - cheers.

78 The Bulls are looking to keep it tight and run the clock down. Vermaak kicks long. Huxley replies. So Steyn kicks high. The Rebels gather but Phipps tries a high ball. Bad idea because the Bulls gather and start another series of pick-and-drives.

75 The Rebels are making a late charge for victory but are running into a pink wall. Bad news for the hosts as Beale limps off. It doesn't look too serious though. Hilgendorf replaces him. Wepener comes on for Ralepelle.

Penalty73 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN. 35-41. A crucial score for the Bulls as Steyn strokes it through the middle. Delve pinged for not rolling away.

70 Oh! The Rebels waste another opportunity as Tim Davidson spills it in contact on the Bulls 22m line. The Bulls get a penalty at scrum time and Steyn thumps it upfield.

68 Kirchner gets a horrible bounce and is forced to dive into touch right on his try-line. 5m line-out to the Rebels. But Wilhelm Steenkamp steals it! Steyn clears and the Bulls breathe again!

Conversion66 CONVERSION, BEALE. 35-38. We're in for a grandstand finish! AMMI has never seen this many points scored in a Super Rugby game.

TRY64 TRY, REBELS, VUNA!!! 33-38. Inman breaks clear and sprints 50m from Mortlock's pass. He's stopped inches short but Vuna picks it up and dives over. Is it a try? The TMO says YES!

Conversion61 CONVERSION, STEYN. 28-38. With that Steyn becomes the top points scoring in Super Rugby this season.

TRY60 TRY, BULLS, ENGELBRECHT. 28-36. Steyn chips one over the top...it's perfectly weighted for the chasing JJ Engelbrecht who only has to gather and touch down!

59 Greyling is tackled by Morlock and loses it! Gerrard kicks, starting another ping-pong battle. Ndungane's chase wins it back for the Bulls.

58 The Bulls have a scrum 40m out after Pyle knocks on another bomb from Steyn under pressure from Ndungane.

56 The crowd roars at Stirling Mortlock comes on for Mitchell. The Bulls waste an opportunity as Ralepelle's line-out throw is'nt straight

55 The Rebels look to run it out of their 22. Beale makes another line-break. What a game he's having. The Rebels run it up to halfway before putting ball to boot. A long kicking duel ends with the Rebels in possession on halfway.

53 Beale is charged down! The Bulls look to spread it wide quickly but Engelbrecht spills it in contact out wide. The Rebels breathe again.

51 The Rebels are trying to put the Bulls under pressure with kicks into the corners but Steyn is back to clear up again. Another wayward kick is punished by Steyn, who finds touch in the Rebels 22.

49 Terrific defence from the Bulls on their own line, holding off a series of attacks. Knock on! Spies breaks off the scrum and Steyn puts it into the stands.

48 Beale works his magic again with a clever chip over the top. Kirchner gathers but is forced to carry it over the try-line before being tackled by Beale. 5m scrum to the Rebels.

46 Potgieter is still down and the Rebels try to take advantage of the extra man by spreading it wide but Vuna runs out of space and it bundled into touch. Potgieter hobbles off - Arno Botha comes on.

44 The Bulls are looking good as the build in midfield. But Potgieter spills it in contact. The flank has stayed down - he looks injured.

42 Vuna is tested with bomb from Steyn and knocks it on. The Bulls have a scrum on the Rebels 10m line.

Second half Here we go for the second half! Morne Steyn kicks us off. He goes deep, starting another kicking battle.

Half TimeHalf Time REBELS 28 - 31 BULLS

Conversion42 CONVERSION, BEALE. 28-31. That's half time! No one expected the Rebels to stand a chance, but they're still in this and already have a bonus point for four tries!

TRY41 TRY, REBELS, DELVE! 26-31. The Rebels win a series of penalties right in front of the posts. Delve bravely turns down the three points every time and then makes sure of the five himself by crashing over from short range!

Conversion39 CONVERSION, STEYN. 21-31. Steyn adds the extras to the bonus-point try.

TRY38 TRY, BULLS, STANDER. 21-29. Perfect execution from the Bulls as they produce a textbook maul from the line-out and crash over in a pile of bodies. CJ Stander gets the try.

37 The Bulls have a very kickable penalty but Spies tells Steyn to go for touch. The Bulls are looking to strike before half time.

Conversion36 CONVERSION, BEALE. 21-24. Beale adds the extras. The Rebels are right back in this one!

TRY35 TRY, REBELS, PHIPPS!!! 19-24. The Rebels strike with 14 men! Nick Phipps spots and half gap and stretches out an arm to score under the sticks!

33 The Rebels win another penalty in the opposite corner. Delve chooses a scrum! That's a strange decision considering the Rebels are a man down...

31 Van der Merwe comes back on just in time as the Bulls must defend a line-out 5m from their own line. But the Rebels gather their throw - this is a golden opportunity.

Conversion29 CONVERSION, STEYN. 14-24. If the Rebels don't score next, they are in serious trouble.

TRY28 TRY, BULLS, STEYN. 14-22. The Bulls are cutting loose! Ndungane intercepts to launch another wave of attacks. Spies smashes over the advantage line before the ball goes wide and Steyn, who does the business himself this time.

Penalty26 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN. 14-17. Easy three points for Steyn.

Yellow Card25 Here come the Bulls again! They might be a man down but they are plying the pressure in the Rebels 22. Greyling is stopped just short but the pinks jerseys keep coming! YELLOW CARD, REBELS, JONES! Luke Jones is sent to the bin for a tip tackle on Basson.

23 Steyn is under huge pressure as he tries to clear from behind his own try-line. He fails to find touch and the Rebels can counter. The hosts can't hold on though and Hougaard hacks it ahead.

Yellow Card21 YELLOW CARD, BULLS, VAN DER MERWE. Flip van der Merwe gets sent to the bin for some off-the-ball argy-bargy.

Conversion20 CONVERSION, STEYN. 14-14.

TRY19 TRY, BULLS, BASSON. 14-12. Oh! Fantastic play from the Bulls, who build up brilliantly. Jacques Potgieter crashes over the advantage line deep in the Rebels 22. There are plenty of numbers out wide and Kirchner unselfishly gives the try to Basson!

Conversion16 CONVERSION, BEALE. 14-7. Beale makes it two from two.

TRY15 TRY, REBELS, VUNA! 12-7. What!? Kurtely Beale turns on the magic, creating something out of nothing. He beats three forwards with some fancy footwork before bursting clear and finding Vuna up in support!

14 Surprisingly, the Bulls are struggling at scrum time. They give away another penalty as Kruger goes down. Gerrard sets up the line-out near halfway.

Conversion12 CONVERSION, BEALE. 7-7. Easy two points for Beale from right in front.

TRY11 TRY, REBELS, BLAKE. 5-7. Excellent picking and driving from the home side! Richard Kingi makes a strong run before Rodzilla crashes over from short range!

10 The Rebels are enjoying their best spell of possession so far, building inch by inch into the Bulls 22.

Conversion8 CONVERSION, STEYN. 0-7. Excellent start from Steyn who splits the uprights from out wide.

TRY7 TRY, BULLS, NDUNGANE. 0-5. First blood to the Bulls! Great finish from Akona Ndungane, who gets the ball at the end of an overlap before turning on the gas and sprinting 30m down the touchline to score!

5 The Rebels win a free kick at scrum time in their own 22. Gerrard kicks for touch. Bulls line-out near halfway.

3 Oh! Beale kicks it out but the Bulls take the line-out quickly. Hougaard and Kirchner combine to attack and take play deep into the Rebels 22 before Beale cleans up Kirchner's chip ahead.

2 Kirchner makes the first error, kicking out on the full. The Rebels can attack from a line-out on the Bulls 10m line.

Kick-off Here we go! Kurtley Beale kicks us off. The Bulls gather on their 22. Steyn thumps a long reply, starting some kick tennis.

Pretty in pink Here come the teams! The Bulls are in pink. Unfortunately the stadium is rather empty compared to the usual big crowds in Melbourne.

Team news Former Wallabies centre Stirling Mortlock will play his first Super Rugby game of the season via the Rebels bench. Star recruit Kurtley Beale will play at fly-half, while Mitch Inman slots into outside centre and Cooper Vuna starts on the wing. Cadeyrn Neville comes in at lock while Luke Jones and Tim Davidson join a new-look loose trio.

Team news Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has included fit-again forwards Flip van der Merwe and Dean Greyling in his starting XV. Van der Merwe replaces Wilhelm Steenkamp at lock. Greyling moves back into the number one jersey ahead of Dawie Steyn. The backline that beat the Brumbies is unchanged.

Welcome Hello and welcome to AAMI Park in Melbourne for our coverage of the weekend's second Super Rugby clash. The Bulls are in town and are looking to return to the top of the table.

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