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- 25th May 2012
- KO 08:35
- Ground: Waikato Stadium
Chiefs v Bulls - Live
Full time CHIEFS 28 - 22 BULLS
80 Turnover in midfield! That's it - it's all over. The Chiefs win! What a game. The Bulls gave it everything but came up just short. The Chiefs look set to win the New Zealand conference now. Thanks for joining us. Cheers!
78 Taumalolo penalised for a hand on the ground at scrum time. Steyn sets up the line-out. It's last-chance saloon time for the visitors...
77 It's all getting very loose and fast in the closing stages. Turnovers all over the show. Steyn throws a terrible pass at Kruger's feet resulting in a knock on. Bad mistake from the Bok fly-half.
75 Aaron Cruden punts a HUGE penalty into touch inside the Bulls 22. That's a massive kick. And what a time to do it! Arizona Taumalolo comes onto the field for the Chiefs....look out, he's try machine!
73 It's carnage down in the right hand corner. The Bulls are cutting loose but Ben Afeaki,absolutely smashes Hoiugaard 5m short of the line! The bodies pile in from both teams, but the ball comes out on Chiefs side! Cruden clears. What drama!
71 CONVERSION, CRUDEN. 28-22. Can the Bulls conjure up a reply in the dying minutes?
70 TRY, CHIEFS, CANE. 26-22. Oh my word! What a game! The Chiefs run it out of their own 22. Tikoirotuma is bumped into touch, but the throw in is taken quickly. Sonny Bill busts clear and has Cane up in support and he scores under the sticks!
68 The Bulls keep coming. Great work from Krichner to knock it back in the air. The ball goes wide to Basson quickly as the Bulls look to use space. But van der Merwe knocks it on at the next ruck. That's a let off for the Chiefs.
66 Steyn tries another drop goal....but he's miles off target.
64 Here come the Bulls again! Wepener bursts clear after the Chiefs spill a line-out ball. Hougaard tries to recycle it quickly but Kerr-Barlow knocks it out of his hands. Scrum to the Bulls on the Chiefs 10m lie.
62 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN. 21-22. The Chiefs make a hash of the restart and Steyn punishes them. We're in a for a grandstand finish!
60 CONVERSION, CRUDEN. 21-19. The Chiefs take the lead!!!
58 TRY, CHIEFS, TIKOIROTUMA. 19-19. What a try! A brilliant set piece move as Tikoirotuma runs onto Cruden's inside pass to ghost over!
56 The Bulls defence is being given a real work out here, but they're holding their line. SBW is causing all kinds of trouble, linking up with Horrell as the full-back joins the line. The Chiefs have a penalty out wide...but choose a 5m scrum.
54 Whoa! Kirchner is forced to carry the ball over his line and touch down after Cruden chips ahead. Sonny Bill Williams was brilliant in stealing the ball out of Basson's hands in the air to set up the attack.
53 PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN. 14-19. No mistakes from Cruden from long range.
51 Another penalty goes against the Bulls at scrum time. Rayno Gerber going straight to ground.
48 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN. 11-19. Four from four for Steyn tonight. The Chiefs pinged for offside. Dean Greyling is replaced by Rayno Gerber. JJ Engelbrecht is on for Johann Sadie.
46 PENALTY, CRUDEN, 11-16. The Bulls are penalised at scrum time so Cruden can reduce the gap to five points.
44 Great work from Latimer to pinch the ball off the back of the Bulls ruck. Cruden clears. The Chiefs get a scrum in the Bulls half after Chiliboy Ralepelle is pinged for not throwing the ball in straight.
42 The Bulls continue where they left off in the first half, looking very strong. The pink jerseys are camped in the Chiefs 22, probing for an opening.
Second half Here we go for the second half! Steyn kicks us off. Kerr-Barlow is under it. Cruden finds touch near halfway.
Half Time CHIEFS 8 - 16 BULLS
40 CONVERSION, STEYN. 8-16. That's it for the first half! The Chiefs trail at half-time for the first time this season! The Bulls are full value for their lead too. We'll be back in ten.
39 TRY, BULLS, BASSON. 8-14. The Bulls maul it into the Chiefs 22. The Bulls forwards rumble forward before Hougaard sends a long pass out to Basson, who beats Masaga to score in the corner!
37 Whoa! Kerr-Barlow and Hougaard swing their handbags. Nothing much in it though. The Bulls have a line-out just outside the Chiefs 22.
35 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN. 8-9. Steyn finds the mark from the halfway line after Latimer is adjudged offside when Cruden kicks. It's a harsh call, but it doesn't stop Steyn from putting the Bulls in front.
33 An opportunity is lost for the Chiefs who spread the ball wide quickly via Messam and Cruden but Tikoirotuma spills it on the touchline. Scrum to the Bulls before Steyn Clears.
30 The Chiefs look to counter attack again but Steyn gets back in time to dot down the kick ahead. But the ref gives the penalty to the Chiefs after their runners were held back. Kerr-Barlow takes it quickly and Sonny Bill Williams is stopped inches short. Another penalty to the Chiefs, who choose a 5m scrum.
27 The impressive Bulls look to reply immediately with wave after wave of attack deep in the Chiefs 22. The hosts stand firm however and Flip van der Merwe gives away the penalty for holding on.
25 Cruden's conversion attempt is wide...8-6 it remains.
24 TRY, CHIEFS, HORRELL. 8-6. Whoa! The Chiefs score against the run of play. Ndungane can't handle Cruden's kick ahead under pressure from Tikoirotuma and Andrew Horrell pounces on the loose ball to break away and score!
23 DROP-GOAL, BULLS, STEYN. 3-6. The TMO is called on to check it out, but Steyn's drop is through the middle!
21 Chiefs under pressure after Tikoirotuma spills a bomb from Steyn. The cavalry arrives however and Cruden can clear from behind his own tryline.
19 A bit of kick tennis ends in a Bulls line-out near halfway. Spies gathers....here come that maul again.
17 The Bulls are full of running tonight. The Chiefs are forced to hack the ball out after Johann Sadie has ago down the left touchline. The Bulls maul it up after the line-out...they're 5m short of the line...penalty to the Chiefs! Truck and trailer says ref Mark Lawrence.
15 PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN. 3-3. No mistake from New Zealand's most consistent kicker this season. We're all square!
13 Loads of pressure coming from the Chiefs, who are camped in the Bulls 22. The visitors' defence is holding up - for now. Toby Smith goes for the line, but is stopped just short. The ball bounces out....penalty! At least three Bulls offside.
11 More impressive work by the Bulls at the breakdown secures a scrum feed. The ball bobbles out the back of the scrum however and the Chiefs pounce! The Bulls are forced to defend deep in their 22 but another turnover means Steyn can clear!
9 Most of the early possess is with the Bulls, who are shutting the Chiefs down very quickly whenever the hosts look to move the ball.
7 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN. 0-3. First blood to the Bulls as Steyn slots an easy three points after Latimer is pinged for offside.
5 Kirchner has got through a fair amount of work early on but there is an early trend emerging that sees handling errors halting play before any real momentum is gained.
2 Penalty offence against the Chiefs at that line-out now leads to the Bulls making ground into opposition territory. Ah, the first scrum which is a solid one from both 8s.
Kick-off Here we go with Aaron Cruden getting things underway to the left where the pink-shirted Bulls are waiting to collect. The pitch is in great condition here for a good game of Super Rugby as we get set for a Chiefs line-out on the Bulls ten-metre.
Team news The Chiefs have made six changes from the side that lost to the Reds. Props Ben Afeaki and Toby Smith come into the team. In the back-row, Kane Thompson starts at number eight, Jackson Willison is at 13 for the injured Richard Kahui while scrum-half Tawera Kerr-Barlow starts ahead of Brendon Leonard.
Team news Wilhelm Steenkamp will start in the Bulls second-row in a straight swap with regular lock Juandré Kruger.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Hamilton for our coverage of this weekend's first Super Rugby clash. And what a game we have on our hands! Today's result is set to prove crucial in the make-up of the play-off fixtures. If the Bulls lose, they will struggle to get a home semi-final. Kick-off is approaching...don't stray too far!
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