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- 14th Jul 2012
- KO 18:10
- Ground: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Bulls v Lions - Live
full-time Bulls 37 Lions 20
80 The ball comes out to Louis Fouche who hoofs it into touch. The siren goes and the referee brings proceedings to a close. The Bulls are victorious and have sealed their place in the play-offs with this win. Unfortunately this loss signals the end of the Lions' campaign and they finish bottom of the table.
79 YELLOW CARD, BULLS, GREYLING! Dean Greyling is ent to the sin bin when he takes Derick Minnie out of a ruck and away from the ball.
78 Jacobie Adriaanse is penalised when he fails to release a tackled player on the ground. Steyn puts the ball into touch close to the halfway mark.
76 Jantjies is over the try-line but Juandre Kruger does well to hold him up.
75 The Lions are on the attack close to the Bulls' try-line when Dean Greyling is penalised for going off his feet at a ruck.
72 Deon Stegmann is penalised when he holds onto the ball on the ground. Jantjies puts the ball into touch on the edge of the Bulls' 22.
69 The Bulls front row is penalised for illegal scrummaging. Jantjies puts the ball into touch just inside the Bulls' half.
67 Bondesio knocks on under great pressure from Hougaard and the Bulls have a good chance to add more points to their tally from an attacking scrum inside the Lions' 22.
65 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 37-20. Steyn adds another three points after Hendrik Roodt fails to roll away after making a tackle.
61 The Bulls launch attack out wide and Kirchner goes over the try-line! After consultation with his TMO, referee Craig Joubert disallows the try as Kirchner lost the ball while crossing the whitewash.
58 The Bulls go on the attack close to the Lions' 22 but Hougaard knocks at a critical stage at a ruck.
56 Steyn puts in an almost identical kick to his previous one which puts the visitors under pressure inside their own 22.
54 Steyn does well when he puts a 30 metre kick into touch on the edge of the Lions' 22 metre line.
52 The Lions attack from a scrum inside their half but make little headway as they are stopped behind the advantage line by the on-rushing Bulls defence!
49 CONVERSION, BULLS, STEYN! 34-20. Steyn makes no mistake with the two-pointer!
48 TRY, BULLS, J POTGIETER! 32-20. Jacques Potgieter crashes over from close quarters to seal the try-scoring bonus point for his team!
45 CONVERSION, BULLS, STEYN! 27-20. Steyn adds the easy two points to put his team further in front.
44 TRY, BULLS, HOUGAARD! 25-20. Francois Hougaard spots a gap in the Lions defence at a ruck and takes it! he runs from the edge of the Lions' 22 before dotting down under the posts.
43 Steyn gets a chance to put his team back in front after James Kamana is pinned for a high tackle on Wynand Olivier. The Bulls pivot's effort strikes an upright and Anthony Volmink is first to pounce on the loose ball.
40 Steyn gets the second half underway! His kick is gathered by Ruan Botha who goes on the drive.
Half-time Bulls 20 Lions 20
40 CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 20-20. Jantjies slots the conversion from close to the touchline to draw his side level. The Lions have come back strongly in the latter part of this half and are still in this match. The Bulls will have to up the ante after the break if they want to win this game and qualify for the play-offs.
40 TRY, LIONS, STRAUSS! 20-18. Josh Strauss crashes over the try-line from a driving maul at a line-out on the Bulls' five-metre line!
38 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 20-13. Steyn makes no mistake after Derick Minnie is penalsied for an infringement at a ruck.
37 CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 17-13. Jantjies adds the extras from close range!
36 TRY, LIONS, BONDESIO! 17-11. Michael Bondesio breaks off the back of a scrum on the Bulls' try-line before selling the defence a dummy and crashing over!
34 Dewald Potgieter is held up when he takes the ball into contact in front of his posts. Scrum feed to the Lions.
32 CONVERSION, BULLS, STEYN! 17-6. The Bulls pivot adds the easy two points from in front of the posts!
31 TRY, BULLS, BASSON! 15-6. Bjorn Basson runs off Hougaard's shoulder at a scrum and times his run to perfection before going through a gaping hole in the Lions defence and scoring!
29 Jacques Potgieter runs a brilliant angle and collects a pass from Francois Hougaard before going over the try-line! Referee Craig Joubert rules that he was held up.
27 Steyn gets a chance to push his team further in front after JC Janse van Rensburg is pinned for collapsing a maul. However, his effort is off target and the Lions gain a reprieve!
24 PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES! 10-6. Jantjies makes no mistake with his place-kick after Dewald Potgieter is penalised for not rolling away after making a tackle.
22 Kirchner tries to field a kick from Butch James but has difficulty in controlling it. He touches it and watches as it rolls into touch on his own 22 metre line.
20 The Lions' forwards have just put in a huge heave at a scrum on their own five-metre line! It's a Bulls put-in but there's little they can do as they are pushed off the ball and concede possession.
17 CONVERSION, BULLS, STEYN! 10-3. Steyn adds the extras to extend the Bulls' lead.
16 TRY, BULLS, NDUNGANE! 8-3. Akona Ndungane intercepts a pass from Jantjies and races away before scoring under the posts!
14 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 3-3. Morne Steyn draws his side level after Derick Minnie is pinned for a ruck infringement.
13 This match is being played at a frenetic pace! The Bulls are taking the Lions on at their own game. Dewaldt Ptgieter comes close to scoring but is knocked back in the tackle by a huge hit from Jantjies.
10 The Lions are showing a willingness to run the ball from all areas of the field! Grant Hattingh takes it into contact but is soon penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground.
8 Lionel Mapoe and Waylon Murray combine well down the left-hand touchline and take the ball from inside their 22 into the Bulls' half.
6 Dewald Potgieter breaks away from a maul and wins valuable ground for his team. It takes two Lions defenders to bring him to ground inside the Lions' 22.
4 PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES! 0-3. Jantjies scores the first points of the match after the Bulls' forwards are penalised at a ruck.
2 Zane Kirchner calls a mark inside his 22 and puts the ball out close to the halfway mark.
Kick-off Elton Jantjies gets us started with a deep hanging kick! It's gathered by Pierre Spies who takes it into contact.
Team News The Lions have also made just one change to their starting XV with Ruan Botha in for the injured lock Franco van der Merwe.
Team News The Bulls have made just one change to their run-on side with Wilhelm Steenkamp replacing the injured Flip van der Merwe in the second row. Steenkamp's place on the bench will be taken by fit-again openside flank Deon Stegmann, who has fully recovered from a broken arm suffered earlier in the season while Jacques Potgieter will provide cover at lock.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria for this Super Rugby encounter between our hosts, the Bulls, and the Lions. It's the final round-robin match of the tournament for both teams but a win for the Bulls secure them a place in the play-offs.
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