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- 22nd Feb 2013
- KO 17:10
- Ground: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Bulls v Stormers - Live
80 The hooter sounds at Loftus and the Stormers leave without nothing. A much improved second half, but the selection of Elton Jantjies appeared to be an error for the Stormers. A great kicking performance from MornĂ Steyn and they were worthy of victory. Both sides with a lot to work on though.
78 Steyn comes off after a good performance, replaced by Fouch. Stormers out of bonus point range and on the attack. Knocked on though at the breakdown.
77 TRY, STORMERS, BEKKER! 25-18 Stormers unable to make any ground in attack, but they have an advantage. Bekker drives into the 22, but it's slow ball for Groom at scrum-half. Stormers now hit 15 phases of attack in the Bulls 22. Bekker steps inside and scores! Pietersen converts.
73 Attack from the Stormers but Pietersen has no space on the outside and is bundled into touch by Kirchner.
70 Kirchner clears following the restart and Taute must counter. Little depth in the Stormers attack but building the phases. Turnover by Spies but the ball goes forward, scrum to the Stormers.
67 TRY, BULLS, RALEPELLE! 25-10 Hougaard grubbers through and the ball ricochets loose behind the Stormers defence, with Ralepelle diving for the score. Play brought back as Ralepelle is judged to be offside... or is he? Try is given! Steyn converts.
66 Scrums are now uncontested. Steyn misses with a drop goal attempt but the Bulls are putting the hammer down now. Wide from Hougaard, to Venter, to Basson who cuts inside.
65 Francois Venter breaks through a gap down the right for the Bulls, promising attack but it ends with nothing thanks to good work from Steenkamp for the Stormers.
62 Spies picks up the ball and charges up the middle, Bulls now firmly on the attack. Wide pass to Mapoe, then left as de Villiers goes for the interception but knocks on.
60 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 18-10 Turnover ball for the Bulls, penalty right in front on the 22 against de Villiers for offside. Simple kick for Steyn who makes no mistake.
58 Drive from Elstadt turns into a maul, scrum to the Bulls. Free kick tapped by the Bulls and Steyn goes high, well taken by Pietersen. Scrum to the Stormers just on the edge of their 22.
57 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 15-10 More points for Steyn, some breathing space for the hosts.
55 Knocked forward from the Stormers at the restart - scrum to the Bulls. Groom penalised for going off his feet, kickable penalty for Steyn.
54 PENALTY, STORMERS, 12-10 Pietersen cuts the gap to two. Completely different game now, Stormers dominant in the last five minutes.
52 Momentum swing as the Stormers attack once more. Wide ball gathered by Habana who is thumped by Kirchner - penalty to the Stormers at the breakdown. No yellow card and this is kickable for Pietersen.
49 TRY, STORMERS, DE VILLIERS! 12-7 Habana held up inches short in the left-hand corner, but we're going to the TMO for the follow-up. De Villers did enough in the corner to ground the ball and the Stormers are back in the game! Joe Pietersen comes on and lands the conversion.
47 Better from the Stormers after de Villiers gets them over the gain line. Penalty - they go for the corner. Lineout five metres out.
46 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 12-0 Another fine strike - you have to wonder if the Stormers can come back from this given the amount of errors they have made so far.
44 Forward pass from Steenkamp in midfield, scrum to the Bulls. More problems for the visitors and the Bulls win the penalty, Steyn to have another strike.
42 Jantjies kick woes continue - 0/4 and it is not his day. Pietersen and Taute other kicking options.
40 Jantjies gets things going again and the Stormers attack with great promise early on. Kick from de Villiers goes nowhere and the Stormers have the penalty.
Half-Time Bulls 9-0 Stormers
40 Up and under is too deep from Taute, Kirchner clearing for half-time. Both sides applying a lot of pressure and forcing mistakes, but Jantjies missed kicks have proven costly for the visitors. Both sides yet to really get going. Second half coming up.
38 Burst from Kolisi creates an opportunity, but Habana knocks on. Penalty though to the Stormers, Jantjies 0/2 so far and it's wide once more for the young fly-half.
35 Taute runs it up the middle, Jantjies tackles but Kirsten is penalised for not rolling away. Jantjies with the shot at goal but it's wide again, meaning the Stormers remain scoreless.
34 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 9-0 Another scrum penalty to the Bulls - easily within Steyn's range and he hammers it over. Healthy lead now for the hosts in an error-ridden first half.
33 Taute takes a high kick and fends off Basson, before loosely offloading the ball forward. Bulls scrum outside the Stormers 22 - Arno Botha on for Potgeiter for the Bulls.
31 Bulls on the attack - obstruction so a penalty to the Stormers, good work from Habana in defence. Jantjies makes a hash of the kick to touch, Stormers forced to attack from deep.
29 Restart gathered by Spies and Steyn clears. Nick Groom takes his time and finds touch but within his own half.
28 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 6-0 Long-range penalty attempt from Steyn inside his own half. Super kick, the Bulls stretch their lead.
27 Kruger replaced by Kirsten for the Bulls. Scrum on half-way, penalty to the Bulls against Kirstoff.
24 Solid scrum from the Stormers - Groom doubles around but Habana is stopped. Wide to Taute who is stopped five metres out. Bulls penalised for going offside - Stormers go for the lineout but Spies steals and clears.
23 Stormers attack from deep and Jean de Villers kicks long - play stopped and referee Jaco Peyper wants to check if the ball was touched when de Villiers kicked the ball through to see if the ball was carried over. It looks as though it touched Kirchner's fingers, so the Stormers will have a five metre scrum.
20 Bulls lineout 25 metres out, but Steenkamp is penalised and the Bulls have a free kick. Tap and go, multiple phases from the Bulls but no ground gained and the Stormers win the penalty at the breakdown. Jantjies clears into the Bulls half.
18 Stormers lineout in Bulls territory - stolen and Hougaard clears. Habana thumped and stripped of the ball and the Bulls attack. Steyn goes for a long-range drop goal... it's wide and Taute clears.
17 Safe lineout and Jantjies clears, but lacks great distance and the Bulls have an attacking lineout. Great steal by Steenkamp and the Stormers attack from deep - Jantjies placing a kick over Mapoe's head into the Bulls 22.
15 Jantjies penalty goes short and wide to the left, Steyn clearing deep. Quick lineout and Taute sends it high but it's gathered by Hougaard. Another fine kick from Steyn into the Stormers 22, showing great pressure.
13 Poor lineout from the Bulls and Jantjies clears to half-way. Loose lineout and Fourie gathers at the back. Taken in the air, time stopped... just a penalty to the Stormers and Jantjies will go for goal from about 46 metres out.
12 Dewaldt Duvenage on temporarily for Nick Groom.
11 Safe lineout and Jantjies clears. Quick lineout from the Bulls who attack through Mapoe. The ball comes left to Basson who is well wrapped up by Fourie and the ball goes into touch - Bulls lineout in the Stormers 22.
9 Lineout taken by Steenkamp, but Habana knocks on in midfield. Bulls counter with Potgeiter before Steyn chips through once more into the 22.
8 Stormers take a quick lineout, Kolisi the receiver and Jantjies clears but is charged down. Penalty to the Stormers for offside and Jantjies puts the ball into the Bulls half.
7 Bulls scrum in the Stormers half and Steyn threads a brilliant kick into the right corner.
5 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 3-0 Scrum to the Bulls, good tackle by Kolisi on Olivier. Turnover ball but the Stormers go off their feet at the ruck and the Bulls have a kickable penalty. No problem for Steyn.
3 Bulls work the ball up to the Stormers 5 metre line, but a loose pass slows the attack and Kirchner is thumped into touch by Habana.
2 Free kick to the Stormers and Taute slices it into touch, lineout to the Bulls. Wynand Olivier bursts through the midfield and the Bulls have momentum.
Kick-off Morne Steyn gets us started but the Stormer immediately knock on, scrum to the Bulls.
Weather A fine evening in Pretoria - dry, crisp and made for running rugby. Time to get the South African conference underway!
Team news Jean De Villiers leads the Stormers into battle in the absence of Schalk Burger (calf muscle injury), whilst there are first-ever Super Rugby starts for new recruits Jaco Taute, Elton Jantjies and Pat Cilliers.
Team news Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has named two debutants in his starting XV, with Lionel Mapoe and MornĂ¿Â¨ Mellett set to start at wing and prop respectively, but also named two centurions and a host of players with more than 40 caps. Pierre Spies leads the side.
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