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- 2nd Mar 2013
- KO 15:05
- Ground: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Bulls v Force - Live
Bulls 36 Western Force 26
80 CONVERSION, BULLS, STEYN! 36-26. Steyn adds the final nail to the Force's coffin and the final whistle goes shortly afterwards. It was not a great performance by the Bulls and they are somewhat lucky to seal the win with their bonus-point try at the end. The Force will be wondering how they lost that match as they were in control of this match for most of the second half but in the end they go home with nothing.
80 TRY, BULLS, W KRUGER! 34-26. Werner Kruger scores under the posts after picking up a ball at a ruck in front of the try-line to seal the hosts' win!
79 The Bulls take the ball through 20 phases! They're deep inside the visitors' 22 but cannot breach their opponents' try-line.
76 Hayward takes a half gap but is tackled to ground. He tries to get up again but is penalised as the referee rules that the tackle was made. That's a big setback for the Force who were on the attack inside the Bulls' half.
73 CONVERSION, BULLS, STEYN! 29-26. Steyn adds the extras to push his side further ahead!
71 TRY, BULLS, COOK! 27-26. The Bulls get their driving maul going from a line-out inside the Force's 22. They power their way over the try-line and Jean Cook is the last man up with the ball in his hand.
69 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 22-26. Steyn adds another three-pointer after Chris Alcock is pinned fro a ruck infringement.
67 The Force get a good right-shoulder at a scrum just inside their half but Jayden Hayward cocks up his forwards' good work when he kicks the ball directly into touch.
64 Kirchner brings great relief for his team with a 40 metre clearance kick which rolls into touch on the edge of the the Force's 22.
62 The Force take the ball through eight phases inside their hosts' 22. They're controlling proceedings at the moment but the Bulls gain a reprieve when Lynn commits a handling error.
60 Ebersohn puts the ball into touch midway between the Bulls' 22 and the halfway line after MornĂ¿Â¨ Mellett is penalised for dropping his bind at a scrum.
59 Vermaak launches a bomb which comes down on the edge of the Force's 22. Cummins does well to gather it, despite great pressure from Mastriet.
57 CONVERSION, WESTERN FORCE, EBERSOHN! 19-26. Ebersohn adds another two points to extend the visitors' lead!
56 TRY, WESTERN FORCE, LYNN! 19-24. The Force take the ball through six phases from close to the halfway mark. Toby Lynn eventually rounds off when he barges over from close quarters at a ruck on the Bulls' try-line!
55 The Bulls take the ball through 13 phases deep inside the Force's 22. They make little headway and eventually lose possession when Cook holds onto the ball on the ground.
52 The Bulls try to attack from a maul at a line-out close to the Force's try-line. The visitors, however, defend well and keep the Bulls' marauding pack out.
50 Jacques Potgieter is forced to leave the field after coming off second best in a collision with Hugh McMeniman. The Bok flanker is replaced by Jean Cook, who is making his debut for the Bulls.
48 CONVERSION, WESTERN FORCE, EBERSOHN! 19-19. Ebersohn adds the easy two points to draw his side level with their hosts!
47 TRY, WESTERN FORCE, COTTRELL! 19-17. Angus Cottrell intercepts a long pass from Steyn and runs 50 metres before scoring under the posts!
46 The Bulls are struggling to assert themselves in the rucks. They are shoved off the ball twive within the space of a minute!
43 TRY, BULLS, MASTRIET! 19-12. Sampie Mastriet does brilliantly when he beats Cummins with quick feet, close to the touchline, and races away before scoring in the left-hand corner!
42 DROP GOAL, WESTERN FORCE, EBERSOHN! 14-12. Ebersohn drops back into the pocket again and adds another three-pointer! The Bulls are getting some of their own medicine here!
40 Ebersohn gets the second half started with a deep kick which is gathered by Jano Vermaak who is on for Hougaard. The replacement scrum-half offloads to Jacques Potgieter who sets up a ruck inside his 22.
Bulls 14 Western Force 9
40 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 14-9. Steyn extends his side's lead after Richard Brown is penalised for collapsing a maul illegally. The referee brings proceedings to a close with a shrill blast on his whistle and the players head into sheds. The Bulls have given a disjointed showing and will look to step up a level after the break. The Force, however, will look to continue where they left off as they've certainly proved to be competitive throughout the first 40 minutes. Don't go away! We'll be back in 10 minutes with the second half.
40 The Force suffer a setback when their captain Hodgson hobbles off with a pulled hamstring. He is replaced by Chris Alcock.
37 Bjorn Basson runs onto a pass from Kirchner, right up against the touchline, and beats Will Tupou with a deft side step before touching down! Referee Jason Jaftha checks with the TMO, who disallows the try after Lionel Mapoe throws a forward pass to Kirchner in the build-up.
36 Winston Stanley puts a grubber kick through which Kirchner does well to shepherd into touch inside his 22.
34 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 11-9. Steyn makes no mistake with his place-kick after Hodgson enters a maul from the side.
30 PENALTY, WESTERN FORCE, EBERSOHN! 8-9. The Force gain the lead for the first time when Ebersohn lands a monster-penalty from just inside his half! This after Chilliboy Ralepelle is penalised for a ruck infringement.
27 PENALTY, WESTERN FORCE, EBERSOHN! 8-6. Ebersohn adds the extras after the Bulls' back-line is blown up for being offside.
24 Alby Mathewson launches an up-and-under which Bjorn Basson gathers. The speedster does well to beat two defenders but puts a foot into touch when he tries to avoid a third tackle.
21 Zane Kirchner sets off on an attacking run from the back but is knocked backwards by a big hit from Hugh McMeniman!
19 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 8-3. Steyn adds the extras after the Force are pinned for a ruck infringement.
17 Sampie Mastriet goes on a mazy 40 metre run beating five defenders before offloading to Hougaard after taking a tackle from Kyle Godwin.
15 Ebersohn drops into the pocket again but this time his attempt at a drop goal is a woeful one which is wayward and well short of the uprights!
12 Ebersohn kicks for touch after the force are awarded a penalty when the Bulls infringe at a ruck. The fly-half puts the ball out about 15 metres from the home side's 22.
10 DROP GOAL, WESTERN FORCE, EBERSOHN! 5-3. After the Force's forwards sets up a few phase inside the Bulls' half, Sias Ebersohn drops back and lands a snap shot from about 25 metres out.
9 The Bulls put huge pressure on the Force at a scrum. Hodgson does well when he dives on the ball while his pack is being driven backwards.
6 It's one-way traffic at the moment with the home side dominating proceedings. Steyn launches a bomb which slices off the side off his boot. However, the Bulls retain the advantage when Winston Stanley commits a handling error.
4 Matt Hodgson enters a ruck from the side and is penalised. Steyn puts the ball out on the edge of the Force's 22.
2 TRY, BULLS, STEYN! 5-0. Morne Steyn runs onto a long pass from Francois Hougaard and setsts off on a 35 metre run, beating three defenders, before scoring in the right-hand corner!
Kick-off Morne Steyn gets us underway in rainy conditions. His kick is gathered by Nick Cummins who beats a couple of defenders before he is brought to ground on the edge of his 22.
Team news The Force have made four changes to their line-up for this clash. Lock Toby Lynn, prop Salesi Ma'afu and back-rower Richard Brown all return to the run-on side while former Baby Bok fly-half Sias Ebersohn will make his first start in the 10 jersey for the Australians. The Force will feature five forwards on its bench, with Faulkner, Sam Wykes and Ben McCalman joining hooker Heath Tessmann and flanker Chris Alcock on the reserves list. Former Hurricanes midfielder Jayden Hayward is in line to make his debut for his new franchise during this match.
Team news The Bulls have made several changes to their starting line-up. Sampie Mastriet will makes his Super Rugby debut on the wing. Mastriet takes over from Lionel Mapoe who moves to outside centre as a replacement for the injured JJ Engelbrecht. Flankers Dewald Potgieter and Deon Stegmann picked up injuries in the win over the Stormers and will be replaced by Jacques Potgieter and Arno Botha respectively. Flip van der Merwe will play his 50th game. Jean Cook comes into the reserves and will make his Super Rugby debut if he takes to the field. Jan Serfontein has also been named on the bench and replaces Francois Venter in the number 22 shirt.
Welcome Good day and welcome to Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria for our coverage of this Super Rugby hit out between our hosts, the Bulls, and the Western Force. The Bulls are on a high after beating the Stormers in their opener last weekend while the Force are winless after two matches. We'll be back soon with team news.
Updates to appear here at 16:50 local (14:50 GMT)
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