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Blues

  • Ranger, Piutau,
    Penalty goals: Kerr (3),
    Conversions: Kerr,
21 - 28

Bulls

  • Ndungane, Mapoe, Botha,
    Penalty goals: Steyn (3),
    Conversions: Steyn (2),
  • Super Rugby
  • Overall Group
  • 10th Mar 2013
  • KO 03:05
  • Ground: Eden Park, Auckland

Blues v Bulls - Live

Last updated: 10th March 2013  

Penalty80 PENALTY, BULLS. Time up on the clock and the Blues get pinged at the breakdown. and it's all over for the Blues, after Steyn hammers the final nail in the hosts' coffin with a well-struck penalty kick. So the Bulls record their first ever win at Eden Park, beating the previously unbeaten Blues. Great match! Thanks for joining us folks...

78 Oh dear, the Blues made a mess of the restart as Kane Barrett goes into touch after taking in the ball. That gives the Bulls precious territory advantage and the throw-in at the line-out.

77 Replacement Marty McKenzie with a crucial conversion... if he gets this over, it will cut the Bulls' lead to just one point with three minutes of the match remaining. No good! Flags stay dowm. 21-25

TRY76 TRY, BLUES. Ranger now with ball in hand, and the centre is flying down the right-hand touchline. Kirchner comes in for the cover tackle, but Ranger just bounces him away before touchind down for a vital try! Wow, the crowd really enjoyed that as Kirchner stays on the ground... he didn't know what hit him.

73 Time slowly running out for the Blues, who need to score twice if they hope to pull this game out of the fire...

70 No try! Vermaak lost the ball forward as he attempted to put it down over the tryline. So the Blues let off the hook on that occasion.

69 The Bulls put 12 phases together which all started after a superb 30m run by Spies. The ball is shifted to the left where Vermaak is waiting on the wing. The scrum-half ducks under a tackle, stretches out and scores! Or has he? We're going upstairs...

Penalty64 PENALTY, BULLS. Kerr is pinged for a high tackle, which allows Steyn to extend his side's lead to nine points... over! 16-25

62 Big momentum shift as the Bulls go from attacking to being forced to defend as lock Ali Williams leads the charge into the visitors' 22. But the Bulls turn it over, and Steyn clears for the men from Pretoria.

Conversion59 CONVERSION, BULLS. Steyn adds two more points with his touchline conversion. 16-22

TRY58 TRY, BULLS. Just when the Blues thought they were right back in it, the South Africans hit back by bashing their way upfield. Superb hands from prop Werner Kruger, who had to take the ball at pace by his feet. The Bulls have an overlap, and flank Arno Botha has an easy run-in for the try!

Conversion55 CONVERSION, BLUES. Kerr adds the extras from far out. It's game on folks! Blues lead 16-15

TRY54 TRY, BLUES. Finally, the home crowd are given reason to cheer after Charles Piutau races in for the Blues' first try of the match after the Bulls simply ran out of numbers on the outside.

50 Now Ranger again with ball in hand. He had a quiet first half, but is causing all sorts of havoc out there at the moment...

47 The Bulls have been starved of the ball as the Blues - who look a completely different unit in this half - look to run the visitors ragged.

Penalty44 PENALTY, BLUES. Kerr with a chance to close the gap to seven points after Van Der Merwe is pinged for not rolling away at the tackle. Over it goes! 9-16

second half Welcome back! The Blues start the second half with a roar and a hiss - they must have been given a serious tongue lashing by coach Sir John Kirwan in the change room!

40 The visitors hunting a third try before the break, but they won't get it after a small knock on from Kruger brings up the half-time whistle. Plenty of work for the Blues to to in the second half, while the Bulls will be content with their 15-6 lead.

35 Finally Blues make their way inside the Bulls' 22. Steyn's kick is charged down, but Kirchner saves the day for the Bulls. Blues lock Moli is called over for an earlier high tackle, but just gets a slap on the wrist... and the Bulls get a penalty, which allows Steyn to get his team out of the woods.

32 Another chance for Steyn at goal after the Blues were penalised for hands in the ruck. Steyn having trouble finding his target and once again, the flags stay down. Blues let off the hook once more...

30 Once again, Blues are forced to defend their line. Pierre Spies charges into a tackle. With options to his left and right, Steyn elects to go for a cheeky drop-goal... but falls way short.

26 This time though Steyn is unable to convert... 6-14!

TRY24 TRY, BULLS. Kerr's clearance kick is charged down on half way and here come the Bulls! Olivier slips out of a tackle, and the ball is spread to the left where Ndungane steps inside his man to score. Try number two for the Bulls!

20 The Bulls lead 10-6 in what has been a real arm-wrestle thus far...

Conversion18 CONVERSION, BULLS. Steyn adds the extras from the sideline. Super kick!

TRY17 TRY, BULLS. A perfectly weighted up and under from Steyn is claimed by Ndungane. The Bulls forwards rumble it up a few more metres before spreading wide for Mapoe to score in the corner!

Penalty14 PENALTY, BLUES. Kerr gets a second chance after Deon Stegmann is pinged, and a much easier one bang in front as Deon Stegmann is penalised. No mistake this time from the Blues pivot!

11 The Blues handed another penalty - Bulls offsides. Kerr hasn't striked it well this time though and the flags stay down...

8 The Bulls claim a line-out and maul it up 15m downfield. Thought with all the momentum they are then penalised for not releasing.

Penalty5 PENALTY, BULLS. With the visitors looking dangerous on attack Luke Braid is caught offside from bang in front. Morne Steyn knocks it over to level the scores. 3-3!

Penalty3 PENALTY, BLUES. Kerr slots it from 10 metres inside touch. The home side are on the board! 3-0

2 And we're under way! Fast start by the Blues, who get a shot at goal early after making their way inside the Bulls danger zone...

welcome Hello and welcome to Eden Park where the Blues host the Bulls! Both sides are undefeated thus far in the tournament, but that's all about to change in the next 80 mintues - unless there's a draw! - when the two teams go head to head in Auckland.

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