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Kings v Bulls - Live
Kings 0 Bulls 34
80 CONVERSION, BULLS, FOUCHE! 0-34. Fouche adds the final nail in the Kings' coffin when he adds the extras! That's the final act of the match as the referee blows his whistle to signal the end of the match soon afterwards. The visitors were in control from the outset and are deserved winners. The victory moves them to the top of the South African conference table and third in the overall standings! The Kings will have to back to the drawing board as they failed to get their hands on the ball for lengthy periods and they lacked creativity on attack.
80 TRY, BULLS, NDUNGANE! 0-32. Bjorn Basson sets off on an electrifying run and beats two defenders before ofloading to Akona Ndungane, who shrugs off a challenge from Jacques Engelbrecht, before dotting down!
78 CONVERSION, BULLS, FOUCHE! 0-27. Louis Fouche adds the extras to extend the visitors' lead!
77 TRY, BULLS, POTGIETER! 0-25. Callie Visagie is topped short of the line by two defenders and Jacques Potgieter rips the ball from his hands before barging over from close quarters!
74 The Bulls attack inside the Kings' 22 but the home side do well to keep them at bay. Grant Kemp is blown up for a ruck infringement and the Bulls kick for touch again. From the line-out in side the Kings' 22 they try to get their driving maul going
71 Cooke is pinned for side entry at a ruck and Louis Fouche puts the ball out about 10 metres from the Kings' 22. Not much happening in this match at the moment.
68 Whitehead clears his line but one of the Bulls' defenders touches the kick as it goes into touch which means the hosts can throw the ball in at the line-out.
64 The Kings win the ball on the Bulls' put-in at a scrum and Shaun Venter attacks. He takes out two defenders, close to the visitors' try-line, but does not offload to Ronnie Cooke who would have scored if he passed!
62 The Kings are awarded a penalty when Spies holds onto the ball on the ground. Catrakilis puts the ball into touch five metres from the Bulls' 22.
59 Steyn's eyes light up when he spots a huge opening and launches a brilliant diagonal kick which rolls into touch deep inside the Kings' 22.
56 Paul Willemse is penalised for being offside at a ruck. Catrakilis puts the ball out inside the Bulls' 22.
53 Steyn puts through a chip kick but the referee rules that Serfontein was in front of him and awards a penalty to the hosts deep inside their half.
50 The Kings take the ball through several phases, inside the Bulls' 22, but can't get over the advantage line. Catrakilis eventually launches a cross-kick for Jacques Englebrecht to chase but the ball rolls into touch.
47 Marcello Sampson gathers a ball inside his 22 and beats four defenders before being brought to ground by Jano Vermaak 15 metres outside the Bulls' 22!
45 Catrakilis puts the ball into touch on the edge of the Bulls' 22 after Werner Kruger is pinned for playing the ball from an offside position.
43 The Bulls take the ball through several phases and are soon camped on the Kings' 22. They lose momentum, however, when Spies commits a handling error on the ground.
40 Steyn gets us underway for the second half. His kick is knocked on by Steven Sykes and the Bulls are back on attack at a scrum.
Kings 0 Bulls 20
40 Ralepelle wins a turnover and the Bulls launch one final raid in the Bulls' 22. The ball comes out to Spies who tries an outrageous drop goal! his effort is a poor one which is too low and well wide of the posts! The referee's whistle goes shortly afterwards to signal half-time. It's been an entertaining opening period with the Bulls' dominant in most facets of play. The scoreboard is a fair reflection of the game and the Kings will have to improve considerably after the break if they want anything from this match.
38 Visser makes a dart for the line but has the ball knocked from his grasp by a fine cover tackle by Watson!
37 Spies takes the ball into contact at the back of a line-out before offloading to Mapoe, who sets off towards the try-line! Only a desperate tackle from Ronnie Cooke prevents him from scoring.
34 DROP GOAL, BULLS, STEYN! 0-20. Steyn keeps the scoreboard ticking when he lands a snap-shot from about 15 metres out!
32 The Bulls go close to scoring on a couple of occasions but the Kings are keeping them at bay with desperate defence! JJ Engelbrecht and Pierre Spies are both stopped just short of the line!
30 The Bulls launch a back-line attack but lose possession when Serfontein knocks on after a big hit from Waylon Murray!
27 Ralepelle goes over the try-line under a mass of bodies and referee Francisco Pastrana checks with his TMO if a try has been scored. The TMO rules that Werner Kruger committed an penalisable infringement in the build-up and the Kings get out of jail with a penalty!
24 CONVERSION, BULLS, STEYN! 0-17. Steyn adds the extras to extend the visitors' lead!
23 TRY, BULLS, VERMAAK! 0-15. Jano Vermaak rounds off a fine team effort when sails in at the left-hand corner after Mapoe and Serfontein combine brilliantly in the build-up!
21 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 0-10. Steyn succeeds with the spot-kick after Bandise Maku is penalised for not releasing a tackled player on the ground.
17 Steyn does brilliantly with a 40-metre crossfield kick which sails into touch inside the Kings' 22.
16 Cornell du Preez takes the ball into contact but is held up in the tackle by Chiliboy Ralepelle. This allows Pierre Spies to rip the ball from Du Preez's grasp.
14 Steyn gets a chance to put his team into double figures after Schalk Ferreira drops his bind at a scrum. The Bulls pivot's goal-kick is off target, however.
11 The Bulls attack out wide and Mapoe gets man and ball when Ronnie Cooke puts in a big hit. The Bulls wing knocks on in the process.
9 The Kings string together several phases but loses possession when Deon Stegmann wins a crucial turnover close to the halfway mark.
6 CONVERSION, BULLS, STEYN! 0-7. Morne Steyn slots a difficult spot-kick from close to the touchline to put the visitors further in front!
5 TRY, BULLS, SERFONTEIN! 0-5. Jan Serfontein runs onto an inside pass from Steyn and crashes over from close range!
4 Andries Strauss is penalised when he goes diving into a ruck. Morne Steyn puts the ball into touch just inside the Kings' 22. From there the visitors try to launch a drive at a line-out but the Kings keep them in check with a solid counter-shove.
2 The Bulls launch a sweeping back-line movement but Lionel Mapoe overruns a pass from Visser and knocks on.
Kick-off George Whitehead gets the match underway with a deep kick. Jurgens Visser gathers but is taken down by a big hit from Kevin Buys!
Team news Like the Bulls, the Kings have also made a late change with young Sergeal Petersen being ruled out through injury. Marcello Sampson comes into the run-on side and Scott van Breda takes his place on the bench.
Team news Kings captain Luke Watson is back in the starting XV for this clash after recovering from a throat injury sustained in their opener against the Western Force. Watson will start at number eight, against the Bulls, in place of Cornell du Preez, who moves to flank. In the only other changes, hooker Bandise Maku and prop Kevin Buys return to the front row, while David Bulbring is back at lock in place of Rynier Bernardo, who drops to the bench.
Team news The Bulls have made just one change to the side that beat the Cheetahs last weekend. Initially, coach Frans Ludeke named an unchanged run-on side but Dewald Potgieter has been forced to withdraw following a knee injury and will be replaced by Arno Botha. Botha's place on the bench will be taken by Jacques Potgieter. The Bulls also welcome back Springbok wing Bjorn Basson, who has recovered from injury, and is also amongst the replacements
Welcome Hello and welcome to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth for this Super Rugby hit out between the Kings and the Bulls. We'll return shortly with team news!
Updates to appear here at 18:55 local (17:55 BST, 16:55 GMT)
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