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- 29th Jun 2013
- KO 16:05
- Ground: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Bulls v Kings - Live
Bulls 48 Kings 18
80 The Kings attack outside the Bulls' 22 but concede a turnover when George Whitehead is dispossessed by Werner Kruger. From the ensuing ruck, Paige passes to Steyn, who boots the ball into touch to bring proceedings to a close. The Bulls have been dominant and are deserved winners. They've had this game in the bag in the first half already, and although the visitors launched a mini fightback early in the second half, they continued to dominate as the game wore on. The Kings will have to go back to the drawing board as they were totally outplayed by their hosts. They were never in this game but did well to prevent the Bulls from notching their half century.
79 Paige puts Kirchner into a gap but he makes little headway and is tackled by Grant Kemp. Paige tries to get the ball out wide but knocks on in the process.
76 Cornell du Preez is penalised for a ruck infringement and Rudy Paige plays quickly! He beats four defenders before Van der Walt brings him to ground close to the Kings' try-line!
73 CONVERSION, BULLS, STEYN! 48-18. Steyn shows his class as he lands a difficult spot-kick from up against the touchline!
72 TRY, BULLS, STEGMANN! 46-18. The Bulls launch a drive from a line-out deep inside the Kings' 22 and Deon Stegmann gets in for a deserved try!
71 The Kings' font row is pinned for illegal scrummaging. Steyn kicks for touch and puts the ball out inside the Kings' 22.
69 There's another handling error by the hosts! This time it's Kirchner who knocks on a pass from Steyn.
67 The Kings forwards are penalised for a ruck infringement and the Bulls opt to set up a ruck inside the Kings' 22. The ball goes out wide to the backs where Basson knocks on in front of the posts!
64 The Kings attack close to the halfway mark but lose possession when Marais knocks on a pass from Ronnie Cooke.
62 CONVERSION, BULLS, STEYN! 41-18. Steyn adds another two-pointer to extend the home side's lead!
61 TRY, BULLS, J POTGIETER! 39-18. Jacques Potgieter runs onto a pass from Hougaard close to the try-line and smashes his way through a tackle from Strauss before dotting down!
59 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 34-18. Steyn gets the hosts' first points of the half after Grant Kemp is penalised for illegal scrummaging.
56 Devin Oosthuizen is on for Engelbrecht and he is immediately in the thick of the action. He carries strongly but when he goes to ground Hougaard wins a crucial turnover for the Bulls!
53 TRY, KINGS, VAN DER WALT! 31-18. Wimpie van der Walt gets in for his and the Kings' second try after the visitors rumble it up with another maul from a line-out on the Bulls' five-metre line!
52 The Kings take the ball through six phases with their forwards before spinning it wide to their backs. Marcello Sampson does well to beat a couple of defenders before being brought to ground inside the home side's 22.
49 Catrakilis puts his side on the attack when he puts through a 30-metre grubber kick which rolls into touch inside the Bulls' 22.
47 The Bulls are taking the ball through several phases, inside the Kings' half, but the visitors are showing great commitment on defence. The hosts' eventually lose possession when Flip van der Merwe knocks on.
44 SP Marais gathers a bomb from Hougaard and sets off on an attacking run from inside his 22. He beats four defenders but loses possession when Jacques Potgieter brings him to ground inside the Bulls' 22!
42 The Bulls try to attack out wide but are called back after a pass from Bjorn Basson to Jacques Potgieter goes forward.
40 Morne Steyn gets the second half underway! David Bullbring gathers and goes to ground just outside his 22.
Bulls 31 Kings 13
40 TRY, KINGS, VAN DER WALT! 31-11. Wimpie van der Walt scores under a mass of bodies, after the Kings launch a drive from a line-out!
40 Ralepelle is penalised after failing to release Maku in the tackle. Catrakilis puts the ball out on the Bulls' five-metre line.
38 Jacques Engelbrecht does brilliantly when he gathers a bomb just outside his 22 and bumps of three defenders before setting up a ruck midway between the halfway line and his 22-metre line!
33 CONVERSION, BULLS, STEYN! 24-6. Steyn shows his class as he lands the two-pointer from up against the touchline!
32 TRY, BULLS, SERFONTEIN! 22-6. Ndungane takes a quick throw-in at the halfway mark after Catrakilis' kick from the restart goes directly into touch. There's lots of inter-passing between the hosts' backs until Serfontein dots down in the corner!
31 CONVERSION, BULLS, STEYN! 17-6. Steyn adds the extras to push the hosts further in front!
30 TRY, BULLS, RALEPELLE! 15-6. Chiliboy Ralepelle rips the ball from Grant Hattingh at a maul and races away past two defenders before scoring under the posts!
28 The Bulls launch a counter-attack with their backs but it all goes awry when a pass from Serfontein to Ndungane goes forward.
25 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 10-6. Steyn adds an easy three-pointer, after several Kings defenders stray offside while defending their line in the build-up to Steyn's disallowed try.
24 The Bulls set up several phases with their forwards. The ball comes out to Steyn who crosses the Kings' try-line but the referee disallows the try as Flip van der Merwe took out two defenders off the ball!
21 Steyn launches a bomb and Zane Kirchner gives chase! He does well to get to the ball before any opponent but knocks on.
19 Morne Steyn is on the field for Fouche, who has left the field with an injury, and his first act is to try and guide the ball through the posts, from the kicking tee, after Kevin Buys infringes at a ruck. Steyn must have left his kicking boots at home as he misses what would usually be a fairly easy kick by his standards!
17 PENALTY, KINGS, CATRAKILIS! 7-6. Catrakilis narrows the gap, to a point, after Greyling is penalised for collapsing a maul illegally.
16 The Kings take the ball through several phases close to the Bulls' try-line! Schalk Ferreira is stopped short and Andries Strauss gathers. He dives over the Bulls' line but loses the ball in the process!
14 PENALTY, KINGS, CATRAKILIS! 7-3. Catrakilis adds a three-pointer from about 45 metres out, after Jacques Potgieter is pinned for a high tackle on the Kings pivot!
11 Demetri Catrakilis sees Akona Ndungane moving up on defence and puts through a 25 metre clearance kick which rolls into touch inside the Bulls' 22.
9 CONVERSION, BULLS, FOUCHE! 7-0. Fouche slots the easy two-pointer to extend the home side's lead!
8 TRY, BULLS, FOUCHE! 5-0. The Bulls take the ball through several phases with their backs, inside the Kings' 22. Francois Hougaard then takes it out to his backs and Louis Fouche goes through a big gap before scoring under the posts!
7 Dean Greyling takes the ball into contact but he is carried back in the tackle by Bandise Maku and Wimpie van der Walt!
5 The Kings launch an attack with their backs and Marais joins the line at pace! He tries to offload to Michael Killian but his pass is wayward. Jan Serfontein gathers and tries to kick ahead but the ball rolls into touch.
3 The teams pack down for the first scrum. It's a Bulls put but the Kings are pinned for an early engagement. Fouche launches an up-and-under which SP Marais knocks on.
Kick-off Demetri Catrakilis gets the game underway with a deep, hanging kick! Dewald Potgieter gathers inside his 22 and immediately sets up a ruck inside his 22. The ball is recycled to Louis Fouche who kicks for touch and puts it out midway between the halfway mark and his 22.
Team news The Bulls welcome back Wynand Olivier to their midfield and will be led by Dewald Potgieter. Potgieter will captain the Bulls for the first time and shifts to number eight in place of regular skipper Pierre Spies, who has been ruled out for the remainder of 2013 with a bicep injury. In total, the starting team shows eight changes from the side which beat the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein earlier this month. Potgieter's namesake, Jacques Potgieter, returns to the loose trio at blindside flank for the injured Arno Botha, where he will partner Deon Stegmann, who starts at openside. Versatile loose forward Jono Ross will make his debut for the Bulls should he get game-time off the bench. At lock, Grant Hattingh comes in for Juandré Kruger, who will start off the bench. Bulls coach Frans Ludeke made a number of changes in the back-line. Springbok full-back Zane Kirchner is back in the starting team after a long injury lay-off, while Akona Ndungane, Wynand Olivier and Louis Fouché will start against the Kings. Ndungane replaces the injured Lionel Mapoe at right wing. Morné Steyn (fly-half) and JJ Engelbrecht (centre), two of the Springboks' stars in their recent clean-sweep of the recent Test series, will both get a break from the bench.
Team news Regular Kings skipper and number eight Luke Watson has been ruled out for six months due to ankle surgery and is subsequently absent from the team's XV this weekend. His place in the starting XV goes to Jacques Englebrecht while centre Andries Strauss takes over the captaincy. Centre Ronnie Cooke turned over an ankle in training this week, but he has been named in the team and Solomons said he was sure he would be fit while Michael Killian return on the wing.
Welcome Good day and welcome Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria for this Super Rugby derby between these two South African adversaries, the Bulls and the Kings. We'll return shortly with team news.
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