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Bulls v Brumbies - Live
Bulls 23 Brumbies 26
80 CONVERSION, BRUMBIES, LEALI'IFANO! 23-26. Leali'ifano holds his nerve and adds the extras! From the kick off, Sio sets up a ruck and when it comes out, White passes to Leali'ifano who boots it into touch! The final whistle goes, and the visitors have done what many felt was impossible! They've beaten the Bulls in their own backyard. The home side will be wondering how they lost this game, as they were in control for most of the second half. Take nothing away from the visitors, however, as they held their nerve when it mattered most and are deserved winners in the end!
79 TRY, BRUMBIES, KURIDRANI! 23-24. Matt Toomua glides through a gap inside the Bulls' 22 and offloads to Tevita Kuridrani, who gets in for what could be the matchwinning try!
76 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 23-19. Steyn extends the hosts' lead after the Brumbies front-row is penalised for standing up at a scrum!
73 The Bulls kick for touch again, after Fardy enters a maul from the side! The crowd are furious, as once again it was within goal-kicking range!
70 Fardy is pinned for playing the ball from an offside position just outside his 22. The Bulls surprise by opting to kick for touch.
68 The Bulls attack inside the Brumbies 22 but lose possession when Engelbrecht knocks on at a critical moment!
65 Steyn tries to clear with a kick, from behind his try-line, but Fardy charges down1 The Bulls gain a reprieve as it goes behind the dead-ball line!
63 Smith wins another turnover, inside his 22! The ball comes out to White, who boots it into touch, just outside the Bulls' 22!
60 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 20-19. Stey puts the home side into the lead, for the first time, after Scott Fardy is penalised for being offside at a maul!
57 The game is on a knife's edge! There's plenty of unhappiness amongst the home crowd, after the replays on the stadium's big screen shows that Ben Alexander has dropped his bind at a scrum, but referee Craig Joubert sees it differently and rules that it was a collapsed set-piece, and orders a new scrum.
54 Mogg launches a huge up-and-under but, it does more harm than good as it sails directly into touch!
51 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 17-19. Steyn cancels out Leali'ifano's three-pointer, after Mowen is pinned for a ruck infringement!
49 PENALTY, BRUMBIES, LEALI'IFANO! 14-19. Leali'ifano adds to the Brumbies tally, from the kicking tee, after Morne Mellet - who has just come on as a replacement for Dean Greyling - drops his bind at a scrum.
45 Serfontein goes on the attack inside their 22, but Smith does brilliantly when he steals a vital turnover at the ensuing ruck!
43 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 14-16. Steyn adds another penalty, after several Brumbies are pinned for straying offside at a ruck.
42 The Bulls are on the attack, deep inside the Brumbies' 22! Grant Hattingh runs onto a pass from Hougaard but is held up by George Smith and Nic White when he crashes over the line!
40 Steyn gets the second half underway with a deep kick which Mogg gathers inside his 22. The Brumbies full-back returns Steyn's kick with interest, and the Bulls can only watch as it goes out 10 metres inside their half.
Bulls 11 - 16 Brumbies
40 Mogg launches a bomb which Zane Kirchner deals with in mid-air. When he hits the deck the ball comes out to Hougaard, who boots it into touch when he hears the sound of the half-time hooter. The players head into the sheds and the Brumbies will be happy with that performance. They will look to continue, when they return, but don't write of this Bulls side. They haven't hit their straps yet and will be keen to up the ante after the break.
38 Scott Sio does brilliantly when he dispossesses Greyling in contact, deep inside his 22! The ball comes back to Mogg, who puts the ball out close to the halfway mark!
36 PENALTY, BRUMBIES, LEALI'IFANO! 11-16. Leali'ifano adds another penalty, after Werner Kruger is pinned for illegal scrummaging!
34 The Brumbies attack, just outside the Bulls' 22 and Tevita Kuridrani carries well! All his good work is undone by White, who throws a shocking long pass into touch!
32 Mogg gathers a kick from Steyn and sets off on an attacking run. He chips ahead but his kick goes directly into touch!
30 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 11-13. Steyn adds another three-pointer, after Smith is pinned for straying offside at a ruck.
27 Hougaard launches a poor up-and-under but Ndungane does brilliantly, when he plucks the ball from in front of Rathbone's nose!
25 PENALTY, BRUMBIES, LEALI'IFANO! 8-13. Leali'ifano restores his side's five-point lead after Greyling is pinned for not rolling away, after making a tackle on Smith.
23 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 8-10. Steyn reduces the Brumbies' lead, after Mowen is penalised for playing Dewald Potgieter in the air at a line-out.
21 The Brumbies get a good right shoulder at a scrum, inside their 22 and Ben Mowen offloads to White who launches a 40 metre kick into touch.
19 Hougaard launches a box kick which Rathbone goes up for. He misjudges it completely and the ball rolls into touch off George Smith's body when in comes down to earth.
16 TRY, BULLS, ENGELBRECHT! 5-10. The Bulls take the ball through several phases with their backs, before spinning it wide to their backs. The ball comes to JJ Engelbrecht, who takes a gap and hands off Speight before dotting down!
15 Rathbone is pinned for playing Ndungane in the air and Steyn gets a chance to get the home side's first points. He strikes the ball well, from the kicking tee, but his effort is wide of the uprights.
12 CONVERSION, BRUMBIES, LEALI'IFANO! 0-10. Leali'ifano adds the extras to extend his side's lead!
11 TRY, BRUMBIES, MOGG! 0-8. Henry Speight finds the ball in space and beats four defenders, before offloading to Jess Mogg, who gets in at the right-hand corner for the first try of the game!
9 'ifano gets a chance to extend the visitors' lead, after Dean Greyling is pinned for illegal scrummaging, but his effort sails just wide of the mark!
6 The Bulls put pressure on the Brumbies at a line-out. The ball is tapped back to Nic White and Dewald Potgieter knocks on.
3 PENALTY, BRUMBIES, LEALI'IFANO! 0-3. Christian Leali'ifano gets the game's opening points after Francois Hougaard is penalised for side entry at a ruck.
Kick-off Christian Leali'ifano gets the game underway with a deep kick which Odwa Ndungane gathers inside his 22. He tries to attack but is bundled into touch by Clyde Rathbone!
Team news The Bulls have named their side, with Jan Serfontein and Francois Hougaard both returning to the starting line-up, after missing their defeat to the Stormers in Cape Town, two weeks ago. The duo's return coincides with former Junior Springbok lock Paul Willemse returning to take his place on the bench for Saturday's clash. Serfontein replaces Francois Venter in the midfield and Hougaard's inclusion comes at the expense of Jano Vermaak, who will move to the bench, where he replaces Rudy Paige. Willemse replaces Jacques du Plessis, who made his debut in Cape Town.
Team news After last weekend's nail-biting 15-13 win over the Cheetahs in Canberra, Brumbies boss Jake White has named an unchanged matchday 22 for today's clash.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria for our coverage of the second Super Rugby semi-final between our hosts, the Bulls, and the Brumbies. There's plenty to play for as the winners will take on the Chiefs in the final in Hamilton next weekend. Don't go away! We'll be back soon with team news.
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