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Blue Bulls v Free State Cheetahs - Live
80 FULL TIME: BLUE BULLS 26 CHEETAHS 10
80 The final whistle goes and puts the Cheetahs out of their misery after a poor performance. The men from the Free State were the favourites but couldn't manage to deal with a fired up Blue Bulls filled with youngsters. The victory takes the Bulls off the bottom of the table are are now back in the running.
79 CONVERSION, POLLARD, 26-10: Pollard adds the extras from the corner to seal a fine performance by the fly-half.
78 TRY, BULLS, LIEBENBERG, 24-10: The driving maul which has been so effective all day finally pays dividends.
77 After a sustained assault on the Cheetahs line, the scrum-half is played and the Bulls earn a penalty. They kick for touch and continue to run the clock down in the right part of the field.
73 The passes are sticking now as the Cheetahs look to have a new lease on life. One risky pass too many however forces a knock-on and a scrum should settle things down for the hosts.
71 Watts misses the conversion, meaning that the visitors still trail by two scores.
70 TRY, CHEETAHS, WATTS, 19-10: Free State run from depth, getting up to the half way line. The recycle is good and the fly-half steps straight into a huge hole before running around Visser in the last line of defense.
68 Willemse lunges for the line and his second try. He is short and knocks the ball on, giving the Cheetahs a chance to get out of the danger zone.
66 The confidence is flowing through this young Bulls pack now as they counter ruck and start to dominate their opposite numbers.
64 CONVERSION, POLLARD, 19-5: POllard adds the extras and the Blue Bull song rings around the stadium.
63 TRY, BULLS, WILLEMSE, 17-5: The wall finally bursts as the relentless bulls bash their was over through lock, Paul Willemse. The TMO agrees and this young Bulls squad take a very commanding lead.
61 The Bulls are given a breather as a lazy cleaner seals the ball off even though there was no pressure in term of a turnover. The home side clear and look to set a maul off the resulting lineout.
59 Falling behind has forced the visitors to play some rugby. The ball is swung from coast to coast, stretching the Bulls defence.
57 PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD, 12-5: Desperate to retain possession, the Cheetahs are pinned for holding on. Pollard lands a long distance attempt this time and the lead stretches.
55 The Cheetahs are a very talented side and will not go away. Quick ball retention on attack forces the Bulls to infringe but Smit pulls the penalty kick across the face of goal. The score remains 9-5 to the home side.
52 The calls are starting to go against the visitors as the Bulls are given another offside penalty. Pollard lines up a long distance attempt, but can't find the direction this time.
51 PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD, 9-5: The speed of attack has caught the Cheetahs offside, giving Pollard another chance to kick at goal. It hits the upright and falls the right side of the cross bar.
48 The Bulls have lifted since taking the lead, posing more of a challenge both on defense and attack.
46 PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD, 5-6: A scrum penalty gives the Bulls a chance to take the lead. Pollard steps up and splits the uprights.
44 Another bomb is fumbled by the Cheetahs full-back, giving the Bulls the feed to a scrum on the 10 metre line in Free State territory.
43 The men in orange have started the second half positively with a multiphase movement. Eventually they run out of cleaners and the penalty is given away for not releasing the ball on the ground.
41 Welcome back to Pretoria, where visiting Cheetahs hold a narrow two point advantage at the break. Smit kicks off to starts the second half.
HALF TIME: BLUE BULL 3 CHEETAHS 5
40 The Blue bulls have had enough as they boot the ball into the stands to end the first half. It was a half where both teams tried their heart out, but neither were clinical enough on attack to convert their opportunities. Which ever team cuts out the errors in the second should pull ahead and take the spoils.
39 The one thing that you can't fault is the commitment on defense from both sides.
38 The Bulls bounce back but once again the attack comes to nothing. A score before half time could be vital for either team.
35 A strong maul gives the home side some momentum, but as soon as the ball is spread the forward stops. A turnover results which the Cheetahs spread wide, putting Rule into space. He offloads to Eberson who looks to be over but cuts back into the defended and the try goes begging.
32 Its the Bulls turn to win a scrum penalty that allows them to relieve their lines. The lineout is on the halfway line.
30 The Cheetahs are on attack for the first time in a while. They look far more likely to cross the white wash and have been rewarded with an attacking lineout about 10 metres out.
28 The Bulls have created plenty of try scoring opportunities through running straight and hard, but they have not shown the composure required to finish it off.
27 The scums have been very messy today and the penalty goes the way of the Cheetahs this time, allowing them to gain a territorial advantage.
25 Venter uses a strong hand-off to break the line. The Bulls are behind the defence and have numbers to burn, but the captain takes contact and knocks the ball on.
24 The Bulls launch wave after wave of attack, but a lack of imagination makes it fairly easy to defend. The error comes and the Cheetahs bang the ball down field through their full-back.
22 The maul is set by the Bulls off the lineout, its the only aspect where they have looked really dangerous, but as soon as they try to release the backs an error occurs.
20 Pretorius puts massive pressure on the Number eight at the back of the scrum, but he is over eager as gives away the penalty.
18 After a reclaimed kick, the Bulls are hot on attack. A desperate turnover stubs the move and then the hosts are caught offside, making the clearance pressure free.
15 Sarel Pretorius looked to have scored from the resulting lineout, but the TMO has found a knock-on and the score remains 3-5.
14 Visser ends a spell of kicking by finding touch on the full from just outside his 22.
13 The men in blue try to use their heavy loose forwards to bend the line, but a forward pass surrenders possession.
11 Smit can't convert his own try, but the score still leaves the visitors in front.
10 TRY, CHEETAHS, SMIT, 3-5: The Free State side are showing their confidence as they give the ball plenty of air. Quick hands releases Smit on the wing who pulls a tough take in brilliantly and is over in the corner.
9 Smit comes off the wing and into first receiver for the Cheetahs. He slices straight through the defensive line, but the final pass doesn't find its mark and the Bulls clear to touch.
6 The scrum penalty goes the Cheetahs way and good touch finder takes play up to the 10 metre line in their own territory.
5 The men in blue are getting up some momentum, and it takes a very fine defensive effort to prevent an early try. The Cheetahs will feed the scrum and have a chance to clear their lines.
2 PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD, 3-0: A well structured maul earns the hosts an early penalty. Pollard has the chance to score the first points and possibly settle some nerves, He makes no mistake.
1 Pollard gets the game under way with a deep kick off. Watts clears and the Blue Bulls will have a throw in on the half way line.
The big change for the local side is that impressive centre, Francois Venter is back in the mid-field. The Cheetahs on the other hand have stuck with the same XV that beat the Griquas last week.
The conditions are beautiful to play some attractive running rugby. The Blue Bulls anchor the Currie Cup log and are in desperate need of a win to restore some confidence to their young squad.
Welcome to Loftus where the Blue Bulls welcome the Free State Cheetahs in the second Currie Cup encounter of round five in this year's competition. The home side has had a tough couple of weeks and will need to get back to winning ways if they are to challenge for a semi-final spot.
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