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80 Full time score 22-7 to Cheetahs. A nigh that the Bulls will want to forget as quickly as possible! They just didn't pitch up tonight, making countless handling errors and having much of their ball turned over. To give credit to the Cheetahs, they were nuggety for all 80 min and showed some great skill on attack. The Cheetahs took their opportunities and the ball did bounce their way, but they were definitely the deserved winners tonight and worthy semi finalists.
80 That's the end of the match! The Cheetahs have won quite convincingly and the Bulls unfortunately are out of the Currie Cup.
79 The Cheetahs find space in Sarel pretorious again. He puts a chip kick over for Ebersohn to chase. he gets a favourable bounce and gets pulled up inches short and just loses the ball as he attempts to stretch for the try!
78 The conversion was missed!
77 TRY, CHEETAHS, STRAUSS, 22-7. Now THAT just summed up the Bulls night. Once again they knock on whilst on attack, Pretorious takes advantage and hacks down field several times before captain Strauss puts a kick through himself racing against JJ Engelbrecht. Strauss gets a lucky bounce and he goes over for a try!
75 The Bulls knock the ball on whilst on attack again through jacques du Plessis. That pretty much summed up their night! They just haven't been able to get anything going. 5 minutes to play and I can't see the Bulls progressing into the semi's from here.
73 Cheetahs have a good passage of play on attack keeping the ball alive with great skill. They lose the ball inside the Bulls 22m who begin a counterattack but they eventually lose the ball in contact. Schalk van der Merwe has just been given a red card for a dangerous tip tackle on a Bulls player!
70 Bok flyhalf Goosen is back and on for the Cheetahs and nearly scores after just a few minutes on the park. After an initial good break from Lappies, Sarel received the ball in support who offloaded to Goosen who passed the ball forward just before the try line.
66 Once again, Bulls can't hold onto their ball and knock on. Scrum to the Cheetahs.
65' Cheetahs clear from the scrum to set up a line out. Jono Ross makes a good run setting up some momentum for the visitors. Piet van Zyl knocks on as he tackles his opposite number at the ruck. Ref has gone upstairs to see if it was deliberate. The TMO decides that it was just a knock on. Scrum to Bulls.
62 They lose their own line out and the Cheetahs hack down field. Visser collects and starts another attack for the Bulls. Great defense from the Cheetahs as they manage to hold up the Bulls and win a scrum.
61 Bulls win another penalty at scrum time! The ref has a quick chat to Strauss about it as its happening regularly. Almost a must score scenario for the Bulls now as they set up an attacking line out.
60 Bulls try utilize Blommetjies on attack but he gets held up and Cheetahs win a scrum. Time quickly running out for the visitors with 20 minutes to play!
59 The Bulls aren't able to control the ball and Piet van Zyl hacks it through. The Cheetahs manage to win a line out around the half way. The Bulls win a penalty just after the line out and Pollard puts in a good kick to set up an attacking line out.
56 Bulls have won a penalty at scrum time and Pollard puts a decent touch kick in just inside the Cheetahs 22m. They need to score soon!
54 Pollard puts the restart straight out. Not what they wanted.
53 CONVERSION, WATTS, 17-7. Watts makes no mistake with the easy kick.
52 TRY, CHEETAHS, WATTS,15-7. Serfontein tries a chip kick but is intercepted by Watts! He has plenty of gas to burn and just manages to keep a flying Blommetjies at bay and crashes over under the poles! Huge task for the Bulls now!
51 The Bulls knock on after an attempted back line move. Fortunately for them they have won a penalty from the resulting scrum and take a quick tap! Once again they lose the ball and the Cheetahs clear.
48 The Bulls manage a steal off the Cheetahs line out! Paige puts in a box kick which Rhule collects but the Bulls win it at the breakdown! They receive a penalty for Rhule holding on.
47 The Bulls attack is lacking any deception or width and eventually Pretorious makes a steal! The Bulls then give away a penalty at the breakdown. Far too one dimensional from the Bulls...
45 Cheetahs looking quite flat on attack and not making much ground. They eventually give away a penalty by being off their feet. Pollard puts a good kick in to set up an attacking line out just inside the Cheetahs 22m.
43 Pollard makes a much better clearance this time! Quite keen to see when they will bring on Goosen and what kind of form he'll be in!?
42 Sarel Pretorious makes a classic scrummy run around the ruck. He makes a half gap but unfortunately his inside pass to Sadie is knocked on.
41 Elgar Watts starts us off for the second half. Pollard clears rather averagely.
40 Half time score 10-7 to Cheetahs. The Cheetahs have definitely been the better side as their forwards have been the more dominant pack. The Bulls need to cut down on their mistakes and capitalize on any territorial opportunities if they want any chance of winning and getting three more tries!
40 CONVERSION, POLLARD, 10-7. Pollard makes no mistake as he adds the two points.
39 TRY, BULLS, VAN DER MERWE, 7-5. Try for the Bulls! They take the tap and unleash Marcel van der Merwe to crash over for a much needed try before half time!
39 They lose the ball but come back for the penalty. The TMO is checking a high tackle on JJ Engelbrecht to see if it is card worthy. The TMO says its just a penalty and the Bulls take a tap.
38 Strauss's line out throw was not straight and the Bulls are back on attack again after a scrum. Bulls continue to crash it up as they do, playing with a penalty advantage.
37 The Bulls get ball back in possession and manage to hold onto it for over 10 phases. They get close to the line and go wide but once again lose the ball from a poor pass this time which goes into touch!
34 Bulls again make a mistake on an attacking line out and miss out on an opportunity! Throw into the line out was not straight
33 Rudy Paige has received a yellow for a professional foul, but the penalty goes to the Bulls for Coenie retaliating.
33 Cheetahs make an intercept through Robert Ebersohn off a Bulls line out attack! He is chased down by a Bulls player but he manages to offload to Sarel Pretorius who takes it up to the 22m of the Bulls. Just then a fight breaks out after the ball gets knocked on. The TMO is looking at the fight and the recent passage of play.
31 Jurgen Visser makes a great break after a switch with Pollard! The rest of the team manages to get to him in support and they continue the attack. They go close to the line before winning a penalty. They opt for a tap and continue to use their forwards. Its been turned over by the Cheetahs forwards and Watts makes a good clearance under extreme pressure!
27 Illegal scrummaging from the Bulls front row gets the Cheetahs a penalty to get out of trouble. Cheetahs definitely the dominant team so far.
26 Once again they knock on! This must be extremely frustrating for the coaching staff of the Bulls!
25 This good defense from the Cheetahs but the Bulls are not looking threatening at all on attack. They manage another penalty as the Cheetahs infringe. They set up another line out.
23 The Cheetahs get penalized for obstruction and Pollard finds touch 5m out. They need some points here!
22 Once again Bulls knock on while on attack! They need to look after the ball better tonight if they want to come away with four tries!
20 Bulls win a penalty just inside their own half as Coenie Oostehuizen enters a ruck from the side. Pollard kicks into the Cheetahs 22m.
18 After the bulls lose the ball in contact through Serfontein, Elgar Watts clears the ball out on the full! Bulls have an attacking opportunity now on the home sides 22m. Unfortunately for them they knock on and Cheetahs will have a scrum.
13 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, WATTS, 10-0. Perfect start from the Cheetahs!
13 Bjorn Basson intercepts an attacking play! but he's called back for being offside. Decisions here for Cheetahs. They opt for points!
11 Cheetahs are on attack again! Great interplay from both backs and forwards! They use the space brilliantly and offloading well. Boom Prinsloo drives close to the line but gets held up for a 5m scrum.
9 CONVERSION, WATTS, 7-0. Watts makes no mistake this time.
8 TRY, CHEETAHS, EBERSOHN, 5-0. Great try from the home side! The magical man Elgar Watts shows and goes breaking through the line. Ebersohn is their in support to run in an easy try!
7 Cheetahs showing intent on attack again and it looks like its the captain again who is offside and gives away a penalty. Watts has another long range effort which goes astray.
5 Watts first kick just drifts wide! There is a big wind out there today so kicking will be tough.
4 Cheetahs stamp their forward dominance by getting a tight head on the first scrum! They take the ball through several phases before Jono Ross comes in from the side and gives away a penalty. Cheetahs will have an early shot at goal.
1 Fumbles from both sides in this opening play! Aggressive defense forced Jacques du plessis to knock on. Cheetahs begin a counter attack but Benjamin also knocks on!
1 And we're underway in Bloemfontein! Elgar Watts receives the kick off and makes a good clearance.
Bulls need to win with a bonus point, prevent the Cheetahs from getting any bonus points as well as overturning a 22 points difference if they want to qualify for the semi-final!
Free State Cheetahs coach Naka Drotsk├ę has brought in his two Springboks and two stalwarts to face the Blue Bulls on Saturday.Strauss replaced the injured Hercu Liebenberg, while Oosthuizen came in for Schalk van der Merwe who was relegated to the replacement bench.The coach also relegated upcoming youngster Teboho Mohoje to the replacement bench and brought in Super Rugby regular Philip van der Walt after he showed last week against Griquas he had fully recovered from injury. Winger Piet Lindeque would also play from the bench with Rayno Benjamin coming into the starting line up in the final change.
South Africa backs JJ Engelbrecht and Jan Serfontein will combine in midfield for the Blue Bulls when they face the Cheetahs. Coach Pine Pienaar has also promoted loose forward Jacques Engelbrecht to his starting pack for Saturday's Currie Cup clash in Bloemfontein. The Bok midfield duo will play for the Blue Bulls for the first time this season and will replace William Small-Smith and Francois Venter respectively. Small-Smith will move to the Under-21's and Venter to the bench. Engelbrecht's inclusion at number eight, only his second start in seven matches, prompted a reshuffle to the loose trio. Regular number eight, Jono Ross, moves to the side of the scrum, with Wiaan Liebenberg released to captain the Under-21 side. A fit-again Jean Cook moves onto the bench. In more changes on the bench, Werner Kruger replaces Dean Greyling and Clayton Blommetjies comes in for Ulrich Beyers.
Welcome to Bloemfontein for our final round of the Currie Cup 2013. Today features the Cheetahs vs. the Blue Bulls!
Updates to appear here at 16:50 local (15:50 BST).
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