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Cheetahs v Bulls - Live
80 It's all over in Bloemfontein and the Cheetahs have their first ever win over the Bulls in Super Rugby. It wasn't pretty but the hosts won't care as they hit back from last week's loss to the Lions. The Bulls are now zero from two in the competition.
79 PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 15-9! A scrum penalty sees the Bulls get within losing bonus-point range. Only seconds left here for the visitors to snatch a win.
77 The rain is as heavy as it has been all night in Bloem as the Bulls prepare to throw in 45 metres out. It is now or never for the visitors but again Le Roux is the man who clears well up to halfway.
75 It doesn't look good for the Bulls as Serfontein's pass to Du Plessis 20 metres out is called forward by Berry. Not long now for the hosts to hold out.
73 The Cheetahs have the Bulls where they want them, in their own half, and with Le Roux soon rising to claim a mark in his 22, valuable time ticks away.
70 More kicking at the Free State Stadium as the rain continues to fall. It's a case of getting over the finish line for the Cheetahs. Low risk all the way.
67 Nothing comes of that field position though as kick tennis is the outcome before Piet van Zyl's poor pass goes into touch on halfway. The home crowd cheer that as Van Zyl is a former Cheetahs nine.
64 Territory will be key now and Frik Kirsten being penalised for collapsing a scrum won't help the Bulls, neither will Basson booting the ball out on the full. Cheetahs line-out 25 metres out here.
61 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 15-6! No mistake this time as the hosts move nine points clear again.
60 So close from Cheetahs fly-half Goosen as his 60-metre penalty attempt hits the post. He will get another go though as Ross is penalised for offside in the aftermath. Bring back that kicking tee then.
58 Almost a moment to remember for Cheetahs number eight Phillip van der Walt as he breaks down the blindside before chipping over the top. The Bulls survive though and will put in close to halfway.
55 So the Bulls are back within one score as Berry calls for a Cheetahs scrum on halfway due to a knock-on. Still no tries in this game remember.
53 PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 12-6! Yes he can.
52 Bulls flanker Jacques du Plessis is going off for a concussion test after suffering a head injury so a slight delay here before play gets back under way. The Bulls have a penalty on the Cheetahs ten-metre and Pollard calls for the tee. Can he make this?
50 Prinsloo's good work is undone however as he slows down the ball at a resulting ruck 35 metres from his own try-line. Up steps Pollard, who misses a relative sitter! Frans Ludeke looks disappointed.
47 Hattingh and Fouche leave the field, replaced by Victor Matfield and Handre Pollard, as the Bulls send the ball into the corner. But it's a short-lived surge as Prinsloo wins the critical steal.
45 This is solid defence from the Cheetahs as they refuse to let the Bulls into their own 22, with tackle after tackle flying in. Luckily for the Bulls, Caylib Oosthuizen and Goosen are offside.
43 Yet another drop-goal attempt from long range from Goosen that falls well short and it backfires too due to some of his forwards being caught offside. Decent field position for the Bulls is the result.
41 Welcome back. Fouche gets things going again as the Bulls look to turn around this nine-point deficit.
40 The half ends with a missed penalty attempt from Fouche from halfway after the Cheetahs failed to roll away. Not the greatest 40 minutes of Super Rugby but the weather hasn't helped. Let us hope for an improvement after the break. See you then.
38 Oh dear, another drop-goal shot from Goosen this time on his left foot fails to get up to crossbar height. The Bulls will drop out once again then.
37 From the prop to their number ten, the Bulls have just had another shocker as Fouche boots one out on the full by mistake. Strauss will now throw just 30 metres from the visitors line before Goosen misses with an attempted drop-goal. It's all a bit messy.
34 A change for the Bulls as Greyling hobbles off for Marcel van der Merwe. The latter will now pack down five metres from the Cheetahs line for what is a key moment in the half. And it's a nightmare start for the replacement, who is penalised for his bind.
32 It's all very loose right now as the Bulls look to strike back from 20 metres out. They will have a scrum platform now too after Prinsloo fumbles off the back of a ruck. They would love a score here.
29 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 12-3! It's all Cheetahs right now as they go through the phases 30 metres from the Bulls line. They were not penetrating a whole lot but a penalty offence soon came against Ross so Goosen called for the tee. Nice strike.
26 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 9-3! The lead is back up to six points after Van der Merwe is penalised for offside. And it gets worse for the Bulls as the restart goes out on the full. Silly, silly errors.
23 PENALTY, BULLS, FOUCHE! 6-3! That's lazy from the Cheetahs as Francois Venter enters a ruck from the side, allowing Fouche the opportunity to pull it back to a three-point ball game. He does just that.
21 First Strauss, now Callie Visagie throws poorly as his line-out is called crooked 35 metres out from the Cheetahs line. So, we will have a scrum as the rain continues to fall in Bloemfontein.
19 And it was a scrappy line-out which the Bulls almost scored off. Luckily for the Cheetahs a spillage over the line led to Strauss getting his hands on it and subsequently kicking clear.
17 Now it's the turn of the Bulls putting the ball into the right areas as fly-half Fouche drills one into the corner, with hooker Strauss set to throw.
15 That is better from Le Roux, who finds a good touch with a dab over the top that pins the Bulls inside their own 22. The visitors just about clear their lines in the aftermath but it wasn't at all pretty.
13 Boom Prinsloo was prominent there at the breakdown but his steal was kicked away poorly by Goosen, with Jurgen Visser replying well up to halfway.
11 Unfortunate for the Bulls as Fouche misses his first attempt at goal from distance, pushing his shot wide after Caylib Oosthuizen was pinged at scrum-time.
9 Bad and good for the Bulls as Fouche's pass goes forward to Van der Merwe, who also spills it. That meant a Cheetahs scrum on their own ten metre but Shaun Venter waited too long to put in so the scrum was reversed.
6 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 6-0! What a start from the youngster and the Cheetahs. Goosen doubles his side's lead from the kicking tee wide out in this Bloemfontein rain.
5 Tighthead prop Coenie Oosthuizen is penalised by referee Stuart Berry at scrum-time on halfway but the Cheetahs hold out their visitors for now. In fact here comes Johann Sadie on the counter from his own 22, breaking up to halfway.
2 DROP-GOAL, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 3-0! Wow, what a start from the home side as their fly-half sits back in the pocket before landing a drop from 35 metres.
The Cheetahs have kept the faith with the same starting XV that lost late on against the Lions while the Bulls bring in Grant Hattingh to their second-row alongside Flip van der Merwe, who is captain for the game due to the absence of Spies. Jacques Engelbrecht will subsequently wear eight.
Hello and welcome to the second match of this mouth-watering Super Rugby weekend. We are in Bloemfontein for this one as the Cheetahs play host to the Bulls, with both teams looking to bounce back from Round One defeats to the Lions and Sharks respectively. The Cheetahs will hope Johan Goosen shines alongside Adriaan Strauss and Willie le Roux while the Bulls, who are missing captain Pierre Spies due to injury, need centre Jan Serfontein in top form if they are to win.
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