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- 8th Mar 2014
- KO 15:05
- Ground: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Bulls v Blues - Live
80 Bulls 38 Blues 22
80 CONVERSION, BULLS, POLLARD! Handre Pollard seals the win for the hosts from the kicking tee and that's the final act of this match. On the balance of play, the Bulls deserve that victory but credit to the Blues who fought back well, particularly in the second half.
79 TRY, BULLS, VAN DER MERWE! 36-22. The Bulls attack with their forwards in front of the Blues' posts and Marcel van der Merwe runs on to a pass from Van Zyl who crashes over the try-line! That secures the hosts' bonus-point for scoring four tries!
77 The Blues are hammering away at the Bulls' line but make little headway. After 10 phases Hickey delivers a grubber kick but it bounces off a Bulls boot into the arms of Marcel van der Merwe who goes to ground.
74 Piet van Zyli s caught in possession at the base of the scrum and Jacques Engelbrecht and du Plessis go off their feet at the resulting ruck. They are penalised for their efforts and Hickey puts the ball out about 10 metres from the hosts'' 22.
71 The Blues are throwing the kitchen sink at their hosts in an attempt to narrow the gap! They are soon inside the Bulls' 22 but Luatua is bundled into touch by Engelbrecht.
69 The Bulls are awarded a penalty after Akhi is penalised for side entry at a ruck. Potgieter kicks for touch and puts the ball into touch on the halfway mark.
67 PENALTY, BULLS, POTGIETER! 31-22. Potgieter makes up for that earlier miss after Weepu is pinged for an indiscretion at a ruck.
65 PENALTY, BULLS, POTGIETER! 28-22. Potgieter gets a chance to slot another penalty, after Brendon O'Connor is blown up for being offside at a ruck. He strikes it well but it's just wide of the mark!
63 PENALTY, BLUES, HICKEY! 28-22. Hickey adds another three-pointer after Piet van Zyl is penalised for straying offside at a ruck.
61 Werner Kruger is penalised for using an illegal bind at a scrum. Hickey kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the hosts' 10-metre line.
59 CONVERSION, BLUES, HICKEY! 28-19. Hickey adds the extras to narrow the gap to nine points.
58 TRY, BLUES, AKHI! 28-17. The Blues attack from a line-out on the Bulls' five-metre line and when the ball comes out to the backs, Hickey stabs a grubber kick through and Pita Akhi dives onto the ball.
56 The centurion, Ndungane, gets a rousing applause from the home crowd as he is replaced by Ulrich Beyers.
53 From a scrum on their five-metre line, the Blues launch an attack. Hickey gathers and delivers a chip kick for Halai to chase, but the plan backfires as Basson gathers on the edge of his 22.
50 The Bulls make a tactical change, taking off Stegmann, who is replaced by Jacques Engelbrecht. This means Ross will move to openside flank while Engelbrecht slots in at the back of the scrum.
47 PENALTY, BULLS, POTGIETER! 28-12. Potgieter lands another three-pointer, from the kicking tee, after Hickey is pinged for not rolling away at a ruck.
44 The Bulls take the ball through 11 phases and are soon close to the Blues' try-line. Potgieter then launches a cross-field kick and Ndungane outjumps two defenders but knokcs on as he comes to ground behind the visitors' try-line!
41 The Bulls get the second have started and Potgieter launches a deep kick which Donnelly gathers. He sets up a ruck on the edge of his 22 before Weepu launches a bomb which Jurgens Visser gathers.
40 Bulls 25 Blues 12
40 TRY, BULLS, SERFONTEIN! 25-12. The Bulls take the ball through several phases with their forwards until Hougaard throws a long pass to Serfontein, who crashes over in the right-hand corner! Potgieter fails with the conversion and the referee blows his whistle to signal half-time. It's been an entertaining opening period and the Bulls certainly deserve their lead. The Blues are still in with a shout but will have to be more patient on attack if they want to breach the Bulls' defence.
39 Luke Braid makes a break inside the Bulls' half and when he is close to their 22, he kicks ahead. Willison and Jan Serfontein gives chase but it's Serfontein who gets there first and dots down.
37 Hickey throws a long pass inside his 22 to Tevita Li. The young wing make some progress but is brought to ground by three defenders close to the halfway mark.
34 From a scrum just inside his 22, Weepu gathers and stabs a grubber kick through which rolls into touch less than 10 metres from his 22-metre line. Bizarre decision and poor execution from the All Black.
32 PENALTY, BLUES, HICKEY! 20-12. Hickey succeeds with his fourth penalty after Deon Stegmann fails to release a tackled player on the ground.
29 CONVERSION, BULLS, POTGIETER! 20-9. Potgieter adds the easy two-pointer to extend his side's lead.
28 TRY, BULLS, ROSS! 18-9. The Bulls attack inside the Blues' 22 but the ball is ripped from Callie Visagie's grasp and goes loose. Tom Donnelly scoops it backwards but there's no one home and Jono Ross pounces before scoring under the posts!
26 The Blues do well to take the ball through 10 phases, close to the Bulls' 22, but they are met by a wall of defenders and make little headway.
23 PENALTY, BLUES, HICKEY! 13-9. Hickey retains his perfect goal-kicking record in this match, with another three-pointer from the kicking tee, after Jacques du Plessis is pinged for being offside.
20 PENALTY, BULLS, POTGIETER! 13-6. Potgieter succeeds with another three-pointer after Piri Weepu is penalised for a crooked feed at a scrum.
18 The Bulls are on the attack just outside the Blues' 22 but they lose possession when Hougaard knocks on after great pressure from Willison.
15 PENALTY,BLUES, HICKEY! 10-6. Hickey cancels out Potgieter's snap-shot with a well-taken place kick after Dean Greyling is pinged for entering a ruck illegally.
13 DROP GOAL, BULLS, POTGIETER! 10-3. The Bulls attack inside the Blues' 22 and Potgieter drops back and lands a snap-shot from about 20-metres out to restore his side's seven-point lead!
11 PENALTY, BLUES, HICKEY! 7-3. Hickey opens the Blues' account, from the kicking tee, after Deon Stegmann is pinned for offside play.
9 CONVERSION, BULLS, POTGIETER! 7-0. Potgieter dusts himself off and adds the two pointer which extends the home side's lead!
8 TRY, BULLS, POTGIETER! 5-0. From a scrum on the Blues' five-metre line, the Bulls win a tighthead and go onto the attack. Jacques-Louis Potgieter shrugs off a challenge from Jackson Willison before crashing over the try-line!
6 The Bulls take the ball through numerous phases and are soon camped close to the Blues' try-line! At a ruck, Francois Hougaard passes to Ndungane, who with a deft flick of the hands offloads to Callie Visagie, who knocks on with an open try-line in front of him!
3 The Blues show great patience as they take the ball through several phases, just outside the home side's 22. Charles Piutau makes a mini break but is tackled to ground and when the ball is recycled Steven Luatua carries with great determination. He's soon inside the Bulls' 22 but is tackled into touch by Bjorn Basson and JJ Engelbrecht.
it''s been raining heavily in Pretoria all week and Simon Hickey gets the game underway in wet conditions. His kick is deep and is collected deep inside the Bulls 22 by the centurion Akona Ndungane. He offloads to Jacques du Plessis, who sets up a ruck five metres from his 22-metre line.
There's a late change to the Blues starting line-up. Keven Mealamu has withdrawn due to injury and his place at hooker is taken by James Parsons. Tom McCartney takes Parsons' place on the bench.
Veterans Keven Mealamu and Tony Woodcock will make their first Super Rugby starts of the season for the Blues. After playing 30 minutes off the bench last week, the All Blacks centurions have been promoted to the starting XV and will form an all-All Black front row alongside Charlie Faumuina. The only other change to the starting XV comes at lock where Liaki Moli has been selected ahead of Patrick Tuipulotu. On the bench, rugby league convert Benji Marshall has been omitted from the matchday 23, with Chris Noakes given the nod as replacement fly-half due to his superior tactical kicking abilities.
Bulls boss Frans Ludeke has made three changes to his starting XV for this clash. The big news from their camp is that veteran wing Akona Ndungane will become the ninth Bulls player to play 100 Super Rugby matches for the franchise. Werner Kruger comes into the tighthead position for Frik Kirsten, who has been ruled out for the seqason with a back injury. Flanker Deon Stegmann will start for the first time in this year's competition. Stegmann has recovered from a groin strain and will replace Jono Ross at number six. Ross moves to number eight in place of Grant Hattingh. Ludeke made one change on the bench as well. Fit-again prop Morne Mellett is set to make his first appearance for the team this year.
Good day and welcome to Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria for our live coverage of this Super Rugby match between our hosts, the Bulls, and the Blues. We're set for an entertaining encounter as both sides are on a high after winning their first matches last weekend. We'll be back soon with team news.
Updates to appear here at 16:50 local (14:50 GMT)
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