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80 BULLS 28-12 STORMERS
80 Still plenty of ambition from the Bulls despite the result being sealed. Kick from Basson is charged down - Stormers running from deep. It ends appropriately with a knock-on, victory for the Bulls at Loftus as the Stormers stay bottom of the log.
79 Ball is ripped and Matfield hoofs it long! Williams coming back for the Stormers, but that's in touch. One minute left.
78 Stormers playing for a consolation now as the have possession. Good hands give Kolisi space to work. Inside the 22, out wide to Coetzee who knocks on. Advantage was being played though - Stormers tap and go.
75 Play opens up for Basson cutting infield and the Springbok wing makes good ground on the run. Knocked on at the ruck though by Paige.
73 Good work from Serfontein at the breakdown wins a scrum for the Bulls inside the Stormers half.
71 De Allende tries to reach out and score in the corner but can't quite ground the ball in time as Visser comes in for the tackle. Scrum to the Bulls who win the penalty.
69 PENALTY, BULLS, POTGIETER! 28-12 Potgieter is on for Pollard and duly lands a penalty to stretch the lead.
67 Nice break from de Allende but the move disintegrates. Stormers staring down the barrel here.
65 TRY, BULLS, NDUNGANE! 25-12: That's the breakthrough! A grubber through has Englebrecht and Ndungane chasing through behind and the wingers get to the bounce first to score his team's first try. Quite the turnaround in Pretoria. Pollard converts.
62 Penalty at the maul for the Stormers who can now get out of their half. This one is slipping away and they need a foothold soon.
60 All momentum with the Bulls now - Basson and Visser threatening. Stormers though turn over and clear.
58 Small knock-on undoes the Bulls' attack, Du Plessis at fault. Scrum to the visitors.
56 Coleman leaps in the air to try and challenge for a high ball, but it's clumsy. He collides with Visser and the Bulls win the penalty. Pollard into the corner.
54 PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 18-12: Easy for Pollard and the Bulls are pulling away.
52 Both sides struggling at the lineout, Bulls this time with a steal. High kick and Basson wins possession back, inside the 22. It ends with a penalty advantage and Pollard will kick.
50 Little to note as both teams kick for territory. Pollard tries to buck the trend with a run but loses the ball forward in the tackle inside the Stormers half.
47 Lineout steal by the Stormers and Grant clears the danger. Truck and trailer from the Bulls at the lineout so the Stormers tap and go, but it comes to nothing. Stormers lineout.
44 Penalty for the Stormers from the restart and they kick to the touchline. De Allende in a tiny bit of space and his frantic offload goes forward. Kicking from both sides until the Bulls win a breakdown penalty and kick into the Stormers half.
42 PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 15-12: For the first time in the match the home side are out infront. Pollard knocks over his fourth penalty of the match.
40 Back underway for the second half as the Bulls advance.
40 HALF-TIME: BULLS 12-12 STORMERS
40 Oh, and the Stormers break downfield and are almost rewarded, but Grant is hit hard from behind and the ball is knocked from his grasp. We're all square at half-time!
40 PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 12-12 With a minute remaining in an exciting first-half, Pollard brings his side level.
38 Joubert pings Vermeulen who looked to have stolen the ball five metres from his own line. Referee says he didn't support his bodyweight. Pollard will level things up here.
37 It's accidental from Juan de Jongh, good refereeing from Joubert and TMO Greeff. Scrum-five to the Bulls. Big chance.
36 Still the Bulls come tumbling forward but there was a deliberate knockdown in the Stormers backline. Craig Joubert goes upstairs, trouble brewing for the visitors.
34 Lovely grubber through from Serfontein almost sent Basson under the sticks, but he's hit hard and just spills forward. Nice rugby, Stormers out of jail.
32 Stormers attack but it was lost by Carr as he went into contact. Bulls scrum in their own half.
30 PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 9-12 Over she goes from the young pivot. Back to a three-point game.
28 Big, big Bulls scrum on halfway yields a penalty. Pollard wants three again.
26 DROP-GOAL, BULLS, POLLARD! 6-12 Pollard takes another three and the hosts are slowly coming back.
25 Bulls rumbling forth once more into the visitors' 22.
23 PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 3-12 Penalty Bulls right under the Stormers posts, and Pollard will surely get them off the board here. He does.
21 Kick well wide from Coleman, but an unexpected 12-0 lead for the visitors at Loftus!
20 TRY, STORMERS, DE JONGH! 0-12 Another outstanding Stormers try, again from a turnover. Two strong carries from Carr and Kleyn, and it's simple hands down the line til the ball reaches De Jongh. He stepped and powered his way over, taking several Bulls with him. Great finish.
17 It's the Bulls who have the impetus now, though, as Serfontein powers into the 22 and the pressure comes on. But they spill the ball and Groom finds space with a long clearance kick.
15 Stormers looking so much more at ease with a running game-plan in the past two weeks, and they are playing some nice, fluid rugby. In possession on the home 22 now.
14 Stormers looking so much better than they did a few weeks ago, moving the ball well and producing some nice, fluid offensive play. They win a lineout midway inside the Bulls half.
12 TRY, STORMERS, COLEMAN! 0-5 Stunning breakout from the Stormers! The Bulls caught cold by a super counter-attack, all stemming from a turnover from Nizaam Carr. Burger makes a lovely offload to Kolbe up the short side, he gives it back to De Jongh who beats one and sends his pivot over untouched.
10 Poor kick from Coleman allows Basson to keep it in play, but Vermeulen makes a massive turnover to let the Stormers back in.
9 Good defence from the visitors, though, as Burger wins a penalty at the breakdown.
7 Bulls now with a scrum in similar position after the Stormers knock-on.
5 Very scrappy start from both teams as balls are spilled and kicks are put out on the full. Bulls lineout right on the away 22.
3 Bulls looking good in attack, but there's a knock-on from Visser and the Stormers get the ball back.
0 Coleman has us underway in Pretoria and immediately a booming boot from Visser puts the visitors back in their own 22.
0 Teams emerging here at Loftus. Big derby, big game, big challenge for the Stormers. Kick-off just around the corner.
0 By contrast, Allister Coetzee has been forced to wield the axe as injuries decimate the side that notched a rare victory over the Highlanders at Newlands last week. Debutants Jean Kleyn, Alistair Vermaak and Cheslin Kolbe all feature in some capacity, with Schalk Burger leading the Cape Town outfit.
0 Victor Matfield retains the captaincy this week for the hosts in a lineup where the only change is at outside centre, JJ Engelbrecht replacing William Small-Smith.
0 Hello and welcome to Loftus as the Bulls host the Stormers.
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