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- 1st Mar 2014
- KO 15:05
- Ground: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Bulls v Lions - Live
Bulls 25 Lions 17
80 The Bulls attack close to the Lions' try-line but Jono Ross loses possession! The Lions try to launch an attack. from behind their try-line but a pass from Coenie van Wyk to Boshoff goes forward. That's the final act of the half and the hosts have finally got their first win of the season.t hey deserve it as they had the better of the exchanges, especially in the second half when they upped the ante. The Lions are unlucky to leave with nothing as they certainly gave as good as they got.
79 CONVERSION, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 25-17. Boshoff lands the place-kick from up against the touchline to give the visitors some hope of gaining a losing bonus-point during the closing stages!
78 TRY, LIONS, WEPENER! 25-15. Hougaard tries to clear with a kick from behind his try-line at a line-out but Willie Wepener charges down and scores when he dives onto the loose ball!
75 The Lions front row is penalised for standing up during a scrum and Potgieter makes them pay when he succeeds with another place-kick which gives the hosts a 15-point lead!
72 This time Werner Kruger is pinged for an illegal bind at a scrum. Boshoff kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the halfway mark.
70 Hougaard puts the Lions under pressure with a 35 metre kick which rolls into touch deep inside the Lions' 22.
68 Potgieter has another shot at goal after Jacques van Rooyen is pinned for illegal scrummaging. His effort is just wide of the mark, however.
65 The Lions are trying desperately to get back into this game! They take the ball through eight phases and are soon inside the Bulls' 22 but Combrinck is tackled into touch by Hougaard.
62 PENALTY, BULLS, POTGIETER! 22-10. Potgieter gets the first points of the second half after the Lions' front row are penalised for illegal scrummaging.
60 Jacques du Plessis goes on a surging run but the Bulls lose possession when Jaco Kriel and Whiteley combine to hold up the big number seven in the tackle.
57 Visser is an all sorts of trouble when he can't gather a box kick from Faf de Klerk! The ball bounces around outside the Bulls' 22 and Robbie Coetzee dives onto it but knocks on.
55 Boshoff throws a long pass which finds Botha in space just outside his 22. Serfontein close that space quickly and brings him to ground with a big hit, however.
52 Botha is pinged when he holds onto the ball on the ground, a metre inside the Bulls' half. Potgieter indicates that he'll take a shot at goal but although his effort has the distance, it's wide of the target.
50 The Lions attack with their forwards until Warren Whiteley spts an opening and stabs through a grubber kick which rolls into touch on the Bulls' 22-metre line.
47 Frik Kirsten is pinged for offside play at a ruck. Boshoff puts the resulting penalty into touch on the Bulls' 10-metre line.
44 Boshoff gathers a kick from Basson just outside his 22 and offloads to Chrysander Botha. He makes little progress and is buried in the turf by Grant Hattingh and Flip van der Merwe!
41 Potgieter gets the second half started! Franco van der Merwe gathers but Victor Matfield plays him in the air and the Lions are awarded a penalty which Boshoff puts out on his 10-metre line.
Bulls 19 Lions 10
40 Boshoff can reduce the deficit from the kicking tee again, when the Bulls forwards infringe at a ruck. His effort strikes the upright and the Bulls scramble to get the ball into touch when they hear the sound of the hooter to indicate half-time! It's been a fairly even half. The hosts deserve their lead, however, as they have been more dominant, especially in the tight exchanges. But the Lions are still in this game and will come out fighting after the break.
39 PENALTY, BULLS, POTGIETER! 19-10. Potgieter extends the lead to nine points after the Lions forwards are penalised for playing the ball from an offside position close to their try-line.
36 DROP GOAL, BULLS, POTGIETER! 16-10. The bulls set up a phase, just outside the Lions' 22 and Potgieter drops into the pocket and coolly lands the snap-shot which restores the hosts' six-point lead!
33 PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 13-10. Boshoff narrows the gap to three points from the kicking tee after Francois Hougaard is pinged for being offside at a ruck.
30 The Lions are under the cosh at a scrum just outside their 22. They do well to win possession and after setting up a couple of phases, Combrinck puts the ball out inside the Bulls' 22 with a well-judged clearance kick.
27 JW Jonker spots a gap behind the Bulls' back-line and delivers a chip kick which fails to find touch. Visser gathers and puts the ball out about five metres inside his half.
25 CONVERSION, BULLS, POTGIETER! 13-7. Potgieter steps up and lands the place-kick to extend the hosts' lead!
24 TRY, BULLS, SERFONTEIN! 11-7. The Bulls attack from inside their half and Engelbrecht puts Basson into space down the touchline! Basson sets off towards the corner but spots the cover-defence and passes inside to Serfontein who scores under the posts!
22 The Lions play the ball wide and Ruan Combrinck is soon in space down the touchline. He is confronted by Akona Ndungane, who does brilliantly to hold him up in the tackle.
19 The Lions attack with their forwards, close to the Bulls' 22-metre line but they lose possession when Schalk van der Merwe is bundled into touch by Greyling.
16 It's all happening here! Jacques du Plessis puts the Bulls onto the front-foot, when he gathers the restart and immediately the Bulls are on the attack inside the Lions' 22! Dean Greyling and Visser then carry strongly before Potgieter launches a cross-field kick for Bjorn Basson to chase. Basson is brilliant at fielding high balls but he doesn't even bother chasing this one as Potgieter has over-cooked it and it goes out behind the dead-ball line!
14 CONVERSION, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 6-7. Marnitz Boshoff adds the extras and the Lions are in front!
13 TRY, LIONS, WATERMEYER! 6-5. From the restart, Jurgens Visser gathers and tries to clear from inside his 22. His kick is charged down by Stefan Watermeyer, who dives onto the loose ball in the Bulls' in-goal area!
12 PENALTY, BULLS, POTGIETER! 6-0. Potgieter doubles the home side's lead after the Lions are penalised yet again for offside play at a ruck.
9 PENALTY, BULLS, POTGIETER! 3-0. Jacques-Louis Potgieter draws first blood for the hosts after the Lions are pinged for straying offside.
6 Jacques-Louis Potgieter launches a chip kick 10 metres outside the Lions' 22. It catches the visitors' defenders by surprise but JJ Engelbrecht and Jan Serfontein both go to collect and run into each other. There's no communication from the centre and Englebrecht knocks on with the try-line beckoning!
4 Dean Greyling takes the ball into contact, 10 metres from the Lions' 22. He drives ferociously but Franco Mostert does well to hold him up and when the maul become static the Lions get the put-in at the scrum.
1 And we're off! Marnitz Boshoff gets the game underway with a deep kick which Grant Hattingh gathers inside his 22. The rain is pouring down and he sets up a ruck after a challenge from Deon van Rensburg.
0 Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has made two enforced changes to his starting line-up that beat the Stormers in Johannesburg last weekend. The changes see Warwick Tecklenburg start in the place of the injured Derick Minnie and JW Jonker come into the side after Alwyn Hollenbach was unable to pass a fitness test on Thursday. As a result of this change, Stefan Watermeyer shifts back to inside centre, with Jonker partnering him. Meanwhile, on the bench, Willie Britz will provide loose-forward cover, having recovered from his hip flexor injury. Utility back Courtnall Skosan also comes in and could make his Super Rugby debut.
0 Veteran lock Victor Matfield has been named in the Bulls starting XV for this clash. The 36-year-old is one of four changes made to the starting side that came up short against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein last weekend, with Grant Hattingh (number eight), Jacques-Louis Potgieter (fly-half) and Frik Kirsten (tighthead prop) the others to earn a start on the weekend. Matfield takes over from Hattingh in the second-row. Hattingh moves from lock to the back of the scrum in place of Jacques Engelbrecht and Kirsten swaps places with Werner Kruger, with the latter on the bench for this match. Potgieter replaces Louis Fouch�, who drops out of the 23 altogether. Engelbrecht moves to the bench while Matfield's place amongst the replacements will be taken by Paul Willemse, with Wiaan Liebenberg missing out.
0 Good day and welcome to Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria for our live coverage of this South African Super Rugby derby between, our hosts, the Bulls and the Lions. We'll be back soon with team news.
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