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Bulls v Chiefs - Live
80 Bulls 34 Chiefs 34
80 CONVERSION, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 34-34. Anscombe is the hero as he lands the crucial conversion from up against the touchline! That secures the draw for the visitors who have come from behind in style! The Bulls are stunned and wondering how they lost that game but they had several chances and failed to seal the win.
80 TRY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 34-32. The Chiefs take the ball through 12 phases with Messam, Tikoirotuma and Horrell all prominent. Cruden is in the clear at the end and dots down in the left-hand corner!
77 TRY, CHIEFS, SYMONS! 34-27. Augustine Pulu does well when he breaks three tackles, inside the Bulls' 22, before being brought to ground. Matt Symons then pics up and barges over from close quarters to score the visitors' fourth try.
75 PENALTY, BULLS, JL POTGIETER! 34-22. Potgieter slots another three-pointer afyer Josh Hohneck is blown up for dropping his bind at a scrum.
74 The Bulls are trying desperately to get that elusive bonus-point try. They are on the attack inside the Chiefs' 22 but Ulrich Beyers knocks on in contact.
71 CONVERSION, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 31-22. Anscombe dusts himself off and succeeds with the two-pointer to narrow the gap to nine points.
70 TRY, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 31-20. The Chiefs have just done something special! They launch an attack from deep inside their half and Augustine Pulu, Horrell and Tim Nanai-Williams all handle in the build-up before Gareth Anscombe rounds off in stlye!
69 The Chiefs are under the cosh at a scrum inside their 22. They'll have to do something special if they want something from this game.
66 The Chiefs front row are pinged for a scrum infringement at Potgieter puts the ball into touch deep inside the visitors' 22.
63 Jacques-Louis Potgieter spots an opening behind the Chiefs' defence and launches a 40-metre cross-field kick. Gareth Anscombe is forced to pick up inside his 22 and run the ball into touch after great pressure from Hougaard.
61 Messam takes the ball into contact, close to the halfway mark, but Jurgens Visser does well to hold him up in the tackle. When the maul becomes static, it's the Bulls who get the put in at the scrum.
59 The Chiefs take the ball through several phases and are soon close to the hosts' try-line! Horrell and Mahonri Schwalger trade passes until Schwalger is bundled into touch, at the corner flag, by three defenders!
56 PENALTY, BULLS, JL POTGIETER! 31-15. Potgieter makes no mistake from the kicking tee after the Chiefs front row are pinged for illegal scrummaging.
53 Retallick is penalised for taking Dewald Potgieter out, off the ball, at a ruck. Jacques-Louis Potgieter puts the resulting penalty into touch deep inside the Chiefs' 22.
50 CONVERSION, BULLS, JL POTGIETER. 28-15. Potgieter succeeds with another two-pointer which puts more daylight between his side and the visitors.
49 TRY, BULLS, BASSON! 26-15. Bjorn Basson gathers a pass from Victor Matfield and beats Lienert-Brown before kicking ahead. Messam fails to gather the bouncing ball but Basson does and dives over the try-line!
47 YELLOW CARD, CHIEFS, SYMONS! Symons will spend the next 10 minutes in the sin bin for his indiscretion in the build up to that penalty try.
47 CONVERSION, BULLS, JL POTGIETER! 21-15. Potgieter adds the easy two-pointer to extend the hosts' lead.
46 TRY, BULLS, PENALTY TRY! 19-15. The Bulls go on the drive from a line-out on the Chiefs' 22-metre line and they gain great momentum as they head towards the visitors' try-line. Symons, collapses the maul illegally, in front of the try-line and referee Joubert has no choice but to award a penalty try!
44 The Bulls pack exert great pressure on their counterparts at a scrum, inside the visitors' 22. Dewald Potgieter picks up at the base of the set-piece and passes to Hougaard. He offloads to JJ Engelbrecht, who cuts infield but goes down after a challenge from Cruden.
41 Jacques-Louis Potgieter gets the second half underway with a difficult, hanging kick which Matt Symons gathers under great pressure. He sets up a ruck just outside his 10-metre line.
40 Bulls 14 Chiefs 15
40 PENALTY, BULLS, JL POTGIETER! 14-15. Potgieter narrows the gap to a point after Tikoirotuma is penalised for obstruction. Potgieter''s penalty is also the final act of the half and the sides head into the sheds. It''s been an entertaining opening half with the Chiefs holding a slight edge but the Bulls have fought back well and are still in with a shout.
39 The Bulls launch another drive from a line-out on the Chiefs' five-metre line. They lose possession, however, when the maul becomes static.
37 PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 11-15. Cruden succeeds with the three-pointer after the Bulls are pinged for obstruction.
36 Muliaina gathers a grubber kick, close to the Bulls'' try-line and offloads to Lienert-Brown, who dots down, but, after checking with the TMO, referee Joubert rules that the ball has gone forward.
35 Cruden steps to take a shot at goal, after Greyling is again penalised for a scrum infringement. The kick hits an upright, however, and the Bulls gain a reprieve.
33 The Chiefs attack just outside the Bulls' 22 and Lienert-Brown goes to ground. At the ensuing ruck Messam tries to gather but knocks on.
31 TRY, BULLS, STEGMANN! 11-12. The Bulls launch a drive from a line-out on the Chiefs' five-metre line. Deon Stegmann is in control at the back and when he spots the try-line he dives over!
28 Bjorn Basson sets off on a run cross-field and beats three defenders. He is brought to ground, close to the halfway line, by Brodie Retallick and Hougaard offloads to Jan Serfontein, who hits the deck after taking a big hit from Cruden.
25 Cruden takes a half gap, just outside the Bulls' 22, and offloads to Anton Lienert-Brown who sets off down the right-hand touchline! He tries to break infield but knocks on after taking a big hit from Francois Hougaard.
23 PENALTY, BULLS, JL POTGIETER! 6-12. Potgieter adds another three-pointer after Asaeli Tikoirotuma is pinged for a shoulder charge while clearing out a ruck.
20 CONVERSION, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 3-12. Cruden adds the extras to extend the visitors' lead.
19 TRY, CHIEFS, MESSAM! 3-10. Andrew Horrell tears the home side's defence to shreds with a sniping break! He is soon inside the Bulls' half and offloads to Liam Messam, who sprints away from the cover defence before dotting down!
17 The Chiefs have possession inside their 22 and Cruden and Muliaina try the same move which led to the try again! Unfortunately, Muliaina over-runs it this time but the Chiefs gain a reprieve when Cruden's pass hits referee Craig Joubert.
14 TRY, CHIEFS, MULIAINA! 3-5. the Chiefs show their class as they take the ball through several phases with their forwards from inside their 22. They are soon on the edge of the Bulls'' 22 when Cruden throws an inside pass to the on-rushing Mils Muliaina who scores his first try for the defending champions since returning from a stint in Japan.
11 PENALTY, BULLS, JL POTGIETER. 3-0. Potgieter gets the Bulls first points after Ben Tameifuna is pinged for straying offside.
8 The Bulls play quickly from a tap penalty and when Jacques-Louis Potgieter gathers he launches a bomb. The Chiefs gather but Andrew Horrell fails to gather a long pass from Tawera Kerr-Barlow. The ball rolls over the try-line and Horrell has to hurry back to dot down.
6 The Bulls get the put in at a scrum midway between their 22 and the halfway mark. The ball comes out to Jacques-Louis Potgieter, who boots it directly into touch. Wasted attacking opportunity.
3 Aaron Cruden takes a shot at goal, after Dean Greyling is penalised for dropping his bind at a scrum. Cruden's effort is well wide of the target, however.
Matfield leads out the Bulls on his 130th appearance. Cruden kicks off, nervy start for the Bulls as Potgeiter's kick is charged down. Dangerous scrum five metres out for the Chiefs.
Sunshine and clear skies over at Loftus, as Aaron Cruden leads out the Chiefs. We wait for the Bulls.
The Chiefs have made a whopping eight changes to their side that will face the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld, with Anton Lienert-Brown given his debut. After a disappointing performance at the Western Force last weekend, the Chiefs have chopped and changed for their visit to Pretoria on Saturday. Prop Pauliasi Manu, hooker Rhys Marshall, lock Matt Symons, openside flanker Tanerau Latimer and number eight Kane Thompson have been brought into the starting line-up for the forwards. In the backs, Tim Nanai-Williams experienced a minor hamstring tweak in Perth and will move to the bench, being replaced by Andrew Horrell. 18-year-old Lienert-Brown makes his Super Rugby debut on the wing after some strong performances during the pre-season and Mils Muliaina moves back to the full-back jersey. Ben Afeaki will start off the bench and is joined by Jamie Mackintosh, Mahonri Schwalger, Michael Fitzgerald, Sam Cane and Gareth Anscombe.
Akona Ndungane, who missed last week''s win over the Sharks because of compassionate leave, is back in the team in place of Sampie Mastriet and will play in his 101st match for the franchise. Victor Matfield, who took over the captaincy of the team following the late withdrawel of Flip van der Merwe last weekend, will again lead the team into battle.
Hello and welcome to Loftus as the Bulls host reigning champions the Chiefs.
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