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Super Rugby

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25

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17
Kick-off local time : Sat, 01 March 2014 - 17h05
Kick-off : Sat, 01 March 2014 - 17h05
Venue : Pretoria
Referee : Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Match status : Result
  Bulls Lions
Tries Jan Serfontein (24min)
Penalties Jacques-Louis Potgieter (3min), Jacques-Louis Potgieter (11min), Jacques-Louis Potgieter (38min), Jacques-Louis Potgieter (61min), and Jacques-Louis Potgieter (74min) Marnitz Boshoff (33min)
Conversions Jacques-Louis Potgieter (24min) Marnitz Boshoff (13min) and Marnitz Boshoff (78min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards
Red cards
DGs Jacques-Louis Potgieter (35min)
Commentary
Minute Commentary

80

The Bulls get their hands on it and push for a late try but Potgieter's chip kick is claimed by Van Wyk and that is the end of the game. First win of the season for the Bulls and the Lions miss out on a bonus point.

78

Hougaard kicks down the blindside but it goes directly into touch so the Lions have another chance. Matfield steals it but Hougaard's clearance is charged down by Wepener who dives on it for the TRY. Boshoff adds the CONVERSION to make it 25-17.

76

Lions set up a line-out in the 22 as they look to salvage a bonus point from this game. they launch a driving maul but Dreyer loses it just before the tryline so the Bulls have the scrum.

74

The Lions bash away just short of halfway but Watermeyer loses it in the tackle again so the Bulls have a scrum on halfway. The Lions are blown up for standing up so Potgieter has another long shot and this time the PENALTY is over.

72

Watermeyer loses it in the tackle and Hougaard puts a great kick into touch in the 22. The throw from Wepener is not straight so the Bulls have a great chance to kill the game here. Kruger is blown up for binding on the arm so the Lions can clear it.

70

Britz gets hisnhands on the ball and wins a scrum, can the Lions stage a late comeback here? Two tries in the last ten minutes wins it.

68

The Lions are blown up for scrumming in and Potgieter has another long-range crack at goal but pulls it wide again.

66

The Lions come again through Tecklenburg but it is lost forward in midfield so the Bulls have a scrum on halfway.

63

De Klerk makes a good run but Matfield intercepts his chip. The Bulls spin it wide and Engelbrecht is thumped in the tackle. The Lions take a quick tap after he held on and they bash away on the 22 looking for an opening. Britz is smashed by Matfield and Van Rensburg is forced into touch out wide.

61

The Lions walk around the scrum so Potgieter steps up to kick the easy PENALTY to extend the Bulls' lead to 22-10.

60

The Bulls are held up again by the Lions who will now have a scrum on the 22. Boshoff kicks long and Visser hoists again. Boshoff is there but Redelinghuys loses it forward so the Bulls have the scrum this time.

58

The Lions go wide and find some space on the outside but Coetzee can't hold on so the Bulls have a scrum on their 22. Potgieter clears it but Botha is there and De Klerk spins it out to Kriel and the ball goes out off a Bulls player so the Lions have it back. Engelbrecht steals the line-out and the Bulls go wide to Serfontein who bashes it up.

55

Jonker takes it up and it is knocked on by the Bulls in the tackle so the Lions have another scrum. They swing it wide to Botha and then De Klerk kicks high but Visser claims it and Potgieter finds a good touch.

53

Boshoff clears again and Potgieter hoists for Basson to chase but the wing knocks on so the Lions have a scrum in their 22.

51

Big shove from the Lions and Boshoff chips over the top. They win it back and Whiteley kicks for the corner and into touch. Hougaard hoists and Botha claims it but then holds on too long. Potgieter has a shot at goal from halfway but pulls it wide.

48

The throw is not straight from Coetzee so the Bulls get it back. Hougaard kicks and Botha is there but he loses it at the breakdown. It goes to Du Plessis but he knocks on so the Lions have a scrum on their 22.

46

Du Plessis takes it up and Potgieter bangs it long. Botha runs it up to halfway and Boshoff kicks again but Basson is there. He kicks and Boshoff tries to run. Kirsten goes offside so the Lions can clear it.

43

It goes to Tecklenburg in midfield and Combrinck hoists but Ndungane takes it well. More kicks exchanged and Combrinck marks it. Boshoff looks for the corner and finds a good touch on the 22.

41

Potgieter kicks the second half off and Van der Merwe is taken out in the air so Boshoff sets up a line-out near halfway.

40

The Bulls go offside this time so Boshoff has a shot but hits the upright - his first missed kick of the season. The Bulls boot it into touch to bring an end to the half. Join us in ten minutes for the second half.

38

Combrinck knocks on and his teammates go offside as they try to clean things up so Potgieter steps up to slot the PENALTY which makes it 19-10 to the Bulls.

37

The Lions go over halfway and De Klerk kicks ahead. Visser is there and kicks long. The teams exchange kicks before Hougaard puts a great kick into touch in the 22. Bulls looking for more points at the end of the first half.

35

Boshoff clears and finds a good touch but the Bulls will come again from the line-out. Greyling takes it up to the 22 before they go to the backline but they are being driven back by the Lions. Potgieter drops back and slots a DROP-GOAL to stretch their lead to 16-10.

33

Lions go wide to Van Rensburg and De Klerk hoists. Van der Merwe wins it back and Whiteley goes over the 22. The Bulls come in from the side so Boshoff steps up and slots the PENALTY to cut the Bulls' lead to 13-10.

31

Watermeyer takes it up and they switch it to Combrinck who finds a good touch. The Bulls try to bash it out of their 22 before Potgieter kicks into touch.

29

Lions chucking it around now as they look for a gap. Kick over the top is claimed by Visser and Combrinck puts his hands in the ruck so Potgieter can clear to touch. It goes to Du Plessis who bashes over the 22 as the Bulls run the phases but it is lost forward.

26

Hougaard breaks from the base of the scrum but the Lions get it back. Jonker kicks long and Visser finds touch so the Lions have a line-out on halfway.

24

Hougaard kicks high again but Combrinck is solid under it. Serfontein turns it over and the Bulls go on the attack again. The loose ball is hacked ahead by the Lions but Ndungane is there and they spin it wide on the counter. Basson burns down the touchline and finds Serfontein who cruises over for the TRY. Potgieter adds the CONVERSION to put the Bulls 13-7 ahead.

22

The Lions go wide but Combrinck is held up in the tackle this time so the Bulls will have the scrum. A big shove from the Lions but Van der Merwe is blown up for scrumming in so the Bulls can clear it.

20

The Lions forwards bash away but they are forced into touch so the Bulls have it back. Hougaard hoists and Matfield claims it but then knocks on so the Lions have another scrum near halfway.

18

The Bulls are held up in the tackle again so the Lions have a scrum just short of halfway. Hougaard strays offside so Combrinck sets up a line-out just outside the 22.

15

Visser takes it up to the 22 and Du Plessis breaks through. He finds Hougaard and it goes to Potgieter who tries another cross-kick but it is too long and that is another good chance wasted by the Bulls.

13

Watermeyer chases the kick-off and charges Visser's kick down to go over for the TRY. Boshoff adds the CONVERSION to give the Lions a 7-6 lead.

11

Basson claims a high ball as the Bulls get back on attack. Potgieter tries a drop-goal and pushes it wide but Whiteley was offside so he will have another shot. He slots another PENALTY to make it 6-0.

8

The Bulls launch a maul and it is a cross-kick from Potgieter but Botha claims it. No advantage for the Bulls and the Lions went offside at the maul so Potgieter has a shot at goal from wide on the right. The PENALTy is over and the Bulls lead 3-0.

6

Potgieter kicks over the top and Engelbrecht is there but he can't hold on as he collides with Serfontein. That is a chance wasted for the home side and the Lions have a scrum right back on their tryline.De Klerk kicks and Engelbrecht recovers it, the Lions go off their feet at the ruck so the Bulls can attack again from a line-out on the Lions 22.

4

It is quick ball for the Bulls as they go over the 22 but they are held up in the tackle by the Lions who have a scrum on their 22. Combrinck kicks long but it is out on the full so the Bulls have a chance to attack from the line-out.

2

The throw is not straight so the Bulls have the first scrum. Redelinghuys goes down and Potgieter can set up the line-out inside Lions territory.

0

Boshoff kicks off and Hattingh takes it up. Potgieter clears and the Lions have a line-out just outside the 22.

-10

A win today will see the Lions go to the top of the overall standings, but it will not be easy against a desperate Bulls side playing their first home game of the season.

-20

It is raining in Pretoria which should be an advantage for the Bulls and their big, physical pack. The Lions on the other hand will be hoping that prolific flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff has another golden day with the boot.

-30

Welcome to live coverage of the Super Rugby clash between the Bulls and the Lions from Loftus Versfeld. The two sides have had contrasting starts to the season, with the unfancied Lions winning their first two games and the three-time champion Bulls losing both of theirs.
Bulls
Players
15 Jurgen Visser
14 Bjorn Basson
13 JJ Engelbrecht
12 Jan Serfontein
11 Francois Hougaard
10 Handre Pollard
9 Piet van Zyl
8 Jacques Engelbrecht
7 Jono Ross
6 Roelof Smit
5 Victor Matfield
4 Paul Willemse
3 Marcel van der Merwe
2 Bandise Maku
1 Morne Mellett

Substitutes
23 William Small-Smith
22 Jacques-Louis Potgieter
21 Jesse Kriel
20 Marvin Orie
19 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg,
18 Dean Greyling
17 Werner Kruger
16 Callie Visagie
Lions
Players
15 Andries Coetzee
14 Lionel Mapoe
13 Nicolaas Hanekom
12 Alwyn Hollenbach
11 Anthony Volmink
10 Elton Jantjies
9 Ross Cronje
8 Warren Whiteley
7 Warwick Tecklenburg
6 Jaco Kriel
5 Franco van der Merwe
4 Franco Mostert
3 Julian Redelinghuys
2 Robbie Coetzee
1 Schalk van der Merwe

Substitutes
23 Courtnall Skosan
22 Marnitz Boshoff
21 Francois de Klerk
20 Derick Minnie
19 Willie Britz
18 Ruan Dreyer
17 Corne Fourie
16 Armand van der Merwe