LIVE MATCH COVERAGE

Currie Cup

Thumb_bulls_graphic80x50 Blue Bulls

26

Thumb_cheetahs_graphic80x50 FS Cheetahs

10
Kick-off local time : Sat, 07 September 2013 - 17h05
Kick-off : Sat, 07 September 2013 - 17h05
Venue : Pretoria
Referee : Stuart Berry
Match status : Result
  Blue Bulls FS Cheetahs
Tries Paul Willemse (62min) Riaan Smit (9min) and Elgar Watts (70min)
Penalties Handre Pollard (2min), Handre Pollard (46min), Handre Pollard (50min), and Handre Pollard (57min)
Conversions Handre Pollard (63min) and Handre Pollard (78min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards
Red cards
DGs
Commentary
Minute Commentary

83

They move up to fifth and relegate Griquas to the bottom of the log. Thanks for joining us and catch our live coverage of the clash between WP and the Sharks in just about 10 minutes.

82

Ebersohn is bundled into touch and that's the game. The Bulls, thanks to a strong second-half showing, get the win!

79

The Cheetahs kick away possession with the Bulls keeping it tight. The visitors, though, hold up the ball carrier so they'll have one last go.

78

The Bulls want to continue the momentum so they go for the line-out and Liebenberg gets the TRY from the driving maul! Vintage Bulls rugby. Pollard adds the CONVERSION!

76

Paige taps and goes as the Cheetahs concede a free kick at the scum. Venter nearly scores but it's a good tackle by Mohoje. Thy pick-and-go and win a penalty as the Cheetahs jump the gun.

73

Pollard goes for an ambitious long-range drop-goal - he doesn't have the distance but the Cheetahs knock-on near halfway so not a bad option by the flyhalf.

71

Watts - in a moment of individual brilliance - breaks the line and just has the pace to score a crucial TRY. He can't convert his try so the Cheetahs trail by nine.

68

The Bulls attack from the line-out, Engelbrecht barging over the gainline. Some white line fever by Willemse as he stretches to score his second but he's too far out and loses control.

65

The Cheetahs attack with width but the Bulls counter-ruck and win the penalty, the Cheetahs guilty of not earning the right to go wide.

63

Venter hits it up the middle from a clinical line-out. The continuity is good for the hosts; Willemse stretches in the tackle and dots down. The TMO is called in and the TRY is given! Pollard adds the CONVERSION!

60

The Cheetahs lift their intensity but there's no breaching this resolute Bulls defence.Nyakane is smashed back and the hosts win a penalty on the floor.

57

The see-saw penalty battle continues as the Cheetahs are blown up for holding on and this time Pollard nails the PENALTY!

55

Engelbrecht is blown up for hands in the ruck, which sees Smit kick at goal but he misses to the left.

52

The Cheetahs forwards fail to retreat but Pollard pushes his kick to the right.

50

The Bulls make inroads with Van der Merwe making a good run. The Cheetahs are pinged for offside and Pollard lands the PENALTY off the upright.

46

PENALTY! Du Preez is penalised at scrum time and Pollard kicks the Bulls into the lead.

45

Pretorius piles on the pressure at the back of the scrum but knocks on in his attempt to snatch the ball.

43

It's an excellent start by the Cheetahs as they string together 14 phases but the Bulls are up to the task defensively and win a penalty.

41

The game is there for the taking as Smit starts the second half.

40

Pretorius sparks some magic with a show-and-go but again the final pass doesn't go to hand. Snyman hoofs it into touch and that's HALF-TIME! It's been a case of missed opportunities as the Cheetahs lead 5-3.

38

Pollard attacks the line as the Bulls build momentum but Murray is caught coming in from the side.

35

Watts rips the ball away and the Cheetahs counter through Rhule. He breaks free and offloads to Ebersohn who looks set to score but Mastriet reels him in and the Bulls get the turnover.

32

A forward pass gifts the Cheetahs a great attacking opportunity but the Bulls win a penalty with a massive scrum and clear their line.

31

The Cheetahs turn up the heat with some good phase play but Nyakane can't hold on. It's been a stop-start affair.

28

Visser is nearly away but for a cover tackle by Ebersohn. He perhaps should have let the ball go to Ndungane as it results in a turnover.

26

Venter steps and breaks and the ball is recycled quickly but again the hosts lose the ball in contact and concede a scrum penalty.

23

The Bulls get some continuity on attack before another knock-on halts the multiphase attack.

20

A handling error creeps into the Cheetahs' play and Pretorius is penalised at the breakdown.

17

Nyakane this time gets penalised at the scrum. The Bulls work their way into the 22 where Pretorius rips the ball and kicks. His kick is charged down but from an offside position.

15

Visser kicks it out on the full so the mistakes continue to come. Prinsloo breaks the line from the line-out and loses the ball in contact. Pretorius is on hand to scoop up and score but it was a knock-on so play is called back.

12

The Bulls concede possession with an unforced forward pass, a frustrating mistake no doubt.

10

The Cheetahs get their TRY as excellent hands by Ebersohn and Sadie in particular opens up space for Smit who does well to catch the ball with one hand and score. He can't convert but the Cheetahs hit the front.

8

The Cheetahs now butcher a certain try as Smit makes a brilliant break and feeds an unmarked Pretorius but he spills the pill.

7

Van der Merwe is penalised at the first scrum so the Cheetahs clear but the Bulls snatch the line-out. Snyman kicks but the penalty goes against the hosts for not retreating.

5

The Bulls butcher a try-scoring opportunity as Pollard's long pass doesn't go to hand.

2

The Bulls immediately get their driving maul going after a clearance by Watts and De Jager is blown up. Pollard lands the PENALTY and the Bulls are in the lead.

0

Pollard gets us going in Blue Bulls country following a moment of silence for the late Fritz Eloff!

-2

Conditions are perfect with little wind to speak of as we approach kick-off time.

-5

The hosts will be desperate to move off the bottom of the log but they have their work cut out for them in the form of the third-placed Cheetahs.

-10

Loftus is the venue for this clash between the Blue Bulls and the Free State Cheetahs.
Blue Bulls
Players
15 Jurgen Visser
14 Akona Ndungane
13 JJ Engelbrecht
12 Jan Serfontein
11 Bjorn Basson
10 Handre Pollard
9 Rudi Paige
8 Jacques Engelbrecht
7 Jacques du Plessis
6 Jono Ross
5 David Bullbring
4 Paul Willemse
3 Frik Kirsten
2 Bongi Mbonambi
1 Marcel van der Merwe

Substitutes
22 Clayton Blommetjies
21 Francois Venter
20 Lohan Jacobs
19 Jean Cook
18 Grant Hattingh
17 Werner Kruger
16 Bandise Maku
FS Cheetahs
Players
15 Hennie Daniller
14 Riaan Smit
13 Johann Sadie
12 Robert Ebersohn
11 Raymond Rhule
10 Elgar Watts
9 Piet van Zyl
8 Philip van der Walt
7 Pieter Labuschagne
6 Johannes Prinsloo
5 Lodewyk de Jager
4 Francois Uys
3 Trevor Nyakane
2 Adriaan Strauss
1 Coenie Oosthuizen

Substitutes
22 Ryno Benjamin
21 Johan Goosen
20 Sarel Pretorius
19 Freddie Ngoza
18 Teboho Mohoje
17 Schalk van der Merwe
16 Hercu Liebenberg