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Bulls beat Blues in Pretoria

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Article Published: Saturday 8 March 2014|

Both the Bulls and the Blues won their first Super Rugby match last weekend at their respective home venues and both will be looking to keep the momentum.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

The Blues kick off and we are underway. The Blues are in white and the Bulls in Blue.

1.00: The Blues make a strong start to the match. They win the ball back from the kick off and start their attack in the Bulls half.

2.00: The Blues lose the ball so the Bulls kick upfield. The Blues field the kick and run the ball back at the Bulls.

3.00: The Blues are really testing the Bulls defence. They go wide and it takes three to get the Blues out. The Bulls then win the line out and kick for touch.

4.00: The Bulls enjoy to possession and immediately show that they too can be dangerous. They run the ball from their 22 to the Blues 22 through 7 phases including one from new centurion Akona Ndungane.

5.00: 9 Phases and then Akona Ndungane passes too quickly for Callie Visagie and the ball goes out. The try also goes begging. We go back for a Bulls knock on.

6.00: The Scrum collapses. Looked like Blues front row went down. It will be reset. The Bulls hook the ball and it pops out of the back of the scrum for the Bulls and Jacques-Louis Potgieter runs sideways and beats two Blues defenders and goes over to score. TRY!

7.00: Jacques-Louis Potgieter adds the conversion and the Bulls lead.

9.00: Penalty after the restart for the Blues. Simon Hickey will kick for posts. Hickey slots the penalty.

12.00: The Bulls build up their attack and then on the half way line Jacques-Louis Potgieter goes for a drop goal and nails it.

14.00: Penalty again for the Blues. Hickey will take a shot at the posts. He nails it.

18.00: The Bulls knock on after a ruck so the Blues have a scrum in their half. The Bulls however win a penalty from the scrum. They will kick for posts.

19.0: Potgieter slots the penalty. He now has a full house in this match.

21.00: The Bulls again concede a penalty shortly after the restart so Hickey has another shot at the posts.

22.00: Hickey takes the shot and curls it in.

23.00: The Bulls start to build their attack but then after three phases there is a knock on from the Blues.

24.00: Free kick from the scrum. The Blues take it quickly.

25.00: The Blues go through 10 phases on attack. They get to the Bulls 22 and the attack slows. The Bulls then drive them back a little. 15 phases and on they go. Intercept form Ndungane but he is caught and the Bulls chip ahead and then the Blues take the ball out.

27.00: There appears to be a knock on from the Bulls so everyone stops but Jono Ross who races through and scores a TRY under the posts for the Bulls.

28.00: Potgieter adds the conversion.

30.00: Penalty to the Blues. Hickey will take the shot at posts.

31.00: Hickey lines up, takes the strike and nails another one.

34.00: The Bulls build up their attack on the Blues 22 and they cough the ball up. The Blues press the Bulls back and then Stegmann knocks on.

36.00: The Blues are doing plenty of running in their half but also getting nowhere. Then the Blues break through and Luke Braid chips ahead and there is a chase for the ball. Jan Serfontein wins the race so we have a 22 drop out.

38.00: The Bulls attack in the Blues 22, they get to 5m out but are just kept short. The Bulls go at the line again and again.

39.00: Serfontein slips off a tackle and scores. TRY!

40.00: Potgieter takes the conversion kick from almost the touchline and misses this one.

It's half time.

The half time score was Bulls 25 Blues 12

The Bulls kick off and the second half is underway.

41.00: New centurion Ndungane has taken a knock and is getting some medical help. He gets up and carries on.

42.00: The Bulls go through the phases on attack. After 11 phases they get to the corner. They have an advantage so they kick for the corner and Ndungane goes high but drops the ball!

45.00: The Blues are under siege as the Bulls pile on the attack. The Blues concede a penalty so Potgieter will get a penalty kick in front of the posts.

46.00: Potgieter slots the penalty to extend the lead.

50.00: The Bulls are playing the game in the Blues half. The Bulls win a penalty just inside the Blues 22 so they kick for touch and the line out.

53.00: Potgieter goes for the drop goal but its charged down and the ball eventually goes out in well into the Bulls half.

56.00: The Blues work the ball down into the Bulls 22. They set up a line out about 8m out. They try the chip through but knock on ! The try goes begging. The TMO will check but it was clear. Replays actually make it look like he missed it. It's a TRY for Pita Akhi. On his debut.

57.00: Hickey takes the conversion and slots it.

59.00: This is a strange match. It's not being played at much pace as we reach the 60th minute so the Blues might not suffer the altitude fatigue as much as expected.

60.00: Penalty to the Blues they kick for touch. They win another one so this time Hickey will kick for posts.

61.00 : Hickey takes the shot and nails it. The Blues are back within a score.

63.00: Penalty to the Bulls. Potgieter takes the shot but misses.

65.00: Penalty to the Bulls for interfering at the clearance of the ball at the back of the scrum. Potgieter gets another shot at the posts.

66.00: Potgieter takes the kick and nails it.

68.00: The Bulls try the up and under but the Blues get under it and make the mark. After the kick the Bulls fail to roll away so the Blues get another penalty in their half and kick for touch.

70.00: The Blues concede a penalty in the Bulls 22 so Handre Pollard who has just come on clears.

72.00: Both teams have brought on a number of their replacements. Too many to list. Penalty from the scrum to the Blues. They will kick for touch.

75.00: The Blues are playing the game more in the Bulls 22. The Bulls get the ball back from a ruck and Pollard kicks it into touch.

77.00: The Bulls manage to chip the ball ahead and there is a mad dash for the ball but the Blues get back to secure it. The Bulls still need the bonus point try.

78.00: The Blues had knocked on somewhere in that dash so the Bulls have a 5m scrum. They win the scrum but as they get to the line they knock on. We go to the TMO to check if he knocked on. Wow, there was a clear second movement from Marcel van der Merwe but he placed the ball (it looked short to us as well) but the TRY is awarded.

80.00: Pollard slots the conversion and the Bulls have a bonus point victory.

The full time score is Bulls 38 (25) Blues 22 (12)


Tries - JL.Potgieter, J. Ross, J.Serfontein, M. van der Merwe
Pen - JL.Potgieter 3
Con - JL.Potgieter 2, Pollard
Drop - JL.Potgieter
Cards -

Tries - P. Akhi
Pen - S.Hickey 5
Con - S.Hickey
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 1: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 2: Sieg van Staden
TMO: Johan Greeff



Jurgen Visser , Akona Ndungane , JJ Engelbrecht , Jan Serfontein, Bjorn Basson, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Francois Hougaard, Jono Ross, Jacques du Plessis, Deon Stegmann, Victor Matfield , Flip van der Merwe (c), Werner Kruger , Callie Visagie, Dean Greyling.

Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Morne Mellett , Marcel van der Merwe , Paul Willemse , Jacques Engelbrecht , Piet van Zyl, Handre Pollard , Ulrich Beyers.


15. Charles Piutau,14. Frank Halai,13. George Moala,12. Jackson Willison,11. Tevita Li,10. Simon Hickey,9. Piri Weepu,8. Peter Saili,7. Luke Braid (C),6. Steven Luatua,5. Tom Donnelly,4. Liaki Moli,3. Charlie Faumuina,2. James Parsons,1. Tony Woodcock

Replacements :16. Tom McCartney,17. Sam Prattley,18. Angus Ta'avao,19. Patrick Tuipulotu,20. Brendon O'Connor,21. Bryn Hall,22. Chris Noakes,23. Pita Ahki

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