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Hurricanes beat Bulls in Napier

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Article Published: Friday 4 April 2014|

Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Hurricanes and the Bulls the South African franchise have won four and this week they will be aiming for a fifth consecutive victory

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

Beauden Barrett kicks off and we are underway. The ball goes to Deon Stegmann who kicks the ball out.

2.00: The Hurricanes win their line out and attack in the Bulls 22 but then they kick for touch. The Bulls win their line out but its messy and the ball is eventually kicked out.

4.00: The Hurricanes are doing most of the attacking and playing the ball in the Bulls half. The Bulls are defending well.

5.00: The Hurricanes win a line out in their half and they run at the Bulls. Several big runs get paused with thumping tackles but the Hurricanes continue to probe the Bulls defence.

6.00: The Bulls weather the storm and manage to turn the ball over and kick it out.

7.00: The Hurricanes win the line out and attack all over again. Hurricanes showing great ball retention skills. They move the ball wide to Julian Savea who passes to Alapati Leiua who loses it. Bulls loosie Deon Stegmann is injured having taken a knock in a tackle so he will come off for a concussion test. TJ Perenara has handled the ball 28 times so far which indicates how dominant the Hurricanes have been.

8.00: Penalty to the Hurricanes for not releasing. Barrett will kick for posts.

9.00: Barrett slots the conversion. Bulls have made 42 tackles so far.

10.00: A Bulls player is down injured so we wait for the line out to start. Jacques du Plessis has taken a knock - he came on for Stegmann. He carries on.

12.00: The Bulls win the line out on their throw. The Bulls work the ball up to the Hurricanes 22m line but they concede a penalty. Jacques-Louis Potgieter is down now. He carries on.

13.00: The Hurricanes put the Bulls under heavy pressure in their 22. The Bulls try to run the ball out of their 22 but get stopped and concede a scrum to the Hurricanes.

15.00: The Hurricanes win the scrum and they kick wide for Cory Jane who passes back inside to Andre Taylor who scores. TRY!

16.00: Barrett slots the conversion.

18.00: James Broadhurst is down injured now. The Bulls have made 53 tackles so far. The Bulls win a penalty so Jacques-Louis Potgieter takes the kick and slots it but limps back for the restart.

19.00: Andre Taylor and Dane Coles combine on attack down the wing but the Bulls tackle Coles and he loses the ball.

21.00: The Hurricanes win the scrum on the Bulls put in and a penalty. Barrett will kick for posts.

22.00: Barrett takes the kick and slots it.

23.00: The Hurricanes are intentionally not kicking the ball into touch. They kick upfield and Barrett chases and makes ground but is then pushed into touch. The Bulls win the lineout and kick upfield. The Canes get back and take the quick line out and then attack.

25.00: A kicking contest takes place until the Hurricanes finally kick the ball out. The Bulls win the line out on the half way line and Potgieter kicks upfield and Savea kicks the ball out and we are back near where it started.  

28.00: Penalty to the Bulls. Potgieter takes the kick from almost 40m out. He nails it.

30.00: Penalty to the Bulls from the scrum as the front row collapses. Ben Franks is down and may have to come off. The Bulls kick for touch. Franks comes off and is replaced by Reggie Goodes.

32.00: The Hurricanes are playing the ball again in the Bulls half. They win another penalty at the breakdown as the Bulls join the ruck incorrectly. Barrett will take a shot at the posts from the 22m line. He nails it.

34.00: Out of almost nowhere the Bulls Jacques-Louis Potgieter chips the ball up and chases, he get the ball passes to Jurgen Visser who slices through and scores.

35.00: Potgieter adds the conversion.

38.00: The Hurricanes take the ball out as they try to defend the Bulls attack. The Bulls win the line out but the ball is turned over the Hurricanes attack.

39.00: The ball goes out in the Bulls 22. The Bulls win the line out and kick it upfield.

40.00: The siren sounds so that is half time.

The half time score was Hurricanes 16 Bulls 13

The Bulls kick off and we are underway.

41.00: The Bulls make a strong start to the second half and the Hurricanes have to defend early on. The Hurricanes turn the ball over and chip ahead and it goes out.

43.00: The Hurricanes lose the ball on attack and Bjorn Basson gets a boot to it and he gets the ball and only a hand on his jersey stops him from going off to score a try. The Bulls continue the attack but the Hurricanes turn the ball over and kick it upfield. Visser tries a drop goal but misses.

45.00: The Bulls are playing the game in the Hurricanes half and the home side are having to work to get the ball out. The Bulls knock on so the Hurricanes have a scrum inside their half.

48.00:The Hurricanes have the ball and they are going through the phases inside the Bulls half but not in the Bulls 22.

49.00: The Bulls turn the ball over and win a penalty in their half. They kick for touch. Jacques-Louis Potgieter comes off and is replaced by Handre Pollard.

51.00: The Bulls win the line out and work the ball into the Bulls 22 but they are stopped and they knock on.

56.00: The Hurricanes handling is also letting them down this half. They work the ball into the Bulls half and they too knock on. The Bulls win a scrum and Pollard kick upfield. The Hurricanes run the ball but Taylor losses the ball. The Bulls kick upfield.

60.00:Penalty to the Bulls. Pollard takes the shot and misses.

62.00: The Bulls go through the phases on the Hurricanes 22 but they lose the ball and it goes to TJ Perenara who also loses the ball.

64.00: The Hurricanes get some attacking ball from a scrum. They (Andrew Taylor) run the ball up to the Bulls tryline and the Bulls don't release so the Hurricanes get a penalty 5m out. They will kick for posts.

65.00: Barrett takes the penalty kick and slots it.

68.00: The Bulls set up a line out in the Hurricanes 22. They use the maul and then as nothing seems on Handre Pollard slips through and scores. TRY!

68.00: Pollard takes the conversion kick and he nails it. The Bulls lead for the first time.

69.00: Penalty to the Bulls in their half. A fight breaks out for no reason but then dies down.

72.00: The Hurricanes win a penalty from the scrum for illegal binding. Barrett will kick for posts.

73.00: Barrett slots the penalty and the Hurricanes lead again.

74.00: Penalty to the Hurricanes inside their half. They kick for touch.

76.00: Problems at the scrum mean that it has to be reset which eats up time.

77.00: The Bulls win the scrum but they pass the ball forward and Conrad Smith stops the attack dead. The Hurricanes have a scrum.

78.00: The Hurricanes win the scrum and go through a couple of phases and then they lose the ball forward.

79.00:The Bulls win a penalty from the scrum. They take it quickly but they take the ball into touch. We go back for a knock on and a Bulls scrum

80.00: The Bulls win the scrum. They run the ball on their 22m line. The Hurricanes turn the ball over and win a penalty. They will kick for posts.

Barrett takes the kick for posts. He nails it. The Hurricanes win.

The full time score is Hurricanes 25 (16) Bulls 20 (13)


Tries - A.Taylor
Pen - B.Barrett 6
Con - B.Barrett
Drop -
Cards -

Tries - J.Visser, H.Pollard
Pen - J.Potgieter 2
Con - J.Potgieter, H.Pollard
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
Steve Walsh
Assistant Ref 1: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 2: Ben O'Keefe
TMO: Glenn Newman



15 Andre Taylor, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Alapati Leiua, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen/John Schwalger, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks.

Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Chris Eves, 18 John Schwalger/Reggie Goodes, 19 Blade Thomson, 20 Brad Shields, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Hadleigh Parkes, 23 Marty Banks.


Jurgen Visser , Akona Ndungane , JJ Engelbrecht , Jan Serfontein , Bjorn Basson, Jacques-Louis Potgieter , Francois Hougaard , Jacques Engelbrecht, Dewald Potgieter , Deon Stegmann, Flip van der Merwe (c), Paul Willemse , Werner Kruger, Callie Visagie, Dean Greyling .

Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi , Marcel van der Merwe , Morne Mellett, Grant Hattingh, Jacques du Plessis, Piet van Zyl, Handre Pollard, Ulrich Beyers.

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