Pretoria’s Bulls will be aiming for a third consecutive win this weekend when they host Super Rugby’s leaders the Crusaders.
The Christchurch side are the tournament’s form team currently as they lead the standings and are the only unbeaten team.
We are waiting for the kick off.
The Crusaders kick off and the match is underway.
The Bulls get the first penalty after 20 seconds for offside. The Bulls kick for touch.
2.00: The Bulls make a powerful start and get the Crusaders on the back-foot. The Bulls press the Crusaders into their 22 but then get pressed back out where Jessie Kriel kicks the ball out on the full.
3.00: After the line out the maul collapses/is pulled down by Nick de Jager so the Crusaders have a penalty. They take the line out.
4.00: The Crusaders win the line out and Pete Samu powers his way through the tackles and is not held so he continues the charge and scores. TRY!
5.00: Richie Mo’unga takes the conversion kick and nails it.
8.00: Penalty to the Bulls for not releasing. The Bulls take the line out option and kick for touch instead of going for posts.
10.00: The Bulls win the line out and attack the Crusaders. The Bulls knock on and the Crusaders counter attack, Richie Mo’unga kicks and chases down the ball. He regains the ball. The Crusaders get a free kick and take it quickly. They go wide and Tim Bateman scores. There were four players open and anyone of those could have scored that one.
11.00: Mo’unga adds the conversion. 12 tackles missed by the Bulls already.
14.00: The Bulls win a scrum in the middle of the field. They run the ball and make about 20m and win a penalty. Schoeman signals that he will have a shot at the posts.
16.00: Schoeman takes the shot and nails it. The Bulls are on the board.
18.00; The Bulls show how much pace they have as they attack down the wing. Warrick Gelant races away but is caught by the Crusaders, he offloads to Piet van Zyl who is immediately shut down in attack. The Bulls do however win a penalty.
19.00: Schoeman takes the penalty kick but misses.
20.00: Another penalty to the Bulls. Not rolling away. This one is near the half way line so Schoeman kicks for touch.
23.00: The Crusaders sustain the Bulls pressure, turn it over and work the ball into the Bulls half.
24.00: The Crusaders have the advantage but play on and get to the 5m line. After 7 phases they get to 3m out. The penalty comes for offside. The Crusaders tap and go for the line.
25.00: The Crusaders drive through the Bulls defence and the TRY is awarded. Scott Barrett.
26.00: Mo’unga slots the conversion.
29.00:The Crusaders get the ball on the half way line. They slip through the Bulls defence and chip the ball ahead for Jack Goodhue who gets the ball and is tackled but has enough momentum to score. TRY!
31.00: Mo’unga misses the conversion.
33.00: The Crusaders go on the attack again after Tim Bateman wins a turnover. Jordan Taufua makes plenty of ground but is just shoved into touch.
35.00: Missed tackles : Bulls 17 Crusaders 7.
37.00: The Bulls win a scrum and run down the touchline but get pushed into touch. From the line out the Crusaders go wide and attack down the wing. David Havili looks to have scored but the TMO is called in to review. The final pass is forward so no try.
38.00: The Crusaders drive through the Bulls scrum and win a penalty. It’s all the Crusaders. They take the line out.
39.00: The Crusaders win the line out and drive the maul to the line. It is stopped short though but the Crusaders keep the ball alive as they go through the phases.
40.00: The siren sounds but the Crusaders continue the attack through 7 phases. 8 phases.
41.00: After 12 phases the Crusaders get through and Seta Tamanivalu scores the fifth TRY!
42.00: Mo’unga misses the conversion.
It’s half time.
The half time score was Bulls 3 Crusaders 31
The Bulls kick off and the second half is underway.
The Crusaders get the perfect start. Schoeman kicks the ball upfield. It goes straight to the Crusaders and David Havili runs it straight back through the Bulls and scores. TRY! Huge pace and goes in untouched.
43.00: Mo’unga adds the conversion. Whilst that was happening Travis Ismael is driven off in the medical buggy after injuring his leg.
46.00: The Bulls attack down the wing, Jan Serfontein makes ground and offloads, Piet van Zyl though stumbles and takes the ball into touch.
48.00: Oh boy. The Crusaders are deep in their half. Richie Mo’unga kicks behind the Bulls, chases it, regains control of the ball and scores. TRY! Seven tries to none.
49.00:Mo’unga adds the conversion.
50.00: The Crusaders are in again. Goodhue chips through and chases. He gathers the ball and scores. TRY!
51.00: Mo’unga misses the conversion.
53.00: The Bulls finally score a try. From inside their half. Francois Brummer chips over the Crusaders and move the ball out to Jessie Kriel who races away and scores.
54.00: Brummer adds the conversion.
56.00: The Crusaders attack down the wing. Seta Tamanivalu offloads to Havili who goes in to score. The TMO checks the final pass. No try.
57.00: The Crusaders set up their attack in front of the Bulls posts. The Bulls hold them out until the Crusaders knock on.
59.00: Scrum penalty to the Crusaders. They tap it and run. The Crusaders go from side to side but then lose the ball. The Bulls run it out of their 22 and win a penalty.
62.00: The Bulls run the ball from the scrum and pass out to Jamba Ulengo but he can’t control the ball and knocks on.
63.00: The Crusaders run the ball from just inside the Bulls half. Goodhue sells a dummy and offloads to Andrew Makalio who runs in the Crusaders 9th TRY.
65.00: Mitchell Hunt has come on for Mo’unga and takes the conversion but misses.
66.00: Brummer makes the break for the Bulls and gets the ball out to the backs. Serfontein draws in the defence and passes to Jamba Ulengo who runs in the Bulls second TRY.
66.00: Brummer adds the conversion.
69.00: The Crusaders pounce on a loose ball and it’s picked up by Mitchell Hunt who runs away and scores. TRY! Tenth try.
70.00: Hunt adds the conversion.
72.00: The Crusaders have a scrum inside the Bulls 22. The Crusaders win the scrum, it’s scrappy but they recover and the Bulls concede a penalty. The Crusaders kick for touch and take the line out.
75.00: The Bulls get the ball and push the Crusaders back to the half way line. The Bulls win a line out and win a penalty inside the Crusaders half. They run the ball.
78.00: The Crusaders turn the ball over and get the ball into the Bulls half. The Bulls pick up a loose ball and Jan Serfontein races away and scores the Bulls third try.
79.00: Brummer takes the conversion kick from well out. He nails it.
The siren sounds. That’s it. Crusaders win.
The full time score is Bulls 24 (3) Crusaders 62 (31)
Tries – J.Kriel, J.Ulengo, J.Serfontein
Pen – T.Schoeman
Con – F.Brummer 3
Tries – P.Samu, T.Bateman, S.Barrett, J.Goodhue 2, S.Tamanivalu, D.Havili, R.Mo’unga, A.Makalio, M.Hunt
Con – R.Mo’unga 5, M.Hunt
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 1:Federico Anselmi
Assistant Ref 2:AJ Jacobs
TMO : Johan Greeff
Warrick Gelant , Travis Ismaiel , Jamba Ulengo,Jesse Kriel, Burger Odendaal ,Tian Schoeman ,Piet van Zyl, Hanro Liebenberg ,Jacques Potgieter , Nick de Jager , Lood de Jager , Jason Jenkins ,Trevor Nyakane , Adriaan Strauss (c), Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: Jaco Visagie, Lizo Gqoboka ,Jacobie Adriaanse , RG Snyman, Jannes Kirsten, Rudy Paige,Francois Brummer,Jan Serfontein.
1.Wyatt Crockett,2.Codie Taylor ,3.Owen Franks,4 Luke Romano ,5.Scott Barrett ,6.Pete Samu,7. Matt Todd (C),8. Jordan Taufua,9. Mitchell Drummond ,10.Richie Mo’unga,11. George Bridge ,12. Tim Bateman ,13. Jack Goodhue,14. Seta Tamanivalu,15. David Havili
Replacements : 16. Andrew Makalio,17. Joe Moody,18. Michael Alaalatoa,19. Quinten Strange ,20. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis,21. Bryn Hall,22. Mitchell Hunt ,23. Ryan Crotty