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The final Super Rugby match on Saturday and in Round 11 is in Pretoria where the Bulls host 2015 Super rugby champions the Highlanders.

The Bulls have played the Highlanders 18 times in Super Rugby and they have won 5 matches and drawn one. The Highlanders have won 12 of the 18 clashes between the sides.

  • The Highlanders have won four of their last five games against the Bulls; however, the Pretorian outfit have earned a losing bonus point in each of those four defeats.
  • The Bulls will be looking to pick up multiple home wins against New Zealand opposition in a single season for the first time since doing so twice in 2013; they escaped with a 21-19 win over the Hurricanes in Round 2 this season.
  • The Highlanders have won their last four regular season games on the bounce in South Africa, never before have they won five in succession in the country.
  • The Bulls have conceded just 25.6 points per game this season, the fewest of any team outside the New Zealand conference.
  • Highlanders pair Dillon Hunt (110) and Luke Whitelock (106) have made more tackles than any other players so far this campaign.

Match detail

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The Bulls kick off and the match is underway. The Highlanders fumble the ball and the Bulls press the Highlanders back to their 5m line.

1.00: The Highlanders get back and kick for touch.

2.00: The Bulls win the line out but the Highlanders defend well and win a penalty. Lima Sopaga kicks for touch to set up the line out.

3.00: The Highlansdders win the line out and run the ball. It gets chipped ahead and although the ball is initially missed Aaron Smith gets to the ball, carries it over the line and scores. TRY!

4.00; Lima Sopoaga adds the conversion.

8.00: The Bulls win a penalty from the scrum so they kick for touch to set up a line out inside the Highlanders 22. 15m out. The Highlanders defend the line out and press the Bulls back to the half way line.

11.00: The Bulls win a penalty near the half way line.  Ivan van Zyl takes the quick tap but it comes to nothing and the Bulls are tackled into touch.

16.00: The Highlanders are awarded a penalty inside their half after some attacking play by the Bulls. Sopoaga kicks for touch and sets up a line out in the Bulls half.

17.00: Adriaan Strauss dashes through the Line out but knocks the ball on. Highlanders scrum.

18.00: Penalty to the Bulls from the scrum. Pollard kicks for touch. The Highlanders defensive game is in top form and they defend the bulls attacks after line out.

21.00: The Bulls attack the Highlanders in their 22. The Bulls chip ahead and Fletcher Smith tackles a Bulls player without the ball so he is yellow carded and a penalty TRY is awarded. That’s a straight 7 points. No conversion needed.

25.00: The Bulls win a line out inside the Highlanders 22.

29.00: The Highlanders win a line out near the half way line but as they pass the ball down the line Handre Pollard intercepts and races away for the line. TRY!

30.00: Pollard adds the conversion. Bulls lead for the first time.

32.00: The Highlanders are awarded a penalty. Sopoaga will have a shot at posts. He nails it. Fletcher Smith comes back on. The Bulls scored 14 points in his absence including the penalty try.

35.00: The Bulls go through 8 phases but the Highlanders defend well.

37.00: The Bulls make little ground as they attack and mostly get pushed sideways. The Bulls then knock on.

38.00: The Bulls win a line out and use the maul. They get to 10m out but then slow. The Bulls change direction a little. The Highlanders defend but the Bulls get to the 5m line and then get pushed back.

39.00: Penalty to the Bulls.

40.00: The siren sounds for half time. The Bulls will kick for touch and take the line out.

The Bulls win the line out and drive to the line. They are short but then go for the line. Pollard snipes but is held up. The ball comes out for the Bulls and it gets to Gelant who knocks it on.

It’s half time.

The half time score was Bulls 14 Highlanders 10

The Highlanders kick off and the second half is underway.

41.00: Penalty to the Highlanders.

42.00: Sopoaga takes the kick for goal and nails it. Bulls lead by 1.

The Highlanders get the ball inside their 22. They runu the ball with pace and Aaron Smith offloads to Fletcher Smith who scores next to the posts. 90m TRY!

44.00: Sopoaga slots the conversion. Highlanders lead.

47.00: The Bulls attack from the half way line. The Bulls go through 9 phases but then concede a penalty. Aaron Smith takes it quickly and chases but Gelant gets back.

49.00: The Highlanders have to get back which they do but the Bulls concede a penalty. Sopoaga kicks for touch.

52.00: The Highlanders win another penalty. Sopoaga takes the kick and nails it to extend the lead.

53.00: The Highlanders almost get away with an intercept from a Jessie Kriel pass. The Highlanders break but Pollard puts in a try saving tackle.

55.00: The Bulls look to pass the ball down the line but the pass from Pollard is intercepted and lost. The ball goes into touch.

56.00: The Bulls go through 8 phases.  Lizo Gqoboka gets through but then is caught, he recycles and the Bulls go for the line. Jason Jenkins snipes from the 5m line and scores. TRY!

57.00: Pollard takes the conversion and nails it. Bulls trail by two.

60.00: The Highlanders win a penalty for offside by Lizo Gqoboka. Sopoaga lines up the posts.

62.00: Sopoaga nails the penalty. Aaron Smith comes off and Kayne Hammington comes on.

65.00: The Bulls win a penalty again from the scrum. The Bulls kick for touch.

70.00: The Bulls have the ball in the Highlanders 22. They try to chip through but the Highlanders get back secure the ball and concede a penalty.The Bulls take a scrum.

72.00: The Bulls win the scrum and go for the line. They are stopped JUST short. The ball goes dead and the Bulls get another penalty. They take the scrum again.

74.00: The Bulls go through the phases attacking the Highlanders in their 22. Jesse Kriel slices through and scores.

75.00: Pollard slots the conversion and the Bulls lead.

78.00: The Highlanders win a penalty in their half. They kick for touch and take the line out.

79.00: Penalty to the Highlanders for offside – its kickable ! Sopoaga will have a shot.

80.00: Lima Sopoaga takes the shot from almost 5m out. HE NAILS IT.

The Highlanders win.

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The full time score is Bulls 28 (14) Highlanders 29 (10) 

Scorers

Bulls
Tries – Penalty try. H.Pollard, J.Jenkins, J.Kriel
Pen –
Con – Penalty, H.Pollard 3
Drop –
Cards –

Highlanders
Tries – A.Smith, F.Smith
Pen – L.Sopoaga 5
Con – L.Sopoaga 2
Drop –
Cards – 22nd minute (F.Smith)

Match Officials
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1: Egon Seconds
Assistant Ref 2:AJ Jacobs
TMO :Willie Vos

Teams

Bulls

15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Divan Rossouw, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Johnny Kotze, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Thembelani Bholi, 7 Jason Jenkins, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Lizo Gqoboka

Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Frans van Wyk, 18 Conraad van Vuuren, 19 Hendre Stassen, 20 Nic de Jager, 21 Andre Warner, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Travis Ismaiel

Highlanders

1 .Daniel Lienert-Brown,2.Liam Coltman,3.Tyrel Lomax,4.Jackson Hemopo,5.Tom Franklin,6.Elliot Dixon,7.Dillon Hunt,8.Luke Whitelock,9.Aaron Smith,10.Lima Sopoaga,11.Tevita Li,12.Teihorangi Walden,13.Rob Thompson,14.Ben smith (cc),15.Fletcher Smith

Replacements : 16.Ash Dixon (cc),17.Aki Seiuli ,18.Kalolo Tuiloma,19.Alex Ainley,20.Shannon Frizell,21.James Lentjes22.Kayne Hammington,23.Patelesio Tomkinson

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