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Bulls beat Cheetahs in Pretoria

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Article Published: Saturday 30 June 2012|

The Bulls have been playing the Cheetahs in Super Rugby since they joined the Super 14 in 2006 and since then they have yet to lose to the Cheetahs.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.
The Bulls kick of and we are underway. The Cheetahs misjudge the kick off and the Bulls have a scrum on the 25m line.
2.00: The Bulls are showing a lot of intensity already. Plenty of tension.
4.00: The Bulls are typically trying to bash their way through the Cheetahs on attack.
8.00: The Cheetahs put in a huge effort and push the Bulls back to their line. The ball is slow in the corner but they are awarded a penalty. The Cheetahs look up for this match as well.
9.00: Heinrich Brussow tries to break but Dewald Potgieter trips him and gets away with it. Potgieter is playing his 100th Super Rugby game.
10.00: The Cheetahs are throwing everything at the Bulls. Rocco Jansen comes close to scoring but is pushed into touch.
12.00: The Cheetahs are playing with huge intensity. They do however concede a penalty and Steyn kicks for touch.
13.00: Steyn goes for a drop goal but its bad and he misses.
15.00: Cheetahs pressing the Bulls back into their 25 but again they give away a penalty. Steyn clears.
17.00: Bulls on attack now. They get to the 5m line and Pierre Spies dives over and scores the first try.
Morne Steyn adds the conversion.
19.00: The Bulls continue to pile on the attack and they break through the Cheetahs line and Akona Ndungane races for the corner and scores. Or does he? We go upstairs to check. No try as he was JUST in touch.
20.00: We have a line out and its sloppy so Riaan Smit just kicks it out and the Bulls have a 5m line out.
21.00: The Bulls win the line out and attack again. They come close several times but somehow the Cheetahs just keep them out until Dean Greyling drives over.
23.00: Steyn takes the conversion from almost the corner flag and nails it.
27.00: Steyn goes for a high up and under and it bounces well for Zane Kirchner who scores the Bulls third try. Relatively soft try.
29.00; Steyn's conversion hits the posts and bounces out.
32.00: Cheetahs win a line out and try to bring Ashley Johnson into the line but the Bulls defend.
34.00:The Bulls win a penalty for early engaging at the scrum so the Bulls take a quick tap and race for the line but Potgieter loses the ball forward. The Bulls look like they are trying to wrap up the bonus point before half time.
35.00: The Bonus point try comes as Francois Hougaard picks up the ball after it had popped out of the back of the scrum and he dives for the line.
36.00: Morne Steyn nails the conversion and is now on 199 points for the season.
38.00: Penalty to the Cheetahs but for the third time they choose not to kick for posts. This time they scrum.
39.00: The Cheetahs come close to scoring again but Rocco Jansen is pushed into touch again.
The siren sounds. It's half time.

The half time score was Bulls 26 Cheetahs 0

The second half is underway.
41.00: WP Nel has come on for Marcel van der Merwe in the Cheetahs team.
43.00: The Bulls seem to be happy with taking the bonus point win as most of the attacking is being done by the Cheetahs this half.
44.00: The Assistant ref comes in with a report on a dangerous tackle by Morne Steyn. The Cheetahs kick for touch. They win the line out and set up a maul but lose the ball and Steyn clears the ball.
47.00: Official attendance here at Loftus is 28958.
48.00: The match has slowed to a bit of a lull now. The Cheetahs are still trying to attack but can't find a way through.
51.00: The Assistant Referee comes in to report that Andries Strauss pulled a Bulls player (Jacques Potigieter) by the hair so he is shown a yellow card.
54.00: The Bulls use the numbers to get up to the Cheetahs line and Werner Kruger crashes over for try number five.
55.00: Morne Steyn adds the conversion.
57.00: The Cheetahs set up a maul which goes to ground. Piet van Zyl pleads with the ref as he can't the ball out even though its gone to ground the ref insists its still a maul. The Bulls get the ball out the back and Bjorn Basson races away and jinks for the line and scores. Try number six.
58.00: Steyn adds the conversion.
60.00: The Bulls go to the bench and bring on the replacements. The Cheetahs finally get a break as WP Nel scores.
61.00: Sias Ebersohn adds the conversion.
62.00: The Cheetahs start running from deep and Willie le Roux runs almost the length of the field and gets to the corner and is tackled by Akona Ndungane but still manages to score. TMO confirms the try.
63.00: Ebersohn misses the conversion.
66.00: All of the momentum is with the Cheetahs now. They get the ball into the Bulls 25 and flirt with the tryline. Wynand Olivier goes down injured so we have a break in play.
68.00: The Cheetahs resume their attack on the Bulls line and after a couple of goes at the line WP Nel scores his second try.
68.00:Ebersohn adds the conversion.
72.00: The Cheetahs again try to run the ball from their 25 but Philip Snyman makes some ground and is caught.
74.00: Cheetahs insisting on running from deep. They win a penalty and take the quick tap but are caught. Jacques Potgieter comes up covered with blood so we have a short break while he goes off.  
77.00: The Cheetahs are still full of running and Heinrich Brussow races for the corner and plants the ball for a bonus point try. The TMO confirms the try and the Cheetahs have the bonus point.
78.00: Nico Scheepers takes the conversion and misses.
The siren goes for full time. The Bulls kick deep but the Cheetahs get back and kick it out. Thats it.
The final score is Bulls 40 (26) Cheetahs 24 (0)

Tries - P. Spies, D Greyling, Z Kirchner, F Hougaard, W Kruger, B Basson
Pen -
Con - M Steyn 4
Drop -
Cards -

Tries - WP. Nel 2, W Le Roux, H Brussow
Pen -
Con - S Ebersohn 2
Drop -
Cards - Andries Strauss 52nd min Yellow

Match Officials
: Marius Jonker
Assistant Ref 1: Sindile Mayende
Assistant Ref 2: Cobus Wessels
TMO : Johan Meuweson



Zane Kirchner, Akona Ndungane, JJ Engelbrecht, Wynand Olivier, Bjorn Basson, Morne Steyn, Francois Hougaard, Pierre Spies (c), Jacques Potgieter, Dewald Potgieter, Juandre Kruger, Flip van der Merwe, Werner Kruger, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Dean Greyling.

Replacements: Willie Wepener, Frik Kirsten, Wilhelm Steenkamp, CJ Stander, Jano Vermaak, Louis Fouche, Francois Venter.


15 Willie le Roux,14 Philip Snyman,13 Robert Ebersohn,12 Andries Strauss (vc),11 Rocco Jansen,10 Riaan Smit,9 Piet van Zyl,8 Ashley Johnson,7 Pieter Labuschagne,6 Heinrich Brussow,5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Andries Ferreira,3 Marcel van der Merwe 2 Adriaan Strauss ( c ),1 Trevor Nyakane,

Replacements : 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 WP Nel, 18 George Earle, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 ,Nico Scheepers

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