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Bulls beat Highlanders in Pretoria

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Article Published: Saturday 18 May 2013|

The Bulls will start this match wary of the Highlanders as the last two Super Rugby matches between the teams have both been won by the Highlanders.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.
Morne Steyn kicks off and we are underway.
2.00:The Bulls win the ball after the kick off and immediately go on the attack. After 11 phases they cross the Highlanders 5m line. They get stopped at first but then they go wide and JJ Engelbrecht scores the first TRY in the corner.
3.00: Morne Steyn adds the conversion.
5.00: The Bulls concede a penalty for not releasing so the Highlanders will kick for posts. Slade takes the kick and nails it. The Highlanders are on the board.
8.00: Jurgen Visser tackles Ben Smith in the air as he goes for a high ball but the Bulls are awarded a penalty as Jamie Mackintosh obstructs another Bulls player. Steyn misses the penalty.
13.00: The Highlanders win a penalty from the Bulls scrum in front of the posts. Slade will kick.
14.00: Slade takes the kick and nails it. It's a one point game.
16.00: The Bulls are awarded a penalty in front of the posts this time so Steyn lines up. He takes the shot and nails it.
19.00:The Bulls have a line out just outside the Highlanders 22. They win the line out but cannot get over the 22. Highlanders are preventing the Bulls from playing their game.
21.00: The Highlanders make some ground into Bulls territory after they were awarded a quick tap penalty. They get into the 22 but then kick the ball away and Visser gets back to control the ball.
23.00: Slade dabs the ball through and the Highlanders chase but the ball bounces awkwardly and then rolls out.
25.00: The Bulls are awarded a penalty and even though the Bulls have conceded more penalties the Highlanders get a warning. Steyn takes the kick and slots it.
27.00: Yet another penalty for the Bulls. Steyn slots this one as well.
30.00: The Highlanders are gaining ground. They work the ball into the Bulls 22 but they concede a penalty so the Bulls get to kick the ball to safety. The penalty count is now 6 each. Steyn kicks for touch.
31.00: Chiliboy Ralepelle and Chris King get some help from the medics so we wait for the game to carry on.
35.00: Ralepelle has stayed on but he does not look 100%. The Highlanders are getting Ben Smith more into the game on attack.
36.00: The Highlanders continue to attack but they can't get into the Bulls 22.
37.00: After 9 phases the Highlanders get to the 5m line. They throw the ball around to find a gap and then Dewald Potgieter intercepts and he passes to Akona Ndungane who runs the length of the field and scores. We go to the TMO to check if there was a knock on. The ball bounces behind the line and is caught in front of the line. It also looks forward. The players all think its forward after watching on the big screen but the TMO says the try can be awarded. Even the commentators think it's the wrong call.  Steyn adds the conversion and the try stands.
39.00: That looks to have taken the wind out of the Highlanders and lifted the Bulls. The Bulls are on attack but the Bulls concede a penalty inside their 22. They kick it out and its half time.
The half time score was Bulls 23 Highlanders 6
The Highlanders kick off and the second half is underway.
42.00: The Highlanders have made a number of replacements for the second half including Andrew Hore and Jamie Mackintosh.
43.00: The Highlanders try to attack but there is a slightly high tackle and the ball is knocked on. We go back for the knock on.
44.00: The Bulls try to run the ball at the Highlanders but the visitors turn the ball over and they attack. However the Bulls are awarded a penalty for not releasing. The Bulls kick for the corner.
45.00: The Bulls win the line out and initially suck some forwards in and then they give the ball to Pierre Spies who goes over for the TRY!
46.00: Morne Steyn takes the conversion and hits the post and goes in off.
47.00: the Bulls attack but Tino Nemani tackles Lionel Mapoe high and he is shown a yellow card.
48.00: The Bulls get the ball to the Highlanders try line and drive over. The TMO is called in to check if Jan Serfontein got the ball down and scored. It looks short at first but his second movement is onto the line. No try. The Highlanders are awarded a penalty so they kick for touch.
50.00: Dewald Potgieter is replaced by Arno Botha.
53.00: The Highlanders are defending as much as they can with a man down. The referee blows his whistle and tells them to have a team talk and he awards the Bulls another penalty. The Bulls run the ball and Mapoe races for the corner but Emery pushes him into touch - great effort considering the ref had told the players to get into a huddle for a talk.
55.00: The Bulls bring on Jano Vermaak for Francois Hougaard. They have the ball on attack in the Highlanders 22. The Highlanders however turn the ball over and kick it out near the half way line.
56.00: Another Highlanders player is sent to the bin now. This time its Chris King. The Bulls kick for the corner and the Highlanders are down to 13 men.
57.00: Nemani comes back on. The Bulls line out is not straight so the Highlanders have a scrum and Andrew Hore has to come back on.
60.00: The Referee has another chat to Andrew Hore and threatens further yellow cards.
62.00: Unbelievably the Bulls have not scored the bonus point try yet. Again they get to the Highlanders 5m line and again the Highlanders turn the ball over. This time they run the ball into the Bulls 22. Jaco Peyper says that the Highlanders knocked on so we go back for a scrum.
64.00: The Highlanders are still a man down but they have the ball and are playing in the Bulls half. They knock on though so we go back for a Bulls scrum.
66.00: The Highlanders are caught offside at the ruck so the Bulls have a penalty. The Bulls kick for touch and the Highlanders are back to 15 players.
68.00: Chris King tackles Bjorn Basson but injures himself and is blown up for a dangerous tackle. The Bulls kick for touch. King is replaced and Andrew Hore comes back on as front row replacement. No wait he is not and he comes off again. Everyone is confused. The officials say he can't come back on until there is a scrum.
69.00: Now there is a scrum so Hore comes on.
72.00: The Highlanders are not giving up. They get the ball to the Bulls 5m line and then the replacement scrum half Fumiaki Tanaka goes over and scores the TRY!
73.00: Hayden Parker adds the conversion.
75.00: The Bulls are running out of time to score the bonus point try.
76.00: Steyn goes for a high ball and Basson chases but Nemani gets back and the ball goes out.
77.00: The Bulls win a scrum and Jano Vermaak breaks off the back and races for the corner and scores the bonus point TRY!
78.00: Steyn takes the conversion kick from the touchline and just misses.
80.00: The siren sounds and the Highlanders have the ball. They win a penalty and run the ball. They attack the Bulls and go for the corner and score. Tamati Ellison is over in the corner. TRY.
82.00: Hayden Parker takes the conversion. He hits the post.  That's it the Bulls win.
The full time score is Bulls 35 (23) Highlanders 18 (6)


Tries - JJ Engelbrecht, A.Ndungane, P.Spies , J.Vermaak
Pen - M.Steyn 3
Con - M.Steyn 3
Drop -
Cards -

Tries - F.Tanaka, T.Ellison
Pen - C.Slade 2
Con - H.Parker
Drop -
Cards - T.Nemani (47th min yellow) C.King (56th min yellow)

Match Officials
: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1: Stuart Berry
Assistant Ref 2: Attie Buitendag
TMO : Johan Greeff



Jurgen Visser , Akona Ndungane , JJ Engelbrecht, Serfontein, Lionel Mapoe, Morne Steyn, Francois Hougaard, Pierre Spies (c), Dewald Potgieter , Deon Stegmann, Juandre Kruger, Flip van der Merwe, Frik Kirsten, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Morne Mellet.

Replacements: Callie Visagie, Werner Kruger, Grant Hattingh, Arno Botha , Jano Vermaak, Louis Fouche, Bjorn Basson.


1. Jamie Mackintosh ,2. Andrew Hore (captain),3. Chris King,4. Brad Thorn ,5. Jarrad Hoeata ,6. Joe Wheeler ,7. John Hardie,8. Mose Tuiali’i,9. Aaron Smith ,10. Colin Slade ,11. Hosea Gear (vice-captain),12. Shaun Treeby ,13. Tamati Ellison ,14. Tino Nemani ,15. Ben Smith

Replacements : 16. Liam Coltman ,17. Tony Woodcock ,18. Elliot Dixon ,19. TJ Ioane ,20. Fumiaki Tanaka ,21. Hayden Parker ,22. Jason Emery

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