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The Blues host the Bulls in Auckland on Friday. Both teams had somewhat dissapointing matches last week so they will both want to out in a better performance this week.


Blues coach David Nucifora is starting to feel the pressure of a team not performing but filled with All Black stars. He has made a few significant changes to his team most noteable at ten by dropping Lavea.


On paper the Blues should win this but the Bulls are fifth on the log and the Blues are 11th so this should make for an interesting match.


Almost Live match summary


Referee – Brett Bowden


Conditions – Good


Time: 0.00
The Blues start well and get a scrum in the Bulls 25
2.00
The Blues John Senio dodges a few tackles and gets over for the try
Nacewa gets the conversion
Blues 7 Bulls 0
6.17
Hougaard goes for a drop goal but misses
Angus Macdonald goes off injured
9.10
Heine Adams dives for the try but knocks forward
10.00
Blues are much better this week and Rokocoko is hungry for points
14.30
There is a bit of handbags on the field
Matfield and Woodcock are involved
Commentators say Woodcock is lucky not be sent off
Bulls are given a penalty
Hougaard gets it
Blues 7 Bulls 3
16.00
Hougaard misses a sitter penalty
19.00
Rokocoko makes a break which leads to a penalty
Nacewa gets the penalty
Blues 13 Bulls 3
24.00
Blues have a disaster line-out which gifts Bakkies Botha a try
Hougaard gets the conversion
Blues 13 Bulls 10
29.00
Nick Williams gets over for another Blues try
Nacewa gets the conversion
Blues 20 Bulls 10
33.00
Hougaard misses another penalty
39.00
Hougaard makes a bit of a botch of a kick up field
40.10
Referee Brett Bowden blows the whistle for half time

Blues 20 Bulls 10 – Half time score

43.00
Senio gets a good kick in which gives the Blues great line-out position
Blues get a penalty from the line-out
They go for the scrum
46.00
The Scrum changes hands many times
Blues attack but the ref cals them back for another Blues penalty
Nacewa takes the penalty and misses a sitter
Blues 20 Bulls 10
49.00
Bulls change number 9 bring on Fourie du Preez
Nacewa takes another penalty and gets it
Blues 23 Bulls 10
55.00
Tipoki makes a break but the Bulls defend well and clear
56.00
Bulls get a line-out in a great position
59.00
After a bit a fast spell of the game the Bulls set up the ball for Habana but the Blues get it and attack
Hougaard goes down. He limps off
Morne Steyn come on for Hougaard
63.00
The Bulls set up their attack in front of the posts but the Blues steal it
The Blues gets a scrum and clear to half way where they get a penalty
64.00
Blues go for a lineout where they get the ball to Waqaseduadua who easily runs through the Bulls line
Blues 28 Bulls 10
Nacewa gets the conversion
Blues 30 Bulls 10
71.00
Gary Botha gives the Bulls a glimmer of hope with a try under the posts
Steyn converts
Blues 30 Bulls 17
77.00
Flavell tackles a Bulls player high and gives away a penalty
Bulls go for a lineout
The Bulls spread it wide and as they go over the line – they knock on !
Blues get the ball and attack but the ball is picked up by a Bulls player
78.00
Blues get a scrum in the Bulls 25
79.00
Bulls get a scrum from a Blues knock on
80.12
Bulls du Preez clears the ball – the whistle goes


Blues win
Final Score
Blues 30 Bulls 17


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Scorers


Blues


Tries
Senio
Williams
Waqaseduadua

Conversions
Nacewa 2

Penalties
Nacewa 2


Drop goals


Bulls


Tries
Bakkies Botha
Gary Botha

Conversions
Hougaard
Steyn

Penalties
Hougaard

Drop goals


Teams


Blues:
15 Brent Ward, 14 Vili Waqaseduadua, 13 Anthony Tuitavake, 12 Rua Tipoki, 11 Joe Rokocoko, 10 Isa Nacewa, 9 John Senio, 8 Nick Williams, 7 Angus Macdonald, 6 Troy Flavell, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Greg Rawlinson, 3 John Afoa, 2 Keven Mealamu (c), 1 Tony Woodcock.


Reserves: 16 Tim Dow, 17 Saimone Taumoepeau, 18 Anthony Boric, 19 Auva’a Tololima Onosai’i, 20 Junior Poluleuligaga, 21 Tasesa Lavea, 22 Ben Atiga.


Bulls:
15 Johan Roets, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JP Nel, 12 Dries Scholtz, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Derick Hougaard, 9 Heini Adams, 8 Jacques Cronje, 7 Pedrie Wannenburg, 6 Danie Rossouw, 5 Victor Matfield (c), 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Andries Human, 2 Gary Botha, 1 Jaco Engels.


Reserves: 16 Jan Adriaan Strauss, 17 Wessel Roux, 18 Francois van Schouwenburg, 19 Tim Dlulane, 20 Fourie Du Preez, 21 Morne Steyn, 22 Pierre Spies.  

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