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Blues hold off Bulls for win


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This was a live score update – Report to follow.





What is the Bulls plan this year. Last year they won the tournament and this year after six rounds they are 11th on the league table!



Saturday March 29
: Eden Park, Auckland
Referee: James Leckie (Australia)
Assistant Referees : Brett Bowden (Australia), Josh Noonan (New Zealand)
TV Match Official : Ben Skeen (New Zealand)
Reviewer/Perf. Auditor : Stuart Beissel (New Zealand)
Head-to-Head: Played 13, Blues 8, Bulls 4, Drawn 1
In Auckland: Played 7, Blues 7, Bulls 0
Last season: Round 13, April 27 2007: Bulls 40-19 Blues at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria


Match Detail


0.00: We are waiting for the kick off.


4.00: The Blues were the first to score points as the Bulls gave a penalty away and Nick Evans took the kick successfully putting the Blues into the lead.


7.00: The Blues then gave a penalty away and Derick Hougaard took the shot but missed.


9.00: Troy Flavell powers over the line and TV ref Ben Skeen confirms that Bryan Habana (the tackler) did not hold him up.


10.00: Nick Evans kicked the conversion and it went in off the posts.


14.00: The Bulls got on the scoreboard as Wikus van Heerden powered over the line surrounded by a big pack of forwards.


15.00: Derick Hougaard slotted the conversion.


19.00: The Bulls come close to scoring another try as Pierre Spies runs to the line but he loses the ball in the tackle and the Blues clear the ball.


21.00: The Bulls then gave a penalty away but Nick Evans failed to turn it into points with his penalty kick.


27.00:  Bryan Habana came close to scoring a try but he was bungled into touch by prop John Afoa.


29.00: Derick Hougaard had a shot at a drop goal but it went to the left of the posts.


40.00: The Siren goes – Half time.


The Half time Score is Blues 10 Bulls 7


45.00: There was a bit of confusion at the start of the second half as Keven Mealamu scored a try. The Ref had to ask for confirmation from his assistant before awarding the try.


46.00: Nick Evans converted the try to give the Blues a 10 point lead.


49.00: The Bulls hit straight back as Wikus van Heerden rolled over again surrounded by a big pack of forwards.


51.00: Derick Hougaard kicked the conversion to bring the Bulls to within three points.


58.00: The Bulls gave away a penalty for not rolling away in the tackle and Nick Evans extended the lead with a penalty kick.


63.00: Bryan Habana created a try for Derick Ku’n by running the ball from inside his own half.


64.00: Derick Hougaard converted the try to put the Bulls in front.


72.00: Nick Evans took the lead with a drop goal.


75.00: Zane Kirchner has a great run but as he gets over the line the ball gets away from him and he knocks on.


76.00: The Bulls drive from the scrum. Spies goes on his own. he gets the ball back, the Bulls drive again but give away a free kick.  


80.00: The siren goes – full time.


The full time score  is Blues 23 Bulls 21


Report to follow.





Tries – Troy Flavell, Keven Mealamu

Pen – Nick Evans (2)

Con – Nick Evans (2)
Drop Goal : Nick Evans



Tries – Wikus van Heerden (2),Derick Ku’n

Pen –

Con – Derick Hougaard (3)



Blues :

1 Tony Woodcock, 2 Keven Mealamu , 3  John Afoa ,4 Kurtis Haiu ,5 Troy Flavell ‘ ,6 Justin Collins ,7 Daniel Braid ,8 Jerome Kaino ,9 Danny Lee ,10 Nick Evans , 11 Rudi Wulf , 12 Benson Stanley , 13 Isaia Toeava , 14 Joe Rokocoko
15 George Pisi
Replacements: ,16 Nick White(FR) ,17 Bronson Murray (FR) , 18 Anthony Boric , 19 Nick Williams , 20 Taniela Moa , 21 Ben Atiga , 22 David Smith.



Zane Kirchner; Akona Ndungane, JP Nel, Wynand Olivier, Bryan Habana; Derick Hougaard, Fourie du Preez (cpt); Pierre Spies, Wikus van Heerden, Pedrie Wannenburg, Danie Rossouw, Bakkies Botha, Rayno Gerber, Derick Ku’n, Gurthr’ Steenkamp.

Substitutes: Bandise Maku, Werner Kruger, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Deon Stegmann, Heini Adams, Morn’ Steyn, Hilton Lobberts.

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