Bulls beat Cheetahs in Bloemfontein




This South African Super Rugby derby match between the Cheetahs and Bulls could go a long way to deciding who wins the South African Conference.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.
The Bulls kick off and we are underway.
2.00: The Cheetahs survive some early pressure from the Bulls. They work the ball in to Bulls half for a line out.
3.00: The Bulls win a line out on the Cheetahs throw. The Bulls attack and Bassson races down the wing. He boots ahead and is tackled and loses the ball and JJ Engelbrecht dots the ball down for the TRY. The TMO will check. Knock on by Basson.
4.00: The stadium is packed. 32 220 fans in attendance. The Cheetahs win a penalty from the scrum. The Cheetahs kick for touch.
5.00: The Bulls win the line out and Werner Kruger attacks. He loses the ball and the Cheetahs try to attack.
7.00: Bulls possession is at 85%. The Bulls get the ball in the Cheetahs 22. Werner Kruger powers over the line. TRY!
8.00: Morne Steyn adds the conversion.
12.00: The Cheetahs are getting into the game a lot more. They go through 9 phases with the ball and then Willie le Roux chips through the Bulls and chases and gets the ball outpaces everyone and scores. TRY! Class.
13.00: Riaan Smit slots the conversion.
15.00: The Bulls are back on attack. Building up the pressure with phase after phase. Up to 9 phases and they are at the 5m line.
16.00: After 12 phases the Bulls win a penalty. Adriaan Strauss for not rolling away. The Bulls kick for the corner as they want the try.
17.00: The Bulls drive over the line with the mail and Deon Stegmann scores. TRY!
18.00: Morne Steyn adds the conversion.
20.00: Penalty to the Cheetahs as the Bulls pushed after the whistle.
21.00: Bulls territory is at 65%
24.00: Zane Kirchner has come on for Lionel Mapoe and the Cheetahs kick straight to him. He kicks the ball straight out. There is a hold up in the game due to an injury to Pierre Spies. The game resumes.
27.00: The Cheetahs win a penalty from the scrum. Smit takes the shot and nails it.
31.00: Another penalty for the Cheetahs from the scrum as Dean Greyling lost his bind. Daniller kicks the ball downfield, the Bulls kick it back and Le Roux finds touch.
34.00: The Cheetahs try to attack with the ball just inside their half but the Bulls push them sideways and into touch.
36.00: The Bull go through seven phases on attack but the Cheetahs defend and the Bulls lose the ball.
39.00:  Lappies Labuschagne has to come off for blood as the Bulls are awarded a penalty. Steyn will kick for posts.
40.00: Steyn takes the shot and slots it. It’s half time.
The half time score was Cheetahs 10 Bulls 17
The second half is underway.
41.00: The Bulls pass the ball down the line but Kirchner knocks on.
42.00: Penalty to the Cheetahs. Dean Greyling gets another warning for collapsing at the scrum. Riaan Smit takes the penalty and slots it.
44.00: Dean Greyling comes off.
46.00: The Bulls start their build up again. They go through 14 phases in the Cheetahs 22. The last pass is forward though. Francois Uys is down injured. He may have to come off. We go back for a penalty. Steyn bangs it over.
47.00: There is a high tackle by Ligtoring Landman on Arno Botha so the Bulls have a penalty in their half. Steyn kicks for touch.
49.00: A Bulls player is taken out in the air so Morne Steyn has another kick for posts. He misses this one.
54.00: the Bulls try to kick downfield but Rian Smit takes the mark and kicks the ball way downfield.
56.00: The Bulls are playing the game in the Cheetahs 22. They can’t get through so Steyn goes for the drop goal he misses and hits the post and it bounces straight back to the Bulls. They attack and then win a penalty in front of the posts.
58.00: Steyn bangs over the penalty extending the lead to 10 points.
63.00: The Bulls go on attack again and they split the Cheetahs with pace and power and Jano Vermaak scores behind the posts.
64.00: Steyn adds the conversion. The match is slipping away from the Cheetahs now.
68.00: Penalty to the Cheetahs. They take it quickly and attack down the wing. The hands are lightning quick and Smit goes over in the corner. The TMO checks for passing. The try is awarded.
69.00: Riaan Smit takes the conversion but misses. It curled out.
73.00: Penalty to the Cheetahs for offside. The Cheetahs want to take it quickly but they are stopped. They kick for the corner.
76.00: The Cheetahs work the ball to the Bulls 5m line but they knock on.
77.00: The Cheetahs are looking for a losing bonus point but the Bulls are winding the clock down. Robert Ebersohn comes off and Ryno Barnes comes on.
78.00: Trevor Nyakane gets the ball about 5m out and powers over the line. The Cheetahs are all claiming the try. We go to the TMO. The try is awarded.
79.00: Rian Smit adds the conversion. 
80.0: The Cheetahs are now in full attack. The Bulls push them out though. That’s it the Bulls win.
The full time score is Cheetahs 25 (10) Bulls 30 (17)


Tries – W.Le Roux, R.Smit, T.Nyakane
Pen – R.Smit 2
Con – R.Smit 2
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – W.Kruger, D Stegmann , J.Vermaak
Pen – M.Steyn 3
Con – M.Steyn 3
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Jason Jaftha
Assistant Ref 1:Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 2:Francois de Bruin
TMO : Gerrie Coetzee



Hennie Daniller, Raymond Rhule, Johann Sadie, Robert Ebersohn, Willie le Roux, Riaan Smit, Piet van Zyl, Philip van der Walt, Lappies Labuschagne, Heinrich Brussow, Francois Uys, Lodewyk de Jager, Lourens Adriaanse, Adriaan Strauss (captain), Coenie Oosthuizen.

Replacements: Ryno Barnes, Trevor Nyakane, Ligtoring Landman, Boom Prinsloo, Sarel Pretorius, Elgar Watts, Rayno Benjamin.


Jurgen Visser, Lionel Mapoe , JJ Engelbrecht , Jan Serfontein Bjorn Basson , Morne Steyn, Francois Hougaard , Pierre Spies (c), Arno Botha , Deon Stegmann, Juandre Kruger , Flip van der Merwe , Werner Kruger , Chiliboy Ralepelle , Dean Greyling

Replacements: Callie Visagie, Frik Kirsten, Grant Hattingh , Dewald Potgieter , Jano Vermaak, Louis Fouche , Zane Kirchner.

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