Bulls beat Cheetahs in Pretoria



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Out of the last five matches between the Bulls and the Cheetahs the Pretoria based Bulls have won four matches and the Cheetahs have won one.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

Elgar Watts kicks off and we are underway.

1.00: The Cheetahs win a line out on the Bulls throw. They attack the Bulls in their half but they get pushed out.

3.00: The Stormers are playing at a frenetic pace but the Bulls are holding them for now.  

4.00: The Bulls try to move the ball down the line but they knock on.

6.00: The Bulls win a penalty from inside their half from the scrum. Handre Pollard kicks it well and nails it.

8.00: Penalty to the Cheetahs. Watts takes the shot and he too nails it.

11.00: Willie le Roux makes a break chasing the ball down the wing which excites the crowd but the ball goes out.

12.00: The Bulls attack from close range and Callie Visagie goes over to score a phantom try as the whistle goes for a forward pass.

17.00: The Bulls are attacking in the Cheetahs 22, Johann Sadie gets an intercept pass and is chased to the line by Bjorn Basson but Sadie scores under the posts. TRY!

18.00: Watts adds the conversion.

20.00: Sarel Pretorius kicks for the corner and sets up a line out on the Bulls 5m line.

21.00: Penalty to the Cheetahs. Handre Pollard is yellow carded for synical play.

22.00: Watts slots the penalty.

25.00: Another penalty from the scrum is awarded to the Cheetahs. Willie le Roux lines up, takes the kick but misses.

26.00: After the restart Willie le Roux races around Jacques du Plessis but steps on the line and is in touch. The Bulls win the line out and attack. They make some ground and then the Cheetahs go off their feet so the Bulls have a penalty.

27.00: Visser slots the penalty for the Bulls.

30.00: Ryno Benjamin breaks through the Bulls defence and reaches for the line as he stumbles but loses the ball.

33.00: Jean Cook comes off for the Cheetahs. The Bulls win a scrum and power over the line – Marcel van der Merwe looks to have scored but we go to the TMO to check. No try as it was accidental offside/obstruction by Victor Matfield. 5m scrum.

34.00; The Bulls concede a scrum penalty. The Cheetahs kick for touch.

36.00: Penalty to the Bulls, Pollard who has come back on, takes the kick and nails it.  

39.00: The Cheetahs win a line out. They move the ball down the line and to winger Raymond Rhule who races for the corner and scores. TRY!

40.00: Watts takes the conversion kick from the touchline. He misses as the siren sounds.

It’s half time.

The half time score was Bulls 9 Cheetahs 18

The Bulls kick off and we are underway.

41.00: The Cheetahs win an early penalty so they kick for touch.

44.000: The Bulls work the ball up to the Cheetahs 5m line. They can’t get over though and they win a penalty.

45.00: The Bulls take the tap and go. They go through several phases all 5m from the Cheetahs line and then Paul Willemse goes over to score. TRY!

46.00: Pollard adds the conversion.

51.00: The Cheetahs run with the ball at the Bulls. Jono Ross fails to roll away so the Cheetah win a penalty.

52.00 : Johan Goosen takes the penalty kick and nails it.

55.00: The Bulls get their second try as Callie Visagie goes over. Handre Pollard slots the conversion. The Bulls lead.

59.00: Jono Ross concedes a penalty so the Cheetahs have a shot at the posts. Goosen takes the shot but misses.

62.00; The Cheetahs concede a penalty at the scrum. The Bulls kick for touch. Pollard is replaced by Potgieter.

66.00: Penalty to the Bulls for offside. Jacques-Louis Potgieter takes the kick and nails it.

70.00: The Bulls try the up and under and Basson chases but the Cheetahs make the mark.

72.00: Cornal Hendricks makes a break for the Cheetahs and looks like he has gotten away but the Bulls stop him and Francois Hougaard wins the ball – and a penalty. The Bulls kick for touch.  

75.00: The Cheetahs win a scrum inside their 22. The Bulls are forcing them to play deep in their half so they have to run the length of the field.

76.00: The Cheetahs win a penalty and kick for touch. They set up a line out in the Bulls half.

78.00: The Cheetahs are running everything. They go through 11 phases but then the Bulls steal the ball and win a penalty. They kick for touch.

79.00: The Cheetahs get the ball and they are open on the wing but the ball is lost forward.

The Cheetahs win the scrum on the Bulls put in. They attack the Bulls and Willie le Roux kicks the ball but it goes dead as the siren sounds. That’s it. The Bulls win.

The full time score is Bulls 26 (9) Cheetahs 21 (18)


Tries – P.Willemse, C.Visagie
Pen – H.Pollard 2, J.Visser, J.Potgieter
Con – H.Pollard 2
Drop –
Cards – H.Pollard (21st min yellow)

Tries – J.Sadie,R.Rhule
Pen – E.Watts 2, J.Goosen
Con – E,Watts
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 1: Lourens van der Merwe
Assistant Ref 2: Cobus Wessels
TMO: Johan Greeff



15. Jurgen Visser, 14. Akona Ndungane , 13. William Small-Smith , 12. Jan Serfontein , 11. Bjorn Basson , 10. Handre Pollard , 9. Francois Hougaard , 8. Grant Hattingh , 7. Jacques du Plessis, 6. Jono Ross , 5. Victor Matfield (c), 4. Paul Willemse , 3. Marcel van der Merwe, 2. Callie Visagie, 1. Dean Greyling

Replacements: 16. Bongi Mbonambi , 17. Morne Mellett ,18. Werner Kruger , 19. Jacques Engelbrecht , 20. Wimpie van der Walt , 21. Rudy Paige , 22. Jacques-Louis Potgieter , 23. JJ Engelbrecht


1 Caylib Oosthuizen ,2 Adriaan Strauss (c ) ,3 Maks van Dyk ,4 Andries Ferreira ,5 Francois Uys ,6 Heinrich Brussow ,7 Jean Cook ,8 Boom Prinsloo ,9 Sarel Pretorius ,10 Elgar Watts ,11 Willie le Roux ( vc ) ,12 Ryno Benjamin ,13 Johann Sadie ,14 Raymond Rhule ,15 Hennie Daniller

Replacements: 16. Torsten van Jaarsveld ,17. Trevor Nyakane ,18. Coenie Oosthuizen ,19. Ligtoring Landman ,20. Teboho Mohoje ,21. Shaun Venter ,22. Johan Goosen ,23. Cornal Hendricks

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