The Bulls comfortably led the Force at the half time point at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. The Force led 6-3 earlier on and Cameron Shepherd missed a penalty and from that time on nearly all the scoring has been from the Bulls.
JP Nel managed to score two tries in the first half, one of which was a fairly easy try when the Force thought the Bulls would take the ball to their forward 8 metres out and scrum half du Preez caught them out and sent the ball to the line and JP Nel dived over for the try.
Morne Steyn’s conversion almost from the corner could not have been more in in the centre of the posts so the Bulls managed to pull a further two points aead.
Steyn also kicked a penalty and Shepherd slotted a penalty towards the end of the first half.
The second half was much better for the Force as they outscored the Bullsnad were the better team.
In the last minutes of the match the Force were reduced to 14 men as the Bulls were awarded kickable penalty after penalty but they kept on trying to score tries to avoid the draw.
The Force have now won more games already this year than they did last year.
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Full time score Bulls 27 – Force 30
Bulls – Try: JP Nel (2) Anton Leonard
Conversion: Morne Steyn (3)
Penalty: Steyn (2)
Force- Try: Cameron Shepherd (2), Gareth Hardy
Penalty: Shepherd (4)
Bulls: 15 Johan Roets, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JP Nel, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Marius Delport, 10 Morn’ Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pedrie Wannenburg, 7 Wikus van Heerden, 6 Anton Leonard, 5 Victor Matfield (c), 4 Danie Rossouw, 3 Danie Thiart, 2 Gary Botha, 1 Gurthro Steenkamp.
Replacements: 16 Derick Ku’n, 17 Wessel Roux, 18 Francois van Schouwenburg, 19 Hilton Lobberts, 20 Heinie Adams, 21 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22 Jaco van der Westhuyzen
Western Force: 15 Drew Mitchell, 14 Scott Staniforth, 13 Ryan Cross, 12 Junior Pelesasa, 11 Cameron Shepherd, 10 Matt Giteau, 9 Matt Henjak, 8 Richard Brown, 7 Matt Hodgson, 6 David Pusey, 5 Nathan Sharpe (c), 4 Rudi Vedelago, 3 Troy Takiari, 2 Brendan Cannon, 1 Gareth Hardy.
Replacements: 16 Tai McIsaac, 17 Angus Scott, 18 Luke Doherty, 19 David Pocock, 20 Chris O’Young, 21 Scott Daruda, 22 Haig Sare
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Touch judges: Keith Brown (New Zealand), Marius Jonker (South Africa)
Television match official: Johann Meuwesen (South Africa)