Super Rugby

Bulls beat Rebels in Pretoria



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Super Rugby moves across the Indian Ocean in the sixth match of the second round as the Bulls host Melbourne based Super Rugby franchise the Rebels.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

The Rebels kick off and we are underway.

2.00: Jack Debreczeni makes an early break for the Rebels and the Bulls scramble.

3.00: The Rebels win a penalty so Debreczeni takes the kick and nails it. Rebels lead.

7.00: The Bulls try to move the ball down their line but the Rebels defence stops them. The Bulls recycle and start again. They go through 8 phases and then kick for touch.

9.00: The Rebels win the line out and Debreczeni kicks for touch and clears.

10.00: The Bulls stretch the Rebels by moving the ball outwide at pace and Bjorn Basson races for the line and scores. TRY!

11.00: Francois Brummer adds the conversion.

13.00: The Rebels get into space and create the overlap. Tamati Ellison passes to Adam Thomson who goes over but drops the ball as he goes to score. Knock on shocker.

18.00: The Bulls stretch the Rebels on the wing again and this time Nic de Jager gets the ball from Basson and he dodges Jonah Placid and crashes over to score. TRY!

19.00: Brummer adds the conversion.

24.00:The Rebels have the ball in centre-field. They go through 9 phases and have an advantage. When they can’t get anywhere they chip the ball into touch.

28.00: The Rebels are gifted some territory as Warrick Gelant goes to clear the ball in his 22 and instead kicks Jan Serfontein on his bottom so the ball drops to the ground and rolls away. That will make the highlights.

33.00: Penalty to the Bulls. Francois Brummer takes the kick but misses.

35.00: The Bulls try to run the ball out of their half but Galant loses the ball and it goes into touch.

37.00: The Bulls pass the ball down the line and Marcel van der Merwe gets the ball from a bounce and offloads to Travis Ismaiel who races away and scores. TRY!

38.00: Brummer adds the conversion.

39.00: The Bulls look to be in again but we will get confirmation from the TMO as the finals pass was missed and then caught so could have gone forward. Jannes Kirsten could be the try scorer. TMO says the is good. TRY!

40.00: Brummer adds the conversion.

Its half time.

The half time score was Bulls 28 Rebels 3

The Bulls kick off and the second half is underway.

41.00: Penalty to the Rebels, they fail to make anything with it and the Bulls turn it over and after a grubber kick from Gelant Bjorn Basson chases and scores. TRY!

42.00: Brummer adds the conversion.

45.00: The Rebels try to run the ball but Basson intercepts the pass and runs away to score under the posts. TRY!

46.00: Brummer adds the conversion.

48.00: The Rebels moves the ball wide in the Bulls 22, Jonah Placid who was a late replacement for Reece Hodge shoves off Bjorn Basson and goes in to score. TRY!

49.00: Debreczeni adds the conversion.

51.00: The Rebels are in again as they take it quickly from a penalty. Ben Meehan slips in under the Bulls defence.

52.00: Debreczeni misses the conversion.

54.00: Penalty to the Rebels – players off their feet. Bulls get a team warning as they have conceded several penalties in the last few minutes. Rebels kick to the corner.

55.00: The Rebels win the line out and pass to James Hanson who hits the line at pace and scores. TRY!

56.00: Debreczeni misses the conversion again though.

59.00: Penalty to the Bulls for offside. They choose the line out but they go long and the Rebels snap up the ball and kick for touch.

62.00: Penalty again for the Bulls. Brummber slots it as Burger Odendaal limps off injured.

66.00: The Rebels run the ball run the ball freely exposing the Bulls on defence and Ben Meehan scores his second TRY!

68.00: Debreczeni again misses the conversion.

74.00: The Bulls appear to have realised they need another try for the bonus point and have upped the attack.

75.00: The Bulls attack the Rebels in their 22 but the visitors hold them out.

78.00: The Bulls are throwing everything at the Rebels in their 22 to get that extra try. The Rebels get the ball though and they kick for touch.

80.00: The siren sounds as the Rebels have the ball on attack.

81.00: Kotaro Matsushima almost gets away for a brilliant individual try but Gelant gets across and tackles him into touch.

Thats it. The Bulls have won.

The full time score is Bulls 45 (28) Rebels 25 (3)


Tries – B.Basson 3, De Jager, T.Ismael, J.Kirsten
Pen – F.Brummer
Con – F.Brummer 6
Drop –
Cards –

Tries -J.Placid, B.Meehan 2, J.Hanson
Pen – J.Debreczeni
Con – J.Debreczeni
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 1:Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2:Stuart Berry
TMO :Marius Jonker



Warrick Gelant , Travis Ismaiel , Jan Serfontein, Burger Odendaal , Bjorn Basson, Francois Brummer, Rudy Paige, Arno Botha , Jannes Kirsten, Nic de Jager, Grant Hattingh , RG Snyman, Marcel van der Merwe, Adriaan Strauss ( c), Trevor Nyakane ,

Replacements: Jaco Visagie , Lizo Gqoboka, Hencus van Wyk, Jason Jenkins, Roelof Smit , Piet van Zyl , Tian Schoeman , Dries Swanepoel

Melbourne Rebels

1. Toby Smith, 2. James Hanson, 3. Laurie Weeks, 4. Luke Jones, 5. Steve Cummins, 6. Adam Thomson, 7. Sean McMahon (captain), 8. Lopeti Timani, 9. Ben Meehan, 10. Jack Debreczeni, 11. Tom English, 12. Mitch Inman, 13. Tamati Ellison, 14. Dom Shipperley, 15. Jonah Placid

Replacements : 16. Pat Leafa, 17. Cruze Ah Nau, 18. Jamie Hagan, 19. Sam Jeffries, 20. Jordy Reid, 21. Mick Snowden, 22. Kotaro Matsushima , 23. Dan Hawkins.


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