Super Rugby

Bulls beat Lions in Pretoria




The Bulls have played the Lions 26 times in Super Rugby since 1998, the Bulls have won 15 matches and lost 11 times.

The Bulls’ 15 wins give them a record of winning 58% of their matches against the Lions regardless of venue.

  • Three of the last five Super Rugby games between the Bulls and Lions have been won by the away side on the day, with the Johannesburg men picking up four wins in that span.
  • The Blue Bulls are just the third side in Super Rugby history to draw two consecutive games (Force in 2006, Chiefs in 2014); no side has ever drawn three consecutive games in the competition.
  • The Lions have won only two of their previous seven South African derbies in Super Rugby, this after having won 19 on the bounce prior.
  • The Pretoria outfit has kicked 44 penalty goals in Super Rugby 2019, nine more than any other team in the competition and 30 more than the Lions (14).
  • Only the Hurricanes’ Ardie Savea (26) has won more turnovers than the Lions’ Kwagga Smith (20) in Super Rugby 2019.

Match detail

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The Lions need to win to make the quarter-finals for the fourth season, running. The Bulls have already qualified after the earlier results.

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Pretoria for this trans-Jukskei derby.

1.00: TRY! Hacjivah Dayimani takes Aphiwe Dyantyi’s pass, and races 50 metres to score after 15 seconds. Wow! Dyantyi slipped Jannes Kirsten and Handré Pollard’s weak tackles and charged to the halfway line before sending the number eight away for his third Super Rugby try of the season. Dayimani handed off Rosco Specman before dotting down. 0-5

2.00: CONVERSION! Elton Jantjies adds the extras. 0-7

4.00: TRY! the Bulls hit back through Hanro Liebenberg, who darts over from close range and puts the ball against the post. It came from Andre Warner’s quick-tap penalty inside the Lions 22. 5-7

5.00: CONVERSION! Pollard levels. 7-all

7.00: Lions have possession inside the Bulls’ 22.

8.00: The Lions win the penalty and will take a rare shot at goal.

10.00: PENALTY! Janjies, playing at second receiver, puts his side back in front. 7-10

11.00: TRY! One of the best mauls you will ever see. The Bulls kicked to the corner and sent the ball to a pod of six Bulls’ forwards, who barged their way over the chalk. that is from the old-school playbook by Pote human. Liebenberg has his second. 12-10

12.00: CONVERSION! Pollard extend the lead. 14-10

14.00: DROP-GOAL! Andries Coetzee drops back into the pocket and slots the drop-kick, splitting the posts. 14-13

16.00: TRY! Lizo Gqoboka bashes his way over the whitewash after Marco van Staden’s run into the 22. 19-13

17.00: CONVERSION! Pollard adds another three. 21-13

20.00: TRY! Specman plays Burger Odendaal, on his inside, and the centre waltzes over for the try. 26-13

20.00: CONVERSION! Pollard is loving this. 28-13

21.00: Malcolm Marx wins the penalty; the Lions cannot take the points, now.

23.00: Turnover ball by the Bulls kick-starts a counter-attack from their half.

24.00: The Lions try to run the ball out of their 22, but end up resorting to booting the ball away for a lineout near their 10m.

25.00: PENALTY! Pollard extends his side’s lead. 31-13

26.00: MISS! Shaun Reynolds’ drop-kick, sails wide. What is he thinking? 31-13

27.00: MISS! What is going on, really! Coetzee misses with a long-range drop-kick, too. 31-13

29.00: Jantjies will attempt a long-range penalty from in front.

30.00: PENALTY! It’s good. 31-16

32.00: The Bulls come again. They keep possession and march into the Lions’ half.

34.00: Dyantyi’s kick is out on the full. Lineout to the Bulls outside the 22.

36.00: Accidental offsides by the Bulls allows the Lions a reprieve. Jantjies will take another shot at goal from 40 metres out.

37.00: PENALTY! Jantjies adds another three. 31-19

38.00: Three high tackles by the Bulls gifts easy territory and possession for the Lions.

39.00: Dayimani plays Van Staden off the ball and concedes a silly penalty when his team had good field position.

40.00: Marx wins another turnover, Coetzee and Lionel Mapoe combine with an attack down the touchline. Marx carries again, but offsides by Duane Vermeulen lets the Lions off the hook.

42.00: The Lions retain possession, but then a knock on gives the Bulls a counter-attack. Specman chases Pollard’s grubber, but he cannot gather.

The halftime score was Bulls 31 Lions 19

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway at a chilly Loftus.

43.00: A soft turnover by the Bulls gifts the Lions possession. they go quickly, but their handling is erratic. They do, however, get the penalty. Jantjies calls for the tee.

44.00: PENALTY! Jantjies has the ball on a string. 31-22

47.00: The Lions are on the attack. They are near the Bulls’ 22.

48.00: YELLOW CARD! RG Snyman is harshly sin-binned for a dangerous tackle on Marx. 31-22

49.00: Superb defending by the hosts, they win the turnover after keeping the maul away from their line.

52.00: The Bulls have taken the sting out of the early Lions’ dominance.

55.00: The Lions have a lineout on the opposition’s 22 after Specman’s clean-up saved his side.

56.00: Van Staden comes into a ruck from the side. Jantjies kicks to the corner. It’s getting juicy.

56.00: TRY! Cyle Brink flops over the whitewash after a powerful driving maul. 31-27

58.00: MISS! Jantjies misses from wide. 31-27

59.00: We have entered the final quarter of the regular season.

60.00: TRY! Sensational score by Cornal Hendricks. He took Pollard’s three-man cut-out pass, beat Coetzee with a swivel on the touchline. He was tackled short but reached out to dot down. 36-27

62.00: MISS! Pollard pulls his kick, wide. 36-27

65.00: TRY! Pollard has a five-pointer of his own. No flyhalf takes the ball at the gain-line like the Springboks 10. 41-27

66.00: CONVERSION! He converts his score. 43-27

69.00: time is running out for De Bruin’s charges. They need at least a losing bonus-point to get into the playoffs.

70.00: More problems in the scrum between the two front rows.

72.00: TRY! Manie Libbok has a score after taking Pollard’s well-timed pass. 48-27

73.00: MISS! Libbok misses from almost in front.

75.00: MISS! Pollard misses with a long-range drop-goal. 48-27

77.00: The game is running down, so is the Lions’ poor season.

80.00: NO TRY! Warrick Gelant brings up the half-century, Johnny Kotze’s pass is forward. 48-27


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The final score is Bulls 48 (31) Lions 27 (19)


Tries – Liebenberg (2), Gqoboka, Odendaal, Hendricks, Pollard, Libbok
Pen – Pollard
Con – Pollard (5)
Drop – Pollard
Cards – Snyman (Yellow, 48′)

Tries – Dayimani, Brink
Pen – Jantjies (4)
Con – Jantjies
Drop – Coetzee
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 1: Egon Seconds
Assistant Ref 2: Stefan Geldenhuys
TMO: Christie du Preez



15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Handré Pollard (captain), 9 Andre Warner, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Hanro Liebenberg, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Rudolph Snyman, 4 Jannes Kirsten, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.

Replacements: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Eli Snyman, 20 Ruan Steenkamp, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Divan Rossouw.


15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Tyrone Green, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Elton Jantjies, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Shaun Reynolds, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Hacjivah Dayimani, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Cyle Brink, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Rhyno Herbst, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Malcolm Marx (c), 1 Dylan Smith.

Replacements: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Nathan McBeth, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Reinhard Nothnagel, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Wandisele Simelane, 23 Courtnall Skosan.

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