Super Rugby

Reds beat Bulls in Brisbane




2011 Super Rugby champions the Reds host the 2010 Super Rugby champions the Bulls in the second match on Saturday.

Although both of these teams have won a Super Rugby title in the last ten years they have been struggling while rebuilding in recent years.

  • Each of the last 11 meetings between the Reds and Bulls has been won by the home team on the day; though, this will be the first meeting in Queensland since 2013.
  • The Reds will be hunting for consecutive Super Rugby wins for the first time since May-June 2014.
  • The Bulls have won just two of their last 19 games outside South Africa, with their last international win coming in Round 10, 2016.
  • The Bulls have won 16 lineouts per game with a lineout success rate of 94%, the best of any team in either category this campaign.
  • Lukhan Tui has crossed for a try once in each of his last two games at home for the Reds.

Match detail

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In the meantime why not have a look at the match preview.

The referee blows his whistle and Handre Pollard gets the match is underway. The Bulls are playing in a very unusual bright yellow kit.

2.00: The first scrum of the match ends in a penalty to the Bulls. Pollard kicks for touch.

4:00: The Bulls move the ball wide on attack in the Reds 22, the ball goes to Warrick Gelant who crosses for the opening TRY!

5.00: Pollard adds the conversion. Bulls lead.

9.00: The Reds win a penalty. They kick for touch and set up a line out.

10.00: the Reds win the line out and start building their attack just outside the Bulls 22.

11.00: The Bulls turn the ball over and kick it up-field. The Reds try to counter attack but knock on.

13.00: Both teams keep the ball in play as it goes from side to side with big kicks in the air.

15.00: The Reds get some momentum in the Bulls 22 but there is a knock on. The Bulls will have a defensive scrum.

17.00: Penalty to the Reds as the Bulls front row collapses.

19.00: The Reds get the ball to the 5m line. Taniela Tupou goes for the line and gets over. The TMO will have a look as the grounding is not clear. It’s no try. The Reds will however get another shot as they have a penalty.

22.00: The Reds go on the attack and launch phase after phase but the Bulls hold strong until they concede a penalty. The Reds will have a shot at goal.

23.00 Tuttle takes the kick and nails it. The Reds are on the board.

24.00: The Bulls get the ball back, they switch sides and Travis Ismael slices through the Reds. He offloads to Andre Warner who scores. TRY !

27.00: Pollard adds the conversion.

28.00: Penalty to the Reds for the Bulls front row collapsing again. Tuttle kicks for touch.

31.00: The Bulls g off their feet at the breakdown and concede a penalty. The Reds take the line out.

32.00: The Reds win the line out but then concede a penalty. The Bulls kick for touch to clear the ball but Pollard fails to find touch so the Reds try to attack the Bulls.

34.00 Another penalty to the Reds. Tuttle kicks for touch again.

36.00: The Reds attack the Bulls with pace and Taniela Tupou slips the ball out to Caleb Timu who races in and scores. TRY!

37.00: Tuttle takes the conversion kick and nails it.

38.00: The Reds almost get through to score as Samu Kerevi breaks away. The ball goes wide to the touchline where the Reds have to chip the ball ahead. The Bulls get back and secure the ball.

40.00: The Reds turn the ball over but there is a knock on.

It’s half time.

The half time score was Reds 10 Bulls 14

The second half is underway.

The Bulls immediately make a replacement as Trevor Nyakane comes on for Frans van Wyk after 30 seconds.

43.00: The Bulls make a strong start to the second half as they build through 7 phases. The Bulls get into the Reds 22 after 8 phases.

44.00: On the 11th phase the Bulls lose the ball in the tackle but the ball goes back so they play on.

45.00: The Bulls go through 15 phases and lose the ball. The Reds chip ahead so the Bulls get back and kick it back. The Reds run the ball back and  Aidan Toua gets the ball and races through the Bulls with real pace and scores. TRY!

46.00: Tuttle adds the conversion and for the first time the Reds lead.

49.00: Scrum penalty to the Reds. Lance clears the ball into touch for the line out.

53.00; Kerevi gets the Reds to within 5m of the Bulls tryline but is stopped. The Reds keep the ball alive and go wide. It’s messy. 17 phases and on the Reds go. On the 18th phase the whistle goes for a knock on.

56.00: The Reds go through the phases again wearing down the Bulls defence. They go through 8 phases but then get called back for a knock on by the Bulls.

62.00: The Reds win a penalty for not releasing the ball at the breakdown. The Reds kick for touch and take the line out.

63.00: Kerevi almost gets away to score again but he is called back as there was a knock on.

66.00: Scrum penalty again to the Reds. Lance kicks for touch and the line out.

67.00: The Reds win the line out. The Reds get to the 5m line and go wide but the ball is dropped in front of the line in the tackle.

69.00: Another scrum penalty to the Reds. The Reds take another scrum.

72.00: The Reds hesitate in putting the ball in and concede a free kick. The Bulls put the ball into touch.

74.00: Penalty to the Reds for a high tackle on Samu Kerevi. Nothing in it so there is no card. Lance will however have a shot at goal.

75.00: Lance nails the penalty. Reds lead by six.

77.00: The Bulls get into Reds territory and start going through the phases. The Bulls go wide but Jesse Kriel loses the ball forward in the tackle.

80.00: The Bulls win a penalty as the siren sounds. They kick for touch and take the line out.

81.00: The Bulls win the line out. The Bulls go through a couple of phases and move the ball to the middle of the field.

82.00: The Bulls move across the field but then they knock on, the Reds grab the ball and kick it out. The Reds have won.

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The full time score is Reds 20 (10) Bulls 14 (14) 


Tries -C. Timu, A.Toua
Pen – J.Tuttle, J.Lance
Con – J.Tuttle 2
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – W.Gelant, A. Warner
Pen –
Con – H.Pollard 2
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Jamie Nutbrown
Assistant Ref 1:Will Houston
Assistant Ref 2:Graham Cooper
TMO : Damien Mitchelmore



1. James Slipper (C) , 2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 3. Taniela Tupou, 4. Izack Rodda, 5. Kane Douglas, 6. Adam Korczyk, 7. Liam Wright , 8. Caleb Timu, 9. James Tuttle , 10. Jono Lance, 11. Eto Nabuli , 12. Samu Kerevi , 13. Chris Feauai-Sautia , 14. Filipo Daugunu, 15. Aidan Toua

Replacements : 16. Alex Mafi, 17. JP Smith, 18. Sef Fa’agase , 19. Harry Hockings, 20. Angus Scott-Young, 21. Tate McDermott, 22. Hamish Stewart, 23. Duncan Paia’aua


15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Johnny Kotze, 11 Duncan Matthews, 10 Handre Pollard (captain), 9 Andre Warner, 8 Nick de Jager, 7 Hanro Liebenberg, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Frans van Wyk, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Pierre Schoeman

Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Jason Jenkins, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Marnitz Boshoff, 23 Divan Ros


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