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2015/03/28 | 19:10 |  Super Rugby | Loftus Versfeld |  Full Time
Super Rugby

As it happened: Bulls 31 - 19 Crusaders

2015-03-28 20:50
Last Updated at 14:06
28 Mar 20:56
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28 Mar 20:55
Handre Pollard is the man of the match! Well deserved!
28 Mar 20:53


What an excellent game of rugby!  Both teams looking to give the ball air and some sublime skill on display at times.

The Bulls started like a house on fire but as they usually do the Crusaders worked their way back into the game. The second half saw the Crusaders punished for some ill discipline with the boot of Pollard extending the Bulls lead.

An intercept try by Hattingh put the game beyond the Crusaders.


28 Mar 20:50
80' - The Crusaders knock on and the that is game over! The Bulls run out deserved winners.
28 Mar 20:50
80'- The Crusaders are over in the left hand corner, but it was a forward pass. They have a penalty however as the Bulls were offside. They tap and go.
28 Mar 20:48
80' - The Hooter sounds, the Crusaders are 5m away from the Bulls line.
28 Mar 20:47
78' - Last chance for the Crusaders as the Bulls are penalised. Carter sets up a lineout, 8m from the Bulls line.
28 Mar 20:45
75' - The Bulls defence has been outstanding today as the stop another Crusaders attack.  The Bulls have a lineout.
28 Mar 20:42
73' - Pollard misses! He turned and ran back as if he thought it was going through the posts but it drifted left at the last moment.
28 Mar 20:41
72' - The Bulls win a scrum penalty as the ref pings the Crusaders for not keeping the scrum square and steady after initially warning them. Pollard will look to extend the Bulls lead.
28 Mar 20:39
69' - The Bulls scrum looking stronger as the game has gone on. The Bulls looking for another score as they move into the Crusaders half. Matfield tries a "speculator" and Nadolo should have intercepted but knocks on.
28 Mar 20:35

65' - TRY to the Bulls! Hattingh picks up an intercept as Carter tried a flick inside. He juggled it but held on and managed to outpace the Crusaders defence to the tryline. He ran that in from around 40m out. Pollard converts.


28 Mar 20:32

63' - PENALTY to the Crusaders! Carter makes no mistake.


28 Mar 20:31
62' - The Crusaders turning up the heat, looking for a try. Through 9 phases now and only 10m out. Slade tries a cross kick for Nadolo, but the ball goes out. Referee was playing advantage for the Crusaders as the Bulls had gone offside. Carter will kick at goal.
28 Mar 20:28
59' - Bulls substitution. Liebenberg is replaced by Hattingh.
28 Mar 20:27
59' - The pass was forward! The Bulls breathe a sigh of relief. They will have a defensive scrum, 8m from their own line.
28 Mar 20:26
58' - The Crusaders with some brilliant play down the left hand side, Slade gets over, but the pass from Nadolo looks forward.  The TMO is called to have a look.
28 Mar 20:24
Crusaders discipline letting them down the last couple of minutes. 
28 Mar 20:23

55' - PENALTY to the Bulls! What a fantastic kick by the youngster! Pollard splits the uprights with that kick!


28 Mar 20:23
54' - McCaw is penalised, he was offside by a mile, coming around the ruck. Pollard will kick at goal again from around 52m out.
28 Mar 20:20

51' - PENALTY to the Bulls! An excellent kick from Pollard extends the Bulls lead.


28 Mar 20:19
50' - The Bulls win a penalty, Pollard will have a shot at goal from around 50m out on the angle.
28 Mar 20:17
49' - The Bulls scrum under immense pressure again, but they manage to win it and Kriel clears down field.
28 Mar 20:13
46' - Nyakane wins his second turnover in as many minutes! Excellent work by the big prop. Pollard kicks the penalty out into touch on the 10m line of the Crusaders.
28 Mar 20:12
45' - Excellent work by the Bulls, Nyakane in particular as he gets his hands on the ball and rips it free. Pollard clears down field.
28 Mar 20:11
44' - The Bulls scrum wheels under pressure and in an attempt to keep possession, Spies is pinged for playing the ball on the ground. Carter sets up a lineout just outside the Bulls 22m area.
28 Mar 20:09
42' - Paige kicks ahead from the lineout and the balls rolls out. Matfield gets his first steal of the night at the front of the lineout and in the resulting play the Crusaders knock on. The Bulls have a scrum just outside the Crusaders 22m area.
28 Mar 20:07
41' - First penalty of the second half to the Bulls. The Crusaders are penalised at ruck time. Pollard sets up a lineout on the half way line.
28 Mar 20:06
Second half underway in Pretoria. Will we see another exciting half like the first.
28 Mar 19:57


The Bulls lead the Crusaders 18 - 16. The home team came out snorting fire and quickly ran into a 12 - 0 lead, scoring two tries through Hougaard and Odendall

The Crusaders slowly ground their way back into the match and were rewarded with a try of their own through Nadolo, converted by Carter who also kicked three penalties.


28 Mar 19:54

40' - Pollard tries a drop goal on the hooter, the Crusaders charge it down and attack down field. They are 5m from the Bulls line. A knock on brings the half to an end.

What a great first half that was!

28 Mar 19:51

37' - PENALTY to the Bulls. This time Pollard makes no mistake.

What a humdinger!


28 Mar 19:50
36' - The Bulls take the ball through a number phases. The Crusaders defending well until they concede a penalty for not rolling away. This is an easier kick for Pollard.
28 Mar 19:48
35' - Pollard shaves the right hand upright with that attempt.
28 Mar 19:47
34' - The Bulls win a penalty at scrum time as the Crusaders go to ground! Cue many high 5's and shouting! Pollard will kick at goal.
28 Mar 19:45

32' - PENALTY to the Crusaders! The veteran All Black makes no mistake with that difficult attempt. The Crusaders regain the lead.


28 Mar 19:44
31' - The Crusaders move the ball wide to the left. The Bulls defence hold out but they concede a penalty as Spies goes off his feet. Carter will take a shot at goal.
28 Mar 19:43
30' - Another scrum to the Crusasders, they are dominating this facet of play.
28 Mar 19:40

26' - PENALTY to the Bulls! The young Springbok fly-half makes no mistake! Straight through the middle. The Bulls regain the lead.


28 Mar 19:39
25' - The Bulls immediately have a penalty after McCaw infringes after the kick-off. Pollard will kick at goal.
28 Mar 19:38

23' - TRY to the Crusaders! Don't give them a sniff, they will punish you. The ball is worked to the left, down the backline to Nadolo around 15m out and with plenty to do. His strength gets him past two defenders, along the left hand touchline and he stretches full length to score. Carter converts from a difficult angle. The Crusaders lead for the first time tonight.


28 Mar 19:35
22' - The Crusaders steal the lineout move the ball downfield on the attack.
28 Mar 19:35
21' - The Crusaders bust through the middle again, this time through Ellis but excellent defence from the Bulls saves the day. They managed to turn the ball over as well and then win a penalty after the Crusaders go offside. Pollard clears down field to the half way line.
28 Mar 19:31

18' - PENALTY to the Crusaders as Carter sends the ball through the middle of the uprights. 


28 Mar 19:29
17' - Massive scrum from the Crusaders and the Bulls concede a penalty as they wilt under the pressure. Carter will have a pop at goal.
  • 80'

    But McCaw knocks it on in the face of great Bulls defence! Gardner says that enough, and he blows the final whistle.

  • 80'

    This was easily the game of the weekend as it was played a a very high pace. The Bulls were great on defence and attack but the Crusaders should not be disheartened, as they were very dangerous with ball in hand, a sure sign of things to come for the rest of the season.

  • 80'


  • 80'

    The Crusaders win the line-out and take it through the phases. The hooter goes but they are hungry for that bonus point.

  • 78'

    The Crusaders earn a penalty on the halfway line for the Bulls being offside. Carter sets up the attacking line-out 10m from the line.

  • 76'

    The Bulls turn it over after the line-out and the Crusaders swing it wide! They are looking very dangerous but again the ball is passed into touch. If Nadolo got that one, he may have been away.

  • 73'

    Pollard misses and the Crusaders are quick to react! The take it up to the 10m line with some fantastic running but the ball is eventually thrown out to touch by Reed. They are really trying to chase the game here.

  • 73'

    Penalty! The Crusaders are not square and Gardner is not happy. It is the second time, so it is a penalty. Pollard takes aim.

  • 72'

    Nadolo almost intercepts on the his own 22m but knocks it on. He boots the ball away in frustration. They scrum down on the 22m again.

  • 70'

    The Crusaders try to run the ball out of their own half but Dagg knocks it on. It is his first error of the night and he is bitterly disappointed, as the Bulls now have a scrum on the 22m line.

  • 66'

    CONVERSION, BULLS, POLLARD! 31-19: The fly-half adds the extras.

  • 65'

    TRY, BULLS, HATTINGH! 29-19: The lock intercepts a pass and runs 50m for the try! The Crusaders back were breathing down his neck but he held on! Loftus goes wild!

  • 63'

    PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 24-19: Carter gets just reward for the scintillating attack.

  • 62'

    The scrum is solid and Pollard send it deep but it is not out and Dagg runs it back! The Crusaders are hot on attack here, 5m out from the Bulls line. They have the advantage and Carter kicks for Nadolo, but the ball wins the race.

  • 59'

    A great move sees Slade over the line, but Nadolo's final offload went forward and the try is disallowed. The Bulls now have a defending scrum 5m out form their line up against the far touchline.

  • 57'

    But now the number 10 skews one off the side of his boot and the Crusaders set up a line-out. But the Bulls steal it and send it down town via Paige. However, the Crusaders are here to play and they take it quickly!

  • 56'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 24-16: This one draws in beautifully for the pivot.

  • 55'

    Again McCaw is penalised for being offside, and it is the same confused look on his face. Pollard lines this one up from 54m out.

  • 52'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 21-16: The number 10 nails his kick from 35m out.

  • 51'

    After another great run form debutant Odendaal, the Bulls earn a kickable penalty after he Crusaders go off their feet at the ruck.

  • 50'

    The Bulls scrum is sturdy and Pollard clears it into the Crusaders half.

  • 48'

    Another entertaining passage of play as the Crusader take a quick tap and gain 40m, only to turn it over. The Bulls then try run it back but again the ball is stolen at the ruck! The visitors run it back but Ellis makes silly handling error.

  • 45'

    The Crusaders win their line-out but Nyakane steals it for the home side! What a steal. They clear it deep and chase up well and the prop earns another turnover. Fantastic stuff!

  • 44'

    After another Bulls line-out on the 22m ,the Crusaders knock it on and they scrum down 15m in. Its a big shove from the Crusaders and Spies is eventually pinged for playing the ball on the ground at the ruck that followed.

  • 41'

    Carter kicks from left to right to start the second half. They regather but the Bulls got the turn over with a great steal. Garnder blows his whistle and the Bulls set up the line-out on halfway.

  • 40'

    What an exiting half of rugby. The Bulls came out flying but the Crusaders brought it back through some sublime back play and the accuracy of Carter's boot.

  • 40'


  • 39'

    The Bulls set up an attacking line-out after Engelbrecht was taken out in the air by McCaw. The Bulls lose the ball, but gain it back after fielding the clearing kick. They rumble it up to the 22m.

  • 39'

    Pollard is back for the drop goal but it is charged down! Ellis kicks it ahead, grabs it and runs 20m before being pulled down 10m from the line! The hooter goes and the Crusaders knock it on. Gardner blows for half time.

  • 38'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 18-16: The Crusaders tackler did not roll away and this is a much easier kick for the number 10. He makes no mistake.

  • 36'

    The pivot misses his second of the night and the Crusaders go deep from the restart and the Bulls run it up through Kriel.

  • 35'

    This time it is the Bulls turn to earn a penalty at the scrum. Pollard is looking to add three more, but he is on the 50m line and against the nearside touchline.

  • 33'

    PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 15-16: Looks as though the radar is dead on tonight. The Bulls better watch their discipline.

  • 31'

    After a number of resets, Ellis gets the ball out the back and sends it wide. Spies goes off his feet on his own 10m line and McCaw points to the poles. Carter lines it up.

  • 29'

    Kriel knocks one on trying to take a high ball. They scrum down on the halfway line.

  • 26'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 15-13: What a strike from the fly-half. Plenty of distance to spare.

  • 25'

    McCaw is penalised for being offside at the ruck. He is not quite sure...the dark-room expert looks surprised. Pollard takes aim from 50m out.

  • 24'

    CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 12-13: The mercurial pivot slots this one from from the touchline, reminding Loftus why he is still, arguably, the best around.

  • 23'

    TRY, CRUSADERS, NADOLO! 12-11: Reed puts the huge winger away and he runs over Kriel before reaching for the line.

  • 22'

    The Bulls line-out is stolen and the send it wide and it is that man Dagg again who makes good yards.

  • 19'

    PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 12-6: The Bulls scrum is under massive pressure and the Crusaders earn the penalty right in-front. Carter chips it over.

  • 16'

    Wow! What a passage of play! Carter is causing havoc in the Bulls defensive line and for a moment McCaw looked as though he might go all the way but he is dragged down by Basson in a superb tackle as he ripped the ball away as well. Kriel was in support and tried to run out of danger but the Crusaders support tackled him back over the try line. 5m scrum Crusaders.

  • 14'

    PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 12-3: It's an easy three pointer for the veteran.

  • 12'

    But the Crusaders are out for retaliation and its Dagg who finds a huge gap in the Bulls defence and runs it up to the 22m, where the Bulls give away a penalty at the ruck.

  • 9'

    CONVERSION, BULLS, POLLARD! 12-0: The number 10 had one from here already and this time he makes no mistake.

  • 8'

    TRY, BULLS, ODENDALL! 10-0: The Bulls are on fire! The Crusaders simply run out of defenders and the late replacement at centre runs in a try in the corner on debut! Loftus is in full cry!

  • 6'

    The Bulls run it up into the Crusaders half with some enterprising back play.

  • 4'

    Pollard can't add the extras from the touchline.

  • 3'

    Pollard taps it out for an attacking line-out and they regain the ball. After the driving maul doesn''t work, they send it out wide!

  • 3'

    TRY, BULLS, HOUGAARD! 5-0: A slick move sees the winger dot down untouched in the corner.

  • 2'

    Its a great start from the home side with Liebenberg getting a charge own and reclaiming it. They attacked down the blind side until a Crusader was offside.

  • 1'

    Angus Gardner signals the start of play and Pollard kicks from left to right.

  • 0'

    Its a beautiful evening on the highveld, no signs of rain, though the dew could be a factor.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our coverage of the Bulls and he Crusaders at Loftus Versfeld.

  • 0'

    For the Crusaders, McCaw will start on the openside flank and Carter at fly-half. There are also two rotations in the front row, with prop Joe Moody and Funnell taking the starting spots this week in place of Wyatt Crockett and Codie Taylor who are both on the bench. Tom Taylor is at inside centre.

  • 0'

    Meanwhile, Ludeke has recalled props Morné Mellett and Trevor Nyakane. Matfield returns to the lock position, swapping places with Grant Hattingh, who moves back to the bench. Lappies Labuschagne also did not recover from a chest injury sustained against the Force and will sit out, replaced by Botha.

  • 0'

    The Bulls have won the last two home came against the Crusaders and they will looking to add another here.

Jump to

Bulls Crusaders
  • 3 Tries 1
    • 3' Francois Hougaard
    • 8' Burger Odendaal
    • 65' Grant Hattingh
    • 22' Nemani Nadolo
  • 2 Conversions 1
    • 9' Handre Pollard
    • 66' Handre Pollard
    • 24' Daniel Carter
  • 4 Penalties 4
    • 26' Handre Pollard
    • 37' Handre Pollard
    • 52' Handre Pollard
    • 55' Handre Pollard
    • 14' Daniel Carter
    • 18' Daniel Carter
    • 32' Daniel Carter
    • 63' Daniel Carter
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 0
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Morn? Mellett
  • Adriaan Strauss
  • Trevor Nyakane
  • Jacques Du Plessis
  • Victor Matfield
  • Deon Stegmann
  • Hanro Liebenberg
  • Pierre Spies
  • Rudy Paige
  • Handre Pollard
  • Bjorn Basson
  • Burger Odendaal
  • JJ Engelbrecht
  • Francois Hougaard
  • Jessie Kriel
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  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Joe Moody
  • Ben Funnell
  • Owen Franks
  • Luke Romano
  • Sam Whitelock
  • Jordan Taufua
  • Richie McCaw
  • Kieran Read
  • Andrew Ellis
  • Daniel Carter
  • Nemani Nadolo
  • Tom Taylor
  • Ryan Crotty
  • Kieron Fonotia
  • Israel Dagg
  • Jaco Visagie
  • Dean Greyling
  • Grant Hattingh
  • Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg
  • Piet van Zyl
  • Tiaan Schoeman
  • Jurgen Visser
  • Marcel Van der Merwe
  • 16
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  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Codie Taylor
  • Wyatt Crockett
  • Nepo Laulala
  • Jimmy Tupou
  • Matt Todd
  • Mitchell Drummond
  • Colin Slade
  • David Kaetau Havili

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