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As it happened: Bulls 35 Lions 33

2015-05-02 18:46
Last Updated at 10:54
02 May 20:57
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02 May 20:57


Arno Botha of the Bulls is the man of the match. 

02 May 20:55


Bulls 35 Lions 33

What an excellent game of rugby that was, some superb running skills on display. The Bulls ran into a well deserved 25 - 13 lead at half time, but the Lions came out like men possessed to eventually take the lead 25-26 in the 55th minute. 

The Bulls were not giving up, regaining the lead through Spies, extending it through Pollard and holding on despite a late score by Kriel for the Lions. 

02 May 20:51
80' - The hooter sounds, the Bulls will surely just feed the scrum and clear into touch. They already have a bonus point for four tries. 
02 May 20:50
79' - Its the Bulls in possession, they are 2m short! They will have a scrum feed as they took the ball in and were going forward. 
02 May 20:49

78' - CONVERSION slotted by Jantjies! We are going down to the wire folks!

Bulls 35 Lions 33

02 May 20:48
77'- TRY to the Lions! First Jantjies goes close, and from the resultant ruck, Whiteley finds Kriel on the right and he gets over. 
02 May 20:47
77' - The Lions have not given up, they break into the Bulls 22m area.
02 May 20:46

75' - PENALTY slotted by Pollard! An excellent kick from the Bulls flyhalf, the Lions will now need to score twice to win. 

Bulls 35 Lions 26

02 May 20:45
74' - The Bulls now win a scrum penalty after an excellent shove! Pollard will have a shot from right in front on halfway. 
02 May 20:42
72' - Pollard tries a long range drop goal, well short. 
02 May 20:41
71' - Excellent work by Pollard as he wins a penalty for the Bulls with the Lions on the attack. He got over the ball and stayed on his feet forcing the Lions player to hold onto the ball. He setus up a lineout in the Lions half. 
02 May 20:40
What a brilliant game of rugby, anyone can win this!
02 May 20:38

68' - CONVERSION by the Bulls! An excellent kick from the right hand touchline by Pollard extends the lead to 6 points. 

Bulls 32 Lions 26

02 May 20:37
66' - TRY to the Bulls! The home side finally have a sustained period of attack, excellent hands from Spies and Hougaard see Visser in space. The Lions concede a penalty which Spies takes quickly and forces his way over. The Bulls lead again!
02 May 20:34
64' - Now the Bulls win a scrum penalty, Pollard looks to relieve pressure, but misses touch. 
02 May 20:33
63' - As good as their scrum is, the Lions lineout is a shamble as they lose possession again.
02 May 20:32
61' - The Lions scrum is absolutely murdering the Bulls. They win another penalty! Jantjies opts to setup a lineout inside the Bulls 22m area. To be fair to the home side, van Rooyen did seem to be scrumming upwards!
02 May 20:28
58' - The first real bit of attacking possession the Bulls receive in the second half sees Odendaal almost through a gap, but the Lions breathe a sigh of relief as the Bulls are penalised for not releasing. The Lions setup a lineout in the Bulls half. 
02 May 20:24
The Lions have had 82% of the possession in the second half!
02 May 20:24

55' - CONVERSION slotted by Jantjies! The Lions lead at Loftus! 

Bulls 25 Lions 26

02 May 20:23

53' - TRY to the Lions! A first Super Rugby try to Van Rooyen as he barges over from close in. That was all setup by a brilliant break by Combrinck intially, followed by some brilliant play by Mnisi and Skosan

The Lions are on fire in the second half!

02 May 20:21
52' - Lions substitution. Skosan replaces Boshoff.
02 May 20:20

52' - PENALTY to the Lions! Straight through the middle by the Lions flyhalf. The Lions continue to cut the Bulls lead.

Bulls 25 Lions 19

02 May 20:19
50' - Scrum penalty to the Bulls as vd Merwe is deemed to be scrumming in. Matfield is not happy. Jantjies will kick at goal. 
02 May 20:16
47' - It's all Lions at the moment, as they continue to up their tempo, putting the Bulls defence under pressure. 
02 May 20:14
45' - TMO called into action, the Lions think they have scored in the right hand corner. It won't count, the Lions player was in touch. 5m defensive lineout to the Bulls. 
02 May 20:12

45' - PENALTY to the Lions! Jantjies makes no mistake from 20m out and right in front of the uprights. 

Bulls 25 Lions 16

02 May 20:11
43' - The Lions win a scrum penalty which de Klerk takes quickly, they surge into the Bulls half. Nyakane is pinged for not staying on his feet at ruck time. They will try to cut the Bulls lead. 
02 May 20:08
40' - Hougaard throws an absolute shocker of a pass from the base of ruck, Nyakane has to clear up 25m behind play.  
02 May 20:07
Second half underway in this pulsating South African derby. 
02 May 19:55


Bulls 25 Lions 13

02 May 19:54

38' - PENALTY slotted by Jantjies. Excellent kick from the flyhalf, that wasn't an easy attempt at goal. 

Bulls 25 Lions 13

02 May 19:53
38' - Another penalty to the Lions, this time Pollard is penalised for not rolling away. Jantjies will kick at goal from 46m out and to the right of the uprights. 
02 May 19:51
36' - The Lions elect to setup a lineout from the penalty, but after an initial maul they turn the ball over. The Bulls clear downfield and Boshoff tries a drop kick from halfway. He has the distance, but not the direction. 
02 May 19:50

35' - Bulls substitution. Visser replaces Van Zyl (ankle injury). Hougaard will move into scrumhalf. 

02 May 19:49
35' - The Lions looking to score before halftime. They are awarded a penalty, after Strauss pulls back his opposite number illegally. 
02 May 19:45

30' - Conversion slotted by Pollard! The Bulls flyhalf make no mistake from right out in front. 

Bulls 25 Lions 10

02 May 19:44
29' - TRY to the Bulls! Speed and a great swerve sees Engelbrecht get over under the sticks! Serfontein broke initially, was brought down, but popped the ball to his centre partner who was motoring right next to him! He had too much gas for Combrinck running cover defence. 
02 May 19:39

27' - PENALTY to Lions. Straight through the middle by Jantjies. He cuts the gap to 8 points. 

Bulls 18 Lions 10

02 May 19:38
26' - The Lions are on the attack in the Bulls 22m area and they receive a penalty as the the Bulls take out a jumper in the lineout. Jantjies will kick at goal. 
02 May 19:35
23' - An excellent kick by Pollard sees Boshoff having to contend with a number of Bulls chasers. The Lions receive a penalty after Van Zyl is adjudged to have made a high tackle on the fullback. 
02 May 19:33

21' - PENALTY to the Bulls! Pollard makes no mistake from around 40m out and right in front as he further extends the Bulls lead. 

Bulls 18 Lions 7

02 May 19:32
20' - Another kickable penalty for the Bulls. Whiteley doesn't roll away after making a tackle and Pollard will kick at goal. 
02 May 19:30

18' - PENALTY to the Bulls! Pollard extends the Bulls lead as he easily slots a penalty after the Lions leave their feet at a ruck. 

Bulls 15 Lions 7

02 May 19:26

13' - CONVERSION by Jantjies. The Lions cut the Bulls lead to 5. 

Bulls 12 Lions 7

02 May 19:25
12' - TRY to the Lions! This is unbelievable! Combrinck slices through the Bulls defence after a lineout, it looks like he initially runs away from his support, but somehow he manages a one handed pass out to De Klerk and the electric scrumhalf races away to score. 
02 May 19:23
What a cracking start to this match!
02 May 19:23

10' - CONVERSION by Pollard. The fly-half makes no mistake in extending the Bulls lead. 

Bulls 12 Lions 0

  • 80'


  • 79'

    The Lions try to run it out of their own half but turn it over on their 22m line. Odendaal smashes it up for the Bulls and they get to within a metre of the line before they win a scrum feed. The hooter goes, but they will scrum.

  • 79'

    But they won't have a crack at the line, as they win the scrum and Pollard kicks the ball into the stands. Matfield high fives his teammates.

  • 78'

    CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES, 35-33: There is life in this game yet!

  • 77'

    TRY, LIONS, JACO KRIEL, 35-31: What great energy from the visitors! Another superb team try.

  • 76'

    The Lions have the ball in the Bulls half and are making decent inroads.

  • 74'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD, 35-26: The number ten makes the Lions pay for infringing at ruck time.

  • 72'

    There is another questionable call from the referee as he signals advantage that makes Pollard decide to go for a drop goal which he misses, only to say play on after because it wasn't a penalty. Matfeild is understandably angry.

  • 71'

    The Lions are enjoying some possession in the Bulls half but Pollard makes a great steal on the ground, earning a penalty. He then puts the ball out on the Lions 10m line and the Bulls win the line-out.

  • 68'

    CONVERSION, BULLS, POLLARD, 32-26: What a kick from the touch-line.

  • 66'

    TRY, BULLS, SPIES, 30-26: A great attack down the blind side is capped off by a great step from Spies. He powers over the line with three defenders on his back.

  • 65'

    This time it is the Bulls turn for scrum penalty, but Pollard fails to put the ball out! The Lions run it back with vigour and verve, finally running out of space on the Bulls 10m line.

  • 63'

    It is a brilliant scrum from the visitors as they push the Bulls backwards. Jantjies sets up the attacking line-out on the Bulls 22m. They secure the ball, but the Bulls defence forces a knock on. It is another scrum, but you can be sure the Bulls do not want one.

  • 62'

    The Lions are full of running but it nearly backfires as Basson darts out the line for an intercept effort, but the ball just slips through his fingers. They scrum down on the Lions 10m line.

  • 58'

    The Bulls finally get their hands on the ball but the Lions do superbly well to turn it over at ruck time, earning a penalty in the process. The tide is turning in on the highveld.

  • 55'

    CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES 25-26: The Lions take the lead! Game on.

  • 54'

    The Lions are red hot on attack after Combrink broke out of his own half. Skosan takes it to the line!

  • 54'

    TRY, LIONS, VAN ROOYAN, 25-24: The prop was unstoppable from that distance! Another great team try from the visitors.

  • 52'

    After a number of resets the Lions win a penalty. The Bulls front row is livered. Jantjies grabs the kicking tee.

  • 52'

    PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES, 25-19: Just six points in it now!

  • 48'

    But the Lions steal the line-out! The keep it with the forwards until a huge pile of bodies forces the referee to blow his whistle, signalling a Lions scrum.

  • 47'

    Matfield wins the line-out and Pollard drills it over the touch line about 30m out. The Lions gather and swing the ball wide, but Boshoff''s pass misses its mark and the ball is out.

  • 46'

    There is a break in play as the TMO checks for a possible Lions try in the corner. However, the replay reveals the player was in touch. The Bulls will have a defensive line-out 5m from their line.

  • 45'

    PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES, 25-16: The Lions get the first points of the second half.

  • 44'

    The Lions earn a penalty at scrum time and de Klerk takes it quickly, making many valuable metres before offloading to Jantjies. They rumble it up to the Bulls 22m before the home side goes off their feet at the ruck, Jantjies lines up the three points.

  • 43'

    Pollard puts up another bomb but Engelbrecht knocks it on in the air. They scrum down on the Lions 10m line.

  • 41'

    Pollard gets the second forty underway by kicking deep into the Lions half.

  • 40'


  • 38'

    Pollard makes tackle but does not roll away. Jantjies lines up a penalty from 45 out.

  • 38'

    PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES, 25-13. His radar is working well tonight.

  • 36'

    Strauss gives away a penalty for holding back a player. Boshoff sets up an attacking line-out just 10m out. They secure the ball but Jantjies throws an inside pass to a Bulls player. The home side send it deep after the ruck.

  • 34'

    A kicking duel ensues and Kriel puts it out on his own 10m line. He was hoping for more distance there.

  • 30'

    CONVERSION, BULLS, POLLARD, 25-10: Easy as you like for the number 10.

  • 29'

    There is a break in play as van Zyl receives some treatment.

  • 29'

    TRY, BULLS, ENGELBRECHT, 23-10: Again it's Serfontein straightening and giving a perfect offload on the halfway line to his fellow centre. H run away from his defenders and superbly around Combrink to score under the poles.

  • 27'

    PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES, 18-10: Good kick from the number ten.

  • 26'

    Matfield is penalised for playing the man in the air at the line-out. Jantjies lines up the penalty.

  • 23'

    Pollard nails a pin-point up and under and while Boshoff gets a clean catch, he his immediately smashed into touch. But it is a high tackle and the fullback sets up an attacking line-out on the halfway line.

  • 21'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD, 18-7: Whiteley is caught on the wrong side and doesn't roll away. Pollard adds another three.

  • 17'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD, 15-7: The Lions go off their feet at the ruck and the Springbok fly-half makes them pay from 35m out.

  • 16'

    Jantjies attempts to grab a high ball but knocks it on. This leads to the first scrum of the game. They pack down 30m out from the Lions try line. The Bulls secure the ball and send it wide.

  • 14'

    CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES 12-7: Easy pickings for the fly-half. The visitors are back in the game.

  • 13'

    TRY, LIONS, DE KLERK, 12-5: A strong run up the middle of the park from Combrink set up the little number 9, who ran a great support line, for the try.

  • 10'

    CONVERSION, BULLS, POLLARD, 12-0: The pivot makes no mistake this time and the smile is back on his face.

  • 10'

    CONVERSION, BULLS, POLLARD, 12-0: The pivot makes no mistake this time and the smile is back on his face.

  • 9'

    TRY, BULLS, VAN ZYL, 10-0: What a team try! There must have been about seven players involved there, including Matfield the veteran. Serfontein straightened well and found the scrum-half on his inside, who scrambled over for his second of the evening.

  • 6'

    Pollard misses the conversion attempt. He doesn't look impressed with himself.

  • 5'

    TRY, BULLS, VAN ZYL, 5-0: The move started in the Bulls own half and included two great runs from Botha to take them within inches of the line. The zippy scrum-half took advantage of the lack of defence to dive over in the corner.

  • 4'

    The number 10 pulls it to the left.

  • 3'

    Srauss is bundled in to touch and the Lions take a quick line out, catching the Bulls unawares. The rumble it up to the Bulls 22m line. The lose the ball, but referee Marius van der Westhuizen was playing advantage from a high tackle from van der Merve. Janties lines up the kick.

  • 1'

    Jantjies kicks off from left to right, just as the Steve Hofmeyer jingle finishes.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our coverage of the northern derby between the Bulls and the Lions from Loftus Versveld.

  • 0'

    Jan Serfontein is back at inside centre for the Bulls, with Burger Odendaal moving to the bench. Arno Botha and Lappies Labuschagne take over from Pierre Spies and Deon Stegmann in the loose trio. Matfield is back at lock for Grant Hattingh and will take over the captaincy while Trevor Nyakane will start at loosehead prop in the place of Dean Greyling, who was initially included on the bench, but was withdrawn after suffering minor injuries in a car accident.

  • 0'

    Meanwhile, the Lions backline shows a number of changes from last weekend, necessitated by an injury to Lionel Mapoe. Marnitz Boshoff starts at full-back and Howard Mnisi at inside centre, with Harold Vorster moving to outside centre and Andries Coetzee to left wing. In the only changes up front, Robbie Coetzee and Julian Redelinghuys will return to the front-row for this encounter with Armand van der Merwe and Ruan Dreyer moving to the bench.

  • 0'

    The highveld has served up a beautiful evening so we are hoping for a feast of running rugby tonight.

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Bulls Lions
  • 4 Tries 3
    • 5' Piet van Zyl
    • 9' Piet van Zyl
    • 28' JJ Engelbrecht
    • 66' Pierre Spies
    • 12' Francois de Klerk
    • 53' Jacques Van Rooyen
    • 77' Jaco Kriel
  • 3 Conversions 3
    • 10' Handre Pollard
    • 29' Handre Pollard
    • 67' Handre Pollard
    • 13' Elton Jantjies
    • 55' Elton Jantjies
    • 78' Elton Jantjies
  • 3 Penalties 4
    • 17' Handre Pollard
    • 21' Handre Pollard
    • 75' Handre Pollard
    • 27' Elton Jantjies
    • 38' Elton Jantjies
    • 44' Elton Jantjies
    • 52' Elton Jantjies
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 0
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Trevor Nyakane
  • Adriaan Strauss
  • Marcel Van der Merwe
  • Flip van der Merwe
  • Victor Matfield
  • Pieter Labuschagne
  • Jacques Du Plessis
  • Arno Botha
  • Piet van Zyl
  • Handre Pollard
  • Bjorn Basson
  • Jan Serfontein
  • JJ Engelbrecht
  • Francois Hougaard
  • Jessie Kriel
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  • Jacques Van Rooyen
  • Armand van der Merwe
  • Julian Redelinghuys
  • Andries Ferreira
  • Franco Mostert
  • Jaco Kriel
  • Warwick Tecklenburg
  • Warren Whiteley
  • Francois de Klerk
  • Elton Jantjies
  • Andries Coetzee
  • Howard Mnisi
  • Harold Vorster
  • Ruan Combrinck
  • Marnitz Boshoff
  • Callie Visagie
  • Mornè Mellett
  • Grant Hattingh
  • Pierre Spies
  • Burger Odendaal
  • Tiaan Schoeman
  • Jurgen Visser
  • Andrew Beerwinkel
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  • Mark Pretorius
  • Corne Fourie
  • Ruan Dreyer
  • Luvuyiso Lusaseni
  • Robert Kruger
  • Ross Cronje
  • Alwyn Hollenbach
  • Courtnall Skosan

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