As it happened: Bulls v Brumbies

2013-07-27 16:35

Live scoring and interactive commentary from the Bulls v Brumbies Super Rugby semi-final.


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19:11 - TWEET

Amazing what self belief can do. What a moment for this team. An experience of a lifetime - Brumbies assistant coach Laurie Fisher.

19:10 - PICTURE

Brumbies players and management celebrate their win. (Gallo Images)

19:08 - Despite some questionable refereeing calls, the Bulls can only blame themselves for not taking their kicks at goal and their poor defence in midfield which led to the first and last Brumbies tries. CLICK HERE for a full match report.

19:07 - QUOTES

"There were some really poor decisions (from referee Craig Joubert)," said in-studio SuperSport pundit Nick Mallett.

"Craig Joubert had a really, really hard day," said Naas Botha.

18:53 - TWEETS

If you don't kick for posts with 13 minutes to go you deserve to lose. Loftus like a morgue at final whistle - Simon Borchardt

Dewald Potgieter smartest man in Pretoria. He knew a final in NZ was a lost cause. Rather take the week off - David Moseley

18:49 - The Brumbies control the kick-off and kick it out. It's GAME OVER. Jake White's Brumbies win 26-23. Heartbreak for the men from Pretoria. The Brumbies will now face the Chiefs in the final in Hamilton next Saturday.

18:48 - Lealiifano kicks the CONVERSION. Bulls 23-26 Brumbies with a few seconds left.

18:46 - TRY to the Brumbies from centre Tevita Kuridrani. But the TMO must check a forward pass. But the try stands and the Brumbies lead with a minute left...

18:44 - Brumbies attacking inside the Bulls half with four minutes left...

18:42 - PENALTY converted by Steyn. Bulls 23-19 Brumbies after 75 minutes.

18:42 - Fourth penalty! Finally they go for goal!

18:40 - TWEET

Take the points please Bulls!!!! - John Smit

18:39 - Now this is bizarre. Another kickable penalty, another decision to go for touch... and another lineout lost! Nine points given away now. If the Bulls lose this game, their skipper will be crucified.

18:37 - The Bulls lose the lineout, then regain possession again, before Steyn lines up a drop goal which he misses! This doesn't make any sense. Why drop after you've just given up the chance at three points on two occasions? Still only a one-point lead with nine minutes left.

18:36 - Another kickable penalty, and the Bulls go for touch again! Another attacking lineout five metres out.

18:34 - Amidst roars from the crowd the Bulls knock it on. They should have taken the three points there! A one-point lead with 12 minutes left is not enough.

18:33 - But the Bulls regain possession and launch a counter attack, force a kickable penalty but opt to go for touch...

18:32 - Bulls replacement Jurgen Visser is penalised after he jumps from the bench and touches a kick before a Brumbies player can grab it! Insane stuff!

18:30 - PICTURE

JJ Engelbrecht of the Bulls hands off Henry Speight of the Brumbies. (Gallo Images)

18:27 - TWEET

Everyone saying Bulls clueless, demotivated etc... They've got far more chance beating Chiefs in final than Brumbies. Fatigue will kick in - Gary Lemke

18:26 - SECOND-HALF POSSESSION after 61 minutes

Bulls 74%

Brumbies 26%

18:25 - The Bulls get another penalty straight from the kick-off. Momentum now firmly with the home side as Steyn boots a penalty 50m downfield.

18:24 - Steyn kicks the PENALTY as the home side go into the lead for the first time in the match. Bulls 20-19 Brumbies after 60 minutes.

18:23 - The Bulls get a penalty close to the touchline. Steyn will line up to try and claim the lead.

18:22 - Jano Vermaak is now on at scrumhalf for the Bulls in place of Francois Hougaard.

18:21 - Brumbies prop Ben Alexander seems not to be binding at scrum time, but referee Craig Joubert appears not to be picking it up it...

18:15 - PENALTY to the Bulls by Steyn as they hit back. Bulls 17-19 Brumbies after 51 minutes.

18:15 - TWEET

No bind at all from Alexander, let alone on the jersey. That is dreadful from Joubert. Dreadful! - Front Row Grunt

18:12 - There is something seriously wrong with the Bulls scrum. If will be tough to win this game if they don't improve in that area, although some pundits feel the referee is wrong...

18:12 - PENALTY converted by Lealiifano. Bulls 14-19 Brumbies after 48 minutes.

18:11 - Another penalty at the scrum. Mellett is the culprit just as he comes on. Easy three pointer awaits...

18:09 - Brumbies back on the attack as the Bulls concede a free kick at the scrum inside their own 22m area. The Bulls have taken Dean Greyling off with Morne Mellett coming on.

18:08 - PICTURE

Pierre Spies's leadership would have been valuable for the Bulls today... (Gallo Images)

18:04 - The TMO says it was held up but referee Joubert goes back for a penalty. Steyn CONVERTS from almost in front. Bulls 14-16 Brumbies after 42 minutes.

18:03 - A strong start by the Bulls in the second half as Grant Hattingh nearly barges over but seems to have been held up...

18:01 - And we're underway in the second half as the Bulls kick off.

18:00 - QUOTE

"We need to up our accuracy at the breakdown, cut out the penalties," says Bulls coach Frans Ludeke.

17:50 - QUOTE

Bulls hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle on their woeful scrums: "The whole pack needs that take responsibility and step up."

17:49 - But the Bulls manage to escape unscathed and it's HALF-TIME: Bulls 11-16 Brumbies.

17:48 - The Brumbies are camping inside the Bulls half just before half-time...

17:45 - Bulls prop Werner Kruger not covering himself in glory at the scrums so far...

17:44 - PENALTY converted by Lealiifano. Bulls 11-16 Brumbies after 36 minutes.

17:43 - The Bulls scrum woes continue as they concede another penalty in kicking range. Lealiifano lines up a relatively easy kick...

17:39 - TWEET

No chance of a home final ...huge tracts of empty seats ... Bulls making like a pancake - Front Row Grunt

17:37 - PENALTY converted by Steyn. Bulls 11-13 Brumbies after 29 minutes.

17:35 - Another chance for the Bulls now as they receive a penalty in front. Matt Toomua put in a late tackle on Steyn. He's perhaps a tad lucky not to be sin-binned as it was late and high!

17:34 - OTHER NEWS:

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17:33 - It's GAME ON now. The Brumbies have come to play and the Bulls seem to be awake after their sluggish start...

17:32 - The Brumbies hit straight back with a Lealiifano PENALTY. Bulls 8-13 Brumbies after 25 minutes.

17:29 - PENALTY converted by Steyn. Bulls 8-10 Brumbies after 22 minutes.

17:28 - Twenty minutes gone and the Bulls get a penalty at a lineout 40m out. Steyn will line up for goal...

17:24 - TWEET

JJ certainly one of SA's most improved rugby players - lethal near line with those long strides. #trytime - Rob Houwing

17:23 - Steyn misses again. Bulls 5-10 Brumbies after 17 minutes.

17:21 - TRY to the Bulls from centre JJ Engelbrecht. He goes over in the corner after a well-worked move.

17:19 - The Bulls get a chance to hit back but Morne Steyn misses a penalty attempt from close to the touchline...

17:18 - Lealiifano CONVERTS from the corner. Bulls 0-10 Brumbies after 12 minutes.

17:16 - TRY to the Brumbies from fullback Jesse Mogg. He dives over in the corner after a brilliant break from wing Henry Speight. The Wallabies should definitely pick Speight on their right wing for the Rugby Championship!

17:15 - TWEET

First scrum, first penalty against the Bulls...Could be a long afternoon if they don't get it right. #ssrugby - Brenden Nel

17:14 - Relief for the home side as Lealiifano pulls his shot wide from about 30m out.

17:13 - Surprise, surprise. The first scrum is a mess as both front rows collapse... but the Brumbies get a penalty after the reset. Lealiifano will line up his second shot...


Brumbies 343 - Bulls 348


Brumbies 567 kg - Bulls 568 kg

17:08 - PENALTY converted by Lealiifano. Bulls 0-3 Brumbies after three minutes.

17:06 - A strong start by the Brumbies as they attack close to the Bulls line early on. They receive an early penalty and Christian Lealiifano will line up from close to the touchline.

17:05 - Referee Craig Joubert blows his whistle as the Brumbies kick off...

17:04 - Play is almost underway as the Jake White-coached Brumbies - clad in white - appear on to the Loftus pitch, followed by the hosts back in their traditional blue after playing in pink against the Stormers a fortnight ago.


I really like the Bulls theme song but it confuses me - does the first line say Bulls don't eat off the floor? My Afrikaans is pretty poor... - David Pocock

16:38 - TWEET

Good luck to the @BrumbiesRugby boys against the Bulls later tonight. #superrugby - Peter Hewat

16:38- TWEET

Wonder if the Bulls have suddenly lost a little interest in this evening's game? Can't be nearly as motivated now home final chance gone - Front Row Grunt

16:38 - PICTURE: Calm before the storm...

The Loftus Versfeld pitch looked in tip-top shape on Friday.

Loftus looks beautiful and ready - Vlok Cilliers


The Brumbies to upset the Bulls? The Bulls to travel to Hamilton in New Zealand for next weekend's final? Send your predictions to and we'll publish them below!


15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Morne Mellett, 19 Paul Willemse, 20 Jono Ross, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Jürgen Visser

15. Jesse Mogg, 14. Henry Speight, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 12. Christian Lealiifano, 11. Clyde Rathbone, 10. Matt Toomua, 9. Nic White, 8. Ben Mowen (captain), 7. George Smith, 6. Peter Kimlin, 5. Sam Carter, 4. Scott Fardy, 3. Ben Alexander, 2. Stephen Moore, 1. Scott Sio

Substitutes: 16. Siliva Siliva, 17. Ruan Smith, 18. Fotu Auelua, 19. Colby Faingaa, 20. Ian Prior, 21. Andrew Smith, 22. Joe Tomane

16:35 - Thirty minutes from kick-off in the match between the Bulls and Brumbies from Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria

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