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2014/03/01 | 17:05 |  Super Rugby | Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria |  Full Time
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As it happened: Bulls v Lions

2014-03-01 16:30
Last Updated at 20:23

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19:04 - SUMMARY

The Bulls were full value for their win. They were better at set pieces, and won the tactical battle.

After his heroics from the last two weeks, Lions flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff was this time overshadowed by his opposite number, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, who controlled the game with his boot.

In next week's action, the Bulls host the Blues at Loftus, while the Lions travel to Durban to face the Sharks.

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19:04 - PICTURE

Lions skipper Warren Whiteley on the charge... (Gallo Images)

19:02 - QUOTES

“I think the Bulls were tactically better than us. They did the basics well and put us under pressure. The conditions were difficult, but no excuses. It’s back to the drawing board for us,” said Lions captain Warren Whiteley.

“It’s very good to be back at Loftus, very good to have our own crowd. We talked about converting and I think we managed to convert our chances. We let a few tires in, so we’ve still got some work ahead,” said Bulls captain Flip van der Merwe.


Bulls flyhalf Jacques-Louis Potgieter was the standout player.

Well deserved! He definitely won the tactical battle with Marnitz Boshoff.


They deserved the win. Lions not experienced enough to handle weather like that...Wasn't a pretty game - Justin Armstrong

The bulls played the most beautiful rugby and will win the super rugby - Bruce Geldenhuys

No comment...yet...still in shock... - Almarie Schoültz 

Oh gawd, here we go, this will be a week of hell dominated by blabbing coming out of Pretoria about how they'll win super rugby and dominate the universe.... Yawn - Jason Kelland 

Fourth cup coming up. 4 More than the Stormers and Sharks combined. Back on track - Bull Dozer

18:56 - PICTURE

Victor Matfield's experience definitely counted for the Bulls ... - Blue Bulls Facebook page

18:51 - One last surge on the Lions tryline by Bulls... They can't finish off and that's it.

FULL-TIME: Bulls 25-17 Lions.

18:50 - CONVERSION by Boshoff. But it's too little, too late. Bulls 25-17 Lions after 79 minutes. Best Lions can hope for is a bonus point.

18:49 - TRY! Willie Wepener scores after charging down Francois Hougaard's kick! Matfield stole the Lions lineout but his scrumhalf messed up the good work.

18:45 - Lions assault on Bulls line is stopped just short...


Bongi Mbonambi on at hooker for Callie Visagie.

18:44 - PENALTY converted by Potgieter. Bulls 25-10 Lions after 74 minutes.

GAME OVER I'd say...

18:43 - Another scrum penalty for the Bulls and Potgieter has a chance to put the game to bed. He lines up from about 45m out...

18:42 - The Lions try to attack from just inside their own half, but Watermeyer knocks on...

18:41 - This time the Lions win a penalty at scrum time and Boshoff can bring relief...


Bulls 13/13

Lions 7/8

18:40 - Lions lose their first lineout, but it's crucially inside their own 22...


Ross Cronjé on for Faf de Klerk.

18:37 - Another miss from Potgieter. Again he had the legs, but just pulls it to the left... That would have put the Bulls 15 points clear with 11 minutes left.

So the Lions remain in with a shot...

18:36 - Bulls dominant at scrum time now. They win another penalty there just inside their own half.

Potgieter will line up...

18:32 - Some good defence forcing the Lions out in the Bulls' 22m area after a prolonged period of attack by the visitors.


Willie Wepener, Jacques van Rooyen and Ruan Dreyer on for Robbie Coetzee, Schalk van der Merwe and Julian Redelinghuys.

18:29 - PENALTY converted. Bulls 22-10 Lions after 62 minutes.

18:28 - Potgieter lines up about 20m form the touchline...

18:28 - The substitutes seem to have worked for the Bulls as they demolish the Lions scrum and receive a penalty.


Coenie van Wyk on for fullback Chrysander Botha and Willie Britz on for flank Jaco Kriel.


Jacques Engelbrecht on for Grant Hattingh, and Marcel van der Merwe on for Dean Greyling.

18:22 - PICTURE

Bjorn Basson wins a high ball... - Blue Bulls Facebook page

18:19 - The Bulls, via flyhalf Potgieter, are winning the kicking game at the moment. He is pegging the Lions back in their own half...


Bulls 4

Lions 3

18:15 - Potgieter lines up a penalty attempt from just outside his own half... but he misses by pulling it slightly to the left. Had the legs though!


Werner Kruger on at tighthead prop for Frik Kirsten.

18:13 - QUOTE

"Scrum battle fairly even so far," says former Bok prop Rob Kempson.

18:12 - An attacking chance for the Bulls outside the Lions 22m area goes awry as No 7 Jacques du Plessis knocks it on... Another scrum...

18:10 - Just way too much kicking going on at the moment!

18:05 - An early ding-dong kicking battle to start the second period. The Lions win the mini battle as Boshoff kicks it into touch on the Bulls 22m line...

18:04 - Potgieter gets the second half underway...

17:59 - Bulls flyhalf Jacques-Louis Potgieter definitely the best player on the park in the first period. 

17:58 - QUOTE

"This is by far the best Bulls performance of the season. By far," says in-studio pundit Naas Botha.

They haven't played too well these last few weeks so I guess it's a no brainer...

17:52 - PICTURE

Jan Serfontein on his way to the tryline - Blue Bulls Facebook page

17:52 - The Bulls kick it out and that's HALF-TIME: Bulls 19-10 Lions

17:51 - Boshoff surprisingly hits the posts. That's his first miss of the season!

17:50 - The Lions hit back right from the kick-off when the Bulls lose possession. Penalty for the visitors and Boshoff will line up about 15m from touch...

17:50 - PENALTY slotted by Potgieter. Bulls 19-10 Lions after 39 minutes.

17:48 - The Lions under more pressure and make a horrible mess of a lineout inside their own 22m area. Wing Ruan Combrinck knocks it on after the ball was tapped back from the lineout, putting the forwards in front of him off-side when they try to play it.

Potgieter will line up....

17:45 - Referee Chris Pollock is also asking the TMO for potential foul play by Watermeyer. He drove Engelbrecht to the ground in what looked like a tip tackle.

Pollock sees it on the big screen and says a yellow card is not needed. He warns Watermeyer though and said he would have given a penalty had the drop goal not been converted...

Bulls 16-10 Lions after 36 minutes.

17:44 - DROP GOAL by Potgieter as the Bulls hit straight back. Bulls 16-10 after 35 minutes.

17:42 - PENALTY converted by Boshoff. Bulls 13-10 Lions after 33 minutes.

17:40 - Lions into the Bulls 22m area after a great up-and-under from scrumhalf Faf de Klerk is poorly dealt with by the Bulls...

The hosts transgress at the breakdown and Boshoff will line up from in front...

17:39 - Wing Akona Ndungane doing well on defence for the Bulls. He has snuffed out three Lions attacks!

17:38 - Apologies for delayed updates. Internet services crippled.

17:37 - PICTURE

Rainy Loftus and the fans still screaming!! Hard game thus far - Gert van der Merwe

17:32 - Potgieter CONVERTS. Bulls 13-7 Lions after 24 minutes.

17:31 - TRY! The Bulls hit right back on the counter attack. It goes through the hands and Bjorn Basson sprints down the touchline and passes inside to Jan Serfontein who sores next to the posts.

17:28 - 20 Minutes in and the Lions look to have found their feet after a strong start by the hosts.  They attack close to the Bulls 22m area. But hey lose possession and the Bulls get a scrum just outside their 22m area..

17:25 - TWEET

That will be a sweet score for watermeyer. Never understood why the bulls didnt keep him around. Same for CJ Stander - Zelim Nel

17:24 - Lions immediately under pressure when Warwick Tecklenburg can't take the kick-off cleanly. The Bulls get a chance to attack but Potgieter kicks it over the dead-ball line...

17:22 - CONVERSION from Boshoff.

Bulls 6-7 Lions after 13 minutes.

17:19 - TRY! Stefan Watermeyer scores right from the kick-off after he charges down Jurgen Visser's kick.

17:19 - PENALTY converted. Bulls 6-0 Lions after 11 minutes.

17:18 - It's right in front, about 30m out...

17:17 - Potgieter lines up a drop goal but misses... However, the Lions are penalised when captain Warren Whiteley goes off-side. Another three pointer coming up...

17:16 - Bulls back on the attack after Bjorn Basson wins a high ball...

17:15 - PENALTY converted by Potgieter. Bulls 3-0 Lions after 8 minutes. Dominant start by the home side.

17:14 - First chance at points for the Bulls as Potgieter lines up a penalty from the touchline... His career kicking success rate is only 62%...

17:11 - Bulls chance gone begging after JJ Engelbrecht and Jan Serfontein drop the ball in front of the posts by bumping into each other...

Flyhalf Potgieter put through a brilliant chip-kick in behind the Lions defence, but there was no communication between the two centres. Certain try under posts gone missing.

17:08 - And immediately the Lions are penalised at the first scrum. Julian Redelinghuys slipped and was punished.

17:07 - The Lions lose their first lineout when Robbie Coetzee throws in skew... First scrum coming up.

17:06 - Marnitz Boshoff starts proceedings...

17:04 - Steve Hofmeyer's 'Blou Bul' still greets the Bulls as they run out...

17:03 - Slow persistent rain expected for the duration of the game. Expect a few knock-ons and collapsed scrums...

17:03 - Should the Lions win today, it would be their best ever start to a Super Rugby season.

16:59 - It looks like a disappointing turnout at Loftus today. Weather, and the Bulls' form to blame!


Rainy conditions at Loftus.

This just emphasises the flyhalf duel as just mentioned...!

16:50 - It will also be interesting to see the duel at flyhalf between Jacques-Louis Potgieter and Marnitz Boshoff. 

Potgieter is back in the Bulls fold after a few years (May 2011 v Stormers to be exact) while Boshoff will be eager to impress his former employers who didn't want him...

16:47 - 2005 was the last time the Bulls lost their first three games on the trot.

Many scribes and pundits believe that will happen again today. It is highly likely, given the Lions' great start to the season.

However, the Bulls are playing at home and will be desperate for a win. This can go either way!


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Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Sieg van Staden (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)


2012: Bulls won 37-20, Pretoria
2012: Bulls won 32-18, Johannesburg
2011: Bulls won 30-23, Pretoria
2011: Bulls won 24-20, Johannesburg
2010: Bulls won 51-11, Pretoria
2009: Bulls won 16-9, Johannesburg



15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Grant Hattingh, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Jono Ross, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Flip van der Merwe (captain), 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Paul Willemse, 20 Jacques Engelbrecht, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Handré Pollard, 23 Ulrich Beyers


15. Chrysander Botha, 14. Deon van Rensburg, 13. JW Jonker , 12. Stefan Watermeyer, 11. Ruan Combrinck, 10. Marnitz Boshoff, 9. Faf de Klerk, 8. Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Warwick Tecklenburg, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Franco Mostert, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 1. Schalk van der Merwe

Substitutes: 16. Willie Wepener, 17. Jacques van Rooyen, 18. Ruan Dreyer, 19. MB Lusaseni , 20. Willie Britz, 21. Ross Cronjé, 22. Courtnall Skosan, 23. Coenie van Wyk

Welcome to Sport24's LIVE scoring and interactive commentary on today's Super Rugby match between the Bulls and Lions at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

  • 80'

    Bulls 22 Lions 17

  • 80'

    The Bulls attack close to the Lions' try-line but Jono Ross loses possession! The Lions try to launch an attack. from behind their try-line but a pass from Coenie van Wyk to Boshoff goes forward. That's the final act of the half and the hosts have finally got their first win of the season.t hey deserve it as they had the better of the exchanges, especially in the second half when they upped the ante. The Lions are unlucky to leave with nothing as they certainly gave as good as they got.

  • 79'

    CONVERSION, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 22-17. Boshoff lands the place-kick from up against the touchline to give the visitors some hope of gaining a losing bonus-point during the closing stages!

  • 78'

    TRY, LIONS, WEPENER! 22-15. Hougaard tries to clear with a kick from behind his try-line at a line-out but Willie Wepener charges down and scores when he dives onto the loose ball!

  • 75'

    The Lions front row is penalised for standing up during a scrum and Potgieter makes them pay when he succeeds with another place-kick which gives the hosts a 15-point lead!

  • 72'

    This time Werner Kruger is pinged for an illegal bind at a scrum. Boshoff kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the halfway mark.

  • 70'

    Hougaard puts the Lions under pressure with a 35 metre kick which rolls into touch deep inside the Lions' 22.

  • 68'

    Potgieter has another shot at goal after Jacques van Rooyen is pinned for illegal scrummaging. His effort is just wide of the mark, however.

  • 65'

    The Lions are trying desperately to get back into this game! They take the ball through eight phases and are soon inside the Bulls' 22 but Combrinck is tackled into touch by Hougaard.

  • 62'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POTGIETER! 22-10. Potgieter gets the first points of the second half after the Lions' front row are penalised for illegal scrummaging.

  • 60'

    Jacques du Plessis goes on a surging run but the Bulls lose possession when Jaco Kriel and Whiteley combine to hold up the big number seven in the tackle.

  • 57'

    Visser is an all sorts of trouble when he can't gather a box kick from Faf de Klerk! The ball bounces around outside the Bulls' 22 and Robbie Coetzee dives onto it but knocks on.

  • 55'

    Boshoff throws a long pass which finds Botha in space just outside his 22. Serfontein close that space quickly and brings him to ground with a big hit, however.

  • 52'

    Botha is pinged when he holds onto the ball on the ground, a metre inside the Bulls' half. Potgieter indicates that he'll take a shot at goal but although his effort has the distance, it's wide of the target.

  • 50'

    The Lions attack with their forwards until Warren Whiteley spts an opening and stabs through a grubber kick which rolls into touch on the Bulls' 22-metre line.

  • 47'

    Frik Kirsten is pinged for offside play at a ruck. Boshoff puts the resulting penalty into touch on the Bulls' 10-metre line.

  • 44'

    Boshoff gathers a kick from Basson just outside his 22 and offloads to Chrysander Botha. He makes little progress and is buried in the turf by Grant Hattingh and Flip van der Merwe!

  • 41'

    Potgieter gets the second half started! Franco van der Merwe gathers but Victor Matfield plays him in the air and the Lions are awarded a penalty which Boshoff puts out on his 10-metre line.

  • 0'

    Bulls 19 Lions 10

  • 40'

    Boshoff can reduce the deficit from the kicking tee again, when the Bulls forwards infringe at a ruck. His effort strikes the upright and the Bulls scramble to get the ball into touch when they hear the sound of the hooter to indicate half-time! It's been a fairly even half. The hosts deserve their lead, however, as they have been more dominant, especially in the tight exchanges. But the Lions are still in this game and will come out fighting after the break.

  • 39'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POTGIETER! 19-10. Potgieter extends the lead to nine points after the Lions forwards are penalised for playing the ball from an offside position close to their try-line.

  • 36'

    DROP GOAL, BULLS, POTGIETER! 16-10. The bulls set up a phase, just outside the Lions' 22 and Potgieter drops into the pocket and coolly lands the snap-shot which restores the hosts' six-point lead!

  • 33'

    PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 13-10. Boshoff narrows the gap to three points from the kicking tee after Francois Hougaard is pinged for being offside at a ruck.

  • 30'

    The Lions are under the cosh at a scrum just outside their 22. They do well to win possession and after setting up a couple of phases, Combrinck puts the ball out inside the Bulls' 22 with a well-judged clearance kick.

  • 27'

    JW Jonker spots a gap behind the Bulls' back-line and delivers a chip kick which fails to find touch. Visser gathers and puts the ball out about five metres inside his half.

  • 25'

    CONVERSION, BULLS, POTGIETER! 13-7. Potgieter steps up and lands the place-kick to extend the hosts' lead!

  • 24'

    TRY, BULLS, SERFONTEIN! 11-7. The Bulls attack from inside their half and Engelbrecht puts Basson into space down the touchline! Basson sets off towards the corner but spots the cover-defence and passes inside to Serfontein who scores under the posts!

  • 22'

    The Lions play the ball wide and Ruan Combrinck is soon in space down the touchline. He is confronted by Akona Ndungane, who does brilliantly to hold him up in the tackle.

  • 19'

    The Lions attack with their forwards, close to the Bulls' 22-metre line but they lose possession when Schalk van der Merwe is bundled into touch by Greyling.

  • 16'

    It's all happening here! Jacques du Plessis puts the Bulls onto the front-foot, when he gathers the restart and immediately the Bulls are on the attack inside the Lions' 22! Dean Greyling and Visser then carry strongly before Potgieter launches a cross-field kick for Bjorn Basson to chase. Basson is brilliant at fielding high balls but he doesn't even bother chasing this one as Potgieter has over-cooked it and it goes out behind the dead-ball line!

  • 14'

    CONVERSION, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 6-7. Marnitz Boshoff adds the extras and the Lions are in front!

  • 13'

    TRY, LIONS, WATERMEYER! 6-5. From the restart, Jurgens Visser gathers and tries to clear from inside his 22. His kick is charged down by Stefan Watermeyer, who dives onto the loose ball in the Bulls' in-goal area!

  • 12'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POTGIETER! 6-0. Potgieter doubles the home side's lead after the Lions are penalised yet again for offside play at a ruck.

  • 9'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POTGIETER! 3-0. Jacques-Louis Potgieter draws first blood for the hosts after the Lions are pinged for straying offside.

  • 6'

    Jacques-Louis Potgieter launches a chip kick 10 metres outside the Lions' 22. It catches the visitors' defenders by surprise but JJ Engelbrecht and Jan Serfontein both go to collect and run into each other. There's no communication from the centre and Englebrecht knocks on with the try-line beckoning!

  • 4'

    Dean Greyling takes the ball into contact, 10 metres from the Lions' 22. He drives ferociously but Franco Mostert does well to hold him up and when the maul become static the Lions get the put-in at the scrum.

  • 1'

    And we're off! Marnitz Boshoff gets the game underway with a deep kick which Grant Hattingh gathers inside his 22. The rain is pouring down and he sets up a ruck after a challenge from Deon van Rensburg.

  • 0'

    Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has made two enforced changes to his starting line-up that beat the Stormers in Johannesburg last weekend. The changes see Warwick Tecklenburg start in the place of the injured Derick Minnie and JW Jonker come into the side after Alwyn Hollenbach was unable to pass a fitness test on Thursday. As a result of this change, Stefan Watermeyer shifts back to inside centre, with Jonker partnering him. Meanwhile, on the bench, Willie Britz will provide loose-forward cover, having recovered from his hip flexor injury. Utility back Courtnall Skosan also comes in and could make his Super Rugby debut.

  • 0'

    Veteran lock Victor Matfield has been named in the Bulls starting XV for this clash. The 36-year-old is one of four changes made to the starting side that came up short against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein last weekend, with Grant Hattingh (number eight), Jacques-Louis Potgieter (fly-half) and Frik Kirsten (tighthead prop) the others to earn a start on the weekend. Matfield takes over from Hattingh in the second-row. Hattingh moves from lock to the back of the scrum in place of Jacques Engelbrecht and Kirsten swaps places with Werner Kruger, with the latter on the bench for this match. Potgieter replaces Louis Fouchè, who drops out of the 23 altogether. Engelbrecht moves to the bench while Matfield's place amongst the replacements will be taken by Paul Willemse, with Wiaan Liebenberg missing out.

  • 0'

    Good day and welcome to Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria for our live coverage of this South African Super Rugby derby between, our hosts, the Bulls and the Lions. We'll be back soon with team news.

Jump to

Bulls Lions
  • 1 Tries 2
    • 23' Jan Serfontein
    • 12' Stefan Watermeyer
    • 77' Willie Wepener
  • 1 Conversions 2
    • 24' Jacques-Louis Potgieter
    • 13' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 78' Marnitz Boshoff
  • 5 Penalties 1
    • 8' Jacques-Louis Potgieter
    • 11' Jacques-Louis Potgieter
    • 38' Jacques-Louis Potgieter
    • 61' Jacques-Louis Potgieter
    • 74' Jacques-Louis Potgieter
    • 33' Marnitz Boshoff
  • 1 Drop Goals 0
    • 35' Jacques-Louis Potgieter
  • 0 Yellow Cards 0
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Dean Greyling
  • Callie Visagie
  • Frik Kirsten
  • Flip van der Merwe
  • Victor Matfield
  • Jonathan Ross
  • Jacques Du Plessis
  • Grant Hattingh
  • Francois Hougaard
  • Jacques-Louis Potgieter
  • Bjorn Basson
  • Jan Serfontein
  • JJ Engelbrecht
  • Akona Ndungane
  • Jurgen Visser
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  • Schalk van der Merwe
  • Robbie Coetzee
  • Julian Redelinghuys
  • Franco Mostert
  • Franco van der Merwe
  • Jaco Kriel
  • Warwick Tecklenburg
  • Warren Whiteley
  • Francois de Klerk
  • Marnitz Boshoff
  • Ruan Combrinck
  • Stefan Watermeyer
  • JW Jonker
  • Deon van Rensburg
  • Chrysander Botha
  • Mbongeni Mbonami
  • Werner Kruger
  • Paul Willemse
  • Jacques Engelbrecht
  • Piet van Zyl
  • Handre Pollard
  • Ulrich Beyers
  • Marcel Van der Merwe
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  • Willie Wepener
  • Jacques Van Rooyen
  • Ruan Dreyer
  • Luvuyiso Lusaseni
  • Willie Britz
  • Ross Cronje
  • Courtnall Skosan
  • Coenie van Wyk

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