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As it happened: Bulls 23-18 Cheetahs

2016-04-02 21:10
Last Updated at 21:21
02 Apr 21:10
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02 Apr 21:09
02 Apr 21:08

Paul Schoeman is the Man of the Match.

Interestingly, his cynical hands in the ruck early in the match resulted in a yellow card and the Bulls scored two tries with him off the field. 

02 Apr 21:06
The Cheetahs will feel they could have won that game, espeically with their dominant scrum in the second half. 
02 Apr 21:03


The Bulls have won at home, beating the Cheetahs 23-18.

02 Apr 21:02
80' - Brummer misses but the hooter sounds and that's full-time!
02 Apr 21:01

79' - Penalty to the Bulls as Van Jaarsveld is pinged for slowing the ball down. 

Brummer will have a shot at goal for the Bulls. 

02 Apr 21:00
78' - Van Jaarsveld cannot throw the ball in straight. The Bulls opt for lineout, they don't want to face that Cheetahs scrum. 
02 Apr 21:00

77' - Penalty to the Cheetahs as Nyakane is penalised for illegal scrumming.

This is the visitors last chance. 

They have a lineout on their own 10m line. 

02 Apr 20:58
77' - The scrum needs to be reset. The Bulls will be loving this as it helps wind down the clock. 
02 Apr 20:57

76' - The Bulls have taken the ball through 10 phases and then kick into space. Blommetjies is caught in possession and Cheetahs lose the ball forward at the resulting ruck. 

The Bulls have a scrum around 6m from the Cheetahs line. 

02 Apr 20:55
73' - After losing their lineout and a loose ball hacked over the dead ball line, the Bulls are gifted possession after the Cheetahs 22m drop-out doesn't even travel a metre as they try a quick kick-off. The Bulls have as scrum-feed on the Cheetahs 22m line. 
02 Apr 20:52

72' - Now they win a penalty as the Cheetahs have not rolled away. 

Brummer sets up a lineout deep inside the Cheetahs half. 

02 Apr 20:51
71' - The Bulls are controlling possession at the moment, running down the clock nicely. 
02 Apr 20:50
69' - Somehow, Marais has missed from right in front! He could have closed the gap to just 2 points. 
02 Apr 20:49

68' - Excellent hands by the Cheetahs backline sees them surge into the Bulls 22m area. Unfortunately, Schoeman throws a poor pass and the ball goes into touch. 

The Cheetahs have a penalty for offside however. 

Marias will kick at goal. 

02 Apr 20:47

65 - Bulls substitutions

Jenkins is replaced by Janse van Rensburg

Schoeman is replaced by Brummer

02 Apr 20:45

65' - Schoeman pull his attempt away to the left.

02 Apr 20:44

64' - Schoeman will have a chance to extend the Bulls lead after the Cheetahs backline are ruled off-side. That seemed a little harsh.

02 Apr 20:43

62' - Another chance for the Cheetahs to attack as they setup a lineout in the Bulls 22m area after they receive a penalty after a high tackle. 

This time they get the maul wrong and are penalised for "changing lanes".

The Bulls clear through Schoeman

02 Apr 20:41

61' - Bulls substitution

Odendaal is replaced by Marais

02 Apr 20:39

59' - The Cheetahs once again have the Bulls under pressure from the kick-off, surging into the home side's 22m area. 

Ulengo grabs an intercept but is caught by the Cheetahs defence, Paige clears from the base of the ruck. 

02 Apr 20:37

57' - Penalty slotted by Schoeman!

That's the first points for the Bulls this half. 

Bulls 23 Cheetahs 18 

02 Apr 20:36
56' - The Bulls take the ball through a number of phases and Schoeman makes some ground after a nice little break. The Cheetahs are pinged for not rolling away and Schoeman will have a shot at goal from around 38m and roughly in front. 
02 Apr 20:35

55' - Penalty to the Bulls as the Cheetahs defence ran obstruction as the Bulls chased the kick of Paige

The Bulls opt for a lineout in the Cheetahs half. 

02 Apr 20:34
54' - An excellent tactical kick by Marais puts the Bulls on the defence deep in their own half. They win the lineout and Paige kicks upfield.
02 Apr 20:28

49' - TRY to the Cheetahs!

No stopping that rolling maul and van Jaarsveld scores for the Cheetahs!

The Bulls had no answer to that!

Marais misses an easy conversion. 

Bulls 20 Cheetahs 18

02 Apr 20:26
48' - The Cheetahs scrum has just destroyed the Bulls. They have another penalty and opt to setup an attacking lineout. 
02 Apr 20:25
47' - The Cheetahs are straight back onto attack but a promising move breaks down after Petersen knocks-on. To be fair to the winger, the pass was behind him. 
02 Apr 20:22

45' - PENALTY slotted by Marais!

The Cheetahs pivot closes the gap to just 7 points.

Bulls 20 Cheetahs 13

02 Apr 20:22

44' - The Cheetahs moving the ball around, working their way into the Bulls 22m area until they knock on. Luckily they have a penalty after the Bulls are adjudged off-side. 

Marais will kick at goal. 

02 Apr 20:20

42' - Penalty to the Cheetahs as the Bulls front row collapses. 

Blommetjies kicks to touch and the Cheetahs have an attacking lineout around 30m from the Bulls line. 

02 Apr 20:18
40' - The second half is underway at Loftus and an early handling error by the Cheetahs give the Bulls possession just outside the visitors 22m area.
02 Apr 20:06


An entertaining first half sees the Bulls leading the Cheetahs by 20 - 10, scoring 3 tries to 1 in the process.

02 Apr 20:05
40' - Not a great lineout from the Cheetahs as the Bulls win the ball and clear to touch.
02 Apr 20:04

40' - Some pushing and shoving although there are a few hands near faces as props, hookers and locks grab each other!

A few pushes in the face as well.

Cheetahs penalty advanced 10m. Joubert rules that Bulls skipper Adriaan Strauss started it all. 

The Cheetahs setup a lineout deep in the Bulls half. 

02 Apr 20:01

40' - Scrum penalty to the Cheetahs as the hooter sounds. Suddenly the packs explode into some fisticuffs. 

Craig Joubert will have a look on the big screen. 

02 Apr 19:58

38' - Zeilinga into the action immediately as he pulls off a brilliant tackle on a flying Kriel putting him out into touch.  

The Cheetahs have a defensive lineout in their own 22m area. 

02 Apr 19:57

37' - Cheetahs substitution

Francois Venter has a broken noise. He is replaced by Fred Zeilinga.

02 Apr 19:55

34' - TRY to the Bulls!

Ulengo is the scorer as he forces his way over from a ruck in close but it was the play before that setup that try as Serfontein, Ulengo and de Jager combined brilliantly down the left-hand touchline. 

Schoeman cannot convert.

Bulls 20 Cheetahs 10

02 Apr 19:53
34' - What a game this is as the Bulls surge upfield!
02 Apr 19:52

32' - TRY to the Cheetahs!

Petersen has got over in the right-hand corner! After bashing away with the forwards, the Cheetahs then opted to spread the ball wide and the winger managed to stretch for the corner and score. He has some real pace!

Marais converts to cut the deficit to just 5 points.

Bulls 15 Cheetahs 10

02 Apr 19:51
32' - TMO called into action here as Petersen might be over in the corner for the Cheetahs.
02 Apr 19:50
31' - Another excellent phase of attacking play by the Cheetahs sees them surge to within 5m of the line. 
  • 80'

    It is a tough penalty attempt and Francois Brummer misses it. Schoeman conceded the penalty for going off his feet in the ruck.

  • 80'

    Full time: Bulls 23-18 Cheetahs. The Bulls are able to hold on to their lead and the Cheetahs just could not get through the defences in the final 10 minutes. Good game, Bulls win!

  • 79'

    Bulls concede a penalty, Nyakane boring in at the scrum.

  • 76'

    Four minutes to go in the game, and Cheetahs need to score to win.

  • 74'

    The Cheetahs concede a penalty through Charles Marais for not rolling away from the ruck.

  • 72'

    Less than 10 minutes left in the game and Bulls lead at home by 5 points.

  • 70'

    Another penalty missed, Cheetahs try to kick a penalty goal and Marais misses it.

  • 69'

    Bulls concede a penalty, Pierre Schoeman caught offside.

  • 66'

    Bulls kick it but miss the penalty goal. The lead stays to 5 points.

  • 64'

    A couple of penalties conceded by the Cheetahs now, Marais is caught offside.

  • 63'

    Bulls concede a penalty under pressure. Marcel van der Merwe not rolling away from the ruck

  • 60'

    A couple of linebreaks for the Cheetahs, they are adding pressure on the hosts.

  • 58'

    Another penalty conceded by the Cheetahs.

  • 58'

    PENALTY, BULLS, SCHOEMAN! 23-18: Schoeman kicks it in from 35 metres out and Bulls push the lead to 5 points.

  • 56'

    The Cheetahs concede a penalty through Henco Venter for obstruction. Will Bulls kick it?

  • 54'

    This is becoming a very close game, the Cheetahs missed the conversion, the Bulls need to score to get momentum back.

  • 52'

    The conversion is missed and Cheetahs fail to level the scores.

  • 51'

    TRY, CHEETAHS, VAN JAARSVELD! 20-18: Cheetahs score again, Van Jaarsveld goes through the Bulls defence and goes all the way.

  • 49'

    Another penalty conceded by the Bulls, Marcel van der Merwe for the front row standing up.

  • 47'

    Bulls concede another penalty, Jesse Kriel not releasing the ball.

  • 46'

    PENALTY, CHEETAHS, MARAIS! 20-13: Marais scores a penalty goal and brings the margin down to 7 points.

  • 43'

    The Bulls concede a penalty through Marcel van der Merwe for boring in at the scrum

  • 42'

    Cheetahs will want to score first in this half to set the tone. Bulls have looked very strong so far.

  • 42'

    Half time: Bulls 20-10 Cheetahs.

  • 41'

    Another penalty, Bulls concede through Strauss for fighting.

  • 41'

    Second half begins.

  • 40'

    Penalty conceded by the Bulls, Marcel van der Merwe for the front row standing up.

  • 38'

    Another linebreak and Jesse Kriel goes through the defence again to make some good ground. Serfontein's pass created the chance.

  • 36'

    The conversion is missed and the points difference stays at 10 points.

  • 35'

    TRY, BULLS, ULENGO! 20-10: Bulls score again and pile on the pressure, Jamba Ulengo breaks through the defence and goes all the way.

  • 33'

    TRY, CHEETAHS, PETERSEN! 15-8: Sergeal Petersen scores the try for the Cheetahs, Venter creates the chance with a good pass.

  • 33'

    CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, MARAIS! 15-10: The conversion is right, and Marais makes it 15-10. The margin is 5 points.

  • 32'

    Less than 10 minutes left in the first half and Bulls are holding on to their lead.

  • 30'

    Bulls concede a penalty, Odendaal not releasing the ball.

  • 27'

    The Cheetahs concede another penalty, Johannes Coetzee for wheeling the scrum.

  • 25'

    The Bulls are ahead with two tries, they hold the 12 point lead.

  • 23'

    CONVERSION, BULLS, SCHOEMAN! 15-3: Tian Schoeman makes no mistake with the conversion and Bulls extend the lead to 12 points.

  • 22'

    TRY, BULLS, JENKINS! 13-3: Jason Jenkins breaks through the Cheetahs defence and it is another try for the Bulls.

  • 21'

    Another penalty conceded by the Cheetahs, De Jager goes off his feet in the ruck.

  • 19'

    Torsten van Jaarsveld incorrectly joins the maul and Cheetahs concede another penalty.

  • 18'

    The Bulls lead by 5 points, they have scored the only try in the game so far.

  • 15'

    The conversion is missed, and the Bulls fail to add the extra points.

  • 14'

    Paul Schoeman picks up a yellow card from the referee.

  • 14'

    TRY, BULLS, SNYMAN! 8-3: First try of the game and it is RG Snyman for the Bulls who takes it over the try line. Bulls take the lead.

  • 13'

    Cheetahs concede another penalty, through Paul Schoeman for hands in the ruck.

  • 10'

    Bulls concede another penalty, through Nic de Jager at the lineout.

  • 8'

    PENALTY, BULLS, SCHOEMAN! 3-3: Schoeman drives the kick in from 41 metres out to level the scores, good penalty goal from the Bulls.

  • 6'

    Cheetahs concede a penalty, their first, through Ox Nche for not rolling away from the ruck.

  • 5'

    The Cheetahs have all the possession in the opening minutes of the game.

  • 3'

    PENALTY, CHEETAHS, MARAIS! 0-3: Niel Marais slots in an easy penalty goal and the Cheetahs open the scoring.

  • 2'

    Bulls concede the first penalty of the game, Roelof Smit not rolling away.

  • 1'

    First half begins.

  • 0'

    The Bulls have won two games, drawn one and lost one so far in this season. They had a bye last week so should be well rested.

  • 0'

    The Cheetahs on the other hand have only won one game and lost four, are struggling to find form in this season.

  • 0'

    Jesse Kriel will start in place of Warrick Gelant who is injured. Ismaiel returns for the Bulls, with Jamba Ulengo replacing injured Bjorn Basson. Serfontein and Odendaal will be in the midfield. SP Marais will be benched.

  • 0'

    Joubert Engelbrecht injured his arm last week so Nico Lee will take his place and make his debut for the Cheetahs. The rest of the side remains unchanged.

  • 0'

    Craig Joubert is the referee this evening, Shuhei Kubo and AJ Jacobs assisting him and Willie Vos is the TMO.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Super Rugby clash between the Bulls and the Cheetahs from Pretoria.

  • 0'

    Loftus Versfeld has historically been a Bulls stronghold so the Cheetahs will have to play well to win here.

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Bulls Cheetahs
  • 3 Tries 2
    • 13' RG Snyman
    • 21' Jason Jenkins
    • 34' Jamba Ulengo
    • 31' Sergeal Petersen
    • 49' Torsten Van Jaarsveld
  • 1 Conversions 1
    • 22' Tiaan Schoeman
    • 32' Niel Marais
  • 2 Penalties 2
    • 6' Tiaan Schoeman
    • 57' Tiaan Schoeman
    • 2' Niel Marais
    • 45' Niel Marais
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 1
    • 12' Paul Schoeman
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Lizo Gqoboka
  • Adriaan Strauss
  • Marcel Van der Merwe
  • Jason Jenkins
  • RG Snyman
  • Roelof Smit
  • Jannes Kirsten
  • Nick de Jager
  • Rudy Paige
  • Tiaan Schoeman
  • Jamba Ulengo
  • Burger Odendaal
  • Jan Serfontein
  • Travis Ismaiel
  • Jesse Kriel
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Ox Nche
  • Torsten Van Jaarsveld
  • Johannes Coetzee
  • Lodewyk De Jager
  • Francois Uys
  • Boom Prinsloo
  • Uzair Cassiem
  • Paul Schoeman
  • Shaun Venter
  • Niel Marais
  • Raymond Rhule
  • Nico Lee
  • Francois Venter
  • Sergeal Petersen
  • Clayton Blommetjies
  • Bandise Maku
  • Trevor Nyakane
  • Pierre Schoeman
  • Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg
  • Pieter Labuschagne
  • Ivan van Zyl
  • Francois Brummer
  • SP Marais
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Jacques Du Toit
  • Charles Marais
  • Maks van Dyk
  • Carl Wegner
  • Hilton Lobberts
  • Henco Venter
  • Tian Meyer
  • Fred Zeilinga

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