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Not surprisingly, Lions scrumhalf Faf de Klerk receives the best player award. Surely there's a Springbok call-up waiting for him in a few minutes...
With the confidence, style of rugby the Lions is playing at this stage, they can beat any team, specially in a playoff!— Kobus Wiese (@4KobusWiese) May 28, 2016
With the confidence, style of rugby the Lions is playing at this stage, they can beat any team, specially in a playoff!
Super Rugby now breaks for a month due to the international window.
The Lions' next game is against the Sharks in Johannesburg on July 2, while the Bulls will tackle the Jaguares in Argentina later the same day.
79'- The Lions don't have to worry about losing the bonus point. At present, they have seven tries to the Bulls' three.
You need to score three more than your opponents.
79'- CONVERSION slotted by Schoeman.
Bulls 20-56 Lions
76'- Again, Boshoff CONVERTS from the corner.
Bulls 13-56 Lions
69'- Boshoff slots the CONVERSION from close to the touchline.
Bulls 13-49 Lions
66'- YELLOW CARD for Bulls replacement flyhalf Tian Schoeman for deliberately slowing a Lions ball down.
Wonder if Allister has shuffled his cards at all ...— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) May 28, 2016
Wonder if Allister has shuffled his cards at all ...
63'- Boshoff slots the CONVERSION from the touchline.
Bulls 13-42 Lions
59'- METRES MADE ON ATTACK
57'- Brummer pulls his conversion attempt away to the left.
Bulls 13-35 Lions
Faf cuts Bulls in two again. This could blow out horribly now.— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) May 28, 2016
Faf cuts Bulls in two again. This could blow out horribly now.
54'- CONVERSION slotted by Boshoff.
Bulls 8-35 Lions
ATTENDANCE: 29 418
46'- PENALTY slotted by Boshoff.
Bulls 8-28 Lions
43'- Bulls sub: Trevor Nyakane on at prop for Lizo Gqoboka.
43'- TURNOVERS WON
BULLS 20-56 LIONS. Time is up but the Lions have one last scrum, the Lions smash it into touch. They win by a resounding 36 points.
CONVERSION, BULLS, SCHOEMAN! 20-56: Shoeman slots the simple conversion.
TRY, BULLS, STEGMANN! 18-56: The Bulls flanker is set away by Paige and they won't stop him at short range.
The Bulls bash it up into the Lions 22, can they find some consolation here?
CONVERSION, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 13-56: Boshoff adds another two from the touchline.
TRY, LIONS, JANSE VAN RENSBURG! 13-54: Snyman loses it forward in the lineout and the Lions have it, they immediately send it wide, Skosan and Mahuza combine to turn the Bulls defense inside out and Janse van Rensburg has the pace to get in in the corner, what a try!
The Bulls are awarded a penalty as the Lions play it on the ground, the Bulls set up a lineout 15 metres from the Lions line, Bulls throw.
Through five phases the Bulls attack stays static before Serfontein kicks and Mahuza goes back for the Lions and he kicks to touch, Bulls lineout 35 metres from the Lions line.
The Lions have relieved the pressure finding touch just two metres from halfway, Bulls lineout throw.
The Bulls lose it five from the Lions line after a quick attack. The Lions will feed the scrum.
CONVERSION, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 13-49: Boshoff adds another two as some of the Bulls supporters begin leaving the ground.
TRY, LIONS, DE KLERK! 13-47: de Klerk peels away from the scrum and gets the offload he has enough pace and strength to get over to score.
YELLOW CARD, BULLS, SCHOEMAN! Schoeman with a professional foul and he will go to the bin. The Lions set a scrum five from the Bulls line just to the left of the posts with the Bulls backline down a man.
The Bulls play the halfback from an offside position and them Lions set up a lineout five out from the Bulls line. Lions throw.
The Lions set up a lineout after a penalty, they will throw in to the lineout on the Bulls 22.
CONVERSION, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 13-42: Boshoff slots a great kick from out wide.
TRY, LIONS, SKOSAN! 13-40: Whiteley drifts across before offloading to Skosan who scythes through the Bulls defense and shows a clean pair of heels to score in the corner.
The Bulls send it wide before Swanepoel knocks on, Lions scrum 12 metres inside the Bulls half.
Marx disrupts the Bulls maul and steal the ball but the Lions can't take advantage as they are held up, the Bulls win a scrum on halfway.
Skosan is offside by a mile and the Bulls use their penalty to set up a lineout 10 metres inside the Lions half, Bulls lineout.
Brummer misses the conversion leaving the Bulls 22 points behind the Lions.
TRY, BULLS, STRAUSS! 13-35: The Bulls maul over the Lions line and Strauss gets it down for the score!
The Bulls win a penalty and set up a lineout five out from the Lions line. The Bulls will have the lineout throw.
CONVERSION, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 8-35: Boshoff slots a simple conversion to stretch the Lions lead.
TRY, LIONS, KRIEL! 8-33: Penalty to the Lions and de Klerk takes it quickly and sets off, he offloads to Kriel and the flanker has the pace to finish under the sticks.
Mahuza with a great run, stepping past one man and running up to the Bulls 22 before getting isolated and surrendering the ball to the Bulls who kick to touch 15 metres inside the Lions half. Lions lineout.
Kriel carries back into the Bulls half after the drop out, the Lions in possession on halfway.
Scrum time penalty to the Lions and Boshoff kicks at goal again, this time he misses to the left.
The Lions carry up towards halfway through Marx before breaking into the Bulls half, a Bulls hand knocks on trying to effect an intercept, Lions scrum 10 metres inside the Bulls half.
PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 8-28: High tackle on Boshoff as the Lions approach the Bulls 22. The Lions will kick at goal, Boshoff adds three more!
The Lions win a penalty and they find touch just five from halfway. Lions lineout.
Ulengo in some space as the bulls get up towards the Lions 22, before the Lions turn it over but they kick out on the full, Bulls lineout 20 metres from the Lions line.
The Lions lose the ball forward five metres inside their own half, Bulls scrum.
CONVERSION, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 5-25: Boshoff adds two more after the hooter.
BULLS 8-25 LIONS. The hooter went before the conversion was kicked and that will end the first half with the Lions dominating to lead by 18 at the break.
The Bulls kick off and the second half is underway.
TRY, LIONS, REDELINGHUYS! 8-23: Redelinghuys bashes over from short range as the Lions recycle quickly.
The Bulls try to maul it up but there maul is sacked before the Lions effect a steal, the Lions are throwing the kitchen sink at the Bulls here. Liosn have possession in the Bulls 22.
Great little chip and chase from Janse van Rensburg as the Lions approach the Bulls 22, before they throw a pass into touch, Bulls lineout 20 metres from their line.
PENALTY, BULLS, BRUMMER! 8-18: The Bulls maul up to five metres from the Lions try line, the Bulls have a couple of cracks at the Lions defense before they earn a penalty, Brummer will have a shot at goal from straight in front, Brummer adds three!
Boshoff caught in possession and now the Bulls have a penalty and they find touch just ten metres from the Lions line.
Kriel holds on on the ground and the Lions have a penalty, they use it to set up a lineout 40 metres from the Bulls line.
The Lions lose it forward on their own 10 metre line, Bulls scrum 40 metres from the Lions line.
Tecklenburg takes Basson's chip on halfway and the Lions have the ball. An aerial battle ensues with both sides putting in some massive kicks.
Boshoff misses the conversion but the Lions lead by 13.
TRY, LIONS, MAPOE! 5-18: The Lions counter like lightning and Mapoe is away! They won't catch him, try to the Lions!
The Lions steal the lineout! They bash it up before losing it in contact and the Bulls have it, they kick clear before the Lions lose it forward on halfway. Bulls scrum on the halfway line.
De Klerk throws a great pass to set Combrinck away and the winger sprints towards the corner before the Bulls cover comes across and tackles him into touch, Bulls lineout five from their line.
Brummer misses for the second time this evening and the try goes unconverted.
TRY, BULLS, KRIEL! 5-13: The Lions let the kick off bounce and Kriel has grabbed it, dashing into the corner and scoring! What a response.
CONVERSION, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 0-13: Boshoff adds two from the tee.
TRY, LIONS, JANSE VAN RENSBURG! 0-11: The Lions break through de Klerk before the scrumhalf offloads, then Lions recycle quickly and get it wide to Janse van Rensburg who crosses the line.
The Bulls maul up to the Lions 22 before the Bulls concede a penalty, great work from Whiteley to get his hands on the ball.
The Lions allow Marais' high bomb to bounce and have to scramble back as the ball bounces over two Lions players, the Lions manage to carry back before kicking. The Bulls kick back but it flies straight into touch on the full, Lions lineout 35 metres from their goal line.
PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 0-6: A loose pass from the Bulls bounces kindly for Combrinck of the Lions, he is quickly wrapped up but isn't released when he goes to ground and the Lions have a penalty. Boshoff has a shot at goal and he nails it!
The Lions carry back from the restart and make some hard yards up onto halfway before losing their feet at the ruck and giving the Bulls a penalty. Brummer has a shot at goal but he misses to the right. Lions will drop out.
The Lions battle back into the Bulls half before kicking long but Basson watches it roll into the in-goal area and he dots it down to force a Bulls dropout.
The Bulls win it at the lineout but kick straight into touch again and the Lions have another lineout on the Bulls 22.
Boshoff puts up the high bomb for the Lions but Marais is equal to it and he kicks back with interest but his kick goes straight into touch and the Lions have a lineout a metre outside the 22.
They come back for the penalty which is 50 metres out, Boshoff has a shot at goal but misses to the right.
The Lions build patiently from the restart and they move up over halfway, they have an advantage but will look press on here as they cross the Bulls 10 metre line.
PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 0-3: The Lions earn a penalty off the kick off as Kriel hangs on on the ground and Boshoff gives the Lions an early lead.
Boshoff kicks off for the Lions and we are underway at Loftus, the kick is short and the Lions compete well.
The last time these teams met the Bulls claimed a 35-33 victory at Loftus Versfeld in Round 12 last year. The win moved them to the top of the South African Conference and tries from Piet van Zyl, JJ Engelbrecht and Pierre Spies helped them to victory and Handre Pollard kicked three penalties and three conversions. For the Lions, Faf de Klerk, Jaco Kriel and Jacques van Rooyen crossed the whitewash and Elton Jantjies slotted four penalties and three conversions.
Hello and welcome to our coverage of the Super Rugby Round 14 clash between the Bulls and the Lions from Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, South Africa.
Bulls head coach Nollis Marais made minimal changes to the squad that did battle successfully against the Stormers last week. Travis Ismaiel was withdrawn from the team due to personal commitments, and will be replaced by Bjorn Basson on the left wing. Hooker Bandise Maku also comes in on the bench in place of Jaco Visagie in a straight switch.
The Lions, meanwhile, have rung the changes with seven alterations made to their starting line-up. In the back-line, fly-half Boshoff makes his first start of the campaign as a replacement for the injured Jantjies. Elsewhere, Sylvian Mahuza also gets his first start, coming in for Jaco van der Walt, who sustained a knee injury against the Jaguares last weekend. In other rotational changes, Malcolm Marx, Andries Ferreira, Warwick Tecklenburg and Rohan Janse van Rensburg all return to the run-on side after being rested last weekend. Ashlon Davis has been included on the bench and if he gets a run will make his debut in the back-line.
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