TRY, PUMAS, JOUBERT! 39-29: The Bulls run the ball from inside their own 22 and after a mistake, Morne Joubert gets hold of the ball to score a bonus point try for the Pumas. The conversion is missed.
FULL-TIME: BLUE BULLS 39-29 PUMAS. The Bulls hold on to secure victory and this may well assure them a semi-final spot. They have a break before their next game as they have played a game more than most of the other teams above them. Thank you for joining us.
The conversion is missed by Libbok.
TRY, BULLS, VENTER! 39-24: The Bulls receive a high kick in their own 22. Duncan Matthews combines well with Manie Libbok and they make their way to the Pumas half. After retaining the ball nicely Jano Venter scores! Great work by the Bulls.
The Bulls make their way to the Pumas line again only to have it turned over a second time in as many minutes.
Great work by Stefan Ungerer to secure the turn-over penalty on his own line.
The Bulls drive forward after securing the line-out and they are held up after nine patient phases.
The Pumas collapse the maul yet again and we have another line-out. They must be careful.
The Bulls secure the line-out and drive forward. The cross-kick to Duncan Matthews is just out of his reach. The Bulls win another penalty and we will have another line-out in the corner.
The Bulls secure an offside penalty inside the Pumas half and Libbok finds a good touch.
The Pumas are now running the ball from inside their own 22. They must be careful.
CONVERSION, PUMAS, SMITH! 34-24: Christopher Smith narrows the gap to 10 points.
TRY, PUMAS, MARITZ! 34-22: Smith takes the ball and breaks through the advantage line. His pass to Neil Maritz is superb and the rest is history. That was great follow up by Maritz.
The Pumas feed a scrum on the halfway line after a Bulls knock-on.
The Bulls secure a penalty in their own half after some intense Pumas pressure. Libbok finds touch near the Pumas 10 metre line.
CONVERSION, BULLS, LIBBOK! 34-17: Libbok extends the lead to 17 points.
TRY, BULLS, VAN ZYL! 32-17: Smart play by the Bulls. They take a short line-out and after some interplay between Jaco Visagie and van Zyl, the latter scores!
The Bulls secure a scrum penalty after a few resets and Libbok finds touch inside the Pumas 22.
The Pumas have dominated the early stages of the second half, but they have nothing to show for it at the moment. Can they narrow that gap?
The Bulls fail to roll away and the Pumas go for the corner. They secure the line-out but the Bulls do well to steal the ball and clear.
Van zyl sees a gap and makes good ground for the Bulls. Great work by the Pumas to turn the ball over deep inside their own half. That was great counter-rucking by Francois Kleinhans.
The Pumas win an offside penalty and find touch in the Bulls 22.
Johnny Kotze clears the ball on the Bulls line and launch an attack. The Bulls lose the ball and then another kick downfield is cleared on the line by Libbok. What is going on here?
Kick-off! We are back underway in the second half.
HALF-TIME: BLUE BULLS 27-17 PUMAS. The Bulls enjoy a 10 point lead at the break. They started like a house on fire, but the Pumas came back after the Bulls lost Kotze for foul play. Please join us for the second half soon.
PENALTY, BULLS, LIBBOK! 27-17: Marnus Schoeman is adjudged offside and Libbok makes no mistake with an easy kick.
Libbok sends the conversion wide and the gap remains at seven points.
TRY, BULLS, STIGHLING! 24-17: The Bulls secure the restart and string four phases together before going wide. The final loft-pass from Libbok finds Stighling, who scores! Poor defending by the Pumas there.
CONVERSION, PUMAS, SMITH! 19-17: Christopher Smith ensures that the deficit is now only two points.
TRY, PUMAS, JANSE VAN RENSBURG! 19-15: The Bulls concede another penalty after the maul is collapsed. Again the Pumas go for the corner. They drive forward and then Marko Janse van Rensburg scores!
The Pumas secure a penalty on the Bulls 10 metre line after some offside play and the Pumas go for the line-out.
CONVERSION, PUMAS, SMITH! 19-10: Christopher Smith adds the extras with another solid strike.
TRY, PUMAS, SCHOEMAN! 19-8: Steenkamp is offside and the Pumas opt for the line-out. They secure the line-out and maul forward for Marnus Schoeman to score! Lovely work!
TRY, BULLS, VAN DER WESTHUIZEN! 19-3: The Bulls secure a line-out on the halfway line. They then string nine phases together before Dayan van der Westhuizen is over for a great team try with only 14 men!
What a great counter-shove by the Bulls after the ball is secured by the Pumas at the line-out. The Bulls win a relieving penalty.
The Pumas secure a scrum penalty and opt for the corner.
The Pumas secure the line-out and then the Bulls lose the ball forward after contesting it. The Pumas scrum is 10 metres from the Bulls line.
YELLOW CARD, BULLS, KOTZE! 14-3: Johnny Kotze is penalised and sin-binned for a dangerous tackle. The Pumas go for the corner.
CONVERSION, BULLS, LIBBOK! 14-3: It is the same result and Libbok adds the extras.
TRY, BULLS, STIGHLING! 12-3: Matthews is into a gap and makes good ground. He flicks it back and the Bulls recycle well. After six phases Jade Stighling runs home to score!
CONVERSION, BULLS, LIBBOK! 7-3: Libbok adds the extras.
TRY, BULLS, LIEBENBERG! 5-3: The Bulls secure the line-out and after a good run by De Jager, Liebenberg forces his way over to score!
The Bulls now secure a penalty in the Pumas 22 and they go for the corner.
PENALTY, PUMAS, SMITH! 0-3: Christopher Smith opens his account with a solid strike.
The first penalty is awarded to the Pumas and Smith will have a shot at goal after some offside play by the Bulls.
The Bulls secure that line-out and kick deep. The Pumas clear with a good kick and it bounces nicely for Devon Williams, but it is then stolen by Ivan van Zyl.
The first attack come from the Pumas and they feed a line-out just inside the Bulls half of the field.
Kick-off! We are underway here in the Capital City!
Welcome to Loftus Versfeld for this Currie Cup Premier Division clash between The Blue Bulls and the Pumas.
This is a very important clash for both teams as we approach the semi-finals. The Blue Bulls are currently third on the log, while the Pumas are fifth having played a game less.
The Blue Bulls have drafted Ivan van Zyl and Dayan van der Westhuizen in their starting line-up for this clash. Van Zyl replaces Andre Warner, who shifts to the bench. Van der Westhuizen will replace the injured Trevor Nyakane. Johnny Kotze will partner Franco Naude, with JT Jackson dropping out of the squad today. The bench also include Conraad van Vuuren and Jano Venter.
Team Blue Bulls: 15 Divan Rossouw, 14 Jade Stighling, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Franco Naude, 11 Duncan Matthews, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Hanro Liebenberg (c), 7 Nic de Jager, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Eli Snyman, 4 Hendre Stassen, 3 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Matthys Basson. Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Conrad van Vuuren, 18 Ruan Nortje, 19 Jano Venter, 20 Andre Warner, 21 Tinus de Beer, 22 Dylan Sage.
Hugo Kloppers replaces the injured Hennie Skorboiinski as captain for the Pumas.
Team Pumas: 15 Devon Williams, 14 Morné Joubert, 13 Neill Maritz, 12 Ryan Nell, 11 Ruwellyn Isbel, 10 Christopher Smith, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Willie Engelbrecht, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Hugo Kloppers (captain), 4 Le Roux Roets, 3 Andrew Beerwinkel, 2 Marko Janse van Rensburg, 1Khwezi Mona. Replacements: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Hilton Lobberts, 19 Francois Kleinhans, 20 Abrie Griesel, 21 Kobus Marais, 22 Henko Marais.
The last time these teams met in the Currie Cup was in October 2017 when the Blue Bulls won 52-32 at this venue.
Our referee is Rasta Rasivhenge. He will be assisted by Jaco Pretorius and Christopher Allison. The Television match official is Lesego Legoete.
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