Chiefs beat Bulls in Hamilton

2012-05-25 11:07

Hamilton - The Chiefs surged to the top of the Super Rugby standings on Friday after a late try saw off the Bulls 28-22 in Hamilton.

The Chiefs scored three tries to one in a tightly contested match in which the lead changed six times, coming back from a lacklustre first half to outscore the Bulls 20-6 after the break.

The Bulls' rolling maul and Morne Steyn's boot kept the dogged South Africans within touching distance, but a Sam Cane try 10 minutes from time proved decisive.

"We're thrilled that we could kick on in a very tight game," Chiefs captain Craig Clarke said.

"We didn't want to play a controlled, structured sort of game, that's more their style, we wanted to up the tempo a little bit."

The loss cost the Bulls a chance of overhauling the Stormers in the South African Conference and their arch-rivals can draw level with the Chiefs in the overall standings with a win over the Sharks on Saturday.

Bulls skipper Pierre Spies said that while he regarded two wins on the Bulls' four-match tour as a good return, he was frustrated Friday's match slipped away.

"They put us under pressure at the breakdown and we couldn't get our game going, then they got that try," he said.

"We thought we had a chance but that try made it very difficult for us."

The opening stages were fast-moving but mistake-ridden, with the scores locked on 3-3 after a penalty apiece after 15 minutes as defence dominated.

The Bulls' renowned forward pack twice threatened to set up tries through rolling mauls but could not break through and Steyn eventually settled for a drop goal on 22 minutes.

The Chiefs hit back against the run of play when Akona Ndungane spilled a speculative Aaron Cruden kick and opened the way for Andrew Horrell to soccer the ball over the line then touch down for a try.

Cruden tried the same tactic five minutes later but the Bulls' defence was alive to the danger and the South Africans again built pressure through the forwards, earning a penalty which Steyn kicked from 45 metres out.

Wing Bjorn Basson scored his eighth try of the season from the back of a Bulls' maul just before half-time, outpacing Lelia Masaga for the five-pointer with Steyn adding the conversion to make it 16-8 at the break.

The Chiefs lifted after the restart, narrowing the gap to 19-14 as they notched two penalties to one, then taking the lead after Asaeli Tikoirotuma crossed with a slick move from a set piece off the scrum.

But the Chiefs immediately surrendered the advantage with a soft penalty, gifting Steyn his fourth penalty to make it 22-21.

The New Zealanders continued to run the ball and Cane brought the home crowd to life 10 minutes from time, latching onto a Sonny Bill Williams offload for the Chiefs' third try.

A Cruden penalty extended the lead to 28-22 and the Bulls could not break through before the clock ran down.

The Chiefs picked up four points for their victory, consolidating their lead atop the New Zealand Conference and moving to the top of the Combined log as well.

The Bulls picked up a single point for losing by seven or fewer points, but stayed second and fourth in the South African and Overall standings respectively.

In next weekend's Round 15 action, the Chiefs travel to Albany to face the Blues, while the Bulls host the Stormers in Pretoria.



15 Andrew Horrell, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Jackson Willison, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Kane Thompson, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke (captain), 3 Ben Afeaki, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Toby Smith

Substitutes: 16 Mahonri Schwalger, 17 Arizona Taumalolo, 18 Michael Fitzgerald, 19 Sam Cane, 20 Brendon Leonard, 21 Robbie Robinson, 22 Maritino Nemani

15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 CJ Stander, 6 Dewald Potgieter, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Rayno Gerber, 18 Juandré Kruger, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 JJ Engelbrecht


  • coralie.duke.1 - 2012-05-25 10:47

    Mmm I like this, looks good :)

      Michael - 2012-05-25 11:22

      Unlucky Bulls, now for the Sharks to beat the 40 mins Stomers in Dbn. by 10 at least.

      AcidBlade - 2012-05-25 11:26


      Jed - 2012-05-25 11:28

      Dream on mike. No body beats the Stormers....

      Renny - 2012-05-25 11:39

      Well played bulls, excellent rugby match!

      Papa-storm - 2012-05-25 11:50

      40 min is all we need to win unlike some teams who needs 80 min to loose

      Anele - 2012-05-25 11:51

      Coralie, 14 of these players in the Bok squad, hopefully todays result will open Meyers eyes otherwise the poms will have blue bok steak for breakfast lunch and supper.

      Slang - 2012-05-25 12:01

      great! moet bieg, ek was effe in 2 geskeur..... hoop ek die bulls wen, sodat die Stormers se lot in hulle hande is, of die chiefs vir die genot wat 'n bulls nederlaag....

      Hans - 2012-05-25 12:21

      Valemmj - you are in for a rude awakening.

      dawiej - 2012-05-25 13:03

      I would rather win with no tries and get 4 points for a win, than loose and get 1 point for loosing within seven points. Only one try from the so called try scoring champs? For the decent bull supporters, hard luck guys, better luck next time, For the arrogant pink cow fanatics, go cry a river..... Stormers groete

  • Jason - 2012-05-25 11:13

    I had the chiefs by 6 on Superbru so the weekend is off to a good start!

      marnusmnorval - 2012-05-25 11:17

      had chiefs by 8 hehe good work

      Sulaiman - 2012-05-25 11:19

      Well done Bulls. Your a beauty. A nice start to the weekend

      Lionel - 2012-05-25 11:21

      Congrats Boet:):)

      Johann - 2012-05-25 11:22

      Ek like hoe jy dink

      Jason - 2012-05-25 11:40

      Lionel, how the hell did Dean Greyling get a bok squad call up, he got tackled backwards the whole game and didnt scrum very well.

      Lionel - 2012-05-25 11:47

      @Jason,Heynecke Meyer,thats all I say:):)

      Jason - 2012-05-25 11:49

      Dewald looked good while he was on...........even Spies didnt have a bad game! But their defensive lines let them down again! Let through 3 tries..not good!

      Jahendel - 2012-05-25 15:10

      @Johan damn ma jy is darem 'n slim sypaaidjie special

      Dirk - 2012-05-25 16:01

      Jahendel, jy moet ligloop vir hierdie dokter, hy is so skerp soos die lem waarmee hy werk. Hy kan gou gou been verwyder. Groete

  • MarkSchrade1980 - 2012-05-25 11:14

    Good game by the bulls, but well done to the Chiefs

      Melt - 2012-05-25 11:57

      @Mark, Ek kon ongelukkig nie die hele wedstryd kyk nie maar die deel wat ek gekyk het was goeie rugby. Jammer Bulls altyd hartseer as n SA span verloor. Ja geluk aan die Chiefs. @Rene, weet nie wat Mark verkeerd gedoen het nie maar die opmerking wat n seker heer die heeltyd stuur is swak........ek sien hom nie as n Bulls ondersteuner nie maar as n individu. Moet jouself nie na sy vlak vat om met hom te probeer praat nie. Stormers groete

      René - 2012-05-25 12:12

      @Melt, ek wou graag Rugby gepraat het, maar die tipe kommentaar laat my eerder nie deel he aan 'n 'gesprek' nie. Ja 'n mens kry allerhande tipes in die lewe, maar waar is die 'moderators' van Sport24??? So ou moet summier geblock word en sy 'comments deleted'. Ai ai. Anyway, soos ek gese het, die Chiefs het 'n great 2de helfte gehad en verdien om te wen. Well done to them.

      Trokkie - 2012-05-25 12:25

      Melt jys n retard treinkie dryf is nie goeie rugby nie

  • Jed - 2012-05-25 11:14


      Papa-storm - 2012-05-25 11:16

      my comment the other day made me ashamed for 2 minutes but this loss would make me ashamed for two months

      Ronnie - 2012-05-25 11:50

      Is die daai kool van 4 dae gelede? Wat kannie n sin reg maak nie?

      Papa-storm - 2012-05-25 12:02

      kyk die jersey shore b@st@rd! wie support jy sharks of bulls? ag altwee van hulle het al klaar verloor die weekend (sharks speel mos teen die stormers).Wat 2 dae gelede gebeur het, was ek het gedink aan die blou bul span toe verlaag my IK taamelik.Jammer stormers

      Ronnie - 2012-05-25 12:07


      Jed - 2012-05-25 12:11

      Ronnie where you ladies laying on the log again?

      Papa-storm - 2012-05-25 12:21

      basson en olivier speel dan so baie offside mens so sweer hulle is in die vaste 5 die way hulle voor speel

  • hannes.handogg - 2012-05-25 11:16

    Ai Sorry Bulle. Hardluck. Was n goeie game though!

      Pomene - 2012-05-25 11:36

      I agree - bad luck guys - next time around you nail them !!!

  • Priester - 2012-05-25 11:17

    Sorry Bulls, you were just not good enough. The Chiefs were exceptionally quick on the loose ball and slowly suffocated the Bulls. Congrats to the Chiefs with your win. I do think Sadie showed some improvement. Blou Bul Groete!

      Koos - 2012-05-25 11:30

      Hallo Priester. Ek stem saam. Ek is sommer moerig. Ons raak verward sodra Jano en kie opkom. Ons het ons kanse verspeel. Geluk aan die Chiefs. Bloubul groete.

      Priester - 2012-05-25 11:36

      Koos ek is dink nie Jano is die probleem nie, ons het 'n probleem op senter. Wou dit nooit erken nie maar Wynand en Zane doen dit nie meer vir die Bulls nie. Miskien moet Hougie senter toe skuif saam met JJ?

      Koos - 2012-05-25 11:57

      Vir my is Jano te stadig, te voorspelbaar. Hougaardt se vlugvoetigheid sal voordelig wees. Danie Gerber het sy teenstander met die voete geklop.

      Stormkaap - 2012-05-25 11:59

      Bulls were great @ driving mauls, poor @ scrumtime and towards the end bereft of captaincy when they lost their way. But what i can say is Spies probably played his best game for S15 campaign. Never seen him make so many tackles, but faded towards end of the game. Good game though with the Chiefs fronting up, Now for the Stormers!

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-05-25 12:22

      uiteindelik! n Blou bul wat erken dat Wynand nie sy plek verdien nie...

      Sean - 2012-05-25 12:41

      As an impartial it was a good game to watch. A pity the SA side lost as unlike many of the Stormer supporters I will always support an SA side playing against the Chiefs! There is a tendency for wings from most SA sides to attempt the intercept. When it works it's fantastic, when it doesn't it generally gives the opposition an overlap which puts the team under pressure. This happened a few times to the Bulls. Apart from that I thought Vermaak was slow clearing the ruck. Why set up a three man train before clearing the ball in the 77th minute? Sadie was better; Wynand played well although the Chiefs knew the play and tackled him every time; Spies was also good and was noticed in much of the play. A big concern is scrumming by SA sides. We are being pushed back in every game. The English will have a big tight 5, HM is going to have to select his forwards carefully.

      Henk - 2012-05-25 12:50

      Priester uiteindelik is daar 'n Bul wat die lig sien!! Senter en heelagter is geruime tyd nou al julle swak punt!

      Stormkaap - 2012-05-25 15:20

      Sean, the Sharks and Stormers' scrumming has improved drastically this season. Cant say the same for the bulls and question the inclusion of Greyling over Kitshoff. The introduction of Pieter D Villiers as scrum coach is to impart scrumming knowledge he acquired playing for france. So no fears there.

  • Schalk - 2012-05-25 11:19

    BWhahahahaha, around a month ago their arrogant supporters said that they should pick up around 16 - 20 points on this tour by winning all the games, now they will return with 2/4 and only 10 points 9thats 3 less than the Stormers)....

      Stephan - 2012-05-25 11:27

      Schalk, the Bulls actually got 11 points on tour and the Stormers got 13, actually not bad if you only won two of the games on tour.

      Renny - 2012-05-25 11:42

      Schalk cant count, must be a stormers supporter!

      Stephan - 2012-05-25 13:39

      And so am I renny....

      Jahendel - 2012-05-25 15:00

      me 2...whoooop whooop!!!

  • Trokkie - 2012-05-25 11:19

    die pienk trein het nie gewerk nie haha

  • Hansie - 2012-05-25 11:19

    Bad luck guys from a Stormers supporter. I did not watch, but understood that too many mistakes were made and tackles missed. Although this is good for the Stormers, I hate too see SA sides loose to NZ and Aus sides.

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-05-25 12:27

      I feel the same, Hansie. I would love 3 SA sides in the top 6, and the Stormers have to beat the SA sides to end on top on merit. No waiting for other sides to be beaten to sneak through. I was hoping for a Bulls win, then even if we beat the Bulls, they would still be in a good spot. Now they are facing two tough matches in the remaining games... Sharks and Stormers...

      Raymond - 2012-05-25 16:47

      I agree with you Hansie.For a team to lose four world class players after RWC and are still strong contenders for the play-off,it is not bad at all.STORMER.

  • Stephan - 2012-05-25 11:24

    To my fellow Stormer supporters, I'm very disappointed in some of the comments made. Treat others as you would like to be treated.

      Jason - 2012-05-25 11:44

      Stephan dont be so precious!

      Clive - 2012-05-25 17:43

      Well said, Stephan, but I'm afraid it applies to many supporters of all our teams. Some teams' supporters are worse than others - no names - but it would be great if we all supported the SA teams when they played the Oz and NZ teams, and saved the bile, unnecessary as it is, for the local derbies.

  • Tony - 2012-05-25 11:28

    GREAT STUFF!!!!!! Whoop whoop...

  • LaBlue - 2012-05-25 11:28

    Mmmmm, tyd om van die Bulls te quote "Lyk my die wiele val nou af"

      Tony - 2012-05-25 11:31


      Stirrer - 2012-05-25 11:42

      Two years no cups Bulls.

      Pieter - 2012-05-26 08:38

      stormers haven't won a cup in the past 10 years

  • Stirrer - 2012-05-25 11:29

    @Pietie Loubscher (who cannot even spell your own surname correctly) - Your kommints are class, real class. Sorry Bulls, you were solidly outplayed on the day. At least you now have just as many bonus points for losses as you have for 4 tries.

      hugo.naude - 2012-05-25 12:50

      Jip ... my Bulls lost a game they should not have due only to themselves --- could have closed it out by playing tighter in the 2nd half ... but tomorrow we will witness the wheels coming off the Stommerike campaign as they streeeeeeeetch their CUPLESS run to 12 yrs ... and counting --- hoe's daai ou Stirrer - 12YRS NO CUP boet --- blou Bul groete ou grote :)

      Stirrer - 2012-05-25 13:02

      Sorry Hugo, that "no cups" argument of yours ended last Friday. Stormer groete from the top of the conference.

      Schalk - 2012-05-25 14:58

      Hugo - I am sure not everyone does have access to all the nice facilities like tv, radio and internet so i am going to update you on the latest developments. Last week Friday WP won the Vodacom Cup by beating the Griquas, WP also returned home after their tour with 13 points and have beaten the Cheetahs and Waratahs to go to the TOP of the S15 log 2012. The Bulls lost to the Stormers and shortly after that they went on their tour which ended on 25 May (they managed to win 2 of their 4 games and bagged 11 points) and find themselves in 4th spot - Since you are still under this illusion that our trophy cabinet is empty - Do yourself a favour - Go look at yours... Stormer Groete

      hugo.naude - 2012-05-26 00:13

      Schalkie my ou maat ... julle eerste vodacom cum was seker iest om oor gaande te raak ... siende dat dit die enigste beker is wat julle die jaar gaan wen. Maar in Bul wereld is so n ou bekertjie niks om eers oor dronk te word nie want as jy n Super Rugby beker of 2 of SELFS 3 gewen het dan is n Vodacom bekertjie maar vir kinners ... Maar ek kan verstaan hoekom jy as Stomme so gaande is daaroor --- seker soos enige kapenaar wat na n reeeks van 12 misoeste weer n papsakkie kan afsluk ... maak jou opgewonde al is die papsakkie baie klein ... Blou Bul groete ou grote ... en Sharks vrommel julle kardoesies more op met 12 punte ...

      Stephan - 2012-05-26 07:53

      Saying nothing equates to knowledge, for those who listen gain more from those moments in which silence is the teacher and “wisdom” the pretender.

  • Ken - 2012-05-25 11:30

    Ag Shame!!

  • Anele - 2012-05-25 11:31

    sprt 24 can you please delete and block this pietie loubcher twat. its getting really lame. hard luck Bulls, now hopefully the Sharks will get one over the Stormers to open up the SA conference a bit more :)

  • Jahendel - 2012-05-25 11:31

    Congratz BB on another BP

  • goofree - 2012-05-25 11:39

    Great game by both teams Bulls you change your game plan from last week that was a plus the chiefs did a job on the half back Hougaard because he can wreck any team and that put presure on the forwards to take charge they did have a good tour .

  • aidan.w.naude - 2012-05-25 11:47

    Shamies Toklos and co - what were you saying about log position for all of 2 weeks? Moered like a rooikoppie stepchild this morning.

  • Jonathan - 2012-05-25 11:51

    Tokols and company. Great game. See you guys next weekend. Stormers we want a win on Saturday.

  • liam.cross.7 - 2012-05-25 12:05

    I was impressed with the Bulls all season, but they have reverted to their old 2-way strategy the last 2 or 3 games. Kick and maul...THATS IT..very disappointing How many runs did Morne have today??

  • Schalk - 2012-05-25 12:08

    Tokolos!..... kannie hoor nie!.. wat is jou verskoning stommerik!!

      Therealmakoy - 2012-05-25 12:12

      die ref , dit was die ref man !... nee wag , dit was luck wat die Chiefs laat wen het...anyway , n bonus punt is baie belangriker as die wen.

  • moose.morris - 2012-05-25 12:12

    Once again poor referring. That line out was formed already and therefore the Chiefs did not have the right to throw that ball in so skew.

  • Stormers - 2012-05-25 12:28

    Tough luck for the Bulls, was a exciting game though. I was hoping for a draw, just cant seem to get myself to support an overseas team - even when they play the Bulls. A draw would have sent this this season to probably the most thrilling end in years and would have been better for the Stormers and the Bulls for play-offs. Still, Bulls got the bonus out of the game, but the Chiefs going top and the local teams all have to thrash it out with one another. And we all know what the South Africans do to each other in derbies. It is going to get ugly from here on out and I just hope the players' bodies can hold out till the June break and for the test matches to come. Anyhow, that's all I'm saying today, I'm not getting involved with all the other crap, and insults oh and please - Pietie Loubscher, leave and never return. There are ladies and other decent folk here that don't deserve to be exposed to your low class, low intellect trash talk and cussing. You are an embarrassment and the exact reason why people don't think to highly of Bulls supporters.

  • Rich - 2012-05-25 12:29

    Over 100 comments on this story and almost all of them are just immature bickering. Very few insightful comments about the game. For a country that loves its rugby this is embarrassing. Well played the Chiefs, Horrell had a great game - no shortage of in form fullbacks in NZ.

  • Pierre - 2012-05-25 12:29

    @ Phillys - Yes I am proud of the fact too but after living in Pretoria for 12 years where do you think I build up my dislike of the Bulls and their supporters. Fantastic City just a pity about the rugby team and it's supporters

      Sean - 2012-05-25 12:50

      Pierre, the Stormers supporters are just the same! I can't see NZ supporters supporting an SA side against one of their own, am I wrong in thinking this? Or a Rebels fan supporting the Cheetahs when they play the Reds? Makes no sense to me

      John - 2012-05-25 13:18

      @ sean - I think you need to wise up friend. This is about getting a home semi and final if possible. Another way of putting it is this is about being the top side in the Southern Hemisphere. Any supporter who says he supports the Bulls/Stormers (with the current log situatation) when they play another side is either lying or is stupid. Leave the pariotism to test matches.

  • Raymond - 2012-05-25 16:37

    Tough luck Bulls.Don't lose hope,you are still a very good side.The season is not over and this game could have gone either way.Only home ground advantage saw the Chiefs through,if this game was at Loftus,it would have been different.See you at Loftus From a STORMER.

  • Raymond - 2012-05-25 16:40

    @ Michael-I don't know who the Stomers are.

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  • Neville - 2012-05-25 18:25

    Bulle gee teveel drieê weg , verdediging op senter swak

  • Nicolaas - 2012-05-25 21:09

    @Vallemj, really????, guess that green socks your smoking is very good! May I remind you how the CHOKERS got beaten by Crusaders?

  • Schalk - 2012-05-26 07:42

    Ja ou Tokkelos; daar is 'n gesegde wat se, 'I once met a man whom I felt sorry for because he had no shoes, until I met a man who had no class', jy pas perfek!!, wil dit uitdeel, maar kan dit nie vat nie, tipies!!

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