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On the bright side Bulls fans, that's probably the last time you will see Francois Hougaard end the game by running out of space out wide!— Wade Pretorius (@wadepretorius) June 13, 2015
On the bright side Bulls fans, that's probably the last time you will see Francois Hougaard end the game by running out of space out wide!
FULL TIME AT LOFTUS
Bulls 29 Cheetahs 42
The conversion is missed by Schoeman.
78' - TRY to the Bulls!
Hougaard has his second, but it is too little too late. Bonus point for the Bulls.
"ONE BOOT MOHOJE" making the break that lead to that try! Great commitment!! @BreytonPaulse @CheetahsRugby @OupsMo #SSRugby— Lu-Juan Rothman (@LHLRothman) June 13, 2015
"ONE BOOT MOHOJE" making the break that lead to that try! Great commitment!! @BreytonPaulse @CheetahsRugby @OupsMo #SSRugby
73' - CONVERSION slotted by Marais!
Bulls 24 Cheetahs 42
72' - TRY to the Cheetahs!
That's the ball game! It all started with a surge upfield by Mahoje. The visitors kept the ball for a number of phases and eventually Benjamin got over in the left-hand corner.
Bulls 24 Cheetahs 40
70' - CONVERSION slotted by Schoeman.
The Bulls have closed the gap to 11 points... only two scores to get and 10 minutes to get them in!
Bulls 24 Cheetahs 35
69' - TRY to the Bulls!
It's the captain, Spies who spins out of a tackle and gets over the line.
Bulls 22 Cheetahs 35
57' - CONVERSION added by Schoeman.
The replacement flyhalf adds the extra two points.
Bulls 17 Cheetahs 35
57' - TRY to the Bulls!
Hougaard is over in the right-hand corner after Kriel bumped off a defender, drew the last man and put the winger away.
Bulls 15 Cheetahs 35
Got to give the Cheetahs credit. Great passion and enterprise. Early days yet, but Franco's start is a great one. #SSRugby— Brenden Nel (@BrendenNel) June 13, 2015
Got to give the Cheetahs credit. Great passion and enterprise. Early days yet, but Franco's start is a great one. #SSRugby
51' - CONVERSION added by Marais!
Bulls 10 Cheetahs 35
50' - TRY to the Cheetahs!
After taking the ball through a number of phases, Sykes runs a brilliant little angle after taking a Pretorius pass. He gets over but that was poor defence from the Bulls.
Bulls 10 Cheetahs 33
HT at Loftus: Bulls 10-28 Cheetahs .... Bonus point already! Wow Wee— Front Row Grunt (@FrontRowGrunt) June 13, 2015
HT at Loftus: Bulls 10-28 Cheetahs .... Bonus point already! Wow Wee
HALF TIME AT LOFTUS
Bulls 10 Cheetahs 28
40' - CONVERSION added by Marais!
Marais extends the Cheetahs lead to 18 points as the teams head to the shed for half time.
40' - TRY to the Cheetahs!
This time Pretorius does score as he darts over from close to the line. The Cheetahs have their bonus point.
Bulls 10 Cheetahs 26
Cheetahs not here for a haircut tonight (some might hope Blommetjies was) ... Lovely try. Very, very untidy for Bulls if they go down!— Front Row Grunt (@FrontRowGrunt) June 13, 2015
Cheetahs not here for a haircut tonight (some might hope Blommetjies was) ... Lovely try. Very, very untidy for Bulls if they go down!
35' - CONVERSION slotted by Marais
An easy conversion is slotted by the Cheetahs flyhalf.
Bulls 10 Cheetahs 21
34' - TRY to the Cheetahs!
Instead of mauling the ball up, Pretorius takes the ball, runs a few metres and finds Blommetjies on the perfect angle. The flyers scythes through the Bulls defence to score!
Bulls 10 Cheetahs 19
29' - PENALTY slotted by Potgieter!
The Bulls pivot dinks it over from right in front. The Cheetahs lead is cut to four points.
Bulls 10 Cheetahs 14
The conversion is missed.
That's it! The Cheetahs win and spoil the farewell party at Loftus. That brings a sad end to a terrible season for the Bulls. Thanks for joining us, next up its the Sharks v Stormers in Durban. Cheers!
BULLS 29-42 CHEETAHS
TRY, BULLS, HOUGAARD. 29-42. The pass out wide is a shocker from JJ Engelbrecht but there is such a massive overlap that Hougaard can still score! That's the bonus point for the Bulls.
The Bulls kick into the corner from another ruck penalty on halfway. They've failed twice...is this third time lucky?
The Bulls rumble upfield with Jacques du Plessis carrying well after Schoeman chips over the top. The Bulls kick into the corner again from a penalty but they lose the lineout again!
Penalty to the Bulls for a high tackle and they kick into the corner but the lineout is stolen!
CONVERSION, MARAIS. 24-42. Another excellent conversion from the touchline. That's the ball game, surely?
TRY, CHEETAHS, BENJAMIN! 24-40. Great break from Mohoje to set it up. The Cheetahs move it wide and Ryno Benjamin sneaks over in the corner. The Bulls defence is so bad tonight!
CONVERSION, SCHOEMAN. 24-35. Is there still time for the Bulls to fight back?
TRY, BULLS, SPIES. 22-35. There's the try after the scrum. Engelbrecht is stopped short before Spies spins out of the attempted tackle from Pretorius and muscles his way over.
Paige breaks clear but waits too long to pass to Spies. Eventually the offload comes but Spies is pulled down just short.
Blommetjies breaks clear after collecting a knock-on from Engelbrecht. Mohoje is up in support but is pulled down on the 22. The Bulls must scramble back. Schoeman punts for touch.
It's all getting a bit scrappy now as the Bulls chase the game while the Cheetahs are happy to keep chucking it about. For now it's the Bulls with all the ball though.
The opportunity is lost as the Bulls knock on. The Bulls bench has tried to raise the tempo but the handling is not up to scratch.
A huge break by Jacques du Plessis, who goes on a barnstorming run to take play deep into Cheetahs territory.
CONVERSION, SCHOEMAN. 17-35. The Bulls replacement fly-half adds the extras.
TRY, BULLS, HOUGAARD. 15-35. The Bulls are still alive. Kriel shrugs off the tackle of van Wyk before offloading to Hougaard, who runs it in out wide.
Oh! A chance is lost as Kriel breaks through but his offload bounces off the chest of the support player. Nothing is going right for the Bulls.
CONVERSION, MARAIS.10-35. Five tries to one. This is not good news for Frans Ludeke's job prospects.
TRY, CHEETAHS, SYKES. 10-33. Terrible defending from the Bulls allows a lock to step through their defensive line and break away to score. Excellent work from Coenie van Wyk to set it up.
Trevor Nyakane is on for the Bulls against his former team and is already making an impact at scrum time. The Bulls win the ball but it's kicked away by Hougaard.
The Cheetahs on the attack. Le Roux chips ahead but he's put too much on it. Kriel collects and Potgieter can clear.
The Cheetahs have been competing well on the deck and Prinsloo wins another turnover. Blommetjies clears to relieve some pressure.
Scrappy stuff after a series of reset scrums. JJ Engelbrecht hacks the ball ahead and earns a lineout in the Cheetahs half.
Here we go for the second half. It starts with a clash of heads between Strauss and Le Roux, who both get up rather gingerly.
TRY, CHEETAHS, PRETORIUS! 10-26. Deserved try for the visitors. They've been knocking on the door for a while and eventually Pretorius spots gap and snipes over under the sticks!
CONVERSION, MARAIS. 10-28. That's half time. The Bulls are looking shell-shocked. The Cheetahs are playing with zero pressure...and it shows!
BULLS 10 - 28 CHEETAHS
Another strong scrum for the Cheetahs has the Bulls under the cosh. They opt for another scrum from the penalty. The Bulls are really struggling here.
Oh dear! Another try looked on the cards for the Cheetahs after excellent work from Le Roux but Niel Marais takes the wrong option with a kick-pass out wide. The ref was playing advantage so we'll come back for a 5m Cheetahs scrum.
CONVERSION, MARAIS. 10-21. The Cheetahs are on fire!
TRY, CHEETAHS, BLOMMETJIES. 10-19. Pretorius runs across the face of the defensive line until Blommetjies comes in on the angle and busts through Burger Odendaal's half-hearted tackle to score!
The Cheetahs are probing 5m short of the Bulls' line. This time it's the Bulls who are warned, specifically Flip vd Merwe for sacking mauls.
We pack down for a scrum in centre field after the Bulls are caught in possession. The Cheetahs have had the upper hand at scrum time and win another penalty, which they kick out in the corner.
PENALTY, BULLS, POTGIETER. 10-14. The Bulls opt for points, giving their players a break.
The Bulls hammering away until they win another penalty. Ref Joubert has a long chat with Cheetahs skipper Francois Uys, warning his team for the constant infringements.
The Bulls moving the ball around, playing positively from a number of advantages played. They kick to the corner from a ruck penalty against Venter.
Spies drives the ball up towards the Cheetahs 10m line. Play is stopped for an injury to Wegner, Who doesn't look good. Replays show his knee bending the laterally...that's nasty!
The Cheetahs turn it over and after kicks by both teams Willie Le Roux dots the ball down in his own in-goal area. Ismaiel runs the ball back from the restart.
The Bulls kick into the corner from a penalty but Strauss's throw goes straight over the top and an opportunity is lost. The Cheetahs kick for touch so the Bulls start from square one, but 20m further back.
CONVERSION, MARAIS. 7-14. It's not going according to script for the Bulls. Great kick from Niel Marais though.
TRY, CHEETAHS, VENTER! 7-12. Textbook maul from the Cheetahs and Henco Venter gets the try!
Carl Wegner is stopped just inches short but referee Joubert comes back for a Cheetahs penalty. The Free Staters set up the 5m lineout...here comes a maul.
The Cheetahs are camped on the Bulls line. Very enterprising stuff here from the visitors, who are throwing it around like a hot potato. The Bulls defence hold firm though.
Prinsloo takes a big hit from Hattingh after Hougaard drops a high ball. The Cheetahs get the penalty and kick for touch.
CONVERSION, MARAIS. 7-7. Looks like we're in for a try-fest. Both teams keen to run from penalties.
TRY, CHEETAHS, JORDAAN. 7-5. Sarel Pretorius takes a penalty quickly. Willie le Roux sees space out wide and his long pass finds big Niell Jordaan, who crashes over in the corner.
Flip van der Merwe pulls Carl Wegner down at a lineout. The Cheetahs set up a lineout in the Bulls half from the penalty. Prinsloo breaks from the maul after the lineout. It goes wide to Petersen but he is shut down out wide.
CONVERSION, POTGIETER. 7-0. Perfect start from the hosts, terrible defence by the Cheetahs.
TRY, BULLS, KRIEL. 5-0. The Bulls kick to the corner from a penalty. They hammer it up for a few phases before sending it wide. Kriel juggles the final pass but manages to hold on to score!
The Bulls are in attack mode early on but Kriel knocks on. Scrum to the Cheetahs just outside their 22. Free kick to the hosts, who play quickly and try to run it out of their half.
Here we go! The Bulls kick us off. Francois Uys secures. The Cheetahs kick it back and Jesse Kriel is keen to counter attack, taking play to the Cheetahs' 10m line.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Bulls versus Cheetahs clash from Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. Both these sides are on a four-game losing streak but the Bulls will be warmed by home comforts for this one as they return to a ground they have won their last five matches. Team news is coming up before kick-off at 17:05 (16:05 BST, 15:05 GMT).
For the Bulls, Handre Pollard, Victor Matfield and Jan Serfontein are all given a week off due to the SARU agreement, while Deon Stegmann, Dean Greyling and Lappies Labuschagne are also out. Grant Hattingh comes in at lock, Arno Botha starts on the flank while Morne Mallett is at loosehead and Adriaan Strauss is hooker. Jacques-Louis Potgieter will continue in the fly-half jersey.
The Cheetahs have named full-back Willie le Roux in their side as he is promoted to the XV. Clayton Blommetjies moves to the right wing in place of Cornal Hendricks, who drops out of the matchday 23. Up front, Henco Venter moves up from the bench to replace Tienie Burger on the flank while Springbok back-row Oupa Mohoje is included on the replacements bench
Bulls stalwarts Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Pierre Spies, Jacques du Plessis and Flip van der Merwe will all play their last games at Loftus today before heading to overseas teams.
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