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As it happened: Cheetahs 20-39 Bulls

2015-03-07 18:55
Last Updated at 03:01
07 Mar 18:59
In today's final game, the Stormers host the Sharks at Newlands (19:10 kick-off).
07 Mar 18:58

Thanks for tuning in!

In next weekend's action, the Cheetahs host the Sharks in Bloemfontein, while the Bulls have a bye.

07 Mar 18:50

Well done to the Bulls who thoroughly deserved their victory!

Springbok flyhalf Handre Polllard was simply sublime and again showed maturity beyond his years. He would be my man-of-the-match.

07 Mar 18:48
FULL-TIME: Cheetahs 20-39 Bulls
07 Mar 18:48
80'- No luck for the Cheetahs and that's it folks...
07 Mar 18:47
79'-  But the Bulls are penalised for side entry just inside the Cheetahs half. One last chance for the hosts perhaps...
07 Mar 18:46

78'- Another Bulls penalty at scrum time. It's on their own 22m area and Pollard kicks it far down field...

One last chance for them grab that bonus point...

07 Mar 18:44
77'- But eventually they cough it up...
07 Mar 18:44
77'- After 12 phases, the Cheetahs surge up to the Bulls 22m line...
07 Mar 18:43
76'- Both teams intent on running the ball now...
07 Mar 18:41

75'- But a poor pass from Willie le Roux is intercepted by Visagie.

Le Roux then runs back and almost interceps it back himself! But unfortunately he can't hold on...

07 Mar 18:40
74'- Pietersen does well to gather his own chip kick over the Bulls defence. It brings the Cheetahs into Bulls territory...
07 Mar 18:39
73'- Bulls subs: Liebenberg on for Stegmann and Visser on for Kriel.
07 Mar 18:37
71'-  The Bulls are now chasing their second consecutive bonus point for four tries...
07 Mar 18:36

71'- CONVERSION slotted by Pollard.

Cheetahs 20-39 Bulls

07 Mar 18:36
70'- Jan Serfontein barges over after a concerted period of attack by the Bulls.
07 Mar 18:35
70'- Try to the Bulls!
07 Mar 18:35
70'- Cheetahs sub: Coetzee on at hooker for Van Jaarsveld.
07 Mar 18:34

69'- Another penalty in range for the Bulls as the Cheetahs go off-side. Referee berry now gives the Cheetahs an official warning.

Pollard sets up an attacking lineout...

07 Mar 18:33
69' - Cheetahs sub: Du Plessis on at centre for Venter.
07 Mar 18:31

67'- The Cheetahs with another attempted driving maul close to the Bulls tryline, but this time the defence is better and the Bulls turn if over...

07 Mar 18:30
65'- Cheetahs sub: Meyer off, replaced by Venter at scrumhalf.
07 Mar 18:28
65' - Bulls subs: Paige and Strauss off, replaced by Van Zyl and Visagie.
07 Mar 18:28

64'- DROP GOAL slotted by Pollard from about 40m out.

Cheetahs 20-32 Bulls

07 Mar 18:27
63'- Enterprising play by the Bulls now as they run it at the Cheetahs...
07 Mar 18:25

61'- PENALTY slotted by Pollard.

Cheetahs 20-29 Bulls

07 Mar 18:24
60'- The Bulls hit right back when the Cheetahs are caught holding on too long inside their own 22, area. It's an easy penalty for Pollard to slot...
07 Mar 18:23

60'- CONVERSION slotted by Pietersen.

Cheetahs 20-26 Bulls

07 Mar 18:22
58'- Boom Prinsloo barges over near the corner after a dominant driving maul from the Cheetahs.
07 Mar 18:22
58'- TRY to the Cheetahs!
07 Mar 18:21
57'- Cheetahs win another penalty after the Bulls transgress at the driving maul. Another lineout is set up close to the tryline...
07 Mar 18:20


Cheetahs 48%-Bulls 52%

07 Mar 18:19
56'- Cheetahs win a scrum penalty just inside the Bulls half. They opt to set up an attacking lineout...
07 Mar 18:18
55'- Cheetahs sub: Cook off, replaced by Burger.
07 Mar 18:17
54'- The Bulls getting that penalty just shows how important Willie le Roux's errors of kicking it away a few minutes ago has cost the Cheetahs...
07 Mar 18:16
53'- Cheetahs sub: Steven Sykes makes his debut for the Cheetahs, replacing Carl Wegner.
07 Mar 18:15

53'- PENALTY slotted by Pollard.

Cheetahs 13-26 Bulls

07 Mar 18:15
52'- Kickable penalty to the Bulls after a Cheetahs player's foot dislodges the ball from Paige's hand as he's about to pass. Pollard will line up a relatively easy kick...
07 Mar 18:13
50'- Willie le Roux makes a big error when his chip kick goes directly into touch. It was on the Bulls 22m line. He should have passed it wide instead of kicking...
07 Mar 18:11
48'- Bulls subs: Both props (Nyakane and Mellett) off, replaced by Greyling and Van der Merwe.
07 Mar 18:10

47'- Cheetahs again building some phases inside Bulls territory, but a knock on ends a promising build-up.

But the Cheetahs  have definitely come out firing in this second half. They are not giving up.

07 Mar 18:07
45'- Berry sees it on the big screen and decides to penalise Kriel. This is a rubbish rule. Why penalise a player if one guy jumps first?
07 Mar 18:06


Referee Berry this time goes to the TMO after a collision in the air between fullbacks Kriel and Le Roux.

07 Mar 18:05
44'- Always a mismatch when two prop have to defend against a wing and there's a little bit of space...
  • 80'

    That is that from Bloemfontein as the Bulls win 39-20 against the Cheetahs. Their first away game of the season and it is a victory on the board to go into their bye week in good spirits. Thanks for following with us. Next up, the Stormers v Sharks.

  • 78'

    Still the Cheetahs give everything in attack, with the shackles well and truly off in the closing minutes. They're trying all kinds of flicks before the tackle now and work their way to within 20.

  • 76'

    The Cheetahs aren't throwing in the towel and run hard over the halfway line. Can Le Roux collect this loose ball and set off for the line down the left wing? No, unfortunately for him he can't.

  • 72'

    CONVERSION, BULLS, POLLARD. 20-39. He's had a fine day.

  • 71'

    TRY, BULLS, SERFONTEIN. 20-37. And here come the Bulls now with a line-out ten metres from the Cheetahs line. They'll look for their third try here and get it. Serfontein on the angle.

  • 69'

    The Cheetahs look to respond and set up camp about 20 or so metres out. The Bulls are strong in defence once again though and eventually nick possession before they win a ruck penalty.

  • 65'

    DROP-GOAL, BULLS, POLLARD. 20-32. So the Bulls do have a decent buffer and are looking to extend that, with Pollard in the pocket for the drop-goal. No pressure on him, easy points.

  • 63'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD. 20-29. Simple points for the Bulls as flanker Prinsloo is caught offside after a knock-on.

  • 61'


  • 60'

    TRY, CHEETAHS, PRINSLOO. 18-26. It's side entry from the Bulls at the line-out that hands the Cheetahs a big opportunity from five metres out. And they're over. Prinsloo is the scorer.

  • 57'

    Still two scores separate these two teams though, despite the latest penalty from Pollard, as we pack down on halfway. It's Cheetahs ball with plenty of width on offer should they use it.

  • 55'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD. 13-26. Oupa Mohoje gifts a chance to the Bulls from distance as his leaves his foot in at the ruck. Here's Pollard with a long-rage kick. What pressure?

  • 52'

    Poor from Le Roux as he chips over the top in the Bulls 22 when keeping the ball in hand was the better option. His kick goes straight into touch too so a double setback for the hosts.

  • 49'

    It doesn't look likely at the moment as strong defence keeps them at bay 30 metres out. Here comes Dean Greyling and Marcel van der Merwe in the Bulls front-row. Sizeable props.

  • 47'

    Kriel is now penalised for taking out Le Roux in the air - harsh as his eyes were on the ball only. But that's gone as the home side now look to attack from halfway. Can they get over again?

  • 44'


  • 43'

    TRY, CHEETAHS, RHULE. 11-23. Out of nowhere. Rhule slips through and then beats Kriel en route to the try-line. Fine score.

  • 42'

    The Cheetahs have the early possession and territory though, setting things up about 30 metres out. It's good Bulls defence though as they let nothing through.

  • 41'

    Welcome back to coverage of this game from Bloemfontein where the Bulls lead by 17 points after a positive first-half. Pollard gets us going with a kick-off to his left up to the 22.

  • 40'

    Half-time: Cheetahs 6-23 Bulls

  • 39'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD. 6-23. Wow. The Cheetahs have been denied a penalty on halfway as Mienie was clearly taken out off the ball, freeing up space for fly-half Pollard to break. From that, Le Roux offends so it's an easy shot for the Bulls.

  • 37'

    Another opportunity for the Bulls here, 30 metres out, with the whole width of the field to work with. Serfontein sets a platform but Nyakane is penalised soon after for hands in at ruck time.

  • 33'

    CONVERSION, BULLS, POLLARD. 6-20. Another good kick.

  • 32'

    TRY, BULLS, BASSON. 6-18. Brilliant from the Bulls as from Strauss' bust up the middle they go left to where Basson is on hand to finish very well down the sideline. Big try for the Bulls.

  • 29'

    PENALTY, CHEETAHS, PIETERSEN. 6-13. A swift response from the Cheetahs as Spies is caught offside by referee Berry.

  • 28'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD. 3-13. He's in fine form today.

  • 26'

    More woe for the Cheetahs at the scrum though as prop Danie Mienie is penalised, which allows Pollard a shot from distance.

  • 25'

    Willie le Roux is proving to be a rock at the back for the hosts under the high ball as again he collects and clears well. Bulls ball on halfway now in what's been a fast-paced 25 minutes.

  • 22'

    End-to-end stuff but Pollard does well to get back and save his side, diving on the loose ball. And now the fly-half drills a great kick into the Cheetahs 22, over the head of the returning Rhule.

  • 19'

    CONVERSION, BULLS, POLLARD. 3-10. A simple two points.

  • 18'

    TRY, BULLS, POLLARD. 3-8. There's the first try of the game. A show and go from ten out and Pollard powers over the line.

  • 17'

    The Cheetahs are again penalised at the scrum, this time it is Coenie Oosthuizen pinged, which allows the Bulls to get up to the hosts' 22. They might look to maul the upcoming line-out.

  • 14'

    Cheetahs line-out bang on halfway now, which they maul soon after. Now they go to the air but Bjorn Basson collects it well.

  • 12'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD. 3-3. We're all locked up as the Cheetahs are penalised at scrum time. An odd call as it looked very much like Trevor Nyakane was the prop under pressure.

  • 9'

    So the Cheetahs are down to fourteen men for ten minutes and are about to throw in near halfway. Time for smart rugby, here.

  • 7'

    YELLOW CARD, CHEETAHS, RHULE. Poor from Raymond Rhule as he takes out Jesse Kriel in the air. Yellow all day.

  • 6'

    The Bulls are pinged again by referee Stuart Berry, this time side entry is the call near the halfway line. That results in a line-out about 20 metres out so another chance for the hosts.

  • 4'

    PENALTY, CHEETAHS, PIETERSEN. 3-0. Deon Stegmann has hands in the ruck so an early penalty from bang in front.

  • 1'

    Pietersen kicks us off in the sunshine and the hosts secure a scrum put-in immediately due to holding up the Bulls. Chance.

  • 0'

    Bulls head coach Frans Ludeke has named the same starting side from last week's win. Piet van Zyl comes onto the bench.

  • 0'

    Late change for the Cheetahs as Pretorius is ruled out. He is replaced at 9 by Tian Meyer. Shaun Venter is on the bench.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our coverage of the Cheetahs vs Bulls clash from Bloemfontein. The hosts are two wins from two so far this season while the Bulls bounced back after two losses with a victory over the Sharks last week. Team news to follow.

  • 0'

    The Cheetahs have made just one change to their side with Boom Prinsloo coming into the team in place of the injured Willie Britz. Sarel Pretorius and Joe Pietersen are 9 and 10.

Jump to

Cheetahs Bulls
  • 2 Tries 3
    • 42' Raymond Rhule
    • 58' Boom Prinsloo
    • 17' Handre Pollard
    • 30' Bjorn Basson
    • 70' Jan Serfontein
  • 2 Conversions 3
    • 43' Joe Pietersen
    • 60' Joe Pietersen
    • 18' Handre Pollard
    • 31' Handre Pollard
    • 71' Handre Pollard
  • 2 Penalties 5
    • 3' Joe Pietersen
    • 28' Joe Pietersen
    • 10' Handre Pollard
    • 26' Handre Pollard
    • 40' Handre Pollard
    • 53' Handre Pollard
    • 61' Handre Pollard
  • 0 Drop Goals 1
    • 64' Handre Pollard
  • 1 Yellow Cards 0
    • 5' Raymond Rhule
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Danie Mienie
  • Torsten Van Jaarsveld
  • Coenraad Oosthuizen
  • Carl Wegner
  • Francois Uys
  • Boom Prinsloo
  • Teboho Mohoje
  • Jean Cook
  • Tian Meyer
  • Joe Pietersen
  • Raymond Rhule
  • Michael van der Spuy
  • Francois Venter
  • Cornal Hendricks
  • Willie Le Roux
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Morn? Mellett
  • Adriaan Strauss
  • Trevor Nyakane
  • Jacques Du Plessis
  • Victor Matfield
  • Deon Stegmann
  • Pieter Labuschagne
  • Pierre Spies
  • Rudy Paige
  • Handre Pollard
  • Francois Hougaard
  • Jan Serfontein
  • JJ Engelbrecht
  • Bjorn Basson
  • Jessie Kriel
  • Stephan Coetzee
  • BG Uys
  • Maks van Dyk
  • Steven Sykes
  • Tienie Burger
  • Shaun Venter
  • Willie du Plessis
  • Johann Sadie
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Callie Visagie
  • Dean Greyling
  • Grant Hattingh
  • Hanro Liebenberg
  • Piet van Zyl
  • Tiaan Schoeman
  • Jurgen Visser
  • Marcel Van der Merwe

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