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2014/03/08 | 17:05 |  Super Rugby | Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria |  Full Time
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As it happened: Bulls v Blues

2014-03-08 15:49
Last Updated at 03:09

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Commentary by Sport24's Garrin Lambley

19:00 - Hope you enjoyed the coverage.

Be sure to switch over to Live Updates from the Sharks v Lions clash in Durban!

18:58 - In next weekend's Round 5 action, the Bulls have a bye while the Blues travel to Johannesburg to face the Lions (Saturday, March 15 at 15:00).

18:58 - FULL-TIME at Loftus Versfeld.

The Bulls win 38-22

18:56 - Anyway... it's in the record books now.

The try went to Marcel van der Merwe with Handre Pollard adding the conversion

18:56 - Commentators say NO try, TMO says no try - after he was consulted - but referee Lees gives it anyway...

18:55 - Controversial decision by the referee.

God, I await the day the IRB rewrite the law book

18:55 - TRY!

18:51 - And the Bulls turn defence into attack in the blink of an eye as the come very close to scoring. The Blues are forced to carry the ball over their own tryline.

5m scrum for the Bulls. Their last chance to pick up the five-pointer.

18:50 - The Blues are finishing strong, but the Bulls' defence remains equally so...

18:49 - Bulls skipper Flip van der Merwe leaves the field with 3.30 minutes to play - as the rain starts falling again.

18:48 - The Bulls have kept the dangerous Blues runners in check - so far.

18:46 - Time ticking away for the Blues. As things currently stand, they won't pick up a bonus point for losing by seven or fewer points

18:42 - The Blues are really growing annoyed with referee Lees

18:40 - And we're in to the final 10 minutes at Loftus

18:40 - PICTURE

Jono Ross storms up field (via the
Blue Bulls' Facebook page)

18:37 - And Potgieter cashes in as the Bulls' buffer is restored to nine points - 31-22 after 67 minutes

18:35 - Oh my word!

Another ref shocker. Referee Lees says play on, but then penalises Weepu.

As commentator Joel Stransky corrected points out, there are times - too many in fact - where Lees appears to wait for a call from his assistants

18:34 - The Bulls have a chance to stretch their lead again after the Blues are caught offsides, but Pogieter misses...

18:32 - And that man Simon Hickey continues to chip away at the Bulls' lead with his fifth penalty as the Blues are back within one score.

Bulls lead 28-22 after 62 minutes.


18:27 - And Hickey remains flawless as he adds the conversion.

Blues back within nine points...

Bulls 28-19 after 58 minutes

18:26 - Someone has scored for the Blues. It could have been awarded to replacement Pita Ahki

18:25 - TRY!

18:25 - Or have they... ?

The referee consults his TMO

18:24 - Oh dear, the Blues botch a certain try after a grubber from Hickey

18:22 - Centurion Akona Ndungane leaves the field after 55 minutes

18:21 - PICTURE

JJ Engelbrecht in action (via the
Blue Bulls' Facebook page)

18:21 - A number of substitutes enter the fray as the altitude starts to play a role

18:17 - Bulls centre pairing Jan Serfontein and JJ Engelbrecht have been superb tonight. And No 9 Francois Hougaard has certainly stepped up his game after a couple of iffy performances earlier this tournament.

Bodes well for the remainder of the Bulls' campaign

18:16 - Talking about rain, it has just started falling from the sky...

18:15 - Raining penalties in Pretoria now.

The Bulls kick for touch once again as they go in search of that all-important fourth try

18:12 - PICTURE

Potgieter celebrates his first-half try (via the
Blue Bulls' Facebook page)

18:11 - Potgieter lands the three-pointer and the Bulls are out to a 28-12 lead after 47 minutes

18:11 - They do clear, but the Bulls coming storming back (not like th Stormers), and win a penalty

18:09 - But they knock on. Provided this scrum isn't penalised for some reason, the Blues ought to be able to clear their lines.

18:09 - Penalty to the Bulls who opt to set up the lineout on the Blues' 5m line as they go in search of their bonus-point try.

18:06 - The mess at scrum time continues. No one turned up to watch every single scrum blown up.

Former front rankers must be tearing out their hair. I know of one in particular...

18:05 - Bulls boss Frans Ludeke seems happy enough with the 'composure' shown to date.

18:04 - Harsh words no doubt spoken in the Blues' changing room by coach John Kirwan and assistant Graham Henry

18:04 - AND WE'RE BACK!

17:51 - The Bulls lead 25-12 at the break.

Join us in 15 minute for the second stanza

17:51 - Potgieter misses the conversion as the HALF-TIME hooter sounds

17:51 - Far better from the Bulls this match - my SuperBru pick is looking good!

17:50 - Jan Serfontein crashes over in the corner for the Bulls. It's his second try of the season and his fourth Super Rugby five-pointer

17:49 - TRY!

17:47 - Referee Andrew Lees goes upstairs to confirm the grounding - and he's happy it's a 22m drop out.

17:46 - Luke Braid breaks free in midfield and kicks ahead, but Jan Serfontein beats the Blues attacker to the ball in the in-goal area.

17:42 - Weepu's latest feed looks exactly the same as the previous ones that were penalised - but the referee turns a blind eye...

17:40 - Hickey remains perfect from the kicking tee as he adds the Blues' fourth penalty.

Bulls lead 20-12 after 32 minutes

17:38 - For those of you who missed it, Jono Ross sat down and chatted to Sport24 during the week

Click HERE for that Q&A...

17:37 - Potgieter adds the conversion and the Bulls lead 20-9 after 29 minutes

17:36 - Blues coach John Kirwan will be pulling his hair out. Careless from the Blues who allow Ross to boot ahead, collect and score.

17:36 - Jono Ross scores for the home side!

17:36 - TRY!

17:35 - Blues playing all the rugby, but it gets scrappy. Ndungane almost intercepts, after which Flip van der Merwe puts in a kick... one that leads to a lineout.

17:33 - Three things in life are certain: Death, taxes and that rugby scrums will forever remain a joke

17:33 - And this time it's the Bulls who don't feed straight

17:30 - The Blues bounce back through a Hickey penalty for off-sides.

It's now Potgieter 13 Hickey 9...

17:28 - The Bulls stretch their lead to 13-6 after 20 minutes

17:27 - OVER from Potgieter, who, in the first 20 minutes has scored a try, conversion, penalty and drop goal!

17:26 - And Piri Weepu feeds the next scrum skew again!

Short-arm now turns into a full penalty. Early shove by the Bulls though...

17:24 - The ridiculous 'not straight' feed strikes again!

Whatever happened to ALL those who used to say "why would you collapse a scrum on attack?"

So I ask, why would you put it in skew to a scrum?

17:23 - TWEET

Hoekom is my ou huis so leeg vanmiddag. Kom Bulle vat vas manne. Blessings - Bakkies Botha

17:23 - The Bulls lead 10-6 after 15 minutes at fortress Loftus Versfeld

17:22 - Another penalty to the Blues and Hickey is once again on target.

Oh, and Hickey is just 18 years old...

17:21 - TWEET

What's up small crowd at Loftus is Super Rugby loosing its appeal - Rob Louw

17:19 - DROP GOAL from Jacques-Louis Potgieter out of no where

17:17 - And it's over! The Blues narrow the gap to 7-3 after 11 minutes through flyhalf Simon Hickey

17:16 - Penalty to the Blues out in front.

17:15 - Potgieter adds the conversion and the Bulls lead 7-0 after 8 minutes

17:14 - Tight-head by the Bulls and Potgieter gets the ball, looks confused, runs, beats a few would-be tacklers and crashes over next to the poles!

17:14 - TRY!

17:12 - OH DEAR :(

The Bulls butcher a try through hooker Callie Visagie who knocks on over the line

17:11 - The Bulls turn defence into attack in a heart-beat. Some slip sliding going on, but the home site are in the Blues' 22m

17:08 - The Blues look good with ball in hand and promise to run everything back at the Bulls today.

The Bulls may well set a new tackle record...

17:06 - The Blues kick off. No rain at present, although it could play a role later.

17:05 - Akona Ndungane runs out for his 100th Super Rugby match


It may be wet in Pretoria, but literally nobody turned up for today's match.


17:00 - Tom McCartney will replace James Parsons on the Blues' bench after Parsons received a last-minute call-up to replace veteran Keven Mealamu.


Nick Mallett suggests the Bulls will be the more desperate team and can't afford to lose a third Super Rugby match out of four.

John Mitchell says 'Bulls by 6'

Naas Botha says something about it 'depending on the style they play'.

16:55 - The field is rather damp due to the torrential rainfall on the highveld in the past week, the warm up watch was moved to the B fields in order to keep the Loftus pitch in prime condition but there is not any rainfall at the moment.

16:41 - LATE CHANGE!

Blues hooker Keven Mealamu has been ruled out of the match. He will be replaced by James Parsons.

No word yet on who will replace Parsons on the bench.

16:41 - Akona Ndungane will join twin brother, Odwa, and 21 other South Africans when he plays in his 100th Super Rugby match.

The full list of South African Vodacom Super Rugby centurions:

127: Victor Matfield (Cats 8, Bulls 119)
125: AJ Venter (Cats 19, Sharks 96, Stormers 10) and John Smit (Sharks)
123: Morné Steyn (Bulls)
122: Stefan Terblanche (Sharks)
118: Bryan Habana (Bulls 61, Stormers 57)
116: Danie Rossouw (Bulls), Jannie du Plessis (Cheetahs 26, Sharks 90)
114: Jacques Botes (Sharks)
113: Pedrie Wannenburg (Bulls), Adi Jacobs (Bulls 21, Cats 4, Sharks 88)
112: Fourie du Preez (Bulls)
110: Wynand Olivier (Bulls)
108: Ollie le Roux (Natal 24, Sharks 60, Cats 3, Cheetahs 21), Meyer Bosman (Cheetahs 61, Sharks 47)
107: Odwa Ndungane (Bulls 10, Sharks 97)
105: Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks)
104: Andries Bekker (Stormers), Jano Vermaak (Cats 11, Lions 62, Bulls 31)
103: Pierre Spies (Bulls)
102: Albert van den Berg (Cats 7, Sharks 95)
100: Bakkies Botha (Bulls)


On last visit to Loftus, Gareth Anscombe scored all of the Blues’ points as they shocked the Vodacom Bulls by 29-23

Last year, the Bulls won in Auckland, try scored by Akona Ndungane, playing in his 100th VSR match today. Well done!

Bulls have 92% success rate at scrum time and 90% in the line-outs, which puts them in the upper echelons when it comes to set pieces.

Bulls have scored two tries in three matches and the Blues seven in two. Will this matter today or will weather, boot dictate? Who to win?


Can the Bulls do what the Cheetahs and Stormers have failed to do so this weekend - win against foreign opposition?

The Cheetahs went down 43-33 to the Reds in Brisbane, while the Stormers lost an agonising clash against the Crusaders, 14-13.


If you haven't already joined the Sport24 SuperBru Super Rugby challenge, do so NOW!


Referee: Andrew Lees (Australia)

Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Sieg van Staden (South Africa)

TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)


2013: Bulls won 28-21, Auckland
2012: Blues won 29-23, Pretoria
2010: Blues won 32-17, Auckland
2009: Bulls won 59-26, Pretoria
2008: Blues won 23-21, Auckland
2007: Bulls won 40-19, Pretoria



15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Jono Ross, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Flip van der Merwe (captain), 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Morné Mellett, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Paul Willemse, 20 Jacques Engelbrecht, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Handré Pollard, 23 Ulrich Beyers.


15 Charles Piutau, 14 Frank Halai, 13 George Moala, 12 Jackson Willison, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Simon Hickey, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Luke Braid (captain), 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Tom Donnelly, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons, 1 Tony Woodcock

Substitutes: 16 Tom McCartney, 17 Sam Prattley, 18 Angus Ta'avao, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Brendon O'Connor, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Chris Noakes, 23 Pita Ahki

Welcome to Sport24's LIVE scoring and interactive commentary on today's Super Rugby match between the Bulls and Blues in Pretoria!

  • 80'

    Bulls 38 Blues 22

  • 80'

    CONVERSION, BULLS, POLLARD! Handre Pollard seals the win for the hosts from the kicking tee and that's the final act of this match. On the balance of play, the Bulls deserve that victory but credit to the Blues who fought back well, particularly in the second half.

  • 79'

    TRY, BULLS, VAN DER MERWE! 36-22. The Bulls attack with their forwards in front of the Blues' posts and Marcel van der Merwe runs on to a pass from Van Zyl who crashes over the try-line! That secures the hosts' bonus-point for scoring four tries!

  • 77'

    The Blues are hammering away at the Bulls' line but make little headway. After 10 phases Hickey delivers a grubber kick but it bounces off a Bulls boot into the arms of Marcel van der Merwe who goes to ground.

  • 74'

    Piet van Zyli s caught in possession at the base of the scrum and Jacques Engelbrecht and du Plessis go off their feet at the resulting ruck. They are penalised for their efforts and Hickey puts the ball out about 10 metres from the hosts'' 22.

  • 71'

    The Blues are throwing the kitchen sink at their hosts in an attempt to narrow the gap! They are soon inside the Bulls' 22 but Luatua is bundled into touch by Engelbrecht.

  • 69'

    The Bulls are awarded a penalty after Akhi is penalised for side entry at a ruck. Potgieter kicks for touch and puts the ball into touch on the halfway mark.

  • 67'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POTGIETER! 31-22. Potgieter makes up for that earlier miss after Weepu is pinged for an indiscretion at a ruck.

  • 65'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POTGIETER! 28-22. Potgieter gets a chance to slot another penalty, after Brendon O'Connor is blown up for being offside at a ruck. He strikes it well but it's just wide of the mark!

  • 63'

    PENALTY, BLUES, HICKEY! 28-22. Hickey adds another three-pointer after Piet van Zyl is penalised for straying offside at a ruck.

  • 61'

    Werner Kruger is penalised for using an illegal bind at a scrum. Hickey kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the hosts' 10-metre line.

  • 59'

    CONVERSION, BLUES, HICKEY! 28-19. Hickey adds the extras to narrow the gap to nine points.

  • 58'

    TRY, BLUES, AKHI! 28-17. The Blues attack from a line-out on the Bulls' five-metre line and when the ball comes out to the backs, Hickey stabs a grubber kick through and Pita Akhi dives onto the ball.

  • 56'

    The centurion, Ndungane, gets a rousing applause from the home crowd as he is replaced by Piet van Zyl.

  • 53'

    From a scrum on their five-metre line, the Blues launch an attack. Hickey gathers and delivers a chip kick for Halai to chase, but the plan backfires as Basson gathers on the edge of his 22.

  • 50'

    The Bulls make a tactical change, taking off Stegmann, who is replaced by Jacques Engelbrecht. This means Ross will move to openside flank while Engelbrecht slots in at the back of the scrum.

  • 47'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POTGIETER! 28-12. Potgieter lands another three-pointer, from the kicking tee, after Hickey is pinged for not rolling away at a ruck.

  • 44'

    The Bulls take the ball through 11 phases and are soon close to the Blues' try-line. Potgieter then launches a cross-field kick and Ndungane outjumps two defenders but knokcs on as he comes to ground behind the visitors' try-line!

  • 41'

    The Bulls get the second have started and Potgieter launches a deep kick which Donnelly gathers. He sets up a ruck on the edge of his 22 before Weepu launches a bomb which Jurgens Visser gathers.

  • 40'

    Bulls 25 Blues 12

  • 40'

    TRY, BULLS, SERFONTEIN! 25-12. The Bulls take the ball through several phases with their forwards until Hougaard throws a long pass to Serfontein, who crashes over in the right-hand corner! Potgieter fails with the conversion and the referee blows his whistle to signal half-time. It's been an entertaining opening period and the Bulls certainly deserve their lead. The Blues are still in with a shout but will have to be more patient on attack if they want to breach the Bulls' defence.

  • 39'

    Luke Braid makes a break inside the Bulls' half and when he is close to their 22, he kicks ahead. Willison and Jan Serfontein gives chase but it's Serfontein who gets there first and dots down.

  • 37'

    Hickey throws a long pass inside his 22 to Tevita Li. The young wing make some progress but is brought to ground by three defenders close to the halfway mark.

  • 34'

    From a scrum just inside his 22, Weepu gathers and stabs a grubber kick through which rolls into touch less than 10 metres from his 22-metre line. Bizarre decision and poor execution from the All Black.

  • 32'

    PENALTY, BLUES, HICKEY! 20-12. Hickey succeeds with his fourth penalty after Deon Stegmann fails to release a tackled player on the ground.

  • 29'

    CONVERSION, BULLS, POTGIETER! 20-9. Potgieter adds the easy two-pointer to extend his side's lead.

  • 28'

    TRY, BULLS, ROSS! 18-9. The Bulls attack inside the Blues' 22 but the ball is ripped from Callie Visagie's grasp and goes loose. Tom Donnelly scoops it backwards but there's no one home and Jono Ross pounces before scoring under the posts!

  • 26'

    The Blues do well to take the ball through 10 phases, close to the Bulls' 22, but they are met by a wall of defenders and make little headway.

  • 23'

    PENALTY, BLUES, HICKEY! 13-9. Hickey retains his perfect goal-kicking record in this match, with another three-pointer from the kicking tee, after Jacques du Plessis is pinged for being offside.

  • 20'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POTGIETER! 13-6. Potgieter succeeds with another three-pointer after Piri Weepu is penalised for a crooked feed at a scrum.

  • 18'

    The Bulls are on the attack just outside the Blues' 22 but they lose possession when Hougaard knocks on after great pressure from Willison.

  • 15'

    PENALTY,BLUES, HICKEY! 10-6. Hickey cancels out Potgieter's snap-shot with a well-taken place kick after Dean Greyling is pinged for entering a ruck illegally.

  • 13'

    DROP GOAL, BULLS, POTGIETER! 10-3. The Bulls attack inside the Blues' 22 and Potgieter drops back and lands a snap-shot from about 20-metres out to restore his side's seven-point lead!

  • 11'

    PENALTY, BLUES, HICKEY! 7-3. Hickey opens the Blues' account, from the kicking tee, after Deon Stegmann is pinned for offside play.

  • 9'

    CONVERSION, BULLS, POTGIETER! 7-0. Potgieter dusts himself off and adds the two pointer which extends the home side's lead!

  • 8'

    TRY, BULLS, POTGIETER! 5-0. From a scrum on the Blues' five-metre line, the Bulls win a tighthead and go onto the attack. Jacques-Louis Potgieter shrugs off a challenge from Jackson Willison before crashing over the try-line!

  • 6'

    The Bulls take the ball through numerous phases and are soon camped close to the Blues' try-line! At a ruck, Francois Hougaard passes to Ndungane, who with a deft flick of the hands offloads to Callie Visagie, who knocks on with an open try-line in front of him!

  • 3'

    The Blues show great patience as they take the ball through several phases, just outside the home side's 22. Charles Piutau makes a mini break but is tackled to ground and when the ball is recycled Steven Luatua carries with great determination. He's soon inside the Bulls' 22 but is tackled into touch by Bjorn Basson and JJ Engelbrecht.

  • 0'

    it''s been raining heavily in Pretoria all week and Simon Hickey gets the game underway in wet conditions. His kick is deep and is collected deep inside the Bulls 22 by the centurion Akona Ndungane. He offloads to Jacques du Plessis, who sets up a ruck five metres from his 22-metre line.

  • 0'

    There's a late change to the Blues starting line-up. Keven Mealamu has withdrawn due to injury and his place at hooker is taken by James Parsons. Tom McCartney takes Parsons' place on the bench.

  • 0'

    Veterans Keven Mealamu and Tony Woodcock will make their first Super Rugby starts of the season for the Blues. After playing 30 minutes off the bench last week, the All Blacks centurions have been promoted to the starting XV and will form an all-All Black front row alongside Charlie Faumuina. The only other change to the starting XV comes at lock where Liaki Moli has been selected ahead of Patrick Tuipulotu. On the bench, rugby league convert Benji Marshall has been omitted from the matchday 23, with Chris Noakes given the nod as replacement fly-half due to his superior tactical kicking abilities.

  • 0'

    Bulls boss Frans Ludeke has made three changes to his starting XV for this clash. The big news from their camp is that veteran wing Akona Ndungane will become the ninth Bulls player to play 100 Super Rugby matches for the franchise. Werner Kruger comes into the tighthead position for Frik Kirsten, who has been ruled out for the seqason with a back injury. Flanker Deon Stegmann will start for the first time in this year's competition. Stegmann has recovered from a groin strain and will replace Jono Ross at number six. Ross moves to number eight in place of Grant Hattingh. Ludeke made one change on the bench as well. Fit-again prop Mornè Mellett is set to make his first appearance for the team this year.

  • 0'

    Good day and welcome to Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria for our live coverage of this Super Rugby match between our hosts, the Bulls, and the Blues. We're set for an entertaining encounter as both sides are on a high after winning their first matches last weekend. We'll be back soon with team news.

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  • 4 Tries 1
    • 7' Jacques-Louis Potgieter
    • 27' Jonathan Ross
    • 39' Jan Serfontein
    • 78' M van der Merwe
    • 56' Pita Ahki
  • 3 Conversions 1
    • 8' Jacques-Louis Potgieter
    • 28' Jacques-Louis Potgieter
    • 80' Handre Pollard
    • 57' Simon Hickey
  • 3 Penalties 5
    • 19' Jacques-Louis Potgieter
    • 46' Jacques-Louis Potgieter
    • 66' Jacques-Louis Potgieter
    • 9' Simon Hickey
    • 14' Simon Hickey
    • 22' Simon Hickey
    • 31' Simon Hickey
    • 61' Simon Hickey
  • 1 Drop Goals 0
    • 11' Jacques-Louis Potgieter
  • 0 Yellow Cards 0
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Dean Greyling
  • Callie Visagie
  • Werner Kruger
  • Flip van der Merwe
  • Victor Matfield
  • Deon Stegmann
  • Jacques Du Plessis
  • Jonathan Ross
  • Francois Hougaard
  • Jacques-Louis Potgieter
  • Bjorn Basson
  • Jan Serfontein
  • JJ Engelbrecht
  • Akona Ndungane
  • Jurgen Visser
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  • Tony Woodcock
  • James Parsons
  • Charlie Faumuina
  • Liaki Moli
  • Tom Donnelly
  • Steven Luatua
  • Luke Braid
  • Peter Saili
  • Piri Weepu
  • Simon Hickey
  • Tevita Li
  • Jackson Willison
  • George Moala
  • Frank Halai
  • Charles Piutau
  • Mbongeni Mbonami
  • Mornè Mellett
  • Marcel Van der Merwe
  • Paul Willemse
  • Jacques Engelbrecht
  • Piet van Zyl
  • Handre Pollard
  • Ulrich Beyers
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  • 23
  • Keven Mealamu
  • Sam Prattley
  • Angus Taavao-Matau
  • Patrick Tuipulotu
  • Brendon O'Connor
  • Bryn Hall
  • Chris Noakes
  • Pita Ahki

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