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2014/05/10 | 19:10 |  Super Rugby | Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria |  Full Time
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As it happened: Bulls v Stormers

2014-05-10 21:00
Last Updated at 14:03

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Commentary by Sport24's Garrin Lambley

80' - And a very Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers who follow Sport24!


Sorry we couldn't bring you better results from a SA point of view, but congrats to the Bulls for being the only SA winners


There's a Super Rugby match between the Reds and Crusaders tomorrow morning in Brisbane at 08:05 SA time

80' - In next weekend's Round 14 action, the Bulls have a bye, while the Stormers welcome the Force to Newlands (Saturday, May 17 at 17:05)

80' - The Bulls pick up four points for their victory and stay second in the South African Conference, but move up to eighth in the Overall standings

The Stormers leave Loftus empty-handed and stay bottom of both the SA Conference and Overall log


Well done Bulls we were beaten by a dominant tight 5. Happy with 2 great tries by our boys - Rob Louw


The Bulls win 28-12

79' - The crowd starts to file out of Loftus as there are now mere seconds remaining.

Hats off to the Bulls for remaining calm under the early onslaught from the Stormers to walk away winners tonight and keep their playoff hopes alive

78' - Promising phases by the Stormers come to nought as the ball is knocked on, but Joubert was playing advantage.

76' - But credit once again due as they clear up to inside the Bulls' half

76' - But the Stormers won't relish the scrum inside their 22m area..

75' - Time ticking away at Loftus as Bulls wing Bjorn Basson goes on a mazy run, beating defenders at will before the ball is knocked on at the base of the ruck


Speed and skills by the old man Akona14 !!! legend - Pierre Spies

71' - Credit to the Stormers as they hit back at the Bulls and De Allende goes close to scoring. Referee Joubert just double-checking with his TMO

No try. Knock-on and 5m scrum to the home side

70' - With Pollard off the field, Jacques-Louis Potgieter's first act of the match is to land a PENALTY from the halfway line to give the Bulls a 28-12 lead with 10 minutes remaining

66' - Worth remembering the Stormers led 12-0 after 19 minutes

The Bulls have been full value for their 25 points since...

66' - That could be all she wrote for the Cape side as Pollard adds the CONVERSION and the Bulls now lead 25-12 with 14 minutes to play

65' - Magic play by Akona Ndungane as the Stormers knock-on and the Bulls counter-attack at pace through a grubber by scrumhalf Francois Hougaard and Ndungane kicks ahead and beats the Stormers' defenders to the ball

65' - TRY to the Bulls!

63' - The Bulls still look full of running - which is ominous for the Stormers- as they camp inside the Stormers' half.

The territory stats, not only in his half, but the match, must be staggering

60' - Into the last 20 minutes now as the Bulls keep up the pressure. Stormers hanging on, but certainly still in the game only six points adrift

58' - Schalk Burger leaves the field. Strange substitution... no obvious injury

Siya Kolisi on in his place

56' - Just a penalty though as Joel Stransky gushes over Craig Joubert's decision...

55' - Could be more trouble for the Stormers as he consults his TMO as Kurt Coleman challenges Bulls fullback Jurgen Visser in the air

54' - Scarra Ntubeni leaves the field looking somewhat groggy as the Bulls make two front row changes

Werner Kruger on for Marcel van der Merwe, and Morne Mellett on for Dean Greyling

54' - Pollard lands his fifth penalty - to go with his earlier drop goal - to extend the Bulls' lead

It's now Pollard 18, Stormers 12..

52' - Bulls playing typical Bulls rugby and grinding forward through their pack as they pick up another penalty


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50' - With Brok Harris off bleeding, it's a Vodacom Super Rugby debut for Alistair Vermaak

48' - Can't help thinking that Damian de Allende is wasted out on the wing. He's been the Stormers' most dangerous man on attack tonight.

Why, oh why, is Peter Grant playing at centre? He was rubbish at 10, equally useless at 15 and now doing diddly at 12!

47' - Stormers get a soft penalty after Bulls No 9 Grant Hattingh caught in front of the kicker and can't seemingly hear referee Joubert's numerous calls for him to stop running

46' - Stormers prop Brok Harris' eye looks like a, um, bloody mess, to be honest.

Doctor having a look. Little to no fun in the front row for the Stormers tonight...


Ludeke complements Stormers for great tries at halftime of a 12-12 game. Hes seen this movie many times. - Zelim Nel

42' - Pollard should give the Bulls their first lead of the match... and he DOES!

Bulls lead 15-12 after 42 minutes

41' - Good start to the second stanza by the home side as they win an early penalty for 'incorrect entry' at the ruck

40' - And we're under way in Pretoria!


Schalk Burger is still bloody good man! - Pat Symcox


Yet again Mr Joubert as ref our win percentage is 25 percent. What has he have against the Stormers - Rob Louw


Its easy to look like a hero when you sprint out of the blocks in the 800m, the medal goes to the guy who finishes first. - Zelim Nel


Metres run: Bulls 151-242 Stormers
Carries: Bulls 54-41 Stormers
Defenders beaten: Bulls 3-8 Stormers
Clean breaks: Bulls 0-1 Stormers
Tackles made: Bulls 40-49 Stormers
Missed tackles: Bulls 7-3 Stormers
Turnovers won: Bulls 4-5 Stormers
Kicks in play: Bulls 12-12 Stormers
Rucks won: Bulls 42-28 Stormers
Rucks lost: Bulls 5-2 Stormers
Mauls won: Bulls 4-1 Stormers
Lineouts won: Bulls 8-4 Stormers
Lineouts lost: Bulls 0-0 Stormers
Scrums won: Bulls 5-2 Stormers
Scrums lost: Bulls 0-0 Stormers
Penalties conceded: Bulls 1-5 Stormers

40' - Cracking first half in Pretoria with no quarter asked, or given

Bulls' slow poison taking effect though. Will the Stormers be able to hold on - especially with such an inexperienced side?

Join us in 10 minutes to find out!


Scores are level at 12-all


of the first half has been played in the Stormers half of the field...

39' - Pollard lands the PENALTY and the scores are now level at 12-all with mere seconds remaining in the first half

38' - Stormers escape as they concede a penalty with the Bulls' backline queuing up to score out wide but Joubert awards the hosts a penalty.

A little touch and go though... Stransky in agreement (with me)


Cup quarter-final line-up for Sunday at the London 7s...

36' - Sanity prevails... Joubert owns up to his initial error and it's just a scrum to the Bulls

36' - Joubert says it's "clear it's deliberate" and is asking for a yellow or penalty try perhaps, BUT IT DOESN'T EVEN LOOK DELIBERATE!

36' - Trouble for the Stormers... referee Joubert goes upstairs for a deliberate knock-down

34' - The Stormers attempt to run the ball out from their own 5m scrum through No 8 Duane Vermeulen and they do a good job of it as half-time looms...

34' - Bulls piling on the pressure at present (try say that 5 times fast)...

33' - So far, so good at lineout time for Stormers new-boy Jean Kleyn who was very open and honest in his interview midweek saying his direct opponent tonight, Victor Matfield, was his 'hero'

30' - The match is far from over, but it could be a bad night for Blue Bulls and Bulls fans with the Blue Bulls knocked out of the Vodacom Cup in their earlier semi-final against the Golden Lions


Juan de Jongh in full flight (via Twitter)

29' - PENALTY to the Bulls around the halfway line and Pollard steps up and lands it!

Stormers lead 12-9 after 29 minutes

29' - Where is 'prop guru' Tank Lanning when you need him?

I think the answer is in Stellenbosch watching the Maties play the Ikeys (Maties won 19-18 FYI)

28' - Stormers struggling at scrum time and the Bulls toying with their opponents

Penalty to the Bulls

26' - Just like that the Bulls are back within six points.

Stormers lead 12-6 after 26 minutes

25' - Advantage to the Bulls and Pollard lines up a DROP GOAL and it's... OVER!

24' - Bulls on the attack and again and the Stormers will have to tap into their once-famous defence...

23' - Schalk Burger concedes a penalty from the restart - and has a good few disagreeing words with Joubert!

23' - Chance for the Bulls to open their account (who would've thought that would be the case after 23 minutes?)

And Handre Pollard duly gives the home side their first points of the match

Stormers lead 12-3 after 23 minutes


It's all happening!De Jongh scores after Scarra and Carr combined magnificently,De Allende continue to impress,and Loftus goes silent! - Breyton Paulse

21' - Referee Joubert has a quiet word with Coleman to speed up when taking his kicks

21' - Kurt Coleman's conversion kick is off target to the right

Stormers lead 12-0 after 21 minutes

19' - What were you saying earlier Mr Stransky?

19' - JUAN DE JONGH scores his second try of the season and his 11th of all time

19' - Stormers on FIRE at Loftus at the moment and putting the Bulls to the sword!

19' - OH MY OATH!

19' - TRY to the Stormers!


For those interested, the Blitzbokke will play world champions New Zealand in the London 7s Cup quarter-finals on Sunday

15' - Commentator Joel Stransky suggests the Stormers are playing the wrong gameplan and playing into the Bulls' hands?


Check the scoreboard Joel!


Schalk Burger looking like an oom, but playing like a laaitie. Awesome contribution early on in tight and loose, physicality, skill, vision - Jon Cardinelli


Love watching JuanDeJongh step like only he can ;) - Michele Burger (aka Schalk's better half...)

13' - Frantic stuff from both sides with players already with hands on their knees

12' - Coleman converts his own try

Stormers lead 7-0 after 12 minutes

10' - Cheslin Kolbe, Juan de Jongh and Schalk Burger all key in setting up KURT COLEMAN for the opening try of the match

10' - The Stormers' best passage of play ALL SEASON without question!

10' - One for the highlight reel for sure!


9' - Very open game thus far with both sides happy to give the ball air.

Promises to be a cracker of a match if they can keep this up!

8' - First contribution by stand-in skipper Schalk Burger as he turns over the ball with the Bulls on attack.

Well done that man!

6' - For those asking, no, the Bulls are not in their 'camo' jerseys. That's purely for away matches.

The Stormers are wearing their white/lightning streak outfits...

5' - From a purely neutral point of view, it would be in SA's best Vodacom Super Rugby interests if the Bulls won tonight as they're the only other side (apart from the Sharks) that look like making the playoffs...

But tell that to any die-hard Stormers fan!

3' - Stormers capitalising on a series of Bulls turnovers, but kick away possession...

1' - FYI: Some 75 000 fans turned up at Twickenham today for Day 1 of the London 7s... which is about double the number at Loftus right now... #justsaying

1' - Bulls prop DEAN GREYLING playing his 50th Vodacom Super Rugby match for the men in blue

0' - Kurt Coleman gets the match under way

0' - HERE. WE. GO!

0' - Craig Joubert will be the man with the whistle so no obvious bias there...

0' - The Bulls emerge to a raucous round of cheers and applause

0' - I've lost count of how many changes the Stormers have been forced to make after their win over the Highlanders last weekend.

Lots of new names... bear with me!


The way today's going, the Bulls and Stormers will draw, meaning no South African side will win this weekend - Derek Alberts

0' - Cool/chilly evening in Pretoria with the temperature expected to dip below 10 degrees Celsius during the match

0' - Regular Sport24 reader Clinton Martin, wisely (?) suggests it will be a 'games of two halves' and asks whether there'll be a 'storm' at Loftus this evening...

0' - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer must be a worried man, but at least thanks to SARU's foreign-based player policy he has a 'get out of jail free' card and can call on as many overseas-based players as his heart desires...

Hats off to NZ and Australia for rewarding those who stay loyal to their countries...

0' - Yet another SHOCKING weekend from the SA teams thus far with losses for the Lions, Sharks and Cheetahs.

At least we should have a SA winner in this match!

0' - 17 injuries for the Stormers and Nick Mallett says it will be an 'absolute miracle if the Stormers win'.

Naas Botha mumbles something bordering on incoherent...

0' - Fighting talk from Stormers coach Allister Coetzee who says his team is 'here to play'...


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Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa), Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)


2013: Stormers won 30-13, Cape Town
2013: Bulls won 25-17, Pretoria
2012: Stormers won 19-14, Pretoria
2012: Stormers won 20-17, Cape Town
2011: Bulls won 19-16, Cape Town
2011: Stormers won 23-13, Pretoria



15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Grant Hattingh, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Jono Ross, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Morné Mellett, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Wimpie van der Walt, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 23 William Small-Smith.


15 Jaco Taute, 14 Damian de Allende, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Peter Grant, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger (captain), 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Brok Harris

Substitutes:16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 Martin Dreyer, 19 Siya Kolisi, 20 Deon Fourie, 21 Dylon Frylinck, 22 Michael van der Spuy, 23 Devon Williams

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

  • 80'

    Still plenty of ambition from the Bulls despite the result being sealed. Kick from Basson is charged down - Stormers running from deep. It ends appropriately with a knock-on, victory for the Bulls at Loftus as the Stormers stay bottom of the log.

  • 80'


  • 79'

    Ball is ripped and Matfield hoofs it long! Williams coming back for the Stormers, but that's in touch. One minute left.

  • 78'

    Stormers playing for a consolation now as the have possession. Good hands give Kolisi space to work. Inside the 22, out wide to Coetzee who knocks on. Advantage was being played though - Stormers tap and go.

  • 75'

    Play opens up for Basson cutting infield and the Springbok wing makes good ground on the run. Knocked on at the ruck though by Paige.

  • 73'

    Good work from Serfontein at the breakdown wins a scrum for the Bulls inside the Stormers half.

  • 71'

    De Allende tries to reach out and score in the corner but can't quite ground the ball in time as Visser comes in for the tackle. Scrum to the Bulls who win the penalty.

  • 69'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POTGIETER! 28-12 Potgieter is on for Pollard and duly lands a penalty to stretch the lead.

  • 67'

    Nice break from de Allende but the move disintegrates. Stormers staring down the barrel here.

  • 65'

    TRY, BULLS, NDUNGANE! 25-12: That's the breakthrough! A grubber through has Englebrecht and Ndungane chasing through behind and the wingers get to the bounce first to score his team's first try. Quite the turnaround in Pretoria. Pollard converts.

  • 62'

    Penalty at the maul for the Stormers who can now get out of their half. This one is slipping away and they need a foothold soon.

  • 60'

    All momentum with the Bulls now - Basson and Visser threatening. Stormers though turn over and clear.

  • 58'

    Small knock-on undoes the Bulls' attack, Du Plessis at fault. Scrum to the visitors.

  • 56'

    Coleman leaps in the air to try and challenge for a high ball, but it's clumsy. He collides with Visser and the Bulls win the penalty. Pollard into the corner.

  • 54'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 18-12: Easy for Pollard and the Bulls are pulling away.

  • 52'

    Both sides struggling at the lineout, Bulls this time with a steal. High kick and Basson wins possession back, inside the 22. It ends with a penalty advantage and Pollard will kick.

  • 50'

    Little to note as both teams kick for territory. Pollard tries to buck the trend with a run but loses the ball forward in the tackle inside the Stormers half.

  • 47'

    Lineout steal by the Stormers and Grant clears the danger. Truck and trailer from the Bulls at the lineout so the Stormers tap and go, but it comes to nothing. Stormers lineout.

  • 44'

    Penalty for the Stormers from the restart and they kick to the touchline. De Allende in a tiny bit of space and his frantic offload goes forward. Kicking from both sides until the Bulls win a breakdown penalty and kick into the Stormers half.

  • 42'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 15-12: For the first time in the match the home side are out infront. Pollard knocks over his fourth penalty of the match.

  • 40'


  • 40'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 12-12 With a minute remaining in an exciting first-half, Pollard brings his side level.

  • 40'

    Back underway for the second half as the Bulls advance.

  • 40'

    Oh, and the Stormers break downfield and are almost rewarded, but Grant is hit hard from behind and the ball is knocked from his grasp. We're all square at half-time!

  • 38'

    Joubert pings Vermeulen who looked to have stolen the ball five metres from his own line. Referee says he didn't support his bodyweight. Pollard will level things up here.

  • 37'

    It's accidental from Juan de Jongh, good refereeing from Joubert and TMO Greeff. Scrum-five to the Bulls. Big chance.

  • 36'

    Still the Bulls come tumbling forward but there was a deliberate knockdown in the Stormers backline. Craig Joubert goes upstairs, trouble brewing for the visitors.

  • 34'

    Lovely grubber through from Serfontein almost sent Basson under the sticks, but he's hit hard and just spills forward. Nice rugby, Stormers out of jail.

  • 32'

    Stormers attack but it was lost by Carr as he went into contact. Bulls scrum in their own half.

  • 30'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 9-12 Over she goes from the young pivot. Back to a three-point game.

  • 28'

    Big, big Bulls scrum on halfway yields a penalty. Pollard wants three again.

  • 26'

    DROP-GOAL, BULLS, POLLARD! 6-12 Pollard takes another three and the hosts are slowly coming back.

  • 25'

    Bulls rumbling forth once more into the visitors' 22.

  • 23'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 3-12 Penalty Bulls right under the Stormers posts, and Pollard will surely get them off the board here. He does.

  • 21'

    Kick well wide from Coleman, but an unexpected 12-0 lead for the visitors at Loftus!

  • 20'

    TRY, STORMERS, DE JONGH! 0-12 Another outstanding Stormers try, again from a turnover. Two strong carries from Carr and Kleyn, and it''s simple hands down the line til the ball reaches De Jongh. He stepped and powered his way over, taking several Bulls with him. Great finish.

  • 17'

    It's the Bulls who have the impetus now, though, as Serfontein powers into the 22 and the pressure comes on. But they spill the ball and Groom finds space with a long clearance kick.

  • 15'

    Stormers looking so much more at ease with a running game-plan in the past two weeks, and they are playing some nice, fluid rugby. In possession on the home 22 now.

  • 14'


  • 12'

    TRY, STORMERS, COLEMAN! 0-5 Stunning breakout from the Stormers! The Bulls caught cold by a super counter-attack, all stemming from a turnover from Nizaam Carr. Burger makes a lovely offload to Kolbe up the short side, he gives it back to De Jongh who beats one and sends his pivot over untouched.

  • 10'

    Poor kick from Coleman allows Basson to keep it in play, but Vermeulen makes a massive turnover to let the Stormers back in.

  • 9'

    Good defence from the visitors, though, as Burger wins a penalty at the breakdown.

  • 7'

    Bulls now with a scrum in similar position after the Stormers knock-on.

  • 5'

    Very scrappy start from both teams as balls are spilled and kicks are put out on the full. Bulls lineout right on the away 22.

  • 3'

    Bulls looking good in attack, but there's a knock-on from Visser and the Stormers get the ball back.

  • 0'

    Victor Matfield retains the captaincy this week for the hosts in a lineup where the only change is at outside centre, JJ Engelbrecht replacing William Small-Smith.

  • 0'

    Teams emerging here at Loftus. Big derby, big game, big challenge for the Stormers. Kick-off just around the corner.

  • 0'

    Coleman has us underway in Pretoria and immediately a booming boot from Visser puts the visitors back in their own 22.

  • 0'

    By contrast, Allister Coetzee has been forced to wield the axe as injuries decimate the side that notched a rare victory over the Highlanders at Newlands last week. Debutants Jean Kleyn, Alistair Vermaak and Cheslin Kolbe all feature in some capacity, with Schalk Burger leading the Cape Town outfit.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to Loftus as the Bulls host the Stormers.

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Bulls Stormers
  • 1 Tries 2
    • 65' Akona Ndungane
    • 10' Kurt Coleman
    • 18' Juan De Jongh
  • 1 Conversions 1
    • 66' Handre Pollard
    • 11' Kurt Coleman
  • 6 Penalties 0
    • 23' Handre Pollard
    • 28' Handre Pollard
    • 38' Handre Pollard
    • 42' Handre Pollard
    • 54' Handre Pollard
    • 69' Jacques-Louis Potgieter
  • 1 Drop Goals 0
    • 25' Handre Pollard
  • 0 Yellow Cards 0
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Dean Greyling
  • Callie Visagie
  • Marcel Van der Merwe
  • Paul Willemse
  • Victor Matfield
  • Jonathan Ross
  • Jacques Du Plessis
  • Grant Hattingh
  • Francois Hougaard
  • Handre Pollard
  • Bjorn Basson
  • Jan Serfontein
  • JJ Engelbrecht
  • Akona Ndungane
  • Jurgen Visser
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  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Brok Harris
  • Siyabonga Ntubeni
  • Patrick Cilliers
  • Jean Kleyn
  • Ruan Botha
  • Nizaam Carr
  • Schalk Burger
  • Duane Vermeulen
  • Nick Groom
  • Kurt Coleman
  • Cheslin Kolbe
  • Peter Grant
  • Juan De Jongh
  • Damian de Allende
  • Jaco Taute
  • Mbongeni Mbonami
  • Werner Kruger
  • Jacques Engelbrecht
  • Wimpie van der Walt
  • Rudy Paige
  • Jacques-Louis Potgieter
  • William Small-Smith
  • Morne Mellett
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Stephan Coetzee
  • Alistair Vermaak
  • Martin Dreyer
  • Siya Kolisi
  • Deon Fourie
  • Dylon Frylinck
  • Michael van der Spuy
  • Devon Williams

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