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2014/04/26 | 11:40 |  Super Rugby | NIB Stadium, Perth |  Full Time
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As it happened: Force v Bulls

2014-04-26 13:30
Last Updated at 23:33

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Bulls No 9 Francois Hougaard had few opportunities to run the ball... (Getty Images)


Metres run: Force 248-339 Bulls
Carries: Force 83-88 Bulls
Defenders beaten: Force 15-8 Bulls
Clean breaks: Force 1-4 Bulls
Tackles made: Force 79-84 Bulls
Tackles missed: Force 8-15 Bulls
Turnovers won: Force 7-8 Bulls
Kicks in play: Force 49-46 Bulls
Rucks won: Force 64-54 Bulls
Rucks lost: Force 1-4 Bulls
Lineouts won: Force 9-14 Bulls
Lineouts lost: Force 6-1 Bulls
Scrums won: Force 7-9 Bulls
Scrums lost: Force 0-0 Bulls
Penalties conceded: Force 5-11 Bulls

13:35 - TWEET

Stubbornness in the way they play. Mediocre players in the squad. Poor selections. Bulls are masters of their own demise #ssrugby - Brenden Nel

13:28 - Thanks for tuning in!

In next week's action, the Bulls host the Cheetahs in Pretoria, while the Force have a bye weekend.

FULL-TIME: Force 15-9 Bulls

A horrible match ends a horror tour for the Bulls who will return home to South Africa with four losses on the trot.

The skills levels of some of their player are simply not up to scratch!

80' - The Force successfully control the ball for 10 phases before kicking it out to end the game.

79' - Force just winding the clock down now with 20 seconds remaining...

78' - The Bulls really have no idea when they swing it wide... It just leads to someone being isolated after a tackle...

The Bulls need a fetcher!

78' - This time the Bulls attack for six phases, but the Force win a penalty at the breakdown. That was perhaps the Bulls last chance...

76' - After four phases of going nowhere, the Bulls lose the ball on the ground. They really look clueless as to what to do with the ball!

However, a poor clearance by the Force gives the Bulls another chance...

74' - They don't run it! Paige puts in another box kick, but the Force again drop it to give the Bulls an attacking scrum inside the Force's 22m area...

Big chance for the Bulls!

73' - The Bulls get a scrum inside the Force half when the Honey Badger (Nick Cummins) fails to deal with a high ball from Paige. Will the Bulls run it now?


Pek Cowan of the Force is tackled by Dean Greyling and Jacques du Plessis of the Bulls (Getty Images)

70' - Rudy Paige has replaced Bjorn Basson for the Bulls. Francois Hougaard will move to wing and Paige to scrumhalf.

69' - The Bulls look clueless with the ball in midfield. Every time they swing it wide they end up going either backwards or dropping it...

67' - Bulls debutant Wimpie van der Walt is on at flank for Jono Ross. 


Sums up Bulls game: on Force line with an advantage & stupid Jacques du Plessis gives away a penalty for foul play. Fix discipline & basics! - Ken Borland

65' - Penalty reversed!

Replays show Bulls flank Jacques du Plessis cleaned out a Force player using no arms. Poor discipline!!! He is perhaps lucky not to receive a yellow card.

64' - The Bulls win a penalty but referee Angus Gardner checks with the TMO for potential foul play against the Bulls...

64' - The Bulls have found a new lease on life. They're back on the attack inside the Force territory...

62' - PENALTY converted by Pollard to bring the Bulls back into it.

Force 15-9 Bulls

61' - Pollard immediately provides a spark by breaking through the Force line. He is stopped 10m short but the referee goes back for a penalty at the preceding scrum, which occurred just outside the Force 22m area.

60' - The Bulls look down and out with 20 minutes remaining. They make two replacements. Handré Pollard on at flyhalf for Potgieter and Bandise Maku on at hooker for Bongi Mbonambi.

59' - PENALTY converted by Ebersohn.

Force 15-6 Bulls.

58' - An Ebersohn grubber kick in behind the Bulls does not work, but the referee goes back for a penalty. He gives Victor Matfield a warning after the Bulls twice transgressed on their own line there...

57' - The Force are hot on the attack after a promising move which started on halfway...

56' - Lineout steals are just about the only positive for the Bulls at present - 5 Force balls poached.


The Bulls are penalised just short of the line! Another chance gone...

54' - The Bulls win a penalty when the Force collapses a driving maul from a lineout. Matfield opts to kick for touch...

53' -TWEET

All that's happened is the Bulls have gone from reasonable to considerably worse. Excuse me while I catch forty winks- Rob Houwing

52' - Hougaard now loses it in contact just outside the Force 22. Another chance gone begging.

50' - A promising Bulls attack inside the Force 22m area is halted when Potgieter drops a simple ball. My word, the skills levels of these Bulls players are atrocious. I know it's wet, but it's still embarrassing to watch from a South African perspective.


Jacques-Louis Potgieter of the Bulls gets tackled by Pek Cowan and Kyle Godwin of the Force (Getty Images)

46' - It's an error-fest now by the Bulls as Potgieter goes and kicks directly into touch... sigh...

45' - Stupidity from Francois Hougaard who blatantly goes off-side at a ruck. The Force kick up-field into Bulls territory...

44' - Ebersohn simply doesn't look like missing tonight!

43' - PENALTY converted by Ebersohn.

Force 12-6 Bulls.

42' - Another kickable penalty for the Force as the Bulls again refrain from rolling away on the ground. Greyling again the culprit!

Ebersohn to line up - 35m out, 15m in-field.

41' - A good start for the Bulls as they win the kick-off but then JJ Engelbrecht goes and drops it in midfield. The Force kick up-field to put pressure on the Bulls...

Engelbrecht definitely not catching like Springbok!

40' - Welcome back for the second half. Bulls flyhalf Potgieter starts proceedings.


Metres run: Force 155-184 Bulls
Carries: Force 43-42 Bulls
Defenders beaten: Force 10-3 Bulls
Clean breaks: Force 0-1 Bulls
Tackles made: Force 33-42 Bulls
Missed tackles: Force 3-10 Bulls
Turnovers won: Force 1-3 Bulls
Kicks in play: Force 29-30 Bulls
Rucks won: Force 29-26 Bulls
Rucks lost: Force 0-0 Bulls
Lineouts won: Force 6-6 Bulls
Lineouts lost: Force 2-0 Bulls
Scrums won: Force 4-3 Bulls
Scrums lost: Force 0-0 Bulls
Penalties conceded: Force 2-5 Bulls

HALF-TIME: Force 9-6 Bulls

Force utterly dominant in the last 20 minutes of the first half!

39' - PENALTY converted by Ebersohn to put the Force in front for the first time.

Force 9-6 Bulls

38' - Bulls flank Jacques du Plessis penalised for dropping his bind too soon at the ensuing scrum...

Easy three points for Ebersohn...

37' - No doubt the Bulls have lost their grip on the match. In the last 10 minutes the Force have enjoyed 69% possession!

36' - Ebersohn puts a chip over the top and Bulls fullback Visser butchers it. Attacking scrum for the Force just outside the Bulls 22m area...

35' - A drop attempt from Ebersohn is way to the left. That was rather poor from the former Cheetah...

34' - Oh dear, Bulls pivot Potgieter drops a high ball inside his own 22m area to give the Force an excellent attacking opportunity...

32' - PENALTY by Ebersohn to level matters.

Force 6-6 Bulls

31' - Some more possession now for the Force and they win a penalty right in front when Bulls prop Dean Greyling fails to roll away after making a tackle...

He didn't really have a chance to roll away, as commentator Tim Horan says. Harsh call perhaps....

29' - However, it doesn't look like it's going to cost the Bulls as the Force knock it on just on the Bulls 22m line...

28' - Oh dear, Jurgen Visser kicks out directly into touch. The touch judge deems his foot was over the 22m line, but replays show his foot was inside. Error from the official!

26' - Bulls prop Werner Kruger limps off injured, replaced by Marcel van der Merwe.

25' - PENALTY converted by Ebersohn.

Force 3-6 Bulls

That was really the first time the Force got into a promising position, and they walked away with points...

24' - First kickable penalty for the hosts as Victor Matfield is penalised for going off his feet at a ruck.

Sias Ebersohn to line up from 39m back, about 20m in from touch.

23' - Some concern for the Bulls with flank Jono Ross down after taking a heavy knock. But he's back to his feet...

21' - The Bulls must just kick to the corners. They have the Force lineout rattled...

20' - Another Force lineout gone awry. The Matfield factor clearly playing its part as hooker Nathan Charles over-throws at the back...

20' - TWEET

Bulls lineout really is a thing of beauty ... Drive off it has been stuttering though ... Big power bully game working for them thus far - Front Row Grunt

19' - Rain falling steadily now at NIB Stadium...


Potgieter attempts a drop goal from about 35m out. Initially it looked like being short but kept going, before eventually hitting the cross-bar!

15' - The Force are being suckered into an aerial ding-dong kicking battle here. And there's only one winner at present...

13' - PENALTY slotted by Potgieter.

Force 0-6 Bulls

12' - The Force again caught off-side - right in front of their own posts, 25m out.

Easy three-pointer coming up...

11' - Bulls relishing the rainy conditions. So far they are dominating the set pieces...

8' - Bulls fullback Jurgen Visser struggles to deal with his first up-and-under inside his own 22.

The Honey Badger (Nick Cummins) troubled him there but then knocked it on to bring relief for the Bulls.

7' - TWEET

First lineout stolen, so the cat is among the pigeons. Now the Bulls must start playing to the corners - JW Coetzee

5' - First Force lineout on halfway and the Bulls - via Paul Willemse - steal it!

4' - Rain has also started to fall now. The Bulls will like it as it will suit their conservative game style...

4' - PENALTY converted by Potgieter.

Force 0-3 Bulls

3' - The Bulls string 9 phases together outside the Force 22, but go nowhere. However, they win a penalty when the hosts go off-side.

Potgieter to line up from close to the touchline.

1' - Already a lot of kicking in this game. The Bulls will look to dominate in this department!

0' - Good start by the Bulls as they take the kick-off and Jacques-Louis Potgieter clears well - up to halfway...

0' - Sias Ebersohn gets play started...

11:44 -  Angus Gardner from Australia is the referee for today's clash.

11:41 - WEATHER

There has been some rain in Perth today and there could be some more during the game. But no rain at present as the teams line up to commemorate fallen Anzac soldiers of the past...

11:39 - Victor Matfield - who is now the most decorated South African Super Rugby player - leads out the Bulls in the absence of the suspended Flip van der Merwe.

11:38 - The Bulls are again in their army-style camouflage away kit… Many people have critcised it but I reckon it's better than the pink Bulls!

11:35 - Can the Bulls finish their tour with a win and notch a first South African overseas win in 2014? 

If they harbour any playoff hopes, they simply have to. But I reckon they are in with a shot. Up front, they can dominate and especially in the set pieces...


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Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: James Leckie (Australia) , Matt O'Brien (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)


2013: Bulls won 36-26, Pretoria
2011: Force won 26-21, Perth
2010: Bulls won 28-15, Perth
2009: Bulls won 32-29, Pretoria
2008: Force won 15-14, Perth
2007: Force won 30-27, Pretoria


Western Force:

15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Marcel Brache, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Ian Prior, 8  Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Adam Coleman, 3 Kieran Longbottom, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pek Cowan

Substitutes: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Ollie Hoskins, 19 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 20 Brynard Stander, 21 Justin Turner, 22 Zack Holmes, 23 Chris Tuatara-Morrison


15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Johannes Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Grant Hattingh, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Jono Ross, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Marcel van der Merwe, 18 Jacques Engelbrecht, 19 Wimpie van der Walt, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Handré Pollard, 22 Ulrich Beyers, 23 Morné Mellet

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

  • 80'

    The Force retain the ball until the siren goes and clear into touch! That's the end of the match! Still no tour wins for any South African teams...

  • 80'

    Not a pretty match but still interesting to see the Force beat the Bulls at their own game! The Bulls showed moments of the side they used to be but were just not good enough again tonight. Ebersohn controlled the game well with his left boot and the Force's loosey's were once again a factor.

  • 78'

    Bulls get penalized for holding on! Force kick into touch and it may be too late for the visitors!

  • 77'

    Bulls lose the ball! They charge down the kicker well and Hayward doesn't find any distance off the kick. Line out to Bulls just inside the Force 22m!

  • 75'

    Another kick from the Bulls. The Force collect but lose the ball in contact! Scrum to Bulls inside the 22m!

  • 74'

    Just a lot of kicking and knock on's! Bulls now have a scrum in the Force's half. They need to make their move now if they want to get a tour win!

  • 70'

    Ebersohn puts a great kick from the back of the scrum which trickles into touch inside the Bulls 22m. This game has been all about territory!

  • 65'

    Bulls have got their act together now and are playing with more energy! They come close to the line and the whistle goes for a penalty to the Bulls. The ref is just checking with the TMO for foul play. Jacques du Plessis has cleared the ruck dangerously and the Force now have the penalty!

  • 63'

    PENALTY, BULLS POLLARD, 15-9. No problems for the young flyhalf.

  • 62'

    Pollard immediately breaks through! He gets brought up short but they come back for a penalty. Pollard will have a shot straight out in front.

  • 61'

    Force knock on after the reset and now Bulls have an attacking position which they NEED to take points from. Pollard now on for Potgieter.

  • 60'

    PENALTY, FORCE, EBERSOHN, 15-6. Ebersohn continues his flawless night!

  • 59'

    The Force''s up-and-under is not gathered by the Bulls and the Force gather it and are on attack! Cottrell does well and offloads to Hodgeson! They come really close to the line but the Bulls defend well but are penalized in the process. Ebersohn should get three points here.

  • 56'

    The Force win a penalty! Bulls penalized for obstruction. Waste of an opportunity!

  • 55'

    Bulls win a penalty during the line out and Matfield has opted for the line out. They're 5m out and should drive this! Could be on!

  • 54'

    Bulls win a penalty in their own half and Potgieter finds a good touch on the Force 22m. Bulls need to get some points here.

  • 51'

    Potgieter is not having his best night. Knocked on a ball that came straight to him. Probably time for Pollard!

  • 48'

    Bulls win a penalty this time as Force penalized for holding on! Potgieter kicks for touch finds it just outside the 22m.

  • 45'

    Bulls penalized again much to their own frustration. Force find touch inside the Bulls half.

  • 44'

    PENALTY, FORCE, EBERSOHN, 12-6. Anther great strike from Ebersohn who keeps his 100% success.

  • 43'

    The Force win the first penalty of the half as the Bulls fail to roll away at the breakdown. Sias will have a shot.

  • 41'

    Potgieter gets us underway! Force start well as they kick into space and Basson is bundled into touch as he gathers the ball. Force immediately on attack.

  • 40'

    Not too much to report half time. Loads of kicking from the two sides as they fight for territorial gain and to try force an error from their opponents. The Bulls started off strongly but Sias has controlled the game well and has kicked more accurately than the Bulls in the second part of the half which has aided there come back.

  • 40'

    PENALTY, FORCE, EBERSOHN, 9-6. No msitake from Sias to get the Force in front.

  • 39'

    Force win a penalty and Sias will have a chance to get his team in front!

  • 38'

    Interesting battle between the two SA flyhalves. With all the flyhalf woes for SA at the moment (injuries to Goosen and Lambie), one of these two could well get a crack at the SA squad this year. Ebersohn has definitely put up his hand this year and is doing well tonight.

  • 37'

    A great chip kick from Sias bounces awkwardly for the Bulls and they knock on! Scrum for the Force just outside the 22m.

  • 35'

    Potgieter spills the ball inside his own 22m whilst gathering a kick. All the Force players come and give him a pat on the back! Sias gets in the pocket after the scrum but pushes it wide...

  • 32'

    PENALTY, FORCE, EBERSOHN, 6-6. No mistake from Saffa Sias!

  • 31'

    Force win a penalty in easy kicking range. Greyling penalized for not rolling away. Ebersohn should level the scores!

  • 29'

    Another passage of kicking! Visser errs as he kicks it straight out on the full! Force will have an attacking opportunity with a line out on the Bulls 22m.

  • 25'

    PENALTY, FORCE, EBERSOHN, 3-6. Ebersohn strikes it well to get his team on the board!

  • 24'

    Matfield comes into the ruck off his feet and gets penalized! Force will have a shot from about 40m.

  • 22'

    Hougaard grabs the ball at the back of the line out and puts a well weighted grubber through. The Badger gets back and does well to retain the ball for the home side as they manage to clear.

  • 20'

    Another kicking battle ensues but this time the Force win the battle and have a line out around half way.

  • 19'

    The rain is pouring down at the moment! Definitely suits the Bulls style of play. I'm sure we'll see Potgieter and Hougaard testing Hayward at the back with many kicks.

  • 17'

    Potgieter has a drop goal attempt and it hits the cross bar! The Force do well to scramble the ball back and Godwin finds a decent touch from inside his own in-goal area.

  • 15'

    A kicking duel begins between the two sides and the Bulls win the battle. They have a line out inside the Forces half.

  • 13'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POTGIETER, 0-6. No challenge for Potgieter there, straight through for another 3.

  • 12'

    The Bulls very briefly showing signs of the champions they used to be with strong runs and quick recycling of the ball. Force caught offside and Potgieter will have an easy shot.

  • 9'

    The Force put a big kick up for Visser to deal with. Visser fails to grab it and the Honey Badger has it briefly!! But he knocks on for a Bulls scrum. The crowd goes wild for the Badger whenever he's involved!!

  • 7'

    Good work from the Force forwards as they win a penalty after a Bulls Line out. Jono Ross is penalized for holding on.

  • 4'

    Bulls crash it up with the forwards and make absolutely no ground. Their patience pays off as Adam Coleman is penalized at the breakdown and Potgieter will have a shot.

  • 4'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POTGIETER, 0-3. Potgieter continues his kicking form this year with a sweet strike straight through the middle!

  • 2'

    A big up-and-under from Hougaard is not gathered by the Force and the Bulls get a scrum. Great attacking chance.

  • 1'

    Ebersohn gets us underway! Potgieter clears well for the Bulls!

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to the niB Stadium in Perth as the flying Force host Frans Ludeke's Bulls.

  • 0'

    Bulls news: Matfield takes over the reins from fellow second-row Flip van der Merwe who is serving a three-match suspension for punching Waratahs prop Paddy Ryan in last weekend's encounter in Sydney. Bulls coach Frans Ludeke made five changes to his starting line-up for this clash with Van der Merwe's suspension, rotation and injury forcing his hand. Three changes are at the back. Jurgen Visser has recovered from the foot injury that ruled him out of the Waratahs clash shortly before kick-off and slots in at full-back, where he replaces Ulrich Beyers. Francois Hougaard moves back to the base of the scrum following the knee-injury sustained by Piet van Zyl, and a fit-again Akona Ndungane returns to his regular spot on the wing. Ludeke also made two changes to his pack. Van der Merwe's suspension means Paul Willemse will start in the second row with Matfield. In the other change, Ludeke gives Bongi Mbonambi a first start at hooker, will regular Callie Visagie rested. Bandise Maku will make a first appearance on the bench. Ludeke also re-jigged his bench, where Wimpie van der Walt will get a first run in Bulls colours if he takes to the field. Beyers replaces William Small-Smith as utility back.

  • 0'

    Force news: Wykes has recovered from a rib injury and returns to the starting pack, alongside Adam Coleman, who was solid in his starting debut last week. Lock Wilhelm Steenkamp will provide cover from the bench in his first appearance against his former club since joining the Force for 2014. Hayward returns to his customary full-back role with Dane Haylett-Petty, who started in the fifteen spot against the Rebels, moving to the wing.

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Force Bulls
  • 0 Tries 0
  • 0 Conversions 0
  • 5 Penalties 3
    • 25' Sias Ebersohn
    • 32' Sias Ebersohn
    • 39' Sias Ebersohn
    • 43' Sias Ebersohn
    • 59' Sias Ebersohn
    • 4' Jacques-Louis Potgieter
    • 13' Jacques-Louis Potgieter
    • 62' Handre Pollard
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 0
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Pekahou Cowan
  • Nathan Charles
  • Kieran Longbottom
  • Sam Wykes
  • Adam Coleman
  • Angus Cottrell
  • Matt Hodgson
  • Ben McCalman
  • Ian Prior
  • Sias Ebersohn
  • Nick Cummins
  • Kyle Godwin
  • Marcel Brache
  • Dane Haylett-Petty
  • Jayden Hayward
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  • Dean Greyling
  • Mbongeni Mbonami
  • Werner Kruger
  • Paul Willemse
  • Victor Matfield
  • Jonathan Ross
  • Jacques Du Plessis
  • Grant Hattingh
  • Francois Hougaard
  • Jacques-Louis Potgieter
  • Bjorn Basson
  • Jan Serfontein
  • JJ Engelbrecht
  • Akona Ndungane
  • Jurgen Visser
  • Heath Tessmann
  • Tetera Faulkner
  • Oli Hoskins
  • Wilhelm Steenkamp
  • Brynard Stander
  • Justin Turner
  • Zack Holmes
  • Chris Tuatara-Morrison
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  • Bandise Maku
  • Marcel Van der Merwe
  • Jacques Engelbrecht
  • Wimpie van der Walt
  • Rudy Paige
  • Handre Pollard
  • Ulrich Beyers
  • Morne Mellett

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