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2014/05/31 | 17:05 |  Super Rugby | Ellis Park, Johannesburg |  Full Time
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As it happened: Lions v Bulls

2014-05-31 16:10
Last Updated at 02:23

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Metres run: Lions 546-482 Bulls
Carries: Lions 91-93 Bulls
Defenders beaten: Lions 24-13 Bulls
Clean breaks: Lions 10-8 Bulls
Tackles made: Lions 105-88 Bulls
Tackles missed: Lions 13-24 Bulls
Turnovers won: Lions 7-2 Bulls
Kicks in play: Lions 29-27 Bulls
Rucks won: Lions 72-61 Bulls
Rucks lost: Lions 0-2 Bulls
Mauls won: Lions 4-4 Bulls
Lineouts won: Lions 11-9 Bulls
Lineouts lost: Lions 7-2 Bulls
Scrums won: Lions 3-5 Bulls
Scrums lost: Lions 1-2 Bulls
Penalties conceded: Lions 7-12 Bulls


Bulls prop Marcel van der Merwe on the rampage... (Gallo Images)

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Coming close but not winning one game abroad came back to bite Bulls. Left no room for error back in SA ... - Rob Houwing


Lions flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff slotted two drop goals to help sink the Bulls... (Gallo Images)

FULL-TIME: Lions 32-21 Bulls

This puts paid to any playoff hopes the Bulls may have harboured... They were simply too error-prone tonight.

The Bulls also have to learn to play away from fortress Loftus...

79'- Has Boshoff played himself into the Springbok team?

79'- PENALTY converted by Boshoff.

Lions 32-21 Bulls.

78'- The Lions win a scrum penalty right in the middle of the park, just outside Bulls 22m area.

Boshoff will line up...

76'- The Lions steal a Bulls lineout and then win a penalty at the ensuing ruck. It's about 60m out, so they opt for a lineout. But that should be the ball game...

75'- Is a remarkable Bulls fightback on the cards?

74'- CONVERSION by Potgieter.

Lions 29-21 Bulls

74' - TRY AWARDED. No obstruction.

73'- Bulls flank Jacques du Plessis barges through the Lions defence to run 30m and score. However, the TMO is called into action for potential obstruction.

72'- A long-range drop attempt from Boshoff is way short...

71'- The conversion attempt is missed by Potgieter.

Lions 29-14 Bulls

70'- TRY! The Bulls hit right back from the ensuing kick-off. William Small-Smith the man to round off. 

69'- CONVERSION by Boshoff.

Lions 29-9 Bulls

68' - TRY! Lions flank Warwick Tecklenburg rounds off a sublime move.

It was set up by a brilliant break from Jantjies on halfway before throwing a back-pass to Stokkies Hanekom who ran spectacularly before being tackled just short. He then off-loaded before Tecklenburg rounded off...

67'- Jantjies is now on for the Lions, Boshoff to fullback and Coenie van Wyk off.


Northampton Saints have beaten Saracens 24-20 in the Aviva Premiership final after extra-time.

 64'- Piet van Zyl and Bongi Mbonambi on for the Bulls. Ndungane and Visagie off.

Van Zyl is at scrumhalf, with Hougaard on the wing.

63'- Bulls heads are slumping. They look a beaten side, and quite frankly, look lost without Matfield...

62'- Super Rugby debut for Lions prop Charles Marais, on for Ruan Dreyer. Derick Minnie also now on for the hosts.


Here's a little thought... could Marnitz Boshoff be playing his way into Saturday's test side? Heyneke has admitted he needs a flyhalf - Dan Retief


JJ Engelbrecht smothered by Stokkies Hanekom (No 13) and Alwyn Hollenbach... (Gallo Images)

58'- PENALTY slotted by Boshoff from 50m out.

Lions 22-9 Bulls

57'- Flip is lucky, he only concedes a penalty after clearly slapping the ball out of Lions scrumhalf De Klerk's hands. He could easily have seen yellow there...


The TMO is called into action for potential cynical play from Bulls skipper Flip van der Merwe.


Just as I criticise Boshoff, he responds a minute later by kicking his second drop of the match!

Lions 19-9 Bulls

54'- Dumb play from the Lions. They win a very kickable penalty but fullback Coenie van Wyk takes a quick tap, before Boshoff chips over the defence but it goes dead...

53'- Faf de Klerk is on at scrumhalf for the Lions, with Ross Cronje off.

52'- William Small-Smith has replaced JJ Engelbrecht at centre for the Bulls. About time!

50'- TWEET

JJ Engelbrecht is having a shocker - Simon Borchardt

49'- Deon van Rensburg has replaced Chrysander Botha at left wing for the Lions.

48'- The Lions have their tails up now. Thanks to Hattingh dropping the kick-off cold. There should be no excuse for that. He was under no pressure. The Bulls will rue not including Victor Matfield for tonight's game.

47'- CONVERSION by Boshoff.

Lions 16-9 Bulls

45'- TRY!

Lions centre Alwyn Hollenbach darts through the Bulls defenders after pouncing on a dropped ball.

Grant Hattingh shockingly dropped the kick-off there...

45'- PENALTY slotted by Potgieter.

Lions 9-9 Bulls

43'- A massive Bulls scrum just outside the Lions 22 sees the visitors win a penalty. Potgieter will line up to try and level matters...

42'- Bulls back on the attack close to the Lions 22 but a poor pass scuppers another chance. Some weak skills on display by the Bulls backs tonight.

41'- News coming in is that Lions lock Rudi Mathee has broken his arm. That's why he was replaced, not because the Lions were struggling in the lineouts...

40' - Welcome back for the second half. Potgieter gets play started.

Referee Craig Joubert is still there as well. Guess the physio did some good work at half-time...


The Bulls would have scored three tries in that first half with better finishing. Can't see Lions defence keeping them out for much longer - Simon Borchardt


Metres run: Lions 240-292 Bulls
Carries: Lions 41-65 Bulls
Defenders beaten: Lions 10-9 Bulls
Clean breaks: Lions 4-5 Bulls
Tackles made: Lions 72-43 Bulls
Tackles missed: Lions 9-10 Bulls
Turnovers won: Lions 5-1 Bulls
Kicks in play: Lions 17-16 Bulls
Rucks won: Lions 37-42 Bulls
Rucks lost: Lions 0-1 Bulls
Mauls won: Lions 4-2 Bulls
Lineouts won: Lions 9-4 Bulls
Lineouts lost: Lions 5-0 Bulls
Scrums won: Lions 2-1 Bulls
Scrums lost: Lions 0-0 Bulls
Penalties conceded: Lions 3-5 Bulls

HALF-TIME: Lions 9-6 Bulls

38'- Referee Craig Joubert just asked for a physio to be ready at half-time for him. He is struggling with a hamstring...

37'- Willie Britz is also on at lock for the Lions, with Rudi Mathee off injured.

37'- The Lions lose their FIFTH lineout...

36'- PENALTY converted by Potgieter.

Lions 9-6 Bulls

35'- However, referee Joubert goes back for a penalty advantage he was playing...

35'- Bulls back in the red zone but a shocking pass from Engelbrecht to Basson scuppers a scoring chance. How poor has Engelbrecht been tonight?

33'- A Boshoff up-and-under goes way too far and is easily covered by Ndungane. Boshoff kicks away precious possession too readily...

31'- It was the right call by the Bulls to opt for posts there. They have butchered too many scoring chances so far... 

30'- PENALTY slotted by Potgieter.

Lions 9-3 Bulls

29'- The Bulls win a penalty five metres out after Franco Mostert is pinged for hands in the ruck...

Potgieter will line up just to the right of the posts...

28'- A FOURTH Lions lineout gone begging! It allows the Bulls back into Lions territory...


Lions forwards pods running it wide and at pace and getting over the advantage line every time - Lions Rugby

26'- That drop attempt will be a warning to the Bulls not to give the Lions pivot space in most parts of the field...

25'- Wow, Boshoff attempts a drop goal from 55m out. It was a great strike, but just missed to the right.

22'- NO TRY!

Replays show Basson's feet were in touch just before he dotted down. The TMO agrees with me.


Bulls wing Bjorn Basson goes over in the corner, but the TMO must check if he got it down in time.

Great try saving tackle from Boshoff.

20'- A THIRD lost Lions lineout gives the Bulls another attacking chance inside the Lions 22...

19'- A THIRD handling error from JJ Engelbrecht. He made a solid run in midfield but then lost it in the tackle just short of halfway...

17'- A Lions penalty at the ensuing scrum brings relief for the hosts. Nothing going right for the Bulls at present.

17' - Oh dear, Bulls fullback Jurgen Visser knocks the ball on with the goal-line right in front of him. It was a solid passage of play by the Bulls, and some great strength shown by Ndungane who shoved off a few defenders. He threw a bullet pass to Visser, who couldn't hold on. If he did, he would have fallen over for a try... 

15'- The only positive for the Bulls in the first 15 minutes is that they've stolen two Lions lineouts...

14'- A second dropped ball in midfield by the Bulls' JJ Engelbrecht. Has he played like a Springbok this season? Not quite in my book...

12'- A first attacking Bulls lineout close to the Lions line is well defended by the home side. They easily stop the maul and then win a penalty on the ground.


1st 10 mins belong to Lions - drop & 2 penalties by Boshoff. But 1st drop goal had ring of impatience & lack of ambition about it, on 22 - Ken Borland

9'- PENALTY slotted by Boshoff from about 35m out.

Lions 9-0 Bulls

9'- Another penalty to the Lions within striking range as the Bulls are caught off-side...

7'- Seven minutes into the game and the Bulls have already missed 7 tackles! 

6'- Potgieter misses his attempt to the left and the Bulls remain scoreless...

5'- The Bulls get a chance to hit back when the Lions are pinged for a lineout interference...

Potgieter to line up, about 40m out...

4'- Long-distance PENALTY slotted by Boshoff.

Lions 6-0 Bulls

3'- Scrum penalty to the Lions. It's just inside Bulls territory and Boshoff will line up...

The Lions got back into striking range via a strong run from fullback Coenie van Wyk, who beat about five defenders...


Boshoff lands a left-footed drop goal to put the Lions in front. It was an ugly strike, but nevertheless over.

Lions 3-0 Bulls

1 - The Lions lose their first lineout on the 22m line, but then regain possession to launch an early attack...

17:06 - Lions flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff gets the game underway...

17:05 - Craig Joubert is today's referee. Good news for the Bulls...

17:05 - It's perfect conditions for rugby. Little wind and no rain in sight.

17:04 - Big cheer for the Bulls as they appear. Clearly a lot of Bulls fans have crossed the Jukskei river with their team for this game...

16:56 - The warm-ups have been wrapped up as the teams head back into their change-rooms...


The average score in Super Rugby with Lions and Bulls is 32-16 in favour of the Bulls.


Prop Julian Redelinghuys has pulled out with an injury. Ruan Dreyer has taken his place in the starting team, with Charles Marais coming on to the bench.


Judging by the massive line of cars coming into the stadium, I'm expecting a pretty big crowd for this afternoon's match - Marc Lewis


Certainly better news if you're a Bulls fan!

Thanks to some "favours" in early Super Rugby matches this weekend, the Bulls can move as high as FIFTH in the Super Rugby Overall standings with a bonus point victory over the Lions.

The Lions, after a fast start to their campaign, also have plenty to play for. They are currently bottom of the SA Conference and the Overall log, but a bonus point win for them will see them jump to 12th overall.


Sport24 Editor Garrin Lambley makes his prediction for today's Super Rugby clash at Ellis Park.

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Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees:
Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa), Sieg van Staden (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)


2014: Bulls won 25-17, Pretoria
2012: Bulls won 37-20, Pretoria
2012: Bulls won 32-18, Johannesburg
2011: Bulls won 30-23, Pretoria
2011: Bulls won 24-20, Johannesburg
2010: Bulls won 51-11, Pretoria



15 Coenie van Wyk, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Nicolaas Hanekom, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Chrysander Botha, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Rudi Mathee, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Schalk van der Merwe

Substitutes: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Charles Marais, 19 Willie Britz , 20 Derick Minnie, 21 Francois de Klerk, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Deon van Rensburg


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

Substitutes:16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Morné Mellett, 19 Paul Willemse, 20 Wimpie van der Walt), 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Louis Fouché, 23 William-Small Smith

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

  • 80'


  • 79'

    PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 32-21 Penalty Lions. Boshoff knocks it over, and that is that.

  • 78'

    The Lions are going to see this one out, inside the Bulls 22 and they'll take their time over this scrum. And my, they've deserved it.

  • 76'

    CONVERSION, BULLS, POTGIETER! 29-21 Eight points the gap now.

  • 75'

    TRY, BULLS, DU PLESSIS! 29-19 It's given. Have they got enough time?!

  • 74'

    The Bulls aren't done yet! Du Plessis has powered his way through the tackles and scored a super try from some thirty metres. We're checking for obstruction with the TMO - it looks good, though.

  • 72'

    Potgieter misses with the conversion, and it's still three tries the Bulls need. Surely this is beyond them.

  • 71'

    TRY, BULLS, SMALL-SMITH! 29-14 The Bulls hit back straight away, that's a warning shot across the bow of the Lions. Super restart, Mbonabi barreled into the 22, and Small-Smith strolls over untouched. Too little, too late?

  • 70'

    CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 29-9 No problems for Jantjies with the conversion.

  • 69'

    TRY, LIONS, TEKELENBURG! 27-9 Stunning! What rugby from the Lions! A phenomenal breakout, all started on his own line by Faf de Klerk. Jantjies carried it on through midfield, flipped it over his shoulder to Hanekom, he was held up short, but Tekelenburg flopped over from less than a metre. Wonderful try!

  • 66'

    The Bulls lose possession and the Lions almost punish them on the breakaway, but van Rensburg just can't gather the pass from his replacement colleague van der Merwe.

  • 63'

    The Lions on the ball once again as they look to build phases just outside the Bulls 22. They're playing very well.

  • 60'

    PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 22-9 Boom! Over she goes again, and this one is getting away from the Bulls.

  • 58'

    It's a penalty against the Bulls captain, and a great chance for Boshoff from half-way.

  • 58'

    Ball slapped from de Klerk's hands by skipper van der Merwe, we're checking with the TMO.

  • 57'

    DROP-GOAL, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 19-9 There are those important three points. Lions extend their lead to ten.

  • 56'

    Oh dear, another penalty for the Lions, but they inexplicably take it quickly rather than bringing their tally beyond seven points from their rivals. It comes to nothing.

  • 54'

    Smart grubber through from Hollenbach into the Bulls 22. Clever rugby.

  • 51'

    The Lions again making serious inroads into the Bulls defence, but the ball is lost forward on the visitors' 10m line.

  • 48'

    CONVERSION, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 16-9 Boshoff knocks over the extras.

  • 47'

    TRY, LIONS, HOLLENBACH! 14-9 What a riposte from the Lions! Where did that come from? The Bulls completely mess up their restart, the ball finds Hollenbach, he dummies and crashes over.

  • 45'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POTGIETER 9-9 Huge Bulls scrum yields a penalty and Potgieter can level things up.

  • 42'

    We're underway again, and it's a scrappy start to the second half as the Lions fumble forward and mess up another lineout.

  • 40'

    A first half of end-to-end attack draws to a close with some end-to-end kicking. All three-pointers so far as the Bulls fail to translate their dominance on the field into points on the scoreboard.

  • 40'


  • 40'

    Teams back out at Ellis Park, 40 crucial minutes ahead.

  • 37'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POTGIETER! 9-6 Once more, the Bulls must settle for three points rather than five or seven as another attack breaks down.

  • 34'

    Boshoff thumps a garryowen down into Bulls territory, but it's far too long. There's some more harem-scarem counter-attack from both sides, with Engelbrecht felled by a super tap-tackle on the Lions 22. The Bulls have it again as they look to take the lead.

  • 31'


  • 30'

    Much better from the Bulls now as forwards and backs combine to rumble on into the 22. They have to settle for a penalty, though.

  • 27'

    Great end-to-end stuff at Ellis Park, both teams offering plenty attacking ambition.

  • 24'

    Boshoff absolutely launches a drop-goal from inside his own half. The distance wasn't a problem, but it faded just wide. So close.

  • 22'

    Great bullocking run from Marcel van der Merwe brings the bulls to within two metres of the Lions' line, before the ball is spread wide, the defence stretched, and Basson dives over in the corner. Did he get in? No. Feet in touch right on the flag. Great defence from Boshoff.

  • 19'

    Oh my, what an error from the Bulls. Ndgunane hauled down a metre short of the line after great build-up work in midfield, and Visser spills it over the line.

  • 16'

    Super breakdown work from Whiteley and co at the breakdown in these early stages. Yet another penalty for them, and Boshoff bangs it downfield.

  • 13'

    Smart grubber into the corner from Visser sees Botha scramble into touch and gives the Bulls a great attacking platform deep in the home 22. But they spill it forward, then are penalised.

  • 10'

    PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 9-0 The pivot bangs over another one after an excellent passage of play, both teams attacking well.

  • 7'

    Whiteley grabs van der Merwe in the air from that lienout, but Potgieter fails to cut the early lead in half.

  • 5'

    PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 6-0 It's a fine strike and a fine start from the home team

  • 4'

    Whip-wheel from the Bulls at the game's first scrum after a scything break from van Wyk. Boshoff goes for three points from halfway.

  • 2'

    DROP-GOAL, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 3-0 Early pressure from the hosts yield a low, unattractive three-pointer for Boshoff. Was it the right option? I don't think so.

  • 0'

    Teams out in Jo'burg, kick-off moments away!

  • 0'

    Ross Cronjé is named ahead of Faf de Klerk at scrum-half for the hosts, partnering Marnitz Boshoff, while skipper Warren Whiteley is back wearing eight, and Alwyn Hollenbach lines up at inside centre.

  • 0'

    Victor Matfield is at last given a rest by Frans Ludeke, with skipper Flip van der Merwe back in the second-row. JJ Engelbrecht teams up with Jan Serfontein in midfield.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to live coverage of this afternoon's all-South African derby between the Lions and the Bulls at Ellis Park. We'll be back with team news shortly.

  • 0'

    Boshoff has the derby underway.

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Lions Bulls
  • 2 Tries 2
    • 45' Alwyn Hollenbach
    • 68' Warwick Tecklenburg
    • 70' William Small-Smith
    • 73' Jacques Du Plessis
  • 2 Conversions 1
    • 46' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 69' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 74' Jacques-Louis Potgieter
  • 4 Penalties 3
    • 4' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 9' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 58' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 79' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 30' Jacques-Louis Potgieter
    • 36' Jacques-Louis Potgieter
    • 44' Jacques-Louis Potgieter
  • 2 Drop Goals 0
    • 1' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 55' Marnitz Boshoff
  • 0 Yellow Cards 0
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Schalk van der Merwe
  • Robbie Coetzee
  • Ruan Dreyer
  • Rudi Mathee
  • Franco Mostert
  • Jaco Kriel
  • Warwick Tecklenburg
  • Warren Whiteley
  • Ross Cronje
  • Marnitz Boshoff
  • Chrysander Botha
  • Alwyn Hollenbach
  • Stokkies Hanekom
  • Courtnall Skosan
  • Coenie Van Wyk
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  • Dean Greyling
  • Callie Visagie
  • Marcel Van der Merwe
  • Flip van der Merwe
  • Grant Hattingh
  • Jonathan Ross
  • Jacques Du Plessis
  • Jacques Engelbrecht
  • Francois Hougaard
  • Jacques-Louis Potgieter
  • Bjorn Basson
  • Jan Serfontein
  • JJ Engelbrecht
  • Akona Ndungane
  • Jurgen Visser
  • Armand van der Merwe
  • Corne Fourie
  • Charles Marais
  • Willie Britz
  • Derick Minnie
  • Francois de Klerk
  • Elton Jantjies
  • Deon van Rensburg
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  • Mbongeni Mbonami
  • Werner Kruger
  • Paul Willemse
  • Wimpie van der Walt
  • Piet van Zyl
  • Louis Fouche
  • William Small-Smith
  • Morne Mellett

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