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In next weekend's action, the Bulls host the Highlanders in Pretoria, while the Crusaders return home to duel the Hurricanes in Christchurch.
Stay tuned to Sport24 for reaction after the weekend's Super Rugby action.
Never thought I would see the day that a visiting team would use the once mighty Bulls for target practice.— Dan Retief (@Retief_Dan) May 6, 2017
Never thought I would see the day that a visiting team would use the once mighty Bulls for target practice.
Crusaders flyhalf, Richie Mo'unga, who scored 15 of his side's points, has received the best player award.
62-24 to Crusaders, a humiliating thrashing of the Bulls. Their biggest ever defeat at Loftus both in terms of points scored & the margin— Ken Borland (@KenBorland) May 6, 2017
62-24 to Crusaders, a humiliating thrashing of the Bulls. Their biggest ever defeat at Loftus both in terms of points scored & the margin
South African rugby needs suck up some pride & learn from how NZ & Eng run their game, so many Saffers excelling in UK because of structures— Carl Lewis (@Carl_LewisZA) May 6, 2017
South African rugby needs suck up some pride & learn from how NZ & Eng run their game, so many Saffers excelling in UK because of structures
Time to have your say ... Not sure these current ratings are going to change much! Add yours here - https://t.co/utr5AOKSqy pic.twitter.com/g2ZBZNFb98— AllOutRugby (@AllOutRugby) May 6, 2017
Time to have your say ... Not sure these current ratings are going to change much! Add yours here - https://t.co/utr5AOKSqy pic.twitter.com/g2ZBZNFb98
FULL-TIME: Bulls 24-62 Crusaders
In another embarrassing night for South African rugby, the Crusaders claim their first win at Loftus Versfeld since 2008!
76'- BALL CARRIES
74'- TACKLES MISSED
I've been at Loftus 20 years, I have never seen a Bulls side this bad. Shocking.— Brenden Nel (@BrendenNel) May 6, 2017
I've been at Loftus 20 years, I have never seen a Bulls side this bad. Shocking.
71' - METRES MADE ON ATTACK
70'- Hunt CONVERTS his own try.
Bulls 17-62 Crusaders
69'- TRY to the Crusaders!
Mitchell Hunt redeems himself, scooping on a dropped Bulls ball to sprint half the field and score under the posts.
67'- Brummer quickly drops over the CONVERSION.
Bulls 17-55 Crusaders
66'- TRY to the Bulls!
Wing Jamba Ulengo scores their second try of the night, rounding off a good backline move.
Great hands from Jan Serfontein in the build-up...
64'- Replacement Mitchell Hunt misses a sitter of a conversion...
Bulls 10-55 Crusaders
this referee has the potential to go big. hopefully we'll see much more of him in future. he has a great feel & gives the game it desreves.— RealRef André Watson (@RealRef_Rugby) May 6, 2017
this referee has the potential to go big. hopefully we'll see much more of him in future. he has a great feel & gives the game it desreves.
62'- TACKLES MISSED
Super Rugby: Vodacom Bulls v Crusaders https://t.co/8UlMF2lCVI @BlueBullsRugby @crusadersrugby pic.twitter.com/BhWHnAjTNn— Gallo Sport (@Gallo_Sport) May 6, 2017
Super Rugby: Vodacom Bulls v Crusaders https://t.co/8UlMF2lCVI @BlueBullsRugby @crusadersrugby pic.twitter.com/BhWHnAjTNn
#BULvCRU #Bulls #Scrum #Loftus https://t.co/v3pee0Ej3U— RealRef André Watson (@RealRef_Rugby) May 6, 2017
#BULvCRU #Bulls #Scrum #Loftus https://t.co/v3pee0Ej3U
57' - PENALTIES CONCEDED
57'- Another penalty at scrum time for the Crusaders, who are dominating that department as well.
It allows the visitors to set up a five-metre lineout...
56'- NO TRY!
This time TMO Johan Greeff gets it spot on as replays show a clear forward pass.
56'- TMO CALL
Fullback David Havili is over under the posts, but the TMO is called into action for a potential forwards pass from wing Seta Tamanivalu to his fullback...
54'- CONVERSION slotted by Brummer.
Bulls 10-50 Crusaders
53'- TRY to the Bulls!
Centre Jesse Kriel dots down after a great move which was started by a chip over the Crusaders defence from Francois Brummer, who has since replaced Schoeman.
50'- TRY to the Crusaders as centre Jack Goodhue scores his second five-pointer. He also collects a chip kick in behind the Bulls defence.
Again, the try came off turnover ball won by the Kiwis...
Don't worry, thin air will get to Crusaders in last 20.— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) May 6, 2017
Don't worry, thin air will get to Crusaders in last 20.
49'- CONVERSION slotted by Richie Mo'unga.
Bulls 3-45 Crusaders
47'- TACKLES MISSED
It really isn't fun,it's becoming embarrassing! https://t.co/rqKFX5duSA— Breyton Paulse (@BreytonPaulse) May 6, 2017
It really isn't fun,it's becoming embarrassing! https://t.co/rqKFX5duSA
43'- Bulls sub: Serfontein is on for Ismaiel, who has left the field with what looks like a serious knee injury.
What a demolition by the Crusaders, who totally outplayed the Bulls in every department for a 62-24 victory at Loftus. Thanks for joining us.
CONVERSION, BRUMMER! 24-62.
TRY, BULLS, SERFONTEIN! 22-62: Warrick Gelant picks up a loose ball in his own 22 and finds some space before offloading to Jan Serfontein on his outside who has the legs the go for the corner.
The Crusaders concede a penalty which allows the Bulls to get out of their 22.
The Crusaders win a penalty on the Bulls 22 and go for touch. Tough final few minutes for the hosts.
CONVERSION, HUNT! 17-62.
TRY, CRUSADERS, HUNT! 17-60: The Bulls are on the attack, but a pass from Rudy Paige to Francois Brummer goes to ground. Mitchell Hunt pounces on the loose ball and steps inside to score.
CONVERSION, BRUMMER! 17-55.
TRY, BULLS, ULENGO! 15-55: Warrick Gelant hits a half gap, goes to ground and offloads to Nick de Jager, who passes to Jan Serfontein om te wing. Serfontein draws the last defender and gives inside to Jamba Ulengo who scores.
Mitchell Hunt misses the conversion.
TRY, CRUSADERS, MAKALIO! 10-55: Jack Goodhue spots a gap in midfield and takes it. He offloads to replacement hooker Andrew Makalio who dashes the last 5 metres to score.
The Crusaders win another penalty and take it quickly, but they concede possession and Jamba Ulengo takes the Bulls to the edge of their 22 before they win a penalty at the breakdown.
The Crusaders are 5 metres out but a handling error kills their momentum and turns over possession for a Bulls scrum on their own line.
A scrum just inside the Bulls 22 results in the penalty against them. The Saders go for touch deep inside the 22.
A Crusaders try is disallowed after the TMO determines there was a forward pass in the lead up.
CONVERSION, BRUMMER! 10-50.
TRY, BULLS, KRIEL! 8-50: Jessie Kriels has the pace down the right touchline after a Francois Brummer kick is collected and thrown wide for the home side's first try of the game.
Mo'unga misses the conversion.
TRY, CRUSADERS, GOODHUE! 3-50. Hands down the line sees Jack Goodhue give a little chip kick forward. He has the pace to collect it himself and run through for another try.
CONVERSION, MO'UNGA! 3-45.
TRY, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 3-43: From a turnover Mo'unga kicks down field. He chases after it and the bounce is kind to him as he bounces off a defender to score under the poles.
A turnover at the breakdown gives the Bulls some possession. They struggle to find a way through the Crusaders defence until Jan Serfontein hits a gap and gives a brilliant offload to Nick de Jager, but the ball is eventually knocked on by Piet van Zyl.
CONVERSION, MO''UNGA! 3-38.
Mo'unga misses the conversion attempt before the half-time whistle blows.
TRY, CRUSADERS, HAVILI! 3-36. Tian Schoeman gives a nothing kick down field. David Havili collects the ball and steps his way through poor Bulls defence to score.
The Bulls get the second half underway.
TRY, CRUSADERS, TAMANIVALU! 3-31. The Crusaders win a penalty at the scrum which results in a lineout in the Bulls 22. The visitors launch one last attack before the break and manage to string together 13 phases before Seta Tamanivalu picks up from a ruck a few metres out and scores.
A try by the Crusaders is not given after the TMO determines there was a forward pass in the lead-up to it. Relief for the Bulls.
A knock in midfield by the Crusaders turns over possession, but the Bulls don't have sufficient advantage so they come back for the scrum.
Richie Mo'unga cannot add the extras as his attempt goes left.
TRY, CRUSADERS, GOODHUE! 3-26: Jack Goodhue made the break that started the move. From a ruck Mo'unga gives a grubber behind the defence and Goodhue has the pace to follow, collect and score in the corner.
The Crusaders have a scrum between their 22 and the halfway line. They go wide and Jack Goodhue finds some space.
CONVERSION, MO'UNGA! 3-21.
TRY, CRUSADERS, BARRETT! 3-19: Scott Barrett barges over from close range after relentless pressure from the Crusaders on the Bulls line.
The Crusaders are getting over the advantage line easily and build 8 phases on the Bulls line before the teams are called back for advantage played to the visitors.
The Bulls build a few phases in a ferocious battle at the breakdown, but Adriaan Strauss is penalised for holding on.
Another penalty at the breakdown by the visitors sees the Bulls find touch just outside their 22.
Tian Schoeman misses the penalty attempt at goal.
The Bulls turn the ball over and go wide. Quick hands sees Warrick Gelant find space down the left, but he opts for an inside pass rather than Jamba Ulengo on his outside and the move is killed when Piet van Zyl goes to ground. The Crusaders are penalised for not releasing.
PENALTY, BULLS, SCHOEMAN! 3-14.
The Bulls have a scrum in the middle of the field. They pick from the back and Travis Ismaiel makes good ground down the right touchline before the Crusaders are penalised for a side entry at the ruck.
CONVERSION, MO'UNGA! 0-14.
TRY, CRUSADERS, BATEMAN! 0-12: Tim Bateman scores after some brilliant work from Richie Mo''unga. He ran from deep inside his own 22 and kicked down field, collecting his own pass before being roped in by Jamba Ulengo. They win a penalty at the breakdown which they take quickly and Bateman spots a gap to score.
Richie Mo'unga runs the ball out of his own 22. A ruck is formed and the Crusaders are penalised for holding on. Tian Schoeman goes for touch.
CONVERSION, MO'UNGA! 0-7.
TRY, CRUSADERS, SAMU! 0-5: From a lineout Pete Samu hits a gap. He's taken down but not held, so het gets up and powers through for a lovely solo try, thanks to poor Bulls defence.
The Bulls apply pressure on the Crusaders defence in their 22, but the ball is turned over and they win a penalty which takes play upfield.
The Crusaders gets the game started.
Hallo and welcome to our live coverage of the Super Rugby match between the Bulls and the Crusaders in Pretoria.
Super Rugby winner, Jacques Potgieter, is back in the Bulls starting line-up. Potgieter started in the opening two matches of the season before he picked up an injury and returned off the bench in their last two games. He replaces Jannes Kirsten at flank, with the latter moving to the replacement bench. Jan Serfontein, who was rested last week, is also named on the bench.
Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson has made four changes to his starting XV. The big news is that All Blacks openside flanker Matt Todd will captain the side in the absence of second-row Sam Whitelock, who is serving a two-week suspension, and injured All Blacks skipper Kieran Read. In the forwards, Wyatt Crockett wears the number one jersey this week with Joe Moody providing cover off the bench. Lock Luke Romano comes into the starting line up to pair up with Scott Barrett, while Quinten Strange comes into the reserves. The loose forward trio will be made up of Pete Samu, Todd and Jordan Taufua, with Heiden Bedwell-Curtis coming into the matchday 23 to provide cover. In the backs, Mitchell Drummond rotates with Bryn Hall to start at scrum-half this week, and Tim Bateman comes in at inside centre with Ryan Crotty taking a spot on the bench.
Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jamba Ulengo, 12 Jesse Kriel, 11 Burger Odendaal, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Nick de Jager, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Pierre Schoeman
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Jannes Kirsten, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Francois Brummer, 23 Jan Serfontein
Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Tim Bateman, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Matt Todd (c), 6 Pete Samu, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett
Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Ryan Crotty
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