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As it happened: Bulls 10-17 Highlanders

2017-05-13 16:58
Last Updated at 01:43
13 May 17:02

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The Highlanders finish their South African tour unbeaten, having also defeated the Cheetahs last week. They now travel back to face the Western Force in Perth next week, while the Bulls face the Lions in Johannesburg.

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13 May 16:57
13 May 16:57


Highlanders and All Black scrumhalf Aaron Smith has received the best player award.

13 May 16:54

The Bulls have blown it!

They had a try against 14 men, only to see a brain-fart from RG Snyman cost them. There was no reason for the Bulls lock to just barge into the Highlanders player's face like that...

13 May 16:51
FULL-TIME: Bulls 10-17 Highlanders
13 May 16:51
80'- And Aaron Smith does just that when he boots it high into the stands as the hooter sounds...
13 May 16:50
79'- A knock-on from Marutlulle hands the Highlanders a scrum. They now just need to win possession and kick out...
13 May 16:49
78'- Perhaps one final chance for the Bulls, who have a lineout in Highlanders territory...
13 May 16:48
78'- RG Snyman cannot watch this - he has put a blanket over his head now...
13 May 16:47

76'- CONVERSION slotted by Banks.

Bulls 10-17 Highlanders

13 May 16:46

Malakai Fekitoa scores a brilliant solo try, sprinting from almost halfway to dot down under the posts.

It came after the Highlanders had pinged a Bulls lineout for the first time in the match...

13 May 16:45
75'- TRY to the Highlanders!
13 May 16:44
74'- RG Snyman will have trouble sleeping tonight if the Bulls fail to win this game...
13 May 16:43
73'- Bulls sub: Nick de Jager on at flank for Ruan Steenkamp.
13 May 16:42

72'- A fair decision, great officiating from both the referee and the TMO.

They were being consistent, given what happened before...

13 May 16:41

71'- RED CARD for Bulls lock RG Snyman, who shoulder-charged a Highlanders player in the face.

The try is cancelled!

13 May 16:40


Pierre Schoeman barges over under the posts for the Bulls but the TMO is called into action for potential foul play.

13 May 16:38
71'- Bulls back into the red zone as gaps start to appear in the 14-man Highlanders defence...
13 May 16:37

68'- RG Snyman loses the ball close to the tryline and the Highlanders boot down-field to bring relief...

The Bulls may rue not taking the three points on offer there. Get ahead first and then attack the game from there!

13 May 16:34
68'- But the Bulls turn down the three points on offer and opt for a scrum...
13 May 16:33
67'- Penalty to the Bulls as the Highlanders are caught off-side under their own posts...
13 May 16:32
66'- But moments later the Bulls make their way back into the red zone - another five metre lineout...
13 May 16:32
65'- Bulls sub: Rudy Paige on at scrumhalf for Piet van Zyl.
13 May 16:31
64'- The chance goes begging as the Bulls are penalised for obstruction at the subsequent lineout drive...
13 May 16:30
64'- Jantjies finds touch close to the tryline. Immense pressure on the Kiwis now...
13 May 16:29

63'- RED CARD for Highlanders wing Waisake Naholo, who shoulder-charged Burger Odendaal.

It was late and into the Bulls player's face.

This could be a game-changer...

13 May 16:28


TMO Johan Greeff is called into action for potential foul play against a Highlanders player.

13 May 16:26


Bulls 38

Highlanders 41

13 May 16:24
60'- Bulls sub: Edgar Marutlulle on at hooker for Jaco Visagie.
13 May 16:22
59'- The Highlanders do well to retreat and a great kick down-field brings play back into the Bulls 22m area...
13 May 16:22

58'- But the visitors knock it on, before the Bulls boot down-field...

13 May 16:21
58'- A great break from deep by wing Waisake Naholo brings the Highlanders up to the Bulls 22m area...
13 May 16:19


Bulls 316m

Highlanders 200m

13 May 16:18

55'- Bulls subs: Tony Jantjies, brother of Elton, is on at flyhalf, replacing Schoeman.

Conraad van Vuuren also on at prop for Trevor Nyakane.

13 May 16:16

54'- After several phases of attack near the red zone, the Bulls lose possession. Poor passing from Schoeman putting his outside backs in trouble...

13 May 16:14
52'- Bulls sub: De Jager on at lock for Jenkins.
13 May 16:14

52'- Schoeman misses with his penalty attempt...

13 May 16:13
51'- Kickable penalty for the Bulls after a Highlanders player is pinged for not releasing a Bulls player in a tackle. Schoeman to line up a penalty attempt from close to the touchline...
13 May 16:12
50'- A terrible shank from Banks hands the Bulls a lineout just outside the red zone. Some uncharacteristic errors creeping into the Highlanders game here...
13 May 16:11
49'- Another error from Faddes as he knocks on a high ball. It hands the Bulls a scrum just inside their own half...
13 May 16:10

48'- CONVERSION slotted by Schoeman.

Bulls 10-10 Highlanders

13 May 16:09

Warrick Gelant scores after pouncing on a loose ball!

Fadd Faddes was unable to handle a grubber in behind the defence by Burger Odendaal, before Gelant pounced...

13 May 16:08
46'- TRY to the Bulls!
13 May 16:06
45'- After 8 phases of attack inside the red zone, the Bulls lose it when flank Ruan Steenkamp knocks on in a tackle...
  • 80'

    FULL-TIME: BULLS 10-17 HIGHLANDERS. The Highlanders have survived in the rain and the wet conditions and they have won by 7 points. It was 10-10 for a long time and the Bulls were looking good when Naholo was red carded but Highlanders managed to push on and win the game by 7 in Pretoria.

  • 79'

    The Highlanders are happy to play in the Bulls half for these last minutes of the game. Wheeler is penalised for obstruction and Bulls kick it out for a lineout.

  • 77'

    CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, BANKS! 10-17: Banks makes no mistake with the conversion and it is an easy kick. Highlanders lead by 7 points with just 3 minutes to go.

  • 76'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, FEKITOA! 10-15: Fekitoa just keeps going, he beats a couple of defenders and just puts in a great run to take the ball all the way. Great try for the Highlanders, who are in the lead.

  • 75'

    Highlanders concede another penalty, this time through Wheeler for collapsing the scrum. Bulls have a lineout.

  • 73'

    Just over 7 minutes remaining in the game, with the score 10-10 and one red card per side. Bulls will be regretting not taking that penalty kick when they had the chance.

  • 72'

    RED CARD! The try was scored, but the TMO is checking for possible foul play. This could be foul play, leading with the shoulder with excessive force and this will be a red card and no try to the Bulls. Snyman sent off and the referee showing some consistency. There was no need for that from the Bulls.

  • 71'

    Bulls attack again, a few good passes and the Highlanders are defending well too. Slippery and wet conditions in Pretoria.

  • 69'

    It will be a scrum and the Bulls have the feed. They are looking for a try here. The ball is lost forward and Highlanders kick it to Kriel who keeps the ball in play. Opportunity lose from the Bulls.

  • 68'

    Bulls are attacking, they are really putting a lot of pressure on the Highlanders. They take them right up to the try line and win a penalty. Good play from the Bulls.

  • 66'

    The score is 10-10 but Highlanders are a player short now with 15 minutes remaining in the game. The Bulls will look to attack and win this from here.

  • 64'

    Bulls manage to kick and clear the ball. A couple of players getting some medical treatment.

  • 64'

    RED CARD! Big moment in the game as Naholo is sent off after a shoulder charge. The TMO confirms it was dangerous and intentional and Naholo is shown the red card.

  • 63'

    Highlanders have a knock on advantage, and they pass the ball after the resulting scrum. Good play for the visitors, the Bulls are also tackling well.

  • 61'

    Van Zyl brings the ball back towards Jantjies who kicks it into touch towards safety. Highlanders have a lineout.

  • 59'

    Naholo makes a good break but then the Bulls attack and the Highlanders bring the ball back for Banks who kicks it nicely into touch deep into the Bulls territory.

  • 57'

    Good work from the Bulls but the knock the ball forward and that will be a scrum to the Highlanders. Bulls are looking strong as we get close to the hour mark.

  • 55'

    Bulls make a couple of changes, Serfontein and De Jager coming on. Jantjies comes on to make his debut for the Bulls, he is the younger brother of Elton Jantjies who plays for the Lions.

  • 53'

    It is 36 metres out, Schoeman kicks it but is not able to get it right and the score stays at 10-10. Poor kick from the Bulls.

  • 51'

    Bulls with the lineout and they are putting some pressure on the Highlanders. Penalty given to the Bulls, Highlanders concede it through Dillon Hunt for not releasing the ball carrier.

  • 49'

    CONVERSION, BULLS, SCHOEMAN! 10-10: Schoeman with a nice kick to add on the extras and the score is 10-10 with 30 minutes remaining in the game.

  • 47'

    TRY, BULLS, GELANT! 8-10: Good try for the Bulls, they looked like they were not going anywhere with the ball but they kick it and chase it. The Highlanders' defence is beaten and Gelant does well to ground it over the line.

  • 46'

    Highlanders are putting in some strong tackles, Bulls knock the ball on under pressure and Highlander clear the ball with ease.

  • 45'

    Bulls win the lineout and they employ a maul but then the ball comes out and there are a few passes. Good chance for the Bulls, they need to make it count.

  • 43'

    Scrappy play from both sides and the Highlanders are caught offside and the Bulls will kick it to the corner for a lineout.

  • 41'

    Second half begins, Banks kicks us off!

  • 40'

    HALF-TIME: BULLS 3-10 HIGHLANDERS. Tactical first half under difficult conditions but the Highlanders have managed to score a try and they lead the Bulls by 7 points at the break.

  • 39'

    Highlanders lead by 7 points as we go towards the end of the first half. Good attack from the Bulls but Naholo turns the ball over and kicks it. Bulls have to scamper back to defend.

  • 37'

    Bulls have the ball now and they get towards the halfway line but the Highlanders turn the ball over. Tough conditions for both sides but they are playing really well. Intense game so far.

  • 35'

    Snyman receives the lineout for the Bulls and then Ulengo loses the ball forward and it will be a scrum to the Highlanders.

  • 33'

    A few kicks flying back and forth and there are a few players slipping in these conditions. The sun is gone and it is raining slightly at Loftus.

  • 31'

    The sun is out and the Bulls are looking to kick the ball and run. Highlanders control the ball well before Banks kicks it for them.

  • 28'

    Highlanders knock on after the scrum and it will be another scrum, with the Bulls feeding it this time.

  • 28'

    Another reset and the referee gives another scrum for the Bulls. The Bulls kick it deep after the scrum.

  • 26'

    Gelant kicks it but kicks it too far and it will be a scrum. It will result in another scrum, the referee has a few words with the players.

  • 24'

    Schoeman with the restart, Highlanders kick it back and then Ulengo kicks it for a lineout on the Highlanders' 22.

  • 23'

    PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, SMITH! 3-10: Fletcher Smith, who is on for Banks, kicks the penalty goal perfectly and pushes the score to 3-10. Banks comes back on the field to replace Smith after the kick.

  • 22'

    Snyman is caught offside for the Bulls and it is a penalty to the Highlanders. They will kick this.

  • 21'

    After the lineout, the Highlanders pass the ball wide and build patiently. Good work from the visitors.

  • 19'

    CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, SMITH! 3-7: Smith with the kick and he adds on the extras to push the lead to 4 points.

  • 18'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, FADDES! 3-5: What a try! First try of the game and Faddes gets lucky with the bounce after the kick and he just picks it up and runs over the line to give Highlanders the lead.

  • 17'

    A short stoppage in play as some players are getting some treatment.

  • 16'

    Bulls kick it deep and it just goes over the Highlanders try line into the dead area. Good play from both sides in difficult conditions.

  • 14'

    Good take from Stighling as the Highlander kick it high and it will end in a quick tap from the Highlanders who will look to attack.

  • 12'

    Ulengo has a bit of space to run here and Bulls put the ball into touch eventually and it will be a lineout for the Highlanders.

  • 10'

    Good kick from Banks again but it has gone too far and rolled over the Bulls try line. Schoeman will kick this to restart the game.

  • 9'

    Bulls win a penalty, Ainley concedes it for collapsing the maul and they will kick it out for a lineout.

  • 7'

    Schoeman will kick the ball after another restart, Bulls are playing better than they have in the recent weeks. Banks kicks it back into touch for a lineout.

  • 5'

    Seiuli concedes a penalty for the Highlanders for wheeling the scrum and the Bulls will kick this.

  • 5'

    PENALTY, BULLS, SCHOEMAN! 3-0: Schoeman kicks an easy kick to put the Bulls in front, they lead by 3 points in the opening minutes of the game.

  • 4'

    Good patient build up from the Bulls, they are over the line but they are held up. One of the Highlanders is down and receiving some medical attention.

  • 3'

    First lineout of the game and Bulls control the ball really well and look to attack. But Highlanders turn the ball over and Bulls kick it back, a few kicks back and forth.

  • 1'

    Kick-off! First half begins under dark skies at Loftus. Rainy conditions in Pretoria. Bulls start us off.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the SuperRugby clash between the Bulls and the Highlanders from Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

  • 0'

    Jaco van Heerden is the referee today with Egon Seconds and Cwengile Jadezweni assisting him. Johan Greeff is the TMO.

  • 0'

    Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Jade Stighling, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Hanro Liebenberg (c), 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.

  • 0'

    Highlanders: 15 Matt Faddes, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Richard Buckman, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Marty Banks, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Siosuia Halanukonuka, 2 Ash Dixon (c), 1 Aki Seiuli.

  • 0'

    Bulls coach Nollis Marais has named number eight Hanro Liebenberg as his team?s captain for this clash. Liebenberg will become the 19th player to lead the Bulls since the inception of the Super Rugby competition. Liebenberg takes over the captaincy from Adriaan Strauss, who has a foot injury. Travis Ismaiel and Jacques Potgieter have also been ruled out.

  • 0'

    They will be replaced by debutant Jade Stighling and Jannes Kirsten respectively. Marais made a number of personnel changes to the pack. Jaco Visagie (for Strauss), Lizo Gqoboko (for Pierre Schoeman), RG Snyman (for Lood de Jager) and a fit-again Ruan Steenkamp (for Nick de Jager) will all start this week.

  • 0'

    Edgar Marutlulle is also back in the matchday 23 to fill the vacancy left by Visagie, while Coenraad van Vuuren was named as back-up tighthead prop. He takes over from Jacobie Adriaanse. There is also a potential debut for fly-half Tony Jantjies, who was named on the bench in place of injured Francois Brummer.

  • 0'

    Highlanders head coach Tony Brown has made six changes to his starting XV for this fixture. A training injury to Luke Whitelock has forced another reshuffle to the Highlanders loose forward trio, having lost Liam Squire last week Brown has named versatile loose forward Gareth Evans at number eight while Elliot Dixon takes Squire?s position on the blindside flank.

  • 0'

    Loosehead prop Aki Seiuli earns a start alongside hooker Ash Dixon in the front row and Alex Ainley takes Joe Wheeler?s place at lock. Dixon will captain the side in his first start of the season. Liam Coltman takes a well-earned break and Greg Pleasants-Tate and Jackson Hemopo will be looking to get their first run-on of the three week tour from the replacements bench. Richard Buckman returns from injury to take his place in the midfield, while utility back Teihorangi Walden will make his impact off the bench.

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Bulls Highlanders
  • 1 Tries 2
    • 46' Warrick Gelant
    • 17' Matt Faddes
    • 75' Malakai Fekitoa
  • 1 Conversions 2
    • 47' Tiaan Schoeman
    • 17' Fletcher Smith
    • 76' Marty Banks
  • 1 Penalties 1
    • 4' Tiaan Schoeman
    • 22' Fletcher Smith
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 0
  • 1 Red Cards 1
    • 71' RG Snyman
    • 63' Waisake Naholo
Team Line-ups
  • Lizo Gqoboka
  • Jaco Visagie
  • Trevor Nyakane
  • Jason Jenkins
  • RG Snyman
  • Ruan Steenkamp
  • Jannes Kirsten
  • Hanro Liebenberg
  • Piet van Zyl
  • Tiaan Schoeman
  • Jamba Ulengo
  • Burger Odendaal
  • Jesse Kriel
  • Jade Stighling
  • Warrick Gelant
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Aki Seiuli
  • Ash Dixon
  • Siua Halanukonuka
  • Alex Ainley
  • Thomas Franklin
  • Elliot Dixon
  • Dillon Hunt
  • Gareth Evans
  • Aaron Smith
  • Marty Banks
  • Patrick Osborne
  • Richard Buckman
  • Malakai Fekitoa
  • Waisake Naholo
  • Matt Faddes
  • Edgar Marutlulle
  • Pierre Schoeman
  • Conraad Van Vuuren
  • Lodewyk De Jager
  • Nick de Jager
  • Rudy Paige
  • Tony Jantjies
  • Jan Serfontein
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Greg Pleasants-Tate
  • Dan Lienert-Brown
  • Siate Tokolahi
  • Joseph Wheeler
  • Jackson Hemopo
  • Kayne Hammington
  • Fletcher Smith
  • Teihorangi Walden

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