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First half dominance needed to be put into points. When that didnt happen, it was always going to be tough. Bulls lost it there. #ssrugby— Brenden Nel (@BrendenNel) April 1, 2017
First half dominance needed to be put into points. When that didnt happen, it was always going to be tough. Bulls lost it there. #ssrugby
Give praise still where due. Bulls were much better for long periods. Yet come out with nowt.— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) April 1, 2017
Give praise still where due. Bulls were much better for long periods. Yet come out with nowt.
Heartbreaking for Bulls,score not really a true reflection but they can take a lot of positives from this game,keep the faith Manne #Bulls— Breyton Paulse (@BreytonPaulse) April 1, 2017
Heartbreaking for Bulls,score not really a true reflection but they can take a lot of positives from this game,keep the faith Manne #Bulls
FULL TIME IN HAMILTON
The Chiefs have come away with a bonus point victory.
Chiefs 28 Bulls 12
80' - The Bulls have one last chance to score a try.
A penalty 10m from the Chiefs line.
Chiefs duly get the BP try, 78th min. Seen this movie before. Call it Rocky XXVI.— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) April 1, 2017
Chiefs duly get the BP try, 78th min. Seen this movie before. Call it Rocky XXVI.
78' - TRY to the Chiefs!
Moli crashes over the line.
Bonus point try for the Chiefs.
Cruden cannot convert.
Chiefs 28 Bulls 12
Error strewn Chiefs ... yet still up by 11 points! pic.twitter.com/ENDW6qUiUR— AllOutRugby (@AllOutRugby) April 1, 2017
Error strewn Chiefs ... yet still up by 11 points! pic.twitter.com/ENDW6qUiUR
Thats what the Nz teams do. You just look up quickly to wave to your mum and they score @SuperRugby— Jacques Burger (@Nabasboer) April 1, 2017
Thats what the Nz teams do. You just look up quickly to wave to your mum and they score @SuperRugby
70' - TRY to the Chiefs!
McKenzie gets over after chasing a kick in behind the Bulls defence by Kerr-Balow.
Chiefs 23 Bulls 12
65' - PENALTY slotted by Cruden.
Chiefs 16 Bulls 12
64' - McKenzie has a gone from 6m out but Snyman snags him and he drops the ball over the line.
The Chiefs have a penalty though as the Bulls were offside.
Cruden will kick at goal.
62' - PENALTY slotted by Pollard.
The Bulls close the gap with 18 minutes to go.
Chiefs 13 Bulls 12
60' - Scrum penalty for the Bulls.
Pollard will have a shot at goal from right in front, 40m out.
58' - Another handling error by the Chiefs gifts the ball to the Bulls.
Odendaal kicks ahead but he has overcooked it.
The ref comes back for a Bulls scrum, just inside the Chiefs half.
54' - PENALTY to the Chiefs.
Cruden extends their lead by slotting a penalty from right in front.
Chiefs 13 Bulls 9
51' - TRY to the Chiefs
The ball goes wide to Stevenson, he beats Ulengo and then kicks ahead, winning the race to the ball.
Cruden converts from the touchline.
Chiefs 10 Bulls 9
47' - Chance for the Bulls to apply more pressure as they surge into the Chiefs 22m area.
Unfortunately, Serfontein knocks on. In his defence, it wasn't a great pass by Pollard.
Much better half by Bulls. Loads of character and physicality. Just think they need to be further ahead.— Brenden Nel (@BrendenNel) April 1, 2017
Much better half by Bulls. Loads of character and physicality. Just think they need to be further ahead.
Don't know if they will go on to win but that was some mean half from Bulls. Lead 9-3 and have firmly ticked box for 'gees'.— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) April 1, 2017
Don't know if they will go on to win but that was some mean half from Bulls. Lead 9-3 and have firmly ticked box for 'gees'.
HT at Eden Park. Quite astonishing attack stats from the Bulls! pic.twitter.com/hMA3TKReCC— AllOutRugby (@AllOutRugby) April 1, 2017
HT at Eden Park. Quite astonishing attack stats from the Bulls! pic.twitter.com/hMA3TKReCC
HALF TIME IN HAMILTON
Chiefs 3 Bulls 9
Great work from the Bulls! Can they keep it up in the second half?
Bulls showing the attitude they've been lacking so far this season. Disrupting a good Chiefs side at home #CHIvBUL @SuperRugby— Jacques Burger (@Nabasboer) April 1, 2017
Bulls showing the attitude they've been lacking so far this season. Disrupting a good Chiefs side at home #CHIvBUL @SuperRugby
37' - This time the Chiefs are ready for it and defend the rolling maul easily.
The maul collapses and the ref awards a scrum to the Chiefs.
36' - A rolling maul from the Bulls leads to a penalty.
Pollard sets up a lineout in the Chiefs half, more of the same coming up for sure.
Guys The Bulls are currently winning vs Chiefs,and it's no Aprils fools,Kom manne,duik hulle plat,Bulls meaning business today!!— Breyton Paulse (@BreytonPaulse) April 1, 2017
Guys The Bulls are currently winning vs Chiefs,and it's no Aprils fools,Kom manne,duik hulle plat,Bulls meaning business today!!
35' - Bulls defence having no problem keeping the Chiefs out.
Another turnover! Paige clears downfield but not out. The Bulls defence forces a Chiefs ball carrier out over the line.
30' - Another scrum penalty against the Bulls, and on their own feed!
Cruden sets up a lineout in the Bulls 22m area.
To say that Lood is off-form is to be too kind.— Zelím Nel (@Zels77) April 1, 2017
To say that Lood is off-form is to be too kind.
Now 3-9. How radical is that possession stat? Bulls owning the game at the moment ... pic.twitter.com/gY5p1c2BXD— AllOutRugby (@AllOutRugby) April 1, 2017
Now 3-9. How radical is that possession stat? Bulls owning the game at the moment ... pic.twitter.com/gY5p1c2BXD
27' - PENALTY slotted by Pollard.
The lead is back to 6 points.
26' - Penalty to the Bull as the Chiefs are blown up for playing the ball on the ground.
Pollard will kick at goal from practically right in front.
25' - A Bulls free-kick sees the Chiefs trying to run out of their own 22m area. They eventually clear to Kriel who makes a few meters.
Pollard finds touch deep in the Chiefs half with a clever rolling kick.
21' - A box kick by Paige is too long. McKenzie makes a number of metres but De Jager brings him down.
Penalty to the Chiefs as De Jager is pinged from not rolling away.
Cruden sets up a lineout on the Bulls 10m line.
The Bulls need to turn this pressure into more points!
It wasn't a great pass to be honest.
Hospital pass from Lood. Massive hit!— Front Row Grunt (@FrontRowGrunt) April 1, 2017
Hospital pass from Lood. Massive hit!
FULL-TIME: The siren has gone off but the Bulls are attacking on the Chiefs try line. The Chiefs win the ball back and they kick the ball away. That will be it. It was an intense second half for the Chiefs who powered past the Bulls and won the bonus point in the end. Chiefs win by 16 points.
CHIEFS 28-12 BULLS.
The conversion is missed so the lead stays to 16 points. We are close to the end of the game.
A lineout for the Chiefs and they pass the ball wide on the left wing. They are looking for the bonus point try.
TRY, CHIEFS, MOLI! 28-12: Chiefs were putting a lot of pressure on the Bulls at their try line and Retallick passes the ball to Moli who takes it over the line.
A knock on for the Bulls, Chiefs gather the ball and kick it deep into the Bulls territory. Bulls kick it back.
The Bulls have only scored 3 points in the second half, Chiefs on the other hand have scored 20 points. Five minutes left in the game.
The Bulls concede a penalty through Nic de Jager for being caught offside. Bulls are looking to attack now. Intense second half so far.
CONVERSION, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 23-12: Cruden kicks the conversion with ease and the lead is pushed to 11 points. Chiefs have really played well in the second half.
TRY, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 21-12: Brilliant play from the Chiefs as they attack and McKenzie receives the kick in the end to take it over the line.
The Chiefs concede a penalty through Atu Moli for being caught offside.
PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 16-12: Cruden kicks the easy penalty nicely to push their lead to 4 points with 14 minutes to go. Bulls need to find a way to come back into this game, Chiefs are looking strong.
The Chiefs spill the ball and Snyman makes a nice tackle. Chiefs come back to take the penalty because of the Bulls offside.
Chiefs are on the attack again and they are putting a lot of pressure on the Bulls. They are close to their try line.
PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 13-12: A brilliant 50m kick from Pollard and it is an accurate kick. Bulls bring down the deficit to 1 point.
The Chiefs concede a penalty through Hika Elliot for wheeling the scrum.
Chiefs feed the scrum and the ball is loose after the scrum. Bulls take it and kicks it deep and into touch. They will come back for the first knock on play. Another scrum, Chiefs have made 11 handling errors today.
PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 13-9: Cruden makes no mistake with the penalty kick and Chiefs lead by 4 points after 16 minutes in the second half.
CONVERSION, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 10-9: Cruden makes no mistake with the conversion and Chiefs take the lead for the first time in the game.
The Bulls concede a penalty through Nic de Jager for not rolling away from the ruck.
The score has not changed since the end of the first half but it has been an intense second half.
TRY, CHIEFS, STEVENSON! 8-9: Chiefs win the lineout and pass the ball wide to Stevenson who uses his pace kick and collects the ball to take it over the line. First try of the game.
The Bulls were building some momentum nicely but they end by giving a scrum away. Chiefs are also playing better in the second half.
Bulls have a lineout near their own try line but Paige cuts through the defence and takes the ball forward for them. Chiefs stop him and the move ends with another lineout.
Chiefs win the lineout and push forward but there is some kicking back and forth and the Chiefs attack again. Fast start to the second half.
Bulls win a penalty as Messam concedes it for dangerous play. Bulls kick it to the corner for a lineout.
Chiefs win a penalty, fast start to the second half. They take the penalty quickly and try to run, Bulls tackle to hold them back.
The hooter has gone off but they are playing a scrum and the Bulls feed it, win the ball and pass it back to kick it out. That will be the first 40.
HALF-TIME: CHIEFS 3-9 BULLS. Bulls hold the lead after the first 40 minutes and it has been a good first half for them. Chiefs have not played at their best and have made a few handling errors. All the points have been from penalty kicks, Bulls lead by 6.
Second half begins.
It has been a low-scoring game but an intense one. Bulls have performed better than people were expecting them to.
The Chiefs concede a penalty through Tawera Kerr-Barlow for obstruction. They have not really gotten going today.
The referee is not happy with the lineout and he asks for another throw-in.
Chiefs have a lineout they make another handling error and Bulls clear the ball. The visitors have played well under pressure.
Bulls win a lineout close to their try line and they will look to clear the ball to safety.
Chiefs kick the penalty to the corner and they have a lineout deep in the Bulls area.
Bulls have a scrum. The Bulls concede a penalty through Adriaan Strauss for collapsing the scrum.
Chiefs have a lineout and there is a bit of kicking going on back and forth.
PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 3-9: Pollard kicks the penalty perfectly and pushes the lead to 6 points. Bulls are playing well today.
Chiefs are guilty of a few handling errors today and the Bulls win another penalty for not rolling away.
Chiefs are under pressure and the Bulls are playing better than they did last week.
The Bulls concede another penalty through Lood de Jager for not rolling away.
Chiefs have a lineout deep into their own territory and the move ends up in another lineout.
A scrum and Chiefs feed it and kick the ball deep to Kriel who catches it and takes it forward.
A short break in play and there will be a few tired bodies out there after some tough tackling.
Bulls take the lineout short and look to launch a quick attack. Chiefs tackle to hold them up.
PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 3-6: Cruden kicks the penalty goal in and it is an easy kick and Chiefs score their first points of the game.
Bulls concede a penalty through Pierre Schoeman for wheeling the scrum.
PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 0-6: Pollard kicks another penalty goal in and the Bulls push their lead to 6 points.
Bulls attack as they control the ball through 12 phases. Bulls win a penalty as Chiefs concede it for not rolling away.
Chiefs kick the ball deep but fails to kick it into touch and the Bulls kick the ball back.
The Bulls concede a penalty as the Chiefs look to attack. Odendaal concedes it for not releasing the ball.
PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 0-3: Pollard kicks the ball perfectly to open the scoring for the Bulls.
Bulls win a penalty from the lineout, Elliot concedes it for the Chiefs.
Kick-off! The first half begins as the Chiefs kick us off.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the SuperRugby clash between the Chiefs and the Bulls from the FMG Stadium Waikato.
Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Johnny Faauli, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Siegfried Fisi?ihoi
Bulls: 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Nick de Jager, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Nick Briant is the referee today with Paul Williams and Cam Stone assisting him. Ben Skeen is the TMO.
The Chiefs are one of the tournament?s in-form teams. Their campaign started with a 24-15 victory over the Highlanders in Dunedin and in their next match they secured a 41-26 win over the Blues in Hamilton. In Round 3, they proved too strong for the Hurricanes in Hamilton, winning 26-18, and the next weekend they claimed a hard-fought 27-14 win over the Rebels in Melbourne in Round 4 before having a bye last weekend.
The Bulls are battling to build momentum as they have won just one of their four matches this season. They lost 37-24 to the Stormers in their opener in Cape Town and then suffered a 34-28 defeat to the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein the following weekend. They had a bye in Round 3 and their only win was registered in Round 4 when they beat the Sunwolves 34-21 in Pretoria. They kicked off their New Zealand tour with a 38-14 loss to the Blues in Auckland last week.
Veteran Chiefs loose forward Liam Messam will start in his 150th Super Rugby game this weekend. In the front-row, Siegfried Fisi?ihoi will start for the first time this season, packing down alongside Hika Elliot and Nepo Laulala. Dominic Bird and Brodie Retallick partner up in the second-row for the fifth consecutive game. Messam moves from number eight to start at blindside flanker, with co-captain Sam Cane and Michael Leitch completing the formidable loose forward trio in the seven and eight jerseys respectively.
In the backs, Tawera Kerr-Barlow will don the nine jersey again this week, with Aaron Cruden returning to the starting XV at fly-half. Johnny Faauli is promoted from the bench to partner Anton Lienert-Brown in the midfield. James Lowe is back on the left wing, with Shaun Stevenson and Damian McKenzie completing the backline. 28-year-old Southland hooker Brayden Mitchell could make his Chiefs debut off the bench.
Arno Botha will make a first appearance of the season for the Bulls. Botha comes in for the injured Hanro Liebenberg at number eight. In other changes, Jesse Kriel moves from centre to full-back in place of Warrick Gelant, who will play off the bench. Burger Odendaal is back in the run-on team, and as in their win over the Sunwolves last month, will start with Jan Serfontein in the midfield, while at scrum-half, Rudy Paige and Piet van Zyl swap jerseys, with Paige starting this time.
The same happens up front at lock with RG Snyman and Jason Jenkins alternating and at loosehead, where Lizo Gqoboka and Pierre Schoeman rotate again. Jacobie Adriaanse, who missed out last weekend, is back on the bench in place of injured John-Roy Jenkinson. Jaco Visagie and Edgar Marutlulle also swap places, with the latter on the bench.
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