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FULL TIME: The Bulls make it five wins in a row #SuperRugby #WESvBUL https://t.co/QzBpJv53OD pic.twitter.com/zahlbOFPq6— Super Rugby (@SuperRugby) April 29, 2016
FULL TIME: The Bulls make it five wins in a row #SuperRugby #WESvBUL https://t.co/QzBpJv53OD pic.twitter.com/zahlbOFPq6
Force - 16
Bulls - 8
Force - 19
Bulls - 11
Force - 2
Bulls - 5
You may say 'only the Force' but Bulls have made quite a statement of their growth in this one.— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) April 29, 2016
You may say 'only the Force' but Bulls have made quite a statement of their growth in this one.
Adriaan Strauss successfully masquerades as a centre & he scores! FORvBUL 13-35 With less than 20 to go. #SSRugby— E L M A S M I T (@Elmakapelma) April 29, 2016
Adriaan Strauss successfully masquerades as a centre & he scores! FORvBUL 13-35 With less than 20 to go. #SSRugby
Bulls trying to do a bit too much behind the advantage line now. Front foot ball at pace is when the magic happens ... Beautiful scrum!— Front Row Grunt (@FrontRowGrunt) April 29, 2016
Bulls trying to do a bit too much behind the advantage line now. Front foot ball at pace is when the magic happens ... Beautiful scrum!
CONVERSION, FORCE, PRIOR! 20-42: Prior adds two to end the game.
FORCE 20-42 BULLS. The consolation try came after the hooter and that's it from Perth, the Bulls claim a comfortable bonus point win.
TRY, FORCE, GODWIN! 18-42: Masirewa hacks ahead after Haylett-Petty's chip kick and eventually Godwin wins the race to the ball and scores for the Force.
The scrum resets with seconds left.
Haylett-Petty loses it forward and the Bulls don't put it out but choose to attack.
The Bulls lose it forward and the Force have a scrum inside their own 22.
The Force set this scrum just five out from their own line, it goes down and has to be reset.
The Bulls attack is patient if somewhat scrappy as they keep the Force under pressure.
The Bulls rumble a maul toward the Force line.
The Force carry it up before almost predictably giving away a penalty at the breakdown as they fail to clean out effectively.
Schoeman spills it under no real presure and the Force have a scrum just outside their 22.
The Bulls build patiently in attack through 7 phases.
The Bulls nearly turn it over but they lose control and the Force have it back and enter the Bulls 22.
The Force surrender another penalty on attack. Simply not good enough at this level. The Bulls clear towards halfway.
Haylett-Petty knocks his kick long into touch in goal. The Bulls have a scrum 40 metres from their own line.
The Bulls scrum early and the Force take the free kick quickly.
Snyman is punished for not rolling away and the Force have a penalty 40 metres out.
CONVERSION, BULLS, BRUMMER! 13-42: Brummer continues a fine kicking display with another tricky conversion.
TRY, BULLS, STRAUSS! 13-40: Strauss scores after a great maul. The Bulls forward pack dominant!
The Force carry towards halfway but gains are hard to come by.
The Bulls win another penalty at the breakdown the Force continue to struggle to compete with the Bulls. Marais kicks to touch and the Bulls will have a lineout inside the Force 22.
The Bulls fizz the ball wide and in these conditions unsurprisingly the ball doesn't go to hand. Scrum to the Force after Smit knocked on.
Box kick onto Basson and here come the Bulls.
Penalty to the Force inside their 22 as the rain begins to pelt down in Perth. This is only going to make things harder for the Force chasing a 22 point deficit.
CONVERSION, BULLS, BRUMMER! 13-35: Brummer's kick sneaks in.
TRY, BULLS, STRAUSS! 13-33: Strauss rounds off a great Bulls move, coming up in support and scoring! The Bulls have a bonus point as it stands.
Serfontein goes past a couple before offloading to Ismaiel into the Force 22.
The Force concede a penalty with ball in hand, again overpowered and beaten at the breakdown. The Force have been poor on attack tonight.
Through 8 phases the Force attack and they are five out from the Bulls line.
TMO referral here for foul play. The Referee thinks he saw a boot from Snyman. Contact was minimal and there will be nothing further. They come back for a penalty to the Force who set up another lineout.
The Force now have a penalty which they use to set up a lineout.
CONVERSION, BULLS, BRUMMER! 13-28: Brummer makes no mistake from the kicking tee.
TRY, BULLS, SERFONTEIN! 13-26: Serfontein with the hit and spin close to the line and he gets through and over for the try!
The Bulls earn a penalty and Kick it up to the Force 22. Another maul set up and the Bulls have another penalty advantage.
YELLOW CARD, FORCE, STANDER! Stander brought down the Bulls maul and he will cool his heels in the sinbin. The Bulls meanwhile will set up another lineout.
The Bulls rumble up into the Force half after winning a lineout.
The Force attack is lateral and they are caught behind the gainline inside their own half.
PENALTY, BULLS, BRUMMER! 13-21: The Bulls pack monster the Force and earn a penalty, Brummer stretches the lead from the tee.
The Bulls lose it forward and the Force have a scrum just outside their own 22.
The Force show ill discipline again as they give away a penalty to the Bulls who kick up towards the Force 22.
Marais kicks straight into touch to hand the Force an attacking opportunity about 35 metres from the Bulls line.
Bulls turn it over and kick to just inside their own 22.
The Bulls forced to carry back after Morahan kicks ahead, scrum five out to the Force.
Scrum set for the Bulls, who scrum strongly and allow the Bulls a good platform to kick, the kick isn't great but Haylett-Petty kicks too deep back onto Marais who calls the mark.
FORCE 13-18 BULLS. A penalty goes the way of the Bulls after the Force collapse the maul off a lineout. Brummer puts it out to end the half with the Bulls up by five. That's half time!
Brummer kicks off for the Bulls and the second half is underway.
Haylett-Petty kicks a high bomb and no Bull claims it, the ball bounces back to Matuauto who is wrapped up straight away.
The scrum has to be reset again.
The Bulls win a penalty at the scrum, the Force collapsing. The Bulls kick to 35 metres from their goal line.
Great work by the Force to create an error from the Bulls. They have a scrum inside the Bulls 22.
PENALTY, BULLS, BRUMMER! 13-18: Brummer converts a penalty for a late tackle from just over 40 metres out to give the Bulls a five point lead.
The Bulls lose it forward and the Force can attack.
The Force are overpowered at the breakdown and the Bulls have it inside the Force half.
Scrumming early is the call and a free kick to the Force, Haylett-Petty skews his kick and the Bulls bring it up over halfway again.
The scrum has to be reset.
Another penalty to the Bulls allows them to gain territorial advantage and possession. The Bulls rumble towards the Force 22.
The Bulls lose it forward to surrender possession to the Force who have a scrum inside their own 22.
The Bulls win a penalty in their own 22 and kick to about 30 out from their tryline.
Great cover defense from Brummer to haul in Rosalea 10 metres from the Bulls line after an intercept. Lineout 10 out Bulls to feed.
CONVERSION, FORCE, PRIOR! 13-15: Great kick by Prior to bring the Force to within two!
TRY, FORCE, HODGSON! 11-15: Mauled to just short of the line, Hodgson splinters and can be seen grounding the ball on the replay, try Force!
Haylett-Petty drills a penalty into the Bulls corner, the Force have a lineout five out.
Brummer misses the conversion attempt.
TRY,BULLS, SERFONTEIN! 6-15: Serfontein rounds off a move started in the Bulls 22 as Marais slips and opts to run it out as a result, he finds space and the Bulls go 80 metres to score.
The Force edge a kicking Battle and the Bulls have a lineout 35 metres from their own line.
PENALTY, FORCE, PRIOR! 6-10: The Bulls don't deal well with a high ball and they are penalised for losing their feet at the breakdown, Prior slots the kick to add three for the Force.
Strong scrum from the Bulls and Brummer puts up a high bomb.
PENALTY, BULLS, BRUMMER! 3-10: Brummer converts from the tee after the referee punished the Force at the breakdown.
Lost forward by Haylett-Petty, the Bulls have a scrum on their own 22.
40 Metre run from Botha! Magic from the Bulls from scrappy play.
CONVERSION, BULLS, BRUMMER! 3-7: Conversion knocked over.
TRY, BULLS, LIEBENBERG! 3-5: Magical offload from Snyman to Liebenberg and that attack was unstoppable! Kriel had earlier broken the Force line and the Bulls looked menacingly efficient in attack.
The Bulls gather the kick off and get good ball going forward in the Force half.
PENALTY, FORCE, PRIOR! 3-0: This time the attack is better from the Force and they earn a penalty which Prior converts. The Force lead.
The penalty fails to find touch and the Force bring it back before Nyakane knocks it into touch accidentally. Force lineout just inside the Bulls 22.
After 7 phases of play the Force cough up a penalty at the breakdown and the Bulls can relieve the pressure.
Haylett-Petty beats two going into the Bulls 22.
The Force carry out of their 22 before earning a penalty which they knock into touch just outside the Bulls 22.
Snipe from van Zyl but he is tackled into touch 5 metres from the Force line.
The Bulls win a penalty at the breakdown and knock the ball long to just outside the Force 22.
The Force maul from 35 metres out. The Force are struggling to gain metres.
The Bulls defense overpowers the Force and Marais can kick clear to about 40 metres out from the Bulls line.
We are underway in Perth as Prior kicks off for the Force.
Brummer clears to touch early on. Lineout to the Force just outside the Bulls 22.
Greetings and a warm welcome to our coverage of the Super Rugby 2016 match between the Western Force and the Bulls from nib Stadium in Perth, Australia.
Western Force head coach Michael Foley has given his side a shake-up for Friday's meeting with the Bulls with seven changes. In the tweaks to the starting XV, Harry Scoble has been named for his starting debut after impressing in his 35 minutes off the bench last week, Ian Prior and Luke Morahan return to the side after a week on the sidelines and Ammon Matuauto has been named for his Super Rugby debut at outside centre. In the reserves Guy Millar and Ross Haylett-Petty return while hooker Anaru Rangi comes into the squad for a potential debut.
The Bulls have been forced into a late change, Jason Jenkins has had to withdraw from the matchday squad due to a pectoral muscle injury. As a result, Marvin Orie comes in at number five, with RG Snyman ? who was scheduled to start in that position ? moving one place across in the second row. It will be Orie?s first Super Rugby start for the Bulls. There is also a change in the back-row as Arno Botha, who was not included in the original matchday 23, starts on the blindside flank.
The last time these teams met Handré Pollard's 79th-minute penalty snatched a 25-24 win for the Bulls at Loftus, as the Springbok fly-half kicked 20 of his side's points to go with a try from Marcel van der Merwe. The Force outscored their hosts by three tries to one with scores from Adam Coleman, Sam Wykes and Kyle Godwin, but Pollard's boot settled the contest.
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