FULL-TIME: BULLS 13-45 CRUSADERS. The Crusaders have destroyed the Bulls here at home. The Bulls were never in this game and poor tackling let them down on a number of occasions. The Crusaders never slowed down and played the game at a frantic pace. They deserve their bonus point win and Mo’unga was instrumental in this victory. Thank you for joining us.
Kieran Read fails to release the ball and the Bulls secure another penalty. Pollard finds a good touch in the corner and they secure the line-out.
The conversion from Mitch Hunt is wide.
TRY, CRUSADERS, BARRETT! 13-45: The Crusaders secure a line-out deep inside the Bulls 22 and Scott Barrett storms over for another simple try. Poor defence yet again.
Mitch Hunt is into a gap for the Crusaders. He kicks it forward and Rossouw is forced to carry it over for a five metre scrum.
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 13-40: Mo'unga slots another conversion.
TRY, CRUSADERS,REECE! 13-38: Great work by Richie Mo'unga after the Crusaders made at least 70 metres, before a perfect kick finds Sevu Reece and he scores his third try!
The penalty count against the Crusaders continue to increase and now Jordan Taufua is offside. Pollard looks for just too much ground and fails to find touch! Another unforced error!
Richie Mo'unga fails to release the ball and the Bulls have another penalty. The Bulls find a good touch and secure their line-out, only to have it turned-over yet again.
CONVERSION, BULLS, POLLARD! 13-33: Pollard narrows the gap by two more after a good kick.
TRY, BULLS, ODENDAAL! 11-33: Pollard offloads to Odendaal and sends him into a gap. He makes good ground and finally the Bulls are over!
The Bulls secure a third penalty and this time Harry Allan is penalised at the breakdown. The third leads to a fourth and now Luke Romano is guilty of interfering with Warner.
Harry Allan is penalised at the scrum and the Bulls secure a penalty. The Bulls find a good touch and then Todd is guilty of obstruction in the line-out.
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 6-33: Mo'unga makes no mistake with the conversion.
TRY, CRUSADERS, REECE! 6-31: The Bulls earn a free-kick at the scrum and Pollard finds touch. The Crusaders secure their line-out and go wide. They turn it over and win it back after a poor kick. Sevu Reece then runs home from the halfway line to score another easy try. So easy!
Mo'unga finds a good touch and they secure their subsequent line-out. Relief for the Bulls, as the Crusaders knock it on in the tackle.
The Crusaders string six phases together and make their way into the Bulls half. A handling error let them down and they lose the ball in the tackle. Brits is then penalised for wheeling the scrum and the Bulls are under pressure again.
Not a good start by Bulls, as the Pollard kick-off does not travel 10 metres.
Kick-off! We are back underway in the second half. What do the Bulls have in them?
HALF-TIME: BULLS 6-26 CRUSADERS. The Crusaders started this game at a frantic pace and have a good lead to show for it. They have scored four tries against some very ordinary Bulls defence. If the Bulls do not reset very quickly this will get even uglier in the second half. Can the altitude save the Bulls in the last 20 minutes?
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 6-26: Mo'unga slots yet another conversion and extends the lead.
TRY, CRUSADERS, REECE! 6-24: George Bridge is allowed to run by the Bulls defence. He offloads to Read, who in turn sends Sevu Reece away to score a very simple try! Poor, really poor!
Burger Odendaal is offside at the breakdown and the Crusaders have another penalty. They find a good touch and mess up the line-out. That is a let-off for the Bulls just before the break.
RG Snyman is offside and the Bulls give away another soft penalty.
TRY, CRUSADERS, DUNSHEA! 6-19: It's a serious of missed tackles by the Bulls that lead to this try and Matt Dunshea runs home from the halfway line to score in the corner. Great work! The conversion is missed.
PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 6-14: Warner steals the ball for the Bulls after another Crusaders build-up. The Bulls then secure a penalty after Ryan Crotty is penalised at the breakdown. Pollard goes for goal and adds three more.
Burger Odendaal is penalised for a high tackle on David Havili. It's unlucky, as Havili slipped and hence it became high.
Burger Odendaal makes good ground for the Bulls and is brought down five metres from the line. A handling error means the ball is turned over for a Crusaders scrum almost on their own line.
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 3-14: Mo'unga slots another good kick and this time in the more conventional way.
TRY, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 3-12: What a finish by Richie Mo'unga after a patient Crusaders build-up. After a dummy near the halfway line he receives the ball and runs home to score his second of the night!
This time David Havili is in front of the kicker and is adjudged offside for another Bulls penalty. The TMO is also asked to check for a potential neck-roll by a Crusaders player and Bridge is also penalised for the tackle on Pollard.
PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 3-7: Jordan Taufua is offside and Pollard decides to go for goal. It is solid and the Bulls narrow the gap.
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 0-7: Mo'unga slots a quick drop-goal conversion, before we can check any replays.
TRY, CRUSADERS, MOUNGA! 0-5: The bounce of the rugby ball is cruel to Pollard and after a kick through from Bridge, Mo''unga runs home to score! Was Mounga in front of the kicker?
Scott Barrett is penalised for a line-out infringement and Pollard finds another good touch.
The Bulls make their way into the Crusaders 22, before another handling error ensures a Crusaders turn-over. They really need to settle down and quickly! Specman is into a gap after a good offload from Rossouw, but somehow the Crusaders clear the ball on their line.
The Bulls secure the line-out, but after a scrappy clearance they turn it over. They were on the backfoot there, as the Crusaders pushed back quickly.
The Crusaders have started this game at a very fast pace, which is a surprise here at altitude. The Bulls secure the first penalty of the game and Scott Barrett is penalised for not releasing the ball. Pollard finds a good touch.
Kieran Read breaks into a gap and finds some good space. He offloads to Crotty, but a handling error lets him down and the Bulls survive.
Kick-off! We are underway here at Loftus Versveld.
Welcome to Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria for our live coverage of this Super Rugby Clash between the Bulls and the Crusaders.
The Bulls managed to beat the Waratahs 28-21 here last week. Tonight they host the table-topping Crusaders, who were held to a 21-all draw by the Sharks in Christchurch.
The Bulls do not have a good record against Kiwi opposition and this encounter will certainly be no walk in the park.
The Bulls are second on the overall log, but they are 13 points behind the Crusaders having played one game less.
Team Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Handre Pollard (captain), 9 Andre Warner, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Lizo Gqoboka. Substitutes: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Thembelani Bholi, 20 Paul Schoeman, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Divan Rossouw.
Team Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty (captain), 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd (captain), 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Mitchell Dunshea, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody. Substitutes: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Harry Allan, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Whetukamokamo Douglas, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Braydon Ennor.
Our referee is Rasta Rasivhenge and he will be assisted by Jaco Peyper and Egon Seconds. The TMO is Willie Vos.
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