PENALTY! BLUES! BLACK! 21-23. The Blues ran from their own 22 in wet weather brilliant and forced an offside penalty in front of the uprights. Blues win in with the final kick of the game! Brilliant.
FULL TIME! 21-23. The Bulls will be kicking themselves for losing this one. They missed tackle upon tackle when they had the Blues pinned inside their own 22 and allowed the visitors to get into their half. Poor effort from the hosts.
A relieving penalty allows Libbok to put the Bulls back into Blues territory. Three minutes to go, can the Blues turn this around?
The Blues are straight back on the attack from kick off. Unrelenting stuff from the visitors but their is a knock-on five meters from the Bulls line and the hosts can clear via a scrum.
CONVERSION! LIBBOK! 21-20. The Bulls are back in the lead and the see-saw battle continues.
TRY! BULLS! RUDOLPH! 19-20. Eventually the Bulls go over after camping the Blues try line for a few minutes. Rudolph picks up from the base of the scrum and dive over.
Sotutu goes to the bin, now the Bulls have 10 minutes against 14 men and they are camped in the 22 of the Blues.
Bulls are now in the Blues 22 but they need to make these visits count now.
Libbok has come on for Steyn and he has had two horrible touches. Great chance to put the ball in touch inside the Bulls 22 but he kicks the ball dead. Very poor.
TRY! BLUES! PEROFETA! 14-20. Brilliant. A cross-kick is taken beatifully by Duffie before an offload to Perofeta who scores. The conversion is missed which keeps the match at 6 points.
Bulls with a chance to counter but Specman passes the ball into touch. Pressure starting to tell for the Bulls.
Steyn sets up for a drop goal and strikes it well but the ball drifts narrowly wide.
CONVERSION! BLACK! 14-15. The conversion is over and the Blues have regained the lead.
TRY! BLUES! ROBINSON! 14-3. The Bulls defend the maul well but then the Blues set up a midfield ruck and from there the hosts don't have enough defenders as Robinson drives over.
Bulls under pressure on their own line. Blues have a line-out on the 5m, can they make this count?
Bulls are trying to be a bit too expansive for these conditions and the inevitable handling error occurs. Blues have a scrum on halfway.
Blues score through Narawa in the corner after some brilliant hands and offloads but it has been called back for going forward. Bulls scrum on their own 10m line.
PENALTY! BULLS! STEYN! 14-8. Easy kick for Steyn right in front to give the Bulls a 6 point lead.
KICK OFF! 11-8. The second half is underway and the Bulls have possession on the Blues 22.
Specman scored with a spectacular dive but he was in touch. Back for the penalty and the Bulls will scrum again.
TRY! BULLS! STEYN! 11-8. The Bulls are back in the lead. Neat move off the back of the scrum sees Steyn with space and he just needs to dive over.
HALF TIME! 11-8. The Bulls take a narrow lead into the break but it has been a very even game thus far. The rain is teeming down in Pretoria which brings a whole new perspective to the match. Join is for the second half in a little bit.
Bulls with a break down centre field but they are taken down on the Blues 5m line. Cynical infringement by Ruru sees him to to the bin for 10.
Bulls find space and counter but Specman can't get to the ball before it rolls into touch.
The Bulls are back to a full compliment of players so they'll hope they can regain the upper hand they enjoyed early in the piece.
The conversion is missed by Black.
TRY! BLUES! TELEA! 6-8. Brilliantly finished from the Blues winger in the left hand corner.
The Bulls are down to 13 men for a few minutes now. Can the Blues make this count?
Burger Odendaal is in the bin for foul play.
The Blues are almost in to score in the corner but a great covering tackle by Specman saves the day. Scrum Bulls on their own 5m line.
Bulls are camped inside the Blues 22 now give away a stupid penalty. Blues put it out and then win another penalty. Ferreira will spend 10 minutes in the bin.
PENALTY! BLUES! BLACK! 6-3. Black sinks it from 40 meters out to half the deficit.
PENALTY! BULLS! STEYN! 6-0. Steyn slots another one and Bulls have a good lead. The Blues don't have any territory whatsoever and will need to be tactically smarter.
Cornal Hendricks makes a superb break. What a run! But he is isolated on the 22 so they come back for an offside penalty. Steyn will kick for goal.
Bulls come up with some clever play after Specman gets over the advantage line.Rudolph is taken into touch just in time and then the hosts give away a penalty.
PENALTY! BULLS! STEYN! 3-0. Bulls win the scrum penalty and Steyn sinks it from 35 meters on the angle. Good kick considering the conditions.
First scrum of the match and we are already into the third set. Wet field not helping.
Blues win a penalty and decide to go at goal it is straight in front but about 53 meters out and Plummer comes up about five meters short.
A tightly contested match can be expected as the rain buckets down from the Pretoria sky. These are not going to be easy conditions.
KICK OFF! 0-0. We are underway as the Blues kick off.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Super Rugby fixture between the Bulls and Blues at Loftus Versfeld.
Bulls – 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Josh Strauss, 7 Wian Vosloo, 6 Jeandre Rudolph, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Subs: 16 Corniel Els, 17 Gerhard Steenkamp, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Ruan Nortje, 20 Ruan Steenkamp 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Divan Rossouw.
Blues – 15 Stephen Perofeta, 14 Emoni Narawa, 13 Joe Marchant, 12 Harry Plummer, 11 Mark Telea, 10 Otere Black, 9 Jonathan Ruru, 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Tony Lamborn, 6 Tom Robinson, 5 Jacob Pierce, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu (c), 3 Sione Mafileo, 2 James Parsons, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe.
Subs: 16 Kurt Eklund, 17 Ezekiel Lindenmuth, 18 Ofa Tuungafasi, 19 Aaron Carroll, 20 Dalton Papalii, 21 Sam Nock, 22 TJ Faiane, 23 Matt Duffie.
This is the Bulls first home game of the season and come off a bye last week. Their two previous weeks ended in defeat while the Blues have won one and lost two of their opening three matches.
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