Blues beat Bulls in Pretoria

The Blues last Super Rugby victory against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in
Pretoria was nine years ago in 2003 when the team from Auckland lost just one
game en route to the last of their three Super Rugby titles.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

The Blues kick off and we are underway.

2.00: Wow perfect start for the Blues as Gareth Anscombe gets the ball on intercept
and races away on his first touch and scores under the posts.

3.00: Anscombe adds the conversion.

5.00: The game is being played at pace. The Bulls get close to scoring from
a loose ball after a line out but the Blues get to the ball first. It’s wild
so far.

10.00: Penalty to the Blues. Anscombe takes the kick from way out….he hits
the post and on to the crossbar and over. What a game Anscombe is having.

13.00: Ali Williams is shown a yellow card for dropping a maul. The Bulls use
the penalty to set up a line out.

15.00: The Bulls win the line out and Pierre Spies goes over the line and puts
the ball down. It looks like he lost it forward so the TMO check. Try! Steyn
misses the conversion.

18.00: Both teams are playing a real pressure game. It’s intense and physical.
The Blues however concede a penalty so Steyn will kick for touch.

20.00: The Bulls drive again for the line but Werner Kruger is short and loses
the ball forward. We go upstairs. "Inconclusive" is the answer from
the TMO which seems to a but wishy washy as he avoided making a call. The Bulls
have a scrum.

21.00: The Blues win a scrum and clear the ball.

23.00: Ali Williams comes back on and the Bulls win a scrum penalty. Steyn
will kick for posts.

24.00: Steyn takes the shot and from in front and misses.

27.00: Another penalty for the Bulls so Steyn lines up again. This time he
nails it.

30.00: Penalty to the Blues at the line out. Anscombe kicks deep for the Blues.
The Bulls however win the line out.

32.00: Bulls with 63 % territory so far. Bulls concede a penalty so Anscombe
will kick deep again.

34.00: The Bulls are caught offside so the Blues have another penalty. Anscombe
takes the shot and nails it.

37.00: The Blues defence has to be applauded as they have been pinned back
in their 25 and every time they manage to turn the ball over and get it to safety.

38.00: The Blues get the ball downfield and out of the blue almost Gareth Anscombe
darts through a gap again and scores his second TRY!!

39.00: Anscombe takes the conversion kick and nails it.

40.00: The siren sounds for half time – it is half time.
The half time score was Bulls 8 Blues 20

The second half is underway.

43.00: The Blues are getting some early territory in the Bulls half. They win
a scrum which has been one of their weaknesses.

45.00: The Blues attack the Bulls line but Lowrey knocks on.

46.00: The Blues win a line out and attack. They go through the phases and
then Anscombe finds touch with a grubber.

48.00: The Bulls are starting to use the width of the field now and its gaining
them some ground.

51.00; Penalty to the Blues. Anscomber misses this one though.

53.00; The Bulls get a penalty so Steyn takes the shot. He nails it.

58.00; Kirchner concedes a penalty so the Blues get another shot at goal. Anscombe
takes the kick and nails it.

60.00:The Bulls get a penalty for the Blues going to ground. Steyn takes the
kick and misses.

63.00: Another scrum penalty for the Blues. Anscombe takes the kick and misses.

67.00: The Blues get another penalty. Anscombe takes the kick and again he
nails it.

71.00: The Bulls get the ball to the Blues tryline but they can’t get over.
They do however win a p

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