Bulls beat Lions in Pretoria

The Bulls have a crucial advantage over every team in Super Rugby in that they get to play last and, thus know exactly what they have to do to qualify for the play-offs.

Match details

We are waiting for the kick-off.


0.00: Elton Jantjies gets proceedings under way as he kicks off for the visitors.


2.00: The Lions gain momentum off the back of a lineout just inside opposition territory. They run the ball wide and build phases before the Bulls are penalised at the breakdown, just 20m from their own line. Jantjies will line up a kick at goal from 30m out.


3.00: Jantjies’ kick sails over, handing the Lions an early lead.


5.00: The Bulls gain momentum off a 10m lineout inside Lions territory. They work through several phases before a pass out wide by Morne Steyn does not find Bjorn Basson. The ball rolls into touch.


8.00: Waylon Murray makes a strong break for the Lions but a loose inside pass is picked up by the Bulls, who counter attack down the left touchline.


9.00: The Lions are penalised for holding on inside Bulls territory. Steyn kicks for touch.


12.00: The Bulls work their way up inside the opposition 22. They generate quick ball and work through over ten phases to get within 5m of the line.


13.00: The Lions are penalised for not rolling away and Steyn will line up a kick at goal from 25m out.


14.00: Steyn slots the kick, levelling the scores at Loftus.


15.00: An intercept by Akona Ndungane leads to the Bulls’ opening try of the game as the flyer runs 40m to dot down under the posts.


16.00: Steyn converts.


18.00: The Bulls are once again camped inside the opposition 22. They are able to get over the line but the referee rules that the ball has been held up.


21.00: The Bulls are penalised at scrum time and the visitors kick for touch from close to their own 22m line.


22.00: Butch James puts a cross kick into the corner and Zane Kirchner is unable to gather, eventually being tackled into touch 10m from his own line.


23.00: The Bulls are penalised for not releasing. Jantjies will line up a kick at goal from directly in front of the uprights.


24.00: Jantjies slots the kick, reducing the deficit.


25.00: The Bulls are able to get inside the opposition 22, but a stray pass is gathered by the visitors who punt the ball up field.


26.00: The visitors are penalised for collapsing the maul inside their own half. Steyn will line up a kick at goal from 40m out.


27.00: Steyn’s kick is unsuccessful.


29.00: The Bulls gain momentum and get within 5m of the line. A solid drive sees the home side get over the line, but the ball is held up and the Bulls will feed a 5m scrum.


30.00: Bjorn Basson finds a gap and breaks through the Lions’ defensive line to score the Bulls’ second try.


31.00: Steyn converts.


32.00: The Bulls are penalised for sealing off the ball inside their own half. The visitors opt to kick for the corner instead of lining up a kick at goal.


35.00: The Lions are camped on the Bulls’ line. The home side are penalised for not rolling away and the Lions opt for a 5m scrum feed.


36.00: Michael Bondesio is able to get over the line and score the Lions’ first try.


37.00: Jantjies bangs over

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