Late Cruden try earns Chiefs a draw against Bulls

Aaron Cruden scored a late try to secure a bonus point 34-all draw for Super Rugby Champions the Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

Both teams take two points for the draw but the Chiefs take an extra point as they scored five tries in the contest.

The result means that the Bulls have gone four matches without loss and this is their first draw at home since March 2004 when they drew 16-all with the Highlanders.

The Chiefs came from 16 points down to level the scores at 34-all and give
the Bulls their second draw in Super Rugby at Loftus.

With a bonus point for five tries, the visitors took three points out of the
match compared to the two of the Bulls to technically emerge as winners of the

The home side were not only outplayed by the opposition but they seemed to
sabotage their own efforts in the opening exchanges.

The hosts miraculously managed to keep the Chiefs at arms’ length as they went
into the half-time break with a one-point deficit.

In the build-up to the match, the Bulls warned against giving the free-running
Chiefs side turnover ball, but they did not seem to heed their own advice.

The Chiefs scored their two first-half tries from turnovers deep inside their
half and could have scored more five-pointers.

The Bulls gifted the tourists with plenty of turnover ball thanks to handling
errors and kickers not finding the touchline.

Bulls flyhalf Jacques-Louis Potgieter scored the first points of the match
through a penalty conversion 10 minutes into the encounter.

The Chiefs, however, soon demonstrated how easy they make scoring tries look
when fullback Mils Muliaina scored their first of five tries.

The try resulted from a clearance kick that did not go into touch, and instead
the visitors ran the ball from inside their own half with Muliaina running into
a gap to score the try, with flyhalf Aaron Cruden missing the conversion.

Four minutes later the Chiefs pounced when the Bulls lost possession in contact
inside the opposition’s 22 to see Liam Messam scoring for his side.

Cruden converted the try to give his side a nine-point lead before Potgieter
added three more points for his side in the 23rd minute.

The Bulls, however, bounced back from the early setbacks to find their way
over the whitewash in the 29th minute with flanker Deon Stegmann scoring from
the back of a driving maul that emanated from a lineout.

Potgieter missed with the conversion kick and instead of giving his side a
two-point lead, a single point separated the sides.

Four minutes from the break the Chiefs were denied their third try of the half
when the Television Match Official ruled Muliaina had knocked the ball on a
metre before the line.

Cruden slotted a penalty conversion in the 37th minute before Potgieter reduced
the deficit to one point going into the break.

The Bulls surged back into contention shortly after the restart when match
referee Craig Joubert awarded a penalty try against the Chiefs for collapsing
a driving maul metres from the line in the 45th minute.

Lock Matt Symons received his marching orders for the infringement as Potgieter
converted to give his side the lead for the second time in the match.

Three minutes later the Bulls again made their way over the tryline when flyer
Bjorn Basson stepped inside and out again before he put the ball on his right
foot to regather for the try.

Potgieter converted the try and added another penalty conversion in the 55th
minute for a comfortable 16-point lead.

However, the unpredictable Chiefs soon erased the advantage in the last 10
minutes of the match.

First Gareth Anscombe finished a movement that emanated from a attacking scrum
inside their 22 in the 70th mi

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