Blues beat Bulls in Auckland

Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Auckland based Blues and the Pretoria based Bulls the Pretoria side have won three and the Auckland side two matches.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

Handre Pollard kicks off and we are underway. The ball is taken into touch by the Blues so the Bulls get an early attacking line out. 

1.00: The Bulls win the line out and set up the maul. They drive into the 22 and then go wide to the backs and kick to the corner. The Blues were offside so we go back for a penalty. 

2.00: The Bulls take the line out and use the maul to get over the line. They are however held up. 5m scrum. 

4.00: The Bulls win a penalty from the scrum. They take the line out again. The Bulls drive over the line and Marcel van der Merwe looks to have scored. The TMO will check. Flip van de Merwe obstructed/tackles a player without the ball so there is no try. The Blues kick for touch. 

6.00: The Bulls win the line out again. The Bulls try to move the ball down the line but the Blues are caught offside. Pollard will take a shot at the posts. 

7.00: Pollard nails the kick and the Bulls lead. 

9.00: The Blues win a penalty for not supporting your body weight. Ihaia West takes the kick and nails it. The scores are level. 

12.00: The Bulls gather a loose Blues ball and chip it through but the Blues get back and dot it down. The Blues get a 22 drop out. 

16.00; The Bulls are still dominating territory and playing the game in the Blues half. The Bulls win a penalty as Ihaia West is caught offside. Pollard will take a shot at the posts. 

17.00: Pollard lines up the kick and nails it. 

19.00: The Bulls try to clear the ball from their 22. The ball goes straight to Lolagi Visinia who races twoards Francois Hougaard and Marcel van der Merwe. He wrong foots Hougaard and beats Van der Merwe and slips through to score the first TRY! Untouched. 

20.00;West adds the conversion and the Blues lead. 

23.00: The Bulls look to hit back with an line out and then drive to the line. They are however held up and then pushed back. 

27.00: The Blues get some attacking ball after a line out and they try to move the ball wide to the backs but there is a knock on. Most of the game is still being played in the Blues half. 

30.00: The Bulls win a scrum and they pass the ball to the backs who attack with pace. The Bulls push the Blues back to the 5m line. The Bulls change direction and Pollard pops a ball out to Jan Serfontein who stumbles over the line and scores. TRY!

31.00; Pollard takes the conversion kick and nails it. The Bulls lead. Territory is 83% to the Bulls. 

35.00: Penalty to the Blues in front. West takes the kick and nails it to level the scores. 

38.00: The Bulls concede another penalty for over the top/not supporting your body weight. West takes the kick and he nails it. The Blues lead. 

40.00: The Bulls kick the ball into touch on the full so the Blues have a line out. The Blues win the line out as the siren sounds. West tries a drop goal but misses. 

It is half time. 

The half time score was Blues 16 Bulls 13

Ihaia West kicks off and we are underway with the second half. 

42.00: The Bulls win a penalty from the scrum so Pollard kicks for touch and the line out. 

45.00: The Blues win a penalty back after the line out and West kicks for touch. 

48.00: The Bulls find space with the boot behind the Blues. The Blues scramble and kick for touch. The Bulls then win the line out and use the maul to get into the Blues 22. 

49.00: The Bulls drive forward and get to the Blues 5m line but the ball goes dead and the Blues will get the scrum.

50.00: The Bulls win a scrum on the half way line. They move the ball quickly down the line and get to the 5m line. A hint of a forward pass is missed but the Bulls keep the ball going through the phases and Serfontein goes over and scores his second TRY! 

53.00: Pollard misses the conversion. Steven Luatus looks to have seriously damaged his shoulder and will be stretchered off. Keven Mealamu takes over the captaincy. 

58.00: Rudy Paige comes off for the Bulls. Francois Hougaard moves to No.9 and Travis Ismael comes on to the wing. 

60.00: The Blues kick behind the Bulls and they find space. The Bulls scramble and try to run the ball out of their 22 but they knock on. The Blues play on but they knock on too so we go back for the first knock on. 

63.00: The Blues put the Bulls under pressure in their 22 but the Bulls manage to push them out and into touch. 

65.00: The Blues chip for the corner and Visinia but Kriel gets to it and saves the try. The Bulls get the put in at the line out and the Bulls kick for touch. 

67.00: It’s all the Blues on the attack now. The Blues go through the phases in the Bulls 22. George Moala gets the ball and crashes over for the TRY which puts the Blues back in front. 

68.00: West takes the converison kick and nails it. 

70.00: The Bulls almost hit straight back but Callie Visage gets pushed into touch. 

73.00: The Blues let a try slip as  Francis Saili knocks the ball on with an open trylin in front and West in support. 

76.00: The Bulls win a penalty on the half way line for collapsing the maul. Pollard kicks for touch and the line out. 

78.00: The Bulls win the line out and use the maul. The maul disintegrates before it gets to the 22. The Bulls retain possession but they go to ground and the Blues win a penalty for not releasing. 

79.00: West kicks for touch and the line out. The Blues win the line out. The ball goes dead and the Blues get the put in at the scrum. 

80.00: The Blues win the scrum and kick the ball into touch. Thats it. 

The Blues have won. 

The full time score is Blues 23 (16) Bulls 18 (13)

Scorers

Blues
Tries – L.Visinia, G.Moala
Pen – I.West 3
Con – I.West 2
Drop –
Cards –

Bulls
Tries – J.Serfontein 2
Pen – H.Pollard 2
Con – H.Pollard 
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1:Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 2:Aki Aso
TMO : Glenn Newman

Teams

Blues

1. Tony Woodcock , 2. James Parsons , 3. Charlie Faumuina , 4. Josh Bekhuis , 5. Culum Retallick , 6. Akira Ioane , 7. Brendon O’Connor , 8. Steven Luatua (c) , 9. Jamison Gibson-Park , 10. Ihaia West , 11. Melani Nanai , 12. George Moala , 13. Francis Saili , 14. Ben Lam , 15. Lolagi Visinia

Replacements: , 16. Keven Mealamu , 17. Ofa Tu’ungafasi , 18. Sam Prattley , 19. Will Lloyd , 20. Blake Gibson , 21. Jimmy Cowan/Jamie Booth , 22. Simon Hickey , 23. Matt Vaega

Bulls

Jesse Kriel, Francois Hougaard, JJ Engelbrecht, Jan Serfontein, Bjorn Basson, Handre Pollard, Rudy Paige, Pierre Spies ( c), Arno Botha, Lappies Labuschagne, Victor Matfield, Flip van de Merwe, Marcel van der Merwe, Adriaan Strauss, Trevor Nyakane.

Replacements: Callie Visagie , Dean Greyling, Werner Kruger, Jacques du Plessis, Deon Stegmann, Burger Odendaal, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Travis Ismaiel.

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