Cheetahs beat Bulls in Pretoria

Out of the last six Super Rugby matches between the Pretoria based Bulls and the Bloemfontein based Cheetahs the Pretoria side have won five and the Cheetahs one.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

Jacques-Louis Potgieter kicks off and we are underway. 

2.00: The Bulls press the Cheetahs back into their half. The Bulls knock on. The Cheetahs win the scrum and attack the Bulls. 

3.00: The Cheetahs concede a penalty so the Bulls kick for the corner. The Bulls win the line out. They drive to the line but are short. The Bulls recycle and go again to the left and then to the right and Jesse Kriel juggles the ball over a Cheetahs player, regathers the ball and scores. TRY!

5.00: Jacques-Louis Potgieter adds the conversion. 

9.00: The Cheetahs hit straight back by sending Sergeal Pietersen into the corner. he is stopped but the Cheetahs recycle suck the Bulls in and Willie le Roux sends a side ball out to Niell Jordaan who scores. TRY! 

10.00: The try is converted from out wide by Niel Marais. The scores are level. 

15.00:The Cheetahs are all over the Bulls in their 22. The Cheetahs send wave after wave of attack at the Bulls who can only defend. 

17.00: The Cheetahs go for the corner but they are short. Sergeal Pietersen is down and is driven off in the buggy. Coenie van Wyk come on. The Cheetahs win a line out on the 5m line and Henco Venter is driven over and scores. TRY! 

18.00: Niel Marais adds the conversion. 

24.00:The Bulls have the ball and are on the attack. They go through the phases but don’t really make much ground. The game is paused as a Cheetahs player is down and the play was too close to him whilst being attended to by the medic. Carl Wegner is driven off in the medical buggy. 

25.00: The game resumes with a scrum for the Bulls. They win the scrum and attack the Cheetahs. 

27.00: The Bulls go through the phases on attack in the Cheetahs 22. They get near the 5m line and the Cheetahs concede a penalty. 

28.00: Potgieter slots the penalty. 

32.00: The Cheetahs get down into the Bulls 22 with a touchfinder. They win the line out and put the Bulls under pressure. The Cheetahs win a penalty and they suck the Bulls in with a maul and Sarel Pretorius offloads to Clayton Blommetjies who slips through and scores. TRY! 

34.00: Neil Marais slots the conversion. 

36.00: The Cheetahs are back in the Bulls 22. They chip through and chase but the Bulls get back and dot the ball down. The Cheetahs are called back for a scrum on the 5m line. 

39.00: The Cheetahs win a penalty from the scrum. They choose another scrum. 

40.00: The siren sounds for half time with the Cheetahs on attack on the Bulls 5m line. They get pushed across the face of the posts and Sarel Pretorius slips through and scores the bonus point TRY! 

Neil Marais adds the conversion. Its half time. 

The half time score was Bulls 10 Cheetahs 28

The Cheetahs kick off and we are underway with the second half. 

45.00:The Cheetahs are playing with much greater intensity than the Bulls and Boom Prinsloo is having a great game at the breakdown. 

50.00: The Cheetahs stretch the Bulls by running the ball at pace and the Bulls fall off the tackles and Steven Sykes goes over to score. TRY! 

51.00: Neil Marais adds the conversion. 

54.00: The Bulls start their fightback and Jesse Kriel spreads the ball wide to Francois Hougaard who goes over in the corner to score. TRY! 

57.00: Tian Schoeman adds the conversion. 

62.00: The Bulls go through the phases on attack and play more like a team. They work the ball into the Cheetahs 22 but the Cheetahs turn the ball over and they push the Bulls back into their 22. 

66.00: Rudy Paige slips off a tackle and passes out to Pierre Spies but he takes too long and the opportunity is lost. The Bulls get a penalty. They tap it and go for the line but Mohoje stops them from going over. 

70.00: The Bulls get their third try as Pierre Spies crashes over taking Willie le Roux over with him. TRY !

71.00: Tian Schoeman adds the conversion. 

72.0: The Cheetahs hit back and Oupa Mohoje gets them into space and Ryno Benjamin goes over in the corner. TRY 

73.00: Neil Marais slots the conversion. 

7700: The Cheetahs defend an attack from the Bulls on their 5m line and they begin their own attack. They press the Bulls back into their half. 

78.00: The Bulls spread the Cheetahs wide and JJ Engelbrecht sends a wobbly pass out to Francois Hougaard who goes over to score the Bulls bonus point TRY in the corner. His second try. 

79.00: Tian Schoeman misses the conrversion. 

80.00: The siren sounds but the Bulls want more. They run the ball but run out of space and go into touch. Thats it. 

The Cheetahs have won. 

The full time score is Bulls 29 (10) Cheetahs 42 (28)


Tries – J.Kriel, F.Hougaard 2, P.Spies
Pen – J.Potgieter
Con – J.Potgieter, T.Schoeman 2
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – N.Jordaan, H.Venter, C. Blommetjies, S.Pretorius, S.Sykes, R.Benjamin
Pen –
Con – N.Marais 6
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant Ref 1:Jason Jaftha
Assistant Ref 2:Ben Crouse
TMO :Willie Vos



Jesse Kriel, Francois Hougaard, JJ Engelbrecht, Burger Odendaal, Travis Ismaiel, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Rudy Paige , Pierre Spies ( c), Jacques du Plessis, Arno Botha, Grant Hattingh, Flip van der Merwe, Marcel van der Merwe, Adriaan Strauss, Morne Mellett.

Replacements: Callie Visagie, Trevor Nyakane, Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, Roelof Smit, Bjorn Basson, Tian Schoeman, Jurgen Visser, Werner Kruger.


1 . BG Uys, 2. Torsten van Jaarsveld, 3. Maks van Dyk, 4. Carl Wegner, 5 Francois Uys ( c ), 6. Boom Prinsloo, 7. Henco Venter, 8. Niell Jordaan, 9. Sarel Pretorius ( vc ), 10. Niel Marais, 11. Sergeal Petersen, 12. Ryno Benjamin, 13. Francois Venter, 14. Clayton Blommetjies, 15. Willie le Roux

Replacements : 16. Elandre Huggett, 17. Danie Mienie, 18. Ewald vd Westhuizen, 19. Steven Sykes, 20. Gerhard Olivier, 21. Oupa Mohoje, 22. Renier Botha, 23. Coenie van Wyk

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