Bulls, Chiefs share the spoils

2014-03-29 23:00

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The Bulls will feel as though they were pickpocketed after the Chiefs staged an extraordinary last-gasp effort to snatch a draw in their Super Rugby match at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria yesterday.

In a match with massive swings of dominance, the Chiefs scored two early tries to lead 12-3 but then slumped in the face of the Bulls’ forward supremacy to fall behind 31-15 before scoring two tries in the last four minutes to draw level.

Instead of the Bulls taking all the log points, they ironically ended up getting only two to the Chiefs’ three because the tourists from Waikato in New Zealand managed to score five tries.

The Bulls relied on the virtues that have historically stood them in good stead?–?powerful set pieces and ferocious driving play to race ahead after turning 14-15 down, and will be left wondering how they let the defending champions off the hook.

Skipper Victor Matfield sent a strong signal that if the Springboks need him, he will be ready and capable.

But there will be questions about his decision to go for the bonus-point try with kicks to the corner rather than taking the penalties and putting the match out of reach of the Chiefs.

Still, with the score at 34-22 with five minutes left to play, it did seem safe until the wizardry of Aaron Cruden and his slick-passing Chiefs turned the game on its head.

.?In Brisbane, the Stormers slumped to their fourth successive defeat on tour as they went down 17-22 to the Reds.

The Stormers’ record for the season now stands at played six, lost five.

They find themselves with a lot of ground to make up when they return to Cape Town and go straight back into action with a match against the Waratahs at Newlands on Saturday night.

The Stormers scored two tries to one, but it was Quade Cooper’s 17 points from a conversion, four penalties and a drop goal that got the Reds home after having lost both their games in South Africa.

The Stormers paid the price for not valuing possession and their stuttering, aimless performance will heap more pressure on coach Allister Coetzee.

Round seven results


Crusaders 26, Hurricanes 29

Rebels 32, Brumbies 24


Blues 30, Highlanders 12

Reds 22, Stormers 17


Friday: Highlanders vs Rebels; Brumbies vs Blues

Saturday: Hurricanes vs Bulls; Reds vs Force; Cheetahs vs Chiefs; Lions vs Crusaders; Stormers vs Waratahs

Bye: Sharks

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