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As it happened: Bulls 23-18 Cheetahs

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02 Apr 2016

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02 Apr 2016

Read our MATCH REPORT here.

02 Apr 2016

Paul Schoeman is the Man of the Match.

Interestingly, his cynical hands in the ruck early in the match resulted in a yellow card and the Bulls scored two tries with him off the field. 

02 Apr 2016

The Cheetahs will feel they could have won that game, espeically with their dominant scrum in the second half. 

02 Apr 2016

FULL TIME AT LOFTUS

The Bulls have won at home, beating the Cheetahs 23-18.

02 Apr 2016

80' - Brummer misses but the hooter sounds and that's full-time!

02 Apr 2016

79' - Penalty to the Bulls as Van Jaarsveld is pinged for slowing the ball down. 

Brummer will have a shot at goal for the Bulls. 

02 Apr 2016

78' - Van Jaarsveld cannot throw the ball in straight. The Bulls opt for lineout, they don't want to face that Cheetahs scrum. 

02 Apr 2016

77' - Penalty to the Cheetahs as Nyakane is penalised for illegal scrumming.

This is the visitors last chance. 

They have a lineout on their own 10m line. 

02 Apr 2016

77' - The scrum needs to be reset. The Bulls will be loving this as it helps wind down the clock. 

02 Apr 2016

76' - The Bulls have taken the ball through 10 phases and then kick into space. Blommetjies is caught in possession and Cheetahs lose the ball forward at the resulting ruck. 

The Bulls have a scrum around 6m from the Cheetahs line. 

02 Apr 2016

73' - After losing their lineout and a loose ball hacked over the dead ball line, the Bulls are gifted possession after the Cheetahs 22m drop-out doesn't even travel a metre as they try a quick kick-off. The Bulls have as scrum-feed on the Cheetahs 22m line. 

02 Apr 2016

72' - Now they win a penalty as the Cheetahs have not rolled away. 

Brummer sets up a lineout deep inside the Cheetahs half. 

02 Apr 2016

71' - The Bulls are controlling possession at the moment, running down the clock nicely. 

02 Apr 2016

69' - Somehow, Marais has missed from right in front! He could have closed the gap to just 2 points. 

02 Apr 2016

68' - Excellent hands by the Cheetahs backline sees them surge into the Bulls 22m area. Unfortunately, Schoeman throws a poor pass and the ball goes into touch. 

The Cheetahs have a penalty for offside however. 

Marias will kick at goal. 

02 Apr 2016

65 - Bulls substitutions

Jenkins is replaced by Janse van Rensburg

Schoeman is replaced by Brummer

02 Apr 2016

65' - Schoeman pull his attempt away to the left.

02 Apr 2016

64' - Schoeman will have a chance to extend the Bulls lead after the Cheetahs backline are ruled off-side. That seemed a little harsh.

02 Apr 2016

62' - Another chance for the Cheetahs to attack as they setup a lineout in the Bulls 22m area after they receive a penalty after a high tackle. 

This time they get the maul wrong and are penalised for "changing lanes".

The Bulls clear through Schoeman

02 Apr 2016

61' - Bulls substitution

Odendaal is replaced by Marais

02 Apr 2016

59' - The Cheetahs once again have the Bulls under pressure from the kick-off, surging into the home side's 22m area. 

Ulengo grabs an intercept but is caught by the Cheetahs defence, Paige clears from the base of the ruck. 

02 Apr 2016

57' - Penalty slotted by Schoeman!

That's the first points for the Bulls this half. 

Bulls 23 Cheetahs 18 

02 Apr 2016

56' - The Bulls take the ball through a number of phases and Schoeman makes some ground after a nice little break. The Cheetahs are pinged for not rolling away and Schoeman will have a shot at goal from around 38m and roughly in front. 

02 Apr 2016

55' - Penalty to the Bulls as the Cheetahs defence ran obstruction as the Bulls chased the kick of Paige

The Bulls opt for a lineout in the Cheetahs half. 

02 Apr 2016

54' - An excellent tactical kick by Marais puts the Bulls on the defence deep in their own half. They win the lineout and Paige kicks upfield.

02 Apr 2016

49' - TRY to the Cheetahs!

No stopping that rolling maul and van Jaarsveld scores for the Cheetahs!

The Bulls had no answer to that!

Marais misses an easy conversion. 

Bulls 20 Cheetahs 18

02 Apr 2016

48' - The Cheetahs scrum has just destroyed the Bulls. They have another penalty and opt to setup an attacking lineout. 

02 Apr 2016

47' - The Cheetahs are straight back onto attack but a promising move breaks down after Petersen knocks-on. To be fair to the winger, the pass was behind him. 

02 Apr 2016

45' - PENALTY slotted by Marais!

The Cheetahs pivot closes the gap to just 7 points.

Bulls 20 Cheetahs 13

02 Apr 2016

44' - The Cheetahs moving the ball around, working their way into the Bulls 22m area until they knock on. Luckily they have a penalty after the Bulls are adjudged off-side. 

Marais will kick at goal. 

02 Apr 2016

42' - Penalty to the Cheetahs as the Bulls front row collapses. 

Blommetjies kicks to touch and the Cheetahs have an attacking lineout around 30m from the Bulls line. 

02 Apr 2016

40' - The second half is underway at Loftus and an early handling error by the Cheetahs give the Bulls possession just outside the visitors 22m area.

02 Apr 2016

HALF TIME AT LOFTUS

An entertaining first half sees the Bulls leading the Cheetahs by 20 - 10, scoring 3 tries to 1 in the process.

02 Apr 2016

40' - Not a great lineout from the Cheetahs as the Bulls win the ball and clear to touch.

02 Apr 2016

40' - Some pushing and shoving although there are a few hands near faces as props, hookers and locks grab each other!

A few pushes in the face as well.

Cheetahs penalty advanced 10m. Joubert rules that Bulls skipper Adriaan Strauss started it all. 

The Cheetahs setup a lineout deep in the Bulls half. 

02 Apr 2016

40' - Scrum penalty to the Cheetahs as the hooter sounds. Suddenly the packs explode into some fisticuffs. 

Craig Joubert will have a look on the big screen. 

02 Apr 2016

38' - Zeilinga into the action immediately as he pulls off a brilliant tackle on a flying Kriel putting him out into touch.  

The Cheetahs have a defensive lineout in their own 22m area. 

02 Apr 2016

37' - Cheetahs substitution

Francois Venter has a broken noise. He is replaced by Fred Zeilinga.

02 Apr 2016

34' - TRY to the Bulls!

Ulengo is the scorer as he forces his way over from a ruck in close but it was the play before that setup that try as Serfontein, Ulengo and de Jager combined brilliantly down the left-hand touchline. 

Schoeman cannot convert.

Bulls 20 Cheetahs 10

02 Apr 2016

34' - What a game this is as the Bulls surge upfield!

02 Apr 2016

32' - TRY to the Cheetahs!

Petersen has got over in the right-hand corner! After bashing away with the forwards, the Cheetahs then opted to spread the ball wide and the winger managed to stretch for the corner and score. He has some real pace!

Marais converts to cut the deficit to just 5 points.

Bulls 15 Cheetahs 10

02 Apr 2016

32' - TMO called into action here as Petersen might be over in the corner for the Cheetahs.

02 Apr 2016

31' - Another excellent phase of attacking play by the Cheetahs sees them surge to within 5m of the line. 
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