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Kick off is at 16:00 SAST. Join us then for all the live action.
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Western Province: 15 Sergeal Petersen, 14 Sihle Njezula, 13 Rikus Pretorius, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Abner van Reenen, 9 Paul de Wet, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Johan du Toit, 6 Niel Otto, 5 David Meihuizen, 4 Ernst van Rhyn (captain), 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 JJ Kotze, 1 Ali Vermaak. Replacements: 16 Sazi Sandi, 17 Leon Lyons, 18 Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, 19 Justin Basson, 20 Hacjivah Dayimani, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Tim Swiel, 23 Cornel Smit, 24 Jason Alexander, 25 De Wet Marais, 26 Chris Schreuder.
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Bulls – 15 Richard Kriel, 14 Sebastiaan Jobb, 13 Sango Xamlashe (c), 12 Louritz van der Schyff, 11 Kefentse Mahlo, 10 Jandre Burger, 9 Johan Mulder, 8 Jaco Bezuidenhout, 7 Jaco Labuschagne, 6 Henco Beukes, 5 Tiaan de Klerk, 4 JJ Scheepers, 3 Francois Klopper, 2 Werner Fourie, 1 Simphiwe Matanzima. Replacements: 16 Llewelyn Classen, 17 Dewald Donald, 18 Mhleli Dlamini, 19 Adolph Visser, 20 Eduan Lubbe, 21 Tiaan Fourie, 22 Kabelo Mokoena, 23 Niel Beukes, 24 Uzile Tele
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The Bulls will be playing the Rainbow Cup final in a few hours in Italy against Treviso so they have a very young and inexperienced squad this today.
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While this is the big North-South derby in South African rugby, the excitement has been dampened this week.
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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Currie Cup fixture between the Bulls and Western Province at Loftus Versfeld.
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KICK OFF! 0-0. The Bulls get the match underway. Can this inexperienced side cause WP any problems today?
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TRY! BULLS! MAHLO! 5-0. Great start. WP spread the ball wide but there is an intercept and Mahlo runs half of the field to score.
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CONVERSION! BURGER! 7-0. Simple conversion for Du Plessis.
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WP are clearly trying to move the ball into the wider channels early but are not earning the right to do so. Bulls smothering them on defence thus far.
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Shocking error by Senatla in his own 22. He takes the mark but and then plays without bothering to tap the ball. Bulls scrum.
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TRY! WP! NJEZULA! 7-5. WP get quick ball inside Bulls territory and find space out wide. Njezulu steps inside to score.
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CONVERSION! VAN REENEN! 7-7. Great kick by Van Reenen from right-hand touch.
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Bulls can't get any possession here. WP set a lineout up on the Bulls 5m line.
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TRY! WP! KOTZE! 7-12. Kotze goes over off the back of the maul. Simple try for the men in stripes.
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CONVERSION! VAN REENEN! 7-14. Van Reenen slots his second conversion attempt to give the visitors a 7-point lead.
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Penalty won on the ground by the Bulls. It is straight in front but Du Plessis somehow fluffs his lines and misses.
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WP win another scrum penalty and put the ball out on the Bulls 22.
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Bulls have done some very good work to keep WP to 14 points in the opening 25 minutes.
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TRY! WP! KOTZE! 7-19. Kotze finishes off a good phase of play by the visitors. Quick ball the key in that facet as the Bulls couldn't set a solid defence.
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CONVERSION! VAN REENEN! 7-21. Another good strike by Van Reenen adds the extras.
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Mahle runs well but loses the ball on the 22 as he looks to offload. WP can clear via a scrum.
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Kriel should score under the posts but for some reason he looks for the pass and the Bulls knock it on.
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WP are trying too hard to score points here and are being forced into errors. They need to show a lot more patience on attack.
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TRY! BULLS! KRIEL! 12-21. Kriel does score this time after a cross-kick finds Mahlo who releases Kriel with an inside pass.
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Du Plessis misses the conversion attempt.
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HALF TIME! 12-28. WP have been dominant as expected but the Bulls have given a good account of themselves thus far.
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CONVERSION! VAN REENEN! 12-28. Another conversion from touch. That try secures WP a bonus point.
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TRY! WP! KOTZE! 12-26. Kotze is over for his hat-trick from the maul.
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Matanzima is in the bin for 10 minutes.
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KICK OFF! 12-28. We are underway in the second half. WP dominance might only tell in this second half but if the Bulls score first they will feel they are right back in it.
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Bulls are still playing a man down for the next six minutes.
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Bit of a kicking contest which the Bulls win as Van Reenen kicks directly into touch.
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WP put in a massive scrum on the Bulls 22 and win the penalty. They will have a lineout deep inside the Bulls 22.
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TRY! WP! KOTZE! 12-33. Too easy for WP to dominate the mauls as Kotze goes over for his fourth try of the day, three of which have come from mauls.
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Van Reenen misses his first kick of the day.
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TRY! WP! ROOS! 12-38. WP pulling away now. They go through a few phases before Roos breaks through a couple of tackles to go over.
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Swiel on the field and misses his kick at goal.
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WP are looking for another try but the Bulls turn it over inside their own 22.
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Brilliant break by Swiel but he just can't find the support with the offload. Some lovely stuff here by WP.
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PENALTY! WP! SWIEL! 12-41. With the bonus point secured, WP decide to add the three points to their tally.
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The game has become a bit scrappy. Both teams know the game is done.
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WP break well again but the support is slow. That allows the Bulls to win a turnover penalty inside their own 22.
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TRY! WP! DU PLESSIS! 12-46. De Wet breaks before passing inside to Du Plessis who scores under the posts.
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CONVERSION! SWIEL! 12-48. Simple conversion.
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TRY! BULLS! DONALD! 17-48. The Bulls refuse to just throw in the towel as they hit straight back.
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CONVERSION! BURGER! 19-48. Conversion is good and the Bulls are one try away from an unlikely bonus point.
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Petersen is sent to the bench. Chance here for the Bulls.
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We are just a couple minutes from the end here at Loftus. Bulls desperate for the fourth try.
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FULL TIME! 24-48. WP have pulled through with a bonus point win but the Bulls performed well above expectations. They got the bonus point try in the end.
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TRY! BULLS! LABUSCAGNE! 24-48. The Bulls have done it, they have gotten the bonus point.
Bulls
Western Province
3
Tries
7
4' Mahlo Kefentse
38' Kriel Richard
71'
11' Njezula Sihle
16' Kotze Jean-Ja...
28' Kotze Jean-Ja...
39' Kotze Jean-Ja...
50' Kotze Jean-Ja...
55' van Reenen Abner
69' du Plessis Da...
2
Conversions
5
5' Burger jandre
72' Kriel Richard
12' van Reenen Abner
17' van Reenen Abner
29' van Reenen Abner
40' van Reenen Abner
70' Swiel Tim
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Penalties
1
61' van Reenen Abner
0
Drop Goals
0
0
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
15
Squad
15
Matanzima Simphiwe
Fourie Werner
Klopper Francois
Scheepers JJ
De Tiaan Klerk
Beukes Henco
Labuschagne Jaco
Bezuidenhout Jaco
Mulder Johan
Burger jandre
Mahlo Kefentse
Schyff Louritz va...
Xamlashe Sango
Jobb Sebastian
Kriel Richard
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Vermaak Alistair
Kotze Jean-Jacques
Fouche Johan Neet...
Van Rhyn Ernst
Meihuizen David
Otto Niel
du Toit Johan
Roos Evan
De Wet Albertus Paul
van Reenen Abner
Senatla Seabelo
du Plessis Daniel
Pretorius Rikus
Njezula Sihle
Petersen Sergeal
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Reserves
9
Fourie Tiaan
Classen Llewelyn
Donald Dewald
Dlamini Mheli
Visser Adolf
Lubbe Eduan
Mokoena Kabelo
Beukes Niel
Tele Uzile
21
16
17
18
19
20
22
23
24
Sandi Sazi
Lyons Leon
Mazibuko Lee-Marv...
Basson Justin Johan
Dayimani Hacjivah
Masimla Godlen
Swiel Tim
Smit Cornel
Alexander Jason