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We are underway at Loftus Versfeld in the United Rugby Championship's North-South derby, the second match in South Africa today.
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Stormers: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Deon Fourie, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Salmaan Moerat (co-captain), 3 Sazi Sandi, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff (co-captain). Replacements: 16 Andre-Hugo Venter, 17 Leon Lyons, 18 Brok Harris, 19 Adre Smith, 20 Hacjivah Dayimani, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Dan du Plessis, 23 Warrick Gelant
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The visitors, only one place above the host in 14th position on the log are led by co-captains Steven Kisthoff and Salmaan Moeraat, whilst Springboks Damian Willemse and Marvin Orie return to the starting lineup.
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Bulls: 15 David Kriel, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Lionel; Mapoe, 12 Cornal Hendricks (captain), 11 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 10 Chris Smith, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Elrich Louw, 7 Reinhard Ludwig, 6 Arno Botha, 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Walt Steenkamp, 3 Mornay Smith, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Gerhard Steenkamp. Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Janko Swanepoel, 20 Marcel Coetzee, 21 Zak Burger, 22 Morne Steyn, 23 Harold Vorster
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Today’s fixture refereed by Jaco Peyper sees the return of Springboks players to the United Rugby Championship with the home side, sitting in 15th position on the log led by Cornal Hendricks behind a strong forward pack with a powerful loose trio in Elrich Louw, Reinarch Ludwig and Arno Botha.
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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the United Rugby Championship fixture, the North-South derby, between the Blue Bulls and Stormers, from Loftus Versfeld.
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Bulls win penalty at the breakdown despite scrum-half Embrose Papier kicking out on the full. Bulls line out in Stormers territory.
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Bulls win penalty at the breakdown for Steven Kitshoff not rolling away. After kicking for the corner the ball is stolen on the ground by Manie Libbok. Stormers clear the ball and awarded ball at the line out on halfway.
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TRY, STORMERS, SPEEDSTER SEABELO SENATLA DIVES OVER A MANI LIBOKK KICK IN THE CORNER.
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Manie Libbok misses the conversion attempt
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Van Rooyen on for Smith in the Bulls front row due to injury. Bulls concede scrum penalty on halfway after making an error on the kickoff.
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PENALTY, STORMERS, CONVERTED BY MANIE LIBBOK FROM THE HALFWAY LINE
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Stormers awarded penalty at the breakdown despite Bulls string passes together in their half. Stormers line out inside Bulls territory.
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Penalties awarded for both sides at the breakdown with neither team making the most of it. Chris Smith clears the ball. Stormers lineout on their 22 meter.
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Kick missed to the left by Smith.
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Bulls win a scrum penalty on the Stormers 10 meter line. Chris Smith to kick at goal.
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A brilliant 50-22 kick from Damian Willemse earns Stormers an attacking line out in the Bulls 22.
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MANIE LIBBOK CONVERTS A STORMERS PENALTY FROM STRAIGHT IN FRONT AFTER AN OFFSIDE PENALTY FROM LIONEL MAPOE.
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TRY, STORMERS, SEABELO SENATLA RUNS ONTO A WELL WEIGHTED GRUBBED TO DOT DOWN IN THE CORNER. TWO TRIES FOR SENATLA.
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CONVERSION, STORMERS, LIBBOK CONVERTS THE TRY FROM THE CORNER.
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Bulls win consecutive penalties near the Stormers line. Tap and go.
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Stormers have the feed to the scrum outside their 22 after a Bulls knock on.
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Morne Steyn, Marcel Coetzee, Lizo Gqoboka and Harold Vorster are half-time substitutions for the Bulls.
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Chris Smith kicks off the second half at Loftus Versfeld.
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Chris Smith kicks off the second half at Loftus Versfeld.
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Half time at Loftus Versfeld in a thrilling North-South derby. The Stormers lead after a 7-18 after a fast-paced first half.
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CONVERSION, BULLS, CHRIS SMITH CONVERTS THE BULLS LATE TRY.
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TRY, BULLS, JOHAN GROBBELAAR GOES OVER FOR A MAUL TRY.
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Yellow card for Ernst van Rhyn after consecutive penalties near the Stormers line.
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Bulls kick for the corner after winning a scrum penalty. Lineout 10 meters from the Stormers line. Last opportunity.
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Bulls have a lineout 10 meters from the Stormers line after an early scrum penalty.
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Stormers to kick for goal from inside their own half after an offside penalty.
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Penalty attempt missed by Manie Libbok.
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Bulls concede penalty on their own lineout on the Stormers five meter as Van Rhyn returns from the sin bin.
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TRY, BULLS, A BEAUTIFUL STRIKE PLAY SEES MADOSH TAMBWE CRASH OVER THE LINE.
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CONVERSION, BULLS, MORNE STEYN COMPLETES THE CONVERSION.
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TRY, BULLS, EMBROSE PAPIER SCORES OFF A CROSS KICK FROM MORNE STEYN WHO SEEMED TO BE KICKING FOR TOUCH AFTER A PENALTY WON BY THE BULLS AT THE BREAKDOWN.
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CONVERSION, BULLS, MORNE STEYN COMPLETES THE CONVERSION.
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Bulls scrum outside the Stormers 22 after a knock on from Damian Willemse.
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TRY, BULLS, ELRICH LOUW BASHES OVER FOR THE BULLS AFTER CONTINUOUS PHASE PLAY.
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Conversion missed by Morne Steyn.
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TRY, STORMERS, HERSCHEL JANTJIES RUNS ON TO A CLEVER KICK THROUGH TO RUN UNDER THE POSTS.
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Manie Libbok misses from right in front.
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Madosh Tambwe takes out Seabelo Senatla in the air. Yellow card.
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TRY, STORMERS, A LATE TRY FROM THE CAPE TOWN SIDE.
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CONVERSION, STORMERS, TWO MORE POINTS ADDED.
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Full time at Loftus Versfeld, The Stormers claim a 26-30 win in a classic North-South derby.
Bulls
Stormers
4
Tries
4
40' Grobbelaar Johan
52' Tambwe Madosh
56' Papier Embrose
64' Louw Elrigh
8' Senatla Seabelo
31' Senatla Seabelo
66' Jantjies Hers...
76' De Wet Albert...
3
Conversions
2
40' Smith Chris
52' Steyn Morne
57' Steyn Morne
32' Libbok Manie
77' Libbok Manie
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Penalties
2
12' Libbok Manie
27' Libbok Manie
0
Drop Goals
0
0
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
15
Squad
15
Steenkamp Gerhard
Grobbelaar Johan
Smith Mornay
Steenkamp Walt
Nortje Ruan
Botha Arno
Ludwig Reinhardt
Louw Elrigh
Papier Embrose
Smith Chris
Arendse Kurt-Lee
Hendricks Cornal
Mapoe Lionel
Tambwe Madosh
Kriel Daniel David
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Kitshoff Steven
Ntubeni Scarra
Sandi Sazi
Meorat Salmaan
Orie Marvin
Fourie Deon Andre
Van Rhyn Ernst
Roos Evan
Jantjies Herschel
Libbok Manie
Senatla Seabelo
Pretorius Rikus
Nel Ruhan
Petersen Sergeal
Willemse Damian
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Reserves
8
du Plessis Bismarck
Gqoboka Lizo
van Rooyen Jacques
Swanepoel Janko
Coetzee Marcell
Burger Zak
Steyn Morne
Vorster Harold
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
Venter Andre-Hugo
Lyons Leon
Harris Brok
Smith Adre
Dayimani Hacjivah
De Wet Albertus Paul
du Plessis Daniel
Gelant Warrick