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French referee Mathieu Raynal will take charge of this fixture, assisted by countrymen Thomas Charabas and Jonathan Gasniere. Fellow Frenchman Philippe Bonhoure is the TMO.
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Exeter Chiefs: 15 Josh Hodge, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Henry Slade (c), 12 Solomone Kata, 11 Olly Woodburn, 10 Joe Simmonds, 9 Sam Maunder, 8 Sam Simmonds, 7 Christ Tshiunza, 6 Dave Ewers, 5 Dafydd Jenkins, 4 Jack Dunne, 3 Harry Williams, 2 Jack Innard, 1 Scott Sio. Replacements: 16 Jack Yeandle, 17 James Kenny, 18 Josh Iosefa-Scott, 19 Jannes Kirsten, 20 Greg Fisilau, 21 Jack Maunder, 22 Harvey Skinner, 23 Rory O’Loughlin
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Bulls: 15 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 14 Canan Moodie, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 David Kriel, 10 Chris Smith, 9 Zak Burger, 8 Elrigh Louw, 7 Nizaam Carr, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Ruan Nortje (c), 4 Ruan Vermaak, 3 Mornay Smith, 2 Johann Grobbelaar, 1 Gerard Steenekamp. Replacements: 16 Dylan Smith, 17 Bismarck Du Plessis, 18 Francois Klopper, 19 Janko Swanepoel, 20 WJ Steenkamp, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Johan Goosen, 23 Lionel Mapoe
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Hello and welcome to our coverage of this Champions Cup clash between the Bulls and the Exeter Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld.
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Chris Smith kicks the game off!
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It's been a slow start to the game with these teams, perhaps, still sizing each other up.
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It's not quite a sell-out crowd at Loftus Versfeld. Plenty of empty seats are visible in the stands. Perhaps the Champions Cup hasn't quite caught on in South Africa as much as it might in years to come.
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TRY, BULLS, LOUW! 5-0: Louw barges over from close range and has too much power to be stopped!
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CONVERSION, BULLS, SMITH! 7-0: Simple conversion for Smith, who duly adds the extras.
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TRY, EXETER, HODGE! 7-5: Exeter win a penalty for a collapsed scrum and get the ball in touch. They work the ball brilliantly off front of the lineout and get the ball out wide for their first try!
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CONVERSION, EXETER, SIMMONDS! 7-7: Simmonds levels the scores.
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PENALTY, BULLS, SMITH! 10-7: Smith restores the lead!
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TRY, BULLS, KRIEL! 15-7: Wonderful team try from the Bulls as Arendse makes the break and Simelane is involved as well before Kriel finishes off the job! Smith misses the conversion, so the score remains 15-7.
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TRY, EXETER, KATA! 15-12: The Exeter pack manage to drive their way over the line and Kata comes up with the ball!
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CONVERSION, EXETER, SIMMONDS! 15-14: It's a one-point ball game at Loftus.
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TRY, BULLS, VERMAAK! 20-14: The Bulls have a penalty for a no-arm tackle five metres out and they choose to take the ball through the phases and Vermaak goes over!
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Smith misses another kick and misses the opportunity to extend the lead beyond a converted try.
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Off we go for the start of the second half!
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HALF-TIME: BULLS 20-14 EXETER. The Bulls go into the break six points to the good. It's been a tight battle and this one will likely go to the wire.
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TRY, BULLS, SIMELANE! 25-14: Simelane kicks, chases, and goes all the way to score! Wonderful piece of footwork. The bounce of the ball favoured him but he really made it count!
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CONVERSION, BULLS, SMITH! 27-14: Smith was never going to miss that one.
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The Bulls are on the attack. They set up the lineout on the five-metre line and look to maul their way over.
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TRY, BULLS, GROBBELAAR! 32-14: The lineout maul goes all the way and Grobbelaar profits!
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Smith misses another conversion, failing to get this over from the right-hand side, so the Bulls' lead remains 32-14.
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RED CARD, EXETER, SLADE! Slade picks up a red card for a high tackle on Arendse. His arm slid up after the initial contact but player welfare is increasingly of concern to World Rugby and rightly so. With that in mind, the red card is understandable.
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Yeandle goes off injured to a warm reception after a lengthy stoppage and is replaced by Innard. Yeandle looked dazed as he was driven off the field.
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TRY, EXETER, KIRSTEN! 32-19: Kirsten scores against his hometown team, forcing his way over the line from close range!
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CONVERSION, EXETER, SKINNER! 32-21: Skinner slots the conversion over!
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TRY, BULLS, SIMELANE! 37-21: Simelane hits Exeter at pace on the break after getting an interception. They can't catch him and he goes all the way!
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CONVERSION, BULLS, GOOSEN! 39-21: Goosen extends the lead further. The Bulls probably won't be caught now.
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Exeter push for one last try in search of a bonus point.
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TRY, EXETER, INNARD! 39-26: At long last, Exeter force their way over and it's the substitute who gets the try!
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CONVERSION, EXETER, SKINNER! 39-28
Bulls
Bulls
Exeter Chiefs
Exeter Chiefs
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Tries
4
16' Louw Elrigh
24' Kriel Daniel ...
38' Vermaak Ruan
43' Simelane Wand...
51' Grobbelaar Johan
71' Simelane Wand...
19' Hodge Josh
34' Kata Solomone
64' Kirsten Jannes
79' Innard Jack
3
Conversions
4
16' Smith Chris
43' Smith Chris
72' Goosen Johann...
19' Simmonds Joe
35' Simmonds Joe
65' Skinner Harvey
80' Skinner Harvey
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Penalties
0
22' Smith Chris
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Drop Goals
0
0
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
15
Squad
15
Steenkamp Gerhard
Grobbelaar Johan
Smith Mornay
Vermaak Ruan
Nortje Ruan
van Staden Marco
Carr Nizaam
Louw Elrigh
Burger Zak
Smith Chris
Kriel Daniel David
Vorster Harold
Simelane Wandisile
Moodie Canan
Arendse Kurt-Lee
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Sio Scott
Innard Jack
Williams Harry
Dunne Jack
Jenkins Dafydd
Ewers Dave
Tshiunza Christ
Simmonds Sam
Maunder Sam
Simmonds Joe
Woodburn Olly
Kata Solomone
Slade Henry
Nowell Jack
Hodge Josh
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Reserves
8
Steenkamp Walt
du Plessis Bismarck
Goosen Johannes L...
Smith Dylan
Mapoe Lionel
Papier Embrose
Swanepoel Janko
Klopper Francois
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16
22
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21
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18
Maunder Jack
Iosefa-Scott Josh
O'Loughlin Rory
Kirsten Jannes
Skinner Harvey
Kenny James
Yeandle Jack
Fisilau Greg