Lions head coach Swys de Bruin has made four changes to the starting team that did battle against the Jaguares last weekend. Flank Cyle Brink replaces Kwagga Smith who is on compassionate leave. In other changes in the forwards Franco Mostert switches from lock to flank and lock Marvin Orie earns a place in the starting line-up against his former team. In the only change amongst the backs, inside centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg replaces Harold Vorster who drops to the bench.
The Bulls have continuity on their side as head coach Johan Mitchell has named an unchanged team to the one that beat the Hurricanes last weekend. Inside centre Burger Odendaal captains the Bulls and he is joined in the midfield by outside centre Jesse Kriel. Fly-half Handre Pollard starts alongside scrum-half Andre Warner and in the loose trio, flank Roelof Smit once again starts alongside flank Thembelani Bholi and number eight Hanro Liebenberg.
Marius van der Westhuizen is the referee today with Rasta Rasivhenge and Stephan Geldenhuys assisting him. Christie du Preez is the TMO.
Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (c), 7 Francois Mostert, 6 Cyle Brink, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques Van Rooyen.
Bulls: 15 Divan Rossouw, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Johnny Kotze, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Andre Warner, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Frans van Wyk, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the SuperRugby clash between the Bulls and the Lions from Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.
Kick-off! The first half begins in Pretoria, the Lions kick us off.
Good start to the game from the Bulls, they are the team on the rise. A couple of kicks back and forth.
The first scrum of the game, the Bulls have the feed, they come out with the possession. A penalty won by the Bulls as the Lions go off their feet.
PENALTY, BULLS, BOSHOFF! 3-0: Boshoff makes no mistake with the penalty and he opens the scoring for the Bulls.
Jantjies has been busy at the start of this game, he has started well. He is the most experienced player in the Lions team.
The comeback to play the advantage and Whiteley opts for the scrum. The Bulls have to defend well here.
Good defensive effort from the Bulls. They start with a strong scrum and then they push the Lions back. The Lions win a penalty, they kick it out for a lineout.
Lions with a 5m lineout, Marx will take it. The maul after the lineout as Lions pile on the pressure. Coetzee gets the ball and he is tackled. Bulls keep defending.
TRY, LIONS, DREYER! 3-5: Big drive after the lineout and the Lions open their scoring with a try. Good team try, resulting from a lot of sustained pressure.
The Lions win a penalty for collapsing the maul. They will kick it out again for another 5m lineout.
CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 3-7: Jantjies makes no mistake with that conversion and pushes the Lions lead to 4 points.
Great work on the ground for Marx and the Bulls concede a penalty for not releasing the ball. Lions will kick it into touch again for another 5m lineout.
TRY, LIONS, VAN ROOYEN! 3-12: The maul is strong, the Lions just keep driving it and Van Rooyen grounds the ball over the line and Lions are dominating.
CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 3-14: Brilliant kick from Jantjies who has had a good game so far and the Lions push their lead to 11 points.
The Lions concede a couple of penalties and the Bulls will kick these to the corner. They are searching for a try.
Another penalty to the Bulls, Orie concedes it and the Bulls will kick for a penalty goal.
PENALTY, BULLS, BOSHOFF! 6-14: Boshoff makes no mistake with the kick and the Bulls bring the deficit down to 8 points.
The Lions win a penalty from the scrum and Jantjies kicks it out for a lineout. The visitors have dominated the game in the first half so far.
PENALTY, BULLS, BOSHOFF! 9-14: Boshoff makes no mistake with another penalty goal and they bring the deficit down to 5 points.
The Bulls have done well to turn the ball over and the Lions concede a penalty for not releasing the ball. Kotze the ball who caused the turn over.
Lions have a lineout, Marx takes it and Van Rensburg puts in a strong run to make some ground.
TRY, LIONS, ORIE! 9-19: Marvin Orie ground the chip kick from Jantjies, great work from the Lions under pressure and it is a good try from them.
The Lions think they have scored the try, the referee goes to the TMO to see if the grounding is clear. The on-field decision is no try.
CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 9-21: Easy conversion for the Lions who push their lead to 12 points.
TRY, BULLS, KOTZE! 14-21: Bulls attack and then Pollard with a nice chip kick and Kotze grounds it on the left flank. Good try for the Bulls.
The conversion is missed so the score will remain on 14-21.
We are going to the end of the first half, it has been a good contest between two good teams. Bulls will have to play better from here if they want to win this. The Lions have looked like the stronger team.
TRY, BULLS, POLLARD! 19-21: Brilliant try from the Bulls from the restart and they are making their thoughts clear as Pollard takes the ball over the line.
HALF-TIME: BULLS 14-21 LIONS. The Lions have dominated the first half but the Bulls have played with a lot of heart. The Lions lead by 7 points after the first half.
CONVERSION, BULLS, BOSHOFF! 21-21: Boshoff has kicked well today and he slots in another kick to tie the scores. It is game on in Pretoria.
Bulls with a lineout and they look to pass the ball wide on the left. Jantjies manage to collect the kick and kicks it back. Coetzee tries to find touch but fails and Bulls will kick the ball back.
Bholi knocks the ball on and the Lions have a scrum. Bholi is replaced by De Jager.
The Lions win a penalty from the scrum and Jantjies kicks it into touch for a lineout. Nice kick for the Lions.
Another penalty, the Lions will kick the ball again to the corner for another 5m lineout.
The Lions are attacking, phase after phase and they are looking to make an impact here. The Bulls turn the ball over and look to run with it. But the Lions were playing advantage so they will come back.
TRY, LIONS, MARX! 21-26: Marx takes the ball over the line, but the Lions have deserved this after a sustained attack. Their forwards are strong and Marx powers it over the line.
The Lions win a penalty, as Divan Rossouw is caught offside. Jantjies finds a good touch in the corner.
CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 21-28: Jantjies does not miss these, and he slots another one in to push the lead back up to 7 points.
Mahuza looks to chip the ball and chase it down but the ball goes into touch. YELLOW CARD! Van Vuuren is shown the yellow card and is sent to the sin bin, he is caught offside and the referee warns the Bulls.
YELLOW CARD, BULLS, VAN VUUREN! 21-28:
Conraad Van Vuuren is carded for a repeated offence. The team was warned earlier.
YELLOW CARD, BULLS, DE JAGER! 21-35: Nic de Jager is singled out for collapsing that maul before the penalty try. The Bulls are down to 13 men.
PENALTY TRY, LIONS! More infringement from the Bulls and the Lions win a penalty try and this will help their score and lead. The referee is not happy with the Bulls, De Jager could be in trouble here. YELLOW! Nic de Jager is sent off and the Bulls are down to 13 players.
TRY, LIONS, MAHUZA! 21-40: Brilliant run from Mahuza on the right wing and the Bulls can't stop him. The Lions are piling on the points and they have the bonus point.
CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 21-42: Jantjies makes no mistake with the conversion and he pushes the score to 42 points, the lead now 21.
The Lions have scored, but the referee wants to check something. He wants to see if this was a knock on. Mapoe with a brilliant long run to score. The decision is a knock on so NO TRY! But the Lions will go back for the penalty. Early tackle from the Bulls player and then a knock on from the Lions.
The Lions mess up the line-out and some much needed relief for the Bulls inside their own half.
We have some resets at the scrum and then Ruan Dreyer is penalised for wheeling the scrum. More relief for the Bulls.
We are going into the final 15 minutes of the game and the Lions lead by 21 points. It has been a gutsy effort from the Bulls.
A penalty to the Bulls as the Lions collapse the maul and the Bulls have a 5m lineout.
Another penalty won from the Bulls and Marx is penalised for bringing down the maul. Pollard talking to his players, he will kick it out for a 5m lineout.
Brilliant exit from the Lions, they steal the lineout and bring the ball back to Jantjies who kicks it to clear.
The Lions win a penalty and Marx has had a good game to day. Jantjies kicks it into touch for a lineout.
TRY, LIONS, CRONJE! 21-47: Cronje takes the ball over the line, the lineout is strong and then the Lions power over the line for another try.
CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 21-49: Jantjies kicks well to add on the extras and the score is pushed to 49 points.
We are in the final 10 minutes of the game and the Lions should win this from here. They have played really well away from home.
Brilliant defence from the Lions as the Bulls look to run the ball. Pollard makes the initial move and then Roelof Smit look to take the ball over on the right wing, but Lions not giving anything away.
TRY, BULLS, GQOBOKA! 26-49: The Bulls keep attacking and they work the ball through a few phases and finally take the ball over for a try. Gqoboka the ball with the final push and this is a good consolation try.
CONVERSION, BULLS, BRUMMER! 28-49: Brummer adds on the extras and they add on the extras.
TRY, BULLS, ISMAIEL! 33-49: Ismaiel with a brilliant solo run as the powers from the right wing and no one can catch him. Another brilliant try for the Bulls.
CONVERSION, BULLS, BRUMMER! 35-49: Good conversion for the Bulls, Brummer makes it 35-49. Lions still have the bonus point.
FULL-TIME: BULLS 35-49 LIONS. The Lions win away from home but the Bulls can take a lot of positives from his game. They have played well against a better side, but the Lions win with a bonus point.