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Our referee is Nic Berry and he will be assisted by Ben O’Keeffe and Brendon Pickerill. The TMO is Glenn Newman.
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Team Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Johnny Kotze, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Handré Pollard (c), 9 Andre Warner, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Hanro Liebenberg, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Lizo Gqoboka. Replacements: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Jannes Kirsten, 20 Ruan Steenkamp, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Divan Rossouw.
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The Springbok centre Jesse Kriel returns from injury for the Bulls to start at centre alongside Johnny Kotze. Burger Odendaal is still injured and was not considered for selection. Jason Jenkins starts at lock to replace Jannes Kirsten, who shifts to the bench.
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Team Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Peter Umaga-Jensen, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Jeff To’omaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (c), 1 Toby Smith. Replacements: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Fraser Armstrong, 18 Ben May/Alex Fidow, 19 Kane Le’aupepe, 20 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 21 Richard Judd/Finlay Christie, 22 James Marshall, 23 Salesi Rayasi.
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TJ Perenara and Beauden Barrett will play their 100th game together as half-backs of the Hurricanes this evening. Jordie Barrett will start at full-back, while Peter Umaga-Jensen joins Ngani Laumape at centre. Wes Goosen returns from injury to start on the right wing.
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The Hurricanes narrowly defeated the Blues 29-24 at this venue last week, while the Bulls beat the Lions 48-27 at Loftus Versveld in their last round match.
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The Hurricanes ended fourth on the overall table, while the Bulls qualified from fifth position.
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Welcome to Westpac Stadium for our live coverage of this Super Rugby Quarter-final, between the Hurricanes and the Bulls.
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Kick-off! We are underway here in Wellington! A late change for the Hurricanes on the bench. James Marshall has been replaced by Fletcher Smith
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A surprise deep kick-off by the Bulls and TJ Perenara is there to clean up for the Hurricanes, as he finds touch.
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We have seen quite a bit of kicking from both teams in the early stages.
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After a few resets at a Bulls scrum, Warner comes away with it and sends Kotze away. After three phases they mess it up with a loose pass and as a result the Hurricanes feed a five metre scrum.
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PENALTY, HURRICANES, BARRETT! 3-0: Savea clears at the base of the scrum and the Bulls concede a penalty at the breakdown. The Hurricanes go for goal and Beauden Barrett slots a good kick.
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TRY, BULLS, GELANT! 3-5: The Bulls hit back straight away. They secure a line-out and go wide. Gelant side-steps and just gets away from Barrett, to score!
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CONVERSION, BULLS, POLLARD! 3-7: Pollard slots a tough kick and extends the narrow lead.
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Snyman tackles a player in the air and the Hurricanes have a penalty. Beauden Barrett finds a good touch and Savea carries it from the line-out. Warner then clears for the Bulls after a Barrett grubber-kick.
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TRY, HURRICANES, PERENARA! 8-7: A lovely chip in the middle and a missed Bulls tackle, sends TJ Perenara home to score in the corner.
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CONVERSION, HURRICANES, BARRETT! 10-7: Beauden Barrett slots a good kick.
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TRY, HURRICANES, LAM! 15:7: A Bulls tackler fails to roll away and the Hurricanes have a penalty. Barrett finds touch. The Hurricanes clear the line-out and drive forward before Lam storms over to score after four phases!
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CONVERSION, HURRICANES, BARRETT! 10-7: Beauden Barrett extends the lead to 10 points.
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The Bulls string six patient phases together, before spilling it in the tackle.
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TRY, HURRICANES, RAYASI! 22-7: A cross-kick from Pollard eludes Hendricks and it rolls into touch. The Hurricanes take it quickly and then Salesi Rayasi runs straight down the middle to score! Great work!
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CONVERSION, HURRICANES, BARRETT! 24-7: It's rinse and repeat from Beauden Barrett, as he extends the lead.
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The handling errors are letting the Bulls down here in the first half.
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TRY, BULLS, HENDRICKS! 24-12: The Bulls secure a penalty at the breakdown and Pollard finds a good touch. They clear the set-piece and drive forward before going wide to Hendricks, who scores! They needed that! Rayasi should have done better with his tackle on Hendricks.
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CONVERSION, BULLS, POLLARD! 24-14: Pollard slots another tough kick.
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The Bulls secure a penalty at the breakdown and Pollard finds touch. They secure the line-out and Warner finds Van Staden. A handling error cost the Bulls again and the Hurricanes have a scrum.
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HALF-TIME: HURRICANES 24-14 BULLS. What an exciting first half and the Bulls are still hanging in there. The Hurricanes head into the break with a deserved 10 point lead.
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Kick-off! We are back underway in the second half. Can the Bulls bounce back?
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A great attacking start to the half by the Hurricanes. They string 10 patient phases together, before Barrett kicks deep and Gelant clears.
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TRY, HURRICANES, RAYASI! 29-14: Pollard leaves a high-kick behind and Beauden Barrett pounces on it. They send it wide and after four phases, Rayasi scores his second! Pollard was unlucky with the bounce of the ball there. The conversion is missed.
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The Bulls secure an offside penalty and they opt for a scrum seven metres out.
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NO TRY, BULLS! After a few resets the Bulls finally come away with it. They drive forward and then Vermeulen tries to go over, but the TMO confirms that he was short. The Bulls secure another penalty and will take another scrum.
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PENALTY TRY, BULLS! 29-21: Rayasi is penalised for a deliberate knock-down and he collect a YELLOW CARD!
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PENALTY, HURRICANES, BARRETT! 32-21: The Bulls knock it on inside their own 22. Savea collects it at the back of the Hurricanes scrum, before the Bulls concede a penalty at the breakdown. Jordie Barrett goes for goal to run the clock down and scores!
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TRY, BULLS, HENDRICKS! 32-26: Great work by Jenkins to make his way into the Hurricanes 22. Pollard then sends a cross-kick to Hendricks, who crashes over in the corner for his second try!
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CONVERSION, BULLS, POLLARD! 32-28: Pollard nails yet another tough kick.
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Perenara sends in a decent chip kick and Gelant is under pressure, but the Bulls somehow come away with it. Rayasi is back on the field for the Hurricanes.
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PENALTY, HURRICANES, BARRETT! 35-28: The Hurricanes secure a penalty at the breakdown and go for goal. Jordie Barrett extends the lead to seven points.
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The Bulls secure a scrum and Kotze is into a gap, but spills it and the Hurricanes earn some relief in their 22.
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The Bulls secure another good line-out and Kotze offloads to Gelant. He sends it to Specman, who is shoved into touch five metres from the line. Great work by Jordie Barrett.
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CLOSE! The Bulls mess up an attacking ball and then the Hurricanes attack, but they knock it on with their final pass, five metres out!
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The Bulls steal a Hurricanes line-out inside their own half. The box-kick from Van Zyl is cleared by Savea, who launches an attack.
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Pollard clears the ball into touch, but the ball was passed back into the 22. Poor! The Hurricanes have a line-out in an attacking position.
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The Hurricanes feed a scrum 10 metres from the Bulls line. The Bulls secure a turn-over and win a penalty. Pollard finds a good touch.
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The Bulls secure another penalty after a player is taken out in the air. Pollard secures a good touch again.
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The Bulls string six phases together, before Savea secures a crucial penalty at the breakdown for the Hurricanes. Was Savea on his feet here? It does not matter and that could be that!
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FULL-TIME: HURRICANES 35-28 BULLS. Pollard has a go and makes good ground. The Bulls string 11 phases together, before Hendricks loses it in the tackle. The Hurricanes are through to the semi-final, but the Bulls can hold their heads up high! A great effort by the men from Pretoria! Thank you for joining us.
Hurricanes
Bulls
4
Tries
4
16' TJ Perenara
22' Ben Lam
26' Salesi Rayasi
43' Salesi Rayasi
12' Warrick Gelant
33' Cornal Hendricks
51' Penalty Try
57' Cornal Hendricks
3
Conversions
3
18' Beauden Barrett
23' Beauden Barrett
28' Beauden Barrett
13' Handre Pollard
34' Handre Pollard
59' Handre Pollard
3
Penalties
0
10' Beauden Barrett
55' Jordie Barrett
64' Jordie Barrett
0
Drop Goals
0
1
Yellow Cards
0
51' Salesi Rayasi
0
Red Cards
0
15
Squad
15
Toby Smith
Dane Coles
Jeff Toomaga-Allen
James Blackwell
Isaia Walker-Leawere
Reed Prinsep
Ardie Savea
Gareth Evans
TJ Perenara
Beauden Barrett
Ben Lam
Ngani Laumape
Peter Umaga-Jensen
Wes Goosen
Jordie Barrett
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Lizo Gqoboka
Jaco Visagie
Trevor Nyakane
Jason Jenkins
RG Snyman
Marco van Staden
Hanro Liebenberg
Duane Vermeulen
Andre Riaan Warner
Handre Pollard
Rosko Speckman
John-Ben Kotze
Jesse Kriel
Cornal Hendricks
Warrick Gelant
8
Reserves
8
Asafo Aumua
Fraser Armstrong
Ben May
Kane Leaupepe
Du'Plessis Kirifi
Richard Judd
Fletcher Smith
Salesi Rayasi
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
Johan Grobbelaar
Simphiwe Matanzima
Wiehahn Herbst
Jannes Kirsten
Ruan Steenkamp
Ivan van Zyl
Manie Libbok
Divan Rossouw