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Bulls beat Lions in Johannesburg

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Article Published: Saturday 14 April 2012|

The Lions have not beaten the Bulls in Super Rugby since February 2005, which was way back during the Super 12 tournament.

Match details

We are waiting for the kick-off.
0.00: Elton Jantjies gets proceedings under way as he kicks off for the home side.
1.00: Tian Meyer finds a gap and is able to score the Lions' opening try after Morne Steyn is put under pressure to clear inside his own 22.
2.00: Jantjies bangs over the conversion.
4.00: The Bulls gain momentum inside the Lions' half. Zane Kirchner makes a break up the touchline but throws a poor pass to Akona Ndungane who is unable to hold on.
8.00: The Bulls gain momentum off the back of a lineout as they set up a rolling maul. The Lions are penalised as Pat Cilliers comes in at the side. Steyn kicks for the corner.
10.00: The Bulls work their way up into the Lions' 22. They are applying pressure with ball in hand as they continue to dominate possession and territory statistics.
13.00: The Bulls are penalised at the breakdown just on half way. Jaco Taute will line up a long-range shot at goal.
15.00: Taute's kick sails over to extend the Lions' lead.
16.00: The Bulls work their way back inside Lions territory. They are able to get just 5m from the line but the Lions affect a turnover and the Bulls miss out on another scoring opportunity.
17.00: Pierre Spies finds a gap and makes a solid break down field. The Bulls are able to generate quick ball and Akona Ndungane dots down for the visitors' first try.
19.00: Steyn's conversion drifts wide.
21.00: The Lions gain momentum off the restart. They work through seven phases as they get themselves within 5m of the line but are penalised for going off their feet at the breakdown. Steyn clears to get the Bulls out of jail.
24.00: The Bulls hammer away at the Lions defence as they work through over ten phases and gain valuable metres inside Lions territory. Ndungane makes a break up the touchline to get just 10m out but Taute is penalised for going off his feet at the breakdown. Steyn will have a kick at goal from 25m out.
25.00: Steyn bangs over the kick to reduce the deficit at Coca-Cola Park.
27.00: Francois Hougaard is able to get himself over the line after sustained pressure by the Bulls. Hougaard gathers the ball off the back of an over-throw at a Lions lineout and scores his first try of the season.
29.00: Steyn adds the extras as he converts the try.
32.00: The Lions are penalised for playing a man in the air at a lineout inside Bulls territory. Steyn clears to relieve the pressure.
36.00: The Bulls are penalised for not rolling away. Taute will have a kick at posts from 50m out.
37.00: Taute's kick drifts wide and the Bulls retain a five-point lead.
39.00: The Bulls start to build phases inside the Lions' 22. They get within 5m and have numbers out wide. Kirchner finds a gap and is able to cross over for the visitors' third try.
40.00: Steyn's kick drifts wide as the hooter sounds for half time.
The half time score was Lions 10 Bulls 20.
40.00: Steyn gets the second half under way as he kicks off for the visitors.
41.00: Steyn kicks down field as Ndungane gathers and off-loads to CJ Stander. He dots down for the Bulls' bonus point try.
42.00: Steyn pulls the kick wide.
44.00: The Lions work their way up into the Bulls' 22 and put pressure on the visitors' defensive line. They miss out on another scoring opportunity, however, as they are penalised for coming in at the side. 
46.00: The Bulls are penalised at a scrum on half way. Jantjies opts to kick for the corner as the Lions are desperate to score.
47.00: The Bulls are penalised for holding on inside their own 22. Jantjies will take a shot at goal from directly in front of the sticks.
48.00: The kick sails over, reducing the deficit.
50.00: The Lions gain momentum off the back of a lineout on half way. They generate quick ball and start building phases but Pat Cilliers cannot hold on and the home side miss out on yet another scoring opportunity.
51.00: The Bulls do well to capitalise off the counter attack as Juandre Kruger makes a break and is able to dot down for the Bulls' fifth try.
52.00: Steyn adds the extras with the conversion.
54.00: Handling errors are really costing the Lions as they lose posession following yet another knock-on inside Bulls territory.
55.00: The Lions are pinged for early engagement and Steyn clears.
60.00: The Lions work through several pick-and-gos to get themselves just 5m from the line. The Bulls' defence seems impenetrable but Josh Strauss is able to work his way across the whitewash and ground the ball.
61.00: Jantjies is unable to convert the try.
62.00: The Lions are penalised for offside and Steyn will have a kick at posts from 30m out.
63.00: Steyn misses the kick and seems to be battling with his kicking action this evening.
66.00: The Lions have done well to defend the Bulls' mauls tonight. They earn themselves a scrum just inside their own 22.
68.00: The Bulls are awarded a penalty after the Lions are pinged for holding on. Steyn will line up another attempt at goal.
69.00: Steyn misses another kick and the scoreline remains 32-18.
72.00: The Bulls are penalised for obstruction on half way. Jantjies kicks for touch.
75.00: The Lions gain territory as they work through phases inside the Bulls' half. They dominate at scrum time just 15m out and are awarded a penalty, which they opt to take quickly.
78.00: Ross Cronje makes a break for the line but knocks the ball on just 2m out. The Bulls are penalised for a dangerous tip tackle, however, and the Lions opt for a scrum.
80.00: The hooter sounds as the Lions retain posession and work through over ten phases. They are desperate to score a consolation try to earn themselves a bonus point but the Bulls' defence stands firm. They knock-on just 15m from the line, however, and fluff their final scoring opportunity in Johannesburg.
The final score is Lions 18 (10) Bulls 32 (20).


Tries - T. Meyer, J. Taute, J. Strauss
Pen - E. Jantjies
Con - E. Jantjies
Drop -
Cards -

Tries - A. Ndungane, F. Hougaard, Z. Kirchner, CJ. Stander, J. Kruger
Pen - M. Steyn
Con - M. Steyn 2
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
: Garratt Williamson
Assistant Ref 1: Keith Brown
Assistant Ref 2: Christie Du Preez
TMO: Johann Meuwesen



15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Deon van Rensburg, 13. Jaco Taute, 12. Alwyn Hollenbach, 11. James Kamana, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Tian Meyer, 8. Joshua Strauss (capt.), 7. Derick Minnie, 6. Cobus Grobbelaar, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Stephan Greeff, 3. Patric Cilliers, 2. Callie Visagie, 1. Caylib Oosthuizen.

Replacements: 16. Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. CJ van der Linde, 18. Marius Coetzer, 19. Doppies le Roux, 20. Ross Cronje, 21. Butch James, 22. Lionel Mapoe.


15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Akona Ndungane, 13. JJ Engelbrecht, 12. Wynand Olivier, 11. Bjorn Basson, 10. Morne Steyn, 9. Francois Hougaard, 8. Pierre Spies (c), 7. Jacques Potgieter, 6. CJ Stander, 5. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4. Juandre Kruger, 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1. Dean Greyling.

Replacements: 16. Bongi Mbonambi, 17. Frik Kirsten, 18. Dewald Potgieter, 19. Arno Botha, 20. Jano Vermaak, 21. Louis Fouche, 22. Johann Sadie.

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