SR: Vodacom Bulls 34 Chiefs 34


The defending champion Chiefs will be angry and determined to put last week’s aberration behind them.

Their first loss of the season – to the Western Force – was probably their wort performance in three seasons.  And they are up against a Bulls team fresh from beating the table-topping Sharks and showing some championship form of their own.

The Bulls, who have made only one change to their lineup with veteran wing Akona Ndungane returning, will again rely on the leadership skills and experience of World Cup-winning Springbok lock Victor Matfield.  The Bulls, who will aim for their seventh straight win at home over the Chiefs, are not paying much attention to last week’s result. They are expecting a “brutal” onslaught from the New Zealanders.  Matfield admitted that the Chiefs will be a stern test.

Recent results:
2012: Chiefs won 28-22, Hamilton
2011: Bulls won 43-27, Pretoria
2010: Bulls won 33-19, Hamilton
2009: Bulls won 61-17, Pretoria (Final)
2009: Bulls won 33-27, Pretoria
2008: Chiefs won 43-27, Rotorua


Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Dewald Potgieter, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Morné Mellett, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Grant Hattingh, 20 Jono Ross, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Handré Pollard, 23 Ulrich Beyers.

Chiefs: 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Anton Lienert-Brown, 13 Andrew Horrell, 12 Tom Marshall, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden (captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Kane Thompson, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Matt Symons, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Rhys Marshall, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Mahonri Schwalger, 17 Jamie Mackintosh, 18 Ben Afeaki, 19 Michael Fitzgerald, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Gareth Anscombe, 23 Tim Nanai-Williams.

Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry (South Africa), Marc van Zyl (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

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  1. Bulls not kicking out and Chiefs attack again from deep…..

    Penalty against Chiefs for clean out which it was dangerous………..

    Bulls going for points…..

    Score: Bulls 6 Chiefs 12

  2. Bulls binding on the arm and Chiefs gets penalty which the Cruden miss again against the post…..

    Chiefs gather ball and on attack….

    Chiefs gets penalty which they take quickly…Cruden kick forward and TMO looking for knock……

    Ball goes forward from Mills……

    TMO needs to decide….

    TMO……..make the right decision no try….

    going back to penalty

  3. Priceless Vic need to tells ref that their is obstruction from the kick-off …..

    Bulls goes for the line…..

    Chiefs come in from side again and Craig does nothing…

    Bulls lose the ball for not using it

  4. Chiefs off the ball again and TMO again up here…

    Is Francois being taken out…..

    Professional again……

    Just a penalty on half time….

    Jacques is going for post….second time the same player is penalised for the same offence and third penalty against him in the game

    NZ getting away with a lot …….

    Jacques kick over and Chiefs lead 15-14


  5. Hmmm Chiefs two nice tries. Bulls the usual maul try.

    I dont know what SA will do the day that maul will be allowed to be dragged down as I dont think our teams train any other attacking move.

    I hear you guys say its the SA way to play to our strengths and the scoreboard shows we are still in it, but hell this cannot be the only thing SA rugby is good at.

    And on that note I hear Steve’s song being played at Loftus. The wheel turns slowly in Pretoria.

  6. my words not cold and bulls get penalty try off maul.

    Again, its against the spirit of rugby that you cannot tackle a player carrying the ball.

    We will milk this until the ANC stops governing and fair enough that we do so, but its not why I love the game.

  7. Basson Kick ahead and score TRY!!!!!

    Brilliant play from Basson put pressure on any kick and you have a change…something the Stormers never did this morning….

    Score: Bulls 28 Chiefs 15

  8. I want to see the bulls now open up and make the domination count. Dont sit back now and let the Chiefs play. Murder them!

  9. Bulls be happy with this. Its a good Chiefs side and Loftus once more is becoming a kak hard place to win!

  10. Om Craig so that one is a knock down but the other is not. And please do us a favour the hooker cannot takes two steps across to the side because the ball is not longer going down the middle not try.

  11. Shocking for the bulls defence…and what a brilliant Chiefs team. What do they feed them?

  12. Its a draw yet the chiefs won cause they get bonus point.

    Why when Bulls had all the dominance could they not make it count?

    Maybe because our teams cannot score if we dont get total forward momentum in our own 22, whereas kiwi teams can easily score from pretty much anywhere. One slipped tackle is usually all they need.

  13. Best example was with 8 minutes to go Bulls went (A-fucking-gain) for a maul to score bonus point.

    Maul got snuffed, yet 5 metres out and all that forward momentum you’d think we can score.

    What does Bulls do? Run a backline move with 12 cutting insise 10, as Meisiekind always did with Morne.

    Never works. Another phase set up and inevitably knocked on by a forward who lounges around with the skills of a tapeworm.

    Problem is, all the players only trained to score off the maul. There is no ‘what if the maul does not work’ move in SA rugby.

  14. @DavidS:

    Dawie you happy with that? Thats the classic scenario of Boks versus kiwis. How much more physically dominant must our teams become before this is reflected on the scoreboard?

  15. Bad to lose a game from being 12 points ahead with just 6 to go. Yes I said lose, we lost that game, draw is just like losing from the position we were in. All those subs at once brought all continuaty an end. Suddenly the team started dropping passes and just didnt seem to gel.

    I really dont understand the wholesale changes when you are ahead and have all the momentum. One change at a time, not 4 at once and hope all 4 will immediatly fit in to the game.

  16. @Cheetah Glory:

    I’m not happy with the Bulls blowing the lead, but in the greater scheme of SA rugby, it’s not so bad at all.

    The Bulls are a new inexperienced team, not rated by anyone only a few weeks ago and the Chiefs are reigning champs and still the premier NZ team.

    The game-plan, you so love to deride, is what put them in the position to win in the first place.

  17. And this is for Craig Joubert.

    When a player knocks-on and an offside team-mate next plays the ball, the offside player is
    liable to sanction if playing the ball prevented an opponent from gaining an advantage.
    Sanction: Penalty kick

    Piss poor

  18. @Cheetah Glory:

    BUD a week ago you derided the lack of talent of the Bulls… due to poor succession planning

    At the beginning of the SR after their Sharks game in Durtbin you laughed the Bulls off as useless dray horses incapable of executing a game plan.

    After their second game you called their gamplan poor and pathetic.

    So here you have a bunch of young nobodies mixed with a bunch of hasbeens playing an outdated gameplan… and pulling off in consecutive weeks a win against the top team in SR and a draw against the defending champions…



    The maul that gave rise to the penalty try was a thing of beauty was it not?

  19. @DavidS:

    lauding the Bulls for their achievements would be like lauding the Stormers for their good seasons a while ago. I just did not like the way they play and I dont think that game plan is ambitious and balanced enough to make them Champs.

    But you have a point – fair play tot he Bulls for still being able to sell this idea to their players and have them buy in.