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    Rebels v Vodacom Bulls (Result)




    From the start of the match the Bulls put in a massive effort on the defence and that would be telling for the Rebels as they went down 32-17.

    When the Bulls were on attack they looked good and they took opportunities when they turnover ball to create tries as well.

    Although Pollard still made some errors he had one of his better games in the last few weeks and control the game much better.

    With a 100% possession in the first 8 minutes the Rebels kept the Bulls pinned down in their own twenty two with wave after wave.

    They finally got over the line for the first try and the lead of 7-0 when Marika Koroibete powered over.

    The Bulls hit back immediately after the kickoff when Pollard got a cross kick across in the hands of Hendricks to get over in the corner. This level the scoreboard up at 7-all.

    The Bulls had to defend their line again and had a breakout with Specman doing great work to setup Pollard to step through for their second try and the lead.

    It was a massive defensive effort the Bulls put into the first half but they missed the mark when Genia got over for the home side second try. Cooper could not convert so the Bulls still held a 14-12 lead.

    The Rebels had more of the ball and more opportunities but the Bulls defence was brutal and kept them out.

    With the hooter sounding for the end of the first half Pollard had another penalty to extend their lead to to 17-12 at the break.

    The Rebels came out firing like the first half and they put the Bulls under huge pressure which led to their third try of the match. Cooper again could not convert and which left the two teams level after 43 minutes with 17-all.

    With the Bulls trying to get the ball out wide Pollard put the perfect flat pass to Specman who kicked the ball down the field to pick up and send Odendaal over. This put the Bulls back into the lead 24-17.

    It was Specman again at the end of a great attacking period from the Bulls when Gelant got a long pass out to the winger and gave the Bulls a 12 point lead with ten to go.

    The Bulls had to defend their line at the end of the game but too many mistakes by the Rebels on attack from some brilliant defence from the Bulls.

    The Bulls hold the score till the end and took an important win on their first match on tour.


    Rebels Rebels 17   32 Bulls Bulls

    Rebels – Tries: Koroibete (2), Genia. Conversion: Cooper.
    Bulls – Tries: Hendricks, Pollard, Odendaal, Specman. Conversions: Pollard (3). Penalties: Pollard(2).

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    Date Time League Season Full Time
    May 17, 2019 11:40 Super Rugby 2019 Vodacom Super Rugby 2019 80'


    AAMI Park


    TeamLosing Bonus PointPenaltyTriesConversions4 TRY BPPointsOutcome


    17 - 3287138'
        • 79'

          This referee has struggled in the rucks today, both teams have suffered with his inconsistency

        • 77'

          Have not seen the Rebels making so much handling errors for a long time

        • 75'

          Just too many mistakes from the Rebels...

        • 75'

          Pollard extend the lead for the Bulls

        • 73'

          Penalty Bulls and Pollard going for points with 7 minutes to go.

        • 69'

          TRY TIME!! Bulls !!! Specman at the end of a brilliant pass from Gelant

        • 57'

          TRY TIME!! Bulls!! Specman is just insane with his quality on display

        • 52'

          All the hard work just to knock the ball at the end, not what you want from the Bulls

        • 43'

          All level

        • 43'

          TRY TIME!! Rebels!!! perfect start for the home side in the second half

        • 40'

          Penalty to Bulls as the hooter goes for end of first half, Pollard to go for points

        • 39'

          Some brilliant defence from Bulls love it

        • 33'

          Some ordinary handling errors creeping into the game

        • 27'

          TRY TIME!! Rebels!!! great patience showed Genia the man over but great work from Maddocks

        • 22'

          Rebels with some crazy decision making by experience players

        • 2'

          Great defence from the Bulls on their line

        • 17'

          Bulls take the lead

        • 17'

          TRY TIME!! Bulls !!! Brilliant from Pollard!!! great buildup to this try as well

        • 10'

          TRY TIME!! Bulls!!! Bulls hit back immediately when Pollard cross kick founds Hendricks

        • 9'

          TRY TIME!!! Rebels!!! Koroibete the man over, had to come

        • 7'

          It is all Rebels on the attack and only defence from Bulls at the moment

        • 5'

          Cleaning form the side going to be the norm in this game...both sides getting away with it in the first 5 minutes


        1. Here we go Bulls on tour and up against Rebels, huge game for both sides let’s hope they bring it to the park

        2. Pollard kicked the penalty over and the Bulls with a well deserved lead of 17-12. Massive defensive effort in that first half and need to get better with ball in hand. Huge second half for both sides

        3. What a great win for the Bulls with there first game in tour…Massive effort in defence and some class coming from the backs. Great win and nicely timed as well


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