Callie Visagie (56), Paul Willemse (45)
Jacques-Louis Potgieter (67), Handre Pollard (36,6), Jurgen Visser (28)
Handre Pollard (57,46)
Raymond Rhule (39), Johann Sadie (17)
Johan Goosen (52), Elgar Watts (22,8)
Elgar Watts (18)
15. Jurgen Visser
14. Akona Ndungane
13. William Small-Smith
12. Jan Serfontein
11. Bjorn Basson
10. Handre Pollard
9. Francois Hougaard
8. Grant Hattingh
7. Jacques Du Plessis
6. Jonathan Ross
5. Victor Matfield
4. Paul Willemse
3. Marcel Van der Merwe
2. Callie Visagie
1. Dean Greyling
16. Mbongeni Mbonami
17. Werner Kruger
18. Jacques Engelbrecht
19. Wimpie van der Walt
20. Rudy Paige
21. Jacques-Louis Potgieter
22. JJ Engelbrecht
23. Morne Mellett
Bulls 26 Cheetahs 21
The Cheetahs win a tighthead at a scrum and attack with their backs. Le Roux kicks ahead but the ball goes over the dead-ball line! That's the final act of the half and the Bulls are victorious after a fine comeback. The Cheetahs will wonder how they lost that game as they were dominant for large periods.
Torsten van Jaarsveld is penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground. Potgieter kicks for touch and puts the ball out close to the halfway mark.
The Bulls forwards are pinged for being offside. Goosen puts the ball into touch just outside the hosts' 22.
Cornal Hendricks goes on a mazy run but is eventually tackled inside the Bulls' 22 by Hougaard. Hendricks is eventually penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground.
The Cheetahs attack but Sadie knocks on close to the halfway line. Francois Hougaard gathers and boots the ball upfield where it rolls dead behind the visitors' try-line.
PENALTY, BULLS, POTGIETER! 26-21. Potgieter extends the homeside's lead after the Cheetahs backs are caught straying offside.
Le Roux and Jacques-Louis Potgieter, who has come on for Pollard, are involved in some aerial ping pong. Le Roux eventually launches a bomb and competes for the ball with Bjorn Basson but the Bulls gain the advantage when the Cheetahs speedster knocks the ball into touch.
Trevor Nyakane is penalised for illegal scrummaging. Pollard puts the resulting penalty out close to the halfway mark.
The Cheetahs attack deep inside the Bulls' 22 but the homeside's backs are pinged for being offside. Goosen steps up to take the shot at goal but his effort is to the right of the uprights!
CONVERSION, BULLS, POLLARD! 23-21. Pollard puts the Bulls back in front with the easy two-pointer!
TRY, BULLS, VISAGIE! 21-21. Callie Visagie draws the hosts level after barging over from close quarters next to the uprights!
Brussow is penalised for not releasing a tackled player on the ground. Pollard puts the resulting penalty into touch on the Cheetahs'' five-metre line.
PENALTY, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 16-21. Goosen is on the field for Watts and he soon extends the visitors' lead, from the kicking tee, after Ross is pinged for not rolling away after making a tackle.
Coenie Oosthuizen is on for the Cheetahs and immediately makes an impact with a powerful run from a line-out. He goes to ground at the ensuing ruck Andries Ferreira knocks on a poor pass from Pretorius.
CONVERSION, BULLS, POLLARD! 16-18. Pollard adds the extras which narrows the gap to two points!
TRY, BULLS, WILLEMSE! 14-18. The Bulls take the ball through six phases, after being awarded a penalty close to the visitors' try-line. Paul Willemse spots a gap at a ruck and shrugs off a challenger before dotting down!
The Bulls are on the attack, close to the Cheetahs'' line, after Pollard gathers his own chip kick. Jono Ross also goes close but the Cheetahs keep them at bay with solid defence.
Pollard restarts the second half with a deep kick. The Cheetahs are soon on the drive with their forwards and are then awarded a penalty when Paul Willemse enters the maul from the side. Watts kicks for touch and puts the ball out 10 metres inside the Bulls' half.
Bulls 9 Cheetahs 18
TRY, CHEETAHS, RHULE! 9-18. Sadie offloads to Benjamin, who throws a long pass to Raymond Rhule inside the Bulls' 22. Rhule steps inside two defenders before crashing over! Watts misses with the conversion and the siren sounds to indicate half-time. The visitors have capitalised on the Bulls' mistakes, especially on defence, and hold a deserved lead. The hosts will have to be more disciplined after the break if they want to win this match.
PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 9-13. Pollard adds another three-pointer after Brussow is penalised for not releasing Dean Greyling on the ground after a tackle.
The Bulls take the ball through several phases, inside the Cheetahs' 22. Marcel van der Merwe picks up and goes and crashes over the try-line! His effort is disallowed, however, as Victor Matfield, is blown up for obstructing a defender unintentionally.
Heinrich Brussow is pinged for obstruction at a line-out. Pollard is back on the field and puts the ball into touch deep inside the Cheetahs' 22.
Rayno Benjamin runs onto a pass from Le Roux, inside the Bulls' 22, and beats three defenders before losing the ball in front of the try-line after a desperate tackle from Akona Ndungane!
PENALTY, BULLS, VISSER. 6-13. Jurgen Visser reduces the deficit to seven points after Adriaan Strauss is pinged for playing the ball on the ground.
The Bulls pack are pinged for illegal scrummaging, just inside the Cheetahs' half. Willie le Roux steps up to take the shot at goal but although his effort has the distance it's just wide of the uprights.
PENALTY, CHEETAHS, WATTS. 3-13. Watts makes no mistake from the kicking tee after Pollard's indiscretion.
YELLOW CARD, BULLS, POLLARD! Handre Pollard is sent to the sin bin for not retreating 10 metres whenthe Cheetahs play quickly after being awarded a penalty just outside the hosts' 22.
Sarel Pretorius puts the Cheetahs on the attack when he delivers a box kick which rolls into touch in front of the Bulls' corner flag!
CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, WATTS! 3-10. Watts adds the extras which extends the visitors' lead!
TRY, CHEETAHS, SADIE! 3-8. The Bulls attack inside the Cheetahs' 22 but a Johann Sadie intercepts a long pass from Pollard and races away from the home side's defence before scoring under the uprights!
Pollard launches a bomb which Watts gathers with ease before offloading to Hennie Danniller who kicks upfield.
Super breakout from the Cheetahs after Brussouw's wonderful steal. They almost go the distance as Le Roux hacks on and the ball just bobbles into touch.
PENALTY, CHEETAHS, WATTS! 3-3 A pair of cracking long-range penalties here at Loftus as Watts hammers it over from an angle.
Super steal from Cook on halfway and the Cheetahs win the penalty. Now Watts will try to emulate Pollard's effort.
PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 3-0 Boom! Over she goes from nearly sixty metres. Super kick, altitude or not. Bulls have the lead.
Scrum penalty to the hosts, and Pollard going for what would be a whopper off the tee...
First scrum of the game goes the way of the Cheetahs on halfway.
Blatant crossing from the Cheetahs in attack but not picked up by the referee. Cook into touch in Bulls territory.
And a chance for the Cheetahs straight away as they steal in the Bulls' 22, but a knock-on ends the move for now.
Watts has us underway. Game on!
Teams out here at Loftus, kick-off moments away!
A lot rides on the shoulders of Heinrich Brussouw in the Cheetahs back-row if they are to gain the possession they will need to have any chance of victory here. In the backline, with Jacques-Louis Potgieter and JJ Engelbrecht benched, their all-attack gameplan will rely on the likes of Ryno Benjamin and Raymond Rhule getting go-forward.
Callie Visagie faces a huge challenge for the hosts today up against Cheetahs skipper Adriaan Strauss at hooker, but the home pack is otherwise a formidable one as Victor Matfield is joined by Springbok Dean Greyling and Grant Hattingh packing down at number eight.
Hello, and welcome to live coverage of today's South African derby between Frans Ludeke's Bulls and the lowly Cheetahs, bottom of the log after the Stormers secured victory just minutes ago. Lots at stake for both sides here at Loftus, kick-off fifteen minutes away!
15. Hennie Daniller
14. Raymond Rhule
13. Johann Sadie
12. Rayno Benjamin
11. Willie Le Roux
10. Elgar Watts
9. Sarel Pretorius
8. Boom Prinsloo
7. Jean Cook
6. Heinrich Brussow
5. Francois Uys
4. Andries Ferreira
3. Nicolaas Van Dyk
2. Adriaan Strauss
1. Caylib Oosthuizen
16. Torsten Van Jaarsveld
17. Trevor Nyakane
18. Coenraad Oosthuizen
19. Rynard Landman
20. Teboho Mohoje
21. Shaun Venter
22. Johan Goosen
23. Cornall Hendricks
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