Super 14 - Pretoria, 30 May 2009, 17:30 local, 15:30 GMT
Bulls (34) 61 - 17 (7) Chiefs (FT)

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The Bulls will host the the Chiefs in the Super 14 final in a 55,000 sell-out crowd at the Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria as the home side aim to win their second title in three seasons. The Chiefs have never made the final before but they are boosted by the news that Richard Kahui has made the starting line-up after recovering from a calf strain. Sitiveni Sivivatu is out with a dislocated shoulder so Dwayne Sweeney will take his place. Mils Muliaina leads the New Zealanders with Liam Messam making his 50th Super rugby appearnace. The Bulls had some injury concerns of their own over centre Wynand Olivier, whose hip injury ruled him out of their semi-final win over the Crusaders. Olivier came through a fitness test and will partner Jaco Pretorius in the centre. We're going to get under way despite some early drama when the stadium's floodlights went out.

1

Jonathan Kaplan is the ref as we get under way in the Loftus Versfeld stadium with the Bulls kicking-off.

2

The Bulls are dominating the early part of this game,.

3

The Bulls are in the eighth phase of a great move.

4

The Bulls are 15 yards from the Chiefs line with the visitors to put into the scrum.

5

The Bulls are putting the Chiefs' scrum under severe pressure.

6 0 - 5

Try. An up-and-under from Kirchner goes wrong and Stephen Donald takes the ball on the right and lays off Masaga to score and silence the crowd. Stephen Donald converts.

7 0 - 7

Try. A sweeping move and powerful forward play as Du Preez scores for the Bulls. A quick tap from the scrum-half and he's over under the sticks.

8 5 - 7

A well judged kick pins Sweeney back but he breaks away. Chiefs recycle and Donald breaks from deep.

9 7 - 7

Steyn converts the try to level the scores.

10

It's all gone wrong for the Chiefs - their ambitious break leads to an intercept for Du Preez, who beats Muliaina for pace and scores in the corner.

11 12 - 7

du Preez - try

12 14 - 7

De Malmanche is down hurt after a huge hit - the hooker is off to the blood bin.

13

Kickoff is long from Donald -a bit of tennis between the kickers.

14 19 - 7

Morne Steyn bangs the ball in to touch, the Chiefs claim the ball from the lineout and Masaga is smashed in the tackle. Du Preez has got the ball in his hands again, he looks up and sticks a perfect grubber through the defence - Habana is on to it and scores the third try for the Bulls.

15

The try is converted by Steyn.

16 21 - 7

Steyn hits one forward but it's Tamilolo drives the ball forward for the Chiefs in the Bulls' half.

17

Habana tries to steal the ball from a ruck and Steyn lauches the ball forward into the Chiefs' half.

18

The Chiefs have the ball with Kahui but he was superbly intercepted by Potgeiter. It was a try saving move.

19

The Bulls are having to defend in their own half to keep the Chiefs at bay.

21 24 - 7

Morne Steyn carries on where he left off last week with another mammoth drop goal.

22

Miliaina takes a catch on his 22 and runs with it but is tackled on the halfway line as the Chiefs are already attempting to throw caution to the wind.

23

The Chiefs win a penalty after Botha gives away a penalty.

24

Botha redeems himself by winning the line-out from the penalty kick and the Bulls kick the ball upfield as the Chiefs try to counter.

25

The Bulls are keeping the Chiefs on the halfway line as the Chiefs struggle to get forward.

26

Matfield turns the ball over and the Bulls breakaway brilliantly with Steyn to reach the Chiefs five metre line.

27

Lauaki gives away a penalty for deliberate offside in front of the posts and the Bulls will take the three points.

28 27 - 7

Steyn converts and then kicks the ball to touch after the Chiefs re-start.

29

Habana narrowly misses the ball in his own half which could have led to an intercepted try.

30

The Chiefs try to start a move with Latimer making a break forward in the Bulls half.

31

The Bulls manage to end the move by putting Latimer into touch. And the Bulls win their lineout.

32

The Chiefs come forward again and Kahui darts forward trying to create an opening for the visitors.

33

Dewald gives away a penaly for coming in at the side and Muliaina elects to kick for three points.

34

Donald misses from 41 metres as he puts it wide to the delight of the home side's fans.

35

Steyn kicks it forward from the 22 and Habana pounces on a loose ball and the Chiefs need to line out on thier five yard line.

36

Their is a handling error from the Chiefs and the Bulls win the scrum but they give away a penalty for killing the ball.

37

Du Preez's kick is charged dwon by Taumalolo and the Chiefs break away into the Bull's half.

38

The Chiefs are now in the eighth phase of their move in the Bull's half.

39 32 - 7

The move goes horribly wrong for the Chiefs as Habana capitalisies on a throw from Kahui in his own half and runs 60 yards to give the Bulls their fourth try, right under the posts. His second.

40 34 - 7

Steyn converts to end a great half for the home side.

40

Stephen Donald will kick off for the Chiefs to start the seciond half. The Bulls win the ball and kick into the Chiefs' half.

41

The Chiefs give away a soft penalty and Du Preez kicks it forward and Kahui has to kick reluctantly to touch.

42

The Bulls knock on in the lineout and the Chiefs win their put-in in the scrum but give the ball away once again.

43

A great tap and go from Du Preez creates an opening and the Bulls spread the ball to the left and Kirchner comes to within an inch of scoring a try.

44

Matfield wins the lineout but the Chiefs manage to turn the ball over.

45 34 - 12

Latimer drives the visitors forward and into the Bulls half. A lay off from Donald and superb handling skills from Muliaina on the edge of the 22 give the Chiefs a much needed try at the start of this half.

46 34 - 14

Donald converts to put the Chiefs within three scores of the home side.

47 37 - 14

The touch-judge spots a piece of obstruction by McGougan and Steyn will kick to give the Bulls three more points.

48

The Bulls give away a penalty from Kruger and the Chiefs will take the scrum in the Bulls' half.

49

A good recycled move from the Chiefs is in its fifth phase but the Bulls manage to turn the ball over. Kirchner kicks the ball into the Chiefs's half.

50

The Chiefs come forward once again and Dewald gives away a penalty for not moving away quick enough.

51 37 - 17

Donald scores from 21 metres.

52

The Bulls put the Chiefs under pressure as the Chiefs have to kick forward from their own line.

53

Great move sees Bruce pass to Sweeney but the Bulls win the ruck with Botha.

54

Habana is involved in an altercation with Donald and has to go to the blood bin.

55

Chiliboy Ralepelle drives a free-kick forward and Matfield finishes a great move with an acrobatic finish in the corner.

56

But we're going upstairs to confirm the try. The replay shows great acrobatics from Matfield.

57 42 - 17

the conversion is missed.

58

A great move on the left from the Bulls and Pretorious runs over the line to score but drops the ball.

61

Stephen Donald makes a break but is taken out by Du Preez.

62

The Bulls have the ball in the Chiefs' half.

63

Du Preez links with Ndungane but can't control the ball and is tackled and the Chiefs have a lineout.

64

The Bulls have the ball and Du Preez breaks and gives the ball to Ndungane but he can't get the ball and the Chiefs have it.

65

Du Preez cheekily makes a break round the blindside and the ball is swithched to the left and Olivier touches down.

66 47 - 17

Steyn puts the conversion wide.

67

The Chiefs kick off and Steyn hits the ball into touch in the Chief's half.

68

Steyn hits the ball again but it goes out on the full and it goes back to the 22.

69

The Chiefs come forward again from a Steyn kick but cannot breach the Bulls' defence.

71 52 - 17

The Chief's move is in its seventh phase but Spies intercepts and runs 70 yards to score another try and brings up the 50 points mark.

73 54 - 17

Steyn converts from the touchline.

74

Kahui slips a tackle and the Chiefs will spread the move to the right.

75

The move is in its sixth phase but lightning almost struck a third time when Habana nearly intercepted a loose pass.

76

Wanneburg wins the Chief's scrum and the Bulls put the Chiefs back in their half.

77

Once again the Chiefs are overturned and Kirchner has to chase the ball down and touchdown.

78

The Bulls have the put-in on the five-metee line and Roussow goes over to score the try in the corner.

79 59 - 17

Sub Burton Francis scores the kick from the cornner.

80 61 - 17

An amazing performance by the Bulls and some worrying signs for the Lions after this display involvig plenty of Springboks. Thanks for joining us for the Super 14 final.

Timeline

Time Bulls  Score  Chiefs
0 start of first half start of first half
6 0 - 5 Masaga - try
7 0 - 7 Donald - conversion
8 du Preez - try 5 - 7
9 Steyn - conversion 7 - 7
11 du Preez - try 12 - 7
12 Steyn - conversion 14 - 7
13 Elliot - sub on
de Malmanche - sub off
14 Habana - try 19 - 7
16 Steyn - conversion 21 - 7
20 Wannenburg - sub on
Stegmann - sub off
21 Steyn - drop goal 24 - 7
28 Steyn - penalty goal 27 - 7
39 Habana - try 32 - 7
40 Steyn - conversion
end of first half
34 - 7 end of first half
40 start of second half start of second half
45 34 - 12 Muliaina - try
46 34 - 14 Donald - conversion
47 Steyn - penalty goal 37 - 14
51 37 - 17 Donald - penalty goal
52 Ralepelle - sub on
Kuun - sub off
54 Delport - sub on
Habana - sub off
Lynn - sub on
Lilo - sub on
Lauaki - sub off
O'Neill - sub off
57 Matfield - try
Gerber - sub on
Kruger - sub off
Rossouw - sub on
Botha - sub off
42 - 17
66 Olivier - try 47 - 17
68 Delany - sub on
Bruce - sub off
69 Adams - sub on
du Preez - sub off
Savage - sub on
Taumalolo - sub off
71 Spies - try 52 - 17
73 Steyn - conversion 54 - 17 Basson - sub on
Morland - sub off
74 Francis - sub on
Steyn - sub off
79 Rossouw - try 59 - 17
80 Francis - conversion 61 - 17
80+1 end of second half end of second half
81 start of half start of half

Notes

 
Result Bulls won by a margin of 44 points
 
Ground name Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria

Teams

Bulls Chiefs
Tries du Preez (8, 11), Habana (14, 39), Matfield (57), Olivier (66), Spies (71), Rossouw (79) Tries Masaga (6), Muliaina (45)
Cons Steyn (9, 12, 16, 40, 73), Francis (80) Cons Donald (7, 46)
Pens Steyn (28, 47) Pens Donald (51)
Drops Steyn (21) Drops none

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