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Bulls
28
29
FT
Highlanders
HIG
Super Rugby
Saturday 28 April 2018, 11:15am EDT

Bulls v Highlanders

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  • FT
  • Penalty GoalLima Sopoaga
    80'
  • ConversionHandre Pollard
    75'
  • TRY!Jesse Kriel
    74'
  • Penalty GoalLima Sopoaga
    62'
  • ConversionHandre Pollard
    58'
  • TRY!Jason Jenkins
    56'
  • Penalty GoalLima Sopoaga
    52'
  • ConversionLima Sopoaga
    43'
  • TRY!Fletcher Smith
    42'
  • Penalty GoalLima Sopoaga
    42'
  • HT
  • Penalty GoalLima Sopoaga
    33'
  • ConversionHandre Pollard
    30'
  • TRY!Handre Pollard
    29'
  • Yellow CardFletcher Smith
    22'
  • PENALTY TRY!
    21'
  • ConversionLima Sopoaga
    4'
  • TRY!Aaron Smith
    2'
  • KO

Stats

Match Stats
Player Stats
415
323
Metres
42
20
Carries
28
15
Defenders beaten
9
11
Clean breaks
178
85
Passes
9
5
Offloads
14
9
Turnovers conceded
5
7
Turnovers won
64
163
Tackles
15
28
Missed tackles
Bulls T C P
15 Warrick Gelant 0 0 0
14 John-Ben Kotze 0 0 0
13 Jesse Kriel 1 0 0
12 Burger Odendaal 0 0 0
11 Divan Rossouw 0 0 0
10 Handre Pollard 1 3 0
9 Ivan van Zyl 0 0 0
1 Lizo Gqoboka 0 0 0
2 Adriaan Strauss 0 0 0
3 Trevor Nyakane 0 0 0
4 RG Snyman 0 0 0
5 Lodewyk De Jager 0 0 0
6 Marco van Staden 0 0 0
7 Jason Jenkins 1 0 0
8 Thembelani Bholi 0 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Jaco Visagie 0 0 0
17 Frans van Wyk 0 0 0
18 Conraad Van Vuuren 0 0 0
19 Hendre Stassen 0 0 0
20 Nick de Jager 0 0 0
21 Embrose Papier 0 0 0
22 Manie Libbok 0 0 0
23 Travis Ismaiel 0 0 0
Highlanders T C P
15 Fletcher Smith 1 0 0
14 Ben Smith 0 0 0
13 Rob Thompson 0 0 0
12 Teihorangi Walden 0 0 0
11 Tevita Li 0 0 0
10 Lima Sopoaga 0 2 5
9 Aaron Smith 1 0 0
1 Dan Lienert-Brown 0 0 0
2 Liam Coltman 0 0 0
3 Tyrel Lomax 0 0 0
4 Jackson Hemopo 0 0 0
5 Thomas Franklin 0 0 0
6 Elliot Dixon 0 0 0
7 Dillon Hunt 0 0 0
8 Luke Whitelock 0 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Ash Dixon 0 0 0
17 Aki Seiuli 0 0 0
18 Kalolo Tuiloma 0 0 0
19 Alex Ainley 0 0 0
20 Shannon Frizell 0 0 0
21 James Lentjes 0 0 0
22 Kayne Hammington 0 0 0
23 Sio Tomkinson 0 0 0

Standings

Super Rugby

RANK TEAM RPI TOTAL
12 Bulls 45 29
6 Highlanders 54 44
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  • FULL TIME - One of the best matches of the season comes to an end in Pretoria!  The Highlanders appeared to be in control early in the second half however the Bulls stormed back into the contest with the final two tries of the match.  The home side then led with time up on the clock but it was Lima Sopaga who landed the killer blow with a penalty goal after the final siren.  After an enthralling 80 minutes at Loftus Versfeld, it is the Highlanders who have emerged with a thrilling 29-28 victory over the Bulls.
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  • The penalty goal attempt from Lima Sopaga is......over!!!  With ice running through his veins, the Highlanders' flyhalf nails his penalty goal attempt and the visitors have snatched victory with the very last play of the match.
    80'''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL! Highlanders (Lima Sopoaga) 29-28 Highlanders
    80'''
  • The visitors edge their way further inside Bulls' territory and the home side have been penalised!  It is within a kickable distance and so Lima Sopoaga will line up to win the game for the Highlanders.
    79''
  • It is all a question of territory now!  The Highlanders are awarded a penalty and, with the subsequent kick for touch, Lima Sopoaga takes play back inside Bulls' territory.
    78''
  • The Bulls are into the lead!  Outstanding patience from the Bulls who simply, through sheer weight of numbers, wear down the Highlanders' defence - in the end, it is Jesse Kriel slicing through the defence to tie up the scores before Handre Pollard gives the home side the lead with the conversion.
    76''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Bulls (Handre Pollard) 28-26 Bulls
    75''
  • Try
    TRY! Bulls (Jesse Kriel) 26-26
    74''
  • The Bulls come up a fraction short of the line but have been awarded a penalty!  The decision once again is to take the scrum feed - the Highlanders are only just hanging on by their fingernails at the moment.
    71''
  • Penalty to the Bulls with Lima Sopoaga besieged on the last line of defence - the home side elect to take the scrum feed and will pack down just 5m out from the try line.
    69''
  • Scrum feed to the Bulls!  A massive opportunity here for the home side with the forwards to pack down just 10m out from the Highlanders' line.
    67''
  • Fitness will be huge factor in the final quarter hour.  Players on both sides are gulping in plenty of air with the scrum to be set just inside Highlanders' territory - it's the visitors with the feed.
    65''
  • A huge territorial gain for the Bulls with Handre Pollard sending a perfectly weighted kick in behind the Highlanders' defence and into touch right on the visitors' 22m line.
    64''
  • Lima Sopoaga nails the penalty goal attempt to give the visitors a little breathing space - it is the Highlanders holding a 5 point advantage.
    63''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL! Highlanders (Lima Sopoaga) 26-21 Bulls
    63''
  • A crucial penalty is awarded to the Highlanders right in front of the posts - the replay shows that Lizo Gqoboka may have been unlucky to have been penalised for coming in from the side.
    61''
  • The Bulls strike back!  The Highlanders' defence never really recovered after the break by Lizo Gqoboka and taking full advantage is Jason Jenkins who crashes over from close range - the home side trail by 2 but have the momentum going into the final quarter.
    59''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Bulls (Handre Pollard) 23-21 Highlanders
    59''
  • Try
    TRY! Bulls (Jason Jenkins) 23-19 Highlanders
    58''
  • Lizo Gqoboka breaks the line with a superb run and the Bulls are right on the front foot, advancing quickly towards the Highlanders' line.
    56''
  • The Bulls have coughed up possession with a loose pass from Handre Pollard not going to hand - fortunately the the damage is limited with the home side subsequently awarded a lineout throw.
    55''
  • The kick from Lima Sopoaga never looked like missing and so the Highlanders have opened up a game high 9 point advantage.
    54''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL! Highlanders (Lima Sopoaga) 23-14 Bulls
    53''
  • Penalty to the Highlanders!  The visitors are right on top at the moment and have a chance to extend their lead beyond a converted try with Lima Sopoaga to line up from right in front of the posts.
    51''
  • Aaron Smith, wasting no time, takes the quick tap before driving his kick deep inside the Bulls' 22 however Warrick Gelant has scrambled well for the home side and the Bulls' full back wins the race for the ball.
    48''
  • The trio of Smiths combine to give the Highlanders the lead early in the second half!  Ben Smith makes the break down the right hand touch line before handing off to Aaron Smith - the scrumhalf weighs up his options before setting Fletcher Smith on a path to the try line.
    45''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Highlanders (Lima Sopoaga) 20-14 Highlanders
    45''
  • Try
    TRY! Highlanders (Fletcher Smith) 18-14 Highlanders
    44''
  • The penalty goal attempt from Lima Sopoaga is sweetly struck and, with the flags raised, the Highlanders draw within a point of the home side.
    43''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL! Highlanders (Lima Sopoaga) 14-13 Bulls
    43''
  • An early penalty against the Bulls gives Lima Sopoaga a chance to line up the posts for the all-important first points of the second half.
    41''
  • SECOND HALF - The scene is set for a thrilling second half and it will be Lima Sopoaga to get us underway!
    41''
  • HALF TIME - An absorbing first half comes to an end in Pretoria!  The Highlanders started brilliantly with the first try of the match however the Bulls dominated from that point onwards scoring the next two, one of those a penalty try.  It's the home side on top at the break - the Bulls lead by 14-10 over the Highlanders.
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  • A penalty in the dying seconds of the first half to the Bulls - there are three points on offer for the home side however they elect to apply the blowtorch by kicking for touch.
    40''
  • Fletcher Smith is unable to keep the ball in play and so the Bulls find themselves in an excellent attacking position with a lineout throw inside the Highlanders' 22.
    39''
  • The Bulls are looking dangerous just inside the Highlanders' 22 however the opportunity is lost after Lizo Gqoboka took his eye off the ball at the crucial moment and spilled the pass.
    37''
  • The good news for the Highlanders is that they are back to their full complement with Fletcher Smith having served his 10 minutes in the sin bin.
    36''
  • Lima Sopoaga drives his penalty goal attempt straight between the uprights and, just as importantly, wipes some valuable seconds off the clock with Fletcher Smith not far away from rejoining the action.
    35''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL! Highlanders (Lima Sopoaga) 14-10 Bulls
    34''
  • The Bulls take the lead for the first time in the match!  Ready to pounce right on the gain line is Handre Pollard who latches onto the ball with a brilliant intercept and, with the Highlanders' full back sitting in the sin bin, the Bulls' fly-half is able to scoot away before scoring right under the posts.
    32''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Bulls (Handre Pollard) 14-7 Bulls
    32''
  • Try
    TRY! Bulls (Handre Pollard) 12-7 Bulls
    31''
  • A timely penalty to the Highlanders after Elliot Dixon was taken down in the lineout.
    29''
  • Some relief for the Highlanders deep inside their own half with the visitors awarded a free kick at scrum time - Lima Sopoaga finds touch with his kick taking play up towards the half way line.
    27''
  • Yellow Card
    YELLOW CARD!  Fletcher Smith is handed a yellow card for his indiscretion and so the Highlanders have been reduced to 14 men for the next 10 minutes.
    26''
  • We are all square in Pretoria!  The loose ball falls for Warrick Gelant who only has to gather to score however he is clearly impeded from behind by Fletcher Smith and referee Glen Jackson has little option but to point to the spot and award the penalty try to the home side.
    23''
  • Try
    PENALTY TRY!  Bulls 7-7
    22''
  • An outstanding scrum from the Bulls' forward pack is rewarded with the penalty - with the resultant kick for touch, Handre Pollard takes play inside the Highlanders' half.
    20''
  • Adriaan Strauss reads the Highlanders' set piece to perfection and almost pulls off the intercept however he can't quite hang onto the ball - the visitors have the scrum feed on the Bulls' 10m line.
    19''
  • A well placed kick for touch from Lima Sopoaga takes play over half way and inside Bulls' territory.
    17''
  • A dangerous looking build up from the Highlanders is almost complete however the last pass from Tom Franklin to Aaron Smith is forward.
    14''
  • Ivan van Zyl looks to catch the Highlanders' on the back foot by taking the quick tap following a penalty however the move doesn't pay off with the ball forced over the touch line.
    11''
  • An excellent scoring opportunity is lost with the home side penalised for obstruction in the rolling maul.
    10''
  • An outstanding shove from the Bulls' forward pack at scrum time is rewarded with a penalty - with the subsequent kick, Handre Pollard deposits the kick into touch inside the Highlanders' 22.
    9''
  • The Highlanders draw first blood in Pretoria!  On the counter-attack, Fletcher Smith chips the ball in behind the Bulls' defence - although the fullback can't gather cleanly on the chase, Aaron Smith is there in support and the scrum-half scoops up the ball before diving over.
    6''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Highlanders (Lima Sopoaga) 7-0 Highlanders
    5''
  • Try
    TRY! Highlanders (Aaron Smith) 5-0 Highlanders
    4''
  • A penalty to the Highlanders and it will be Lima Sopoaga to kick for touch from right on the visitors' 22m line.
    3''
  • The Bulls' forwards build up some strong momentum with the rolling maul, marching the ball inside the Highlanders' 22.
    1''
  • FIRST HALF - It's Handre Pollard to kick off for the Bulls to get us underway in the first half.
    1''
  • Welcome to Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria for the clash between the Bulls and the Highlanders.
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