Cheetahs 28 Bulls 28

Keo.co.za brought you live commentary from the drawn Absa Currie Cup final in Bloemfontein.

Scorers:

Cheetahs – Tries: Burger, Floors. Penalties: De Waal (5), Bosman.
Bulls – Tries: Nel (2), Delport. Conversion: Steyn. Penalties: Hougaard, Steyn.

Yellow cards: Roets (42min), Scholtz (52min).

Live commentary:

100min – The hooter goes as the scrum is reset. The Bulls get a penalty from 65m out. Steyn kicks it out. It’s a draw.

99min – The Cheetahs kick the ball over the deadball line and the Bulls take the scrum from where it was kicked. Last movement of the game coming up.

99min – Du Toit’s drop misses the target again.

98min – Cheetahs win the line-out, 40m out from the Bulls tryline. Du Tot’s drop goal goes wide. 22 drop out.

98min – Roets puts the ball out on the full.

98min – Powell knocks on a metre out from the tryline. Cheetahs boot the ball downfield.

97min – The Cheetahs win the scrum but Fortuin drops the pass. Another shocking mistake from the fullback.

96min – Brussouw runs out from the kick off and the Cheetahs are awarded another penalty. Fortuin doesn’t find touch. The Bulls kick back and Oelshig takes the catch and the Cheetahs get a scrum.

94min – The Bulls are penalised for not rolling away at the ruck. Bosman kicks the penalty from 49m out (1/2).
Level 28-28

SUB: Strauss for Kuun.

93min – Basson loses the ball in the tackle.

92min – The Bulls set up a driving maul from the line-out, but are penalised for truck and trailer. Bosman doesn’t find touch.

SUB: Oelshig on for Claassens.

91min – Basson kicks an up and under which Claassens takes well. Du Toit’s kick goes out on the full.

91min – Steyn kicks off.

HALF-TIME EXTRA TIME

89min – Strauss breaks the line, and Van der Merwe charges into the 22. The Cheetahs have numbers out wide, but the lopped pass sees the player tackled into touch.

88min – The Cheetahs are awarded a penalty and Fortuin finds touch on the Bulls’ 10m line.

86min – Bulls set up the driving maul from the line-out and kick ahead. Cheetahs run back at the Bulls and are awarded a penalty 48m out. Bosman’s penalty attempt hits the post. (0/1).

85min – The Cheetahs steal yet another Bulls line-out and kick upfield. Roets kicks back. Burger finds a good touch inside the Bulls’ half.

SUB: Du Toit on.

84min – Meyer breaks the Bulls defence but loses the ball forward. Basson goes for a massive drop goal that falls short and the Cheetahs kick for touch.

82min – Roets doesn’t find touch and Fortuin takes play up inside the Bulls half. Bosman’s kick goes straight to Basson who boots it down field. Roets charges up and has numbers on the outside but takes it up himself. The Bulls get a penalty in front of the posts, which Steyn kicks (4/4).
Bulls 28-25

81min – Cheetahs win the first line-out of extra time, but Fortuin knocks on out wide.

FULL-TIME (extra time to come)

80min – The Cheetahs launch one last attack and Passons is penalised for holding on. The hooter goes.

76min – The Bulls win the ball back and get yet another penalty. Steyn is stopped a metre short in the corner. The Bulls send it left and a brilliant tap pass from Ndungane sees Nel score the try. Steyn’s kick sneaks inside the right hand upright (3/3).
Level 25-25

SUB: Du Plessis on for Le Roux.

75min – Nel finds himself in space as the Bulls attack again, but knocks on. Critical mistake.

74min – Van der Merwe is penalised again at the scrum. Bulls take another tap.

73min – The Cheetahs are penalised and the Bulls tap and go. Adams can’t get through and the Bulls get another scrum.

72min – Pieterse knocks the ball on at the line-out before the Bulls drive into their own men. Scrum to the Bulls.

71min – Cheetahs penalised for coming in from the side and Steyn finds touch 5m out from the tryline.

SUB: Vermaak on for Nel.

70min – Pieterse knocks the ball on at the line-out.

68min – Scholtz bashes it up from the scrum, as does Rossouw. Cheetahs force the turnover and are awarded a penalty. De Waal finds touch.

68min – Pieterse steals his fifth Bulls line-out, but the Cheetahs knock the ball forward.

SUB: Bosman on for De Waal.

66min – The Bulls kick for touch again and drive towards the line. They finally send it wide to the right and then back to the left again. Eventually the ball goes into touch and the Cheetahs get the line-out.

SUB: Brüssouw on for Floors.

65min – The Bulls win the line-out, but the Cheetahs get the counter shove. Bulls get another penalty when Le Roux collapses the maul. The Cheetahs captain gets a team warning.

64min – A Bulls maul is taken into touch, but Kaplan awards them a penalty. The Bulls turn down the three points and kick for touch.

64min – Strauss takes the ball up from the line-out and Fortuin finds touch inside the Bulls half.

SUB: Strauss on for Thiart.

62min – Van der Merwe is penalised for playing the ball off his feet.

61min – Strauss breaks away, beating two defenders. Fortuin finds touch 5m out from the Bulls tryline with a brilliant grubber kick into the corner. There are Bulls players down all over the field.

59min – The Cheetahs are running the Bulls ragged now, and the Cheetahs are awarded a penalty at the breakdown. Thiart is the guilty man. De Waal kicks the penalty from right in front (5/7).
Cheetahs 25-18

58min – Pieterse steals his third Bulls line-out.

SUB: Thiart on for Engels.

56min – The Cheetahs take the ball through a dozen phases, and Floors scores his side’s second try by darting down the blindside and stepping the tackle of Roets. De Waal’s kick is wide (4/6).
Cheetahs 22-18

SUB: Louw on for Van Schouwenburg.

53min – Floors is penalised for not rolling away and Steyn kicks the penalty from 50m (2/2).
Bulls 18-17

53min – Heinie Adams knocks the ball out of Claassens hands at the scrum, and Kaplan gives the Bulls a scrum. Tough call.

50min – Disaster for the Bulls as Scholtz is sent to the sin bin for a late charge on De Waal. As Scholtz leaves the field, so Roets returns.

48min – Pieterse steals another Bulls line-out and the Cheetahs set up a driving maul that gains them 15m. The Bulls are penalised for collapsing the maul and De Waal puts his side back into the lead (4/5).
Cheetahs 17-15

SUB: Lobberts on for Wannenburg.

47min – The Cheetahs go wide again, but Burger kicks into touch on the full.

SUB: Du Preez on for Du Plessis.

44min – Steyn breaks away down the left hand touchline, hands off Jonker and chips ahead. The ball bounces away from the Cheetahs defenders and into the hands of Delport who scores. Steyn kicks the conversion (1/1).
Bulls 15-14

43min – Pieterse poaches the Bulls line-out and the Cheetahs go wide, but are tackled into touch.

42min – Strauss is penalised for going into the side of a ruck. Steyn finds touch.

SUB: A dazed Hougaard is replaced by Steyn.

42min – The Cheetahs win the line-out, but Du Plessis is penalised for going off his feet and is blasted by Le Roux.

41min – The Cheetahs pass it wide to Burger who bursts away down the right hand touchline and chips ahead before being late tackled by Roets. The linesman puts his flag out and Roets gets a yellow card. Burger is laughing, which suggests he pulled an ‘Oscar’. De Waal kicks for touch.

41min – Hougaard kicks off and De Waal finds touch on the Cheetahs 10m line.

HALF-TIME

37min – The Cheetahs lose possesion near the halfway line and Rossouw sends it wide to Delport who finds Nel. The centre avoids the desperate lunge of De Waal to score the Bulls first try. Hougaard’s conversion goes wide (2/4).
Cheetahs 14-8

36min – The Bulls are awarded a free kick for numbers at the line-out, but Rossouw is penalised for holding on.

35min – The Bulls kick into the Cheetahs 22 and Passens finds touch 10m out from his tryline. The Cheetahs then poach the line-out and De Waal clears.

31min – Spies breaks away down the right hand touchline and the Bulls win the penalty. Hougaard misses it from slap in front (1/2).

28min – Floors breaks away from the restart and finds Strauss who races into the Bulls half. The hooker times his pass perfectly to Burger who sprints away from Delport to score a brilliant try. De Waal’s conversion goes wide (3/4).
Cheetahs 14-3

26min – The Cheetahs set up the maul from the line-out. De Waal kicks into the in-goal area for Nel but the ball goes over the deadball line and Kaplan goes back for the penalty. This time De Waal takes the points (3/3).
Cheetahs 9-3

25min – Passens kicks an up and under, and Ndungane takes a brilliant mark under huge pressure. Botha is penalised for chirping and the Cheetahs kick for touch.

24min – This time the Cheetahs make no mistake and De Waal launches an up and under, which is well taken by Roets,

24min – The Bulls steal another Cheetahs line-out, but the ball goes into touch again.

22min – The Bulls win a scrappy line-out and Hougaard’s pass goes forward to Scholtz.

22min – Cheetahs are penalised for interference at the line-out. Hougaard finds touch just past the 10m line.

21min – Rossouw poaches the Cheetahs line-out. The Bulls kick up field and Passens takes the mark, before tapping and passing to Burger, who finds touch inside the Bulls half.

20min – Van Schouwenburg claims the restart and Hougaard finds touch inside the Cheetahs half.

18min – From the restart, Nel is penalised for using his hands in a ruck. Hougaard gets the Bulls on the board (1/1).
Cheetahs 6-3

17min- The Cheetahs take play into the Bulls 22, with Floors again prominent. A small fight breaks out among the players after a high tackle from Scholtz on Floors. Kaplan gives the Bulls an official warning – next time he will show the yellow card. De Waal kicks the penalty (2/2).
Cheetahs 6-0

16min – Roets is penalised for a high tackle on Burger and De Waal kicks for touch.

14min – Cheetahs win the line-out, and Meyer bashes it up. The ball is recycled and a marginal forward pass is called.

13min – The Bulls set up the maul from a line-out, but concede a penalty after Wannenburg becomes isolated. De Waal kicks for touch.

12min – Roets launches an up and under, and Claassens takes the mark under huge pressure inside his 22.

11min – The Bulls bash it up, but lose the ball forward. The Cheetahs clear for touch from the scrum.

10min – Spies breaks a tackle and offloads brilliantly to Hougaard who takes play into the Cheetahs 22. The Bulls are awarded a penalty but turn down the three points and set up the line-out.

8min – Bulls again use Rossouew at the front of the line-out. Hougaard’s up and under is taken by the Cheetahs who send the ball down the backline. Meyer’s pass goes forward, Bulls scrum.

8min – Passens is tackled heavily by Nel and his kick goes straight into touch. Bulls line-out just inside the Cheetahs half.

7min – Du Plessis is penalised for pulling down the Bulls maul, but Hougaard fails to find touch from the penalty. The Cheetahs boot the ball back and Wannenburg knocks on. He’s had a very poor start to the game.

6min – Cheetahs win the line-out and set up the maul. Claassens kicks too deep into the Bulls 22 and Ndungane takes the mark.

5min – Bulls win a line-out and Scholtz barges up the midfield. The Cheetahs force the turnover and Burger breaks away on the counterattack. The ball’s quickly recycled and Passens breaks away down the touchline but his pass finds Wannenburg instead of Floors.

2min – Hougaard restarts and Floors breaks away and gains 10m. De Waal finds touch.

1min – Cheetahs win the line-out and Wannenburg is penalised for coming from the side. De Waak kicks the penalty from 40m out to pass 200 points in this year’s competition (1/1).
Cheetahs 3-0

1min – De Waal kicks off. Hougaard finds touch just inside the Cheetahs half.

Teams:

Vodacom Cheetahs: 15 Bevin Fortuin, 14 Phillip Burger, 13 JW Jonker, 12 Hendrik Meyer, 11 Gavin Passens, 10 Willem de Waal, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Ryno van der Merwe, 7 Darron Nell, 6 Kabamba Floors, 5 Barend Pieterse, 4 Rory Duncan, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Richardt Strauss, 1 Ollie le Roux (c).
Subs: 16 Jaco du Toit, 17 Wian du Preez, 18 Bian Vermaak, 19 Heinrich Brüssouw, 20 Falie Oelschig, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Gaffie du Toit

Vodacom Blue Bulls: 15 Johan Roets, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JP Nel, 12 Dries Scholtz, 11 Marius Delport, 10 Derick Hougaard, 9 Heini Adams, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Derick Kuün, 6 Pedrie Wannenburg, 5 Francois van Schouwenburg, 4 Danie Rossouw, 3 Rayno Gerber, 2 Gary Botha (c), 1 Jaco Engels.
Subs: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Danie Thiart, 18 Hottie Louw, 19 Hilton Lobberts, 20 Neil Powell, 21 Morné Steyn, 22 Stefan Basson.

Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
Touch judges: Marius Jonker and JC Fortuin
TMO: Shaun Veldsman