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Bulls pull off the big one at Loftus!

➤ First half

At the end of the first half, the Bulls are in the lead by three points – and they’re good value for the money.

The bounce of the ball doesn’t favour the Bulls for the first half. Bulls left wing Devon Williams has a nervous moment when he knocks the ball on with an open tryline in front of him, but then he scores a brilliant try... except the try is disallowed for a tackle off the ball.

Willie le Roux does a great job, chipping the ball behind the Leinster backs, but the ball turns away from the touch line every time.

Sergail Petersen’s yellow card for a slap forward is probably the right call, but it creates a gap that James Lowe races through to score a converted try (Bulls 0-7 Leinster).

While Petersen is off the field, Johan Goosen rips through a huge gap to score under the posts and on halftime he scores a penalty awarded from a scrum, giving the Bulls a well-deserved three point lead going into halftime (Bulls 10-7 Leinster).

➤ Second half

One minute into the half sees Sergail Petersen race over the tryline and suddenly the Bulls have a 10 point lead (Bulls 17-7 Leinster).

For the next five minutes or more than Bulls defend bravely in the trenches, but then Leinster score their second try through Caelan Doris (Bulls 17-14 Leinster).

What is it about hooker Akker van der Merwe? Flyhalf Ross Byrne gets caught under the posts by Van der Merwe after a 40 metre chase, giving the Bulls a great attacking position.

On 60 minutes Ross Byrne slots a penalty to level the scores, but win or lose, the Bulls are right in the match and competing for every ball (Bulls 17-17 Leinster).

Le Roux’s brilliant game ends when he leaves the field for an HIA assessment and that could swing the game – but it doesn’t.

Two minutes later Johan Goosen slots a pressure penalty as if it is a practice session. He is nowhere near Springbok selection, but his kicking must surely make Rassie Erasmus sit up and take notice (Bulls 20-17 Leinster).

Again Leinster get a penalty right in front of the poles for a perceived scrum transgression (Bulls 20-20 Leinster).

With ten minutes to go, Embrose Papier launches an up-and-under worthy of any worldclass flyhalf. Sergail Petersen collects cleanly and scores his second. Will Goosen’s missed conversion make a critical difference? (Bulls 25-20 Leinster)

The final ten minutes arrive with Leinster launching phase after phase of attack. For a full three minutes the Bulls don’t come anywhere near the ball, but their miracle defence holds.

Finally! A deadly tackle on Caelen Doris by Cameron Hanekom gives the possession to the Bulls leading to Leinster being forced back behind their goal line for a drop out.

Van der Merwe pounces on a knock on by Leinster, but then a coat hanger tackle on Johan Goosen that looks suspiciously like a yellow card offence gets the Bulls just a penalty. With two minutes left Johan Goosen takes the 60 metre penalty, but it comes up short.

Once again Leinster are in possession, but this time on their own tryline. And when the turnover comes, Goosen kicks the ball into touch. A very special victory for the Bulls.

Bulls 25-20 Leinster
Bulls tries: Johan Goosen, Sergeal Petersen (2)
Leinster tries: James Lowe, Caelen Doris

Pictured above: Willie le Roux leads a committed Bulls team to victory

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