Bulls 26-21 Lions: Currie Cup semi-final as it happened – 23 January 2021

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Bulls vs Lions: The Bulls host the Lions in the first Currie Cup semi-final at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria from 14:00 (SAST).

Bulls vs Lions: match report

The Lions made a strong start but couldn’t convert pressure into points.

On the other hand the Bulls made their chances pay as Strevino Jacobs gathered a grubber and spun over in the corner to open the scoring.

Steyn missed the conversion but would make the Lions pay with his boot and he stretched the Bulls lead twice from the tee.

The Bulls led 11-0 at the break with the Lions failing to take advantage of their chances.

Half time

Steyn again stretched the lead with his boot early in the second half before the Lions came to life.

Willem Alberts stormed through to get the Lions on the board inside five minutes of the second half.

Moments later Wandisile Simelane crossed and when Jantjies added the two the scores were level.

The matcn turned decisively in the Bulls favour just after Steyn missed a long shot at goal which would have given his team the lead.

Pegged in the Lions would see two players yellow carded within two minutes.

First Johan Grobelaar went over to put the Bulls back in front and then after a period of sustained pressure Jacobs scored his second to give the Bulls a 12-point cushion.

A sloppy finish to the game saw neither side add to their tally, the Lions pressed, but discipline let them down until Odendaal crossed for a consolation score

Bulls vs Lions: Relive the Currie Cup semi-final

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Teams

Bulls – 15 David Kriel, 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 13 Stedman Gans, 12 Cornal Hendricks, 11 Stravino Jacobs, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Duane Vermeulen (c), 7 Elrigh Louw, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Sintu Manjezi, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Schalk Erasmus, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.

Subs: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Mornay Smith, 19 Jan Uys, 20 Arno Botha, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Chris Smith, 23 Marco Jansen van Vuren.

Lions – 15 Tiaan Swanepoel, 14 Stean Pienaar, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies (c), 9 Andre Warner, 8 Len Massyn, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Sti Sithole.

Subs: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Reinhard Nothnagel, 20 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 21 Morne van den Berg, 22 Dan Kriel, 23 Francke Horn, 24 Nathan McBeth, 25 EW Viljoen, 26 Ross Cronje.

Bulls vs Lions match information

Date: Saturday, 23 January 2021

Time: 14:00

Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge

Assistant Referees: AJ Jacobs and Griffin Colby

TMO: Marius Jonker

TV: SuperSport Grandstand and Rugby

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