LIVE: DHL Stormers v Vodacom Bulls

PUBLISHED: December 23, 2022

The DHL Stormers are up against the Vodacom Bulls in a festive North-South clash at DHL Stadium. You can follow all the action live here with our updates.

The DHL Stormers beat their old rivals three ties last season, including in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship Grand Final and will be looking to add another in front of the Faithful tonight.

0 – Kick-off in front of a loud crowd at DHL Stadium. De Wet clears to touch and we contest the first line-out but the Bulls keep hold of it.

2 – Davids taken out in the air under a high ball. Penalty only but we can clear. Libbok misses touch but we get a breakdown penalty so he can take aim at the poles and it is over to make it 3-0.

4 – Bulls go through phases and then kick but it is out on the full so we have it on halfway from a line-out.

7 – High ball knocked-on by the Bulls so we have the first scrum.

9 – Dayimani takes it up and the Bulls aren’t rolling away so Manie has another shot at goal and makes it 6-0.

12 – Dan du Plessis tackled high on the 22 and Marco van Staden is shown a yellow card.

14 – A surge into the 22 and Dayimani hits it at pace, but a double movement as he reaches to score so the Bulls clear it.

16 – Crucial breakdown penalty on halfway from skipper Kitshoff puts us on the front foot again.

18 – Bulls get a penalty at a line-out and kick up to the 22.

20 – The visitors get on the scoreboard with a penalty of their own from Johan Goosen to make it 6-3.

22 – Willemse wins a high ball and we get a penalty. Libbok kicks to the corner as we look for the try. Powerful maul is dragged down and this time it is a yellow for Elrigh Louw. Penalty try makes it 13-3.

25 – The Pretoria side with their first try, scored by local product Nizaam Carr to make it 13-10.

28 – Ball lost forward by Hartzenberg so the Bulls have a scrum.

30 – Bulls kick and we run it back, with Zas breaking down the left. It goes into the 22, but a knock-on means that the Bulls can scramble it away.

33 – Bulls on the attack and Kitshoff makes another crucial turnover at the breakdown on the 22.

35 – Bulls get a scrum penalty so they can kick up to the 22.

38 – The visitors level it up at 13-13 with another penalty.

40 Half-time at 13-13.

42 – DHL Stormers start the second half with intent and force a knock-on in the 22, but a push off the ball means the Bulls have a penalty.

44 – High tackle on Arendse so the Bulls can kick up to the 22. Ball overthrown and we run it back up to the 22.

46 – Shot at goal from Libbok from in front, but he puts it wide.

48 – High tackle on Kitshoff, so Libbok kicks up to the 22 this time.

49 – Great attack in the 22 and Dweba barges over for the try to make it 20-13.

51 – We come from our own half this time as Suleiman Hartzenberg makes the break and then gets it back to score. That’s two tries since half-time and we lead 27-13.

55 – The tries keep coming and this time it is Leolin Zas who steps inside and then powers his way over for the bonus point try to make it 34-13.

62 – The visitors get on back with a try from Marco van Staden.

66 – We get back on the front foot and some big hits force the Bulls back. A forward pass means we have a scrum on halfway.

69 – Scrum penalty and Manie has a shot at goal. It goes over to make it 37-20.

75 – Bulls running it as they look to salvage something. Crowd right in behind us.

78 – The visitors wrestle one over the tryline with Bismarck du Plessis scoring.

80b- Full-time at DHL Stadium and we have a 37-27 bonus point win.