Sharks beat Bulls in Super 14 warm up

A late surge in the final quarter helped the Sharks to a 39-9 win over the Bulls at the Absa Stadium on Wednesday night in the final pre-season friendly for both teams.

After a scrappy beginning, flyhalf Ruan Pienaar displayed a clean pair of heels and a mean side-step to canter over for a great solo try in the ninth minute.

He then duly converted his own try to make it 7-0.

Around ten minutes later, it was Sharks hooker Craig Burden who was the beneficiary of some build up play by the hosts and he barged over for the second try of the match.

The Bulls managed to get three points back though when flyhalf Francois Brummer slotted an easy penalty to make it 14-3, which is the way it stayed until half-time despite several encouraging forays forward from the Sharks.

In the second half, the Bulls were also the first to get points on the board when Brummer slotted another penalty after an uninspiring opening fifteen minutes of play.

Eventually, though, the Sharks wore down their opponents and replacement Ross Cronje latched onto a short pass to go over from close range to take his side into a 21-6 lead.

Frans Steyn, who had moved from centre to flyhalf, then showed some good soccer skills to repeatedly grubber the ball forward before diving on it for the Sharks’ second try within minutes.

Winger Odwa Ndungane then went over in the corner almost immediately afterwards to signal that the floodgates were well and truly open with 10 minutes to go.

Steyn kicked a drop goal and Burden went over for his second try in those dying minutes as the Sharks recorded an easy win in the end.


Final Score Sharks 39 Bulls 9

Try scorers: Ruan Pienaar, Craig Burden (2), Ross Cronje, Frans Steyn, Odwa Ndungane
Conversions: Ruan Pienaar (2), Frans Steyn (1)
Drop goals: Frans Steyn

Penalties: Francois Brummer (3)


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