Bulls beat Sharks in Pretoria

The Bulls have already won the South African Super Rugby conference and are now playing for a home play off or even a home Semi-final.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off. The Sharks have been forced into a change as Keegan Daniel falls out and Jean Deysel starts. Lambie moves to 12 and James to 10.
 
The Sharks kick off and we are underway.
 
2.00: The Bulls absorb some early pressure from the Sharks. Kirchner kicks for touch.
 
3.00: The Sharks line out is a complete mess as they go long. Francois Hougaard gets the ball and chips ahead and there is a mad chase for the line. Franco van der Merwe misses the ball and luckily for the Sharks the Bulls knock on when they get the ball.
 
4.00: The Sharks defend the resulting scrum and kick deep. The Bulls start their attack from deep.
 
5.00: Penalty to the Bulls as Tendai Mtawarira was tackling a player without the ball. Steyn will kick for posts. Butch James looks to have taken a knock.
 
6.00: Steyn bangs over the penalty. The Bulls lead.
 
7.00: The Sharks chip the ball ahead and Mvovo gets to the ball and races down the wing, Basson comes across and catches him but he gets the ball away to Lambie who scores the first TRY of the match.
 
8.00: Lambie takes the conversion and misses.
 
11.00: The Sharks are taking the game to the Bulls. They go through the phases but then they knock on.
 
13.00: The Bulls start their attack and Basson makes some ground. As the Bulls get into the Sharks 22 the Sharks turn the ball over and they start their attack.
 
14.00: Bismarck du Plessis is yellow carded for foul play (elbow use) Penalty to the Bulls. Steyn takes the kick and slots it.
 
19.00: The Sharks are pinning the Bulls back in their half despite being one man down.  
 
21.00: The Sharks have a line out on the half way line but the Bulls get a hand to it. The Sharks regather the ball and start their attack.
 
22.00: The Sharks win a penalty. Lambie takes the shot and nails it. The Sharks lead – and with a man down.
 
24.00: Morne Steyn kicks ahead and across the field and he finds Bjorn Basson who runs over the tryline and scores his first TRY of this season.
 
25.00: Morne Steyn adds the conversion.  
 
29.00: The Bulls try to run the ball at the Sharks and make no ground. Steyn gets the ball and kicks downfield and the Sharks kick it back but overall the Bulls make ground.
 
32.00: The Bulls attack has been relentless and done at pace but so far the Sharks have sucked it all up.
 
33.00: Steyn goes for a drop goal but misses as it dips under the crossbar.
 
35.00: Penalty to the Bulls for offside.  Riaan Viljoen takes the shot but misses.
 
38.00: The Bulls win their line out but the Sharks win a penalty for playing the ball on the ground. Lambie will kick for posts.
 
40.00: Lambie’s kick is way off. The siren sounds. It’s half time.
 
The half time score was Bulls 13 Sharks 8
 
The Bulls kick off and the second half is underway. Attendance figure is 48635.
 
43.00: The Sharks win a penalty from the scrum. Lambie takes the kick and slots it.
 
44.00: Bismarck du Plessis tries to attack but Morne Steyn tackles him into touch.
 
46.00: Penalty to the Sharks as Flip van der Merwe takes out Jannie du Plessis

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