Bulls beat Sharks in Durban

Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Durban based Sharks and the Pretoria based Bulls the Sharks have won one match and lost four.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

The Bulls kick off and we are underway.

1.00: The Bulls put the pressure on early but they force a knock on. The Sharks get the put in for the first scrum.

2.00: The scrum collapses. Twice.

3.00: Penalty to the Sharks from the scrum. Fred Zeilinga kicks for touch.

5.00: The Bulls start to run the ball and they make ground. They go through about 9 phases and get to the Sharks 22 line.

6.00: The Bulls continue to move the ball from side to side through 13 phases but then the Sharks win a penalty for hands in the ruck. Zeilinga kicks for touch.

9.00: The Bulls go through their build up again working the ball through 9 phases but then the Sharks turn the ball over and kick for touch.

11.00: The Sharks fail to find touch so the Bulls start their attack all over again.

13.00: . Odwa Ndungane comes off the field and is replaced by SP Marais. Injury.

14.00:The Bulls win the line out but when they get to the breakdown at the 5m line they knock on (Marcel van der Merwe).

14.00: The Sharks win the scrum and kick to clear. The Bulls boot it back and the Sharks run at the Bulls.

16.00:Penalty to the Sharks for Stegmann’s illegal tackle. Zeilinga lines up the posts and nails it to earn the first points of the match.

20.00: S’bura Sithole and Jacques du Plessis bring out their hand bags after a tackle. Beast Mtawarira comes in too. The TMO is called in to have a look. The Bulls will have a penalty which could be reversed. The Bulls still get the penalty but Jacques du Plessis gets a warning.

21.00: The Bulls kicks for touch.

23.00: The Bulls win the line out and attack. They go through 9 phases and Pollard goes for a drop goal but misses.

24.00: The Sharks win another penalty. Zeilinga takes the kick but he misses.

28.00: Penalty to the Bulls from the scrum. Pollard will kick for posts.

29.00: Pollard takes the shot and nails it to level the scores.

33.00: Penalty to the Sharks. They kick for touch but fail to find it. The Bulls try to counter but the ball is knocked on.

35.00: The Bulls win a scrum and Francois Hougaard gets the ball from Rudi Paige and races down the wing. He passes back to Rudi Paige who sells a dummy and passes back to Hougaard and he finishes off the TRY!

36.00: The conversion is missed.

40.00:The siren goes for half time and Cobus Reinach takes the ball into touch. Its half time.

The half time score was Sharks 3 Bulls 8

The Sharks kick off and the second half is underway. Lourens Adriaanse is on for Jannie du Plessis.

42.00: The Sharks keep the ball in hand and they power through a number of tackles and Marcell Coetzee goes over to score the Sharks first TRY!

42.00: Zeilinga adds the conversion.

45.00: Penalty to the Bulls. Pollard lines up and takes the kick. He nails it putting the Bulls back into the lead.

48.00: The Bulls win the ball from a Sharks line out. They run the ball down the line but get called back for a forward pass.

51.00: The Sharks attack the Bulls and look threatening down the wing but they are caught.

55.00: Another penalty to the Bulls. Pollard takes the kick but misses.

59.00 The Sharks win a scrum and run the ball out of their 22. They go through 11 phases and kick and chase. They regather the ball but then lose it and the Bull kick it back so the Sharks counter.

61.00: The handbags come out again. Everyone jumps in to pull Cobus Reinach and Grant Hattingh apart. Rudi Paige has to be helped off the field with a nasty injury. The Sharks have a penalty.

62.00: Zeilinga lines up the kick but misses.

65.00: Penalty to the Bulls. Pollard takes the kick and nails it.

69.00: Penalty to the Sharks. Lionel Cronje lines up the posts, takes the shot but misses.

71.00: There is a foot in the face spotted but the TMO has a look as says it is unintentional. We carry on with the match.

73.00: The Bulls are awarded another penalty. Pollard slots the kick to extend the lead.

75.00: Penalty at the breakdown to the Sharks. They kick for touch.

78.00: The Sharks are grinding the ball up towards the Bulls try line. They drift from side to side but cannot get through.

79.00: The Sharks are penalised for holding on. The Bulls kick for touch.

80.00: The siren sounds for full time and the ball goes into touch.

Its full time.

The full time is Sharks 10 (3) Bulls 17 (8) 


Tries – M.Coetzee
Pen – F.Zeilinga
Con – F.Zeilinga
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – F.Hougaard
Pen – H.Pollard 4
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 2:Archie Sehlako
TMO :Marius Jonker



15. Odwa Ndungane , 14. S’bura Sithole , 13. Waylon Murray , 12. Andre Esterhuizen , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Fred Zeilinga , 9. Cobus Reinach , 8. Renaldo Bothma , 7. Willem Alberts , 6. Marcell Coetzee , 5. Marco Wentzel (Captain) , 4. Mouritz Botha , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 2. Franco Marais , 1. Beast Mtawarira

Replacements :16. Monde Hadebe , 17. Thomas du Toit , 18. Lourens Adriaanse , 19. Lubabalo Mtyanda , 20. Etienne Oosthuizen , 21. Conrad Hoffmann , 22. Lionel Cronje , 23. SP Marais


15 Jesse Kriel , 14 Francois Hougaard , 13 JJ Engelbrecht , 12 Burger Odendaal , 11 Bjorn Basson , 10 Handre Pollard , 9 Rudy Paige , 8 Pierre Spies ( C ) , 7 Jacques du Plessis , 6 Deon Stegmann , 5 Grant Hattingh , 4 Flip vd Merwe , 3 Marcel vd Merwe , 2 Adriaan Strauss , 1 Dean Greyling

Replacements : 16 Callie Visagie , 17 Morne Mellet , 18 Arno Botha , 19 Lappies Labuschagne , 20 Piet van Zyl , 21 Tian Schoeman , 22 Jurgen Visser , 23 Trevor Nyakane

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