Super Rugby

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Kick-off local time : Sat, 22 March 2014 - 19h10
Kick-off : Sat, 22 March 2014 - 19h10
Venue : Pretoria
Referee : Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Match status : Result
  Bulls Sharks
Tries Bjorn Basson (53min) Willem Alberts (7min)
Penalties Jacques-Louis Potgieter (13min) and Handre Pollard (78min) Frans Steyn (36min), Frans Steyn (39min), Frans Steyn (67min), and Frans Steyn (70min)
Conversions Jacques-Louis Potgieter (47min) and Jacques-Louis Potgieter (53min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards
Red cards
DGs Jacques-Louis Potgieter (21min)
Minute Commentary


That the end of a fascinating weekend of Super Rugby with three unexpected results as the Force beat the Chiefs before the Lions over came the Reds and the Bulls brought the Sharks unbeaten run to an end. In other games the Blues, Brumbies, Highlanders and Waratahs also recorded victories


Pollard collects the ball as the hooter sounds and boots it deep into the stands, Bulls hold on for a great victory! That's FULL TIME


Sharks win a penalty and kick for the corner, this is their last chance to try and salvage this game, ball is secured from the lineout but then lost to the Bulls


PENALTY - Pollard kicks over an easy one after taking his time to give the Sharks less than two minutes to win it


Sharks win another one against the head but he has lost it forward and the Bulls have a penalty advantage after Pollard attempts a snap drop, Pollard has another chance to kick the penalty


The Bulls turn the ball over and Basson is on the counter as he chases a kick, Steyn is there to clean it up just in time, the ball is cleared but returned and knocked by the Sharks, the Bulls are back in possession


Sharks dominate another scrum as the Bulls are penalised, Steyn steps up to set a line out deep in the Bulls half, Sharks on the attack again on the Bulls 22. Steyn drops back into the pocket but its just gone wide!


PENALTY - Frans Steyn kicks another brilliant penalty as it slips inside the upright from miles out


An aimless kick straight down Vissers throat as he comfortably marks the ball for the Bull and then kicks the Sharks back towards half way


An unforced error from the Bulls who kick the kick off straight out and it's another chance for the Sharks to try and dominate at the set piece


PENALTY - Steyn steps up for this pressure kick and he's struck it well


The Sharks ring the changes as a scrum is awarded, Kankowski breaks off the back and attempts a little chip but cant gather, its now a Bulls scrum inside their 22 - A massive scrum effort from the Sharks pack pushed the Bulls back and they earn a penalty


A better Sharks lineout this time but they are slow in getting the ball going, eventually Swiel puts in an up and under but the Bulls easily come away with it


The Bulls isolate the Sharks runners and they are awarded a penalty, the Bulls make good territory and the lineout is effective but Kankowski wins a turn over


Another good Bulls lineout leads to another rolling maul and the break away from Hougaard cannot be collected by Mastriet as the Sharks now have a chance to attack


Potgieter lines up a extra long range drop goal from inside his own half, he slips and the ball drops very short, and the Sharks kick a 22 metre drop out.


The Bulls have dome much of the unexpected in this match as the Sharks have another untidy lineout, the play once again turns to kicking until it is dotted down by SP Marais for a Sharks 22 drop out


TRY - Basson makes a brilliant break and is dragged down just short, the Sharks are sucked in on defense and the ball is swung out wide where JJ Engelbrecht is on hand to waltz over the line. CONVERSION - Potgieter strikes it well and the Bulls lead


Sharks scrum earns a free kick as the Bulls are pinned for pushing early, but Steyn tries to go too far and it rolls touch in goal


Hougaard has another good break but for the second time in the match he has the ball dislodged from his hands and the Sharks set themselves for a scrum


The Sharks are resting back on their laurels and need to hold on to possession as the lineout is won by the Sharks but Bismark du Plessis is bundled into touch


TRY - Jacques du Plessis busts through the Sharks defensive line with ease as the defenders slip off him and he is though under the posts after a direct run. CONVERSION - Potgieter draws the Bulls level at Loftus


The Bulls gain possession and are on a quick counter attack down the touch line, it ends with a knock on and the Sharks have a defensive scrum


The Bulls are slow at the break downn and Bismark du Plessis helps himself to a legal turn over and the Sharks make good territory into the Bulls half


Bulls come in the second half hard but the Sharks are awarded a try in their own half and break through Kankowski


We are back uunderway as Potgieter kicks us off


That's HALF TIME, its a very physical out there


PENALTY - Steyn adds the three points just before half time


Sharks continue to grind up against the Bulls defensive line, its very slow ball, but the Bulls defense is being very aggressive - Sharks earn a penalty eventually and Steyn steps up


PENALTY - Steyn strikes it beautifully as the Sharks take a 10 point lead


The Sharks heap pressure onto the Bulls ruck and as such earn a penalty in a kickable position - for Frans Steyn who lines up


Its a very nervy game between the two as they continue to feel each other out, with 43 kicks from hand from both teams


Kankowski knocks the ball on and the tempo has a chance to slow down as the ref calls the TMO to look into a dangerous tackle - It is deemed as a good tackle by Anton Bresler


Both teams are trying to get into each others half with a lot of kicking, Hougaard lines up a kick that rolls out perfectly just a metre from the touch line, it's scrappy but the Bulls are still on attack, Visser then looses the ball forward and the Sharks attempt to counter


The Bulls are looking strong at the line-out as Matfield bosses the set pieces


Both teams are willing to attack from deep but the Sharks win a penalty and kick deep and attack from the lineout but the Bulls turn it over again and the Sharks are back in their half


Sharks are back on attack but its quickly turned over and the Bulls clear down field they clearly want to play out of their half, Hougaard breaks the line and the ball is slapped out of his hand just in time to stop a certain try


Jacques-Louis Potgieter drops back into the pocket for a DG and its a solid strike the Bulls are now only behind by two


Bulls now back to their old structures as they set a good driving maul, they have also earned a penalty and decide to kick deep into the Sharks terrirtory


Deaon Steggman effects a good turn over and the Bulls are attacking again through different channels that you wouldn't expect from the Pretoria team


Reinach is off now as well as McLeod replaces him early, ball is being kicked around now by the Bulls and Sharks ending up with a lineout on the half way line


Bulls make some good ground after a well worked backline move, the ball is brought to ground and the Sharks are penalised. PENALTY - kick to Jacques-Louis Potgieter to put the Bulls on the board


Sharks are full of running as they break from a counter attack through SP Marais, the Sharks decide that nothing is on and Frans Steyn attempts a long range drop goal but its wide


CONVERSION - Tim Swiel, on for the rest of the match as Lambie is subbed, knocks over his first kick in Super Rugby


TRY - after a great break from Reinach the Bulls were always on the back foot as the ball comes to Willem Alberts quickly and he is unstoppable


Frans Steyn attempts a penalty from short range as Lambie is off the field briefly and it is wayward


Sharks are awarded a penalty now for Jan Serfontain going off his feet and the visitors clear through Frans Steyns booming boot


First scrum of the game goes to the Sharks as the all Springbok front row is penalised for binding, the Bulls kick clear


We are off for the final time this weekend as Lambie kicks off


The Sharks have their first away game against the Bulls who they defeated easily in the first round of the competition, but this is a different time as the Bulls look more steady in the tournament while the Sharks have suffered some injury set backs
15 Jurgen Visser
14 Bjorn Basson
13 JJ Engelbrecht
12 Jan Serfontein
11 Francois Hougaard
10 Handre Pollard
9 Piet van Zyl
8 Jacques Engelbrecht
7 Jono Ross
6 Roelof Smit
5 Victor Matfield
4 Paul Willemse
3 Marcel van der Merwe
2 Bandise Maku
1 Morne Mellett

23 William Small-Smith
22 Jacques-Louis Potgieter
21 Jesse Kriel
20 Marvin Orie
19 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg,
18 Dean Greyling
17 Werner Kruger
16 Callie Visagie
15 SP Marais
14 JP Pietersen
13 Paul Jordaan
12 Frans Steyn
11 Lwazi Mvovo
10 Patrick Lambie
9 Cobus Reinach
8 Ryan Kankowski
7 Jean Deysel
6 Marcell Coetzee
5 Stephan Lewies
4 Willem Alberts
3 Jannie du Plessis
2 Bismarck du Plessis
1 Thomas Du Toit

23 Tonderai Chavhanga
22 S'bura Sithole
21 Charl McLeod
20 Tera Mtembu
19 Etienne Oosthuizen
18 Jacobie Adriaanse
17 Dale Chadwick
16 Kyle Cooper