LIVE MATCH COVERAGE

Currie Cup

Thumb_sharks_graphic80x50 Sharks

34

Thumb_bulls_graphic80x50 Blue Bulls

18
Kick-off local time : Sat, 31 August 2013 - 17h05
Kick-off : Sat, 31 August 2013 - 17h05
Venue : Durban
Referee : Jonathan Kaplan
Match status : Result
  Sharks Blue Bulls
Tries SP Marais (7min), Heimar Williams (56min), and Charl McLeod (61min) Akona Ndungane (5min) and Akona Ndungane (75min)
Penalties Fred Zeilinga (13min) and Fred Zeilinga (40min) Handre Pollard (35min) and Handre Pollard (49min)
Conversions Fred Zeilinga (8min), Fred Zeilinga (56min), Fred Zeilinga (61min), and Fred Zeilinga (70min) Handre Pollard (5min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards Frik Kirsten (21min)
Red cards
DGs
Commentary
Minute Commentary

80

Another maul but they lose it forward so the Sharks have a scrum on their 22. James puts it into touch to seal a good victory for the Sharks. Defeat leaves the Bulls on the bottom of the standings.

78

Pollard clears and Marais chips ahead but it is out on the full. The Bulls maul it over halfway and Mastriet finds some space. Wentzel goes offside so Pollard kicks for the corner as the Bulls look for another try.

75

Wentzel steals another line-out and Zeiliga hacks it away. The Bulls maul this time and reach the 22. Beyers beats a few tackles and Engelbrecht take it close as the forwards get stuck in. It goes wide to Blommetjies who puts Ndungane over in the corner for the TRY. Pollard misses the kick and the Bulls trail 34-18.

73

The Sharks get scrappy ball from the line-out, knock it on and then go offside so the Bulls kick it into the corner.The Sharks steal the line-out and Mvovo clears.

70

Another throw not straight from Maku so the Sharks kick deep again and push up quickly. Williams grabs an intercept and they work it down the hands to Wentzel who is over in the corner for the bonus-point TRY. Zeilinga adds another CONVERSION to make it 34-13.

69

This time the Bulls' throw is not straight so the Sharks have a scrum inside their own 22. Kirsten is blown up this time for scrumming in so the Sharks clear it.

65

Another throw from Cooper that is not straight so the Bulls can attack from the scrum in the Sharks' 22. Chadwick goes down again so he is shown a YELLOW CARD for repeated infringements and the Bulls kick for the corner.

61

Botes goes to McLeod on the blindside and he is over for the TRY. Zeilinga adds the touchline CONVERSION to make it 27-13.

58

The game has come alive now as both teams start attacking and Visser puts it out on the full so the Sharks have another chance. Deysel makes good ground in the 22 and they spin it out to Marais. Engelbrecht turns it over and Pollard is charged down by McLeod but it goes dead.

55

The Sharks go to Ludik who kicks but Visser marks it. The teams exchange kicks before Pollard marks and puts it into touch on halfway. Cooper's throw is not straight so the Bulls have a scrum. Beyers takes it up and Willemse goes after halfway before Snyman kicks. Marais beats a few tackles and Daniel is put in space on the right, he gets a great offload away to Williams who goes over for the TRY. Zeilinga adds the CONVERSION to give the Sharks a 20-13 lead.

51

The Sharks take it up but Engelbrecht wins a turnover on the 22 so Pollard sets up a line-out on halfway. They maul it and Mastriet takes it up the blindside but he is forced into touch.

49

Mastriet runs it back and gets it away to Ndungane. Hattingh breaks the line and is brought down on the 22 but Snyman fumbles so the Sharks have a scrum. Rayno Gerber goes down so Pollard has another shot at goal and the PENALTY is over this time to level the scores.

44

A strong scrum from the Bulls and they kick deep. The Sharks hoist it and Engelbrecht wins it on halfway. They go out to Visser who is brought down on the 22. Pollard makes good ground and the forwards are there in support.

41

The Bulls win the ball back at the start of the second half but Beyers then loses it forward so the Sharks have a scrum. They send it wide to Ludik and then switch it back but a poor pass from Zeilinga goes forward.

40

Pollard hacks it into touch so the Sharks have one more chance from the line-out. Botes takes it over the 22 and the forwards make good ground as the siren goes. It goes out to Williams and Beyers goes off his feet so Zeilinga kicks the PENALTY to give the Sharks a 13-10 lead at half-time.

38

Visser spills the restart so the Sharks have a scrum in the Bulls 22. Reinach has a go and they are right on the line. Burden loses it forward so the Bulls have the scrum this time.

35

Visser claims the high ball and the Bulls clear it. Mastriet wins it back but a loose ball is toed into touch by Daniel. The Bulls send it wide to Murray who goes over the 22. Pollard has a go and Du Plessis crashes it up as they edge closer. The Sharks go offside so Pollard kicks the PENALTY to level the scores.

32

Hattingh wins the line-out and they kick long. Willemse drops his shoulder into Mvovo so Zeilinga has a shot at goal but comes up just short.

30

Deysel hits it up and Reinach gets it away to Burden. The backline have a go and Ludik is brought down five metres short. Zeilinga puts Ndungane over but there was obstruction so the Bulls can clear it.

29

Burden finds Williams as they go over halfway and Mvovo steps inside after picking up a loose ball. Zeilinga puts another great kick into touch in the corner so the Bulls are right back on their line. Pollard scrambles it away but the Sharks will come again from the 22.

27

The Sharks rip the ball away at a maul and Zeilinga kicks deep. The Bulls hoist and Reinach knocks on so the Bulls go wide to Murray and Willemse reaches halfway. The forwards take it over the 22 after Ndungane won a high ball from his brother but Ludik makes the turnover so the Sharks can clear it.

24

The Sharks have a crack but Ludik knocks on in the tackle so the Bulls have a scrum just outside their 22. Chadwick is blown up for hinging so the Bulls clear it.

21

The sides exchange kicks and Ndungane's goes dead so the Bulls have a scrum in Sharks territory. They go wide to the other Ndungane and the forwards support. Pollard has a shot at goal and the drop-goal goes over but it won't count because the assistant referee advises a YELLOW CARD for Frik Kirsten for a dangerous tackle.

19

Pollard switches to Beyers and the Bulls bash a few phases before Ross loses it forward. The Sharks counter and Ndungane is away but his pass goes into touch.

16

Willemse goes offside just inside his own half so Zeilinga kicks it out on the 22 as the Sharks look for another try. The Bulls turn it over and clear it to force the Sharks back into their own half. A forward pass from Botes means the Bulls have a scrum.

13

Willemse plays Wentzel in the air in the line-out so Zeilinga has a shot at goal and slots the PENALTY to give the Sharks a 10-7 lead.

11

The Bulls come again but the Sharks win it back and kicks deep. Visser puts it into touch and Daniel takes a quick throw. The teams exchange kicks and Matriet eventually puts it into touch.

8

The Sharks give it plenty of width but the Bulls tackle well so Zelinga looks for the corner again. Marais follows up well and charges Visser's clearance to go over for the TRY. Zeilinga slots the touchline CONVERSION to level the scores at 7-7.

5

The Sharks walk around so Pollard finds touch on halfway. The Bulls launch a driving maul and make good ground before it goes to the backline. Visser puts Mastriet in space on the outside and gets it back before he finds Ndungane on the inside and the wing is over for a great TRY. Pollard adds the CONVERSION and the Bulls lead 7-0.

2

Botes makes the turnover and Zeilinga puts a great kick into touch in the 22. The Sharks steal the line-out but Reinach loses it forward so the Bulls have the first scrum inside their 22.

0

Zeilinga kicks the game off and the Bulls secure it. They kick and Pollard wins it back as they go over halfway.

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Welcome to live coverage of the clash between the Sharks and the Blue Bulls from Kings Park. It is a clear but cold day in Durban so conditions look quite good.
Sharks
Players
15 SP Marais
14 Odwa Ndungane
13 Louis Ludik
12 Frans Steyn
11 Lwazi Mvovo
10 Patrick Lambie
9 Charl McLeod
8 Keegan Daniel
7 Willem Alberts
6 Marcell Coetzee
5 Pieter-Steph du Toit
4 Peet Marais
3 Jannie du Plessis
2 Bismarck du Plessis
1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes
22 Heimar Williams
21 Fred Zeilinga
20 Cobus Reinach
19 Jacques Botes
18 Stephan Lewies
17 Wiehahn Herbst
16 Kyle Cooper
Blue Bulls
Players
15 Jurgen Visser
14 Akona Ndungane
13 JJ Engelbrecht
12 Jan Serfontein
11 Bjorn Basson
10 Handre Pollard
9 Rudi Paige
8 Jacques Engelbrecht
7 Jacques du Plessis
6 Jono Ross
5 David Bullbring
4 Paul Willemse
3 Frik Kirsten
2 Bongi Mbonambi
1 Marcel van der Merwe

Substitutes
22 Clayton Blommetjies
21 Francois Venter
20 Lohan Jacobs
19 Jean Cook
18 Grant Hattingh
17 Werner Kruger
16 Bandise Maku