Sharks maul Blue Bulls

2011-09-03 18:49

Pretoria - Defending champions, the Sharks eased their way to a comfortable 39-27 Absa Currie Cup victory over the Blue Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday.

Tries from Sibusiso Sithole, Craig Burden and Lwazi Mvovo, as well as 15 points from the boot of French flyhalf Frederic Michalak, ensured the men from Durban led from start to finish at Loftus Versfeld, racing into a 16-0 lead early in the first half.

The home side fought back briefly at the end of each half with Bjorn Basson collecting two tries along the way, but it could not prevent John Plumtree’s side from completing a double for the 2011 season - the Durban side won the first round 35-16.

The visitors were in charge from the outset with Meyer Bosman putting them in front in the sixth minute via a monstrous penalty from inside his own half after the Bulls were punished for being offside.

He followed that up with two further long-range kicks - the first when Werner Kruger was called for collapsing the scrum and the second for foul play - to lead 9-0 after 11 minutes.

A sixth penalty conceded by the home side gave Bosman yet another chance, although this one faded narrowly away to the right.

But the visitors kept the scoreboard ticking over, this time via the opening try, scored by Sithole after good work by Stefan Terblanche, Keegan Daniel and Charl McLeod in the build-up.

Michalak comfortably converted before the Bulls finally managed to find some rhythm with some strong phase play leading to Warwick Tecklenburg driving his way over.

The conversion was good by Louis Fouche, who missed a straightforward penalty early on, before Basson found space and dashed from his own 22 to run in only his second try of the season.

Fouche missed the conversion, but made amends moments later by landing his second kick when Jean Deysel was called for tackling off his feet, cutting the gap to a single point.

A sharp burst of pace from Burden then helped the hooker power his way over as the Sharks again extended their lead via another converted try to lead 23-15 at half time.

Fouche missed successive penalties to start the second half, with Michalak making no mistake with the three presented to him - Akona Ndungane, Rossouw de Klerk and Flip van der Merwe faltering for their side - as the lead was stretched to 17 with less than a quarter of the game to play.

And with time running out Bosman effected a turnover in midfield and sent Mvovo flying down the left for an easy try.

CJ Stander and Basson then added late tries to help snatch a consolation bonus point, but it came too late for anything more.


Blue Bulls: Tries: Warwick Tecklenburg, Bjorn Basson (2), CJ Stander. Conversions: Louis Fouche, Francois Brummer. Penalties: Fouche

Sharks: Tries: Sibusiso Sithole, Craig Burden, Lwazi Mvovo. Conversions: Frederic Michalak (3). Penalties: Meyer Bosman (3), Michalak (3)


  • Bulldozer - 2011-09-03 18:51

    Congrats Sharks, very well played. Please put Pine Pienaar on his perdekar and send him back to Vrystaat where he belongs.

      Oukoos - 2011-09-03 19:03

      Die Blou Bul bestuur moet hul trots in die sak steek en vir Luke Watson aankoop.

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-09-03 19:03

      @Bull- No Dozer, take the PAIN, you team have inflicted pain in the past now it's your turn. An please remember my team(blend of o/19's and o/21's) will GRIND the HELL out of you come 17 September 2011. Lekker slaap OU GROTE!!!! En WP groete...

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-09-03 19:05

      @Oudoos- I agree with you. They must also look at guys like Sarel Pretorius, Rudi Vogt, Earl Rose etc..

      Priester - 2011-09-03 19:08

      @Oukoos, Luke het nie die klas om 'n Bul te word nie. Kyk as due Bulls hom koop support ek SWD totdat hy F.of.

      daspoort - 2011-09-03 19:08

      Dont worry Bulldozer, you guys have won hundreds of cups in the past 11 years

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-03 19:10

      Dankie daspoort, dis gawe woorde wat die pyn n klein bietjie verlig. BALSAK, ja ek hou eerder maar my bek vir die res van die seisoen. Jy moet ook maar lekker slaap.

      Oukoos - 2011-09-03 19:13

      Priester Ek verstaan jou sentiment teenoor Watson, maar die feit van die saak is dat Dewald Potgieter (so goed soos hy is) meer ondersteuning nodig het. Watson sal daardie ondersteuning verskaf

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-09-03 19:16

      @Bull- Gaan jy vanaand SUIP??? Suurwyn of Brandewyn???

      Malcolm - 2011-09-03 19:18

      Thanks Bulldozer and congrats for at least scoring 4 tries. Pine Pienaar doesn't seem like a very capable coach. Maybe he just needs time but he hasn't managed to get the best out of the team

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-03 19:32

      Malcolm, for 80 years the Bulls did pretty well with 'Bulls' rugby. Now this Dutchman is trying to introduce millionaire Free State rugby. It's not going to work.

      pcpcoetzee89 - 2011-09-03 21:40

      A new mindset - a much more fluent game plan, off loading in the tackle, much, much more controlled risk taking ... away from the "safety first low risk stampkar rugby" ... these are some of the serious challenges awaiting BULL rugby ... if they do not adapt ... they will simply become extinct!!! While Victor, Bakkies, du Preez et al have all gone into sunset ... please, please get rid of Meisiekind, Kirchner and Gary Botha ... there time is up, gone, weg, klaar - please, please Heineke Meyer!

      Kaapie - 2011-09-04 13:05

      No Dozer.. its not Pienaar.. it's the Bulls still stuck in the laager and everyone else has moved on

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-04 13:40

      O.k Kaapie

      Kleinboet - 2011-09-05 16:01

      @ 'dozer: It was not Pine's fault. You had 9 Springbokke in your team and they should know the rules and respect them. How can you hold the coach responsible for undisciplined players? You lost because you conceeded too many penalties! I'll credit you for not trying to blame it on the referee as well.You will have to learn to console yourself with the fact that a new team must first crawl before it can walk ~ and that it takes time. Unless you BUY yourself out of this dilemma, any coach is going to have a tough time for the next year or two. Discipline, not a coach, is your problem.

  • Priester - 2011-09-03 18:54

    Congratulations to the Sharks, you played well. Zane and Wynad were unable to take gaps thereby often loosing the ball to the Sharks (How I wish we had Sadie already). Fouche started the season with some great performances but his performance last week and this week was not up to standard. He was simply not good enough. In competitions as tough as these you simply need to perform at peak all the time. The Blue Bulls were simply not good enough. Eissshh op hierdie stadium is dit glad nie lekker om ‘n Blou Bul ondersteuner te wees nie. Blou Bul Groete uit Sudan!

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-09-03 19:44

      Re: Sadie.......Yes, it looks like WP to the rescue next year!

  • CapeTownJunk - 2011-09-03 18:55

    That Bulls #22, Francois Venter... sheesh, he looks like one for the future. Watch that space with interest!

  • pam.benink - 2011-09-03 18:57

    All is as it should be...

  • Kleinboet - 2011-09-03 18:59

    Tenacity and defence win you games. Congratulations, Sharks! Bulls, you had all the territory and scored four tries. How did you manage to lose the game?

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-03 19:04

      They lost because of a coach, who comes from Vrystaat, who is now trying to introduce Vrystaat rugby into the Blue Bull culture. Trying to reinvent the wheel.

      Northern Stormer - 2011-09-03 19:09

      Nope - hulle het verloor want die attitude is "Al wat jy sien is die Blou masjien" - Ongelukkig nou in reverse !! Sorry Bulle julle is "outplayed" !!!

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-03 19:13

      Northern, jou rugby kennis is verstommend. - 2011-09-03 19:21

      @Bulldozer, Geluk WP geluk Natal. Bulldozer hou moed pel die CB word nie in September gewen nie. Hou aan met jou kommentaar goed of sleg altyd lekker om die kommentaar te lees. Vl week smile julle weer so skik n Coke en down die soorows en kyk na die positiewe. Hoor gou weer van jou...maar .....waar is Blou Bul........? Maandag spot en gee ons mekaar weer gas. Groete

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-03 19:33

      Groete Diza.

      Northern Stormer - 2011-09-03 22:56

      @Bulldozer - Nogal niks verkeerd met my kennis nie - in elke geval baie beter as julle arrogansie - Ek het niks teen die Bulls nie net teen julle paar selfvoldane arrogante supporters wat week in en week uit so aangaan oor julle deugde - hulle (die Bulls) sal opstaan en verbeter maar aan julle klomp klonte (die tipe wat jy in die grond kry indien jy verkeerd gelees het !!!) is daar geen salf te smeer nie !!!! En jy roem op jou kenneis as jy Pine beskuldig - shame pella !!!!

      Friksepappa - 2011-09-04 01:34

      Northen shut up en gaan lewer kommentaar op die weer probeer griekwas blog hoenderstroont

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-04 06:13

      O.k Northern, kom ons introduce tipiese Blou Bul rugby aan die WP en kyk hoe hulle cope. As jy nie die spelers het daarvoor nie dan is jy in jou moer. As jy dit nie kan raaksien nie dan weet ek nie.

      Dan - 2011-09-04 08:39

      @Northern Stormer. Boet, jy weet nie waarvan jy praat nie. As dit by arrogansie kom het meeste van jul WeePee ondersteuners geen perke nie. Soms klink julle waansinnig so arrogant kan julle raak. Vie oukies wat meer as 'n dekade laas iets kon wen, het julle vreeslik baie te sê oor alles en almal. Ons vat 'n verloor op die ken en gaan maar vorentoe - geen verskonings. Om die afgelope 10 jaar soveel Currie Cup en Super 14 titles te kon wen moes ons seker iets reg gedoen het en julle nie. Dis genoeg rede om trots te wees - nie noodwendig arrogant nie. Verloorders sien seker maar trots as arrogansie.

      Northern Stormer - 2011-09-04 08:46

      @Dan - Julle het rede om trots te wees my maat. Daar is ongelukkig n paar(nie almal nie) van julle ondersteuners wat nie perke ken nie en wil net altyd uitdeel en kan nie ontvang nie. Meeste van die blogs het manne wat konstant stir. My eerste comment was n absolute stir en niks meer nie - en toe - daar vloei die beledigings. Die comment van 10 jaar en nog geen cups nie is n feit en niemand kan dit wegwens nie - maar hel manne dit raak nou bietjie afgesaag - ons ontvang dit no al die laaste 11 maande konstant !!!! Julle Bulls span sal opstaan en vinniger as wat almal dinh - Heynecke gaan vinnig sy vingers daar indruk. Gun my tog so n bietjie stir terwyl ek kan - miskein is ek volgende naweek aan die ander kant - cheers

      Friksepappa - 2011-09-04 10:00

      @Northern nice lol

      Chris in Oz - 2011-09-04 23:27

      @Oupa Bulldozer. Nooit die Flou Nulle se eie skuld nie, ne. Dis altyd die ref, of die Vrystaatse coach of seker Suzie. Maar nooit die feit dat die Koeie net boring loser rugby speel nie.

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-05 08:18

      Chris, 10 jaar is n lang tyd om opwindende miljoener rugby soos die WP/Stormers te speel en geen cups te wen nie.

  • WPBLIKSEM - 2011-09-03 19:00

    Die Bulle het altyd PYN uitgedeel, now it's there TURN. They must take the pain, like a man. Dit was toe 'n LELEKE DENG!!! Sharks jou LEKKER DENG!!! WP groete!!!

      Nikki - 2011-09-03 19:14

      ...lyk my jy hou van die klank van jou eie stem. Ons het jou die eerste keer gehoor/gesien papsak...PS - Het jy net St 8 of iets? Leer spel!

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-09-03 19:19

      @Nikki- Nee, B.Comm, HOD, M.Comm, D.Litt et Phil. Hoe klink dit??

      daspoort - 2011-09-03 19:19

      Nikki, "lyk my jy hou van die klank van jou eie stem" Ek verstaan nie. Kan jy die comments hoor?? Ongelooflik!

      Mrgreeky - 2011-09-03 19:41

      @WPBLIKSEM you forgot the BA in history and appreciation of music. All round a eye catching bunch of youngsters on display in all matches, gives one a rugby future to look forward to. Johann Sadie and JJ Engelbrecht were brilliant, throw Houghard back in the mix and what I saw today of Francois Venter then maybe all is not lost for the Bulls. Stormers must be hoping that those two youngsters don't come back to haunt them as Houghard has.

      Kevin - 2011-09-03 19:45

      This year it is 3 games in a row to the Sharks. I believe you have to watch the Blue Bulls games on the history channel fron now on

      Clive - 2011-09-03 20:32

      More like BA (Univ of Somalia) (Failed), Bliksem.

  • Claudeus - 2011-09-03 19:45

    Blue Bulls need a Miracle , but most of the comments come from Weer Probeer, Nog niks gewen nie maar praat soos n man vol wyn. Sharks will take it no question.

  • Oukoos - 2011-09-03 19:50

    Heyneke Meyer, die beste afrigter in SA is in Bloubulland. DIt gaan my verstand te bowe hoekom hy nie die Curriebekerspan afrig nie, veral omdat daar so baie jong ouens is wat geslyp moet word. En nie net jong ouens nie. Zane, WO en Basson se spel is besig om die kreeftegang te gaan. Vervang NOU vir Pienaar met Meyer en dalk kan die Blou Bulle nog deurdring na die halfeindstryd.

      Priester - 2011-09-03 19:59

      @Oukoos ek het laaankal my bedenkinge oor Pienaar. Soos jy se, Meyer is daar en ek glo die bestuur sal in gryp as dinge nie vinnig reg kom nie. Dit is immers 'n besigheid en geld praat. Lanklaas Loftus so leeg gesien soos vandag. Kan jy dink hoe tragies dit sal wees as die Blou Bulle volgende jaar "B" liga speel? Nee jong ek dink ek moet een van Balsak se papsakke gryp en daardie gedrog weg suip! Blou Bul Groete!

      Oukoos - 2011-09-03 20:07

      Ek glo die Bulle sal volgende Saterdag met mag en mening terugkom. Laat ons 'n dop daarop drink. lekker slaap

  • gmain - 2011-09-03 20:57

    I didn't think it would be that easy in the end.... go Sharks. Just worried about the lack of BP this season.... oh well, only goal is the semi's.... then on to victory... again 8)

  • Maarten - 2011-09-03 21:04

    Damm but the Bulls looked bad! They could not beat a 2nd string school team playing the way they played tonight! Going to be a long rebuilding phase.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-09-03 21:28

      If you want my opinion, I don't think either team looked too good!

  • A.K - 2011-09-03 21:20

    wouldn't exactly say mauled.... but well done nonetheless my Sharkies.

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-04 06:16

      On my TV it looked like they were getting mauled.

  • GraemeBB - 2011-09-03 23:07

    Geez, these Bulls of mine are not doing the job. Sharks - well done! WP - look after my two boys Sadie and JJ - they were great today, again!

      Kleinboet - 2011-09-03 23:42

      @GraemeBB: Ons sal mooi na jou twee seuns omsien. Ek wonder net wat van hulle gaan word volgende jaar, tensy die Blou Bulle iets drasteis doen in die tussentyd - en ek bedoel nie vet tjeks uitskryf nie! Julle het vandag 9 Springbokke in die span gehad as ek die berigte kan glo (het nie self getel nie) en tog het julle gespeel asof julle nie die reëls van rugby ken nie. Julle het gebiedsvoordeel geniet en meer drieë gedruk en tog verloor. Hel, dit kan nie alles voor Pine Pienaar se deur gelê word nie; die spelers moet verantwoordelikheid neem. Dis van kardinale belang vir SA rugby dat WP en Blou Bul rugby sterk is. As ons julle trap, wil ek kan spog dat ons 'n goeie span geklop het! As ons verloor wil ek kan sê dat dit nie 'n skande is om teen 'n goeie span te verloor nie. Intussen, koop vir jou 'n papsak teen afslagprys by OK Bazaars en dan raak ons saam dronk. Daar is geen kopseer soos 'n papsak kopseer nie - jy sal skoon van jou Blou Bul kopseer vergeet! Liefdegroete uit die Kaap.

      GraemeBB - 2011-09-04 11:07

      @Kleinboet - I am quite certain that there will be alot to cheer about when we get our team together next year for the S15. It has taken a good 10 plus years for the Stormers and the Lions to put together good teams. The Bulls have one bad season, and they are ripped apart. But quite frankly - the depth of the Stormers is just amazing. The Bulls havent got that kind of depth, and it is showing. I expect a few thin years, but I dont think that the Bulls should be too upset. We have just come out of a golden era. And if I think about the S15 team that we will be able to field next year, we wont be a bad side. We have to re-build again - and as a Bull supporter, I can accept that. I just hope we do it quicker than is expected. Enjoy the Cape - I should have my feet in the water there soon!

  • di - 2011-09-03 23:11

    Oh yeah:) Good on yer Sharks! Sooo good, once again, to drive around Pretoria with my Sharks sticker:) Feels real good having bragging rights (just hope those irate bulls fans don't scratch my car - won't be the first time)

  • Theo - 2011-09-04 00:40

    The Blue Bulls have their one-dimensional approach to blame. It doesn't take a Ph.D to read their moves and to figure out how they are going to play. However, the other teams, like WP, Griquas, Lions and Cheetahs combine back line flair with solid tackling and good scrumming. I still think that Bjorn Basson is a bit wasted on Loftus, he is such a match winner.

  • What de D... - 2011-09-04 01:21

    bulle bly kak

  • bunnychow - 2011-09-04 04:09

    Time to be humbled Bull supporters.

  • Wayne - 2011-09-04 07:32

    The Bulls must be tired of losing....

      Dan - 2011-09-04 08:41

      No, just not used to it!

      Chris in Oz - 2011-09-05 02:18

      @Dan. I think they must be used to it by now.

      HP - 2011-09-05 16:47

      No only halfway loosing at the moment of the cup..

  • Zane Daniels - 2011-09-04 07:33

    Good game

  • Dries - 2011-09-04 07:59

    Die ou klomp lui, ryk, dikkes het nie ander bloed nodig nie, moet net fiks word en leer rugby speel. Maar so is dit met elke franchise, die lekker lewe raak te lekker en een aand byt dit jou.

  • Dan - 2011-09-04 08:25

    I don't think I have ever seen a game where one team does ALL the playing and the other team does all the scoring. It was amazing to view. One thing that I just can't understand is why is it that all the teams focus on getting quick ball from rucks and tackles, but the Bulls tend to slow their own ball down. It just doesn't make sense and it gives the opposition plenty of time to organize their defence at each and every ruck. If one could edit a recording of yesterday's game by taking out all the scoring phases, then it would propably look like a recording of a game where the Bulls won by at least 30 points. It was bizarre and I really think the Bulls must have a serious look at their coaching and approach to a game. Why can't they just let the ball do the talking. They totally dominated the game, but looking at the score one would think exactly the opposite happened.

  • Joshua Austin - 2011-09-04 10:06

    One of Meyer Bosman's best games for the Sharks. Let us hope he can keep up this form for the remainder of the Currie Cup and next year's Super 15.

  • Collitjies - 2011-09-04 10:35

    Good one SHARKS beating the BULLS so well and showing them how rugby should be player properly. I imagine the Bulls supporters will be blaming everything except the poor performance of their beloved useless team, what a pity.

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-04 11:06

      Before you made your nothing comment, 56 other comments were made. Of these 56 comments, the only things that were blamed were the coach and a couple of players who didn't perform. You take ignorance to a new level.

  • visarend - 2011-09-04 11:28

    This is what makes me so proud of being a WP/Stormers supporter . Have , and always will strive to take our failures and losses with dignity , and to learn from them . we don't use our success to humiliate , and belittle others . A lot of other regions do likewise , but not the BB . They are arrogant and use every opportunity to insult others . Well , eventhough they are down in the dumps at the moment , we still wish them well , and will always try to assist them , that's why we , so eagerly , gave them Sadie and Engelbreght . If you still need some more , please advise , and we will consider . But please trust us , when we say that we find no joy in your suffering . Take care .

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-04 12:03

      ".....we don't use our success to humiliate....." Success? Please humour us.

  • BlueRaven - 2011-09-04 12:40

    Congrats Sharkies you beat us fair and square. As for my Bulls, poor descipline and Fouche's poor kicking at goal cost us the game. Bulls Forever

  • Kaapie - 2011-09-04 13:01

    If I look at the log things dont look to bright for the Bulletjies.. Frre state next and if they lose there..they will need a miracle to make semi's

  • Anneleen - 2011-09-05 08:10

    Well done Sharks, well done!!!!!

  • Shark-Chic - 2011-09-05 09:39

    I am toooooo happy... Currie Cup 2011 = Sharks 2 - Blue Bulls 0

  • Damian@bulls - 2011-09-05 09:56

    Geluk sharks, goed gedoen , ons was nie goed genoeg nie punt rugby groete-

  • BTRX - 2011-09-05 16:17

    Waarom so vinnig op vir Pine te wil pos? Gee kans, ons het vir lank oorheers in SA rugby, ons moet darem seker ook weer erens begin. Hou die spelers en die afrigter!!!!!!

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