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As it happened: Bulls 43 - 35 Sharks

2015-02-28 19:00
Last Updated at 01:45
28 Feb 18:58


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28 Feb 18:57


The Bulls have won 43 - 35 but not without some controversy on two of their tries.  Read the match report later on Sport 24.

28 Feb 18:54
80' - TRY awarded!  Wow, some more controversy here.  The TMO has ruled that the Sharks moved the ball back over the line, not Serfontein.  Schoeman converts.  The Sharks are denied a bonus point.
28 Feb 18:53
The ball moves forward from his arm, he didn't seem to be in control of that.  
28 Feb 18:52
80' - TMO DECISION. Serfontein looks to have got over the line. The ref wants to check the grounding. That might have sealed it for the Bulls.
28 Feb 18:51
79' - PENALTY to the Bulls! Konkowski offside.   Schoeman will kick to touch and setup a lineout.  
28 Feb 18:50
78' - The Bulls still have possession, 2 minutes to go!
28 Feb 18:48
76' - After some aerial ping pong, the Bulls have secured the ball just inside the Sharks half.
28 Feb 18:47

75' - On his Super Rugby debut, Schoeman has shown no nerves and kicked the penalty.


What a game!

28 Feb 18:46
74' - PENALTY to the Bulls. The Sharks are penalised for collapsing the maul.  Tian Schoeman on for Pollard will kick at goal.
28 Feb 18:45
74' - The Bulls have a lineout just inside the Sharks half.  Here comes the rolling maul!
28 Feb 18:44

72' - And once again, Lambie makes no mistake. What a kicking display by the Springbok flyhalf.


28 Feb 18:43
71' - PENALTY to the Sharks.  The Bulls losing their discipline and they are marched back 10 metres putting it within the range of Lambie who will kick at goal.
28 Feb 18:42
Pollard is off the field with a leg injury or possibly cramps.
28 Feb 18:41
69' - PENALTY to the Sharks. With the Bulls on the attack, Du Plessis shows all his strength, gets his hands on the ball in a ruck and wins a turnover.  Lambie kicks to the line to setup a lineout just outside the Bulls 22m area.
28 Feb 18:37

66' - Lambie has his kicking boots on today, that is straight through the middle.  8 out of 8 for him.


28 Feb 18:36
65' - The TMO has decided that it went forward off Ndungane.  We go back to a PENALTY for the Sharks for Matfield collapsing a maul. Lambie will kick at goal.
28 Feb 18:35
65' - TMO DECISION!  SP Marais is over, but they are going to check the grounding as well as a potential knock-on by Ndungane as he contested a high kick.
28 Feb 18:30
What a match we have here folks!  
28 Feb 18:29

60' - TRY to the Sharks! Reinach has charged down Paige's attempted clearance kick and has an easy 25 metre run to the try line. Lambie converts.  


28 Feb 18:27

59' - Pollard makes no mistake.  Both himself and Lambie have 100% records this afternoon.


28 Feb 18:27
58' - PENALTY to the Bulls.  The ref was playing advantage for a side entry by a Sharks player into the maul. Pollard will look to extend the Bulls lead. 
28 Feb 18:26
58' - The Bulls using their strengths, a massive rolling maul makes 20 metres. They are over the line, but appear to have been held up.
28 Feb 18:25
57' - Pollard finds touch deep into the Sharks half with a brilliant touch kick.  The Sharks win the lineout but only clear to their 10m line.
28 Feb 18:24
56' - Bulls substitution: Nyakane is replaced by Greyling.
28 Feb 18:23
55' - PENALTY to the Sharks. The Bulls attack for multiple phases but Coetzee does brilliantly to get his hands on the ball and forces a penalty.  Lambie clears to touch.
28 Feb 18:21
54' - Not the greatest scrum from the Bulls but Paige does well to clean up and setup a ruck. 
28 Feb 18:20
53' - The Bulls with a great attacking opportunity, a scrum in the Sharks 22m area after a kick from Lambie rolled over the Bulls dead ball line.
28 Feb 18:19
52' - Sharks substitutions.  Du Toit replaces Chadwick. Wentzel replaces Mtyanda.
28 Feb 18:18

51' - Lambie draws the Sharks three points closer.


28 Feb 18:17
50' - PENALTY to the Sharks. Spies is pinged for lying on the wrong side of the ball. Lambie will kick at goal.
28 Feb 18:13
46' - The Bulls move the ball brilliantly from their own 22m area to well inside the Sharks half with some great attacking rugby.  A knock-on stops their momentum.  The Sharks have a defensive scrum deep in their own half.
28 Feb 18:10

44' - TRY to the Bulls!  Almost a carbon copy of their previous try. The Bulls were on the attack just inside the Sharks 22m area and Paige has found Spies running into space between two defenders with a perfectly timed pass.  Great play by the scrumhalf. Pollard converts.


28 Feb 18:08
43' - The Bulls immediately onto the attack from the kick-off as the turnover the Sharks.
28 Feb 18:07

42' - Lambie with the first points of the second half.


28 Feb 18:06
41' - PENALTY to the Sharks as Stegmann is penalised at the ruck with the Sharks on the attack. Lambie will kick at goal.
28 Feb 18:05


Lambie gets us underway for the second half from Loftus.  Big 40 minutes coming up!

28 Feb 17:55



Some great rugby so far but both teams guilty of some indiscipline by giving away unnecessary penalties. 

There will be some discussion about the TMO decision to let the Bulls first try stand after the pass from Kriel to Hougaard was deemed not to have traveled forward. The commentators felt it had.  

28 Feb 17:52
40' - Matfield with a lineout steal... who would have guessed!  Pollard clears to touch and it's half-time at Loftus.
28 Feb 17:51
39' - PENALTY to the Sharks after a high tackle on Lambie by Engelbrecht. Lambie sets up a lineout just outside the Bulls 22m area.
28 Feb 17:49
37' - Lambie attempts a drop-goal but he doesn't connect very well and it goes well to the left.
28 Feb 17:48

35' - TRY to the Bulls!  They had another penalty advantage but they don't need it.  Stegmann goes over under the poles after he ran off the shoulder of Paige who drew a defender and put the Bulls flank in the gap.  Pollard converts.


28 Feb 17:46
34' - PENALTY to the Bulls, taken quickly by Paige, the BUlls are 5 metres out.
28 Feb 17:44

33' - Lambie slots the penalty with ease.  


28 Feb 17:43
32' - PENALTY to the Sharks.  The Bulls are struggling to maintain their discipline. Du Plessis pulls down his opponent in the line-out and Lambie will kick at goal.
28 Feb 17:42

30' - TRY to the Sharks!  Kankowski is the scorer after they fielded a kick and some brilliant handling and running between in which Marais and Ndungane featured prominently.  Lambie converts.  Marais did brilliantly in the build up to that try, beating a few defenders.


28 Feb 17:39
29' - Coetzee loses the ball in contact and the Bulls secure possession.  
  • 80'

    TRY, BULLS, SERFONTEIN! 41-35. The Sharks try to run the ball from inside their 22 but Deysel's pass to Lambie is knocked on! Matfield regathers the loose ball and offloads to Jan Serfontein, who powers his way over the try-line despite the attentions of three defenders on his back!

  • 80'

    CONVERSION, BULLS, SCHOEMAN! 43-35. Schoeman lands the two-pointer which denies the Sharks a bonus-point for losing by seven or less points! The final whistle goes shortly afterwards and Loftus Versfeld erupts! That was a deserved victory for the home side but the Sharks deserve plenty of credit as they gave their all in the quest for victory.

  • 80'

    Bulls 43 Sharks 35

  • 79'

    The Bulls take the ball through the phases and Spies carries powerfully but is stopped in his tracks by a big hit from Kankowski!

  • 76'

    PENALTY, BULLS, SCHOEMAN! 36-35. New man Tian Schoeman, who is on for Pollard, puts the home side back in front after Lourens Adriaanse is pinged for taking out one of the Bulls off the ball.

  • 73'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 33-35. Lambie holds his nerve and lands a penalty from about 40 metres out!

  • 71'

    It's all Sharks at the moment! Stegmann is pinged for playing the ball on the ground and Deysel takes a tap penalty and sets off on a run!

  • 69'

    The Bulls are camped just outside the Sharks' 22 but lose possession when Jacques du Plessis holds onto the ball on the ground. Lambie kicks for touch and puts the ball out five metres from the Sharks' 22

  • 67'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 33-32. Lambie makes it a one-point game with another three-pointer, after Matfield is penalised for offside play on defence.

  • 66'

    Lambie launches a cross-field kick inside the Bulls' 22 and Jesse Kriel and Odwa Ndungane compete in the air! Both miss the ball but Ndungane reacts quickest and gathers the loose ball before passing to the on-rushing Marais, who crashes over! The try is disallwed, however, as the TMO rules that Ndungane knocked on in the build-up.

  • 65'

    There's some aerial ping pong as both sides kick for territory. The Sharks eventually gain the advantage when Pollard is forced to put the ball into touch on his 10-metre line after great pressure from SP Marais.

  • 62'

    CONVERSION, SHARKS, LAMBIE. 33-29. Lambie maintains his 100 percent goalkicking record as he adds another two-pointer!

  • 61'

    TRY, SHARKS, REINACH! 33-27. Cobus Reinach charges down a clearance kick from Paige at a ruck close to the Bulls'' 10-metre line, and regathers! There''s not a defender in sight and he races away before diving over!

  • 60'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 33-22. Pollard restores the home side's 11-point lead after Jannie du Plessis is pinged for a ruck infringement.

  • 59'

    The Bulls' forwards go on the charge and Spies shows his class with quick hands out to Marcel van der Merwe, who crashes over the Sharks' try-line but is held up by three defenders!

  • 57'

    The Sharks attack close to the Bulls' 10-metre line but lose possession when Jannie du Plessis knocks on a pass from Reinach. The Bulls recycle quickly before Pollard launches a 35 metre kick which rolls into touch inside the visitors' 22!

  • 55'

    Paige runs onto a pass from Spies from the back of a scrum and beats a couple of defenders and is eventually brought down by Cobus Reinach deep inside the Sharks' 22.

  • 52'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 30-22. Lambie keeps his side in this match with another well-struck three-pointer!

  • 50'

    The Sharks are trying desperately to strike back! They take the ball through the hands and Andre Esterhuizen, Du Toit, Ndungane and Chadwick are all prominent with ball in hand.

  • 48'

    The Bulls string nine phases together and are soon on the edge of the Sharks' 22. It all comes to nothing, however as Morne Mellet knocks on a relatively simple pass from Paige.

  • 45'

    CONVERSION, BULLS, POLLARD. 30-19. Pollard extends the home side's lead to 11 points with the extra two points.

  • 44'

    TRY, BULLS, SPIES! 28-19. The Bulls' forwards set up a couple of phases inside the Sharks' 22 and Paige, once again, puts a team-mate into a gap! This time it's Spies, who scores under the posts!

  • 43'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 23-19. Lambie reduces the deficit after Stegmann infringes at a ruck.

  • 41'

    Lambie gets the second half started! his kick is deep and Hougaard gathers but has little space to move and is brought to ground by Lwazi Mvovo.

  • 40'

    JJ Engelbrecht is penalised for a high tackle on Lambie. The Sharks pivot dusts himself off and puts the resulting penalty out just outside the Bulls' 22. Matfield does brilliantly to win the ball back at the line-out and the Bulls recycle the ball before Pollard boots it into touch upon hearing the sound of the half-time siren. The teams head into the sheds and what an exciting 40 minutes that has been! Both sides are showing plenty of enterprise on attack and the crowd have been entertained. Let's hope there's more of that to come after the break!

  • 40'

    Bulls 23 Sharks 16

  • 37'

    CONVERSION, BULLS, POLLARD. 23-16. Pollard adds the easy extras to extend the hosts' lead.

  • 36'

    TRY, BULLS, STEGMANN! 21-16. The Bulls hammer away at the Sharks' try-line and Pierre Spies, Strauss and Matfield carry with intent. Rudy Paige then spots a gap and offloads to Deon Stegmann who scores under the posts!

  • 34'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 16-16. Lambie draws his side level again, after Matfield is penalised for a line-out infringement.

  • 31'

    CONVERSION, SHARKS, LAMBIE. 16-13. Lambie makes no mistake from the kicking tee and reduces the gap to three points.

  • 30'

    TRY, SHARKS, KANKOWSKI! 16-11. Renaldo Bothma gathers a kick from Pollard close to the halfway line and offloads to SP Marais, who is in the clear down the left-hand touchline! He passes to Odwa Ndungane, who draws in a defender, before getting the ball out to Ryan Kankowski who scores under the posts!

  • 27'

    Bismarck du Plessis is pinged for an open-hand slap on Victor Matfield off the ball. Pollard kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the halfway line.

  • 26'

    CONVERSION, BULLS, POLLARD. 16-6. Pollards adds the extras to extend the home side's lead.

  • 25'

    TRY, BULLS, HOUGAARD. 14-6. Jesse Kriel joins the Bulls' line at pace and beats three defenders! He is soon close to the Sharks' 22 and offloads to Francois Hougaard, who steps inside a couple of defenders and goes over the whitewash!

  • 24'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 9-6. Lambie lands another one from the kicking tee after Adriaan Strauss is pinged at a ruck.

  • 21'

    Lambie spots a gap behind the Bulls' backs and launches a chip kick which rolls inside their 22. Jesse Kriel is well positioned, however, and gathers before hoofing the ball upfield.

  • 18'

    There's great anticipation as the two sides pack down for the first scrum! It's the Bulls' put-in and they are soon awarded a penalty when Jannie du Plessis drops his bind at the set-piece.

  • 15'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 9-3. Pollard makes no mistake from the kicking tee, after several Sharks forwards go offside on defence inside their 22!

  • 13'

    Coetzee is penalised for not releasing a tackled player on the ground. Pollard kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the Sharks' 22-metre line.

  • 10'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 6-3. Pollard adds another three-pointer after Mtyanda is penalised for illegal play on defence.

  • 7'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 3-3. Pat Lambie draws the visitors level after Lappies Labuschagne is pinged for a ruck infringement.

  • 5'

    The Sharks take the ball through several phases with their forwards, midway between the halfway line and the Bulls' 22. Giant Mtyanda, Marcell Coetzee and Dale Chadwick are prominent ball carriers.

  • 2'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 3-0. Handre Pollard opens the scoring via the kicking tee after Pieter-Steph du Toit strays offside on defence.

  • 1'

    Handre Pollard gets us underway with a deep, hanging kick which Renaldo Bothma fails to gather. Jan Serfontein gathers the loose ball and the Bulls are on the attack, close to the Sharks' 22.

  • 0'

    Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has handed scrum-half Rudy Paige a first ever Super Rugby start. All of Paige''s nine previous appearances in the competition came via the bench with his elevation to the starting team the only change from the run-on side that came up short against the Hurricanes last weekend. Paige, who played off the bench in that close defeat, replaces Piet van Zyl, who drops out of the matchday squad altogether. Travis Ismaiel comes in for Paige and should he take to the field, the former Junior Springbok winger will make his debut for the team. Tian Schoeman was also drafted in on the bench with Jacques-Louis Potgieter a late withdrawal. A fit-again Marcel van der Merwe will also been eased in from the bench.

  • 0'

    Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold has made two changes to his team for this crucial clash. Springbok loose forward Ryan Kankowski, who has returned from Japan and is now fully integrated back into the team, comes in for Tera Mtembu in the only change to the forward pack. There is just a single change to the backline, with former Baby Bok Andre Esterhuizen replacing Heimar Williams, in a rotational change following last week's win over the Lions. New Zealander Jack Wilson has been named amongst the replacements and is primed to make his debut.

  • 0'

    Good day and welcome to our live coverage of this South African Super Rugby derby between the Bulls and the Sharks from Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. We'll return shortly with team news.

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Bulls Sharks
  • 4 Tries 2
    • 24' Francois Hougaard
    • 36' Deon Stegmann
    • 43' Pierre Spies
    • 80' Jan Serfontein
    • 29' Ryan Kankowski
    • 60' Jacobus Reinach
  • 4 Conversions 2
    • 25' Handre Pollard
    • 36' Handre Pollard
    • 44' Handre Pollard
    • 80' Tiaan Schoeman
    • 30' Patrick Lambie
    • 61' Patrick Lambie
  • 5 Penalties 7
    • 1' Handre Pollard
    • 9' Handre Pollard
    • 13' Handre Pollard
    • 59' Handre Pollard
    • 75' Tiaan Schoeman
    • 6' Patrick Lambie
    • 23' Patrick Lambie
    • 33' Patrick Lambie
    • 42' Patrick Lambie
    • 51' Patrick Lambie
    • 66' Odwa Ndungane
    • 72' Patrick Lambie
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 0
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Morn? Mellett
  • Adriaan Strauss
  • Trevor Nyakane
  • Jacques Du Plessis
  • Victor Matfield
  • Deon Stegmann
  • Pieter Labuschagne
  • Pierre Spies
  • Rudy Paige
  • Handre Pollard
  • Francois Hougaard
  • Jan Serfontein
  • JJ Engelbrecht
  • Bjorn Basson
  • Jessie Kriel
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Dale Chadwick
  • Bismarck Du Plessis
  • Jannie du Plessis
  • Lubabalo Mtyanda
  • Pieter-Steph du Toit
  • Marcell Coetzee
  • Renaldo Bothma
  • Ryan Kankowski
  • Jacobus Reinach
  • Patrick Lambie
  • Lwazi Mvovo
  • Andre Esterhuizen
  • Waylon Murray
  • Odwa Ndungane
  • SP Marais
  • Callie Visagie
  • Dean Greyling
  • Grant Hattingh
  • Hanro Liebenberg
  • Travis Ismaiel
  • Tiaan Schoeman
  • Jurgen Visser
  • Marcel Van der Merwe
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Kyle Cooper
  • Thomas du Toit
  • Lourens Adriaanse
  • Marco Wentzel
  • Jean Deysel
  • Conrad Hoffmann
  • Fred Zeilinga
  • Jack Wilson

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