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2014/03/22 | 19:10 |  Super Rugby | Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria |  Full Time
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As it happened: Bulls v Sharks

2014-03-22 15:14
Last Updated at 21:46

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10:25 - Well done to the Sharks

10:24 - Fantastic match!


Despite being on the losing side, Frans Steyn had a stellar game for the Sharks...

21:00 - The Sharks lost the game in the third quarter, where the Bulls started to dominate them physically. They fought back well, with Jake White making some key substitutions at the end, especially in the front row!

But credit to the Bulls who stayed calm under pressure at the end there and just deserved their win.

In next week's action, the Bulls host the Chiefs, while the Sharks tackle the Waratahs in Durban.

Be sure to join us for some more commentary next weekend!


Kicks in play: Bulls 44-44 Sharks
Tackles made: Bulls 102-57 Sharks
Tackles missed: bulls 7-9 Sharks
Metres run: Bulls 395-287 Sharks
Carries: Bulls 78-88 Sharks
Clean breaks: Bulls 5-2 Sharks
Lineouts: Bulls 14/14, Sharks 15/18
Scrums: Bulls 3 won/3 lost, Sharks 5 won/1 lost

21:00 - PICTURE

Bulls captain Victor Matfield doing what he does best... -
Vodacom Rugga

20:53 - FULL-TIME: Bulls 23-19 Sharks

20:53 - But the Bulls steal possession and Pollard kicks it out to end the game.

20:52 - The Sharks have one last attacking lineout, halfway into the Bulls half...

20:51 - PENALTY kicked by Pollard. Bulls 23-19 Sharks with 90 seconds left.

20:50 - Pollard misses a drop goal, but the referee takes them back for a penalty.

Pollard to line up from in front...

20:48 - Handré Pollard is now on at pivot for the Bulls, as Potgieter limps off injured.

20:47 - Four minutes left , and the Bulls get a scrum after McLeod fails to handle a high ball just outside his own 22m area.


Kyle Cooper has replaced Bismarck du Plessis for the Sharks.

20:45 - Steyn narrowly misses a drop goal and the Bulls can breathe!

20:44 - But a massive Sharks scrum wins a penalty! Steyn bangs it 60m down field....

20:43 - Relief for the Bulls as substitute Andre Esterhuizen knocks the ball on in a crucial position just outside his own 22m area...

20:42 - Massive PENALTY by Steyn. More than 60m on the angle! Bulls 20-19 Sharks after 71 minutes.

20:40 - PICTURE

Sharks fullback SP Marais -
Vodacom Rugga

20:41 - Just inside his own halfJacques du Plessis goes off-side at a ruck and Steyn will line up...

20:39 - Potgieter makes a mistake by kicking the restart directly into touch...

20:38 - Sharks' Andre Esterhuizen on for his Super Rugby debut, Swiel off.

Grant Hattingh also on for the Bulls, with skipper Matfield off.

I wouldn't take my captain off here!

20:37 - PENALTY converted by Steyn. Bulls 20-16 Sharks after 67 minutes.

20:36 - Kankowski goes blindside off the scrum but the Sharks knock on...

Then a massive scrum from the Sharks as they win a penalty! Chadwick was massive there.

Steyn to line up...


Dale Chadwick for The Beast.

Lubabalo Mtembu for Lewies.

Mtembu to flank and Alberts to lock.

20:34 - With 16 minutes left, the Sharks have an attacking scrum just outside the Bulls 22.


Piet van Zyl on for Sampie Mastriet.

Hougaard moves to wing, with Van Zyl at scrumhalf.

20:32 - TWEET

Great intensity from Bulls. They've certainly been the aggressor in contact. Sharks taking a beating in contact - Mark Keohane

20:29 - The Bulls have run 373 metres thus far, compared to the Sharks' 248.

This proves the home side's current dominance.


Prop Lourens Adriaanse on for Jannie du Plessis.

20:26 - Potgieter, with his tail up, attempts a drop inside his own half. But he doesn't have the legs...

20:26 - TWEET

Bulls playing more attacking rugby well deserved lead - Rob Louw


Bulls 9/9

Sharks 8/11

20:23 - PICTURE

Marcell Coetzee runs into Jacques du Plessis... (Gallo Images)

20:23 - CONVERSION by Potgieter. Bulls 20-13 Sharks after 55 minutes.

20:21 - TRY! JJ Engelbrecht goes over in the corner after the Sharks run out of defenders.

That was set up by a brilliant break from Bjorn Basson down the opposite touchline...

20:20 - Frans Steyn makes a crucial error by kicking a ball our directly into touch to give the Bulls a lineout inside Sharks territory. Momentum is shifting here...


Etienne Oosthuizen on at lock for Anton Bresler.


Jono Ross on for flank Deon Stegmann.

20:16 - CONVERSION by Potgieter. Bulls 13-13 Sharks after 48 minutes.

20:15 - TRY! Jacques du Plessis bursts right through the Sharks defence to score under the posts. A first Super Rugby try for the blonde-haired giant.


Just shy of 35 000.

A much better effort from the Pretoria folk tonight...

20:11 - Some off the ball handbags between Potgieter and Bresler after the latter put in a late tackle on the Bulls No 10. But no penalty was given...

20:09 - However, good defence brings about a Sharks turnover.

20:08 - Bulls get an early set piece just outside the Sharks 22m area after the visitors fail to hold on to a high ball...

20:07 - Welcome back for the second half.

Bulls pivot Potgieter starts proceedings.

20:01 - QUOTE

"The skills level is very poor. It is a kick fest and not great rugby to watch," in-studio SuperSport pundit Nick Mallett summing up the first half.


Bulls 26

Sharks 26

19:55 - HALF-TIME: Bulls 6-13 Sharks 

Join us in about 10 minutes for the second half.

19:54 - PENALTY converted by Steyn.

19:53 - Another penalty conceded by the Bulls just inside the Sharks half.

No 10 Potgieter the off-side culprit.

Steyn will line up again... This is slap bang in the middle of the park.

19:50 - PENALTY nailed by Steyn. Bulls 6-10 Sharks after 36 minutes.

That must have been about 60m on the angle! And he easily had the distance...

19:50 - Frans Steyn gets a penalty shot just inside his own half...

JJ Engelbrecht was penalised for going off side...

19:49 - TWEET

Was watching Bulls v Sharks but might as well watch West Ham v Man Utd - same amount of kicking of the ball ... - Graeme Joffe


NZ referee Mike Fraser has enlisted the help of the TMO (Deon van Blommenstein) for possible foul play. Victor Matfield was lifted in a tackle but it is deemed OK. He wasn't lifted past the horizontal...

19:46 - They steal the lineout but then knock it on as the Sharks counter...

19:44 - Talking about kicking, just as I write, Hougaard kicks one out right on the Sharks goal-line...

19:44 - A lot of kicking going on as well tonight. 

So far, the Bulls have kicked 21 times with the Sharks 17.

19:42 - The Bulls take a quick tap and surprise the Sharks but Serfontein knocks on in a tackle from Steyn on half-way...

19:40 - A monster touch finder from Steyn puts the Sharks on attack inside the Bulls 22...

But Deon Stegmann wins a penalty at a ruck.

19:38 - More worries for the Sharks as lock Stephan Lewies gets attention to a troublesome knee. The Sharks can't afford another injury there, especially with Pieter-Steph du Toit already out for the season - also with a knee injury.

But Lewies will play on....

19:37 - Hougaard makes a sniping break inside the Sharks 22m area but Swiel knocks it out of his hands. Scrum given to the Sharks...

Hougaard complains but he was the ball carrier in possession...

19:35 - Sharks looking to hit right back but McLeod throws a wayward pass and the Bulls kick down field to relieve pressure...

19:33 - DROP GOAL! A beautiful strike from Potgieter, about 35m out.

Bulls 6-7 Sharks after 22 minutes.

19:30 - The Bulls for the first time make use of their characteristic driving maul. They surge up-field about 15m before winning a penalty just inside their own half. 

Potgieter kicks for touch and perhaps another attacking drive...


Charl McLeod is on at scrumhalf for Cobus Reinach. Still unsure what the problem is.

19:25 - PENALTY converted by Jacques-Louis Potgieter. Bulls 3-7 after 14 minutes.

19:24 - A sweeping backline move from the Bulls brings them into the Sharks 22m area and they win a penalty when Sithole goes off his feet at a ruck...

19:22 - Steyn lines up a massive drop from 45m out, but it's just away to the right. Not a surprise that it easily had the legs!

19:20 - CONVERSION by Tim Swiel.
Bulls 0-7 Sharks after 9 minutes.

19:18 - TRY! Willem Alberts has his third Super Rugby try of the season!

A stunning break from Cobus Reinach set that up for the visitors. He ran from inside his own half...


Pat Lambie is off for the game, replaced by Tim Swiel.

Reports are that Lambie pulled his hamstring in the warm-up...

19:18 - But Steyn pulls it badly to his right...

19:16 - A strong run down the touchline by Sibusiso Sithole preceded a Sharks penalty as the Bulls tackler (JJ Engelbrecht) gave him no chance to release the ball.

Steyn to line up a tough kick.

19:15 - Frans Steyn guilty of not finding touch with the first Sharks penalty.

19:13 - Jannie du Plessis penalised for illegal binding at the first scrum. Lets hope he stays quiet this time round...

19:12 - First scrum coming up just outside the Bulls 22m area...

19:11 - Pat Lambie gets the game started...

19:09 - JP Pietersen leads the Sharks out for his 100th Super Rugby game...


Former international referee and current General Manager of Referees at SARU, André Watson talks illegalities at ruck time, new innovations and how referees are held accountable...

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Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Craig Joubert (South Africa), Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
TMO: Deon van Blommenstein (South Africa)


2014: Sharks won 31-16, Durban
2013: Bulls won 20-19, Pretoria
2013: Bulls won 18-16, Durban
2012: Sharks won 32-10, Durban
2012: Bulls won 18-13, Pretoria
2011: Sharks won 26-23, Pretoria
2011: Bulls won 32-23, Durban



15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Dewald Potgieter, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Morné Mellett, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Grant Hattingh, 20 Jono Ross, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Handré Pollard, 23 Ulrich Beyers.


15 SP Marais, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Sibusiso Sithole, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (captain), 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes:16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Lubabalo Mtembu, 21 Charl McLeod, 22 Tim Swiel, 23 Andre Esterhuizen

Welcome to Sport24's LIVE scoring and interactive commentary on today's Super Rugby match between the Bulls and Sharks from Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria!

  • 80'


  • 80'

    They've stolen the ball! The hosts have done it! What a turnaround, what a derby victory, and what a contrast from the opening day thumping in Durban. The Bulls are back.

  • 80'

    Sharks now with a lineout 30 metres out. They need a try to win as the clock ticks red...

  • 79'


  • 78'

    The Bulls have a penalty! Right in front of the posts. Three minutes to go, and this would take the hosts beyond drop-goal or penalty range.

  • 76'

    Oh, and the Sharks in all sorts of trouble as they lose the ball and the Bulls hack through. Steyn the hero at the back to rescue possession, but there's a knock-on, and the Bulls have the scrum just outside the visitors' 22. Four minutes to go...

  • 74'

    Steyn pulls his attempted drop-goal from 30 metres. Chance goes a-begging, but there is plenty time left.

  • 73'

    Steyn once more steps up to smash another penalty deep into Bulls territory. White's men are piling on the pressure, urged on by a hefty following inside Loftus. The momentum is with the visitors.

  • 71'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN! 20-19 Steyn holds his nerve with another huge, huge penalty. One point in it, nine minutes to go.

  • 70'

    Another penalty for the Sharks, on halfway, as du Plessis foolishly leans over the ruck and slaps the ball from the grasp of McLeod. Silly, silly stuff. This is well within Steyn's range.

  • 67'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN! 20-16 Apologies, it was Steyn who took on the kicking duties rather than the young pivot after some discussion. And the 'Bok makes no mistake, we're back to a four-point game.

  • 66'

    Kankowski spills forward in attack for the Sharks on the Bulls 22 as the visitors look to get level. This is still anyone's game with fourteen minutes to play. And it is the Sharks who win the penalty from that scrum, Swiel instructed to go for the poles.

  • 63'

    The Sharks pinch and punt away downfield, and there are a few hairy moments in the Bulls 22 before full-back Visser gets it away.

  • 61'

    Good defence from the hosts once again as they win a penalty inside their own half. It's not pretty, but it's darn effective.

  • 59'

    The Bulls are in possession in midfield again, and they're looking good.

  • 55'

    CONVERSION, BULLS, POTGIETER! 20-13 Suddenly, the Bulls are ahead by seven. Long way to go.

  • 54'

    TRY, BULLS, ENGELBRECHT! 18-13 The Bulls have hit the front! What a run from Basson, arcing his way past the Sharks defence to within five metres of the line. The ball was recyled, the defence stretched, and the looping bounce-pass found centre JJ in space to canter in at the corner.

  • 50'


  • 49'

    TRY, BULLS, DU PLESSIS! 11-13 But as I type that, the Bulls burst over! From nothing, flanker du Plessis breaks a tackle on the Sharks 22 and finds himself with a clear run to the line. Awful defence from the visitors, but the Bulls will draw level.

  • 48'

    A fairly even opening few minutes of the second half.

  • 40'

    And we're back underway here at Loftus as Potgieter kicks off.

  • 40'


  • 40'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN! 6-13 Another kick, average by comparison, for Steyn, this time from around the halfway line. Sharks restore seven-point lead going into half-time.

  • 37'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN! 6-10 That is a monster! An absolute monster penalty from Frans Steyn! Even at altitude, that kick was some sixty metres, and he made it with plenty to spare.

  • 36'

    The tackle on Matfield was legal, and the Bulls nudge down to the Sharks' 22 once more. Sharks' lineout struggling against the experienced home pack, but this one is good, and McLeod clears.

  • 34'

    Harem-scarem stuff as both sides cough up possession, the Sharks have it back but knock-on on the Bulls ten-metre line. Not a lot in this one! Referee Fraser checking for a potentially dangerous tackle.

  • 32'

    Great kick from Hougaard, 22 to 22, and gets the bounce to within five metres of the Sharks line.

  • 30'

    But the Bulls hold them out with good defence win a penalty. Again, the quick tap is used, dangerous inside their own 22, but they make good ground up to halfway.

  • 28'

    Steyn has smashed a penalty right into the corner, and the Sharks can attack again.

  • 26'

    Lewies down receiving treatment for the Sharks, who have already lost both half-backs today.

  • 25'

    Lots of aerial ping-pong on the Loftus highveld, neither side seizing the initiative.

  • 22'

    DROP-GOAL, BULLS, POTGIETER! 6-7 Taking advantage of the possession and the altitude, the fly-half bangs over a cracking three-pointer from forty metres. Bulls playing well and back to within a point.

  • 18'

    The Bulls looking much livelier now, with Matfield taking a quick-tap penalty and Basson chipping on into the away 22. Reinach has been replaced by McLeod for the Sharks.

  • 15'

    PENALTY, BULLS, POTGIETER! 3-7 The Bulls are off the mark.

  • 12'

    The Sharks looking seriously dangerous in attack, here, Reinach the bright spark at the heart of everything. Steyn's drop-goal from halfway fades just wide of the mark.

  • 9'

    CONVERSION, SHARKS, SWIEL! 0-7 The substitute steps up with his first kick and adds the extra two points.

  • 8'

    TRY, SHARKS, ALBERTS! 0-5 We're off the mark here in Pretoria as the Sharks spring into action. Reinach and Sithole combine for break some forty metres into the 22. With the Bulls defence backtracking, Kankowski found his back-row colleague who crashed over from close range.

  • 7'

    The Springbok is off-target, and Lambie has been replaced early on with a mystery injury. Swiel is on.

  • 6'

    Possession changing hands early on, but the Sharks win a penalty for tackler not releasing. It's within Steyn's range, and he wants it.

  • 3'

    The first scrum penalty goes the way of the hosts, to the delight of the Loftus crowd. Jannie du Plessis binding on the arm.

  • 0'

    Lambie gets us underway, and Matfield rises to receive the kick-off.

  • 0'

    Teams are out here at Loftus, and it is jumping! Kick-off moments away...

  • 0'

    Jake White's men won comfortably the first time these rivals met in Durban last month, and boast a formidable front and back-row. It's an unchanged side for the Sharks.

  • 0'

    The Bulls are bereft of their inspirational skipper Flip van der Merwe, whose hamstring injury rules him out this week. Paul Willemse fills in, and veteran Victor Matfield takes over the captaincy with Grant Hattingh on the bench. Dewald Potgieter also makes his Bulls return in the back-row.

  • 0'

    Hello, and welcome to live coverage of the Bulls' crunch derby against the Sharks in Pretoria. This one comes packed with plenty of needle as the South African heavyweights go head-to-head. Kick-off comes in just over an hour, don't go away!

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Bulls Sharks
  • 2 Tries 1
    • 47' du Plessis
    • 53' JJ Engelbrecht
    • 7' Willem Alberts
  • 2 Conversions 1
    • 48' JL Potgieter
    • 54' JL Potgieter
    • 8' Tim Swiel
  • 2 Penalties 4
    • 14' JL Potgieter
    • 78' Handre Pollard
    • 36' Frans Steyn
    • 40' Frans Steyn
    • 66' Frans Steyn
    • 70' Frans Steyn
  • 1 Drop Goals 0
    • 21' JL Potgieter
  • 0 Yellow Cards 0
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Dean Greyling
  • Callie Visagie
  • Werner Kruger
  • Paul Willemse
  • Victor Matfield
  • Deon Stegmann
  • Jacques Du Plessis
  • Dewald Potgieter
  • Francois Hougaard
  • Jacques-Louis Potgieter
  • Bjorn Basson
  • Jan Serfontein
  • JJ Engelbrecht
  • Sampie Mastriet
  • Jurgen Visser
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  • Tendai Mtawarira
  • Bismarck du Plessis
  • Jannie du Plessis
  • Anton Bresler
  • Stephan Lewies
  • Marcell Coetzee
  • Willem Alberts
  • Ryan Kankowski
  • Jacobus Reinach
  • Pat Lambie
  • Lwazi Mvovo
  • Frans Steyn
  • Sibusiso Sithole
  • JP Pietersen
  • SP Marais
  • Mbongeni Mbonami
  • Mornè Mellett
  • Marcel Van der Merwe
  • Grant Hattingh
  • Jonathan Ross
  • Piet van Zyl
  • Handre Pollard
  • Ulrich Beyers
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  • Kyle Cooper
  • Dale Chadwick
  • Lourens Adriaanse
  • Ettienne Oosthuizen
  • Lubabalo Mtembu
  • Charl McLeod
  • Tim Swiel
  • Andre Esterhuizen

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