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2014/02/15 | 19:10 |  Super Rugby | Kings Park Stadium, Durban |  Full Time
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As it happened: Sharks v Bulls

2014-02-15 18:05
Last Updated at 15:52

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Commentary by Sport24's Garrin Lambley

21:02 - In next weekend's action, the Sharks welcome the Hurricanes to Durban (Saturday, February 22 at 17:05) while the Bulls travel to Bloemfontein to face the Cheetahs (Friday, February 21).

21:02 - The Bulls leave empty-handed and head back to Pretoria as the bottom team in the SA Conference

21:01 - The Sharks pick up a full-house of five points for their victory to take an early lead in both the SA Conference and the Overall standings.


21:00 - Pat Lambie jinxes his way over for the bonus-point try for the home side.

Lambie misses the conversion.

20:59 - How key could that try be for the Sharks come the end of the SA Conference and overall standings?



Yellow card for Bulls wing Bjorn Basson and the 80 minute mark is reached.

Lineout for the Sharks. Their last chance for a bonus point...

20:55 - In contrast, highly touted Bulls centre pairing JJ Engelbrecht and Jan Serfontein have been dead quiet

20:54 - Sharks centre Paul Jordaan has speed to burn. One to watch for sure this season #areyouwatchingHeynekeMeyer

20:54 - Jean Deysel returns to the field having served his 10-minute yellow card suspension

20:53 - PICTURE

Odwa Ndungane's try for the Sharks - their third and to date last try (Gallo Images)

20:50 - The Sharks lead 26-16 with six minutes remaining and at present don't appear close to scoring their fourth - and bonus point - try

20:49 - Flank Jono Ross emerges with the ball and replacement flyhalf Handré Pollard adds the CONVERSION

20:48 - The Bulls take advantage of their numerical advantage to maul their way over the Sharks' tryline for their first five-point of the night.


20:47 - Blood-bin for Lambie as the clock shows NINE minutes remain


Referee Peyper at last shows a Sharks player yellow.

The unlucky recipient is Jean Deysel - only just on the field. He should be back for the final four minutes of the match.

20:40 - The 'Beeeeeeeast' goes on a typical barn-storming run, brushing aside Akona Ndungane likes he's not there

20:37 - PICTURE

As he leaves the field, a reminder of Cobus Reinach's first half try (Gallo Images)

20:35 - Twenty minutes remaining for the Sharks to get their fourth - and bonus point - try


Coach Frans Ludeke has seen enough of numbers 2, 8, 9 and 10 and four fresh faces trot onto Kings Park to do their best to rescue something from the match for the Bulls

20:24 - Matfield concedes his first penalty and Frans Steyn attempts a penalty from a million miles away.

He's short, the balls is cleared BACK to Steyn who attempts as even more audacious drop goal. But he's short again...

20:20 - Matfield's first scrum is a mess and the Bulls are penalised for offsides as it disintegrates.

Lambie takes aim at goal and SLOTS it!

Sharks 26-9 after 48 minutes

20:18 - Victor Matfield, fresh out of retirement, enters the fray.

Will he have an impact in the remaining 34 minutes?

20:17 - AND THERE HE IS!

20:17 - PICTURE

First half action (Bulls Facebook page)

20:15 - Referee Jaco Peyper getting no Christmas cards from the Bulls!

He penalises the Sharks yet again and has another word with skipper Bismarck du Plessis - but still no yellow cards.

Fouche misses the shot at goal to compound matters...

20:14 - TWEET

Bulls spine down the line - 8.9.10 - need to step up - Brenden Nel

20:14 - Jake White says he'd like his team to play more rugby inside the Bulls' half

20:13 - And we're under way in the second half in Durban!


19:59 - Lambie lands the CONVERSION to give the Sharks a 23-9 lead at HALF-TIME

19:58 - That will have Frans Steyn's biggest fan Jake White gushing as he puts in a cross-kick for Odwa Ndungane to score seconds before half-time!


19:55 - TWEET

Anyone looking for a Tmo ?? - Jonathan Kaplan

19:54 - Sharks 16-9 after 37 minutes

19:53 - The Sharks concede their eighth penalty of the first half (3 for the Bulls) and Louis Fouche takes aim at posts... and LANDS it!

19:52 - PICTURE

Paul Jordaan slides in to score the Sharks' first try (Gallo Images)

19:50 - TWEET

So nice to see that Jaco Peyper's left arm DOES work as well. - Just Plain Darren

19:49 - And just like that the Sharks turn defence into points as Pat Lambie lands a long-distance penalty to extend the home side's lead to 16-6 after 33 minutes

19:43 - The Sharks getting away with murder. 

Penalties and warnings from the referee in the 'red zone'. Let's see if anything materialises...

19:42 - TWEET

Wow,not sure bout that,but try given to Saaaks,they say you make your own luck,Bullsfans must b furious, mag dalk begin betoog - Breyton Paulse

Cant believe that one...knock clear and played in the air. What a joke - Brenden Nel

19:42 - More reaction to 'THAT' try...

19:38 - TWEET

Yessssss Sharks!!! Great intensity and ball handling for first game -homework done!!! Business it is!!! - Seth Hulley

Applaud it Joel stop questioning it, say something positive for a change - Seth Hulley

19:38 - Lambie misses the conversion and the Sharks lead 13-6 after 22 minutes

19:37 - For the record, the TMO is Deon van Blommestein.

19:37 - Mmm, yet another debatable call from the TMO. Certainly commentator Joel Stransky thinks the Bulls were hard done by.


19:36 - WHILE WE WAIT...

Manchester City have taken a 1-0 lead against Chelsea in their FA Cup fith round match after 15 minutes...

19:34 - Scrumhalf Cobus Reinach scampers over for a "try", but referee Jaco Peyper has consulted the TMO

19:34 - TRY - OR IS IT - FOR THE SHARKS...

19:31 - Helter-skelter action in Durban as both teams enjoy good passages of play

19:26 - Fouche back on the scoreboard as he lands a PENALTY to narrow the gap to 8-6 after 15 minutes


The Stormers have lost their final Super Rugby wamr-up match 29-24 to the Boland Cavaliers in Wellington

19:24 - TWEET

Wooohoooo Sharkies!!! - Irene Nell (follow her on Twitter. Seriously)

19:23 - TWEET

Outstanding try,my word,Mvovo runs a great line and this boy Paul Jordaan got pace to burn!Trytime Saaaaks!8-3 - Breyton Paulse

19:22 - Super backline play by the home side has teh Bulls at sixes and sevens as centre Paul Jordaan goes over in the corner for the first try of the match


19:20 - TWEET

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen tweets!

It's Sharks time! I might pop over to Durban and support the boys soon... - KP


Bulls pivot Louis Fouché - in Morne Steyn-style - lands a drop goal to level matters at 3-3 after nine minutes in Durban.

19:17 - PICTURE

View from the stands at Kings Park (via Twitter)

19:15 - Early lead for the Sharks as Pat Lambie lands a PENALTY in the fourth minute.

3-0 Sharks

19:15 - PICTURE

Fancy new seats at Growthpoint Kings Park (via Twitter)

19:11 - After the Lions' shock last-gasp win over the Cheetahs, can the Bulls upset the Sharks?

What predictions did you make on SuperBru?


18:23 - PICTURE

MATCH-UP 1: Devast-8-ing: Ryan Kankowski and Pierre Spies are both capable of causing havoc in open play. (Gallo Images)

18:22 - PICTURE

MATCH-UP 2: It should be an intriguing battle between young guns Francois Steyn and Jan Serfontein in the centres. (Gallo Images)


Referee: Jaco  Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry (South Africa), Marius Jonker (South Africa)
TMO: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)


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



15. SP Marais, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Frans Steyn, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 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. Stephan Lewies, 20. Jean Deysel, 21. Charl McLeod, 22. Heimar Williams, 23. S'bura Sithole


15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Louis Fouché, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Jono Ross, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Victor Matfield, 20 Jacques Engelbrecht, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Handré Pollard, 23 Ulrich Beyers

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

  • 80'

    Sharks 31 Bulls 16

  • 80'

    TRY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 31-16. The Sharks are hammering away at the Bulls'' try-line in a quest to get that bonus-point try. The time is up on the clock and after several phases set up by the forwards, the ball goes wide where Lambie scores in the right-hand corner! He dusts himself off to take the conversion but his effort is wide of the mark. That''s the final act of the game as referee Jaco Peyper''s whistle signals the end of the match. It was a typical South African derby played at a high pace and with big hits the order of the day. The Sharks deserve the win as they made better use of their chances but the Bulls will have to go back to the drawing board as their wasn''t much variation in their style of play. Several of their backs hardly touched the ball whereas the homeside''s were full of running and always dangerous with ball in hand.

  • 80'

    YELLOW CARD, BULLS, BASSON! Bjorn Basson receives his marching orders for a deliberate knock on.

  • 78'

    Jordaan launches a counter attack and is soon close to the Bulls' 22! He tries to get his pass away but JJ Englebrecht - yes, he's also on the field - brings him to ground. Engelbrecht has knocked the ball on, in the process and the Sharks can attack from the resulting scrum.

  • 76'

    Flip van der Merwe is pinned for holding the ball on the ground and Lambie puts the penalty out on the Bulls' 10-metre line. Is there enough time for them to clinch a try-scoring bonus point?

  • 74'

    CONVERSION, BULLS, POLLARD! 26-16. Handre Pollard succeeds with the two-pointer to narrow the gap to 10 points!

  • 73'

    TRY, BULLS, ROSS! 26-14. The Bulls launch a drive, from a line-out, and Jono Ross forces his way over the line!

  • 70'

    Steyn spots a gap behind the Bulls defence and launches a cross-field kick which rolls into touch five metres from the visitors' 22-metre line.

  • 67'

    YELLOW CARD, SHARKS, DEYSEL! Jean Deysel is sent to the sin bin after he is pinned for collapsing a maul illegally.

  • 65'

    There's a big roar as Beast Mtawarira gathers a pass behind his back and launches an attack. He bumps of Akona Ndungane and Bongi Mbonambi before offloading to SP Marais, who is tackled into touch.

  • 63'

    Sharks scrum-half Reinach, who has been one of the hosts' better players, is replaced by Currie Cup Final hero Charl McLeod.

  • 60'

    The Sharks are upping the ante and go on the attack form inside their 22. They set up several phases, with Kankowski and Marcell Coetzee prominent, and are soon close to the halfway line.

  • 57'

    Piet van Zyl gathers a loose ball, inside his half, and sets off on a thrilling run! He is eventually stopped in his tracks, inside the sharks' 22, by SP Marais and Bismarck du Plessis saves the day for the Sharks when he wins a turnover at the resulting ruck!

  • 54'

    Steyn takes another penalty kick but once again his effort is just short of the mark! This after Callie Visagie is blown up for illegal play at a ruck.

  • 51'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, Steyn! 29-9. Matfield is pinned for playing a man in the air, at a line-out and Steyn steps up to take a shot at goal, from just inside his half. His effort falls short of the cross-bar, however.

  • 48'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 26-9. Lambie makes no mistake, from the kicking tee, after Dean Greyling enters a ruck illegally.

  • 46'

    There's a big roar as former Springbok second-row Victor Matfield comes on, off the repalcements bench for the Bulls. He takes over from Willemse.

  • 44'

    The Sharks forwards infringe at a ruck and Fouche indicates that he'll take a shot at goal. His effort has the distance but not the direction.

  • 41'

    Lambie gets the second half underway with a deep, hanging kick. Jurgens Visser gathers and immediately sets up a ruck inside his 22.

  • 40'

    Sharks 23 Bulls 9

  • 40'

    CONVERSION, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 23-9. Lambie adds the extras to extend the hosts' lead! It's the final act of the half and the hosts are deserved leaders at the break. They've made full use of their chances whereas the Bulls have failed to capitalise on theirs. The visitors will have to improve considerably in the second half as they are battling to assert themselves at the moment.

  • 40'

    TRY, SHARKS, NDUNGANE! 21-9. The Sharks win a turnover at a ruck, just outside the Bulls' 22, and attack with their backs. The ball comes to Frans Steyn. who delivers a cross-field kick which Odwa Ndungane gathers before crashing over!

  • 37'

    PENALTY, BULLS, FOUCHE! 16-9. Fouche narrows the gap to three points after Reinach plays the ball illegally at a ruck.

  • 36'

    The Bulls go on the drive, at a line-out, inside the Sharks' 22 but they are soon penalised for obstruction.

  • 33'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 16-6. Lambie extends the hosts' lead after Jacques du Plessis is pinned for being offside.

  • 31'

    Reinach brings great relief for his side when he launches a 40-metre kick which sails into touch on the Bulls' 10-metre line.

  • 29'

    The Bulls are awarded a tap penalty on the Sharks' five-metre line and they opt to rumble it up with their forwards. It all goes awry, however, when Paul Willemse knocks on.

  • 26'

    The Bulls are on the attack close to the Sharks' try-line but can't breach the hosts' defence. Anton Bresler is penalised for an off-the-ball infringement and the Bulls opt to kick for the corner.

  • 25'

    Fouche puts a penalty into touch on the Sharks' 22-metre line. This after the Sharks' forwards are pinned for collapsing a maul illegally.

  • 22'

    TRY, SHARKS, REINACH! 13-6. Francois Hougaard throws a pass, inside his 22, but the ball slips from his hands and Reinach intercepts before crossing the whitewash!

  • 21'

    The Sharks win a turnover, at a ruck, and Kankowski sets off on an attacking run. He offloads to Mvovo, who is bundled into touch by the cover defence, just outside the Bulls' 22.

  • 18'

    Fouche has another shot at goal, from close to the halfway mark, after Paul Jordaan is pinned for holding the ball on the ground, but this time the Bulls pivot's effort is wide of the mark.

  • 15'

    PENALTY, BULLS, FOUCHE! 8-6. Fouche narrows the gap to two points, after the Sharks are pinned for straying offside.

  • 14'

    The Bulls attack on the edge of the Sharks' 22 but fail to make any headway, as they are met by a wall of black defenders.

  • 11'

    TRY, SHARKS, JORDAAN! 8-3. Mvovo runs onto a pass from Cobus Reinach and tears the Bulls' defence to shreds! He is soon on the edge of the visitors' 22 but has the presence of mind to offload to Paul Jordaan, who gets in for the game's opening try!

  • 9'

    DROP GOAL, BULLS, FOUCHE! 3-3. Louis Fouche drops into the pocket and lands a drop goal from about 40 metres out!

  • 8'

    Francois Hougaard launches a bomb which Lwazi Movo gathers, just inside his half. He tries to launch an attack but is knocked backwards in the tackle by Akona Ndungane!

  • 6'

    Bismarck is penalised for playing the ball on the ground and Fouche puts the resulting penalty out on the Sharks' 10-metre line.

  • 4'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 3-0. Lambie opens the scoring, from the kicking tee, after Werner Kruger is pinned for a ruck infringement.

  • 1'

    Louis Fouche gets us underway! His kick is collected by Ryan Kankowski who sets off on a run but he is met by a big hit, inside his 22, from Jono Ross.

  • 0'

    Sunshine and blue skies as you would expect from Durban at this time of year. A sense of real expectation at Kings Park.

  • 0'

    The big news in the Bulls camp is that their coach Frans Ludeke has included veteran lock Victor Matfield on his replacements bench. Regular captain Pierre Spies will lead a team on the field, with a number of players on debut and a number of others with only a handful of caps. Deon Stegmann (groin) failed a fitness test and was not considered, which will give Jono Ross a starting opportunity in the number six jersey. His fellow flanker, Jacques du Plessis, will play in the number seven jersey for the first time after an appearance at lock in his Super Rugby debut in 2013. Springbok scrum-half Piet van Zyl will play off the bench, as will loose forward Jacques Engelbrecht.

  • 0'

    Sharks head coach Jake White has named eleven Springboks in his starting side for this encounter. Bismarck du Plessis leads the team with Tendai Mtawarira and brother Jannie either side of him in the front-row and Pieter-Steph du Toit and Anton Bresler at second-row for their season opener. Ryan Kankowski is at eight alongside Willem Alberts and Marcell Coetzee while in the back-line, Conbus Reinach gets the nod at scrum-half over Charl McLeod and starts with fly-half Pat Lambie. The centre combination is Frans Steyn and Paul Jordaan, with Odwa Ndungane and Lwazi Mvovo the wings and SP Marais named as White's 15.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to Kings Park Stadium in Durban for our live coverage of this Super Rugby clash between our hosts, the Sharks, and the Bulls. It's only the second match of this year's tournament so there's plenty of excitement at the ground. Don't go away! We'll be back soon with team news.

Jump to

Sharks Bulls
  • 4 Tries 1
    • 9' Paul Jordaan
    • 20' Jacobus Reinach
    • 40' Odwa Ndungane
    • 80' Pat Lambie
    • 72' Jonathan Ross
  • 1 Conversions 1
    • 40' Pat Lambie
    • 73' Handre Pollard
  • 3 Penalties 2
    • 3' Pat Lambie
    • 32' Pat Lambie
    • 46' Pat Lambie
    • 14' Louis Fouche
    • 36' Louis Fouche
  • 0 Drop Goals 1
    • 8' Louis Fouche
  • 1 Yellow Cards 1
    • 66' Jean Deysel
    • 79' Bjorn Basson
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Tendai Mtawarira
  • Bismarck du Plessis
  • Jannie du Plessis
  • Anton Bresler
  • Pieter-Steph du Toit
  • Marcell Coetzee
  • Willem Alberts
  • Ryan Kankowski
  • Jacobus Reinach
  • Pat Lambie
  • Lwazi Mvovo
  • Frans Steyn
  • Paul Jordaan
  • Odwa Ndungane
  • SP Marais
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  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
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  • 10
  • 11
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  • 15
  • Dean Greyling
  • Callie Visagie
  • Werner Kruger
  • Paul Willemse
  • Flip van der Merwe
  • Jonathan Ross
  • Jacques Du Plessis
  • Pierre Spies
  • Francois Hougaard
  • Louis Fouche
  • Bjorn Basson
  • Jan Serfontein
  • JJ Engelbrecht
  • Akona Ndungane
  • Jurgen Visser
  • Kyle Cooper
  • Dale Chadwick
  • Lourens Adriaanse
  • Stephan Lewies
  • Jean Deysel
  • Charl McLeod
  • Heimar Williams
  • Sibusiso Sithole
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  • 23
  • Mbongeni Mbonami
  • Frik Kirsten
  • Victor Matfield
  • Jacques Engelbrecht
  • Petrus van Zyl
  • Handre Pollard
  • Ulrich Beyers
  • Marcel Van der Merwe

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