Plumtree: Bulls strangled us
Cape Town - Sharks coach John Plumtree said the Bulls "strangled" them after ending their Super Rugby hopes at Kings Park on Saturday evening.
A late penalty from Springbok flyhalf Morné Steyn gave the Bulls an 18-16 victory
after momentum seemed to have swung in the home side's favour following scrumhalf Charl McLeod's try eight minutes from time.
The Sharks made most of the play, but the Bulls held firm to bag a win which took them to second spot on the overall log
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"They strangled the life out of us," Plumtree told the Beeld website
"There were so many opportunities, of which most went begging. The Bulls actually didn't play much rugby, but only bothered us in the lineouts and with their high kicks. It is very disappointing, but we couldn't execute the plan we had in mind.
"The three penalties we conceded from their driving mauls from the lineouts were very costly."
Plumtree conceded that all the injuries they suffered this season prevented them from building any consistency, but that they still have pride to play for.
"Even though we are out of the competition we will remain positive in our last three games."
The Sharks' remaining three games are against the Blues (home, June 29), Bulls (away, July 6) and Kings (home, July 13).