Bulls stage thrilling upset over Sharks XV

2012-05-07 00:00

IT brought back nasty memories of the 2007 Super Rugby final for the King’s Park crowd, but this time it was the Sharks XV who conspired to lose to the Blue Bulls in the dying moments of their Vodacom Cup quarter-final match in Durban on Saturday.

The Blue Bulls, last season’s runners-up, scored two converted tries in the last four minutes of the match to clinch a thrilling 37-36 victory over the Sharks XV at King’s Park.

With less than three minutes left on the clock, the visitors were behind by 36-23, replacement winger Chris Jordaan’s try in the 73rd minute seemingly sealing the win for the Sharks. But the Bulls didn’t give up, especially when Sharks XV hooker Kyle Cooper was sin-binned. First fullback Ulrich Beyers crashed over and then SA Under-20 flyhalf Tony Jantjies quickly added the extras.

Then the Bulls took the restart and started attacking from deep in their own half when another SA U20 player, midfielder Jan Serfontein, outstripped the Sharks XV defence to score alongside the posts. Another two points by Jantjies, under immense pressure, sealed an unlikely win for the visitors.

OTHER QUARTER-FINAL RESULTS

Western Province 58 Lions 34.

Griquas 26 Pampas XV 18

Pumas 30 EP Kings 19

Scorers in Durban:

Sharks XV – Tries: Francois Kleinhans, Sibusiso Sithole, Chris Jordaan. Conversions: Gouws Prinsloo (3). Penalty goals: Prinsloo (5).Blue Bulls – Tries: Gerrit-Jan van Velze, Courtnall Skosan, Ulrich Beyers, Jan Serfontein. Conversions: Wesley Dunlop (2), Tony Jantjies (2). Penalty goals: Dunlop (2). Drop-goal: Beyers.

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