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Sharks – 15 Manie Libbok, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am (c), 12 Marius Louw, 11 Werner Kok, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Sanele Nohamba, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Phendulani Buthelezi, 6 James Venter, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Dylan Richardson, 1 Ox Nche. Subs: 16 Kerron van Vuuren, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 JJ van der Mescht, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Grant Williams, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Yaw Penxe.
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Bulls –15 David Kriel, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Stedman Gans, 12 Cornal Hendricks, 11 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Duane Vermeulen (c), 7 Elrigh Louw, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Jacques van Rooyen. Subs: 16 Joe van Zyl, 17 Gerhard Steenekamp, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Sintu Manjezi, 20 Arno Botha, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Chris Smith, 23 Marco Jansen van Vuuren.
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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Bulls vs Sharks Super Rugby Unlocked fixture at Loftus Versfeld.
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KICK OFF! 0-0. We are underway at Loftus Versfeld in what is expected to be a titanic battle.
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The Bulls carry strongly into the Sharks 22 but they are taken into touch.
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Penalty to the Bulls on the Sharks 10m line, about 45 meters out on the angle. Steyn will kick at goal.
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Steyn has no problem with the distance but the kick is narrowly wide.
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PENALTY! SHARKS! BOSCH! 0-3. Sharks win a second scrum penalty and Bosch makes no mistake to put the Sharks ahead.
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Bulls win a penalty inside the Sharks 22 but they opt for the line-out. Can they make the pressure count?
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Brilliant work at the breakdown by the visitors as they win a penalty on their own 5m line. Bulls will need to execute better.
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As expected, this match is a very stop-start affair. Both teams are very competitive at the breakdown which is making quick ball difficult to come by.
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PENALTY! BULLS! STEYN! 3-3. The Bulls are level through a Steyn penalty.
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PENALTY! SHARKS! BOSCH! 3-6. Bosch puts the Sharks back in front with a penalty from 40 meters out.
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Bulls have a chance to hit back with a scrum on the Sharks 22. They need to make these opportunities count.
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Another by the Bulls on attack. This time it is Louw who makes meters then throws a pop pass when his support players were expecting the ruck.
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TRY! BULLS! GANS! 8-6. Oh what a finish by Gans. The Bulls get turnover ball, Gans gets it at first receiver, realises nothing is on and cuts inside before stepping past two defenders and finishing beneath the posts.
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CONVERSION! STEYN! 10-6. Steyn adds the extras to give the hosts a 4-point lead.
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More momentum for the Bulls and Steyn decided it is time to try to get three points with a drop kick. He has the distance but the ball sails narrowly wide.
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TRY! BULLS! VAN STADEN! 15-6. Another superb try. Van Zyl breaks around the ruck and finds Van Staden on the inside to send him over for a five pointer.
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CONVERSION! STEYN! 17-6. Steyn sinks another easy kick and suddenly the Bulls have a comfortable lead.
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PENALTY! SHARKS! BOSCH! 17-9. Bosch pulls it to 8 points with another penalty from distance.
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Steyn misses his second penalty.
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HALF TIME! 17-9. The Bulls hold an 8 point lead at the break and deservedly so. They've dominated territory and scored two very good tries. Sharks are still well in it but they'll have to play more rugby in Bulls territory.
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KICK OFF! 17-9. The second half is underway and the Bulls exit towards halfway successfully.
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Bulls win another breakdown penalty on halfway and Steyn puts the Sharks back in their own 22.
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TRY! BULLS! VAN STADEN! 22-9. The Bulls go to the back of the line-out and absolutely stream roll the Sharks pack to score.
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CONVERSION! STEYN! 24-9. Steyn makes no mistake this time as the ball sails between the uprights.
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Sharks win a penalty inside Bulls territory and Bosch will look for the corner.
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Another penalty to the Sharks inside the Bulls 22. They need to score soon if they want to have a say in this match.
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TRY! SHARKS! RICHARDSON! 24-14. Well worked try by the Sharks. The ball comes out of the scrum and after a few phases and great meters made by Notshe, Richardson dives over in the corner.
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Bosch missed the kick from the touchline which keeps it at a 10 point game.
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TRY! BULLS! GANS! 29-14. Gans scores his second after Steyn and Vermeulen combine superbly.
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CONVERSION! STEYN! 31-14. Steyn converts and the Bulls hit straight back.
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Sharks on attack and will need points now. Notshe has been brilliant in getting over the gainline in the second half but the execution thereafter has been poor
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Oh no! The Sharks give away another penalty, this time a meter out from the Bulls line. They will rue these missed chances
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The Bulls back on attack in the Sharks 22 with a line-out as the rain starts bucketing down here at Loftus.
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The Sharks are now trying to run from their own half in terrible conditions and knock it on. It must be said the Bulls backline looks miles offside which is consistently missed by Peyper.
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Some real concern here from the players who say the lighting is becoming dangerous but Peyer assures them it is more than 3km away. So we play on.
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So close for Arno Botha who runs off the back of the scrum to get within centimeters of the line, but then knocks the ball on as he goes to ground.
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TRY! BULLS! VAN VUUREN! 36-14. The Bulls decimate the Sharks at a 5m scrum before going wide where Van Vuuren runs in to score.
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Smit missed the conversion from the touchline but it won't make a difference in this match.
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FULL TIME! 41-14. The Bulls will be pleased with this performance, they dominated for the majority of the match while the Sharks butchered their opportunities with consistent errors.
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TRY! BULLS! PAPIER! 41-14. Papier picks up a kick ahead from the Sharks and runs through untouched.
Bulls
Sharks
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Tries
1
28' Gans Stedman
33' van Staden Marco
44' van Staden Marco
56' Gans Stedman
77' Van Vuuren Co...
80' Papier Embrose
52' Richardson Dylan
4
Conversions
0
29' Steyn Morne
33' Steyn Morne
45' Steyn Morne
57' Steyn Morne
1
Penalties
3
19' Steyn Morne
10' Bosch Curwin
23' Bosch Curwin
37' Bosch Curwin
0
Drop Goals
0
0
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
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Squad
15
van Rooyen Jacques
Grobbelaar Johan
van der Merwe Marcel
Jenkins Jason
Nortje Ruan
van Staden Marco
Louw Elrigh
Vermeulen Duane
van Zyl Ivan
Steyn Morne
Arendse Kurt-Lee
Hendricks Cornal
Gans Stedman
Ismaiel Travis
Kriel Daniel David
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Nche Ox
Richardson Dylan
du Toit Thomas
van Heerden Ruben
Andrews Hyron
Venter James
Buthelezi Phendulani
Notshe Sikumbuzo
Nohamba Sanele
Bosch Curwin
Kok Werner
Louw Marius
Am Lukhanyo
Nkosi Sibusiso
Libbok Manie
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Reserves
8
Manjezi Sintu
Botha Arno
Papier Embrose
Nyakane Trevor
Steenkamp Gerhard
Smith Chris
Jansen Van Vuuren...
van Zyl Joe
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21
18
17
22
23
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Penxe Yaw
van Vuuren Kerron
Ward Jeremy
Williams Grant
van der Mescht JJ
Majola Mzamo
Meyer John-Hubert
Venter Henco