FULL-TIME: SHARKS 32-29 BULLS. After a few resets at the scrum the Bulls secure the penalty and Steyn sends his kick wide! How close was that and what a brilliant game that was. Thank you for joining us.
The Bulls secure a penalty and Steyn sets up the line-out. They drive forward and after wasting some time the Sharks get the feed to the scrum.
CONVERSION, SHARKS BOSCH! 32-29: Bosch extends the lead.
TRY, SHARKS, PENXE! 30-29: Great thinking by Bosch. After some attacking down the right he tries the cross-kick and it is clear for Penxe to catch it and score!
The Sharks steal a Bulls line-out and go wide with some strange passes.
After some pressure by the Bulls Steyn sets up the drop-goal and it flies wide.
Yet another Bulls breakdown penalty, as Steyn finds the corner. They eventually secure the ball and great defence by the Sharks here.
TRY, SHARKS, VAN VUREN! 25-29: The Sharks come again and they earn a penalty right in front. They go for the corner and it pays off, as Van Vuren scores! The conversion is wide!
CONVERSION, BULLS, STEYN! 20-29: Steyn extends the lead.
TRY, BULLS, HENDRICKS! 20-27: The Bulls machine take advantage of a box-kick. Steyn offloads to the right and with an overlap Hendricks makes it looks easy.
PENALTY, SHARKS, BOSCH! 20-22: It is now the turn of Bosch after an offside penalty to make it a two point game with 20 to play.
PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 17-22: The kicking dual continue and Steyn extends the Bulls lead.
PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 17-19: The Bulls secure a penalty after a brilliant steal at the breakdown. Steyn goes for the corner down the right. They go wide instead of mauling and secure another penalty. This time Steyn go for goal.
CONVERSION, BULLS, STEYN! 17-16: Steyn makes it a one point game.
TRY, BULLS, VAN STADEN! 17-14: The Bulls have an offside penalty and Steyn goes for the corner. They secure the line-out, drive forward and after nine phases Van Staden is OVER!
The Sharks secure a line-out inside the Bulls half, but then give it away with a knock-on
PENALTY, SHARKS, BOSCH! 17-9: The Sharks secure the scrum penalty and Bosch takes the easy kick to extend the lead.
The Sharks steal the Bulls line-out and then mess it up with a spill before a tackle.
After a period of aimless kicking the Sharks launch an attack and make their way into the Bulls half.
We are back underway in the second half.
NO TRY, SHARKS! The Sharks do well to come within a metre before Venter is stopped short. They recycle the ball and then appear to score! The TMO is involved and the Bulls secure a penalty at the breakdown instead.
HALF-TIME: SHARKS 14-9 BULLS. A tight scoreline at the break, as one would expect between these two teams. It has also in effect been a kicking contest between Bosch and Steyn.
PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 14-9: After a few resets at the scrum the Bulls come away with a penalty. A perfect result for the Bulls after running the clock down with the resets. They are back to 15 men and find touch in the corner. After securing another penalty Steyn goes for goal and scores!
Steyn kicks high and Libbok fails to take it cleanly. The Bulls feed a scrum in the middle near the Sharks 22.
The conversion from Bosch is well wide!
TRY, SHARKS, AM! 14-6: After very loose play Libbok is into a gap and he offloads to AM, who runs home with too much space to score!
PENALTY, SHARKS, BOSCH! 9-6: Bosch slots the subsequent penalty.
YELLOW CARD, BULLS, VAN ROOYEN! 6-6: Another clash of heads here and this time the Bulls lose a player.
After a few resets at the scrum the Sharks earn the penalty. Bosch finds touch with a scrappy kick.
Great work by Thomas Du Toit to steal the ball after the Bulls secure a line-out ball.
YELLOW CARD, SHARKS, LOUW! 6-6: The Sharks string the phases together and make their way towards Bulls terrirtory. Steyn is hit in a thumping tackle and looks shaken. The Bulls have a penalty for that late tackle.Louw is sin-binned for the tackle.
PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 6-6:This time the breakdown penalty is awarded against Dylan Richardson. Morne Steyn lines up a straight long kick and it's over from 46 metres.
PENALTY, SHARKS, BOSCH! 6-3: The Bulls are penalised again and Bosch goes for goal from just inside his own half. What a strike! It sails over. Great work!
PENALTY, SHARKS, BOSCH! 3-3: A first penalty for the Sharks after a dangerous Bulls tackle. Bosch goes for goal and sends it over with a brilliant strike!
Another Bosch high-kick is well taken and cleared by Kriel.
PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 0-3: The Sharks do well to turn a Bulls ball over before Libbok kicks it away aimlessly. The Bulls have another breakdown penalty and this time Steyn slots a good kick.
The Bulls secure the first penalty at the breakdown and Morne Steyn fails to open his account with an easy kick. He sends it wide!
The Bulls knock it on near the halfway line and the moment the referee says - "advantage over " the ball rolls into touch.
The Sharks secure the first line-out and Bosch goes high and it travels into the Bulls 22, where a mark is called.
Kick-off! We are underway here in Durban and Bosch gets us underway.
G'Day and welcome to Jonsson Kings Park for our live coverage of this Currie Cup clash between The Natal Sharks and the Blue Bulls.
The Bulls are currently sitting at the top of the log, while the Sharks are eight points adrift in third place with a game in hand.
In their previous game the Sharks beat the Pumas 45-10, while the Bulls got the better of the Cheetahs by 40-13 in their last encounter.
Sharks: 15 Manie Libbok, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am (captain), 12 Marius Louw, 11 Yaw Penxe, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Sanele Nohamba, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Dylan Richardson, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Dan Jooste, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche. Replacements: 16 Kerron van Vuuren, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 Michael Kumbirai, 19 JJ van der Mescht, 20 Thembelani Bholi, 21 Phepsi Buthelezi, 22 Jaden Hendrikse, 23 Jeremy Ward.
Bulls: 15 David Kriel, 14 Marnus Potgieter, 13 Stedman Gans, 12 Cornal Hendricks, 11 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Arno Botha, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Walt Steenkamp, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Jacques van Rooyen. Replacements: 16 Schalk Erasmus, 17 Gerhard Steenekamp, 18 Mornay Smith, 19 Sintu Manjezi, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Chris Smith, 23 Marco Jansen van Vuren.
The Sharks are unbeaten in Durban this season and it may be a mountain too high to climb for the Bulls today in what is expected to be a very hot and humid summer afternoon.
Our referee is Marius van der Westhuizen. He will be assisted by Stuart Berry and Aimee Barrett-Theron. The TMO is Marius Jonker.