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The Sharks have another scrum after forcing the Bulls to carry the ball over the tryline and they will have one last go. Jean Deysel hands one player off but two more stop him short, Viljoen is then held up and Chadwick is over, but in a mass of bodies. The TMO is called up to rule on this one, although the TV coverage isn't conclusive. No try and they go back to earlier penalty advantage. The ball is spread wide and Viljoen finds Odwa Ndungane with a long pass and the try is there. The Sharks have sadly lost the game, but fortunately get the bonus point for four tries. Viljoen has converted which means every conversion attempt, all 14 of them, have been successfully converted. And that is the game.
The Sharks are searching for the bonus point try and could they get it as they earn a penalty at the Bulls scrum, opt for the scrum and then lose a tighthead.
Franco Marais has eaned his first cap for The Sharks as he replaces Monde Hadebe. Gouws Prinsloo is also on.
Jandre Marais is on the field to replace Steven Sykes with a lineout to The Sharks. They attack, lose the ball and before you blink, the home side have taken it wide and score their third try. Fouche converts.
Tera Mtembu will replace Francois Kleinhans as the Bulls have a lineout and manage to somehow work their way fast through The Sharks have before Arno Botha is over. The conversion is good.
Livewire scrumhalf Cobus Reinach is on for Charl McLeod and Julian Redelinhuys has also come onto the field. The Sharks have now conceded a penalty on attack as Sithole is pinged for sealing off the ball at the tackle area. Fouche retains his 100% record as he converts.
The Sharks have put pressure and earned a scrum thanks to good work from Odwa Ndungane. The attack off the scrum, have penalty advantage and after a number of phases, Marius Joubert does outstanding work as he drives over for The Sharks third try. Viljoen converts and it's a one point game.
The Bulls are under pressure at the retake but they have spread the ball wide and managed to catch The Sharks as loose forward CJ Stander takes the final pass to score his team's first try. Fouche adds the two,
The lead changes once again with another penalty to the home side.
Louis Ludik has done well to make a tackle in his 22 and then steal the ball on the ground, before The Sharks work their way out and to the halfway line where they earn a penalty which Riaan Viljoen converts from 5m inside his own half.
The Sharks have conceded an early penalty and Fouchè kicks another long range penalty.
With time up on the clock, the TMO will be ruling on a possible try or forward pass from The Sharks who have done really well to work their way from their own off. The ball "did not go forward" says the TMO and the try is good to raptuous applause from Sharks fans in the stands. Charl McLeod is the tryscorer and Viljoen's conversion strikes the upright and goes over.
The home side have won this battle of the boot as Fouchè lands a drop goal from inside his own half.
The Sharks have conceded another kickable penalty which Fouchè converts to take his side back into the lead.
Both sides have given the ball air but it's the hosts who fail to contain The Sharks who regain possession and Steven Sykes makes 20m and manages to offload before going to ground in the tackle and captain Jean Deysel dives over for the first try of the game. Riaan Viljoen converts and The Sharks are in front.
The Bulls have lost the retake at the kick-off (after Fouche's long range drop goal attempt went wide) and The Sharks have a scrum on their 10m line.
The Sharks have conceded another penalty, again on defence and the Bulls will look to add another three. Fouchè makes no mistake from 23m out.
The Sharks do well ast scrum time as they force a mistake by the Bulls on their own put in, McLeod puts in great pressure to steal the ball, The Sharks take the ball up well but sadly lose it forward 10m from the Bulls' tryline. But a good effort nonetheless.
The match has kicked off earlier than scheduled, with the Blue Bulls earning an early scrum and then penalty. Louis Fouchè makes no mistake from right in front.
Jean Deysel, Charl McLeod, Marius Joubert, Odwa Ndungane
CJ Stander, Arno Botha, Francois Venter
Riaan Viljoen (4)
Louis Fouchè (3)
Riaan Viljoen (1)
Louis Fouchè (6)
|Dewald Potgieter (capt)|
Jean Deysel (capt)
| Grant Hattingh|
|Dawie Steyn |