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The Bulls get the ball back but then knock ot on for a Sharks scrum on the Bulls 10m line. The Sharks lose the ball on attack before managing to tackle the Bulls out with 10 seconds remaining which means the game isn't over yet. The Bulls concede a penalty but there is pushing and shoving and the TMO is asked to check for foul play. The penalty against the Bulls stands, the ball is kicked out and The Sharks have won the game.
The Sharks manage to turn possession their way for a scrum after the Bulls have been held up in the tackle. They tried the pick and drive only to lose the ball in contact. The Sharks cleared and The Bulls came back at them where the scrum came their way. They earn a penalty at the scrum and Viljoen kicks a good touch-finder.
The Bulls clear to 30m out from the kick-off but The Sharks don't have a hooker and can't bring one on for a lineout, which puts pressure on the lineout and it's a scrum. Now Kyle Cooper cane come on.
The Bulls have used the pick and drive tactic taking the ball 10m closer after at least 20 phases. They manage to get over the tryline but it's held up. There is a foul play report that the TMO will rule on as Jean Deysel leaves the field for tera Mtembu. Pieter Dixon has been called for reckless play and is off for the rest of the game. Fouchè adds three points.
Louis Ludik goes on a jinxing run from his 22 to well over the halfway line. The ball is recycled before a Bulls hand gets in the way. The TMO is called to adjudicate on whether it was a slap down and he says it is a penalty. Meyer Bosman will have a go from the 10m line. Jandre Marais comes on for Steven Sykes while Bosman lines up the kick. Unfortunately, the ball strikes the uprights and bounces out.
The Bulls drive and drive before trying to set up a drop-goal, but the ball goes wide.
Dewald Potgieter is warned for a no arms tackle that floors Keegan Daniel that would have been a yellow card "were it not a glancing blow". The penalty is 29m out and Meyer Bosman slots it.
Cobus Reinach races through the defence and feeds Keegan Daniel who hands off two tacklers and carries more over the tryline. A Bulls player jumps onto him and he needs attention but he is ok. The touchline conversion is just wide.
The second half is happening with the Bulls knocking on a high ball. Sharks scrum. The ball goes far and the Bulls kick and chase. And vice versa. Eventually the Bulls concede a penalty and The Sharks kick to touch.
The Bulls have a penalty which they kick to touch. The lineout is 30m out. They drive and maul and pick and go as they gain no distance, but they do get a penalty and Fouchè will go for posts with the last act of the half. It is over and the teams head for the tunnel.
The Bulls have a penalty 30m out after The Sharks compete massively but not legally says Mark Lawrence. Louis Fouchè converts.
The Sharks have stolen a lineout from the Bulls, the ball goes to the middle then sent high. The Bulls manage to field under pressure, but Paul Jordaan rips the ball away and no-one will catch him as he races the 40m to score the opening try. It's a tough conversion for Meyer Bosman and it is just wide.
The Sharks have managed to hold out against a concerted effort from the visitors and force the mistake. The rain comes pouring down.
We have the first scrum of the game in the Bulls 22 after they lost possession and The Sharks attacked from their own 22 before losing possession themselves. The rain is falling steadily now which will have an impact on handling.
The Bulls signal their intentions early and opt for a drop-goal from close quarters.
Riaan Viljoen kicks off for The Sharks, Vermaak catches and clears to touch. The Bulls poach the lineout and kick high, but it is too long and The Sharks are able to mark and clear to touch.
The rain is abating having fallen heavily earlier in the afternoon. In changes to the starting line-up, Riaan Viljoen will start at 10, Meyer Bosman shifts to 12, Paul Jordaan will play on the wing and Louis Ludik will start at fullback.
Paul Jordaan, Keegan Daniel
Meyer Bosman (1)
Louis Fouchè (3)
Keegan Daniel (Capt)
|Dewald Potgieter (capt) |
| Franco Mostert|