The big Super Rugby clash of the season opening weekend is in Durban on Saturday night when former Brumbies coach Jake White's Sharks host three time champions the Bulls.
We are waiting for the kick off
The Bulls kick off and we are underway.
2.00: The match is already a physical clash as expected with some big hits coming in from both sides.
3.00: Penalty to the Sharks. Patrick Lambie will kick for posts. He takes the shot and nails it.
6.00: The game is held up as Pieter-Steph du Toit has taken a big knock. He carries on though.
8.00: The Bulls work the ball into the Sharks half and then Louis Fouche takes a shot with a drop goal and nails it. The scores are level.
10.00: The Sharks win a line out and pass the ball to Lwazi Mvovo who slips through and passes to Paul Jordaan who scores the first TRY in the corner. Great move.
11.00: Patrick Lambie takes the conversion kick but misses.
14.00: Penalty to the Bulls. Louis Fouche takes the kick and slots it. Sharks lead by two.
16.00: Another penalty to the Bulls for sealing off. Fouche takes the kick but misses.
19.00: The Sharks are edging forward and making ground in Bulls territory. The Bulls are having to defend just outside their 22.
21.00 : The Sharks look to have scored their second try but the TMO will check. The Bulls win a line out although its scrappy, Hougaard passes the ball back but Cobus Reinach gets the ball and goes over to score. The try is awarded.
21.00: Lambie takes the conversion but misses again.
25.00: The Bulls get the ball into the Sharks 22. They set up a line out 5m out. They win the line out and drive for the line. The Sharks defence holds them out for a few phases but the Bulls have the advantage. Eventually the TMO comes in and Bresler is warned for pulling hair. The Bulls have another 5m line out.
27.00: The Bulls win the line out but knock on! Scrum.
28.00: Early shove from the Sharks so the Bulls have a free kick.
30.00: The Sharks defend the Bulls attack and press the Bulls all the way back into their half.
31.00: Penalty to the Sharks just inside the Bulls half. Lambie will have a kick.
32.00: Lambie takes the kick and nails it to extend the home side's lead.
36.00: Penalty to the Bulls. Louis Fouche takes the kick from almost the halfway line. He nails it. Sharks lead by 7.
39.00: The Bulls have a line out almost on the half way line but the Sharks win it and run. They attack but the Bulls defend, turn the ball over and Jurgen Visser puts a foot into touch as he kicks the ball.
40.00: The siren sounds but we have time to complete the Sharks line out. The Sharks attack and send the ball wide out to Odwa Ndungane who scores in the corner. TRY!
42.00: Lambie takes the conversion and he nails it.
It's half time.
The half time score was Sharks 23 Bulls 9
The Sharks kick off and the second half is underway.
41.00: The Bulls are awarded an early penalty for an infringement by Willem Alberts. Fouche will kick for posts.
42.00: Fouche takes the kick but misses.
45.00: Victor Matfield comes on for the Bulls to relaunch his rugby career after two years out.
47.00: Another penalty to the Sharks. Pat Lambie takes the shot and nails it.
50.00: The Bulls are caught interfering at the line out so the Sharks have another penalty just inside their half. Frans Steyn takes the kick but its short.
52.00: Bulls have had 57% of the possession.
53.00: The Bulls concede another penalty and Steyn takes another shot. Again he misses.
55.00: The Bulls are going to the bench. Fouche and Hougaard have been replaced.
56.00: The Sharks try the high ball but Pieter Steph du Toit misses it and the Bulls get the ball and race through. The Sharks however manage to get back and defend but they lose a third of the field in territory.
58.00: Stephan Lewies comes on for the Sharks to win his first Super Rugby cap. The scrum collapses and had to be reset.
61.00: The Sharks are controlling the game and steadily pressing the Bulls backwards.
62.00: Charl MacLeod is on for the Sharks. The Sharks concede a penalty for illegal scrumming. The Bulls take a quick kick and boot the ball downfield.
64.00: The Sharks try to spread the ball wide to the wings via Tendai Mtawarira who shrugs off two tacklers and gets the ball out but then the Sharks are pushed into touch.
66.00: Jean Deysel is shown a yellow card for coming through the maul. The Bulls run the ball for the penalty but concede one at the 5m line. The Sharks kick the ball into touch.
69.00: Pat Lambie comes off and is replaced by Heimar Williams for blood. He could be on for the rest of the match.
71.00: The Bulls have the ball on the Sharks 5m line. They drive over the line with a maul and the refs arm goes up for the TRY! It's awarded to Jono Ross.
72.00: Handre Pollard slots the conversion.
76.00: Pat Lambie comes back on for the Sharks who are still looking for the bonus point try.
77.00: The Sharks get into space and Paul Jordaan almost gets the pass away which looked like a possible try but the ball goes to ground.
79.00: Bjorn Basson is shown a yellow card so the Bulls will finish with 14 men.
80.00: The siren sounds for full time but the Sharks have the ball and play on. The Sharks are 5m out. They send wave after wave in attack at the Bulls.
81.00: Penalty to the Sharks 8m out. They will run the ball. They try to send the ball to the right, its messy and they have to reset and go again.
82.00: Another penalty to the Sharks for offside. They run the ball again and this time Lambie scores the BONUS point try in the corner.
83.00:Lambie takes the conversion kick and misses.
That's it. The Sharks win.
The full time score is Sharks 31 (23) Bulls 16 (9)
Tries - P.Jordaan, C. Reinach, O. Ndungane, Lambie
Pen - P.Lambie 3
Con - P.Lambie
Cards - J.Deysel
Tries - J. Ross
Pen - L. Fouche 2
Drop - L.Fouche
Cards - B.Basson
Referee: Jaco Peyper(South Africa)
Assistant Ref 1:Stuart Berry (South Africa),
Assistant Ref 2:Marius Jonker (South Africa)
TMO:Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)
15. SP Marais , 14. Odwa Ndungane , 13. Paul Jordaan , 12. Frans Steyn , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Patrick Lambie , 9. Cobus Reinach , 8. Ryan Kankowski , 7. Willem Alberts , 6. Marcell Coetzee , 5. Pieter-Steph du Toit , 4. Anton Bresler , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 2. Bismarck du Plessis (Captain) , 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements , 16. Kyle Cooper , 17. Dale Chadwick , 18. Lourens Adriaanse , 19. Stephan Lewies , 20. Jean Deysel , 21. Charl McLeod , 22. Heimar Williams , 23. S’bura Sithole
15 Jurgen Visser , 14 Akona Ndungane , 13 J J Engelbrecht , 12 Jan Serfontein , 11 Bjorn Basson , 10 Louis Fouché , 9 Francois Hougaard , 8 Pierre Spies (K) , 7 Jacques du Plessis , 6 Jono Ross , 5 Flip vd Merwe , 4 Paul Willemse , 3 Werner Kruger , 2 Callie Visagie , 1 Dean Greyling
16 Bongi Mbonambi , 17 Frik Kirsten , 18 Victor Matfield , 19 Jacques Engelbrecht , 20 Piet van Zyl , 21 Handré Pollard , 22 Ulrich Beyers , 23 Marcel vd Merwe