Bulls beat Sharks in Pretoria




The Bulls have played the Sharks 28 times in Super rugby and the Bulls have won 17 matches and drawn two.

The Bulls have therefore lost 9 of the 17 matches between the sides.

  • The Bulls are undefeated in their last seven Super Rugby games against the Sharks (W6, D1), including wins in their last three meetings; neither side has ever won more consecutive iterations of this fixture.
  • The Bulls have won five of their last seven South African derbies in Super Rugby, including their last two on the bounce.
  • The Sharks picked up a 45-10 win over the Sunwolves in their last away fixture in Super Rugby and will now be looking to string successive road wins together in the competition for the first time since March 2017.
  • The Sharks have conceded just one second-half try this Super Rugby campaign, fewer than any other team in the competition.
  • Handre Pollard (Bulls) has scored more points (52) than any other player this Super Rugby campaign and has scored a total of 50 points in his last four meetings with the Sharks.

Match detail

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Handre Pollard kicks off and the match is underway.

3.00: The Bulls earn a penalty. Pollard lines up the posts and nails the kick. The Bulls lead.

7.00: The Sharks are keeping ball in hand and are looking to attack the Bulls. The Bulls get a line out but the Sharks win it and run it up to the half way line where the Bulls turn the ball over and start their attack.

8.00: Penalty to the Bulls. Pollard takes the shot and nails it.

16.00: The Bulls and Sharks are testing each other in attack and with the boot. The Sharks kick deep and set up a line out in the Bulls 22.

17.00: The Bulls win the line out and Pollard boots it into touch.

19.00: The Bulls attack down the wing from a scrum in their 22. They pass the ball out wide and then back in to Jesse Kriel who races in and scores near the posts.  Cornal Hendricks and Pollard also played crucial roles in the try.

20.00: Pollard slots the conversion.

25.00: Scrum penalty to the Bulls. Pollard will have a shot at the posts.

28.00: Pollard nails the penalty kick and extends the lead.

32.00: The Sharks absorb some pressure from the Bulls and then kick the ball into touch. The Bulls get another line out.

34.00: The Bulls win the line out and run at the Bulls. The Sharks turn the ball over but then knock on almost immediately.

35.00: Another penalty to the Bulls. Pollard slots the kick extending the lead a little further again.

38.00: Scrum to the Bulls in their 22. Pollard boots the ball to the half way line.

39.00; The Sharks steal the ball and chip it ahead and chase but then knock on.

40.00: The Bulls scrum gets demolished by the Sharks but Duane Vermeulen comes away with the ball and runs towards the line. The ball is kicked ahead and there is a chase but the Sharks get back and secure the ball to end the half.

It’s half time.

The half time score was Bulls 19 Sharks 0

The Sharks kick off and the second half is underway.

41.00: The Sharks get the perfect start as they push the Bulls back to their 5m and Jeremy Ward crashes over next to the posts. TRY!

42.00: Robert du Preez adds the conversion.

The Bulls hit straight back. Hanro Liebenberg crashes through the middle of the field. He is double tackled and brought to ground but then the Bulls go wide and Rosko Specman gets the ball on the wing and runs away to score the TRY!

45.00: Pollard misses the conversion.

49.00: The Sharks build an attacking position down the wing but then kick the ball away and it goes into touch. Bulls to restart from the 22.

52.00: The Bulls earn another penalty. Pollard slots the kick giving the Bulls a 20 point lead.

54.00: The Sharks work the ball into the Bulls 22. They get the driving maul going and they run it. Esterhuizen is stopped but the Sharks recycle and Daniel du Preez slips over and scores. TRY!

55.00: Robert du Preez slots the conversion.

59.00: The Sharks have started running more direct at the Bulls. They are starting to make ground but then keep knocking on.

62.00: The Sharks win a line out and Akker van der Merwe races down the wing but is just caught and tackled into touch.

64.00: Penalty to the Bulls. Again Pollard slots the kick.

65.00: Another  Van der Merwe run but then the ball is lost forward again.

70.00: The Sharks set up a line out on the Bulls 5m line. The put in is not straight so the Bulls get a penalty. Fezokhule ‘Fez’ Mbatha first taste in super rugby was to give away a penalty.

71.00: The Bulls kick the ball well downfield and eventually it goes out. Fezokhule ‘Fez’ Mbatha gets to put the ball in to the line out and this time its straight.

75.00: Scrum penalty to the Bulls. Again. Pollard kicks for touch.

78.00: The Bulls get into field position and Pollard goes for the drop goal and nails it.

The Bulls stretch the Sharks and Specman races around on the wing and goes in to score his second TRY of the match.

80.00: Pollard slots the conversion as the siren sounds.

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The full time score is Bulls 37(19) Sharks 14(0)


Tries -J.Kriel, R.Specman 2
Pen – H.Pollard 6
Con – H.Pollard 2
Drop -H.Pollard
Cards –

Tries – J.Ward, D. du Preez
Pen –
Con –  R. du Preez 2
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 1:Egon Seconds
Assistant Ref 2:Divan Uys
TMO : Christie du Preez



15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Dylan Sage, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Handre Pollard (c), 9 Ivan van Zyl 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Tim Agaba, 6 Jannes Kirsten, 5 Jason Jenkins, 4 Hanro Liebenberg, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Lizo Gqoboka

Replacements: 16 Corniel Els, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19 Thembelani Bholi, 20 Paul Schoeman, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Divan Rossouw

15. Rhyno Smith,14. Sbu Nkosi,13. Lukhanyo Am,12. Jeremy Ward,11. Makazole Mapimpi,10. Robert du Preez,9. Louis Schreuder (c),8. Daniel du Preez,7. Jacques Vermeulen,6. Wian Vosloo,5. Hyron Andrews,4. Gideon Koegelenberg,3. Coenie Oosthuizen,2. Akker van der Merwe,1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements :16. Fezokhule ‘Fez’ Mbatha,17. Juan Schoeman,18. Thomas du Toit,19. Ruben van Heerden ,20. Phepsi Buthelezi,, 21. Grant Williams,22. Andre Esterhuizen,23. Curwin Bosch

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