Sharks add to Bulls’ misery
- 31 Aug 2013
The Sharks beat the Blue Bulls 34-18 at Kings Park to move to the top of the Currie Cup log.
The Bulls were far better than they were against the Lions at Loftus last week, when they were smashed 62-23, but they conceded two second-half tries in the space of six minutes that ended any hopes they had of beating the Sharks.
The visitors made a good start to the match when a flat pass from Handré Pollard found Jürgen Visser, who put Akona Ndungane away for the try.
The Sharks hit back when SP Marais charged down Visser's attempted clearance and collected the ball to score. Fred Zeilinga kicked the conversion and added a penalty.
The Bulls were then reduced to 14 men when Frik Kirsten was yellow-carded for a dangerous tackle, but it didn't prove to be costly.
Odwa Ndungane had a try ruled out due to obstruction, before Pollard and Zeilinga exchanged penalties that saw the hosts lead 13-10 at the break.
Pollard missed an easy penalty attempt early in the second half, striking the left-hand upright, but made no mistake soon after to level the scores.
The Sharks responded with a try from Heimar Williams, who scored after an excellent pass from Keegan Daniel in the tackle on the touchline. Charl McLeod then went over to make it 27-13 with 20 minutes to go.
Dale Chadwick was yellow-carded after conceding his third scrum penalty, but that didn't stop the Sharks, who earned a bonus point when Marco Wentzel dived over.
Akona Ndungane scored his second try soon after, but the game was long gone by then.
Sharks – Tries: SP Marais, Heimar Williams, Charl McLeod, Marco Wentzel. Conversions: Fred Zeilinga (4). Penalties: Zeilinga (2).
Blue Bulls – Tries: Akona Ndungane (2). Conversion: Handré Pollard. Penalties: Pollard (2).
Sharks – 15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Louis Ludik, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Jacques Botes (c), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 Peet Marais, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Subs: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Rayno Gerber, 18 Edwin Hewitt, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Butch James, 22 Jaco van Tonder.
Blue Bulls – 15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Ulrich Beyers, 11 Akona Ndungane, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ruan Snyman, 8 Jono Ross (c), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Morné Mellett.
Subs: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 David Bulbring, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Tiaan Schoeman, 22 Clayton Blommetjies.
Photo: Steve Haag/Gallo Images
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