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Sharks edge Bulls


  • 04 Oct 2013
Marcell Coetzee on the run against Bulls Marcell Coetzee on the run against Bulls

The Sharks scored a narrow but important 18-16 victory over the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

The Bulls certainly made the Sharks work hard for this result. The visitors' scrum was overpowered for much of the contest and they weren't as convincing at the breakdown as they have been in previous weeks. 

Flank Jacques Botes was yellow-carded for cynical play in the 35th minute. Fortunately for the Sharks, this didn't prove costly, as the Bulls failed to register a single point during that 10-minute sanction.

The Sharks were clearly not at their best, but did enough to stay marginally ahead of the Bulls. They led 9-6 at the break, and a further penalty by flyalf Fred Zeilinga early in the second half consolidated their position.

The Sharks conceded a second yellow card in the 60th minute. This time it was Jean Deysel who transgressed, and this time it did cost the Sharks points. Francois Venter scored a try, while Handré Pollard contributed a conversion and a penalty during this period.

But the Sharks would have the final say. Butch James kicked two crucial penalties to give his side the big win away from home.

Blue Bulls – Try: Francois Venter. Conversion. Handré Pollard. Penalties: Pollard (3).
Sharks – Penalties: Fred Zeilinga (4), Butch James (2).

Blue Bulls – 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Jono Ross (c), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.
Subs: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Dean Greyling, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Lohan Jacobs, 21 Ulrich Beyers, 22 Sampie Mastriet.

Sharks – 15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Keegan Daniel (c), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Peet Marais, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Subs: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Danie Mienie, 18 Edwin Hewitt, 19 Marcell Coetzee, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Butch James, 22 Louis Ludik.

Photo: Steve Haag/Gallo Images

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