Planet Rugby

Blue Bulls topple the Sharks

04th September 2010 20:05

Share:

Bismarck du Plessis met by Blue Bulls

Close one: A win for Blue Bulls

Blue Bulls got right back on the Currie Cup horse on Saturday as they came from behind to edge the Sharks 40-34 at Loftus Versfeld.

The Sharks, who remain seven points ahead of their nearest challengers despite the loss, took the initiative with Lwazi Mvovo going over on the right wing in the seventh minute for the first try of the match.

And while fly-half Pat Lambie - who had fluffed a penalty kick two minutes earlier - again missed with the conversion, he added three points in the tenth minute to give the visitors a 10-0 lead.

Two minutes later, however, Bulls centres Wynand Olivier and Jaco Pretorius set up a try for the hosts, with Juandre Kruger barging over and fly-half Jacques-Louis Potgieter adding the conversion to narrow the gap.

Lambie and Potgieter traded a penalty a piece before Sharks captain Stefan Terblanche stormed over on the counter attack in the eighteenh minute to stretch the lead again for the visitors. Lambie converted, and added two more penalties before half-time, with Potgieter securing three points in reply for the hosts as the Sharks took a 24-13 lead into the half-time break.

Potgieter had two penalty attempts after the break, and while he converted with the first to close the gap slightly, he completely bungled the second.

Nonetheless, the Bulls took advantage of a disjointed Sharks outfit, scoring seventeen points within six minutes to gain the advantage. Scrum-half Ruan Snyman went over between the posts in the 56th minute, and two minutes later Jaco Engels found a gap and steamrolled over Lambie to score.

Potgieter converted both tries, and added another three points for a penalty as the hosts took control, leaving the Sharks to play catch-up.

Lambie struck back a minute later with his fifth successful penalty attempt of the game to bring the visitors within six points at 33-27.

But in the 69th minute Olivier intercepted and broke clear to score the Bulls' bonus-point try. Full-back Zane Kirchner made up for a missed penalty from his team's own half two minutes earlier to slot the conversion and stretch the gap further.

The Sharks still had some fight left, however, and three minutes later Alistair Hargreaves went over for the visitors, with Lambie converting to bring them back within reach at 40-34.

With five minutes left on the clock, Bulls substitute Dustin Jinka missed a penalty, sending his attempt wide, but while the visitors pushed forward in the dying stages, the hosts had done enough to save their season campaign.

The scorers:

For Blue Bulls:
Tries: Kruger, Snyman, Engels, Olivier
Con: Potgieter 3, Kirchner
Pen: Potgieter 4

For the Sharks:
Tries: Mvovo, Terblanche, Hargreaves
Con: Lambie 2
Pen: Lambie 5

Blue Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Ruan Snyman, 8 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Derick Kuün (c), 5 Fudge Mabeta, 4 Juandré Kruger, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Dean Greyling
Replacements: 16 Henry Bantjes, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Jaco Engels, 19 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 20 CJ Stander, 21 Dustin Jinka, 22 Stefan Watermeyer

Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Stefan Terblanche, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Eugene van Staden, 18 Michael Rhodes, 19 Skholiwe Ndlovu, 20 Rory Kockott, 21 Andre Pretorius, 22 Riaan Swanepoel

Referee: Shaun Veldsman

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , April 20
Northampton vs London IrishNorthampton vs London Irish Preview
Newcastle vs SaracensNewcastle vs Saracens Preview
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
Heineken Cup
Saturday , April 26
Saracens vs Clermont Auvergne15:40
More Heineken Cup fixtures
RaboDirect PRO12
Sunday , April 20
Cardiff Blues vs ScarletsCardiff Blues vs Scarlets Preview
Newport Gwent D'gons vs OspreysNewport Gwent D
Saturday , April 26
Glasgow vs Edinburgh19:05
More RaboDirect PRO12 fixtures
Amlin Challenge Cup
Friday , April 25
Northampton vs Harlequins20:00
More Amlin Challenge Cup fixtures
Super Rugby
Friday , April 25
Blues vs Waratahs17:35
Brumbies vs Chiefs17:40
Sharks vs Highlanders19:10
Saturday , April 26
Hurricanes vs Reds19:35
Western Force vs Bulls17:40
Cheetahs vs Stormers17:05
More Super Rugby fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , April 19
Bath 32 - 20 WorcesterBath vs Worcester Report
Exeter 12 - 55 SaleExeter vs Sale Report
Wasps 38 - 30 GloucesterWasps vs Gloucester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Zebre 26 - 13 EdinburghZebre vs Edinburgh Report
Connacht 23 - 32 MunsterConnacht vs Munster Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Top 14
Oyonnax 19 - 19 ToulouseOyonnax vs Toulouse Report
Perpignan 31 - 46 ToulonPerpignan vs Toulon Report
Racing Metro Paris 22 - 6 Clermont AuvergneRacing Metro Paris vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Stade Francais 37 - 23 Bordeaux-Begles
Grenoble 21 - 21 Bayonne
Biarritz 19 - 13 Brive
More Top 14 results
Super Rugby
Chiefs 17 - 18 CrusadersChiefs vs Crusaders Report
Stormers 18 - 3 LionsStormers vs Lions Report
Sharks 19 - 8 CheetahsSharks vs Cheetahs Report
Waratahs 19 - 12 BullsWaratahs vs Bulls Report
More Super Rugby results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , April 18
Harlequins 24 - 20 LeicesterHarlequins vs Leicester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Leinster 62 - 7 Benetton TrevisoLeinster vs Benetton Treviso Report
Glasgow 27 - 9 UlsterGlasgow vs Ulster Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Top 14
Castres 22 - 15 MontpellierCastres vs Montpellier Report
More Top 14 results
Super Rugby
Hurricanes 39 - 20 BluesHurricanes vs Blues Report
Melbourne Rebels 22 - 16 Western Force
More Super Rugby results
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , April 13
Saracens 28 - 24 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
London Irish 40 - 12 NewcastleLondon Irish vs Newcastle Report
Saturday , April 12
Worcester 33 - 38 ExeterWorcester vs Exeter Report
Leicester 27 - 15 WaspsLeicester vs Wasps Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens1976
2Northampton1966
3Bath2064
4Leicester Tigers2064
5Harlequins2058