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Match Report – Bulls take win in Durban


It was not pretty but any team coming to Durban will welcome any kind of win and that is just what the Vodacom Bulls did on Saturday when they squeeze out a win.

The game would have frustrated both sides supporters with what they dished up in that first half but even if it was only a 19-16 win for the Bulls, their supporters will feel a bit better.

The Bulls were quickly on the board with a penalty from Pollard which would proof vital in the win at the end.

Sharks Du Preez answered immediately back also with a penalty to even things up at 3-all.

It was Pollard and his Bulls side with the only other points in the half with another penalty to made the halftime score 6-3.

That first 40 minutes was so disappointing to watch as both teams struggled to do the basics like passing the ball and catching the ball.

The less said about that first half the better to be honest.

The second started much better with the Sharks with superb interplay between the forwards and backs which left space out wide for Daniel du Preez.

His brother could not covert the try so the lead was only 8-6 for the Sharks.

It took not long for the Bulls to get in front again with a great try by Jesse Kriel. From a good scrum the ball got to Odendaal and he broke through the defence to send Kriel over.

The game them turn ugly when Armand van der Merwe came in a ruck with the shoulder / head against Schalk Brits head.

It then develop into a scuffle where van der Merwe did most of the punching and did not seemed to stop.

After consulting with his assistance and TMO the referee decided to send both off with a red card.

The Sharks were next to score with a penalty from Du Preez to reduce the score to 13-11 but Pollard extend it again to 16-11 before the Sharks got over for their second try through Esterhuizen.

That even things up with minutes to go. With the game on a knife edge it was the Bulls that put in a power scrum in the 78 minute to get a penalty which Pollard kicked over for the lead of 19-16.

They were able to secure the ball after the kick-off and play down the clock to take the win.

Not a great game and the Sharks have now lost at home against Stormers and Bulls.


Sharks Sharks     Bulls Bulls


Sharks – Tries: Dan du Preez, Esterhuizen. Penalties: R du Preez (2).
Bulls – Try: Kriel: Conversion: Pollard. Penalties: Pollard (4).

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  1. This citing process is truly amazing :

    Akker starts the fight with a connecting headbut, connected Brits with 3 punches to the head and face, and then goes for eyes = 3 weeks

    Brits defends himself, connects Akker once with a punch, = 4 weeks?

    Inconsistencies like this certainly don’t stimulate any faith in the system for us as supporters, or for the players.

    Piss poor

  2. Ridiculous – and I guess all SA people on the useless “panel” who dished out these pathetic sanctions?

  3. I see the appeal of Brits was held by Helen Morgan (NZ), David Croft (Australia) and Lawrence Sephaka from SA. No wonder his 4 week ban was upheld!!!

  4. Pity – both players are a massive loss to their teams and are potential RWC candidates for Boks.

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