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URC – Sharks overpower Bulls in Durban

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It was something we have not been used to when the Cell C Sharks outmuscle teh Vodacom Bulls in their match on Friday night to take an important win.

The first half was not good to watch as both teams made just too many mistakes and could not get their respective game plans going. The Bulls did manage to go into the break with a 13-9 lead but it was the second half that matter at the end.

The Bulls struggled in the set pieces and made just too many handling errors to really make an impact in that second half with the Sharks getting better as the game went on. The experience of the Sharks team showed in that second half sepcially in the pack.

The problems for the Bulls started at the scrums were the Sharks dominated throughout the game and they Bulls could never really recoverd. It was also a case of the Sharks taking full advatage of their chances whereas the Bulls just could not convert the few chances that came their way.

Chamberlain was the hero again for teh Sharks punishing the Bulls with his boot, kicking six penalties and a conversion to add 20 points on the night for the home side.

The Springbok and Sharks captain showed why he is regarded as the best centers in the world, earning the man of the match award. He scored an intercept try and was brilliant for the home side on attck and defence.

The other try for the Sharks came form Van Vuuren who went over from a lineout drive.

The Bulls only try came from David Kriel with Morne Steyn kicking a conversion and three penalties.

Outscoring the Bulls 21-3 in the second half just show how much teh Sharks dominated the second half. This was only the Sharks second win in the competition but one they desperately needed.

Scorers:

Cell C Sharks 30 (9) – Tries: Lukhanyo Am, Kerron van Vuuren. Conversion: Boeta Chamberlain. Penalty goals: Chamberlain (6).

Vodacom Bulls 16 (13) – Try: David Kriel. Conversion: Morne Steyn. Penalty goals: Steyn (3).

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