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Bulls v Sharks - Live
Full time BULLS 18 - 13 SHARKS
82 It's all over! The Bulls win 18-13. Morne Steyn with all his side's points. What a game from Juandre Kruger who was immense at the line-outs. Thanks for joining us. Cheers!
80 Juandre Kruger wins one final line-out. The Bulls seal it off and maul. They'll run the clock down now. Not much the Sharks can do about it. No! Penalty to the Sharks for holding on. The hooter has gone! Can the Sharks score a last-gaps try?
78 Steyn kicks a long one up to the halfway line. Juandre Kruger steals the line-out! Game over surely....
77 All the momentum is with the Sharks, who are camped in the Bulls 22. Phase after phase of pressure. JP Pietersen gives away the scrum as he snatches at the ball. Is that the ball game?
75 The Sharks have suddenly come alive. They've found their shape with Bosman directing traffic and are dominating at the moment.
73 CONVERSION, LAMBIE. 18-13. Great conversion from Lambie! We're in for a grandstand finish!
71 TRY, SHARKS, BOTES. 18-11. It's not over yet! The Sharks break out from their own half as Mvovo turns on the gas out wide. Jacques Botes is up in support and crashed over for the first try of the South African Super Rugby season!
68 DROP GOAL, BULLS, STEYN. 18-6. That's a sucker punch. The lead is now 12 points. Ludik limps off, Paul Jordaan earns his first cap.
67 The Bulls are controlling the game well, keeping the Sharks off the ball. The Loftus faithful have started to sing...are their celebrations too early?
64 The replacements are coming thick and fast as Greyling is forced off. Frik Kirsten joins the Bulls front row.
63 Meyer Bosman is on at fly-half. Lambie moves to full-back.
61 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE. 15-6. Lambie is still seeing stars after that blow to the head but he steps up and slots one over.
58 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN. 15-3. The game is fast slipping away from the Sharks as Steyn continues to kick 'em over.
Injury It looks like it's game over for Pat Lambie, who took a knee to the head. Chiliboy Ralepelle and Frederic Michalak are also off.
56 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN. 12-3. What a kick! Steyn finds the target from the touchline, over 50m out! That's more like it!
54 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN. 9-3. Steyn splits the uprights from the centre spot.
53 Penalty to the Bulls at scrum time. This time it's Jannie du Plessis who is pinged for not binding.
51 The Bulls are enjoying the better start in the second half. Steyn is kicking well and the Bulls are being more patient with ball in hand. All the possession is going the Bulls' way.
49 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN. 6-3. Easy one for Steyn, right in front.
48 Huge pressure coming from the Bulls who are camped on the Sharks tryline. Penalty! Sharks not rolling away
46 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE. 3-3. Greyling is penalised for not binding at the scrum and Lambie finds the mark from the centre spot.
45 We'll have a scrum on the centre spot after Basson cleverly make sure his foot is out as he recieves Lambie's restart.
43 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN. 3-0. No mistake from Steyn this time - straight down the middle.
42 The Bulls test Ludik under the high ball again and this time it works. The Bulls snatch the loose ball and pour into the Sharks 22. Keegan Daniel is penalised at the ruck. Steyn lines it up...
Second half Here we go for the second half! Pat Lambie kicks us off.
Half Time BULLS 0 - 0 SHARKS
40 That's it for the first half! We're scoreless at half time...no one would have expected that. Morne Steyn missed twice with very kickable penalties though. We'll be back in 10.
38 Jaques Potgieter goes on a crash ball run but spills it in contact. Viljoen thumps it back the other way.
36 An unbelievable maul from the Bulls sees the blue-clad pack make 30m. Now the ball goes wide but JP Pietersen rips it off Hougaard. The ball goes to boot and Kankowski and Daniel chase it near the tryline. But Kirchner gets back in time to save the day.
33 Neither side is being very patient here and are trying to force the issue too soon. Some basic handling errors haven't helped. We're still waiting for the opening score...
31 The Bulls make a hash of the line-out this time but the Sharks don't make them pay as Lambie's pass sails into touch. Lots of mistakes from both sides.
29 Bismarck du Plessis makes up for his earlier indiscretions by forcing Deon Stegmann to hold on. The Sharks knock-on at the ensuing line-out though.
27 Shocking call from the touch judge, who says Kirchner kicked out on the full, but his foot was clearly on the 22m line. The crowd boos as the reply is shown on the big screen. The Bulls steal the line-out though and Steyn sends play deep into Sharks territory.
25 Lambies MISSES a penalty attempt!! What is going on? Five shots at goal and it's still 0-0.
23 Steyn has another chance to open the scoring after a high tackle from Bismarck du Plessis. It's wide!!! The crowd gasps in disbelief. Steyn has missed two in a row!
21 A huge kick from Viljoen has the distance, but it's just wide. Steyn thumps it back to send play back to the Sharks' half.
20 The Bulls continue to pepper Ludik with high balls in the hope that Basson can sneak one. The hosts are offside and Viljoen is going to have a crack from 60m!
18 Boom! Chiliboy Ralepelle flattens Louis Ludik. He'll feel that one tomorrow.
17 A bit of ping-pong between Steyn and Ludik and Viljoen before the Sharks go back on the attack. Flip van der Merwe wins a line-out in his own 22 though and Steyn can clear.
Injury Johann Sadie is injured and must leave the field. JJ Engelbrecht comes onto the wing. Basson goes to full-back and Kirchner moves to outside centre.
12 The Bulls are clearly targeting the Sharks back three with high balls. The Bulls get a penaly for offiside. Steyn lines it up, but no! It's wide! That's a surprise.
10 Awesome work from Juandre Kruger who sprints back to beat Lwazi Mvovo to Lambie's kick upfield. That was a close one for the Bulls. Bismarck du Plessis gives away an unnecessary penalty right under the ref's nose.
8 Very good mark taken under pressure by Riaan Viljoen. Looks like Steyn is keen to test him under the high ball.
6 Lambie has a crack at goal from long distance after Greyling is penalised at the game's second scrum. It's just wide....0-0
4 Wow. Great driving defence by the Bulls who counter ruck to turn the ball over. It goes wide and Hougaard makes good ground. His pass is knocked on though so the Sharks have a scrum in their own half.
2 Bulls are penalised at the line-out - offside. Lambie sends play back to halfway.
Kick-off Here we go! Morne Steyn kicks us off. It hand high before Lwazi Mvovo takes it in. Lambie finds touch. Line-out Bulls in the Sharks 22.
Team news Sharks coach John Plumtree has picked Frédéric Michalak at scrum-half. In another interesting selection JP Pietersen will start his first competitive match at outside centre. Plumtree selected two debutants, Dale Chadwick at loosehead prop and utility back Paul Jordaan on the bench, while Tim Whitehead and Riaan Viljoen will be playing their first official matches in Sharks colours.
Team news Frans Ludeke has named nine players who will make their debuts for the Bulls. New captain Pierre Spies will lead a side that fields rookies Francois Venter, Jacques Potgieter and Juandré Kruger in the starting XV and CJ Stander, Louis Fouché and JJ Engelbrecht on the bench.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria for South Africa's opening match on the 2012 Super Rugby season! And what a game we have on our hands as the old rivals from the capital and Durban face off. Out of respect for the Sharks fans we won't mention THAT final a few years ago...oh wait, we just did!
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