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Bulls v Sharks - Live
80 FULL-TIME: BULLS 23-19 SHARKS
80 They've stolen the ball! The hosts have done it! What a turnaround, what a derby victory, and what a contrast from the opening day thumping in Durban. The Bulls are back.
80 Sharks now with a lineout 30 metres out. They need a try to win as the clock ticks red...
79 PENALTY, BULLS, BEYERS!
78 The Bulls have a penalty! Right in front of the posts. Three minutes to go, and this would take the hosts beyond drop-goal or penalty range.
76 Oh, and the Sharks in all sorts of trouble as they lose the ball and the Bulls hack through. Steyn the hero at the back to rescue possession, but there's a knock-on, and the Bulls have the scrum just outside the visitors' 22. Four minutes to go...
74 Steyn pulls his attempted drop-goal from 30 metres. Chance goes a-begging, but there is plenty time left.
73 Steyn once more steps up to smash another penalty deep into Bulls territory. White's men are piling on the pressure, urged on by a hefty following inside Loftus. The momentum is with the visitors.
71 PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN! 20-19 Steyn holds his nerve with another huge, huge penalty. One point in it, nine minutes to go.
70 Another penalty for the Sharks, on halfway, as du Plessis foolishly leans over the ruck and slaps the ball from the grasp of McLeod. Silly, silly stuff. This is well within Steyn's range.
67 PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN! 20-16 Apologies, it was Steyn who took on the kicking duties rather than the young pivot after some discussion. And the 'Bok makes no mistake, we're back to a four-point game.
66 Kankowski spills forward in attack for the Sharks on the Bulls 22 as the visitors look to get level. This is still anyone's game with fourteen minutes to play. And it is the Sharks who win the penalty from that scrum, Swiel instructed to go for the poles.
63 The Sharks pinch and punt away downfield, and there are a few hairy moments in the Bulls 22 before full-back Visser gets it away.
61 Good defence from the hosts once again as they win a penalty inside their own half. It's not pretty, but it's darn effective.
59 The Bulls are in possession in midfield again, and they're looking good.
55 CONVERSION, BULLS, POTGIETER! 20-13 Suddenly, the Bulls are ahead by seven. Long way to go.
54 TRY, BULLS, ENGELBRECHT! 18-13 The Bulls have hit the front! What a run from Basson, arcing his way past the Sharks defence to within five metres of the line. The ball was recyled, the defence stretched, and the looping bounce-pass found centre JJ in space to canter in at the corner.
50 CONVERSION, BULLS, POTGIETER! 13-13
49 TRY, BULLS, DU PLESSIS! 11-13 But as I type that, the Bulls burst over! From nothing, flanker du Plessis breaks a tackle on the Sharks 22 and finds himself with a clear run to the line. Awful defence from the visitors, but the Bulls will draw level.
48 A fairly even opening few minutes of the second half.
40 And we're back underway here at Loftus as Potgieter kicks off.
40 HALF-TIME: BULLS 6-13 SHARKS
40 PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN! 6-13 Another kick, average by comparison, for Steyn, this time from around the halfway line. Sharks restore seven-point lead going into half-time.
37 PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN! 6-10 That is a monster! An absolute monster penalty from Frans Steyn! Even at altitude, that kick was some sixty metres, and he made it with plenty to spare.
36 The tackle on Matfield was legal, and the Bulls nudge down to the Sharks' 22 once more. Sharks' lineout struggling against the experienced home pack, but this one is good, and McLeod clears.
34 Harem-scarem stuff as both sides cough up possession, the Sharks have it back but knock-on on the Bulls ten-metre line. Not a lot in this one! Referee Fraser checking for a potentially dangerous tackle.
32 Great kick from Hougaard, 22 to 22, and gets the bounce to within five metres of the Sharks line.
30 But the Bulls hold them out with good defence win a penalty. Again, the quick tap is used, dangerous inside their own 22, but they make good ground up to halfway.
28 Steyn has smashed a penalty right into the corner, and the Sharks can attack again.
26 Lewies down receiving treatment for the Sharks, who have already lost both half-backs today.
25 Lots of aerial ping-pong on the Loftus highveld, neither side seizing the initiative.
22 DROP-GOAL, BULLS, POTGIETER! 6-7 Taking advantage of the possession and the altitude, the fly-half bangs over a cracking three-pointer from forty metres. Bulls playing well and back to within a point.
18 The Bulls looking much livelier now, with Matfield taking a quick-tap penalty and Basson chipping on into the away 22. Reinach has been replaced by McLeod for the Sharks.
15 PENALTY, BULLS, POTGIETER! 3-7 The Bulls are off the mark.
12 The Sharks looking seriously dangerous in attack, here, Reinach the bright spark at the heart of everything. Steyn's drop-goal from halfway fades just wide of the mark.
9 CONVERSION, SHARKS, SWIEL! 0-7 The substitute steps up with his first kick and adds the extra two points.
8 TRY, SHARKS, ALBERTS! 0-5 We're off the mark here in Pretoria as the Sharks spring into action. Reinach and Sithole combine for break some forty metres into the 22. With the Bulls defence backtracking, Kankowski found his back-row colleague who crashed over from close range.
7 The Springbok is off-target, and Lambie has been replaced early on with a mystery injury. Swiel is on.
6 Possession changing hands early on, but the Sharks win a penalty for tackler not releasing. It's within Steyn's range, and he wants it.
3 The first scrum penalty goes the way of the hosts, to the delight of the Loftus crowd. Jannie du Plessis binding on the arm.
Lambie gets us underway, and Matfield rises to receive the kick-off.
Teams are out here at Loftus, and it is jumping! Kick-off moments away...
Jake White's men won comfortably the first time these rivals met in Durban last month, and boast a formidable front and back-row. It's an unchanged side for the Sharks.
The Bulls are bereft of their inspirational skipper Flip van der Merwe, whose hamstring injury rules him out this week. Paul Willemse fills in, and veteran Victor Matfield takes over the captaincy with Grant Hattingh on the bench. Dewald Potgieter also makes his Bulls return in the back-row.
Welcome Hello, and welcome to live coverage of the Bulls' crunch derby against the Sharks in Pretoria. This one comes packed with plenty of needle as the South African heavyweights go head-to-head. Kick-off comes in just over an hour, don't go away!
Updates to appear here at 18:55 local (16:55 GMT)
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