Home team Away Team


  • Jordaan, Lambie, Reinach, Ndungane,
    Penalty goals: Lambie (3),
    Conversions: Lambie,
31 - 16


  • Ross,
    Penalty goals: Fouché (2),
    Drop goals: Fouché,
    Conversions: Pollard,
  • Super Rugby
  • Overall Group
  • 15th Feb 2014
  • KO 17:10
  • Ground: Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban

Super Rugby: Jake White's Sharks race to emphatic win over Bulls

By Ben Hampshire | @BH92   Last updated: 15th February 2014  


Louis Fouche: Kicked nine points for the Bulls but it was far from enough to defy the rampant Sharks


Cobus Reinach: Set up the first Sharks try before adding his own name to the scoresheet

Related links




Also see

Jake White's return to South Africa enjoyed a victorious start as the Sharks registered a 31-16 bonus-point victory over the Bulls at Kings Park on Saturday.

The former Springboks coach, who left Australian conference side Brumbies to join the Sharks in the winter, watched his new side run in four tries on the opening day of the Super Rugby campaign.

A devastating first-half display saw Paul Jordaan, Cobus Reinach and Odwa Ndungane all cross the line as the Sharks took a 23-9 lead.

The Sharks extended their lead shortly after the break through the boot of Patrick Lambie, before a yellow card for Jean Deysel opened the door for Bulls.

The Pretoria-based side seized the advantage as Jonathan Ross registered their only try of the match before Lambie dotted down a bonus-point try, four minutes after the klaxon had sounded.

It was the Sharks who drew first blood in Durban as Lambie slotted home the first penalty of the evening when Werner Kruger was punished for an infringement at the ruck.

Ludeke's side quickly restored parity as Louis Fouche dropped into the pocket and landed a clean drop-goal attempt from 40 metres out.


The Sharks hit straight back however; Lwazi Mvovo racing onto Reinach's pass before slicing the Bulls defence open. Winger Mvovo reached the 22-metre line before having the presence of mind to offload to Jordaan, who raced home the first try of the match but Lambie hooked the conversion right.

Jan Serfontein attempted to bring the Bulls back into the game with a drop-goal, but his effort was pulled to the left before teammate Fouche bisected the uprights with a penalty.

Fouche then had the opportunity to put the Bulls in the lead from the tee but when he failed to make the kick, the Sharks stepped up the pressure.

Bulls' scrum-half Francois Hougaard was caught napping as his pass was intercepted by Reinach, who raced over the line with power to dot down a second Sharks try.

Lambie further extended the Sharks lead after Jacques du Plessis was caught offside but Fouche returned the favour with a three-pointer of his own to reduce the deficit to seven points.

As the klaxon sounded, White's Sharks won the turnover at the ruck and launched one final attack on the Bulls defence. The ball came out to centre Francois Steyn, who sent a precision cross-field kick to the right for Ndungane to crash over the line, with Lambie adding the extras to give the Sharks a 23-9 lead.

As the second half got underway, Ludeke introduced replacement Victor Matfield - who ended his retirement to sign for the Bulls - and in entering the fray, the prop equalled the record of 125 Super Rugby appearances, currently held by John Smit and AJ Venter.


Matfield had barely been on the field a minute when he conceded a penalty, which Lambie received gratefully, as he added three more points to the Sharks' total.

The Sharks continued where they left off in the first half, dominating possession and territory as they sought a bonus-point try for their efforts.

Ludeke's side were presented a personnel advantage with 15 minutes to play when Jean Deysel was shown a yellow card for illegally collapsing the maul.

With the Sharks a man down, the Bulls pack piled the pressure on their defence and worked their first try of the night when Jonathan Ross touched down after a powerful driving maul crashed over the line.

As the hosts returned to full strength Jordaan burst his way over the gain-line but the Bulls remained resilient, that was, until Bjorn Basson was sent to the sin bin for a deliberate knockdown.

The Sharks took the penalty short and four minutes into overtime their persistence eventually paid off, with Lambie crossing in a bonus-point try as the Sharks laid down an impressive opening salvo.

Super 15. Click here to bet.
Forthcoming Super Rugby Fixtures
Super Rugby
Friday 13th February
Super Rugby
06:35Crusaders vs Melbourne Rebels
08:40Brumbies vs Reds
17:10Lions vs Hurricanes
Saturday 14th February
06:35Blues vs Chiefs
15:05Sharks vs Cheetahs
17:05Bulls vs Stormers
Sunday 15th February
06:05Waratahs vs Western Force
Friday 20th February
06:35Chiefs vs Brumbies
08:40Melbourne Rebels vs Waratahs
17:10Bulls vs Hurricanes
Saturday 21st February
06:35Highlanders vs Crusaders
08:40Reds vs Western Force
15:05Stormers vs Blues
17:10Sharks vs Lions
Friday 27th February
06:35Highlanders vs Reds
11:00Western Force vs Hurricanes
17:10Cheetahs vs Blues
Saturday 28th February
06:35Chiefs vs Crusaders
08:40Melbourne Rebels vs Brumbies
15:05Bulls vs Sharks
17:10Lions vs Stormers
Friday 6th March
06:35Chiefs vs Highlanders
08:40Brumbies vs Western Force
Saturday 7th March
06:35Blues vs Lions
08:40Reds vs Waratahs

Experts & Blogs

Phil Edwards

Phil Edwards

Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com