The Bulls somehow managed to come out tops in a Super Rugby derby of poor quality against the Sharks, winning 19-16 at Kings Park on Saturday.
In a game punctuated by some embarrassing low levels of basic skill, particularly in terms of handling and passing, it was the superior goal-kicking of Bulls skipper Handre Pollard and the hosts’ indiscipline that proved the difference.
It said much for the nature of the match the most “exciting” incident was the red cards dished out to the hookers, Schalk Brits and Akker van der Merwe.
Van der Merwe had received his marching orders for a clean-out with the head and a final punch, but his Bok teammate Brits certainly didn’t cover himself in glory by retaliating back with a left hook.
It was a shoddy incident that illustrated the frustration levels of the players.
The Sharks won the try count by 2-1, with Andre Esterhuizen’s barge from close range bringing the scores level.
But the raw front row of Simphiwe Matanzima, Corniel Els and Conrad van Vuuren then produced a magnificent shove from the final scrum to forced a penalty, which Pollard coolly slotted.
Full report to follow.
Bulls – Try: Jesse Kriel. Conversions: Handre Pollard. Penalties: Pollard (4)
Sharks – Tries: Dan du Preez, Andre Esterhuizen. Penalties: Robert du Preez jr (2).
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Publish date : 2019-03-30 15:07:00