Cape Town – The Bulls moved up to third place in the South African
conference with a 40-10 victory over the Sharks at Kings Park in Durban on
The win takes the Bulls in to third position on the South
African conference, one point behind second-placed Sharks, who have played a
Warrick Gelant scored a hat-trick the last time the sides
met and continued to be the Sharks’ tormentor this time around, grabbing his
second hat-trick in as many games against the men from Durban in a
man-of-the-match display. The Sharks must be sick of the sight of the Springbok
The Bulls have now stretched their unbeaten run over the
Sharks to six matches.
Robert du Preez gave the Sharks a 3-0 lead with two minutes
gone after Bulls lock Lood de Jager was penalised for not rolling away.
After the Bulls had taken possession through numerous phases
and won a penalty advantage, fly-half Handre Pollard put a clever little chip
over the top with Warrick Gelant getting to the ball ahead of Sbu Nkosi to dot
down for the game’s first try. Pollard converted to give the visitors a 7-3
lead after 6 minutes.
Soon after, the Bulls had their second via the same scorer
and in similar fashion but this time Gelant gathered his own kick through to
dot down for an early brace and 14-3 lead after Pollard had added the extras.
Having scored a hat-trick of tries from rolling mauls two
weeks ago against the Stormers at Loftus on the occasion of becoming the
most-capped South African Super Rugby player of all time, Adriaan Strauss
scored in identical fashion, this time in his 150th Super Rugby match. Credit
must go to Trevor Nyakane for having won the turnover to start with.
The Sharks began to enjoy some possession towards the end of
the first half and were rewarded when Andre Esterhuizen crashed his way past three
Bulls defenders from close range with the help of Lukhanyo Am and Phillip van
der Walt pushing him over the line. Du Preez added the extras as the Bulls took
a 21-10 lead in to the interval.
The Bulls began the second as they had started the first, well
in control. They were awarded a penalty try in the 45th minute when referee
Egon Seconds lost his patience after the Sharks illegally disrupted another
driving maul. To make matters worse, prop Thomas du Toit received a yellow card
for the offence as the hosts went down to fourteen men with the rain continuing
to bucket down.
Unfortunately, the inclement conditions in the second stanza
made for a stop-start affair with handling errors aplenty. As a result no
further tries were scored until the 75th minute when Gelant grabbed his second
hat-trick in as many games against the Sharks. It came in identical fashion to
his second, as he successfully outsprinted the Sharks defence to chase down his
own expertly weighted grubber kick.
And the Bulls put the cherry on the top when Libbok’s
cross-field kick found Jonny Kotze who had all the space and time in the world
to saunter over in the left-hand corner to close out a convincing 40-10
Conversion: Du Preez
Penalty: Du Preez
Tries: Gelant 3, Strauss, Penalty Try, Kotze
Conversions: Pollard 3, Libbok
15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12
Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8
Tera Mtembu, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4
Ruan Botha (captain), 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Tendai
Substitutes: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18
John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Tyler Paul, 20 Daniel du Preez, 21 Cameron Wright, 22
Marius Louw, 23 Kobus van Wyk
15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Johnny Kötze, 13 Jesse Kriel,
12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Divan Rossouw, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ivan van
Zyl, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Lood de
Jager, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Pierre Schoeman
Substitutes: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Frans van
Wyk, 19 Jason Jenkins, 20 Roelof Smit, 21 Andre Warner, 22 Manie Libbok, 23