Bulls score the tries, but Sharks take the points

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 3 Sep 2011 at 23:00
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The Sharks scored their second Loftus victory of the season earlier today by beating the Blue Bulls 39-27 in a fast-paced game that saw the losers pick up a four-try bonus point in the last movement of the game.

Notwithstanding some constructive play by the visitors, which saw them score three good tries of their own, the Bulls will feel that they really should have got more from a game in which they dominated both possession and territory. The inability of their forwards to understand the breakdown laws, though, coupled with frankly awful goal-kicking from flyhalf Louis Fouche and some uninspired backline play saw the Bulls capitulate – trailing the Sharks by 24 point late in the second half before a rally in the final minutes gave the scoreline a little respectability.

The Sharks raced out to a 16-0 lead, thanks to three early long-range penalties from man-of-the-match Meyer Bosman and a lovely try by Sbura Sithole, converted by Fred Michalak, before two quick tries by the hosts brought them back in range. Craig Burden’s superb solo effort with half an hour gone, though, saw the Sharks pull further ahead and they turned 23-15 up.

With the Bulls continuing to dish up indisciplined and error-strewn play in the second half, Michalak’s boot continued to rack up the penalties, adding three more before Lwazi Mvovo raced away to score the third off turnover ball. At 39-15 up, the Sharks went to sleep a little and instead of scoring the all-important fourth try, let the Bulls in for two late scores of their own.

In the final analysis, though, the record books will show that the Sharks racked up another big win over the Bulls in 2011 and for the fans still disappointed after last week’s disaster in Johannesburg, that’s good enough.

Sharks 39 – Tries: Sibusiso Sithole, Craig Burden and Lwazi Mvovo; Conversions: Frederic Michalak 3; Penalties: Meyer Bosman 3 and Frederic Michalak 3.

Blue Bulls 27 – Tries: Warwick Tecklenberg, Bjorn Basson 2 and CJ Stander; Conversions: Louis Fouche and Francois Brummer; Penalty: Louis Fouche.


  • Great to see the boys pull off a second victory at Loftus this year.

    Meyer Bosman, is he more suited to 10 than 12?

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.09.11 00:08:19 by vanmartin Reply
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  • well done sharks, any1 know what the final penalty count was?

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.09.11 00:37:55 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • Plum will grill the bois on how to finish…wonder what a bosman at 10 n michalak at 12 would be like????

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.09.11 01:06:17 by shaniboi Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) :
    @shaniboi (Comment 3) :
    :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?:

    Why the sudden interest in Bosman at 10?

    He had a great game yesterday, but let’s not forget that those are very scarce at the moment.

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.09.11 04:42:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : haha just thought we were living in utopia for a second where its ok to play around a bit..but seriously..are we gonna be title contenders with our current set up???

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.09.11 07:39:07 by shaniboi Reply

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  • Still very concerned about our juniors,both teams lost something is not right with our structures,we have good talented players but we are not winning

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.09.11 07:47:16 by Poisy Reply
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  • @shaniboi (Comment 5) : Yes we can be… If we play to our abilities and keep focusing for 80min….

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.09.11 07:47:34 by Franshark Reply
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  • Bonus points wil be a big talking point this week… But I am stoked with the win… We lost this game last year… Its a win @ loftes… Those teams abofe us on the log still has to come to Durban and play each other..

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.09.11 07:52:54 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 8) : and don’t forget the Stormers still have to tour :)

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.09.11 08:22:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : :lol:

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.09.11 09:24:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I would imagine that there are mixed feeling about this win. Yes, it is four points, but the game was gifted to The Sharks, not crafted by them. We scored 39 points and don’t earn a bonus point and we capitulate in the final 10 minutes giving away 14 points against a particularly poor Bulls team. It is a welcome win but where do we go from here with a team that is still not making its mark. Not impressed!

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.09.11 09:24:55 by Donald Reply

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  • @Donald (Comment 11) :

    Honestly, I think your criticism of a win at Loftus is utter crap.

    The boys got a much needed win, setting us up for a top 2 finish. We needed the win more than anything.

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.09.11 09:29:31 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Donald (Comment 11) : whaaaaaat? Ok your entitled to your opinion…. I don’t share the same view… Its an away win… If we want bonus points we should get them against teams like the Leopards… That’s a different story.

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.09.11 09:40:56 by Franshark Reply
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  • If the bulls where closer to our score and kicked their penalty s they would have gone for penalty kicks at the end of the game.. They played high risk chasing game and it worked for them getting that last few tries

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.09.11 09:43:49 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Donald (Comment 11) : Okay everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but can you please explain how the game was gifted to us? :shock:

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.09.11 10:09:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : @shaniboi (Comment 3) : If Bosman’s defending in the No12 channel is kak I would NOT like to see him in the No10 channel. He’ll be worse than Morne Steyn (but at least he’ll do more than just kick the ball).

  • Comment 16, posted at 04.09.11 10:13:36 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : Bosman did have a super game yesterday! Hope he has finally found his feet :) :cool:

  • Comment 17, posted at 04.09.11 10:15:11 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 13) : Going into the match of Loftus I wouldn’t expect a bonus point – just a win. But the manner in which the Sharks were dominating we could have easily scored 5 or 6 tries. It is shocking that we have yet to pick up a bonus point against minnows as well – let’s hope this weekend’s fixture against the Puma’s proves otherwise.

  • Comment 18, posted at 04.09.11 10:17:24 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • Yesterday’s victory was impressive – bar the last 10 minutes of the match as well as the lack of a bonus point try. I still think we are defending too much for a team that promotes attacking play. Defence is important – and we have a helluva good defence too – but where is the attack that has been missing in this Shark’s side???

  • Comment 19, posted at 04.09.11 10:21:11 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @Donald (Comment 11) : I don’t think your opinion is that bad when you break it down. You did say that it is a welcomed win. We can all agree with this. And the Bulls were poor on the day. Agreed. Much of the time they seemed very 1D. Also unlike the Lions who killed us at the breakdown and were in our faces for 80min, the Bulls conceded many penalties that we profited from but looking at it from a positive side, we applied the pressure that forced them to err. As you have said, I also feel that there are areas of our play where we still need to work hard on. The Bulls dominated proceedings wrt territory and possession.
    However I think all fans should be very happy with the final score of 39-27 at Loftus. The Bulls have shown steady improvement in the last few weeks, we appeared to be going backwards at a rapid rate, coming into this match.
    The 4 points away from home puts us in a strong possie. We have the Lions and WP at home, along with the Pumas and Griquas, while the Vrystaat represents our only legit away challenge (Leopards should = a BP win).

  • Comment 20, posted at 04.09.11 10:29:21 by beet Reply
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  • I’m grad Conrad Hoffman got a lot of game time. I suspect that his performance will have some vultures hovering but he really needs more big occasion tests.

    Ross Cronje did duty in the first Bulls game and earned good reviews. Altho the circumstances are very different, it does provide the a small oppo to compare the 2.

    However the bottomline remains that Plum has not maxed on this CC season to develop/test our depth.

  • Comment 21, posted at 04.09.11 10:34:38 by beet Reply
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  • Louis Fouche has done reasonably well in the games leading up to this match but on the evidence of this game, I’m wanting to bracket him with Brummer and Boshoff as a flyhalf who doesn’t give the coach confidence in his ability to control a game.

    When Dewald Potgieter arrived on the senior rugby scene, he was “wild” and made people stand up and take notice of him. Now years down the line he was meant to be the senior loosie on Sat but offered very little to suggest that he was a seasoned pro.

    So far this season I don’t see the benefit of having Jurgen Visser at 15. He looks boring. He seems to offer less than Kirchner wud have. The Bulls should rather shift Zane back to 15 and play the promising youngster Francois Venter at 13.

  • Comment 22, posted at 04.09.11 10:44:59 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 21) : “However, the bottom line remains that Plum has not maxed on this CC season to develop/test our depth.”

    *That* is my single biggest gripe with the Sharks, and takes a bit of the shine off every win for me. So far we have tested the depth of our loose trio and back three, where we are blessed in abundance, and our lock and prop depth, where Plum’s hand has pretty much been forced. But with regards to the elephant in the room (centre), we are basically no better off than we were at the start of the S15.

  • Comment 23, posted at 04.09.11 10:54:49 by Culling Song Reply
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  • It is a welcome win, and an away win, but I am concerned at the simple breakdown of play at The Sharks. We are the champions and we want to retain the Currie Cup but on a display like yesterday against an extremely poor Bulls team – see their supporters’ comments – and on recent below-par performances we have to improve team play. The final ten minutes were shocking and we can’t blame that on the altitude. Nor can we hope that other teams are so indisciplined and gift penalty points. Just look at the log and see what has to be done. The Lions will take some catching on their performances.

  • Comment 24, posted at 04.09.11 11:05:23 by Donald Reply

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  • @Donald (Comment 11) : Gifted :P dont be silly our forwards destroyed theirs ,the scrums where murder, it was a bloodbath almost as bad as the wp/saders game :D
    set piece dominance and scoring tries from worked plays ,it was a good showing against what is close to the bulls s15 [email protected]KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : I said it after last game ,his passing is great ,maybe the best in the country.

  • Comment 25, posted at 04.09.11 11:11:23 by Talent Reply
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  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 16) : thing with the number 10 chanel is there is more cover defence and less room for opposition to operate in

  • Comment 26, posted at 04.09.11 11:15:49 by Talent Reply
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  • @Donald (Comment 11) : Hard person to impress I see. I was happy with performance until the 72nd minute of the game. Thought the backline coaching (read it on this site) Freddie did during the past week was evident. Thought MB had a good game and I believe he is starting to show us that he can be trusted with the no.12 jersey.

  • Comment 27, posted at 04.09.11 11:23:32 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • Well done on signing Tim Whitehead. How many more average centres do the Sharks actually need ?

  • Comment 28, posted at 04.09.11 12:17:47 by Speed7 Reply

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  • @Speed7 (Comment 28) : whitehead is good ,v underated

  • Comment 29, posted at 04.09.11 12:23:11 by Talent Reply
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  • @Speed7 (Comment 28) :

    If they sign Whitehead, then they’ll continue on being very average in midfield. He was a good back-up at the Stormers. That doesn’t make him a starter if he comes to the Sharks. Unless, of course, they are happy being average. In that case he’s a great signing.

  • Comment 30, posted at 04.09.11 12:54:18 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @Speed7 (Comment 28) : In terms of what’s available on the board at the moment, unless we were prepared to take the gamble on youngsters Michael vd Spuy or Wandile Mjekewu, Whitehead seems to represent the best buy out there.

    WH has shown a lot of promise before this season, so hopefully we can get him back on track.

    He has much of the pace + attacking energy needed out wide.

  • Comment 31, posted at 04.09.11 12:54:26 by beet Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 30) : I see talent in the guy ,some players develop in to good players from exposure to higher rugby – a player like sadie comes on the scene like he has will be found out eventually

  • Comment 32, posted at 04.09.11 13:03:00 by Talent Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : You misunderstand my comment. To me MB is playing like a flyhalf at inside centre. I’m definitely not calling for him to be the starting 10 though. I just reckon his strengths are better suited to flyhalf.

    Also, to those questioning his defense game – I’m of the opinion that you need a stronger defensive game at 12 than at 10. Yet another reason why I think he’s more of a 10.

  • Comment 33, posted at 04.09.11 16:33:30 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Bosman keeps doing this. He has a great game once in a blue moon just to get everyone’s hopes up. Personally I’m not holding my breath.

  • Comment 34, posted at 04.09.11 19:05:48 by Ben Reply
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