The Sharks have beaten the Bulls 13-12 in appalling weather conditions at Kings Park. The victory was all the more remarkable given a shocking TMO call ten minutes from time that saw hooker Pieter Dixon red-carded for a completely unintentional boot to the head of a Bulls player.
In a game where kicks were the order of the day due to the teeming rain that fell for 80 minutes, neither side tried to do much with ball in hand. An early Louis Fouche drop goal was cancelled out by a somewhat opportunistic try from Sharks winger Paul Jordaan.
The Bulls man got his side back in front, though and then on top, stroking two penalties to give the Bulls a 9-5 lead at half time.
The Sharks hit back shortly after the break, though, with Cobus Reinach and Keegan Daniel combining superbly to record the side’s second try, scored by the captain after his scrumhalf broke superbly from a line out. A Meyer Bosman penalty (his only good kick for the night) gave his side a 4-point buffer, but it was the Bulls who then stepped up a gear and had it not been for some dogged defence from the Sharks in the final quarter, the visitors may well have snuck the win.
They were well in control when Dixon, in falling over at a ruck, made contact with the face of Arno Botha. Everyone in the entire world, bar the idiot of a TMO, could see that it was a freak accident and could not have been less intentional; however, Hero of the Hour Johann Meuwesen decided that Dixon should walk for the infringement. In a bizarre way, the resulting penalty was a relief for the Sharks as the Bulls duly took the points on offer, rather than pushing for the try. That single point deficit ended up being too much for them to overturn in the final, desperate ten minutes, despite being a man to the good.
Scorers: Sharks (13): Tries Jordaan, Daniel. Penalty Bosman,
Bulls (12): Penalties Fouche (3). Drop-goal Fouche