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Double citing blow for Bulls.

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls on 2 Mar 2008 at 08:47
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The defending champion Bulls, who lost a second successive Super 14 match in going down 15-29 to the Sharks in Pretoria on Saturday, were dealt a double blow.

Rugby 365 reports that outside centre JP Nel and prop Jaco Engels were both cited for foul play after the Loftus Versfeld showdown.

Nel received a yellow card in the 69th minute, following a dangerous (spear) tackle on World Cup Springbok Frans Steyn.

Engels was cited because as a result of a punching Sharks captain Johann Muller – another World Cup Bok.

The hearings will in all likelihood take place in Pretoria on Monday.

The game was marked by a number of spiteful incidents – which saw three yellow cards issued.

Veteran Sharks and Bok lock Johan Ackermann, playing in his final Super 14 match before finally retiring, was yellow carded in the second minute for punching.

Bulls and World Cup-winning utility forward Danie Rossouw was carded in the 35th minute for repeated offences and a professional foul.

Nel was sent to the sin bin for that spear tackle on Steyn, while Engels’s transgression was not picked up by the match officials.

However, it was the loss of Nel that cost the Bulls most dearly.

They were leading 15-10 at that stage and in the 10 minutes he was off the field, the Sharks scored three tries to wrap the game up.

French international Frederic Michalak scored the first of those Sharks tries. After that Jacques Botes made a sniping break around the scrum to put Keegan Daniel away for the Sharks’ third try – the second during Nel’s absence – and Botes struck again in the 77th minute when he hacked the ball ahead to kill off the game as a contest.


  • I am actually not sure who will get the longer ban here, but I am sure they will both be banned.

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.03.08 09:07:03 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • This is unexpected! Hope the Lions stuff them. Ironic thing is that Nel did some good things. Runs straight and hard, so when given the ball in space, he’s bloody dangerous

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.03.08 09:19:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • Regardless of the yellow, that last period the Sharks finally found some fluency. I hope they can carry that into the game against the Blues.

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.03.08 09:37:34 by yossarian Reply

  • Yoss, we have a huge mountain to climb if we hope to stay unbeaten after next week. We need to hope the Durban humidity nullifies the Blues game sufficiently for us to grind out a win

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.03.08 09:42:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sure, at the moment we don’t look to be in the same league as Blues and Crusaders. having said that, one just hopes we can improve sufficiently every week to carry on being on the right side of the scoreline 🙂

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.03.08 10:00:33 by yossarian Reply

  • Amen to that. Not really expecting a win, but we need to at least get a point or two to stay in touch

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.03.08 10:19:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • Good morning!

    Had an awesome evening at Loftus last night. The first half was nail biting and we continued to drop and fumble the ball. So frustrating! Once Jacques, Adi and Beast came on – things just clicked into place. They are an awesome team to watch when they finally get their act together.

    Thought Keegan had a great game and am very proud of him. Craig did really well.

    Had a chat to Craig after the game and he was quite chuffed with his performance.

    Adi said the Bulls are really hard to deal with on the field – they punch and niggle and make it very difficult for you to settle into your game.

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.03.08 10:40:12 by Nessa Reply

  • Oh – and my daughter met Fred and had her picture taken with him. Thank you Ruan for helping her to get the introduction – you are a sweetheart!

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.03.08 10:40:53 by Nessa Reply

  • Glad you had a good evening, Ness. Agree that Keegan and Burds were superb

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.03.08 10:43:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • RD – did you see Ruan’s flick flacks after the one try? Impressive!

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.03.08 10:45:24 by Nessa Reply

  • Hi Nessa.

    No need to stick anyone with the umbrella last night then. 😉

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.03.08 10:45:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • KSA – we were surrounded by Bulls supporters – and for the first time it was a friendly “my team is better than yours” kind of thing. Really enjoyed myself. With 15 minutes to go though and trailing10 / 15 I was really worried. Then I thought we may have to settle for a draw. But the last 10 minutes were awesome!

    Glad I took my brollie with though because an hour before the game the skies opened and it poured! Luckly it stopped 5 minutes before the game.

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.03.08 10:47:59 by Nessa Reply

  • flick flacks? WAS THAT ALL???

    I was bouncing off the ceiling after the tries. 😉

    Oh man, I can’t stand the stress of these matches but the feeling at the end is OH SO GOOD!!!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.03.08 10:48:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • KSA – I even climbed down two rows of seats to kiss a Bulls supporter on the top of his (bald) head! He thought I was crazy.

    Most definitely didn’t think we would get a bonus point ouf of the game last night.

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.03.08 10:50:09 by Nessa Reply

  • It Seems Nacewa is out of the Durban match next week.

    One man doesn’t make a team but he is a vital part of the Blues team.

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.03.08 10:51:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I was just reading that – I said we will take all the help we can get.

    Well – off to take my grandchildren to a “Duck derby” at the lake – glad the weather has cleared up. It has been rainy and overcast in Jhb for most of last week.

    Have a great day! Go Sharks!!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.03.08 10:53:14 by Nessa Reply

  • Enjoy it Ness. Going walking in the country, myself. It’s wellie time!

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.03.08 10:55:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • Cheers

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.03.08 10:58:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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