Late try seals it for Bulls

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 6 Jul 2013 at 21:16
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The Bulls have beaten the Sharks by 20 points to 19 in Pretoria, after a 70th-minute try from Jano Vermaak erased a 6-point Sharks lead.

Much as they had the week before against the Blues, the Sharks dominated possession and territory for much of the match, only for silly mistakes, indiscipline and once again indifferent goal-kicking, to cost them a victory that, based on the bulk of play, should have been theirs. A widely-anticipated changes ahead of kick-off saw Keegan Daniel benched in favour of Jean Deysel, however, there was an unexpected switch amongst the backs too, with butch James and Pat Lambie swapping jerseys. In a bizarre move, the former assumed the captaincy, rather than Bismarck du Plessis.

Deysel’s impact was telling and together with an on-fire Marcell Coetzee and a somewhat quieter Willem Alberts (playing at 8), the Sharks loose forwards ruled the breakdown and kept the Bulls on the back foot. An early penalty to Morne Steyn was erased some minutes later as Bismarck du Plessis pulled off a cheeky turnover in the Sharks’ 22. Quick hands saw Lwazi Mvovo streak away down the left-hand touchline, before feeding inside to Lambie for the score.

Alas, for the Sharks, that slender 5-3 lead (after Lambie missed the first of four kicks on the night) was not to last long as Bismarck du Plessis was sin-binned for a swinging elbow not five minutes later. Morne Steyn edged the Bulls ahead with a penalty, before finding Bjorn Basson with a pin-point cross kick to see the Bulls winger record their first try. Lambie managed to pull back three points via a penalty (after Riaan Viljoen had missed a long-range one) leaving the Sharks in touch at half time, trailing by 8 points to 13.

The second half was all Sharks, though and and two good penalties, won at the breakdown and converted by Lambie, were followed by a superb try to Odwa Ndungane, after James had copied Steyn’s move from the first half and found the flying winger with a deft cross-field chip. As we’ve seen so many times in the past, though, soft moments went on to cost the team what should have been a great win. Defending a 19-13 lead, the Sharks threw bodies into furious defence on their line for more than 10 minutes and appeared to have stemmed the tide, only for hero James to turn villain – as he has so often in the past – in attempting to decapitate Jurgen Visser with a swinging arm tackle. James was yellow-carded, but more significantly, the resulting chaos saw Jano Vermaak race through to score the try to edge the Bulls ahead by a single point.

The Sharks fought back bravely again to secure a penalty in the dying seconds, however with both James and Lambie at that stage off the field, it fell to Viljoen to seal the game, which he failed to do, pushing a regulation attempt wide.

Once again, a Sharks team that was better in virtually all facets of the game – apart, it would seem, from mental preparedness – was forced to pay the price.

Bulls: Tries Bjorn Basson, Jano Vermaak. Conversions Morne Steyn (2). Penalties Steyn (2).
Sharks: Tries Pat Lambie, Odwa Ndungane. Penalties Lambie (3).


  • Lambie.. lambie… lambie…
    Wheres your boots my boy????

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.07.13 21:27:28 by SharksRTB Reply
  • AAG don’t worry ouens!!!!!
    I AM SO PROUD OF THE OUKES TONIGHT!!! Downed 4 Windhoek draughts in the last 15min of the game!
    We actually beat them whether they like it or not! Something that has not been done for 3 years at loftus in SuperRugby…
    WHERE WAS THIS ALL SEASON!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.07.13 21:30:59 by R Hayward Reply
  • Great to see good support for the boys up there.
    So sad that the same amount of shark supporters dont even pitch up at kings park

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.07.13 21:33:42 by SharksRTB Reply
  • @R Hayward (Comment 2) : Ask John Plumtree.

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.07.13 21:36:18 by Ben Reply
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  • Iy seems kicking has so much todo with confidence. Last year morne also seemed of in his confidence and couldn’t kick anything. Lambie needs to regroup and refocus and get his kicking and his game together into one game. I still think HM will keep him as morne’s backup and that if he’s given a proper shot for the Boks he’ll deliver his best again.

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.07.13 21:38:47 by Letgo Reply
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  • What a game from the Sharks though. That lose troi combination made a huge diffirence. Marcell looked back at his best again, with deysel and alberts supporting him. IF lambie had a better kicking day we could have had the bulls out of the game almost as early as at the end of the first half. That tells you something.

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.07.13 21:41:34 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 5) : Last week Lambie almost cost us the game and this week he did. He doesn’t deserve to wear a Bok jersey again any time soon.

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.07.13 21:42:01 by Ben Reply
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  • Great guts and passion on display, pity about Lambie’s kicking form but good to see him using the ball again.
    I thought the substitutions of Bismarck, Deysel, Alberts and McCleod within what seemed like a 5-10 min period was unwarranted and way, way too early. It changed the momentum of the match.

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.07.13 21:45:43 by neilster Reply

  • @neilster (Comment 8) : Reinach made a few mistakes shortly after he came on. I would have liked to see 10 more minutes from Deysel.

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.07.13 21:48:48 by Ben Reply
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  • Lambie seems to have contracted morne steyns kicking blues … wouldn’t be surprised if hes carrying an injury …. marcel proved he’s not an openside flanker

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.07.13 21:58:17 by byron Reply

  • Pah we can try and dress up this mutton as lamb as much as we want but this was simply another loss.

    6th loss in the last 8 games against the Bulls too. Shocking stat.

    Pisspoor in reality, to lose a game which, with a little more cool headedness should easily have been a win.

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.07.13 22:01:47 by Feather Reply

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  • Despite the kicking, you should be proud. Similar to the 2007 final.

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.07.13 22:10:04 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • no not late try, but playing for 25% of the game with 14 players at Loftus aint gonna win you a game, specially if your kicker is not on form

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.07.13 22:15:37 by Gerhardt Reply

  • Pity about Lambie’s kicking. Don’t know why Butch did not take over from him. Bulls very lucky to squeek this one. Still proud of the boys. Actually very good game to watch.

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.07.13 22:17:27 by Bokhoring Reply
  • You know we have become the epitome of a mediocre team or perhaps even worse than that when we start being ‘proud’ of the team in defeats.

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.07.13 22:34:32 by Feather Reply

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  • The substitutions made no sense at all and robbed the Sharks of any momentum they had. Having said that, keegan must be our new super sub, he was awesome when he came on. But how can they take off Deysel Alberts and Bissie at the same time, we had no go forward after that.

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.07.13 23:10:15 by jonnow Reply

  • 🙄 BUTCH FREAKIN JAMES!!! CAPTAIN???? ACTING LIKE A HOOLIGAN AS EXPECTED!!!! Management sucks so bad!!!! Our BOYKIES played so well and klapped those ‘blou balle’ one time! Welldone boys i am so proud of all of you except Butch.

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.07.13 23:43:17 by Jacques Fortmann Reply

  • Fact is yet again a player lose in a “milestone” game. Maybe it should rather be called “millstone” games seeing as very few of these games have a happy ending for the player reaching the “milestone”.

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.07.13 00:14:54 by JD Reply
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  • YES IT SUCKS TO LOSE!!!! but the Sharks team that I saw tonight gave it 100% not one person was holding anything back and that’s all I want from them. They showed guts and I hope that after next weeks game they enjoy the extra two week break before the currie cup.

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.07.13 00:26:02 by JD Reply
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  • Crusaders vs Bulls final?!?!?! The best two teams on current form and both very dangerous in play-off games.

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.07.13 00:29:57 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 20) : who cares? The Sharks are out.

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.07.13 01:18:42 by Feather Reply

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  • @Feather (Comment 21) : I care!! you can’t always win everything. Giving all you can is sometimes good enough even if you lose. Lets see what the future holds now that super rugby is done for the Sharks.

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.07.13 02:07:03 by JD Reply
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  • @Jacques Fortmann (Comment 17) : Thats usefull.

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.07.13 08:39:32 by Caratacus Reply

  • @jonnow (Comment 16) : Agreed. Also Butch, Lambie and Viljoen cost us the game.

    Must give Keegan the thumbs up for his performance. He is back to his best position, Impact Player. Lets keep him there.

    With Butch cited . . . who will play centre for us against the Mighty Kings this weekend?

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.07.13 09:09:01 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • 😈 Well Plum must be having a real gurgle about this game right now! If Sharks reasoning is to be followed the people to be blamed for this loss are the coaches and not the super heroes in the team.

    What we truly lack is quality leadership. Unhappy with the fact that our Captain (Daniel) caused us to lose a few games (we should have won) because of being a tearaway, we nominated guys like Bissie and Lambie to lead. Butch piloted the team onto the field. Yet it were these heroes who may have grown bigger than the team as their brand of vigilante justice cost the team.

    But this must be the curse of the pro-rugby era, when a player can play some club rugby and then walk into the Bok and Sharks team, pushing back a player (Cooper) who has performed well and played his heart out for the team. But what else? Who would not snatch up Bissie if he was unhappy about being benched too often?

    Not that senior players such as Beast, Deysel, Franco, Alberts, McLeod, Odwa and Ludik did not bring their “A” game, last night we have seen some cup winning rugby from these boys.
    Even Daniel made his presence felt in his stint while younger guys such as Cooper, Marcell and Mvovo were in the zone. In fact we were the better team by far, as we lost a game we should have won by far, despite the fact that we played for 20 minutes with 14 players!

    On the field we were the best team, let down by our 3 Super stars and Viljoen who were never in the right mindset and with nobody to advise Lambie to hand the goal kicking to Butch. And Butch seemed way to happy not to step up and seize the responsibility.

    What amazes me more is that both Bissie and Butch shook their heads in disbelief that they were carded, when it was blatantly obvious that they struck out (Butch even resorting to hair pulling??!!) Are they not in the anti-bullying video??

    In short our fabulous Bok boys lacked serious Big Match Temperament again and it took the rest of a great team out of contention for another year. All our Captains were demoted to Corporal IMHO.
    Now, I ask myself, who could not provide this during the past few years when we played several CC finals and SR semi’s and finals? Was it Plum or our heroes?
    John Smit has got his work cut out to bring quality leaders to the fore in our union. We need a Delarey om die Sharkies te kom Lei!!! 😈

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.07.13 09:14:35 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • In Butch’s defence he seemed to have been headbutted when he lashed out at the ruck. However leopard never changes his spots as far as the flying arm kamikaze tackles. I was not really expecting a lot different when we still had 2 thirds of the old coaching team in charge – however kudos to them for at least trying to play a better game than the drivel before. Still some issues that needs to be sorted on attack – such as players receiving the ball from a standing start. Hopefully a new coaching team will sort this out.

    The players gave it their all. Couple of guys who had an indifferent season looked a lot better, e.g. Marcell and Keegan. I still think it was the right choice to start with Bismarck, though he needs to concentrate on his rugby and stop the silly stuff.

    Lambie really looks like he needs to spend time with a decent mind coach – something the Sharks lack at the moment.

  • Comment 26, posted at 07.07.13 09:43:56 by Bokhoring Reply
  • And I reckon McLeod also had a pretty decent game – much more accurate than his usual this year

  • Comment 27, posted at 07.07.13 10:04:51 by Bokhoring Reply
  • The Bulls will have to change their tactics. Morne kicked way too much ball straight to the Sharks. Do this against the Crusaders even at Loftus and they will bury them. The Bulls backline looked really slick when they ran the ball. Pity they refuse to do that from their own half

  • Comment 28, posted at 07.07.13 10:12:14 by Bokhoring Reply
  • please keep lambie away from kings park next week.

  • Comment 29, posted at 07.07.13 13:03:01 by DBOY Reply

  • Awesome game and very lucky win for the Bulls. In February, who have predicted them topping the table in July? Not I! 🙂

    Something to ponder for you LambieWorlders out there: Why is it that the Sharks’ back-line looks so sharp whenever he is not playing at 10 and so ineffective when he is? I’m not talking about the place kicking either. Seems a little like the O’Connor situation in Aus. Great player but not very effective as a 10.

  • Comment 30, posted at 07.07.13 15:19:49 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 28) : They ran quite a few from inside their half. The lead up to Lambie’s try for example. That’s the problem, too risky when your loosies are not good enough to secure possession through multiple phases.

  • Comment 31, posted at 07.07.13 15:22:48 by fyndraai Reply
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  • I see steenkamp has been cited for a headbutt on butch. Something the tv match official was unable to see on tv because he didnt have a pvr like the rest of us … that one incident changed the whole game for us

  • Comment 32, posted at 07.07.13 16:35:46 by byron Reply

  • Have seen the headbutt incident on ENCA. Question 1 How the hell did Jafta not see that. Question 2 Is how come Butch has already been hung drawn and quartered and Steenkamp has still to appear?????

    Just asking

  • Comment 33, posted at 07.07.13 18:25:45 by Bayshark Reply

  • Marcel coetzee showed us once again that he is with out a doubt our most promising loose faward,after being played neerly every game this season and stil able to deliver an perfomance like that,thats just amazing,also good to have player thats injury free this far.

  • Comment 34, posted at 07.07.13 18:38:32 by kaapsebra Reply

  • @fyndraai (Comment 30) : What rubbish you speak. Single out Lambie when the rest of the team was on par to him for most of the season. For once our scrumhalf and 8th men came to the party.

    I don’t hear you praise him for anything good he did. If anything you should be pondering Jan Serfonteins inclusion to the Bok team?

    Butch still has it, what a player. He has more mongrel and aggression than most Blou Bull forwards. Could you ever question his commitment?No. One of MC’s ,Durbans and South Africas finest.

  • Comment 35, posted at 07.07.13 19:16:24 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 35) :

    I’ve thought he came along nicely this year as a 10, but after seeing the contrast in the Sharks’ back-line last week and this, I’m doubting again. He looked much better at 12. Perhaps had he played 12 since 3 years ago, he would have been a great 10 by now.
    Too late for that I fear.

  • Comment 36, posted at 07.07.13 20:01:41 by fyndraai Reply
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  • Butch is the Bakkies of Durban. 😀

  • Comment 37, posted at 07.07.13 20:04:26 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 36) : Well he is a better 10 than Morne and a better 10 than Goosen. Now go away troll…

  • Comment 38, posted at 07.07.13 20:10:07 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 38) :

    Even if your assertions are correct, they don’t solve the issue at hand for the Sharks. They need decide if Lambie is their 10 for now and the future and then play him there or devise a clear plan to get him there and make him effective. Swapping him and Butch with the season already shot was a dumb move. There was much to lose and nothing to gain from it.

  • Comment 39, posted at 07.07.13 23:27:39 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 39) : Butch isnt fast enough to play in the center. It was a decision that was probably in the teams best interests. Not Lambies best interest.

    Really? Much to lose 😕

    What team do you support?

  • Comment 40, posted at 07.07.13 23:55:10 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 40) :

    If I view it from the perspective of the Sharks organization, I think it would have been better to let their present and future 10 run the show and gain experience, than make him look bad and go for a meaningless win, with the old guy who won’t be there much longer.

    But then perhaps the two coaches were looking out for themselves more than for the Sharks.

  • Comment 41, posted at 08.07.13 04:05:03 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 39) : I think the sharks would have lost by allot more if Lambie was playing 10 on Saturday night.

  • Comment 42, posted at 08.07.13 05:17:33 by Uli Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 30) : I agree totally, Lambie is just not there, when was the last time he had a really good game at 10 since the 2010 CC final? I cant think of one game.

    For the Sharks sake, I hope they buy Demetri , I would love to see him dictate a game behind a Sharks pack.

  • Comment 43, posted at 08.07.13 05:42:43 by Uli Reply
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  • i think they should give robert du preez a go at 10 this for the refs Lourens vd Merwe proved that he is not up to handling big games and should go back to club rugby.eben got away with murder,he should have seen red for the two hand push off in the face.

  • Comment 44, posted at 08.07.13 10:12:41 by pete69 Reply

  • The success of Daniel makes the omission of Kanko even more disappointing. Kanko is one of our few players who can genuinely challenge at lineout time and is an essential player for the balance of our side.

    We should have thumped the Bulls comfortably. The timing of the substitutions is what took the game out of our hand ( esp the removal of Bismarck, Alberts and Deysel in a space of five odd minutes) Playing with fourteen players for twenty minutes didn’t help either.

    Something’s seriously gone wrong with Pat’s kicking since he returned from the Bok camp/ Plumtree left.

  • Comment 45, posted at 08.07.13 10:39:15 by gatewayshark Reply


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