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Super Rugby | Pretoria
17:10 (GMT) | 18-03-2016
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Pietersen will be kicking himself for missing an easy kick that could have secured the Sharks an impressive win away to make it four out of four!
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The Bulls infringe at the breakdown and the Sharks have a chance to bag the win...
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It has the distance and the score is locked with one minute to go!
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The visitors are penalised for being offside in midfield. Tian Schoeman sets the long kick up
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The Bulls keep denying the Sharks an attacking opportunity. The guys now have a water break as we go into the last minutes...
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More changes for the Bulls as Piet van Zyl comes on for Rudy Paige.
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The tempo is dying down now. The Bulls are on the attack but the Sharks do well to keep them out.
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Both teams bringing on fresh bodies. The Sharks have a scrum on Bulls 22 but it struggles to set.
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A bit of aerial ping pong now as the side exchange kicks.
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The Bulls more on the attack now but their build up is halted as the Sharks regain possession
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The Bulls try to make amends as they take the ball up and Jesse Kriel puts in a solid run but the whistle goes for obstruction and the Sharks get a lineout on Bulls 10
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He gets the kick over to put the Sharks ahead
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The Bulls are penalised at the Breakdown and Pieterson sets up for the kick
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Pietersen adds two from a distance to level the score
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The Sharks are moving into Bulls half and Le Roux kicks up field. He chases and capitilises on a Bulls fumble to score the Sharks' first try!
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The Sharks are attacking much more now and doing well to put the Bulls under pressure
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The sides have come out firing in the second forty with a lot more running and less ball in the air.
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The Sharks put in a beautiful run that is almost certain to end in a try but Gelant intercepts and kicks the ball to give the Bulls a lineout on Sharks 22
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The Sharks win a lineout on the halfway line and Le Roux calls the mark but is taken down hard!
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Brummer gets the second half underway with a high one deep into Sharks territory

Half Time

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A massive kick from the Sharks pivot adds three to their tally as halftime stikes!
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Sides taking turns to attack now. The Bulls are in the wrong at the breakdown and Pietersen sets up for the penalty from midway
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The Sharks stand off a possible three-pointer again but Brummer misjudges the shot
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Brummer adds the extras
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Gelant receives an outside pass just outside Sharks 22 and dodges defenders to dot it down for the first try of the match!
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Bulls lock RG Snyman is down and receiving some medical assistance. He's good to go and the Bulls have the put-in at the scrum on the halfway line
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Nothing comes of it and Pietersen finds touch to give the Durban side a lineout on Bulls 10. They do well to take the ball forward but possession is turned over and Brummer boots the ball up field
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No continuity in this game. Scrum is reset on Bulls 10 for the third time and the Sharks eventually come away with it and gain a few grounds before possession is turned over again. The Bulls find touch and will have a lineout on Sharks 22
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The Bulls threaten the Sharks' tryline again but Willie le Roux spoils the Bulls' party as he grounds the ball after beating Bjorn Basson in a sprint to the whitewash
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The Bulls make their way up field again and Brummer puts in a drop goal from just outside the 22 to put the hosts in the lead again
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The wet conditions are making scrummaging difficult as the set piece struggles to set
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He makes no mistake and gets it over to add three for the Sharks
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The Bulls collapse a scrum and Joe Pietersen now gets a chance to level the score for the Sharks
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He gets it over this time to give the Bulls the early lead.
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The hosts are dominating territory so far but the visitors infringe in their red zone and Brummer sets up for the kick again
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The Bulls get the first shot at posts but Francois Brummer fails to send the ball through and the scoreboard remains static
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A high-intensity start to the game and Bulls full-back Warrick Gelant shows his attacking flair early on as he snipes through Sharks defenders but is taken down in opposition 22
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Glen Jackson blows the whistle and Joe Pietersen boots the ball that is well taken by Grant Hattingh.
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It's a rainy evening in Pretoria and the side are making their way to the pitch..
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The sides have met on eight occasions since 2012, with the Bulls coming out on top in six of those encounters and the Sharks winning two.
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For the Sharks, flanker Jean-Luc du Preez is out of action due to a minor foot injury suffered against the Stormers, with Philip van der Walt promoted to the starting XV. Scrum-half Michael Claassens gets his first start of the season, as does front rowers Lourens Adriaanse and Kyle Cooper. Lwazi Mvovo is back in the side and loose forward Keegan Daniel also makes his return to the squad on the bench.
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Former Sevens flyer Jamba Ulengo is the only change to the Bulls starting backline and he replaces Trevor Ismaiel on the right wing. South Africa's Young Player of the Year, Jesse Kriel returns from injury to the bench. Amongst the forwards, Roelof Smit will start at openside with Nic de Jager dropping to the bench.
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Welcome to Loftus Versfeld where we are awaiting kick-off for the Round Four clash between the Bulls and the Sharks!
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  • 2 Adriaan Strauss
  • 3 Marcel van der Merwe
  • 4 Rudolf Snyman
  • 5 Grant Hattingh
  • 6 Roelof Smit
  • 7 Jannes Kirsten
  • 8 Arno Botha
  • 9 Rudi Paige
  • 10 Francois Brummer
  • 11 Bjorn Basson
  • 12 Burger Odendaal
  • 13 Jan Serfontein
  • 14 Jamba Ulengo
  • 15 Warrick Gelant
  • 16 Jaco Visagie
  • 17 Lizo Gqoboka
  • 18 Hencus van Wyk
  • 19 Jason Jenkins
  • 20 Nick de Jager
  • 21 Piet van Zyl
  • 22 Tian Schoeman
  • 23 Jesse Kriel
  • 1 Tendai Mtawarira
  • 2 Kyle Cooper
  • 3 Lourens Adriaanse
  • 4 Etienne Oosthuizen
  • 5 Stephan Lewies
  • 6 Marcell Coetzee
  • 7 Philip van der Walt
  • 8 Daniel du Preez
  • 9 Michael Claassens
  • 10 Joe Pietersen
  • 11 Lwazi Mvovo
  • 12 Andre Esterhuizen
  • 13 Paul Jordaan
  • 14 JP Pietersen
  • 15 Willie le Roux
  • 16 Franco Marais
  • 17 Juan Schoeman
  • 18 Coenie Oosthuizen
  • 19 Hyron Andrews
  • 20 Keegan Daniel
  • 21 Cobus Reinach
  • 22 Garth April
  • 23 Odwa Ndungane
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Wed, 16 Mar 2016 23:58

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Jan de Koning looks at the Friday matches in Part One of Super Rugby's Round Four.

It is going to be an intriguing Friday - with a trio of absorbing and riveting matches.

On the face of it the weekend's opening match, between the Hurricanes and Western Force, may not be the most appealing encounter.

However, the Hurricanes do not have the best track record in Palmerston North - where they have won just over 50 persent of their matches and have an average match score of 24-all.

It is a statistic the Western Force will take heart from.

It gets better, much better, from then on.

We move across the Tasman Sea to Sydney, where the Waratahs - coming off a loss to the Brumbies and a bye - will have to overcome an ever-improving Highlanders outfit.

The day's action is completed with an all-South African derby, when the Bulls host the Sharks - one of only two unbeaten sides.

We look at the Friday, March 18, matches below!
The The Hurricanes, who finally broke their duck with a win over the Blues, have lost a number of key players.

Not only have they lost star back Nehe Milner-Skudder, but blindside flank Brad Shields, prop Reggie Goodes and hooker Leni Apisai have all been ruled out due to injury.

On the flipside, they were able to bolster their armoury with captain Dane Coles - back in the starting XV after pre-season niggles.

Despite the loss of key personnel, Western Force coach Michael Foley remains wary of last year's losing finalists.

Foley said the clash with the Hurricanes is obviously an important one, with the team wanting to kick the three-week New Zealand tour off with a win.

"Playing the Hurricanes at home is always a tough match, but we look forward to the challenge and are eager to test ourselves against last year's runners-up," the Force coach said.

"The Hurricanes are a dangerous team with threats all over the park, but we will stick to our game style and focus on playing at pace."

Recent results:
2015: Hurricanes won 42-13, Perth
2013: Hurricanes won 22-16, Wellington
2012: Hurricanes won 46-19, Perth
2011: Hurricanes won 34-28, Palmerston North
2010: Hurricanes won 47-22, Wellington
2009: Hurricanes won 28-27, Perth

Prediction: The Hurricanes have won their last seven matches against the Force with the Western Australian team's only win against the Hurricanes coming in a 18-17 nailbiter in Round Six, 2007. The Hurricanes have neither come from behind nor let a lead slip after being ahead at half-time in their last nine Super Rugby fixtures, of those nine they have won five. The last time the Force won three away games on the spin against any opposition in Super Rugby was 2008. Western Force flank Matt Hodgson (51) is the first and only player so far this season to make more than 50 tackles and he's missed on only three further attempts. Beauden Barrett (32) has made more kicks in general play than any other player so far this season. The Hurricanes still look to have too much class for the visitors and despite their poor track record in Palmerston, they should with by at least 12 points.


Hurricanes: 15 James Marshall, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Mark Abbott, 4 Blade Thomson, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Chris Eves.
Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Loni Uhila, 18 Ben May, 19 Michael Fatialofa, 20 Callum Gibbins,  21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Willis Halaholo, 23 Jason Woodward.
Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Marcel Brache, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Solomoni Rasolea, 11 Semisi Masirewa, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson, 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pekahou Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Chris Heiberg, 17 Heath Tessmann, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Sitiveni Mafi, 20 Brynard Stander, 21 Ryan Louwrens, 22 Ian Prior, 23 Albert Nikoro.

Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), Kane McBride (New Zealand)
TMO: Shane McDermott (New Zealand)

The Waratahs, desperate to get their campaign back on track, have a strong reference point - as they look to bounce back from a Week Two loss to the Brumbies.

The Tahs experienced a similar situation back in 2014 - when they suffered an early season loss (23-28) to the Brumbies in Canberra. However they managed to bounce back, going on to win 12 out of 15 matches to claim their maiden Super Rugby title.

This year, they're willing for the same and, with a host of experienced players and new stock, are just as able.

Scrumhalf, Nick Phipps believes it's the perfect time to review the last few games and look at what the team and other teams have been doing well.

"There's been a lot of work out there, a lot of contact as well," Phipps said in an interview on the Waratahs website.

"It's been stuff that we've been needing to hit on the head now so that we're not dying at the end of the season, instead we can compete towards the middle and the end of the season, as opposed to just peaking now and then, while other teams chase us."

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has not had much time to celebrate last week's impressive win over the Lions - as he was forced to make a raft of changes to his team.

Four players who started last week against the Lions - Joe Wheeler (concussion), Dan Pryor (concussion), Luke Whitelock (knee) and Patrick Osborne (hip) - have been ruled out through injury.

It means the defending champions' depth will be sorely tested.

Rookie wing Matt Faddes said the pace and physicality of the game means there is no place to hide.

"Every tackle is a big tackle," he told the Otago Daily Times.

"Every run you've got to put the hammer down. And you have to execute the skills at speed. There are no dud players here."

Recent results:
2015: Highlanders won 35-17, Sydney (semifinal)
2015: Highlanders won 26-19, Dunedin
2014: Waratahs won 44-16, Sydney
2012: Highlanders won 18-17, Dunedin
2011: Waratahs won 33-7, Sydney
2010: Highlanders won 26-10, Invercargill

Prediction: The Highlanders have won four of their last six matches against the Waratahs, though the Waratahs have won three of the most recent four matches between these sides when played in Australia. The Waratahs have won seven of their last nine matches against New Zealand opponents in Super Rugby, though both their losses in that span have been against the Highlanders. The Highlanders have won only three of their last 17 matches in Australia, though two of those wins came in their two most recent such fixtures, one against the Waratahs in the 2015 semifinals. Ben Smith (five) has had the most try involvements of any player so far this season with three tries and two try assists. The Waratahs have conceded only one try from opposition possession beginning from a line-out, the equal fewest of any team in the competition. The Waratahs are coming off a bye and the Highlanders are still feeling the effects of last week's bruising encounter with the Lions. The Waratahs will get the upperhand in the final quarter, but the margin should be in single digits.


Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Matt Carraro, 13 Rob Horne, 12 David Horwitz, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 David Dennis, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Angus Ta'avao, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Paddy Ryan.
Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Tom Robertson, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Jed Holloway, 21 Jack Dempsey, 22 Matt Lucas, 23 Reece Robinson.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Matt Faddes, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Ryan Tongia, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Liam Squire, 7 Shane Christie (co-captain), 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Siosiua Halanukonuka, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Brendon Edmonds.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Mark Reddish, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Josh Renton, 22 Hayden Parker, 23 Jason Emery.

Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: James Leckie (Australia), Graham Cooper (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

The Sharks, the only unbeaten South African team after three rounds, made a mockery of the pre-season predictions.

Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold said his team is determined to maintain their momentum ahead of another big all-South African derby.

“We spoke in pre-season about how important it was for us to get a good start, otherwise we could have had a repeat of last season," Gold said.

"Besides a good start, a couple of those wins have come away from home as well.

"But it's not going to get any easier, we have a short turnaround this week, [with a game] against the Bulls at Loftus on Friday."

The Bulls are coming off a bye - following their opening round loss to the Stormers and a less than satisfactory win over the Rebels.

"To have a bye this early in the competition has pros and cons, but we decided to look at it in a positive way," Bulls coach Nollis Marais said.

"It gave us time to work on the aspects of our game that was shown up by the Stormers and Rebels and it gave the likes of Jesse [Kriel] a chance to get match-fit again.

"The Sharks will arrive at Loftus with a lot of momentum and confidence, but we need to put a stop to that if we want to be successful," Marais added.

Bulls captain Adriaan Strauss made it clear that his side is keen to get back to the field.

"The tournament has already showed why it is such a great event," Strauss said.

"There has been some great games so far and we can't wait to become part of the action again this weekend.

"This will be another typical South African derby with no mercy being given or asked.

"The Sharks have been great so far and will provide us with a massive test.

"But we would not want it any other way and to front that challenge in front of our home support will certainly spur us on."

Recent results:
2015: Bulls won 17-10, Durban
2015: Bulls won 43-35, Pretoria
2014: Bulls won 23-19, Pretoria
2014: Sharks won 31-16, Durban
2013: Bulls won 20-19, Pretoria
2013: Bulls won 18-16, Durban

Prediction: The Bulls have won nine of their last 12 matches against the Sharks, including each of their last three, but at no point in that span have they beaten them by more than nine points. After snapping a six game losing streak with a win in Round Two the Bulls will be looking to secure back-to-back wins in Super Rugby for the first time since Round Ten last season, which was their last encounter with the Sharks. The Sharks have tied together six wins on the trot and a seventh win would see the streak extend to their longest in Super Rugby since they won eight in a row across the 2006 and 2007 seasons. The Bulls remain the only team in the competition yet to concede a first half try so far this season though they've conceded four penalty goals in this period. Sharks goal-kicker Joe Pietersen has kicked 14 goals so far this season, the third most of any player and the most of any South African in the competition. The Bulls are lacking something - a magic spark - and the Sharks have looked a solid unit in the first three rounds. We feel the Sharks will win by more than a converted try.


Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Jamba Ulengo, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Jason Jenkins, 20 Nic de Jager, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Jesse Kriel.

Sharks: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Joe Pietersen, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Philip van der Walt, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Tendai Mtawarira (captain).
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Keegan Daniel, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Garth April, 23 Odwa Ndungane.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry (South Africa), Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
TMO: Willie Vos (South Africa)

Compiled by Jan de Koning

* Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Fri, 18 Mar 2016 19:11

REPORT: Sharks flyhalf Joe Pietersen missed an easy penalty just before full-time as the Durban-based side played out a 16-16 draw with the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Friday.

The two teams had to make do with a share of the spoils, but it could have been a different result in the end.

That kick. Nobody who saw it will forget that kick. The Sharks and their supporters will not forget that kick. Joe Pietersen will not forget that kick. Despite whatever successes he has, whatever records he breaks, he will not forget that dramatic kick when glee faded in an instance and relief was dressed in bright blue.

He is, of course, not the first kicker to miss a straightforward kick to win a match. In fact his team believed that from the moment that the referee signalled a penalty, they believed they had won the match and celebrated with much glee.

Replacement flyhalf Tian Schoeman of the Bulls had just kicked a penalty to tie the scores at 16-all. There was less than a minute to play. The Sharks kicked off deep and the Bulls tried to run the ball up for a better chance to clear, but Arno Botha was tackled and in big, predatory Marcell Coetzee went in to get the ball, legs wide, strong in resisting Bulls' attempts to dislodge him, and Botha was penalised for holding on. The place of the kick was well inside the Bulls' 22 and just to the right of the posts - an easy kick for Joe, easier than all four that he had goaled. The ball soared high but wide, too wide. It was not over and the final whistle went.

The week before it was the same Joe Pietersen who had scored the try that beat the Stormers and it was just before the end of that match at Newlands. This time he missed. Perhaps it was the ghost of Loftus past that rose up to waft the ball away!

The Sharks stayed unbeaten but how they would have loved the win.

It was a night game at Loftus and the rain wet players, field and ball. That may have played a role in the many turnovers in the match, preventing teams from developing an attack, persuading them that kicking was the better option.

It started fast enough and the first attack was initiated by Willie le Roux as he caught a box kick and started running, in this match back to his creative best. His opposing fullback, 20-year-old  Gelant, did in like manner and the match seemed set fair for running excitement, despite the rain. But it was not really to be though it remained absorbing.

When Daniel du Preez was penalised at a tackle, Francois Brummer, who had missed and earlier penalty kick at goal, goaled this one and the Bulls led 3-0 after eight minutes. Four minutes later the Bulls were penalised at a collapsed scrum and Joe Pietersen levelled the scores.

The scrums in the match were not happy. There were 14 scrums with eight collapses, five resets, four penalties and two free kicks. That is not fun.

The Bulls went through phases but were not making headway against the Sharks' defence and so Brummer slotted over a drop. 6-3 after 18 minutes.

The Bulls were on the attack and had a penalty near the Sharks' 22. For once the ball went in and came out quickly. No.8 Arno Botha passed to scrumhalf Rudy Paige, who gave to Brummer who was also on the blind side. Brummer rounded Andre Esterhuizen and straightened. Brummer passed inside to Gelant who ran with easy strides around to the posts, and the Bulls led 13-3 after 33 minutes and they were well on top. But then just at the break Joe Pietersen goaled a long, angled kick to make the score 13-6.

The Bulls won the first half by 10 points. The Sharks won the second half by 10 points.

They had a great chance to score when Joe Pietersen attack down the right and gave to JP Pietersen who, with a try imminent, passed inside to the unmarked Paul Jordaan but the pass did not reach Jordaan because between the two, you see, there was Gelant who intercepted the pass and hoofed it deep into Shark territory.

The try when it came was a delightful bit of Le Roux genius. Going left near the half-way line he chipped delicately towards the wing where Lwazi Mvovo managed under pressure from Jumba Ulenga, to foot the ball infield. Le Roux footed it on into the Bulls' in-goal, chased, dived and scored. 13-13 after 51 minutes.

Now the tempo of the match lifted.

The Bulls had mauled without effect in the match and then the Sharks got one going well. Jannes Kirsten was penalised for the way he went about trying to stop it and Joe Pietersen goaled the angled kick. For the first time in the match the Sharks' led 16-13 after 54 minutes.

Both sides made substitutes at this stage and one of them, Jesse Kriel, broke sharply with Ulenga on his outside. A try looked certain but Roelf Smit was penalised for banging into Joe Pietersen to help to form the gap for Kriel.

The Sharks had a great chance to score from an innocuous-looking line-out on their left. With the referee playing advantage, Joe Pietersen kicked a high diagonal to the far right where JP Pietersen caught the ball, ran and passed inside to Le Roux who was at the corner when he bowled the ball inside but Jordaan could not hold onto the high ball and knocked on in in-goal. In fact it seemed that if Le Roux had dropped to ground instead of passing would have scored a try.

With two minutes to play the Sharks were penalised at a ruck near the half-way line and substitute flyhalf, from 51 metres out, goaled to level the scores.

Then came the kick-off and Super Rugby 2016's most spoken-about kick at goal.

By the way the Sharks played in red which made them clearly distinct from the Bulls' blue but they did not have numbers, which is an anachronism.

Man of the Match: The most obvious individual candidates were probably Marcell Coetzee and Joe Pietersen of the Sharks and Rudy Paige of the of the Bulls. But the ones who added moist skill and interest to the match were the fullbacks, each of whom scored a try, each of whom was brave and adventurous - Warrick Gelant of the Bulls and Willie le Roux of the Sharks, our Men of the Match.

The scorers:

For Bulls:
Try: Gelant
Con: Brummer
Pens: Brummer, Schoeman
DG: Brummer

For Sharks:
Try: Le Roux
Con: Joe Pietersen
Pens: Joe Pietersen 3


Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Jamba Ulengo, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Jason Jenkins, 20 Nic de Jager, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Jesse Kriel.

Sharks: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Joe Pietersen, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Philip van der Walt, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Tendai Mtawarira (captain).
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Keegan Daniel, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Garth April, 23 Odwa Ndungane.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry (South Africa), Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
TMO: Willie Vos (South Africa)

Warrick Gelant (32min)
Willie le Roux (48min)
Francois Brummer (34min)
Joe Pietersen (51min)
Francois Brummer (9min) and Tian Schoeman (79min)
Joe Pietersen (11min), Joe Pietersen (40min), and Joe Pietersen (53min)
Francois Brummer (17min)
VENUE Pretoria
REFEREE Glen Jackson (New Zealand)