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Currie Cup | Loftus Versfeld
15:30 (GMT) | 09-08-2017
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Sharks secure an hard-fought 28-20 win over the Blue Bulls in Pretoria. Thank you so much for joining us!
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This time, April opt to kick to touch and that brings a stop to all the action here at Loftus!
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Sharks have a scrum inside the Blue Bulls' half! They move the ball to the back and again wins a penalty!
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After the Sharks' forward pass out wide the Blue Bulls have a scrum, but a powerful scrum by Sharks put pressure on the Blue Bulls, eventually the hosts manage to pass the ball. Ulengo fails to hold onto possession and loses it forward!
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Blue Bulls win a penalty on their 10 and go for touch. Blue Bulls' line-out is stolen by Sharks on their 10. Armand van der Merwe tries to power his way through the defence but is halted and Blue Bulls have possession! Not for long though, as the side again lose possession against the solid Sharks' defence.
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Sharks have a scrum and Wright collects the ball with a quick pick up. He set up an attack and puts in a chip kick but fails to be collected by his teammates. Blue Bulls are forced to defend inside their own 22.
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Scrum is reset... and finally, Blue Bulls have a penalty! Van Zyl takes a quick tap and feeds the line. After five phases the Blue Bulls are losing territory. Eventually Tony Jantjies is held up just outside the Sharks' 22
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Blue Bulls opt to kick to touch. The side retain the line-out, but Van Zyl just too eager to collect the ball from the breakdown and it's a knock-on inside the Sharks' 22
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Sharks have possession, and Wright gives a box kick from his own 10. Jantjies collects it and the Blue Bulls surge for that points. And after some phases, the ref halts the game and hands a penalty to Blue Bulls, ref not happy with Sharks' constant protest
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April fails to add the extras!
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From the restart Sharks have the ball, they set up an attack on the Blue Bulls' 10. April receives a the insdie ball and the fullback puts on the pace and scores
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Jantjies adds the extras!
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Blue Bulls collect the ball from the line-out and shifts it to the inside. Van Heerden's quick pick and go drives the lock over for the try!
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Blue Bulls are on attack, some phases get them inside the Sharks' 10. They win a penalty, Ivan van Zyl's quick tap gets the side near the 22 and they still have possession. Again Sharks are penalised and this is Blues BUlls go for a kick to touch
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Sharks this manage to retain the ball from the line-out on the halfway mark! They shift the ball to the inside Cameron Wright with a great break get his side in the Blue Bulls' 5. They win a penalty and April extends the lead back to 10 points again!
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Sharks have a line-out on the halfway mark but the ball is over cooked and BLue Bulls have an opportunity to attack. However, April is there at the back as he manages to collect a difficult ball, for the 22 metre drop out!
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Blue Bulls win the line-out and set up an attack. The hosts eventually found themselves in the Sharks' 22 and win a penalty. The side opts to go to posts and Jantjies slots over the three points
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Blue Bulls have a line-out just outside the Sharks' 22. After some passes, the Sharks managed to gain possession before Janse van Rensburg kicked it away!
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April adds the extras, 20-10!
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Sharks have a line-out on the Blue Bulls' 22! They build some phases but struggle to break through the defence. Eventually Lukhanyo Am breaks through the middle and scores an amazing individual try under the posts
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Blue Bulls opt to run it from their own half, however after struggling to get out of the 22 Warner gives a box kick, which April collects. The ball is pass to the inside before Janse van Rensburg kicks to touch
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Sharks retain possession at the line-out, they break through the defence, but a pass to Lubabalo Mtembu went forward and the TMO ruled no try!
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Blue Bulls have a line-out in their own 10 and build some phases before Sharks get the ball. The visitors put on an attcak and win have a line-out on the Blue Bulls' 22.
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Sharks struggling in the opening minutes and for the first time are out of their own half in the second stanza.
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Sharks have a defensive scrum and the ball is quickly passed to April, who is forced to clear from behind his try-line. He only manages to kick it as far as his own 22
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From the line-out Sharks clear the ball but just as far as their own 10 and Libook sets up an attack. The side have a penalty and opt for the line-out. They retain possession and the ball is shifted to the inside. Warner's pass is knocked on inside the Sharks' 5
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Sharks retain the ball and opt to give a box kick . Travis Ismaiel puts on a counter attack but the side is eventually tackled to touch! Sharks have a defensive line-out on their own 5!
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Blue Bulls enjoy possession in opening minutes... Odendaal makes a great break, however, after two carries Libbok knocks on inside the Sharks' 10
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Jantjies gets the game underway!

Half Time

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Sharks take a narrow 13-10 lead at the break!
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April kicks it down-field, however, there is now enough time for the line-out!
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Van Heerden returns to the field just in time for the line-out! Sharks retain the ball and set up an attack just outside the Blue Bulls' 22. Rush defence by the Bulls make sure the Sharks looses territory, the ball is now indie the Sharks' 10.
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Scrum is reset...a and the Blue Bulls win a penalty. Great work by the Blue Bulls front row in the absents of Van Heerden. Blue Bulls opt to kick for goal and Jantjies makes no mistake to adds the extras!
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Blue Bulls retain the ball from the Line-out and hoisted it over the pack! Radebe fails to collect it and the Blue Bulls have a scrum just outside the Sharks' 22
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Blue Bulls have a defensive scrum inside their own 5. The Blue Bulls kick it down field into the hands of April. The Fullback keens on a counter attack but his pass to Radebe reaches the touch. Blue Bulls have a line-out on their own 10.
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Libbok makes some metres with ball in hand, the fullback pass to Ismail. However, Blue Bulls eventually lose it and April counter attack. The Fullback get he Sharks out of their own half, but Radebe's just lose it inside the Bulls' 22.
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Lucky for the Blue Bulls , the ref only hands Sharks a penalty inside the Blue Bulls' 10 and April steps up and this time slots it over the uprights!
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Sharks have a line-out on the Blue Bulls 10. They set up an attack, the game is halted by a penalty after Prinsloo's dangerous tackle on Radebe
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Radebe's kick finds touch! However, before the game progress, the ref is checking for the foul play by Ruben van Heerden on Lubabalo Mtembu. TMO ruled that his digression deserves a yellow
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Blue Bulls win the line-out on the Sharks' 10. They feed the line out and have a noteworthy attack however the ball is ripped by the Sharks on the 22.
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Blue Buls have a scrum just outside their own 22. The ball is shifted wide and Odendaal make some metres. The centre have been busy, he also wins a penalty and Blue Bulls opt for the line-out!
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Nkosi collects the high ball and the wing tries to step his way around the Blue Bulls' defence but eventually knocks it on in his own 22. The Blue Bulls have a scrum, they retain possession but not for long as Sharks' great turnover ball sets up yet another attack.
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Again April steps up and again the fullback misses the target!
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From the restart the Blue Bulls are forced to defend, the Sharks have a line-out on the five metre and have rolling maul... and none other than hooker Franco Marais goes over for the points!
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Jantjies adds the easy extras, 7-5!
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Blue Bulls again on the attack, they find themselves on the Sharks' 22, Warner gives a gut pass to Burger Odendaal, the centre dummies his defenders with a show-and-go and dives over for the try!
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Sharks are force to work hard inside their own 22. The ball is hoisted up but just as far as Jantjies on the 10. The Flyhalf makes a few metres before the ball is feeded the line. Boom Prinsloo opt to give a grubber but Radebe is there in defence to cover.
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From the scrum Blue Bulls set up an attack. They make some metres, Warner opts to go blind and gives a looping pass to Ismail. The wing manages to keep possession hands an inside pass. Warner just takes his eyes of the ball and knock it on inside the SHarks half.
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Sharks retain the ball from the scrum and shift it wide, however Ismaiel rips possession away from Ward and its a scrum!
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From the restart, April collects the ball and kicks it downfield into the hands of Libbok who sets up a counter attack. The Blue Bulls make some metres but hard work by Lubabalo Mtembu wins Sharks a scrum on the Bulls' 10
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April takes his time, but his kick fails to reach the taget!
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Blue Bulls retain the ball and Warner feeds the line. after some phases, the ball is intercepted by Jacques Vermeulen. The SHarks enjoy possession and from the blind side, Sibusiso Nkosi goes around Libbok to score!
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Jantjies collects it neatly in his own 22, after two passes the ball is hoisted in the air and Sharks collects! Sharks build some phases but lost if forward on the Blue Bulls' 10
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April gets the game underway!
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The referee is Quinton Immelman. Assistant referees are Stephan Geldenhuys and Morné Ferreira while the TMO is Lesego Legoete
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The Sharks have won four of the last five matches between the sides since 2013.
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Sharks coach Robert du Preez has named Franco Marais, Lubabalo Mtembu and Inny-Christian Radebe as replacements for Mahlatse Ralepelle, Daniel du Preez, and Curwin Bosch, who are in the Springbok squad.
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Junior Springbok utility back Manie Libbok will make his Blue Bulls debut, while former Springbok wing Jamba Ulengo returns from injury in the notable changes to coach Nollis Marais' team. Marais has also opted to rest Piet van Zyl, handing a start to Andre Warner at scrumhalf. Amongst the forwards, Jaco Visagie is fit-again and will start on the bench.
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The match-up between the Blue Bulls and Sharks in Pretoria will be exciting as the both sides will enter the match high on confidence. The hosts come off two 50-point hauls and remain unbeaten, while the Sharks bounced back strongly from their Round-One defeat with back-to-back victories.
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Welcome to last Currie Cup match of Round four between the Blue Bulls and Sharks at Loftus!
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Pierre Schoeman
  • 2 Jan-Henning Campher
  • 3 Jon-Roy Jenkinson
  • 4 Irne Herbst
  • 5 Ruben van Heerden
  • 6 Johannes Prinsloo
  • 7 Jannes Kirsten
  • 8 Nick de Jager
  • 9 Andre Warner
  • 10 Tony Jantjies
  • 11 Jamba Ulengo
  • 12 Burger Odendaal
  • 13 Franco Naude
  • 14 Travis Ismaiel
  • 15 Manie Libbok
RESERVES
  • 16 Jaco Visagie
  • 17 Matthys Basson
  • 18 Abongile Nonkontwana
  • 19 Shaun Adendorff
  • 20 Ivan van Zyl
  • 21 Dries Swanepoel
  • 22 JT Jackson
START LINE UP
  • 1 Thomas Du Toit
  • 2 Franco Marais
  • 3 Ross Geldenhuys
  • 4 Tyler Paul
  • 5 Ruan Botha
  • 6 Keegan Daniel
  • 7 Jacques Vermeulen
  • 8 Lubabalo Mtembu
  • 9 Michael Claassens
  • 10 Inny-Christian Radebe
  • 11 Sibusiso Nkosi
  • 12 Lukhanyo Am
  • 13 Jeremy Ward
  • 14 Jacobus Van Wyk
  • 15 Garth April
RESERVES
  • 16 Armand van der Merwe
  • 17 Benhard Janse van Rensburg
  • 18 Cameron Wright
  • 19 Jean Droste
  • 20 John-Hubert Meyer
  • 21 Juan Schoeman
  • 22 Louis Schrueder
  • 23 Marius Louw
  • 24 Mzamo Majola
  • 25 Odwa Ndungane
  • 26 Wian Vosloo
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PREVIEW: Currie Cup, Round Four

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 10:43

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Round Four of the 2017 Currie Cup sees three intriguing matches being played on Wednesday.

Griquas take on Western Province in Kimberley in the day's first match before the action heads to Nelspruit where the Pumas host the Free State Cheetahs.

The day's final match sees the Blue Bulls host the Sharks in Pretoria.

The Golden Lions have a bye.

We take a look at all the Round Four action:

Wednesday, August 9:

Griquas v Western Province
(Kimberley Stadium, Kimberley - Kick-off: 13.00; 11.00 GMT)

In Kimberley, Griquas will be hunting their first victory of the season, while Western Province will look to build on their first win last weekend. 

History favours the Capetonians, who have won all seven matches between the sides dating back to the 2012 season. The hosts, however, have surprised many teams at home in the past, which could boost their confidence.
 
The match will be particularly significant for Western Province hooker Siyabonga Ntubeni, who will earn his 50th cap off the bench. Both team's coaches made several changes to their sides to manage their players' load after playing on Saturday, with new front rows among the changes.

"I think we need to ensure that we get some victories at home," Griquas head coach Peter Engledow told rugby365,

"To be honest in the four years that I have now been at Griquas, it is the one team that we have not managed to beat, so their coaching staff and players have done very well against us. 

"Western Province are always difficult. We had opportunities here in the past, but we haven't taken those and I hope we can do something special tomorrow on Women's day.

"This is Currie Cup now and we've learnt very quickly that it's a different competition and more importantly we have to stand up physically, that's the most important challenge and back ourselves to play against the bigger unions."

Western Province head coach John Dobson says Griquas are always fired up when they play his team.

"The thing with Griquas for some reason they keep a little pool of motivation for when they play Western Province," said Dobson.

"A lot of their guys come from here [Cape Town], who probably haven't got into our system and would like to be playing here, so I think desperation is a very powerful motivational tool.

"Every team that goes to Kimberley knows how tough it is, but I think we got some reasonable experience of winning there over the last few years. I don't think WP, at either Vodacom Cup or Currie Cup level, has stumbled there for a little while."

Recent results:
2016: Western Province won 52-31, Kimberley
2015: Western Province won 33-15, Cape Town
2015: Western Province won 43-19, Kimberley
2014: Western Province won 36-12, Cape Town

Prediction: Griquas are always a force at home, but Western Province is a much stronger side on paper. Province will win by 10 points or less.

Teams:

Griquas: 15 Adriaan Coertzen (captain), 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Tertius Kruger, 12 Jonathan Francke, 11 Enver Brandt, 10 Andre Swarts, 9 Renier Botha, 8 Jonathan Janse van Rensburg, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Wendal Wehr, 5 Pieter Janse van Vuren, 4 Mzwanele Zito, 3 Nicolaas Oosthuizen, 2 Marius Fourie, 1 Liam Hendricks. 
Replacements: 16 Wilmar Arnoldi, 17 Stephan Kotzé, 18 Jonathan Adendorf, 19 DeWet Kruger, 20 Tiaan Dorfling, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Eric Zana.

Western Province: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Michal Hazner, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Steph de Wit, 5 John Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Michael Kumbirai, 18 Jurie van Vuuren, 19 Jaco Coetzee, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Huw Jones, 22 Damian Willemse.

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge  
Assistant referees: Mpho Matsaung, Nico Schmahl
TMO: JJ Wagner

Pumas v Free State Cheetahs
(Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit - Kick-off: 15.15; 13.15 GMT)

The Pumas will brace themselves for a tough battle against the unbeaten Free State Cheetahs in Nelspruit, but their impressive track record against the defending champions and the fact that the visitors come off a bye will inspire them. 

In their last four encounters, the Bloemfontein side have won only one match and drew one.
 
The Pumas and Free State Cheetahs have made a number of changes to their starting line-ups, with the hosts fielding a new front row and halfback pairing among the changes

Jasper Wiese will debut for the Free Staters at No.8, and Niell Jordaan will lead the team in the absence of Francois Venter who is in the Springbok squad. 

The Cheetahs are returning to action from a bye in Round Three.

Recent results:
2016: Free State Cheetahs won 52-10, Nelspruit
2015: 37-all draw, Nelspruit
2014: Pumas won 31-17, Bloemfontein
2014: Pumas won 28-21, Nelspruit

Prediction: The Cheetahs are deadly out wide and they will look to run the Pumas ragged in Nelspruit. The Cheetahs will win by 12 points or more.

Teams:

Pumas: 15 Devon Williams, 14 Jerome Pretorius, 13 Gerrit Smith, 12 Hennie Skorbinski, 11 Ruwellyn Isbell, 10 Justin van Staden, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Lambert Groenewald, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Francois Kleinhans, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Jeremy Jordaan, 3 Pieter Scholtz, 2 Marko Janse van Rensburg, 1 Kwezi Mona.
Replacements: 16 Frank Herne, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Cameron Lindsay, 19 Chris Cloete, 20 Reynier van Rooyen, 21 Kobus Marais, 22 Neil Maritz.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rosco Specman, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Ryno Benjamin, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Niell Jordaan (captain), 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.
Replacements: 16 Erich de Jager, 17 Joseph Dweba, 18 Rynier Bernardo, 19 Junior Pokomela, 20 Mthokozisi Mkhabela, 21 Jacobus Jonker, 22 Malcolm Jaer.

Referee: Egon Seconds
Assistant referees: Ricus van der Hoven, Alex Jonker
TMO: Johan Greeff

Blue Bulls v Sharks
(Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria - Kick-off: 17.30; 15.30)

The match-up between the Blue Bulls and Sharks in Pretoria will be exciting as the both sides will enter the match high on confidence. 

The hosts come off two 50-point hauls and remain unbeaten, while the Sharks bounced back strongly from their Round-One defeat with back-to-back victories. 

Interestingly, the KwaZulu-Natalians have won four of the last five matches between the sides since 2013.
 
Junior Springbok utility back Manie Libbok will make his Blue Bulls debut, while former Springbok wing Jamba Ulengo returns from injury in the notable changes to coach Nollis Marais' team.
 
Sharks coach Robert du Preez has named Franco Marais, Lubabalo Mtembu and Inny-Christian Radebe as replacements for Mahlatse Ralepelle, Daniel du Preez, and Curwin Bosch, who are in the Springbok squad.

"We have a short turn-around time, having played on Saturday, but we knew about this from a while back. So, we planned our training accordingly," said Blue Bulls coach Marais.

"The two wins in two starts was good, but in this tough competition, results from one week will not guarantee anything in the next match, it is just too competitive. Facing the Sharks will be a massive challenge for us and we need to respond accordingly."

Captain Boom Prinsloo agrees. 

"We have seen how clinical the Sharks can be," said Prinsloo. "They have played some great rugby already and comes here with a good deal of momentum. We need to break that rhythm and make sure we dictate the pace, intensity and field position. We are still a work in progress, but it can be done."

Sharks captain Keegan Daniel has noticed a few changes to the Blue Bulls game.

"I think they're [Bulls] trying to change the way they play a bit, they’re trying to be a bit more dynamic and I think playing a different brand of rugby will be down to John Mitchell's influence," said Daniel in an interview on the Sharks website.

"Our test will be on defence because we haven't really been tested for long periods of time during a game. There have been moments but there hasn’t been continuous pressure."

Recent results:
2016: Sharks won 26-19, Durban
2015: Blue Bulls won 17-13, Durban
2014: Sharks won 26-15, Pretoria
2013: Sharks won 18-16, Pretoria

Prediction: It is the match of the round and it should be an exciting encounter. We think the Sharks will sneak it by seven points. 

Teams:

Blue Bulls: 15 Manie Libbok, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Franco Naude, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tony Jantjies, 9 Andre Warner, 8 Nic de Jager, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Johannes Prinsloo (captain), 5 Ruben van Heerden, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 John-Roy Jenkinson, 2 Jan-Henning Campher, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Matthys Basson, 18 Abongile Nonkontwana, 19 Shaun Adendorf, 20 Ivan van Zyl, 21 Dries Swanepoel, 22 JT Jackson

Sharks: 15 Garth April, 14 Jacobus van Wyk, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Lukhanyo Am, 11 Sibusiso Nkosi, 10 Inny-Christian Radebe, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Lubabalo Mtembu, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (Captain), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit.                 
Replacements - from: Armand van der Merwe, Benhard Janse van Rensburg, Cameron Wright, Jean Droste, John-Hubert Meyer, Juan Schoeman, Louis Schreuder, Marius Louw, Mzamo Majola, Odwa Ndungane, Wian Vosloo.

Referee: Quinton Immelman
Assistant referees: Stephan Geldenhuys, Morné Ferreira
TMO: Lesego Legoete

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Sharks too good for sloppy Bulls

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:49

CURRIE CUP MATCH REPORT: The Sharks scored a bonus-point 28-20 win over the previously unbeaten Blue Bulls in Pretoria on Wednesday.

The Sharks outscored a sloppy Bulls team by four tries to two and moved past their hosts into second place on the standings.

While the stats may not suggested it, the Sharks' defence was from the top shelve and was one of the key aspects in their game.

In contrast the Bulls simply made too many errors and there was also some shocking decision making from the hosts.

The Sharks made the Blue Bulls pay for an unforced error early on when a wayward offload was snapped up by the visitors, who shovelled it down the line. Wing Sibusiso Nkosi evaded a few tackles to score a well worked try in the third minute.

The Blue Bulls hit back several minutes later courtesy of inside centre Burger Odendaal. A few solid phases allowed Odendaal the space needed to sell a dummy and evade a tackle to score close to the uprights. Flyhalf Tony Jantjies conversion gave his side the lead for the first and last time in the match.

The Sharks regained the lead four minutes later when a strong line-out drive by the forwards saw hooker Franco Marais get his name on the scoreboard.

Lock Ruben van Heerden was shown a yellow card for a trip in the 26th minute, but the Sharks failed to make use of their advantage as the home team defended like men possessed.

Sharks fullback Garth April and Bulls flyhalf Tony Jantjies each kicked  penalty for the only points for the rest of the half.

Inside centre Lukhanyo Am scored the opening points of the second half, in the 52nd minute, when he ran a sensational line to score untouched under the poles. April added the extras.

Jantjies and April traded penalties again, as their teams continued with their back and forth tussle.

Van Heerden made amends for his indiscretion when he burrowed over for a try with 15 minutes left on the clock, but April would have the final say of the match as he slithered through the defence to score the visitor's bonus point try and secure a 28-20 win.

Man of the match: Travis Ismaiel and Manie Libbok, on debut, made some great metres on attack. Burger Odendaal was also a big threat, as he made plenty of line-breaks. Sharks captain Ruan Botha was at his bruising best, even though he conceded a couple of unnecessary penalties. Garth April and Lukhanyo Am ran some amazing lines. However, out award goes to Sharks loose forward  Jacques Vermeulen - who was by some distance the most productive player on the park.

The scorers:

For the Blue Bulls:
Tries: 
Odendaal, Van Heerden
Cons: Jantjies 2
Pens: Jantjies 2

For the Sharks:
Tries:
Nkosi, Marais, Am, April
Con: April
Pens: April 2

Yellow card: Ruben van Heerden (Blue Bulls, 25 - foul play, tripping an opponent)

Teams:

Blue Bulls: 15 Manie Libbok, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Franco Naude, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tony Jantjies, 9 Andre Warner, 8 Nic de Jager, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Johannes Prinsloo (captain), 5 Ruben van Heerden, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 John-Roy Jenkinson, 2 Jan-Henning Campher, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Matthys Basson, 18 Abongile Nonkontwana, 19 Shaun Adendorf, 20 Ivan van Zyl, 21 Dries Swanepoel, 22 JT Jackson

Sharks: 15 Garth April, 14 Jacobus van Wyk, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Lukhanyo Am, 11 Sibusiso Nkosi, 10 Inny-Christian Radebe, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Lubabalo Mtembu, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (Captain), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit.                 
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Juan Schieman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Jean Droste, 20 Cameron Wright, 21 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 22 Odwa Ndungane.

Referee: Quinton Immelman
Assistant referees: Stephan Geldenhuys, Morné Ferreira
TMO: Lesego Legoete

 

Burger Odendaal (13min) and Ruben van Heerden (65min)
TRIES
Sibusiso Nkosi (3min), Franco Marais (16min), Lukhanyo Am (52min), and Garth April (67min)
Tony Jantjies (14min) and Tony Jantjies (66min)
CONVERSIONS
Garth April (53min)
Tony Jantjies (36min) and Tony Jantjies (56min)
PENALTIES
Garth April (28min) and Garth April (60min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
Ruben van Heerden (25min)
 
 
VENUE Loftus Versfeld
REFEREE Quinton Immelman