Do Not Sell My Personal Information
RugbyPass Match Centre
Scores
Sorry there are no live games.
See what's coming up.
Bulls BUL Sharks SHA Sat
26 Sep
4:25pm SAST
Lions LIO Stormers STO Sat
26 Sep
6:55pm SAST
Wellington WEL Bay of Plenty BAY Fri
25 Sep
9:00am SAST
Tasman TAS Waikato WAI Sat
26 Sep
4:00am SAST
Southland SOU North Harbour HAR Sat
26 Sep
6:15am SAST
Hawke's Bay HAW Canterbury CAN Sat
26 Sep
9:00am SAST
Auckland AUC Manawatu MAN Sun
27 Sep
3:00am SAST
Taranaki TAR Otago OTA Sun
27 Sep
3:00am SAST
Counties COU Northland NOR Sun
27 Sep
5:15am SAST
Bay of Plenty BAY Auckland AUC Fri
2 Oct
8:00am SAST
Counties COU Manawatu MAN Sat
3 Oct
3:00am SAST
Northland NOR Taranaki TAR Sat
3 Oct
5:15am SAST
Canterbury CAN Wellington WEL Sat
3 Oct
8:00am SAST
Southland SOU Waikato WAI Sun
4 Oct
3:00am SAST
North Harbour HAR Tasman TAS Sun
4 Oct
3:00am SAST
Otago OTA Hawke's Bay HAW Sun
4 Oct
5:15am SAST
Manawatu MAN Canterbury CAN Fri
9 Oct
8:00am SAST
Taranaki TAR Auckland AUC Sat
10 Oct
3:00am SAST
Wellington WEL Otago OTA Sat
10 Oct
5:15am SAST
Waikato WAI Counties COU Sat
10 Oct
8:00am SAST
Tasman TAS Bay of Plenty BAY Sun
11 Oct
3:00am SAST
North Harbour HAR Hawke's Bay HAW Sun
11 Oct
3:00am SAST
Northland NOR Southland SOU Sun
11 Oct
5:15am SAST
Hawke's Bay HAW Northland NOR Fri
16 Oct
8:00am SAST
Manawatu MAN Bay of Plenty BAY Sat
17 Oct
3:00am SAST
Auckland AUC Tasman TAS Sat
17 Oct
5:15am SAST
Southland SOU Taranaki TAR Sat
17 Oct
8:00am SAST
Canterbury CAN Waikato WAI Sun
18 Oct
3:00am SAST
Otago OTA Counties COU Sun
18 Oct
3:00am SAST
Wellington WEL North Harbour HAR Sun
18 Oct
5:15am SAST
Otago OTA Northland NOR Fri
23 Oct
8:00am SAST
Bay of Plenty BAY Canterbury CAN Sat
24 Oct
3:00am SAST
Hawke's Bay HAW Manawatu MAN Sat
24 Oct
5:15am SAST
North Harbour HAR Auckland AUC Sat
24 Oct
8:00am SAST
Tasman TAS Southland SOU Sun
25 Oct
3:00am SAST
Counties COU Wellington WEL Sun
25 Oct
3:00am SAST
Waikato WAI Taranaki TAR Sun
25 Oct
5:15am SAST
Canterbury CAN Otago OTA Fri
30 Oct
8:00am SAST
Wellington WEL Tasman TAS Sat
31 Oct
3:00am SAST
Northland NOR North Harbour HAR Sat
31 Oct
5:15am SAST
Auckland AUC Waikato WAI Sat
31 Oct
8:00am SAST
Bay of Plenty BAY Hawke's Bay HAW Sun
1 Nov
3:00am SAST
Manawatu MAN Southland SOU Sun
1 Nov
3:00am SAST
Taranaki TAR Counties COU Sun
1 Nov
5:15am SAST
Southland SOU Otago OTA Fri
6 Nov
8:00am SAST
Auckland AUC Northland NOR Sat
7 Nov
3:00am SAST
North Harbour HAR Counties COU Sat
7 Nov
5:15am SAST
Tasman TAS Canterbury CAN Sat
7 Nov
8:00am SAST
Waikato WAI Bay of Plenty BAY Sun
8 Nov
3:00am SAST
Hawke's Bay HAW Wellington WEL Sun
8 Nov
3:00am SAST
Manawatu MAN Taranaki TAR Sun
8 Nov
5:15am SAST
Tue 18 Jul 2017 | 04:40

Dream-like KZN win over Blue Bulls

Dream-like KZN win over Blue Bulls
Tue 18 Jul 2017 | 04:40
Dream-like KZN win over Blue Bulls
SHARE

This time they lost by 20 points but last year the Golden Lions beat them 41-14, a difference of 27 points. But this year's 53 points is beyond a dream. And it could have been worse.

ADVERTISEMENT

The Sharks were leading 38-0 when they had a player sent off. There is no doubt that their 14-man opponents helped the Blue Bulls to a recovery of sorts. They got to 38-28 before the Sharks went scoring again.

It was not just the scoring against them that had an air of unreality. They looked so hesitant and un-cohesive; their handling was so poor; they lost three of their first line-outs, they were shoved in the scrums, even by a seven-man pack against them.

The Sharks, on the other hand, were skilled, clever and confident.

The KwaZulu-Natal side scored their first try after just one minute. The Sharks knocked on into touch and the Blue Bulls chose the line-out. They lost their line-out and clever scrumhalf Sanele Nohamba played wide to wing Cham Zondeki who ran down the touchline, beat one and scored in the left corner. 5-0.

The Sharks nearly scored again when Rynhardt Jonker broke and gave to Conan le Fleur. They were close but lost the ball.

The second try was not long in coming. At a scrum on their right, the Sharks were awarded a free kick. The ball went out to Zondeki who ran and then with his right foot kicked infield to his right where Nohamba latched onto the ball and scored. 12-0 after 9 minutes.

ADVERTISEMENT

The next try came from close quarters. The Sharks mauled from a line-out, bashed at the line. Flyhalf Dylan Pretorius dummied and forced his way over for a try. 19-0 after 15 minutes.

Next Pretorius charged down a Blue Bull clearance which resulted in a five-mere scrum to the Sharks. They bashed and captain Phendulani Buthelezi dabbed the ball to the line for a try. 26-0 after 26 minutes.

This looked as if it were becoming a rout.

The Sharks came back on the attack. From a scrum on their left, they bashed their way left and powerful Dylan Richardson bashed between defenders to score. 31-0 after 32 minutes.

ADVERTISEMENT

From the kick-off, the Blue Bulls knocked on. Jonker of the clever feet and quick mind got the ball, flicked a pass behind his back and fullback Siyanda Cele went racing 41 metres down the field for a try. 38-0 after 33 minutes.

It was slaughter.

But then, on half-time, the Sharks lost a man, for a shoulder to the head of a grounded opponent during post-tackle activity. That meant a red card – and the re-entry of the Blue Bulls to the match.

Three successive penalties and the Pretoria side went wide right where fullback Diego Appollis was unmarked and scored. Flyhalf Ulrich Maritz converted. That made the half-time score  38-7.

Instead of oranges or water, it would seem that the Blue Bulls were given a dose of confidence during the break. They returned to the fray a faster and far more confident.

From a line-out, they drove a maul 25 metres downfield and Zan Briel broke and raced for the line and a try near the posts. They came back and from a scrum, big Ulrich Maritz broke through for a try. 38-21. They had scored three tries in 10 minutes' playing time. Victory was certainly possible, for the mountain was shrinking.

Back came the Bulls with inter-passing but lock Ruben Kotze lost the ball as he stretched for another try. But they had a penalty and tapped going left where Appollis squeezed over for his second try, awarded after a TMO examination. Maritz converted from touch with a mighty kick.  38-28 and the Sharks looked bewildered, but suddenly they seemed to get themselves together. 

Burly Keynan Knox went on a charge. Massive JJ van der Mescht carried it on. A penalty for a high tackle made a five-mere line-out. The Sharks peeled around the front and then went left. Van der Mescht came charging at an angle but the ball went past the decoy to Jonker who went over for the clever try untouched. 45-28 with 15 minutes to play. Nohamba goaled a penalty and it was 48-28 with 12 minutes to play

This last period of play was a repeat of the spirit of the first half – the Sharks with heads up and the Blue Bulls with heads down.

Jonker intercepted a Blue Bull pass. The ball was loose and Jonker footed on. Nohamba got it and ran off with the ball, popping it to Le Fleur who scored. 53-28 with just four minutes to play.

The Blue Bulls got possession and Labuschagne, Marnus Potgieter and Orateng Koikanyang combined to produce the try that Labuschagne scored. 53-33.

86 points in 70 minutes.

It had an air of unreality.

The scorers:

For KwaZulu-Natal:

Tries: Dylan Richardson, Phendulani Buthelezi, Sanele Nohamba, Dylan Pretorius, Cham Zondeki, Rynhardt Jonker, Conan Le Fleur, Siyanda Cele

Cons: Sanele Nohamba 5

Pen: Sanele Nohamba

For Blue Bulls:

Tries: Jaco Labuschagne, Ulrich Maritz, Zach Briel, Diego Appollis 2

Cons: Ulrich Maritz 4

Teams: 

Blue Bulls: 15 Diego Appollis (Garsfontein), 14 Mpho Kubeka (Pretoria Boys' High), 13 Marnus Potgieter (Affies), 12 Zan Briel (Affies), 11 Turique Ferris (De Wilgers), 10 Ulrich Maritz (Waterkloof), 9 Giovanne Snyman (Waterkloof), 8 Phillip Potgieter (Affies), 7 Jaco Labuschagne (Affies), 6 Kahanda Jada (Pretoria Boys' High), 5 Ruben Kotze (Waterkloof), 4 Orateng Koikanyang (St Alban's), 3 Gerrit Visser (Waterkloof), 2 Ruben Veldsman (Waterkloof), 1 Warren Nkobane (Cornwall Hill), 16 Johan van Zyl (Affies), 17 Robert Moekoena (Curro Hazeldean), 18 James Combrink (Affies), 19 Kgala Mothomogolo (Pretoria Boys' High), 20 Gustav de Jager (Waterkloof) , 21 Keagen Johannes (Garsfontein), 22 Regardt Roets (Affies), 23 Ndu Nkosi (Southdowns).

Kwa-Zulu Natal/Sharks: 15 Siyanda Cele (Glenwood), 14 Njabulo Mjara (Maritzburg), 13 Conan le Fleur (Glenwood), 12 Rynhardt Jonker (Glenwood), 11 Cham Zondeki (DHS), 10 Dylan Pretorius (Glenwood), 9 Sanele Nohamba (DHS), 8 Phendulani Buthelezi (DHS), 7 Dylan Richardson (Kearsney), 6 Dylan Kruger (Glenwood), 5 JJ van der Mescht (Glenwood), 4 Edward Laubscher (Glenwood), 3 Keynan Knox (Michaelhouse), 2 Fezokuhle Mbatha (Maritzburg), 1 Jordan Clarke (Glenwood), 16 Daniel Truter (Glenwood), 17 Thabiso Mdletshe (Glenwood), 18 Brendon Schwulst (Glenwood), 19 Celimpilo Gumede (DHS), 20 Ntuthuko Mchunu (Maritzburg), 21 Jaden Hendrikse (Glenwood), 22 Morné van Rensburg (Glenwood), 23 Lwandile Menze (DHS).

 Referee: Pieter Maritz 

Assistant referees: Eduan Nel, Oregopotse Rametsi 

Assessor: Thuso Mngqibisa

PV: 10
ADVERTISEMENT
Dream-like KZN win over Blue Bulls | Rugby365