Honours Even Between Bulls & Sharks

The Bulls and the Sharks drew 16-16 all in their Super Rugby clash at Loftus Versfeld on Friday.  It was always going to be a tight affair in Pretoria and the home side opened the scoring on eight minutes when Francois Brummer knocked over a penalty for a 3-0 lead.  The visitors levelled the score not long after when Joe Pietersen converted a penalty of his own.
A well-taken drop goal by Brummer on 18 minutes put his side in the lead again.  The opening try of the game came on 32 minutes when a scrum in the centre of the field saw the ball passed down the back line to Warrick Gelant who made no mistake in dotting down under the poles beofre Brummer converted to extend the lead to 13-3.  The away side scored a penalty through Pietersen, between two missed penalty attemps from Brummer to make the score 13-6 going into half-time.
Gary Gold’s men resumed the game in perfect fashion as Willie Le Roux received the ball, chipped it over the top and Lwazi Mvovo put pressure on the defender which saw the ball bobble to Le Roux and he expertly picked the ball up and dived over the try line.  That try was converted by Pietersen to leve the scores.  Pietersen scored another penalty making the score 16-13 in favour of the Durbanites.
The Durban side’s advantage was eliminated when a penalty was awarded to the Bulls and Tiaan Schoeman restored parity.  The Sharks were then awarded a penalty right in front of the poles as the hooter sounded and it looked as if Pietersen had a simple kick to win the game but he somehow missed and the game ended 16-16.
Photo credit: Nick Lourens