PRETORIA – The Blue Bulls were no match for a rampant Sharks outfit as the visitors ran out 48-40 winners in their Currie Cup clash at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday night in Pretoria.
The home side’s chances of victory were all but ended when a moment of madness from Johnny Kotze saw the Bulls reduced to 14-men. The neutrals, though, were not robbed of a contest as the numerical advantage did little to dampen the attacking intent displayed by both sides.
Tries from Kotze, Lizo Gqoboka and Manie Libbok had put the hosts in front. The Sharks were quick to hit back and took the lead at the break as Andre Esterhuizen scored to add to the good work done earlier by Thomas du Toit and Jacques Vermeulen.
The Sharks came into their own in the early stages of the second half as Jeremy Ward and Kobus Van Wyk crossed over but Sanele Nohamba, Aphelele Fassi and JP Pietersen played their roles in the enterprising forward play.
Wing Cornal Hendricks brought the Bulls back into the contest which made it a tighter affair, but when Ruan Steenkamp dived over for a five-pointer the Sharks still had one last bit of magic.