Our referee is Jaco Peyper. He will be assisted by Aimee Barret-Theron and Paul Mente. The TMO is Stuart Berry.
Bulls: 15 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 David Kriel, 12 Cornal Hendricks, 11 Richard Kriel, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Elrigh Louw, 7 Arno Botha, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Walt Steenkamp, 3 Robert Hunt, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Gerhard Steenkamp
Substitutes: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Lizo Gqoboka, 19 Jacques du Plessis, 20 Sintu Manjezi, 21 Zak Burger, 22 Chris Smith, 23 Harold Vorster.
Sharks: 15 Anthony Volmink, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Lukhanyo Am (captain), 11 Makzole Mapimpi, 10 Boeta Chamberlain, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Phepsi Buthelezi, 7 Jeandre Labuschagne, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ntuthuko Mchunu
Substitutes: 16 Kerron van Vuuren, 17 Khwezi Mona, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Reniel Hugo, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Sanele Nohamba, 22 Tito Bonilla, 23 Werner Kok
The Sharks and Bulls are 14th and 15th respectively on the table but we must keep in mind that none of the European teams have played any away games against South African teams thus far.
Due the the recent discovery of the Omnicrom variant of Covid 19, all South African games involving European teams were postponed and as a result we have local derbies involving South African teams only this weekend.
G'Day and welcome to Durban for our live coverage of this United Rugby Championship clash between the Sharks and the Bulls.
Kick-off! We are underway here in KZN in this reshuffled fixture!
The Sharks secure the first penalty at the breakdown and they set up the line-out. A good start from them.
The line-out is secured and they drive forward before securing another penalty. They set up another line-out but this time the Sharks knock it on and it's advantage to the Bulls.
The Bulls come away with their first penalty at the breakdown and they clear it into touch.
The Bulls feed a scrum inside the Sharks 22 and they go wide. Kriel is into a gap before Tambwe is shoved into touch. That was a good Bulls move!
The Sharks secure the first scrum penalty to relief some pressure and unfortunately they fail to find touch via Chamberlain.
Ruan Pienaat fails to clear behind the scrum under pressure and the Bulls now feed inside the Sharks 22.
It's rinse and repeat as the Sharks secure yet another scrum penalty. This time Chamberlain finds touch.
The Bulls come away with the set-piece and kick deep. The Sharks then lead a counter inside their half before spilling it in the tackle.
The Bulls are penalised for a line-out infringement by Steenkamp and they go for goal. Boeta Chamberlain sends an easy kick WIDE!
After a few resets at the scrum the Sharks have an advantage for another penalty. They go wide and then the ball is knocked-on in the process of going over to score. That was so close for Sbu Nkosi.
PENALTY, SHARKS, CHAMBERLAIN! 3-0 The Bulls are warned again as they concede yet another breakdown penalty. This time Chamberlain slots the kick.
TRY, BULLS. KRIEL! 3-7: The Bulls have a penalty at the restart after obstruction by the Sharks forwards. They find a good touch and secure the line-out. They secure another penalty and this time they take a tap. Kriel side-steps nicely to reach out and score! Morne Steyn adds the extras.
Chamberlain tries a grubber and Tambwe lets it roll into touch in the Bulls 22.
The ball is secured and Steyn clears it into touch.
PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 3-10: The Bulls apply the pressure and secure a penalty at the breakdown inside the Sharks 22. Steyn slots it down the middle.
PENALTY, SHARKS, CHAMBERLAIN! 6-10: The Bulls knock it on at the restart and it's advantage Sharks in the Bulls 22. They then secure a penalty and Chamberlain goes for goal.
PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 6-13: The Bulls secure a free-kick after some time wasting by the Sharks. They go wide and secure a penalty at the breakdown, Steyn goes for goal and scores!
Tambwe is into a gap for the Bulls but he spills it in the tackle.
PENALTY, SHARKS, CHAMBERLAIN! 10-13: Chamberlain slots a good kick after a later penalty at the breakdown.
HALF-TIME: SHARKS 10-13 SHARKS. It has been a tight game up-front and the Bulls lead by a narrow margin at the break.
Kick-off! We are back underway in the second half.
Great work by the Sharks to secure a turn-over ball in the Bulls half. Pienaar sends it wide before the Sharks secure a penalty for offside and Chamberlain fails to level the score by sending it wide.
The game is starting to open up now and the Sharks come close before Am is stopped by a brilliant tackle.
A handling error in the line-out by the Bulls hand the Sharks a scrum.
PENALTY, SHARKS, CHAMBERLAIN! 12-13 I'ts yet another Sharks scrum penalty and Chamberlain makes no mistake on this occasion.
TRY, SHARKS, AM! 19-13: A poor pass between the Bulls backs opens up a gap for Am, who runs from his own 22 to score! Great work and the try is also converted.
PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 19-16: The Bulls secure a turnover ball and a penalty. Steyn lines it up and makes no mistake to narrow the gap.
PENALTY, SHARKS, CHAMBERLAIN! 22-16: It's all about penalties now and Chamberlain slots another.
The Bulls mess up a good line-out inside the Sharks 22 and Chamberlain kicks deep. The Sharks then secure a penalty for obstruction near halfway and Chamberlain tries his luck but the ball goes under the posts.
YELLOW CARD! The Sharks secure yet another scrum penalty and Lizo Gqoboka is sin-binned for a repeated offence. The Sharks then fail to find touch.
PENALTY, SHARKS, CHAMBERLAIN! 25-16: The TMO is involved for an off the ball incident and the Sharks have a penalty.
Some relief for the Bulls as they secure a penalty in their own half. That did not last long as a silly mistake give the penalty back to the Sharks in a good position.
TRY, SHARKS, VAN VUUREN! 30-16: The Sharks go for the corner and secure the set-piece. The driving maul with the extra man advantage secures a TRY!
The Bulls are back to full strength.
The game is fizzling out now. Can the Bulls get a consolation score?