The Sharks and the Bulls will renew their rivalry in a 2019 Super Rugby Round 7 clash at Kings Park Stadium in Durban on Saturday, 30 March, kick-off at 15h05 CAT.
The Sharks come into the match on the back of an impressive 28-14 home win over the Rebels last weekend, a result which leaves them in fifth place on the overall log and second on the South African Conference.
The Bulls, meanwhile, were stunned by a 56-20 defeat at home to the Chiefs, with the result leaving them in seventh place on the overall log and fourth on the South African Conference.
“We didn’t pitch up at all‚ I think we were still on a bye. I gave the guys sometime off last week because we had a bye and I think they were still off‚” said Bulls coach Pote Human after one of their heaviest defeats at Loftus.
“This is humiliation for us but we have to dig deep and come back stronger against the Sharks next week. From the kick-off we struggled‚ we were flat and we didn’t have the energy. The Chiefs were good but we were just off and poor. We allowed them to play‚ we threw the ball away too many times and it was just not our day.”
He added, “I hope this was just a blip because we are much better than this and we showed it in the three of the first four games.
“This is a bad result for us but we must take it on the chin and come back stronger next week. We expected them to come with energy and a high level of intensity and we prepared for that‚ but unfortunately, we did not pitch at all and this must serve as wake-up call.”
The Bulls are unbeaten in their last eight Super Rugby matches (won seven, drawn one) against the Sharks – a run which stretches back all the way to 2014. That includes a 37-14 home victory when the teams met at Loftus Stadium earlier this month.
On that occasion, the Gauteng side triumphed on the back of a brilliant kicking performance from flyhalf Handre Pollard, who racked up 22 points, as well as tries from Rosko Speckman and Jesse Kriel.
Sharks v Bulls – Last five Super Rugby meetings
9 March 2019 – Bulls 37-14 Sharks
12 May 2018 – Bulls 39-33 Sharks
14 April 2018 – Sharks 10-40 Bulls
30 June 2017 – Sharks 17-30 Bulls
18 March 2016 – Bulls 16-16 Sharks