Gelant sparks Bulls to big win over Sharks

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    Springbok hopeful Warrick Gelant sparked the Bulls to a 39-33 success over the Sharks in their South African Super Rugby derby at Loftus Versfeld.

    The fullback had scored a hat-trick of tries in a 40-10 win over the Sharks in Durban earlier in the season, and got on the scoresheet again as well as laying on another try for winger Johnny Kotze with a piece of brilliance.

    The Bulls other tries came from centre Jesse Kriel, flanker Roelof Smit and lock Lood de Jager as they largely controlled the game with enterprising backline play and solid set-pieces to keep their playoff hopes alive.

    The Sharks led briefly in the second half and finished strongly to earn a losing bonus-point as they scored tries through fullback Curwin Bosch, and loose-forwards Jacques Vermeulen and Jean-Luc du Preez.

    “It was a bit sloppy at times again,” Bulls captain Burger Odendaal said.

    “But it’s always good to see the forwards get their passing going and we also got some good metres on the outside.”

    The Bulls made the brighter start with two tries in the opening 15 minutes as Kriel’s grubber kick sat up perfectly for Gelant to collect and score, before the centre spotted a gap in the Sharks backline and raced away to bag his side’s second.

    The return to the field of Bosch from a yellow card stabilised the Sharks and they began to take control of possession.

    A superb offload from prop Tendai Mtawarira to Bosch put the fullback over for a score.

    Smit restored the Bulls lead as he went over from close-range, but the home side were pegged back by first the loss of lock RG Snyman to a yellow card and seconds later a try for Vermeulen as the teams went to the break with the Bulls leading 22-17.

    Sharks flive-eighth Robert du Preez kicked two penalties to give the visitors the lead, but the Bulls regained control as a brilliant touch from Gelant sent Kotze over, before De Jager bulldozed his way over the line.

    The Sharks kept on attacking and were rewarded with 10 minutes left when Jean-Luc du Preez crossed under the posts to deny the Bulls a try-scoring bonus-point.

    “We had our chances, but errors came in and discipline cost us,” Sharks captain Ruan Botha said. “We knew how they would play and put them under pressure, but we couldn’t back it up.”

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    The Crowd Says (4)

    • May 13th 2018 @ 4:23pm
      Cuw said | May 13th 2018 @ 4:23pm | ! Report

      The saffa team can easily meet the “qoutas ” if all these ” colored ” backs are selected.

      Gelant , Mapimpi , Am , Senatla , Willemse , Jantjies , even De Allande 😀

    • Roar Guru

      May 14th 2018 @ 1:05am
      The Neutral View From Sweden said | May 14th 2018 @ 1:05am | ! Report

      I am dreaming of the day when Springboks get a real black second rower. Someone with a body like Francis Nganou and just smashes people off their feet non-stop and jumps 3 feet higher at every lineout.

      I think you forgot about Dyantis. He can tackle and defend better than any other wing in SA ATM. And he has all the.flash stuff also.

    • Roar Pro

      May 14th 2018 @ 9:39am
      Jonty Shonty said | May 14th 2018 @ 9:39am | ! Report

      Warrick has really stepped it up this year and he’s becoming the complete package at full back. He’s good under the high ball and can tackle. He’s always been good running with the ball, but he’s improved his kicking game significantly this year.

      There’s plenty more players you can add to that list Cuw – Bosch, Nkosi, Carr, Notshe, Samuels. It’s moving in the right direction I reckon.

    • May 14th 2018 @ 7:04pm
      Ulrich said | May 14th 2018 @ 7:04pm | ! Report

      We need better black (or close enough to black) forwards. Beast is gone soon enough which leaves Ox Nche, Lizo Gqoboka and Trevor Nyakane in the forwards. Marvin Orie as a lock and Kolisi, Oupa and …? as back rows.

      I think currently Kitshoff is better than any black LH prop and Wilco Louw and Koch better than any black TH prop (my opinion).

      I also don’t think Scarra Ntubeni, Samuels or whoever else at hooker is better than Marx, Bismarck, Strauss or even the guy from the Sharks at hooker.

      Kolisi is decent but not the best when guys like Kriel, Vermeulen, Marcel Coetzee, the du Preez brothers etc are factored in.

      So yes, there’s good black talent coming through and perhaps with opportunity they will get better, but that is hardly how you want to select your flagship team to represent your country and it is grossly unfair to those who have displayed (arguably) better form and class.

      Where does Marvin Orie fit in for example between Eben Etzebeth, PSdT, Lood de Jager, RG Snyman, Chris van Zyl and Franco Mostert?

      Players that do deserve to be there however are in the backline:

      Embrose Papier (simply because why not, it’s not like we have many others there) – RAW
      Lukhanyo Am – RAW
      Sbu Nkosi – RAW
      Aphiwe Dyantyi – RAW
      Warrick Gelant – RAW
      Damien Willemse (without being rushed) – RAW
      Possibly even the other Lions winger (can’t remember his name).
      Curwin Bosch (think he is non-white). – RAW

      Not sure de Allende qualifies as non-white.

      Anyways those backline players listed should start getting some game time and it should remain that way until they can no longer be classified as RAW on experience at international level. It has to start sometime, somewhere and they at least definitely deserve opportunity at a higher level.

      The forwards can be selected too, but I honestly don’t think there is any black forward in the country apart from perhaps Beast (even that is debatable) that’s better than their white counterpart and deserves a starting position.

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