Lukhanyo Am scores another classy try. Photo: Social media

WATCH: Sensational Lukhanyo Am try the highlight of Sharks win

World-class centre Lukhanyo Am scored a remarkable try as the Sharks clinched a 29-22 win over the Bulls at Loftus on Saturday.


Lukhanyo Am scores another classy try. Photo: Social media

In a game that saw both Morne Steyn and Grant Williams red-carded, the Sharks ultimately did just enough to come away with a much-needed URC win over their rivals from Pretoria.


The clash was a rather scrappy and ill-tempered affair, but the highlight was undoubtedly the stunning try scored by Springbok Lukhanyo Am just before half-time.

Below you can watch Am’s effort for the Sharks, which is sure to be a Try of the Season contender:

The hosts lost veteran former South Africa flyhalf Morne Steyn after only 11 minutes for a high tackle on Lukhanyo Am before Grant Williams saw red on the hour for his role in a clash of heads that ended the involvement of Steyn’s replacement Chris Smith.

Henco Venter and Bongi Mbonambi crossed for the Sharks before Am chased down his own grubber kick to score one of the tries of the season.

Am’s try came immediately following a Cornal Hendricks score that had threatened to pull the Bulls back into the contest before half-time.

Marcell Coetzee scored early in the second half with the Sharks themselves down to 14 men thanks to Venter’s yellow card but Makazole Mapimpi then secured the visitors’ bonus point before Williams was sent off.

The Bulls battled to the end and touched down twice in the last 10 minutes to clinch a pair of bonus points, with Simphiwe Matanzima and Madosh Tambwe both going over.

The result moves the Sharks three points clear of the Bulls and they remain within two of South African Shield leaders the DHL Stormers.

The Sharks quickly made their extra man count following Steyn’s red card as Venter went over following a line-out maul, with Tito Bonilla adding the extras.

Mbonambi then emerged from the back of another driving maul to stretch the Sharks’ lead to 14-0 with the help of a second Bonilla conversion.

Bulls hooker Johan Grobbelaar was forced into touch inches short of the line but the hosts got their opening try when Hendricks went over in the corner after intense pressure on the Sharks line saw Venter sin-binned.

Smith missed the conversion and Am scored a classy try from the subsequent kick-off, collecting the ball wide on the left flank direct from Bonilla’s kick before chasing down his own grubber to make it 19-5 at the break.

Coetzee barged his way over early in the second half with the Sharks still down to 14 men and Smith’s conversion reduced the arrears to seven points but Mapimpi crossed for the Sharks’ fourth try when he was found in space by Williams.

Curwin Bosch added the extras but the match became a 14-on-14 contest when Williams was deemed at fault for a clash of heads with Smith.

The Bulls had a try ruled out for a forward pass and Tambwe put a foot in touch during a sprint for the line as the hosts desperately sought a comeback.

Matanzima and Tambwe did eventually go over and though it was not enough to secure victory, with Bosch adding another penalty for the Sharks, the Bulls did come away with two bonus points thanks to their margin of defeat and their four tries.


Bulls – (5) 22

Tries: Cornal Hendricks, Marcell Coetzee, Simphiwe Matanzima, Madosh Tambwe

Conversion: Chris Smith

Sharks – (19) 29

Tries: Henco Venter, Bongi Mbonambi, Lukhanyo Am, Makazole Mapimpi