Morne Steyn kicked 18 points to beat the Sharks and end the hosts Super Rugby play-off aspirations.
The Sharks looked to have conjured up a remarkable victory when Charl McLeod scored and Pat Lambie converted in the 75th minute. But within two minutes the Sharks were guilty of a lineout infringement and Steyn punished the lack of discipline.
The Sharks had opportunities to sneak the victory in a frantic finish but lacked the decision-making to turn a possession and field position advantage into victory.
The Bulls, thanks to Steyn’s kicking, consolidated their position at the top of the South African Conference. They are also second in the league.
The Sharks produced their most fiery display of the season and it took every inch of Bulls desperation to win this one. The Sharks were more desperate but Steyn was more clinical in converting the opportunities.
The Sharks pack dominated the scrums, but the Bulls lineout negated this advantage.
The humidity hurt both teams because the handling was shocking, the skill levels were sub-standard and the decision-making was poor.
It was a match that lacked precision because of the conditions and it was a match best forgotten in terms of quality – if not in terms of result.
Sharks – Try: Charl McLeod. Conversion: Pat Lambie. Penalty: Lambie (3)
Bulls - Penalty: Morne Steyn (6)