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Highlanders beat the Sharks in Dunedin

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Article Published: Saturday 4 May 2013

The Highlanders are the only team in Super Rugby this season to have lost all of their matches so far.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.
The Sharks kick off and we are underway.
0.20: The Highlanders win a penalty after the kick off so they kick for touch.
1.00: The Highlanders win the line out but knock on.
2.00: The Sharks have the ball and are on the attack in the Highlanders half. Highlanders not committing many players to the breakdown.
3.00: Frans Steyn loses the ball forward so the Highlanders kick for touch and send the Sharks down to their 22m line.
4.00: Highlanders have the ball on attack in the Sharks 22. They put the Sharks under pressure and win a penalty. (playing the ball on the ground). The Highlanders kick for touch as they want the line out and try.
6.00: The Highlanders win the line out and drive for the line. However as they go over the line JP Pietersen deliberately knocks the ball down and is shown a yellow card. Jannie du Plessis goes down injured and the Sharks go into a huddle to discuss how they are going to defend the scrum on the 5m line.
7.00: The Highlanders win the scrum and attack but under the posts the Sharks turn the ball over and kick it well downfield.
8.00: Another penalty to the Highlanders just inside the Sharks half for being offside. Colin Slade will kick for posts.
9.00: Slade's kick hits the post. Still no score.
10.00: The Highlanders kick through the Sharks backline and chase. Shaun Treeby gets the ball and goes over to score the opening TRY! Slade adds the conversion.
11.00: Penalty for going over the top for the Sharks. They kick for the corner.
13.00: The Sharks win the line out and win another penalty. They kick for the corner again and win the line out, they suck a couple of defenders in and Meyer Bosman goes over for the first Sharks TRY!
14.00: Pat Lambie takes the conversion and levels the scores.
15.00: The Highlanders are looking to attack. They make some ground into the Sharks half but then they kick the ball out on the full by mistake.
16.00: Highlanders attacking again. Burley makes some ground and the Highlanders recycle. As they get to about 10m out the Highlanders win a penalty. They run it.
17.00: Wow, this is frantic. It's messy play from both teams but the Sharks manage to push the Highlanders back out of their 22 and then they win a penalty. They kick for touch. JP Pietersen is back on.
19.00: Both teams try to give the ball some air. The ball eventually goes out on the half way line. Sharks put in.
21.00: It all attack from the Highlanders and the Sharks. The Highlanders keep making ground and then the Sharks turn the ball over and kick it back. The Highlanders have to attack from deep again. Intensity levels are high.
23.00: The Sharks have a scrum just inside the Highlanders half. They win the scrum and start their attack. They kick ahead but the ball is charged down.
25.00: The Sharks get the ball into the Highlanders 22. The Highlanders defence is strong as the Sharks send wave after wave of attack at the home side. Eventually the Sharks win a penalty.
26.00: The Sharks kick for the corner as Lubabalo Mtembu comes off injured and is replaced by Derick Minnie.
27.00: The Sharks win the line out and get the ball to in front of the posts. Highlanders go over the top so the Sharks have another penalty. The Highlanders get a team warning. Sharks will kick for posts.
28.00: Lambie slots the penalty and the Sharks lead for the first time.
30.00: Penalty to the Highlnaders just on the half way line. Playing the ball on the ground. Slade will kick for posts. Again he hits the post.  The Highlanders gather the ball and drive for the line. They get held up as they go over the line so they have a 5m scrum.
32.00:The Highlanders win the scrum, Aaron Smith passes to Ben Smith who goes for the line - stretches and loses the ball as he goes over. No try.
33.00: 5m scrum. The Sharks win a penalty for something that Tony Woodcock did in the scrum. No one seems to know what though. The Sharks kick to the half way line. The Sharks win the line out they chip kick ahead and Lwazi Mvovo gets away, backs himself and races for the line and scores. TRY!
36.00: Lambie misses the conversion. Off the posts.
37.00: Penalty to the Highlanders in front of the posts but outside the Sharks 22. They will kick for posts.
38.00: Slade takes the shot and misses completely.
40.00: The siren goes for half time. The Highlanders have the ball on the half way line. The Highlanders work the ball to the 22m line.
41.00: The Highlanders are going through the phases on attack in the Sharks 22. The Sharks turn it over but it's half time.
The half time score was Highlanders 7 Sharks 15
The Highlanders kick off and we are underway.
41.00; The Highlanders try to work a move on attack in the Sharks 22 but the Sharks read it well. The Highlanders keep on attacking.
42.00: The Highlanders win a penalty and take the quick tap and Aaron Smith goes over for the TRY!
43.00: Colin Slade lands the conversion. The Highlanders trail by a point.
46.00:  Both teams give the ball some air. Lambie doesn't find touch so the Highlanders attack. Just inside the Sharks half Derick Minnie gets blown up for illegal entry to the ruck so the Highlanders get a penalty. Slade will kick. He nails this one and the Highlanders lead again. Minnie is on a final warning.
48.00: The games is starting to open up for the Highlanders. Aaron Smith makes a break as the Highlanders keep breaching the Sharks defence. Hore makes another break and the Highlanders are two metres out. Aaron Smith chips through but the Sharks get back and dot the ball down. Sharks 22 drop out.
50.00: It's all the Highlanders in the Sharks half. Frans Steyn is down and will be subbed by Piet Lindeque. Sharks have had next to no ball this half.  Steyn limps off.
51.00: Penalty to the Highlanders. Slade will kick for posts. He nails it.
53.00: TJ Ioane is subbed for Elliot Dixon.
54.00: The Highlanders break out from inside their half, both Smith's are involved and then Chris King slips a pass to Colin Slade scores the third Highlanders try. Excellent team TRY!
55.00: Colin Slade misses the conversion.
56.00: Jean Deysel comes on for Derick Minnie amidst some confusion as the Sharks briefly have 16 players on the field.
57.00: Viljoen makes a break for the Sharks who have now decided to get into the game for the second half.
59.00: The Sharks have come to life. They have the ball on attack in the Highlanders 22. Highlanders defence is strong for now though. 16 phases.
60.00: 26 Phases and the Sharks are still on attack. 27th phase they lose the ball and the Highlanders kick it downfield.
62.00: Broken play all around and the Sharks get back into the Highlanders 22 and then Meyer Bosman gets through and scores his second TRY!
63.00: Lambie slots the conversion and the players are out on their feet - both sides. The Highlanders are going to the bench.
66.00: The Sharks are finding some gaps in the Highlanders again. Mvovo makes a break but in the follow up Keegan Daniel loses the ball.
68.00: The Sharks have a line out on the half way line. They win the line out but they knock on after getting into the Highlanders half.
69.00: The Highlanders win a line out in the Sharks half. They try to launch their attack but the Steve Walsh gets tangled up in a tackle so the Highlanders have a scrum.
72.00: The Highlanders are trying to play the game in the Sharks 22 in order to force them to attack from deep.
74.00: Penalty to the Sharks just inside their half. Lambie kicks for touch but misses touch so the Highlanders kick it out.
76.00: Sharks upping the pressure. They get into the Highlanders 22.
77.00: The Sharks are getting closer all the time. There appears to be no intent for the drop goal.
78.00: The Sharks get to about 2m out and they lose the ball. Highlanders kick it out.
79.00: Sharks line out on the Highlanders 22. The Sharks get a penalty. They go for the corner as they want the win. This is intense. The Sharks win the line out and Brad Thorn is shown a yellow card.
80.00: The Sharks win the line out and attack on the 5m line again.
81.00: The Sharks are going through the phases and they win a penalty. The Sharks will take the quick tap.
82.00: The pressure from Sharks is immense but a player goes offside and that is it ! The Highlanders win!
The  full time score is Highlanders 25 (7) Sharks 22 (15)


Tries - S.Treeby, A Smith, C. Slade
Pen - C.Slade 2
Con - C.Slade 2
Drop -
Cards - B.Thorn (79th min yellow)

Tries - M.Bosman 2, L.Mvovo
Pen - P.Lambie
Con - P.Lambie 2
Drop -
Cards - JP.Pietersen (yellow 5th min)

Match Officials
Steve Walsh
Assistant Ref 1:Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2:Kane McBride
TMO : Keith Brown



1. Tony Woodcock,2. Andrew Hore (captain),3. Chris King,4. Brad Thorn ,5. Josh Bekhuis,6. Jarrad Hoeata,7. John Hardie,8. TJ Ioane,9. Aaron Smith ,10. Colin Slade ,11. Hosea Gear (vice-captain),12. Shaun Treeby ,13. Tamati Ellison ,14. Phil Burleigh ,15. Ben Smith

Replacements : 16. Liam Coltman ,17. Ma'afu Fia ,18. Elliot Dixon ,19. Joe Wheeler,20. Fumiaka Tanaka ,21. Hayden Parker ,22. Jason Emery


15. Riaan Viljoen , 14. JP Pietersen , 13. Francois Steyn , 12. Meyer Bosman , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Patrick Lambie , 9. Charl McLeod , 8. Lubabalo Mtembu , 7. Marcell Coetzee , 6. Keegan Daniel (C) , 5. Franco van der Merwe , 4. Pieter-Steph du Toit , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 2. Kyle Cooper , 1. Wiehahn Herbst

Replacements : 16. Craig Burden , 17. JC Janse van Rensburg , 18. Anton Bresler , 19. Jean Deysel , 20. Tian Meyer , 21. Piet Lindeque , 22. Odwa Ndungane / Derick Minnie

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