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Sharks beat Crusaders in Christchurch

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Article Published: Friday 16 May 2014|

This weekend's Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Sharks is our match of the weekend and is one you don't want to miss

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

The Crusaders kick off and we are underway.

1.00: Nemani Nadolo makes an early mistake for the Crusaders as he catches the ball and knocks it on. The Sharks have a scrum just inside the Crusaders half. For those interested Frans Steyn has shaved his moustache off.

2.00: The Sharks concede a penalty so Colin Slade kicks for touch.

4.00: The Crusaders handling is letting them down as they knock on for the third time. The Sharks have a scrum just inside their half.

5.00: The Sharks win a penalty from the scrum this time. The Sharks kick for touch.

6.00: The game is fairly loose with handling errors and no real structure.

8.00: Johnny McNicholl goes for the ball catches it and makes the mark. He kicks for touch. The Sharks win a line out and they pass the ball out to the backs, the Crusaders expect them to go wide fast but Steyns slips through a hole and passes out to S'bura Sithole who races away to score the first TRY!

9.00: Steyn adds the conversion. The Sharks lead.

11.00: The Crusaders win a penalty as Bismarck du Plessis takes Willi Heinz out without the ball and a little high. Colin Slade lines up for the kick but he misses this one.

12.00; Oh boy. This has opened up. The Sharks miss a high ball and Whitelock gets to it, he passes to Colin Slade who shoves off Frans Steyn and powers to the line taking two defenders over with him. TRY! One of the tacklers was Bismarck du Plessis.

14.00: Slade adds the conversion. The scores are level.

16.00: The game is help up for some foul play. We go to the TMO. Replays show Jean Deysel looking at a Crusaders player and stamping on his head. He clearly saw the player and has been red carded. He won't be able to deny that he saw the player on the ground and he is off.

17.00: Slade adds the penalty.

20.00: The Crusaders work the ball into the Sharks 22. They go from side to side and get to the 5m line but the ball slows. Good defence from the Sharks. Scrum to the Sharks.

22.00: The Sharks win the scrum and try to run the ball out of their 22. They try to kick the ball out but it gets charged down.

23.00: The Sharks win the line out and Reinach kicks for touch but the ball goes to a Crusaders player. The Crusaders attack and then give away a penalty at the ruck. Steyn kicks for touch.

25.00: The Crusaders are in full attack mode. They have been in the Sharks 22 for almost 10 minutes. They just can't get through. The Sharks turn the ball over and pass it back to Paul Jordaan who drops it in goal. 5m scrum.

27.00:The Sharks stop the Crusaders from clearing the ball at the scrum - effectively by knocking on so we have another scrum.

28.00: The Crusaders win the scrum and Slade kicks through. There is a mad chase from everyone and Crotty just knocks on as he goes to score the try. Sharks 5m scrum.

29.00: The Sharks scrum collapses so the Crusaders have a penalty. There is a bit of needle but it dies down. Slade slots the penalty.

32.00: The Sharks win a line out but as they try to move the ball down the line they pass the ball forward.

34.00: Possession is at 81% for the Crusaders. The Sharks are being pinned back in their half having to constantly defend.

35.00: The Crusaders have the ball and are attacking in the Sharks half. The ball is turned over illegally so the Crusaders have a penalty. Slade will kick.

36.00: Slade misses the penalty.

38.00: The Sharks have worked the ball into the Crusaders half. They use the maul and they win a penalty. A small fight breaks out again but dies down, The Sharks will kick for posts.

39.00: Frans Steyn takes the penalty kick and nails it.

40.01: The siren sounds.

The half time score was Crusaders 13 Sharks 10

The Sharks kick off and the second half is underway.

42.00: Oh boy the Sharks get the perfect start. Cobus Reinach knocks a ball on with his knee from a Willi Heinz pass, he chases the ball gathers it and scores the TRY!

43.00: Steyn slots the conversion and the Sharks lead.

45.00: The Crusaders win a penalty just inside the Sharks half. Slade kicks for touch and the line out. 

46.00: The Crusaders win the line out, they use the maul. They suck the Sharks in and then do it again as they drive forward. Penalty advantage, the Crusaders go wide but we are called back for a penalty.

48.00: Colin Slade kicks the penalty and the Sharks lead by one.

49.00: Andy Ellis has come on for the Crusaders replacing Willi Heinz.

50.00: The Sharks win a penalty inside the Crusaders half. Steyn will kick for posts. The Crusaders seem to be quite content to wait for the Sharks to tire. Steyn slots the penalty.

53.00: The Sharks win another penalty for not releasing. Steyn will kick from almost the half way line. He misses. It goes under the bar.

56.00: The Crusaders win a line out. They have a little more urgency. They chip ahead to the corner and everyone chases. The Sharks knock on and then the Crusaders knock on and they take the ball out.

58.00: Penalty to the Crusaders from the scrum. Slade will kick for posts. Slade slots the penalty. Sharks lead by one again.

60.00: The Crusaders turn the ball over after the Sharks ran with it. Nadolo breaks down the wing and shoves off one. Reinach gets to the ball and takes it out.

61.00: The Crusaders line out is not straight. The Sharks choose a line out. They win the line out and then win a penalty. They kick for touch but the Crusaders get the ball and attack.

62.00: Nadolo attacks in the midfield. The Sharks stop him and then drive the Crusaders back out of their 22.

63.00: Willem Alberts is shown a yellow card for illegal play. He took out Wyatt Crockett without the ball.  Slade will kick for posts. Slade slots the penalty. Crusaders lead.

65.00: The Sharks have changed their front row and a number of backs. A fight breaks out and the crowd are calling for Lourens Adriaanse to be sent off for manhandling Andy Ellis. It all dies down.

67.00: The Sharks win a penalty for a high tackle. Swiel slots it and the Sharks lead again.

69.00: The Crusaders up the attack a little but Nadolo knocks the ball on about 5m out.

70.00: Penalty to the Crusaders from the scrum. They will kick for posts.

71.00: Slade misses. The Sharks hang on.

72.00: Penalty to the Sharks. Slade takes the shot from in front. He nails it and the Crusaders lead.

74.00: The Sharks work the ball down to the Crusaders 22 andf then Kyle Cooper goes over to score. TRY!

75.00: Swiel slots the conversion and the Sharks lead.

78.00: The Sharks win a scrum and kick for touch.

79.00: The Crusaders win the line out. They run the ball but win a penalty. The siren sounds so they have to run it.

80.00: The Sharks knock the ball forward and that's it. The Sharks win.

The full time score is Crusaders 25 (13) Sharks 30 (10)


Tries - C.Slade
Pen - C.Slade 6
Con - C.Slade
Drop -
Cards -

Tries -  S. Sithole, C.Reinach, K.Cooper
Pen - F.Steyn 2, T.Swiel
Con -F.Steyn 2, T.Swiel
Drop -
Cards - J.Deysel (16th min Red card), W.Alberts (64th min yellow)

Match Officials
Rohan Hoffmann
Assistant Ref 1: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2: Mike Lash
TMO: Chris Wratt



1. Wyatt Crockett, 2. Corey Flynn ,3. Owen Franks ,4. Dominic Bird,5. Samuel Whitelock ,6. Jordan Taufua ,7. Richie McCaw (VC) ,8. Luke Whitelock,9. Willi Heinz ,10.Colin Slade ,11.Nemani Nadolo ,12.Ryan Crotty (C) ,13.Rey Lee-Lo ,14.Johnny McNicholl ,15.Tom Taylor

Replacements : 16. Ben Funnell ,17. Tim Perry , 18. Nepo Laulala ,19. Jimmy Tupou ,20. George Whitelock ,21. Andy Ellis / Willi Heinz , 22. Tyler Bleyendaal , 23. Nafi Tuitavake


15. SP Marais 14. JP Pietersen 13. S'bura Sithole 12. Paul Jordaan 11. Lwazi Mvovo 10. Francois Steyn 9. Cobus Reinach 8. Willem Alberts 7. Jean Deysel 6. Tera Mtembu 5. Stephan Lewies 4. Etienne Oosthuizen 3. Jannie du Plessis 2. Bismarck du Plessis (Captain) 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements 16. Kyle Cooper 17. Dale Chadwick 18. Lourens Adriaanse 19. Ryan Kankowski 20. Keegan Daniel 21. Charl McLeod 22. Tim Swiel 23. Heimar Williams

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