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Sharks beat Highlanders in Durban

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Article Published: Saturday 19 July 2014|

The Sharks and the Highlanders have already played each other in Super Rugby this year and the Highlanders won the first match by 16 points

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

The Sharks kick off and we are underway.

The Sharks win an early penalty for slowing the ball down.

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

5.00: Penalty from the scrum to the Sharks. Steyn kicks for touch.

7.00: The Highlanders come away with the ball after the line out and attack down the wing but then they knock on. Sharks scrum.

8.00: The Sharks win the scrum and kick for touch. The ball goes to Richard Buckman who runs at the Sharks. The Sharks stop him and turn the ball over and then kick for touch.

10.00: The Sharks win the line out but then they lose the ball at the breakdown.

11.00: The Sharks put in a huge scrum which wins them the ball. They roll forward and win a penalty for hands in the ruck. Steyn kicks for the corner. 5m lineout.

12.00: The Sharks win the line out and they use the maul, drive over the line and Marcell Coetzee scores. TRY!

14.00: Steyn takes the conversion kick and nails it.

15.00: The Sharks steal the ball at the breakdown and JP Pietersen and S'bura Sithole combine down the wing. The Highlanders however intercept, force them into touch and stop the try. The Highlanders line out is not straight so we have a scrum.

17.00: The Sharks win the scrum and work the ball to the line and then over. Jannie du Plessis may have scored but we go to the TMO. Replay shows a knock on but they ignore that and rule double movement. No try. The Highlanders clear the ball.

18.00: The Highlanders win the line out and Buckman and Aaron Smith attack down the wing. They are caught and pass to Lima Sopoaga who passes but the ball is intercepted. The Sharks clear the ball.

20.00: The Sharks win a penalty and Steyn kicks for touch.

22.00: The Highlanders are starting to find their game. They get the ball down to the Sharks 22 through a little break out but then at the 5m line they knock on.

24.00: The Sharks win a penalty from the scrum and they kick for touch. They lose the line out but then the Refs Assistant comes in as the Sharks are caught offside. They stick with the penalty. Sopoaga will kick for posts.

25.00:Sopoaga nails the kick and the Highlanders are on the board.

27.00: After the restart SP Marais goes for a drop goal and its a shocker ....BUT it turns out to be a great grubber which finds touch. the Highlanders win the line out and clear the ball.

28.00: Penalty to the Sharks after the line out for illegally defending the ball. Steyn kicks for posts and nails it.

30.00: The Highlanders break out on the half way line after a line out and Malakai Fekitoa slices through the Sharks and races for the line to score. TRY!

32.00: Lima Sopoaga takes the conversion kick and nails it.

35.00; Penalty to the Sharks. Steyn lines up for the kick and hits the post.

37.00: The Highlanders put the Sharks under a little pressure in their half but then they turn the ball over and kick the ball clear.

38.00: The Highlanders win a penalty and Aaron Smith runs it. The Highlanders make some ground but Malakai Fekitoa gets tackled and is ruled to have not released the ball. Penalty to the Sharks. They kick for touch.

40.00: The Sharks win the line out and the siren sounds. The Highlanders win a penalty so they run the ball.

41.00: A maul forms on the half way line after some attack by the Highlanders. They keep the ball alive and stretch the Sharks and Kane Hames goes over to score. TRY !

42.00: The Highlanders lead. Sopoaga takes the conversion kick and nails it.

The half time score was Sharks 13 Highlanders 17

The Highlanders kick off and we are underway.

42.00: The Sharks put in a big scrum after an early injury break and they win a penalty from it. The Sharks kick for touch.

43.00: The Sharks win the line out and get an advantage but play on. Deysel loses the ball and we go back for the penalty. They kick for touch.

46.00: The Sharks put the Highlanders under pressure in their 22 but then the Highlanders turn the ball over and press the Sharks all the way back to their 22. Penalty to the Highlanders. Sopoaga will kick for posts.

47.00: Sopaga nails the penalty and extends the lead to 7.

50.00; The Sharks have the ball in the Highlanders half. They are sending waves of attack at the Highlanders but they are being kept on the 22m line. S'bura Sithole makes break and gets the Sharks to the 5m line but he is caught and the Sharks pass back deep and lose ground. JP Pietersen attacks but knocks on 5m out.

52.00: The Sharks scrum powers through the Highlanders scrum and Bismarck du Plessis looks to have scored but we go to the TMO. He pounced on a loose ball at the back of the scrum. The try is awarded.

53.00: Steyn takes the conversion kick from the touchline and he nails it.

54.00: The Sharks go high for the restart and they drop their own player to ground but Steve Walsh gives the Sharks a penalty for going off the feet. Strange. The Sharks kick for touch.

55.00: The Sharks win the line out and Tonderai Chavhanga races down the touchline and scores. TRY! That's his first of the season. Could be his most important.

56.00: Steyn takes the conversion kick from out wide and misses.

58.00: The Sharks look to clear the ball from a ruck after the restart but Alberts knocks on. The Highlanders get an attacking scrum.

59.00: The Highlander try to attack but then they chip for the corner. the Sharks win the line out and Steyn clears.

60.00: The Highlanders try to attack. Patrick Osborne slices through the Sharks and is then tackled and in the tackle he passes the ball and it goes forward and out.

61.00: The Sharks win the scrum but get pinned back in their 22.

62.00: Patrick Osborne races through the Sharks. He slices through and is then stopped (a little high) but gets the ball away to Phil Burleigh who races in for the TRY!

63.00: Lima Sopoaga slots the conversion and the Highlander lead again.

65.00: Gareth Evans gets the ball for the Highlanders and races away. So fast he leaves his support behind and when he is tackled he gets isolated and doesn't release the ball. Penalty Sharks. They kick for touch.

66.00: Lourens Adriaanse replaces Jannie du Plessis.

68.00: Pat Lambie comes on for the Sharks for the first time since March. He slots in at 10 and replaces S'bura Sithole so they all shift down one.

70.00: The Sharks enjoy some attacking play but its all very broken up and the Highlanders survive.

71.00: The Sharks go over the line but as Deysel goes over he knocks on.

72.00: The Sharks again crush the Highlanders scrum and it wins them a penalty. Steyn will kick for posts.

73.00: Steyn slots the penalty and the Sharks lead by a point.

76.00: The Sharks wins a scrum in the Highlanders half. They work the ball to the 22m line. Its scrappy.

78.00; The Sharks are attacking in the Highlanders 22 going through the phases and the Highlanders are hanging on. Tonderai Chavhanga goes for the corner again but loses the ball !

79.00: Penalty to the Sharks. Steyn slots it.

80.00: The Sharks get the ball back and kick it out and win the match.

The full time score is Sharks 31 (13) Highlanders 27 (17)


Tries - M.Coetzee, B.du Plessis, T.Chavhanga
Pen - F.Steyn 4
Con - F.Steyn 2
Drop -
Cards -

Tries - M. Fekitoa, K.Hames, P.Burleigh
Pen - L.Sopoaga 2
Con -L.Sopoaga 3
 :rop -
Cards -

Match Officials
Steve Walsh
AR1: Jaco Peyper
AR2: Cobus Wessels
TMO: Shaun Veldsman



15. SP Marais , 14. S'bura Sithole , 13. JP Pietersen , 12. Paul Jordaan , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Frans Steyn , 9. Cobus Reinach , 8. Ryan Kankowski , 7. Willem Alberts , 6. Marcell Coetzee , 5. Stephan Lewies , 4. Anton Bresler , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 2. Bismarck du Plessis (c) , 1. Thomas du Toit

Replacements , 16. Kyle Cooper , 17. Dale Chadwick , 18. Lourens Adriaanse , 19. Etienne Oosthuizen , 20. Jean Deysel , 21. Charl McLeod , 22. Pat Lambie , 23. Tonderai Chavhanga


1 . Kane Hames , 2 . Ged Robinson , 3 . Chris King , 4 . Jarrad Hoeata , 5 . Joe Wheeler , 6 . Elliot Dixon , 7 . Shane Christie , 8 . Nasi Manu (Co.Captain) , 9 . Aaron Smith , 10 . Lima Sopoaga , 11 . Patrick Osborne , 12 . Phil Burleigh , 13 . Malakai Fekitoa , 14 . Richard Buckman 15 . Ben Smith (Co.Captain)

Replacements : 16 . Liam Coltman , 17 . Matias Diaz , 18 . JP Koen , 19 . Josh Bekhuis , 20 . Tom Franklin , 21 . Fumiaki Tanaka , 22 . Trent Renata , 23 . Gareth Evans

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