Blues get bitten by Sharks


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The first semi-final of the 2007 Super 14, between the Sharks and the Blues in Durban on Saturday, has all the makings of an epic game of rugby.

There is a hint of grudge and revenge; there is the tradition of rivalry, the influx of youthful and dynamic talent, plus the grit of hardened physicality which both sides possess that are bound to clash in a mass of colour and speed.

What’s more is that watched by a full house in Durban, this potent mix is sure to be ignited by all the spark of a knock-out game.

These two sides were the early pace-setters in the competition, with both sides having to climb out of slumps to guarantee their spot in the final four.


Match Detail


The Blues came out with Force and got a maul rolling. The Sharks gave away a penalty for bringing the maul down.


Isa Nacewa had a shot at goal but missed.


The Sharks got a penalty straight back and Percy Montgomery slotted it between the posts.  


The Blues are putting the Sharks under huge pressure and its paying off as the Sharks make mistakes.


Tony Woodcock drives for the line and comes very close to scoring but is bashed out by big AJ Venter.


The Sharks are battling to get out of their own half.


Johann Muller gives a penalty away and this time Isa Nacewa slots it to level the scores.


Ryan Kankowski has a great run for the Sharks, the Blues then give away a penalty and Percy Montgomery slots another penalty.


Butch James caught the Blues napping and slotted a drop goal for the Sharks.


The Sharks get stuck into the game and have a great passage of play. Jacques Botes dives over the line for a try but touch judge James Leckie says it was forward.


The Blues clear from the scrum.


The Sharks continue their attack and Johann Muller scores the first try of the match. The conversion goes wide.


On the stroke of half time the Sharks Waylon Murray gives a penalty away for playing the ball on the ground. Isa Nacewa slots the penalty and Stuart Dickinson blows for half time.


Half time was Sharks 14 Blues 6


The second half is underway.


The Sharks picked up an early penalty but Francois Steyn sent the ball to the left of the posts.


The Blues got the first try of as Isaia Toeava cut through the Sharks line and passed to Rudi Wulff who scored. Nacewa missed the conversion. The Blues are right back in this.


Percy Montgomery has a shot at a drop goal but misses it.


Again Isaia Toeava cuts through the Sharks line and passes to  Isa Nacewa who scores the Blues second try. Toeava however goes down injured and then goes off.(ligaments ?)


Isa Nacewa converts and the Blues lead the Sharks in the semi final.


The Blues give away a penalty and Percy Montgomery slots it to bring the Sharks within a point of the Blues.


The Blues are really testing the Sharks. With just under 20 minutes to go it seems that nerves are getting to the Sharks.


The Sharks gather their composure a little and get a good rolling maul going. The Blues bring it down and give away a penalty.


Percy Montgomery slots the penalty and with 12 minutes to go the Sharks are back in front as the crowd goes nuts !


The Sharks have got their second wind back and again they drive the rolling maul forward.


They get the ball out and Butch James sells an absolute beauty of a dummy and scores the try that could just seal the Sharks place in the final.


Montgomery slots the conversion and the Sharks lead by 9.


Adrian Jacobs leaves the field dripping with blood. Doug Howlett accidentally stood on his head in a tackle.


Rory Kockott comes on for the Sharks and gives away a penalty. The Blues go for the lineout as they need the try. Mealamu throws the ball skew.


The Sharks fans are going nuts singing “Ole Ole Ole“.


Waylon Murray breaks through the Blues line and scores another try for the Sharks. Montgomery converts.


The crowd are delirious !


The whistle goes and the Sharks will host the Super 14 final.


Full report to follow.


Full time score  is Sharks 34 Blues 18





Tries – Johann Muller,Butch James,Waylon Murray
Penalties – Percy Montgomery (4)
Conversion – Percy Montgomery (2)
Drop Goal – Butch James



Tries – Rudi Wulff, Isa Nacewa
Penalties – Isa Nacewa (2)
Conversion – Isa Nacewa


Sharks: 15 Percy Montgomery, 14 Francois Steyn, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Bradley Barritt/Adrian Jacobs, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Butch James, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 AJ Venter, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Johann Muller, 4 Johan Ackermann, 3 BJ Botha, 2 John Smit (c), 1 Deon Carstens/Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Tendai Mtawarira/Patric Cilliers, 18 Albert van den Berg, 19 Warren Britz, 20 Bob Skinstad, 21 Rory Kockott, 22 Adrian Jacobs/Odwa Ndungane

Blues: 15 George Pisi, 14 Doug Howlett, 13 Anthony Tuitavake, 12 Isaia Toeava, 11 Rudi Wulff, 10 Isa Nacewa, 9 Steve Devine, 8 Nick Williams, 7 Daniel Braid, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Troy Flavell (c), 4 Greg Rawlinson, 3 John Afoa, 2 Derren Witcombe, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Nick White, 18 Angus MacDonald, 19 Justin Collins, 20 Taniela Moa, 21 David Holwell, 22 Ben Atiga.

Date: Saturday 12 May 2007
Venue: ABSA Stadium, Durban
Kick-off: 15.00 (13.00 GMT)
Conditions: Sunny and hot, high humidity levels. High 29’C, low 13’C
Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)
Touch judges: James Leckie (Australia), James Scholtens (Australia)
Television match official: Geoff Acton (Australia)

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