Super Rugby

Hurricanes beat Sharks in Napier




The Hurricanes have played the Sharks 19 times in Super Rugby since 1998 and both teams have won nine matches, lost nine matches and drawn one.

The average score across all venues when these two teams meet is Hurricanes 26 Sharks 24.

  • The Hurricanes have won three of their last five games against the Sharks and will be looking for back-to-back wins against them for the first time since 2005/06.
  • Indeed, each of the most recent six games between these teams has been won by the home side on the day.
  • The Hurricanes have lost consecutive games against South African sides, the last time they lost more on the trot was from March 2010 to April 2011 (L5).
  • The Sharks are the only side to make fewer than 100 carries per match this season (97).
  • Ben Lam is the top try scorer this season, scoring eight in five appearances, after scoring just two in his first 12 games in the competition.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Wellington.

4.00: PENALTY! Du Preez puts the Sharks on the board. 0-3

6.00: The Hurricanes have possession and have the visitors on the backfoot.

8.00: TRY! Jordie Barrett finishes off a slick backline move for the home team’s first try. 5-3

9.00: MISS! The conversion is wide. 5-3

11.00: The Hurricanes’ defence is holding strong.

13.00: The Wellington team has a scrum on halfway, but kick the ball away.

16.00: TRY! Ngani Laumape is over after some magic offloading. 10-3

18.00: Conversion: West adds the extras. 12-3

20.00: Sharks take a quick tap-and-go from a scrum free-kick and are on the attack inside the Hurricanes’ 22.

21.00: TRY! Lukhanyo Am is in for the Sharks first try. 12-8

22.00: CONVERSION: Du Preez adds the two. 12-10

25.00: TRY! Loius Schreuder is in for another; the Sharks have hit back. 12-15

26.00: CONVERSION: Another two for the Sharks’ standoff. 12-17

28.00: The Hurricanes hold the Sharks maul, up and get the turnover.

31.00: TRY! Vince Aso is over! The Hurricanes score against the run of play. The Sharks make an error and West puts in a cross-kick, which went straight through Mvovu’s hands and was collected by Aso, who has a clear run at the try line. 17-all

32.00: CONVERSION: West puts the Canes in the lead. 19-17

34.00: PENALTY! Du Preez kicks his first three-pointer of the evening to put the Sharks back in front. 19-20

35.00: TRY! Am has his second. It came from a break in the Hurricanes’ defence by some good attacking play. Am almost loses the ball forward, but the score is awarded. 19-22

36.00: CONVERSION! Du Preez adds another two points. 19-27

39.00: Sharks scrum, just inside their own half, and they manage to launch an attack that gets them over the advantage line. But, their momentum is lost when the ball is lost forward into contact.

40.00: The siren sounds with the canes on the attack, but nothing comes of it.

The half-time score was Hurricanes 19 Sharks 27

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Napier.

43.00: TJ Perenara did not come out after the break, neither did try-scorer Schreuder, so we have two new halfbacks.

44.00: Am is penalised for offsides. West will take a shot at goal.

45.00: PENALTY! West reduces the deficit with some early second-half points. 22-27

48.00: The home team has not been great in the restarts, tonight. They need to sharpen that up.

51.00: PENALTY! West has put his team back in this contest with another penalty. 25-27

52.00: The sharks make some metres with Stephan Lewies. The attack comes to nothing, but the visitors get another penalty. The Sharks’ offloading game has been excellent tonight.

55.00: PENALTY! The Sharks standoff won’t miss from in front. 25-30

56.00: The Hurricanes’ restarts have been poor. The last one led to the Sharks getting an attacking opportunity and taking the points.

57.00: The Sharks break in midfield, and look to be over the whitewash. Laumape turned the ball over and the visitors took advantage. Sharks scrum, five metres out.

58.00: The Sharks botch the attacking scrum after the ball spills out the back. The Canes win possession and clear the danger. That’s a big moment in the second-half.

60.00: Lwazi Mvovo makes a midfield break. but the move is botched with some poor handling.

61.00: West clears after the Hurricanes win the lineout, but the Sharks have a lineout on the home team’s 22.

62.00: Thomas du Toit with another barnstorming run, is halted, and the Hurricanes win the penalty at the breakdown.

64.00: The Hurricanes turn defence into attack; they are awarded a penalty and kick to the corner.

66.00: Another penalty, this time from a driving maul, is kicked to the corner. The Sharks are under the pump.

67.00: Massive moment! Ruan Botha steals the lineout and the Sharks clear.

68.00: Wow! Big defence by the Sharks. Aso makes a break, is tackled short, but it is Robert du Preez, with some great work at the breakdown who wins the turnover.

70.00: Ben Lam is tackled without the ball and the Hurricanes are awarded a penalty. Brad Shields opts for the points.

72.00: PENALTY! West, from 39 metres, reduces the deficit to two. 28-30

73.00: Some fancy footwork by Curwin Bosch, who beats three defenders, has the Sharks in a good position.

74.00: TRY! Tyler Paul crashes over after the Sharks recycled the ball quickly at the ruck. 28-35

75.00: CONVERSION! Du Preez adds the extras. 28-37

76.00: Jean-Luc du Preez is pinged for a high tackle. West sends the ball to the Sharks’ 22.

78.00: PENALTY! West slots the kick. 31-37

79.00: The Canes are running the ball out from their 22. The clock is ticking.

80.00: The Hurricanes are up to halfway. The hooter sounds.

81.00: After 19 phases, the home team get a penalty, take it quickly and break into the Sharks’ 22.

82.00: YELLOW CARD! Franco Marais is off. Hurricanes kick to the corner.

84.00: After eight phases, the Canes are awarded another penalty. They go quickly.

85.00: TRY! Laumape has a second try. Wow! The Sharks are out on their feet. 38-37

86.00: MATCH-WINNER! WEST slots the conversion and the crowd goes bonkers. 38-37


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The final score is Hurricanes 38 (19) Sharks 37 (27)


Tries – J. Barrett, Laumape (2), Aso
Pen – West (4)
Con – West (3)
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Am (2), Schreuder, Paul
Pen – R. du Preez (3)
Con – R. du Preez (4)
Drop –
Cards – Marais (Yellow, 82′)

Match Officials
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 1: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 2: Angus Mabey
TMO: Aaron Paterson



15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Thomas Perenara, 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Sam Henwood, 6 Brad Shields (captain), 5 Sam Lousi, 4 Michael Fatialofa, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Chris Eves.

Replacements: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Fraser Armstrong, 18 Ben May, 19 Vaea Fifita, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 23 Wes Goosen.


15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Lubabalo Mtembu, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Ruan Botha (captain), 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.

Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Tyler Paul, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Jacobus van Wyk.

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