The Rebels have played just three matches in Super Rugby and none of these have been against South African opponents and this will be their first.
We are waiting for the kick off. The teams are on the field.
0.01: The Rebels kick off and we are underway.
1.00; Good start from the Rebels. They put the Sharks defence under pressure. Cipriani kicks for the corner but Mvovo gets back. Sharks get a warning for slowing the ball down.
2.00: Hugh Pyle is on for Kevin O'Neill who failed another late fitness test.
4.00: Sharks weather the Rebels attacking storm and work the ball into the Rebels half.
5.00: Sharks concede a penalty so the Rebels kick for touch.
8.00; The Rebels are playing with some real intensity. However a hand in the ruck concedes a penalty. Sharks kick for touch.
10.00; Sharks rumble the ball into the Rebels half and the Rebels concede a penalty. Lambie will kick for posts.
12.00: Lambie takes the penalty kick and nails it. Sharks lead against the run of play.
13.00: Steven Sykes goes down injured so there is a break in play.
15.00: Sharks on attack. Rebels not really contesting the breakdown and just defending. The Sharks work the ball closer and closer to the line and after 15 phases Bismarck du Plessis scores!
16.00: Lambie takes the conversion and nails it.
17.00: Rebels put the Sharks under pressure. They win a penalty but take the quick tap. Another penalty so this time Cipriani will kick for posts.
18.00: Cipriani takes the kick and nails it. Rebels are on the board.
20.00: The Rebels attack, Cooper Vuna makes some ground but the Sharks defend and turn the ball over. Terblanche kicks but doesn't find touch so the Rebels attack again.
21.00: Cipriani gets isolated and concedes a penalty.
22.00: Sharks stretch the Rebels defence but the final pass is ahead of Mvovo and the ball goes out.
25.00: Some of the Sharks players look to have been worked hard. The Rebels concede a penalty atb the scrum so Lambie takes the shot and nails it.
27.00: Again the Sharks stretch the Rebels outwide but the final pass to Mvovo goes to ground as he stumbles.
32.00: Mark Gerrard runs around Stefan Terblanche and the Rebels get on the frontfoot. Mortlock gets them closer and then Cooper Vuna opens up the Sharks and scores ! That's the first try against the Sharks this year.
33.00: Danny Cipriani nails the conversion.
34.00: Penalty to the Rebels as the Beast is beasted by Somerville. They are getting stronger. Crowd support is very strong.
35.00: Danny Cipriani takes the penalty kick from 45m out. He nails it. The scores are level.
36.00: Stirling Mortlock splits the Sharks backline and Julian Huxley comes up in support and takes the pass from Mortlock and dashes for the line and scores!! That's two tries against the best defence this year.
38.00: Danny Cipriani takes the conversion kick and misses.
40.02: The hooter sounds for half time. It is half time.
The half time score was Rebels 18 Sharks 13
The second half is underway.
WOW!. What a try. Danny Cipriani opens up the Sharks midfield with 41.00: a dummy inside his own half and dashes for the line, Ludik chases but Cipriani scores !!
42.00: Cipriani converts his try.
43.00; Mark Gerrard comes off after being lifted a little in a tackle. Ludik is also struggling.
44.00: The Sharks win a line out and catch some of the Rebels out of place. They spin the ball wide (Alberts does well) and Mvovo scores!!
45.00: Lambie slots the conversion between the posts.
48.00: Cipriani splits the Sharks defence with a chip kick but his support can't hold on to the ball.
49.00: Mvovo creates a break and then follows up in support and goes over for a try - but he is called back as the Sharks had a hand in the ruck. Lipman comes off for blood. Terblanche is struggling.
51.00: The Rebels are on attack. They certainly don't look like a new team. They get the ball to the Sharks tryline and recycle.
53.00: The Rebels go wide and concede penalty as Bismarck du Plessis is prevented from getting the ball at the ruck.
54.00: Cooper Vuna is shown a yellow card for not retreating. (25-20) The Sharks run the ball and set up a line out on the 5m line.
56.00: The Sharks attack in the red zone, they have numbers and the overlap but the passing is a little fancy and they knock on. Rebels out of jail.
57.00: Momentum is with the Sharks now as they have an extra man.
60.00: 15,000 Strong crowd chanting "Rebels, Rebels, Rebels" spurring their team on. Rebels start using their bench.
62.00: Rebels have the ball in the Sharks 25 - still down to 14 men - and they give away a free kick at the scrum.
64.00: Sharks attack but Saffy defends and wins a penalty. Cooper Vuna is coming back on and the Rebels have not conceded a point while they were down to 14. For a new Super rugby team that is outstanding.
68.00: The Sharks are getting much more into the match. On attack in the Rebels red zone.
69.00; Sharks on attack at the line and Willem Alberts bashes over. Initially the ref says held up but he goes upstairs. Replay shows it short. We go back for a penalty to the Sharks to they keep up the attack. The Rebels get a warning.
70.00: Sharks choose to scrum, Alberts gets stopped short and he recycles to Kankowski who snipes and scores!!
71.00: Patrick Lambie adds the conversion and the Sharks lead.
74.00: The Rebels go on attack but Huxley fumbles.
75.00: Ouch. The Rebels are on attack, the pass goes to ground and Adi Jacobs chases the ball, Cipriani gets back and clears the ball to his support and instead the Sharks are there and Meyer Bosman scores an easy easy try. Bonus point.
76.00: Lambie adds the conversion.
77.00: The Rebels win a penalty and kick for the corner.
78.00: The Rebels win the line out and drive over the line - thats worth two bonus points.
79.00: Cipriani nails the conversion.
80.00: Thats it the Sharks win.
The full time score is Rebels 32 Sharks 34
Tries - C Vuna, J Huxley, D Cipriani, J Saffy
Pen - D Cipriani 2
Con - D Cipriani 3
Cards - C Vuna (54thmin) yellow
Tries - B du Plessis, L Mvovo, R Kankowski, M. Bosman
Pen - P. Lambie 2
Con - P. Lambie 3
Attendance : 15,126
Referee: Chris Pollock
Assistant Ref 1:James Leckie
Assistant Ref 2:Andrew Lees
TMO : Matt Goddard
Rebels :1. Nic Henderson, 2. Ged Robinson, 3. Greg Somerville, 4. Alister Campbell, 5. Hugh Pyle, 6. Jarrod Saffy, 7. Michael Lipman, 8. Gareth Delve (vc), 9. Nick Phipps, 10. Danny Cipriani, 11. Cooper Vuna, 12. Julian Huxley, 13. Stirling Mortlock (c), 14. Lachlan Mitchell, 15. Mark Gerrard
Reserves: 16. Heath Tessmann, 17. Laurie Weeks, 18. AN Other, 19.Tim Davidson, 20. Richard Kingi, 21. Afusipa Taumoepeau, 22. Luke Rooney
Sharks :1. Tendai Mtawarira , 2. Bismarck du Plessis , 3. John Smit ( Captain ) , 4. Steven Sykes , 5. Alistair Hargreaves , 6. Keegan Daniel , 7. Willem Alberts , 8. Ryan Kankowski , 9. Charl McLeod , 10. Patrick Lambie , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 12. Meyer Bosman , 13. Stefan Terblanche , 14. Odwa Ndungane , 15. Louis Ludik
Replacements , 16. Craig Burden , 17. Jannie du Plessis , 18. Anton Bresler , 19. Jacques Botes , 20. Conrad Hoffmann , 21. Jacques-Louis Potgieter , 22. Adrian Jacobs