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Sharks beat Cheetahs in Bloemfontein

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Article Published: Saturday 19 May 2012|

The last two matches between the Cheetahs and the Sharks were played in Bloemfontein and Durban and were both won by the Sharks.

Match details

We are waiting for the kick-off.
Patrick Lambie failed a late fitness test so Frederic Michalak starts in his place at flyhalf. Odwa Ndungane comes on to the reserves bench.
The Cheetahs kick off and we are underway.
2.00: The Sharks make a powerful start by working the ball into the Cheetahs 25.
3.00: After 12 phases the Cheetahs look a bit shellshocked and JP Pietersen goes over to score the first try in the corner.
4.00: Fred Michalak adds the conversion.
7.00: The Cheetahs win a scrum and they kick the ball downfield. The Sharks dot the ball down and restart from the 25.
9.00: The Sharks work the ball into the Cheetahs half. They really look like they are up for this. They go through 10 phases but knock on.
11.00: The Cheetahs win a penalty after Bismarck du Plessis did not use his arms. He gets a warning. Cheetahs kick for touch.
15.00: Another penalty for the Cheetahs so Riaan Smit has a shot at goal. He nails it and the Cheetahs are on the board.
18.00: The Sharks are still wanting to run at the Cheetahs but the Cheetahs are handling them a little better. The Sharks are still making ground but its slow. Michalak kicks a grubber for the corner but it goes dead.
20.00: The Sharks have the advantage so Riaan Viljoen goes for a drop goal, he misses so we go back for the penalty.
21.00: Michalak takes the kick but misses.
23.00: Wow. Michalak passes to JP Pietersen who passes to Paul Jordaan . He makes huge ground and the try looks certain. However he passes to Bismarck du Plessis when he should have back himself and Bismarck fumbles the ball.
27.00: Cheetahs start making ground into Sharks territory. The Sharks stop them but concede a penalty. They will kick for posts.
29.00: Riaan Smit takes the kick and nails it. It's a one point game now.
30.00: Cheetahs doing all the attack now. They have the Sharks on the back foot after a break Robert Ebersohn. 10 phases and they are up to the 5m line.
32.00: Cheetahs go for the corner and Adriaan Strauss powers over in the corner after 16 phases. TRY.
33.00: Riaan Smit misses the conversion.
35.00: Wow, The Sharks kick ahead and Michalak chases the ball, it bounces high and Michalak gets a hand to the ball but regathers and drops to score. TRY.
36.00: Michalak adds the conversion and the Sharks lead again.
37.00: The Sharks get blown up for obstruction after the restart so Smit gets a chance to kick for posts. He nails it and the scores are level.
39.00: Michalak shows some of his French flair and sends out a big pass to Mvovo, its all messy as the Sharks try at all angels to find a way through.
40.00: The siren goes after the action dies down we are called back for a penalty.
41.00: The Sharks run the ball instead of kicking and after five passes and bashes at the line Mvovo breaks through and scores. TRY!
43.00: Michalak takes the conversion shot and nails it. It is half time.
The half time score was Cheetahs 14 Sharks 21.
40.00: Riaan Viljoen gets the second half under way as he kicks off for the visitors.
42.00: The Sharks gain momentum off the back of a scrum inside Cheetahs territory. Mvovo runs a great line to get the Sharks within 5m of the line as they begin to string together phases. They are pinged for holding on, however, and the Cheetahs clear to relieve the pressure.
44.00: The Sharks continue to apply the pressure as they work through phases and get themselves up inside the home team's 22. They are able to generate quick ball but the Cheetahs' defence stands firm.
45.00: The Cheetahs are penalised at the breakdown and Michalak will have a kick at goal.
46.00: Michalak bangs over the kick to extend the Sharks' lead.
49.00: The Sharks are pinged for wheeling an attacking scrum close to the Cheetahs' 22.
52.00: The Sharks form a solid rolling maul on half way and gain valuable metres. They work through phases as they play wide but they are unable to hold on just 15m from the line and the Cheetahs clear.
53.00: Bismarck du Plessis is yellow carded for a shoulder charge.
54.00: The Sharks are penalised at the breakdown inside their own half. Sias Ebersohn will line up a kick at goal from 30m out.
55.00: Sias Ebersohn's kick is on target, reducing the deficit.
57.00: The Cheetahs build momentum as they string together phases inside the Sharks' 22. They get within 5m of the line but are pinged for holding on and waste a vital scoring opportunity.
59.00: The Sharks are penalised at scrum time inside their own half. Sias Ebersohn will line up another shot at goal.
61.00: Sias Ebersohn's kick sails over.
63.00: The Sharks get a free kick at scrum time and opt to take it quickly. The Cheetahs are penalised for not being back 10m and the Sharks have another opportunity to score.
64.00: After stringing together several quick phases, the Sharks are able to get over the line. The TMO rules that the ball has been held up, however, and the Sharks will feed a 5m scrum.
66.00: The Sharks drive towards the line as they work through phases and gain metres. The Cheetahs defence remains impenetrable and the visitors look to go wide. Mvovo is unable to hold on.
69.00: Willem Alberts is penalised for a tip tackle and the Cheetahs kick for touch to set up a lineout on the Sharks' 22.
71.00: The Cheetahs are pinged at scrum time deep inside Sharks territory. Viljoen clears.
73.00: Mvovo makes a solid break for the Sharks. Meyer Bosman is able to dot down in the corner and scores his fifth Super Rugby try.
74.00: Michalak converts the try, extending the Sharks' lead.
77.00: The Cheetahs are able to gain momentum in the final minutes of the game as they work their way up into the Sharks' 22. They are awarded a penalty and opt to take ot quickly but the Sharks' defence remains strong as they drive the home side back.
79.00: The Cheetahs work their way into Sharks territory as they string together phases in the dying seconds. The hooter sounds as they continue to apply pressure. The ball is stolen, however, and punted into touch.
The final score is Cheetahs 20 (14) Sharks 34 (21).


Tries - A. Strauss
Pen - R. Smit 3, S. Ebersohn 2
Con -
Drop -
Cards -

Tries - JP. Pietersen, F. Michalak, L. Mvovo, M. Bosman
Pen - F. Michalak
Con - F. Michalak 4
Drop -
Cards - B. Du Plessis

Match Officials
Jonathan Kaplan
Assistant Ref 1:Rasta Rashivenga
Assistant Ref 2:Tiaan Jonker
Gerrie Coetzee



Hennie Daniller, Cameron Jacobs, Robert Ebersohn, Andries Strauss, Willie le Roux, Riaan Smit, Piet van Zyl, Philip van der Walt, Justin Downey, Heinrich Brussow, George Earle, Izak van der Westhuizen, WP Nel, Adriaan Strauss (captain), Coenie Oosthuizen.

Replacements: Hercu Liebenberg, Trevor Nyakane, Andries Ferreira, Ashley Johnson, Tewis de Bruyn, Sias Ebersohn, Philip Snyman.


1. Tendai Mtawarira , 2. Bismarck du Plessis , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 4. Steven Sykes , 5. Anton Bresler , 6. Jacques Botes , 7. Marcell Coetzee , 8. Keegan Daniel (Capt) , 9. Charl McLeod , 10. Frederic Michalak , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 12. Tim Whitehead , 13. Paul Jordaan , 14. JP Pietersen , 15. Riaan Viljoen

Replacements: , 16. Craig Burden , 17. Wiehahn Herbst , 18. Willem Alberts , 19. Jean Deysel , 20. Ryan Kankowski , 21. Odwa Ndungane, 22. Meyer Bosman

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