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The Blues got off to a lightning start in Durban against the Sharks in front of 26 985 loyal Sharks fans. After the Blues opener the Sharks pretty much dominated the match with tries from Nudungane, Pienaar and Carstens in the first half.


Tony Brown missed a conversion for the first try but made up for it by putting a drop goal through in the 38th minute.


Aft half time the score was Sharks 20 Blues 5.


Tuitavake opened the scoring in the second half with a try. The Blues attack proved to be too little too late as the Sharks continued to score tries right through until the last minute of the match.


When the final whistle went the Sharks had scored their four tries to get the bonus point and keep their hopes alive for a semi final spot.


The final score was Sharks 32 Blues 15.


Scorers


Sharks

Tries: Odwa Ndungane, Ruan Pienaar, Deon Carstens, Albert van den Berg & Jacques Botes
Conversions: Tony Brown and Percy Montgomery
Drop: Brown


Blues


Tries: Doug Howlett and Anthony Tuitivake
Conversion: Luke McAlister
Penalty: McAlister



Teams


Sharks:


15. Percy Montgomery, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Adrian Jacobs, 12. Andries Strauss, 11. Cedric Mkhize, 10. Tony Brown, 9. Ruan Pienaar, 8. AJ Venter, 7. Jacques Botes, 6. Warren Britz, 5. Johann Muller, 4. Johan Ackermann, 3. BJ Botha, 2. John Smit (Captain),  1. Deon Carstens


Reserves
16. Bismarck du Plessis, 17. Heinke van der Merwe, 18. Albert van den Berg, 19. Keegan Daniel, 20. Scott Mathie, 21. Bradley Barritt, 22. Brent Russell


Blues:


15 Brent Ward, 14 Doug Howlett, 13 Anthony Tuitavake, 12 Isa Nacewa, 11 Joe Rokocoko, 10 Luke McAlister, 9 John Senio, 8 Nick Williams, 7 Daniel Braid, 6 Anthony Boric, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Greg Rawlinson, 3 John Afoa, 2 Keven Mealamu (c), 1 Tony Woodcock.


Reserves: 16 Tim Dow, 17 Saimone Taumoepeau, 18 Jerome Kaino, 19 Onosai’i Tololima Auva’a, 20 Junior Poluleuigaga, 21 Ben Atiga, 22 Viliame Waqaseduadua.

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