Super Rugby

Sharks beat Griquas in Kimberley




This will be the first-ever meeting between the Griquas and the Sharks in Super Rugby Unlocked.

The Griquas continue the search for their maiden win in Super Rugby Unlocked, having conceded exactly 100 points across their last two appearances in the competition.

  • The Sharks have won three of their four games in Super Rugby Unlocked (L1), despite having scored 20+ points in a game only once so far this season.
  • A win for Sean Everitt’s men would put them second on the Super Rugby Unlocked log ahead of the Stormers, who play the Cheetahs tomorrow in Cape Town.
  • Zak Burger (Griquas) has crossed the gain line on 80% of his 20 carries in Super Rugby Unlocked, the most of any player to have made at least as many carries this season.
  • Madosh Tambwe (Sharks) has scored a try in five of his last six games across Super Rugby and Super Rugby Unlocked, and he has one try in each of his two games.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

Late team news for Griquas: Captain George Whitehead broke his hand during the captain’s run yesterday afternoon. He will be replaced by Tinus de Beer, with Ashlon Davids coming onto the bench. Zak Burger will take the armband from Whitehead.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Kimberley at Tafel Lager Park.

3.00: Curwin Bosch kicks a penalty out at the halfway line after the Sharks won the penalty at the ruck.

5.00: Griquas win a turnover outside the opposition’s 22. Madosh Tambwe tried to run the ball out of his 22, was isolated before losing the ball. Several phases later, Griquas win the penalty. Tinus de Beer calls for the tee.

6.00: PENALTY! De Beer opens the scoring for the hosts. 3-0

7.00: Stefan Willemse drops the restart, gifting the Sharks an attacking scrum inside the home team’s 22. It’s the second mistake from the kick-off by Scott Mathie’s side.

8.00: BIG SCRUM by Griquas, their forwards win a scrum-penalty to relieve the pressure.

11.00: Good scramble defending by the visitors. They manage to halt an attack but are under pressure inside their 22.

12.00: TRY! Sanele Nohamba starts and finishes a counter-attack, scoring the game’s first try under the posts. Johnathan Francke got isolated inside the Sharks half and lost the ball. Nohamba went to the short side where Marius Louw’s broke through the line before sending the scrumhalf away untouched. 3-5

13.00: CONVERSION! Bosch adds the extras. 3-7

15.00: Another Sharks attack is stopped by Ederies Arendse, who tackles Tambwe into touch.

17.00: Phepsi Buthelezi concedes a penalty at the breakdown after good work by Mox Mxoli.

19.00: Griquas win another penalty, this time from a driving maul. Ox Nche went into the maul from the side, which allows De Beer another easy shot at goal.

20.00: PENALTY! The flyhalf cuts the gap to one point at the end of the first quarter. 6-7

23.00: Another well contested Nohmaba box-kick causes lures the hosts into another handling mistake – scrum to the Durban side.

26.00: The visitors give another penalty away at the breakdown, Zak Burger points to the poles.

27.00: PENALTY! De Beer strikes the ball through the posts and gives his team the lead again. 9-7

30.00: Ill-discipline from Burger gives the opposition a chance to kick to the corner. The stand-in skipper kicked the ball away from an opponent and the ref punished him.

32.00: Superb defending by the hosts. Cameron Lindsay held up the Sharks’ ball-carrier and won the turnover. Anthony Volmink left the field with a shoulder injury after a heavy tackle. He is in some pain on the touchline as the medics strap both his shoulder.

33.00: John-Hubert Meyer gets buckled by Mox Mxoli. Griffin Colby, refereeing his first pro game, awards the penalty to Mathie’s men.

34.00: Stefan Willemse wins another turnover. Griquas are causing all manner of problems at the breakdown as well as the set-pieces.

35.00: Bosch kicks another penalty to the corner.

36.00: Adre Smith, with the help of Zak Burger, wins the turnover penalty on the Griquas try line. The Sharks have now left six points on the scoreboard.

39.00: Griquas need to go into halftime without conceding any unforced-error points; they’ve been guilty of letting advantages slip before the break a couple of times this season.

41.00: De Beer’s cross-field kick finds Ederies Arendse, but nothing comes from the attack after Hyron Andrews wins the turnover. Bosch boots the ball out.

The halftime score was Griquas 9 Sharks 7

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Kimberley.

43.00: Mxoli is pinged at the scrum. Bosch will kick for poles.

44.00: PENALTY! Bosch puts the visitors in the lead. 9-10

46.00: John-Hubert Meyer is tackled into touch, killing a counter-attack.

48.00: TRY! Ederies Arendse finishes off a sublime attack. Griquas mauled the opposition’s pack 15 metres from the lineout before several phases of inter-passing between backs and forwards, ended with the winger dotting down under pressure from Tambwe. 14-10

50.00: CONVERSION! De Beer adds the extras. 16-10

53.00: TRY! Eduan Keyter finishes off a superb solo score after a powerful scrum by his forwards. Zak Burger went blind, and the winger slipped two weak tackles before speeding away. 21-10

55.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 23-10

56.00: NO TRY! Daniel Jooste is held up over the line – superb defending by Griquas. Five-metre scrum to the Sharks when it should have been a 22-drop-out. 23-10

57.00: TRY! Manie Libbok scores in the corner after Nohamba’s delayed pass sent the substitute away. 23-15

58.00: CONVERSION! Bosch slots the touchline conversion. 23-17

60.00: TRY! An untidy lineout by the Sharks allows Griquas to pounce. Gideon van der Merwe gathers the loose ball and rampages to the try line. 28-17

62.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 30-17

63.00: Griquas under pressure from another restart error.

65.00: TRY! Jeremy Ward runs through two defenders to score. Bosch had a hand in the try thanks to some wonderful dancing feet to stretch the home defence. 30-22

66.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 30-24

67.00: Sharks on another attack. Can Griquas hold them off?

68.00: TRY! Dylan Richardson is over for the score following a break by No 8 Phepsi Buthelezi, slipped Masixole Banda’s tackle, held off another defender before playing the supporting Richardson. 30-29

69.00: CONVERSION! Bosch puts the Sharks back in front. 30-31

72.00: MISS! Bosch pushes his long-range penalty wide. 30-31

75.00: Time is running out for the hosts to claim an upset win over their illustrious opponents.

78.00: Sharks take a quick lineout, and attack into the Griquas half before the home team wins a penalty inside their half. Here we go!

79.00: Andrews gives away a penalty at the ruck. De Beer has a chance to win it for Griquas.

80.00: PENALTY! De Beer does it, sneaking his kick inside the right-hand post. 33-31

82.00: Sbu Nkosi wins the restart, the Sharks win a penalty for offsides. NO!

84.00: PENALTY! Bosch wins it for the Sharks! 31-34


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The final score is Griquas 33 (9) Sharks 34 (7)


Tries – Arendse, Keyter, G. Van der Merwe
Pen – De Beer (4)
Con – De Beer (3)
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Nohamba, Libbok, Ward, Richardson
Pen – Bosch (2)
Con – Bosch (4)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Griffin Colby
Assistant Ref 1: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Ref 2: Paul Mente
TMO: Jaco Peyper



15 Masixole Banda, 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Harlon Klaasen, 12 Johnathan Francke, 11 Eduan Keyter, 10 Tinus de Beer, 9 Zak Burger (captain), 8 Johan Momsen, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Gideon van der Merwe, 5 Cameron Lindsay, 4 Adre Smith, 3 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 2 HJ Luus, 1 Mox Mxoli

Replacements: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Andrew Beerwinkel, 18 Madot Mabokela, 19 Carl Els, 20 CJ Velleman, 21 Theo Maree, 22 Ashlon Davids, 23 Daniel Kasende


15 Anthony Volmink, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Jeremy Ward (captain), 12 Marius Louw, 11 Madosh Tambwe, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Sanele Nohamba, 8 Phepsi Buthelezi, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 James Venter, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 John-Hubert Meyer, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Ox Nche

Replacements: 16 Daniel Jooste, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 Khwezi Mona, 19 JJ van der Mescht, 20 Dylan Richardson, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Sbu Nkosi

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