Highlanders beat Sharks in Durban




Out of the last five matches between the Sharks and the Highlanders the Sharks have won four and the Highlanders have won one.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off. The teams are on the pitch.

0.01: The Highlanders kick off and we are underway.

1.00: Penalty to the Highlanders inside the Sharks half from a scrum.

2.00:Lima Sopoaga takes the kick and nails it. The Highlanders lead.

4.00: The Sharks work the ball to the Highlanders 5m line. The Highlanders defend and force the knock on.

5.00: The Highlanders win the scrum and clear the ball.

6.00: The Sharks start their attack after the line out, they get into the Highlanders 22 and get stopped initially. The ball pops out of ruck and is grabbed by Charl MacLeod and he passes to Lwazi Mvovo who goes over to score the first TRY! The TMO checks. Oh but wait, Paul Jordaan obstructed a Highlanders player and the try is disallowed. We go back for a penalty.

7.00: Tim Swiel takes the penalty and levels the scores.

9.00: The Sharks win a penalty inside the Highlanders half but outside their 22. Tim Swiel lines up the kick but misses. Probably rushed a little.

12.00: It’s all attack from the Sharks so far. The Highlanders can only defend. The pressure wins a penalty for the Sharks. Swiel lines up again.

13.00: Swiel takes the kick as Jannie du Plessis gets some help from the medics. He comes off for a concussion test. Swiel slots the kick.

14.00: The Highlanders win a penalty in their half for offside. They kick for touch.

16.00: The Highlanders get their first attacking opportunity. They get through the Sharks and then chip through. Richard Buckman chases and scores the first TRY!

18.00: Sopoaga’s conversion goes in off the left hand post.

20.00: The Sharks get the ball into the Highlanders half – just – and then Frans Steyn gets the ball and goes for a drop goal but misses. They had the advantage so we go back for a penalty.

21.00: Swiel takes the penalty kick and nails it.

24.00: Highlanders winger Patrick Osborne sustains an injury to his right ankle in a tackle and has to come off. He will be replaced by Trent Renata.

26.00: The Sharks kick for touch and Sopoaga catches it with a foot in touch so the Highlanders get the line out put in. They win the line out and attack the Sharks in the corner. They get close but the Sharks knock on.

27.00: The Highlanders win the scrum and as they get to the posts, Aaron Smith slips through and scores. TRY!

27.00: Sopoaga slots the conversion.

28.00: Shane Christie of the Highlanders concedes a penalty for going off his feet. Swiel will kick for posts.

29.00: Swiel takes the kick but misses.

31.00: Ben Smith takes a knock in a tackle but is given time to be helped by the medics as the Highlanders have a penalty. They kick for touch and set up a line out just 7m out.

32.00: The Highlanders win the line out and set up the maul. They drive over the line and Shane Christie scores. TRY! Strange to see a NZ team beating a South African team at their own game – the maul.

33.00: Sopoaga takes the conversion kick and slots it.

35.00: The Sharks work the ball into the Highlanders half. The ball handling is scrappy and the ref gets in the way. We go back for a scrum in front of the posts 18m out in front of the Highlanders posts.

37.00: The Sharks win the scrum but lose the ball forward, the Highlanders act quickly and boot the ball upfield.

38.00: The Sharks – Mvovo – snipe down the wing but he then concedes a penalty for not releasing. Sopoaga kicks for touch. Shane Christie comes off and John Hardie comes on – could be for blood.

40.00: The Highlanders have a scrum as the siren sounds. The Sharks however win a penalty. They get another 10 for throwing the ball away. Swiel will kick for posts.

41.00: Swiel takes the shot and he nails it.

It’s half time.

The half time score was Sharks 12 Highlanders 24

The Sharks kick off and we are underway.

41.00: The Highlanders and the Sharks get a warning for obstruction. The Sharks get a penalty so Steyn kicks for touch.

42.00: Tackles missed Sharks 3 Highlanders 8.

43.00: The Sharks have the ball on attack, they kick ahead but the ball goes straight to Ben Smith. The whistle goes as the Sharks had an advantage. They will get a penalty. Swiel takes the shot and sneaks it over the posts.

45.00: The Highlanders have the ball and attack the Sharks in centrefield. Ben Smith is tackled and the Highlanders concede a penalty. The Sharks kick for touch.

46.00: The Sharks win the line out and use the maul. The Highlanders break it up and turn the ball over and kick the ball upfield. Jannie du Plessis comes off again.

48.00: The Sharks scrum collapses but the Sharks get penalty so they kick for touch.

49.00: The Sharks win the line out. However Joe Wheeler is yellow carded for an infringement. It’s not clear why.

50.00: Swiel takes the penalty kick and nails it.

 52.00: The Highlanders almost capitalise on a big Sharks error as Swiel and SP Marais  miss the ball from a high kick. It gets knocked back towards the tryline and McLeod loses the ball as it goes over the tryline. The ball goes out before the Highlanders can dot it down.

53.00: The Highlanders win the scrum but as they go for the line they lose the ball and the Sharks appear to have knocked on as well. Frans Steyn and Aaron Smith have a scuffle so we go to the TMO. There is no evidence so we carry on and the Sharks have a scrum on their 5m line.

54.00: The Sharks win the scrum and kick for touch. Tim Swiel has been replaced.

55.00: The Highlanders go on the attack and again they almost get through but Mvovo just gets back to save the ball from going to the Highlanders after a grubber.

56.00: Another penalty to the Sharks. Steyn kicks for the corner and sets up a line out in the Highlanders 22.

58.00: The Sharks win the line out but they are unable to make much ground and then they concede a penalty. The Highlanders kick for touch and the line out.

59.00: The Sharks play on as Hoeata is down injured and Wheeler is still off so they are playing against 13. The Beast gets through a gap and passes to JP Pietersen but he loses the ball. Prop Chris Kings kicks the ball into touch.

60.00: Josh Bekhuis comes on and so does Joe Wheeler.

61.00: There is a break in play as Kyle Cooper has taken a head knock. He comes off for a concussion test.

62.00: The Sharks try to counter attack but Keegan Daniel knocks on.

64.00: Keegan Daniel concedes a penalty at the line out – very similar to what Wheeler did – so the Highlanders get a penalty. No card for the Sharks. They kick for touch and the line out.

65.00: The Highlanders win the line out and as they get to the centre of the field the Sharks concede a penalty.

66.00: Sopoaga takes the kick and nails it.

68.00: Wow, the Sharks kick the ball up field. Malakai Fekitoa gets the ball in his half and he powers through the Sharks defence and then turns on the pace and scores a BONUS Point TRY!

69.00: Sopoaga adds the conversion.

72.00: The Highlanders are forcing the Sharks to play the game in their half. The Highlanders keep pinning the Sharks back.

75.00; The Highlanders are so in control they are even throwing the ball around freely. They do however knock on. The Sharks win the scrum and kick for touch. They get called back for a penalty so Steyn kicks for touch.

77.00: The Sharks win a line out in the Highlanders half but the visitors turn the ball over and run it into the Sharks half.

79.00: The Sharks get a bit of a chance to attack in the Highlanders 22 but they knock on.

80.00: Time runs out for the Sharks. The Highlanders win a scrum and kick the ball out.

That’s it the Highlanders win. Big upset.

The full time score is Sharks 18 (12) Highlanders 34(24)


Tries –
Pen – T.Swiel 6
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – R.Buckman, A.Smith, S.Christie, M. Fekitoa
Pen – L.Sopoaga 2
Con – L.Sopoaga 4
Drop –
Cards – J.Wheeler (49th min yellow)

Match Officials
Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1: Stuart Berry
Assistant Ref 2: Quinton Immelman
TMO: Shaun Veldsman



15. Lwazi Mvovo , 14. JP Pietersen , 13. Paul Jordaan , 12. Frans Steyn , 11. S’bura Sithole , 10. Tim Swiel , 9. Charl McLeod , 8. Keegan Daniel , 7. Jean Deysel , 6. Marcell Coetzee , 5. Stephan Lewies , 4. Willem Alberts , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 2. Bismarck du Plessis (C) , 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements : 16. Kyle Cooper , 17. Dale Chadwick , 18. Lourens Adriaanse , 19. Etienne Oosthuizen , 20. Ryan Kankowski , 21. Stefan Ungerer , 22. Heimar Williams , 23. SP Marais


1. Kane Hames 2. Liam Coltman 3. Chris King 4. Jarrad Hoeata 5. Joe Wheeler 6. Elliot Dixon 7. Shane Christie 8. Nasi Manu (co-captain) 9. Aaron Smith 10. Lima Sopoaga 11. Patrick Osborne 12. Shaun Treeby 13. Malakai Fekitoa 14. Richard Buckman 15. Ben Smith (co-captain)

Replacements : 16. Ged Robinson 17. Craig Millar 18. Ma’afu Fia 19. Jarrad Hoeata 20. Gareth Evans 21. Fumiaki Tanaka 22. Trent Renata 23. John Hardie

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