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Hurricanes beat Sharks in Wellington

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The Hurricanes have played the Sharks 21 times in Super rugby since 1998 and the Hurricanes have won 11 matches, lost 9 times and drawn once.

The Hurricanes 11 wins out of 21 matches gives them a record of winning 52% of their matches against the Sharks regardless of venue.


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  • The Hurricanes have won their last four home games on the bounce against the Sharks in Super Rugby; the last time they lost in such a fixture was in Round 7, 2010.
  • The Hurricanes picked up an away win in their last Super Rugby game against the Sharks; it was the first time in eight games between the two teams that the away squad had won on the day.
  • The Sharks have made the most kicks in play (67) of any side in the 2020 Super Rugby season, only two other sides have also made 50+ (Jaguares – 58 and Bulls – 52).
  • The Hurricanes have won the most scrums (16/16 – 100%) on their own feed of any side yet to lose one in Super Rugby 2020; in fact, the Sharks’ 75% success rate at the scrum is the second-lowest of any team.
  • Du’Plessis Kirifi (Hurricanes) has made the most tackles (28/28 – 100%) of any player yet to miss a single attempt; in fact, only four have made more than him overall.

Match detail

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Jackson Garden-Bachop of the Hurricanes kick off and the match is underway.

1.00: The Hurricanes knock on after some early play so the Sharks have a scrum near the half way line. The Sharks win the scrum and run the ball but knock on.

3.00: The Hurricanes get a free kick from the scrum and tap the ball quickly. Jordie Barrett slices through the Sharks with his pace and the Hurricanes are into the Sharks 22.

4.00: The Hurricanes move the ball from side to side but the final pass is wide – too wide as it goes into touch.

5.00: The Hurricanes steal the line out – and get the advantage which turns into a penalty. The Hurricanes will have a shot at the posts.

6.00: Jordie Barrett takes the penalty kick and nails it. The Hurricanes lead. 3-0.

8.00: The Sharks clear the ball from a ruck on the Hurricanes 22 line. Boeta Chamberlain, sells a dummy and passes the ball down the line and the two props combine to score a try. However in the build up there is a forward pass which is confirmed by the TMO so no try.

10.00: The Hurricanes drive the Sharks scrum backwards and the Hurricanes kick the ball well upfield.

11.00: The Hurricanes win the ball from the line out and run the ball into the Sharks 22 but Madosh Tambwe slips and goes down,

12.00: The Hurricanes win the line out and run the ball – but there is an intercept by Lukhanyo Am and he makes half the field and offloads to Madosh Tambwe who goes in to score. TRY!

13.00: Chamberlain adds the conversion. Sharks lead 3-7.

17.00: The Hurricanes win a line out in the Sharks 22. They move the ball up with the forwards and get the advantage but when there is a knock on the penalty is awarded.The Sharks get a warning for yellow cards. The Hurricanes choose a scrum.

18.00: The Hurricanes kick the ball through and Vaea Fifita chases and drops on it to score – but Vaea Fifita was offside as the scrum wheeled so no try.  We go back for the scrum.

20.00: The scrum goes down so has to be reset.

21.00: The Hurricanes win the scrum and Barrett draws the Sharks in but passes out wide and Wes Goosen who is wide open and runs in the TRY!

22.00: Barrett takes the conversion and nails it. Hurricanes lead again 10-7.

24.00: The Sharks hit back immediately by working the ball up to the line and Tyler Paul picks and goes on the line and scores in the tackle. TRY!

25.00: Sanele Nohamba slots the conversion from out wide. The Sharks lead 10-14.

28.00: The Hurricanes hit back too. Nagani Laumape gets the ball on the wing from a Barrett cross kick and he skins the Sharks defender Sanele Nohamba and goes in to score TRY!

29.00: Barrett takes the conversion and nails it. Hurricanes lead 17-14.

31.00: The Sharks attack in the corner but get tackled into touch. The Hurricanes win the line out and boot the ball into touch further up the field.

33.00: Penalty to the Sharks. Nohamba will have the shot. He nails it to level the scores at 17-all.

38.00: The Hurricanes win a line out in their 22 and boot the ball upfield.

40.00; The Hurricanes run the ball but the ball is passed into touch.

41.00: The ball is lost forward which ends the half. It is half time.

The half time score was Hurricanes 17 Sharks 17

The Sharks kick off and the second half is underway.

43.00; The Hurricanes get the first score of the second half. They are moving the ball around and Ben Lam just bashes his way through the Sharks backs and charges for the line and scores TRY!

44.00: Barrett takes the conversion kick and nails it. Hurricanes lead 24-17.

47.00: Penalty to the Sharks. Nohamba takes the shot but misses. Dane Coles comes on for the Hurricanes to a huge cheer.

49.00: Penalty to the Hurricanes – Barrett takes the kick but misses. His first miss of 2020.

50.00: The Hurricanes get the ball and use the cross field kick – Lam jumps high and gets the ball and races for the line – beats two Sharks tackles and scores in the corner. TRY!

51.00: Barrett slots the conversion from the touchline. Hurricanes lead 31-17.

56.00: The Sharks get a kickable penalty but take the quick tap. They make ground but then knock on. The Hurricanes have a scrum inside their 22 and in front of the posts.

58.00: The Hurricanes win the scrum and kick the ball almost to the half way line and in to touch.

60.00: The Sharks set up a line out in the Canes 22. The Hurricanes though win the line out and clear the ball – the Sharks counter attack and move the ball through the hands.

61.00: The Sharks knock the ball on so the Hurricanes get the ball and kick it. The Sharks run the ball back but Madosh Tambwe knocks on.

63.00: The Hurricanes set up a line out just outside the Sharks 5m line. The Hurricanes win the line out and drive straight through the Sharks pack and Dane Col;es scores TRY!

65.00: Jordie Barrett takes the conversion kick and nails it. The Hurricanes lead 38-17.

69.00: The Sharks are not giving up, Mzamo Majola crashes over from short range and scores. TRY!

70.00: The conversion is missed but that try has removed the bonus point for the Canes. Hurricanes lead 38-22.

74.00: The Sharks win a penalty inside their half and kick for touch.  There is a delay as a Sharks player needs some medical attention. The Sharks win the line out but cant do much with it and knock on.

77.00: The Hurricanes are looking for the bonus point and have upped the pressure. They get into the Sharks 22 but concede a penalty.

78.00: The Sharks boot the ball well upfield and set up a line out on the half way line. There is a delay as hooker Craig Burden is injured and cant throw in. Eventually he is fixed by the meds and throws the ball in. The Sharks knock on.

80.00: The Sharks have a line out on the Hurricanes 5m line. They earn a penalty from the line out so tap it on the 5m line.

81.00: The Sharks go through the phases but get driven back a little. They almost get through but then win another penalty.

82.00: The Sharks tap the ball again and attack on the 5m line. The ball is turned over and run into touch.

That’s it the Hurricanes have won.

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The full time score is Hurricanes 38 (17) Sharks 22 (17)

Scorers

Hurricanes
Tries -W.Goosen, N.Laumape, B.Lam 2, D.Coles
Pen – J.Barrett
Con – J.Barrett 5
Drop –
Cards –

Sharks
Tries -M.Tambwe, T.Paul, M. Majola
Pen -S.Nohamba
Con – B.Chamberlain, S.Nohamba
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 1:Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2:Rebecca Mahoney
TMO : Aaron Paterson

Teams

Hurricanes

15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 TJ Perenara (captain), 8 Reed Prinsep, 7 Gareth Evans, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Asafo Aumua, 1 Fraser Armstrong

Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Liam Mitchell, 20 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Billy Proctor

Sharks

15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Lukhanyo Am (captain), 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Boeta Chamberlain, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 James Venter, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 John-Hubert Meyer, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Juan Schoeman

Replacements:16 Craig Burden, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Mzamo Majola 19 Le Roux Roets, 20 Dylan Richardson, 21 Phepsi Buthelezi, 22 Sanele Nohamba, 23 Jeremy Ward

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