Super Rugby

Sharks beat Reds in Brisbane




The Reds have played the Sharks 20 times in Super rugby since 1998 and the Reds have won 11 matches, lost 9 times and drawn none.

The Reds 11 wins out of 20 matches gives them a record of winning 55% of their matches against the Sharks regardless of venue.

  • The Reds have won their last two games against the Sharks, as many as they’d won in their previous 10 Super Rugby encounters with the side from Durban (L8).
  • The Reds have won their last six games when hosting South African sides, only once before have they enjoyed a longer such run in Super Rugby – a 14-game winning run from 1997 to 2003.
  • The Reds have scored seven tries originating from inside their own half in this Super Rugby season, more than any other side, while the Sharks have scored the second most (6); no other club has scored more than four from that range.
  • The Reds’ Tate McDermott has scored four tries and provided the assist for a further four this season, his eight-try involvements are the most of any player in Super Rugby this year.
  • Makazole Mapimpi (Sharks) has gained 195 meters from 15 carries in Super Rugby this season, his average gain of 13 meters is the best rate of any player to carry the ball more than once.

Match detail

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The Reds kick-off and the match is underway.

1.00: The Reds get the ball back but knock on so the Sharks will have the first scrum.

2.00: The Sharks front row collapses and concedes a penalty. The Reds will have a shot at the posts.

3.00: Jock Campbell takes the kick and nails it. The Reds lead. 3-0.

4.00: The Sharks win the ball back from the restart by jumping high (Notshe) and they go through 9 phases and then kick to the corner. During this Sharks skipper Am takes a knock and goes down. Penalty to the Sharks for a technically high tackle.

6.00: Curwin Bosch takes the kick and nails it. The scores are level.

7.00: The Reds attack but the Sharks intercept and then lose the ball to the Reds who start their attack again.

8.00: The Reds win a penalty as the Sharks are caught offside. They choose a line out.

9.00: The Reds win the line out and then get an advantage as the Sharks go offside. The Reds play on. When the Sharks stop their attacks the Reds are called back for the penalty.

10.00: The Reds take another line out for the penalty.

11.00: The Reds win the line out but the Sharks steal the ball in the maul and go wide but the ball goes forward.

14.00: Free kick to the Sharks. Bosch boots the ball upfield. The Sharks win the line out on the 22m line and drive for the try line – they drive over and score. TRY! Kerron van Vuuren.

15.00: Bosch misses the conversion. The Sharks lead 3-8.

17.00: The Reds pull the Sharks into the centre of the field and then go wide to Henry Speight who crashes over in the corner. TRY! Campbell and O’Connor set Speight up for that try.

19.00: Campbell takes the conversion kick from the touchline but he misses. The scores are level.

20.00: The Sharks kick deep from the restart and the Reds knock it back behind the dead-ball line. 22 drop out.

22.00: The Sharks go through a couple of phases and kick for touch. The Reds come away with the ball from the line out and kick into touch – to the 22m line.

23.00: The Reds steal the line out and run the ball across the field but get trapped so they have to kick for touch again.

25.00: Penalty to the Reds for the Sharks not rolling away at the breakdown.

26.00: The Reds kick for touch and set up a line out. The Reds knock the ball on.

27.00: Penalty from the scrum to the Reds. This time they will have a shot at the posts.

29.00: Campbell takes the kick and nails it. Reds lead 11-8.

31.00: Penalty to the Sharks for not releasing. They take the line out and then concede a penalty. The Reds take the line out.

34.00: The Reds set up a line out in the Sharks 22 but the Sharks get the ball and kick for touch.

36.00: Penalty to the Reds for playing the scrumhalf. The Reds kick for touch.

37.00: The Sharks knock on and give the Reds a scrum just outside the Sharks 22.

39.00: The Reds move the ball through 9 phases testing the Sharks and they go wide where Speight kicks ahead and the Sharks take the ball over the line. Reds 5m scrum.

40.00: The Reds win the scrum. They pass the ball down the line but the final pass is forward.

It’s half time.

The half time score was Reds 11 Sharks 8

The Sharks kick off and the second half is underway.

43.00: The Sharks go through the phases on attack but then lose the ball forward.

45.00: The Sharks power through the scrum 40m out. They spread the ball wide and then come back in and Dylan Richardson drives over the line and scores. TRY!

46.00: Bosch adds the conversion and the Sharks lead 11-15. Isaac Lucas comes on for James O’Connor of the Reds.

48.00: The Reds break out and chip the ball ahead. The Sharks get back but the Reds drive them over the line to get a 5m scrum.

50.00: The Sharks concede a free kick, Tate McDermott takes the quick tap and slips through the Sharks forwards and scores. TRY!

52.00: Campbell takes the conversion kick but misses it. The Reds lead at 16-15.

55.00: Penalty to the Sharks. Bosch will have a shot. 48m out. He nails it. Sharks lead 16-18.

60.00: The Reds first scrum with Harry Hoopert ends with a penalty to the Sharks. Bosch signals that he will have a shot from 47m out.

61.00: Bosch slots it and extends the lead.

63.00: The scrum collapses and the Sharks win another penalty. The TMO is called in to check some foul play. Craig Burden is penalised for a forearm to the face so the Reds get a penalty and kick to the corner.

65.00: The Reds win the line out and drive towards the line. They slow and then go again and Taniela Tupou is awarded the TRY. The TMO will check it. Tupou was tackled short and then crawled to the line so instead of a try it’s a penalty against the Reds. The Sharks clear the ball into touch.

The Reds attack the Sharks but the Sharks stop the attack and turn the ball over. Louis Schreuder kicjs the ball straight into touch. He is immediately replaced following the error.

69.00: The Reds attack inside the Sharks half but Lukhanyo Am intercepts and races away to the line. TRY!

70.00: Bosch slots the conversion to extend the lead. 16-28

75.00: The Sharks attack and Madosh Tambwe get the ball on the wing and runs away for the TRY!

76.00: Bosch misses the conversion. 16-33

79.00: The Sharks win a line out and drive for the line. The maul falls apart so the Sharks run it wide.

80.00: the Sharks attack with an advantage – they want the bonus point try. They get the penalty and kick to the corner. 5m line out.

81.00: The Sharks throw in and pass the ball to the backs. As they get to the line the Sharks concede a penalty. The Reds run it!

83.00: The Reds make ground and get the advantage – when the ball goes forward they get the penalty. Reds kick for touch.

The Reds win the line out and run it. The Reds win another penalty as the Sharks infringe illegally. Reds take the line out.

85.00: The Reds win the line out again. The Reds attack and get the advantage – they almost score but are called back for the penalty.

86.00: Another Reds line out. The Sharks steal the line out – the run the ball but the Reds steal it – the Reds kick across the field but it goes into touch. The Sharks are shown a yellow card and the Reds have another penalty.

87.00: The Reds win the line out and drive over the line and score. TRY!

89.00: Campbell adds the conversion to end the match.

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The full time score is Reds 23 (11) Sharks 33 (8)


Tries – H.Speight, T,McDermott, E.Craig
Pen -J.Campbell 2
Con -J.Campbell
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – K. van Vuuren, D.Richardson, L.Am, M.Tambwe
Pen – C.Bosch 3
Con – C.Bosch 2
Drop –
Cards – L.Mvovo (87th min yellow)

Match Officials
Referee: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 1:Graham Cooper
Assistant Ref 2:Jordan way
TMO: James Leckie



15 Jock Campbell, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Henry Speight, 10 James O’Connor, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Liam Wright (captain), 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Harry Hockings, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 JP Smith

Replacements: 16 Ed Craig, 17 Harry Hoopert, 18 Josh Nasser, 19 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 20 Fraser McReight, 21 Scott Malolua, 22 Isaac Lucas, 23 Filipo Daugunu


15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Lukhanyo Am (c), 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Dylan Richardson, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Ox Nche

Replacements:16 Craig Burden, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Le Roux Roets, 20 Phepsi Buthelezi, 21 Sanele Nohamba, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Jeremy Ward

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