Sharks beat Highlanders in Durban


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The last five Super Rugby matches between the Sharks and the Highlanders have all been won by the Sharks at home and away.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.


The match is underway.


1.00: The Sharks win a penalty for not releasing. They will kick for posts.


2.00: Patrick Lambie takes the kick and nails it. Sharks lead.


6.00: The Highlanders win a penalty about 32 metres out. Mike Delany takes the kick and nails it to level the scores.


9.00: There is a break in play as a Highlanders player is getting some medical attention.


10.00: The game resumes but then there is a fight involving several players. The Sharks get a penalty so Lambie will kick for posts.


11.00: Lambie nails the penalty and the Sharks lead again.


14.00: The Highlanders lose Doug Tietjens to injury and he is helped from the field as he can’t put any weight on his right leg.


16.00: Another penalty to the Sharks. Pat Lambie takes the kick and nails it taking him to 300 Super Rugby points in his career. 89 for this season.


18.00: The Sharks get another penalty so Lambie has another shot. He nails it. That was a long one.


20.00: No shortage of penalties in this match. The Highlanders get this one in the half way line. Delany takes the kick but misses.


21.00; Yet another penalty. Ref Steve Walsh has a word with the Sharks and says “I don’t want to be the dominant figure in this game so cut it out”. Delany takes the kick and misses.


25.00: Elliot Dixon who was a replacement for Tietjens goes off injured. Aaron Smith sees a gap and races for the line but is caught. The Sharks however concede a penalty.


26.00: Mike Delany takes the kick and nails it.


30.00: The Sharks lose Jannie du Plessis to a blood bin. Walsh has a word with Keegan Daniel about the rucks.


31.00: The Highlanders are on attack. Ellison chips through but the ball goes out. Jaqcques Botes is however shown a yellow card not retreating.


32.00: Delany takes the penalty kick and nails it.


36.00: The Highlanders are starting to string some phases together. They get to the 9th phase and they pass forward. Du Plessis comes back on from the blood bin.


38.00: Mackintosh concedes a penalty so Lambie takes another kick. Labie nails this one too.


40.00: The siren sounds. Steve Walsh sees the ball is dead so he blows for half time.

The half time score was Sharks 15 Highlanders 9

The second half is underway.


41.00: The Highlanders make an explosive start running everything at the Sharks. Wave after wave of attack but they spin the wide – too wide as it goes out.


45.00: It’s all the Highlanders on attack. They are camped in the Sharks 25.


46.00: The Sharks win a penalty and clear the ball. The Sharks simply have not looked like scoring a try yet in this match.


48.00: The Sharks concede a penalty. They opt for the lineout. They win it and attack.


49.00:After a period of sustained pressure the Highlanders find a gap and Kurt Baker scores the first TRY!


51.00: Mike Delany takes the conversion and nails it from out wide.


54.00: The Highlanders try has sparked the Sharks into action and they get into the Highlanders 25 for what could be the first time.


56.00: Penalty to the Sharks. Lambie takes the kick and nails it. The Sharks lead again.


58.00: The rain starts to come down in Durban which should slow the game down. It could help the Highlanders due to the travel. The Sharks are persisting with the high ball but the Highlanders are solid with it time after time.


59.00: Highlanders concede a penalty so Lambie will kick again.


60.00: Lambie nails the penalty.


62.00: Keegan Daniel makes a break after MacLeod pass. Daniel passes to Lambie who chips ahead. The Highlanders miss the ball and Lambie pounces and scores. TRY!


63.00: Lambie converts his try.


68.00: Highlanders sticking to their game plan. They are going through the phases on attack. They make some ground through 10/11 phases.


69.00: After 16 phases the Sharks turn the ball over and they boot it downfield.


73.00: Highlanders still attacking. They are running at the Sharks who are happy to defend their lead.


75.00: Keegan Daniel is replaced by Ryan Kankowski who is on for the first time this year.


78.00: The fans here have stopped watching the rugby and have started using their handheld tvs and are tuned into to the FA Cup in England. Very poor attendance in this match.


79.00: The Highlanders are 5m out but the Sharks turn it over and boot the ball out.


80.00: The siren goes. The Higlanders have the ball and are trying to score a try for the losing bonus point. The Sharks however turn the ball over and kick it out. Sharks win.


The full time score is Sharks 28 Highlanders 16



Tries -P Lambie 
Pen – P Lambie 7
Con –  P Lambie
Drop –
Cards – J Botes (31st min yellow)

Tries – K Baker
Pen – M Delany 3
Con – M Delany
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Steve Walsh
Assistant Ref 1:Lourens van der Merwe
Assistant Ref 2:Reuben Roussouw
TMO:Johann Meuwesen



1. Tendai Mtawarira , 2. Bismarck du Plessis , 3. Jannie du Plessis / Wiehahn Herbst , 4. Steven Sykes , 5. Anton Bresler , 6. Jacques Botes , 7. Marcell Coetzee , 8. Keegan Daniel ( C ) , 9. Charl McLeod , 10. Patrick Lambie , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 12. Tim Whitehead , 13. Paul Jordaan , 14. JP Pietersen , 15. Louis Ludik

Replacements , 16. Craig Burden , 17. Wiehahn Herbst / Jannie du Plessis , 18. Pieter-Steph du Toit , 19. Jean Deysel , 20. Ryan Kankowski , 21. Frederic Michalak , 22. Meyer Bosman


1 Jamie Mackintosh (C) 2 Andrew Hore 3 Chris King 4 Josh Bekhuis 5 Jarrad Hoeata, 6 Adam Thomson, 7 Doug Tietjens, 8 Nasi Manu ,9 Aaron Smith, 10 Mike Delany ,11 Hosea Gear ,12 Shaun Treeby ,13 Tamati Ellison, 14 Siale Piutau, 15 Ben Smith

Reserves 16 Jason Rutledge, 17 Ma’afu Fia/Jacob Ellison, 18 Culum Retallick, 19 Elliot Dixon ,20 Jimmy Cowan ,21 Chris Noake, 22 Kurt Baker

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