Sharks settle for two point win



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This was a live score update. Report to follow.






The Sharks were lucky to come away with a draw last week against the Hurricanes. They didn’t perform too well and although they are still on the road they will be looking at the Highlanders as an opportunity to get back into shape.

Friday April 11
Venue: Carisbrook, Dunedin
Referee: Ian Smith (Australia)
Assistant Referees : Stuart Dickinson (Australia), Josh Noonan (New Zealand)
TV Match Official : Shane McDermott (New Zealand)
Reviewer/Perf. Auditor : Kim Eichmann (New Zealand)
Head-to-Head: Played 12, Highlanders 6, Sharks 6
In Dunedin/Invercargill: Played 6, Highlanders 4, Sharks 2
Last season: Round 3, February 17 2007: Sharks 23-16 Highlanders at Absa Stadium, Durban


Match Detail


0.00 We are waiting for the kick off.


2.00: Toby Morland looked to be away after an intercept but Ruan Pienaar manged to get back and prevent the try from being scored.


7.00: Paul Williams broke through the Shark’s defence and passed the ball to Fetu’u Vainikolo who powered over to score the first points of the match.


8.00: James Wilson converted the try from a fair way out.


12.00; The Sharks gave a penalty away so James Wilson took a shot at goal from 42 metres out but missed.


18.00: The Highlanders were next to give a penalty so Ruan Pienaar had a shot at goal and slotted a penalty to put the Sharks on the board.


19.00: Fetu’u Vainikolo runs round Frans Steyn and gets the ball out quickly for Clint Newland who scores the Highlanders second try.  


20.00: James Wilson slotted the conversion.


28.00: Frans Steyn breaks and catches the Highlanders defence off gaurd and they give away a penalty. Ruan Pienaar takes the shot at goal and slots it.


33.00: After a good attacking spell, the Sharks score their first try as Jacques Botes dives over the line.


34.00: Ruan Pienaar took the conversion but sent it wide to the right.


37.00: The Highlanders set up some good attacking position but the Sharks give away a penalty. James Wilson takes the shot at goal and slots it.


40.03: The siren goes.


The h/t score was Highlanders 17 Sharks 11


41.00: Ryan Kankowski runs straight through the Highlanders line out catches the ball, runs half the field and scores the Sharks second try.


42.00: Ruan Pienaar misses the conversion.


44.00: Matt Saunders gives away a penalty for obstruction so Ruan Pienaar takes a shot at the posts but misses.


56.00: Frans Steyn took a penalty shot at goal from 51m out and slotted it to give the Sharks the lead for the first time.  


58.00: Frans Steyn has another shot at goal but sends it wide.


59.00: The Sharks send on AJ Venter for his 110th super rugby cap.


65.00: Frans Steyn has yet another shot at goal but it hits the posts.


74.00: The Sharks give away a penalty so James Wilson has a shot at goal but the kick just fades.  


80.00: The Siren goes. There is a line out but Rory Kockott kicks it out.


The full time score Highlanders 17 Sharks 19


Report to follow.




Tries -Fetu’u Vainikolo, Clint Newland

Pen -James Wilson

Con – James Wilson (2)



Tries -Jacques Botes,Ryan Kankowski

Pen -Pienaar (2),Frans Steyn

Con –




15. Paul Williams,14. Matt Saunders ,13. Niva Ta’auso,12. Johnny Leota,11. Fetu’u Vainikolo,10. James Wilson,9. Toby Morland ,8. Craig Newby ( c ),7. Tim Boys,6. Adam Thomson,5. Tom Donnelly,4. Hoani MacDonald,3. Clint Newland,2. Jason Macdonald,1. Chris King

16. David Hall,17. Jamie Mackintosh/Keith Cameron,18. Isaac Ross,19. Hayden Triggs,20. Jimmy Cowan ,21. Daniel Bowden,22. Aaron Bancroft


15-1 : Stefan Terblanche, Odwa Ndungane, Francois Steyn, Bradley Barritt, Waylon Murray, Fred Michalak, Ruan Pienaar, Ryan Kankowski, Jacques Botes, Keegan Daniel, Johann Muller (captain), Steven Sykes, BJ Botha, Bismarck du Plessis, Beast Mtawarira.

Craig Burden, Deon Carstens, Jannie du Plessis, Albert van den Berg, AJ Venter, Rory Kockott, Adrian Jacobs.

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