The Sharks have played the Hurricanes 20 times in Super Rugby since 1998, the Sharks have won nine matches, lost 10 times and drawn one.
The Sharks’ nine wins give them a record of winning 45% of their matches against the Hurricanes regardless of venue.
- The Hurricanes have won four of their previous six Super Rugby games against the Sharks, including their last two on the bounce.
- The Canes have never won three consecutive games against the Durban outfit.
- The Sharks have won their last four home games against New Zealand teams in Super Rugby, only once conceding more than 15 points in that span.
- The Hurricanes have won their last three Super Rugby games in a row away from home; the last time they won more in succession was a six-game spread to open the 2015 campaign.
- Only the Crusaders (25) have conceded fewer total tries than the Sharks (31) in Super Rugby 2019, although, Robert du Preez’s side has conceded a joint-league-low 16 second-half tries.
- Wes Goosen has crossed for a try in every one of his previous three Super Rugby games in South Africa; though, this will be his first visit to the Shark Tank.
We are waiting for the kick-off.
Daniel du Preez lead out the Sharks for his 50th Super Rugby match.
1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway on South Africa’s east coast on a warm winter’s day in Durban.
2.00: The Sharks win an early penalty at the ruck. Curwin Bosch, who has cemented his spot at flyhalf, will take a shot.
3.00: MISS! He misses from distance, but there is a stiff breeze swirling around the famous ground. 0-0
4.00: A scuffle breaks out after Dan du Preez’s storming run ends with a knock on.
5.00: The teams are fielding nine Springboks and All Blacks in their match-day squads. The first scrum is reset, which is standard these days.
6.00: TRY! The Barrett brothers combine after the scrum to put their team ahead. Beauden Barrett made a line-break, stood strong in Dan du Preez’s tackle and put Jordie, on his outside shoulder, away under the posts. 0-5
7.00: CONVERSION! No problem for Beauden Barrett. 0-7
9.00: The sharks attack from the restart, but a try-saving intervention from the Canes, halts the attack; however, the visitors are offsides. Bosch calls for the tee.
10.00: PENALTY! Bosch makes amends, putting his side on the board. 3-7
12.00: TJ Perenara wins a penalty at the ruck, stealing the ball from Ruan Botha, who was isolated. Beauden Barrett will take a shot.
13.00: PENALTY! No problem for the first five. 3-10
15.00: another chance to increase the lead for offsides.
17.00: PENALTY! The kick is good. 3-13
19.00: Penalty to the Sharks, who kick to the corner.
20.00: The chance comes to nothing because the tackler did not release. Barrett clears for the visitors.
21.00: There is lots of niggles out there. referee Nic Berry calls the captains over to talk about ill-discipline after the third scuffle takes place. Lukhanyo Am’s high tackle gives Barrett another shot at goal.
22.00: MISS! Barrett misses from in front. It was a simple chip-shot, too. 3-13
25.00: A good clearance from the hosts gives them some breathing space. The Durbanites are under the pump, here. Nic Berry is checking for foul play by Matt Proctor on Aphelele Fassi. It is a high tackle, the penalty is for the Sharks. Bosch kicks to the corner.
28.00: Lineout to the sharks on the Hurricanes’ 10m.
29.00: Beauden Barrett cannot gather his chip-kick from his goal-line, but a knock on by the hosts gives the tourists a scrum inside their 22. Another scuffle, but not too much in it, this time.
30.00: Scrum penalty for collapsing by Coenie Oosthuizen. Barrett clears to his 10m.
32.00: TRY! Ngani Laumape bashes his way through two tackles, gets up and dots down on the chalk to extend his side’s lead. It came from the lineout. 3-18
34.00: CONVERSION! Barrett makes no mistake. 3-20
36.00: Scrum to the Canes inside their half.
38.00: Fassi starts an attack from deep. The ball is recycled wide before the fullback rejoins another attack. The Sharks are making metres.
39.00: TRY! Quality from the men in black. Du Preez’s combined with an offload and powerful run to get their team over the advantage line. Patient build-up by the hosts saw the ball protected at the breakdown. The Sharks shifted the ball right to Fassi, again involved, to score in the corner. 8-20
41.00: CONVERSION! Bosch slots the touchline kick, keeping his side in touching distance. 10-20
The halftime score was Sharks 10 Hurricanes 20
41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Durban.
44.00: The men in black have started the second half, well. They build through the phases, but eventually, a poor kick ends the attack.
45.00: TRY! Bosch’s deft pass sets up an attack that finishes when Juan Schoeman scores. Fassi and Mapimpi combined with their captain, who was tackled short. The chance looked lost, but Schoeman managed to barge through the yellow wall. 15-20
46.00: CONVERSION! Bosch adds the extras. 17-20
48.00: The Sharks are enjoying things, now. They have most of the territory and possession and look confident with the ball in hand.
51.00: A poor lineout by Kerron van Vuuren gives away possession.
53.00: MASSIVE SCRUM by the Sharks; they win the scrum-penalty after bulldozing their opponents.
55.00: The Sharks botch another 5m lineout, oh boy.
57.00: Another handling error by the South Africans allows the Kiwis to counter from deep.
58.00: Fassi drops Barrett’s bomb giving the visitors an attacking scrum inside Sharks territory.
59.00: Sharks win the penalty, Bosch kicks to the middle of the enemy’s 22.
60.00: NO TRY! Mapimpi is tackled into touch by Wes Goosen.
61.00: Ardie Savea wins an important penalty inside his 22.
62.00: Am gets isolated and Savea wins another penalty. Barrett calls for the tee.
63.00: PENALTY! Barrett slots his third goal. 17-23
65.00: Bosch gets back and saves the day. He was tackled behind his try-line but managed to stay on his feet before popping to support. The ball is cleared.
66.00: TRY! Goosen scores in the corner after fending off Kobus van Wyk and beating Fassi’s last-ditch tackle attempt. 17-28
67.00: CONVERSION! Barrett slots the kick. 17-30
70.00: time is running out for the South Africans.
74.00: Sharks have a scrum inside their half.
75.00: RED CARD! Vaea Fifita is sent off for a dangerous on Jean-Luc du Plessis. 17-30
77.00: The Sharks have a final attack, but they are stopped again.
78.00: Perenara, with the help of two team-mates, tackles Thomas du Toit into touch near the corner flag.
80.00: The final hooter blows, Perenara kicks into touch, but a mass brawl erupts between the two teams. The citing commissioner is going to be busy, tomorrow and Monday.
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The final score is Sharks 17 (3) Hurricanes 30 (20)
Tries – Fassi, Schoeman
Pen – Bosch
Con – Bosch (2)
Tries – J. Barrett, Laumape, Goosen
Pen – B. Barrett (3)
Con – B. Barrett (3)
Cards – Fifita (Red, 75′)
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 1: AJ Jacobs
Assistant Ref 2: Divan Uys
TMO: Willie Vos
15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Louis Schreuder (captain), 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Mzamo Majola.
Replacements: 16 Cullen Collopy, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Tyler Paul, 21 Mthokozisi Mkhabela, 22 Robert du Preez, 23. Kobus van Wyk.
15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Thomas Perenara (captain), 8 Reed Prinsep, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Jeff To’omaga-Allen, 2 Asafo Aumua, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Fraser Armstrong, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Kane Le’aupepe, 20 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 21 Gareth Evans, 22 Richard Judd, 23 James Marshall.