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Sharks beat Jaguares in Durban

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The Sharks have played the Jaguares eight times in Super Rugby since 2016, and the Sharks have won five matches and lost three times.

The Sharks’ five wins give them a record of winning 63% of their matches against the Jaguares regardless of venue.

  • The Jaguars have won three of their last four meetings with the Sharks (L1), this after losing each of the initial four Super Rugby clashes between the sides.
  • The Sharks have lost their last three games when hosting sides from outside South Africa, this after going unbeaten in each of their 13 such games before that (W11, D1).
  • Gonzalo Quesada’s men have won three of their last four Super Rugby games in South Africa (L1), more than they had won across their 16 matches in the country prior (W2, L14).
  • The Sharks have retained possession on 26 kicks in play this Super Rugby campaign, eight more than any other team in the competition.
  • A win for either team would move them into first place on the South African Conference ahead of the Stormers, who have a bye.
  • Domingo Motti (Jaguares) has made seven break passes so far this Super Rugby season, more than any other player in the competition.

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at sunny Kings Park on South Africa’s sub-tropical east coast. The late summer conditions are perfect for running rugby.

3.00: James Venter gives away a penalty after some early Sharks pressure. Joaquin Diaz Bonilla boots the ball to the home team’s 10m.

4.00: TRY! Hyron Andrews with a show-and-go crosses for the game’s opening try following a slick counter-attack off a high-ball take by Aphelele Fassi. Andre Esterhuizen’s quick-tap allowed the Sharks to create an overlap to score. 5-0

5.00: MISS! Curwin Bosch misses. 5-0

7.00: NO TRY! Makazole Mapimpi gathers Bosch’s cross-field grubber to score, but after a long TMO review, the try is chalked off because of Kerron van Vuuren’s knock-on in the build-up. 5-0

8.00: A couple of reset scrums, here.

9.00: TRY! Sikhumbuzo Notshe slips some weak tackling and charges towards the whitewash. Matias Moroni got isolated in the tackle, conceding a penalty. Louis Schreuder took a quick-tap and popped to the number eight, who raced through the Jaguares and scored. 10-0

11.00: CONVERSION! Bosch adds the extras, this time. 12-0

14.00: The ball bounces off the corner flag but stays in play. Sbu Nkosi gets back, and from a standing start, takes on two Jaguares defenders. Nkosi does well to carry a few metres, allowing the cavalry to arrive.

16.00: Los Jaguares kick a penalty to the corner.

18.00: TRY! Santiago Carreras takes Joaquin Diaz Bonilla’s pin-point cross-field kick-pass, beats the covering defender, swivels out of Fassi’s tackle and scores. 12-5

20.00: MISS! Diaz Bonilla misses his touchline conversion attempt. 12-5

21.00: Nkosi leaves the field for an HIA, Madosh Tambwe replaces the winger. Sharks win a penalty when the visitors collapse the maul. Bosch calls for the tee.

23.00: PENALTY! Bosch, on the angle, and from 42 metres, slots the goal. 15-5

25.00: Scrum to the South Americans on halfway.

27.00: TRY! Another stunning counter-attack by the hosts ends when Esterhuizen takes Bosch’s pass and carries a defender over with him in the corner. Fassi’s linebreak set things in motion, he went through the gap before putting in a kick, which he gathered before being brought down. The ball was sent wide to Esterhuizen for the home team’s third five-pointer. 20-5

28.00: CONVERSION! Bosch slots the touchline kick. 22-5

30.00: Sharks are struggling in the scrums this season, losing one in four. The ref has to keep resetting the set-piece.

33.00: More reset scrums; this time Marius van der Westhuizen tells Gonzalo Bertranou to “use it”, which he does. The visitors go wide and are inside the opposition’s 22.

34.00: The visitors win the penalty, and kick to the corner. They have a penalty-advantage for collapsing by the hosts.

37.00: TRY! Joaquin Tuculet takes Bertranou’s short-pass and crashes over next to the posts. That was too easy, but well-worked by the South Americans. 22-10

37.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 22-12

38.00: Sharks win a penalty on halfway; Bosch calls for the tee from distance.

39.00: MISS! Bosch, taking his time while also running down the clock, launches the kick, but the ball bounces off the crossbar – to his surprise – and the Jaguares clear. 22-12

The halftime score was Sharks 22 Jaguares 12

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Durban where the late afternoon’s mercury is at 28 degrees Celsius.

42.00: Sharks win an early second-half penalty, Bosch calls for the tee.

44.00: PENALTY! Bosch curls his kick inside the right-hand post. 25-12

45.00: OH, DEAR! Diaz Bonilla kicks the restart straight into touch. The Sharks will scrum on halfway. Reset.

47.00: Another penalty goes the way of the Sharks.

48.00: PENALTY! Bosch increases the lead. 28-12

51.00: Tuculet does not release, conceding a penalty, which is booted to the corner.

52.00: TRY! Van Vuuren flops over the whitewash after a bulldozing driving maul. Easy as you like. 33-12

54.00: MISS! The sideline kick is wide. 33-12

57.00: The home team are all over the visitors, who look jaded.

59.00: Fassi has been immense today, he’s been at the heart of all the Sharks attacks, almost setting up another score in the previous play.

60.00: We enter the final quarter. Sharks get a scrum free-kick; they opt for another scrum, which is under the posts about eight metres out.

61.00: YELLOW CARD! Bertranou is off for 10 minutes for cynical play. Sharks want another scrum. 33-12

65.00: It’s all Sharks in Durban, the visitors cannot get anywhere near their try-line.

67.00: Another wasted opportunity goes begging for the hosts, who have gone off the boil since the break.

70.00: NO TRY! A turnover kick-starts a counter-attack by the Sharks from inside their half. Lukhanyo Am stabs a kick through for Nkosi to chase. He collects the ball but is held-up over the line. 33-12

71.00: Five-metre scrum to the Sharks.

72.00: Two mistake involving Sanele Nohamba stop the Sharks from getting more points.

73.00: NO TRY! Tuculet finishes off the counter-attack after Notshe lost possession from Nohamba’s bullet-pass, but after a long TMO review, the try is chalked off. Fassi also gets a yellow for a foul play for not attempting to wrap his arms around Bertranou. 33-12

73.00: YELLOW CARD! Fassi is off. 33-12

74.00: The ball is booted to the corner, but the Sharks keep the visitors out.

75.00: TRY! Sebastian Cancelliere scores, slipping Bosch’s weak tackle and diving over in the corner. 33-17

77.00: CONVERSION! Domingo Miotti adds the touchline kick. 33-19

79.00: The ball is booted to the corner; the Jaguares are looking for a bonus-point.

80.00: HELD-UP! Nkosi holds up Santiago Socino with some superb defending. Scrum to the South Americans with nine seconds remaining. 33-19

81.00: The clock runs down, the hooter sounds. Game over!

FULL TIME

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The final score is Sharks 33 (22) Jaguares 19 (12)

Scorers

Sharks
Tries – Andrews, Notshe, Esterhuizen, Van Vuuren
Pen – Bosch (3)
Con – Bosch (2)
Drop –
Cards – Fassi (Yellow, 73′)

Jaguares
Tries – Carreras, Tuculet, Cancelliere
Pen –
Con – Diaz Bonilla, Miotti
Drop –
Cards – Bertranou (Yellow, 61′)

Match Officials
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 1: Egon Seconds
Assistant Ref 2: Aimee Barrett-Theron
TMO: Joey Klaaste-Salmans

Teams

Sharks

Head Coach: Sean Everitt

15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am (captain), 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 James Venter, 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 Henco Venter, 21 Sanele Nohamba, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Madosh Tambwe.

Jaguares

Head Coach: Gonzalo Quesada

15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Santiago Carreras, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente (captain), 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Rodrigo Bruni, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Tomas Lezana, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti Pagadizaval, 3 Joel Sclavi, 2 Julian Montoya, 1 Mayco Vivas.

Replacements: 16 Santiago Socino, 17 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Lucas Paulos, 20 Santiago Grondona, 21 Sebastian Cancelliere, 22 Domingo Miotti, 23 Santiago Chocobares.

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