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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.

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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!


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


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

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



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.


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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