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Sharks beat Jaguares in Durban



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Durban’s Sharks play the first Super Rugby match on South African soil for Round seven and in this match, they host Argentina’s Jaguares at Kings Park.

The Sharks and the Jaguares have only met twice in Super Rugby and the Sharks have won both matches.

The Jaguares have won five of their last six matches including the last three in a row while the Sharks have won each of their last six games at home. This should be a cracker.

The players are leaving the change room and about to enter the field. Curwin Bosch gas has been moved to fullback and Innocent Radebe is at standoff.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

BEEP! Angus Gardner blows the whistle and the game is underway.

1.00: The Jaguares have a penalty after the referee calls for an offside at the ruck. They kicked into touch and they take a line-out outside the 5.

3.00: Scrum for the Sharks after the throw. The ball is sent back to Bosch who clears.

4.00: The Sharks have a line-out inside the 10 of the Jaguares.

6.00: TRY Cobus Reinach! The scrumhalf rips the ball away from Pablo Matera and runs 80 metres untouched and in for the score. Great start. Classic opportunism by the Sharks player.

7.00: Curwin Bosch, from a difficult angle, misses but the hosts lead early on.

9.00: Scrum, reset, scrum.

11.00: The Jaguares get a penalty at the scrum. Nicolás Sánchez, from right in front, will line up for the Jaguares’ first points of the match.

12.00: PENALTY! Nicolás Sánchez who won’t miss from there.

13.00: Lineout for the Sharks at the half way after the restart. The ball is lost and the Argentinians take advantage. Reinach gathers and clears into touch.

14.00: It high tempo rugby here in Durban.

15.00: Penalty to the visitors for collapsing the maul by the Sharks.

16.00: PENALTY Sánchez! The Jags are in the lead thanks to the boot of the flyhalf.

17.00: The man with the best name in rugby wins a penalty. Jerónimo de la Fuente is tackled high by Cobus Reinach and the Jaguares have a chance to extend their lead. there is a stop in play for an injury.

18.00: MISSED! Sánchez’s kick hits the right-hand post. Sharks get out of jail there.

19.00:  The referee calls over skipper Tera Mtembu to have a word about the discipline from the home side. Sharks are under the pump and leaking penalties.

20.00: MISSED! Another Sánchez effort is unsuccessful as the ball is pushed to the right.

21.00:  Jeremy Ward is on for Lwazi Mvovo. sharks need to gather their composure and get their hands on the ball.

22.00: Lineout inside the 22 for the Sharks and they move forward swiftly in their maul. The referee blows for a scrum at the 5 of the visitors as the Sharks knock on.

23.00: Scrum is reset again. Angus Gardner needs to sort this out.

25.00: Curwin Bosch bursts through the defensive line and looks to be in for a certain try before being tackled just short of the try line. Better from the hosts.

26.00: Lineout to the Sharks inside the Jaguares’ 10.

27.00: The visitors push them back and win a scrum after the ball is fumbled forward. The referee refers to the TMO for an earlier infringement on Radebe. Sharks get a penalty. TMO decides that Marcos Kremer is not guilty of a yellow card.

28.00: PENALTY! Bosch lands the three-pointer.

30.00: Both teams struggling to hold onto possession for too long. The ball being played around the midfield and some aerial ping-pong is taking place.

32.00: Scrum to the sharks after a knock on.

34.00: Inny Radebe, a late call-up into the fly-half position, has few options to work with and he is forced to rush the pass which results in an accidental knock on – scrum feed to the Jaguares.

36.00: Curwin Bosch attempts to take on the defensive line but he is caught red handed in the tackle with the ball knocked loose from his hands.

38.00: Agustín Creevy in serious discomfort and he is clutching at his shoulder. He gets up for a scrum so it can’t be too bad. A stinger!

39.00: Lineout to the Sharks with the halftime siren beckoning. Beast Mtawarira makes a huge break down the right wing. The big man almost steamrolls over the top of Joaquín Tuculet, however, the Jaguares’ fullback does brilliantly to hold onto the tackle.

40.00: Bosch picks up a loose ball and tries to run along the wing for a solo effort. He is tackled into touch as the hooter sounds.

The halftime score was Sharks 8 Jaguares 6

BEEP! The second half is underway.

41.00: The first half was a tight affair and the Sharks got off with a couple of missed penalties by Nicolás Sánchez.

43.00: TRY Andre Esterhuizen! Some excellent build up play by the Sharks sees the centre collect the final pass and go over for the second try of the afternoon.

44.00: Bosch adds the two. That’s the start the hosts will have spoken about in the change room.

45.00: The Jags have the sharks under some pressure. Cobus Reinach, inside the in-goal area, clears his kick back into the field of play and over the touchline.

46.00: Jerónimo de la Fuente puts in a kick as the Jags look to play for territory. There is still lots of time to get back in the game.

48.00: Both teams opting to go to the boot. Play is in and around the halfway line. Scrum to the hosts.

49.00: Reinach is having a game; the scrumhalf puts in a little pearler of a kick to turn the Jaguares around and back inside their 22.

50.00: TRY? The referee refers to the TMO for a possible knock-on and the try is disallowed. Scrum inside the Jags’ 22 for the away team. That was close. Reinach thought he had a double.

52.00: The Sharks are knocking on the door and have started the second half really well.

54.00: Penalty to the Jags as the Sharks are penalised for illegal binding, again. The ball is kicked into touch by Sánchez and the visitors start an attack from the Sharks’ 10.

55.00: Jean-Luc du Preez throws a poor pass that gives his brother Daniel very little chance of gathering the ball cleanly. Scrum feed to the Jaguares.

57.00: YELLOW CARD! The Sharks making good ground forward and Esterhuizen carrying forward well, he offloads to Radebe who is brought down by Sánchez in a cynical tackle. The referee gives the Jaguares flyhalf a yellow card. Usual service resumes for the standoff and the South Americans.

58.00: The ball is kicked into touch by the Jags and they clear after the line-out. sharks in control and need to score while they have the extra man.

60.00: Scrum to the visitors near halfway and the game enters the final quarter.

61.00: Penalty to the Jags. They take it quickly and Matías Orlando takes it inside the Sharks 5.

62.00: TRY Agustín Creevy! TMO being consulted but…it’s awarded. The skipper dives over from close range to give the Jaguares a bonus score while still a man down. Sharks defending was poor and it was all too easy for the hooker.

63.00: Bautista Ezcurra adds the conversion and the deficit is only two points.

66.00: After a scrum in midfield, the referee awards the Sharks a penalty, then another inside the 22. The ball is kicked into touch for a throw at the 5 of the visitors. Big moment in the game.

67.00: OH DEAR! The ball is lost in the throw and the Jaguares clear. This is costing the home team.

68.00: A bit of a kicking duel taking place as the two teams look for territory as the clock ticks down.

69.00: The 10 minutes are up for Nicolás Sánchez however he won’t return to the field with Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias taking his place at fly-half. Sharks in possession near the centre of the pitch.

70.00: Sharks win a penalty and kick deep into the Jaguares’ 22.

71.00: The ball is sent into touch at the 22 of the Jags but the referee calls play back for a scrum to the visitors.

74.00: An ambitious attempt from Daniel du Preez to put boot to the ball almost ends in disaster but fortunately for him and the Sharks, Joaquín Tuculet is unable to gather the loose ball cleanly.

75.00: Sharks win a turnover and are attacking.

76.00: PENALTY BOSCH! The Sharks win a penalty in the scrum after a huge shove sending the Jaguares tumbling over themselves. Bosch slots to ease some of the tension in the ground.

79.00: This time an error from the Sharks at the line out hands the scrum feed to the Jagaures who have just enough time for one last crack to snatch victory here.

80.00: The hooter sounds…players are tackled into touch after the scrum.

81.00: BEEP, BEEP! The referee sounds his whistle to end the game. That wasn’t a classic. FULL TIME

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The final score after 80 minutes is Sharks 18 (8) Jaguares 13 (6)


Tries – Reinach, Esterhuizen
Pen – Bosch (2)
Con – Bosch
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Creevy
Pen – Sánchez (2)
Con – Ezcurra
Drop –
Cards – Yellow (Sánchez, 57th minute)

Match Officials
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 2: Stuart Berry
TMO: Marius Jonker



15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Jacobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Inny-Christian Radebe, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Lubabalo Mtembu (captain), 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenraad Oosthuizen, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.

Replacements: 16 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Ruan Botha, 20 Philip van der Walt, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Rhyno Smith.


15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11 Bautista Ezcurra, 10Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Tomas Lezana, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Marcos Kremer, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Lucas Noguera.

Replacements: 16 Roberto Tejerizo, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Felipe Arregui, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Rodrigo Baez, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Santiago Gonzales Iglesias, 23 Santiago Cordero.

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