Super Rugby

Sharks and Rebels draw in Durban




Durban Super Rugby franchise the Sharks host the final match of Super Rugby Round 9 and they play Melbourne’s Rebels.

The Rebels have had a difficult season to date but last week picked up their first win of the season by beating Australian conference leaders the Brumbies.

Will Miller makes his debut on the flank tonight for the Rebels. Odwa Ndungane – who has just played in the curtain raiser – is on the bench because Kobus van Wyk injured himself before kick-off.

The Sharks have won all four of the previous encounters between these two teams.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

BEEP! We are off in Durbs.

2.00: The Sharks win the lineout and are moving slowly up the field. The ball is almost lost but, they hang on and kick. Jack Debreczeni collects the ball and returns the ball, with interest.

3.00: The Rebels pack is averaging 121kg per man. Wow! That is some beef.

4.00: YELLOW CARD! Nic Stirzaker is sin-binned for a deliberate knockdown. Poor from the skipper but, he might have stopped Lwazi Mvovo from breaking down the sideline.

6.00: The Rebels win a penalty and are going through the phases. They are awarded another penalty for illegal entry from the side. Reece Hodge will take the long-range kick; it’s about 50 metres and just to the right of the posts.

7.00: PENALTY! Hodge immediately turns around after kicking the ball. Great kick!

9.00: A bit of kicking between both back threes and the Sharks almost win the breakdown but, the ref awards the visitors a scrum.

10.00: Ben Volavola is feeding the scrum while his captain is in the bin. Big scrum from the Sharks but, the Rebels still have possession.

12.00: The Rebels go 10 phases but lose the ball; scrum to the hosts.

15.00: Steve Cummins is penalised for a lineout infringement. Curwin Bosch puts the on the Rebels 5.

16.00: TRY? Tendai  Mtawarira! BEEEEAAAASSSSTTTT!!!! The Springbok prop powers over from close range. The Rebels can’t stop the big man. Wow! the ref and TMO don’t give it.

17.00: It was a penalty advantage anyway, so Bosch opts for another lineout from 5 out.

18.00: Steve Cummins is penalised for another high tackle. The BEAST goes, he can’t get over and Bosch puts in a cross kick. Mvovo grabs the ball but can’t score.

18.00: Andre Esterhuizen is being checked for foul play. He picked up Sefa Naivalu, above the horizontal and the TMO says RED CARD!

18.00: RED CARD! Andre Esterhuizen is sent off. That was a terrible tackle by the centre; dangerous and it’s a deserved red card. 

20.oo: The Sharks win a penalty and Bosch misses from distance.

21.00: Bosch kicks a wonderful touch finder, deep in the Rebels half.

23.00: Lubabalo Mtembu knocks the ball on and the Rebels have a scrum inside their 22. The home team’s handling has been average at best.

24.00: The Sharks are awarded a penalty and Bosch calls for the tee. Rebels not impressed with that call by Marius van der Westhuizen.

25.00: PENALTY! Bosch levels the scores.

27.00: The game is not very good I’m afraid; both teams can’t hold onto the ball.

29.00: Reece Hodge will attempt his second penalty. It came from another dominant scrum.

30.00: PENALTY! Hodge puts the Australians back in front. 

33.00: The Sharks are trying to exit their half but, with a man down, they seem to be struggling to get the right balance in the backline. another knock on by the Rebels.

35.00: The sharks lose the ball forward and the Rebels counter-attack. Sefa Naivalu almost goes over in the corner but, some good D stops the big man. Lineout to the hosts.

37.00: Bosch clears but the Aussies come back. The Durbanites are under serious pressure. Good defence, in the end, as they halt the attack on their 22.

38.00: The Sharks clear through Bosch. The coaching staff need to sort out the Sharks, tactical play or the Rebels will break their duck.

39.00: Conversely, the Rebels need to keep their composure and hold onto the ball; the gaps will appear as the Sharks tire.

40.00: Marius van der Westhuizen blows the whistle and that is half-time. Thank the Lord.

The half-time score was Sharks 3 Rebels 6

BEEP! We are back underway. 

42.00: The game restarts with more handling errors – oh dear!

43.00: “It’s a comedy full of errors,” according to Butch James, who says, “at least there is a bit of excitement.”

44.00: The Sharks win a penalty at the scrum and will take a shot at goal. Good scrum from the men in black.

45.00: It’s no good. The Rebels have a lineout and kick the ball away. The home team return the kick and … knock it forward.

50.00: The Sharks are trying to find a way through and win another penalty. They kick to the corner. Interesting call considering the game situation.

51.00: The Sharks attack wide and Mvovo is tackled near the touch-line. They get another penalty and will kick to the corner.

52.00: YELLOW CARD! James Hanson, who has just come on, is sent to the bin for another maul infringement. The Sharks go to the lineout.

54.00: The Sharks are over the try-line and the ref goes to the TMO. Stuart Berry gets involved and wants to check for foul play. The on-field decision is a try.

54.00: Ruan Botha is a lucky man, he could easy have been sent to the bin. However, the Sharks turned down three shots at goal and have now had a try disallowed. Poor from Botha and the Sharks.

58.00: The teams are struggling to hold onto the ball and the game is being played between the 22s.

61.00: Scrum to the Sharks.

62.00: James Hanson is back on the field. Another penalty to the Sharks and Bosch will call for the tee. Good call by the skipper Mtembu.

64.00: PENALTY! Bosch levels the scores with 16 minutes to play.

65.00: The reserves are entering the field of play. This is a big last quarter for both teams. The Rebels can end this game with a try but, they’ve not had many balls despite, the extra man.

67.00: The Durban team win another penalty at the scrum and clear to touch. Somehow, they have managed to keep possession for long spells.

68.00: YELLOW CARD! Nic Stirzaker is sent off for another deliberate knockdown. Surely, the Sharks would have scored. Might be a penalty try.

69.00: RED CARD Stirzaker! But no penalty try. The Sharks are camped on the Rebels’ try-line and looking for the killer blow.

72.00: Jeremy Ward makes a break into the Rebels 22 and is tackled into touch by Mick Snowden. Great tackle by the scrummy.

73.00: The pressure is mounting on the visitors. Bosch misses a drop goal attempt.

75.00: The ref calls advantage over after two penalties and the Sharks pass the ball into touch with a five-man overlap. Terrible by the home team.

76.00: Sefa Naivalu breaks down the touchline and is tackled inside the Sharks 22 by Curwin Bosch. What a tackle.

77.00: The hosts come back down the field and are awarded a penalty. It’s in kickable range.

78.00: PENALTY! Bosch puts the Sharks in the lead with his third penalty and it was under enormous pressure. 

79.00: The Sharks steal the Rebels’ lineout but, they give away a penalty at the breakdown. Hodge will kick to tie the game.

80.00: PENALTY! Hodge ties the game and the hooter sounds. Game over.

Wow! A tryless draw is unusual in rugby.

Full Time.

Live In-Play Betting.

Final score: Sharks 9 (3) Rebels 9 (6)


Tries –
Pen – Bosch (3)
Con –
Drop –
Cards – Esterhuizen (Red, 18th minute)

Tries –
Pen – Hodge (3)
Con –
Drop –
Cards – Stirzaker 2 (Yellow, 4th minute and 70th minute: red card), Hanson (Yellow, 53rd minute)

Match Officials
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 1: Egon Seconds
Assistant Ref 2: Stuart Berry
TMO: Marius Jonker



15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Jeremy Ward, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Philip van der Walt, 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 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 23 Odwa Ndungane.

Melbourne Rebels

15 Reece Hodge, 14 Sefa Naivalu, 13 Tom English, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Ben Volavola, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker (captain), 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Will Miller, 6 Jake Schatz, 5 Steve Cummins, 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Siliva Siliva, 1 Fereti Sa’aga.

Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Tom Moloney, 18 Laurie Weeks, 19 Esei Ha’angana, 20 Hugh Sinclair, 21 Mick Snowden, 22 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 23 Sione Tuipulotu

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