The Sharks have played the Reds 19 times in Super Rugby since 1998, winning nine matches, and losing 10 times.
The Durban side’s nine wins give them a 47% winning record against the Reds regardless of venue.
- The Sharks have won eight of their last 11 Super Rugby encounters with the Reds (L3), each of those wins have seen them score 21 points or more against the Queenslanders.
- The South Africans have won 21 of their last 26 Super Rugby home games against Australian opposition (D2, L3), going undefeated in the last 10 fixtures of that span (W8, D2).
- The Reds are pursuing a Super Rugby win in South Africa for the first time since Round 10 2015 (v Cheetahs).
- Queensland hasn’t toppled an existing South African club since Round 8 2011 against the Stormers.
- April 2004 was the last time the Reds triumphed in Super Rugby visiting the Sharks, three of the Reds’ four away wins against the Sharks have come by a single point.
- Samu Kerevi (Reds) and Daniel du Preez (Sharks) have carried the ball the most often in Super Rugby 2019, with 108 and 96 carries respectively.
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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at sunny Kings Park, Durban. There’s a swirling breeze blowing around the open-air stadium which will prove difficult for the players.
2.00: TRY! Bryce Hegarty opens the scoring. Kerron van Vuuren starts where he left off last week with another wayward throw to a lineout. The Reds charge forward and set up an attack inside the opposition’s 22. Hegarty spots Coenie Oosthuizen, and ghosts past the tighthead to score under the posts. 0-5
3.00: CONVERSION! The flyhalf adds the extras. 0-7
5.00: Oosthuizen is down and is being checked by the medics. The Sharks won the penalty, and Rob du Preez kicks into the Reds’ 22.
6.00: Some sloppy play by the home team lets the Australians off the hook. The hosts come back, Du Preez sends the ball wide, but Lwazi Mvovo knocks on the flyhalf’s poor pass.
8.00: A solid first scrum by the Reds allows Tate McDermott to clear into the opposition’s 22.
9.00: Louis Schreuder can only clear to his 22. Queensland has a good attacking opportunity.
10.00: Good defending by Andre Esterhuizen, who holds up Hamish Stewart in the tackle and wins the turnover.
11.00: Ruben van Heerden holds up Taniela Tupou, winning another scrum feed.
13.00: The front rows are struggling to stay upright, but Glen Jackson does not penalise either. He, instead, opts for another scrum.
14.00: Not this time says the ref as he awards the home side a free-kick for a pre-engagement.
15.00: Samu Kerevi is offsides at the ruck allowing Du Preez to kick to the corner.
16.00: Izack Rodda comes in from the side. The Sharks opt to turn down the three, going for another lineout.
17.00: Another wasted opportunity from the hosts. Angus Scott-Young comes away with possession, and the visitors clear up the field.
18.00: The Reds’ defending has been excellent; they’re attacking the ball while the other defender goes low. Robert du Preez’s side has been poor in possession.
20.00: TRY! Outstanding line-break by Kerevi. The try came from a collapsed rolling maul. Kerevi attacked Rob du Preez, beating the weak tackle before offloading to Chris Feauai-Sautia to score under the posts. 0-12
21.00: CONVERSION! Hegarty makes no mistake. 0-14
23.00: The Durbanites have been poor with the ball in hand and the Aussies have punished them. Another knock on in contact snuffs out an attack.
24.00: BIG SCRUM! Harry Hoopert scrums inwards; penalty to the hosts. They turn down the three again, opting for a lineout drive.
25.00: TRY! A powerful driving maul by the Sharks sees van Vuuren flop over the whitewash for his side’s first try. Turning down the three has finally paid off. 5-14
26.00: CONVERSION! Du Preez splits the uprights. 7-14
27.00: Stewart cannot take Schreuder’s box-kick, knocking on near halfway.
30.00: The Reds win a penalty after a great counter-ruck on halfway. The Sharks give away possession too easily, allowing the visitors to clear the danger. Tupou was the man who won the penalty. Hegarty sets up a lineout inside the opposition’s 22.
31.00: Good defence by the South Africans. Liam Wright loses the ball forward in contact after a seven-phase attack inside the Sharks’ 22.
33.00: If the Queensland handling was better, they’d be up by more. It’s Sefa Naivalu’s turn to knock on inside the opposition’s 22.
34.00: Daniel du Preez’s strong run sets up his skipper for a box-kick. It’s another superbly weighted kick by the captain that Sbu Nkosi gathers. Nkosi beat two Reds to the ball and kick-started a counter that was botched by Mvovo.
36.00: Free kick to the Reds for a pre-engagement by the Sharks’ front row.
38.00: Hyron Andrews cleans up a loose ball at the ruck, setting up a counter-attack down the right-hand sideline. Some good interplay by Esterhuizen and Nkosi ends when Curwin Bosch knocks on a poor pass by the centre.
39.00: Schreuder snags McDermott but Naivalu cleans up. hegarty clears, however, he does not find touch allowing the Sharks to run the ball, back.
40.00: The hooter sounds as the Reds win the turnover. Hegarty kicks for his winger, but the ball is out into touch.
The halftime score was Sharks 7 Reds 14
41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway for the second half in Durban, South Africa where the Reds lead the Sharks. The visitors have not won on the east coast since their dour 5-6 victory in 2004.
42.00: Esterhuizen uses his big left boot to kick the Sharks into good field position from a penalty.
43.00: Andrews is played in the air, however, the referee does not penalise the Reds. He, instead, awards them a scrum. The Reds win a scrum-penalty after an infringement by Oosthuizen.
47.00: Both sides are kicking for territory. The Sharks decide they’ve had enough and they use their ball-carriers to punch their way forward.
49.00: Kerevi, not renowned for his kicking, shanks his clearance gifting the opposition a good attacking opportunity outside his 22.
51.00: Slow ball for the Sharks ends another attack after a knock on in contact.
53.00: The Saffas have been poor in contact, and as bad with their passing. Their errors kill every attack. The Reds are defending the one-off runners with ease.
55.00: JP Smith knocks on in contact after finding himself one-on-one on the wing. The Sharks go wide but are isolated at the ruck where Wright wins the penalty. Hegarty kicks to the 22.
57.00: Scott-Young carries with conviction, taking his team 15 metres from the original lineout before the Reds win a penalty. The Reds have the upper hand at the breakdown.
58.00: The Sharks survive a bizarre call by Mr Federico Anselmi, who seemed to jump the gun with his maul call. It looks a worse call on the replay because he gave the Reds no time to recycle.
59.00: Kobus van Wyk goes to the wing and Marius Louw comes in at outside centre after Rob du Preez leaves. Bosch goes to flyhalf and Aphelele Fassi to fullback.
60.00: TRY! McDermott crosses after gathering Scott Higginbotham’s pass. Hegarty made the initial break after some good work by Kerevi, who started it all yet again. 7-19
60.00: CONVERSION! Stewart takes over the kicking duties, slotting the easy kick. 7-21
64.00: Queensland has taken control of this game. They are dominating both the tight and the loose. The Sharks have no answer.
67.00: Kerevi’s brilliant kick pass to Jock Campbell cannot be gathered. It would have been goodnight nurse for the hosts had he caught the ball.
68.00: BIG SCRUM! The Reds’ forwards win the penalty after demolishing their opposition.
69.00: The Reds opt for a lineout, setting up the maul. But, some outstanding defence by Louw, saves his side’s blushes. Sharks are still in this; just.
71.00: The Sharks mount a rare sustained attack inside the opposition’s half. What do they have inside them?
72.00: Nothing; another knock on flies into touch.
75.00: Some sustained pressure by the Sharks earns them a penalty. They go to the lineout but the maul is sacked.
76.00: They get another penalty which Bosch kicks out on the 5m. It’s now or never.
78.00: Superb defence by the Reds. It was a dominant driving maul, but the home team was held up after they crossed the line.
79.00: TRY! Daniel du Preez crosses from close range, carrying three defenders with him. 12-21
80.00: CONVERSION! Bosch slots the wide kick. 14-21
82.00: a penalty for the Sharks after the restart gives them one last chance. Bosch kicks to halfway for the lineout.
83.00: Brilliant work by Liam Wright! He gets his hands on the ball and wins the penalty to seal the victory. The Sharks went 11 phases before the flanker flooded the ruck and killed the game.
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The final score is Sharks 14 (7) Reds 21 (14)
Tries – Van Vuuren, D. du Preez
Con – R. du Preez, Bosch
Tries – Hegarty, Feauai-Sautia, McDermott
Con – Hegarty (2), Stewart
Referee: Federico Anselmi
Assistant Ref 1: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 2: Jaco Peyper
TMO: Marius Jonker
15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Kobus van Wyk, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder (captain), 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Fez Mbatha, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Tyler Paul, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Aphelele Fassi.
15 Hamish Stewart, 14 Sefa Naivalu, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Samu Kerevi (captain), 11 Jack Hardy, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 Harry Hoopert.
Replacements: 16 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 17 JP Smith, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Harry Hockings, 20 Adam Korczyk, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Duncan Paia’aua, 23 Jock Campbell.