The final Super rugby match on Saturday is a South African derby clash in Durban where the Sharks will host the Stormers.
The Sharks have won the last three matches between these sides. The record number of consecutive wins for the Sharks so to equal that record they will need to beat the Stormers at home and away this year.
- The last and only time they Sharks have won more than three matches against the Stormers was a five-game streak from 2006 to 2010.
- The Sharks have lost seven of their last eight South African derbies, however they one victory in that time did come against the Stormers.
- The Sharks have won an average of just 5.6 turnovers per game so far, the fewest of any side.
- Robert du Preez has the best goalkicking success rate of any player to land 10+ goals this season (88%, 38/43).
- Jean-Luc du Preez has made 16 offloads so far, three more than any other player.
We are waiting for the kick off.
In the meantime why not have a look at the match preview.
The Sharks kick off and the match is underway.
1.00: The Sharks turn the ball over after the Stormers receive it from the kick off. There is a knock on so we have a scrum.
2.00: The Sharks come away with the ball but as they move it down the line there is a knock on. The scrum has to be reset.
5.00: The Sharks win the scrum and Makazole Mapimpi races down the wing pushing off tackles as he goes. The Stormers manage to stop him but the Sharks recycle and continue the attack until they fail to release and concede a penalty. The Stormers kick for touch.
10.00: Both teams enjoy some attacking play with the ball testing each other’s defence. Eventually the Sharks tackle the Stormers into touch.
12.00 The Sharks are showing more on attack. Curwin Bosch breaks through the Stormers defence and runs for the line. He is stopped by Dillyn Leyds who fails to release so the Sharks have a penalty. The Sharks were allowed to play on and Mapimpi also got through but when he was caught the Sharks were called back.
13.00 Robert du Preez hits the post with his kick so the scoreboard remains untouched.
18.00:The Sharks are awarded another penalty for obstruction but this time they take the line out and go for the corner.
19.00 Penalty for going off the feet to the Sharks. Du Preez will have a shot at goal. He nails it and the Sharks lead. Chiliboy Ralepelle is replaced by Akker van der Merwe as the former goes for a HIA.
21.00 The Sharks have another penalty. Curwin Bosch takes the kick but misses.
25.00: The Stormers get some attacking ball. They go through several phases and get to the Sharks 22 but the Sharks turn the ball over and run it into the Stormers 22.
27.00; The Stormers defend the Sharks attacks, they kick deep into Sharks territory and force the Sharks to kick it back. The Stormers counter attack and get a penalty.
32.00: The Stormers get the ball into the Sharks 22. Kolisi gets them to the Sharks 5m line and still the Stormers attack. The Stormers grind the ball to the middle of the field. They go through several more phases in front of the posts but the Sharks turn it over and boot it upfield.
37.00: The Stormers try to kick the ball up-field but Lukhanyo Am blocks the kick and the ball bounces towards the Stormers line near the half way line. The Sharks try to regather the ball and attack but its messy and the Stormers turn it over and run the ball to the wing. Kolisi offloads back inside to Raymond Rhule who races away and scores the first TRY!!
38.00: Willemse adds the conversion.
40.05: The siren sounds for half time and the Stormers boot the ball into touch.
It’s half time. The Sharks dominated the half territorially but the Stormers lead.
The half time score was Sharks 3 Stormers 7
The Stormers kick off and the second half is underway.
The Sharks win the ball from the scrum and they spread the ball wide. The ball is chipped ahead for Makazole Mapimpi who regathers the ball, makes ground and offloads to Lukhanyo Am who has to reach for the ball but gets it and scores. TRY
42.00: Du preez slots the conversion. Sharks lead.
46.00: The Stormers go on the attack but they are called back for a dangerous tackle (shoulders). The TMO reviews the tackle and it’s a penalty for the Stormers. They kick for touch and take the line out option.
49.00: The Stormers are awarded a penalty. Willemse lines up the kick and nails it to level the scores.
51.00: The Stormers get an intercept and kick and chase. The Stormers regain the ball and move it wide in the Sharks 22 to Ramone Samuels who scores in the corner. TRY!
53.00: Willemse adds the conversion and the Stormers lead again.
54.00: The Sharks break the Stormers defence and run for the line. The Stormers scramble and slow the attack but the Sharks keep the ball alive. The Sharks go through 9 phases. On the 10th it gets loose and they kick wide for the wing where the ball is caught and taken over the line and possibly the touchline. The TMO will review. Lukhanyo Am chipped the ball and Sbu Nkosi gets it but there is a knock on. No try.
59.00: Dewaldt Duvenage is yellow carded for a deliberate knock down. Stormers down to 14.
61.00 The Stormers try to run the ball but Paul de Wet gets isolated and trapped. The ball goes into touch.
63.00: The Sharks win the line out, they set up the maul and then get a little wider. Robert du Preez passes the ball to his brother Jean-Luc du Preez who scores under the posts.
64.00: Rob du Preez adds the conversion and levels the scores.
66.00: Restart goes into touch so there will be a scrum restart.
68.00: The Stormers win a penalty from the scrum. Thomas du Toit angling in and illegal scrumming. The Stormers take the line out. The Sharks steal it though.
69.00: Stormers back to 15 players.
71.00: The Sharks win the ball from the ruck on the Stormers 22. They keep the ball moving through the hands and the ball gets to Thomas du Toit who scores and puts the Sharks into the lead.
73.00: Du Preez adds the conversion.
75.00: The Sharks almost get an intercept but they are denied and called back.
78.00: Scrum penalty to the Stormers. They take the line out as they can still draw the match.
79.00: The Stormers win the line out but the Sharks read their play and disrupt their back line attack. The Stormers regroup and continue the attack.
80.00: The Stormers win a penalty in front but we go to the TMO to review possible foul play by the Sharks. Nothing comes of it and the Stormers will have a line out for the penalty.
81.00: The Stormers win the line out and a penalty.
82.00: The Stormers win the line out. They get swamped by the Sharks who grab the ball and boot it out – that’s it, the sharks have won.
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The full time score is Sharks 24(3) Stormers 17(7)
Tries -L. Am, J- du Preez, T.du Toit
Pen – R.du Preez
Con – R.du Preez 3
Tries – R.Rhule, R. Samuels
Con -D.Willemse 2
Cards – D.Duvenage (58th min yellow)
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1:Egon Seconds
Assistant Ref 2:Cwengile Jadezweni
TMO :Marius Jonker
15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Dan du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Ruan Botha (captain), 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Juan Schoeman
Replacements :16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Tyler Paul, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Louis Screuder, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Lwazi Mvovo
15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Craig Barry, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Kobus van Dyk, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 SP Marais, 23 JJ Engelbrecht.