The Sharks have played the Stormers 31 times in Super Rugby since 1998, the Sharks have won 17 matches, lost 14 times.
The Sharks’ 16 wins them a record of winning 55% of their matches against the Stormers regardless of venue.
- The Durban-based franchise has won five of their last seven Super Rugby games against the Stormers (L2).
- Both teams shared one win apiece in their last two meetings with both games seeing neither side score 20 points or more.
- The Sharks have won three of their last four Super Rugby games at home (L1), including both of their home games thus far in 2020, including a come-from-behind win against the Bulls in Round 1.
- The Stormers have won five of their last seven Super Rugby games against fellow South African opposition (L2), including their two such fixtures so far in 2020.
- The Sharks have made 16 clean breaks within the opening 10 minutes of games this Super Rugby season, more than any other team in the competition and 11 more than the Stormers (5).
- Ruhan Nel (Stormers) has scored three tries, made six clean breaks and gained 168m from just 12 carries across his last two games away from home in Super Rugby.
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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at a sunny and hot Durban by the sea. There, however, is a bit of a breeze to cool down the players and the crowd.
0.12: OH, BOY! What an incredible start, 12 seconds in, and Johan du Toit has taken out Louis Schreuder in the air; he knows he’s in trouble because he hides his face in the grass.
1.00: YELLOW CARD! Louis Schreuder is off the field, but AJ Jacobs over-rules the TMO’s recommendation of a red card because the scrumhalf landed on his back. However, Schreuder id stretchered off because his head hit the ground. That is a terrible call. 0-0
4.00: Sharks with an attack that ends with a knock-on. The Cape Town team smashes the home team’s pack, winning a penalty.
6.00: Both teams go to their kicking game, employing box-kicks and little grubbers to gain territory.
7.00: Seabelo Senatla cleans up Lukhanyo Am’s chip-kick, so the Sharks have an attacking lineout on the visitor’s 22m.
8.00: The Stormers had the lineout after the ball came off Makazole Mapimpi’s leg. Stormers clear to halfway, but the Sharks come again.
10.00: I still can’t believe that was not a red card, all the commentators and social media cannot believe it either. Johan du Toit gets to come back on the field, while his victim Louis Schreuder is out of the game after failing the HIA.
14.00: One of the cameramen takes a hit from Dillyn Leyds after he is tackled into touch. The game is being played between the two teams’ 22s.
16.00: Steven Kitshoff concedes a penalty after Thomas du Toit found his opponent isolated, the ball there for the taking. Curwin Bosch calls for the tee.
18.00: MISS! Bosch’s kick sails high and wide to the right. 0-0
20.00: Andre Esterhuizen hunts down Jean-Luc du Plessis, but he is down and being checked by the medics. Jean-Luc du Plessis leaves now.
21.00: Damian Willemse moves from fullback to flyhalf, and Sergeal Petersen comes on to fullback.
22.00: Johan du Toit concedes another penalty at the ruck. Bosch decides against taking an easy three; Am, instead, wants a scrum on the 22.
24.00: Mapimpi evades the blockers, gets in-between Leyds and Petersen, earning a scrum after Leyds knocks-on. The up-and-under was spot-on by Bosch. The Sharks have the scrum near the Stormers’ line.
25.00: Senatla claims a diving mark, he misses his touch and Aphelele Fassi counter-attacks from deep.
26.00: TRY! The Sharks are back inside the Stormers’ half, dominating the contact areas. Bosch’s delayed pop-pass sends Fassi through Scarra Ntubeni and Jamie Roberts and raced away to score the opening try. 5-0
27.00: CONVERSION! Bosch adds the extras. 7-0
28.00: Let’s go! Stormers kick deep.
29.00: TRY! The Stormers hit back immediately thought Herschel Jantjies. The restart is botched by the hosts, the ball booted high – and nowhere – to Juarno Augustus. The number eight runs forward, takes contact but offloads to Leyds. Leyds pulls away into the Sharks 22 before drawing the last defender and sending Jantjies away for the score. 7-5
30.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good, and the visitors are level. 7-all
32.00: The Sharks win a kickable penalty; Bosch will take a shot.
33.00: MISS! Bosch’s kick is wide. 7-all
36.00: Esterhuizen knocks-on, killing a good opportunity to give his side the lead.
39.00: Kerron van Vuuren throws in the lineout on the halfway line. The ball is lost by the Sharks, but they win back possession; however, we go back for a high tackle by Tyler Paul. Am won the ball at the previous ruck, too. Bosch kicks long to the Stormers’ 22m.
42.00: Bosch sits in the pocket, looking for a drop-goal, but a poor pass slips between his legs. He regathers and starts another series of attacks.
43.00: DROP-GOAL! Bosch gets another chance, and he nails the drop-kick to put his team in front at the break. 10-7
The halftime score was Sharks 10 Stormers 7
41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Durban.
43.00: Stormer’s knock-on, but there is no advantage. Dobson’s men are going down like flies. This game is brutal.
45.00: OH, DEAR! Mapimpi knock-on with the try-line at his mercy. The Sharks do get the penalty for offside. 10-7
47.00: Stormers keep the Sharks out, but illegally; they are shipping penalties at an alarming rate.
50.00: PENALTY! Bosch extends the lead after Am decides on taking the points. 13-7
54.00: Ruhan Nel takes an incredible mark; wait he is out, that should be a Sharks’ lineout inside the 22.
55.00: TMO Willie Vos has overturned the referee’s call; Nel never had control of the ball as his left knee hit the touchline.
56.00: Notshe loses possession into touch after some good play by Esterhuizen. The home team is all over the visitors, but they cannot get any points.
58.00: The Sharks continue to dominate their opponents, and are back inside their half.
60.00: Augustus saves his team’s bacon, winning the penalty after some good work at the ruck. Willemse clears to the opposition’s 10m.
61.00: TRY! Against the run of play, the visitors struck. Paul de Wet takes Augustus’ inside pass after the number eight draws the last defender. Willemse put Augustus through the gap, and the No 8 sped through to set-up the score. 13-12
62.00: CONVERSION! Willemse puts his side in front for the first time. 13-14
65.00: More substitutes as the game enters the final quarter of an hour.
67.00; The Sharks need to get their heads back in the game or the Cape Town men will sneak away with the points.
68.00: Sbu Nkosi wins a relieving penalty after the Stormers’ counter-attack by Willemse and Leyds.
69.00: Am wants to take a long-range shot at goal; this is on the edge of Bosch’s range.
70.00: PENALTY! WOW! Bosch lands the long-distance kick. 16-14
74.00: MASSIVE SCRUM! The sharks’ pack bulldozes their opponents allowing Bosch another crack at goal.
76.00: PENALTY! Bosch extends the lead to five. 19-14
79.00: TRY! GAME OVER! Mapimpi races away from Leyds to dive over in the corner for his fifth try in five games. 24-14
80.00: MISS! Bosch misses, but it does not matter. 24-14
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The final score is Sharks 24 (10) Stormers 14 (7)
Tries – Fassi, Mapimpi
Pen – Bosch (3)
Con – Bosch
Drop – Bosch
Tries – Jantjies, De Wet
Con – Willemse (2)
Cards – J. Du Toit (Yellow, 1′)
Referee: AJ Jacobs
Assistant Ref 1: Egon Seconds
Assistant Ref 2: Divan Uys
TMO: Willie Vos
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 Retshegofaditswe 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: John Dobson
15 Damian Willemse, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Johan du Toit, 6 Ernst van Rhyn, 5 John Schickerling, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain).
Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Cobus Wiese, 20 Jaco Coetzee, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Rikus Pretorius, 23 Sergeal Petersen.