Super Rugby

Sharks and Waratahs draw in Durban




Super Rugby moves to Durban, South Africa, in the third match on Saturday where the Sharks host the Waratahs at Kings Park stadium.

The Sharks were beaten by the Lions in their opening match and had a bye last weekend, so will have had some time to sort out any problems from the opening round.

The Waratahs picked up an injury-time victory over the Stormers at home in Sydney last weekend.

  • The last six games between these teams have been won by the home team.
  • The Sharks have lost their last two games at home; the last time they lost more in succession was a four-game stretch from May 2009 to February 2010.
  • The Waratahs lost both of their games in South Africa last season.
  • The Sharks have conceded eight tries in their last six home games against Australian opposition, and twice keeping their opponents tryless in that period.
  • Bernard Foley has crossed for a try in each of his three previous games against the Sharks.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Durban, on a warm afternoon on the east coast of South Africa.

3.00: Robert du Preez carries back Lwazi Mvovo’s dodgy pass. The Aussies will have an attacking scrum on the Sharks five-metre line, just to the right of the posts.

4.00: TRY! Jake Gordon collects the ball out the back of the reset scrum and breaks blind to score. 0-5

5.00: CONVERSION! Bernard Foley adds the extras. 0-7

8.00: The sharks have an attacking lineout inside the Tahs’ 22, but the lose another at the set-piece. That’s the third steal by the Aussies.

10.00: The Waratahs defend the driving maul and win the scrum. The Sharks counter-attack after a poor kick from Foley and win the penalty inside their opponent’s 22.

11.00: Robert du Preez kicks his cross-kick out on the full, but the Sharks had a penalty advantage. This time, they opt for the posts.

12.00: PENALTY! Du Preez gets the Sharks on the scoreboard. 3-7

14.00: The Sharks attack from their 22, going through the hands with some wonderful offloads before winning the penalty for offsides.

17.00: The humidity is hindering both sides; their handling has been average. The kicking game and set-pieces by the home side have also been poor.

18.00: TRY! Lukhanyo Am takes Louis Schreuder’s pop-pass and races away under the posts. It started from Andre Esterhuizen’s line-break which Schreuder supported before sending the Am away. 8-7

19.00: CONVERSION! Du Preez extends the lead. 10-7

21.00: Mvovo breaks, this time. The Sharks are on the Waratahs’ try-line and they have two penalty advantages for offsides.

22.00: Tahs’ skipper Michael Hooper is spoken to by referee Jaco Peyper, who warns him that a card is an option if the penalties keep piling up in the red zone. Sharks opt for a scrum, five-metres out.

23.00: The scrum is being reset, again, for the third time.

25.00: The home team squander their good field position. A counter-attack is then thwarted after another handling error by Mvovo.

27.00: The Waratahs have some possession, but cannot get out of their half. Foley clears and another miscalculation by the Sharks almost leads to trouble. Du Preez clears and Israel Folau brings it back.

29.00: Both teams are kicking very poorly out of hand. This is not a great show of skills.

30.00: An untidy lineout is lost forwards by the Sharks. The Tahs have an advantage and are driving towards the goal-line. Keegan Daniel is pinged at the breakdown and Hooper points to the posts.

31.00: PENALTY! Foley can’t miss from straight in front. 10-all

33.00: There have been 13 handling errors already. The Waratahs have the scrum after Daniel knocks on.

35.00: The Waratahs get a short-arm penalty, but opt for another scrum.

36.00: Oh dear! Hooper breaks but runs into Jaco Peyper. Yet, another scrum, jeez!

37.00: Tom Staniforth is penalised for holding; great work by Daniel and Ruan Botha. Du Preez’s kick is out, just inside the corner flag.

38.00: Lineout is not straight. Franco Marais is having a ‘mare!

40.00: Esterhuizen makes another break; he’s been causing Lalakai Foketi and Kurtley Beale problems. The ball is switched and Tendai Mtawarira looks to have scored. We are going to the TMO to check.

40.00: “There is no clear evidence of grounding” and so, the sharks have the five-metre scrum, 15 metres in from touch.

41.00: Jacques Vermeulen loses the ball forwards. The hooter goes and the away team launch the ball into the empty stands.

The half-time score was Sharks 10 Waratahs 10

41.00: PEEEEP! Bernard Foley restarts the game with a contestable kick-off, but the Sharks don’t make a hash of the restart, this time. The ball is cleared, but not far and the visitors have the lineout.

42.00: It’s not straight from Damien Fitzpatrick. The second lost lineout by the Aussies.

44.00: The Waratahs stop another driving maul, winning the scrum.

46.00: The Sharks defence comes up quickly and the resulting pressure, leads to Andrew Kellaway loses the ball into touch.

47.00: TRY! Am gets his second after breaking the Waratahs’ line. The centre hit the gap with an angled run from near the ruck: quality! 15-10

48.00: CONVERSION! Du Preez makes no mistake with the conversion. 17-10

50.00: Sibusiso Nkosi loses the ball in the tackle and Gordon clears. It’s a bit of a kicking battle, as both teams look for territory because their handling is so poor.

51.00: Folau passes forward, now. Scrum to the Sharks, just inside their half.

52.00: It is knock on central at Kings Park; first Esterhuizen, then Michael Wells. The substitutes are starting to come on for both teams.

53.00: Nkosi knocks on in the tackle. The winger was poor in Johannesburg and has been poor, again today. He needs to work on his handling, passing and tactical awareness.

56.00: TRY! Hooper races away to score under the sticks after a mistake from Daniel. The Sharks No 8 took a quick throw to himself but lost the ball which was picked up by Tom Robertson, who drew his man and sent his captain in for the five-pointer. 17-15

57.00: CONVERSION! Foley levels the scores. 17-all

60.00: We are entering the last quarter. The players are huffing and puffing in the Durban humidity. The Sharks front row demolishes the Waratahs and they win the penalty. Big scrum from Beast!

62.00: MISS! Curwin Bosch takes the long-range kick, but he pulls it to the left of the uprights. 17-all

63.00: Hooper makes the tackle on Du Preez and Wells wins the penalty at the ruck. Excellent from the two loose forwards.

67.00: Bosch leaves behind Foley’s up-and-under, but he recovers. Cameron Wright’s kick is lost by Alex Newsome and the Sharks are on the attack inside the Tahs’ 22.

68.00: Another promising attack comes to nought, this time it’s Lubabalo Mtembu who knocks on.

71.00: TRY! Du Preez is in for the Sharks third and breaks the deadlock. It came from Marius Louw, who gathered his chip-kick, drew Newsome, and sent the flyhalf away for the score. 22-17

72.00: CONVERSION! The flyhalf converts his try. 24-17

75.00: TRY! Mitch Short scores his first Super Rugby try in the corner after some superb work by Foley. It came from a Bosch mistake inside his own 22. 24-22

78.00: CONVERSION! Foley levels from the corner with less than two minutes to play. What a pressure kick by the Wallaby standoff! 24-all

79.00: Bosch attempts a long-range drop-kick, but it’s just wide. The Tahs take a quick 22 and fluff the restart. The Sharks have the scrum on the 22, in centre field. Last chance!

80.00: Bosch attempts another drop-goal, but it’s charged down. The Sharks get the ball back but lose the ball forwards and that is the game.


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The final score: Sharks 24 (10) Waratahs 24 (10)


Tries – Am (2), R. du Preez
Pen – R. du Preez
Con – R. du Preez (3)
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Gordon, Hooper, Short
Pen – Foley
Con -Foley (3)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1: AJ Jacobs
Assistant Ref 2: Archie Sehlako
TMO: Marius Jonker



15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Jacobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Sibusiso Nkosi, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Keegan Daniel, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Ruan Botha (captain), 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.

Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Lubabalo Mtembu, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Curwin Bosch.


15 Israel Folau, 14 Andrew Kellaway, 13 Lalakai Foketi, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Curtis Rona, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Jed Holloway, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Michael Wells, 5 Tom Staniforth, 4 Ned Hanigan, 3 Paddy Ryan, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Tom Robertson.

Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18 Kalivati Tawake, 19 Nick Palmer, 20 Will Miller, 21 Mitch Short, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Alex Newsome.

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