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Sharks defeat Waratahs in Durban

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The Sharks have played the Waratahs 8 times in Durban and they have four matches and lost four.

The Waratahs have lost their last two matches in Durban where they have not won since 2009. This match will be the Sharks first match at home this year.

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Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

BEEP! We’re off in Durban.

2.00: TRY! What a start for the Sharks. Lubabalo Mtembu strolls over the line for the score.

3.00: Pat Lambie can’t add the conversion but it’s a good start for the Sharks.

4.00: Waratahs kick a high ball to restart and win it back.

6.00: Line-out Sharks in their half. Curwin Bosch comes on for Lambie and, kicks for touch after penalty.

7.oo: PENALTY SHARKS! They opt for poles. Bosch makes no mistake and slots it straight through the middle. The home team extend their lead.

8.00: The Sharks attack after a reset scrum but Waratahs turn it over.

10.00: YELLOW CARD! Jack Dempsey is off for the Waratahs for dangerous play.

11.00: Bosch kicks for touch giving them an attacking line-out.

11.00: Sharks attack, play the advantage but knock the ball on. Bosch goes for poles and it’s good.

13.00: Waratahs have an attacking line-out just outside the Sharks 22.

15.oo: Lineout to Waratahs on Sharks 5. Tahs trying hard to break through, can’t, and get a penalty for offside.

16.00: Israel Folau takes the attack to the home team. sharks hold on.

17.00: Turnover and the Sharks try to give Bosch for a clearance kick. Penalty Sharks. Bosch kicks into touch deep inside New South Wales territory.

18.00: TRY SHARKS! That’s number two. Curwin Bosch, on for his captain, gets the five-pointer. The home team were under pressure but the substitute with an intercept shows some gas and scores.

19.00: He adds the two and the goal, takes the Durbanites well clear of NSW.

21.00: Scrum reset; Hooper wins a turnover and Tahs have it.

22.00: Sharks kicks into touch and the Waratahs takes it quick. Turnover Sharks Cobus Reinach kicks it high and Folau collects – he’s great under the high-ball.

23.00: Dempsey is back on the field.

25.00: Lineout for the Sharks inside NSW half. Another score and it could be over.

26.00: Sharks wins the line-out but concede a penalty.

28.00: TRY! Waratahs on the attack after the lineout, Hegarty chips it over the Sharks defence and Folau is there to receive it to get his team on the board.

29.00: Reece Robinson adds the extras.

31.00: PENALTY! Sharks going for posts.

32.00: It good from Bosch, who adds another three to halt Waratahs’ momentum.

33.00: He has certainly had an impact since coming onto the field to replace Lambie. The Tahs need to score next to stay in this game.

34.00: PENALTY! A chance for Bosch to extend the lead with an easy shot at goal.

35.00: It’s no problem for the youngster.

37.00: The Tahs have a scrum near the halfway line. Time is almost up in the first half.

39.00: Turnover Waratahs after the Sharks knock forward but no advantage had been played and they go back for the scrum.

40.00: TRY SHARKS! Jacobus Van Wyk with the score. The hooter goes off and the Waratahs try to attack and win a penalty. Nick Phipps takes it quickly but Van Wyk intercepts the ball and there is no one to catch him.

41.00: Bosch adds the two and the Sharks put a dagger to the Waratahs’ heart with another interception.

The halftime score is Sharks 31 Waratahs 7

The visitors need to have a think at the break; playing fast and loose and the Sharks have punished them with two opportunistic plays.

That was a disastrous first half for the Waratahs. More of the same from the home team and it could get messy.

BEEP! Hegarty gets the second half on the way with a deep kick-off as the Tahs look to put pressure on the home team.

41.00: The Sharks secures the ball and wins a penalty. They opt for touch but Bosch fails to find touch. Tahs on the counter.

42.00: TRY WARATAHS! It’s that man Izzy Folau with his second. Sekope Kepu charges down the ball and starts an attack that leads to the try. Tahs with a lifeline.

43.00: Reece Robinson adds the two. Game on?

44.00: Soon after the reset kick the Sharks apply pressure and win the ball back. They find some space, almost scoring but, the referee blows for a penalty to the Tahs. They opt for touch.

47.00: Some aerial ping-pong taking place.

49.00: The away side kicks it behind the Sharks goal line and they dot it down. Sharks take a deep 22 drop-out. Kick returned by the Tahs as they win the ball back in a good attacking position.

50.00: The Sharks apply pressure on a kick and win a penalty near the Tahs try line. They opt for goal.

51.00: It’s good. Sharks keep their noses in front.

54.00: The Tahs looks to run at the Sharks in the midfield. Folau sends a kick through but it goes off a Sharks player and now the Tahs have to work back hard to secure the ball.

57.00: Coaches emptying the benches as scuffles break out. Frustration is high for the visitors.

60.00: We are entering the final quarter of play. The Tahs fails to secure line-out ball just outside the Sharks’ 22. Scrum, Sharks ball.

61.00: NSW look to attack and the Sharks almost intercept but they knocked on. Scrum down, Tahs ball just outside the Sharks’ 22. The Waratahs have almost conceded a third intercept try – it was only a marginal knock-on that has let the visitors off the hook on this occasion

62,.00: The Waratahs have almost conceded a third intercept try – it was only a marginal knock-on that has let the visitors off the hook on this occasion.

64.00: The home team wins their line-out and attacks through the midfield. Another score, any score, and this game is over (if it’s not already?).

67.00: The Tahs gets a penalty on the halfway line and opts for touch.

69.00: Sharks scrum on the 10-metre line of the Tahs. Reinach feeds a strong looking Sharks scrum and they win a penalty.

70.00: The hosts opt for goal and Bosch kicks it straight through the middle. Ball game!

72.00: Waratahs gather the kick-off; they must score soon and often, to have any hope of even leaving Durban with a bonus-point.

75.00: The Sharks’ attack is looking strong. The ball is lost and the Tahs kicks it out on the halfway line.

77.00: The away team looks to attack putting on phase after phase but a handling error stops their attack. Scrum just outside the 22 for the Sharks. Claassens feeds and the ball goes wide before Van Wyk kicks.

79.00: The Waratahs attack with time almost up.

80.00: The siren sounds but the Tahs are still attacking looking to score a final try. They seem to go nowhere as the Sharks’ defence holds up and wins a turnover.

80.00: Du Preez kicks it into touch and the ref puts the Waratahs out of their misery.

The final score is Sharks 37 (31)Waratahs 14 (7)

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Tries – Mtembu, Bosch, Van Wyk
Pen – Bosch (6)
Con – Bosch (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Folau (2)
Pen –
Con – Robinson (2)
Drop –
Cards – Dempsey (YELLOW, 10th minute)

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



15. Clement Poitrenaud, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12. Andre Esterhuizen, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie (c), 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Tera Mtembu, 7. Jean- Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5. Ruan Botha, 4. Stephan Lewies, 3. Coenie Oosthuizen, 2. Franco Marais, 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements: 16. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17. Thomas du Toit, 18. Lourens Adriaanse, 19. Jean Droste, 20. Jacques Vermeulen, 21. Michael Claassens, 22. Jeremy Ward, 23. Curwin Bosch


1. Tom Robertson, 2. Tolu Latu, 3. Sekope Kepu, 4. Dean Mumm, 5. David McDuling, 6. Jack Dempsey, 7. Michael Hooper (c), 8. Michael Wells, 9. Nick Phipps, 10. Bryce Hegarty, 11. Rob Horne, 12. Irae Simone, 13. Israel Folau, 14. Reece Robinson, 15. Andrew Kellaway

16. Hugh Roach, 17. Paddy Ryan, 18. David Lolohea, 19. Senio Toleafoa, 20. Maclean Jones, 21. Matt Lucas, 22. David Horwitz, 23. Cameron Clark

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