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  • Viljoen, Daniel, Marais,
    Penalty goals: Lambie (2),
    Conversions: Lambie (3),
27 - 22

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  • Higginbotham, Hanson, Frisby,
    Penalty goals: Lucas,
    Conversions: Lucas, Harris,
  • Super Rugby
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  • 17th Mar 2012
  • KO 15:05
  • Ground: Kings Park

Sharks v Reds - Live

Last updated: 17th March 2012  

Full TimeFull-time Sharks 27 Reds 22

80 With the rain pouring down, the referee soon blows his whistle to signal the end of the match when the ball fails to come out of a ruck inside the Reds' 22. The home side's victory is due to a great team effort, which saw them fighting back from a 17 point deficit and they will be particularly pleased about their second half effort. Despite getting a bonus point for losing by less than seven points, the Reds will be disappointed that they didn't kick on after holding such a big lead.

79 The Sharks are close to the Reds tryline and trying hard to get their bonus point try. However, things go awry when Coetzee is penalised for going off his feet at a ruck.

76 From a scrum inside the Sharks half, the Reds go on the attack and are soon deep inside their 22! The champions are displying great patience as thet take the ball through numerous phases until Ben Tapuai fumbles the ball in the tackle.

72 The Reds launch an attack from inside their half and the inside backs create space for Dom Shpperley to go on a run down the touchline. He kicks ahead inside his 22 and Mvovo gathers before kicking into touch.

68 The Reds are awarded a penalty inside the Sharks' 22 and captain James Horwill indicates that they will take a shot at goal. It's pouring with rain and Genia 's effort is once again wide of the mark!

65 The Reds break out from inside their 22 and Higginbotham is eventually brought to ground just inside the Sharks' half.

Conversion61 CONVERSION, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 27-22. Another sweetly struck goal-kick from the pivot sails through the middle of the posts.

TRY60 TRY, SHARKS, VILJOEN! 25-22. Riaan Viljoen barges through three tackles from close quarters after Bismarck du Plessis starts the attack when he wins a turnover inside the Reds' 22.

TRY58 TRY, REDS, FRISBY! 20-22. Replacement back Nick Frisby dots down in the corner after taking a pass from Ioane who is stopped just short of the tryline. In the build-up, Frisby intercepted a pass from Bosman before kicking the ball ahead.

Conversion55 CONVERSION, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 20-17. Lambie extends his side's lead with a well-taken spot kick!

TRY54 TRY, SHARKS, DANIEL! 18-17. The Sharks take the lead for the first time when their skipper dots down after breaking away from a scrum on the Reds' five metre line!

50 From a scrum the Sharks first set up a phase through Bosman before going wide again. Riaan Viljoen joins the line at pace but he butchers a certain try when he throws a head-high pass to Mvovo, who knocks on with an open tryline in sight!

48 The Sharks put pressure on the Reds' scrum and the ball spills out and rolls over the tryline. Coetzee dives on it but after consulting the TMO referee Jonathan Kaplan rules that the ball has been knocked on.

47 Keegan gives a back-handed pass to Odwa Ndungane about five metres from the Reds' tryline but the offload is slightly behind the wing's back. Ndungane knocks the pass on .

45 Genia goes on the attack from inside his half and wins vital ground for his team before being stopped by Bosman close to the halfway mark.

Penalty42 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 13-17. Lambie gets the opening points of the half after the Reds infringe at a ruck.

40 Lambie gets the second half started with a deep hanging kick. The Reds control gather and take it into contact.

Half Timehalf-time Sharks 10 Reds 17

Penalty40 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 10-17. Pat Lambie narrows the gap and the referee blows his whistle to signal the end of the half. The hosts will be happy that they are only seven points behind as they have been struggling for most of the half. It will be interesting to see how Ioane's spell off the field will affect the rest of this match.

Yellow Card40 YELLOW CARD, REDS, IOANE! Digby Ioane is sent to the sin bin after he executes a tip tackle on Marcell Coetzee.

38 Lwazi Mvovo goes over the tryline and dots down after a great break by Tim Whitehead! But theeffort is disallowed when the touch judge points out a foul by Willem Alberts at a ruck in the build-up. The Bok loose forward is pinned for a shoulder charge on Beau Robinson.

Conversion35 CONVERSION, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 7-17. Pat Lambie narrows the gap with a well-taken spot kick.

TRY34 TRY, SHARKS, MARAIS! 5-17. Replacement lock Jandre Marais rounds off a superb passage of play by the Sharks when he runs onto a pass from McLeod and crashes over!

Penalty32 PENALTY, REDS, LUCAS! 17-0. Lucas punishes the hosts after they go offside.

29 Sharks lock Steven Stykes is forced off the field through injury and is replaced by Jandre Marais.

Conversion26 CONVERSION, REDS, LUCAS! 14-0. Ben Lucas has taken over the goal-kicking role after Harris has left the field with an injury and the fly-half makes no mistake.

TRY25 TRY, REDS, HIGGINBOTHAM! Scott Higginbotham runs onto a pass from Will Genia and dives in next to the posts!

24 From the line-out the ball goes out wide and Ben Lucas tries to take an outside gap towards the tryline but Mvovo puts him down with a solid tackle.

23 Ben Lucas puts the ball into touch inside the Sharks' 22 after Marcell Coetzee is penalised for an infringement at a ruck.

20 Higginbotham does well when he poaches a ball at a line-out from the Sharks inside his own half!

16 Harris has just had another shot at goal after the Sharks are pinned for an infringement at a ruck but his shot goes through under the crossbar. To be fair to him, what would normally be an easy kick was made much more difficult as it's raining quite heavily at the moment.

14 Digby Ioane gathers the ball from a lineout and goes on a 45 metre run before being stopped on the edge of the Sharks' 22. The ball is spun wide to Rod Davis but the speedster knocks on.

13 Pat Lambie puts in a neat grubber kick which rolls into touch inside the Reds' 22.

Conversion11 CONVERSION, REDS, HARRIS! 7-0. Mike Harris adds the extras to extends his side's lead.

TRY10 TRY, REDS, HANSON! 5-0. Hooker James Hanson barges over the tryline from close quarters after breaking away from a maul inside the Sharks' 22.

7 The Reds try to set up a drive but it soon goes static and the Sharks win a turnover. McLeod spins the ball out wide and Scott Higginbotham tries to intercept it but knocks on.

4 After taking the ball through some phases with their forwards, the Sharks spin the ball wide to their backs and Bosman puts Whitehead into space but he knocks on as he passes through the gap on the Reds' 22.

Kick-off Ben Lucas gets us underway! His kick is gathered by Charl McLeod who immediately puts Lwazi Mvovo into space down the touchline. The speedster is brought to ground just outside his 22.

Team News The Sharks have made a late change to their run-on side. JP Pietersen has injured himself in the warm-up so Tim Whitehead moves to outside centre and Meyer Bosman slots into the inside centre's berth.

Team News Ben Lucas will line up at fly-half for the Reds with Mike Harris shifting to inside centre in one of six changes made by coach Ewen McKenzie. Wallabies outside back Rod Davies has been named at full-back, while Luke Morahan drops to the bench. In the forwards, loosehead prop Greg Holmes and lock Van Humphries will each make their first run-on appearances of the year. They replace Ben Daley and Rob Simmons respectively, with both named among the reserves. McKenzie has also rejigged his back row, recalling openside flanker Beau Robinson, number eight Radike Samo and dropping youngsters Liam Gill and Jake Schatz to the bench. Scrum-half Nick Frisby is also in line to make his Reds and Super Rugby debut after being named on a bench that includes Wallaby hooker Saia Faingaa.

Team News The big news from the home side is that former French international Ferederic Michalak has been replaced at scrum-half by Charl McLeod. In other changes, Springbok Jannie du Plessis returns to the starting XV at loosehead prop in place of Wiehan Herbst. There is also an enforced change in the second row with Anton Bresler taking over from Ross Skeate, who has a neck injury.

Welcome Good day and welcome to Kings Park in Durban for this Super Rugby clash between the hosts, the Sharks and the tournament's current champions, the Reds.

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