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- 31st Mar 2012
- KO 09:40
- Ground: Canberra Stadium
Brumbies v Sharks - Live
Full-time Brumbies 26 Sharks 29
82 Viljoen has to restart and he cannot kick it out. Brumbies collect and there is heaps of pressure from the home side as they build up to a crescendo. Huge tension as they enter the Sharks 22., but Ben Alexander spills it ten metres out. Huge relief for the Sharks, broken bodies for the Brumbies and broken spirits for the crowd. Superb win for the Sharks. Almost deja vu for the Sharks at the death there, but they hang on despite the relentless pressure from Jake White's team. First win in the Australian capital for the Sharks since 1998.
80 CONVERSION, BRUMBIES, LEALIIFANO! 26-29! Quick tap over from in front for Lealiifano. Is there a twist in this game? Viljoen has to restart.
80 TRY, BRUMBIES, WHITE! 24-29! Nick White sneaks through with a side-step from close-range. They really deserved that try after the heaps of pressure they've had. It's not enough, though.
78 Last chance for the Brumbies, but the Sharks steal it and use the ball through the massive forwards up the middle. Eventually it comes to Pietersen who tries an awkward up-an-under, but it's in the hands of the home side.
76 Bosman seeing very little as the Sharks tight fives take turns in playing first receiver. Brumbies get it back at the ruck and drive into the Sharks half. Knock on from Stephen Moore. That's his last contribution of the night as Anthony Hegarty comes on. It's a full compliment of substitutes on the park now for the Brumbies.
74 Brumbies need two scores to win and get beautiful, clean ball from the scrum and move into the 22. Huge pressure again from Daniel at the ruck and it's a penalty to the Sharks. Daniel should really be playing number seven and Alberts eight because that's the way they seem to playing in the second half. Daniel's making all the steals and Alberts the bustling runs into opposition defenders.
72 Sykes's has been great in the lineout today and Albert drives through four men before he hits the ground. Jacques Botes also bashes through a couple of tackles, but Stephen Moore bags the turnover for the Brumbies who take a quick tap and get it out to McCabe who steps on the gas and gets into the Sharks 22. Sharks steal it - possibly illegally - and Daniel knocks on.
70 McCabe collects McLeod's box-kick and breaks the first tackle. Joe Tomane shows great skill with a brilliant pick up, but Keith Brown calls forward pass. That decision does, however, does raise questions.
69 Pick and drive from again from every one of the Brumbies forwards who are creating great momentum. It's going through phase after phase and evetually goes wide to Lealiifano who holds on in the tackle from Keegan Daniel and gets penalised. You can hear a pin drop in the crowd after that decision, not to say that it was incorrect.
67 Michalak sees his evening come to an end with Meyer Bosman coming on. Viljoen brings relief by booting the ball out on his 22. Four-man lineout for the Brumbies as they pack the backline.
65 Brumbies on the attack again, they've still got spirit and Holmes goes inside-outside before passing to Scott Sio who drives over the line, but drops it with two tacklers on his back. Keith Brown asks the TMO for a look, but it's just a precaution. Everyone in the stands could see it was dropped.
62 CONVERSION, SHARKS, MICHALAK! 19-29! The Frenchman adds the extra two points and that's now looking a decent cushion for the Sharks, but remember they faded badly last week in the final minutes against the Waratahs.
61 TRY, SHARKS, MVOVO! 19-27! Ita Vaea makes a driving run up the middle for the Brumbies and Holmes comes close in the far corner. Vaea again flattens a couple of tacklers and the Brumbies have the ball five metres out. All the forwards having a go from close range. Eventually it swings wide to Lealiifano who is stopped short and Sykes comes away with it for the Sharks. He runs 40 yards and passes to the flier, Mvovo, who turns on the turbo and rushes under the sticks. Heartbreak for the Brumbies.
58 PENALTY, BRUMBIES, LEALIIFANO!19-22! Lealiifano splits the uprights and it's a three-point game now. Still a long way to go and the Sharks ring the changes with Herbst and Bresler coming on.
57 Plenty of roughing up amongst the forwards as the Brumbies drive it up towards the 22. They're over the advantage line ever time, but the Sharks defence continues to hold, but they're penalised for not rolling away. Jannie du Plessis is the guilty party. Not the last he'll give away a penalty on his own line, that I can guarantee.
55 Sharks continue to attack, there are about six forwards in their backline all looking to score, but it's a turnover and Zack Holmes sends the pressure-relieving kick down the pitch. Joe Tomane gives chase and puts pressure on JP Pietersen who just puts it into touch inside his 10-metre line.
53 Scrappy moment as a couple of scrums get reset, but Sharks are the one's with all the possession at the moment.
51 Toomua's in desperate pain as the medical staff go to work with ice pack and alike. Looks like he's got ligament damage, though, as he gets carried off the field. Not a good thing to see to a young player and we wish him all the best. Meanwhile it's another short-arm penalty to the Sharks from the scrum and there's a naughty smile on the face of Jannie du Plessis.
50 Toomua takes an ugly knock to the knee as he goes crashing into a tackle from Michalak. That looks very unpleasant, rather like Quade Cooper's injury. Not fun at all.
49 Pat McCabe makes is presence felt finally by ghosting through the Sharks defence and takes it 15 metres short before passing out wide. Mvovo knocks on as he foils the Brumbies defence.
47 Sharks steal the ball at the lineout, against the throw. Viljoen unleashes a useful touch-finder, which goes out just inside his own half.
45 CONVERSION, SHARKS, MICHALAK! 16-22! Simple tap over from right in front for Fred. Brumbies crowd stunned.
45 TRY, SHARKS, ALBERTS! 16-20! Oh dear! Henry Speight and Toomua confuse themselves a metre in front the posts and Alberts picks up the loose ball and bangs over.
43 Turnover from the Brumbies, but they kick possession away to the Sharks who do similar from inside the 22. Marais comes away with it and McLeod eventually puts it into touch with a deft grubber.
40 After a superb first half Christian Lealiifano gets underway for the second 40 minutes. Taken in by the Sharks and Bismarck drives up in midfield before Viljoen bangs it down to Mowen. Sharks continue to keep ball in hand after collecting a return kick.
Half-time Brumbies 16 Sharks 15
40 Prior bangs it into the crowd as the siren goes off. So it's two tries for the Sharks, but Lealiifano's boot and Mogg's individual brilliance gives them the 16-15 lead after the first stanza.
39 Alberts and Sykes continue to provide the go-forward for the Sharks, so useful to have such big men in the squad. Michalak puts it in the corner for the Brumbies to throw in.
38 PENALTY, BRUMBIES, LEALIIFANO! 16-15! What a season he's having, Christian Lealiifano gets it over to take the lead back. Great see-saw battle here at the Canberra Stadium. It's not a huge crowd, but a vocal one nonetheless.
37 Kimlin carries the ball up and Mogg breaks a couple of tackles. There's extra men on the outside for the Brumbies, but Lealiifano take it up the middle. Penalty to Brumbies, Sharks not rolling away from the tackle.
35 CONVERSION, SHARKS, MICHALAK! 13-15! Michalak curls it in this time and it gives the men from Durban a two-point lead.
34 TRY, SHARKS, VILJOEN! 13-13! Viljoen tries the chip kick from inside his own half, but Brumbies collect it and go on the attack. Ndungane makes the intercept and nearly goes all the way, but doesn't back himself and swings it to the full back who goes over for a second.
33 Brumbies turn it over at the ruck and Mowen boots it up field to ease the pressure.
31 Sharks swing it wide from a lineout Michalak showing signs of rustiness in the number ten jersey as he tries to change direction. The waves of attacks, however, continue from the Sharks.
29 CONVERSION, BRUMBIES, LEALIIFANO! 13-8! Another simple tap over from Lealiifano.
28 TRY, BRUMBIES, MOGG! 11-8! Huge pressure from Alberts and Coetzee at the restart, but the latter knocks on. Brumbies try run it out from their are and Jesse Mogg makes a huge run up the sideline. The chip-and-chase bounces perfectly and he's able to skip pass Ndungane and dot it under the posts. Superb individual skill.
26 PENALTY, BRUMBIES, LEALIIFANO! 6-8! Another easy kick from in front for Leallifano as the Sharks are penalised at the ruck.
25 JP Pietersen gets played into the gap by Bismarck and looks like he's on his way to the try line, but referee Brown calls him back for a forward pass, and correctly so. That was miles forward from du Plessis, even Tim Tebow would have been proud of that pass.
23 Loose pass from Ndungane after the restart, but Viljoen brings relief with a monster punt from inside his in-goal area.
22 Michalak puts a fade on the conversion and it bangs into the upright.
21 TRY, SHARKS, VILJOEN! 3-8! McLeod takes a quick tap and swings it out wide down the line which results in Viljoen sneaking in at the far corner. Great pressure from the South African side.
20 Sharks steal a lineout and McLeod put it to boot, as does Mogg in reply. Viljoen drives up and the Sharks swing it out to the big men Sykes and Alberts before Bismarck power through a couple of tackles. Always takes at least two men to bring him down. McLeod comes within an inch of scoring, but they get a penalty.
18 Sharks show their intention to run, but captain Keegan Daniel spills it on the Brumbies 10-metre. Not to mention a forward pass thrown in there by Tim Whitehead.
17 PENALTY, BRUMBIES, LEALIIFANO! 3-3! Easy tap over from right in front for Lealiifano. Tied game.
16 Toomua and Lealiifano combine brilliantly as the number 12 breaks a tackle to take the Brumbies five short. Moore then drives it up to within inches and the Sharks are penalised.
14 Shocking kick to follow from Michalak after the restart is gathered as it skews off the side off the boot and straight into touch.
13 PENALTY, SHARKS, MICHALAK! 0-3! No problems for the Frenchman who nails it between the sticks.
12 Some big drives from the Sharks forwards before McLeod sends it wide. Michalak puts Whitehead into to space and the centre breaks the first tackle, but the Brumbies defence holds strong thereafter. Peter Kimlin gets penalised for entering the ruck from the side and Michalak will have his first shot at goal just outside the 22 to the right of the posts.
10 Mistakes from both hookers as Bismarck du Plessis drops the ball on the attack and Stephen Moore picks up the pieces and goes on the attack, but passes the ball into thin air as it rolls out to touch on halfway.
9 Perfect lineout ball for the Sharks as Sykes rises highest. Brumbies lock Sam Carter knocks McLeod's pass to the ground. Another scrum in an attacking position for the Sharks. Early engagement from the Brumbies and it's a short-arm penalty.
7 First scrum of the match and, of course, first reset of the match. Plenty of kicking for territory going on with neither team afraid to run with ball in hand.
6 Mvovo's seeing plenty of ball on the left wing as he collects another kick from the Brumbies, but he in turn sends the up-and-under. Brumbies get penalised just outside the Sharks 22, but Viljoen fails to find touch with his kick.
4 Charl McLeod brings some relief with a huge punt up field from the base of the scrum. Wallabies hooker Stephen Moore then fails with his first throw-in of the match which goes horribly crooked on the Brumbies 10-metre line.
2 Lwazi Mvovo collects a high ball, but it's turned over by the Brumbies who look good on the attack until Ian Prior spills the balls on the edge of the ruck.
Kick-off Referee Keith Brown from New Zealand gives the signal and Riaan Viljoen gets the game underway for the Sharks. It's taken through a couple of phases by the Brumbies, but some aerial ping-pong between Toomua and Viljoen eventually sees the ball go out to touch inside the Brumbies half.
Brumbies Team News Fly-half Matt Toomua has been ruled fit to start meaning Christian Lealiifano moves to inside centre. Ben Alexander has moved to tighthead prop after Dan Palmer was ruled with a cold. This means that Irish recruit Ruaidhri Murphy gets his first run-on chance at loosehead.
Sharks Team News There are three changes in personnel and one positional switch in the Sharks squad. Giant lock Steven Sykes and centre JP Pietersen return to the starting XV while loose forward Jean Deysel comes onto the bench.
Greetings Welcome to the live coverage of the Super Rugby fixture between the Brumbies and Sharks from the Canberra Stadium. It's sure to be a stunner, so strap yourself in and enjoy the ride.
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