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  • Lambie,
    Penalty goals: Lambie (7),
    Conversions: Lambie,
28 - 16

Highlanders

  • Baker,
    Penalty goals: Delany (3),
    Conversions: Delany,
  • Super Rugby
  • Overall Group
  • 5th May 2012
  • KO 15:05
  • Ground: Kings Park

Sharks v Highlanders - Live

Last updated: 5th May 2012  

full-time Sharks 28 Highlanders 16

80 The Highlanders are their own wors t enemies once again when Piutau knocks on in contact. Louis Ludik clears the Sharks' line. From the line-out the Highlanders go on the attack before conceding another turnover! The ball comes out at a ruck and Charl MacLeod puts it into touch to bring proceedings to a close. The home side deserve this win especially for the way they took control of the match during the second period. The Highlanders' were always fighting a losing battle especially due to a high injury count.

77 Everything seems to be going wrong for the Highlanders. They come close to the hosts' try-line but commit a handling error. The ball comes out to Bismarck du Plessis who puts it into touch with a spiraling torpedo kick!

74 Manu takes the ball into contact and when it is recycled Gear goes on a run into the Sharks' 22 before offloading to Thomson. The All Blacks loose forward, however, loses the ball in contact and the Sharks gain a reprieve.

70 After taking the bal through 16 phases, the Highlanders lose possession inside the Sharks' 22 when Jacques Botes wins a crucial turnover. The ball goes out to the home side's backs and Paul jordaan puts it into touch close to the halfway mark.

68 The Highlanders are trying desperately to get into this match. They take the ball through several phases with their forwards but make little headway as the Sharks are defending resliently.

Conversion64 CONVERSION, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 28-16. Lambie adds the extras to give his team a 12-point lead.

TRY63 TRY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 26-16. Lambie pounces after Hosea Gear fails to deal with a kick from Keegan Daniel and scores under the posts!

62 The Sharks have replaced Aaron Smith and Mike Delaney with Jimmy Cowan and Chris Noakes.

Penalty61 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 21-16. Lambie pushes his team further in front after Adam Thomson infringes at a ruck.

Penalty57 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 18-16. Lambie regains the lead for his side after Nasi Manu is pinned for an infringement at a ruck.

54 The Sharks are on the attack close to the Highlanders' try-line but are penalised when Steven Sykes holds onto the ball on the ground after taking it into contact.

52 The Sharks do well to regain possession from the kick off and Lwazi Mvovo is put in the clear! He is stopped inside the Highlanders' 22 and offloads to Bismarck du Plessis who knocks on!

Conversion51 CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, DELANEY! 15-16. Delaney slots the spot kick from the touchline to give his side the lead for the first time.

TRY50 TRY, HIGHLANDERS, BAKER! 15-14. Kurt Baker rounds off in the right-hand-corner after the Highlanders put great pressure on the hosts close to their try-line.

45 The Sharks win a penalty inside their 22 when Jamie Mackintosh goes to ground with the ball and fails to release. The Sharks put the ball into touch close to the halfway mark.

42 The Highlanders set up nine phases and are soon camped inside the Sharks' 22! They get close to the try-line but a long pass from Aaron Smith to Kurt Baker on the wing is overcooked and rolls into touch!

40 Delaney gets the second half started! His kick is gathered by the Sharks who return his effort with a kick of their own upfield.

Half TimeHalf-time Sharks 15 Highlanders 9

40 The Sharks knock on at a ruck inside their half and referee Steve Walsh blows his whistle to signal half-time. The match has been error-ridden and we've seen little from both sides on attack. Although the home side are leading this is still anybody's game and the teams that cuts out the mistakes will be successful after the break.

Penalty40 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 15-9. Lambie adds the extra three points after the Highlanders go offside at a ruck close to the halfway mark.

36 The Highlanders attack from deep inside their half and are soon inside the Sharks' half. However, a pass from Gear to Piutau goes forward.

Penalty33 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, DELANEY! 12-9. Delaney narrows the gap to three points from close range.

Yellow Card32 YELLOW CARD, SHARKS, BOTES! Jacques Botes is given his marching orders after he enters a ruck from the side. The referee has warned both sides about the high penalty count and Botes has to spend the next 10 minutes on the sidelines.

31 Steven Sykes is penalised for not rolling away after making a tackle inside the Highlanders' half. Delaney puts the ball into touch inside the Sharks' 22.

Penalty27 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, DELANEY! 12-6. Delaney adds the extras after the Sharks infringe at a ruck in front of their uprights.

25 Elliot Dixon, who came on as a replacement for Doug Tietjens just 10 minutes ago is forced off the field with a shoulder injury. He is replaced by Culum Retallick.

22 Delaney gets a chance to redeem himself when the Sharks committ another indiscretion at a ruck but once again he misses the target!

21 Delaney gets a chance to narrow the gap with a penalty from 40 metres out. It's from an acute angle and he pushes his effort to the left of the upright.

Penalty19 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 12-3. Lambie lands a huge penalty from 50 metres out after the Highlanders are pinned for another ruck infringement.

Penalty17 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 9-3. Lambie punishes an indiscretion by Highlanders skipper Jamie Mackintosh at a ruck.

15 Doug Tietjens leaves the field with what looks like a serious leg injury. He is replaced by Elliot Dixon.

13 The Highlanders show their intent when they run the ball from inside their half and they are soon close to the Sharks' 22 when Ben Smith cuts past a couple of Sharks defenders. The visitors lose possession though when Delaney's pass to Hosea Gear goes forward.

Penalty11 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 6-3. Lambie adds the extras after the Highlanders are penalised for an indiscretion at a scrum.

10 There's some fisticuffs amongst the forwards after the Sharks put huge pressure on the Highlanders at a scrum.

8 Jason Rutledge comes on as a blood replacement for Andrew Hore, who has a cut to his face.

Penalty7 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, DELANEY! 3-3. Mike Delaney adds the extras after the Sharks are pinned for being offside at a ruck.

4 The Highlanders are on the attack form a scrum inside the Sharks' 22 after JP Pietersen knocks on the kick at the re-start.

Penalty3 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 3-0. Pat Lambie scores the game's opening points after Josh Bekhuis is penalised for holding onto the ball on theground.

Kick-off Pat lambie gets us underway! The Highlanders fail to control the kick and it goes into touch after bouncing in-field.

Team News Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has made two changes to his starting XV with Doug Tietjens replacing the suspended James Haskell on the flank and Siale Piutau coming in for Buxton Popoalii on the right wing. Full-back Ben Smith will make his 50th appearance for the franchise.

Team News One of Durban's favourite sons, Tendai 'Beast' Mtawarira makes his first appearance in this year's tournament after recovering from an ankle injury sustained during pre-season. There are two ther changes to coach John Plumtree's run-on side with Marcell Coetzee returning at flank and promising youngster Paul Jordaan starting at outside centre. Jordaan's arrival sees JP Pietersen switch to wing and Louis Ludik shift over to full-back.

Welcome Hello and welcome to the Kings Park Stadium in Durban for this Super Rugby clash between our hosts, the Sharks and the Highlanders.

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