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Cheetahs v Sharks - Live!
Fulltime CHEETAHS 20 - 34 SHARKS
80 McLeod hacks the ball into to the stands to give the Sharks the bonus-point win and move them into the top-six of the overall table and put them into contention for a play-off spot. Thanks for joining us for this enthralling clash, but please don't go anywhere because the Stormers host the Waratahs at Newlands up next!
79 Dogged defence from the Sharks barely keeps the Cheetahs at bay as they ball is whipped from the left to the right and provides Sias Ebersohn the smallest of gaps to exploit and carry the ball to the try-line. But the young pivot opts to offload in the tackle to no one when he could've fallen over the line for the score.
75 With five minutes left on the clock, the Cheetahs have managed to battle their way into the Sharks half and get a penalty which Sias Ebersohn kicks for the corner and the line-out as Naka Drotske's charges go in search of the try and the conversion to get into bonus point territory.
74 CONVERSION, SHARKS, MICHALAK! 20-34!
73 TRY, SHARKS, BOSMAN! 20-32! Substitute Meyer Bosman finishes in the left-hand corner, but the hard work was done by the strong running of the Sharks back three, especially that of Mvovo who went on a chinking run and alluded several tacklers before being brought to ground just short of the line, but not before keeping the ball alive to be spread out wide for the five-pointer.
69 Cheetahs regain possession after the restart and with a strong passage of continuity with the likes of Heinrich Brussow and Ashley Johnson making strong runs the hosts gain some ground. But since his return to the action Bismarck du Plessis has been immense on attack and defence and forces a knock-on in the tackle to give the Sharks the put-in at the scrum.
67 PENALTY, SHARKS, MICHALAK! 20-27!
66 Mvovo fluffs what looks to be a forward pass with the try-line at his mercy, but the Sharks can least come away with three points as Kaplan awards them penalty for an earlier Cheetahs infringement.
65 Bismarck du Plessis is back at a crucial scrum five metres out from the Cheetahs' try-line, but the despite barnstorming runs from the likes of Coetzee and Du Plessis, the hosts hold their line and deny the Sharks a touchdown.
62 Confusion as Bismarck du Plessis is sent off the field after returning to the action after being "told" he could come back on. In the mean time, Jaques Botes temporarily leaves the fray to get a number two in the scrum. Doesn't matter, though, as Kaplan awards the Sharks a short-arm penalty just short of the Cheetahs' 22.
61 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, S EBERSOHN! 20-24!
60 Sharks look to their bench with Willem Alberts coming on for Steven Sykes, but the replacement forward can't help to prevent Kaplan's penalisation of the visitors' scrum which collapses in a good penalty kicking area.
56 Great defending from the Sharks on their try-line forces a penalty from the Cheetahs and quells an awesome attacking foray from the hosts, the ball spread from one end of the field to the other with brilliant hands and offloads in the tackle from both forwards and backs.
53 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, S EBERSOHN! 17-24!
53 YELLOW CARD, SHARKS, B DU PLESSIS! The hooker earns himself 10 minutes in the sin-bin after a no-arms tackle.
52 It's to-ing and fro-ing now with both sides surging up the field, the SHarks first breaking away through Charl McLeod down the right, before the Cheetahs turned the ball over and break away themselves to take the game back just over the halfway line.
50 After the Sharks managed to force a knockout from the home side at the line-out, John Plumtree's side blew the subsequent scrum as they wheeled under a strong effort from Adriaan Strauss' men.
48 Michalak is really reading this game well, the ball worked back to the Frenchman after the restart and, with nothing on, the pivot boots his side back into a good attacking area to allow them to pressure on the Cheetahs line-out.
46 PENALTY, SHARKS, MICHALAK, 14-24!
45 The Durbanites are relentless in their attacking play as several phases and quick hands in the back-line gets them over the advantage line and back into the Cheetahs half of the pitch, Marcell Coetzee impressive with a strong ball carry down the middle of the park.
43 Unlucky for the Sharks. A great move off the scrum allows Mvovo to make a break for the line and then draw several tacklers onto his back. The visitors then try to bust their way over the line from the close-range, but are instead penalised for going over the top at the breakdown.
41 Michalak gets the second half underway and immediately Riaan Smit knocks on from the restart and the Sharks look to capitalise from the mistake, but the ball is put out of bounds.
Halftime CHEETAHS 14 - 21 SHARKS
40 CONVERSION, SHARKS, MICHALAK! 14-21. Michalak adds the extra two points and the visitors go into the sheds at the break with a valuable lead. The home side will have to improve on their tackling in the second half if they want to win this match.
40 TRY, SHARKS, MVOVO! 14-19. The Sharks are on the attack close to the Cheetahs' try-line but the hosts are defending like Trojans! The referee eventually awards a penalty to the visitors and Daniel opts to run the ball. Mvovo come s looking for work on the other wing and is rewarded for his efforts when he dots down in the right-hand corner!
38 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, SMIT! 14-14. Smit makes no mistake with his spot kick after Paul Jordaan obstructs the chasing Cheetahs players from the kick off.
36 CONVERSION, SHARKS, MICHALAK! 11-14. Michalak adds the extras to extend his team's lead.
35 TRY, SHARKS, MICHALAK! 11-12. Freddie Michalak scores a somewhat lucky try when none of the Cheetahs deals with a high from Riaan Viljoen. The former French international beats Phillip van der Walt to the bouncing ball and scores!
34 The Sharks have made an early change, bringing on Willem Alberts for Steven Sykes.
32 TRY, CHEETAHS, ADRIAAN STRAUSS! 11-7. The Cheetahs captain rounds off in the right-hand corner after running onto a pass from Smit. This after the Cheetahs took the ball through an incredible 16 phases!
29 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, SMIT! 6-7. Smit steps up and adds another three points to his side's total after Steven Sykes is pinned for playing the ball with his hands at a ruck.
26 The Sharks are back on the attack on the edge of the Cheetahs' 22 but a pass from Pietersen to Bismarck du Plessis goes forward.
24 Paul Jordaan breaks out from deep inside his half and cuts inside when he reaches the Cheetahs' 22. He offloads to Bismarck du Plessis who tries to return the favour by passing back to the young centre. Unfortunately, Jordaan knocks on and the home side gain a reprieve!
21 The Sharks are awarded a penalty when several Cheetahs go off their feet at a ruck but Michalak's effort is wide of the uprights.
20 Pietersen takes the ball into contact from a restart and clatters into Robert Ebersohn.
17 Michalak puts in a great box kick which rolls into touch 10 metres from the Cheetahs' try-line.
16 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, SMIT! 3-7. Smit gets his team off the mark after Keegan Daniel is penalised for playing the ball on the ground at a ruck.
13 Bismarck du Plessis is penalised for a no arms tackle on Adriaan Strauss just inside the Sharks' half. The Cheetahs put the ball into touch on the edge of their opponents' 22.
11 Charl McLeod spots a gap in the Cheetahs defence and takes it! He tries to offload to Keegan Daniel but his skipper knocks on just inside the home side's 22.
8 Riaan Smit tries to put his team on the front foot with a box kick over the Sharks' back-line. His kick, however, rolls over the visitors' try-line and Michalak restarts the match from his 22 metre line.
6 The Cheetahs launch an attack and are soon inside the Sharks' half. However, Michalak does well when he knocks the ball from Willie le Roux' grasp.
4 CONVERSION, SHARKS, MICHALAK! 0-7. Fred Michalak adds the extras to extend the visitors' lead.
3 TRY, SHARKS, PIETERSEN! 0-5. The Sharks take the ball through 12 phases from the kick-off and Pietersen eventually finds himself in space on the left wing and gets an easy run in!
2 The Sharks make the early running and are soon deep inside the Cheetahs' 22.
Kick-off Riaan Smit gets us underway! His kick is gathered by the JP Pietersen who immediately sets up a ruck.
Team News The Sharks have made a late change to their starting XV with Frederic Michalak coming in for Pat Lambie who has been struggling with a head knock throughout the week.
Team News The Sharks have made one injury enforced change to their starting line-up after last week's demolition of the Western Force in Durban. At full-back, Riaan Viljoen replaces Louis Ludik, who has failed to recover from a knock he took to his bicep last week. Willem Alberts returns to the matchday 22 on the replacements bench in place of Pieter-Steph du Toit.
Team News Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has made just one change to his starting XV after last week's narrow defeat to the Stormers in Cape Town. Drotske has promoted fly-half Riaan Smit to a starting spot in place of Sias Ebersohn.
Welcome Hello and welcome to the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein for this South African Super Rugby derby between our hosts, the Cheetahs and the Sharks. Team news follows shortly!
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