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full-time Reds 17 Sharks 30
80 CONVERSION, REDS, GENIA! 17-30. Genia adds the extras and the referee blows his whistle immediately afterwards to bring proceedings to a close. The Sharks are worthy winners and will face the Stormers in Cape Town next week. This result brings the Reds' reign as champions to an end but they can't argue that they were totally outplayed in most facets of the game by the boys from Durban.
80 TRY, REDS, SAMO! 15-30. Radike Samo dives over from close quarters but it's too little too late as time is virtually up on the clock.
80 YELLOW CARD, SHARKS, SYKES! Steven Sykes is sent to the sin bin for a professional foul at a ruck.
78 PENALTY, SHARKS, MICHALAK! 10-30. Freddie Michalak puts the final nail in the Reds coffin when he adds another three-pointer after the hosts are pinned for a ruck infringement.
75 Digby Ioane is put into a gap but his progress is halted by Louis Ludik. Ioane passes to Genia who puts a grubber kick through which Pietersen dots down behind his try-line.
73 From a penalty close to the try-line Ioane makes a dart for the line but he is knocked backwards by Keegan Daniel. What a tackle!
70 Ben Tapuai puts the Reds onto the attack with a kick which rolls into touch inside the Sharks' 22.
68 The Sharks are on the attack inside the Sharks' 22 but nothing comes of the move when Kankowski knocks on.
66 Genia goes on the attack from deep inside his half. He tries to get Digby Ioane into play with a cross-kick but the wing can only watch as the ball rolls into touch in front of him.
64 The Reds attack inside the Sharks' half but lose possession when Frisby opts to put through a grubber kick. The ball comes out to Lwazi Mvovo who sets off on a mazy run. The Sharks are soon inside the Reds' half and Willem Alberts and Bismarck du Plessis trade passes before du Plessis throws an outrageous long pass to Meyer Bosman. He has an open try-line in front of him but inexplicably falls over his own feet and the Reds gain a reprieve!
61 The Reds are awarded a scrum when Bismarck du Plessis' throw-in is not straight at a line-out.
57 It;s hard to tell whether the Reds flank has scored under those pile of bodies and he TMO makes the correct decision by telling referee Kaplan to award a 5m scrum instead. Gill can't believe it... he was convinced he scored.
55 The red army pile in - the Sharks defending like Trojans. Ioane gets stuck in and has a go... he tries to leopard crawl his way to the line. Gill takes it up further and the Reds think they've scored! We're going upstairs....
53 The Reds are camped close to the Sharks' try-line and are awarded a penalty when the visitors go offside. They opt to run it because it's tries and not penalties that they are looking for!
51 The Reds attack close to the Sharks' try-line but Nick Frisby is tackled backwards by Pietersen when he makes a dash for the line!
49 Kankowski picks the ball up at the back of a scrum on his own five-metre line but is tackled behind the advantage line. The Reds do well to counter-ruck the Sharks off the ball and are awarded the put-in at the scrum.
47 The Reds are trying desperately to get back into this match! Anthony Faingaa does well when he bumps Tim Whitehead off and takes the ball into contact inside the Sharks' 22.
45 CONVERSION, SHARKS, MICHALAK! 13-27. Michalak steps up and adds the easy two points from in front of the posts!
44 TRY, SHARKS, MCLEOD! 10-25. Charl McLeod intercepts a long pass from Genia inside his own half and runs a full 60 metres before scoring under the posts!
42 Mike Harris gets a chance to narrow the gap to seven points when the Sharks infringe at a ruck. His kick, however, sails wide of the upright.
40 Michalak gets the second half started. His kick is taken by Simmons who sets up a ruck.
Half-time Reds 10 Sharks 20
40 From a line-out 10 metres inside the Sharks' half the Reds set-up a ruck but Higginbotham knocks on when he tries to pick up-and-go. That's the final act of the half as the referee soon brings proceedings to a close. It's been an entertaining half and although the visitors have held the upperhand in most facets, the Reds have come back strongly during the latter part of the half. It should be an interesting second half!
39 CONVERSION, REDS, HARRIS! 10-20. Harris adds the extras to narrow the gap for the hosts!
38 TRY, REDS, GENIA! 8-20. Genia launches a breakout and exchanges passes with Higginbotham before going over for his side's first try!
35 The Reds are on the attack close to the Sharks' try-line but are soon penalised when Higginbotham holds onto the ball on the ground.
33 From a scrum inside the Sharks' 22 the ball comes out to Ludik who puts it into touch 10 metres outside his quarter.
30 DROP GOAL, SHARKS, MICHALAK! 3-20. Michalak steps back into the pocket and takes a snap-shot from 20 metres out to push his side further in front.
28 PENALTY, REDS, HARRIS! 3-17. Mike Harris gets his side's first points of the match after the Sharks infringe at a ruck.
26 The Reds take the ball through 11 phases but make little headway as they are met by a solid wall of defenders!
24 CONVERSION, SHARKS, MICHALAK! 0-17. Michalak adds another two points and the visitors are on fire!
23 TRY, SHARKS, JORDAAN! 0-15. After Saia Faingaa knocks on, the Sharks take the ball wide and Pietersen passes to Paul Jordaan who shows a good turn of speed before scoring under the posts!
21 The Reds launch a counter-attack and Genia and Higginbotham are both prominent but the move goes awry when Rob Simmons knocks on!
19 Lucas puts his team on the attack with a 30 metre grubber kick which rolls into touch inside the Sharks' 22.
17 Tendai Mtawarira takes the ball into contact but loses it forward when Slipper puts in a big hit on him.
16 Harris launches an up-and-under which Kankowski takes just outside his 22. He tries to offload but is bundled into touch by Anthony Faingaa.
14 Genia does well when he manages to find Harris in space with a long pass. Harris beats Pietersen but is tackled into touch close to the Shakrs' 22 by Louis Ludik!
12 CONVERSION, SHARKS, MICHALAK! 0-10. Michalak adds the extras to extend the visitors' lead.
11 TRY, SHARKS, PIETERSEN! 0-8. The Sharks take the ball wide and Bismarck du Plessis throws a great pass to JP Pietersen who beats the cover defence with a deft side-step before touching down!
10 PENALTY, SHARKS, MICHALAK! 0-3. Freddie Michalak gets the opening points of the match when the Reds forwards infringe at a ruck.
9 Daniel and Bismarck du Plessis combine well and Daniel is stopped just short of the line when he knocks on.
7 The Reds are on the attack close to the Sharks' try-line but lose possession when Will Genia knocks on at a vital moment.
6 Slipper takes the ball into contact but he is smashed in the tackle by Keegan Daniel!
4 The Sharks try to attack inside their half but Willem Alberts knocks on.
2 Scott Higginbotham goes on a run down the touchline inside the Sharks' 22. He's tackled and offloads to James Slipper who has a foot in touch.
Kick-off Mike Harris gets us underway! His kick is gathered by Ryan Kankowski who passes to JP Pietersen who immediately sets up a ruck.
Team News Sharks coach John Plumtree has made six changes to his starting XV for this encounter. The biggest surprise is the selection of Springbok loose forward Willem Alberts at lock. The other changes sees Tendai Mtwarira and Bismarck du Plessis also coming back to the front-row while amongst the backs, Paul Jordaan and Louis Ludik start in place of Francois Steyn and Pat Lambie respectively. Jordaan starts at outside centre while Tim Whitehead moves to Steyn's regular spot at inside centre.
Team News The big news is that the Reds have decided not to appeal Quade Cooper's one-match ban which means that Ben Lucas has been chosen at fly-half for this clash. That is the only change to the Reds' run-on side that beat the Waratahs 32-16 last week.
Welcome Hello and welcome to the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane for this second Super Rugby play-off of the weekend between our hosts, the Reds, and the Sharks. The Crusaders have already booked their place in the semi-finals and the winner of this clash will determine which side faces the Chiefs or the Stormers next week. We'll be back shortly with team news!
|Friday 2nd May|
|19:45||Bath vs Northampton|
|Saturday 3rd May|
|15:00||Saracens vs Worcester|
|15:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Irish|
|15:15||Sale vs Leicester|
|Sunday 4th May|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 10th May|
|15:15||Newcastle vs Exeter|
|15:15||Northampton vs Wasps|
|15:15||Worcester vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Leicester vs Saracens|
|15:15||Harlequins vs Bath|
|15:15||London Irish vs Sale|
|Sunday 20th April|
|Newcastle 18 - 23 Saracens|
|Northampton 36 - 21 London Irish|
|Saturday 19th April|
|Wasps 38 - 30 Gloucester|
|Bath 32 - 20 Worcester|
|Exeter 12 - 55 Sale|
|Friday 18th April|
|Harlequins 24 - 20 Leicester|
|Sunday 13th April|
|London Irish 40 - 12 Newcastle|
|Saracens 28 - 24 Northampton|
|Saturday 12th April|
|Gloucester 17 - 18 Bath|
|Worcester 33 - 38 Exeter|
|Leicester 27 - 15 Wasps|
|Friday 11th April|
|Sale Sharks 12 - 27 Harlequins|
|Sunday 30th March|
|Newcastle 12 - 17 Worcester|
|Saturday 29th March|
|Northampton 16 - 22 Leicester|
|Wasps 20 - 32 Saracens|
|Exeter 13 - 14 Gloucester|
|Harlequins 23 - 9 London Irish|
|Friday 28th March|
|Bath 11 - 12 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 23rd March|
|Leicester 45 - 15 Exeter|
|Saturday 22nd March|
|London Irish 23 - 44 Bath|
|Saracens 39 - 17 Harlequins|
|Gloucester 40 - 33 Newcastle|
|Sale Sharks 19 - 6 Northampton|
|Friday 21st March|
|Worcester 11 - 13 Wasps|
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