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- 16th Mar 2013
- KO 15:05
- Ground: Kings Park
Sharks v Brumbies - Live
The Brumbies have won this one in convincing style. They just turned it on in the first half in a manner in which the Sharks had no answer to. While the men from Durban where poor, the Brumbies have sent out a massive warning to every team in the competition. That's it for now, do join us next week for more Super Rugby action.
80 It all peters out as the Sharks once again can't hold onto the ball. The crowd - and one imagines the Sharks team - are just waiting for the final whistle to end their misery. And Jonathan Kaplan calls it a day with the Brumbies 29-19 ahead.
78 The Sharks win a penalty at scrum time and Lambie sets up a line-out inside the Brumbies half. Sloppy stuff sees the Sharks lose possession and it's the Brumbies on the front foot now. It's Sharks ball though as the ball doesn't emerge from a ruck.
75 Botes manages to steal the ball for the Sharks but the home side then knock it on and it's a Brumbies scrum just inside the Sharks 22. Big moment for Clyde Rathbone as he comes off the bench to face the team where it all began for him. The winger of course was born and bred in Durban but decided to make his home in Australia.
74 The ball is cleared by the Brumbies and Steyn (who has shifted to full-back) collects but then holds on as the Brumbies defence swarms. Brumbies line-out on the Sharks 22.
72 The Sharks work the ball up and there is an infringement at the ruck from the Brumbies. Referee Kaplan tells Ben Mowen to have a word with his team as they're on the verge of a yellow card. Another knock on from the Sharks though and the chance is gone.
70 The ball slips out of Lambie's hands as he looks to set the Sharks line away. The Brumbies collect and Prior puts in a really clever little chip over the top which Coleman is in a great position to grab but the ball runs into touch. The Brumbies are penalised at the line-out and the Sharks set up another one on halfway.
PENALTY, BRUMBIES, LEALIFANO 29-10. From right out in front, Lealifano makes no mistake.
67 Smith, who is playing at number eight now, breaks strongly from the scrum and Kankowski is penalised at the ruck.
66 The Sharks can't control the ball and it spurts out from a ruck, allowing the Brumbies to clear. The Sharks look to move the ball from inside their half and Coetzee knocks on. Brumbies scrum on their side of the Sharks' 22m.
63 Strong scrum from the Sharks as they turn on the power and are rewarded for their efforts with a penalty which Lambie uses to set up a line-out right up near the Brumbies line.
62 The Sharks do well to move the ball wide but McLeod knocks it on as he tries to pluck it from a rug.
60 Alexander's binding is penalised and Lambie sets up a line-out on halfway.
59 A lovely cross kick from Lambie is collected by Pietersen who hands inside to Mvovo who has come on as a replacement. The Brumbies are able to inflict the turnover though and attack once more. There is a forward pass though and the Sharks have a scrum on their 22m.
57 George Smith runs strongly from the line-out but a little kick through from Mowen doesn't work out and the Sharks clear. Mogg runs it back at them put it is knocked on. The rain is really pouring down now!
55 A slight momentum shift as Lambie puts in a great clearance kick and the throw from Moore from the resulting line-out is not straight. The Brumbies go over the top of an ensuing ruck and the Sharks illegally try to keep hold of possession, allowing the Brumbies to clear via a penalty.
CONVERSION, SHARKS, LAMBIE, 10-26. Lambie adds the extras - is this the spark that starts something for the Sharks?
TRY, SHARKS, KANKOWSKI, 26-8. Some good footwork sees Kankowski dive over after more good work from Cooper and the Sharks have a try at last!
51 The Sharks work the ball well with Cooper and Lambie prominent. The Brumbies are pinged for a tackle infringement and the Sharks have a penalty straight in front. The Sharks chose to keep the ball in hand and the Sharks are moving it well for a change.
49 Steyn breaks the tackle after a series of phases but he can't hold on and Kaplan brings them back for an earlier offence. Sharks line-out 10m out.
47 The Brumbies swing it wide but the ball is knocked on by Kuridrani, Kyle Cooper, the replacement hooker, hoofs it clear and Tomane kicks it into touch inside the Brumbies half.
45 The Brumbies look to maul it up but the Sharks spin it around with the line looming and the ball is shoveled into touch. Lambie clears to the Sharks 22m.
44 It just doesn't get any better for the Sharks. Moore overthrows the line-out and Lambie is alert to pounce on the loose ball but his team-mates are then blown for coming in from the side. Brumbies line-out even closer to the line this time.
43 The Sharks are penalised for playing the ball in the tackle and the Brumbies are on the front foot once more with a line-out 10m from the Sharks line.
Underway Jesse Mogg gets the second period underway.
Rain We spoke of the bad weather that was around earlier and it's making itself known as it is now raining. It was pouring down during the interval but has eased up a bit now.
More Needed Reflecting on his side's performance in the first half Sharks coach John Plumtree says they were just watching the Brumbies play.
Everyone knew the Brumbies would be good but I'm not sure anyone thought they would dismantle the Sharks with such ease. Jake White's men are 26-3 up at the break and it will take something really special for the Sharks to get back into this. First and foremost they just need to get their hands on the ball.
40 So, so poor from the Sharks as Burden over throws it by some measure and Toomua boots it into touch after the Brumbies gather the loose ball.
39 Mogg clears and the Sharks look to run the ball back. The Brumbies are off side at the ruck and the Sharks set up a line-out on the Brumbies side of the 10m line.
38 They can't. Smith is all over Kankowski (perhaps a little early) and the number eight is held up. Scrum to the Brumbies.
37 A knock on from the restart gives the Sharks a chance to attack - can they claim a much-needed try?
CONVERSION, BRUMBIES, LEALIFANO 26-3. Lealiifano adds the extras.
TRY, BRUMBIES, SPEIGHT, 24-3. The Sharks scrum is nowhere and they pay the price in a big way. Mowen is able to pick up at the back after the scrum wheels and the ball is spread wide and Henry Speight dives over for the bonus point try.
33 Lambie clears and the Sharks give Mogg far too much time and space to run the ball back at them. They Brumbies cough it up but the Sharks no urgency in diving on the loose ball and they're happy to settle for the scrum just outside their 22m.
30 A rare mistake from the Brumbies as Toomua knocks on after six phases further attack from the men from Canberra.
27 After 12 good phases of play a solid hit from Craig Burden on Mogg sees the full-back knock on five odd metres from the line.
24 Disappointing from the Sharks as they're blown up for off-side (although in fairness it's a tough call) and the Brumbies are on the attack once more.
CONVERSION, BRUMBIES, LEALIFANO 19-3. No problem with the conversion for Lealiifano.
TRY, BRUMBIES, TOOMUA 17-3. Really impressive stuff from the Brumbies as they work the ball up, with a support player always ready to collect the ball as the player in front of him goes to ground and it just gives them so much momentum. Toomua dives over and the Brumbies have their third try with the Sharks defence looking helpless.
22 A lovely little cross kick from Lambie is collected by Ndungane but he can't find Ludik as he looks to turn the ball inside. Mogg doesn't collect cleanly though and the Sharks have a scrum inside the Brumbies half. They don't keep their shoulders up and the Brumbies attack after the free kick.
20 Ludick clears the restart to just short of the 22m. The throw from Stephen Moore isn't straight though and the Sharks have a scrum.
PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE, 3-12. The Sharks at last have a chance to put some points on the board as George Smith is pinged for not releasing the tackler. Lambie makes no mistake with the penalty which was in front of the posts.
17 Lambie and McLeod both make good breaks through the line but neither man has a support player on their shoulder at the moment they need it and the ball goes to the deck. Frans Steyn gives the ball away with a poor kick that allows Mogg to take the mark.
16 Brumbies scrum-half Nic White picked up a blow to the head and is off having a concussion test. meanwhile Mogg sets up a line-out. The Sharks look to do a pretty little move at the font of the line-out but it doesn't go five which is rather poor. After an exchange of kicks the Brumbies have a 22 drop.
12 TRY, BRUMBIES, TOMANE 12-0. The Brumbies are reaping their reward for some great, purposeful attack as Tomane goes over in the corner after a number of phases. The Brumbies have had 83 percent of the possession and are using it well.
11 The ball goes loose and Paul Jordaan looks to launch a counter attack but he can't hold on. McLeod gathers a kick through and the Sharks swing it wide but are again let down by their handling. The Brumbies attack and move the ball with good speed and skill.
9 Marcell Coetzee is penalised for leaving the scrum early and the Brumbies have a line-out inside the Sharks 22m.
7 A clearing kick from Mogg is knocked on by Louis Ludik after their was indecision between the full-back and winger Odwa Ndungane. Brumbies scrum on the near touchline just inside the Sharks half.
CONVERSION, BRUMBIES, LEALIFANO 7-0. Christian Lealiifano adds the extras to complete an impressive start for the visitors.
TRY, BRUMBIES, MOGG 5-0. Fotu Auelua breaks through the line and sucks in the defence, the ball is moved through the hands and Mogg dives over in the corner for an easy score.
4 Patient build up from the Brumbies as they work the ball from side to side all the while edging towards the line. Ryan Kankowski goes for the intercept but just can't hang on and the Brumbies hace a scrum 15m out from the Sharks line.
2 Jesse Mogg gathers the kick-off and sets up a line-out just short of the 10m line. The Sharks bang it up and Craig Burden is pinged for hands in the ruck. Brumbies line-out on the Sharks 22m.
Kick-Off The players are out in the middle and Jonathan Kaplan gets us underway!
Durban is not doing any favours with the weather today, it's overcast and windy with some rain around. Hopefully the rain will stay away.
Teams The Brumbies have made five changes from the side that beat the Waratahs last time out. Prop Scott Sio makes his first start with flank George Smith, number eight Fotu Auelua, centre Tevita Kuridrani and wing Joe Tomane all coming into the starting line-up. The Sharks have also tweaked their team after their victory over the Kings, with skipper Keegan Daniel making his first appearance of the season. Daniel is joined in the first fifteen by scrum-half Carl McLeod and wing Odwa Ndungane.
Welcome Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Super Rugby clash between the Sharks and the Brumbies - it's sure to be a cracker!
Updates to appear here at 16:50 local (14:50 GMT)
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