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  • Botes, Viljoen, Kankowski, Ludik (2), Daniel, Mtawarira, Cooper, Coetzee, Reinach,
    Conversions: Bosman (5), Lambie (2),
64 - 7

Melbourne Rebels

  • Higginbotham,
    Conversions: O'Connor,
  • Super Rugby
  • Overall Group
  • 23rd Mar 2013
  • KO 15:05
  • Ground: Kings Park

Sharks v Rebels - Live

Last updated: 23rd March 2013  

80 We're into injury time now. The Sharks have the put-in at the scrum. The Rebels nearly pull off a tight head, but the backs have it now. Mvovo drops ball to boot, gives chase, but O'Connor wins the race and dives on the loose ball behind his tryline. The ref blows for full-time! The Sharks bounce back in emphatic fashion with a 10-try victory over the Rebels!

78 So just two minutes remain and even though the Sharks have this result in the bag, they're refusing to give the Rebels an inch...

75 The Rebels have clicked into a high gear following that try and gunning for a second. However, Steyn's rock-solid defence sees Lachlan Mitchell fly backwards with ball in hand.

Conversion CONVERSION, REBELS. O'Connor adds the extras... 64-7

TRY TRY, REBELS. At last! The Aussies get the consolation try they've been looking for thanks to a quick tap from Phipps who puts Higginbotham over.

67 The Rebels go blind from the scrum but they are tackled into touch. Burden's throw isn't straight though so the Rebels will get another chance.

65 The Rebels get rare ball and Phipps takes them into the 22. Delve runs into an opening and is over the line but Steyn does well to hold up the ball and deny the Rebels skipper.

62 Bosman fails with the conversion... does it really matter when your team is up 64-0?

TRY TRY, SHARKS. The hosts take their try-scoring tally into double figures when Lambie's replacement Riaan Viljoen runs in for yet another try for the Sharks... that's their 10th!

Yellow Card YELLOW CARD, REBELS. Just when the Rebels thought it couldn't get any worse. It did, as O'Connor sees yellow for a dangerous tackle on Mvovo. Rebels down to 14 men!

Sharks coach John Plumtree empties his bench with some fresh legs to compound the Rebels woes...

Conversion CONVERSION, SHARKS. Once again, Bosman adds two more points to the Sharks lead.

TRY TRY, SHARKS. The hosts refuse to take their foot off the gas, as Ludick grabs his brace with a score under the posts. Too easy! That's the Sharks ninth... and counting!

Conversion CONVERSION, SHARKS. Bosman raises the flags. That's his fourth conversion since taking over from Lambie. Oh, and eight tries now for the Sharks! Amazing scenes here at Kings Park...

TRY TRY, SHARKS. The Sharks are just lining up now to score as replacement Kankowski slices straight through and outstrips the cover defence to score. How many tries is that now for the Sharks? We've lost count!

Conversion CONVERSION, SHARKS. Bosman raises the flags once more. 52-0!

TRY TRY, SHARKS. Can you believe it? The Sharks have another five-pointer in the ag - this time it's Tendai Mtawarira who brings the crowd to their feet. That's his first Super Rugby tty!

Conversion CONVERSION, SHARKS. Bosman slots over the extras from bang in front. 45-0!

TRY TRY, SHARKS. The Rebels finally put some phases together, forcing the Sharks to defend. But all their hard work is undone when a reckless pass by Scott Higginbotham is plucked out of the air by Reinach who races 80m to score! It's raining tries in Durban!

Conversion CONVERSION, SHARKS. Bosman takes over kicking duties from Lambie and adds the conversion.

TRY TRY, SHARKS. Franco van der Merwe takes it in. The ball is kicked ahead and regathered by hooker Kyle Cooper breaks who shows deceptive pace to score from 20m out. Try! The Sharks bag their fifth five-pointer of the match... it's one-way traffic at the 'Shark Tank'.

Second half Welcome back! Roberts gets the second half under way.

40 The Rebels let off the hook after the Sharks are penalised. No chance of the Rebels attacking from behind their own tryline, so O'Connor hoofs the ball into touch. The ref blows for half-time and the Sharks will be rewarded for their handy 24-point lead with some juicy oranges! The Rebels though have some work to do in the second half... see you then!

38 Here come the men in black once again. The Rebels have done nothing but tackle in this first half. Good hands from Daniel, and it's Meyer Bosman who exploits a gap. The Sharks win a penalty 5m out from the Rebels line. Lambie kicks for touch. The Sharks hunting one more score before the break....

35 Once again, Lambie can't add the extras. He's having a poor night with the boot.

TRY TRY, SHARKS. Gosh, the hosts have bagged the all-important bonus point after skipper Keegan Daniel stretches out and scores from an attacking line-out. What a turnaround from last weekend... the Rebels have a mountain to climb now!

32 Lambie's conversion is no good - the ball hits the uprights. But with the Sharks 19-0 ehad, their supporters won't complain too much...

TRY TRY, SHARKS. Despite being a man down, the Sharks continue to dominate through their forwards as they maul towards the Rebels tryline. A pile of black jerseys storm over the chalkdust... the ref awards a try, but we don't know who has touched down. Botes comes up with the ball! Try number three to the Sharks. 19-0

30 Very stop start now - the refs getting stuck in as now the Rebels get a talking to by the man in the middle. Looks like Vuna kicked a Sharks player after he was taken high in a tackle. But just a warning for now...

Yellow Card YELLOW CARD, SHARKS. Oh dear, trouble for the Sharks as Cobus Reinach is given his marching orders.

27 Now, where's the support for the Rebels? Mtawarira intercepts but the ref blows his whistle... he's called in the TMO to look at an incident way back on half-way involving Phipps and Cobus Reinach... the latter seems to have tip tackled his opposite number.

25 Ged Robinson throws in at the line-out and it's taken in by Luke Jones - nearly stolen by Franco van der Merwe. The Rebels try get the drive on. Nick Phipps goes blind, feeds Cooper Vuna who passes back inside to Hugh Pyle who gallops 20m down the touchline. Look at the big man go!

Conversion CONVERSION, SHARKS. This Lambie makes no mistake. 14-0!

TRY TRY, SHARKS. They not nailing their kicks, but they sure know how to get across the whitewash as flank Marcell Coetzee powers over form a driving maul. That's try number two for the hosts!

18 Lambie now with another chance at bagging three points for his team, but once again, his penalrty attempt is wide.

15 The visitors tall timber win their own throw-in. Angus Roberts has a run, but gets held up by Jacques Botes. Turnover! Lambie goes skywards with a high bomb, JP Pietersen is underneath but is called back... looks like he was in front of the kicker. School boy mistake that...

10 The Rebels haven't touched the ball yet, but after Du Toit is penalised, O'Connor punts the pigskin into touch and sets up an attacking line-out for his team...

Conversion Lambie failed with his first shot at goal from bang in front, but makes no mistake with the touchline conversion! 7-0!

TRY TRY, SHARKS. Now its big lock Pieter-Steph du Toit on the charge. He takes three Rebels defenders with him towards the line, but is eventually hauled down. The ball is spread quickly through the hands out wide to Louis Ludik, who dives over in the corner. First blood to the Sharks!

4 Mvovo gets the crowd on their feet after intercepting Mitch Inman's pass to Woodward. The Bok speedster runs out of room, offloads to Paul Jordaan but the Sharks centre a knock-on and the Rebels breathe a sigh of relief...

2 And Lambie's first attempt is ... no good!

1 And we're under way! Pat Lambie kicks off for the Sharks - Luke Jones takes it in and the hosts win a penalty straight from the kick-off. Early chance for Lambie to put some points on the board....

Team News The Rebels have been able to recall captain Gareth Delve who returns from injury for their first tour match in Durban. The Rebels also welcome back Wallaby winger, Cooper Vuna, who has missed the team's opening matches with a scapular injury he sustained in the first trial last month. Rebels coach Damien Hill has also rewarded promising New Zealand born winger Jason Woodward selecting the talented rookie in the run on side for his debut.

Team News Last year's Super Rugby finalists have made several changes to their team. Springbok centre Frans Steyn, prop Jannie du Plessis and Ryan Kankowski were all dropped to the bench, while Pieter Steph du Toit (lock) and Kyle Cooper (hooker) have forced their way into the starting line-up. Prop Wiehahn Herbst and flank Jacques Botes earns starts, while skipper Keegan Daniel moves from the side of the scrum back to number eight. Further changes see Lwazi Mvovo back in the number 11 jersey for Odwa Ndungane and Cobus Reinach at scrum-half for Charl McLeod.

Welcome Hello and welcome to Kings Park in Durban where the Sharks will be looking to bounce back from last week's defeat to the Brumbies with a win against the struggling Rebels.

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