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Sharks v Crusaders - Live
80 Full-time: Sharks 21 Crusaders 17
79 The Sharks have the territory and possession on the Crusaders 22 so it's time to run down the clock.
77 LAMBIE PENALTY! 21-17! The home number ten makes no mistake. The Crusaders were penalised at the breakdown and Lambie made the New Zealanders pay. That puts the Sharks four points clear in Durban.
74 But what has Pietersen just done? A late, no arm tackle on Marshall sees Bleyendaal get a shot but from an even greater distance this time. Unfortunately for him his effort drops just short of three.
72 That lead was close to not lasting long. Tendai Mtawarira was penalised for not rolling away so that gave an opportunity for Bleyendaal to knock over three points from distance...wide this time from him.
70 LAMBIE PENALTY! 18-17! Wiehahn Herbst has just won a scrum penalty for his side in kickable range so up steps his fly-half from about 35 metres out. No mistake from the Springbok number ten. Sharks lead.
67 No joy for the Crusaders there as in fact they are now back in their own 22, looking to clear through that man Bleyendaal. He does just that before Pietersen puts one high...taken very well by Bleyendaal!
64 Frustration for the Sharks as Jordaan's pass is forward to Sithole, who had in fact overran his 13. That means we have a Crusaders scrum close to the halfway line as this match remains nicely poised.
62 BLEYENDAAL PENALTY! 15-17! The lead is back with the Crusaders then as Joe Moody replaces Crockett.
60 Back come the Crusaders though with replacement Jordan Taufua running well in the home 22. They are patient in possession now as Ellis organises and it looks like a penalty advantage is being played.
58 LAMBIE PENALTY! 15-14! The Sharks are ahead after openside Todd gets penalised at the breakdown.
57 Pietersen now helps the Sharks cause with an excellent touch finder downfield which the Crusaders look to clear and only get up to their own ten-metre. Territory and possession then coming for the Sharks.
55 LAMBIE PENALTY! 12-14! Points for the Sharks and you have to say they are deserved after that spell.
52 They are not out of the woods yet - far from it - as wing Pietersen feeds lock Van der Merwe who could be over here in the corner here. No, a great covering tackle saves the day for the battling Crusaders.
50 The Sharks could not have come closer then as sustained pressure on the Crusaders line unfortunately for them ended with the visitors winning a relieving penalty. Bleyendaal clears but for how long...
47 BLEYENDAAL PENALTY! 9-14! Simple points as from that line-out the Crusaders set up camp in the 22 before Steyn catches Marshall with a high shot. Up steps the young fly-half who slots that one over.
45 The Sharks are the ones to finally enjoy possession in hand and it is Jordaan making the initial bust before Steyn has the ball nicked off him in contact. The kick downfield leads to Lambie hacking clear.
43 More kicking follows with Bleyendaal this time finding a good touch at around the halfway line.
41 Welcome back to the action with Bleyendaal kicking off down to Pietersen who replies well to Marshall.
40 LAMBIE PENALTY! 9-11! Fruean is penalised for a late tackle so up steps Lambie from distance to cut the lead to two points. That was a fantastic strike to end a half that the Crusaders deservedly won.
39 Excellent work from the Crusaders at the breakdown as they steal Sharks ball on the home ten-metre and then hack it into the 22. However, the hosts then look to run it from deep and make it up to halfway.
38 BLEYENDAAL PENALTY! 6-11! No mistake this time from the youngster.
37 There is real battle going on between the front-rows tonight as a reset is needed to get clean ball out for Reinach. But unfortunately for the Sharks a backline move goes to ground so it's Crusaders ball with about 40 metres to go to the line. A penalty for offside is excellent news for the kiwis.
34 Things are beginning to open up here as Reinach kicks ahead...but Marshall is lucky to claim that one on the bounce just outside his own 22, which leads to the Crusaders countering through wing Guildford.
32 It looks like Jannie du Plessis has been penalised so a chance for Bleyendaal to extend the lead off the tee...oh dear, he has pushed that one to the right of the uprights, shaking his head in disgust.
28 Sibusiso Sithole is on for Ndungane who exits injured. That replacement came in between the Crusaders being penalised for illegal scrummaging and lock Van der Merwe getting pinged for going off his feet.
25 Fruean has just bumped off Jordaan like he wasn't even there on halfway - that is a message well and truly sent to the young Shark that he is up for this one. Marshall now runs, taking it up to the 22.
22 The Crusaders fly-half makes amends though soon after when he replies to Steyn's kick downfield with an excellent return that flies into touch over halfway from his own 22. Sharks line-out coming up.
20 The conversion is missed by Bleyendaal.
19 ELLIS TRY! 6-8! Excellent from the Crusaders off first phase ball as Adam Whitelock goes down the left before turning the ball back inside to his scrum-half. That is some score from the New Zealand outfit.
18 Botes is off now and replaced by Ryan Kankowski. Crusaders ball again but they have some way to go.
16 The Crusaders are going through the phases just outside the Sharks 22, with the hosts currently a man down due to Jacques Botes holding his wrist on the floor in back play. Ten phases now, eleven, twelve.
13 LAMBIE PENALTY! 6-3! The Sharks are back in front.
12 And the Crusaders could be in trouble here soon after as Adam Whitelock is driven over his own line following a kick ahead from Pietersen. Sharks scrum that turns into a penalty for hands in the ruck.
10 Superb from Sam Whitelock at the restart as he rises to claim it and then sends Guildford on his way down the right touchline. He grubbers on and it looks promising here...no, crossing foils that attack!
8 BLEYENDAAL PENALTY! 3-3! We are all square.
7 Crotty has sliced through the Sharks midfield, taking his side up to the 22. And that has put the home side in all kinds of bother and ultimately they offend at a breakdown so Bleyendaal could level here.
6 Lambie has been met hard by Funnell but the referee hasn't seen that...hang on a second, the TMO has said something in his ear and consequently the hooker is penalised. Net result, Lambie kicks upfield.
5 The Crusaders work their way back into this one early on though as Tyler Bleyendaal grubbers to just outside the Sharks 22. First test for hooker Kyle Cooper but the Sharks come through that one well.
3 LAMBIE PENALTY! 3-0! The first points are on the board as the Crusaders offend. Solid from the hosts.
1 And we are off. Pat Lambie kicks-off and the Crusdaers have lost possession so here come the Sharks and Paul Jordaan on the right. Lambie now has a dart as the visitors are tested very early on here.
Team News Francois Steyn is at full-back for the Sharks today while Lwazi Mvovo is out injured so Odwa Ndungane comes in. Jannie du Plessis will start at tighthead prop with Wiehahn Herbst shifting to the bench. For the Crusaders they are missing hooker Corey Flynn so Ben Funnell starts. Israel Dagg wears 22.
Welcome Hello and welcome to the third and final Super Rugby game of the day. We are at Kings Park for this one as the Sharks host the Crusaders, looking to cement their place at the top of the SA conference.
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