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Sharks v Cheetahs - Live
Sharks 6 Cheetahs 12
80 Paul Jordaan breaks out of his 22 and beats six defenders before le Roux tackles him just short of the try-line! The ball comes out to Reinach, who makes a dash for the line but three defenders manage to hold him up and when the maul becomes static the referee blows his whistle. The final whistle follows shortly afterwards and the Cheetahs players throw their hands up in the air to celebrate their win. Le Roux's try proved decisive as the match could have gone either way. However, the Sharks' poor handling, albeit in poor conditions, cost them this match.
78 TRY, CHEETAHS, LE ROUX! 6-12. Willie le Roux intercepts a pass from Pieter-Steph du Toit and sets off on a 45-metre run before touching down!
76 Francis launches a bomb, but his kick is a poor one and Ndungane gathers and sets off on a run. He is brought to ground by a text-book tackle from Ebersohn.
73 Le Roux sees the Sharks' backs rushing up and throws a long pass to Hennie Daniller but Ndungane does brilliantly to track back and bring the big full-back to ground.
70 The Sharks try to play quickly at a ruck just inside their half but lose momentum when Keegan Daniel commits a handling error!
68 Francis tries to turn the Sharks around with a cross-field kick but Andries Coetzee reads his intentions and manages to gather and calls for a mark.
65 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 6-7. Lambie narrows the gap to just one point after Lourens Adriaanse and Lappies Labuschagne go off their feet at a ruck.
63 Francis spots an opening an takes it but is brought to ground by a shuddering tackle from Coetzee!
59 The Sharks attack just outside the Cheetahs' 22 but once again the visitors absorb the pressure and when Cooper fumbles, Piet van Zyl kicks the ball out close to the halfway mark!
57 The Sharks attack close to the Cheetahs' try-line but, once again, they knock on with the try-line beckoning! This time Marcell Coetzee is the culprit.
55 Lambie puts in a cross-kick for Viljoen to chase. Viljoen fails to gather bnt kicks the ball ahead and le Roux knocks on just outside his 22.
53 Francis takes a shot at goal after the Sharks front-row is penalised for a scrum infringement. The Cheetahs pivot's effort has the distance but not the direction.
51 The Sharks opt to run the ball from inside their 22. The gain about 15 metres but concede a turnover when Deysel knocks on.
49 Piet van Zyl knocks on and Kyle Cooper pounces on the loose ball! He bursts through a gap and the Sharks are soon on the attack inside the Cheetahs' 22. It's all for nothing though as Du toit is penalised when the holds onto the ball on the ground.
47 There's plenty of kicking for position at the moment as both sides try to gain the ascendancy. Ndungane gathers a ball which Lappies Labuschagne fails to hang onto but the Sharks wing is penalised when he holds onto the ball on the ground.
44 Rian Viljoen does brilliantly when he gathers a high ball under great pressure from two defenders! He kicks ahead and Le Roux cleans up at the back for the visitors.
42 Jean Deysel throws a pass into no-man's-land! His Sharks team-mates scramble to make things right but Franco van der Merwe knocks on!
40 Burton Francis gets the second half started! His kick is collected by Pat Lambie who kicks it out just outside his 22.
Sharks 3 Cheetahs 7
40 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 3-7. Lambie gets his side's first points, from the kicking tee, after Ebersohn plays the ball on the ground at a ruck. Referee Jonathon White blows his whistle to signal half-time and the sides head into the sheds. With just four points separating the sides, this is still anybody's game. The wet conditions has proved to be a great leveller and it will be interesting to see which tactics these teams adapt after the break.
39 Things go horribly wrong for the home side when Oosthuizen wins a crucial turnover, at a ruck on his try-line! The ball comes out to Ebersohn, who boots it into touch just outside his 22!
38 Lambie puts the ball out at the Cheetahs' corner flag, after Oosthuizen is pinned for a ruck infringement. The Sharks are backing themselves to score from the line-out!
35 The Sharks attack close to the Cheetahs' try-line but are penalised when Pieter-Steph du Toit holds onto the ball on the ground!
34 CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, FRANCIS! 0-7. Burton Francis adds the extras to extend the visitors' lead!
33 TRY, CHEETAHS, RHULE! 0-5. Raymond Rhule boots a loose ball, inside the Sharks' half ahead and beats Andries Coetzee in a foot-race before diving onto the ball behind the Sharks' try-line!
31 Francis launches an up-and-under and Rian Viljoen gathers well despite great pressure from Brussow! He kicks for the corner but Francis regathers and puts the ball into touch 10 metres outside the Cheetahs' 22.
29 Willie le roux launches a chip kick over the Sharks' heads! Raymond Rhule gives chase but fails to hang on to the ball with the try-line at his mercy!
27 Burton Francis puts the visitors on the attack, with a kick which goes into touch inside the Sharks' 22, after Jannie du Plessis pis pinned for illegal scrummaging.
24 The opening quarter has been highlighted by plenty of kicking from both sides. In the rainy weather, it inevitably leads to handling errors and this time Le Roux is culprit which means the Sharks will get the put-in at the scrum. Not much action in this match!
21 The Sharks try to attack and take the ball wide. They lose momentum when Marcell Coetzee knocks on. Handling is proving to be difficult in this atrocious conditions!
18 Reinach tries to put his team onto the attack when he launches a bomb. His kick is a poor effort, however, and goes directly into touch.
15 The Sharks try to launch a counter-attack but make little progress when Robert Ebersohn makes a big hit on Lambie!
12 Piet van Zyl manages to gather the ball when Cobus Reinach loses possession and sets off towards the try-line! He has the ball knocked from his grasp by a great cover tackle from Lambie!
10 Lambie puts the ball into touch midway between the Cheetahs' 22 and the halfway mark after Lappies Labuschagne is penalised for a ruck infringement.
7 Akona Ndungane launches a teasing bomb, and gives chase! Le Roux gathers despite great pressure from Ndungane and runs himself out of trouble!
5 The Sharks do most of the attacking but lose possession when Heinrich Brussow does well to hold Meyer Bosman up when he takes the ball into contact.
2 The Sharks have just smashed the Cheetahs in the first scrum of the match! It must be said that the underfoot conditions are not ideal, as it is raining, but that's a huge psychological battle won by the home side!
Kick-off Pat Lambie gets us underway! His kick is gathered by Willie le Roux, who sets off on an attacking run. He makes little progress as he is stopped in his tracks by Keegan Daniel inside the Cheetahs' 22.
Team news There are some changes in personnel from both sides. Cheetahs prop Trevor Nyakane is a late withdrawal on the replacements bench. His place is taken by Caylib Oosthuizen. The Sharks have made two changes to their starting XV. Pieter-Steph du Toit moves from lock to blindside flank after Jean Deysel's withdrawal. This means Anton Bresler will start at lock. and in the back-line Andries Coetzee takes over from Sean Robinson.
Team news Sharks boss John Plumtree has dropped Springboks duo Francois Steyn and Ryan Kankowski to the replacments bench. Riaan Viljoen replaces Steyn at full-back while Jean Deysel takes over from Kankowski on the flank.
Team news Cheetahs head coach Naka Drotske has made one change to his side for this clash, with Coenie Oosthuisen starting at loosehead prop in place of Trevor Nyakane who drops down to the bench.
Welcome Good day and welcome to Kings Park in Durban for this Super Rugby clash between South African rivals, the Sharks, and the Cheetahs. We'll be back soon with team news.
Updates to appear here at 16:50 local (15:50 BST, 14:50 GMT)
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