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CHIEFS 37 - 29 SHARKS
80 PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 37-29. Cruden adds the three-pointer which means the Sharks are denied a deserved second bonus point for losing by less than seven points! This after Frans Steyn inexplicably plays the ball on the ground at a ruck. Cruden's kick is the final act of the half as the referee blows his whistle shortly afterwards to bring proceedings to a close. Both sides deserve credit for making this game the entertaining spectacle that it was. Although the Chiefs held the lead throughout, the Sharks can hold their heads high as they never surrendered and gave their all for the entire game.
79 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE1 34-29. Lambie narrows the gap to five points after the Chiefs are pinned for being offside.
78 Cobus Reinach intercepts a pass from Messam at a scrum and sets off on a 45 metre run towards the Chiefs' try-line. He is hauled in from behind, inside the home side's 22, by Tim Nanai-Williams!
75 The Sharks launch another attack inside the Chiefs' half. They're chasing the game now but once again commit a handling error at the critical moment. This time it's Anton Bresler who knocks on!
73 The Sharks take the ball through several phases inside the Chiefs' 22 but the home side's defence holds firm. The Sharks eventually lose possession when Viljoen knocks on at a ruck.
70 The Sharks try to attack from inside their half and the backs show great enterprise as they try to breach the advantage line. They are awarded a penalty when their Chiefs counterparts go offfside and Lambie puts the ball out inside the hosts' 22.
67 The Chiefs try to launch another attack into the Sharks' 22 but Craig Clarke knocks on at the critical moment.
64 Meyer Bosman runs onto a long pass from Lambie but is bundled into touch by Masaga!
61 CONVERSION, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 34-26. Lambie adds another two-pointer and the Sharks are still in this game!
60 TRY, SHARKS, DANIEL! 34-24. Wiehan Herbst sells two defenders an outrageous dummy before sending a long pass to Keegan Daniel, who gets in for the Sharks' fourth try!
59 Cruden spots the Sharks' defence lying flat and puts in a 35-metre clearance kick which rolls into touch on the Sharks' 22-metre line.
57 The Sharks put huge pressure on the Chiefs at a scrum inside the home side's 22. Nick Crosswell does well, despsite all the pressure, at the base of the scrum and when he goes to ground Pulu clears his line with a kick into touch.
54 PENALTY, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 34-19. Anscombe steps up and adds the extra three-pointer after the Sharks' backs are penalised for being offside.
51 Lambie launches an up-and-under which Masaga gathers in mid-air despite the attentions of three defenders!
48 CONVERSION, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 31-19. Anscombe succeeds with the spot-kick to give his side a 12-point lead!
47 TRY, CHIEFS, NANAI-WILLIAMS! 29-19. Cruden puts through a grubber kick which Piet Lindeque fails to deal with. The left wing knocks on and Nana-Williams dives onto the ball behind the Sharks' try-line to secure his side's fourth try!
45 Frans Steyn manages to put pressure on Augustine Pulu at a ruck, inside the Sharks' 22, and the Chiefs' number nine knocks on. Advantage Sharks!
43 Craig Burden is penalised for not rolling away after making a tackle on Tikoirotuma. Cruden kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the Sharks' five-metre line.
41 Aaron Cruden gets the second half underway with a deep kick which Jean Deysel gathers. He sets up a ruck just outside his 22.
CHIEFS 24 - 19 SHARKS
40 The sharks set up a ruck inside their 22 and Lambie kickd the ball out 10 metres from the quarter line. The hooter sounds to signal half-time and the teams head into the sheds. What an entertaining half that's been! The Chiefs started like a house on fire but the Sharks have doused the flames and are right back in this match! We'll return in 10 minutes with the second half!
39 CONVERSION, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 24-19. Lambie narrows the gap to five points when he adds the extras!
38 TRY, SHARKS, MINNIE! 24-17. The Sharks launch another drive from a line-out and once again Minnie gets in for the five-pointer!
37 Viljoen launches an up-and-under which Anscombe collects. He goes to ground and is pinned for holding onto the ball on the ground. Lambie puts the ball out on the Chiefs' five-metre-line.
35 Riaan Viljoen kicks for touch, from inside his 22, but his effort slices off his boot. Aaron Cruden is under the high ball but Viljoen gains a reprieve when the Chiefs fly-half knocks on!
33 TRY, SHARKS, MTEMBU! 24-12. Lubabalo Mtembu picks up at the base of a scrum and passes to Mcleod who offloads to Lambie. The Sharks pivot is tackled just short of the line but manages to free his hands and gets a pass away to the on-rushing Mtembu who scores his first Super Rugby try!
32 Brodie Retallick is penalised for not rolling away after making a tackle inside his 22. Sharks skipper Jean Deysel opts to take a scrum.
30 The Chiefs are on the attack inside the Sharks' half and Ben Tameifuna carries strongly. He goes down under a challenge from Minnie and then Augustine Pulu knocks on when he tries to play the ball at the ruck.
27 McLeod sets off on a 40-metre run from inside his 22 and shows Messam a clean pair of heels! He offloads to Ndungane but Tikoirotuma does well to haul him in from behind!
25 Tikoirotuma runs onto an inside pass from Aaron Cruden and only a great tackle from Charl McLeod prevents him from getting his second five-pointer!
23 CONVERSION, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 24-7. Lambie slots a difficult spot-kick from close to the touchline!
22 TRY, SHARKS, MINNIE! 24-5. The Sharks get their maul going off a line-out, close to the Chiefs' try-line, and Derick Minnie crashes over under a mass of bodies!
19 The Sharks try to attack with a driving maul at a line-out, but lose possession when Nick Crosswell manages to hold up Derick Minnie when the maul becomes static. Nothing's going right for the visitors at the moment!
17 CONVERSION, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 24-0. Anscombe adds the extra two points and the hosts have a huge buffer now!
16 TRY, CHIEFS, NANAI-WILLIAMS! 22-0. Tim Nanai-Williams pounces on a loose pass from Pieter-Steph du Toit to Ndungane and sets off on a 55-metre run before dotting down!
13 CONVERSION, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 17-0. Anscombe adds the two-pointer and the Sharks seem shell-shocked by this fine start from the Chiefs!
12 TRY, CHIEFS, AKI! 15-0. Liam Messam powers his way through three tackles before offloading to Bundee Aki who gets in for his side's second try!
10 CONVERSION, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 10-0. Anscombe adds the extras to extend the hosts' lead!
9 TRY, CHIEFS, TIKOIROTUMA! 8-0. Asaeli Tikoirotuma runs onto a pass from Liam Messam, at the back of a line-out, and slices through the Sharks defence before scoring under the posts!
7 PENALTY, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 3-0. Anscombe opens the scoring, from the kicking tee, after the Sharks are pinned for being offside.
6 Bundee Aki does brilliantly, with a beautifully-weighted pass which puts Lelia Masaga into space! He sets off on a 35-metre run and it takes a desperate tackle from Odwa Ndungane to halt his progress!
4 Lambie gets a chance to open the scoring, from the kicking tee, after Tanerau Latimer is penalised for obstruction. The Sharks' pivot's effort is just wide of the uprights, however.
2 Lambie throws a long pass to Jannie du Plessis who is smashed backwards by a huge hit from Mo Schwalger!
Kick-off Pat Lambie gets the game underway! His kick is gathered by Aaron Cruden, who offloads to Gareth Anscombe. The full-back kicks for touch and puts the ball out close to the halfway mark.
Team news The Chiefs have made a late change to their run-on side. Richard Kahui has withdrawn with a hamstring injury and is replaced by Bundee Aki.
Team news Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has made a host of changes to his side, which sees a total of nine new players in his starting line-up. Prop Michael Kainga gets his first start of the year in the front row with Toby Smith. Hooker Mahonri Schwalger gets his second start of the season having returned from a knee injury and is joined by lock Craig Clarke who is back in action after a lengthy period on the sidelines. Nick Crosswell starts at number eight after Fritz Lee was ruled out with a broken finger, while openside flanker Tanerau Latimer benefits from Sam Cane's surprise demotion to the bench. In the backs, Augustine Pulu gets the nod at scrum-half in place of Brendon Leonard. Richard Kahui starts at inside centre alongside Tim Nanai-Williams and Gareth Anscombe is back at full-back.
Team news Sharks boss John Plumtree has named a starting XV decimated by injuries for this encounter. Missing are the likes of Paul Jordaan, Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira, Jacques Botes, Lwazi Mvovo and Louis Ludik. Regular skipper Keegan Daniel has been dropped which means Jean Deysel takes over the captaincy. Lubabalo Mtembu starts at number eight and Lions stalwart Derick Minnie has been drafted into the Sharks set-up and will play on the flank alongside Deysel. Francois Steyn starts at outside centre while Charl McLeod and Piet Lindeque get a run at number nine and on the left wing respectively. Craig Burden is back at hooker and packs down alongside Jannie du Plessis and Wiehahn Herbst while Kyle Cooper, Franco van der Merwe, Daniel, Marcell Coetzee and Cobus Reinach must make do with bench spots.
Welcome Hello and welcome to the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton for this Super Rugby hit out between the tournament's defending champions, the Chiefs, and last year's runners-up, the Sharks. Yes folks, it's a repeat of the 2012 final! That means that the visitors are out for revenge which sets the stage for what promises to be an entertaining duel. So don't go away! We'll return shortly with team news.
|Friday 20th December|
|20:00||Sale Sharks vs London Irish|
|Saturday 21st December|
|15:00||Exeter vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Bath vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Saracens vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th December|
|TBC||Newcastle vs Wasps|
|Saturday 28th December|
|15:00||Northampton vs Bath|
|15:00||Worcester vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Exeter|
|15:00||Leicester vs Sale Sharks|
|Friday 3rd January|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Sale Sharks|
|Saturday 4th January|
|15:00||London Irish vs Worcester|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Saracens|
|15:00||Leicester vs Bath|
|Sunday 5th January|
|15:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Friday 7th February|
|19:45||Worcester vs Leicester|
|20:00||Sale Sharks vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 8th February|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||Bath vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
|Sunday 9th February|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Irish|
|Friday 14th February|
|20:00||Sale Sharks vs Saracens|
|Saturday 15th February|
|15:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|15:00||Northampton vs Worcester|
|15:00||Leicester vs Gloucester|
|Sunday 1st December|
|Newcastle 9 - 35 Harlequins|
|Saturday 30th November|
|Bath 21 - 16 Exeter|
|Worcester 10 - 33 Northampton|
|London Irish 12 - 19 Wasps|
|Saracens 24 - 19 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 29th November|
|Gloucester 17 - 22 Leicester|
|Sunday 24th November|
|Wasps 5 - 28 Bath|
|Saturday 23rd November|
|Northampton 18 - 0 Newcastle|
|Harlequins 27 - 19 Gloucester|
|Exeter 9 - 16 Saracens|
|Leicester 20 - 11 London Irish|
|Friday 22nd November|
|Sale Sharks 26 - 10 Worcester|
|Sunday 3rd November|
|Saracens 40 - 3 Newcastle|
|London Irish 14 - 19 Northampton|
|Saturday 2nd November|
|Leicester 16 - 23 Harlequins|
|Gloucester 30 - 32 Wasps|
|Friday 1st November|
|Sale Sharks 16 - 18 Exeter|
|Worcester 6 - 21 Bath|
|Sunday 27th October|
|Newcastle 13 - 11 London Irish|
|Wasps 22 - 12 Leicester|
|Saturday 26th October|
|Northampton 41 - 20 Saracens|
|Exeter 40 - 6 Worcester|
|Harlequins 24 - 3 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 25th October|
|Bath 15 - 13 Gloucester|
The Heineken Cup is back with a bang.
We spoke to England captain Chris Robshaw as he reflected on the autumn internationals, looked ahead to next year's tour of New Zealand and also the long-term build-up to the 2015 World Cup.
The Heineken Cup returns in December with another jam-packed weekend of mouth-watering action - and if it is anything like round two, Sky Sports viewers will be in for a treat.
Read the thoughts and opinions of Stuart Barnes with skysports.com