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|Home team||Away Team|
|25 - 22||
HIGHLANDERS 25 - 22 SHARKS
80 After several efforts close to the Highlanders' try-line the Sharks can't breach the try-line! Jean Deysel is eventually pinned for playing the ball from an offside position and the Highlanders hoof the resulting penalty into touch! That secures their first win of the season and there's scenes of jubilation here in Dunedin. The hosts certainly deserve the win as they defended like Trojans! The Sharks will be kicking themselves for not taking the three points on offer which would have secured them the draw.
80 YELLOW CARD, HIGHLANDERS, THORN! Brad Thorn receives his marching orders for deliberately collapsing a maul close to his try-line!
79 The Sharks lose possession on the Highlanders' try-line when Jason Emery wins wins a crucial turnover at a ruck!
77 The Sharks attack close to the Highlanders' try-line and McLeod offloads to Daniel, who is stopped in his tracks by a text-book tackle from Gear!
75 The Sharks are awarded a penalty just inside their half but Lambie fails to find touch! Slade returns his kick with interest and puts the ball out inside the visitors' half.
72 The Highlanders try to attack from a scrum inside the Sharks' 22 but lose momentum when Elliott Dixon knocks on after Treeby does well to take the ball into contact.
70 Aaron smith sets off on a run! He kicks ahead but Mvovo does well to gather just outside his 22.
67 The Sharks go on the attack from inside their half and are soon just outside the Highlanders' 22. They concede a turnover, however, when McLeod knocks on a pass from Pietersen.
65 Slade takes the ball into contact but knocks on after taking a hit from Keegan Daniel.
63 CONVERSION, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 25-22. Lambie narrows the gap to three points when he adds the extras!
TRY, SHARKS, BOSMAN! 25-20. Bosman gets in for his second try, when he runs onto a pass from Kyle Cooper close to the hosts' ry-line! This after the Sharks show great patience after taking the ball to several phases.
59 The Sharks take the ball through 20 phases close to their opponents' try-line but cannot breach the Highlanders defence!
56 TRY, HIGHLANDERS, SLADE! 25-15. Colin Slade has just scored one of the tries of the tournament! The move starts inside the Highlanders' half, and Ben Smith, Aaron Smith and Chris King all show excellent handling skills before King offloads to Slade who crashes over the line!
53 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, SLADE! 20-15. Slade punishes a Sharks indiscretion at a maul and succeeds with his second three-pointer!
49 The Highlanders attack close to the Sharks' try-line and Aaron Smith puts a grubber kick through for Phil Burleigh to chase. Mvovo has it well covered, however, and dots down without breaking a sweat!
47 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, SLADE! 17-15. Slade succeeds with his first three-pointer after Minnie is pinned for entering a ruck from the wrong side.
44 CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, SLADE! 14-15. Slade succeeds with the spot-kick to narrow the gap to just one point!
43 TRY, HIGHLANDERS, A SMITH! 12-15. The Highlanders are awarded a penalty close to the Sharks' try-line and Aaron Smith spots an opportunity and takes it quickly! He beats Keegan Daniel with a side-step and crashes over!
41 Slade gets the second half underway! Pieter-Steph du Toit gathers but is knocked backwards by a tackle from Hosea Gear.
HIGHLANDERS 7 - 15 SHARKS
40 The Highlanders attack inside the Sharks' 22 but one of their forwards knocks on and the referee blows his whistle for a scrum. There won't be time for the set-piece as that's the final act of the half. The sides head into the sheds for a deserved break. It's been a scrappy affair but the Highlanders will be kicking themselves for all those missed shots at goal! The Sharks will look to build momentum after the break as they've done well to soak up several of the hosts' attacks during the opening 40 minutes.
39 Slade gets a chance to narrow the gap from the kicking tee, after Minnie infringes at a ruck, but once again he's unsuccessful with his shot at goal!
15 TRY, SHARKS, MVOVO! 7-15. The Sharks attack from a line-out and Lambie launches a chip kick which Viljoen gathers before offloading to Mvovo! The speedster still has some work to do and outpaces Ben Smith before dotting down!
33 The Highlanders attack from a scrum on the Sharks' five-metre line and Ben Smith runs onto a pass from Aaron Smith! He stretches for the line but loses the ball in the process!
32 Slade gets a chance to draw his side level, after Derick Minnie infringes at a ruck, but once again his effort hits an upright!
30 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 7-10. Lambie puts the Sharks into the lead for the first time after Chris King is blown up for not rolling away at a ruck.
27 John Hardie is blown up for holding onto the ball on the ground and Lambie puts the ball into touch on the Highlanders' five-metre line.
24 The Sharks attack off the base of a scrum and Lwazi Mvovo takes the ball into contact. Charl McLeod tries to break around the fringe of a ruck but is nailed by a big hit from TJ Ioane!
21 Viljoen launches an up-and-under which is gathered brilliantly in mid-air by Slade!
18 The Highlanders attack inside the Sharks' 22 but lose momentum when Chris King is penalised for going off his feet at a ruck.
15 CONVERSION, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 7-7. It's all square as Pat Lambie succeeds with the easy two-pointer!
14 TRY, SHARKS, BOSMAN! 7-5. The Sharks strike back when Meyer Bosman runs onto a perfectly-timed pass from Frans Steyn before getting in under the posts!
12 CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, SLADE! 7-0. Slade adds the extras to extend the hosts' lead!
11 TRY, HIGHLANDERS, TREEBY! 5-0. Colin slade stabs through a grubber kick past the on-rushing Sharks defence and Shaun Treeby dives onto the ball behind the visitors' try-line!
10 Colin gets the opportunity to score the game's opening points, after the Sharks are penalised for a ruck infringement, but his effort hits the upright!
7 YELLOW CARD, SHARKS, PIETERSEN! JP Pietersen is sent to the sin bin after he deliberately knocks down a pass from Aaron Smith close to the Sharks' try-line!
6 The Highlanders show great patience and take the ball through several phases until they are camped inside the Sharks' 22 where Rian Viljoen is pinned for side entry at a ruck.
3 The Sharks do most of the early attacking and take the ball through several phases inside the Highlanders' half. They lose possession, however, when Frans Steyn knocks on a Meyer Bosman pass!
Kick-off Pat Lambie gets us underway! His kick is gathered by Phil Burleigh, who is caught in possession, inside his 22, by Lwazi Mvovo but the Sharks are penalised when Pieter-Steph du Toit infringes at the resulting ruck.
Team news The Sharks have recalled captain Keegan Daniel to their team while JP Pietersen is back on the wing. Pietersen and Lwazi Mvovo are the only changes to last week's backline, with Odwa Ndungane and Piet Lindeque dropping down to the bench. In the pack, Daniel and Marcell Coetzee return to the back-row. Other changes to the side see Franco van der Merwe replace Anton Bresler while Kyle Cooper comes in for Craig Burden in the hooking slot.
Team news Highlanders boss Jamie Joseph has made four changes to his starting XV. In the backs, Colin Slade starts at fly-half and Hayden Parker moves back to the reserves. Ma'a Nonu has been ruled out through injury, bringing Shaun Treeby back into the starting XV in his place. Tamati Ellison makes a long awaited return from a shoulder injury and he will start at centre. Phil Burleigh will start on the right wing. The Highlanders pack remains unchanged but it's a momentous occasion for veteran lock Brad Thorn, who will make his 100th Super Rugby appearance. Thorn made his Super Rugby debut for the Crusaders in 2001 and played 92 games for the red and blacks up until the end of 2011 before making his return to the tournament with the Highlanders at the start of this season.
Welcome Hello and welcome to the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin for this Super Rugby clash between our hosts, the Highlanders, and the Sharks. Both sides are desperate to win this one as they're struggling at the moment. The Highlanders are yet to register a win after eight matches and the Sharks are slipping down the table after losing their last three games. Don't go away! We'll be back soon with team news!
|Friday 21st March|
|19:45||Worcester vs Wasps|
|Saturday 22nd March|
|14:00||Sale vs Northampton|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle|
|15:15||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|17:30||London Irish vs Bath|
|Sunday 23rd March|
|14:00||Leicester vs Exeter|
|Friday 28th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale|
|Saturday 29th March|
|15:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:00||Exeter vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Northampton vs Leicester|
|Sunday 30th March|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Worcester|
|Friday 11th April|
|19:45||Sale vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 12th April|
|15:00||Worcester vs Exeter|
|15:00||Leicester vs Wasps|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Bath|
|Sunday 13th April|
|14:00||Saracens vs Northampton|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle|
|Friday 18th April|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Leicester|
|Saturday 19th April|
|15:00||Bath vs Worcester|
|15:00||Exeter vs Sale Sharks|
|15:15||Wasps vs Gloucester|
|Sunday 20th April|
|14:00||Northampton vs London Irish|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Saracens|
|Saturday 3rd May|
|15:00||Bath vs Northampton|
|Sunday 2nd March|
|Newcastle 18 - 41 Leicester|
|Saturday 1st March|
|Northampton 39 - 13 Gloucester|
|Exeter 18 - 0 London Irish|
|Harlequins 21 - 20 Worcester|
|Wasps 17 - 21 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 28th February|
|Bath 10 - 23 Saracens|
|Sunday 23rd February|
|Saracens 23 - 10 Exeter|
|Newcastle 16 - 22 Northampton|
|London Irish 15 - 20 Leicester|
|Saturday 22nd February|
|Worcester 12 - 24 Sale Sharks|
|Bath 32 - 25 Wasps|
|Gloucester 25 - 20 Harlequins|
|Sunday 16th February|
|Leicester 11 - 8 Gloucester|
|Saturday 15th February|
|Exeter 23 - 27 Bath|
|Wasps 20 - 23 London Irish|
|Northampton 30 - 14 Worcester|
|Harlequins 18 - 14 Newcastle|
|Friday 14th February|
|Sale Sharks 10 - 15 Saracens|
|Sunday 9th February|
|Harlequins 11 - 10 Wasps|
|Saturday 8th February|
|Exeter 16 - 17 Northampton|
|Saracens 13 - 22 London Irish|
|Bath 24 - 6 Newcastle|
|Friday 7th February|
|Sale Sharks 24 - 19 Gloucester|
|Worcester 22 - 23 Leicester|
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