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  • Coetzee, Mcleod, Viljoen,
    Penalty goals: Lambie,
    Conversions: Lambie (2),
22 - 20

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  • Halai (2), Ranger,
    Penalty goals: Kerr,
    Conversions: Noakes,
  • Super Rugby
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  • 29th Jun 2013
  • KO 14:00
  • Ground: Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban

Sharks v Blues - Live

Last updated: 29th June 2013  

Full Time Sharks 22 Blues 20

TRY80 TRY, SHARKS, VILJOEN! 22-20. The Sharks are bashing away at the Blues' try-line but the visitors show great resilience on defence. The ball is eventually take wide and Ludik offloads to Viljoen who scores in the corner! Lambie misses with the conversion attempt but it doesn't matter as referee Jaco Peyper blows his whistle to signal full-time. What a thrilling finish! The hosts left it late but in the end, they pulled off the win. The Blues will be kicking themselves as they did well to get back into the game, but ultimately they could not pull of what would have been an important victory.

78 The Blues are under the cosh at a scrum on their five-metre! Gibson-Park does well to run the ball out of trouble and sets up a ruck 10 metres from his try-line!

76 Ali Williams is penalised for illegal play at a line-out. The Sharks kick for touch again and this time Lambie puts the ball out deep inside the visitors' 22.

74 Ta'avao is penalised for illegal scrummaging and Lambie kicks for touch. He puts the ball out five metres outside the Blues' 22.

71 Jean Deysel takes the ball into contact but he is stopped in his tracks by Ranger, who also rips off his jersey for good measure! Deysel runs around topless, from ruck to ruck, to great amusement of the crowd!

69 Ta'avao is pinned for not rolling away but Lambie fails again with his shot at goal!

67 The Sharks are on the attack and take the ball through several phases inside the Blues' half. Ndungane and Daniel carry strongly but the visitors defend like Trojans!

65 The Blues launch a counter-attack from inside their 22. Francis Saili puts through a chip kick and regathers before passing to Gibson-Park, who offloads to Piutau. The full-back is in the clear but knocks on and the Sharks gain a reprieve!

63 Viljoen puts the Sharks on the attack with a 35-metre clearance kick which bounces into touch inside the Sharks' 22.

Penalty61 PENALTY, BLUES, KERR! 17-20. Baden Kerr gives the visitors the lead for the first time after the Sharks forwards are penalised for a ruck infringement.

59 The Blues are on the attack inside the Sharks' half with Jamison Gibson-Park and Angus Ta'avao prominent ball carriers.

57 The Blues attack with their backs, and Halai sets off on a blistering run down the touchline. He beats Lwazi Mvovo with ease but James and Ludik do well to tackle him into touch.

54 Lambie gets a chance to regain the lead for the Sharks, after Steven Luatua infringes at a ruck. He strikes the ball well but, once again, it's off target!

52 The Sharks take the ball wide but Daniel knocks on and the Blues get out of jail!

Conversion50 CONVERSION, BLUES, NOAKES! 17-17. It's all square as Chris Noakes succeeds with his first spot-kick of this match!

TRY49 TRY, BLUES, RANGER! 17-15. Noakes is topped just short of the line but Rene Ranger spots a gap, at the resulting ruck, and races away before scoring under the posts!

48 The Blues are taking charge by showing greater continuity with ball in hand. They take the ball through several phases and are soon camped inside the Sharks' 22.

46 Piutau spots an opening and launches a kick which travels about 45 metres, before rolling into touch on the Sharks' 22-metre line.

44 Francis Saili puts through a box kick for Halai to chase but Ludik does well and gathers from under the speedster's nose!

44 Francis Saili puts through a box kick for Halai to chase but Ludik does well and gathers from under the speedster's nose!

TRY42 TRY, BLUES, HALAI! 17-10. The Blues strike back with a fine try from Frank Halai in the right-hand corner! The five pointer is set up by a grubber kick from Weepu, which Piutau gathers inside the home side's 22. After that the ball is spun wide to the wing where Halai rounds off!

40 Noakes gets the second half started! His kick is collected by Lambie who offloads to Willem Alberts, who sets up a ruck just outside his 22.

Half Time Sharks 17 Blues 5

38 Lambie gets a chance to add to the hosts' lead, after Tim Perry is penalised for illegal scrummaging. The kicks is not too difficult but Lambie makes a complete has of it and puts it wide of the uprights!

35 McLeod sets off on an attacking run and beats five defenders! It takes a great cover tackle from Angus Ta'avao to halt his progress inside the Blues' 22!

TRY33 TRY, BLUES, HALAI! 14-5. The Blues strike back with a five-pointer from Frank Halai! The big wing gathers a long pass from Weepu and forces his way over the line with two defenders on his back!

Conversion30 CONVERSION, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 14-0. Lambie adds another two-pointer to put the hosts further in front.

TRY29 TRY, SHARKS, MCLEOD! 12-0. The Blues manage to halt a driving maul from the Sharks, close to their try-line. Kyle Cooper has a go at the line but is stopped short but McLeod scoops up the loose ball and dives over!

28 Braid is penalised for intentional obstruction. Lambie kicks for touch and puts the ball out inside the Blues' 22.

26 The Sharks are pinned for a ruck infringement. Noakes kicks for touch but Ndungane does brilliantly to kee pthe ball in play. He passes to Lambie who puts the ball upfield. It eventually rolls into touch 10 metres inside the visitors' half.

Conversion24 CONVERSION, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 7-0. Lambie holds his nerve and adds the extras to extend the home side's lead!

TRY23 TRY, SHARKS, COETZEE! 5-0. The Sharks go on the drive from a line-out on the Blues' five-metre line and Marcell Coetzee gets in for the try!

22 The Sharks are camped inside the Blues' 22. They take the ball through several phases until Butch James stabs through a grubber kick which Charles Piutau gathers and runs into touch on his five-metre line.

20 The visitors' front-row are pinned again for an early engagement at a scrum. Lambie puts the penalty out midway between the halfway line and the Blues' 22.

17 Chris Noakes spots a gap and launches a box kick for Francis Saili to chase. Keegan Daniel is alert and manages to read the situation perfectly. He tracks back and gathers before offloading to Riaan Viljoen.

14 The Blues' front-row is penalised for illegal scrummaging. Lambie kicks for touch and puts the ball out close to the halfway mark.

12 The Blues attack close to the halfway mark. Weepu spots a gap and launches a kick behind the flat-lying Sharks defence. Frank Halai gives chase but Louis Ludik does well to track back and gathers the bouncing ball inside his 22

10 Referee Jaco Peyper consults his TMO after the Sharks go over the Blues' try-line, after launching a drive from a line-out. Odwa Ndungane gets up with the ball under a mass of bodies but the TMO rules that no try was scored.

9 The Sharks are awarded a penalty, after the Blues' backs are pinned for being offside. Lambie opts to kick for touch and puts the ball out on the visitors' five-metre line.

7 The Blues front row is penalised for early engagement at a scrum. Charl McLeod plays quickly and sets off on an attacking run. He offloads but his pass goes forward and the visitors have the advantage.

4 Lambie gets a chance to open the scoring, after Luke Braid is pinned for a ruck infringement. The Sharks pivot's shot at goal is wayward and well wide of the uprights!

2 The Sharks win an early turnover and are soon camped inside the Blues' 22! Beast Mtawarira and Kyle Cooper carry strongly but the visitors' defence holds firm.

Kick-off Pat Lambie gets us underway! His kick is gathered by Piri Weepu, who offloads to Peter Saili who takes the ball into contact on the edge of his 22.

Team news There's a late change on the Blues' bench with Keven Mealamu being withdrawn through injury. Quinton McDonald comes into the squad in his place.

Team news The Sharks have named former Springbok fly-half Butch James at inside centre for this match. Eight returning Springboks and a further two players back from injury add to a strong Sharks matchday 22. James starts outside Pat Lambie with full-back Louis Ludick shifting to the 13 jersey while Riaan Viljoen will be the last line of defence. Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis continues his return from injury from the bench which has a 5/2 split in favour of the forwards.

Team news Blues coach Sir John Kirwan has made a handful of changes to his starting XV. in a game which captain Ali Williams will make his 100th appearance for the franchise. All Blacks Keven Mealamu and Rene Ranger only joined up with the squad earlier in the week due to their international commitments and as a result will start the match from the bench. James Parsons replaces Mealamu at hooker, while Jackson Willison slots into the number 13 jersey. In other changes to the team that lost to the Highlanders at the beginning of the month, George Moala comes in for Waisake Naholo on the wing and Chris Noakes replaces Baden Kerr at fly-half, with Kerr dropping to the replacements.

Team news Hello and welcome to Kings Park in Durban for this Super Rugby hit out between our hosts, the Sharks, and the Blues. Don't go away! We'll be back soon with team news.

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