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Griquas v Sharks - Live
FULL TIME: GRIQUAS 24 SHARKS 25
80 The ball carrier is held up and the game is over. The Sharks will leave Kimberly with a win, after trailing by 10 points mid-way through the second half. The hosts will be bitterly disappointed and are now all but out of the running in this years Currie Cup.
80 Time is up on the clock and the hosts have a scrum 10 metres out from their own line. It is now or never for the men from Kimberly.
78 The Sharks win another penalty and go for the corner in an attempt to close the game out.
75 TRY, SHARKS, HERBST, 24-25: The maul results in a try and the visitors have hit the lead.
74 The referee's patience has ended and the yellow card is shown. The hooker makes his way off and the sharks can smell blood.
73 A multi-phase play by the Sharks is turned over, allowing the hosts to tear down the touchline. Another turn over gives the visitors another chance. There is lots of intensity and both teams are making mistakes.
71 Another technical offside decision goes against the hosts, causing a great deal of noise to come out of the stands. The crowd feel that the referee is now firmly against their team. Zeilinga however misses another kick, giving the Griquas another life-line.
68 A knock-on off the restart gives the hosts an opportunity to hit straight back. The visitors however win the scrum penalty and clear to safety.
65 PENALTY, SHARKS, ZEILINGA, 24-20: Handling errors have cost the coastal team today and another one kills an attack. The TMO however has been called and the Sharks are given a penalty for a marginal late tackle. Zeilinga has another opportunity and is on target.
64 A scrum penalty goes the way of the visitors as they have grabbed the momentum. Zeilinga lines up another kick at goal. He pulls it again and the Griquas escape.
62 A kicking dual has bounced the of the visitors who launch yet another attack. The Griquas defence must surely tire in the closing stages.
61 PENALTY, SHARKS, ZEILINGA, 24-17: The Sharks earn another penalty and the Griquas have been warned by the referee. The young fly-half will have another shot. He makes no mistake and the Sharks close the gap.
59 A poor kick from the hosts puts all their forwards offside and the men from the coast are given another penalty. They decide to kick at goal this time. The reserve fly-half gets a poor strike on the ball and the scores remain unchanged.
56 Another breakdown turnover goes the way of the Griquas, who have defended with real passion today. Bummer finds a good touch off the penalty and the Sharks are calling for a number of fresh legs in the pack.
54 A poor throw allows the Griquas to clear to touch and the men from Kimberly can breathe again.
53 The visitors are getting penalty after penalty in the opposition 22 and continue to kick to the corner, A card may not be too far away.
51 Sharks win a penalty in centre field as the Griquas hold on at the breakdown. Fred Zeilinga has come on for James and kicks a great touch finder.
49 CONVERSION, BRUMMER, 24-14: Brummer adds the extra two points.
48 TRY, GRIQUAS, BURGER SCHOEMAN, 22-14: A huge scrum wins the hosts a tight-head. Flnaker Burger Schoeman pounces on the ball and drives over the line from five metres out.
47 A poor take off the restart gives the Griquas an attacking scrum in the Sharks 22, but the turnover comes once again. The side that starts to cut out their mistake could run away with this match.
45 PENALTY, SHARKS, JAMES, 17-14: A penalty comes as the men from Durban apply more pressure. James pops the kick over to narrow the deficit.
43 Quickly recycled ball makes the Sharks look dangerous, but once again the ball is coughed up and the hosts bash a long kick down field.
42 Solid defence by the hosts earns them the put in to a scrum and a chance to clear.
41 James gets the second half under way. The Sharks reclaim it and are deep in the Griquas territory to start the second half.
40 Griquas win the breakdown penalty on their own try line, and end the half by kicking it into touch.
39 Sharks reclaim the kick off and are hot on attack just before the break.
38 Brummer narrowly misses the conversion.
37 TRY, GRIQUAS, SCHOEMAN, 17-11: The resulting maul rumbles towards the line and Schoeman is over for the hosts first try.
36 The match reverts back to a kicking dual before the hosts decide to have a crack and counter. Metres are being made very easily and a penalty under pressure is the result. Brummer kicks to the corner.
33 A poor kick directly into touch by James gives the men from Kimberly a chance to attack, but some good defence cuts down the movement.
30 James misses the conversion and the lead is just one point for the hosts.
29 TRY, SHARKS, MASEKO, 12-11: Both sides make handling errors in a poor passage of rugby, but it ends with the first try of the match as Daniel's quick hands put Maseko over in the corner.
28 The Sharks earn a penalty off the restart as a a man is played in the air. They turn down the kick and set a line-out in the corner.
27 PENALTY, GRIQUAS, BRUMMER, 12-6: The Sharks lose ground and don't release on the ground, giving Brummer another long range attempt. The strike is crisp and the flags are raised.
26 The hosts clear the restart quickly and now the Sharks have a chance to attack off a line-out just in their opponents territory.
25 PENALTY, GRIQUAS, BRUMMER, 9-6: The speed of the game increased dramatically as both teams are now looking to give the ball a bit of air through the hands. A dangerous attack gives the Griquas a penalty and a chance to move back into the lead. Brummer makes no mistake.
22 PENALTY, SHARKS, JAMES, 6-6: The Sharks attack in a wave of phases and quick ball catches the Griquas offside. James has a chance to level the scores. It's straight and true.
19 PENALTY, GRIQUAS, BRUMMER, 6-3: A breakdown turnover allows the men in black to attack with speed. The ball is turned over once again and hacked forward by the Griquas. The man cleaning up is pinned for holding on and the Griquas have another shot at goal. Brummer takes his team into the lead.
16 Schoeman is tackled in the air, giving the hosts another penalty. Brummer lines up a long range attempt at goal, just in the Sharks half. It is away and James takes the 22 restart.
14 PENALTY, GRIQUAS, BRUMMER, 3-3: An over throw at the line-out forces Deysel to kick the ball over the dead ball line. Griquas have a five metre scrum. As the heat come on the front rows come up but the hosts will go again. The penalty come for the home side and will kick at goal. Brummer puts his team on the board.
12 Griquas get onto the front foot for the first time as the forwards pick-n'-drive. The ball finally goes wide and the hosts nearly score in the corner. PJ Vermeulen is screening with pain after being taking into touch just short of the try line. The replays suggest that the full-back has broken his ankle and is being stretchered off. Number 22 Prinsloo takes his place on the field.
10 The scrum penalty goes to the hosts this time and they Brummer sets up a line-out with a raking kick. Very little attack has occurred with ball in hand thus far.
8 A number of reset scrums ends with a penalty to the Sharks. The penalty allows the sharks to gain some territory and will give the pack some confidence after being smashed by WP last week.
6 The Hosts clear and are given an attacking line-out after Mvovo makes a mess of his touch finder.
5 James settles play down as he cleverly finds touch on the Griquas 22 metre line. It looks that the Sharks have decided Griquas will have to score their points from deep today.
3 PENALTY, SHARKS, JAMES, 0-3: The Sharks have the first attack of the match and earn a kickable penalty. Butch James will kick at goal and he puts the Sharks in front.
1 Brummer kicks off and the encounter is under way. An opening exchange of kicks results in a Shrks line-out just outside of their own 22.
Blue skies and sun greet the players as they run onto an extremely dry, hard and quick surface. There are no excuses for handling errors today.
The Sharks have stuck with the side that did battle at Newlands last week, expect for one notable change. Pieter-steph du Toit comes into the second row in an attempt to give the pack a bit more grunt.
Griquas coach Pote Human has made a number of changes in order to fire up his team. The experienced JP Nel comes into the mid-field while Nico Scheepers claims a spot on the wing. The biggest change however is the inclusion of Rory Arnold in the second row, the lock is now available after his ban for allegedly biting an opponent was overturned.
The Griquas won in Durban in the first round of the competition this year, but have failed to kick on for the promising start. They are now in the position of needed to win or they will be left behind on the bottom of the Currie Cup table.
Welcome to the Live commentary of the Griquas v Sahrks Currie Cup clash from Kimberly. The hosts are traditionally very competitive on their rock hard home surface and today will be no different. The Sharks however will go got of the log with an away will, at least until the defending champions play later today.
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