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The Sharks v Western Province - Live
80 Full time score 13-17 to WP. It was a tough match tonight and really tested the players handling skills. The Sharks may have tried to do too much in the first half and WP played the more tactical approach which helped them get a first half lead. The second half was more evenly contested but WP were just better at the breakdown especially through Duane Vermeulen! Lambie missed a couple of penalties which could have swung the game in the Sharks favour at the end. Ultimately the better side on the night won. WP take the top spot on the log and will face the Lions at Newlanda whereas the Sharks will take on the Cheetahs in Durban.
80 No ways! Duane Vermeulen AGAIN is the man at the breakdown for WP and wins the visitors a penalty and the match! great play from the springbok!
80 Catrakilis clears poorly, only by the 22m. They just need to win the line out and kick it out. But the Sharks have turned it over and won a penalty!
79 Duane Vermeulen is the man again! He makes a great steal and that could well be the match! Penalty to WP.
78 Sharks taking it slow, crashing it up with the forwards. They've sensed that there is not enough time for 2 penalties and need to score here! They move into the 22m, just 10m out!
76 A lot of kicking and changing of possession ensues before Marais puts it out on WP's 22m. Time running out for the Sharks!
73 Duane Vermeulen has won a penalty for WP and just really has been good for them tonight. WP kick for touch and relieve a bit of pressure.
71 Lambie's pushed it again. Similar kind of strike.
70 Deon Fourie has been penalized for infringing at the breakdown and WP have received a warning now as well. Lambie will have another crack at 3 points.
69 Big up under from Reinach produces the desired result for the Sharks as Catrakilis drops it in his 22m. Sharks with a good opportunity here off the scrum.
68 Lambie pushes it, doesn't strike it well at all.
67 Decisions for the Sharks here. They've won a penalty. Sense prevails and they've opted for posts.
66 Brilliant kick by Lamnbie who just clears van den Heever's head putting the ball out 5m out from WP's line. Sharks need to take advantage here.
65 WP find themselves in a good position here. Sharks have to make the play in tough conditions while WP will be happy to just let Catrakilis kick deep.
64 The kicking battle proceeds again for a few minutes with WP getting the better of it as they win a line out around the half way mark.
61 PENALTY, WP, CATRAKILIS, 13-17. Catrakilis keeps calm under pressure and gets his side 3 points!
60 WP have won a penalty 30m out and Catrakilis will have a shot to get 3 valuable points!
59 Catrakilis sends another great kick into the Sharks 22m, this time in the form of an up and under. Mvovo does well to catch and make the mark but his kick that followed was not great and WP have an attacking line out.
58 The Sharks lose the ball and WP are on attack now! Sharks win the ball back again then win a penalty for WP being offside when charging down a SP Marais clearance kick. Sharks will be relieved to be out of there.
56 Clever kick by Catrakilis who puts a great grubber into the Sharks 22m. That's exactly what the teams should be doing. Will be difficult for the Sharks to play from here.
54 The rain is getting really heavy now as Heimar Williams drops a good pass. Very difficult for the players - tactical kicking is going to be key.
53 Sharks put Catrakilis under enormous pressure but he does extremely well to find touch on the 10yard line. Big changes for WP as De Villiers and Schalk Burger come on!
51 Sharks finally win a line out of their own and are rewarded with a penalty as WP infringe. Lambie boots it out on the WP's 22m for another line out. They set up a driving maul which doesn't last too long. Good defense by WP which leads to the Sharks knocking on.
48 CONVERSION, LAMBIE, 13-14. Great kick from the corner!
47 TRY, SHARKS, DANIEL, 11-14. The try is awarded! Great try in tough conditions.
46 Sharks are battling to win any of their set pieces which is a concern for them. Many changes in possession occur due to the amount of kicking but finally the Sharks get some momentum and get close to the line! The go wide for Keegan Daniel who goes over for a try! Great finish near the touch line!n They going to the TMO to check for a forward pass.
43 A little bit of ping pong ensues after WP win a tight against the Sharks! The Sharks win the kicking battle as they get a line out inside WP's half.
42 WP carry strongly into the Sharks 22m (bar a big hit on Catrakilis from Deysel!). Catrakilis then steps into the pocket for another drop attempt but just shaves the upright!
40 half time score 6-14 to WP. Its not been the prettiest 40 minutes of rugby but that was expected with the conditions tonight! The teams look fairly matched and the winner tonight will come down to who can handle the ball better, tactical kicking as well as the goal kickers accuracy.
40 Schreuder puts the ball out and that ends the first half!
40 More sloppy play but you can hardly blame the players, its incredibly tough out there. We have a final scrum before half time.
39 PENALTY, CATRAKILIS, 6-14. Demetri makes no mistake and they now have an eight point buffer.
38 WP have won a penalty for the Sharks being in an offside position. Catrakilis will have a chance for an easy 3 pointer just before half time!
37 The Sharks carry up strongly before a loose pass is turned over. Kolbe gets the ball on the wing and kicks down field. he puts good pressure on the Sharks and WP win a line out on the Sharks 22m.
35 Both sides are battling in the wet conditions at scrum time. Having multiple resets. Finally we have a scrum and the Sharks are strong, wheeling the scrum and winning the put in.
32 It seems Ndungane was tripped as he was chasing Bissie's grubber. He ran into de Kock Steenkamp who was just retreating and no foul play has been cited.
32 Bismark puts a great grubber through which puts WP under pressure. Kolisi of all people puts a clearance kick up. Sharks gather and Zeilinga has another attempt at a drop goal but this time pulls it left. TMO checking for some foul play.
31 Zeilinga now steps into the pocket for a drop but just pushes it wide.
30 Louis Schreuder's box kick off the line out goes out on the full and Sharks now have possession. Zeilinga puts in a great kick out deep in WP's 22m. Those kind of kicks will win the match tonight.
29 The Sharks show intent after the kick off and work their way into Provinces 22m. They go through over 10 phases before Vermeulen does good work at the breakdown and the Sharks are penalized for not releasing close to WP's try line.
27 Catrakilis misses the conversion from the corner!
27 TRY,WP,FOURIE,6-11. There was a close call as to whether Schreuder had knocked the ball on earlier. The TMO decide that it was not obvious that it was a knock on so they have awarded the try!
26 WP win a loose ball off the line out. After a bit of scrappy play from both sides, Vermeulen finds some space out wide and offloads to Fourie who speeds his way to the corner for a try! The ref has gone upstairs just to check on any knock on's during the passage of scrappy play!
24 Vermeulen loses the ball at the back of the scrum. Zeilinga chips over and the Sharks eventually win the ball back. The passage of play comes to an end as the ball goes into touch for a Sharks line out just outside WP's 22m.
23 Awesome scrum battle here between the Springbok front row of the Sharks and the young WP front row. WP seem to be holding up so far!
21 Siya Kolisi loses the ball whilst attacking at the back of the ruck. Players are going to have to really focus tonight when handling the ball. Not too many tries on the card tonight unfortunately!
20 A bit of ping pong ensues before Freddie Zeilinga fumbles a kick in his own 22m. Scrum for WP in the Sharks 22m.
18 PENALTY, ZEILINGA, 6-6. No mistake here for Freddie
17 They carry it up with forwards winning a penalty in the process for WP being offsides. McCleod has a terrible attempt at a drop kick, and we come back for the penalty. Should be an easy three for Zeilinga.
16 Deon Fourie is penalized at the breakdown for being off his feet. Sharks put in a good kick to set up an attacking line out!
15 Zeilinga just misses as it glances off the post!
15 The Sharks find some space in Bismark on the blind side who carries strongly. De Kock Steenkamp gets penalized for being offisde and Zeilinga will have a chance to level the score.
11 DROP GOAL, WP, CATRAKILIS 3-6. "Drop goal" Demetri steps back into the pocket and slots a good drop kick. Will be useful in these conditions tonight!
10 PENALTY, ZEILINGA, 3-3. Freddie also starts well with a great kick.
9 Gerhaard van den Heever is penalized for being in front of the kicker and Zeilinga will have a shit at goal from the left hand corner!
8 Sharks knock on after Bismark makes a good steal. Its going to be hard to play an attractive brand of rugby tonight!
6 PENALTY, WP, CATRAKILIS, 0-3. Catrakilis starts well in difficult conditions!
6 The Sharks have been penalized after a line out for being offside. Aplon puts the ball out for a WP line out. The Sharks are offside again but now WP are within range and they'll have a shot at goal.
4 Plenty of turnovers and changes of possession in the opening minutes! It all finally comes to an end as Aplon calls a mark after a Zeilinga kick.
The Sharks get us underway in a wet and windy Durban! Aplon doesn't find touch off his clearance but SP Marais is bundled into touch for WP lineout.
Lock Eben Etzebeth, number eight Duane Vermeulen, flanker Siya Kolisi and centre Juan de Jongh take to the field, with South African skipper Jean de Villiers on the bench. Schalk Burger, recently returned from injury, is also named among the replacements alongside de Villiers and Michael Rhodes, who drops out of the starting lineup in place of Etzebeth. Openside flanker Deon Fourie captains the side, but Rynhardt Elstadt again misses out thanks to a shoulder injury in what is the final league round of the Currie Cup.
The Sharks starting line-up has been bolstered by the inclusion of Springboks Jannie and Bismarck du Plessis, Mtawarira, Pieter-Steph du Toit and Marcell Coetzee, with Pat Lambie named on the bench. Jacques Botes (named on the bench) will become South Africa's most capped Currie Cup player ever should he play. Wiehahn Herbst is also in line for a special milestone, and will play in his 50th Currie Cup game for the Sharks if he comes on as a replacement.
Welcome to Kings Park for the final match of this weekends fixtures! Tonight features a top of the log clash between the Sharks and WP.
Updates to appear here at 18:55 local (17:55 BST).
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