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  • Super Rugby
  • Overall Group
  • 15th Mar 2014
  • KO 15:05
  • Ground: Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban

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Last updated: 15th March 2014  

Full Time80 Sharks 35 Reds 20

80 Dom Shipperley is in the clear down the right-hand touchline and kicks ahead. Jaco van Tonder gathers and runs the ball into touch. That's the final act of this match and the Sharks consolidate their spot at the top of the table. The home side might have won but things didn't always go according to the script. The Reds were particularly impressive in the second half but in the end the hosts strong performance in the opening half was enough to secure their triumph.

Conversion79 CONVERSION, SHARKS, LAMBIE. 35-20. Lambie seals the victory with his second conversion.

TRY78 TRY, SHARKS, CHADWICK! 33-20. Dale Chadwick gathers a pass from Bismarck du Plessis and barges through two tackles before crashing over the whitewash!

77 James Slipper is pinged for wrongful entry at a ruck close to his own try-line. Lambie puts the ball into touch on the Reds' five-metre line.

75 Bismarck du Plessis sets off on a run down the left-hand touchline before chipping ahead! Mvovo tries to gather but can't hold on. He knocks it backwards and Charl McLeod picks up and goes over the try-line but knocks on in the process!

74 Marais drives the Reds back with a grubber kick which rolls into touch deep inside the visitors' 22.

71 The Sharks go on the drive from a line-out 15 metres outside the Reds' 22 but several forwards are soon penalised for obstruction.

Yellow Card68 YELLOW CARD, REDS, ROBINSON! 28-20. Beau Robinson will spend the next 10 minutes on the sidelines after he tackles Tera Mtembu in the air at a line-out.

Conversion65 CONVERSION, REDS, COOPER! 28-20. Cooper reduces the deficit to eight points as he succeeds with another two-pointer!

TRY64 TRY, REDS, GENIA! 28-18. The Reds are on the attack just outside the Sharks' 22 when Genia spots a gap and races away before scoring!

63 Aiden Toua launches a counter attack from inside his 22. He beats Steyn but is brought to ground by Alberts.

Penalty60 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 28-13. Lambie succeeds with another spot-kick after Rod Davies holds onto the ball on the ground.

57 Sithole is pinned for a ruck infringement. Cooper kicks for touch and puts the ball out just inside the Sharks' 22.

Conversion55 CONVERSION, REDS, COOPER! 25-13. Cooper adds the extras to narrow the gap to 12 points.

TRY54 TRY, REDS, HARRIS! 25-11. Harris runs a perfect line and gathers a flat pass from Cooper before dotting down!

53 Ryan Kankowski is penalised when he holds onto the ball on the ground deep inside his 22. Reds skipper James Horwill opts to take a scrum from the resulting penalty.

51 The Reds attack inside the Sharks' 22 and Harris takes an outside gap but is brought to ground by a text-book tackle from Pietersen.

48 Will Genia stabs a grubber kick through inside the Reds' 22 but there are no chasers and Lwazi Mvovo gathers. He sets off on a run and is soon outside his quarter but is brought to ground by Cooper.

46 Pietersen is penalised for not using his arms in a tackle on Feauai-Sautia. Cooper puts the ball into touch inside the Sharks' 22.

44 The Reds do well to string several phases together and are soon close to the Sharks' 22. They lose possession, however, when Schatz holds onto the ball on the ground.

41 The second half gets under with a deep kick in from Cooper. The Sharks recycle with their forwards after gathering inside their own 22.

Half Time40 Sharks 25 Reds 6

40 Harris has just butchered a try! He runs onto a flat pass from Genia fails to hang onto the ball as he gets in under the posts! That's also the final act of the half as referee Lourens van der Merwe blows his whistle to indicate half-time shortly afterwards. It's been all Sharks for the latter part of the half, after the Reds made a positive start. The visitors will have to step up a gear after the break if they want something from this game.

39 Steyn is penalised for an off-the-ball tackle and Cooper opts to kick for touch. He puts the ball out just inside the Sharks' 22.

Penalty37 PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN! 25-6. Steyn lands a monster penalty from 55 metres out after Harris is penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground!

Penalty34 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 22-6. Lambie succeeds with another three-pointer after Liam Gill is penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground.

31 Genia does well when he gathers the ball after it spills out at the back of a Sharks scrum. He offloads to Cooper, who exchanges passes with Harris, before kicking ahead. The ball is inside the Sharks' 22 where JP Pietersen is forced to boot it into touch.

Conversion29 CONVERSION, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 19-6. Lambie adds the extras to give the hosts a 12-point lead!

TRY28 TRY, SHARKS, ALBERTS! 17-6. JP Pietersen and Sithole combine brilliantly on attack and the Sharks are soon close to the Reds' try-line. Bismarck du Plessis then carries well before Willem Alberts shows his class when he barges over the line from close quarters!

Penalty26 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 12-6. Lambie extends the home side's lead after several Reds forwards are penalised for being offside.

Penalty24 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 9-6. Lambie punishes another Reds indiscretion at a ruck with a sweetly-struck penalty which gives his side the lead for the first time.

22 Cobus Reinach launches a chip kick over the Reds' defence and S'bura Sithole gives chase! The young centre gets to the ball first but fails to hold on but knocks the ball backwards where Chris Feauai-Sautia knocks on.

Penalty19 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 6-6. Lambie draws the home side level after Saia Fainga'a plays the ball with his hands at a ruck.

Penalty16 PENALTY, REDS, COOPER! 3-6. Cooper adds another three-pointer after Steyn is pinged for an infringement at a ruck.

13 The Reds are under pressure, after a big shove from the Sharks at a scrum, but Jake Schatz does brilliantly to gather at the base and sets up a ruck.

Penalty10 PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN! 3-3. Steyn lands a penalty from just inside his half after James Slipper is pinged for a line-out infringement.

8 Mike Harris takes the ball into contact just outside the Sharks' 22 but knocks on after a tackle from Frans Steyn.

6 The Sharks are on the attack close to the halfway line when SP Marais spots a gap behind the visitors' defence. He delivers a fine diagonal kick which rolls into touch inside the Reds' 22.

Penalty3 PENALTY, REDS, COOPER! 0-3. Quade Cooper gets the game's opening points from the kicking tee after several Sharks players are penalised for being offside on defence.

1 Patrick Lambie gets the game started with a deep kick which Lachie Turner gathers. He kicks for touch and puts the ball out midway between the halfway line and the Sharks' 22.

Director of rugby Jake White has made his first changes to the Sharks line-up this season with JP Pietersen named to start on the wing, S'bura Sithole at centre and Pat Lambie returning to the side after missing the Lions game due to illness. Pieter-Steph du Toit is also a late withdrawal with a serious knee injury. His place in the starting XV has been taken by Stephan Lewies.

Reds head coach Richard Graham has made three changes to his starting line-up for this clash. Front-rowers James Slipper and Saia Fainga'a have been brought back into the side, after filling replacement roles against the Cheetahs. Slipper replaces Ben Daley at loosehead prop, while Fainga'a comes in for James Hanson. Winger Lachie Turner also returns to the team, after missing last weekend's clash due to a knee complaint. He replaces Dom Shipperley on the left wing.

Good day and welcome to Kings Park in Durban for this Super Rugby clash between our hosts, the table-topping Sharks, and the Reds. Don't go away! We'll be back soon with team news.

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