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80 Steyn has a crack at goal from halfway but is short. That's the ball game. It wasn't pretty but the Sharks got the job done. Thanks for joining us, cheers.
78 The Cheetahs have to open up now. They get the ball after the Sharks are pinged for crossing. Cornal Hendricks breaks to take play up to halfway but the Sharks get back in defence quickly.
76 Kankowski steals the line-out and then bolts 60m! The Cheetahs track him down on their own 22m line but a golden opportunity is lost for the men in orange.
75 The Cheetahs kick for the corner from a penalty. There is plenty of time left to win this game yet!
73 CONVERSION, STEYN. 19-8. No problems for Steyn as he adds the extras. Brussow returns from the sin bin.
71 TRY, SHARKS, DEYSEL! 17-8. Swiel breaks with a clever show and go. He is stopped just short but Jean Deysel is on hand to muscle his way over for his first Super Rugby try in 60 games!
70 If the Cheetahs can hand on for a two more minutes with 14 men then we'll have a grandstand finish on our hands.
68 Watts sends his conversion attempt just under the crossbar. 12-8 it remains.
66 TRY, CHEETAHS, BENJAMIN! 12-8. This game isn't done yet! Daniller charges down a sluggish clearance from Steyn and Rayno Benjamin wins the race to the loose ball to score in the corner! The Sharks have lost Bismarck du Plessis to a head knock too!
64 Swiel finds a good touch on the Sharks 10m line from the kickoff. Prinsloo wins the ball at the line-out and Stephan Lewies takes him out in the air. Penalty to the Cheetahs which Watts lines up from 40m out. He pushes the attempt to the right
62 PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN. 12-3. Easy three points for Steyn from right in front.
61 YELLOW CARD, CHEETAHS, BRUSSOW. The ex-Bok flanker's first game back has been a good one so far...but he'll spend 10 minutes in the bin.
60 The Sharks are camped on the Cheetahs line. The ref is shouting warnings at the Cheetahs but they've still got their hands in the ruck...a yellow card is on the way.
58 The Sharks are starting to ply the pressure. The Cheetahs defence has stood up well today but how many tackles can they make before the fatigue takes it toll.
55 The kicking continues as Le Roux kicks it back again. Daniel decides to have a run. He makes good ground towards the Cheetahs 22. Coetzee runs well and the Sharks make progress before Strauss takes an intercept! The hooker makes ground before he is brought down but the Cheetahs surge into the Sharks half with great pace. However it breaks down when van Dyk takes his eyes off the ball and knocks on
53 The Sharks regather the kickoff and Swiel clears to the 10m line. The Cheetahs' lineout is messy and the Sharks win it and McLeod kicks it away. Le Roux returns the kick and then Steyn kicks it straight back.
51 PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN. 9-3. Frans Steyn cracks one from 45m as the Cheetahs scrum is hammered again.
48 Great work from Daniller, who kicks a high ball and then pinches it off McLeod on the deck. The Cheetahs send it through the hands but a knock-on in midfield ends the attack.
46 PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN. 6-3. Frans Steyn takes over the kicking duties and hits the target from the 15m line on the right hand side.
45 The Sharks build the phases on the edge the Cheetahs 22 before they send it wide. A SP Marais pass is knocked on by van Tonder but the Sharks win another penalty at the scrum.
43 The Sharks have the first chance to attack as Steyn finds touch on the 22 from another penalty against the Cheetahs scrum.
41 Here we go for the second half! Let's hope we get a bit more attacking rugby. The first 40 minutes were terrible.
40 SHARKS 3-3 CHEETAHS
40 That's it for the first half. It's been a soccer match! Lots of kicking and not many points...someone get me a beer!
39 Swiel MISSES an easy penalty after Brussow is penalised for not releasing. Chavhanga is off with a hamstring injury. SP Marais goes on so Mvovo will move back to the wing.
37 The Sharks starting to ply some pressure here in the closing stages of the half. Daniller tries to relieve the pressure by punting but he gives Steyn a chance to have a crack at a long-range drop. The drop sails wide though...
35 Willie le Roux injects some excitement into the game as he break down the left touchline from deep inside his own off half. He offloads but the support is isolated and the Sharks get the penalty. The Sharks kick for touch.
32 PENALTY, SHARKS, SWIEL. 3-3. We're all square as the home fly-half finds the target after Cook is penalised for hitting Chavanga late.
29 Penalty against the Cheetahs scrum for 'walking around'. Swiel kicks to touch just inside the Cheetahs half. Still no sign of the opening try though in game dominated by bad kicking.
26 Tonderai Chavhanga has had a decent game so far, making a few big hits and looking dangerous with ball in hand. The Sharks back three isn't lloking good as a unit though. Mvovo and Jaco van Tonder (a late change for JP Pietersen) looking unsettled.
23 23 minutes gone and we've hardly seen either side penetrate into the opposition 22m area. Looks like a day were defence and discipline could decide the result.
21 Swiel makes a hash of a good break from the Sharks. He holds on too long and then is forced to hold on by Strauss with the Cheetahs defence scrambling. The visitors breath keep the lead with a quarter of the game done.
19 Beeeeeast rings out in the stadium as the Sharks prop breaks 30m before being pulled down on halfway. The Sharks cut loose with Jean Deysel showing some good ball skills.
17 Lots of kicking still. Willie le Roux sends a nothing kick into the Sharks 22 but Frans Steyn has plenty of time to reply. Cheetahs line-out on halfway.
15 The Sharks win a penalty because Swiel is tackled high by Cook. Swiel kicks for touch and finds it on the Cheetahs 22. The Cheetahs steal the line-out and run out of their half!
13 A big scrum from the Sharks swing the Cheetahs pack around. Swiel is standing out wide and kicks ahead, but no one chases.
11 Mvovo not having a great start to the game. He is charged down by Cook as he takes an age to get his kick away on his 22. Luckily it bounces kindly for the home side. The Cheetahs are enjoying the upper hand in the early exchanges.
8 Lots of kicking early on. Neither side willing to play from inside their own half. The Sharks are very aggressive on defence though.
5 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, WATTS. 0-3. The Cheetahs draw first blood as the Sharks rush up and are caught offside.
3 Watts tests Daniel with a high ball. The Cheetahs are up fast and ruck over. But it's sloppy as the ball is left open and Frans Steyn pounces to grab it near halfway.
2 Shaky start for Swiel who misses a relatively easy kick.
1 Here we go! Tim Swiel kicks us off. The Cheetahs are off their feet at the first ruck. Penalty!
Sharks team news: Former Springbok wing Tonderai Chavhanga will make his Sharks Super Rugby debut.The four-cap Bok, replaces Odwa Ndungane. Fly-half Fred Zeilinga is replaced by Tim Swiel. Keegan Daniel will start at number eight as Ryan Kankowski is rested.
Cheetahs team news: Cheetahs boss Naka Drotske has made three changes to his starting XV. Springbok openside lanker Heinrich Brussow returns to the back row replacing Lappies Labuschagn�, who is sidelined with a groin injury. Brussow's inclusion means Boom Prinsloo will move to the blindside flank. Meanwhile, Elgar Watts starts at fly-half in Johan Goosen's place after Goosen was concussed in last weekend's 52-31 loss to the Crusaders. The only other change sees Caylib Oosthuizen returning to the front row with Trevor Nyakane dropping to the bench.
Hello and welcome to Kings Park in Durban, where the Sharks are looking to consolidate their lead in the Super Rugby standings against the misfiring Cheetahs. Kick off is approaching, stay tuned!
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