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  • Super Rugby
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  • 25th Apr 2014
  • KO 18:10
  • Ground: Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban

Sharks v Highlanders - Live

Last updated: 25th April 2014  


80 That's the ballgame! The Highlanders win comfortably, outscoring their hosts four tries to none! Thanks for joining us, cheers!

79 Yet another handling error ends the Sharks latest poor attempt to attack. That's 16 spilled balls tonight. Full time can't come soon enough for the men in black...

77 The Highlanders are happy to let the Sharks kick possession away. The visitors just stick it into touch to run the clock down.

75 The Sharks mindset is shown as Kankowski breaks off the scrum... and chooses to kick.

73 Untidy work from the Sharks at a ruck hands possession over once again. Fumiaki Tanaka dinks it into touch to keep the hosts pinned back.

Conversion71 CONVERSION, SOPOAGA. 18-34. It's hard to see the Sharks come back from here. Outscored four tries to nil...they've been totally outplayed.

TRY69 TRY, HIGHLANDERS, FEKITOA! 18-32. Malakai Fekitoa!!!!!! Take a bow, son - what a try! The Highlanders centre latches onto a Sharks clearance, beats and handful of defenders before turning on the gas and racing home from 50m. Brilliant!

Penalty66 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA. 18-27. Highlanders jumper taken out in the air so they set up an attacking line-out. Renata takes it up in midfield and Mtembu goes offside. Easy three points.

63 The Sharks force the tighhead at the scrum! Steyn looks for territory but overcooks his kick as it bounces in-goal and Smith can dot down.

62 After a bit of kick tennis the Sharks decide to run it but Daniel knocks on an easy pass. Scrum to the Highlanders on the Sharks 10m line

61 An injury break after Cooper takes a knock to the face. Smith is ready to clear after taking a mark in his 22. Cooper is off so Franco Marais makes his Super Rugby debut.

60 A chance is missed by the Sharks after the Beast breaks but JP Pietersen can't hang onto the offload. Chris King of all people clears!

58 It's getting a bit scrappy now. Lots of off-the ball niggle on the deck too. The Highlanders will be back to 15 men soon. For now, they're defending well.

55 Swiel clears to bring some relief. That's his last act of the game. Heimar Williams comes on, Steyn moves to fly-half.

54 There's nothing more than handbags in it. We'll come back for a knock on. The Sharks feed the scrum under their own posts.

54 The ref goes to the TMO to have a look at a scuffle between Steyn and Aaron Smith under the Sharks posts.

51 Schoolboy errors galore from the Sharks. SP Marais fails to handle a high ball, it gets hacked ahead...McLeod gets back but accidentally toes it over the deadball line.

Penalty51 PENALTY, SHARKS, SWIEL. 18-24. The gap is now just six points..

Yellow Card50 YELLOW CARD, HIGHLANDERS, WHEELER. Joe Wheeler gets binned for pulling the man down at the line-out. It seems a very harsh call...

48 It's not going right for the Sharks. Coetzee breaks off a maul and gets isolated. Mvovo get back to cover but knocks on...

46 The Highlanders are keeping the Sharks guessing as they alternate their attack. The visitors give up possession though as they are pinged for crossing.

Penalty44 PENALTY, SHARKS, SWIEL. 15-24. The Sharks stay in touch with another penalty after Ben Smith doesn't roll away.

42 Here we go for the second half. After a high-paced start the Sharks kick into the corner from a penalty, but lose possession at the line-out and Trent Renata clears.


Penalty40 PENALTY, SHARKS, SWIEL. 12-24. The Sharks get a gift to end the half as the ref marches the Highlanders back an extra 10m for throwing the ball away. It brings the penalty within Swiel''s range and he obliges. That''s half time, we''ll be back in 10.

39 The Sharks win the ball back at the line-out but Cooper gives it away by throwing an unnecessary offload. The Sharks need to go back to basics.

38 Mvovo breaks down the touchline but is isolated as Dixon goes for the ball and wins the penalty. The half will end with the Highlanders on the attack.

37 It's all going wrong here for the home side, who look shell-shocked. Steyn spills a ball in contact on the Highlanders 22 and Fekitoa can clear.

Conversion35 CONVERSION, SOPOAGA. 9-24. No one expected this! The Sharks are being dealt a hiding here.

TRY34 TRY, HIGHLANDERS, CHRISTIE. 9-22. Textbook line-out followed by a maul drive as the Highlanders rumble over for their 3rd try!

32 The Highlanders are doing all the playing here. Willem Alberts gives away a penalty for hands in the ruck. Sopoaga sets up the attacking line-out, 7m out.

30 Swiel MISSES an easy penalty. A let off for the Highlanders. This is going to be a test of character for the Sharks...

Conversion28 CONVERSION, SOPOAGA. 9-17

TRY27 TRY, HIGHLANDERS, A. SMITH. 9-15. Great try from the visitors! Smith scores under the sticks after a clever switch move and a charge from Treeby. Wheeler goes close to open the gap for Smith to score untouched.

26 The Highlanders looking dangerous as they throw the ball around. Styen sticks out a hand to knock it down as Buckman goes close. 5m scrum to the visitors.

24 Patrick Osborne is taken off with what looks like a bad ankle injury. Trent Renata comes on. Jannie du Plessis passed his earlier concussion test and is back on.

23 The Highlanders throwing it around but they're losing ground due to some poor execution of their passes. Fekitoa makes some ground but Patrick Osborne is pulled down on the touchline.

Penalty21 PENALTY, SHARKS, SWIEL. 9-10. Frans Steyn thumps a long-range drop wide but it doesn't matter as the ref brings play back for an offside penalty, which Swiel slots with ease.

Conversion19 CONVERSION, SOPOAGA. 6-10.

TRY17 TRY, HIGHLANDERS, BUCKMAN. 6-8. The Sharks defence is disorganised after Alberts fails to find touch with an optimistic kick. Shaun Treeby kicks cross-field into space for Richard Buckman to chase and the wing easily wins the race to score!

Penalty13 PENALTY, SHARKS, SWIEL. 3-0. Easy three points for the home fly-half after Nasi Manu is penalised for a side entry at a ruck.

11 Swiel MISSES the penalty. 3-3 it remains.

10 Great kick from Mvovo, who finds space and allows the Sharks pack time to advance and ruck over Ben Smith, who is penalised for not releasing.

Penalty8 PENALTY, SHARKS, SWIEL. 3-3. We're all square as the Sharks fly-half splits the uprights.

7 The crowd is very unhappy as ref Jaco Peyper disallows a try by Lwazi Mvovo because he believes Paul Jordaan was blocking a defender at the previous ruck. We'll go back for a penalty.

6 The Highlanders scrum is under pressure but Smith can clear.

5 The Sharks have a great opportunity to reply after Aaron Smith knocks-on the restart reception. After a strong scrum Alberts knocks on 5m short of the line.

Penalty3 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA. 0-3. First blood to the visitors after the Sharks scrum is penalised at the first engage.

1 Here we go! Lima Sopoaga kicks us off. Beast takes it in for the Sharks. The Highlanders are up quickly, it gets stuck so we'll have the first scrum.

Keegan Daniel takes the field ahead of his team-mates to mark his 100th cap for the Sharks.

LATE CHANGE: Bismarck du Plessis has been ruled out! Kyle Cooper starts at hooker.

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has made three changes to his team. Jarrad Hoeata returns to the second row in the place of Brad Thorn. Co-captain Nasi Manu returns to the back row after coming off the bench against the Bulls while Elliot Dixon shifts to the blindside flank.

Sharks boss Jake White has been forced to make changes to his back-line due to injuries. S'bura Sithole moves to wing and Paul Jordaan makes a return to his position at outside centre. The good news is that JP Pietersen has recovered after missing out last week after pulling up in training and he will play on the other wing.

Hello and welcome from Kings Park in Durban for this third game of the Super Rugby round. League leaders the Sharks host the Highlanders in what should be an entertaining 80 minutes, with the visitors still in the hunt for the play-offs. Team news is coming up.

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