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Rebels v Sharks - Live
Rebels 16 Sharks 22
80 The Rebels are chasing the game and get their final chance from a line-out on their 10-metre line. They attack with their backs and Woodward is soon in the clear! He is stopped just outside the Sharks' 22 but the Rebels launch several further attacks. The visitors hold on and are eventually rewarded when Jones holds onto the ball on the ground! Steyn puts the resulting penalty into touch and the visitors are victorious! The Rebels came close but in the end it wasn't enough.
77 The Rebels attack close to the halfway line but the visitors gain a reprieve when Hegarty is pinged for a forward pass to Tom English,
75 The Sharks attack close to the hosts' 22 and Mvovo and Jordaan combine to keep the ball in play close to the touchline. The ball is recycled and comes out to Lourens Adriaanse who knocks on in contact.
72 CONVERSION, REBELS, WOODWARD! 16-22. Woodward narrows the gap to six points after landing a difficult place-kick from up against the touchline!
71 TRY, REBELS, LEAFA! 14-22. The Rebels are awarded a penalty, close to the Sharks' try-line, and Bryce Hegarty catches the visitors napping when he taps before throwing a long pass to Pat Leafa, who scores in the corner!
68 THe Rebels attack close to the Sharks' try-line and Max Lahiff is stopped just short by a big hit from Bismarck du Plessis!
65 CONVERSION, SHARKS, STEYN. 9-22. Steyn adds the extras to push the visitors further ahead!
64 TRY, SHARKS, PIETERSEN! 9-20. The Sharks launch an attack, from inside their half, and Steyn offloads to Mvovo, who races away from three defenders before passing to Pietersen, who gets in for the game's opening try!
63 The Rebels attack, at a scrum on the halfway line but soon lose possession when Fuglistaller knocks on.
60 The Sharks attack from inside their half but lose possession when Pietersen throws a shocking pass to Mvovo, who knocks on!
58 Woodward gathers, just outside his 22, and boots the ball upfield. The Rebels get another chance to attack when Jean Deysel is penalised for being offside. Hegarty kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the Sharks' 10-metre line.
55 PENALTY, REBELS, WOODWARD. 9-15. Woodward narrows the gap to six points after Jordaan is pinged for offside play.
52 The Rebels attack inside the Sharks' half with Luke Jones but they lose possession when he is held up in the tackle by Willem Alberts and Kankowski.
50 The Sharks take the ball through several phases, close to the Rebels' try-line but lose possession when Stephan Lewies is dispossessed in the tackle by Fuglistaller.
47 Bismarck du Plessis slips out of a tackle from Fainga'a and offloads to Pietersen, just outside the Rebels' 22. The referee calls them back, however, as the pass was forward.
44 The Sharks attack out wide and JP Pietersen and Jordaan do brilliantly as they trade passes down the left-hand touchline! Jordaan then offloads to Heimar Williams, who is tackled into touch, close to the Rebels' corner flag by Ellison!
41 Steyn gets the second half underway with a deep kick which Nic Stirzaker - who is on for Luke Burgess - gathers. The Rebels set up a couple of phases with their forwards before Bryce Hegarty clears his line with a kick into touch 15 metres from the halfway mark.
Rebels 6 Sharks 15
40 The Rebels attack inside the Sharks' half but a grubber kick from Burgess is too long and rolls over the dead-ball line. The siren sounds to signal half-time and the sides head into the sheds. The Sharks will be happy with that effort and their dominance shows on the scoreboard. The hosts are not out of it yet and will have to cut out the mistakes, after the break, if they want to be victorious.
39 PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN. 6-15. Steyn extends the visitors' lead after several Rebels are caught straying offside at a ruck.
36 PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN. 6-12. Steyn maintains his 100 percent goal-kicking record, after Male Sau is pinged for tackling Keegan Daniel in the air.
34 The Rebels are on the attack, close to the Sharks' try-line! Shota Horie and Colby Fainga'a both go close but the Sharks keep them at bay with a solid defensive effort.
31 PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN. 6-9. Steyn restores the visitors' lead after Burgess plays the ball on the ground.
29 PENALTY, REBELS, WOODWARD. 6-6. Woodward draws his side level after Ryan Kankowski is pinged for playing the ball from an offside position.
27 PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN. 3-6. Steyn puts the visitors in front, after the Rebels' pack is penalised for deliberately wheeling a scrum.
24 The Sharks launch a drive from a line-out, inside the Rebels' 22. The ball comes out to their backs but Steyn throws a shocking pass to Jordaan, who knocks on.
21 PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN. 3-3. Frans Steyn draws the visitors level after Inman is penalised for obstruction at the restart.
20 PENALTY, REBELS, WOODWARD. 3-0. Woodward gets the game's opening points, from the kicking tee, after the Sharks' forwards are pinged for being offside at a ruck.
18 Ellison launches a bomb which Mvovo has difficulty in dealing with! The ball bounces but Odwa Ndungane saves Mvovo's blushes when he gathers before setting up a ruck.
15 Mitch Inman glides through a gap in the Sharks' defence! He offloads to Scott Fuglistaller, who knocks on, just outside the visitors' 22, after a tackle from Paul Jordaan.
13 The Sharks are penalised when Best Mtawarira holds onto the ball on the ground. Hegarty kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the visitors' 10-metre line.
10 The Rebels attack with their backs, just inside the visitors' half but, Tom English fails knocks on a long pass from Tamati Ellison.
7 The Rebels launch a drive, midway between their 22 and the halfway line, before Luke Burgess launches a bomb. JP Pietersen deals with it, with little fuss, before passing to Mvovo who puts it into touch on his 10-metre line.
4 The Sharks opt for a line-out from the penalty. The Sharks bash it up across the field, it comes to Steyn who tries a cross field kick, but it is dotted down with the Rebels taking the drop out quickly. Frenetic start!
2 Close call! Lwazi Mvovo is denied a try as Bryce Hegarty gets back and palms the ball directly into touch after Pietersen toes it ahead. Hegarty is very, very lucky not to see yellow. You can call that a home-town decision! A penalty try was on the cards for sure!
1 Here we go! Bryce Hegarty kicks us off. Frans Steyn - who is wearing an outrageous mustache - clears.
Sharks head coach Jake White has named Frans Steyn at fly-half for this encounter. Steyn replaces Tim Swiel in the number ten jersey while Heimar Williams steps in at inside centre alongside Paul Jordaan for their tour opener. In other changes to the side that started against the Highlanders last week, Jean Deysel and Bismarck du Plessis are back from niggles.
Rebels boss Tony McGahan has made two changes to his starting XV for this match. Wallaby Luke Burgess replaces Nic Stirzaker at scrum-half and prop Cruze Ah-Nau is promoted to his first Super Rugby start as Toby Smith misses with a shoulder injury.
Hello and welcome to AAMI Park in Melbourne for this Super Rugby clash between the Rebels and the visiting Sharks. We'll be back soon with team news.
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