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Metres run: Cheetahs 318-552 Sharks
Carries: Cheetahs 71-119 Sharks
Defenders beaten: Cheetahs 12-29 Sharks
Clean breaks: Cheetahs 3-3 Sharks
Tackles made: Cheetahs 98-56 Sharks
Tackles missed: Cheetahs 30-12 Sharks
Turnovers won: Cheetahs 9-8 Sharks
Kicks in play: Cheetahs 33-36 Sharks
Rucks won: Cheetahs 42-68 Sharks
Rucks lost: Cheetahs 4-5 Sharks
Mauls won: Cheetahs 3-5 Sharks
Lineouts won: Cheetahs 16-13 Sharks
Lineouts lost: Cheetahs 3-3 Sharks
Scrums won: Cheetahs 4-7 Sharks
Scrums lost: Cheetahs 1-0 Sharks
Penalties: Cheetahs 18-9 Sharks
Cheetahs No 8 Philip van der Walt received the player award... (Gallo Images)
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In next week's action, the Cheetahs travel to Johannesburg to face the Lions, while the Sharks will tackle the Stormers in Cape Town.
FULL-TIME: Cheetahs 27-20 Sharks
The Cheetahs have held on for a famous win!
The Sharks will be fuming though as the referee, Rohan Hoffmann, inexplicably decided that the penalty advantage the Sharks had at the end there was over...
But the Sharks left things too late and this loss will put a major dent in their title aspirations! They will in all likelihood now have to travel for a semi-final and possible final...
80'- NO TRY!
The TMO correctly rules that Chavhanga was in touch before he could dot down. What a tackle from Rayno Benjamin.
80'- TRY OR NO TRY?
Sharks replacement wing Tonderai Chavhanga goes close in the corner. TMO to decide.
The referee also says the Sharks advantage is over...
80'- The Sharks dismantle the Cheetahs scrum and get another penalty.
Goosen is also sent off with a YELLOW CARD for kicking the ball away. Silly from the Cheetahs flyhalf there!
79'- Penalty to the Sharks right under the posts. They opt for a scrum. The Cheetahs will do well to stop them here...
78'- Another scrum penalty to the Sharks. They set up an attacking lineout in the red zone. here's their chance...
77'- The Cheetahs opt for a driving maul following a lineout just inside the Sharks half, but they lose it. Scrum to the Sharks.
75'- And we have a game folks, with five minutes remaining!
75'- CONVERSION slotted by Swiel.
Cheetahs 27-20 Sharks
74'- TRY to the Sharks!
Bismarck du Plessis barges over for the Sharks after a dominant driving maul from the lineout.
73' - A Sharks penalty at scrum time just inside the Cheetahs half. They set up another lineout. Can they convert this time round?
72'- A promising break from Swiel but Frans Steyn can't handle his pass and drops it on halfway...
Oupa Mohoje brilliant again at lineout time for Cheetahs, off both sides' throw-ins. V strong department for him - Rob Houwing
70'- Cheetahs sub: Venter on at scrumhalf for Pretorius.
68'- The Sharks butcher another attacking chance inside the Cheetahs 22 when Bismarck fails to find his jumper...
Sharks fans must be pulling their hair out. That's if they're still watching!
67'- Le Roux spotted walking off a little gingerly. Lets hope he hasn't injured himself too badly...
67'- Cheetahs sub: Hennie Daniller replaces Willie le Roux.
66'- Sharks sub: No 8 Mtembu off, replaced by Oosthuizen.
Sharks really need to get pick & goes going! Going wide too early, without earning the right! - Ken Borland
64'- Oh dear, Jean Deysel knocks it five metres out after the Sharks take a quick tap following a penalty. The Sharks just not sharp here tonight.
62'- Sharks sub: McLeod on at scrumhalf for Reinach.
Reinach was one of the few shining lights tonight for the Durbanites.
62'- Cheetahs backline caught off-side just inside their own half. The Sharks opt for a lineout. No use kicking for posts now...
Cheetahs scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius, as always, proving a menace for defenders... (Gallo Images)
57'- A promising backline move by the Sharks inside the Cheetahs 22 ends when Sithole knocks it on out wide... Things just not going the Sharks' way tonight.
55'- PENALTY slotted by Goosen.
Cheetahs 27-13 Sharks
54'- Cheetahs back inside the red zone after a bustling run from Lood de Jager. They win a penalty in front after the Sharks are caught off-side.
Goosen to line up...
53'- Bismarck du Plessis is also on now for the Sharks, with Cooper off. I assume he will now take over the captaincy from Deysel.
52'- A vital penalty won on the ground by the Cheetahs - five metres from their own line. Not the Sharks night?
51'- A Sharks penalty after a very late tackle by Goosen on Swiel. That was cynical...
It allows the Sharks to set up an attacking lineout on the Cheetahs 22m line.
51' - Caylib Oosthuizen also on at prop for the Cheetahs, with Nyakane off.
50' - Sharks prop subs: Du Toit on for Chadwick and Jannie du Plessis on for Adriaanse.
49'- CONVERSION by Goosen.
Cheetahs 24-13 Sharks
48'- TRY to the Cheetahs!
After a concerted period of attack, Lood de Jager barges over for the Cheetahs.
47'- Cheetahs back on the attack inside the Sharks 22m area... They also have a penalty advantage.
45'- Subs made: Alberts on for Bresler (Sharks) and Cook on for Van Jaarsveld (Cheetahs)
42'- Strong defence from the Cheetahs forces the Sharks on the back foot...
41'- First penalty of the half goes to the Sharks. Hands in the ruck by the Cheetahs. The Sharks set up an attacking lineout inside the Cheetahs 22...
20:05 - Welcome back for the second half! Tim Swiel starts play. He seriously needs to start tackling in the second half, or else...
Tim Swiel is lucky he's not had to go into Nick Mallett's dressing room! Might have learnt some strong new words! - Dan Retief
FIRST HALF STATS
Metres run: Cheetahs 186-304 Sharks
Carries: Cheetahs 40-70 Sharks
Defenders beaten: Cheetahs 5-18 Sharks
Clean breaks: Cheetahs 2-2 Sharks
Tackles made: Cheetahs 52-28 Sharks
Tackles missed: Cheetahs 18-5 Sharks
Turnovers won: Cheetahs 3-3 Sharks
Kicks in play: Cheetahs 17-19 Sharks
Rucks won: Cheetahs 22-41 Sharks
Rucks lost: Cheetahs 3-3 Sharks
Mauls won: Cheetahs 3-1 Sharks
Lineouts won: Cheetahs 9-7 Sharks
Lineouts lost: Cheetahs 2-0 Sharks
Scrums won: Cheetahs 1-1 Sharks
Scrums lost: Cheetahs 0-0 Sharks
Penalties: Cheetahs 7-5 Sharks
HALF-TIME: Cheetahs 17-13 Sharks
40'- Oupa Mohoje wins a penalty on the ground to bring relief for the Cheetahs. Goosen then inexplicably does not kick it out, but luckily for him, Mvovo decides to just boot out and end the half...
40'- One last attacking chance to the Sharks as the half-time siren sounds...
I struggle to see the Sharks win the Super Rugby with so much mistakes in their last three games - Rugga World
38'- A scrum penalty to the Sharks right on their own line brings relief for the visitors...
36'- Another promising driving maul by the Cheetahs, but accidental off-side halts their charge five metres out...
34'- Another kickable penalty to the Cheetahs after one of their players is taken out in the air at lineout time. It's just inside the Sharks half, but they opt for a lineout...
33'- CONVERSION by Goosen.
Cheetahs 17-13 Sharks
32'- TRY to the Cheetahs!
After a concerted period of attack, Cheetahs No 8 Philip van der Walt barges over under the posts.
31'- Cheetahs hot on the attack after another promising driving maul from a lineout...
Cheetahs and Springbok lock Lood de Jager on the charge... (Gallo Images)
28'- The Sharks again threaten inside the Cheetahs 22m area, but a loose pass from Lewies brings relief for the hosts.
But the Sharks have now found their groove it seems, after an indifferent start.
26'- Swiel slots the PENALTY to put the Sharks in front for the first time.
Cheetahs 10-13 Sharks
25'- Another kickable penalty for the Sharks. Swiel to line up from close to the touchline and far out...
23'- With Fourie du Preez out injured, Bok coach Heyneke Meyer should seriously consider giving Reinach a shot. He has that much needed X-factor which is very rare in scrumhalves nowadays...
22'- CONVERSION by Swiel.
Cheetahs 10-10 Sharks
21'- TRY to the Sharks!
A brilliant individual try from Sharks scrumhalf Reinach who breaks from a lineout on halfway to score!
His late father, Jaco Reinach, would have been proud of the pace on display there!
19' - A crucial mistake from Sharks fullback SP Marais as he boots out directly into touch just outside his own 22m area.
However, a stolen lineout brings relief for the Sharks...
18'- PENALTY slotted by Swiel from about 30m out to put the Sharks on the board.
Cheetahs 10-3 Sharks
17'- Goosen fails to find touch and from the ensuing counter-attack, the Sharks win a penalty after the ball is tapped out of Reinach's hands...
16'- After 12 phases, the Sharks can't force their way through. SP Marais almost scores in the corner after a sneaky dummy, but a try-saving tackle from Willie le Roux saves the day for the Cheetahs...
14'- Attacking lineout for the Sharks inside the Cheetahs 22m area. Can they make it count?
10'- The Sharks look a bit shell-shocked, like the Bulls were in the early stages of the earlier game at Newlands.
8'- CONVERSION by Goosen.
Cheetahs 10-0 Sharks
7'- TRY to the Cheetahs!
Flank Torsten Van Jaarsveld barges over after a dominant driving maul from the Cheetahs. A 30m driving maul which absolutely demolished the Sharks.
6'- A brilliant tactical from Goosen in behind the Sharks defence puts pressure on the visitors...
3'- Swiel misses the penalty attempt from about 40m out...
2'- The Sharks get a chance to hit right back when a Cheetahs man is caught off-side...
2'- Goosen slots the PENALTY from in front.
Cheetahs 3-0m Sharks
1'- An early kickable penalty for the Cheetahs as a Sharks defender tackles a Cheetahs without the ball. Dale Chadwick the culprit...
19:10 - Cheetahs flyhalf Johan Goosen gets play started...
19:08 - Jean Deysel leads out the Sharks. He captains them tonight, with regular skipper Bismarck du Plessis on the bench.
19:03 - LATE CHANGES TO SHARKS LINE-UP
Tera Mtembu is starting in the No 8 jersey in place of Ryan Kankowski.
JP Pietersen has also moved from right wing to outside centre, with Sibusiso Sithole moving to right wing.
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Referee: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry (South Africa), Francois de Bruin (South Africa)
TMO: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)
2014: Sharks won 19-8, Durban
2013: Cheetahs won 12-6, Durban
2013: Sharks 29-22, Bloemfontein
2012: Sharks won 34-15, Durban
2012: Sharks won 34-20, Bloemfontein
2011: Sharks won 23-18, Bloemfontein
2011: Sharks won 24-9, Durban
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Ryno Benjamin, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane
Substitutes: 16 Caylib Oosthuizen, 17 Luan de Bruin, 18 Carl Wegner, 19 Jean Cook, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Hennie Daniller.
15 SP Marais, 14 Sibusiso Sithole, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Tim Swiel, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Tera Mtembu, 7 Jean Deysel (captain), 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Dale Chadwick
Substitutes: 16 Thomas du Toit, 17 Bismarck du Plessis, 18 Jannie du Plessis, 19 Ettienne Oosthuizen, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Charl McLeod, 22 Odwa Ndungane, 23 Tonderai Chavhanga
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