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Sjoe,so many linebreaks from Chiefs,but just can't finish it off,Saaaks hanging on for dear life!— Breyton Paulse (@BreytonPaulse) March 21, 2015
Sjoe,so many linebreaks from Chiefs,but just can't finish it off,Saaaks hanging on for dear life!
In other rugby news, 11-12 the score as the Sharks 13 beat the Chiefs 14 in Durban in SupeRugby.— Ben Karpinski (@followthebounce) March 21, 2015
In other rugby news, 11-12 the score as the Sharks 13 beat the Chiefs 14 in Durban in SupeRugby.
SHARKS 12 - 11 CHIEFS
The Sharks have held on with 13 men against the 14 of Chiefs. The Chiefs dominated the second half, but handling areas in the Sharks 22m area cost them dearly.
The talking point however will be the three red cards issued within the first 27 minutes of the first half.
68' - Cruden misses with the penalty attempt as the ball sails wide of the right hand upright. The score remains 12 - 11.
59' - PENALTY to the Sharks as they start to take control in the scrums. The Chiefs are pinged for collapsing. Lambie converts the penalty from 30m out and slightly to the right.
50' - PENALTY to the Chiefs. The ref has ruled that the Sharks turned that scrum through 90 degrees without getting some go forward at first. Tough call.
3 red cards in that half folks, I don't think I have ever seen anything like that. To top it off, the conditions are atrocious with strong winds, heavy rain and lightning.
What a strange half of rugby.
40' +2 -Lambie converts the penalty, excellent kick in these conditions.
HALF TIME AT KINGS PARK
SHARKS 9 - 11 CHIEFS
34' - TRY to the Chiefs! An excellent maul from the Chiefs after a clean lineout take, they maul it over the line where Cane gets over. Cruden cannot convert from 30m out and from just inside the right hand touchline. The ball just drifts past the left hand upright.
SHARKS 6 - 11 CHIEFS
30' - PENALTY to the Sharks. Chiefs going offside as Lambie tries a cross-kick. Lambie hits the upright but it bounces in and over the crossbar.
SHARKS 6 - 6 CHIEFS
Poor Angus Gardner. This match is positively apocalyptic. Must be doing his nut.— Clinton van der Berg (@ClintonV) March 21, 2015
Poor Angus Gardner. This match is positively apocalyptic. Must be doing his nut.
28' - PENALTY - Cruden converts the resulting penalty easily enough.
SHARKS 3 - 6 CHIEFS
23' - Lambie hits the left hand upright. Kicking will not be easy if this wind continues. The score remains 3 - 3.
The hooter goes and the visitors are hot on attack but again they spill it! The Sharks secure possession and hoof it into touch for an ugly but gutsy win.
The Sharks will be ecstatic to earn their first win over the Chiefs in six attempts. Their defence, which was a man down, held firm against a rampant Chiefs side. The conditions played a big role in the match, and the Chiefs will be rueing their errors on attack in the second half. Thanks for joining us, see you next week.
But the Sharks lose it! The Chiefs are on attack again and its that man Marshall who takes up to the 22m line with an amazing run!
They send it wide and there is a chip from Marshall, which Reinach cleans up in his own 22m. But Lowe is penalised for diving on the scrum-half. Lambie sets up the lineout on his 10m line.
It is a much better scrum from the Sharks and they make some metres off the back. But they don't protect the ball player and the Chiefs ruck over to win the ball.
The Chiefs earn another tight head and they run the ball up through Tom Marshall to the Sharks 22m. But again there is a knock on in the backline. They scrum down.
But the Sharks lose the scrum! The Chiefs keep it close with the forwards. Cruden slips back into the pocket for the drop goal from 15m out and right in front, but it slides to the left! That could have been the match-winner.
A great kick out of hand from Cruden and pressure from the chasers leaves Ndungane no choice but to run it out 10m from his own line. The Chiefs secure the lineout and rumble it up to within 5m until a knock on cues a Sharks scrum. The home side is just hanging on here.
The winger is caught in a smashing tackle from Gear, who is over the ball in a flash and earns a kickable penalty. Cruden is 44m out and 5m from the touchline. His kick goes right of the poles.
But the conditions are very wet and the Chiefs knock it on, giving the ball to Ndungane who takes it up with vigour and verve.
It''s the Chiefs camped on the Sharks line until the Sharks turn it over again. Reinach clears the ball, but the Chiefs take it quickly.
It's that man McKenzie who creates chaos after fielding the kick-off, beating five defenders and skipping through to the Sharks 22m line. But again staunch defence leads to turnover after the tackler is penalised for holding on.
PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE, 12-11. After an number of phases the Chiefs infringe at ruck time and Lambie pops over an easy three pointer.
Another high bomb from Lambie is missed from the Chiefs full-back and left to bounce, but the winger luckily grabs it. He is tackled by Pietersen, forcing a knock on, but then the Sharks do the same.
Its well controlled as the ball goes down the backline but it slips through Lambie's hands. Luckily for the hosts, Marais cleans up behind the gain line and Sharks recover.
The Chiefs knock it on and they scrum down on the Sharks 10m line. The home side produces a huge shove, earning the penalty. Lambie sets up the lineout on the 22m line.
Another great break from Reinach sees him tip-toe down the near side touchline, but he is brought down after 20m on the Chiefs 22m. Again the Chiefs take it quickly and make valuable metres, eventually running it out of their own half.
But the Sharks are great on defence, earning the turnover via the penalty. Botha contested expertly for the ball there.
The Chiefs go off their feet at ruck time and Lambie gets handed the kicking tee, but he pushes his attempt wide. The Chiefs are full of running and Cruden puts in another chip, which is amazingly re-gathered.
But the Chiefs run it back and McKenzie expertly darts through a gap! The try line is beckoning but his winger couldn't hang on to the final pass! That's a gift for the Sharks.
Again the full-backs and fly-halves of the respective teams search for territory. The ball eventually rolls into the Sharks in-goal area and Marais dots it down. Lambie goes deep from the 22m drop-out.
Cruden gets the second 40 underway, kicking from right to left. The rain is still teeming down and we are sure to see a lot of scrums this half.
PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE, 9-11. Chiefs prop Mackintosh slips his bind at the scrum and the penalty is awarded to the Sharks. Lambie makes no mistake.
What a bizarre 40 minutes of rugby. No fan would have predicted three reds cards in a half dominated by ill-discipline, but to be fair to referee Gardner has handled it well and the cards fitted the crimes.
What a frenetic passage of play. Both teams with enterprising back play in the Chiefs half, with the visitors trying a couple of times to run it out of their own 22m only to turn it over each time. A scrum is eventually awarded as their is no advantage from the knock on. The scrum down on the Chiefs 22m.
Cruden just shaves the left hand upright, failing to add the extras.
TRY, CHIEFS, CANE, 6-11. The hooker gets to the back of the rolling maul and the Chiefs forwards rumble over the line. A textbook try indeed.
There is a nifty break down the far side touch from Seta Tamanivalu, who chips ahead. The bounce could have gone anywhere, but it fell safely for Marais who ran it out on his own 5m line.
PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE, 6-6. The number 10 makes them pay.
The Chiefs are under huge pressure on their line following a huge cross kick from Lambie. Lowe struggles to deal with it and takes it over the dead ball line. But its all for naught, as a Chiefs player cynically impeded Ndungane from making a play on the ball.
PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN, 3-6. The radar is still working for he slight fly-half.
RED CARD, SHARKS, STEYN. Cruden gets gang-tackled by Steyn and Reinach and tipped passed the 180. He landed horribly on his head. Thankfully the number 10 is ok, in fact, he is lining up the three pointer.
The Chiefs go deep off the restart and the Sharks run it back but knock it on in the difficult conditions. The Chiefs try to play quickly but the pass goes into touch on the near side touchline.
There is a superb break from Reinach who makes 10m before he is dragged own. JP Pietersen knocks it on on the following move, but the Chiefs had already infringed at ruck time. Lambie lines up the penalty kick.
But it hits the left hand upright and bounces harmless over the dead ball line.
The wind has picked up and the heavens have opened here at Kings Park.
The Chiefs execute a move off the back of the lineout and take the ball up into the Sharks half. A smashing tackle from Steyn leads to scrum on the Sharks' 10m line.
The Chiefs work hard on defence and force a spill, with Cruden sending the ball back.
RED CARD, SHARKS, BISMARK DU PLESSIS. A slow-mo replay reveals the hooker kicking a Chiefs player in the head off the ball. Disgusting.
RED CARD, CHIEFS, ELLIOT. The replay reveals Elliot planting his shoulder squarely on the head of Mtawarira totally off the ball. Gardner shows the hooker the red card and Elliot off to the showers.
Messam is penalised for coming in from the side and Lambie sets up a lineout on the Chiefs 5m line. They set up the driving maul which gains momentum. They are over the line and the referee goes upstairs.
Great break in a set move from Lambie who gets the one handed offload to Reinach in the centre of the park. The Sharks rumble it up to 5m from the line.
There is a promising attack up the middle of the field from the Chiefs and Cruden dabs a little chip through, but its fielded nicely by SP Marais, who gets hammered in a no-arms tackle. Steyn lines up the touch finder from the penalty.
The kicking battle resumes and Cruden eventually puts it out on the Sharks 10m line. There is a break in play as Mouritz Botha loses a contact lens. Thy are really battling get this one in, but the big man does need to receive some lineouts so its important.
PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN, 3-3. The Chiefs pivot shows perfect from and smashes this one over with ease.
Frans Steyn is pinged for not supporting his body weight and Cruden points to the poles. Its no gimme though, as he is bang on halfway.
The Sharks win the early kicking duel, earning a lineout on the Chiefs 22m line after McKenzie's clearing kick was put under pressure.
PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE, 3-0. Japanese international Leitch fails to roll away at ruck time. Lambie slots an easy three pointer from 25m out and right in front.
Referee Angus Gardner signals the start of the first half, with Sharks pivot Patrick Lambie kicking from right to left.
Hello and welcome to coverage of the Sharks versus the Chiefs, coming to you live from Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban.
There is just one enforced change to the Sharks starting line-up as Marco Wentzel comes into the second-row to replace the injured Pieter-Steph du Toit, who has been Super Rugby?s top lineout winner this season.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs have made four changes with Sonny Bill Williams the most notable absentee. Tamanivalu and Andrew Horrell form a new midfield partnership with Nanai-Williams also ruled out. In the front row, Mackintosh and Siate Tokolahi are drafted into the starting lineup.
The Sharks will be looking to end a drought of six straight losses against the Chiefs. The giants did not play each other last year, but the last clash between them saw the Hamilton-based franchise run out 37-29 victors at home.
Its a very warm evening in Durban and while its dry at the moment, there is a 40% chance of thundershowers. finally, there is not much wind for the kickers to worry about.
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