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80' - In next weekend's Round 13 action, the Sharks travel to Canberra to face the Brumbies (Saturday, May 10 at 11:40) while the Rebels host the Hurricanes in Melbourne (Friday, May 9 at 11:40)
80' - The Rebels pick up a point for losing by seven or fewer points. They stay seventh in the Australian Conference, but move ahead of the Lions and into 11th in the Overall log
80' - The Sharks pick up four points for the win to stretch their lead atop both the SA Conference and Overall standings
80' - Somewhat dodgy looking last penalty call by the referee. Sharks player clearly not in from behind the last man's feet, but Jake White's team will take the win
80' - Sharks win 22-16
80' - FULL-TIME IN MELBOURNE
80' - The siren has sounded but the Rebels play on...
78' - Last chance saloon for the Rebels as they run from inside their 22m area. Slow progress upfield...
76' - Sands of time running out for the Rebels...
74' - Six minutes for the Sharks to survive and break the SA drought in Australasia - and for my SuperBru pick to be spot on :)
FRANCOIS STEYN OFF TO JAPAN
Break in play, just long enough to tell you that Francois Steyn will be off to Japan after the Vodacom Super Rugby season and will miss the Rugby Championship.
Can't believe Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer is too thrilled...
Click HERE for the full article...
Sneaky mid-work break to watch the action! (via Twitter)
71' - Woodward's CONVERSION from the touchline is OVER!
Sharks lead 22-16 with just over eight minutes to play...
70' - Quick tap penalty taken and replacement hooker PAT LEAFA crashes over in the corner!
70' - TRY to the Rebels!
69' - Long chat to both skippers but crucially no sin-binning
68' - The Rebels are awarded a penalty which they kick to touch - and secure before rumbling forward.
Another penalty to the hosts. Will the referee shown a yellow card?
67' - The Rebels look to finish strong as they plunder forward - now only 5m out from the Sharks' tryline...
Fan 'selfie' from the stands at AAMI Park in Melbourne (via email from Terence)
65' - Frans Steyn adds the CONVERSION as the Sharks stretch their lead to 22-9 after 65 minutes
63' - Wing JP PIETERSEN scores his 34th try for the Sharks - and his first of the season as the Sharks counter-attack - and break Rebels hearts
63' - TRY to the SHARKS!
62' - JEAN DEYSEL has been massive for the Sharks today with 15 tackles!
The next best is six...
59' - The Sharks best be careful as the Rebels start to find their feet.
Will the travel factor play a role late in the match?
60' - A win is a win is a win as they say... and after last weekend's debacle against the Highlanders, Sharks coach Jake White will certainly take the four points for the victory and not care about how 'ugly' the win was...
Will this Rebels fan be smiling post-match? (Gallo Images)
55' - And it's GOOD!
First points of the second half go to the home side.
Sharks lead cut to 15-9 after 55 minutes
54' - Long range penalty attempt by Woodward...
51' - Scrappy play from both sides as the bad habits of the first half resurface
48' - Despite the massive pack of forwards the Sharks boast, they're bossed at the breakdown and the Rebels turn it over in their own 22m area.
The Rebels break out in spectacular fashion, but knock it on...
47' - It's been all-Sharks in the second half as they come close to scoring yet again, but will have to settle for a 5m lineout
43' - Talking of tries, the Sharks come very close to scoring their first as centre Heimar Williams is hauled down mere feet from the tryline
40' - Will we see any tries in the second 40? Time will tell...
40' - Under way in Melbourne for the second half!
40' - The Rebels have conceded 8 penalties to the Sharks' 3... most telling stat from the first 40 minutes
Stats from the first half tell a story...
40' - HALF-TIME IN MELBOURNE
The Sharks lead the Rebels 15-6 at the break.
Any way back for the Rebels or are the Sharks certainties to end SA's losing streak Down Under?
38' - And that man Steyn is on target yet again as he increases the Sharks' lead to 15-6 after 38 minutes
35' - The Sharks stretch their lead thanks to a fourth penalty by Steyn.
Sharks 12-6 after 35 minutes
33' - The Rebels on attack and they go close to scoring the opening try of the match, but alas, Jannie du Plessis of all players clears downfield!
Worth the price of admission!
30' - And the Sharks regain the lead as the Jack Parow-lookalike Frans Steyn lands his third successful penalty of the match to give the men from Durban a narrow 9-6 lead with 10 minutes to go until half-time
29' - Back on level terms as Woodward lands his second penalty of the match.
6-6 after 29 minutes
26' - The Sharks take the lead thanks to a second penalty by flyhalf Frans Steyn
6-3 to the visitors after 26 minutes
21' - And in the blink of an eye the Sharks are level... as Francois Steyn lands a penalty to give the Sharks their first points of the match after obstruction by the Rebels at the restart.
3-3 after 21 minutes in Melbourne
20' - The Rebels take a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes
19' - Woodward's attempt is GOOD!
18' - First chance for points in the match as the Rebels are awarded a penalty by referee Andrew Lees. Woodward lines up the shot at goal...
17' - The Sharks willing to swing the ball from within their own 22m area. Both teams in fact happy to give the ball some air as Rebels fullback Jason Woodward goes on a terrific 60m run
16' - Rebels on the attack and they head into Sharks territory, but the visitors turn the ball over and Steyn kicks deep into the Rebels' half...
11' - Marcell Coetzee leaves the field and is replaced by Keegan Daniel. Unsure what his ailment is at this stage...
10' - Very little to report after a helter-skelter start as the teams settle down into their game plan
Sport24 reader at the match (via email)
2' - No penalty try, but an early penalty to the Sharks. Skipper Bismarck du Plessis doesn't raise too much of a fuss...
1' - Dramatic start as the referee goes to his TMO after what looks like a deliberate knock-on over the deadball line by a Rebels defender
0' - And we're under way in Melbourne!
0' - Sharks in their all-white jerseys as the Rebels kick off
0' - Weather looks fine for running rugby at AAMI Park in Melbourne
Lions fan in Rebels clothing... (via email from Terence)
The Sharks have never lost to the Rebels.
Ok, granted, they have only ever played each other twice, but the last - and only - encounter in Melbourne ended in a narrow 34-32 win for the men from Durban.
SA WINLESS IN AUSTRALASIA
Thanks in main to the Cheetahs, Bulls and Stormers, SA have played 12 and lost 12 of their matches in Australasia this Super Rugby season.
Will it be 13th time lucky this morning... ?
As we prepare for kick-off, a quick look at the log standings...
The Sharks are top of both the SA Conference and the Overall standings on 31 points after nine matches, while the Rebels find themselves in fourth spot in the Australian Conference and 12th in the Overall log on 16 points after eight matches...
NEW SUPER 18 FORMAT
Have you managed to make head or tail of the new, proposed Super 18 format - which clearly favours SA?
If not, have a read of Tank Lanning's Sport24 column...
WHY SHARKS WILL REPEL REBELS
Sport24 chief writer Rob Houwing believe the Sharks will beat the Rebels in their own backyard today...
Click HERE to read Rob's reasoning...
SPORT24 'EXPERT' PICKS
Sport24's self-proclaimed experts - Editor Garrin Lambley and Chief Writer Rob Houwing - give you their thoughts on today's match.
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Referee: Andrew Lees (Australia)
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann, James Leckie (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)
2013: Sharks won 64-7, Durban
2011: Sharks won 34-32, Melbourne
15 Jason Woodward, 14 Male Sau, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Colby Fainga'a, 5 Luke Jones, 4 Cadeyrn Neville, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Cruze Ah-Nau
Substitutes: 16 Pat Leafa, 17 Max Lahiff, 18 Paul Alo-Emilie, 19 Hugh Pyle, 20 Sean McMahon, 21 Nic Stirzaker, 22 Tom Kingston, 23 Angus Roberts.
15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Francois Steyn, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (captain), 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Keegan Daniel, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Fred Zeilinga, 23 SP Marais
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