SHARKS 27-9 HURRICANES
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Commentary by Sport24's Garrin Lambley
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18:50 - In next weekend's action, the Sharks enjoy a bye, while the Hurricanes travel to Cape Town to face the Stormers (Friday, February 28 at 19:10)
18:49 - Bitter-sweet win for the Sharks as they complete the victory, but only have two tries to show for their dominance
Will the missed bonus point come back to haunt them down the line?
18:49 - ***FULL-TIME IN DURBAN***
18:48 - Lambie lands another PENALTY as the Sharks ease to victory
18:45 - Lambie lands the PENALTY, putting the match beyond the visitors
18:44 - The Sharks appear to have given up on scoring the bonus point as somewhat bizarrely, stand-in skipper Jean Deysel opts to take a shot at goal instead of setting up the lineout.
18:42 - Both teams throwing everything at each other in the final five minutes as skipper Bismarck du Plessis departs the field, replaced by Kyle Cooper
18:40 - Hill will miss the remainder of the match.
Once again, the referee didn't bother waiting for TMO Veldsman's decision...
18:38 - The referee stops play to check for foul play - and yellow cards Hurricanes replacement Adam Hill for a dangerous tackle
18:38 - Hurricanes have every right to be fuming with referee Lees as the Sharks turn over the ball clearly illegally
18:36 - TEN minutes to play in Durban. Can the Sharks pick up two more tries?
18:32 - Lambie's conversion falls short of the uprights as the Sharks stretch ther lead to 21-9 after 67 minutes
18:31 - Referee Lees goes upstairs to TMO Shaun Veldsman who thankfully doesn't need to make a ruling as Lees does so himself after consulting the big screen
18:31 - Wing Lwazi Mvovo intercepts and beats the Hurricanes defence to the tryline
18:31 - TRY TO THE SHARKS!
18:23 - TWEET
Not meaning to jump the gun but I really feel Andrew Lees is Australia's most promising and most improved referee over the last 2 years - Jonathan Kaplan
18:21 - The Sharks have 22 minutes to score three further tries for a bonus point
18:21 - PENALTY for the Sharks, but they'll be thinking they should've got more than just the three points as the butcher a 3-on-2 overlap
18:20 - Jean Deysel (for Willem Alberts) and Stephan Lewies (for Anton Bresler) make an appearance
18:19 - PICTURE
SP Marais and Conrad Smith (Gallo Images)
18:19 - The Hurricanes are coming more and more into the match and enjoy their best phase of play.
18:17 - TWEET
Referee Andrew Lees is quite happy to allow the Hurricanes to have their hands all over the ruck, but woe betide a stray Sharks boot! - Ken Borland
18:15 - DOUBLE CHANGE FOR THE SHARKS
Lourens Adriaanse replaces Jannie du Plessis, while Charl McLeod takes over at No 9 from Cobus Reinach
18:14 - PENALTY TO THE HURRICANES
Barrett narrows the deficit to four points once again, as the Sharks lead 13-9 after 52 minutes
18:13 - The Hurricanes get a chance to run with the ball - and they're awarded a penalty - which is marched forward 10m after a Sharks player kicks the ball away
18:06 - The Sharks stretch their lead to seven points after 43 minutes
18:05 - Early PENALTY to the Sharks and Lambie steps up and lands the three-pointer
18:04 - Sharks coach Jake White appeared calm during his half-time interview, suggesting they knew the Hurricanes wouldn't be a push-over side today, but that he remains confident that if they do the basics well, they'll prevail
18:04 - AND THE SECOND HALF IS UNDER WAY
17:51 - No 8 Ryan Kankowski echoes as much, saying the Sharks aren't happy at all.
Jake White clearing his throat for some stern words in the shed no doubt...
17:50 - HALF-TIME IN DURBAN
Somewhat confusing first 40 minutes in Durban as the Sharks' pack has been absolutely dominant, yet they've only scored the one try and lead by four points
17:46 - MONSTER PENALTY
Fullback Marty Banks lines up - and lands - a 54m PENALTY!
Wow! Didn't think he had any hope of succeeding with that effort. Hurricanes within four points with two minutes remaining until half-time.
17:45 - TWEET
Error by Jonker .. ball was not fielded and was dropped . Play on ! - Jonathan Kaplan
17:44 - PICTURE
Good to see Cory Jane back on the field - Gallo Images
17:43 - The Sharks are penalised and 'Canes No 10 Beauden Barrett slots the PENALTY to get his team on the board after 35 minutes
17:43 - PENALTY TO THE HURRICANES
Unbelievably the Hurricanes are on the board!
17:40 - Into the final 10 minutes of the first half and the Sharks will want to capitalise on their dominance
17:39 - TWEET
Big crowd. Sharks all quality. Pace and power to the fore. Look highly
accomplished with just the right bit of swagger about them. - Clinton van der Berg
17:35 - The Hurricanes FINALLY get into the Sharks' half, thanks in main to scrumhalf TJ Perenara, but the ball is soon turned over and the Sharks counter attack
17:29 - Lambie adds the CONVERSION and the Sharks are out to a 10-0 lead after 21 minutes
17:28 - That man Willem Alberts, playing in his 50th Super Rugby match, crashes over for the first try of the match as the Sharks' pack abuse the Hurricanes' forwards and make their dominance count
17:28 - TRY TO THE SHARKS!
17:23 - Former Sharks and 23-Test Springbok cap Brent Russell spotted on the touchline
17:21 - The Hurricanes' front row of Jeffrey Toomaga-Allen, Dane Coles and Ben Franks certainly nothing to be sneezed at, but they're being handed a lesson is scrumming by the 'Beeeast' and the Du Plessis brothers Jannie and Bismarck
17:19 - TWEET
Saaaaks scrum eating Canes for breakfast!!serious pressure! - Breyton Paulse
Blunt force trauma via Jannie and Beast ... Too beautiful - Front Row Grunt
17:18 - Oh dear, butchered by No 8 Ryan Kankowski who fails to control the ball at the base and the Hurricanes turn it over and clear for touch
17:17 - Hurricanes scrum is absolutely destroyed!
Another penalty to the Sharks who turn down the three points and scrum again.
17:16 - NO TRY
Knock-on, scrum to the Hurricanes on their 5m line. Not something they will be relishing...
17:14 - LONG AFTERNOON FOR THE 'CANES
The Sharks scrum 'mauls' their opponents as the referee hands the Sharks another penalty - which the Sharks take quickly and grubber through for fullback SP Marais to chase...
He looks to have knocked it on as the referee consults the TMO
17:12 - PENALTY TO THE SHARKS
The Sharks take an early 3-0 lead after six minutes thanks to a penalty by flyhalf Patrick Lambie
17:11 - TWEET
Skew feed pinged early ... Lovely - Front Row Grunt
17:09 - TIGHT FIVE EQUAL
The tight fives for both sides weighing in at 575kg - as the first scrum results - predictably - in a free-kick for a skew feed.
No prize if you called that!
17:08 - Play under way in Durban. Stadium not full, but no announcement to the official figure
17:06 - CONGRATULATIONS...
To Sharks loose forward Willem Alberts who is playing in his 50th Super Rugby match
17:04 - Can't help but feel that with a match already under their belts, coupled with the fact the Hurricanes have made the long journey from Wellington - plus a number of injuries to key personal for the visitors - the Sharks would be disappointed not to pick up a bonus-point victory today.
17:04 - The Hurricanes run onto the field. Warm, sunny conditions at Growthpoint Kings Park
17:00 - READER COMMENT
That's an excellent record against the Hurricanes, Sharks by 17. Forever Sharks!!! - Stephen Trenam
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16:44 - PICTURE
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16:30 - Welcome to LIVE UPDATES and INTERACTIVE COMMENTARY of today's Super Rugby clash in Durban.
The Sharks are coming off a victory over the Bulls last weekend, while the Hurricanes will playing their first match of the season.
I'm going with the Sharks by 11.
Referee: Andrew Lees
Assistant referees: Marius Jonker, Stefan Breytenbach
TMO: Deon van Blommestein
2012: Hurricanes won 42-18, Wellington
2011: Sharks won 40-24, Durban
2010: Sharks won 29-26, Wellington
2009: Sharks won 33-17, Durban
2008: Sharks and Hurricanes drew 13-13, Wellington
2007: Sharks won 27-14, Durban
15. SP Marais, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Frans Steyn,
11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Ryan
Kankowski, 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Pieter-Steph du
Toit, 4. Anton Bresler, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis
(captain), 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17.
Dale Chadwick, 18. Lourens Adriaanse, 19. Stephan Lewies, 20. Jean
Deysel, 21. Charl McLeod, 22. Heimar Williams, 23. S’bura Sithole
15 Marty Banks, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Hadleigh
Parks, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade
Thomson, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 Mark Abbott, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3
Jeffrey Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks
Motu Matu'u, 17 Chris Eves, 18 John Schwalger, 19 Mark Reddish, 20 Adam
Hill, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Alapati Leiua, 23 James Marshall
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