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This was a disgrace to the game of rugby and both teams, Hoffmann should never be allowed on to a rugby field again— Ruggaworld (@RuggaWorld) May 16, 2015
This was a disgrace to the game of rugby and both teams, Hoffmann should never be allowed on to a rugby field again
Other refs told me there was a call for Hoffmann to be dropped after the Stormers-Canes game but nothing happened. mediocrity rewarded.— Brenden Nel (@BrendenNel) May 16, 2015
Other refs told me there was a call for Hoffmann to be dropped after the Stormers-Canes game but nothing happened. mediocrity rewarded.
Credit to the 'Tahs for taking their chances but the scoreline flatters them.
The Sharks can feel rightly aggrieved after several debatable refereeing decisions went against them.
79'- CONVERSION slotted by Foley.
Waratahs 33-18 Sharks
74'- It's a strong shove by the Sharks but the Waratahs manage to get it out to Foley who clears...
The Sharks still have a lineout inside the 22m area though...
It wasn't a shoulder charge by Beale. Grounding was 50-50 I reckon.— Simon Borchardt (@SimonBorchardt) May 16, 2015
It wasn't a shoulder charge by Beale. Grounding was 50-50 I reckon.
Possibly the worst reffing performance of the year here by Rohan Hoffmann. Shocking.— Brenden Nel (@BrendenNel) May 16, 2015
Possibly the worst reffing performance of the year here by Rohan Hoffmann. Shocking.
Just plain shocking referee in this game worst I have seen in my 43 years— Ruggaworld (@RuggaWorld) May 16, 2015
Just plain shocking referee in this game worst I have seen in my 43 years
70'- NO TRY!
The TMO says Sithole's knee was out before he dotted down.
Another debatable decision against the Sharks. Could easily have been a penalty try for a shoulder charge by Beale.
70' - This may well be a penalty try as it looks like Beale performed a shoulder charge on Sithole.
However, I can hear the referee say he was happy with the contact made by Beale.
70'- TMO CALL
Sithole is over in the corner but the TMO must check the grounding.
It was set up by Cronje, who gathered his own chip kick, before off-loading.
69'- PENALTY slotted by Foley.
Waratahs 26-18 Sharks
67'- Kickable penalty to the Waratahs after Pietersen is penalised for a deliberate knock-down while attempting an intercept.
Foley will line up for goal, about 35m out, slightly to the right of the uprights...
Not always his top fan but some slick touches from Frans Steyn at 12 in this one.— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) May 16, 2015
Not always his top fan but some slick touches from Frans Steyn at 12 in this one.
Another awful decision v Sharks! Beale falling over, into Cronje tackle which is therefore deemed high by Hoffman - Foley penalty #CitiSport— Ken Borland (@KenBorland) May 16, 2015
Another awful decision v Sharks! Beale falling over, into Cronje tackle which is therefore deemed high by Hoffman - Foley penalty #CitiSport
62'- PENALTY slotted by Foley.
Waratahs 23-18 Sharks
58'- CONVERSION slotted by Steyn.
Waratahs 20-18 Sharks
Sharks getting properly screwed over by refereeing in Sydney! Try awarded to Naiyaravoro but absolutely no evidence of grounding #CitiSport— Ken Borland (@KenBorland) May 16, 2015
Sharks getting properly screwed over by refereeing in Sydney! Try awarded to Naiyaravoro but absolutely no evidence of grounding #CitiSport
TRY: To Taqele Naiyaravoro and @NSWWaratahs up 20-11 over @TheSharksZA after 53 min. http://t.co/eXEENnpJWL #WARvSHA pic.twitter.com/3f4unjCoDi— Fox Sports Rugby (@FOXRugbyLive) May 16, 2015
TRY: To Taqele Naiyaravoro and @NSWWaratahs up 20-11 over @TheSharksZA after 53 min. http://t.co/eXEENnpJWL #WARvSHA pic.twitter.com/3f4unjCoDi
The TMO must have X-ray vision.— Simon Borchardt (@SimonBorchardt) May 16, 2015
The TMO must have X-ray vision.
Hoffmann now dangerously close to the new Bryce for popularity among South Africans.— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) May 16, 2015
Hoffmann now dangerously close to the new Bryce for popularity among South Africans.
53'- CONVERSION slotted by Foley.
Waratahs 20-11 Sharks
52'- TRY awarded to Taqele Naiyaravoro.
Shocking decision in my book. No way you can see that ball grounded there.
52'- TMO CALL
Giant right wing Taqele Naiyaravoro is over in the corner after a great backline move from the 'Tahs, but the TMO must decide...
Fine try Sharks, but not sure I'd want to be in Cheika's dressing room when he post mortems it ...— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) May 16, 2015
Fine try Sharks, but not sure I'd want to be in Cheika's dressing room when he post mortems it ...
50'- Steyn missed with his conversion attempt.
Waratahs 13-11 Sharks
48'- Odwa Ndungane scores in the corner as the Sharks catch the Waratahs cold.
The Sharks won a penalty inside their own half, before Cronje, spotting an opportunity, opted for a cross-kick which Ndungane chased down to score...
All over in Sydney. The Waratahs have run out victors in a very start/stop affair. The Waratahs scored from the first major play of the game with Ashley-Cooper getting over in the 1st minute. Steyn and Foley exchanged two penalties each to leave the score at 13 - 6 to the home side at half-time. In the second half, the Sharks briefly took the lead through a well-worked try for Ndungane in the 48th minute. The Waratahs hit back through a Naiyaravoro try in the 52nd minute. The Sharks would not lie down however, and scored through Steyn in the 57th minute closing the gap to two points. Foley again extended the lead with two further penalties and finally killed off the game when he scored and converted his own try after a mistake by Cronje.
Waratahs 33 Sharks 18
CONVERSION. WARATAHS. FOLEY! 33-18. Foley makes no mistake with the conversion.
One more chance for the Sharks get a losing bonus point after Beale knocks-on. They have a scrum on half-way.
TRY. WARATAHS. FOLEY! Cronje cannot control a low pass from Ungerer allowing Foley to kick the ball ahead, collect and go over under the posts.
The Sharks are penalised for holding on after the Waratahs managed to get players over the ball. Foley sets up a lineout just inside the Sharks half.
The Sharks have worked the ball into the Waratahs 22m area thanks to an excellent maul.
A hack ahead by the Sharks sees the Waratahs under immense pressure. The ball is buried under a mass of players. The Waratahs will have a scrum, 5m from their own line.
The Sharks may have scored! Sithole is over in the left-hand corner. The TMO will check the grounding and the tackle by Beale. That looks like a shoulder charge.
The TMO and referee seem to be happy with the tackle by Beale. They have ruled Sithole to be in touch. The Waratahs have a defensive 5m lineout.
PENALTY. WARATAHS. FOLEY! 26-18. Again, no mistake from the Waratahs fly-half. The Sharks will have to score twice to win.
Pietersen is penalised for knocking the ball down intentionally. Foley will kick at goal from roughly straight in front.
A kick ahead by Steyn places Ashley-Cooper under some pressure, but the veteran does well to secure the ball and then breakaway upfield.
The Sharks have a lineout in the Waratahs 22m area which they can't secure.
PENALTY. WARATAHS. FOLEY! 23-18. Foley eases the ball between the uprights, extending the Waratahs lead.
The Waratahs will now kick at goal after Cronje is penalised for a high tackle. This is straight out in front and should not be a problem for Foley.
The Waratahs turn down a very kickalble penalty as Chadwick is pinged for not rolling away. Foley sets up a lineout in the Sharks 22m area.
CONVERSION. SHARKS. STEYN! 20-18. Steyn makes no mistake from right in front of the uprights as he converts his own try.
TRY. SHARKS. STEYN! 20-16. The Sharks hit back! Ndungane made inroads after taking an inside pass. The ball was worked left with Ungerer finding Cronje. Beale came up in defence too fast, possibly looking for an intercept and Cronje delayed his pass to Steyn who cantered over.
CONVERSION. WARATAHS. FOLEY! 20-11. An excellent conversion by Foley from the right-hand touchline further extends the lead.
Naiyaravoro is over the line in the right-hand corner. Has he grounded it? The TMO will have a look.
Mvovo did will to bring the big man down, but his momentum got him over the line.
TRY. WARATAHS. NAIYARAVORO. 18-11. The try stands. Naiyaravoro has managed to ground the ball. That came after another extended period of attack by the Waratahs, eventually working the ball out to the right to Naiyaravoro in plenty of space. He is very difficult to stop in those situations.
Steyn misses with his conversion attempt, but the Sharks have narrowed the gap to 2 points.
A sustained period of Waratahs comes to an end after excellent defence by the Sharks. They win a penalty.
TRY. SHARKS. NDUNGANE! 13-11. Excellent inventiveness by the Sharks. Ndungane was hanging out on the right wing and instead of kicking for touch, Cronje found him with an excellent low, diagonal kick which the winger ran onto. That caught the Waratahs napping!
The Waratahs receive a penalty as Pietersen is pinged for not rolling away. Foley kicks to touch, setting up a line-out on the Sharks 22m area. The Waratahs make a hash of the line-out, gifting possession to the Sharks who clear upfield.
The Waratahs collect and Foley clears to touch. The referee initially rules the ball was taken back into the 22m area but the TMO helps him out and sets the record straight as the ball was not carried back.
The Waratahs have a chance to clear their lines as the Sharks are pinged for an early engagement at scrum time. Foley misses touch, the Sharks kick back down into space.
The ball comes out left, Mvovo makes metres, offloads to Sithole but he is tackled into touch.
Waratahs 13 Sharks 6
Cronje gets the second half underway. The Sharks win possession on the 22m area of the Waratahs.
The Sharks turn the ball over, Robinson concedes a penalty for side entry.
The TMO is going to be called into action after both packs come together for some "handbags at five paces". Something set that off.
Latu might be in some trouble here. He ran in from a long way away and pushed a Sharks player. He receives a warning.
The Waratahs have a chance to launch one final attack before half-time. Folau breaks, he is brought down 2m short of the line!
PENALTY. SHARKS. STEYN! 13-6. No mistake from the centre as he sends the ball sailing straight through the middle of the uprights. The Sharks close the gap to 7 points.
The Sharks have won a penalty after Beale is pinged for hands in the ruck. Steyn will kick at goal. He is around 38m out and 10m in from the left-hand touchline.
The Sharks attack is very static and predictable so far today. They take the ball through a number of phases, but have not really gained any ground.
Excellent defence by Beale sees Mvovo get ball and man at the same time. The ball goes into touch but off a Waratahs player. The Sharks will try again.
The Waratahs concede another scrum penalty, again Robinson going to ground. The Sharks setup a lineout on the 22m line of the Waratahs.
PENALTY. WARATAHS. FOLEY! 13-3. The Waratahs fly-half further extends their lead as he makes no mistake with his penalty attempt.
A strong scrum from the Waratahs wins them a penalty in a very kickable position. Foley will kick at goal from about 38m and slightly to the right of the uprights.
Excellent work by du Plessis, who wins the ball on the ground. The Sharks throw a forward pass as they look to spread the ball quickly. Harsh call, that wasn't forward at all.
A promising Sharks attack is thwarted as they are blown up for a penalty. Coetzee who initially broke away from a maul is the guilty party. Palu the man doing all the hard for the Waratahs. Foley clears to just before half-way.
PENALTY. WARATAHS. FOLEY! 10-3. Foley extends the Waratahs lead as he sends the ball sailing between the posts.
The Waratahs asking big questions of the Sharks defence with Foley and Hooper very prominent. The Waratahs lose possession but the Sharks are penalised for holding on. Foley will kick at goal from right out in front.
Another scrum penalty to the Sharks, this time Robinson is pinged for collapsing. Steyn will have a shot at goal from 35m out and slightly to the right of the uprights.
PENALTY. SHARKS. STEYN! 7-3. Steyn makes no mistake with his first attempt at goal. The Sharks narrow the gap to four points.
Hooper makes another clean break and is away from the Sharks defence. Someone the ball works itself free of his grip and he loses control. He is livid with himself.
Coetzee breaks down the blindside, finds Ungerer who after numerous juggles cannot control the ball.
Foley clears from the resultant scrum. The Sharks will try again. They have a lineout around 30m out from the Waratahs line.
Skelton secures another turnover, excellent play by the big lock.
The Sharks look to maul, but Skelton does brilliantly, firstly to stop the maul and then to prevent the ball from coming out. He wins a turnover for the Waratahs.
An excellent Sharks scrum results in a penalty as the Waratahs take the set piece to ground. They setup a lineout just outside the Waratahs 22m area.
Dennis bursts upfield after Mvovo can't hold onto the ball while challenging for an aerial ball. If he held that, he would have scored.
The Sharks haven't seen much of the ball yet, they have a chance now as the Waratahs knock-on. The Sharks will feed a scrum just inside their half. They choose to kick into Waratahs territory, the ball running out on the 22m line.
CONVERSION. WARATAHS. FOLEY! 7-0. Foley makes no mistake from right in front.
Foley gets us underway in Sydney as the Waratahs kick off. The Sharks secure and clear to half-way.
TRY. WARATAHS. ASHLEY-COOPER! 5-0. What a start from the home side. An inside ball finds Hooper in space, he draws Mvovo and off-loads to Ashley-Cooper on his inside who coasts over.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Super Rugby clash from Sydney where the Waratahs take on the Sharks.
The Waratahs make an enforced change this week with Stephen Hoiles starting at flank in place of Jacques Potgieter, who is injured.
Gary Gold has named an unchanged Sharks team this week.
In the last 5 matches between these two sides, the Waratahs have won 3 and lost 2. In fact, they have a very good record against the Sharks, winning 11 of the 17 fixtures between the two sides. This amounts to a 65% winning ratio. They have only lost on 5 occasions with one match ending in a draw. The average score in this fixture is Waratahs 28 Sharks 21.
In Sydney, the Waratahs have won 89% of their fixtures against the Sharks. They have met on 9 occasions, with the Sharks only winning once, way back in 2000. The remaining 8 fixtures have all been won by the home side.
Our referee tonight is Rohan Hoffmann.
Excellent conditions will greet the teams tonight, although there is some due around.
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