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Lions v Crusaders - 16:30
Stormers v Chiefs - 19:00
Full time score. The @Hurricanesrugby win 41-0 #HURvSHA pic.twitter.com/rrLHGOosNe— The Sharks (@TheSharksZA) July 23, 2016
Full time score. The @Hurricanesrugby win 41-0 #HURvSHA pic.twitter.com/rrLHGOosNe
NEW ZEALAND 2-FROM-2
That's two victories for New Zealand from the first two quarter-finals.
Over to you Crusaders and Chiefs to complete a NZ-blanket on the semi-finals
HISTORY IN WELLINGTON
First time a team has been kept scoreless in Super Rugby playoffs
And remember, the Sharks boasted the best defensive record in the tournament!
The gulf in class was eye-opening.
Wherever Allister Coetzee watched the match from today, he'd have to be a very, very worried man.
FULL-TIME: Hurricanes 41-0 Sharks
80' - Woodward adds the conversion
Sharks have been absolutely shocking tonight. Embarrasing to put it mildly in conditions that should've kept matters on an even keel
80' - TRY HURRICANES!
Correct. Players have been pathetic tonight. https://t.co/cdS2JxWZ6k— Ken Borland (@KenBorland) July 23, 2016
Correct. Players have been pathetic tonight. https://t.co/cdS2JxWZ6k
76' - Canes break out from their own 22m
Sharks have giving up tackling. Julian Savea swats off a feable effort from JP Pieterson.
Shocking from a Springbok...
Is Gold the right man for the Sharks still ?— Ruggaworld (@RuggaWorld) July 23, 2016
Is Gold the right man for the Sharks still ?
74' - Hurricanes' previous biggest winning margin against the Sharks was 24 points...
@craigray11 I think they just want them to do something ??— Front Row Grunt (@FrontRowGrunt) July 23, 2016
@craigray11 I think they just want them to do something ??
I fear for Curwin's career in Gary Gold's hands. Umnqwazi wam awuqini tu sbari.— Sibusiso Mjikeliso (@Sbu_Fundraiser) July 23, 2016
I fear for Curwin's career in Gary Gold's hands. Umnqwazi wam awuqini tu sbari.
@FrontRowGrunt Coenie to 12?— Zelím Nel (@Zels77) July 23, 2016
@FrontRowGrunt Coenie to 12?
70' - Commentator Justin Marshall continues to be baffled by the Sharks simply kicking away the ball
You and me too brother...
69' - Commentators mention no playoff team has ever been kept scoreless
Sharks set to make unwanted history!
JL du Preez and Phillip vd Walt haven't stopped tonight. They gonna be hating on a few teammates later. #HURvSHA— Craig Ray (@craigray11) July 23, 2016
JL du Preez and Phillip vd Walt haven't stopped tonight. They gonna be hating on a few teammates later. #HURvSHA
66' - Hurricanes still running strong as we near the final 10 minutes
Suffice it to say the Sharks will be baying for the final whistle
65' - Just gets worse and worse for the Sharks as basic errors continue to riddle their play.
My gosh Gary Teichmann has his work cut out for him as Sharks CEO!
64' - Both sides look to have emptied their benches
Hurricanes will now have an eye on next weekend's semi-final - which they will host.
That's why The Lions have been playing so well,they won't just kick aimlessly,instead they have a go first before kicking ball away #Fact— Breyton Paulse (@BreytonPaulse) July 23, 2016
That's why The Lions have been playing so well,they won't just kick aimlessly,instead they have a go first before kicking ball away #Fact
Let us not blame travel or the weather on getting totally destroyed on the pitch within 60minutes— #RugbyFifteen.com (@RugbyFifteen) July 23, 2016
Let us not blame travel or the weather on getting totally destroyed on the pitch within 60minutes
61' - More baffling play by Willie le Roux
Down 34-0 and he simply kicks the ball away
HAVE A GO SON!
61' - Hurricanes remove Barrett, Perenara and Ardie Savea
Sharks will be hoping they don't bother to replace them...
60' - Sharks change their entire front row
No point keeping them warm on the bench now...
Chiliboy Ralepelle, Dale Chadwick and Thomas du Toit all on now
59' - Try to scrumhalf TJ Perenara
Massive gap opens up metres from the tryline. Too easy.
Sharks out on their feet with 20 minutes to play
59' - TRY HURRICANES!
He can learn a lot from Barrett. Would you call this a mentorship decision? ?? https://t.co/ePSP6yS0ON— Shawn Belluigi (@icarusjhb) July 23, 2016
He can learn a lot from Barrett. Would you call this a mentorship decision? ?? https://t.co/ePSP6yS0ON
56' - No let up from the home side as they pile on the pressure and rampage forward, smothering the Sharks.
Sharks have a lineout - on their own 5m line
56' - There was a time SA teams out-muscled NZ opponents
Not any more...
Presies wat ek sé di leeus moet doen hou di bal weg van hulle dt vristeur di nz landers https://t.co/Q59a11Gqhz— kevin barnard (@kevinbarnard6) July 23, 2016
Presies wat ek sé di leeus moet doen hou di bal weg van hulle dt vristeur di nz landers https://t.co/Q59a11Gqhz
54' - More substitions for the Sharks
Garth April leaves the field after a nightmare outing, Curwin Bosch on in his place
The class of 2005 was absolute trash... alongside last year's rabble bunch and the 2000 team https://t.co/JSZu89C25g— Khanyiso Tshwaku (@kaymorizm) July 23, 2016
The class of 2005 was absolute trash... alongside last year's rabble bunch and the 2000 team https://t.co/JSZu89C25g
It's safe to say the Sharks won't miss Willie le Roux— Khanyiso Tshwaku (@kaymorizm) July 23, 2016
It's safe to say the Sharks won't miss Willie le Roux
52' - Substitutions from both sides
Michael Claassens departs after a horror performance, replaced by Stefan Ungerer
Julian Savea on for Cory Jane
52' - Barrett lands the conversion
Men against boys now I'm afraid
Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has every reason to be a worried man...
50' - Unbelievable Hurricanes, take a bow!
TJ Perenara having the game of his life as the Sharks fall off tackles left, right and centre
50' - TRY HURRICANES!
OH. MY. WORD!
46' - Scrumhalf TJ Perenara breaks down the left-hand touchline before offloading to wing Jason Woodward who scores!
Barrett rubs salt into the Sharks' wounds with the conversion
46' - Chalk that try up to a woeful kick by Sharks fullback Willie le Roux
For those Bok fans wanting to know if the No 15 has improved, the answer is a resounding NO!
TRY, HURRICANES, SHIELDS! 39-0: Hurricanes seal the win with a brilliant pass from Gibson-Park and then a try from Brad Shields. They have given the Sharks no chance of scoring or winning.
CONVERSION, HURRICANES, WOODWARD! 41-0: Jason Woodward slots in the penalty to complete the absolute domination of the Hurricanes over the Sharks. The lead is 41 points.
Full time: Hurricanes 41-0 Sharks. Hurricanes progress through to the next stage and the Sharks are out after a poor performance. The Hurricanes outplayed the Sharks and have won with a big margin after scoring 6 tries. Sharks were not able to score a single point.
Julian Savea cuts through the defence and puts in a good run to cover some good ground. Mark Abbott ends up conceding a penalty for going off his feet in the ruck.
The Hurricanes have scored five tries so far, Sharks have not scored a single point. Hurricanes are controlling the possession in these final minutes.
Hurricanes concede another penalty, through Vince Aso for not releasing the ball.
Going into the final 10 minutes and the Hurricanes have really dominated the game. Sharks have not been able to score any points.
The overall possession is almost 50-50 but the Sharks just have not done enough with their possession.
Hurricanes concede another penalty, through Loni Uhila for incorrect binding.
Over an hour into the game and the Sharks have not scored yet. Thomas du Toit concedes a penalty for obstruction.
CONVERSION, HURRICANES, BARRETT! 34-0: Beauden Barrett makes no mistake in adding on the extras and the lead is pushed to 34 points.
TRY, HURRICANES, PERENARA! 32-0: Perenara has set up a few tries today and this time he takes it over the try line to score his 7th try of the season.
Coenie Oosthuizen concedes another penalty, Sharks really not looking like they want to score. Hurricanes on the other hand have gone from strength to strength.
Sharks concede another penalty, through Coenie Oosthuizen for boring in at the scrum.
CONVERSION, HURRICANES, BARRETT! 27-0: Barrett adds on the extras and the lead is 27 points. Sharks have not scored at all so far.
TRY, HURRICANES, FIFITA! 25-0: Another try for the Hurricanes and they are really putting Sharks under pressure. This one is a long range try and Fifita puts in a great run.
CONVERSION, HURRICANES, BARRETT! 20-0: Barrett makes no mistake in adding the extras on and Hurricanes continue where they left off in the first half.
TRY, HURRICANES, WOODWARD! 18-0: Perenara slices through the defence to create a chance and then Woodward takes it over the line. Perenara has set up all the tries for the Hurricanes so far.
Franco Marais concedes a penalty for going off his feet in the ruck. The possession is evenly distributed between the teams so far in the second half.
Beauden Barrett concedes a penalty for not releasing the ball and the Hurricanes concede the first penalty in the second half.
Second half begins.
Half time: Hurricanes 13-0 Sharks.
Hurricanes have really dominated this game and Sharks have not scored even after a few chances. Hurricanes hold a 13-point lead.
Garth April misses another kickable penalty from just right of the posts, they have really not kicked well.
Another penalty conceded by the Hurricanes, this time through Dane Coles for not releasing the ball.
The Sharks concede another penalty, this time for being caught offside.
The Hurricanes have really turned this game around, after not playing well for the first few minutes.
Tendai Mtawarira is penalised for not releasing the ball and Sharks concede a penalty.
Hurricanes concede another penalty through Dane Coles for not releasing the ball.
Barrett fails to add on the extras but the Hurricanes have a healthy 13 point lead.
TRY, HURRICANES, MARSHALL! 13-0: Perenara creates another chance for the Hurricanes and this time it is Marshall who goes through the defence and scores the try.
The conversion to the try is missed as Barrett drives the kick wide, but the Hurricanes have the possession and are looking more positive now.
TRY, HURRICANES, UHILA! 8-0: Perenara's pass creates a nice opportunity for the Hurricanes, and Uhila takes the ball over the line for the first try of the game.
The Hurricanes have settled into this game now and are slowly looking better. Coenie Oosthuizen concedes a penalty for collasing the scrum.
PENALTY, HURRICANES, BARRETT! 3-0: Beauden Barrett gets the penalty goal right and Hurricanes take the lead.
Garth April concedes the first Sharks penalty for not rolling away from the ruck.
Garth April fails to get the penalty goal right again and Sharks miss another chance to take the lead.
Hurricanes are caught offside and concede another penalty.
Hurricanes concede another penalty, this time through Victor Vito for collapsing the maul. The score is 0-0 after the first five minutes, with Sharks dominating the possession.
Willie Le Roux returns a kick and the Sharks make a break and cover some good ground in the Hurricanes territory.
Garth April fails to give Sharks the lead as he kicks the penalty goal wide of the uprights. It is very windy around the ground.
The Hurricanes concede the first penalty of the game, through Ben May for being offside of the ruck.
Kick off! First half begins.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the SuperRugby clash between the Hurricanes and Sharks from the Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
Chris Boyd has made three changes to the Hurricanes for this quarter final. Matt Proctor returns from injury and comes in at the centre. Jason Woodward moves to the left wing and Julian Savea is benched. Reggie Goodes is injured and Loni Uhila replaces him. Ben May comes in for Chris Eves.
Sharks have made a lot of changes, Willie le Roux comes back as full-back, Paul Jordaan returns as centre and flanker Jean-Luc du Preez also comes back from injury. JP Pietersen returns to the wing, Michael Claasens replaces Ungerer at scrum-half.
Hurricanes: 15 James Marshall, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Willis Halaholo, 11 Jason Woodward, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Vaea Fifita, 3 Ben May, 2 Dane Coles (c), 1 Loni Uhila
Sharks: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Garth April, 9 Michael Claasens, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Jean-luc du Preez, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Stefan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Glen Jackson is the referee today with Nick Briant and Paul Williams assisting him. Glenn Newman is the TMO.
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