FULL-TIME: SHARKS 28-12 PUMAS. In the end the Sharks hold on to win this and claim maximum points. They cannot be too happy with the performance but in the end a win is a win. Thank you for joining us.
This match will finish the way it started, Handling errors continue to hamper the game.
Needless to say another skew line-out throw messes things up for the attacking team in this game.
The Sharks secure a penalty after a shoulder charge and Du Preez finds touch just inside the Pumas half.
The Pumas continue to push forward with some clever play, but the Sharks do even better to turn it over.
After all that good flowing running rugby we are now seeing a few handling errors again.
The Pumas come close and then secure a five metre scrum after a Sharks knock-on. This then leads to a free-kick at the scrum.
The Pumas need to strike back soon or else the Sharks will run away with this.
CONVERSION, SHARKS, DU PREEZ! 28-12: Du Preez adds the extras yet again.
TRY, SHARKS, BOSCH! 26-12: Akker van der Merwe secures a turn-over and after some swift handling the ball finds it way to Bosch in open space. The rest is history and the Sharks are now on fire!
CONVERSION, SHARKS, DU PREEZ! 19-12: Du Preez adds the extras.
TRY, SHARKS, FASSI! 17-12: And there it is! Robert Du Preez sends a cross-kick into space and the bounce favours Fassi! Great vision Robert du Preez!
TRY, SHARKS, DEYSEL! 12-12: It had to come eventually! Johan Deysel scores after Ward receives the ball. It then finds it's way to Schoeman, who in turn sends Deysel away for a converted try! Great work and may we see more of that please!
Bosch fails to control a high up and under and it spills forward. The Sharks then have an opportunity that is wasted by a forward pass from van Wyk. What is going on here? I have asked that before!
The Pumas suddenly have a spring in their step and are now controlling the tempo of the game. Well for the last five minutes anyway.
The Pumas secure two penalties in succession and on both occasions decide to run it.
Dear oh dear! The handling errors continue from both teams.
The Sharks secure the first penalty of the half after a high tackle and Du Preez finds touch.
Kick-off! We are back underway in the second half.
TRY, PUMAS, ROETS! 7-10: The Sharks only have themselves to blame, They have made mistake after mistake and eventually they go into the break behind. It started with a simple Ungerer kick into space and the bounce favoured the Pumas. In the end the rest is history as Roets goes over to score!
CONVERSION, PUMAS, SMITH! 7-12: This time Smith slots the conversion.
HALF-TIME: SHARKS 7-12 PUMAS. In what was probably not the best rugby we have ever seen, the Pumas lead at the break. Robert Du Preez senior will not be happy, as his team dominated this game thus far. The Sharks need to cut down on all their handling errors and then they will secure maximum points. Please join us soon to see if they can.
TRY, PUMAS, ISBELL! 7-5: Just what the Pumas wanted at the stroke of the break. They secure a penalty and drive to within five metres of the line, before a loft-pass finds Isbell to score! The conversion is missed.
After a great chip and charge Christopher Smith is into a gap and he makes good ground.
The errors are back and this time Louw cant hold onto the ball and the Pumas have the scrum.
The Sharks release the pressure after a knock-on and the Pumas survive.
After more pressure the Sharks secure a five metre scrum, but then a Dan Du Preez is held up.
The Sharks secure a penalty, but this time their driving maul is forced into touch by some good Pumas defence.
The Sharks have found their feet and are increasing the pressure again.
CONVERSION, SHARKS, DU PREEZ! 7-0: Robert Du Preez converts the try and adds the extras.
The Sharks secure a scrum penalty and Robert Du Preez finds touch inside the Pumas 22. Can the Sharks make them pay?
TRY, SHARKS, WARD! 5-0: The Sharks driving maul works well and Andrews moves the ball wide after some good follow-up work Ward makes no mistake and scores!
The Pumas secure the line-out and drive forward. The Sharks turn the ball over and then Fassi loses the ball forward in no contact whatsoever! What is going on here?
The frustration continues. Now the Sharks give away a penalty for not releasing the ball and again the Pumas find touch near the 22.
After a knock-on by Schreuder the Sharks now feed a scrum in the Pumas half. This is rather frustrating.
The Pumas then give away an offside penalty and Robert Du Preez finds a good touch.
After finally making their way into the Sharks 22 they mess it up with a skew throw at the line-out. What a waste!
The Sharks concede a penalty after a shocking late tackle on Skorbinski. The Pumas find touch inside the Sharks 22.
The Pumas feed a scrum after a forward pass and that leads to a free-kick at the scrum for early engagement by the Sharks. Relief for the Pumas.
After more intense Sharks pressure they feed a scrum near the Pumas 22. This is how it started for the Pumas last week against Western Province. That cannot be good news.
Lwazi Mvovo is down injured. Let us hope it is not a serious head injury. He is off for a HIA.
Early pressure from the Sharks put the Pumas under pressure near their line. It is a very small crowd but one can only assume that the Durban weather can be blamed for that.
Kick-off! We are underway here in a chilly Durban.
Welcome to Kings Park for this Currie Cup Premier Division clash between the Sharks and the Pumas.
The Sharks are currently in third position on the log, while the Pumas are fifth.
The Pumas beat Griquas in their opening game but were beaten convincingly by Western Province last week. They will have to tighten their defence against the Sharks to prevent another heavy defeat.
The Sharks have made two changes to their team that got the better of the Free State last weekend. Luke Stringer and Aphelele Fassi starts in place of Wian Vosloo and Curwin Bosch respectively. They both shift to the bench. Akker van der Merwe provides a boost, as he also returns to the bench.
Team Sharks: 15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Luke Stringer, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Gideon Koegelenberg, 3 John-Hubert Meyer, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle (c), 1 Juan Schoeman. Replacements: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Khutha Mchunu, 18 Andrew Evans, 19 Wian Vosloo, 20 Cameron Wright, 21 Johan Deysel, 22 Curwin Bosch.
Team Pumas: 15 Gerrit Smith; 14 Niel Maritz, 13 Ryan Nell, 12 Hennie Skorbinski, 11 Ruwellyn Isbel; 10 Christopher Smith, 9 Stefan Ungerer; 8 Willie Engelbrecht, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Le Roux Roets, 3 Marné Coetzee, 2 Marko Janse van Rensburg, 1 Khwezi Mona. Replacements: 16 Frankie Herne, 17 Andrew Beerwinkel,18 Cameron Lindsay, 19 Francois Kleynhans, 20 Reynier van Rooyen, 21 Jeandré Rudolph, 22 Trompie Pretorius.
The Pumas have included former Sharks loose forward Francois Kleinhans to their bench for this important clash. Marko Jansen van Rensburg will start at at hooker, while Hugo Klopper replaces Cameron Lindsay at lock. Amongst the backs Ruwellyn Isbel replaces JP Lewis at left wing.
Our referee is Cwengile Jadezweni and he will be assisted by Archie Sehlako and Graciano Pienaar. The TMO is Christie du Preez.
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