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As it happened: Highlanders 48-15 Sharks

2015-05-01 11:25
Last Updated at 01:09
01 May 11:37

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01 May 11:33
Highlanders and All Black scrumhalf Aaron Smith kept the Sharks guessing... (Getty Images)
01 May 11:29
But credit must be given to the Highlanders for adopting an enterprising, attacking style. Their skill set was far superior to the Sharks and it was a pleasure to watch them with ball in hand. South Africa's 'attack coaches' can have a look at how the Kiwis do things.
01 May 11:24

A dreadful performance from the Sharks!

Poor skill set from the players, lack of intent on attack and simply no commitment on defence.

They have some serious problems...

01 May 11:21
FULL-TIME: Highlanders 48-15 Sharks
01 May 11:21
80'- The game ends when right wing Sibusiso Sithole knocks it on out wide after receiving a poor pass from Hoffmann. Why the Sharks decided to replace Reinach with Hoffmann is baffling to say the least...
01 May 11:19
80'- Sharks with one last attacking chance outside the Highlanders 22 as the hooter sounds...
01 May 11:18

79'- Marty Banks's conversion attempt is just away to the left...

Highlanders 48-15 Sharks

01 May 11:17
77'- Replacement loose forward Elliot Dixon goes over in the corner after a concerted period of attack. Great leg drive there to force himself over!
01 May 11:17
77'- TRY to the Highlanders!
01 May 11:16
76'- The Highlanders set up a driving maul close to the Sharks tryline. Can they hot the half century mark?
01 May 11:14
75'- Commentator Justin Marshall pokes fun: You know it's a tough day at the office when you start tackling yourself."
01 May 11:14

74' - It's a comedy of errors as Sharks centre Andre Esterhuizen, trying to get into possession to take a pass, falls over his own feet!

01 May 11:12
72' - Some enterprise on attack from the Sharks but unfortunately Wentzel knocks it on out wide. Terrible skill set...
01 May 11:10

70'- Replacement flyhalf Lionel Cronje hits the left hand upright with his conversion attempt, and misses.

Highlanders 43-15 Sharks

01 May 11:09
69'- Bismarck du Plessis scores after a dominant driving maul from a lineout. That's the only way they can score tries it seems.
01 May 11:09
69'- TRY to the Sharks!
01 May 11:08
69'- Sharks sub: Botha on for Alberts.
01 May 11:06
67'- Highlanders subs: Aaron Smith and Sopoaga off, replaced by Tanaka and Emery.
01 May 11:04

67'- CONVERSION slotted by Sopoaga.

Highlanders 43-10 Sharks

01 May 11:04

65'- Reserve prop Brendon Edmonds scores under the posts for the Highlanders.

It all started after they counter-attacked from a turnover inside their own half. Terrific running rugby!

01 May 11:03
65' - TRY to the Highlanders!
01 May 11:02
64'- Another turnover and the Highlanders counter...
01 May 11:01
63'- This appears the Sharks' only method of attack...
01 May 11:01
63'- A strong driving maul from the Sharks brings play into the Highlanders 22m area...
01 May 11:00
62'- A welcome penalty at scrum time for the Sharks. It gives them the chance to set up a linoeut inside Highlanders territory...
01 May 10:58
60'- Sharks sub: Chadwick on for Mtawarira.
01 May 10:57
60'- Sharks sub: Stevens on for Adriaanse.
01 May 10:57

59'- Sopoaga's conversion attempt hits the uprights and goes to the right.

Highlanders 36-10 Sharks

01 May 10:56
58'- TRY awarded to Aaron Smith. Only one team on the park now...
01 May 10:55


Another TMO call as Aaron Smith barges over. The referee though wants to check for a forward pass from Buckman to Smith. It was a great break from Buckman in midfield.

01 May 10:53

57'- CONVERSION slotted by Sopoaga.

Highlanders 31-10 Sharks

01 May 10:53

56' - TRY awarded to Mark Reddish!

Silly from Hoffmann who took too long to dot the ball dead after it got slapped back from a lineout, before the Highlanders lock caught him out to dot down first.

01 May 10:51


Lock Mark Reddish is claiming a try after he caught Hoffmann napping behind the goalline.

01 May 10:50

55'- Esterhuizen clears for the Sharks, but not very far...

The Sharks scrum also appears under massive pressure here.

01 May 10:50
54'- Highlanders butcher a try when Sopoaga knocks it on in front of the tryline. Scrumhalf Aaron Smith took too long to pass there...
01 May 10:48
52'- Marty Banks is on for Ben Smith at fullback for the Highlanders, with the All Black fullback off for a concussion test.
01 May 10:46
50'- Commentator Tony Johnson is so right when he says: "Chasing a game 14 points down is so tough when your best method of attack is the driving maul."
01 May 10:45
50' - Now JP Pietersen drops it cold in midfield. Terrible skills from the Sharks backs...
01 May 10:43


Highlanders 302

Sharks 160

01 May 10:41
47'- The Sharks swing a wide, but unfortunately Esterhuizen knocks it on. Probably not used to receiving a ball running at full pace...
01 May 10:40
46'- A big shove from the Highlanders sees them win a penalty at the ensuing scrum. The hosts are off the hook, but jeepers, these Sharks lack imagination on attack...
01 May 10:37

44'- After 15 phases of attack, the Sharks are again held up over the line.

Another five-metre scrum coming up...

01 May 10:36
43'- A try was on for all money out wide for the Sharks but Esterhuizen decides not to pass... sigh...
01 May 10:35
42'- Bismarck du Plessis was the man who claimed the try...
  • 80'

    Full-time: Highlanders 48-15 Sharks

  • 79'

    Banks misses the difficult touchline conversion.

  • 78'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, DIXON. 48-15. It was coming. Sustained pressure on the Sharks line before Fumiaki Tanaka finds Elliot Dixon on the right who crashes over.

  • 74'

    Just as things were looking up, something goes wrong for the Sharks as Wentzel drops a simple pass. Banks clears soon after to halfway.

  • 72'

    Replacement fly-half Lionel Cronje strikes the upright. No good.

  • 70'

    TRY, SHARKS, DU PLESSIS. 43-15. A consolation score for the Sharks as the Bok hooker is at the back of a driving maul.

  • 68'

    CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA. 43-10. Success and it is his last act. Sopoaga and Aaron Smith are replaced.

  • 66'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, EDMONDS. 41-10. Nothing comes for the Sharks and it's in fact the Highlanders looking threatening now after a Fekitoa break-out. Sopoaga offloads before Pryor does the same to replacement prop Brendon Edmonds. Wow.

  • 63'

    Plenty of changes up front for both sides now as Mtawarira, Manu and Smith (concussion) all sit and watch the closing stages. Sharks line-out about 30 metres from the home line.

  • 61'

    It's Sopoaga's first miss of the game off the tee.

  • 60'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, A SMITH. 36-10. Game over now surely as Buckman sets up Aaron Smith for the Highlanders' fifth try.

  • 58'


  • 57'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, REDDISH. 29-10. A gift for the hosts as a bobbling ball in the Sharks in-goal area sees Hoffmann not deal with it and Reddish pounces to ground. Bonus-point try.

  • 56'

    So close for the Highlanders as they should have got over through either Smith or Sopoaga, with plenty of men waiting wide out too. They knock-on though so it's a Sharks scrum.

  • 54'

    A change for the Highlanders before play restarts as Ben Smith goes off for a concussion test, replaced by Marty Banks. The hosts have a line-out now 20 metres from the Sharks try-line.

  • 51'

    It looks like it, particularly as centre Pietersen coughs one up on his own ten-metre under no real pressure. So now could be the opportunity for the Highlanders to trouble the scoreboard.

  • 48'

    A massive moment for the Highlanders as they win a relieving penalty at the Sharks scrum. Sopoaga clears after the front-row finish getting their pats on the back. Storm weathered?

  • 45'

    Still the Sharks have it only ten metres out with close runners meaning the Highlanders are having to be strong in defence. Held up again over the line, this time Lewies is the man going close.

  • 43'

    A change to mention as Reinach has been replaced at scrum-half by Conrad Hoffmann and he's watching a strong maul at the moment, with Coetzee going close. Now Du Plessis has a run at the line. We go to the TMO...he's held up. Attacking scrum.

  • 41'

    Welcome back to our coverage of this entertaining game from Dunedin. The Highlanders have a 14-point cushion but don't write off this Sharks side just yet.

  • 40'

    Half-time: Highlanders 24-10 Sharks

  • 39'

    CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA. 24-10. Another wonderful strike from a difficult position by fly-half Sopoaga.

  • 38'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, OSBORNE. 22-10. A double strike from the hosts as now Osborne is over to cap another flowing move.

  • 36'


  • 35'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, NAHOLO. 15-10. What a response. A break from Aaron Smith saw him find Ben in support and from the recycled ball Sopoaga chipped across to a scoring Naholo.

  • 33'

    CONVERSION, SHARKS, ZEILINGA. 10-10. We are level.

  • 32'

    TRY, SHARKS, MTAWARIRA. 10-8. There it is. Power from the Sharks and it's Tendai Mtawarira crashing over for them.

  • 31'

    Still they bang on the door, this time from just five metres out.

  • 29'

    The Sharks will have decent territory here after Mark Reddish collapses a maul in the visitors half. Now can they launch that dangerous set-piece with Coetzee at the tail off this line-out?

  • 25'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, ZEILINGA. 10-3. Tom Franklin is caught offside from a knock-on so here's Zeilinga from 40 metres out.

  • 22'

    PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA. 10-0. Hands on the ground from flanker Etienne Oosthuizen means it's a simple shot for Sopoaga, who makes no mistake from bang in front.

  • 20'

    Again Aaron Smith blows hot and cold as first his break off the scrum is good before a loose pass soon after allows the Sharks an easy out.

  • 18'

    They might not have to wait long after Lewies spills one in his own 22. Highlanders scrum then and they are ten metres out.

  • 16'

    First Aaron now Ben as the full-back now breaks through the Sharks defence. Fortunately for the visitors they recover and keep the Highlanders at bay - for how long is now the question.

  • 15'

    Good and bad from scrum-half Smith as his dummy sees him break over halfway. However, his pass to the right is collected by Mvovo so the chance is blown. Sharks ball now, 40 out.

  • 11'

    No joy for the Sharks as Fekitoa lines up Mvovo with the big hit in midfield. That leads to the South Africans being sent back to their own 22 before Zeilinga kicks clear to halfway.

  • 9'

    The Sharks have recovered well from that early setback and pack down about 40 metres out. Reinach waits at the base.

  • 6'


  • 5'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, EVANS. 5-0. There's the first try of the game as quickly recycled ball sees Nasi Manu find his back-row colleague Evans on the left. Worrying for the Sharks.

  • 4'

    Now the Sharks clear their lines after a decent spell from the hosts. It will be a Highlanders line-out on the Sharks 22 now.

  • 2'

    And we're off with Lima Sopoaga sending the ball down to lock Lewies. The Sharks threaten early as the powerful Alberts sets up scrum-half Cobus Reinach but he chips ahead instead of passing to his winger. Highlanders line-out on their own 22.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Highlanders vs Sharks fixture in Dunedin. The hosts are looking to close the gap on the Chiefs and Hurricanes which would also strengthen their grip on the top six places. Meanwhile their South African visitors are fast approaching a win or bust stage of the season. Team news is coming up ahead of kick-off at 19:35 local time.

  • 0'

    Highlanders head coach Jamie Joseph makes seven changes as prop Josh Hohneck, lock Mark Reddish, back-row duo Dan Pryor and Gareth Evans, scrum-half Aaron Smith, outside centre Malakai Fekitoa and full-back Ben Smith all come in.

  • 0'

    Marco Wentzel will continue as Sharks captain but Bismarck du Plessis returns at hooker. Lourens Adriaanse joins him in the front-row while Stephan Lewies gets the nod over Mouritz Botha at lock. In the backline, JP Pietersen starts at outside centre ahead of Waylon Murray who drops down to the bench.

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Highlanders Sharks
  • 7 Tries 2
    • 3' Gareth Evans
    • 34' Waisake Naholo
    • 37' Patrick Osborne
    • 55' Mark Reddish
    • 58' Aaron Smith
    • 65' Brendon Edmonds
    • 77' Elliot Dixon
    • 31' Tendai Mtawarira
    • 69' Bismarck Du Plessis
  • 5 Conversions 1
    • 5' Lima Sopoaga
    • 35' Lima Sopoaga
    • 39' Lima Sopoaga
    • 56' Lima Sopoaga
    • 66' Lima Sopoaga
    • 32' Fred Zeilinga
  • 1 Penalties 1
    • 20' Lima Sopoaga
    • 24' Fred Zeilinga
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 0
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Kane Hames
  • Liam Coltman
  • Josh Hohneck
  • Thomas Franklin
  • Mark Reddish
  • Gareth Evans
  • Dan Pryor
  • Nasi Manu
  • Aaron Smith
  • Lima Sopoaga
  • Patrick Osborne
  • Richard Buckman
  • Malakai Fekitoa
  • Waisake Naholo
  • Ben Smith
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Tendai Mtawarira
  • Bismarck Du Plessis
  • Lourens Adriaanse
  • Stephan Lewies
  • Marco Wentzel
  • Marcell Coetzee
  • Ettienne Oosthuizen
  • Willem Alberts
  • Jacobus Reinach
  • Fred Zeilinga
  • Lwazi Mvovo
  • Andre Esterhuizen
  • J.P Pietersen
  • Sibusiso Sithole
  • Odwa Ndungane
  • Ash Dixon
  • Brendon Edmonds
  • Pingi Talaapitaga
  • Joe Latta
  • Elliot Dixon
  • Fumiaki Tanaka
  • Marty Banks
  • Jason Emery
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Franco Marais
  • Dale Chadwick
  • Matt Stevens
  • Mouritz Botha
  • Lubabalo Mtyanda
  • Conrad Hoffmann
  • Lionel Cronje
  • Waylon Murray

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