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2014/05/02 | 11:40 |  Super Rugby | AAMI Park, Melbourne |  Full Time
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As it happened: Rebels v Sharks

2014-05-02 09:46
Last Updated at 14:41

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Commentary by Sport24's Garrin Lambley


Be sure to visit Sport24 - SA's No 1 sporting website - for more LIVE and INTERACTIVE COMMENTARY from Saturday's Vodacom Super Rugby matches involving SA teams, starting with the Chiefs v Lions match (09:35), then the Stormers v Highlanders (15:00) and Bulls v Cheetahs (17:05)

80' - In next weekend's Round 13 action, the Sharks travel to Canberra to face the Brumbies (Saturday, May 10 at 11:40) while the Rebels host the Hurricanes in Melbourne (Friday, May 9 at 11:40)

80' - The Rebels pick up a point for losing by seven or fewer points. They stay seventh in the Australian Conference, but move ahead of the Lions and into 11th in the Overall log

80' - The Sharks pick up four points for the win to stretch their lead atop both the SA Conference and Overall standings

80' - Somewhat dodgy looking last penalty call by the referee. Sharks player clearly not in from behind the last man's feet, but Jake White's team will take the win

80' - Sharks win 22-16


80' - The siren has sounded but the Rebels play on...

78' - Last chance saloon for the Rebels as they run from inside their 22m area. Slow progress upfield...

76' - Sands of time running out for the Rebels...

74' - Six minutes for the Sharks to survive and break the SA drought in Australasia - and for my SuperBru pick to be spot on :)


Break in play, just long enough to tell you that Francois Steyn will be off to Japan after the Vodacom Super Rugby season and will miss the Rugby Championship.

Can't believe Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer is too thrilled...

Click HERE for the full article...


Sneaky mid-work break to watch the action! (via

71' - Woodward's CONVERSION from the touchline is OVER!

Sharks lead 22-16 with just over eight minutes to play...

70' - Quick tap penalty taken and replacement hooker PAT LEAFA crashes over in the corner!

70' - TRY to the Rebels!

69' - Long chat to both skippers but crucially no sin-binning

68' - The Rebels are awarded a penalty which they kick to touch - and secure before rumbling forward.

Another penalty to the hosts. Will the referee shown a yellow card?

67' - The Rebels look to finish strong as they plunder forward - now only 5m out from the Sharks' tryline...


Fan 'selfie' from the stands at AAMI Park in Melbourne (via email from Terence)

65' - Frans Steyn adds the CONVERSION as the Sharks stretch their lead to 22-9 after 65 minutes

63' - Wing JP PIETERSEN scores his 34th try for the Sharks - and his first of the season as the Sharks counter-attack - and break Rebels hearts

63' - TRY to the SHARKS!

62' - JEAN DEYSEL has been massive for the Sharks today with 15 tackles!

The next best is six...

59' - The Sharks best be careful as the Rebels start to find their feet.

Will the travel factor play a role late in the match?

60' - A win is a win is a win as they say... and after last weekend's debacle against the Highlanders, Sharks coach Jake White will certainly take the four points for the victory and not care about how 'ugly' the win was...


Will this Rebels fan be smiling post-match? (Gallo Images)

55' - And it's GOOD!

First points of the second half go to the home side.

Sharks lead cut to 15-9 after 55 minutes

54' - Long range penalty attempt by Woodward...

51' - Scrappy play from both sides as the bad habits of the first half resurface

48' - Despite the massive pack of forwards the Sharks boast, they're bossed at the breakdown and the Rebels turn it over in their own 22m area.

The Rebels break out in spectacular fashion, but knock it on...

47' - It's been all-Sharks in the second half as they come close to scoring yet again, but will have to settle for a 5m lineout

43' - Talking of tries, the Sharks come very close to scoring their first as centre Heimar Williams is hauled down mere feet from the tryline

40' - Will we see any tries in the second 40? Time will tell...

40' - Under way in Melbourne for the second half!

40' - The Rebels have conceded 8 penalties to the Sharks' 3... most telling stat from the first 40 minutes


Stats from the first half tell a story...


The Sharks lead the Rebels 15-6 at the break.

Any way back for the Rebels or are the Sharks certainties to end SA's losing streak Down Under?

38' - And that man Steyn is on target yet again as he increases the Sharks' lead to 15-6 after 38 minutes

35' - The Sharks stretch their lead thanks to a fourth penalty by Steyn.

Sharks 12-6 after 35 minutes

33' - The Rebels on attack and they go close to scoring the opening try of the match, but alas, Jannie du Plessis of all players clears downfield!

Worth the price of admission!

30' - And the Sharks regain the lead as the Jack Parow-lookalike Frans Steyn lands his third successful penalty of the match to give the men from Durban a narrow 9-6 lead with 10 minutes to go until half-time 

29' - Back on level terms as Woodward lands his second penalty of the match.

6-6 after 29 minutes

26' - The Sharks take the lead thanks to a second penalty by flyhalf Frans Steyn

to the visitors after 26 minutes

21' - And in the blink of an eye the Sharks are level... as Francois Steyn lands a penalty to give the Sharks their first points of the match after obstruction by the Rebels at the restart.

3-3 after 21 minutes in Melbourne

20' - The Rebels take a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes

19' - Woodward's attempt is GOOD!

18' - First chance for points in the match as the Rebels are awarded a penalty by referee Andrew Lees. Woodward lines up the shot at goal...

17' - The Sharks willing to swing the ball from within their own 22m area. Both teams in fact happy to give the ball some air as Rebels fullback Jason Woodward goes on a terrific 60m run

16' - Rebels on the attack and they head into Sharks territory, but the visitors turn the ball over and Steyn kicks deep into the Rebels' half...

11' - Marcell Coetzee leaves the field and is replaced by Keegan Daniel. Unsure what his ailment is at this stage...

10' - Very little to report after a helter-skelter start as the teams settle down into their game plan


Sport24 reader at the match (via email)

2' - No penalty try, but an early penalty to the Sharks. Skipper Bismarck du Plessis doesn't raise too much of a fuss...

1' - Dramatic start as the referee goes to his TMO after what looks like a deliberate knock-on over the deadball line by a Rebels defender

0' - And we're under way in Melbourne!

0' - Sharks in their all-white jerseys as the Rebels kick off

0' - Weather looks fine for running rugby at AAMI Park in Melbourne 


Lions fan in Rebels clothing... (via email from Terence)


The Sharks have never lost to the Rebels.

Ok, granted, they have only ever played each other twice, but the last - and only - encounter in Melbourne ended in a narrow 34-32 win for the men from Durban.


Thanks in main to the Cheetahs, Bulls and Stormers, SA have played 12 and lost 12 of their matches in Australasia this Super Rugby season.

Will it be 13th time lucky this morning... ?


As we prepare for kick-off, a quick look at the log standings...

The Sharks are top of both the SA Conference and the Overall standings on 31 points after nine matches, while the Rebels find themselves in fourth spot in the Australian Conference and 12th in the Overall log on 16 points after eight matches...


Have you managed to make head or tail of the new, proposed Super 18 format - which clearly favours SA?

If not, have a read of Tank Lanning's Sport24 column...


Sport24 chief writer Rob Houwing believe the Sharks will beat the Rebels in their own backyard today...

Click HERE to read Rob's reasoning...


Sport24's self-proclaimed experts - Editor Garrin Lambley and Chief Writer Rob Houwing - give you their thoughts on today's match.

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Referee: Andrew Lees (Australia)
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann, James Leckie (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)


2013: Sharks won 64-7, Durban
2011: Sharks won 34-32, Melbourne



15 Jason Woodward, 14 Male Sau, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Colby Fainga'a, 5 Luke Jones, 4 Cadeyrn Neville, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Cruze Ah-Nau

Substitutes: 16 Pat Leafa, 17 Max Lahiff, 18 Paul Alo-Emilie, 19 Hugh Pyle, 20 Sean McMahon, 21 Nic Stirzaker, 22 Tom Kingston, 23 Angus Roberts.


15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Francois Steyn, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (captain), 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Keegan Daniel, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Fred Zeilinga, 23 SP Marais

Welcome to Sport24's LIVE scoring and interactive commentary on today's Super Rugby match between the Rebels and Sharks in Melbourne!

  • 80'

    Rebels 16 Sharks 22

  • 80'

    The Rebels are chasing the game and get their final chance from a line-out on their 10-metre line. They attack with their backs and Woodward is soon in the clear! He is stopped just outside the Sharks' 22 but the Rebels launch several further attacks. The visitors hold on and are eventually rewarded when Jones holds onto the ball on the ground! Steyn puts the resulting penalty into touch and the visitors are victorious! The Rebels came close but in the end it wasn't enough.

  • 77'

    The Rebels attack close to the halfway line but the visitors gain a reprieve when Hegarty is pinged for a forward pass to Tom English,

  • 75'

    The Sharks attack close to the hosts' 22 and Mvovo and Jordaan combine to keep the ball in play close to the touchline. The ball is recycled and comes out to Lourens Adriaanse who knocks on in contact.

  • 72'

    CONVERSION, REBELS, WOODWARD! 16-22. Woodward narrows the gap to six points after landing a difficult place-kick from up against the touchline!

  • 71'

    TRY, REBELS, LEAFA! 14-22. The Rebels are awarded a penalty, close to the Sharks' try-line, and Bryce Hegarty catches the visitors napping when he taps before throwing a long pass to Pat Leafa, who scores in the corner!

  • 68'

    THe Rebels attack close to the Sharks' try-line and Max Lahiff is stopped just short by a big hit from Bismarck du Plessis!

  • 65'

    CONVERSION, SHARKS, STEYN. 9-22. Steyn adds the extras to push the visitors further ahead!

  • 64'

    TRY, SHARKS, PIETERSEN! 9-20. The Sharks launch an attack, from inside their half, and Steyn offloads to Mvovo, who races away from three defenders before passing to Pietersen, who gets in for the game's opening try!

  • 63'

    The Rebels attack, at a scrum on the halfway line but soon lose possession when Fuglistaller knocks on.

  • 60'

    The Sharks attack from inside their half but lose possession when Pietersen throws a shocking pass to Mvovo, who knocks on!

  • 58'

    Woodward gathers, just outside his 22, and boots the ball upfield. The Rebels get another chance to attack when Jean Deysel is penalised for being offside. Hegarty kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the Sharks' 10-metre line.

  • 55'

    PENALTY, REBELS, WOODWARD. 9-15. Woodward narrows the gap to six points after Jordaan is pinged for offside play.

  • 52'

    The Rebels attack inside the Sharks' half with Luke Jones but they lose possession when he is held up in the tackle by Willem Alberts and Kankowski.

  • 50'

    The Sharks take the ball through several phases, close to the Rebels' try-line but lose possession when Stephan Lewies is dispossessed in the tackle by Fuglistaller.

  • 47'

    Bismarck du Plessis slips out of a tackle from Fainga'a and offloads to Pietersen, just outside the Rebels' 22. The referee calls them back, however, as the pass was forward.

  • 44'

    The Sharks attack out wide and JP Pietersen and Jordaan do brilliantly as they trade passes down the left-hand touchline! Jordaan then offloads to Heimar Williams, who is tackled into touch, close to the Rebels' corner flag by Ellison!

  • 41'

    Steyn gets the second half underway with a deep kick which Nic Stirzaker - who is on for Luke Burgess - gathers. The Rebels set up a couple of phases with their forwards before Bryce Hegarty clears his line with a kick into touch 15 metres from the halfway mark.

  • 40'

    The Rebels attack inside the Sharks' half but a grubber kick from Burgess is too long and rolls over the dead-ball line. The siren sounds to signal half-time and the sides head into the sheds. The Sharks will be happy with that effort and their dominance shows on the scoreboard. The hosts are not out of it yet and will have to cut out the mistakes, after the break, if they want to be victorious.

  • 40'

    Rebels 6 Sharks 15

  • 39'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN. 6-15. Steyn extends the visitors' lead after several Rebels are caught straying offside at a ruck.

  • 36'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN. 6-12. Steyn maintains his 100 percent goal-kicking record, after Male Sau is pinged for tackling Keegan Daniel in the air.

  • 34'

    The Rebels are on the attack, close to the Sharks' try-line! Shota Horie and Colby Fainga'a both go close but the Sharks keep them at bay with a solid defensive effort.

  • 31'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN. 6-9. Steyn restores the visitors' lead after Burgess plays the ball on the ground.

  • 29'

    PENALTY, REBELS, WOODWARD. 6-6. Woodward draws his side level after Ryan Kankowski is pinged for playing the ball from an offside position.

  • 27'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN. 3-6. Steyn puts the visitors in front, after the Rebels' pack is penalised for deliberately wheeling a scrum.

  • 24'

    The Sharks launch a drive from a line-out, inside the Rebels' 22. The ball comes out to their backs but Steyn throws a shocking pass to Jordaan, who knocks on.

  • 21'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN. 3-3. Frans Steyn draws the visitors level after Inman is penalised for obstruction at the restart.

  • 20'

    PENALTY, REBELS, WOODWARD. 3-0. Woodward gets the game's opening points, from the kicking tee, after the Sharks' forwards are pinged for being offside at a ruck.

  • 18'

    Ellison launches a bomb which Mvovo has difficulty in dealing with! The ball bounces but Odwa Ndungane saves Mvovo's blushes when he gathers before setting up a ruck.

  • 15'

    Mitch Inman glides through a gap in the Sharks' defence! He offloads to Scott Fuglistaller, who knocks on, just outside the visitors' 22, after a tackle from Paul Jordaan.

  • 13'

    The Sharks are penalised when Best Mtawarira holds onto the ball on the ground. Hegarty kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the visitors' 10-metre line.

  • 10'

    The Rebels attack with their backs, just inside the visitors' half but, Tom English fails knocks on a long pass from Tamati Ellison.

  • 7'

    The Rebels launch a drive, midway between their 22 and the halfway line, before Luke Burgess launches a bomb. JP Pietersen deals with it, with little fuss, before passing to Mvovo who puts it into touch on his 10-metre line.

  • 4'

    The Sharks opt for a line-out from the penalty. The Sharks bash it up across the field, it comes to Steyn who tries a cross field kick, but it is dotted down with the Rebels taking the drop out quickly. Frenetic start!

  • 2'

    Close call! Lwazi Mvovo is denied a try as Bryce Hegarty gets back and palms the ball directly into touch after Pietersen toes it ahead. Hegarty is very, very lucky not to see yellow. You can call that a home-town decision! A penalty try was on the cards for sure!

  • 1'

    Here we go! Bryce Hegarty kicks us off. Frans Steyn - who is wearing an outrageous mustache - clears.

  • 0'

    Sharks head coach Jake White has named Frans Steyn at fly-half for this encounter. Steyn replaces Tim Swiel in the number ten jersey while Heimar Williams steps in at inside centre alongside Paul Jordaan for their tour opener. In other changes to the side that started against the Highlanders last week, Jean Deysel and Bismarck du Plessis are back from niggles.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to AAMI Park in Melbourne for this Super Rugby clash between the Rebels and the visiting Sharks. We'll be back soon with team news.

  • 0'

    Rebels boss Tony McGahan has made two changes to his starting XV for this match. Wallaby Luke Burgess replaces Nic Stirzaker at scrum-half and prop Cruze Ah-Nau is promoted to his first Super Rugby start as Toby Smith misses with a shoulder injury.

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Rebels Sharks
  • 1 Tries 1
    • 69' Pat Leafa
    • 63' J.P Pietersen
  • 1 Conversions 1
    • 71' Jason Woodward
    • 64' Francois Steyn
  • 3 Penalties 5
    • 19' Jason Woodward
    • 28' Jason Woodward
    • 54' Jason Woodward
    • 20' Francois Steyn
    • 26' Francois Steyn
    • 29' Francois Steyn
    • 34' Francois Steyn
    • 37' Francois Steyn
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 0
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Cruze Ah-Nau
  • Shota Horie
  • Laurie Weeks
  • Cadeyrn Neville
  • Luke Jones
  • Colby Fainga'a
  • Scott Fuglistaller
  • Scott Higginbotham
  • Luke Burgess
  • Bryce Hegarty
  • Tom English
  • Mitch Inman
  • Tamati Ellison
  • Male Sa'u
  • Jason Woodward
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  • Tendai Mtawarira
  • Bismarck Du Plessis
  • Jannie du Plessis
  • Willem Alberts
  • Stephan Lewies
  • Marcell Coetzee
  • Jean Deysel
  • Ryan Kankowski
  • Charl McLeod
  • Francois Steyn
  • J.P Pietersen
  • Heimar Williams
  • Paul Jordaan
  • Odwa Ndungane
  • Lwazi Mvovo
  • Pat Leafa
  • Max Lahiff
  • Paul Alo-Emile
  • Hugh Pyle
  • Sean McMahon
  • Nic Stirzaker
  • Tom Kingston
  • Angus Roberts
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  • Kyle Cooper
  • Dale Chadwick
  • Lourens Adriaanse
  • Ettienne Oosthuizen
  • Keegan Daniel
  • Jacobus Reinach
  • Fred Zeilinga
  • SP Marais

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