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2014/03/15 | 17:05 |  Super Rugby | Kings Park Stadium, Durban |  Full Time
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As it happened: Sharks v Reds

2014-03-15 16:50
Last Updated at 23:40

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19:17 - PICTURE

Cobus Reinach beats Mike Harris to the ball... (Gallo Images)


Sharks flank Marcell Coetzee was awarded with the best player award.

18:57 - The Sharks are riding high at the top of the log!

They went asleep for much of the second half though but never looked in danger of losing. Pat Lambie's goal-kicking was deadly and the hosts used their chances - always a sign of a good side.

In next week's action, the Sharks travel to Pretoria to face the Bulls, while the Reds face the Lions in Johannesburg.

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18:57 - TWEET

SA teams unbeaten at home against Australasian opposition. Hurricanes & Blues beaten twice & the Reds once. Form in Antipodes the opposite - Gary Boruchowitz

18:52 - FULL-TIME: Sharks 35-20 Reds

18:52 - The Reds can't make much of it and that's the game...

18:50 - One last chance at another try for the Sharks as they set up an attacking lineout!

But they knock it on and the Reds run from their own line...

18:48 - Lambie CONVERTS from right next to the posts.

Sharks 35-20 Reds after 78 minutes.

18:47 - TRY! Replacement prop Dale Chadwick barges over for his first Super Rugby try!

18:45 - Sharks win a tighthead at the scrum!They win a penalty and opt for an attacking lineout!

18:42 - NO TRY. McLeod is ruled to have knocked it on. Scrum to the Reds five metres out.

Six minutes left.

18:39 - Oh no, Mvovo knocks the ball on with an open goal-line in front of him...

However, referee Lourens van der Merwe says he lost it backwards before McLeod picked it up to score.

He asks for the TMO to see if McLeod grounded it legally...

Replays show Mvovo lost it backwards (although the ball did roll forward after he dropped it behind him!), but McLeod also may have knocked it on...


Sharks 19%

Reds 81%

18:36 - TWEETS

Clear as day says Bros ... Horse manure ... Clear as mud more like it ... Did Robertson really attack in the air? Not so sure ... - Front Row Grunt

 @FrontRowGrunt Lourens hasn't had the best game. Been ultra picky on everything even marginal like JP's "late hit" earlier - Just Sport

18:35 - Another Sharks replacement. Charl McLeod on for Jaco Reinach.

18:34 - The Sharks now guilty of not finding touch from penalties. Lambie and Steyn the culprits within a minute of each other. 10 minutes left...

18:34 - PICTURE

Quade Cooper tackled by Sibusiso Sithole (Gallo Images)

18:32 - SIN-BIN

Beau Robinson is sent off for 10 minutes after pulling Sharks lock Tera Mtembu down in a lineout.

His second penalty of that sort in a row which costs him. A bit unfair though. The Reds have done all the playing this half and hardly conceded prior to this last minute. Now they're minus a player.


Tera Mtembu is on for Willem Alberts, Dale Chadwick on for Beast Mtawarira.

18:29 - Only one team on the park at the moment...

18:28 - Cooper CONVERTS.

Sharks 28-20 Reds after 64 minutes.

18:27 - TRY! A brilliant break from scrumhalf Will Genia sees him score right next to the posts...

He spotted a gap just outside the Sharks 22m line and took it. Pat Lambie too late to stop him.

18:25 - Etienne Oosthuizen is on at lock for Anton Bresler.

Mvovo is also back from the blood-bin, with Van Tonder off again.

18:23 - Lambie kicks the PENALTY

Sharks 28-13 Reds after 59 minutes.

18:22 - But just as I write, the Reds lose a lineout, and as the Sharks kick up field, Rod Davies is penalised for holding on.

Lambie to line up from about 40m out...

18:21 - James Horwill spotted bumping off Bismarck du Plessis! Captain against captain! The Reds look right back in this game now...

18:19 - The Sharks can't just defend this lead here, they have to keep attacking!

18:18 - CONVERSION by Cooper.

Sharks 25-13 Reds after 54 minutes.

18:17 - TRY! Mike Harris bursts through the Sharks midfield to score under the posts. This time he holds onto the pass...

18:17 - TWEET

Sharks suddenly right off the pace - Reds have butchered so many chances. Need to score now to make a game of it - Dan Retief

18:16 - Jaco van Tonder is on at left wing for Lwazi Mvovo - only a blood replacement though...

18:15 - The humid conditions are definitely making the ball very slippery...

18:14 - Another knock-on by the Reds close to the tryline... They could have been back in the game by now, but for poor handling.

18:12 - Lourens Adriaanse is again on for Jannie du Plessis.

This time it will be for the rest of the match. Maybe Jake White was fed-up of Du Plessis' constant moaning with the referee?

18:12 - SP Marais, shaping to kick, drops the ball inside his own 22m area which gives the Reds another chance to attack. 

18:10 - Reds looking dangerous on attack but - AGAIN - a dropped ball halts them...

18:07 - Jannie du Plessis is having a heated discussion with referee Lourens van der Merwe about the way he is allowed to bind in the scrum...

He even says former IRB referees boss Paddy O'Brien said he could do it that way...

18:06 - The Reds swing it wide but the ball is dropped in midfield and the Sharks kick up-field to bring relief...

18:05 - JP Pietersen penalised for a late tackle, which gives the Reds a chance to set up an attacking lineout five metres out.


Sharks 1

Reds 5

This is a fantastic stat for the Sharks in these humid conditions!

18:02 - No changes to either team at the break...

18:01 - Cooper gets the second half underway...

18:00 - QUOTE

"We've done all the hard work. So stick to (doing) the same things," says Sharks coach Jake White.

17:55 - PICTURE

Stephan Lewies stepping up in place of Pieter-Steph du Toit (Gallo Images)

17:49 - HALF-TIME: Sharks 25-6 Reds

*Ignore the 26-6 scoreboard at the top. It's an automated one which is wrong. The score is 25-6!

17:48 - Inside centre Mike Harris drops the ball with an open tryline! That pretty much sums up the Reds' half.

17:47 - RAIN!

A slight drizzle has arrived at Kings Park...

17:46 - Reds get a rare chance to attack inside the Sharks 22m area with a minute to go before half-time...

They get a penalty as the Sharks go off-side. No use in opting for posts now, so a lineout five metres out is the option.

17:45 - PICTURE

We're having a "ball" woohoo! #Sharks - Natarah Nadesan

17:43 - PENALTY converted by Steyn. My word he has a monster boot. That sailed through the uprights!

Sharks 25-6 Reds after 37 minutes.

17:43 - ANOTHER Sharks penalty as the Reds hold on. Frans Steyn lines up from 55m out...

17:41 - Lambie kicks the PENALTY from close to the touchline.

Sharks 22-6 Reds after 34 minutes.

17:39 - Another Sharks penalty close to the Reds 22m area. Referee Lourens van der Merwe gives the Reds a warning...

However, replays show the Reds were unlucky not to get one themselves for a Ryan Kankowski high tackle.

17:38 - PICTURE

Sharks wing Lwazi Mvovo throws scrumhalf-like pass... (Gallo Images)

17:35 - Lambie CONVERTS about 20m out from touch.

Sharks 19-6 Reds after 27 minutes.

17:33 - TRY! Willem Alberts barges over for the Sharks!

A remarkable cross-kick from SP Marais to Sibusiso Sithole brought the Sharks into the Reds 22 before the Sharks forwards finished it off...

17:32 - Lambie kicks the PENALTY from just over 40m.

Sharks 12-6 Reds after 25 minutes.

17:30 - Another penalty in kickable range for the Sharks... It was set-up by a brilliant break from JP Pietersen. Also some good initial side-stepping from Reinach...

17:30 - Jannie du Plessis is now back on for Adriaanse. Looks like it was just a blood replacement.

17:29 - PENALTY converted by Lambie.

Sharks 9-6 Reds after 23 minutes.

17:27 - Sharks surge up close to the Reds 22m area and get a penalty when James Horwill puts in a high tackle on Lambie... 

Frans Steyn horribly miss-cues a drop attempt but they go back for the penalty close to the touchline...

17:24 - PENALTY converted by Lambie.

Sharks 6-6 Reds after 18 minutes.

17:23 - Sharks immediately back on attack and win a penalty right in front when Saia Fainga'a is penalised for 'hands in the ruck'.

17:22 - Lourens Adriaanse has replaced Jannie du Plessis at prop for the hosts. Not sure what the issue...

17:21 - Cooper kicks the PENALTY. Sharks 3-6 Reds after 15 minutes.

17:20 - The Reds, back on the attack, win a penalty after Frans Steyn fails to roll away from a tackle. Cooper lines up on the Sharks 22m line, just to the right of the posts...

Easy kick. Go to the bank on this one!


Reds 572kg

Sharks 570kg

Not much in it then, right!?

17:16 - Steyn easily has the distance and converts the PENALTY to level matters.

Sharks 3-3 Reds after 10 minutes.

17:15 - Reds prop James Slipper pulls Jannie du Plessis back in a lineout and is penalised. It's just inside the Reds half and cannon-boot Frans Steyn will line up...

17:12 - Reds win a penalty just inside their own half. Genia takes a quick tap and then kicks it deep into Sharks territory...

17:11 - A good kick by SP Marias drives the Reds back deep into their own 22m area...But the Reds win the lineout and Will Genia clears...

17:08 - PENALTY converted by Cooper. 

Sharks 0-3 Reds after 3 minutes.

17:07 - Early kickable penalty for the Reds as the Sharks go off-side.

Quade Cooper lines up from 42m out, 15m in-field...

17:07 - An early mistake as Cobus Reinach kicks a ball out directly into touch...

17:05 - Pat Lambie gets play underway...

17:04 - Very warm and humid conditions in Durban. So expect a few handling errors perhaps...

17:02 - Etienne Oosthuizen is the lock who comes in on the Sharks bench after Stephan Lewies was drafted into the starting team following Pieter-Steph du Toit's knee injury.

Du Toit will be out for the whole year.

16:59 - QUOTE

"The Sharks are much stronger and if they dominate up front, they'll win easily," says Nick Mallett.

14:42 - VIDEO

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Referee: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)

Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa), Stefan Breytenbach (South Africa)

TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)


2013: Reds won 32-17, Brisbane
2012: Sharks won 30-17, Brisbane (preliminary play-off)
2012: Sharks 27-22, Durban
2010: Sharks won 30-28, Durban
2009: Reds won 25-13, Brisbane
2008: Sharks won 22-10, Durban



15 SP Marais, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Sibusiso Sithole, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Anton Bresler, 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 Tera Mtembu, 21 Charl McLeod, 22 Heimar Williams, 23 Jaco van Tonder


15 Aidan Toua, 14 Rod Davies, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Mike Harris, 11 Lachie Turner, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Eddie Quirk, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Saia Fainga'a, 1 James Slipper

Substitutes: 16 James Hanson, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Jono Owen, 19 Ed O'Donoghue, 20 Beau Robinson, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Ben Tapuai, 23 Dom Shipperley

Welcome to Sport24's LIVE scoring and interactive commentary on today's Super Rugby match between the Sharks and Reds at Kings Park in Durban!

  • 80'

    Sharks 35 Reds 20

  • 80'

    Dom Shipperley is in the clear down the right-hand touchline and kicks ahead. Jaco van Tonder gathers and runs the ball into touch. That's the final act of this match and the Sharks consolidate their spot at the top of the table. The home side might have won but things didn't always go according to the script. The Reds were particularly impressive in the second half but in the end the hosts strong performance in the opening half was enough to secure their triumph.

  • 79'

    CONVERSION, SHARKS, LAMBIE. 35-20. Lambie seals the victory with his second conversion.

  • 78'

    TRY, SHARKS, CHADWICK! 33-20. Dale Chadwick gathers a pass from Bismarck du Plessis and barges through two tackles before crashing over the whitewash!

  • 77'

    James Slipper is pinged for wrongful entry at a ruck close to his own try-line. Lambie puts the ball into touch on the Reds' five-metre line.

  • 75'

    Bismarck du Plessis sets off on a run down the left-hand touchline before chipping ahead! Mvovo tries to gather but can't hold on. He knocks it backwards and Charl McLeod picks up and goes over the try-line but knocks on in the process!

  • 74'

    Marais drives the Reds back with a grubber kick which rolls into touch deep inside the visitors' 22.

  • 71'

    The Sharks go on the drive from a line-out 15 metres outside the Reds' 22 but several forwards are soon penalised for obstruction.

  • 68'

    YELLOW CARD, REDS, ROBINSON! 28-20. Beau Robinson will spend the next 10 minutes on the sidelines after he tackles Tera Mtembu in the air at a line-out.

  • 65'

    CONVERSION, REDS, COOPER! 28-20. Cooper reduces the deficit to eight points as he succeeds with another two-pointer!

  • 64'

    TRY, REDS, GENIA! 28-18. The Reds are on the attack just outside the Sharks' 22 when Genia spots a gap and races away before scoring!

  • 63'

    Aiden Toua launches a counter attack from inside his 22. He beats Steyn but is brought to ground by Alberts.

  • 60'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 28-13. Lambie succeeds with another spot-kick after Rod Davies holds onto the ball on the ground.

  • 57'

    Sithole is pinned for a ruck infringement. Cooper kicks for touch and puts the ball out just inside the Sharks' 22.

  • 55'

    CONVERSION, REDS, COOPER! 25-13. Cooper adds the extras to narrow the gap to 12 points.

  • 54'

    TRY, REDS, HARRIS! 25-11. Harris runs a perfect line and gathers a flat pass from Cooper before dotting down!

  • 53'

    Ryan Kankowski is penalised when he holds onto the ball on the ground deep inside his 22. Reds skipper James Horwill opts to take a scrum from the resulting penalty.

  • 51'

    The Reds attack inside the Sharks' 22 and Harris takes an outside gap but is brought to ground by a text-book tackle from Pietersen.

  • 48'

    Will Genia stabs a grubber kick through inside the Reds' 22 but there are no chasers and Lwazi Mvovo gathers. He sets off on a run and is soon outside his quarter but is brought to ground by Cooper.

  • 46'

    Pietersen is penalised for not using his arms in a tackle on Feauai-Sautia. Cooper puts the ball into touch inside the Sharks' 22.

  • 44'

    The Reds do well to string several phases together and are soon close to the Sharks' 22. They lose possession, however, when Schatz holds onto the ball on the ground.

  • 41'

    The second half gets under with a deep kick in from Cooper. The Sharks recycle with their forwards after gathering inside their own 22.

  • 40'

    Sharks 25 Reds 6

  • 40'

    Harris has just butchered a try! He runs onto a flat pass from Genia fails to hang onto the ball as he gets in under the posts! That's also the final act of the half as referee Lourens van der Merwe blows his whistle to indicate half-time shortly afterwards. It's been all Sharks for the latter part of the half, after the Reds made a positive start. The visitors will have to step up a gear after the break if they want something from this game.

  • 39'

    Steyn is penalised for an off-the-ball tackle and Cooper opts to kick for touch. He puts the ball out just inside the Sharks' 22.

  • 37'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN! 25-6. Steyn lands a monster penalty from 55 metres out after Harris is penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground!

  • 34'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 22-6. Lambie succeeds with another three-pointer after Liam Gill is penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground.

  • 31'

    Genia does well when he gathers the ball after it spills out at the back of a Sharks scrum. He offloads to Cooper, who exchanges passes with Harris, before kicking ahead. The ball is inside the Sharks' 22 where JP Pietersen is forced to boot it into touch.

  • 29'

    CONVERSION, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 19-6. Lambie adds the extras to give the hosts a 12-point lead!

  • 28'

    TRY, SHARKS, ALBERTS! 17-6. JP Pietersen and Sithole combine brilliantly on attack and the Sharks are soon close to the Reds' try-line. Bismarck du Plessis then carries well before Willem Alberts shows his class when he barges over the line from close quarters!

  • 26'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 12-6. Lambie extends the home side's lead after several Reds forwards are penalised for being offside.

  • 24'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 9-6. Lambie punishes another Reds indiscretion at a ruck with a sweetly-struck penalty which gives his side the lead for the first time.

  • 22'

    Cobus Reinach launches a chip kick over the Reds' defence and S'bura Sithole gives chase! The young centre gets to the ball first but fails to hold on but knocks the ball backwards where Chris Feauai-Sautia knocks on.

  • 19'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 6-6. Lambie draws the home side level after Saia Fainga'a plays the ball with his hands at a ruck.

  • 16'

    PENALTY, REDS, COOPER! 3-6. Cooper adds another three-pointer after Steyn is pinged for an infringement at a ruck.

  • 13'

    The Reds are under pressure, after a big shove from the Sharks at a scrum, but Jake Schatz does brilliantly to gather at the base and sets up a ruck.

  • 10'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN! 3-3. Steyn lands a penalty from just inside his half after James Slipper is pinged for a line-out infringement.

  • 8'

    Mike Harris takes the ball into contact just outside the Sharks' 22 but knocks on after a tackle from Frans Steyn.

  • 6'

    The Sharks are on the attack close to the halfway line when SP Marais spots a gap behind the visitors' defence. He delivers a fine diagonal kick which rolls into touch inside the Reds' 22.

  • 3'

    PENALTY, REDS, COOPER! 0-3. Quade Cooper gets the game's opening points from the kicking tee after several Sharks players are penalised for being offside on defence.

  • 1'

    Patrick Lambie gets the game started with a deep kick which Lachie Turner gathers. He kicks for touch and puts the ball out midway between the halfway line and the Sharks' 22.

  • 0'

    Director of rugby Jake White has made his first changes to the Sharks line-up this season with JP Pietersen named to start on the wing, S'bura Sithole at centre and Pat Lambie returning to the side after missing the Lions game due to illness. Pieter-Steph du Toit is also a late withdrawal with a serious knee injury. His place in the starting XV has been taken by Stephan Lewies.

  • 0'

    Reds head coach Richard Graham has made three changes to his starting line-up for this clash. Front-rowers James Slipper and Saia Fainga'a have been brought back into the side, after filling replacement roles against the Cheetahs. Slipper replaces Ben Daley at loosehead prop, while Fainga'a comes in for James Hanson. Winger Lachie Turner also returns to the team, after missing last weekend's clash due to a knee complaint. He replaces Dom Shipperley on the left wing.

  • 0'

    Good day and welcome to Kings Park in Durban for this Super Rugby clash between our hosts, the table-topping Sharks, and the Reds. Don't go away! We'll be back soon with tea mnews.

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Sharks Reds
  • 2 Tries 2
    • 27' Willem Alberts
    • 77' Dale Chadwick
    • 53' Mike Harris
    • 62' Will Genia
  • 2 Conversions 2
    • 27' Pat Lambie
    • 77' Pat Lambie
    • 53' Quade Cooper
    • 64' Quade Cooper
  • 7 Penalties 2
    • 9' Frans Steyn
    • 18' Pat Lambie
    • 22' Pat Lambie
    • 25' Pat Lambie
    • 33' Pat Lambie
    • 36' Frans Steyn
    • 59' Pat Lambie
    • 2' Quade Cooper
    • 15' Quade Cooper
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 1
    • 67' Beau Robinson
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Tendai Mtawarira
  • Bismarck du Plessis
  • Jannie du Plessis
  • Anton Bresler
  • Stephan Lewies
  • Marcell Coetzee
  • Willem Alberts
  • Ryan Kankowski
  • Jacobus Reinach
  • Pat Lambie
  • Lwazi Mvovo
  • Frans Steyn
  • Sibusiso Sithole
  • JP Pietersen
  • SP Marais
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  • James Slipper
  • Saia Fainga'a
  • Greg Holmes
  • Rob Simmons
  • James Horwill
  • Ed Quirk
  • Liam Gill
  • Jake Schatz
  • Will Genia
  • Quade Cooper
  • Lachie Turner
  • Mike Harris
  • Chris Feauai-Sautia
  • Rod Davies
  • Aidan Toua
  • Kyle Cooper
  • Dale Chadwick
  • Lourens Adriaanse
  • Pieter-Steph du Toit
  • Lubabalo Mtembu
  • Charl McLeod
  • Heimar Williams
  • Jaco van Tonder
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  • James Hanson
  • Ben Daley
  • Jono Owen
  • Ed O'Donoghue
  • Beau Robinson
  • Nick Frisby
  • Ben Tapuai
  • Dom Shipperley

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