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Thanks so much for joining us tonight! Next week, the Kings take on the Brumbies in PE. And given what we saw tonight, it'll be worth watching.
The Sharks, meanwhile, are in Singapore to play the Sunwolves.
Kings now have 19 points. The same amount as the best-ranked Australian side the Brumbies.— Derek Alberts (@derekalberts1) May 13, 2017
Kings now have 19 points. The same amount as the best-ranked Australian side the Brumbies.
Wonderful game. Wonderful Kings win. Nightmare time for SARU?— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) May 13, 2017
Wonderful game. Wonderful Kings win. Nightmare time for SARU?
Kiiiiiiiiiiiiings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!— Simnikiwe Xabanisa (@simxabanisa) May 13, 2017
We really need to find a way to keep the @SouthernKings in #SuperRugby @RobHouwing— Steve Pike (@spike_wavescape) May 13, 2017
We really need to find a way to keep the @SouthernKings in #SuperRugby @RobHouwing
That was lekker. #KINvSHA— Craig Ray (@craigray11) May 13, 2017
That was lekker. #KINvSHA
The game could have gone either way, but in truth the Kings were probably better and they certainly looked like they wanted it more.
The quality of the tries that the Kings scored was also seriously impressive...
Lukhanyo Am still the best South African No 13 I have seen this season.— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) May 13, 2017
Lukhanyo Am still the best South African No 13 I have seen this season.
FULL-TIME: KINGS 35-32 SHARKS. Cronje taps and kicks it out, that will be it. Kings win for the first time against South African opposition. Sharks are beaten in PE, Kings win by 3 points and they deserve to win after a brilliant performance.
A scrum for the Kings, they only need to kick it into touch as the hooter goes off. The referee blows his whistle for another scrum, it is not over yet.
A couple of resets to the scrum, the crowd is cheering on and waiting in anticipation. They have supported their side throughout this game and they deserve a win here, as much as the Kings do.
CONVERSION, KINGS, CRONJE! 35-32: The captain makes no mistake as he slots the conversion in and they give themselves a 3 point buffer with just a few seconds remaining.
TRY, KINGS, DE WET! 33-32: What a try, could be a match-winning one for the Kings today. The Kings were not able to break down the Sharks defence near the touch so the passed the ball wide and even wider and De Wet takes it over the line at the other end. Brilliant try under pressure.
A chance for the Kings to score as they win a lineout. Sharks concede a penalty through Stephan Lewies for infringement in the ruck. Cronje kicks the ball into touch, looking for the try to put them in the lead.
PENALTY, SHARKS, APRIL! 28-32: April makes no mistake with the easy penalty, from right in front of the uprights and the Sharks lead by 4 points.
The Kings concede a penalty for collapsing the maul and the Sharks will look to kick this.
Kings turn the ball over and kick the ball into touch for a lineout. Good play from the Kings, they need to score to take the lead. Sharks are just one point ahead.
Kings concede another penalty as the Sharks dominate play. Kings concede it for not releasing the ball and the Sharks will kick it into touch for a lineout.
PENALTY, SHARKS, APRIL! 28-29: April kicks it in and it is an important penalty goal as Sharks win their lead back. They are just one point ahead of the Kings.
De Wet kicks the ball into touch. Good play from the Kings, Sharks have a lineout now, they win it and look to attack.
Kings concede a penalty through Wilhelm van der Sluys for not rolling away from the ruck. Sharks will look to kick this.
It is all happening here, it ends with a forward pass from the Sharks and Kings will have a scrum. A few running repairs on the players, there must be a few tired bodies out there.
It will be the Kings lineout, very close to their own try line and there is a short delay as a Sharks player gets some medical treatment. Cronje gets the ball and manages to clear it but does not find touch.
PENALTY, KINGS, CRONJE! 28-26: Cronje kicks it perfectly and puts the Kings in front, the crowd cheers their side on. Kings lead by 2 points with less than 20 minutes remaining.
Big moment in the game as Kings take the ball and attack, the Sharks concede a penalty for not rolling away from the ruck.
CONVERSION, SHARKS, APRIL! 25-26: No problems for the Sharks and April as he slots the conversion in and they go back in the lead. Just one point is the difference between these sides with 20 minutes remaining.
TRY, SHARKS, AM! 25-24: Lukhanyo Am takes it over the line to claim the try but it is really nicely done from the whole team. Sharks passed the ball, patiently searched for the gap and eventually managed to score. This will give them some confidence.
A couple of resets to the scrum and the referee is not happy with the Sharks. Kings have to run back to defend, Sharks are on the attack now.
Kings were playing advantage so they will come back to play the scrum. The referee again having a few words with the players.
PENALTY, SHARKS, APRIL! 25-19: April slots the penalty goal in and brings the deficit down to 6 points, Kings still hold the lead.
Sharks with the lineout, it is a nice throw and Sharks look to attack. April passes the ball nicely and then the ball is passed back into the middle. Good passes from the Sharks who have the advantage. They will win the penalty.
YELLOW! Geldenhuys earns a yellow card for not rolling away and the Kings are penalised. Replays show it was a harsh call but the Kings had been warned for not rolling away.
Sharks win a penalty, Chris Cloete concedes it for not rolling away from the ruck. The referee has a word with Cronje with regard to the rolling away.
A lineout to the Sharks and they collect it cleanly. It is a maul but the ball is kicked as it comes out. Bock collects it really well and Kings end up winning another penalty. Ralepelle concedes it for not releasing the ball carrier.
Good work from the Kings again under pressure, they manage to pass and clear the ball and the Sharks give the advantage to the Kings again. Sharks also replace many players, they look shell shocked.
Massive scrum from the Kings, they will come back to take their penalty and the crowd is enjoying this performance. Cronje kicks the ball into touch for a lineout.
The crowd cheers on as Kings turn the ball over. A few players having words with the referee but it will be a scrum to the Kings. Good play from the hosts.
Cloete concedes the penalty for the Kings for being caught offside. The referee has a word with the captains and asks them to calm their players down.
Kings win the scrum and pass the ball nicely to try and find the gap. Sharks turn the ball over and attack. Good counter from the Sharks and they win a penalty close to the try line.
CONVERSION, KINGS, CRONJE! 25-16: Cronje makes no mistake and pushes the lead to 9 points with a good conversion.
HALF-TIME: KINGS 18-16 SHARKS. After the first half, the score is 18 points to 16 and Kings have taken back the lead with a converted try and the end of the first half. It has been a close game so far and both teams will look to keep the intensity going in the second half.
Second half begins.
TRY, KINGS, BOCK! 23-16: Bock goes all the way, brilliant start to the second half for the Kings and Bock's speed takes him over the try line. Schreuder started the move with a nice pass.
CONVERSION, KINGS, CRONJE! 18-16: No mistake from the captain in converting his own try. It is an easy kick and the Kings take the lead just before half time.
TRY, KINGS, CRONJE! 16-16: Brilliant try from the Kings. Bock's speed creates the chance with a nice pass and Cronje takes it over the line for the Kings. Great try by the captain. The TMO is being consulted for a high tackle.
YELLOW CARD! Smith is shown the yellow card for a high tackle on Cronje, the TMO agrees with the decision and Smith goes to the sin bin.
PENALTY, SHARKS, APRIL! 11-16: It was always going to be an ambitious kick but April does really well to slot it in and that will be a penalty goal. It hits the side of the uprights and goes in. The difference is 5 points, Sharks lead.
Penalty to the Sharks, Klaasen concedes it for not releasing the ball and April is going to kick this.
Just under 5 minutes remaining in the first half and it has been a fast moving game here in Port Elizabeth.
A few kicks back and forth, April and Smith have a misunderstanding but manage to clear the ball for the Sharks.
DROP GOAL, KINGS, CRONJE! 11-13: The Kings were held up and the Sharks defence looked strong so the ball was brought back to Cronje and the captain slots a drop goal in to narrow the gap to 2 points.
Lambie is going off and April comes on for him. Lambie goes off for a concussion test.
The Kings have a 7m lineout and they put in a maul. The ball comes out and is passed wide before there is a knock on and Sharks have the advantage now. But the Kings manage to keep it in play.
Sharks concede a penalty through Oosthuizen for the front row standing up. The Kings kick the penalty to the corner for a lineout. Good chance for them to score from here.
The scrum is reset and the referee has a few words with the players.
A few clashes between the players, pushing and shoving going on as the referee tries to break it up. Lambie and Smith collide with each other while going for the same ball and Smith looks fine after some treatment but Lambie is down and stays down.
Good defence from the Sharks, the referee blows his whistle and it will be a scrum to the Sharks.
CONVERSION, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 8-13: Nice conversion from Lambie and Sharks lead for the first time in this game and they push the lead to 5 points.
TRY, SHARKS, DU PREEZ! 8-11: Sharks have a 5m lineout and Daniel du Preez grounds it over the line after the lineout. Good try from the Sharks, it is their first try of this game.
The Kings concede a penalty for being caught offside. The points difference between the two sides is 2 points.
Sharks are dominating the possession in the last few minutes and are looking to attack. Kings are defending well but they will want to kick it into the Sharks' half.
The Kings were scrambling backwards to defend their area and Lambie gets the ball, looks for the chip kick but he overcooks it and it goes into touch. Kings manage to clear the ball into touch.
PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 8-6: Lambie kicks the penalty goal perfectly and closes the deficit down to 2 points. Good play by the Sharks.
Sharks are stringing together a few passes and are looking for an opening. The Sharks are playing in white, Kings are in black.
The Kings concede a penalty through Ntsila for not rolling away.
PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 8-3: It is an easy penalty and Lambie makes no mistake as he kicks it in to open the scoring for the Sharks. They bring the deficit down to 5.
Kings concede their first penalty of the game through Geldenhuys for not rolling away from the ruck. The Sharks will look to kick this and open their scoring.
The Kings are slightly ahead of the Sharks in terms of possession, they are controlling the ball really well at home.
The Kings have started really well here against the Sharks and they will be looking to keep this momentum going forward. Sharks look like they are settling into this game.
The conversion is missed as Cronje fails to kick the ball through the uprights and the lead will remain to 8 points.
TRY, KINGS, BOCK! 8-0: Cronje with a nice pass that sets up the chance and the Kings score the first try of the game through Alshaun Bock who takes it over the line.
PENALTY, KINGS, CRONJE! 3-0: It is a long kick from 46 metres out but Cronje makes no mistake and the Kings take an early lead in the game.
Good weather conditions for playing rugby today in Port Elizabeth.
Early penalty conceded by the Sharks, through Oosthuizen who is caught offside.
Kick-off! First half begins.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the SuperRugby clash between the Kings and the Sharks from the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Kings: 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Wandile Mjekevu, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Lionel Cronjé (c), 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Andisa Ntsila, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Schalk van der Merwe
Sharks: 15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Jeremy Ward, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie (c), 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Beast Mtawarira
Federico Anselmi is the referee today with Quinton Immelman and AJ Jacobs assisting him. Christie du Preez is the TMO.
Sharks have won all the previous games between these two teams. They will be looking to put in another strong performance today.
Kings head coach Deon Davids has made one change to his side that will face the Sharks, with Schalk van der Merwe starting at prop. Van der Merwe replaces the injured Justin Forwood at loosehead as the Kings look to continue their recent run of performances in the competition.
Sharks head coach Robert du Preez has largely retained the same team that beat the Rebels last weekend with just three rotational changes and one enforced. With Curwin Bosch now away on national duty with the SA Under 20 side, Patrick Lambie takes over as the starting flyhalf as well as taking over the captaincy in one of two changes to the backline.
The other sees Lwazi Mvovo ? who was rested last weekend ? replacing Sbu Nkosi who shifts to the bench following a pleasing debut last Saturday. In straight rotation in the front row, Beast Mtawarira returns for Thomas du Toit while Franco Marais and Chiliboy Ralepelle swap jerseys.
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