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As it happened: Sharks 14-19 Crusaders

2016-03-26 19:14
Last Updated at 09:40
26 Mar 19:31


Metres made: Sharks 191-523 Crusaders

Carries: Sharks 47-100 Crusaders

Defenders beaten: Sharks 6-12 Crusaders

Clean breaks: Sharks 3-7 Crusaders

Passes: Sharks 45-179 Crusaders

Turnovers conceded: Sharks 11-18 Crusaders

Tackles made: Sharks 108-44 Crusaders

Tackles missed: Sharks 12-6 Crusaders

Penalties conceded: Sharks 11-9 Crusaders

26 Mar 19:18

Thanks for tuning!

The Crusaders picked up four points for their win, while the Sharks picked up a single point for losing by seven or fewer points.

In next weekend's Round 6 action, the Crusaders travel to Johannesburg to play the Lions (Friday, April 1 at 19:00), while the Sharks have a bye.

26 Mar 19:15


Crusaders wing Nemani Nadolo received the best player award.

26 Mar 19:14
The Sharks will have to start playing a bit more rugby and not just rely on their steely defence. Thus far this season their play has been very characteristic of the Stormers teams in the Allister Coetzee era...
26 Mar 19:12
Well done to the Crusaders. They fully deserved that victory, having dominated all facets of play. The Sharks lived off scraps at the scoreline really flatters them quite frankly...
26 Mar 19:10
FULL-TIME: Sharks 14-19 Crusaders
26 Mar 19:10
80'- Ellis first taps it and then kicks it out to end the game...
26 Mar 19:10
80'- Oh dear, the Sharks are pinged for obstruction...
26 Mar 19:08

79'- It's a great scrum from the Sharks and they win a penalty. It allows April to set up an attacking lineout in the red zone.

This will be last chance saloon form the Sharks!

26 Mar 19:07
77'- Sharks sub: April on at flyhalf for Pietersen.
26 Mar 19:06
77'- The Crusaders struggle to deal with a high ball and knock it on to give the Sharks a scrum near the 22m area...
26 Mar 19:05


Sharks 108

Crusaders 38

26 Mar 19:05
76'- Sharks with an attacking chance inside the red zone... but they knock it on and Ellis clears for the Crusaders...
26 Mar 19:03


Sharks 176m

Crusaders 471m

26 Mar 19:03
73'- Sharks sub: Claassens on at scrumhalf for Reinach.
26 Mar 19:02
73'- CONVERSION slotted for a 19-14 lead to the Crusaders.
26 Mar 19:01
71'- After 15 phases on attack, captain Kieran Reid scores for the Crusaders.
26 Mar 19:01
71'- TRY to the Crusaders!
26 Mar 19:00
71'- Crusaders attacking inside the red zone again...
26 Mar 18:59
Big Crusaders wing Nemani Nadolo on the charge... (Gallo Images)
26 Mar 18:58
69'- Sharks subs: Cooper on at hooker for Marais and Andrews on at lock for Oosthuzien.
26 Mar 18:57
66'- Apologies for a slight delay - amidst all that Willie le Roux cantered through for a disallowed try after collecting a Reinach kick. But replays showed he was in front of the kicker...
26 Mar 18:55
66' - Penalty to the Sharks at scrum time and they clear as yet another injury delays play
26 Mar 18:50
64'- Crusaders again probing near the red zone...
26 Mar 18:49
62' - But another indiscretion at lineout time sees the Sharks win a welcome penalty. It allows Pietersen to bring some relief...
26 Mar 18:48
61'- Sharks scrumhalf Cobus Reinach is lucky not to concede a penalty for a deliberate knock down, as the Crusaders keep attacking inside the red zone...
26 Mar 18:46


TMO Johan Greeff again called into action for a potential indiscretion at a lineout on halfway.

He penalises Sharks lock Stephan Lewies for pulling a Crusaders player down in the air.

26 Mar 18:45


Sharks 66

Crusaders 33

26 Mar 18:44

58'- 15 v 15

Havili is now back from his time spent in the sin-bin.

26 Mar 18:43
57' - Massive relief for the Sharks as they win a scrum penalty under their own posts...
26 Mar 18:39
56' - The Sharks will be worried about Van der Walt, who is stretchered off...
26 Mar 18:38
56'- Sharks sub: Dan du Preez on for Phillip Van der Walt.
26 Mar 18:37

56' - Referee Peyper says he was within the rules to overturn his decision and ask the TMO when he saw the incident on the big screen.

Whatever the rules may state, it was a good decision as the player had a foot in touch.

26 Mar 18:35
54' - Sharks sub: Adriaanse on at prop for Oosthuizen.
26 Mar 18:34

53'- The try has been cancelled as replays show a Crusaders player had a foot in touch before he off-loaded to McNicholl...

Luckily for the Sharks, Peyper saw it on the big screen so he went upstairs...

26 Mar 18:33
53'- NO TRY!
26 Mar 18:33
52'- Oh wait, hang on, referee Peyper wants to go upstairs...
26 Mar 18:32
52'- Johnny McNicholl scores in the corner after a quick throw-in on halfway. This after Pietersen had kicked out directly on the full...
26 Mar 18:32
52' - TRY to the Crusaders!
26 Mar 18:31

52'- It's another shocking conversion attempt from Mo'unga.

Sharks 14-12 Crusaders

26 Mar 18:30
51'- TRY awarded to Nadolo as replays show he grounded it on the line.
26 Mar 18:28


After a great counter-attack from the Crusaders, Nadolo appears to have rounded off in the corner.

But was he short? The TMO must decide...

26 Mar 18:27


Sharks 23

Crusaders 22

26 Mar 18:25
48'- The penalty is also turned around in favour of the Sharks...
26 Mar 18:25
47'- YELLOW CARD for Crusaders fullback David Havili for a shoulder barge off the ball.
26 Mar 18:24
47'- Replays show Willie le Roux with a high tackle on Johnny McNicholl... but there was an off-the-ball shoulder charge from David Havili on Andre Esterhuizen.
  • 80'

    The Crusaders kick the ball high into the stands and that is the game. The Sharks managed to score some good tries against the run of play, however the team that did all the attacking came out on top. It wasn''''t a 52-10 score line this time round, however it was a step to far for this Sharks team.

  • 80'


  • 79'

    The Sharks are penalised at a crucial moment of the game while they are on the attack, all the Crusaders have to do is kick for touch and that will be that.

  • 78'

    Sharks have the penalty and April kicks for the corner. The Sharks have the attacking lineout now.

  • 77'

    Amazing effort from Ndungane as he goes up to compete with Nadolo for the high ball, Nadolo knocks on and the Sharks will have the attacking scrum. Can the Sharks produce another breakaway try here and steal the game at the death?

  • 75'

    The Crusaders turn the ball over in their half and they make a good clearance kick downfield.

  • 72'

    CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, NADOLO! 14-19: Nadolo takes over the kicking duties and the big man is just as devastating with the boot as he is on the wing as he slots the conversion. Crusaders lead by five now.

  • 71'

    TRY, CRUSADERS, READ! 14-17: Typical New Zealand character shown here as Read goes over for what might just be the match winning try, after the Crusaders go through fifteen phases of play before the Sharks defence finally crumbles and Read dots down.

  • 69'

    Ndungane wins a contestable ball in the air and sets the Sharks up nicely here. What a take from the winger!

  • 68'

    Le Roux looks to spark something for the Sharks but his kick goes to no one and the Crusaders win a penalty. Crusaders opt to go for an attacking lineout as they kick to touch.

  • 65'

    The Crusaders can not believe their luck as Le Roux looks set to score another break away try for the Sharks after Le Roux gathers a good kick from Reinach and runs in for the try but the try is disallowed as Le Roux was ahead of the kicker when the kick was made.

  • 64'

    The Crusaders still applying the pressure in the Sharks half but the Sharks defence is holding firm.

  • 61'

    Nadolo looks like he is one good pass from breaking the Sharks open as he pins his ears back and makes a run down the wing but the offload is loose and Sharks reclaim the possession.

  • 59'

    Crusaders are awarded the penalty after the Sharks obstruct the lineout. Mo'unga kicks for the corner and the Crusaders have an attacking lineout.

  • 58'

    Sharks win a penalty at the scrum in their own half and Pietersen kicks a good clearance into touch. Lineout to the Sharks.

  • 58'

    Crusaders are back to a full compliment of fifteen players now.

  • 56'

    Van der Walt being taken off on a stretcher, horrible way to end off a good game for the eighth man.

  • 56'

    The Players of both team will need a good rest after this game. Some massive hits and defence have definitely taken their toll.

  • 53'

    McNicholl looks to have scored the Crusaders second try in the space of minutes, after the Crusaders take a quick lineout and find the Sharks defence has gone on a vacation.The Crusaders are celebrating wildly but the Referee calls them back for a foot in touch. What intensity shown by both teams. Defensive lineout to the Sharks.

  • 52'

    Mo'unga misses yet another kick at posts.

  • 51'

    Nadolo pops up on the wing and manages to cut inside and dot down, TMO being asked the question, try or no try? TMO looking if Nadolo has grounded the ball or whether it was short.

  • 51'

    TRY, CRUSADERS, NADOLO! 14-12: The TMO awards the try. Good work from the ever present giant on the wing.

  • 48'

    TMO looking at some foul play here for a dangerous tackle as Le Roux takes his man around the neck and then their is a shoulder charge and some pushing and shoving going on.

  • 48'

    YELLOW CARD, CRUSADERS, HAVILI! 14-7: Havili is given his marching orders. Crusaders down to fourteen for the next ten minutes and the Sharks have the penalty now.

  • 45'

    CONVERSION, SHARKS, PIETERSEN! 14-7: Pietersen puts the Sharks into a seven point lead as he makes no mistake in adding the extra two.

  • 44'

    TRY, SHARKS, MVOVO! 12-7: The Sharks set their defensive line as the Crusaders look spread to run the ball wide, the move does not work, there is a lack of communication, the ball gets loose and gets knocked back and Mvovo scoops up the loose ball and runs in for his second try of the game. Completely against the run of play again! Mvovo tormenting the Crusaders with his vision here.

  • 43'

    Mo'unga misses another kick as the scores remain level.

  • 41'

    Pietersen gets the second half underway with a deep kick into Crusaders territory, Nadolo sets up the phases before the Crusaders spread it wide and make the clearance kick.

  • 41'

    Penalty to the Crusaders as the Sharks get penalised for going offside and Mo''unga is in a good position to take the three points.

  • 40'

    Mo'unga sends the kick wide of the posts and that will be the last kick of the half, nothing can separate these two teams at halftime, perhaps a piece of individual magic, a drop kick or the bench will prove the difference for either team in the second half. Join us in a few minutes for the second forty.

  • 40'


  • 40'

    Mo''unga looks set to give the Crusaders the half time lead as he lines up a shot after the Crusaders are awarded a penalty from right in front.

  • 37'

    CONVERSION, SHARKS, PIETERSEN! 7-7: Pietersen draws the scores level on the second attempt as the flags are raised and after being under pressure for large portions of the half the Sharks are all of a sudden level.

  • 35'

    TRY, SHARKS, MVOVO! 5-7: What a try from Mvovo as the Crusaders look set for set play off the lineout, a long pass is thrown and Mvovo comes flying out the line and plucks the ball out the air to run in for the try completely against the run of play.

  • 34'

    Another clearance from Reinach. The Crusaders have another lineout.

  • 32'

    The Crusaders are awarded a penalty at the scrum after Beast Mtawarira gets penalised at scrum time. Mo''unga sets the attacking lineout.

  • 29'

    The lineout goes astray and the Crusaders have their hands on the ball once again. Sharks need to protect the ball and need to start getting themselves in the game here.

  • 28'

    Mo'unga puts the Crusaders right back into an attacking position as he makes a good kick to the corner after the Crusaders win a penalty.

  • 28'

    Sharks awarded the penalty as Read gets blown up for an obstruction. Sharks will have the attacking lineout now. They will want to string some phases together after a relentless passage of play from the Crusaders.

  • 25'

    CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 0-7: Mo'unga converts the extra two and the Crusaders have silenced the crowd with that score.

  • 24'

    TRY, CRUSADERS, HAVILI! 0-5: The decision to go for the corner finally pays off as Havili goes over after Nadolo draws two players in the tackle and makes the offload to Havili to go in for the try.

  • 22'

    The Crusaders destroy the Sharks scrum as the Sharks pack goes up from the pressure at scrum time and the Crusaders do not opt for the three points, they go for an attacking lineout.

  • 20'

    Sharks pinned in their own half as Lewies jumps up and takes in the defensive lineout, a clearance kick is made and the Crusaders run it straight back.

  • 19'

    Defensive scrum to the Sharks as the Crusaders spill the ball on attack.

  • 18'

    Good passage of play for the Crusaders ends with a Sharks defensive lineout. Pietersen makes a good exit kick and the Crusaders will have the feed to the lineout.

  • 16'

    The Crusaders win their defensive scrum inside their half, they look to break up the wing but again they are just met with black shirts blocking their path. Great defence from both teams.

  • 15'

    Sharks win the attacking lineout and look to get over the advantage line but the Crusaders have their defensive line set. There is no space in either teams defence.

  • 13'

    Reinach puts up a high kick looking to test the Crusaders under the high ball but it's claimed by the Crusaders and they manage to clear their lines.

  • 11'

    Crotty throws one over the top to Nadolo and it looks like no one wants to take responsibility and bring down the big man but he decides to put in a chip kick and luckily for the Sharks it goes into touch. Defensive lineout to the Sharks.

  • 9'

    Crusaders win the penalty after van der Walt fails to release the ball and the Crusaders set the attacking lineout.

  • 8'

    Scrum to the Sharks inside their own half after McNicholl receives a forward pass on the wing.

  • 6'

    Mo'unga takes an age to take the kick and he pulls it to the right. Scores remain at 0-0

  • 4'

    Crotty is back on his feet and the Sharks have the defensive scrum.

  • 4'

    Coenie Oosthuizen infringes at scrum time and Mo''unga will line up the shot at the uprights.

  • 3'

    Already the collisions are taking a toll as Crotty gets treatment after Le Roux dives under his tackle and he ends up injuring himself. Players can take a breather as Crotty gets treatment.

  • 2'

    Crusaders with some early possession and attacking intent but they lose the ball in a good attacking position after they try a speculative offload which goes loose and the Sharks manage to get their hands on the ball now.

  • 1'

    The whistle goes and Mo'unga puts a good deep kick into Sharks territory. Coetzee takes the ball from kick off and looks to set the Sharks up for the clearance kick.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live commentary of this eagerly anticipated Super Rugby matchup between the only unbeaten team in Super Rugby 2016, the Sharks, and seven time Super Rugby champions, the Crusaders, from Kings Park Stadium in Durban.

  • 0'

    The Sharks have made five changes to the starting XV, including a positional switch. The settled-looking backline welcomes Reinach at scrum-half in the place of Michael Claassens. Philip van der Walt moves to number eight while the hard-working Daniel du Preez takes a spot in the bench and is replaced by his twin brother Jean-Luc on the flank. Coenie Oosthuizen and Franco Marais return to the starting line-up as Gold?s rotational policy continues.

  • 0'

    For the Crusaders, All Black Read returns as captain after a well earned rest taking over from Sam Whitelock, who remains at lock. Cody Taylor and Joe Moody come in at hooker and loosehead prop respectively while lock Scott Barrett takes over from Luke Romano. Veteran Andy Ellis starts at scrum-half, with David Havili moving from inside centre to full-back, where he replaces Ben Volavola. Finally, Ryan Crotty comes in to the side to wear the number 12 jersey.

  • 0'

    The Sharks remain the only undefeated team in the competition as we head into week five. A strong showing in Cape Town led to a win over the Stormers which was followed by a come-from-behind draw against the Bulls, that should have been a win if you ask Joe Pietersen.

  • 0'

    The Crusaders have made a typical slow start to the season. They lost to the Chiefs first up and downed the Blues the following week before heading into their bye. Now, Blackadder?s men are flying high after their 57-24 routing of the Kings in Christchurch last weekend.

  • 0'

    Read leads the Crusaders out, the crowd does not take notice as they wait for the home team to make their arrival on the field.

  • 0'

    Clashes between these two Super Rugby heavyweights, always produce something special with the Sharks being handed a rugby lesson after going down to the Crusaders 52-10 in the last meeting between the two in Durban in 2015. In 2014 the Sharks did the impossible as they recorded an improbable 30-25 victory over the Crusaders in Christchurch after being down to 14 for a large portion of the game. Expect this game to produce lots of drama, passion and perhaps the odd moment of madness from either team. It is shaping up to be a classic.

  • 0'

    The home team make their way onto the field with a warm welcome from the crowd.

  • 0'

    Dating back to 2009, the teams have met on eight occasions, with the Crusaders winning on six occasions. The Crusaders are on a two match winning run against the Sharks, with the Sharks last victory coming in 2014 when they produced an inspired performance in overcoming the odds and getting over the line in a 30-25 victory over the Crusaders in Christchurch.

  • 0'

    It is a cool and cloudy day here in Durban, the conditions are perfect for some big hits, offloads and sidesteps as these two great teams look set for a titanic battle in perfect conditions.

  • 0'

    Jaco Peyper is our referee. Jaco van Heerden and Cwengile Jadezweni will assist him. The TMO is Johan Greeff.

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Sharks Crusaders
  • 2 Tries 3
    • 35' Lwazi Mvovo
    • 44' Lwazi Mvovo
    • 24' David Kaetau Havili
    • 51' Nemani Nadolo
    • 71' Kieran Read
  • 2 Conversions 2
    • 37' Joe Pietersen
    • 45' Joe Pietersen
    • 25' Richie Mo''unga
    • 72' Nemani Nadolo
  • 0 Penalties 0
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 1
    • 48' David Kaetau Havili
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Tendai Mtawarira
  • Franco Marais
  • Coenraad Oosthuizen
  • Ettienne Oosthuizen
  • Stephan Lewies
  • Marcell Coetzee
  • Jean-Luc du Preez
  • Phillip Van Der Walt
  • Jacobus Reinach
  • Joe Pietersen
  • Lwazi Mvovo
  • Andre Esterhuizen
  • Paul Jordaan
  • J.P Pietersen
  • Willie Le Roux
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  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Joe Moody
  • Codie Taylor
  • Owen Franks
  • Scott Barrett
  • Sam Whitelock
  • Jordan Taufua
  • Matt Todd
  • Kieran Read
  • Andrew Ellis
  • Richie Mo'unga
  • Nemani Nadolo
  • Ryan Crotty
  • Kieron Fonotia
  • Johnny McNicholl
  • David Kaetau Havili
  • Kyle Cooper
  • Juan Schoeman
  • Lourens Adriaanse
  • Hyron Andrews
  • Daniel du Preez
  • Michael Claassens
  • Garth April
  • Odwa Ndungane
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Ben Funnell
  • Wyatt Crockett
  • Michael Alaalatoa
  • Luke Romano
  • Jimmy Tupou
  • Tim Boys
  • Mitchell Drummond
  • Ben Volavola

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