FULL TIME. SHARKS 14-21 REDS. It's a brilliant away win from the Reds, who will be elated with their performance, which was disciplined from start to finish. The Sharks have a lot to chat about this week as they prepare to go on tour and put the home losses in the last two rounds behind them.
Brilliant from Liam Wright! He's done this all afternoon and it's most important now! He gets his hands on the ball and wins a penalty for the Reds. They'll kick it out to win.
Sharks win a penalty and Bosch finds touch at the Reds 40 metre line. The first job is done, as they win the lineout.
CONVERSION. SHARKS. BOSCH. 14-21. Curwin Bosch gives the Sharks hope as he raises the flags from out wide.
TRY. SHARKS. D DU PREEZ. 12-21. Dan du Preez picks it up off the back of the scrum and forces his way over the line for the try!
Sharks get close off a maul but it's held up over the line. Sharks will have a 5 metre scrum.
Liam Wright spotted the ball poking out the ruck and looked to force another penalty but he lost his feet and instead gave a penalty away.
Another promising Sharks attack has ended with a knock on. Handling errors have been the theme of the day for the Sharks and will likely cost them dearly.
Cam Wright makes a huge break up field. He gets to halfway where he decides to look for support out wide. He throws a perfect pass but Kobus van Wyk can't hold onto it with the try line at the mercy of the home side!
Samu Kerevi gets the ball off the back of the lineout and charges at the half gap. This time, he can't break the tackle and knocks it on in contact.
Sharks have a defensive lineout on their 22 and it's an overthrow! The Reds get the ball and move it across the field, drawing defenders with them. They work it back the other way, and Samu Kerevi spots a shade of space behind. He dinks a little kick over which was bouncing straight into the hands of Campbell, but he got a bit of white line fever and knocked it on. A huge scrum from the Reds has won them a penalty however.
The exit from the Reds is good. Stewart finds touch near halfway.
The Sharks win it back and roll through the phases. The ball is just 5 metres out and they look to work it out wide into space, but the pass from Dan du Preez is poor and the Sharks lose all momentum. They subsequently lose the ball from a maul turnover on the Reds 22.
CONVERSION. REDS. STEWART. 7-21. Hamish Stewart is on the tee this time and he makes no mistake.
TRY. REDS. MCDERMOTT. 7-19. It's Kerevi who sparks this try again, with a strong carry, busting one tackle and drawing another two defenders before handing it off to Feauai-Sautea. He shoves one defender out the way before he is taken down inside the 22. He releases quickly and the Reds work the ball to Tate McDermott who runs in for the try!
The Reds work their way back into the Sharks half and with carry it with interest into the 22. Quick ball is there for McDermott for a few phases in a row. He finds Taniela Tupou who carries it into contact, and a seemingly early call of maul from the ref sees the Sharks players piling in to collapse, and force the turnover 10 metres from their line.
Reds lose it from the lineout and Esterhuizen's clearance isn't small, finding touch from his 22 around 30 metres from the Reds line.
The Reds have a scrum on halfway which is under a bit of pressure but they manage to clear well. The second phase sees the ball find the hooker and prop on the wing, the latter dropping the ball in contact. The Sharks attempt to counter but are stopped on halfway, where Liam Wright gets his hands on the ball on forces a turnover once again! He's been brilliant tonight.
The Sharks win their lineout and keep driving over the advantage line. They carry it 10 metres from the Reds line before disappointingly knocking it on, allowing the Reds to clear. It comes back at them, but Liam Wright gets his hands on the ball and forces a penalty inside his own half. Time is off as Curwin Bosch receives treatment. Reds will kick for touch when play resumes.
A kicking battle ensures, with a few being launched both ways, before Naivalu decides an up and under is more appropriate. It lands awkwardly but Robert du Preez does well to control it with his feet. The ball goes through a couple of phases before it is given away, and the Reds have attempted to start another kicking battle. It falls to Kerevi in the 22 but he's shanked his kick into touch, just 35 metres from his line.
Alex Mafi channels his inner flyhalf, carrying to the line and grubbering a delicate kick through which trickles into touch, 10 metres from the Sharks line.
The Sharks had a lineout inside the Reds half but knocked it on. The scrum that followed was big from the Reds and they've won a penalty.
A monstrous hit from Alex Mafi sees Jacques Vermeulen go down clutching his ribs, but Schreuder still manages to clear. Vermeulen has limped off and will be replaced.
The second half is underway with a deep kick off from Bryce Hegarty.
HALF TIME. SHARKS 7 - 14 REDS. The Sharks will be disappointed by that first half, which was riddled with needless handling error and unclinical attacking. They'll have to improve in the 2nd half to avoid another home defeat.
Oh no! The Sharks have butchered one here! The ball squirts out of a Reds ruck on the Sharks 22 and they work it out wide quickly. Nkosi runs it down the wing, passes to Esterhuizen inside who had one to beat and two in support. All he had to do was make the final pass but he carries it into contact and his offload goes forward. Could be a costly moment.
Sbu Nkosi flies majestically above the defence to retrieve an up and under. As he gets it, he goes to ground but manages to get the offload away. The backline comes forward in numbers and they work it wonderfully, up toward the Reds 22, where Mvovo knocks it on.
The Reds get the ball back on halfway and carry forward through Stewart, who busts the first tackle. They get some good momentum, moving it forward phase by phase, but Sefa Naivalu spilt an easy pass in space on the Sharks 22.
Solid defence from the Sharks prevents the Reds from getting over the advantage line, eventually causing the knock on from Lukhan Salakaia-Loto.
Front foot ball for the Sharks allows Esterhuizen to drive the ball through the defence. The Reds clear, but Van Wyk carries it straight back to halfway where he is SMASHED by Izack Rodda. The massive hit sees the Reds pile in the numbers and force a penalty. They'll look for touch, and find it inside the Sharks 22.
The Sharks field the kick off and launch an up and under. Hamish Stewart runs forward to catch it near halfway, but the kick chase is good from Nkosi and the pressure forces the knock on.
CONVERSION. SHARKS. DU PREEZ. 7-14. A challenging conversion is no match for Robert du Preez. He slots it straight through the centre of the sticks.
TRY. SHARKS. VAN VUUREN. 5-14. The Sharks finally get some reward for their territorial dominance, as they rumble it over from a maul.
The Sharks win a penalty from the resulting scrum. They go to the corner once again.
Esterhuizen knocks it on in contact near the Reds 22.
CONVERSION. REDS. HEGARTY. 0-14. A second easy conversion from Hegarty, from the same spot as the last one, right in front of the sticks.
TRY. REDS. FEAUAI-SAUTEA. 0-12. Fantastic work from the captain! He gets the ball from a standing start, spots half a gap and muscles his way through. Mvovo makes the tackle on Kerevi as the last defender but can't prevent him from offloading out the back of the hand to Chris Feauai-Sautea who canters in under the sticks!
The Reds manage to repel the Sharks attackers. Dan du Preez got close but his offload was inaccurate and turned over. Hegarty clears but doesn't find touch, however the ball finds its way back to the Reds. Tate McDermott looks up and sees space inside the 22, which forces Rob du Preez to clear to touch, 40 metres from the Sharks line.
Some promising signs from the Sharks. They get some go forward and move it to the Reds 22. The ball squirts out and Kerevi looks to pick it up but he was in an offisde position. Sharks go for touch, once again, despite an easy chance on offer from in front. The Sharks win a penalty from the subsequent lineout maul and go to the corner again.
Curwin Bosch gets the ball from the scrum and looks menacing as he carries to halfway, but he looks for the miracle offload in contact, which doesn't go to hand. The Reds counter but knock the ball on just inside the Sharks half.
Hamish Stewart runs into contact high and is held up by Esterhuizen and co, who force the turnover.
The Reds win their scrum and move it forward through two phases before Tate McDermott kicks flat over the defence for territory and finds touch 15 metres from the Sharks line. The Sharks win the lineout but are only able to clear about 35 metres out.
The Sharks work some space out wide but Sbu Nkosi can't hold onto the ball. Reds will have a scrum on their own 40 metre line.
The Sharks win a penalty centrally, about 40 metres out. Alex Mafi dived straight over the attacker. The Sharks have opted to go for touch and find it at the Reds 22.
CONVERSION. REDS. HEGARTY. 0-7. A simple one first up from Bryce Hegarty. He converts his own try from right in front.
TRY. REDS. HEGARTY. 0-5. Brilliant break up the middle from Alex Mafi, carrying to the 22. The Reds work a couple of phases before Hegarty gets the ball at first receiver, spots space and slices through like a hot knife through butter for the try.
Curwin Bosch gets the match underway with a deep kick off which is cleared near halfway by Stewart.
Hello and welcome to our Good Friday coverage of this Super Rugby round 10 match between the Sharks and the Reds in Durban at Johnsson Kings Park.
SHARKS STARTING XV: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Kobus van Wyk, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder (C), 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Tendai Mtawarira. RESERVES: 16 Fez Mbatha, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Tyler Paul, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Aphelele Fassi
REDS STARTING XV: 15 Hamish Stewart, 14 Sefa Naivalu , 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Samu Kerevi (C), 11 Jack Hardy, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 Harry Hoopert. RESERVES: 16 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 17 JP Smith, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Harry Hockings, 20 Adam Korczyk, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Duncan Paia’aua, 23 Jock Campbell
The Sharks have made 5 changes to the side that suffered a 17-51 drubbing at the hands of the Jaguares at home last weekend. Beast and Coenie Oosthuizen come into the front row, in place of Schoeman and du Toit with Jacques Vermeulen lining up at openside flanker in place of Luke Stringer. In the backline, Am and Mapimpi miss out entirely, with Kobus van Wyk and Sbu Nkosi taking their respective places.
The Reds never really got into the game last weekend, with a 32-17 away loss to the Bulls. They've made 3 changes to that team, hopeful that they'll be able to end their South African tour with something to show for it. Harry Hoopert comes in for JP Smith, Angus Scott-Young is in for Harry Hockert and Sefa Naivalu returns in place of Aidan Toua.
Today's referee is Federico Anselmi, assisted by Glen Jackson and Jaco Peyper, with Marius Jonker on TMO duty.
The overall matchup record between these sides is tight; in 19 games, the Sharks have won 9 and the Reds 8. The last time the sides faced in Durban was in 2014 when the Sharks ran out convincing 35-20 winners.
There's plenty at stake in today's match. The Reds find themselves fourth on the Australian conference, but a win today would bolster them up to 2nd, while a win for the Sharks today will send them top of the South African conference.
It's a sweltering day in Durban, with temperatures peaking at close to 30 degrees. Fitness will undoubtedly play a massive part in the contest.
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