FULL-TIME: SHARKS 24-14 STORMERS: Bosch fails to land the final conversion, but the Sharks have nevertheless claimed a well-deserved win. The Stormers made them work for it, but Sean Everitt's men pulled away at the end.
TRY, SHARKS, MAPIMPI! 24-14: The Sharks get possession, and then following a scrum, Mapimpi goes half the length of the field on his own to score! That's it — game, set, match.
A knock-on from Burden off du Toit's pass enables the Stormers to go on the front foot again with this scrum.
PENALTY, SHARKS, BOSCH! 19-14: Bosch slots the penalty over and Kings Park erupts. The Sharks are on the verge of victory after a titanic tussle.
Blose is on in place of Kitshoff. He is not given the warmest of welcomes, as the Sharks win a penalty at his first scrum. Bosch looks set to go for posts again.
The clock continues to tick down at Kings Park with Steven Kitshoff receiving medical attention.
PENALTY, SHARKS, BOSCH! 16-14: A superb strike from Bosch puts the Sharks back in front. The home fans are delighted with that.
The Sharks have won a penalty and now Bosch is going to go for posts. He's missed two from near the halfway mark and this one is 58 metres out.
The Stormers have the scrum now after some great work from Kitshoff following Ntubeni's tackle on du Toit.
Willemse loses the ball forward from de Wet's pass, putting the Sharks on the front foot with the scrum.
CONVERSION, STORMERS, WILLEMSE! 13-14: Willemse's conversion puts the Stormers in front for the first time in this game.
TRY, STORMERS, DE WET! 13-12: Augustus breaks the line and throws the inside pass to de Wet, who goes all the way for the try! Against the run of play, the Stormers are probably about to take the lead!
The Stormers hold on through another wave of Sharks pressure. Eventually, the hosts are penalised for not releasing the ball.
The Sharks work the ball out to Notshe, but he fails to keep it in play against his old side.
TMO Willie Vos says Nel was in touch, so the Sharks have the attacking lineout after all.
The Stormers lose the ball just inside Sharks territory. The hosts look to attack again. Bosch kicks towards the corner, where Nel makes the mark. He is adjudged to be in play as he catches it, but that's tight.
PENALTY, SHARKS, BOSCH! 13-7: Bosch makes no mistake this time and the Sharks extend their lead.
The Stormers give away a penalty in a kickable position with Jaco Coetzee the guilty party for not rolling away following the tackle. Bosch will go for posts.
Paul loses possession, having perhaps taken his eye off the ball. The Stormers survive another wave of pressure and they have a scrum.
The Sharks are awarded a penalty at the scrum just inside their own half and a superb kick from Bosch sees them set up the lineout on the 22.
Paul loses the ball in the tackle from Augustus, but it's deemed a high tackle and the Sharks put the ball into touch.
DROP GOAL, SHARKS, BOSCH! 10-7: A sweet strike from Bosch as he finishes off the half in style, capitalising on the Sharks wave of pressure with a drop goal!
HALF-TIME: SHARKS 10-7 STORMERS. It's half-time at Kings Park with the Sharks leading in every aspect of the game. The scores are close, though, and all is still to play for.
The Sharks get the second half underway. They probably feel they should be more than just three points ahead based on their first half dominance. Sean Everitt's side will look to extend their lead as quickly as possible.
The Stormers look to counter, but they put a foot in touch. Now, the Sharks take the lineout quickly and seek to catch the Stormers napping. Am's pass to Esterhuizen is poor and the Stormers have a scrum.
Bosch looks to find Mapimpi with another wide kick. This one just bounces out of play. The Stormers are still under pressure from this lineout.
A decent crowd has turned out for this fixture, despite concerns regarding the coronavirus. This weekend's fixtures are the last before Super Rugby is postponed.
Once again, Bosch's long-range penalty attempt goes just wide of posts. It's still 7-7.
The Sharks have won a penalty and Bosch is about to have a shot at posts. Fassi is receiving medical attention for a cut near the eye.
CONVERSION, STORMERS, WILLEMSE! 7-7: Willemse's conversion levels the scores with just over 10 minutes left until half-time.
CONVERSION, SHARKS, BOSCH! 7-0: Bosch set up that try with a perfectly-timed pass. Now, he adds the conversion to it from the Sharks' left.
TRY, STORMERS, JANTJIES! 7-5: Augustus runs at the Sharks before passing to Leyds, who gives the ball to Jantjies. Try! The Stormers strike right back!
TRY, SHARKS, FASSI! 5-0: At last, the Stormers are punished for a mistake. Bosch sends Fassi through. The fullback bursts through Roberts'' tackle and goes all the way for the try!
Bosch boots the ball into space, but Senatla does well to race back and make the mark. The Stormers' rock solid defence is serving them well once again.
Bosch puts ball to boot, searching for Mapimpi out wide. He and Leyds go for it, but neither can get a grip on the ball. It's another scrum, with the Sharks in possession.
We're midway through the first half of what has been a scrappy contest. Nohamba has the put-in to a scrum in a promising position for the Sharks.
Du Plessis is receiving medical attention on the field. A big tackle from Esterhuizen appears to have hurt him.
From around 40 metres out, Bosch pushes his kick wide of the posts. The game remains scoreless. The Stormers' luck has been in so far.
The Sharks have survived that spell of pressure, but they need to assert their own dominance again as quickly as possible. Kitshoff is penalised now for not releasing the ball in a kickable position and the Sharks are going for posts.
A knock-on from the Sharks hands a Stormers a scrum right outside the hosts' 22. This is a great opportunity for John Dobson's men.
Johan du Toit comes back onto the field for the Stormers. The crowd understandably does not sound particularly welcoming towards him.
The Stormers win another turnover under pressure. Jantjies boots the ball clear and the Sharks look to attack again. However, the ball is lost forward near halfway.
The Sharks are piling the pressure on in the opening minutes, but the Stormers steal from a lineout. While the hosts are controlling the flow of the game, they need to make their dominance count. They do not want a repeat of last year's surprise defeat to the Stormers in Durban.
The Sharks win a turnover inside their own territory and kick the ball forwards, countering at pace again. Willemse spills the ball and is then taken into touch.
Kerron van Vuuren darts away down the left for the Sharks and looks to send replacement scrumhalf Nohamba through for the try, but the youngster knocks on from the inside pass! The Stormers are let off the hook again.
KICK-OFF! Jean-Luc du Plessis gets the game underway. Straightaway, we have a disciplinary issue. Johan du Toit has put in a dangerous-looking tackle on Louis Schreuder. AJ Jacobs goes upstairs.
YELLOW CARD, STORMERS, DU TOIT! TMO Willie Vos was nudging referee AJ Jacobs in the direction of a red card. Jacobs agrees that there was a high level of danger, but says Schreuder landing on his back was a mitigating factor. He's stretchered off, while du Toit goes to the sin-bin for 10 minutes.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Super Rugby clash between the Sharks and the Stormers as the two sides do battle for top spot in the South African conference at Kings Park in Durban.
Sharks coach Sean Everitt has named an unchanged 23 to the one which beat the Jaguares 33-19 in their last game.
Sharks: 15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am (captain), 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 James Venter, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Ox Nche. Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Le Roux Roets, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Sanele Nohamba, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Madosh Tambwe
John Dobson has rung the changes to the Stormers outfit which suffered a first loss of the season against the Blues. Prop Frans Malherbe and lock Salmaan Moerat come back into the starting XV, while Ernst van Rhyn and Johan du Toit are the starting flankers. Pieter-Steph du Toit is out after picking up a thigh injury. Jean-Luc du Plessis gets his first start of the season at flyhalf with Damian Willemse at fullback and Dillyn Leyds on the right wing.
Stormers: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Johan du Toit, 6 Ernst van Rhyn, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain). Substitutes: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Cobus Wiese, 20 Jaco Coetzee, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Rikus Pretorius, 23 Sergeal Petersen.
The Sharks began their season with a home win over the Bulls before beating the Highlanders on tour. They suffered a hiccup with defeat to the Hurricanes, but finished off their time in Australasia with wins over the Rebels and Reds before beating the Jaguares at home.
The Stormers were rock solid in home wins over the Hurricanes and Bulls, not conceding a single point in either game. They then beat the Lions away and the Jaguares at home before suffering their surprise home defeat to the Blues.
The Sharks top the South African conference with 20 points from six games, while the Stormers sit second with 17 from five. These teams look the two most likely sides from South Africa to progress far in this tournament.
AJ Jacobs is today's ref with Egon Seconds and Divan Uys his assistants. Willie Vos is the TMO. The teams are out and ready to go.
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