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As it happened: Highlanders 48-15 Sharks

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01 May 2015

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01 May 2015

Highlanders and All Black scrumhalf Aaron Smith kept the Sharks guessing... (Getty Images)
<strong><em>Highlanders and All Black scrumhalf Aaron Smith kept the Sharks guessing... (Getty Images)</em></strong><br />

01 May 2015

But credit must be given to the Highlanders for adopting an enterprising, attacking style. Their skill set was far superior to the Sharks and it was a pleasure to watch them with ball in hand. South Africa's 'attack coaches' can have a look at how the Kiwis do things.

01 May 2015

A dreadful performance from the Sharks!

Poor skill set from the players, lack of intent on attack and simply no commitment on defence.

They have some serious problems...

01 May 2015

FULL-TIME: Highlanders 48-15 Sharks

01 May 2015

80'- The game ends when right wing Sibusiso Sithole knocks it on out wide after receiving a poor pass from Hoffmann. Why the Sharks decided to replace Reinach with Hoffmann is baffling to say the least...

01 May 2015

80'- Sharks with one last attacking chance outside the Highlanders 22 as the hooter sounds...

01 May 2015

79'- Marty Banks's conversion attempt is just away to the left...

Highlanders 48-15 Sharks

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77'- Replacement loose forward Elliot Dixon goes over in the corner after a concerted period of attack. Great leg drive there to force himself over!

01 May 2015

77'- TRY to the Highlanders!

01 May 2015

76'- The Highlanders set up a driving maul close to the Sharks tryline. Can they hot the half century mark?

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75'- Commentator Justin Marshall pokes fun: You know it's a tough day at the office when you start tackling yourself."

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74' - It's a comedy of errors as Sharks centre Andre Esterhuizen, trying to get into possession to take a pass, falls over his own feet!

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72' - Some enterprise on attack from the Sharks but unfortunately Wentzel knocks it on out wide. Terrible skill set...

01 May 2015

70'- Replacement flyhalf Lionel Cronje hits the left hand upright with his conversion attempt, and misses.

Highlanders 43-15 Sharks

01 May 2015

69'- Bismarck du Plessis scores after a dominant driving maul from a lineout. That's the only way they can score tries it seems.

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69'- TRY to the Sharks!

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69'- Sharks sub: Botha on for Alberts.

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67'- Highlanders subs: Aaron Smith and Sopoaga off, replaced by Tanaka and Emery.

01 May 2015

67'- CONVERSION slotted by Sopoaga.

Highlanders 43-10 Sharks

01 May 2015

65'- Reserve prop Brendon Edmonds scores under the posts for the Highlanders.

It all started after they counter-attacked from a turnover inside their own half. Terrific running rugby!

01 May 2015

65' - TRY to the Highlanders!

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64'- Another turnover and the Highlanders counter...

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63'- This appears the Sharks' only method of attack...

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63'- A strong driving maul from the Sharks brings play into the Highlanders 22m area...

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62'- A welcome penalty at scrum time for the Sharks. It gives them the chance to set up a linoeut inside Highlanders territory...

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60'- Sharks sub: Chadwick on for Mtawarira.

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60'- Sharks sub: Stevens on for Adriaanse.

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59'- Sopoaga's conversion attempt hits the uprights and goes to the right.

Highlanders 36-10 Sharks

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58'- TRY awarded to Aaron Smith. Only one team on the park now...

01 May 2015

58'- TMO CALL

Another TMO call as Aaron Smith barges over. The referee though wants to check for a forward pass from Buckman to Smith. It was a great break from Buckman in midfield.

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57'- CONVERSION slotted by Sopoaga.

Highlanders 31-10 Sharks

01 May 2015

56' - TRY awarded to Mark Reddish!

Silly from Hoffmann who took too long to dot the ball dead after it got slapped back from a lineout, before the Highlanders lock caught him out to dot down first.

01 May 2015

56'- TMO CALL

Lock Mark Reddish is claiming a try after he caught Hoffmann napping behind the goalline.

01 May 2015

55'- Esterhuizen clears for the Sharks, but not very far...

The Sharks scrum also appears under massive pressure here.

01 May 2015

54'- Highlanders butcher a try when Sopoaga knocks it on in front of the tryline. Scrumhalf Aaron Smith took too long to pass there...

01 May 2015

52'- Marty Banks is on for Ben Smith at fullback for the Highlanders, with the All Black fullback off for a concussion test.

01 May 2015

50'- Commentator Tony Johnson is so right when he says: "Chasing a game 14 points down is so tough when your best method of attack is the driving maul."

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50' - Now JP Pietersen drops it cold in midfield. Terrible skills from the Sharks backs...

01 May 2015

48'- METRES RUN

Highlanders 302

Sharks 160

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47'- The Sharks swing a wide, but unfortunately Esterhuizen knocks it on. Probably not used to receiving a ball running at full pace...

01 May 2015

46'- A big shove from the Highlanders sees them win a penalty at the ensuing scrum. The hosts are off the hook, but jeepers, these Sharks lack imagination on attack...

01 May 2015

44'- After 15 phases of attack, the Sharks are again held up over the line.

Another five-metre scrum coming up...

01 May 2015

43'- A try was on for all money out wide for the Sharks but Esterhuizen decides not to pass... sigh...

01 May 2015

42'- Bismarck du Plessis was the man who claimed the try...
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