The Sharks were forced to rejig their lineups due to injury today, with Thomas du Toit and Sikhumbuzo Notshe the headline names to miss out.
Pumas: 15 Devon Williams 14 Neil Maritz 13 Erich Cronje 12 Wayne van der Bank 11 Etienne Taljaard 10 Fiela Boshoff 9 Ginter Smuts 8 Jeandré Rudolph 7 Willie Engelbrecht 6 Francois Kleinhans 5 Pieter Jansen van Vuren (captain) 4 Darrien Landsburg 3 Ruan Kramer 2 AJ le Roux 1 Liam Hendricks.
Sharks: 15 Manie Libbok‚ 14 Sibusiso Nkosi‚ 13 Lukhanyo Am (captain)‚ 12 Marius Louw‚ 11 Madosh Tambwe‚ 10 Curwin Bosch‚ 9 Sanele Nohamba‚ 8 Phepsi Buthelezi‚ 7 Henco Venter‚ 6 Dylan Richardson‚ 5 Hyron Andrews‚ 4 JJ van der Mescht‚ 3 John-Hubert Meyer‚ 2 Dan Jooste‚ 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Super Rugby Unlocked clash between the Pumas and the Sharks at the Mbombela Stadium.
Curwin Bosch kicks off for the Sharks at Mbombela Stadium.
TRY, SHARKS, LIBBOK! 0-5: Wonderful break from the Sharks. The move starts at the breakdown and then they charge forward in numbers. Libbok is involved in initiating the move and he later gets the inside pass from Louw, sending him through to finish off!
CONVERSION, SHARKS, BOSCH! 0-7: Bosch adds the extras for the Sharks. Perfect start for them after their hammering at the hands of the Bulls.
The Sharks surge forward again, but S'bu Nkosi's inside pass doesn't go to hand. The Pumas have the scrum.
Rasta Rasivhenge gives the Sharks a penalty after a scrappy period of scrumming. Bosch finds touch in the corner.
A knock-on from Meyer gifts the Pumas a scrum, but they are not out of the woods yet.
CONVERSION, SHARKS, BOSCH! 0-14: Bosch knocks over the extras from right under the posts.
TRY, SHARKS, TAMBWE! 0-12: After the Pumas look to force the Sharks back, Tambwe runs it straight back at them. The hosts make it far too easy for him as he darts through all the way for the try!
The Pumas are awarded a penalty near the posts as Engelbrecht gets it at the breakdown. However, Boshoff misses a seemingly simple kick.
A great hand-off from van der Mescht sees Am receive the ball out wide as the Sharks look to counter, but the Springbok centre loses it, seemingly in contact.
TRY, SHARKS, JOOSTE! 0-19: From the lineout maul in the corner, the Sharks drive the ball all the way over with Jooste the man to profit!
CONVERSION, SHARKS, BOSCH! 0-21: Bosch nails the conversion once again.
The Pumas are seemingly settling into the game bit by bit. Williams holds up Nkosi as the Sharks look to counter and the hosts get the scrum.
TRY, PUMAS, KLEINHANS! 5-21: Meyer concedes a scrum penalty and the Pumas set up the lineout, with Kleinhans spinning over after peeling away from the maul!
CONVERSION, PUMAS, BOSHOFF! 7-21: Boshoff makes amends for his earlier miss as he slots the conversion over.
The Pumas work the ball through the phases inside Sharks territory as they look to create an opportunity for themselves. Eventually, the Sharks get the turnover at maul time.
Am kicks ahead and chases, but he overcooks it and it rolls beyond the dead-ball line.
Buthelezi is penalised for offside. This one is kickable and Boshoff will go for posts from bang in front of the uprights.
Boshoff misses once again from approximately 30 metres out as the Sharks are let off the hook.
Off we go again with the Pumas kicking off the second half.
HALF-TIME: PUMAS 7-28 SHARKS. The Sharks go into the break four converted tries to one up and very much in the ascendancy.
CONVERSION, SHARKS, BOSCH! 7-28: Fantastic from Bosch out wide once again.
TRY, SHARKS, NKOSI! 7-26: The Sharks move the ball out wide to Nkosi, who goes over in the corner! The move started with a strong drive and finished with the Springbok speedster profiting.
Williams looks to charge down the line for the Pumas, but steps into touch along the way.
Buthelezi is penalised for not driving straight and the Pumas set up the lineout.
Boshoff goes for the cross-kick, looking to find a teammate in the corner for the finish. Instead, he finds Libbok, but we go back for a penalty against the Sharks and the Pumas set up yet another lineout.
The Pumas win another penalty and set up a lineout in the corner, but they work that poorly and the Sharks get the scrum, from which they look to counter. However, Maritz makes a good tackle to halt Tambwe in his tracks out wide.
CONVERSION, PUMAS, BOSHOFF! 14-28.
TRY, PUMAS, CRONJE! 12-28: The Pumas work the ball out wide and then Taljaard passes inside for Cronje to finish!
The Sharks have a chance to create something with a scrum on the Pumas' five-metre line.
The Sharks move the ball left following the scrum, but Louw passes into no-man's land and the Pumas survive. They look to counter, but the Sharks do well to get back.
YELLOW CARD, SHARKS, NOHAMBA! 14-28: The Sharks are down to 14 men for 10 minutes as Nohamba goes to the sin-bin.
TRY, SHARKS, VAN VUUREN! 14-33: The Sharks drive forward and van Vuuren goes over for the try!
CONVERSION, SHARKS, BOSCH! 14-35: Bosch's conversion from the Sharks' right is good and the 21-point lead is restored. On comes Penxe in place of Tambwe.
Penxe wins a crucial turnover for the Sharks on defence. Louw fills in at scrumhalf and passes to Libbok, who clears.
TRY, PUMAS, CRONJE! 19-35: Smuts throws a superb pass to Cronje, who goes over in the corner to keep the game alive!
The missed conversion could be crucial, as the score stays at 19-35 and the Pumas will be more than a converted try behind even if they score one now.
The Pumas concede a scrum penalty and Bosch is on point again as he finds touch inside the 22.
TRY, SHARKS, VAN VUUREN! 19-40: The Sharks force their way over from the lineout with van Vuuren the man to score yet again from the maul!
CONVERSION, SHARKS, BOSCH! 19-42: Bosch set up the lineout and now he converts the try.
FULL-TIME: PUMAS 19-42 SHARKS. The Sharks bounce back following their defeat to the Bulls, with Curwin Bosch starring in a win which also saw their forwards do some great work from the lineout maul.