The Sharks are back up to 15 men, but Bholi's race is run and he is on the bench.
CONVERSION, SHARKS, BOSCH! Another conversion from the Sharks flyhalf.
TRY, SHARKS, NKOSI! 43-10: The Pumas throw the ball away and Nkosi goes over for another try!
The Pumas lose control of the ball following an attacking scrum. A glorious opportunity goes to waste.
YELLOW CARD, SHARKS, BHOLI! Another penalty against the Sharks and Bholi is yellow carded for not releasing. This is a major opportunity for the Pumas.
Bholi is penalised and Smuts sets up an attacking lineout for the Pumas.
Bosch spots a gap in behind the defence and looks to exploit it with a kick, but he puts the ball out without a bounce.
Notshe comes on for the Sharks in place of Andrews. What a substitute to be able to bring on.
CONVERSION, SHARKS, BOSCH! 38-10: Bosch adds the extra two points to a try he created.
CONVERSION, PUMAS, SMUTS! 31-10: Smuts knocks the conversion over.
TRY, SHARKS, NKOSI! 36-10: Bosch finds Nkosi from the restart and the Springbok winger goes all the way!
TRY, PUMAS, MAQONDWANA! 31-8: Ward holds the ball up as the Pumas look to go over for the try. Back we go for the penalty for offside and the Pumas take it quickly. Maqondwana goes over for the try!
Indeed, here comes Nkosi in place of Libbok. The Pumas are looking to make up ground from a maul while on the attack, and they have the penalty advantage.
S'bu Nkosi will be on the field of play soon for the Sharks. They couldn't name him in the starting lineup as he waited for the results of a COVID test.
Janse van Rensburg throws in skew at lineout time and gifts the Sharks a scrum. The second half has started like the first for the Pumas.
HALF-TIME: SHARKS 31-3 PUMAS. Bholi decides enough is enough and sends the teams into the break with the Sharks in cruise control -- leading after having scored five unanswered tries.
The Pumas get the second half underway at Kings Park.
CONVERSION, SHARKS, BOSCH! 31-3: Bosch converts this time from out wide. The hooter goes, but we will have one last restart.
TRY, SHARKS, RICHARDSON! 29-3: The Sharks get the advantage, but they don't need it as the lineout maul takes Richardson over!
The Sharks pile the pressure on as Kleinhans is penalised from another scrum for binding early. Bosch kicks for the corner.
Groenewald is penalised for over-extending at the scrum. Bosch finds touch for another attacking lineout.
Bosch pushes the conversion wide of posts from near the right touchline.
TRY, SHARKS, VAN VUUREN! 24-3: The Sharks lineout maul obliterates the Pumas and van Vuuren gets the try!
Van Heerden is played in the air and Bosch goes for the corner. He doesn't quite find it, but he does get the ball out for a lineout deep in the 22.
PENALTY, PUMAS, SMUTS! 19-3: Smuts puts the Pumas on the board, as one would expect from that distance and angle.
The Sharks are penalised right under the posts for not releasing. The Pumas will have a go at posts.
Ruan Kramer goes off into the blood bin and is replaced by Wikus Groenewald.
Bosch's conversion attempt goes wide of posts, so the lead remains 19-0.
TRY, SHARKS, WARD! 19-0: The Pumas lose the ball just outside their 22 as van der Mescht gets a foot to it. Williams can't worm his way out and throws a hospital pass to Mafura, who has Ward bearing down on him. Ward gets the ball and gets the try!
The Sharks are pinned back just outside their own 22 and they have a lineout. Van Vuuren finds van der Mescht at the back.
CONVERSION, SHARKS, BOSCH! 14-0: The try was scored right under the posts, so it's an easy conversion for Bosch and he makes no mistake.
TRY, SHARKS, NOHAMBA! 12-0: The Sharks forwards drive the Pumas back and they have the penalty advantage, but Nohamba slices through the defence and goes all the way regardless!
The Sharks win another penalty and Marius Louw takes it quickly. The ball is kicked ahead, but the Pumas tidy up at the back.
Bholi wins a penalty for the Sharks and they are able to clear upfield. This after a spell under pressure.
The Pumas win the penalty against the feed at the scrum. Williams finds touch.
The restart from the try goes straight into touch and the Sharks have a scrum on halfway.
CONVERSION, SHARKS, BOSCH! 7-0: Bosch adds the extras with a simple kick.
TRY, SHARKS, WARD! 5-0: The Pumas allow the ball to bounce from a Sharks kick and invite pressure onto themselves. Ward charges down a kick and goes over for the try!
TRY DISALLOWED! Bosch feeds van Vuuren and he slices through the heart of the defence and all the way from just outside the Pumas 22. However, after going upstairs, Rasta Rasivhenge goes back on his initial decision to award the try. The pass from Bosch was forward and the score remains 0-0.
The game evolves into a kicking battle for territory in the early stages. Curwin Bosch is winning so far. The Sharks are inside Pumas territory and working the ball through the phases.
KICK-OFF! Away we go as the Sharks get the game underway. The Pumas look to carry their way out before eventually blasting back upfield. The ball is still in play.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Currie Cup clash between the Sharks and the Pumas at Kings Park in Durban.
Sharks: 15 Manie Libbok 14 Yaw Penxe 13 Jeremy Ward 12 Marius Louw 11 Madosh Tambwe 10 Curwin Bosch 9 Sanele Nohamba 8 Thembelani Bholi 7 JJ van der Mescht 6 Dylan Richardson 5 Hyron Andrews 4 Ruben van Heerden 3 Thomas du Toit 2 Kerron van Vuuren 1 Oc Nche. Bench: 16 Dan Jooste, 17 Khwezi Mona, 18 Hanro Jacobs, 19 Zain Davids, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Werner Kok, 23 Sbu Nkosi.
Pumas: 1. Liam Hendriks, 2. HP van Schoor, 3. Ruan Kramer, 4. Darrien Landsberg, 5. Pieter Janse van Vuren (captain), 6. Daniel Maartens, 7. Phumzile Maqondwana, 8. Francois Kleinhans, 9. Ginter Smuts, 10. Theo Boshoff, 11. Etienne Taljaard, 12. Ali Mgijima, 13. Erich Cronje, 14. Morne Joubert, 15. Devon Williams. Replacements: 16. Marko Janse van Rensburg, 17. Wikus Groenewald, 18. Brandon Valentyn, 19. Heath Backhouse, 20. Chriswill September, 21. Wayne van der Bank, 22. Tapiwa Mafura, 23. Dewald Maritz
This is the first game of the Currie Cup after Super Rugby Unlocked came to an end last weekend with the Bulls claiming the title. Rasta Rasivhenge is the referee this evening with Cwengile Jadezweni and Paul Mente his assistants, while Marius Jonker is the TMO.