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We are five minutes away from kick off at Cardiff Arms Park where the Sharks will look to end their tour on a high.
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The Sharks lost their opening two matches of the competition but were superb in their 27-13 win over Ospreys last week. The Blues on the other hand won on the opening weekend but have lost their two subsequent matches.
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Kick off will take place at 20:35 SAST and 18:35 GMT. Join us then for all the live action.
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Sharks: Curwin Bosch, Marnus Potgieter, Jeremy Ward, Murray Koster, Anthony Volmink, Boeta Chamberlain, Ruan Pienaar, Phepsi Buthelezi (capt), Henco Venter, Dylan Richardson, Hyron Andrews, Ruben van Heerden, Thomas du Toit, Kerron van Vuuren, Ntuthuko Mchunu. Bench: Dan Jooste, Khwezi Mona, Wiehahn Herbst, Reniel Hugo, Gerbrandt Grobler, James Venter, Tian Meyer, Werner Kok.
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Cardiff Blues - Matthew Morgan, Aled Summerhill, Owen Lane, Willis Halaholo, Josh Adams, Rhys Priestland, Tomos Williams, Will Boyde, Ellis Jenkins, Josh Turnbull, Rory Thornton, Seb Davies, Dillon Lewis, Kirby Myhill, Rhys Carre. Bench: Kristian Dacey, Rhys Gill, Dimitri Arhip, Teddy Williams, Shane Lewis-Hughes, Lloyd Williams, Ben Thomas, Hallam Amos.
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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the United Rugby Championship fixture between Cardiff Blues and Sharks at Cardiff Arms Park.
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KICK OFF! 0-0. Priestland gets the match underway and an immediate knock-on from the hosts as they compete for the ball in the air.
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Sharks stuck in their own half for the opening few minutes. Chamberlain tries to get some territory but his kick is returned.
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Thornton makes great meters against a weak Sharks defensive line. It results in a ruck penalty against the Sharks on their own line.
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PENALTY! CARDIFF! PRIESTLAND! 3-0. Priestland lands the penalty on a slight angle. Early lead for the hosts.
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TRY! CARDIFF! MORGAN! 8-0. The Blues come straight back against a Sharks side that look a bit lackluster. Morgan breaks through a weak tackle to score.
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CONVERSION! PRIESTLAND! 10-0. Priestland adds the extras.
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A good exit by Williams puts the Sharks back on halfway. The visitors need to find a way of retaining some possession.
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Nothing going the Sharks way at the moment. They win the lineout but set the maul up and the ball never comes out. Scrum to Cardiff.
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Sharks win the penalty from the maul. But Bosch had made a 50-22 which is a better option. Can the Sharks hit back here?
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Another maul penalty. Pienaar will kick for goal.
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Pienaar makes a horrible connection and pushes the ball well wide. That is a terrible attempt. He hasn't looked confident off the tee this entire season, including for the Cheetahs.
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The Blues, much like last week against the Bulls, have started well. They will want to maintain that for the full 80 this time while the Sharks have to somehow wrestle that momentum away.
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A few errors have crept into the Cardiff game, handing the Sharks some territory. But the Sharks are not looking great with ball in hand, in the maul they are looking good.
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Bit of a stop-start game so far. Cardiff certainly winning the kicking battle.
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Another error by Bosch under the high ball. He looks completely incapable of catching the bombs, which begs the questions - why keep selecting him at fullback?
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TRY! CARDIFF! HALAHOLO! 15-0. Off the top of the lineout, Halaholo runs a superb line and scores untouched.
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CONVERSION! PRIESTLAND! 17-0. Priestland makes it three from three for the night.
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Penalty to the Sharks. This time they go for touch, three points will do them no good now.
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TRY! SHARKS! DU TOIT! 17-5. The Sharks are on the board. They go through seven phases through route one before the big front-row dives over to score. That is where the Sharks do look good - when they keep it tight.
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CONVERSION! BOSCH! 17-7. Simple conversion by Bosch.
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Sharks are now dominating the physical exchanges. Another penalty and Bosch will kick for goal. It is about 48 meters out.
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Bosch comfortably has the distance but it is wide. Really shouldn't be missing those kicks at goal, already six points to waste for the Sharks.
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Blues concede another penalty. That is their 6th of the half thus far.
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HALF TIME! 17-10. Cardiff lead at the break but the Sharks gradually grew into the game. The hosts were leading 17-0 but a string of penalties has brought the Sharks back into it. Exciting second half awaits.
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PENALTY! SHARKS! CHAMBERLAIN! 17-10. The Sharks use their third kicker of the night as Chamberlain slots this.
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Another penalty to the Sharks. They will kick for goal. Cardiff were well offside there.
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KICK OFF! 17-10. Sharks get the second half underway at Cardiff Arms Park.
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Great start to the second half by the Sharks. They have a penalty in the 22 but there is a TMO check first. No one seems to know why.
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Sharks go for the lineout but Cardiff defend it well. And that is followed by more superb defence as the Sharks are held up under the posts, maul is called and Cardiff have the scrum.
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Priestland shows why he has been recalled to the Wales squad. He clears from his own deadball line to about 20 meters outside his own 22. Brilliant.
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Sharks win a penalty in front of the posts but they go for the lineout. Not taking the points, brave call but is it the correct call?
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Another penalty to the Sharks for sacking the lifter. There must be a warning around the corner.
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After dominating the mauls in the first half, the Sharks are going nowhere in the second half. Cardiff turn it over. Not taking the points could cost them here, it makes little sense.
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Cardiff have been stuck in their own 22 for the last 12 minutes but have defended so well. Sharks now have a scrum, about 8 meters from the hosts line. They need to make this pressure count.
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Scrum penalty to the Sharks. Again, they don't go for the points but opt for the scrum. Let's see if it pays off this time.
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Sharks crash it up but Cardiff are over the ball and win the penalty. This is incredible defence from the hosts, and horrid decision making from the visitors.
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Good clearance by Priestland puts the Sharks in their own half for the first time this half. The Sharks have been poor with ball in hand tonight, so why they don't take three points when it is on offer one will never know.
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Pienaar forces and error from Priestland and the Sharks are back where they want to be. Scrum just outside of the Blues 22.
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Again the Sharks lose possession. They really don't look they have a clue with ball in hand.
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Du Toit makes some meters but knocks it on as it goes to ground. They just can't hold onto that oval thing.
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Sharks win a penalty on the 10m line, about 5 meters from touch. This time they opt for goal, the toughest one of them all. Bosch misses the kick. The decisions by Buthelezi must be questioned tonight.
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Cardiff makes one visit to the Sharks half, win the penalty and will kick for goal. The difference between a team that knows what they're doing compared to one that seems to have no clue.
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Well that is a shock, Priestland misses the kick from straight in front. Sharks will be relieved, they can still win this.
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But here is another chance for Cardiff. Bosch carries the ball up but as has been the case all night, the cleaners are stuck in Durban.
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PENALTY! CARDIFF! PRIESTLAND! 20-10. No mistake this time and the Sharks are two scores down.
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The Sharks dominance in this second half has been quite astounding. They really should be much closer, if not ahead.
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TRY! SHARKS! POTGIETER! 20-15. The Sharks hit straight back. After a few phases close to the line they win an advantage. That gives them the confidence to go wide where Potgieter has space.
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CONVERSION! CHAMBERLAIN! 20-17. Sharks are within three points now. Chamberlain nails this from touch.
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Chamberlain kicks directly into touch after taking it back into his own 22. That gives Cardiff a good attacking opportunity and the hosts have a penalty.
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PENALTY! CARDIFF! PRIESTLAND! 23-17. Priestland slots a simple kick to make it a six point game.
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Sharks regain possession from the kick off. But then drop a simple pass and hand possession straight back to the hosts.
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FULL TIME! 23-17. Cardiff Blues come away with the win but the Sharks will feel they should have done more. They were so dominant in the second half but turned down so many penalty opportunities. That and their inability to do the basics such as catch the ball and build phases, allowed Cardiff to keep them out. That's the end of the Sharks tour, at least they get the losing bonus point.
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What is Chamberlain doing? Cardiff kick deep and with just 15 seconds remaining, Chamberlain kicks it straight back. Priestland kicks into touch and that's the game.
Cardiff Rugby
Sharks
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Tries
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10' Morgan Matthew
27' Halaholo Willis
31' du Toit Thomas
70' Potgieter Marnus
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Conversions
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11' Priestland Rhys
28' Priestland Rhys
32' Bosch Curwin
71' Chamberlain B...
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Penalties
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7' Priestland Rhys
68' Priestland Rhys
77' Priestland Rhys
40' Chamberlain B...
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Drop Goals
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Yellow Cards
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Red Cards
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Squad
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Carre Rhys
Myhill Kirby
Lewis Dillon
Davies Seb
Thornton Rory
Turnbull Josh
Jenkins Ellis
Boyde Will
Williams Tomos
Priestland Rhys
Adams Josh
Halaholo Willis
Lane Owen
Summerhill Aled
Morgan Matthew
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Mchunu Ntuthukho
van Vuuren Kerron
du Toit Thomas
van Heerden Ruben
Andrews Hyron
Richardson Dylan
Venter Henco
Buthelezi Phendulani
Pienaar Ruan
Chamberlain Boeta
Volmink Anthony
Koster Murray
Ward Jeremy
Potgieter Marnus
Bosch Curwin
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Reserves
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Dacey Kristian
Gill Rhys
Arhip Dmitri
Williams Teddy
Lewis-Hughes Shane
Williams Lloyd
Thomas Ben
Amos Hallam
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Jooste Daniel
Mona Khwezi
Herbst Wiehahn
Hugo Reniel
Grobler Gerbrandt
Meyer Tian
Kok Werner
Diaz Bonilla Joaquin