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Bordeaux-Bègles: 15 Nans Ducuing, 14 Geoffrey Cros, 13 Tani Vili, 12 Yoram Falatea-Moefana, 11 Madosh Tambwe, 10 Matéo Garcia, 9 Maxime Lucu (c), 8 Caleb Timu, 7 Corentin Coularis, 6 Renato Giammarioli, 5 Alban Roussel, 4 Thomas Jolmes, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 2 Clement Maynadier, 1 Christopher Vaotoa. Replacements: 16 Connor Sa, 17 Ugo Boniface, 18 Sipili Falatea, 19 Jandré Marais, 20 Bastien Vergnes-Taillefer, 21 Jules Gimbert, 22 Zack Holmes, 23 Pablo Uberti
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Sharks: 15 Boeta Chamberlain, 14 Marnus Potgieter, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Gerbrandt Grobler, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nche. Replacements: 16 Kerron van Vuuren, 17 Ntuthuko Mchunu, 18 Carlü Sadie, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Phepsi Buthelezi, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Lionel Cronje, 23 Rohan Janse van Rensburg
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Hello and welcome to our coverage of this Champions Cup game between the Sharks and Bordeaux-Bègles at Kings Park in Durban.
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Off we go! The match is underway at Kings Park.
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PENALTY, SHARKS, CRONJE! 3-0: The Sharks do superbly at scrum-time and they win a penalty subsequently, with Cronje slotting over the first points of the game.
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Unlucky for Bordeaux as their shot at goal from a penalty bounces back off the upright.
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TRY, SHARKS, HENDRIKSE! 8-0: Hendrikse has the first try of the game The Sharks have been clinical and effective in the opening minutes and need to keep this going.
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Ox Nche is down receiving medical attention and the teams will have a water break in the meantime. The Sharks have already lost Bongi Mbonambi. However, Ox is ready to continue.
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Cronje's kick ahead is fumbled by Bordeaux on their own try-line and Potgieter looks to creep in and dot down. He thinks he has, but the call is no try and that's confirmed by a TMO review!
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TRY, SHARKS, HENDRIKSE! 13-0: The Sharks drive their way closer to the line and Hendrikse goes round the corner and finishes the job!
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CONVERSION, SHARKS, CRONJE! 15-0: Cronje slots the conversion over this time.
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YELLOW CARD, BORDEAUX, VAOTOA! The referee has grown tired of Vaotoa's infringements at scrum time and he goes to the sin bin for 10 minutes.
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YELLOW CARD, BORDEAUX, MAYNADIER! Bordeaux have another player in the sin-bin following an infringement from that latest move.
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TRY, SHARKS, GROBLER! 20-0: The Sharks are in complete control at the moment. Great, quick work from Grobler at the breakdown as he takes the ball and goes over!
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CONVERSION, SHARKS, CRONJE! 22-0: Cronje extends the lead further!
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Lucu claims to have been gouged by a Sharks player, prompting a TMO review in which nothing is found. This may be reviewed later but there was no clear evidence to support his allegation at first glance.
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Cronje gets the second half up and running for the Sharks!
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HALF-TIME: SHARKS 22-0 BORDEAUX-BEGLES. The half ends with a failed kick from the visitors which goes dead and the Sharks head into the break with a healthy margin. This is a superb performance from a much-improved side that is finally playing at their potential.
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PENALTY, BORDEAUX, LUCU! 22-3: Lucu lands a penalty at last after two misses from around halfway. Bordeaux-Bègle are on the board.
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Bordeaux-Bègle have started the second half on the front foot. There's still time for them on the clock to salvage this game.
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YELLOW CARD, BORDEAUX, GARCIA! Not ideal for Bordeaux-Bègle. Just as they start to gain momentum, their flyhalf goes to the sin-bin for a tackle in the air.
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The Sharks look to get the bonus point try and they force their way over in the corner, but they're held up in the process! There's a bit of a scuffle afterwards but nothing too serious.
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Time for another water break as Etzebeth receives a bit of medical attention.
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YELLOW CARD, BORDEAUX, GIAMMARIOLI! Bordeaux are down to 13 again as they lose a player after a string of infringements.
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TRY, SHARKS, POTGIETER! 27-3: Kolisi takes the Sharks to the verge of the try-line and he gets the pass away to Potgieter, who finishes the job! Cronje misses the conversion but the Sharks have surely wrapped up the game now barring a disaster.
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TRY, SHARKS, POTGIETER! 32-3: The Sharks are left with plenty of space out wide and they move the ball quickly towards the right side, where Potgieter finishes off again!
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Chamberlain misses the conversion and the score remains 32-3.
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The Sharks are really piling on the pressure with the minutes played at a numerical disadvantage perhaps catching up to Bordeaux. Chamberlain goes off injured as Cameron Wright comes on.
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Holmes is on in place of Lucu for Bordeaux-Bègles.
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This has become a scrappy contest as the teams have accumulated some miles in their legs. Not long until the final whistle now and the Sharks are home and dry.
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FULL-TIME: SHARKS 32-3 BORDEAUX-BEGLES. Convincing performance from the Sharks as the visitors are made to pay for their indiscipline.
Sharks
Sharks
Bordeaux Begles
Bordeaux Begles
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Tries
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12' Hendrikse Jaden
23' Hendrikse Jaden
31' Grobler Gerbr...
58' Potgieter Marnus
62' Potgieter Marnus
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Conversions
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24' Cronje Lionel
32' Cronje Lionel
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Penalties
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6' Cronje Lionel
43' Lucu Maxime
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Drop Goals
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Yellow Cards
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0
Red Cards
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Squad
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Nche Ox
Mbonambi Bongi
du Toit Thomas
Etzebeth Eben
Grobler Gerbrandt
Kolisi Siya
Tshituka Vincent
Notshe Sikumbuzo
Hendrikse Jaden
Bosch Curwin
Mapimpi Makazole
Tapuai Ben
Am Lukhanyo
Potgieter Marnus
Chamberlain Boeta
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Vaotoa Christopher
Maynadier Clement
Cobilas Vadim
Jolmes Thomas
Roussel Alban
Giammarioli Renato
Coularis Corentin
Timu Caleb
Lucu Maxime
Garcia Max
Tambwe Madosh
Moefana Yoram
Vili Tani
Cros Geoffrey
Ducuing Nans
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Reserves
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Janse van Rensbur...
Sadie Carlu
Andrews Hyron
van Vuuren Kerron
Buthelezi Phendulani
Wright Cameron
Mchunu Ntuthukho
Cronje Lionel
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Falatea Sipili
Uberti Pablo
Gimbert Jules
Marais Jandre
Holmes Zack
Boniface Ugo
Vergnes-Taillefer...
Connor Sa