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AJ Jacobs is today's ref with Egon Seconds and Divan Uys his assistants. Willie Vos is the TMO. The teams are out and ready to go.
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The Sharks top the South African conference with 20 points from six games, while the Stormers sit second with 17 from five. These teams look the two most likely sides from South Africa to progress far in this tournament.
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The Stormers were rock solid in home wins over the Hurricanes and Bulls, not conceding a single point in either game. They then beat the Lions away and the Jaguares at home before suffering their surprise home defeat to the Blues.
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The Sharks began their season with a home win over the Bulls before beating the Highlanders on tour. They suffered a hiccup with defeat to the Hurricanes, but finished off their time in Australasia with wins over the Rebels and Reds before beating the Jaguares at home.
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Stormers: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Johan du Toit, 6 Ernst van Rhyn, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain). Substitutes: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Cobus Wiese, 20 Jaco Coetzee, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Rikus Pretorius, 23 Sergeal Petersen.
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John Dobson has rung the changes to the Stormers outfit which suffered a first loss of the season against the Blues. Prop Frans Malherbe and lock Salmaan Moerat come back into the starting XV, while Ernst van Rhyn and Johan du Toit are the starting flankers. Pieter-Steph du Toit is out after picking up a thigh injury. Jean-Luc du Plessis gets his first start of the season at flyhalf with Damian Willemse at fullback and Dillyn Leyds on the right wing.
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Sharks: 15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am (captain), 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 James Venter, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Ox Nche. Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Le Roux Roets, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Sanele Nohamba, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Madosh Tambwe
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Sharks coach Sean Everitt has named an unchanged 23 to the one which beat the Jaguares 33-19 in their last game.
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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Super Rugby clash between the Sharks and the Stormers as the two sides do battle for top spot in the South African conference at Kings Park in Durban.
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YELLOW CARD, STORMERS, DU TOIT! TMO Willie Vos was nudging referee AJ Jacobs in the direction of a red card. Jacobs agrees that there was a high level of danger, but says Schreuder landing on his back was a mitigating factor. He's stretchered off, while du Toit goes to the sin-bin for 10 minutes.
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KICK-OFF! Jean-Luc du Plessis gets the game underway. Straightaway, we have a disciplinary issue. Johan du Toit has put in a dangerous-looking tackle on Louis Schreuder. AJ Jacobs goes upstairs.
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Kerron van Vuuren darts away down the left for the Sharks and looks to send replacement scrumhalf Nohamba through for the try, but the youngster knocks on from the inside pass! The Stormers are let off the hook again.
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The Sharks win a turnover inside their own territory and kick the ball forwards, countering at pace again. Willemse spills the ball and is then taken into touch.
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The Sharks are piling the pressure on in the opening minutes, but the Stormers steal from a lineout. While the hosts are controlling the flow of the game, they need to make their dominance count. They do not want a repeat of last year's surprise defeat to the Stormers in Durban.
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The Stormers win another turnover under pressure. Jantjies boots the ball clear and the Sharks look to attack again. However, the ball is lost forward near halfway.
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Johan du Toit comes back onto the field for the Stormers. The crowd understandably does not sound particularly welcoming towards him.
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A knock-on from the Sharks hands a Stormers a scrum right outside the hosts' 22. This is a great opportunity for John Dobson's men.
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The Sharks have survived that spell of pressure, but they need to assert their own dominance again as quickly as possible. Kitshoff is penalised now for not releasing the ball in a kickable position and the Sharks are going for posts.
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From around 40 metres out, Bosch pushes his kick wide of the posts. The game remains scoreless. The Stormers' luck has been in so far.
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Du Plessis is receiving medical attention on the field. A big tackle from Esterhuizen appears to have hurt him.
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We're midway through the first half of what has been a scrappy contest. Nohamba has the put-in to a scrum in a promising position for the Sharks.
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Bosch puts ball to boot, searching for Mapimpi out wide. He and Leyds go for it, but neither can get a grip on the ball. It's another scrum, with the Sharks in possession.
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Bosch boots the ball into space, but Senatla does well to race back and make the mark. The Stormers' rock solid defence is serving them well once again.
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TRY, SHARKS, FASSI! 5-0: At last, the Stormers are punished for a mistake. Bosch sends Fassi through. The fullback bursts through Roberts'' tackle and goes all the way for the try!
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TRY, STORMERS, JANTJIES! 7-5: Augustus runs at the Sharks before passing to Leyds, who gives the ball to Jantjies. Try! The Stormers strike right back!
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CONVERSION, SHARKS, BOSCH! 7-0: Bosch set up that try with a perfectly-timed pass. Now, he adds the conversion to it from the Sharks' left.
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CONVERSION, STORMERS, WILLEMSE! 7-7: Willemse's conversion levels the scores with just over 10 minutes left until half-time.
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The Sharks have won a penalty and Bosch is about to have a shot at posts. Fassi is receiving medical attention for a cut near the eye.
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Once again, Bosch's long-range penalty attempt goes just wide of posts. It's still 7-7.
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A decent crowd has turned out for this fixture, despite concerns regarding the coronavirus. This weekend's fixtures are the last before Super Rugby is postponed.
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Bosch looks to find Mapimpi with another wide kick. This one just bounces out of play. The Stormers are still under pressure from this lineout.
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The Stormers look to counter, but they put a foot in touch. Now, the Sharks take the lineout quickly and seek to catch the Stormers napping. Am's pass to Esterhuizen is poor and the Stormers have a scrum.
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The Sharks get the second half underway. They probably feel they should be more than just three points ahead based on their first half dominance. Sean Everitt's side will look to extend their lead as quickly as possible.
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HALF-TIME: SHARKS 10-7 STORMERS. It's half-time at Kings Park with the Sharks leading in every aspect of the game. The scores are close, though, and all is still to play for.
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DROP GOAL, SHARKS, BOSCH! 10-7: A sweet strike from Bosch as he finishes off the half in style, capitalising on the Sharks wave of pressure with a drop goal!
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Paul loses the ball in the tackle from Augustus, but it's deemed a high tackle and the Sharks put the ball into touch.
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The Sharks are awarded a penalty at the scrum just inside their own half and a superb kick from Bosch sees them set up the lineout on the 22.
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Paul loses possession, having perhaps taken his eye off the ball. The Stormers survive another wave of pressure and they have a scrum.
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The Stormers give away a penalty in a kickable position with Jaco Coetzee the guilty party for not rolling away following the tackle. Bosch will go for posts.
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PENALTY, SHARKS, BOSCH! 13-7: Bosch makes no mistake this time and the Sharks extend their lead.
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The Stormers lose the ball just inside Sharks territory. The hosts look to attack again. Bosch kicks towards the corner, where Nel makes the mark. He is adjudged to be in play as he catches it, but that's tight.
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TMO Willie Vos says Nel was in touch, so the Sharks have the attacking lineout after all.
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The Sharks work the ball out to Notshe, but he fails to keep it in play against his old side.
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The Stormers hold on through another wave of Sharks pressure. Eventually, the hosts are penalised for not releasing the ball.
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TRY, STORMERS, DE WET! 13-12: Augustus breaks the line and throws the inside pass to de Wet, who goes all the way for the try! Against the run of play, the Stormers are probably about to take the lead!
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CONVERSION, STORMERS, WILLEMSE! 13-14: Willemse's conversion puts the Stormers in front for the first time in this game.
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Willemse loses the ball forward from de Wet's pass, putting the Sharks on the front foot with the scrum.
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The Stormers have the scrum now after some great work from Kitshoff following Ntubeni's tackle on du Toit.
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The Sharks have won a penalty and now Bosch is going to go for posts. He's missed two from near the halfway mark and this one is 58 metres out.
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PENALTY, SHARKS, BOSCH! 16-14: A superb strike from Bosch puts the Sharks back in front. The home fans are delighted with that.
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The clock continues to tick down at Kings Park with Steven Kitshoff receiving medical attention.
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Blose is on in place of Kitshoff. He is not given the warmest of welcomes, as the Sharks win a penalty at his first scrum. Bosch looks set to go for posts again.
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PENALTY, SHARKS, BOSCH! 19-14: Bosch slots the penalty over and Kings Park erupts. The Sharks are on the verge of victory after a titanic tussle.
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A knock-on from Burden off du Toit's pass enables the Stormers to go on the front foot again with this scrum.
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TRY, SHARKS, MAPIMPI! 24-14: The Sharks get possession, and then following a scrum, Mapimpi goes half the length of the field on his own to score! That's it — game, set, match.
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FULL-TIME: SHARKS 24-14 STORMERS: Bosch fails to land the final conversion, but the Sharks have nevertheless claimed a well-deserved win. The Stormers made them work for it, but Sean Everitt's men pulled away at the end.
Sharks
Stormers
2
Tries
2
25' Aphelele Fassi
78' Makazole Mapimpi
27' Herschel Jant...
60' Paul De Wet
1
Conversions
2
27' Curwin Bosch
28' Damian Willemse
61' Damian Willemse
3
Penalties
0
49' Curwin Bosch
68' Curwin Bosch
75' Curwin Bosch
0
Drop Goals
0
0
Yellow Cards
1
0' Johan du Toit
0
Red Cards
0
15
Squad
15
Ox Nche
Kerron van Vuuren
Thomas du Toit
Ruben van Heerden
Hyron Andrews
James Venter
Tyler Paul
Sikhumbuzo Notshe
Louis Schreuder
Curwin Bosch
Makazole Mapimpi
Andre Esterhuizen
Lukhanyo Am
S'busiso Nkosi
Aphelele Fassi
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Steven Kitshoff
Siyabonga Ntubeni
Frans Malherbe
Salmaan Moerat
JD Schickerling
Ernst van Rhyn
Johan du Toit
Juarno Augustus
Herschel Jantjies
Jean-Luc du Plessis
Seabelo Senatla
Jamie Roberts
Ruhan Nel
Dillyn Leyds
Damian Willemse
8
Reserves
8
Craig Burden
Juan Schoeman
John-Hubert Meyer
Le Roux Roets
Henco Venter
Sanele Nohamba
Jeremy Ward
Madosh Tambwe
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
Chad Solomon
Kwenzo Blose
Wilco Louw
Cobus Wiese
Jaco Coetzee
Paul De Wet
Rikus Pretorius
Sergeal Petersen