Lwazi Mvovo (64), Willem Alberts (19)
Patrick Lambie (80,77,57,42,5)
SP Marais (20)
Beauden Barrett (51,33), Marty Banks (36)
15. SP Marais
14. Odwa Ndungane
13. Paul Jordaan
12. Francois Steyn
11. Lwazi Mvovo
10. Patrick Lambie
9. Jacobus Reinach
8. Ryan Kankowski
7. Willem Alberts
6. Marcell Coetzee
5. Pieter-Steph du Toit
4. Anton Bresler
3. Jannie du Plessis
2. Bismarck Du Plessis
1. Tendai Mtawarira
16. Kyle Cooper
17. Dale Chadwick
18. Lourens Adriaanse
19. Stephan Lewies
20. Jean Deysel
21. Charl McLeod
22. Heimar Williams
23. Sibusiso Sithole
Well in the end the Sharks won by a margin that reflected the match. They were the superior side that looked far more in control. The pack performed well but Lambie's kicking out of hand was truly spectacular and ensured good territory. The Hurricanes were always playing catch up to try and stay in the match and did to their credit show some good signs. However too many handling errors and a pack that did not match their opponents at scrum time was their flaw. Good signs for the Sharks, lots of work for the Hurricanes before they take on the Stormers next week!
PENALTY, lAMBIE, 27-9. No mistake from lambie and that's a comfortable victory for the men from Durban!
Another penalty for the Sharks! Straight in front and Lambie is going to take 3.
Once again, great scrum from the Sharks pack and lambie places his kick beautifully into touch in the Canes 22m. Awesome stuff from the Bok 10.
PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE, 24-9. Lambie just shaves the upright as it goes through. Big lead now for the home side.
Sharks dominate the scrum again as they win a penalty. They opt for the points instead of going for the try...not sure about that?
Sharks start working the ball looking to capitalize and take advantage of the extra man. They work their way into the 22m before infringing and conceding a penalty.
Hurricanes sub Adam Hill tackled Mvovo dangerously at a ruck and gets a deserved yellow card. canes will finish the match with 14 men.
The Hurricanes looking dangerous with some could play on attack. Steyn gives away a penalty by being off side. The visitors take it quick and keep the momentum going! Somehow the Sharks turn it over and Lambie clears! we going upstairs to check if their was any foul play from the previous passage of play...
Hurricanes blunder as they give away a penalty from a skew feed! Steyn clears well from the penalty.
The Sharks are charged down by Savea in their own 22m! McCleod doesn't deal with it well and knocks on on the try line. Scrum 5m for the visitors! Their chance to get back in the game!
Lambies misses his first kick of the night!
Sharks do well as Steyn is put into a half gap but concedes possession! And the Canes clear! Hurricanes retrieve the ball and Mvovo intercepts!! Great pace as he runs in the try! Busy checking for offsides with the TMO!
That play summed up the match so far. Great scrum from the Sharks and Pat puts a great kick into the corner which Marty Banks fumbles. Scrum to Sharks in the Canes 22m!
Jane has a cracker of a run down the blindside including a jink and a bounce. The Canes shoot themselves in the foot as they concede possession through obstruction.
PENALTY, LAMBIE, 16-9. Sharks are doing well to make sure they stay out of striking distance from the Canes.
Lewies makes a great break to get the Sharks on the front foot as they surge into the Canes 22m! A forward pass to kanko eventually stops the play but they come back for a penalty for an earlier offside infringement. Lambie now has a shot from just outside the 22m.
Steyn rushes up too quickly on defense and Parks manages to break through! He runs into lambie who makes a great tackle. They put a grubber through towards the try line but Mvovo is FAST and wins the race!
The ping pong battle ensues before Savea has a go! he goes wide but Jordaan is up to it and manages to get him into touch!
PENALTY, HURRICANES, BARRETT, 13-9. Easy stuff for Barrett!
Hurricanes win a free kick from a scrum and begin to attack. They manage to hold onto to it for a few phases and eventually win themselves a penalty right in front of the posts. This is how the Canes need to play to keep themselves in the game. Should be three points here.
Sharks begin a phase of attack and make some good ground. Lambie hoists one high which Banks battles to deal with! The Sharks have it again but the ball is poached by the Canes forwards and they manage to find safety in touch.
Beautiful run by Jordaan as he glides around Savea! he's in space and attempts a chip kick which Banks charges down! A bit of kicking ensues between the two teams until Ndungane errs as he kicks it out on the full.
PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE, 13-6. Yes Pat. Exactly what the Sharks would have wanted for the first minutes of the half!
Once again the Sharks pack proves effective as they get a penalty from the driving maul as Mark Abbot infringes. Should be easy points here for the home side!
Lambie gets us underway for the second half. Hurricanes deal with it well and find touch but not that far out. Sharks set up another maul
The Sharks will be happy with their first half performance. A combination of a powerful pack and Lambie's accurate kicking is always a deadly one and has laid the platform. The Hurricanes have shown signs of danger, Perenara has shown that he can be dangerous on the counter attack. if the Hurricanes can cut out their unforced errors and hold onto the ball for longer periods they may be able to snatch this one. But the safe money is still on the home side who should win if they put in a decent performance.
Hurricanes clear and the Sharks begin one last attack as the siren sounds! The Sharks do well through Marais and Mvovo! The Hurricanes manage to turnover and attack! The ball eventually finds touch and that's that for the first half!
A bit of kicking between the two sides ends with a clever tactical grubber from Lambie into the Hurricanes 22m.
PENALTY, HURRICANES, BANKS, 10-6. Great effort from the newcomer!
PENALTY, HURRICANES, BARRETT, 10-3. Great strike from Barrett, straight through!
Another powerful maul from the Sharks this time results in a penalty to the canes. The visitors need to build some phases on hold onto the ball for a decent passage of play now. They lose possession in the following line out but are able to secure a penalty as the Sharks infringe at the breakdown! Chance for the Canes to get some points!
Another set of scrums that are reset. Play eventually resumes as lambie kicks deep. Marty Banks returns the favour with a good clearance.
Perenara causes more trouble with another great break to get the visitors on the front foot! They start to build a few phases before the Sharks manage to turn over and Mvovo finds space! Sharks build towards the Canes tryline but then themselves concede possession! Frantic stuff here! Barrett calms things as he puts boot to ball.
Sharks forwards make good ground once more. A solid hit by Savea on du Toit stops the progression and Hurricanes have a scrum in their 22m.
TJ Perenara makes a sublime break off the back of a line out! He fumbles the ball for a knock before kicking it towards the Sharks line. They come back for the knock on...was waiting to see if Perenara was going to claim a drop kick...
Hurricanes lose possession from a minor forward pass. They need to find some rhythm if they want a chance in this match against a slick looking Sharks outfit.
CONVERSION, LAMBIE, 10-0. No mistake from the Sharks 10.
TRY, SHARKS, ALBERTS, 8-0. The Sharks maul beautifully but are brought up just short. Reinach pops it to the machine of a man Alberts who is nearly impossible to stop only a metre out. Try time!
We having several resets on the scrums here. Eventually the Hurricanes are penalized for not scrumming straight! lambie boots it deep into Hurricanes territory for an attacking opportunity!
After a clearance kick from Perenara, the Sharks attempt a counter attack through Marais. Steyn receives the ball and goes on his lateral run trying to find space. He doesn't and loses the ball in the tackle.
The Sharks attack into the Hurricanes 22m again. A strong display here from the home sides forwards, making ground at will. But after going wide with the backs the Hurricanes manage to turn possession over.
Sharks scrum down again after another penalty but the ball is poached by the Hurricanes and Barrett is able to clear! Extremely fortunate to get away without conceding there.
Sharks awarded a penalty and have a scrum 5m out! Surely points for the home side here. Especially after that last scrum performance.
Powerful scrum from the Sharks! They use the platform to unleash kankowski who gets them on the front foot! Another great run from Marais gets the Sharks into the 22m! Hurricanes on the backfoot!
PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE, 3-0. Perfectly judged by lambie who gets the first points on board!
First scrum of the day results in a free kick being awarded to the Sharks. He hoists it high. The Sharks pack hones in on the Hurricanes on the ground and win themselves a kickable penalty from the corner of the 22m.
And we're underway! Barrett goes long straight to Kanko! Sharks opt to run before a bit of ping between the two sides ends as the Hurricanes begin to attack! A loose pass is pounced on by Jordaan who kicks through towards the try line! Ref calls them back for knock on by Steyn in the tackle.
TRY, SHARKS, MVOVO, 21-9. The try is given and that is well deserved! They will breathe a sigh of relief as they are now out of distance of any last minute tries.
The restart from the Sharks goes straight out. The canes have a scrum on the halfway. Reinach is penalized for a knock down and Banks will have a long range effort from about 55m out!
Sharks news: In a show of support for the squad that defeated the Bulls last weekend, Director of Rugby Jake White has stuck with the same Sharks team for this Saturday's Super Rugby showdown with the Hurricanes.
Hurricanes news: New recruits Mark Abbott, Hadleigh Parkes and Marty Banks have been named in the Hurricanes' starting XV, while Blade Thomson, who already has one Super Rugby cap, will be given his first start. Forwards Chris Eves and Adam Hill will also gain Super Rugby caps, if they are given time off the bench this weekend. Captained by an experienced Conrad Smith, Mark Hammett's starting line-up features nine All Blacks and two Samoan internationals.
Welcome to Durban for the much anticipated Sharks vs Hurricanes clash! Tonight will feature our first cross-conference fixture. The Sharks will head into this match with loads of confidence after dismantling a struggling Bulls outfit last week. The untested Hurricanes have an exciting back line unit in Smith, Savea, Barrett and Jane but will their front row be able to provide them a platform against arguable the strongest pack of the tournament? I can't wait.
15. Marty Banks
14. Cory Jane
13. Conrad Smith
12. Hadleigh Parkes
11. Julian Savea
10. Beauden Barrett
9. TJ Perenara
8. Blade Thomson
7. Jack Lam
6. Faifili Levave
5. Mark Abbott
4. Jeremy Thrush
3. Jeff Allen
2. Dane Coles
1. Ben Franks
16. Motu Matu'u
17. Chris Eves
18. John Schwalger
19. Mark Reddish
20. Adam Hill
21. Chris Smylie
22. Alapati Leiua
23. James Marshall
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