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Super Rugby | Dunedin
07:35 (GMT) | 22-04-2016
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Join us as we head to Melbourne next, for the clash between the Rebels and the Cheetahs.
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That's the end of the game in Dunedin, and while it wasn't the most entertaining game of rugby, the Sharks will be happy to have scraped through with the win, on the road.
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The restart gives the Highlanders the possession once more, but they have some distance to go to work the ball upfield into the scoring zone. Inside the Sharks' half now after seven phases, as the halftime hooter sounds, and a forward pass by the Highlanders brings the game to a halt! Sharks held on for a 1-point win, and the frustration on the faces of the Highlanders players is evident.
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Scrum to the Sharks just outside their own 5 metre area with two minutes left to play. All the pressure on them to execute without fault. And the scrum is good, but the clearance kick is charged down and the Highlanders have possession once again inside the Sharks' 22. Sopoaga attempts the drop-goal, but it goes wide.
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With three minutes left to play, the Highlanders have worked the ball all the way up to the Sharks' red zone, and after a number of phases, they knock the ball on. Some tired bodies out there. Highlanders players frustrated.
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Sharks opt for the shot at goal with the penalty, and April slots it.
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Sharks put up a decent scrum to afford them an attacking option, while the ref awards them the advantage. Nothing comes from it, so the ref brings it back to the point of the penalty. Highlanders defence standing up well to an over eager Sharks attack. The ref does need to police the breakdowns better though.
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MONSTER scrum by the Sharks affords them an attacking platform, but Joe Pietersen is bundled into touch, and the Highlanders take a quick one, flirting with danger right inside their own 5 metre area. A fluffed clearance gives the Sharks the line-out put-in, and the attempted maul over the line. Deysel splits away from the maul. The ball questionably squirts out though, and the ref goes up to the TMO to determine what exactly happened. Ruled taken back by the Highlanders, and it's a 5 metre scrum to the Sharks.
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Sharks are trying to launch some sort of attack here, but it's just not coming off for them. Sopoaga sticks a hand out in an attempted intercept, and knocks the ball on instead. Scrum to the Sharks right on halfway.
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Sharks win the ball on the back of a well-executed scrum, but are pinged at the breakdown for going off their feet. Beast has a quick word with the ref, but to no avail. Highlanders opt for the line-out.
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Both sides get some fresh legs on now as we enter the final quarter of this match. Hopefully they can inject something into the contest.
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Sopoaga fails to convert the try, as the ball sails across the face of the goalposts. Score sits at 14-12.
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An attempted line-out maul drive by the Highlanders is stopped short by the Sharks, and they're forced to use the ball. Highlanders still with possession, and the dam wall finally breaks as Matt Faddes stretches out to juuuuust dot the ball down on the try line.
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Highlanders are pinged for not rolling away at the breakdown, and it's a penalty to the Sharks right in front of the posts, just outside the Highlanders' 22. Well within April's range, and he knocks it over.
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Lima Sopoaga makes light work of the resulting penalty, and adds another 3 points to draw the scores even. 9-9
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Highlanders successfully get the line-out inside the Sharks 22, and string together some decent phases as they threaten the Sharks' 5 metre line. Ref goes to the pocket however, and it's a yellow card to JP Pietersen for another infringement at the breakdown. Grabbing the scrumhalf's leg while lying on the deck? JP should know better...
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With 30 mins left in the game, the ref calls a stoppage to address both teams' skippers about keeping it tidy at the breakdown, as the Sharks get penalised at another one.
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Esterhuizen penalised for not rolling away at the ruck, and the Highlanders get a penalty right in front of the posts... Sopoaga nets it, and keeps the scoreboard ticking over. 6-9
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An attacking sortie by the Highlanders is stopped short inside the Sharks' 22 by a forward pass, and the Sharks get the put-in at the scrum which April easily clears. Possession is back with the Highlanders however, who are camping out in the Sharks red zone.
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Penalty to the Sharks in the Highlanders' red zone, and Garth April says thank you for the easy three points. Sharks draw first blood in the second stanza.
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Early on in the second half, the Sharks seem to be more intent on attacking. Must have been a bit of a talking to during the half time break. Not a bad start in the second 40 for the Sharks so far, with even Andre Esterhuizen executing a deft pass along the way.
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And we're back in "action" in Dunedin, as the Highlanders receive the kick-off deep inside their own 22, and boot it back out for a line-out to the Sharks on the Highlanders' 10 metre line.

Half Time

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Highlanders recycle that ball from the back of their scrum, string together a few phases and seemingly cross the whitewash, but it's held up over the try line once again as the halftime hooter sounds, and the ref calls it. First half done.
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Highlanders go in for the kill off the back of a scrum, but the ball is held up over the line and the ref takes play back for another penalty to the Highlanders just on the Sharks' 5 metre line, and the Kiwi side opts for another scrum. They clearly want the try before the first 40 ends.
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But it's a yellow card to Stephan Lewies, who remains adamant that it isn't him, but the ref's decision stands and Lewies gets 10 minutes in the cooler.
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Penalty blown against the Sharks for offside play on their own 22, and the Highlanders opt for the line-out from that one, showing their intent to get some real points on the board. They're just outside the Sharks' 5 metre line, get another penalty, and opt for a quick tap and go to try and catch the Sharks unawares, but are stopped short.
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A questionable tackle on Fekitoa by Keegan Daniel gets the Highlanders a penalty from a very kickable position for Lima Sopoaga, but he doesn't have the distance, falls just short of the posts. Ball booted out by April, and it's a line-out just outside the Sharks' 22 to the Highlanders.
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Another Sharks player exits the field in some discomfort, and Philip van der Walt is replaced by Sharks stalwart Jean Deysel. Lets not forget the Sharks have been one man up for over 15 minutes already, but have failed to add any more points to the scoreboard.
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After a scrum reset, the Sharks get their ball recycled on the second attempt and launch another attack. A quick line-out throw-in by the Highlanders puts them under pressure, and Le Roux gets in there to win the ball back in a maul situation. They win the ball on the scrum, but on attack it's another sloppy knock-on which loses them possession inside the Highlanders' red zone.
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Sharks in possession here from a driving maul from a line-out on their own 10 metre line, which they ably work upfield, to earn themselves a scrum put-in right on the halfway line.
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Some end-to-end play by the two sides here, which brings the play into the Highlanders' 22 through a raking Ndungane kick. Line-out to the Highlanders, which they win, and boot the ball across field.
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The Highlanders are once again camping out in the Sharks' 22, but they're afforded some breathing room by a Highlanders knock-on. The ball is booted away, and this time the Sharks are camping out in the Highlanders' 22. Question is, can they score some points out of this? And no, it doesn't seem like it. Highlanders win the ball back, and kick it away into touch. Line-out to the Sharks on the Highlanders' 10 metre line.
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Despite being one man down, the Highlanders still seem to be the more enterprising team on attack as the Sharks are just sliding off tackles. Shoddy defence is not doing the SA side any favours. Some respite for the Sharks though as the Highlanders lose the ball into touch and the Sharks get the line-out.
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Lima Sopoaga tries to capitalise on the penalty, but misses his shot at the posts.
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A kick by Garth April from a penalty fails to find touch, and instead lands in the hands of the very dangerous Ben Smith, who launches an attack from the back. It's halted by a handling error by the Highlanders, scrum to the Sharks, which results in a penalty for the Highlanders! Sharks penalised at scrum time.
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Willie le Roux goes off for the concussion test, and is replaced at the back by Joe Pietersen. Hopefully it's not too serious for Le Roux.
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Le Roux seems to be up on his feet and walking around, but because of the nature of the challenge, definitely dangerous, Emery gets the red card!
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There's a MASSIVE clash in the middle between Willie le Roux in the air and the Highlanders' No 12, Jason Emery. Le Roux goes down like a ton of bricks, pretty much neck first, with a lot of downward pressure on his neck and spine. Terrible to see. Remains to be seen what the refs decide on Emery's challenge.
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Sharks opt for the penalty once again, as it's kickable one for April... and he slots it! Three more points for the Sharks.
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A promising string of phases by the Sharks takes play all the way into the Highlanders' 22, close to the 5 metre line, with a line-out to the Sharks. The attempted driving maul is stopped, but Highlanders get penalised for their "creativity" in stopping it.
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And that looks like it's game done for Reinach, as he goes off, replaced by veteran scrummie Michael Claassens. Garth April lines up the kick and successfully slots the penalty to level the scores at 3-3.
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Cobus Reinach, scrumhalf for the Sharks, is down on the field, rolling around in pain after what seems like a late shoulder charge by Sopoaga. Just a penalty from that, ref doesn't go to the pocket just yet, but gives the Highlanders a warning.
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The first scrum of the game goes the way of the Highlanders and they successfully recycle the ball and put it through a few phases, before putting it up high for the Sharks. Sharks receive, return fire, and take play into the Highlanders' half.
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And Lima Sopoaga says thanks for the three points, as he easily slots it.
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Here we go! It's game on in the Forsyth Barr stadium, and the Highlanders get a penalty straight off the kick-off to the Sharks. Obstruction called against the Sharks for a maul gone wrong. Kickable position.
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It's a fair evening in Dunedin, with partly cloudy skies and a bit of humidity, but no rain predicted. Currently 17 degrees celsius out there, not bad conditions for a game of rugby at all.
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The Sharks' setpiece, particularly their line-outs, have let them down in previous matches. Hopefully they've gone back to the drawing board and worked hard on it, to give themselves a fighting chance against the opposition. In the midfield, it will be interesting to see how JP Pietersen measures up against Malakai Fekitoa.
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The Highlanders welcome back co-captain Ben Smith who has recovered from concussion.
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Welcome to Dunedin, for the Super Rugby clash between Highlanders and the Sharks
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  • 2 Ash Dixon
  • 3 Josh Hohneck
  • 4 Thomas Franklin
  • 5 Joseph Wheeler
  • 6 Elliot Dixon
  • 7 Shane Christie
  • 8 Liam Squire
  • 9 Aaron Smith
  • 10 Lima Sopoaga
  • 11 Jack Wilson
  • 12 Jason Emery
  • 13 Malakai Fekitoa
  • 14 Matt Faddes
  • 15 Ben Smith
  • 16 Liam Coltman
  • 17 Craig Millar
  • 18 Ross Geldenhuys
  • 19 Alex Ainley
  • 20 Dan Pryor
  • 21 Fumiaki Tanaka
  • 22 Hayden Parker
  • 23 Patrick Osborne
  • 1 Tendai Mtawarira
  • 2 Franco Marais
  • 3 Coenraad Oosthuizen
  • 4 Etienne Oosthuizen
  • 5 Stephan Lewies
  • 6 Keegan Daniel
  • 7 Daniel du Preez
  • 8 Phillip van der Walt
  • 9 Cobus Reinach
  • 10 Garth April
  • 11 Lwazi Mvovo
  • 12 Andre Esterhuizen
  • 13 JP Pietersen
  • 14 Odwa Ndungane
  • 15 Willie le Roux
  • 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle
  • 17 Thomas Du Toit
  • 18 Lourens Adriaanse
  • 19 Hyron Andrews
  • 20 Jean Deysel
  • 21 Michael Claassens
  • 22 Joe Pietersen
  • 23 S'bura Sithole
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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 21:00

IN THE SPOTLIGHT. Jan de Koning looks at the Friday matches in Part One of Super Rugby's Round Nine.

The weekend gets underway with an intriguing game between two teams desperate to get their campaigns back on track - the defending champion Highlanders hosting the Sharks.

The Highlanders only had one hiccup, a disappointing loss to the Reds, followed by a bye.

The Sharks, however, have not won in the last five weeks - a draw again the Bulls in mid-March followed by three defeats with a bye sandwiched in between.

The Sharks have been recharging in the idyllic holiday resort of Queenstown on the New Zealand South Island this week, with coach Gary Gold having had lots of "one-on-one interviews" with players.

The coach said they are "bitterly disappointed" with their results of recent weeks, but remain confident of winning at one of the toughest venues in the competition.

The other Friday match also involves a travelling South African side - the Rebels hosting the Cheetahs a week after the men from Bloemfontein put a record score past the Sunwolves.

We look at the Friday, April 22, matches below!

The headlined in Dunedin this week were all about a new coach for the Highlanders.

Barely a word about the team, other than the news that co-captain Ben Smith has recovered from concussion and has returned at fullback for the Highlanders' Super Rugby match against the Sharks.

And if the players - who were still dealing with the disappointment of ending their five-match victory run with a loss to the Reds a fortnight ago - had hoped for a timely 'pick-me-up', there was further bad news.

Hurricanes assistant coach John Plumtree had become the latest to say 'no thanks' to an offer to coach the Highlanders next year - with current coach Jamie Joseph set to depart at the end of the season to become coach of Japan's national team.

Former Hurricanes coach Colin Cooper, Greg Cooper and Dave Hewett have since had their names thrown into the media speculation hat.

Joseph is certainly going to have his hands full getting the players to focus on the match and not get distracted by the sideshows.

Not that the Sharks have had it any easier.

At least the visitors' problems are related to their on-field form - or rather lack of it - as the Sharks hope to avoid last year's six-match losing streak that saw them slump to 11th on the table.

Currently 10th, they have a draw and three defeats in their last four outings - including last week's bitterly disappointing 18-23 loss to the Blues - after leading 18-10 early in the second half.

Gary Gold, the Sharks Director of Rugby, this spoke of the need to sort out their line-outs - where the Sharks lost possession at critical stages in the game against the Blues.

"It is important for us to look after the ball and cut out the elementary errors," Gold said in a teleconference from the team's training base in Queenstown.

"A lot of our attention [in training this week] has been on ball retention and being able to build phases.

"You do want to have an effective defence, but when you do have the ball you must make it count."

Gold said his team has not been "jealous enough" with the possession.

"That [retaining possession] is important, because if you play a team of the Highlanders' caliber - and you turn over ball like we did - they will hurt you.

"Our decision-making is going to be critical if we do see the ball.

"Our intent is to move the ball and play exciting rugby, but we need to win the ball and look after it."

Recent results:
2015: Highlanders won 48-15, Dunedin
2014: Sharks won 31-27, Durban (preliminary play-off match)
2014: Highlanders won 34-18, Durban
2013: Highlanders won 25-22, Dunedin
2012: Sharks won 28-16, Durban
2010: Sharks won 30-16, Dunedin

Prediction: The Highlanders have won their last three regular season matches against the Sharks, though they suffered a 31-27 loss to the South African team in the 2014 preliminary play-off match. The Highlanders have won five of their last seven matches against teams from South Africa; that streak has included both a win and a loss against the Sharks. The Highlanders have won their last eight matches at home, their longest streak since they won a franchise-record 13 straight home games from 2000 to 2002. The Sharks have now lost their last three matches despite trailing at the break only once in that span (leading once, level once). The Sharks have won 9.3 turnovers per match, the most of any team and 3.4 more per game than the Highlanders (5.9), who have averaged the fewest. Something is amiss in the Sharks set-up and it has come out in their games. The Highlanders will be hurting after their loss to the Reds and based of the evidence of the first half of the season the home team should win by about 15 points.


Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Matt Faddes, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Jason Emery, 11 Jack Wilson, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Liam Squire, 7 Shane Christie (co-captain), 6 Elliot Dixon 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Tom Franklin, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.
Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Craig Millar, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Alex Ainley, 20 Dan Pryor, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Hayden Parker, 23 Patrick Osborne.

Sharks: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Garth April, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Tendai Mtawarira (captain).
Replacements: 16 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Jean Deysel, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Joe Pietersen, 23 Sibusiso Sithole.

Referee: Ben O'Keefe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Kane McBride (New Zealand)
TMO: Shane McDermott (New Zealand)

It is a difficult result to ignore, despite the perilous state of the Japanese team, the Sunwolves.

Even though both the Cheetahs' wins have been against the hapless tournament newcomers, the Sunwolves, it is last week's 92-17 demolition that made Rebels coach Tony McGahan sit up and take note.

And he is under no illusion nothing less than their best will be good enough, given that the Rebels themselves are coming off a 25-point loss to the Hurricanes last week.

The Rebels have been guilty of basic errors and certainly can't afford to concede the same opportunities to a Cheetahs side full of confidence.

"Super Rugby has different demands each week," McGahan said in an interview on the Rebels' website, adding: "It was the quality of the Hurricanes last week and now the Cheetahs, who are in good form.

"So we'll certainly need to be at our best this week."

The Rebels will be without star wing Dom Shipperley, after he was ruled out for the rest of the season with a rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament.

Along with Shipperley, Mitch Inman was also unavailable for selection with a hand injury.

The Cheetahs have been at pains to stress that complacency will not be an issue in the wake of last week's record victory - a 14-try demolition.

Coach Franco Smith said it wasn't difficult to get the players back down to earth.

"We have to keep on concentrating on our processes, so the scoreline didn't make too much of a difference to us," Smith said, adding that they are well aware of the threats posed by a Rebels team that already has the scalps of teams like Waratahs, Reds and Force to their credit.

"I have no doubt they will use the win as a confidence booster and not to pick up any sort of arrogance."

Previous results:
2014: Rebels won 35-14, Melbourne
2013: Cheetahs won 34-16, Bloemfontein
2012: Cheetahs won 33-26, Melbourne
2011: Cheetahs won 41-21, Bloemfontein

Prediction: These teams have faced each other four times in Super Rugby history and while the Cheetahs have won three of them it was the Rebels who were victorious in their most recent encounter in 2014. While the Rebels have won four of their last seven matches, only one of those wins has been on home ground. The Cheetahs come into this match after scoring 92 points against the Sunwolves, the equal most points ever by a South African team in Super Rugby. The Cheetahs have won 13.3 line-outs per game on average so far this campaign, equal with the Reds for the most by a team this season. Sean McMahon has beaten 30 defenders so far this season, the most of any forward. The Cheetahs won't find the going as easy as last week, but they performed far better against quality opposition than the Rebels. Their only loss where the margin was more than 10 points was against the Lions (22-39), while the Rebels suffered significantly bigger defeats against the Hurricanes (13-38), Highlanders (3-27) and Bulls (25-45). The Cheetahs should sneak a close win - by about eight points.


Rebels: 15 Jonah Placid, 14 Cam Crawford, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Tamati Ellison, 11 Sefa Naivalu, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker (captain), 8 Adam Thomson, 7 Sean McMahon, 6 Jordy Reid, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 James Hanson, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Pat Leafa, 17 Cruze Ah Nau, 18 Jamie Hagan, 19 Sam Jeffries, 20 Colby Fainga'a, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Kotaro Matsushima, 23 Sione Tuipulotu.

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Nico Lee, 12 Francois Venter (captain), 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Neil Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Paul Schoeman, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Hilton Lobberts, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Nicolaas van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Danie Mienie, 18 Luan de Bruin, 19 Carl Wegner, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Teboho Mohoje, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 Fred Zeilinga.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: James Leckie (Australia), Angus Gardner (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

Compiled by Jan de Koning

* Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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April kicks Sharks to shock win

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:35

REPORT: Rookie flyhalf Garth April kicked the Sharks to  one-point win over the defending Super Rugby champion Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday.

The 24-year-old April, in his first start, kicked five penalties in a 15-14 win - leaving the Highlanders with plenty of ground to make up on the tournament's pace-setters at the halfway point of the competition.

The home team scored the only try of a scrappy match, but a red card for foul play by Jason Emery forced the Highlanders to play with 1 men for 67 minutes of the match.

Not that the Sharks' discipline was any better - the visitors twice reduced to 14 men (through yellow cards) for professional fouls.

Captain Tendai Mtawarira said it was a confidence-booster, after the Sharks lost to the Blues last week through a late try.

"After last week's disappointment the boys really deserved this win," he said.

"They've really been working hard and we stuck to our guns, held onto the ball, went through a couple of phases. I'm really happy."

The loss is the Highlanders' second by one point - after they went down to the Reds 27-28, but skipper Ben Smith said he had no complaints.

"We got beaten by a better team, the Sharks played really well and deserved the win," said Smith.

The Highlanders took an early lead through Lima Sopoaga's penalty after the Sharks were penalised for obstruction.

The Sharks were on the attack and up 6-3 when Highlanders centre Jason Emery was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Willie le Roux.

Emery charged into le Roux as the fullback was leaping for a high ball, sending him cartwheeling in the air and landing on his neck.

While le Roux was able to continue playing, referee Ben O'Keefe showed no hesitation brandishing a red card.

The Sharks pressed forward but desperate Highlanders defence repeatedly kept them out, despite the disadvantage.

Sharks lock Stephan Lewies was sinbinned just before half-time, temporarily evening up the numbers, only for the Highlanders to be denied two tries after being held up over the line.

The sides continued to exchange penalties after the break before wing Matt Faddes touched down out wide to put the Highlanders ahead 14-12.

However, the home team's discipline slipped one more time, allowing the nerveless April to make it five penalties from five.

Man of the match: Lima Sopoaga blew hot and cold, Aaron Smith would be more useful if he stops being so petulant and Ben Smith was again the most creative back. Elliot Dixon was a real nuisance at the breakdown. Although not flawless, Garth April was steady - just the kind of influence the Sharks needed in the No.10 channel. Franco Marais was the most energetic of the visiting team's forwards. Our man of the match is Sharks flyhalf Garth April - not just for kicking his team to victory, but a great all-round debut.

The scorers:

For the Highlanders:
Pens: Sopoaga 3

For the Sharks:
April 5

Yellow cards: Stephan Lewies (Sharks, 36 - professional foul, not retreating 10 metres), Jon-Paul Pietersen (Sharks, 52 - professional foul, playing the scrumhalf while lying on his back)
Red card: Jason Emery (Highlanders, 13 - foul and dangerous play, shoulder-charging a man in the air)


Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Matt Faddes, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Jason Emery, 11 Jack Wilson, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Liam Squire, 7 Shane Christie (co-captain), 6 Elliot Dixon 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Tom Franklin, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.
Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Craig Millar, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Alex Ainley, 20 Dan Pryor, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Hayden Parker, 23 Patrick Osborne.

Sharks: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Garth April, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Tendai Mtawarira (captain).
Replacements: 16 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Jean Deysel, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Joe Pietersen, 23 Sibusiso Sithole.

Referee: Ben O'Keefe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Kane McBride (New Zealand)
TMO: Shane McDermott (New Zealand)



Matt Faddes (58min)
Lima Sopoaga (2min), Lima Sopoaga (47min), and Lima Sopoaga (53min)
Garth April (7min), Garth April (11min), Garth April (44min), Garth April (55min), and Garth April (75min)
Stephan Lewies (36min) and JP Pietersen (52min)
Jason Emery (13min)
VENUE Dunedin
REFEREE Ben O'Keefe (New Zealand)