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Super Rugby | Kings Park, Durban
17:00 (GMT) | 15-07-2016
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Final whistle goes. Sharks manages to see out the "must-win" game with a 40-29 win.
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Tamura adds the extras, as the Sunwolves tries try come back with a late charge.
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Determined play leave Mifiposeti Paea with another try.
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April add the extras
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Curwin Bosch that just came onto the field a few minutes ago, followed up a good kick by April to score a very good try.
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Going into the final five minutes, the Sunwolves goes on the offense.
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With seven minutes to play, this is now an eleven point ball-game, and the Sharks will look to see the game out from here.
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April fails to add the extras, as he misses the conversion from out wide.
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TRY! Garth April finishes off a good try, after a brilliant break by JP Pietersen.
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April booths a high ball to try and get his wings into the game, but Riaan Viljoen is secure under the high-ball and goes for the mark.
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Sharks handling is not crisp, as they knock the ball in midfield.
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Coenie Oosthuizen goes in late into a tackle, and referee Rasta Rasivhenge refers the incident to the TMO. No foul play adjudicated, so play continues.
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Score! Yu Tamura slots a three-pointer, the bring it to a six point ball-game.
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Sharks gives the ball plenty of air, trying to break the Sunwolves defense, but they concede a penalty at the breakdown point.
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With just under 30 minutes to play in the match, the nine-point lead will not have the Sharks supporters sitting too comfortable at the moment. Sunwolves are definitely not out of it yet.
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Good enterprising play by the Sunwolves ends in a Sharks line-out on the Sharks 22 meter line.
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Sunwolves wins a line-out deep inside the Sharks half, but the Sharks gets away with the ball, and boots the ball downfield.
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Sunwolves are not making it easy for the home team, as they go hard at the Sharks defense.
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Shark came out in the second half with real purpose. They know that only a win will secure their passage into the next stage of the competition.
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Garth April adds the additional two points, to take the Sharks lead to 28-19.
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Garth April gets the second half on the way. Sharks goes on the attack, and André Esterhuizen is awarded with a powerful try.

Half Time

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Conversion goes wide, so the Sharks goes into the break with a mere two point lead. Halftime score 21-19 to the Sharks.
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Try time! Faatiga Lemalu drives through the Sharks defense for an impressive score.
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Yu Tamura successfully converts the extras
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TRY!! Sunwolves gets their second try via a burst over the line by Mifiposeti Paea.
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Massive defense from Coenie Oosthuizen wins his team a penalty with six minutes of play left in the half.
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Sunwolves wins a penalty on the half way line, and goes for the line-out. They secure the ball and goes on the charge, but the Sharks defense holds firm this time.
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Sharks wins a scrum on their own 10 meter line with 10 minutes to play in the first half.
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Finally the Sunwolves goes into the Sharks half of the field, but good turnover play from Keegan Daniel gives the advantage back to the Sharks.
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Shark knocks the ball on the Sunwolves 22 meter line, but they're playing like a team possessed. Sunwolves tackle count a fast escalating, as they don't get much ball in hand.
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April slots a good conversion from a really tight angle.
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Captain JP Pietersen runs in for a good team try, after the ball goes through the hands.
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Sharks goes back on the attack, and comes close to scoring their 3rd try of the match. Thomas du Toit knocks the ball after going on a drive over the try line.
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Yu Tamura slots an easy conversion. Score now 14-7 to the Sharks
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TRY! Sunwolves hits back with a well worked try by Kaito Shigeno from the line-out.
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Sunwolves awarded a penalty just outside the Sharks 22 meter line, and plays positive by going for the line-out.
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Lwazi Mvovo knocks the ball as he attempts to intercepts for his second try of the match.
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Sharks have started this game at a blazing pace, and the Sunwolves are on the back foot after just ten minutes.
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April adds the additional two points. 14-0 Sharks
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Try time. From the kick-off Sharks controls the ball, and Lwazi Mvovo runs through for a easy try.
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Garth April adds the easy two points. Score 7-0 to the home team.
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TRY!! Coenie Oosthuizen drives the ball over the line right under the sticks.
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First penalty of the game awarded to the Sharks on the halfway line, due to the illegal sacking of a maul. Sharks goes for a line-out to set-up the driving maul.
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Sunwolves gets the game on the way with a deep kick. Sharks controls the ball from the kick-off, and boots the ball back up field.
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As the teams run onto the field, the big discussion point is the omission of Pat Lambie from the match day squad. JP Pietersen will captain the Sharks for the first time.
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The Sunwolves have recorded the worst tackle success rate this season, the Sharks will definitely want to add to their woes. The Sharks have won their last three home games, and would hope to make it four on the trot.
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The referee for this game will be Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa). He will be supported by Cwengile Jadezweni and Archie Sehlako. Marius Jonker will be ready to field any TMO referrals.
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This Sharks will have it all to do tonight, as they need the win to secure progression into the play-offs. The Sunwolves will want to end their inaugural season on a high.
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Thomas Du Toit
  • 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle
  • 3 Coenraad Oosthuizen
  • 4 Ettienne Oosthuizen
  • 5 Ruan Botha
  • 6 Keegan Daniel
  • 7 Lubabalo Mtembu
  • 8 Phillip van der Walt
  • 9 Stefan Ungerer
  • 10 Garth April
  • 11 Lwazi Mvovo
  • 12 Andre Esterhuizen
  • 13 JP Pietersen
  • 14 Odwa Ndungane
  • 15 Rhyno Smith
RESERVES
  • 16 Kyle Cooper
  • 17 Dale Chadwick
  • 18 Lourens Adriaanse
  • 19 Stephan Lewies
  • 20 Jean Deysel
  • 21 Michael Claassens
  • 22 Curwin Bosch
  • 23 Heimar Williams
START LINE UP
  • 1 Keita Inagaki
  • 2 Takeshi Kizu
  • 3 Shinnosuke Kakinaga
  • 4 Hitoshi Ono
  • 5 Fa'atiga Lemalu
  • 6 Liaki Moli
  • 7 Taiyo Ando
  • 8 Ed Quirk
  • 9 Kaito Shigeno
  • 10 Yu Tamura
  • 11 Yasutaka Sasakura
  • 12 Mifiposeti Paea
  • 13 Derek Carpenter
  • 14 Hajime Yamashita
  • 15 Riaan Viljoen
RESERVES
  • 16 Futoshi Mori
  • 17 Masataka Mikami
  • 18 Takuma Asahara
  • 19 Naohiro Kotaki
  • 20 Yoshiya Hosoda
  • 21 Yuki Yatomi
  • 22 Ryohei Yamanaka
  • 23 Kentaro Kodama
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S18 Preview: ROUND 17, PART ONE

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 20:46

IN THE SPOTLIGHT. Jan de Koning looks at the Friday matches in Part One of Super Rugby's Round 17.

Friday's matches are important, but perhaps only the appetiser to what will be a Super Saturday of sudden-death shoot-outs.

However, there is plenty to enthuse about in Friday's three outings - starting the Waratahs desperate to get a bonus-point win and put some pressure on the Brumbies.

Then there is the chance that the Blues could entertain us again by claiming another Aussie scalp.

The all-Aussie derby - Reds versus Rebels - sandwiched in the middle might be a tad boring, but the day concludes with a game in which the Sharks will be looking for the win that could book them the Africa wildcard.

Or will the Sunwolves pull off a major upset?

Friday, July 15

The Blues may have missed out on the play-offs, but - as they showed last week - they have the ability to compete with and beat the best.

The Waratahs will have taken note and may not be caught unawares like the Brumbies were.

But can the Blues improve on last week's effort.

"Our focus from the start of the season has been to work hard and improve every match," Blues coach Tana Umaga said.

"This week is no different.

"In some ways it is more important, because we put things together well at times during last week's win over the Brumbies, but it won't count for much if we can't back it up with another good performance.

"It will be a fierce game because the Waratahs have so much to play for, so if we do not come with the right preparation and right attitude, we will be in trouble."

The Waratahs feel they need to shut the threat down at source - the set pieces.

Waratahs forwards coach Cam Blades said they need to be clinical in their execution or they could be upstaged by a Blues team every bit as dangerous as the Hurricanes which beat them last week.

"Our set piece got us a fair few penalties and a good amount of dominance last weekend," Blades said, adding: "But some of our accuracy from our line-out delivery wasn't where we wanted that to be.

"So moving in to this week, cleaning up our accuracy around ball delivery to the backs from the line-out will be a big focus and also just making sure that we make our tackles within our defensive structure."

He added that Kiwi sides play similar across the park, but there are obviously tactical differences that they will take into the game.

"However, this week, like it is most weeks, it's more about what we do well rather than what they do well.

"If we get the techniques and structures around our defence right that gives us the ability to play with the ball and put them under plenty of pressure.

"Some of our accuracy and finishing around our own set piece and attack is the area where obviously we'll be looking for some kind of difference over them.

"Tactically, it doesn't change a lot, it's more about getting little areas of our game right and they're areas we failed to get right last Saturday."

Recent results:
2015: Waratahs won 23-11, Sydney
2014: Blues won 21-13, Auckland
2013: Waratahs won 30-27, Sydney
2011: Blues won 26-13, Auckland (preliminary play-off match)
2011: Blues won 31-17, Auckland
2010: Waratahs won 39-32, Sydney

Prediction: The Waratahs have won five of their last seven regular season fixtures against the Blues, including a 23-11 victory in their last encounter. The Blues have won nine of their 10 home games against the Waratahs, the only time the NSW side travelled to Auckland and beat them was in 2009. The Auckland side are undefeated in their last four games against Australian opposition while they haven't lost a home game to an Australian team since May 2013. The Blues have led at half-time in each of their last four Super Rugby fixtures, their longest such streak since 2013, although they've gone on to lose two of those games. Only one of the Waratahs' last 12 Super Rugby fixtures has been won by a team trailing at the half-time break. The Waratahs will be desperate and might creep into their shell. Expect the Blues to come out at a 100-mile-an-hour and if they maintain their intensity another upset is on the card - by about 12 points.

Teams:

Blues: 15 Matt Duffie, 14 Melani Nanai, 13 Male Sa'u, 12 Piers Francis,11 Tevita Li, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Kara Pryor, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Josh Bekhuis,4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Sam Prattley.
Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Sione Mafileo or Charlie Faumuina, 19 Scott Scrafton, 20 Blake Gibson, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Matt Vaega or George Moala, 23 Lolagi Visinia.

Waratahs: 15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Rob Horne, 11 Matt Carraro, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Dave Dennis, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Jack Dempsey, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Tom Robertson, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Paddy Ryan.
Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Angus Ta'avao, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Wycliff Palu, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 David Horwitz, 23 Jim Stewart.

Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill, Kane McBride
TMO: Ben Skeen

The expectation is for a dour end-of-season Aussie arm-wrestle, given that only pride is at stake.

However, if the talk in both caps are to be believed, there is no shortage of motivation and both sides will be having a crack.

Rebels captain Nic Stirzaker is predicting a fierce clash at the end of disappointing campaigns for both.

The Australian derby will see two sides wanting to right their respective wrongs in Brisbane on Friday to send off their respective departing players on a winning note.

"Both teams have players that have been there for a long time leaving and want to send them out well," Stirzaker said in an interview on the Rebels website.

"I'm predicting a pretty fiery clash."

Despite the growing injury toll - with fullback Mike Harris joining the ward with a fresh hamstring injury - Stirzaker said the Rebels will send a hungry team to Brisbane desperate to finish the season on a positive note.

"You review it as quick as you can to put it behind you after the game because we know it wasn't enough and the less said about that game the better," Stirzaker said.

"We're sending 23 blokes up this weekend who we reckon can get the job done."

Reds co-interim head coach Nick Stiles said it is an important match for everyone involved.

"It's the last time some of these guys will get to pull on the Queensland jersey and they're desperate to finish their time off with a performance we can all be proud of," Stiles said.

"It's been a tough season, but we've had great support from the Queensland faithful all year and it would mean a lot if we can see them leave the stadium with a smile on their face and some reward for their passion."  

Recent results:
2016: Rebels won 25-23, Melbourne
2015: Reds won 46-29, Brisbane
2015: Rebels won 23-15, Melbourne
2014: Reds won 36-20, Melbourne
2014: Rebels won 30-27, Brisbane
2013: Reds won 33-20, Brisbane

Prediction: While the Reds have won eight of the 11 fixtures between these franchises it's the Rebels who've enjoyed the most recent success, winning three of the last five fixtures. The Reds have won three of their last four matches at home, though they have won only two of their last 10 home games against Australian opposition. The Rebels have lost their last three away games, conceding 157 points and scoring just 71 of their own. No side has won more penalties per game than either the Rebels or Reds this season, who have been awarded 11.4 per game on average. The Rebels have recorded the worst goal kicking success rate this season (63 percent), missing 2.1 shots at goal per game. Despite all the talk this will be a typical Australian arm-wrestle in which the Reds will score a late winner - by five points or less.

Teams:

Reds: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Chris Kuridrani, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Henry Taefu, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Duncan Paia'aua, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Curtis Browning, 7 Liam Gill (captain), 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Cadeyrn Neville, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Andrew Ready, 1 Sef Fa'agase.
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Lukhan Tui, 20 Michael Gunn, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Alex Gibbon, 23 Campbell Magnay.

Rebels: 15 Paul Asquith, 14 Sefa Naivalu, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Tom English, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker (captain), 8 Colby Fainga'a, 7 Jordy Reid, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Culum Retallick, 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 Rob Leota, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Sione Tuipulotu, 23. Jack Maddocks.

Referee: Will Houston
Assistant referees: Andrew Lees, Amy Perrett
TMO: George Ayoub

The equation for the Sharks is simple: Win and they're in the play-offs.

However, there is a lot more at stake.

Even when they have won - and they have done that eight times in 14 starts - the Sharks have not always been convincing.

That is why Director of Rugby Gary Gold has called on his team to make a statement of intent.

Gold is expecting the Japanese outfit to thrown everything into this match, their last of their inaugural season.

That would give his team the ideal preparation for the play-offs.

"They're physical guys," Gold said, adding: "Up front they're pretty tough and they've never really given up in any game this year.

"So for them to finish on a high, there's no question that they will give their all."

But Sharks boss won't be happy with just a win.

"We have to win convincingly, so that we can feel good about ourselves moving on to the play-offs," he said.

Then there is the Patrick Lambie poser.

he has been bracketed on the bench, with a late fitness test planned.

The Sharks will need him in the play-offs, but if the ongoing concussion symptoms don't completely disappear, he won't get the much-needed game time he requires.

Previous results:
These teams have not met before.

Prediction: This will be the first meeting between these teams, though the Sharks have won six of their last nine games against teams from outside of South Africa. The South African side have also won their last three home games, outscoring their opposition by a combined 111-25. The Sunwolves have lost each of their six away fixtures and endured a cumulative score line of 97-332. The Sunwolves have recorded the worst tackle success rate this season (79 percent) while the Sharks have boasted the third best (87 percent). Only two players have scored more tries than Akihito Yamada (9) this season, although both players (Matt Faddes & Israel Folau) have played four games more than the Sunwolves winger who has played just 10 games. No doubt the Sharks will win easily - by at least 20 points.

Teams:

Sharks: 15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen (captain), 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Garth April, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Lubabalo Mtembu, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Stephan Lewies, 20 Jean Deysel, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Curwin Bosch/Pat Lambie, 23 Heimar Williams.
 
Sunwolves: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Hajime Yamashita, 13 Derek Carpenter, 12 Mifiposeti Paea, 11 Yasutaka Sasakura, 10 Yu Tamura (captain), 9 Kaito Shigeno, 8 Edward Quirk, 7 Taiyo Ando, 6 Liaki Moli, 5 Faatiga Lemalu, 4 Hitoshi Ono, 3 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 2 Takeshi Kizu, 1 Keita Inagaki.
Replacements: 16 Futoshi Mori, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Naohiro Kotaki, 20 Yoshiya Hosoda, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 Ryohei Yamanaka, 23 Kentaro Kodama.

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa), Archie Sehlako (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@King365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Sharks book play-off spot with scrappy win

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 18:51

MATCH REPORT: The Sharks booked their place in the Super Rugby play-offs with a scrappy 40-29 win over the Sunwolves in Durban on Friday.

Although the match produced 10 tries - some of them through sublime, skilful play - it was an error-strewn affair.

The Sharks were well below the standards that would strike fear into the hearts of any opposition in the quarterfinals.

The Sunwolves offered sporadic resistance throughout the match, but it was more the Sharks' own sloppy play that allowed the visitors to stay in the game.

The Sharks started on a high note, with Coenie Oosthuizen diving over in the third minute.

Three minutes later they doubled the score when Lwazi Mvovo beat the opposition for pace.

However, the Sunwolves burst action and came back with a try of their own - with a well-created line-out move that left the Sharks' defence flat-footed.

JP Pietersen, playing in his final game at Kings Park,  was next to score - Rhyno Smith sparking the move and Odwa Ndungane providing the final pass.

In their final match of the competition, the Sunwolves were always going to go out with a bang rather than a whimper, but they were finding the going tough against an equally fired up home side with plenty more to play for.

The second half started in similar fashion to the first - with an Andre Esterhuizen try in the corner getting the ball rolling.

However, as was the case before the break, the Sharks let them back into the game - two tries and a penalty later the gap had closed to 22-28, with a quarter of the game remaining.

Garth April gave the home team some much-needed breathing space - putting on display his skill and pace to score the home team's fifth try.

The 11 point margin was extended to 16 when Curwin Bosch ran onto the perfect chip-and-chase and the result was clearly sewn up.

With time almost up on the clock the Sunwolves came back again with a fourth try to deny the Sharks a try-scoring bonus point.

Man of the match: Mifiposeti Paea and Derek Carpenter asked some questions of the Sharks defence, while Edward Quirk and Liaki Moli were the visitors' most productive forwards. Andre Esterhuizen was powerful with ball in hand, JP Pietersen scored a nice try to mark his last home game for the Sharks and Philip van der Walt was a firebrand up front. However, our award goes Sharks flank Keegan Daniel for his energetic performance.

The scorers:

For the Sharks:
Tries:
Oosthuizen, Mvovo, Pietersen, Esterhuizen, April, Bosch
Cons: April 5

For the Sunwolves:
Tries:
Shigeno, Paea 2, Lemalu
Cons: Tamura 3
Pen: Tamura

Teams:

Sharks: 15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen (captain), 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Garth April, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Lubabalo Mtembu, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Stephan Lewies, 20 Jean Deysel, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Curwin Bosch/Pat Lambie, 23 Heimar Williams.
 
Sunwolves: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Hajime Yamashita, 13 Derek Carpenter, 12 Mifiposeti Paea, 11 Yasutaka Sasakura, 10 Yu Tamura (captain), 9 Kaito Shigeno, 8 Edward Quirk, 7 Taiyo Ando, 6 Liaki Moli, 5 Faatiga Lemalu, 4 Hitoshi Ono, 3 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 2 Takeshi Kizu, 1 Keita Inagaki.
Replacements: 16 Futoshi Mori, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Naohiro Kotaki, 20 Yoshiya Hosoda, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 Ryohei Yamanaka, 23 Kentaro Kodama.

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa), Archie Sehlako (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Coenraad Oosthuizen (3min), Lwazi Mvovo (6min), JP Pietersen (20min), Andre Esterhuizen (41min), Garth April (69min), and Curwin Bosch (75min)
TRIES
Kaito Shigeno (13min), Mifiposeti Paea (36min), Fa'atiga Lemalu (39min), and Mifiposeti Paea (78min)
Garth April (4min), Garth April (7min), Garth April (21min), Garth April (42min), and Garth April (76min)
CONVERSIONS
Yu Tamura (14min), Yu Tamura (37min), and Yu Tamura (79min)
 
PENALTIES
Yu Tamura (58min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Kings Park, Durban
REFEREE Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)