SR: Rebels16, Cell C Sharks 22


Much of the pre-match build-up has centred on whether the Sharks can bounce back from last week’s bitter disappointment – a loss to a determined Highlanders team.

That loss, their first at home this year, has cast doubts over the Sharks’ ability to last the pace. And Director of Rugby Jake White has made no secret of the fact that the men from Durban let themselves down with their lack of enthusiasm in Durban.

Now, in their first match of a four-week Australasian trip, they need to overcome one of the most unpredictable teams in the competition.

Previous results:
2013: Sharks won 64-7, Durban
2011: Sharks won 34-32, Melbourne


Rebels: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Male Sau, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Colby Fainga’a, 5 Luke Jones, 4 Cadeyrn Neville, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Cruze Ah-Nau.
Replacements: 16 Pat Leafa, 17 Max Lahiff, 18 Paul Alo-Emilie, 19 Hugh Pyle, 20 Sean McMahon, 21 Nic Stirzaker, 22 Tom Kingston, 23 Angus Roberts.

Sharks: 15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Francois Steyn, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (captain), 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Keegan Daniel, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Fred Zeilinga, 23 SP Marais.

Referee: Andrew Lees (Australia)
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann, James Leckie (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)

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  1. Mvovo kick through and here can be a penalty try for knocking the ball over the dead ball line and a yellow card….

    TMO to look…..

    Stupid the referee decide that Mvovo could not score the try… dumb can one referee be…..

  2. A whole lot of running with nothing to show. Please spare me this kind of rugby. Teams finally looking like they’re settling into their games now.

  3. Some senseless kicking from the Sharks gets the Rebels on attack and force a penalty….

    Rebels going for the first points in the match….

    Kick is OVER and the Rebels lead 3-0

  4. Rebels with a brilliant change to score but stuff it up with a no where kick and the Sharks back on attack… but get bundle out …..their was a tackle that referee should have looked at on a sharks player

  5. Rebels start running from a bad kick from Steyn…..

    And Rebels kick the ball senselessly again…what a waste

    And that is half time with the Sharks leading 15 points to 6.

  6. A lose pass from the Rebels almost give the Sharks their first try….attacking lineout for Sharks…..

    Sharks mess up the drive and Rebels turn over the ball but spill it for a Sharks scrum

  7. Rebels maul from lineout….and as the maul gets collapse by Sharks the Rebels gets another penalty….

    Rebels goes quick and score in the corner….Leafa score for the Rebels….Sharks fast asleep…..

    Sharks now lead 22-16

  8. Rebels in Sharks 22 and on attack…..

    and the Sharks gets the penalty and will kick out the ball to win the game as the first SA team manage to win this year overseas….The penalty came for holding on……

    Sharks win 22-16

    Not good enough from SA premier team but first win on tour and they can now build on this for the next three weeks….

    Next week against the Brumbies is going to be a big one and if the Sharks wants to win this one they will have to play much better than the past two weeks.

    The way they have played their last three games is just not good enough..

  9. The referee cost the Sharks momentum and almost the game through his inability to referee the game….This is inexcusable the mistakes he made in this game….so sick and tired of these referees this season

  10. Penalised the Sharks put in to the first scrum,
    then ignored the Rebels throwing it under the
    feet of the locks – several times.
    :Rule 9: