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)

  48 comments for “SR: Rebels16, Cell C Sharks 22

  1. Duiwel
    May 2, 2014 at 11:25 am
    Go Sharks!
  2. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 11:32 am
    We need them to start the tour well and they can hammer this Rebels side….Go Sharkies!!!
  3. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 11:37 am
    Bismarck will make a huge difference for the side being back in the front row….Sharks own their supporters a much better performance from last week…
  4. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 11:38 am
    Nice to see Deysel back as well bring some fire to the pack as well
  5. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 11:39 am
    And offcourse I am looking forward to see Fransie at 10 as that is were I believe he is suppose to play….
  6. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 11:41 am
    Sharks clear the kick off
  7. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 11:44 am
    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…..

  8. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 11:46 am
    Me think Rebels believe making the game fast will give them a change against the Sharks
  9. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 11:50 am
    Coetzee off for some reason for the Sharks
  10. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 11:54 am
    Coetzee off for shoulder injury and Daniels on for him
  11. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 11:55 am
    Rebels with all the running at this stage
  12. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 11:56 am
    Rebels with some good straight running and lose the ball in the tackle…..
  13. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 11:57 am
    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.
  14. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 12:01 pm
    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

  15. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 12:02 pm
    Sharks straight away gets their own penalty to draw the scores level….

    Fransie kicks it over and scores are 3 all

  16. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 12:05 pm
    Sharks just not there yet, poor kicking, poor passes and poor decisions..
  17. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 12:08 pm
    Penalty from scrum for Sharks as they start to dominate the phase of the game….

    Frans going to kick at goal again….


    Sharks lead 6-3

  18. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 12:10 pm
    Sharks letting the Rebels runners through to easily ……

    Penalty Rebels again for offside from the Sharks…


    Scores are level at 6 all

  19. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 12:11 pm
    Sharks gets another penalty and Frans will set his sights to goal again….
  20. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 12:11 pm
    OVER!!!!off the post

    Sharks Lead 9-6

  21. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 12:16 pm
    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
  22. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 12:17 pm
    TMO looks at tackle …..

    No yellow card but penalty for the Sharks

  23. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 12:18 pm
    Steyn goes for poles again….


    Sharks leads 12-6

  24. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 12:19 pm
    Rebels keeps with this stupid kicking game and just losing ground all the way…
  25. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 12:21 pm
    Bismarck knocks on as they start putting some phases together ….another penalty for Frans to kick and extend the lead for the Sharks…..


    Sharks lead 15-6

  26. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 12:25 pm
    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.

  27. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 12:25 pm
    Sharks have now gone three halves of rugby without scoring a try
  28. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 12:36 pm
    Second half underway as Steyn kick off
  29. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 12:40 pm
    Sharks starts running and almost score in the corner …..better from the Sharks
  30. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 12:45 pm
    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

  31. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 12:49 pm
    Sharks not having all their way in the scrums…
  32. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 12:50 pm
    SP Marais has come on the field for Jordaan
  33. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 12:51 pm
    Penalty for Rebels as referee decide that the Sharks was offside….Rebels going for points…..


    Sharks lead 15-9

  34. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 12:53 pm
    Sharks keep with this sloppy play as they lose another ball through bad passing and interplay
  35. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 12:57 pm
    Sloppy again from Sharks in ruck and Rebels take the ball off…luckily the Sharks get it back and another Shark attack gets to nothing with a bad pass
  36. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 1:02 pm
    Finally the Sharks put their speedster away as they score their first try of the match…..JP the try scorer…….

    Sharks lead 22-9

  37. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 1:06 pm
    Rebels now on attack….and Sharks have to defend….penalty for Rebels….and they go for lineout….
  38. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 1:09 pm
    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

  39. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 1:11 pm
    Sharks mess up another try scoring opportunity…..with Alberts knocking on
  40. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 1:15 pm
    Sharks disappointed again today….
  41. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 1:15 pm
    Lets just hope they do not slip the game in the last few minutes….
  42. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 1:24 pm
    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..

  43. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 1:26 pm
    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
  44. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 1:42 pm
    Scary is ……The highest number of phases the Sharks took the ball through was 6
  45. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 1:52 pm
    This will be some of the worst officiating you will see this year.
  46. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 2:07 pm
    @Morné: Yip it was not good enough
  47. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 4:30 pm
    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:
  48. avatar
    May 2, 2014 at 4:32 pm
    If I were DUIWEL I won’t be relaxing.

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