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    Cell C Sharks v Blues (Result)

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    It was not pretty but the Sharks secured a bonus point win against the Blues after a great first half.

    The second half was not so great but they pulled it through at the end with 26-7.

    The Sharks was putting pressure on the Blues from the start. They were solid in their set pieces and pushed the Blues back.

    It was Fassi who scored the Sharks first try in the corner and the lead 5-0. The Sharks was in full control.

    The Sharks got back to the Blues twenty-two with a lineout and it was the perfect drive which sent Akker Van Der Merwe over for the second try.

    It took the Sharks another 15 minutes to get over the line after some good defence from the Blues on a few drives.

    Robert Du Preez eventually went over and converted his own try to extend the lead to 19-0.

    The Blues did have a chance to get some points on the board before halftime but lost the ball on attack to go into the break with 19 points behind.

    The second half started as a good old battle between the two teams with both creating opportunities but either handling errors or good defence keeping them out.

    The Blues finally got over the Sharks line from a scrum in the 56 min, but the TMO called them back because a player was held back and try was disallowed.

    It took not long for the Blues to get their first try after dominating for a long period in the second half.

    This reduced the lead to 19-7 with 19 minutes to go.

    The Blues was very unlucky not to score again and it was just the brilliant vision of Am with a monster tackle that gave Bosch the opportunity to intercept and secure a bonus point win at the end.

    It was not pretty in that second half, but the Sharks got the job done.

    Scorers:

    Sharks Sharks 26   7 Blues Blues

    Sharks 26 (19)

    Tries: Aphelele Fassi, Akker van der Merwe, Rob du Preez, Curwin Bosch

    Conversions: Rob du Preez (3)

    Blues 7 (0)

    Try: Tanielu Tele’a

    Conversion: Otere Black

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Date Time League Season Full Time
    February 23, 2019 15:00 Super Rugby 2019 Vodacom Super Rugby 2019 80'

    Results

    TeamLosing Bonus PointPenaltyTriesConversions4 TRY BPPointsOutcome
    Cell C Sharks0042126Win
    Blues001107Loss

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      Blues
        • 80'

          That is it, a bit of a struggle in the second half but a bonus point win for the Sharks.

        • 79'

          TRY TIME!!! Sharks!! Massive tackle and Bosch with the intercept

        • 76'

          Scramble defence from the Sharks or is it desperate defence?

        • 66'

          Sharks forwards starting to fade out here

        • 61'

          TRY TIME!!! Blues!! they get their try

        • 56'

          TMO come in!!! TRY disallowed player being hold back

        • 56'

          TRY TIME!! Blues!!! they get their first points

        • 43'

          Some great defence we have seen from the Sharks so far today

        • 40'

          Here we go with the second half, Sharks lead

        • 36'

          TRY TIME!! Sharks!!! Rob Du Preez under the sticks

        • 15'

          TRY TIME!! Sharks!! the perfect drive from the lineout

        • 7'

          TRY TIME!! Sharks!!! Fassi over in the corner

        • Some Facts: The Sharks have won 11 of their last 12 games against the Blues, those victories coming by an average margin of 10 points per game. The Sharks have won their last five games on the bounce at home, despite leading at half-time just twice in this span (D1, L2). The Blues have fallen to three defeats in their last three matches – they have not lost four on the bounce since April 2015 when they lost nine in a row. The Sharks were the top scorers in Round 1, crossing for six converted tries, they also missed fewer tackles (9) than any other side. Akira Ioane has now gained 100+ metres in two of his last four games for the Blues – his 20 carries last week was the second most he has made in a Super Rugby match, whilst his 100 metres was the most by any forward in Round 1.

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