LIVE MATCH COVERAGE

Currie Cup

Thumb_cheetahs_graphic80x50 FS Cheetahs

15

Thumb_sharks_graphic80x50 Sharks

18
Kick-off local time : Fri, 23 August 2013 - 19h10
Kick-off : Fri, 23 August 2013 - 19h10
Venue : Bloemfontein
Referee : Jason Jaftha
Match status : Result
  FS Cheetahs Sharks
Tries Pieter Labuschagne (21min) Louis Ludik (65min)
Penalties Riaan Smit (2min) Fred Zeilinga (5min)
Conversions Riaan Smit (27min) Fred Zeilinga (40min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards Johannes Prinsloo (32min)
Red cards
DGs Fred Zeilinga (13min)
Commentary
Minute Commentary

82

There is a knock-on near halfway and with the hooter for FULL-TIME having gone, the Sharks leave Bloemfontein with an 18-15 win. It was drama galore in last 10 minutes - a combinaion of awesome defence by he Sharks, sloppy handling by the Cheetahs and a good measure of controversial calls by the match officials. Join us again tomorrow for plenty more action - starting with the Rugby Championship Test between New Zealand and Australia!

81

Penalty to the Cheetahs - tap and go from deep inside their half

80

Line-out throw is not straight and there's a late lifeline for the Cheetahs - justice some would say, gicven that Ludik should have been penalised for first pushing Sadie

79

Cheetahs attack from deep inside their 22, Sadie kicks ahead - but Sadie is penalised for pushing an opponent out the way

77

Sharks pinning the Cheetahs deep inside their half

76

Cheetahs keep the ball through multiple phases, but the Sharks defence hold firm, forcing them to go sideways and eventually knocking on

73

Davon Raubenheimaer tackles Reinach into touch - monster hit!

72

Elgar watts makes a crossfield kick, but Daniller can't hold onto the ball - good idea, excution again lacking

70

Another sloppy handling error gifts the Sharks a turnover deep inside their half

69

Cheetahs win a penalty as Prinsloo gets his hands on the ball at a tackle

68

Another Cheetahs mistake gifts the Sharks a turnover near their own 22

66

Andrew James can't add the extras - 18-15 to the Sharks

65

TRY - Louis Ludik gets the five-pointer, but it was Cobus Reinach that put Mvovo into space and Ludik running a good support line

63

Cheetahs again hold up the Sharks in a tackle, inside their 22 - turnover again

61

Another scrum penalty against the Cheetahs - scrums have really been a mess tonight

60

Cheetahs kick ahead, win a turnover and then knock it on as they attempt to go wide - handling errors really costing the Cheetahs here

59

Cheetahs hold up the Sharks in the tackle and win a turnover near their own 10m line

57

Fred Zeilinga, from 45m on the angle, hooks it past the left upright

56

Scrum penalty against the Cheetahs - not sure about that one, the Cheetahs dominated that

54

Hercu Liebenberg's line-out throw not straight - lots of errors creeping into this game

53

Sarel Pretorius drives the Sharks back deep into their own half with a good kick

52

Cheetahs forced to defend quite a bit inside their half now as the Sharks control possession

50

Scrum penalty to the Sharks - it is not into touch and the Cheetahs can clear their lines

47

It is very scrappy now - both teams turning the ball over too often with silly handling eroors

45

Scrum penalty to the Cheetahs 45m out

44

Now the Cheetahs win a turnover and Philip van der Walt hacks ahead

43

Jean Deysel wins another good turnover deep inside his half and Charl McLeod kicks downfield

42

Scrum free kick against the Cheetahs - Sharks kick the all away

41

Fred Zeilinga gets the second half underway

40

TRY - The Sharks win a penalty, quick tap-'n-go and Jean Deysel is over. Fred Zelinga adds the CONVERSION and the Cheetahs take a narrow 15-13 lead into the HALF-TIME break. Sharks had their chances, but butchered a couple. The Cheetahs looked dangerous with ball in hand - interesting second 40 coming. See you in 10 minutes.

39

Scrum reset again

38

Fred Zelinga is over the line, but Robert Ebersohn holds him up and they come back for a 5m scrum

37

Sharks win a crucial; turnover near their 22, Deysel the hero and now the Cheetahs are on the backfoot

35

Sharks butcher another try - knock-on and the Sadie hacks the ball downfield, forcing the Sharks to again scramble it into touch

34

Elgar Watts scrambles the ball into touch ... just about

33

Sharks knock the ball on as they attempt another maul. Scrum reset.

32

YELLOW CARD - Cheetahs captain Johannes Prinsloo sent to the bin, but he wasn't even in that maul

31

The maul goes to ground again and another penalty - plus a talking to by the ref

30

A maul set up and the maul is collapsed - another penalty

29

Penalty to the Sharks 5m out - Rhule went off his feet at a ruck/tackle thing

28

Cheetahs look to run out of their half, but a knock-on hands the ball back to the Sharks near halfway

27

Riaan Smit adds the CONVERSION - 15-6

26

TRY - Raymond Rhule gets the inevitable 5-pointer, as the Cheetahs again attack in waves and the Sharks run out of defenders

25

Here comes the Cheetahs forwards again - they at dominating at the moment

24

Sharks line-out i a mess, Trevor Nyakane hacks the ball downfield and Mvovo scrambles it into touch

22

Riaan Smit hits the upright - 8-6

21

TRY - Pietyer Labuschagne goes over, after the Cheetahs forwards take it through the phases, eventually exposing the Sharks defence

20

Bi mistake by the Cheetahs - Sharks scramble well and drive them back, then force them into touch. Cheetahs would have been better served taking the 3 points

19

Another penalty to the Cheetahs and another tap and go

18

Scrum penalty to Cheetahs - tap and go, held up over the line, another 5m scrum

17

Riaan Smit through a gap and the Sharks scramble well - Cheetahs win a scrum feed 5m out!

16

Cheetahs win a turnover at the scrums and take it through the hands - making oood ground

14

Restarts not going the distance - scrum on halfway

13

Fred Zeilinga slots a DROP-GOAL - 6-3

12

More pick-'n-drive from the Sharks

11

Elgar Watts clears his lines after a long struggle to get that scrum going

10

Scrum reset - ref not having a good game so far.

9

Dale Chadwick works his way over from close range, after the forwards had worked the pick-'n-drive to great effect. However, the TMO ules that it was accidental offside - scrum Cheetahs

7

The breakdown is a lottery and only one reason why that is happening!

5

Fred Zeilinga kicks the PENALTY and it is 3-all

4

Cheetahs penalised at the breakdown an they look puzzled - that ball was held up. The ref's answer: 'I didn't call it.' That doesn't make the ref any less wrong!

2

Riaan Smit slots the PENALTY as the Cheetahs take a 3-0 lead!

1

Sharks penalised for sealing off, after a clearance was charged down

0

Elgar Watts gets the game underway.

-2

The teams are taking the field - we are just minutes away!

-5

The big talking point this week has been the axing of prop Trevor Nyakane from the Bok squad - he will start his redemption here in Bloem tonight!

-10

The Cheetahs, without two of the Bok front row forwards, will look to regain the form that helped them reach the Super Rugby play-offs. The Sharks have eight Boks in their line-up and may just start favourites.

-15

Just one point separates the Blue Bulls in first place and the Sharks in fourth place on the table (http://www.rugby365.com/tournament/3-currie-cup/table) - the Cheetahs are in third place!

-20

It is a clear evening and while a little fresh, should be great conditions for rugby!

-30

Welcome to Bloemfontein, where we are getting ready for the first match of a very exciting weekend - The Free State Cheetahs hosting the Sharks in a Currie Cup Round Three encounter!
FS Cheetahs
Players
15 Hennie Daniller
14 Riaan Smit
13 Johann Sadie
12 Robert Ebersohn
11 Raymond Rhule
10 Elgar Watts
9 Piet van Zyl
8 Philip van der Walt
7 Pieter Labuschagne
6 Johannes Prinsloo
5 Lodewyk de Jager
4 Francois Uys
3 Trevor Nyakane
2 Adriaan Strauss
1 Coenie Oosthuizen

Substitutes
22 Ryno Benjamin
21 Johan Goosen
20 Sarel Pretorius
19 Freddie Ngoza
18 Teboho Mohoje
17 Schalk van der Merwe
16 Hercu Liebenberg
Sharks
Players
15 SP Marais
14 Odwa Ndungane
13 Louis Ludik
12 Frans Steyn
11 Lwazi Mvovo
10 Patrick Lambie
9 Charl McLeod
8 Keegan Daniel
7 Willem Alberts
6 Marcell Coetzee
5 Pieter-Steph du Toit
4 Peet Marais
3 Jannie du Plessis
2 Bismarck du Plessis
1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes
22 Heimar Williams
21 Fred Zeilinga
20 Cobus Reinach
19 Jacques Botes
18 Stephan Lewies
17 Wiehahn Herbst
16 Kyle Cooper