Sharks 30 (24) Chiefs 21 (10)

Live commentary from the Vodacom Super 14 match at King’s Park.

SCORERS:

Sharks – Tries: Ruan Pienaar, Percy Montgomery (2). Conversions: Montgomery (3). Penalties: Montgomery (3).
Chiefs – Tries: Sione Luaki, Sosene Anesi. Conversion: Stephen Donald. Penalties: Donald (3).

LIVE COMMENTARY:

FULL TIME

80min – Chiefs take the quick tap, but lose the ball forward. Sharks put it into touch and it’s all over.

80min – The hooter goes as the Chiefs launch one last attack. Barritt penalised for a spear tackle.

79min – PENALTY MISS CRICHTON (0/1)

77min – Sharks penalised for pulling down in the line-out. Chiefs will go for the bonus point.

SUB: Meesam on for Luaki.

77min – Pienaar finds touch on the halfway line.

76min – Chiefs win line-out, but lose the ball forward in the drive.

74min – Chiefs run it out from their own 22. Anesi kicks into the Sharks half and Noble finds touch with an absolute shocker. Chiefs line-out 10m out from the Sharks tryline.

74min – Sharks driven into touch on the Chiefs 22.

SUB: Manu on for Castle.

SUB: Nutbrown on for Kelleher.

SUB: Crichton on. Donald is taken out of his misery.

73min – Donald knocks on a simple pass inside the Sharks half.

72min PENALTY MISS CHIEFS. Donald (4/6). He’s missed it from right in front!

71min – Muliania takes a quick penalty tap in a kickable position. Luaki goes blind but is stopped in his tracks. Referee plays advantage for offsides. Penalty Chiefs in front of the posts. TV replays show Venter was not offsides.

69min – SHARKS PENALTY. Monty (5/7)
SHARKS 30
CHIEFS 21

68min – Jenneker’s first line-out throw is a good one. The Sharks drive it up and are awarded a penalty when the Chiefs come in from the side. Another chance for Monty.

67min – Pienaar kicks for the corner, but Mulianina clears just past his own 22.

SUB: Barritt on for Bobo.

SUB: Jenneker on for Badenhorst.

65min – PENALTY CHIEFS. Donald (4/5).
SHARKS 27
CHIEFS 21

64min – Chiefs work their way into the Sharks 22 and get a penalty from right in front.

61min – PENALTY SHARKS. Monty (4/6)
SHARKS 27
CHIEFS 18

60min – Chiefs penalised again for having a man in front of the kicker. Monty will go for goal

58min – PENALTY MISS PIENAAR (0/1)

57min – Chiefs penalised for going over the top. Pienaar will go for posts from about 45m out.

56min – PENALTY CHIEFS. Donald (3/4).
SHARKS 24
CHIEFS 18

54min – Tuitupou is high tackled by Ackermann. Chance for Donald.

52min – PENALTY MISS MONTY (3/5). He hooks it badly to the right. Terrible kick.

51min – Chiefs awarded a penalty, which is reversed after indiscipline from Luaki. Monty will go for goal.

49min – CHIEFS CONVERSION MISS. Donald (2/3)
SHARKS 24
CHIEFS 15

48min – CHIEFS TRY. Muliaina breaks through the line and puts Anesi away for the Chiefs first try.

47min – Pienaar clears from the scrum.

46min – Donald breaks the Sharks line, but doesn’t see Sivivatu on his outside. That would have been a certain try. Chiefs work it up to the 5m line, but knock on. Sharks survive again.

46min – Sharks get a free kick from the scrum and kick it downfield.

45min – Holah breaks and pops up to Luaki who loses the ball over the line. The post got in the way, so the Chiefs can consider themselves a bit unlucky.

SUB: Moyle on for Van der Merwe.

42min – Chiefs win the line-out and get the driving maul going. Poor pass from Kelleher slows it down and they start again. Sharks penalised, Luaki takes the quick tap but is held up just short. Chiefs get 5m scrum.

41min – Break by Sivivatu, Anesi passes back inside. Chiefs get the penalty, and opt for the line-out.

HALF-TIME

40min – PENALTY CHIEFS. Donald (2/2)
SHARKS 24
CHIEFS 10

39min – CONVERSION MONTY (4/5).

38min – TRY SHARKS. Donald’s kick is charged down by Venter and Monty scores.

38min – Another superb kick from Pienaar takes play back to the Chiefs 22.

37min – Farani loses the ball in the tackle, but the Chiefs are driven into touch. Pienaar clears for touch from the line-out to relieve the pressre.

35min – PENALTY SHARKS. Monty (3/4).
SHARKS 17
CHIEFS 7

34min – A great tackle by Bobo on Muliania forces the turn over. Kelleher penalised for a high tackle. Another chance for Monty from about 35m out on the left hand side.

33min – Botes poaches the Chiefs line-out. Ball goes wide, but Russell knocks on. No advantage, Sharks scrum.

32min – Russell attacks again and takes it back to the forwards. Monty’s kick goes out on the full.

31min – Pienaar finds a great touch on the Chiefs 10m line. The scrumhalf’s having an excellent game.

30min – Badenhorst misses his man in the line-out. Muiliana breaks away down the left hand side, but Kelleher’s pass goes into touch inside the Sharks 22.

28min – Monty finds touch on the Chiefs 22, but the Chiefs win the ball back and find touch on the Sharks 10min.

27min – Russell beats two Chiefs defenders, but loses it in the tackle. Chiefs penalised at the ruck.

26min – Noble penalised for holding on. Donald finds touch.

SUBS: Britz and Farani on.

SUB: Russell on for Pietersen (who took a heavy hit in the tackle).

22min – Chiefs loose the ball forward and Pietersen counterattacks from inside his own half and gains 40m. Passes to Mentz who swings his hips and cuts inside. Sharks knock on, but what a passage of play that was.

21min – CONVERSION SHARKS. Monty (2/3).

20min – TRY SHARKS. Pienaar darts away and feeds Bobo who is held up just short. Monty picks up the ball as does a “gridiron” by diving over the ruck.

19min – Monty kicks for the corner and the Chiefs try to run it out. Forward pass called. Sharks get a 5m scrum.

18min – PENALTY MISS SHARKS. Monty (1/2). The ball goes past the left-hand upright and the Sharks miss the chance to take the lead.

17min – Sivivivatu is gang tackled by Noble and Pietersen, and is penalised for holding on. Chance here for Monty.

15min – CONVERSION SHARKS. Monty (1/1).

14min – TRY SHARKS. Pienaar breaks out from inside his own half, and beats four defenders on his way to the tryline. That’s one of the best scrumhalf tries you’ll ever see.

12min – Sharks penalised for hands in ruck. Donald finds touch on the halfway line.

11min – Muliaina’s kick is charged down and the Sharks get the turn over. They have a huge overlap out wide, but Bobo knocks on. Sharks blew that one.

10min – Muller wins the line-out, Bobo crashes it up, but Venter knocks it on. The Chiefs kick into the Sharks half.

9min – The Chiefs work their way back into the Sharks half but are penalised for going off their feet. Monty finds touch on the Chiefs 22m line.

8min – CONVERSION CHIEFS Donald (1/1)
SHARKS 0
CHIEFS 7

7min – TRY CHIEFS. Sharks win the line-out but Luaki forces the turn over. The Chiefs drive at the tryline, before Luaki gets his hands on the ball again and crashes over. It was Badenhorst who missed the crucial tackle.

5min – The Chiefs take the ball through half a dozen phases, up into the Sharks half. Holah breaks though the Sharks defence and finds Sivivivatu who puts Anesi away down the right hand touchline. Only desperate cover defence prevents the try.

4min – Mentz nearly intercepts Chiefs ball, but knocks on.

3min – Muller wins Sharks line-out, but Ackermann is penalised at the breakdown.

2min – Venter poaches Chiefs line-out. Monty launches the up and under, which Muilianina takes brilliantly under huge pressure. The fullback finds touch on the halfway line.

1min – Long opening passage of play. Mentz runs along the left hand touchline, but the Sharks knock on.

THE TEAMS:

Sharks: 15. JP Pietersen, 14. Dusty Noble, 13. Gcobani Bobo, 12. Andries Strauss, 11. Henno Mentz, 10. Percy Montgomery, 9. Ruan Pienaar, 8. Jacques Botes, 7. AJ Venter (c), 6. Warren Britz, 5. Johann Muller, 4. Johan Ackermann, 3. Brendon Botha, 2. Skipper Badenhorst, 1. Heinke van der Merwe.
Subs: 16. Jody Jenneker, 17. Brent Moyle, 18. Albert van den Berg, 19. Daniel Farani, 20. Sandile Nxumalo, 21. Bradley Barritt, 22. Brent Russell

Chiefs: 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Sosene Anesi, 13 Niva Ta’auso, 12 Sam Tuitupou, 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10 Stephen Donald, 9 Byron Kelleher; 8 Sione Lauaki, 7 Marty Holah, 6 Steven Bates, 5 Sean Hohneck, 4 Bernie Upton, 3 Ben Castle, 2 Tom Willis (c), 1 Simms Davison.
Subs: 16 Aleki Lutui, 17 Deacon Manu, 18 Kristian Ormsby, 19 Liam Messam, 20 Jamie Nutbrown, 21 Loki Crichton, 22 Mark Ranby.