africanpure

Du Preez brothers ignite inspirational Sharks

The Sharks finally put together a performance consistent with the squad talent to hammer the Highlanders 38-12 in Durban.

Robert du Preez scored 18 points, which included one of the Sharks five tries. The win, with a try-scoring bonus point, moved the Sharks into the play-off Top 8.

Du Preez and his younger twin brothers Dan (No 8) and Jean-Luc (flank) were at the forefront of everything good about the Sharks and it was a night the Du Preez boys and their Sharks coach father (Robert snr) will not want to end.

(Robert) Du Preez is kicking at 90 percent in the competition this season, and in Durban he was again in the zone. This was a commanding performance at No 10. The Sharks forwards were also very good and played with intensity and never relented against the Kiwis.

The Sharks scored within a minute of the first half and were also quick to score just after half time. They started brilliantly and were always in front.

Andre Esterhuizen was named man of the match but it was an award that could have gone to any one of 10 players in the Sharks effort.

Curwin Bosch and Sbu Nkosi were busy on attack and among the tight five hooker Akker van der Merwe played with influence and effectiveness. Tendai Mtawarira was also good on his return from injury.

Scorers:

Sharks

Tries: Akker van der Merwe, Makazole Mapimpi, Daniel du Preez, Sbu Nkosi, Robert du Preez
Conversions: Du Preez (5)
Penalty: Du Preez

Highlanders

Tries: Dillon Hunt, Teihorangi Walden
Conversion: Lima Sopoaga

Teams:

Sharks

15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Ruan Botha (captain), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Stephan Lewies, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Lwazi Mvovo

Highlanders

15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Teihorangi Walden, 11 Patelesio Tomkinson, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Aki Seiuli

Substitutes: 16 Ash Dixon (co-captain), 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Kalolo Tuiloma, 19 Jackson Hemopo, 20 Elliot Dixon, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Josh Ioane, 23 Matt Faddes

LIVE MATCH CENTRE

COMMENTARY

  • It’s all over! The referee has blown his whistle to end the game.
  • 79Andre Esterhuizen has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 77This is dangerous for the defence as Jean-Luc du Preez bursts through to advance the Sharks attack.
  • 76A gap opened in the defence and Makazole Mapimpi took full advantage.
  • 75The defensive line has been broken as Waisake Naholo goes through the gap.
  • 74Josh Ioane has hooked the conversion to the left of the posts.
  • 73Ben Smith sets up the try.
  • 73Incisive passing by Highlanders is finished off by Teihorangi Walden, as he goes over for the try.
  • 73What a run here by Ben Smith as they gets over the gainline!.
  • 73Matt Faddes makes the break as the defence re-enacts the parting of the red sea.
  • 71Tyler Paul comes on for Sharks.
  • 71Phillip Van Der Walt departs for Sharks.
  • 70Highlanders have won 40 rucks so far this game.
  • 69Phillip Van Der Walt has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 68Lwazi Mvovo comes on.
  • 68Robert du Preez leaves the field.
  • 68Josh Ioane comes on.
  • 68Lima Sopoaga comes off.
  • 68Aaron Smith comes off.
  • 68Dillon Hunt has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 67The touch judges raise their flags as Robert du Preez kicks the conversion.
  • 67Curwin Bosch sets up the try.
  • 67Silky skills by Sharks ends with a try for Robert du Preez.
  • 66Fabulous play by Sharks has led to Curwin Bosch being able to wriggle through a gap.
  • 64Sharks have won 60 rucks so far this game.
  • 64Ross Geldenhuys comes on.
  • 64Thomas du Toit comes off.
  • 63Sharks decide to make a substitution, with Marius Louw getting some game time.
  • 63Sharks decide to make a substitution, with Lukhanyo Am being replaced.
  • 63Trouble here as Jean-Luc du Preez breaches the defence.
  • 63Highlanders make a substitution with Kalolo Tuiloma coming on.
  • 63Highlanders make a substitution with Tyrel Lomax coming off.
  • 62Robert du Preez adds the two points for Sharks.
  • 61Spellbinding play by Robert du Preez is finished off with a try.
  • 61The kick through from Sharks has allowed Sibusiso Nkosi to touch down.
  • 59Sharks sub Jacques Vermeulen comes onto the field.
  • 59Daniel du Preez departs for Sharks.
  • 59Juan Schoeman comes on for Sharks.
  • 59Tendai Mtawarira leaves the field.
  • 59Franco Marais comes on.
  • 59Armand van der Merwe comes off.
  • 59Louis Schreuder comes on.
  • 59Cameron Wright comes off.
  • 56Matt Faddes comes on.
  • 56Rob Thompson comes off.
  • 53This is dangerous for the defence as Andre Esterhuizen bursts through to advance the Sharks attack.
  • 53Highlanders decide to make a substitution, with Elliot Dixon getting some game time.
  • 53Highlanders decide to make a substitution, with Shannon Frizell being replaced.
  • 49Sharks make a substitution with Stephan Lewies coming on.
  • 49Sharks make a substitution with Tyler Paul coming off.
  • 48Highlanders sub Jackson Hemopo comes onto the field.
  • 48Alex Ainley departs for Highlanders.
  • 48Dan Lienert-Brown comes on for Highlanders.
  • 48Aki Seiuli leaves the field.
  • 48Ash Dixon comes on.
  • 48Liam Coltman comes off.
  • 46A gap opened in the defence and Andre Esterhuizen took full advantage.
  • 45Robert du Preez does the business as his conversion attempt goes over.
  • 44Lukhanyo Am played a key part in that try.
  • 44A wonderful passing move by Sharks is finished off by Daniel du Preez.
  • 44The defensive line has been broken as Lukhanyo Am goes through the gap.
  • 43What a run here by Waisake Naholo as they gets over the gainline!.
  • 42Thomas du Toit makes the break as the defence re-enacts the parting of the red sea.
  • 42Sharks have won 40 rucks so far this game.
  • 42Teihorangi Walden has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 40Fabulous play by Sharks has led to Andre Esterhuizen being able to wriggle through a gap.
  • 40Try saving tackle made by Waisake Naholo.
  • 40The second half is underway.
  • 40+1The half-time whistle blows and both teams’ head for the dressing rooms.
  • 36Trouble here as Curwin Bosch breaches the defence.
  • 33Sharks have won 20 rucks so far this game.
  • 32Robert du Preez has kicked a penalty goal.
  • 28Lima Sopoaga makes no mistake with that conversion attempt.
  • 26The Highlanders pack has powered over for Dillon Hunt to score the try.
  • 25Highlanders have won 20 rucks so far this game.
  • 8Robert du Preez converts the try.
  • 7That’s a great try assist by Robert du Preez.
  • 6A series of passes by Sharks results in a try for Makazole Mapimpi.
  • 6This is dangerous for the defence as Makazole Mapimpi bursts through to advance the Sharks attack.
  • 4A gap opened in the defence and Andre Esterhuizen took full advantage.
  • 4What a tackle there by Waisake Naholo as he saves a certain try!.
  • 1Robert du Preez has kicked a conversion.
  •  Ruan Botha sets up the try.
  •  Great hands by Sharks leads to a try for Armand van der Merwe.
  •  The defensive line has been broken as Ruan Botha goes through the gap.
  •  We are underway as the referee blows his whistle.

Related Posts

Tupou commits to Rugby Australia and the Reds
Australia back Beale re-signs with Waratahs
All Blacks star Jordie Barrett commits to Hurricanes