Bosch scores but shocking Sharks blunder their way Down Under

The Sharks were more shocking than the Brumbies were brilliant in losing 24-17 in Canberra.

The hosts led 10-3 at halftime and extended the lead to 24-10 before a late Curwin Bosch try and Robert du Preez touchline conversion ensured a losing bonus point.

The Sharks had spoken of their ambition to go unbeaten overseas but from the outset they looked like they mentally were on a weekend bye. They were just awful.

The Brumbies wingers Lausii Taliauli and Henry Speigh scored tries and flyhalf Wharenui Hawera added a conversion and four penalties. Thomas du Toit and Bosch got the Sharks tries and Du Preez scored the rest of the points.

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  • Three of the last five games between these teams has seen the away side on the day emerge victorious.
  •  This was the Brumbies first home win against a team from outside Australia since Round 14, 2016 (v Sunwolves), having losing six such games since.
  • The Sharks have left with competition points from all but one of their last eight games in Australia, picking up four wins and three losing bonus points in that time.
  • The Sharks, before the Brumbies defeat, had made 18 clean breaks per game this season, more than any other side in the competition; only two players had made more clean breaks than Makazole Mapimpi (8) this season, and he had played just twice.

Match commentary, from the opening minute

  • It’s all over! The referee has blown his whistle to end the game.
  • 80Sharks have won 60 rucks so far this game.
  • 77Brumbies decide to make a substitution, with Connal McInerney getting some game time.
  • 77Brumbies decide to make a substitution, with Folau Fainga’a being replaced.
  • 77Robert du Preez makes no mistake with that conversion attempt.
  • 77Lukhanyo Am played a key part in that try.
  • 76A wonderful passing move by Sharks is finished off by Lukhanyo Am.
  • 76Lukhanyo Am makes the break as the defence re-enacts the parting of the red sea.
  • 72Brumbies make a substitution with Lolo Fakaosilea coming on.
  • 72Brumbies make a substitution with Thomas Cusack coming off.
  • 71Wharenui Hawera adds the three points for Brumbies.
  • 68Fabulous play by Sharks has led to Curwin Bosch being able to wriggle through a gap.
  • 68Sharks have won 40 rucks so far this game.
  • 65Brumbies sub Matt Lucas comes onto the field.
  • 65Joe Powell departs for Brumbies.
  • 64Wharenui Hawera does the business as his penalty goal attempt goes over.
  • 62Thomas Cusack comes on for Brumbies.
  • 62Allan Alaalatoa leaves the field.
  • 62Tyler Paul comes on.
  • 62Stephan Lewies comes off.
  • 61Wharenui Hawera makes no mistake with that penalty goal attempt.
  • 60John-Hubert Meyer comes on.
  • 60Thomas du Toit comes off.
  • 59James Dargaville comes on.
  • 59Lausii Taliauli comes off.
  • 59Brumbies decide to make a substitution, with Thomas Banks getting some game time.
  • 59Brumbies decide to make a substitution, with Andy Muirhead being replaced.
  • 59Brumbies make a substitution with Richie Arnold coming on.
  • 59Brumbies make a substitution with Rory Arnold coming off.
  • 59Sharks sub Mzamo Majola comes onto the field.
  • 59Juan Schoeman departs for Sharks.
  • 58Ruan Botha has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 57Nic Mayhew comes on for Brumbies.
  • 57Scott Sio leaves the field.
  • 57Cameron Wright comes on.
  • 57Louis Schreuder comes off.
  • 57Robert du Preez converts the try.
  • 56Sharks are only a few metres out, surely they must score! And they do with Thomas du Toit touching down.
  • 55Surely there’s going to be a try here – but no!!! Christian Lealiifano saves the day with a real try saver of a tackle.
  • 53Les Makin comes on.
  • 53Thomas Cusack comes off.
  • 53Try saving tackle made by Christian Lealiifano.
  • 53Jean-Luc du Preez comes on.
  • 53Wian Vosloo comes off.
  • 52Allan Alaalatoa (Brumbies) is shown a yellow card.
  • 52What a tackle there by Lachlan McCaffrey as he saves a certain try!.
  • 52Sharks decide to make a substitution, with Lwazi Mvovo getting some game time.
  • 52Sharks decide to make a substitution, with Makazole Mapimpi being replaced.
  • 48Wharenui Hawera has hooked the conversion to the right of the posts.
  • 48Sharks make a substitution with Marius Louw coming on.
  • 48Sharks make a substitution with Andre Esterhuizen coming off.
  • 48Sharks sub Chiliboy Ralepelle comes onto the field.
  • 48Armand van der Merwe departs for Sharks.
  • 47That’s a great try assist by Lachlan McCaffrey.
  • 47Trouble here as Henry Speight breaches the defence.
  • 46A series of passes by Brumbies results in a try for Henry Speight.
  • 43This is dangerous for the defence as Makazole Mapimpi bursts through to advance the Sharks attack.
  • 40Brumbies have won 40 rucks so far this game.
  • 40The second half is underway.
  • 40+1The half-time whistle blows and both teams’ head for the dressing rooms.
  • 35Lachlan McCaffrey (Brumbies) is shown a yellow card.
  • 34Sharks have won 20 rucks so far this game.
  • 30Robert du Preez kicks the penalty.
  • 25Wian Vosloo comes on for Sharks.
  • 25Tyler Paul leaves the field.
  • 22A gap opened in the defence and Joe Powell took full advantage.
  • 18Wharenui Hawera has kicked a conversion.
  • 17Andy Muirhead sets up the try.
  • 17Great hands by Brumbies leads to a try for Lausii Taliauli.
  • 17The defensive line has been broken as Lausii Taliauli goes through the gap.
  • 17Brumbies have won 20 rucks so far this game.
  • 16Tyler Paul comes on.
  • 16Wian Vosloo comes off.
  • 6Wharenui Hawera has kicked a penalty goal.
  •  We are underway as the referee blows his whistle.


Brumbies v Sharks, Canberra – 10:45


15 Andrew Muirhead, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano (captain), 11 Lausii Taliauli, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Tom Cusack, 6 Lachlan McCaffrey, 5 Blake Enever, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio

Substitutes: 16 Connal McInerney, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 19 Richie Arnold, 20 Lolo Fakaosilea, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 James Dargaville, 23 Tom Banks


15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Tera Mtembu, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Wian Vosloo, 5 Stephan Lewis, 4 Ruan Botha (captain), 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Tyler Paul, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Lwazi Mvovo

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