Super Rugby

Lukhanyo Am makes his mark but Sharks fail to get off the mark

Sharks midfielder Lukhanyo Am scored a brace in Durban but the hosts had to be content with a 24-all draw against the New South Wales Waratahs.

The Sharks led 24-17 with five minutes to go but the Waratahs scored on the counter attack to level the game. Curwin Bosch, on at fullback for Lwazi Mvovo, tried to win the game with two successive 50 metre drop goal attempts, but one was short and one was charged down.

And it was the Sharks defending desperately on full time to secure a draw when a win seemed assured.

Am aside, there were also strong individual performances from fullback Lwazi Mvovo, Sbu Nkosi and Andre Esterhuizen, especially on attack.

But collectively, the Sharks rated five from 10 when a six from 10 was needed to beat the Waratahs, whose captain Michael Hooper was outstanding.


  • Prior to Saturday, each of the last six games between these teams has been won by the home team on the day.
  • Waratahs lost both of their games in South Africa in Super Rugby 2017; however, they had won four of six games in the country prior (L2).
  • Prior to Saturday, the Sharks have conceded just eight tries in their last six home games against Australian opposition, twice keeping their opponents tryless in that period.
  • Bernard Foley crossed for a try in each of his three previous games against the Sharks. But it was his touchline conversion with four minutes to play that secured the Tahs a draw.

The Oracle’s betting call on Sharks v Waratahs

Sharks v Waratahs, Durban – 15:05


15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Sbu Nkosi, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Keegan Daniel, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Ruan Botha (captain), 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Tera Mtembu, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Curwin Bosch


15 Israel Folau, 14 Andrew Kellaway, 13 Lalakai Foketi, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Curtis Rona, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Jed Holloway, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Michael Wells, 5 Tom Staniforth, 4 Ned Hanigan, 3 Paddy Ryan, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Tom Robertson

Substitutes: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18 Kalivati Tawake, 19 Nick Palmer, 20 Will Miller, 21 Mitch Short, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Alex Newsome

If you missed the match, here’s how the 80 minutes played out.

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  • It’s all over! The referee has blown his whistle to end the game.
  • 80The opposition have charged down Curwin Bosch drop goal attempt!.
  • 78Sharks have a drop goal attempt through the boot of Curwin Bosch, but he pulls it to the left.
  • 77The touch judges raise their flags as Bernard Foley kicks the conversion.
  • 77Juan Schoeman comes on for Sharks.
  • 77Tendai Mtawarira leaves the field.
  • 76Bryce Hegarty sets up the try.
  • 75Silky skills by Waratahs ends with a try for Mitch Short.
  • 75Trouble here as Lalakai Foketi breaches the defence.
  • 74Waratahs have won 60 rucks so far this game.
  • 71Hugh Roach comes on.
  • 71Damien Fitzpatrick comes off.
  • 71Harry Johnson-Holmes comes on.
  • 71Tom Robertson comes off.
  • 71Robert du Preez adds the two points for Sharks.
  • 70Spellbinding play by Marius Louw is finished off with a try.
  • 70This is dangerous for the defence as Marius Louw bursts through to advance the Sharks attack.
  • 70A wonderful passing move by Sharks is finished off by Robert du Preez.
  • 68A gap opened in the defence and Mitch Short took full advantage.
  • 67Mitch Short comes on.
  • 67Jake Gordon comes off.
  • 67Waratahs decide to make a substitution, with Will Miller getting some game time.
  • 67Waratahs decide to make a substitution, with Thomas Staniforth being replaced.
  • 67Tom Robertson has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 67The defensive line has been broken as Cameron Wright goes through the gap.
  • 67Sharks have won 60 rucks so far this game.
  • 66Tyler Paul has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 63Sharks make a substitution with Marius Louw coming on.
  • 63Sharks make a substitution with Andre Esterhuizen coming off.
  • 61Sharks sub Hyron Andrews comes onto the field.
  • 61Stephan Lewies departs for Sharks.
  • 61Curwin Bosch steps up to take the penalty but pulls it wide and to the right.
  • 58John-Hubert Meyer comes on for Sharks.
  • 58Thomas du Toit leaves the field.
  • 57Thomas Staniforth has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 56Bernard Foley does the business as his conversion attempt goes over.
  • 56Lubabalo Mtembu comes on.
  • 56Keegan Daniel comes off.
  • 56Curwin Bosch comes on.
  • 56Lwazi Mvovo comes off.
  • 55Tom Robertson played a key part in that try.
  • 55What a run here by Tom Robertson as they gets over the gainline!.
  • 55A series of passes by Waratahs results in a try for Michael Hooper.
  • 52Nick Palmer comes on.
  • 52Jed Holloway comes off.
  • 52Waratahs decide to make a substitution, with Kalivati Tawake getting some game time.
  • 52Waratahs decide to make a substitution, with Paddy Ryan being replaced.
  • 51Waratahs make a substitution with Bryce Hegarty coming on.
  • 51Waratahs make a substitution with Andrew Kellaway coming off.
  • 49Michael Wells has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 47Waratahs have won 40 rucks so far this game.
  • 46Robert du Preez makes no mistake with that conversion attempt.
  • 45Lukhanyo Am makes the break as the defence re-enacts the parting of the red sea.
  • 45That’s a great try assist by Armand van der Merwe.
  • 45A stunning solo try from Lukhanyo Am.
  • 45Sharks sub Cameron Wright comes onto the field.
  • 45Louis Schreuder departs for Sharks.
  • 45Armand van der Merwe comes on for Sharks.
  • 45Franco Marais leaves the field.
  • 42Fabulous play by Waratahs has led to Israel Folau being able to wriggle through a gap.
  • 40Alex Newsome comes on.
  • 40Kurtley Beale comes off.
  • 40The second half is underway.
  • 40Sharks have won 40 rucks so far this game.
  • 40The half-time whistle blows and both teams’ head for the dressing rooms.
  • 39Try saving tackle made by Israel Folau.
  • 39What a tackle there by Michael Hooper as he saves a certain try!.
  • 30Bernard Foley kicks the penalty.
  • 29Waratahs have won 20 rucks so far this game.
  • 24Sharks have won 20 rucks so far this game.
  • 18Robert du Preez converts the try.
  • 17Louis Schreuder sets up the try.
  • 17Great hands by Sharks leads to a try for Lukhanyo Am.
  • 17Trouble here as Andre Esterhuizen breaches the defence.
  • 11Robert du Preez has kicked a penalty goal.
  • 9This is dangerous for the defence as Lwazi Mvovo bursts through to advance the Sharks attack.
  • 5Bernard Foley has kicked a conversion.
  • 3A gap opened in the defence and Jake Gordon took full advantage.
  • 3Waratahs are only a few metres out, surely they must score! And they do with Jake Gordon touching down.
  •  The defensive line has been broken as Louis Schreuder goes through the gap.

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