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As it happened: Hurricanes v Sharks

Published: 7:18PM Friday April 06, 2012 Source: ONE Sport

  • TJ Perenara (Source: Photosport)
    TJ Perenara - Source: Photosport

Full-time Hurricanes 42 Sharks 18

Jeremy Thrush scores the final try to put the icing on the cake for the Hurricanes. Conrad Smith did his best SBW impression, twisting and turning with the ball in one hand before offloading to Thrush. Caps a fine performance from the Hurricanes.

65min Hurricanes 35 Sharks 18

Hooker Craig Burden looks more like a winger as he races down the left hand touchline to score in the corner. There's a bit of a fracas after the try and Burden has had to go off injured. He is replaced by Bismarck du Plessis, but it looks too late for him to save it now.

57min Hurricanes 35 Sharks 13

Brilliant try for Tim Bateman. It was set up by a clean line break from Barrett. He could only find Ben May on the outside. Bateman recycles the ball at the base of the ruck and popped a kick over the top, which he did exceptionally well to regather on the full and run the final 20 metres to score. Barrett's conversion attempt is charged down.

49min Hurricanes 30 Sharks 13

The Hurricanes hit back through Conrad Smith. Dane Coles got them in good position with a storming run, then TJ Perenara put a clever grubber through for Smith to chase. Questionable as to whether Smith had control when he grounded the ball, but the TMO was happy. Barrett can't convert from the corner again.

45min Hurricanes 25 Sharks 13

The Sharks finally get some real reward for their territorial dominance as JP Pietersen goes over. The Sharks spun it wide and Pietersen shrugged off Savea before overpowering Conrad Smith to score. Michalak adds the extras.

42min Hurricanes 25 Sharks 6

Michalak narrows the gap straight after half-time as he bangs over a penalty from just outside the 22.

Half-time Hurricanes 25 Sharks 3

Another try for the Hurricanes on the stroke of half-time. A beautifully worked backline move saw Taylor beat two defenders before offloading to Barrett who drew in the final defender and got the ball to Julian Savea, who pinned his ears back and scored in the corner. That's his first Super Rugby try and well deserved. Barrett can't bring the sideline conversion attempt back far enough.

Despite the Sharks controlling the possession the Hurricanes have taken their chances and deserve their lead. However last week's collapse will be in the back of their minds.

36min Hurricanes 20 Sharks 3

The Sharks are caught offside with the Hurricanes hot on attack and Barrett knocks over another penalty from right in front of the sticks.

32min Hurricanes 17 Sharks 3

It's all kicked off. Jannie du Plessis and Jack Lam have a disagreement and du Plessis appeared to have slapped him in the face. That sparks an all-in brawl. The referee shows a white card so that incident will be reviewed by the citing commissioner. Barrett kicks another penalty.

28min Hurricanes 14 Sharks 3

Barrett misses a penalty attempt. Conrad Smith put a kick through and the Hurricanes chased well to put the Sharks under pressure in their own 22 and forced a penalty.

19min Hurricanes 14 Sharks 3

The Hurricanes are over again. This time it's a traidtional forward's try as Karl Lowe dives over from close range. Hard to see the ball hit the deck, but referee Glen Jackson was satisfied a try had been scored. Barrett converts again.

18min Hurricanes 7 Sharks 3

Former French five eighth Frederic Michalak gets the Sharks on the board with a regulation penalty.

16min Hurricanes 7 Sharks 0

Charl McLeod is denied a try by the TMO. He showed some pace on the blindside and dived over in the corner, but replays showed his foot was in touch marginally before he put the ball down.

14min Hurricanes 7 Sharks 0

Try to Andre Taylor. The Hurricanes have had next to no territory or possession, but they manage to get the game's first try. There wasn't much on, but Taylor stepped through a half gap and used his pace to get to the line for his fifth try of the season. Barrett converts.

7min Hurricanes 0 Sharks 0

Beauden Barrett attempts the game's first penalty from beyond the halfway line on his home ground. He has the accuracy, but it just falls short.

Pre-match

An important clash in New Plymouth between two teams with 3-3 records.

The vibrant young Hurricanes may just get the edge over the Sharks despite dropping a thriller to the under-rated Cheetahs last start.

Significantly, magnificent Sharks hooker Bismarck Du Plessis suffered a quad strain in training and will start on the bench, while playmaker Patrick Lambie remains sidelined with French veteran Freddie Michalak at No.10.

The Sharks were too good for the Brumbies last week but are in their third week on the road. The Canes, well led by Conrad Smith, have impressed and been consistently competitive since their off-season clean-out.

Hurricanes: 1. Ben May, 2. Dane Coles, 3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 4. James Broadhurst, 5. Jason Eaton, 6. Jack Lam, 7. Karl Lowe, 8. Faifili Levave, 9. TJ Perenara, 10. Beauden Barrett, 11. Julian Savea, 12. Tim Bateman, 13. Conrad Smith (c), 14. Cory Jane, 15. Andre Taylor.

Replacements: 16. Motu Matu'u, 17. Michael Bent, 18. Jeremy Thrush, 19. Mark Reddish, 20. Chris Eaton, 21. Tusi Pisi, 22. Charlie Ngatai.

Sharks: 1. Dale Chadwick , 2. Craig Burden , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 4. Steven Sykes , 5. Jandre Marais , 6. Marcell Coetzee , 7. Willem Alberts , 8. Keegan Daniel (capt) , 9. Charl McLeod , 10. Frederic Michalak , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 12. Tim Whitehead , 13. JP Pietersen , 14. Louis Ludik , 15. Riaan Viljoen

Replacements: , 16. Bismarck du Plessis , 17. Wiehahn Herbst , 18. Anton Bresler , 19. Jean Deysel , 20. Jacques Botes , 21. Meyer Bosman , 22. Marius Joubert/Paul Jordaan

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