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The Sharks have one last fling, but the story oif the game continues as the pass goes to ground and that's the game. What a season, they have achieved greatly, but history would repeat itself.
Sonny Bill Williams senses a gap and dives over for the fourth try, converted.
The Sharks are penalised yet again, Cruden converts.
Meyer Bosman, Riaan Viljoen and Jacques Botes are on for The Sharks as the Chiefs have another scrum. Sonny Bill Williams drops his shoulder into Pat Lambie's face, the commentators say "it's not so bad" (they wouldn't have said it if it were Butch James one thinks) and The Sharks will work off a lineout, but lose the ball on attack.
The Sharks are on attack but it's fractured and they lose possession, Lelia Masaga beats two tackles and that's the third try.
The Sharks earn a penalty for a cynical act in front of the posts and Michalak converts. Wiehahn Herbst, Jean Deysel and Steven Sykes come on for The Sharks as they give away a penalty at the breakdown on their own ball. Cruden will look to cancel out the earlier penalty but misses.
The Sharks have a clearing kcik charged down so the Chiefs have an attacking scrum. Keegan Daniel complains of crossing interference but Steve Walsh will have nothing of it. Kane Thompson takes the ball off the back of the scrum and scores. It is converted. Ryan Kankoski cops a high, no arms tackle and no-one sees anything.
The second half is under way as The Sharks receive the kick-off, a Chiefs player stands between the ruck and The Sharks lose possession. Fortunately Sonny Bill loses the ball in the tackle and The Sharks get the scrum and clear.
The Sharks lose a lineout near their 22, and it's tense times, but fortunately a kick ahead fails to come off for The Sharks and that's half-time.
The Chiefs have concedde a fifth penalty for holding players back, Janie du Plessis is shoulder chargeed and pushes the player and the penalty is reversed and Cruden knocks over a secondty.
The Chiefs have possession and have penalty advantage. Cruden kicks cross field but the ball beats everyone into touch, so they come back for the penalty which Cruden converts.
Tim Nanai-Williams has scored for the Chiefs as Sonny Bill has made a decisive break. Cruden converts.
The Chiefs are hammering away at The Sharks, failing to find the gaps against a committed Sharks side who have only enjoyed 29% possession in this game.
Steve Walsh has a word with the Chiefs for pulling players in at the rucks and it could be a problem if they do it again.
The first penalty of the game goes to The Sharks as the Chiefs are penalised for an early tackle on The Sharks. Play is taken down to The Chiefs tryline, it's their lineout but stolen by The Sharks and they drive away before earning a penalty from right in front which Michalak converts.
Pat Lambie kicks off, the Chiefs secure the ball and manage to push up, kick high and The Sharks field, kick back and regain the ball when the Chiefs fail to hold on at the breakdown. Unfortunately it's knocked on and the Chiefs have a scrum outside their 22.
Bismarck du Plessis, playing in his 100th Super Rugby game for The Sharks, leads his team out onto the field, wet with some rain here in Hamilton. What an ocassion!
Tim Nanai-Williams, Kane Thompson, Lelia Masaga, Sonny Bill Williams
Aaron Cruden (4)
Fred Michalak (1)
Aaron Cruden (3)
|Sonny Bill Williams|
Keegan Daniel (Capt)
|Craig Clarke (Capt)|
Jannie du Plessis
Bismarck du Plessis
|Mahonri Schwalger |