LIVE: Cell C Sharks v DHL Stormers

PUBLISHED: February 4, 2023

The DHL Stormers are in Durban where it is hot and humid for an early 14h00 kick-off in a Vodacom United Rugby Championship coastal derby. Follow all the action live here with our updates.

It has been a year since these two teams last met, so we should be in for a great game in good conditions in Durban.

The DHL Stormers will be led by the experienced Deon Fourie, while there is a potential debut for loose forward Keke Morabe should he come off the bench.

0 – Kick-off in Durban. Sharks offside early so we can kick into their half.

2 – Some magic from Manie Libbok and he puts his halfback partner Herschel Jantjies over for the first try to make it 7-0.5 – Good pressure on defence forces a knock so we have a scrum on halfway.

6 – Offside at the scrum from Cameron Wright, so we have another penalty and kick into the 22, but Libbok misses touch.

8 – Sharks off their feet at the breakdown. Libbok has a shot at goal, but it goes wide.

10 – Forward pass from the Sharks and we have a scrum outside the 22. Sharks win a scrum penalty, so they can clear.

13 – Bosch chips into the 22. Blommetjies is there but he is carried over the tryline so the Sharks have an attacking scrum.

15 – Huge scrum shoves them off their own ball and we can clear the threat from the penalty.Jantjies kicks and Hartzenberg wins it back. On the front foot in their half but Dweba drops a poor pass. Sharks with a scrum on their 22 now.

17 – Fassi clears to touch but it was taken back, so we have a line-out in the 22.

19 – The big boys get us over the gainline and Manie with a beauty of an inside ball for Ruben van Heerden to thunder over for the second try.

21 – Fassi lose it in a big tackle, so we have a scrum in our own half. Another scrum penalty means we can get into their half again.

23 – Sharks win the line-out, but Fourie steals it back at the breakdown. Fassi drops a high ball, so we have a scrum in their 22.

25 – Bosch offsides at the scrum, so Manie kicks for goal and makes it 17-0.

27 – Another breakdown penalty but Libbok misses touch again.

28 – A great counter-attack and Hartzenberg gives it to Libbok, but he loses control over the tryline.

30 – We take it back up to the 22 and on the front foot, but Hartzenberg loses control of the ball in the humid conditions. So the Sharks have it back.

31 – Another massive scrum wins us a penalty and Libbok kicks to the corner.

33 – A maul try in the corner from Joseph Dweba and Libbok nails the conversion to make it 24-0.

36 – No release from the Sharks and we can clear again as half-time approcaches.

38 – Home team get in for their first try just before half-time from lock Gerbrandy Grobler to make it 24-7.

40 – Half-time in Durban and a dominant performance from our team so far. Three tries in the first half.

41 – Back underway in Durban.

43 – A try in his comeback game from Seabelo Senatla. You have to love that. Bonus point wrapped up early in the second half and our lead goes to 31-7.

45 – Sharks with advantage now and they get a penalty so kick to the corner.

49 – This one starts in our own 22. Some fancy footwork on the counter-attack from Seabelo and he puts Suleiman Hartzenberg over for the fifth try.

52 – Sharks back in our 22 and they get a penalty.

54 – Sharks maul and carry it up to the tryline, but Fourie wins a penalty, so we can clear.

56 – Another scrum penalty, so we can kick into their half again.

58 – A loose ball pops up for Manie and they won’t catch him as he goes in for the sixth try to make it 43-7.

62 – Sharks get a breakdown penalty this time and kick into the 22. A move at the front of the line-out and hooker Dan Jooste scores in the corner.

66 – Sharks back in the 22 with a penalty again as they look to continue the comeback.

68 – A headclash so they restart with a Sharks scrum. They go to the blindside and taken into touch easily.

70 – Grobler claims the line-out ball and scores his second try to make it 43-19.

74 – Another big shove and a scrum penalty. Libbok has a shot at goal and it is over.

77 – Both teams very tired after what has been an intense match. We have a scrum on halfway to try and bring up the 50.

79 – Another penalty and we kick to the corner for one last time.

80 – Full-time in Durban. Six tries and five log points for our efforts.