LIVE: DHL Stormers v Cell C Sharks

PUBLISHED: March 4, 2023

The DHL Stormers are up against the Cell C Sharks in a coastal derby at DHL Stadium as they look to make it a clean sweep against South African teams this season. Follow all the action live here with us.

Change to the DHL Stormers team, with Dan du Plessis ruled out through injury. Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu starts at 12 and JL du Plessis comes onto the bench.

0 – Kick-off and we handle it well, with De Wet finding touch near halfway.

2 – Bosch with a high ball, but taken well by Blommetjies. Sharks go offside so we can kick into the 22.

4 – Davids through a gap from the line-out, but loses it in the 22, so Sharks have a scrum in front of the poles. We had advantage from the line-out, so it goes to the corner again.

5 – Fassi marks a chip kick, so the Sharks can clear.

7 – Breakdown penalty for the Sharks so Bosch takes aim at the poles and it is over to make it 3-0.

9 – Forward pass so Sharks have a scrum on halfway. We win it back and go wide, but a pass flies into touch.

12 – Scrum penalty and we kick into the 22.

15 – Forwards take it up and then it goes wide, with Sacha going through for the try to make it 5-3.

19 – Another three points from Curwin Bosch and the Cell C Sharks have their noses in front at 6-5.

21 – Intercept in the 22 from Dixon and he is over for the try which makes it 12-6.

23 – Breakdown turnover from Fourie so we can clear.

25 – Libbok has a shot at goal from halfway and comes up just short, but the chase is good and catches the Sharks in-goal.

28 – Pressure on in the 22 as we win a series of scrums.

31 – It goes out to the backline and a great set move sees Blommetjies cruise over for the third try to make it 19-6.

34 – Sharks win a penalty, but we force a knock-on in midfield and then win a scrum penalty to clear.

37 – Sharks come back with more kicking, but we handle it and clear up to halfway.

40 – Half-time and we have scored all three tries to take a 19-6 lead into the break.

42 – Early penalty in the second half, but the Sharks take the line-out and can clear it.

44 – Sharks knock a high ball on, so we have a scrum in their half. Sharks win it back and come into our half where they win a penalty. Time to defend.

47 – Great maul defence. It isn’t coming out, so we have a scrum in our 22. Scrum penalty won so we can exit with ease.

50 – We break out of our half and surge into the 22. Blommetjies/ last pass is intercepted by Penxe, but he knocks on.

53 – Forwards take it close from the scrum, then the cross-kick from Libbok for Davids, he falls over but still manages to score the bonus point try to make it 26-6.

57 – The visitors get their first try as Penxe goes over in the corner.

62 – Action in both 22s and the Sharks eventually score their second through centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg, to make it 26-18.

66 – Maie puts Sacha through and he finds Herschel in support, but he loses it as he tries to get the last pass away. Sharks have a scrum in their 22.

69 – Another great attacking movement and another wayward last pass goes into touch.

72 – It’s a three-point game at DHL Stadium as Cell C Sharks scrumhalf Grant Williams goes over for their third try. Senatla shown a yellow so we are down to 13.

75 – Sharks kick directly out, o we have a line-out in the 22.

78 – It goes to the backline and Blommetjies kicks through, but Hartzenberg loses it in-goal.

80 – Great character to hold on for the win as Libbok kicks a late penalty to seal the 29-23 victory.