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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Great tries from the Sharks vs Highlanders Super Rugby Qualifier

The Sharks will face the Crusaders in Christchurch this coming weekend in the Super Rugby semi finals after a pulsating 31-27 victory over the Highlanders in the qualifier. Both sides scored great tries, so here is a look at the best of them ahead of the semis.

The Sharks came from behind twice, as the Highlanders scored some excellent tries, most notably on the stroke of halftime from prop forward Kane Hames.

"I'm very proud of the way they came back," said coach Jake White said afterwards. "I thought the last 20 minutes we played really well. It was some of our best rugby in terms of linking our forwards and backs. I think when you get a win like you did last week with 34 points and then 31 against the Highlanders, it's a great way to take momentum into the last couple of rounds.

"It's a great lesson for all the boys here to understand just how tough this knockout stage is. The Highlanders are a quality team, probably the best team in the competition to counterattack from broken play," White said ahead of the semi final.

South African teams heading overseas for playoffs have struggled in the past, with teams from the Republic playing nine knock-out matches in New Zealand and losing all of them.

The Sharks however have already beaten the Crusaders away this season, with 14 men, so White feels that if they play well enough, they can do it again.

"I'm a big believer that this group of players can beat anybody, and we've beaten both the Crusaders and Waratahs already this season."

Kickoff in the Crusaders vs Sharks Semi Final is at 19:35 local, 07:35 GMT, 09:35 CEST

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stroudos July 24, 2014 12:44 pm

Very nice. great tries, always nice to see the big boys weighing in with some tries, not sure I approve of the handling and passing skills Hames showed here,but there you go.

That offload at the end is bloody amazing.

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Eddie-g July 24, 2014 2:31 pm

The handling is all good, respect for that, the celebration is shameful... You expect way better from the front row community than a full on soccer reenactment.

Or maybe they were all exhausted at the end of the half so just flopped on each other. That's the only acceptable excuse.

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Schultz July 24, 2014 1:24 pm

Great tries, but sadly the game was run by Mr. Walsh, while better than most of his performances when the Highlanders are playing, it just seemed the 50/50 calls were more 70/30 for the Sharks.

Either way, such is and it was a good game.

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lukejohn1989 July 24, 2014 1:29 pm

Cliche of "The forwards decide who win the game, the backs by how much" springs to mind. Fantastic game, great skill across the park.

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Eddie-g July 24, 2014 2:15 pm

Great try by the fat boys. Not just the handling etc, but this is right on the stroke of half time, great effort at that point in the game.

Favourite moment however for me is the offload for the Burleigh try. That was insanely good, Patrick Osborne I think, wonder if the AB selectors might take a look at him.

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muli-bolo July 30, 2014 9:03 pm

Yup I'm pretty sure he was brought into the AB's as injury cover earlier in the year so he's probably floating around in there somewhere

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Hendo July 25, 2014 1:46 am

That offload is one of the best I've ever seen, even the cameraman wasn't sure where the ball was for a moment!

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Cuban guy July 25, 2014 10:58 pm

A little bit more of emition in the TV commentors!

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katman July 28, 2014 9:23 am

How quick is Chavanga. Looks like a proper sprinter in that shot from the front.

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