Head to head: Sharks v Highlanders

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 24 Apr 2014 at 10:11
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The Highlanders will face The Cell C Sharks in their first tour match in South Africa on Friday night at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban.

The two sides have been battling it out since 1996, when the competition was known as Super 12. Eighteen years later and the Sharks have a slight upper hand against the team from Otago, having won 10 of their last 17 encounters.

The Sharks, then still known as Natal, enjoyed their biggest victory of the Highlanders under the leadership of Gary Teichmann when they beat them by 75 – 43 at Kings Park in 1997. In that match Gavin Lawless contributed 50 points, which is still the record for the highest individual points in a match. Lawless also topped the points scorers column with 170 at the end of the competition.

The Highlanders’ biggest victory came in 2002, when they beat The Sharks 45 – 5 in Dunedin, under the leadership of Mark Andrews. The Sharks had another big defeat in 2005, this time in Durban, when they lost 7 – 43 under John Smit.

The Sharks have a good record against the Highlanders at home, only losing two out of their eight games since 1996.

A win tomorrow night will be a good parting gift for the fans who have been coming out in numbers to support the Sharks thus far, and will also give them good momentum as they leave for their overseas tour to face The Rebels, Brumbies, Crusaders and Blues.

Head to Head:
Sharks 10 Wins
Highlanders 7 Wins

Previous results:
1996: Highlanders v Natal, 33-32
1997: Natal v Highlanders, 75-43
1998: Highlanders v Sharks, 41-35
1999: Sharks v Highlanders, 32-8
2000: Highlanders v Sharks, 27-20
2001: Sharks v Highlanders, 30-29
2002: Highlanders v Sharks, 45-5
2003: Sharks v Highlanders, 19-23
2004: Highlanders v Sharks, 35-36
2005: Sharks v Highlanders, 7-43
2006: Highlanders v Sharks, 11-26
2007: Sharks v Highlanders, 23-16
2008: Highlanders v Sharks, 17-19
2009: Sharks v Highlanders, 23-15
2010: Highlanders v Sharks, 16-30
2011: Did not play
2012: Sharks v Highlanders, 28 – 16
2013: Highlanders v Sharks, 25 – 22

Teams for Friday night:

Cell C Sharks: 15 Lwazi Mvovo 14 JP Pietersen 13 Paul Jordaan 12 Frans Steyn 11 Sibusiso Sithole 10 Tim Swiel 9 Charl McLeod 8 Keegan Daniel 7 Jean Deysel 6 Marcell Coetzee 5 Stephan Lewies 4 Willem Alberts 3 Jannie du Plessis 2 Bismarck du Plessis (captain) 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper 17 Dale Chadwick 18 Lourens Adriaanse 19 Etienne Oosthuizen 20 Ryan Kankowski 21 Stefan Ungerer 22 Heimar Williams 23 SP Marais

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain) 14 Richard Buckman 13 Malakai Fekitoa 12 Shaun Treeby 11 Patrick Osborne 10 Lima Sopoaga 9 Aaron Smith 8 Nasi Manu (co-captain) 7 Shane Christie 6 Elliot Dixon 5 Joe Wheeler 4 Jarrad Hoeata 3 Chris King 2 Liam Coltman 1 Kane Hames
Replacements: 16 Ged Robinson 17 Craig Millar 18 Ma’afu Fia 19 Josh Bekhuis 20 Gareth Evans 21 Fumiaki Tanaka 22 Trent Renata 23 John Hardie


  • 1997: Natal v Highlanders, 75-43

    What a game that was, Gavin Lawless contributing 50 points!

    to think he only played 4 seasons of Super rugby so sad.

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.04.14 10:36:50 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • Ben Smith is the real danger man in that team given half a chance. Swiel and MCleod’s kicking will have to be spot on – likewise we need someone to chase the kicks.

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.04.14 10:37:03 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 2) : I feel kicks don’t have to land on a dime, its all about the chase. A good straight line chase creates more pressure than a good kick.

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.04.14 12:12:15 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • I wonder if Plum would consider a guest coaching role for this game. Guaranteed win then. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.04.14 13:14:54 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 4) : he lost to them last year

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.04.14 13:19:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • Kings picked up 5 points against them last year, a win and a bonus point for scoring 4 tries :shock: ;-)

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.04.14 13:35:42 by pierre_mackie Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Oh well that screws up my theory…and I actually remember that loss now.

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.04.14 13:36:05 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 6) : Cant believe Im saying it but I miss the Kings.

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.04.14 13:37:40 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 8) : :lol:

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.04.14 13:40:24 by pierre_mackie Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 8) : I don’t :lol:

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.04.14 15:04:17 by Greg Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 8) : Haha I’m missing the Kings too

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.04.14 16:03:24 by KingsArmy Reply

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  • That nr13 Fekitoa looks potent as well…..

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.04.14 16:04:43 by KingsArmy Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 10) : :lol:

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.04.14 16:12:40 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Upon reviewing the Cheetahs game I came to a far better feeling about our performance and I realised that we became more and more dominant as the game progressed. Here are a few my observations:
    We kicked the ball 34 times. Most of them aimlessly and we need to improve on this statistic. Steyn kicked 8 times including 1 drop attempt. McLoed kicked 8. Mvovo 5. Swiel 12 times. 2 of these, 1 by Mvovo and 1 by Steyn were charged down.
    We attacked and ran the ball 41 times of which 8 was by Siel.
    we made 99 passes:Steyn 3, McLoed 55, Swiel 3 and the rest of the team 38 and we made 13 offloads. We tried to barge through 41 times, knocked-on 6x, turned over our ball 16x and won it 7x.
    On our lineouts we took 8 balls well and won 3 of theirs but lost 2 and controlled 2 badly by knocking the ball down.
    Scrums were good. Lost 0 and won 2 penalties. We won l2 penalties and conceded 7 while missing 3 attempts at goal.
    Not bad stats but we should use our ball beter.

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.04.14 18:19:34 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 14) : I personally think in almost every game this year the Sharks finished stronger than their opponents.

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.04.14 18:44:07 by JD Reply
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  • I just hope we can come of the pitch in healthy state….

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.04.14 17:05:01 by Gerhardt Reply

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  • interesting how in the past few games there appear major changes a few mins before kick-off. part of the tactics?

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.04.14 12:14:58 by Gerhardt Reply

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