CELL C SHARKS THRASH TOYOTA FREE STATE CHEETAHS
Written by: Venal Naidu and Elizabeth Kunene
The Cell C Sharks thrashed the Toyota Free State Cheetahs in what was a one-sided affair at the Growth Point Kings Park Stadium on Saturday.
The Sharks got on the score board inside ten minutes as Lukhanyo Am darted through the Cheetahs defence to score the first try of the game.
Five minutes later, the Shark’s conceded a penalty just in front of the uprights and the Cheetahs converted to bringing the score to within two points.
The Sharks then breached the Cheetahs’ defence after attacking from a scrum as John Hubert-Meyer dived over in the corner and Inny Radebe scored the first conversion of the match to bring the score to 12-3.
Within five minutes after converting the try, Radebe then danced through the Cheetahs to defence to score the third try of the game and converted with ease to give the Sharks a 19-3 lead.
Louis Schrueder got the bonus point try for the Sharks just before half time after some excellent work from S’busiso Nkosi on the wing. The Sharks went into the break with a commanding lead of 24-3.
In the second half, it was more of the same from the Sharks and Marius Louw put the first points on the board with his first touch-off the ball after coming on for Lukhanyo Am. Radebe slotted over for the conversion to give the Sharks a 31-3 lead.
Two tries later on in the second half from Nkosi wrapped up what was a scintillating performance for the Sharks. The Cheetahs, however, did try to fight back with two tries later on, but the Sharks were just too strong on the day as the score ended 45-15 in the sharks favour.
Although the Sharks won by 30 points, Sharks Coach Robert du Preez said that it was a tough game.
“I think it was a little tougher than expected to be honest with you, they really made us work hard for every single point,” said du Preez.
The Sharks Currie Cup performances have been excellent this season as they have won 6 and lost just one. Their coach said that it is due to the players he has to choose from.
“We kept the squad we haven’t lost too many of our players in the squad and that’s what’s paying off,” explained du Preez.
The Sharks next game will be against the Pumas at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday.
*Caption: Sharks mascots run onto the field after the final whistle is blown.