SHARKS MAINTAIN MOMENTUM
By: Siyanda Ndlovu
The Sharks maintained a good run in the Vodacom Super Rugby campaign when they beat the Hurricanes 27-9 at the Kings Park Growth Point Stadium on Saturday.
The game was evenly balanced for most of the first half with both teams showing strength forward.
The Sharks took a lead in the 19th minute when Willem Alberts put his body across the line to score a try before and Patric Lambie conversion put the Sharks upfront by 10-0.
It was not for so long until fly half Beauden Berret’s kick at goal edged closer to give them three points. Newcomer, Maty Banks, kicked from the spot to increase the score to 10-6 before the end of the first half.
However, the second half was pretty much dominated by the home team. Sharks skipper Bismark Du Plessis spearheaded the front line of the Sharks. Lambie was well organized as he missed one conversion and alone scored 17 points that includes five penalties and one conversion.
Berret continued with his fine movements in the field as he scotched another three points when converting from the spot kick to put his side 9-16.
As the game progressed, the home side continued to press well upfront leaving the Canes with no glimpse of hope. Lwazi Mvobo impressively ran 35 metres to score a try that sealed the deal as the sharks closed in at 27-9. Mvovo was named the Man of the Match.
Coach Jake Whites was pleased with the performance of his team.
“There were lots of positives to take out of the game. Our set-piece was outstanding,” said Whites on The Sharks website.
“The opportunities you get from a good set-piece were there and we were good defensively.”
In other matches, Brumbies continued to show that they miss mentor Jake White as they again lost to the Reds 27-17 at the Canberra.
Highlanders managed to steal a late show when they beat Blues 29-21 in Dunedin.
The Lions comprehensively defeated Stormers 34-10.