SHARKS SANK BY HURRICANES IN NEW ZEALAND
By Jarryd Subroyen
The table-topping Hurricanes fought to yet another bonus-point win against the Cell C Sharks, emerging 32-24 victors on a cold evening in Wellington.
Showing real intent with ball in hand, former Captain Bismarck du Plessis grabbed the opening try, after cleaning up a scrappy lineout.
Francois Steyn coolly added the extra two points, giving the Sharks a 7-0 lead after eight minutes had elapsed.
Lwazi Mvovo found his head on the wrong side of a tackle, forcing the Sharks to make an early change, with Andre Esterhuizen replacing Mvovo on the wing.
The lead was short lived as two minutes later, Cory Jane collected a pin-point 20m pass from Ma’a Nonu and rounded off a superb try, allowing James Marshall to convert and level the score.
The Sharks hit back with a Lionel Cronje penalty but the Hurricanes exploited some soft tackling with a well worked try to restore the lead.
Another high tackle from the Sharks saw them rightfully down to 14 men, with Ettiene Oosthuizen shown a yellow card straight off the restart.
This didn’t demotivate the Durban based outfit however, as they grew in confidence
A prolonged period in the Sharks 22m went unrewarded, as the visiting side struck back with a text-book counter attack a few minutes into the second stanza.
Cronje drew two defenders before giving it to S’bura Sithole, who completed the try. Steyn made no mistake and converted the conversion, 14-17.
Reggie Goodes, the ‘canes loose head, who is having a fine season, powered his way over from close-range, with Marshall’s conversion making it 21-17.
Ardie Savea put lock forward Jeremy Thrush over in the corner for the bonus point try. Marshall again missed the extra-point kick but I the try was enough for a Hurricanes 32-24 victory.
Weak defence cost the Sharks again when Smith earned the Hurricanes a penalty within range, for Marshall to slot it in.
The Sharks who have now lost five games in a row, will look to bounce back when they come up against defending Champions, the New South Wales Waratahs on Saturday.