SHARKS THROUGH TO FINAL IN SCINTILLATING FASHION
Written by: Venal Naidu and Nkosazane Dambuza
The Cell C Sharks defeated the Vodacom Blue Bulls in the first Currie Cup semi-final at the Growth Point Kings Park Stadium on Saturday.
Lukhanyo Am opened the scoring with a try for the Sharks three minutes into the game, which Curwin Bosch made sure to accurately convert.
The Sharks powerful attack continued to dominate the Bulls territory in the first half and a mishandled pass by the Bulls defense saw Kobus van Wyk seize an opportunity for a try when he stormed straight for the try line, pushing his team further up on the score board with the second try of the game.
Pierre Schoeman then struck back for the Bulls with a try for his team after a struggle with the Sharks defense on the try line and then flyhalf Maritz Boschoff scored a conversion, followed by a penalty kick that put the Bull back in the game.
Sharks Captain Ruan Botha, who also earned the man of the match award, added his name on the try list just before half time. Bosch’s consistency in converting tries and scoring penalty kicks in the first half drew a score of 28-13 at half time.
The Bulls had a much stronger second half scoring and converting two tries of their own but it was not enough as the boot of Curwin Bosch scored two penalties and a drop goal in there second half as match ended 37-27 in favour of the home team.
Coach of the Bulls, John Mitchell said that Sharks deserve to be in the final because of his team’s mistakes.
“The Sharks deserve to win purely because of us giving away two softies,” said Mitchell.
Coach of the Sharks Robert du Preez was proud of his boys but suggests that there is still room for improvement.
“It was a fantastic performance from the boys, there’s a couple things that we have to work on but it was great job done,” said du Preez.
Du Preez also made mention that a home final meant a lot to him.
“It means everything to me that’s what you play for, to play in a final at home for your fans,” explained du Preez.
The Sharks will host DHL Western Province in the Currie Cup final in Durban on Saturday.
Caption: Cell C Sharks Coach Robert du Preez in good spirits at post match press conference.