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Sharks win everywhere but on the scoreboard!


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 5 Feb 2011 at 19:07
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A pair of late tries allowed the Stormers to burgle a 17-16 win against the Sharks in the final Neo Africa Tri-Series game, at Newlands this afternoon. For the Sharks, the result will be a bitter pill to swallow, but they’ll take great encouragement from a display that was a million times better than what they dished up against the Lions earlier in the week.

The only try the Sharks managed came from Meyer Bosman about 20 minutes in, and the boots of Pat Lambie and later Jacques-Louis Potgieter eventually pulled them out to a commanding 16-3 lead with 15 minutes to go. Tries at the death to Elgar Watts and Rynardt Elsteadt took the game away from a side that were pretty close to dead on their feet after putting their bodies on the line all afternoon.

John Plumtree asked te Sharks to address their commitment on defence and from that perspective, the coach can have nothing to complain about. The loss of Jannie du Plessis to flu before the game, and then Craig Burden to an ankle injury a scant ten minutes in did leave the Sharks a little light of beef up front and I feel that it was that factor that ultimately proved telling, as the Stormers managed to increase the intensity of their forward onslaught in the final ten minutes, when Sharks men such as Willem Alberts, Bismarck du Plessis and Anton Bresler were barely managing to hold on after giving their all for more than an hour.

Replacement forward Daniel Adonga was yellow carded for the Sharks with 5 minutes left on the clock, after a professional foul and the young man’s departure was probably the final nail in the coffin for the Sharks. That said, the Sharks can be very happy with this performance, particularly the likes of Bresler and Jacques Engelbrecht, who’s contributions were massive on the day.

Adi Jacobs looked a little out of sorts and will need to get a fair bit more rugby under his belt. The good news for the Sharks, though, is that Meyer Bosman was utterly superb on both attack and defence and must have been close to the best Sharks player on display, particularly in the first half.

Scores:
Stormers – 17. Tries to Elgar Watts and Rynardt Elsteadt . Penalty to Gary van Aswegen. Two conversions to Lionel Cronje.
Sharks – 16. Try to Meyer Bosman. Conversion and teo penalties to Pat Lambie. Penalty to Jacques-Louis Potgieter.



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