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Sharks taught a rugby lesson

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 30 Apr 2011 at 21:16
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The Stromers played all the rugby and kept all of the log points on offer in beating the Sharks by 32 points to 12 in Cape Town this evening.  The home side scored four tries to zero and have extended their lead at the top of the South African conference to 8 points as a result.

For the Sharks, precious little went right all day and some serious questions will need to be asked after some very lacklustre performances from players with big reputations. The Stormers hammered away at the Sharks pack all night and kept them on the back foot, with big counter-rucking and superb groundwork from the likes of Francois Louw resulting in numerous turnovers at the breakdown. Benefting from this surfeit of possession, the Stormers centres made mince meat of the porous Sharks defence, with Jean de Villiers, Jacque Fourie and later Juan de Jongh making huge inroads through the gaping holes between Meyer Bosman and Stefan Terblanche.

Despite a somewhat improved second-half showing – at least in terms of possession, the Sharks were never able to erode the massive 22-9 half-time deficit due to poor decision-making with ball in hand, as well as horribly sloppy execution that saw a knock-on count in the high teens. Add to that some frankly ridiculous aimless kicking from the likes of Charl McLeod, Pat Lambie and Stefan Terblanche and it’s actually miraculous that the Stormers didn’t win by more.

The tries in the first half were scored by Gio Aplon, Jacque Fourie and de Villiers, while hooker Deon Fourie rubbed salt into the wounds late in the game in scoring the fourth from the back of a driving maul.

Scorerrs: Stormers (32): Tries by Aplon, J Fourie, de Villiers, D Fourie. Lionel Cronje (2 convs, 1 pen), Aplon (1 drop) and Kurt Coleman (1 conv)
Sharks (12): Pat Lambie (4 pens)


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