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Sharks hold on for first tour win

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 31 Mar 2012 at 12:33
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The Sharks have finally got a win on the road as they beat the Brumbies in Canberra on Saturday morning. The Sharks managed to score four tries and will welcome the five points, in a match that went down to the wire.

The game started with a three pointer to the Sharks, to which Christian Lealiifano responded to square things up. The Sharks hit back with a try through Riaan Viljoen, his first of two. Fred Michalak missed the conversion, for a five point lead early in the match.

Lealiifano kept the Brumbies within touching distance with a second penalty to bring the Brumbies’ deficit to a mere two points. The Sharks were on the attack when fullback Mogg decided to score a brilliant individual effort, kicking and chasing his own kick to score under the poles. This gave the Brumbies a five point lead after half an hour of play.

Viljoen scored his second soon after, with Odwa intercepting a high pass from the Brumbies, releasing Viljoen after he himself could not get away from the defenders. Michalak converted and the Sharks took back the lead. The Brumbies got a penalty just before half time, to make sure they had the lead going into the break.

The second half got off to a good start for the Sharks, after the Brumbies fumbled the ball in their own 22m after a kick through from the Sharks, only for Willem Alberts to pounce on the mistake and score under the poles. Michalak converted to take a six point lead with a lot of rugby to come.

It took the Brumbies 20 minutes to score their first points of the half, pulling the deficit back to three points. The Brumbies were doing all the playing when the Sharks turned it over and Mvovo scored a brilliant try, backing his own pace to get the bonus point in the bag. Michalak converted for a ten point lead for the Sharks.

The Brumbies did all the running in the final minutes, eventually breaking the defence to score a try and get to within three points, but the Sharks managed to hold on for their first away win of the season.


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