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Sharks stuffed by Canes in New Plymouth

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 6 Apr 2012 at 11:26
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The Hurricanes have thrashed the Sharks by 42 points to 18 at the Yarrow Stadium, scoring 6 tries to just 2 from the visitors.

Despite having all the early possession, the old demons of terrible indiscipline on attack, coupled with poor decision-making saw the Sharks unable to score any points at all in the first half, save a lone penalty to Fred Michalak. The Canes scored 3 times in that first period, mostly against the run of play, leaving the visitors with it all to do in the second half. Naivety on defence and an inability to protect the pill on attack conspired to provide the hosts with a plentiful supply of turnover possession and they scored virtually every time they got their hands on the ball.

Some strange – if not outright dodgy – decisions from ref Glen Jackson and his assistants saw all the 50-50 calls go the Hurricanes way, with two of their tries awarded despite any clear evidence of grounding. A brief Sharks fightback in the second half, that saw them come back to within 12 points (25-13) was snuffed out by Conrad Smith’s unconvincing-looking bonus-point try. After a good score by JP Pietersen 10 minutes into the half, Craig Burden gave Sharks fans some hope with a try of his own late in the game.

Two late tries by the hosts, though, put paid to any chances of a Sharks revival – or even a losing bonus point.

Hurricanes – Tries: Andre Taylor, Jack Lam, Julian Savea, Conrad Smith, Tim Bateman, Jeremy Thrush. Conversions: Beauden Barrett (3). Penalties: Barrett (2).

Sharks – Tries: JP Pietersen, Craig Burden. Conversion: Frederic Michalak. Penalties: Michalak (2).


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