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Sharks struggle past Stormers

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 2 Mar 2013 at 21:24
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The Sharks beat the Stormers 12 – 6 at Kings Park on Saturday night, being the better of two bad teams on the night, and just doing enough to come away from the match with four points.

After a scoreless first half, the second half started with penalties for both sides, Lambie putting the Sharks in the lead first before Pietersen equalised. Both flyhalves exchanged another set of penalties to take the score to 6 all, before Lambie kicked two further penalties to take the lead to six points.

The first half was a disappointing forty minutes of rugby, with both teams looking too scared to run with the ball, rather kicking it for the wingers to chase. Gio Aplon had the best chance of the half, having an open tryline in front of him, but failing to cleanly collect a Jantjies cross kick.

The Sharks did well to upset the Stormers at lineout time, and bossed the scrums to dominate the set pieces, but failed to do anything with that. Possession and territory stats were still even for both sides.

Jean Deysel was announced as Man of the Match, and probably deservingly so, as his impact was tangible. He stole a few balls at the breakdown and looked good with ball in hand, just a shame about his upward running style, a problem all the Sharks loosies had.

Both teams did not look like scoring a try, and the lack of creativity in Soutt African rugby is evident. All South African teams will have to be wary of the New Zealand teams, who will run over us if the current form is anything to go by.

The Sharks now travel to Port Elizabeth to take on the Kings while the Stormers go back to Cape Town to host the Chiefs.


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