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Reds first-half blitz smashes Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 10 May 2013 at 13:20
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The Sharks have gone down to the Reds by 17 points to 32, with a second-half fightback from the visitors not enough to overturn a massive deficit from a nightmare first half.

A purple patch in the opening stanza saw Will Genia and his team race out to a 29-3 lead, courtesy of tries to both Faingaa twins, as well as a brace to winger Rod Davies. The latter’s first score, in particular, was a killer, coming after a 100m turnaround after the Sharks had knocked on 5m from the Reds line. With Genia and flyhalf Quade Cooper running the show beautifully, capitalising on numerous unforced errors from their visitors, it appeared as though a record hiding loomed.

To the Sharks’ credit (or perhaps rather due to the Reds taking their foot of the pedal), the visitors managed to score two tries to win the second half 14-3, but one felt that even when they did achieve ascendancy, it was never for long enough before yet another piece of sloppy play handed the initiative right back to the home side.

The Sharks have now lost five games in a row, are all-but out of knockout contention and still have to face the in-form Force before heading back to Durban to take on the Bulls. Dark days indeed, for a squad that has lost not only its way, but seemingly also its desire to play rugby.

Reds (32) – Tries: Saia Faingaa, Rod Davies(2), Anthony Faingaa. Conversions: Quade Cooper (3). Penalties: Cooper (2)
Sharks (17) – Tries: Piet Lindeque, Derrick Minnie. Conversions: Patrick Lambie(2). Penalty: Lambie


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