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Steyn slaughters sloppy Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 25 May 2013 at 20:52
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The Sharks have paid the price for poor discipline, with Bulls flyhalf Morne Steyn kicking six penalties to ensure an 18-16 victory for the visitors at Kings Park.

Few watching the game unfold would have had reason to doubt the Sharks’ commitment or enthusiasm, with big hits and pressure defence from the hosts hustling and harrying the Bulls into uncharacteristic errors on own ball. In no area where the Sharks more dominant than at scrum time, with referee Jonathan Kaplan mercilessly penalising the outclassed Bulls pack at this set piece; it was, however, to no avail for the Sharks, since their error rate ensured that they could not capitalise on this strong platform.

Rather, it was ongoing and shocking indiscipline from the Sharks – with their captain Keegan Daniel the chief culprit – that saw the Bulls gain and extend the early lead courtesy of the ever-reliable boot of Steyn. Trailing 3-9 at half time, the Sharks again had the better of much of the play in the second half, yet failed to turn that pressure into anything concrete on the scoreboard, as each penalty of Pat Lambie’s was duly erased by one to his opposite number. The Sharks did give their fans a glimmer of hope late in the game, as Charl McLeod bustled over for the only try of the contest with just 8 minutes left. Lambie, cool as ever, stroked over the conversion to hand the Sharks a single-point lead.

The elation was short-lived, with the Sharks conceding yet another penalty not a minute later, which Steyn duly stroked over to hand his side the win.

Sharks (16): Try Charl McLeod. Conversion Pat Lambie. Penalties: Lambie (3)
Bulls (18): Penalties Morne Steyn (6)


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