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7-try Sharks surge to the top


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 21 Sep 2013 at 16:44
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A great bonus point win over the Cheetahs – prevailing 50-26 – saw the Sharks take pole position on the Currie Cup log in Durban this afternoon.

So far this campaign, the Sharks have struggled to put together a convincing first-half performance, but that wasn’t the case today; with the forwards in imperious form and Fred Zeilinga finding his runners outside with pin-point passes, the Sharks had three tries on the board before you could blink. The first went to SP Marais after strong work up the middle form Kyle Cooper; Lwazi Mvovo and Heimar Williams scored the second and third, both again on the receiving end of good passes from the 20-year-old flyhalf.

Zeilinga’s kicking boots, alas, were the one thing that hadn’t come along for the trip and with Cheetahs right wing Riaan Smit slotting every opportunity he got, the Cheetahs never quite fell far enough behind to be out of contention. This was even more the case when a rare period of good continuity for the visitors saw Raymond Rhule go over in the corner. Smit and Zeilinga traded further penalties, but at just 26-16 ahead, the Sharks will have felt that they had a lot more to do.

A further Smit penalty just after the break brought the Cheetahs within 7 – which finally proved the catalyst that stung the Sharks back into action. They replied via the bonus point try to Tim Whitehead, who once again found himself in acres of space off a long Zeilinga pass. further tries to Mvovo again, Keegan Daniel and Cobus Rienach followed, with the latter perhaps the best of the game; Jaco van Tonder made yards aplenty down the right-hand touchline after a Marcell Coetzee turnover, before Tera Mtembu carried on the move. Brought down just short, the flying replacement scrumhalf dove over for the Sharks’ seventh try. Zeilinga’s conversion brought up the half century and not even a late consolation try to Cheetahs hooker AJ le Roux could take any gloss off the Sharks’ finest win so far this season.

Sharks (50): Tries SP Marais, Lwazi Mvovo(2), Heimar Williams, Tim Whitehead, Keegan Daniel, Cobus Reinach. Conversions Fred Zeilinga (3). Penalties Zeilinga (3).

Cheetahs (26): Tries Raymond Rhule, AJ le Roux. Conversions Riaan Smit (2). Penalties Smit(4).



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