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Sharks start with the maximum

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 15 Feb 2014 at 21:04
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Patrick Lambie scored a late try to give the Sharks a 31-16 bonus-point win against the Bulls at Kings Park this evening.

In a match that refused to stick to the script, it was the visitors who dominated the bulk of the forward exchanges, eking out strong gains in both possession and territory. The Sharks, though, took every chance that came their way and were full value for their 23-9 half-time lead, having scored three tries against two penalties and a drop goal from the Bulls.

The first score was a beauty, with Pat Lambie finding Lwazi Mvovo with a pinpoint pass after a line-out. The speeding left winger burst straight through, drew two defenders and put Paul Jordaan away for the opening score. The second, scored after a little opportunistic play by Cobus Reinach, was contentious as there appeared to be a little unpunished skullduggery from Anton Bresler at the previous lineout. A messy ball was flung backwards by an off-colour Francois Hougaard, with Reinach intercepting and rounding off the try.

The third was better than the first, with Reinach again prominent in stealing the ball from Pierre Spies. Frans Steyn, taking the ball from Bismarck du Plessis, put in a wonderful cross-kick for Odwa Ndungane to pick up and score.

Lambie’s form with the boot continued to be wayward, but the Bulls were left scratching their heads all the same at half time, having played most of the rugby.

An uninspiring half-hour followed, with neither side able to get much right as tired bodies and the slippery ball took their toll. Jean Deysel was shown a yellow card for one too many team infringements at maul time and the inevitable Bulls pressure during his ten-minute sojourn eventually resulted in a late try to Jono Ross. At 16-26 down, the Bulls might have felt a faint hope, but their own errors prevented them from really capitalising. Bjorn Basson was duly carded himself a few minutes from time, providing the imbalance which would eventually allow Lambie to seal the bonus point, deep into injury time.

Sharks 31: Tries Paul Jordaan, Cobus Reinach, Odwa Ndungane, Pat Lambie. Conversion Lambie. Penalties Lambie (3)

Bulls 16: Try Jono Ross. Conversion Handre Pollard. Penalties Louis Fouche (2). Drop goal Fouche.


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