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Sharks XV swim upstream at NMB Stadium


Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Currie Cup, EP Kings, Original Content, Sharks on 7 Jul 2014 at 08:58
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Sharks stalwart, Jacques Botes captained The Cell C Sharks XV that faced the EP Kings in a pre Currie Cup warm up match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Friday night.

The match carried more importance for the Kings as they prepare for their re-entry into the Currie Cup Premier Division. For the Sharks it was more a case of fringe players putting their hands up to be included in the Currie Cup squad.

It took The Sharks just 2 minutes to get the first points on the board through a Fred Zeilinga penalty. Five minutes later the Kings opted to kick for touch instead of taking three easy points, which set the trend and the Kings’ intent for the match.

The result was a Luke Watson try. On loan from Western Province, Gary van Aswegen missed the conversion as the Kings took a 5 – 3 lead.

After a good period of possession and good hands from the backs, Jongi Nokwe scored The Sharks’ first five pointer, Zeilinga added the extra two as they took a 10 – 5 lead after 20 minutes.

The Kings backs were full of running and kicking was the last thing on their mind. Kings center, Shane Gates found some space and went over for his teams second try, van Aswegen converted as the Kings took a two point lead, 12 – 10.

Replacement flank, Shaun McDonald stretched the Kings lead as he burst over the try line for his first of the evening, van Aswegen added the extras and the Kings took a 19 – 10 lead five minutes to half time.

Some good play by Kings centers, Shane Gates and Tim Whitehead, put the Kings in good field position which led to a 40 meter sprint to the line by flank , Thembelani Bholi to score a try on half time. Van Aswegen was on target yet again and the Kings went into the half time break leading 28 – 10.

The Kings had no intent to slow the game down and scored another two tries within the first 10 minutes after the break. The first, and also his second for the evening, by McDonald and also the second for Gates, both converted by van Aswegen, as the Kings took a demanding 38 – 10 lead.

The Sharks were able to put a few phases together and after enjoying some good momentum, a strong run from Sizo Maseko saw him cross the line for his teams second try, Zeilinga added the extra two. Sharks were still trailing by 3 converted tries, 38 – 17.

A few minutes later Sharks center, Quentin Crocker added his name to the score sheet, replacement fly-half Jean Luc du Plessis added the extras. The Sharks were trailing 24 – 38 with less then a quarter to go.

Replacement prop, Tom Botha scored his team’s seventh try, the conversion was missed, but the game seemed pretty much over for The Sharks at 43 – 24.

Both teams were throwing the ball around as the game reached the final stages. Siyanda Grey was on the receiving end of yet another brilliant back line move and a behind the back pass from Gates to send the winger on his way to score the Kings’ eight try.

Scott van Breda kicked the conversion to put the 50 points up on the board for the Kings.

The final score ended 50 – 24.

Scorers:

EP Kings – Tries: Watson, Gates (2), McDonald (2), Bholi, Botha, Grey
Conversion: Van Aswegen (4), van Breda (1)

The Sharks – Tries: Nokwe, Maseko, Crocker
Conversion: Zeilinga (2) du Plessis (1)
Penalty: Zeilinga (1)



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