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Second half shut-out secures Newlands points for Sharks


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, WP on 11 Oct 2014 at 18:49
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The Sharks have secured a 28-20 win over Western Province at Newlands, overturning an 11-20 deficit with a dominant second half display.

With the Cheetahs having failed to dent the Lions’ home semi-final hopes in any way, both sides knew ahead of kick-off that there was nothing other than pride at stake. While the Sharks started like a house on fire, the reality of the contest’s futile nature appeared to quickly catch up with them, as concerns about injury and the need to be fresh for next week’s game appeared to be foremost in most players’ minds. S’bura Sithole did score a try within the opening minute, after Stephan Lewies had effected a good turnover in his own half. Quick hands from Monde Hadebe and Tera Mtembu in turn found the flying centre, who ran strongly and handed off a would-be defender with consummate ease, scoring with his trademark dive.

The Sharks went straight onto the offensive again from the very next kick-off, with Andre Esterhuizen finding a yawning gap and making plenty of metres; that move broke down close to the Province line, though and the Sharks failed to trouble the scorers again during an ugly half hour. In that period, It was the hosts who ran rampant, with Sharks defenders falling off tackles, kicking away ball and generally making poor decisions at every turn. Two simple penalties to Kurt Coleman edged Province ahead, before a brace of tries, first to centre Pat Howard and then to Coleman himself saw the lead stretched to 20-8.

To the credit of Mtembu and his team, they quickly acted to right the wrongs and started to play more structured rugby, eschewing the helter-skelter and error-prone stuff they had thus far dished up. Cronje brought them back within touching distance, with a penalty either side of half time, then added two more as the second half wore on to level the scores. In this period, the Sharks’ set piece and superior approach at the tackle area gained great dividends, with the line-out, in particular, delivering a steady source of possession on either side’s throw. With the win once more in sight, the visitors upped the intensity and appeared to have made the breakthrough after a sweeping move found Tonderai Chavhanga in space. The veteran winger, who had a game he’d rather forget, somehow managed to fumble with an open try-line. It was not to matter, as Lourens Adriaanse continued his fine try-scoring exploits a few minutes later, crashing over after a line-out drive.

Fred Zeilinga, on for Cronje, added a final penalty to add just a modicum of respectability to the scoreline.

Western Province (20): Tries Pat Howard, Kurt Coleman. Conversions Coleman (2). Penalties Coleman (2).
Sharks (28): Tries S’bura Sithole. Lourens Adriaanse. Penalties Lionel Cronje (5), Fred Zeilinga



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