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Sharks ruthless in the wet

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 21 Feb 2015 at 20:57
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The Sharks played the wet conditions better to record a 29-12, bonus point victory over the Lions at a rainy Kings Park tonight.

Gary Gold’s team have now moved themselves back up into the right half of the log, with two tries in either half to none by their visitors. With driving rain falling throughout proceedings, the Sharks’ victory was built on a strong first half showing, where some rather unexpected scrum dominance laid the perfect platform. Pat Lambie and Marnitz Boshoff traded penalties in the opening quarter as the teams felt each other out, before the Sharks’ tactical dominance and sensible territorial kicking game brought them strongly into the Lions half later on. Lambie found Odwa Ndungane with a superb cross kick for the opening try, with Cobus Reinach stretching over for the second not long after, after a rampant scrum effort.

At 15-3 ahead, the home side were cruising. Boshoff brought his team back within 9 as the break loomed, with a missed penalty and conversion by Lambie the only blight on an otherwise superb half.

Johan Ackermann played his masterstroke early in the second stanza, with his reserve front row adding the impetus up front that the starters had lacked. With the Sharks showing some nerves – with the kicks that were so assured in the first half now going astray and more often than not skewing into touch on the full, it was the Lions who suddenly had territory and possession and while at great credit to the Sharks defence, the visitors didn’t score, Boshoff added two further penalties to bring his team within range at 15-12.

If a response is what was wanted, the Sharks gave that to their coaching staff in the final quarter, with the forwards stepping up to once again dominate proceedings. Thomas du Toit played a big role as substitute loose head, overturning any slight scrum advantage the Lions had gained through the introduction of Julian Redelinghuys. From that dominance, a penalty ensured and Pat Lambie found the corner well enough. Pieter-Steph du Toit rose supreme in the lineout, Marcell Coetzee scored from the driving maul and with Lambie’s conversion, the Sharks were again well out in front. The beaten Lions had no counter and it fell to Coetzee to repeat the feat 5 minutes from time to sew up the bonus point, but not before Warren Whiteley had capped a poor day with a yellow card for a cynical infringement in the red zone.

Sharks (29): Tries Odwa Ndungane, Cobus Reinach, Marcell Coetzee (2). Conversions Pat Lambie (3). Penalties Lambie
Lions (12): Penalties Marnitz Boshoff (4)


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