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Sharks burgle another

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 28 Mar 2015 at 19:01
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The Sharks proved for a second week that ugly is the only way they know how to win – prevailing somewhat fortunately against a game Western Force side by 15 points to 9.

The effects of a disrupted build up week were evident early on – despite dominance at the tackle from the likes of Jean Deysel and Renaldo Bothma and a scrum that had the outgunned Force unit firmly in reverse gear, the home side simply wasn’t able to capitalise. Atrocious decision-making and execution from replacement halfbacks Conrad Hoffmann and Frans Steyn, coupled with shoddy lineout throwing from new man Kyle Cooper, conspired to keep the Force in the game. The unexpected surfeit of territory and possession from Sharks mistakes in turn lead to far greater confidence with ball in hand for the visitors as the half progressed.

As the Sharks began to fall off tackles, it was the Force who time and again found themselves on attack. Two Sias Ebersohn penalties separated the sides at half time, after the Force had been denied what looked to be a pretty good try, with the TMO ruling that the ball had not been carried over the line.

The Sharks struck back in the second period, with a strong scrum on halfway opening a gap for Hoffmann to link with Odwa Ndungane down the right flank. The winger was hauled in (as he so often is these days) with the resulting recycled ball finding its way to Steyn. The flyhalf saw space and threw a long bouncing pass which SP Marais picked up for his first try of the campaign.

Steyn missed the conversion, as he had every other kick he’d attempted on the night.

The introduction of new halfbacks in Stefan Ungerer and Fred Zeilinga did little to turn matters around. Zeilinga did eventually strike a good penalty to give the sharks an 8-6 lead, but they conceded right in front of their own posts shortly afterwards. Sias Ebersohn somehow managed to let the Sharks off the hook by shanking the kick that should have won the lead back for his side; Marais countered strongly from the resulting restart and found Lwazi Mvovo in enough space to score the try that ultimately clinched the result, after Zeilinga’s conversion.

Witt the Sharks now more than a score ahead, the Force proceeded to again dominate play and had a late try overruled due to obstruction in the final phase. Kyle Godwin, in the last move of the game, dropped the ball with an open tryline, leaving Luke Burton to convert a penalty at the death to secure a losing bonus point.

For the second week in a row, the Sharks have emerged with 4 points, although this time around we’re not quite sure how.

Sharks (15): Tries SP Marais, Lwazi Mvovo. Conversion Fred Zeilinga. Penalty Zeilinga.
Western Force (9): Penalties Sias Ebersohn (2), Luke Burton.


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