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Sharks denied in cruel Wellington ending

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 9 May 2015 at 11:27
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The Hurricanes have beaten the Sharks 32-24 in Wellington, scoring 11 points in the final 10 minutes to rob the Sharks of a famous win.

It was the visitors who started the stronger, keeping the ball among the forwards well to force a try to Bismarck du Plessis in the opening 10 minutes. Frans Steyn’s conversion gave them a 7-0 lead, but with the defensive system again proving rather naive against the fantastic running lines of the Hurricanes, it wasn’t long before that margin was eliminated. Corey Jane scored down the right hand side after a multi-phase build up that sucked in too much of the Sharks’ defence.

Conrad Smith scored the second not ten minutes later after Frans Steyn had again put the Sharks in front with a penalty. Smith’s score came off the back of some poor individual tackling from JP Pietersen, even though a pass in the build-up from Ma’a Nonu looked very suspicious indeed. The visitors survived the rest of the half well, even with Etienne Oosthuizen spending ten minutes in the bin for a high tackle, at 14-10 up, the Canes looked the better side at half time but were certainly not having things all their own way.

The Sharks came out and arguably had the better of the next half hour, going ahead again after a wonderful score to S’bura Sithole down the left wing. Steyn’s tricky touchline conversion saw them lead 17-14, but again some iffy defence saw Canes prop Reggie Goodes hit back almost straight away to give the Canes the lead. Odwa Ndungane scored off a great counter attack minutes later, that after the Sharks had been denied a clear try due to a technical line-out obstruction call that nobody but the referee understood. With the Sharks now seriously in danger of winning (Steyn’s conversion put them ahead 24-21), the referee stepped into action, proceeding to blow them out of the game in the last 10 minutes.

The fourth Hurricanes try went to Jeremy Thrush, with two very questionable penalties therafter robbing the visitors of even a consolation bonus point.

Hurricanes (32): Tries Jane, Smith, Goodes, Thrush. Conversions Marshall (3). Penalties Marshall (2).
Sharks (24): Tries B du Plessis, Sithole, Ndungane. Conversions Steyn (3). Penalty Steyn.


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