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Disappointing campaign comes to an end

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :EP Kings, Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 13 May 2015 at 09:46
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The Cell C Sharks XV’s Vodacom Cup campaign came to a disappointing end when they lost to the Eastern Province Kings at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Friday night.

Both teams scored a try and a penalty in the first half, but the Sharks failed to add anything to their half time score as the Kings added two more tries and a penalty to record a convincing 23 – 8 win.

The Kings camped in the Sharks’ twenty two during the early stages, which resulted in three points after former Sharks player Hansie Graaff slotted an easy kick to give the Kings a 3 point lead after 6 minutes.

A few minutes later new recruit Garth April leveled the scores for the Sharks after 15 minutes.

More pressure from the Kings resulted in their first try after Paul Jordaan was yellow carded for slowing the ball down inside their 22. Luther Obi went over in the corner as he stretched their lead to 8 – 3, Graaff was unsuccessful with the touch line conversion.

Sharks scrumhalf, Hanco Venter leveled the scores after the kick-off as he went over in the left hand corner. April missed the conversion as scores were level at 8-all with 17 minutes to half time.

Both teams threw the ball wide trying to get it to their quicker outside backs. April kept the Kings’ defence on their toes as he often joined the backline from fullback. Samoan wing, Paul Perez kept a few of his former team mates busy on attack but neither player did anything to the score board as the game remained 8-all at the break.

The second half started pretty much the same as the first half when Kings’ eighthman Paul Schoeman scored his team’s second try after 6 minutes. Graaff missed his second kick of the night as the Kings took a 13 – 8 lead.

Not much happened in the 30 minutes leading up to the Kings’ third try. April missed a penalty which would have given them a two point deficit. Sharks inside centre Marius Louw had a few storming runs keeping a few defenders busy, but again not changing anything to the score board.

Kings replacement, Scott van Breda added three points to give his team an eight point lead as the game reached the final ten minutes.

It was only when Tera Mtembu failed to field an up-and-under from Graaff on the half way, that the Kings turned something into nothing. The loose ball was kicked through and ended as a five pointer when replacement Enrico Acker dotted it down behind the Sharks’ tryline. Van Breda added the extras as the Kings took a 23 – 8 lead with five minutes remaining.

The Sharks really struggled to get any form of momentum. Their forwards struggled against the more experienced Kings, and their back kept the Kings guessing with April adding some spark from fullback, Perez and Louw had one or two strong carries but the Kings were quick to close down on their space.

A disappointing campaign came to an end for both sides, as the Kings remained a thorn in the fins of the Sharks as they were last year when they beat the Durbanites 27 – 11 in their final match in Durban.

The Sharks ended their 2015 Vodacom Cup campaign in sixth place with 11 log points, as they only managed to win two of their seven matches. They scored 180 points which included 24 tries and conceded 165 points which included 22 tries.


EP Kings: (8) 23 – Tries: Luther Obi, Paul Schoeman, Enrico Acker. Conversion: Scott van Breda. Penalty: Hansie Graaff.

Sharks XV: (8) 8 – Try: Hanco Venter. Penalty: Garth April.


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