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Bonus point joy for Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 13 Jun 2015 at 21:00
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The Sharks have beaten a game, but ultimately outclassed Stormers outfit by 34 points to 12, scoring five unanswered tries in the process.

The first half was a turgid affair, with neither team able to assert any dominance thanks to some frankly shocking handling all round. Stormers flyhalf Kurt Coleman made the most of some ill-discipline from the Sharks in the half, succeeding with each of three long-range penalties. A rather fortunate try to Lionel Cronje sandwiched in between (the flyhalf got fingertip pressure on a hacked through ball) was all the Sharks had to show for their efforts as the half drew to a close and trailing 5-9, the home side looked in trouble and out of ideas.

A penalty and then a try just before half time, after a period of sustained pressure from the pack, altered the complexion somewhat. JP Pietersen came close, before Stefan Ungerer managed to reach over for the second score. Cronje missed the conversion, but at 13-9 ahead, the Sharks at least had some daylight.

Coleman’s fourth penalty brought his side back within a point not long after the break, but the Sharks duly found an extra gear in the last half hour and took the game away from their less experienced opponents. It was again turnover ball that led to the third try, scored by Bismarck du Plessis after a great run by Odwa Ndungane. Lwazi Mvovo scored the fourth, to secure a rare bonus point, while a late score to Ndungane himself was just reward for some truly great work delivered throughout 80 minutes.

All in all, a fitting send off for man of the match Bismarck du Plessis, his brother Jannie, Willem Alberts and Fred Zeilinga.

Sharks (34): Tries Cronje, Ungerer, B du Plessis, Mvovo, Ndungane. Conversions Cronje (2), Zeilinga. Penalty Cronje
Stormers (12): Penalties Coleman (4)


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