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Sharks go down in opener

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 7 Aug 2015 at 19:45
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Despite a strong second half fightback that saw them outscore their hosts by two tries to zero, the Sharks have conceded a 33-24 defeat to the Pumas in Nelspruit.

It was in the first half that the damage was done, with a shell-shocked visiting side conceding three tries and a 7-27 scoreline from which they simply could not recover. A relatively slow start by both sides saw no score in the opening ten minutes, but as the Pumas grew in confidence and started to dominate the collisions, it wouldn’t be long before the old Sharks demon of poor midfield defence allowed the hosts in for a score.

Captain Stefan Watermeyer netted that first try in the 11th minute, with the unerring goal-kicking boot of JC Roos extending the lead out to 13-0 by the 24th minute via a conversion and two penalties. A rare moment of Sharks brilliance (coming from an equally rare line-out take on own ball) saw Khaya Majola put Lionel Cronje in for a try a minute later, with Joe Pietersen adding his first Sharks points via the conversion.

At 6-13 down, there was hope, but that hope was to be short-lived, as Marnus Schoeman struck back with a try for the Pumas not long afterwards. A very questionable decision to award the Pumas a penalty towards the end of the half – with Rosco Speckman appearing to trip himself up in the air without any Sharks intervention – allowed the hosts a line-out deep in Sharks territory and a superb rolling maul, to which the Sharks simply had no answer, saw Schoeman complete his brace as half time loomed.

Gary Gold made changes at half time and these seemed to add a bit of impetus; a good period of possession in the opening stages of the second period saw Heimar Williams score off a simple dummy and inside break, with Pietersen again adding the extras. When Daniel du Preez (on at flank to replace his brother Jean-Luc) scored a power try on the hour mark, the Sharks were well back in the game, trailing 30-21. Pietersen added a penalty and suddenly the gap was just six, with the Sharks in range of a losing bonus point at the very least.

Alas, it was not to be as some silly play in their own half in the closing minutes handed Roos the opportunity to put the match beyond doubt. His fourth successful penalty of the night handed the hosts a deserved 9-point victory.

Pumas (33) – Tries: Marnus Schoeman (2), Stefan Watermeyer; Conversions: JC Roos (3); Penalties: Roos (4).

Sharks (24) – Tries: Lionel Cronje, Heimar Williams, Daniel du Preez; Conversions: Joe Pietersen (3): Penalty: Pietersen.


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