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Sharks show spirit – but result remains the same


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Sharks on 21 Sep 2015 at 09:29
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The Sharks rallied late to score two tries and give a little respectability to an 18-26 defeat to the Lions in Currie Cup rugby on Saturday. While the visitors were competitive for much of the match, they again fell well short of the standard set by the log-leading side this year.

Fans were encouraged by a first-half showing that saw the hosts fail to assert the expected dominance; in fact, both sides were guilty of squandering opportunities in a tight affair, with a penalty to Lions flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff finally breaking the deadlock deep into the second quarter. Joe Pietersen levelled matters with a penalty of his own, with Boshoff again striking just before half time see the Lions take a 6-3 advantage into the break. Sharks fans – a rather cynical and sober lot after the travails of this season – dared to dream of a famous upset, yet were again to be cruelly denied 40 minutes later.

Boshoff stretched the lead twice more in the second period, with Pietersen pulling three back to see the Sharks trail 6-12 heading into the final quarter. As has so often been the case this season, though, a period when the Durban side simply failed to pitch on defence proved costly, with first Lourens Erasmus and then Courtnall Skosan scoring tries within five minutes of one another. With a 20-point gap suddenly appearing like a crevasse before them, the Sharks were well in catch-up mode and any hope of winning the game evaporated.

To their credit, the visitors finished the stronger of the teams, scoring two good long-range tries through Pietersen and Francois Kleinhans. In the final analysis, though, it was yet another match where the Sharks emerged with zero log points (the fourth of the season so far) with the only scant consolation the inability of the Lions to score four tries on the day. This, in some quarters, might be seen as evidence of progress.

The Currie Cup log, however, tells a different story. With three games yet to play, the Sharks are now fifth and barring a miracle, will miss out on a play-off spot for the first time in ten years of this competition.

Golden Lions (26) – Tries: Lourens Erasmus, Courtnall Skosan; Conversions: Marnitz Boshoff (2); Penalties: Boshoff (4).
Sharks (18) – Tries: Joe Pietersen, Francois Kleinhans; Conversion: Joe Pietersen; Penalties: Pietersen (2).



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