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Another loss sees Sharks’ semi hopes in tatters


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 28 Sep 2015 at 09:29
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Gary Gold’s Sharks lost their fifth Currie Cup game in eight starts when they went down 13-17 to the Blue Bulls at Kings Park on Friday night. With just two games of the regular season left to play, the fifth-placed Durbanites are now in real danger of missing the play-offs for the first time in ten years.

The game itself was a forgettable affair, with individual errors and strange refereeing decisions pretty much the order of the day on both sides. Low on confidence after losing their two previous games, the Bulls struggled to get ahead in the first half, with numerous handling errors preventing them from scoring. Joe Pietersen edged the Sharks ahead 6-3, before Bulls winger Jamba Ulengo struck from a lineout move late in the half to score the first try.

The set piece worked well for the visitors 20 minutes later, with Deon Stegmann scoring their second off the back of a rolling maul to set up a handy 17-6 lead. A late try to Sharks replacement Garth April – with his first touch of the ball – added a measure of respectability to the scoreline but as has been the case every other time the Sharks have faced top opposition in this campaign, the end result was another loss.

With the Free State Cheetahs still four points ahead, the Sharks now need a massive favour from the Pumas next week (who could themselves leapfrog them should a big win in Kimberley not eventuate). Should The Cheetahs win in Nelspruit this weekend, there will be little chance of the Sharks catching them even with a win in Bloemfontein the following week.

Sharks (13) – Try: Garth April; Conversion: Joe Pietersen; Penalties: Pietersen (2).
Blue Bulls (17) – Tries: Jamba Ulengo, Deon Stegmann; Conversions: Tian Schoeman (2); Penalty Schoeman.



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