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Sharks beat Force and take fourth place

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The Sharks got off to a perfect start against the Force on Friday night when Ndungane scored his first try of the night after three minutes. They needed to beat the Force by at least 10 points and pick up a bonus point.


On the 15 minute mark Ndungane went over for his second try and when Jacques Botes went over the line scoring the Sharks third try it looked like it was going to be a long night for the Force. The Force however weren’t going to lie down and Digby Ioane kept their hopes up as he scored a try in the corner. Shepard was unable to convert the try.


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Montgomery on the other hand put in an excellent kicking display converting all of the Sharks tries.


In the second half the Sharks were determined to get the vital bonus point try but for the first 10 minutes it was all the Force as Scott Fava drove over the line.


That try seemed wake the Sharks up and minutes later Warren Britz was pushed over the line to score the bonus point try. That point will more than likely ensure that the Sharks play the Crusaders next week in the Semi final.


Pietersen scored a great try kicking the ball up and downfield from his 25. He showed some real pace collecting the ball and beating everyone to the tryline.


Winning the match at that point was out of reach for the Force but they didn’t give up. Cameron Shepherd scored two tries in as many minutes but missed the conversions.


The result means that the Sharks finish higher than the Brumbies and are now fourth on the table. They can be knocked off fourth spot by the Bulls who still have to play the Stormers.


The Bulls however will need to beat the Stormers by more than 32 points with the bonus point. Last year the Bulls beat the Stormers 75-14 at Loftus so it is possible that the table might change in the last match of the regular season.


Scorers


Sharks – Tries – Ndungane 2, Botes,Britz,Pietersen -Conversions – Montgomery5 -Penalties- Montgomery 2


Force – Tries, Ioane, Fava, Shepherd 2- Conversions, Shepherd, Penalties -Shepherd


Teams


Sharks:


15 Percy Montgomery, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Andries Strauss, 12 Bradley Barritt, 11 Brent Russell, 10 Butch James, 9 Scott Mathie, 8 AJ Venter, 7 Jacques Botes, 6 Warren Britz, 5 Johann Muller, 4 Johan Ackerman, 3 BJ Botha, 2 John Smit (c), 1 Deon Carstens.


Reserves: 16 Bismarck Wilhelm du Plessis, 17 Heinke van der Merwe, 18 Albert van den Berg, 19 Keegan Daniel, 20 Ruan Pienaar, 21 Adrian Jacobs, 22 JP Pietersen.


Western Force:


15 Cameron Shepherd, 14 Josh Graham, 13 Junior Pelesasa, 12 Scott Staniforth, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Brock James, 9 Matt Henjak, 8 Scott Fava, 7 David Pocock/Matt Hodgson, 6 David Pusey, 5 Nathan Sharpe (c), 4 John Welborn, 3 David Fitter, 2 Tai McIsaac, 1 Angus Scott.


Reserves: 16 Luke Holmes, 17 David Te Moana, 18 Pat O’Connor, 19 Luke Doherty, 20 Chris O’Young, 21 Lachlan MacKay, 22 Haig Sare.

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