Brumbies rally to beat Sharks




The ACT Brumbies scored three tries in 10 minutes while Deon Carstens was in the sinbin Saturday and rallied for a 35-30 win over the Sharks in the Super 14 rugby championship.

Center Stirling Mortlock crossed for a try in each half and winger Mark Gerrard scored a try and landed three penalties and three conversions for a 20-point haul as the Brumbies remained unbeaten after five rounds.

The Sharks led 21-6 before prop Carstens was given a yellow card for a deliberate knock-on in the 36th minute and the ruthless Brumbies capitalized on the one-man advantage.

Mark Chisholm crashed over between two defenders in the 37th minute and Mortlock exploited the overlap to cross just before half time and reduce the margin to 21-18 at the interval.

Gerrard scored five minutes after the break to give the hosts the lead and Mortlock added his second try in the 58th minute as the Brumbies secured their first bonus point of the season.

Former All Blacks pivot Tony Brown notched 21 points for the Durban-based Sharks, opening the scoring with a penalty kick in the first minute and adding a dropped goal, four more penalties and a conversion.

Sharks skipper AJ Venter, who scored in the 28th minute, said his young side had learned a difficult lesson against the freewheeling Brumbies.

“We’re a bit disappointed,” Venter said. “We’ve got a young side here, there’s so much to give. Hopefully in the next few games we can put some things together and win some games.” Mortlock said the Sharks were dominant at the start.

“It was a tough game, the Sharks started on fire and we were flat, I don’t know why,” he said. “It took us 30 minutes to get into the game, but as soon as we got in there, we started to execute some plays.” —

ACT Brumbies 35 (Stirling Mortlock 2, Mark Gerrard, Mark Chisholm tries; Gerrard 3 conversions, 3 penalties),

Sharks 30 (Henno Mentz, AJ Venter tries; Tony Brown 5 penalties, 1 dropped goal, 1 conversion).

Source : Sapa-AP /jm

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