Sharks beat Stormers


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Sharks Coach Dick Muir surprised everyone just before the match when it was announced that Butch James was returning to the Sharks starting line up after a year long injury lay off.

The Sharks dominated the first half and by half time looked well on track to pick up five points from round 13. The Sharks had been given a lifeline earlier in the day by the Highlanders who beat the Brumbies opening up the table a little. The Sharks need two 5 point wins to finish higher than the Brumbies.

The Sharks domination of the first half had them comfortably leading 17-3 at the break.

In the second half the Stormers put on a much better display but the first half deficit proved to be too much to catch up. Stormers Luke Watson and Schalk Burger had very good games.

Waylon Murray who came on for Butch James showed some great footwork scoring the Sharks third and final try. The first two were scored by Montgomery and Botes.

The second half Stormers resurgence saw Rayno Benjamin & Joe van Niekerk both scoring tries. van Niekerk’s coming just 10 minutes from full time as the Sharks looked a little shaky under the Stormers pressure.

Although the Sharks did not pick up 5 points they did win the match and pick up four points which means that the Sharks are still in with a chance to qualify for a Semi final but they will have to rely on the Crusaders beating the Brumbies next week and a preferential points difference.

Next week the Sharks host the Western Force who got their first win ever this week.

The Final score was Sharks24Stormers 17.


Tries – Percy Montgomery, Jacques Botes, Waylon Murray
Conversions – Montgomery 3
Penalty – Montgomery

Tries – Rayno Benjamin,Joe van Niekerk
Conversions- Peter Grant 2
Penalty – Grant

Full report to follow.

Cats v Blues, Johannesburg, Saturday

Cats :

15 Earl Rose, 14 Conrad Jantjes, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Wayne Julies, 11 Wylie Human, 10 Andre Pretorius (c), 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Ernst Joubert, 7 Trevor Hall, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Willem Stoltz, 4 KleinJan Tromp, 3 Bertus Smit, 2 Delarey du Preez, 1 Lawrence Sephaka.

Reserves: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Daniel Muller, 18 Alten Hulme, 19 Gerhard Vosloo, 20 Enrico Januarie, 21 Doppies la Grange, 22 Grant Esterhuizen.


15 Brent Ward, 14 Doug Howlett, 13 Ben Atiga, 12 Isa Nacewa, 11 Joe Rokocoko, 10 Luke McAlister, 9 Junior Poluleuligaga, 8 Nick Williams, 7 Onosai’i Tololima-Auva’a, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Anthony Boric, 4 Greg Rawlinson, 3 John Afoa, 2 Keven Mealamu (c), 1 Tony Woodcock.

Reserves: 16 Tim Dow, 17 Saimone Taumoepeau, 18 Ali Williams, 19 Kurtis Haiu, 20 John Senio, 21 Tasesa Lavea, 22 Anthony Tuitavake.

Referee: Matt Goddard (Aus)

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