Sharks disappoint in Super 14 warm up




Granted, it wasn’t much more than a third-string Sharks side, but their somewhat disjointed performance in beating the lowly Pumas 19-7 on Saturday night will not have given coach John Plumtree much clarity on his reserve strength – which was, after all, the original thinking behind fielding a weakened side.

It was only after Ruan Pienaar, Johann Muller and Rory Kockott took the field in the second half that there was structure to the Natalians’ performance against a side with eight new caps who tackled themselves to a standstill.

Only seven points – by the Sharks – were scored in the second half in a match the home crowd will remember for the valiant performance of their side rather than scintillating play by the visitors.

The Pumas could be a pleasant surprise this season, if their depth holds out.

Final Score Pumas 7 Sharks 19


Tries: Monty Dumond, Luzako Vulindlu, Len Olivier.
Conversions: Dumond, Ruan Pienaar.

Try: Valentine van Wyk.
Conversion: Rudi Vogt.

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