Sharks get scrappy win at home



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The Sharks came back from their bye last week and beat the Reds in Durban by 22 points to 10.

Both teams were level 10 all at half time after David Croft scored a great try just before the half time whistle. Clinton Schifcofske kicked the conversion as they siren sounded for half time.

It took the Sharks 25 minutes of the second half to add to their points tally. The breakthrough came when Stefan Terblanche scored a try but the ref failed to spot a forward pass.

The Reds came to Durban for their Super 14 rugby encounter against the Sharks Saturday determined not to be intimidated.

And for three-quarters of the game they were in with a chance of spoiling the Sharks’ unbeaten run as they prepare for the trip down under on Sunday.

As it was, they made most of the running until the last quarter as the Sharks spluttered into life on occasional patches with some great rugby, notably on the counter attack.

It brought the Durban franchise the spoils in a 22-10 winning scoreline (three tries to show for their efforts) against one by the Reds who came so close in other challenging runs.

One in particular will continue to haunt flanker John Roe when he failed to catch a perfectly floated cross kick by scrumhalf Ben Lucas in the Sharks in-goal area.

Poor Roe was also the man who was stranded in midfield when the Sharks got their first try 18 minutes into the game.

He was hunted down by three or four rampant Sharks raiders after, thanks to J P Pietersen, the Sharks had broken up a dangerous Reds attack led by fullback and captain Chris Latham and his kick upfield into no-man’s land led to the ball being spilt by Roe leaving a clear run to the line for wing Odwa Ndungane.

In an equally spectacular second try, Tonga import Epi Taione made an immediate impact for the Sharks with a midfield break after coming on as one of Dick Muir’s super sub replacements.

At his shoulder was another replacement, scrumhalf Rory Kockott, who fed the hard-working Ndungane to make ground before a try-scoring pass to fullback Stefan Terblanche.

In a last gasp effort on the half-time hooter, flanker David Croft unleashed a great run down the right for the Reds and scuppered over in the corner with wing Clinton Schifcofske converting superbly for an equalising half-time score at 10-10.

In essence, the Reds did much better than the crowd had anticipated and that was some encouragement for Latham.

Sharks captain Johann Muller was happy to have a six out of six winning record going on tour but believed they had played the wrong game in the first 40 minutes.

Referee Chris Pollock was not the crowd’s favourite personality with many calls against the Sharks — two of which halted Sharks try-line dashes in full flow when he recalled the players for midfield infringements.

There were other moments when both prop Beat Mtawarira and French wizard Freddie Michalak thought they had scored tries that were ruled to be not so by the TMO and referee Pollock.

But in the end, it is a happy Sharks team that set off on their five game trip down under with two goals, a try and a drop goal to show for their efforts against a goal and a penalty by the Reds.


Sharks 22 Reds 10





Tries – Odwa Ndungane,Stefan Terblanche, Bismarck du Plessis

Pen – 

Con – Ruan Pienaar,Rory Kockott
Drop G – Terblanche



Tries – David Croft

Pen – Schifcofske

Con –  Schifcofske


Saturday March 29
: Absa Stadium, Durban
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees : Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand), Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
TV Match Official : Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)
Reviewer/Perf. Auditor : Dennis Immelman (South Africa)


Sharks 15. Stefan Terblanche, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Waylon Murray, 12. Bradley Barritt, 11. JP Pietersen, 10. Francois Steyn, 9. Ruan Pienaar, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Jacques Botes, 6. Keegan Daniel, 5. Johann Muller (Captain), 4. AJ Venter, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements: 16. Craig Burden, 17. BJ Botha *, 18. Albert van den Berg, 19. Steven Sykes, 20. Epi Taione **, 21. Rory Kockott, 22. Frederic Michalak

* 50th Super Rugby Cap
** Sharks and Super 14 debut



Chris Latham (c), Clinton Schifcofske, Morgan Turinui, Berrick Barnes, Peter Hynes, Quade Cooper, Ben Lucas, Leroy Houston, David Croft, John Roe, James Horwill, Van Humphries, Dayna Edwards, Stephen Moore, Greg Holmes.
Reserves: Sean Hardman, Rodney Blake, Ed O’Donoghue, Poutasi Luafutu, Will Genia, Charlie Fetoai, Digby Ioane.

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