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Sharks hold out Cheetahs in Currie Cup

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It wasn’t pretty but Sharks coach John Plumtree will be happy with his team’s 21-12 victory over the Cheetahs in the wet on Friday night.

Neither side was able to score a try.
 
The visitors’ scrumhalf, Rory Kockott, was named man of the match for his 18 points via the boot. He slotted five penalties and a drop goal in his side’s victory.

The winning side’s replacement flyhalf, Monty Dumond, slotted the last penalty from inside his own half to secure the victory. The home side drew first blood with flyhalf Jacques-Louis Potgieter kicking a penalty.

Kockott replied with a penalty shortly afterwards. He struck the uprights with his second attempt, but caught the ball from the 22 metre drop out and made no mistake with his drop goal attempt. Potgieter scored all the home team’s points, also dropping a goal and kicking three penalties.

It wasn’t just Kockott’s goal kicking that made him stand out. His tactical kicking from the base was also influential in his team’s success.

The physicality of Jean Deysel (flanker) and Steven Sykes (lock) were also too much for the Cheetahs to handle.

Both teams launched quite a lot of Garryowens during the match. The Sharks fullback and captain Stefan Terblanche showed his class and experience with a rock solid performance under the high ball.

His tactical kicking was also very good. The Cheetahs’ backline looked flat footed as they slumped to their fourth successive defeat in this year’s Currie Cup competition.

They are still without a victory is this year’s edition of the tournament, in their worst start to the Currie Cup in years.

Final Score Sharks 21 (9) Cheetahs 12 (9) –

Scorers:

Sharks
Penalties: Rory Kockott 5, Monty Dumond.
Drop Goal: Kockott.

Cheetahs
Penalties: Jacques-Louis Potgieter 3.
Drop Goal: Potgieter.

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