Sharks Send Hurricanes A Message

Sharks Send Hurricanes A Message

Sharks Send Hurricanes A Message: The Cell C Sharks produced one of the upsets of the Vodacom Super Rugby season as a strong second half surge paved the way for a comprehensive 32-15 win over the Hurricanes at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday afternoon to send them a clear message. It was a great day at the office for the Sharks, who effectively scored 29 unanswered points from the stroke of halftime, which was when they scored their first try, and the moment when Hurricanes fullback James Marshall went through a lame tackle attempt to grab a consolation try for the losers eight minutes from the end. The Sharks were forced to defend for most of the first half, and did well until Dane Coles put in a big surge near the Sharks line and loosehead prop Reg Goodes barrelled his way over off an inside pass. Earlier the two flyhalves, April for the Sharks and Beuaden Barrett for the Hurricanes, had traded penalties.

The Sharks coaches might have thought twice about introducing Lambie with 25 minutes to go given how good April’s game management had been, but Lambie continued the momentum that had been started by his stand-in and produced some good line kicks and the penalty that put the Sharks 25-8 ahead within two minutes of him coming onto the field.

SCORES

Cell C Sharks 32 – Tries: JP Pietersen 2, Michael Claassens and Daniel du Preez; Conversions: Garth April 2 and Patrick Lambie; Penalties: Garth April and Patrick Lambie.

Hurricanes 15 – Tries: Reg Goodes and James Marshall; Conversion: Jason Woodward; Penalty: Beauden Barrett.

7 Kings 18 – 34 Blues Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
7 Sharks 32 – 15 Hurricanes Growthpoint Kings Park
7 Waratahs 21 – 6 Cheetahs Allianz Stadium
7 Chiefs 13 – 26 Highlanders FMG Stadium Waikato
7 Sunwolves 22 – 40 Force Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium
6 Brumbies 23 – 6 Bulls GIO Stadium
6 Crusaders 38 – 5 Reds AMI Stadium

Sharks Send Hurricanes A Message

 

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