Cape Town - Patrick Lambie scored all the points
for the Sharks as they ground out a difficult 28-16 Super Rugby victory
over the Highlanders in Durban on Saturday.
The young flyhalf
landed five penalties to give the hosts a 15-9 lead at the break, before
adding a converted try and two more penalties in the second period.
Kurt Baker scored the only try for the tourists with their other points coming via the boot of Mike Delany.
Sharks started out brightly and were awarded a penalty inside the
opening minute after the Highlanders failed to release, with Lambie
slotting over from right in front.
But the visitors were allowed
right back into the game when JP Pietersen, playing on the wing for the
first time this season, fluffed a routine catch from the kick-off on the
When the ball was spread to the left, Jacques Botes was off-sides and Delany drew the scores level.
scrum penalty moments later allowed Lambie to kick his side back in
front, and he stretched the lead even further when Jamie MacKintosh
failed to retreat quickly enough.
That kick took Lambie past 300
points in Super Rugby, before he knocked over another from the halfway
like when Elliot Dixon kept his hands in a ruck.
At the other end
Delany missed twice, before striking third-time lucky when the Sharks
were again off-sides as the error count began to mount against both
Botes was yellow carded just after the half-hour mark for
coming in from the side, allowing Delany to cut the gap to three, with
referee Steve Walsh’s continuously warning both captains.
conceded another infringement on the stroke of half-time when he went
in from the side at the ruck, allowing Lambie to stretch the lead to
15-9 at the break.
The Highlanders came out strongly after the
restart and Baker crossed for a converted try on the right after a
clever pass wide by Ben Smith to Jarrad Hoeata, who picked out the
replacement winger, and the conversion put the visitors in front for the
However, two more penalties from Lambie, the second
of which took him past the 100-point mark for the season, put the home
side back in front.
Keegan Daniel chipped ahead and Lambie took
advantage of an error from Hosea Gear, which allowed the flyhalf to
gather and score under the post with half an hour left.
comfortably converted, and despite more pressure from the Highlanders in
the final quarter, the Sharks managed to hold on.Teams: Sharks:
15 Louis Ludik, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11
Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie,9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain
), 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Steven Sykes, 3
Jannie du Plessis / Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai
Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Wiehahn Herbst / Jannie du Plessis,
18 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Ryan Kankowski, 21 Frederic
Michalak, 22 Meyer BosmanHighlanders:
15. Ben Smith, 14.
Siale Piutau, 13. Tamati Ellison, 12. Shaun Treeby, 11. Hosea Gear, 10.
Mike Delany, 9. Aaron Smith, 8. Nasi Manu, 7. Doug Tietjens, 6. Adam
Thomson, 5. Jarrad Hoeata, 4. Josh Bekhuis, 3. Chris King, 2. Andrew
Hore, 1. Jamie MacKintosh (captain)
Substitutes: 16. Jason
Rutledge, 17. Ma'afu Fia, 18. Culum Retallick, 19. Elliot Dixon, 20.
Jimmy Cowan, 21. Chris Noakes, 22. Kurt Baker