Sharks end SA's overseas duck

    2014-05-02 13:21

    Melbourne - The Sharks became the first South African team to win on tour this season with a labouring 22-16 victory over the Melbourne Rebels to stay top of Super Rugby on Friday.

    As it happened: Rebels v Sharks

    The Durban-based outfit scored their only try off a counter-attack through Springbok wing JP Pietersen midway through the second half to hang on for victory.

    The Rebels strung together 14 phases in stoppage time to go after the clinching converted try, but the Sharks denied them with a turnover inside their quarter.

    Jake White's Sharks won their eighth match of the season, and they will hang on to the competition lead with a five-point break over the Brumbies, who play the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday.

    The Sharks were indebted to another flawless goalkicking performance from Springbok back Frans Steyn, with five penalties and a conversion from six attempts.

    But the Rebels stretched the Sharks defence and went into the final 10 minutes trailing by six points after replacement hooker Pat Leafa caught them unawares and scored wide out off a quick tap penalty by flyhalf Bryce Hegarty.

    It was a crucial win for the Sharks, who face a tough Australasian tour schedule against the Brumbies, Crusaders and Blues over the next three weeks.

    The Sharks had been the last South African team to win on tour with their 23-13 victory over Force in Perth almost a year ago.

    The Sharks, with former World Cup-winning Springbok coach White in charge this season, stuttered last week against the Highlanders after winning seven of their opening eight games.

    "We're happy with our first win on tour and our first win away from home," Sharks skipper Bismarck du Plessis said.

    "We were happy with some of the areas we played in, but we definitely were not happy with our one-on-one tackles and I thought that one decision was quite difficult for us.

    "But you've got to overcome them and we were fortunate to get that turnover near the end from Keegan Daniel."

    The Sharks missed 30 tackles and conceded 20 turnovers, three of them at the breakdown.

    They are off to Canberra next weekend for their next match on tour against the Brumbies, while the Rebels, who gained a losing bonus point to move ahead of the Reds at the bottom of the Australian conference, take on the Hurricanes at home.



    Try: JP Pietersen
    Conversion: Frans Steyn
    Penalties: Steyn (5)


    Try: Pat Leafa
    Conversion: Jason Woodward
    Penalties: Woodward (3)



    15 Jason Woodward, 14 Male Sau, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Colby Fainga'a, 5 Luke Jones, 4 Cadeyrn Neville, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Cruze Ah-Nau

    Substitutes: 16 Pat Leafa, 17 Max Lahiff, 18 Paul Alo-Emilie, 19 Hugh Pyle, 20 Sean McMahon, 21 Nic Stirzaker, 22 Tom Kingston, 23 Angus Roberts.

    15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Francois Steyn, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (captain), 1 Tendai Mtawarira

    Substitutes: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Keegan Daniel, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Fred Zeilinga, 23 SP Marais

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