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Sharks hold off Stormers
Durban - Patrick Lambie kicked all the points
as the Sharks bagged their second straight win in the Super
Rugby campaign, securing a narrow 12-6 victory in a drab encounter
against the Stormers at Kings Park on Saturday night.
scoreless first half of the South African derby was a dour affair, with
both teams hesitant to run too much with ball in hand.
instead opted to constantly boot the ball upfield, although the visitors
did manage to breach the home 22 on a few occasions.
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team broke the deadlock before the break, and things marginally improved
after the restart with Springbok flyhalf Lambie slotting four penalties
in reply to two by Joe Pietersen.
That allowed the hosts to
clinch the win that moved them to second in the local conference
standings and fifth overall. The Stormers, meanwhile, dropped to 12th
after a second consecutive defeat.
At the start, the visitors
began the brighter of the two sides, but their handling in promising
positions was poor early on, allowing the Sharks to turn over
Bok winger Bryan Habana twice raced down the left
after clever kick-aheads, but both times the ball beat him to touch as
the hosts battled to find forward movement.
They did have the
first attempt on goal, though, on the stroke of the first quarter when
the Stormers were penalised for handling the ball on the ground at the
scrum. Lambie’s attempt from 40 metres drifted to the right.
Sharks had another attempt, albeit an ambitious one, in the 31st minute
when Deon Fourie was punished for not rolling away at the ruck, but
Francois Steyn’s shot from close to 55 metres out did not have the legs
to carry over.
After the restart, an infringement from Pietersen
gave the home team a third kickable penalty, and this time Lambie made
But the Cape side were back on level terms within
three minutes when the hosts were punished for not rolling away
following a strong maul, with Pietersen making it 3-3.
ruck infringement, this time by the Stormers right in front of the
posts, gifted the Sharks and Lambie three more points in the 53rd
minute, before the number 10 immediately added another off-side penalty
to extend the advantage.
Pietersen again replied, but some
line-out interference by his team-mates allowed last year’s Super Rugby
finalists to regain their six-point lead, which they held till the final
15. Louis Ludik, 14. JP Pietersen
, 13. Paul Jordaan,
12. Francois Steyn
(captain), 11. Lwazi Mvovo
, 10. Patrick Lambie
Cobus Reinach, 8. Ryan Kankowski
, 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Marcell Coetzee
Franco van der Merwe, 4. Anton Bresler, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Craig
Burden, 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17.
Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 19. Jacques Botes
, 20. Charl
McLeod, 21. Meyer Bosman
, 22. Odwa NdunganeStormers:
, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Jean de Villiers (captain), 12.
Damian de Allende, 11. Bryan Habana
, 10. Elton Jantjies
, 9. Nic Groom,
8. Duane Vermeulen
(vice-captain), 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Siya Kolisi
5. Andries Bekker
, 4. De Kock Steenkamp, 3. Frans
Malherbe, 2. Deon
Fourie, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Martin Bezuidenhout,
17. Pat Cilliers, 18. Don Armand, 19. Nizaam Carr, 20. Louis Schreuder,
21. Peter Grant
, 22. Gerhard van den Heever