Johannesburg - Second-half tries by Ryan Kankowski and Keegan Daniel helped the
Sharks consolidate their position on top of the Super Rugby table with a
comfortable 32-10 victory over the Waratahs at Kings Park in Durban on
Stand-in fly-half Fred Zeilinga turned in a faultless
kicking display with 19 points to his name as the hosts dominated
against their ill-disciplined visitors.
The Australians did
manage a late consolation try through Bernard Foley, who kicked all
their points on a warm night on the east coast.
made a flying start thanks to a superb Adam Ashley-Cooper break through
the middle, and after the ball was recycled, Frans Steyn was caught
off-side, allowing Foley to slot over the first points.
were level after 10 minutes as Jaques Potgieter returned the favour by
straying into illegal territory - the injured Patrick Lambie's
replacement Zeilinga, making his first start for the coastal franchise,
converting the penalty from right in front.
Seven minute later
the Sharks number 10 banged over another three-pointer to put his team
in front after a dangerous tackle on Steyn by Rob Horne, who was lucky
to escape a trip to the sin bin.
Zeilinga added a third penalty
just after the opening quarter when Benn Robinson was punished for
collapsing the scrum, with Foley missing a chance to win back the three
points when he shot wide after Marcell Coetzee failed to roll away.
made the visitors pay for that miss when he knocked over a monster
52-metre kick on the stroke of half time as the Sharks led by nine.
the restart, Foley wasted a second kick that drifted wide, while
another long-range Steyn effort was just off target this time.
the game changed after 48 minutes when Waratahs captain David Dennis
was yellow carded for an off-the-ball incident with opposite number
Bismarck du Plessis.
And the Sharks made full use of their advantage, winning a penalty line-out on attack and pushing over through Kankowski.
Zeilinga added the conversion and followed that up with a 65th minute off-side penalty as the hosts took total control.
making his first appearance of the season from the bench, added a
second try with eight minutes to go following a quick tap-and-go taken
by himself on the left as the penalty count increased against the New
South Wales outfit.
Foley managed a consolation try two minutes from time when he ran on to Pat McCutcheon's pass to score under the post.