Sharks overpower Brumbies

2011-05-07 20:53

Cape Town - The Sharks scored 28 unanswered second half points to defeat the Brumbies of Australia 34-16 on Saturday and stay on course for a Vodacom Super Rugby play-offs place.

Victory lifted the Durban franchise to fifth on the combined table with 39 points and this bonus-point victory leaves them just four points behind the Stormers in the South African conference.

It was hard to imagine Sharks winning so comfortably when they trailed 13-0 midway through the opening half at Kings Park in Durban as the Brumbies put a loss to the Cheetahs last weekend behind them.

But the Australians faded dramatically as the second half wore on and they conceded four tries, all of which young Sharks flyhalf Patrick Lambie converted to finish with a 14-point haul.

"It is a long, hard, tough competition and getting five points was an excellent result for us after a heavy loss to the Stormers last weekend," stressed Sharks centre and skipper Stefan Terblanche

"We were hurting after Cape Town where we were beaten and beaten up and it was important that we got back on the winning trail quickly. The Super Rugby is a marathon not a sprint and we are nicely placed."

Brumbies flyhalf and captain Matt Giteau cut a despondent figure as the Wallaby star reflected on a two-match South African tour that did not yield a single point for a team lying in the bottom half of the table.

"I thought we were pretty good in the first half, but dropped off after the break while the Sharks lifted their game. Our intensity slipped and the lesson from this game is that we have to maintain momentum for 80 minutes."

Giteau kicked two penalties before converting a try by centre Christian Lealiifano which stemmed from wing Adam Smith gathering a kick ahead by scrum-half Patrick Phibbs deep in Brumbies territory.

Lambie cut the gap to seven points with a couple of penalties before Giteau landed one to leave the Brumbies 10 points ahead at half-time after a poor first half showing from the home team.

Sensing an unaffordable home loss, Sharks backs and forwards upped the tempo and Springbok wing JP Pietersen dotted down three minutes into the second half to ignite a stirring revival.

Lock Steven Sykes went over in the corner for the second try, another Lambie conversion made it 20-16, and from then on only one team looked like winning with replacements Adi Jacobs and Anton Bresler adding a try each.


15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Stefan Terblanche (captain), 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Willem Alberts, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Eugene van Staden, 18 Anton Bresler, 19 Marcel Coetzee, 20 Conrad Hoffmann, 21 Adi Jacobs, 22 Lwazi Mvovo

15 Pat McCabe, 14 Andrew Smith, 13 Tyrone Smith, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 10 Matt Giteau, 9 Pat Phibbs, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 Colby Faingaa, 6 Mitch Chapman, 5 Mark Chisholm, 4 Peter Kimlin, 3 Jono Owen, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ben Alexander

Substitutes: 16 Huia Edmonds, 17 Salesi Ma’afu, 18 Ben Hand, 19 Michael Hooper, 20 Josh Valentine, 21 Robbie Coleman, 22 Franky Fainifo


  • Lloyd - 2011-05-07 20:58

    Nice win Sharks. You must admit though that this is the worst Brumbies team ever.

      Dal2000 - 2011-05-07 21:02

      Yeah it is, i'm just happy to see when Bosman went off how much more effective we were. Heres to hoping he doesn't get selected for the next game.

      Dal2000 - 2011-05-07 21:03

      On another note the brumbies play pretty damn well in the first half.

      daspoort - 2011-05-07 21:47

      Shut up Lloyd, you'll never be the man your mother is

      Stox - 2011-05-08 23:29

      I almost get the feeling what we didn't deserve to win by so much. But we did. Oh well :)

  • FerretGee - 2011-05-07 21:06

    We'll have the points thanks. There are no remarks columns in the score books.

      Marcell - 2011-05-08 08:06

      Correct. when you win the trophy at the end it does not say that you have lost to the Crusaders 27 0.

  • SST - 2011-05-07 21:21

    Well done Sharks. Great win

  • molefeP - 2011-05-07 21:57

    Well done Sharks, I for one did not think that you would be able to pull it back! Awesome win!

  • rugby_guru - 2011-05-07 21:59

    Well done m sharks, but like Lloyd said, the worst brumbies team that nearly took us to the cleaners... howeer with our bye we looking good... gooooooo sharkies

      ChumScrubber - 2011-05-08 08:44

      It looked like they were going to lose this one in the first half, too many mistakes and no penetration. How much time did we spend on their tryline without scoring a point? Made up for it in the second half, but not a great performance by the Sharks against a team that is currently not up to scratch. This Sharks team is good, but not excellent - they won't make the final this year.

      rugby_guru - 2011-05-08 09:50

      You right it did... couldn't follow through, blew 3 tries in first half. Of course I'm optimistic that they have a chance, but if they don't find form by the next game we overs.

  • Trumpi - 2011-05-07 23:54

    Is Jake coaching the Brumbies yet? I know that it will take him a while to turn them around, but I would be keen to hear what his comments were.

      Marcell - 2011-05-08 08:03

      Nope, not yet. He only starts next season.

      ChumScrubber - 2011-05-08 08:40

      Like his influence turned the Lions around? I think Jake is overated, he did a great job for the Bokke, but since then .......................

  • Makutu - 2011-05-08 02:00

    I still don't get why Mvovo isn't playing.

      Marcell - 2011-05-08 08:11

      You're only allowed to have 15 players on the field. Only the stormers are allowed to have the ref on their side:)

      ChumScrubber - 2011-05-08 08:36

      I think its a case of managing the players. Odwa and JP are playing well, so it does not make much difference who runs out on the feild.

      Peter - 2011-05-08 08:56

      mvovo was injured...

  • kurtvs - 2011-05-08 02:00

    Like I said or asked last week. Why the hell does Adrian Jacobs sit on the bench he is better then both the starting centers??

      Marcell - 2011-05-08 08:02

      because he can only look good when the other players are tired.

      ChumScrubber - 2011-05-08 08:38

      I agree, Jacobs makes things happen - maybe he isn't that fit. I'd say at least give him a start, and bring Bosman on later as the impact player. (Not that he is having much of a positive impact till now)

  • shawnappel - 2011-05-08 06:23

    Meyer Bosman < Anyone else that can walk

  • Marcell - 2011-05-08 08:09

    I think it would be very unwise for PDV to underestimate the Aussies come WC. They might thump thump the Bokke during the Tri nations too.

  • Carl Muller - 2011-05-08 09:30

    Congratulations! At least 2 S A Teams won this weekend, The Cheetahs and the Sharks.. Bulls forever.

  • Simon Boshoff - 2011-05-08 10:13

    Go South Africa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • BardofAvon - 2011-05-08 10:23

    Well done, Sharks. See you at Loftus for your medicine.

      FerretGee - 2011-05-08 11:06

      Pride before fall Bard..... :)

      Chadwick - 2011-05-09 11:35

      Lol. Bulls will lose against the Sharks. I wont second guess it.

  • StBad - 2011-05-08 12:05

    Nice to see the injection that AD brought to the backline when he came on... a backline reshuffle me thinks!

  • Jan - 2011-05-08 21:26

    @Marcell, wtf?????? The ref on the stormers side??? What type of TV is yours, the parrafin or Diesel model???

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