Cape Town - Peter Grant marked his return to
Super Rugby with a matchwinning penalty for the Stormer,s who edged the
Sharks 15-12 in their clash at Newlands on Saturday evening.
a few days ago flyhalf Grant returned to Cape Town after a club rugby
stint in Japan and he engineered his side's escape, when the match
seemed headed for a 12-all draw, with a penalty two minutes from the
The visiting Sharks wasted no time in taking the game to the
Stormers with a brand of high-risk rugby, straight from the kick-off
and the Stormers' defence faced a few testing situations early on.
Sharks' territorial advantage in the opening 11 minutes did not cause
too much damage for the Stormers who surrendered two penalties, one of
which was converted by flyhalf Pat Lambie (3-0).
seemed to ride this Sharks wave with patience before they managed to
wrest the initiative and their build-up moves looked far more
threatening. They also failed to crack the defence but their fullback
Joe Pietersen snapped two penalties in quick succession, starting in
the 14th minute, to give them a 6-3 lead.
The Sharks managed to
regroup and their penetrative sorties were thrice held up on the
Stormers' tryline and again they had to settle for a Lambie
three-pointer midway through the first half, when their efforts were
worth considerably more (6-6).
The Sharks' territorial advantage
persisted into the final 10 minutes of first-half play, and after Lambie
hit the upright with a 53-metre penalty attempt from inside his own
half, he was on target from the Stormers' 22-metre line to secure the
Sharks a 9-6 advantage at the break.
The Stormers returned with a
far greater sense or urgency about their play and their early
second-half play had an element of adventure about it.
Peter Grant joined the fray in the 48th minute at the expense of No 10
Gary van Aswegen, and the Stormers' backline immediately produced a
fair amount of variation when they probed the Sharks defensive lines.
atoned for earlier lapses with a 55th minute penalty when the Stormers'
pressure started to take its toll and at nine-all Pietersen hashed a
another goalable attempt, just on the hour mark, when the Sharks were
reduced to 14 players, with lock Ross Skeate in the sin bin.
The indiscretion earned the Stormers a penalty which Pietersen converted to edge the home side ahead 12-9.
the match wound towards the final quarter, the Stormers started
imposing themselves on the set-pieces and their cause was boosted by a
number of errors which crept into the Sharks' game.
their finishing was far from satisfactory and their efforts in the
closing stages were not enough to defend their slender three-point lead,
which Lambie erased with a 74th minute penalty (12-12).
the Stormers continued to hold the upper hand in the ensuing minutes,
their efforts couldn't realise a try, but Grant stepped up two minutes
from the end to slot over a penalty from the touchline to snatch a 15-12
victory for his side.
Stormers:Penalties: Joe Pietersen (4), Peter Grant
Sharks: Penalties: Patrick Lambie (4)Teams:Stormers:
15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12
Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9
Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nick Koster, 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5
Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1
Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Frans
Malherbe, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Nizaam Carr, 20 Louis Schrueder, 21
Peter Grant, 22 Gerhard van den HeeverSharks:
15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Louis Ludik, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11
Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Frederic Michalak, 8 Keegan Daniel
(captain), 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Ross Skeate, 4 Steven
Sykes, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Dale Chadwick
Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Jannie du Plessis, 18 Anton
Bresler, 19 Lubabalo Mtembu, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Marius Joubert, 22 Paul