Sharks attack for stunning win

2010-07-31 17:24

Bloemfontein - A late fight back from the Sharks, which saw three tries scored within six minutes, secured the visitors a stunning 25-13 win over the Cheetahs in a Currie Cup match in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Centre Pat Lambie was in superb form, scoring 20 of the Sharks’ points including a brace of tries, and the 19-year-old played a huge role in lifting them to second place on the log.

The Sharks made mistakes that cost them dearly in the first half, with the scrum giving away three penalties and sloppy defence allowing Cheetahs scrum-half Tewis de Bruyn to dot down the only try of the opening stanza.

Lambie and Cheetahs flyhalf Louis Strydom both fluffed opportunities to put their sides ahead from penalty kicks in the first 10 minutes, with Lambie missing left and Strydom dropping a long range effort short of the crossbar.

Lambie wasted another penalty midway through the half and Strydom fluffed one in extra time, but both players had successful attempts to give their sides three points a piece.

De Bruyn, however, gave the hosts a 10-3 lead at the break after catching the Sharks defence napping in the 33rd minute.

Having spent some time in the sin bin after being shown a yellow card, De Bruyn made up for his absence just eight minutes after he returned to the field. Taking a quick tap kick, he stole through a huge gap to score, and Strydom converted to ensure the home side took a seven-point lead in to the break.

In the 47th minute Strydom stretched the gap even further with an easy penalty kick, but Lambie kept the visitors in the hunt with a successful penalty of his own two minutes later, closing the gap to 13-6.

And with nine minutes remaining in regular time, Sharks replacement Eugene van Staden barged over to give his side a vital five points.

Lambie, however, sent the conversion wide to leave them trailing by two at 13-11.

Five minutes later some great team work from the Sharks saw them taking the lead for the first time in the match.

Eighth man Ryan Kankowski received the ball in the Sharks 22 and after a blinding run down the left wing, followed by some sharp work from Lwazi Mvovo, Lambie went over. He converted his own try and the Sharks were suddenly in control.

A minute later they hammered the nail even further in the Cheetahs’ coffin when another superb effort from Mvovo cleared the way for Lambie to score his second try. And while the teenager missed with the conversion attempt, he had done enough to secure his side the win.


Tries: Tewis de Bruyn.
Conversions: Louis Strydom.
Penalties: Strydom (2).

Tries: Eugene van Staden, Pat Lambie (2).
Conversions: Lambie (2).
Penalties: Lambie (2).


  • rough - 2010-07-31 17:32

    yes, but still not as impressive as the running attacking positive rugby the ABs played. 3 games. 3 bonus points for tries. Quite a gap between 1 and 2 it seems in world rugby....

  • The Original Beast - 2010-07-31 17:51

    Love it, Love it, Love it!!!! It took, a while, but the men in the black and white, were on fire in the last ten minutes. In 2007, the springboks has Frans Steyn, think in 2011 we should put Pat Lambie. Exceptional talent. I remember how he made our 1st team cry cause of his ability. We have a strong team this year, and could take the cup. Looking forward to the super 15, when we have our boks in the team as well. Can any one tell me what has happened to Rory Kockott? Well done to the Sharks. Now we need to find a centre, after Old Balie Terblanche retires.

  • The Original Beast - 2010-07-31 18:02

    @rough. WHat are you on about boet?? Whats your point? This is provincial rugby!! Click on rugby,in the top left hand corner, then click on Tri-nations. Then you can go and comment all you like.

  • Blue Jake - 2010-07-31 19:03

    Sonder Pro (tuin dienste) Legoete om hulle te help is die Cheetahs maar hopeloos.

  • Chris G - 2010-07-31 20:31

    Lambi and Mvovo... those 2 are going to be something very special in the near future.

  • Gunnar - 2010-08-01 12:12

    This is great start to the season. Now Div. must really look around & pick the ripe plms

  • Bob - 2010-08-01 14:06

    "ROUGH" has issues.....

  • Stephen Eriksen-Miller - 2010-08-01 18:22

    Lambie certainly is a rare talent, and lets hope he gets managed properly. I see him getting a look in to the Springboks fairly soon. He is still young though, so should be allowed to mature a little before rushing him in. Mvovu was impressive, and to my mind, Deysel and Botes should be looked at for national honours. They never let the Sharks down! Lets hope our season continues in the spirit.

  • Tommygun - 2010-08-01 21:29

    Kockott must have issues with management, because his replacement doesn't bring anything extra to the table. The Sharks are going to come up short in the close games if they haven't got a reliable kicker in the side.

  • Dragonpig - 2010-08-02 09:54

    @Tommygun, Lambie is reliable with the boot, one bad performance with kicking (Both kickers had trouble) lets not forget Dan Carter against SA going 3/8 with the boot in the first test. I agree Lambie must be managed properly, I don't like him moving to centre to accommodate Ludik, he's good too but Lambie needs to grow at 15. Not the biggest guy around but he doesn't miss his tackles, he's brave and he does all the work. Lets not do another Pienaar with him and stuff him around until someone notices that if they take him as fullback then they'll have a world class player instead of him being at centre, Kanko is in better form than Spies (On form Spies is the best in the world hands down) so play him for SA at number 8, Lambie deserves a chance now that we can't win the tournament anymore, grow him, Mvovo is great but needs a wee bit longer I think with Aplon and Hougaard in such great form and deserving national colours right now, Dewalt Potgieter should get some games in the green and gold to start and also Juan De Jongh, use it to build youngsters now for the world cup

  • rod - 2010-08-02 10:54

    What the Sharks are doing is wrong, shifting Pat Lambie around the backline let him play at fullback, look at all the versatile players that could have been stars at there favourite position Brent Russel, Ruan Pienaar and my star Frans Steyn,

  • Rod - 2010-08-02 10:56

    What the Sharks are doing is wrong, shifting Pat Lambie around the backline let him play at fullback, look at all the versatile players that could have been stars at there favourite position Brent Russel, Ruan Pienaar and my star Frans Steyn,

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