13-man Sharks hold off Chiefs
Durban - A 13-man Sharks team registered a gutsy 12-11 victory over the
Chiefs in an ill-tempered Super Rugby clash that featured three sendings-off on
As it happened: Sharks v Chiefs
In driving wind and rain at King's Park, the visitors were
the first to see red on 15 minutes when hooker Hika Elliot was dismissed for
shoulder-barging the head of Sharks prop Tendai Mtawarira.
Home captain Bismark du Plessis was then sent off three
minutes later for blatantly kicking the head of Chiefs No 8 Michael Leitch.
The ill-discipline continued when Sharks centre Frans Steyn
was dismissed for a tip-tackle on flyhalf Aaron Cruden in the 28th minute.
In between there were some points scored as flank Sam Cane
crossed for a try for the visitors and Cruden added two penalties.
Sharks flyhalf Pat Lambie also booted three penalties as the
Chiefs led 11-9 at half-time.
Lambie added another penalty for the only score of the
second half and the home team were able to keep the Chiefs at bay despite their
Penalties: Pat Lambie (4)
Try: Sam Cane
Penalties: Aaron Cruden
15. SP Marais, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. JP Pietersen, 12. Frans Steyn, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Renaldo Bothma, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Marco Wentzel, 4. Mouritz Botha, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis (captain), 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Dale Chadwick, 18. Lourens Adriaanse, 19. Lubabalo Mtyanda, 20. Daniel du Preez, 21. Conrad Hoffmann, 22. Andre Esterhuizen, 23. Waylon Murray
15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Seta Tamanivalu, 12 Andrew Horrell, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam (captain), 5 Michael Fitzgerald, 4 Matt Symons, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Jamie Mackintosh
Substitutes: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Ben Tameifuna, 18 Mitchell Graham, 19 Michael Allardice, 20 Johan Bardoul, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Tom Marshall, 23 Hosea Gear