Lambie stars in Sharks' win

2012-05-05 18:44

Cape Town - Patrick Lambie scored all the points for the Sharks as they ground out a difficult 28-16 Super Rugby victory over the Highlanders in Durban on Saturday.

The young flyhalf landed five penalties to give the hosts a 15-9 lead at the break, before adding a converted try and two more penalties in the second period.

Kurt Baker scored the only try for the tourists with their other points coming via the boot of Mike Delany.

The Sharks started out brightly and were awarded a penalty inside the opening minute after the Highlanders failed to release, with Lambie slotting over from right in front.

But the visitors were allowed right back into the game when JP Pietersen, playing on the wing for the first time this season, fluffed a routine catch from the kick-off on the right.

When the ball was spread to the left, Jacques Botes was off-sides and Delany drew the scores level.

A scrum penalty moments later allowed Lambie to kick his side back in front, and he stretched the lead even further when Jamie MacKintosh failed to retreat quickly enough.

That kick took Lambie past 300 points in Super Rugby, before he knocked over another from the halfway like when Elliot Dixon kept his hands in a ruck.

At the other end Delany missed twice, before striking third-time lucky when the Sharks were again off-sides as the error count began to mount against both teams.

Botes was yellow carded just after the half-hour mark for coming in from the side, allowing Delany to cut the gap to three, with referee Steve Walsh’s continuously warning both captains.

MacKintosh conceded another infringement on the stroke of half-time when he went in from the side at the ruck, allowing Lambie to stretch the lead to 15-9 at the break.

The Highlanders came out strongly after the restart and Baker crossed for a converted try on the right after a clever pass wide by Ben Smith to Jarrad Hoeata, who picked out the replacement winger, and the conversion put the visitors in front for the first time.

However, two more penalties from Lambie, the second of which took him past the 100-point mark for the season, put the home side back in front.

Keegan Daniel chipped ahead and Lambie took advantage of an error from Hosea Gear, which allowed the flyhalf to gather and score under the post with half an hour left.

It was comfortably converted, and despite more pressure from the Highlanders in the final quarter, the Sharks managed to hold on.


15 Louis Ludik, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie,9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain ), 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis / Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Wiehahn Herbst / Jannie du Plessis, 18 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Ryan Kankowski, 21 Frederic Michalak, 22 Meyer Bosman

15. Ben Smith, 14. Siale Piutau, 13. Tamati Ellison, 12. Shaun Treeby, 11. Hosea Gear, 10. Mike Delany, 9. Aaron Smith, 8. Nasi Manu, 7. Doug Tietjens, 6. Adam Thomson, 5. Jarrad Hoeata, 4. Josh Bekhuis, 3. Chris King, 2. Andrew Hore, 1. Jamie MacKintosh (captain)

Substitutes: 16. Jason Rutledge, 17. Ma'afu Fia, 18. Culum Retallick, 19. Elliot Dixon, 20. Jimmy Cowan, 21. Chris Noakes, 22. Kurt Baker


  • Steven Trollip - 2012-05-05 18:51

    Moi so julle Ysters.

      Francois - 2012-05-05 19:05

      Job well done Sharks, if is was not for that kick in the FS, you could have been up there with the Highlanders on the log! HM, there is your flyhalf.

  • Tokolos - 2012-05-05 18:53

    Good job Sharkies. Now just go and murder the Stormpies in 3 week's time. GO SHARKS!!!

      Sean - 2012-05-06 01:17

      Grant , maybe number 4 or 5 !! Fact !!

      Jonathan - 2012-05-06 07:29


      Tokolos - 2012-05-06 07:56

      Sakkie... Morne is still no.1, and will be for a long time. When are you going to get that into your peanut and realize that. The rest unfortunately are bench warmers. Steyn is and will be the Bok pivot until next World Cup. Sorry to burst your bubble. Go Cheetahs and Sharks... Murder the Stormpies!!!

  • Tertius - 2012-05-05 18:56

    well done my sharkies, as always making me proud, win or lose! Congrats to the highlanders as well, you were worthy opponents! As for lambie, meyer can sleep sound tonight!

  • Priester - 2012-05-05 19:09

    Sharks, congratulations on a well deserved win. Blou Bul Groete!

  • Tertius - 2012-05-05 19:16

    It's great to see that out of the top 6 point scorers in this competition this season so far 3 (50%) of them are from south african teams!

      Dave - 2012-05-05 22:07

      That's because SA have a game plan like England that involves winning by kicking points. Boring.

      Bob - 2012-05-05 22:43

      hey tertius the crusaders havent played yet you clown

      Tertius - 2012-05-06 07:02

      @bob, note the 'so far' in my comment!

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-06 07:49

      I'm not a big fan of congratulating top points scorers. If a team creates all the pressure to get penalties, the individual get's all the glory. There are so many good kickers these days, it should be an irrelevant statistic. The team creates the points, not the individual - unless the oke also scores a lot of tries, then credit is due for points.

  • Andy - 2012-05-05 21:02

    Lambie was also responsible for kicking a huge amount of possession away, giving the Highlanders the ball to run back on countless occasions, Sharks need to up the game and trade the coac, Plumtree has past his sell by date..

      Reinie - 2012-05-05 21:41

      @Andt, Totally agree,when we had the ball the Sharks looked good, way to much kicking. It was a defence game. Plum will be out soon, I would not be suprised if it is mid-season next year.Well done Lambie & Sharks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reon - 2012-05-06 00:29

    Poor game blues wud dominate that little dwaf.ab

      Sean - 2012-05-06 01:19

      Like I said earlier , stay off the TIK , not good for you !!

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-06 11:00

      Your brain gort u brooken spreeng?

  • Ockie - 2012-05-06 07:19

    Well done Sharks. Great game by Lambie.

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-06 07:51

    Good win but they are not a polished outfit this year, far too many mistakes. Unless they can get some sort of cohesion in the team they will not be playoff contenders.

  • Selma - 2012-05-06 13:06

    The Sharks are not worthy of Patrick Lambie.

      Den%c3%a9se - 2012-05-06 22:55


      Raymond - 2012-05-07 12:37

      Stick to musicology. You know zip about rugby.

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