Pietersen steers Sharks home

2011-05-28 19:07

Herman Mostert

Cape Town - A brilliant individual try from wing JP Pietersen has enabled the Sharks to claim a come-from-behind 26-21 win over the Waratahs at Kings Park in Durban.

The Waratahs were in control of proceedings, leading 21-13 midway through the second half, when their fullback Kurtley Beale stepped brilliantly to break the Sharks line. However, he threw a wild pass which landed in Pietersen's hands, and he sprinted almost 60 metres to score in the corner.

Suddenly, the Sharks seemed to have a new lease of life, looking energised as their forwards slowly started to dominate their Australian opponents.

The brilliant Pietersen, was duly awarded with the man-of-the match award.

The Sharks led 13-11 at halftime.

Earlier, in the first half, Sharks flyhalf Patrick Lambie scored a brilliant try similar to the one he scored in last year's Currie Cup final against Western Province.

Lambie converted both tries, and also kicked four penalties in a personal tally of 21 points.

Wing Lachie Turner and flyhalf Daniel Halangahu scored for the Waratahs, while Beale kicked three penalties and a conversion.

This win ensures the Sharks will stay in second position in the South African conference, seven points ahead of the third placed Bulls, who play the Cheetahs at Loftus Versfeld later on Saturday. It also lifted the Durbanites into fifth position on the overall combined Super Rugby log.

The Waratahs are now sixth on the overall log, still second in the Australian conference, eight points behind the high-flying Reds, who host the Crusaders in a blockbuster clash on Sunday.

And, with a clash against the resurging Bulls at Loftus Versfeld looming next week, it will take a monumental effort from the Australians to now reach the play-offs.



Sharks: 15. Louis Ludik, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Stefan Terblanche, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Conrad Hoffmann, 8. Keegan Daniel, 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Alistair Hargreaves, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Eugene van Staden, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. John Smit (captain)

Substitutes: 16. Tendai Mtawarira, 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Gerhard Mostert, 19. Willem Alberts, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22. Riaan Swanepoel


15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Lachie Turner, 13 Ryan Cross, 12 Tom Carter, 11 Sosene Anesi, 10 Daniel Halangahu, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Dave Dennis, 5 Sitaleki Timani, 4 Dean Mumm (captain), 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson

Substitutes: 16 John Ulugia, 17 Al Baxter, 18 Pat O'Connor, 19 Hugh Perrett, 20 Brendan McKibbin, 21 Ben Batger, 22 Atieli Pakalani


  • Andy49 - 2011-05-28 19:31

    Congratulations Sharks.

  • crocowild - 2011-05-28 19:59

    Congratulations Sharks.Pietersen is now the best wing in the country,right or left.He can choose.Lambie definitely the most talented flyhalf with Sias Ebersohn right behind him.Lambie and Morne Steyn definitely our flyhalves for Worldcup group.

  • Dal2000 - 2011-05-28 20:00

    Well done Sharks, looking better but at the moment not exactly finalists.

  • WPBEFONK - 2011-05-28 20:59

    Well done SHARKS!!!!

  • GraemeBB - 2011-05-28 21:03

    Well done Sharks - it wasnt an easy game. JP is looking great!!

  • Carl Muller - 2011-05-28 21:12

    Mooi so Sharks..... Bulls forever...

      Peter - 2011-05-29 14:27

      Nice to see a Bulls supporter congratulating another SA team.. :-)

  • Lloyd - 2011-05-28 21:15

    Congrats Sharks. It was tight but 4 well earned points.

  • maverix - 2011-05-28 21:22

    great to see JP back in form - he was pretty physical at the breakdowns as well as on attack - when he's good he's very, very good - but when he's bad he's mediocre - today he was a joy to watch.

  • A.K - 2011-05-28 21:35

    Lambie you beauty!!!!! well played to JP and Daniel as well congrats to the bulls as well

  • molefeP - 2011-05-28 23:00

    Well done Sharks! Much better than last weekend. Imagine how much better you would have done if JS had not started ahead of Beast?

  • Zion - 2011-05-29 07:32

    Watched the game to the point where the score was 13 : 3. The Waratahs seemed to loose interest and so did I. These Waratah clowns could just a well stayed at home.

  • GregandShaz - 2011-05-29 09:20

    Well done Sharks....a good win but we gotta lose bosman...he,s a weak link

  • Fiftybucks - 2011-05-29 11:06

    The best news of the weekend is that Clermont lost to Toulouse, that means Joubert should be here next week and hopefully we can negotiate with the Cheetahs to take Bosman back and we will take Strauss back! They go through Bosman like he isnt even there too many times.

      Peter - 2011-05-29 14:32

      In terms of the existing agreements,Joubert cannot play for 4 weeks,so would only be available if the Sharks make the playoffs. Strauss is out of the competition due to serious injury but do agree...he is much better than Bosman...that was a bad sell/buy.

  • Howzitekse - 2011-05-29 16:19

    Pietersen was great, and Keegan Daniel had an absolute blinder. Beast also made a huge difference to the scrum when he came on.

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