Durban - The Sharks won their second Super Rugby match on the trot following
an unconvincing 27-9 victory over the Hurricanes at Kings Park in Durban
AS IT HAPPENED: Sharks v Hurricanes
Despite a dominating start the Sharks allowed the
Hurricanes into the match to leave it too close for comfort at the end
as it was up to flyhalf Patrick Lambie to clinch the victory.
Lambie contributed 17 of his points through his placekicking with five penalty goals and a conversion.
home side had a myriad of chances in the first half as they took
control of the set pieces, with their scrum in particularly putting the
pressure on the tourists.
The Sharks got an early foothold on the match when Lambie succeeded with his first penalty conversion of the game.
after the restart the Sharks had their first real opportunity of adding
a five-pointer to the score when they won a scrum penalty which
resulted in a Ryan Kankowski quick tap.
The ball eventually ended
in the hands of fullback SP Marais, who knocked the ball on as he went
over the line with two Hurricanes players applying pressure.
hosts camped out in the Hurricanes' 22 for close to 10 minutes in which
they again fumbled two opportunities to put the pressure into points.
eventually found the breakthrough in the 19th minute when flanker
Willem Alberts scored from a driving maul that started from a lineout 10
metres from the line. Lambie added the two points to extend his side's
lead to 10 points.
The Sharks continued to dominate for the rest of the half as they enjoyed majority possession and territory.
the coastal side could not capitalize on the advantage and with six
minutes left in the clock the Hurricanes got onto the score sheet
courtesy of a Beauden Barrett penalty goal before Marty Banks added
another three shortly before the break (10-6).
Lambie succeeded with a penalty conversion three minutes after the break as the game briefly turned into a battle of the boot.
returned their deficit to four points in the 52nd minute before Lambie
replied with a penalty goal of his own six minutes later.
Sharks finally found passage through the Hurricanes' defensive line when
wing Lwazi Mvovo intercepted the ball on the halfway line for a close
to 40 metre sprint to the line, with Lambie converting (21-9).
took the wind out of the 'Canes' sails before Lambie sealed the match
in earnest with two consecutive penalty conversions at the death for a
flattering 27-9 victory.
Tries: Willem Alberts, Lwazi Mvovo
Conversion: Pat Lambie
Penalties: Lambie (5)
Penalties: Beauden Barrett (2), Marty BanksTeams:
15. SP Marais, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Frans Steyn,
11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Ryan
Kankowski, 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Pieter-Steph du
Toit, 4. Anton Bresler, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis
(captain), 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17.
Dale Chadwick, 18. Lourens Adriaanse, 19. Stephan Lewies, 20. Jean
Deysel, 21. Charl McLeod, 22. Heimar Williams, 23. S’bura Sithole
15 Marty Banks, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Hadleigh
Parks, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade
Thomson, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 Mark Abbott, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3
Jeffrey Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks
Motu Matu'u, 17 Chris Eves, 18 John Schwalger, 19 Mark Reddish, 20 Adam
Hill, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Alapati Leiua, 23 James Marshall