Durban - The Sharks have burgled a 15-9 victory over the Force Saturday after an error-strewn Super 15 match in Durban.
As it happened: Sharks v Force
being outplayed for much of the game at Kings Park stadium, Sharks
bagged four points and climbed four places to third on the table.
was the third consecutive victory for the Durban outfit, who will play
far better than they did against the Force and lose in the southern
hemisphere inter-provincial rugby championship.
What the Sharks
did achieve was crossing the try-line twice during the second half
through fullback SP Marais and left-wing Lwazi Mvovo.
flyhalf Fred Zeilinga converted one and slotted a penalty after taking
over the goal-kicking duties from original playmaker Francois Steyn.
South Africans also tormented the Australians at many scrums, despite
the absence of banned hooker and skipper Bismarck du Plessis.
they were embarrassingly poor in many other facets of the game and won
only one third of the possession in a game that will quickly be
forgotten by both teams.
Beaten by a last-minute penalty from
Northern Bulls ace points scorer Handre Pollard last weekend, Force once
again were left wondering how they lost.
Coach Michael Foley and
his squad take two losing bonus points back to Perth, but it could have
been eight from two victories with more clinical finishing and a little
SA-born fly-half Sias Ebersohn kicked two penalty goals for
the Force and centre Luke Burton succeeded with the late kick at goal
that secured the bonus point.
Force, suffering a sixth straight
loss after shocking title-holders the New South Wales Waratahs in the
opening round, had two tries disallowed by New Zealand referee Nic
While TV replays suggested loose forward Ben McCalman had
scored a legitimate pushover try in the opening half, the television
match official told the referee he was unsure.
The match officials
were correct to disallow a score by another loose forward, Sam Mafi,
with 12 minutes left as McCalman obstructed a would-be Shark tackler.
pick-and-go style of the visitors helped bring them close to the
try-line, but the Sharks always managed to keep the Australians out.
slotted two penalties from three attempts to leave the Force 6-0 ahead
at half-time after one of the worst halves in Super Rugby history.
blindside break by scrum-half Conrad Hoffman triggered a movement that
ended with Marais diving over in the corner for a try three minutes into
the second half.
Zeilinga kicked a penalty just past the hour to
nudge the Sharks into an 8-6 advantage and then came two minutes that
settled the outcome.
Ebersohn fluffed a simple penalty attempt and
Sharks hit back with a Marais break that set up Mvovo to dive over and
Sharks: 15 - Tries: SP Marais, Lwazi Mvovo; Conversion: Fred Zeilinga; Penalty: Zeilinga
Force: 9 - Penalties: Sias Ebersohn (2), Luke Burton
15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 André Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frans Steyn, 9 Conrad Hoffman, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Jean Deysel (captain), 6 Renaldo Bothma, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 Mouritz Botha, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 20 Daniel du Preez, 21 Stefan Ungerer, 22 Fred Zeilinga, 23 Waylon Murray
15 Luke Morahan, 14 Marcel Brache, 13 Kyle Godwin, 12 Luke Burton, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Kane Koteka, 6 Steve Mafi, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Sam Wykes (captain), 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pekahou Cowan
Substitutes: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Oliver Hoskins, 19 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 20 Angus Cottrell, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Zack Holmes, 23 Dane Haylett-Petty