Sharks hold on for win

2012-03-31 12:21

Canberra - The Sharks survived a late challenge to break a 14-year drought in Canberra by grinding down the Brumbies 29-26 in their Super Rugby match on Saturday.

The Brumbies' replacement Nic White snatched an 80th minute try and Christan Lealiifano's conversion put the home side within three points but the Sharks repelled a desperate drive after the whistle to notch their first win at Canberra Stadium since 1998.

"It was a great encounter, both teams played some real running rugby ... I'm very proud of the boys," Sharks captain Keegan Daniel said in a pitchside interview.

"We haven't had too much success here or in Sydney, so we're very happy to pull off a win here."

Fullback Riaan Viljoen scored a brace of tries in the first half and flanker Willem Alberts added another after the break before winger Lwazi Mvovo scored a fourth in the 62nd minute to give the Durban-based Sharks a bonus point.

The win was the Sharks' third from six matches in the season and was made easier by a pair of howling errors from the Brumbies.

The hosts were kicking themselves six minutes before half-time when winger Odwa Ndugane intercepted an ambitious pass and fed Viljoen for the Sharks' second try.

Another shambolic error in defence gifted the Sharks their third and a six-point lead four minutes after the break.

Flyhalf Matt Toomua knocked the ball out of the air back towards the Brumbies' try-line where winger Henry Speight fumbled, allowing Sharks flanker Alberts to poke the ball over with his foot and fall on top of it at the left post.

The match began as an arm wrestle, but Viljoen drew first blood for the Sharks with his first try in the 21st minute after receiving a long pass from a quickly taken penalty.

Fullback Jesse Mogg struck back for the Brumbies seven minutes later with an inspirational try, streaming down the right wing and collecting his own kick a few metres shy of the line before touching down under the posts.

The Brumbies held a one-point lead (16-15) at half-time but were repeatedly denied after the break by desperate defence on the line.

The Sharks counter-attacked brilliantly after weathering a 15-phase assault that covered the breadth of their line, with lock Steven Sykes thundering down the left before dishing inside to jet-heeled winger Mvovo at the halfway mark.

Mvovo burned away from the chasing Pat McCabe to score his try. Frederic Michalak converted to put the Sharks 29-19 up with less than a quarter left.

White's unlikely last-gasp try, stepping a defender before crossing near the left corner, raised the hopes of baying fans at the stadium but prop Ben Alexander's desperate charge toward the line saw the ball spill free and allow Sharks scrumhalf Charl McLeod to boot it into touch to secure victory.



Tries: Jesse Mogg, Nic Smith

Conversions: Christian Lealiifano (2)

Penalties: Lealiifano (4)


Tries: Riaan Viljoen (2), Willem Alberts, Lwazi Mvovo

Conversions: Frederic Michalak (3)

Penalties: Michalak



15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Pat McCabe, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Henry Speight, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Ian Prior, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Leon Power, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ruadhri Murphy

Substitutes: 16 Anthony Hegarty, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Scott Fardy, 19 Ita Vaea, 20 Nic White, 21 Zack Holmes, 22 Joe Tomane

15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Jandre Marais, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 2 Dale Chadwick

Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Anton Bresler, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Jacques Botes, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Louis Ludik


  • LouisJohannesMyburgh - 2012-03-31 12:25

    Well done Sharks!!! Had us worried for a bit. But well played. A good run for South African rugby this weekend so far. Waiting for the results of the next few games. Hoping for a win for all our teams this weekend. From a Bulls supporter.

      LouisJohannesMyburgh - 2012-03-31 12:34

      Was that a paraffin and coke talking for the thumbs down?

      David - 2012-03-31 12:47

      Thanks Louis, good luck for tonight (though I'm not too hell bent on who wins)

      LouisJohannesMyburgh - 2012-03-31 12:58

      @ David. I am hoping that the Bulls win. But who ever wins will just mean a plus for South Africa. We have done well this weekend. The Aussies are having a bad week end so far. No wins thus far for them. So we are not doing bad at all. My only hope right now is that the Lions win there game. That will top my weekend for me.

  • Tertius - 2012-03-31 12:36

    well done boys! Its always such a proud feeling being a shark supporter, win or lose! 5 points, whoop whoop!

  • Bluey - 2012-03-31 12:40

    Great game and well done to the Sharks. Strange how in OZ and NZ we're playing earlier kick offs.......apparently Japan's interested with TV rights (Time-zone) to continue. Roll on 2016, SR to the masses

      David - 2012-03-31 13:00

      Would be great to expand to those regions, though not if it means more games. Argentina would be a great addition.

      LouisJohannesMyburgh - 2012-03-31 13:08

      @ Bluey. Just a quick one. We are coming out of daylight savings which will mean we are setting our clocks back 1 hour in NZ. That may answer your question on that one.

      Bluey - 2012-03-31 13:21 my comment and then read my sarcastic approach from a kiwi, have a closer look at my loaded comment: SRugby will be no more after 2015/16 As for the Kings/Cheetahs/Lions etc.............Asia/America/Pacific nations are stepping up especially regarding the TV channels and rights. Can't wait, and yes I'm well aware of day light you get the sarcasm yet? to the masses

      David - 2012-03-31 13:58

      In other words the Kiwi's want out now the Saffa's are beating them. Go show the Japs your might, you world beaters

      LouisJohannesMyburgh - 2012-03-31 14:01

      @ Bluey. I just caught up on the whole mess. Wow what are these guys trying to do? If it carries on like this we may end up with no SR. Is it a good thing? mmmmmm I wonder - 2012-03-31 14:51

      @Bluey. I for one would welcome Japan's involvement. Strange how you can get nationalistic about growing the game. Dwelling on SA's exclusion rather than the benefits of growing the game? Why? As for earlier kick offs, well the schedule gets laid down by SANZAR and not dictated by Aus/NZ. Either way I dont blame SANAZR pushing for earlier kickoffs in NZ especially. Its been shown without a shadow of a doubt that they get bigger crowds for afternoon games. Same applies here by the way. As for replacing the revenue? Well good luck. Can you replace more than 50% of it which is funded by SA

      Lion - 2012-03-31 15:41

      Bluey... Go play with your sister!

  • Bluey - 2012-03-31 12:42

    Earlier games for all, one game after the other.........America and Japan are watching now......Awesome

  • David - 2012-03-31 12:43

    Great win, though still too Jeckyll and Hyde. The first 20 minutes were awful. Michalak was poor at flyhalf, passes going behind players and poor decision making so Lambie was definately missed. Hope to see a complete performance soon. Oh, and how was Mvovo's try!!!!!!!! :-)

  • Stormkaap - 2012-03-31 12:44

    Great win for the Sharks. great performance by Daniel. And we have some great loosies in the springbok cupboard. Except for Brussouw, none of the rest can be guarenteed a place

      Stormkaap - 2012-03-31 12:45

      Just concerned with the fitness of the Sharks, unable to close off the match. They appeared out on their feet for 2 games in a row at the death

  • Chili - 2012-03-31 12:46

    Sorry Jake White - you missed your Shark fin this time! LOL!!!!!! Well done SHARKIES (;-)

      Jason - 2012-03-31 15:25

      Sharks played well, but you have to hand it to Jake, he has done good things so far with the Brumbies!

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-03-31 12:55

    What a pity I couldn't listen on the radio or watch the match on sabc

  • Lion - 2012-03-31 13:02

    Good Job SHARKIES!!!!!!!

      David - 2012-03-31 13:06

      Thanks Lion. My fingers, toes, legs and hair are all crossed for the Lions tonight, what a perfect weekend it would be if they beat the Crusaders. Go Lions!!

      Lion - 2012-03-31 15:49

      Thanks David... We'll have to see about that one. I think we have a pretty good chance ad the guys will be motivated after last week against the Stormers. However... Crusaders is a quality side and always in contention for play offs. The have Dan Carter back and a star studded outfit around him. This is not going to be an easy game. At least we have Hollenbach back and Jantjies back on the bench so that is positive. Nobody expect us to win tonight but who knows... Rugga is a funny game.

  • Sean - 2012-03-31 13:05

    Wow South African rugby is back with a bang from the ageing unit we saw ending their time out in the New Zealand world cup of last year to the rebuilding that's happening surrounding potential Springbok names for the June tests against England in the line up.Heyneke Meyer must be taking in quite a bit as he looks to select his first squad of the year. With the Stormers being the only unbeaten side so far in the Super 15,the Bulls trashing the Reds last week and both the Cheetah's and Sharks winning away from home against Australian and New Zealand opposition. The Stormers top the overall points table and if it were not for the Conference Table BS,the Bulls would lie second overall. Eben Etzebeth has been a standout so far both literally and figuratively as he towers above all else. Bring it on Stuart Lancaster's Poms.

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-03-31 13:20

    I see the Brumbies has gone the Sprinbok way of trying to bash and donder their way to the try line. Jake White is really having an influence on trying to change the mentallity of the way the Aussies play their game. I saw Naas Botha praising them as well and don't know if it's a good or bad thing. Keegan Daniels must be included in the Bok the boy is a marvel. I've seen him since the under20 world cup when they won it with Jake White and knew he was something special. He just needed to bulk up and all will be in place. As for Ndungane don't know why is he even bothering to play rugby. That guy is such a bore!!! Well done Sharks...

      David - 2012-03-31 14:00

      You notice as well how the Aussie commentators suddendly love that way of playing? We do it, it's boring. They do it, it's bloody marvelous

  • Jonathan Rose - 2012-03-31 13:47

    4 tries to 2 ..deserved winners..go sharks

  • Jonathan Rose - 2012-03-31 13:48

    4 tries to 2 ..deserved winners..go sharks

  • Hallo - 2012-03-31 14:13

    In your face jake the snake!

  • Stephan - 2012-03-31 14:41

    Well done Sharks.... well played.

  • Skroef - 2012-03-31 15:44

    love us or fear us go sharks go

  • Ockie - 2012-03-31 16:16

    Well done Sharks. Great weekend for SA touring sides!

  • Balletjies - 2012-03-31 16:31

    Keegan for Bok Captain.....!

  • RetiefC - 2012-03-31 16:36

    Baie wel gedaan aan die Cheetahs en die Sharks. Kom ons hoop die ander twee SA rugbyspanne doen dieselfde. Go Lions. Go Bulls!

  • Ruan - 2012-03-31 21:05

    SHARKS 4EVA !! And also well done to the CHEETAHS....

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