Sharks run riot in Durban

2012-05-12 18:48

Durban - Lwazi Mvovo ran in two of seven tries by the Sharks to inspire his team to an emphatic 53-11 victory over the Force in their Super Rugby match at Kings Park on Saturday.

The left wing scored two touchdowns in five minutes early in the second half as the Sharks climbed to sixth in the table by inflicting the ninth defeat in 11 matches for their Australian opponents.

Force flyhalf David Harvey and opposite number Patrick Lambie traded early penalties before the Sharks grabbed the first try when lock Steven Sykes barged over from close range.

Lambie kicked a simple conversion but Harvey narrowed the gap to four points with 10 minutes to go in the first half by booting his second penalty.

The rest of the half belonged to the Sharks as they scored 10 points in six minutes.

Lambie set up the second try when he broke free on the halfway line before drawing the last defender to send outside centre Paul Jordaan on a clear run to the line.

Flyhalf Lambie kicked the conversion before he landed a penalty on the stroke of halftime as the Sharks went to the break holding a 20-6 lead.

The home team stamped their authority on the contest with three tries in the first 10 minutes of the second period.

Fullback Louis Ludik notched the first after forward Keegan Daniel took a quick tap penalty.

The 25-year-old Mvovo, who has played four tests for South Africa, then took centre stage.

His first try came when he intercepted a loose pass on his own 22-metre line and outstripped the defence. Five minutes later he collected his own kick ahead before setting off on a 70-metre run for a converted touchdown.

The home team continued their dominance with two late tries from replacement hooker Craig Burden and flanker Jacques Botes before right wing Samu Wara dived over in the corner for a late consolation for the Force.

The Sharks picked up a full-house of five points for their victory, but stayed third in the South African Conference. They did however move into sixth position in the Combined log.

The Force left Kings Park empty-handed and remain bottom of the Australian Conference and in 13th position in the Overall standings.

In next weekend's Round 13 action, the Sharks travel to Bloemfontein to play the Cheetahs, while the Force are at home against the Rebels.



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, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

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

15 Alfie Mafi, 14 Samu Wara, 13 Nick Cummins, 12 Winston Stanley, 11 Napolioni Nalaga, 10 David Harvey, 9 Brett Sheehan, 8 Matt Hodgson, 7 David Pocock (captain), 6 Richard Brown, 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 Toby Lynn, 3 Salesi Ma'afu, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pek Cowan

Substitutes: 16 Elvis Taione, 17 Salesi Manu, 18 Phoenix Battye, 19 Lachlan McCaffrey, 20 Josh Holmes, 21 Ben Seymour, 22 Rory Sidey


  • mholthuysen - 2012-05-12 18:58

    Try Fest!!

  • Hannes Truter - 2012-05-12 18:58

    Mooi Sharks!!! Was Meuwisen alreeds op lagsap om Force drie toe te ken of het hy sleg gevoel dat Sharks so ver moes wen!? Stormer Groete!!!

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-05-12 20:05

    I thought Movovo's senond try was a tad fortunate as Mark Lawrence hadn't called "advantage over" when he intercepted, but all in all, the Sharks were good value for the win, it might however be too little too late but then again, stranger things have happened.

  • mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-05-12 20:15

    Im pleasantly amazed that we won so comprehensively. Two wins in a row dats something almost unheard of this season frm the sharks. Well done

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-05-12 20:18

    Die Ysters!!!!!!Well done Sharkies

  • Priester - 2012-05-12 21:11

    Congratulations Sharks with a very comprehensive win! It was a great and very entertaining game. Blou Bul Groete!

  • Jco - 2012-05-12 22:19

    Great Sharks, awesome rugby! This is how Iremember Sharks Rugby!From a Bull Supporter!

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  • Jo - 2012-05-13 04:34

    Bring on the Stormers - we'll finish off that which the Cheetahs only started ..... Go SHARKS!

      Tokolos - 2012-05-13 04:56

      JO.... I agree. The Sharks are going to MURDER them! BUT.. The Waratahs are going to get hold of them first. You guys will have to be content on feasting on the scraps! SHARK FEEEEEEEDING FRENZY IN 2 WEEKS!!!

  • Ockie - 2012-05-13 08:35

    Well done Sharks. Great overall performance.

  • Pomene - 2012-05-13 11:05

    Well done Sharks that is the way a RSA team should milk the lowest ranked team in the weakest conference in the S15 - by plenty !! I am a worried Stormer Supporter today...............very worried !!!

  • David - 2012-05-13 11:12

    Well done my Sharks!! Been a long time coming for a truly decent performance. You defended with a real passion, something that was lacking early on. Whatever it was that caused the indifferent, lacklustre performances, please keep it at bay!! Keep going and let's climb that log.

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