Planet Rugby

Sharks claim scrappy victory

10th September 2011 15:53

Share:

keegan daniel

Daniel: Leading from the front

The Sharks bagged a vital five points courtesy of a 33-20 win over the Pumas in Durban on Saturday.

John Plumtree's men required a try in injury time to beat the Pumas in the first round fixture in Witbank, and the men from Durban once again struggled to overcome their less fancied opponents.

In what was a game strewn with errors but also filled with a willingness from both sides to spread the ball around, an improved second-half showing proved enough for the hosts to claim the victory.

It appeared the Pumas were in for a long day at the office when a knock-on from them kick-off resulted in a powerful Sharks attack, but rather it was the visitors who made the best of the early running.

The Sharks were the first to cross the whitewash, though, with hooker Craig Burden barging over the line in the eleventh minute. A quick tap gone wrong from Keegan Daniel saw the flanker grubbering the ball ahead, luckily for the skipper, Burden was on hand to collect and burrow over.

What followed was a period of dominance from the Pumas - on the scoreboard at least.

First second rower Marius Coetzer broke through the Sharks defence, shifting the ball to JW Jonker who in turn drew in the final defender before off-loading to Coenie van Wyk who crossed over for the score.

Van Wyk was on the scoreboard not long after, snapping an intercept on his own 22 metre line and sprinting through for the score. The fly-half could have had his third before the break but knocked on with the line at his mercy.

It was the Sharks who did score late in the first period, though, with the men in black working the ball through the phases from a line-out on the 22 metre line before Jean Deysel barged over for the score.

The Sharks upped the tempo in the second half, with backs and forwards combining well as the home side moved the ball through the phases with good consistency.

However, errors and ill-discipline meant it was only in the 50th minute that they managed to claim a third try, with replacement lock Anton Bresler rounding off a great team build-up.

Jacques Botes came off the bench to grab a brace of tries as the Sharks extended their lead in the final quarter. It was no easy matter, though, with the Pumas proving worthy opponents with a solid defence and hard working unit.

The scorers:

For the Sharks:
Tries: Burden, Deysel, Bresler, Botes 2
Cons: Michalak 4

For the Pumas:
Tries: Van Wyk 2
Cons: Van Wyk 2
Pens: Marx

Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Sibusiso Sithole, 13 Stefan Terblanche, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Conrad Hoffmann, 8 Keegan Daniel (c), 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Jean Deysel, 5 Ross Skeate, 4 Alistair Hargreaves, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Eugene van Staden, 18 Anton Bresler, 19 Jacques Botes, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22 Adrian Jacobs.

Pumas: 15 MJ Mentz, 14 Wilhelm Hendrik Loock, 13 JW Jonker, 12 Tiaan Marx, 11 Deon Scholtz, 10 Coenie van Wyk, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Christo le Roux, 7 Jaco Bouwer, 6 Corne Steenkamp, 5 Marius Coetzer, 4 Rudi Mathee, 3 Ashley Buys, 2 Pellow van der Westhuizen, 1 Dawie Steyn
Replacements: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 Brett Nel, 18 Willem Serfontein, 19 JP Mostert, 20 Hendrik van der Nest, 21 Siviwe Magaba, 22 Johan Jackson.

Referee: Jaco Peyper

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Saturday , October 25
Ulster vs ToulonUlster vs Toulon Preview
Scarlets vs LeicesterScarlets vs Leicester Preview
Bath vs ToulouseBath vs Toulouse Preview
Montpellier vs GlasgowMontpellier vs Glasgow Preview
Northampton vs OspreysNorthampton vs Ospreys Preview
Sunday , October 26
Clermont Auvergne vs Sale SharksClermont Auvergne vs Sale Sharks Preview
Castres vs LeinsterCastres vs Leinster Preview
Wasps vs HarlequinsWasps vs Harlequins Preview
Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 92Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 92 Preview
More European Rugby Champions Cup fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , October 31
Leinster vs Edinburgh19:35
Ospreys vs Connacht19:35
Glasgow vs Benetton Treviso19:35
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Saturday , October 25
Bucuresti vs Stade Francais14:00
Rovigo vs Cardiff Blues14:00
Exeter vs ConnachtExeter vs Connacht Preview
Oyonnax vs Gloucester19:45
More European Rugby Challenge Cup fixtures
Currie Cup
Saturday , October 25
Western Province vs LionsWestern Province vs Lions Preview
More Currie Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
ITM Cup
Saturday , October 25
Taranaki 36 - 32 TasmanTaranaki vs Tasman Report
More ITM Cup results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Friday , October 24
Munster 14 - 3 SaracensMunster vs Saracens Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Grenoble 15 - 25 London Irish
Brive 21 - 26 Zebre
Edinburgh 25 - 17 LOU Rugby
Newport Gwent D'gons 26 - 30 Newcastle
La Rochelle 25 - 13 Bayonne
Thursday , October 23
London Welsh 20 - 52 Bordeaux-BeglesLondon Welsh vs Bordeaux-Begles Report
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sunday , October 19
Ospreys 42 - 7 Benetton TrevisoOspreys vs Benetton Treviso Report
Toulouse 30 - 23 MontpellierToulouse vs Montpellier Report
Toulon 28 - 18 ScarletsToulon vs Scarlets Report
Leinster 25 - 20 WaspsLeinster vs Wasps Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
London Irish 70 - 14 RovigoLondon Irish vs Rovigo Report
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
International Match
Saturday , October 18
Australia 28 - 29 New ZealandAustralia vs New Zealand Report
More International Match results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sale Sharks 26 - 27 MunsterSale Sharks vs Munster Report
Saracens 30 - 23 Clermont AuvergneSaracens vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Racing Metro 92 20 - 11 NorthamptonRacing Metro 92 vs Northampton Report
Glasgow 37 - 10 BathGlasgow vs Bath Report
Leicester 25 - 18 UlsterLeicester vs Ulster Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
LOU Rugby 28 - 18 London WelshLOU Rugby vs London Welsh Report
Cardiff Blues 37 - 14 Grenoble
Stade Francais 22 - 38 Newport Gwent D'gons
Bayonne 30 - 24 Exeter
Connacht 48 - 12 La Rochelle
Zebre 24 - 33 Oyonnax
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton625
2Saracens622
3Exeter620
4Bath620
5Wasps615