Sharks miss their cutting edge

Sat, 04 Aug 2012 12:30
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After their unlikely charge into the final, the Sharks' Super Rugby fairytale came to a brutal end in Hamilton where they were blown off the park.
 

After their unlikely charge into the final, the Sharks' Super Rugby fairytale came to a brutal end in Hamilton where they were blown off the park by the Chiefs.

The Durban outfit emerged as the form side in the competition after the June international break, playing some breathtaking rugby to knock the Australian and South African conference champions out away from home on consecutive weekends, but ultimately their gruelling schedule caught up with them and they were handed a crushing 37-6 defeat in the final.

Victory would have made it the most remarkable campaign in Super Rugby history considering the obstacles they faced, but they were shut down by a Chiefs side that reaped the benefits of their impressive consistency this season to clinch their first title.

The Sharks started with their usual vigour and even had the Chiefs under pressure in the early stages, but failed to take advantage of their dominance as the ruthless streak that saw them defeat the Reds and the Stormers deserted them in the slippery conditions at the Waikato Stadium.

Sharks captain Keegan Daniel admitted that his side were simply not sharp enough against a clinical Chiefs outfit that took advantage of every mistake they made.

He said: "I think that is what finals rugby is about, you get so few opportunities to score points so you need to capitalise and although we dominated the game early on we did not convert that into points and when they got one or two opportunities they managed to get on the scoreboard.

"Ultimately what probably lost us the game was our conversion rate," Daniel explained.

The Sharks skipper said that the defeat was particularly hard to take considering his side's tough road to the final, but added that the Chiefs were clearly the better side on the day and deserved their resounding victory.

"It has been an incredible journey from where we were after the loss against the Lions, we clawed our way back into this competition and gave ourselves a chance so it is disappointing that tonight we just couldn't pull it off.

"The hurdle was just a bit too big, but no excuses I thought the Chiefs were outstanding tonight. they have been outstanding all season so they are deseved winners of the competition so hats off to Craig [Clarke] and his boys," he said.

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Fri, 28 April 2017
Highlanders v Stormers 07h35 Dunedin
Cardiff Blues v Zebre 18h05 Cardiff
Edinburgh v Dragons 18h35 Myreside
Leinster v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 RDS Arena
Newcastle Falcons v Worcester Warriors 19h00 Kingston Park
Sat, 29 April 2017
Chiefs v Sunwolves 07h35 Hamilton
Reds v Waratahs 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Force v Lions 11h55 Perth
Ospreys v Ulster 14h00 Liberty Stadium
Bath v Gloucester 14h00 Recreation Ground
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Saracens v Bristol 14h00 Allianz Park
Harlequins v Wasps 14h00 Twickenham Stoop
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Treviso v Munster 17h05 Stadio Monigo
Kings v Rebels 17h30 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Connacht v Scarlets 18h35 Sportsground
Jaguares v Sharks 19h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 30 April 2017
Brumbies v Blues 06h05 Canberra
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 April 2017
Clermont Auvergne v Leinster 27 | 22
Sat, 22 April 2017
Sharks v Rebels 9 | 9
Bulls v Cheetahs 20 | 14
Munster v Saracens 10 | 26
Force v Chiefs 7 | 16
Crusaders v Stormers 57 | 24
Highlanders v Sunwolves 40 | 15
Fri, 21 April 2017
Lions v Jaguares 24 | 21
Waratahs v Kings 24 | 26
Hurricanes v Brumbies 56 | 21
Mon, 17 April 2017
UP-Tuks v Maties 28 | 21
Sun, 16 April 2017
Bristol v Wasps 21 | 36
Northampton Saints v Saracens 25 | 27
Sat, 15 April 2017
Connacht v Leinster 24 | 37
Treviso v Edinburgh 21 | 6
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 17
Reds 8 2 0 6 10
Force 7 2 0 5 9
Waratahs 8 2 0 6 9
Rebels 7 1 1 5 7
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 8 0 0 36
Hurricanes 8 7 0 1 33
Chiefs 8 7 0 1 33
Highlanders 8 5 0 3 23
Blues 8 3 0 5 17
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 8 6 0 2 26
Bulls 8 3 0 5 14
Cheetahs 8 2 0 6 10
Sunwolves 8 1 0 7 5
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 8 7 0 1 32
Sharks 8 5 1 2 24
Jaguares 8 4 0 4 20
Kings 8 2 0 6 10