Sharks land decisive punch

Tue, 05 Mar 2013 09:32
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The Sharks beat the Stormers 12-6 in what can only be described as a heavyweight bout as the teams went toe-to-toe for a gruelling 80 minutes.

The Sharks beat the Stormers 12-6 in what can only be described as a heavyweight bout as the teams went toe-to-toe for a gruelling 80 minutes.

"It was a huge win for us," said Sharks assistant coach Grant Bashford.

"We always knew that we would be up against a very strong defensive side and that it would be a tough night to actually score tries.

"We knew it would be exactly what we saw in that game: a war of attrition with guys smashing each other defensively," Bashford explained.

Throughout the game there was not an inch given by each team and it ultimately came down to the boot of Patrick Lambie that separated the sides.

"It possibly wasn’t a great spectacle in terms of tries," he admits, "but from a physical encounter, it was right up there, with both sides then trying to find space behind the line with their kicking game. I think both sides were after that same space."

Conditions were always going to play a part in the fixture but Bashford felt that they were not as much of a factor on Saturday as they usually are at this time of the year.

"There is always going to be humidity in Durban at this time of year and as it goes, it actually wasn’t so bad in this game, for us, although they probably found the ball a little more greasy."

"Both sides have respect for the opposition’s defence, these are two really good defensive sides and when both sides carried the ball to the line, they were getting belted.

"The Stormers are a side you generally don’t score a lot of tries against and no tries in this match wasn’t from lack of trying; we knew they would have a good defensive line in front of us and we decided to try and break it down and go through it," the assistant coach said.

Both sides used their big men to try and unsettle the defensive lines but there was no budging from either team which meant that the little chips and tactical kicks became more and more prevalent.

"Guys like Jean Deysel and Marcell Coetzee carried the ball fantastically but the Stormers stood up to that," Bashford mentioned.

Man-of-the-match Jean Deysel showed what he is capable of not only with ball in hand as he was instrumental in a number of turnovers as well as massive on defence.

"It was both sides having a full crack at each other," added Bashford.

The Sharks will be glad that they came out the other side of such a bruising encounter with a fairly clean bill of health.

"It’s nice after two weeks not to have any more injuries, we had our fair share in the pre-season and going into the campaign.

"There are a few niggles obviously with the intensity of the game but at this stage, no-one has been ruled out," Bashford said.

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 27 April 2018
Hurricanes v Sunwolves 07h35 Wellington
Stormers v Rebels 13h00 Newlands
Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons 18h45 Welford Road
Sat, 28 April 2018
Reds v Lions 05h05 Suncorp Stadium
Blues v Jaguares 07h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Crusaders 09h45 Canberra
Kings v Cheetahs 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks 14h00 Sandy Park
Worcester Warriors v Harlequins 14h00 Sixways
Gloucester v Bath 14h00 Kingsholm
Connacht v Leinster 14h05 Sportsground
Dragons v Scarlets 14h05 Rodney Parade
Bulls v Highlanders 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Treviso v Zebre 16h00 Stadio Monigo
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys 16h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Munster v Ulster 16h35 Thomond Park
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 Myreside
Sun, 29 April 2018
London Irish v Saracens 14h00 Madejski Stadium
Wasps v Northampton Saints 14h00 Ricoh Arena
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 22 April 2018
Racing Metro v Munster 27 | 22
Brumbies v Jaguares 20 | 25
Sat, 21 April 2018
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 36 | 15
Zebre v Ospreys 37 | 14
Sharks v Stormers 24 | 17
Leinster v Scarlets 38 | 16
Bulls v Rebels 28 | 10
Reds v Chiefs 12 | 36
Crusaders v Sunwolves 33 | 11
Fri, 20 April 2018
Waratahs v Lions 0 | 29
Blues v Highlanders 16 | 34
Sun, 15 April 2018
Saracens v Bath 41 | 6
London Irish v Exeter Chiefs 5 | 45
Sat, 14 April 2018
Leinster v Treviso 15 | 17
Kings v Cardiff Blues 12 | 45
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 8 5 1 2 24
Rebels 87 4 0 4 21
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 15
Reds 8 3 0 5 13
Sunwolves 8 0 0 8 2
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 6 0 2 29
Hurricanes 7 6 0 1 27
Chiefs 8 6 0 2 26
Highlanders 7 5 0 2 24
Blues 8 2 0 6 12
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 9 6 0 3 30
Bulls 8 4 0 4 19
Sharks 9 3 1 5 18
Jaguares 9 4 0 5 16
Stormers 9 3 0 6 14