Sharks dismiss weakened Kings
Sat, 13 Jul 2013 16:49
Defeat for the Kings saw them end their debut season in last position
The Sharks scored ten tries on their way to a comfortable 58-13 victory over a weakened Kings side at Kings Park.
The win saw the Sharks move up to seventh place on the standings, whilst defeat for the Kings saw them end their debut season in last position.
The Kings will have to shake off this loss as they have to prepare for the promotion/relegation matches against the Lions.
The Eastern Cape franchise may have gained supporters throughout their first season in Super Rugby, but they were completely outclassed by the Sharks on Saturday.
The Sharks romped to victory scoring 10 tries to the Kings' two first-half tries.
The two sides exchanged early blows in the match with Kings flyhalf George Whitehead first crossing the whitewash in the third minute.
Kings centre Waylon Murray intercepted a Meyer Bosman pass to offload to Whitehead on the inside, with the flyhalf missing his own conversion.
The hosts replied with a try of their own three mintues later when flank Marcell Coetzee scored off a rolling maul, with Bosman converting to hand his side a two-point lead.
As the match progressed the Sharks started to dominate play as they got the upperhand in the physical battles.
In the 13th minute the home side again found their way over the tryline from a rolling maul, with hooker Bismarck du Plessis controlling the ball from the back to touch down for his side, and Bosman adding the two points.
Playing out of position, Odwa Ndungane ignited the attack for his side as he kicked the ball through, which he chased and fielded to go over for the Sharks' third try of the match.
The visitors then launched a comeback as Whitehead converted a penalty attempt in the 24th minute, and six minutes later Mpho Mbiyozo scored their second try of the evening.
Whitehead missed the conversion with the Eastern Cape team trailing by six points.
Their efforts, however, came to nothing as the Sharks were awarded a penalty try three minutes later, with Bosman converting to hand his side a 26-13 lead going into the half-time break.
The Sharks proved to be ruthless after the recess as they added six tries to the four from the first half to completely dominate their coastal compatriots.
Riaan Viljoen kick-started his side's seven try haul in the second half as he touched down four minutes after the restart, with Bosman converting.
Four minutes later prop Tendai Mtawarira found his way over the tryline as he sniped to the right from a ruck to score.
The Kings' defence crumbled as the Sharks' attacked the gainline with great intent and finding their way past the defenders increasingly easy.
With little over 20 minutes left in the match Louis Ludik added his name to the scoreboard with captain Keegan Daniel, Fred Zeilinga and Bosman scoring in the last 10 minutes of the encounter.
Man of the match: Odwa Ndungane has played the bulk of his career on the wing, but showed that he is also more than capable at fullback.
For the Sharks:
Tries: Coetzee, Du Plessis, Ndungane, penalty try, Viljoen, Mtawarira, Ludik, Daniel, Zeilinga, Bosman
Cons: Bosman 4
For the Southern Kings:
Tries: Whitehead, oosthuizen
Yellow cards: Devin Oosthuizen (33 mins, professional foul), Hadleigh Parkes (76 mins, dangerous tackle)
Sharks: 15 Odwa Ndungane, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Louis Ludik, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Riaan Viljoen, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Edwin Hewitt, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Jandré Marais, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Jacques Botes, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Fred Zeilinga.
Southern Kings: 15 Siviwe Soyzwapi, 14 Hadleigh Parkes, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Marcello Sampson, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Nicolas Vergallo, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Mpho Mbiyozo, 6 Devin Oosthuizen, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Steven Sykes (captain), 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Hannes Franklin, 1 Charl du Plessis.
Replacements: 16 Grant Kemp, 17 Bandise Maku, 18 Darron Nell, 19 Thabo Mamojela, 20 Aidon Davis, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Michael Killian.
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius Jonker (South Africa), Reuben Rossouw (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)
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