Western Province vs EP Kings
Pumas vs Blue Bulls

Sharks win 'significant' for Jake

Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:07
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The Sharks passed an important test when they beat the Lions 25-12 at Ellis Park in Johannesburg at the weekend.

The Sharks passed an important test when they beat the Lions 25-12 at Ellis Park in Johannesburg at the weekend.

It was their first away victory of this year's Super Rugby competition.

Away victories have been difficult to come by for most of the teams - just 10 in 49 matches before this weekend' Round Nine outings - and this triumph further confirmed the Sharks as one of the leading teams in the competition.

The coastal side took four points from the match to open a nine-point gap between them and the Bulls, the nearest South African rival on the log, while they have two points over the second-placed Brumbies, and a game in hand.

While Sharks Director of Rugby Jake White believed his charges should have closed the match down sooner, he was nevertheless satisfied with their first away victory.

"If you look at the competition generally teams don't win away from home," White told a post-match briefing, adding: "If you look at the nature of the competition it is very hard to get away wins.

"So any away win, no matter if it is a home derby, or if people think the one team is stronger than the other, is significant."

The sides went into the half-time break 6-all despite the Sharks dominating both in terms of territory and possession.

"I am happy that we had to put everything into it to get the result, at 6-6 some teams would have let the home team take the advantage there," White said.

"I thought we played enough rugby to be better than 6-all at half-time, they got into our half twice in the first half and got six points, at that stage we had 70 percent possession and territory but we didn't manage to finish off.

"Credit to them, they scrambled well [on defence], they covered well for each other and made it hard for us to get over the line."

The Sharks suffered an early setback when flyhalf Fred Zeilinga was forced off the field in the 18th minute with a hamstring strain.

"That was a really tough game and it took us a long time to score a try against a brilliant Lions defence," said Sharks hooker and skipper Bismarck du Plessis.

"We have made a good start to the season, but there is a long road ahead and the last five league games will be crucial."


Western Province vs EP Kings
sast: 18h00 | local: 20h00

  • 38 | 14
Pumas vs Blue Bulls
sast: 18h00 | local: 20h00

  • 17 | 25
Fri, 09 October 2015
New Zealand v Tonga 19h00 Newcastle
Sat, 10 October 2015
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 12h00 Bloemfontein
Samoa v Scotland 13h30 Newcastle
Golden Lions v Griquas 14h00 Ellis Park
Australia v Wales 15h45 London
England v Uruguay 19h00 Manchester
Sun, 11 October 2015
Argentina v Namibia 11h00 Leicester
Italy v Romania 13h30 Exeter
France v Ireland 15h45 Cardiff
United States v Japan 19h00 Gloucester
Wed, 07 October 2015
Namibia v Georgia 16 | 17
South Africa v United States 64 | 0
Tue, 06 October 2015
Fiji v Uruguay 47 | 15
Canada v Romania 15 | 17
Sun, 04 October 2015
Ireland v Italy 16 | 9
Argentina v Tonga 45 | 16
Zebre v Scarlets 8 | 20
Sat, 03 October 2015
England v Australia 13 | 33
Connacht v Cardiff Blues 36 | 31
South Africa v Scotland 34 | 16
Samoa v Japan 5 | 26
Leinster v Dragons 37 | 13
Griquas v Sharks 20 | 45
Pumas v Free State Cheetahs 37 | 37
Fri, 02 October 2015
New Zealand v Georgia 43 | 10
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 16 11 0 5 52
Brumbies 16 9 0 7 47
Rebels 16 7 0 9 36
Reds 16 4 0 12 22
Force 16 3 0 13 19
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 16 14 0 2 66
Highlanders 16 11 0 5 53
Chiefs 16 10 0 6 48
Crusaders 16 9 0 7 46
Blues 16 3 0 13 20
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 16 10 1 5 45
Lions 16 9 1 6 42
Bulls 16 7 0 9 38
Sharks 16 7 0 9 34
Cheetahs 16 5 0 11 26