Sharks down Stormers in dour derby

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 15:00
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SUPER RUGBY MATCH REPORT: The Sharks bounced back with a hard-fought 24-17 win over the hapless Stormers side.

The Sharks' win sees the Durban-based side move within one log-point behind second-placed Bulls in the South African conference.

While the Stormers' dismal away form sent the Cape Town-based team campaign further into trouble.

The Sharks' win sees the Durban-based side move within one log-point behind second-placed Bulls in the South African conference.

While the Stormers' dismal away form sent the Cape Town franchise's campaign further into trouble.

The highlights were few and far between. For the Stormers, one positive was the Raymond Rhule try in the 38th minutes, for the Sharks it was Thomas du Toit's try in the 72nd minutes.

The Sharks could have had a 9-point lead but two missed penalties halted the side's scoring tally. The Durban-based side finally got on the scoreboard through a successful penalty by flyhalf Robert Du Preez.

It took 38 minutes before the first try of the match was scored,  and surprised it was the visitors who crossed the line. Rhule strolled over the line after good interplay by Damian De Allende and Siya Kolisi inside the Sharks' 22.

In the second half, the Sharks drew first blood, they took the brilliant break by Mapimpio was brilliantly collected by Lukhanyo Am for the try. R Du Preez added the extras, 10-7.

The lead was short-lived as the Stormers took a 17-10 lead courtesy of a penalty by Willemse and a converted try by Ramone Samuels.

In a frantic effort to extend the lead, the Stormers conceded penalties and went down to 14-man when scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage was given a yellow card for a cynical knock-on.

Soon the score was locked at 17-all as Jean-Luc Du Preez burst over the line thanks to great work by the Du Preez siblings.

R Du Preez added the extras two.

With 10 minutes left on the clock, 17-17 became 24-17 in favour of the hosts. The Sharks prop T. du Toit went over the line for what proved to be the match-winning try.

Man of the match: The first 40 minutes made it difficult to find a player who stood out. However for his solid defence our nod goes to Sharks wing Sibusiso Nkosi

The scorers:

For Sharks:
Am, J du Preez, Du Toit
Cons: R Du Preez 3
Pen: R. Du Preez

For Stormers:
: Rhule, Samuels
Cons: Willemse 2
Pen: Willemse

Yellow card: Dewaldt Duvenaga (Stormers, 59 - Deliberate knock-on)


Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Ruan Botha (captain), 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 1 Juan Schoeman.         
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Tyler Paul, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Lwazi Mvovo.

Stormers: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Craig Barry, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Damian De Allende, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain), 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Kobus van Dyk, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Sarel Marais, 23 Johannes Engelbrecht.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Egon Seconds, Cwengile Jadezweni
TMO: Marius Jonker

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