The Sharks beat the Bulls in the last game of Currie Cup round 2 by 34 – 28, a margin that not many people would have expected. The Sharks also picked up their second four-try bonus point in two weeks, and as it stands, lie second on the Currie Cup log.
The game did not get off to the best start for the Sharks, conceding a try after five minutes of play, van Velze scoring the try. Potgieter missed the conversion. The Sharks had many good phases of play, with good breaks from Burden and Pieterson, both times Burden either shoved over the sideline or not having any support to pass to.
Burden finally got the Sharks on the scoreboard, scoring a centre like try after stepping inside the defence and scoring under the posts. Lambie had an easy conversion to put the Sharks in the lead by 2 points.
Penalties were exchanged and the Sharks had a slender 10 – 8 lead at half time, after doing much of the running in the first half, with a few handling errors costing them tries. Burden and Pieterson being the most notable players in the first half.
The second half started much like the first with the Sharks under pressure and conceding a penalty minutes into the half. Potgieter, who clearly tried to impress his future fans, kindly left his kicking bots at home and missed the kick, not his and not his last miss either.
Mvovo scored the first try of the second, dotting down in the corner after a good backline move, creating the overlap. Lambie managed to slot the conversion from the touchline to lead by nine.
The Sharks were penalized soon after, with Potgieter converting to keep the Bulls within touch of the Sharks. Burden had another shot at scoring a try, only to have a foot in touch, and having his second try denied by the TMO.
Three quarters into the game, the Sharks finally hit 5th gear, with Keegan Daniel rounding off a good try, after a brilliant break by the incumbent inside centre Lambie, with Botes providing the last pass. Lambie duly converted and suddenly the Sharks had a 13 point lead.
Greyling scored for the Bulls after a long period of camping in our half, silly errors creaping into the Sharks defence. The lead was cut to 3 points just minutes later with a penalty by Potgieter. Shark supporters were seeing it slip away as the replacements disrupted proceedings, and a good lead thrown away and feared the worst.
But it was not to be, with Mvovo scoring his second of the night, showing what a good winger should be able to do, showing Jaco van der Westhuizen a clean pair of heals and scoring a good try. Minutes later Keegan Daniel showed his old form to chip and chase and collect and score, as easy as you like, and with that put the game beyond doubt. Van den Heever scored a late try to seal a bonus point for the Bulls.
Mvovo picked up a much deserved man of the match award, with Burden feeling a but unlucky after a great game.
The Sharks showed that they can score tries, and with the shuffled backline they sure made it work. McCleod played a big role with fantastic distribution, Meyer controlled the game beautifully, and as Plumtree said after the game, Lambie was an excitement to watch , he was balanced both on attack and defence. “I don’t wanna blow too much smoke up his bum, but he is a revelation” Plumtree said after the match.Tweet