In what was expected to be a one sided, easy victory for the Sharks over the Leopards, the team came through for once and actually performed to expectations against a bottom feeder team, winning 63 – 6 and bagging the 5 points required to keep hopes of a top of the log finish alive.
The game started at a rapid pace with captain and Man of the match Keegan Daniel dotting down twice in the opening 12 minutes and the bonus point was in bag after only 20 minutes. But in general Sharks fashion, they seem to go to sleep after securing the 5 points and only scored the fifth try through Odwa Ndungane on the stroke of half time.
The second half started with the same intensity with Odwa celebrating his 50th cap by scoring his second try of the night. From there the game got really scrappy and even though the tries kept coming, the game lost a bit of its structure. At the end of the night we scored 9 converted tries to the two penalties of the Leopards.
There were two main talking points in the press room after the game. First was Andre Pretorius, who had a surprisingly good game. He nailed every kick from all corners, and did not look too bad on both attack and defence. His passing game, which varied from the little inside flip to long skip passes, kept the Leopards defence guessing. His inside flip to Keegan Daniel had the captain score his first try in the first minute of the game. The 31 year old flyhalf was also superb on defence, and even though I have not seen the stats, I reckon he didn’t miss a single tackle and made quite a few.
Second on the lips was Willem Alberts, who left the field after only 20 minutes and had a heavily strapped knee immediately after leaving the field. There was no news after the match from Plumtree either, with scans required to see the extent of any damage. Worryingly though, he was not the only player to limp off the park. In the dying minutes, Burden also sat on the sidelines with a lot of attention being given to his leg. Lets hope the injury list after this match is not any longer.Tweet