The Sharks went down 34 – 30 to the Waratahs in Sydney this morning, after leading for most part of the game. The Waratahs came away with 5 points after scoring their bonus point try in the final 5 minutes, taking the win from the Sharks, who managed to stay within seven points to pick up a point.
The Sharks got off to a perfect start with Lwazi Mvovo scoring under the posts after great interplay between Meyer Bosman and Riaan Viljoen. Lambie converted to take a seven point lead in the first 4 minutes. This was followed by penalties to McKibbin, the Waratahs scrumhalf who took the kicking duties for this match, and a reply by Lambie to keep the lead at seven.
The young Scottish born scrumhalf then darted over for a good try for the Tahs, which he duly converted to level things up at 10 all. It didn’t take the Sharks long to hit back though, scoring through captain Keegan Daniel, after a good maul. Lambie slotted the conversion to put the lead back at 7 points.
McKibbin added another penalty to reduce the deficit for the Tahs.
The Sharks gained control of possession early in the second half and camped in the Tahs 22m. The Sharks continued to take the attacking lineout option instead of going at goal, and this paid off as Bismarck du Plessis scored after the third maul up from the Sharks. Lambie converted again and the lead with 25 minutes to play was eleven points.
This try put the Sharks at ease, and the Waratahs hit back immediately, with Foley going for a try after an overlap was created on the left wing. This brought the Tahs to within 4 points, and it didn’t take long for them to score again, this time through Tom Carter, who scored basically under the posts, and with the easy conversion, took the lead for the home team for the first time.
The Sharks did manage to compose themselves, and through two Lambie penalties, first levelled the scores and then took the lead back, and with less than ten minutes to play, the Sharks looked to hold onto possession and get the win.
The Waratahs had other ideas though, and with 4 minutes left to play, Kingston managed to dot down in the corner to break Sharks hearts and steal a win from under their noses, as well as wrapping up a bonus point for four tries scored.
The Sharks will be kicking themselves for letting go of the lead so easily, and for playing well for 65 minutes of the game, only for them to lose it at the end. The replacements that came on were disappointing, not being able to keep the standard of play that was set by the starting fifteen. The Sharks have also come into this bad routine of letting the opposition score immediately after they have scored themselves.
Meyer Bosman was the star in the Sharks backline, with Lambie doing really well with the kicking at goal. He passed 250 points in this match, which is fantastic after such a relatively short career so far. Viljoen was solid under the high ball, and came into the backline well when the Sharks attacked.
Amongst the forwards, Bismarck was immense again, and will most likely be their man of the match, for the third game in a row, but the man is in desperate need of a break, who with Dale Chadwick, has amassed 400 minutes of rugby in 5 weeks.
The Sharks now stay in Sydney, before travelling late in the week to Canberra to take on the Brumbies.Tweet