Lambie steers Sharks to vital win

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 16 May 2016 at 09:27
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Captain Pat Lambie showed the value of a cool head and plenty of experience, putting in a near-flawless goal-kicking performance to seal a narrow 25-22 win for the Sharks over los Jaguares in Argentina on Saturday evening.

In an ill-tempered game, it was the hosts who arguably had the better of the open play, with their typically helter-skelter flowing style of play regularly stretching the Sharks defensively. The opening try was a thing of beauty, with Argentine fullback Joaquin Tuculet bamboozling three or four defenders on his own as he set off on a dazzling run in Sharks territory. Flying lock Tomas Lavanini was on hand to take the scoring pass and with just 8 minutes on the clock, the home side held a 7-nil lead.

The Sharks, though, had clear superiority at the scrums and also maintained better discipline and composure. With Lambie prepared to step up and take any points on offer, that 7-point advantage was quickly whittled away via two good penalties. The Jaguares were not done, though, and scored again through scrumhalf Martin Landajo on the 18-minute mark (although there was evidence of a clear second movement in the act of scoring, which referee Marius van der Westhuizen opted to ignore). Lambie again narrowed the gap, with his third and fourth penalties of the half bringing the Sharks within two.

A yellow card to Jaguares flanker Pablo Matera on the half hour mark provided the gap the Sharks needed and they scored a vital try, courtesy of Daniel du Preez of a lineout drive, to take the lead in the 34th minute. Nicloas Sanchez stroked over a penalty just before the break to bring his side back in range, with the score 17-19 at half time.

The second half was a dour affair, with the Sharks hanging in for dear life as the Jaguares pressed hard for the win. Lambie extended the lead via a penalty to 22-17, but it was again the hosts who proved better at scoring tries; prop Santiago Garcia Botta barrelled over eight minutes from time (after S’bura Sithole had received a yellow card for repeated team red-zone infringements), but Sanchez’s missed conversion meant the teams went into the final nerve-racking moments tied up at 22 apiece.

The Sharks had one last big play, though. After successfully defending several key scrums on their own line (and finally winning a crucial relieving turnover), they repeated the feat in Jaguares territory from the final kick-off, with Lambie stepping up to nail the resulting penalty (his sixth of the night). A few final seconds of frantic defence were enough to secure another vital away win and keep the side in touch with the Lions, who earlier had recorded a big win over the Blues in Johannesburg.

Jaguares (22): Tries Tomas Lavanini, Martin Landajo, Santiago Garcia Botta. Conversions Nicolas Sanchez (2). Penalty Sanchez.
Sharks (25): Try Daniel du Preez. Conversion Patrick Lambie. Penalties Lambie (6).


  • If I had to use one word to describe that game. Vicious!

    Best moment of the game forme was that scrum on our line sitting on a team warning. Wow.

    Any further news on Deysel?

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.05.16 09:40:41 by gregkaos Reply
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  • 3 in a row from vd Westhuizen as ref. Surely that’s the last of him. Just hope we dont get the other one now. Some shocking calls.. Most unexplainable in all of the past 3 games. But what character from the boys. That was a tough game. Must admit. Watching Boks vs Arg that time of night vs watching Sharks is pretty mutch same type of games. Very negative from the home team. Definitely not adding value to Superrugby competition. Now we must not expect to walk over Kings and we should be looking good. Much better than 5 weeks ago. Think our mixture of style is improving. Was worried at some stage but glad to see 1 dimension is gone.
    Go Sharks

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.05.16 09:40:56 by ebenp Reply

  • Jaguars team relies on illegal tactics to survive in Super Rugby…if they stopped giving away penalties, opposition teams would score tries…either way, they’d lose.

    Sharks need to really sharpen up on bossing the breakdown though, don’t expect the ref to clear your ruck for you – weak willed referees are far less likely to penalise a team where everybody disregards the laws.

    Well done to our boys for the win, had this been Sharks 2015, we would have live through the same embarrassment as the streamers-sours against the Sunwolves.

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.05.16 09:47:08 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Massive win for the guys. It sure was ugly, but in Arg you take a win any way they come.
    Marius had another shocker, no surprises there. But hats off to all the guys who managed to hang on despite anything the Jaguares threw at us.
    Lambie. Wow. What more can you say. Pure, pure class.
    Who was MOTM? Has to be Lambie surely?

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.05.16 09:51:32 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @ebenp (Comment 2) : I disagree – the Jaguares do add value. They have built up a very impressive attack with great interplay between forwards and backs, but like the Lions very much still a work in progress. They have a couple of really impressive players in that group (Tuculet, Lavanini, Senatore, etc.). They will attack you at the breakdown, and that flank of theirs was very good. They were assisted by Marius blowing of the game, but you need to give them credit. You need to clean them out aggressively at rucks.

    What I don’t like about them is that they can play really dirty some times – those judo tackles of theirs (Creecy was not the only culprit) is going to break someone’s neck soon.

    Kudos to a clearly tired Shark team in keeping these guys at bay and sneaking in a win.

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.05.16 09:57:26 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Whilst not always 100% legal the Argie players are very strong in the ruck and tackle situation. Teams that create a lot of rucks on attack will struggle against the Argie teams as they will stifle the attacking play. Teams that do well against the Argies are those that move the ball before contact or before they go to ground. Will be interesting to see if we rotate much if any players this week before the comp takes a break.

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.05.16 09:58:07 by SheldonK Reply

  • Are the Arg National side playing any June internationals? Will be interesting to see what their National side produces compared to the Jaguares.

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.05.16 10:06:52 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 7) : Does their super coach have a role in the national coaching team?

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.05.16 10:08:31 by Bokhoring Reply
  • I noticed that JP is only 19 years old according to the argies…lol… :mrgreen: ๐Ÿ™„ ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.05.16 10:09:48 by DuToit04 Reply

  • Ref had a shocker. Even the last scrum awarded to the Sharks was because of his bad officiating. He forgot to call advantage over for knocks the whole night… this last one he also forgot. You don’t run a knock advantage for 3 rucks and something like 7 passes. Lucky that his last bad call went out way then… also, I’m pretty sure Paul knocked the ball on at the last kick-off. It’s rare that an official is so bad you can’t even blame it on home team bias or something of the like.

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.05.16 10:13:15 by Letgo Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 7) : I think they’ve got a couple of Tests against France? And maybe one against Italy.

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.05.16 10:13:56 by Shakes34 Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 8) : Good question…i cant answer it im afraid. I doubt if he is a hands on coach but i would be surprised if he isnt part of the Arg coaching setup in some way. Also as far as i know the Arg National side can only pick players who play for the Jaguares…so they will basically have the exact same side for their internationals.

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.05.16 10:14:02 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Shakes34 (Comment 11) : Ive got to wonder what kind of condition their side will be in come the Rugby Championship…

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.05.16 10:15:26 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 13) : And even more so after the Test break.

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.05.16 10:30:40 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 10) : I agree Letgo. Marius is not biased in my opinion and we all realise that refs will make mistakes. What is very worrying though is that Marius’ game management does seem to deteriorate as the game progresses. I get the feeling that Marius strives for a very flowing game under his watch but in the process of achieving this (or at the expense thereof) he does seem to miss and (seemingly deliberately) overlook infringements, some of which are serious and not conducive to good rugby.

    The guy needs to refine his game management at lower levels and is in dire need of some good mentorship too.

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.05.16 10:51:19 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Wow, I see the Argie supporters are just as miffed about MvdW as what we are.

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.05.16 11:53:20 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Double movement in their second try? You mean quadruple movement!

    I think we need to give our lads more credit. Going up against a passionate home crowd, a near-international team, a sub-par official and a ridiculous travel itinerary and still getting a win! That’s some achievement!

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.05.16 12:22:43 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 17) : Hear hear!!

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.05.16 12:44:47 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 16) : What are they complaining about? The final penalty or maybe the constant scrum penalty (at that one important juncture) we conceded without a card, those are the only things I can think of that went our way. Maybe its one eyed supporters enjoying a moan?

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.05.16 13:39:28 by Hulk Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 15) : I agree…I don’t think he’s biased…I just can’t look passed how fundamentally poor he is – doesn’t know his rules, makes stuff up as he goes…oh yes, and 1 or 2 is fine…just not 5!! My word… ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.05.16 22:36:40 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 17) : Absolutely…I’m very proud!!

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.05.16 22:37:49 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 15) : Biased maybe not. Extremely incompetent, definitely. End result the same…

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.05.16 06:36:08 by coolfusion Reply

  • @pastorshark (Comment 20) : Think he was refering to no 1 and no 2… Like in the front row. Not 1 or 2 players… Lol I can’t believe I just came up for the ref…. Shocker. Anyway… The biggest lesson and hopefully they can all see it now..that we for the 20th time learned on Saturday is… Wait for it.. Coenie is not an international standard player. Sorry but how many more times must we try him…

  • Comment 23, posted at 17.05.16 08:40:43 by ebenp Reply

  • @ebenp (Comment 23) : especially not a starting tight head!!!

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.05.16 17:56:41 by JD Reply
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