Hard-hitting Sharks dismantle Racing in Hong Kong

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 4 Feb 2018 at 15:01
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The Sharks yesterday secured a second successive 31-14, five-try-to-two Super Rugby warmup victory in defeating Racing 92 by that margin at the Hong Kong Rugby Club. As was the case the week before against the Bulls in Polokwane, the Sharks built their victory on a strong physical defensive display.

Makezole Mapimpi took his pre-season try tally to three in just two games when he crossed for the opening try inside the first ten minutes. Kobus van Wyk had followed up a great Cameron Wright up and under, snaffled the ball well and fed the backs. Lwazi Mvovo crossed advantage line, cut back inside and then found Lukhayno Am, who simply had to draw and pass to send his winger in on the left hand flank. Robert du Preez, who recovered well after a shaky start, missed the conversion but made amends late on in converting the second, a great score to impressive centre Marius Louw as the first quarter of the game drew to a close. Louw profited from a great bit of work from Stephan Lewies, who picked up from a ruck ten metres out, feinted outside and then fed the charging centre for a run-in under the posts.

Boasting a handy 12-0 lead, the Sharks were prepared to soak up pressure for the rest of the half, often forcing their opponents into hurried play and handling errors as their big men put in hit after crunching hit behind the advantage line.

The best score of the game came early in the second period, with Louw again profiting from silky backline skills. A strong scrum saw Robert du Preez take the ball going forward. He found van Wyk with a long pass out to the right, with Am again on hand to take the pass and make vital metres along the touchline before finding Louw with a scoring pass inside. Du Preez made it 19-0 and the Sharks were in full control.

A flurry of changes to both sides evened the contest up somewhat – while the newly introduced “maxi pack” from Racing didn’t do too much to improve their handling and running game, it certainly made them far more competitive in the close exchanges and their first try duly came with about 25 minutes to play, with big Samoan loose forward So’otala Fa’as’o eventually adjudged to have grounded after five solid minutes of battering away at the Sharks’ line. Cam Wright soon cancelled out that score with his second in as many games – the scrumhalf (who was excellent on the day) latched onto a scrappy offload from a forward five metres out and darted his way over. Curwin Bosch converted to restore the 19-point lead (24-7) and finished the game off in style himself right at the death, scoring a long-range try after a superb tackle rip from Jeremy Ward and a break from Mvovo. Racing second try, scored by replacement halfback Xavier Chauveau was thus cancelled out with Bosch converting his try to ensure that the Sharks emerged clear winners.

Racing 92 (14) – Tries: So’otala Fa’as’o, Xavier Chauveau. Conversions: Antoine Gibert (2).

Sharks (31) – Tries: Makazole Mapimpi, Marius Louw (2), Cameron Wright, Curwin Bosch. Conversions: Rob du Preez (2), Bosch.


  • What a solid performance! My only concern would be the bench front row who kept getting dominated after they came on in the second half.

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.02.18 15:07:21 by jakkalas Reply
  • Our boys showed some skill????

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.02.18 15:31:50 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 2) : Fantastic game to watch. Thanks for the link to the stream!

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.02.18 15:33:10 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @jakkalas (Comment 1) : I noticed that as well, but as they settled, they looked better. My concern was Williams…didn’t exactly set the field alight… Then again it is his first crack at this level I suppose. Overall quite impressed with the performance!

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.02.18 21:35:23 by DuToit04 Reply

  • Finding highlights of this game is proving to be a mare…

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.02.18 09:33:59 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • @The Great Couch Shark (Comment 5) : I couldn’t find highlights. Had to go back to the Sharks Facebook page and rewatch the entire thing (well – I fast-forwarded to the bits I wanted to see)

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.02.18 10:32:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hi guys, can someone please tell me the extent of Louis’ injury and how long is he out for. Thanks

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.02.18 10:51:37 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Any news on injuries from the Racing game?

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.02.18 11:17:36 by SheldonK Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 7) : We don’t know yet. I asked a week ago and got no answer

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.02.18 11:23:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 8) : I heard Lewies hurt his ankle but apparently not too serious. Other than that, not sure.

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.02.18 11:24:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Ah ok cool, hopefully all the niggles heal these next 2 weeks. Wonder if JL Dupreez and Beast will be in contention for the Lions game

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.02.18 11:58:50 by SheldonK Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Thanks

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.02.18 19:01:16 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : Beast should be. JL definitely not. He’s only back just before the tour

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.02.18 11:17:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : good news as Sharks will need Beast back and in top form. JLdP can take a bit more time as there’s a couple of good replacements to cover for him.

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.02.18 13:01:39 by JD Reply
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