Sharks too good for Force

2011-03-05 14:37

The Sharks started their tour of Australia and New Zealand with an impeccable 39-12 victory over the Western Force in Perth today, but the victory came at a price.

The men from Durban suffered a double blow when both their Springbok wings left the field injured.

First Odwa Ndungane was stretchered off the field when Force replacement Rory Sidey spear tackled the speedster minutes after he scored the opening try of the match.

Sidney received a red card for the offence leaving the hosts with a one man shortage for 60 minutes of the match.
Later, JP Pietersen left the field with what appeared to be an ankle injury.

Despite the injury blows, the Sharks showed their class throughout the match and in recording the win equalled the record of the Bulls for victories over Australian opposition.

However, the more important record lies in the team’s solid defence.

The Sharks have now completed 240 minutes of Vodacom Super Rugby without conceding a try.

They have also picked up their first bonus point this season for scoring four or more tries en route to victory.

» Scorers:

Western Force 12(9): Penalty James O’Connor (4)

Shark 39(19): Tries - Odwa Ndungane, Bismarck du Plessis, Steven Sykes, Willem Alberts, Pat Lambie.

Conversions: Lambie (4).

Penalty: Lambie 

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