Sharks: We paid a heavy price for our poor discipline, says skipper Daniel

2011-08-06 00:00

FULLBACK Rudi Vogt booted Griquas to a stunning 43-22 Currie Cup win over the champion Sharks in Kimberley last night.

Vogt succeeded with nine out of nine kicks, punishing the untidy Sharks’ poor discipline with five penalties and converting all four of Griquas’ tries.

Griquas were full value for their win, scoring four tries to one and producing an evening of strong defence to force the listless Sharks into numerous errors, both in handling and in discipline, and emphatically ending their unbeaten run.

“It showed again that you can’t play rugby on the backfoot,” Sharks captain Keegan Daniel said after the game. “We paid a heavy price for our poor discipline and my yellow card [for a dangerous tackle] certainly did not help.

“But well done to Griquas. They were the deserved winners.”

The Sharks had fought back to lead 16-14 at half-time, but they were dominated in the second half, both in terms of possession and territory while they were also heavily penalised by referee Pro Legoete at the breakdown and in the scrums.

Not even the introduction of the Sharks’ four Springboks off the bench could dampen the Griqua fire, and by the final 10 minutes the Sharks were a well-beaten side.

The Sharks started strongly and flank Marcell Coetzee came within a whisker of scoring after a sustained attack from the kick-off. Certainly there were was no hint of the problems to come, but Griquas, after weathering the early storm, attacked strongly and Daniel was yellow-carded for a dangerous tackle. While he was off, Griquas scored twice, hooker Ryno Barnes driving over from a lineout and then lock Hendrik Roodt, after over 20 phases of play, crashed over. Vogt converted both tries.

Frederic Michalak kicked a penalty for the Sharks, who trailed 3-14 after 23 minutes.

The Sharks’ first-half revival coincided with captain Daniel’s return. Michalak booted a penalty and then hooker Craig Burden, taking a leaf out of opposite number Barnes’s book, burrowed over after the Sharks had set up three successive attacking lineouts from penalties. Michalak converted from the touchline and then booted a penalty on half-time for the Sharks to lead 16-14 at the break.

But Griquas were back in front eight minutes into the second half when prop Lourens Adriaanse bashed over from a quick penalty and Vogt converted (21-16). Sharks coach John Plumtree immediately started clearing his bench of Springboks, but they made little impact in a team that lacked control and momentum.

Pat Lambie kicked two penalties shortly after taking the field, but Vogt kept knocking them over from all angles and distances. The fullback's five second-half penalties, and a conversion of flank Jonathan Mokuena’s excellent try in the 73rd minute, allowed Griquas to cruise to the most satisfying of victories.

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SCORERS

Griquas - Tries: Ryno Barnes, Hendrik Roodt, Lourens Adriaanse, Jonathan Mokuena. Conversions: Rudi Vogt (4). Penalties: Vogt (5).

Sharks – Tries: Craig Burden. Conversion: Frederic Michalak. Penalties: Michalak (3), Pat Lambie (2).

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