Turnovers in second half cost Sharks win

2010-07-12 00:00

COACH John Plumtree and captain Stefan Terblanche both agree that the Sharks’ failure to look after their possession in the second half had cost them victory in the Currie Cup game against Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday.

The Sharks went down 34-40 after leading 22-8 at the break, but they did return to Durban with two bonus points (for scoring five tries and for finishing within seven points of Griquas).

“I’m pleased with the two points,” said Terblanche, “but it is disappointing to lose and turnovers in the second half really cost us.”

Plumtree said yesterday that the Sharks had played “positive rugby in patches, but Griquas were good enough to punish us for our second-half errors when our defence was unstructured.”

Indeed, three of Griquas’ five tries came from turnovers when the Sharks were hard on attack. The Sharks played at a high tempo and frequently broke the gainline, but they were often rushed and over-eager on attack and this led to turnovers.

“We had a 14-point lead at the break and probably should have scored more with the strong wind in the first half,” said Plumtree. “But crucial turnovers rather than the wind ultimately cost us.”

Plumtree said the medical report was positive.

“Craig Burden [hooker] has a mild groin strain and [flyhalf] Steve Meyer took a bit of a knock, but both should be fit for the Blue Bulls game [in Durban] on Saturday.”

Plumtree said he was satisfied with the form of the returning Meyer at flyhalf.

“He showed some encouraging signs and he will just get stronger. That was definitely one of the positives while [flank] Michael Rhodes also played well.”

There were also strong performances by flank Keegan Daniel, wing Lwazi Mvovo, who scored two tries, and Burden.

SCORERS

Griquas: Tries: Bjorn Basson (2), Ryno Barnes, Steph Roberts, Wesley Wilkins. Conversions: Naas Olivier (3). Penalties: Olivier (3).

Sharks: Tries: Lwazi Mvovo (2), Steve Meyer, Michael Rhodes, Pat Cilliers. Conversions: Rory Kockott (2), Monty Dumond. Penalty: Kockott.

• In the other Currie Cup game on Saturday, Western Province, with a strong forward showing and excellent goalkicking from flyhalf Willem de Waal (20 points), opened their season with an impressive 25-11 away win over Free State in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

SCORERS

Free State: Try: Tewis de Bruyn. Penalties: Louis Strydom (2).

Western Province: Try: Adriaan Fondse. Conversion: Willem de Waal. Penalties: de Waal (6).

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