Clinical Sharks demolish Griquas

2012-10-13 00:00

THE Sharks, clinically and with occasional flashes of flair, emphatically demolished Griquas 42-3 at King’s Park last night, to ensure that they will again end the Currie Cup season top of the log.

The Shark are seven log points clear of the Golden Lions overnight and they have now topped the Currie Cup log four times in the last five years. John Plumtree’s men are at home next week in the semi-finals — probably against the Blue Bulls — and they will host the final at King’s Park if they advance.

The Sharks were rarely troubled by Griquas, who started strongly, but by half-time appeared resigned to defeat with their runners making little headway against the resolute and well-organised home defence.

As flyhalf, and man of the match, Pat Lambie remarked after the game that it was a miserly three points conceded by the Sharks, rather than the five tries they scored, which was the most impressive feature of the win.

The Sharks struggled initially in the scrums, there were a couple of worrying turnovers and they butchered a couple of tries, but they were superb on defence and always threatened on attack.

Lambie fashioned a couple of tries and was steady on the night, but Plumtree will have been delighted with the wholehearted contribution made by flank Jean Deysel on attack and defence, the first-half showing of scrumhalf Cobus Reinach and the form of JP Pietersen and Louis Ludik.

Reinach made the break and then rounded off for the Sharks’ opening score, wing Odwa Ndungane left the field with an ankle injury sustained as he made the scoring pass, and Lambie provided the grubber and then the inside pass for Ludik after which Lwazi Mvovo scored the other two first-half tries (22-3). The Sharks were content to rely on kicking their penalties to stretch their second-half lead before two tries in the final 10 minutes — by lively replacement flank Lubabalo Mtembu and scrumhalf Charl McLeod — completed a satisfying night out.

Sharks captain Keegan Daniel, who spent 10 minutes in the cooler for collapsing a maul, said he was “proud of the defensive effort and pretty happy to turn the tables on Griquas after losing in Kimberley”.

“But the only thing that is important now is winning the next two games,” he added.

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