Sharks down Brumbies and take bonus point

The Sharks’ form continued on Saturday as they ran in five tries to beat the Brumbies 35-14 at the Absa Stadium in Durban.

The match started off in a fiery manner, with the Sharks nearly scoring off the starting kick when Ryan Kankowski charged towards the loose ball on the tryline. The sides then engaged in a bit of argy-bargy, which resulted in Rory Kockott narrowly missing a penalty wide to the right in the fourth minute.

The Sharks would have considered themselves unlucky in the seventh minute when an apparent try by JP Pietersen was ruled out. The winger’s effort, coming on the end of great runs by Kankowski and Frans Steyn, was denied after the TMO ruled the ball had not touched the ground over the try line.

Pietersen eventually got his reward in the 15th minute though, diving over the line Superman-style after a long run up the pitch. He was the grateful recipient of a Kockott turn-over at the ruck, and the young scrum half converted the try to take a 7-0 lead.

The Brumbies responded immediately and drew level with a converted try. Christian Lealiifano ran over under the posts and Mark Gerrard notched up his 50th Super 14 point on the season by converting.

Sharks fullback Stefan Terblanche scored his side’s second try just after the half hour, which Kockott converted. Kankowski was again central to the move, as well as Odwa Ndungane, and the backs looked in good nick as they built the move for Terblanche to finish.

Kockott bagged a try of his own soon after the break, holding off tackles to score in the 44th minute after a confimation by the TMO that he hadn’t knocked the ball on. He converted the try to give the Durban fans a 21-7 lead to cheer.

The Sharks secured their bonus point with a fourth try in the 54th minute. Jacques Botes was the scorer and Kockott converted, after which the teams again had some handbags featuring Steyn and the Brumbies pack.

Kankowski scored his third Super 14 try of the season in the 73rd minute, running down the left flank like a winger and dotting down under the posts. Kockott easily converted to keep his points figure climbing past 50 for the tournament.

Replacement prop Salesi Ma’afu scored a consolation try for the Brumbies to take them into double figures and ensure they broke a second half duck.

Gerrard converted to make it 35-14. The game ended on a slight sour note as more fighting broke out after the hooter had sounded.



Final Score Sharks 35 Brumbies 14


Tries – Pietersen, Terblanche,  Kockott, Botes,  Kankowski
Penalties –
Conversions -Rory Kockott 5
Drop Goals –

Cards – Yellow (79) Bismarck du Plessis


Tries -Christian Lealiifano, Salesi Ma’afu
Penalties –
Conversions -Mark Gerrard 2
Drop Goals –


Man of the match : Rory Kockott.


Venue: ABSA Stadium, Durban
Kick-off: 5pm (local)
Referee: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
Touch judges: Marius Jonker (South Africa), Garratt Williamson (New Zealand)
Television match official: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)


Sharks :Stefan Terblanche; Odwa Ndungane, Adrian Jacobs, Riaan Swanepoel, JP Pietersen; Francois Steyn, Rory Kockott; Ryan Kankowski, Keegan Daniel, Jacques Botes, Johann Muller (capt), Steven Sykes, Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira.

Replacements – John Smit, Deon Carstens, Albert van den Berg, Skholiwe Ndlovu, Charl McLeod, Monty Dumond, Luzuko Vulindlu.

Brumbies:Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, Guy Shepherdson, Ben Hand, Mark Chisholm, Mitchell Chapman, George Smith, Julian Salvi, Josh Hol

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