Sharks scrape past Griquas in Currie Cup

Keegan Daniel will captain the Sharks against Griquas

The Sharks overcame another scratchy performance on Friday evening to outlast a spirited Griquas side 29-18 in their Currie Cup rugby encounter in Durban. Dale Chadwick, Jean Deysel, Meyer Bosman and Lwazi Mvovo all scored tries to give the defending champions a bonus point win and one that puts them in good position for a home semi-final with three games remaining.


The game was also delayed for a brief period in the first half after a floodlight failure, but the hosts will be relieved with the positive result.


Rudi Vogt, a late replacement in the Griquas side after Earl Rose withdrew, put his team ahead with an early penalty to help them dominate the opening quarter.


They were aided by some poor play from the hosts, who made errors and struggled to find their rhythm.


Abrie Minnie’s men claimed the first try of the evening for Griquas in the 18th minute when the ball was spread wide to Rocco Jansen and he broke one tackle on the left, before offloading to Vogt to run in under the posts.


The Sharks replied through Deysel who showed good strength on the right to set up a ruck and Chadwick then carried the ball over, with Frederic Michalak converting.


A floodlight failure just before the half-hour mark stopped play for 12 minutes.


The break seemed to reinvigorate the Sharks and they went over for a second time when Deysel spun away from the base of a five metre scrum and stretched out for the line.


Michalak made no mistake with the extras and the men in black took a 14-10 lead into the break.


After the restart, though, they slipped back into their shell and were punished nine minutes in when Matthew Rosslee found his way in on the left.


Vogt missed the conversion, but made amends with another penalty just before the hour after the Sharks were penalised for collapsing the scrum.


Plumtree then reshuffled his backline, withdrawing Michalak, Ross Cronje and Sibusiso Sithole with Charl McLeod, Louis Ludik and Adrian Jacobs introduced, a move that also saw Bosman shift to flyhalf.


It proved a good decision, with the new number 10 bursting through the line after a clever show of the ball and then himself converting to put the Sharks back in front with 17 minutes to play.


Mvovo then added his 18th career Currie Cup try close to the end, with Bosman collecting a penalty to help his team leap frog next week’s opponents Western Province on the standings.


Final Score Sharks 29 Griquas 18


Scorers


Sharks
Tries: Dale Chadwick, Jean Deysel, Meyer Bosman, Lwazi Mvovo
Conversions: Frederic Michalak (2), Meyer Bosman
Penalties: Meyer Bosman.


Griquas
Tries: Rudi Vogt, Matthew Rosslee
Conversions: Rudi Vogt
Penalties: Rudi Vogt (2)

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