Ten-try Sharks run riot against Melbourne Rebels

The Sharks scored 10 tries on their way to a 64-7 victory over the Melbourne Rebels in Durban on Saturday.

The Sharks were smashed by the Brumbies last weekend and the Rebels felt the full backlash of that loss.

The Sharks had previously struggled to score tries this season and in all of their previous matches they could only score three tries.

The Sharks previous record for tries scored in a match was nine – ironically against the Crusaders while the Rebels biggest previous loss was a 53-3 loss to the Reds.

The 57-point winning margin easily bettered the Sharks 53-11 win over Australia’s Western Force
last season and the result moves the Sharks six places on the table
to third.

The Sharks went out to a 7-0 lead in the seventh minute after Louis Ludik went
over in the corner and flyhalf Patrick Lambie converted.

Kicking into the wind Lambie struggled in the first half as he missed three
penalties and two conversions but it made little difference as the Sharks scored
further tries through Marcell Coetzee, Jacques Botes and captain Keegan Daniel.

The Sharks were fortunate to be awarded Daniel’s bonus point try in the 34th
minute as replays showed that he appeared to drop the ball on his way over the

Lambie was successful with only two of his seven kicks at goal in the opening
period, but the Sharks held a 24-0 lead at half-time.

The hosts took complete control in the second half , with Kyle Cooper, Cobus
Reinach, Tendai Mtawarira, Ryan Kankowski and Ludik storming over the tryline
within 15 minutes of the break as they drew well clear of the visitors.

Centre Meyer Bosman, who took over the kicking duties, was flawless and slotted
over all five conversions as the Sharks put the result beyond doubt.

Riaan Viljoen added another five points shortly before the hour mark, and while
the Rebels thought they had scored some consolation points soon after, when
captain Gareth Delve went over but replacement Frans Steyn managed to hold the
ball up.

Scott Higginbotham eventually put some points on the board for the tourists
with 12 minutes left, and fullback James O’Connor converted, to save face for
the Australian side.

Final Score Sharks 64 (24) Rebels 7 (0)


Tries – L Ludik 2, M Coetzee, J. Botes, K Daniel, K Cooper, C. Reinach, T. Mtawarira, R. Kankowski, R Viljoen
Pen –
Con – P Lambie 2, M Bosman 5
Drop –
Cards – C. Reinach (26th min Yellow) 

Tries – S Higginbotham.
Pen –
Con – J.O’Connor
Drop –
Cards – James O’Connor (57th min yellow)

Match Officials
Lourens van der Merwe
Assistant Ref 1:Stuart Berry
Assistant Ref 2:Reuben Rossouw
TMO : Shaun Veldsman



1. Tendai Mtawarira , 2. Kyle Cooper , 3. Wiehahn Herbst , 4. Pieter-Steph du Toit , 5. Franco van der Merwe , 6. Jacques Botes , 7. Marcell Coetzee , 8. Keegan Daniel (Captain) , 9. Cobus Reinach , 10. Patrick Lambie , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 12. Meyer Bosman , 13. Paul Jordaan , 14. JP Pietersen , 15. Louis Ludik

Replacements , 16. Craig Burden , 17. Jannie du Plessis , 18. Jandre Marais , 19. Ryan Kankowski , 20. Charl McLeod , 21. Francois Steyn , 22. Riaan Viljoen


1. Nic Henderson,2. Ged Robinson,3. Laurie Weeks,4. Hugh Pyle,5. Luke Jones,6. Scott Higginbotham,7. Scott Fuglistaller,8. Gareth Delve (c),9. Nick Phipps,10. James O’Connor,11. Cooper Vuna,12. Lachlan Mitchell,13. Mitch Inman,14. Jason Woodward,15. Angus Roberts

16. Shota Horie,17. Paul Alo-Emile,18. Cadeyrn Neville,19. Jordy Reid,20. Nic Stirzaker,21. Rory Sidey,22

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