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Great White Sharks maul Reds in Durban

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Sharks beat Reds in Durban

A strong opening half from the Sharks left the Reds out of reach.

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The Reds have been left ruing three dropped balls with the tryline in clear sight as they failed to fight back from a sloppy start in their 35-20 Super Rugby loss to the Sharks in Durban.

Both sides scored two tries apiece, but the undefeated Sharks' goal-kickers kept the scoreboard ticking over with a faultless performance to deliver the Reds their second loss of the season.

Five-eighth Patrick Lambie kicked seven from seven and centre Francois Steyn nailed his two penalty attempts for a combined haul of 25 points.

Fight for possession: Cobus Reinach of the Sharks and Mike Harris of the Reds.

Fight for possession: Cobus Reinach of the Sharks and Mike Harris of the Reds. Photo: Getty Images

Time
80.00
Team
SHA
Score
35
Team
RED
Score
20
Sharks versus Reds
View Match Statistics
Players Alberts (27min), Chadwick (77min) Tries 2 Tries 2 Players Harris (53min), Genia (62min)
Players Lambie 2/2 (100%) Conversions 2 Conversions 2 Players Cooper 2/2 (100%)
Players Steyn 2/2 (100%), Lambie 5/5 (100%) Penalty goals 7 Penalty goals 2 Players Cooper 2/2 (100%)
Players Drop goals 0 Drop goals 0 Players

It was pure, clinical rugby from the ladder-leading Sharks that had the name Jake White stamped all over it.

And there's no doubt the former Brumbies coach would have thoroughly enjoyed the win over his old Australia conference rivals.

The Reds were plagued by sloppy handling and wayward passes in the first half that resulted in a stuttering attack.

They bounced back and showed strong potential for a fight back that began just before halftime, but they dropped three balls that denied them an almost certain three tries.

The Sharks' forwards also completely dominated the Reds at the breakdown, and their skipper Bismarck du Plessis, Marcell Coetzee and Ryan Kankowski often looked immovable over the ball.

The home side outscored the Reds four penalties to two in the opening 26 minutes, before Sharks flanker Willem Alberts drove over from close range in the 27th minute for 19-6 lead.

After another two Sharks penalty goals, Reds centre Michael Harris dropped a sitter of a pass with no one in front of him four metres from the tryline on the stroke of half-time - an error that all but summed up the Queenslanders' first half.

Fullback Aidan Toua committed a similar sin after the break, before letting another potential seven-pointer go begging minutes later when he dropped his own grubber kick in the process of scoring.

The Reds continued to play with more width, and it paid dividends when Harris made amends for his earlier blunder by busting through at close range in the 54th minute.

Reds halfback Will Genia then narrowed the gap to 28-20 when he caught the Sharks napping, but the comeback stalled when reserve flanker Beau Robinson was shown a yellow card in the 67th minute for pulling down an opposition player in the lineout.

Reserve Sharks forward Dale Chadwick scored a 77th minute try to seal the match.

The Reds now turn their attention towards next week's match against the Lions in Johannesburg, while the Sharks head to Pretoria to take on conference rivals the Bulls.

SHARKS 35 (Willem Alberts, Dale Chadwick tries Patrick Lambie 2 cons Lambie 5, Francois Steyn 2 pens) bt QUEENSLAND REDS 20 (Will Genia, Michael Harris tries Quade Cooper 2 cons 2 pens) at Kings Park Stadium. Referee: Lourens van der Merwe.

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15 comments so far

  • As has been the case in a couple of games that the Sharks have played this season, they appear to take their "foot of the peddle". After going into the "sheds",25-6 at half time, in this encounter, they came out in the second forty with not having the commitment that was shown in the first half. It was a case of "cranking it up", in the last 15 or so, with Chadwick scoring, after he brushed Cooper aside like a pesky fly. The other Kiwi born player in the Reds, Mike Harris, seemed a little off his game, after missing out on what should have been a try just before the break, but he did make up for it later on, in the game. In all the Sharks,even at this stage, look like they could be finalist contenders at seasons end, due to them having a couple of key players out last night.

    Commenter
    Muzzo
    Location
    Orange
    Date and time
    March 16, 2014, 2:23PM
    • So are you saying the Kiwis lost us the game? Interesting..

      Commenter
      Danno
      Location
      Brisbane
      Date and time
      March 17, 2014, 11:41AM
    • @ Danno.... "Kiwi's lost you the game". No if you read the article properly, there is no mention of me saying what you assume. If anything, what is meant, is that had the the Sharks not "relaxed"in the second half, they would have "Walked in", against a badly disciplined Reds team. Just look at the half time score. 25-6. Come on.
      At JB...... What is it about you Queenslanders. You all seem to have trouble with Polynesian names. In regards to Ben Tapuai, not Tapaui. In both the spelling and pronunciation. Have a listen to Horan , Martin, etc. They pronounce the name Tapu - eye- eee. It's as it sounds Tapu-eye. Simple for some, really!!!!!!!!!!

      Commenter
      Muzzo
      Location
      Orange
      Date and time
      March 17, 2014, 3:04PM
    • Ahhh muzzo the expert in all things poly hey...I think you'll find the Aussie commentators and Ben himself used to call him (phonetically) Tap-oo-eye, however when Ben and Digby did a visit to Samoa a couple of years ago, Ben came back and gave the Aussie comentators a pronunciation lesson he learnt in Samoa and asked them to pronounce it Tap-oo-ah-ee.
      I've heard your "esteemed" kiwi commentators make some horrendous pronunciations of the Saffas names.

      Commenter
      Pronounce Botha
      Location
      for me!
      Date and time
      March 18, 2014, 10:46AM
  • Dear Mr Graham. Mike Harris is a great player but he just does not have the explosiveness and creativity of Ben Tapaui at 12. Ben Tapaui next to Matt Toomua, is one of the most outstanding 12's in world rugby. Mike Harris is a fabulously steady player and goal kicker to have on your bench. Ben Tapaui is not a 13. Anthony Fainga is a fantastic defensive 13. The fans know this. The players know this. Which is part of the reason they lack the confidence to carry out their skills at a higher completion rate where they can beat any team.
    Please get over your silliness and start sensible selections instead of messing with the team and their minds with foolish selections. Then we can see the real Reds.

    Commenter
    johnny-boy
    Date and time
    March 17, 2014, 7:20AM
    • I sometimes wonder what Mike Harris is doing at the Reds. Surely he must be getting offers from other clubs as a No10.

      Commenter
      Ben
      Date and time
      March 17, 2014, 3:28PM
  • anyone else think there was some good south african refereeing invoved in this game ?

    Commenter
    spilla
    Location
    nsw
    Date and time
    March 17, 2014, 7:35AM
    • Yeah, Good. The saffer commentators were also very good at overlooking many mistakes, and the cameras failed to replay a single questionable decision. One that stands out is the disallowed Sharks try (knock-on) in the last 1/4 of the game... but the decision should never have progressed beyond the previous forward pass/knock-on, which the ref called "knocked back". It is impossible to knock a ball backwards when running for the line at full speed. However, this was not replayed or reviewed.
      At least during the world cup, Bryce Lawrence's, decisions were replayed for all to see.
      The communication was also all one sided. James Horwell, politely saying, "Yes Sir, OK Sir, Thankyou Sir" all game, and HMAS Bismark constantly blabbing off to the ref in Afrikaan.

      Commenter
      Ben
      Date and time
      March 17, 2014, 3:21PM
    • @Ben, the Saffer commentators are the more neutral out of the lot. The mere fact that you're championing Bryce Lawrence, a man shamed out of the game, is a bit worrying. The Reds were clearly their own worst enemy.

      Commenter
      Ted
      Location
      Perth
      Date and time
      March 17, 2014, 4:49PM
    • Bennie my boy, us saffers have copped it year after year, with the likes of Bryce Lawrence and Stuart Dickinson (in the early part of his career).
      Some of Lourens Van der Merwe's decision had us puzzled and we did have a chuckle with at least three penalties. We have finally found our own "Bryce Lawrence".
      Stuart Dickinson had the guts to come back to the republic, reffed properly and earned our respect. Lets hope Lourens follows in his footsteps, but hopefully not for the next few years yet.

      Commenter
      Dan
      Date and time
      March 17, 2014, 5:28PM

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