Sharks powered to a comfortable 47-19 win over the Tafel Lager Griquas in their Carling Currie Cup match up at Jonsson Kings Park in Durban.
The bonus point win sees the Sharks stay in fourth place on the log and seal a place in the Currie Cup play-offs with just one round of pool fixtures left to play, while the Griquas remain bottom of the log without a win in the competition so far.
However it all didn’t go the Sharks way after the Griquas got the match off to a flying start and led for the first 27 minutes of the game, before the Sharks switched gears and powered into an unassailable lead in the end.
The game got off to a cracking start as straight from the kick off the Sharks found themselves under pressure in their own 22m, flyhalf Curwin Bosch then threw a wild pass to outside centre Lukhanyo Am who fumbled it, allowing Griquas left wing Enver Brandt to kick the ball over the try line and field it to score.
To Griquas' credit, they defended really well and put plenty of pressure of the Sharks at the breakdown, disrupting the home side’s momentum and forcing them into poor errors.
The Sharks managed a response when Fezokuhle Mbatha, who shone on his first start for the senior team, scored his first try from a powerful driving maul. That seemed to allow the Sharks to settle as they then took the lead for the first time in the match when Werner Kok acrobatically lept and gathered Bosch’s cross-field kick before reaching over the tryline to score.
Tries from Yaw Penxe and captain Lukhanyo Am secured the bonus-point for the Sharks and put the home side 24-7 ahead at the break. When Sikhumbuzo Notshe and Dylan Richardson scored in the second half, the result was all but decided, but Griquas continued fighting and got a couple of tries through flank Gideon van der Merwe.
Tries: Fezo Mbatha, Werner Kok, Yaw Penxe, Lukhanyo Am, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Dylan Richardson, Aphelele Fasi
Conversions: Curwin Bosch (6)
Tries: Enver Brandt, Gideon van der Merwe (2)
Conversions: Tinus de Beer, Ashlon Davids.