It was not pretty but the Sharks secured a bonus point win against the Blues after a great first half.
The second half was not so great but they pulled it through at the end with 26-7.
The Sharks was putting pressure on the Blues from the start. They were solid in their set pieces and pushed the Blues back.
It was Fassi who scored the Sharks first try in the corner and the lead 5-0. The Sharks was in full control.
The Sharks got back to the Blues twenty-two with a lineout and it was the perfect drive which sent Akker Van Der Merwe over for the second try.
It took the Sharks another 15 minutes to get over the line after some good defence from the Blues on a few drives.
Robert Du Preez eventually went over and converted his own try to extend the lead to 19-0.
The Blues did have a chance to get some points on the board before halftime but lost the ball on attack to go into the break with 19 points behind.
The second half started as a good old battle between the two teams with both creating opportunities but either handling errors or good defence keeping them out.
The Blues finally got over the Sharks line from a scrum in the 56 min, but the TMO called them back because a player was held back and try was disallowed.
It took not long for the Blues to get their first try after dominating for a long period in the second half.
This reduced the lead to 19-7 with 19 minutes to go.
The Blues was very unlucky not to score again and it was just the brilliant vision of Am with a monster tackle that gave Bosch the opportunity to intercept and secure a bonus point win at the end.
It was not pretty in that second half, but the Sharks got the job done.
Sharks 26 (19)
Tries: Aphelele Fassi, Akker van der Merwe, Rob du Preez, Curwin Bosch
Conversions: Rob du Preez (3)
Blues 7 (0)
Try: Tanielu Tele’a
Conversion: Otere Black
|February 23, 2019||15:00||Super Rugby 2019||Vodacom Super Rugby 2019||80'|
|Kings Park Stadium|
|Team||Losing Bonus Point||Penalty||Tries||Conversions||4 TRY BP||Points||Outcome|
|Cell C Sharks||0||0||4||2||1||26||Win|