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URC Friday Wrap – Sharks get first URC win and Ulster beat Benetton

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It was a good start for South African in Round 3 when the Sharks put together a great performance against Ospreys to register their first win of the competitions. In the other match on Friday Ulster made small work of Benetton by beating them 28-8.

Benetton suffered their first defeat on Friday night when they were outplayed by Ulster at Kingspan Stadium. The home side continued their perfect start to the season with their third win in a row.

It was a great night for Rob Herring who celebrated his 200th appearance for Ulster with a try. He almost scored the first try of he match but it was disallowed after it was ruled that McCann was offside. The home side did not waist time to get the first try when Gilroy found a low kick from Burns to get over.

The visitors attack was on awol on the night and also found themselves down to 14 men when Nemer was send to the bin.

It was then time for the youngster to show their class as Doak and McCann combined to send Doak over for his first of two tries in the match.

Benetton under pressure just could not get going and it was the turn of Herring to get over from the back of the maul, this time no problem to award the try.

As good the first half was for Ulster, they just could not get to the same standard in the second half searching for that bonus point try.

Although the home side took he foot of the gas in the second half, Benetton never really looked like they will come back and cause an upset. James Hume was then send to the bin for playing the ball on the ground which opened things up a bit.

Benetton then got their first and only try when Tavuyara step nicely to get over the line but could not find any more momentum to threaten Ulster.

Ulster started to play again in the last 10 minutes of the match to try and secure that bonus point try and they got it just before the end of the game when Doak got over for his second 2 minutes from time.

Scorers:

Ulster: Tries – Gilroy, Doak(2), Herring Conversions – Doak(4)

Benetton: Tries – Tavuyara Penalties – Matin

It was the performance we expected form the Sharks form the start of the competition when they beat Ospreys on Friday night 27-13 to register their first win of the competition.

Boeta Chamberlain put a man of thematic performance which steered the Sharks to a great win over the Wales outfit. He slotted three drop goals in the match but the way he was able to get the best out of his backlineon attack was the impressive part.

There has always been talks about Chamberlain talent but before tonight we have not seen him put that 80 minutes performance together.

The Sharks manage to weather the early storm from the home side and took control in the second half of the match. Ospreys has a night they would rather forget with just too many handling errors and lack in defence which cost them against a Sharks team who was accurate on attack.

The home side took an early lead in the second half with two penalties from Gareth Anscombe but that was cancelled out before the break by two drop goals by Chamberlain. The halftime score of 6-all tells the story of the first half with both teams trying to take control of the match but could not convert the changes that came their way.

Don’t know what was in the halftime oranges of the Sharks but they came out in the second half playing with connivance and putting Ospreys under pressure for most part of the second half.

A beautiful worked try early in the second half saw the Sharks pull away from the homes side and putting scoreboard pressure on them. It was a kick form Chamberlain which Hyron Andrews picked up and send Ward over for the first try of the match.

That gave the Sharks plenty of confidence and they took control of the match. The second try for the visitors came of some brilliant hands to send Marnus Potgieter over which stretched the lead again for the Sharks.

Pienaar added another penalty as did Chamberlain with another drop goal straight from a gaol line kickoff. Ospreys did get a late try in the match but one last penalty form Pienaar sealed a well deserved win for the Sharks.

A third Chamberlain drop-goal followed and his second direct from an Ospreys drop-out from their own line, while Pienaar added an extra three points.

Thomas’ late Ospreys try never really threatened a dramatic comeback and a second Pienaar penalty settled Sharks nerves and completed the comfortable victory.

Scorers:

Ospreys: Tries – G Thomas Conversions – Myler Penalties – Anscombe(2)

Sharks: Tries – Ward, Potgieter Conversions – Pienaar Penalties – Pienaar(2) Drop Goals – Chamberlain(3)

Standings:

UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP LOG

PosTeamPWLDPDBPPts
1440075420
2330065214
332109311
4220037210
531113310
63210-608
73210-1508
84121-517
94130-637
103120626
113120-1126
124130-3126
133210215
143120-2204
153120-4504
163030-4811
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