Sharks return to winning ways
September 17, 2016

The Cell C Sharks returned to winning ways as they recorded a comfortable 53-0 (halftime 24-0) win over the EP Kings in their Currie Cup Premier Division match at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban on Saturday.

The hosts were full value for their win as they wrapped up the four-try bonus-point in the first half in a match played on a sodden pitch after rain had fallen for most of the day in Durban with heavy rain persisting throughout the contest.

The very wet conditions were reminiscent of South Africa’s World Cup semifinal win against France in 1995 at the same ground.

But the Sharks adapted well to the tough playing conditions as they ran in nine tries without reply to move to second on the log, four points behind the log-leading Toyota Free State Cheetahs who have a game in hand.

The Sharks opened the scoring in the fourth minute after inside centre Andre Esterhuizen rounded off a good team move with an unconverted try.

The weather conditions were not conducive to an open, flowing game and the Sharks used a powerful maul to good effect as hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle crashed over for a converted try in the 13th minute.

The Sharks scored again five minutes later when a 20-metre maul resulted in flank Jean-Luc du Preez going over for a try in the left-hand corner.

The hosts wrapped up the bonus-point for scoring four tries in the 31st minute after a scything break from fullback Curwin Bosch split the Kings’ defence wide open before flyhalf Inny Radebe was on hand to take the scoring pass to slide over in the corner for a converted try.

The Sharks reached the break holding a handy 24-point lead and they added to their lead less than four minutes after the restart after a five-metre scrum saw scrumhalf Michael Classens dot down.

Patrick Lambie was subbed on in the 46th minute to make his first competitive appearance since being concussed while playing for South Africa against Ireland in June.

The hosts were starting to run rampant and they added tries from No 8 Francois Kleinhans, lock Etienne Oosthuizen, left-wing Wandile Mjekevu and flank Khaya Majola.


Cell C Sharks – Tries: Andre Esterhuizen, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Jean-Luc du Preez, Inny Radebe, Michael Claasens, Francois Kleinhans, Etienne Oosthuizen, Wandile Mjekevu, Khaya Majola; Conversions: Curwin Bosch (2), Patrick Lambie (2).

EP Kings.

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