CA Brumbies sunk in Durban Shark attack

 The CA Brumbies have gone down to an in-form Sharks outfit, 35-14, at Absa Stadium in Durban tonight.

The visitors crossed for two tries but were outscored by the Sharks who scored five on the back of quick turnover possession.
CA Brumbies Head Coach Andy Friend said his side needs to continue improving through the second half of the competition if they are to push for a finals berth in 2009.
“You never like to lose but that happens,” he said. “When you’re beaten by a better side you’ve got to cop that on the chin, the most important thing is that you aim to develop your game.
“I was disappointed after last week and we’d spoken about the attitude we went into that game with and tonight I didn’t see a drop in attitude. I saw a desire to get involved, we were just outplayed.
“We’ve got to learn from that; we’ve got to continue to work on our game control, we’ve got to continue to work on our physicality, we’ve got to continue to work on our skill set. If we can do that week in, week out then we’ll get better as a side.”
The Sharks had an opportunity to open the scoring in the third minute when man-of-the-match Rory Kockott had a straightforward penalty attempt waived away. It would be the scrumhalf’s only miss of the evening as he went on to kick five conversions and cross for a try for a personal haul of 15 points.
Sharks winger JP Pietersen also attempted to break the nil-all deadlock early only to be denied by a ball-and-all tackle by CA Brumbies pivot Christian Lealiifano and TMO Shaun Veldsman. However, the Natal fast man did not have to wait long to convert a second opportunity when he was put into space 60 metres out to cross after 15 minutes.
The visitors were quick to respond when scrumhalf Josh Holmes put Lealiifano into a hole in the 18th minute. Having prevented a try down one end, the CA Brumbies flyhalf then stepped past Pietersen capitalise on his side’s first attacking raid into the Sharks half and lock the scorew at 7-all.
Clyde Rathbone – playing in his 50th Super Rugby game and against his former province – appeared to put the CA Brumbies ahead five minutes later when he dived over from the base of the ruck only to be denied by referee Bryce Lawrence for a knock on.
The Sharks compounded the CA Brumbies’ disallowed five-pointer in the 33rd minute when fullback Stefan Terblanche completed an 80-metre movement from quick turnover ball to afford his side a 14-7 half-time advantage.
Kockott extended the lead to 14 points four minutes into the second term when he dove over from the base of the ruck before flanker Jaque Botes pushed over the line to secure the Sharks’ four-try bonus point and a 28-7 lead at the 54-minute mark.
The ACT-based side’s chances of drawing back the deficit in the final quarter were cruelled by spilt possession, an ailment that did not hinder Sharks No.8 Ryan Kankowski who crossed for his side’s final try after 72 minutes.
The CA Brumbies managed a consolation try through replacement front rower Sales Ma’afu when he pick and drove over the line after in incisive run by lock Mark Chisholm with three minutes remaining. Gerrard drilled home the conversion to bring up the final 35-14 result.
The CA Brumbies travel to Bloemfontein to take on the Cheetahs next Saturday in their final match of their three-week South African tour.
Sharks 35 (JP Pietersen, Stefan Terblanche, Rory Kockott, Jaque Botes, Ryan Kankowski tries; Rory Kockott 5/5 conversions, 0/1 penalty goals, Francois Steyn 0/2 drop goals) defeated CA Brumbies 14 (Christian Lealiifano, Salesi Ma’afu tries; Mark Gerrard 2/2 conversions, 0/1 penalty goals) at Absa Stadium, Durban.
Referee: Bryce Lawrence
Half time: Sharks 14-7
Crowd: Not announced
CA Brumbies
1. Ben Alexander
2. Stephen Moore 
3. Guy Shepherdson
4. Ben Hand 
5. Mark Chisholm 
6. Mitchell Chapman
7. George Smith (c)
8. Julian Salvi
9. Joshua Holmes 
10. Christian Lealiifano 
11. Clyde Rathbone 
12. Gene Fairbanks
13. Tyrone Smith
14. Adam Ashley-Cooper
15. Mark Gerrard 
16. Huia Edmonds
17. Salesi Ma’afu 
18. Shawn Mackay 
19. Peter Kimlin
20. Patrick Phibbs 
21. Matt Toomua
22. Alfi Mafi
17. Salesi Ma’afu for 3. Guy Shepherdson (54th minute)
20. Patrick Phibbs for 9. Joshua Holmes (54th minute)
18. Shawn Mackay for 4. Ben Hand (60th minute)
19. Peter Kimlin for 8. Julian Salvi (60th minute)
16. Huia Edmonds for 2. Stephen Moore (67th minute)
22. Alfi Mafi for 11. Clyde Rathbone (75th minute)
21. Matt Toomua for 10. Christian Lealiifano (75th minute)
1. Tendai Mtawarira 
2. Bismarck du Plessis 
3. Jannie du Plessis 
4. Steven Sykes
5. Johann Muller (c)
6. Jacques Botes
7. Keegan Daniel
8. Ryan Kankowski
9. Rory Kockott
10. Francois Steyn
11. JP Pietersen
12. Riaan Swanepoel
13. Adrian Jacobs
14. Odwa Ndungane
15. Stefan Terblanche
16. John Smit 
17. Deon Carstens 
18. Albert van den Berg 
19. Skholiwe Ndlovu 
20. Charl McLeod 
21. Monty Dumond
22. Luzuko Vulindlu
Yellow Cards:
Bismarck du Plessis (79th minute)
Investec Super 14 Week Eight
CA Brumbies v Cheetahs
Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
Saturday, 4 April 2009