Cell C Sharks Getting Their Season Back On Track With Win Against Dragons

 

The Cell C Sharks hosted the Dragons in Durban in the opening match of the weekend. They had a slow start in the match but still managed a controlled and disciplined 51-03 bonus-point win to get their season back on track.

The Sharks were determined to bounce back from their defeat against Edinburgh and insisted to convert penalties in the first 20 minutes. Thereafter, the Sharks used their physical dominance to score two forwards' tries to lead 23-03 at the halftime break.

The action in the second half slowed a lot, however, the Sharks did the job they were instructed to and won with the much-needed bonus point.

07:05 Curwin Bosch converted a penalty to open the scoring for this match. (03-00)

12:39 Curwin Bosch converted his second penalty for the Sharks. (06-00)

15:53 Josh Lewis converted a penalty for the Dragons. (06-03).

18:35 Curwin Bosch converted his third penalty for the Sharks. (09-03)

20:00 The Sharks started like a house on fire, however, although they dominated most of the game they were happy to take the points when on offer, they converted the penalties rather than going to the corner.

28:52 Ox Nche barged through the defence of the Dragons to his first try of the season in the URC. The Sharks changed their tactics and now trying to use their muscle to go for a bonus-point win (16-03)

33:56 Mbongeni Mbonambi scored the Sharks' second try from the back of a maul that rolled for a good 35 metres. (23-03)

40:00 The Sharks were determined to bounce back from their defeat against Edinburgh and insisted to convert penalties in the first 20 minutes. Thereafter, the Sharks used their physical dominance to score two forwards' tries to lead 23-03 at the halftime break.

47:17 Scored an absolutely brilliant individual try slicing the defence of the visitors in two with a 50m sprint. (30-03)

58:40 Penalty try with a yellow card to Josh Lewis (Dragons) resulted in the Sharks earning their bonus point.

60:00 The action during the third quarter slowed down significantly with the only action caused by a penalty try for a deliberate knockdown 10 meters outside the Dragans' 22. (37-03)

63:03 The second penalty try against the Dragons resulted in another yellow card to Rhodri Williams (Dragons) for a deliberate knockdown. (44-03)

67:02 Anthony Volmink scored the Sharks' sixth try from a movement that started in the Sharks' own half. (51-03)

80:12 Ben Fry (Dragons) was shown a yellow card.

Scorers:
Cell C Sharks: Tries: Ox Nche, Mbongeni Mbonambi, Werner Kok, penalty try (2), Anthony Volmink. Conversions: Curwin Bosch (4). Penalties: Curwin Bosch (3)
Dragons: Penalty: Josh Lewis

Teams

Cell C Sharks: 15. Anthony Volmink, 14. Werner Kok, 13. Ben Tapuai, 12. Marius Louw, 11. Makazole Mapimpi, 10. Curwin Bosch, 9. Jaden Hendrikse, 8. Phepsi Buthelezi, 7. Jeandré Labuschagne, 6. James Venter, 5. Gerbrandt Grobler, 4. Le Roux Roets, 3. Thomas du Toit (c), 2. Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1. Retshegofaditswe Nche. Replacements: 16. Kerron van Vuuren, 17. Ntuthuko Mchunu, 18. Khutha Mchunu, 19. Reniel Hugo, 20. Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21. Siyamthanda Kolisi, 22. Grant Williams, 23. Boeta Chamberlain.

Dragons: 15. Ioan Davies, 14. Jared Rosser, 13. Adam Warren, 12. Jack Dixon, 11. Jordan Olowofela, 10. Josh Lewis, 9. Rhodri Williams, 8. Ross Moriarty, 7. Ben Fry, 6. Harri Keddie (c), 5. Will Rowlands, 4. Joe Davies, 3. Leon Brown, 2. Elliot Dee, 1. Greg Bateman. Replacements: 16. Taylor Davies, 17. Aki Seiuli, 18. Mesake Doge, 19. Huw Taylor, 20. Taine Basham, 21. Lewis Jones, 22. Will Reed, 23. Jordan Williams.