Cell C Sharks In “Ugly” Win Against Zebre In Ugly

 

The Cell C Sharks targeted a full house of points against Zebre and after 60 minutes of play, it did not look good. However, in the last quarter, the Sharks upped the tempo and accuracy to win with 38-06.

The first 40 minutes was an arm wrestle with the Italians more physical and direct, playing most of the rugby. The Sharks' quality on the attack is very poor with the first half have littered with mistakes from the Sharks.

The Sharks upped the tempo and accuracy of their attack and scored 4 tries in the second half to give their fans a reward for their money spent. Ugly but still a bonus-point win.

07:15 Henco Venter scored the Sharks' first try. (07-00)

20:00 An "unexpected" arm wrestle with Zebre's resistance that is a lot more than expected. Although the Cell C Sharks has shown moments of brilliance it is still an even game.

26:11 Curwin Bosch added a converted penalty for the Sharks. (10-00)

30:47 Antonio Rizzi converted a penalty for Zebre. (10-03).

41:24 Antonio Rizzi converted his second penalty for Zebre. (10-06).

40:00 The first 40 minutes was an arm wrestle with the Italians the more physical and direct team playing most of the rugby. The Sharks' quality on the attack is very poor with the first half littered with mistakes from the hosts.

42:55 Bongi Mbonambi scored the Sharks' second try as the Sharks' forwards continuously pounded the visitors' tryline. (17-06)

57:04 Khutha Mchunu scored the Sharks' 3rd try, after yet again great work by their forwards on the tryline of their visitors. (24-06)

60:00 The Sharks has taken it up a level and now threaten to run Zebre ragged.

60:39 Grant Williams received a gift pass from Werner Kok to score the Sharks 4th and bonus-point try.

69:12 Clever and slick passing made space for Curwin Bosch to go over in the corner for a try. (38-06)

Scorers:
Cell C Sharks: Tries: Henco Venter, Bongi Mbonambi, Khutha Mchunu, Grant Williams, Curwin Bosch. Conversions: Curwin Bosch (5). Penalty: Curwin Bosch.
Zebre Parma: Penalties: Antonio Rizzi (2)

Teams:

Cell C Sharks: 15. Aphelele Fassi, 14. Werner Kok, 13. Ben Tapuai, 12. Marius Louw, 11. Yaw Penxe, 10. Curwin Bosch, 9. Grant Williams, 8. Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7. Henco Venter, 6. Siya Kolisi (c), 5. Reniel Hugo, 4. Gerbrandt Grobler, 3. Thomas du Toit, 2. Bongi Mbonambi, 1. Ntuthuko Mchunu. Replacements: 16. Kerron van Vuuren, 17. Khwezi Mona, 18. Khutha Mchunu, 19. Le Roux Roets, 20. Phepsi Buthelezi, 21. Jaden Hendrikse, 22. Boeta Chamberlain, 23. Jeremy Ward.

Zebre: 15. Michelangelo Biondelli, 14. Jacopo Trulla, 13. Erich Cronjé, 12. Timothy O’Malley, 11. Simone Gesi, 10. Antonio Rizzi, 9. Nicolò Casilio, 8. Renato Giammarioli (captain), 7. Iacopo Bianchi, 6. Luca Andreani, 5. Liam Mitchell, 4. Potu Junior Leavasa, 3. Ion Neculai, 2. Massimo Ceciliani, 1. Andrea Lovotti. Replacements: 16. Tommaso Di Bartolomeo, 17. Juan Pitinari, 18. Eduardo Bello, 19. Andrea Zambonin, 20. Maxime Mbandà, 21. Guglielmo Palazzani, 22. Carlo Canna, 23. Giulio Bisegni.