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Sharks thrash 14-man Force 39-12 in Super 15

Sharks thrash 14-man Force 39-12 in Super 15

The Sharks remained unbeaten three games into rugby's Super 15 after thrashing the 14-man Western Force 39-12 on Saturday.
The Sharks have also yet to concede a try, but their first bonus-point win of the season came at a cost, with Odwa Ndungane stretchered off after being spear tackled. Fellow winger JP Pietersen also limped away with a knee injury.
The match turned when replacement center Rory Sidey was sent off in the 18th minute for a dangerous lift tackle on Ndungane, who was left in obvious pain. At that point, the Sharks led 7-3 thanks to a try by Ndungane off a dropped pass from Sidey, and they didn't waste the advantage of an extra man.
The Force were also counting their wounded. Wallabies flanker David Pocock went off with a knee injury and center Mitch Inman dislocated an elbow, all within the first 20 minutes.
Moments after Sidey received his marching orders, hooker Bismarck du Plessis crossed from the back of a driving maul then lock Steven Sykes finished off a fine team try from a long buildup.
The Force could reply with only three penalties to flyhalf James O'Connor, and trailed 19-9 at the break.
After the break, the Sharks were determined to earn the fourth bonus-point try. Twice, replacement winger Lwazi Mvovo had tries disallowed, but flanker Willem Alberts eventually barged over after the Force conceded half a dozen penalties under pressure.
Three minutes from the end, the Force were reduced to 13 when winger Nick Cummins was sin-binned for a dangerous tackle, and in the remaining time Sharks flyhalf Patrick Lambie danced through five defenders to score and lift his personal tally to 19 points.
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Sharks 39 (Odwa Ndungane, Bismarck du Plessis, Steven Sykes, Willem Alberts, Patrick Lambie tries; Lambie 4 conversions, 2 penalties), Western Force 12 (James O'Connor 4 penalties). HT: 19-9.


Updated : 2021-10-23 20:28 GMT+08:00