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Stormers edge Sharks 15-12 in Super 15

Stormers edge Sharks 15-12 in Super 15

The Stormers made it two wins out of two in Super 15 rugby after their second-half fightback trumped the Sharks 15-12 in an attritional derby on Saturday.
An error-strewn game that never built any real momentum included seven missed penalties _ four of them by Stormers fullback Joe Pietersen _ before flyhalf Peter Grant came off the bench to convert the decisive kick at the end.
The Sharks dominated the first half, forcing the Stormers to make 62 tackles to the Durban side's 24 as they showed more invention with the ball in hand. But a galvanised Stormers unit converted three penalties to one in the second period to clinch a tight game.
Grant, in his first game since returning from a stint in Japan, slotted the key penalty from a tight angle with two minutes remaining to seal the win.
The Sharks came screaming out of the blocks in the first half, controlling the opening exchanges and taking the lead through Patrick Lambie's penalty in the 12th minute.
Pietersen swiftly replied with a brace of penalties to put the Stormers ahead, but the Sharks continued to look the more threatening side.
Although the visitors were unable to convert that into tries, the pressure led to mistakes by the Stormers and Lambie added two more penalties to secure a 9-6 lead at the break.
Two missed attempts at goal by Pietersen at the start of the second half saw Stormers coach Allister Coetzee introduce Grant, and the hosts made the most of increased possession.
Pietersen leveled the scores with a penalty in the 55th, but was relieved of the kicking duties after shelling another attempt two minutes later.
The Sharks lost lock Ross Skeate to the sin-bin with 20 minutes to go after two infringements at the breakdown in quick succession, and Grant made full use of the resulting penalty to put the Stormers in front for the first time in the second half.
"We've seen in most of the games so far in this competition that discipline is the key, and we let ourselves down in key areas and that cost us the game," Sharks captain Keegan Daniel said.
"We looked a lot better than last week, looked like we could score some tries and were quite dangerous with ball in hand, but you have to convert that into points and unfortunately we just couldn't do that today."
Lambie evened things up when he added his fourth penalty with six minutes remaining, but Grant had the final say when he kept a cool head to convert an opportunity from the touchline in the dying minutes.
"He spent some time in Japan just chilling and eating sushi, and to come back here and get a kick from the touchline, knock it over and just jog back as if it's part of his routine, that's experience for you," Stormers skipper Jean de Villiers said.
"I thought Gary van Aswegen had a really good game, and to have someone like Peter Grant to be able to come off the bench and make such a difference is just fantastic."
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Stormers 15 (Joe Pietersen 3 penalties, Peter Grant 2 penalties), Sharks 12 (Patrick Lambie 4 penalties). HT: 6-9


Updated : 2021-05-07 16:20 GMT+08:00