Sharks XV return to winning ways
The Sharks XV returned to winning ways as they hammered the Tasol Solar Griffons 63-7 (half-time 28-7) in their Vodacom Cup match at Mick Kelly Park in Empangeni on Saturday.
The home side were coming off a 23-15 loss at the hands of the Golden Lions and, for just a moment at the start of the game, it looked as if the trend might continue as they went behind 7-0 early in the game after a converted try from Griffons centre Werner Griesel.
But the Sharks XV soon found their feet as they ran in nine unanswered tries against their outgunned opponents.
The Griffons were in the contest until the 16th minute but they were rocked by a three-try burst in three minutes from the Sharks XV.
Left wing Roscoe Specman opened the scoring when he dotted down under the posts and his converted try was followed in quick succession by tries from scrumhalf Ross Cronje and hard-running fullback Kobus de Kock.
Flyhalf Guy Cronje successfully converted both scores and the pivot went on to end the day with 18 points courtesy of nine conversions.
The Sharks XV wrapped up the bonus point for scoring four tries before half-time when inside centre Riaan Swanepoel cantered over as the hosts reached the break holding a 28-7 lead.
If the Griffons hoped for any respite in the second half they were to be disappointed as the Sharks XV went on the rampage.
Right wing Marks Richards scored between the poles before flank Daniel Adongo, who had a storming game in the loose, notched up a well-deserved five-pointer of his own.
Number 8 Marcell Coetzee, outside centre Jerome Pretorius and replacement back Piet Lindeque all found their way over the tryline as the Sharks XV took full advantage of their dispirited opponents.
The heavy defeat leaves the Griffons with just one win from six matches while the Sharks XV have won five of their six matches.
Sharks XV – Tries: Rosco Specman, Ross Cronje, Kobus de Kock, Riaan Swanepoel, Mark Richards, Daniel Adongo, Marcell Coetzee, Jerome Pretorius, Piet Lindeque; Conversions: Guy Cronje (9).
Tasol Solar Griffons – Try: Werner Griesel; Conversion: Tiaan van Wyk.