But there’s still much work to be done

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ran out at the start of the sec­ond half.

The vis­it­ing scrum also looked weak for the most part. Cap­tain John Smit also looked tired, and it’ll be in­ter­est­ing to see how he fares in the first match, against the Chiefs.

The scrum looked stead­ier when Jan­nie du Plessis moved to tight­head and Beast Mtawarira came on at loose­head, but they also didn’t have things all their own way.

Nev­er­the­less, the Sharks man­aged to level the scores in the sec­ond stanza, cap­i­tal­is­ing on a yel­low card to Storm­ers flank Fran­cois Louw.

Terblanche and new re­cruit Steve Meyer seemed to gal­vanise the Sharks back­line, and in the 45th minute, Luzuko Vulindlu crossed for an im­por­tant try.

Pi­etersen nudged the hosts ahead in the 50th minute with a well-struck penalty.

The Stor mers be­gan to ap­ply them­selves more and a rolling maul was snuffed right on the Sharks’ try­line – an in­ci­dent that led to the sin­bin­ning of Jan­nie du Plessis.

The Storm­ers had botched a li­ne­out from a sim­i­lar po­si­tion in the first half, but this time they showed the nec­es­sary de­ter mi­na­tion to bash through the black and white wall.

Ti­aan Lieben­berg was cred­ited with the try.

The Storm­ers re­ally be­gan to find their rhythm in the fi­nal quar­ter and all the Sharks could do was spoil. Aplon was un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously clothes­lined by Dey­sel, a trans­gres­sion that earned the Bok flank a yel­low card.

The Sharks man­aged to hold a sub­se­quent Storm­ers surge, Jou­bert re­view­ing the play on the TV be­hind the dead-ball line. But fi­nally the Sharks ca­pit­u­lated, a bril­liant piece of in­di­vid­ual run­ning earn­ing Sireli Naqele­vuki a try in the cor­ner.

The Storm­ers, win­ners of this Triseries, will go back to the train­ing field in or­der to curb their break­down in­ac­cu­ra­cies, but will be buoyed by one or two in­stances of at­tack­ing bril­liance. The Sharks have a lot more to do if they’re go­ing to be ready for their first clash on 13 Fe­bru­ary.

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