The Cell C Sharks XV wrapped up their home and away record against the Down Touch Griffons unbeaten after registering a massive 60 point to 10 SuperSport Rugby Challenge victory on the weekend.
Captain Odwa Ndungane led from the front as he scored a hat-trick at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Clermont, with further tries coming from S’Bura Sithole (2), Khaya Majola, Marius Louw, Courtney Winnaar and Tristan Blewett.
In total, nine tries were scored in what was an emphatic performance in registering back-to-back victories over the Griffons in the tournament, after the Cell C Sharks XV won 52-24 in the first round away clash.
“Overall, I’m very happy for the boys,” said coach Paul Anthony.
“Without being arrogant, we had set a target of scoring 8-10 tries and not concede any, so a nine-to-one ratio is close. We want to be a positive side, we want to score tries.
“It was a very uplifting result and the players really enjoyed themselves.”
The team held a narrow 20-10 lead at the half-time break, both sides having difficulty penetrating and creating scoring opportunities and our first points only came after a quarter of the match had been played. But after that penalty, three tries were scored in the first half.
“It was a tough start and a toe-to-toe slugging match as you’d expect from any team in this division,” said the coach.
“But we held out nicely, defended for the first 20 minutes, although the defensive effort was outstanding. We launched beautifully before half time and scored two tries.
“I felt that if we carried the ball more directly in the second half and created some gain-line behind them, we would be in business. We did that and I felt that they rolled over.”
The Griffons had a converted try and successful penalty, but would fail to score any further points in the match, with the Cell C Sharks XV adding 40 unanswered points in a rampant second half performance that delighted coach Paul Anthony.
“We have three tough matches ahead of us away from home, but the reality is that we are enjoying ourselves.
“And the boys are understanding what it means to be a Cell C Sharks player and to play for the jersey.”
In keeping with our Superhero theme from last week, we profile a real life Superhero, Myles Buxton, who will be running his 6th Comrades Marathon. He has always run for charity, raising over R150 000 and this year his focus is on raising funds for two very sick children. Besides running 87 km for a good cause, this Superhero will bounce a tennis ball throughout his race, making his feat even more inspiring.
The two real-life Superheroes who he is running for this year are 10 year-old Vitthal, who has Muscular Duchenness Dystrophy and requires two motorised wheelchairs and Chezlyn (14) who is fighting bravely against Leukemia and requires a transplant. As a loyal Sharks supporter, Myles will be running the comrades in Sharks branded kit and we applaud his efforts to make a difference and assist these two brave souls with their respective battles.
For further information on this heartwarming campaign or to pledge a donation visit www.bouncingwilson.co.za
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