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Sharks get out of jail after near-total collapse to scintillating Zebre in 10-try thriller

Werner Kok. (Picture by Darren Stewart/Gallo Photos)

The Sharks went from cruising to sweating, from seashore boys to get-out-of-jail birds after narrowly beating Zebre Parma in Italy on Friday night time.

It was a sport that was an amazing commercial for the United Rugby Championship (URC) however one that can trigger a right away recession to Sean Everitt’s hairline.

The Sharks head coach’s facet blew a 28-3 lead after half-an-hour however ultimately squeaked by way of 42-37 in a 10-try competition the place Zebre gave pretty much as good as they acquired.

RECAP | Zebre Parma vs Sharks

The hosts might need received the sport, too, had been it not for a disallowed attempt for foul play on Werner Kok within the build-up to Zebre substitute Jacopo Trulla’s late attempt.

However the South Africans, after a superb opening show, will likely be too glad to get out of Italy alive and as rapidly as they’ll with a bonus-point win.

Zebre began the sport with poor self-discipline, which seemed like it might price them the sport.

A possible foul play name on Zebre scrumhalf Chris Prepare dinner took a prolonged delay to decide and when it did it was a poor name, a yellow card as an alternative of a crimson that it ought to have been.

Prepare dinner intentionally stamped on Kerron van Vuuren and solely escaped as a result of there was deemed to be “no head contact” and “not a lot pressure”.

Nonetheless, tv replays confirmed the Sharks hooker caught Prepare dinner’s boot grazed his face earlier than cannoning into his chest. Prepare dinner’s intent was clearly to wound Van Vuuren, who was holding his leg within the deal with.

When Zebre acquired diminished to 14 males, the Sharks stepped up their assault, preserving the ball and operating it by way of the phases till lock Reniel Hugo went over in the best nook.

It wasn’t lengthy earlier than the Zebre’s self-discipline tanked additional when their left wing Simone Gesi additionally discovered himself within the bin with Prepare dinner when he intentionally knocked a ball supposed for Rohan Janse van Rensburg, who may have cantered to a second Sharks attempt.

In what appeared like swift karma, Van Vuuren corkscrewed his method over for the visiting second rating anyway minutes later for a wholesome 14-3 lead after 19 minutes.

4 minutes later, Werner Kok added one other when the Sharks put collectively a luxurious midfield transfer that led to Thaakir Abrahams combining nicely with the mop-haired former SA Sevens star.

Janse Van Rensburg ultimately acquired his debut attempt that was initially denied by Gesi’s cynical play when pivot Boeta Chamberlain’s line break and feed despatched the centre by way of below the sticks.

The Sharks had 4 transformed tries and half-hour had not even lapsed but.

The interval made Italians appear to be the Zebre of final season, relatively than the Zebre of final week once they ran Irish giants Leinster agonisingly shut of their opening match.

However the hosts had the final phrase of what was a horrible half when hooker Luca Bigi scored from the again of a really well-set lineout drive. They went into the shed with a 10-28 deficit, however at the least Zebre landed a fulsome blow on the Sharks.

That late first-half rating was the impetus Zebre wanted to show momentum to their facet.

Zebre scored early within the second half with a silky backline transfer that landed Gesi over the road – a second of atonement for his earlier indiscretion.

Then, because the Sharks had been nonetheless looking for their bearings, No 8 Taina Fox-Matamua used his physique as an instrument to pressure his method over the road for Zebre’s third attempt.

It was a completely completely different match. The Sharks had been those committing errors and whose self-discipline hit the ground.

However the guests composed themselves by slowing the ball down and resetting their mindset after being swept up by the group.

Chamberlain slotted a second penalty to maintain Zebre at arm’s size earlier than they began exerting their scrum and lineout may like they did within the opening half.

The web outcome was a fifth attempt by way of substitute hooker Dan Jooste that took them out of hazard for the second.

However Zebre weren’t completed but, by an extended shot.

They scored three fast tries by way of substitutes Gabriele Venditti, and Trulla that left the Sharks dumbfounded.

Trulla was denied after a TMO evaluation of foul play and the Sharks survived by the pores and skin of their enamel.


Zebre – (10) 37

Tries: Luca Bigi, Simone Gesi, Taina Fox-Matamua, Gabriele Venditti, Jacopo Trulla 

Conversions: Tiff Eden (3)

Penalties: Tiff Eden (2)

Sharks – (28) 42

Tries: Reniel Hugo, Kerron van Vuuren, Werner Kok, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Dan Jooste

Conversions: Boeta Chamberlain (4)

Penalties: Chamberlain (3)

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