The Sharks defeated the Sunwolves 45-10 at the National Stadium on Saturday. Photo: Sport Singapore
The Sunwolves were not able to kick off the Super Rugby season the way they had hoped to, as they went down 10-45 against the Sharks on Saturday (February 16) at the National Stadium.
The home team started out strong with Shane Gates scoring a try and teammate Hayden Parker bagging a conversion, all within the first 10 minutes.
However, their lead was short-lived as their bigger South African opponents responded aggressively. The Japanese side was left trailing behind throughout the rest of the match after Sharks’ hooker Armand “Akker” van der Merwe scored his first of two tries in the 17th minute. A four-minute double salvo by Daniel du Preez and Sibusiso Nkosi put the game out of reach, and Jeremy Ward’s final try in the 72nd minute was further salt in wounds and eventually put the game to bed.
Shane Gates (in red) of the Sunwolves in action against the Sharks. Photo: Sport Singapore
Sharks head coach Robert du Preez was elated with his team’s star performance: “We’re very happy. We’re always happy to be here. The boys did really well. They used the opportunities that came along. We played away in Singapore and won with 45 points, it’s really great.”
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