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Cats 8 Sharks 36

Cats humiliated by Sharks at home

Sharks move into 6th place on the log...

The Cats never looked like they were in the game, and it was one way traffic all the way with most of the play from the Sharks who also moved themselves into semi-final contention with this victory.

Tony Brown started the match with a deep kick off into the Cats 22, where Ashwin Willemse caught the ball and gained some ground before he was stopped, and his pass once again knocked by the receiving player.

From the scrum the Cats got a free kick, which they managed to gain about ten meters from, and then they quickly moved it wide to the left, where they had an overlap but didn't use it.

The Sharks opened the scoring though through a penalty by Brown, this after only 5 minutes into the game. The Cats quickly hit back from a 56 meter penalty by Pretorius a minute later, making the score 3-3, but straight from the kick-off, the Cats infringed again, and Brown kicked another penalty from more or less the same spot as his first to make the score 6-3 for the Sharks. 

13 minutes into the game the Cats had their best attacking opportunity yet, when they kicked a grubber deep into the Sharks 22, and Percy Montgomery was forced to field the ball and run over the touchline just 5 meters out. The line-out wasn't taken clean though, but still Lukas van Biljon managed to come away with it, he set up 2nd phase and from there the Cats moved it to the right, but Julies was caught in possession and the ball was turned over.

3 minutes later Jantjes was caught isolated meters from his try-line, he held on to concede the penalty, which Brown converted for the Sharks to take a 9-3 lead.

18 minutes into the game the Cats used hands in a ruck, this on their 10 meter line. Tony Brown kicked the 46 meter penalty, the Sharks taking a 12-3 lead.

In the 23rd minute Jacques Botes scored the first try of the match, this came when JP Pietersen, on for Mentz since the 5th minute, beat a desperate tackle on the half way line, and this established an overlap for the Sharks, Pietersen then passed to Botes who was in space and just had to run in for the try. Brown missed the conversion, but the score was already 17-3 at this stage.

3 minutes from half time the Sharks scored again, this time the ball went down the backline, and on the Cats 22, Odwa Ndungane, juggled the ball backwards, where BJ Botha caught it and ran in his try untouched. Brown converted to put the Sharks in a commanding 24-3 lead. This also was the score at halftime.

Andre Pretorius got the second half going, but it was more of the same, with the Cats getting under the ball and knocking it on.

6 minutes into the 2nd half AJ Venter was pointed out for something he did wrong by touch judge JC Fortuin, Pretorius attempted the kick but missed it to the right, the score still 24-3 for the Sharks.

13 minutes into the 2nd half the Cats had a lucky escape when Pietersen was unmarked on the left, but Pienaar's pass to him found the touchline instead.

2 minutes later the Sharks came close again, with Jacques Botes taking the ball up the middle, but he was tackled about ten meters from the Cats tryline, and spilt the ball.

21 minutes into the 2nd half the Cats eventually looked like they wanted to play rugby, and from a phase ball they hit left, where they had an overlap, and Willem Stoltz ran in the try. Pretorius missed the conversion, the score 24-8 for the Sharks.

Adrian Jacobs scored a spectacular try, this from a counter attack, where the Cats knocked the ball on on the Sharks 22, Pietersen picked up the ball, chipped it over the head of players in front of him, the Sharks regathered and set up a ruck on the Cats 22, from where they hit right and Jacobs was in at the end of a 3-2 overlap and ran in the try under the poles, converted by Brown for a 31-8 lead.

Odwa Ndungane had the final say when he scored a great try in the left hand corner, and this was the first work of the night for Linston Manuals, the TMO. Brown missed the conversion from next to the touchline, but the score now 36-8 for the Sharks.

That was also the final score.

The scorers:

For the Cats:
Willem Stoltz 
Andre Pretorius 1

For the Sharks:
Jacques Botes, BJ Botha, Adrian Jacobs, Odwa Ndungane 
Cons: Tony Brown 2
Pens: Tony Brown 4

Yellow card: Pietman van Niekerk (Cats, 80)
Red card: none 

Cats: 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Ashwin Willemse, 13 Grant Esterhuizen, 12 Wayne Julies, 11 Jaque Fourie, 10 Andre Pretorius, 9 Enrico Januarie, 8 Ernst Joubert, 7 Wikus van Heerden (Captain), 6 Gerhard Mostert, 5 Willem Stoltz, 4 Kleinjan Tromp, 3 Marius Hurter, 2 Lukas van Biljon, 1 Pietman van Niekerk.
Replacements: 16 Delarey du Preez, 17 Lawrence Sephaka, 18 Gordon Gilfillan, 19 Gerhard Vosloo, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Doppies la Grange, 22 Earl Rose.
Sharks: 15 Percy Montgomery, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Adrian Jacobs, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Henno Mentz, 10 Tony Brown, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 AJ Venter, 7 Jacques Botes, 6 Warren Brits, 5 Johann Muller, 4 Johan Ackermann, 3 BJ Botha, 2 John Smit (c), 1 Deon Carstens.
Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Heinke van der Merwe, 18 Albert van den Berg, 19 Keegan Daniel , 20 Scott Mathie, 21 Bradley Barritt, 22 JP Pietersen.
Referee: Mark Lawrence
Touch judges: Jonathan Kaplan, JC Fortuin
TV Match Official: Linston Manuals & Freek Burger

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