| Sharks edge Stormers in Rainbow Cup thriller after purple playing cards and late drama

Ruhan Nel of the Stormers and Siya Kolisi of the Sharks (Gallo) Ruhan Nel of the Stormers and Siya Kolisi of the Sharks (Gallo)

The Stormers raced to a 17-0 lead contained in the opening 12 minutes and regarded set to cruise to victory however have been foiled by the Sharks who narrowly gained the opening Rainbow Cup SA fixture at Cape City Stadium. 

Crimson playing cards to wing Seabelo Senatla (thirteenth minute) and No 8 Willie Engelbrecht (forty seventh minute) gave the hosts little likelihood and in the long run they have been overwhelmed 33-30

Centre Ruhan Nel had an opportunity to grab a late win for the boys in blue with the ultimate play of the sport, nevertheless it wasn’t to be as he could not get management of the ball following a deft Abner van Reenen grubber. 

The Sharks have been nowhere close to their greatest on the day and the Stormers, via their very own ill-discipline, successfully beat themselves. 

With Pieter-Steph du Toit returning right into a pack suffering from Springboks, the Stormers have been by far the stronger facet within the opening exchanges and, after an early Kade Wolhuter penalty, they scored the primary strive of the sport via scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies. 

When Rikus Pretorius completed off the best of tries after amassing from a Wolhuter break, the Stormers have been sitting fairly and the Sharks have been dropping their heads already. 

Senatla’s poor judgment, although, turned the sport – and Sharks fullback Aphelele Fassi – on its head. 

Fassi had jumped excessive to contest an aerial ball and Senatla, transferring at critical tempo, ran straight via him. 

The outcome was a nasty fall for Fassi, who landed dangerously on his neck, and referee Jaco Peyper was left with no selection however to indicate Senatla a straight purple. 

Then, a minute later, Englebrecht acquired the primary of his two yellow playing cards for a excessive sort out that had extra shoulder than arm. 

That was the window the Sharks wanted to get again into the competition and so they did when Thomas du Toit went rumbling over from shut vary with Bosch including the extras. 

Even with the numbers towards them, the Stormers then hit again with two extra penalties via Wolhuter, who was placing collectively a good outing. 

Then, on stroke of half-time, the Sharks scored their second via hooker Fez Mbatha off the again of a rolling maul. 

After an eventful first half that included 4 tries – two apiece – it was the Stormers who took a 23-12 lead into the break. 

The hosts have been up towards it within the second interval when Sharks lock Reniel Hugo scored his facet’s third of the afternoon, however the Stormers have been about to obtain their knockout blow. 

Replays after Hugo’s strive confirmed Engelbrecht, for a second time, hitting a Sharks participant with a sort out that was excessive and harmful. It was one other yellow card offence, which resulted in a purple that successfully sealed the Stormers’ destiny. 

Despite the fact that the Sharks have been missing in rhythm, the house they discovered because of having the additional man on the park meant that they have been all the time in with an opportunity on assault. 

Hugo would go on to complete off the subsequent two Sharks tries – finishing a uncommon hat-trick for a No 5 ahead – and because the Sharks ran out to a 33-23 lead, it a case of ‘recreation over’. 

It wasn’t. 

After Wolhuter went down with what regarded a critical knee damage, the Stormers turned to alternative flyhalf Van Reenen. 

With simply minutes left on the clock, a Van Reenen cross-kick arrange a strive for Willemse and made it 33-30. 

Then, with the ultimate play of the sport, Van Reenen kicked a grubber via a rushed Sharks defence. The ball sat up completely, and Nel might have dotted down to present the Stormers a sensational late win. 

As an alternative, he could not management the ball and that was that. It was agonisingly shut, however in reality, the Stormers have been their very own worst enemies on the day. 


Stormers 30 (23)

Tries: Herschel Jantjies, Rikus Pretorius, Damian Willemse

Conversions: Kade Wolhuter (2), Abner van Reenen

Penalties: Wolhuter (3)

Sharks 33 (12)

Tries: Thomas du Toit, Fez Mbatha, Reniel Hugo (3)

Conversions: Bosch (4)