Red hot Sharks ravage Rebels

The Sharks were rampant in a record-breaking 10-try to one 64-7 Super Rugby victory against the Rebels.

The Sharks led 24-nil at halftime.

Sharks captain Keegan Daniel led the charge as the hosts set right the wrongs of last weekend’s humiliation against the Brumbies.

A week ago the Sharks were blown off the park against the brilliant Brumbies and this weekend the Rebels were rocked and rolled as the Sharks scored a franchise tournament record for most tries scored in a match.

Daniel, who struggled in his first match back from injury a week ago, produced the form of 2012 when he was voted South Africa’s Super Rugby player of the year.

The captain was decisive in his decision-making and his general play and his performance proved inspirational to a match-day squad who, to the man, fronted and made public their apology, through performance, for the embarrassment of the Brumbies defeat.

Youngsters Kyle Brown (hooker) and Pieter-Stef du Toit (lock) were rewarded with starts because of their performances against the Brumbies, and they played with the authority of veterans and the enthusiasm of teenagers. The duo invariably broke the first tackle and with constant go-forward the Sharks scored the bonus point fourth try within 35 minutes.

Several of the Sharks early tries came from lineout mauls. It was simple and conservative rugby, but once the confidence returned to the Sharks so did the freedom of expression in their all-round attack and the second half produced some stunning tries.

Springbok flyhalf Pat Lambie was the exception when it comes to outstanding displays and his usual consistency was absent, especially with the boot. Lambie, in a difficult wind, struggled with his goalkicking (two from six) and his line-kicking and he was subbed on 56 minutes.

Meyer Bosman, at inside centre, gave the Sharks a sharper edge and also kicked well when taking over from Lambie.

The Sharks led 64-nil after 64 minutes but injuries forced a reshuffle, with hooker Kyle Cooper playing at flank and replacement hooker Craig Burden seemed to be playing in the midfield and on the wing for much of the second half.

The Sharks were super in keeping the intensity for an hour but with the introduction of the replacements, tactical and enforced, coincided with a flat final quarter and one in which the Sharks understandably lost their shape.