Cape Town – A last minute try by Lukhanyo Am has given the Sharks a 12-9 victory over the Stormers in a Super Rugby encounter at Newlands
In an error-strewn first half it was Rhyno Smith of the Sharks who managed to knock down a Josh Stander pass with his knee, collect the ball and then run 95 metres to score the only try of the half.
The only Stormers score of the first 40 minutes came from a Stander penalty as the Sharks led 5-3 at half-time.
The second half never saw much of an improvement in the rugby on offer with both sides making many mistakes.
The Stormers, however, were given the lead through another Stander penalty in the 44th minute.
Replacement flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis extended that lead in the 75th minute after the home side won a scrum penalty.
But it was Am who ghosted through the Stormers defence in the 82nd minute for a converted try to claim victory for the Sharks.
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Penalties: Josh Stander (2), Jean-Luc du Plessis
Tries: Rhyno Smith, Lukhanyo Am
Conversion: Robert du Preez
15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Josh Stander, 9 Jano Vermaak1, 8 Jaco Coetzee, 7 Johan du Toit, 6 Ernst van Rhyn, 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Cobus Wiese, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain)
Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 David Meihuizen, 20 Chris Massyn, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Dan Kriel
15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 S’bu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder (captain), 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Mzamo Majola
Substitutes: 16 Cullen Collopy, 17 John Hubert-Meyer, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Gideon Koegelenberg, 20 Luke Stringer, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Rhyno Smith