Controversy over the goal of the equalizer canceled in Trulla, after a great comeback in the second half
Another show and goals at Lanfranchi, where the Zebras come close to another incredible comeback and yield to the Sharks for 42-37, after being down even 28-3 in the first half. A game put back on its feet first of all by Bigi’s goal at the end of the first half, and by a maul that proved – together with the game in the open field – one of the best weapons of Roselli’s team.
A lot of indiscipline, especially in the first half when the Zebras remained even in 13, and the suffering in an orderly melee were the factors that led to the defeat. Certainly, 4 points in 2 games are a booty not to be underestimated, and the hope is that when the calendar becomes easier, further satisfactions can come from a team that certainly does not lack determination and quality.
The Chronicle of Zebre-Sharks
The beginning is nervous and fragmented: few balls played and many skirmishes, with the Sharks that set the game – as expected – on the physical impact, but do not seem to have great offensive solutions offshore. At 5 ′ Chamberlain misses the first opportunity to unlock the score, making a mistake in a football that can be placed on the whole.
At 8 ‘, Cook is booked for a reaction after suffering a late tackle. The Sharks take advantage of this to give a first acceleration to the game, and after a very long series of charges, also taking advantage of the extra man, they mark with the decisive break of Hugo. Chamberlain redeems himself after the previous mistake and transforms from a difficult position: 0-7.
Without scrum half, Eden takes responsibility for the role, and precisely from his kick from the base comes the obstruction that allows the same opening to place the 3-7 kick. On the resumption of play, Gesi commits a voluntary forward that costs him another yellow card: Zebre in 13. With two less men, defending in the long run becomes increasingly difficult, and after another multiphase it is Van Vurren who scores the second try at 19 ‘, 3-14.
The Zebras recover Cook, but the Sharks again exploit the numerical superiority, with Abrahams finding the two against one on the left out against Bruno and serving Kok in support, who flies in the goal for the 3-21. The South African wave does not stop, and at 27 ‘comes the goal of the offensive bonus with Van Rensburg: melee in midfield, Chamberlain’s first break and perfect pass for the number 13 of the Sharks, who resists Cronje’s return and scores.
After a first reaction, with Cronje almost crushing a nice kick from Eden, the Sharks continue to insist, but despite the disadvantage, Roselli’s team is holding on and not conceding any more points. In the final, then, the Zebras earn 3 free kicks in two minutes, reach 5 meters and score with a nice maul finalized by Luca Bigi.
At the beginning of the second half, the Sharks immediately gain a free kick from an orderly scrum, and stretch with Chamberlain’s foot for 10-31. The reaction of the Zebras, however, comes immediately: Tiff sends Krumov in for the break, then Lucchin finds the space and spreads over Gesi, which marks the second goal of the match. Eden transforms for 17-31.
At 47 ‘still a nice break from Cronje opens the way for the Zebras, who continue to become dangerous in the open game. Ball on Gesi who serves the number 13 again on the race, who does not find the winning offload but still wins a free kick. On the next touchdown, once again the maul zebra strikes: Bigi arrives short, but Matamua gives continuity to the action and scores the third goal at 51 ‘. Eden does not transform and the score remains at 22-31.
Roselli brings in fresh forces: Venditti for Andreani and Hasa for Neculai, then the expert Furno for Matamua, Ribaldi for Bigi, Fusco for Cook and Trulla for Kriel. The Sharks, in the most difficult moment of their game, anchor themselves in the orderly scrum and earn another free kick. Chamberlain transforms for 22-34. At 68 ′ the Sharks close the game: Williams breaks again from an orderly advancing scrum, then Jooste finds the winning charge for 22-39.
Roselli’s team reacts and in the 72nd minute conquers the offensive bonus point: one more maul advancing, then Venditta comes off at the right moment and finds the opening for 29-39 with the transformation of Eden. The Sharks try to put the game to sleep, but once again it is a break from afar to launch the action of the Zebras in the open field, with Smith finding the first passage, then the ball is widened on Bruno who goes a long way, Trulla is needed which overcomes the direct opponent and scores 34-39 with Eden hitting the post from a difficult position.
The South Africans drift, in the open field the flames of the Zebras are unstoppable. Venditti frees himself from the pressure in his own 22 and serves Gesi, who leaves and makes himself half the field ball in hand. In midfield, Eden again triggers Bruno with a splendid pass kick. The support of Trulla arrives again, who is very quick to mark the goal of the tie at the flag. Referee Evans, however, punishes an obstruction at the start of the action and the possible draw – and advantage – goes directly to a free kick for the Sharks. Chamberlain, under a barrage of whistles, maintains the coolness necessary to score the 34-42 penalty.
It is not over yet, however, because Eden with a free kick from 10 meters brings the Zebre back under the break one minute from the end. However, there is no more time to try again, because the Sharks keep the ball and in the 80th minute they close the question by throwing the ball out. The South Africans win 42-37 and win 5 points, while the Zebras take home another 2 and go to 4.
The scoreboard of Zebre-Sharks
Zebras: 15 Richard Kriel, 14 Pierre Bruno, 13 Erich Cronjè, 12 Enrico Lucchin, 11 Simone Gesi, 10 Tiff Eden, 9 Chris Cook, 8 Taina Fox-Matamua, 7 MJ Pelser, 6 Luca Andreani, 5 Leonard Krumov, 4 David Sisi (C), 3 Ion Neculai, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Paolo Buonfiglio
Available: 16 Giampietro Ribaldi, 17 Juan Pitinari, 18 Muhamed Hasa, 19 Joshua Furno, 20 Gabriele Venditti, 21 Alessandro Fusco, 22 Franco Smith jr, 23 Jacopo Trulla
Destinations: Bigi 40 ‘+ 2, Gesi 46’, Matamua 51 ‘, Venditti 73’, Trulla 76 ‘
Transformations: Eden 40 ‘+ 3, 46’, 74 ‘
Free kicks: Eden 15 ‘, 79’
Sharks: 15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Werner Kok, 13 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Thaakir Abrahams, 10 Boeta Chamberlain, 9 Grant Williams, 8 Phepsi Buthelezi, 7 Dylan Richardson, 6 James Venter, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Gerbrandt Grobler , 3 Thomas du Toit (c), 2 Kerron van Vurren, 1 Ntuthuko Mchunu
Available: 16 Dan Jooste, 17 Dian Bleuler, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Justin Basson, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Fred Zeilinga, 23 Marnus Potgieter
Destinations: Hugo 11 ‘, Van Vurren 18’, Kok 23 ‘, Van Rensburg 27’, Jooste 68 ‘
Transformations: Chamberlain 12 ′, 19 ′, 24 ′, 28 ′
Free kicks: Chamberlain 43 ′, 63 ′, 77 ′
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