An unhappy SuperRugby season, marred by coach outbursts and general controversy, came to an end for the Sharks when they were outplayed 38-13 in another below-par performance in their quarterfinal against Brumbies in Canberra.
Not good enough, is perhaps on way of describing it, considering the talent available to the Sharks side. And much as the powers in charge deny it, the unconvincing and mostly erratic results underline it that these is something amiss at Super Rugby level.
To the to the semi-final: This was one of their poorest performances of the season. It was again close to one-dimensional with forwards banging it up, and as an alternative a sterile moving of the ball to the outside.
There seemed to be little plan to their game against the Brumbies, just like others that had come before. With two potent try-scoring Springbok wings out wide, the ball was mostly charged up by centre André Esterhuizen who had no alternative with the ball arriving by the time the opposition was onto him.
The Sharks were down 24-6 at halftime after three tries by the Brumbies; fought back with their only try by centre André Esterhuizen to get closer at 24-13 after 58 minutes but then conceded another 14 points through two goals to plunge to an ignominious defeat.
Five tries to one, enough said.
Brumbies (24) 38: Tries: Pete Samu (2), Henry Speight, Joe Powell, Matt Lucas. Conversions: Christian Leali’ifano (5). Penalty: Leali’ifano.
Sharks (6) 13 Try: Andre Esterhuizen. Conversion: Curwin Bosch. Penalties: Bosch (2).