Controversy over the canceled equalizer in Trola after a great comeback in the second half
Another display and goals at Lanfranchi, as Zebras came close to another stunning comeback and surrendered to the Sharks for 42-37, after falling 28-3 in the first half. The match got back on its feet above all with Biggie’s goal at the end of the first half, and with an attack that proved – along with the match on the open field – one of Rosselli’s best weapons.
Lots of indiscipline, especially in the first half when the Zebra remained even at the age of 13, and suffering in an organized melee were the factors that led to the defeat. Sure, 4 points in two games is a trophy that shouldn’t be underestimated, and the hope is that as the calendar gets easier, more satisfaction can come from a team that certainly isn’t lacking in determination and quality.
History of Cock Sharks
The start is spooky and fragmented: few balls and many skirmishes have been played, with the sharks putting the game – as expected – to physical effect, but not seeming to have significant offensive solutions out there. At five, Chamberlain misses his first chance to open up the score, making a foul in football that can generally be set.
At 8′, Cook was booked for a reaction after suffering a late intervention. The sharks take advantage of this to give a first acceleration of the game, and after a very long series of charges, also taking advantage of the extra guy, they watch for the decisive break of Hugo. Chamberlain makes up for himself after the previous foul and switches from a difficult position: 0-7.
Without a half scrum, Eden takes charge of the turn, and specifically from his kick from the base comes the handicap that allows the same hole to place the 3-7 kick. When play resumes, Jesse commits to a voluntary striker who costs him another yellow card: Zebre at 13. With two fewer men, the long-term defense becomes increasingly difficult, and after several more stages, it is Van Vurren who scored the second attempt at 19′, 3- 14.
The zebras recapture Cook, but the Sharks once again exploit their numerical superiority, as Abraham finds the two against one on the left against Bruno and serves Cook in support, who flies in the net 3-21. The South African wave does not stop, and at 27 minutes comes the offensive bonus goal with Van Rensburg: a clash in the middle of the field, the first Chamberlain break and a perfect pass to the 13 Sharks, who resists the return of Krooney and scores goals.
After the first reaction, with Cronje almost crushing a nice kick from Eden, Sharks continues to insist, but despite the flaw, Roselli’s side holds on and doesn’t concede any more points. In the final, then, Zebras earns 3 free kicks in two minutes, hits 5 meters and scores with powerful kicks Luca Pigi finished finishing touches.
At the start of the second half, the Sharks immediately get a free kick from a structured exercise, stretching Chamberlain’s foot for 10-31. However, the reaction of the zebra comes immediately: he sends Tiff Krumov for a break, then Lucchin finds space and spreads over Gesi, marking the second goal of the match. Eden turns 17-31.
At the 47th minute, a nice break from Crooney still opened the way for the Zebras, who continue to become dangerous in the open match. The ball is on Jesse serving number 13 again in the race, who didn’t find the winning dump but still won a free kick. On the next touchdown, mul zebra strikes again: Bigi arrives short, but Matamua gives continuity to the movement and scores the third goal at 51′. Eden does not turn and the score remains 22-31.
Rosselli brings new powers: Vendetti for Andriani and Hassa for Nicolai, then Expert Furno for Matamoa, Ribaldi for Peggy, Fusco for cooking and Trula for Creel. The sharks, at the most difficult moment in their game, anchor themselves in orderly movements and earn another free kick. Chamberlain turns 22-34. At 68 the Sharks close the match: Williams breaks again from an advanced arranger performance, then Jooste finds the winning charge for 22-39.
Roselli reacts and in the 72nd minute wins the offensive bonus point: delivers another hit, then Venditta comes at the right moment and finds the opening 29-39 with Eden turning. The sharks try to put the game to rest, but again there is a break from afar to unleash the zebras’ action in the open field, Smith finds the first pass, then the ball is expanded on Bruno which goes a long way, Trulla is needed who overcomes the opponent Direct and score 34-39 with Eden hitting the post from a difficult position.
South Africans are drifting, in the open field the flames of zebras cannot be stopped. Venditti frees himself from the pressure in his team 22 and serves up Gesi, who departs and makes himself half the ball in hand. In midfield, Eden again fired at Bruno with a superb passing kick. Trulla’s support arrives again, and he’s very quick to score an equalizer on the flag. However, referee Evans penalizes any handicap at the start of the procedure, and a potential equalizer – and advantage – turns directly into a free kick for the sharks. Chamberlain, under a barrage of whistles, maintains the calm needed to score a penalty kick 34-42.
However, it was not over yet, because Eden with a free kick from 10 meters put Zebri back in the break one minute after the end. However, there was no time to try again, because the sharks held the ball and in the 80th minute close the question by throwing the ball. The South Africans win 42-37 and take 5 points, while the Zabras take another 2 and go to 4.
Scoreboard from Zebre-Sharks
zebras15 Richard Criel, 14 Pierre Bruno, 13 Eric Cronje, 12 Enrico Luchin, 11 Simon Jesse, 10 Tiff Eden, 9 Chris Cook, 8 Tina Fox Matamoa, 7 MJ Pilser, 6 Luca Andriani, 5 Leonard Krumoff, 4 David Cisse (C), 3 Ion Nicolai, 2 Luca Peggi, 1 Paolo Bonfiglio
Available16 Giampetro Ribaldi, 17 Juan Petinari, 18 Mohamed Hassa, 19 Joshua Forno, 20 Gabriel Vendetti, 21 Alessandro Fusco, 22 Franco Smith Jr., 23 Jacobo Trulla.
Destinations: Bigi 40′ + 2, Gesi 46′, Matamua 51′, Venditti 73′, Trulla 76′
Shifts: 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
Available16 Dan Jost, 17 Diane Bleuler, 18 Carlo Sadie, 19 Justin Basson, 20 Sekhumbuzo Notch, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Fred Zelga, 23 Marnus Poetjetter.
Goals: Hugo 11, Van Veeren 18, Kwok 23, Van Rensburg 27, Joost 68,
Shifts: Chamberlain 12′, 19, 24, 28
Free kicks: Chamberlain 43°, 63°, 77°
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