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Classy Am leads Sharks’ smash-and-grab at Newlands

Lukhanyo Am of The Sharks and Edwill van der Merwe of the Stormers during the Super Rugby match between DHL Stormers and Cell C Sharks at DHL Newlands on June 15, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

Lukhanyo Am of The Sharks and Edwill van der Merwe of the Stormers during the Super Rugby match between DHL Stormers and Cell C Sharks at DHL Newlands on June 15, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

But the Durbanites and Stormers will reflect on a derby that was quite appalling at times.

The one team shed tears of disappointment, the other of joy as the Sharks edged the Stormers 12-9 at Newlands on Saturday in a tense but scrappy game to qualify for next weekend’s Super Rugby playoffs.

While the game never reached any notable heights, the Durbanites have set themselves up for a potential away quarterfinal next weekend against the Brumbies in Canberra.

Another painful season is over for the Stormers.

However, it took a try from centre Lukhanyo Am after the final hooter went to the visitors over the line as the hosts in general defended quite heroically, be it in the tackle or at the breakdown.

Having scored the only tries of the game, the Sharks probably deserved the win more.

Who was the star in this match?

Midfielder Am was a steady and calming influence, continually creating extra space in a game of few inches. His try felt like just reward.

Key moments and themes

Point scorers:

Stormers – Penalties: Josh Stander (2), Jean-Luc du Plessis.

Sharks – Tries: Rhyno Smith, Lukhanyo Am. Conversion: Robert du Preez jr.

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