Lambie's boot guides Sharks home
April 5, 2013
Fly-half Pat Lambie had his kicking boots on, scoring all 21 points for the Sharks
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The boot of Springbok Patrick Lambie ensured the Sharks ended their losing streak against the Crusaders with a 21-17 Super Rugby win in Durban.
Lambie landed seven penalty goals as the Sharks, who had lost their past six games against the Crusaders, overcame an 11-9 half-time deficit to record the fifth win of their 2013 campaign.
The depleted Crusaders scored the only try of the match in the first half but failed to take full advantage of their dominance in the opening 40 minutes.
They were made to pay for it in the second half as five-eighth Lambie slotted four penalty goals, the last with five minutes to go.
His opposite, Tyler Bleyendaal, missed two kickable penalties in the final 10 minutes. Recalled scrum-half Andy Ellis scored the only try of the match in the 19th minute, finishing off a Robbie Fruean break to put the Crusaders ahead.
Ellis, back in the starting line-up after missing last week's win over the Stormers, beat Frans Steyn to cross after winger Adam Whitelock was set free by Fruean.
The visitors took a narrow lead to the break after Bleyendaal kicked two penalties and Lambie three.
Bleyendaal added two more in the second half, but Lambie's four strikes proved decisive. Missing linchpins Daniel Carter, No.8 Kieran Read and hooker Corey Flynn, the Crusaders should have been further ahead at the break and Lambie made them pay for failing to take their opportunities.
The Crusaders face the Western Force in Perth next week.
The Shards continues their strong start to the season with victory over the Crusaders (Australia only)