CAPE TOWN – Lukhanyo Am was the hero for the Sharks as they broke the Stormers’ hearts with a last-second try to qualify for the Super Rugby playoffs with a 12-9 victory at Newlands on Saturday.
In what was an utterly forgettable match, Springbok centre Am brought a rare bit of spark to the encounter as he cut inside the Stormers outside backs to dive over for the winning try after the hooter.
Up until that point, it seemed like neither side wanted to go through to the next round, as they both battled to break down each other’s defences.
There was a lack of imagination on the attack from the Stormers and Sharks, with the typical approach being to bash up the middle and hope for the best.
There was no point of difference with ball-in-hand after the two sets of forwards rolled up their sleeves to do the dirty work and secure reasonable ball for the backs.