KSA Shark ©

Shaky Sharks leave it late


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Stormers, Super 14 on 24 Feb 2008 at 10:37

If the magnitude of the task facing him had not occurred to Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus, it should have dawned on him during the flight back to Cape Town this morning.

Charged with returning the Cape side to their halcyon days of “The Men in Black”, Erasmus has had to endure his rebuilding side’s agonising losses to last year’s Vodacom Super 14 finalists, the Bulls, and then the Sharks last night.

Simnikiwe Xabanisa writes in the Sunday Times that the reward for brave performances is an encounter against last year’s semifinalists, the Crusaders, who have won the tournament six times, and gave an ominous performance against defending champions the Bulls on Friday night.

And as if that weren’t enough, they now embark on their tour of Australasia. Talk about a tournament that might end before it has begun.

This was not quality rugby, but low-scoring games can turn into gripping affairs. And so it was with this clash, with the Sharks’ experience at closing out a tight game telling in the end.

To use a tennis analogy, the Sharks played the big points better in a pressured second half — and were helped by the sin-binning of two of the Stormers.

“They have been together for three years and we’re just starting to settle,” Erasmus said after the match, “That’s the angle I’d rather look at it from.”

The approach of the two sides to the match could not have been more different.

Mindful of the talk about Durban’s stifling heat and oppressive humidity, the Stormers were tentative and treated the ball with apprehension.

The Sharks, especially flyhalf Frederic Michalak, were confident and sought to spray it about.

Yet it was the Stormers who scored first when a quick lineout between hooker Tiaan Liebenberg and Ricky Januarie resulted in a try for the scrumhalf in the 23rd minute.

Until then, the Sharks had dominated most facets of the game. In the scrums, Zimbabwean Beast Mtawarira won the front-row battle against Stormers tighthead Brian Mujati.

It was the same story in the lineouts and the Stormers found it difficult to defend against a Sharks rolling maul without conceding a penalty.

One area, however, where the Stormers had parity was at the breakdown.

Accused of presenting both cheeks against the Bulls last weekend, the Stormers rectified that by gang-tackling the Sharks’ ball-carriers, which prevented quick ball for the hosts.

There is a simple reason why the Stormers went into halftime in the lead — the approach of the two flyhalves.

Playing in his debut Super 14 match, Michalak brought his whole bag of tricks, which included exquisite reverse passes and deft little chip kicks.

Not to knock the sheer entertainment he promises to bring to the Sharks game, the problem was that it was all a bit too far from the advantage line.

The Stormers’ Peter Grant, by contrast, plays his rugby at the business edge of the game and is therefore more effective.

For all their tenacity , the Stormers undermined their efforts through lack of discipline — flanker Schalk Burger and replacement centre Dylan des Fountain were sin-binned in the second half.

Given the low-scoring nature of the game, the three penalties conceded as a result of the team’ s indiscretions proved fatal to their challenge.

The Sharks can count themselves lucky to have edged this one, but what must be weighing heavily on their coach’s mind is just how sloppy they have been with the possession they have had in their first two matches.

SCORERS

Sharks 12 — Penalties: Ruan Pienaar, Rory Kockott (3).

Stormers 10 — Try: Ricky Januarie. Conversion: Peter Grant. Penalty: Grant.



44 Comments

  • with the Sharks’ experience at closing out a tight game telling in the end.

    Hey I don’t know so much about that.

    If we had experience at that we would be S14 Champs and would NOT be labeled as Chokers. :wink:

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.02.08 10:40:32 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I am actually looking forward to a few good match reports over the next few days. Sure to be some scathing ones in there.

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.02.08 10:41:34 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Hi!
    I posted this on the other article before I saw this one :grin:

    Morning All!

    Odwa had a shocker yesterday! I would love to have seen Stefan in his place! I was at the match & he just looked out of sorts and, for that matter, out of position I think he should have been on the sub bench….this was, after all his FIRST game this year.

    I was hugely impressed with Freddie…once this backline “gels” they are going to be awesome.

    Ruan & Rory are different types of players….and both are great scrummmies, we are blessed I think Dick is right…start with calm & collected Ruan….bring Rory on as impact player.

    It WAS a bit too close for comfort but I will take 4 points,at this early stage, no matter how they came

    This time last year the Sharks were constantly critcised for not getting bonus points and just grinding out wins……more of the same this year? Rather have 4 points in the bag!! Thank you!

    24.02.08 10:40:09 – Me2

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.02.08 10:45:59 by Me2 Reply
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  • Morning Me2.

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.02.08 10:50:05 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Nessa and i were discussing this yesterday actually.

    We had the same issues at the start of last season and we ended top of the log.

    So while there should be some concern we shouldn’t be pressing any panic buttons IMO.

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.02.08 10:52:11 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • “They have been together for three years and we’re just starting to settle,” Erasmus said after the match, “That’s the angle I’d rather look at it from.”

    The approach of the two sides to the match could not have been more different.

    Mindful of the talk about Durban’s stifling heat and oppressive humidity, the Stormers were tentative and treated the ball with apprehension.

    The Sharks, especially flyhalf Frederic Michalak, were confident and sought to spray it about.

    “Yet it was the Stormers who scored first when a quick lineout between hooker Tiaan Liebenberg and Ricky Januarie resulted in a try for the scrumhalf in the 23rd minute.” :!: :?:

    It was NOT that simple..maybe the writer should watch that one again :???:

    “It was the same story in the lineouts and the Stormers found it difficult to defend against a Sharks rolling maul without conceding a penalty.” :!: :?:

    In the game I watched….the Stormers were defending that rolling maul very well & the gave as good as they got :grin:

    I, personally, never have & never will read, and take seriously, what they say in the Sunday Times (Jhb paper) about the Sharks :evil:

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.02.08 10:56:20 by Me2 Reply
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  • :???: Sorry I was tryin to “copy & paste from that article BUT something went horribly wrong!!!! :eek:

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.02.08 10:58:09 by Me2 Reply
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  • :lol:

    No worries.

    What do you want done and i will edit it for you. :smile:

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.02.08 10:59:32 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Last 9 sentences, please!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.02.08 10:59:41 by Me2 Reply
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  • there you go

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.02.08 11:04:04 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • KSA – no panic buttons here :smile:

    I am just grateful for the fact that we have not had to play Crusaders & Blues, this early in the tournament :grin:
    Big loses like those dished out to Bulls & Lions can really dent a teams confidence!

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.02.08 11:06:16 by Me2 Reply
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  • me 2

    We have the Bulls and the Blues in our next two games.

    If we cross that bridge with success I will be a super happy puppy.

    The Cheetahs face the Blues in rnd 3 and the Stormers face the Crusaders.

    I don’t mean to insult either of these SA teams but I believe the Blues and Saders will be bursting at the seams with confidence in rnd 4.

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.02.08 11:11:00 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Ouch. My head hurts.

    still need to watch the second half of last night’s game.

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.02.08 11:12:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • Good morning everyone.

    Hi Me2!

    RD – how was the party?

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.02.08 11:14:17 by Nessa Reply

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  • very good thanks, Ness… lots of cocktails

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.02.08 11:15:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • We missed you last night!

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.02.08 11:16:20 by Nessa Reply

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  • Grant had about the worst first 20 minutes I’ve ever seen a flyhalf play. Sharks really need to learn to capitalise on these mistakes.

    We were fokken moered at the breaksowns yesterday, to slip into code for a second… not sure if it was any better in the second half? Man, we need to adapt to these new laws and FAST

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.02.08 11:17:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • thanks – I missed you guys too :)

    I missed the whole darn site for about 3 hours yesterday afternoon

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.02.08 11:19:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hi Nessa

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.02.08 11:19:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I missed the whole darn site for about 3 hours yesterday afternoon

    24.02.08 11:19:24 – robdylan

    Man I actually enjoyed WATCHING every move for a change and not missing half because of commentary.

    And man was i shattered afterwards. that game DRAINED me PAP!!!!

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.02.08 11:20:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Shame yes, he did (Grant that is). And he is usually so dependable.

    We had so much more possession yesterday – but never scored the points.

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.02.08 11:22:00 by Nessa Reply

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  • Grant had about the worst first 20 minutes I’ve ever seen a flyhalf play.

    I STILL maintain he is a deep cover agent for the Sharks :wink:

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.02.08 11:22:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Hi KSA. Do you get your relatively early night last night?

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.02.08 11:25:14 by Nessa Reply

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  • Lunch time for me.

  • Comment 24, posted at 24.02.08 11:27:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Well don’t work too hard. My grandson is nagging to go swim so I’ll be back later. Have a good day.

  • Comment 25, posted at 24.02.08 11:28:20 by Nessa Reply

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  • Nessa. :smile:

    was asleep within 5 minutes of the 6nations kickoff.

    Did you stay up and watch? I was a little shocked to see the result this am.

  • Comment 26, posted at 24.02.08 11:28:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • back in abit

    Canton Chicken anyone? :wink:

  • Comment 27, posted at 24.02.08 11:29:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • No – didn’t watch. Who won?

  • Comment 28, posted at 24.02.08 11:29:31 by Nessa Reply

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  • KSA – I was actually shaking at the end of the first half when all the guests started to arrive. I felt physically sick.

    Ok, off to go dig in the garden in vain hope of shaking the impending babbie.

    See you okes later. Will be online this evening while penning scathing match reports, and the like.

    FARKIN Beeste got stuffed yesterday. I knew that monstrous loose trio wouldn’t work under the ELV’s

  • Comment 29, posted at 24.02.08 11:32:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sorry…I popped out to feedy hungry men…and you all gone when I come back :sad:

    I will also be back later….got Sunday chores to attend to!!

  • Comment 30, posted at 24.02.08 11:59:03 by Me2 Reply

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  • Nessa

    England beat France. :shock:

    Seems England come to the party when required.

  • Comment 31, posted at 24.02.08 12:11:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • didn’t help them last October

  • Comment 32, posted at 24.02.08 12:45:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • I don’t really think they have much hope of winning the 6N this season either, even though they have a mathematical chance to do it.

  • Comment 33, posted at 24.02.08 12:58:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Wales all the way, I think. Nice challenge for pdev, first up

  • Comment 34, posted at 24.02.08 13:01:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • KSA – what about sharing the recipe for Canton Chicken, then we can all enjoy it!!!

  • Comment 35, posted at 24.02.08 13:25:16 by Me2 Reply

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  • Me2 :smile:

    Well what I do is walk across the road from the office and then order it from the little shop. :wink:

    I think they may go out of business if theygave the recipe away. :smile: But if i could i would.

    Today is a work day for me. :sad:

  • Comment 36, posted at 24.02.08 13:45:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • hehehe was gonna say, KSA making/cooking a meal, not gonna happen too easily :oops: or too often :lol:

  • Comment 37, posted at 24.02.08 15:24:17 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 38, posted at 24.02.08 16:02:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Was not a great game….but the competition made it worth it….

  • Comment 39, posted at 24.02.08 16:37:22 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Sharks bad players….

    Odwa played the worst rugby game ever…ever…

    Murray not looking like he deserves to be there…

    Steyn did great and really really bad things….

    Botes seemed out of it….was bashed back a few times…..

  • Comment 40, posted at 24.02.08 16:46:51 by Hmmm Reply

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  • ROBD don’t ride this but Barrit did well in my opinion….like he is a few yards quicker with Frederick on his inside…

    Frederick was good….

    Jannie def improved the scrum…

    Muller was good…

    And Albert….what got into him…(and did you see how he outsprinted Bolla)…..Ha-Ha

  • Comment 41, posted at 24.02.08 16:52:35 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Stormers…

    BoBo showed some power at times but he lacks grey-power…he can single handedly cost a try….(Murray and BoBo were real bad oppo)….

    Jantjies was bad…

    Mujati bad….

    Grant…shame….where is Brown?

    Willie Roos bad…

  • Comment 42, posted at 24.02.08 16:56:31 by Hmmm Reply

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  • still haven’t watched the whole game… thoughts later ;)

  • Comment 43, posted at 24.02.08 17:01:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • Fiji was good again…..

    Januarie good…

    Schalk good…. (esp when he told Willie what we all are dieing too say for months)….

  • Comment 44, posted at 24.02.08 17:06:16 by Hmmm Reply

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