KSA Shark ©

Sharks outmuscle WP

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Sharks, WP on 9 Aug 2008 at 07:20

The Sharks powered their way to a 32-10 (halftime 8-3) victory over Vodacom Western Province in an Absa Currie Cup match in Cape Town on Friday evening.

Zelim Nel writes on Superrugby that Western Province started the match enthusiastically, and the bevy of youngsters in the starting line up made for an intense opening spell that featured a number of big hits and fast-paced action.

But the home team failed to contain the Sharks pack in the tight-loose exchanges, and by gaining metres off the fringes of the breakdown the visitors soon opened up spaces for their backs to exploit.

Tries by hooker Skipper Badenhorst, fullback Stefan Terblanche, flyhalf Frederic Michalak and lock Albert van den Berg earned the Sharks the four-try bonus point, while scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar added three conversions and a penalty, and Michalak tallied a drop goal.

For WP, flyhalf Joe Pietersen kicked a penalty and converted eighthman Nick Koster’s try.

The visitors took the lead in the first minute when WP lock Ross Skeate spoiled a Sharks lineout deep in his 22 by tapping it back, but Badenhorst beat everyone to the ball to dive over in the corner.

Pienaar’s conversion attempt was unsuccessful, but a 45-metre penalty kick 16 minutes later gave the Sharks an eight-point lead.

Pietersen found the mark with one of three kicks at goal, splitting the uprights with a 20-metre penalty at the start of the second quarter, and the visitors left the field with the lead at the break.

The Sharks extended their lead to 12 points five minutes after the restart when the ball was hacked into the home team’s 22, WP captain Gcobani Bobo fumbled the ball as he attempted to gather, and Michalak scooped up the ball and offloaded to Terblanche who cantered over to dot it down behind the posts.

WP manufactured their only try five minutes later when 19-year-old Koster barrelled over from close range after a sustained period of pressure from the home team, and Pietersen’s conversion reduced the deficit to seven points.

The Sharks worked their way into WP’s 22 six minutes later before Pienaar zipped a pass back to Michalak who was poised in the pocket, and the Frenchman banged over a 25-metre drop goal.

Michalak struck again at the beginning of the fourth quarter when the Sharks won a scrum inside the home team’s 22, and the flyhalf exploited a moment of uncertainty between scrambling scrumhalf Bolla Conradie and Bobo to ground the ball under the crossbar.

With seven minutes remaining, Stefan Terblanche scythed through the staggered home team’s defence, the ball was quickly made available and moved through the hands to the right, where a ranging Van den Berg bounded over to score the Sharks’ fourth bonus-point try.

The away win moves the Sharks to the top of the standings with 28 log points, while Western Province end the round in fifth place with 17 points.

Both teams have a three-week break in their schedules before the Sharks face Boland in Wellington and WP travel to Pretoria to face the Blue Bulls on August 29.


Try: Nick Koster.
Conversion: Joe Pietersen.
Penalty: Pietersen.

Sharks -
Tries: Skipper Badenhorst, Stefan Terblanche, Frederic Michalak, Albert van den Berg.
Conversion: Ruan Pienaar (3).
Penalty: Pienaar.
Dropgoal: Michalak.


  • Nick Koster seems to be QUITE a find.

    Note to WP media.

    PLEASE? PLEASE? PLEASE? Don’t F%^K it up by calling for him to Captain the Boks on the End of year tour?


  • Comment 1, posted at 09.08.08 08:11:12 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • okes been going on about this kotser (heh heh) dude for a few years now. never seen him play though i am sure i can take him :-)

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.08.08 08:19:19 by knersboy Reply
    knersboyVodacom Cup player
  • Province have another tough next game, they are in serious kak.

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.08.08 08:40:26 by hellbent Reply
    Under 21 player
  • Didn’t watch the game as I was at Loftus…LOL! But it sounds like the wheels are coming off for WP….couldn’t happen to a nicer team!

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.08.08 08:42:42 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply
    walter van Lions WorldCurrie Cup player
  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 4) :

    lets not beat about the bush here.

    This WP side may have been depleted but they still gave us a damn good run for our money in the first half and took me by surprise as I was expecting a thumping of note to be dished out.

    8 – 3 at half time is hardly something to get excited about but it is the FINAL score that counts and that was a bit of a thumping.

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.08.08 08:54:46 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @hellbent (Comment 3) : who do they have next? Oh, right – the cows.

    I’m a Province man through and through next week!

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.08.08 08:55:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : go read the match report on Keo… you’d think Province actually won!

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.08.08 08:55:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @hellbent (Comment 3) :

    yeah Sheez

    WP have a two week bye same as we do and then they have the Bulls AWAY followed by the Cheetahs AWAY.

    I can’t see them winning either of those two games although I will be shouting my heart out for them in BOTH those games.

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.08.08 08:59:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :

    Is Koster called for as Bok Captain? :wink:

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.08.08 08:59:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : basically

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.08.08 09:08:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • Both teams came to play and it was only a great defensive effort from the Sharks that held WP at bay… unlike so many super14 games the Sharks were strong at the breakdown and never stopped counter attacking and they were rewarded by some good finishing… once again this was a great team effort

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.08.08 09:25:16 by spykerbaard Reply

    spykerbaardVodacom Cup player
  • The visitors took the lead in the first minute when WP lock Ross Skeate spoiled a Sharks lineout deep in his 22 by tapping it back, but Badenhorst beat everyone to the ball to dive over in the corner

    Special thanks to Britz for that try.

    Have a look at the replay and you will notice if Brits did his job as in secure the loose ball then there would have been no try, but he was more intent in trying to stop the Shark (without the ball) from coming through and he didn’t even manage that coz the guy he was trying to impede is the one who scored the try.

    Dankie Britzie!

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.08.08 10:13:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : actually, it was Albert who secured the ball and fed to Skip. One of the many reasons I feel Big Al was robbed of the MOTM award

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.08.08 10:56:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • It sounds like those two piss-cats had a good time last night, Province and Fish.

    I hopped between channels and well done Lions for a great game. Kirchner is playing some good rugby, Morne Steyn is the best 10 on the circuit at the moment and Willie Weppener needs a serious lookin for #2 backup.

    I hope WP holds on to this Koster kid, I am sure his phone is ringing off the hook with offers before this year is over.

    Chavanga’s spot tackling really impressed me. Pietersen was kak imo.

    The Sharks murdered the WP at the breakdown, physcially outmuscling them. WP never got any decent front foot ball and with the Sharks excellent defense they were never going to win.

    No finishing to speak off when they did get front foot ball and thats concerning.

    I am not convinced of the Sharks yet though.

    They seemed to score more of mistakes (which in all honesty was forced but still) than constructing good tries.

    The Lions and Bulls looks in another league with the Cheetahs also being able to turn it on when it matters.

    I think the semi-finalists are more or less a done deal, and it is now a case of who the Sharks reckon they can beat at home between the Bulls, Lions and Cheetahs…

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.08.08 11:10:18 by MorneN Reply
    MornéTeam captain
  • @robdylan (Comment 13) :

    I feel about Albert van den Berg about the same as I do about Terblanche…

    No reason really. I just do.

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.08.08 11:11:20 by MorneN Reply
    MornéTeam captain
  • I don’t like losing, but WP are without Burger, Bekker, Watson, Grant, Jean Div, Jantjes, Kallie Woekie, etc. Plus some injuries. Wheels are certainly not coming off imo. Currie Cup’s a write off in my books. But such is life. Like I always like to say. Life’s not fair. Sharks were better on the day. And I fear the current Province Currie Cup side is simply not good enough.

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.08.08 11:26:45 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • @McLovin (Comment 16) :

    As I said elsewhere, lack of quality players is no excuse for WP given they have close to 90 clubs…

    WP’s management, administration and talent identification/development has been up to shit in the last 10 years.

    Rassie is working on it though so give it time.

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.08.08 11:29:58 by MorneN Reply
    MornéTeam captain
  • @McLovin (Comment 16) : And THAT are the reason we should invest in our youngsters and do our damndest to stop the outflow of players. And not only the very best, we need depth as well to lift the quality of the CC.

    Taken into account that the Bok group consist out of only 22 players, it is a bit surprising that we have such a drop in quality down to CC level.

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.08.08 11:43:42 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
  • Howzit? theres a brilliant flyhalf playing for SK Walmers who demolished UCT in a club game recently. He can score tries, kick at goal + he has kept Dollie out of the SKW team 4 some time now… Who do the WP selectors choose as back up to Joe Pietersen? The UCT 10 who isnt the best 10 in the league…

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.08.08 11:52:17 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @MorneN (Comment 14) :

    To all involved – thanks for a great night last night.

    WP did give it their best shot, and that kid Koster is definitely talented – but talented loosies fall out of trees in SA, so no surprise there.

    The WP pack stood up well till just after half time, and then we could see the seams start to bulge…

    A large part of the Sharks winning the breakdown battle was Jean Deysel – he was very carefully watched on attack, so didnt have the previous week’s impact, but his presence on defence and ability to rip the ball of attackers was awesome – my MOM.

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.08.08 21:01:01 by Big Fish Reply
    Big FishAssistant coach
  • @Big Fish (Comment 20) : he’s your mom?

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.08.08 21:03:36 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) :

    And I’m your Daddy.

    Say it loud son! Who’s your Daaaaadddddyyyyyy??? :twisted:

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.08.08 21:19:04 by Big Fish Reply
    Big FishAssistant coach

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