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Sharks win entertaining practice match


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 31 Jan 2009 at 10:26
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The Sharks beat a combined Sharks XV side in a hard-fought internal warm-up match on Friday evening as they got in a good workout ahead of the Vodacom Super 14 which starts in just two weeks’ time.

Mike Marnewick reports for Sharksrugby.co.za.

The hot and humid conditions added to the heat of the battle – certainly this was no friendly match between teammates. With the necessity to get some game time under their belts ahead of the tournament and the last preseason match – against the Bulls next Wednesday – the Sharks started off tentatively and the first half was fairly scrappy. For many, it was their first match in three months, but that didn’t dampen their enthusiasm.

There was an element of rustiness which faded soon into the match, but it was the internal competition that resulted in neither side able to get going with the opposition giving as good as they got.

Massive hits contributed to the competitive edge – this was the real deal as players looked to give the coaches plenty of food for thought with the finalizing of the squad taking place in the next couple of days. No doubt there would be some sore bodies afterwards, although the good news was that there were no injuries suffered aside from the usual bumps and bruises.

Coach John Plumtree admitted afterwards that no player let himself down and together with the rest of the coaching brains’ trust, he is going to have a hard time separating the wheat from the chaff.

Played at a helter-skelter pace thanks to the effect of the ELVs and with squad places up for grabs, the teammates left their friendships off the field as the hits came fast and furious. With neither team able to press home any advantage, the scoreline read 0-0 after a heated first quarter.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 35th minute when JP Pietersen scored in the corner after some deft handling from Ruan Pienaar at flyhalf, Adi Jacobs and Stefan Terblanche. Pienaar converted from the touchline.

At this stage the coaches started making changes to give everyone a run – reserves coming on and players shifting from one side to the other, with Jannie du Plessis coming off, John Smit shifting to prop and Sharks XV Craig Burden replacing him at hooker.

Rory Kockott instigated the second try with a similar breakaway to an earlier effort which had unfortunately been thwarted by the cover defence, this time finding plenty of support to get Terblanche over in the corner. Again Pienaar converted from the wide angle and the first half ended with the Sharks hanging onto a narrow 14-0 lead.

In the second half, Sharks Under 19 captain Ross Cronje replaced Rory Kockott at scrumhalf and gave a very mature account of himself showing that he was not out of his league playing at this level. The Sharks made an early start with Ruan Pienaar gliding through a gap thanks to the quick hands of John Smit to put him into space, with the flyhalf converting to take the score to 21-0.

The Sharks XV struck back when Charl Macleod initiated a move that took his side deep into Sharks territory – only the defensive skills of Stefan Terblanche keeping his tryline intact. However, Michael Rhodes managed to get his hands on the ball at the lineout and powered his way over for his team’s first try. The conversion was unsuccessful and there would be no further scoring from his team as the Sharks asserted their dominance and took the game away from the opposition.

Ruan Pienaar and Ryan Kankowski played pivotal roles in the second half as their attacking prowess was rewarded with a further four tries, Odwa Ndungane scoring a brace, the irrepressible Keegan Daniel adding one and Kankowski finally completing what he had threatened all match, combining beautifully with JP Pietersen. Len Olivier converted two tries, Stefan Terblanche one and Ruan Pienaar the other in a faultless kicking display as the Sharks ended the match winning 49-5.

As far as warm-up games go, this one achieved the purpose of giving everyone in the squad a run at a competitive level and with no injuries and plenty of action and commitment, it will be viewed in a very positive light.

The Sharks will now host the Bulls at The Absa Stadium on Wednesday 4 February in their final warm-up game. The game will be free for 2009 season ticket holders – they must bring their tickets and suite holders will have to collect their free suite tickets from the Ticket Office.

For those without the above, tickets will cost R20 for adults and R10 for scholars. Seating for the match will be unreserved.



34 Comments

  • Sounds like the loose trio in the Sharks XV was Downey (6), Rhodes (7) and Whiteley (8)…

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.01.09 11:07:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • In the second half, Sharks Under 19 captain Ross Cronje replaced Rory Kockott at scrumhalf and gave a very mature account of himself showing that he was not out of his league playing at this level

    That answers a question as to who else we have as cover for Kockott and RP.

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.01.09 11:36:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : tell you what, but THAT kid has big balls

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.01.09 11:45:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Is he still u/19 this year?

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.01.09 11:56:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : oh dear

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.01.09 12:47:54 by wpw Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : no… 2nd year out of school now

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.01.09 14:05:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 5) : metaphorically speaking, you old perv!

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.01.09 14:06:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • THIRTEEN DAYS

    Yeah baby BRING IT ON!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.01.09 14:33:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Encouraging news…lets hope the warm up with the bulls will be this fruitful…

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.01.09 15:27:48 by blckshrk - Go Serena! Reply

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  • Let me also congratulate Serena Williams for winning her 10th Grand Slam and reclaiming the No.1 spot. Good luck to Roger for tomorrow!

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.01.09 15:36:18 by blckshrk - Go Serena! Reply

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  • Well i will be backing Nadal to win…

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.01.09 15:50:19 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 11) : Turning your back on RSA blood? Disgrace… :evil:

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.01.09 16:46:16 by blckshrk - Go Serena! Reply

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  • @blckshrk – Go Serena! (Comment 12) : shame, shame!

  • Comment 13, posted at 31.01.09 16:49:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • Busy watching Sharkbite on SS6.

    JPP sporting a full beard. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 31.01.09 18:48:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • MY WORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kockott is HUGE!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 15, posted at 31.01.09 18:49:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • im busy drinking

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.01.09 18:50:05 by PJLD Reply
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  • Hargreaves and Kockott also sporting beards?

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.01.09 18:53:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @PJLD (Comment 16) :

    Why are you stating the obvious? :lol:

  • Comment 18, posted at 31.01.09 18:53:56 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) :Trying to be tough

  • Comment 19, posted at 31.01.09 18:54:17 by PJLD Reply
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  • Pieter Muller has been made head coach at Jaguars. :cool:

  • Comment 20, posted at 31.01.09 18:54:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) : :?:

  • Comment 21, posted at 31.01.09 18:55:23 by PJLD Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 19) :

    These are Sharks. Did you mean “being tougher”? :wink:

  • Comment 22, posted at 31.01.09 18:55:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) : i’ve seen rocket’s beard on facebook. Impressive.

  • Comment 23, posted at 31.01.09 18:56:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 22) :Not really

  • Comment 24, posted at 31.01.09 18:56:41 by PJLD Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 21) :

    Why the :?:

  • Comment 25, posted at 31.01.09 18:57:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) : i forgot

  • Comment 26, posted at 31.01.09 18:59:24 by PJLD Reply
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  • They really should tell peter Hassard and the booys that iof they are going to attend a Rugby function (no matter how informal) and they are going to give a speech that will be broadcast on TV, that they should only drink enough to still allow them complete control over their verbal ability, hearing a guy slur (however slightly) while doing a presentation is not really cool.

  • Comment 27, posted at 31.01.09 19:00:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @PJLD (Comment 26) :

    Forgot why you put the :?: ? :razz:

  • Comment 28, posted at 31.01.09 19:02:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 28) :correct

  • Comment 29, posted at 31.01.09 19:14:45 by PJLD Reply
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  • we need some rugby, lads!

  • Comment 30, posted at 31.01.09 19:15:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 30) :

    I watched a bit of Gloucester v London Irish. not good enough.

    I WANT S14!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 31, posted at 31.01.09 19:27:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 31) : almost time… almost

  • Comment 32, posted at 31.01.09 20:23:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hey guys, i was so bored today cos theres no rugby on tv. Even roundball is not doin it for me these days. I need my rugby dammit!!

  • Comment 33, posted at 31.01.09 20:56:36 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 33) : be strong, young Wesali

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