Sharks 20 – Stormers 15

Written by (PostmanPat)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Stormers, Super 14 on 16 Feb 2009 at 09:39
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A match report by PostmanPat. Check out his blog at

I was one of the many thousand humans who were fortunate enough to gain entrance into Newlands yesterday. The vibe was nothing like King’s Park but we came for the win, not to appreciate the lack of atmosphere. At half-time it was 0-10, which made me a bit uneasy, more so because I was sitting with only Stormers fans. However, having watched the game on tv there wasn’t that much to be worried about. Ruan missed three early kicks which would’ve given us the momentum early on but to be fair all three were difficult and there was a swirling wind to deal with. The other things which lead to a scoreless first half was poor first-time tackling, very average tactical kicking, and unnecessary infringements at the breakdown. This meant we were constantly on the back foot, struggling to put together more than a couple of phases. It’s worth remembering that it was only the first 40 minutes of a four month mission. John Plumtree said that he wasn’t worried at this point which is great. He really shouldn’t have been, and it’s a good sign that they know what they’re capable of and what they need to be doing. There wasn’t much to judge the backline on during the first half.

The second half was controlled by a very calm and mature Sharks team. It started with a great interchange of passes but once again they missed an opportunity to get onto the scoreboard. It was during this move that Jean de Villiers took a knock and had to be stretchered off. The change in momentum from this point onwards was remarkable and during the next 25 minutes the Sharks proceeded to win the game. The Stormers didn’t look the same without their star player and leader but the Sharks did step up a few gears. They improved on all the areas in which they struggled in the first half. Notably, Stefan kicked more effectively and looked a lot more solid at the back. The forwards managed to build on the majority of possession they got and finally the Sharks carried the ball through phases and created space by moving the ball through the hands.

Kockott took over the kicking and kicked a long-range effort with his first attempt. The Sharks suddenly looked like they knew this was a game they could win and settled into doing what they needed to. Kicks were less aimless and used effectively to turn the Stormers around and chase up to defend aggressively. Bismarck came on and was his usual self; awesome. John Smit moved to loosehead and got the better of Mujati. The first try came on 60 minutes when aggressive defending at a lineout lead to a free kick. It was taken quickly and John Smit barged over. Five minutes later an awesome run of play starting from a scrum on our own 5m line saw Stefan round off a great try. I have a feeling we will be seeing many more such tries. At this point there was only one team on the park. The Stormers scored through Peter Grant and scared the Sharks at the end but our defense held well and a well-deserved 4 points were earned. The Sharks will be happy to head back to King’s Park to face the Lions, who shouldn’t pose too many problems. Coming back from an average first half and a 10 point deficit against a team that look certain to finish in the top 6 is a good way to start this campaign.

The Sharks look like a team that know how to win. It’s something they’ve gained from making the semi’s last year and winning the CC. It’s a trait which all champion sides show and the Sharks definitely have it. The forwards were awesome, Stefan got better as the game went on, Rory was magnificent, and Adi ran with purpose and distributed very well. The wings chased up well but were relatively quiet. That will change when Ruan and Frans work out their partnership. They haven’t played together as 10-12 so it will take time but when it comes off there won’t be a team in the competition that can stop the Sharks. It’s our time!


  • Thanks for this, PP. Sounds like you had a great time at the game

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.02.09 09:43:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • I see someone on the Poll doesn’t agree with my vote of “lions” and voted Sharks :shock:

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.02.09 10:07:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • PP,

    Seems like we had been sitting more or less in the same spot… :lol:

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.02.09 10:07:20 by Charlie Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : Change it Ou Baas, you can do it :mrgreen: :lol: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.02.09 10:08:25 by Charlie Reply

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  • Okay I will wait for Gavin Rich then for a Stormers perspective of the match…

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.02.09 10:14:55 by MorneN Reply
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  • Good Piece Pat.
    Just a comment from my side though regarding the swing in our favour when JdV went off. As I have seen it refered to a few times now.

    I think the momentum swung in our favour BEFORE JdV went off already.

    I don’t know how to get this across without sounding arrogant, but We were starting to get the upperhand already and THEN he got injured.

    Look maybe with JdV on the field the Stormers would have been able to stage a better fightback but I don’t think so.

    The Sharks of the 2nd half were the “good half” Sharks and they were the better team, with or without JDV being missed by the Stormers.

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.02.09 10:15:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 4) :


    No mate I think the Lions teams were the more impressive of the SA teams in Rnd 1. :smile:

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.02.09 10:16:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Congrats to you lot for the win. Myself not feeling that down after the loss, maybe a bit gutted but at least we cant just blame the ref or players attetude , exct. Was beaten by the better team on the day altho Jean injury did rocked us a bit. Maybe not the injury but the way it looked and the players sort of took a bit of time to adjust. At least we end on fire and surely it was close to even stevens towards the end. Dont help to look for ifs, like if my aunt had balls she’d be my uncle BUT Grant was suppose to nail the conversation of his try and that penalty towards the end would have draw us level. But nevermind overall the Tjarks just had the little bit extra and myself sure not any team would have beat the Stormers on saturday. So you Tjarks supporters have every reason to be proud of your team. My Atormer player of the match was Fondse and the MOTM was Oupa Stefaan and also Bismarck made a huge differense when he appear. He sure is a monster player.

    Luckily S14 rugby dont leave much time worrying about the wrongs of last saturday, you have to move on and the secret to success is not about winning but rather to stand up after a loss.

    Bring on the Rooi Gevaar van Aus. Time to cut them to pieces.

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.02.09 10:21:53 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 8) : Hello Oom

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.02.09 10:28:20 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : I agree :shock:

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.02.09 10:29:20 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • Oh and dont know if it was the haircut but Schalk was silent by all means. Hope he dont lost his power like Goliat. :roll:

    My MOTM was when the Newlands crowd of 47,000 gave Luke Watson a mouth full. Hope that show something to the politicians that we as supporters still rule the game! :idea:

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.02.09 10:29:59 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : And they played against WHO :?:

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.02.09 10:31:14 by Charlie Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 8) : Agreed with you on Fondse, he does alot of donkey work and was going at it hammer and tongs on Saturday.

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.02.09 10:31:19 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 9) : Yes Boeta, hope you survive the loss. Always good to rather start on a low but the Tjarks was great. They look vrekken fat special John Smith. Look like he had a few pies over the break. :wink:

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.02.09 10:31:31 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 11) : Simson, Boet, not Goliath :oops:

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.02.09 10:33:13 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 12) :

    It doesn’t matter who they played against, they were good in the scrums and had some great running lines.

    This weekend coming is not going to be just a walk on win for the Sharks, they are going to have to work for it.

    and work HARD for it.

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.02.09 10:34:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Just noticed there are 4 matches on Friday. :shock:

    Will have to take the day off then. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.02.09 10:34:43 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 17) :

    I will have to consult a divorce lawyer then? :???:

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.02.09 10:37:56 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : Oh dear… :wink:

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.02.09 10:43:12 by McLovin Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) :

    Nice piece PP.

    KSA I tend to agree with you.
    I was sitting on the low down right about where Jon Smit scored his try, thus not the best seats in the house but good enough. Anyway I spent the first half watching the distant backs of the Sharks relentlessly attacking and being repelled by the Stormers. This was more so in the last 20 minutes when the Sharks camped in the Stormers half often threatening the line. In the first half the Stormers got into the Sharks 22 only 3 times and scored on two of of those occassions. The penalty on half time skewered the score and the ascendency that the Sharks were starting to get in the game.

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.02.09 10:43:54 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 14) : Im still hurting but ja, its all good.We were beaten by a better team but were by no means [email protected]

    Saw Smitty on Sharkbite a few weeks ago, damn pies, he been chomping down some gatsbys :mrgreen:

    @ Charlie : Samson

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.02.09 10:48:13 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 21) : Afrikaans broertjie – Simson :wink:

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.02.09 10:51:22 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 22) : My taal is not so deliciousness.

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.02.09 10:52:05 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • Hopefully Schalk’s hairdresser is not named Delila. :roll:

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.02.09 10:57:32 by McLovin Reply

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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 23) : Los liewer die kobys engels :roll:

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.02.09 11:02:52 by Charlie Reply

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  • Schalk was quiete and not that visible now that his hair is gone. One has to now look out for the swinging arm in the tackle to find him, as Bismark can tell you all about.

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.02.09 11:03:40 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • :mrgreen: @Salmonoid (Comment 26) :

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.02.09 11:08:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 21) :

    Ja boet, it was a tough game.You guys better make sure you don’t lose the game against the Bulls now…

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.02.09 11:21:36 by blackshark Reply

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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 21) : Ag at least Gibbs cut them to pieces yesterday. After thet equaliser I feel a bit better. :wink:

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.02.09 11:31:20 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 29) : I’m just glad JdV is alright.

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.02.09 11:33:46 by molly Reply
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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 29) :

    rain saved your “boude” yesterday. :wink:

    When is the replay?

  • Comment 31, posted at 16.02.09 11:51:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 29) :

    Yeah…Hersche was on fire again.
    The Dolphins undid their excellent work yesterday…the last game should be a cracker! I’ll be there! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 32, posted at 16.02.09 11:55:33 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 32) : nice work with the photos and all. i should have taken pics of the game on tv for my article. :lol:

  • Comment 33, posted at 16.02.09 13:07:50 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 33) : was for you blackshark. it was for postman pat.

  • Comment 34, posted at 16.02.09 13:12:36 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 34) :

    Did you miss the part that says ” Don’t drink and post”? :lol:

  • Comment 35, posted at 16.02.09 13:21:56 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 35) :

    He must have missed it COMPLETELY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Spends the day correcting himself or adding to his comments. Either that or it is a good ploy to get ahead in the LMS standings for the end of the season. :wink:

  • Comment 36, posted at 16.02.09 13:33:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Hi Peeps!!

    Just a Quick Congrats to the Sharks!!

    Everyone has more or less the sam opinion, but I also wanna give mine… :wink:

    Thought we hovered a bit too much in the first half, but i was not worried at all and for me that is HUGE!! I got a phone call at half time from my mom – “what the hell is going on??” (in a flatspin to say the least! So I said to her – just wait they’ll come through…needles to say when we started the second half with beautiful runs and hands of All Blacks, I knew we had this one in the bag!!

    Ruan dissapointed and I have to say well done to Rory-to-the-rescue Kockot!! Jean Deysel is a YSTER and my man of the match before it was announced (late at that)…

    I told you all Schalkie was like Simson / Samson last week already :wink: although – I nice fullback kick from him!! :mrgreen:

    Oupa Terblanche did not dissapoin and was forgiven for his mis-catch very quickly in my books..

    Some great breaks from Kanko and some nice Line out steals from Sykes…I thought (even with there LO troughs being bad) still great to see that we contest the LO as we are not renowned fro this and aginst the likes of 7 foot Bekker – not shabby at all!

    Sorry to Jean – but I am sure he will be back soon!!

    Just one Q to Jantjes…what the hell is he doing with those funny tango steps…instead of confusing the opponents, he is confusing himself! Drop the act boet, and play the game!!

    well done to the stormers for keeping us on our toesm though!!

  • Comment 37, posted at 16.02.09 14:04:27 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 37) :

    Holy Crap – excuse the mess with the spelling etc in my previous posting…I can however say I am sober and at work! :oops: :wink:

  • Comment 38, posted at 16.02.09 14:06:34 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • Only saw the highlights on Sky on Sat night but from the small bits I saw, the Sharks backline looked potent. Stefan’s try was magnificent and there were some other fantastic moves that broke down just short of the line. Frans Steyn stood out in the highlights package..some of his defensive hits were monstrous!

  • Comment 39, posted at 16.02.09 15:00:18 by Villie Reply
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  • Oh and one thing that REALLY annoys me is when the commentators call Stormers 13 centre “Bow Bow” (as in bow tie)…the guys name is “Bobo” as in “bor bor”.

  • Comment 40, posted at 16.02.09 15:03:00 by Villie Reply
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  • I don’t think the Sharks impressed the most of SA teams…their one-on-one def was very shaky and JdV alone broke the def 7 times in the first 22 min if the SuperSport in-game stats are anything to go by…

    Had JdV stayed on the park…I am not too sure that the Sharks would have pulled it through…with JdV left any form of captaincy…
    If the CC was not enough evidence that Bobo is not a captain then the S14 will surely make that CRYSTAL clear…

  • Comment 41, posted at 16.02.09 15:19:23 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Villie (Comment 39) :

    Steffy’s try was good but the backline had defensive flaws…especially in the 10 channel…
    Ruan was bounced off a good few times…

  • Comment 42, posted at 16.02.09 15:26:57 by Hmmm Reply

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