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Sharks go Top

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 29 Mar 2009 at 08:49
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The Sharks earned a valuable bonus point in their 35-14 victory over the Brumbies to elevate themselves to top spot on the log in an exciting Vodacom Super 14 match at The Absa Stadium Durban on Saturday night.

Michael Marnewick writes on Sharksrugby.co.za that this match was all about making sure they could maintain the intensity they showed last week against the Western Force, as well as overcoming the travel factor following their trip back from Perth. A bonus point would be a bonus.

However, their defense was turned into attack and when the pressure was on, they showed the maturity and professionalism to make good.

They had contrasting fortunes in the first half, showing their hand on attack and giving the Brumbies plenty to do on defence, and then being forced to defend for periods, especially in the second quarter.

It was tough, uncompromising stuff from both sides and there was never any question either side was not up for the challenge. The first try to The Sharks came off similar field position and effort to many of their tries so far this season, turning offensive defence in their half into turn-over ball to attack from, with JP Pietersen, enjoying a purple patch this season as far as the try-scoring stakes go, obliging his team-mates and fans by showing blistering pace and a clean pair of heels to open the scoring in the match.

The Brumbies hit back almost immediately after some deft footwork from flyhalf Christian Lealiifano who danced his way through the defence to score and it was game on.

The Sharks again turned stern defence into attack from deep within their own 22 and after doing the initial hard work, Adi Jacobs offloaded, a speeding Odwa Ndungane carried the momentum further and fullback Stefan Terblanche was on hand to take the final pass to score under the posts.

The Sharks had to survive some anxious moments on defence with the Brumbies keen to strike back, but they were up to the task and managed to see out the remaining minutes without conceding any further points.

They went into the halftime break leading 14-7, a try the difference, but quickly doubled that margin when Rory Kockott scored and converted his own try after sustained pressure from The Sharks early into the second half.

When Jacques Botes scored the fourth, bonus point try, there was still time enough for a resurgence from the visitors who were staring a consecutive loss on South African soil directly in the eyes, but when Ryan Kankowski put the final nail in the coffin, there was only one side in it.

The Brumbies struck back late to score a consolation try – which in the grand scheme of things was no consolation at all – and The Sharks had earned an emphatic victory over a foe who has had their number in the past – but not tonight.

The sublime turned into the ridiculous in the final moments of the match, Frans Steyn being targeted and being penalised simply for ‘being there’. Fortunately, it had no bearing on an otherwise outstanding effort from The Sharks as they enjoy the moment before preparing for the Hurricanes next Saturday again at The Absa Stadium Durban.

A pleased Johann Muller admitted afterwards that, “We came back from a really successful tour, and in the second half we put some good phases, put the pressure on and the tries came. It’s a step in the right direction for us. There were a couple of defensive mistakes in the first half and kicked some ball away, but kept the ball in the second and made the tackles.”

George Smith, Brumbies’ Captain praised The Sharks, pointing out, “They played very well tonight and showed how good they are on turnover ball and scored when they did . When we had the ball, we didn’t capitalise on the opportunities and that cost us in the end.”

Rory Kockott, Vodacom Man of the Match for the second successive week, said, “The boys definitely came out with attitude tonight, we knew what we had to do. Credit to the guys for sticking to the intensity.”

Congratulations go to John Smit and Albert van den Berg on achieving major milestones – 150 appearances for The Sharks in Absa Currie Cup and Vodacom Super 14 rugby – in tonight’s match.

Crowd: 39 148

The Sharks: 35 (14)
Tries: JP Pietersen, Stefan Terblanche, Rory Kockott, Jacques Botes, Ryan Kankowski
Conversions: Rory Kockott (5)

Brumbies: 14 (7)
Tries: Christian Lealiifano, Salesi Ma’afu
Conversions: Mark Gerrard (2)

Referee: Bryce Lawrence


  • Congratulations go to John Smit and Albert van den Berg on achieving major milestones – 150 appearances for The Sharks in Absa Currie Cup and Vodacom Super 14 rugby – in tonight’s match.


  • Comment 1, posted at 29.03.09 08:53:46 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Go Stefan! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.03.09 09:13:44 by wpw - Stefan the attacking Genius!!! Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • Im sure TT will find something to moan about in yesterdays game… :twisted:

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.03.09 09:14:56 by wpw - Stefan the attacking Genius!!! Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • The sublime turned into the ridiculous in the final moments of the match, Frans Steyn being targeted and being penalised simply for ‘being there’ :lol:

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.03.09 09:27:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • You know, I was just wondering how over-rated mind-coaching can be sometimes.

    I remember 2 seasons ago some experts saying that JPP didnt have what it takes cos of his attitude etc; especially when compared to the likes of Waylon.

    Turns out that JPP turned a dry season last year into a launchpad for success, largely because of the same self-belief he was being criticised for back then under the guise of “cockiness”.

    Great game from him yesterday, yet again.

    Also thought that Botes, Kanko and Adi were massive, while Beast Sykes and Muller did yeoman’s work.

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.03.09 11:32:10 by Big Fish Reply
    Big FishAssistant coach
  • @Big Fish (Comment 5) :

    Kankowski had one patch in the 2nd half where seemed to die with the ball, but it was a short spell and he quickly corrected it.

    Well played by the Sharks.

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.03.09 11:40:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • And Vitally we are 4 clear of the Bulls, so they may have a game in hand but we have one match worth of log points in hand. :wink:

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.03.09 11:41:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) :
    I noted it, and didnt have a problem with it really – it offered a bit of variation off the back of the scrum, and he made beeg yards yesterday.

    Was a bit more concerned with 9 and 10 again – Rory let the ball go more as the game wore on, but Frans was waaay too individualistic.

    My MOM would have been Botes or Adi, with Adi having a slight edge. Loved the hands, the way he covered at 9 and 10 when they weren’t around, and the elusiveness – especially when he BURNT Bonnie on the outside. Humble Pie for that boy – the wings we have right now are miles ahead of him.

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.03.09 12:00:35 by Big Fish Reply
    Big FishAssistant coach
  • Does anyone know if JP’s injury is serious at all? He went off limping yesterday and haven’t heard a thing since? Both JP and Odwa work so hard, you never know where on the field you might see them pop up.

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.03.09 15:55:54 by Dancing Bear Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
    Dancing BearTeam captain
  • Hello there! That was a great game yesterday….a bit slow in starting…..but the guys ended it off in style!
    The best part of the whole game was when John took Bryce out..hehehehehe..I think every Shark & every Sharks supporter has wanted to to that for a looooong time!!!
    Keep well….Sharks Forever!

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.03.09 16:04:07 by Me2 Reply

    Me2 aka Mama SharkCurrie Cup player
  • @Big Fish (Comment 8) : Agree…IMO Jacobs should’ve been MOTM..Adi played very good, had quit a solid game on defence aswell and showed real gas by beating players on the outside & was outstanding as a team player rather then a individual… :twisted: GO ADI !!! GO SHARKS !!! BLACK & WHITE…NOTHING ELSE MATTERS !!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.03.09 08:02:01 by Charlie Reply

    CharlieSuper Rugby player
  • @Charlie (Comment 11) :

    Why am I not surprised??? :???:

    Of course Jacobs should have been MOTM Charles!!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.03.09 08:03:52 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 12) : :evil:

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.03.09 08:10:55 by Charlie Reply

    CharlieSuper Rugby player
  • @wpw (Comment 12) : @Charlie (Comment 11) : I agree Charlie, Adi was great. All round good team effort though

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.03.09 08:33:35 by Pokkel Reply
    Friend of SharksworldCompetition Winner Author
    Assistant coach

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