Richard Ferguson

Sharks beat Bulls in classic

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 19 Jul 2010 at 11:35
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The Sharks beat the Bulls in the last game of Currie Cup round 2 by 34 – 28, a margin that not many people would have expected. The Sharks also picked up their second four-try bonus point in two weeks, and as it stands, lie second on the Currie Cup log.

The game did not get off to the best start for the Sharks, conceding a try after five minutes of play, van Velze scoring the try. Potgieter missed the conversion. The Sharks had many good phases of play, with good breaks from Burden and Pieterson, both times Burden either shoved over the sideline or not having any support to pass to.

Burden finally got the Sharks on the scoreboard, scoring a centre like try after stepping inside the defence and scoring under the posts. Lambie had an easy conversion to put the Sharks in the lead by 2 points.

Penalties were exchanged and the Sharks had a slender 10 – 8 lead at half time, after doing much of the running in the first half, with a few handling errors costing them tries. Burden and Pieterson being the most notable players in the first half.

The second half started much like the first with the Sharks under pressure and conceding a penalty minutes into the half. Potgieter, who clearly tried to impress his future fans, kindly left his kicking bots at home and missed the kick, not his and not his last miss either.

Mvovo scored the first try of the second, dotting down in the corner after a good backline move, creating the overlap. Lambie managed to slot the conversion from the touchline to lead by nine.

The Sharks were penalized soon after, with Potgieter converting to keep the Bulls within touch of the Sharks. Burden had another shot at scoring a try, only to have a foot in touch, and having his second try denied by the TMO.

Three quarters into the game, the Sharks finally hit 5th gear, with Keegan Daniel rounding off a good try, after a brilliant break by the incumbent inside centre Lambie, with Botes providing the last pass. Lambie duly converted and suddenly the Sharks had a 13 point lead.

Greyling scored for the Bulls after a long period of camping in our half, silly errors creaping into the Sharks defence. The lead was cut to 3 points just minutes later with a penalty by Potgieter. Shark supporters were seeing it slip away as the replacements disrupted proceedings, and a good lead thrown away and feared the worst.

But it was not to be, with Mvovo scoring his second of the night, showing what a good winger should be able to do, showing Jaco van der Westhuizen a clean pair of heals and scoring a good try. Minutes later Keegan Daniel showed his old form to chip and chase and collect and score, as easy as you like, and with that put the game beyond doubt. Van den Heever scored a late try to seal a bonus point for the Bulls.

Mvovo picked up a much deserved man of the match award, with Burden feeling a but unlucky after a great game.

The Sharks showed that they can score tries, and with the shuffled backline they sure made it work. McCleod played a big role with fantastic distribution, Meyer controlled the game beautifully, and as Plumtree said after the game, Lambie was an excitement to watch , he was balanced both on attack and defence. “I don’t wanna blow too much smoke up his bum, but he is a revelation” Plumtree said after the match.


  • I wonder if Deysel is the Sharks wing coach, those shoulder charges on attack were incredible by JPP and Mvovo… :mrgreen:

    But seriously now, we need to focus more on defence, our points differential is on 0 and we are second on the log after round 2, we need to concentrate more on defence, our defensive structure seems sound (defensive game plans) – but we were guilty of player watching and missed a few on on ones, we need a better defensive game specifically against the Cheetahs in round 4… But other than defence, we really upped our game and very impressed how the “new backline” clicked…

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.07.10 11:45:57 by DarkDestroyer Reply
    RichardCurrie Cup player
  • Three crucial areas/positions the Sharks enjoyed superiority…

    * Loosies
    * Scrummy
    * Midfield

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.07.10 11:47:54 by Morné Reply
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  • How long before we can see the clip of Mvovo / JP not sure who it was, running over jaco`tjie, on youtube?

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.07.10 11:48:07 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 2) : You forgot creativity. Who would have thought we would have said that after watching the super14!!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.07.10 11:50:34 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 3) : You mean Jorrie van der Mullerhuizen?

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.07.10 11:51:06 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 5) : That oke is a true Jorrie.. Jeez I cannot stand him! And he has this big ass attitude!

    Im glad Mvovo showed him up like he did, the guy is a big liability for the Bulls, I hope they keep playing him!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.07.10 12:04:15 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 6) : Apparently though he gives good massages in the change-room. He should consider a move to the Stormers..

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.07.10 12:13:33 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 7) : he’ll need a better hairstyle to get a look-in in the Cape.

    Man, what a shocker he is.

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.07.10 12:17:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : But hes got such a pretty mouth… :)

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.07.10 12:18:53 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 7) : Although he was not highly rated by us to start, I think now BBRU have no choice but to drop him, his out of hand kicking is not fantastic, his defence against strong mobile units is clearly a problem, and his speed on the counter attack is not anything to write home about… This is in my humble opinion equates to a pretty poor Fullback…

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.07.10 12:19:15 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 7) :
    I’ve also heard about this…

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.07.10 13:19:52 by Big Fish Reply
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  • As I’ve said the whole of last week. The Sharks will win :grin:

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.07.10 14:33:07 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 11) : Does it matter? The only thing noteworthy… His t-shirts, (and please… I am not criticizing his t-shirts that is for sure) and I don’t think he will feature in another Super tournament… He can go anywhere; he is over the hill and far away…

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.07.10 15:33:54 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • :mrgreen: Well done Sharks :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.07.10 16:29:12 by chaz Reply

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  • Wacko Jacko should be renamed Costas. Costas the game.

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.07.10 21:42:00 by Oubaas2009 Reply

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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 13) :

    Sorry to piss on your battery but he was on the field when the Bulls won their most recent S14.

    That gives him 2 super-14 medals.

    Next year the Sharks will also have a player with a S14 medal. In the mean time you’ll have to get your joy from beating our B team.

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.07.10 02:34:45 by fyndraai Reply
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  • The best time of the year for Sharks supporters is the Tri-nations.

    That’s when they get to beat the Bulls.

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.07.10 02:37:38 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 16) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.07.10 02:58:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @fyndraai (Comment 17) :


  • Comment 19, posted at 20.07.10 02:59:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) :

    You’re up late or you are in my time-zone. Thanks for plugging that hole in the ocean.

    In East Texas near the Gulf tonight. An oil slick would improve this dump.

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.07.10 05:12:56 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 20) :

    Nope i’m back in GMT +3 time zone.

    Just got back from the USA yesterday morning. Jetlag is still going to make sure i’m around at that time of the morning for the next day or two. :)

  • Comment 21, posted at 20.07.10 06:30:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Definitely some sudden creativity against the Bulls which must be credited with the introduction of Lambie at centre. Can ya believe! Meyer also played a significant quiet role. Please keep Swannie away!

  • Comment 22, posted at 20.07.10 06:52:18 by catfish Reply
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  • @catfish (Comment 22) : Swannie will return a better player. You can’t keep a good man like that down for long.

  • Comment 23, posted at 20.07.10 08:01:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • here’s the Youtube Highlights

  • Comment 24, posted at 20.07.10 08:21:03 by robdylan Reply
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