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Sharks choke WP to top log


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, WP on 22 Aug 2010 at 12:13
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The Sharks have jumped to the top of the Currie Cup log after a dominating second half performance which ended Western Province’s unbeaten run. They end the first round of matches in pole position, with WP showing a similar record with 6 wins and only the one loss, but the Sharks trumping them with a few extra bonus points along the way.

The first half was an evenly matched affair, which never really got flowing. The Sharks attempted to play a wider game, but it wasn’t the game to play against a defensively strong Western Province side. The scoring was opened by Pat Lambie with his second attempt at goal, in the 7th minute.

It was a scrappy half hour after that, which saw the Sharks give away too many penalties. Willem de Waal had his first go at posts in the 22nd minute, which was a 50m attempt which he missed He managed to slot two penalties to get Province in the lead in the 35th minute.

After a beautiful break by Keegan Daniel, he got Odwa Ndungane free who ran in untouched to score a good try just before half time. After the hooter went, Monty Dumond, who was on for the concussed Louis Ludik, failed to kick the ball out, cost the Sharks 3 points after de Waal slotted a penalty. Half time score was 8 – 9 to Province.

The second half started with the Sharks reverting to the game that has worked so well for them thus far this season, keeping the ball in hand and building the phases. This paid dividend after just 5 minutes, when after an 8 phase build up, Kankowski skipped through a few tackles and dotted down. This seemed to give the Sharks the confidence to keep the ball in hand, and what followed can only described as a dominating performance, where WP couldn’t get their hands on the ball, and were frustrated to the point of conceding penalty after penalty, which were duly converted by Lambie.

Nick Koster managed to score a consolation try minutes after the hooter had gone, to give the score some respectability at 27 – 16. The Sharks will be disappointed to have let that try through, as they would have liked to keep WP scoreless in the second half.

The return of Beast Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis and Ryan Kankowski made a huge impact, and even though the first half would rather be forgotten, they all will feel really unlucky to not have been involved in the big Soweto test earlier in the day, which had a dimming effect on the 26 000 odd crowd at the Tank.

Bismarck was named Man of the Match after a great display on attack and defence, which he conceded very few penalties, if any, and will more than likely not be available for the next match against Griquas as a result of Springbok duty. Injuries to Louis Ludik and Andries Strauss early in game gave Monty Dumond and Riaan Swanepoel 50 odd minutes, and Swanepoel had a great impact with quite a few bulging runs, and was great on defence.



47 Comments

  • Who would you guys have made Man of the Match? And Jorrie of the Match?

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.08.10 12:23:31 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Alberts, Daniel, Kanko and Beast were up there, but Bismark probably deserved MOM.

    Jorrie would have to be Koster: Alberts and Bismark took turns handing him off. Nobody really played badly, although Monty was poor.

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.08.10 12:38:22 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 2) :

    It is going to be interesting to see the stats, as Botes was always the looseforward to get to the most rucks.. will that now go to Alberts? Or did Daniel do the dog work.. I was a bit worried about our protection of the ball at the breakdown with no Botes, but they did well.

    Monty was nothing more than solid at the back, some decision making and kicking was poor..Swanepoel had a decent game as well!

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.08.10 12:51:34 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 2) :

    Koste had no impact on this game whatsoever.. He was outplayed by our looseforwards..

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.08.10 12:52:55 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Good win by the sharks. Ahead by 3 points at half time is great. Hopefully we increase that and create a bit of a buffer between us and province as we still hav province and da bulls away, even though i think we are more than capable of beating them away.

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.08.10 13:56:53 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • Well done Sharks. That win made up the disappointment with the Boks loss yesterday.

    We top the log now :razz:

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.08.10 15:25:41 by Puma Reply

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  • Now watch Pdv try a bunch of new things and pull our players into the Bok squad. :???:

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.08.10 15:28:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) :

    Plum was saying how he is hoping not to lose anybody, but surely Bis and Kanko will force their way back?

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.08.10 16:49:09 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Hello all,

    Im in the UK, so could not catch the game on tv. Anyone know where i can find video highlights? Cheers.

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.08.10 18:24:20 by LD Reply

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  • @LD (Comment 9) :

    Hi LD. I’m in the same boat but I’m in KSA. it was live on TV here.

    Rob may have info for a highlights feed

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.08.10 18:34:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) :

    Actually reading my comment, I realise i’m not in the same boat at all. :oops: other than not being in SA.

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.08.10 18:36:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • The sharks are like the all blacks till I c them with trophy in hand I,m not buying into these silly round robin wins

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.08.10 21:46:24 by zvision10 Reply

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  • Go Sharks :!:

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.08.10 07:00:49 by Jarson Reply
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  • This deinately softened the blow after the Boks game. :sad: Well done Sharks. :smile: And in the same breath, well done Boks. :smile: You deserved a better outcome than what you got. Or just a half decent ref would’ve been better already :evil:

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.08.10 07:47:02 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • Well done to our Sharkie Boys!!!! It was AWSOME!!!

    BTW – my contenders for MOM was Bis, Charl, Keegan (utterly superb!)and Terblance – and LETGO – I am eating humble pie regarding Bismarck – he defnitely had a HUGE impact on the game and his discipline was outstanding!

    Any news on Ludik? That guy was stone cold out! Hope its nothing serious?

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.08.10 08:10:43 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 15) :

    Just a concussion Ice, he was out and about signing autographs after the game.

    Have you found your camera by the way?

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.08.10 08:12:28 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 16) :

    Oh thanks – good news!

    YES,I did!!!!! :grin:

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.08.10 08:17:13 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 17) :

    Thats great news.. I’m glad yo got it back..

    Now we can see some of your pics..

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.08.10 08:18:40 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 18) :

    Yip – as soon as they courier it to me, I will have my article up!

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.08.10 08:24:03 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 15) : I haven’t had pie in a long time…not humble or any other kind. :grin:

    Burden is still a great player though and I do feel for him. I just think he is better suited as a back-line player. He is still fast enough, I could see why he wouldn’t want to switch again, it must suck having put all that effort into becoming a hooker and then hearing talks of being shifted back to your original position again…I would love to see Burden play outside Lambie. Who here would be against that idea?
    Strauss is officially leaving and I’m still not impressed with Swannie’s bash it up style of rugby. They could really make him some kind of forward…Burden on the other hand can actually take gaps and likes playing in the back-line, like a back-line player.

    I don’t know that he will ever play in the back-line, but as long as Bissie and even Kyle Cooper is playing for the Sharks Burden won’t see a lot of game time here, and that is just a shame. I really hope he and his coaches are thinking of a way to get him on the field more. He has to much talent to be sitting on the bench and I don’t know that he will get any more game time at any of the other SA unions as long as he is a hooker.

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.08.10 08:35:16 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 20) :

    You make a very good point Letgo.. I really fel for the bloke.. how old is he anyway? The problem with moving him back into the backline, 1. is that he doesnt want to go back and 2. he wont have a spot there either as we have Bosman and JLP coming into the squad for the Super 15.

    Bismarck will most likely get the nod for the Aus game this weekend, which will get Burden in the game, but then you have a youngster in Kyle Cooper that is another Bismarck type talent and you can’t hold him back for too long, he might just pack his bags..

    Its a head scratcher, but I do agree that I would like to see him play a lot ore, especially after the effort he has put in.

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.08.10 08:42:38 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 21) : Burden is only 25…and I still think he will get more game time at 12 than he would at 2. He is a decent hooker, but potentially could be an excellent 12 or 13…it’s not like we have a overflow of centers in this country, in fact its the one place we seem to be a little thin on talent. How could Wynand Oliver be the best we could come up with after Jean left. Admittedly there seems to be some talent coming through in the centers right now. Both the Bulls and stormers have a few great young centers and it seems our young Sharkies are also talents for the future. Still, I think my argument still stands, Burden will have a better shot at a starting spot at 12/13 than he would at 2… he would even have a better shot at starting 6/7 than he would at 2.

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.08.10 09:07:12 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 22) :

    I agree with you 100%, he is still young and it will be a shame to see him warming the bench weekend after weekend..

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.08.10 09:10:13 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Why not give the guy a shot at 12 and see how he goes? It can’t be worse than Swannie…maybe wait till the Pumas or Leopards game, but even against Griquas, I don’t think he’ll let us down.

  • Comment 24, posted at 23.08.10 09:11:34 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 23) : Or losing him to another team in SA or Europe…

  • Comment 25, posted at 23.08.10 09:12:14 by Letgo Reply
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  • Talking about players that shouldn’t be on the bench…Monty Dumond…he’s a total waist of space. I would rather want to see one of the Cronje’s or one of the other young players on the bench. It’s time to let Monty go.

  • Comment 26, posted at 23.08.10 09:15:20 by Letgo Reply
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  • Oh and I thought Rory had a good 10min, he definitely brings something to the team when the game is a little slower. Once he called the forwards in to carry the ball up a little and we made about 30/40m. It was a good call to keep the ball closer to the rucks. WP’s defense was spread wide the whole game, so it was harder to find any gaps, it was a little disappointing that we kept flinging the ball from side to side, when all of WP’s players was spread across the field.

    Rory made a good call to get the forwards involved a little.

  • Comment 27, posted at 23.08.10 09:20:24 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 24) :

    I think the biggest problem there is his willingness to move to the backline. The way he responded to Rob’s questions a few weeks back , he made it quite clear that he wasn’t keen.

    But if he wants to, I would play him in the centres this weekend already, especially if Strauss can’t play.

  • Comment 28, posted at 23.08.10 09:20:48 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 26) :

    I’m with you on that one. Monty made a few terible cals, he cost us three points by not kivking out after the hooter had gone, he then couldn’t clear the ball as his kick was sliced..

    We have better talent in the ranks than him, I hope those rumours of him moving to the Free State are true..

  • Comment 29, posted at 23.08.10 09:22:50 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 27) : …but Rory always gets the forwards involved, so whether he read the game or just did what he always does?… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 23.08.10 09:26:49 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 29) : Yeah, not a very nice thing to say, but some players just don’t have it, and then you want to make room for the players that can bring more to the team.

  • Comment 31, posted at 23.08.10 09:28:09 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 31) :

    I feel sorry for him.. the Sharks always seemed to be lookng for anybody but him.. He was always there, and we never put him in and gave him an extended run.. Maybe we now know why.. but it all seems a bit unfair.

  • Comment 32, posted at 23.08.10 09:36:23 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 30) :

    Surprisingly, Rory built the phases, and that must have been an instruction, because he came on, we had 18 phases before Stef put through that drop goal..

  • Comment 33, posted at 23.08.10 09:37:29 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Burden is too slow for centre. Perfect for openside flanker though: perfect stocky build and powerful upper-body, with excellent speed to boot. Like a more powerful Brussouw.

    Rory should play flyhalf in my opinion. He could be superb there: strong defence, fearless in taking the ball to the line, kicks well at poles and out of hand, obviously got a good pass too. The only question is whether he would be an unselfish distributor.

    If he would open himself to it, I think he could challenge at the highest level.

  • Comment 34, posted at 23.08.10 09:37:51 by Big Fish Reply
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  • A bit cryptic; I meant too slow for centre, but excellent speed for a flanker.

  • Comment 35, posted at 23.08.10 09:40:18 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 34) :

    I agree to a certain extent.. he has decent defence (in the stats it shows he misses a few tackles) and if only he will pass more than run, he could link up perfectly with Lambie, both on attack and in the kicking stakes.

    Lambie missed 8 points with the boot that Kockott might have claimed, but you can never really say that.

  • Comment 36, posted at 23.08.10 09:41:02 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 24) : I thought Swanepoel had a blinder for us this weekend :evil:

  • Comment 37, posted at 23.08.10 09:48:28 by Original Log Leader Reply
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  • @Original Log Leader (Comment 37) :

    Swanepoel was good.. I think he realy has been improving every game..

  • Comment 38, posted at 23.08.10 09:54:02 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Original Log Leader (Comment 37) : Even though I agree with you and Swannie did have a decent-ish game (I wouldn’t say blinder) the style of player he is stunts every back-line move we try to create. To much bashing up, and though he was and is quite effective at the bashing part…I think our wings would have known that Swannie has made his way onto the field even if they were blind.

    Mvovo barely saw any possession and I know you can’t just blame Swannie…Kanko held onto the ball quite a bit himself, but Swannie definitely was a big contributer to the fact.

  • Comment 39, posted at 23.08.10 10:19:54 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 39) :

    Mvovo and Odwa both didn’t see much of the ball as we were keeping it tight and winning the game first before trying to score tries.

  • Comment 40, posted at 23.08.10 10:24:06 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 40) : The way it should be done :grin:
    I thought the guys were very,very good on Saturday. A great “main game” after a thrilling, if somewhat disappointing, “curtain raiser” ;-)

  • Comment 41, posted at 23.08.10 10:43:47 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 40) : Okay, if you say so, I still think the ball could have and would have been moved wide a few times more if Strauss were on the field.

  • Comment 42, posted at 23.08.10 10:49:28 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 42) :

    I would have liked to see them throw the ball around a bit towards the end, mabe go for some tries. but they played it safe and won the game at the end of the day..

    We can’t really complain about that..

  • Comment 43, posted at 23.08.10 10:52:30 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 40) : Agreed. This one was a must win for us and they got the job done. So what if it wasn`t always pretty?
    Never thought I`d say this but Strauss was a loss to us. Luckily Swannie was there to bring stability. Sure he`s not flashy but sometimes you just need the win.
    We`ll worry about bonus points again this weekend, hopefully Strauss is back again?

    Who knows, maybe FS can do us a little favour? Sorry wpw! :lol:

  • Comment 44, posted at 23.08.10 11:22:38 by Original Log Leader Reply
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  • Okay, I will start eating my shoes. Bissie, I am sorry for doubting you – what an awesome performance from his first run!

    Oh it feels so good to rub in ANOTHER Sharks victory over Province this year!!

  • Comment 45, posted at 23.08.10 12:41:51 by Mole Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : @LD (Comment 9) :

    Guys, watch the highlights here on youtube – subscribe to the channel, always give an excellent bunch of highlights of all the weekends matches. Enjoy
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P9xAs2lgmQ&feature=sub

  • Comment 46, posted at 23.08.10 12:43:20 by Mole Reply

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  • @Mole (Comment 46) : As Stefan said, it’s to bad the Boks don’t need Beast and Kanko, but as long as they don’t we’ll welcome them with open arms. All our Boks had huge games, Bissie included.

  • Comment 47, posted at 23.08.10 13:19:25 by Letgo Reply
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