Desperate Lions win the day

Written by Warren Smith (war1)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Sharks on 25 Sep 2010 at 19:59
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In a match billed as do or die for the home side, they duly delivered and sunk the high flying log leaders. The Sharks were once again guilty of not taking chances and ultimately succumbed to a more committed and hungry side on the night.

The match started off well enough for the Sharks with Lwazi Mvovo rounding off a spectacular move within the first five minutes, however Lambie hitting the post from in front was the start of a terrible day for both kickers.
Elton Jantjies narrowed the lead to two points before a try apiece left the half time score at 10 all. However the Sharks would have felt they should have had more points on the board at that time having dominated possession and missed a few scoring opportunities.

The Sharks then started the better of the two teams by scoring first and were clinging to a 20-15 lead until the final seconds of the game when, after the Sharks being penalised repeatedly in their own 22 and having Ryan Kankowski sent to the sin bin 4 minutes from time, the Lions captain Franco van der Merwe was awarded what turned out to be the match winning try almost on the stroke of full time.

While both the refereeing (both ways, admittedly) and place kicking were poor, the crowd did enjoy running rugby from both teams as well as crunching defense. That crunching defense did claim some victims as both Jaco Taute and Stefan Terblanche left the field with what looked like serious injuries.

The Sharks allowed the Lions to counterattack them and were duly punished for playing to the host’s strengths and the players have a lot improving to do before next week’s game against the Leopards and even more so in the final round against Western Province.

This result will no doubt please the sponsors as the race for the semi finals is wide open again and even the race for top spot has been given spiced up.


  • Great game to watch

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.09.10 20:04:37 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 1) : it was, i suppose all the more for a neutral, the atmosphere at the stadium was fantastic

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.09.10 20:08:40 by war1 Reply
    war1Super Rugby player
  • Bwahahahahahaha. :lol:

    That’s for all the cocky Sharks supporters on this site!! :twisted:

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.09.10 20:14:53 by wpw Reply
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  • @ wpw, en jou punt is ?

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.09.10 20:26:28 by Charlie Reply

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  • Pensie, you gonna have to try harder than that.

    We played kak and deserved to lose.

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.09.10 20:36:37 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 3) : thanks wes, very mature of you :twisted: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.09.10 20:42:14 by war1 Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 3) :

    So it’s for nobody then?????????? :?:

    Why post it at all then? :razz:

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.09.10 20:44:18 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Pink Shark © (Comment 7) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.09.10 20:49:15 by war1 Reply
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  • :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.09.10 20:51:07 by wpw Reply
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  • As die skoen pas Charlie… :wink:

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.09.10 20:52:10 by wpw Reply
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  • @ wpw, ek is nie aspoestertjie nie… :evil:

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.09.10 21:01:53 by Charlie Reply

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  • I think the sharks could have wrapped up the game in the first half.

    Thats why I dont bet on teams that I support.

    Click to Edit

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.09.10 21:13:38 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • Oh how’s Joburg Metro…road-blocking cars leaving the stadium!!! :roll: :roll: No warning from PigSpotter either. :evil:

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.09.10 21:16:17 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 13) : Tell me about pig spotter dude !!

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.09.10 21:40:48 by ruggabugga Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 3) : :evil: :twisted: and ur point is :?:

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.09.10 22:22:11 by chaz Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 4) : hey Charlie when are u going to hit the field :?:

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.09.10 22:23:33 by chaz Reply

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  • @war1 (Comment 6) : agree :mrgreen: if he is a WP then we don’t want him and if a shark he is really a draad sitter :oops: but those words wern’t called for at all :sad:

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.09.10 22:27:13 by chaz Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 11) : Charlie leave him my friend he is in a bad mood if u ask me maybe behind in some what :lol: or had a bad day at the hair dresser :???: ;-)

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.09.10 22:29:05 by chaz Reply

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  • @ruggabugga (Comment 14) : You don’t know about PigSpotter??? :shock: :shock:

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.09.10 22:31:52 by klempie Reply

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  • I was at the game earlier and witnessed the Lions take the game from us. They are truly a well drilled side, and the Mitchell Carlos combination is going to cause many opposition fans pain (Murray caused a few miss matches which killed us today – typical Australian rugby). We are going to have to take them very seriously in future and I don’t believe that we took them seriously this time around. I’m gutted but not as gutted as the guys are. Some of the guys seemed like they had been crying, Lambie, as humble and well mannered as he is, couldn’t bring himself to look at the fans as they shouted out his name when he got in the bus (that just shows you how hard they are taking this). We love our team and let’s not be too hard on them, they realize that they let us down and will make amends for it. We have 5 weeks (4 games) until we lift the trophy, let’s get behind the team and stay positive. There is however one fundamental flaw with our game plan, we are not committing enough numbers to rucks when we are attacking (it’s not really important when we’re defending unless we want to counter ruck), the result is that we don’t keep possession, Macleod doesn’t get quick ball or we lose the ball and open ourselves up for a counter attack. I said earlier on that I wish Plum could start with Pretorius at 10, he has very quick hands and can be an integral part of our game plan (plus he can kick). We need a 12 that is a natural footballer and Strauss needs to make way for Lambie (all the other teams have a 12 that is threatening).

  • Comment 20, posted at 26.09.10 00:55:32 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • 5 weeks until you lift the trophy? The arrogance of that statement is dumbfounding. There are 4 other teams in this competition.

    Already another positional switch for Lambie on the cards? Frikken hell. So its Brad Barrit, Frans Steyn, Brent Russell all over again is it? So he starts at fullback, but then has to be moved because Ludik (another import) is back. So you move him to flyhalf because Pienaar has left and Hernandez (another import) is out of the picture. Pienaar throwing his career down the toilet due to the wonderful sharks management.

    So lets get this straight. You want to contract Bosman, which really hurts the cheetahs, and you want to contract Jean Louis Potgieter even though you have a prodigious talent at 10 already in Lambie, and then make the three of them compete for the positions between each other.

    I wonder if Ulster or Racing Metro need any more players? You guys must be kicking yourself for letting Waylon go by now. Form is temporary, class is permanent, and the Sharks manage to coach form out of a player like Zuma manages to coach agreement to marriage proposals.

    I pray that Lambie gets poached by another union. Springbok rugby cannot afford to lose this kid.

  • Comment 21, posted at 26.09.10 05:37:43 by evilsod.com Reply

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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 1) : Agreed it was one of the best I`ve seen in quite a while. What intensity?!

    Wonder how long Kankow will be suspended for his . . . brain fart. This could hurt us in the long run . . .

    Congrats to the Lions though! :smile:

  • Comment 22, posted at 26.09.10 07:57:51 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original PierreSuper Rugby player
  • Guys, I know I say this almost every week now, but young Pat desperately needs a kicking coach.. And it seems the Sharkies don’t really have one that we know off? I may be wrong…

    The lad needs some help at the moment. From kicking for the u20′s in the RWC where he seemed to do pretty well to missing sitters in the CC. I think JLP’s influence next year will help if he can take over the kicking duties will let Pat concentrate on his own game. Still that won’t fix the issue.

    That said if you want to make your mark at 10 u need to be a first choice kicker, kicking at 80% and certainly taking the easy points on offer.

    We know young Pat can do it, he just needs some help.

  • Comment 23, posted at 26.09.10 08:16:45 by Oubaas2009 Reply

    SportbillyVodacom Cup player
  • Lambie kicked very well earlier in the season when he played for the SA U20′s.
    Maybe there’s too much pressure on him at the moment what with him playing in the crucial flyhalf position.
    Rory at 9 to take over the kicking duties??

  • Comment 24, posted at 26.09.10 08:25:50 by wpw Reply
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  • @evilsod.com (Comment 21) : Welcome to the site! Why don’t you tell us a little more about yourself? You don’t seem to like the sharks overly much anyway… Mind telling us which team you DO support?

  • Comment 25, posted at 26.09.10 08:30:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 24) : both lambie & jantjies froze last night…

  • Comment 26, posted at 26.09.10 09:26:34 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 26) : stage fright??

  • Comment 27, posted at 26.09.10 09:51:25 by bergshark Reply

    bergsharkSuper Rugby player
  • @Megatron (Comment 26) : not that it was such a big stage,to be honest..

  • Comment 28, posted at 26.09.10 09:52:03 by bergshark Reply

    bergsharkSuper Rugby player
  • Oh come on Rob: a nick that contains a website name, a few caustic jabs coincidentally occurring just after a Sharks loss: how much spammier can you get?

    Seriously, I would LOVE one of these self-proclaimed moral crusaders to come proselytize just after a Sharks victory, instead of pitching up like cockroaches after a party whenever we lose.

    Spare us the moral indignation son: you belong on the lowlands with the rest of us. Poseur.

  • Comment 29, posted at 26.09.10 09:58:58 by Big Fish Reply
    Big FishAssistant coach
  • @robdylan:watched the u.21 game..can you perhaps try and line up an interview with dwayne jenner? looks like a promising young centre-sharks should keep him (his bio reads 1.83m 99kg and he turns 20 later this year).how is stef`s injury?perhaps give jenner a run off the bench vs leopards?(include him in match 22)..
    any news on walter venter`s plans for next season?perhaps sharks should draft him into super 15 training squad and see what he brings to the table(loved the offload in the tackle to set up monty`s brother`s try..we`ve been lacking centres that can get the ball away in the tackle since the departures of barritt and especially frans ” sharks legend”(just to wind you up :mrgreen: )steyn)

  • Comment 30, posted at 26.09.10 09:59:22 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 30) : jenner single-handedly (or rather no-handedly) butchered two sharks under 21 tries, why would you want him in the senior team? anyway there is NO way Plum will select him, maybe we can beg SARU to release Adi to us a week early?

  • Comment 31, posted at 26.09.10 10:02:26 by war1 Reply
    war1Super Rugby player
  • @wpw (Comment 24) : yes ,would love to see a comparison between his age-group kicking stats and senior kivcking stats..perhaps it`s also a case of physically more strenous rugby(kicking fitness??)..but to miss a sitter like tthat conversion of mvovo`s 1st try :shock: :x !!!!

  • Comment 32, posted at 26.09.10 10:02:40 by bergshark Reply

    bergsharkSuper Rugby player
  • damn, seems like I missed a cracker. Although, I have to say the reffing looked a little sub-standard, very impressed you guys aren’t harping on about the final try. Good sport!

  • Comment 33, posted at 26.09.10 10:02:46 by molly Reply
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  • Lions fan here. I like the website, and will be making a nuisance of myself going forward ;-)

  • Comment 34, posted at 26.09.10 10:04:01 by evilsod.com Reply

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  • @war1 (Comment 31) : work on his handling skills then ..why are coaches there? although handling skills that are lacking should point out the deficiencies of the local rugby schools` coaches :x youngsters should be drilled,drilled and drilled some more in handling the ball under pressure(playing the ball on the advantage line,in the face of the opponents)..

  • Comment 35, posted at 26.09.10 10:07:41 by bergshark Reply

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  • @evilsod.com (Comment 34) : no probs..the super15 awaits :mrgreen:

  • Comment 36, posted at 26.09.10 10:08:33 by bergshark Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 29) : :lol:

  • Comment 37, posted at 26.09.10 10:11:12 by bergshark Reply

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  • @evilsod.com (Comment 34) : what did you think of waylon`s game? wasn`t he also just crabbing across field going back into “traffic”?

  • Comment 38, posted at 26.09.10 10:13:09 by bergshark Reply

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  • @evilsod.com (Comment 34) : I knew it!


  • Comment 39, posted at 26.09.10 10:15:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @evilsod.com (Comment 34) : would like to hear the thoughts of our “enemies” :evil: (oops ,opponents :smile: ) on the site.

  • Comment 40, posted at 26.09.10 10:15:38 by bergshark Reply

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  • @war1 (Comment 31) : Wandile Mjekevu is talking trash about Jenner on twitter. I set him to rights. Told him I’m sure Jenner will play a lot better in the semi :)

  • Comment 41, posted at 26.09.10 10:16:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 35) : Handling is about concentration and composure, it’s not as if he can’t catch a ball. Don’t you think a week is a bit short to get that sorted out if you want him to play for the senior team next week?

  • Comment 42, posted at 26.09.10 10:17:57 by war1 Reply
    war1Super Rugby player
  • @Honey Badger (Comment 12) : if hargreaves just gave mvovo a better pass there in the 70th plus minute if the game,we might have been celebrating a sharks bonus point victory..but,alas..not to be..

  • Comment 43, posted at 26.09.10 10:19:33 by bergshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 41) : Didn’t even read that, I watched the under 21 game. I do agree Jenner will do better, I just don’t think he’s ready for the senior team just yet

  • Comment 44, posted at 26.09.10 10:19:44 by war1 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 41) : hope jenner got the comments ,printed them,and keeps it as inspiration on his wall,wallet..heart..

  • Comment 45, posted at 26.09.10 10:22:25 by bergshark Reply

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  • @war1 (Comment 42) : ??handling is about hitting the training field and having coaches that are able to teach players how to take,make passes..body angles,running angles..soft hands..working on players till they are equally comfortable passing left and right..any pass..any match situation..

  • Comment 46, posted at 26.09.10 10:25:26 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 45) : that beanstalk is just asking for a combo hit by alberts & deysel!!!!! :evil:

  • Comment 47, posted at 26.09.10 10:26:52 by bergshark Reply

    bergsharkSuper Rugby player
  • @robdylan (Comment 41) : that said: any chance of the sharks signing mjakevu :twisted:

  • Comment 48, posted at 26.09.10 10:28:09 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark

  • Comment 49, posted at 26.09.10 10:29:18 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 46) : when you drop a pass over the tryline after being part of a slick backline move to get that far, it’s about composure and concentration

  • Comment 50, posted at 26.09.10 10:44:32 by war1 Reply
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  • Dont let the result spoil what was a great game of rugby!

  • Comment 51, posted at 26.09.10 13:00:46 by Morné Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 13) : We got one on our way in and the traffic was slow.

  • Comment 52, posted at 26.09.10 15:13:17 by Nita Reply

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  • LMS & FL?? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 53, posted at 26.09.10 15:27:23 by Jarson Reply
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  • Eventually. Tonight, I guess

  • Comment 54, posted at 26.09.10 15:32:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • Burdens messed up try really cost us. Strauss and swamepoel albeit good on defense lack creativety and the ref control of the scrums and breakdown was shocking to say the least. Lambies kicking wasn’t great. but on the up side we got 1 log point which could prove to be very important at the end.

  • Comment 55, posted at 26.09.10 15:56:42 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • I know it’s been talked about quite a bit lately… but one thing that really stood out for me in that game was how slack Mvovo’s workrate is!!! Compare him to guys like Lambie and Ndungane who are always getting stuck in… it’s almost like Mvovo holds back on the “dirty” work hoping someone else will dive in before him.

  • Comment 56, posted at 26.09.10 17:58:10 by CS Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 19) : sorry no dude please tell me more

  • Comment 57, posted at 26.09.10 22:34:24 by ruggabugga Reply

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  • @CS (Comment 56) : It has become more apparent over the weeks. Ndungane really gets through a lot of work, where Mvovo disapears a bit :???:

  • Comment 58, posted at 27.09.10 08:06:51 by SharksRTB Reply

    SharksRTBCurrie Cup player
  • Well I enjoyed the play in the first half, even though we completely and utterly failed to capitalise on any of our territory in the first half. How many times did we get into the 22 without scoring?! It was ridiculous.

    Unfortunately, that is where my commentary ends, as I had Sky+d the game (was at a wedding), and in their wonderful and inimitable fashion, Sky moved the game to red button. This not only stopped my recording, but also I believe made the rest unrecordable (anyone know how to Sky+ the red button please let me know?).

    I wish somebody would invent a machine which would allow people to stab Rupert Murdoch in the face with a spoon, over the internet.

    I didnt see the second half, but from the sound of it I didnt miss all that much.

  • Comment 59, posted at 28.09.10 15:44:10 by Nhumrod Reply

    NhumrodUnder 21 player
  • @Nhumrod (Comment 59) : Not possible to sky+ the red button. :|

  • Comment 60, posted at 28.09.10 15:58:22 by McLovin Reply

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