Richard Ferguson

Sharks do what was expected

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 2 Oct 2010 at 11:32
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In what was expected to be a one sided, easy victory for the Sharks over the Leopards, the team came through for once and actually performed to expectations against a bottom feeder team, winning 63 – 6 and bagging the 5 points required to keep hopes of a top of the log finish alive.

The game started at a rapid pace with captain and Man of the match Keegan Daniel dotting down twice in the opening 12 minutes and the bonus point was in bag after only 20 minutes. But in general Sharks fashion, they seem to go to sleep after securing the 5 points and only scored the fifth try through Odwa Ndungane on the stroke of half time.

The second half started with the same intensity with Odwa celebrating his 50th cap by scoring his second try of the night. From there the game got really scrappy and even though the tries kept coming, the game lost a bit of its structure. At the end of the night we scored 9 converted tries to the two penalties of the Leopards.

There were two main talking points in the press room after the game. First was Andre Pretorius, who had a surprisingly good game. He nailed every kick from all corners, and did not look too bad on both attack and defence. His passing game, which varied from the little inside flip to long skip passes, kept the Leopards defence guessing. His inside flip to Keegan Daniel had the captain score his first try in the first minute of the game. The 31 year old flyhalf was also superb on defence, and even though I have not seen the stats, I reckon he didn’t miss a single tackle and made quite a few.

Second on the lips was Willem Alberts, who left the field after only 20 minutes and had a heavily strapped knee immediately after leaving the field. There was no news after the match from Plumtree either, with scans required to see the extent of any damage. Worryingly though, he was not the only player to limp off the park. In the dying minutes, Burden also sat on the sidelines with a lot of attention being given to his leg. Lets hope the injury list after this match is not any longer.


  • I just spoke to Craig and he’s 100s. It was just a bit of cramp. Reckons nobody is really sure about Willem, but it doesn’t seem too serious

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.10.10 11:55:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • A couple of good things out of the game 1 Mike Rhodes can do the number 7 job and may well develop into the go to man If I’m not mistaken he looks quicker over the ground than Wolla or Big Vic
    2 I though AP had a good game and when you consider that he has been out for so long he will have benefited a great deal with this outing. His kicking was good with only the line kicking letting him down-distance wise. It presents Plum with a challenge or 2. I would offer AP the job as kicking coach for the Sharks 3 Adi Bizzy JP and Beast back next week so all of a sudden in areas where we have been struggling we have depth so some players can afford to have a rest against WP in order to be fresh for the semi’s 4 Though all the subs added something especially Rory
    Downside these games are injury games where star players get taken out so my concern is for both Burden and Alberts However i think the WP game will become a mute point as I don’t believe they will get the 4/5 points required to keep us under pressure The good thing about that is that we have a dead game to integrate the Boks back into the side
    so for what its worth this is who I would pick
    15 Ludik
    14 Odd one
    13 Adi
    !2 Lambie
    11 JP
    10 AP
    09 Rory
    08 Kanko
    07 Rhodes
    06 Daniel-capt
    05 Hargreaves
    04 Mostert
    03 Jannie
    02 Bismark
    01 Beast

    16 Cooper
    17 van Staden
    18 Sykes
    19 Botes
    20 want to play Cronje but i think he will be needed for U21 game so it will have to be Charl
    21 Swanepoel
    22 Vulindlu

    Wanted to give Charl,Mvovo, Vic and Burden a complete break this game but looks like Charl will have to go on the bench

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.10.10 12:00:20 by Fattmann Reply
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  • @Fattmann (Comment 2) : I disagree of course. If it really is a dead game, dare I say I hope the bulls comes through today . . gulp . . then I`d rest the big guns, just like the bulls did earlier this year.

    Rather go with :

    Van Staden, Cooper, Herbst, Skollie Ndlovu, Bresler, Mostert, Rhodes, an under 21 Option, Rory captain, Pretorius, Vulindlu, Swanepoel ( he needs game time), Rudi Keill, Mark Richards and Odwa at Fullback!

    Then have some big guns on the bench just to show them the Magical Mothercity.
    Just don`t leave Rory alone for a second he might not fly back to Dbn!

    Rest our frontline players for the Semi`s I say. We already have massive injury concerns. Don`t risk anyone else! :evil:

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.10.10 12:11:15 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 3) : Problem is U21 are not assured of home semi yet so all the up and coming stars will have to play against province U21.
    I hope our game is a dead game and that WP hammer us so that the cape press can talk them up as the next best thing to sliced bread-like they did after the S14 dead game against the Bulls Only for them to come back down to earth with a bang
    On second thoughts no hammer us but beat us!!!!!!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.10.10 12:17:34 by Fattmann Reply
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  • @Fattmann (Comment 4) :I`m beginning to like that second stringer side I selected within 5 seconds ;-)

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.10.10 12:59:31 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • I am still not sure why Willem Alberts wasn’t rested against the Leopards.

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.10.10 13:06:43 by lostfish Reply
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  • Because Plum can sometimes be very very thick…

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.10.10 13:32:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : :lol:

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.10.10 15:10:17 by chaz Reply

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  • I have been watching Eugene Van Staaden for a couple of weeks now. The man is a monster, the only thing he keeps losing the ball and his ball in hand skills are not up to standard. If he works on that, he could be a possible for the EOYT squad

    Also, any idea how Plum will pick the backline for the semis? Jp is world class, but both Odwa and Mvovo are playing well? With Bismarck coming back, does this mean the end of the road for Kyle Cooper? He did look promising.

    Is Adi JAcobs a real choice at centre for this weekend? he hasnt played for almost a year now, he might be a bit rusty.

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.10.10 11:15:36 by Mocho Reply

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  • @Mocho (Comment 9) : What is good for the Sharks is that all of Beast, Bissie and JPP have played a few matches for us this Currie cup already. It might be a good option to play Adi off the bench this weekend maybe?

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.10.10 16:31:08 by war1 Reply
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  • All in all a good weekend for the Sharks. U19s and U21s on form and in good log positions. Top spot for the main team secured and springboks returning for the province game. Things definately very healthy in sharks country!

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.10.10 19:14:56 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • @RuckingFun (Comment 11) : It’s only our trophy cabinet that might be a bit underfed :smile:

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.10.10 08:51:57 by Jarson Reply
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