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Crusaders end Sharks season


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 25 Jun 2011 at 11:42
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In a match punctuated by as many big hits as errors from both sides, the Crusaders beat the Sharks by 36 points to 8 in Nelson to advance to a Super Rugby Semi-Final showdown against the Stormers. In the final analysis, the Sharks will rue an error-strewn performance that failed to reach the heights of their great win against the Bulls at Loftus last weekend.

South African fans were bemused, confused and infuriated throughout the game by the often bizarre interpretations of Kiwi ref Bryce Lawrence, which saw the Sharks repeatedly penalised for the pettiest of reasons. Despite starting like a house on fire and keeping the home side under huge pressure for the first half hour, the constant tide of penalties, coupled with superb defence from the men in red, conspired to take the Sharks out of the game. Despite scoring the first try to Willem Alberts, after a good break by Charl McLeod and Keegan Daniel, the visitors turned 13-5 down and never recovered, with the Crusaders scoring two more tries in the second half to go with yet another umpteen penalty goals.

An intercept try to Kieran Read after the Sharks tried some silly passing in their own 22 ultimately sealed the result, long before prop Franks scored the third try deep into the gamer’s closing quarter.

The Sharks will rue a lack of accuracy in virtually all that they did, a factor which was no doubt at least partially caused by the travel factor. In the final analysis, though, the Crusaders outplayed them for most of the game and deserved the victory, although I would argue that the final scoreline was somewhat flattering to them.

Crusaders 36 – Try: Sonny Bill Williams, Kieran Read, Ben Franks; Conversions: Dan Carter (2), Matthew Berquist; Penalties: Carter (5)
Sharks 8 – Try: Willem Alberts; Penalty: Pat Lambie



61 Comments

  • Well played in the first half boys..

    Crusaders are a superb team, well done to them!

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.06.11 11:45:29 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Agreed. Crusaders were deserved victors.

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.06.11 11:45:34 by Ben Reply
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  • accurate analysis there well done

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.06.11 11:47:14 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • @RuckingFun (Comment 3) : thanks… I have a bit of practice :)

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.06.11 11:49:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • I’d love to know Bryce’s thoughts on that “dangerous scrum”..

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.06.11 11:51:51 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • One positive from the loss is, the guys will get some much needed rest for the Springbok campaigns as well as our Currie Cup campaign. Hopefully they can sort out our lineouts as well as getting some youngsters through the ranks.

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.06.11 11:51:59 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Rob, Mostert? :)

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.06.11 11:53:05 by Ben Reply
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  • Well done sharks, come home and prepare to defend the CC, you have my support all the way, G0 SHARKS!!!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.06.11 11:53:42 by franshark Reply
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  • Even Justin Marshall and co were perplexed about some of those first half decisions, I wonder if the second half also would of had some interesting decisions had the sharks not imploded and had still been within a sniff of a victory. Oh well I’ll consider the season a success if we retain the currie cup..

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.06.11 11:59:51 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • Very disappointed guys :???: we all know the refs this season have been shocking…but i thought lambie was the only backline player who looked like creating something….he should have started at 10 when he moved from full back the sharks started attacking the gain line…

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.06.11 12:22:03 by Muzi Reply

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  • @Muzi (Comment 10) : and I thought he was average at fullback

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.06.11 12:32:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • wow… Gavin Rich just took a lekker old swipe at me in his match report :) Fair game, I suppose…

    “There were some Sharks fans who blindly followed their hearts, but the Crusaders win was largely anticipated by most people who work in the game and know the massive disadvantage the Sharks were under having to travel to the south island just a week after their bruising encounter against the Bulls. Terms like jetlag and travel fatigue are not the figments of anyone’s imagination, they are realities.”

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.06.11 12:36:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : Lambie in my honest opinion is a classic 5-eights similar to a young aaron mauger it’s his decision making at 10…crisp passing and time he has on the ball that is impressive a gem worth looking after just please please do not mess the kid up like you did with the two prodigies fracois steyn and ruan pienaar. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.06.11 13:00:20 by Muzi Reply

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  • There’s nothing wrong with being positive about the game, Rob, especially after last week’s performance. Gavin Rich is in no position to criticise other people’s opinions considering some of the guff he dishes out.

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.06.11 13:05:08 by Donald Reply

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  • @Donald (Comment 14) : ha ha… thanks for the vote of confidence, Donald.

    I felt I owed it to the boys after writing them off ahead of the Bulls match. No issues with what Gavin wrote… I’m just flattered he read my stuff

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.06.11 13:10:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Muzi (Comment 13) : yes…. this fullback thing was an interesting move that worked well once and failed once… but flyhalf is where his future lies.

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.06.11 13:12:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : the failure today was not on lambie but more on mich, our weak link is Mcleod…. I am not happy with his play and that includes the game against the bulls…
    I feel disappointed now and don’t wanna run down players, we lacked the intensity that we had last week, we have to live with it and look forward, next mission is to defend the CC… We can!!!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.06.11 13:45:11 by franshark Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 17) : You guys will beat us in two weeks time again at kings park :evil:

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.06.11 13:53:19 by Muzi Reply

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  • @franshark (Comment 17) : i don’t agree about Charl I thought he was decent in the last two games. The scoreline was flattering to the Saders I think but at the end I don’t feel terrible about the game. There was some real positives like the counterrucking in the first half.

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.06.11 13:58:29 by Pokkel Reply
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  • If a Kiwi fouls in a forest, and only a ref is around to see it, is it a foul at all?

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.06.11 14:38:17 by Mole Reply

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  • Just want to say hard luck Sharks…..1 st 30 minutes it was game on.

    Have to say it…..that ref really dissapointed….turned the game on its head with some really dubious calls. Got to go with neutral refs or run the risk of tainting the entire competetion.

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.06.11 14:48:56 by grant10 Reply

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  • Afternoon to all

    well at least i’m not the only one that feels like this that dame ref blows and blows for nothing and most of the time it was for scrums no what was he think the stupid ref :oops:

    but the game is over and nothing we can do about sth

    so Sharks at least we can get the ball rolling for the WC 2011 for some and the rest can do thier thing for the CC 2011

    sorry guys i really thought we could make it to the top maybe next time but thanks for a great game at loftus i really enjoyed it to the fullest in the box or what ever you call it

    And congrats Saders next year we will wait,

    but don’t get to used to the win thing the Streamers are going to the fullest to win this comp and i think the whole of SA is behind them so go Stormers go :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.06.11 15:39:09 by chaz Reply

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  • Intercept try killed the sharks-suddenly they were down 8-22.if perhaps lambie couldve put a cross-kick foot pass to mvovo,we might have found our speedster in space.a try from that and the scores might have been tied.if.

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.06.11 15:39:29 by bergshark Reply

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  • I had it wrong the last time,but this time the stormers will beat the saders

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.06.11 15:41:16 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 24) : :mrgreen:

    agree 100%

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.06.11 15:46:00 by chaz Reply

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  • It was always gonna be a tough ask and the boys held their own for the first 30 minutes. A few less kicks, a few less dubious calls and a little more focus and the scoreline may have been closer. Kudos to the Sharks and good luck in the CC! Congrats to the Crusaders – you have a great team but I hope the Stormers klap you really hard in the final.

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.06.11 15:54:37 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 19) : pokkel, he did some good things(especially that line brake), but he do not clear fast enough, he passes on a regular intervals behind the receiver which brake our momentum, and when were on attack in good positions he gets over eager and nocks the balls at base…

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.06.11 15:55:02 by franshark Reply
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  • I think we have to salute the saders, as stef said. With all the going-on’s and happenings in NZ they did great to be in the semis again…

  • Comment 28, posted at 25.06.11 16:00:20 by franshark Reply
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  • @franshark:seems like bryce lawrence also felt sorry for the saders :-|

  • Comment 29, posted at 25.06.11 16:03:28 by bergshark Reply

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  • Bad luck boys, and I say BAD luck because it definitely wasn’t tough luck given some calls.

    That said, the Saders are deserved winners in this match and it would have taken an effort from the Sharks like at Loftus +10% to have toppled the Saders at home today.

    Many of you will believe the Sharks should have given themselves a better opportunity this season and not to sneak in at number 6 on the last weekend.

    You have right to feel aggrieved because I agree with you.

    But also remember the positives.

    Bosman started to find his feet towards the end, McCleod seemed to get back to some 2010 form, Alberts was huge (although tired) throughout the campaign, Daniel again highlighted why he will go down as one of the unluckiest loosies in SA rugby.

    Mvovo and Hargs matured a hell of a lot at this level now I believe, as did Eugene v Staden – if you hang onto Bissie and Jannie, your future looks bright in this department.

    Sharks getting some experience with Joubert joining you and if they bring through a couple of youngsters amongst these senior boys, your future looks very good. Hoffmann (and perhaps the acquisition of the Ebersohns) will add so much value to this team.

    It is small things that need tweaking, and considering where the powerhouse of the last decade find themselves and the amount of work they (Bulls) have in front of them, SA rugby will be controlled by the coastal boys for a couple of years imo.

    Be proud of your team, they did you proud in the end.

    One a final note, goodbye to John Smit, a Sharks legend. Thanks for the memories in Black and White sir!

  • Comment 30, posted at 25.06.11 16:03:33 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morne:do you think the sharks should chase ebersohns?

  • Comment 31, posted at 25.06.11 16:05:28 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 31) :

    Not just that, I don’t think they would need to chase that hard.

    Like the DuP brothers, they seem to travel as a pack, but Robbie Ebersohn is a gem imo. Get him.

  • Comment 32, posted at 25.06.11 16:07:28 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morne:if the bulls lose hougaard to weepee,that would be really bad for them.

  • Comment 33, posted at 25.06.11 16:07:30 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 33) :

    Hougaard is staying at the Bulls, but this lad has his shit cut out now, he now has to step out of the shadow of Fourie and that is not always that easy.

    It is quite easy to be the really talented guy with so much promise in the wings, its when you need to step up that you are really tested – watch this space… ;)

  • Comment 34, posted at 25.06.11 16:09:45 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morne:robert ebersohn has looked really good this season,but will sias be happy to play on the bench(as it looks he would if he joined the sharks now)?plus michalak will be in the mix till next season.personally,I think it is better for sa rugby that ebersohns stay in bloem.unless we can someone manage to sperate the two ebersohns and get robert ;-) .
    How about this:weepee let bulls get sadie and sign after ebersohn twins?what is peter grant’s plans for next season?imagine a centre combo of jdj and re …!

  • Comment 35, posted at 25.06.11 16:15:37 by bergshark Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 34) : i don’t think he’ll better Fourie
    fourie in his own shoe’s is a legend for the bulls
    but time will tell :smile:

  • Comment 36, posted at 25.06.11 16:16:45 by chaz Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 35) : but both will be good i don’t think one will go without the other

  • Comment 37, posted at 25.06.11 16:18:23 by chaz Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 35) :

    Grant is going back to Japan until next Super Rugby season. Sadie contracted to WP, not going anywhere soon but he would be a good buy.

    I’d get the package deal, especially since JLP is simply not good enough, and in Lambie and Sias, you would have two very talented boys.

  • Comment 38, posted at 25.06.11 16:19:58 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morne: bulls also losing a couple of their forward stalwarts(as you will know),so will be interesting to see if their pack will be able to dominate (or rather how long it takes them to do so,with current players under contract)as they have done for long the past decade in both cc and sr.

  • Comment 39, posted at 25.06.11 16:20:02 by bergshark Reply

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  • @Morne:hear what you saying,but feel one of thise talented to fh ( lambie or sias)will inevitably have to play in the other one’s shadow-just don’t know if that is in best interest of sa rugby-would be potentially great to have wto such talented young fh at the sharks,though :-)

  • Comment 40, posted at 25.06.11 16:23:59 by bergshark Reply

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  • What’s wrong with my typing?? @Morne: sorry for the bad spelling.

  • Comment 41, posted at 25.06.11 16:25:53 by bergshark Reply

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  • our teams need to multi-faceted…i didn’t really pick up any change of strategy or guile in the way plum approched the game even considering the not-so-favourable ref. blackadder has his number…

  • Comment 42, posted at 25.06.11 18:17:37 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 42) : yep..:( I think something needs to happen to help PLum step up from Curry Cup to Super Rugby…

  • Comment 43, posted at 25.06.11 19:14:37 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 42) : :mrgreen: frans ludeke has had enough that is why pine pienaar will be the new currie cup coach ludeke tactically was found wanting

  • Comment 44, posted at 25.06.11 22:06:12 by Muzi Reply

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  • @RuckingFun (Comment 9) : that’s why I prefer Kiwi’s commentators than Aussies, at least they say what’s happening on the field instead of trying to cover up bad decisions going in favour of their teams :roll:

    Ya, I think I must look at the video again because from the replies nobody moved in this scrum.

  • Comment 45, posted at 26.06.11 08:45:27 by rekinek Reply
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  • But despite of Bryce’s performance what actually ended Sharks chances IMO was this intercept try. Such a thing is just a killer in a tight game. Plus we knew that because of the travel the last 20 was gonna be difficult and so it happened :sad:

  • Comment 46, posted at 26.06.11 08:47:18 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Muzi (Comment 10) : lambie is very talented but I did not think he had his best game – in fact I thought Freddie was the one trying things.
    Lambie is extremely young and he must take it on a chin but you simply cannot miss penalties in tight games and throw long passes with Kieran Read lurking :lol:

  • Comment 47, posted at 26.06.11 08:50:29 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : so you did manage to jinx them after all :mrgreen:

  • Comment 48, posted at 26.06.11 08:52:13 by rekinek Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 17) : I actually thought that Charl stood up yesterday and had a good game – even Bosman was ok, but his defence still not that great IMO.

  • Comment 49, posted at 26.06.11 08:54:21 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 30) : I think that return of Deysel will take a lot of Alberts’ shoulders. We did rely on him too much.

  • Comment 50, posted at 26.06.11 09:01:48 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 48) : I know! :(

    Need to write them off every week, it seems!

  • Comment 51, posted at 26.06.11 09:04:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 51) : just kidding :razz:
    hey – you’re supposed to be taking today off ;-)

  • Comment 52, posted at 26.06.11 09:08:12 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 49) : good morning, ola..
    I might be very critical on him…

  • Comment 53, posted at 26.06.11 09:13:30 by franshark Reply
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  • What a shitty day to be blogging :(

    I couldn’t even bring myself to watch the game last night. :(

    Instead I raced at Spa in PS3 F1. One step closer to WC for me. :cool:

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 54) : Great game that. Got it on the XBOX though.

    Won the WC in my first season with Virgin Racing. :lol:

  • Comment 55, posted at 26.06.11 12:15:01 by Ben Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 53) : perhaps he lowered my standard because he had some very bad games before .

  • Comment 56, posted at 26.06.11 18:20:10 by rekinek Reply
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  • BTW. Do you guys think that beast will get cited for his dangerous play in the scrum :twisted:

  • Comment 57, posted at 26.06.11 18:20:59 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 57) : hope not :)

  • Comment 58, posted at 26.06.11 18:24:10 by franshark Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 56) : its for me about the importance the nr9 is to the team momentum… More than any other player on the field… he was absolutely brilliant last year, I myself said that he was the best in SA even when fourie was still good

  • Comment 59, posted at 26.06.11 18:33:44 by franshark Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 59) : Ya, he was awesome last year, but then again CC is not Super rugby. I always had Charla as a good reliable scrummy and wanted him to get more chances (be carefull what you wish for :lol: ) but can’t honestly say that I put him in the same class as Fourie and Pienaar. Even Hougaard may top him.
    What I like about him is him being a team player and getting the ball out quickly without trying silly little breaks when they are absolutely not on and I felt this season he was more selfish more often (same thing that used to irritate me about Kockot and which I see in Pretorius). Just my thinking.

  • Comment 60, posted at 26.06.11 18:39:20 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : Why? What makes him so special?

  • Comment 61, posted at 27.06.11 09:08:50 by rhineshark Reply
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