Richard Ferguson

Fantastic Fred wins it for Sharks


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, WP on 13 Aug 2011 at 09:25
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The Sharks overcame the Western Province in a cold and wet Friday night encounter, which as can be expected from playing in the rain, resulted in a pretty low scoring game. It was these unfortunate weather conditions that brought the best out of Sharks flyhalf Fred Michalak, who not for the first time this season, played a significant role in the Sharks victory.

The French maestro showed his class in kicking four penalties and three drop goals, not missing any attempt at goal, and in so doing keeping the Sharks in the hunt in the top half of the log.

The game started well for the Sharks, who were first to score through a Michalak penalty, set up by some good work by the forwards who were dominating at scrum time. Demetri Catrakilis had the opportunity to hit back a few minutes later, but missed a crucial kick from right in front. It took Province until the 30th minute to score, with Catrakilis making up for the miss with a drop goal, the first of four on the night.

Michalak got the scorers working again with a penalty to restore the three point lead for the Sharks, only for the him to kick a drop goal minutes before half time to stretch the lead to six. This continued after half time with two more drops from Fred to take the lead to nine points before Province scored points again. And they did this through a try from Brock Harris, the only try on the night, which was converted by Catrakilis, who had found his kicking boots.

The game then reverted back to penalties being exchanged, with Province even taking the lead in the 70th minute, but the Sharks were composed and took the points as they were available and eventually won the game by just two points.

Although it was a wet game and only one try was scored, the game was entertaining, except for a few frustrating calls by the rookie ref, who seemed clueless at the breakdown and at scrum time, penalizing the Sharks front row more times than they care to remember.

The forwards showed great work rate, and the entire team can be proud of themselves for the great defensive effort that was shown. There weren’t a lot of missed tackles from the Sharks, something we have become accustomed to, and it is refreshing to know that this is an area where the Sharks worked on it at the training ground.

As for the backline, not much ball went past the hands of Michalak at flyhalf, and Lambie was surprisingly not seen in the flyhalf channel too often, but on defence they shone with Lambie and Terblanche in particular tackling like I have not seen before. The back three were good under the bombs that Catrakilis and Jantjies dropped on them, and will have to wait for a dry game to show some running abaility.

All in all, the Sharks came away with a deserved four points, and will hopefully take this momentum into the next game against the Lions, which could see us battling them for top spot on the log, depending on how tonight’s game goes.



44 Comments

  • This was a very good result considering the circumstances. Well done Sharks.

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.08.11 09:38:58 by JarsonX Reply
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  • I actually thoroughly enjoyed the game, witn exception of the refereeing. And if we lost, it might have been the first time that I would have blamed a ref – at least partially.

    With only 4 missed tackles the defence was outstanding. Marcell was a monster and is improving and making his mark more and more with each game.

    Well done Sharks! Fantastic showing in very difficult circumstances!

    Monsieur le Drop…Jou DORING!

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.08.11 09:45:06 by Ice Reply
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  • Oh ja, and Hoffmann het my hare laat rys! :evil: What was he thinking with all those kicks? I think he passed ONCE!

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.08.11 09:50:10 by Ice Reply
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  • And people this is exactly why we bought Fred.

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.08.11 09:59:56 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • Fred was fantastic last night. I am not sure how Lievremont can leave him out of the French team.

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.08.11 10:03:35 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 5) : Jip

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.08.11 10:10:19 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • Muzi said on the bulls blog that Naas Botha is the best 10 SA has ever had,because he had everything.

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.08.11 10:11:37 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @Honey Badger (Comment 4) : and for looks of course for KSA and the ladies :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.08.11 10:16:41 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 3) : if he passed once I missed it…

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.08.11 10:28:16 by Franshark Reply
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  • Yes Mich was very good, composed within weather he is more accustom to than any of the other players on the field, his way of calming the youngsters and even some of the more experienced campaigners…

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.08.11 10:32:58 by Franshark Reply
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  • The ref was absolutely clueless when it came to the scums…
    And he was the only reason Problems where in the game..
    Sharks played a very good game in this weather conditions…

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.08.11 10:35:10 by Franshark Reply
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  • That damn ref. :roll:

    Screwed WP over time & time again. ;-) :razz:

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.08.11 11:00:43 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 12) : only giving them penalty’s and not penalty tries ;) … You did not pay enough :)

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.08.11 11:10:56 by Franshark Reply
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  • I thought the Sharks were fantastic defensively, displayed excellent tactical appreciation of the conditions, and showed a lot of composure. The 2 point margin feels as if it’s not a true reflection of the game.

    However, my happiness at the win is tempered somewhat by the knowledge that this was mostly a Stormers B/C team, certainly more so than for the Sharks. So hats off to the Capetonians for almost sneaking the win towards the end.

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.08.11 11:26:39 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 13) : So it`s DHL`s fault wp lost? :twisted:

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.08.11 11:28:10 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Their flyhalf is awsome, he is a great asset for them…

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.08.11 11:33:29 by Franshark Reply
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  • Agree McLovin. That ref was clueless. He gifted the Sharks the game with his ridiculous decisions, especially at the scrums! :twisted:

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.08.11 11:34:00 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 17) : :lol:

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.08.11 11:38:29 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Culling Song
    Thanks dude. The lads showed real character considering the ‘big name’ players they were up against.

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.08.11 11:38:51 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 17) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.08.11 11:39:57 by McLovin Reply

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  • Obviously Michalak would thrive in the conditions of last nights game – he comes from France for crying out loud!!!

    Pity I missed this game, I’ve only watched one Currie Cup match this whole year which is simply unacceptable… when will there be a 5pm Saturday Shark’s Currie Cup game again as that is the only time I can watch it for sure???

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.08.11 11:41:36 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 19) : If I were a Stormers fan, I’d be super-psyched for the future; seriously, Catrikilis is like, what, your 17th choice flyhalf!? Bright future for that one.

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.08.11 11:43:25 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Every kind of score you can get in a rugby match was scored in this match!

    Can anyone elaborate on Lambie’s performance at 12? Everyone says defence was great but that is about it.

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.08.11 12:10:28 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • Ja ok, the sharks only lost.. What 2 players to national duty and province 33 :shock: and we are hammering the old slow stock to be exchanged by new blood… :confused: the sharks youngsters did excellent last night… We played to the conditions and with great composure(I’ve said that already) SHARKS ROCK!!!

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.08.11 12:13:54 by Franshark Reply
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  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 23) : Michalak controlled the game a lot so there was no need for too much from Lambi, his contributions was good but defense was an big up as this was needed on the day…
    If the conditions was better I’m sure he would have had a bigger influence than last night…

  • Comment 25, posted at 13.08.11 12:23:26 by Franshark Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 8) : :) :lol:

  • Comment 26, posted at 13.08.11 12:29:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 12) : screwed both teams over and again. :( Heaven only knows why they insist on using young inexperienced guys in important games.

  • Comment 27, posted at 13.08.11 12:32:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Wet weather nullified a player like sadie a bit I think.but it was the same for both backlines.
    If weepee had started with liebenberg at hooker,might have been bit more difficult for sharks.his extra bulk did have an influence on weepee fwds coming back into the game in the second half.
    Can’t agree with slating hoffman for a perceived lack of passing.when he came on it was a case of keeping it tight and grinding out the hard yards,not spilling the ball.putting the ball in the air(high kicks),good chase and either regaining possession or dominating the tackle and ruck to create either t/o ball or a pen(opp holding on,coming in from the side at ruck).
    Actually think jantjes kicked ball outon the full at the restart after michalak’s kick to put sharks into 21_19 lead.hoping for a midfield scrum,another pen and catrikilis for the kick at goal.but well done to chadwick for standing strong in that scrum.that showed some bmt!was a very,very crucial scrum-n the end,the most crucial scrum of the evening.

  • Comment 28, posted at 13.08.11 13:09:17 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 28) : Kicking the ball away is not keeping it tight. When he came on the rain had stopped.

    Keeping it tight would have been pick and drives or attacking channel 1 repeatedly and recycling it.

  • Comment 29, posted at 13.08.11 13:35:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Kicking the ball away?? Read what I wrote…

  • Comment 30, posted at 13.08.11 13:37:35 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 30) : I read what you wrote. :) The thing is he DID kick the ball away even if his intention was to not kick it away.

  • Comment 31, posted at 13.08.11 13:41:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Conveniently forget to mention the part I wrote bout grinding out the yards and keeping it tight (evil)

  • Comment 32, posted at 13.08.11 13:41:39 by bergshark Reply

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  • Better kick chase was needed ;-)

  • Comment 33, posted at 13.08.11 13:43:05 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 28) :

    kicking the ball doesn’t really go with keeping it tight and grinding out the hard yards in my opinion.

    I agree we had to keep it tight.

  • Comment 34, posted at 13.08.11 13:45:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Put the ball in the air in the 5 m tramlines opp 22m,having a good chase.isolate the winger,hoping to turn him so he has to catch ball coming over his shoulder.get the chaser there,one go going for the ball and another player or two,to tackle opp winger into touch.or there to scoop up spilled ball.or being there to play the ball and getting pen for holding on or his support players entering from the side at ruck.

  • Comment 35, posted at 13.08.11 13:50:03 by bergshark Reply

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  • We should in my mind have been awarded a pen in last 2 min.weepee def looked off side.

  • Comment 36, posted at 13.08.11 13:52:11 by bergshark Reply

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  • Hoffman’s first game back after a long lay-off,so I’m gonna cut him some slack on the execution of some of the kicks.:-)

  • Comment 37, posted at 13.08.11 13:53:45 by bergshark Reply

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  • When is test match thread coming up?

  • Comment 38, posted at 13.08.11 13:58:01 by bergshark Reply

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  • I was surprised by plum ringing the changes in the last few minute’s in a tight affair like this…

  • Comment 39, posted at 13.08.11 14:09:17 by Franshark Reply
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  • Especially swopping scrummies..was macleod injured?seems like that was only change in the backs.

  • Comment 40, posted at 13.08.11 14:13:40 by bergshark Reply

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  • Thought Ross Skeate had his best game for the Sharks. Some big hits, a lot of clean outs and with a little more pace he could have had an awesome try!!

    Defence has improved, but our dicipline also needs a big step up. With Lambie to join the boks for the world cup, we need Bosman to step up. Thought the Super 15 front row of the Stormers was giving a good work out by our youngsters.

  • Comment 41, posted at 13.08.11 14:42:30 by Gaff Reply

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  • Glad we finally managed to beat province this year! Go Bokke, make it a double win for the weekend.

  • Comment 42, posted at 13.08.11 14:44:27 by Gaff Reply

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  • @Gaff: some extra pace and a nice side-step also ;-) .ross skeate was massive last night.def was amped at playing at newlands this time.

  • Comment 43, posted at 13.08.11 14:52:36 by bergshark Reply

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  • Stef was fab on defence I thought.

  • Comment 44, posted at 13.08.11 14:54:04 by bergshark Reply

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