Richard Ferguson

Sharks stay on course with five points


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 20 May 2012 at 15:58
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The Sharks travelled to Bloemfontein to collect five points, and returned to Durban today a reasonably happy team, scoring a five point 34 – 20 win over the Cheetahs, and that without their pivot Pat Lambie, and actually, without ever hitting top gear.

The Sharks scored two tries either side of half time, and what is an unlikely occurrence for the Sharks, all the tries were scored by backline players, as each wing, Fred Michalak and Meyer Bosman got over the chalk. JP Pietersen was the first to cross the white line, with what has to be the easiest try he has ever scored.

The Cheetahs hit back through their captain and a few penalties, and the Sharks needed a lucky bounce and chasing Frenchman to have the scores level at half time, at 14 all. Riaan Viljoen responded to a kick by the Cheetahs, by putting a high ball up, only for flanker van der Walt to completely misjudge it and Michalak pouncing on a very fortunate five pointer.

The second half started well for the Sharks with Mvovo cantering over for the Sharks’ third try, and the Cheetahs hanging on by way of penalties, something the Sharks gave them plenty of. The winger was again involved and set up a great try for Bosman to finish, wrapping up both the bonus point and wrapping up the match at the same time.

The Sharks’ discipline again let them down in the game, with Bismarck du Plessis getting his marching orders for infringing at the breakdown, and Willem Alberts coming very close to a yellow after what looked to me like a tip tackle. The amount of penalties conceded is still a concerning factor, and is something that that Sharks will regret after the Stormers game, unless it is cut down completely

On the positive side, it was good to see Bismarck du Plessis, Anton Bresler (again) and Marcell Coetzee (yet again) stepping up in a big match, and one has to commend Fred Michalak for coming into this game, whether on short notice or not, and still have a decent game, putting the backline on the front foot.

Overall, the Sharks can come home pretty satisfied, knowing that they have successfully completed the task at hand, with little or no injuries to speak of, and can now focus on the next, which is to beat the Stormers at home this coming weekend. A lot of hard work will have to go in to keep improving as a whole, should the team make it into the play-offs and play like they did against the Cheetahs, we will wish we never made the play-offs in the first place.

Scorers:
Cheetahs:
Tries: Adriaan Strauss
Penalties: Riaan Smit (3). Sias Ebersohn (2)

Sharks:
Tries: JP Pietersen, Fred Michalak, Lwazi Mvovo, Meyer Bosman
Conversions: Fred Michalak (4)
Penalties: Fred Michalak (2)



44 Comments

  • Why is Deysel being reduced to 5mins a game? Anyway as for next week, sharks normally decide its its worth playing atleast 2 matches a year so i predict we will beat stormers then probably the bulls. But after that its business as usual.

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.05.12 16:22:52 by cody007 Reply
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  • @cody007 (Comment 1) :

    Probably because the other loose forwards are currently in such great form, that the team cannot risk a drop in intensity..

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.05.12 16:29:39 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Bizzmark needs to sort himself out. He certainly had some fantastic drives/runs with ball in hand….but the first six points down were for penalties he gave away, and another 6 were scored when he was in the bin (not for ruck infringements as the articles suggests, but for a second “shoulder charge)…. does his good work compensate for the number of points per game he gives away?

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.05.12 16:30:20 by zoast Reply

     
  • Our season will be turned around completely if we manage to beat the Stormers and the Bulls. Only then will I start to believe we can go and win this whole thing.

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.05.12 16:32:50 by Ben Reply

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  • @zoast (Comment 3) : its a catch 22 with bissie..he gives away penalties but gives us so much go forward ball..puts other teams under pressure and is a great player to have..if you limit his capabilities we might as well play burden..

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.05.12 16:34:07 by shaniboi Reply

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  • On another note..yesterday was 5 years that the sharks played the bulls in the super 14 final..time flies..

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.05.12 16:35:11 by shaniboi Reply

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  • @zoast (Comment 3) : Dude, Bismarck was a monster, geez probably his best game since the WC last year…
    Yes his yellow was for a “shoulder charge” but that was a shocking call…

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.05.12 16:44:22 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : Rich, Sharks scored 3 tries in the first half and one in the 2nd…

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.05.12 16:48:44 by Franshark Reply
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  • Richard, what determines great form? If being there at ruck time is the measure then fair enough. But how many turnovers have botes and coetzee effected? When deysel was starting he used to do this about 3times a game, sometimes in our own 22 or tryline. How do u feel when we on attack and a pockok steals the ball, pretty demoralizing? Not to mention the bashing it up, but thats just a bonus. His real value is competing for the ball. I have seen him rip the ball out of opposition players in malls for crying out loud! I just cant understand why we dont use him better.

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.05.12 16:49:05 by cody007 Reply

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  • @shaniboi (Comment 6) : ouch :shock:

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.05.12 16:49:53 by Franshark Reply
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  • Am I a misguided, biased Sharks fan, or do Supersport and their commentators seem to treat us (our players, our management and the union in general) with disdain, or at the very least, indifference?

    Maybe it’s their ingrained desire to see an upset, but that game (4 tries to 1) was considered “tight” by the commentators. At half time, the one Cheetahs’ try (which shouldn’t have stood had the assistant referee been looking at the player’s feet) was celebrated, and the three Sharks’ tries treated as an afterthought.

    Wherever we are, home or away, the opposition coach and a chosen (usually out of breath) player are spoken to at half time. Is this a decision on our part not to distract our players with pointless fluff interviews or is it bias? On the subject of interviews; Strauss was given over a minute to talk to the camera – yet Captain KD and Bismarck were given the chance to say the sum total of 8 words each.

    I know all these “issues” are incredibly petty, but it’s becoming a common theme that’s hard not to notice. The overall negativity towards the Sharks on the part of commentators like Joel Stransky and Owen Nkumane is grating. Brosnihan is a moron, Skinstad is a turncoat and Hugh Bladen is a drunk. The only commentators worth listening to are the non-rugby playing types, Andy Capostagno and Brett Proctor.

    Rant over. Fantastic victory for the Sharks :grin:

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.05.12 16:52:02 by MerckZ Reply

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  • I loved this game, the sharks played so well, the Cheetahs is very lucky that the score line flatters them… We were much better than the scoreboard reflects..

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.05.12 16:55:30 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 8) :

    The score was 14 all at half time, so where did we score the third try?

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.05.12 16:57:47 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 13) : 21 – 14 at half time :)

    Pietersen, Michalak and Mvovo all scored within the first 40.

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.05.12 17:00:29 by MerckZ Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 13) : Halftime score was 21 14 to the Sharks. Scored in stoppage time. When Keegan took the tap.

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.05.12 17:02:55 by Ben Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 13) : Mvovo’s try was score with “times up” from a tap just before HT ;)

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.05.12 17:03:32 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 15) : I just watched the game, you happy?

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.05.12 17:08:06 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 17) : With the result yes. But we need to be far more clinical.

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.05.12 17:11:49 by Ben Reply

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  • @Franshark (Comment 17) : I’m even happier about the football! :)

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.05.12 17:13:06 by Ben Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 18) : was so impressed that we did not kick all possession away, Jordaan starting to warm-up in the 13 jersey…

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.05.12 17:14:49 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 19) : the “chelsea” one ;)

  • Comment 21, posted at 20.05.12 17:16:09 by Franshark Reply
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  • I’m just glad we won and the Bulls lost :twisted:

  • Comment 22, posted at 20.05.12 17:16:54 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 20) : Yeah Jordaan had a pretty good game. Impressed me a lot.
    @Franshark (Comment 21) : Yup!

  • Comment 23, posted at 20.05.12 17:20:19 by Ben Reply

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  • @JarsonX (Comment 22) : what a bonus hey :lol:

  • Comment 24, posted at 20.05.12 17:24:40 by Franshark Reply
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  • I think I had my best FL round yet, now if only it was updated so that I can be shocked back into reality :twisted:

  • Comment 25, posted at 20.05.12 17:28:01 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 24) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 20.05.12 17:28:44 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 25) : :)

  • Comment 27, posted at 20.05.12 17:30:57 by Franshark Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 25) : if only Lambi could have played for 30seconds, he was in my FL15 :(

  • Comment 28, posted at 20.05.12 17:32:47 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 28) : I took him out, just in case he didnt play :cool:

  • Comment 29, posted at 20.05.12 17:33:51 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 29) : me too, then decided later to put him back, ja call me genius ;)
    How many tries the Saders scored, 9 or something, I have about 5 Saders in my starting 15, not one of them scored a try… Karma…

  • Comment 30, posted at 20.05.12 17:41:41 by Franshark Reply
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  • A very good performance against our bogey team. Only real concern McLeod’s really rubbish passing and wasting time behind the rucks. Fortunately the Cheetahs did not counter-ruck a lot – otherwise we would have lost a lot of ball.

    Forwards took care of Coenie and Brussouw

    Michalak had a good very game overall – some really brilliant passes mixed with some real ordinary passing.

    One lost lineout OK, but scrums in the last quarter a bit of a concern

    Has rugby changed into tiddlywinks – Albert’s tackle was not a tip tackle of any kind, and to use charge for Bissy’s yellow is a serious over reaction

  • Comment 31, posted at 20.05.12 18:28:53 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • Also great to see the country’s two best hookers going hammer and tongs at each other

  • Comment 32, posted at 20.05.12 18:30:57 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • I did not see the game, so below comments are based on the highlights package on Supersport’s website:

    1) The quality of aforementioned highlights package leaves much to be desired. Of the Sharks’ first try, just about all that is shown is JPP running it in. Of the multiple phases and barnstorming runs preceding JPP scoring (which is the actual portion of interest), nothing. Nada. Zip. Diddly-squat.

    2) Mvovo’s try was a thing of beauty. Say what you want about Keegan Daniel, but the boy has mad skills.

    3) I’m super enthused by the fact that both wings’ tries were scored on the opposite side of the field to their positions; shows that they went looking for work instead of just waiting for the ball.

  • Comment 33, posted at 20.05.12 18:50:34 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Best part of the game was Biz vs ‘the other Strauss’, especially when said conflict resulted in Adrian flat on his ass and Bissie charging over

  • Comment 34, posted at 20.05.12 18:56:36 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 33) : The build-up to JPP’s try was really impressive. About the best team play from the Sharks in a really long time. Bismarck was like a man possessed – swatting Cheetah’s out of his way

  • Comment 35, posted at 20.05.12 19:01:51 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 13) : You went for the refill too quick Rich, was 3 in the first half.. :wink:

  • Comment 36, posted at 20.05.12 19:24:36 by Ice Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 35) : And apparently not worth seeing in the eyes of Supersport… :roll:

  • Comment 37, posted at 20.05.12 19:34:19 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 35) : 100%, a fantastic start reminiscent of the one against Bulls last yr that secured our wildcard entry.
    The pack are really starting to stand-up and be counted, and how good was the Beast. How many injured players need 5plus games to get back to form, not this guy. Pure class!
    Had to laugh at the match report on another ‘reputable’ rugby site, which lamented the soft try that we conceded to the Cheetahs where Smit should really have been tackled into touch. Do those fellas even watch the replays. Yes, he was out by at least a foot!
    That decision added to the linesman’s Du Plessis brainfart for the no-arms tackle that wasn’t, I thought made the game alot closer than it would have been. I thought Kaplan was great, its a shame about the assistants.

    That being said, Cheetahs actually played really well which goes along way to understanding how well we actually played. Definitely on the up, fingers crossed for Sat vs Stormers.

  • Comment 38, posted at 20.05.12 19:37:41 by neilster Reply

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  • I got the MVP bonus in FL :razz: I jumped 39 spots :cool:

  • Comment 39, posted at 20.05.12 19:38:16 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 39) : great way of softening the LMS blow. :wink:

  • Comment 40, posted at 20.05.12 21:37:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 40) : Still only 29th :sad:

  • Comment 41, posted at 21.05.12 07:53:47 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @ KSA Shark, where can I get hold of your profile pic? I would love to p@ss a couple of my friends off.

  • Comment 42, posted at 21.05.12 09:24:18 by Bite me Reply

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  • @Bite me (Comment 42) : email me a reminder to ksashark@shar….ld.co.za and I’ll email you a copy. :)

  • Comment 43, posted at 21.05.12 10:02:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Very proud of the boys and the coaching that has enabled us finally play to our potential. It was great to see the Bressler of 2011, well played big guy. Always great when your tight five delivers and deliver they did. This put the entire team on the front foot. Centres for the first time in ages made us smile. Keep it up boys. Bring on the Stormers, I want them now!! When my boys play this well we end up in the final. I am flippen excited.

  • Comment 44, posted at 21.05.12 10:41:51 by GreatSharksays Reply

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