Sharks in control with one round left

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 7 Oct 2012 at 14:32
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In a result that catapulted them back to the top of the Currie Cup log, the Sharks scored a 37-30, bonus-point win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein last night. The result sews up a home semi-final for the men from Durban (for the 6th year in succession) and ensures that even a few points against Griquas in Durban on Friday night will see them win the right to host the final, should they progress that far.

Not that Saturday’s result was a particularly easily-won one; the Sharks looked lethargic for large parts of the game and failed to live up to their defensive heroics against the Bulls a week earlier, falling off tackles against the hard-running Cheetahs and slumping to an early 0-10 deficit, with on fire Cheetahs winger Raymond Rhule scoring the first try. A little more fire in the belly in the second quarter saw them string together a few better phases and right wing Odwa Ndungne, staring down the barrel of bench relegation when the Boks return next week, made it as hard as he possibly could for the coaches to drop him by scoring two great tries before half time.

The first score came after some great interplay with JP Pietersen, while the second came on the opposite side, after a tap penalty saw the ball spun through numerous sets of hands. In that case, Tim Whitehead gave the scoring pass to a flying Ndungane, who cut inside to put the Sharks ahead. Leading 15-10 at the break, the Sharks put daylight between themselves and their hosts shortly after half time, with Paul Jordaan’s pace turning a seemingly-innocuous Keegan Daniel chip into a stunning try in the 42nd minute.

Meyer Bosman’s conversion saw the Sharks in control at 22-10 up, but one of their famous “sleepy periods” thereafter allowed the hosts to claw their way back to 23-25, with a try to Sarel Pretorius and a few good kicks from Nico Scheepers eating away at the deficit. Another purple patch just before the end, though, saw Jaques Botes driven over for the bonus point try, before hooker Kyle Cooper added a fifth, for good measure, after a great charge downfield from substitute prop Allan Dell. At 37-23, a real hiding was on the cards, but for that man Rhule who managed to cross for a second in the final minutes of the game to give his side a valuable bonus point. That score, which brought the Cheetahs within seven points, lifts them off the foot of the log – and above the Bulls on points difference – but there will be all to play for next week, with any of the Cheetahs, Bulls, Griquas and Western Province still in danger of a last-place finish.

For the Sharks, though, it’s a job well done and one feels that on a Bloemfontein evening when so much could have gone wrong, the team did fantastically to secure a bonus point win that has put their destiny in this competition very firmly back in their own hands.

The challenge now, of course, is for that metaphorical ball not to be dropped, as it has been on so many occasions in the past.

Cheetahs (30): Tries Raymond Rhule (2), Sarel Pretorius. Conversions Nico Shceepers (3). Penalties Scheepers (3).
Sharks (37): Tries Odwa Ndungane (2), Paul Jordaan, Jacques Botes, Kyle Cooper. Conversions Meyer Bosman (3). Penalties Bosman (3).


  • Gotta love Chadwick’s commitment on defense….. :roll:

    I sure would love to see much more of Alan Dell.

    All in all pretty happy with what the 21 man squad achieved ;-)

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.10.12 15:16:47 by FireTheLooser Reply
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  • Alan Dell, wow! Talk about taking your opportunity! Please can we fast track him into the senior side?

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.10.12 16:02:57 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Allan Dell, it’s a pity the Boks return will mean that he’ll go back to u21 duty, he was pretty happy with the debut, pity he could show his prowess in the scrum.

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.10.12 16:28:10 by Ludz Reply

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  • Are we in control or just leading the log? If we don’t win this weekend and the Lions win we could end up 2nd on the log. Should we then make it to the final it would mean an away game. After last year’s final I’m not too convinced I want to play away from home.

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.10.12 17:22:43 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • So the Sharks will beat the Bulls in Durban and the Lions will beat WP in Joburg in the semies, then the Lions will beat the Sharks in Durban for the Currie Cup. At least that is my wish

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.10.12 18:04:37 by Mutley Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 4) : relax, G…. we’re playing Griquas in Durban.

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.10.12 18:32:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ndungne bro’s had good weekend. Odwa this seasons MVP.McLeod performed- good to see presure ups their game! Just 1 real slip – gap opened by Rhule bit well played boys!

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.10.12 20:09:17 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Don’t question my selections again. 3 from 3 and my 4th GSP. :wink: :razz:

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.10.12 20:17:04 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Just hope Sharks can win on Friday, would be nice to have play-off game at home after the journey around the world during super 15 play-offs.

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.10.12 20:58:35 by JD Reply
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  • A win is a win against the Cheetahs, no use crying over spilled milk like that final Rhule try… :smile: Bonus point win on the high vled where we have sttruggled in this year’s Currie Cup, well done boys!! :razz:

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.10.12 21:49:06 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • Geezz Jason Jafta makes stuff up as the gamne goes along!! What a clutchplate game for him while Andy capapubertymouth babbles on about kak! Supersport start getting youngsters in please!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.10.12 21:53:10 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Odwa outclassed Rhule as Andy is growswrm and fuzzy. Check out Jordaans try!

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.10.12 21:54:57 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Rate Cooper hope to see more of him in cc now!

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.10.12 21:56:35 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Ok which Boks can play CC now and which can’t?

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.10.12 22:07:08 by Ben Reply
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  • Odwa had a huge game, hope he plays on Friday. For a so called slow wing Odwa was almost next too the super fast Jordaan when he scored.

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.10.12 22:50:27 by JD Reply
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  • Ben going on meyer’s mindset think he will not release Lambie to play as he must rest for the end of year tour.

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.10.12 22:54:49 by JD Reply
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  • I have to say that I have enjoyed the Currie Cup in this format although 6 teams narrowing down to 4 is a bit crazy. Every game has been interesting calling the results has often been difficult, which is good. The log positions have changed week by week and we’ve seen some interesting talent coming through to replace the Springboks and the injured players. How do we get the fans back to the stadiums, though? It is sad to see practically empty stadiums like the one that “watched” the Cheetahs v Sharks on Saturday!

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.10.12 05:22:06 by MikeSebMatt Reply

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  • @MikeSebMatt (Comment 17) : surely event organisers and stadium management could reduce costs of ticket sales and do more branding towards game day?buy one get one free? Hand outs..

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.10.12 07:03:01 by shaniboi Reply

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  • @MikeSebMatt (Comment 17) : Agree with all the points you raised. The Currie Cup’s been really entertaining this year and yet no bums on seats? Is it a pricing issue, an accessibility issue or are stadiums just not family friendly enough?

    Anyway, well done Sharks! Cheetahs punching well above their weight with their depleted stocks which is always what we want to see in a Currie Cup.

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.10.12 09:04:57 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Hope Beast plays this weekend with Herbst or Dell on the bench. Chadwick must be reserve waterboy

  • Comment 20, posted at 08.10.12 09:12:23 by KingRiaan Reply

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