Sharks win through to Final

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 19 Oct 2013 at 18:58
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The Sharks recorded a convincing 33-22 victory over the Cheetahs in an entertaining Currie Cup semi-final at Kings Park today.

In the final analysis, it was a combination of superb discipline from the hosts – and some lackluster execution and shoddy discipline from the visitors – that saw the spoils go the way they did in a contest where either side scored three tries. The Sharks suffered the early blows – first in losing Beast Mtawarira to a leg strain ahead of the kick-off, then in conceding an early try to the Cheetahs after a silly stab-through from SP Marais rebounded badly. Lappies Labuschagne was the man to profit, his score putting the Cheetahs 7-0 ahead with the game not five minutes old.

With the Sharks forwards competing well, though, the team started to slowly gain momentum, fighting back to 7-6 after Pat Lambie has converted the second of three penalty attempts in opposition territory. The Bok flyhalf came out his shell superbly late in the half, though, with a show-and-go try reminiscent of his great score against Western Province in 2010′s final. In a strong push just ahead of half time, the Sharks added a further penalty to Lambie’s goal, taking a good 16-7 lead into the break. Lambie, despite not quite being on song, had bagged all the points.

Cheetahs resistance after the break was brief. Replacement flyhalf Johan Goosen stroked over a good penalty, before Jacques Botes rolled over for the Sharks’ second after good scrum pressure figured in the build up. 23-10 soon became 26-10 as Cheetahs scrumhalf Piet van Zyl was sinbinned for a trip; enjoying a 16-point cushion with a quarter of the game left, the Sharks were cruising, but found a way to shoot themselves in the foot, as they tend to do. In this incidence, it was a card to Bismarck du Plessis for a reckless stomp that saw them not only reduced to 14 men, but also concede a try to Johann Sadie off the resulting penalty. Goosen’s conversion narrowed the gap to 9 and Cheetahs fans will have sniffed just the slightest hope of a surprise.

It was not to be, though, as SP Marais slipped a beautiful pass to Lwazi Mvovo soon after, who surged upfield to get the Sharks back into the right territory. A few phases later and a huge gap yawned on the left, which replacement centre Heimar Williams needed no second invitation to exploit. Lambie’s conversions took the Sharks to a 33-17 lead, one to which a late consolation score – unconverted – by Cheetahs prop Hond van der Merwe made no meaningful difference.

The Sharks now travel to Newlands to face high-flying Western Province, knowing that nothing short of a 300% improvement on this convincing, but oft sloppy, performance will do.

Sharks (33): Tries Pat Lambie, Jacques Botes, Heimar Williams. Conversions: Lambie (3). Penalties: Lambie (4)
Cheetahs (22): Tries Lappies Labuschage, Johann Sadie, Schalk van der Merwe. Conversions: Riaan Smit, Johan Goosen . Penalty: Goosen


  • Well done Boyz, nou bring daai koppie huistoe!

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.10.13 19:04:13 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • Playing an under cooked Goosen didn’t help the Cheetahs.

    Province will be a different beast next week. Can’t let some of the guys cock around like they did today, Deysel and Marias at times had me scratching my head.

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.10.13 19:13:41 by Talent Reply
    TalentCurrie Cup player
  • Glad Lambie shut the commentary up.

    Sharks started slow, even I struggled to get into the game. Once again Lambie brought the game to life….

    Now it’s really time for us to win a final again. Reaching the final means nothing. We want the CC.

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.10.13 19:14:01 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Talent (Comment 2) : Ja, those kak kicks are burned into my sub-conscious. :roll:

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.10.13 19:15:07 by rhineshark Reply
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  • and….

    Same as next week’s opponents will be far better than the tjietas…..the Sharks should also be a far stronger than the snoiL today, the were clueless.

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.10.13 19:19:20 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @rhineshark (Comment 4) : SP Marais is just one of those players we need to persevere with and hope they come right ,because he looks like an exciting prospect. Adding some Jake to his game will do him the world of good.

    Another observation ,Marcel looked much more comfortable assuming the primary ball carrier role.

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.10.13 19:26:37 by Talent Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 6) : Agree. What I didn’t agree with were the stupid kicks. When players do that it worries me.

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.10.13 19:32:07 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Lions made that mediocre WP team look good. Sharks have it in the bag. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.10.13 19:34:55 by McLovin Reply

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  • Only way Sharks won’t win is if they’re unable to make it to Newlands somehow. :smile:

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.10.13 19:35:44 by McLovin Reply

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  • I thought the ref was more consistent this time around until Piet van Zyl got yellowed for a poorly executed trip. He should have stuck to his guns and awarded a penalty.

    Well done on the win Sharks! Seems our prediction mojo is back R Hayward!

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.10.13 19:36:09 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 10) : Its a catch 22 situation ,you want consistency even if it means making soft calls just because they fall within the parameters of the law. They have to be black and white, nothing else matters :lol: .We don’t want to leave to much up to human judgement, because people will disagree.

    @rhineshark (Comment 7) : Me too ,almost always ended up poorly for us.

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.10.13 19:45:28 by Talent Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 9) : Don’t make me call Jonah Hill to sort you out!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.10.13 19:47:02 by Talent Reply
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  • Does anyone in Durban still watch rugby except for a couple of diehards? John Smit has a huge job to get the support back

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.10.13 19:51:27 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 11) : Sharks fans would have been livid on a rubbish call like that one and rightly so. This guy should not be reffing semis. He’s simply not there yet.

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.10.13 19:52:24 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 14) : You could see he didn’t really want to give the card ,but on advice from the TMO he had to. Unlike Joubert ,Kaplan or Lawrence he doesn’t have the balls to go against what they have to say.

    I don’t like it ,and I agree it was soft ,but if it falls within the parameters of the law ,severity shouldn’t be taken into consideration; was it a trip ?yes =card.

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.10.13 20:11:19 by Talent Reply
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  • Trip … 5 meters fron the line will be a yellow 3 out of 4 times …

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.10.13 20:43:17 by byron Reply

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  • @Talent (Comment 15) : You have to arguebthat both ways then. Bissy’s brain explosion should be a red in that case.

    @byron (Comment 16) : Attempted trip. Let’s not give van Zyl credit he hasn’t earned.

    Point is folks, this ref is still to easily swayed and it shows. Same problem at Loftus. He has no business reffing a match of this importance. The Sharks would have beaten the Cheetahs regardless of the yellow. That card simply strengthend the Cheetah’s resolve to get back into the game (and shows that Benjamin could perhaps make a pretty decent scrummy)

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.10.13 22:21:24 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Glad we got the win. Pat Lambie sure found some form. Gonna be one heck of a final next week!!
    @Bokhoring (Comment 13) : Yeah I agree the support really was poor, but kuddos to the die hards who went out and supported the boys!!

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.10.13 22:21:41 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • Is it a surprise we did better once Botes cam on??? NOOOOO!!!
    (not that I dont rate Deysel as a blindside) BUT the loosies that finished that game are far more balanced. if that trio or Botes/Deysel/Daniel trio doesnt start next week we will not win.
    Also if Bissie gets suspended We also wont win, he our best fetcher

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.10.13 03:16:30 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • Oh and BIsmarck once again showed why he should never go anywhere near the captains armband

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.10.13 03:20:54 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • Well done boys, very happy about the win. Our guys did well to control themselves against those dirty Cheetahs that were diving off their feet into every ruck. We need to improve our speed to rucks and ensure that we run towards our support, it’s the only way to nullify Duane’s and Fourie’s poaching influence on the game. Happy that we are starting to put in big hits again, that’s how the Sharks defend and that’s how we instil fear into our opponents. Hope Alberts will be ready?

  • Comment 21, posted at 20.10.13 05:50:34 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • Also need to work on our territory game, Cheetahs had us playing rugby in our half in the first 40 minutes.

  • Comment 22, posted at 20.10.13 06:37:18 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • Those Cheetahs were flippen dirty, why did that pr!ck play Bismarck when the ruck was 5 metres away. It was clearly a tactic they had planned to execute. Agree though, Bismarck should have showed more control. Don’t think it deserves a match suspension though.

  • Comment 23, posted at 20.10.13 07:10:20 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • The Cheetah’s played what they could get away with, to win. It did’nt work but Bismark should by now be mature enough to not retaliate. His increasing yellow cards for ill discipline and his antics when subbed (considered humorous by some) are going to come back and bite him. Jake White runs a tight ship – heads are going to bump.

  • Comment 24, posted at 20.10.13 08:39:40 by Caratacus Reply

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  • How impressive were Herbst and Chadwick!? Not sure if Coenie and Trevor were expecting that from them.

    Marcel just continues to impress and building on his abilities. Was awesome too see how pumped up he was when he took up Deysels ball carrying role.

  • Comment 25, posted at 20.10.13 10:53:40 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Hey guys I am back flippie’s the name, I am not here for any trouble rob, promise you that, so please don’t banned me again, I want to apologize for my bad behaviour it was stupid of me but I am here to saw something, I thought about it always when I say something against the sharks like cheetahs going to win with 150 points the sharks won, soo I just going to jinx it again and say Wp going to win with 200 points, soo I hope the sharks get lucky again and my predictions is wrong like always on superbru, guess what my winning % is 0.00.. I haven’t had one game correct this year soo far so let’s hope my jinx will still stand in the last week of currie cup.. Cheers mates and I am really sorry if I sed stuff that was wrong I apologize from the bottom of my heart cheers guys

  • Comment 26, posted at 20.10.13 11:35:41 by Robot Back Reply

  • why is there no rugby crowd left in Durban? It’s embarrassing.

  • Comment 27, posted at 20.10.13 11:41:02 by Feather Reply

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  • Some thoughts on the game:

    Ludick defended like a monster, made some great tackles that pushed the opposing player back;
    Really impressed with Chadwick for stepping up to the plate when needed;
    Odwa was really solid and did everything expected of him;
    I really rate Deysel for his go-forward and physicality, but Jacque Botes made a huge difference when he came on. Maybe Deysel is just too predictable and tends to die with the ball.

    After yesterday’s showing I am cautiously optimistic about next weekend’s game.

  • Comment 28, posted at 20.10.13 12:32:28 by jonnow Reply

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  • @Robot Back (Comment 26) :

  • Comment 29, posted at 20.10.13 16:14:42 by Talent Reply
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  • is it true that bizzie was cited for that ridiculous tap-dance???

    this might prove costly :sad:

  • Comment 30, posted at 20.10.13 18:34:00 by capesharks Reply

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  • Bissy cited…if he gets a suspension Botes becomes a crucial player….must start.

  • Comment 31, posted at 20.10.13 19:50:14 by grant10 Reply

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  • @capesharks (Comment 30) : Yes joke of the year. Bissie gets cited, but Scarra Ntubeni not for drilling Robert de Bruins head in2 the ground and Duanne Vermeulen not for pushing his arm in Derrick Minnies face

  • Comment 32, posted at 20.10.13 20:37:27 by Mutley Reply
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  • It beats me how certain teams get a completely different set of rules. Everybody i know support the hoolahoops as i live in cape town. I hope ons trap hulle saterdag…hehehe. can somebody please tackle fourie into hospital??? Lol

  • Comment 33, posted at 20.10.13 20:50:22 by capesharks Reply

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  • Oh yes…Botes a must start if bissy is taking a vacation. Lol

    Ludik really impressed. Had a cracker defensively. We gona be up against it come saturday.

    like climbing Tafelberg in a wheelchair. Lol

    tough…but can be done. Hehehe

  • Comment 34, posted at 20.10.13 20:54:03 by capesharks Reply

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  • Are we expecting Beast back this week?

  • Comment 35, posted at 20.10.13 21:00:09 by David12246 Reply

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  • Anyone pick up whether kyle Cooper left the field due to injury, or was it just that Bissie came back after serving his 10 minutes for the yellow?

    Imagine Bissie gets suspended for a week and Kyle is out injured, leaves us with Monde Hadebe to start in the final.

    Won’t that be fun?

  • Comment 36, posted at 20.10.13 22:38:52 by jonnow Reply

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  • that’s absolutely gr8! :lol:

  • Comment 37, posted at 20.10.13 22:56:24 by capesharks Reply

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  • Beast, Jannie and Bissie will be crucial in my opinion!!! :x

    Willem, we wont miss that much…? :???:

  • Comment 38, posted at 21.10.13 07:55:53 by SharksRTB Reply

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