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Mvovo’s magic breaks Ellis Park hoodoo


Written by Martin van Niekerk (vanmartin)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 12 Apr 2014 at 22:17

A game marking Odwa’s 100th Super Rugby appearence almost started succumbing to the curse of milestone player achievements combined with the Sharks past struggles at Ellis Park.

A beautiful try from Mvovo late in the second-half proved enough though to seal victory for the Sharks and provide them with their first away win of the season. In the process also denying the Lions a bonus point.

Although both teams were guilty of inaccuracies in general and set-piece play the Sharks managed to maintain a the lead throughout the game. An impressive defensive effort from the Lions ensured that they remained in contention well into the final quarter of play.

As in previous outings the Lions made good use of this defense to get under the opposition’s skin which soon lead to Jannie du Plessis being yellowed in the 18th minute for an off the ball should on Lionel Mapoe.
To add injury to insult Fred Zeilinga would also leave the field during this time with what looked like a troublesome hamstring injury.

The Sharks have their first away win but also have a lot to reflect on after tonight with impatience on attack, lacklustre support play at our breakdowns, inconsistent set-pieces and a penchant for burning through flyhalves during away games all areas of concern.

There is however also light at the end of the tunnel with stolen lineouts and pilfered balls ensuring that any promising Lions attack play was nullified before it could be coverted to points. Jake White will also take heart in the performances of his back three and Sithole tonight.

Scores:
Lions 12. Penalties: Boshoff (4).
Sharks 25. Try: Mvovo. Conversion: Steyn. Penalties: Zeilinga (2), Steyn (4).



40 Comments

  • Sharks defence was excellent. One or two missed tackles but the cover defence sorted that out quickly. Now they must just get their finishing up to standard and they’ll be golden.

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.04.14 22:26:57 by JD Reply
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  • Only one SA team near the top of the log and two at the bottom. Suddenly this year it seems as if the SA conference is the weak one and not the Ozzies.

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.04.14 22:29:19 by JD Reply
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  • ‘To add injury to insult…”. Classic! :grin: :cool:

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.04.14 22:29:37 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 3) : just tell me who insulted Fred?!?!?! I’ll sort them out!!!! ;-P

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.04.14 22:36:30 by JD Reply
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  • Mapoe really rubbed the du Plessis brothers the wrong way tonight. He should have been a scrumhalf :)

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.04.14 22:55:39 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I thought the ref was of the mark in this game, he made some pretty peculiar calls – both ways.

    What I liked from the Sharks in this game, was the opportunities we created, not many of those in previous games. We just need to work on finishing and capatalise on the pressure we put on teams. If you’re dominating in all other facets of the game you have to trust that scoring will follow. I felt like we got frustrated with not scoring earlier and the mistakes followed.

    Really happy to come away with the 4 points though and so proud of our away support.

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.04.14 23:36:35 by Letgo Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 5) : brothers Grimm need to concentrate on their game and forget the opposition.

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.04.14 23:39:13 by JD Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 6) : I fully agree with you, Sharks must start to finish but glad we got the points.

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.04.14 23:43:22 by JD Reply
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  • Sharks need to become more accurate on attack…between The entire back 3/4 line made the breaks or created them, with Mvovo and Sithole particularly effective, but we find ways to ruin those breaks.

    - Jannie needs to take a seat (even if Mapoe had the ball it was still a shoulder charge, albeit a relatively light one)
    - Bismarck needs to stop whinging
    - Kankowski needs to start running

    And finally I believe the hype on Frans Steyn at 10 is still not warranted (see Mark Keohane article). How many times did he (and he always does at 10) throw the massive skip pass that negates all our attacking momentum…he needs to keep it simple to be effective at 10. (simple doesn’t mean boring either) – But his kicking certainly has improved!!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.04.14 03:12:04 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • I don’t place any value in what Mark Keohane writes or says. Steyn is having a great season and his kicking ability has added a weapon to the Sharks quiver that is mostly unchallengeable by other teams. Our backline is probably the most exciting in the competition right now and when it starts firing on all 6 cylinders it’s going to be devastating.

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.04.14 05:24:20 by Caratacus Reply

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  • @Caratacus (Comment 10) : our backline is the most exciting??? Well I do believe we have an exciting back line, how did you come by the conclusion that we are the best?? I don’t recall us racking in the tries in recent times…not clinical YET

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.04.14 05:37:45 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • Not to be negative or moan. But th Sharks still need to GEL. Most of our games have not been simply above average. We must hit our top form ontour. Then we go all the way! Can’t wait for the backline to really gel. We gonna make amok against any team!

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.04.14 07:05:55 by Shark Overide Reply

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  • @pienaar111 (Comment 9) : Did you notice what Fred did at the start of the game…..every time with every backline move he went for the massive skip pass.

    Very different from what we did against the Tahs, isn’t it? Which to me indicates that the Sharks actually adjusts their gameplan to expose certain vulnerabilities of the opposition.

    Steyn would probably not have been afforded much time at ten in training, so would have been a few steps behind Fred with execution.

    Bit harsh to judge a 12 for his execution at 10…give him one week of training for that position and then judge him.

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.04.14 07:50:33 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Nice heading :cool:

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.04.14 07:58:38 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 7) : Brothers Grimm, I like that! :)

    @Son Of Mayhem (Comment 14) : Thanks bud!

    Apologies for the spelling mistakes in the articlr. I was all hopped up on cold medication last night.

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.04.14 08:32:45 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Nice one van – you’re the man!

    I reckon some okes need to buy some perspective. The Lions always pitch up for derbies. Getting the 4 was a good result – denying them a BP even better. With the Sharks so far ahead in the SA conference, all the local teams will pitch up for or games like they are knock – outs.

    Let’s stop for a moment and appreciate Frans at 10. Is there another 12 in world rugby who could have slowed in as smoothly as he did in such a game? I know the skip passes were sometimes over done, but can we give credit for the ones that allowed the likes of Sbura to run amok?

    Hope we carry this momentum forward onto the tour too – we know how to win away from home.

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.04.14 08:58:19 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 16) : Could’nt agree more! Any one know how serious Fred’s injury is???

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.04.14 09:03:45 by R Hayward Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 15) : nice piece boet, cold medicine and all. As for the brothers Grimm, can’t take credit for that, someone else on Sharksworld came up with it just can’t remember who. But it sure does fit them.

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.04.14 09:27:58 by JD Reply
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  • @R Hayward (Comment 17) : Jake reckons he may be out for 3 – 4 weeks but that’s probably a guess based on an initial assessment. We’ll need to wait for official confirmation next week once a more comprehensive medical assessment has been performed.

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.04.14 10:12:07 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 19) : I think Tim Swiel will have to step up as Steyns backup, probablt till after the tour and Jake will now have to think of another option in case of more injuries. Lets hope it does not come to that though.

    I’m thinking someswhwre along the line we’re going to have to give Steyn a break too. Now maybe only when Zeilinga is back.

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.04.14 12:37:06 by Letgo Reply
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  • I must say, Mvovo and Sithole were great, JP didn’t catch my eye though,thought he was rather quiet, is it just me , did I miss something? :oops:

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.04.14 13:10:25 by Quintin Reply

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  • I think JP was brilliant in his support play and knowing when to avoid being taken into touch by heading infield and keeping the ball alive-sbura and mvovo were brilliant and Marcell is a shoe in for a bok starting berth if it was up to me

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.04.14 13:33:35 by Bok-Clyde-Kiwi Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 13) : To be fair I will give him time if they keep him there….but he has played 10 many times throughout his career and has never CONSISTENTLY delivered in that spot!!!

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.04.14 13:46:04 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • @pienaar111 (Comment 23) : If memory serves me, he was known for being utter rubbish as a 10, costing the Sharks many a game….so he’s definitely improved :lol:

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.04.14 16:48:39 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 20) : Rugby is a funny game isn’t it? If Rob du Preez was still with us I reckon there’s a chance that he may have made our tour squad.

    @Quintin (Comment 21) : As Clyde below you mentioned, he played a big role in keep the ball alive and bringing Sbu and Lwazi into the game. Great interplay between Sithole and the back three.

    @Bok-Clyde-Kiwi (Comment 22) : Johan Ackermann sang Marcell’s praises in the post-match. He was very impressed with his work at the breakdowns.

  • Comment 25, posted at 13.04.14 19:26:13 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 25) : Marcell’s been huge this year. Back line also playing well, way better than the last couple of years.

  • Comment 26, posted at 13.04.14 20:44:00 by JD Reply
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  • At the current rate of losing a flyhalf per away game…and given that we play 8 away games…who is number 9 in the pecking order of flyhalves in the province? He (or she!) will have to play in the knock out phase!!

  • Comment 27, posted at 13.04.14 20:50:12 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 27) : hahaha at that rate Sharks would burn through most of the club fly halves in KZN, but hopefully it will not be that bad and between Steyn and Swiel Sharks will be ok until Fred is back.

  • Comment 28, posted at 13.04.14 21:00:39 by JD Reply
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  • New week new challenge, come on Sharks five point from the Cheetahs will do nicely! !!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 29, posted at 14.04.14 07:20:20 by JD Reply
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  • Our lack of scoring tries borders on Stormers territory. Our defence has been good but it doesnt win you a trophy.

  • Comment 30, posted at 14.04.14 09:07:56 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • @Son Of Mayhem (Comment 30) : The Sharks are the team of my heart, Im starting to get my “sit back and enjoy rugby” from the underdog Ozzy sides – The Force and Rebels.

  • Comment 31, posted at 14.04.14 09:12:12 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Son Of Mayhem (Comment 30) : All SA teams struggle to score this year. The Cheetahs are the best of the locals with 2.5 per game with the Sharks close second with 2.38 per game. However the Cheetahs have let in 4.25 per game, with the Sharks only allowing 1.14 per game. I would rather be in the Sharks shoes there.

  • Comment 32, posted at 14.04.14 09:21:47 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Son Of Mayhem (Comment 30) : Stormers managing only 1.43 per game BTW.

    The Chiefs have done the best so far at 3.14 per game, and the Force is the surprise package in Oz at 2.85 per game

  • Comment 33, posted at 14.04.14 09:26:09 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • I suppose I shouldn’t be complaining just yet, but we should keep an eye on it.

  • Comment 34, posted at 14.04.14 09:55:06 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • @Son Of Mayhem (Comment 34) : I for one is not happy with the level of attacking play at the Sharks. We have our promising moments, but these mostly break down due to loosing momentum at critical stages through poor passes, handling errors and incorrect options (long skip passes instead of just going through the hands when we have an overlap)

    I think there is still a lot of work for Jake and especially Sherylle Calder to do. However Rome was not built in a day.

  • Comment 35, posted at 14.04.14 10:25:30 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Bench Jannie please Jake. He adds no value and his bad attitude is rubbing off on Bissie. Bad scrummaging, no arm tackles. Adriaanse is better and he is humble. We don’t need Jannie his ego is more important to him than what he is doing to the team.

  • Comment 36, posted at 14.04.14 10:37:40 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Have to say this Lions team has my respect. What a never say die attitude. A far cry from the sorry lot of the past who so often rolled over and played dead.

  • Comment 37, posted at 14.04.14 10:51:46 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 37) : 100% agreed. I have a lot of new-found respect for this team. They’re taking a lot of pride in what they do and it shows.

  • Comment 38, posted at 14.04.14 11:24:34 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 38) : @Bokhoring (Comment 37) : I agree with both of you,as well that there are some seriously talented players in that team,they play as a team seldom get isolated and offload in the tackle with ease,always have runners in support,Sharks were very lucky to win as I felt sitting in Ellis that they had the Sharks marker

  • Comment 39, posted at 14.04.14 11:34:57 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 39) : The Lions were certainly in it for the majority of the game but the Sharks weren’t lucky, they created and capitalised on more scoring opportunities and won the game as a result.

  • Comment 40, posted at 14.04.14 12:05:01 by vanmartin Reply
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