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Sharks lose again


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Other SA Teams, Sharks on 8 Sep 2014 at 09:25
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Captain and flyhalf Francois Brummer scored the crucial points as plucky Griquas stunned the Sharks in Durban on Saturday evening, recording a 21-18 win over their hosts. Locked at 18-all in the final minute, Brummer nailed a tricky drop-goal to hand the visitors a three-point win.

Battling a multitude of ills throughout proceedings – not least of which their own errors in execution – the Sharks the same scored the only two tries of the encounter, oddly enough via front rankers Lourens Adriaanse and Thomas du Toit. With decision-making, execution and chiefly discipline letting them down at key points during the contest, though, it fell to former Sharks fullback Gouws Prinsloo, now playing for Griquas, to punish Tera Mtembu’s team, which he did repeatedly. Prinsloo’s six penalties from eight attempts proved telling in a contest that will be remembered more for vague refereeing interpretations than it will for constructive play from either side.

Referee Lourens van der Merwe began his crusade against the Sharks early, with breakdown infringements (which he tended to see only one way) handing Prinsloo two opportunities within the opening ten minutes, both of which were sweetly taken. Fred Zeilinga replied with a penalty of his own (and missed a further one on a night when his goal-kicking was again rather iffy) before Prinsloo extended the lead by another three. A rare period of sustained dominance for the hosts then resulted in a textbook line-out drive try, with Adriaanse the man in possession. Zeilinga missed the conversion (and the opportunity to take the lead), with Prinsloo again profiting at the other end.

A fifth penalty just before half time (from an amazing seven kickable attempts in the first half alone) saw Griquas lead 15-8 at the break.

An uninspiring third quarter, in which the only entertainment was seeing van der Merwe routinely penalise the Sharks for completely dominating the Griquas scrum, delivered no score, with the Sharks not even able to score a try when Griquas were down to 14. Wing Ederies Arendsa spent some time in the bin, but with the Sharks’ decision-making and hands again letting them down time and again, the only scoring opportunity came via a Lionel Cronje penalty attempt, which was missed.

Cronje did eventually strike with 15 minutes remaining, bringing his team back within four points, but it didn’t take long for Prinsloo to again extend the lead to seven with his sixth attempt. With the Sharks pushing hard on attack in the final minutes, Thomas du Toit did what the sterile backline had failed to do all day, picking up from the base of a ruck and charging over to score from 10 metres out. Cronje’s conversion leveled things up and it appeared the Sharks might escape with a lucky 18-all draw.

Conrad Hoffmann, though, played the villain superbly in the closing minute, opting to hoof ball downfield to the opposition, allowing them to get back onto the attack. Brummer’s drop goal came with the referee playing advantage against the Sharks for offside, meaning that even had it not sailed over, Prinsloo would certainly have had another opportunity to win the game regardless.

Scores: Cell C Sharks (18): Tries Lourens Adriaanse, Thomas du Toit. Conversion Lionel Cronje. Penalties Fred Zeilinga, Cronje.
GWK Griquas (21): Penalties Gouws Prinloo (6). Drop-goal Francois Brummer.



51 Comments

  • Hoffmann, who restrained himself quite well for most of the match, just could not help himself at the end – could he?

    Van der Merwe definitely trying hard for the “worst ref in CC” award this year.

    At least there was a bit more attacking intent from the Sharks, but these guys are so lacking in skills and decision making.

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.09.14 09:39:12 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • This might be the first time in many years that we will not make the play-offs :sad:

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.09.14 09:43:24 by JarsonX Reply
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  • And what was probably another first for the season, I recall that the Sharks actually managed to maintain possession for 9 phases.

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.09.14 09:44:06 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 3) : The commentators were just as surprised.

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.09.14 09:47:02 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 4) : The coaches obviously put a lot of effort in training on getting the players to restrain themselves. Usually by the 4th phase someone would have either dropped the ball, or kicked it away.

    So even though the result was not good, we are seeing some progress in the mindset.

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.09.14 09:49:30 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Ever since The Great White Hype took over we have regressed in basic skills and desicion making. The players are clueless as to what to do. Forget this territory based gameplan completely and we could actually start playing decent rugby again. Clearly the guys are lacking confidence, how else can promising players go from stars the one year to not even schools quality the next?

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.09.14 09:51:25 by JarsonX Reply
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  • While agreeing with most of the comments,the really frustrating thing was that the two Sharks trys were quite magnificent and so completely dominant that you have to question why they were the only two spots of brilliance in an otherwise abysmal evening.

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.09.14 09:56:09 by The hound Reply
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  • Missed the game but the ending sounds eerily similar to our loss against the Stormers earlier in the year.

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.09.14 09:58:46 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Lourens van der Merwe is just nor very good…but then, neither are we!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.09.14 10:03:29 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 6) : To be fair…we weren’t so star last year either! If you read most comments through the Currie Cup season last year you’ ll probably be surprised just how negative they were. We lost a few shockers, we weren’t great in some of our wins and there was quite a lot of criticism towards the coaching team…of course, in hindsight we were all a lot more positive about the season. In part, that was because we got to look very good in the semi and final with the Springboks back!! I’m not condoning the clear issues that are there…I’m so frustrated that we can’t get the blooming basic skills right! But to be fair…we seem to have struggled with that for more than a couple of seasons now!

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.09.14 10:08:59 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 8) : Only watched some highlights this morning…but unfortunately it did rather look that way!! Not much to say…we were aweful. There were advancements in game plan and trying to do something with the ball…but we were just so poor at it!

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.09.14 10:13:04 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 9) :
    lots of refs are not good,this one is an out and out crook.
    Why we allow him to constantly bring his biased reffing against us is a crime.
    if the management’s too spineless to act against ,then the fans should.
    If everyone stayed away rom a game he is reffing some body would wake up.
    The minute I walked into the stadium and saw him on the field I knew which way this game would go.

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.09.14 10:13:31 by The hound Reply
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  • We were overall much better last year, we havent even played the stronger teams yet, Bulls, WP, Lions.

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.09.14 10:14:46 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Ja ne…

    You do not want to see the stats for this game…

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.09.14 10:16:02 by Morné Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 10) : True, to some point. However at the same time last year some bloggers on here completely forgot we had Lambie on our books so in awe were they of Zeilinga.

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.09.14 10:18:18 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 13) : Agreed…all I’m saying is that a half of that feeling of a better year only came with hindsight…during the season it certainly wasn’t always like that!

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.09.14 10:30:20 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 14) : Lay it on us Morne, what doesn’t kill us…

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.09.14 10:38:47 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 15) : To be fair, Zeilinga was in form.

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.09.14 10:41:03 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • With a couple of guys there are form issues, which obviously doesn’t help…

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.09.14 10:43:11 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 17) :

    Well why do you use your left wing to set up phases? Sithole carried the ball 9 times, most of them when he had space. He tried to pass only 3 times with only 2 of those going to hand?

    You had 60% of the ball, had double the amount of carries than Griquas.

    I mentioned this to Rob before, the roles of the players on attack and who is used for what is mystifying.

  • Comment 20, posted at 08.09.14 10:51:44 by Morné Reply
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  • Unfortunately we have to call it like it is and that effort was just pathetic from the Sharks. It honestly looks like they have no idea on the game plan and look at each other as if someone is going to tell them what to do. The backline can barely pass the ball and if we dont either make a bad pass or drop it then we definitely lose the ball in contact. I have never seen such poor rucking from a Sharks team in all my years watching them…they honestly look afraid to get stuck in! Im all for bringing through latent etc but from what ive seen in The CC and Junior comps this year we need to hoof those guys and open that cheque book

  • Comment 21, posted at 08.09.14 10:58:30 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 20) : When our coaches figure that out, we will tell you :roll:

  • Comment 22, posted at 08.09.14 11:06:17 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • well you have a World Cup winning coach, you have a world cup winning captain sitting in the stands. Rather than asking what is up with the rookie coaches, I will start asking where the hell is Jake? Because it is not just your senior team, your age-group boys, last I looked, are not doing to great either.

  • Comment 23, posted at 08.09.14 11:09:29 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 20) : That one’s simple. Willem Alberts is with the Boks and Jean Deysel has left us. Next. :grin:

  • Comment 24, posted at 08.09.14 11:13:31 by vanmartin Reply
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  • How did Tim Swiel go by the way? I didn’t see any angry rants aimed at him so I’m guessing he was okay?

  • Comment 25, posted at 08.09.14 11:15:53 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @ Morné (Comment 23) : There is where I place all the blame, Mr White.

  • Comment 26, posted at 08.09.14 11:31:02 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 25) :

    He came on as fullback, not so exposed there, but I still thought he did a few good things.

    Would still like to see him get a run at 10, as Zeilinga is really struggling this year. Don’t know what’s up with him. He really needs to get back into that 2013 CC groove. I suppose it’s much harder when you don’t have guy like Deysel carrying it up, Charl/Reinach/Keegan linking with the backs. It just shows how green he still is and how far he still has to go before developing into a proper SR/international flyhalf.

    I still think he has the game to do it. He just needs more time and for now, I better platform to work from.

  • Comment 27, posted at 08.09.14 11:39:14 by Letgo Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 26) :

    That’s a good place to start, he is the DOR, but then when or lets say ‘if’, things turn around you’ll have to credit him with that too, because I don’t think it’s something a lot of people will be willing to do, if it happens.

  • Comment 28, posted at 08.09.14 11:41:42 by Letgo Reply
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  • sharks must now. rotait our hole backline coz. jord
    an n sitohle not doing it for us. there . we need. n game changer. in the team. ESTERHUISEN. FISHER . COBUS REINACH .

  • Comment 29, posted at 08.09.14 11:52:59 by Justin Koelman Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 23) : He is actually awfully quiet of late. You could always in the past count on an opinion from Jake in some newspaper. I can only assume that he does not want to second guess his CC coaching team.

    However he is going to have to get more involved with the CC in my opinion. Some of these players will start in next year’s S15, and many will be in the squad.

  • Comment 30, posted at 08.09.14 12:09:03 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 27) :

    Simple imo – he is getting shit ball. Your 9′s which complimented the 10′s play (McLeod and Reinach) is not there.

  • Comment 31, posted at 08.09.14 12:11:03 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 23) : now that’s the question isn’t it

  • Comment 32, posted at 08.09.14 12:38:16 by benji Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 27) : I disagree none of your mentioned players had great impact at SR 2014,let’s not forget FredZ was the key factor in beating the Tahs,something else is amiss,I think the novice coaches are now being toyally exposed

  • Comment 33, posted at 08.09.14 12:44:17 by benji Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 31) : Exactly,

  • Comment 34, posted at 08.09.14 13:49:15 by The hound Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 33) : Jimmy Stonehouse used to be a novice coach…look at him now.

  • Comment 35, posted at 08.09.14 15:03:17 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 35) : We are comparing the Pumas and the Sharks though – the one a small union and the other a major union with big pockets competing at Super rugby level. BMH may still turn out to be an awesome coach one day, but at the moment he is still learning the ropes at this level. Huge difference between coaching school boys and grown professionals.

  • Comment 36, posted at 08.09.14 15:22:56 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 36) :

    Ja, schoolboys are more dedicated! :twisted:

  • Comment 37, posted at 08.09.14 15:30:28 by Morné Reply
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  • Surprised to see no mention of Gouws’s soccer tactics. Can’t tell what infuriated me more, the fact that this happened on a rugby field or that the ref bought it hook, line and sinker.

  • Comment 38, posted at 08.09.14 15:31:18 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 37) : Ouch

  • Comment 39, posted at 08.09.14 15:32:16 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 38) : I dont think Gouws dived really. he was a bit off balance after the kick so the contact took his off his feet. He didnt appeal to the ref , well not that I saw. Was a case of the ref over reacting

  • Comment 40, posted at 08.09.14 15:40:05 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 36) : So who do you think they should buy…Bulls bought Ludeke and he is a bust thus far.

    WP had Coetsee who also never got them to the next level, they had to buy a DoR.

    Lions got Muir, then Mitchel, but are achieving the most with a no-name no-experience Ackerman.

    For the Sharks to build a sky scraper able to withstand winds and earthquakes, they need to build from the ground up. No use trying to build on a foundation originally laid in ’93/’94.

    I am able to enjoy other teams playing exciting rugby, knowing that my Sharks will be sporting an even better version of it by next year this time. ;-)

  • Comment 41, posted at 08.09.14 15:47:22 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 40) : By contact you mean the slight brush to the shoulder? Ok I might give him the benefit if I see a replay (I deleted the recording immediately after the game) but I remember seeing arms and legs go up in the air as well as the unbiased commentators saying that he deserved an Oscar for his efforts.

  • Comment 42, posted at 08.09.14 15:50:45 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 42) : ya he had just launched a big up and under and had no intention of chasing it and when Oosthuizen made the contact (the slight touch) it put Gouws off balance and hence he went down. There was def nothing in it and the refs absurd interpretation had no justification. Altho having said that he did allow Marnus Schoeman to lie all over our ruck ball and use his hands etc so guess based on that Oosthuizen did recklessly shoulder barge Gouws

  • Comment 43, posted at 08.09.14 15:54:45 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 41) : The real brains at the Lions is Swys and where does he come from.
    Seriously guys should cut Brad some slack,he has only lost 2 games,we are almost at the stage here of lauding the province coaching team of of A.C,Flecky and Lard arse as being the answer to all S.A’s rugby problems funny how long 3 months can be,and how short some memories are.

  • Comment 44, posted at 08.09.14 15:54:45 by The hound Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 41) : At least Ackermann started coaching at this level in 2010. Although I do think Mitchell laid a lot of foundation that Ackermann built and extended on.

    To build the sky scraper we need a solid coaching team, and especially an experienced attack coach. We can’t afford to train rookie coaches on the job.

    In the short term I think it is imperative that Jake gets more involved with the Currie Cup setup.

  • Comment 45, posted at 08.09.14 16:02:57 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Newlands Terraces
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    The Address we can ” DHL ” the currie cup to now, to avoid further embarassment.

    If Our World Cup Winning coach thinks it`s a good idea to go on leave during the currie cup then I guess the fans deserve a break as well.

    But hey, lesson learned. You don`t enter the CC, with varsity cup level players and a high school coach. If that`s your approach to the currie cup, you`ll find yourself competing against Currie Cup Giants like the Griffons and Border next year.
    Not undeservedly I might add…

  • Comment 46, posted at 08.09.14 16:30:29 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 44) : I’m feeling very patient regarding this year…we’re not stuck with Plum doing well in CC but crashing out in SR, and we’re trying something different.

    I LOVE CHANGE…the sooner we get over our fears of failure, the sooner we’ll be willing to embrace change.

    @Bokhoring (Comment 45) : I would imagine that JW is busy in the background implementing all the structures required for a union of this size to succeed.

    Remember, John Smit said that he wanted to transform the Sharks into a professional outfit like Saracens. That’s not going to happen overnight, and there will be mistakes made as he’s trying to catapult the Sharks from a 20th century rugby union to a 21st century professional sports union.

  • Comment 47, posted at 08.09.14 16:32:29 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 47) : I do hope he has a plan in place to improve the basic skills of Sharks players across the board.

  • Comment 48, posted at 08.09.14 16:59:10 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 44) :
    Fair comment.

  • Comment 49, posted at 08.09.14 21:47:49 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 48) : But the basic skills have regressed – how does that happen. We now have to relearn skills that we once had. Does that count as “improving”. Why do basic skills go backwards?

  • Comment 50, posted at 09.09.14 08:49:40 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Heading for next Monday: “Sharks lose again and again and again and again and again and again……..”

  • Comment 51, posted at 09.09.14 17:37:25 by JD Reply
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