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Power second half secures Sharks Loftus success


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 20 Sep 2014 at 18:54
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The Sharks have recorded a 26-15 victory over the Blue Bulls at Loftus, thanks to a strong second-half showing that shut their hosts out.

A slow start, in which they conceded the lion’s share of possession and territory, saw the Sharks looking well beaten as half time loomed. With only two long-range penalties by SP Marais to show, they trailed 6-12, after Jacques-Louis Potgieter had nailed four good spot kicks of his own. More concerningly, the Sharks were looking well beaten in the up front exchanges, with scrums and lineout drives providing a steady source of both possession and penalty opportunities for the hosts.

The old spectres of handling errors, missed tackles and indiscipline had conspired to rob the Sharks of any chance at momentum. Their luck was to change, though, as thoroughbred Lwazi Mvovo pounced on a loose Bulls pass and sprinted away for the opening try just before the break. Lucky it certainly was; in the 39 minutes prior to that score, Mvovo had hardly seen any ball and it was testament to his great finishing ability that he was able to convert the only half-chance he was given. Lionel Cronje’s conversion was good and the smattering of fans at the stadium must have had to rub their eyes, so incredible was it for the Sharks to lead at half time (albeit by a single point).

It was a different Sharks team that took the field after the break, though – full of purpose and attacking intent. There were still errors, of course, but with the likes of Etienne Oosthuizen proving a somewhat unlikely menace at the breakdown, the surfeit of possession and front-foot ball allowed Cameron Wright and Cronje to dictate play. The second try was a real beauty, with the flyhalf finding schoolboy teammate S’bura Sithole on the right wing with a beautifully weighted cross kick, this after the Sharks forwards had come close on a number of occasions.

That 8-point lead was soon stretched to 11, as Cronje struck again with a penalty to make the score 12-23. It stayed that way for much of the rest of the half until Potgieter gave his side some hope with a penalty in the 69th minute. With the Bulls lacking variety and accuracy on attack, though, there weren’t to be any more points for them in the half; Cronje struck again shortly before the end to secure the Sharks their first win in a month, much to the delight of fans, players and coaching staff.

Blue Bulls (15): Penalties Jacques-Louis Potgieter (5).

Sharks (26): Tries Lwazi Mvovo, S’bura Sithole. Conversions Lionel Cronje (2). Penalties SP Marais (2), Cronje (2)



54 Comments

  • Yes please!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.09.14 18:57:02 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Great second half by the boys!

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.09.14 18:57:37 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Hell Rob that was fast!!!! What a win even NM admitting on SS that Sharks win was good!!!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.09.14 19:00:16 by JD Reply
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  • How did you guys enjoy some of that Queenian magic between Sbura and Lionel? Lionel reminded me of the good old days at Queen’s.

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.09.14 19:41:39 by Ludz Reply

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  • @Ludz (Comment 4) : impressed as fuck. That was SOME TRY

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.09.14 20:33:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 4) : @robdylan (Comment 5) : must admit Cronje surprised me!!!! he looked good and his kicking out of hand was very good!!! So yes maybe I was wrong about him but I’m glad he stood up to proof all of his detractors wrong!!!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.09.14 20:43:45 by JD Reply
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  • At a wedding, looking forward to watching this one. Congrats boys!

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.09.14 21:07:06 by vanmartin Reply
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  • We won? :shock:

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.09.14 21:12:01 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Congrats guys!

    Screwed up my Superbru of course :(

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.09.14 21:19:39 by Baylion Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 7) : When you watch the first half, you won’t believe that we won the game!

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.09.14 21:25:10 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 8) : Unbelievable how they crunched us in the scrums…but impressive how well our backs played at times…and how much ball we stole at the breakdown…

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.09.14 21:27:43 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : @JD (Comment 6) : He’s always been a great talent..just never seemed to ever get going. Hopefully Sharks will help finally get that step up

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.09.14 22:31:12 by Ludz Reply

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  • Good game sharks, a win at loftus always tastes sweeter. A hell of a lot to work ok. The scrums obviously need attention as well as our decision making, u mustn’t kick the ball away when u have a huge overlap, that’s just basics. Good result but gonna have to make a huge step up to beat province and the lions.

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.09.14 22:37:23 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • Was at the game and enjoyed a fantastic after match function with the team, some great info and great team spirit, I wont divulge to much as it would be wrong of me but there was a lot of unhappiness within the team re the match officials today.

    Scrums point in case

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.09.14 22:39:39 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Jislaaik what a good 2nd half!! Mvovo showed his class tonight – hope HM was watching! And to top it all 4/4 for Superbru :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.09.14 22:56:28 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • @Ludz (Comment 12) : ja must say did not like him and was one of his critics before tonight. Man I had a heart attack when he kicked that cross kick………… that was until Sithole scored the try! Let’s see how be goes next week but yes my mind is starting to change about him.

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.09.14 23:06:56 by JD Reply
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  • That first half was like watching schoolboy rugby….the stupid mistakes was infuriating…

    Then came the Sharks of the second half…..I’d rather have us suck in the first half, and blow the opposition away in the second, as apposed to sucking in the second, having blown the opposition away in the first.

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.09.14 06:19:55 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • A much better effort overall. A lot more urgency and a lot less ball-watching this week. Bulls had a lot of ball at stages, but the Sharks forwards and backs defended and then competed ferociously at the breakdown to nullify the big men. Sharks pounced on loose balls.

    Cronje had a good game marred only by a couple of misses at goal. He pinned back the Bulls with some really good tactical kicks. Wright is still a bit raw – for every 2 good passes he would throw a really poor one – but I think over time he will develop into a really useful 9.

    Locks especially Astle competed well in the lineouts, but the scrums are a worry. Oosthuyzen and Mtembu were also everywhere – putting in a lot of work.

    Still a lot of handling errors, but this could be the turning point for coaches and players.

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.09.14 07:50:47 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 18) : Oosthuizen is a good hard grafting forward, does not shy away from the tough stuff….he should remain at 4 lock though, as his ball carrying is probably his weakest attribute….but in the interim, he’s not a rubbish 7, and is doing well enough in an unfamiliar position.

    Also, never knew SP had a boot for the long range penalties….overall, it seemed as though the 2 penalties did his confidence a world of good.

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.09.14 08:18:27 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 19) : I recall seeing SP taking a long range penalty or two before. Don’t think it was in the S15 as Frans would usually take those.

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.09.14 09:44:08 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 20) : Don’t think he ever did it in a game for the Sharks but he did do some kicking at the Kings.

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.09.14 09:55:29 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 16) : Had you watched him play before or was your “dislike” based on the fact that he was replacing Fred? The guy is very talented, he used to get carried away and wanted to do all these amazing things that his team mates were not awake to ala Sony Bill. The game has evolved and you players with that vision and skill. A bit of concentration and proper coaching will go a long way. Think he will end of at 12 though.

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.09.14 10:56:24 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 14) : Yeah…in my commentary on the game I had a fair bit to say about that!! There was a lot of illegal scrumming by the Bulls that they were only rarely penalised for…

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.09.14 12:27:06 by pastorshark Reply
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  • This may not be the best sharks team we have seen….they still making way too many unforced errors and they may not even win the cup this year…but they gave us a win against the bulls at loftus so our season is not totally lost and for that I thank them :)

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.09.14 12:40:27 by SharkED Reply

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  • This is by far the best game the Sharks have played in Curry Cup this year. Overall it was a joy to watch.
    Glad to hear that the supposedly dominant scrums of the bulls were perhaps illegal. Not surprising. The Bulls have always tested legality to the nth degree and gotten away with a whole lot IMHO!

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.09.14 14:10:12 by [email protected] Reply

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  • Can’t wait for your report, Rob

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.09.14 14:11:07 by [email protected] Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 23) : Hi Pastor, yes it was interesting to hear from players and management, I just do not want to mention names of either players of coaches that I spoke to, so even though they were very happy in victory they still seemed upset at the match officials.

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.09.14 15:07:19 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 22) : watched him playing for WP and did not like him. He did not look all that good then, but ja did not looked bad yesterday.

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.09.14 16:46:54 by JD Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 23) : @sharks_lover (Comment 27) : ja I’m glad the Sharks won and they had a good second half but still lots of work to be done!!!! The way Terra played behind a losing pack showed some akill and really impressed me!!!

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.09.14 16:52:25 by JD Reply
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  • The only obvious weakness was our scrum. The rest was pretty good and can get better with continuity. Let’s keep 6-15 as is (except of Mvovo of course) bring back du Toit and Lewies from injury ASAP and give the Kings a going over!

  • Comment 30, posted at 22.09.14 03:28:40 by MikeSebMatt Reply

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  • Beating the Bulls at Loftus is always special. Well done to the team and coaching staff! We need to gell some more but we are building up well. I am positive for the cc season for the first time in months. After the Bulls smashed the Lions I did not give us a chance but boy was I wrong

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.09.14 07:35:07 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Wow, this was the first game in the CC that I actually enjoyed watching! The bulls did not play that bad, so it wasn’t a case of them loosing the game, we really had to go and win it! I just hope this win boosts the confidence of the players so that we can end off the season like this

  • Comment 32, posted at 22.09.14 07:46:45 by HeinF Reply

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  • I must admit i never thought we wuld win this so huge credit to the players and coaching staff- especially the coaching staff for not just subbing guys at 60min as is the SA norm. Scrums are a huge concern as were a few wayward lineouts and the Sharks usual handling errors so it was def not a perfect performance but u only need to do what u need to to win and they def did that. Im still convinced that the Sahrks play betetr with a Henry Honiball/Butch James type flyhalf and Cronje fits that mould. Sithole looked much more menacing on the wing when he can probably roam a bit more than he can at centre. Oosthuizen needs to stay at 7 and learn- i like the prospect. And why did SP Marais only put his hand up now and say he can kick??

  • Comment 33, posted at 22.09.14 08:03:59 by SheldonK Reply

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  • The Bulls put in an early shove on most of their scrums, which put the Sharks on the back foot even before the ball was fed. The ref should have penalized that initial movement by the Bulls.

  • Comment 34, posted at 22.09.14 08:40:34 by Letgo Reply
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  • Finally something for you to smile about

  • Comment 35, posted at 22.09.14 08:51:18 by Morné Reply
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  • @MikeSebMatt (Comment 30) : I’m pretty sure we’ll get to keep Mvovo. If he doesn’t make this weekend’s 23 he should be released back to us

  • Comment 36, posted at 22.09.14 09:02:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 34) : I am not sure if the ref had any idea what went on with the binding, but what had me more worried was how the Bulls scrum had the Sharks in serious reverse gear a few times.

    Then again I don’t think Wentzel and Astle (as good as they are in the lineouts) are the strongest scrummaging locks. Astle at 110 kg is probably a bit light for a no 4 lock.

    I wonder if he should not rather specialize as a blindside flank.

  • Comment 37, posted at 22.09.14 09:14:37 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • I was also again impressed with Esterhuizen. Especially his commitment in defense and his physicality at the breakdown. He was mostly quiet on attack, but I think he brings a balance to our backline that we’ve dearly missed in the first half of CC.

    I think it’s better for him to play next to an in form Lionel than it would have been to play next to an out of sorts Zeilinga… hope we see Zeilinga back on the bench this weekend BTW. I don’t think we need to play two outside backs on the bench.

    Should be Hoffman (I think Camoron earned another start), Zeilinga, outside back.

  • Comment 38, posted at 22.09.14 09:17:00 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 37) :

    I don’t know, I thought that early movement the Bulsl gave didn’t help much. Had the Sharks on the back foot even before we started competing.

    Although I don’t think having a few lighter players behind our props would have helped the situation.

    However, I noticed how we stood our ground (just stood our ground), when the Bulls didn’t make that early movement.

  • Comment 39, posted at 22.09.14 09:20:41 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 39) : I am not even close to considering myself to be a scrumming expert, but we also have smaller loose forwards as well, except for Oosthuizen. I remember during one of the scrums that we went backwards, Oosthuizen wasn’t really pushing he was only attached and looked up to see if the SH had picked up the ball yet. How much of a difference will it make on the scrumming if your biggest flank isn’t pushing?

  • Comment 40, posted at 22.09.14 09:38:21 by HeinF Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 39) : My take on the issue with the scrums is down to us getting penalised for the first 4 or 5 scrums. The guys ended up focusing solely on not giving away a penalty. Can’t imagine any pack doing well against a strong bulls scrum that has free reign.

  • Comment 41, posted at 22.09.14 09:42:23 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 35) :
    :lol:

    Your take on the 10/12 performance?

  • Comment 42, posted at 22.09.14 09:54:10 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @HeinF (Comment 40) : Scrumming is an eight man effort (or make that 7.5 while the hooker has to hook his own ball). I still reckon though that a lot of your scrumming power comes from the locks and 8 by virtue of their position in the centreline of the scrum, but the flanks also contribute. People will often blame the front row for a reversing scrum, but give the rest of the forwards a free pass.

    The problem for a flank is to contribute to the scrum while at the same keeping an eye on the opposition 8 & 9.

  • Comment 43, posted at 22.09.14 10:01:48 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 33) : I must admit, Oosterhuizen is giving me ideas I don’t want to entertain.

  • Comment 44, posted at 22.09.14 10:12:58 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 33) : Who would you go with next year in the Super 15 as a lock combo given that all players are fit and available? PSDT at 4 and Lewies at 5?

  • Comment 45, posted at 22.09.14 10:21:54 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 45) : Now that is not an entirely unappealing prospect…

  • Comment 46, posted at 22.09.14 10:24:36 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 45) : Yeh most likely PSDT and Lewies. Oosthuizen and Alberts to rotate the 7 option. I also like what Wiehan Hay offered in his brief cameo…he is still young so can develop and i hope isnt lost now thru injury. So Super rugby 5-8 could be Lewies, PSDT, Coetzee, Alberts, Kanko. With Mthembu/Oosthizen as alternates

  • Comment 47, posted at 22.09.14 10:58:12 by SheldonK Reply

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  • BMH must remember that Mvovo is able to cover 15 as well. Imagine the speed 15.Mvovo wings Chavanga/Sithole or Jordaan Centers Jordaan/Esterhuizen or Sithole/Esterhuizen FH Cronje/Zelinga (sorry swiel still does not feature for me) SH Wright/Hoffmann. Then when we get our boks back Lambie and Reinach back in the mix. I hope this continues, I’ll reserve celebrations till I see this. Anyone know when Thomas d Toit and Lewies will be back in action?

  • Comment 48, posted at 22.09.14 11:31:16 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Greyling got away with murder at scrumtime. Until the ref started watching him. He is always good for a few penalties, Adriaanse should remember that.

  • Comment 49, posted at 22.09.14 11:32:37 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 49) : I agree, but Kruger got the better of Chadwick.

  • Comment 50, posted at 22.09.14 11:57:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 45) : PSdT at 7 presents a lot more ball carrying ability than Oosthuizen, whom I’d say is an out-and-out 4 lock.

  • Comment 51, posted at 22.09.14 12:08:32 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 51) : I def dont disagree with you. I just think Sharks management see PSDT as a lock…otherwise its a bit silly to play Oosthuizen at flank all CCC then make him move back to lock. Rather play Astle at 7 then.

  • Comment 52, posted at 22.09.14 12:26:48 by SheldonK Reply

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  • eating some humble pie since Saturday.. The last 40 was great.

  • Comment 53, posted at 23.09.14 14:11:19 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 51) : How critical is it that your main ball carrier have a 7 as opposed to a 4 on his back?

    Perhaps a case can be made after an attacking scrum to be able to get the action quicker.

    I recall at some stage Etzebeth doing a lot of carrying for the Stormers.

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