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What they had to say: Sharks vs Cheetahs, Round 5


Written by Stephen Smith (StevieS)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 16 Mar 2015 at 10:21
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What a fantastic reply by the Sharks. I was really chuffed with the way the boys bounced back from last week’s game, with the senior players really putting their hands up. Marco Wentzel was a dynamo when he came on for the injured Pieter-Steph. On that note, all the best to Pieter-Steph and I’m sure you’ll all join me in wishing him a speedy recovery.

Let’s see what the Press from around the world had to say:

South Africa:

“The Sharks took Super Rugby revenge for their loss against the Cheetahs in Round One by beating the hosts 27-10 at the Free State stadium on Saturday.” – rugby365.com

“The Durban franchise began the season in insipid fashion, losing three of their first four games. And yet, the most recent performance in Bloem was encouraging. While it was far from polished, certain individuals as well as the collective are starting to gather momentum. That forward pack is starting to fire. The players who returned from Japan over the past two weeks are starting to settle, and we can expect the likes of Ryan Kankowski, Frans Steyn, and JP Pietersen to improve as the season unfolds. Pat Lambie is another who will grow stronger in the coming months.” – sarugbymag.co.za

“It was a game the Sharks daren’t lose, and they played as such. There was no hint of the expansive ball-in-hand approach that’s been touted by their coaches. Instead, they reverted to their forward-oriented, safety-first tactics and made off with a vital victory. They showed that when they get things right, they’re a difficult side to stop, although next weekend’s home match against the Chiefs will prove a much sterner test of their current level.” – sarugbymag.co.za

“The Sharks came alight, with Springbok flanker Marcell Coetzee crossing the whitewash twice. Springbok center Francois Steyn opened the scoring in the ninth minute with a good try, which flyhalf Pat Lambie converted.” – sport24.co.za

“The Cell C Sharks got their season firmly back on track with a backs-to-the-wall dominant performance to beat the Toyota Cheetahs 27-10 in their Vodacom Super Rugby match in Bloemfontein on Saturday. It was only the second win for the Sharks in five games this season, but it was possibly their most important one, overturning their opening round loss to the Cheetahs in Durban and giving them a bonus point in the process.” – supersport.com

New Zealand:

“Marcell Coetzee scored two tries to lift the Sharks to a comprehensive 27-10 bonus-point victory against the Cheetahs on Saturday (Sunday NZ time), just a second Super Rugby win of the season for the Durban-based side.” – stuff.co.nz

“8 Sharks (last week 10)

Their best performance of the season, a 27-10 dismantling of the Cheetahs in Bloem, sees some positive movement for the boys from Durban. Now let’s see how they go with a home clash against those Chiefs. It’s all about whether those big forwards can strangle the Kiwi team’s supply of ball.” – stuff.co.nz

Australia:

“The Cheetahs made a fast start to the game as five-eighth Willie du Plessis slotted home an early penalty, but it took another 70 minutes before they scored again, when centre Francois Venter breached the Sharks line and Francois Brummer converted. “ – smh.com.au

“The Sharks have managed to realign their season with an away victory over Conference rivals the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. While achieving the bonus point, I suspect the Sharks will not be overly happy with their performance, particularly the second half. A number of missed tackles blighted their performance and will be an important aspect to get right with the Chiefs due in Durban which shapes as a must win for the Sharks with their overseas trip to come.” – theroar.com.au

International:

“An improved performance was always on the cards following the defeat the men from Durban suffered against Stormers in their previous outing and the revival particularly at scrum-time will be encouraging for both the Super Rugby team and the Springbok coaching set-up. The experience Tendai Mtawarira and brothers Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis brought to the game was crucial on the day, but the real winner for the Sharks was their defence against a Cheetahs outfit that was predictably full of running.” – sanzarrugby.com

“Leading 22-3 at the break the Sharks needed just one try in the second stanza to bank the bonus point. Their hosts, however, had other plans as they tried to claw their way back into the match. They took every opportunity to attack the Sharks line and even though they dominated possession and territory for periods on end, they needed something special when the fat lady had already raised her voice.” – planetrugby.com

“The result takes the Sharks to a record of played five matches and won two and moves them up from 11th to sixth place. The Sharks victory goes a little bit of the way to making up for their loss to the Cheetahs in round one earlier this year.” – superxv.com

Twitter:

“Job Welldone Saaaks today,they needed that victory,Goodluck on tour Cheetahboys,have fun and manufacture some upsets boys!” – Breyton Paulse

“Enjoyed the Cheetahs vs Sharks game with a birds eye view! Sorry Cheetahs, but with 12 #Springboks in the team,…”

“Well done #SharksRugby good result. Still not convinced Gold is right coach but time and results will tell”

“#SuperRugby – RESULT: Dominant performance from the Sharks as they claim a bonus point win over the Cheetahs #SSRugby”



27 Comments

  • Where’s Symo’s tweat?

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.03.15 10:46:19 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Interesting read as always. Thanks Stevie.

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.03.15 11:24:27 by Ben Reply
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  • That about covers it: good comeback…things to work on…

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.03.15 11:36:58 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 2) : Thanks Ben. Doesn’t seem anyone was in the mood for it today what with the bad news about PSDT. What a blow. My heart feels for him.

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.03.15 13:59:07 by StevieS Reply
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  • Interesting stat!! This was the first bonus point win for the Sharks against SA opposition in three years!!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.03.15 16:04:17 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 5) : apart from round 2 when we got a bonus point against the Lions.

    Oops.

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.03.15 16:08:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 5) : Sharks got a bonus point against the Lions too.

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.03.15 16:09:08 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 5) : and last year when we got bonus points against the Bulls and Lions. And the year before when we got a bonus point against the Kings.

    Your stats are about as good as your rugby team :)

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.03.15 16:10:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 5) : @robdylan (Comment 6) : @Bokhoring (Comment 7) : LOL!!! :lol:

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.03.15 16:38:11 by StevieS Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 9) : I suspect he meant “away”. In that case, his dodgy stat holds up.

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.03.15 16:38:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : That’s actually very interesting then. Wow, thought we would have done better.

    We need to be able to stay on the gas and put teams away with big scores. Somehow we always get ahead and then relax.

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.03.15 16:54:54 by StevieS Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : just for interest I wonder how many SA teams scored bonus point victories playing away in SA? Maybe he could get that stats whilst he is so full of it. ;-)

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.03.15 17:10:38 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Ah apologies, it was in fact meant to read an away bonus point.

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.03.15 18:30:37 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 13) : :)

    It’s a pretty appalling stat, isn’t it?

    How do we compare in terms of away bonus points against foreign opposition over the same period?

    I’m guessing it’s similar…

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.03.15 18:34:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : In the four seasons prior to this one, our bonus points for scoring four tries look as follows(bonus points = home + away):
    - 2011: 6 = 3 + 3 (all 3 away bonus points on tour)
    - 2012: 7 = 4 + 3 (2 away bonus points on tour)
    - 2013: 3 = 2 + 1 (the one away bonus point was on tour)
    - 2014: 2 = 2 + 0
    Looks from the above as if Plumtree used to be quite successful!

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.03.15 19:31:23 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : On the bright side, ours looks infinitely worse, we just don’t have the wealth of talent and depth.

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.03.15 21:01:21 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 16) : I personally think SA can’t field even 5 highly competitive super rugby team taking into account the current exodus of young and “old” talented players. I don’t think the stats will be much better for any of the other teams.

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.03.15 21:49:01 by JD Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 16) : @JD (Comment 17) : SA could have had 5 very good teams if none of our players plied their trade overseas.

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.03.15 03:34:36 by Ben Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 17) : Agreed, but that stat is seemingly on the increase in Aus and NZ too. That said, I guess the Super Rugby concept has almost run its course.
    @Ben (Comment 18) : Definitely agree, I once did a quick count of players that would be Super rugby level, that played in Europe, and I got about 50!!

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.03.15 06:56:14 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 19) : Yup, money talks…

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.03.15 07:00:49 by Ben Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 19) : The new Super Rugby format is awful. I’m not a fan at all.

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.03.15 07:25:21 by StevieS Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 21) : Please elaborate. How is it going to work?

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.03.15 07:27:03 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 22) : There will be 4 conferences. Australian of 5 teams, New Zealand of 5 teams and 2 x SA conferences of 4 teams each.

    Each SA conference will play other 3 teams in their conference home and away = 6 games.

    They will play the other 4 teams in the other SA conference once, 2 home and 2 away, = 4 games.

    They will then play EITHER the NZ or Aus conference (NOT both), then alternate the next year = 5 games.

    Total of 15 games to be played. SA teams basically play Currie Cup, with games against weaker Argentinean and Japanese Teams, plus a few overseas games.

    Aus and NZ conferences work the same. I’ll use a NZ team. Play every team in your conference once = 4 games.

    Then play 2 of the teams again = 2 games (unfair as you may get Chiefs twice while other team doesn’t)

    Then play against Aus conference = 5 games.

    Play against ONE of the SA conferences = 4 games.

    The aim was to reduce the travel and workload of the players, we therefore see a decrease by 1 game and more travel to Argentina and Japan. Well done SARU, you have your Kings.

  • Comment 23, posted at 17.03.15 08:14:19 by StevieS Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 23) : I am not so sure if the Argentine team will be necessarily so weak. The national coach was talking about loading it with as many Pumas as possible. He will obviously have to compete with large salaries in especially the French league. If he manages to get half of his internationals in that team, it will be a very formidable team.

  • Comment 24, posted at 17.03.15 08:19:23 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 23) : I would be lying if I said it makes sense to me, but thanks anyway. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 17.03.15 08:23:30 by Ben Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 24) : I heard that as well, but let’s wait and see who they actually manage to get.

    @Ben (Comment 25) : Just reread it slowly lol That’s the main problem people have, it’s very confusing.

    Another great point is that out of our 8 teams in the 2 conferences we can only ever get 3 quarter-finalists. The Aus and NZ conferences between them are guaranteed 5 guarter finalists out of their 10 teams. SARU doing their great work again :roll:

  • Comment 26, posted at 17.03.15 08:55:30 by StevieS Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 26) : What a joke! :roll:

  • Comment 27, posted at 17.03.15 09:04:03 by Ben Reply
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