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What they had to say: Sharks vs Force, Round 7


Written by Stephen Smith (StevieS)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 30 Mar 2015 at 09:15
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Our round-up of news from around the globe continues:

South Africa:

“The Sharks have burgled a 15-9 victory over the Force Saturday after an error-strewn Super 15 match in Durban. Despite being outplayed for much of the game at Kings Park stadium, Sharks bagged four points and climbed four places to third on the table. It was the third consecutive victory for the Durban outfit, who will play far better than they did against the Force and lose in the southern hemisphere inter-provincial rugby championship.” – news24.com

“The win lifts the Sharks above the Stormers to the top of the South African conference – a damning indictment of the quality of South African rugby at present. The Sharks didn’t deserve to win this, and the fact they emerged victorious was more down to the Force’s inept finishing than the Sharks’ quality of play. For large parts of a dour encounter the Sharks were utterly abject, yet second-half tries from SP Marais and Lwazi Mvovo gave them the win and four vital log points. They may have been missing a number of Springboks, but that’s no excuse for the dismal display that was on offer at Kings Park.” – sarugbymag.co.za

“It was one of worst halves of rugby seen all year – the Sharks looking like a fish-a-chips team at the local club, a bunch of players just rocking up on a Saturday without having trained and hoping to get the game over as soon as possible so they can go to the pub afterwards.” – rugby365.com

“SP Marais set up a Lwazi Mvovo try that enabled the Cell C Sharks to get out of what should be remembered as a night of great escapes with a 15-9 win over the Western Force in an utterly forgettable Vodacom Super Rugby clash at Kings Park on Saturday.” – supersport.com

New Zealand:

“7 Sharks (last week #8)

Another team winning ugly, but winning nonetheless. The Sharks have now rattled off three straight victories, their latest coming in scrappy style over the limited Force outfit in Durban. May be yet to find any sort of rhythm, but, yes, that’s them at the top of the South African conference.” – stuff.co.za

Australia:

“TWO disallowed tries ensured the Western Force ended their South African tour winless with the Sharks securing a 15-9 Super Rugby victory at Kings Park in Durban.” – dailytelegraph.com.au

“Two disallowed tries ensured the Western Force ended their South African tour fruitless on Saturday, with the Sharks winning their Super Rugby match 15-9 at Kings Park in Durban. The Force were looking to shake off the heart-breaking, last-second loss to the Bulls in Pretoria after controlling the majority of that contest and again they took it right up to more fancied South African opponents.” – smh.com.au

“The Sharks ran in two tries after the break courtesy of SP Marais and Lwazi Mvovo to secure the win despite the Force feeling as though they were the better performers.” – theroar.com.au

International:

“For coach Michael Foley it was another case of being proud of his team’s performance, but disappointed with the result.” – espnscrum.com

“The Sharks secured a scrappy 15-9 victory over the Western Force on Saturday in a Super Rugby game that won’t be remembered for quality. It wasn’t pretty in Durban, far from it, but the home side won’t worry about that as they got the job done against a Force side who should have scored three tries, two of which were chalked off by the match officials.” – planetrugby.com

“The Sharks asserted their physical authority early on as a dominant scrum against the head led to a first shot for flyhalf Frans Steyn, who was off-target on five minutes. However, it looked like the set-piece was definitely going to be a trump card for the Sharks. Surprisingly though, the Force would win a scrum penalty at the next but this time Sias Ebersohn was the player missing his attempt at goal.” – sanzarrugby.com

“The Sharks had to come from behind in their 15-9 Super Rugby victory over the Western Force at Kings Park in Durban. The result extends the Sharks winning streak over the Force to seven straight wins against the Western Australia based side who led for most of the match. The match was the Sharks third consecutive victory but was anything but a spectacle for the Durban fans as it was an error-strewn affair throughout. Despite being outplayed for much of the game at Kings Park stadium, Sharks bagged four points and climbed four places to third on the table and dropped the Stormers to sixth.” – superxv.com

Twitter:

“#SharksvForce rugby boreathon…why do the forwards have to loiter in the back line? #SSRugby”

“Well done Sharks great second half and no yellow and red cards #SharksRugby #SharksForever”

“Sharks 15-9 Force, wasn’t that good of a game. Although nice try from @SPMarais #SharksRugby”

“Poor Rugby both by the Sharks and Force. Filled with errors. #SharksvsForce #SSRugby #SharksRugby”



40 Comments

  • Makes for rather dreadful reading.. :???: But thanks again Steve, good to see the the international response as always.

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.03.15 09:22:01 by Another Nick Reply
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  • Seems like I picked a great game to miss!

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.03.15 09:23:47 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • @Another Nick (Comment 1) : Thanks Nick.

    It made for awful reading, but I feel it helps to keep our guys grounded, and the champion teams know how to win, even if they have to win ugly.

    P.s. I’ll just go right ahead and assume you meant the comments make dreadful reading and not my article :lol:

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.03.15 09:24:32 by StevieS Reply
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  • Glad I missed this game completely.

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.03.15 09:28:49 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Dragnipur (Comment 2) @JarsonX (Comment 4) : : At times it was less than pretty…

    We kicked aimlessly and lacked direction with our running. Our tries showed what we’re capable of.

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.03.15 09:32:11 by StevieS Reply
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  • The Sharks are 3rd but don’t forget we played one more game than most of the other top teams!!!!!!!!!!! Bulls and Stormers could move above Sharks with victories as can the Warathas and then there’s three team in then NZ log that’s already scored more point than the Sharks, so in the Bye week of the Sharks they could go down all the way to 8th on the combined log. Not to pretty if you look at it like that!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.03.15 09:32:46 by JD Reply
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  • “The win lifts the Sharks above the Stormers to the top of the South African conference – a damning indictment of the quality of South African rugby at present.”

    This is the truth if ever I have seen it!

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.03.15 09:36:26 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 6) : But we won, let’s just enjoy that fact.

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.03.15 09:37:41 by StevieS Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 7) : I don’t mean to be a gloom merchant guys, just trying to keep perspective.

    I still want you to get behind our boys 100%.

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.03.15 09:39:38 by StevieS Reply
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  • Best part of my weekend was watching the Stormers get shunted.Especially when that centre did a Mike Catt on Kolbe.The wheels really fell of that team.
    Oh I also enjoyed watching the N.Z double choke in a half hour.
    The cricket team loosing their bottle in front of 90000 at the MCG. and the sevens team getting raped by Fiji in front of 45000 in Hong Kong,and they call us chokers.

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.03.15 09:44:35 by The hound Reply
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  • Nice one Steve. I admire the steely resolve necessary to willingly read up on that game!

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.03.15 09:50:21 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 10) : LOL I’m glad you enjoyed your weekend :lol:

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.03.15 09:51:28 by StevieS Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 11) : Thanks Big Fish.

    There were times I thought I wouldn’t make it, but then I remembered all of those Sharks fans eagerly awaiting this article and it pulled me through ;-)

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.03.15 09:52:46 by StevieS Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 13) :
    :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Please share that compassion for Sharks fans with the players – maybe then they will spare us such ugly rugby!

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.03.15 09:55:54 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 4) : I couldn’t take more than 30 minutes. Switched to French Top 14 and it was beautiful.

    Sharks rugby is stale, unimaginative, depressing crap. In contrast, check out the highlights of the weekend’s Sarries vs Quins game. Isn’t this what backline play should look like?:

    http://www.premiershiprugby.tv/

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.03.15 09:57:32 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Aussie press clearly not happy about the two tries. One was clear obstruction (thank you Frans), the other as Morne explained on twitter should also have been disallowed even if it was for the wrong reason.

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.03.15 10:02:50 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 14) : I wish I was so connected that I could just chat to them.

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.03.15 10:04:23 by StevieS Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 16) : Every Aussie article was about those 2 tries.

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.03.15 10:05:23 by StevieS Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 3) : :lol: :lol: You will assume correctly sir! I guess from a Sharks point of view we should be thankful we won, and just take the points. But my word.. that 80 minutes nearly made my eyes bleed.

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.03.15 10:07:51 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @Another Nick (Comment 19) : Only ‘nearly’? :lol:

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.03.15 10:10:33 by StevieS Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 20) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.03.15 10:17:01 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @Another Nick (Comment 21) : I’m hoping to see this team vs the Crusaders:

    1. Beast
    2. Cooper
    3. Jannie
    4. Botha
    5. Wentzel
    6. Marcell
    7. Jean
    8. Kanko
    9. Cobus
    10. Lambie
    11. Mvovo
    12. Frans
    13. Sbu
    14. JPP
    15. SP

    16. Hadebe
    17. Thomas
    18. Lourens
    19. Oosthuizen
    20. Alberts
    21. Wright
    22. Fred
    23. Odwa

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.03.15 10:41:19 by StevieS Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 22) : No Bothma?

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.03.15 10:45:41 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 23) : Bothma over Alberts any day.

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.03.15 10:49:55 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 22) : Wright must’ve been a sole warrior in a quality laden Sharks XV that went down to WP (travesty!)….

    and…

    Drop Kanko for Bothma.

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.03.15 10:52:42 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @StevieS (Comment 22) : I would have Bothma ahead of Kanko.

  • Comment 26, posted at 30.03.15 11:38:14 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 25) : haha if you think our lineout is kak now, drop Kanky and you’ll see.

  • Comment 27, posted at 30.03.15 11:57:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 26) : @robdylan (Comment 27) : @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 24) : @Pokkel (Comment 23) : What do you rate as our best team?

  • Comment 28, posted at 30.03.15 13:15:43 by StevieS Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 28) :

    1. Beast
    2. Cooper
    3. Jannie
    4. Botha
    5. Wentzel
    6. Marcell
    7. Bothma
    8. Kanko
    9. Cobus
    10. Lambie
    11. Mvovo
    12. Frans
    13. Sbu
    14. Odwa
    15. SP

    16. Hadebe
    17. Thomas
    18. Lourens
    19. Alberts
    20. Deysel
    21. Wright
    22. Fred
    23. JPP

  • Comment 29, posted at 30.03.15 13:23:49 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Ok best available team.

    1. Beast
    2. Cooper
    3. Jannie
    4. Mouritz
    5. Wentzel
    6. Marcell
    7. Deysel
    8. Bothma
    9. Reinach
    10. Lambie
    11. Mvovo
    12. Frans
    13. Sithole
    14. JPP
    15. SP

  • Comment 30, posted at 30.03.15 13:28:38 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 30) : Reserves?

    @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 29) : Strong team.

  • Comment 31, posted at 30.03.15 13:35:25 by StevieS Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 31) :

    16. Hadebe
    17. Thomas
    18. Lourens
    19. Giant
    20. Kanko
    21. Ungerer
    22. Zeilinga
    23. Wilson

  • Comment 32, posted at 30.03.15 13:47:19 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 32) : Very nice. I like the balance.

  • Comment 33, posted at 30.03.15 13:59:37 by StevieS Reply
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  • Thanks for wading through all that for us…

  • Comment 34, posted at 30.03.15 17:19:56 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 29) : That’s my team for Saturday too…

  • Comment 35, posted at 30.03.15 17:21:24 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Rugby365: “…one of the worst halves of rugby…” I wonder which half of rugby you can find in this season that was worse than thia first half?!

  • Comment 36, posted at 30.03.15 17:23:21 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 36) : I must tell you, when we scored that try and it was 6-5 to them and we ended up straight back on the backfoot, I was seriously worried that 2004 was going to repeat itself.

  • Comment 37, posted at 30.03.15 18:28:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 37) : I hear you loud and clear. It went through my mind! I was sitting in almost the same spot as I was at that game. I was close to the field and shouting so loudly that I was hoarse for the church service yesterday!!! :shock:

  • Comment 38, posted at 30.03.15 19:13:13 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 37) : The number of stopages for all the millions of various little reasons also didn’t add to the flow of the game.

    Most refs would not have allowed the water “boys”(coaches) to come onto the field every time the scrum collapses (maybe not that bad, but it sure felt like it)… :roll:

  • Comment 39, posted at 30.03.15 20:49:09 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 34) : My pleasure. I aim to please :mrgreen:

  • Comment 40, posted at 30.03.15 21:35:13 by StevieS Reply
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