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Sharks XV pick up much-needed win


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 27 Apr 2015 at 10:00
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Ryan Strudwick’s Sharks XV side recorded a stunning 52-12 Vodacom Cup win over the Boland Cavaliers in Empangeni on Saturday afternoon, blowing away a little of the gloom that has settled over Sharks country in the last month in the process.

With neither the Super Rugby nor the Vodacom Cup team on the winning side in any contest for very nearly a month, the clamours of discontent among fans began to deafen; things also started badly for the Sharks XV, as Boland scored the opening points via an unconverted try in the first minute of the game.

This week was a different one for the XV, though – a young team with very few Super Rugby squad members had the benefit of a full week’s training as a unit and with the harsh words of criticism following the tame capitulation against SWD still ringing in their ears, these boys decided to stand up and fight. Flank Khaya Majola scored the first try, off the back of a lineout drive and tied the game at 5-all, with Cameron Wright unable to nail the conversion. The scrumhalf made good later in the half with a try of his own, which he converted, also adding the extras to centre Marius Louw’s score two minutes later. At 19-5 ahead, the hosts were cruising; the bonus point came just before the break, with loosehead prop Barend Potgieter the scorer.

Starting the second half leading 24-5, the Sharks XV piled on the pain. Potgieter (a retreated flanker making a good fist of things in the front row) scored again ten minutes in. Another flurry of tries came after the hour mark, when a host of substitutions came on. Sandile Kubeka, on for Heimar Williams at flyhalf, created tries for both centres Tyler Fisher and Louw (again), converting both, with the final score going to the old man in the side, wing Tonderai Chavhanga.

As so often happens, Boland picked up a consolation score in the dying minutes, but with the Sharks already celebrating the half century, it was far too late to make any difference to the result.

The bonus-point win moves the Sharks XV up within striking distance of the top four; they will need to win both of their remaining pool matches, though, and hope for some other results to go their way if they are to sneak into the play-offs via the back door.

Sharks XV (52): Tries Majola, Wright, Louw (2), Potgieter (2), Fisher, Chavhanga. Conversions Wright (3), Kubeka (3).
Boland (12): Tries Africa, Sass. Conversion Rust.



28 Comments

  • Well done guys!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.04.15 10:31:55 by [email protected] Reply
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  • Awesome weekend for Sharks rugby!! No teams lost!

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.04.15 12:40:54 by Pablo Dinero Reply
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  • Congrats Sharks XV!

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.04.15 13:53:46 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I can put down R50 of my hard-earned money and bet that Glen Jackson will be the referee when the Sharks play the hurricanes in a fortnight. How do I know this? Well, it will secure the worst possible outcome for the Sharks because they have never ever won with Jackson refereeing a game, and I don’t believe it would be co-incidental. I believe the Sharks can claw back some respect, but it requires patience on attack, accuracy in defence and confidence in outlook.

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.04.15 14:09:41 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • And of course, well done the Sharks XV lads!

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.04.15 14:10:12 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • great result. Really hope for some continuity in this side in the next couple of weeks.

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.04.15 09:32:05 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 6) : amen to that!

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.04.15 09:53:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Just wonder how much of a disruption the Junior Boks will be?

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.04.15 10:06:41 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 8) : we’re losing the DuPs. Other than that, nothing

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.04.15 10:11:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 8) : Think it’s a moot point anyway. Not being ugly, but the Sharks VC campaign is virtually done. They have to hope SWD stumble, which is unlikely, as they have been pretty consistent. Sharks have to get past Griquas and EP Kings. Their recent form suggests that beating Griquas will be a major upset. They will also need max points and hope SWD drop points.

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.04.15 11:36:44 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 10) : SWD aren’t going to beat WP, so the door is likely to be left ajar.

    I agree that the chances of beating Griquas are slight, but glad we’re playing them in PMB. Should get a decent crowd.

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.04.15 11:40:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : Definitely the door is ajar, but SWD also play Border, so they stand a good chance of beating Border, who haven’t been flash. SWD still need to play Border and WP. Sharks to play Griquas and EP Kings. It is possible, but they will have to play well and hope the SWD stumble against Border and not get a bonus point.

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.04.15 12:01:30 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 12) : yeah, I just looked at the log again. I thought we were a point or two better off than we are.

    We need max points from the next two games and to hope, somehow, that SWD get no more than 4 points from their next two games. A bloody long shot, given that they play Border

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.04.15 12:04:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • where is the border game? Border gave Cheetahs a massive battle.

    anyway how did Heimar do at 10?

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.04.15 12:32:10 by Kabouter Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 10) : Yeh look the VC campaign is done and dusted. Just hoping to retain some consistency in last 2 games to save some face and perhaps get some confidence back at the union

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.04.15 12:43:42 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Kabouter (Comment 14) : it’s in Albertinia, wherever the hell that is.

    Heimar did a reasonable job, apparently, but Boland were poor. There was some excitement about Khubeka’s cameo at 10 later in the game.

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.04.15 12:45:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : jeez, there will be some “hectic” support from the local community!!! lovely small town Albertinia, close to Mosselbay & George, but from memory watching my dad play there, the supporters get a bit hot under the collar quite quickly. May it can benefit Border :shock:

    will they persist with Heimar or will Sandile get a start? Any more background on him – I know very little and have not picked up much from blogs so far.

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.04.15 12:52:42 by Kabouter Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 12) : have to admit the SWD made the Kings look extremely ordinary this weekend. I really like Bevan Fortuin’s attitude and spirit he has instilled in SWD. He took a bit of a swipe at Kings afterwards though. There is some real bitterness here in the Eastern & Southern Cape regarding the makeup of next years S16.

    Problem for SWD is that their best players on day Buys and Bock on the wrong side of the perceived age barrier but jeez the gees in the SWD as compared to the Kings reminded me of the Saders vs Sharks a few weeks ago.

    Plenty problems to be addressed or Kings will be wipped like Queens

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.04.15 12:58:40 by Kabouter Reply

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  • @Kabouter (Comment 17) : I’m pretty sure they’ll continue with Heimar. Sandile is a talent – played mostly centre but also some flyhalf for Kearsney. SA Schools as a centre in matric.

    Missed out on junior boks and seems to have battled a bit with injury. Not a very big guy, but seems very talented.

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.04.15 12:58:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : thanks!

    been looking at stats and I am more and more liking the idea of Paul Jordaan at 15:
    Height Weight
    Brent Russell 1.74m 83kg
    Jason Robinson 1.73m 83kg
    Matt Rogers 1.82m 87kg
    Matt Giteau 1.78m 85kg
    Kurtley Beale 1.84m 90kg
    Paul Jordaan 1.80m 88kg

    Physically no issue and heaps of pace + x factor!!! Hope he gets to run at least 1 VC game there before joining SR squad

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.04.15 13:09:03 by Kabouter Reply

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  • @Kabouter (Comment 20) : Interesting stats. Im just curious as to why we think Jordaan will be tried at 15? Has any of the coaches hinted at it? Or is it just us playing fantasy rugby on this site.

  • Comment 21, posted at 28.04.15 14:18:07 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 21) : nah, this is just us speculating.

    Sean Everitt said something to me last year about how Jordaan could play there (or anywhere). When I pressed him he told me straight there are no plans to try it.

  • Comment 22, posted at 28.04.15 14:25:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : Ah ok i was really just wondering if there was any basis to this or just pure speculation. I think there are other solutions at 15 so Jordaan must play 13….or wing

  • Comment 23, posted at 28.04.15 14:30:17 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 23) : most of what I write is speculation.

    Or am I saying that to protect my sources?

    :)

  • Comment 24, posted at 28.04.15 14:51:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 23) : I think the far more important question is will Paul play any SR this season?

  • Comment 25, posted at 28.04.15 14:59:43 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : Sneaky sneaky haha

  • Comment 26, posted at 28.04.15 15:00:31 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 25) : Im gonna go with prob not hey. Wud be surprised to see him before CC starts

  • Comment 27, posted at 28.04.15 15:01:12 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 27) : Same here

  • Comment 28, posted at 28.04.15 15:06:09 by vanmartin Reply
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