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Credit to Beast


Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 29 Feb 2016 at 10:54
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The Cell C Sharks turned a narrow 7 point half time lead into a convincing 43 – 8 win, when they faced the Southern Kings in their Round 1 Super Rugby encounter at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on the weekend.

The Sharks found themselves 5 – 0 down nine minutes into the first half, but two tries from Jean-Luc du Preez and Odwa Ndungane along with a Joe Pietersen penalty gave the visitors a 15 – 8 lead at the break.

Head Coach, Gary Gold gave all the credit to his captain Tendai Mtawarira after the Sharks came out a very different team in the second half scoring 28 unanswered points, saying “it was all Beastie”.

“Credit must go to Beast, he stepped in and told the players they must bring it on, there was a pace we wanted to play the game at and we were just not playing at that pace and there was an accuracy that was missing. The guys really gelled around him and came out in the second half and really played well.”

A very humble Beast replied, “It’s a massive honour to step into Pat’s shoes, and I’m well supported in the team with guys like Odwa and Marcell that makes it easy for me on the field. In the first half the discipline was not good, but we had a hard talk at half time.”

The captain was happy with their first outing, saying they were very decent at the set pieces, but admitted it’s a work in progress.

“We had a very good pre-season and all the things we wanted in our game we had done in our training and it’s now just a matter of taking it onto the field. The boys really scrummed well and it’s something we want to continue with this season and especially the guys behind us, the back five, brought a lot of pressure.”

Beast also praised the younger guys in the team, who really stepped up to fill the boots of the men before them, especially the du Preez twins.

“They very enthusiastic, they hungry and they want to prove a point and it’s great to have that hunger and getting the balance between experience and the youngsters is really good. It even makes me more hungry to get out there and play at that kind of pace and intensity.”

Gold also touched on the seasoned Odwa Ndungane, after he was referred to as the Madala in the team.

“A guy like Oddy really stepped up to the plate, he’s like a fine wine, he just gets better with age. He’s a fantastic support to Beast aswell and I thoroughly believe he derserved his position and that’s why he played this weekend. His finish was outstanding with his try in the bottom left hand corner. He’s a very wise rugby player, a great finisher and funny enough he hasn’t really lost a lot of his pace.”

In closing Gold said that he was happy with their finishing, but also admitted they left a lot of opportunities out there.

“I think it was just a bit of a jittery start, playing away from home and the Kings being such an unknown entity. We will have to be honest with ourselves and say we have to improve.”



18 Comments

  • “Credit must go to Beast, he stepped in and told the players they must bring it on, there was a pace we wanted to play the game at and we were just not playing at that pace and there was an accuracy that was missing. The guys really gelled around him and came out in the second half and really played well.”

    :cool: Beast Mode :cool:

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.02.16 10:57:34 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : I see what you did there :lol:

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.02.16 10:59:47 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : brilliant!

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.02.16 11:02:15 by Kabouter Reply

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  • Odwa has really picked up where Stefan Terblanche left off – Old Mr Reliable. He’s always in the right place, doing the right thing. I’d love to see him play at outside centre, just like Stefan, I think he’d be fantastic!

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.02.16 11:13:13 by josefgremlin Reply

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  • For his first outing as captain with new team members etc i thought Beast did very well…kept the team calm and composed and tried his best to liaise with a ref that doesnt like communicating with the players. ill be a sterner test this weekend against a Jaguares side that looks like they are keen to fight on the field…

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.02.16 11:23:49 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : I should change the heading to “Beast Mode ;-)

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.02.16 11:29:06 by pierre_mackie Reply
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  • No player ratings?

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.02.16 11:30:23 by Poisy Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 5) : I’m a bit worried about how disruptive they can be on the field. Hope the match officials are well prepped for this.

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.02.16 11:36:20 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 8) : Judging by this last weekend id say they arent prepped. This Sharks side is still looking to gel so a disruptive team could cause us issues. On the plus side those 2 warm up games against the french sides did give the team a taste of disruptive behaviour etc

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.02.16 11:43:38 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Poisy (Comment 7) : it’s too early in the season for ratings. Give the guys a chance.

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.02.16 11:50:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : oki doki just didn’t get to watch the game not sure how everyone went will catch some highlights this afternoon

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.02.16 11:55:32 by Poisy Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 11) : I’ll do a write up that highlights some of the good and bad play – without doing actual ratings. Might wait until tomorrow to do that (since Tuesday is typically a slow news day anyway)

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.02.16 12:06:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : cool thank you!

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.02.16 12:14:51 by Poisy Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : If I remember correct,last year you didn’t do ratings,but rather did a grouping,for example players that performed really well and players that need to work on certain aspects. Think you will do the same this year? Rather liked it,especially as we are trying to be positive and support the team

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.02.16 12:26:42 by HeinF Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 14) : Agreed. Think that format works better than assigning numbers.

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.02.16 12:32:52 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 15) : @HeinF (Comment 14) : constructive criticism.

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.02.16 12:48:26 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @Poisy (Comment 7) : @robdylan (Comment 10) : easy just give every player a 9/10!!! Sharks rule!!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.02.16 14:55:59 by JD Reply
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  • Only one game in but Beast did not have a bad game as captain! 100% winning record as captain!

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.02.16 17:58:18 by JD Reply
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