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Sharks shine in the gloom


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 19 Sep 2016 at 09:39
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It may not have been ideal weather for rugby – in fact, water polo may well have been more fitting – but the Sharks found a way to bring themselves strongly back into Currie Cup semi-final contention on Saturday afternoon when they demolished the EP Kings by 53-0 at Kings Park.

In scenes reminiscent of 1995′s World Cup semi-final, the teams attempted to play on a sodden field in the midst of a torrential downpour, but it was the Sharks who made a better fist of it, scoring nine tries as they dominated virtually every facet of play. With pools of standing water on the field throughout, it was never going to be a day for running rugby. Chiliboy Raleplle and his men went about their task in clinical fashion, using their superior strength at the tackle point to force penalties early on. Curwin Bosch was instructed to seek out the corner flag each time in conditions that made goal kicking nigh impossible and the first try was scored within the opening five minutes from an attacking line out. On that occasion, the Kings did a reasonable job of stopping the Sharks’ maul, but some quick thinking (and hands) from Jean-Luc du Preez found Andre Esterhuizen a little wider out and the big centre cantered over for the opening score.

The second and third tries were more conventional forward tries; Ralepelle himself scored off the back of a maul in the 13th minute, with du Preez finishing off after an astounding 30-metre drive five minutes later. The Sharks saved the best of the half for last, though. Bosch scooped up the sodden ball (which hardly bounced all day) after a poor Kings clearing kick, found space and sprinted through into the 22, feeding a flying Inny Radebe on the left for a cracking score in the conditions. 24-0 was the half time score, with Bosch nailing two conversions from his four difficult attempts in the opening 40.

With the bonus point in the bag, the Sharks proceeded to chase the biggest win possible – knowing that on a tight log, points difference could well be a determining factor. A flurry of scoring early in the second half ended the contest and gave them the impetus they needed. First, Michael Claassens narrowly beat Francois Kleinhans to the dot-down for a push-over scrum try. The number 8 – impressive on the day, scored himself not long after, driving over from 5 metres out after the Sharks had spent time camped on the Kings line. Etienne Oosthuizen – voted man of the match for his strong game – scored the seventh after a clever front-of-lineout move between himself and Ralepelle.

Wandi Mjekevu scored a good try on the left wing after an hour, after right-wing counterpart Rhyno Smith had been denied by a try-saving tackle minutes earlier. As the replacements flooded on, the Sharks lost structure and it wasn’t until the final move of the game that they scored their ninth, with Khaya Majola picking a good angle to run in after a strong maul in the 22.

The win lifted the Sharks above the Blue Bulls and back into second place on the log, but with most teams now having a game in hand, teh Sharks will need some points from their trip to Ellis Park next week in order to ensure semi-final qualification.

Sharks (53): Tries Esterhuizen, Ralepelle, du Preez, Radebe, Claassens, Kleinhans, Oosthuizen, Mjekevu, Majola. Conversions Bosch (2), Lambie (2)
EP Kings (0).



41 Comments

  • For me the most impressive thing in the whole game was that cover tackle by Bosch

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.09.16 09:49:22 by KingRiaan Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 1) : That was impressive, showed a lot of pace and commitment! 53-7 just doesn’t have the same ring to it ;)

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.09.16 09:54:27 by HeinF Reply
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  • The worst thing was what happened to the scrum after the subs came on.

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.09.16 09:56:37 by MikeSebMatt Reply
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  • @HeinF (Comment 2) : The commitment he showed in that tackle was worth more than any of the points he scored. It showed that not only does he have oodles of talent, but he also has a huge amount of heart.

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.09.16 10:00:31 by KingRiaan Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 1) : @HeinF (Comment 2) : yes awesome commitment by the young lad!

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.09.16 10:01:45 by JD Reply
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  • @MikeSebMatt (Comment 3) : wow that was very bad!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.09.16 10:02:13 by JD Reply
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  • Overall a very good display from the Sharks in crazy conditions…think it could have been very close to being called off for waterlogged field. 2nd half scrums were a big issue when DuToit went to tighthead and Schoeman at loosehead. It was actually DuToit getting more of a hammering in that combo than Schoeman, not that Schoeman was good though. Im afraid Sharks need to find another tighthead and leave DuToit at loosehead. If they dont well i know what will happen…

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.09.16 10:25:52 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 7) : Yeah look, I know Tom wants to be a 3, but you are born a tighthead. I was also a loosehead that got forced to play 3, and I went from dominating at 1, to getting my arse kicked at 3

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.09.16 10:34:23 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 8) : With Chadwick gone, it’s not like we have an abundance of LH props anyway. He should be able to push Beast for a starting place next year if he starts to focus at 1 again. Think we really have nice depth in most positions, but 1, 2 and 3 we just don’t have the same power we used to have. At 3 we basically have lourens and Meyer…and then a few that should not really play there…

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.09.16 10:46:06 by HeinF Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 8) : Look fair play if he wants to play 3 but then show it…put big efort into learning the technique and getting your body composition right. I know he is still young but is clearly carrying too much weight and has lost power. He has such potential to be a phenomenal loosehead…cant think why he wants to play tighthead.

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.09.16 10:49:30 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 10) : I think it’s that there will be less players standing in his way if he plays 3.

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.09.16 11:19:29 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 11) : Well in the form he has shown at 3 that queue is bladdy long

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.09.16 11:35:56 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 8) : I know your pain!!! At school I also had to make the switch and quickly discovered the pain that I so loved to give tight heads!!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.09.16 11:58:12 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 10) : @KingRiaan (Comment 11) : @HeinF (Comment 9) : sorry to say but on current form (and just looking at what happened Saturday) I don’t think Thomas is an potion at 3 for Super rubgy! He will need to improve one hell of a lot in a very short time if he wants to make it next year!

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.09.16 12:00:47 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 14) : Agreed. perhaps Adriaanse will get released form the Boks for the rest of CC so DuToit can shift to 1.

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.09.16 12:08:32 by SheldonK Reply

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  • A quick question. I have never played prop, but what usually happens for a prop to loose form? I know it’s a combination of skill and strength, so I can understand how a prop looses some strength after an injury or as they get older. How does it work when a prop like Lourens plays well, then plays badly for 2 years and then rediscovers form again after so long? Did he have an injury that I forgot about?

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.09.16 12:18:49 by HeinF Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 16) : I suppose it depends what you regard as form for a prop. It could be a change in technique that gets better or worse results. Improved explosive power will help with form. And then it depends who they are scrumming against and with.

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.09.16 12:31:09 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 15) : can’t see that happening but personally I will not complain about it!

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.09.16 12:35:47 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 13) : Look I do believe that to be excellent at either loosehead or tighthead, that you have to play a couple of games at both positions, just so that you have a better insight of how to counter at the scrum. But geez, tighthead hurts.

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.09.16 12:36:22 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 17) : Thanks, hope his form continues. And that Thomas stays at 1…

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.09.16 12:38:42 by HeinF Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 20) : Agreed.

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.09.16 12:39:56 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 16) : Technique, explosive power, timing, self confidence, game time and combinations all make a difference. Also as a tighthead especially, u scrum as part of a 4 man team. The hooker, tighthead, lock and flank work together more as a unit as the loosehead, where at loosehead you basically just need your flank behind you to keep your ass in the scrum. for the past two years or so, Adriaanse mainly had Wentzel scrumming behind him, so he had no real power coming from behind, where now he has either Botha or Lewies scrumming behind him.

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.09.16 12:41:35 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 16) : @SheldonK (Comment 17) : personally there’s a couple of factors:
    Fitness (injuries, ageing, laziness all factor in here)
    Technique (just like in every other sport good techniques take lots of practice but it only takes minutes to get bad habits/technique. Constant skilled practice is needed to ensure your technique stays top level).
    Self confidence (if you feel good you will perform better).

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.09.16 12:47:53 by JD Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 19) : for sure 100% correct on both statements!!!

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.09.16 12:49:32 by JD Reply
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  • Nice to see the campaign back on track, i just had a quick question, If we finish second by hopefully beating the lions as I dont see the Bulls dropping their last match, will we secure a home semi? (as the semi is on 7th and 8th and SAvNZ is on the 8th?)

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.09.16 16:22:59 by Jeremiser Reply
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  • @Jeremiser (Comment 25) : If we get a home semi they may postpone the game till after the All Black test.

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.09.16 16:25:17 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 26) : Thanks, i know i should wait for the Bulls to play Boland, but was just wondering what would occur.

  • Comment 27, posted at 19.09.16 16:27:34 by Jeremiser Reply
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  • @Jeremiser (Comment 25) : very unlikely we can still finish second. We’d need to annihilate the Lions

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.09.16 17:25:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : let’s rephrase. Our net PD over the Bulls is 30.

    So assuming the Bulls beat Boland with a BP, we would need to beat the Lions, with a BP, by 30 points less than whatever margin the Bulls win by.

    i.e. if bulls beat Boland by 60, we have to win by 30.

  • Comment 29, posted at 19.09.16 17:27:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 26) : @Jeremiser (Comment 27) : @robdylan (Comment 29) : yes Sharks would get a home semi if they finish second. However like Rob said Sharks will in all likelihood have to beat Lions with a bonus point to stand a chance of finishing second. Personally I think if Sharks qualify for semis it will be in third place and will then play Bulls in Pta.

  • Comment 30, posted at 19.09.16 18:18:17 by JD Reply
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  • I rather not talk about a home semi if just a semi seems tough to call as we have to either win or take s point in jozi to get in the top 4.

    I think we had no chance against the cheetahs once all the experienced players were gone

    but really should have beaten WP

  • Comment 31, posted at 19.09.16 20:05:44 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 31) : yes let’s hope the guys can get a result in Jozi! or Griquas to do Sharks a favour by beating WP!

  • Comment 32, posted at 19.09.16 20:55:56 by JD Reply
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  • And in other news… heard that we are opening our Super Rugby campaign against the Reds in Brisbane. Suppose get the tour over and done with as soon as possible.

  • Comment 33, posted at 20.09.16 07:49:24 by Farlington Reply

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  • @Farlington (Comment 33) : not a bad place to start!

  • Comment 34, posted at 20.09.16 08:16:39 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 34) : Yeh could think of much tougher starts even if playing in SA.

  • Comment 35, posted at 20.09.16 08:40:48 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Farlington (Comment 33) :
    Reds A
    Brumbies A
    Waratahs H
    Kings H
    Cheetahs A
    Lions A
    Jaguares H
    Bye
    Rebels H
    Jaguares A
    Force H
    Kings A
    Sunwolves A
    Stormers H
    Bulls H
    Bye
    Lions H

  • Comment 36, posted at 20.09.16 08:46:38 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 35) : yes and then the tour is done!

  • Comment 37, posted at 20.09.16 09:11:15 by JD Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 36) : only bad part is travelling to Argentina and Japan before and after games in SA.

  • Comment 38, posted at 20.09.16 09:12:57 by JD Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 36) : @JD (Comment 37) : That is a good fixture list for the Sharks… Really does allow the Sharks to set themselves up nicely

  • Comment 39, posted at 20.09.16 09:13:21 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 38) : And a whole month at home before (potential) finals run

  • Comment 40, posted at 20.09.16 09:24:19 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 40) : and also 3 local teams at home!!!

  • Comment 41, posted at 20.09.16 09:30:58 by JD Reply
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