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Super Rugby 2018: Sharks v Sunwolves


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 10 Mar 2018 at 14:04
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It’s week 4, match 3 and the Sharks are still looking for win number one. They’ve underestimated the Sunwolves before and conceded some embarrassing trues to the plucky Japanese side, but surely today MUST be the day when the Durbanites get it together and deliver a solid victory for their fans?

As we saw last week, Durban at this time of year is a tricky place to play a high-paced game and the Sharks must sorely look to a rejigged pack, with powerful Akker van der Merwe and Johnny Meyer and hard-working Wian Vosloo all coming in for first starts, to bring down the hammer on the lighter Japanese eight. This game is a perfect one for a strong, tight 50 minutes, followed by half an hour of free-flowing try-scoring mayhem. Try to do it the other way around, though, and the Sharks could be in for trouble.

Vosloo will become Sharks Super Rugby play number 252 when he starts the game, following on from Louis Schreduer who snapped up number 251 last week. Also in line for their “numbers” are prop Ross Geldenhuys, who has 52 caps in Super Rugby, but none yet for the Sharks, and lock Gideon Koegelenberg, who will look to earn a maiden cap if he comes on.

Kick-off at Jonssons Kings Park is at 15h15.

Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Tera Mtembu, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Wian Vosloo, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Ruan Botha (captain), 3 John-Hubert Meyer, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Beast Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Gideon Koegelenberg, 20 Keegan Daniel, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Lwazi Mvovo.

Sunwolves: 15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Lomano Lemeki, 13 Sione Teaupa, 12 Michael Little, 11 William Tupou, 10 Harumichi Tatekawa, 9 Keisuke Uchida, 8 Willem Britz (captain), 7 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 6 Michael Leitch, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Kazuki Himeno, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Yusuke Niwai, 1 Craig Millar.
Replacements: 16 Atsushi Sakate, 17 Shintaro Ishihara, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Wimpie van der Walt, 20 Pieter Labuschagne, 21 Yutaka Nagare, 22 Ryoto Nakamura, 23 Robbie Robinson.



84 Comments

  • Very hot and humid here again today, hope the handling isn’t as bad as last week.

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.03.18 14:21:57 by KingRiaan Reply
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  • Got my Shark on, its raining in Cape Town, hoping for it to rain tries in Durbs.

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.03.18 14:22:42 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • Calm down ffs

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.03.18 15:09:14 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Why still so frantic?

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.03.18 15:09:45 by coolfusion Reply

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  • 9,10,15 playing like durps today :|

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.03.18 15:19:39 by Mephisto_Shark Reply

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  • Comedy of errors twice in a row

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.03.18 15:19:46 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Good teams are going to smash us big time.

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.03.18 15:20:01 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Sharks defense being tested by these guys

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.03.18 15:23:09 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Good tackle by Bosch

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.03.18 15:24:37 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • How does the dominant scrum get penalised??????

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.03.18 15:25:49 by jdolivier Reply

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  • We need the twins and Ginger back asap

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.03.18 15:28:01 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 11) : Agreed

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.03.18 15:28:20 by jdolivier Reply

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  • These guys are so close to offside its not even funny anymore

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.03.18 15:28:32 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • Poor play from Sharks forwards. Tera breaks to the wrong side of the scrum

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.03.18 15:28:56 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • what the actual fuck :shock:

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.03.18 15:29:18 by Mephisto_Shark Reply

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  • Wow! The Sharks are kak this year. :D

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.03.18 15:31:56 by Ben Reply
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  • whats going on today guys….

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.03.18 15:32:27 by Darius de Lange Reply

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  • @Darius de Lange (Comment 17) : Same as last week, 1min brilliance 15min kak

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.03.18 15:33:03 by jdolivier Reply

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  • Rob Jr is really off the pace the last two games

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.03.18 15:34:38 by jdolivier Reply

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  • Finally they get pinged for offside

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.03.18 15:35:03 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • Akker!!!!!

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.03.18 15:36:28 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • Sharks forwards are powder puffs today. Allow the Sunwolves to put a lot of pressure on our 9 and 10. However Akker scores a good try.

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.03.18 15:36:32 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • lekker akker!!!!nice try

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.03.18 15:37:21 by Darius de Lange Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 22) : Should say apart from the Angry Warthog

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.03.18 15:39:11 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Ignoring the badly offsides, some players need to be subbed already. Tera, Louis – time to gtfo the field

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.03.18 15:41:45 by Mephisto_Shark Reply

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  • Andre just left a try begging

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.03.18 15:41:57 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @jdolivier (Comment 26) : Yeah but Mampimpi should have called for the ball

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.03.18 15:43:24 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • Much better. Try Tera

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.03.18 15:44:12 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 27) : No argument there, but if Andre wants to be a springbok he needs to notice those things

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.03.18 15:44:59 by jdolivier Reply

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  • Good support from Vosloo in the movement

  • Comment 30, posted at 10.03.18 15:45:02 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 28) : But why tera, now he will start again next week

  • Comment 31, posted at 10.03.18 15:45:30 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 27) : He should be expecting Mapimpi on his left shoulder. Never even looked left once. That’s one of things, which the NZ sides get right.

  • Comment 32, posted at 10.03.18 15:45:34 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Have to say very plucky play from the Sunwolves

  • Comment 33, posted at 10.03.18 15:50:49 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 32) : Tera called, so he looked to pass to him.

  • Comment 34, posted at 10.03.18 15:51:54 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Andre Esterhuizen in my view by far the best 12 in SA right now, how strong is this lad??

  • Comment 35, posted at 10.03.18 15:52:35 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Sharks need to show more respect for the ball. Too many loose balls and looks like Wolves scores

  • Comment 36, posted at 10.03.18 16:04:22 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • That’s obstruction

  • Comment 37, posted at 10.03.18 16:05:32 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • And now SS drops the ball / signal

  • Comment 38, posted at 10.03.18 16:06:37 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 38) : It’s been awfully choppy and shyte since yesterday.

  • Comment 39, posted at 10.03.18 16:08:16 by Mephisto_Shark Reply

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  • Still 24-3 and Sunwolves on attack

  • Comment 40, posted at 10.03.18 16:08:34 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 22) : that’s our big weakness. Our tight five is very light.

  • Comment 41, posted at 10.03.18 16:09:19 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • And they score in the corner. Sharks will have to score another try to regain the BP

  • Comment 42, posted at 10.03.18 16:10:19 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 41) : Players just need to be more accurate

  • Comment 43, posted at 10.03.18 16:11:06 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Kak defense by Bosch but, on the other hand, one could probably forgive him for not trusting Mapimpi to make the tackle.

  • Comment 44, posted at 10.03.18 16:13:19 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Mapimpi is fast. Scores in the corner

  • Comment 45, posted at 10.03.18 16:13:25 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Du Preez has created two tries with cutout passes but also made some poor decisions today

  • Comment 46, posted at 10.03.18 16:14:55 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Our exit play is our major weakness.

  • Comment 47, posted at 10.03.18 16:15:58 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Chilly on now

  • Comment 48, posted at 10.03.18 16:16:21 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Yes Cam’s on

  • Comment 49, posted at 10.03.18 16:19:10 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 49) : And adds immediate speed on the ball. Vermeulen scores

  • Comment 50, posted at 10.03.18 16:20:19 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Have to say Beast has been very busy today

  • Comment 51, posted at 10.03.18 16:20:49 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • 36-8. 5 tries to 1

  • Comment 52, posted at 10.03.18 16:21:21 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Cam is miles ahead of Louis

  • Comment 53, posted at 10.03.18 16:21:25 by Mephisto_Shark Reply

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  • Sonny Bill Esterhuyzen doing some great offloads today

  • Comment 54, posted at 10.03.18 16:22:45 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • And Wolves score another try.

  • Comment 55, posted at 10.03.18 16:24:57 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • 36-15

  • Comment 56, posted at 10.03.18 16:25:53 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Lekker Wimpie!

  • Comment 57, posted at 10.03.18 16:26:13 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 57) : :lol:

  • Comment 58, posted at 10.03.18 16:26:51 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Funny how this ref can spot offsides when it’s a black shirt, not so much in white shirts….

  • Comment 59, posted at 10.03.18 16:27:20 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 51) : Motm performance by the beast

  • Comment 60, posted at 10.03.18 16:28:45 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 58) : Knew him at school, him and his brother were always huge Sharks fans

  • Comment 61, posted at 10.03.18 16:28:55 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @jdolivier (Comment 60) : Akker may have a claim as well

  • Comment 62, posted at 10.03.18 16:29:40 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 62) : Akker was sublime, beast has been a man mountain

  • Comment 63, posted at 10.03.18 16:30:36 by jdolivier Reply

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  • Brilliant kick by Cam

  • Comment 64, posted at 10.03.18 16:30:54 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Nkosi scores after a good kick and chase from Bosch

  • Comment 65, posted at 10.03.18 16:33:24 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Mapimpi’s defence much better today

  • Comment 66, posted at 10.03.18 16:34:17 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 62) : Big Andre also a rock for us

  • Comment 67, posted at 10.03.18 16:34:40 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 66) : And Bosch’s

  • Comment 68, posted at 10.03.18 16:34:44 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • How did we manage to not score there after Mapimpi’s run?

  • Comment 69, posted at 10.03.18 16:34:44 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Good steal from Vosloo and the excellent kick from Cam

  • Comment 70, posted at 10.03.18 16:38:04 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • In all honesty, this is better than last week, this is however an “easy” team. Hope this gives confidence to perform well in tougher matches

  • Comment 71, posted at 10.03.18 16:39:54 by jdolivier Reply

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  • Mapimpi is devastating with ball in hand. Just needs more work on his defense

  • Comment 72, posted at 10.03.18 16:40:21 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Good scrum from the Sharks leads to a try for Cam

  • Comment 73, posted at 10.03.18 16:41:29 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • BP should be safe now

  • Comment 74, posted at 10.03.18 16:41:48 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • This is the kind of score one would expect.

  • Comment 75, posted at 10.03.18 16:44:26 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Wolves backline moves very slick. Score in the corner

  • Comment 76, posted at 10.03.18 16:44:34 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Beautiful try by the Wolves!

  • Comment 77, posted at 10.03.18 16:45:12 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 77) : Did he really ground it though

  • Comment 78, posted at 10.03.18 16:46:07 by jdolivier Reply

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  • Some iffy defense from the Sharks

  • Comment 79, posted at 10.03.18 16:46:21 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • WTF. Just kick it out

  • Comment 80, posted at 10.03.18 16:46:41 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @jdolivier (Comment 78) : Don’t know. Seemed legit.

  • Comment 81, posted at 10.03.18 16:48:55 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Job done. BP against a very plucky never say die Wolves team.

  • Comment 82, posted at 10.03.18 16:50:53 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 80) : Ja what was that?

  • Comment 83, posted at 10.03.18 16:51:54 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 81) : One eyed supporters and all that

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