Richard Ferguson

Sharks go down to Bulls yet again


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 14 May 2018 at 09:34
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Consistently inconsistent. That pretty much sums up the Sharks so far this season. A massive high followed by frustrating low losing 39 – 33 to the Bulls at Loftus.

It’s really hard writing this, because I was truly positive of a Sharks victory after that amazing showing a week ago. One has to wonder what the impact of those two yellow cards had on this game, as the match pretty much started with a 14 point turnaround in the favour of the Bulls.

The Sharks showed great mettle to get back into the game following that start, being 19 – 7 down at one stage early on, to still be in it at the end showed some character. I just feel the Sharks didn’t show the intensity of the previous weekend, an intensity that should be a given in a South African derby like this.

Not much else to say really, I hope we see the team get up from the loss and put in a good showing against the Chiefs. Once again, the Sharks could have made their lives a lot easier by winning this weekend, now sit in a must win position for probably the rest of the season. They are by no means out of the playoff race, but a performing Jaguares team is making the SA conference very interesting.

Positives to take from the match, Akker van der Merwe having a barn storming man of the match game and the Sharks getting a valuable losing bonus point in the last minutes.

The scorers:

For Bulls:
Tries: Gelant, Kriel, Smit, Kotze, De Jager
Cons: Pollard 4
Pens: Pollard 2

For Sharks:
Tries: Bosch, Vermeulen, JL Du Preez
Cons: R du Preez 3
Pens: R du Preez 3, Bosch



59 Comments

  • We were at Loftus and credit must go to the Bulls. They wanted to play and ran the ball very well. Contrary to that, the Sharks’ handling and passing was poor, with many passes going behind a player or bouncing before getting to a player. Also some very bad judgement calls in discipline, which I would say ultimately cost us the game. The team, for the most, looked a little lethargic. There were a few great moments and a few bad bounces of the ball, but a good team should play through that. Always sad to loose at Loftus ????

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.05.18 09:44:37 by T-Shark Reply
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  • @T-Shark (Comment 1) : You mention the Sharks passing and handling- its been poor for a number of years now. They juist look awkward. Last week against the Highlanders the crazy offloads stuck but this week they didnt as they havnt all year, they still try to offload when they should rather protect the ball. Bulls offloaded when it was on but otherwise set up quick ruck ball…Sharks still way off the pace in this comp in terms of handling

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.05.18 09:55:46 by SheldonK Reply
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  • Curwin Bosch’s trip cost us the game, I’m sorry to say. He can produce such amazing rugby, and then have brain implosions that are equally amazing. I’m hoping that experience takes off these rough edges because what remains will be legendary some day (hopefully soon)

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.05.18 09:58:28 by josefgremlin Reply
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  • Was also at game. Bulls kickrd a lot and basically we could not control the ball. Probably why were doing better against NZ teams as they don’t kick so much. I must add that most kicks did not go more than 15m and Rasta missed the 10m radius rule and Sharks was under pressure. He alsi missed plenty of forward passes that kept bls on front food. 2 bad mistakes by Bosch, 14 point swing, and AM. Bulls also playing offside line paralax visiin of Rasta to the fullest.
    Not our best show but if you look at detail 1 team was allowed and if we had 2 or more fair goes at it we could have avoided AM’s play by kicking in corner rather than having to chase the game.
    Sad part is… Now less SA teams have chance to really compete

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.05.18 10:09:23 by ebenp Reply
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  • Can’t expect to win with two yellow cards. And we’ve been doing so well on our discipline this year

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.05.18 10:16:10 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • We are at our most effective when the play the short pass / offloading game between forwards and backs.

    Whenever we do try to use a back line move it hardly ever worked in the game, as too many players had to stop to receive the ball, or worse the pass was even behind the player who had to turn around to rescue the situation.

    The back three also need to sharpen their kick receiving game. Nkosi seems to be the best at it, but I can’t recall either of the other two ever managing to take a high ball under pressure.

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.05.18 10:21:37 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Strictly speaking Curwin’s yellow cost us a 21 point turnaround. The Bulls exploited our lack of a fullback twice in the time he was off.

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.05.18 10:32:00 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @ebenp (Comment 4) : Regarding sneaky offsides, seems like assistant referees were rooting for bulls. No question that Rasta missed a lot, also with those 10m kicks, like he simply didn’t want to penalize bulls too much. Bulls were penalized more than the Sharks by 2:1 ratio but should have been much more. That result flipping hurt.

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.05.18 11:20:31 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • @Dragnipur (Comment 5) : Rasta is a pedantic little bugger, so why was he so patient with bulls transgressions?

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.05.18 11:22:14 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • Mitchell is now also complaining about the refereeing :roll:

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.05.18 11:35:42 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 10) : He can piss right off, the Sharks were hard done by

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.05.18 11:36:30 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • @josefgremlin (Comment 3) : Wow that’s harsh. There are so many things that went wrong but you single that out? How about Mapimpi refusing to jump for and run out an easy bouncer on his tryline? At least Curwin was actively defending Mapimpi just completely abandoned his duty. I was sitting metres away from that corner when it happened. I don’t think Curwin can be singled out, we made a number of flops any of which could have closed that 6 point margin.

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.05.18 11:38:10 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 10) : It’s churlish of Mitchell to complain when his side won the match, he’s got some nerve

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.05.18 11:40:18 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 10) : Not really though, just his take on the Bulls’ yellow. :smile:

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.05.18 11:41:12 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 10) : this is his third game in a row he has complained. He is trying to manipulate the refs I am sure!

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.05.18 11:45:45 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 14) : It was late and no arm and cynical. If it we’re late and legal it would be different. But the intent was clear. He should moan less and discipline the player internally to set an example. If score tables were turned that level of stupid play could cost the game.

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.05.18 11:48:25 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 16) : I agree. Was brainless from Snyman.

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.05.18 11:57:39 by McLovin Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 12) : Curwin Bosch tackled Roelof Smit front on and stopped him – something I said he could not do. :oops:
    Keep it up young man.

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.05.18 11:58:30 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Byron Wright (Comment 15) : I think he had reason to moan in the previous 2 games, especially the game against the Landers – both reffed by Glen Jackson. I feel that if a ref has a crap game then by all means call him out – but be sure of what you are moaning about. Mitchell is wrong about Snyman though. It doesnt help blowing smoke up the refs ass ala Mallett and the Supersport crew.

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.05.18 12:04:51 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Now Gert Smal is also miffed with a ref. :roll:

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.05.18 12:08:41 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 17) : You must be some special type of brainless when you are the size of Snyman and you have to do a hatchet job on the smallest guy on the field – I suppose it comes with the territory and is expected from one of the manne.

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.05.18 12:11:28 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 20) : Bet he’s not miffed with last weeks ref.

  • Comment 22, posted at 14.05.18 12:12:24 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 20) : What is your take on Gert Smal in his time at the WPRU – success / failure / too soon to tell?

  • Comment 23, posted at 14.05.18 12:13:45 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 22) : Exactly. Reckon they should all just shut up and get on with things.

  • Comment 24, posted at 14.05.18 12:15:14 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 17) : My point being that Mitchell s moaning actually vindicates that kind of action in the players mind. Instead of that rather put your foot down so you can ensure the other guys consider it a liberty from now on.

  • Comment 25, posted at 14.05.18 12:17:22 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 23) : I’m a fan. He’s doing a good job imo. They just need a new head coach and true private ownership.

  • Comment 26, posted at 14.05.18 12:18:11 by McLovin Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 25) : It’s like disciplining your children. If they see no repercussions and instead you publicly come out moaning about punishment, what message are you sending that guy? It’s ok to do this Coach won’t mind, infact hell have my back…

  • Comment 27, posted at 14.05.18 12:19:37 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Well at least we all know what will happen next! We will clearly smash the chiefs. Consistently inconsistent and for some reason better against the harder New Zealand sides…

    This has been one of the most painful seasons of sharks rugby to watch. Not because we have been that bad but the inconsistency. If we lost every game then we could accept that okay the sharks are bad but we can change things next year and improve. But this season we have played some of the best matches in sharks history immediately followed by some of the worst.

    I can only hope that if we stick with more or less the same coaching team and players that we will be a force to be reckoned with once we get that consistency. It has to be a mental thing aswe clearly have the ability.

    That being said I think we are lacking a good defence coach. Way too many tries conceded. Our mauls and maul defence has been shocking. We can’t catch a contestable high ball. And we lack a true open side fetcher. If we want to play an offloading game we also need to work on skills or learn when and when not to throw an offload.

  • Comment 28, posted at 14.05.18 12:21:35 by SeanyJMc Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 18) : Now if we can only teach him the art of the high ball in close contact as well. Seriously he has some small tweaks and he will be excellent.

  • Comment 29, posted at 14.05.18 12:21:51 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 24) : Or they should also complain when the ref favours them – that will really put the cat amongst the pigeons, imagine both Mitchel and Rob du Preez moaning about the ref not pinging the Bulls players that were ahead of Pollard when he launcehed his bombs. That would be one of the best ways to sharpen up the refs – which seriously needs to happen. A ref now knows that if he gets it wrong only one entity will feel agrieved and it will be blown over.

  • Comment 30, posted at 14.05.18 12:23:14 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 25) : I reckon what is said behind closed doors to players is very different from what is said at the press conf.

    I imagine Mitchell takes no shit and Snyman would be in no doubt as to where this type of play belongs.

  • Comment 31, posted at 14.05.18 12:23:30 by McLovin Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 29) : agree completely. Once he can dominate in the air and make those crucial one on one tackles he will be world class. I think if he just gains a bit more muscle and weight he will have the confidence to compete. But age and experience will help too

  • Comment 32, posted at 14.05.18 12:30:04 by SeanyJMc Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 29) : I havent been the biggest fan but I think he is a a work in progress and that there is progress especially now that he knows he is our fullback. I think his biggest drawback is the fear of getting injured and who can blame him – he is still very young and not the biggest of chaps. As you say, if he can master the highball while smelling, on their breath what the opposition had for lunch he will be well on his way to being a star.

  • Comment 33, posted at 14.05.18 12:39:06 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Tough lose, but the strange thing is, mathematically we can still win the conference and get a home quarter final ..

    Easier said than done cause all we have to do is win all of our remaining games (schedule from hell) and certain other results need to go our way in the conference ..

    Maybe ..

  • Comment 34, posted at 14.05.18 13:32:09 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 34) : I actually hope we don’t. We should make quarters but the hardest path with the most to lose. The sharks should not get any easy wins because they don’t play for their lives they don’t play at all. Unfortunately our guys are way to prone to complacency.

  • Comment 35, posted at 14.05.18 14:05:53 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 35) : Sad but true

    hearing john Mitchell talk about his philosophy at the bulls, thats starts with fitness tests, all the time, interesting stuff, im sure other teams do fitness test, but some how the bulls seems willing to running all the time. the work rate of their locks is insane. Also their ball in hand technique is on point, they change it in line with the situation.

  • Comment 36, posted at 14.05.18 17:21:56 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • At least I get to watch the sharks play twice in cape town this year, SR in july and CC in sept

  • Comment 37, posted at 14.05.18 23:41:06 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • Interesting how the Bulls’ ball carrying which was so ineffective the previous week against the Stormers worked so well against the Sharks.

    The Sharks’ defensive system sucks.

    And that’s what cost them the game. Not the referee or the Bulls being very good.
    Aside for Gelant, which was indeed very good.

    Defence and their 2 best backline players being binned.

  • Comment 38, posted at 15.05.18 02:08:19 by fyndraai Reply
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  • I also have some doubts about Rob du Preez at 10.
    His place kicking is excellent, but his passing and line kicks are iffy.
    And he is very slow for a back. More like loose forward material.

  • Comment 39, posted at 15.05.18 02:15:23 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 36) : Now the Bulls and the Boks have lost the services of Lood for the next 4 months. He must be the form lock in SA

  • Comment 40, posted at 15.05.18 07:28:22 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 38) : Stormers forwards smashed the Bulls which meant they could not get their attacking game going.

    In the first half of the Sharks game the Bulls had around 65-70% possession, and really made hay while the Sharks were without a fullback.

  • Comment 41, posted at 15.05.18 07:31:11 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Looks like Sharks will be playing the Chiefs B-team this weekend.

    All their All Blacks withdrawn plus injuries should make for an easy win for the Sharks.

  • Comment 42, posted at 15.05.18 07:36:12 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 40) : Not good. :cry:

    Who’s left PSdT; Mostertsous; and?

  • Comment 43, posted at 15.05.18 07:55:22 by McLovin Reply

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  • @fyndraai (Comment 39) : That’s why Province let him go. Holding them back. ;-) :mrgreen:

  • Comment 44, posted at 15.05.18 07:56:28 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 43) : Snyman and Botha?

  • Comment 45, posted at 15.05.18 10:17:50 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 45) : Probably.

  • Comment 46, posted at 15.05.18 10:26:16 by McLovin Reply

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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 37) : @McLovin will be there in full support for The Sharks :mrgreen: :lol: ;-)

  • Comment 47, posted at 15.05.18 11:03:55 by DuToit04 Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 18) : He has really stepped up the past few games – had the privilege to meet him after the game – tell you what, he wasn’t pleased with himself at all – he comes across as a perfectionist and thus puts a lot of pressure on himself to perform. I reckon this all builds character and experience – look at his defensive work rate, a serious improvement from last season – his age counts heavily in his favor for the future.

  • Comment 48, posted at 15.05.18 11:28:24 by DuToit04 Reply

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  • @DuToit04 (Comment 47) : I’m too far away sadly. :cry:

  • Comment 49, posted at 15.05.18 11:28:39 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 49) : aahhhh sorry man :|

  • Comment 50, posted at 15.05.18 11:31:38 by DuToit04 Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 20) : I see he is lodging a complaint against the ref……will probably also insist that Egon Seconds handles all their remaining games.

    A few years ago when Nick Mallet was also chief honcho at WPRU he pulled a similar stunt, couriering a video to the authorities with all the refs supposed indiscretions.

  • Comment 51, posted at 16.05.18 08:33:42 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • And in news just in Mike Fraser of New Zealand will be the ref for the Sharks vs The Chiefs from New Zealand. :cry:

  • Comment 52, posted at 16.05.18 09:13:08 by Loosehead Reply

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  • @Loosehead (Comment 52) : Clearly Gert Smals complaint has fallen on deaf ears. Anyway Fraser must now know that he will be under extra scrutiny from all.

  • Comment 53, posted at 16.05.18 09:23:46 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Loosehead (Comment 52) : SANZAAR realized the Chiefs will really need help to even things up.

  • Comment 54, posted at 16.05.18 09:34:52 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 51) : Ridicilous waste of time. :roll:

  • Comment 55, posted at 16.05.18 10:13:36 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 51) : The big difference here is that Smal,Mitchell,and Mallet in his time, actually did something about their perceived refeering indiscretions.
    When was the last time anyone from the Sharks opened their mouths, except to ask for a jar of vaseline, as they assume the position.

  • Comment 56, posted at 16.05.18 11:22:53 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 56) : Didnt Gary Gold try to break into the AR booth at one or other game – took a lot of flack for that.

    To be honest we dont really know what goes on behind the scenes after a game unless the union announces it. I believe that a review is done by both teams of the the refs performance after a game and these are then forwarded to SANZAR Refs association etc for their information. What weight this carries is any ones guess.

  • Comment 57, posted at 16.05.18 11:43:08 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 57) : Not questioning what we don’t know,just questioning what we do know, that Small and Mitchell have the balls to say it out loud while our guys don’t.

  • Comment 58, posted at 16.05.18 12:03:01 by The hound Reply
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  • @DuToit04 (Comment 47) : I hope to see him, would be great if those of us in cape town could meet up before or after the game at the Sharks supporters club in newlands (walking distance from the stadium), lets make it happen

    Guys did you realise that if we had beaten the waratah like we really should have instead of drawing we would have been second in the sa conference for weeks, we are the second best sa team in my humble assessment, but we cant beat the bulls cause they seem tailor made to neutralise our strength and exploit our weakness, and we seem to play them when they are at their best personnel wise. Just my opinion.

  • Comment 59, posted at 16.05.18 13:53:51 by revolverocelot Reply

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