Good, but not great for Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 30 Mar 2008 at 10:05
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The Sharks stuttered to an ultimately convincing, yet far from emphatic victory over a brave Reds outfit at ABSA Stadium in Durban on Saturday night. The teams were locked at 10-all at halftime, but the Sharks scored 12 unanswered points in the second half to win 22-10.

Once again, the Sharks will rue the fact that they failed to secure a four-try bonus point against weaker opposition and they will be the first to admit that their finishing is far from clinical this year. A first-half try to Odwa Ndungane came very much against the run of play, as the visitors had the better of territory and possession in the first 40. Flanker David Croft took advantage of some sloppy Sharks defence after a poor lineout throw to score in the corner just before the break to erase the deficit, although the Sharks can once again thank their usually solid defensive pattern for repelling the Reds time and again.

The second half was all Sharks, yet again they should have had a better return for their dominance than two tries. The first came to Stefan Terblanche after an hour, after good work off the base of the scrum from new recruit Epi Tainone and replacement scrumhalf Rory Kockott. Man-of-the-match Bismarck du Plessis crashed over a few minutes later to put the result beyond doubt and the Sharks were pushing hard for the fourth when the final whistle caught up with them.

One felt that the referee’s decisions on the day, particularly in the second half, were somewhat lenient towards the visitors, in particular during one spell when the Sharks were camped on their goal line only to be denied. Then again, Ryan Kankowski’s trademark fluffy handling at the base was what ultimately put paid to the promising field position.

Frans Steyn was again woeful at flyhalf, although Brad Barritt was hardly better one position outside and between the two of them they conspired to ensure that very little ball got anywhere near the dangerous outside backs. Fred Michalak and Kockott injected some much needed flair when they came on and must surely be the first-choice halfbacks as the Sharks look to continue their momentum overseas.

Still, 6 from 6 and clear in second with a game in hand is a nice position to be in. As for the Reds, well, they’re a better team this year than we thought they would be and I reckon they’re going to give the poor Cheetahs a hiding next weekend.

Sharks (22) Tries by Odwa Ndungane, Stefan Terblanche and Bismarck du Plessis. A conversion each to Ruan Pienaar and Rory Kockott and a drop-goal by Terblanche.
Reds (10) Try by David Croft. A conversion and a penalty to Clinton Schifcofske.


  • Cudda and Brett both crocked. The Pony Club are going to have to dig deep to maintain that lead

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.03.08 10:26:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • I can’t agree more. Steyn was awful.

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.03.08 10:34:06 by BigFAN Reply

  • I’m starting to agree that we should play him at 12 because at least he can do less damage there

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.03.08 11:41:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • goodday all

    hiyas rob mate

    to me it was a very fast game and the reds nowhere as bad as was said
    these guys came to play and play hard and fast lets rather give credit where its due

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.03.08 13:20:07 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • the reds had 8 wallabies lets not forget

    the reds had rested some of those payers against the cats

    and the sharks to me maybe played their best game so far this year

    only 2 players for me didnt look that great and thats AJ and Murray

    here infact is how id rate the players in the game

    15 stefan 8.5
    14 odwa 7
    13 murray 5
    12 barritt 6
    11 jp 6
    10 steyn 7 defence was out of this world needs to better his attack
    09 ruan 7.5 played his best game this year to date
    08 ryan 6.5
    07 botes 7
    06 keegan 7
    05 muller 7
    04 aj 4
    03 jannie 7.5
    02 bissy 9
    01 beast 8

    cockott was awsome 8 but lets not forget the fact of tired legs up against fresh legs
    same with freddy who did a few stupid things and brilliant things

    sykes abd albert did good so too burden and epi

    cocky and fred 7.5
    forward reserves 7

    we must remember the subs are their to make an impact thats why its a 22 man team not 15

    i do feel we need to try steyn at 12 and have either murray or barritt at 13

    odwa had his first good game since injury nice to see

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.03.08 13:34:40 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • one player truelly putting his had up is stefan

    this guy is a revelation at 15

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.03.08 13:36:25 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Odwa was superb, I agree

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.03.08 13:46:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • this is the backline id still like to see



  • Comment 8, posted at 30.03.08 13:55:30 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • 10 steyn 7 defence was out of this world needs to better his attack

    Most of us KNOW how to improve his attacking play. 😆

    Who sang it? Sugababes
    Round round.

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.03.08 13:58:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Can we win without a left wing, sl? 🙂

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.03.08 13:59:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ksa, i am with you this week. Brad needs a rest

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.03.08 14:00:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • It is amazing how Fullbacks get better with Age.

    Look at the Rolls Royce Andre Joubert, and Percy. Both at their best in their 30’s

    And along comes Stefan and does the same.

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.03.08 14:00:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • lol ksa

    like i said before lets give the reds credit
    their loosies were damn fast too and caught steyn quite a few times

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.03.08 14:01:25 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • lol rob jp can stay there for now lol

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.03.08 14:02:35 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • what worried me is the way our backline runs

    it attacks the advantage line with no pace
    and unlike the reds for example we dont have players running off the ball enough

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.03.08 14:04:14 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • They did well, it’s true

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.03.08 14:04:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • if barritt is to rest lets play this backline


    2nd half bring on cockott and move ruan to fly half
    adi to IC and steyn to OC

    if theres 3 back reserves let epi cover

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.03.08 14:08:29 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Our passing is awful too

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.03.08 14:10:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • we can blame barritt but what about jp ??
    he isnt running at pace or attacking the gain line like he should

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.03.08 14:11:36 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • bad passing means bad coaching

    these things should be ironed out on the training fields

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.03.08 14:13:18 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • to me though dont make to many changes , this was a better performance so stick to combo’s as is and work at getting it better

    the one thing even the saders will find hard is to break through our defence

    the reds attacked brilliantly yesterday and with lotsa pace
    they still could’nt penetrate at will

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.03.08 14:15:36 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Hi everyone
    new to the website, so I’ll jump straight in:

    Our backline leaves much to be desired… while on paper we have what appears to be an exciting and talented line – their excution is almost amateurish, laced with fleeting moments of brillance.

    Steyn unfortuantly is not our answer to our flyhalf woes… he is a sturdy lad and until he matures his talents should be put to use as an inside centre. Hopefully this will take the pressure of him and give him more room to play his natural game (attack from broken play, long range drops). Freddie and Kockett have what it takes to set the backs alight – although Rory does need to calm down a little and pass the ball more.

    What I noticed in the game against the Reds (and the others actually) was that our backline lies very flat and we expect to attack the line standing still… Either our coaching staff is technically inept or our boyz are daft!!

    A simple solution would be for our line to stand deeper. However, that leads me to another observation – our passing/catching abilities… far to many handling errors! But I think that is a direct result of playing right on the gain line and rushing or forcing things…

    That said tho – the Reds did’nt give us any space at all. Their rush defence was superb. But we need to be able to adapt to different defences and dropping deeper would have helped things significantly.

    Kankowski is good in the loose – but lacks strenght and composure in the tight. Epi was awesome and brought a much need degree of stability to our forwards.

    Okay this is sounding like a post match anaylisis than a blog comment. Appologies, I’m stuck in the UK with all mates back home… no one to rant with except the missus 🙂

    We need to win our next game. The “Canes” are in 4th and we need to bury them.

    Play Kockett and Freddie as Half backs
    Steyn and Murry at centre
    I’m not sure about JP at the moment – maybe if the backline stands deeper and he gets more ball in space he will improve, but he is looking washed up at the mo… still he’s got talent we know that… so I’ll play him, with Odwa (but Odwa better keep up the good work, he had a good game against the Reds – much better than I’ve seen in a LONG time)
    Fullback is a dilema for me – while some of you may argue that Stefan is shining – I still feel he lacks the size, acceleration and stepping ablities that our counterparts downunder have. He is kicking very well though and his positional play is almost perfect. But I still don’t think his defence is all that good…
    I’d keep Ruan as an option…

    Our forwards are shining – but I think AJ is past his prime. Albert and Muller are working well. Start with Epi and bring on Kankowski as an impact player… I think it would suit his game better.

    But overall – lets keep up the sterling defence. Its whats going to get us a play-off spot…

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.03.08 15:25:39 by The_Deleted Reply

  • Welcome to the site, deleted. Where in the uk are you?

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.03.08 15:44:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • The Deleted??????????? 😆

    Is sort of like the opposite of The Chosen?

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.03.08 16:24:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I must say PJLD and me have been hot in the SB the last two weeks hey….

    But we were so bad the first weeks it not even funny…

    Some weeks with only PJLD getting less points than me….

    But I guess not picking my Friday games for I think it was week 2/3/4 was no help tome…

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.03.08 16:34:33 by Hmmm Reply

  • Hmmm 🙂

    Saying the people at the Sharks get togehter are boring was also no help to you.


  • Comment 26, posted at 30.03.08 16:38:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • LoL

    I thought nobody read that and my stirring was wasted….LoL

    Where is that thread now…

  • Comment 27, posted at 30.03.08 16:41:18 by Hmmm Reply

  • Hmmm

    that thread is a week or more old. 🙂

    Here is the link. You can comment if you want to get it back up.

  • Comment 28, posted at 30.03.08 16:44:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • As Hmmmm in he ruggaWorld pool I jumped from 68 or something to 40th…

    From last week 52nd to 40th this week….

    6/7.5/9.5 the last 3 weeks…

  • Comment 29, posted at 30.03.08 16:45:05 by Hmmm Reply

  • that is confusing

  • Comment 30, posted at 30.03.08 16:48:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • LoL

    I jumped from 68th in the last 3 weeks….

    And this week actually jumped from 52nd to 40th…

  • Comment 31, posted at 30.03.08 16:53:37 by Hmmm Reply

  • But I am to far behind to make to much of a difference…

  • Comment 32, posted at 30.03.08 16:55:49 by Hmmm Reply

  • so you were 68th for 3 weeks?

    then jumped to 52 and then to 40?

    I am a bit slow dude. (kroonstad) 😉

  • Comment 33, posted at 30.03.08 17:00:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I actually don’t think you are that far behind. was looking this morning.

    You and PJLD are less than 10 points behind me I think and like 15 behind the top 10.

    Not impossible by ANY means.

  • Comment 34, posted at 30.03.08 17:01:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • From the Sharks thread this am.

    SB Standings at the halfway point.

    1 Ghost10 56.08
    2 Kandas 51.94
    3 Sinbinners 49.11
    4 Villie 48.75
    5 the_finman 47.58
    6 namboer 47.24
    7 Debs 47.08
    8 Dive Pass 46.90
    9 Fatality 46.83
    10 IceBabe 45.83
    11 SauronShark 45.61
    12 PostmanPat 45.25
    13 Sharkie 44.61
    14 KSA Kette 43.38
    15 robdylan 43.00
    16 blackshark 42.61
    17 Nita 42.11
    18 bryce_in_oz 41.70
    19 shark_time 41.33
    20 Ollie 41.33
    21 Wehan 40.38
    22 Bru-El 39.20
    23 Sandshark 39.08
    24 shark-tank 39.00
    25 Lylmik 38.75
    26 King Shark 38.20
    27 PaarlGimmie 38.19
    28 Whindy 37.70
    29 Western Sauce 37.33
    29 Pissant 37.33
    31 fattmann 37.01
    32 ZinZan 35.75
    33 sharkboy 35.33
    34 Hmmm 34.03
    35 Salmo 33.07
    36 PJLD 32.88
    37 Boofy 29.96

  • Comment 35, posted at 30.03.08 17:03:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • A win is a win in my book. One could nit pick about bonus points, but if thay remian unbeaten, no bonus points be needed. 😎

  • Comment 36, posted at 30.03.08 17:52:31 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • Yeh KSA….but to make up 18 points is a lot….
    And those in the tops spots did not get there by luck….

  • Comment 37, posted at 30.03.08 23:18:49 by Hmmm Reply

  • But hey another few rounds in the mines…..who knows….LoL

  • Comment 38, posted at 30.03.08 23:21:24 by Hmmm Reply

  • And KSA I was referring to the ruggaworld pool as Hmmmm (4 m’s)….
    And no….I was still in 68th spot 3 weeks AGO….the I was 52nd last week and I jumped up to 40th this week…

    Jinne Kroonstad is making you real slow….LoL….

  • Comment 39, posted at 30.03.08 23:24:02 by Hmmm Reply

  • Hey rob
    Im based in West London, Ealing.
    I was one that emailed you about the proxy server! Thanks for that, works like a charm – and hence my through post on the blog 🙂

  • Comment 40, posted at 31.03.08 00:05:21 by The_Deleted Reply

  • LOL! The Chosen??? Nah KSA – I’m a bit of tech head and a matrix nutter! Ever wonder what happens to deleted programs??? There’s a complex theory based on the Matrix, Ghost in the Shell and Isaac Asimov’s A.I. chronicles that explains it…
    WHAT? You did’nt think techno geeks like rugby too??? 🙂

  • Comment 41, posted at 31.03.08 00:15:21 by The_Deleted Reply

  • 😆 😆

  • Comment 42, posted at 31.03.08 06:45:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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