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Waratahs Blitz Sharks

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 27 Apr 2008 at 06:33
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The Waratahs made enormous inroads into securing a home semi-final – and raised hope they might win their first Super 14 title – by beating the Sharks to take second place on the Super 14 ladder last night.

Before a 26,402 crowd the Waratahs earned a bonus point as they gave the Sharks a four-tries-to-one hiding.

Rupert Guinness of RugbyHeaven writes that beforeWith their home record this season intact, the Waratahs now face three tough games away, starting with two in South Africa as from next week and then their round-14 derby against the Reds.

The pumped-up Waratahs, who led 3-0 at half-time courtesy of a Lote Tuqiri penalty in the 12th minute, charged to a 25-3 lead by the 65th after a four-try, 18-minute rampage.

The Waratahs first try, scored by Sam Norton Knight in the 47th minute, was the result of a sublime team effort.

The Waratah forwards set theplatform with a huge series of pick and drives, before five-eighth Kurtley Beale, playing one of his best games for NSW, floated a beautiful pass to his right to Norton-Knight, who bolted 15 metres to score.

Beale missed the conversion, but NSW were up 8-0.

The Waratahs’ second tryseven minutes later was set and scored by man of the match and No.8 Wycliff Palu. Palu forced a turnover with a massive hit on Sharks No. 5 AJ Venter. Hooker Adam Freier, who had just come on for Tatafu Polota-Nau, found a gap off the back of the ruck and ran before passing to Palu, who barged through two defenders to score. This time Beale’s conversion was good and NSW led 15-3. The Sharks, by now, were gasping, but the Waratahs did not take their hands off their throats – as they may well have in season’s past.

With NSW parked in the Sharks’ half and pressing, it was only a matter of time before they scored again – albeit not much time.

Again it was Beale who set the scoring move up with a deft chip kick 20m out that saw No.12 Tom Carter and winger Lachie Turner chase.

Carter was the first to the ball and grounded it perfectly to put the Waratahs up 20-3 after 59 minutes. Beale missed the conversion.

Then at the 65th minute came the Waratahs’s royal seal – Palu’s second try for the match and NSW’s fourth to secure a bonus point.

While Beale’s conversion bid was off, NSW had bolted to lead 25-3.

The Sharks scored a consolation try in the 78th minute to winger Odwa Ndungane to round out the full-time score 25-10.

The Waratahs only points in the first half were scored at the 12th-minute by Tuqiri.

NSW were awarded the penalty after a high tackle by Sharks No. 8 Ryan Kankowski on Waratahs halfback Luke Burgess.

But it was not five-eighth Beale who was given the task of kicking the penalty from 48m out and in front of the posts, but Tuqiri.

The Fijian-born star who had been heavily involved with runs and support play from the start, struck the ball sweetly to put NSW up 3-0.

His goal, struck with the calm of a seasoned goalkicker, vindicated the many hours he has invested in his kicking in training in recent weeks.

The Waratahs deserved to have already had points on the board considering their intent to attack from the kick-off.

The Waratahs delivered the message as soon as Beale kicked the ball to start the match, forcing the turnover in the very first maul.

NSW WARATAHS 25 (Wycliff Palu 2, Sam Norton-Knight, Tom Carter tries Kurtley Beale con Lote Tuqiri pen)
SHARKS 10 (Odwa Ndungane try Ruan Pienaar con Francois Steyn pen)
Referee: Steve Walsh (Nzl).
Crowd: 26,402.


  • what was most worrying for me was the breakdown, i’m sorry but the tahs hammered the sharks here winning turnover after turnover, its fine to think that both Botes and Daniel being lighter and faster provide he way forward with the ELV’s but i have never really bought into that. Phil Waugh is built like a small rhino, Mumm is basically a converted lock and Palu is a tank…they ruled the breakdown. ITs one thing to link well and be very mobile but you need the tanks right in it to win the breakdown.

    just my opinion, but that combo is not working. i think botes and daniel would be accetpable if ackerman and muller both playing, but thats not the case and the balance does not feel good as in past.

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.04.08 11:37:25 by cab Reply
  • What was worrying for me was the kak performance overall.

    It was almost as if the tahs toyed with us in the 1st half and then just klapped us in the 2nd.

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.04.08 11:39:33 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • And now with michalak having a bum knee, we have to find a flyhalf.

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.04.08 11:40:12 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • I hope the Bulls can soften them up for when we play them in 2 weeks time.

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.04.08 11:44:47 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
  • Waratahs were not that good. Sharks were just very average imo.

    KSA Shark

    Muir’s mind is already with coaching the Bok backline.

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.04.08 11:45:49 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
  • KSA Shark?????????????

    I don’t like you formal tone. 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.04.08 11:46:39 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Cant say I’m suprised really- the Waratahs are a great side. The gap is the really scary thing. I think my comment about the Stormers holding up the SA flag might be given more credence now. We have been lucky all season, which has made us complacent and apathetic to our deficiencies. 3 tough games ahead. We might still make 2 wins if we are equally critical of all players and get out our comfort zone. Go Sharks!

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.04.08 11:48:29 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • I think we are still living on last year’s tactics and player reputations- some players just aren’t performing, but are chosen on past performances. I also think that players are playing as individuals more than a team all season. Giving some players guaranteed places and never promoting others will do that.

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.04.08 11:52:33 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • yeah the Tahs are a very good side and formidabe at home, this nonsense about none of the aussies having a pack is just that.

    that said i believe a different sharks pack will give any team a go in the S14. the scrums were fine from the ahrks but its just the breakdown where they seemed to be getting pushed around with only bismarck adding anything. think carstens and bj to return for SAders, with muller and AJ/Ackerman at lock and Van den berg at blindside.

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.04.08 12:00:10 by cab Reply

  • before the season started i felt the stormers might creep into 4th with the sharks at 5th, but the sharks can stil do it, the one difference between the sharks and all other teams is that they do not give up, and that is why they are normally the best tourists. even the stormers give up when routed (see Saders game).

    they’ve had a fine season, except for the 2nd half of last game which was diabolical and if they dont make a semi that is the reason, the sharks should’v have targetted hat game in particular and were a better side, of course the ref was diabolical but thats done.

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.04.08 12:13:19 by cab Reply


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