Sharks win with room to spare

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks on 14 Jun 2008 at 11:45
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The Sharks won their compulsory friendly against the Griffons in Welkom on Friday night with 44-15 victory, running at the Griffons at every opportunity and scoring eight tries.

With new captain and flyhalf Bradley Barritt directing play the Sharks backs were too skillfull and pacey for the home side and Springbok Henno Mentz scored twice on his return to the team, according to

Barritt left his kicking boots at home, missing all five of his conversions attempts that could have boosted the scoreline.

The Griffons competed in the forwards and their new loose-forwards worked tirelessly with the Shimlas flanker Albert Parsons scoring one of his side’s two tries.

Sevens Springbok record try scorer, Fabien Juries, scored the second and bedazzled the defence with his counter-runs.

Former Leopards player Dumisani Matyeshana and lock Pampoen van Jaarsveld score tries in the last minutes to take the Sharks’ score past the 40-mark.


Sharks: Tries: Henno Mentz (2), Charl McLeod, Dumisani Matyeshana, Danie Dames, Pampoen van Jaarsveld, Jacques Botes, Waylon Murray. Conversions: Matyeshana, Luzuko Vulindlu.

Griffons: Tries: Albert parsons, Fabien Juries. Conversion: Johann van Niekerk. Penalty: Van Niekerk.


  • Some discrepancy here. The Sharks website reckons it was Jacques Potgieter who scored, not Pampoen van Jaarsveld

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.06.08 11:54:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • in fact, they give the MacLeod try to Borgen as well…

    glad to see Oom Henno getting over the chalk again. We need him firing this year

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.06.08 12:10:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • and the conversions to Borgen, which sounds right

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.06.08 13:22:58 by spykerbaard Reply

  • @spykerbaard (Comment 3) : I’ve chatted to Mike M. The info on the official site comes from the team, which is more likely to be correct.

    tries to henno 2, dames, murray, dumi, borgen, jb and chabal. Two conversions to the borg

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.06.08 13:32:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • Nice to see a variety of guys getting on the scoreboard. Sounds like they moved the ball around well. Outside backs scored 5 of the tries. Signs that the 9-10-12 axis is working.

    Adding Muller in place of Hargreaves will shore up the pack. Rocket at scrumhalf and Stef at 15 and we’re good to go

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.06.08 13:39:34 by robdylan Reply
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