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Sharks humble Griquas in Kimberley

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Other SA Teams, Sharks on 3 Aug 2008 at 07:22

The Sharks brought Griquas down to earth, literally, with a bang, when they scored an emphatic 44-15 Absa Currie Cup win in Kimberley on Saturday.

Rugby 365 reports that the seven-tries-to-two win was every bit as emphatic as the scoreline suggest, ensuring the Sharks moved up to third place on the standings.

It was a warm afternoon in Kimberley despite the wind that got behind the Sharks in the first half. The field was firm and dry – frost burnt to deck the players in a confetti of loose grass but a good playing surface. It was perfect for rugby and the first half really turned it on as both sides ran at every opportunity – the Sharks more effectively and so they led 25-8 at half-time. The gap need not have been as big as that but for a horrible misjudgement by Bjorn Basson, a wing/fullback playing centre.

With the score 8-5 to Griquas, Basson broke brilliantly with speedster MJ Mentz on his left and open. But the tall centre chose to cut away from Mentz to find some non-existent path on the inside and Jacques Botes nailed him. It was a serious error of judgement.

The second half did not live up to expectations. The idea of the bonus point is to encourage teams to keep playing in search of four tries – winning or losing teams, but when the Sharks got their fourth try and bonus point there was little left in the game, except three tries, two of them runaways when the other side looked about to score.

In the first half the Sharks conceded four penalties to one by Griquas and in the match as a whole 11 to three. Botes was the first Shark penalised. That was at a tackle and Conrad Barnard goaled well. 3-0 after two minutes.

But Botes soon made amends. The Sharks went through phases from a line-out and Botes burst past Stephan Gerber to score quite a way in but the conversion attempt stayed out. 5-3 after four minutes.

They could well have scored again when speedy Chris Jordaan had an overlap on the right wing but Waylon Murray’s pass to him was ruled forward.

Instead the Griquas scored next – a classic, rehearsed move from a scrum. The ball went 8-9-15-14-9, that is Heinrich Stride – Sarel Pretorius – Barnard – Gavin Passens and then back inside to Pretorius who juggled, caught and scored. It was an excellent try. 8-5 after 20 minutes.

After Basson’s ghastly lapse, the Sharks won a turnover off him at the tackle and broke out. They sent Jordaan speeding down the acres and he looked certain to score when suddenly, miraculously, lock Wayne van Heerden felled him just short of the line. It must be the greatest tackle of the 2008 Currie Cup – a special moment. From that tackle Griquas again tried to attack till the ball was kicked out after a long, exciting passage of play.

But from the line-out the Sharks battered again and again Botes finished it off as he forced his way through Pretorius. 10-8 after 25 minutes and four minutes later Stefan Terblanche made it 13-8 with a long penalty when Riaan Viljoen was penalised at a tackle.

After a poor clearance by Tobie Botes, the Sharks again battered at the line and great hands by Skipper Badenhorst sent Murray over in the right corner. 18-8 after 34 minutes.

The next try was a glorious moment. Jacques Botes picked up a neglected ball at the back of a tackle and gave to prop Deon Carstens. The big man set off, sold a dummy and after racing 40 metres down the middle of the field scored a try under the crossbar. Monty Dumond converted. 25-8

That, in a sense was the match. The Sharks were going to win and they had their bonus point, thank you very much.

The Sharks scored early in the second half from a scrum. They bunched in the centre and Dumond took the ball to the gain line before giving to Murray who cut through. He could have scored himself, but gave to Riaan Swanepoel, a former Kimberleyite, and he scored with a swanky dive. Dumond converted. 32-8.

The Sharks could well have scored when they set Swanepoel running free. He had a lot of support – perhaps too much – for he hung on into the tackle and a golden chance was lost. Not that it mattered.

BJ Botha came off the bench.

When Griquas knocked on, Steven Sykes picked up and charged. Dumond popped a little pass to Jordaan and the young wing scored. Dumond converted. 39-8.

The Sharks made a penalty into a five-metre line-out. They mauled but the Griquas shoved them back. The Sharks let the ball go to their backs but things were not orderly and Riaan Viljoen grabbed the ball and broke free. He slung a long pass to Basson on his left and the centre played like the wing he really is by speeding down the field and beating Terblanche to go round to the posts for the try. 39-15.

The siren went but the Griquas were still trying to score. They passed to their left but the pass went awry and Jordaan got hold of it to run 70 metres or more down the field for the final score.

It was really the Sharks pack that made the big victory possible and one of the outstanding members of that pack was big, strong flank Jean Deysel who is so hard to keep corralled.

The scorers:

For Griquas:
Tries: Pretorius, Basson
Con: Barnard
Pen: Barnard

For the Sharks:
Tries: Botes 2, Murray, Carstens, Swanepoel, Jordaan 2
Cons: Dumond 3
Pen: Terblanche


Griquas: 15 Conrad Barnard (vice-captain), 14 Gavin Passens 13 Bjorn Basson, 12 Riaan Viljoen, 11 MJ Mentz, 10 Tobie Botes, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Heinrich Stride, 7 Stephan Gerber, 6 Gareth Krause, (captain), 5 Jacques Lombaard, 4 Wayne van Heerden, 3 Ruaan du Preez, 2 Hans van Dyk, 1 Albertus Buckle.
Replacements: 16 James van der Walt, 17 Dean Hopp, 18 Cilliers Coetzer, 19 Rohan Kitshoff, 20 Dougie Helmuth, 21 Lafras Uys, 22 Eagon Seconds.

Sharks: 15 Stefan Terblanche, 14 Chris Jordaan, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Riaan Swanepoel, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Monty Dumond, 9 Scott Mathie, 8 Keegan Daniel, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Johann Muller (captain), 4 Alistair Hargreaves, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Skipper Badenhorst, 1 Deon Carstens.
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 BJ Botha, 18 Steven Sykes, 19 Skholiwe Ndlovu, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Andries Strauss, 22 Andrew Borgen.


  • It feels Good to feel good about a good win. 😎

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.08.08 07:34:41 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Someone told me that Scott Mathie played well?

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.08.08 08:16:27 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 2) :

    You sound surprised? :mrgreen:

    Yes I thought he played well by his standards.

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.08.08 08:39:58 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • sweet, the Sharks played some rugby for a change, the forwards were awesome and the backs did their bit..
    At last,the boys began playing as a team, everyone came to the party…good to see Hargreaves standing up to be counted… amongst the backs, ‘Elvis’ Swanepoel looked like he has what it takes

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.08.08 09:27:15 by spykerbaard Reply
  • Can’t wait to watch this game!

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.08.08 09:36:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :

    dude please don’t read the new thread. You may commit suicide

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.08.08 09:48:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : Too late

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.08.08 10:01:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.08.08 10:02:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • OK. So did they fire on all cylinders or where the Griquas just poor. After a long time of waiting for the Sharks to fire I am a bit nervous hopeing we will now carry on from here. The good thing about it is the returning Boks can help with the Sharks depth at a critical time against WP and then go into a rest period. I see on KEO people are reading with a bit of shock that Barrit is leaving, I for one am always sad when a youngster leaves, however he has to do what is best for him, not anybody else. Its not so sad when a player at the end of his career goes to secure his pension plan, but one so young!!!!Oh well once settled in the Land of The Long White Cloud I was often heard to say why didn’t I do this 10 years ago look at where I would be now.

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.08.08 06:45:54 by Dynamite Reply

  • Well I stand corrected, the Sharks really impressed me for the first time since the Chiefs game in the Super 14. It’s nice to win pretty for a change. Thanks Sharks for restoring my faith

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.08.08 08:38:32 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Dynamite (Comment 9) : To my mind the Griquas actually playd well.

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.08.08 08:39:20 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Tries: Botes 2, Murray, Carstens, Swanepoel, Jordaan 2

    I can definitely get used to seeing this type of thing on the match report.

    Was only able to watch the 2nd half but I think we played with more patience and confidence. It was only the Griquas 😈 but we played through the different phases like we had a plan (for a change). The ball did a lot of travelling between hands and went wide a bit quicker. I can only imagine what we could’ve done with above-average halves.

    Credit to the coach and the players…and hopefully with more consistency and less injuries we’ll see an improvement every weekend.

    Sharks forever!
    Wolla you rock!

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.08.08 08:56:09 by blackshark Reply

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  • i have been tough on the sharks all season, because this is the rugby i have been expecting from the team. the enphasis is on team. they finally played as a team, they stopped playing selfish rugby and all supported eachother. it was great seeing jacques getting some help clearing out rucks. deysel was excellent here and the two worked well together. all we can hope is that this form can continue and more importantly they continue to support eachother.

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.08.08 08:57:49 by try time Reply

  • Was anybody else pissed of at Shaun Veldsman on Saturday? 😈

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.08.08 09:11:11 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 11) : Nah. They were kak. A lot of it had to do with pressure from us and bad ball to them at the breakdown. Also, having two fullbacks at centre made our job a lot easier

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.08.08 09:14:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 14) :


  • Comment 16, posted at 04.08.08 09:43:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) : That final try that was awarded to the AB’s by the TV ref mr. Veldsman,which even the NZ commentators said was 50/50. That gave the AB’s a bonus point and that could be huge come the end of the 3N.

  • Comment 17, posted at 04.08.08 10:18:04 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 17) :

    Oh okay, I forgot about that.

    it was a try though so no hard feeling

  • Comment 18, posted at 04.08.08 10:29:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 17) :
    I agree, he was very quick in awarding the try and I wonderered if he wasnt a closet All Black supporter. 😈

  • Comment 19, posted at 04.08.08 10:34:50 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : I disagree. Watched All out rugby yesterday and Hennie le Roux said that there is no chance that that was a try. There is no way that Nonu was in control of that ball….and why did the Aussies not just end that game.They couldn’t achieve anything by scoring a further try… and Gitua trying hat cross kick just a few times to many. That whole situation was a lose lose situation for everybody except the AB’s

  • Comment 20, posted at 04.08.08 10:52:08 by Pokkel Reply
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  • My opinion is that the only poor areas of the Sharks game was their wings…neither did anything when they got the ball and especially in the first quarter the Griekwas got over the advantage line through those channels…
    And no the catch and run straight and the pick up and run straight of Jordaan to score his 2 tries does change that fact…

  • Comment 21, posted at 04.08.08 11:00:03 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 20) :

    There is nothing that says you need control of the ball to score a try. Within the Laws he scored a perfectly legal try.

    Had the ball left his hand before it touched the ground and he then touched it after it would have been a knock-on. The ball was “in his possesion” all the time. I say in his possesion because it was not in his hand but then it does not need to be in your hand.

    In a nutshell he was touching the ball from the time he reached out to score until the ball touched the ground. No knock-on.

  • Comment 22, posted at 04.08.08 11:03:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Riaan played very well…and Murray had his best game of the season…he actually ran straight a few times 😯
    And got over the advantage line once or twice when doing so…
    But with Ruan and Steyn back I’ll play Ruan 10 and Steyn 12 with Riann 13….
    That will be one heck of a midfield…both attack and def…(barring Ruan on def that is)…

  • Comment 23, posted at 04.08.08 11:03:18 by Hmmm Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 22) : I am not convinced that his hand was continuosly touching the ball until it hit the ground. You probaly need one of those cameras that takes 1000 shots a second to be 100% sure. Anyway I think he took the decision very quickly and I’m not convinced that it wasn’t a knock-on.

  • Comment 24, posted at 04.08.08 11:08:25 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 24) : he should have at least tried another camera angle to make sure. Enough of that. Wasn’t it nice to see a game where the ref was hardly noticed. I wish we could have our games reffed as fairly as that test was.

  • Comment 25, posted at 04.08.08 11:10:42 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 24) :

    I’m not convinced it was Hennie Le Roux in Studio, I think it was Garth Wright 😉

  • Comment 26, posted at 04.08.08 11:13:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 21) : Mvovo had an absolutely superb game. He was involved in everything!

  • Comment 27, posted at 04.08.08 11:14:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : Well done Lwazi…

  • Comment 28, posted at 04.08.08 11:23:56 by blackshark Reply

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  • Well played Sharks. The 1 st quarter was even due to a kicking game that fullbacks and No10’s were having.

    The minute we held onto the ball in forwards — the game changed and we donimated scrums, lineouts everything.
    Jean Deysel, Botes, Daniel and Skipper were brilliant in loose and Skippers lineouts were acurate. Muller & Hargreaves were great in tight as was Deon.

    WP will be getting it on Friday.

  • Comment 29, posted at 04.08.08 11:58:32 by Ernie Reply

  • @blackshark (Comment 28) : I DIG him… his hands need work, but otherwise he’s great. You see him playing fetcher?

  • Comment 30, posted at 04.08.08 12:14:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 30) : Looks like he doesn’t mind hard work…but otherwise I don’t mind his physique…

  • Comment 31, posted at 04.08.08 12:33:02 by blackshark Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 26) : You are right,it was a short ass like me 😉

  • Comment 32, posted at 04.08.08 12:53:20 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) :

    With no impact whatsoever…
    And he could have prevented that early Griekwas try by tackling Barnard before he crossed teh advantage line instead of running next to him…
    He allowed Barnard enough time to pass his pass behind some of your players…from there it was all chasing a 2/3 passes later a try…

  • Comment 33, posted at 04.08.08 12:58:45 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 33) :

    Plus they seemed to lack some pace…Jordaan being hauled in by a lock!??! Donno what happened there…

  • Comment 34, posted at 04.08.08 13:00:25 by Hmmm Reply

  • Your 10 to 13 had good games…which was help by forwards that kept going forward….that was the dif between the 2 sides…

  • Comment 35, posted at 04.08.08 13:01:19 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 33) : You can’t talk. You okes have Rayno Benjamin and Dusty Noble as your wings 🙂

  • Comment 36, posted at 04.08.08 13:17:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) :

    Hey that was really uncalled for and below the belt…

    However…I must say Reyno did not have a bad game on Saturday…he did not knock a ball…he got through tackles…stepped players…
    But yeh…I know…it does cut real deep thinking about it…
    And Doppies and JacoP on their inside does not help matters either…

  • Comment 37, posted at 04.08.08 14:13:13 by Hmmm Reply


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