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Sharks exploit not so Rosy Lions

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Lions, Sharks on 28 Sep 2008 at 07:00

The Sharks have officially secured a home semifinal thanks to an emphatic 34-20 bonus point victory over the Lions, in their Currie Cup clash in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Rugby 365 reports that the Sharks not only moved back on top of the competition standings, but also prevented the hosts from securing a bonus point of their own – leaving the door open for WP next week to sneak a last-gasp spot into the top four.

It wasn’t a great day for the Lions’ pivot, Earl Rose, either. In a shocking display of turning over good possession – Rose kicked away five good balls to the opposition – and also “set up” two of the Sharks’ tries via a chip kick into the hands of flank Jean Deysel and then into the hands of JP Pietersen who did well to kick ahead for an easy score.

Those 14 points in eight minutes when the Sharks were leading 17-13 were the death knell for the Lions who should have been ahead at that stage, had it not been for the inept kicking performance by the selfsame Rose.

The Lions started off well despite some squandered possession by the Sharks, as the first score went to Trompie Nontshinga after just 12 minutes following some deft handing and beating the likes of Springbok wing Odwa Ndungane.

The try followed some sustained pressure by the Sharks which they followed up after the score, but again the Lions’ defence held.

A second missed penalty by Ruan Pienaar after 17 minutes brought unjustified reprieve for the Lions and this was rubbed in by a third critical ruck turnover for the home side.

A missed long-range drop-kick by Francois Steyn added to the Sharks’ woes, but Pienaar deservedly pulled one back after 27 minutes (5-3).

The Lions then took over and some exquisite handling was only nullified by good defence before the match went into an impasse in the last few minutes before the break.

Then the Sharks pack was harried into providing poor possession and two minutes before the break Nontshinga handed off Ndungane in a move that saw the Lions stretch their lead through a Rose penalty for the half-time score of 8-3.

A great line move by the Sharks less than four minutes into the second half was completed by a Pietersen try after a strong run by Ryan Kankowski – but the credit must go to Jean Deysel who had bumped off three Lions on the other side of the field before the ball was recycled.

With Pienaar converting, the Sharks were 10-8 to the good.

Then came Heinke van der Merwe’s try from a line-out after some good play from Jaque Fourie (13-10).

Kankowski, after good skills by the Sharks forwards and Pietersen, sent replacement Deon Carstens over for a converted try for the Sharks to lead 17-13.

The game was won, but barely a minute later Rose gave away the first of the two tries to the Sharks which they rubbed in with a last-minute penalty by Pienaar.


For the Lions:
Tries: Nontshinga, Van der Merwe, Joubert
Con: Rose
Pen: Rose

For the Sharks:
Tries: Pietersen 2, Carstens, Deysel
Cons: Pienaar 4
Pens: Pienaar 2


Lions: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Michael Killian, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Trompie Nontshinga, 10 Earl Rose, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Ernst Joubert, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar (captain), 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Anton van Zyl, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Lawrence Sephaka, 18 Jannes Labuschagne, 19 Justin Wheeler, 20 Chris Jonck, 21 Louis Strydom, 22 Rayno Benjamin.

Sharks: 15 Stefan Terblanche, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Adrian Jacobs, 12 Francois Steyn, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Johann Muller (captain), 4 Albert van den Berg, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 John Smit, 17 Deon Carstens, 18 Steven Sykes, 19 Keegan Daniel, 20 Rory Kockott, 21 Bradley Barritt, 22 Waylon Murray.


  • Then came Heinke van der Merwe’s try from a line-out

    I hated seeing it happen but it was an awesome move.

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.09.08 07:03:41 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • And with that performance Rose is no longer top scorer in 2008.

    1)Morne Steyn 2 Tries; 35 Conv; 28 Pen; 1 DG; for a total of 167 Points
    2)Earl Rose 5 Tries; 35 Conv; 22 Pen; 1 DG; for a total of 164 Points
    3)Conrad Barnard 1 Try; 20 Conv; 19 Pen; for a total of 102 Points

    And after this weekend Botes is not the leading try scorers anymore either.

    8 Tries
    MJ Mentz

    7 Tries
    Jacques Botes

    6 Tries
    Keegan Daniel, John Mametsa, Tiger Mangweni, Wynand Olivier, Andries Bekker, Bjorn Basson, Michael Killian, Doppies la Grange.

    5 Tries
    Waylon Murray, Ernie Kruger, Jongi Nokwe, Jaco Pretorius, Earl Rose,

    4 Tries
    Danwel Demas, JP Pietersen, Dewald Pretorius, Marius Delport, Akona Ndungane, Wikus van Heerden, JW Jonker, Fabian Juries,Sireli Naqelevuki, Sarel Pretorius, Rayno Benjamin, Willie Wepener.

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.09.08 07:23:41 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • The Sharks played the first half like an excitable and impatient schoolboy out on a hot date, far too eager to score… the Lions were only a fraction better. It was fast and intense helter skelter stuff.

    Some brilliant individual play by Kanko, backed up by Pieterson, Deysel and the team, and helped by Rose’s equally brilliant errors, saw them take control in a much better second half… well done Sharkies, i hope they can up their game for the big dates that lie ahead

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.09.08 08:13:01 by spykerbaard Reply
  • I have been one of the guys singing Rose’s praizes most of the season.

    I have also been the guy asking for us to wait and see if he can still be as good when the Boks are back in the opposition teams.

    He DID have a shocker yesterday, but he WILL have a chance to redeem himself somewhat next week and probably the week after.

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.09.08 08:27:58 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • We should not kid ourselves. The Sharks did not nearly looked as good out on the field than they do on paper.

    I had always the impression that they were too strong for the Lions, but then they did not gel as a unit. ( Once again 🙄 ) At this late stage I am really starting to ask a lot of serious questions about the coaching. This shortcoming has been there since the super14.

    The Earl of Josi helped us a lot with things we should have had under control. As for Earl, he played like he always did, one day brilliant, the next mediocre.

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.09.08 09:07:16 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • My ratings for the players:

    Stefan – 5 Not his best by far.
    JPP – 8 Back to his best, albeit at a lower level than Boks?
    Adi – 5 Seriously shown up by Fourie
    Steyn – 5 Far too individualistic, yet some signs of potency
    Odwa – 5 Overshadowed by Trompie
    Freddie- 5 I think Freddie is just making some easy money out here.
    Ruan – 8 Very good scrumhalf, just as good a fly half
    Kanko – 8 Impressive. Not back at his full best, but watch out!!
    Botes – 7 Hardworking dude.
    Deysel – 8 Watch this boy. Only he can put brakes on his own career.
    Muller – 5 Not impressed with his play or captaincy
    Albert – 5 Perhaps time to call it a day
    Jannie – 5 Heinke had the upper hand all day
    Bismarck – 7 Somebody teach this massively talented player to throw a ball please!!!!!!
    Beast – 8 Awesome dude this. Powerhouse plus some devastating tackles.

    Reserves Old John came on way too late. BTW, he did not get the heel at the head, the ball was kicked through.

    Sykes made an impact.
    Keegan do not deserve the bench, but what to do?
    Kockott will not regain his place, but once again, the back line had an immediate potent quality when he came on and Ruan moved to fly half. Now if this is the case in a makeshift move, just think how it can be if both players are in that respective position for a long enough time to be really confident.
    Celliers came on too late to comment.
    Have I left anyone out?

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.09.08 09:26:04 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • Carstens. I knew I made one mistake. Wow, what will happen if either he or the Beast can be converted into a tighthead?

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.09.08 09:33:24 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • I dont see a thread for the youth teams so thought I’ll put it on here. Watched the U19s and was quite surprise with the Sharks win over the Lions. That blonde Cronjes, 9 & 10 sure looked impressive for the Sharks.

    WeePee dumped the Brutes 31 -0 and top the log with the Sharks in second place. The Brutes plays the Cheetahs in the last one and the loser will be gone, Leopards vs the Sharks looks like a exciting one in Durbs this coming weekend.

    The U21s the Brutes bashed our lot and also a interesting last round. The Sharks nowhere here tho.

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.09.08 11:49:05 by PaarlBok Reply

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