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Sharks players can’t wait

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Sharks on 13 Oct 2008 at 06:48

Sharks coach John Plumtree took the Sharks on a trip down memory lane early on Saturday and then the players took the Lions to the cleaners to set up a Currie Cup final in Durban against the Blue Bulls on October 25.

John Bishop writes for The Witness that The Currie Cup semi-finals on Saturday, by way of a change, followed a predictable path with the Sharks seldom seriously challenged in thumping the Lions 29-14 at King’s Park and the Blue Bulls beating the Free Staters, the holders, 31-19 in Pretoria.

Plumtree, dipping into the past, had the Sharks’ three Currie Cup-winning captains, Craig Jamieson (1990), Wahl Bartmann (1992) and Gary Teichmann (1995 and 1996), along to an early lunch on Saturday, just hours before the semi-final.

“We watched videos of those four Currie Cup final wins and the captains spoke of the occasions and the various triumphs. It went down well and hit a chord with the players.”

Eloff praised the Sharks

And the Sharks, slick and organised, were on song from the start with a comfortable counter to anything the Lions tried.

The Lions had unwisely said during the week that their tactic would be to slow down Sharks’ possession at the tackle and referee Mark Lawrence, as he said he would, hammered them at the breakdown with four penalties in the first seven minutes. Two were goaled by Ruan Pienaar and the Sharks were on
their way.

Genial Lions coach Loffie Eloff praised the Sharks and their “awesome talent.”

“The early penalties panicked our young players and we were chasing the game from the start, but credit to the Sharks for putting us under such pressure.”

The Sharks, he said, had a side for all occasions.

“They can play a clever kicking game, they can play it tight and they can run the ball wide. They also showed in the second half how well they can defend.”

Plumtree said he was proud of the way his players had responded to enormous pressure they had been under to secure a home final for Durban.

“It is a huge final not only for the players and rugby supporters but also for Durban and the province generally.”

The semi-final had gone according to plan.

“We wanted to start quickly, which we did, and target certain weaknesses with our kicking game, which we did. The first half basically decided the game, but I was delighted with the way we defended in the second half.”

‘Not as accurate’

Plumtree said the only disappointment was not scoring more tries in the second half.

“There were a lot of disruptions in the second half with all their boot trouble (three pit stops by Lions players to change boots within minutes resulted in long stoppages) and the game lost its momentum and flow. But we were also not as accurate as we could have been at times at the breakdown.

“But games of rugby are won as much by defence as attack and I was pleased how we played without the ball.”

The Sharks, after their quick start, were never threatened. They simply had too much across the field for the Lions, the pace of Ryan Kankowski and JP Pietersen, the sniping of Adrian Jacobs, Frederic Michalak and Frans Steyn, the general play of Stefan Terblanche and Ruan Pienaar, the pressure which they applied in the lineout and, as the game progressed, the scrum, and the sheer physicality in all areas of Bismarck du Plessis, Beast Mtawarira, the improved Jannie du Plessis, and Jean Deysel.


  • This two week break has got me all ancy…

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.10.08 09:56:12 by Frisbee Reply
  • yes the lions did kill this game as a spectacle. their negative play just ruined all momentum and it became a case of vasbyt.

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.10.08 10:09:22 by try time Reply
  • as for the awesome and great earl rose, well ksa i think even you have to admit this guy doesn’t have what is needed to take it up a notch. he will be a good first class player but never a great international.

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.10.08 10:12:01 by try time Reply
  • @Frisbee (Comment 1) : agree… this weekend is going to be a big let down

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.10.08 10:15:06 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 4) :

    WTF are we supposed to do on a weekend without Rugby? I dunno what I am going to do with myself.

    get home and walk around all frustrated.

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.10.08 10:18:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • what you guys on about? there is gp and the relegation matches. once the cc is over thats sharks rugby over for the year, so drag it out a little so it doesn’t end too soon.

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.10.08 10:20:26 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 6) :

    Are they showing the relegation matches? If so then cool.

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.10.08 10:23:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • but this does beg the question, shouldn’t vodacom cup be played during the off season? this would be a perfect time for unions to see what talent is in the smaller unions so they can build the strongest s14 teams possible. also it gives the youngsters a chance to show themselves to the public. during s14 there are so many games people don’t have time to watch the youngsters, having games in the off season could remedy this and even get extra revenue from the comp as sponsors would be interested as they will get better exposure.

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.10.08 10:28:00 by try time Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : i am not sure internationally, but ss are showing it.

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.10.08 10:28:49 by try time Reply

  • fair enough tt – its going to be a long break. In fact I’ll have JUST left Abu Dhabi when they play the warm-up game against Cheetahs! And that seems like years away…

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.10.08 10:29:01 by Frisbee Reply

  • @try time (Comment 9) :

    Doesn’t look like it.


    ALL the Rugby for Saturday.

    Saturday, October 18, 2008
    Time Channel Details Status
    01:10 – 01:30 Update Rugby H\L October 17
    03:10 – 03:30 Update Rugby H\L October 17
    05:10 – 05:30 Update Rugby H\L October 17
    07:00 – 07:30 CSN/SS1 Total Rugby: Episode 38
    09:10 – 09:30 Update Rugby H\L October 18
    11:10 – 11:30 Update Rugby H\L October 18
    13:10 – 13:30 Update Rugby H\L October 18
    15:10 – 15:30 Update Rugby H\L October 18
    15:15 – 16:15 MNET/SS1 Beeld Trophy H\L
    16:15 – 18:25 MNET/SS1 Heineken Cup: Ospreys v USA Perpignan
    17:10 – 17:30 Update Rugby H\L October 18
    18:25 – 20:30 SS1 Heineken Cup: Leinster Rugby v London Wasps
    19:10 – 19:30 Update Rugby H\L October 18
    21:10 – 21:30 Update Rugby H\L October 18
    23:10 – 23:30 Update Rugby H\L October 18

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.10.08 10:31:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • They are showing the second match on Friday 24 Oct. 😎

    17:00 – 19:00 CSN/SS1 ABSA Currie Cup: Promotion/Relegation Match

    19:00 – 21:05 CSN/SS1 ABSA Currie Cup: Promotion/Relegation Match

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.10.08 10:34:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 9) : i take that back, the way the guys were talking on tv it sounded as if they were going to televise the games, but ss website hasn’t got the games scheduled. very interesting.

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.10.08 10:42:04 by try time Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : ah so they aren’t bothering with the first round. pity cos there isn’t much else on at the moment.

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.10.08 10:43:43 by try time Reply


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