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Sharks regain their bite

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 22 Mar 2009 at 07:34
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Muller’s men forced the pace to make it three wins out of four on the road.

David Starr writes for The Times from Perth that the Super 14 remains a Bull market but the Sharks are in the money too. The Durban side rose to second on the ladder here last night with their third win of their four-game Australasian tour, equalling the league-leading Bulls’ feat of two years ago.

But Subiaco Oval has always been a happy hunting ground for SA sides.

The Springboks are 3-1-3 in Perth and South Africa’s Super 14 sides are an astonishing 6-2 at the ground, with only the feeble Cheetahs yet to win here.

Defence was decisive for the Sharks, who spent all but a few minutes of the second half in their half, yet scored three tries. Two of them, by wingers JP Pietersen and Odwa Ndungane, were from length-of-the-field counter-attacks.

The Force wore pink to promote a breast-cancer initiative, but the Sharks beat them black and blue with a succession of punishing tackles. They repeatedly hammered back the Force’s midfield runners and their loose forwards dominated the rucks, twice forcing turnovers that led to tries against the run of play.

The Force’s inability to control the rucks cost them dearly. Their repeated forays came to nothing because the Sharks so successfully slowed the ball at the breakdown that the Force had to commit more players, which adversely affected their attack.

Sharks captain Johann Muller said the senior players had set the tone for the rocks-to-diamonds recovery from the previous weekend’s loss to the Reds in Brisbane.

“We had a meeting and the seniors put up their hands and said they weren’t doing enough,” he revealed.

Matt Giteau put the home team ahead with an early penalty but counterpart Frans Steyn settled for a drop goal after 30 minutes.

The Force turned down another easy penalty when prop Deon Carstens was yellow-carded for a professional offside infringement to disrupt a promising Force raid, opting to go for the try.

But the Sharks defence, as well organised as it was defiant, refused to yield despite the one- man shortfall.

Instead, it was the Sharks who struck three minutes into the second half. The ball went loose, the Force waited for a whistle that did not come and Pietersen set off on an 85m diagonal dash for a try that Rory Kockott could not convert.

Twenty minutes later it happened again. Jacques Botes punished the Force for sloppy work at a ruck and quick passing involving Bismarck du Plessis and Stefan Terblanche allowed Ndungane to sprint for a touchdown under the posts. Kockott converted and the Sharks were in control at 15-3.

Just after the hour, the Sharks made the most of a rare foray into the opposition 22 and screwed a Force defensive scrum to earn the feed.

Steyn advanced the ball and a quick recycle enabled Kockott to burrow over next to the posts to boost the lead to 22-3.

The Force battered away and finally got a reward when Giteau’s inside ball sent Scott Staniforth over untouched but, with only seven minutes left, it mattered little.

The Sharks will play six of their remaining seven games in Durban.

Western Force 10 — Try: Scott Staniforth. Conversion: Matt Giteau. Penalty: Giteau.

Sharks 22 — Tries: JP Pietersen, Odwa Ndungane, Rory Kockott. Conversions: Kockott (2). Drop goal: Frans Steyn.


  • Where are all you guys? Come on, stop celebrating this win as if it was our only one 😀

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.03.09 08:09:22 by JustPlainSHARK Reply
  • I thought the Sharks played really well , had a bit of good fortune, but that is part of the game they pretty much dominated the Game, pity they did not get their bonus point

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.03.09 08:31:58 by Whindy Reply
  • I must say that as happy as I am, I fully agree with PDV that Kockott’s individualistic game is a problem.

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.03.09 09:21:27 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • @Big Fish (Comment 3) :

    Hey What happened to YOU this weekend?

    Why’d you pick a LMS team with a Bye?????????

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.03.09 09:26:18 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @Big Fish (Comment 3) : when/where did PDV say that?

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.03.09 10:30:44 by robdylan Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) :
    Was in a rush as I had tons to do – just picked on a whim pretty much.

    Was doing do well until now… 👿

    @robdylan (Comment 5) :
    An intraview with Stephan Nell – try Reitzworld.

    Seriously though – I am not even dwelling on last week’s game so much; every player has an off-day and that may have been Rory’s; but I feel a sign of a good 9 or 10 is the ball that the outside backs get, and they tries they score (look at Giteau and Staniforth yesterday), and we just aren’t getting that kind of try.

    Interestingly, we are mostly scoring against the run of play, and that tells me 2 things:
    Firstly, our backs are good enough to thrive of scraps and make tries out of nothing.

    Secondly, bearing in mind they are good enough to do that, something must be wrong inside of them that they aren’t getting structured scoring opportunities.

    For example, Os said that while Beast is a better all-round player, Guthro is a better ball-carrier.

    I totally disagree – I have seldom seen someone as strong on the drive as Beast – but how often do you see him get flat ball on the charge like FDP delivers?

    I thought Rory did well initially to alleviate responsibility while Ruan and Frans settled, but it strikes me more and more that he is probably just too individualistic by nature, and bearing in mind who is standing outside him, that is unacceptable.

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.03.09 11:05:21 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • @Big Fish (Comment 6) :

    Hehehehhe now there is a little pressure on with the next mistake taking you out of the game. 😉

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.03.09 11:54:11 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :


    Or you can just wait for the scheduled post at 13:00 after i have translated it. 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.03.09 12:00:12 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : ugh. It’s in plank :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.03.09 12:13:39 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :

    Is your clutch slipping? 😳

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.03.09 12:38:58 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :
    @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) :
    I can likes to smack you wiff a Isuzu wheel spanner. 😈

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.03.09 13:17:32 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : hehehehehehe. “Plank”. That can like to amuse me. 😉

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.03.09 13:30:41 by klempie Reply
  • @Big Fish (Comment 11) : 😳 😛

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.03.09 13:32:43 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©

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