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Cheetahs shatter Sharks’ dream

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Cheetahs, In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 12 Apr 2009 at 07:22
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The Cheetahs, for so long the bogey team of the Sharks, have done it again. It took them nine long weeks, but the men from Bloemfontein scored their first win of the season in beating the Sharks comprehensively, 31-6, on Saturday.

And in beating the team at the top of the table they showed that they are far better than their lowly 14th position on the standings suggest.

Rugby 365 reports that the only consolation the Sharks can take from the match is that they are still top of the standings – but both the second-placed Chiefs and third-placed Bulls, who are just three points behind them, have a game in hand.

Many will say that the Sharks again underestimated a team and paid the price, but that would not be paying credit to the Cheetahs for their best performance in many years.

As poor as the Sharks were – and they were indeed shocking in all facets of the game – the Cheetahs played an entertaining, high-paced game that was worth waiting for.

They never allowed the Sharks to settle down and with some outstanding defence kept the visitors tryless.

Added to that the Cheetahs won the line-out battle with David de Villiers the key in a department that was meant to be a strength of the Sharks.

The Cheetahs showed lots of early energy, playing some of the game inside the Sharks 22, but there appeared to be no way through the Sharks defence and after a couple of turnovers the home team soon found themselves back inside their own half.

The game ambled along for a while, with the Sharks winning the kicking duel and shading the possession stakes, before the visitors earned a penalty for a dangerous tackle.

Rory Kockott, from 40 metres out, slotted the penalty to give the Sharks a 3-0 lead after 17 minutes.

But the Cheetahs were not about to roll over and play dead. With some strong forward charges they set up good field position inside the Sharks half and when they won a penalty, a quick tap-‘n-go saw flyhalf Jacques-Louis Potgieter in acres of space. The ball found its way to left wing Jongi Nokwe and the flyer had no trouble in beating the cover.

Potgieter’s conversion gave the Cheetahs a 7-3 lead in the 24th minute.

The Cheetahs continued to play a high-paced expansive game, which certainly troubled the Sharks – who were keen on a more structured encounter.

Not that they didn’t have chances. But their handling skills let down on a number of occasions.

And when Rory Kockott conceded a penalty in the 36th minute, for playing a man without the ball, the Cheetahs had a chance to go further ahead. Potgieter, from just over 40 metres out, made sure and the Cheetahs had a 10-3 lead.

Potgieter tried to end the half with a drop-goal, but it drifted wide and his team took that seven-point lead into the break.

The Cheetahs started the second half at the same furious pace that they played the first, but a penalty for crossing stop any early momentum they had built up.

And when Cheetahs captain Juan Smith was penalised for a late, shoulder charge in the 47th minute, Kockott made no mistake and narrowed the gap to 6-10 with the penalty.

Another penalty three minutes later, for a player being in front of the kicker, gave Kockott a chance to make it a one-point game – but his kick struck the upright and bounced back into play.

The Cheetahs soon made the Sharks pay, as the men from Durban became more desperate and lost all semblance of structure, as the Cheetahs took a turnover ball to the left when flyer Jongi Nokwe beat Ryan Kankowski for pace to score the home team’s second try. Potgieter’s conversion made it 17-6.

And it went from bad to worse for the Sharks with just under 20 minutes to go, when – instead of tackling him into touch – Chris Jordaan managed to throw Bjorn Basson into the ingoal area for the Cheetahs’ third try. It epitomised the Sharks’ afternoon.

Potgieter added insult to injury with the conversion – 24-6.

The Cheetahs continued to harass the Sharks into errors and it didn’t help the visitors that they had now lost any semblance of their structure.

The Cheetahs got their bonus-point try – which also sealed their first win of the season – in the 69th minute – with some sublime handling putting replacement Kabamba Floors into space. Some nifty footwork by the former Sevens star put him over for the try.

Meyer Bosman, having taken over the kicking duties from the injured Potgieter, made it 31-6.

The Sharks still tried for some consolation score, but they were by now a well-beaten team and a disheveled bunch.

It ended with the Cheetahs hoofing the ball the stands for their first win of the season – four tries to nil.


  • Now why cant the Cheetahs play like that against the overseas sides?

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.04.09 10:15:32 by MysticShark Reply
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  • Well deserved win though. Just a pity it’s against the Sharks.

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.04.09 10:16:14 by MysticShark Reply
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  • Right now I’d pick Brusouw over Schalk the Hulk for the Springbok team.

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.04.09 10:26:52 by MysticShark Reply
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  • This was bound to happen when the guy who should be captain is not captaining the side, not always starting, and when he does it is not in his best position, when the front row is not a settled combination, when there is no big ball carrying flank, when the team does not have a flyhalf, when the one wing is crap and when there is no depth on the bench.

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.04.09 11:19:29 by Loosehead Reply

  • Come now okes, Muller is not a bad captain – in fact he is the stand out lock in the competition.

    He is not bad, but he is not the best they have.

    But in my books, most criticism should rather be aimed at Plummo rather than Johann

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.04.09 11:42:21 by Morné Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 5) :

    WAAAAYYYYYY to emotional from Sharks supporters IMO.

    You’d swear they were Bulls supporters. 😉

    So we lost a rugby game.
    2nd one of the season.
    2 losses from 9 games.

    It’s not the end of the world.

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.04.09 11:50:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) :

    Precisely, thank goodness they are not Stormers supporters – they would have committed suicide by now!

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.04.09 11:54:37 by Morné Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 7) :

    So true.

    BTW, we have decided that we lost becasue so many of the Stormers supporters had defected to our ranks.

    WPW, please go back to being a Stormer? 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.04.09 12:36:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : Nah, we lost because the Cheetahs played excellent rugby on the day. As much as I would like to blame the loss completely on the Sharks poor performance, that takes a lot away from what the Cheetahs accomplished on the day. It still pisses me off that they play like that against the Sharks but have not played anything like that in any other game this season, and chances are they will not again. They don’t help their compatriots with wins against foreign opposition, and then play the best game of the season against the Sharks. Why does it take a game against the Sharks to fire them up?

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.04.09 15:37:20 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • What a shit game of rugby and the worst part is that i expected it to happen

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.04.09 17:12:15 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Ja my mede Sharks supporters! Wat kan ek sê? Did was die
    [email protected] rugby match wat ek in my lewe deur die Sharks gesien het!.

    Ek is bevrees hierdie enetjie gaan ons nog kos,big time!.
    Hoekom de f#k underestimate plumtree al hierdie klein [email protected] spannetjies?,
    dan moet ons elke keet ons gatte af speel aan die einde omdat hulle besluit het hulle gaan nou nie opdaag vir hierdie wedstryde nie!!!.

    Hulle moer man!!!,ek wag die hele blady week vir die Sharks om te speel dan kry jy so [email protected] game!!!,nee man dis nie cool nie!!!,ek is die moer in,ek gaan loop slaap!!!.Baai.

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.04.09 18:35:09 by The Shark Reply

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  • It still pisses me off that they play like that against the Sharks but have not played anything like that in any other game

    I dont get this part?

    Is it not the Sharks 1st XV and 2nd XV playing against each other?

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.04.09 19:33:08 by Morné Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 12) : 😆

    This week it seems the roles of 1st and 2nd XV were switched. 😛

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.04.09 20:08:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 12) : Come on Morne, I’m not the first nor will I be the last person to ask that SA teams do well against foreign opposition in the hopes it helps the SA teams that might be competing for a playoff spot. If the Cheetahs had played half this well against foreign opposition, I would have nothing to say, but they were complete and utter shyte for 7 games, then against the Sharks all of a sudden they are world beaters. No, sorry mate, I support SA teams ahead of any foreign team, and would hope most SA supporters feel the same way, but not you apparently?

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.04.09 21:46:48 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Hey Rob, still think the Cheetahs are so sh#t!! 🙂

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.04.09 07:07:16 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 15) :

    They have certainly livened up the Last man Standing competition. 😛

    It looks like a BLOODBATH on there. 😆

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.04.09 07:19:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Whindy (Comment 15) : grr. One-hit wonders 🙂

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.04.09 07:44:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • There is no consistency, my superbru predictions are taking a pounding

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.04.09 08:16:14 by Whindy Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) : couldn’t the cheetahs do it last week – hey

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.04.09 16:05:41 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 18) : i’ve been of the net for a while – and very scared to look up SB – question is whether I can really go any lower :mrgreen:

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.04.09 16:06:53 by rekinek Reply
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  • I THINK this is the thread DB is refering to but I can’t see where I supported Morne. 😯

    closest I can get to what looks like support is when I made a crack at Morne’s 1st and 2nd XV joke. 🙂

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.04.09 14:01:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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