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Shocking Sharks succumb to ‘Tahs

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 10 May 2009 at 06:52
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The Waratahs scored a vital 16-12 win over the Sharks in a crucial Super 14 match in a wet Durban on Saturday – a result which enhanced the play-off chances of the ‘Tahs and seriously harmed those of the Sharks.

The ‘Tahs, using every trick in the book, outscored the home team by two tries to none.

But most concerning for the Durban fans would be the shocking lack of urgency displayed by their team. There was no doubt the Waratahs wanted this more than the Sharks.

Rugby 365 reports that it was a strange match. Two teams with so much to play for and looking so lethargic. But then they are probably the most boring teams in Super 14 this year.

The first half started as if kicking was the only thing that rugby players do. Oh, it was damp and then the rain came down hard but it just lacked enthusiasm. The Sharks were the less enthusiastic of the two, their tackling surpassingly vague. They missed tackles and rode with the opponent’s impetus rather than driving into tackles.

The Sharks scrum, so dominant against the Highlanders last week, came off second against the Waratahs scrum when the old evil of collapses recrudesced. In the match 15 scrums were awarded and there were 13 collapses. In addition the Waratahs twice won put-ins by wheeling the Sharks’ scrum.

The Sharks attacked first but Charl McLeod lost the ball forward. Then the Waratahs attacked and scored. Steven Sykes was penalised for going in at the side of a tackle and Daniel Halangahu goaled. 3-0 after 17 minutes.

The Sharks had a golden chance to score when they worked an overlap to JP Pietersen on the left. He played inside to Botes who headed for the line with lots of support but the flank tried an underarm, no-look flick and a great opportunity was lost.

When Benn Robinson was penalised for an air tackle at a line-out, Ruan Pienaar goaled. 3-3 after 21 minutes.

The Waratahs, who were dominating possession into the wind, attacked through many phases. They went right. Phil Waugh and Benn Robinson, close to the line managed to manufacture passes to the right and Robinson’s came to unmarked Timana Tahu who dived over in the corner. 8-3 after 30 minutes.

Tahu tackled Brad Barritt high and Pienaar goaled. 8-6 to the Waratahs after 37 minutes.

Nothing much else happened in the first half.

The Sharks were much more enthusiastic at the first part of the second half till two errors gave Peter Playford the gift of a try. Then the rain came down harder and the Sharks pottered about, their backline increasingly chaotic.

They scored first when Luke Burgess was penalised for obstruction and Pienaar goaled but the Waratahs came back on the attack and created a golden, three-on-one opportunity down the right. For once they did not take it as Beale slipped but they stayed attacking and when Johann Muller went in the side Halangahu re-established their lead at 11-9 after 47 minutes.

The Sharks broke out with their best handling of the day and Terblanche kicked downfield. Turner saved on his line. The Sharks tapped the resultant free kick and John Smit was close and then Bismarck du Plessis got the ball on the line but the television match official said that he had lost the ball forward.

Still the Sharks attacked, wide to Odwa Ndungane and then Pietersen came surging for the line but was brought down by a brilliant tackle by Burgess. Pietersen tried to play on and conceded a free kick.

Breaking early from a scrum, Waugh conceded a penalty and Pienaar made the score 12-11 with 19 minutes to play.

Then came the Waratah try. They kicked to the right and the assistant referee got the line-call wrong, giving the Waratahs, instead of the Sharks, the line-out. From the line-out the Waratahs attacked and then went right where Beale slipped in a little grubber. Terblanche was first on the scene but not balanced as he tried a flykick. He missed the ball and Playford accepted the gift of a try.

There were still 16 minutes to play but the Waratahs shut the Sharks out in those 16 minutes with resolute defence.

Two tries deserves to beat no tries.

Man of the Match: Kurtley Beale at inside centre made opportunities, defended cleverly and was generally skilled and judicious.

The scorers:

For the Sharks:
Pens: Pienaar 4

For the Waratahs:
Tries: Tahu, Playford
Pens: Halangahu 2


  • I’m just can’t believe the lack of interest . The Sharks just didn’t seem to want to win

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.05.09 07:24:13 by Pokkel (in Ruan I Trust) Reply
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  • The first half of this match must have been the most boring 40min of rugby I’ve seen in a very long time

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.05.09 07:26:44 by Pokkel (in Ruan I Trust) Reply
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  • Yip it was dissappointing. 🙁

    Lacklustre is one of 1000 words that could be used to describe the performance yesterday

    Exciting, urgent, fired up arse a few that are not suitable.

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.05.09 08:11:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©

    Happy Mother’s Day!!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.05.09 09:08:04 by Morné Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : Did you mean to use arse or are 😆 Now you know how a poor Lions supporter feels most weeks, but we do not have your personnel, so we at least have an excuse. I am chuckling at a couple of the Sharks supporters today normally you guys are very arrogant and talk about when you make the final, welcome back to the reality that is South African Rugby

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.05.09 09:12:03 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 5) :

    Fruedian slip. 😆

    I meant to use Are, but will leave it at that. 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.05.09 09:22:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • @Whindy (Comment 5) :

    I’m the eternal optimist. 🙄

    The Crusaders won the title after finishing 4th on the log in 1999.

    Why can’t the Sharks do it in 2009? 🙄 (please limit your answers to list of no longer than 4 points) 😉

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.05.09 09:25:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 4) :

    Mother of a headache. 🙁

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.05.09 09:26:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : I just hope they are 4th!! 🙄

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.05.09 09:31:52 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 9) :

    That could of course be ONE of the 4 points. 😉

    1) They won’t finish fourth. 😳

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.05.09 09:33:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Same happened with the Sharks XV this year. Played gr8 and we all (arrogantly) said the VC trophy will look gr8 next to the CC trophy. And then we slipped. Just one reason that everybody always brands us with…every year…every time? CHOKERS.

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.05.09 09:59:57 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 11) :

    Well the VC guys did get disrupted by losing players to the Sharks becasue of injuries. 🙁

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.05.09 10:14:19 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • 😀 I still think that upon reflection….many of you diappointed fans will realize that we did not have much luck second half of S14…injuries took their toll!
    Cheer up…the Sun actually rose this morning!!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.05.09 11:34:04 by Me2 Reply

    Me2 aka Mama Shark
  • Eish my sympathies!

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.05.09 13:41:18 by Oranje Orakel Reply

  • Not enough Freestaters in the Sharks team to win the S14. They will have to buy Brussouw, Smith, Danniler and Nokwe to win the S14.

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.05.09 13:58:49 by Loosehead Reply

  • @Loosehead (Comment 15) :

    Either Brussouw or Smith, Yes. Not Both

    Daniller and Nokwe Yes.

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.05.09 14:04:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Loosehead (Comment 15) :

    We have good players but the back-up is a little thin on the ground. A few good players would be VERY handy to keep momentum going when players become tired.

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.05.09 14:07:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Loosehead (Comment 15) :

    DaNNiler is a Griqua

    as is Wayne van hEErden- yeah I know he is on his way to be BIG in Japan , like Rory- eish we miSSed that guy.

    ChEEtahs are the ONLY regional team in the “regional” Super participation model of SARU!

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.05.09 14:19:00 by Oranje Orakel Reply

  • @Loosehead (Comment 15) :


  • Comment 19, posted at 10.05.09 14:22:58 by Oranje Orakel Reply

  • Test

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.05.09 14:47:18 by wpw Reply
  • Damn but i struggled to post on the site yesterday…

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.05.09 14:47:58 by wpw Reply
  • Hard luck to all my Sharks buddies… I suppose we’ll have to support the Bulls now… 🙄

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.05.09 14:49:15 by wpw Reply
  • Ha. Ha. Not likely.
    Here they supported the Waratahs when they played the Bulls. Somebody is already working on the “its all Strauli’s fault” article.

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.05.09 16:06:58 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 23) :

    Why on earth would I want to support the Bulls if they are playing against my team this week?

    If (probably WHEN) the Sharks don’t make it to the semis then i will shout for the Bulls in the semis and finals.

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.05.09 16:42:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : True, but that was during the round robin stages where they won every single match. When the semi dawned on them, only Strauss and Dumont was borrowed (with Dumont actualy playing 4 the XV before the Highlanders game). Swanepoel was there for a while then so I dont consider him as ‘borrowed’. IMO

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.05.09 16:45:51 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • @fyndraai (Comment 23) :


  • Comment 26, posted at 10.05.09 17:07:10 by Oranje Orakel Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 22) : Watte ❓ 👿

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.05.09 07:52:00 by Charlie Reply


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