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How things change in a week

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Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 22 Jul 2009 at 08:15

“We’re running late.” Well, that’s what I thought as we passed Moses Mabhida Stadium on our way to ABSA Stadium. The lack of traffic and the ease with which we manoeuvred our way into the stadium led me to believe that a number of the Shark-Tank faithfuls had chosen to sit this one out. I found my seat just in time to catch the warm welcome given by the Sharks Flashers, and this time their signature moves were accompanied by the sounds of the late, legendary MJ – The Way You Make Me Feel…nice.

Steven Sykes, celebrating his 50th Currie Cup cap, led the team out to the cheers from the sparsely populated stands. There were no last minutes changes on either side as the teams lined up for kick off. The flashbacks of the Sharks gasping at the Newlands pond were quickly erased when they scored a try in the first minute of the game, Guy Cronje doing a Butch James – popping an inside pass that Swannie collected well on his way to score a brilliant try.

The local boys had their way for most of the second half, scoring three more tries to secure the try bonus point. The second try came from brilliant work from Deon Carstens, who intercepted a Boland move and ran for over 30 metres. For a second it looked like Rito Hlungwane had made a try-saving tackle – but the experienced Sharks’ prop was able to roll over and ground the ball.

The Sharks mauled their third try over the line with Craig Burden as the ball-carrier, after an attacking lineout set up by a brilliant kick from Stefan Terblanche.
Stefan also had a hand in the fourth try when he set Lwazi Mvovo free – the speedy winger did everything by the book and managed to pass to Keegan to cross the tryline.
Bonus point try for the Sharks – and a much-needed third try for my Fantasy League Squad.

Boland spent a bit of time in the Sharks’ 22 in the final moments of the first half with the referee penalizing the home team for offence after offence, some of which I didn’t really understand. The visitors set up a number of attacking lineouts from the resulting penalties – but all their efforts came to nothing as the Sharks defended strongly.

The second half was also a successful one for the Sharks with both Craig and Keegan going over for the second time in the match. Boland managed to get a consolation try towards the end of the game via centre Deon Scholtz- but the Durban boys ensured that they had the last say when veteran Albert van den Berg intercepted the ball in his 22 and ran all the way to score the Sharks 7th try of the match. The rest of the points came from the boot of Rory Kockott (3 con, 1 pen) and Monty Dumond ( 1 con). Final score Sharks 46- Boland 10.

A lot of positives and a few negatives emerged from this game, and I’m sure most of them have been discussed – but I cannot complete this write up without mentioning the excitement that the Cronje brothers brought to the Shark-Tank. I’m not one who advocates the act of counting eggs (or is it one egg?) before they hatch – but in this case I’ll make an exception and say that the Sharks have found gold in this golden-haired twosome.

It was also encouraging to see the guys (pronounced Stefan and Rory) playing sensible rugby and taking better options when it came to running, passing and kicking. But still on that high, the low is that we haven’t shaken the habit of being wasteful. Looking at the amount of chances we created in the second half, and taking the halftime score into consideration – I expected a 50 point game. With the Griquas and Province also pushing for a semifinal spot this year- we have to take all the points on offer.

Nevertheless, I went home in high spirits – looking forward to the next clash against the Bulls with glee. That, off course, was before I learned that Hernandez was not going to make it in time – and before I knew that I had to place an order for a certain fashionable armband. If that was a spear tackle – it was definitely the kind that was used by Shakespeare – and not the King Shaka type.

I caught bits and pieces of the Bulls vs Province game – and although the Bulls will give us a hard time, especially upfront – I’ll complete my ramblings by saying that I feel better about our chances than I did last Monday.


  • I’m pretty sure I was sober when I typed this article – and it didn’t end this way… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.07.09 10:31:24 by blackshark Reply
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  • Dude, are you one of Morne’s prodigies??

    LONG Article!!! 😕

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.07.09 10:39:41 by wpw Reply
  • @blackshark (Comment 1) :

    I am pretty sure I am sober now, and I keep on reading the same thing twice over… 😯 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.07.09 10:52:28 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 1) : sorry – I posted it with Matthew on my lap… I’ll fix

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.07.09 11:02:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • Better?

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.07.09 11:04:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :

    Yaaaayyyy!!! i am SOBER!!! I Knew it!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.07.09 11:12:44 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 2) :

    That should help… 😛

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.07.09 11:58:24 by blackshark Reply

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  • According to SuperSport the Bulls will be difficult to stop now.

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.07.09 12:17:56 by rekinek Reply
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  • “Looking at the amount of chances we created in the second half, and taking the halftime score into consideration – I expected a 50 point game.”

    They scored 46, have a heart 🙂

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.07.09 12:22:36 by Baldrick Reply

  • @rekinek (Comment 8) : Supersport? whats that? They never liked the Sharks! watch ESPN rather

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.07.09 12:24:18 by Rahul Reply

  • @blackshark (Comment 7) : 😆

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.07.09 12:24:50 by Rahul Reply

  • @Rahul (Comment 10) : Isn’t ESPN some sort of “historical” channel. :mrgreen:

    @Baldrick (Comment 9) : these sharks supporters so difficult to please. :mrgreen:

    maybe he meant 50 in second half only.

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.07.09 12:26:09 by rekinek Reply
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  • Sharks by 6 😎

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.07.09 12:28:46 by Rahul Reply

  • I think we going to take the bulls in the tank, if we can hold up our scrum and I have a sneaky feeling Hernandez is going to make an appearance. Sharks by 4

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.07.09 13:15:45 by Tintin Reply

  • @Baldrick (Comment 9) :

    50 was the minimum… 🙂

    We scored 3 tries in the 2nd but we should’ve scored 5 or more…

    @rekinek (Comment 8) :

    Someone at the Supersport headquarters stole Klempie’s Blue Bull pyjamas… ( Testing Klamp’s sensor thingy)… 😆

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.07.09 13:25:41 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Tintin (Comment 14) : wouldn’t that be great!

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.07.09 13:26:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • monty Dumond to surprise everyone with a good performance. ( Myself included :mrgreen: )

    Sharks by 7

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.07.09 13:31:05 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 17) : from your lips to the sweet Lord’s ears

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.07.09 14:29:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : 😈 😈

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.07.09 14:47:01 by wpw Reply

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