The Sharks in Phokeng: a fan’s perspective

Written by Warren Smith (war1)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Other SA Teams, Sharks on 10 Aug 2009 at 21:46
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The stadium looked really fantastic as we arrived during the half time break of the under 21 game between the Sharks and the Leopards. That was a game which was won 20-14 by the young Sharks, despite letting the young Leopards in for a score on full time which allowed them to get a bonus point.

During that game, I noticed the trademark bald head of a certain John Mitchell, as he and Deon Kayser kept a beady eye on proceedings. Then came the moment I was looking forward to, Juan Martin Hernandez running onto the field in his Sharks training kit to practise his kicking. I manage to get some good photos of him at work, but was unable to get close to him due to the “moat” around the stadium, nevertheless it was good to see him in a Sharks jersey.

As that game ended, I was getting ready for the main game, I made way towards the tunnel to hopefully get some good pictures of the players as they ran out onto the field. As I was standing on the steps and half-leaning on the railing to get a good shot, the coaches of the Sharks for the game, John Mitchell and Grant Bashford walked out of the tunnel ahead of the players and made their way up the stairs that myself and some other fans were standing on. They both looked like they were not in talking mood, and I thought it was not a good time to arrange an interview with them, it was nevertheless a great occasion to have a chance to be so close to the coaches. John Mitchell looked big, bald, and mean. While I was surprised at how short Mr. Bashford is. As we waited for the players to run out, the drummers played their drums, giving a bit of atmosphere to a game where there were very few spectators. Then Stefan led the Sharks onto the field, I could feel the adrenaline, good times!
As the players ran onto the field, the loudspeakers belted out “I’ve got a feeling that tonight is going to be a good night” by the Black Eyed Peas, as it turned out to be.

I rushed back to my seat to make sure that my job of keeping the Sharksworld faithful informed was done. The first half was a dull affair, especially the first half an hour, the Sharks played too much rugby in their own half but Clayton Durand was strangely off target with the boot and the Sharks were being let off the hook. JMH kicked the first points to open his account in a Sharks jersey, may there be many more. Durand finally kicked a penalty over, after missing two I think to draw the Leopards level. Then came the first of six tries for the Sharks, Charl Mcleod took a quick tap went over, which I did not see because I was on the other side of the stadium and there were no replays to see who had scored, which was a very frustrating aspect of watching/commentating this game. The only other points of the half was a penalty from the boot of Hernandez, the Sharks would have to do better in the 2nd half, and that they did.

My Dad and I decided to move over to the other side of the stadium, and that move paid off, as the Sharks ran the ball from their own 22, with Oom Stef running right past where we were sitting to score. The Sharks were beginning to get the upper hand, but the Leopards hit back with a try of their own to Jovan Bowles, to the delight of the Bulls supporters behind us, enough said about that. The Sharks did not let that get them down and continued to attack with Mvovo making a really good run, which got the Sharks into the opposition 22. Williamson of the Leopards was yellow-carded. The Sharks decided to go for the lineout and Jacques Botes got over to score. The Sharks were really getting the upper hand now, and some really good work by Kankowski leads to Jordaan breaking a few tackles and offloading to Charl McLeod who scored his second try of the night. The Sharks brought on a few replacements, but this did not have any effect on their momentum, from a scrum in the Leopards 22, Burden goes over to score the Sharks’ 5th try. It was starting to look good for the Sharks. Guy Cronje really made a hash of the conversion and that is the one area of his game which really needs a lot of work, but otherwise he had a really good game, directing play very well. The Backline run the Leopards ragged and Jordaan went over in the corner. The Leopards seemed to save their best play for after the hooter went, they kept pressuring the Sharks’ line, which eventually saw Jovan Bowles going over in the corner after it looked suspiciously like his foot goes out of play before he touched down.

The score finished at 44-15 to the Sharks, it was by no means a complete performance by them especially in the first half. They should have put opposition of this quality away by more, but scoring 5 tries in the 2nd half meant that the result was satisfactory and the Sharks got the bonus point they needed from this game. To my disappointment, the Sharks leave the field and seem to be in a hurry to leave the stadium which means they miss an opportunity to mingle with their fans. For some strange reason the Leopards go on a lap of honour, maybe they were just warming down.

All in all, it was a good night and I went home satisfied with the result and the fact that the Sharksworld faithful (and a few more if Rob is to be believed) have got their live updates from the ground. Much thanks must go to my Dad for taking me to the stadium and helping me identify who scored tries as I franticly typed an update. This is war1, signing out, ‘til next time.


  • it is a nice stadium, but there was no beer, only coke and coffee 😡

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.08.09 07:06:49 by willa Reply
  • @willa (Comment 1) : epic stadium fail! 🙂

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.08.09 08:07:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @willa (Comment 1) : that phokeng ridiculous.

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.08.09 08:30:28 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

  • good article war1. this is a good detail of a rugby experience.

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.08.09 08:33:58 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

  • Take a bow War1, good commentary and good piece. Well done and thanks.

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.08.09 08:41:32 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 3) : 😆
    half time i got 12 beers in my car, and just walked in with them, no security nothing,so it worked out in the end… 😆 😆

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.08.09 09:18:28 by willa Reply

  • @willa (Comment 6) : 12 in 40 minutes – Salut.
    Newlands 2007, Sharks vs Stormers, halftime NO cold drinks left. Understandable at Phokeng, not at Newlands.

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.08.09 09:32:26 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @willa (Comment 1) : @Salmonoid (Comment 7) : Heavens above that’s not good. Must be against our humans rights or something. 😈

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.08.09 09:39:43 by McLovin Reply

  • @Salmonoid (Comment 7) : yes its awesome, especially if ur girl doesnt drink and she loves to drive ur car 😆 😆

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.08.09 09:42:42 by willa Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 8) : armband?

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.08.09 09:53:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : hehehe :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.08.09 09:57:44 by McLovin Reply

  • Nice one war1…great article to match the good work with the commentary on Friday…

    I was happy with the result – and from what I heard there was some decent backline action.

    Oh by the way – I like that Black Eyed Peas song…

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.08.09 10:09:00 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 12) : im not talking about the peas song, im talking about oe oe ah ah sexy eyes, and the rest of the “best beach party goue bokkie sokkie treffers 09”

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.08.09 10:18:21 by willa Reply

  • @blackshark (Comment 12) :
    I gotta feeling?? me too – my favourite at the mo..with Pitbull’s I know you want me… 😀

    Mooi Sharks, Bokkies, Kwasse and I defnitley did not mind losing this to SB…CHEETAHS!! 😈

    Oh BTW – I am the best I have ever been in a SW pool at present!! 😀

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.08.09 10:20:40 by Prof. Ice Babe(Thunder Horse) Reply
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  • @willa (Comment 13) : 😀

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.08.09 10:22:28 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • hay hay naw naw seksie aaaays!
    Ah waaarna taaaayk yooo to paaradaaaais

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.08.09 10:25:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @willa (Comment 13) :

    Ha ha ha … can’t imagine having to survive that without a beer…

    @Prof. Ice Babe(Thunder Horse) (Comment 14) :

    I like that one too… 😀

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.08.09 10:25:49 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: You the sokkie-king of England?? 😆

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.08.09 10:27:56 by Prof. Ice Babe(Thunder Horse) Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 17) : it was pretty bad, and they have a hell of a sound system!!! 😆

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.08.09 10:31:02 by willa Reply

  • I don’t know if it has been posted before, but this sounds great it was on Sport24 – “Rugby

    Mini Super 14 planned
    2009-08-10 14:23Email | Print

    Rustenburg – The Sharks, Stormers and Western Force will prepare for the Super14 series early next year in a mini-tournament in Cape Town.

    Western Force coach John Mitchell on Friday confirmed that such a tournament is being planned.

    He attended the Currie Cup match between the Sharks and Platinum Leopards in the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, which the defending champions won 44-15.

    Although no other details have been revealed, Mitchell said matches between the Sharks, Stormers and his team would take place.

    “It will probably be early in January,” said Sharks assistant coach Grant Bashford.

    “It will be excellent preparation for us to play against quality teams like the Stormers and Force.”

    “What everybody is looking for in the run-up to the Super14, is serious opposition, so you can see where you stand. It doesn’t help if we play against a team we can beat by a 100 points. It won’t help us at all.”

    Mitchell said a visit like that to South Africa could be of great value to him.

    “It remains a wonderful yardstick to measure yourself against South African teams.”

    The Former All Blacks coach also said it was a wonderful stroke of luck to be able to help out at the Sharks over the past two weeks.” I wonder if those losers at SS will televise it

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.08.09 10:32:35 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • apparently some king was also there for the game

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.08.09 10:33:52 by willa Reply

  • @willa (Comment 21) : Elvis? 😯

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.08.09 10:36:05 by McLovin Reply

  • Baas toets Blondie se Wiskunde..

    Baas: As ek vir jou 5miljoen rand gee minus 10% hoeveel trek jy af??

    Blondie: Alles Meneer! Skoene,Rok.Bra,Pantie – F @ K K $ N ALLES !!!

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.08.09 10:43:47 by Prof. Ice Babe(Thunder Horse) Reply
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  • @willa (Comment 21) :

    must be the King of the Bafokeng tribe… he’s always at these sports events…

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.08.09 10:50:19 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Prof. Ice Babe(Thunder Horse) (Comment 23) :


  • Comment 25, posted at 11.08.09 10:51:16 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Prof. Ice Babe(Thunder Horse) (Comment 18) : I caan laaik to luuuuf weeeeekfeeeld!

  • Comment 26, posted at 11.08.09 10:52:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • Great stuff war1 – always good to get a homegrown perspective.

    How did Murray go?

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.08.09 13:35:24 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Thanks to War1 for keeping us up to date with the game…much appreciated 🙂

  • Comment 28, posted at 11.08.09 13:49:36 by Pokkel Reply
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  • thanks everybody, it was great keeping you guys informed, it was the least I could do, I’m looking forward to another live game this weekend, bring on the Lions!

  • Comment 29, posted at 12.08.09 15:27:14 by war1 Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 29) : We won’t make you type away again this weekend….see it as your weekend off….. 😀

  • Comment 30, posted at 12.08.09 15:42:41 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 30) :

    I SEEM to have my internet problem resolved. (I THINK)

    I KNOW Showsport are showing the Sharks game this weekend,

    So I THINK I will be able to get back to normal and supply commentary to those who don’t have TV.

  • Comment 31, posted at 12.08.09 15:58:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 30) : yeah, hopefully all the other games will be televised, this game was good placement, my parents live close to rustenburg, so I won’t be able to do the same for away games at boland, etc 😐

  • Comment 32, posted at 12.08.09 16:02:42 by war1 Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 32) : anyone got the SuperSport schedule? Are there any other Sharks matches that won’t be televised?

  • Comment 33, posted at 12.08.09 16:05:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) : there usually are, i can do a bit of investigating

  • Comment 34, posted at 12.08.09 17:07:25 by war1 Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 34) : all I’ve managed to ascertain is that the Lions and Griquas matches will be on TV. They’re not forecasting any further ahead than that!

  • Comment 35, posted at 12.08.09 17:19:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • I’ve got the schedule that SARugby sends out and it also shows which matches are televised, will mail it to you

  • Comment 36, posted at 12.08.09 19:23:17 by walter van Lions World Reply

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  • @walter van Lions World (Comment 36) : awesome. Thanks

  • Comment 37, posted at 12.08.09 20:42:46 by robdylan Reply
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