Composed Sharks down impatient Lions

Written by Warren Smith (war1)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Sharks on 17 Aug 2009 at 20:12
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The Sharks were the more clinical side and took their chances better to win their ABSA Currie Cup match against the Lions by 30 points to 19.

The sparse crowd contained many supporters who were supporting the visitors, as seems to be the norm these days. The Lions started well and put lots of pressure on the Sharks, enjoying all of the possession and territory for most of the first 20 minutes. That said, they did not have any points to show for their all their dominance. It was the Sharks who opened the scoring in what was just about their first real attack, with Monty Dumond slotting a penalty. The Sharks the upped their game and showed excellent handling skills and good team interplay in a wonderful move that ended in Ryan Kankowski dotting down under the sticks. The Lions then had the ball in the Sharks half for an extended period but bad handling and poor option-taking let them down again. The Sharks second try came as Craig Burden burst over in the corner after some more excellent teamwork. Dumond slotted the conversion to make it 17-0 at the break. The Lions and their fans were left wondering how their team could so dominate the territorial and possession stakes and yet still trail by 17-0. The answer was the lack composure and patience that the Lions showed and a seeming inability to convert chances, which may have been due to good defensive effort from the Sharks.

The 2nd half started with Dumond again getting a shot at the posts which he goaled to make it 20-0 to the Sharks. The Lions again had a few opportunities to score and still did not take their chances, as the Sharks were forced to absorb a lot of pressure and their defense did look like cracking at times. Dumond then extended the Sharks lead as the Lions gave away a penalty for holding on. The Lions then eventually broke their drought in the 71st minute with Cobus Grobbelaar driving over in the corner. Earl Rose then proceeded to miss the conversion which was greeted with a chorus of boos. Three minutes later the Lions were on the scoreboard again as Derick Minnie scored in the corner, which was just reward for a player who had a strong game, although it was too late to alter the result, as the Sharks were awarded a penalty try as the Lions scrum crumbled after Jano Vermaak was scragged and forced to dot the ball down behind his own tryline. The conversion was dropkicked over as the Sharks went for the bonus point fourth try. Yet as they threw the ball around, Pieter Engelbrecht intercepted and scored under the posts.

The Lions were left to rue their failure to make their dominance in the territorial and possession stakes pay, which coach Hans Coetzee put down to a lack of patience and also indentified this as an area for them to work on, as he was happy that his team defended well. The Sharks were the team which showed more discipline and composure, and deservedly won a match that the Lions would have felt they could have, or should have won, especially given their dominance in some areas.



Tries: Cobus Grobbelaar, Derick Minnie, Pieter Engelbrecht

Conversions: Ruan Boshoff (2)


Tries: Ryan Kankowski, Craig Burden, penalty try

Conversions: Monty Dumond (3)

Penalties: Monty Dumond (3)

Final score: The Sharks 30 – The Lions 19


  • The Sharks discipline was fanatstic….to only concede 1 penalty in the first half being under that sort of pressure and being in their own half most of the time was impressive

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.08.09 08:37:06 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Was watching this game at a restaurant – worst place to watch the game really…but it was better than nothing…

    Apart from the penalties – how did Monty do?

    I’d like to see more of Waylon – he looked okay for a player who has been off for such a long time…

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.08.09 10:21:11 by blackshark Reply

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  • The Lions are an able bunch, but they have too many donkeys and too few game breakers.

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.08.09 10:28:46 by Morné Reply
  • @blackshark (Comment 2) : Monty was superb. Had a really great game, both with the boot and defensively. Even took the defence on a few times and he’s pretty brave.

    Waylon was nobbled by the fact that he had Strauss inside him. He got no ball because Strauss only knows one way. I’d like to see him outside a better distributor.

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.08.09 10:29:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 2) :
    Monty did really well, lets hope he makes this site eat their words week in and week out.

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.08.09 10:30:24 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    Tough games against the Griquas and WP coming up – so probably not the best time to chop and change…but maybe a Swannie / Waylon combo could work in future…

    @Salmonoid (Comment 5) :

    Munch! munch! Munch! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.08.09 11:31:07 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 5) :
    I was definitely no Monty fan, but kudos to him – he has performed brilliantly, and I’m sure “this site” will gladly eat their words to see a Shark play well.

    I thought Mcleod did very well too – no coincidence the backs actually got some ball…

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.08.09 11:33:03 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 7) : correct. I’d be quite comfortable seeing the same halfbacks start against Griquas…

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.08.09 11:44:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • I was impressed by the quick hands especially the likes of Albert and Botes… let’s keep it moving Sharks…

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.08.09 11:55:56 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 7) :
    I think it is because Monty visits this site that he is playing so well.

    It would be interesting to see what the backline could do with good ball from a dominant scrum.

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.08.09 12:41:03 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • USELESS ! Lions!

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.08.09 13:40:07 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 11) : I feel for you, it’s not nice when your team that you support through thick and thin just keeps disapointing you. 🙁

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.08.09 13:46:30 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 10) :

    He has been nothing short of excellent – if he was playing for WP, he would already be a shoo-in for the Bok 10.

    I reckon our scrum will improve through the season – some times we have actually dominated, which tells me it is more of a technique then personnel issue.

    @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 11) :
    Have faith young Padwan – all in good time; the wheel must turn.

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.08.09 13:48:08 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 12) : @Big Fish (Comment 13) :

    Cheers guys ..We closing in on 10 years of nothing … Thank goodness the Boks are winning though … oh and Arsenal 😎

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.08.09 13:51:45 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 14) : I saw the Lions/Natal final in 1999 on ESPNC this weekend….The Sharks were horrible in that game…and I was surprised to see AJ Venter playing for the Lions…Shows how short my memory is

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.08.09 13:54:25 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 15) :
    Heartbreaking day – they spoiled the farewell for Joubert and Teich. 👿

    @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 14) :
    Jake is no fool – will be interesting to see what happens from here.

    Not long ago we were languishing at the bottom with Kevin Putt as coach. 🙁

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.08.09 13:57:28 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 16) :

    True .. but from the rumours Iv heard ..granted only rumours the union is in serious trouble and how will they lure good players to the union in such a state.
    Building the current crop and bringing players up from junior level won’t work ..cause we’ll just flog the said player as soon as he proves himself.

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.08.09 14:02:13 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 16) : We were even worse under Hugh Reece-Edwards. In saying that, Mac left absolutely no legacy in terms of a continuance plan – the one (and only) thing I can criticise him for.

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.08.09 14:51:50 by Baldrick Reply

  • @Baldrick (Comment 18) :
    Agreed on both counts. Poor Hugh – identified as a natural successor… and he just sucked!

    @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 17) :
    Heed the lessons of history my friend – so often the seeds of greatness are hidden in the ashes of ruin, and the wine of sorrow tarries in the grape of the plentiful harvest.

    In other words: good teams get complacent, fail to grow, and lose, and poor teams become innovative out of desperation and take the prom queen home – aaallll night loooong.

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.08.09 15:00:28 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 19) : True, when thing go well we tend to forget the bad times like the Putt and Reece-Edwards era’s.

    Also true is that when things go well, enjoy it because it probably won’t last forever

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.08.09 15:08:49 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 19) : In slagging of Reece, perhaps he shouldn’t have been thrown in at the deep end in the S12 and rather given the previous Currie Cup to develop as a head coach. Also, most of the players were his team-mates not long prior to that and possibly asserting his authority could have been part of the problem.

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.08.09 15:50:42 by Baldrick Reply

  • Someone mentioned the biased reporting of the media for their target audiences, and cited, amongst others, Mike Greenaway. I recall the days of Putt when Greenaway certainly didn’t look through rose coloured spectacles!

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.08.09 15:58:09 by Baldrick Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 15) :
    And if I remember correctly AJ was brilliant that day.

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.08.09 16:36:26 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 23) : He was

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.08.09 16:57:05 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Good game for us… Ryan was Brilliant… But i cant help but be a little bit hesitant to over celebrate as the level of competition was quite herrendous and we didnt actually strangle the game the way we should have… dont wanna take a stab at our beloved Sharks i would just rather be focussed than big headed when its not really validated! What you guys think?

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.08.09 18:21:29 by Miguel Reply
  • @Miguel (Comment 25) : agree. We were composed and always looked comfortable, but lacked the killer instinct. The last quarter was actually pretty horrible too

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.08.09 18:40:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : it was not great, other than pushover try, the last few moments in searching for the bonus point looked desperate and not like they were asking questions of the lions, maybe altitude was a factor?

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.08.09 20:29:12 by war1 Reply

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