The ghost of try time

Sharks blown apart by Western Force

Written by cheers had fun (The ghost of try time)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks on 27 Jan 2010 at 07:04

The visiting Australian Super 14 outfit the Western Force turned in a vastly improved performance to defeat the fancied Sharks side 26-0 in the second Neo Africa Tri-Series match at Newlands on Tuesday evening, according to
The Force ran up a 19-0 lead after just 29 minutes of play with three unanswered tries, two of which were converted by former Lions flyhalf Andre Pretorius to take a commanding 19-0 lead at the break.

The Sharks took the initiative at the outset but their early efforts were spoilt because the ball carrier was often isolated and a few of their speculative passes went astray.

The Aussie visitors on the other hand were committed to defence with solid first-time tackling and once they saw off the opposition’s opening flurry they gradually imposed themselves on the match.

The Sharks did not do their cause any good by trying the run the way out of trouble while their poorly upfield kicks gave the Western Force ample counter-attacking options.

Prop Sam Sykes opened the scoring with a try at the corner flag in the seventh minute and 13 minutes later centre Ryan Cross burst past some sloppy defensive work to score next to the posts.

The visitor’s flyhalf Andre Pretorius converted the second try to secure his side a 12-0 lead.

The Force were fielding a far stronger combination than the one, which were thrashed by the Stormers at the same venue last Saturday and they looked a far more composed unit on the field although the Sharks had started out with a number of first-choices on the reserves’ bench.

Pretorius was a central figure in the Force build-up sorties and he had a hand in the side’s third try ahead of the break. Pretorius added the conversion from the touchline (19-0).

After the break the Sharks side showed 11 changes with many of their “big guns” being thrown into the fray. 

  They were unable to make their presence felt at once but once they got into the swing of things the Force never managed to break out of their half of the field.

But the Sharks also could not find their way past the Force’s stubborn defence and 20 minutes into the second half the men from Durban had nothing to show for their efforts, despite the one-sided play after the break.

Thrice during this passage of time the Sharks were halted less than a metre from Force’s tryline.

Their failure to make a breakthrough seemed to have a disruptive effect and as play wound towards the close they looked more-and-more disjointed.

This simplified matters for the Force who were able to transfer play up to the Sharks’ 22-metre area, and just when it looked like they would fail to add to their first-half tally, fullback-back James O’Connor streaked past the Sharks defence for his side’s solitary second-half try.

He added the conversion to round off his side’s 26-0 triumph.

Scorers: Western Force: Tries; Sam Wykes, Ryan Cross, Cameron Shepherd and James O’Connor.

Conversions; Andre .Pretorius (2) and O’Connor. – Sapa


  • “The Sharks took the initiative at the outset but their early efforts were spoilt because the ball carrier was often isolated and a few of their speculative passes went astray.”

    This sounds so Sharks. Some things never change. Something so simple cannot be sorted out.

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.01.10 07:06:15 by try time Reply
  • Look I am not going to take too much out of this game. But I do hope the Sharks have noticed their old problems creeping in and look to rectify them. Sharks simply need to slow down their attack a little unless something is definitely on. Receiver gets the ball, hangs back while a supporter gets behind him and he drives forward while his back up shadows and supports and repeat. when this has sucked in enough defenders send it wide and test the outside defence making sure no backline player runs away from his support. If a sharks player gets isolated more than twice in the next warm up game, he must get dropped for the next game. it is time to get harsh on stupid players. the same goes for pointless kicking. if the sharks want to get into the semis they cannot kick possession away, and definitely cannot hand ball over to the opposition because the backup is not near enough to the tackled player to protect the ball.

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.01.10 07:21:51 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 2) : lmao…you are very funny mate! did you come up with the title of the post? It’s a very good read

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.01.10 07:31:05 by Megatron Reply
  • @Megatron (Comment 3) : not my article not my title. if you read it again i credited the source.

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.01.10 07:37:14 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 1) : What do you expect with Plum as coach persisting with the same tactics or gameplan ❓

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.01.10 08:08:33 by Charlie Reply
  • Hi everybody. Not a good result, but remember it was only a practise match.

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.01.10 08:26:18 by diablo Reply
  • @diablo (Comment 6) : yeah, important to keep perspective

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.01.10 08:37:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sharks lineout was a shambles last night, Burden couldn’t find his jumpers.That said he was one of the better players on the park

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.01.10 08:38:39 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • Not too much sould be read in to this result. These matches don’t count for much and must prove as test runs to see what could work, what does not work and where the team should improve.

    O and just by the way… cast your minds back to the Bulls warm up matches last year and remember what they went on to accomplish.

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.01.10 08:39:31 by Farlington Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : I see The Sharks are still topping the log, so last nite’s match means nothing, if you know what I mean :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.01.10 08:41:23 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 10) : And for all The Force’s effort of scoring 4 tries they still could’nt pick up the extra bonus point 😈

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.01.10 08:43:02 by Charlie Reply

  • Thanks for the updates last night Rob et al. Could view the site from phone but couldnt log in so no comments. Thanks though.

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.01.10 08:50:15 by billy Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 11) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.01.10 08:53:28 by rekinek Reply
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  • well that’s a little embarassing 😳 I’m hoping for a better result on Friday.

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.01.10 09:12:25 by CapeShark Reply
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  • Sorry for the slow updates during the game, 2nd half was a bit of a bore scoring wise and the people I was with were intent on talking throughout the game.

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.01.10 09:14:04 by molly Reply
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  • Some opinions from the game:
    Reports of Craig Burden being a great hooker are very off, he hardly got 1 lineout right, his scrumming wasn’t great. And those are the biggies for a hooker.

    Monty Dumond has not carried his form form the CC and there are serious doubts as to whether he’ll be good enough for S14. Same as Burden – decent enough in CC but can’t cut the mustard in S14. This would be my biggest concern for the Sharks, I’m not 100% sure what Meyer will bring but without Pienaar there isn’t enough quality backup.

    Sharks’s gameplan was not great and the implementing even worse, they wasted alot of ball, tried to run from deep when it wasn’t on, and then when there was an overlap someone would kick the ball away… and badly.

    The Force were brilliant on the ground they counter rucked superbly and committed plenty to the breakdown and won lots of turnovers like this. O’ Connor was brilliant and made plenty breaks, wasn’t really troubled on defence or with any good kicks, so can’t judge him on that.

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.01.10 09:24:27 by molly Reply
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  • I can just about see Ruan as starting flyhalf for the S14. 🙂 😐

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.01.10 09:56:58 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 17) : I said it all along 😉

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.01.10 10:18:20 by Charlie Reply

  • reckon the undercommittment at the rucks was intentional. Makes sense if a lot of guys are carrying niggles.

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.01.10 10:19:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • So how would Plum approach Friday’s game?? Will it be in the same fashion? Maybe try a few more things before the S14 kicks off? Hopefully some of the experiments will workout and give us an idea of what we can expect during the Super 14

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.01.10 10:28:48 by Farlington Reply

  • some players making comments on facebook about how sore they are this morning

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.01.10 10:32:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : Bunch of sisies 😈

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.01.10 10:36:48 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 22) : eish… worrying signs.

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.01.10 10:50:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : No clues as to why the were so kak given?

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.01.10 10:53:32 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 24) : alas no

  • Comment 25, posted at 27.01.10 11:01:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • whatever it was pulm was experimenting with it didn’t work! This is not amateur rugby, this is the s14, i don’t care of it is a pre-season game, you don’t go out there and get nilled! This is your work, preparation for the s14 is still part of the work plum, the players have to do and they sucked last night!

    Does anyone think andre pretorius was fart arsing about last night, no!

  • Comment 26, posted at 27.01.10 11:04:34 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 26) : I’m with you… when you pull on the jersey, you go out to win.

    Otherwise don’t bother. Give it to someone else who cares.

  • Comment 27, posted at 27.01.10 11:10:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : it was funny looking jersey, to be fair :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 27.01.10 11:17:55 by war1 Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : I will take one, pretty please, play me 😀

  • Comment 29, posted at 27.01.10 11:20:57 by Charlie Reply

  • @war1 (Comment 28) : ja, it was

  • Comment 30, posted at 27.01.10 11:25:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 29) : me too, dude.

    I would die for that jersey.

  • Comment 31, posted at 27.01.10 11:29:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 30) : Photos?

  • Comment 32, posted at 27.01.10 11:47:04 by klempie Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 33, posted at 27.01.10 11:49:17 by Charlie Reply

  • Was wondering about the jerseys – have it on good authority that your team almost did not get the new jumpertjies in time as “someone” [email protected]$#d up the contract 😯

  • Comment 34, posted at 27.01.10 11:51:37 by diablo Reply

  • @diablo (Comment 34) : someone who?

    @klempie (Comment 32) : will mail some. Don’t have the rights, so not going to post here

  • Comment 35, posted at 27.01.10 11:57:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : Don’t know who it was, but all’s well that ends well (I suppose) 😉

  • Comment 36, posted at 27.01.10 12:13:46 by diablo Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : Ta.

  • Comment 37, posted at 27.01.10 12:23:39 by klempie Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : can I also get one to see this jersey, pretty please 😛

  • Comment 38, posted at 27.01.10 12:34:33 by rekinek Reply
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