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Durban scum don’t bother Donald

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 14 Feb 2010 at 17:56
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Durban once again showed off the worst side of South African spectators, after beer-drinking louts pelted Chiefs flyhalf Stephen Donald with missiles to show their displeasure in the outcome of the match in which the Sharks lost 18-19 to a last-minute penalty.

The disgraceful sight of Sharks fans throwing missiles at Donald on two occasions – once while lining up a conversion attempt and then also during the last-minute penalty that earned the visitors a dramatic one-point win – reminded of another forgetful moment.

Back in 2002 spectator Piet van Zyl ran onto the field in a state of inebriation and tackled Irish referee Dave McHugh to the ground in a Test between the Springboks and All Blacks. The incident sparked an international outcry and landed Van Zyl in court.

Just like McHugh all those years ago, New Zealand referee Keith Brown – who awarded the Chiefs, last year’s Super 14 finalists, 16 penalties to the Sharks’ eight – earned himself the ire of local spectators in a display that saw Springbok and Sharks captain John Smit repeatedly question his calls.

While the Sharks, and their vocal fans, showed their disapproval with numerous of the rulings of the Kiwi match official, Brown, the Chiefs flyhalf seemed unperturbed by the flying missiles.

Donald kept his cool to slot two crucial kicks, the conversion 10 metres in from touch and the penalty in the dying second to seal the victory for the team from Hamilton.

“It’s the first time things have gone a little bit pear-shaped for me so far as kicking and the crowd starting to lose the plot,” Donald told NZPA.

“It [a beer jug] got close, but I had a pretty big tee boy in [teammate] Sione Lauaki so I felt pretty safe.”

Donald said he suspected the alcohol-laden missile wasn’t intended for him.

“I don’t know what their problem was. I think it was supposed to hit the referee more than me.”

The Sharks bounced straight back with a penalty goal to reclaim the lead, after Donald converted the try, but the Chiefs had the final say in a roller-coaster finish by slotting a winning penalty goal from an easier position after the hooter.

“It’s what you do the hard yards for, you sort of live for those moments,” he said.

“I didn’t kick well early so it was good to come back and put a couple of key ones over for the boys.

“We haven’t tasted success in round one for about six years so we’re very proud of today.”

The Chiefs were missing fullback Mils Muliaina – who is missing the first three weeks to rest after a demanding 2009 – and his stand-in captain Lauaki, the latter through injury, while wing Dwayne Sweeney went down with a fever before the match and was replaced in impressive style by Counties Manukau fullback Tim Nanai-Williams in the unfamiliar No.14 jersey.

Inside centre Callum Bruce and wing Lelia Masaga were also unavailable with injury.

“It’s one we’re pretty proud of. Sharks at home is a tough prospect if you came here at full strength. There are a few guys at home and a few guys in their hotel rooms because they’re crook in their beds,” Donald said.

Courtesy of Rugby 365


  • Just so we make this clear early on. I am the one calling them scum not Stephen Donald.

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.02.10 17:57:44 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • When it happened there was a little kid booing. If his father was with him (which i sincerely hope was the case) then I hope friends of his see his childs behaviour and give him a damn hard time about it.

    It is nothing more than disgraceful that an adult would let his child behave like that. The concern is that the little kid probably mimicing his father.

    Scum is to kind a word for spectators who behave like that

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.02.10 18:01:12 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I emplore the KZNRU to condemn that behaviour in the strongest possible terms and post any and all pictures they have of fans behaving like that.


  • Comment 3, posted at 14.02.10 18:09:43 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Missiles? What kind of missiles were they?

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.02.10 18:10:11 by McLovin Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : I agree…did not see the incidents but have read about them.
    Surely the time has come for the Sharks Administrators to take a firm stand on this matter. TV footage should be scrutenised and the culprits found and punished in some way. Sharks Admin., surely, have the right to ban badly behaved spectators from the grounds? “Right of Admission Reserved”.

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.02.10 18:11:44 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply
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  • Beer Jugs amongst other things. I only saw the jug that landed close to him.

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.02.10 18:11:58 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 5) :

    Same like the football guys in the UK ban their hooligans.

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.02.10 18:12:44 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • good going donald, no point in being bothered by savages…you did the job and your team is proud of you.

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.02.10 18:34:51 by Megatron Reply
  • The booing at stadiums in SA just pisses me off. The Newlands crowd also boo when an opposing player lines up a kick at goal.

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.02.10 18:36:48 by wpw Reply
  • I watched the replay on Setanta last night and was very disappointed in some of the fans reaction. I think the most gutting was the little child boo’ing because in a few years if that goes unchecked he’ll be right there launching missles.

    IMHO the parent/s should have swatted the little one on the bum and then had a bit of a chat about respect. Charlton’s only 6 months but I’m already trying to instill proper rugby manners. We stand during the singing of anthems even if we are having a bottle, we try not to babble too loud at the TV when someone is kicking and we’ll clap no matter when a team does well. Granted the clapping is much more enthusiastic for our favorites 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.02.10 18:43:55 by Milissa Reply

  • Butch playing for bath right now on supersport 1

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.02.10 18:49:37 by bergshark Reply

  • What gets me is KP used to one of the few stadiums where the spectators DID show a little respect. There was no boo-ing and there was a hush when someone was kicking – either home or visitors….. now though 😳 😥

    I really miss visiting the stadium to watch a good game of rugby but its at the point now that when we are home (and we always make sure we go home when there are a few home games on that we can go and watch)… the atmosphere and behavior of many of the spectators is just too disgusting.

    KP used to be THE stadium for atmosphere…. those were the good old days ! Where have the good old fashioned values disappeared to ??? 😕

    Sheesh I sound old 😆

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.02.10 19:02:05 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • @Milissa (Comment 10) :

    Good on you Milissa.

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.02.10 19:43:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Sharkette (Comment 12) : well the rot has been setting in for a while now, in 2008 fans at Kings Park boo-ed the Springboks after a loss to the Australians. Even then, Kobus Wiese condemned the fans in Durban for their loutish behaviour.

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.02.10 19:47:02 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 14) :

    afraid it isn’t just Durban. Who remembers the Bulls booing Percy off the pitch?

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.02.10 19:57:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 14) : that saddens me so much more than my team losing, afterall in the end, it is ‘just’ a game and everyone is human and can make mistakes BUT bad sportsmanship is unforgiveable imo 👿

    I am a school teacher and had a discusiion with a group of my students only last week about sportsmanship and appropriate begavior and responses – it starts young and we have to nip it in the bud if we are to fix the problem 😐

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.02.10 19:59:00 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • @Milissa (Comment 10) : Good job. If you teach him to support the Stormers he’d be the perfect child. 😉 😛

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.02.10 20:07:53 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 17) :

    My child being gay is not my idea of being perfect. 😛

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.02.10 20:09:59 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 14) : If it was a Springbok v Autralia, let me remind you that the majority of the fans would have been from “other” provinces, so how come “Durban” fans get singled out……surely it should read “South African” fans 😕

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.02.10 20:10:00 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : 😆

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.02.10 20:11:09 by McLovin Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : Exactly!

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.02.10 20:11:28 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 17) : I figure for the moment he’s by default a Sharks, Toulouse, France, South Africa and Ireland fan. Once he is older and can make his own decisions then he can choose to support whatever team he likes (as long as it isn’t the Bulls) if anything it’ll make things a bit more interesting if he strikes out on his own and supports a rival of one of my favorites.

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.02.10 00:36:24 by Milissa Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 14) : Do you ever have anything good to say about Sharks rugby, the stadium or Durbanites in general?

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.02.10 12:04:22 by CapeShark Reply
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  • Sharks used to have fun, innovative fans.
    Now they just copy what happens at Newlands and think its OK.
    What next, knife wielding club rugby players and supporters. 😈

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.02.10 13:08:15 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • So as is the nature of ‘skinder nuus’, we had two winners after the weekend’s loss by the Sharks…..

    1. Steven Meyer – who cares why he retired without any reason ❓ ❗
    2. Our novice refs’ debut apearance – why we now rather hate the Sharks supporters and aim all comments at them ❓ ❗

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.02.10 13:37:11 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 25) :

    1. During the game I thought about our Steve, I wondered whether he would be watching the game, decided he would not and probably would not ever watch rugby again.

    2. As bad as the ref was, there is not justifying throwing objects and abuse at the opposition players, who are themselves only playing a game.

    We sure can take a leaf out of the British rugby supporterrs book on how to do it.

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.02.10 13:47:23 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 26) : Very true, the throwing things idea is rather poor…if it was me i’d say ban drinking at the tank, the disgusting language one had to listen to was also rather distastefull…heard a few words I never knew existed.

    As for old Meyer, I stil would love to hear what the real story is, maybe the Meyer camp bought the ref knowing all attention would be diverted from him… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 15.02.10 13:58:30 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Salmonoid (Comment 28) :
    You guys can keep your stars and cups, medals, gongs and whatever accolades yo get – I just posted in BLUE. I think thats good, innit.

  • Comment 29, posted at 15.02.10 14:35:27 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 29) : @ testing.

  • Comment 30, posted at 15.02.10 14:36:46 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 28) : Yes exactly, that’s why Donald were boo’d on his last kick, 100% because of the ref. We didn’t have any reason to be angry at the Chiefs players, they couldn’t help for the ref either. But everybody has jumped on the Sharks supporters case instead of adressing the real issue. Frustration at poor refereeing.

  • Comment 31, posted at 15.02.10 17:43:23 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 31) :

    Still no excuse to pelt players with missiles mate.
    Not everything can be justufued away.

  • Comment 32, posted at 15.02.10 17:51:22 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 32) : Definitely not, I agree, i personaly think drinking should be banned at the games, you’ll see a lot less of that type of behaviour.

    Sadly those individuals who felt they had the right to throw ‘objects’ at the ref has now taken all focus of the poor reffereeing and unfairly brought it on the Tank’s fans (of which I was part).

  • Comment 33, posted at 15.02.10 18:20:30 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • I think people’s going a little far with this. Out of a stadium with thousands of rugby fans, thousands of frustrated rugby fans at that, a couple misbehaved by throwing stuff, which should never happen.

    I have to stick out my neck here and be honest, I’m a booer and believe there is a place in rugby for booing. Let me give you a couple of good examples. When a player makes a dangerous tackle or any type of dangerous or malicious play, that player deserves to be and should be booed of the field. Foul play, punching and of the ball stuff. It’s not part of the game, not good sportsmanship and supporters should show their displeasure towards those players.
    And lastly I am a big believer in booing a blatant mistake by a ref, not general or smaller things, but blatant mistakes. Like giving a knock against the Sharks when it should have been a penalty right in front of the posts for the sharks and maybe even a yellow card for a professional foul, or at the very least a stern warning.
    The last call was also one that I would have booed. It gave the game to the chiefs and lets face it, that’s the only punishment this ref will receive for that mistake.
    Booing is the sport way of showing your displeasure with something. Booing is good and clean. It’s when people start to yell out obscenities and throwing things on the field that I am against it. We still have to act civilized even when we are frustrated and I think booing at sport is the way to go.

    Also I don’t think it’s realistic to expect a home crowd to be completely quiet when an opposition team kicks for posts. Especially not when it’s an important kick. I don’t think booing is the appropriate way of making a noise here, because when you have a good ref that penalty is a direct result to your team making a mistake, but any yelling, whistling or load sounds you could make to distract the kicker is part of having the home ground advantage.

    And the most important part about being a supporter at a rugby game, you have to be able to support your team no matter what, walking away from a game or booing your own team or deciding that they are worthless after one match is worse than a drunk guy throwing a bottle. His throwing that bottle because his drunk and frustrated, what reasons does fickle supporters have. You always have to support your team, even when you’re stuck at a rather boring game and your team can’t do anything right. That’s the worst kind of supporter. I’d rather be a passionate booing “scum” (not bottle thrower) than being a fickle supporter, who does not get emotional or loud in some kind of way when my team loses, directly caused by a refs decision or even just because of their own bad play.

  • Comment 34, posted at 16.02.10 00:46:34 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 34) :

    I disagree ENTIRELY. In EVERY ONE of the examples you have given, if the player commiting the indiscretion were in your side you would NOT be booing but cheering.

    That is human nature.

    Now let me also say there is nothing wrong with shouting things like, “Aw C’mon are you blind?” and complaing when a decision dosn’y go your way but to then BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO continueously and throw things on the pitch is NEVER acceptable.

  • Comment 35, posted at 16.02.10 04:58:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 19) :
    you know what its not just the shark fans that act like you know what some teams fans i’m not going to say what team but my daugter went to a braai to watch the game with her guy friend and well when the game started the people where they went told her you will shout for well his team or you can just f off and she said you can do what you want i will never shout for another team never mind your team and got up and they came and watched the game by us i’m not a sore loser but sometimes the fans really get nasting but what can you do some do worse thinks to their wifes because their team lost but where do you put a stop to all of this
    i would love to go and see sharks play never ever been to a game always watch at home but maybe one day in many moons to come i will c my team play go sharks i will keep by head up high no matter what 😆

  • Comment 36, posted at 17.02.10 19:46:29 by Charmaine Reply


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