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Sharks spoil Stormers parade

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Stormers, Super 14 on 9 May 2010 at 04:45
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What an enthralling match! What a victory for sheer will and determination! It was a victory for strength of will, mind, heart and sinew. It was the Sharks’ best performance of the year as they beat the high-flying Stormers 20-14 at the Absa Stadium in Durban on a warm Saturday.

The result has a lot to boost Sharks’ pride and plenty to destroy Stormers’ complacency, for they are no longer assured of a home semifinal or even of a semifinal just at a time when a well-oiled gate of gold was opening for them.

The Sharks thoroughly deserved their win, even if one of their tries  was as bizarre as any you will ever see.

The Sharks did all their basics with strong efficiency and then they tore into tackles and whatever came after the tackles.

From the first whistle they had the Stormers rattled, and it was their sheer determination that kept the Stormers out when a score seemed inevitable.

There was a tide flowing with the Sharks that simply would not be denied and the Stormers spent much of the match fighting to stay off the rocks.

There was also the matter of Big Match Temperament. Maybe because it did not matter all that much if they lost, the Sharks were the ones playing with confidence, with BMT, even young Patrick Lambie. Whereas the senior Stormers did not make an impression, every single Shark, however ordinary, made a full contribution. The Stormers were the ones that were jittery. It showed from the start.

Dewaldt Duvenage kicked his very first kick out on the full from outside of his 22.  And he did it again soon afterwards. Peter Grant, the most reliable of goal-kickers, missed a penalty from in front of the posts with the score 17-7 and a penalty would earn a bonus point. Skilful men like Gio Aplon and Duane Vermeulen had handling lapses, but nothing compared with Sireli Naqelevuki’s hand in the Sharks’ second try.

Ruan Pienaar kicked a ball from close quarters into the Stormers’ in-goal. It looked like a really bad kick. It turned out to be the best bad kick of the season. Naqelevuki ambled back to the ball. He had 10 metres’ start on Pienaar and seemed to think he had all day. As he, standing up,  went to ground the ball it did a little leg-break. He still had time to ground the ball but not the energy. He put a hand to the ball but failed to ground it and Pienaar arrived to dive on it for a try which gave the Sharks a 14-0 lead at half-time which happened just a minute later. During the match the Stormers made substitutions and replacements but Naqelevuki was not one of them/.

The other Shark’s try was an excellent one and it was started by a young man with genuine BMT. Rory Kockott started it with a strong, fast break on the left side of the field. The Sharks went right and Patrick Lambie gave to Jean Deysel who gave to Ryan Kankowski as the Stormers tight forwards scurried in defence. Odwa Ndungane was unmarked on the outside and Kankowski gave him the ball for an easy run-in for the try. Pienaar converted from far out.

The Sharks were putting immense pressure on the Stormers  who seemed to lack the wit or muscle to shake it off. The Sharks kept it up. A kickable penalty became a line-out. An even more kickable penalty became a scrum as John Smit kept the screws tightly turned.

The nervous Stormers nearly got away when Francois Louw broke strongly and gave to Jaque Fourie who raced down the field, but Ndungane stopped him and Andries Strauss won a turnover. Juan de Jongh broke and then grubbered ahead, as he had done against the Crusaders for a try. This time Ndungane was there and counterattacked.

Kockott had another break, from a scrum this time, and Pienaar kicked a high diagonal for Lwazi Mvovo. The speedy wing won the air contest against Aplon but knocked on in in-goal. They were close again when they went through phases and Ndungane knocked on when a try seemed certain.

The Stormers started the second half with great promise. Jaque Fourie intercepted and raced downfield towards the Sharks’ line but Pienaar got him from behind. Fourie got the ball to Schalk Burger who was some five metres from the line when teenaged Lambie cut him down from the side and the Sharks won a turnover.

The Stormers mauled an attacking line-out and then freed up the ball going right. Tim Whitehead came off his wing as a decoy and Grant stepped inside Kankowski and Ndungane to score near the posts. 14-7 after 45 minutes. But it did not herald a Stormer revival as the resolute Sharks kept running into them.

In this half the Sharks kicked for goal. They decided that they were going to win. When Naqelevuki lost the ball forward before he was tackled and then held onto the ball, Pienaar kicked at goal but missed. But when Tiaan Liebenberg was offside, Pienaar goaled to take the score out of bonus-point range for the Stormers at 17-7 with 14 minutes to play.

Kockott then had a long break downfield and only a back tackle by Joe Pietersen prevented the try but Andries Bekker was penalised at the tackle and Pienaar made it 20-7 with 5 minutes to play.

Three penalties had the Sharks defending with might and main and then the try, when it came, was so simple. The Sharks were penalised five metres from their line and near their posts. Ricky Januarie tapped and gave to Francois Louw who charged straight ahead with Anton van Zyl riding behind him and, despite Deysel and Mtawarira, managed to ground the ball over the line. Grant converted and the Stormers had a point, just enough to keep them in second place, not enough to challenge the Bulls for first place.

Man of the match: There were lots of Sharks, including Jean Deysel Stefan Terblanche and Patrick Lambie. There was the next tier of Ruan Pienaar and the 15 points he scored and thy way he set his men running; and there was Rory Kockott with those telling breaks and his harassing of Duvenage. But our Man of the Match is John Smit – for the strength with which he played and for his calm, focused leadership. It is no surprise that he is the leading national captain in the history of the game.


For Sharks:
Tries: Ndungane, Pienaar
Cons: Pienaar 2
Pens: Pienaar 2

For Stormers:
Grant, François Louw
Cons: Grant 2


The Sharks: 15 Patrick Lambie, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Stefan Terblanche, 12 Riaan Swanepoel, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Ruan Pienaar, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Jean Deysel, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 John Smit (captain), 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Patric Cilliers, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Keegan Daniel, 20 Jacques Botes, 21 Andy Goode, 22 Andries Strauss.

Stormers: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Sireli Naqelevuki, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Juan de Jongh, 11 Tim Whitehead , 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 François Louw, 6 Schalk Burger (captain), 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 JD Moller.
Replacements: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Eusebio Guiñazu, 18 Anton van Zyl, 19 Pieter Louw, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Willem de Waal, 22 Joe Pietersen.

Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)
Assistant referees: Pro Legoete (South Africa), Andrew Lees (Australia)
TMO: Johann Meuwesen (South Africa)

Article Courtesy of Rugby 365


  • Hear, hear. Well done Sharks! You guys are so much better than the 8th position you’ll finish up in, but hey, maybe next year they’ll be a little more consistent. With a pack like that, we should be dominating teams!

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.05.10 09:54:20 by CapeShark Reply
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  • So I’m still a little bit confused, was it just me or did our backline actually seem to be playing like a backline (even though we left about 12 tries on the park), even Swaan and Oupa looked to be in good and great shape (respectively).

    So was our problem a competent fh all this time? Which would imply our ‘forward’ minded coach might not be as one dimensional as we thought.

    Thus concluding that the man with the wallet, adolf stroooooooooili should squarely take the blame for making the most brain dead buys in a single season. Three went bust (Hernandez, Steve ‘I’ve-got-a-demanding-girlfriend’ Meyer and Andy ‘gimme-a-bunny’ Goode) and the fourth being the close to retiring Butch ‘my-name-is-now-gat’ James.

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.05.10 10:14:33 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Great game.

    The usual guys stood out: Deysel, Lambie, Pienaar, but the real surprise was a midfield that was physical as well as attacking: I haven’t seen Fourie handed off so many times in one match, while The Tackle by Stefan was awesome.

    I think the backline play was a combination of an excellet flyhalf and mental shckles eventually being let go (remember last year’s last game of the CC?).

    Lets hope we learn that we CAN actually run the ball.

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.05.10 10:38:18 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • Great to finally read an article that praises the Sharks rather than deriding the Stormers for not pitching up! I hate the patronising little disclaimers the likes of Coetzee, Rich and Cardinelli add to everything they say and write about the match – “We played like turds, but credit to the Sharks” is so condescending to a team that thoroughly outplayed them. They DIDN’T play badly, the Sharks just made them look bad.

    I’d add a few more players to that potential MoM list: 1 through 15 were all either awesome or put everything on the line. Terblanche had his best game at 13.

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.05.10 12:00:22 by MerckZ Reply

  • Was also impressed with Kankowski’s intelligence on a number of occassions last night. It’s all well and good having a beastly number 8 like Spies or Vermeulen, but Kankowski’s brain makes his physical (read size) inadequacies a non-issue. His cheeky kick, his intelligent bringing down of Vermeulen in at least two incidences and eye for a gap make him a cut above the other two as a player. That said, you can’t deny Spies’s effectiveness and I’d still start him at 8 for the Boks…

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.05.10 12:10:05 by MerckZ Reply

  • You can bet there was a rousing speech from John Smit before the match, a la the record-breaking win against England in Twickenham and that other Tri-Nations’ (I think) match. You gotta give it to the man, he knows how to motivate. Whenever he retires from playing, I want him in that changeroom for the Boks and the Sharks!

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.05.10 12:12:55 by MerckZ Reply

  • Way to go Sharks – you played liked champions!!! Pity about the losses than were actual wins, we would have been higher up on the log, but our time will come. You guys rock!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.05.10 12:24:00 by dawnwallenkamp Reply

  • Not a good season for the Sharks, but we have to take into consideration how we got cheated out of a couple of wins, which did nothing much for the morale, but coming back and beating one of the top of the log teams was great. Last week even the Bulls struggled against us. Sharks are back on form – watch out next season………

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.05.10 12:26:04 by dawnwallenkamp Reply

  • @MerckZ (Comment 4) : ‘Terblanche had his best game at 13’…..I think he had his best game of the season full stop.

    Really wished he could have played like this all season.

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.05.10 12:28:14 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 2) : I know not many, especially around SharksWorld thinks very much of Goode. However let’s be honest. He was competent, he was not great, but he did play 10 for the 5 wins in a row. Not really fair to blame him for all the Sharks problems this season. I know you are blaming the management for signing him, but ultimately you are placing the blame, on the field, squarely on his shoulders, and I don’t think that is fair. If nothing else, by having Goode at 10, it gave Pienaar time to play at 9 and regain his confidence. We all know he is a confidence player and awesome when in nick. So even if Goode does not play another minute in a Sharks jersey, we should also thank him for allowing Pienaar time to settle and regain confidence at 9.

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.05.10 13:39:02 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 10) : Hear hear!

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.05.10 13:45:15 by MerckZ Reply

  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 10) : It would have been Hernandez fulfilling that role but he got injured, then it would have been Meyer then our last ditch stopgap was Pienaar and only after he went completely bust we got Goode on a red hanger sale.

    If we wanted a one dimensional fh with a massive boot we could have easily used Monty with Kockott at sh. The whole team and support base paid for the lack of development at fh. If Adolf didn’t go on a spending spree we might well have been able to afford Butch from the start of the season (seeing as we are happy with almost retired fh’s).

    Just strange how our backline all of a sudden had imagination and backline capabilities since dropping Goode (and Pienaar playing like the world class fh we all know he is, but sadly he’s unable to acknowledge). Fact remains, we need a WORLD CLASS fh if we intend on winning this tourny, and bad buying left us with a past-his-best fh.

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.05.10 14:34:42 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 10) : And not to be nasty, but if it was for ‘fair’, we’d have been sitting with a top 3 log position today.

    The games we won was because of our superior forwards and not because of our pre-last-night inferior backline. You’ve got to concede that our backline before last night was next to completely incompetent, flat and without any imagination on attack.

    Thus I am left with only one conclusion. The man should never have been put in this position in the first place.

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.05.10 14:40:39 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 10) :

    Got my passport back from the US Embassy today 😎

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.05.10 15:09:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • I wonder whom S24 supports with the two articles on last night’s game reading ‘Stormers snatch bonus point’ and ‘Silver lining for Stormers’


  • Comment 15, posted at 09.05.10 15:11:03 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 15) :

    Houwing must have been the author 🙂 He writes as many Stormers articles as he wants cos Tank “throw the match” Lanning is the editor. 😕

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.05.10 15:20:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) :

    Just checked he wrote the one (I was right) 😛 and the other wasn’t credited

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.05.10 15:24:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Im stoked the sharks won last night and Im stoked our backline finally played..well..like a backline. Massive effort from the guys and full credit for a great sharks performance. I think we need to be honest about the season though. Yes, they were robbed several games that may have put them in semi contention, however, its easy to forget that they won a few under interesting circumstances eg. The last minute penalty win over the Hurricanes, the turn over ball on the 22 at the end of the Reds game that could easily have been a match winning penalty to the Reds. A TMO decision away from drawing with the Highlanders etc etc.. I think at the end we dont want to lose perspective and gloss over some very real deficiencies that the sharks still have. They played 150% last night, but are the sharks backs really good enough to hold up for a full season? Does Ruan really want to play 10 for the foreseeable future? Also it bothers me that the best tweaks that have improved the sharks have not been due to clever player management but due to injury enforced changes (JS to loesehead after Beast got injured, Deysel and Alberts together after Kanko got injured, Lambie after Odwa got injured, Mvovo after JP got injured, etc etc.. We have reason to be optimistic about the sharks future, but the sharks are still a work in progress.

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.05.10 15:31:07 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @TheLooser (Comment 12) :

    Pienaar is still only a make-shift flyhalf and lacks some of the basic passing skills required for a 10.
    He mostly pass in the direction he runs, meaning he has to run across field in order to make a backwards pass. That is why he doubles round so often.
    A 10, on the move, needs to be able to make long passes at right angles to his body. At speed, whilst running straight, Pienaar makes short pop passes.

    PdV’s idea of him being a master 10, just tells you something about PdV, nothing else.

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.05.10 15:36:14 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 19) :

    Pienaar will be a good S14 flyhalf and an excellent CC flyhalf. At test level he will be solid no more.

    Please just don’t listen to anybody who says Lambie must be a flyhalf.

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.05.10 15:45:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 18) :

    Your pic has been approved. 😎

    If you can’t see it, press “Ctrl + F5” at the same time.

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.05.10 15:52:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) : um. You mean me? 😉

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.05.10 16:20:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : not JUST you 😛


  • Comment 23, posted at 09.05.10 16:40:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 23) : @robdylan (Comment 22) : I still think he should be given a run at fh, make him a backup fh for the CC for a few games and see how he goes.

    If we never try him there we’ll never know, and he has the composure and talent to be one of the best fh’s, if he isn’t move him back to fullback.

    If not him, who else is young, talented and has such composure? Anyone coming through the ranks, the academy?

  • Comment 24, posted at 09.05.10 17:05:09 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 24) :

    Yeah that’s a good idea, Why let him settle at Fullback and make it his own, sending Ludik (who was a waste of a buy) on his way. I say let’s make him a part time fullback part time flyhalf.

    That Idea is so good you should be lined up and shot like anyone who else who suggests things like that. 😛

  • Comment 25, posted at 09.05.10 17:13:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 23) :

    I Saw Try “FJELN!!” Time also call for lambie at flyhalf the other day.

    join the line!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 26, posted at 09.05.10 17:13:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) : So then lets try Ludik at FH, I’m sure he’ll set the world alight, or lets give Monty another chance, maybe we should buy the next three FH’s from France, even better, lets move Blanche to FH, he’s career is in any case over. 🙄

    I remember ‘golden boy’ Morne Steyn being a fb some time ago. But seeing as good fullbacks are in such short supply in SA 🙄 , let’s rather not give a guy a chance to prove or dis-prove his possible talents and rather opt for another geriatric to cost us the season. ❗

  • Comment 27, posted at 09.05.10 17:24:05 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) : Ludick is only a waste of a buy because no one knew how well Lambie would stand up… or how early they’d call him up. ok… and the injury thing is a bit of a bummer.

  • Comment 28, posted at 09.05.10 17:31:57 by molly Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 27) :

    Brent Russel
    Frans Steyn
    Ruan Pienaar (almost)

    Isn’t that list long enough already?

  • Comment 29, posted at 09.05.10 17:42:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • @molly (Comment 28) :

    and with that you have hit the nail on the head.

    We had the local talent but bought form elsewhere, how about giving a young FLYHALF a run at Flyhalf, rather than converting someone into a flyhalf.

  • Comment 30, posted at 09.05.10 17:44:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 30) : I’m all for young TALENT being used in their correct positions, but I can’t see anyone coming through.

    So who is this ‘young flyhalf’ you have in mind?

    Spill the beans boyeeeeeeeee ❓ :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 09.05.10 17:49:33 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 31) : I think its one of the cronje bro’s, been injured since the CC if I remember correctly.

  • Comment 32, posted at 09.05.10 17:53:29 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 32) : And still some time to go probably, then we’ll have to wait a full season for him to regain confidence and form and by next year this time we’ll be lamenting the same thing all over again.

    I hope it’s someone else.

  • Comment 33, posted at 09.05.10 18:18:02 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 31) :

    I have no idea but I am sure the and u/21s have a FLYHALF playing at flyhalf and there must be a backup to Dumond at the VC side.

    Dumond cannot be seen as young and up anc coming at 28.

    Why not give either of them a chance.

  • Comment 34, posted at 09.05.10 18:32:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 34) :

    Unfortunately the Sharks website has no player profiles for the VC and U/21 sides. 🙁

  • Comment 35, posted at 09.05.10 18:34:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 35) : Which is why us mere mortals keep calling for Lambie to be tried at fh, because we, like yourself, have no idea what’s planned for our fh future, and if the Andre Petoors and Dollie rumors are true, I’d have Lambie be given a shot any day of the week.

  • Comment 36, posted at 09.05.10 18:52:51 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Guy should be fit for the Currie Cup, I believe

  • Comment 37, posted at 09.05.10 19:38:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 13) : Harsh. In my opinion, the improvement in the backline performance against the Stormers had more to do with the fact that this was the first game the Sharks really had no shot of making the semis. Up until last week’s loss to the Bulls, the Sharks have always had a shot, albeit small of making the playoffs. Therefore, with nothing to lose, the backline could simply open up. We saw it against the Bulls last year, it is entertaining rugby, but does not always produce wins. The backline woes had more to do with conservative play rather than Goode being to blame. I agree Goode is no great shakes, but seriously, you can’t blame him for all the Sharks woes this season. He was part of the five wins in a row. So improvement in backline had less to do with Pienaar replacing Goode, and more to do with the fact the Sharks had nothing to lose with no shot of making the semis any longer.

  • Comment 38, posted at 10.05.10 01:54:19 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Well done guys its show you don’t go underestimate the sharks
    I guess some off the Streamers fans saying oh my its going to be a easy game because sharks are 10 well my just look at we did great job done

  • Comment 39, posted at 10.05.10 16:54:55 by Chaz Reply


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