Richard Ferguson

Daniel saves Sharks blushes

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 24 Jul 2010 at 11:54
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In what was expected to be a runaway result and an easy run out for the Sharks against a lowly Pumas outfit, Sharks supporters at the stadium could not believe what they were seeing as the Sharks stuttered and shuffled to a 27 – 17 win, picking up 5 points in the process.

The game got off to a disappointing start with the Sharks wanting to play a loose and open game, but not really getting anywhere, with their handling letting them down with no less than 19 turnovers in the first half alone.

The Pumas opened the scoring in the 19th minute with their eighthman Christo le Roux scoring, with Ricardo Croy converting for a surprise 7 – 0 lead after a quarter of the game.

It took a half hour for the Sharks to open their account with Keegan Daniel scoring after a strong maul up from a 5m lineout. Lambie converted to have honours even in the tank.

The Pumas replied immediately with a penalty with Croy slotting it, taking back their lead. Lambie kept the scores level within 2 minutes with a penalty of his own. It looked like it was going to be dead level at half time when a monster of a Ronnie Uys bulldozed his way through the Shark defence to score on half time. Croy kept his kicking record clean and the Pumas held a 17 – 10 lead at half time.

5 minutes into the second half the Sharks drew level through a McCleod try, after another 5 lineout and maul up. Lambie converted and it was 17 all and game on.

The Sharks kept the Pumas from scoring any more points but battled to keep the ball in hand with handling errors from every single player on the park. JP Pieterson was particularly woeful with open spaces in front him and not being able to hold on.

Daniel scored in the 55th minute to take the lead for the first time in the match. Lambie missed the conversion to take a slender 5 point lead. After this, the Sharks looked to settle into a defensive pattern to defend what little lead they had.

Daniel scored his hat trick try 3 minutes from time to secure the bonus point and the win for the Sharks after a loose build up

Sharks supporters left the stadium frustrated that their team could not build on the performance against the Bulls the previous weekend, and actually took a few steps backwards in the process.

The Pumas were as good as the Sharks were poor and congratulations must go to them for a great game in which they nullified the Sharks backline by having the rushed defence work for them and counter rucking the Sharks to take our ball. Our lineouts were very poor, and we lost a lot of ball from the set piece, which John Plumtree puts to Burden being “relatively new to the position”.

Lets hope the Sharks manage to find the form they showed against the Bulls last weekend and can pick themselves up from a disappointing game to face the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein next weekend.


  • Burden is not that new to the position… they just need to give him some flipping game time…

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.07.10 12:00:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • You go Keegan, and to think I had doubts about putting you into my FL 😀

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.07.10 12:32:41 by Jarson Reply
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  • Burden will improve but JP is Mr Inconsistency.
    Good on Keegan, we’re certainly not short on loose-forward talent…

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.07.10 14:46:21 by CapeShark Reply
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  • Very close at home!??!
    What’s up with the Sharks side?

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.07.10 15:17:34 by Hmmm Reply

  • I have been going on all week about The Sharks having to treat this as a test match format, play percentage rugby, and play from the set-piece. The rationale to build momentum for The Cheetahs game, now they are limping and at square one for a vital match. Plum should never have allowed this game to be loose…

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.07.10 15:20:08 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • This was the perfect match to try play loose because they had to start developing there running game when they need it down the line in bigger matches were they don,t match up ,up front and the sharks were never going to lose this match they played poorly and still won .The problem is they executed the game plan so badly .

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.07.10 20:58:21 by zvision10 Reply

  • Oh how I miss Dick Muir ,his not the greatest coach in the world but compared to plum his a genius .why oh why I give up on the sharks till they pull there heads out .Well at least province is doing OK ,I could in all honesty find a better Flyhalf in Club rugby than Monty Dumond not hatting on the guy but his no good .I can,t remeber the last time I felyt good about sharks rugby .Thats sad

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.07.10 21:06:53 by zvision10 Reply

  • @CapeShark (Comment 3) : Give JP a bit more time at least, he’s just come back from injury.

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.07.10 13:18:34 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • I’m worried about next week’s game considering how we played yesterday but look at how we came back at the Bulls after a dissapionting trip to Kimberly! Go Sharks!!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.07.10 13:21:53 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • I was really disappointed with the game.. I understand that they wanted to run (from everywhere) and loosen things up a bit, but you have to earn the right to spread the ball. Monty played well, used tactical kicks wisely.

    The handling was pitiful, so many unforced errors made me feel like I was watching an u/11 school boy game..

    Raise your game…

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.07.10 08:36:18 by Mole Reply

  • @Mole (Comment 10) : I agree, it was really dificult to watch!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.07.10 08:39:04 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 11) : It felt as if they thought it was going to be a walk over… that they would easily score 40+ points on the night…. Should have learned from the mistakes at Griquas…

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.07.10 08:45:08 by Mole Reply

  • @Mole (Comment 12) : I think they could easily have beaten them by 40 points, had they played a structured game from the start.

    The first time we tried taking the lineout and mauling it up, we scored a try.. I just wished that they had then realised what was needed, yet they still went for the quick taps etc..

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.07.10 08:50:17 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 13) : Yeah, we tried to play to loose to early… Needed some leadership out there…

    Really liked the look of Skeate when he came on, what you reckon? start ahead of Hargreaves against the Cheetahs? Not taking anything away from Ali, had another solid game..

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.07.10 09:38:49 by Mole Reply

  • @Mole (Comment 14) : I thought our lineouts were terrible on Friday night, and even though Skeate didnt do much on the lineout front, he looked good in broken play and added much needed bulk to the rucks and mauls.

    Im hope he gets a start soon. Sykes wasn’t fantastic either, I thought Hargreaves was the better of the two starting locks.

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.07.10 09:47:22 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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