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Sharks attack Leopards

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Sharks on 14 Aug 2010 at 05:30
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The Sharks were good value for their crushing 51-6 victory over the Leopards in their Currie Cup encounter in Phokeng on Friday, dominating the game from start to finish and scoring the only seven tries of the match.

Rugby 365 reports that the Leopards change in home venue for the match from Potchefstroom to the Royal Bafokeng Stadium did nothing for the level of support for the home team as spectators were scarce, with most blocks in the impressive stadium entirely devoid of spectators.

Again, as has become the trademark of their approach, the Leopards offered enthusiasm, and if their attacking skill and defensive competence was sadly lacking in finesse, there was certainly no lack of effort.

But their enthusiasm was not enough to stem the tide since the competition they face in the top section of the Currie Cup means that they need to have a lot more bite on attack and to be far less porous on defence if they are to win matches.

The Sharks’ Currie Cup campaign remains firmly on track with the execution of their gameplan developing happily. They absorbed brief spurts of initial pressure from the Leopards before taking firm control of the game – sticking to their structures even when well ahead and exhibiting clear signs of excellent teamwork.

The Sharks defence was tight throughout the match and the pressure they exerted on the Leopards allowed the home team little leeway on attack. Perhaps the Sharks were not sufficently clinical on attack in the second half but that is mild criticism since they were by then so far ahead on the scoreboard.

The forwards were formidable in their set-piece play, skilful in numbers at breakdown and their work-rate around the field was superb too.

The backs revelled in their surfeit of possession, with the skill of Patrick Lambie and Louis Ludik, the work-rate of Odwa Ndungane and the pace of Lwazi Mvovo the highlights. Up front, the power of Willem Alberts and tenacity of Keegan Daniel were as prominent as ever, while Ross Skeate showed he will be a valuable acquisition.

The Leopards opened the scoring in the first minute when Neill Jacobs slotted a short-range penalty goal. Patrick Lambie had an opportunity to level the score a minute later but botched the straight-forward penalty attempt.

It took 10 minutes for the Sharks to score their first try when from deep inside the Leopards 22, long, accurate passes from centres Stefan Terblanché and Andries Strauss gave Lwazi Mvovo the space to score a few metres in from touch. Lambie converted to give the visitors a 7-3 lead.

In the 15th minute Jacobs goaled his second penalty to reduce the lead to 7-6, but Lambie replied in kind five minutes later (10-6).

A silly, entirely unnecessary late tackle on Lambie by Christo van Niekerk two minutes later allowed the Sharks flyhalf to increase the lead to 13-6 with a neatly-struck penalty goal.

The second Sharks try came just on the half hour when from a second successive penalty inside the Leopards 22, the Sharks drove from a line-out five metres out and Patric Cilliers scored close to the touchline. Lambie converted to stretch the lead to 20-6.

A strong run by Keegan Daniel set Rory Kockott up for what seemed a certain try but a fine tackle by Deon Scholtz caused Kockott to lose possession in his dive for the line. The Leopards were penalised at the subsequent scrum and the Sharks bashed at the goalline before Willem Alberts crashed over for the visitors’ third try. Lambie converted and the Sharks led 27-6 after 35 minutes.

The bonus-point try came in the 40th minute when Odwa Ndungane committed defenders and Louis Ludik used his feet skilfully to beat two successive defenders on the inside and score the Sharks fourth try. Lambie could not convert but the Sharks held a commanding 32-6 lead going into the break.

Kockott scored the first try of the second half when he broke sharply from a ruck close to the goal-line. He converted himself (39-6).

The Sharks were decidedly fortunate to escape a yellow card when a high tackle by Andries Strauss on Jovan Bowles – who was in support of a ball-carrier metres away from him and not carrying the ball himself – drew merely a penalty and caution.

In the 56th minute Sharks skipper Terblanché rounded off another potent attacking raid to score a few metres in from touch. Kockott converted (46-6).

With 10 minutes to go, the Sharks attacked on the left and then moved the ball wide right to set Terblanché up to cross in the corner for his second try. Monty Dumond, on at flyhalf for Lambie, could not convert, but with eight minutes to play the visitors led 51-6.

With the Leopards still trying hard to make an impact on the game and the Sharks not quite as clinical on attack as they’d have liked to have been, there was no further scoring.

The Sharks will return to Durban happy with their performance. Playing the top teams in the competition will be a very different ball-game but the bottom line for this visit to Phokeng was mission accomplished – a comprehensive thrashing of the Leopards and five log points.

The Leopards will be disappointed with their heavy defeat but the truth is that they simply do not have the firepower to trouble the top teams on attack or the tight defence to prevent their goal-line from being crossed often.

Man of the Match: Though not as prominent as in earlier matches, Patrick Lambie again showed touches of his precocious talent, with his abundant skill and vision evident before he was substituted. A couple of late tackles failed to phase him, showing his resilience too. Louis Ludik and Lwazi Mvovo showed deceptive skill with ball in hand while spirited Keegan Daniel again stood out for his exemplary work-rate on attack and defence. But our Man of the Match is lock Ross Skeate, who was a real force in the set-pieces and superbly effective around the field, mobile, powerful and skilful. He’s a great new asset for the Sharks.

The scorers:

For the Sharks:
Mvovo, Cilliers, Alberts, Ludik, Kockott, Terblanché 2
Cons: Lambie 3, Kockott 2
Pens: Lambie 2

For the Leopards:
Jacobs 2


  • Thanx KSA, I couldn’t watch the game, and now I know what went down..

    I’m glad Skeate had a good game, he will show to be great lock, he just needs to get used to the pace of the Southern hemisphere.

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.08.10 08:11:28 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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    Richard Ferguson
  • Thanx KSA,
    i watched the game from me tele and Mvovo was great even oupa scored but i think the whole team pull together and the out come was great 🙂

    Well done Sharks carry on likethat and we will hv the CC in Sharks tank :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.08.10 08:50:08 by chaz Reply

  • Is the plan to play Kockott against W.P, as without a kicker the Sharks will struggle to beat them?

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.08.10 09:39:07 by Angaas Reply

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADI JACOBS !!! LEKKER VERJAAR !!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.08.10 10:01:44 by Charlie Reply

  • Just imagine mapoe in that sharks backline ..

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.08.10 10:06:05 by bergshark Reply

  • Who was the official man of the match?

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.08.10 10:09:35 by bergshark Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 4) :

    hi Adi 😉
    Happy B Day my friend hope there is a lot more and happy years to come as a SHARK :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    I still think some how Rob can put up some where on the page all the B days so we can c when our friends B Days are 🙂 😉

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.08.10 10:09:42 by chaz Reply

  • @Angaas (Comment 3) : To my recollection, Lambie missed one (was it 2) and last week kicked 9/10. Hardly not a kicker. I thought Rory tried too much himself and we were regualrly without a scrumhalf to clear ruck ball. It was worrying.

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.08.10 10:10:29 by Baldrick Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 6) :
    Ross Skeate :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.08.10 10:11:25 by chaz Reply

  • @chaz (Comment 9) : Ross was the Rugby365 MOTM. Offical was Keegan

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.08.10 10:14:25 by Baldrick Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 6) : Keegan Daniel 😉

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.08.10 10:15:23 by Charlie Reply

  • @Baldrick (Comment 10) : 😉 ok thanks misssed that one 😳

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.08.10 10:19:12 by chaz Reply

  • @chaz (Comment 12) : No stress 😉

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.08.10 10:26:12 by Baldrick Reply

  • My man of the match would`ve been Mvovo!

    Kockott proofed yet again why he should be a bench player. What`s the use of having all those skills in our backline if our scrumhalf won`t give them the ball.
    Lambie just needs to knuckle down with the kicking. We can`t afford to have Kockott on the field against wp.

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.08.10 11:28:35 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 14) : Mvovo is improving game by game and if Habana continues his poor form, I would consider him, at least for the EOYT to blood him and get him in the mix for RWC next year.

    I was hugely disappointed with Kockott. He was dropped and had an opportunity to prove himself, and I don’t think he did that.

    The other article Q&A with Charl said clean ball to the backs is his primary job and aim.

    I think Rory woudl say, “Anything I can do to look good.”

    Of interest will be to see who gets the 9 jersey against Wee Pee.

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.08.10 11:48:59 by Baldrick Reply

  • Strauss’ tackle was on Venter, not on Bowles.

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.08.10 12:05:07 by WilladieLeeu Reply

  • @WilladieLeeu (Comment 16) : Come On Willa you guys ready to take out the Cheetahs this afternoon!?

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.08.10 12:10:59 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • @Baldrick (Comment 15) : agree with u with the mvovo a great player and lambie hope to c them both in the WC squad :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.08.10 12:12:47 by chaz Reply

  • @Original Pierre (Comment 17) : i don’t think so 👿

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.08.10 12:13:26 by chaz Reply

  • Well done Sharks! Great game by most. Was also dissapointed by Kocketts performance.He scored a good individual try but seems to take all the good ball for himself and give the bad ball to the backline. He’s also to slow to clear the ball from the ruck and the backline often got man on ball because the leopards backs were up quick and kockett took too long! Good performance from Mvovo yet again, and Terblanche also had a good game. Good team performance by the boys but Mcleod must definately start next week.

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.08.10 12:41:45 by RuckingFun Reply

  • My Sharkie Boys were wonderful last night…BUT..still room for improvement….can’t wait to see this team peak ❗

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.08.10 12:49:08 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

    Me2 aka Mama Shark
  • From what I saw The Sharks continue with their excellent interactive play, though I agree with the Kockott verdict to a point, afterall he did score a typical Kockott try. Unfortnately watching the game on my laptop, courtesy of Justin.tv, is not ideal and the game ended for me when it froze at the start of a scrum. Bugger inefficient technology and bugger SkyTv for not showing the game.

  • Comment 22, posted at 14.08.10 13:05:18 by Donald Reply

  • Mvovo had a cracker of a game. MOM IMO. Fast, strong, confident, he ticks all the boxes.

    Bismarck was rusty, penalised 3 times in his short cameo. I certainly wouldn’t be rushing him back into the Boks on current form. He needs more game time and looks a little over eager..

  • Comment 23, posted at 14.08.10 15:39:15 by Oubaas2009 Reply


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