Sharks hand out a Phokeng hiding

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 15 Aug 2010 at 13:00
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John Plumtree’s impressive Sharks team overcame some early spirited play by their hosts to run out convincing 51-6 winners over the Platinum Leopards on Friday night. While the Sharks were impressive in going about their business, one can only wonder how long the Leopards can possibly continue to masquerade as a Premier Division team, given that a clear majority of the 28 supporters that pitched up for the game were wearing Sharks colours.

The Sharks side, featuring a fair few changes to the unit that annihilated the Golden Lions the week before, took a little time to get into their stride, with the Leopards initially proving equal to the task on defence. Some inconsistent whistling at the breakdown saw the hosts enjoy a number of penalties, two of which were converted by flyhalf Neill Jacobs. Those would be the only points the Leopards managed to score on a night when their handling and option-taking let them down with monotonous regularity.

The Sharks, in contrast, never looked in any sort of trouble and scored their first try through left wing Lwazi Mvovo about 20 minutes in – this after a period of sustained forward possession that saw the ball expertly spun wide within the 22. A pair of tries off the back of driving mauls, the first two prop Pat Cilliers and the other to number 8 Willem Alberts effectively ended the match as a contest even before Louis Ludik dived over for the bonus point score just before the break. The Sharks, to be fair, were some way off their best, with scrumhalf Rory Kockott battling to keep up with the high-tempo game that the team is playing these days. His penchant for taking the wrong option – and occasionally dying with the ball as a result – again came to the fore and if we’re honest, it wasn’t the sort of performance that will cause Plumtree any hesitation when he names Charl McLeod to start at 9 against Western Province next week.

Kockott atoned for his sins, at least to an extent, in scoring the Sharks’ fifth try shortly after half time, courtesy of a beautiful break through a gaping hole in the Leopards’ defence. Captain Stefan Terblanche, who enjoyed his best game in Sharks colours for some time, finally nailed the coffin shut with two scores of his own, but with the game well sewn up and 20 minutes still to play, the Sharks lost a little of their structure and intensity on attack. The bench was duly emptied and the presence of Bismarck du Plessis, at his penalty-conceding worst, gave the Leopards a fair bit of ball. The rhythm had been well disrupted by this stage though and beside some exciting jinking from Mvovo at every conceivable opportunity, the Sharks failed to trouble the scorers any further. What was impressive, though, was the way they defended their lines to the last and kept the Leoaprds scoreless – an area in which replacement centre Riaan Swanepoel took the lead and was frankly outstanding.

Keegan Daniel was named man of the match, but in reality, it could equally have gone to any of a number of players, including Ross Skeate, Alberts, Terblanche or Mvovo. apart from Kockott and du Plessis, both of whom are currently struggling for form, the Sharks were impressive across the park and will look to carry the important momentum into this weekend’s crunch home fixture against the log leaders from Cape Town.


  • Are those official gate figures Rob? 28? I can believe it…

    Keegan Daniel has been very impressive of late – he isn’t the biggest, but he gains more ground than the Bok incumbent (Francois Louw) could ever dream of. Was stoked with Skeate’s performance too, think he could have pipped KD for the MoM award, he was everywhere.

    Here’s hoping for a repeat of the Super 14 match against the Stormers this weekend 🙂

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.08.10 14:04:49 by MerckZ Reply
  • @MerckZ (Comment 1) : I was worried we went into this game with two loose locks, but Skeate was superb and Ali was all over as well, both played a tight game, so we didn’t really lose anything having two loose locks on the pitch.

    As for Kockett, I am starting to question whether scrumhalf is his best position. It was clear from the game that he does not have the quick snappy pass from either side. He takes steps toward his first receiver wasting time. Plum was right, he does not have a strong pass. I really wonder if Kockett might not be a better 10 than 9. He has so much skill, great boot, and very quick as well. I really would like to see him tried at 10 in my opinion. I really don’t think he rates as a 9. It was amazing when McLeod came on, his pass was so much crisper.

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.08.10 14:19:57 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • How did Keegs get man of the match? Mvovo was brilliant!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.08.10 14:53:11 by war1 Reply
  • Holy crap, I just realised something!

    The Sharks have the highest number of bonus points on the log!! 😯

    When last did THAT happen??

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.08.10 17:32:54 by klempie Reply

  • Crazy, innit?

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.08.10 18:12:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • Old Kockett.. i mean whiner.. seriously lost it! I was expecting him 2 b all fired up trying 2 beat the standards set by McLeod but clearly he likes being a bench-warmer! used 2 b a big kockett fan but McLeod has left him exposed!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.08.10 18:51:03 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : how ’bout player ratings? hope dat comes soon!

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.08.10 18:51:40 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 4) :

    Okay one of the BPs IS a loss BP but still we have scored 4 tries or more in 5 of our 6 matches to date.

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.08.10 18:58:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 6) :

    McLeod has certainly grab the chance he was given with both hands.

    Kockott is lucky Ruan is at Ulster or else he may not have been playing S14.

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.08.10 19:00:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 4) :

    I read in an article yesterday that plumtree was saying with the new style of play you can’t kick the ball away and let the opposition run at you all the time and that that is what cost the lions against us last week.

    All I had to say to that comment was AMEN BROTHER you are preaching to the choir. What took you so long??????

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.08.10 19:02:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : EXACTLY bru!! We are not playing a “new” style of rugby either. We’re playing the ball in hand stuff that Dick brought back to Natal rugby except now it’s even MORE effective because of the new rules. Plum’s major cock-up was that after the ’08 campaign, he inexplicably decided to have the backs (esp. Oupa) kick the effing ball away. I’ve been screaming for this style for two frikkin’ years now!! 👿

    Let me not bitch too much though. Best to just sit back and enjoy old school Sharks rugby. 😎

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.08.10 19:32:22 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 11) :

    AMEN BROTHER :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.08.10 19:34:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Am I the only one who noticed the funny title??

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.08.10 20:09:14 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 13) :


    Did you read the opening line of the match thread for this game? 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.08.10 20:15:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • We still have a problem at 12.

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.08.10 06:28:51 by Tiger Reply

  • I thought Swannie looked slimmer and quicker……amazing what it does to a player when they get dropped for a while….now if only Divvy would do this with the Boks. 🙄

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.08.10 08:23:16 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 13) : I just did now!! LOL Very lateral on Rob’s part. 😎

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.08.10 09:21:42 by klempie Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 13) : @klempie (Comment 17) : you okes slow on the uptake much? 🙂

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.08.10 09:28:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : Classic heading Boetie!

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.08.10 09:32:39 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 19) : fanks oom 🙂

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.08.10 09:37:59 by robdylan Reply
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