Sharks consolidate top spot

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 28 Aug 2010 at 00:11
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The Sharks consolidated their position at the top of the ABSA Currie Cup standings by virtue of a 48-30 bonus-point victory over the visiting Griquas on Friday evening.

Surprise defeats for both the second-placed Western Province and the third-placed Blue Bulls see the Durban side with a scarcely-believable 7-point gap over their nearest rivals on the table. Province went down 24-29 to Free State in Cape Town, while the Bulls’ lacklustre showing in Nelspruit saw them slump to a 21-22 defeat to the lowly Pumas. The Cheetahs managed to leapfrog both the Bulls and Griquas into third spot, with the Kimberley side dropping out of semi-final contention, despite picking up a bonus point in Durban.

The Sharks scored five tries, but were spared a few blushes after a 23-point haul from the boot of Pat Lambie served to cancel out the astonishing 4 tries scored by Griquas winger Bjorn Basson – 3 of them in the second half once the Sharks felt they had the game sewn up. After a solid first half that netted three triesto the home side – courtesy of Stefan Terblanche, Beast Mtawarira and Odwa Ndungane, the Sharks battled bravely to wrap up the bonus point not long after half time. Monty Dumond scored the vital fourth, but the fans were forced to watch in frustration as the team lost there structure thereafter and allowed Basson the freedom that very nearly turned the game.

Lambie stroked over enough penalties throughout the half, though, the keep Griquas more than a score behind, before Craig Burden finally put the result beyond doubt with the fifth try on the stroke of full-time.

The Sharks will travel to Pretoria next weekend safe in the knowledge that, win or lose, they cannot now be knocked off top spot.


  • Just woke up to the Sharks pumping Griquas, Prooovince losing, Buulle also going down…just orderd my Sharks CC jersey….what a way to start a day!!!

    All I need now is the Boks to win

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.08.10 00:40:09 by Tintin Reply
  • Any feedback on Lambo? I think he’ll be FH for us for the next 10 years the way he’s going, M Steyn’s days are numbered!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.08.10 00:42:52 by Tintin Reply
  • if you want to know how the sharks were last night, watch the stormers sharks game again and you have it. only difference was rory only started after 60 minutes which meant the backline could get some game time, hence the for try bonus point.

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.08.10 06:53:13 by try time Reply
  • as for lambie he was very good and is improving game by game. what impresses me more and more is that he uses his boot when he has to. his place kicking was a lot better. and it was naas olivier’s boot that lost it for the griquas. pat put the quiquas defence under all types of pressure until half time when they obviously discussed focussing on him.

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.08.10 07:01:16 by try time Reply
  • sorry guys but i spent 15 minutes giving a whole synopsis of the sharks players and the page timed out and i lost it all. i am not doing it again.

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.08.10 07:58:41 by try time Reply
  • The boys took their foot off the pedal a bit in the second half which allowed the Griquas back into the game. it was a bit worrying sitting there in the stands.

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.08.10 07:59:35 by Grey Shark Reply
  • Griquas is the only team who managed to score bonus point tries against us 🙄 and they did it twice 🙄

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.08.10 08:29:45 by Jarson Reply
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  • How about that Bjorn Basson. That’s 11 tries so far for him in the Currie Cup. That’s incredible, what a great player to watch. Habana and JP better watch out for Basson and Mvovo!

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.08.10 08:59:18 by CapeShark Reply
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  • Well done to the Sharks!!
    I predict a home semi and final this year!
    WP are very disappointing at the moment. I can’t believe they lost to the Cheaters!! 👿

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.08.10 09:01:32 by wpw Reply
  • You know what, I’m so mad this game wasn’t televised. It sounded like an absolute cracker, now I have to settle for some crappy highlights on some website. Not happy 👿

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.08.10 09:07:36 by CapeShark Reply
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  • Great result Sharkies!

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.08.10 09:23:46 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • Well done sharks! Great all round results 4 us! Thanx 4 da updates last nite, am very keen 2 c da highlights!

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.08.10 09:40:40 by RuckingFun Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 9) : This happens when you go watch soccer instead of supporting the Hoop Jerseys 😈

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.08.10 09:52:02 by Charlie Reply

  • 4 tries by Basson! This guy really knows his way to the tryline…

    Awesome to hear that WP and the Bulls slipped up! Gives us a little cushion, but does not mean we can become complacent. By the sounds of it, if Griqua’s was fielding a full strength team, we could have been in some trouble towards the end…

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.08.10 10:15:47 by Mole Reply

  • Im so keen 4 da loftus clash next week. And it’ll b televised!

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.08.10 10:32:30 by RuckingFun Reply

  • ok lets see if i get timed out again. lost three posts earlier.

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.08.10 11:52:44 by try time Reply

  • ok i give up. just lost another big post again.

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.08.10 12:06:55 by try time Reply

  • rhodes was good at lock and in my opinion is a better player at 5 than 6.

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.08.10 12:07:51 by try time Reply

  • monty is not a super rugby player. he made too many little mistakes that would have been punished in super rugby games.

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.08.10 12:08:51 by try time Reply

  • charl showed everyone again that our backlines problems over the last couple of years were partly ue to weak scrummies. as a dangerous backline turned toothless when rory came onto the pitch. sarel was the scrummie of the evening as he kept griquas in the game with heroics. he gave basson the possession he needed to make the 4 tries.

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.08.10 12:12:28 by try time Reply

  • keegan was a little selfish, and cost the sharks a definite try. but still contributed a lot of linebreaks and meters to highlight his value in the team.

  • Comment 21, posted at 28.08.10 12:14:34 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 21) : Lets hope that Pum can bring in Lindeque and have Stef at 15 if Ludik isnt ready for Loftus…

    Interesting that Rhodes had a good game – helps us immensely having a player that is happy and competent at 5/6/7

  • Comment 22, posted at 28.08.10 12:17:16 by Mole Reply

  • stefan’s captaincy came under the spotlight last night when he was unable to get the sharks out of their slump in the last 20 minutes. he also let the griquas off the hook by going for 3 points when instead of pushing home the advantage of the sharks dominance. sharks would get out their half the griquas would start showing cracks then he would take the pressure off them by going for 3 points and putting the sharks back in their half. and it would take them time to get out again.
    otherwise his commtment as a player could not be questioned, he was good.

  • Comment 23, posted at 28.08.10 12:18:46 by try time Reply

  • @Mole (Comment 22) : i have never really noticed him when he has played flank, but last night i saw how good he was and he was lock. maybe he is a better player in the tighter exchanges.

  • Comment 24, posted at 28.08.10 12:21:22 by try time Reply

  • my villians of the match rory and naas. rory nullified our backline and naas killed his team with a poor boot.

  • Comment 25, posted at 28.08.10 12:22:56 by try time Reply

  • my heroes sarel and basson. both kept griquas in the game with superb play. pat needs a mention for his improving place kicking. he also made some beautiful breaks of his own.

  • Comment 26, posted at 28.08.10 12:26:05 by try time Reply

  • How was Bismark? Interesting to see what will happen once Smit returns…

  • Comment 27, posted at 28.08.10 12:26:24 by Mole Reply

  • well, the fuggers on Rugbyzone had me all excited for nothing. Had the Sharks game listed, but never any intention of showing it

  • Comment 28, posted at 28.08.10 13:10:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • Thank you, Try Time, for your patience and supplying info on the game. Looks like Kockott does not fit in with the present style of play which is definitely paying off. A pity as he is a really good player – he was “man of the match” so often last season. But we certainly don’t want these second-half slumps that have proved so costly in the past. Having said that it was a great win on a great day and we go into next Saturday’s game confident and capable while The Bulls do not. Well done again to The Sharks.

  • Comment 29, posted at 28.08.10 13:57:27 by Donald Reply

  • Supersport 1 will be showing a shortened repeat of the game 60min 25min a half. Tonight 9.30-10.30. Tue morning 8 – 9.

    I don’t want to get everyone excited for nothing, but that’s how it’s scheduled on DSTV.

  • Comment 30, posted at 28.08.10 14:09:55 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 30) : Thanks… 25min a half? meaning they have cut out all the stops in the game? Supersport, raise your game!!

  • Comment 31, posted at 28.08.10 14:27:41 by Mole Reply

  • TT: how about an article already! 😆

  • Comment 32, posted at 28.08.10 15:11:25 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 30) : did you manage to record any video clips?

  • Comment 33, posted at 28.08.10 15:23:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 32) : he’ll probably make some excuse about timeouts

  • Comment 34, posted at 28.08.10 15:26:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 34) :
    Probably typed it already; just finding somewhere to slot Oupa Stef in…

  • Comment 35, posted at 28.08.10 15:38:32 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Mole (Comment 27) : sorry i did not mention the players that played last week, because their play was as good and as commited. bis, beast and alberts were powerhouses. while keegan, pat mvovo cut holes into the defence.

  • Comment 36, posted at 28.08.10 19:35:26 by try time Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 34) : nah sharksrugby does the game justice. no point repeating what was said there. for once the site’s over positivity is justified and spot on. take the negatives i pointed out above and you have a balanced view of the game.

  • Comment 37, posted at 28.08.10 19:38:05 by try time Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 34) : articles i write offline to avoid timeouts. it has happened regularly when i write loger posts.

  • Comment 38, posted at 28.08.10 19:40:17 by try time Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 35) : nah oupa stef played well and never had any of his signature brainfarts. only complaint was his decision making as captain.

  • Comment 39, posted at 28.08.10 19:41:56 by try time Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 30) : there was one camera at the game so you’ll probably get footage of the game although it will be like watching a game of football. no close ups.

  • Comment 40, posted at 28.08.10 19:43:52 by try time Reply

  • The Bulls are useless without their star players!! Aiaiaiai..

  • Comment 41, posted at 29.08.10 10:20:08 by Predawn Reply

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  • Sharks looking good but away games this round. Final game may decide top spot. We need to crack on.

  • Comment 42, posted at 29.08.10 11:28:55 by goyougoodthing4real Reply


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