Pink Sharks run and tackle the Cheetahs ragged

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 18 Sep 2010 at 17:09
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In yet another flawless display of winning rugby, the Sharks won all three games against the visiting Cheetahs at ABSA Stadium in Durban this afternoon.

The under 19 and under 21 teams both won their games well (37-18 and 51-25 respectively), but it was the performance of the senior Sharks, in their unfamiliar black and pink strip, that really stole the show. Back to the style of rugby that saw them go unbeaten for 7 games earlier in the year, the Sharks controlled possession well and kept the Cheetahs at bay with huge defence when necessary to emerge 30-14 victors. More importantly, they scooped a valuable bonus point for scoring 4 tries.

After a nervous start, in a game that referee Pro Legoete did his utmost to blow to death, the Sharks gradually took the first half by the scruff of the neck and turned 18-9 up, thanks to tries by Willem Alberts and Odwa Ndungane. The first came after umpteen superb phases of controlled possession, with flyhalf Pat Lambie spinning out a beautiful pass to the rampaging blindside flank, who barged over right under the sticks. The Cheetahs stayed in touch – and even retook the lead – courtesy of two penalties after that, before Ryan Kankowsi scythed off the base of a strong Sharks scrum to feed Ndungane for the second score. The Sharks dominated the scrum contest in the first half, with underrated loosehead Pat Cilliers demolishing his opposite number Kobus Calldo to the extent that the latter was replaced before half time.

The Cheetahs came back well after half time and scored a quick try through lock forward Francois Uys after sustained pressure on the Sharks line. Louis Strydom’s successful conversion narrowed the gap to two points and the visitors blew a golden opportunity to retake the lead when scrumhalf Tewis de Bruyn opted to run a kickable penalty shortly thereafter. The home side took full advantage of the let-off and again proceeded to dominate the possession stakes against a game Cheetahs side who competed furiously at every breakdown. Charl McLeod finally broke the deadlock when he tried de Bruyn’s own trick – in this case, successfully – scampering over from a well-taken tap penalty about 20 metres out. Kankowski drove the final nail into the coffin when he broke from a 75th minute scrum and put replacement halfback Rory Kockott over for the bonus point try.

For the Sharks, Kankowski and Willem Alberts were again the standouts in a forward pack that punched weigh above their weight all afternoon. Cilliers, Eugene van Staden and Alistair Hargreaves were other players to put in really big performances against a Cheetahs 8 that probably played below their potential for the majority of the game. Lambie was cool under pressure, with Stefan Terblanche and Louis Ludik probably the most effective of the backs on the day.

The win maintains the Sharks’ 8-point buffer at the top of the Currie Cup log, with a tricky away fixture against the Lions coming up next weekend.

Sharks (30): Tries by Alberts, Ndungane, McLeod and Kockott. 2 penalties and 2 conversions by Lambie
Cheetahs (16): Try by Francois Uys. Conversion and 2 penalties by Louis Strydom. Penalty by Meyer Bosman


  • Awesome victory, but definitely not a flawless display.

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.09.10 17:43:13 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 1) :

    🙂 I HOPE Rob is refering to the diplay by the 3 teams as a union rather than the Sharks senior display.

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.09.10 17:50:23 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

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  • i always hate going to the game because you miss a lot of detail. was it my imagination but was pro shocking controlling the breakdown. and i found he was one sided when it came to players holding onto the ball. i also felt he doesn’t know the difference between a player on his feet and one lying on the ground playing the ball. was i right?

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.09.10 18:15:00 by try time Reply

  • only complaint i have of the sharks was too many 30 70 passes instead of setting up the next phase. and without botes on the field the sharks had noone to protect the ball carrier. other than that well done boys.

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.09.10 18:17:12 by try time Reply

  • jeez, you guys are harsh!

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.09.10 18:27:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • Pro was hopeless, he can cost union big time 🙁

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.09.10 20:24:03 by Charlie Reply

  • GO PINK SHARKS !!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.09.10 20:25:42 by Charlie Reply

  • Sharks don’t look like they will win the C.C. Still very weak in the mid-field with no game breakers and can’t pass in the tackle

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.09.10 20:47:07 by Angaas Reply

  • We’ve still scored shitload more tries than anybody else… We’ll be fine!

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.09.10 23:20:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • wow kanko was awesome!!! We scored some great trys today. well played boys

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.09.10 00:07:52 by RuckingFun Reply

  • I take back any thing i might have ever said about cilliers not being quite up for it. he did bluddy well!!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.09.10 00:09:18 by RuckingFun Reply

  • Well done Sharks.

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.09.10 05:39:05 by Loosehead Reply

  • Thanks loosehead. My feeling is you guys were just a little off after the huge effort against the bulls last week

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.09.10 08:05:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • Well done Sharks… not bad for a bunch of guys in Pink 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.09.10 08:29:39 by CS Reply

  • In the last 5 CC games, we’ve beaten the Cheetahs 4 times. Losing the semi final last year. I hope we don’t meet them in a semi again.

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.09.10 08:35:28 by Jarson Reply
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  • Was at the game. Our stand started the mexican wave. So it was quite fun. Loved it when the kids stole the orange mans hat on the benches. About the game, loved it how the Sharks controlled the game , and held onto the ball for long periods of time. Just a few points if we want to win a Currie Cup. John needs to work om the teams ball controll and skills. Our handlings wasnt that grand, Also we need to work at the breakdown, we lost too many balls. Other than that, brilliant!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.09.10 09:57:21 by Mocho Reply

  • This performance was exactly what the team needed after the last two weeks, I’m very satisfied. We took 5 points off of a very good Cheetahs team and dominated them almost the whole game, it was back to what worked for us up to now. I am a very happy Sharks supporter!

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.09.10 18:35:49 by war1 Reply
  • A five-pointer against the Leopards will take us to 51 log points, and 2 bonus point loses against the Lions and Province (assuming we lose which we won’t) will take us to 53. Province, right now at 38 log points with 3 remaining matches, can achieve a maximum of 53 log points! A win against the Lions, and of course the obvious bonus point win against the Leopards, will see us safely through with a home semi and possible home final.

    Just hope we don’t stuff it up at the semi’s like last year!

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.09.10 20:27:39 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • Hope we give the Leopards a proper 100 point hiding, I can’t bear to see Province with more points scored than us when we’ve been doing all the running rugby!

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.09.10 20:35:18 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 19) :

    WP are not stupid. They are racking up the points to ensure that they will not fall into ant points difference traps later on.

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.09.10 20:38:08 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

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  • Which is wat we shud do agianst the Leopards. Lets see a proper hiding! The Puma games have been tough, we beat the Leopards well and now we need to give them an even harder hiding!

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.09.10 20:52:31 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • Well done, Sharks – no matter what – I’ll take 5 points against the Cheetahs anyday – no hell – I wud have been happy with four! Hope we put this “bogey-team” crap behind us for once and for all now!

    I think the boys listened to me, Like I said last week – just get a great enough lead so that shoddy decisions from a ref does not jeopardise the outcome of the game! 😉

    The second reason why I am VERY greatful for this win is – do you guys think we would EVER have heard the end of the Sharks losing in PINK??? 😆

  • Comment 22, posted at 20.09.10 08:07:17 by Pink Ice Reply
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  • @Pink Ice (Comment 22) : I agree Ice….I would have been happy with a 1 point victory and to score a bonus point victory against the Cheetah’s is great.

  • Comment 23, posted at 20.09.10 08:12:45 by Pokkel Reply
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