Richard Ferguson

Sharks take wind out of Blues sails

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 26 Feb 2011 at 19:06
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The Sharks upped their game from when they beat the Cheetahs in the first round of the Super Rugby season to beat the Blues 26 – 12 on Saturday night, running in two tries to nil for the perfect start before heading to the Antipodes.

The Sharks got the game off to a great start yet again, scoring within the first 5 minutes. Lambie scoring right under the post and converting his own try to take an early 7 point lead. The build up came from a kick through from Kankowski.

Lambie soon extended the lead with a penalty, and with 8 minutes gone, the Sharks were leading by 10 points and the Blues had hardly touched the ball. The penalty came from a Blues scrum inside Sharks territory, which the Sharks turned over.

The first time the Blues did get possession inside the Sharks half, the Sharks were penalized for playing the scrumhalf, and Brett put the ball between the posts. An entertaining start and a 7 point lead for the boys in black. Brett doubled the Blues score minutes later with another penalty against the Sharks.

Lambie got the Sharks scoreboard ticking again with another penalty, the Blues playing the Sharks player in the lineout. This penalty came after sustained play from the Sharks in the Blues half of the field. Brett almost immediately drew back the three points after the Beast got penalized in the scrum. Lambie missed a difficult penalty from the touchline with ten minutes to go.

From the miss, the Blues tried the quick drop and lost possession the Sharks who managed a closer penalty which Lambie coolly slotted. 16 – 9 to the Sharks with 8 minutes to play in the first half. Stephen Brett ended the half with a 57m penalty, which he pushed to the right.

Lambie opened the scoring in the second half with another successful penalty attempt, stretching the lead to ten points. Smit came on for Bismarck who had a cut above the eye in the 45th minute.

A try scoring opportunity was spilled by Alberts who dropped the ball as he was going over the line. Alberts broke the Blues line again later in the game and had a two man overlap which he chose to ignore, which could be counted as another try scoring opportunity.

Brett scored with a penalty shot after sustained play in the Sharks 22 without much success, reducing the lead to seven points with thirteen minutes to play. This was also when Smit, Bresler and van Staden were brought on from the bench.

Pietersen made his return to the team from injury with 25 minutes to play, and scored an opportunist try to seal the game in the 75th minute after Potgieter intercepted. Lambie converted from in front to take a fourteen point lead.

Odwa Ndungane had a brilliant game on defence, never letting his opposite number get the better of him, and had a fantastic try saving tackle on Rene Ranger late in the second half.

Lambert Groenewald got his opportunity late in the game to earn his first Shark cap when he came on along with Hoffmann, who also got some game.

A bit of a worry was the lack of accuracy at line out time when Smit was on the park, who missed three line outs. Another concern was Eugene van Staden who left the park late in the game clutching his shoulder. Let’s hope it’s nothing serious.

Pat Lambie got man of the match after scoring 21 of the 26 points today and proving that he has what it takes to direct the backline, even in Super Rugby.

The Sharks now pack their bags and head on over to Australia to face the Force and the Rebels after which they travel to New Zealand to take on the Crusaders and the Chiefs.


  • well done sharks that was a far better performance. stefan great commitment, lambie definitely looking like the bok no10. jlp looks better at centre. pity about alberts butchering two tries, that cost the bp. but the blues aren’t the cheetahs, so a win was critical. forwards great as always.

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.02.11 19:15:00 by try time Reply
  • Congrats again Sharks. Great win this! Vital just before an overseas tour.

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.02.11 19:25:18 by Ben Reply
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  • Great game.

    Hope Kanko gets the credit he deserves for a very good performance – both in the tight and loose.

    Lambie and Bosman were superb in their distribution too.

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.02.11 19:43:16 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I was at the game n two things stood out for me..our kicking in our own half worries me tht pressure from the opposing team makes us just kick aimlessly..and secondly mvovo really needs to learn to look for work..if the ball doesn’t come to him he just waits..preferred jpp and odwa on..

    The hero of the day..def odwa the cock of the day..alberts..

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.02.11 19:59:09 by shaniboi Reply

  • @shaniboi (Comment 4) : agreed 🙂 clinical and [email protected]try time (Comment 1) : Janjies will be lambies biggest problem on his way to the bok 10 jersey ,not morne .Jantjies is a player of color who could make it on merrit

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.02.11 20:11:38 by Talent Reply
  • D-FENCE! D-FENCE!!! The Sharks seem to be following in the footsteps of the Stormers 2010.

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.02.11 20:13:53 by beet Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 5) : Don’t be naughty now please..

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.02.11 20:14:20 by Ben Reply
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  • Well done Sharks!! The funniest is that stormersworld says the Sharks stuttered past the Blues. Take the blinkers off. Wasn’t the best, but it was far from stuttering.

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.02.11 20:32:50 by Butchie34 Reply
  • Really good performance from the Sharks imo.

    Going to take a special effort to stop them.

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.02.11 21:09:03 by McLovin Reply

  • @Talent (Comment 5) : we don’t discuss race here, as per the rules. This is your only warning

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.02.11 21:19:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think it safe to say that SuperPat has silenced his critics this evening 😎 As for the rest… bringing JLP on at centre added a nice dynamic to the last quarter of the match and his interception gave JPP a great try. Kanko had a good game IMO too. As did McLeod. I thought it was a really good match, not perfect, but a good indication of what we are capable of. And a good win ahead of our away leg of the season. Sad about Van Staden’s shoulder though.

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.02.11 21:50:28 by SharonvanWyk Reply
  • Alberts still had some strong runs at blues def,kept them busy.

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.02.11 21:53:27 by bergshark Reply

  • Jip,big shame bout v staden 🙁

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.02.11 21:55:36 by bergshark Reply

  • @Talent: for match stats ,go to

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.02.11 21:57:07 by bergshark Reply

  • I hope Mvovo’s injury isn’t too serious!

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.02.11 22:44:59 by Ben Reply
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  • You can not play odwa ahead of mvovo,odwa just lacks that bit of pace that mvovo has and strength,although he did play very well.

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.02.11 23:09:12 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • Been ages since ive been on here!

    JLP has to start at 12 ahead of Bosman… That is the only change I would make. the errors where unfortunate, but I reckon its just the last of the rust./

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.02.11 11:28:08 by Mole Reply

  • @Mole (Comment 17) :
    Can’t agree with that. Bosman was excellent: great vision and passing, and solid on defence.

    We will definitely see rotation during the competition, but not because of poor play.

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.02.11 11:56:19 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • I notice that no one has made much mention of Louis Ludick, but I feel that he is really making the fullback spot his own. Courageous under the high ball, hard running, and solid on defence.

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.02.11 11:58:01 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 19) : Yeah I agree his very solid.

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.02.11 12:05:58 by Ben Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 19) : I thought Ludik had an outstanding game too. And agree that he is bringing much love and passion to the No 15 spot.

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.02.11 12:48:26 by SharonvanWyk Reply
  • Ludik also made an important tackle on rockocoko after the winger had cut through sharks def.

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.02.11 12:54:40 by bergshark Reply

  • Odwa made a crucial tackle on rene ranger inside sharks 22 (after blues ran the ball from scrum inside their own 22m.odwa kept up with rene ranger and tackled him into touch,the pressure he put on him meant that ranger could only fling a speculative pass in-field,and stef was there to gather the loose pass.

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.02.11 12:58:02 by bergshark Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 23) : I also think Hargreaves had a great game and kept good control of a ball that looked more like a wet bar of soap at times.

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.02.11 13:02:04 by SharonvanWyk Reply
  • I liked the way ali h and sykes ran @def and pass to the other one-drawing the defender and putting the lock partner into some space(not just bashing into a back,but fixing the defender and inside defenders and then passing -shows some planning).

  • Comment 25, posted at 27.02.11 13:07:26 by bergshark Reply

  • Re: sharks missing try when it was 3 on 1 (alberts,macleod and odwa vs toeava)-alberts should not have been the player to draw toeva,he shouldve let the ball go out to the faster to players (to get away from backtracking defenders and cross cover.shouldve tried to stay in touch on inside ,but it shouldve been a 2on1 with macleod drawing toeva_with alberts as depth support on inside,and given the pass to odwa.

  • Comment 26, posted at 27.02.11 13:13:27 by bergshark Reply

  • What I’m trying to say,is it shouldve been like an arrow point (inside support,ball carrier running straight and drwing defender,outside support).

  • Comment 27, posted at 27.02.11 13:16:16 by bergshark Reply

  • I think Alberts will have got the message about that missed pass to the wing from many quarters by now. He is still a wonderful player to have on our side and will be invaluable at making these hard yards in the tour overseas. Great result under trying conditions and some great individual performances as mentioned above. I still am impressed by Ndungane, his workrate, speed and reading of the game. We have problems with so many good players competing for the same positions. Makes you feel good to be a Sharks supporter!

  • Comment 28, posted at 27.02.11 16:22:08 by Donald Reply

  • @Donald (Comment 28) : Yeah no doubt Alberts is World class. I would love to see them give odwa a go on outside centre, just to see how it goes.

  • Comment 29, posted at 27.02.11 16:48:40 by Ben Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 3) : Agree there mate, thought Kanko had a brilliant game.

  • Comment 30, posted at 27.02.11 20:21:25 by Puma Reply


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