De Kock double does the trick

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 7 Mar 2011 at 07:25
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The Sharks XV had to dig deep to grind out a scrappy 25-5 win over the Welwitchias in Windhoek on Saturday afternoon. While the game itself was little to write home about, the 4-try win away from home, including another brace from fullback Kobus de Kock, sees Sean Everitt’s side move to the top of the Vodacom Cup South Section log after two rounds.

The Sharks XV got the match off to a perfect start when de Kock scored his first try in the opening minute. Some good hands down the line saw the fullback given a sniff at the line, which he duly took, despite the attentions of two would-be tacklers. An unexpected downpour fifteen minutes into the game ruined the spectacle somewhat, though, although the Sharks will conceded that they were their own worst enemies at times, with poor execution and decision-making letting them down. The home side drew level through a try by Morne Blom, before Ross Cronje opened up a three-point gap via a penalty (it was a bad day for goal-kicking, with the scrumhalf only converting two from five attempts). Bok sevens wing Sbu Sithole scored the second just before half time.

Impressive number 8 Marcell Coetzee, who worked hard all day alongside flankers Nico Claasen and Lambert Groenewald, scored the third try just shortly after half time and it was de Kock who added the final nail in the coffin with the bonus point try after outside centre Jerome Pretorius had done well to draw his man and create the smallest of gaps. While the Sharks XV will feel that they did what was needed to win, they’ll also be under no illusions, as the tough Namibians proved a real handful, particularly up front.

Speaking to Sharksworld after the game, forward coach Ryan Strudwick confirmed that “we were messy, but effective. We created a lot of opportunities, but struggled to finish.

“Our decision-making and handling let us down in the pouring rain, but we were happy to get the five points away from home,” Strudwick added. The Sharks XV’s next game is against the Valke in Margate.


Welwitschias 5 – Try: Morné Blom.

Sharks XV 25 – Tries: Kobus de Kock (2), Sbura Sithole, Marcell Coetzee. Conversion: Ross Cronjé. Penalty: Ross Cronjé.


  • Great news to hear that Marcell had another good game. I really like this youngster. I think he’s oozing potential. Hopefully a Sergio Parisse in the making.

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.03.11 07:55:17 by beet Reply
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  • I think I said last week that I like that 15.

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.03.11 14:50:15 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @Honey Badger (Comment 2) : yes – and I agree with you. He’s a good prospect all right.

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.03.11 15:29:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • Good attacking fullback-great prospect!was thinking bout de kock as replacement in backline,but richards has been performing for quite awhile now.

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.03.11 16:43:50 by bergshark Reply

  • Hope richards takes his chances on attack and tackles the opp hard on defence.

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.03.11 16:45:17 by bergshark Reply

  • Any idea how gerhard mostert played?
    Big unit,plenty skills.hope he’s back to his best soon.

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.03.11 16:47:04 by bergshark Reply

  • the sharks management staff mentioned him as an option @7 flank awhile ago.

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.03.11 16:48:43 by bergshark Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 4) : Richards is contracted… Sharks won’t take an uncontracted player on tour, I’m pretty sure.

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.03.11 18:21:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • well a win is a win :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.03.11 20:47:56 by chaz Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :

    well it looks they did and i’m glad just hope that Visa is sorted out asap

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.03.11 20:49:21 by chaz Reply

  • @robdylan: jip,read a blogger mention dekock not on contract.still posted reply that if that is the case he will be gone at the end of vc..or even sooner! 🙁

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.03.11 22:43:20 by bergshark Reply

  • Kobus de Kock has the potetial to be a star. I hope he gets a professional contract soon if he doesn’t have 1 yet.

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.03.11 23:54:39 by Ben Reply
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