Richard Ferguson

Sharks XV romp to victory

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 27 Mar 2011 at 13:56
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The Sharks XV traveled to Empangeni on Saturday to take on the Griffons in the Vodacom Cup and came out resounding 63-7 winners. I traveled to Empangeni to watch this game and I wasn’t disappointed.

The game kicked off at 15h30 and the first break in play saw Craig Burden wobble around wondering where in the world he is. He was duly replaced after the first minute by Kyle Cooper. Reports today are that Craig is fine and will be ready to play next weekend again.

The first score of the match came after a good build up by the Griffons, with Werner Grissel scoring under the poles. The first 15 odd minutes was really scrappy with the Sharks not really able to get out of the blocks. The game was a stop start affair with a lot of handling errors and the Sharks surprisingly not able to secure the ball at the breakdown, conceding a good few turnovers.

Once the Sharks XV managed to find their feet and score their first points, through Rosco Specman, the floodgates opened with three tries scored in a matter of 5 minutes. Specman’s score was followed by Ross Cronje and Kobus de Kock and suddenly the Sharks were ahead by 14 points.

The Sharks then duly went back to sleep for another 20 odd minutes before Riaan Swanepoel showed some good pace to break through a few tackles and score the bonus point try under the posts. The half time lead was 21 points and the Sharks were home and dry.

With the second half came a much improved performance from the team, who duly scored another five tries through Mark Richards, Dan Adonga, Marcell Coetzee, Jerome Pretorius and Piet Lindeque. Guy Cronje managed to convert all 9 tries and only missed a first half penalty in his ten kicks.

The scrums throughout the game were solid, with Dale Chadwick and Wiehahn Herbst forming a formidable front row with Kyle Cooper playing most of the game. Ross Skeate played his first 40 minutes of rugby and looked good in the lineouts, but was visibly tired at half time.

The most impressive players on the day, starting with the forwards, were most definitely the loose trio of Lambert Groenewald, Dan Adonga and Marcell Coetzee. Marcell Coetzee was amazing on both attack and defence, popping up everywhere on the field.

Amongst the backs, both Mark Richards and Kobus de Kock were fantastic. Both of them showed amazing pace and was able to break through tackles. Piet Lindeque, who came on in the second half, showed his amazing pace by chipping and chasing and outsprinting half the Griffons team. The boy has speed!

My personal man of the match is a split decision between Dan Adonga and Marcell Coetzee, both equally fantastic and everywhere on the park!


  • Thanks for the report Rich; its really something special being able to get roving reports for a Sharks XV game played in Empangeni!

    This is the training ground for tomorrow’s stars, so getting this insight is much appreciated.

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.03.11 14:43:59 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 1) :

    Any time man.. It was a nice trip.. The rugby was great..

    Just a shame the Empangeni people didn’t really appreciate the game.

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.03.11 15:05:40 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Nice to see Werner Griessel playing provincial rugby. I played under 15 rugby with him at Welkom Gymnasium, although I played B team and he played A team.

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.03.11 15:26:15 by war1 Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 3) :


    The guys has some pace..

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.03.11 15:31:23 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Hope skeate recovers his match-fitness asap.. Good to see mostert on the bench for crusaders game.. Can’t expect 2 locks to carry brunt of the workload in sr..

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.03.11 16:14:02 by bergshark Reply

  • hope someone like c de kock gets some training time with the sr team.

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.03.11 16:15:11 by bergshark Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : Yeah and he was known for his defence as well, what a nice guy as well.

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.03.11 16:18:12 by war1 Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 3) : Eric Herbert’s son was flyhalf and captain of Welkom Gym last year. Any idea what he’s up to this year?

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.03.11 16:18:32 by beet Reply
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  • We were talking about Herbert last night!? Funny that?!

    Did he ever play for the Boks, if so, how many games?

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.03.11 16:21:14 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 8) : No, I only spent one year in total at Gimmies, 2nd half of 2000 and 1st half of 2001. So I have had no contact with the school for almost a decade now 😯 that actually makes me feel a bit old.

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.03.11 21:43:59 by war1 Reply
  • lineque is our future!!! play in in the super rugby, pleeeeaaaaaasssseee Plum….

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.03.11 16:59:07 by BoerSeun Reply

  • Great work done by the XV Sharks :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.03.11 18:01:25 by chaz Reply


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