Match Review: Pampas XV (41) vs Sharks XV (26)

Written by Warren Smith (war1)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 6 May 2011 at 18:41
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The Sharks XV have lost 41-26 to a rampant Pampas XV in Potchefstroom. The Sharks fortunes in each half differed remarkably and it was a fantastic 2nd half effort by the men from Argentina which booked them a place in the final against either the Griquas or the Blue Bulls.

The Sharks XV were a side disrupted by losing players to eligibility rules and call ups to the Super rugby side. Despite those disruptions the Sharks had the better of the first half with the first try scored by Rosco Speckman which was converted along with 3 penalties by Gouws Prinsloo who also missed 3 penaly attempts. The Pampas scored a try of their own through by Julio Alfredo Farias Cabello and the half time score was 16-7 to the Sharks XV.

They say that the first score in the second half is often a crucial one and so it proved for the Pampas. A penalty brought the Pampas within a score of the Sharks and they proceeded to dominate the rest of the third quarter. Tries by scrumhalf Nicolas Ariel Bruzzone and dangerous winger Juan Imhoff took the Pampas to 22-16 ahead in what seemed like no time at all. Gouws Prinsloo looked to have kept the Sharks in the game at 22-19 but it was not to be as the Pampas XV pulled away with another three tries as they dominated possession and simply outplayed the Sharks XV in the backs. The tries were scored by Joaquin Tuculet, Agustin Gosio and a second for Juan Imhoff which took him to joint top of the try scorer charts for this year’s Vodacom Cup and the Pampas to a 41-19 lead.

The Sharks XV, to their credit, fought to the end and finished the match with a try by Mark Richards in the corner which was superbly goaled by Gouws Prinsloo to finish the game at 41-26 to the Pampas XV.

An exciting match was unfortunately marred by injuries to Sharks players Francois Kleinhans who was icing his ankle and Kyle Cooper who like he hurt his wrist while there was a head clash between Jerome Pretorius and Maximiliano Nannini with the latter leaving the field on a stretcher but was thankfully seen sitting and watching the remainder of the game with a smile on his face.

Congratulations to a dominant Pampas XV side who played wonderful attacking rugby and have certainly been a credit to Argentina’s rugby community. I wish them the best of luck in the final which they have reached without losing a match this season.


  • Well there are no words for the lose but just go back to the basic’s just maybe the team will win at some stage

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.05.11 18:46:45 by chaz Reply
  • I feel so sorry for the boys..

    They did us proud though..

    Well played boys!

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.05.11 18:58:53 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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    Richard Ferguson
  • ef!

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.05.11 23:42:41 by RuckingFun Reply

  • just came back from work was hoping 4 a positive result

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.05.11 23:43:21 by RuckingFun Reply

  • Unlucky guys. Don’t get to watch any of the Vodacom stuff in the UK but have followed the teams progress through the season. Thought we had the players to win the cup (although the Argies and Griquas have both played well this season).

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.05.11 23:20:45 by slammerboy Reply
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