Richard Ferguson

Sharks tame never-say-die Cheetahs

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 30 Jul 2011 at 20:33
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The Sharks and Cheetahs treated an 18 800 strong crowd to some entertaining rugby in which nine tries were scored in total, seven of which were in the first half, with the Sharks coming out 43 – 34 winners, picking up five points and remaining unbeaten in the competition.

The Sharks let the Cheetahs back in the game after scoring four unanswered tries in the opening 20 minutes, and even leading by fourteen points at half time. It must be said thought that the Sharks never looked like losing the match, and that for a change they took all their chances in scoring their five tries.

It was a blazing start by the men in Black and White as Marcell Coetzee broke through the Cheetahs defence, spreading the ball wide and allowing young Mark Richards to score his first try for the Sharks in the fourth minute.

Minutes later Louis Ludik ghosted through a gap in the Cheetahs defence to dot down behind the poles, and with ten minutes gone, the Sharks had built a fourteen point lead.

The Cheetahs managed to get points on the board in the thirteenth minute through a Sias Ebersohn penalty, to which the Sharks responded by scoring another try, this time from a turnover with Mark Richards booting the ball through and Botes managing to get over the line. Seconds later another lost ball by the Cheetahs in the Sharks half resulted in Sibusiso Sithole running 65 meters to score his first try in the Black and White, securing the bonus point with only a quarter of the game gone.

The Cheetahs got in on the try scoring activities with an intercept try by Riaan Smit, Cronje with an attempted long pass which was easily taken by Smit, who ran in untouched. A dull moment in the game, all of five minutes without a try before the Sharks mauled over for their fifth, and second for the evergreen Jacques Botes.

The Cheetahs scored another try just on half time, mauling over through Boom Prinsloo to score the seventh try of the half. Ebersohn converted to give the Sharks a fourteen point lead at half time.

Michalak got the second half off to a more subdued start, first by slotting a 45m penalty and later one from right in front to push the lead to twenty points, with the Sharks happy to build their lead after already bagging the bonus point. The Cheetahs got their third of the evening through prop WP Nel, after a period of constant attack, where the Sharks were continually penalised.

The Sharks kept pushing their noses further ahead through taking their penalty goals as it becomes available, Michalak slotting his third three-pointer and keeping the lead to just beyond two converted tries.

After numerous warnings and penalties against the Sharks, the Cheetahs centre Corne Uys went over in the corner to score the Cheetahs’ bonus point try and in so reducing the deficit to a mere nine points after the successful conversion. The game proceeded to get a little scrappy, with Sias Ebersohn adding a further three points for a six point game with 7 minutes to play.

A few tense moments later the Sharks magician Fred Michalak stroked a match winning penalty from the sideline to push the lead to 9 points with two minutes to play. This put the match beyond doubt and even a late penalty attempt for the second bonus point by Sias Ebersohn that went wide could not take the victory away from the Sharks.

The fans were left with mixed feeling


Tries: Mark Richards, Louis Ludik, Jacques Botes (2), Sibusiso Sithole
Conversions: Fred Michalak (3)
Penalties: Fred Michalak (4)

Tries: Riaan Smit, Boom Prinsloo, WP Nel, Corne Uys
Conversions: Sias Ebersohn (4)
Penalties: Sias Ebersohn (2)


  • What a game and what a great day… πŸ™‚

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.07.11 21:27:20 by Franshark Reply
  • Great to meet up with KSA and his family, Richard, Gregs, sharksmad, the sharks dudette, all with there loved ones… Loved to meet all off U, and good memories are born again…

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.07.11 21:32:17 by Franshark Reply
  • Thanks to KSA and sharksworld for the after braai…. Good stuff… Man I love to be a SHARK!!!!! πŸ™‚

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.07.11 21:34:06 by Franshark Reply
  • How about the pmb&midlands sw members having a get-together?

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.07.11 00:33:06 by bergshark Reply

  • Sithole has jet shoes! Go you good thing. πŸ™‚
    Sharks management pls hold onto this guy…

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.07.11 07:51:17 by CapeShark Reply
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  • The young players realy impressed me much better than the boks

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.07.11 08:01:36 by Mutley Reply
  • @bergshark (Comment 4) : Pmb was there dude? πŸ˜‰ Sharksmad is a PMB lady.

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.07.11 08:04:22 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @CapeShark (Comment 5) : absolutely, that boy makes my blood stir πŸ™‚

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.07.11 08:10:41 by Franshark Reply
  • Glad you guys had a blast.

    Rich, I wouldn’t have mixed feelings about this victory: the Cheetahs are the least affected CC side, and we beat them with a BP.

    Sithole reminds me of a young Habana – same devastating pace, stocky build and strong self-belief.

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.07.11 09:24:32 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Sithole and Mvovo in the same team!! Cant wait!! That should produce some glittering rugby!!Bergshark (comment4)- great Idea- got a good venue up here.

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.07.11 09:40:13 by Caratacus Reply

  • @Caratacus (Comment 10) :
    Aren’t you forgetting a 105kg missile by the name of JP Pietersen? Sharks are gonna have a fun quandry to deal with in selecting wings.

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.07.11 09:44:22 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 9) : I was pretty impressed by Sithole. I was saying yesterday that having 2 wings in the team with out and out pace and who can finish is a bit like Christmas.

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.07.11 09:56:37 by lostfish Reply
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  • Well done Boytjies!

  • Comment 13, posted at 31.07.11 13:01:41 by Ben Reply
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  • I got home one hour to late to watch this game and highlites are just not the same as seeing the action live! πŸ™

    Defiantly sounds like a game of two halves though, and for once the Sharks performed better in the first than the second! 😈

  • Comment 14, posted at 31.07.11 13:38:31 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 9) : Let’s hope Sithole doesn’t end up like the older Habana though.

  • Comment 15, posted at 31.07.11 13:52:21 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • i can see i’m going to have fun trying to quell the swell of sbusiso hype on this blog πŸ˜€

    he is still learning guys, let him finish the currie cup & maybe put up his hand for SR before the hyperbole.

    Look @ mvovo, he was totally exposed by corey jane yesterday, his positional play was utter rubbish yesterday, everytime the ball was shifted wide he was caught WAY up the field!

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.07.11 20:52:17 by Megatron Reply

  • Megatron
    And most on here are suggesting Mvovo start the RWC ahead of Habana. πŸ™„
    There’s no doubt he has tons of potential but he is VERY far from the finished product.
    While we have JPP and Habs and Gio on the bench we should allow Mvovo to develop but NOT at test level.

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.07.11 22:08:20 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 17) : bollocks. Bryan Habana, for all his experience, has dished up utter tripe at every level he’s played at for the last two years. Lwazi may not be perfect, but he’s a hell of a lot better than Bryan at the moment.

  • Comment 18, posted at 31.07.11 22:15:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • Habana makes aplon and basson look stupid…habana was laid off a shoulder injury prior to the super 15 season. He is still only 26 years old but it is strange how the public are so quick to denounce him. Sheez you expect him to fire on all cylinders constantly…give him a break and credit him on what he has achieved and what he is capable of. At least he scored the only try when wp played against crusaders…he came on as a reserve. What happened to aplon and de jong? Nothing. This was the warning bell that the crusaders exploited then by showing that the above mentioned are not bok material. Please do not praise Habana when he does fire in the wc as you wpw are a hypocrite. And it was you who got all excited at Morne playing at fb …lol…morne is not on form at all and he has been found wanting. He had a one one on straight tackle and fluffed it.

  • Comment 19, posted at 31.07.11 23:42:11 by AlterEgo Reply

  • Habana made a huge mistake by joining province and should have either stayed at the bulls or gone to france. I hate to admit it but the bulls are x3 super champs and he left a champion mentality group. Phew!when he signed for stormers what was he regarded then …a hero …now you spit on him as he did not fire for you

  • Comment 20, posted at 31.07.11 23:55:17 by AlterEgo Reply

  • How many times did mvovo see the ball? It was not his greatest game as our backline was poor …it is frustrating when standing at wing and no ball arrives…what happens? Frustration kreeps in and you look for ball drifting off your channel…the moment there is a turn over …bang!the opposition exploit it as the AB did…TRY!!! And allowing some 26 plus missed tackles cmon you cannot win a game even at school boy level…it shows that the opposition backline is far superior and orginized.

  • Comment 21, posted at 01.08.11 00:13:48 by AlterEgo Reply

  • @AlterEgo (Comment 21) : that is but just one scenario and i’m not even sure if happened like that. For corey jane’s 1st try mvovo shot up in anticipation of a intercept and jane just stepped inside and put on gas towards the massive gaping hole left by mvovo and morne ended up one on one with cory who skinned the useless bugger to score.

  • Comment 22, posted at 01.08.11 04:28:58 by Megatron Reply

  • @AlterEgo (Comment 19) : I think it is very hypocritical to go around calling people hypocrites for them having their opinions…. So by the way habana and morne is in the same boat… Both very good players out of form… The one u criticize the other u say look what he has done…

  • Comment 23, posted at 01.08.11 06:31:29 by Franshark Reply
  • @Megatron (Comment 16) : Megatron, you’re totally correct in requesting a measured approach to Sbura’s development. It must be said though that when it comes to whatever magic potion it is that imbues the raw qualities required to be a top winger, Sbura appears to have fallen in the cauldron, and it’s hard not to get excited when you see him putting on the afterburners!

  • Comment 24, posted at 01.08.11 07:29:17 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 24) : you have such a way with words!

  • Comment 25, posted at 01.08.11 07:39:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • Obelix Sithole. 😎

  • Comment 26, posted at 01.08.11 09:06:00 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) :

    Should I order a Sharksworld t-shirt for our good friend Megatron or should we rather just send him an official Sharks jersey!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 01.08.11 09:12:53 by wpw Reply
  • it was a great game and Sibusiso Sithole what a great player he is i hope we se more of him in the Sharks XV side

    and we kick some bud it was just great

    well done guys

  • Comment 28, posted at 01.08.11 11:18:17 by chaz Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 27) : i need a new one so you can send me one :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 01.08.11 11:20:07 by chaz Reply

  • @Caratacus:awesome!we should make a plan then to have a pmb&midlands get-together(and anyone else on sw who feels like having a drive to pmb).maybe to watch a game on tv and then have braai afterwards?

  • Comment 30, posted at 01.08.11 12:06:53 by bergshark Reply


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