Richard Ferguson

Sharks win scrappy affair

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Other SA Teams, Sharks on 19 Aug 2011 at 21:00
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The Sharks took on the Leopards at Mr Price Kings Park on Friday night, and came away with a scrappy 23 – 3 victory, scoring three tries to nil, after leading 6 -0 at half time. The Sharks will leave the game disappointed in not being able to convert their chances, with their discipline letting them down at key stages in the game.

The first half was an absolute abortion, as the Sharks could not put two phases together. A lot of basic handling errors and offences at ruck time cost the Sharks any go-forward ball. The Sharks dominated at scrum time, with Dale Chadwick really putting in a great effort, but any momentum from this was lost by individualistic play and ill discipline.

The first opportunity for points only came after the first quarter of the game was gone, which Fred Michalak duly missed. His next opportunity at goal, in the 33rd minute, he put through the poles to get the Sharks on the board. This was followed two minutes later by another Michalak penalty, which gave the Sharks their six point lead at half time.

Early in the half Leopards lock Brendon Snyman was sin-binned for a spear tackle, and even against fourteen men, the Sharks battled to dominate the opposition.

The second half got off to a better start with Odwa Ndungane scoring his 20th Currie Cup try after a good build up by the Sharks, carrying the ball through at least 15 phases before creating the overlap.

The Leopards got on the board a few minutes later through the boot of Wesley Dunlop, with a good long range effort.

The Sharks dominated the possession stakes after this, and after the Leopards centre Joubert Engelbrecht was sin-binned for a deliberate knock down, Odwa scored his second try of the night.

The match then lost its rhythm and the Sharks, although trying hard for the bonus point tries, didn’t seem too interested and continued to make silly errors, with Keegan Daniel getting sent off late in the game for a silly tackling offence.

Stefan Terblanche showed some heart by scoring a good try, stepping inside the defence to dive over for a five pointer. Michalak rushed his conversion attempt so as to give the Sharks time to go for that fourth try. This did not materialize as the Leopards almost went over in the corner after the hooter.

The game saw three yellow cards, two to the Leopards and one to the Sharks, with referee Lourens van der Merwe again not looing at ease.

Tries: Odwa Ndungane (2), Stefan Terblanche
Conversion: Fred Michalak (1)
Penalties: Fred Michalak (2)

Penalty: Wesley Dunlop


  • Plumtree looked a disappointed man afterwards!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.08.11 21:10:45 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • If Mich slotted that last kick I would at least gotten a margin point…

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.08.11 21:14:52 by Franshark Reply
  • Better win next week, witch I think we should….

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.08.11 21:15:55 by Franshark Reply
  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : What did he expect, his out dated gameplan does not seem to be effective enough, next week against The Lions, we might just be second best as they will be much more desperate after losing against WP 😉

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.08.11 21:25:44 by Charlie Reply

  • What a waste of about 90 minutes watching the game tonight! The Sharks looked directionless and bereft of any imagination at times. Is there any better 3rd choice hooker available? Kyle Cooper can’t seem to throw the ball in straight – not singling him out for criticism but mistakes at critical times are what cost you close games.

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.08.11 21:59:50 by Greg Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : I’d hope so..

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.08.11 06:36:42 by Ben Reply
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  • Okay I didn’t see the game so can’t comment toooo much, and while I don’t expect us to get BPs in every game I do at least expect us to get a BP against the Leopards. 🙁

    That said, the Leopards ARE very good at bringing other teams down to their playing level.

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.08.11 08:15:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I see there is highlights just before the K.A.K.(Klap a Kiwi) game of the Sharks vs Leopards game. 15h45 or there about….

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.08.11 08:48:05 by Franshark Reply
  • @Franshark (Comment 8) : Yip 15:45 to 16:00 on SS1 and Mnet.

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.08.11 08:55:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : The biggest highlight for me was Oom Stef’s try when he came on in the 2nd half! he looked lively and full of running 😀

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.08.11 09:01:09 by Greg Reply

  • How are they going to find 15 minutes of highlights from that game?

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.08.11 09:52:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • And I chirped that the team named was far too strong, an overkill – Rob chirped that The Sharks are infamous for not pitching up against the minnows… Hmmmm… I made my name tottie…

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.08.11 11:58:12 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : Adverts work wonders. 😆

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.08.11 12:15:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • After some thought, here are my positives and negatives from the match:

    1. Our defence was very good, we did not let a try in, and the Leopards did not really get a chance to get close to our tryline.

    2. Marcell Coetzee must be the find of the season. The boy takes contact like Willem Alberts, gets over the gain line more often than not, and tackles like there is no tomorrow.

    3. Our front row looked better than in previous weeks, with Chadwick really growing in stature.

    4. Odwa Ndungane is showing some fantastic form on the wing and will be crucial in the remainder of the competition.

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.08.11 13:03:26 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Negatives:

    1. The Sharks have a mental block against playing the minnows and will have to sort this out quite soon!

    2. Ill discipline has to be looked at, the basics need to be worked on, as the mistakes made last night will result in us getting a hiding next week.

    3. We have a massive problem in the centres. This is not new, but I think the coach finally realised the Marius Joubert cannot be a starter. Stefan Terblanche made a real impact coming on for Joubert.

    4. Botes is certainly not a captain, and if Keegan wants to hold onto the captaincy armband, he will have to look at his discipline.

    5. Freddie can win us a game, but he just as easily lose it for us. He missed a few crucial kicks, kicks that he would usually make with his eyes closed.

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.08.11 13:08:00 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) : They didn’t bother showing any highlights. 🙁

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.08.11 16:04:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) : I see that, like Rob said, the did not find enough material to make up 15min….

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.08.11 16:12:43 by Franshark Reply

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