Richard Ferguson

Sharks ‘power’ to five point win

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 23 Sep 2011 at 21:26
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The Sharks successfully overcame a strong Griquas effort on Friday night to secure a 29 – 18 bonus point win, making it three from three in their attempt to make life difficult for themselves against the smaller unions. A match that was interrupted by a power outage provided an entertaining match that could have gone either way until late in the second half.

The match got off to a perfect start for Griquas, with Stefan Terblanche overcooking his kick-off, and Griquas getting a scrum on half way. This was soon followed by points through Rudi Vogt, who converted an easily penalty after a breakdown infringement by the Sharks.

The 10 minutes that followed was rather embarrassing to watch as the Sharks made elementary errors such as missing tackles and not being able to keep a 22m drop out infield, which all led to Griquas having another shot at goal, which Vogt missed. Terblanche made his third crucial error in just 15 minutes as he again, for a third consecutive match, could not kick into touch a penalty.

Vogt got the first try of the night, with Rocco Jansen beating Sbura Sithole for pace and putting Vogt away, who converted his own try to pull out a ten point lead. Anton Bresler had gone down at an earlier breakdown, and was replaced by Ross Skeate midway through the first half.

A turnover deep in Sharks territory resulted in Keegan Daniel breaking away, running away from most of his support, but securing good front foot ball. A penalty later and the Sharks mauled over the try line through Dale Chadwick. The try was converted by way of a difficult conversion from the French flyhalf.

After the one and only good play from the Sharks so far in the game, they reverted back to primary school rugby, Terblanche once again not able to find touch with his kick.

28 minutes into the game the electricity gave both teams a 10 minute breather, as all power in and around the stadium went on a little break. This left all and sundry looking at each other with not much to do, with two brave females even getting onto the field, streaking the length of the field and showing more pace than Marius Joubert. This got the crowd rather excited, and as the pair finished their 100m sprint, the lights ceremoniously switched on again!

The Sharks came back energised as they put together a few good phases, and even though they twice messed up try scoring opportunities by ignoring overlaps, Deysel finally put the Sharks in the lead with a stretch right under the poles. There was no further scoring in the first half as the teams headed to the change rooms, the Sharks leading 14 – 10.

The first half was a poor display from the Sharks, with two good phases of play resulting in the two tries, but it the other 35 minutes of the half that was littered with basic errors, passes going to ground and penalties not being kicked out resulting in the crowd getting rather irritated with the team.

The second half started a bit better for the Sharks, with better possession and territory, yet still not being able to finish off with points on the board. It took a good 8 minutes before Griquas put a few good phases together, and together with some good running lines and a few missed tackles from the Sharks, Matthew Rosslee scored for the men in pou-blou. The missed conversion meant Griquas had a 1 point lead.

The second replacement of the game for the Sharks saw Marcell Coetzee coming on for Jean Deysel with half an hour to play. Griquas got a penalty from a Sharks scrum and Vogt duly kicked the penalty, stretching the lead to 4 points. This resulted in further changes on the side of the Sharks, with van Staden and Sithole being replaced by Wiehahn Herbst and Louis Ludik respectively.

Plumtree called back his half back pairing as well, with Charl McLeod and Adi Jacobs getting 20 minutes on the park. This move resulted in Meyer Bosman playing in the flyhalf berth. Bosman’s move resulted in an immediate improvement in the running of the backline who, along with Adi Jacobs, linked brilliantly, and Bosman himself crossed the chalk to take the lead back. Bosman converted his own try to take a three point lead.

Monde Hadebe made his Sharks debut, coming on for an injured Louis Ludik, causing a shuffle amongst backs and forwards, resulting in Cooper playing on the flank and Keegan Daniel playing out on the wing. Adi Jacobs continued to impress as he made another great break, the Sharks unfortunately running out of support as first Botes and then Cooper got caught. Continued possession inside the Griquas 22m finally paid dividends as Mvovo crossed the line in the corner, scoring the much needed bonus point for the Sharks. Bosman unfortunately hit the post with his conversion attempt.

With 2 minutes remaining, the rain that had threatened all night finally came down, and did it come down by the bucket load!? The 8891 strong crowd were forced to leave the stadium as there was nothing left to see and the rain was the worst I have seen in a while in Durban. The final score in the game was a Bosman penalty that stretched the lead 11 points.

Positives from the match were that the Sharks competed at the breakdown with great effect with multiple turnovers through Deysel and Botes, which was an improvement from their last games where the loosies struggled to get to the breakdown on time, and the fact that they never lost sight of the fourth try bonus point, which they got with about 10 minutes to play.

The Sharks have a few injury concerns ahead of their clash with Western Province next week, as Anton Bresler, with what looks like an ankle injury, and Louis Ludik with a foot injury, look set to face fitness tests to play on Saturday.

Tries: Dale Chadwick, Jean Deysel, Meyer Bosman, Lwazi Mvovo
Conversions: Fred Michalak (2/2), Meyer Bosman (1/2)
Penalties: Meyer Bosman (1/1)

Tries: Rudi Vogt, Matthew Rosslee
Conversions: Rudi Vogt (1/2)
Penalties: Rudi Vogt (2/3)


  • I don’t know what more to say about the Jacobs saga 🙄 what a shameful way to treat such a quality player.

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.09.11 21:41:32 by CapeShark Reply
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  • Got to play bosman-jacobs at 10-12 against province.

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.09.11 21:53:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • Marius Bosman with a 50% kicking record 😉 …. And a try

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.09.11 22:00:22 by Franshark Reply
  • @Franshark (Comment 3) : I see you put the two together like power rangers or something… “With our crap powers combined, we are Marius Bosman” 🙂

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.09.11 22:19:21 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 1) : It seems like the Sharks are not interest in him anymore, the Lions can do with a player of his calibre 😈

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.09.11 22:31:11 by Charlie Reply

  • There are a few Sharks players who are gonna have to pray that Rob Otto gets up in a good mood tomorrow morning coz as things stand their rating are not gonna be good. :mrgreen:

    Hopefully our team has now hit rock bottom and things will start to improve.

    With so much at stake, our team seemed to lack desire for large parts of this game. The confidence that gives rise to good decision-making isn’t there at the moment. We’re still creating chances but slow ball, poor organisation on next phase ball and bad execution are our downfalls.

    Freddy’s outstanding form in the opening rounds provided the spark that fueled the team’s success then. Now that he’s faded, I think we desperately need another player/s to step forward and set the pace.

    It goes without saying that the Bok players are missed and the edge that Willem Alberts and Pat Lambie gave us last year is proving too difficult to mimic.

    Mvovo cops a lot of flack for low workrate yet he’s probably in as good form as he was last year. He just isn’t getting the same kind of quality front-foot ball he got in 2010. (+ I could be wrong but I thought it was Sithole that had too much ground to make up on Rocco Jansen and missed the hit that resulted in Vogt’s try)

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.09.11 22:31:37 by beet Reply
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  • With a potential home semi-final decider on the cards next weekend, it’s extremely difficult to see Plum to make an about turn on his conservative selection approach, otherwise Ludik’s injury could have opened a door for in-form u21 player Gouws Prinsloo to enter the fray. Oh well, hope floats 😐

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.09.11 22:38:00 by beet Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 5) : Hey Charlie. There are a few people who are calling for Adi to play 12. I think it’s a bad bad idea. To me 13 is where he’s most threatening on attack and least vulnerable on defence. What’s your take on him playing 12?.

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.09.11 22:40:35 by beet Reply
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  • ” Rocco Jansen beating Sbura Sithole for pace”

    Slow down there Rich: Sithole was covering a 2-man advantage to Griquas and thus had to give Jansen the outside gap – he wasn’t beaten for pace; he was caught out of position.

    Promising touches from him, despite a good few basic errors – he will learn to fix that with time, and coupled with his pace and power, I expect him to go very far in the future.

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.09.11 22:43:07 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 8) : He shouldnt… Adi is a good 13. He started for the Boks just 2 years ago and suddenly he isnt good enough for sharks team that now uses either a 35 year old fullback or the invisible man in his position. It would be funny if it wasnt so tragic. Sharks centers to dominate super rugby next year!!! And now for my medication.

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.09.11 22:45:35 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • Yes “SLOW DOWN” Rich! :mrgreen:
    Richard Ferguson is a machine. Readers have to sit alongside Richard to appreciate how fast and efficient he is.

    He has these match reports up on the site before the MotM is interviewed. And they are always comprehensive. Don’t forget all the multi-tasking he does in-between.

    I’m pretty sure his line of sight of the Rocco Jansen break would have been partly obscured by the somewhat irritating glass pane in part of the press box. And unlike most of us, he only usually gets to see the real-time version of events unfolding on the field.

    Well done on another good job Rich.

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.09.11 23:24:58 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 6) : 😆 beet

    trust me some of the players will get a 2 rating from me

    15 Stefan 4, was very poor and prolly lucky to get a 4
    14 Sithole 4 yes he bumped off 1 or 2 defenders and did what??, his option taking with ball in hand was very poor
    13 Joubert 5 was just ok
    12 Bosman 7 was solid and them moved to flyhald , made a big diff to sharks backline
    11 Mvovo 7 was much better this week
    10 Fred 4 eish i know he does some good stuff but i been saying for a while he never attacks the gain line? and poor option taking yesterday
    09 Cronje 2, on the day 1 word describes his play, PATHETIC
    08 Daniel 6.5
    07 Deysel 8
    06 Botes 6.5
    05 Hargreaves 6
    04 Bresler 5 although he only played a short while
    03 Van Staden 5
    02 Cooper 7.5 I thought he had a tremendous match, it was his first start so 1 or 2 missed line outs i feel is forgivable
    01 Chadwick 6 was a bit better this week

    16 Mondi 5
    17 Herbst 6
    18 Skeate 6.5 made a diff when he came on
    19 Coetzee 6
    20 Mcleod 6.5
    21 Adi 7.5 again shows why he is our best center
    22 Ludik did not play long enough for rating and got injured

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.09.11 07:25:28 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Alright ben let’s hear it what do u want

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.09.11 07:53:10 by Poisy Reply
  • @beet (Comment 11) :
    I know exactly how much Rich does, and wasn’t attacking his efforts. Next time I need someone to tell me something I already know I will be sure to ask you (as a clear authority in the field).

    In any event, I don’t agree with his view of what happened in the lead up to the Vogt try – whether his view was through the glass of the press-box or through the gleaming bars of the Pearly Gates changes that not at all.

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.09.11 08:38:57 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 14) : that time of the month, fishface? 🙂

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.09.11 09:08:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • PUTT.

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.09.11 09:11:13 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) :

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.09.11 09:28:43 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Seems like I did myself a favour by not watching this crap. Time well spent at the pub wiz ze Germans and a few Kilkennys.

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.09.11 09:33:56 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 14) : Not directed at you only. I wanted to share some knowledge I had with ALL readers. It was worked off your post but not intended as an attack, rather as a compliment to Richard.

    FYI the initial report stated that Mvovo missed the tackle.

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.09.11 09:36:14 by beet Reply
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  • My two cents, this was a desperate performance from the Sharks. Their desperation had a positive effect on how they guys competed at the breakdown but a negative effect on lots of forced passes and handling errors.

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.09.11 10:10:06 by war1 Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 13) : Same as you wanted me to do. 😉

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.09.11 10:18:09 by Ben Reply
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  • Meyer Bosman was my man of the match, he is really putting in some hard work on defence and in the rucks.
    Charl Mcleod made a big difference coming on for Cronje, who really was below par. Impressed with Kyle Cooper, glad he got the chance to show us all what we already knew he could do.
    I would rather not comment on Stef’s performance……save to say that the opening 20+ minutes was probably the worst rugby I have ever seen the Sharks play

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.09.11 12:08:04 by jonnow Reply

  • Kyle Cooper was my man of the match ,kid will be a bok one day .
    9/10 poor poor poor ,which cronje was that ?Maybe my praise of him has been un deserving…

    Im frustrated with the sharks, cupboard full of quality wings fullbacks front rowers and flankers yet we cant get any good centers and our locks remain a weak point of a what would be a powerfull forward pack…

    Steff needs to hang up his boots and perhaps so does MJ

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.09.11 12:40:10 by Talent Reply
  • @Ben (Comment 21) : twitter username?

  • Comment 24, posted at 24.09.11 18:38:43 by Poisy Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : @beet (Comment 8) : Agree with you Rob, best option…”beet” Adi’s the type of player that can ’cause havoc when playing off a player who has tip-top passing and off-load ability, like Bosman, so in this scenario it can be 12 should Bosman play 10…Adi himself can create space for outside players, has the ability to get over the gainline 9/10 times, but I still see him more of a creative 12 (good player of the situation) and he tends to run mostly in the flyhalf channel from 3 to 4 phase… 😉

  • Comment 25, posted at 26.09.11 08:27:26 by Charlie Reply


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