Sharks out-muscle Leopards

Written by Warren Smith (war1)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 8 Oct 2011 at 22:45
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The Sharks kept their quest for a home semi final alive with a six try to two 41-14 win against the Leopards at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

The Sharks put in a committed and physical performance spearheaded by the impressive Marcell Coetzee and Jean Deysel to come away with a vital bonus point win. It was, in the end, a case of grinding down Leopards side who kept the Sharks pinned in their 22 for large parts of the second half. A few basic errors (not least the lineouts) let the team down and these obviously need to be worked on before meeting the table topping Lions in Durban next weekend. The commitment of the players to get stuck in physically mean that there were a few bodies strewn over the pitch as the game wore on with Adi Jacobs going off for injury; Meyer Bosman soldiering on for a while before going off and captain Keegan Daniel also staying down a few times.

The Sharks got the scoring under way with a penalty converted by Fred Michalak in the 7th minute before Adi Jacobs sniped over for the first try of the night after 13 minutes. The Sharks continued to dominate upfront and that dominance was rewarded with Jacques Botes dotting down after a rolling maul. The standard of play dropped somewhat for the rest of the first half with both teams getting stuck into each other but also making silly errors. The Sharks went into half time 15-0 up.

Not long into the second half Leopards scrumhalf Johann Laker scored the first try of the night for the hosts to narrow the gap to eight points. The Sharks then extended their lead as Jean Deysel put Lwazi Mvovo into just enough space for him to dot down in the corner. Former Wildebeest fullback and Namibian representative at this year’s Rugby World Cup struck back for the Leopards to record his team’s second and last try of the night and reduce the deficit once more. Shortly after that (anyone see a pattern here) Conrad Hoffmann secured the bonus point for the Sharks. The match then descended into something of an error-strewn arm-wrestle as a long period of territorial dominance for the Leopards had them throwing everything at the Sharks line in search of a way back into the match. However, some very committed defense from the Sharks kept the Leopards at bay even if the Sharks struggled to get play out of their 22 let alone their half.

With the match nearing it’s conclusion captain Keegan Daniel managed to charge down a kick and then cantered in for the fifth try of the night for the Sharks which Fred Michalak duly converted from wide out to put the Sharks in command at 34-14 with time almost up on the clock. After the hooter had gone the Sharks showed plenty of attacking intent which was ultimately rewarded with Sibusiso Sithole going over to give a bit of gloss to the final scoreline which ended at 41-14 to the visitors. There were some positives for the Sharks to take from this match as well as some things that need to be worked on before Round 14 Currie cup action next weekend. It was certainly good to see how the players fronted up physically as well as how the players kept attacking even after the hooter.

Lastly, tonight’s game saw a couple of major milestones at totally opposite ends of the spectrum for Sharks players. Gouws Prinsloo capped a pretty good 2011 for himself so far with his first senior provincial cap. Stefan Terblanche came off of the replacements bench to win his 100th cap for the Sharks. Congratulations to both Gouws and Stefan.


  • My thoughts; 9-10 channel is slow –McLeod offers much better distribution than any other scrumhalf we have , in my opinion he is the best in our ranks by a country mile. The reason the 9-10 channel is sluggish may have something to do with the way we present the ball for the scrumhalf; I seem to remember Hoffman having to dig for it a few times, add to this his hesitant decision making and it will kill momentum for the backline, allowing defenders to creep forward and catch us behind the advantage line.
    Lineout’s continue to be a mess and there seems to be some disparity in the calls ,in the loose both Skeate and Cooper have been immense however at set piece they need to shine up.
    When people questioned Deysel being selected at lock I said it was a case of having your best players on the field and today it was telling, Deysel and Coetzee are both fantastic players that are proving to good to leave off the field ,what to do when Alberts and Kankowski return??
    Gouws Prinsloo was great, this is such an exciting kid –hope to see some more youngsters get game time.

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.10.11 23:11:20 by Talent Reply
  • We have qualified for the Semi’s but I doubt we will have a home semi anymore.

    Cheetahs one point behind us on the log and they will certainly take 4 in Kimberley next weekend, probably 5.

    That would mean we have to win against the Lions to have a home semi and if the Cheetahs DO take 5 we have to win with a BP, because we will not get above them on PD.

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.10.11 06:22:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) :

    Cheetahs to certainly take five next weekend? Against Griquas?

    Let’s see if they win first?!

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.10.11 06:30:06 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Saw the Sharks highlights on the web last night. Looked like there was about eight people at the royal stadium, including the ball boys. 😯

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.10.11 06:38:27 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : maneer let’s get some positivity going here..nothing is impossible..if the cheetahs played like they did against the pumas I might see them struggle against griquas..so let’s hope..

    N one more thing..go bokke go..

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.10.11 06:47:05 by shaniboi Reply

  • What´s up with our lineouts? No matter who throws in and who jumps, we have been struggling the entire year.

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.10.11 09:08:47 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : You are right, I have edited the article accordingly.

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.10.11 10:46:32 by war1 Reply
  • @rhineshark (Comment 6) : Yeah, and we can hardly say they have to work on that during the week because they surely have done line out work the whole year.

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.10.11 10:47:45 by war1 Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 8) : YIP, and there is no guarantee that it will improve with Bissie back.

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.10.11 11:06:27 by rhineshark Reply
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  • opera here we go

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.10.11 15:02:07 by Franshark Reply
  • Will we be able to use the boks for the last few weeks of the CC???

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.10.11 19:22:47 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 11) : Yes, according to Andy marinos they will be available.

    Personally I believe they should be allowed the rest they need.

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.10.11 19:43:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : I disagree. We’ve got to use whatever tools we have at our disposal.

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.10.11 20:00:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : You mean those guys who will travel half way around the world, will be jet lagged and have not trained with the team for a long time. Against the log leaders who just gave the team we lost to last weekend a hiding. I am not comfortable with that.

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.10.11 20:49:49 by war1 Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : So you imply they are tired? 🙄 🙄 🙄

    Is that why they could only half manage a self shortened WC campaign? 😀

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.10.11 05:44:17 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 15) : don’t put words in my mouth. 🙂

    What I AM saying is they will be having a VERY long season with hardly any breaks from Feb to Oct next year. And that is only the actual playing weekends, let’s not forget the training during the buildup to that. And before that there is an EOYT I believe.

    They need the break when they can get it.

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.10.11 05:50:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Okay you were ‘misunderstood’ 😈 😆

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.10.11 06:03:27 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Rob, it doesn’t matter what boks we get back, because the achilles heel of the Sharks has- and will continue to be the midfield so long as Terblanche, Bosman and Marius Joubert hang around.

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.10.11 06:57:13 by CapeShark Reply
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  • The Boks should rest! 💡

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.10.11 07:07:28 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 19) : Maybe Odwa and Beast can join up as they didn’t play that much.

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.10.11 07:33:30 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 20) :

    Given the big rest before the start of 2012 season, I think all Springboks should be allowed to play CC.

    Unfair? Maybe.

    With the Sharks anyway, all the players besides JP Pietersen had a lot of rest, and I’d argue being on the wing makes him less prone to injuries from being ‘overplayed’.

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.10.11 07:53:11 by hendrikp Reply

  • Also a perfect opportunity to try some combinations before the start of the Super 15.

    Give Willem Alberts the 7 jersey, continue with Deysel at 4, and when Kankowski comes back use him as a jumper at the tail.

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.10.11 07:55:51 by hendrikp Reply

  • The Lions will probably send a B team down to Durbar resting their key players since they secured the top spot. Their is no reason why the Sharks need to play their Boks against the Lions, give them a rest and play them in the semi and final

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.10.11 08:00:41 by Mutley Reply
  • We are going to smoke wp 30-10 again in the final.

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.10.11 08:07:12 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • This must be the lions worst nightmare. They probably going to get knocked out in semi’s which means home final for us.

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.10.11 08:24:10 by cody0007 Reply

  • @ commnet 19,

    The same goes for Bissie and Willem. Both were impact players and as such, are ready to play. However, i feel they should come on in the second half as the effects of jetlag will take its toll.

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.10.11 08:26:41 by dawj Reply

  • yes please bis to play, lineouts in shambles

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.10.11 08:29:45 by cody0007 Reply

  • Guys,

    This is omething i wanted to talk about after the CC but watching Kia Ora last night, i have cahnged my mind.

    The backroom satff of Plum and Hugh Reece Edwards has not worked for the Sharks. Yes we have won a CC but we have certainly gone backwards in sofar as suoerrugby is concerened and this year’s CC has been a shambles.

    What about Mallet as a replacement coach. He has made it clear that he is not interested in the Springbok’s coaching position but is available for something else. i know that the 1999 debacle may still be fresh in some people’s minds but since he had come out publically and apologised to Gary for his omission, i am prepared to have him as the coach.

    Your thoughts please 😳

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.10.11 08:33:47 by dawj Reply

  • The Lions in the Super xv pushed a full strength WP to the wire in both games and played to a 30 all draw against the Sharks, who says that these game in the semi and final won’t go their way, don’t underestimate the Lions, they may only get 2 Boks but all their players are on form both mentally and physically while the Boks might be mentally scared

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.10.11 08:36:24 by Mutley Reply
  • Personally I believe that all the Sharks Boks that played should be rested and let those guys that have been playing continue to get experience. The Sharks looked better in patches on Sat but they still making silly errors and just seem to lose concentration. Im still not convinced about the captaincy. Playing badly we somehow made the Semis…how we will fare in the knockouts…who knows!

  • Comment 30, posted at 10.10.11 08:41:47 by SheldonK Reply

  • I actually think some of the Boks played less rugby than they would have had they played in the CC.

    So far teams in the CC played 13 games. During the same time the boks only played 9… and if you take into consideration that many of them was rested for some of these games and others weren’t used that much or as much as they would have been used by their onions, then they should be fine to play.

    Odwa and Beast for example, Alberts and Bissie were only used of the bench. Jannie and JP played only 5 of these games as they didn’t go on the overseas leg of the tri nations and were rested once during the world cup. I think Lambie actually got the most games under his belt, as he played for the Sharks when he was not selected and ended up playing in all but one WC game.

    If anything I think this is a good time to see what we have for next years s15 campaign…as @hendrikp (Comment 22) : said.

  • Comment 31, posted at 10.10.11 08:45:12 by Letgo Reply
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  • @dawj (Comment 28) : Mallet has said he is not interested in coaching in SA..i think he means as a provincial or national coach. I think Plum is a good head coach but does need quality assistance and i dont think he is getting that at the moment.

  • Comment 32, posted at 10.10.11 08:46:26 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 31) :

    Repeat what I said :mrgreen:

  • Comment 33, posted at 10.10.11 10:28:24 by hendrikp Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : Aren’t they playing in Bloem?

  • Comment 34, posted at 10.10.11 12:14:03 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 34) : SS has it as Bloem.

  • Comment 35, posted at 10.10.11 12:18:32 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 30) : I disagree. We`re in desperate need of results here. We`ve already lost the home ground advantage for the final, lets at least secure a home semi final. We need the revenue to pay Lambie next year remember.

  • Comment 36, posted at 10.10.11 12:28:16 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 34) : I don’t pay much attention to WHERE the game is, I just believe the Chaatahs will take 5 from it. 🙂

  • Comment 37, posted at 10.10.11 12:32:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 36) : Haha yeh look id love to be watching the Semi and Final at Kings Park…but id also like to see the Sharks Boks fit and healthy and raring to go in next years Super 15 than see them possibly get injured in the Currie Cup this year as they are tired. I guess its up to the guys that pay their salaries…i know i cant tell my boss “sorry i cant work this week im tired from the last few months.”

  • Comment 38, posted at 10.10.11 12:37:08 by SheldonK Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 37) : 😈

  • Comment 39, posted at 10.10.11 12:46:38 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Well done Sharkiesssssssssss

    Well with the Boks nearlly at home are they going to join the CC squad i hope so we need them to kick some bud and get to the top of the log and have a home Semi and final :mrgreen:

  • Comment 40, posted at 10.10.11 16:30:16 by chaz Reply

  • Sorry SW afternoon all 🙂

  • Comment 41, posted at 10.10.11 16:30:44 by chaz Reply


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