Richard Ferguson

Sharks show commitment in beating Boland

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 11 Feb 2012 at 10:33
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The Sharks took on the First Division Champs in Boland on Friday night, in what was the only home friendly for the Sharks. The Sharks managed to run in ten tries and keep Boland scoreless in a good run out for the squad of 28, with the final score line reading 62 – 0.

The game started off with some intensity shown from both sides, and Boland gave everything to keep the Sharks out for the first quarter. The Sharks kept the pressure on Boland, camping in their 22m but not quite putting the last pass or last player away.

Michalak was key in the first try, taking a quick tap from a penalty awarded to the Sharks after Pat Lambie was tackled high, and Viljoen barged over for the first five pointer. Lambie duly converted for a seven point lead on 18 minutes.

The message clearly was to keep the ball amongst the forwards after that first try, and it did not take long for the pack to show their domination and send over Bismarck, after really good work amongst the big men. Pietersen scored the third and final try for the first half, after amazing work from Odwa and Viljoen, the interplay between these players something to see. Lambie converted both these tries for a 21 – 0 scoreline at half time.

The first half ended on a bit of a sour note for Boland, after Keegan Daniel was spear tackled and the Boland inside centre was duly shown the red card by Craig Joubert. Boland, now with 14 men, managed to keep an enthusiastic Sharks outfit at bay until 5 minutes after the half time hooter, with the men in Black and White showing immense commitment.

The second half saw the changes being made, and I expected the Sharks play to fall to pieces, but it was as if everything clicked into gear, and managed another seven tries in the second forty. Sithole, Mvovo, Jordaan and two each from Coetzee and Mthembu saw an even split amongst forward and backs.

The front row of Chadwick, Bismarck and Herbst seemed to function well, not taking a step back in the scrums. This will obviously get even better once Jannie returns. Chadwick got a solid 60 minutes at loosehead, until Herbst replaced him on that side of the scrum for the last twenty.

Sykes and Bresler were good in the lineouts, with Bismarck finding his jumpers without too much of a problem. Sykes does look to be what the Sharks needed in terms of being an enforcer, with great work in the tight. Bresler impressed with some massive hits on defence, and also being quick to the breakdown.

Pieter-Steph du Toit was solid on the side of the scrum, and must have been disappointed to be taken off at half time, when Kankowski took over on the flank. He did put in a good few hits on defence, but seemed busier in the tight stuff, hitting rucks like he would as a lock.

Daniel had a good game, taking the ball up with great enthusiasm, but I suspect if he carries on going into tackles and running into the defence the way he does, he will get injured sooner rather than later. His captaining skills have not really been put to the test as yet, so we will have to wait for the Bulls encounter to judge that.

Coetzee was brilliant off the back of the scrum, putting in a good few runs and scoring two good tries, and will be happy with the 60 odd minutes he got in the game, after playing 30 minutes in each half after going off with some blood. He does stand at first receiver quite a bit, and was adamant to fulfill the Alberts/Deysel role of just charging up at the defence, without looking to get rid of the ball and get the backline to move.

The halfbacks gelled quite well, with Michalak getting Lambie quick ball, and he seems to have quite a good understanding of time and space, putting the ball in front of Lambie when there is a chance to run with it. Lambie had solid service all night, and really got the backline away well. He had a few brilliant moments of putting Odwa and JPP away after the quick men ran off his shoulder. The backline running and angles of said runs seems to have been a specific area the team has worked on.

Whitehead and JPP worked well together for a combination running together for the first time. Whitehead was ideal inside JPP, trying to put away the big centre at every opportunity. Both centres showed immense defence, putting in big hits all over the park.

The back three had a lot more ball to run with, and made the most of it. Their communication on defence was also a point to note, with Boland looking to have clear overlaps but never actually having the space to move in, with the defensive lines of the wingers and Viloen working like magic.

Of the replacement, Mthembu had a storming 10 minutes in the first half, putting in a few huge hits, and then played 10 minutes at the end to score two good tries. He gets stuck in at ruck time and seems to have worked on his workrate. A very positive game for the young eighthman.

Paul Jordaan looked really good in the second half, running at outside centre and in combination with Marius Joubert running inside him, the two looked really good together. Whatever Joubert had for lunch, he should have more of, he ran into space, drew defenders and brilliantly put away both Jordaan and Mvovo for their respective tries.How much this has to do with Boland being a man short, and being tired after playing almost two new teams in each half, remains to be seen.

Overall, the Sharks showed commitment and quite the killer edge for just a friendly game, and the passing interplay between forward and backs, especially when a player takes contact, it seems that the team has worked on keeping the ball alive instead of going to ground and trying again. All in all, a good work out for the boys, and I am really excited to see what they can do against the Bulls in two week’s time.


  • Sorry for the length of the report, tried to make it as thorough as possible..

    Also forgot to mention that Jacques Botes attempted to convert the final try, as a joke, and failed miserably..

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.02.12 10:35:59 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : still nice report Richard , by the way you havea typo if you quickly want to fix it, you typed slid instead of solid 😉

    here is the paragraph
    he front row of Chadwick, Bismarck and Herbst seemed to function well, not taking a step back in the scrums. This will obviously get even better once Jannie returns. Chadwick got a slid 60 minutes at loosehead, until Herbst replaced him on that side of the scrum for the last twenty.

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.02.12 11:09:32 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Thanks Richard, the devil is in the detail and all that.

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.02.12 11:11:21 by LordHope Reply

  • Thanks Rich – excellent detail to make up for the fact that it wasn’t televised and that this was a key indicator of wat 2012 SR holds.

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.02.12 11:12:01 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Do you guys think the Sharks are favourites for the SA conference or do you agree with Sportsbet that the Stormers should top the SA log?

    According to Sportsbet the finishing order will look something like this :
    Cheetahs, which should see the Cheetahs drop out of the super 15 altogether ?

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.02.12 11:15:57 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Jordaan at 13, Yes, Please…IMO he is best suited to 13; but can come on as a 12 if needed as an impact player…if The Sharks find themselves behind on the scoreboard. Joubert still offers much; i just don’t like the fact that he gets paid soo much, and that he might be blocking a youngster for a year or so. But even after the 2 weeks of conditioning he had during the CC last year he looked a lot better…just shows how brilliant The Sharks Fitness and conditioning coaches are; they took a player that looked very average and sluggish in the CC, and turned him into a starting lineup contender for Superugby.

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.02.12 11:16:38 by JJR Reply
  • Hiyas Pierre, let the Stormers and Bulls be the favourites 😉 we will not count our chickens just yet :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.02.12 11:17:20 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 5) : Hell No, Stormers Front Row will struggle in the scrums, and they don’t have too much depth, a couple of injuries in one position and they are screwed. Sharks have a very strong squad…Loosehead is the only area that might need some reinforcement. Sharks will def. win the SA Conference.

    Lions will finish Bottom 4 sure.

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.02.12 11:19:58 by JJR Reply
  • According to sports24 boland were allowed to replace the player that got in the second half boland was not a player down. 15vs15

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.02.12 11:24:39 by juba_fan Reply

  • @juba_fan (Comment 9) : Good to know; so Sharks did very well not to concede any points in this game.

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.02.12 11:30:11 by JJR Reply
  • Very well I’d say.looking very promising so far

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.02.12 11:36:14 by juba_fan Reply

  • Great Report, thanks Richard.

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.02.12 11:38:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @JJR (Comment 8) : I agree with you to a certain extent. Yes the Stormers will have our number in the centres and amongst the locks maybe, but overall we should be in better shape.

    Just thinking about the long term implications for FS, should they finish last of the SA sides. Would this mean guys like Robert Ebersohn, Brussouw, Goosen etc will relocate to the Windy City?

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.02.12 11:39:38 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 6) : No. 🙂

    They took a sluggish player from the CC and put him in a SR team against a 1st Div team and made him look better.

    He still doesn’t deserve a SR starting spot.

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.02.12 11:41:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I think people are underestimating the Cheetahs, their team this year looks pretty good , i have a feeling they gonna be a surprise

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.02.12 11:42:50 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • lol MJ is gonna have very few sharks supporter fans it seems 😆

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.02.12 11:44:35 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • with reports comming through fast and furious that sharks midfield is looking good is going to make for interesting selction posers come match days?


    And only 2 spots available 🙄 interesting it will be

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.02.12 11:48:04 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 15) : Hey don`t take my word for it, that`s what Sportsbet thinks.

    @sharks_lover (Comment 17) : What selection poser?
    Whitehead and JPP to start with Jordaan on the bench. Sorted.

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.02.12 11:51:10 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 13) : I think the Cheetahs would be too full of sh*t to let them out of their contracts IMO.

    Also don’t forget that Goosen will probably be kicking any and every penalty awarded to the Cheetahs ensuring that they won’t lose as many as we think.

    Prediction: Cheetahs to be as crap as ever but to win more games with a massive number of points coming from PKs for them.

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.02.12 11:52:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 18) : My thoughts exactly the, the two hasbeens can mentor youngsters at VC level.

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.02.12 11:54:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Hiya lads.

    New here but know several of you on the site that shall not be named.

    Anyone have a clue if Fransie is going to be coming back at some point during the season?

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.02.12 11:54:50 by trupisero Reply

  • @Original Pierre (Comment 18) : lol pierre , not doubting ur word mate

    Well thats ur choice and prolly mine , but reports saying bosman for example is looking much better then last year , and has worked hard in pre season

    so who knows

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.02.12 11:56:15 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @trupisero (Comment 21) : truip, who knows?? all speculation right now

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.02.12 11:57:49 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 13) : I really doubt they will finish last, they have the quality to top the Lions, commitment can only take a team so far in a long superugby season, Cheetahs have more quality than the Lions.

    Stormers centres and Locks, yes starting centres and locks probably better than ours, but no depth. We have 5 locks fighting for places in The Sharks squad. Stormers just have Bekker, Elstadt and Etzebeth, couple of injuries and they in trouble. Even more so in the centres. JDV and JDJ, Juan is actually not the fastest 13 in the world, and if one gets injured we will see Habana at 13…so really they only have 2 proper and experienced centres. We have a lot more options. Stormers have a good starting lineup; but also how far is Van Aswegan gonna be able to take them…he is still a young bloke.

    In short i back The Sharks for the whole tournment, our depth will help us perform consistently well throughout the tournament, and not in patches. I do like Bekker, though…i wish he was at The Sharks, he has some skills and talents that no other lock in the world has. Plus he is also the tallest 🙂

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.02.12 11:59:22 by JJR Reply
  • @trupisero (Comment 21) : If you mean Frans Steyn I think the latest rumour said something about him joining the Cheetahs, which means he might be part of the Southern Kings next year.
    Hey, EP and Border are our feeder unions just like Boland belongs to the Stormers. If the Stormers could call up Bolla, does this mean the Sharks will be able to call up someone if the Kings eventually sign someone we might select?

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.02.12 11:59:36 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Thanks SL.

    Would be a real boost to the side if he did. Watching some monster drops of him on youtube last night…eish.

  • Comment 26, posted at 11.02.12 11:59:49 by trupisero Reply

  • @trupisero (Comment 21) : I doubt he will be coming back. I suspect his snake, oops sorry I meant agent, was only making noises about returning to drive up his contract re-negotiation value.

    I keep asking myself the questions
    1) Why would a player return to his country for Bok selection the year AFTER a RWC?
    2) Why would his snake, ag I’m not gonna correct that, say that Steyn wants to come back to SA and then a week later go to France to have “discussions” with his current club?

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.02.12 12:00:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) : I never said he must start, i said he has a shot…i’m not the coach…i wouldn’t start him, and if he does start i would pop him at 12…def. not 13, too slow. He defends well and he carries hard, so 12 will be his best possie at this late stage in his career. I actually like the whitehead/JPP combo and then Jordaan off the bench. But we have many options and possible combinations available.

  • Comment 28, posted at 11.02.12 12:02:05 by JJR Reply
  • @trupisero (Comment 21) : Oh and Welcome to SW, enjoy.

    Have you entered our Fantasy League and Last Man Standing yet?

  • Comment 29, posted at 11.02.12 12:02:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 27) : I tend to agree with you on this, it does not make sense, i have a feeling he will stay in France

  • Comment 30, posted at 11.02.12 12:03:09 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 29) : superbru takes enough time, not time for fantasy leagues too!

  • Comment 31, posted at 11.02.12 12:04:43 by trupisero Reply

  • @JJR (Comment 28) : No worries, I didn’t say you did. 🙂 That’s why my comment on him starting was a new paragraph. 🙂

  • Comment 32, posted at 11.02.12 12:08:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 32) : Sweet, my mistake 😳

  • Comment 33, posted at 11.02.12 12:10:01 by JJR Reply
  • @trupisero (Comment 31) : Then Join Last Man Standing. It’s EASY, you just have to pick one winning team each week. :mrgreen:

    If you get it wrong you are eliminated. What could be easier than that? 😈

  • Comment 34, posted at 11.02.12 12:10:56 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • i also stopped playing SB etc , one weel i remember, the next i forget lol, so i never stand a chance

  • Comment 35, posted at 11.02.12 12:15:33 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 34) : Cool, will take a look. Will have organise to get to a game in SA this year. Poms game looking good on the calender so far.

  • Comment 36, posted at 11.02.12 12:16:27 by trupisero Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 34) : Ok, at risk of browsing thru the whole site, where do I find last shark swimming?

  • Comment 37, posted at 11.02.12 12:21:03 by trupisero Reply

  • Ok, daft of me. Just read the post properly 😳

  • Comment 38, posted at 11.02.12 12:25:45 by trupisero Reply

  • @JJR (Comment 24) : Pre-season is always the time to let the optimism run freely but we need to outgun the Stormers with the quality we put on the park when the real season gets underway and injuries take its toll, before we start boasting about our quantity backup.

    To win SR or give yourself the best shot at it, its about the 15 players on the park delivering the goods and in recent seasons the Stormers have shown a far greater aptitude to acheiving this goal than we have.

    For the matter at lock, de Kock Steenkamp and a fit Quinn Roux add depth to their second row. We have locks who weren’t backed to fit the role in the last CC. The opportunity to play Grant at inside centre and bring in an up and coming youngster like JP du Plessis at 13, means they’re not a lost cause at centre either. We will look to an untested players at a high level – JPP and Whitehead, inexperience in the form of Jordaan and a few question-marks alongside the both our 2 older centres.

    In the last couple of years the Stormers have been really good at minimising disruptions caused to their overall performance by unavailability of players thru injury. We need to show that same kind of ability with our backups. And not just the ones at lock and centre. Look at our quality depth concern areas like prop and scrumhalf.

  • Comment 39, posted at 11.02.12 12:39:48 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 39) :

    Beet, were you at the game last night?

  • Comment 40, posted at 11.02.12 12:41:34 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I’m really happy Whitehead was given a shot first up. I think it goes to show that Plum wasn’t settled on the centre combo. This next selection for the Kings game will show his hand tho. Barring injury setbacks, I expect the run on team to be the one doing duty in SR week 1.

    I know that Lambie falls far short of biggest guy on the park status and has filled the 12 berth beautifully in the past but it will take a bit of getting use to if Tim Whitehead gets the nod for the 12 jersey for the opening game of SR.

    Tim is not as solidly built as Pat and whereas Pat is a master at playing on or near the gainline, the relative lightweight Whitehead remains a bit of an enigma at filling this kind of role at 12. Yet the prospect of him starting remains an exciting one in my books.

  • Comment 41, posted at 11.02.12 12:49:00 by beet Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 40) : No Rich. Had a date with my maxillofacial surgeon earlier in the day and made the call to take his advice and rather stay home in the interests of my health.

    Good work (as usual) subbing for a live TV camera with this report.

  • Comment 42, posted at 11.02.12 12:52:24 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 42) :

    I have no idea what those doctors do, but I hope everything is okay!

    I would have liked to hear your thoughts on what went on..

  • Comment 43, posted at 11.02.12 12:59:05 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @trupisero (Comment 38) : 🙂

  • Comment 44, posted at 11.02.12 13:04:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 15) : I’m also amazed by people that think FS will finish last! The SA conference is very close…anything can happen.

  • Comment 45, posted at 11.02.12 13:09:20 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 43) : They do facial / jaw reconstruction, give you hollywood smiles, even take out wisdom teeth…all in all they make moola!! 😉 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 46, posted at 11.02.12 13:40:29 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 46) : dagse tannie ysblokkie :mrgreen:

  • Comment 47, posted at 11.02.12 13:53:28 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 46) : I went in for the wisdom teeth option but today it looks like it came with a complimentary Louis Ludik look jaw reconstruction :mrgreen:

  • Comment 48, posted at 11.02.12 14:18:24 by beet Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 47) : Haya T!

    @beet (Comment 48) : My hubbie went a few months ago also with one of them “make your smile pretty” drs…have to say though, he did not have ANY swelling – i was rather impressed with the blokes work!

    Good luck with that LL impersonation! LOL 😆

  • Comment 49, posted at 11.02.12 14:31:52 by Ice Reply
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  • Culling Song has been strangely quiet on this thread. 😈

  • Comment 50, posted at 11.02.12 19:24:53 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 50) : All the Guiness and Talisker last night, coupled with a daughter that woke at around 05h00 this morning has rendered me inoperable…

  • Comment 51, posted at 11.02.12 20:10:48 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 51) : and there I was thinking it’s because your mate MJ had a good game.

  • Comment 52, posted at 11.02.12 20:52:23 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I hear that the current sa superugby teams are treatning too withdraw from the 2013 sr if one of the teams are going to be replaced.

    Nou is saru in hul moer want wat doen hulle as die sogenaamde groot 5 hulle aan die kompetisie ontrek.

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