Richard Ferguson

Sharks XV bag full five

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Other SA Teams, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 30 Mar 2012 at 21:42
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The Sharks XV bagged the full five points against the SWD Eagles on Friday night at Kings Park, beating them 38 – 20 and scoring six tries to two in the process. This comes after the amazing game against the Free State last weekend, in which the Sharks XV also bagged the full points on offer.

The Eagles were the first on the board, with a penalty for the Sharks going offside. The Sharks hit back almost immediately, with Sithole rounding off a good move in the right hand corner. Gouws Prinsloo was tasked to take the kicks at goal in a wind that was brutal, gusting at over 50k/h, and the difficult kick from the side line was missed.

The SWD Eagles took the lead straight back with another penalty, but that was it from the men in green for the first half, with the Sharks totally dominating up front. The second try came from a SWD Eagles scrum in the Sharks half, which the Sharks front row annihilated, Reinach picked up the ball, ran 60m through much of the Eagles team to swallow dive under the posts. Prinsloo slotted the kick for a six point lead.

The Sharks continued to dominate with another three tries scored before half time, through Gouws Prinsloo, who took a quick tap after a good bit of play in the Eagles 22m, Rosco Specman going over for the bonus point try after a good sniping run and Brynard Stander completing the scoring for the first half with Prinsloo adding conversions for all three. Sharks XV led 33 – 6 at half time.

The second half got off to a great start, with the Sharks continuing the dominace and Tera Mthembu scoring a well worked try off a turnover. Prinsloo missed the difficult conversion attempt into the wind, for a 38 – 6 lead. This was to be the last of the scoring for the Sharks XV, as they duly geared down and allowed the Eagles to do all the running, scoring two converted tries, to pull back the deficit and end the game on 38 – 20.

The positives from the match were definitely the front row performance, totally dominating their opposition and getting at least three tightheads, two of which resulted in tries for the Sharks. The line out play in a very nasty weather was also superb.

Kyle Cooper, who was replaced soon after half time, had a very busy game, getting in a few of those barn storming runs we all love so much, and being a pain in the backside for the Eagles.

Both Peet Marais and Pieter-Steph du Toit looked full of play, dominating at lien out and both getting their mammoth frames all over the park.

Tera Mthembu showed promise as captain, being very vocal on the field and the players seemingly listening to what he had to say. He also had a good play in the loose, with a few deft touches and runs that remind me of the Ryan Kankowski we all miss so much.

Amongst the backs, Cobus Reinach stood out, as did Gouws Prinsloo, who played most of the second half at flyhalf, after Zeilinga left the field. Prinsloo has a mammoth boot on him and kicks very well at goal.

Both wingers were looking for work and were difficult to bring down once at full speed, both getting in on the try scoring act and looking good on defence and under the high ball.

Negatives from the match include that bad habit of the Sharks to take a second half nap and let the opposition back into the match. The handling in the first half, when it was still dry, was very poor, with a few counter attacking opportunities going a begging with dropped balls.

My personal man of the match would be Kyle Cooper, who is showing the kind of form that any Super Rugby team would love to have in their front row.


  • Well done Sharks XV. Would have loved to have seen this game.

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.03.12 21:57:14 by war1 Reply
  • Thanks Richard

    @war1 (Comment 1) : Same here

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.03.12 23:32:32 by Ben Reply
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  • Hey Rich, how did our centres perform? They seem to be the only guys who get no mention whatsoever

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.03.12 07:02:43 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 3) :

    They weren’t that great, to be very honest.

    They made little impact with ball in hand, and when on attack, they just shuffled onto the wings.

    Defensively, both Heimar and Wandile were solid. Mjekevu’s handling could do with a bit of work.

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.03.12 07:18:52 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Well done Sharkies 😎

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.04.12 09:35:57 by JarsonX Reply
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  • And Piet Lindeque? Did he come on in the 2nd?
    How was his play?

    To be a bit pesimistic….so they teach the Sharks from a young age to have a lack of killer instinct!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.04.12 11:02:24 by JustPlainSHARK Reply


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