Sharks XV set up Bulls quarter-final clash

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 30 Apr 2012 at 09:19
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Sean Everitt’s Sharks XV side secured home ground advantage in the Vodacom Cup play-offs this weekend, with a hard-fought win away over the Pampas XV seeing them take second place on the overall South Section log. Their dubious reward, though, will be a quarter-final showdown against the Blue Bulls at Kings Park this weekend.

It was a fairly typical performance from the Sharks second-stringers, who ran out to a huge 19-0 lead through three good tries, before resting on their laurels and allowing the Pampas boys to come back strongly. First-half tries by the impressive Paul Jordaan, Cobus Reinach and Sbura Sithole, two of which were converted by Gouws Prinsloo, did little to dampen the spirit in the Pampas team and they proceeded to whittle away at the deficit through the boot before scoring their first try to put the visitors under pressure.

That score seemed to sting them back into life, albeit briefly, when Sithole scored his second to secure the bonus point. The Argentinians hit back with their second not long afterwards and it took a late penalty from Prinsloo to finally seal the result, bringing up the Sharks’ 30th point in the process. Pampas replacement flyhalf Benjamin Madero had the final say, though, slotting a last-second drop goal to ensure a bonus point from the 24-30 defeat, in the process securing fourth-place for his side and eliminating Boland from the play-off race.

Everitt and his team will now have their work cut out for them against the Bulls, a side that the Sharks have historically struggled to beat in the Vodacom Cup due in no small part to more established junior structures and generally stronger depth in Pretoria. With a number of the players who took part on Saturday – including Odwa Ndungane, Jean Deysel, Ryan Kankowski, Marius Joubert and Beast Mtawarira – unavailable for the quarter-final due to eligibility constraints, there will be little continuity going into the game and a feeling that, for the umpteenth time this season, the Sharks XV will be starting from scratch.

The only slight silver lining here is that, with the senior Bulls on tour, at least a few fringe Super Rugby players will be missing from their Vodacom Cup squad this weekend.

Pampas XV 24 (3) Sharks XV 30 (19) :
Pampas XV: – Tries: Facundo Barrea, Manuel Madero. Conversion: Benjamin Madero. Penalties: Santiago Gonzales Iglesias, Benjamin Madero. Drop Goals: Santiago Gonzales Iglesias, Benjamin Madero.
Sharks XV: – Tries: Paul Jordaan, Cobus Reinach, Sibusiso Sithole (2). Conversions: Gouws Prinsloo (2). Penalties: Prinsloo (2).


  • Going to be a great battle the sharks xv will have to dig deep for this clash, Team fitness is great but we must get the wright combination going in the field as there will be a lot of changes, Let’s hope the guys like Piet lindeque and Jaco van tonder get game time,would like to see Brendan groenewald used as well. The forwards are going to battle it out upfront and the combination of Reinach and Zeilinga are getting better each week, there will have to be a solid Centre combination as the bull’s like hitting the line. The sharks xv will have to want to win this one to come out tops and play as a team, go sharks xv

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.04.12 09:48:42 by spyderco Reply
  • I actually found it disgusting that John Plumtree was on the sideline screaming orders during the second half. It’s Sean Everitt’s team and he should be allowed to coach it as he pleases. I know that Plum probably wanted to see some things about the “youngsters” and how some things might work but I didn’t think it was right.

    It was just after John started to pace up and down the side of the field and pass his orders on that the Pampas came back into the game. He’s already screwing the SupeRugby team up, leave the Vodacom Cup team alone.

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.04.12 11:12:04 by Butchie34 Reply
  • It seemed to have something to do with Beast’s substitution?

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.04.12 11:17:30 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 3) : I think it started around there, but he was there for the rest of the match passing on orders.

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.04.12 11:18:49 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Butchie34 (Comment 4) : So true, not nice being shouted at from everyone trying to give there input,Shuan’s the coach that’s it.

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.04.12 11:55:27 by spyderco Reply

  • @Butchie34 (Comment 4) : that’s pathetic

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.04.12 11:55:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : They showed him in the 1st half and he was sitting up in the stands making notes but for some reason in the 2nd half he decided he had to inject himself into the game and was on the sideline instead.

    Would pretty much be like Heyneke Meyer coming to watch the Sharks vs Highlanders this weekend and watches the match for the 1st half and then walks up and down the sideline in the 2nd half giving orders to the Sharks on how to play and what to do.

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.04.12 12:02:04 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Butchie34 (Comment 7) : if I were Everitt I’d hand in my notice.

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.04.12 12:18:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 7) : apart from anything else, surely at this level of the game it’s against the laws to have coaches screaming instructions from the sidelines?

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.04.12 12:19:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Pretty much. He may as well be the janitor who switches the lights off after everyone else leaves cos he’s not given much else to do.

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.04.12 12:19:42 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : That would be my thought as well but even the commentators mentioned how Plum was screaming instructions onto the field.

    Cos didn’t Rassie get into trouble sitting on the FS roof with his lights passing down instructions? Basically comes down to the same thing.

    Maybe the officials took a light view of it because he isn’t the “official” coach of the Sharks XV.

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.04.12 12:21:33 by Butchie34 Reply
  • Maybe Everitt should start coaching and instructing the Sharks on the sideline, like Plun did…we might actually then have a chance of winning! And a gameplan for that matter!

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.04.12 12:25:09 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 12) : Think it would be awesome.

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.04.12 12:26:47 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Ice (Comment 12) : If we make him Captain as well, then Keegan and the others just have to play!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.04.12 12:31:24 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Butchie34 (Comment 2) : Plumtree is Head coach as should be allowed to do as he did.

    Also remember Plumtree does what he does in the interest of the players and teams

    Sorry but i didnt see that as an issue as the vodacom cup players are also main team players or future main team players

    Obviously also Plum and Everitt ackonwledge each other and Everitt was full aware of Plum there and what he was doing

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.04.12 13:11:07 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • People sorry i dont agree with whats being said as there is surely a good understanding between these coaches

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.04.12 13:14:20 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Lets rather see the positives for last saturdays match.

    How good was Deysel?

    Kanko and Jordaan also had very good matches as well as Beast, although Beast was taking a bit of punishment in the scrums

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.04.12 13:20:00 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 15) : I agree that they can be pulled up into the SupeRugby comp at any time, but the Vodacom Cup is a different competition entirely and a separate team that has it’s own coach. Plum should be able to make suggestions and recommendations for how the team should be playing but to stand on the sideline during a match and passing instructions is despicable and undermines Sean Everitt.

    How would you feel if you were busy working and a colleague in a senior position (not your boss because I don’t think Plum is seen as Everitt’s boss) kept interfering with your work? You’d throw your toys and it’s no different here.

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.04.12 13:30:13 by Butchie34 Reply
  • i hear you mate but i dont think Plum was trying to be Everitts boss, anyhows i dont think Everiits saw it like that either

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.04.12 13:38:25 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 19) : No problem – I’m sure if Everitt had a problem with it, they’ll hash it out in private in Durban this week.

    Just annoyed with situation – Sharks XV were going great guns, they didn’t need some other coach chirping from the sideline.

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.04.12 13:40:43 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Butchie34 (Comment 2) : Also wasn’t happy that..

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.04.12 19:53:13 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @sharks_lover (Comment 16) : What did u expect Everitt to do? Walk down and tell Plum to get lost?

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.04.12 19:59:35 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @Butchie34 (Comment 7) : @sharks_lover (Comment 15) : @GreatSharksays (Comment 22) : I watched this game last night with these points in mind. What I saw was a shot of Everitt in the coaches box talking into a mic and the shot thereafter of Plum pacing the touch lines talking/giving instructions. There is no way of knowning wheter Plum was passing on what Everitt had seen from his vantage point or was giving other instructions about something he saw. All teams do this, coach from the box, but usually via the medics that patrol the sidedlines.

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.05.12 08:55:40 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 7) : If Heyneke Meyer did that sort of thing at Sharks games we’d probably be top of the log right now.

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.05.12 09:24:40 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 24) : And Lambie would be playing Vodacom Cup. 😈

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.05.12 09:28:19 by Salmonoid Reply
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