Sharks burgle another in Cape Town

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, WP on 11 Aug 2012 at 20:53
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Jean Deysel has lead the Sharks to a 25-23 win over Western Province in an entertaining match at Newlands, in the ABSA Currie Cup.

The Sharks started poorly and seemed to get on the wrong side of ref Louwrens van der Merwe early on, with a slew of baffling penalties going the way of the home side in the first half. A single penalty by Meyer Bosman late in the period was the only reply for the Durbanites, with Tiaan Liebenberg scoring a try to go with 8 points from the boot of Joe Pietersen. WP 13, Sharks 3 at the break and the visitors with it all to do in the second half.

With the wind at his back, though, up stepped Riaan Viljoen, delivering a masterclass performance at flyhalf to which the men in the striped jerseys (all 16 of them) had no answer. First it was a deft chip through that set up a cracking try to Paul Jordaan, then a high, hanging kick-off which saw Craig Burden bustle over for the first of two tries. The second score from Burden took the Sharks out to a 22-16 lead, which they appeared to be holding quite comfortably despite WP pressure, when Jacques Botes was yellow-carded for a silly trip. The resulting loss of oomph upfront, as the Sharks were reduced to seven forwards, saw Province skipper Deon Fourie driven over for a typical lineout-maul try and Province were back in front by a point, with just a few minutes left to play.

Not that our man Tjoppie was to be dismayed, though, coolly slotting the drop goal that sealed the win almost straight away, along with making so many of the crucial tackles that kept Province scoreless as the minutes ticked down to an unlikely Sharks victory.

Scorers: WP (23): Tries: Liebenberg, Fourie. Conversions: Pietersen (2). Penalties: Pietersen (3).
Sharks (25): Tries Jordaan, Burden (2). Conversions: Bosman (2). Penalty: Bosman. Drop-Goal: Viljoen


  • To many x factor players for the WeePeers to deal with.

    Disappointed with Mthembu and Sykes.

    Impressed with Reinach!

    Jordaan either needs to rest up ,or harden up. I don’t know what his story is ,presumably carrying an injury –nonetheless an unbelievable try.

    Burden was great however needs to put some work in on his set piece.

    WP; Defence wins you games _Sharks; No ,it helps ,but you can’t win unless you score…

    WP need to tweak their philosophy .

    Deon Fourie, Tian Liebenberg and Gio Aplon look like tools . Gio reminds me of a mongoose ,bravery in numbers…

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.08.12 21:26:03 by Talent Reply
  • That was a “smash and grab” from the men in black and white…well done Sharks!

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.08.12 21:28:47 by Ladyshark Reply

  • And Deysel needs to come into the game more

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.08.12 21:31:53 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 1) :
    Agree with everything you say. Reinach has huge potential, but I am concerned about his kicking. Today was a day where clever kicks by the scrummie would have helped, yet he never did. Instead Viljoen was under a bit of pressure. I wonder if it’s cos he doesn’t have a good boot? He has just about everything else.

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.08.12 22:46:50 by Big Fish Reply
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  • well done too the boys I really didn’t expect us to win this one but they proved me wrong in the second halve great effort,

    jeez was this ref the worst ever, hy kon net sowel n blou en wit trui aangehaad het hoop nie ek sien hom gou weer nie, geen span verdien om hom as skeidsregter te kry nie

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.08.12 23:11:35 by BR Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 4) : Still young ,looks tough!

    @BR (Comment 5) : Regarding the ref ; I don’t think he was bad ,got one or two calls against the Sharks wrong but he’s a rookie ,no? Need to blood them somewhere …

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.08.12 23:41:29 by Talent Reply
  • Considering the weather, and the fact that we only had a week of prep and many of our players were still suffering a wee bit of jet lag, I thought it was a fantastic performance.

    I wasn’t impressed with the ref, there were some dodgy calls – Sharks pinged for sealing off when it was WP going off their feet or not rolling away, penalising the Sharks for not releasing yet repeatedly “coaching” Province instead of going to his whistle, etc.

    Whilst Jacques Botes probably did deserve the yellow for the cynical trip, Deon Fourie – apparently a leader worthy of having the title “Captain” bestowed upon him – got away with deliberately throwing the ball, with some force, into the face of Gouws Prinsloo, and got away with it. The little inconsistencies bugged me, but he wasn’t guilty of any game-changing, bad decisions.

    Thought Reinach was good, Viljoen was fantastic and Burden was epic in the loose. Some of the youngsters looked a little undercooked, but that was to be expected. Always fun to ruin Matt Pierce’s evening – his disappointment whenever the Sharks beat WP/Stormers is always so gloriously obvious.

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.08.12 02:02:59 by MerckZ Reply

  • Any truth in the Rumour that the Sharks put in a formal request to Sarfu to move all their home games to Newlands?

    ” We Love It Here! ” :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.08.12 08:09:46 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Not just Matt Pierce, but Bob as well. The difference in tone is tangible.

    Also wished that somebody pulls Mr Ref into a maul and ruck him. Or into a ruck and maul him!!

    The Tjop “experiment” paid off nicely. But I think the youngsters were a bit wide eyed and runners like Sithole and Prinsloo were not in the game that much. But the weather could possibly be to blame. And Sykes is the “senior” tight five player but was largely anonymous. Bar Jordaan (injured again?), I would play the same team next week.

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.08.12 08:43:34 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • That garden gnome captain of problems is a genuine role model isn’t he? 🙄

    Between the pair of him and mr. ref it’s hard to decide who irritates me most.

    Worst about mr. ref was how buddy-buddy he was with the problems players, laughing at every joke like a blushing 14 yr. old – they never did say for which province he played cravenweek 😯

    And Bobby once again stumbling over his words as he came up with his many “why the ref gave the penalty” interpretations – nobody thought of sending him for “rugby for dummies and commentators” course yet? 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.08.12 08:55:20 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Love the heading, love the win. Love the Sharks! 😛

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.08.12 09:23:49 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 6) : Talent watched him ref before (bulls vs griquas & Stormers vs Rebels) had shockers in both aswell, if this is the direction refs in SA is going it is going to be painfull to watch rugbyand ultimately the Boks is going to suffer from it in the long run

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.08.12 10:38:26 by BR Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 10) : you thought those two were bad you should have heard Paulse,ek dog hy kry n hartaanval toe ons, ons eerste dry druk en sy provinsialisme is om van naar te word

    I think commentators shouldn’t be allowed to commentate if their team are playing

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.08.12 10:43:01 by BR Reply
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  • @BR (Comment 13) : Or at least give us a choice of biased commentary.

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.08.12 11:34:26 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @BR (Comment 12) : I know they have to blood new refs, but Jason Jafta was running touch and he’s a much better refereeing prospect – there are a maximum of three games a weekend with the new Currie Cup structure, they’re not exactly stretched thin. If we have strength-versus-strength teams, then surely we should get the strongest referees to officiate them?

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.08.12 11:38:44 by MerckZ Reply

  • I think the boys did well under all the circumstances but there are 2 major concerns for me. 1) our forwards were absolutely bullied. It was horrible. If one takes into consideration how we bullied them (yes albeit with our better pack) 2 weeks ago I am nervous about our depth in the forwards, but I think we can put that down FOR NOW to our inexperienced pack. Secondly centres…I think our long-term solution is Jordaan but damn the kid is getting hurt on a weekly basis now and let’s not pussy-foot around each other, Maruis Joubert ain’t cutting it. When Tim comes back and Jordaan is operational again, that would probably be the best pairing we can come up with

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.08.12 15:27:02 by Ajsharky Reply

  • I agree with the Jafta comment,huge potential & he doesnt get intimidated like some others. Didnt watch the game but heard the bulls game the ref had a shocker. But as always there isnt any way to discipline the shocking refs. They are golden boys who are untouchable

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.08.12 17:30:12 by Dunx Reply

  • ek dink hulle moet die hele sharks span kies vir die springbokke want hulle weet hoe om op nuweland te wen;)

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.08.12 20:21:42 by robinrochelle Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 17) : weird I taugth Rasta had a reasonably good game, probably the best ref on the weekend and one of the best young refs around

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.08.12 23:18:03 by BR Reply
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  • WHO DAT SAY YOU GONNA BEAT DEM SHARKS?!?!!!!! #sharksforever!!! #whodat?!!

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.08.12 06:47:38 by The Shark Reply

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  • Whahoooooo!!!
    Man dis lekker om te wen…

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.08.12 07:11:36 by Franshark Reply
  • Nice to be able to consistently put one over the mountain men, because let’s face it, in 2011 the Stormers pretty much made us their biatches…

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.08.12 07:52:26 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Has to be said: The ref was pi$$ poor!!!!!!!!!! What a bunch of suspicious decisions he made…. LOL!!!! When he awarded that try to WP Deon Fourie, you couldn’t even see the ball, and he scrambled around the ruck like a mad rabbit to try and see it for about 20 seconds. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.08.12 07:52:37 by SharksRTB Reply


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