Richard Ferguson

Sharks do the job

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, WP on 16 Sep 2012 at 12:56
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It was a case of mission accomplished for the Sharks, who managed to beat Western Province at a soaked Mr Price Kings Park by 16 points, and in the rain and wet managed to keep their cool and score a fourth try to secure the bonus point and stay in touch with the Lions, who sit atop the Currie Cup log.

It took a while for both teams to get used to a wet ball and wetter field, which could have caused a few to drown after a mammoth 200mm+ rain in two days in Durban, with Meyer Bosman and Demetri Catrakilis taking three pointers whenever they can in an attempt to keep the scoreboard moving.

It was the Sharks though who scored first, through stalwart Jacques Botes, which was also the only try of the first half, in a match that made scoring tries almost impossible. Bosman slotted three penalties and Catrakilis four, for a 16 – 12 half time score.

It was in the second half that the match picked up a bit of momentum. The Sharks kept the scoreboard busy, with Bosman slotting a further two penalties, before things started on a downward spiral for the men from the Cape. Jebb Sinclair and Jean Deysel got into a bit of shoving, after which the Canadian decided to floor Deysel, and duly received a straight red card. The TMO was called in to see what went down prior to the punch, which duly saw Deysel get a yellow, and spending ten in the bin.

This seemed to get both teams in try scoring mode, with the Sharks getting over the chalk for their second through Keegan Daniel, before Province hit back with a try from Louis Schreuder. This was the last bit of positive news for Western Province, with Tyrone Holmes getting a straight red card for punching a Shark player (I am not sure who he struck, the TV replay in the stands was terrible), and from the ensuing play, Jacques Botes scored his second try, and the third of the match.

Even though the stadium announcer told the crowd that the fourth try was scored, the team knew that they need one more to secure the five points. They attacked with everything they had, and even though they leaked a try through an interception from Louis Schreuder, eventually got the fourth on the hooter by way of penalty try. One feels though, that even if the penalty try was not given, the Sharks had enough momentum to secure the try anyway. This was after yet another WP player was carded, this time only a yellow card, and the Cape team trying to defend their lines with 12 players on the park.

What I enjoyed most about this game was the fact that the Sharks did not let the dirty play from Province get under their skins, and remained in control to achieve their objective, which was to win and get a bonus point. One feels WP tried to play the game in the same way Griquas did last week, with off the ball matters getting the better of the Sharks in Kimberley, but they were poor in execution, and it cost them three players off the park.

In all honesty, I never got the feeling that the Sharks were going to lose the game, with Meyer Bosman and his magnificent boot keeping the Sharks in the lead for almost the entire game. The pack did a great job in wet conditions, even though I do prefer Monde Hadebe on the park, whereas Dixon is a great bench player, Hadebe just gives the team another dimension.

Negatives from the game, I can only really comment on once I have seen a television replay of the match, as it is hard to make calls from the stands.


  • Both province tries should never have been, the first under the poles was a slight knock on and the second came from a bad (wrong) ref decision

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.09.12 14:09:50 by CLASSIC SHARK Reply
  • That said , the points diff would hav e then been in our favour and we would now be top..

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.09.12 14:11:29 by CLASSIC SHARK Reply
  • @CLASSIC SHARK (Comment 1) : Too true, before their second try they clearly carried the ball over their own try line. This happened direct in front of us, I don’t understand how the touch judge did not see it.

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.09.12 14:56:49 by KingRiaan Reply
  • The second red was when the WP player struck botes.

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.09.12 15:50:54 by Dunx Reply
  • Hi Rich! It was Botes that got an almost KO from the second red! Straight after he got a try.

    I think the refereeing was horrible and for the Sharks to come off this game with a try bonus point in a swimmingpool was excellent.

    I am extremely dissapointed with WP’s discipline, and I was thinking the same as you “thank goodness our team did not take the bait and stoop down low”!

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.09.12 16:35:00 by Ice Reply
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  • One thing that I am very happy with is our depth…

    Our tight forwards have been a huge success story in the early parts of the comp. Bresler and J Marias are making a formidable lock paring that I feel could go head to head with the best in SA next season, add to this young PSDT and P Marias who both look promising.
    Our hugely inexperienced front row decimated a front row with two hardened props who have been around the block. Province cant persist with Brok for much longer. Deysel has seen a huge rise in form and he is playing better rugby than Alberts.

    For me the most pleasing thing to emerge so far is one hugely capable understudy to Charl;someone who may even challenge him for the 9 jersey next year in Super Rugby. The second most pleasing thing is the form that Meyer Bosman and Rian Viljoen have shown. They both need to be commended on their top class play-making. Ludik needs a mention ,his defence and tenacity are proving to be the strong points of his game and to my mind he deserves to be looked at as a possible permanent solution for fullback in the future.

    The most concerning thing is the lack of form and fragility of some of our young outside backs ,namely Sithole and Jordaan ,who are incapable of communicating in defense. The two really need to step up big time ,they are playing well below their own capabilities.

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.09.12 17:30:07 by Talent Reply
  • I think yesterday was the day that Keegan Daniel showed his maturity at captain. Methinks Jean may not have been able to keep his cool and control the team as well as Keegs did. In the past I have doubted his ability as Capt – but yesterday he kept the team in line in the face of the most horrendous provocation.HM – your loss.

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.09.12 18:18:00 by Caratacus Reply

  • @Talent (Comment 6) :
    Couldn’t agree more on Jordaan and Sithole; tons of talent but rather one-dimensional on attack and uncommitted on defence.

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.09.12 18:57:45 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 5) : Was not even nearly an almost KO. Was nothing more than a little tap against Botes´s scrum cap and he didn´t even flinch.

    Sinclair´s short right hook, on the other hand, dropped Deysel like a sack of potatoes. 😯

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.09.12 19:05:03 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 6) : Unfortunately SA is full of hugely talented players like Sithole and Jordaan, who just don´t seem to have that extra bit needed to step up.

    Rhule of the Cheetahs showed exactly the same lack of composure against the Lions. He stepped a few players in his own 22 (a la Quade Cooper), made a great break and ran almost to the Lions 22. With a player on his outside he simply ran straight into the tackle. He didn´t look around for support until after he went to ground and didn´t even consider the chip over the last defender.

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.09.12 19:13:15 by rhineshark Reply
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