Mistakes cost Sharks in Joburg

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Sharks on 23 Sep 2012 at 10:05
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John Plumtree must have been a frustrated man, after seeing his Sharks side squander a 16-6 half-time lead to go down 22-28 against the Lions at Coca-Cola Park last night.

The Sharks played the most enterprising rugby for much of the game, but had only two first-half tries to show for their efforts after a combination of frustrating mistakes on attack and some good defence from the Lions restricted their ability to score more. Odwa Ndungane and Cobus Reinach scored within minutes of each other, after the first half hour had seen a 6-all stalemate, despite the Sharks enjoying the bulk of possession and territory.

Indiscipline at the start of the second, though, allowed the Lions to claw their way back into the match, with Elton Jantjies in sublime form with the boot. He stroked three kicks over to get his side within a point, before the wheel turned and Meyer Bosman ended up with a kickable opportunity of his own. The Lions, though, were starting to find more space and form with ball in hand and the writing was well on the wall when they eventually did score, via left wing Combrinck, to take a single-point lead. Much controversy – and dare I say hilarity – ensued when the TMO, when called to intervene, somehow ignored a clear knock-on in the build-up to the try and instructed ref Jason Jafhta to award it.

The Sharks, clearly incensed at this injustice and now trailing by a point, threw everything into attack, but a silly chip by Paul Jordaan, followed by some average defence by Dale Chadwick, saw Lions loose forward Jaco Kriel (ironically the man guilty of the above-mentioned knock-on) race away to score the Lions’ second shortly afterwards. Jantjies, amazingly, missed the conversion of both tries, just as Meyer Bosman had done in the first half, leaving a 6-point deficit which the Sharks simply couldn’t overturn, despite a series of good scrum advantages close to the Lions’ line as time ran out.

With the 4-points gained, the Lions move up to clear first on the log, with 24, while the Sharks are now 3 behind on 21, thanks to the losing bonus point they picked up.

Scorers: Lions (28): Tries by Combrinck, Kriel. Penalties by Jantjies (6).
Sharks (22): Tries by Ndungane, Reinach. Penalties by Bosman (4).


  • jaco kriel left mcleod & co like they were in slo-mo… 🙂

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.09.12 10:47:54 by Megatron Reply
  • Tron sorry dude but not many will catch a man with a flying start, and as you saw Kriel is no slouch as any worthy flank should be!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.09.12 10:55:36 by CLASSIC SHARK Reply
  • At least we didnt get embarrased again 😈

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.09.12 11:01:58 by JarsonX Reply
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  • We should of won that game..I’m never going to coca cola park again..been 5 times in a row with a mate who is a lions supporter only to leave upset….reinach is a much better scrummy then mcloed..he is attacking and reminds me of a young kockett eager to make an impression..mcloeds pass that cost that try eish is all I can say..

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.09.12 11:30:59 by shaniboi Reply

  • 22 – 6 to the Lions in the second half. 😯

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.09.12 12:43:16 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 5) : ja – can’t really argue with that, can ya?

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.09.12 13:37:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • same kak tmo man that cost us in Kimberly. i believe he is a weeping province man.

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.09.12 13:55:47 by pete69 Reply

  • “followed by some average defence by Dale Chadwick”, how often does this happen… 🙄 and then the winning try for the opposite team…

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.09.12 15:23:03 by CapeShark Reply
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  • Just an interesting thought, what is the average age of the currie cup sides? Is sykes actually wanting to play for the sharks and how come we never really contest lineouts like we used to. The opposition seem to get clean ball often from lineouts

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.09.12 22:45:49 by Dunx Reply

  • Dale Chadwick seems to suffer from the same affliction that beset Meyer Bosman last year; while being a decent tackler, statistically, he seems to miss the tackles that matter.

    I hope that, like Meyer, he bounces back from it and returns a better player.

    And speaking of Meyer, Keegan’s performance yesterday once again demonstrated what an insufferably short-sighted, blinkered fool our Bok coach is.

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.09.12 09:21:20 by Culling Song Reply
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