The Sharks almost give it away

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Other SA Teams, Sharks, Super Rugby on 23 Feb 2013 at 19:51
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The Sharks looked like they had an easy victory all but sealed up when Patrick Lambie slotted a long range penalty to take a 21 point lead in the 50th minute of the match. A resurgent and never say die Cheetahs team had something to say about that though and scored 17 unanswered points in the next 20 minutes to make it a 4 point game with 10 minutes to go. Another successful Lambie penalty this time from right in front, to keep his 100% record of the night in tact, stretched the lead back to 7 points and was just enough for the Sharks to clinch another nail biter by 29-22 against the Cheetahs side.

Although the game started with the Sharks looking like they would control the game it was the Cheetahs who went over for the first try of the match only 9 minutes in. A 10m line-out was setup into a strong maul for which the Sharks defence had no answer and Lappies Labeschegne went over for his first try of the match. Goosen was not on target with the conversion and also missed a couple of his penalties on the night, quite out of character for the young flyhalf, who was kept under pressure the whole night by the Sharks and looked a little rattled in his first game back after a long injury.

His opposite number, now Springbok incumbent Patrick Lambie, on the other hand looked calm and composed all night, controlling the game with good tactical kicking and pin point accurate goal kicking. He kept the Sharks in the game with 3 penalties, before Lwazi Mvovo went over for an opportunistic try from a scrappy Sharks line-out 20m out. The Sharks went into the half 11 point leaders and looked well on top and in control.

The second half started with another missed conversion from Goosen and shortly after that the Sharks went over for a pushover try of their own, Marcell Coetzee going over and Lambie converting from the touch line. With an 18 point lead the Sharks got a penalty from 47m out and with the benefit of hind sight one might say that going for the try and putting the pressure on the Cheetahs might have been a better option than going for the three, since from here the Sharks looked like thay tried to defend a 21 point lead and almost didn’t make it.

The game got very loose, probably because the Cheetahs was throwing everything they got into getting over the line and back into the game, but the Sharks will not be pleased that they fell into the trap of playing with the Cheetahs, instead of slowing it down, setting up the phases and pushing for territory. On both occasions gaps opened up for the Cheetahs after one of too many turn-overs for the Sharks and Philip van der Walt and Johann Sadie scored for the Cheetahs to get their team back into the game.

With 10 minutes or so to go the Cheetahs was putting more pressure on the Sharks’ line and Captain Adriaan Struass had an important decision of his own to make with another penalty coming their way. Goosen slotted it, after a long deliberation by his captain, but the time it took and with the Sharks gaining the possession after the kick-off and going on to score a penalty of their own, they probably left it just too late to steal this one from the Sharks. The Sharks on the other hand would be relieved that a second half slump did not cost them an important win and would want to and with the Stormers waiting next week would probably have to work on 80 closing out games.


The Sharks: 29 (16)
Tries: Lwazi Mvovo, Marcell Coetzee
Conversions: Pat Lambie (2)
Penalties: Pat Lambie (5)

Cheetahs: 22 (5)
Tries: Philip van der Walt, Lappies Labuschagne, Johann Sadie
Conversions: Johan Goosen (2)
Penalties: Johan Goosen (1)


  • Great tackle by bosman at the end there

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.02.13 20:07:30 by RuckingFun Reply
  • Well done sharks, solid start

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.02.13 20:08:07 by RuckingFun Reply
  • These close wins early in the season builds character, far better than a run away victory – and it sure beats losing these close games.

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.02.13 21:05:27 by FireTheLooser Reply
  • 😈 True. The boys were fatigued and got sucked into the Cheetahs’ go for broke game plan – together with some missed handling mistakes and slipped tackles.
    Well, we bagged the points but the Stormers will be a different animal altogether. We better be match fit soon.

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.02.13 22:06:54 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Must say wasn’t the most potent showing but there were some positives, my personal best moment being Anton Bresler’s thumping tackle on Rhule :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.02.13 22:49:45 by Talent Reply
  • The coach should take some blame. Too many subs at once and a bit to soon. We lost momentum and thats when the Cheetahs got back in.

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.02.13 00:15:19 by SteelShark Reply
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  • @RuckingFun (Comment 1) : Got to agree there. Excellent tackle by the former Free Stater!!!


  • Comment 7, posted at 24.02.13 05:17:52 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @SteelShark (Comment 6) : The game turned when Odwa came on, unfortunately. Their second try was the result of Odwa watching the player, not the ball and left his channel wide open, then Sadie handed him off for their third. And he was shown up for speed when they kicked over his head a few times. I really do wonder what value they see in bringing this guy on with 30 mins still to play?

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.02.13 07:23:14 by CapeShark Reply
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  • Kudos need to be given to our captain fs … He held the team together at the end and was doing a lot of hard talking. Good decision making too.

    30 minutes of good play by the sharks and the hands were not too bad either … Not bad for a first hit out by the boys

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.02.13 07:28:40 by byron Reply

  • @CapeShark (Comment 8) : 100% Agree

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.02.13 07:50:55 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Now that I’ve had a chance to think about the game, the 5 second rule is causing teams to simply throw the ball out of the ruck – Sharks also guilty of this. We need to get our composure back in this area of the game. Thought the boys were a bit flat and rusty. Lots to work on this week. Let’s get the attitude right and show some urgency and purpose.

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.02.13 08:58:05 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • One thing you cannot deny either side is that the quality of rugby – although early season mistakes were evident – was of a much high standard than the quality of rugby offered in Friday night’s showing between the Bulls and the Stormers.

    It is almost ironic that more people watched the scarppy Bulls-Stormers match than the highly entertaining Sharks-Cheetahs game.

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.02.13 09:13:39 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 3) : Ek stem heel te maal saam. πŸ˜€

    @KILLER SHARK (Comment 4) : The altitude contributed to the tired bodies more so than I think we give credit for.

    @CapeShark (Comment 8) : Odwa’s contribution as a sub has brought more good than bad in the past. Unfortunately, yesterday it did not. You win some, you lose some.

    @GreatSharksays (Comment 11) : I’m loving this five second rule! Especially at the end of games when teams try slow the game down – that ain’t on no more! πŸ˜›

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.02.13 09:20:27 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • Too close for comfort. We should have defended better when we had the 21 point lead. But I will taker it regardless.

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.02.13 09:31:44 by Viking Reply
  • @Viking (Comment 14) : Best form of defence is attack. There was more than enough time to get a bonus point even.

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.02.13 09:33:36 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • So, 2 flyhalves makes a fullhouse and man of the match and 2 opposing flyhalves strugle to make their kicks. The batle for the bok 10 will be interesting this year! Go super Pat!

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.02.13 09:34:14 by Viking Reply
  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 15) : I would have liked to see that we controlled the game more when we had the lead and continue to build pressure. The bonus point would have been a given then. But unfortunately we allowed them back into the game and lmost let it slip.

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.02.13 09:53:50 by Viking Reply
  • What a game by Botes!!!! and the scrum was super strong!!!!! With the 21 point lead the Sharks started to play to lose and that is when cheetahs started to look good. Sharks must keep on playing the rugby that got them the 21 point lead and not change it in the game. Good game by the Sharks!!!!!!

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.02.13 12:41:53 by JD Reply
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  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 15) :

    Not really. We only scored 2 tries. We needed to stay composed and slotting that penalty was vital in the end. The Cheetahs Always go out firing in the dying minutes and taking some 3-pointers doesn’t hurt. When you play the Stormers or Bulls, you can go for the BP because they usually give it all in the first 60.

    @Viking (Comment 16) :

    A full house is a penalty, a try, a conversion and a drop goal. None of the fly-halves managed to do that πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.02.13 15:06:21 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • Unless the tjietas improve (read create) their set piece, they’ll only ever have a quick 20min spell of comeback rugby which will ultimately flatter them on the final score sheet.

    Let’s face it, only when the Sharks threw caution to the wind the tjietas were able to capatalise with their “run it from anywhere and avoid the set piece as though it is smallpox” game “plan”. πŸ™„

    We won, thanks for playing. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.02.13 18:00:44 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Congrats to the Sharks on the win. I was out of the loop on Saturday, so only watched the match this morning. Must say despite our inconsistent scrum, and shambolic lineouts, it was a very entertaining match!

    Guys I know you are all biased Sharks fans, but a little objectivity won’t hurt! Is everybody so paranoid about Goosen that you have to make shitty comments like Lambie 1 -Goosen 0?

    I thought both played well. Keep in mind that it was Goosens 1st match. He has had no warm up prep. Lambie kicked well at posts, and controlled the match well. Goosen settled down after about 40 minutes and got our backline moving again. To be fair, he made some good tackles on Mvovo and Jordaan to. I wouldn’t say one was significantly better than the other. Lambie’s kicks were generally a lot easier as well.

    I must say, I expected the Sharks backline to be more dangerous, either that or the Cheetahs defence has improved remarkably.

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.02.13 19:58:02 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 20) : 100 % ,eloquently put πŸ˜‰

    @KingCheetah (Comment 21) : Sour grapes πŸ™„ Goosen didn’t play well and towards the end he looked hellbent on giving away what small chance of a comeback they had by means of a penalty.

    With the amount of players missing it was impressive how easily we managed to suffocate what ,to me ,has been the most impressive Cheetahs team sheet for a number of years, with ease.

    I am worried though that we were complacent this past weekend, not a great first outing in that regard.

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.02.13 20:07:33 by Talent Reply
  • @KingCheetah (Comment 21) : If you think that Goosen played well then your standards are extremely low. He was really bad in the first half and ok in the second. Lambie outplayed him on the day.

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.02.13 20:58:31 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 8) : Completely agree. Odwa has been a faithful solder for the Sharks – but unfortunately he simply does not have the strength speed or reaction time need for S15 rugby.

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.02.13 07:15:45 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Talent (Comment 22) : You have clearly been awaya long time. And I fail to see where I have sour grapes. Coenie and Goosen have played in their first match after injuries. Neither played any matches prior to Saturday. Both our 1st choice locks are out, and we lost a few good players. So if that was the most impressive Cheetahs team sheet, then you really need to watch more rugby!

    If I have sour grapes, then you are arrogant, if youy think you suffocated us, man, did you even watch the match. How many times did the Sharks break our line? By comparison, how many times did our backline threaten to score, and score?

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.02.13 07:46:18 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @MysticShark (Comment 23) : Really, because he missed a few kicks at goal? Get a bit of perspecttive bud. Goosen hasn’t played any rugby for 4 months. Lambie has had the benefit of 3 warm up matches. Of course Goosen will be rusty in the beginning. He did however improve as the game went along. I guess you are one the people that measures a flyhalf by how many kicks he converst. You should support the Stormers then.

    Goosen tackled well, got his backline moving smartly. He was the one that put Sadie in the gap, that earned him a try. Lambie has a virtual Springbok backline to run with, yet they were impotent as an attacking weapon. Lambie rather kicking up and unders al;a Morne Steyn!

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.02.13 07:50:32 by KingCheetah Reply

  • Great start by the boys, miles better than the stormers vs bulls derby. Was exciting and nail biting. I feel as supporters we are giving our boys lots of stick and need to appreciate this was the first proper game of the season. Next week we should be better and we will see the centre pairing improving for sure.

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.02.13 07:55:29 by Dunx Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 25) : Sharks took their foot off the gas. I was expecting much more from you guys. I am slightly disappointed the Sharks looked so flat 😐

    But dont worry its still early days

  • Comment 28, posted at 25.02.13 08:09:01 by Talent Reply
  • @Dunx (Comment 27) : Agreed, I think it was an exciting and entertaining match. Good luck for the grudge match lol.

  • Comment 29, posted at 25.02.13 08:09:13 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 26) : lambie playing to stay in meyer’s team…i’m not sure carlos spencer ‘advised’ him to play like that.

  • Comment 30, posted at 25.02.13 08:18:54 by Megatron Reply

  • I would credit the Cheetahs fight back to Pretorius at 9. He added a lot of speed to the play.

  • Comment 31, posted at 25.02.13 08:19:48 by Bokhoring Reply
  • *whispers* go Kings!


  • Comment 32, posted at 25.02.13 08:20:23 by Megatron Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 26) : Relax! On this site we’ve never thought Goosen was better than Lambie. You can’t expect us to not pounce on a pretty average performance from the apparently mercurial “can’t-do-anything-wrong” Goosen.

    I wouldn’t defend my man on this last performance though. The Cheetahs has always been good at scrambling and the Sharks, I have to admit, has always lied down on the cushion they’ve created between them and their opposition, thus creating the illusion that the other team was good enough to beat us if “THEY” just played like they did in the last 20 minutes.

    Ascribing the Cheetahs turnaround to Goosen is a bit of a joke anyway. There was massive gaps in the Sharks backline as started playing a too loose game and didn’t hold on to our possession, thus leaving our defense in disarray.

    Look credit must go to the Cheetahs, as they never gave up and saw the chance to pounce when the Sharks started feeling to comfortable, but I doubt very that the Cheetahs resurgence is as simple as Goosen turned his game around.

    Oh and Lambie is just that good that he can win games both by accurate kicking and creating chances for his backline. It just depends what he’s in the mood for, for the day. And probably what the coach’s instructions was.

    You can’t use his great kicking game as a negative when we all already know that he can also be an excellent creator in the backline.

  • Comment 33, posted at 25.02.13 08:22:12 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 28) : No reason for dissapointment. Sharks had less intensive warm up matches, but still clinched a win. The 1st matches are always tough and difficult to predict. Both teams will improve imo.

  • Comment 34, posted at 25.02.13 08:22:26 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 31) : Also a good point, he definitely had more of a hand in the turn around than any other individuals.

  • Comment 35, posted at 25.02.13 08:23:32 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 32) : Who would expect the Kings to top the SA conference after the first week πŸ™„

  • Comment 36, posted at 25.02.13 08:25:43 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Megatron (Comment 32) : Well done! I thought they played really well. Still just the Force and hard to really read anything into this game, but I saw some really good signs. Especially the heart and commitment they showed on defense, something I don’t think we from the Lions in 90 Super Rugby games.

    I hope the kings go on to win a couple more this year… Just not their next one!

  • Comment 37, posted at 25.02.13 08:25:56 by Letgo Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 34) : Im looking forward to watching the Cheetahs this year ,I like that backline.

    Sharks have some improving to do ,urgency on attack and defense is needed.

  • Comment 38, posted at 25.02.13 08:31:46 by Talent Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 31) : Agreed. He sure did.

  • Comment 39, posted at 25.02.13 08:45:07 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 37) : thanks LG…i didn’t know the last 10min of a match can seem like such a lifetime when chasing your first ever win…

    it was so sweet but as andries said post match…it gets HARDER from hereon.


  • Comment 40, posted at 25.02.13 08:45:09 by Megatron Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 33) : Bud, I hear what you are saying, and I didn’t credit the turnaround to Goosen directly, I just said he played better in the second half. As Letgo said, Sarel’s influence was apparent. No matter how you want to spin, a top team doesn’t slack off. So if the Sharks slacked of, and the Cheetahs pounced isn’t that good play too? Sure we can ascribe Lmbie’s kicking to coach’s orders, but surely then the same measure should be used for the Cheetahs?

    All I was pointing out in essence, was that both players contributed in their own way. So to say Lambie was clearly the better flyhalf is a bit optimistic. Lambie had a better platform to work off too. So I don’t think given the circumstances, that Goosen was that bad!

  • Comment 41, posted at 25.02.13 08:50:16 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 21) :

    Firstly, thank you for the congrats on the win. It was a close game that could have gone either way in the end.

    I am yet to read through all the comments, probably aimed at you for the Lambie comment – but I do agree with you to a certain degree.

    If you look at the Stormers match on Friday night, do we all now want Morne Steyn back in the Springbok saddle, since he played so much better than Jantjies? I do not think so.

    Lambie had a massive game in terms of kicking at goal, but the backline was pretty stagnant. We need to work on scoring tries with the backline, and not only rely on the pushover or opportunist tries.

  • Comment 42, posted at 25.02.13 08:55:42 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 32) :

    Congrats on your team Mega..

    The best I have seen them play, and the right time to play it.

    Looking forward to seeing them pick off a few more Aussie teams.

  • Comment 43, posted at 25.02.13 08:57:57 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 41) : Goosen made far too many errors on the night. Not be unexpected due to being undercooked by not playing for a while. For most of the game he just shoveled the ball sideways = by that time Lambie already attacked the line twice. The only real exceptional thing I saw Goosen do was the jinx and pass that put Sadie into space – although Sadie was marked by Beast at the time. I still rate Goosen very highly – I just don’t like this saviour tag some SA rugby fans have hung around this neck.

    @Richard Ferguson (Comment 42) : You can’t really lay all our backline woes on Lambie – I thought our centres were ordinary, and we still have this tendency to start playing bash rugby close to the line. We seem to construct very good moves in the middle half of the field (as seen with the Ludik / Mvovo run from half way), but as soon as we get into the 22 we become very predictable.

  • Comment 44, posted at 25.02.13 09:08:01 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 44) :

    Im not blaming Lambie for all the backline problems, but he didn’t exactly spark anything special on attack.

  • Comment 45, posted at 25.02.13 09:14:48 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Well done on the win Sharks.

  • Comment 46, posted at 25.02.13 09:38:15 by Ben Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 43) : thanks rich…so nice to have my team pay back the faith i had in them…i told poisy here that we will beat the forcev& his said i was drunk πŸ™‚

  • Comment 47, posted at 25.02.13 09:50:40 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 47) :

    You were one of few people to call a Kings win. The only other that I know of is Keo..

    It was a good start, just a shame they face a bye now, could have used the momentum to good use this weekend..

  • Comment 48, posted at 25.02.13 09:58:18 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 41) : Goosen made a number of amateur error in the first half – I don’t care that he has not played in how long or whatever the reason was, but on the night he was second best.

  • Comment 49, posted at 25.02.13 10:03:05 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 47) :

    Congrat’s Mega!

    You guys need to find a starting spot for Jacques Engelbrecht asap!

  • Comment 50, posted at 25.02.13 10:18:39 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 48) : I called it, check mt superbru.

    I don’t know how any SA team can be expected to lose against the worse Ausie team.

    Anyway, after the game I expect them to be even more competitive than I thought they would.

    We play them in week 3 and will have to be very careful to go into that game expected any less than a strong competitor.

  • Comment 51, posted at 25.02.13 10:32:32 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 48) : Umm, I did too

  • Comment 52, posted at 25.02.13 10:35:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 52) :

    Sorry, I didn’t see that..

    Well done, I’m sure your SuperBru looks better than mine!

  • Comment 53, posted at 25.02.13 10:43:12 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 53) : it would if I was playing πŸ™‚

  • Comment 54, posted at 25.02.13 10:47:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 40) : Hell yeah, it gets harder from here… the Force are c.r.a.p. Being paired up first with the Force on your own home ground can only be described as divine intervention. πŸ™‚

    Anyway, glad the Kings won though, and it seems like there is some nice young talent coming through. I always though Catrikellis was good enough for Super Rugby. He is key for you guys.

  • Comment 55, posted at 25.02.13 10:49:53 by CapeShark Reply
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