Sharks heading to the Friendly City

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :EP Kings, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 6 Mar 2013 at 09:56
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Coming off a 12-6 win over the Stormers in Durban this past Saturday, the Sharks will turn their attention to the Southern Kings for their first Super Rugby meeting at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth this coming weekend.

These two teams played each other in a pre-season friendly at the same venue last year, where the Sharks won 38-13. The Southern Kings who recorded a 22-10 first round win over the Force a fortnight ago will be overflowing with confidence, especially with that first win under their belt and also knowing they have a strong crowd behind them.

Focusing on the game at hand Andries Strauss said: “As a team we have set ourselves goals, and winning one game doesn’t mean we’ve really achieved anything yet. There is a big onus on us to improve on that and if we want to win more games in this competition then we are going to have to improve on that.

“There is no better way than to take on a side with fifteen Springboks and showing the world once again that we can play this game,” he said.

Even with players like Bismarck Du Plessis, Keegan Daniel and Willem Alberts injured the Sharks can still boast with probably the strongest pack in the competition. Strong ball carriers in Craig Burden, Jean Deysel, Marcell Coetzee and Tendai Mtawarira. Coetzee is just as useful in open play with Ryan Kankowski and Jacques Botes coming off the bench to finish it off.

Southern Kings head coach Matt Sexton, said they are expecting the game to be quite physical, with the Sharks most likely to be looking at wearing down the Southern Kings at the scrum.

“We will definitely be looking at improving our level of ball retention. If you consider that during the Western Force game we made in excess of a hundred tackles in the first half of the game, which, if you have to take those sort of statistics into every game, sooner or later you’re going to run out of petrol, so we want to make sure we retrieve the ball and hold onto it,” he said.

The Sharks have strong ball carriers and will run it at you the whole game, they have had much success in the past to keep the ball close to the forwards and driving it up the middle or at line out time close to the try line. The Southern Kings forwards showed some strong and much improved play from what we have seen in their warm up games, solid on defence, they looked good at scrum and line out time and retained their ball in the tackle situation.

Former Sharks player, Steven Sykes, who also takes to the field in his second game for the Southern Kings, said he was looking forward to playing against his former team-mates.

“I think the people will treat us with a bit more respect than what they had before the season. I think we did very well in the first game that we played and we showed that we are here and we are here to stay. I don’t think people will send their second string sides down to us, so it’s a nice challenge for us as well.”

Another strong area in the Sharks game is their backline, but also an area not being use to its full potential, with game breakers from scrum half Cobus Reinach to fullback Louis Ludik. Sharks can definitely make more use of their outside backs, Paul Jordaan, Lwazi Mvovo, JP Petersen and Ludik.

Southern Kings back three defended well. against the Force and a dream Man of the man début for Sergeal Petersen but still very much untested at this level, and a surprise in the way the Sharks play on Saturday and test Sergeal Petersen and Marcello Sampson on defence and give SP Marais some high balls to field could be a wiser form of attack then to try and wear them out with their forwards.


  • Sharks will give the Kings there first real test.

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.03.13 10:02:37 by Mutley Reply
  • Apologies score was Southern Kings 22 Force 10

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.03.13 10:10:00 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • Our Step by Step Guide to a bonus point victory:

    1 Territory. Don`t run at them from our own 22, just kick into the corners and keep them under huge pressure, they`ll make mistakes and we`ll pounce.
    2 Their scrum won`t hold up against us, that`ll put even more pressure on them and keep them on the back foot.
    3 Our driving maul should be good enough for at least a couple of 5 pointers from in close.
    4 Keep it Simple. We don`t need fancy tricks to get the better of them.

    Just hope I get to see it, think the traffic out of Newlands will be hectic saturday night, it`s gonna be a capacity crowd! 🙄

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.03.13 10:15:27 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 3) : don’t underestimate their scrum, not saying they’ll b in it for 80min but they’ll b in it for a good part of the game

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.03.13 10:27:27 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 3) : I’d like to see them put some pressure on the back three

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.03.13 10:30:14 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • Kings have a good back 3 in attacking terms. Also some decent ball skills in the pack. They will pose a bigger threat if they play the territory game, spoil at the breakdown and look to hit us on the counter.

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.03.13 11:39:11 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 3) : Must agree with you there. PLay in their half, keep ball in hand and go through the phases until the wall breaks.

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.03.13 11:41:51 by Viking Reply
  • @Big Fish (Comment 6) : If we put presssure on Catrakillis then we can disrupt their territory game, hopefully…

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.03.13 11:44:21 by Viking Reply
  • Love how you guys are talking up the Kings. :mrgreen:

    They have no chance. Seriously. 😈

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.03.13 11:49:42 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 9) : Well it is interesting how the perspective of the kiings has changed after their win against the force (mine included). I also believe they have no chance but we can’t understimate them and need to pick up a solid win with a bonus point.

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.03.13 12:02:48 by Viking Reply
  • @Viking (Comment 10) : Don’t worry, Sharks will win.
    I’ll eat my onderbroek if they dont. And my socks. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.03.13 12:05:10 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 11) :

    I expect a link to youtube for that video. I might actually make a loss worth while! 😆

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.03.13 12:11:43 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 11) : It’s not the opposition that poses a problem for the Sharks, but it’s the Sharks’ mental capacity to get through the “easy” games.

    Last year we lost a sitter against the Lions. In ’08 or ’09 our whole season was derailed when we lost to the lowly tjietas after we came back from a tour where we only lost one game.

    Our Sharks have the ability to lose against the weakest opposition.

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.03.13 12:16:29 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 12) : I have to be careful, I’ve made that promise a few times. Bit worried that one day I’ll have to put my onderbroek where my mouth is. 🙂

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.03.13 12:19:45 by McLovin Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 13) : Stop worrying. It’s five log points for the Sharks on Saturday. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.03.13 12:21:25 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 11) : I would rather not be the team who got stuck against the Kings. FAIL! 😯

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.03.13 12:22:30 by Viking Reply

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