Sharks XV fly the flag

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup, WP on 19 Mar 2013 at 10:39
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It may have been a dark day for the Sharks Super Rugby side in Durban on Saturday, but there was a little joy earlier in the day when Jandre Marais led the Sharks XV to a scrappy, but hugely significant, 24-23 win over reigning Vodacom cup champions Western Province in Cape Town.

In a see-sawing match played in tricky conditions, it was the Sharks XV who played the big points better, outscoring their hosts by three tries to two in the process. Having weathered an early storm, made more difficult by the 16th-minute yellow card shown to Marius Joubert, the Sharks XV scored two tries in the first half, through in-form wingers S’bura Sithole and Sizo Maseko. Maseko’s tally now stands at three in two games, leaving him as joint second highest try scorer on the competition table.

Flyhalf Fred Zeilinga converted both tries, with Province counterpart Gary van Aswegen adding three penalties to see the Sharks XV lead 14-9 at the break.

Province started the second half better, edging ahead via a try by Michael van der Spuy, before Zeilinga put the Sharks XV back in front (albeit by a single point) with a penalty kick. An ugly clash of heads between props then saw both Allan Dell and Dylan Rogers red-carded, although the feeling is that the assistant ref may have completely overreacted to an accidental incident in this case. Both teams thus soldiered on with 14 men apiece, before Province appeared to have struck the winning blow, in scoring through number 8 Rayn Smid. That score say them lead by 23 points to 17 as the game entered it’s final 10 minutes.

The last laugh was to belong to the Sharks, though, with two players on opposite ends of the experience scale showing great composure to pull it out of the fire. First was veteran fullback Riaan Viljoen, a real stand-out player on the day, who scored a great try in the 83rd minute to narrow the gap to a single point. Up stepped youngster Zeilinga, who showed his readiness for bigger rugby in slotting the tricky touchline conversion to win the game. Zeilinga remains the competition’s top points scorer and the result maintains the Sharks XV’s position at the top of the South Section log.

The Sharks XV next take on Free State in a home game that will serve as the curtain raiser to Saturday’s Super Rugby clash between the Sharks and the Rebels.

Western Province (23): Tries by Michael van der Spuy, Rayn Smid. Conversions: Gary van Aswegen (2). Penalties: van Aswegen (3)
Sharks XV (24): Tries by S’bura Sithole, Sizo Maseko, Riaan Viljoen. Conversions: Fred Zeilinga (3). Penalty: Zeilinga


  • Nice! The boys are doing good.

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.03.13 10:55:23 by SteelShark Reply
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  • so much for joubert showing experience and leading from the front

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.03.13 11:20:28 by Poisy Reply
  • Who are the Limpopo Blue Bulls?

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.03.13 11:34:02 by McLovin Reply

  • The Pietersburg (Polokwane) Blue Bulls supporters club.

    They are going to get many a klap but well done to them that they can even be playing in the competition.

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.03.13 11:39:18 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • The Vodacom is supposed to be a breeding ground for youngsters, not has beens like Marius Joubert. One of the Sharks worst buys ever

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.03.13 08:45:57 by Mutley Reply
  • I have to really question how a guy like Odwa is keeping S’Bura out of Sharks Super Rugby.

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.03.13 09:42:11 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 6) : it’s quite simple. Odwa can catch, pass and tackle. Until S’bura masters those basics, Odwa is going to be ahead of him.

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.03.13 10:13:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • No excuse for Durban based fans not to get to the Park nice and early on Saturday. Catch 2 games of hopefully good rugby. It should be televised as well so hopefully the rest of us can see what the Vodacom Cup team has to offer.

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.03.13 10:33:07 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Just a correction to the article. Marius Joubert is the Captain, not Jandre Marais.

    The team for Saturday:

    1. Dell
    2. Hadebe
    3. Van Dyk
    4. Hay
    5. Marais – Peet
    6. Majola
    7. Stander
    8. Mtembu
    9. Venter
    10 Zeilinga
    11 Maseko
    12 Williams
    13 Joubert
    14 Sithole
    15 Prinsloo

    16 Marais – Franco
    17 Mienie
    18 Lewies
    19 Meyer
    20 Ungerer
    21 Fisher
    22 Van Tonder

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.03.13 21:58:21 by insider Reply

  • @insider (Comment 9) : Thanks for that. Where’s Franna Kleinhans this week?

    Good to see Lewies back.

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.03.13 00:06:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @insider (Comment 9) : you saying Marius captained last week as well? That wasn’t announced…

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.03.13 00:10:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • Marius captained last week as well. Franna has a groin injury but should be back after Easter.

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.03.13 10:37:00 by insider Reply


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