Sharks to turn it around

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 22 Mar 2013 at 09:26
Tagged with : , , ,

After a disappointing lose to be Brumbies on Saturday the Sharks will face the Melbourne Rebels at Kings Park this weekend. The Rebels enjoyed a bye last week after losing 23 – 13 against the Reds a week before.

Last week the Sharks had a shocking 29 – 10 home defeat at the hands of the Brumbies and their former Springbok World Cup Winning coach Jake White. The Brumbies scored a few quick tries early in the first half to seal the game. The Sharks were never really in the game and were out played and out muscled at every ruck. They only had to few players contesting at the ruck and were even out scrummed at times.

An area where the Sharks have always struggled was with the so called “fetcher”. Richie McCaw, David Pocock, George Smith and Heinrich Brussow to name a few are all players thats been labeled under the fetcher role. Should this role just be left for one specific player on the field or should it be any player in a position to steal or rip the ball?

The closest the Sharks have been to a player like that is in Jacques Botes, a player thats more utilized from the bench as an impact player and someone that can win you the game with 20 minutes to go.

The problem when playing Ryan Kankowski, Keegan Daniel and Marcell Coetzee in the starting 15 is that they are all 1st receiver, not really players that would hit the rucks and steal the ball. Not saying they would not assist when needed but is it their primary focus? They would be very dangerous when its an open game but when it gets tight like it was on Saturday and they don’t get much front foot ball they could be very ineffective.

Coetzee did hit 8 rucks in 80 minutes but so did Kyle Cooper in 40 minutes, Kankowski and Daniel hit 5 each, Pieter Steph du Toit hit 1 more in his 35 minutes on the field and Patrick Lambie, JP Petersen, Francois Styen, Paul Jordaan and Louis Ludik did more. And its not just about how many rucks and mauls you hit in a game, but if you are not where the action is you would not be in a position to possibly win the ball for your team.

John Plumtree has made a few changes for this week’s game, some might be on form others might just be rotating the players. Botes will be starting ahead of Kankowski which seems strange after he scored the only try against the Brumbies. Lwazi Mvovo will be back in the team, with Riaan Viljoen coming on the bench and Odwa Ndungane dropping out of the match day 22. Viljoen is an exciting player and being left out of the team should be enough motivation for him to show Plumtree what he can offer if he gets the opportunity. Meyer Bosman is also swapping places with Steyn who is not looking like the player we remembered before he left for France.

Bottom line is it was a very poor and frustrating performance from the Sharks. You can’t just blame one or two players and one might think it is still early days in the competition, which is true but the fact is last weekends game was a home game for the Sharks and by not even getting a point out of the game should be unacceptable for any top side.

Lets hope with all the changes against the Rebels it will not be too disruptive for the Sharks and they can pull it together on the day, score some tries and get that winning bonus point which they so desperately need.


  • One thing you must keep in mind is that for large parts of the 1st half the Sharks hardly saw the ball – they were pretty much just defending. The Brumbies moved the ball around very quickly – be it wide or up the middle – so the Sharks had little opportunity for counter rucking.

    But we did miss someone like Botes who could spoil at the breakdown. I saw our other loosies trying but they are pretty much ineffective. These guys (especially Marcell) need to work on these skills.

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.03.13 09:44:32 by Bokhoring Reply
  • The Sharks need to make a thousand copies of the first 40 minutes of the Brumbie game and concentrate to play just like the Brumbies did. Always. Basic rugby!

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.03.13 14:53:32 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 2) : If they can even just do half of what the Brumbies did, I would be chuffed.

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.03.13 15:39:24 by Bokhoring Reply
  • If I see another dull performance on saturday…I dont know what then.

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.03.13 15:46:09 by tigershark Reply

  • I just want to see tries!! The old attacking flair of the Sharks has disappeared.

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.03.13 19:17:14 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
    The Sharks Sharkie
  • Kanko benched? makes no sense starting a captian thats not firing. I wana see atleast 3 or 4 great tries from our boys. Time to fire. keep an eye on PSDT he will play some big rugby in the future.

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.03.13 21:33:25 by DBOY Reply

  • Any side would have looked like the Brumbies against us.

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.03.13 22:11:58 by Honey Badger Reply

    Honey Badger
  • @DBOY (Comment 6) : give keegan a break the guy has just returned(and probably rushed back if you loock at his fitness ) back from a injury, what did everyone think will happen. There has been guys that played worse than him for a couple of weeks now that is still in the team.

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.03.13 22:51:44 by BR Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
  • i rate kegan daniel very highly. but rushing a guy back was just dumb. rather start him via bench. if kegan had to start this week i would give coetzee a well deserved brake. how far is Alberts and Bissie. need our big guns. im really chuffed to see cooper starting. i hope the streamers get a hiding tommorow

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.03.13 23:41:10 by DBOY Reply

  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 5) : Get the forwards out of the back line, get them doing their work and then the back line will have space and go forward ball and be potent once again.

    @DBOY (Comment 9) : Our ‘ big guns’ should be value added only, they must not determine our general success.

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.03.13 08:58:47 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox

Add Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.