Brave Sharks come close in Hamilton

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 27 Apr 2013 at 11:27
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The Chiefs have beaten the Sharks by 37 points to 29 in Hamilton, with the visitors recovering from a shaky start to pick up a four-try bonus point, but not quite do enough to win.

The game couldn’t have started worse for the Sharks, conceding two tries to poor defence from Chiefs line-outs within the first 15 minutes. They recovered well and were pushing hard on attack when a poor pass to Odwa Ndungane was knocked, intercepted by Tim Nanai-Williams and suddenly, with a third Chiefs try on the board, a 24-0 scoreline was staring them in the face. Barely 20 minutes had then elapsed.

The forwards led a superb fightback, though, with the set-piece functioning superbly. First Derick Minnie scored from a lineout drive, then a lovely scrum break saw number 8 Tera Mtembu dot down. Minnie’s second just before half-time saw the game completely changed, with the Sharks now only trailing by five points at half time.

The Chiefs upped the tempo in the second half and after defending their lines well for a sustained period, it was eventually a defensive error from debutant Piet Lindeque, in failing to control a rolling hack through, that saw Nanai-Williams pounce again. Lindeque redeemed himself as part of a sustained Sharks fightback that lasted for the rest of the half, although it was only a great break from Kyle Cooper, eventually resulting in a Keegan Daniel try, that ultimately led to points.

Having fought so hard for a single bonus point (through four tries), the Sharks pushed hard for a second and very nearly ended within seven after Pat Lambie stroked a penalty over two minutes from time. Alas, a brain fart from captain Daniel, in conceding an injury-time penalty, allowed the Chiefs to stretch the winning margin to eight, cruelly denying the Sharks any further point.

The Sharks, though, showed great heart and some wonderful attacking skills on the night and one can only hope that they will carry that sort of form into next weekend’s clash against the Highlanders in Dunedin.

Chiefs (37) – Tries: Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Bundee Aki, Tim Nanai-Williams (2),. Conversions: Gareth Anscombe (4). Penalties: Anscombe (2), Aaron Cruden.

Sharks (29) – Tries: Derick Minnie (2), Lubabalo Mtembu, Keegan Daniel. Conversions: Pat Lambie (3). Penalty: Lambie.


  • We can’t continue to lose games we could have won.

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.04.13 11:33:49 by GreatSharksays Reply
  • Great fightback but the 0-24 start was just too much. Well done though

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.04.13 11:36:08 by Baylion Reply
  • Wonder how bad the injury to Reinach is.

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.04.13 11:43:16 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 3) : ai. I’m also worrying

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.04.13 11:47:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 1) : I say we did very well. It is a good platform to work from for the rest of the tour and the rest of the campaign. A lot of players really stepped up and showed some good form. Namely, Lindeque, Lambie (didn’t run but distributed brilliantly), Mtembu, and even du Plessis and McLeod. We started slow but that was expected (fatigue and the fact that we had a lot of new combinations). We fought back brilliantly. I am optimistic.

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.04.13 11:48:11 by David12246 Reply

  • let’s just take a minute and marvel at what we have in Kyle Cooper. That boy is the new Bismarck

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.04.13 11:49:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : The only consolation is that McLeod finally played well this season. However, if Reinach is ok, I would start him ahead of McLeod.

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.04.13 11:50:01 by David12246 Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : KD’s try only involved tight forwards and a loosie to get the glory – what a thing of beauty. Think they need to go and teach the backline how to draw your man and dummy – Herbst was classic

    Everything started with that human cannonball though. Burden had one of his better games, but he still does not come close to Cooper

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.04.13 11:52:19 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @David12246 (Comment 7) : no, must say if it were up to me, I’d pick exactly the same starting lineup for next week, except I’d bring JP in for Odwa if he’s fit. And stick Lwazi on the bench if he’s fit.

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.04.13 11:53:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hi guys. Down 24-0 and we get a point!!!
    I think we should take alot of heart from that.
    On attack, we looked very good.
    I do think though Plum will make some changes next week.
    Kyle Cooper back in.
    And probably Franco.

    And if we keep attacking like that, I have lotsa confidence that we can get 2 victories at least and a few bonus points and go home with 10 points plus. That will be a good tour.

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.04.13 11:54:10 by CPT Shark Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 8) : that’s the sad thing. Craig was 200% better than he’s been all season, yet was nowhere enar what Cooper did in just 20 minutes.

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.04.13 11:54:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • let me take my hat off to Franco. Superb cameo. I prefer him as a bench player. Line-out wasn’t significantly wore without him there and Bresler’s contribution, particularly on D, was immense

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.04.13 11:55:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • So the big question – do we fly in a Lions scrummy to replace Reinach (who I can’t see making the next game at least) or one of our own?

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.04.13 11:57:59 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Derick Minnie also made a big difference today.

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.04.13 12:02:36 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Do we have anybody to cover at scrumhalf with Venter & Ungerer at the baby boks?

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.04.13 12:02:49 by voltage Reply

  • Well I expected the Sharks to lose given the side, but they were better than my prediction. It was a poor opening, but they showed great character coming back from that.

    Was good to see Lambie back to his best. Mtembu had a great debut and Lindeque showed great promise with that lovely run of his. There was great balance and skill in that run. Next game start him at 13 to get him more involved with Frans at 12.

    Cooper should always start. The Sharks need to take the positives out of that performance and go on and win the next 3 on tour.

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.04.13 12:05:11 by Saffex Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 13) : The Lions dont have any good scrummies……Cronje and Bondesio are awful…..where is Conrad Hoffman these days…..he looked such a good prospect early on in his career?

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.04.13 12:07:24 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 17) : Hoffman has a dedicated X-Ray machine at St. Augustine’s.

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.04.13 12:09:50 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 17) : The comment was made more in jest. We could be in a bit of trouble at 9 now

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.04.13 12:09:55 by Bokhoring Reply
  • I reckon if Reinach is indeed out, our only option would be to start McLeod, and have no cover off the bench. He would play the entire match and if he got injured, someone would have to play out of position.

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.04.13 12:17:06 by David12246 Reply

  • Scrumhalf options would be Tian Meyer or Hanco Venter

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.04.13 12:19:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 18) : You have lost me

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.04.13 12:19:54 by Saffex Reply

  • @David12246 (Comment 20) : You cant tour with only one 9, that would be plain stupid.

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.04.13 12:22:07 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 22) : He’s very injury prone, so I won’t be surprised if he’s on some rehab programme at St. Augustine Hospital right now.

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.04.13 12:31:16 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 22) : not too sparky for a ‘solicitor’ hey? ๐Ÿ˜› Hoffman’s bones are made of glass.

  • Comment 25, posted at 27.04.13 12:42:56 by Feather Reply

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  • @Feather (Comment 25) : What flag is your avatar?

  • Comment 26, posted at 27.04.13 12:46:59 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 26) : it is the flag of the Colony of Natal.

  • Comment 27, posted at 27.04.13 12:56:47 by Feather Reply

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  • @Feather (Comment 25) : Do you have nothing better to do than snap at my heels, you pathetic waste of space?

    Flag of the Colony of Natal……wow you really do live, pretty fitting though……let me guess, you are a big fan of Mozart and crosswords?

  • Comment 28, posted at 27.04.13 13:13:01 by Saffex Reply

  • I see I’m late with my comments, buyt gotta agree with you guys.

    Firstly very impressed again this week with Cooper and Reinach. Mtembu and Miennie made a huge impact on the game, some exciting ability!

    Mcleod had a better game, but give me Reinach anytime.
    Back line looking a shables, Lambie played well, but still kicking too much! Ndungani is out of it, when Reinach made that cheecky steal and great run the wings shoulda been right there in support! Mind can only imagine what would have been if JP or Mvovo were on the field!

    And at half time, we coulda been even if not for 2 missed kicks.

    But over all looking good despite the jetlag and injurie, srum and lineouts were good. I’m feeling very positive for next weekend and onward!

    Black and white! Nothing else matters!

  • Comment 29, posted at 27.04.13 13:17:22 by JhbSharkFan Reply

  • I want to say that every bonus point is worth a gold nugget in this comp and for Keegan to give it away so recklessly at the death, is not befitting of someone with his experience and captaincy creds, let alone any rugby professional. Deserves to be dropped for such sillyness.

  • Comment 30, posted at 27.04.13 13:35:34 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @David12246 (Comment 5) : Dave, we lost against the Cheetahs, we where in a position to win this game and we threw it away. That makes it 7 points in 2 weeks we couldn’t secure. Come end of the season all sorts of excuses are going to be made. With the quality and depth we have we should still be beating 90% of teams, the right coaching team can help us reach our potential. Another opportunity like this won’t come easy. The Chiefs were not good today, 3 their tries came from our mistakes. Mistakes that teams that want to win this this don’t hardly make. We’ll look back to these years with Plum as a huge opportunity cost! And yes, Cooper is a gem. Burden needs to be replaced by Hadebe asap. He’s done nothing to make up for the CC final mess.

  • Comment 31, posted at 27.04.13 13:35:59 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • By all reports Alberts had a great game for the XV against the Pampas, so that can only help beef up our pack.

  • Comment 32, posted at 27.04.13 13:43:37 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 30) : Agreed that was plain stupidity from a leader

  • Comment 33, posted at 27.04.13 13:51:29 by Saffex Reply

  • No one has mentioned Keegan’s tap with 10 minutes to go and 8 points behind. Had we taken the points we would have been 5 points behind with enough time left to get back to a scoring position or had we gone for the line out we could have done what we did so successfully twice in the first half and been only 1 or 3 points behind depending on the conversion.

    I’m also wondering how many times Keegan turn over possession with his running on the wing and into touch tactics. Marcel also didn’t look great when he came on. I’ve never seen a player digging in their heels so deep when waiting and catching the ball. Does he just not have the ability to take the ball and run? He should be called the new hand break and Keegan should be Captain kamikaze.

  • Comment 34, posted at 27.04.13 14:23:47 by Letgo Reply
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  • After watching the highlights i have confidence in our boys. Lets face it, its the Chiefs on home soil up against an injury ravaged Sharks team. We can win the next 3 or 2 on tour. Hope the Waratahs and Kings can do us some favours later today.

  • Comment 35, posted at 27.04.13 14:29:48 by DBOY Reply

  • Let’s get to the heart of it… There are serious confidence issues with our big players… KD, Pat, Frans, Kanko. Who is to blame? Silly silly decisions. KD 2 shocker games, Lambie not attacking etc etc. Decicions at crucial moments.

  • Comment 36, posted at 27.04.13 14:33:52 by catfish Reply
  • @catfish (Comment 36) : I think kd is the biggest problem.

    Lambie tried taking the ball up a few time, but he just doesn’t have runners coming of his shoulder to pass to. Maybe he hasn’t been at his best all the time this season, but he also hasn’t worked with the greatest platform most of the times. I feel most of his kicking is justified, as you don’t want to get stuck in you own half and our back line has been struggling to find clean breaks, especially with the ball they have been getting.

    I thought in this game when we had the ball to play with Charl and lambie controlled the game really well. When Keegan came on we lost the ball to much and marcel stopped any momentum we had by taking the ball and growing directly into the contact. He did pass a few time, but even then it was very unconvincing and put pressure on the rest.

    To me it is shocking that Frans got so unfit with his injury, it’s very unprofessional and is effecting his game, but I think that’s the only problem. Fitness.

    I don’t agree with you at all about Kankowski, he wasn’t nearly as bad as kd and marcel and even Tera looked bad with these two coming on to replace Deyzel and Minnie in this game.

    They need time to get things together, they have been off this whole season.

  • Comment 37, posted at 27.04.13 14:52:02 by Letgo Reply
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  • Something that is as clear as day is that we have no defensive nous whatsoever. We are too slack in our structures, complacency is a curse rife in the Sharks psyche.

    I thought our forwards were good .Based on that performance we should have a clear blue print on how to grind ausies and kiwis down a notch. Still a few pedestrians in our back line, Odwa needs the boot, Steyn and Bosman were poor and out of sorts as a pairing.

    Keegan Daniels brain fart reminds me of the 1st game against the Stormers last year, same thing exactly. He needs to learn to pick his battles at the breakdown better.

  • Comment 38, posted at 27.04.13 14:52:06 by Talent Reply
  • Top performers of the day:
    – Herbst
    – Mtembu
    – McLeod

    Other notables:
    – Jannie
    – Minnie
    – Lambie

    But as a collective it was a much better performance. Each player playing for one another and therefore no one had a poor game in my opinion. That being said, Ndungane seriously lacks pace and/or confidence these days.

    As a side note – LAMBIE PLEASE RUN MORE – 2 runs all game and both getting the Sharks over the Ad line (one a try assist).

  • Comment 39, posted at 27.04.13 15:04:58 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 23) : I know, but it may be our only option for this weekend.

  • Comment 40, posted at 27.04.13 15:10:15 by David12246 Reply

  • @pienaar111 (Comment 39) :
    I agree with you top performers. I also though Deysel was solid, but not outstanding. I thought his captaincy combined with Jannie’s leadership at the front was good.

    Also you’d have to say cooper made and excellent impact of the bench and Lindeque was really good once the ball got to him.


    The players I wouldn’t involve in the next game. Marcell on the bench, but Keegan dropped. Odwa replaced by jp, sithole and mvovo on the bench.

    Bosman and Steyn didn’t look comfortable as a combo.

    I would consider bringing Lindeque to the midfield with either Steyn or bosman at 12… I prefer Steyn.

  • Comment 41, posted at 27.04.13 15:11:47 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 41) : I have always disliked Frans Steyn as a player. (doesnt have that consistency or at least consistent temperament)

    Fully agree on those 3 you singled out.
    – Marcell has been absolutely terrible all season
    – Keegan has been reckless all season
    – Odwa is lacking quite a bit

    Deysel lead with a certain calmness which I enjoyed!!!

    But I think I would rather swap Odwa for JP (if fit) than leave Odwa on the park?? what u reckon??

  • Comment 42, posted at 27.04.13 15:28:36 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @letgo … You might just get your wish … I hear frans has been cited for entering a ruck recklessly in the 78th minute

  • Comment 43, posted at 27.04.13 15:30:20 by byron Reply

  • 1. Herbst – Good scrumming out of position, and good loose play.
    2. Burden – He played alright, but not great and probably shouldn’t have started.
    3. du Plessis – Actually scrummed quite well and his defending and attack was nice.
    4. Bresler – Justified his starting spot, say no more.
    5. du Toit – Worried about the injury. He had a more quiet game, but still was alright.
    6. Minnie – Was alright around the breakdown. He made some questionable decisions at maul time early on. I’m not sure about him.
    7. Deysel – He was actually quite quiet. When he did have the ball, he was good. His defense was also good.
    8. Mtembu – Awesome at the back of the scrum. He ran very well and should start again.
    9. McLeod – He played quite well for a change. He’s no Reinach, but showed composure and a new-found accuracy in passing and kicking.
    10. Lambie – I think he played very well. He kicked just the right amount I felt, he didn’t run much and you can only feel that he would’ve if there was more opportunity, and his distribution was awesome. I can’t wait until he plays for the Boks again.
    11. Lindeque – He unfortunately had fewer opportunities to run than Ndungane. He had several good runs though and I think he is a valuable player to have with us on tour.
    12. Bosman – He was very average (enough said).
    13. Steyn – He is starting to pass more which is good. I think he played much better at 13 than he did at 12.
    14. Ndungane – He wasn’t THAT bad. His experience is useful. He should be dropped for Pietersen though, no doubt.
    15. Viljoen – He didn’t REALLY show the skill that he did against the Cheetahs. He was good though.

    16. Cooper – Awesome. Should have started.
    17. Mienie – Hard to rate. He wasn’t on for that long but he scrummed well and carried well once, I think.
    18. van der Merwe – Proved to be a good bench player. Carried well and was good in the set-piece.
    19. Daniel – He made two stupid decisions. The quick tap wasn’t wise but if you think about it, that was part of what made him good last year. I think aside from the two incidents he was alright. Shouldn’t start next week though.
    20. Coetzee – He has kind of lost the plot. He is a committed defender, but when he carries, he seems to turn his back to the defense and run backwards. IT DOESN’T WORK! I don’t know why Meyer is still raving about him. His form is shocking.
    21. Reinach – Played very well. McLeod was good but if fit he should be starting next week. Fingers crossed!
    22. Sithole – Didn’t even touch the ball, I don’t think.

  • Comment 44, posted at 27.04.13 15:47:34 by David12246 Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 34) : Piss poor decision by KD. Don’t know what he was thinking.

  • Comment 45, posted at 27.04.13 16:06:34 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 41) : Frans without a doubt. Bosman has had how many games at 12 now and what has he brought to the party……….ZERO

  • Comment 46, posted at 27.04.13 16:09:54 by Saffex Reply

  • Regardless, a much btter showing by the Sharks. Few would have expected them to come back as strongly as they did, after the initial burst by the Chiefs.

  • Comment 47, posted at 27.04.13 16:10:49 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 45) : and that’s why I need to question the teams desire to win this competition. Seems like the target is a top 6 finish and not to lift the trophy. Surely the plan should have been to win the game or at least get 2 points from scoring 4 tries and finishing within 7.

  • Comment 48, posted at 27.04.13 16:17:44 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 46) : Think you’re being harsh. MB has been fine. Burden on the other hand…just needs to play in the VC.

  • Comment 49, posted at 27.04.13 16:22:30 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 48) : That probably WAS the plan until KD decided otherwise… ๐Ÿ™„

  • Comment 50, posted at 27.04.13 16:29:46 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Well, in his defense Marcell played a big part in the Minnie try.

    I thought Wollie’s captaincy was way better than KD. He made seriously shit decisions despite his try.

    Tera was excellent, loved Cooper and Wors’s little dummy / sidestep.

  • Comment 51, posted at 27.04.13 18:44:49 by Ice Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : What? No Steyn bashing…are you feeling OK Rob ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Comment 52, posted at 28.04.13 07:33:10 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 41) : Problem is we know Plum…

    NExt week Daniel will start #8 ahead of Mtembu who earned another start. Coetzee will take #6 even though he is a #7 and has been poor. And Minnie will be subbed even though he is the only Openside we have

  • Comment 53, posted at 28.04.13 10:26:19 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @Just a Fan (Comment 52) : Steyn had his best game of the season.

  • Comment 54, posted at 29.04.13 08:01:19 by King Shark Reply
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  • So Sharks score 4 tries, Lambie has his best game, yet everyone wants Reinach back in the team… beyond me.

  • Comment 55, posted at 29.04.13 08:09:34 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 55) : One way to look at it. Or you could look at the first balanced loose trio we had in quite some time. A fetcher, a bruiser, and an athlete.

  • Comment 56, posted at 29.04.13 09:27:31 by King Shark Reply
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  • @King Shark (Comment 56) : Yea, I didnโ€™t watch the game, so thatโ€™s the only assessment I could make unfortunately…
    But from what I hear Reinach and KD tried to be glory boys again.

  • Comment 57, posted at 29.04.13 09:46:18 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 55 and 57): I have been reading these blogs for quite a while now and it is clear as daylight that you have a grudge against Reinach, Dont know why, maybe he out played you or a family member or friend of yours like Mcleod because he was plain and simply a better player .I really do feel sorry for people like you that feel the need to break down the young talent,he is 1 of the better scrumhalfs is SA at the moment and thats why he got pulled up to the bok squad. If you want to talk about Reinach all the time then go and start a blog about players you hate and you can waste all your time on that blog talking nonsense!!!

  • Comment 58, posted at 29.04.13 11:42:44 by wollie Reply

  • @Uli (Comment 57) : You didnt even watch the game,yet have something to say!KD made mistakes and took a poor decision, but also scored a great try and Reinach made an exceptional intercept and run.

  • Comment 59, posted at 29.04.13 11:53:58 by wollie Reply

  • @wollie (Comment 59) : Hi Wollie welcome to the site.

    You’ve made your point now, though. Let’s move on.

  • Comment 60, posted at 29.04.13 11:56:44 by robdylan Reply
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