Steyn slaughters sloppy Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 25 May 2013 at 20:52
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The Sharks have paid the price for poor discipline, with Bulls flyhalf Morne Steyn kicking six penalties to ensure an 18-16 victory for the visitors at Kings Park.

Few watching the game unfold would have had reason to doubt the Sharks’ commitment or enthusiasm, with big hits and pressure defence from the hosts hustling and harrying the Bulls into uncharacteristic errors on own ball. In no area where the Sharks more dominant than at scrum time, with referee Jonathan Kaplan mercilessly penalising the outclassed Bulls pack at this set piece; it was, however, to no avail for the Sharks, since their error rate ensured that they could not capitalise on this strong platform.

Rather, it was ongoing and shocking indiscipline from the Sharks – with their captain Keegan Daniel the chief culprit – that saw the Bulls gain and extend the early lead courtesy of the ever-reliable boot of Steyn. Trailing 3-9 at half time, the Sharks again had the better of much of the play in the second half, yet failed to turn that pressure into anything concrete on the scoreboard, as each penalty of Pat Lambie’s was duly erased by one to his opposite number. The Sharks did give their fans a glimmer of hope late in the game, as Charl McLeod bustled over for the only try of the contest with just 8 minutes left. Lambie, cool as ever, stroked over the conversion to hand the Sharks a single-point lead.

The elation was short-lived, with the Sharks conceding yet another penalty not a minute later, which Steyn duly stroked over to hand his side the win.

Sharks (16): Try Charl McLeod. Conversion Pat Lambie. Penalties: Lambie (3)
Bulls (18): Penalties Morne Steyn (6)


  • The Sharks are frustrating the living f¥€k out of me!!!!!!!! Hell at times they’re pathetic, they must be the most frustrating side to watch in all of world sport!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.05.13 21:00:11 by JD Reply
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  • I never wannna see Daniel or Plum again.Ever!

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.05.13 21:03:38 by tigershark Reply

  • Rory Kockott’s playing well in France, can we have him back? 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.05.13 21:07:27 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • Only one Shark looked world class PSDT, he had a HUGE game!!!!! Beast and Jannie was monsters in the scrum but both did not do enough in loose play. They’re also the only 3 Sharks that should be in the Bok team.

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.05.13 21:11:54 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 5) : At least we can hope for a PSDT + Eben combination for the Boks! 🙂

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.05.13 21:29:00 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • I’m in Durban for the weekend staying with my boet (who doesn’t have a TV). I’m in Morningside, less than 1.7kms away from the stadium as the crow flies…and I STILL boycotted this joke of a team.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.05.13 21:34:48 by klempie Reply

  • Good commitment shown by the boys, We have to appreciate that fact.

    They were up for this game physically, and really rattled the bulls most of the time.

    But, all in vaine…. Tnx to our captain………. Keegan, you really frustrate the [email protected] out of me!!!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.05.13 21:35:18 by SharksRTB Reply

  • I feel sorry for Lambie… He will gather splinters for the next couple of months and carry tackle bags for the boks.

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.05.13 21:48:00 by SharksRTB Reply

  • Did any of us actually expect a different outcome 🙄

    Anyways, on the upside of yet another failure is that we’re one step closer to Plum and co’s marching orders. 😀

    I don’t think Keegan’s inclusion at 8 at the expense of Kanko, and his captaincy at the expense of Deysel has been good for team morale. Last year the boys managed to suck it up, but you can only take that much before you finally throw in the towel.

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.05.13 21:57:24 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Wow yet another game where our discipline let us down and most of all Keegan Daniel!! Thank goodness there is a long break before we get let down by our team once again.
    One would think that seeing that the Sharks live, train and play in Dbn most of the year that by some sort of miracle we would handle the ball better even with the dew/humidity factor?? #JUSTSAYING :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.05.13 22:03:14 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

  • Mcelod has the awareness of a plug socket, he whinges more than I do when I go for a back ,crack and sack 😆 just kidding ,I dont.

    Lambie has the flipen heart of a lion ,unfortunately tonight he played like one 🙄 😆 How long will our dam line outs hinder our play?!?!?! Useless

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.05.13 22:08:48 by Talent Reply
  • Think the less said about Sharks line-outs and backs the better!!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.05.13 22:19:29 by JD Reply
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  • Hi guys. I was at the game. Who was the tosser who didnt pass when there was a man unmarked on his left with a clear run to the tryline? Was it Keegan? Btw that game was like watching paint dry.

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.05.13 22:21:20 by CapeShark Reply
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  • Yes CapeShark classy play by Sharks skipper, he’s got such super vision as a player! a must for any national team!!!!

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.05.13 22:30:07 by JD Reply
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  • The whole stadium was screaming: PASSSSS!!!! And when he didnt i swear guys wanted to invade the pitch and klap him, if they could.
    What a loser! He left 7 guaranteed points there and probably gave the Bulls 9 points in penalties. Not what u want from your captain…

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.05.13 22:36:19 by CapeShark Reply
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  • CapeShark he should have been man of the match as he was the Bulls best player.

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.05.13 22:42:40 by JD Reply
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  • Sharks were probably the better team on the night from an opportunities point of view, but their lack of cohesion and poor decision making was ugly to watch.

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.05.13 22:45:47 by byron Reply

  • Is there a petition called: “Get Plumtree onto Gumtree” 🙂

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.05.13 22:49:34 by CapeShark Reply
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  • If keegan does not get dropped after this showing …………. what was I thinking Plum will never drop his golden boy!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.05.13 22:51:23 by JD Reply
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  • Sorry boys you tried hard and played your hearts out! You owned the bulls in the scrums (how dominant must you be to get a penalty????)

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.05.13 22:54:15 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Great try Mcleod!! We were the best team tonight but we sank ourselves. Sharks forever!

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.05.13 22:56:44 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Well atleast my soccer team’s UEFA champs!!!! Way to go Bayern!!!!!

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.05.13 23:03:27 by JD Reply
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  • KILLERSHARK did you watch the game????????? Sorry to say Sharks was very poor tonight!!! Pathetic line-outs and the backs have no idea how to attack!!!!

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.05.13 23:10:33 by JD Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 16) : gotta agree…..
    That was the one really wasted try opportunity! Was whinning about that after I saw how he didn’t pass…..and what was with the bulls player who fell down in front of him…..not that that’s an excuse for not passing!
    And the other was when we spread it wide and somehow then seemed shocked we were at the tryline!

    Sadly we put awesome pressure on them, but those handling errors and terrible discipline sabotaged it! And giving penalties so close to our posts, suicide with steyn on!

  • Comment 25, posted at 26.05.13 00:22:00 by JhbSharkFan Reply

  • And why the hell do we stick with McLeod….I know Reinach is injured and that is such a pity cos he is awesome! But seriously? We have no one else?

    In a perfect world replace Mc”eod with Reinach and Keegan with Mtembu…..

    And sweet heavens can we get Whitehead and and and…..aaargh drawn blank, but that other hurt guy back into the back line!

  • Comment 26, posted at 26.05.13 00:24:57 by JhbSharkFan Reply

  • @Talent (Comment 12) : You’ve just put an image into my head of Taylor Swift getting a back, crack and sack?!

    I really don’t know what to make of it… 😯

  • Comment 27, posted at 26.05.13 00:38:37 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • @JD (Comment 15) : Honestly, I think Keegan is up for IRB player of the year. He makes loose forward pretenders like McCaw, Pocock, Burger and others look like average players.

    Heck, I think he’s a better captain than John Smit was as well!

  • Comment 28, posted at 26.05.13 00:45:26 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • @SeanyJMc (Comment 28) : ja jong that’s another game down the drain thanx to captain perfect!!!!!!

  • Comment 29, posted at 26.05.13 02:30:46 by JD Reply
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  • Nice kick from Pat the last few seconds 😕

    Daniel just had to pass to Viljoen I think and he decided to bash in the back of Morne.

  • Comment 30, posted at 26.05.13 08:17:31 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • And yet the Sharks are still ahead of the Stormers and Kings on the Superrugby log!

  • Comment 31, posted at 26.05.13 08:30:18 by CS Reply

  • Why couldn’t they even try for a drop kick when on attack in the last minutes?????

  • Comment 32, posted at 26.05.13 10:25:07 by Dynamite Reply

  • @JD (Comment 24) : 😈 Indeed I did! What I saw was a Sharks team hell bent on winning this game. I saw bone crushing tackles and playing so hard that they sometimes got onto the bad side of the decisions. I saw a brilliant game of rugby by MY team at an amazing pace. I saw humans making human errors. I saw a couple of wonky decisions that stopped their momentum and I saw disappointment in their faces when they lost.
    What I did not see was a video game with androids fighting my battle for me, with a reset button or cheat codes which enables me to win every time. I saw real life (where we probably lose more than we win) and it was thrilling!
    I do not subscribe to mob mentality and dis MY team because I walked in those boots and I understand. 😈

  • Comment 33, posted at 26.05.13 11:41:28 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • KILLERSHARK I will always support the Sharks no matter what, but that does not make me blind for the mistakes. I did not say that they did not try and yes I believe all of them was hurting. What I said was that the line-outs was pethetic, currently there’s no attacking spark in the backs and keegan is way of form and should be dropped. Seeing and admitting the weakpoint does not make me a bad supporter it makes me a realist!

  • Comment 34, posted at 26.05.13 11:59:02 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 34) : 😈 You mistake my view point as being criticism on yours. We all saw the mistakes and its blogged here every week, now lets blog the highlights of our team, just this week. 😈

  • Comment 35, posted at 26.05.13 12:10:36 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 35) : So let’s ignore all the aimless kicking for the better part of 60mins. Let’s ignore the juvenile handling errors, the utter lack of leadership in decision making, and let us as supporters rather focus on the ten minutes after half time, and the ten minutes before full time. We’ll then have a team that can beat any team in the world. 😀

    Only problem with this? Rugby is played for 80 minutes, not twenty. 🙄

  • Comment 36, posted at 26.05.13 12:31:30 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • KILLERSHARK then we’re only going to talk about the Sharks scrum and PSDT. I’m not against what you say but the mistakes does not get fixed they just stuff up week after week. I for one am gatvol that our champion side gives mediocre performances week in and week out.

  • Comment 37, posted at 26.05.13 14:34:03 by JD Reply
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  • PSDT!! What a player, what an asset to the Sharks and the country. HM mustn’t waste time, him at 4 and Eben at 5 should be our looking combination with immediate effect. Eben plays like a 5 anyway.

  • Comment 38, posted at 26.05.13 15:59:05 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 36) : 😈 I believe rugby is played over an entire season.
    The mistakes of others shall surely be accumulated to those of last night’s game. We lost this season some games ago, placing the team under so much more pressure.
    Even PSDT had bad moments, even costing us points. That is the nature of the human and the game. No need to dis the players so much in my book.

  • Comment 39, posted at 26.05.13 18:47:20 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • I’m sorry but I honestly have to fully agree with killer shark on this. I’m sorry guys no offense but week in and week out I hear of how u all use the phrase we are still sharks supporters as a spring board and then proceed to tear the team both collectively and individually apart, worst then then the critics from opposition teams do, I’m sorry but this is totally ridiculous, even when the boys win u still have some harsh criticism that would make simon and randall look like sissies, nee sies man ouens en vrouens. With fans like these who needs enemies bra

  • Comment 40, posted at 26.05.13 20:10:31 by Stiko85 Reply

  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 39) : Most of us are calling for the coach’s head, and not blaming the players.

    Even with the one (or two) mistakes from PSdT, everyone is still raving about how great a player he is. Everybody put their bodies on the line last night, but they just seem to have lost all ideas of how a game of Sharks rugby has to be played.

    This I blame on the coaches.

  • Comment 41, posted at 26.05.13 21:26:35 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 41) : I’m sorry that’s simply not true, most of the comments on this site has ripped individual players just as much as the coach apart, from daniel to frans to odwa to charl to van der merwe, and the list goes on and on and on. So saying that most of ‘us’ has only been calling for the coach and his assistant’s heads and not blaming the players is plainly put (and that just coz I can’t so my kullid maniere) not entirely true. Now u’ll can crucify me with the second most famous line on this site, “should we as supporters just accept this mediocrity,” I’ll still stand by my previous comment, with fans like these….

  • Comment 42, posted at 26.05.13 23:29:08 by Stiko85 Reply

  • I would just like to remind everyone that any evaluation of Plumtree’s performance as a coach this SupeRugby season, has to include consideration of the fact that he has had to deal with an absolutely ridiculous injury toll. Not justifying or implying anything, just a reminder.

  • Comment 43, posted at 26.05.13 23:32:01 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • I for one felt a little more comfortable with the display on Saturday. Sure we could have and should have won it. Despite a debilitating injury list, I for one am happy Plum has not used that as an excuse, unlike his Stormers counterpart or the various papers.

    This site condemned The Sharks after the Kings performance, how well have these guys played this year. This site slammed the record breaking achievements against the Rebels(?), how well have these guys performed and blow me down we lambasted the performance against the perennial chart topping Crusaders.

    Sure there have been some really disappointing performances and I sincerely believe it was not for the lack of trying. Anyone who knows me realise I am a huge KD fan. Yip he hasn’t had the best of seasons and I think at the moment he is trying to hard. All the reports plus members of this site nailed him for giving away so many penalties. I remember 2 instances where one HE was not the one pulling down the maul, this was created on the opposite side of the maul but sure as God made little green apples the commentators screwed him. The second instance was when he tried to go through the maul, over the top and looked at Kaplan to see if he was legal. Kaplan said nothing so he carried on and then caught between the devil and the deep blue sea he stopped…..only then did Kaplan award the penalty. As an after thought can anyone tell me how many games have the Sharks won when Kaplan has officiated.

    Have a great day and remember The Sharks rule…..good, bad or indifferent.

  • Comment 44, posted at 27.05.13 08:00:52 by Bayshark Reply

  • I’m undecided about this game. We really dominated the Bulls in many areas of the game but a couple of brainfarts cost us the game. I’m pretty sure that all here would have sung the teams praises had that last penalty not been awarded.

    Having said that it was disappointing as hell to lose like that. Keegan had a shocker once again and surely cannot justify his place in the team any longer.

  • Comment 45, posted at 27.05.13 08:20:23 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Bayshark (Comment 44) : The ref is not there to coach the players.

    Keegan gave two silly penalties away at the maul – once when he tried to crawl over the top, and the other when he did not fall back when the maul went thru 180. Both from which Steyn converted.

    Unfortunately this team is now so debilitated by fear that they are too scared to play – illustrated by Lambie kicking the ball out at the end with 15 seconds left. Losing bonus points mean nothing to the Sharks at this stage except to stay clear from the Kings.

  • Comment 46, posted at 27.05.13 08:35:25 by Bokhoring Reply
  • “…that saw the Bulls gain and extend the early lead courtesy of the ever-reliable boot of Steyn.”
    Ever reliable? This time last year it was far from that. And a missed peanut and several errors in kicking judgment in this game shows that beneath that smooth, unruffled exterior (because he avoids contact at all costs) Morne is a mere mortal and stuffs up just as well as anyone. The fact remains that the Bulls game is built around Morne and forcing the opposing side to concede penalties so he can do what he does. The whole world knows that. So who’s the real mug? The automaton who pumps the ball through the uprights with unerring consistency or the idiot on the opposing side who flaunts the rules allowing him to do so? It’s not rocket science. It’s rugby.

  • Comment 47, posted at 27.05.13 14:33:06 by Shaz Reply

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