Sharks end off in style

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 13 Jul 2013 at 18:52
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The Sharks have scored ten tries for the second time in their Super Rugby history, beating the Kings by 58 points to 13 at Kings Park.

With The Kings management opting to send a weakened side to Durban this week, there was always going to be a gulf in class between the sides and the Sharks started as though they fully intended to make that clear, with forward like Jean Deysel and Bismarck du Plessis bullying the Kings up front. There were some early backline jitters, as the Kings got onto the board first after Waylon Murray latched onto a loose Meyer Bosman pass in the Sharks’ 22, feeding George Whitehead for the opening try.

Retribution was swift and painful, as first Marcell Coetzee and then Bismarck du Plessis scored from the back of rolling mauls, before a speculative chip through from Odwa Ndungane caught the Kings out with a wicked bounce. The fullback sprinted through to score his side’s third. As is so often the case, though, the Sharks then went to sleep, opting to eschew their strong forwards in favour of aimless running, poor passing and needlessly intricate backline maneuvers that ultimately achieved little. The Kings took advantage, working their way back into the game via a penalty and then a rolling maul try of their own. After looking like running away with it, the Sharks were suddenly only 19-13 ahead.

The score stung them back into action, though, and a strong rolling maul shortly afterwards resulted in a penalty try, as Kings loosie Devin Oosthuizen killed the movement illegally. The teams went into the shed with the Sharks holding a 26-13 advantage and while the bonus point win may already have been secured, there was little satisfaction to be had from the performance.

The second half was a different story, though, as the Sharks used their substitutes intelligently to up the tempo and expose this Kings outfit as pretenders at this level. Riaan Viljoen raced through for the opening score of the half, with Beast Mtawarira scoring a popular try five minutes later. As Meyer Bosman’s kicking took a turn for the worse, the Sharks continued to pile on the pressure via tries, with Louis Ludik and then Keegan Daniel adding five-pointers as the half progressed.

The try of the game, though, went to replacement flyhalf Fred Zeilinga, in only his third touch of the ball at this level. A lovely run from Jandre Marais resulted in an offload to Alberts, who in turn offloaded (once again) to Beast. Mtawarira fed the flying 20-year-old on his outside, with Zeilinga streaking away for the score. Meyer Bosman, one of the players set to leave the team after the game, capped off a good team showing by taking the scoring pass from Lwazi Mvovo well into injury time. Jacques Botes, amazingly, took over the tee, but also missed his conversion attempt.

Sharks (58): Tries Marcell Coetzee, Bismarck du Plessis, Penalty try, Odwa Ndungane, Riaan Viljoen, Louis Ludik, Beast Mtawarira, Fred Zeilinga, Keegan Daniel, Meyer Bosman. Conversions: Bosman (4).

Kings (13): Tries George Whitehead, Mpho Mbiyozo. Conversion Whitehead. Penalty Whitehead


  • LAME.

    The only thing to be positive about about this season is that Plum has finally gone. Of course, with rumours abounding that we may have a high school coach replacing him, there’s not much to look forward to for next season.

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.07.13 19:46:44 by klempie Reply
  • @klempie (Comment 1) : Don’t underestimate BMH. Venter will also be involved and he has a brilliant rugby brain. BMH is an excellent man manager and the Sharks need someone there to settle the guys and create a good atmosphere again. Happy players are players who put their heart and soul into their performance and put their bodies on the line for their team mates.

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.07.13 20:57:08 by lostfish Reply
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  • Jislaaikit but this was a horrid season for the Sharks – everything that could go wrong, went wrong.

    Can only get better and I’m cautiously optimistic about this CC campaign, let’s face it, we’ve hit rock bottom. We can only improve.

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.07.13 21:13:14 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Let’s all be happy, 4 SA teams in the top 8 and only two from NZ and Aus πŸ™‚

    Come on Cheetahs and Bulls!

    Bring on the Rugby Championship and the Currie cup! πŸ˜€

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.07.13 23:13:52 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • How disappointing that the Stormers finished ahead of the Sharks. Also consigning the Sharks to a bottom half finish.

    I am very concerned that we do not have a “proper” and “experienced” coach going forward.

    However Plumtree and his 2 stooges had reached the end of the road. Too many disappointments from them and not enough achievements.

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.07.13 00:17:08 by Feather Reply

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  • @Feather (Comment 5) : At this time BMH has been chosen to head up the Currie Cup campaign – with a new crew, they will operate under Brendan Venter, someone I have been rooting for to come to the Sharks for ages. I believe he can do the job at S15 level too, after all, Coetzee, Drotske and Plumtree had never coached S15 before they started their respective jobs. Several Sharks are leaving, we will have a re organised squad, coaching staff and senior management team. It’s exciting times ahead, not only for the team, but the fans and Kings Park. It’s almost everything everyone asked for and now we must put our mouths and support behind this new team.

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.07.13 08:58:34 by Caratacus Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 1) : it seems official got an old hiltonian email confirming the appointment last night for the currie cup. Starting the 22 july

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.07.13 09:11:24 by durbsguy Reply

  • Bad news PSDT signed with the [email protected]FireTheLooser (Comment 3) :

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.07.13 12:20:44 by BoerSeun Reply

  • @BoerSeun (Comment 8) : thats sad, and pretty worrying.

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.07.13 13:31:18 by Uli Reply
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  • @BoerSeun (Comment 8) : the Sharks were once the team that players wanted to move to. It had a prominent and successful brand and the team used to win trophies.

    Now we are a feeder union to more successful teams… have suffered a massive player exodus over the last 5 years… and are unable to attract big name players…

    Reading that recent “ostrich/banana” article on rugby 365 and iafrica was a real eye-opener in terms of how far the Sharks have allowed themselves to slide from the top of the pile. Thanks Van Zyl.

    Now that the dust has settled from yesterday I think the biggest disappointment for me is that over the last 3 years of the new (horrible) Super 15 format our two main competitors – Stormers and Bulls – have each managed to secure home semi finals through consistent tournament play and take the conference title. The Sharks lack any consistency. Hot and cold in periods, even in individual games. One half hot, the next half cold. 4 games won on the trot, 4 games lost on the trot. We have bumbled along and scraped into 6th position or missed out on the play-offs completely. It smacks of mismanagement and failure to reach potential.

    Last year’s 2 away wins in the play offs glossed over the wider problems plaguing the Sharks union, delaying the big decisions and ultimately resulting in another year of failure.

    I am pleased by the cathartic new broom sweeping through the union but anxious that the right personnel are appointed. The Sharks are not the place to learn how to coach. The experienced man, Venter, is only part time, with other job commitments, and not even permanently based in Durban. How much of a leading role he can possibly play remains to be seen. I only hope that the new coaching team are not too inexperienced to handle the pressure which inevitably comes with such an important coaching position.

    We all support the team through thick and thin. It does not mean that we cannot voice concerns.

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.07.13 13:32:03 by Feather Reply

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  • @BoerSeun (Comment 8) : Aag nee NOOIT!!! Can this be true!?!?!?!?!

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.07.13 13:32:50 by R Hayward Reply

  • @BoerSeun (Comment 8) :
    Please tell me that this isn’t true !!!!!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.07.13 14:43:01 by Horsy Reply

  • Bismarck off to Toulouse or Toulon if the google.translator works. Now I hear psdt also leaving. At least we have a high school coach assisted by another high school coach assisted by an u19 coach directed by a D.O.R who wont even live in Durban. Sorry guys. You can call me any names you want, but we are fucked.

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.07.13 15:36:19 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 13) : exactly what I been saying all along….

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.07.13 15:37:30 by Uli Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 13) : I’d be very surprised if either player leaves.

    Please at least give the new guys a chance before making judgments! I think a whole new group of coaches, DOR and CEO will be good for the union. But I guess all we can do is wait and see! πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.07.13 16:43:59 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • @SeanyJMc (Comment 15) : “I think a whole new group of coaches, DOR and CEO will be good for the union.”

    No one is disagreeing about that. In fact most are happy that something at least has changed given our mediocre past decade.

    It’s the personnel who have been recruited that are worrying.

    When I heard Venter had been appointed DOR I was over the moon. But scratch beneath the surface and it’s pretty evident that Venter isn’t going to have much of a role, at least time-wise. He is still committed to his consultant role at Saracens, he will be living in Cape Town, and some have suggested he will be practising medicine in Cape Town too. Even a north of the Jukskei journalist has suggested that Venter himself is pretty bemused that he is being described as “director of rugby”.

    And don’t get me started on the high school coaches that have been lined up. Even BMH, our new “head coach”, has only been coaching high school level for 2 seasons…….

    There is a clear and palpable lack of experience in the full time coaching team. Cause for concern, no?

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.07.13 17:25:05 by Feather Reply

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  • @SeanyJMc (Comment 15) : oh I hope im wrong.

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.07.13 17:26:00 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • Well I’m not sure what the future holds for the Sharks. I do however agree that changes had to be made for the better of the union. Whether the current changes are the correct ones… time will only tell. I will however wait before judging anyone just yet. I would like to urge my fellow Sharks supporters to do the same. I’m pretty sure that the players might feel unsure about the future as well and I can only hope that all uncertainties are put to bed real soon.

    As for the exodus of players, well everyone moves on sooner or later. This might open the door for the next crop of players. There are however a few players I feel sad to see go but that is life. I’m also sure that a better pay cheque might be more of an incentive that “unhappiness” at the union. Let’s not forget how long a player’s career actually is. I say good luck to them, and thanks for the memories.

    And remember “Things always seem darkest before dawn”

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.07.13 17:26:32 by Farlington Reply

  • It’s going to take time and it’ not going to be easy but we need to support the Sharks and hope they get it right!!!!!

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.07.13 17:55:58 by JD Reply
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  • @BoerSeun (Comment 8) : Aah that’s some pretty sad news – if true.

    So at lock we gonna still be a bit thin.
    Loose head we’re also becoming a bit thin.
    Th and hooker we need to do everything possible to hold onto Herbst and Cooper.
    Loosies we’re always covered.
    Quality age group scrummies and Fh’s coming through the ranks. Centers, we probably a bit thin.
    Wings we should be fine.
    FB is even worse than our lock situation.

    But not to worry, those that don’t want to stay must rather leave than negatively impacting the team spirit. It’s time for the Sharks to play as a team again, and stop losing as individuals.

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.07.13 18:41:31 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Uli (Comment 9) : @R Hayward (Comment 11) : @Horsy (Comment 12) : @FireTheLooser (Comment 20) : even more Bad News Marko Wentzel to join the Sharks!!!! How is this of use to use? So the Bulls have Jacques Du Plessis, PSDT, kriel bros they are looking to sign Ungerer 9 will know this week about him…the sharks are trying to sign the Cheethas 9 even with Reinach in our Ranks, we lost Jeandre I heard because the expect a lot from the Du Preez bros…who are at least 4 years away from senior rugby…I don’t know, wtf is going on.

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.07.13 19:19:31 by BoerSeun Reply

  • @BoerSeun (Comment 21) : Thanks BoerSeun, dis maar bra KAK nuus! This week that lies ahead is going to be a interesting one in player movements for most unions. WP and Cheetahs are doing media conferences tomorrow I think…

  • Comment 22, posted at 14.07.13 19:32:17 by R Hayward Reply

  • Hell I really hope you lot got some bad info. After losing Jandre there is no way the Sharks can afford to lose PSDT.

  • Comment 23, posted at 14.07.13 20:03:48 by JD Reply
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  • Useless…

  • Comment 24, posted at 14.07.13 22:30:58 by Talent Reply
  • Players moving because they don’t want to be coached by a high school/club coach ,perhaps?

    I’m getting seriously tired of being a Rugby supporter.

  • Comment 25, posted at 14.07.13 22:38:27 by Talent Reply
  • My feeling is this “its going to take time” and this “we are building” etc is a load of BS. If you chose to incorporate school coaches then yes, its going to take time and then you will have to build towards the future. We as Sharks supporters have had to build 100 years before we saw a CC trophy in the Kings Park cabinet. Then after 1996 we have had to endure another 12 years before we had anything to show. Now the fact the our DOR is sitting in CT, and we have school coaches running the show, and not being able to retain our world class players goes to show that there is more to this than just a Barney shown. Change is good, but the drastic changes being done, and the replacements used is a huge worry for me. Losing world class players and not being able to replace them with world class players shows someone is doing it wrong.

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.07.13 08:31:29 by Uli Reply
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  • Why is everybody harping on the school coach thing? It seems to me that the sharks has pulled up their U21 coaches which makes sense, and then got in the Bulls u19 coach as well and the younger bulls has been damn good the last few years? Would you have been happier with another international coach coming purely for the paycheck?

    As for players leaving, I highly doubt that Bismark would leave now after spending a year on the sidelines and I’ll await news from a credible source about PSDT before worrying about it.

  • Comment 27, posted at 15.07.13 08:49:08 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 27) : jeez, thanks – some sanity at last.

    It’s very easy to write off a coach as a “school coach” and ignore all his achievements at higher level if your goal is to denigrate him. Lots of people here seem a lot more keen on “scoring points” than they do on supporting the Sharks.

  • Comment 28, posted at 15.07.13 09:02:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 27) : Bismarck, Jannie and Alberts are all tied to SA by their Bok contracts. If they were going to sign for another SA franchise, they would have done so by now.

  • Comment 29, posted at 15.07.13 09:04:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 27) : he may only be a school coach but he is an excellent man manager. He knows how to get the guys going. Add an excellent rugby brain behind that and you have a good chance of success.

    I don’t care how good a coach is if the players are not happy with the coach they are not going to give their best.

  • Comment 30, posted at 15.07.13 09:07:51 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 30) : I’m taking huge confidence from how positive the players all seem to be about the change

  • Comment 31, posted at 15.07.13 09:26:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) :

    Who do you think will be the S15 coach?

  • Comment 32, posted at 15.07.13 09:28:53 by Pokkel Reply
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  • 5 years Experience needed! How do you get the experience if no one wants to give you a chance?

    Stop whining and get behind the system. Arent we Sharks supporters through and through? Or are we those ‘fans’ that are only ‘fans’ when the going is good?

    I say, give Them a chance and let them figure it out while we support them!

  • Comment 33, posted at 15.07.13 09:37:43 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 33) : Yes man! I support the ouens all & all! Good times is great and bad times is kak! But I never ever considered another team. These are my ouens and sure the future is uncertain, but jislaaik it’s like a drug being a shark supporter… cant wait to see them again on da field.

  • Comment 34, posted at 15.07.13 09:45:33 by R Hayward Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : I admit I was a little concerned at first but from what I have heard through the grapevine is that the guys are excited about the change and are looking forward to the CC. I am looking forward to seeing what the Sharks will be doing come CC time.

  • Comment 35, posted at 15.07.13 09:51:38 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 35) : Well that is a bit more reassuring…

  • Comment 36, posted at 15.07.13 10:03:38 by Uli Reply
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