Richard Ferguson

McLeod magic sinks Bulls

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 31 Aug 2013 at 18:52
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A strong second half performance from the Sharks, ignited by a strong showing from the Sharks substitutes, got the Sharks to a bonus point 34 – 18 victory over the Bulls at Growthpoint Kings Park. Charl McLeod’s best 40 minutes in his 50th Currie Cup match got the Sharks a full house of points.

The Bulls got off to a flying start in the first half, scoring the first try of the match, Akona Ndungane finishing off a wonderful backline move which was started by Jurgen Visser breaking the line. It didn’t take long for the Sharks to hit back though, SP Marais charging down a Visser clearance kick and dotting down in the corner.

The only other points for the half were scored through the boot of Fred Zeilinga and Handre Pollard, scoring two and one penalty respectively. Pollard had a drop goal overturned after some foul play from Frik Kirsten, who got a yellow card for a tip tackle.

Paul Willemse almost spent some time on the side of the park after dropping his shoulder into Lwazi Mvovo, taking him out after putting a kick through. The penalty was given, but the player was lucky to get away with the hit.

First points of the second half went to Handre Pollard, his first kick hitting the upright but getting the second shot of the half on target.

The Sharks scored the first try of the half, Keegan Daniel setting up Heimar Williams for an easy run in. Daniel broke along the touchline and brilliantly off loaded to Williams who jogged in untouched. Zeilinga converted for a well-deserved seven point lead with 25 minutes to play.

Charl McLeod’s impact off the bench was immense, scoring the third Sharks try. His service and speed around the edges proving the difference between the Sharks from the first half. The Sharks got a scrum deep in Bulls territory thanks to a charged down kick, McLeod scoring off the base with a strong run.

Dale Chadwick received a yellow card for consistent penalties conceded at the scrum, with the Sharks having to play 10 of the last 15 minutes with 14 men. This only seemed to push the Sharks into another gear as Marco Wentzel went over for the bonus point try. This after a kick through from the Sharks was gathered by the Bulls, but the pass was intercepted by Williams and swung to Wentzel to finish the game off as a contest.

This didn’t keep the Bulls from attacking though, Akona Ndungane scoring his second try of the match in the last minutes to reduce the deficit to 16 points.

The Sharks improved their play at the breakdown for this match, managing plenty of steals in the tackle situation, Jacques Botes especially getting into the thick of things. The line-outs also improved in the second half, Marco Wentzel showing his worth stealing a few Bulls line-outs, again, breaking their momentum.

On the negative side, the Sharks scrum struggled, Chadwick seemingly the weak point, being penalised three times and eventually getting a yellow card for his efforts. Also, handling errors halted Sharks momentum in the first half.

The moment of the match was Charl McLeod coming onto the field, his presence changing the dynamic of the match and playing a truly magnificent forty minutes.


  • Nice one Sharks, always great trashing the Bulls!

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.08.13 18:55:19 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Well deserved Charl. Best game I have seen from him in a while

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.08.13 18:57:18 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Congratulations. The better side won. Well done on the top of the log position as well.

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.08.13 19:01:00 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 3) : You’re an unusual sort of Bulls supporter, aren’t you? 😛

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.08.13 19:04:05 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 4) : I would still have loved the Bulls to win, but when you’ve been outplayed, you’ve been outplayed, no use lying to yourself about it.

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.08.13 19:13:18 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • Good game Sharkies!

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.08.13 19:14:26 by RuckingFun Reply

  • WHEW! It was a nail biter before Charl Mcleod came on. Thank goodness for substitutes. Very fitting man of the match.!

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.08.13 19:38:02 by [email protected] Reply

  • Enjoyable game Sharks, great to see guys like Botes, Keegan and Charl showing they still have what it takes. SP looks to be a real talent for the future, will make the departure of Ludik somewhat less of a blow. Odwa has been a great servant of Sharks rugby, but I think it’s time he bowed out gracefully.

    What was up with our two times in a row man of the match Jean Deysel yesterday. Haven’t seen him being put on his ass and falling off tackles like that for a while now. Just when I thought that Chadwick was showing that maybe he has what it takes to play Currie Cup rugby after the past few games, suddenly he comes up with a shocker.

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.09.13 09:17:13 by jonnow Reply

  • I’m glad Sharks won but I think they were a bit lucky.

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.09.13 10:02:25 by JD Reply
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  • Well done to Charl and the team for the win. Also not happy about our game at this stage. We are improving every week though. Cobus needs to stop thinking that he is Genia, he’s not the team’s general, his primary role is to provide a quick clean service to the flyhalf. He’s slowing our entire game down which puts everyone under pressure. He needs to work on his primary function.

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.09.13 10:30:55 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • 😈 The sharks were awesome yesterday!! Downing the Bulls is always special for us Pr(a)etorians! Charl, Botes and Keegan were great in the engine room while Zeilinga, SP, Odwa and especially Ludick again showed some skills. Williams showed intent and I like his style.
    Congratulations Charl on yet another great game. You work hard every game and it is nice to have the effort change into some great gains.
    Chadwick had that guy binding onto his triceps the whole game, so there was no way the scrum would work on that side.
    Team discipline and teamwork were our true strengths and to see a lock run in for a corner try is pure bliss!
    The team rotation system seems to kick in and was very visible with our 9’s.
    Cobus seemed rusty and is under healthy pressure to up his game. Nothing game time shall improve. Suddenly McLeod became the impact player! Their different game styles really confuses the defence. Fantastic!
    I just wish we could have this vigorous demand for every position in our team. 😈

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.09.13 10:36:28 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 5) : 😈 Dankie. Dis altyd lekker as die Bulle & Haaie mekaar pak. Daarom is die wen so spesiaal, maak nie saak wie se dag dit uitdraai om te wees nie. 😈

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.09.13 10:40:31 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 5) : 😈 The Bulls need to sort Willemse out, he is going to be a serious liability for the team. 😈

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.09.13 10:43:56 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Deysel and Botes were immense at the breakdown – especially in the first half, turning over possession seemingly at will. I’d like to see us replicate that against Super Rugby opposition.

    I’m sad that we’re losing Louis Ludik, but SP Marais has certainly allayed any fears at 15.

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.09.13 11:29:34 by MerckZ Reply

  • Must admit this was the least stress I ever had during a sharks vs bulls match. What a pleasure. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.09.13 12:34:13 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • This game very much reminded me of the Sharks of 2012, only more disciplined. Good stuff!

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.09.13 13:22:16 by David12246 Reply

  • Poor performance from the sharks

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.09.13 18:47:09 by Flippie Reply

  • @Flippie (Comment 17) : Oh, come on! Not perfect, but a bit unfair.

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.09.13 22:40:03 by David12246 Reply

  • @Flippie (Comment 17) : 😆 Flippie at least you have changed the tune you were singing. I missed the regular “sharks are gonna lose” comments before the game.

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.09.13 07:40:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Flippie (Comment 17) :

    You are going to have to try harder..

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.09.13 08:16:32 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Just showss that Mcleod is amazing when he’s on form. If he could do that consistently he’d be starting bok number 9 for sure!

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.09.13 08:33:12 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 21) : If he wanted to start for the Boks he would have had to stay in Pretoria or move to France.

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.09.13 08:42:19 by David12246 Reply

  • @PTAShark (Comment 21) :

    He is class when he wants to be!

    I think the fact that the Sharks suddenly have two scrummies capable of starting, has pushed him into a new level.

    Now if only he could work on his consistency, then the Sharks would be smiling all the way.

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.09.13 09:11:51 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 23) : We McLeod plays well, the Sharks play well.

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.09.13 09:37:50 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 24) : fact.

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.09.13 18:35:24 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Please the bulls play allowed him to look good,one game against weak opponents doesn’t change my view that both Aurther Murrey & Late & Maby are weak links for the Sharks,don’t offer anything new to the rubbish we know & its time to get a new 9

  • Comment 26, posted at 02.09.13 22:52:58 by benji Reply
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