Sharks win the scoreboard contest

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 15 Sep 2013 at 18:45
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On a day when there were few winners to be seen – with the beautiful game of rugby certainly not among them – the Sharks took an unlikely four log points off Griquas on Saturday afternoon to emerge 25-24 victors.

It could have turned into a decent contest, I guess, given how the teams started the game; however, after an early Butch James penalty, a sickening ankle break suffered by Griquas fullback PJ Vermuelen seemed to take a fair bit of zip out of the proceedings, with both sets of players clearly quite shaken by the incident. Griquas had fought back gamely for possession and territory by that stage and it was only a great cover tackle by Lwazi Mvovo that stopped the flying Vermuelen from registering the first try of the game.

Indiscipline, though, was the victor in a half that saw a further penalty go the Sharks’ way – and four others goaled by Griquas flyhalf Francois Brummer. All the good work that the Sharks have done in recent weeks in terms of straightening out their breakdown technique seemed undone as blow after shrill blow from referee Jaco Peyper’s whistle signaled infringements at the tackle. With Griquas holding a 12-6 lead after half an hour, alarm bells started to ring; the Sharks, though, struck back well after a good lineout ball went down the line to Keegan Daniel, who found Sizo Maseko with a deft offload. The right wing duly scored his maiden Currie Cup try, but James was unable to add the extras needed to put his side in front.

They say that the worst possible time to conceded points is just before half time, or just after and the Sharks duly went to sleep – and allowed their set pieces to implode once again – letting Griquas flankers Marnus and Burger Schoeman (no relation) in for tries either side of the break. That second score, which went to the ginger Burger Schoeman, was embarrassing, with the Sharks conceding a tighthead from a 5 meter scrum ahead of the score. The successful conversion saw Griquas suddenly ahead by 24 to 14 and things once again looked bleak for the visitors.

While I’d love to pretend that the fightback that ensued was the stuff of fairytales, it was more due to dogged resolve from the Sharks – coupled with a slew of Griquas brain farts – that the tables were finally turned. Fred Zeilinga, by that stage on for James, chipped away at the deficit via two penalties (missing three others in the process) before a series of professional fouls by Griquas eventually saw captain Ryno Barnes shown a yellow card. In the run-up to that event, though, the Sharks had eschewed at least four other kickable penalty attempts in favour of lineout drives which all failed, mostly due to an inability to win their own throw.

Once Barnes was gone, though, the dam wall broke and it fell to Wiehahn Herbst – scoring his first ever points in a Sharks jersey – to trundle over for the try that eventually nudged the visitors ahead. Zeilinga duly missed the conversion, but with just two minutes to play, Griquas were unable to find a way to tip the pendulum the other way before the final whistle mercifully ended this ugliest of contests.

The positive that the Sharks will take is, of course, their first log points in Kimberley since 2009. The side showed grit and determination in spades, just as they did in the second half last week; constructive play, alas, was in short supply once again.

Griquas 24 (17) – Tries: Burger Schoeman, Marnus Schoeman. Conversion: Francois Brummer. Penalties: Brummer (4).
The Sharks 25 (11) – Tries: Sizo Maseko, Wiehahn Herbst. Penalties: Butch James (3), Fred Zeilinga (2).


  • Zeilinga and Butch… not exactly fighting it out for the starting 10 jersey are they?

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.09.13 19:54:21 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • So our kickers can’t kick and our hookers can’t throw in or hook properly? 😐

    Guess James as kicking coach is not quite hitting the mark. Lineout suffered huge disruption and the poor hooker must be tired of having a new lock combo to throw at every week.

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.09.13 20:22:15 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Sharks line-out was poor… but did you see the Bulls? That was impressive…

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.09.13 20:27:49 by SuperEtts Reply
  • Sharks are concerning me! I liked what Plum had in place ,the style and all that! I don’t want to play the way Saracens do, watching them play this afternoon left me slightly worried.

    We want to encourage attacking Rugby, its certainly not happening at the moment, though. Our backs look clueless, the best line ran on the weekend was Kyle Cooper off a handy butch inside pass, concerning that our front rowers are better at this kind of thing than our wingers. We pick and drive and if that fails we shuffle the ball out to the wings where we get shoved into touch. Our most innovative player is Keegan Daniel and frankly he is being taken to pieces in the core roles of an open-side flank by most other 6’s, he is an 8.

    Can anyone explain what has happened in the scrums??

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.09.13 21:24:22 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 4) : Daniel is not an 8th man’s backside. You don’t get 97kg 8th men in any sides. He is nowhere near physical enough for an 8.

    Daniel is a 6, who’s strength is playing the linking game

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.09.13 22:15:43 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 5) : His best position is 8.

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.09.13 23:09:37 by Talent Reply
  • Why all the negativity? The Griquas were hell-bent on spoiling this game, the ref was loathe to properly punish Marnus Schoeman for his multitude of infringements and anyone listening closely would pick up how hostile the crowd was. The Sharks showed great composure to fight their way back into this game despite a lot of growing pains in their set pieces and both their kickers leaving their boots in Durban. These wins that defy ALL odds are exactly what turned the Bulls into such a feared team.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.09.13 23:31:29 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 6) : Crap

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.09.13 00:58:23 by Saffex Reply

  • I agree with Talent, Keegan is a better 8 than 6. Rotate him with Botes for a few games. Thou shall see the magic happening.

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.09.13 07:11:55 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • After composing myself after a very frustrating weekend I have time to compose my thoughts on the Sharks game. Firstly big credit has to be given to the side for eventually getting a win in Kimberly where better Sharks sides have failed in the past. Of concern is that the Sharks seem to lack players that can perform the key functions of their positions. For example, I dont care how good a hooker is in loose play-if he cant throw in or scrum he is worthless. Same goes with props, if they cant scrum then they are no good. Scrumhalf-if you cant clear rucks-no good. We tend to get so carried away with how good players are in the loose and running with the ball but if they cant perform their key functions then it doesnt matter how good they are in broken play. Get props that scrum, hookers that can hit their lineout jumpers and a scrumhalf that clears rucks and watch this team go places.

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.09.13 08:46:42 by SheldonK Reply

  • Kak game but great result.

    I must say I was looking forward to the CC but so far the standard of rugby has been shocking.

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.09.13 08:46:45 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 8) : Maybe the Sharks should buy Jaque Du Plesis 😆

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.09.13 09:11:16 by Talent Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 10) : listen, before we get too carried away with crucifying the hookers, we need to remember that it was PS’s first game back after a 3-month lay-off and also his first time EVER calling lineouts at senior level. That has to have had an effect.

    Not saying hookers were blameless, but it’s mitigation.

    All the chopping and changing in the tight five doesn’t help either

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.09.13 09:16:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 12) : yes, his weight would be super useful … could provide serious resistance behind a tackle bag.

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.09.13 09:16:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : No look I wasnt having a direct go at the hookers as i thought the lineouts were ok apart from 1 or 2. It was just an example I was using to make my point about key fuctions. I think a lot of the lineout problems are a result of our lifters being too slow to get the jumper in the air etc. Im just concerned that players are focussing too much on what they do in loose play but forget the basics of scrumming, lineouts and actually rucking.

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.09.13 09:35:43 by SheldonK Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : A kak lineout has been one of our achilles heels for YEARS now. It’s been rubbish with the likes of Smit, Bissie and any other hooker in combo with Muller, Sykes and any other lock pairing. Chronic.

    The last time we had any kind of dominant lineout was with the A-team: Andrews, Atherton and Allen.

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.09.13 09:39:17 by rhineshark Reply
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  • I didn’t know whether I should laugh or cry at all the mistakes the Sharks made – so I opted for being upset :mrgreen: Yet again turnovers conceded was killing us.
    We eventually won which is better than losing – in the end lol..

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.09.13 09:41:29 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

  • You guys have me to thank for this narrow victory.

    I knew the only way for us to get a result in KY was if I backed the Griquas on SB ! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.09.13 10:02:35 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 17) : winning is a LOT better than losing

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.09.13 10:06:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 16) : yes, correct…. and the key thing there was that it was a combo that played together for many years.

    Sharks have been chopping and changing at hooker and lock regularly ever since

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.09.13 10:07:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • Keegan best rugby, playing the link between the forwards and backs, has been playing from the number 8 position. Jacques Botes has always been a no 6. Pierre Spies has the size and physique for a number 8 but has not performed there for years so maybe the size thing should be tossed aside and we should see the proof in the pudding and swop Daniel and Botes. Great result on Saturday but not impressed with the way we played.

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.09.13 10:09:56 by Bite me Reply

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  • @Saffex (Comment 5) : I agree neither KD nor JB are 8’s at all

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.09.13 13:32:53 by benji Reply
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