7-try Sharks surge to the top

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 21 Sep 2013 at 16:44
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A great bonus point win over the Cheetahs – prevailing 50-26 – saw the Sharks take pole position on the Currie Cup log in Durban this afternoon.

So far this campaign, the Sharks have struggled to put together a convincing first-half performance, but that wasn’t the case today; with the forwards in imperious form and Fred Zeilinga finding his runners outside with pin-point passes, the Sharks had three tries on the board before you could blink. The first went to SP Marais after strong work up the middle form Kyle Cooper; Lwazi Mvovo and Heimar Williams scored the second and third, both again on the receiving end of good passes from the 20-year-old flyhalf.

Zeilinga’s kicking boots, alas, were the one thing that hadn’t come along for the trip and with Cheetahs right wing Riaan Smit slotting every opportunity he got, the Cheetahs never quite fell far enough behind to be out of contention. This was even more the case when a rare period of good continuity for the visitors saw Raymond Rhule go over in the corner. Smit and Zeilinga traded further penalties, but at just 26-16 ahead, the Sharks will have felt that they had a lot more to do.

A further Smit penalty just after the break brought the Cheetahs within 7 – which finally proved the catalyst that stung the Sharks back into action. They replied via the bonus point try to Tim Whitehead, who once again found himself in acres of space off a long Zeilinga pass. further tries to Mvovo again, Keegan Daniel and Cobus Rienach followed, with the latter perhaps the best of the game; Jaco van Tonder made yards aplenty down the right-hand touchline after a Marcell Coetzee turnover, before Tera Mtembu carried on the move. Brought down just short, the flying replacement scrumhalf dove over for the Sharks’ seventh try. Zeilinga’s conversion brought up the half century and not even a late consolation try to Cheetahs hooker AJ le Roux could take any gloss off the Sharks’ finest win so far this season.

Sharks (50): Tries SP Marais, Lwazi Mvovo(2), Heimar Williams, Tim Whitehead, Keegan Daniel, Cobus Reinach. Conversions Fred Zeilinga (3). Penalties Zeilinga (3).

Cheetahs (26): Tries Raymond Rhule, AJ le Roux. Conversions Riaan Smit (2). Penalties Smit(4).


  • Commentators kept going on about Cheetahs scoring 3 and I am trying to remember when I missed the “second”

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.09.13 16:52:39 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Great win!!!!! Well done Sharks!!!!!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.09.13 16:55:02 by JD Reply
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  • What is with Capistagnio? Why does he keep saying ZeilinGa with an Afrikaans “G”? Are the rest if us all saying it wrongly?

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.09.13 16:55:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Good game for the Sharks and a good win.

    But the real question is: how does one pronounce Zeilinga’s surname as the three commentators each had a different idea?

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.09.13 16:55:58 by Baylion Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : Is he a Dutchman? I seem to remember hearing an accent in one post match interview.

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.09.13 16:56:20 by klempie Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : Doesn’t DanielS also say ZeilinGa? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.09.13 16:57:03 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 5) : Hey, lig loop! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.09.13 16:57:47 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 7) : 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.09.13 16:59:47 by klempie Reply

  • Awesome awesome performance Sharkies!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Well done to the coaching team, you are obviously getting it right. Those off-loads by a couple of our players were top-drawer.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.09.13 17:03:07 by jonnow Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 8) : One has to live in Europe for a while to realise how far removed Afrikaners are from real Dutchmen. The only thing we have in common is size. Dutchmen are tall as hell.

    Oh, and they love camping. Maybe that as well.

    Oh, and they have very good zol. But that’s where it ends. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.09.13 17:06:32 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Whoever’s responsible for the Sharks’ offload game, take a bow. They were devastating on the counter, reminded me of an All Blacks side in those phases of play.

    Only thing that broke our momentum was our lack of discipline.

    Congrats boys!!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.09.13 17:17:09 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 10) : You’ll always be Dutchmen to us…affectionately from a rooinek. 😉

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.09.13 17:18:08 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 12) : Ja, ja soutpiel. Met liefde. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.09.13 17:21:12 by rhineshark Reply
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  • I`m outta here. Enjoy the feeling gents and ladies! Have a good weekend!

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.09.13 17:24:36 by rhineshark Reply
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  • it’s “ZAY-lin-GAH”

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.09.13 17:33:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : that I have, but is it Gah in English or Afrikaans?

    As in “Ek Gaan jou moer” or as in “Garfield the cat is fitter than Chumlee”

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.09.13 17:36:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) : hard G…. not like Capastagno says it

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.09.13 17:38:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • Don’t forget about Capastagno’s hard on he gets everytime Rhule touched the ball. Its been like that since last year.

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.09.13 18:07:43 by KingRiaan Reply

  • Well done guys 😎

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.09.13 18:24:43 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • So how was the Williams – Whitehead combo?

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.09.13 18:26:12 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • @Son Of Mayhem (Comment 20) : brilliant!

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.09.13 18:29:12 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Son Of Mayhem (Comment 20) : Williams was good. Whitehead was ok, but he’s not quick enough to be a top 13

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.09.13 18:29:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 21) : jeez, when Tim ran in for that try, it looked like he was wading through treacle…

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.09.13 18:29:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : nah, he was wading through a herd of buffalo :mrgreen:

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.09.13 19:27:09 by jonnow Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : True, but accuracy on defence and distribution from a Sharks midfield combo was close to (if not) the best we’ve seen this year. I’d sacrifice some speed for the kind of play I saw tonight.

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.09.13 19:41:43 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I remember when I first watched Whitehead he had a Conrad Smith way about his play. If he steps it up, he could be the playmaker outside centre that most teams in South Africa seem to be lacking.

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.09.13 01:19:49 by soutie Reply

  • Having come all the way from Lusaka it was great to match a live game at Shark tank. Hats off to the Sharks for promoting kids. all that was missing.-…..was sun and good weather.It was freezing but the Sharks shop got Some bucks so I good be warm.

    Thoroughly enjoyed the game. Well played Sharks. My MOTM was Captain KD, although MC really looked up to it. A great team effort.

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.09.13 09:19:00 by Bayshark Reply

  • Freddy … heimar …. and tim a awesome combo cant wait for more … the problem always with the sharks is one game good next a very bad game so i hope that john smit and co will change this and we will not be not french of SA rugby

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.09.13 09:48:57 by johnny Reply

  • So with du Toit recalled by Meyer, who the hell do we play at 5?

  • Comment 29, posted at 22.09.13 10:53:35 by David12246 Reply

  • What a great team effort by the boys yesterday. I can’t pick out anyone who didn’t play well although Marcell just looked a class above everyone on the field. Dale and Kyle also really impressed me. How much have our scrums improved!?

  • Comment 30, posted at 22.09.13 11:04:30 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Zeilinga with an afrikaans “G”.

    Does any of you guys know where on youtube this game is or can any of you guys upload it if possible? Kostazhd used to upload. Thanks

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.09.13 12:45:07 by DBOY Reply

  • @DBOY (Comment 31) : Most games can be found at acrossthetasman

  • Comment 32, posted at 22.09.13 13:35:28 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 32) : thanks. i checked on youtube but nothing on that channel. would be nice if someone could upload it, as kostazhd who uploaded all Currie cup games thus far dont upload anymore

  • Comment 33, posted at 22.09.13 17:01:11 by DBOY Reply

  • I really don’t mind how they pronounce Zeilinga as I will just pronounce it “onehellofaflyhalve”!!! Lambie will have to stepup if he wants to get the Sharks 10 jersey!!!!

  • Comment 34, posted at 22.09.13 17:33:09 by JD Reply
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  • @DBOY (Comment 33) : The guy has a new channel called KostazHDplus

  • Comment 35, posted at 22.09.13 19:30:21 by David12246 Reply

  • @DBOY (Comment 33) : He got shut down for posting too much content that didn’t belong to him. Cheeky! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 36, posted at 22.09.13 19:31:28 by David12246 Reply

  • @David12246 (Comment 36) : but the his new channel is being shut down. i dont get it…ttrugbyvids also uploads alot of international vids. wheres the line being drawn

  • Comment 37, posted at 22.09.13 20:15:08 by DBOY Reply

  • Ah I see. I don’t get why rugby matches should violate any copyright laws, anyway.

  • Comment 38, posted at 22.09.13 20:36:58 by David12246 Reply

  • Guys, with all the comparisons between Dutchmen and Afrikaners, just ask me, a born and raised Dutchman and having lived in South Africa for years 😉

  • Comment 39, posted at 23.09.13 00:42:41 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • I was priviledged to be at Kings Park for the game. I was amazed at the work rate of Marcell Coetzee and Pieter Steph du Toit. Heimar made a couple of good breaks… What a great game this was. Hopefully we can build on that.

  • Comment 40, posted at 23.09.13 06:59:15 by VanWilder Reply

  • And this game once again conclusively proved that Keegan Daniel is not an 8… NOT! I can’t believe that people can still dispute this 🙄

  • Comment 41, posted at 23.09.13 07:37:59 by Culling Song Reply
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  • I was both pleased and concerned about this Sharks performance. I was very pleased at the balance of the starting 15 was very good. Each combination complimented the next and the team consisted of guys that all seemed to have the same mentality about how they want to play the game- something I havnt seen from a Sharks team in ages. Yes there was and always is the lapses in concentration but it the Sharks and we should be used to it. But overall very impressed with the starting 15. However, the bench caused a lot of concern! The front row replacements were very poor and im afraid i dont think Hadebe and Mienie are at all ready for this level which is a big concern as management seem to be backing them. Reinach was good but also tried to do too much- he needs to take a leaf our of McCloed’s performance and just move the ball.Butch is so far past it its scary and Stander looked like he was concussed to be honest as he had no idea where he was or was meant to be. So very impressed with starting 15 but the bench- eish!

  • Comment 42, posted at 23.09.13 08:44:36 by SheldonK Reply

  • Great game, the back line is coming together very nicely, a lot of deft off loads that worked.

  • Comment 43, posted at 23.09.13 09:21:22 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • 😈 I was on my way from Jo’burg back to Pretoria so I had to listen to the last quarter of the game, so when viewing the game it was with less emotion than viewing it real time.
    I then reviewed again yesterday and I was really impressed with our halfbacks. So much so that I had to employ pen and paper. They got through a hell of a lot of work. Here are my stats as I recorded them:

    Fred kicked the ball 9 times, 5 of which were to clear our line. 3 were great attacking kicks while 1 went directly into touch. He ran twice gaining around 25meters. The first ball was turned over. He made 11 passes and 2 great offloads. He did not knock any balls. But what is very impressive is this: He made 22 tackles on some big dudes, missed 3 (really only 1) as the other 2 were either a flying attempt at a runner and an effort in the loose scramble close to the maul.

    McLeod played for 53 minutes and made 5 passes before the first try was scored, 14 times before our second try.
    In all he passed 33 times letting the ball fall on the floor twice. But then again the receivers were standing of in clumps and not running into the ball. Again the hooker vs jumpers argument.
    He made 4 great tackles, The best was on a cruising Boom Prinsloo, took a tap-n-go to create momentum and secured a good foot in touch catch to gain meters. He made 1run to gain about 25 meters, kicked 3 box kicks to gain ground, helped to clear the maul 3x, took a good up- and- under ball and distributed it despite being hit when his feet touched the floor.
    He gave away 1 penalty judged to be offside by the linesman. But with advantage of TV and slowmo, he was onside. (The same applies for the penalty against Odwa and Pstd.)

    Kobus played for 29 minutes, passed 9 balls (1on the floor,) kicked 2 balls to gain meters, 1 charged down and 1 into touch to lose ground. He ran about 20 meters and followed up beautifully to snatch the final try. He assisted in the maul once and made 3 tackles of which the best was on a flying Benjamin.

    This shows that they were able to play at least 48 balls from the base of the scrum, apart from the pick and go’s.
    Now realize how hard the team worked to get an distribute such great ball!! Very difficult to pick a MOTM when your hooker floats a perfect pass to the winger who leaves Rhule in his wake, when Van Tonder runs, hands off a defender, puts in a perfect weighted kick and ensures the ball by turning the player on the floor and more!!
    Well done boys!! 😈

  • Comment 44, posted at 23.09.13 09:45:22 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @TRF_Ezequiel (Comment 39) : Or me, a South African living in the Netherlands.

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