Gutsy Sharks bury Ellis Park hoodoo

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 27 Sep 2013 at 21:03
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The Sharks have shown great resolve and grit on defence to edge out the Lions by 31 points to 25 at Ellis Park.

It wasn’t so much a “game of two halves” as one of four quarters, with the Sharks blazing out of the blocks to dominate territory and possession in the opening 20 minutes. Flyhalf Fred Zeilinga took the contest by the scruff of the neck, stroking over two smooth drop goals before scything through the Lions defence to set up a try that he himself scored, taking the pass back from lock Stephan Lewies. With Zeilinga then nailing a penalty to complete his full-house, the Sharks lead 16-3 with the match just 21 minutes old.

It was the Lions who then took control, with their far stronger scrum and more dependable line-out ensuring a surfeit of possession, which they put to good use. A try to captain Derick Minnie followed in the 26th minute, with Elton Jantjies then banging over a penalty of his own to bring them back within a few. They struck again just before the break, Warren Whiteley trundling over to give his side a 20-16 lead at half time. The Sharks were left scratching their heads after their good start had disappeared and their points advantage erased by Lions pressure.

Zeilinga nailed a monster from all of 57m on the angle shortly after the break to bring his side back within 1, with a superb bit of quick thinking from Charl McLeod responsible for SP Marais’s try shortly thereafter. The scrumhalf tapped a penalty and outstripped the defence with his pace, before drawing the last defender and finding the galloping fullback on the inside. With a quarter of the game to go, the Sharks were again on top, but a slew of replacements disrupted their momentum, with the lineout in particular falling apart as the half went on. The Lions capitalised and scored a great try against the tiring Sharks through flanker Jaco Kriel, but it was replacement scrumhalf Cobus Reinach who had the last laugh, peeling away from the back of a rare successful lineout drive from the Sharks and sprinting in from about 40m out.

Zeilinga’s conversion gave the Sharks a 6-point lead, which they held to the end, despite wave after wave of Lions attack in the last 10 minutes. The win sees the Sharks assured of a semi-final berth and also maintain their top-of-log standing for another week.

Scores: Lions (25): Tries by Derick Minnie, Jaco Kriel, Warren Whiteley. Conversions Elton Jantjies (2). Penalties Jantjies (2).

Sharks (31): Tries Fred Zeilinga, SP Marais, Cobus Reinach. Conversions Fred Zeilinga (2). Penalties Zeilinga (2). Drop goals Zeilinga (2).


  • 😈 How, oh how was is possible for a team which was out scrummed and with little line ball to win this!!! Woheee!! 😈

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.09.13 21:22:55 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Comment 2, posted at 27.09.13 21:23:49 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Nail-biting game. Keegan’s penalty and explanation thereafter was my moment of the match, “I do that all the time!”. I can only imagine what this side could achieve once their set-pieces get sorted out. Their never-say-die attitude has been a hallmark of this campaign and is something I can get used to.

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.09.13 21:47:28 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Outside backs played well tonight ,as did Zeilinga ! Far from the finished product ,but comprehensively outplayed his opposite number, who is a Springbok!

    Again ,Keegan Daniel worked miracles behind a decimated forward pack. We South Africans have this ideal 8th man vision in our minds eye, something between Piere Spies ,Schalk Burger and Kieran Reid. Keegan Daniel is an unorthodox 8 whose dynamic game play honesty sets him apart from the run of the mill Duane Vermulen type 8s. Unfortunately ,as long as our country is plagued by anti-progressive, dogmatically minded individuals(the type you can find on this blog)he will never get a look in.

    Our locks were underwhelming and our set piece is in tatters. Needs work urgently.

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.09.13 22:16:55 by Talent Reply
  • Line-outs worked super tonight, vd Merwe got all the call right and won almost every ball of the Sharks the understanding between him and the two Sharks hookers were super…………. o shit yes this was a currie cup game and vd Merwe was playing against the Sharks!?!?!? That said sometimes it seemed as if the hookers ment to throw to him as they did not know he was playing for the Lions or as if he was still calling Sharks line-outs. Sharks need to fix this kak line-outs now!!!!!! Get new hookers or no. 5 locks before next super rugby!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.09.13 23:41:46 by JD Reply
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  • Go weekend thus far 2 from 2 on Superbru, now GW must just do there thing and beat the Bulls!!!!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.09.13 23:51:01 by JD Reply
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  • Number10 might have been awarded man of the match bit how huge was terra tonight.

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.09.13 23:56:07 by byron Reply

  • Really impressed with the coaching staff. They are surely starting to make us a proper unit and not a team that solely depends on individuals. We did well tonight. The team is looking good.

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.09.13 01:17:57 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • the lineout dilemma gave me flash backs of the final last year… Really need to sort it out. Not gonna point fingers at Kyle or the locks but something’s gotta be done. Our scrum was dominated… Too many times. I thought we had the best competition in loose trio in Tera, Keegan and Justin. all in all good game, glad van tonder had a shot, justin wasnt too bad as well. Good gutsy performance – as per usual 🙂

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.09.13 01:25:10 by Eli Reply

  • @Talent – well said, Keegan to me is the best 8th man on the planet, simply because of his unique ability. Year in, year out he puts in an amazing display of rugby , Superrugga or Currie Cup yet still gets ignored by the boks. How insane was his tackle to save us a try??? I almost drop my beer…

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.09.13 01:32:39 by Eli Reply

  • We got seriously lucky today. Lions should’ve got more from Jaftha at scrum time, would of made it a different game. Hard fought win but let’s be honest our set pieces were abysmal.

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.09.13 01:51:27 by soutie Reply

  • @soutie (Comment 11) : I reckon Jafta had it spot no – Coenie was scrumming illegally. Look how the Lions’ dominance ended the moment Coenie was subbed off….

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.09.13 10:21:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @ talent (comment 4) unfortunately never saw the game. So chuffed someone here shares my admiration for KD. The best no 8 by a country mile.

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.09.13 10:58:03 by Bayshark Reply

  • Very excited about what’s taking shape at the Sharks. Systems and structures allow players to excel and brilliant players to achieve their potential. Even the young lock was able to come and add value. That would not have been possible a few seasons ago and would have seen the young man seriously exposed.

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.09.13 11:41:01 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 14) : that lad looks ready, hey? Yoh….

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.09.13 11:48:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : Coenie?

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.09.13 12:29:21 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 16) : oh shit…. I meant CJ.

    Big dumb looking Free Stater. Can you see where the confusion crept in? 🙂

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.09.13 13:57:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • The Lions away were always going to be a tough game. Id take the result over a good performance any day as you can always play better but cant change a result. Two very tough games left for the Sharks. Then comes the Semis and the returning Bok lottery.

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.09.13 08:03:24 by SheldonK Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : The Lions scrum dominance ended when CJ was subbed off, and your conclusion is that it was all due to CJ scrumming illegally. Bit of a jump that, don’t you think? Maybe CJ is just a better scrummager than Jacques, and was not able to dominate like CJ did?

    That having been said, good win sharks, well done. Lions still cannot play and stay focused for full 80 minutes.

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.09.13 09:08:27 by Greg Reply

  • You can teach an old dog a new trick. Butch, please take some notes from young Fred. 😈

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.09.13 09:27:07 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • Ouens, I haven’t been that drunk in quite some time!!! THANKS SHARKS!!!! You’ll be then end of me some weekend! Took me ALL Saturday to recover then came the boks! oi vey!!!

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.09.13 09:45:35 by R Hayward Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 19) : it was the ref’s conclusion too.

    People (including commentators) are far too quick to call “why is he penalising the dominant scrum?” from the safety of their living rooms (or the commentary box) when the ref is at most half a meter away from the action and can clearly see who’s doing what.

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.09.13 09:48:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 19) : Your final point is well made. The Lions shouldn’t be blaming the ref or the TMO for this loss – they had more than enough opportunity to win the game without needing a marginal call or two to go their way.

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.09.13 09:49:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : “and can clearly see who’s doing what.”

    In many instances I would dispute that part of your statement. 😆 😆

    But yes, to a large extent I would agree with you. I also do believe that commentators should go on a refereeing course, and be tested regularly on the laws. Too often they will make a blatantly wrong call, and the people watching, who to a large extent (and honestly, I include myself to a degree here), do not know the laws that well, take the commentators word as gospel, and accuse the ref of making a mistake.

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.09.13 10:06:27 by Greg Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : I agree, often a scrum is dominant exactly because there is some illegal scrumming going on.

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.09.13 10:07:26 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 24) : agree with you, yes.

    Look, I will admit that I’m being a little disingenuous here…. I am no great fan of Jafta’s reffing and do genuinely feel that he tends to guess at scrum time. My reason for calling this the way I have, though, is based on how the scrums became so completely different once CJ went off.

  • Comment 26, posted at 30.09.13 10:13:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • Dankie tog we won at Ellis Park :mrgreen: Set pieces was again a bit of a worry though. So nice to see Keegan finding form at the right time. Zeilinga’s performance was a pleasure to watch 😉 and this new Lewies “laaitie” was quite impressive :mrgreen:

    Big game Friday – Go the SHARKS!!!

  • Comment 27, posted at 30.09.13 10:46:53 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply


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