Job almost done for Sharks XV

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup, WP on 17 Mar 2014 at 11:32
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It was a case of same again for the Cell C Sharks XV, as they overcame a slow and error-strewn first-half performance to comfortably beat a young Western Province XV in Saturday’s Vodacom Cup match in Durban. The fact that the side failed to register a four-try bonus in a 25-7 win is the only blemish on a job otherwise well done.

Let’s not beat around the bush; the Sharks appear to boast better depth across most positions than Province do these days and on paper, at least, one would have expected the Sharks pack – one which would not be out of place in a Currie Cup match – to dominate proceedings. The half-time score of 7-all would thus have been somewhat disappointing. Centre Andre Esterhuizen scored his second try in as many matches as early as the ninth minute, but those 7 points (with Fred Zeilinga’s conversion) were the only ones the Sharks XV managed to convert in a half where their own errors prevented further scoring.

Despite a creaking scrum and a misfiring line-out, Province somehow managed to “smokkel” an equalising score late in the half, after wing JP Lewis pounced on a good through kick after a rare breakout.

The Sharks XV’s scrum dominance came to the fore in the second period, as Zeilinga converted a penalty from that phase to retake the lead. Keegan Daniel and Jacques Botes then scored tries, which together with a conversion and further penalty from Zeilinga sealed the result. Much like their Super Rugby counterparts’ win against the Hurricanes a few weeks back, though, this Sharks XV team will, I’m sure, feel that they deserved a bigger win (with a bonus point) as reward for their up-front dominance.

Cell C Sharks XV (25) – Tries: Andre Esterhuizen, Keegan Daniel, Jacques Botes; Conversions: Fred Zeilinga (2); Penalties: Zeilinga (2).

Western Province XV (7) – Try: Jean-Paul Lewis; Conversion: Gary van Aswegen.


  • Nicely done boys, keep up the good fight!

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.03.14 11:45:38 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • Congrats to the Sharks XV on the win. Nice to see Daniel and Botes scoring tries. Can just imagine how eager those two are to get back into the SR squad.

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.03.14 12:08:21 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Thanks Rob, and yes nice to see Keegan, Jacques and Fred having some success here. Keep going boys!

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.03.14 12:41:51 by stevovo Reply
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  • Its about time Esterhuizen was promoted to the S15 side. As solid a player as v/Tonder is, I cant help but think that Esterhuizen would be far more lethal off the bench

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.03.14 14:37:17 by Saffex Reply


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