Sharks XV profit despite Kings slip up

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :EP Kings, Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 28 Apr 2014 at 10:12
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On a poor day for Sharks rugby, the Cell C Sharks XV joined their Super Rugby counterparts in losing their thus far proud unbeaten record at home on Friday. Deon Kayser’s men simply never get going in a tame 11-27 reversal to the fired-up EP Kings.

The men in red and white came to Durban boasting a number of men in their ranks with a point to prove, many of them having once had aspirations of wearing the black and white of the Sharks. With no fewer than six men in their match 22 having some association with rugby in KZN, there was no shortage of motivation. Sizo Maseko’s early try was the only ray of light for the Sharks XV, who battled to assert themselves on the scoreboard despite enjoying the bulk of both territory and possession.

The Kings, in contrast, eked the maximum value out of every scrap they were given, pouncing on Sharks mistakes and defending like men possessed to outscore the hosts by three tries to one.

Despite taking no points out of the game, the Sharks XV were dealt an unexpected bonus later on Friday, with the Western Province XV succumbing away to SWD, to leave Kayser’s side in pole position on the South Section log at the end of round-robin play.

The Sharks XV thus host defending champions and fourth-placed North Section qualifiers, the Golden Lions, in a quarter-final clash at Kings Park on Friday evening.

Cell C Sharks XV (11) – Tries: Sizo Maseko; Penalties: Jean-Luc Du Plessis (2).

EP Kings (27) – Tries: Sergeal Petersen, Ntabeni Dukisa, Brian Skosana; Conversions: Dukisa (2), Kayle van Zyl; Penalties: Dukisa, Van Zyl.


  • Didn’t see this one coming…..but we’ll take it. Hopefully some guys put their hands up to make the kings cc squad. Go Kings!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.04.14 11:10:02 by KingsArmy Reply
  • “…who battled to assert themselves on the scoreboard despite enjoying the bulk of both territory and possession.”

    Sums up Sharks rugby at the moment.

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.04.14 11:29:28 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Ag no not the Lions. Sharks got a habit of losing to them in playoffs. Come on Sharks XV make us proud! !!!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.04.14 14:30:42 by JD Reply
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  • Lucky break for the Sharks, thanks SWD.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.04.14 08:39:10 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Sharks XV had the same problem as the senior side- lost the battle in contact. Defense was pretty ordinary. But this side has the ability and potential to play a lot lot better which is good. All it requires is a mind shift change. Although the side could be decimated depending on the injury status of the top side.

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.04.14 08:48:00 by SheldonK Reply

  • I was surprised by how Sergeal Petersen bulked up after he looked like a puppy last year,even after the mishap on Friday there are still bright stars coming from this team lets not forget this is for development and in Jean Luc and Quintin we have lots of players coming through this year.

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.04.14 11:23:07 by Chippa Reply

  • @Chippa (Comment 6) : had to do a double take just to make sure it was him. He looks way bigger than last year just hope it did not take away his speed.

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.04.14 13:32:39 by JD Reply
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  • @Chippa (Comment 6) : his true worth will be seen during currie cup. will be very interesting indeed

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.04.14 23:23:46 by Gerhardt Reply


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