Sharks turn it on in the second half

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 15 Aug 2014 at 21:43
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The Cell C Sharks overcame a poor first half display to down the Steval Pumas 34-17 in Durban tonight. The hosts scored four tries for a valuable Currie Cup bonus point and are now top of the overall log, albeit temporarily.

It was the Pumas who got off to the perfect start, scoring a try from a textbook lineout drive in the fourth minute. Lock Frikkie Spies was awarded the touchdown after endless TMO replays failed to conclusively prove that he has not grounded it. The Sharks, stung into action, took control of possession for the remainder of the stanza, but failed to amass more than 6 points from two Fred Zeilinga penalties. With the flyhalf enjoying an uncharacteristically off night (he missed two other penalties in amongst a slew of other errors) there was little rhythm to the home side’s play, even though they appeared to get the better of referee Christie du Preez’s rather erratic whistle in the first 40.

A brilliant start to the second half gave the Sharks the lead for the first time and showed just how dangerous they could be if they could just cut out the silly errors. Thomas du Toit was the most prominent of several forwards responsible for taking the ball up strongly from the kick-off, with a lovely pass from Zeilinga finding SP Marais out wide, who strolled over for the side’s first try. Zeilinga made it 13-7 with the conversion, but any joy was to be short-lived as the Pumas came back strongly.

Du Preez had threatened the Sharks with a card for slowing the ball down earlier and Marco Wentzel became the unlucky man to receive his marching orders seven minutes into the half. Renaldo Bothma exploited the mismatch just a minute or two later to score the visitors’ second try in the corner and they very nearly crossed for a third moments later, but were denied by some great Sharks defensive work that won them a 5m penalty.

You could feel the game turning at that point and with Pat Lambie and the impressive Matt Stevens entering the fray, the Sharks went on to deliver their best 25 minutes so far this fledgling season. A regulation lineout drive saw Jacques Botes score the second, with captain Tera Mtembu scoring the third ten minutes later. Mtembu’s try was a soft one; the Pumas walked back from a 5m lineout, hoping to trap the Sharks in a truck-and-trailer penalty but Mtembu, who had caught the ball, picked up the trick and simply barged over, rather than transferring the ball to the arriving support player.

At 27-17 up, the Sharks finally seemed to have sewn up the result, but left it late to secure the bonus point try. That went to replacement hooker Monde Hadebe and was scored – wait for it – off the back of a rolling maul after a good attacking line out.

Sharks (34): Tries SP Marais, Jacques Botes, Tera Mtembu, Monde Hadebe. Conversions Fred Zeilinga, Pat Lambie (3). Penalties Zeilinga (2).
Pumas (17). Tries Frikkie Spies, Renaldo Bothma. Conversions Justin van Staden, JC Roos. Penalty Roos.


  • Well done Sharks! Gotta give credit to the pumas who are going to be very tough to beat.
    Barring some rather strange decisions by the ref I kinda liked the way he tried to ref the game. Needs to let advantage run out at some point though.

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.08.14 22:02:27 by gregkaos Reply
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  • problem with the way advantage was refereed is that it actually penalises the team with the ball. penalty (slows ball) defences reorganise … 5 phases advantage over. it doesnt work

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.08.14 22:05:35 by byron Reply
  • the less i see of this ref the better. thought he was making it up as he went along

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.08.14 22:06:27 by byron Reply
  • Simple fact is that Lambie made the difference when he came on. Good option taking is so important.

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.08.14 22:38:30 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • I thought our loose trio looked a bit better this week. I didn’t see much of Astle, but he seems to have done his job. Our lineouts – bar one or two – were a lot better. Thomas du Toit is a gem! Matt Stevens was prominent when he came on. The halfbacks had a tough night, Sithole was quiet, Jordaan good and SP much better. Chavanga’s work rate was good, but some missed tackles were costly. Odwa was…dependable. All in all a step in the right direction. But, like Rob, I wish we could just cut out all these silly errors!

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.08.14 23:07:48 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 5) :
    Why do you want to cut out Rob? 😯

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.08.14 23:11:16 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Ja great second half by the Sharks!!!! Hope they carry on with what they started to do in the second half!!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.08.14 23:15:09 by JD Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 6) : Nooooo… 😯 none of that… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.08.14 23:20:59 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 6) : My wish is like Rob’s wish…when he says “…showed just how dangerous they could be if they could just cut out the silly errors…”

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.08.14 23:23:15 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Enjoyed the game, kudos to Jimmy Stonehouse and co. The Pumas punch far above their weight. They know how to punish any loss of focus.

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.08.14 23:47:54 by vanmartin Reply
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  • What are your thoughts on Bothma?

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.08.14 09:09:53 by GreatSharksays Reply
  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 11) : A tank version of Keegan Daniel?

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.08.14 09:17:06 by vanmartin Reply
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  • What Lambie does when no ones watching (when the camera isn’t on him), is what makes him an awesome player.

    I wish we could keep him for CC, instead of him being dragged along as a third choice in the Rugby championship.

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.08.14 09:42:25 by Letgo Reply
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  • Lambie looked relaxed and confident when he came on, he has class written all over him.

    A bit unfair to say SP “strolled” over for his try, he did very well to beat a couple of defenders 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.08.14 10:28:31 by jonnow Reply
  • @vanmartin (Comment 12) : I think he has lots of potential. Combination of Keegan and Duane..(lol…is that even possible)..skills, acceleration off the mark, speed and strength. He is still going to grow. Good investment me thinks.

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.08.14 11:08:01 by GreatSharksays Reply
  • @Letgo (Comment 13) : Lambie is all class mate. He is the real deal. It would be nice if he could stay on for a few more games.

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.08.14 11:09:35 by GreatSharksays Reply
  • Botma had some good touches, but couldn’t compete with Tera in terms of work-rate and all-round impact.

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.08.14 11:31:50 by robdylan Reply
  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 16) : Yeah, he looks comfortable at this level 👿

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.08.14 11:42:06 by KingCheetah Reply
  • Bit worrying that a team with so much talent and experience battle to subdue a team like the Pumas, who are well drilled, but still just a VC level team.

    Considering they have so many players with S15 and test experience, compared to the Pumas. Stevens, Odd-One, Chavanga, and Lambie have all played test rugby, whilst everyone bar Astle, Wright, Venter Meyer and Kleynhans have played S15! Alarm bells anyone.

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.08.14 11:43:11 by KingCheetah Reply
  • @Letgo (Comment 13) : @jonnow (Comment 14) : @GreatSharksays (Comment 16) :I diagree,yes both CW and Fred Z seemed distracted for some reason , but then both started to focus and turned the game,its at that point that Bambie came on,he just rode the already in place turnaround. I would rather take a half firing Fred Z ,its all down to composure and skill,and last night showed the huge contrast, period

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.08.14 12:14:49 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 20) : Fred Z showed BMT in dragging himself firstly as well as the team out of the Sharks dolldrum

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.08.14 12:17:19 by benji Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 19) : Try harder KC 😀

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.08.14 12:32:06 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 22) : Lol, no seriously, was good to see Lambie get a run, and show some good touches.

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.08.14 12:45:16 by KingCheetah Reply
  • @KingCheetah (Comment 23) : Indeed, congrats on your u21 side’s win. Your 8, 9 and 13 especially impressed, although the whole side looked good.

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.08.14 12:49:56 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : Apart from that awful kick I also prefer the captain. Hard grafter.

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.08.14 13:00:19 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 25) : yes he is growing into his role as catain as well as position,what more can ou ask of a player

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.08.14 13:04:22 by benji Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 19) : boet there’s a saying in golf “it’s not how you drive it’s how you arive that’s important” and the Sharks arrived pretty well in the last 20min!!!!!! Check the final score!!!!!

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.08.14 13:29:26 by JD Reply
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  • So will the rotation start now? Doesnt seem like it will happen this year.

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.08.14 14:47:05 by Letgo Reply
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  • I like Cameron’s spirit but his service to Fred was sometimes off target. Venter and Lambie seemed to be a good fit. Talented boytjies there at 9.

  • Comment 29, posted at 17.08.14 21:38:52 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 20) :

    I like Fred and think he’s a talented player with plenty of potential, but I don’t think you can say he and Camaron turned the game when the Sharks scored in the first few minutes of the second half and then for the next 20 struggled again, letting in another try for the Pumas and giving away our lead.

    There was plenty of good ball for our backline that were wasted by bad execution and decision making by both these players. I like them both, but they still need time.

    When Lambie came on he calmed things down and made sure everyone knew what they should be doing. I don’t know if you were watching the game on TV or at the stadium, but if you were at the game, you would have seen his impact much better than you would on TV. I don’t know if I’ll get the chance again this season, but next time Lambie is at Kings Park, I’ll take my video camera and record some of the “off the ball” things, so that people can see what I’m talking about.

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.08.14 08:44:34 by Letgo Reply
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  • The bonus point win is good but kinda over shadows how shite the Sharks were against a very limited Pumas side. All the Pumas offer is some decent defense and a handy lineout drive if they 5m out. The Sharks handling and decision making was awful. Zeilinga looked like he was playing pissed…some horrible kicks, same from SP Marais. Sithole and Ndungane should have bought tickets to watch that game as thats all they did. Oosthuizen impressed at 7 and when Stevens and Lambie came on you can tell they are a class apart. Their quick decision making and Stevens ball presentation put the Sharks on the front foot when it counted. Still a case of way too many soft penalties from the Sharks

  • Comment 31, posted at 18.08.14 08:54:45 by SheldonK Reply
  • @Letgo (Comment 30) : I was at the game mate,also sat through the kak weather and yes Bambie did look good but for me the tide had already changed

  • Comment 32, posted at 18.08.14 09:47:59 by benji Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 30) : for me the Sharks seem to go into a dolldrum not just inthis game but most games and previous Bambie and the other senior players ,at SR level as well can’t seem to pull themselves out,yet Fred for me for the first time a Sharks player showed he can pull out of that nonsense mindset

  • Comment 33, posted at 18.08.14 09:51:00 by benji Reply
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