Sharks hold their nerve

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Sharks on 3 Oct 2014 at 22:07
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Fred Zeilinga has kicked seven penalties to help his Sharks side record a nervous, but vital, 26-23 wins over the Lions at Kings Park this evening.

In an entertaining contest from start to finish, it was the Sharks who held their composure just that little bit better, in the process handing Jacques Botes (who put in a somewhat to-be-expected man of the match performance) one last Kings Park victory to savour. Zeilinga, on as an early replacement for unlucky Paul Jordaan, possibly deserved the plaudits more, with a great performance under difficult circumstances.

Jordaan was stretchered off as early as the seventh minute, picking up a serious hip injury in a tackle. The reshuffled Sharks backline battled to find much synergy on attack without him, but defended well for the most part. An early penalty to Marnitz Boshoff was ecliped by a stunning try to Andre Esterhuizen, who ran straight over the luckless Courtnall Skosan after receiving a great pass from Zeilinga. Boshoff’s second penalty not long afterwards edged his side ahead 6-5, before Esterhuizen turned villain in receiving a yellow card for a forearm fend. Zeilinga himself followed in infamy, as a sure scoring pass to Lwazi Mvovo was intercepted by the flying Ruan Combrinck, the Lions mans going on to dot down on the other end.

All of a sudden, the Sharks were wight points down and looking a little rattled.

Zeilinga, though, stepped up and with the Sharks pack slightly edging a rather messy breakdown contest, penalties either side of half time saw the home side nose ahead. Zeilinga struck with his third soon after to take the Sharks out to a 20-13 lead, with Boshoff then pulling one back before he again restored the 7-point gap.

At 23-16 ahead, one would have hoped that the Sharks could have kicked on and scored another try, but some poor scrum work and a bit of their own indiscipline saw the Lions rather take the advantage, with Stokkies Hanekom tapping a penalty deep in Sharks territory to score after some poor defence from the men in black and white. Boshoff converted to level the scores and a thrilling last quarter of an hour appeared to be in store.

Neither side was much able to capitalise, though, with the Lions losing Derrick Minnie to a very unfortunate yellow card from the next kick-off. Zeilinga missed that penalty kick, but did nail another one minutes later to edge the Sharks ahead and despite some very poor decision-making in those final frantic minutes, the Sharks’ defence held firm often enough to secure the narrowest of wins and a guaranteed semi-final berth in the process.

Sharks (26): Try Andre Esterhuizen. Penalties Fred Zeilinga (7)
Lions (23): Tries Ruan Combrinck, Stokkies Hanekom. Conversions Marnitz Boshoff (2). Penalties Boshoff (3)


  • Sharks probably won because I mcould not watch the game but sounds as if was a close game. Well done Sharks!!!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.10.14 22:25:34 by JD Reply
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  • Congrats to the Sharks. A tough hard fought game where both sides tried to play ball in hand rugby.

    As I said before the game, the Lions struggle to break down a good defence and tonight was a case in point.

    Just glad we maintain a second place on the log but unfortunately the home semi isn’t in the bag yet

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.10.14 23:07:01 by Baylion Reply

  • Really good game.

    Thought that Cronje and Esterhuizen again demonstrated just how critical direction and the creation of space is at 10 and 12.

    The former is just going from strength to strength (though still a bit iffy on defence) while the latter is a true beast – just ask Mapoe, Britz or Skosan. Discipline needs some work though.

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.10.14 23:56:19 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 3) : woah, ek en jy gaan stry.

    I thought Lionel, though he tried to do many many good things, got very few of them right on the night.

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.10.14 00:04:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • Maybe I’m being generous, but i thought the amount of ball that we got wide and into space was a credit to him.

    When last did our wings see so much ball? I know not everything he tried came off, but he provided plenty of variety on attack, plus at least one clean break. Not too bad behind a creaking scrum and a lottery at lineout?

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.10.14 00:08:16 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 5) : yes! No look, you are right about that. That flat pass of his is beautiful and he also knows how to mix things up.

    Look, to me, Lionel kicked a few that went pear-shaped, while was also pretty poor on defence. He was nowhere near as good as he was against either the Bulls or Kings, but was still pretty good all the same.

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.10.14 00:19:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • very disappointing the way the set piece fell apart tonight.

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.10.14 00:19:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • The poor ref had no clue at scrum time. And the sharks went out there to show they can still play entertaining rugby, hence all the running. Was good see.

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.10.14 05:49:27 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 8) : You speak only of scrums. It really annoyed me how he just kept ignoring captains when they tried to talk to him. If captains can’t talk to him who can?And the inconcistency in the scrums was shocking.

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.10.14 07:18:05 by AP8 Reply

  • I did not understand the Minie card… and also thought that Andre’s yellow was harsh.
    But it shure had a huge inpact on the game i think.

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.10.14 07:46:56 by R Hayward Reply

  • @AP8 (Comment 9) : Scrums was the biggest issue out of many! Any idea when we’ll hear about jordaan? Poor guy took possibly the worst legal tackle anyone could take.

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.10.14 07:58:05 by PTAShark Reply
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  • I also think Cronje and Andre gave us plenty of direction. Guys are focusing on a few things he got wrong and forget that our backline has not functioned this well in ages and it is thanks to him and the excellent service he gets from Cameron. His game management is awesome. Also think Tera is an absolute footballer and is thriving as captain. Big congrats to Brad and his coaching team, and to Tera and his boys. Boys are playing like defending champions. For me this CC season is already a successful one, the boys and this coaching team have showed me what I wanted to see and a number of guys have proved that they are ready for SR. Nice to also see smiles on faces. One can see that the team is happy. We just need to add Mitchell and bolster the squad at loose forward and maybe a typical number 4 lock. I am optimistic and full of excitement again.

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.10.14 08:03:23 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Andre Esterhuizen scary strong for a 20 year old

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.10.14 09:36:06 by Ludz Reply

  • Andre E at 12 pure class,the next Frans S,runs straight gain line breaking attacks and as for Fred Z,thanks for winning the game for the Sharks,huge,huge BMT and close to his old self,put him back at 10

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.10.14 09:46:57 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 14) : ja I’m sure the goal kicking will boost his confidence! !!

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.10.14 09:55:37 by JD Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 13) : Scary strong! at one point he had the touchline on his right and Willie Britz on his left and still made it through. great future. Very glad he signed on til 2017

  • Comment 16, posted at 04.10.14 09:56:05 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • A duel between two gunslinger masterclass kickers,eish doesn’t get better than this,for me they showed why they are way ahead of any other in this country and text book lessons on how to kick

  • Comment 17, posted at 04.10.14 09:57:24 by benji Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 12) : I agree but leave SL and bring back EO at 5 and its sorted and game on

  • Comment 18, posted at 04.10.14 10:03:02 by benji Reply
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  • @R Hayward (Comment 10) :
    Esterhuizen’s card was justified. Can’t have guys putting elbows into people’s throats.

    @benji (Comment 14) :

    Esterhuizen still need to show his kicking and distribution skills. Great progress so far, but not quite a Frans Steyn yet.

    Zelinga was very good in general but got dispossessed on attack a few times. In any event, Cronje has done way too much to be demoted for a better kicker.

  • Comment 19, posted at 04.10.14 10:50:05 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 19) : In herbal? Well that may explain his recent slump 😉

  • Comment 20, posted at 04.10.14 10:56:27 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 20) : I agree that card was completely justified, you can’t defend leading with a forearm like that

  • Comment 21, posted at 04.10.14 11:01:46 by Ludz Reply

  • Sorry that was for Big Fish

  • Comment 22, posted at 04.10.14 11:02:27 by Ludz Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 20) :
    What you talkin’ ’bout Willis? 😯

    @Ludz (Comment 13) :
    I know what you mean, but he’s actually just scary strong for any age! Guys Like Mapoe and Britz are no push-overs (pardon the pun).

    If he is also able to show some creative skills, then a Bok cap is definitely in his future. The fact that he also plays 15 gives me hope that he does have the ball skills.

  • Comment 23, posted at 04.10.14 11:03:01 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 19) : I think his distribution skills are very good. I was actually very surprised when I saw the quality of his pass.

  • Comment 24, posted at 04.10.14 11:25:19 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 19) : yes but Fred Z was playing way way out of position

  • Comment 25, posted at 04.10.14 12:13:51 by benji Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 23) : Who knows? I must be smoking the same stuff Fred is 🙂

  • Comment 26, posted at 04.10.14 15:44:41 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Our boys played great with only minor mistakes. Ref was again sub standard imo especially at scrums and breakdowns. Lions taking penalty in front of mark and scoring a case in point. But we stuck to our guns and won. Thanks to#270 for great service over the years!

  • Comment 27, posted at 05.10.14 11:04:51 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Was so glad we could pull the tight game through. Fred kicked damn well. Another tough game this weekend.

  • Comment 28, posted at 07.10.14 08:46:07 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply


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