Second half shut-out secures Newlands points for Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, WP on 11 Oct 2014 at 18:49
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The Sharks have secured a 28-20 win over Western Province at Newlands, overturning an 11-20 deficit with a dominant second half display.

With the Cheetahs having failed to dent the Lions’ home semi-final hopes in any way, both sides knew ahead of kick-off that there was nothing other than pride at stake. While the Sharks started like a house on fire, the reality of the contest’s futile nature appeared to quickly catch up with them, as concerns about injury and the need to be fresh for next week’s game appeared to be foremost in most players’ minds. S’bura Sithole did score a try within the opening minute, after Stephan Lewies had effected a good turnover in his own half. Quick hands from Monde Hadebe and Tera Mtembu in turn found the flying centre, who ran strongly and handed off a would-be defender with consummate ease, scoring with his trademark dive.

The Sharks went straight onto the offensive again from the very next kick-off, with Andre Esterhuizen finding a yawning gap and making plenty of metres; that move broke down close to the Province line, though and the Sharks failed to trouble the scorers again during an ugly half hour. In that period, It was the hosts who ran rampant, with Sharks defenders falling off tackles, kicking away ball and generally making poor decisions at every turn. Two simple penalties to Kurt Coleman edged Province ahead, before a brace of tries, first to centre Pat Howard and then to Coleman himself saw the lead stretched to 20-8.

To the credit of Mtembu and his team, they quickly acted to right the wrongs and started to play more structured rugby, eschewing the helter-skelter and error-prone stuff they had thus far dished up. Cronje brought them back within touching distance, with a penalty either side of half time, then added two more as the second half wore on to level the scores. In this period, the Sharks’ set piece and superior approach at the tackle area gained great dividends, with the line-out, in particular, delivering a steady source of possession on either side’s throw. With the win once more in sight, the visitors upped the intensity and appeared to have made the breakthrough after a sweeping move found Tonderai Chavhanga in space. The veteran winger, who had a game he’d rather forget, somehow managed to fumble with an open try-line. It was not to matter, as Lourens Adriaanse continued his fine try-scoring exploits a few minutes later, crashing over after a line-out drive.

Fred Zeilinga, on for Cronje, added a final penalty to add just a modicum of respectability to the scoreline.

Western Province (20): Tries Pat Howard, Kurt Coleman. Conversions Coleman (2). Penalties Coleman (2).
Sharks (28): Tries S’bura Sithole. Lourens Adriaanse. Penalties Lionel Cronje (5), Fred Zeilinga


  • If they play like that in the semi we are in for a hiding

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.10.14 18:51:35 by Poisy Reply
  • More knock on’s than beer in a pub but grateful for the win

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.10.14 18:54:15 by Jasongibb Reply

  • Forwards saved the day agin with some pragmatic rugby.
    Despite our best intentions to play running rugby, it seems we can’t rely on our backline to even catch the flu out there.
    Thought Reinach and Sp were awful. Howard’s try a direct result of SP trying to chip and chase from his own 22, like that ever worked!
    Thought Hoffman played the better game when he came on.
    Botes was just incredible once again. Hadebe looked pretty good. Wentzel and Oosthuizen carried really well – and the less said about Chavanga’s knock-on the better!
    And Lionel Cronje impressed me with a solid display of percentage rugby.
    Sharks will take confidence from their forward display but BMH will be having sleepless nights about our apalling skills.

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.10.14 19:07:13 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • Our Bok Boys always struggle when they join the CC team at this stage of the competition. Goods news is that they peak at the final. If we make the final he’ll add more value. What to do in the meantime? Cameron gives us such momentum with his quick passing game that I would be tempted to start with him next week.

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.10.14 19:22:55 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • I hope these guys were just saving themselves for next week, because given the quality of the opposition it was a dismal display from the Sharks. The backline still has very little clue on how to open up a reasonable defence. Hoffman was streets better than Reinach. Don’t know where Wright was though.

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.10.14 19:27:15 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Sharks are still very uncomfortable being considered favourites. The only surprise here is the comeback

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.10.14 19:48:27 by vanmartin Reply
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  • 2nd half is the type of game we need to play against the Lions next week. After the helter-skelter attempt to score 100 tries backfired, the guys clearly changed to a more focused plan.

    Sure some awful knock ons denying the team more points but all in all, WP never looked like putting another point on the board from the 27th minute.

    Also thought Marco was freaking brilliant. IMO should have got MoM.

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.10.14 20:09:50 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 7) : Or was it Lewis who stole all those lineouts? or both…

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.10.14 20:15:47 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 1) : Poisy, I don’t think we can read much into a game like this one. Not much to play for on the Sharks side and you can bet the guys had ‘keep injury free’ thoughts in the back of their minds. The Ellis Park game will show us if the Sharks have what it takes.

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.10.14 21:05:09 by vanmartin Reply
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  • It was a dead rubber so it was about momentum

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.10.14 21:57:36 by Dunx Reply

  • @The Great Couch Shark (Comment 3) : I was shouting for Cronje’s head just after halftime. He did pull it together in the second half,but started very poorly

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.10.14 22:00:02 by HeinF Reply

  • @gregkaos (Comment 7) : @vanmartin (Comment 9) : ja games like this is a bit tricky. Everyone is expecting the Sharks to run from everywhere and score tries galore, but that’s not how the Sharks so things. They need to play structured rugby and after wearing down their opposition will they score the tries. Next week in Jozi the Sharks will play more structured rugby and I’m sure they will look better.

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.10.14 22:54:14 by JD Reply
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  • It would seem to me that were so keen to score tries we forgot to play as a team. Esterhuizen is proving to be very aloof to take a pass close to opposition? Reinach is a 1 man show and should learn to become a team man before next week. I would have brought him from the bench. Well done to the forwards! Okay now we are in the semis. It’s snarl or choke!

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.10.14 23:04:31 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • The biggest problem to me in the first half was how easy WP ran the ball out of their 22 after each kickoff. WP scored, received the kickoff and were back in our 22 without much difficulty.

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.10.14 07:57:26 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 13) : that’s what happens in “easy games”.

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.10.14 10:35:34 by JD Reply
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  • Can anyone remember a game where the Sharks were heavy favourites, and where they issued out a snotklap of note as expected? Like serious mileage on the scoreboard. I can’t.

    Why does a team struggle so much with the favourite tag?

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.10.14 13:00:57 by Feather Reply

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  • @Feather (Comment 16) : That’s the million dollar question

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.10.14 13:34:43 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Feather (Comment 16) : @vanmartin (Comment 17) : the pressure of expectation can be crushing!!!!!!!

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.10.14 13:48:26 by JD Reply
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  • @HeinF (Comment 11) : You try operating with the granny passes from Cobus. Backline started to flow better when Conrad came on.

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.10.14 15:29:08 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • I’m happy with team during this campaign. Making the semi’s after the way they started. Big up to everyone involved from head coach down to the water boy. A few guys stuck their hands up and a few lost their way….Stevens… Lions at home will be too good for us I fear. Will be at the game though shouting for my boys.

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.10.14 15:35:09 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 20) : Reaching the semis has exceeded my expectations. The Lions at home with Whitely and Boshoff back will be a bridge too far for this team.

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.10.14 07:48:29 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 19) : I was wondering where the Reinach of the Aussie test disappeared to – that Reinach provided a quick and accurate service.

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.10.14 07:56:09 by Bokhoring Reply
  • To be honest im not sure why all the criticism for Reinach…yes he knocked on a couple but he was dealing with pretty sloppy and slow ball at the back of the rucks. I thought Hoffman threw some shocking passes when he came on. There were a lot of backs far worse than Reinach on Saturday…Esterhuizen plays with butter on his hands and i think between him and Sithole i dont think they made more than 2 passes…Sithole definitely didnt pass once. Our forwards were ok and scrums went better…altho this weekend they will be severely tested!Id prefer to see Wright on the bench for Hoffman. Also I must admit that Hadebe had a great game, i was pessimistic about his selection but he has def added sum aggression this season and he did very well

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.10.14 08:57:18 by SheldonK Reply

  • Overall the feeling I got was that the guys were pacing themselves for the big Lions game this week. We will see a much better performance this weekend.

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.10.14 09:14:32 by Bokhoring Reply
  • I think Alistar Coetzee’s gamble is going to come back and haunt him.
    He totally disrupted his team’s momentum and however you coach it they will be coming back from a home defeat this week.
    The Sharks on the other hand go to Jhb buoyed by an away win.
    We know we can beat the Lions we did it two weeks ago.
    Brad should forget the favouritism tag and play his Hilton boy,keep Reinarch for the impact player he is,and we get Kyle back.
    Province on the other hand play a fired up Bulls team,who are playing for their lives.
    I fancy our underdog status against the Lions,and fancy the Bulls against Province.
    So I for one will be hanging onto my season tickets

  • Comment 25, posted at 13.10.14 10:51:47 by The hound Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 23) :
    Reinach’s passing and option-taking were very poor. Hoffmann was very good when he game on – his clearance kicks were huge and his decision-making was key to our renewed momentum. And believe me – I am a Reinach fan; but he’s not the first Bok to come back to CC with a whimper as opposed to a bang.

    I think you are very harsh on Esterhuizen (despite his 2 very poor handling mistakes) and Sithole. Its hard to play off back-foot ball, and we were ruled at the breakdown. Those 2 did try to ensure that we did get onto the front foot despite that, and I think they did pretty well.

    Oosthuizen is a good player and is great defensively; but he lacks the ability to impose himself in contact when carrying, and thats why he is not a long-term blindside option. Unless he drastically improves, of course. Without a big ball carrier in the second row or loose trio, Sithole and Esterhuizen did well to fill the gap.

  • Comment 26, posted at 13.10.14 11:15:28 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 26) : Reinarch’s problem is that he is not a natural scrum half,he is a wing who somebody decided was too small to play there,just like Houghaardt, and now Richards.
    if Christian Cullen had been a South African we would have turned him into a scrum half.

  • Comment 27, posted at 13.10.14 11:51:20 by The hound Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 26) : I kno i may be harsh on Esterhuizen and Sithole but then surely you are doing the same to Reinach. I mean you did say Esterhuizen and Sithole were playing off backfoot ball…so how easy was it for Reinach? When Hoffman came on we were much better up front so the ruck ball was a lot cleaner…he still threw some shockers though. Both Esterhuizen and Sithole get over the advantage line when they carry…but if they could only offload as well then we would break through…but both taken the contact and go to ground always. Dont get me wrong i dont think Reinach was brilliant , i just think we a little harsh on the guy as he is a Bok now.

  • Comment 28, posted at 13.10.14 12:02:59 by SheldonK Reply


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