What they had to say: Stormers vs Sharks, Round 4

Written by Stephen Smith (StevieS)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 9 Mar 2015 at 10:07
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Morning Sharks fans. What can one say after such a good first half, then to fall off the pace in the second-half? I was gutted, and I’m sure all of you and the players themselves will feel the same. Still, there are highlights to take from the game, and one can start to see the type of game Messrs Gold and Venter are starting to implement.

Let’s see what the Press and folks on Twitter had to say about the game:

South Africa:

“There were times when the Sharks bossed the Stormers at set-piece and turnover time but the Stormers made the most of the scoring chances which came their way. Flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis was in splendid form with the boot, scoring 14 points for his side. Errors crept into the Sharks’ game when it looked like they could crack the opposition defence.”

“At the heart of the Stormers’ match-winning performance was their tight-five who after a shaky start, bounced back in superb fashion to record three heels against the head in first-half scrums. ‘I’m apprehensive about throwing the baby out with the bath water. Our results have not been there, but there have been elements of our game where we showed good signs and we just need to be tough on ourselves to take those opportunities. (Gary Gold)'”

“After enduring a disappointing start to the season, Sharks coach Gary Gold has called on his side to ‘man-up’ and pull together. Much is expected of a squad loaded with Springboks, but they have yet to realise their potential this season, with just one win from their first four games.”

“It was a brutal match, contested by two hungry teams in front of a massive crowd of 40,232 at Newlands but it was the hosts who prevailed after yet another disciplined and effective showing from the top team in South Africa.”

“This fixture was always going to be shaped by the battle at the set pieces and collisions. The Stormers showed the Springbok-laden Sharks scrum no respect, winning three tightheads in the first 24 minutes of the game. The hosts contained the Sharks maul on several occasions. And through the efforts of the hard-running Damian de Allende, the Cape side caused all sorts of problems for that all-Bok Sharks midfield of Frans Steyn and JP Pietersen. Steyn and Pietersen gave as good as they got in their first Vodacom Super Rugby match since returning from Japan. Pat Lambie was influential in the first half, rounding off a good attacking movement and kicking accurately for goal. Unfortunately, the Sharks backline just never had the forward platform to challenge the Stormers defence consistently.”

“However, the longer the match lasted the more dominant the Stormers became, and by the end even their lineout, which was highly suspect for the first hour, was dominating their opponents.The Sharks would have been justified to be aggrieved at the refereeing and TMO performances at Loftus the previous week and could with justification blame that for their defeat, but in this game there were no excuses.”

New Zealand:

“10 Sharks (last week 8) – Won’t have enjoyed getting tooled up by the Stormers, so due a response this week. At 1-3, look a far cry from the team that thundered to 11 wins last season. A week of naval gazing should at least ensure motivation levels are high.”

“Sheer strength at scrum time set the platform for the Stormers, who had tries from Johnny Kotze and a penalty try. Flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis kicked 14 points. The Sharks’ points all came from Springboks No. 10 Pat Lambie with a try, conversion and two penalties, but the visitors were completely outmuscled in the second half in Cape Town.”


“There was nothing between the teams after a frenetic opening half at Newlands stadium on Saturday which finished 13-10 in favour of the Stormers. But the Sharks rarely got out of their half after the break, managed to add just three points and were sunk by a penalty try.”

“THE Stormers went top of the Super Rugby table Saturday after an ultimately comfortable 29-13 victory over fellow South Africans the Sharks in Cape Town.”

“Powerful scrummaging was a key factor in the Stormers’ success with loosehead prop Steven Kitshoff winning the official man-of-the-match award. He gave Sharks and former England tighthead Matt Stevens a torrid time to the delight of most in a 40,000 crowd.”


“A Lambie penalty after a rare attack cut the gap to six points, but one minute later the match ended as a contest. South African referee Jaco Peyper awarded a penalty try to Stormers after ruling that off-side Sharks scrum-half Cobus Reinach prevented a probable try by winger Dillyn Leyds. Replacement fly-half Kurt Coleman kicked the conversion and added a penalty to complete the scoring.”

“Stormers captain Duane Vermeulen hailed his team’s efforts in the scrums after Saturday’s 29-13 victory over the Sharks in Cape Town. The home side’s pack were dominant in that facet of play, especially during the first half when they won three tightheads.”

“The Stormers outscored the Sharks by two tries to one in the contest and leaves the Sharks down in tenth place with one win from four matches. There were times when the Sharks bossed the Stormers at set-piece and turnover time but the Stormers made the most of the scoring chances which came their way.”


“In yet another depressing match the Sharks lose to the Stormers. Stormers 29 Sharks 13 #STOvSHA #SuperRugby#SSRugby #SharksRugby”

“Lets go back to Jake’s boring hoofball winning rugby. Ayikho le. #SharksRugby”

“Relieved that I decided to eat seafood in Kalk Bay tonight rather than watch it being made at Newlands.”


  • #SmashedEmBro – lets move on. The wounds need not more salt. They let it slip,and only they can fix it! Hoping for some more positive journalism this week, Beast and Jannie should pack down together this week, that’s at least some good news. And Deysel is one week closer, more good news, and the boys backs are against the walls, that’s at least some good news, as they should be getting hungrier and angrier. SHARKS!

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.03.15 10:18:47 by Richard Reply
  • Reinach name associated with many bad things this game. Off side preventing a try then giving away a try with ill considered and poorly executed kicks. He did a lot of damage. Watched the game again and I can only shake my head as to why he (or any scrumhalf) for that matter consider going to the boot as nr 1 option always, even when we are on the fron foot and gaining advantage? He really starved the backline and I don’t see how we will be playing the running rugby we promised with this kind of play. His kicking is terrible and poorly calculated, maybe he should focus on his strengths? Maybe time to remove him and put in a humble scrummie, who gets down to the basics of good distribution, sniping on the fringes and putting his men into running space instead of conceding possession with awful kicking?

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.03.15 10:20:11 by coolfusion Reply
  • Thanks Stevie! I almost didn’t read this morning’s port as it still hurts so much, but glad I did as it is most insightful as always.

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.03.15 10:20:48 by Another Nick Reply
    Another Nick
  • @Richard (Comment 1) : Or they could become despondent and lose faith. This happened to the bulls and it’s very dangerous for this to happen to a team. Maybe investors and directors should consider the business aspect of this. If they don’t turn a corner soon could this spell trouble for the franchise and ticket sales? Bulls are still struggling to get the semi-faithfull back into seats. Maybe a little investment now can forestall greater investments/loss of revenue later?

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.03.15 10:24:00 by coolfusion Reply
  • @Richard (Comment 1) : Morning Rich. I’m expecting a big showing from the boys this weekend, and I’m preferring to take the positives out of the game this last weekend. I hope you don’t think I’m rubbing salt in the wounds. These are all extracts from around the net, not my personal view.

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.03.15 10:25:18 by StevieS Reply
  • @StevieS (Comment 5) : Howzit Brother, nope, I hear you loud and clear, and it adds a lot of value to the site, keep on keeping on through good and bad. Really enjoy this weekly piece. Keep it coming brother! Yeah, we enter this weekend with what is turning out to be a must win! Through sheer bloddy mindedness we have to win this game!

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.03.15 10:27:54 by Richard Reply

  • @Richard (Comment 1) : P.s. I don’t know if you’ve seen, but this is a weekly column where the point is to get unbiased opinions.

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.03.15 10:28:19 by StevieS Reply
  • @Richard (Comment 6) : Thanks Rich

    Saw your post and thought you thought I was trash talking the team while they were down.

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.03.15 10:29:07 by StevieS Reply
  • @Another Nick (Comment 3) : Thanks for the feedback, glad you enjoy the piece.

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.03.15 10:30:00 by StevieS Reply
  • @StevieS (Comment 8) : All good my man.

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.03.15 10:34:51 by Richard Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 4) : I don’t think its that bad just yet, yes, there has been a lot of turmoil at the Tank, but with one or two more wins, we should get some momentum, new team, new coaching staff, new leaders, takes time to settle. We aren’t in the dumps, but we are trying to rebuild from the ashes.

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.03.15 10:39:44 by Richard Reply

  • @Richard (Comment 11) : Don’t get me wrong, I think Gold and co deserve the same courtesy as any new coaching/management staff to settle. But, I do think that if there are redlights even faint ones the investment upfront would be cheaper. I wonder what Gary would say if you said: “Gary we are willing to make an investment what do you think you would change to make an immediate impact?”. I’m sure he has some suggestions given what he has seen so far? I think he is currently working within what he was allowed or has been made to understand were the constraints. Some course correction or running repairs now would be cheaper I think. Just a an unfounded hunch though.

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.03.15 11:00:04 by coolfusion Reply

  • As much as it hurts to say: we were just outplayed!! Our forwards just never gave us a chance in that second half!! Both Stevens and Adriaanse can be put to pasture and we need to find someone else to back up Jannie…surely that mich should be obvious!

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.03.15 11:37:07 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 12) : I hear what you are saying, based off your hunch. What investment or change do you think could make an immediate impact?

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.03.15 11:44:31 by Richard Reply

  • @Richard (Comment 14) : ummm…this is just a guess…but…perhaps tighthead? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.03.15 11:54:29 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 15) : Lol 😆

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.03.15 12:30:07 by StevieS Reply
  • @pastorshark (Comment 13) : How and why exactly did we allow Herbst to leave?! 👿

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.03.15 12:34:37 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Is this the 5th or the 6th article today?

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.03.15 14:44:31 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 17) : Don’t get me started on that. JW chased him away after he went to a Bok training camp in 2013 👿 He was always under appreciated.

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.03.15 15:20:40 by StevieS Reply
  • @StevieS (Comment 19) : @FireTheLooser (Comment 17) : @StevieS (Comment 16) : @pastorshark (Comment 15) : If you look at the names of the players that left us in the propping positions, makes me cry. Hersbt, Relinghuys and Mienie – traded for Matt Stevens and Lourens Adriaanse – WHAT??? 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.03.15 15:24:25 by Richard Reply

  • @Richard (Comment 20) : We lost some great players!

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.03.15 15:46:17 by StevieS Reply
  • @Richard (Comment 20) : I think something like 22 players had left the Sharks from Currie Cup 2013 squad to the end of Super Rugby 2014.

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.03.15 16:29:53 by StevieS Reply

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