What they had to say: Sharks vs Crusaders, Round 8

Written by Stephen Smith (StevieS)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 7 Apr 2015 at 09:09
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Hi Sharks fans. I hope you all had a blessed and relaxed Easter Weekend, barring the Sharks game, which looked as if our players were already on holiday, and which did nothing to lower my blood pressure.

The press didn’t hold back this week, with in particular stating their opinion rather bluntly. Let’s dive straight into what the press had to say about the game:

South Africa:

“The Sharks were given a real lesson , and a hiding, by the Crusaders – who won their spiteful Super Rugby encounter 52-10. The visitor from New Zealand – who at one stage of Saturday’s encounter in Durban had three players in the sin bin – outscored the home team by eight tries to one. However, the spotlight will be firmly on a Sharks team devoid of a game plan and seemingly only able to resort to foul play to impose themselves on the opposition.” –

“The heartbeat design of the Sharks’ charity jersey was ironic, as this defeat, their fourth in eight matches, signals the flat-lining of their Vodacom Super Rugby hopes. The Sharks were absolutely awful and badly missed their Bok trio of Bismarck du Plessis, Frans Steyn (both suspended) and JP Pietersen (ruled out just before kick-off). So bad were they that they could not score any points when playing with 15 men against 12 and then 14 against 12.” –

“The seven-time champion Crusaders have put the Sharks to the sword in their Super Rugby clash in Durban on Saturday.” –

“The Crusaders exposed vulnerabilities and weaknesses in the Cell C Sharks that could well be the tipping point of the season for the once proud union as they run rough-shod over the Durbanites to record an overwhelming 52-10 victory in a Vodacom Super Rugby match played at Kings Park on Saturday.” –

New Zealand:

“The Sharks also lost captain Jean Deysel to a red card for kneeing opposite flanker Matt Todd in the head just before the break, but by then the Crusaders had established an unassailable lead and secured a four-try bonus point at 28-3.” –

“Last year Sharks loose forward Deysel was sent off for booting Jordan Taufua’s head at AMI Stadium, yet his team-mates overcame the numerical disadvantage to beat a tactically-naive Crusaders side 30-25. But the Sharks’ luck bled-out in spectacular fashion in Durban on Sunday morning. The memories of that fairytale win in Christchurch were obliterated by this 52-10 loss.” –

“It is doubtful there was anything the Sharks could take from the game. They were pressured into mistakes, and they made them by the hat full. As the television commentator said, ‘They said it was going to rain in Durban today, they didn’t say it was going to rain tries.’ Crusaders tries.” –

“In Durban, scrumhalf Andy Ellis and fullback Israel Dagg raced in for tries in the opening minutes for the unstoppable Crusaders, who were without star flyhalf Dan Carter, and put Richie McCaw on the bench. Centers Kieron Fonotia and Ryan Crotty, flyhalf Colin Slade, wing David Havili, Todd, and replacement Tom Taylor also went over, with Taylor’s length-of-the-field breakaway in the last minute after a Sharks error capping one of the most comprehensive wins in recent seasons in South Africa for the Crusaders.” –


“The Crusaders scored eight tries to thrash the Sharks 52-10 in a Super Rugby mismatch on Saturday despite having only 12 players on the field at one stage. South African referee Stuart Berry, a late replacement for ill compatriot Marius van der Westhuizen, yellow-carded three New Zealanders within four minutes approaching half-time. He then red-carded Sharks loose forward Jean Deysel, leaving the home team to play the entire second half with 14 men after trailing 28-3 at the break.” –

“Kings Park is becoming synonymous with red and yellow cards as two Sharks and one player from another New Zealand outfit, the Chiefs, were sent off there two weeks ago. A Crusaders team dominant in all facets throughout were ahead within three minutes and secured a bonus-point fourth try with five minutes left of the opening half.” –

“The record seven-time Super Rugby champions cruised to victory despite starting without two All Blacks icons in fly-half Dan Carter and loose forward Richie McCaw” –


“It was their fourth defeat in eight games this season and Gold has called on his team to show character and discipline in the wake of their heavy defeat. ‘There is nothing more we can do than apologise for that performance,’ he said. ‘It is not just the fact that we copped 50 points, but the manner in which we did. You see the ball bouncing in your 22, and there is no urgency to grab it … you look for the spark, but it is not there. We just kept giving them soft opportunities. It was an unacceptable performance and I am not going to blame the players, I take the responsibility. I put my hand up and we will fix it. We have to show some character now… and some discipline.'” –

“The Crusaders avenged the defeat they suffered to the Sharks at home last year with a drubbing that will go down as one of their worst defeats in recent history.” –

“The Crusaders issued a warning to their Super Rugby rivals by smashing the Sharks 10-52 at Kings Park in Durban. The Crusaders outscored the Sharks by eight tries to one and they take the full five points from the contest.” –

“A combination of unstructured defence, ill-discipline and a general lack of respect for their opponents didn’t help the Sharks who made so many schoolboy errors in the opening exchanges, that it begs the question whether their coaching staff is adept enough to be handling a team that boasts a host of international stars.” –


“Hope the coaches come down on players heads like a ton of bricks in halftime! Discipline Boys! #SharksvCrusaders”

“Is this rugby or mixed martial arts? #SharksvCrusaders #SSRugby #pathetic”

“Ok, now I can breathe – what the heck is happening with the #sharksrugby ??? No game plan. No defence pattern. No discipline. Management?”

“What the heck was that?! #sharksvscrusaders #SharksRugby”


  • It is what it is,great article again

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.04.15 09:23:15 by benji Reply
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  • And what my Stormers supporting brother in law had to say….”from now on the Sharks are dead to me”. That actually hurts far more than all the venting, anger and angst from Sharks fans because it now shows that neutrals who once admired the Sharks have only negative feelings towards them now.

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.04.15 09:23:35 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Wow.. heavy stuff. From a coaching point of view I wonder where you even begin to dissect that game on where it all went wrong. “it begs the question whether their coaching staff is adept enough to be handling a team that boasts a host of international stars..” This. 🙁

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.04.15 09:24:15 by Another Nick Reply

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  • I’m so glad I spent the weekend far away from a television 🙂

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.04.15 09:33:06 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Not good reading for us Sharks fans, but hey nothing less is expected after that display.

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.04.15 09:34:03 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

  • Im sorry I want to be supportive as I am a fan….but it wasn’t that they lost. was how they lost and of course the horrible thugby played. I cant see them becoming a week oiled machine in a week and we do miss those key players…. I need something to believe in.

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.04.15 09:41:44 by Sharkfinn Reply

  • In response to Planetrugby,al. The top soccer teams with billions of dollars floating around them with billion dollar superstars all have one factor in common,a hardcore autocratic coach with pedigree and no player is larger than the team,Fergies boot to a Beckham head comes to mind,so why is it different at the Sharks

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.04.15 10:01:58 by benji Reply
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  • Sigh.

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.04.15 10:08:57 by pastorshark Reply
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  • There was nothing positive to take out of this game, no glimmer of hope. They have been on this slippery slope since the beginning of the season. Where is the fire in their bellies? Other than Lambie & Coetzee the only fire seems to be dirty play. I have been a sharks fan all my life and right now I am embarrassed to say so. These guys earn big bucks and are not value for their wage. The Lions are playing like men possessed … if I were management I would get the team to watch how passionate the Lions play and if anything they can learn this week is learn that.

    Edit: Bothma is also trying his best and is passionate.

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.04.15 10:16:54 by kenilworthshark Reply

  • @benji (Comment 1) : Thanks, appreciate it.

    @kenilworthshark (Comment 9) : I agree with you assessment about who played well.

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.04.15 11:26:32 by StevieS Reply
  • Right, time for me to have a bitof a rant ! Not a big contributor and love reading you knowledgable folk’s thoughts but I honestly can’t keep quiet.
    For me Saturday was the final proof that all is not well within the team and that Gold and his coaching staff are out of their depth. All of their credentials are sketchy in my opinion and don’t have what it takes to operate at this level. If they were good enough, we should have been seeing some positives by now. Take what Ackerman is doing with the Lions, last season they showed promise with no big names and look at how they are playing now. Worst of all, look at what the Hurricanes are achieving with Plum with them this season and he wasn’t deemed good enough for us anymore!
    I was full of hope when JS took over but in hindsight it looks like all he does is recruit old mates and has no vision both when it comes to the administration and recruitment at the union. The only addition that is worth his salt so far has been Botha ffrom Saracens. other than that the only other good thing JS has done is get PSDT to extend his stay. The likes of Stevens, SP, and one or two others just don’t have what it takes, how long do we stick to mediocrity?
    I think the boys are frustrated at the lack of direction at a coaching level and the fact that whatever they are being coached and told to do on the field simply isn’t working. Hence the lack of discipline on the field. Not that it’s an excuse , it can’t be condoned, but these are competitive guys who need belief in what they are doing.
    Maybe time for JS to have a good look in the mirror and be honest with himself and the coaching staff. No more time for an old boys club, this is a professional sport and we need professionals doing what they are paid to do and deliver!

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.04.15 11:38:20 by Vince Reply

  • Good collection of data, and in the long run this opening of the wounds and bleeding out is a good thing. Thus no PR, and marketing is going to save you if the product is sub-standard, you have the world’s attention on you, and you need to do something about it before an earthquake turns into calamity.

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.04.15 12:20:55 by Richard Reply

  • @Richard (Comment 12) : We have a saying in the business that a good ad will kill bad product faster than anything else.

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.04.15 12:28:36 by The hound Reply
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  • “Sharks old, tired and unimaginative” – Mallett sums up the game in a nutshell.

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.04.15 12:29:27 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @The hound (Comment 13) : Indeed. CELL C must be loving the sponsorship and the rugbyginners campaign right now. Knowing Jose Dos Santos as well as I do (CELL C CEO) he must be barking down the line at John Smit right now. The product stinks and the Sharks are under the pump right now.

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.04.15 12:32:32 by Richard Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 14) : To be fair Mallett probably said it before the game,he must really be loving this.With all our shenanigans,nobody has commented that his beloved Stormers have lost three in a row and are behind us on the log.

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.04.15 12:39:27 by The hound Reply
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  • There’s a lot of sighing going on at my end today…sigh.

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.04.15 13:16:23 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 17) : You must be a Pastor, because me, I am not sighing… 😆

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.04.15 13:27:30 by Richard Reply

  • @Richard (Comment 18) : 😉 …sigh… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.04.15 14:46:07 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Richard (Comment 18) : the problem for the Holy Man is his ultime employer has switched off his direct line and also left the building after Saterdays shocker from hell and His Name was used plenty in vai

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.04.15 15:45:41 by benji Reply
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  • Apologies should read ultimate and vain

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.04.15 15:47:24 by benji Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 19) : BIG SIGH 😥

    I didn’t even watch the second half. I walked out in disgust.

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.04.15 16:40:48 by StevieS Reply
  • Mark Andrews made a good comment today on Ballz Visual Radio. He said they are playing like a Barbarian team – when all goes well they enjoy and throw the ball around, but when things go wrong, you better run for the hills and no one cares on the field, every one for himself.

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.04.15 17:34:10 by T-Shark Reply

  • @StevieS (Comment 22) : It was tough to watch…at one stage I thought they were going to get to 80 points. Time to move on now…
    I’d love to know what is going on at King’s Park this week…

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.04.15 20:36:04 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Thanks again for the work on these articles, Steve…

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.04.15 20:36:40 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 25) : Always a pleasure. I just hope others are enjoying them as well.

    @pastorshark (Comment 24) : Oh to be a fly on the wall at King’s Park this week :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 08.04.15 09:47:28 by StevieS Reply

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