Griquas dash Sharks’ Vodacom Cup hopes

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 5 May 2015 at 09:26
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Any slight chance that a desperate rearguard action from the Sharks XV might bring a little hope to long-suffering fans of the union was cruelly dashed on Saturday afternoon, as a late try from an otherwise off-colour Griquas team consigned their hosts to a 24-27 defeat.

This loss – the fourth of the campaign – leaves the Sharks XV languishing in 6th place on the eight team South Section log, a full nine points off the pace in terms of a play-off spot with only one game to go. This weekend’s away fixture against the EP Kings, in other words, is about nothing other than pride.

Late reshuffles and shenanigans again took place this week – the sort of thing that’s conspired to stymie Ryan Strudwick and his coaching team all season long. Kyle Cooper, who trained with the side at hooker all week and was due to be their captain, was withdrawn on Saturday morning and told instead he’d be joining the Sharks tour squad. Monde Hadebe, who’d been in hospital earlier in the week due to illness, was rushed back in to captain the side. A further change at prop saw Marne Coetzee start ahead of Mthunzi Moloi at tighthead.

The Sharks XV started the brighter of the two sides; after Gouws Prinsloo had struck an opening penalty for Griquas, the home side hit back, first with an equalising penalty to Cameron Wright and then with two converted tries. Khaya Majola, the undoubted stalwart of the campaign, went over first, followed by Tonderai Chavhanga. At 17-3 after 36 minutes, there were hopes that the side could kick on and pick up the bonus point victory needed to keep their slim hopes alive; alas, it was Griquas who scored next, via an unconverted try to loose forward Jono Janse van Rensburg.

Leading 17-8 at the break (thanks in no small part to eight squandered points from the errant boot of Prinsloo), the Sharks XV conceded an early score in the second half, this time to Rocco Jansen. That man Marius Louw continued his impressive try-scoring record by going over for the Sharks a few minutes later, but it was to be Griquas who would finish the stronger, scoring twice in the last ten minutes to turn what would have been a rather unlikely victory into yet another defeat.

All things told, just another nail in the coffin of a once-proud union.

Sharks XV (24): Tries Khaya Majola, Tonderai Chavhanga, Marius Louw. Conversions Cameron Wright (3). Penalty Wright
Griquas: (27): Tries Jono Janse van Rensburg, Rocco Jansen, Ntabeni Dukisa, Ederies Arendse. Conversions Dean Grant (2). Penalty Gouws Prinsloo


  • hell, this is unacceptable. What is going on in Durban?

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.05.15 09:34:43 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • Apparently the Sharks pushed them right to the final whistle. Before the game I think the consensus was that we stood very little chance against the Griquas. All things considered they did us proud, especially if you take into account that there were team disruptions yet again earlier in the week. This is the kind of defeat I can live with.

    “Khaya Majola, the undoubted stalwart of the campaign…” sounds like someone who should be called up to a senior side in desperate need of loosies. The Etienne Oosthuizen experiment has surely run its course now.

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.05.15 09:40:38 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I reckon we’ll just have to ride this storm out…hopefully we’ll start seeing some positive change during age group CC this year, as most (hopefully all) of that group forms part of the new regime.

    New coach, and new recruits from the new Botes era of recruitment.

    I’m hopeful that Barneys changes, though a complete short-term failure, will prove more successful over the long term…just wish our revered Ceo would speak up on the state of things.

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.05.15 09:40:52 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Defence letting us down once again, letting a victory slip through our fingers in the last 10mins. 👿 On a positive note, at least Jordaan is making a comeback. I haven’t seen the game, but heard he was solid.

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.05.15 09:47:08 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @Another Nick (Comment 4) : how did Cameron go at 10 and April at 15? Is Cameron still with the union or going over the ocean?

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.05.15 10:00:14 by Kabouter Reply

  • @Kabouter (Comment 5) : Apparently Cam did pretty well at 10, though I still prefer him at 9. And as far as I know yes, he is still on his way to join Jake. 😥

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.05.15 10:08:39 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @Another Nick (Comment 6) : 😯

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.05.15 10:10:07 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 7) : Let me second that, 😯

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.05.15 10:13:41 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Kabouter (Comment 5) : apparently April was quiet

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.05.15 10:16:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 7) : @vanmartin (Comment 8) : Sorry guys, let me reiterate: 😥 👿 😥 👿 😥 😥

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.05.15 10:17:57 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @Another Nick (Comment 6) : @Another Nick (Comment 6) : @vanmartin (Comment 8) : Let me add a choice expletive to that – fuCENSOREDody hell!

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.05.15 10:18:55 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Another Nick (Comment 10) : Would that be the reason for the Sharks not replacing Reinach with another scrummie?

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.05.15 10:20:15 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • So Super Rugby is a wash as is the Vodacom Cup. I really hope the guys in charge sits down when the SR squad is back and really look at the players on their books. We need to get young talent in and keep them. And we need to let a load of senior guys go. The Sharks isn’t a retirement union! Get rid of the journeymen like Chavanga, Hoffman, Stevens, Murray etc.

    I’d much rather see the sides lose with a few young guns in their ranks than the current bullshit. That would mean the young guys are happy and get experience. Look at the Hurricanes, it took them a few seasons to get it right, but now they are looking close to unstoppable. And they’ve improved season to season. We are going backwards at a rate of knots. Seems the only silverware we’ll have is the Varsity Shield!

    I really honestly hope that we’ll see guys like Innocent Radebe pulled in for the CC.

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.05.15 10:25:36 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : will have to give him more than a few days training before we judge? the Kings probably only weaker side so this weekend might be fun…..

    very worrying that two of next year’s “Super” unions are at the bottom of a weak competition.

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.05.15 10:31:13 by Kabouter Reply

  • @Kabouter (Comment 14) : Kings are above us on the log, buddy, so let’s not get too carried away with how kak they are.

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.05.15 10:33:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 12) : Probably. But then again who knows, right? Guess they figure they have Hoffmann (I know!), Ungerer and, in case of emergency, Fred. These days the only time their decisions make any sort of sense is if you had a couple of mampoer shots on a empty stomach after smoking a fat zol. 🙄

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.05.15 10:38:48 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @Another Nick (Comment 16) : pass the dutchie to the left hand side

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.05.15 10:41:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : 😆 With pleasure! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.05.15 10:47:02 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @Dragnipur (Comment 13) : if the Sharks XV performed better we could have had a decent u21 side with players such as (not exactly sure of age and position of all) :

    1. Thomas Du Toit/ Mzamo Majola
    2. Chris De Beer
    3. Ruan Kramer/ Marne Coetzee
    4. Hyron Andrews
    5. Christiaan van der Merwe/ Retief Marais
    6. Dan Du Preez
    7. Lwazi Ngcungama / Sanele Malwane
    8. Jean Luc Du Preez
    9. H Venter ?? (not sure if still u21)/ Rowan Gouws
    10. Inny Radebe
    11. Alwayno Visagie
    12. Esterhuizen (not sure if still u21) / Marcell Coetzee
    13. Mara Louw
    14. Neil Maritz
    15. Siphatisene Dube

    which of these should make CC?

  • Comment 19, posted at 05.05.15 11:01:09 by Kabouter Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : true bot hopefully not after this week
    been to the game the Kings vs SWD and they were proper shite. ok we also got a pasting but that was real poor play

    just stumbled on an old interview by Pastor with Strudders:
    PS: The attention now switches to the Vodacom Cup – what are your thoughts on your squad and the prospects in that competition?

    RS: The honest answer is that the Vodacom Cup team is the most frustrating team to coach. You never have the same team from week to week and you never know who your team is going to be until the Thursday! Most often you are given senior players who have been dropped from the main team and they are not too excited to be playing for you. That means motivating them is a huge challenge. Saying all that, we do have a nice young talented squad that was looking strong until the Sharks lost a number of key players. They will still fare well and we believe that we will make the knock out section of the competition. Although we now lose a lot of players to the senior setup, we still have a strong squad.

    seemed quite accurate prediction

  • Comment 20, posted at 05.05.15 11:04:59 by Kabouter Reply

  • @Kabouter (Comment 20) : That was a great interview!

  • Comment 21, posted at 05.05.15 11:27:07 by vanmartin Reply
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  • “you never know who your team is going to be until the Thursday”…make that “until a few hours before kick off.

  • Comment 22, posted at 05.05.15 11:37:06 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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