What they had to say: Sharks vs Hurricanes, Round 13

Written by Stephen Smith (StevieS)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 11 May 2015 at 10:25
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Hi Sharks fans. All round, a better effort by the Sharks who seemed to play with more structure. Let’s see what the press’ opinion was.

South Africa:

“The Hurricanes have beaten a vastly-improved Sharks side in their Super Rugby clash in Wellington on Saturday.” –

“There may still have been too many missed tackles for Gold’s liking – the ‘Canes did run in four tries – but the most important thing about Saturday’s display was that the Sharks were up for it. There was an intensity to their game that has been lacking in recent weeks, and if they can build on that then they needn’t approach their last two games on tour against the Waratahs and Reds with any trepidation. “ –

“There have been times during this Vodacom Super Rugby season when a Cell C Sharks defeat has been met with questions about the team’s passion and commitment, but their 32-24 loss to the table-topping Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium on Saturday was not one of those.” –

“It was a much-improved Sharks team, who will feel aggrieved by some questionable calls made by New Zealand referee Chris Pollock – including denying them a legitimate try. However, days, weeks and years from now the scoreboard will reflect a Hurricanes win. And they deserve credit for the manner in which they continued to come back in the face of a determined Sharks onslaught.” –

“The Sharks will lament their first-half inaccuracies as well as their poor discipline. Three players were guilty of head-high tackles in the opening 40 minutes, and it came as no surprise when the third offender, flank Etienne Oosthuizen, was sent to the sin bin. While the loss of the player didn’t cost the Sharks on the scoreboard, it stalled their momentum. Some will focus on the Sharks’ improved defensive showing in the second half, but how different the game may have been had they made their tackles in the first stanza.” –

New Zealand:

“The Sharks played with pride, managed to score three tries, and looked like they might steal an upset when wing Odwa Ndungane scored with 13 minutes to play to put them ahead 24-21. They had a lineout drive try disallowed by the TMO a few minutes earlier, otherwise they may have caused an upset. Without rested All Blacks Julian Savea and TJ Perenara, the Hurricanes looked less cohesive in attack, but defended well through a tough first half and kept their composure after falling behind three times during the match.” –

“’We didn’t play particularly well. I think they threw the kitchen sink at it. It was the last roll of the dice for them, probably.’ After conceding 48 points in a one-sided loss to the Highlanders last week, the Sharks knew their trip to Wellington was crucial but their eighth loss of the season was probably terminal for their playoff aspirations.” –

“The Hurricanes have been forced to work very hard for their 32-24 victory over the Sharks in their Super Rugby battle in the Capital tonight. The Sharks showed their intent early, having plenty of attacking opportunities which the Hurricanes withstood until a mistake at the lineout allowed veteran Bismarck du Plessis to barge his way over to put first points on the board.” –


“IT was no royal command performance but the Hurricanes did enough to beat the Sharks 32-24 in Wellington to extend their lead at the top of the Super Rugby ladder. With Prince Harry watching on at Westpac Stadium on Saturday, the home side posted four tries to three, including a crucial score to lock Jeremy Thrush seven minutes from the end to reclaim the lead.” –

“The dogged Sharks claimed the lead after each of their second-half tries to wingers Sibusiso Sithole and Odwa Ndungane but they couldn’t halt the hosts’ weight of possession, which create tries to reserve prop Reggie Goodes and Thrush, the latter after Savea unleashed an uncanny offload near the corner flag.” –


“We’ve witnessed the Hurricanes dazzle with their attacking play but this was about being gritty and grinding out a win that was never guaranteed until just before the final whistle.” –

“The Sharks dropped their eighth game from 12 in a result which all but sounds the death knell on their play-off chances. Their night worsened when captain Bismarck du Plessis limped off in the 55th minute, favouring his knee in an incident that will concern the Springboks selectors.” –

“After such an abject showing in Dunedin the Sharks owed it to their fans to put in a competent performance against the league leaders, and they had the perfect start. Showing real intent with the ball in hand, former captain Bismarck du Plessis was the man to grab the opening try when he cleared up the a messy lineout short of the ‘Canes line and powered his way over. Building on that bright start was fundamental but the same old ghosts came back to haunt the Sharks as their indiscipline let them down after two high tackles, the latter from Lionel Cronje on Nehe Milner-Skudder being particularly poor.” –


“Thoroughly satisfied with the sharks effort at improving this Saturday. Keep it up boys! #SSRugby #sharksrugby”

“Eish! Starting to wonder when the Sharks will win again. #sharksrugby #SuperRugby”

“Great effort by @TheSharksZA but it wasn’t our day #Sharksrugby #SuperRugby”

“Much better character shown by die Sharks. Senior players putting their hands up. Still missing Lambie badly at 10. #sharksrugby #HURvSHA”


  • Well that was better – not too painful to read lol. My biggest worry is all the injuries we got on Sat. Will be interesting to see who will be able play this weekend.

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.05.15 10:52:29 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply
  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 1) : Much better to compile as well 😆

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.05.15 11:05:00 by StevieS Reply
  • @StevieS (Comment 2) : I can imagine :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.05.15 11:10:46 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

  • @StevieS (Comment 2) : :mrgreen:

    Definitely made for less stressful reading this week. Thanks as always.

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.05.15 11:12:40 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 4) : My pleasure van.

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.05.15 11:22:56 by StevieS Reply
  • Thanks Stevie! I also though we looked 200% better this week. I think the guys should feel disappointed not to get a bonus point at least, but we played with guts and courage and that’s what we wanted to see. Not much being said about the horrible TMO call.. but guess that’s the cruel game that is rugby. Also, have to say, Cronje looked quite good! If possible, I would leave him and Ungerer to start this weekend again.

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.05.15 14:46:46 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @Another Nick (Comment 6) : My pleasure Nick.

    I also thought Cronje and Ungerer looked sharp. They need another chance.

    Marcell is a machine.

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.05.15 15:29:24 by StevieS Reply
  • @StevieS (Comment 7) : Yeah, Marcell is in a different league altogether.. 😯 That guy just never stops. Bissy had a great game as well. Just hope his knee is ok though.

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.05.15 15:48:23 by Another Nick Reply

    Another Nick
  • How long is lambie still out?

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.05.15 07:12:03 by coolfusion Reply

  • Cronje will become better. It’s just refinement, not a lack of ability. I also think we need Hanco Venter to start getting some attention. Send hoffman to VC.

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.05.15 07:14:39 by coolfusion Reply

  • Thanks for your efforts…pretty fair comments in the press it seems. I actually really enjoyed watching this game. Much better work, men…

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.05.15 08:53:05 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Just a thought: Bismarck leaving the field probably impacted the final result. The boys kept fighting, but we certainly missed him…

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.05.15 08:55:08 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 12) : Agreed and I reckon the early exit of Mvovo was also quite crucial.

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.05.15 08:57:08 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 13) : Yup. I was gutted with the loss, and I’m sure the guys were too, but they did show a huge improvement and a lot of guts in the face of adversity…I am very happy about that…

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.05.15 09:01:30 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 10) : Vodacom Cup is over for the season (well, at least for us since we didn’t make the knockouts).

    Quite happy to send Hoffmann to club rugby instead, as long as it’s in a different province.

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.05.15 09:45:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • At the end of the day Derren a loss is a loss and this is our 8th. 5 in a row now too. And to top it off we had to suffer the ignominy of them resting their star All Blacks against us.

    How far the mighty Sharks have fallen.

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.05.15 10:07:32 by Feather Reply

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  • I will just add: at least there was some pride shown. It makes the bitter pill a tiny bit easier to swallow.

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.05.15 10:08:35 by Feather Reply

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  • Any news on the injury front? I read that Bismarck and Marco may be in the doubt for this weekend.

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.05.15 10:32:18 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 18) : keeping their cards close to their chests as always.

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.05.15 10:43:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • Maybe hoff has a future at the sharks as a tackle dummy?

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.05.15 11:09:02 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 20) : you remember what his injury record is like?

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.05.15 11:11:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ja but seriously…if we do get our wish and hen is moved who would be moved up in Cobus absence, besides Ungerer.

  • Comment 22, posted at 12.05.15 11:14:35 by coolfusion Reply

  • @pastorshark (Comment 11) : My pleasure.

    I’m keen to see what the team is for this weekend.

  • Comment 23, posted at 12.05.15 11:31:25 by StevieS Reply
  • I need a win like I need a good solid meal. It’s like I’ve been living on scraps. Their play this past weekend is like the aroma of the meal to come but I do need some steak on my plate. Please guys. And by the way I really wanted province to lose this past weekend. Two big disappointments. Make me proud team from a starving fan

  • Comment 24, posted at 12.05.15 12:25:22 by SeanJeff Reply

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