Sharks with their backs against the wall

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 16 May 2015 at 10:06
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The Cell C Sharks will look at getting back to winning ways and end a five match losing streak when they face the Waratahs at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney later this morning. (11:40am SA time)

Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold feels confident in his 23-man squad that showed much improvement against the table topping Hurricanes last week, as he decided to go with an unchanged squad for the first time this season. The last time this happened was against the Bulls and Hurricanes in round one and two of last year’s competition.

Since 1996, the Waratahs have had a 75% win record at home against all visiting teams from South Africa.

Unfortunatly for the Sharks, they could only manage one win out of their last nine matches in Sydney, which ended 26 – 19 in 2000, and they are currently on a seven match away losing streak.

The Sharks have had a convincing 32 – 10 win last year in Durban. The three matches prior to 2014 ended 34 – 30 to the Waratahs at home in 2012, 26 – 21 to the Sharks at home in 2011 and 25 – 21 to the Waratahs at home in 2010.

Since 1998, the average score between these two teams have been 28 – 21 to the Waratahs. In total they have played 17 games, with the Sharks only managing to win 5, and one ended in a draw. The Sharks have scored 352 and conceded 474, they have scored 33 tries and have almost conceded double the amount, 56.

The biggest winning margin for the Sharks is by 28 points when they won 34 – 6 in their first ever match in Sydney. Their biggest losing margin is by 34 points when they lost 48 – 14 in 2004, also in Sydney.

This season the Waratahs have won 7 from 11 matches, with the Sharks only managing 4 from 12 matches.

Sharks winger, Lwazi Mvovo has been a machine this year with 12 starts from 12 matches, having played 848 minutes, with the maximum per game being 80 and the fewest being 70 minutes. Marcell Coetzee and Odwa Ndungane have both started 11 matches, with Coetzee playing a total of 847 and Ndungane 799.

Coetzee is also the top try scorer for the Sharks with five tries. Coetzee have also made the most tackles for the Sharks, 114 (10.4 per game).

The most attacking player on the park will be Waratahs’ Israel Folau with 31 offloads (2.8 per game) in 11 appearances. He has also beaten 42 defenders (3.8 per game) and has made 13 clean breaks (1.2 per game) in his 11 appearances.

Both teams concedes most of their penalties at scrum time, and slowing the ball down at the break down, with being offsides, not releasing and not rolling away the main ones.

Gold and the Sharks will really be desperate for a win this weekend, the last time they lost six consecutive matches in a campaign was fifteen years ago.

“They’re a very physical team, probably the most physical Australian team. We saw what the Force did to them on the weekend by matching them from a physical point of view, so that’s the challenge for us.

With the likes of Beale, Folau and Ashely-Cooper, they have some fantastic play-makers in their backline and a big strong pack. They move the ball well so we’re really going to have to get our defensive shape right,” said Gold.

The match will be live on Super Sport 1 from 11:40am.


15 Israel Folau 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper 12 Kurtley Beale 11 Rob Horne 10 Bernard Foley 9 Nick Phipps 8 Wycliff Palu 7 Michael Hooper 6 Stephen Hoiles 5 David Dennis (captain) 4 Will Skelton 3 Sekope Kepu 2 Tolu Latu 1 Benn Robinson

Replacements (three to be omitted):

16 Hugh Roach 17 Jeremy Tilse 18 Paddy Ryan 19 Mitchell Chapman 20 Jed Holloway 21 Jack Dempsey 22 Tala Gray 23 Pat McCutcheon 24 Brendan McKibbin 25 Matt Carraro 26 Peter Betham

Cell C Sharks:

15 Lwazi Mvovo 14 Odwa Ndungane 13 JP Pietersen 12 Frans Steyn 11 S’bura Sithole 10 Lionel Cronje 9 Stefan Ungerer 8 Renaldo Bothma 7 Etienne Oosthuizen 6 Marcell Coetzee 5 Marco Wentzel (captain) 4 Stephan Lewies 3 Jannie du Plessis 2 Bismarck du Plessis 1 Tendai Mtawarira


16 Franco Marais 17 Dale Chadwick 18 Lourens Adriaanse 19 Mouritz Botha 20 Kyle Cooper 21 Conrad Hoffmann 22 Andre Esterhuizen 23 Waylon Murray


  • Damn my OCD! But didn’t Mvovo play less that 70 min last week? 🙂

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.05.15 10:15:38 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Shocking, shocking history of results against a team which for many years has under performed.

    I’d want the Sharks to start eating into the abnormal trend buy I fear this year it will not happen.

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.05.15 10:39:01 by Feather Reply

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  • Does anyone know where i can watch online for free in HD? Ever since dstv made SS pvr only cant watch online….

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.05.15 11:15:44 by Shadow Reply

  • @Shadow (Comment 3) : http://www.vipbox.tv

    But it’s not HD.

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.05.15 11:25:51 by Ben Reply
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  • Go he Black and White,next season begins here,today.

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.05.15 11:29:36 by The hound Reply
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    The hound
  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 1) : he played 10min

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.05.15 11:43:14 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • Wow this ref is dumb as hell

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.05.15 12:28:44 by Shadow Reply

  • If this isnt bias then i have no idea

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.05.15 13:06:01 by Dunx Reply

  • What do you expect from a nation founded by criminals

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.05.15 13:18:35 by The hound Reply
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  • Rowan Hoffman is a cheat – plain and simple!

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.05.15 13:32:17 by byron Reply

  • If the ausie commentators say the ref was bad against the sharks you must know he was terrible. Weol played boys

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.05.15 14:16:29 by willemv10 Reply

  • Look, in patches we played well…but we made many mistakes and were own enemies…not our own worst enemies…because Rowan Hoffman was just that bad!

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.05.15 16:46:13 by pastorshark Reply
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