What they had to say: Sharks vs Reds, Round 15

Written by Stephen Smith (StevieS)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 25 May 2015 at 10:41
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Hi Sharks fans. What a weekend of rugby, and it’s great that the Sharks won. Let’s see what the press had to say about the Sharks performance.

South Africa:

“We got sucked into playing their game. I’m disappointed we allowed the game to be slowed down and played the way they wanted. I give them a lot of credit for how disciplined they were in the way they wanted to play.” –

“The Sharks won 21-14 after leading 16-7 at half-time. The Sharks had scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer to thank for both their tries, while centre Frans Steyn added a conversion as well as three penalties.” –

“The Sharks went into Friday’s match with history hanging over their heads. No Sharks side had failed to notch up a victory on an Australasian tour and none had suffered seven consecutive defeats. They managed to avoid that dubious distinction with a rugged performance in Brisbane. The Sharks needed to win, and win they did. Their desperation played against them at times, but their senior players stood up at crucial times to steady the ship and get them across the line. To call the performance impressive, or even good, might be an overstatement. But they did enough against a Reds side who last week blew the Rebels away at the same venue.” –

“The Cell C Sharks produced a solid all round performance en route to chalking up a deserved 21-14 Vodacom Super Rugby win over the Reds in Brisbane that brings to an end a dismal run of six consecutive defeats and should inspire some confidence as they return home for their two remaining matches. It’s been a disturbing season for the Sharks, but you wouldn’t have thought so had you watched this game in isolation, with the Durbanites rectifying several of the areas that have let them down over the past two months. The chief among those was the defence, where there was impressive intensity from a Sharks team clearly determined to avoid the ignominy of returning home without a single tour victory.” –

“The Sharks kept alive their slim hopes of making the Super rugby playoffs with a 21-14 win over the Queensland Reds. Needing to win their last four matches and have other results go their way, the Sharks snapped a six-game losing streak with a scrappy win over the Australians, who sit second last on the standings.” –

“After disappointing defeats in Wellington and Sydney in the last fortnight, the Cell C Sharks finally got a win on the road. Stefan Ungerer scored twice in their 21-14 win over the Reds in Brisbane, also on Friday.” –

New Zealand:

“A horror James O’Connor error allowed the Sharks to break a six-match Super Rugby losing streak with a 21-14 victory over the Queensland Reds on Friday night. A week on from their thumping win over the Melbourne Rebels, the horrors returned for the embattled Reds, who were well in the hunt until O’Connor’s 69th-minute howler. The former Wallabies winger completely miscued an attempted kick for touch from deep in Queensland’s in-goal area, instead picking out the chest of Sharks scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer, who was metres from the tryline and couldn’t believe his luck.” –

“The former Wallabies winger completely miscued an attempted kick for touch from deep in Queensland’s in-goal area, instead picking out the chest of Sharks scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer, who was metres from the tryline and couldn’t believe his luck.It was Ungerer’s second of the match and it blew the stuffing out of a Reds outfit that, while scrappy and error-prone once again, looked odds-on to sneak home in front of 20,899 fans.” –


“Where last week they were energetic and inventive, the Reds were sluggish, fumbly and plagued by turnovers, spending most of the first half pinned back in defence as the fast-starting Sharks dialled up the pressure. It eventually paid off for the South Africans after 17 minutes, when Ungerer attacked the blindside from the base of a solid Sharks scrum and flashed over the line for a converted try and a 10-0 lead to the visitors. But Queensland struck back with a stunning try-of-the-year contender seven minutes later with a move that went through nine pairs of hands and almost the entire length of the field – the only passage of play on Friday night when their attack actually stuck.” –

“A BLOOPER-of-the-year contender from James O’Connor on Friday night tripped the Reds when victory was there for the taking against a Sharks side exhausted by four tough weeks of touring. The tired Reds bodies in the dressing room at Suncorp Stadium will have wondered how they played so much rugby yet still lost 21-14 to a South African side as injury-ravaged as they were six weeks earlier.” –

“Graham said the Reds allowed the Sharks to dictate the tempo of the game and were unable to escape their shackles. “It’s a game I feel we lost,” Graham said. “Thirteen turnovers in the first half and then we got sucked into playing the game they wanted to, as opposed to being disciplined and sticking to the way we wanted to. “I’ll give them credit, it’s obviously been a fairly long road trip and a tough season for them and they were very good at what they did. “But I’m disappointed we allowed the game to be slowed down and played at a tempo they wanted to play at.”” –


“The Sharks have ended their Australasian tour on a high after they led and dominated much of the match, while the Reds struggled with their handling. Not looking much like last week’s winning side, a poor James O’Connor clearing kick that was charged down and picked up by Stefan Ungerer before he strolled over the line, exemplified the struggling performance of the Reds.” –

“Inspired by the tireless efforts of their pack – especially impressive hooker Bismarck du Plessis – the visitors led from start to finish to bring a winning end to their four-game overseas tour. Scrum-half Stefan Ungerer scored on either side of half time in a morale-boosting result, just their fifth win this season, as the Reds were punished for handing possession over too cheaply.” –


“You could not make this up! James O’Connor with the shocker of the season. #SuperRugby #RedsvSharks “

“That blunder by James O’Connor I don’t wanna laugh but jirrrr #SSRUGBY #REDSvSHARKS ke Moemish”

“Not sure if I agree with Fox Sports airing vision from the @Reds_Rugby dressing room spat with James O’Connor…. #REDSvSHARKS”

“o my James O’Connor #REDSvSHARKS”


  • Well played sharks
    jp defended well late in the game on the wing but his defence in midfield was bad. Kept on tackling too high

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.05.15 10:57:42 by sudhir Reply
  • For those of you that missed it:

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.05.15 11:11:45 by MysticShark Reply
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  • Yet to watch the game but congrats to the boys on picking up a much needed win.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.05.15 11:11:51 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 3) : Me neither, actually only finished watching the Waratahs game yesterday, we could have won that game, it was a huge improvement on the Highlanders game.

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.05.15 11:18:32 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Much appreciated as always Stevie! What a game! Guys showed great guts and passion to bring the victory home. Ending the tour with a win will do wonders to the players’ morale and attitude. I also see that Pat is without his neck brace, which can only mean good things. Oh, and can I just say: What a player Ungerer is! Geez that guy we must keep in lock and chains. Would love to see him and Pat together soon.

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.05.15 11:20:05 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @MysticShark (Comment 2) : LOL, I’ve watched this so many times.. still cracks me up! :mrgreen: 😆

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.05.15 11:20:52 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @Another Nick (Comment 6) : It’s my new, “whenever I’m feeling sad”, remedy.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.05.15 11:39:29 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 7) : Yup! Also serves as “Monday morning blues” remedy.. hahaha

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.05.15 11:49:11 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @Another Nick (Comment 8) : Classic for many years to come.

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.05.15 12:18:26 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @Another Nick (Comment 5) : My pleasure 😀

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.05.15 13:39:23 by StevieS Reply
  • So much easier to read than previous weeks :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: – shot Stevie!!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.05.15 13:58:21 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

  • How bad is Ungerer’s injury.
    Been calling for his start the whole season,hell he gave Cronje the space to be decent,imagine what he could do for Pat.
    Lets hope Gold doesn’t rush Reinarch back into the starting line up.

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.05.15 14:10:39 by The hound Reply
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  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 11) : Always a pleasure. Much easier to do the article this week as well lol

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.05.15 14:20:30 by StevieS Reply
  • What was the iol writer smoking?! “kept alive the slim hopes of making the…playoffs?!?!” Wow!

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.05.15 18:58:00 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Thanks for the write-up again, Steve!

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.05.15 18:58:28 by pastorshark Reply
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  • It was a great sporting weekend for me!
    1. The Sharks won…
    2. Newcastle United won to avoid relegation…
    3. Hannover 96 won to avoid relegation…
    4. Lewis Hamilton didn’t win… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.05.15 19:00:13 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 15) : My pleasure.

    @pastorshark (Comment 14) : I thought the same thing. For a second I wondered if maybe I’d miscalculated the whole table lol

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.05.15 08:34:38 by StevieS Reply

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