Preview: Sharks vs Pumas

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 3 Sep 2015 at 17:58
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The Sharks have been superior against the Pumas over the last four seasons, but the team from Nelspruit has been a thorn in the flesh of the Durban based side in the last two matches, winning both at home.

After getting the better of the Sharks during their opener at the Mbombela Stadium about a month ago, the Sharks have not really shown much improvement as they only managed two close wins from four games, both against the EP Kings.

The Pumas have also only won two out of their four matches, after beating the Sharks they had two heavy defeats against the Lions and a narrow two point win against the Kings in Port Elizabeth.

Both teams are out of the running for home semi-finals as the Lions and Bulls are both on twenty points, followed by the Western Province and Free State Cheetahs both on ten points. The Sharks are currently in fifth place on nine points followed closely by the Pumas on eight points.

Gary Gold has limited his changes to only two injury enforced replacements in his starting xv. Springbok scrumhalf Cobus Reinach makes a welcome return after Michael Claassens picked up an injury last week and Wandile Mjekevu replaces Odwa Ndungane on the right wing. Heimar Williams also comes in on the bench.

The Pumas also welcome back a Springbok, in tight head prop Vincent Koch, who will undoubtedly have a big impact upfront and would want to prove a point to the selectors after his exclusion from the World Cup Squad.

The Sharks would really have to dig deep if they want a convincing win to get their campaign back on track, with scoring four tries as scarce as Sharks teeth along the beaches of the Irish Sea, a bonus point win at home is almost a non-negotiable.

Kick-off is on Saturday 3pm.


  • Nothing less than 4 tries is demanded against the Pumas at home.

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.09.15 19:34:49 by Orlok Tsubodai Reply
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  • Faf De Klerk versus Reinach…..worth the entrance fee…

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.09.15 06:43:12 by grant10 Reply
  • Going to be tough to score 4 tries but let’s hope the guys can produce a decent performance!!!!!
    Go Sharks!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.09.15 07:19:47 by JD Reply
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  • How serious is Claasens injury? And Odwa?

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.09.15 08:00:16 by coolfusion Reply

  • @grant10 (Comment 2) : Rudi Paige against Reinach ended badly for us so did Sarel Pretorius vs Reinach. Faf better than both of them.

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.09.15 08:01:48 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 5) : But reinach has a point to prove, so he’d better perform!

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.09.15 10:32:00 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • @Orlok Tsubodai (Comment 1) : hahaha im assuming u only got your DSTV subscription after the first game against the Pumas?

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.09.15 10:37:04 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 7) : No. I rely on two primary points:

    1. Sharks should always beat the the Pumas at home, for they are minnows of the tournament and the Sharks are numsaans.

    2. Is it fair for me to call the Pumas “minnows”? Hell yes!! Look how the Lions smashed them home and away!

    So do you want to compare the Sharks to the Pumas (like Gold does) or the Lions (even that is a little galling all things considered)?

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.09.15 11:07:00 by Orlok Tsubodai Reply

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  • @Orlok Tsubodai (Comment 8) : They are the current Vodacom Cup Champions,winning three games away from home including a severe 24-7 thrashing of the unbeaten,and very fancied Western Province at Newlands.
    This was without Koch,Faf and Giant,who were all good enough to play Super Rugby for the Stormers,Lions and Sharks.
    Under estimate them at your peril.
    I still remember Dobson smashing his bald head on the desk and throwing glasses against his window in that final,he obviously had the same attitude as you.

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.09.15 11:22:22 by The hound Reply
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  • @Orlok Tsubodai (Comment 8) :

    The Pumas may be so called Minnows for not having a Super Rugby team, but if the Sharks go 0 from 2 against them after this weekend, we should hang our heads in shame for calling them that.

    We should rather be saying that the Sharks are playing like an unprofessional minnow team, that may be harsh but is closer to the truth.

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.09.15 11:25:42 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Orlok Tsubodai (Comment 8) : U basing ur assessment on historical evidence which plays very little part in 2015. Rather base it on the recent games between the sides where the Pumas smashed the Sharks in Nelspruit and gave the Sharks a real problem the last time the game was in Durban. The Sharks side have been very poor this year in every game and also got beaten like an ugly kid by the Lions this year. The Pumas have also bolstered their scrum and SA refs love to penalise the scrum and maul. So taking that into account…The Sharks should def score 4 tries seems more like a hope than a possibility. But stranger things have happened just ask Rudy Paige 😉

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.09.15 11:40:55 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 10) : I’d much rather see the Pumas in next years SR than the Kings, and so far they are more deserving.

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.09.15 12:02:25 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Yeah my comment is more of a “how low have the Sharks stooped that little parts of us even think the Sharks might lose to the Pumas at home” vibe.

    The Lions had no problems with them home and away – why should the Sharks? The Sharks should always be strong enough to beat teams like the Bulls and WP home and away… we should not be troubled by the Pumas…. you feel me now?

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.09.15 12:26:31 by Orlok Tsubodai Reply

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  • @Orlok Tsubodai (Comment 13) : Yeh i get ur assumption based on the reputations of the respective Unions. I think the high quota of Boks in the Sharks sides of recent years have probably overshadowed the overall weakness of the union. The Pumas by contrast hav been on a steady uphill climb

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.09.15 12:28:20 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Orlok Tsubodai (Comment 13) : If my granny had balls she ”should have” been my grandpa .

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.09.15 12:29:16 by The hound Reply
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  • @Orlok Tsubodai (Comment 13) :

    I think it pretty much sums up where the Sharks and their supporters are these days…

    We expected a tough match in Nelspruit, and we lost, we expected a good win against the Kings at home, and we scraped home after trying to lose the match for 60 minutes.

    I am expecting a tough game against the Pumas and would not be surprised if we lost. Let’s just say I won’t be putting any money on the Sharks to win this match..

  • Comment 16, posted at 04.09.15 13:39:06 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 14) : ..at the current rate of “coaching”, we won’t have that problem for very long 🙄

  • Comment 17, posted at 04.09.15 14:22:40 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 17) : Well the only ones left are Beast and Lambie technically…

  • Comment 18, posted at 04.09.15 14:30:27 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 18) : Where is Lawazi going?

  • Comment 19, posted at 04.09.15 14:39:42 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 19) : Ah yes forgot about him too. I cant see him going anywhere but he wont make another world cup…his value will be at the highest now so u never kno. But think he has resigned anyway..well for what a contract is worth these days anyway

  • Comment 20, posted at 04.09.15 14:47:37 by SheldonK Reply

  • If the same template as last week holds true, Chadwick and co are going to have a loooooong 40 minutes against the Pumas. Maningi penalties. Its gonna hurt. The Tank will shore us up in the second 40. All the consistency in selection that Gary is going for will I fear count for…nothing. That’s my fear. As an aside, how was Pro Legoete’s game last week penalising the Pumas 24 penalties to 6 against the Lions. Ho-ly COW!

  • Comment 21, posted at 04.09.15 16:44:58 by SeanJeff Reply
  • Lately, watching the Sharks play is like homework or going to the dentist, an obligation and not a joy. It never used to be like this. Maybe the guys need to watch a Chuck Norris movie before a game and get all rowdy (but without lapsing into dirty, illegal play). Get inspired…’when you are in Durban look behind you, ‘cos that’s where a Shark is gonna be…’. Hopefully not behind you as you’re running in a try 😉 Hey, maybe Chuck Norris could coach rugby! 😎

  • Comment 22, posted at 04.09.15 16:51:03 by SeanJeff Reply
  • @Dragnipur (Comment 6) : I don’t doubt his willingness to work or to try his best to win games not now or ever. The problem is how he goes about it. Aimless kicking bypassing his back lines trying to do it all. What we need is crisp and quick service. That was his downfall. Paige wasn’t brilliant but he did beat him by doing his job, service, putting men into space not trying to win a game by himself.

  • Comment 23, posted at 04.09.15 18:12:45 by coolfusion Reply

  • @SeanJeff (Comment 22) : When you check the logs look behind you. That’s where the sharks gonna be…

  • Comment 24, posted at 04.09.15 18:18:49 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 24) : 😀 very funny dude

  • Comment 25, posted at 04.09.15 18:26:58 by SeanJeff Reply
  • @SeanJeff (Comment 25) : And sad too…

  • Comment 26, posted at 04.09.15 19:07:07 by coolfusion Reply

  • *sigh*

  • Comment 27, posted at 04.09.15 23:57:52 by pastorshark Reply
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