What they had to say: Sharks vs Cheetahs, Round 10

Written by Stephen Smith (StevieS)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 12 Oct 2015 at 09:49
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What a horrible feeling. We didn’t win, but it certainly feels like we lost. It’s almost a relief that the season has finally come to an end.

Let’s see what the media had to say about the game.


“The Free State Cheetahs booked their spot in the semi-finals of this year’s Absa Currie Cup after their final group stage match against the Sharks ended in a thrilling draw in Bloemfontein on Saturday. The final score read 34-all after the home side led 17-13 at half-time.” –

“The Toyota Cheetahs scored two converted tries in the last five minutes to snatch a 34-34 draw (halftime 17-13) against the Cell C Sharks in Bloemfontein on Saturday, sealing their place in the playoffs of the Absa Currie Cup premier division. They looked down and out when trailing 20-34 and the Sharks seemingly in complete control. They, too, had produced their own turnaround, fighting back through the tight-loose to control the game and surge to a 14-point lead 25 minutes into the second half.” –

“The Free State Cheetahs managed to fight their way to a 34-34 draw with the Sharks to advance to the Currie Cup semifinal against the Golden Lions next weekend. The Cheetahs were 20-34 down with eight minutes to play before they decided to show their knock-out aspirations.” –

“The Sharks looked to have the game won – and a place in the knockout stage secure – when they took a 14-point lead with just 10 minutes left to play. They then fell asleep and allowed the Cheetahs to complete an incredible comeback. A breakout try to Ryno Benjamin and then another from replacement Gerhard Olivier, with Niel Marais knocking over the conversions, enabled the Cheetahs to clinch a draw that was good enough to secure their semi-final spot. With that hard-fought result, the Cheetahs have won a date with the Lions next weekend, while after an up-and-down season, the woeful Sharks will be left wondering what could have been after experiencing the ignominy of missing out on a knockout place.” –


“Can’t believe the debacle which was the the #SharksvsCheetahs game. No coach can take the blame for that collapse. You can’t coach ‘heart’.”

“Go Sharks!!! Semi final place at stake! @TheSharksZA #Sharks #sharksvscheetahs”

“Mark Keohane [email protected]_keohane 20h20 hours ago: What’s view of @TheSharksZA former players & fans on appointment of Gary Gold or is 2016 an aberration? #sharksrugby”

“Perhaps @TheSharksZA will listen if season ticket & suite holders refuse annual renewals #SeasonOfShame #SharksRugby”

“@CPK3 grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory!!! #Sharksrugby #goldout”

“Pathetic from the Sharks. Well that rounds up a shocking season. Goodbye Gould. #sharksrugby #CurrieCup”


  • The Sharks CLEARLY fell asleep – I’m glad someone else thinks that. Really, why did the Sharks not just keep the tempo up and try to score another try instead of seriously going to sleep. They need to LEARN ABOUT playing with HEART. I remember previous Sharks teams playing with BIG HEARTS – what happened???

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.10.15 10:52:14 by Den Reply
  • Well done Stevie….you made it through the most miserable Sharks season in recent history – you sir have serious discipline.

    Maybe Rob can fashion a special star for your work here 😉

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.10.15 11:08:34 by FireTheLooser Reply
  • 2016 should be better. I for one am glad the season is over they can now reflect and focus on what is best for the sharks. Throw the cheque book for a new coach and start preseason training in november

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.10.15 12:12:41 by Poisy Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 2) : Seconding that. Thanks for the effort Stevie!

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.10.15 12:37:26 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 2) : @vanmartin (Comment 4) : Thanks guys, I appreciate it.

    Hopefully I can carry on next year and it’ll make for more pleasant reading.

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.10.15 13:02:58 by StevieS Reply
  • What Salmo had to say…Ag F#&#t

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.10.15 13:58:12 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Thanks Stevie, I enjoyed reading your articles this year.

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.10.15 18:08:37 by Ben Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 6) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.10.15 18:09:02 by Ben Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 2) : Agreed…

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.10.15 18:20:13 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Although this was one article I really couldn’t even bring myself to read, thanks all the same for you brilliant efforts all season Stevie…

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.10.15 18:21:36 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 7) : @pastorshark (Comment 10) : Thanks guys, makes all of the work worth it.

    In other news, we have Johan Ackerman coming to talk at our rugby club year end function this Friday, so that’ll be fun.

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.10.15 08:07:45 by StevieS Reply
  • @StevieS (Comment 11) : Who you playing for these days?

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.10.15 08:21:12 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 12) : Sasol Hydra Arc Rugby Club, playing out of Secunda. Have some very good players up here.

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.10.15 09:52:48 by StevieS Reply
  • @StevieS (Comment 13) : Nice man. If u get a Q&A with Ackers ask him how long he sees himself in the Lions job

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.10.15 10:00:23 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 14) : They said he has to be off early, but I’ll do my best to ask him that question.

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.10.15 10:10:40 by StevieS Reply
  • @StevieS (Comment 15) : Its only the Cheetahs in the semis- he can stay a bit longer 😉

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.10.15 10:22:45 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 16) : Lol I’ll have to tell him that one.

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.10.15 12:30:58 by StevieS Reply

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