Sharks XV come close

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Sharks on 18 Apr 2016 at 09:02
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The Sharks XV lost their second Currie Cup Qualifying fixture against Border on Friday, going down 37-32 to their hosts in East London. A strong fightback in the second half was not enough for Michael Horak’s team to record a first win in the competition.

The following match report is courtesy of MVP and SA Rugby.

The Border Bulldogs secured their first bonus-point win of the season when they downed the Cell C Sharks XV 37-32 (halftime 22-3) in their provincial tournament encounter at the BCM Stadium in East London on Friday evening.
The home side had Makazole Mapimpi to thank as the right-winger ran in four tries while flyhalf Oliver Zono added another two. The Sharks XV dotted down four times but the Bulldogs gave themselves room to breathe with a five-minute blitz midway through the first half with two converted tries.

Both sides traded penalties before Mapimpi dashed in for his first try of the evening in the corner which Masixole Banda was unable to convert. Innocent Radebe failed to reduce the deficit to two points when the flyhalf missed a penalty after 23 minutes.

That miss proved costly as the Bulldogs ran in two converted tries without reply to hand the hosts a valuable 19-point lead at the break. Zono darted his way over the line with Banda converting before Mapimpi weaved his way through the defence to cross for his second score just four minutes later with the conversion from Banda spot on.

The visitors started the second stanza on fire when lock Tijiuee Uanivi barged his way over in the corner for an unconverted try just three minutes after the restart. Tighthead prop, Ruan Kramer then crossed the whitewash nine minutes later to reduce the deficit to seven points as Radebe converted.

But Border were not to be outdone as Zono crashed over for his second five-pointer which was unconverted. The Sharks XV hit back almost immediately through replacement lock Wian Vosloo and replacement flyhalf Tristan Tedder reduced the gap to just five points with the conversion.

Despite the Bulldogs’ captain and flank, Siya Mdaka, receiving a yellow card on 68 minutes, the home side were not deterred as Mapimpi registered his hat-trick in the corner for an unconverted try. The visitors managed to hit back through their own captain and flank Khaya Majola which Tedder converted.

But Border were just too strong as Mapimpi rounded off a good move for an unconverted score with three minutes left on the clock. Tedder landed a penalty on the stroke of full time to hand the Sharks XV an extra bonus point for being within seven points of the Bulldogs.

Border: Tries Makazole Mapimpi (4), Oliver Zono (2). Conversions Masixole Banda (2). Penalty Banda
Sharks XV: Tries Khaya Majola, Ruan Kramer, Tjiuee Uanivi, Wian Vosloo. Conversions Inny-Christian Radebe, Tristan Tedder (2). Penalties Radebe, Tedder


  • Ja well yes?!?!?!

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.04.16 09:32:10 by JD Reply
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  • Another shocking performance. Really worrying that professionals of apparent quality can produce these last 2 efforts. Is it a lack of motivation and dont care attitude or is the depth really that bad? Border is basically a bankrupt union.

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.04.16 09:47:56 by SheldonK Reply

  • Clearly Omar has not had a chance to instill same def structures across the teams and groups. I hope this becomes a philosophy across all teams to ensure that guys can move up easier and perform without too long learning periods – ala chiefs are showing

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.04.16 09:48:24 by Kabouter Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 2) : You realise Border beat the Lions last week?

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.04.16 10:16:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : sure but looking at total team composition the Sharks XV should not be losing unless these game are treated as warmups / hitouts to give game time and not result in injuries. I can only assume that the result is not important to the coaching team and players as there is alternative objectives.

    if not, then jeez another CC is coming up with no team making a playoff and that will hurt too much to even contemplate

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.04.16 10:25:16 by Kabouter Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : That just adds fuel to my argument that the Super rugby franchises are not taking this comp at all seriously and guys have a who cares approach. When we start using Border as a yardstick we are in trouble.

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.04.16 10:25:55 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 6) : yip. a few players in the Sharks XV we expect a lot from going forward. Really hoped Inny would use this to make a mark and build up steam for a SR debut or a stellar CC proper

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.04.16 10:32:13 by Kabouter Reply

  • @Kabouter (Comment 7) : Yeh look these are the guys we are looking at to come through fairly soon and produce at either CC level or super rugby level…so how good are they really? I have a feeling that its partly due to a bit of a lethargic approach to these games and partly down to the players not being held accountable for their perfrormances.

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.04.16 10:56:34 by SheldonK Reply

  • Another shocking result I am afraid. To date, the side has not registered a win, including the warm up games. Is there no repercussion for losing anymore – is your spot in the side just guaranteed? If the Super Rugby okes do not want to play in these games, then drop them for club players, I mean, can it get any worse?

    I just want to see the players accountable for the loses, if this team keeps losing, it means there is no pressure on the Super Rugby side, in terms of competition for places. A Union that keeps losing and has no comp for places, is in big trouble.

    This side needs to start winning for the greater good of Sharks rugby

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.04.16 11:30:52 by Vonno13 Reply

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