Sharks get the job done

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 10 Jul 2016 at 08:48
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It may not have been pretty, but the Shark turned in a dominant performance in the second half at Kings Park yesterday to record a 26-10 victory over the Cheetahs and keep their chances of Super Rugby quarter-final qualification alive.

The Sharks started brightly, but soon succumbed to a combination of better game management from the Cheetahs and their own mistakes and indiscipline. With plenty of niggle in the forward exchanges pretty much from the outset, the two front rows used the scrum platform as an excuse for all manner of petty cheap shots. Things finally boiled over about a quarter of a way through, when Maks van Dyk taunted Beast Mtawarira into retaliating with an open hand slap to the face. The Sharks captain was yellow carded and Raymond Rhule went over for the opening try not long afterwards.

With the Cheetahs holding a 7-0 lead (later cut to 7-3 courtesy of a Garth April penalty), the scrum contest became even more one-sided. Thomas du Toit came on for Mtawarira, but it was on the other side, with young Ox Nche doing a proper number on Coenie Oosthuizen, that the visitors’ dominance was most keen. Pinned in their own 22 and under pressure via repeated scrums, the Sharks somehow managed to hold on through dogged defence and character alone. As Mtawarira returned, the momentum shifted slightly and with the home team enjoying some better field position, they managed to score a wonderful try to take the lead.

Van Dyk had been guilty of pushing before the ball pretty much the whole game; Stu Berry awarded the Sharks a free kick in the Cheetahs’ half, which Philip van der Walt tapped and ran. Quick ball was spun out to the backs, with JP Pietersen using his pace and power to score the try, even with two men free outside him. April (who didn’t miss a kick on the night) put the Sharks 10-7 ahead with the conversion and the men in black went into the half time break reflecting on a half that they had won on the scoreboard, but lost virtually everywhere else.

The second period was significantly better; the introduction of Lourens Adriaanse turned the scrum battle around and April succeeded with two further penalties (to one by Fred Zeilinga) before replacement scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer turned the game on its head with a wonderful intercept score. With the replacement forwards – especially Ruan Botha and Chiliboy Ralepelle – adding huge impact in the tight exchanges, the dominant Sharks came close to scoring twice more, with goal-line fumbles preventing tries on both occasions. April added another penalty late in the game to seal a vital result for the Durbanites. They’ll know, however, that a massive amount of work remains if they’re to be competitive in the quarter-final phase.

Sharks (26): Tries JP Pietersen, Stefan Ungerer. Conversions Garth April (2). Penalties April (4)
Cheetahs (10): Try Raymond Rhule. Conversion Fred Zeilinga. Penalty Zeilinga.


  • After last night’s performance there is no way that Coenie should ever start ahead of Lourens! The improvement in the scrum was clear to see and we need to accept that Coenie isn’t the right man for the job.

    The Sharks need to find a quality back up tighthead or we will continue to suffer!

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.07.16 08:54:50 by ChrisS Reply
  • Chiliboy and Adriaanse must surely have done enough to earn starting positions by now?

    On a side note, there was a point in yesterday’s game where we had Chiliboy, Mtembu, April, Sbura, JP, Mvovo and Bosch on the field. 7/15 black players. Not one of those is a “quota” player – they’re all quality players. Nice to see the Sharks getting it right!

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.07.16 09:21:10 by josefgremlin Reply

  • Dont forget Coenies angle the whole game too

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.07.16 09:21:11 by Dunx Reply

  • @ChrisS (Comment 1) : Adriaanse should have been in the SA ‘A’ team instead of Oosthuizen.

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.07.16 09:53:55 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @josefgremlin (Comment 2) : Adriaanse has basically been the starting 3 for the sharks since the NZ tour. He started last week. I do believe that chilli makes a huge difference in the scrum and definitely deserves a start.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.07.16 10:55:13 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Like you said Rob lots of work to be done!!! Let’s hope the Sharks can step up when it counts the most!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.07.16 11:14:22 by JD Reply
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  • The rugby scribes have a rather sourness about them after the Sharks win…Berry basically gifted the Sharks that victory – what a group of morose lemmings, lead by his royal sour-nut:nick mallet 😈

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.07.16 17:40:05 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Perhaps I’m wrong but it seemed like every now and then White could work a cunning plan into preparations and surprise an opponent. The last time the Sharks took anyone by surprise was the game against the Hurricanes. However it could be argued that the Hurricanes were over-confident on the day. I’ve been trying to think of what the Sharks could possibly have to surprise their QF opponents assuming they get there. Sometimes it’s one thing done well and with slight variation from previous encounters that flummoxes the opposition, like chipping kicks back over WP for the Currie Cup Final that the Sharks won. The Sharks could be provocative like the Cheetahs were trying to do but that only works for about 15 minutes with decent opposition. What can Gold teach the guys in a week? The Sharks need an edge, a fulcrum to pry open the defense of what we are all assuming will be the Lions. The same old ways of doing things against the Lions are producing the same results…Sharks only wake up too late in the game and run when the game is over as a contest…can’t they concentrate on attack for more than 20 minutes? Or is the absence of Lambie, Jordaan and Willie and the presence of Coenie the difference…so many questions.

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.07.16 17:55:42 by SeanJeff Reply
  • Hi all. I’m back after two weeks at the coast on winter youth camps. I’m tired but had a great time! And I want to say that I’m very happy about the Sharks being a win against the Sunwolves away from the knock-outs. I really think that with the state of our rugby last year and the state of our draw this year that is a good achievement. Well done all! Now give us something to cheer about in the knock-outs!! πŸ˜€

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.07.16 17:56:13 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 7) : Mallett is an emotionally constipated, unprofessional analyst that bears resemblance to an internet troll

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.07.16 17:56:46 by SeanJeff Reply
  • @SeanJeff (Comment 10) : You’re saying “Benji” is actually nick malice? πŸ™‚

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.07.16 19:07:49 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @SeanJeff (Comment 8) : We need the Sharks to show controlled anger, hit the opposition as a fist.

    Sadly, when captain Beast slaps the opposition when the heat is on, I fear we lack the mental strength to become a cohesive aggressive fist.

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.07.16 19:13:01 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • As the log stands now, it will be:

    Sha @ Lio
    Hur @ Chi
    Hig @ Sto
    Cru @ Bru

    Cru @ Lio
    Sto @ Chi

    Cru @ Chi
    Will be pretty much over after 20-min because of the Crusaders’ travel schedule.

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.07.16 19:15:33 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 13) : LOL…you think the Stormers will beat the Highlanders… πŸ˜€ :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.07.16 19:32:54 by pastorshark Reply
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  • greetings from Bucharest

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.07.16 20:34:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • When soccer fans complain about a boring soccer match….is there any other kind? 😈

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.07.16 21:48:11 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @pastorshark (Comment 14) : lol, thats exactly what I was about to say

    but i guess the weather girls stand the best chance against either landers or canes at newlands, chi or saders anywhere weather girls are getting their asses handed to them

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.07.16 21:49:02 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @pastorshark (Comment 14) :

    You’re right. Given the Stormers’ play-off record at Newlands. It opens an interesting twist (if I read the format correctly).

    The Semis will be:
    Cru @ Chi
    Hig @ Lio

    The Lions’ chances at winning that one is probably a bit higher. A final at Ellis Park against the Chiefs with 2 “fresh” teams and the combination of altitude and travel acting as equalizer will be much more of a spectacle with higher TV ratings than any other possibility.

    Maybe Sanzar can get the referees to help with maximizing revenues.

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.07.16 21:55:32 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 18) :

    SARU is perhaps not as stupid as what people give them credit for.

    The current format, with the easier schedule for SA teams will bring more play-off games (and accompanying revenues) SA’s way.

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.07.16 21:58:25 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 19) : Saru’s dumb at creating a winning dominating rugby culture, but genius at creating a financial cash-cow/gravy-train…problem is, eventually the milk/gravy will run dry.

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.07.16 22:08:32 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @pastorshark (Comment 9) : welcome back. Glad you enjoyed it.

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.07.16 23:30:59 by JD Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 11) : Eish mate you can insult me but calling me Mallet now u just getting ugly and nasty

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.07.16 01:17:45 by benji Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 19) :

    Neither can/could any of the unions, any other SA sporting body or most other institutions SA……………yet rugby fans remain delusional….if only they play like I says, they will beat the ABs….right?

    All things end eventually.

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.07.16 03:21:12 by fyndraai Reply
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  • Fun fact.
    England recently became 1st visiting team to win a series in Australia since the 1971 Boks.

    Not so fun fact.
    Many of the top Australian players refused to play against the Boks in 1971
    Even worse fact.
    Pre-isolation New Zealand teams against the Boks often excluded some of New Zealand’s best players.

    So yes friends. The Boks’ glorious past is not really so glorious and not something to be particularly proud of.
    That does not mean we cannot root for them or enjoy rugby today. Just be a little more realistic with the expectations. SARU is only peoples, not miracle makers.

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.07.16 03:56:37 by fyndraai Reply
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  • we previously did a whole upset of the apple cart (2012) 1st beating the Reds in Brisbane, then the Streamers at Newlands only to run out of gas in the final, dare we say what will happen if we do the same this year and start the upsets on Emirates park with an upset there? not impossible

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.07.16 05:36:11 by Henkb Reply
  • Im not sure how the Sharks won that game as they were very poor in pretty much all aspects. The Sharks rely/hope for one or two individuals to do something magical to score points as there is no team play and cohesion. Even our defense has started to become more passive than aggressive like it was early in the comp. There are a lot of issues to correct but one of the bigger problems is a lack of leadership…the team is clearly lacking direction, cohesion and any sort of motivation. We are pretty lucky that the Cheetahs are so poor in the 2nd half of games.

  • Comment 26, posted at 11.07.16 07:54:11 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Henkb (Comment 25) : Call me petty, but I would hate the Lions winning the real Super Rugby trophy before we do. (Their fans still think the after-thought trophy back in the early nineties counts as part of pro-era Super Rugby – the rest of the Southern Hemisphere knows better)

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.07.16 08:27:46 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 27) : That was a very good Lions team,Francoise Pienaar,Balie Swart,Kobus Wiese,Hennie le Roux,Jaapie Mulder amongst others.

  • Comment 28, posted at 11.07.16 08:31:04 by The hound Reply
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  • Transvaal: Theo v Rensburg, Pieter Hendriks, Bernard Fourie, Japie Mulder, Chris Dirks, Hennie le Roux, Johan Roux, Deon LΓΆtter, Ian MacDonald, FranΓ§ois Pienaar, Hannes Strydom, Kobus Wiese, Johan le Roux, Uli Schmidt, Balie Swart
    That was one of the best provincial teams to ever come out of South Africa.

  • Comment 29, posted at 11.07.16 08:44:36 by The hound Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 26) : We sure do lack leadership! Beast is no captain and he confirmed that this weekend by not being able to control his emotions. We need Marcel back, when will he be able to play again? Or is he out for the season? Or KD, but he hasn’t been playing to the level we know he can play.

  • Comment 30, posted at 11.07.16 08:48:37 by Quintin Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 30) : Marcel wont play for Sharks again. When Beast was appointed captain i had serious doubts and those have now been confirmed. The problem is Beast is the Bok loosehead so will play and because he plays he will be captain. KD isnt making an impact at 6…id want him to be in the team if he was captain but if he isnt then id consider playing DuPreez, Van Der Walt and Mthembu/Dupreez in the loose trio.

  • Comment 31, posted at 11.07.16 09:01:05 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 31) : What a bummer. I feel we need some more mongrel in our forwards.

    Any updates on other injured players? Willie, Lambie, PJ? The Sharks are keeping us in the dark again.

  • Comment 32, posted at 11.07.16 09:42:43 by Quintin Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 28) : They were, but Super Rugby as we know today officially kicked off in 1996 – Hurricanes vs ?? in NZ…suppose it is seen as the official SR because it was the first competition under the newly formed sanzar?

  • Comment 33, posted at 11.07.16 09:54:24 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 32) : Lambie went for another scan on Wednesday or Thursday…not sure of that result but dont think he will play this week same with Willie. They may make it back for the playoffs. Jordaan out for rest of the comp i believe. In terms of mongrel in the forwards i just feel we havnt got the selection 100% yet.

  • Comment 34, posted at 11.07.16 09:55:08 by SheldonK Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 29) : @FireTheLooser (Comment 27) : natal had an opportunity to win the s10 title in dbn.if they had managed it,I’m quite sure most sharks supporters would have called that a legit sr title.feel that the s10 titles should count as sr had the 3 sanzar nations competing.

  • Comment 35, posted at 11.07.16 09:56:13 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 27) : @FireTheLooser (Comment 33) :

    You wont believe how many people i have to have this argument with . Lions have never won super rugby … wont limit it to Lion supporters who believe this . People in general are just uneducated

  • Comment 36, posted at 11.07.16 11:27:21 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 36) : Of course the Lions havnt won a super rugby title…it was Transvaal in the super10 πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 37, posted at 11.07.16 11:35:45 by SheldonK Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 7) : Congrats on the win, didn’t see the match, so won’t comment on the much discussed penalty try issue. Understandably Sharks fans won’t agree with Mallet. That said it does appear that the Cheetajs were well in the game till then. Well I guess the score line does appear to flatter the Sharks?
    Will hope for a better season next year. Franco does seem to be building a bit of a squad.

  • Comment 38, posted at 11.07.16 11:36:34 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 38) : I did watch and ive seen penalty tries awarded for less infringements. The scrums being a mess from the start probably contributed to why it wasnt a penalty try. I am surprised a yellow card wasnt issued though. Cheetahs need to seriously investigate their horrible 2nd halves…fitness and conditioning (both physical and mental) a problem perhaps

  • Comment 39, posted at 11.07.16 11:49:19 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 39) : Both Fred and Blommetjies who had pretty decent first halves, seemed to self-destruct in the second half. Blommetjies grubbers especially caused to Sharks major hassles.

  • Comment 40, posted at 11.07.16 11:58:26 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Zibbie (Comment 36) : I never even knew about the S10 until probably about 10 years ago – never watched a single S10 game and the fact that the format of that little unknown competition had to be explained over and over again, tells me that very few people actually cared about it back then.

    @KingCheetah (Comment 38) : Thanks, you got to enjoy wildlife, so we should in fairness get the consolation of a SHarks victory. πŸ™‚

    Personally – and having seen both Adriaanse and Coenie going in and up at the scrum – I believe Ox scrummed illegally…in my view it should have been penalties to the Sharks, which would have rendered the Cheetahs attack useless….I am certain that he won’t get away with this tactic against the Bulls next week. – time will tell.

  • Comment 41, posted at 11.07.16 12:00:15 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 40) : Blommetjies does have a good kicking game. But yes both of them and majority of the Cheetahs seemed to forget how to play in 2nd half.

  • Comment 42, posted at 11.07.16 12:01:45 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 39) : @Bokhoring (Comment 40) : Cheetahs lost ascendancy in the scrum in the second half – same scenario as we had agaisnt the Lions…as soon as our scrum functions, our attack falls into place.

    Adriaanse somehow managed to negate Ox’s illegal scrumming technique in the second half….we would have crushed the Cheetahs if Berry penalised Ox for those infringements.

  • Comment 43, posted at 11.07.16 12:05:05 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 39) : Yes, I expect Franco to do just that. He is building nicely, but we will see how many players he can retain after 2017

  • Comment 44, posted at 11.07.16 12:07:16 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : Greetings! Enjoy it there…I found a nice little micro-brewery there several years ago… πŸ˜†

  • Comment 45, posted at 11.07.16 12:07:50 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 18) : That sounds spot on…and the ref comment gets a :mrgreen:

  • Comment 46, posted at 11.07.16 12:09:50 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 19) : This is true too…I’m still less of a fan of the whole competition than I once was…and it seems I’m not alone!

  • Comment 47, posted at 11.07.16 12:11:59 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 21) : Thanks…

  • Comment 48, posted at 11.07.16 12:13:03 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 44) : I think retention and some depth for injuries is the biggest issue. Front row you seem to have enough for a match day squad but after that not much. Locks need bolstering. Loose trio just seems to lack something the Boom Prinsloo injury not helping. Tiaan Meyer is your best 9- would love to steal him back to Durbs. 10 i think is a problem. Venter needs to play 12 and be closer to the action. The back 3 arent the best defenders but they are good going forward so just need to keep doing that. So for me the loose trio balance and your 10 is the biggest issue.

  • Comment 49, posted at 11.07.16 12:14:40 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 49) : Always rated Tiaan Meyer sincehisdays at Westville,could never understand how he never got a look in here especially when Reece was coaching,and pushing every other Westville player into the team.

  • Comment 50, posted at 11.07.16 13:46:16 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 50) : Yeh he is an odd conundrum. When he was playing at Harlequins he was serious quality but struggled to make the Sharks side. Even when he came back and was playing for Rovers the Sharks didnt seem interested. he has played for many a union with the Cheetahs seeming to like what he offers so he gets consistent gametime there. But for me he is quick, a good pace and kicking game and is a good tackler and really ups the tempo when he is on. Strange that teams dont seem to like him

  • Comment 51, posted at 11.07.16 13:57:53 by SheldonK Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 43) : If the tight head pivots in like Coenie does, the loose head has no option but to follow him. It is really difficult to see who is at fault there – probably a little bit to Ox and a lot to Coenie.

  • Comment 52, posted at 11.07.16 15:37:00 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 52) : The Loosehead needs to keep the scrum up so with Coenie starting on that angle not only does it do his lock no favours behind him but also means for the loosehead to keep it up he needs to get under Coenie and pop him or the scrum will collapse and very often he will get penalised. Coenie on that angle also makes it difficult for the Sharks tight 5 to stay very tight so there will be a lack of cohesion there. The difference with Adriaanse is that he first went forward and straight before he turned in- and thats what you want and what the ref will see as being dominant.

  • Comment 53, posted at 11.07.16 15:41:19 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 53) : Additionally by pivoting like that the TH takes the power of the lock and flank behind him out of the scrum. So it effectively becomes a contest of 8 against 5.

  • Comment 54, posted at 11.07.16 15:48:16 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 54) : 100%

  • Comment 55, posted at 11.07.16 15:52:28 by SheldonK Reply


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