Another bonus point as Sharks continue to charm

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 15 Aug 2016 at 09:56
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The Sharks recorded a second successive bonus point win in Currie Cup when they defeated Griquas 46-24 in Durban on Friday night. The Sharks had the bonus point sewn up before the half time break as they recaptured the impressive attacking intent shown against the Pumas in the first round.

With the pack again laying a strong set piece platform, it didn’t take long for the scoreboard to start moving. Etienne Oosthuizen waltzed over the line for the opening score as early as the second minute, after a good lineout take from lock-mate Stephan Lewies in the Griquas 22. Curwin Bosch added the extras, and did so again just seven minutes later, after a great score by S’bura sithole that had been initially set up by a strong midfield break from Andre Esterhuizen.

Griquas flyhalf Clinton Swart pulled back some points via a penalty just as things were looking ugly at 14-0 down. It was a pattern that would be repeated throughout, with the plucky Kimberly side never allowing the Sharks to amass a truly comfortable lead. Bosch restored the 14 point gap with a penalty of his own, but it was the visitors who scored next, with scrumhalf Rudi van Rooyen finishing off afte Swart had unlocked the Sharks’ rush defence with a clever chip over the top. At 17-10, Griquas were suddenly back in the game, but a poor lineout throw in their own half and some phenomenal work by Esterhuizen saw the Sharks quickly respond, with the big centre scoring the third try.

Esterhuizen deserves special praise for a performance that was simply outstanding on the night – clearly his best 80 minute showing in a Sharks jersey to date.

The Sharks remained on the attack for the final 10 minutes of the half, with pressure in the red zone eventually resulting in both a yellow card to Griquas hooker AJ Le Roux and a try to scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer. Bosch’s fourth conversion saw the Sharks take a commanding 31-10 lead into half time.

The second 40 was perhaps less convincing as the Sharks committed too many errors and allowed Griquas a little too much space at times. It took 15 minutes for the scoreboard to move again and it was Griquas left wing Alshaun Bock who next crossed the line after a jinking run that left opposite number S’bura Sithole grasping at his shadow. That score was quickly cancelled out as a rare piece of second-half continuity saw Tera Mtembu score in the left-hand corner for the Sharks. The tit-for-tat continued, with Griquas centre JW Jonker adding a third for his team, despite what looked suspiciously like a crawl towards the line. At 36-24, the Sharks once more had a game on their hands, but managed to take back control at the end through another Bosch penalty and a late try to Jean Deysel. That fourth score came off the back of a dominant scrum five metres from the Griqua line, with Deysel having to simply pick up and dot down after new man Johnny Meyer had provided a strong right shoulder.

All in all, a highly satisfactory evening for the Sharks, with set pieces and attacking instinct all continuing to look fantastic. Some issues with defensive alignment and ball protection at the ruck will ensure that the coaches have work to do in the coming week, though.

Sharks (46): Tries Etienne Oosthuizen, S’bura Sithole, Andre Esterhuizen, Stefan Ungerer, Tera Mtembu, Jean Deysel. Conversions Curwin Bosch (5). Penalties Bosch (2)
Griquas (24): Tries Rudi van Rooyen, Alshaun Bock, JW Jonker. Conversions Clinton Swart (3). Penalty Swart.


  • I saw Giant in the stands. Is he a permanent Shark now? I thought he was going back to the Pumas after Super Rugby.

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.08.16 10:05:52 by ChrisS Reply
  • I wonder when guys like Francois Louw and even Duane Vermuelen will be set aside and a guy like Philip Van Der Walt given a chance in a Bok squad. Good to see the Sharks 2 wins from 2 against opposition we have struggled in past CC. With only a single round before playoffs we get one last chance to get things going against Boland before its time to play the big boys

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.08.16 10:14:46 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 2) : Where and when is the Boland game?

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.08.16 10:17:03 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 1) : I also saw him and was wondering the same. Thought I’m seeing things…

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.08.16 10:20:02 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 3) : Away in Paarl this Friday i think…

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.08.16 10:20:06 by SheldonK Reply

  • Enjoyed the game. Would watch again.

    Loved Inny ‘Lightning Hands’ Radebe’s passing. Andre and Phillip are the side’s Super Smash Bros.

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.08.16 10:22:01 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 5) : Paarl? probably Wellington……hope its a night game, if so I should be able to watch it.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.08.16 10:25:32 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 7) : wellington, 3pm kick off

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.08.16 10:27:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • Well done guys. That was an awesome performance on Friday. Especially the first half.

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.08.16 10:29:12 by sudhir Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 7) : Nice, found the fixture list, game is a 15.00, will make a plan. More good news is that the WP vs Sharks game is in Cape Town 2 weeks later so I will have a good dose of live rugby to watch.

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.08.16 10:29:50 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Hopefully we get another bonus point victory on the weekend. Having these 3 “soft” matches helps to build up the squad cohesion, so hopefully the boys will be nicely up to speed come the Lion, WP and Bulls

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.08.16 10:34:43 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 7) : @robdylan (Comment 8) : Ah ok cool. Thought i heard a commentator say it would be Paarl…but guess i gotta take their ‘knowledge’ with a pinch of salt

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.08.16 10:37:16 by SheldonK Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 10) : @SheldonK (Comment 12) : pity the game will start so early now I’m going to miss at least the first half!

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.08.16 11:02:25 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 12) : for sure but think it might be more like a bag of salt and not just pinch 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.08.16 11:03:34 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 14) : quantity varies depending on commentator

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.08.16 11:05:10 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 15) : hahaha ja boet that’s very true!

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.08.16 11:06:28 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 15) : Sad to say but all of them are pretty bad, especially the WP biased ones(Pearce, Bobby, Paulse). They have no regard for professionalism. And Stransky always seems so negative when he comments.

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.08.16 11:32:49 by Quintin Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 17) : Look they arent great…but have you ever heard the French guys? Trust me id rather have our guys

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.08.16 11:40:42 by SheldonK Reply

  • As with last week, the quality of the opposition needs to be considered when assessing the game (as shown by the hammering the Pumas received at the hands of the much-depleted-by-Bok-call ups Lions). Still, so much to enjoy in the game. A few observations:

    The Ginger Ninja; give that man a Bells, a raise, and a loooooooong contract extension. Should have been a Bok years ago, and continues to demonstrate why.

    Whatever is happening behind the scenes, it has clearly rejuvenated Keegan Daniel. He’s playing like a man possessed, and I can’t think of a better player to lead the change towards more a positive, ball in hand approach.

    Our set piece discipline and dominance was a thing of beauty; that final try of Jean Deysel must surely rank as the easiest of his career.

    Hoe great is it to see André Esterhuizen entrusted with exit kicks, and to see his kicking game in general blossoming? Clearly the coaches are working on ensuring he’s not just another bash ’em up 12. And to think we almost lost him, courtesy of Jake White.

    While on the topic of centres, it was nice to see Lukhanyo Am producing a couple of nicely weighted chips over the top; I’m almost too scared to contemplate the possibility of the Sharks boasting a multi-skilled centre pairing…

    For all my criticism of S’bura last week, he has now scored tries in both games. If he maintains this kind of strike rate, I may be forced to eat humble pie. Not that I mind, I’ll even throw in a side dish of grovelling.

    With Adriaanse called up to the Bok team, this is now the perfect opportunity to allow Thomas du Toit to settle and develop in the no. 3 jersey. I hope he is given the necessary backing to do so, given that it is apparently something that’s coming from his side, and not the coaches.

    My absolute highlight of the game was the insane bit of skill on display by Inny Radabe in getting a pass away to Lukhanyo when in a seemingly impossible man-and-ball situation. If he keeps developing at this rate, he’s going to join the ranks of players like André Joubert, JPP and Kanko in his prime; players I loved to watch due to their ability to produce moments of magic.

    The only negative for me was the try count against us; admittedly we have a bunch of new combinations playing in the back, and they will probably take some time to gel. Certainly players still seem to have the necessary appetite for defense. Still wish we could have retained Omar though. But at this stage that feels like me complaining with a white bread under the arm.

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.08.16 11:51:35 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 19) : Agree with you on most points but especially on Keegan. The fact that he talked to the ref after the final whistle about a possible try shows his commitment and it shows that they are taking this CC seriously. He is one of my all time favorite rugby players. Brings a lot of energy on attack and defense and he links the forwards with the backs superbly. Good to have him back.

    Very excited to see what Inny can bring for the rest of the season as well.

    AE and Bosch’s kicking was very good. Was surprised how much distance Bosch got on some of his kicks.

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.08.16 12:03:05 by Quintin Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 20) : I have to mention Terra as well, he did good to pass the ball a couple of times where your regular forward would have crashed into the defense. It led to one try. Good stuff from him.

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.08.16 12:05:56 by Quintin Reply

  • @Culling Song (Comment 19) : Agree with all in that comment. Sithole needs to make less errors in handling but definitely willing to give him benefit of the doubt while he keeps scoring.

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.08.16 12:12:59 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 22) : That’s why I have always rated him higher as a winger than centre.

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.08.16 12:24:53 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 23) : He is most definitely a wing not a centre

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.08.16 12:48:56 by SheldonK Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Thank you.

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.08.16 13:44:36 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • super happy, but not getting too ahead of myself

    we beat subpar teams, and the other danger teams are the Cheetahs and the Lions IMHO

    WP and Bulls not bad either

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.08.16 13:50:45 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @Culling Song (Comment 19) : Good observations.

  • Comment 27, posted at 15.08.16 13:54:19 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 10) : Same here, been planning a trip from cape town to wellington to watch the game, since last week.

    Only uncertainty is if il drive there early and work from a internet cafe, or spend the morning at the office and then drive through.

    We should car pool if your coming from cape town ?

    I like to get to the stadium early to watch the warm up or great the team as they get of the bus.

    Cant wait for the Newlands game, il be there for the u19 and u21 game too

  • Comment 28, posted at 15.08.16 16:28:24 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 28) : I have been waiting for years to go watch the sharks in wellington again,always nice at the stadium,a lot closer to the play. Only hope I can make it

  • Comment 29, posted at 15.08.16 16:40:52 by HeinF Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 28) : I’ll be coming from the opposite direction. Maybe we must meet up if possible.

  • Comment 30, posted at 15.08.16 16:52:39 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @HeinF (Comment 29) : Were you in CW this last weekend, did you go to the Shrek performance.

  • Comment 31, posted at 15.08.16 16:53:32 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 31) : No, during hockey season I don’t get to go to CW that often. Matches every saturday. Didn’t even hear of the shrek performance, but hopefully I can slip out of school early enough to make it to wellington on time for the sharks match!

  • Comment 32, posted at 15.08.16 17:14:17 by HeinF Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 20) : My favourite comment by Keegan was when he was penalized on our goal line for not clearly releasing the tackled player before playing the ball. Replays showed that there was clear daylight, he certainly released the player and then played the ball. Ref says “no clear release after the tackle number 6.” Keegan gives him this look that clearly said “are you blind or just stupid?” but Keegan just says “really???” Timing was perfect because right at that point, they showed the replay and it was very clear he released the player. Not trying to disparage the ref, it was close, and I can certainly see how the referee got it wrong, it was a close call, but Keegan knew very well he released him, and he made that point without verbally berating or embarrassing the ref. Excellent moment of captaincy for him.

  • Comment 33, posted at 15.08.16 19:16:10 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 22) : Am’s defence concerns me. He did not get to train with Omar, so not surprising, but he is most definitely a weak link in the Sharks backline defence at this point.

  • Comment 34, posted at 15.08.16 19:17:34 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 33) : Still he is captain material. More than we have now.

  • Comment 35, posted at 15.08.16 20:18:44 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 30) : [email protected]HeinF (Comment 29) : now im excited, I have yet to watch a game at that stadium

  • Comment 36, posted at 15.08.16 20:35:34 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @HeinF (Comment 29) : @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 30) : @revolverocelot (Comment 36) : enjoy it guys and updates will be appreciated.

  • Comment 37, posted at 15.08.16 22:43:17 by JD Reply
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  • @HeinF (Comment 32) : you playing or children playing hockey?

  • Comment 38, posted at 15.08.16 22:44:06 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 38) : No the kids, I won’t last for 5mins. I umpire,so get a bit of excercise atleast

  • Comment 39, posted at 16.08.16 06:03:26 by HeinF Reply

  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 34) : His defense while at the Kings and for Sa A wwas pretty good and he competes well for the ball so perhaps its just a case of just losing concentration at times or trusting the guy inside him. I think he will definitely come good

  • Comment 40, posted at 16.08.16 08:26:33 by SheldonK Reply

  • @HeinF (Comment 32) : It was Gim’s 2 yearly musical and it rocked – the shows that that school puts on without having a drama department is crazy. 😎

  • Comment 41, posted at 16.08.16 08:54:18 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @HeinF (Comment 39) : I played one hockey game n my life (social), seriously stuffed up my sternum, (iron goal posts) and was totally knackered after about 10 minutes of chasing air. Respect to hockey players.

  • Comment 42, posted at 16.08.16 08:57:23 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 42) : I dont think the idea is to run into the posts…so maybe not the sport for you

  • Comment 43, posted at 16.08.16 10:04:23 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 43) : I was going for glory……

  • Comment 44, posted at 16.08.16 10:05:22 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 41) : ah damn,pity i missed it. 2 years ago I was runnign backstage at beauty and thd beast,changing mics between all the kids going up on stage…time [email protected]Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 42) : I was never one of the fittest players,always palyed in the backs till I went to university,then became a lazy high hanging forward 😉

  • Comment 45, posted at 16.08.16 10:21:01 by HeinF Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 44) : Chicks dig scars 😉

  • Comment 46, posted at 16.08.16 10:49:10 by SheldonK Reply


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