Curwin shines as Sharks outlast Bulls

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 27 Aug 2016 at 19:57
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Curwin Bosch contributed a best-ever haul of 21 points as the Sharks recorded a scrappy and rather fortunate 26-19 Currie Cup win over the Blue Bulls at Kings Park.

In a game that never really got going, both teams were prepared to pepper each other with high kicks, many of them aimless. The Bulls managed some reward early on, with macro winger Jambo Ulengo brushing off a tackle attempt to score under the poles after an attacking line-out. The men in blue looked the more comfortable team with ball in hand for much of the opening half, but with the Sharks attacking the breakdown furiously, most of their successive attacks broke down.

It was young Bosch who steadied the ship, nailing two tricky penalties to keep the Sharks within range. When Stoney Steenkamp was yellow carded for a spear tackle ten minutes before the break, the Sharks pounced, with Ruan Botha scoring their first try shortly afterwards. Bosch converted from the touchline and added a sneaky drop goal on the half time hooter to see the Sharks take a 16-10 lead after playing poorly for much of the opening 40.

The Bulls clawed their way back into the game via the unerring boot of Tian Schoeman, who added a penalty of his own shortly after the restart, before the first piece of truly constructive play from the Sharks all game saw Bosch go over in the corner after a strong surge up field by Lwazi Mvovo. That 23-13 lead was reduced to 23-19 as the Sharks’ discipline let them down and handed Schoeman two further penalty attempts. A further penalty form Bosch 5 minutes from the end restored the 7-point margin and meant tho Bulls had to push for a try, which they did for much of the closing period. The Sharks, after Ulengo’s initial score, had performed well on defence in their own red zone and in this case it was no different, as they repelled several waves of Bulls attack to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

Not a good performance, in purist’s terms, but the Shark will be happy enough to still be on top of the log.

Sharks (26): Tries Botha, Bosch. Conversions Bosch (2). Penalties Bosch (3). Drop goal Bosch.
Blue Bulls (19): Try Ulengo. Conversion T Schoeman. Penalties Schoeman (4)


  • It was a wobbly old performance but Am and Bosch were conspicuous by their work rate. It’s nice to turn the tables on the bulls for a change.

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.08.16 20:24:37 by SeanJeff Reply
  • @SeanJeff (Comment 1) : Agree. Am is the kind of spark we need. Bosch will be knocking hard on that door for bok 15 shortly.

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.08.16 20:27:05 by coolfusion Reply

  • Really can’t wait to see lambie and Bosch in the same lineup.

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.08.16 20:35:59 by coolfusion Reply

  • Hi guys. I couldn’t watch the game today. How were our set pieces (asks the former tight fiver… :grin:)?

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.08.16 21:19:17 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 4) : worse than they’ve been. We only had about 4 lineout put ins and screwed two of them up, while scrums were a lottery,

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.08.16 21:24:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 4) : Meh….

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.08.16 21:25:28 by coolfusion Reply

  • Is Inny a bad kicker ? He is never used for clearance kicks or anything ….

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.08.16 00:59:22 by John Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 2) : After a few good CC performances, against pretty average opposition?
    There are many exciting fulbacks with the same goal in mind, and IMHO with a better chance at knocking on the book door. Warrick Gelant, Clayton Blommetjies, Jesse Kriel and Andries Coetzee come to mind.

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.08.16 07:11:17 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 8) : Watch this space.

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.08.16 08:17:01 by coolfusion Reply

  • @pastorshark (Comment 4) : All round it was a forgettable performance. Every team has one off game a season. We won ours. SHARKS will be back with a vengeance next week. The set pieces were a bit of a guessing game, the ref was playing heads or tails in his own head before every call

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.08.16 09:09:34 by jdolivier Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 8) : You’re right…

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.08.16 12:19:01 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : @coolfusion (Comment 6) : @jdolivier (Comment 10) : Thanks guys…hopefully they get back on track next time…

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.08.16 12:19:50 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Was at the game yesterday and really enjoyed it,a win is a win.
    I did have some serious concerns,we are playing most of our rugby without a no10.
    Inny never takes a kickoff and stands on the wing for all defensive set pieces,what the fuck is that all about.
    If we do not trust him to do the full no 10 job then find someone who can ,April springs to mind,shit he was good enough
    to be in the A group Bok set up a few weeks ago.
    Any one who has any reservations as to the power of Jean- Luc wind your tape back to the 27 min vicinity and watch him man handle Arno Botha,
    picked him up from the front and threw him 10 feet like a school boy,and Botha is big ,but probably in the Spies way.
    This team can only get better but we need a fly half to do it,Pat Lambie?
    Also the crud of Bosch as a Bok is exactly that crud,he may be and probably will be but give it time,take
    a lead from the Blacks and watch how they manage McKenzie who is a lot better than Bosch or even Jesse Kriel but he won’t be sent any where near a AB jersey until he is ready.

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.08.16 15:59:46 by The hound Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 4) : @robdylan (Comment 5) : scrums was a lottery it was as if the ref decided he will penalise th attacking team regardless ofnwhat happened at the scrum. That said I do think the absence of Dale made a big deference (geez can’t believe I just said that!). Overall I think the Sharks kicking game (especially from 9) was bad. AA (Andre and Am) was huge even stealing balls at rucks!

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.08.16 16:44:15 by JD Reply
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  • I think this was a great game, the Bulls no matter what are the benchmark,if they dont beat you you have to play and earn your win against them,the sharks did this and with hslf the players in the team who should not be allowed in a Sharks team, well done,it was always going to be a grind

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.08.16 22:31:49 by benji Reply
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  • Relax grannies. I said he would be knocking on the bok fullback door shortly. Not that he would be doing it this year. As for him being too young, when has that EVER stopped a bok selector?

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.08.16 06:48:48 by coolfusion Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 13) : I did notice that they defend with Inny on the wing…and did the same when Bosch was moved to 10 when Smith came on. Not ideal at all as if you get turnover ball then your play maker is out of position. Perhaps it is just something they tried against the Bulls with their direct running.

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.08.16 08:54:38 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 17) : Replied to you on the other thread.

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.08.16 08:56:34 by The hound Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 14) : JD yes I agree Am has fixed the problem at 13 but what other A could you be referring to?

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.08.16 09:26:37 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 19) : big Andre! AA = Andre&Am.

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.08.16 10:03:22 by JD Reply
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  • I still have to watch the second half, but based on what I’ve seen, I have to say that although Curwin was MotM, the guy I most enjoyed watching was Lukhanyo Am; solid on defence, competed well on the deck, ran hard, and most importantly, did not only rely on running hard as an attacking strategy.

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.08.16 10:26:18 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 21) : I wonder if they will be able to make something out of Wandile. Would be great to a have a power winger in the lineup with Am and Andre.

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.08.16 10:30:35 by coolfusion Reply

  • I think most of our problems start at our number 9… Did he give ONE decent pass to Radebe? No, he did not …..the passes were on Radebe’s feet, above his head, behind him or far in front of him. Other times he kicked weak, useless kicks to the oppositon. It is a miracle that our backline ever got going … If we have a decent scrumhalf, our backline, with our dangerous centres (A + A), will be great and will play good running rugby.

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.08.16 10:36:08 by swan Reply


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