Cheetahs setback for Sharks XV

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Sharks on 22 May 2017 at 08:40
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The Sharks XV suffered an agonising last-second loss to the Cheetahs in Ballito on Saturday in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge, with the visitors nailing a penalty on the final hooter to claim a 19-21 victory.

Paul Anthony and Ricardo Loubscher would have loved to build on a huge victory over the Leopards the previous week, but with no fewer than six key squad members called up to tour Singapore with the Sharks, were left with no option but to reshuffle their team. That lack of continuity hampered the side in a scrappy game, but one in which the Sharks XV battled bravely all the same.

Free State fullback Marco Mason did most of the damage for the visitors, scoring a try, conversion and penalty in the first half to see the Cheetahs take a 10-0 lead. Courtney Winnaar nailed a penalty for the Sharks, before Hyron Andrews scored a try to close the gap further. Two more penalties from Winaar saw the Sharks edge ahead, only for Mason bring the Cheetahs back within a single point via a late penalty (14-13).

Very few points were scored in the second half, due mainly to mistakes from both sides. Andrews scored a second, to take the Sharks out to a 6-point lead twelve minutes from the end, but Cheetahs flank Tienie Burger soon undid that with a score of his own. It then fell to Mason to nail a pressure kick to overturn a 1-point deficit, when the Sharks conceded a penalty off the final scrum of the match.

Sharks XV– 19 Tries: Hyron Andrews (2) Penalties: Courtney Winnaar (3)
Cheetahs XV – 21 Tries: Marco Mason, Tienie Burger Conversion: Marco Mason Penalties: Marco Mason (3)


  • Great to see Andrews playing consistently well. With Ettas going and Lewies looking comfortable at 4, Andrews will be key as 5 lock in CC and SR next season.

    Who is next in line at 4?

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.05.17 09:08:05 by Kabouter Reply
  • @Kabouter (Comment 1) : Botha and Lewies are really combining well, doing the dirty work as well as working hard on attack to get us over the gain-line. (Effy-beth dreams of being Ruan Botha when he’s grown up 😉 )

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.05.17 09:17:00 by FireTheLooser Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 2) : We always thought we got the better deal out of swoppong PSDT and Botha…..

    Botha needs two seasons injury free and will be in the Bok side.

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.05.17 12:13:16 by Kabouter Reply
  • @Kabouter (Comment 3) : @FireTheLooser (Comment 2) : the steamers will never admit but I also think at worst it was a equal swop!!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.05.17 17:02:57 by JD Reply
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  • With all the changes I was expecting the Sharks XV to go down by more…so well done, gents. Tough luck…

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.05.17 17:21:07 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Kabouter (Comment 1) : great that andrews is developing nicely still very young, and his bulking up well, definitely our future at 5, droste could step up at 4 once he develops, will be interesting to see how Wian vosloo pushes on

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.05.17 19:35:43 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @pastorshark (Comment 5) : This team is ultimately there for the purpose of supporting the SR team, keep the guys conditioned and in the system.

    So it’s nice when they win, but that is ultimately not really their purpose (although winning does the player psyche a world of good).

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.05.17 20:40:37 by FireTheLooser Reply


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