Currie Cup 2017: Cheetahs v Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 21 Jul 2017 at 17:30
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It’s a young Sharks team – let’s see what they can do in a game when they are really likely to be facing steep odds.

Kick-off in Bloem is at 7pm.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rosco Specman, 13 Francois Venter, 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Neil Jordaan, 5 Daniel Hugo, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Ox Nche, 17 Reinach Venter, 18 Rynier Bernado, 19 Chris Dry, 20 Zee Mkhabela, 21 JW Jonker, 22 Cecil Afrika.

Sharks: 15 Courtney Winnaar, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Sibusiso Sithole, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Ilunga Mukendi, 10 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Khaya Majola, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Wian Vosloo, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Mzamo Majola.
Replacements: 16 Andrew du Plessis, 17 Thierry Kounga, 18 Tyler Paul, 19 Bandisa Ndlovu, 20 Hanco Venter, 21 Brandon Bailing, 22 Inny-Christian Radebe.


  • That the Cheetahs are likely winners is no Celtic Rumour

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.07.17 17:36:26 by JustPlainSHARK Reply
  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 1) : :mrgreen: 😆 😆 😆

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.07.17 17:52:00 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Where is the French import in all these selections? Is he notbhere for cc or is sharks a club med for yet another poor acquisition?

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.07.17 18:23:10 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 3) : who knows?

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.07.17 18:29:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • change to the announced team – Cam Wright starts, Hanco Venter bench

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.07.17 18:30:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Great news thanks Rob

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.07.17 18:31:55 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Did you manage yet to see both Sharks schools games?

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.07.17 18:32:38 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Enjoying the sights no doubt. Keeping a prospective talent out of a contract. Sigh. Oh well you can’t say we aren’t doing our bit for charity.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.07.17 18:43:51 by coolfusion Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Any idea why my mobile reflects that I’m not logged in? Not a hassle just wondering as I’m obviously logged in, icon just hasn’t changed.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.07.17 18:45:04 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 3) : Thought he was here for coaching and to play if required. Might have misunderstood initially

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.07.17 19:09:25 by jdolivier Reply

  • Ross geldenhuys first sharks game first 10min first penalty. We all love the yellow card machine

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.07.17 19:10:18 by jdolivier Reply

  • For fucksake sharks, just have a go and stop kicking everything. If you gonna lose than lose in a blaze of glory.

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.07.17 19:16:34 by Poisy Reply
  • Sharks not looking out of depth against this Superrugby cheetahs team. First time tackling just letting them down

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.07.17 19:16:41 by jdolivier Reply

  • Cam still has that bullet pass

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.07.17 19:21:08 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @jdolivier (Comment 13) : looked much better in that passage of play. Still no creativity in backline play.

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.07.17 19:21:17 by Poisy Reply
  • Cheetahs very fortunate not to get carded, have seen reds for similar situations this season, intentionally or not

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.07.17 19:22:38 by jdolivier Reply

  • @Poisy (Comment 15) : Everything done very static and getting the ball standing still

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.07.17 19:23:31 by jdolivier Reply

  • Tmo gets it wrong and we are awarded a try. Wish mclovin was here to see a ref help us

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.07.17 19:30:27 by jdolivier Reply

  • Mmm, that look suspiciously like a knock there.

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.07.17 19:30:56 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Welcome back Cameron, definitely the Wright move

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.07.17 19:32:22 by jdolivier Reply

  • Why must you release the tackled player except if your a metre from the touchline, then all of a sudden you can grab his shirt and pull him into touch?

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.07.17 19:33:34 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 20) : Great to have a decent young scrumhalf for a change

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.07.17 19:33:36 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 22) : What a pass

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.07.17 19:33:52 by jdolivier Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 22) : He posesses

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.07.17 19:34:15 by jdolivier Reply

  • The Cheetah hooker is built like a brick shithouse

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.07.17 19:35:40 by Bokhoring Reply
  • How on God’s green earth can no-one tackle Clayton blommetjies he has beaten like 15 defenders in 3 runs.

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.07.17 19:39:04 by jdolivier Reply

  • Tackling not good enough for this level

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.07.17 19:39:26 by Bokhoring Reply
  • The “b team” is really showing lots of grit

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.07.17 19:42:47 by jdolivier Reply

  • This ref is really sympathetic to the Sharks’ cause

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.07.17 19:43:16 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 29) : Feels odd doesn’t it

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.07.17 19:43:33 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 30) : Just plain weird

  • Comment 31, posted at 21.07.17 19:44:34 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 31) : Hopefully a taste of things to come tomorrow

  • Comment 32, posted at 21.07.17 19:45:20 by jdolivier Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 25) : Look the vending machine that walks

  • Comment 33, posted at 21.07.17 19:46:10 by jdolivier Reply

  • The ref is definitely a closet sharks supporter, really keeping us in this game. Not complaining, just a jading experience

  • Comment 34, posted at 21.07.17 19:50:23 by jdolivier Reply

  • Just saw the schedule for craven week tomorrow, they have cheated the cheetahs out of they unofficial final. Both them and the sharks undefeated but they will not be in final. I understand lions hosting but this is blatant cheating now. Would have loved kzn vs cheetahs best attacking teams and only true undefeated teams

  • Comment 35, posted at 21.07.17 19:50:58 by Poisy Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 35) : Correct it should have been Sharks vs Cheetahs. so you say it is Sharks vs Lions?

  • Comment 36, posted at 21.07.17 19:53:09 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Couple of promising players here – Louw at 12, Vermeulen at 7, Winnaar at 15 (but he needs to work on his tackling), even Sithole can suddenly catch a ball again. Some nice offloads – just mistakes at crucial times

  • Comment 37, posted at 21.07.17 19:53:56 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 35) : Lions are the flavor of the month, well deserved, that’s why bud

  • Comment 38, posted at 21.07.17 19:54:16 by jdolivier Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 37) : Just the missed tackles on blommetjies costing us

  • Comment 39, posted at 21.07.17 19:55:19 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 39) : He seems to be our kryptonite as usual. Always plays well against the Sharks

  • Comment 40, posted at 21.07.17 19:56:57 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @sharks_lover (Comment 36) : yup. Cheetahs vs wp before the final.

  • Comment 41, posted at 21.07.17 19:57:04 by Poisy Reply
  • @jdolivier (Comment 38) : Sorry cannot agree JD, Yes Lions have been good but the Kids have nothing to do with the seniors and they all play their heart out for recognition.

  • Comment 42, posted at 21.07.17 19:58:59 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 41) : Very bad to what they have done to the Cheetah kids.

  • Comment 43, posted at 21.07.17 19:59:38 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • How bad is this ref though? Thr last FS try came off a turnover where the player never supported his own body weight. He just fell over and the Cheetahs got the penalty.

  • Comment 44, posted at 21.07.17 19:59:58 by boertjie101 Reply

  • @sharks_lover (Comment 42) : Wasn’t justifying the decision, just rationalizing the thought pattern. Have to agree with Poisy, sharks vs cheetahs would’ve been a spectacle

  • Comment 45, posted at 21.07.17 20:05:12 by jdolivier Reply

  • @boertjie101 (Comment 44) : He hasn’t been perfect, but he has benefited us much more than that mistake

  • Comment 46, posted at 21.07.17 20:07:17 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 45) : Understandable.

  • Comment 47, posted at 21.07.17 20:09:45 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @jdolivier (Comment 46) : Not so sure about that. He misses a lot! That Cheetahs hooker doesn’t throw straight in the line out either. That doesn’t get picked up. I’d say he is equally bad either side.

  • Comment 48, posted at 21.07.17 20:10:29 by boertjie101 Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 46) : Ben10 also costing us a victory. Not a big fan of him.

  • Comment 49, posted at 21.07.17 20:11:28 by boertjie101 Reply

  • Cheetahs are destroying us in the scrums.

  • Comment 50, posted at 21.07.17 20:12:29 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @boertjie101 (Comment 48) : That he surely does, as refs go this season we have definitely had worse, still green he has the potential for the future

  • Comment 51, posted at 21.07.17 20:14:36 by jdolivier Reply

  • @boertjie101 (Comment 49) : Bring back Inny radebe, he at least loves running the ball

  • Comment 52, posted at 21.07.17 20:15:13 by jdolivier Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 50) : Just all of a sudden, didn’t happen in the first half, but geldenhuys surely doesn’t have the discipline for professional rugby

  • Comment 53, posted at 21.07.17 20:16:44 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 52) : As you speak he arrives hahaha

  • Comment 54, posted at 21.07.17 20:17:17 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @jdolivier (Comment 52) : Lol. Do you reckon Cheetahs are considering Venter as new sponsors? A lot of them out there tonight

  • Comment 55, posted at 21.07.17 20:17:31 by boertjie101 Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 53) : Changed when the Ox came on

  • Comment 56, posted at 21.07.17 20:17:58 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Keegan had not really stuck his hand up either

  • Comment 57, posted at 21.07.17 20:18:07 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Our Cameroon player on lol

  • Comment 58, posted at 21.07.17 20:18:58 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @boertjie101 (Comment 55) : Almost as bad as the 2000’s bulls and botha

  • Comment 59, posted at 21.07.17 20:21:09 by jdolivier Reply

  • Now this shit is getting ridiculous, we held so well for 50 minutes and now we see the typical Superrugby “kak” the senior idiots cause every week. Where is the commitment men

  • Comment 60, posted at 21.07.17 20:22:59 by jdolivier Reply

  • As good as louw was in the first half, he is twice as bad in the second

  • Comment 61, posted at 21.07.17 20:25:29 by jdolivier Reply

  • Would say that was game set and match. Unless Keegan can inspire the team to actually play some rugby not just tackle

  • Comment 62, posted at 21.07.17 20:26:49 by jdolivier Reply

  • Goodnight everybody.

  • Comment 63, posted at 21.07.17 20:29:43 by Poisy Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 63) : Chat again tomorrow

  • Comment 64, posted at 21.07.17 20:32:26 by jdolivier Reply

  • Wow what a kak mistake ref, knock on from the lineout 95m try

  • Comment 65, posted at 21.07.17 20:40:20 by jdolivier Reply

  • Consolation try, well this is well deserved payback for the supersport challenge

  • Comment 66, posted at 21.07.17 20:43:04 by jdolivier Reply

  • Sharks handling needs a lot of work.

  • Comment 67, posted at 21.07.17 20:52:10 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Thank goodness we played so pathetically bad, just how one should feel as a sharks supporter. Rob no need to right a piece on this match. I’ll summarise for you. Bad handling, no support, terrible defence, no balls. Coupled with no ideas on attack and a cheetahs team with a point to prove, we lost, badly. The end

  • Comment 68, posted at 21.07.17 20:53:37 by jdolivier Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 67) : We need a skills coach, handling was bad, but no sharks team, bar the craven week boys, has any idea what to do with ball in hand. We had 50% possession and got schooled

  • Comment 69, posted at 21.07.17 20:54:44 by jdolivier Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 25) : Wait till you see his bench replacement 😆 :mrgreen:
    I have been waiting to see Reinach Venter play, and he gets a try.

  • Comment 70, posted at 21.07.17 20:55:51 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 70) : Congratulations on that performance. There was only one team in it from the 15th minute. Must feel vindicated after we sent a Superrugby team against your supersport challenge team

  • Comment 71, posted at 21.07.17 20:58:27 by jdolivier Reply

  • Sorry my Sharks buds! The result was never in doubt. It eas Super rugby vs. a mixed bag Sharks team. The result was inevitable. Sharks will be better once they have their Super rugby squad available. Make space for Vosloo and Vermeulen!

  • Comment 72, posted at 21.07.17 21:01:29 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 72) : Don’t forget Inny radebe (was really good tonight), that bailing chap and Cameron wright

  • Comment 73, posted at 21.07.17 21:02:51 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 71) : Thanks JD, the whole Super rugby thing had me kind of lose intetest. And this really was a game the Sharks couldnt really win. Too many nee faces in Geldenhuys, Vosloo, and Paul. Sharks will be there come the crunch games.

  • Comment 74, posted at 21.07.17 21:04:08 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 72) : Yes Bailing impressed!

  • Comment 75, posted at 21.07.17 21:04:43 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 72) : I know you want to fire Blommetjies, but he does keep his best games for the Sharks in CC.

  • Comment 76, posted at 21.07.17 21:13:37 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 76) : Yes, problem with the Blompot fellow, is he will be terrible for a few matches hereafter! Think the Sharks players allowed him to look good! ????

  • Comment 77, posted at 21.07.17 21:20:24 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 76) : Yes, problem with the Blompot fellow, is he will be terrible for a few matches hereafter! Think the Sharks players allowed him to look good! ????

  • Comment 78, posted at 21.07.17 21:20:39 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 78) : They seem to make a habit of that in CC games.

  • Comment 79, posted at 21.07.17 21:26:21 by Bokhoring Reply
  • ok ok not the greatest game but I wasnt expecting much really, we have to access everything in context

    the negative were clearly their to see and the positives were there but require a bit more insight.

    lets start with the bad:

    we slowly let the game get away from us, after starting ok

    Ross scrumming ability was shocking, not a prop my self (lock back in the day) but does that relate to him just arriving.

    we could not adapt to the cheetahs tactic of trying to slip tackles.

    our tackling in general was scary bad at times

    keegs looks a step slower than usual even, losing his mojo, but it worth mentioning that some players look ok in the second team and come alive in the first team he did look good with ball in hand.

    winnar at the back looks very inexperienced and im not overly stoked about his general ability at this point. where is Joubert ?? injured

    odwa was there for experience but it hurt us a bit having him there

    cheetahs really started to enjoy themselves as the game went one.

    Now the pros:

    lose head prop Mzamo Majola looked real good, ultra effective

    tyler paul came on with his new hair cut an looked good at lock and in open play

    Ben didnt have the best game but he still looks a future prospect just practice the kicks young man

    cam w looks impressive and venter played well when he came on

    vermualen seem to only come live in attack late in the game but did well in general

    starting hooker played well enough for someone so inexperienced

    the replacement centre bb looked great coming on (find from club rugby)

    Great to see Inny back from injury, looked keen to run the ball but passing let him down once or twice.

    I still want to win the CC like I want to win the SRC or SR but I understand that its not alway possible to win them all or any of them due to many factors. so we suffer in the src or cc so long as we use it to build a Formidable SR team.

  • Comment 80, posted at 21.07.17 22:35:45 by revolverocelot Reply

  • Given that we had 11 debutantes to CC (not Superugby) , plus 3 new arrivals on Monday from Kings, and we played a Superugby side- I don’t think it is all doom and gloom. Have faith Gents!!

  • Comment 81, posted at 21.07.17 22:49:27 by Julesgr8ter Reply
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  • @Julesgr8ter (Comment 81) : Yep I enjoyed it as a rugby spectacle, some promising young guns like m majola got good game time

  • Comment 82, posted at 21.07.17 23:56:50 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 72) : Vossa is a hard worker, hey? I was quite impressed

  • Comment 83, posted at 22.07.17 13:54:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • Wish they’d stop forcing Failhard into games … kid cannot play rugger, end of story. That prop too, what a muppet (the bearded numbnut). Otherwise, for a super green, young team, there were glimpses of promise to be worked with.

  • Comment 84, posted at 22.07.17 14:09:55 by Mephisto_Shark Reply

  • @Mephisto_Shark (Comment 84) : Failhard ? I take your referring tp benhard janse vrb.

    its annoying when we are so critical of young guys, all our fh options are falled in some respect, lambie (injuries), bosch (thin), april (talented but inconsistent at times), ben (inconsistent and inexperienced)

    lets now be so harsh

  • Comment 85, posted at 22.07.17 15:20:15 by revolverocelot Reply


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