Big win for Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 2 Sep 2017 at 18:04
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The Sharks have outscored the Cheetahs by seven tries to two in a big 45-15 Currie Cup win at Kings Park today.

With a pretty clear imbalance, on paper, between the two sides, with was always going to be a no-win fixture for the Sharks; coaches must hate preparing for games like this, where all the talk during the week must surely be on how to get the players to focus on the basics and not start dreaming of scoring tries before the hard work has been done.

The Cheetahs did pretty much exactly what one would expect and started the game strongly, running hard at the Sharks who probably weren’t expecting quite such an onslaught. An initial period of jitters, where defensive shape let the home team down, fortunately didn’t result in any points to the visitors, with Jeremy Ward putting in some big offensive tackles to stem the tide. When the Sharks finally did get their hands on the ball, the result was somewhat predictable and Lukhanyo Am scored the first try after 9 minutes, profiting from a strong Sharks scrum in the Cheetahs 22.

Rhyno Eksteen pulled a penalty back for his side, but that 5-3 deficit was about as good as it got for the plucky Cheetahs, who conceded three more scores in the opening forty and saw the Sharks wrap up the bonus point by the time the half-time whistle blew. The second score went to popular front-ranker John-Hubert Meyer, who sailed over in the corner after an ambitious Keegan Daniel pass found him in space. Inny Radebe nabbed the third, running a jinking line to evade heavy traffic in the 22, while Louis Schreuder finished off the bonus-point score after taking the pass from Sbu Nkosi – the man-of-the-match having made great strides down the left hand flank to create the try.

Radebe, who had a solid all-round game, missed two tricky conversions, but nailed two others, leaving the Sharks 24-3 up at the break.

Rob du Preez started to introduce replacements early in the second period, with one of these, centre Marius Louw, picking up a try with his first touch of the ball. Tera Mtembu broke inside after a driving maul was halted 5 metres from the line. Finding Louw with a clever pass on the reverse angle, Mtembu than simply had to watch as the strong centre cantered in untouched for his first senior try.

The game descended into a rather scrappy affair in the last half hour – Sbu Nkosi finished off the scoring for the Sharks with a pair of late tries, but these were interspersed with two tries to the Cheetahs as the Sharks appeared to run out of puff (and enthusiasm) after sewing up the bonus point win. Credit must go to the visitors for successfully upping the intensity in the second half, with several debutant reserves, especially the impressive Daniel Maatens at flank, showing that the future for Cheetahs rugby may be bright indeed.

All-in-all, a solid if unspectacular win for the Sharks, who will know that both first-up tackling and red-zone patience are big work-ons ahead of Friday’s tricky away encounter against the Pumas in Nelspruit.

Sharks (45): Tries Am, Meyer, Radebe, Schrueder, Louw, Nkosi (2). Conversions Radebe (3), April (2).
Cheetahs (15): Tries Mason, Obi. Penalty Eksteen. Conversion Mason.


  • Ha that was quick. I have a sneaky suspicion this one was already in the chamber. Just waiting to enter final scores. …

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.09.17 18:14:11 by coolfusion Reply
  • Wish you posted this at half time, so that our one missing link of a commentator could have more to whinge about

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.09.17 18:27:54 by jdolivier Reply
  • We could do worse than to lure Daniel Maartens to Durbs.

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.09.17 19:32:23 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Well done, men. Now to tackle the two away games coming up successfully!

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.09.17 15:12:36 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 4) : Why does it feel like we are playing the majority of games away this Currie cup

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.09.17 16:20:32 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 5) : [email protected]jdolivier (Comment 5) : because we are

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.09.17 17:13:01 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 6) : Well the sharks usually flourish under pressure, hopefully a cup is in our future

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.09.17 17:50:05 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 7) : We get a run of home games at the end of the competition.

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.09.17 17:53:17 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 8) : Culminating in the semi final and final

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.09.17 19:35:28 by jdolivier Reply

  • Nothing much to gain from the game except the first place on the log!!! That said a great victory in a game that in previous seasons could have been a struggle to achieve!!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.09.17 20:33:51 by JD Reply
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  • Got to give this young Cheetahs side credit for putting in an 80min effort eventhough they were out classed. Chris Cry could be a good player in a better team. I got the feeling that the Sharks were a bit flat at times and perhaps they too had read too much into this young cheetahs side. Thought Tythan Adams did well on debut even if he was called Nkosi most of the time.

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.09.17 09:04:05 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : lol how big are the tv’s in the commentary box ? are they HD. cause Adams was losing out on a lot of praise lol, on Andy Cap

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.09.17 12:17:45 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 12) : Andy Cap on the Hugh Bladen juice perhaps…he got a lot of names wrong…barely got the team names right.

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.09.17 12:21:56 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 13) : lol the Hugh Bladen juice indeed, oh to watch rugby for a living, thats the life. will say he did a good post match interview

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.09.17 23:51:47 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 12) : @SheldonK (Comment 13) : We should rename our wings Left Dred and Right Dred.

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.09.17 10:21:26 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 15) : Or just call them the same name and alternate between the names each week. Would you give Adams another go based on last week?

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.09.17 10:23:23 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 16) : not if van Wyk is ready and able to play.

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.09.17 22:23:03 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 16) : @JD (Comment 17) : Agree that if van Wyk is ready and able then he should get the nod but if van Wyk has the slightest niggle then they should go with Adams.

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.09.17 10:35:51 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 18) : well RdP Snr went with Adams so let’s hope he shows why the coach picked him and that the commentators realise Nkosi is not playing on both wings!!!

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.09.17 11:05:02 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 19) : U asking a lot of commentators

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.09.17 11:36:00 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 20) : more like hoping than asking……. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.09.17 12:21:14 by JD Reply
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