Sharks march on

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 15 Sep 2017 at 22:46
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The Sharks took another big step towards a home Currie Cup semifinal this afternoon as they handed Griquas a 22-40 defeat in Kimberley, outscoring their hosts by six tries to three in the process.

It was far from a polished performance, but in reality the Sharks were never in any real danger of losing the game and the final scoreline arguably flattered the men in peacock blue, who scored a pair of long range tries against the run of play in the second half to add a veneer of respectability to a rather pedestrian showing.

For the Sharks, though, this week was all about moving up a gear as they head towards a run of tough home games against the Bulls, Lions and Western Province and while a number of injuries and other disruptions may have made that task seem a little more difficult, Rob du Preez will have taken something else from this game in the that a number of fringe players put up their hands and showcased the depth in the province.

There were cringeworthy moments aplenty in a game in which the strong wind conspired to make life very difficult for both sides. Curwin Bosch and Marius Louw got themselves into a real mix-up defensively early on, with Griquas centre Kyle Steyn profiting and scoring an embarrassingly easy try in just the second minute. The Sharks righted that situation pretty quickly, though and it was Louw himself who went over for their opening score just four minutes later, after a lineout drive had sucked in the defence. The Sharks continued to plug away in the half and despite not ever quite establishing true dominance in any area, scored twice more through Jeremy Ward and Ross Geldenhuys, taking a deserved 19-7 lead into the break.

George Whitehead struck a penalty for the hosts shortly after half time to narrow the gap to nine, before Louw struck again, scoring the bonus point try in barnstorming fashion as he ran over two Griqua defenders from five metres out. With the bonus point in the bag, the Sharks loosened up a bit and while the resulting play was exciting to watch, the error rate certainly climbed as the side took more risks on attack.

The best moment of the game came about 20 minutes form time, when debutant Tristan Blewett snaffled a loose pass form Griquas, broke strongly downfield and then fed Louis Schreuder, who found Keegan Daniel on his inside for a fantastic score. 33-10 was certainly a comfortable scoreline, but it was Griquas who then undid much of that good work with tries to Enver Brandt and Wilmar Arnold, both scores originating off turnover ball deep in their own half after sloppy attacking play from the Sharks.

Ward scored the sixth try for the Sharks on the stroke of full time to stretch the gap once more and draw a line under a solid performance to extend the incredible Currie Cup winning streak to 8 games.

Griquas (22): Tries Steyn, Brandt, Arnoldi. Conversions Whitehead (2). Penalty Whitehead.
Sharks (40): Tries Louw (2), Ward (2), Geldenhuys, Daniel. Conversions Bosch (5)


  • Did not watch the full game as streaming was a bit $&#!t but what I’ve see in the 35 odd min really impressed me.
    The intensity in the tackles was huge and even “non tacklers” like Bosch and Inny really got stuck in!
    Although it was not a polished performance like Rob said fringe players like Louw and Blewett put in huge performances! Also looking at the relative easy they scored the last try to me it seems that Sharks knew they had the game won and could turn it on at will to managed a 20 odd point lead to ensure an “easy” victory.
    Any news on Inny’s injury?

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.09.17 00:57:31 by JD Reply
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  • OK quick math check and Sharks only needs 7 points in last 3 games to finish top!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.09.17 01:24:12 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 2) : So the 15 we’re getting in the next 3 games makes our home final inevitable

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.09.17 07:34:53 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 3) : love that confidence

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.09.17 08:57:48 by Hulk Reply

  • Sbu Nkosi is the offload king! Last try by Ward was another classic offload on the inside.
    Only a matter of time before he’s in green and gold…

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.09.17 09:23:38 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 2) : I doubt the Cheetah C team will manage 20 log points in 4 games – so I reckon we already have the home semi in the bag and one more win to get the top of the log safely. All of WP, Bulls and Lions still have to play each other. Pumas can’t overtake the Sharks no matter what

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.09.17 10:22:46 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 6) : It’s not a given that the Cheetahs “C” team will be in action every round, as the Cheetahs management assess the requirements on a weekly basis. We have a couple of Pro 14 byes in the midst of the CC, so a stronger team might be selected to ensure the CC semis. We don’t have any Pro 14 fixtures the weekends scheduled to play the Lions, or semis, whilst the weekend of the final we play Zebre.
    Though we wont catch the Sharks, we could make a home seni final, or a semi ginal berth.

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.09.17 15:26:44 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 7) : So you will still have the C team against the Pumas and Bulls at home and the Kwas away? Your youngsters will have to win one of those and the A team beat the Lions at Ellis in order to make the semis.

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.09.17 15:41:51 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @jdolivier (Comment 3) : There is still knockouts so final may be very probable but not inevitable. Even unbeaten teams can be sent home in a knockout.

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.09.17 17:00:33 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 9) : Being the eternal optimist

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.09.17 17:49:58 by jdolivier Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 8) : Difficult to predict. Guess it depends who the opposition in the Pro 14 is on any given weekend. All I know is the Cheetahs are keen to defend the CC. So its not certain that the “C” team will play all those matches.

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.09.17 19:00:53 by KingCheetah Reply

  • interesting times, im looking forward to the sharks game next weekend against the bulls.

    the thing is, we look really good and I can definitely say we will have a home semi, and pretty much definitely are definitely going to top the log.

    from there things get complicated as the lions will be tough in the knock out phase, wp will bring a fresh focus, cheetahs will play their pro14 team (or the best possible teams as they have many injuries), I dont think the pumas will be any good in the knock out phase should they get there.

    so I would love for us to obtain a home final and actually win it infront of the durban faithful, but I’m not counting any chickens just yet.

    any news on Inny and cams injury and recover times ?

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.09.17 20:19:31 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 12) : Its been a while for you guys. Will be good for the Sharks faithful.

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.09.17 21:24:08 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 13) : Yah a home final and a win in that game would lift spirits around the union and be a nice monetary boost to the team.

    I still fully enjoy seeing promising young players break through during the cc season every year, I just love good rugby.

    In relation to the Kings, they just lost their third game on the bounce, Im I surprised, no. am I about to criticize the kings or call them a bunch of losers, not that either. things are going pretty much as I expected, they have had to reboot for a third time in three years so I expected them to struggle once more, but if they keep these okes eventually like we saw in SR this year, they will become a competitive team. looking forward to it.

    Great to see the cheetahs beat the zebre, thats the result I figured would take place, cheetahs have more cohesion than the kings and overall better players right now. in fact a full strength cheetahs could make a final of the pro14, if you had all your boks and injured players back.

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.09.17 01:56:05 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 14) : Much as i would like to agree eith you, what I have seen if Munster, Ulster and Leinster plus a the top Welsh and Scottish teams that will be a tall order. Neil Marais, Clinton Swart, Zeilinga and Cassiem all will add value, but Cheetahs will do well to finish in the top 4 of their conference and 6th overall.
    They need to use the extra income to accquire some more players of quality and experience. Especially at lock, and loose forwards and the back three. Rhule and Mapimpi off to WP and Sharks. Obi showing lots if promise, but Mapimpi is a big loss.

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.09.17 07:04:27 by KingCheetah Reply

  • Guys, is there any feedback on whether Mapimpi will join us? Imagine a squad with Sbu, Kobus, Mapimpi, Mvovo and April as your back stocks.

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.09.17 09:28:56 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 16) : yes, he’s coming.

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.09.17 09:33:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : Just for Super Rugby, or for all tournaments?

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.09.17 10:45:32 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 15) : biggest problem for Cheetahs will be losing players like Cassiem and co to Bokke for large parts of the Pro14 season.

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.09.17 13:26:31 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 19) : I do agree, though initially losing all our recognised flyhalves certainly stunted our progress. Guys like Neil Marais and Clinton Swart were crucial in the way the Cheetahs played. They certainly gave us alot of impetus off 1st phase. With Cassiem at the boks we were still ok until we lost both Mohoje and Neil Jordaan to injury. Think injuries more than bok call ups hurt us. We have played three matches with three different flyhalves. First Eksteen, because Petzer had a visa problem, then Petzer and now Stapelberg.

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.09.17 13:37:13 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 12) : Cam should b available for selection this week

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.09.17 15:54:16 by Julesgr8ter Reply
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  • @Julesgr8ter (Comment 21) : I appreciate the update, we will need him and louie at their best if we are to win the cc. no offence to mike but the two younger guys are better than him at his point.

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.09.17 16:10:09 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 15) : good point I guess you guys are more mid table right now in the pro14, your not the worst, but your not in the top 6 just yet. give it time though, cheetahs didnt exactly have tons of time to prepare. Like me doing the two oceans half marathon on a days notice a week after having a cold and still running a 2h05min 😛

  • Comment 23, posted at 17.09.17 16:13:06 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : No wonder we let sithole leave for the kings

  • Comment 24, posted at 17.09.17 16:14:29 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 18) : all tournaments

  • Comment 25, posted at 17.09.17 17:36:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : Thank you. Yebo yes.

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.09.17 08:15:18 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : And while on the subject any news of Dick Muir’s move back into sharks coaching setup?

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.09.17 08:38:02 by coolfusion Reply

  • The Pumas showed against WP that the boys did very well to win despite being off the boil last week. We have now seen beautiful and ugly wins, all with bonus points.

    The home run wont be easy but I ma so looking forward to the boys slamming the blue cows this weekend. A lot has been said about why the Blitzbokke are doing so much better than the Boks and I am so happy to see the same principles of squad culture, drilled team and superior fitness showing through at the Sharks also. All three aspects seem vastly improved from 2016 CC and 2017 SR, although the bar in CC is much lower. I am also greatly impressed by the fight and attitude of the side and I am looking forward to the rest of CC. Already the SR 2018 squad depth loos much better than 2016 and if the fitness levels can be raised closer to NZ sides, there should be no reason for an improvement for 2018.

    I am believing and trusting in the team to finish the CC strong and bring the Cup home on KP

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.09.17 12:49:21 by Kabouter Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 27) : that’s gone quiet, which is a sure sign that it’s happening 🙂

  • Comment 29, posted at 18.09.17 13:03:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • Good result for the Sharks against Griquas…better Sharks team have come unstuck there in the past. Griquas werent that bad we just seemed to take our chances. I do feel we are still a bit flat and lateral on atatck…no depth and angle running. Set pieces seemed to go fairly well which is a good sign. Any injuries?

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.09.17 13:23:25 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 30) : Very harsh when was the last time the Sharks scored 6 tries in Kimberly.

  • Comment 31, posted at 18.09.17 13:28:08 by The hound Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 30) : Inny

  • Comment 32, posted at 18.09.17 13:29:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 31) : Be that as it may (and i did say the Sharks did well to win) i still feel that often we are very flat and lateral. Not many guys running the angle to hold the defense from shifting.

  • Comment 33, posted at 18.09.17 13:45:03 by SheldonK Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 32) : Ya i figured he could be one

  • Comment 34, posted at 18.09.17 13:45:28 by SheldonK Reply


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