Sharks take the early spoils

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 28 Jan 2018 at 14:23
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Robert du Preez’s Sharks squad enjoyed a good early-season hit-out against the Bulls in Polokwane yesterday, banking on a strong second-half showing to emerge 31-14 victors in a scrappy game.

While details coming out of the untelevised game are sparse, the impression seems to be that the Sharks were certainly the stronger of two rather disjointed (albeit very enthusiastic) sides. It’s perhaps a little unfair to compare “apples with apples” in this game, however, given that the Bulls fielded much the same side throughout, whilst the Sharks brought on a completely fresh 15 at half time.

The sides shared the first-half spoils, with scrumhalf Cameron Wright scoring the first try about half an hour in (and Curwin Bosch converting). Manie Libbock evened things up on the stroke of half time, dotting down and converting his own effort to ensure a 7-all scoreline.

The second period belonged to the Sharks, with new signing Makezole Mapimpi topping and tailing the half with a brace of tries. Centre Marius Louw benefited from an intercept to score one of his own, with either Jacques Vermeulen or Stephan Lewies (depending on whose account you believe) nailing one for the forwards. Robert du Preez added two conversions.

The Bulls scored a second as well, through hooker Jaco Visagie, also converted (perhaps by Libbock?).

One concern coming out of the game for the Sharks is that scrumhalf Louis Schreuder appears to have hurt his knee. We have no further details at this stage regarding severity of the injury.


  • Solid start, not at all concern about results of pre season games more focused on having our combination actually playing together and getting used to one another.

    I really hope LS is ok

    Any indication if the game in hong kong will be televised ?

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.01.18 14:32:56 by revolverocelot Reply
  • Rob Du Preez has said that Louis will be out for a ‘while’ apparently a hamstring injury and is currently in crutches. Coach happy with the win, but disappointed with the injury blow. I hope we back Cameron in Louis’ absence and invest in him. Wishing him a speedy recovery and trust no more injuries to the boys.

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.01.18 17:25:26 by Richard Reply
  • @Richard (Comment 2) : Thanks for the update injuries do happen, big fan of LS, but like wise cam, glad we kept classens then, you need quality depth its always a difficult balancing act, its tough to tell a quality player his not at least coming off the bench ever game, rugby player most of all want to play every game and get paid handsomely to feel valued.

    we did let venter, ungerer, and the namibian scrummie all go though, could have made sense to keep one but there are other factors at play that we are not privy to I bet.

    faf devilliers, likely still being thought of as not yet equiped for SR.

    Cam starts, mike off the bench then.

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.01.18 18:08:33 by revolverocelot Reply
  • @revolverocelot (Comment 3) : Personally I would start Claasens for first few games. Just until team gets back into the discipline again. Can’t afford to lose Wright early.

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.01.18 21:56:15 by coolfusion Reply
  • Have a look here for Coach Rob’s thoughts on Louis’ injury:

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.01.18 00:00:35 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Richard (Comment 2) : Hammy about 6 weeks?

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.01.18 06:36:40 by coolfusion Reply

  • Tough one. Get well soon Louis. We need you!

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.01.18 06:39:30 by coolfusion Reply

  • Nice to get a win first up especially away from home. Very unfortunate about that injury, hope its nothing too serious and more precautionery. The Bulls have some good youngsters and its good to see Mitchell willing to give them a run, i just feel that they are perhaps lacking a bit in terms of leadership in that squad.

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.01.18 09:06:41 by SheldonK Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 1) : I’d also like info regarding the match in Hong Kong however I do know that with preseason games, match broadcasting is only confirmed much closer to match day.

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.01.18 09:09:06 by Quintin Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 8) : Yeah overall I won’t read too much in that result however, with us playing two different sides each half and still coming away with a win is a good sign I guess.

    Agree that the Bulls might be found lacking in terms of leadership as they have a pretty young squad. Odendaal is their captain for SR if I’m not mistaken right? He might just surprise us but I don’t think he has good support in terms of leadership within the group.

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.01.18 09:17:37 by Quintin Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 10) : Agreed abut reading to much into this result. I would hazard a guess though that the 2018 Bulls probably find themselves in a similar place to the 2017 Sharks. (Trigger warning) They’re in a rebuilding phase (/Trigger warning) . But let’s see how the two teams’ respective season unfolds.

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.01.18 09:51:49 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I’ll get the tour squad up in about an hour

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.01.18 10:36:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • Pretty happy that we got out of the game with only one not too serious injury. And winning doesn’t hurt.

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.01.18 10:45:52 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) :Its def an interesting mix

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.01.18 10:53:11 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Dragnipur (Comment 13) : I see that Akker also has a shoulder concern and will be assessed. Anyone have any info there?

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.01.18 11:13:59 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Nice start for Mapimpi! Hope that is a sign of things to come…

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.01.18 11:15:23 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Pity there is so little info available and that we can’t look at what was dished up. I note with interest that so many tries were scored by the backs…

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.01.18 11:16:29 by pastorshark Reply
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