50 up for Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 10 Mar 2018 at 17:00
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Robert du Preez’s Sharks pulled off an impressive 50-22 win over the Sunwolves in Super Rugby this afternoon.

A bright start by the hosts saw Makezole Mapimpi score an early try, after strong attacking work in the 22 created the opportunity for flyhaf du Preez (junior) to find his winger with a long pass. A simple stroll over for the winger, reminiscent of his score against the Lions in round 1, took the Sharks into a 10-0 lead, after du Preez had stroked an early penalty.

The Sharks then decided to play silly buggers, committing numerous silly errors that kept the Sunwolves strongly on attack. Scrumhalf Louis Schreuder had an uncharacteristically weak game and put his backs under pressure with slow, telegraphed service. Several charged-down clearances were the result and the Sharks had to dig deep to prevent the Sunwolves scoring more points than the 3 they came away with.

Akker van der Merwe turned the momentum with a brilliant solo break-away try with a quarter of the match gone. Further pressure was heaped on the visitors when Tera Mtembu scored a third just before the break. That was a brilliant try, with Andre Esterhuizen making a strong break from a scrum, before feeding Wian Vosloo inside. The flanker went outside again to Lukhanyo Am, who popped up to Mtembu on the inside for the score. Turning 24-3 up, the Sharks were in a good position with the bonus point in the bag.

The start of the second half belonged to the visitors, with right wing Lemeki scoring just after the break. The Sharks pulled back via Mapimpi, who again profited from a great du Preez pass but had to do a fair bit more work to skin Wolves fullback Matsushima and dot down. A fifth try to Jacques Vermeulen finally gave the Sharks a bit of daylight.

Cruising at 36-8, the Sharks again went to sleep a little and allowed Wimpie van der Walt in for a try. Two further tries followed for the Sharks, with Sbu Nkosi and Cameron Wright scoring. Curwin Bosch’s conversion of the seventh try brought up 50 points, but the last laugh went to the visitors, with left wing Tupuo scoring in the corner.

Sharks (50): Tries Mapimpi(2), van der Merwe, Mtembu, Vermeulen, Nkosi, Wright. Conversions du Preez (5), Bosch. Penalty du Preez.
Sunwolves (22): Tries Lemeki, van der Walt, Tupuo. Conversions Matsushima, Nakamura. Penalty Tatekawa


  • Job done.

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.03.18 17:02:50 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Congratulations Sharks

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.03.18 17:13:59 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Great to see the offloads stick to hand…Schreuder had a [email protected] game…great to se the majority of the team performing Beast, Akker, Andre, Ruan,Am, Bosch is class punched well above his weight today and off course my Mapimpi almost a hat trick hero! Pretty satisfied! Well done boys!

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.03.18 18:26:25 by DuToit04 Reply


  • Comment 4, posted at 10.03.18 18:53:03 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 4) : yeah I’m on it – bedaar boet!

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.03.18 19:11:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : 😎 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.03.18 20:29:45 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Seems to be an improvement in Bosch’s defensive workrate. Esterhuizen is a gem. You can build a backline around him.

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.03.18 20:43:33 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 7) : Agreed on both…that tackle as the last man needing to bring down a pretty big bag close to the line was impressive…and AE…wow!

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.03.18 21:42:24 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Great game by our boys. All we need to learn now is to play a full 80 and not drop our levels at certain times. I think Beast, Akker, Mapimpi, Esterhuyzen, Am and Bosch were absolutely brilliant. King Carlos and Dick Muir have done wonders with Esterhuyzen. His skill levels are fantastic to see and he is monstrous in defence. At one stage he made 3 huge hits right after each other. Very impressed with the defensive improvement by Bosch. His attacking flair from the back will just get better and better. Our defence in the first half was outstanding. Overall very happy with a good performance. We have a real chance to beat the Brumbies this weekend as they are struggling big time. Rebels looking very good but we can definitely beat them if we are focussed. If we can get 2 solid wins on tour plus maybe another bonus point or 2 we will be in the mix for sure. Seeing as we were the only SA team to win this weekend.

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.03.18 08:12:42 by Fox Reply

  • @Fox (Comment 9) : Is that all we need to learn? Not make how not to lose turnovers at the drop of a hat. Not to lose the ball at first receiver and get charged down 5 times. Not to kick away the very little possession we are actually manage to get against a minnow team. Not allow said minnows to litterally camp on your 10 metre line. Not dominating the scrums completely against a much lesser side. Yup great game….

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.03.18 14:07:30 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 10) : The log shows 5 points from the game – so at least that is a huge positive. Yes – plenty of worrying issues such as the exits and being dominated in possession and territory by a minnow team.

    However we do need to give the Wolves credit for never giving up, some real slick back line moves and flying into us defensively for 80 minutes. It would have been much worse squeaking out a win against these guys. The games against the Waratahs and Wolves have shown that we do have some real attacking firepower in this team. Last year’s Sharks would have struggled to put these guys away – some progress at least.

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.03.18 20:56:05 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Folks, some perspective please. It was only the Sunwolves.

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.03.18 23:12:59 by Loosehead Reply

  • Now that was a game, still a few errors but over all a team that wants to entertain….. If they play like this going forward then watch out. Our defense was rock solid for most of the game despite the sunwolves being a “easy” game they also pitched up and threw a lot at us and in the past perhaps we would have let in a few more but even with the quick play the Wolves came at us with we did not let it deter us from us playing the game Rob and Dick had planned. Well done boys – PRIDE RESTORED……WATCH OUT BRUMBIES

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.03.18 08:41:50 by garethkorb Reply

  • @Loosehead (Comment 12) : yes and no. They’re a better side than they used to be, that’s for sure. Jamie Joseph is a bloody good coach.

    But I agree with you. Let’s not get too excited until we beat a team of substance.

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.03.18 09:43:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • Beast, Van Der Merwe, Wright , Esterhuizen were all good today as was Bosch dealing with the lemons throw his way. Just overall was very umimpressed with the Sharks passing, we just look awkward. And then Sunwolves dominating possession at our home ground does not bode well.

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.03.18 09:53:11 by SheldonK Reply

  • Sunwolves were camping on the offside line, while this was frustrating, hopefully it will make that the coaches give attention to the speed of which we clear the ball. Also I see almost all the players carry the ball in two hands in front of them, this is obviously part of the game plan so that they are able to quickly get the ball away, but this is also resulting in all the easy turnovers where the guys lose the ball in contact. I believe this is where the coaches have to work on the players decision making in contact situations, when to look for the pass and when to just take the contact and secure the ball. There are glimpses over the past couple of games of what this team is capable off, but lets also not forget that this is what, I think the third type of game plan in a 3 competitions? I also believe this tour will help the boys gel together, and I am cautiously optimistic of our chances down under.

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.03.18 09:57:39 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @coolfusion like I said 80 minutes AND NOT DROP OUR LEVELS LIKE WE DID AT CERTAIN TIMES. Once again we scored some cracking tries but we did make some very soft errors. Defence in the first half was outstanding. We just need to be more patient with ball in hand and keep up our defence like the first half. I agree we still make silly errors but we are playing with more freedom than we have seen in a long time.

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.03.18 10:19:55 by Fox Reply

  • I think we have a false sense of security. We are way to open we will be punished mark my words letting teams like sunwolves and waratahs pressure us like this means we are FAR from healthy not just small little issues.

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.03.18 13:10:56 by coolfusion Reply


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