Richard Ferguson

Sharks ‘Back on track’

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 21 May 2018 at 08:25
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The Sharks returned to winning ways this past weekend, clumsily and narrowly beating the Chiefs 28 – 24 at Kings Park. According to coach Robert du Preez Senior, the Sharks’ Super Rugby campaign is back on track.

It continues to be frustrating just watching this Sharks team in action. There is simply no fluidity, no sense of urgency whatsoever, and they seem to be tired and cannot motivate themselves to get up for a game. A depleted Chiefs team on home soil should result in a bonus point victory building momentum into a difficult trip to Argentina, but instead we get a limp performance with no confidence in getting up to beat a very good Jaguares side.

If I have to take positives out of the game, the front row worked really well, Beast and Akker van der Merwe both in prime form, while Thomas is finally settling into that 3 jersey. The backline that looked so phenomenal against the Highlanders a few weeks ago, can’t seem to string two passes together, which resulted in plenty of missed opportunities.

Coach du Preez will have to drum home some hard words if the Sharks stand any chance of leapfrogging the Jaguares this weekend.


Tries: R du Preez, Mvovo, Wright
Cons: R du Preez 2
Pens: R du Preez 3

Tries: Ardron, Ngatai, Alaimalo
Cons: McKenzie 3
Pen: McKenzie


  • Handling cost us bonus point tries and allowed Chiefs to get bonus point. Philip vd Walt has bad hands and not the first game. Bosch big headed. Had support but wanted to score try himself and messed it up.
    Not sure why we play so conservative against bulls but against kiwi teams we play exciting brand.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.05.18 08:34:30 by ebenp Reply
  • Jaguares next… Massive game, but Sharks are now in control of their own destiny, so let’s hold thumbs.

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.05.18 08:46:12 by boertjie101 Reply
  • The play in the first 10 minutes was really good. I expected a drubbing for this depleted Chiefs team and then it just fell apart.

    The major positive is that our scrum was very solid against a scrum (missing two players) that demolished the much vaunted Stormers scrum the week before.

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.05.18 08:58:19 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Personally I think they’re overdoing the offloading in the tackle as aot of the times balls are lost or not going to hand and then momentum is lost. I also counted at least 3 try scoring chances that was lost! If Sharks want to progress into serious title contenders they will have to use every chance they get and score as much points as possible as not all top teams will allow them to get away with this!

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.05.18 09:29:56 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 4) : I agree, looks like they are trying to play too much if one can put it that way. In some situations you just have to go down with the ball and set up another phase instead of going for the 50/50 offload.

    Next 2 games will make or break the season, tough schedule ahead in regards with traveling as well as opposition.

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.05.18 09:42:25 by Quintin Reply

  • @JD (Comment 4) : I applaud the intent to keep the ball alive. Just need to better decision making when its on or not.

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.05.18 09:47:15 by Bokhoring Reply
  • it was not pretty but we won…

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.05.18 09:48:22 by Darius de Lange Reply

  • Phillip dropped at least 3 easy passes. Not sure where his hands went. Hoping akker isn’t too injured.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.05.18 09:55:21 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • I also think we are trying to force too much on attack and don’t have the balance to temper it with some calm rational play. We see bits and pieces of the overall gameplan not the whole plan as the guys either get rattled and revert it are in n some cases too thickheaded to stick to it. For me the game against the Canes showed the biggest glimpse of the team based plan. And how good did that look? I want too see more of that more often. Must be frustrating for the coaches who know and see this in practice just to watch it thrown away in game.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.05.18 09:59:07 by coolfusion Reply

  • I can see the type of rugby the Sharks are trying to play in terms of trying to keep the ball alive and having their big guys running onto the ball in unstructured play. The problems are coming when the guys are making bad decisions and trying to offload at all costs. Sometimes they just need to create a ruck and not try a crazy offload and lose the ball. We do still defend very narrow and better teams will exploit that

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.05.18 10:00:46 by SheldonK Reply

  • nothing ventured nothing gained. I think the more they go for it and make they mistakes the more they will learn from it and get better at doing it.
    sure as shit beats the kicking crap we have tried over the years.

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.05.18 01:19:10 by Poisy Reply
  • My greater concern is not our attack, but more our defense against certain tactics.

    If you look at our loses, teams exploit certain weaknesses.

    Any news on the team that left/is leaving for arg ?

    IMHO, we beat the jags by bludgeoning them in the forwards and hopefully scrum and move it wide when we earned it, or late in the game.

    I dont really see the jags playing kick and chase much, but you never know, they do have good scrummies.

    interesting that sanchez has decided to go back to play in france next year, with Hernandez retired they will be stuck with inexperienced fh in sr but sanchez will play for the pumas at the wc if fit.

    Another interesting story: who will be the coach at the stormers next year cause no way they keep fleckie now ? My moneys on a ozzy or NZ coach, maybe robbie dean returns from japan. who knows, that team does have ability. We are all lucky eddie got poached by the poms lol. although eddies brand of coaching seems to burn bright and burn fast.

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.05.18 02:51:41 by revolverocelot Reply

  • I’m not arguing the new plan. But they very quickly abandon it in game. It will never be mastered if they don’t perservere and show faith.

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.05.18 08:12:32 by coolfusion Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 12) : My money is on Alistar Coetzee,suported by his gat gabber Proudfoot,

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.05.18 13:23:23 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 14) : lol do you think they will come back to sa soon ? I figure they are both tired of sa rugby and want to have a bit of fun coaching in japan for at least two years before heading back.

    Stormers have on paper a really good team, with some flaws, the wheels have come off of late. they will have to regroup for next year, maybe their Kiwi backline coach gets promoted ?

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.05.18 20:34:56 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 12) : if England does not improve fast Eddie might be available soon!!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.05.18 23:37:48 by JD Reply
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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 15) : With there being a bit of unhappiness in the Cape in wouldn’t mind us trying to get our hands on some of their reserve tight forwards. That tight 5 is top quality and they have quality props for days.

    Maybe Malherbe would come up the coast and give thomas a bit of time off as well as a good mentor.

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.05.18 08:53:19 by Byron Wright Reply

  • @Byron Wright (Comment 17) : think maybe Coenie is helping Tank but yes another prop or 2 could help Beast and co!

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.05.18 09:11:22 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 18) : You most likely correct because who has better experience of the switch than Coenie! I haven’t been sold on Schoeman when he has played but it can be tough to live up to the beasts standards

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.05.18 11:49:24 by Byron Wright Reply

  • Anyone have any info on the sharks squad flying to Arg? The Sharks official website is void of any actual information as per usual.

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.05.18 12:54:10 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Byron Wright (Comment 17) : There is a young extremely talented prop at Fish Hoek High School named David Alfonso ( not sure of surname)- 110 kg 1.78m 20yrs old. Good scrumming, fast and strong. Can play both sides of scrum. If any Sharks scouts on here have a look at this guy.

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.05.18 13:06:03 by sudhir Reply

  • @sudhir (Comment 21) : 20yrs old at High School? Eish not exactly Einstein is he

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.05.18 13:14:30 by SheldonK Reply

  • No. Age is a issue. And WP selectors only look at the top 3 or 4 schools for their craven week sides.

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.05.18 13:16:51 by sudhir Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 22) : He was approached by someone claiming to be a sharks scout last year but not sure if that person was 1 or not.

  • Comment 24, posted at 23.05.18 13:22:42 by sudhir Reply

  • @sudhir (Comment 23) : Problem is at that age a lot of his peers in same age group have been playing out of school rugby for a couple years which probably gives them an advantage over him in terms of development etc. Think Unions may shy away from him unless they really see something special

  • Comment 25, posted at 23.05.18 13:33:39 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Byron Wright (Comment 17) : I always thought that John Hubert Meyer has just as good a shot as du Toit to become the next TH given the same exposure and training and attention as Thomas.

  • Comment 26, posted at 23.05.18 14:24:54 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 26) : He just needs to get in shape. I think he can afford to pack on some hard muscle.

  • Comment 27, posted at 23.05.18 14:27:16 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Byron Wright (Comment 17) : Malherbe already signed for Stormers for 2019. Better move would be to try and outbid the bulls for Vincent Koch end of 2018.

  • Comment 28, posted at 23.05.18 14:43:46 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 28) : Meyer has looked good when he has come on but was given so few opportunities. Koch would be a great buy

  • Comment 29, posted at 23.05.18 14:48:59 by Byron Wright Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 28) : Or chat with WP Nel (signed till 2019 I think) or if we are Lucky and good enough bat negotiation talk to the Argie, Hererra. Beast Akker Koch/Hererra next to each other. Just imagine.

  • Comment 30, posted at 23.05.18 14:51:18 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 28) : I wouldnt give up on that prop from fish hoek, if he works hard and finds the correct small union he could have a decent pro career, depends on what his other options for making money are, maybe his parents run a company etc.

    I really like JHM, didnt know much about him, when he got too us I figured he was young but just looked old but then I did my research and read up about his ban for testing positive for steriods, he was highly rated by WP, and yes on tv he looks like the opposite of a cardio machine, but in person his in decent shape, also his a tight head, I was always surpised at the shape adriaanse (our old tight head that left for france) was in, but he was consistent in the scrum and decent around the park, his old brother whose now with the lions the same, then again this is modern rugby and you want all 15 okes on the park to be able to run and shift around swiftly on defense.

    if we go for vincent and counie comes back then we have tank, counie and vincent at tight head, and only really beast at loose head cause juan schoeman stuggles, and majola is promising but raw, so I doubt we will go that root, as much as o love vincent the prop, was cant move tank back to loose head again, thats not on.

    Side not lions young fullback Juan luc cilliers looks a promising prospect, lots of quality in the lions second team in the src

  • Comment 31, posted at 23.05.18 14:59:26 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 30) : WP Nel is ‘Scottish’.

  • Comment 32, posted at 23.05.18 15:16:50 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 32) : Yup just like Grant Hattingh will soon be Japanese :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 33, posted at 23.05.18 16:06:32 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 33) : And Wiehahn Herbst will be Irish.

  • Comment 34, posted at 23.05.18 16:09:42 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 34) : Their adopted heritage flowing strongly through those names… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 35, posted at 23.05.18 16:15:21 by SheldonK Reply

  • I see the Sharks have named the same 23 as they had against the Chiefs for the match against the Jaguares

  • Comment 36, posted at 23.05.18 16:18:06 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 36) : Well apart from bringing v Wyk back and starting wright can’t see Rob Fielding a stronger side. So this is probably the teamsheet for the rest of series. And to be honest if we can’t make the new style work with these guys then who?

  • Comment 37, posted at 23.05.18 17:30:17 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Byron Wright (Comment 19) : ja personally I really don’t think Schoeman is the answer as replacement for Beast. That said I don’t think any of the other options currently available at the Sharks is better than Schoeman so yes Sharks needs to open the check book and buy one or two props.
    I seriously hope that playing against Jaguares (in Argentina) Schoeman will show us we are wrong and that he’s better than we said!!! Also Tank will have a huge test and will show us if the recent form he showed is due to him improving or was it just “weak” opposition.

  • Comment 38, posted at 23.05.18 21:12:47 by JD Reply
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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 31) : when was JHM banned? Can’t find any info on that? And yes on tv the props looks a bit out of shape but seeing them in real live it’s clear that these guys work hard and are in really good shape!!!

  • Comment 39, posted at 23.05.18 21:37:53 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 39) : apologies, thinking about a completely differently prop, all this talk of props.

    its odd that johnny looks so old but is the same age as tank and yet doesnt get half the push as tank does, same high, but different physiology thank looks way more solid in person and on tv than johnny, but like I said, maybe all you need is for props to perform like athlete and not just look like fitness models, for example spies looked like a fitness model, duane vermualan played like a athlete

  • Comment 40, posted at 23.05.18 23:23:24 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 40) : no problem. Yes JHM is also sti a youngster and I really rate him as a prospect if give enough opportunity to develop.

  • Comment 41, posted at 28.05.18 19:21:25 by JD Reply
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