Sharks book Durban final

2010-10-16 16:53

Brenden Nel - SuperSport

Durban - The Sharks will host the Absa Currie Cup final on October 30 after putting in a massive display to beat the Vodacom Blue Bulls 16-12 in one of the most physical semi-finals seen in the competition’s history.

It was a truly bizarre afternoon in Durban, when first the game was delayed because of a swarm of bees that settled on the field, forcing the kickoff to be 40 minutes later.

Then a mild rainstorm turned into a monsoon downpour as the game headed to its climax but through it all it was the Sharks who kept their nerve to seal a famous victory.

The fact that it was 20 years to the day that they upset the Blue Bulls in the famous 1990 Currie Cup final at Loftus Versfeld will bring a smile to Sharks fans. John Plumtree’s team held the ball for most of the game, tore into the Bulls both on attack and defence and were deserved victors when the final whistle was blown.

A telling moment came in the last five minutes, as the Bulls reveled in the wet and found their rhythm, but the Sharks defence held them out twice with monstrous heart and big tackles to deny the champions another crack at the title.

The Bulls will be wondering where it went wrong, but in essence they couldn’t get into gear. The old adage that you only play as good as your opposition allows you is certainly applicable to this Durban game.

In the end Frans Ludeke’s team will rue the amount of errors and some poor decision making that cost them the match and the chance of doing the triple in one season. The Vodacom Cup and Vodacom Super 14 trophies may lie at Loftus Versfeld, but for the Bulls, the Absa Currie Cup is lost for another year.

Still, the Sharks knew all too well that they would have to front up physically if they were to beat a Springbok-laden side like the Bulls. And this they did. Willem Alberts, Bismarck du Plessis and Jannie du Plessis in particular looked exceptional, and don’t be surprised if Alberts gets the nod for the Grand Slam tour next month.

Things went wrong for the defending champs from the beginning, as they lost the kickoff and were immediately on the back foot. Within three minutes, Keegan Daniels had taken an inside pass from Charl McLeod to scamper through around the fringes for the opening try.

With 10 minutes gone, it seemed the Bulls had hardly touched the ball. Forty Seven tackles in that time showed the Sharks ascendancy and it is seldom you see a Bulls side struggle to get hold of the ball like they did in this game.

Morne Steyn’s boot kept the Bulls in touch, as Patrick Lambie was on song with the few opportunities he was presented. 10-6 at the break may have been a good scoreline for the Bulls, but it was far from a telling tale of the Sharks ascendancy throughout the first period.

It was clear the second half was going to be a massive arm wrestle, and both sides gave as good as they got. Lambie pushed the Sharks out to a seven point lead, but within minutes, Steyn reduced the lead to four points.

This see-saw battle continued unabated until eight minutes from the end, when the Bulls took the big call of pumping the ball into the corner, searching for the try and for a victory.

The Sharks held firm, putting bodies on the line and stopping the Bulls juggernaut with passion and pride.

And when the final whistle went, a drenched Absa Stadium erupted in unison to celebrate a famous history. The 1990 victory will always be remembered, but for the die-hard Sharks fans, this 2010 win will be remembered for a long time to come.


The Sharks - Try: Keegan Daniel. Conversion: Patrick Lambie. Penalties: Lambie (3).

Vodacom Blue Bulls - Penalties: Morne Steyn (4).


  • dbn - 2010-10-16 16:56

    Thats how its its done sharks GO BOYS

  • PeterM - 2010-10-16 17:01


  • Effie - 2010-10-16 17:01

    It's ok Bulls, we can't win everything all the time (which we basically did the last decade) Still got 2 out of 3 trophies

  • Sharks - 2010-10-16 17:02

    Sharks you beauties......

  • munkychunks - 2010-10-16 17:02

    YES! Season ticket, you are a good thing! Jammer bulle, dis was nie jou dag nie!

  • GeePMB - 2010-10-16 17:03

    Wait for the excuses from the big mouth bulle fans...

  • CD - 2010-10-16 17:05

    Ok Bulls bring on the excuses. Sharks played like the champs that they are.

  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-10-16 17:05

    VROT BULLE!!!!! Baie, Baie, Baie, Dankie Sharks.... Wee Pee groete...

  • Anton - 2010-10-16 17:08

    Waars al die Blou bulle nou ....hulle bekke is stil!!!!!Weldone Sharks Sharks 16 -Bokke 12 ...wat n klomp klagatte..kan nie met n Bokspan vol sterre eers die Sharks wen nie.......

  • Bulls Losers - 2010-10-16 17:09

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA the bulls lose and all this after the ref tried to help them. This made my weekend!

  • i cant stop laughing - 2010-10-16 17:12

    Wel well well... blou balle wie?? Did you o's not want to play? BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.. So close, your ignorance and your stupidity obviously....

  • Stan Almendro - 2010-10-16 17:12

    Well Done Sharks from a WEE PEE supporter The end of a BRAWN rugby fiasca and with the Brain rugby winning the day who knows the Bulls might just find that ALL BRAWN and NO BRAIN is not world class rugby. The world and South Africa have moved on from BRAWN to BRAIN Yes it is substituting the W with an I. We really did not need to show the world that the BRAWN of Pretoria continue to dominate the BRAINS of the world Viva The Sharks

  • Bulls Fan - 2010-10-16 17:12

    As a bulls fan well done to the sharks they showed guts,spirit and never say die attitude to beat the bulls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In general i am not surprised by the result the bulls lost the game in the first half!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In conclusion the blue bulls will not win next years super 15 cup by kicking possesion away like that. What morne did with that up and under has tarnished his reputation and i stand gracefully and conceide that elton janjties will eventually kick morne out of the bok squad soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bulletjie - 2010-10-16 17:13

    Well done to the sharks. I tried not to cry for my bolovered bulls, but a tear or two dropped. Lambie is definately a man for the worldcup. The bulls should definately look at another game plan. All this kicking is not the way to go. We should also look at a few younger lads for the worldcup. I think Victor(as much as i love you) should stay at home with John Smit and Danie Rossouw. Morne Steyn had his wonderfull year but with this type of rugby i see the himself and the bulls for that matter just goig downwards. My heart is sore but the best team won.

  • DougODurban - 2010-10-16 17:20

    You beauties..It's about to start snowing here!

  • Blue Jake - 2010-10-16 17:20

    Congratulations Sharks. You were the best team.

  • prt - 2010-10-16 17:28

    GO SHARKS GO.....

  • AB - 2010-10-16 17:32

    As a Sharks supporter, I can only thank Bulletjie on being a gracious loser, thats what being a true sportsman is all about. Now we must be gracious winners!

  • MIKE JJ from SHARKLAND - 2010-10-16 17:34


  • GeePMB - 2010-10-16 17:35

    @Bulletjie and Bulls fan: Thanks guys, you must be the only two REAL bulls fans on here. Gracious in defeat.

  • SHARK - 2010-10-16 17:41


  • georgie - 2010-10-16 17:45

    Well done Sharks pity about Wp supporters culture speaking out here in the most common way. Sorry Bulls not a good show

  • Love the bulls - 2010-10-16 17:55

    The only thing worse than a bad loser, is a bad winner. Well done sharks. We'll get you next time...

  • c - 2010-10-16 17:56

    Dankie tog! Ten spyte van ou Marius "Bloubril" Jonker is dit koebaai "Grootbek - 100 Times Lucky - Commin-Flou Bulletjies"! Erens moes dit kom dat selfs ou Andre "Doffelkop" Watson se Blouspan-refs ook nie meer vir julle kon red nie. Asseblief, kom ons beweeg nou vir eens en altyd finaal weg van hierdie koolkop-skop hoog-hol soos trop breinlose beeste-taktiek en speel RUGBY soos net die WP, Sharks en die Cheetahs kan doen. Asb. Bulls, gaan steek asb kers op by 'n sokkerspan soos Spanje en Real Madrid en Barcelona: Daar gaan dit eers oor HOE aantreklik jy speel, dan eers of jy wen!

  • Rico - 2010-10-16 17:57

    lol @ bulls. Now their supporters are all sanctimonious after the loss. This after the whole week telling us how they gonna win the CC again, and how none of the other 3 semi finalists got BMT. Lol, no thanks to your congrats. I got no beef with the players, but their supporters suck.

  • MIke JJ from Sharkland - 2010-10-16 18:03

    Proud of you guys, you played with guts and determination ..!!

  • Nick - 2010-10-16 18:05


  • Spoon - 2010-10-16 18:09

    Yeah Effie, rather live in the past. Your "A" team couldn't even score 1 try today. The bulls supporters have grown nice and cocky over the last decade. Feel the burn china! hahahaha!

  • dot - 2010-10-16 18:12

    Maak al die Bloubulle Botterbulletjies!

  • WP Supporter - 2010-10-16 18:16

    Well done sharks! This just shows that there are too many bulls in the bok team...

  • Mark - 2010-10-16 18:17

    Well done Sharks - you made my day and I had to eat humble pie, in that I doubted your BMT ! Well I think the Bull style rugby and an era is about to come to an end - as some one has already said on this thread, that the day of brawn rugby is now over - this game has now become a battle of intelligence - and the players who nurture this skill will be the champions of the future. Lambie at 19 years old showed a very cool head under pressure from the high ball - well done young man - i believe you have a bright future ahead of you. Bulls will probably go back to the laager, and wonder why skop, skiet and donner rugby no longer works. Good luck in playing catch up too the future of the modern game - Brains Rule !!

  • Bulleman - 2010-10-16 18:18

    Ons moet die kleiner unies ook 'n kans gee om die Curriebeker te wen

  • V. Zela - 2010-10-16 18:20

    @georgie What the hell are you trying to say?

  • Not right - 2010-10-16 18:31

    Its tough to play against the sharks and the ref...

  • Maestro - 2010-10-16 18:35

    Hard luck blue p****s, maybe you should all wear pink boots instead of your cute little yellow ones, Sharks gave u a can of whip ass, your are a one man team! Without Fourie u are just another team full of boneheads

  • WP - 2010-10-16 18:35

    Nou wa het al daai Bokkietjies van julle da gedoen?! Shame, nou wiet` ons hoekom onse bokkies soe gesukkel` het teen` N~Z en` die Aussies. Dankie Sharks

  • chris die bul - 2010-10-16 18:36

    dankie aan al die bul ondersteuners wat nie ons name met planke slaan hier nie. die sharks het goed gespeel en et verdien om te wen. ons kort definitief n ander gameplan ons sin suck op hierdie stadium. sorry my bulletjies maar ons kan seker nie altyd wen nie. well played sharks

  • WP - 2010-10-16 18:38

    Nou wa het al daai Bokkietjies van julle da gedoen?! Shame, nou wiet` ons hoekom onse bokkies soe gesukkel` het teen` N~Z en` die Aussies. Dankie Sharks

  • Silver Fox - 2010-10-16 18:44

    It Takes a " Currie Cup Champions " team to make the mighty Blue Bulls eat Humble Pie. Well done Sharks u deserve the Cup, any side facing the Sharks in the final, will have a sleepless week !! Go Sharks Go !!! We Know you did not waste your energy last weekend against WP

  • Shark1 - 2010-10-16 18:56

    Concrats to the Sharks & well done to the Bulls, we know how you guys are feeling right now. Been there done that. It's not the end of the world. SHARKS FOR EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • phillip - 2010-10-16 18:58

    go go go sharks............bring die koppie huis toe julle is die beste "make us proud" Well done

  • Leeutjie - 2010-10-16 18:59

    As you can see i support neither of the teams playing today. What bothers me is the personal attacks and swearing from some of you people. GW, you are digusting. The bulls had a few excellent seasons and well deserved but the tide has turned and it's time for something new. I think the other BIG four will show them a thing or 2 in the future. Province to win the cup. Please stop being personal, not all supporters from a province is bad and certainly i have met some bad supporters from all provinces.

  • Stormtrooper - 2010-10-16 19:01

    Quite surprised to see the humble comments from the Bulls supporters. Nice to see. Well done Sharks. Bulls were truly outplayed in every way today. The WP will see you in Durbs!

  • coen - 2010-10-16 19:07

    Who wants the Curriecup if you got the SUPER 14 CUP ? Sharks and WP can play for the peanuts. Blou Bulle BO !!!!!

  • Silver Fox - 2010-10-16 19:08

    @ Bulletjie..... Dankie, We will welcome you as a Sharks supporter

  • Blue Jake - 2010-10-16 19:17

    Blue Bulls, you were kak

  • hou by die blou - 2010-10-16 19:17

    well done sharks. julle was definitief die beste span op die veld. ek is 'n groot bul maar ek kani kla oor die ref nie. hy het goed geblaas. sharks het net meer honger gelyk. well done bulle dat julle sover gekom het sonder die bokke. ek hoop net die sharks kan my 'n guns doen en daai grootbek snoekkoppe wen.

  • Blue Bloke - 2010-10-16 19:18

    Bulls were beaten today it was a close match though only 4 points in it , congrats to the Sharks , Bulls will be back to defend super 14 title

  • effie - 2010-10-16 19:19

    Blue Bulls, you were kak

  • MM - 2010-10-16 19:20

    As a bulls supporter all i can say is that the sharks deserve to win the currie cup this year they have been the best team to watch this year.Their ball retention is unmatched and oh boy did i shed a tear or two inside watching my team get bullied.We lost the currie cup in bombela against the pumas................ I really feel sorry at the form pierre spies,victor and morne are showing i mean last year these players were world beaters now they look ordinary i wonder what happened can someone please tell me what the f is wrong with with the bulls bokke!!!!????????????