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Sharks back on track

2011-04-10 18:08

Christo Buchner

Durban - It was a Super Saturday for the Sharks.

Not only did they claim five valuable log points by beating the Lions by 27-3 in their Super Rugby contest, but the Crusaders and Reds did them a massive favour by defeating the Bulls and Stormers respectively.

The Sharks are now back in contention in the South African Conference, after being in danger of slipping further down the ladder.

Scrumhalf Charl McCleod scored a bonus point try with the last move of the game.

In his 200th match for the Sharks, Stefan Terblanche produced an outstanding performance.

However, it was a game littered with errors, with even the winning team looking a tad ugly at times.

The Lions played mind games with their team selection, and in the end it was Elton Jantjies, and not André Pretorius who started at flyhalf.

The decision to promote Jantjies backfired badly, with the flyhalf making numerous blunders within the first twenty minutes of the game, and looking completely out of his depth in the Sharktank.

The Sharks lead comfortably by 17-3 at halftime, scoring three tries in the first period. But, it was more a reflection of how poor the Lions performed, than the prowess of the home side.

Louis Ludik scored first for the Sharks against his old team, in what was surely one of his best games in a Sharks jersey.

The second try, by another former Lion, Willem Alberts, was started by a JP Pietersen brake from inside his own half, after the Lions meekly surrendered the ball.

The siren for halftime had already gone when Jacques-Louis Potgieter chipped a cross-kick into JP Pietersen’s hands for the winger to contemptuously shrug off replacement fullback Jaco Taute’s attempted tackle to score in the corner.

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Comments
  • Carl Muller - 2011-04-10 18:27

    Only S A team to win this weekend. Congratulations. Bulls forever!

      Didier Peinke - 2011-04-11 08:40

      Huh U know that Bulls lost with zero!

      Mojojo - 2011-04-11 11:51

      Ahm, they played another SA Team.

  • Rob - 2011-04-10 19:40

    Well done Sharkies!! Enjoy your rest this next weekend

  • Gavin Bird - 2011-04-10 19:48

    A JP Pietersen "brake"? Surely he did not have his brakes on because the broke the line beautifully. What a break...

      John Paterson - 2011-04-11 08:39

      I reckon media24 should sticky note an advertisement for an online editor on each article. These guys are shocking...

  • Dal2000 - 2011-04-10 20:12

    His brakes seem to not have worked all that well cause he went all the way over the try line!

  • Derrick Palterman - 2011-04-10 20:50

    Thank you Lions for playing Elton Jantjies. We were worried he might just start to perform.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-11 08:56

      ...Elton Jantjies = weakest link in Lion team....

  • rugby_guru - 2011-04-10 20:51

    Nice games but as I said before the lions are their own worst enemy.. And that's the truth of it, we surely do not need big heads over this game, and we certainly should have got a few more tries, twice in the second half we should have scored quite easly.. It seems like the only team in this compo that is playing assertive rugby is the saders, they just seem to all be in such sync.. If carter played at least 15 points would have been added to the bulls loss making it closer to 41 0 and I'm sure they would have scored a few more tries... Let's see how stormers pair up, it will be an intresting match, look out for those dummy runners, they rattled us... I'd love the sharks to win the cup as any other team would, but if we can't I hope it stays in sa though, as we need that as a heads up going into the wc in nz which my friends is around 150 days time ? Woooooooopaaaaaa, pvd you better man up to the job and do not do what ludeke is doing by being given a team and having no clue what to do with them and keep saying as you do, nothing is wrong... Pick wisely because we should win this compo hands down... Forget the contracted players and pick with your head not with what you hope would happen as has happend in the past, we living in the now and that's what we need to focus on who currently is the best outfit for the country, don't let the country down because you don't have the balls to make choices for yourself... Pick the best, don't be a fool

  • DUANEROCKS - 2011-04-10 21:34

    Here's my team for the worldcup, what do you guys think? 15) Zane Kirchner 14)Bjorn Basson 13) Wynand Olivier 12) Jacques Fourie 11) Mvovo 10) Morne Steyn 9) Fourie 8) Pierre Spies 7) Alberts 6) Schalk Burger 5)Victor 4) Bakkies 3) Beast 2) Gary Botha 1) Guthro

      Shik - 2011-04-10 21:49

      I'd definitly have Bismark in there!

      Martin - 2011-04-10 22:08

      KAK! except 1,3,6,7,9 and 11 although Fourie needs to find form soon.

      Mpuma Fred - 2011-04-10 22:11

      clearly a Bulls supporters. I agree with Martin - however 9?

      DUANEROCKS - 2011-04-10 22:12

      Martin, jy gaan nie kom vloek hierso nie hoor. Ek klap vir jou dat jou ore sing.

      DUANEROCKS - 2011-04-10 22:24

      Mpuma fat ass, who do you want at 9? Duane Vermeulen?

      DUANEROCKS - 2011-04-10 22:24

      Mpuma fat ass, who do you want at 9? Duane Vermeulen?

      DUANEROCKS - 2011-04-10 22:27

      @Mpuma Fred So wie wil jy op 9 he vetgat? Duane Vermeulen seker

      Malcolm - 2011-04-10 23:05

      What a k@k team! Kirchner, Olivier, Steyn, Du Preez, Spies, Victor, Bakkies and Guthro should be nowhere near a Bok team on current form! You're obviously a Bulls supporter Duane. Even your threat against Martin makes it obvious you're a Bulls supporter! Well guess what Duane? 27-0. Enough said....

      Malcolm - 2011-04-10 23:05

      What a k@k team! Kirchner, Olivier, Steyn, Du Preez, Spies, Victor, Bakkies and Guthro should be nowhere near a Bok team on current form! You're obviously a Bulls supporter Duane. Even your threat against Martin makes it obvious you're a Bulls supporter! Well guess what Duane? 27-0. Enough said....

      Malcolm - 2011-04-10 23:05

      What a k@k team! Kirchner, Olivier, Steyn, Du Preez, Spies, Victor, Bakkies and Guthro should be nowhere near a Bok team on current form! You're obviously a Bulls supporter Duane. Even your threat against Martin makes it obvious you're a Bulls supporter! Well guess what Duane? 27-0. Enough said....

      Malcolm - 2011-04-10 23:06

      What a k@k team! Kirchner, Olivier, Steyn, Du Preez, Spies, Victor, Bakkies and Guthro should be nowhere near a Bok team on current form! You're obviously a Bulls supporter Duane. Even your threat against Martin makes it obvious you're a Bulls supporter! Well guess what Duane? 27-0. Enough said....

      Malcolm - 2011-04-10 23:06

      What a k@k team! Kirchner, Olivier, Steyn, Du Preez, Spies, Victor, Bakkies and Guthro should be nowhere near a Bok team on current form! You're obviously a Bulls supporter Duane. Even your threat against Martin makes it obvious you're a Bulls supporter! Well guess what Duane? 27-0. Enough said....

      Malcolm - 2011-04-10 23:09

      What a k@k team! Kirchner, Olivier, Steyn, Du Preez, Spies, Victor, Bakkies and Guthro should be nowhere near a Bok team on current form! You're obviously a Bulls supporter Duane. Even your threat against Martin makes it obvious you're a Bulls supporter! Well guess what Duane? 27-0. Enough said....

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-04-11 06:46

      @ Duanerocks....you're not being serious!!!? This is nearly the same team that went down 27 - 0!

      ShaunSwindon@24.com - 2011-04-11 06:57

      This would be my 30 Man squad to win the William Webb Ellis trophy..... 15. Francois Steyn / Gio Aplon. 14. J.P. Pieterson / Francois Hougaard. 13. Jacques Fourie / Marius Joubert. 12. Jean De Villiers / Patrick Lambie. 11. Bryan Habana / Lwazi Mvovo. 10. Butch James / Peter Grant. 9. Fourie Du Preez / Ruan Pienaar. 8. Pierre Spies / Ryan Kankowski. 7. Juan Smith / Willem Alberts. 6. Schalk Burger / Jean Deysel. 5. Victor Matfield / Andries Bekker. 4. Bakkies Botha / Danie Rossouw. 3. Jannie Du Plessis / B.J. Botha. 2. John Smit (c) / Bismark Du Plessis. 1. C.J. Van Der Linde / Beast Mtawarira.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-11 07:58

      You all know that the NIC STEALER has been at it - using my name.......sigh. Anyone who knows me, would know that I would rather chomp blades than have ANY of those Bulls boys close to a Bok team....ignore old Effel (stealing nics and causing havoc is what he calls therapy)

      Outpost - 2011-04-11 08:26

      You clearly know nothing about rugby??? Is this a team for the World Cup 4 years ago? I would only pick 3 of these idiots in my team at the moment on current form. This will be no. 12 but play him at his normal position of 13, 7 (Alberts, most likely the best player in S.A. at the moment and no. 3). How is this for a team: 15) Stefan Terreblanche / Patrick Lambie 14) J.P. Pietersen 13) Jacque Fourie 12) Jean de Villiers 11) Lwazi Mvovo 10) Morne Steyn / Peter Grant 9) Sarel Pretorius 8) Duane Vermeulen 7) Willem Alberts 6) Heinrich Brussouw 5) Andries Bekker 4) Steven Sykes 3) Beast 2) Bismarck du Plessis 1) Guthro Steenkamp / Coenie Oosthuizen

      werner.coetzer - 2011-04-11 08:42

      Na die naweek sien mense nog die bul spelers as potensiaal vir die bok span?

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-11 08:50

      ..Duanne Vermeulen..?? ....ag no man..!! .........ha ha ha ha ha..!!!

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-11 08:54

      ...to many Stormers in that team... ......Stormers = 11 year losers....

      Hercules - 2011-04-11 09:00

      Duane & Shaun & Oupost. Most of these choices make sense, however for the world cup we have to put team loyalties aside. Picking a team now I'd go with Shauns 30 player structure for some flexibility. Therefore..my choices 15. Gio Aplon/ Stefan Terblanche 14. J.P. Pieterson / Francois Hougaard. 13.Jaques Fourie/Wynand Olivier 12. Jean De Villiers/Meyer Bosman 11. Lwazi Mvovo/ 10. Peter Grant/Pat Lambie 9. Jarno Vermaak/Fourie du Preez 8. Ryan Kankowski/Duane Vermeulen 7. Willem Alberts/ Derrick Minnie 6. Schalk Burger/ Keegan Daniel 5. Victor Matfield/Andries Bekker 4. Bakkies Botha/ Anton van Zyl 3. Jannie Du Plessis/ Werner (Bulls) 2. Bismarck du Plessis/ John Smit 1. Beast Mtwarira/Guthro steenkamp

      John Paterson - 2011-04-11 09:04

      Ha ha, Duane obviously can't take negative criticism. And Malcolm has a sticky Return button. But seriously Duane, you think that team is the best team available? Really? I'd give you a bit of latitude if we were talking about reputation, but on form, sjeesh pal... Bulls are, by and large, THE worst performing team (maybe on a par with Brumbies) in Super Rugby. By that I mean performances vs. talent in the team. I wouldn't pick many of them to represent the country at the moment.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-11 09:11

      Dear readers, the "bulls fans that is EFFEL stole my old nic......and obviously had some fun with it....) This chaps, would NOT be my team even if forced to make a selection at knifepoint......end of......Kirchner, Olivier, Steyn, Du Preez, SPIES, Victor, Bakkies would not SNIFF my team......

      Spiral - 2011-04-11 11:36

      You must be on drugs, Olivier, Spies, Basson..........Please man you must ne a BB.

      Rob - 2011-04-11 11:48

      No doubt the 'rocks' are what you have in your head

      DUANEROCKS - 2011-04-11 16:29

      @ Mike@CapeT Jou PK is naby ou beesblaas

      Chadwick - 2011-04-12 07:51

      I think Zane Kirchner has to go. He's not good for much other than kicking the ball. Which often results bad, as we saw against the Crusaders.

  • Malcolm - 2011-04-10 23:07

    @Duane: What a k@k team! Kirchner, Olivier, Steyn, Du Preez, Spies, Victor, Bakkies and Guthro should be nowhere near a Bok team on current form! You're obviously a Bulls supporter Duane. Even your threat against Martin makes it obvious you're a Bulls supporter! Well guess what Duane? 27-0. Enough said....

      DUANEROCKS - 2011-04-10 23:45

      Malcolm, when last have you had a PK?

      Lloyd - 2011-04-11 06:03

      DUANEROCKS, you are not such a big bitch as I thought you were.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-11 09:56

      @Malcolm... Stormers = 11 faders / losers .......enough said....

  • Lloyd - 2011-04-11 06:04

    They beat the blind school now they are back on track. Really now.

      Jik - 2011-04-11 09:05

      Still choking on that 40 odd nil defeat.. bwahahha.. your team is useless..

      Lloyd - 2011-04-11 10:17

      My team = 3xSuper rugby titles. Your team = fokkol.

  • riaandp2007 - 2011-04-11 07:03

    @duanerocks.Not a bad side mate.What about Jean de Villers and Frans Steyn?

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-11 08:00

      Mate, it is a shocking side.....woeful and enough to make the Kiwis declare themselves UNBEATABLE come WC. These clowns should not be playing S15 (Olivier, Spies) never mind Bok rugby....eeeeeuw.

      Bootman - 2011-04-11 10:16

      Saffa, he calls himself Duanerocks and then doesnt have Duane in his team.....

  • Anneleen - 2011-04-11 08:34

    Well done, SUPER SHARKS!!!!!!!!!!

      thumper - 2011-04-11 09:00

      Yes, well done to the sharks for beating the worst team in the competition. Clearly Championship material!

  • Sh@rks Fever - 2011-04-11 09:10

    Well done Sharks. From a log point of view. Great!!!. Back on track. From a South African point of view, not happy the Bulls and Stormers lost. Chettahs came so close for 2 weeks now. Everyone will bounce back though. My World Cup team since everyone has an opinion. 15. Aplon, Steyn 14. JP, Ndungane 13. Fourie, De Jongh 12. De Villiers, Doppies 11. Mvovo, Killian 10. Lambie, Grant 9. Pretorius, Pienaar 8. Alberts, Vermeulen 7, Louw, Deysel 6. Burger(C), Brussouw/Daniels 5. Bekker, Matfield 4. Hargreeves, Alstead 3. Jannie, WP Nel 2. Bismarck, Deon Fourie, Maku 1. Beast, C Oosthuyzen. Guthro 7 games now the Bulls haven't impressed. If they do I wouldn't hesitate to play the likes of Spies, Du Preez, etc.

      rugby_guru - 2011-04-11 10:11

      Not to be funny, I love frans steyn, but he is not performing and not been in SA rugby, I would love to have pienaar at 9th, however he has not been playing SA rugby, it's hard to include him, maybe it willbe good, maybe it wont? But a good selection...

      Spiral - 2011-04-11 11:50

      What about your cappie. Stephan is now the best fullback out there. For those bloggers out there who still thinks that Francois Steyn should be in the Bok side........please man catch a wake up. I also don't agree with Pienaar but will deffinately go with Pretorius. Bismarck must just learn how to control himself he is tarting to become like Bakkies.I will however still go with Bakkies instaed of Hargreeves. I really hope Brussouw will be fit and ready for the WC he can be a game breaker. I would also suggest to use Ludick as a wing.

      rugby_guru - 2011-04-11 15:43

      Brussouw is a just mind blowing in how good he actually is.. I don't agree than Frans must play, however currently I am sure he would be a better flyhalf than Morne Steyn. Bakkies has a diciplin problem, but can still play rugby, is it a gamble to start our first WC game with 14 men? hard decision..

  • Sh@rks Fever - 2011-04-11 09:10

    Well done Sharks. From a log point of view. Great!!!. Back on track. From a South African point of view, not happy the Bulls and Stormers lost. Chettahs came so close for 2 weeks now. Everyone will bounce back though. My World Cup team since everyone has an opinion. 15. Aplon, Steyn 14. JP, Ndungane 13. Fourie, De Jongh 12. De Villiers, Doppies 11. Mvovo, Killian 10. Lambie, Grant 9. Pretorius, Pienaar 8. Alberts, Vermeulen 7, Louw, Deysel 6. Burger(C), Brussouw/Daniels 5. Bekker, Matfield 4. Hargreeves, Alstead 3. Jannie, WP Nel 2. Bismarck, Deon Fourie, Maku 1. Beast, C Oosthuyzen. Guthro 7 games now the Bulls haven't impressed. If they do I wouldn't hesitate to play the likes of Spies, Du Preez, etc.

  • Sh@rks Fever - 2011-04-11 09:11

    Well done Sharks. From a log point of view. Great!!!. Back on track. From a South African point of view, not happy the Bulls and Stormers lost. Chettahs came so close for 2 weeks now. Everyone will bounce back though. My World Cup team since everyone has an opinion. 15. Aplon, Steyn 14. JP, Ndungane 13. Fourie, De Jongh 12. De Villiers, Doppies 11. Mvovo, Killian 10. Lambie, Grant 9. Pretorius, Pienaar 8. Alberts, Vermeulen 7, Louw, Deysel 6. Burger(C), Brussouw/Daniels 5. Bekker, Matfield 4. Hargreeves, Alstead 3. Jannie, WP Nel 2. Bismarck, Deon Fourie, Maku 1. Beast, C Oosthuyzen. Guthro 7 games now the Bulls haven't impressed. If they do I wouldn't hesitate to play the likes of Spies, Du Preez, etc.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-11 09:58

      ...THANK GOODNESS YOU ARE NOT A SELECTOR...!!!! ......HA HA HA HA..!!!

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-11 09:58

      ...THANK GOODNESS YOU ARE NOT A SELECTOR...!!!! ......HA HA HA HA..!!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-11 10:02

      @JohnnyBB - and still you refuse to see? You would seriously start with Spies, Olivier, Matfield, Bakkies etc if we were to play a WC semi final against the AB's tomm? LOLLLLLLLLLL - their ain't no cure for stupid - if there was I could have helped you...

  • Sh@rks Fever - 2011-04-11 09:11

    Well done Sharks. From a log point of view. Great!!!. Back on track. From a South African point of view, not happy the Bulls and Stormers lost. Chettahs came so close for 2 weeks now. Everyone will bounce back though. My World Cup team since everyone has an opinion. 15. Aplon, Steyn 14. JP, Ndungane 13. Fourie, De Jongh 12. De Villiers, Doppies 11. Mvovo, Killian 10. Lambie, Grant 9. Pretorius, Pienaar 8. Alberts, Vermeulen 7, Louw, Deysel 6. Burger(C), Brussouw/Daniels 5. Bekker, Matfield 4. Hargreeves, Alstead 3. Jannie, WP Nel 2. Bismarck, Deon Fourie, Maku 1. Beast, C Oosthuyzen. Guthro 7 games now the Bulls haven't impressed. If they do I wouldn't hesitate to play the likes of Spies, Du Preez, etc.

  • Sh@rks Fever - 2011-04-11 09:12

    Well done Sharks. From a log point of view. Great!!!. Back on track. From a South African point of view, not happy the Bulls and Stormers lost. Chettahs came so close for 2 weeks now. Everyone will bounce back though. My World Cup team since everyone has an opinion. 15. Aplon, Steyn 14. JP, Ndungane 13. Fourie, De Jongh 12. De Villiers, Doppies 11. Mvovo, Killian 10. Lambie, Grant 9. Pretorius, Pienaar 8. Alberts, Vermeulen 7, Louw, Deysel 6. Burger(C), Brussouw/Daniels 5. Bekker, Matfield 4. Hargreeves, Alstead 3. Jannie, WP Nel 2. Bismarck, Deon Fourie, Maku 1. Beast, C Oosthuyzen. Guthro 7 games now the Bulls haven't impressed. If they do I wouldn't hesitate to play the likes of Spies, Du Preez, etc.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-11 09:59

      ...THANK GOODNESS YOU ARE NOT A SELECTOR...!! ....HA HA HA HA HA ..!!!

      Marx - 2011-04-11 10:34

      Is it really necessary to post 11 times.....you're team will never realise, the Bulls are nowhere, true, but you still need combinations that will actually work and have played together at the highest test level, the upside of this is, rather play hopeless now and regain form, than playing brilliant now and sucking at the world cup. We had a brilliant S14 last year with two teams in the final, but we sucked in the tri-nations !!!

  • Anneleen - 2011-04-11 09:14

    Go Sharks!!! Go SHARKS!!! Yes, to me SHARKS are champions-they made a decent comeback against the Crusaders.

  • Daniel - 2011-04-11 09:47

    Well done Sharks. Lets hope the Stormers & Bulls have got the 'bad' game out the way now and start playing decent rugby next week.

  • o Great one - 2011-04-11 11:00

    "Mount to nothing" (Mtn) Lions need to be kicked out of super rugby. They are a disgrace for all their supporters all 5 of us

      Spiral - 2011-04-11 11:56

      If you are such a great supporter trhen why put in a comment like this. I am also a Lions Supprter but will never ever support another team. I know that they make us die moer in but I will never say the things you are saying. I will support the Lions until the day I die. I use to sell programs at Ellis Park as a laaitie and have a real passion for this side. I know that they will make a comeback.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-11 12:03

      @O great one - I don't think you're a fan dude....I think you're a rugby watcher.

      rugby_guru - 2011-04-11 15:45

      o Dumb one: True supporter are we? I bet I go to Ellis Park more often than you to watch Lions play and I don't even support them, however after moving to JHB I decided I will still watch rugby if I can't watch my bois play at the Tank... you make me sick!

      o Great one - 2011-04-12 11:44

      Rugby Guru u missed spelled my name its o_great one (but u can call me master) its call Coca-cola park i cant make you sick its called to much brandy and coke my friend, that will make you sick o its call boys not bois

  • Gilgamesh - 2011-04-11 11:56

    The only way we would be able to get a good Bok side on the field is if we had a foreign coach who has no provincial bias picking the side. Everyone's choices above are skewed towards the team they support. PdV can't see past his old boys and they are certainly not going to do it for us. Charl won the Masters because he doesn't have bungling idiots in charge of him. He probably would have missed selection! I think we are going to learn a horrible lesson this WC, and it won't be because we don't have the players. The only way to get rid of our clown of a coach will be to lose this WC in bad fashion, which is the likely result with him in charge. I don't know how we have managed to win what we have with so much going against us.

  • wicusburger - 2011-04-11 13:38

    http://thewicusburger.wordpress.com/2011/04/11/dear-lions-players/

  • Tracer - 2011-04-11 14:09

    I'm quite curious as to when Plumtree is going to recognise that Potgieter can't kick for sh*t???

      rugby_guru - 2011-04-11 15:48

      BWHAHAHAHHA, he kicked us out the Semi Finals when he played for the Cheethas, he looked pretty good whenhe played for the bulls last season in the Currie Cup, I think its all very knew for him, moving to DBN, playing for a new team, its lank pressure, and I am sure he can find it... I trust Plumtree and if he says he has faith in him, then i'll wait for that.. He has enough common sense to bench Smit when he feels it is needed so I am sure he have a good understand on JLP's game plan.. He did prevent us from getting 39/44 loss to Saders and probably less if he actually tackled them, 2 tries less, however he did score against the saders, so lets give him a break, as Lambie is back in action, but we need a backup flyhalf... But you right, some skills one cannot just develop, so I hope JLP doesn't have this problem and he can get his kicks in order.. It's not about kicking straight either, one needs to know how to bend a ball, just like we do in golf, so lets see..

  • DUANEROCKS - 2011-04-11 16:16

    @Bootman Gaan maak jou k@k, low-life aanmerkings saam met jou gomsnuif bende man.

  • DUANEROCKS - 2011-04-11 16:16

    Ek moet erken ek stap so nou en dan skommel skommel in die kantoor in.

  • Player23 - 2011-04-12 10:27

    A Completely Objective Springbok Team. 15 Steyn/ Kirchner 14 JPP/ Aplon 13 Fourie / De Jongh 12 Jean / Butch 11 Habana (if he finds his form) / Hougard 10 Grant/Morne 9 FDP/ Ruan 8 Russouw/ Spies 7 Juan/ Willem 6 Burger/ Brussouw 5 Matfield / Bekker 4 Bakkies / Flip 3 Jannie/ CJ 2 Bismarck/Smit 1 Beast/ Gurthro

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