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Sharks get what they wanted

2011-04-11 14:12

Sharks captain John Smit summed it up perfectly after his team’s 27-3 win over the Lions in their Super Rugby match in Durban – “We got what we wanted.”

The five log points they packed into their kit-bags for winning and scoring four tries was always going to be more important than performance on a day that brought to an end the first phase of the season for the Sharks. They now go into their bye before returning on the Easter weekend for a clash with the Hurricanes at Mr Price Kings Park.

Importantly, the Sharks picked up their five log points on a day when their other chief rivals for top spot on the South African conference which will secure a guaranteed place in the semi-finals dropped games and failed to pick up a bonus point. Both the Stormers and the Bulls went down badly to the Reds and Crusaders respectively, which means the Sharks take their bye comfortably wedged between the two teams – four points behind the Stormers and four ahead of the Bulls.

There is a long way to go yet, but the Sharks, with four points for the bye guaranteed this weekend, will be hoping that the Lions can recover from the beating they took in Durban by fronting the Stormers in Johannesburg on Saturday while the Reds should be favoured to compound the misery of the Bulls when the two sides clash in Brisbane.

The Sharks tackle the Stormers the week after the Hurricanes clash and that is shaping as a big game in the future of both teams, as is the one between the Sharks and the Bulls in Durban in the second half of May.

For now though the Sharks will just be happy to be back on track for their coach John Plumtree was quite adamant last week that defeat could mean an end to their chances of challenging for a place at the top of the conference table. It also put to an end a sequence of three successive defeats and thus quashes talk of a potential crisis for the Sharks.

Five points was always the aim so it was touch and go for the Sharks in the second half, when they initially failed to capitalise on the ground they had made in the first half when they went up 17-3 and scored three tries. They had to wait until the last move of the match before scrumhalf Charl McLeod finally went over to secure the bonus.

Both teams attacked each other at the breakdowns, and there were a lot of turn-overs, with the Sharks profiting from the ones that came their way for the bulk of the first half tries. Perhaps the most pleasing aspect for the Sharks though will be the improved showing of a back division that looked a little one-dimensional and short of pace against the Stormers the previous week.

From both a Sharks and national viewpoint the return to form of JP Pietersen is a big bonus, and he played a prominent role in his team’s win as he continues to regain confidence. With so many other established Boks struggling at the moment, the form of Pietersen, Bismarck du Plessis and Willem Alberts gave the Springbok selectors reason for at least half a smile at the weekend.

The good news for the Sharks is that Patrick Lambie is expected to return at flyhalf for the matches against the Hurricanes and the Stormers, though there really wasn’t much wrong with the play of Jacques-Louis Potgieter at the weekend.

SuperSport

Comments
  • Anneleen - 2011-04-11 14:22

    Thank you SHARKS!!!!!

      DUANEROCKS - 2011-04-11 16:39

      Annelleentjie, nie stout wees nie hoor.

  • Steve - 2011-04-11 14:52

    Very proud to wear the "black & white" on Saturday! The game may not have been the best spectacle ever, but did give us a glimpse of the guts & determination that will see the Sharks being crowned champions by the end of the season!

      maloorsports - 2011-04-11 17:27

      Spot on Steve, and talking about guts and determination, I think it's worth mentioning Stefan Terblanche. He's still good enough for the Green and Gold.

      Jacques - 2011-04-11 22:59

      Steve, I think you got it wrong, it was not the REDS you have beaten this weekend it was that team that educate all the youngsters who they apparently sell to you, the stormers and the bulls. So do not get your hopes up yet, all you have proven so far is that you are a loosing team this year having been given a real rugby lesson by the stormers on your home ground. For the LIONS they must change their name, it gives them a false sense of security. I have no more hope for them, do not even have enough money to buy their own players back. I think they need a Russian billionaire or two and maybe some of those big strong guys from there - the affirmative action thing is just not working out, the overseas chaps keep on tackling our AA chaps when they should know by now that they (our AA chaps) should be given some kind an advantage. Come to think about it ,it does not seem that the refs had been properly informed about the AA business either, must speak to our diplomats about this.

      Jik - 2011-04-12 07:12

      Jacques, dude, seriously, get a tissue and a freakin life dude.. Talk about a used tampon.. Are you sure your name isn't Jacqueline?

  • Bulldozer - 2011-04-11 14:59

    To beat the blind school is all they ever wanted.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-11 15:05

      ...John Smit, .....you are a pensioner...!!! .....please leave the playing field...!! .....has-been.......!!

      Skiballas - 2011-04-11 15:22

      JohnnyBB...the never-been...

      alessandroz067 - 2011-04-11 15:54

      haha guys... he has a WC winners medal and currie cup trophy to show!

      A.K - 2011-04-11 18:57

      funny how the Sharks actually managed to score against the Crusaders. how many points did the bulls get?? yeah....thats right

  • JR - 2011-04-11 15:11

    Mr. Peter de Villiers listen very carfully, IF YOU CHOSE THIS FAT USELESS MAN for the WC then you have lost a Springbok supporter.

      Jik - 2011-04-12 07:14

      We'll miss you.. not really but you know what I mean..

  • Anneleen - 2011-04-11 15:12

    Go SHARKS, go all the way!!!!!

  • haha - 2011-04-11 15:20

    John Smith, maybe you should give SA rugby what it needs and retire and let your betters play because you are not the best hooker or prop in the Sharks or in SA. It is unfair of you to be selected because certain idiots think you deserve your position because youré a good captain..crap!!!

  • johnw - 2011-04-11 15:25

    "though there really wasn’t much wrong with the play of Jacques-Louis Potgieter at the weekend. " He can't kick to save his life....I can;t wait for Lambie to return...

      Magoo - 2011-04-11 15:38

      He can't kick, tackle or run. Worst buy for the Sharks, ever. Cost us two games for sure. Needs to go find his form in the Vodacom cup, I would say.

  • rugby_guru - 2011-04-11 15:30

    John you played a great game this weekend, well done, after all that has been said about you, you showed you still have it, I would hate to have been the lions when you got some of your tackles, when you squashed them in half. JLP, much better performance, I think a good part of the Currie Cup is what you need to work with the players and you can be a great asset to us, it's just difficult coming in when you needed to specially starting against the Saders :P SHARKS FOR LIFE....

      maloorsports - 2011-04-11 17:23

      Have to agree with you Guru. It's sad how some people trash players who have been our heroes for so long. Sure Smittie is getting to the end of his career and sure he's not the player he used to be, but it's not sportsmanlike to trash the bloke because of it. Can't we express ourselves objectively anymore.

  • Outpost - 2011-04-11 15:32

    Well done my beloved Sharkies. This article failed to mention that Jean Deysel will also be back after the well deserved break. I can already see Pierre Spies and Meisiekind Olivier kakking their pants when Willem Alberts and Jean Deysel are running their way.

      Raka13 - 2011-04-11 15:43

      Meisiekind and Spies knock the ball on before they get tackled - useless utter useless.

  • ZOLLIEZAP - 2011-04-11 15:54

    ZAK ZAK Sharks is kak

      Lloyd - 2011-04-11 16:07

      ZAK ZAK Stormers is kak.

  • garthw60 - 2011-04-11 16:24

    Well done Sharks!!! Build on this soild performance!!!

      Lloyd - 2011-04-11 16:29

      Build on this 'soild' performance. Not very high standards.

      milswanka - 2011-04-11 17:10

      Solid performance? Moerse vordering om die welpies te wen...hehe

  • Daniel Oti - 2011-04-11 16:39

    deysel and lambie back after their bye....wow thats deadly

  • sonnyg - 2011-04-11 17:05

    Come on the Sharks.

  • milswanka - 2011-04-11 17:09

    The only way the Sharks will do good is if they start with the right players and not put them on the bench!!!

  • EXBULL - 2011-04-11 17:27

    Bulls Suck........27 - 0

  • Sam - 2011-04-11 17:40

    'Kiwis and Ozzies get what they wanted'............ John Smit is captain for the Boks Good on ya Johny come lately....very very lately

      Jik - 2011-04-12 07:17

      Who cares what the Kiwis and Ozzies want, they don't even know what they want.. Cant be a world cup trophy though, I mean surely you would have just taken it by now, I mean if you really wanted it hey? bwahahaha...

  • OuBoerseun - 2011-04-11 17:58

    JLP Cost us lots of points due to his bad kicking, he did make some amends by way of some of his tactical kicks though. His past performances for the Cheetahs and the Bulls have been great and the way he kicked for them, maybe he is having a slump in form at this moment in time and will be back big time later on in the season. Dangerous ground though to have a slump and you are fighting for position and secure your place in play offs, but then again many years ago "Mac" used to play with the opponents minds and when everybody thought the Sharks were out of it they played their trump cards when it counted and took the spoils.

  • Jacques - 2011-04-11 22:42

    The bulls got the hiding they deserved (they have forgotten what the rugby game is all about-running with ball). Disappointed in the stormers though. It seems they need Devilliers in their back line (why did he not play ?), Juan is just not good enough at that level. The REDS played an excellent game but they are really sly and "streetwise". They know how to mess up the other teams game without it being taken as dirty play by the whistle blowers and referees. We got to get the name of the chap who taught them all those tricks, we will need it with the world cup.

      Jik - 2011-04-12 07:34

      Yawn.. Clearly don't know much about rugby other than what you read eh.. You truly believe that 1 over rated JdV would have made a difference? Or that with him on that JF would have kept his gum guard in his mouth after being brushed off again? pffft... You guys played your best rugby and were left wanting.. Why bring it down to the absence of 1 individual causing 14+ players to play as if the competition is over, or humorously hint at fowl play in saying that you need someone to teach your team the basics of intimidating rugby? Klink soos stories man.. sies! Flippin blou bul stront..

  • Anneleen - 2011-04-12 08:31

    Still a die-hard supporter of the SHARKS...GO SHARKS!!!!!

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