Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer
Cape Town – Sixty four minutes with 14 men, 10 of those with 13 ... the Sharks’ fairytale 25-20 Super Rugby triumph over the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday has understandably earned a salvo of salaams on Twitter.
It was widely acknowledged in various tweets that the result would be a candidate for most famous by any South African rugby side in New Zealand.
Sharks CEO and former World Cup-winning Springbok skipper John Smit (@JohnSmit123) – no doubt willing to sign off for some “extra expenses” in post-match celebration -- kept it fittingly simple in his own reaction: “That was a performance to be proud of, well done men.”
Another Bok and former Kings Park front-row favourite, Ollie le Roux (@OllieLeRoux) was similarly admiring:“Amazing victory for Sharks. That’s what it takes to win in NZ ... EVERYTHING!! The beer in Christchurch will be sweet tonight.”
Reaction was also not slow to come from younger members of the ecstatic current Sharks dressing room.
Recalled fullback SP Marais (@SPMarais) said:“What an honour!! What a privilege!! #rewritinghistory”
And tireless flanker Tera Mtembu (@TeraMtembu) wrote:“Records are there to be broken! Great effort from the guys. Thank you for all the tweets, really humbled. Congrats to Beast and Jannie.”
On that note, 100-capper and popular Bok loosehead prop Tendai Mtawarira himself (@Beast_TM) made no bones about where he ranked the win in his personal annals: “Thank you soo much for the support, wow this is truly the best day of my career.”
Neutral experts joined the enthusiasm too.
Former Bok and Stormers captain Corne Krige (@CorneKrige6) said: “Sharks (-2 men for 10 min) beating Crusaders at their home ... priceless! Well done.”
Zimbabwean-born Wallabies open-side flank David Pocock (@pocockdavid) was presumably also not too far from a television: “Congrats to @TheSharksZA on a very gutsy performance. Very hard to win in Christchurch.” *Follow our chief writer on Twitter: @RobHouwing