Michalak's boot boosts Sharks

2011-08-12 21:52

Johannesburg - An outstanding kicking performance by former French international Frederic Michalak ensured that the Sharks recorded a 21-19 victory over Western Province in Cape Town on Friday.

Michalak scored all of his team’s points on the night where only one try was scored at a soaking wet Newlands stadium.

The flyhalf scored the first points of the match as the home side were penalised for playing the ball in a ruck near their tryline early on.

Province fought back bravely and dominated territorially throughout the contest, but could not find a way through the Sharks’ defensive line.

The Durban based side’s defence was particularly impressive.

Both sides struggled to adapt to the inclement weather.

Province pivot Demetri Catrakilis eventually levelled the scores in the 30th minute with superbly taken dropgoal.

A pattern of failure as they approached the try-line proved to be the trademark of Province’s game.

After an initial break by Sharks skipper Keegan Daniel that took the men from Durban away from their 22 where Province had set up camp, Michalak slotted his second penalty before successfully kicking a dropgoal two minutes before halftime.

Leading 9-3 at the break, the Sharks started taking better care of possession although only Michalak’s boot proved to be the difference between the sides as he nailed two more dropgoals that gave the Sharks a 15-3 lead.

It was sometimes comical as the teams struggled to get a solid grip on the ball, although Conrad Jantjes couldn’t blame the persistent rain for tripping over his own shoelaces when he received of one many testing kicks.

As was the case in the first half, Province showed great character to bounce back when it looked like the Sharks would build a healthy lead.

Their tremendous comeback started when prop Brok Harris scored the only try of the match.

Catrakilis confirmed that his team would not give up without a fight by slotting two penalties in short succession.

His third three-pointer from the kicking tee in the 68th minute gave Province the lead for first time in the match.

Michalak would, however, have the final say with his fourth penalty conversion.

Scorers : Western Province 19 (3): Try: Brok Harris. Conversion: Demetri Catrakilis. Penalties: Catrakilis (3). Dropgoal: Catrakilis Sharks 21(9): Penalties: Frederic Michalak (4). Dropgoals: Michalak (3)


  • WP rugby10 - 2011-08-12 21:55

    WP moet nog leer hoe om in die reen te speel. Deon Fourie was pateties, wedstryd plonker.

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-13 06:24

      Hy was nog altyd n useless vuilgat gewees.

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-13 09:34

      How does that make you feel?

  • Priester - 2011-08-12 22:04

    Considering the atrocious conditions at Newlands I think both teams deserve congratulations. Demetri and Michalak were excellent, especially Michalak. In my opinion we should restrict Currie Cup teams to local players only as the Currie Cup series is the breeding ground for our Bokke. Having said this, I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed Michalak's performance. Blou Bul Groete!!

      werner.coetzer - 2011-08-13 07:11

      I agree and disagree,yes it is the breeding ground for our young talent, but having a veteran star the likes of Michalak to mentor the young guys also has its benefits. Imagine if one of the local teams can tempt Richie McCaw to their side for a season, maybe we can also learn how to play from the side and how to pass forward without the ref blowing us for it.

      Durasmart - 2011-08-13 08:12

      Totally agree with you. No foreign player who cannot be eligible to play for the Springboks after 3 years, should be allowed to play in the Currie Cup. I have no problem with them playing in the S15, but the Currie Cup is a purely domestic competition and the players should be all local too.

  • BlueRaven - 2011-08-12 22:09

    Congrats Sharkies! Well played Province :)

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-13 09:41

      Please elaborate on your comment. This is not Twitter.

  • Sarge - 2011-08-12 22:13

    Western Province 19 - Frederic Michalak 21 Go Sharks!!!!

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-13 06:23

      Monsier Le Drop

      Netherlands - 2011-08-13 10:10

      Sharks are No2, one below the LIONS, who are on TOP! Wee Pee are down there, some where near Le Bulls, I hear...

  • Hotti - 2011-08-12 22:43

    Goed so vir Alastair Coetzee...

  • FerretGee - 2011-08-12 22:46

    Am still concerned over the standard of refereeing. The ref tonight made some odd calls for both teams. His interpretation of the scrum laws was rubbish. He called the Sharks up for not having "square heads" and when the Shark prop asked wht he should do when the other bloke bends his neck, he just said, "I want square heads"! What kind of answer was that? Also the whole "Touch, Pause, Engage" call is pedantic, some refs call it fast some slow, tonight it was sloooooow.

      GregandShaz - 2011-08-12 22:53

      could,nt agree more...not to mention the pulling of stefans jersey and knock ons unnoticed ....the ref was shocking

      Gavin - 2011-08-13 09:33

      It was the worst bit of refereeing I have witnessed in the Currie Cup so far, without a doubt.

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-13 09:53

      Gavin, I think it was on par with the Bulls/Pumas game. Shocking calls.

      Netherlands - 2011-08-13 10:12

      "Tutch... Poss.... EngaCHE"".... I can then hear the "Helium" in his voice "WHO'S YOUR 'COATS"??? "WHO's YOUR COATS"????

  • Mike@CapeT - 2011-08-12 23:25

    Well done Province, you were beaten by a vastly more experienced team and more particularly, an extremely experienced and game wise French International. This evenings loss is no train smash but the experience gained is invaluable. Playing in atrocious conditions, your first half was a bit 'iffy' but your second half was superb....keep it up!

  • Kleinboet - 2011-08-12 23:37

    Sharkies, you had a lucky win, but nevertheless a win, so I congratulate you on your performance. The experience of the Sharks showed, whilst the WP youngsters struggled in the wet and slippery conditions - they could not show off their obvious flair as a result. Michalak was the difference, but I will rather have a loss now and visions of a grand future because of all the talent on display I am proud of my WP team. With the under 21's firing on all cylinders to pull off a great win, the future of WP rugby looks great, indeed!

  • BLOUBOK - 2011-08-13 00:05

    Come on WeePee. Do I notice a slip down the log???? It's way tooooooo early for you guys to start choking now. Go Griquas, you guys play with heart.

  • Brannas - 2011-08-13 04:58

    Same old story, WeePee peak early in the competition and then fade away midway, The downward spiral well in effect now ( again ), Lost 2 in a row now, my my my.

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-13 06:26

      Die wiele kom af. He he he he he he.

      CliffB - 2011-08-13 06:59

      Brannas , Bulldozer At least we did not need a ref to help us against the PUMA's - What a pathetic showing by the Bulls

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-13 07:54

      What a pathetic showing of sportsmanship by CliffB ones again. Have you congratulated the Cheetahs yet on beating WP last week? And the Sharks?? Congratulated them yet on beating your team? Next up for WP is the Lions, can't wait for that game :)

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-13 11:22

      Altyd die ref, nê ou Cliffie. Jou bek was stil toe die Bulle laasweek teen die Leeus verloor het met n starfskop telling van 18-9 vir die Leeus. Die week voor dit was jou bek ook stil gewees die die Bulle teen die WP verloor het met n halftyd strafskop telling van 8-1 vir die WP.

  • Northern Stormer - 2011-08-13 07:13

    Well done Sharkies - No complaints about foreign players, bad weather, numerous Springboks etc etc. We were beaten even if it was with only 2 points. I don't think we have such big problems at all. We fielded a totally inexperinced side full of youngsters and they performed well. This is the best we have available currently hence our "A" team. Similarly the same apply to the Sharks and all other teams in CC ! We have to win with these teams end of story but definately WP do have serious depth in their ranks to field this team and performance - more than what most other teams can say taking into consideration their "Springboks" boost they were given by Divvy !!!! Go WP and keep it up b y paying exciting rugby !!!

  • ChrisW - 2011-08-13 07:27

    Shows you what difference a world class player makes to the team.

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-13 09:51

      Well said Chris and thank you for pointing out the obvious.

  • Ockie - 2011-08-13 07:41

    When Michalak was lured to the Sharks I predicted that the selectors will play him at 10 and lambie at 12 (when he is not with the Springboks) and some supporters slammed me with remarks of 'smoking' something. Where are they now?

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-13 09:50

      Don't all Natalians "smoke something"?

      FerretGee - 2011-08-13 15:10

      Sure Biggest Bull just like ALL Bulls supporters drink Klippies and Coke... Be careful not to generalise dude.

  • gmain - 2011-08-13 09:13

    Michalak with Lambie on the outside. boy oh boy. The stormers got such a fright they gave Michalak oodles of space from some very easily won sharks ball. From what I saw I think the stormers were lucky it was raining. I am not bloating, bragging, or anything like that... just stating my case. Come Lions........ soon...... it's gonna be feeding time.

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-13 09:33

      Please elaborate. Thank you Frikkie

      gmain - 2011-08-14 10:16

      laborate.... as an avid supporter of the shark i am really looking forward to playing the log leaders... the Lions. I think Lambie at first center gives the sharks a major attacking advantage, so if the scrum wins posession there could be some very exciting running going on which will be difficult to neautralize (for any team). So come Lions... you are the current leaders... lets play.

  • TruthTeller - 2011-08-13 09:26

    The only problem I have is that everyone has gone on how AWESOME Pat Lambie is and he MUST be number 10 for South Africa. Look what happens now he isn’t even 1st choice fly half for his own team now how can he be for South Africa. If you put your money where your mouth is then he should not be at 10 for South Africa. Because you went on to say that because John Smit isn’t now 1st choice for his own team he shouldn’t be 1st choice for South Africa. So let us see if you back up your own statements or are you just corrupt like our government you pick people you only like.

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-13 09:40

      I agree.

      Stephan Steyn - 2011-08-13 09:55

      I agree, go Elton!!!!

      Netherlands - 2011-08-13 10:50

      Truth Teller...Lambie WILL be in the RWC Team...he has one of the coolest Tempraments in World Rugby, and he is still a boy! He was just left out the remaining 2 XTri Nations games.... don't want to hurt him! He will play full back in the RWC... watch this space!

      TruthTeller - 2011-08-13 13:59

      @Netherlands, Thanks you just proved my point now you want him on full back next week it will be wing and then centre and what next? Pat Lambie will become a Ruan Pienaar watch what I tell you and thank the sharks for that they destroy talent by not letting them play in the position they should. Pat Lambie will follow Ruan if he is being thrown around like this I like him allot but at this point he is not a 1st choice in any position now. The sharks break young talent by getting international players that get 1st choice above a real South Africans.

  • BiggestBull - 2011-08-13 09:38

    I fail to see why there is such a massive hype in the cape about Koster. Just another show pony who clearly doesn't have the grunt required of a number 8. Deon Fourie is a useless hooker and should rather go an apply his "trade" in Long Street. There is something special about Demetri though... I think it's his hair.

  • Carl Muller - 2011-08-13 09:53

    Good luck to the Sharks!!! Since John is not playing they are winning!!!! Keegan for Bok captain. Bulls forever...

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-13 09:54

      Good luck for what?

  • EMAC - 2011-08-13 09:54

    Well done WP!! The Sharks should be ashamed of winning with a foreign player. The Curry Cup is a local competition and has always been the main breeding ground for future and upcoming Springboks. With enough local talent to develop it is a disgrace that the Sharks use foreigners over locals, especially with talent like Lambie at their disposal, who should be given more game time at flyhalf to further prepare him to take over as Bok flyhalf in place of the current has-beens. Plenty local talent is waiting to be discovered and developed, but the use of foreign players keep them on the bench and eventually they leave to play abroad. What is the sense in that - letting local talent slip away while using foreigners? The foreigners can't play for the Boks in any case, only locals can.

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-13 10:19


      BlueRaven - 2011-08-13 11:35

      I enjoyed watching the French flair, think the youngsters in the team can only benefit learning from him

      ChumScrubber - 2011-08-13 13:58

      Narrow minded dude. Look at the bigger picture - ie learning form an oke like Michalak. WP neve had foreigners - I seem to remember a big Fijian??

  • choppadrivah - 2011-08-13 10:33

    They should have given the Ref the man of the match award, he ruined what could have been a great game, he was useless!

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-13 10:55

      You are 100% correct. The WP should have been out of the game much earlier.

  • BiggestBull - 2011-08-13 11:04

    Where is SAFFA-ON-CAT today?

  • Juanita Scheffer - 2011-08-13 17:50

    Ek is 'n WP onderstuener, maar as enige van die Suid Afrikaanse spanne teen oorsese spanne speel, kom my land eerste! Ek moet bieg, die kwaliteit rugby wat WP op hierdie stadium speel is nie die beste nie, maar hulle leer wel uit hulle voute uit. Ek stem glad nie saam dat Deon Fourie 'n "wedstryd plonker" was nie. Sit jouself op daardie ouderdom, met daardie ondervinding in sulke groot skoene, dan sien ons bietjie hoe "plonk" jy. Hy sal leer en dis wonderlik dat hy die kans gegee word. Die opmerking wat ek wel wil maak is dat ek vir arme Patrick Lambie verskriklik jammer gekry het. Hulle het die arme man (seun in die regte lewe) uit sy posisie gehaal en sit iemand van 'n ander land in sy plek. Hy het die hele wedstryd ongemaklik gelyk en hy en die fransman het 'n paar keer in mekaar vas gehardloop. Ek voel sterk in die ontwikkeling van ons jeug! So, julle afrigters en borge met die geld - konsentreer op ons plaaslike outjies en betaal die ou manne van die ander lande om die jonges te kom leer en nie hulle media spasie te steel nie!

  • gmain - 2011-08-14 10:21

    Sho! a lot of bad losers here. Put rugby first guys, Lambie can learn a lot from Michalak.

  • Anneleen - 2011-08-15 09:35

    Well done Sharks!!!!!

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