Sharks book ticket to final

2011-10-22 16:14

Durban - Second-half tries from Springbok Rugby World Cup pair Tendai Mtawarira and Odwa Ndungane helped the Sharks, turn around a 10 point deficit to book their place in the Currie Cup final with 20-13 victory over the Cheetahs in Durban on Saturday.

Hennie Daniller's 23rd minute score and eight points from the boot of Johan Goosen had given the visitors a 13-3 half-time lead after an error-strewn performance from the defending champions in the opening 40 minutes.

The Sharks came out a reinvigorated team after the break, scoring 17 unanswered points to seal a final meeting with either the Lions or Western Province, who meet in Johannesburg later on Saturday.

Victory looked unlikely following a poor opening by John Plumtree's men.

After a after a cagey opening, in which both made mistakes, the Sharks should have been ahead in the eighth minute, but Patrick Lambie seemed to rush his penalty from straight in front as an early chance was missed.

Nerves continued to show up, especially from the home side, who then conceded a penalty for a high tackle, which was calmly slotted over by Goosen.

Frederic Michalak then fluffed another easy chance at goal when the Cheetahs were caught off-side - the Frenchman looked completely out of rhythm - before a mammoth penalty from inside his own half close to the right touchline by Goosen extended the lead.

The Cheetahs continued to dominate with their exuberant number 10 making a fine break through the middle to set up a strong attacking phase just after the 20 minute mark.

Stefan Terblanche managed to clear to the 22, but the onslaught continued, and after a quick tap-and-go penalty by Adriaan Strauss, the ball was spread wide to the left by the captain where Daniller strolled over with the home side caught completely flat-footed.

Goosen extended the lead to 13-0 with the conversion, before Michalak missed another straightforward shot at goal shortly before being forced off with what appeared to be a calf problem.

In the 32nd minute, the Sharks got closer when Willem Alberts knocked on with the try-line beckoning, a decision that was made by television official Jerome Fortuin.

However, they were finally on the board five minutes before the break when Lambie slotted over from the right, much to the relief of the Kings Park crowd.

Goosen strangely missed a kick at goal, albeit another near 50-metre one, and a drop-goal attempt before half-time, but the men from Bloemfontein went into the break 10 points ahead.

A strong message during the interval from Plumtree seemed to have reinvigorated his team.

Four minutes after the restart, Mtawarira was in thanks to a strong start to the second period - the Springbok prop picking up strongly from the ruck to power over.

Lambie added the extras and ten minutes later the hosts were in front when an attack was quickly switched from right to left with Ndungane unmarked as he ran in under the post.

South Africa Player of the Year nominee, Lambie, again made no mistake with the conversion, but he should have taken the gap to seven points just before the hour mark when he wasted another penalty.

He made amends five minutes from the end slotting over another kick that put the Sharks on course to defend their title.


15. Patrick Lambie, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Stefan Terblanche, 12. Marius Joubert, 11. JP Pietersen, 10. Frederic Michalak, 9. Conrad Hoffmann, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Keegan Daniel (captain), 5. Ross Skeate, 4. Jean Deysel/Anton Bresler, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Tendai "Beast" Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16. Craig Burden, 17. Eugene van Staden, 18. Marcell Coetzee, 19. Jacques Botes, 20. Ross Cronje, 21. Adrian Jacobs, 22. Lwazi Mvovo

Free State Cheetahs:

15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Ryno Benjamin, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Cameron Jacobs, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Ashley Johnson, 6 Pieter Labuschagne, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Philip van der Walt, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Marcel van der Merwe

Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Johan Wessels, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Nico Scheepers


  • - 2011-10-22 16:20

    typical SA rugby, a team only plays one half. Cheetahs played 1st Half and Sharks played 2nd half.entertaining comeback by Natal

      Robert - 2011-10-24 08:36

      I am sure the Cheetahs are being paid to loose. This was the 5th game this season that they were 10 points and more ahead and either had a draw or lost the game

  • Anneleen - 2011-10-22 16:34

    Yes please Sharks!!!!! Well done to Coach Plumtree and his men for booking their place in the Currie Cup 2011 final!!!!!

  • Zion - 2011-10-22 16:40

    At last there are some accolades for the Bokke. They done precious little overseas and made their name bollie. Now at least they beat a side with one or two bokke solidly by 7 points. Bokke, Bokke, Bokke forever.

      Leonard - 2011-10-22 16:46

      Its hard to perform when your "coach" only plays you for 10-20 mins and not a complete game as did PDV with Alberts,Bismark etc.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-10-22 17:07

      @ Leonard - Agreed. Bis was HUGE in that game. Whoever said he can’t go 80…….think again.

      Kevin - 2011-10-22 19:10

      They did very well overseas. They were OUT BRYCED

  • Skinfaxi - 2011-10-22 16:45

    Sky sports are suggesting that Lambie should be playing flyhalf. I really hope Plum allows him to settle into a position. As a Sharks supporter I must say I felt sorry for the Cheetahs with a few rough calls. Hard luck guys you really showed your mettle in the first half and gave us the fright of our lives!

      Warren - 2011-10-22 23:45

      Congrats to the Sharks who were the better team, Cheetahs made too many stupid mistakes. However after watching the Lions vs Problems game a loss for the Cheetahs might just have been a blessing in disguise.

  • Barry - 2011-10-22 18:27

    Great game Sharks !! Just try to put those penalty kicks through the posts ? Go Sharks

  • Pieter - 2011-10-22 19:05

    Sharks, you did well! After playing on-off rugby all season (and the previous one) you made it through to the final. I always have respect for a team that plays below par and still manages to win. Moreover, after having watched the Lions-WP game, believe you will be crowned champions next Saturday. Minde you, I do not think you deserve such honour, but it seems inevitable to me. I'm a Province man and we just were not good enough today - we seriously need forwards and our injured locks back!

  • Rhenier - 2011-10-22 19:28

    Did Marius and the Sharks have a meeting halftime ?

      Arno - 2011-10-22 23:28

      Studying in Bloemfontein has tought me one cardinal rule of Free State rugby:"If you lose. blame the reff, irrelevant if you where out played and did not deserve to win"

      Werner - 2011-10-23 23:53

      Halftime???........they met before the game!!. How on earth could Plonker Jonker be appointed to Ref this game?. He originates from KZN and was a Sharks Ref for goodness sake!!. A clear knock by Ndungane was called "no knock" by Jonker - and that right in front of his eyes!!!!. The penalty kicks (all against the Cheetahs) at collapsed scrums were joke - even the commentators mentioned it!. Nah, this was way sub-standard refereeing. Help the Lions should he be appointed to ref the final!. He's worse than Bryce Lawrence, period!!!. Arno, you'll most probably fail your studies, so go home to KZN boet!. Cheers to "Skinfaxi" (above) for acknowledging poor Ref performance. Good luck in the final anyway Sharks. GO LIONS!!!!.

  • GregandShaz - 2011-10-22 20:17

    way to go my just klap the lions again and again and again

      Stephan - 2011-10-22 21:30

      Gregand, we Lions are waiting for you guys up here in Joburg. We've specially ordered enough thin air to make your boys feel welcome - especially in the second half. And John Mitchell promised us to not concox any more "deals" with his Plum tjommie, like last weekend. Apparently that was only done to make sure Plum's boys get a home semi-final to generate a few more bob to buy a few more Freestate laaities for next season. But the season of favours to tjommies are now over. Sorry about that. Go Lions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dawie - 2011-10-22 22:05

    Congrats Sharks on a well deserved place in the final - great game !!!!

  • pam.benink - 2011-10-22 22:17

    @ Stefan: Seriously? You think a 53-9 score is fixed? Lol! Your team of kittens has done well to come this far... John Mitchell has schooled his team well, pity about the idiot supporters...

  • Denése - 2011-10-23 01:05

    Well done Sharks!!! You made me proud. Good luck in final.

  • werner.smidt - 2011-10-23 08:26

    Crisis . . . "Goosen *strangely missed* a kick at goal, albeit another near 50-metre one" . . . journalism surely is neutral.

  • Ockie - 2011-10-23 09:24

    Well done Sharks. The returning Sprinboks in your case made a huge difference. The forwards of the Sharks were awesome and the Sharks are deserved winners.

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2011-10-24 07:52

    It's really good to see the Sharks play poorly and still win. It bodes well for the pressure of a CC final. Sharks will win by 15 at least..... depending on how many kicks they get over 8)

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