Sharks edge past Cheetahs

2012-09-01 18:51

Durban - The Sharks scored three tries in the last 20 minutes to snatch a come-from-behind victory in their Currie Cup clash against the Free State Cheetahs in Durban on Saturday night.

Both sides relied on kicking boots for most of the first period, with the Cheetahs holding a narrow 9-6 lead after 36 minutes.

But the visitors burst clear in the dying stages of the opening half, scoring two tries in the space of a couple of minutes.

Scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius pounced on a loose ball after it was fumbled by Sharks flanker Jacques Botes, and he dotted down for the first try of the match.

Two minutes later, winger Raymond Rhule stole away, running 30 metres down the left flank to score their second as the Cheetahs took a 21-6 lead at the interval.

In an effort to close the gap, the Sharks surged ahead immediately after the break, and flyhalf Riaan Viljoen carried a couple of Cheetahs players over the whitewash to score his side's first try of the game.

Eight minutes later, Cheetahs wing Nico Scheepers managed to stretch the advantage again as he dotted down to keep the pressure on the hosts.

Fighting back at the death, the Sharks brought themselves back into the match with winger Odwa Ndungane scoring a brace of tries within six minutes to take them within five points of the visitors.

Centre Meyer Bosman, who also scored 14 points with the boot, added a bonus-point try with four minutes left in the match to snatch the win.


Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Sbura Sithole, 10 Riaan Viljoen, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel, 7 Jean Deysel (captain), 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Monde Hadebe, 1 Dale Chadwick

Substitutes: 16 Pieter Dixon, 17 Julian Redelinghuys, 18 Jandre Marais, 19 Francois Kleinhans, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Marius Joubert, 22 Rosko Specman

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Robert Ebersohn (captain), 12 Barry Geel, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Lucas Floors, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Frans Viljoen, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Schalk van der Merwe

Substitutes: 16 Elandré Huggett, 17 Ross Geldenhuys, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Phillip Snyman, 22 Ryno Benjamin


  • morne.vandyk.58 - 2012-09-01 18:52

    Most pathetic TV ref in the history of the game. What a disgrace to technology.

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-09-01 19:17

      Hmm, I thought the ref did ok , even when we were way behind.

      jaco.barkhuizen - 2012-09-01 19:20

      @ Snoek Die dag wat jou span weet wat 'n Drie is, kan jy jou bekkie spoel. Tot dan, is dit duidelik jy weet, nes jou span, nie wat 'n Drie is nie. LOL.

      jaded.oldfart - 2012-09-01 20:01

      why don't you apply for the position?

      lean.sadie - 2012-09-01 21:14

      Jaco barkalot, his team scored 5 ties to 0. What is your point?

      thereevos - 2012-09-02 07:10

      Morne-you a sore was a great game all round.rules are rules.the ball clearly came out the back of the hands even though it might have drifted forward. Isaak-big mouth as usual and only when your side do well do you talk kuk.if I can remember you a stormers man and if I can remember the only rugby you been playing against the sharks is losing rugby you plonker

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-09-02 09:24

      Think he will outperform many high level refs of the game. Isak is on his papsak horse again. Besef jy steeds nie dat niks goeds kan kom van 'n plek wat Pdiveeeee huisves nie?

      deanmpeters - 2012-09-02 15:11

      There was no forward pass... Take into account the motion of the player passing and the fact that there was a strong wind that caused the ball to drift marginally forward. The ref and TMO are not always dumb and they watch the game with less beer in their guts then most die hard fans of the losing team.. Great game!

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-09-02 17:26

      Esuck, the only thing your team can rip apart is a packet of niknaks.

      stuartanthony.rousseau.9 - 2012-09-03 10:40

      if the ball goes backwards out of the hands and drifts forwars afterwards its not a forward pass. wats so hard to understand about that, its the rules , so how is that bad reffing? at least we make plays not relying on other teams mistakes to fall over the tryline. and also we can come back if we down, the stormers wouldve rolled over and died if the 15 points behind( their 4 tries on the weekend was a fluke)

  • mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-09-01 19:00

    Do u guys understand the interpretation of a forward pass? It was fairly entertaining game, which offered plenty on attack. I wonder if HM even watches the local game, he is so adimant that sa players can not attack. Thats another matter alotogether.

  • mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-09-01 19:00

    Do u guys understand the interpretation of a forward pass? It was fairly entertaining game, which offered plenty on attack. I wonder if HM even watches the local game, he is so adimant that sa players can not attack. Thats another matter alotogether.

  • heihachi.mishima.7731 - 2012-09-01 19:01

    @morne and visser anyone for sour grapes.accept it losers.cant change the result

  • jason.hepple.5 - 2012-09-01 19:05

    And don't forget... That's Sharks - top of the log!!

  • matthew.keegan.71 - 2012-09-01 19:07

    People need to read up on the laws a bit more carefully. Sounds like some of you watch rugby with beer goggles and a biased point of view. The TMO didn't make any mistakes tonight, as much as I would love to believe he did (Cheetah supporter here). But well done to the Sharks. Cheetahs conditioning still leaves much to be desired.

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-09-01 19:19

      Well said. Well done to the cheetahs for sustaining so much pressure. Go Sharks 8)

      TravieGrif - 2012-09-02 07:37

      Matthew, great game played by the Cheetahs. I was at the match, and I am loving the way these two teams attack and counter-attack. Never a dull moment. Sharks Forever!

  • morne.vanderberg.5 - 2012-09-01 19:26

    thank u ref for helping us

      Andrew Gay - 2012-09-01 19:49

      Morne, the Ref had a great gane, very clear, concise and fair.....nice to see a game this well handled...

  • Andrew Gay - 2012-09-01 19:53

    i like the way the ref handled the game...clear, concise and in control.....good to see some quality refs coming through...

      chandre.pelser - 2012-09-01 20:03

      Agreed, he had a good game.. Just annoying how some of the 50/50's that's on the edge seems to sometimes go to one team. Nothing to do with the ref though. He looks like he's going to be our first International ref from a "disadvantaged" background (as far as I know)

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-01 22:49

      I beg to differ with you. I thought the reffing was really terrible. There was a whole host of knock ons etc which were missed. Some of those calls went the wrong way completely. You might have noticed KD coaching Rasta at various stages of the game.

      thereevos - 2012-09-02 07:18

      Alfred-what game were you watching.that was one of the better reffed games I have seen in a long time.watched that game with eyes glued including the half time breaks.....maybe just maybe you a sore loser because the sharks banged you in the 2nd was good rugby from both side and a game of 2 halves and sharks came out on top.a different day and it would have been vice versa

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-02 22:45

      @thereevos I'm actually a Sharks supporter. The pass from Keegan Daniel was forward and should have been reviewed. That was bad reffing. But actually the bad reffing I was referring to was what Keegan Daniel and Johan Deysel were complaining about the entire game. Maybe I watched the game THEY watched. We had a lineout on the Cheetahs 5m line which resulted in a penalty but the Cheetahs should have been pinged for numbers. If you had listened you would have JD complaining about those calls.

  • chandre.pelser - 2012-09-01 19:59

    Well, even if they want to accept BS like meyer Bosman's forward pass these days, Keegan Daniel's pass was definitely forward, he passed around a Cheetah's legs. Quickly think about this - If Usain bolt runs at full speed (43.2km/h) and passes a ball with his arms going completely lateral, and the ball spends 2 seconds in the air before being caught by another player, he wouldn't have passed a forward pass under current laws, yet he'd be able to pass the ball with his teammate catching the ball 43.2 * 1000 / 60 / 60 * 2 = 24m in front of where he passed. So he'd be able to pass the ball on his own 22, with his teamm ate catching it on halfway, and it be allowed.. Pathetic rule since this one's open to interpretation of the ref. That's waht makes soccer better than rugby in terms of fairness....

      phillip.dewaal - 2012-09-01 20:26

      There's a scientific principle called the Galilean Transformation. What this basically means is that if the player passes the ball backwards and throws it slower than the speed he is running at, then relative to the ground, the pass will be going forward. Think momentum... Also, maybe the fact that the Sharks were playing with a 32km/h wind coming over the shoulders probably didn't help either?

      mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-09-01 21:18

      Ok buddy clearly u ddnt play rugby, or for that fact appreciate the fact that a person can pass around another player if u extend ur arms beyond the defender. Ur calculations are for naught, they mean skwat.

      TravieGrif - 2012-09-01 21:28

      The reality guys is that if you are running, it is scientifically nearly impossible to pass 'backwards' as your forward motion will take the ball forward. The rule is that it (the ball) needs to be traveling backwards at the time it leaves the passer's hands. Rf got that wrong with the last move of the first half. Having said that, full credit to the Cheetahs for a great game of rugby. I was at the stadium, and found it to be a really entertaining game. So chuffed the Sharks came away with the win, but my word there were a lot of really basic errors that gifted points away. Need to sharpen up the basics, lads!

      chandre.pelser - 2012-09-01 22:08

      Do mthunzi, one has to play rugby to appreciate the laws of science?? Anyways, Phillip, while I'm perfectly comfortable with Galilean Transformation (as I described it above), application remains biased (again, as per my post above).. What I'm trying to get at: The Sharks got away with two seriously 50/50 calls there in the last 15 minutes. The same way the Aussies got away with dodgy calls last year. Rugby remains a sport where no-one has ever been cited for match fixing, where players have limited capacity to "fix" matches themselves but where refs have way too much power of influence. I'm convinced fixing happens (like the Aussie game last October), and its sad to see more power handed to those with the biggest power to change the game - the refs. Forward passes need to go back to the literal interpretation.. "Hands moving lateral" will have me scrwaming "Cheater" this weekend and you screaming it next weekend... We all just want a fair result?

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-01 22:46

      I might add at this point that had the forward pass rule been correctly implemented in the RWC Lambies try would have been allowed. TV "proved" that it was a forward pass by drawing a line at the point where it was released and another where it was received. Wrong!

      thereevos - 2012-09-02 07:31

      Chandre-it was a fair result-the ref even referred the pass which was the right thin to do-thumbs up to him-the ball did not come out of his hands forward which constitutes in the rules of the game to be a fair pass.stop being a sore loser and except it.these things happen chap.the bulls clapped us,the stormers pumped the bulls and we gave the stormers.thats how mother nature much as you want a fair result everyone else does as well but we can't changed the course of what will be and the game will always have, on the losing side , people that don't agree with some thing as they interpret the game differently.what happen on Saturday night was a game that HM should have hopefully watched to prove that the pop pass is well an alive in south African rugby contrary to his beliefs because he's so adamant that he's playing the right game plan that he has brain washed the actual players into believing it

      mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-09-02 11:30

      My point abt u not playing the game is valid mate. To understand why certain rules do not conform to exact scientific principles and calculations, one has to hv played the game. This will give u an appreciation of the rule. Soccer has its dodgy moments.

      mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-09-02 11:30

      My point abt u not playing the game is valid mate. To understand why certain rules do not conform to exact scientific principles and calculations, one has to hv played the game. This will give u an appreciation of the rule. Soccer has its dodgy moments.

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  • trevor.dean.10 - 2012-09-01 21:14

    The Cheetahs should have won. Why oh why did they start kicking the ball away in the last 15 minutes? That's what lost them the game.

  • michael.verreynne - 2012-09-01 21:56

    First, great game! I really enjoyed it. Second, Cheetahs you must play the full 80 minutes and never take your foot off the pedal. This has happened to the Bulls many times. Third, Congrats Sharks for a great comeback and victory. You deserved it.

  • kaapse.skollie.7 - 2012-09-01 22:09

    Jordaan is a springbok.

      leon.young.9003 - 2012-09-02 06:29

      En die ander jordaan gaan wp toe

  • alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-01 22:55

    I thought the pass from KD was definitely forward. If you look at where Bosman's arms and body position end up after his pass it cannot be forward. He ends up almost facing backwards. Now look at the last pass of the Ruhle try. Very flat. Also thought that Jacques Botes was taken early without the ball in the first half preventing a certain try. All in all the Sharks didn't play very well and not for the first time this season can count themselves lucky with a win.

  • alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-01 22:59

    Did anyone notice that Keegan Daniel had a stormer of a game? Nice to see him bumping off a few heavyweights after all the comments about him being too light. I think that's his way of showing HM the finger. Funny that both the Sharks and the Bulls should be so flat after last week's game. It's almost as if it took it out of them.

      TravieGrif - 2012-09-02 07:41

      Yeah. I thought Keegan had a cracker, and hats off to him for putting the pathetic treatment he has received at the hands of HM behind him and getting stuck in. Made great yards on attack, big hits on defense and made a thorough nuisance of himself in the tackle situation.

  • denese.newby - 2012-09-01 23:02

    Well done to both teams. Some soft tries in the beginning but it's all about taking chances when they are presented. It was heart stopping to watch but great that the Sharks pulled through. GO SHARKS!

  • theunis.botha.96 - 2012-09-02 00:54

    Showoffs they are.Always comes from behind to claim victory.On the contrary,very sporting to allow some op'psite joy before they burst the bubble.

  • leon.young.9003 - 2012-09-02 06:25

    I love my sharks

  • steveroodt - 2012-09-02 07:28

    Yes i agree with the bad refereeing the Cheetahs got away with a lot of dirty play and a suspect eye gouging . Killing the ball and how many off sides they were lucky to have 15 men on the field on final whistle .

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-09-02 09:22

      Agreed. The ref was a bit of a opera / drama queen, but I think he did ok..."Crutch instead of crouch" but hey, tomaito tomato. Cheetahs played offside (Sareltjie), eventually caught up with them.

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-02 22:50

      Squatter I agree. That eye gouge by Frans Viljoen on Deysel happened right in front of the AR. How could he possibly miss that? Marcel van der Merwe involved in three seperate altercations.... poorly handled.

  • christo.roodt.9 - 2012-09-02 08:10

    Cheethas must learn to play 80 min. rugby, then we will start winning again.

  • Fanie Cronje - 2012-09-02 09:42

    i believe a trust fund was established for the referee - details on

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-09-02 10:13

    Great reporting Sport24, nowhere do you actually list the final score!! And to those blaming the ref.. blah, blah, blah... that's the way the cookie crumbles... Get over it.

  • Philip Spies - 2012-09-02 11:50

    I am a big Cheetah supporter, and the Daniel's pass was definitely forward. However, the Cheetahs still could have won the game if they had not started to simply kick the ball to the Sharks in the last ten minutes. This is something they have been doing the whole year and one would think any coach worth his salt would notice. Time to get rid of Naka. Way too many games we should have won thrown away...

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-02 22:54

      Hard luck on your teams loss. They really did deserve the win. I don't think you can blame Naka. When you look at the missing players like Goosen and Connie then you're not doing so badly. They played really well against the Bulls and that Ruhle is a Springbok in the making for sure.

  • ruan.lacock - 2012-09-02 16:16

    SHARKS 4EVA !!

  • michael.moolman.7 - 2012-09-02 19:05

    There was a game played at Twickenham yesterday afternoon, just as bizarre. The first match of a double header in the Northern Hemisphere 2012/13 season, between Wasps and the current England premiership champions, Harlequins. Wasps were 40 points to 20 up, twenty minutes to go and lost the game 42 to 40. The referee on the day, disallowed a Wasps try on the strength of a new ruling which empowers the referee to consult with the TMO and go back and see if any infringments occured in the process of scoring; in this case going back two moves, the TMO spotted a forward pass. Lucky those teams who's games are not televised.

  • stuartanthony.rousseau.9 - 2012-09-03 10:34

    i knew the sharks would win even at halftime 15 points behind. the sharks have confidence in themselves finally and are the best team in south africa i think next year we will win our conference and super rugby if we carry on gaining momentum and developing. we score 4 tries and move on bcoz we used to playing good rugby, the stormers score 4 tries and ud swear the won the world cup. i still think jorddan deserves he a springbok call up everytime he touches the ball he makes something happen

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