Sharks secure top spot

2012-10-12 21:07

Durban - The Sharks ensured they finished top of the Currie Cup log after a trio of first-half tries set them on their way to a 42-3 victory over Griquas at Kings Park in Durban on Friday night.

Cobus Reinach, Louis Ludik and Lwazi Mvovo all scored in the opening 40 minutes, before replacement Lubabalo Mtembu and Charl McLeod scored late on to round up a bonus-point triumph.

The win means that John Plumtree’s men will not only host one of next week’s semi-finals, which was already known, but also potential final if they get there, while the men from Kimberley face an anxious 24-hour wait to learn their fate.

They remain fourth on the log, but can be overhauled by either the Free State Cheetahs or Blue Bulls and slip into a relegation/promotion play-off with the First Division champions.

There were no such doubts for the Sharks on a warm night in the east coast city.

They began brightly and were ahead after nine minutes when Reinach burst down the right and passed inside to Odwa Ndungane, before slicing back in to collect and carry over.

Griquas had a chance to hit back via a penalty when Anton Bresler was penalised for slowing play down, but Francois Brummer sent his kick just wide.

Another superb solo break by Reinach, down the middle this time, saw him escape two defenders only to fall over short of the line.

By that time a penalty was awarded and Patrick Lambie, who kicked 17 points in total, extended the advantage.

Brummer found his range with an 18th minute penalty, before the Sharks scored a second try just short of the half-hour mark.

It all went wrong after a knock-on by visiting fullback Willie Le Roux on the try line and from the ensuing attack, Lambie’s grubber kick was fielded by Ludik on his way over.

At the other end, Sharks captain Keegan Daniel was sent to the sin bin in the 32nd minute for cynical play after collapsing a maul, giving Griquas the numerical advantage ahead of the break.

However, it was their opponents that instead scored in the closing stages when Lambie passed inside to Mvovo, who barged his way through a host of bodies and stretched over the line.

With time almost up on the clock, Jannie Boshoff was yellow carded for a dangerous tackle as the Sharks led by 19 heading into the interval.

Lambie added another penalty straight after the restart and another 13 minutes into the half when Marnus Schoeman took too long to release in a tackle.

The bulk of the play continued to take place in the Sharks’ half, but little reward was forthcoming as the visitors erred at crucial times.

Replacement flank Mtembu eventually scored the first try of the half when he went over unmarked on the left with 10 minutes to play, while McLeod added the finishing touch when he ran 25 metres to score under the posts.


Tries: Cobus Reinach, Louis Ludik, Lwazi Mvovo, Lubabalo Mtembu, Charl McLeod
Conversions: Pat Lambie (4)
Penalties: Lambie (3)

Penalty: Francois Brummer


15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Jandré Marais, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Dale Chadwick

Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Jannie du Plessis, 18 Peet Marais, 19 Lubabalo Mtembu, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Lwazi Mvovo

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Jannie Boshoff, 13 Jean Stemmet, 12 Walter Venter, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 Justin Downey, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Rynard Landman, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Ryno Barnes (captain), 1 Steph Roberts

Replacements: 16 Matthew Dobson, 17 Ivann Espag, 18 Edwin Hewitt, 19 Wesley Wilkins, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Richard Lawson

Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistants: Ben Crouse, Reuben Rossouw
TMO: Shaun Veldsman


  • banks.mokhachane - 2012-10-12 21:10

    S.A's all blacks - the sharks lambie - mvovo you ysters,

      macziekpk - 2012-10-12 22:31

      Reinach is the only guy that stood out And Mtembu

      banks.mokhachane - 2012-10-12 23:10

      @mac, you are just a lambie bashing hater just because your king anneke has been receiving some flak of late for not picking lambie

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-13 07:02

      Jodie Rose is ook beter as Lambie.

      yagyah.rabin - 2012-10-13 08:01

      Rose is maybe better but not Morne Steyn

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-13 10:20

      It has been quite interesting to read some of the comments here. Macz and Bloe, I know that you feel it is incumbent on you to write comments to get a reaction, and if you feel that is your role, then good for you. I agree that Griquas were poor last night, but often that happens when a team puts you under pressure and prevents you from playing rugby. To say the Lambie was poor is funny at best, but I do think that it is partly because you just don't like him because he is such a threat to MS. It's a pity because he is a good player and did well last night considering he has sat the last 2 months on the bench. He defence was rock solid, his distribution really good, and decision-making excellent. He is still rusty, and you cannot miss touch from a penalty, but he is not perfect, and those mistakes need to be ironed out. To say the grubber was 'doff' is laughable, as it led to a try. Ludik did well to get there, but its a team sport after all. I think all round he played really well, but it was a good performance by all. The team needs to perform now to make any of this talk meaningful. I have to say that the style of rugby that the Sharks are playing is very entertaining, and its good to watch, and it wasn't just last night but the whole CC.

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-13 12:53

      ..Earl Rose is a better fly-half than Patricia Lambie...

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-12 21:11

    well done sharks, awesome game! looking forward to the final between the lions & sharks :)

      riaan.crouse1 - 2012-10-12 22:14

      hahahaha jo clown WP en BULLE \r\nStormer groete!!!!!!!!

      martincandis.vanstaden - 2012-10-13 08:02

      sharks vs Bulls final

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-10-12 21:15

    Great guns. Well played Sharks. Bulls, Cheetahs, you know what to do.......

  • priester.bulls - 2012-10-12 21:16

    Congratulations Sharks with your emphatic win! The Griquas were completely outclassed. The Sharks are currently the team to beat. Blou Bul Groete!

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-12 21:26

      Thanks mate. Was pretty emphatic, and Lambie played really well, which was amazing given that he has been sitting on his backside for two months. Cannot believe how tight the CC is, with everything to play for this weekend. Going to be a great weekend. Good luck all.

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-13 07:03

      Up until the last 75 minutes, it could've gone either way.

  • ndabenhle.g.ngcobo - 2012-10-12 21:18

    As long as it stays fairly dry in Durbs,The Sharks will be hard to beat.

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-10-12 21:26

      methinks even in the wet the sharks will be hard to beat. they have done well in the rain this year.

  • spear.tackle.7 - 2012-10-12 21:27

    Mtembu !!!! Another talent picked up by the sharks.. Well done sharkies ! Proooooooovince !!!!!

  • deon.fouche.3 - 2012-10-12 21:30

    What a game boys!! Trots op julle! Sterkte aan die Kwasse vir die uitspeel games! Glo julle sal die Queens trap!!

  • sky.nhlangothi - 2012-10-12 21:38

    Sharks where to good today, Lambie outstanding wen given a chance, although I don't believe this is the ultimate test for the young flyhalf but will sure boost his confidence. My god the hands on the sharks players, Tera good game and our young no.9 cobus,mcloed be careful. Lambie is my springbok no.10 ;)

      martin.botha.5264 - 2012-10-12 21:59

      Agree with you Sky, old Plum should give Lambie a go at fly half and stick with him for the entire season - this boy is special!

      macziekpk - 2012-10-12 22:27

      Lambie outstanding? Outstanding? Please give practical examples of what he did that was so outstanding. please don't list that grubber 5 meters from the line, because Ludik had to work hard not to have that easy try scoring chance not wasted by a dof kick from Lambie Don't overestimate the Sharks tonight, the Griquas have been getting progressively worse the last few weeks and today was the culmination of uselessness. They would have lost by 40 points to the Kings

      martin.botha.5264 - 2012-10-12 22:36

      Mac your a twat! Not referring to one game, in general play Lambie is far better than any fly half in SA - the Goose can play as well but still prefer Lambie.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-12 22:44

      In general play? You mean like between rucks and mauls when he is walking to get into position? I will take Elton any day. And I can;t stand him. Lambie will crumble in the semis

      sky.nhlangothi - 2012-10-12 23:27

      @mac, u can never compliment cn u? I'm sure parents are ashamed of u. Anyway, lambie was outstanding in his decision making,reading the game, u saying he was doing th basics bt morne can't seem to do that, and I will mention it cause he was excellent thinking from a young lad, how many grubber have we seen from elton,goosen and not to mention morne? Think abt it. Yes lambie myb not be quick as goosen or side step like elton bt decision making is spot on, then again, how quick is dan carter? Nt that quick compare to quade bt yet he is the best the no.10 is the world is the ability to read the game and critical decisions that he make in the bleak of an eye and lambie is going to that level,seen that he always looks to improve.

      sky.nhlangothi - 2012-10-12 23:30

      @mac, u can never compliment cn u? I'm sure parents are ashamed of u. Anyway, lambie was outstanding in his decision making,reading the game, u saying he was doing th basics bt morne can't seem to do that, and I will mention it cause he was excellent thinking from a young lad, how many grubber have we seen from elton,goosen and not to mention morne? Think abt it. Yes lambie myb not be quick as goosen or side step like elton bt decision making is spot on, then again, how quick is dan carter? Nt that quick compare to quade bt yet he is the best the no.10 is the world is the ability to read the game and critical decisions that he make in the bleak of an eye and lambie is going to that level,seen that he always looks to improve.

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-13 01:38

      ...Pat Lambie is a real softy... ..always injured... ...and way overrated..

      terry.burne - 2012-10-13 07:34

      Eish Bloujobbie and Mcpie - you two really compete for the title "Rugby Ignoramus of the Year". I am sure that even the goalposts at Loftus have a higher IQ than both of you................. Combined!!!

      terry.burne - 2012-10-13 07:39

      @ sky - just ignore those 2 Blue Bull Ignoramus trolls - trying get to argue with an idiot is a waste of time, because they drag the argument down to their level, and then beat you on experience.

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-10-13 11:54

      @ Martin. I'm not defending mac but in reply to his question "Please give practical examples" your answer is "Not referring to one game, in general play Lambie is far better than any fly half in SA". Really? Plumbtree this season chose Freddie at 10 rather than Lambie. Are you saying that all our fly halves in SA are worse than Michelek? Maybe you are showing exactly what you are accusing others of showing - provincialism! I'd take Jantjies over Lambie for the Boks, but then again I do support the Lions...

  • graham.joyce3 - 2012-10-12 21:49

    Pat Lambie!! Hope Heineken, was watching how a flyhalf should be performing. Not being greedy with the ball, off loading was brilliant. Huge respect for Mr Lambie. What humility! All about the team and not himself!

      macziekpk - 2012-10-12 22:28

      The king was watching but I am sure he was unimpressed with the soft poef Lambie. Really not a great game from him. Just average and all you needed to be tonight was average to beat those Griquas losers

      martin.botha.5264 - 2012-10-12 22:37

      Mac the twat!?

      macziekpk - 2012-10-12 22:45

      Judging by your insult, you have no evidence to refute what I said

      aldo.dunn1 - 2012-10-12 23:20

      Right on Graham, Mac, you must be a bulls supporter, unless a flyhalf kicks the ball he is not doing his job right? Exactly the problem the Boks have been having. Pat is twice the FH Elton will ever be & although he "maybe" does not have the size or skill of Goosen he has a rugby brain that more than makes up for it. Pat reads the game better than any other flyhalf in SA. The reason we lose to the All Blacks so often is because we insist on picking FHs like Steyn, Goosen & Elton who have all the skills you could possibly want BUT can't read a rugby game for toffee

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-13 01:13

      ...Pat Lambie is an overrated midget.. ..just like Gio Aplon..

      macziekpk - 2012-10-13 12:02

      King Heyneke and the Blue Princes can do no wrong. It's only these idiots in the blue and white hoop jerseys and black jerseys that are destroying rugby. Even the orange guys are ok.

  • jurie.ludwig - 2012-10-12 21:50

    well done sharks you played very good it was difficult to choose a man of the match. The showed why they are the best provincial team in sa this year. We have depth, have players with gratitude and play with flair. Lambie showed why he is good at flyhalf and why he is bok material he should just make the flyhalf spot is own in the bok team in future. I hope heyneke will give him a chance. Jp is showed why he is one of the best in world rugby. Everybody actually played well. The sharks should be the currie cup champs. Sharks forever...............

      macziekpk - 2012-10-12 22:30

      Lambie showed why he is Bok material by playing against the Griquas who were at best 1/10 tonight. Come on get real man. Everybody played averagely - the Griquas really made them look like stars

      martin.botha.5264 - 2012-10-12 22:38

      Mac the fat twat!

      macziekpk - 2012-10-12 22:46

      If I am fat you are George Clooney, and we know that's not true

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-13 02:13

      ...Patricia Lambie kicks worse than Morne Steyn...

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-13 07:07

      Martin, your originality knows no bounds.

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-10-12 22:28

    sharks peaking at the right time, i hope they bring home the super rugby title next year

      macziekpk - 2012-10-12 22:33

      I am sure you do, but that has only ever been done by the mighty Bulls. Three times. Remember 2007? Sharks and Stormers - always the Jim Levenstein, never the Stiffler

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-13 02:00

      ....Bulls = Super Champions X3...!! ...Bulls lead... ..others follow...

      kosie.fires - 2012-10-13 08:10

      @macziekpk. One day someone will reveal how much the bulls paid Steve Walch? for that 2007 final.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-13 12:06

      So what? Neil Armstrong is the greatest cycler that ever lived. You think I believe he went to the moon? Nope - Set up in a studio. Is that all they have on the guy?? Same way I won't believe the Bulls paid Walsh if it was suddenly discovered.

  • reagan.kammies - 2012-10-12 22:46

    Dis hoe mens Rugby speel ek dink Heineke Meyer kan n ding of 2 leer by John Plumtree. Sharks all the way.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-12 23:02

      WTF? Everyone's head so far up their ass they can't see how useless Griquas were tonight? "That's how you play rugby" - if the opposition knocks on every opportunity they have and miss tackles all over and give penalties away in front of the poles everytime you go into their 22, you will win. You don't even have to try. King Heyneke can learn from Plumtree? What a joke

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-13 00:53

      ...loser-choker-cupless Allister Coetzee kan ook gerus maar by John Plumtree gaan leer...!

      tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-10-13 06:04

      Heyneke het al super14 gewen!...John Pruimboom sukkel nounog om een te wen

  • nathan.davies.1257 - 2012-10-12 22:54

    Not only are they playing good rugby, but its the most attractive rugby been played by an SA rugby team in a while...Sharks deserve the cup for pure entertainment alone

      macziekpk - 2012-10-12 23:03

      Please don't spread your filth and smut here

      aldo.dunn1 - 2012-10-12 23:25

      and the best part is........................ the "mighty" Bulls "might" not even be in the currie cup next year, hahahahaha

      nathan.davies.1257 - 2012-10-13 08:33

      Ahg poor mac.... Feeling impotent for supporting the bulls \rugby\ team...I guess I'd also lash out if the Sharks were playing the kind of rugby the bulls play.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-13 12:07

      Aldo I see what you did there but thanks for using the ".." to explain it. With or without the "..." it's still a pretty lame "play on words"

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-10-12 23:20

    sharks bulls semi, interesting

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-10-13 11:48

      @Sammy sounds about right seeing as Lions will now definitely roll over & throw the game so the loser Bulls qualify for the semis.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-13 12:08

      Sharks Bulls semi - I guess we know who is taking the title this year. Well done Bulls. Walk in the park

  • reinie.brandt - 2012-10-12 23:21

    Well done Sharks! Mac and co, let's watch all the games this weekend and then we can debate on all the flyhalves. Lambie might be soft, but he has class.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-13 12:11

      Lambie might be soft, but he has class - is he Ron Burgundy? Or is he more Gangnam?

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-10-13 05:43

    no the best i can do is busting your nut myself hero

      macziekpk - 2012-10-13 12:12

      You want to but someone's nut? You do know what that means right?

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-13 12:19

      Sammy... ..bla bla bla bla bla..! ...stupid fool...!

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-13 12:20

      Sammy... ..bla bla bla bla bla..! ...stupid fool...!

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-13 06:07

    Well done Sharks!! Nice to comment once a few of the blue bull supporters have finished their irrelevant rantings. Sharks can relax today

  • tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-10-13 06:15

    Sharks speel goeie rugby maar hule kan ook ni n beker wys ni...grootbekke

      riaan.vangreunen.9 - 2012-10-13 07:33

      Twee bekers in 4jaar....

      tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-10-13 08:04

      So min?...Jule moet di super-rugby beker wen soos di BULLE (3 keer in 5jaar)

      maria.l.dewar - 2012-10-13 08:59

      We r only 1 behind u and at least we don't have the threat of relegation looming! Iif Lions win today its bey bey Calves!

      deon.fouche.3 - 2012-10-13 09:58

      Maria, you can't argue with an idiot

      tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-10-13 10:46

      Bly stil Tinkerbell (Deon)

      riaan.vangreunen.9 - 2012-10-13 23:30

      Dis regtig jammer dat n handjie vol blou bul ondersteuners almal laat sleg lyk omdat hul nie rugby kennis het nie. Sien jul volgende naweek

  • mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-10-13 07:27

    @mac i do not think PL is overrated, bur rather nt your cup of tea. I believe that he is a diff style of 10 to what u want. Yes, the boy does the baics and isnt crazy like CARLOS. A flyhalf who makes things look effortless nd reads the situation is gud

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-10-13 12:01

      The most level-headed Pat Lambie comment on this article, I applaud you. Well said! Later today we will Steyn play after a few weeks rest, and maybe even Elton will get a run. Next week the three will definitely be in action, and two probably the week after. Then we can see who should wear the #10 jersey in Ireland.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-13 12:15

      Crown Prince HRH Steyn is being put in the team too soon. He should be living lavishly in his palatial estate with his wench and young nipper until the Super 15 season. He will not play well tonight but the Blue Noblemen, especially Hitman Kirchner will outclass the Lions. BTW who is Carlos? Carlos the Jackal? I believe he is in a Fench prison. Can we get him? In Ireland, Steyn should not go, because he might buy a castle. King Steyn

  • tim.kilpin - 2012-10-13 08:06

    Great game sharks - now we can sit back and watch the other games with interest to see who our semi finalists are going to be.

  • BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-13 08:53

    the Sharks send out a warning to all the other teams. Great game of Rugby. Go Cheetahs and Bulls !

  • gunner.zn.5 - 2012-10-13 09:50

    Dont hate, appreciate..Go SHARKS

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-10-13 12:02

      No hating, just hoping the Lions get to play you guys in the final again! Won't be as one-sided as last year, that's for sure.

  • ledzepkid.zn - 2012-10-13 10:08

    Cobus Reinach is doing really well. I wonder how he will go in Super Rugby.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-13 12:16

      Probably crumble

      ledzepkid.zn - 2012-10-13 13:09

      Why do you say that?

      niel.walt - 2012-10-13 16:14

      The rest of the sa teams crumble u mean

  • robert.reeve.7564 - 2012-10-13 10:42

    HM take careful notes and think about who will do the Bokke better service. If Peter Grant remains persona non grata for internal politics, then Patrick Lambie shouldn't sit on the bench any more. He plays the most promising game of all the youngsters and shouldn't be ignored by flogging nervous nags who break like eggs and mess the game plan - that's if you have one! Lambie's game last night was a confidence warm up telling us that he's ready for much more... Don't waste him.

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-10-13 12:05

      You referring to Jantjies when you say "nervous nags who break like eggs"? He has proved himself to be as tough as Lambie! With Goosen your comments are true, he needs to be tested at Super Rugby for a full season before I'll be convinced he is as good as many believe.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-13 12:17

      To even be talking about 20 metre Peter in the same sentence as Lambie and Jantjies nullifies your comment. They are streaks ahead of popgun pete

  • Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-13 15:06

    The way you lambie lovers carry on, you think he was the only player on the field.

  • Bradley - 2012-10-13 19:06

    Way to go sharks!! Rugby how it should be played. Welcome back \r\nLambie, Sharks forever. Blue Bulls feeling the pressure though,

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-10-14 08:43

    CREATE HAVOC - check. Secure Top Spot - check. Ease Into Semi's - check. BLACK.WHITE.DYNAMITE

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