Sharks surge to the top

2012-10-06 21:01

Bloemfontein - The Sharks climbed to the top of the Currie Cup table, holding off the Free State Cheetahs for a 37-30 (half-time 15-10) win at the Free State Stadium on Saturday night.

The hosts came out flying from the kick-off and put the Sharks under immense pressure.

The visitors subsequently infringed and Cheetahs winger Nico Scheepers kicked his side's first penalty as early as the seventh minute.

Building momentum, fellow wing Raymond Rhule, who had already had the Sharks up in arms in the opening minutes, broke through the visiting side's defence for the first try of the match, with Scheepers converting.

The Sharks, however, woke from their slumber, advancing deep into the Cheetahs half, gaining a penalty at the breakdown which flyhalf Meyer Bosman slotted over with ease.

Playing some attacking rugby of their own as they tried to close the gap, Sharks winger Odwa Ndugane scored the Durban side's first five-pointer from a move he started. Bosman converted to lock the scores at 10 points each.

The visitors started to seize control and Ndugane scored his second try of the evening six minutes from half-time, though Bosman could not convert.

The Sharks came out firing in the second half and scored their third try shortly after the kick-off.

Centre Paul Jordaan jogged over to jot down under the crossbar after Ndugane set the attack in motion. Bosman converted to put the Cheetahs on the back foot early in the second stanza.

Scheepers kicked another penalty to reduce the deficit, but the hosts kept infringing and Bosman capitalised.

The Bloemfontein-based side got back within striking distance after scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius burst over in the 55th minute, with Scheepers converting to leave the Cheetahs a mere five points shy.

Trying to escape the relegation zone, the home side threw everything at the Sharks in the last 15 minutes and Scheepers kicked a penalty to bring them within two points.

The Sharks put the result beyond doubt, however, when flanker Jacques Botes scored from a rolling maul, to secure a bonus point, and replacement hooker Kyle Cooper scored another five-pointer to draw them clear.

Rhule scored his second try in the dying minutes to give the Cheetahs a much needed bonus point, lifting them from the bottom of the table.


Free State:

Tries: Raymond Rhule (2), Sarel Pretorius.

Conversions: Nico Scheepers (3)

Penalties: Scheepers (3)


Tries: Odwa Ndungane (2), Paul Jordaan, Jacques Botes and Kyle Cooper.

Conversions: Meyer Bosman (3)

Penalties: Bosman (2)


Free State Cheetahs:

15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Robert Ebersohn (captain), 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Francois Uys, 6 Lappies Labuschagne, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.

Substitutes: 16 AJ le Roux, 17 Brummer Badenhorst, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Philip Snyman, 22 Rayno Benjamin.


15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Meyer Bosman, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Jandre Marais, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Pieter Dixon, 1 Dale Chadwick

Substitutes: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Peet Marais, 19 Lubabalo Mtembu, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Riaan Viljoen, 22 S'bura Sithole


  • KeeperofChaos - 2012-10-06 21:05

    Perfection! Sharks win and Bulls at the bottom.

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-06 21:15

      Are they?

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-10-06 21:16

      not quite.

      werner.pretorius.12 - 2012-10-06 21:18

      Ja hulle is, ek dink agv punteverskil

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-10-06 21:25

      okidoki. jammer.

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-06 21:30

      ....gelukkig gaan die Cape Clowns weer nie die Currie beker wen nie...!! ...go Sharks...!!

  • ndabenhle.g.ngcobo - 2012-10-06 21:14

    Great performance. Defence could be more aggressive but I'm just nit picking.

  • bertie.naude.35 - 2012-10-06 21:14

    At least three wings was involved in this match that's better than Habana.

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-06 21:19

      ...pensioner Banana is useless has-been..

      christopher.caine.71 - 2012-10-06 23:44

      this is the same Habana who got 7 tries in this rugby championship?... just checking I wonder what you narrow minded tools would say about Habana if he still played for the bulls...

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-10-06 21:15

    Twas a good rugby weekend. Well done Sharks, Griquas 'n Bulls.

  • nkambazyofaninikuphelidakwa.chiliza - 2012-10-06 21:18

    i thnk it safe 2 say currie cup trophy is cuming down 2 dbn this season. I don,t care wat u people thnks

      nkambazyofaninikuphelidakwa.chiliza - 2012-10-06 21:40

      en jou teacher as well he/she proud of ur english

  • lourensv1 - 2012-10-06 21:30

    Naka's got to go!!!

      jaques.delange.7 - 2012-10-06 22:04

      haha en die blou balle lĂȘ nogsteeds heel onder gereed om teen Luke te speel haha

  • moses.govender.7 - 2012-10-06 22:26

    At least there's one team in SA who can play rugby the way it should be played...and by the way did the boks play today???

  • sean.ferreira.3 - 2012-10-06 23:07

    Would love to see paul jordaan with more ball in hand that guy has got massive pace.. Just got to love being a shark supporter never disappoints,unlike our boks but I'm sure the boks will stand up eventually...

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-10-07 00:01

      Agreed. I took one look at our team sheet today and would not swap out backline for the bok backline. Just get our forwards back and there you go..... Even so, todays Sharks squad would give the boks a very good run for their money...

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-10-07 00:15

      We get Lambie and Mvovo back as well. They must be itching to get out on a field.

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-10-07 07:21

      Yup, but with odwa, jp 'n ludick we have an abundance of much more talented players for the back 3 than the boks don't we? I am not a big fan of lambie... he need to toughen up a lot. one moretoe tackle and he becomes a bit of a liability.

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-10-08 09:11

      You're talking about the same Lambie that played fullback against Samoa and did not miss one single tackle? If you ask me the SB camp should be going to Lambie for tackling lessons because while he was taking them around the ankles on Saturday the rest of the team was missing four tackles in a row.......

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-10-08 10:42

      i can't agree alfred. He's had a poor season, and the sharks form in the super15 seemed to be directly proportional to his presense/absense. So i'd rather stick with ludick, who is havin an excellent season. I do beleive the shark backline from saterday was our strongest combination.

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-10-08 14:32

      Ok so previous ABSA player of the year, multi capped Springbok, one of the best talents in SA rugby must sit on the bench? Are you judging his form based on his last S15 game played in the pouring rain in NZ (coming back from injury) or based on the 15 minutes of game time that HM gives him every week? If Lambie is out of form then I can think of no better place for him to regain it than in a home game against Griquas.

      rob.bancroft.94 - 2012-10-08 16:15

      gavin, if you knew what you were talking about, but its obvious you don't. Lambie injured his ankle after catching a ball, it was not in a tackle.

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-10-08 18:49

      I am talking about the whole season. He has been out of form, and now he hasn't played in a while to boot. All you need to do to stop lambie is tackle him very hard once... and then you won't see much of him for the rest of the game..... Having said all this, I am sure he will play, and will support him to the fullest. Turner???? have you followed the conversation or are you just lost.

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-10-08 18:51

      Just know I know it's not a popular opinion. My boet looked at me all squiff when I mentioned my opinion, just like you guys 8)

  • martin.botha.5264 - 2012-10-06 23:16

    Agree with you Moses, Boks should consider employing old Graham Hendry as technical adviser. Well done Sharks, consistently playing good attacking ruggas.

      christopher.caine.71 - 2012-10-06 23:46

      Can you really picture graham henry in a meeting with the current bok coaching staff? he would walk out after about 5 minutes

  • denese.newby - 2012-10-07 03:45

    Well Done Sharks. However Cheetahs also played with very exciting energy! SHARKS FOREVER!

  • SirFGrumpy - 2012-10-07 08:01

    Great result, great performance, now for a home semi and final with the bok players back. Now please teach the current bok players how to offload the ball in the tackle.

  • gunner.zn.5 - 2012-10-07 16:17

    Just too good.Well done boys

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