Chiefs break Sharks hearts

2012-04-21 18:49

Cape Town - Aaron Cruden scored 13 points for the Chiefs as they moved back to the top of the Super Rugby table with a narrow 18-12 victory over the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.

The young flyhalf opened the scoring with a try midway through the first half, while Augustine Pulu added a second on the final whistle with the hosts paying for their countless errors throughout the game.

All the Sharks' points came via the boot of Patrick Lambie and even though they picked up a consolation bonus point, they will rue missed chances in their first match at home after a tour of Australasia.

They had all the territorial advantage early on but were kept out by some steely Chiefs defence.

It took 12 minutes for the tourists to mount their first real attack, with Tawera Kerr-Barlow bursting through the middle.

After the ball was off-loaded to Asaeli Tikoirotuma on the left, however, the winger lacked support and eventually knocked on.

That was the start of a dominant period for the visitors and they made it count with a 19th minute opener from Cruden, who ran straight through a gap in defence after good phase play from his teammates.

The Chiefs number 10 comfortably converted, before adding another three points on the half-hour mark when Charl McLeod was caught offside.

The mistakes continued from the hosts, much to the frustration of coach John Plumtree.

But they finally had their first points in the final minute of the opening half when Lambie slotted over a penalty, awarded when Kerr-Barlow was penalised for playing the ball on the ground.

It was 10-3 at the break and straight after the restart the young Sharks flyhalf sent over another three points when Sonny Bill Williams failed to release in the tackle.

The Chiefs forwards were then penalised for collapsing the scrum, giving Lambie another shot at goal which he happily accepted, as the gap was reduced to one point.

However, Keegan Daniel failed to roll away from a ruck quickly enough, allowing the Chiefs another shot at goal that was sent over by Cruden.

The kicking battle continued when Lambie slotted over three more points for the home side, but he then missed a 50-metre penalty that would have put his team in front with 10 minutes remaining.

Both Lambie and Cruden missed penalties in the final 10 minutes, before Pulu sold a dummy and ran along the right touchline to score in the final phase of the game.


15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Louis Ludik, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2  Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Dale Chadwick

Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Marcell Coetzee, 21 Frederic Michalak, 22 Meyer Bosman

15 Andrew Horrell, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Richard Kahui, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Alex Bradley, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke (captain), 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Mahonri Schwalger, 1 Arizona Taumalolo

Substitutes: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Josh Hohneck, 18 Michael Fitzgerald, 19 Tanerau Latimer, 20 Augustine Pulu, 21 Jackson Willison, 22 Robbie Robinson


  • Alan - 2012-04-21 18:54

    Sharks deserved to loose that game. Such a pity the final conversion was missed. When you ( Sharks) butcher so many tries that should've been then you don't deserve a point. This game was there for the tadpoles to have won. They had the chiefs so many times but couldn't close the deal. Pathetic '

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-04-21 19:14

      As an ardent Shark fan I have to agree with you. Really poor decisions and handling today.

      ckrohne1 - 2012-04-21 19:31

      The Sharks' handling is like ten year old boys. The commentators keep on talking about the humid affect, but I don't see the Chiefs making that many handling errors. Maybe it all comes down to the fact that NZ players handling skills are far more superior then the handling skills of the SA players. __________________

      Terence - 2012-04-21 20:01

      At one stage the Chiefs have made more handling errors than the Sharks. Did you actually watch the game?

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-04-21 21:07

      Terence, the difference was, that the Chiefs closed the game down whilst the Sharks made some seriously bad decisions like 1) taking a long-throw line out within 5 metres and gifting the ball to the Chiefs 2) kicking away posession instead of running the ball 3) bringing on Michalak... need I say more... All in all... (ahndling errors aside) the Sharks were pretty poor all round

      Terence - 2012-04-21 21:14

      I agree Ferret, but my comment was based purely on handling errors.

      Gerald - 2012-04-22 09:15

      A very disappointing loss. The more I watch the Sharks this season, the more I can't help but wonder if it's perhaps time for a 100% overhaul of the coaching staff.

  • Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-21 18:57

    Sorry Sharkies. Raak ontslae van daai useless kaptein en julle verbeter met 20%. Bul groete.

  • Warren - 2012-04-21 18:58

    Bwhaahaahaahaahaahaahaa, what a try. Time for Plum to get out the cheque book & start raiding the poor old Cheetahs again. (Instead of putting the cheque book towards his own development program.)

  • James - 2012-04-21 19:00

    The Karks should have won tonight. Too many stupid errors.

  • Bronwen - 2012-04-21 19:04

    the sharks broke their supporters hearts not the chiefs the sharks are bottom feeders they can only beat sides at the bottom of the total conference like the commitment to the ball going forward or to the breakdown..worst handling seen for a long time..when will the sharks hierachy say enough or when will the sponsors say enough

      Alan - 2012-04-21 19:09

      Time to sack Plumtree. When he took over the Sharks were the best team in Superrugby. Under Plum they have spluttered and stumbled their way down the ladder with no improvement in sight. Sorry but Plum must go he could coach a tadpole to swim.

  • Bronwen - 2012-04-21 19:07

    to brian van zyl do something long is it going to be before the sharks franchise do something positive in super rugby.even the lions won the super 10

      Gerald - 2012-04-22 10:08

      And beat the Sharks in the CC final because of Dumbtree's selection duff-up

  • James - 2012-04-21 19:09

    This may very well be the end for the Shocks.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-21 20:27

      the fishpaste club must just merge now with the lions. Golden Guppies for 2013

  • Lance - 2012-04-21 19:11

    My condolences Sharks..only saw a few moments of the game and saw a soft Sharks side, was I right? Seems so..I'm ready to shout for the enemy tonight so that we can again meet up later..Good luck Bulls, go gettem..greetings from \the calm of the Storm(ers)\

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-04-21 19:13

    The Sharks were shocking. It's the story of our game at the moment. We get within 5 metres of the try line and make a mistake, week in week out. Poor handling and even poorer decision making is costing us. Personally, I think it's time for a shake up in the coaching department, Plumtree has been a good coach for us but right now, is about as effective as a dried teabag. Very frustrating afternoons rugby for the Sharks supporters.

  • Gadija - 2012-04-21 19:18

    I doubted the sharks from the beginning even with having a home advantage.Never looked like they wanted to win either. STORMERS JOU LEKA DING

  • Bronwen - 2012-04-21 19:22

    maybe time for sharks supporters to petition the sharks ceo in the english premier league this is what happens..coaches who dont perform no longer coach

  • Franklyn - 2012-04-21 19:24

    Geez sharks whats-up ? you guys are better than this,leadership issues ?

      Terence - 2012-04-21 20:03

      A captain who clearly doesn't know the rules.

  • Peter - 2012-04-21 19:39

    no tries = no win (does not apply to nothern hemisphere rugby!)\r\nAnd another thing: I understand they are trialling the 3point conversion and 2point penalty in SA uni-rugby? Quite like the idea.......

      Tony - 2012-04-21 20:02

      2poiints for a drop too or only penalties?

  • Skhona - 2012-04-21 19:59

    Sharks sucks this season they're really hopeless

  • Angelina - 2012-04-21 20:22

    Chiefs must do more than here and sharks must give up

  • Johan - 2012-04-21 21:29

    The Sharks really snatched defeat from the jaws of victory tonight, Sharks you lost the game, the Chiefs did not win it

  • Dabb - 2012-04-21 22:03

    The Sharks were leaderless both on and off the field. They did not deserve a win. The refereeing was as close to match fixing as one can in rugby. Too much money in Super Rugby? After watching rugby lately, I will not be surprised by a match fixing scandal. DABB

      Rich - 2012-04-22 13:47

      And Jonker yesterday?

  • Jco - 2012-04-21 23:44

    Sorry to the Sharks. Tonight it was not on for you! To many handling mistakes. You are a good team. As a Bull supporter I need to say, even you lost tonight against the Chiefs, your game was better than ours against the Brumbies! Even we won!

  • LeonTheShark - 2012-04-22 06:45

    Ai natal

  • Peter Zylstra - 2012-04-22 07:21

    The ref was pathetic and cost the Sharks the game. The final try should have been referred to the TMO since the try scorer stepped on the line.

      Johan - 2012-04-22 10:37

      You woud have won if it was refered? Can't even win ugly, no wonder Michalak is running away

      Rich - 2012-04-22 12:34

      He was very close to the line but replays show that his right foot was clearly inside.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-22 14:01

      Don't know if the ref cost us the game, but he wasn't great. Sharks are guilty of going to sleep before the game is over - thats what cost the try, and it's not exactly as if it is the first time it has happened. These oke's are pro's, they get paid paid big moola's, how on earth do they allow such a thing to happen? Could haunt them badly later when it come's to points difference being an issue... but this team does not have it in them to go all the way this year anyway, they come accross as a disjointed unit.

  • Hermann - 2012-04-22 07:57

    My opinion is the Sharks used the wrong tactic. The chiefs defence this year is better than the stormers defence, and they tried to spread the chiefs defence. Lambie should have tried a few drop goals to get some momentum and the score board ticking. I would have loved to see the sharks win to get a few log points on the new zealanders.

      nigel.castleward - 2012-04-22 12:15

      Can someone please explain to me the rules regarding the putting in of the ball at the scrums ! The Chiefs were putting it in under the locks feet. Surely it has to be put in giving the opposing side the chance of contesting for the ball.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-22 13:56

      Gotta agree nigel, it was beyond ridiculous. Also that McLeod did not pick it up and simply copy the Chiefs? Or would he have been blown up?

  • Ockie - 2012-04-22 09:35

    Bad luck Sharks. Made too many mistakes when you had the ball. The Chiefs defence was good, but they have to watch out ... they might be labelled the new bullies (after Samoa) with their off the ball incidents. (Trying to take the opposition's head off at ruck and general play.) To my opinion they could have got easily 3 yellows in this game.

  • Reinie - 2012-04-22 10:18

    Real Pity, Sharks have the players and depth. The only issue is our coaching staff! How is it possible at this level of rugby that our head coach is to stubborn to appoint a defensive coach? Personally I think its time for a change in our coaching dept and get some local again. Surely by now the Sharks have realised that buying players from the free state is not the way to go! Eventually we get our first bye to rest and focus on the rest of the season. SHARKS FOREVER!

  • Daniel - 2012-04-22 12:38

    Sharks was so messy, was unreal. nice team on paper, the locks been disappointing me lately, but otherwise supposed to be a good team. I think they have a coach trying to play something less constructive rugby whilst he has players in his team who are typically suited to a well thought out constructive game plan. Maybe Sharks should give Pieter De Villiers a call?

  • Rich - 2012-04-22 12:46

    I thought the commentary was very biased and a couple of my SA friends agree, in fact one even mentioned that he thought it was embarrassing. And what about Skinstad's "coconut tackle" remark - should be reprimanded for that.

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-22 13:54

    Sharks deserved to lose this one, it was criminal of them to allow that last try! Brings back memories of us throwing the title a few years back when the okes stopped playing before the game was over. Is it Natal fever or what! Not impressed with the Chiefs foul play either - I see a lot of Samoa in their tactics. The slippery conditions did not make for a good game - even Sonny Bill was frustrated. A game the Sharks definately could have one. Burden is coming on in leaps and bounds, Bissie must not get too arrogant.

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