Chiefs thump weary Sharks

2012-08-04 11:17

Hamilton - The Chiefs capped an exceptional year to be crowned the 2012 Super Rugby champions on Saturday when they beat the Sharks 37-6 in a one-sided final.

The Chiefs were more clinical and made fewer errors than the Sharks on a wet Hamilton night, running up a 13-3 lead by half-time and outscoring the South Africans four tries to nil.

They become only the sixth different side to win the crown in the 17-year history of the tough championship which features the best from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, the three top-ranked nations in the world.

The Chiefs, with only a handful of experienced players in their squad, were largely written off at the start of the season but proved the pundits wrong by winning the New Zealand conference and finishing second on the table.

They started the final as the fresher side, having had the luxury of being at home for the past three weeks while the Sharks had an arduous travel schedule, and it showed as they ran away with the game.

The Sharks did enjoy the better of the opening exchanges after a JP Pietersen kick drilled the Chiefs into the corner and Ryan Kankowski stole the lineout.

But their only reward was a sole penalty by Frederic Michalak before the Chiefs began to work their way into the game with superior forward power and a more accurate kicking game.

A 10-minute period of relentlessly testing the Sharks' defence ended when the Chiefs recovered an Aaron Cruden chip kick and a Sonny Bill Williams break led to Tim Nanai-Williams scoring wide out.

Cruden landed the conversion and two penalties after the Du Plessis brothers Jannie and Bismarck both infringed to have the Chiefs ahead 13-3 at half-time.

Chiefs hooker and Samoan international Mahonri Schwalger put his side in command at the start of the second half when he stole the kick-off from the Sharks forwards.

From an attacking scrum, backrower Kane Thompson was able to pick up the ball and run through a huge gap to score the Chiefs' second try.

Replacement wing Lelia Masaga put the match firmly in the Chiefs' grasp with 20 minutes remaining when he snapped up a misdirected Keegan Daniel pass and raced 50m to the line, stepping deftly around Patrick Lambie on the way.

Cruden landed the conversion and a further penalty before Williams, in his final match for the Chiefs, capped off the scoring with a try in the closing minutes which he followed with a celebratory dive into the crowd.

Other winners of the Super championship are the Crusaders (seven titles), Bulls (three), Blues (three), Brumbies (two), and Reds (one).



Tries: Tim Nanai-Williams, Kane Thompson, Lelia Masaga and Sonny Bill Williams.

Conversions: Aaron Cruden (4)

Penalties: Cruden (3)


Penalties: Frederic Michalak (2)



15 Robbie Robinson, 14 Tim Nanai-Williams, 13 Andrew Horrell, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Kane Thompson, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke (captain), 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Mahonri Schwalger, 1 Sona Taumalolo

Substitutes: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Ben Afeaki, 18 Michael Fitzgerald, 19 Sam Cane, 20 Brendon Leonard, 21 Jackson Willison, 22 Lelia Masaga


15 Patrick Lambie, 14 Louis Ludik, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Paul Jordaan, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak,9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Keegan Daniel (captain), 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis,1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Steven Sykes, 19 Jacques Botes, 20 Jean Deysel, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Riaan Viljoen


  • petercarvell - 2012-08-04 11:18

    Why did we lose? Nothing to do with travelling. It because with 25min left to play and only 14 points behind we thought we had to run everything from our own try line instead of just kicking it into their half and trying to score from there. So wrong gamelan for the day! But well done Sharks, it was always a uphill battle and you made is proud to get to the final!

      cape.maori - 2012-08-04 11:19

      CHIEFS!!!!! CHIEFS!!!!!. The Super 15 cup belongs in the land of the world champions! The Saarks were, in typical SA style, gang raped by the Chiefs!!! Now for the championship – GO ALL BLACKS!! What happened to all the overrated bokkie players? Told you that the toordokter Du Plessis is a dirty player- gewoond daaraan om die plaaswerkers te bliksem – the islanders don't take prisoners!! Now for the typical SA excuse for losing: the REF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Chiefs, Go ALL BLACKS!!!! The Saarks were complaining like sissies the whole game – I think Bryce Lawrence was the ref! hahahahhahahaha- Where are all the arrogant stormer and saarks supporters! Please blame the ref, traveling, the ref, the weather, SBW etc. Lambie is overrated! One of the arrogant bloggers said Taumololo does not enough gas! Chiefs wasted a number of opportunities!!! This is how rugby is being played! SBW, your beauty!!!!!!!!!!!! Go earn the yen and come back for 2015 world cup!!! What a defensive effort!! High school team against the pre-school!!! Skinstad full of excuses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-08-04 11:22

      EISH !!! CHOKE CHOKE CHOKE CHOKE CHOKE What is it with the Sharks and their inevitable CHOKE ???

      Squeegee - 2012-08-04 11:24

      What a pathetic match. Sharks allowed themselves to be bullied and bashed. Terrible reffing in first half. Chiefs offside and worst cheaters – tackling the tackler, holding on, shoulder charges, dirty play. Bad handling – it looked like a fixed match.

      Squeegee - 2012-08-04 11:25

      Warning: Reading Cape.maori and I-such clearly demonstrates what happens when Trolls drink early in the day.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-08-04 11:28

      @Squeegee, no, not fixed, Sharks just really played THAT bad. The inevitable Chark Choke.

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-08-04 11:28

      Humility is strong with you cape. No excuses Cape, the Chiefs were fantastic tonight and Walsh was good to. Very disappointed but still proud of my Sharks, Well done Chiefs

      nick.spangenberg.52 - 2012-08-04 11:33

      capey you muppet you can't find new zealand on a map besides you're part of the kroesader brigade

      Poloyatonki - 2012-08-04 11:34

      The whole country was in good mood, the shacks has just spoiled it...

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-08-04 11:34

      Glad Keegan Daniels, the Sharks captain, thanked the Lord for their progress and strength is the last few weeks. Very fitting and humbling. Well done Keegan!

      ruan.nielsen.3 - 2012-08-04 11:37


      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-08-04 11:40

      Ruan, 11 years - no cups. Thanks for participating.

      ruan.nielsen.3 - 2012-08-04 11:44


      shakes.tshabala - 2012-08-04 11:47

      Well done CHIEFS. You've beaten them in all facets. You deserve to be winners.

      razz.tazz.9 - 2012-08-04 11:50

      LEKKER GEMOER!!!! Well done CHIEFS. More SILVERWARE for NZ.

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-08-04 11:52

      Your mother must be very proud of you Ruan. Still bitter are we about last week? Get over it already. Stormers were outplayed as the Sharks were today. The attitude of the WP supporters has been shocking. The Chiefs were outstanding tonight and would've beaten anyone the way they played (including your Stormers)

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-08-04 12:00

      @cape.maori If you hate South African sport that much,then why the hell do you keep visiting South African sports websites that much? "toordokter Du Plessis"... "gewoond daaraan om die plaaswerkers te bliksem" bloody hell you need help mate,there something seriously wrong with you in the way you talk and behave on this forum.What's any of that got to do with rugby? Honestly mate my advice to you is get the **** of these South African webpages and get a life.

      andrew.storkey - 2012-08-04 12:01

      Totally agree!! Time for Plumtree to pack his bags, I think we need a new coach, ultimately it was the sharks team and there belief that got them this far, nothing to do with the coach. Well done sharks, still a proud supporter!

      ruan.nielsen.3 - 2012-08-04 12:06

      @david,,,,,,is that all you have???????? you have to bring my mother into this????? youre weak my boy WEAK,,,,suck it and swallow your loss son.

      jason.vanderspuy.5 - 2012-08-04 12:08

      Impossible to win 3 games in 3 weeks in different countries over 1 million time zones. Sharks already faded badly in the last 10 min against Stormers. Pity we didn't have the Chiefs at Newlands, would have been a close contest

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-08-04 12:12

      Ruan read my posts please. I'm congratulating the Chiefs!! I am over the loss already, something you are yet to do,you've had a week already

      Eterni80 - 2012-08-04 12:39

      to all you f'ing morons that think the Sharks choked, let me ask you a question - had there been a 2 week break between the semi's and the finals, do you think the Thiefs, sorry I mean the Chiefs would still have won ????

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-08-04 12:55

      HAHAH Jason, the Chiefs at Newlands would not have been close , chiefs would have thumped a fresh zztormerzzz team even worse .. keep living in la-la land ( aka the Cape)

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-08-04 13:08

      Mr Potato Head, did you just look down ?

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-08-04 13:17

      never mind .. not sure what 's filling up that HUGE potato head of yours but I do know it's not wetware

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-08-04 13:23

      Don't know what papsak is moron I don't live in la-la land , that's your home turf

      TravieGrif - 2012-08-04 14:16

      @Eterni, I think that the question is a good one, but really ends in nothing but speculation. We had our chance and couldn't, so well done to the Chiefs. I wouldn't be surprised if that week is introduced sooner rather than later, but we are not the first to suffer from the travel bug...Crusaders had it bad last year too!

      terry.burne - 2012-08-04 14:58

      @ Cape Maori - have you ever wondered why you are a "cape maori" and not a NZ maori - it's because New Zealand doesn't want trash like you. It's a shame really, because South Africa also doesn't need trash like you and I am sure that I speak on behalf of most loyal South Africans when I say, we really wish you could go there becaue we don't need your kind of disloyal trash here either.

      jack.bleck - 2012-08-04 16:50

      well Sharks can't use fatigue as an excuse today - they were never in this match! They couldn't beat the Chiefs in Durbs and got a complete and total thumping in Hamilton. Would've been nice to see a Stormers v Chiefs final at Newlands, but the Stormers would have needed to beat the Sharks. Maybe ol Plum should've tried announcing his squad 5 minutes before the game again...not so easy to prepare for an unknown opposition. Anyhow, WP looking forward to getting some revenge at Durbs next weekend - me thinking of a 100+ drubbing!!!

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-08-04 17:15

      Only a Stormers supporter has the intellect to see this as a choke. Sharks had to play the Reds in Aus, the Stompies in CT & the Chiefs in NZ & then somehow get labelled chokers when all the REAL chokers had to do was play 2 games at home? One of which they didn't even pitch up for. You cannot even win one playoff game at home when the Sharks won two out of three AWAY playoff games? Like I said before, only a Stoffer supporter???????????? And no, I'm not a Sharks supporter. I support the Cheetahs who just so happens to have won more cups in the last ten years than you Losers (even after you poached our coach & players).

      jack.bleck - 2012-08-04 18:31

      What are you smoking Mevrou Vanwyk??? Stormers won the SA Conference Cup twice (2011 & 2012) & the Vodacom Cup (2012). Cheetahs have only got 2 meesly CCs to their name (2005 & 2007). Sharing it with your inbred sisters, the bulls in 06 doesn't count as an outright win. The Cheetahs will never even come close to WP/Stormers by way of glory - dream on china...

      Tamaranui - 2012-08-04 18:42

      Awesome game.....Go HAMILTRONNNNNNNNNNN, Sunny my man, You have now got every medal worthy in Union, World cup, Tri-Nations and now super -rugby....Come over to the Warriors Bro...Why Rooster mate ???

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-08-04 18:45

      @ jackblack: Mevrou Vanwyk lol??? Bet that took you a while. If my team is so crap why is your management always looking to us to solve your problems, even your Potato Head buddy wants Grant out & Goosen in. And correct me if I'm wrong seen that you know so much about rugby but haven't the lions won more silver in the last 10 years than you? P.S. Would you Stormers fans stop this crap about winning the SA conference coz as you well know it doesn't mean s**t... ffs!!!

      jack.bleck - 2012-08-04 19:12

      @Mevrou Vanwyk - you already forgotten Lipstick Dipstick??? The Conference Cup is actually worth more than the Vodacom or Currie Cup if you consider the opposition. The Springboks barely play in the CC these days. I'm genuinely surprised that the Cheetahs aren't a better Super Rugby team, considering that they're made up of two top Currie Cup teams in the FS & Griquas...

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-08-04 19:31

      @ jackblack: Even Rassie came to realise there is nothing to win at Loserlands & left with his tail between his legs. However he did salvage what little dignity he had left. But look on the bright side, at least you have Isak Visser as a fellow supporter! Whaaaaahaaaahaaaa!!!

      nibiru.sekkiejorge - 2012-08-04 19:40

      Pos Teams P W D L GF GA Diff Pts 1 Manchester City 38 28 5 5 93 29 64 89 2 Manchester Un 38 28 5 5 89 33 56 89 3 Arsenal 38 21 7 10 74 49 25 70 4 Tottenham 38 20 9 9 66 41 25 69 5 Newcastle 38 19 8 11 56 51 5 65 6 Chelsea 38 18 10 10 65 46 19 64 League Champions Manchester City FA Knock Out Cup Chelsea Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD Pts 1 Stormers 16 14 0 2 350 254 96 66 2 Chiefs 16 12 0 4 444 358 86 64 3 Reds 16 11 0 5 359 347 12 58 4 Crusaders 16 11 0 5 485 343 142 61 5 Bulls 16 10 0 6 472 369 103 59 6 Sharks 16 10 0 6 436 348 88 59 League Champions DHL Stormers Super 15 Knock Out Cup Chiefs

      jacques.l.roux.3 - 2012-08-04 21:02

      Stormers only team with a cup from this years competition! Well done guys best team in SA!

  • wesley.j.lane - 2012-08-04 11:19

    Well Done Cheifs! Sharks 4 EVA!

      wesley.j.lane - 2012-08-04 11:20

      I'm still proud of my boys for making so far!!! with all odds against them!!!

      Taurus.Blue1 - 2012-08-04 11:22

      Tough luck Sharks, Walsh missed a couple of incidents that should have resulted in cards though. Lambie should have been replaced with Riaan Viljoen at half time... Water under the bridge. You still carried the SA flag, it was always going to be a tough battle - you guys fought until the bitter end.

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-08-04 11:26

      No excuses... we lost...badly 8(. But at least we showed we are the best team in this country. Bring on the Curries Cup. Sharks forever 8)

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-08-04 11:35

      Lambie should have never started. Match fitness is important and he looked very rusty. But our forwards were bullied so our backline were spectators today

      Taurus.Blue1 - 2012-08-04 11:44

      @david, agree. This match was always going to be a 'tad' too far but I was still hoping. The Sharks nonetheless did most SA's proud, you guys basically came from nowhere and almost made it happen. The SR is the toughest rugby competition in the world and you don't just 'pitch' and expect to win. Hard work from the first game, home finals are vital. The Sharks must rest the Springbok players because the 'real stuff' awaits the Bokke.

      ruan.nielsen.3 - 2012-08-04 11:46


      jan.scheepers.927 - 2012-08-04 11:51

      Agreed David, bad starting team selection. Lambie clearly rusted with Willem Alberts and Michalak not adding much. Be as it may not many a team stood a change with Steve Walsh joining Bryce Lawrence in doing New Zeeland favours.

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-08-04 12:11

      @ruan.. don't u know how it work. u uneducated ijut! lol.

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-08-04 12:25

      @david.s.duncan.1 @jan.scheepers.927 interesting comments post game humiliation, yet when the headlines screamed "Lambie back to start for Sharks" the Sharks fans were very vocal in their support for his selection!

      ruan.nielsen.3 - 2012-08-04 13:04

      @ gavin,,,,do all the sore looser shakrs supporters always resort to name calling????? week my son very week

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-08-04 14:09

      Which day @ruan? lol

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-08-04 14:11

      Shoosh, please find a comment where I personally endorse Lambie playing today. Ludik should have started at fullback today.

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-08-04 17:25

      @david.s.duncan.1 - read my comment S-L-O-W-L-Y to actually understand what I wrote, to help you along the way let me repeat "interesting comments post game humiliation, yet when the headlines screamed "Lambie back to start for Sharks" the Sharks fans were very vocal in their support for his selection!" do you notice I never said YOU, I said, Sharks fans, gettid now.

  • lusciousville - 2012-08-04 11:21

    Chad le Clos should teach the Sharks how to swim......

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-08-04 11:38

      umh... we got our gold by being the best in the country.. and we also got our silver, so ??? Well done Sharks!

  • skhona.luswazi - 2012-08-04 11:21

    Totally outplayed They should've let Chiefs lift the cup without playing what a waste

      ann.erasmus - 2012-08-04 14:02

      Have you ever done that trip to NZ. Once takes it out of you and that's even if you're on holiday. What the Sharks did travelwise is unbelievable. Take that into account before you make your dumb comments.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-04 14:02

      Stick to soccer!

      skhona.luswazi - 2012-08-04 14:40

      @stinks kamp sticks to your boring afrikaaner rugby

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-08-04 17:36

      If it is afrikaans and boring why do you feel the need to comment on it?

      caleb.drumm.1 - 2012-08-04 21:51

      Can anyone say hiding!

  • MarkSchrade1980 - 2012-08-04 11:21

    Congratulations to the Chiefs, deserved Super Rugby Champs. And to my Sharks, very proud of u but this was a bridge too far.

  • dangelo.fredericks - 2012-08-04 11:22

    Ja wat laas week was daar gese dat die Stormers chokers is, maar kyk wat het vandag saam die Sharks gebeur, anyways...Excellent performance by the Chiefs team, you deserve to win

      jjskosana - 2012-08-04 12:13

      Da m0et n wener of n velorder wes... dis n final... j kani verder as dai gani... GO SHARKS

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-08-04 22:20

      @jjskosana - en jou span het verloor 4 tyd nou.

  • jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-08-04 11:22

    Yes didn't expect a win but didn't expect an ass whipping either... Nie n final se gat werd nie!!!!!

      stanley.marries - 2012-08-04 11:49


      shooshyu.tu - 2012-08-04 12:27

      @Jean not what the Sharks & Bulls fans were saying last week!

      jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-08-04 13:14

      Isak I'm not a shark supporter SUCKER!!!!

      jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-08-04 13:17

      And sadly you make me not want to be a stormer supporter either!!!!

      jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-08-04 13:39

      While sitting in front of the pc?! Hahaha! Wow wish I had your life!!

      mike.barmby - 2012-08-04 14:23

      Dear Mr Isak Visser, are you trying to brag about eating Blue Label Marie biscuits? They are only about R7 a pack. Please could you elaborate as to how this is impressive? Did you eat a whole pack without a glass of water or cup of coffee? Because that sir would be very impressive indeed. Well done anyway. Your impressive physique is evidence of your dietary habits

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-08-04 17:33

      @mike.barmby a.k.a Dom.Retard your comments continue to be immature & boring non rugby related.

  • - 2012-08-04 11:23

    Well, well, well, look who is talking now. Again my black Jersey brigade has knocked the bejassus out of the kamma South African's best team. All we heard was bombast but The Chiefs never bowed to mediocrity and rise above the best. WELL DONE CHIEFS.

      cape.maori - 2012-08-04 11:23


      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-08-04 11:48

      Zion be nice, the sharkies are hurting.

      jason.becker.969 - 2012-08-04 12:09

      Shocked! Fake Maori agrees! NZ's first super rugby title in HOW many years!! We cleaned u at the junior world cup n woulda cleaned u in the WC final had your crooked/bent poor excuse for a ref not blown us out of the WC. (he's now been fired I see...proves what we'd been saying all along, we got cheated!). I once asked a PROPER AB supporter what he thought of our piss willy little brigade of local AB \fans\ and he said, \we'd sooner piss in those idiots then have them as fans\ lolol! - 2012-08-04 13:45

      Dumbwin, OK sorry manne I was only joking. No bad feelings for the next 10years.

      smellarat.smith - 2012-08-04 21:35

      How to judge 2 men congratulating each other for chronically belittling the teams representing the country they grew up in. And trumpeting the accomplishments of teams from a country they have absolutely no connection to. How do classy individuals change the world? Through principled and humble example, like Nelson Mandela. It is the no-bodies that feel compelled to make noise to get noticed

      caleb.drumm.1 - 2012-08-04 22:07

      Jason, youre a sad bitter loser arent you. Dont talk stats and winning when comparing NZ and Saffa sides, you will lose again. And know nothing is proven about WC, you lost to an average Aus team, because youre team was even worse, You say NZ teams havent won it in years... 2008 was not that long ago. Lets talk stats then shall we? Super Rugby proper since 1996- NZ teams have won it 11 out of 17. SA 3 out of 17. NZ franchises who have lifted the trophy-3, SA franchises who have lifted trophy- 1. But keep on whinging about comspiracies in the WC if it keeps you bitter.

  • david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-08-04 11:24

    Well done Chiefs. Shown yourselves to be worthy champions this season. Cruden is my man of the match. The moment he figured to chip the ball behind us the game swung heavily in their favour. I don't think travel was an excuse, we were simply outplayed. Disappointed but still proud of my Sharks!!! Moral of the story - Top the log and get home ground advantage.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-04 12:36

      "won a final"!

      donavan.boshoff - 2012-08-04 12:53

      Agreed, Well done Chiefs we were definitely outplayed tonight but still a proud Shark. Kankowski boet you proved hair definitely grows on steel.

  • TravieGrif - 2012-08-04 11:24

    Congrats to the Chiefs. Deserving champions. Pity Walsh missed the foul play by thenChiefs but I don't think that would have changed the end result. A bridge too far, but I am so proud of the Sharks. Well done lads. You are champs to me!

      cape.maori - 2012-08-04 11:26

      hahahhahahahahahahaahhahaha - excuses!!!! Bloody sissies!!

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-04 12:39

      Agree, we still would have lost - but how on earth was that tackle on Kankowski not seen? I find that very hard to comprehend. Jannie has still not learned the art of self control as well, that penalty was a very critical one - the game seemed to turn at that point.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-04 12:40

      @cape.maori - do you ever actually have an opinion on the match you comment on? If you're not interested in the rugby, why comment on a site?

      TravieGrif - 2012-08-04 14:11

      No Maori. I said that I don't think it would have changed the result. Chiefs were the better team on the day by a long way. If you think that Walsh had a good game at ref today,I would like to know. The one-eyed NZ commentators seemed to think that he missed things that should have been punished, but I am not looking for excuses, which is why I said that I didn't think it would have changed the result. I gave credit where it was due, and congratulated the Chiefs on being worthy champs. Take that massive chip off your shoulder and have a little grace, just like most of the Sharks supporters had last week.

      TravieGrif - 2012-08-04 14:13

      Chum I agree but Jannie's actions were not worthy of a penalty, and it was key, but he needs to learn self control. Very disappointed about the shoulder charges not being punished, and the ref talking and talking about taking out the defenders. That is a penalisable offence, but he just warned. Anyway, they used the momentum very well, and credit to them.

  • Dhirshan - 2012-08-04 11:26


      cape.maori - 2012-08-04 11:28

      Wrong feeling!!!

      skhona.luswazi - 2012-08-04 11:29

      @ dirshan well spot on but this haters will disagree with you

      Taurus.Blue1 - 2012-08-04 11:33

      Oh pleeeeze!! The Stormers had their opportunity and choked - Stormers are not champion material

      bfvillet - 2012-08-04 11:34

      ja well but it`s not i guess this is how you are brought back down to earth Meyer is going to need all the luck he can get.Emotion will only take you so far

      jjskosana - 2012-08-04 12:00


      shooshyu.tu - 2012-08-04 12:36

      @Taurus.Blue1 - Sharks 4 finals 0 Cups = Chokers as well definitely NOT championship material other than the big talk & excuses?

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-04 12:43

      To be fair, it would have been much better for the SA cause had the Stormers won last weekend. But losing proves they were just not good enough. The only team so far from SA to truly dominate this comp, are the Bulls, they are the only one's who seem to have the mindset to finish properly. I'm a Sharks fan, we're always competitive but seem to slip when it matters. A bit better than the Stormers though ....

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-08-04 13:00

      dhrishan .. ffs how stupid are you "ppl" ? .. your team had a hard time putting the Rebels away at home .. stop living in denial and realize THEY"RE CRAP .. acceptance is the first step

      sky.nhlangothi - 2012-08-04 13:05

      Lmao lmfao wat a joke, failed to do that in the semi on \home turf\ if I whr u, I would keep my fingers cross that at least 2 more players get the springbok jersey frm the WP,highly unlikely.

      blou.johnny - 2012-08-04 14:51

      ...the weakest link... ....bye bye loser Alister Coetzee....!

      terry.burne - 2012-08-04 15:17

      Puhlease! The Sotormers were not good enough to beat the 6th placed team last weekend - how do you think they were going to be good enough to beat the Chiefs? You Stomers supporters are so one-eyed!!!!

  • nathan.barnes.503 - 2012-08-04 11:28

    What a weak performance by the Sharks. I'd hoped for a more competitive final even if they had lost. (And I'm not a Sharks supporter).

  • ruan.lacock - 2012-08-04 11:29

    PROUD SHARKS SUPPORTER SINCE 1972- Well done to the CHIEFS !!

      jaan.vanschaick - 2012-08-04 13:21


      shooshyu.tu - 2012-08-04 13:35

      @jaan.vanschaick - REALLY, this must be the most idiotic, anti-Stormer comment yet to be posted.

  • myst.rackermann - 2012-08-04 11:30

    Congrats, Chiefs and I'm sorry that Sharks lost :(

  • leonard.riggien - 2012-08-04 11:30

    At least we get to finals. ( And win the occasional CC. )

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-08-04 12:37

      It's one thing getting into a final but it means nothing if you can't win them, that's 0 from 4 now.

      mike.barmby - 2012-08-04 14:26

      Dear Shoosh, you seem to attack this gentleman as if your team has won a trophy. Are you a Lions or Bulls supporter? Because those are the only two teams from South Africa who have won this trophy. It's best not to throw eggs onto your own face.

      skinfaxi.mordor - 2012-08-04 14:45

      It's a really good point. We have only one thing left to get right. Winning the last game. This is a much better position however than some of the other teams who have two things to get right, one of which is getting to a final in the first place. As Edison said.... I have not ailed 1000 times. I have just discovered 1000 ways not to make a lightbulb.

      henco.swart - 2012-08-04 14:46

      @ Shoosh: ok... Four Finals for the Sharks, and nothing won... but mind you, at least they didn't 'win' the trophy way back in April... like a certain SA side, who have had a home semi this year, last year, and the year before that... Six weeks ago, the Sharks knew they were going to struggle to qualify for the play-offs, but they made it to the finals... The Stormers 'knew' they had their semi spot booked... and they didn't even get this far... So, what is the Stormers excuse for not making it this far? Did they not finish top of the log? Did they not win 14 out of 16 games this seasons, beating the Bulls twice in that? Did you really expect the Sharks to feel sorry for the Stormers, and move aside? If the Stormers couldn't beat the Sharks at Newlands, in a semifinal, then I doubt that they would have beaten the Chiefs in a final, at Newlands... So winning more than 80% of your games in the past three years mean nothing if you haven't got any silverware, except for conference cups, to show for it. And yes, this is the SupeRugby Championship, not a Conference Cup Championship... The Stormers weren't good enough last week, what makes you believe they would have been good enough this week?

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-08-04 17:43

      @henco.swart - long & boring non-sensical comment but please show me where I stated that the Stormers would have beaten the Chiefs? Sharks final 0 from 4 enuff said it's in the record books. @mike.barmby fake Dom.Retardis - Actually I support the Southern Kings.

      henco.swart - 2012-08-04 19:43

      shame, shoosie... are those too difficult questions for you to answer? I guess so. I will make it easy for you to answer... Where were the Stormers today? and if you support the Kings... wow, now that is a bunch of winners, hey? They want to run with the big dogs, but can't even beat the small dogs...

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-08-04 21:29

      @henco.swart - if you want to continue being a self opinionated idiot be my guest. However let me once again indulge your stupid reply; Those were not questions, more like statements from a season of Super Rugby smart arse. The Stormers were in the same place as the other 14 participants that were not in the final in this competition, or were you not aware of that? SK's will eventually produce BIG results given time, some of the so called bigger SA teams in SR were at one stage also bottom dwellers for long periods. Finally, can you answer the legitimate question asked of you; "please show me where I stated that the Stormers would have beaten the Chiefs?" guess you can't because I didn't say it.

  • Eddie.Minora - 2012-08-04 11:30

    Mooi Sharkies!!!! Julle moes maar eerder verloor het teen die Stormers, dan het ons ten minste nog 'n kans gehad in 'n Home Final. Congrats Chiefs!

      jjskosana - 2012-08-04 11:57

      Jule m0es beter gespel ht, as jule ensi os kan wen ni, so jule dt ni gemak ht ni. os kom yt australia yt jule km m@?r , di chiefs so ok.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-04 12:46

      Die Stormers moes liewerste die wedstryd teen die Sharks gewen het. Die Sharks skuld die Stormers niks, julle was nie goed genoeg nie om die Sharks op die dag te klop nie. Jammer boet, jy moet alles in die lewe verdien, dis maar net how dit is.

      sarel.brits - 2012-08-04 12:54

      Ek sien eder n ANCYL 15 tal wen as die Stomers flippen hell ek kyk eder balet of fyl my nuts af as om stomers te sien wen

  • leonard.riggien - 2012-08-04 11:31

    Congrats Chiefs

  • gunner.zn.5 - 2012-08-04 11:36

    Well done Chiefs,..Sharks were tired. SHARKS forever

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-08-04 12:40

      @Gunner, just like Arse'nAll they were outplayed, outsmarted & outscored. I they were tired they have themselves to blame for not winning more games

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-08-04 17:55

      @mike.barmby - ah nice to see that you can in fact understand & write in coherent English was worried about you Dom.Retardis. Nothing really "bitter" in my comment, it's only the bull-sh1xt in your eyes that affects your visual accuity, I am only stating the obvious from this mornings one sided game which even die hard Sharks supporters have alluded to. FYI read this Sharks supporters comment, not much different from mine is it now, is he also a "bitter" person moron? eric.watters - August 4, 2012 at 12:08

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-08-04 11:46

    Let them come back,we are proud of them.

  • charlvdb - 2012-08-04 11:47

    That was humiliation !all the shark supporters of last week is quiet..

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-08-04 12:04

      Nope, I'm still here mate. Sharks Forever!!

      sheldon.matthys.9 - 2012-08-04 12:06

      Why is it humiliating?The human body can only take that much.Not as humaliating as the chiefs vs bulls with way less travel.from a stormers supporter

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-04 12:48

      We're still here mate ... was a bit of a hammering, but I'll live with it. Sharks forever!

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-04 12:50

      64 - 14 I think it was, eh Sheldon? I had my blue T-shirt on that day! Puts things into perspective.

      donavan.boshoff - 2012-08-04 12:57

      We are still here, very proud of the boys

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-08-04 11:49

    A hiding of epic proportions. One-sided and very disappointing final.

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-08-04 11:50

    Well done Chiefs, a well deserved win. Plum and the Boys, WELL DONE. You are still CHAMPIONS. BLACK . WHITE . DYNAMITE

      nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-08-04 12:00

      The dynamite didn't seem to ignite. I saw a few ineffective blank shots and that was it.

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-08-04 12:11

      Nope the TNT wasn't quite enough.

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-08-04 12:42

      @hans.himmler.7 how are they still champions, champions of what, they have now lost in 4 finals?

      hebe.mabo - 2012-08-04 16:14

      Hey shoosh , did you notice - they got to 4 finals!

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-08-04 17:51

      @hebe.mabo - yes. and they have lost all 4, your point being?

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-08-04 11:51

    Not even close. Totally outplayed.

  • mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-08-04 11:51

    In the end we lost, im extremely proud of my team even in defeat. The chiefs had too much firepower in the end, A BRIDGE TOO FAR. congrats to the waikato chiefs well played, best team dis season. Sharks my team, u gv it ur best.

  • jjskosana - 2012-08-04 11:51


  • bootman.bokke - 2012-08-04 11:54

    Glad Super Rugby is I can get back to Bok bashing.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-04 12:51

      Yawn ... as usual, no interest in the game itself.

  • lodewyk.fred - 2012-08-04 11:55

    So dit regverdig om te se die Bulle bly darem nou een maal die disselboom van SA rugby met hulle 3 Superrugby titels !!!

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-04 12:53

      Dis waar, maar onthou net, julle moes nog nooit 'n oorsese finaal speel nie. Sharks het al drie gespeel ... se maar net?

      blou.johnny - 2012-08-04 14:44

      ....Super Champion Bulls....!! (X3)

  • LeonTheShark - 2012-08-04 11:56

    My tears my sharks I love you

  • vincent.sevenster.7 - 2012-08-04 12:02

    Ok, first off, I am a Bulls supporter. All of the supporters of the other SA franchises, giving the Sharks a hard time, your teams were not good enough. The Sharks were good enough to at least make it onto the final! I'll be honest and admit the Bulls were simply not good enough this season. Same goes for the Stormers...

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-08-04 12:06

      Thanks mate. Very disappointing game for us but still proud of my Sharks. Overall it's been a strong showing from the SA sides and hopefully more of the same next year.

  • eric.watters - 2012-08-04 12:08

    As a Sharks/Natal supporter for 30 years, can only say well done to the Chiefs. A deserved win from the most consistant side in the tournament. Outplayed, outfought, and out-maouvered a weary Sharks side. But, we'll be back.

  • stanton.clarke - 2012-08-04 12:09

    Vooi tog, the Sharks were tired thats why they lost by 31 points.

  • cape.maori - 2012-08-04 12:13

    "Other winners of the Super championship are the Crusaders (seven titles), Bulls (three), Blues (three), Brumbies (two), and Reds (one)" Where are the stormers?? If we must listen to their supporters, I thought their names will be on the list!!!

  • Louise Whittingstall Barnard - 2012-08-04 12:17

    The Shark supporters called the Stormers Semi final chokers last week, this week I call the Sharks Final chokers! Is weary a new word for you suck?

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-08-04 12:25

      And this is why WP are now my worst SA side. Supporters like you!! We at least have two recent Currie Cups. I used to hate the Bulls but their fans on this forum have proven me wrong - WP fans are the most bitter lot you will come across. Hope you have to wait another 11 years for silverware

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-08-04 12:35

      @david.s.duncan, I use to hate the Bulls , but arrogance shown by Sharks supporters have made the Sharks the team I dislike the most, and a lot of people I have spoken to me are starting to agree with the sentiment - extreme arrogance was shown

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-08-04 12:48

      @david.s.duncan.1 read this idiots comment then think about your one eyed drivel you have posted. sarel.brits - August 4, 2012 at 12:22

      sky.nhlangothi - 2012-08-04 12:50

      @louise very disapppintd wit u, I'm sure year follow peepz wud be as well,sharks hav achieved wat no team couldn't,frm 6th place to the final, playing conference leads frm three different countries,beating two of them in two different countries, at least the Sharks made it to the final, against all odds, wat does Stormers hav to shw,nothing, want to see how many WP palyers make it to the SA team,well chiefs out played us.

      sky.nhlangothi - 2012-08-04 12:50

      @louise very disapppintd wit u, I'm sure year follow peepz wud be as well,sharks hav achieved wat no team couldn't,frm 6th place to the final, playing conference leads frm three different countries,beating two of them in two different countries, at least the Sharks made it to the final, against all odds, wat does Stormers hav to shw,nothing, want to see how many WP palyers make it to the SA team,well chiefs out played us.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-04 12:57

      Gotta agree with David. Our relationship with Bulls fans is a lot better than Stormers fans. Stormers fans need to get over their bitterness, and too many of them lean away from South African teams in favour of foreign teams. I wish WP could regain its pride and respect, we're already in the process of losing one of our great unions in the Lions. Chin up Stormers supporters, we need you okes positive!

      donavan.boshoff - 2012-08-04 13:05

      Does that mean the title should actually read "Chiefs thump suck Sharks"??

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-08-04 13:21

      Well here's the difference...I have congratulated the Chiefs. I except the loss. What have we heard from the Stormers? Nothing but whinging!!! Expect pre-game banter, that's a part of sport. How you handle after the game says a lot, and the Stormers - not all the fans, I know some fantastic Stormer fans - have largely been whiny sore losers - 2012-08-04 13:49

      Ja and that is bad hey Last week somebody called me a goffel.

      blou.johnny - 2012-08-04 14:37 Super Cups for the Stormers until they get rid of loser Alister Coetzee... ...bring back Rassie..!

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-08-04 15:04

      To the fuggly battle axe ... this is what the rest of the world outside that reality distortion zone known as the Cape knows ... you choke when you're the favorite to win it and you lose ( think zzztomerzzz v Sharks semi ) . Sharks were never the favorites and what they did to get to the final is impressive .

  • Louise Whittingstall Barnard - 2012-08-04 12:22

    Oh yes.....almost forgot 37-6? ha hee ha ha heee haa ha ha ha ha hee hee haa LAUGH OUT LOUD!

      Jacques - 2012-08-04 12:45

      Judging by that laugh I'd recomend you go see a neurologist... #justsaying

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-04 12:58

      Sad that your only pleasure can be in another teams loss ... bit weak as well. Yawn ....

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-08-04 14:23

      50 000 km & playing the Chiefs at home , that's actually not bad .

  • sarel.brits - 2012-08-04 12:22

    Sorry Sharks, thank God the Stomers did not play or win we would have had to sit and listen to their supporters glouting for the next 20 flippen years and most of CT would only start soubering up by next week this time.If they lost \O MY WORD\ the family violence would spike and Sea Rescue SA would be fishing Provice supporters out of Fals Bay all trying to migrate to NZ to stab the Ref.

  • eugene.zinn - 2012-08-04 12:24

    Isak, you and the cape.maori are the two most disgusting excuses for human beings. You were crying last week about racist comments but look at you now. And to go and pledge support to a NZ team against a South African team just shows that you have no rugby etiquette. The cape.maori supports NZ team because he is a splineless idiot who is to scared to pledge support to an SA team because he might loose a game or two. Yes, the sharks lost today but the have shown more guts and courage in the past four weeks than you two idiots combined for the rest of your pathetic excuses of a life. Shame on you both. SA does need people like you, and I am pretty shure that the Stormers and your Captain J. d. V wouldn't even want you for a supporter.

  • Louise Whittingstall Barnard - 2012-08-04 12:29

    Eugenne Zinn Oprah called.....she wants you on her show and Dr Phil also wants you!!!!!! blah blah blah will rather support the NZ team than the sharks anyday, just because I can!!!!! LOL

      cape.maori - 2012-08-04 12:35

      hahahahhaha - good one Louise!!!

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-04 13:00

      Louise, try clicking on "reply to eugene zinn". Your comment would be more effective then. You have fun then darl ...

      donavan.boshoff - 2012-08-04 13:02

      I reckon you could eat the whole NZ team, just because you can!!!!

      sheldon.matthys.9 - 2012-08-04 13:39

      I support everything SA.Teaching my 10 year old that whenever she see the rainbow flag to support that guy or you support only new zealand rugby or the other sports codes as well?Would love for u guys to comment on that as well or is not going so well there.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-08-04 14:30

      To the fuggly battle axe .. reply to .. you're doing it wrong

  • mahomedrafeek.goolam - 2012-08-04 12:30

    Well done Sharks,we are so proud of you guy's.Reaching the finals is one big achievement.We lost,so what,we are disopointed,but we Banana Boys will always be proud of you's.Better luck next Year. Sharks Forever.

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-08-04 12:35

    LOL @ guppy supporters who reckon they are proud of their team when losing by nearly 50 points. Eish, not good for SA rugby

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-08-04 13:56

      Um Nico, we made it to the final by playing fantastic rugby and winning two away games that nobody gave us a chance of winning. The travel caught up with us unfortunately. I'm confident that we can go all the way next year.

      kevin.levin.31 - 2012-08-04 22:01

      david's right except for the travel bit. It was just an off day at the worst possible time.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-08-04 12:36

    Is it just me or do the NZ teams only win when the odds are stacked heavily in their favor ? In this instance they faced a travel weary team and a blind ref ? Same way NZ won the world cup courtesy of Bryce and then had the f'ing gall to award him best referee ? I have news for you - SA has a new Springbok coach, so don't expect a walk through the Quad nations or whatever the F it's called now. I take my hat off to the Sharks for sheer heart, guts and glory - well done lads !

      Jenna Jaymeson NZ - 2012-08-04 13:05

      What ever numb nuts... wahahahaha, blame anything you want but your team just got thrashed. Stormpies weren't that good to begin with! Yawn, your sad ass story is sooooo old!

      cape.maori - 2012-08-04 13:17

      It is only you? The ALL BLACKS are the world champions!! Do you rely on Anneke Meyer to lead the bokkies to victory? Come now, he could not even whitewash a weak pommie team. Bokkies were lucky.

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-08-04 13:27

      @cape tik, proudly anti South African Silver Fern supporter scum

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-08-04 13:41

      I must defend Walsh this time. Things were missed but you can't expect everything to be picked up. Overall Steve reffed a good game. Travel had it's say on the score line but the Chiefs deserved the result, they've been excellent this year. Cruden has improved enormously!!

  • Louise Whittingstall Barnard - 2012-08-04 12:39

    The one thing we all have in common is we are South African's and we all brag and gloat when we win and we all trash talk the other team when they lose, so to make out that only one team's supporters do it is so wrong, we went through it last week with both bull and shark supporters and now its a big thing cos the mighty sharks are taking the brunt in return? come one lets get real, and Sarel Brits your comment was totally uncalled for!

  • Louise Whittingstall Barnard - 2012-08-04 12:42

    Eterni80 excuses excuses The Shark culture, you lost cos you sucked...uhm I mean weary!!!!

  • andile.nokhetshe - 2012-08-04 12:46

    I can't believe that there are South Africans who are feeling good about the Sharks lost #Pathetic#

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-04 13:03

      Sad, isn't it. OK, its not only when the Sharks lose - there are crappy fans in all unions, but the fans of some seem worse than others. Gets a bit boring, would be nice if the comments were rather about the game.

      slang.vandermerwe - 2012-08-04 13:12

      sharks were never going to win the tournament after ending sixth. Had a good run after thei loss to the sharks, and collected a hell of a lot of airmiles..... Pity it was not even a contest.....

      andile.nokhetshe - 2012-08-04 13:19

      This was the final played away from home and the Sharks were out there representing us (SA) we should not be talkin trash...

  • Christopher Zoony De Croes - 2012-08-04 12:47

    4 attempts to win the title now, all 4 losses. lol no one remembers the runners up

  • Louise Whittingstall Barnard - 2012-08-04 12:47

    Andile, you better believe it!!

      andile.nokhetshe - 2012-08-04 12:59

      Its wrong i mean why can't we only exlusively do that in Currie Cup?

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-08-04 15:31

      to the fuggly battle axe .. reply to .. still doing it wrong

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-08-04 17:59

      @RandomDude - By repeating yourself I must ask if this is really the only comment/reply you can come up with?

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-08-04 22:04

      it's not the same numb nuts the 'still" is new .

  • eugene.zinn - 2012-08-04 12:58

    Andile, I suppose you want the sharks supporters to go and fire there coach or something stupid like that. obvviously were arent feeling good about the loss, but were still proud of our boy's.

  • johan.coetzer.52 - 2012-08-04 12:59

    My SHARKS ,proud of you despite huge loss , cannot see any other team winning a final ,travelling as much as you did it .Administrators possibly should look at hosting play offs in the team`s country with most points on log ? extra pressure thus on teams to reach top ,but a more reasonable play off . Reds scored lowest log points but hosted a play off . Go Sharks , at least you were in a unwinnable Final for various reasons and despite poor start in S15 .

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-04 13:06

      Agree, the system does not lend itself to fairly contested finals. The Chiefs were probably good enough to win anyway, they did not need the extra assistance of a flawed system. If the playing field is levelled a bit, there will be less chance of excuses for the losers, and more credibility for the winners.

      Jenna Jaymeson NZ - 2012-08-04 13:07

      15 points is the burden of the travel...37 points is a thrashing!!!

  • Louise Whittingstall Barnard - 2012-08-04 13:14

    blah blah blah blah excuses and more excuses! you were thrashed dear sharks get over it and move on but please accept it and stop all the excuses!

      perrangd - 2012-08-04 13:23

      what s the use of playing brilliantly against our stormers just to fail when they need to capitalise. truly pathatic.

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-08-04 13:44

      Louise, what excuses? We've accepted the loss already.

      jjskosana - 2012-08-04 17:23

      @louise- the stormerz cnt win semies,,, i was so glad whn we g0t the stormerz in the semies, coz i knew my final was booked.

  • jaan.vanschaick - 2012-08-04 13:19

    SA’S FAILURE TO WIN THE S15 TROPHY RESTS SQUARELY ON THE SHOULDERS OF THE STORMER FRANCHISE FOR SQUANDERING THE BEST POSSIBLE CIRCUMSTANCES (OF ANY OF THE 15 TEAMS) TO WIN THE SERIOUS. Hats off to the Sharks -it was one trip to many – but you have done us proud!! Sad fact is that Sharks has to play WP this weekend in the Curry Cup – after they arrive back on Tuesday. Four crossings and four really tuff games!!

      blou.johnny - 2012-08-04 14:23

      ....loser Alister Coertzee must go...!

      gerrit.vanrooyen.37 - 2012-08-04 15:13

      The Sharks have more Springboks than any other SA franchise & they didn't have as many injuries (especially to the loose fowards which is crucial) as the Stormers. They had the best chance of winning the SA conference but they blew it by being very inconsistent throughout the season, losing against lowly rated teams like the Warathas & the Lions. Ultimately, the best side throughout the tournament won & neither the Sharks nor the Stromers deserved to win.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-08-04 16:02

      gerrt , you know I would have agreed with you about the Chiefs up to the final . Things like the blatant obstruction of Latimar ahead of their 2nd try and the shoulder charge takes some of their gloss off for me . They look a good enough team to win at home against a travel weary opponent without having to resort to that crap.

  • tobydt - 2012-08-04 13:22

    You guys know what sucks? Sore winners and sore losers.

      tobydt - 2012-08-04 13:28

      isak - You seem happy that the sharks lost?

      tobydt - 2012-08-04 13:39

      isak - So, ur happy that a South African team lost against a NZ team? Anyways, u say shark supporters suck?