Sharks annihilate Kings

2013-07-13 19:00

Durban - The Sharks have comprehensively beaten the Kings 58-13, in a 10-try romp in Durban in both teams' final Super Rugby match of the season.

As it happened: Sharks v Kings

Backs and forwards shared in the try-fest by the Durban franchise as they came from behind to lead 26-13 at half-time and monopolise second-half possession.

It could have been even worse for bottom team Kings as Sharks centre Meyer Bosman missed five of nine conversion attempts at Kings Park.

The final conversion was handed to loose forward substitute Jacques Botes in a touch of season-end spirit, but his kick was predictably low, wobbly and short.

It was another harsh lesson in clinical finishing for the debutant Kings from Port Elizabeth, who lost all eight matches against South African sides.

They needed a bonus-point win to rise above Otago Highlanders of New Zealand, and took a second-minute lead via a try from fly-half George Whitehead.

But flank Marcell Coetzee dotted down off a driving maul soon after and Bosman converted to give the Sharks a lead they never looked like surrendering.

Sharks claimed a four-try bonus point after 33 minutes when awarded a penalty try after an infringement that led Kings flank Devin Oosthuizen to be sin binned.

Kings conceded another six tries during a torrid second half for them as they were starved of the ball and spent most of their time defending desperately.

Victory lifted the Sharks three places to seventh, although they could be overtaken by fellow South Africans Western Stormers later Saturday.

As the Sharks went into a post-match huddle, the 2012 runners-up to Waikato Chiefs of New Zealand would have reflected on a disappointing season.

After a bright start to the 16-match league campaign, they finished with eight victories and eight defeats, and coach John Plumtree lost his job.

New Zealand-born Plumtree paid the price for a five-loss mid-season slump and has been replaced by ex-Springbok centre Brendan Venter.

Director of rugby Venter has not announced who will coach the Sharks next season, although caretaker Grant Bashford is considered an unlikely choice.

Former Springbok hooker and captain John Smit recently took over as chief executive of the Durban outfit and his first act was to axe long-serving Plumtree.

Kings now prepare for a two-leg play-off with the Golden Lions, the team they replaced in the southern hemisphere championship.

The teams clash in Port Elizabeth on July 26 and Johannesburg on August 2 and the aggregate winners will represent South Africa in the Super 15 next season.

Coetzee, hooker Bismarck du Plessis, full-back Odwa Ndungane, fly-half Riaan Viljoen, prop Tendai Mtawarira, centre Louis Ludik, No.8 Keegan Daniel, replacement back Fred Zeilinga and Bosman scored tries for the Sharks.

There was also the penalty try and Bosman succeeded with four of five conversions before losing his goal-kicking touch.

Kings' try scorers were Whitehead, who also slotted a penalty, and flank Mpho Mbiyozo, one of several fringe players given a chance to impress.


Sharks - 53: Tries: Marcell Coetzee, Bismarck du Plessis, Odwa Ndungane, penalty try, Riaan Viljoen, Tendai Mtawarira, Louis Ludik, Keegan Daniel, Fred Zeilinga, Meyer Bosman; Conversions: Bosman (4)

Kings - 13: Tries: George Whitehead, Mpho Mbiyozo; Penalty: Whitehead



15. Odwa Ndungane, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Louis Ludik, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Riaan Viljoen, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Keegan Daniel (captain), 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Edwin Hewitt, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Jandre Marais, 19. Willem Alberts, 20. Jacques Botes, 21. Cobus Reinach, 22. Fred Zeilinga

15. Siviwe Soyizwapi, 14. Hadleigh Parkes, 13. Waylon Murray, 12. Shane Gates, 11. Marcello Sampson, 10. George Whitehead, 9. Nicolas Vergallo, 8. Jacques Engelbrecht, 7. Devin Oosthuizen, 6. Mpho Mbiyozo, 5. David Bulbring, 4. Steven Sykes (captain), 3. Kevin Buys, 2. Hannes Franklin, 1. Charl du Plessis

Substitutes: 16. Grant Kemp, 17. Bandise Maku, 18. Darron Nell, 19. Thabo Mamojelle, 20. Aidon Davis, 21. Shaun Venter, 22. Michael Killian


  • Riaan Van Der Merwe - 2013-07-13 18:57

    Goeie afronding vir n ongelukige seisoen, volgene jaar ons terug. Sharks forever!

      Harold Lloyd - 2013-07-13 18:59

      Die game het gechange toe Hadleigh Parkes n kaart gekry het.

      Riaan Van Der Merwe - 2013-07-13 19:06

      Ja 10 driee teen 2, ons al ons punte mos aangeten op die einde. Kyk maar die bulle en sterkte vir jou span!

      Harold Lloyd - 2013-07-13 19:07

      Dankie, ons het dit nodig.

      Jerry Springer - 2013-07-13 19:13

      Mooi Sharks net bietjie laat.

      Grootrot van Zyl - 2013-07-13 19:50

      Net om die amtelik te stel: Goeie game deur die Sharks. Dan AC, as julle die Bulle wen, het julle a) nie gekwalifiseer nie en b) nie die beker gewen nie - ons wag vir daai enetjie dat julle behalwe vir die Crusaders al die spanne bo julle op die log gewen het. Dit maak nog steeds nie van die seison 'n sukses nie en maak nog steeds nie dat julle kwalifiseer nie. Geluk aan die Bulle, hoop julle wen die toernooi, want dit is eenvoudig: GOED VIR SA RUGBY.

  • Harold Lloyd - 2013-07-13 18:57

    Sharks are a different team without Lambie.

      Riaan Van Der Merwe - 2013-07-13 19:01

      En morne steyn skop doeloos balle in opisisie se keelgate af!

      Harold Lloyd - 2013-07-13 19:02

      Nogsteeds is sy span 2e op die log. Pateet.

      Riaan Van Der Merwe - 2013-07-13 19:20

      2de* en sterkte vir jou span mag hulle wen! Sharks groete!

      TravieGrif - 2013-07-13 21:18

      Harold your perpetual griping about Lambie is pathetic. He is a good flyhalf and without a doubt one of the best in the country. I am not exactly sure of the reason the perpetual bellyaching of the Bulls fans about him but it remains ignorant and stupid. Get over yourselves and give credit where it is due.

      Abanya Way - 2013-07-13 22:43

      Trav, save it for a decent discussion around a braai with real people. A wise man once taught me never to argue with a fool because he will bring you down to his level and beat you on experience. These forums are riddled with little trolls who have nothing better to do with their weekends than to sit on News24 all day waiting to make comments from behind their pseudonyms. They are like a bad smell. Ignore them and they will eventually go away.

      TravieGrif - 2013-07-14 08:16

      Abanya you are so right. It is such a pity because this could be such a good forum but is ruined by the trolling idiots. I have long had a policy of ignore and hope the go away but they seems to linger like that proverbial bad smell.

      Abanya Way - 2013-07-14 09:42

      I agree Trav. Sadly ignores its own set of rules when it comes to postings. But there is no incentive for them to police racial, religious or cyber bullying because it creates readership, more readers = more advertising income. Why do you think they keep reporting on Malema?

      Harold Lloyd - 2013-07-14 10:40


  • Nico Pretorius - 2013-07-13 18:59

    Kings fell apart in the second half... I hope they do well in the promotion relegation matches. Not too bad for their first season! Go Kings!

      Sean Dugmore - 2013-07-14 18:50

      pray do tell....the kings are different from the

  • Gary Doyle - 2013-07-13 19:02

    Well done to the Sharks, good ending to a poor tournament. Good luck to all the players and staff leaving the union. Time to move on, Currie Cup good place to start and im sure the Sharks will give it their all!

  • Eben Estevez - 2013-07-13 19:02

    Congrats to the Sharks,the stormers made the Kings look good.

  • Demetri Sharkie Giannopoulos - 2013-07-13 19:32

    well done Sharks. the Sharks domination has begun. the Currie cup is ours. go Sharks!!

  • Mark Russell - 2013-07-13 19:48

    Great game sharkies! Good luck to kings in delegation match.

      Demetri Sharkie Giannopoulos - 2013-07-13 20:13

      yeah, goodluck to the Kings. they are my second favorite side after the mighy Sharks!!!

  • Jean Viljoen - 2013-07-13 21:00

    Remind me again of those early predictions of how much more successful the ANC mercenaries called the Kings, are going to be than the Lions...???

      Grant Durban - 2013-07-14 06:21

      They were more successful

      Vickers Vermeulen - 2013-07-14 09:34

      @ Grant Durban. Google can be your friend. Check the logs before you make a flying statement like that: Lions 2012 standing: Won 3, Points difference: -143 Log points: 25 Kings 2013 standing: Won 3, Points difference: -266 Log points 24

  • Alexandria Tshepang Mari - 2013-07-14 08:23

    Well played Odwa Ndugane

  • Graham Toddy Edwards - 2013-07-14 10:08

    Why belittle the Kings? I'm a Sharks fan through and through but look at the 2 Australian newcomer sides - both have failed to rise from the bottom of the log since inception - why did anyone think the Kings would be different in their first year? They played hard and came so close a few times. Despite Mr.Watsons national dislike, he played well when he played. Give credit where credit is due.

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