Sharks crash to heavy defeat

2012-04-06 11:23

New Plymouth - The Hurricanes made light of limited possession to outscore the Sharks six tries to two in a feisty 42-18 Super Rugby victory on Friday.

Despite being starved of the ball and forced to make 74 tackles to the Sharks' 26 in the first half, the Hurricanes ran up a 25-3 lead by the break at Yarrow Stadium as they played with a strong breeze behind them.

The South Africans made a brief fight back after the turn, closing the gap to 25-13, but the Hurricanes were not going to make the same mistake as last week, when they squandered a 21-point lead against the Cheetahs.

This time they made the Sharks pay dearly for a high unforced error count as they added a further 17 points into the wind.

"There's a lot of teamwork that goes into that and we work really hard as a unit defensively and that's what creates a lot of those opportunities when we get turnovers," said captain Conrad Smith of the Hurricanes' fourth win.

"We knew playing into the wind we would have to knuckle down and we knew they were a side that could score those points and get back in the game so I think it was a lot of character to keep knocking them over, they're big boys."

The opening try was the result of a defensive lapse by the Sharks when Hurricanes fullback Andre Taylor was able to beat three on a 30-metre angled run to the line.

A Hurricanes counter-attack with turnover ball produced their second try when loose forwards Jack Lam and Karl Lowe drove over the line, with Lowe awarded the try.

In a match with several niggling incidents off the ball, the try was followed by an all-in brawl, which started with a scuffle between Lowe and Jannie du Plessis and ended with both teams being white-carded.

On the stroke of half-time Sharks prop Dale Chadwick was penalised a metre short of the tryline, allowing the Hurricanes to sweep downfield with Julian Savea scoring the try.

Two conversions and two penalties to Beauden Barrett and a sole penalty by Frederic Michalak saw the Hurricanes ahead at the turn.

The Sharks were immediately on attack when they had the wind after the break and within four minutes a Michalak penalty and a converted JP Pietersen try had reduced the gap to 25-13.

But it was a short-lived burst from the South Africans as the Hurricanes bounced back with two tries from chip kicks down the left wing to put the result beyond doubt.

Smith scored the bonus-point try when he latched on to a kick from halfback TJ Perenara and the second was a solo kick-and-catch effort by Tim Bateman as the Hurricanes again countered off more turnover ball.

Wing-turned-hooker Craig Burden scored a try in the corner to make it 35-18 with 15 minutes remaining, but the Sharks never looked like bridging the gap and the final word went to replacement Hurricanes lock Jeremy Thrush, who scored on full time.

The Hurricanes picked up a full-house of five points for their victory and moved to third in the New Zealand Conference and fifth in the Combined log.

The Sharks left empty-handed and stayed third in the South African Conference, but dropped to eighth in the Combined standings.

In next weekend's Round 8 action, the Hurricanes enjoy a bye, while the Sharks travel to Auckland to face the Blues.



15 Andre Taylor, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Faifili Levave, 7 Karl Lowe, 6 Jack Lam, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 James Broadhurst, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben May

Substitutes: 16 Motu Matu’u, 17 Michael Bent, 18 Mark Reddish, 19 Jeremy Thrush, 20 Chris Eaton, 21 Tusi Pisi, 22 Charlie Ngatai


15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Louis Ludik, 13. JP Pietersen, 12. Tim Whitehead, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Frederic Michalak, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Keegan Daniel (captain), 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Jandre Marais, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Craig Burden, 1. Dale Chadwick

Substitutes: 16. Bismarck du Plessis, 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Anton Bresler, 19. Jean Deysel, 20. Jacques Botes, 21. Meyer Bosman, 22. Marius Joubert


  • leonard.lightman - 2012-04-06 11:26

    ROBBED !!!!! Mistakes didnt help !! Expect a massive game from the sharks next week !

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-06 11:29

      You mean as massive as this disaster game just played? Wow, that's pretty 'massive' ...

      Terence - 2012-04-06 11:47

      I thought only Bulls supporters complain about the ref.

      leonard.lightman - 2012-04-06 11:51

      You've seen the game ? How many ''controversial'' decisions went against the sharks...I have an objective point of view Im more of a Cheetah fan....

      David - 2012-04-06 11:52

      Terence, this Shark supporter has stopped blaming the ref. Until we stop focussing on aspects we can't control and instead focus on those we can, we will keep losing. I guess it's easier to blame the ref instead of facing the fact that this is easily our worst performance this season

      Terence - 2012-04-06 12:00

      David, I respect your position for not blaming the ref. It's human nature to do when one's team loses. I just made this comment because a lot of your Sharks buddies had something to say when some of us Bulls supporters complained about the ref after we lost against the Stormers. It's supporters like you who make me want to support the Sharks against foreign teams, but there are too many arrogant supporters who force me to support the foreign team. I'm sorry for you that the Sharks lost.

      Pierre - 2012-04-06 12:30

      Clearly NZ found their replacement in Glen Jackson for Bryce Lawrence. Jackson was absolutely superb for the Hurricanes in every decision. I stopped watching the game after 30 mins as the outcome with this referee was pretty clear. In 1st 30 mins the Sharks where clearly the better team, but dubious penalties stopped multiple attacks meters from the goal line; while other penalties keep giving the Hurricanes the advantage; and I am not talking about a few 50/50 decisions, but blatantly giving the Hurricanes the advantage. After the Lawrence ¼ final I really thought South Africa would stand up against this kind of refereeing, but it keeps on happening. This season first Keith Brown with the Cheetahs (at least there were some action in this case) and now this shambles. If one country’s teams are the stronger in a season let them win; don’t try to even things out with the referee. Of course there will be the goody two shoes, that will claim it was all fair, or parroting the “stop whining and move on” slogan, but this referring was clearly an absolute joke. (No, I am a Stormers supporter; just don’t like to see SA teams cheated.)

      Sam - 2012-04-06 12:37

      I agree they were robbed... But it was the 'Canes that robbed the Sharks in that first half. The Sharks totally outplayed them in all phases but turn-overs, and those counter-attacks from the turn-overs were deadly. Sharkies, you should've won this one easily in the first half already, but you did not use your chances, and paid the price! Better luck next week.

      David - 2012-04-06 12:46

      Pierre, the refs weren't brilliant but we had enough opportunities to score. Perhaps if we protected our ball, supported our runners and generally had a clue in open play, Jackson wouldn't have had opportunites to penalise us (most of which were penalties BTW). Even if Jackson had favoured us, we still would've lost. The guys will be embarrassed when they analyse the game

      Jason - 2012-04-06 13:03

      Sharks SUCK on defence and have pathetic penetration when camped on the opponents line.

      Pierre - 2012-04-06 13:05

      Raven what does the score have to do with the referee being honest or not? Do you say referees only influence close games? How can you use your chances if you get penalised every time you are in sight of the goal line? It was just so blatant. But then I should probably leave this for the Sharks guys; only I suspect a similar refereeing performance tomorrow with the Stormers game; and then we have to be all apologetic and praise the other team for being handed a game by the referee.

      Frank - 2012-04-06 13:11

      Amazing how every time the Sharks got near the tryline, the Hurricanes got a penalty! Normally its the other way around. Absolutely fantastic NZ reffing.

      Priester - 2012-04-06 13:47

      @Pierre, you were one of THEEEE guys on this forum last week to defend the Craig and denied there were dubious calls when your team played. Now you turn around 'cause I guess it don't suit you. You Sir are a pitiable sportsman. The sad truth is that the Sharks were outplayed. PS I do support all SA teams and feel for the Sharks. Blou Bul Groete!

      Pierre - 2012-04-07 01:10

      @ Priester – you are either making that up or you confused me with somebody else. (There are a number of Pierre’s.) I never got into the ref debate in the Stormers-Bulls game as I did not see the game. I went back to the “Stormers win Newlands war” News24 article and confirmed I only posted a complimentary comment congratulating both teams; definitely not taking sides in the ref debate.

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-06 11:29

    That's what you get for underestimating your opponents sharkies! Silly, silly, sharks !!! I said Hurricanes by 4, I should have said by 30 !!! BAWAHAHAHA

      arraz911t - 2012-04-06 11:33

      True. Did you see the interview with Jannie Du Plessis before the game , at that point I knew they are going to be beaten badly.

      ianmichaelcalder - 2012-04-06 11:34

      Yeah, 4 - 30 ... close enough right princess?

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-06 11:35

      Sharks are always arrogant, I'm glad they got a got hiding! Will wake them up for next week.

      Koos - 2012-04-06 11:37

      Sharks needs to team up with the Kings if they want get somewhere.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-06 11:40

      No Koos, you don't want the Kings choking too !!!

  • Tertius - 2012-04-06 11:30

    ai, this is sad, but I'm still proud of you guys, shrug it off and move on!

      Terence - 2012-04-06 11:48

      Go Hurricanes! Proud of what?

      Tertius - 2012-04-06 12:08

      proud of them being my team, win or lose i stick with them and will always be proud of them!

      Tertius - 2012-04-06 12:28

      nee wat lion, my haat vir die bulle is amper so groot soos my liefde vir die sharks. Ek bly konsekwent, ek is trots op die sharks, wen of verloor, en ek haat die bulle wen of verloor. Verder ondersteun ek die ander SA spanne gelyk, alhoewel jou opmerkings en noue taalgebruik my 'n gly in die lions laat kry, maar ek stel myself gerus dat jy darem nie vir alle lions ondersteuners praat nie.

      tamzinjm - 2012-04-06 12:40

      @Tertius its nice to see someone that supports their team win or lose with no excuses at hand!!

      Tertius - 2012-04-06 12:49

      ek het klaar by 'n paar van hulle aangesluit, dankie.

      David - 2012-04-06 12:53

      @Tamzinjm - just because people moan doesn't mean we don't support our team. It's just dissapointing when a professional team with a number of Springboks play so poorly. I will always be a Shark supporter but if you are going to lose at least play a decent game.

      Tertius - 2012-04-06 13:53

      jy is doodreg lion, so dalk moet jy ook nie jou 'bek rek' oor dinge wat niks met jou te doen het nie, soos hierdie artikel. Wat my aanmerkings oor die nuweland stryd betref (behalwe dat dit niks met jou uit te waai het nie), ek het dit gemaak uit pure frustrasie na aanleiding van aanmerkings wat deur bulls ondersteuners gemaak is tydens die week voor die wedstryd. Die woorde en beledigings wat jy gebruik soos idioot en aap wys watter tipe kaliber mens jy is, dus neem ek jou aanmerkings met 'n knippie sout en gaan ek jou nie verder vermaak met terugvoer nie. Sterkte vir more.

      Terence - 2012-04-06 14:59

      Wel Tertius, Lion het sy bek gerek uit frustrasie na aanleiding van comments wat party Sharks supporters gemaak het na daai game. Nou kry idiote soos jy julle eie medisyne terug.

      Lion - 2012-04-06 16:12

      Ou Knersussie. Jou uitlatings was gemaak oor jou "haat" wat jy het teenoor die Bulle soos wat jy reeds erken het voorheen. Geen ander rede nie. Dit was nie uit frustrasie nie. Die Stormers supporters was net so "loud" voor die tyd en jy het jou ou afgesaagde vrot eiertjie gelê elke keer teenoor die Bulle en hulle supporters. Lyk my jou "short term memory" laat jou in die steek ou Einstein. Gaan luister na jou Amor cd jou tappit. Jy verveel my met jou eentonige verskonings. Jy bly 'n idioot!!!

  • Jco - 2012-04-06 11:30

    Sorry boys, I hoped for a good game, not to be! The Canes played well and score the tries. Now I hope for the Stormers and the Bulls! One of our teams must beat the NZ teams.

  • David - 2012-04-06 11:38

    Pathetic performance. 25-3 down at half time even though we dominated territory and possession is unacceptable. Every one of the dodgy calls came as a result of a Sharks mistake. Maybe Lambie can restore some calm at number 10. Seriously disappointed, the team is much better than how they looked today. Oh and Jannie, someones needs to bitch slap you for your constant indiscipline

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-06 11:43

      Can't fault any of your comments Dave. I was supporting the SA team, btw. But the sharks REALLY SUCKED today. Pathetic stuff ...

      Lion - 2012-04-06 13:35

      No worries there Dave.... Your team will rise from this one. They are much better than what this score reflects and it can happen to any team in this competition. Good luck to you and the Sharkies!!!

  • Lee - 2012-04-06 12:04

    How can they have all NZ officials when a NZ team is involved? Peculiar to say the least.

      David - 2012-04-06 12:12

      Usually the same thing happens when they travel here

      Pierre - 2012-04-06 13:01

      I sincerely hope the same thing happens when they travel here.

      Lance - 2012-04-06 21:25

      The Sharks lost discipline in the second half..due to their 'error rate' that just alway seemed to occur when they were 5m from the canes line...Sharks also came into this game expecting it easy..Go Stormers !

  • Leon - 2012-04-06 12:12

    Not satan or that ref just pathetic sharks maybe next year I still love you my sharkies

  • phuyzer - 2012-04-06 12:37

    Some referee mistakes but damn probably the worst game of rugby from the sharks I have seen! Jannie Du Plessis what a 'plank'! Shouldve kept his mouth shut and played the game! Bad sportmanship jannie! Sharks looked good but way to many errors! Heads up sharks take it on the chin and move on!

  • Anthony - 2012-04-06 13:27

    some VERY suspect decisions by the ref. I am neutral on this game but it looked very strange with the sharks sent back so often.

      Lance - 2012-04-06 16:40

      It 'only happened' when the Sharks were 5m from their tryline...mmm ? The Sharks lost spirit in the 2nd after their alleged error count. Like the Boks loosing in the WC, stats say you won..but reality is a littlw different..Go Stormers !

      Eugene - 2012-04-07 01:34

      Maybe the sharks should stop falling over the ball during attack. The ref made it clear that they should stop and they didn't. That is why they got penalized.

  • Ockie - 2012-04-06 15:10

    Sorry Sharks. Lost too many ball on attack. Hopefully next week better!

  • Selma - 2012-04-06 16:10

    Get rid of the coach. His record sucks.

  • Keith - 2012-04-06 20:55

    Die Sharks het die ball possession oorheers maar die game verloor. Sommige 50/50 besluite teen hulle gegaan; maar die ouens is moeg. Die SA-spanne word ingedoen met die lang toer Doeronder . Die spanne van Kiwi-land en Australie toer net twee weke by ons.Sanzar sal daarna moet kyk.

  • Pierre - 2012-04-07 00:55

    @ Priester – you are either making that up or you confused me with somebody else. (There are a number of Pierre’s commenting on this site.) I never got into the ref debate in the Stormers-Bulls game as I did not see the game. I went back to the “Stormers win Newlands war” News24 article and confirmed I only posted a complimentary comment congratulating both teams; definitely not taking sides in the ref debate. But then I noticed this comment from you : “Priester:…I think Craig had a fair game. Blou Bul Groete” (So when the change of hart from last week, now justifying bad refereeing on the Sharks due to the Bulls-Stomers game where you thought the ref was OK???)

      Priester - 2012-04-07 08:37

      Pierre my apology, it may have been somebody else. The change of heart in this game is because I found it very coincidental that the Sharks were time and again penalized on the try line with a try being a good possibility. The Bulls were penalized anywhere on the field and there wasn’t a pattern displayed by Joubert. The bulls were not having a good game therefore my statement that he was fair. Be it as it may, the ref can make or shatter a team without seemingly any consequences. Neutral refs MUST be used. In this regard note a previous post where I suggested Northern Hemisphere refs for the South and Southern Hemisphere refs for the North such as Six Nations and Heineken cup games. PS I still maintain that the Bulls lost against a better team in Cape Town. Blou Bul Groete!

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