Sharks snap losing streak

2012-03-10 18:53

Durban - Jacques Botes scored a late try to help the Sharks secure a bonus point and clinch their first Super Rugby victory of the season as they edged out the Lions 32-20 in Durban on Saturday.

Riaan Viljoen and Lwazi Mvovo scored in the first half to give the hosts a 17-6 lead at the interval, before Meyer Bosman and replacement Botes secured a full five-points for the hosts.

In what was a tense affair, the visitors, who replied via scores for Jaco Taute and Ruan Dreyer, were in the game until the death when they conceded the telling try.

John Mitchell’s men were penalised inside the opening 90 seconds for not rolling away at the ruck, but Patrick Lambie’s 50-metre attempt faded wide.

At the other end, Butch James had an immediate chance to score against his former club when the home defence were caught off their feet trying to defend allowing the flyhalf to coolly slot the penalty.

Just before the 20 minute mark, Springboks Patrick Lambie and Willem Alberts both came close but were caught inches from the line.

The Sharks were finally on the board in the 23rd minute when a high tackle from Joshua Strauss on JP Pietersen was spotted by the assistant allowing Lambie to level matters.

Mvovo came close four minutes later, but was caught when the ball was spread wide to him on the left.

The hosts finally had their break-through on the half-hour mark when Viljoen’s up-and-under bounced kindly to take out the last defender Taute, with the former Griquas man regathering and diving over unmarked in the left corner.

Lambie added the conversion from a tight angle, before the Lions hit back via another James penalty, awarded for off-side with the Lions coming within metres of scoring.

With half-time looming, Lambie landed a fine kick over the Lions defence to set up a lineout on the right. Bismarck du Plessis excellently managed the steal after the ball was not gathered cleanly, with the ball subsequently spun across to the other end where Mvovo dived in.

Lambie converted to give the hosts an 11-point lead at the interval.

It took almost 18 minutes for the first points to come after the restart and they arrived when Lambie slotted in an off-side penalty.

But the Lions then caught the Sharks napping with Taute capitalising on quick hands in attack to score on the right side of the post.

James’s conversion cut the gap to seven points.

However, with nine minutes remaining Pietersen spotted a gap in defence and did most of the work as he offloaded to Tim Whitehead, who played in Bosman to score, with Lambie again converting.

Again there was an answer from the visitors with Dreyer on the end of a push-over score, converted by James, to set up a tense finish.

But Botes managed to get over on the right to wrap up the win.

The Sharks picked up five points for their victory and moved into third place in the South African Conference standings and into ninth in the Overall log. The Lions head back to Johannesburg empty-handed and slipped to fourth in the South African Conference and 11th overall.

In next weekend's Round 4 action, the Sharks welcome the defending champion Reds to Durban, while the Lions have the weekend off.



15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. JP Pietersen, 12. Tim Whitehead, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Frederic Michalak, 8. Keegan Daniel (captain), 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Ross Skeate, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Dale Chadwick

Substitutes: 16. Craig Burden, 17. Jannie du Plessis, 18. Anton Bresler, 19. Jacques Botes, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Meyer Bosman, 22. Paul Jordaan

15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Doppies La Grange, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Butch James, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Joshua Strauss (captain), 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Marius Coetzer, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Caylib Oosthuizen

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Stephan Greef, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar, 20 Tian Meyer, 21 Andries Coetzee, 22 James Kamana


  • Boer - 2012-03-10 19:03

    Thanks to Mark Lawrence and his cronies. Last week Basson's try was not awarded, this week Mvovo's is. Quite interesting.

      Penny - 2012-03-10 19:05

      Maybe because Mvovo's was a try. I think both teams suck, but always knew the guppies would pip this one.

      Tertius Coetzer - 2012-03-10 19:11


      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-03-10 19:26

      And that last Lions try wasn't a try either!

      Chris - 2012-03-10 20:56

      Nie jou ma se slimste kind nie ne ??

      Tertius Coetzer - 2012-03-10 21:02

      chris, don't diss yourself! Retard hour is only 8pm-9pm on tuesdays, wait your turn!

      David - 2012-03-10 21:13

      Can we stop with the ref stuff already? The Sharks lost at Loftus and Newlands because of our discipline and failure to take our opportunities, our own fault. We won tonight because we outplayed the Lions on the day, it's that simple

      Sean - 2012-03-10 21:19

      @Ferretgee How do you get to that?

      Terry - 2012-03-11 08:57

      @ Boer - Mark Lawrence is no friend of the Sharks! Check the penalty count in the last 2 games where he reffed the Sharks. Against the Stormers last week, the penalty count agains the Sharks in the second half was 10-1. I don't have the actual stats, but I reckon yesterday's game the count must have been 4 or 5 to 1 against the Sharks. It just seems to me that he is only watching the one team for infringements - and is not being evenhanded. He used to be a better referee - I think that he is off his game at present.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-11 09:25

      Terry, after last year's Currie Cup Final, Mr Lawrence went up and hugged the Lions... weird don't you think. I won't blame him for anything one-sided but boy did he miss things both ways. Knock ons in centre field where I was watching him - he was looking the other way. As for the TMO, I think Mvovo was pretty lucky and so were the Lions with their last one. I would not have given either.

      Gestoffle - 2012-03-11 11:12

      I don't hear all the lions supporters crowing now. I didn't mind the lions, this until after their supporters were so arrogant after last year's currie cup. They can all get knotted.....they got properly rolled yesterday. YOU GOT OWNED!

  • Boer - 2012-03-10 19:06

    Raai raai. Wie is die slimste? Alberts Vermeulen Malema

      Tertius Coetzer - 2012-03-10 19:13

      Well, not you, thats for sure!

      Melt - 2012-03-10 19:24

      @ Boer wee gee om? Dr.Du Plessis se IK behoort seker nie te laag te wees nie en doen hy enigiets beter as Alberts of Vermeulen? Ja ek bedoel op die rugbyveld!!!!!! Kan ek vir jou nog n paar voorbeelde noem? Kan jy onthou hoe het Naas Botha met sy studies gesukkel? n Hoe Ik maak dus nie noodwendig van jou n goeie rugby speler nie so ook nie n lae IK n swakker rugbyspeler nie. Se wat in jou oe die manne goed of sleg doen , moet nie hul spel op n IK of slim of dom skaal plaas nie. Sterkte ou maat.

  • Tertius Coetzer - 2012-03-10 19:08

    Good job sharkies, you took a while to warm up hey, what a great game! Plumtree is right, J.P. Peterson, best nr. 13 in the country! Well done to the Lions as well, you gave a formidable fight and made it a worth while game!

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-03-10 19:15

      Agreed, good game. Kudo's to both teams for the low penalty count at the scrums. C'mon Reds.........

      Sean - 2012-03-10 21:12

      @Tertius. Have to agree, I wasn't convinced when the teams were announced but he had a great game. Especially on defence, he made some huge tackles. Should get the position for the Springboks with Jacque Fourie unavailable. Now we need to find a decent #12 to play inside him. Not JdV but a decent #12!

      Anele - 2012-03-11 08:19

      @Sean can u imagine JP with Frans in the midfield, Jantjies or Goosen @Flyhalf...Lambie at fullback and Aplon and Mvovo our wings. im drooling just thinkin about the possibilities, hope Heynecke chooses wisely

  • Tertius Coetzer - 2012-03-10 20:44

    It's so nice watching ruby at king's park, it's just classy, no one pucked on me, no one urinated on themselves, no one was pregnant with a beer and a smoke ouside the stadium! Guess which team's supporters do the above mentioned things?!

      Tertius Coetzer - 2012-03-10 20:58


  • rfawinter - 2012-03-10 20:52

    hard and honest work helped the sharks to a convincing win and bonus point in the end

  • rfawinter - 2012-03-10 20:54

    shall i try again. Great and honest hafr word secured the win and a bonus point for the sharks.graeat guys and keep going Ronnie

  • Chris - 2012-03-10 20:59

    Great game Sharks! now lets keep on getting better! i must say J.P has shocked me. i didnt think this centre move would work. but well done and good effort

      David - 2012-03-10 21:09

      JP's amazingly talented, not surprised in the least. Sharks!!!!

  • ckrohne1 - 2012-03-10 21:07

    And so the Lions continue to be the whipping boys of Super Rugby.....Way to go Lions! Staying true to your true character.....

      Lion - 2012-03-11 01:18

      Ckronhe... It's early days my friend. They have just themselves to blame for their two losses. Sharks did well on the day and are deserved winners. Lions were never outplayed on the day was in i right up to the last part of the game, just as against the Hurricanes. There are still 15 weeks of super rugby ahead. I won't be so sure about who you support if I were you. Rugby is a strange game and a team's season can get dismal or work out good for them in a question of a week. Congratulations to the Sharks.

  • Sean - 2012-03-10 21:15

    I was amazed when Mark Lawrence was omitted from the World Cup panel. Having watched him the last three weeks I think I understand why. He is very inconsistent, and some of his calls are downright confusing. Can't be easy for the players trying to work out what they can or can't do when he is officiating.

      Hugh - 2012-03-12 15:49

      and then he's an optometrist, go figure....

  • dgroux - 2012-03-10 21:21

    "Sharks snap losing streak"!! Yeah right, thanks to match-fixing!! The first and last victory for the Sharks this VodaCom Super Rugby Series. How can you score a try when 3/4 of your body is over the side-line, nice try, ref!! The "Modus Operandi" of the boys and girls from the "Banana" Republic (KZN) is all too clear. Get real doods.

      David - 2012-03-10 21:31

      Can only assume you are talking about Mvovo's try. Sure your TV is set up correctly? Because if it is you would have noticed that his entire body was in the field of play (with ample space still on his left).

      Sean - 2012-03-10 21:59

      David, as a Lions fan I thought Mvovo was four metres into touch! :D not really but it was close, not out but close. I was at Ellis Park for the Cheetahs game, watched him last week and again tonight. I'm not convinced Mark lawrence is at the top of his game, but his bad calls are split 50/50 so no one side is getting benefit. Did the linesman call the "forward pass" by Butch halfway through the second half? Thought that was possibly wrong, as was the high tackle on JP. Our linesmen seem to be making basic errors, and as Naas commented earlier in the day: If you can't make the calls you shouldn't be on the grass! Congrats though on the five points, hope you do the same next week against the Reds. And Bismark outplayed Chillyboy (in different games obviously) for the first time this season - that's not a bad thing. Lastly, Patrick may just have penned his name down at #10 for the Internationals in June - had a great game.

      Tertius Coetzer - 2012-03-10 23:21

      Suur... wait for it... gat!!! You are the weakest comment, goodbye!

      Kevin - 2012-03-11 07:16

      Do not worry. The Lions will be pretty good in the Vodacom cup next year. You can then support The Kings

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-03-11 07:57

      I think a lot of the try calls have been suspect this season. I think if there is doubt it should go to the defending team. Mvovo was a borderline call, it was too unclear to see if his foot touched the line or not. Those who say he was miles out or miles in were watching a different game - I guess it is difficult when you only have one eye though.

      Gestoffle - 2012-03-11 11:16

      @dgroux - sour puss loser

      Cayleigh - 2012-03-12 09:59

      Sharks fans who believe Mvovo scored the try please do a Google image search before embarrassing yourself. The TMO stuffed that one up quite royally........

      David - 2012-03-12 10:07

      @dgroux the only match that was fixed, was in the 2011 world cup. Change your glasses and the channel and stop watching Bafana Bafana games. Well done SHARKS and LIONS.

      Hugh - 2012-03-12 15:51

      Its a problem with these darn old TV's connected to HD decoders, you miss half the picture..

  • Lion - 2012-03-11 01:10

    Well done Sharks. Congratulations on your victory. You deserved to win. My Lions tossed it away with stupid errors just like against the Hurricanes last week. It's their own fault. When are the boys going to realize that if you make as many mistakes at this level of rugby, other teams are going to punish you. Butch.... Please retire or go back to England

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-03-11 07:59

      You guys missed Jantjies, thats for sure.

  • Ruan - 2012-03-11 07:05

    SHARKS 4EVA !!

  • Ockie - 2012-03-11 07:06

    Well done Sharks. You deserved the win. Well done Lions as well. You were never outplayed and were disrupted with injuries especially that of Jantjies.

  • Nico - 2012-03-11 07:10

    Well done to the Sharks on their win, Lions didn't deserve to win yesterday. Luckily we have a bye this weekend, Lions will have to regather and regroup for the rest of the tournament!

      Hugh - 2012-03-12 15:53

      was by no means a walk over.

  • Denzil - 2012-03-11 08:31

    Ai..Nou is die sharkies groot bek..Ek verstaan nie hoekom nie.Die lions sit met 10 beserings en nogsteeds het julle sharkies gesukkel.Stel dit so, julle het teen lions se vodacom cup span gespeel..!!!

      Maria Letizia Dewar - 2012-03-11 21:14

      Funny you should complain that's how the Lions won the CC playing a disrupted WP in the semis and a disrupted Sharks side in the final. Grootbek!

  • Terry - 2012-03-11 08:46

    Good win for the Sharks ...... about time!

  • Martin - 2012-03-11 11:27

    To the Lions players - well played, to the flyby suurgat supporters hope you feeling ok this morning? To my Sharkies - well done boys, didn't expect that last move but shows you got some Balls - most if not all would have gone the safer route.

  • Gerald - 2012-03-11 14:39

    Glad the Sharks won at last. What they need to do now is to get rid of the ill-discipline which, if it continues as it has for the first 3 games, will cause them more losses than wins. Come on Plumbtree, jack up that discipline, especially Keegan Daniel. he's supposed to be the Captain so should be setting the example.

  • Hennie - 2012-03-12 15:13

    Ok the Sharks won , with a REF that yet again made wrong calls.!!! I dont think the Sharks have what it takes to go to the TOP , Watch how they get slaughterer over seas ,

      Hugh - 2012-03-12 15:59

      And the Lions will do better?

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