Sharks fall short in Sydney

2012-03-24 08:17

Sydney - The Waratahs put their season firmly back on track by coming from behind to beat a tiring Sharks side 34-30 in an entertaining Super Rugby encounter at the Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday.

Coming off two successive defeats, the Waratahs trailed the South Africans 24-13 early in the second half with their season threatening to implode before it had really begun.

Tries from fullback Bernard Foley and pugnacious centre Tom Carter in five minutes approaching the hour mark got them back in the contest, however, and winger Tom Kingston crossed the line four minutes from time to clinch the bonus-point win.

The Sharks had the better of the first half and scored tries through wing Lwazi Mvovo, number eight Keegan Daniel and hooker Bismarck du Plessis but faded in the Sydney sunshine as the long journey from South Africa began to take its toll.

"I'm over the moon," Waratahs skipper Benn Robinson said in a pitchside interview. "This team delivers under pressure all the time. It's been hard for us the last three or four weeks but we've stuck together and stayed strong."

Both teams tried to run the ball from all parts of the pitch but it was the visitors who got the first try in the third minute when Mvovo was set free to sprint to the line by impressive centre Meyer Bosman.

Waratahs scrumhalf Brendan McKibbin scored all of his team's points in the first half with the first try, which he converted, as well as two penalties.

The Sharks used the rolling maul effectively throughout the match and it was from catch and drives that skipper Daniel and Bismarck du Plessis crossed for tries either side of the break to give them an 11 point lead.

Even after Foley and Carter had scored their tries to put the home side 27-24 ahead, Sharks flyhalf Pat Lambie pegged them back with two penalties.

But the Waratahs would not be denied and a rampaging run from lock Dean Mumm got them into Shark territory and unrelenting pressure left space for Kingston to skip over in the corner with Berrick Barnes adding the extras from the touchline.

"We thought we had the game in the bag the way we were playing but all credit to them, they came back and won it," said Daniel.

The Waratahs picked up a full-house of five points for their victory and moved to second in the Australian Conference standings and into seventh position in the Overall log.

The Sharks picked up a single point for losing by seven or fewer points and stayed third in the South African Conference, but dropped to eighth overall.

In next weekend's Round 6 action, the Sharks travel to Canberra to face the Brumbies, while the Waratahs play the Chiefs in Hamilton.



15 Bernard Foley, 14 Tom Kingston, 13 Rob Horne, 12 Tom Carter 11 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 10 Berrick Barnes, 9 Brendan McKibbin, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Dave Dennis, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson (captain)

Substitutes (from): John Ulugia, Paddy Ryan, Sitaleki Timani, Lopeti Timani, Jono Jenkins, Sarel Pretorius, Daniel Halangahu, Peter Betham, Brackin Kauraria-Henry

15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Jandre Marais, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Dale Chadwick

Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Nick Schonert, 18 Steven Sykes, 19 Jacques Botes, 20 Frederic Michalak, 21 Marius Joubert, 22 Louis Ludik


  • Sbuda - 2012-03-24 08:23

    Heartbreaking. Still behind you all the way boys. Go Sharks!

  • David - 2012-03-24 08:23

    Shocking last half hour. At 24-13 up with 30 to go, how did we lose? We gifted them 14 points, by not claiming the ball at the restart and not protecting our ball at the ruck. Can't help but feel the Sydney bogey got to us at the end there.

  • Shane - 2012-03-24 08:24

    O.k. So where is that little redheaded tart, Nadine who sends people insulting messages on facebook, when somebody insults the Sharks?

      Shane - 2012-03-24 08:54

      Balsak, jy bly nou maar eenmaal n idioot.

      Schaun - 2012-03-24 09:09

      shane i must agree with u somehow, sharks scks, but to try and justify something in public that nadine did, just makes her know she got under ur skin, ignore and post on positive coments, she will get bored after a while, build a bridge and move over it dude,

      Shane - 2012-03-24 09:17

      Schaun, she didn't insult me, but one of my friends. She even took it a little further by saying something about his family on his profile pick. He made a comment after the Sharks lost to the Bulls a few weeks ago. Nothing wrong with us insulting each other here, but this is where it should stay. I actually enjoyed her comments on this forum before I found out about it.

      Schaun - 2012-03-24 10:52

      yeah i dislike the family insults, keep it real

  • Jason - 2012-03-24 08:51

    I called this tahs victory on Superbru, and im sorry i like the sharks but Bizzie is not playing at his best.

      David - 2012-03-24 09:01

      Yeah me too, hollow victory for my Superbru points.

      Schaun - 2012-03-24 09:04

      as if the whole shark team is called bizzie....theres no i in team m8...

      David - 2012-03-24 09:25

      Bissie actually played well, like he did last week. I don't understand why the public sentiment has turned so suddenly against him. Why do we pick players to beat down, and no matter what they do always find something to complain about? Graeme Smith has been on that receiving end from day one.

      Jason - 2012-03-24 09:57

      @ David, im the first one on these forums to get pissed when people abuse players. I didn't abuse Bizzie, I just said I don't think he is making the impact he has been known to make. Its a rugby opinion. He scored a try, which was not bad but for large period of the game I didn't see him. When he made runs he got stopped, now i know him to get through the first couple of tackles. As the springbok incumbent I have a vested interest in his play. Stormers 4 life!

  • Leonard - 2012-03-24 08:52

    What about Penalty-Try not awarded?

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-24 08:55

      Bad decision but we lost it ourselves. Whitehead's brainfart, Joubert coming off his line and opening the break for the last try (he is quite useless) and replacing a lock with a hooker. Stupid is as stupid does.

      David - 2012-03-24 09:00

      We scored a try anyway. We gave this one away, closer we got to winning the more we seemed to panic as if we shouldn't be winning. It comes down to those two quick tries we gave them by not controlling our ball.

      Jack - 2012-03-24 15:04

      Sharks were dead on their feet at 70 minutes - fitness and decision making let them down!

  • Schaun - 2012-03-24 08:59

    did nt want a shark loss, but with that said its a warm feeling for me, not for the ones that comment on rugby but for the ones that insult and support any team but the bulls, yesterday i read comments on other links,.. most insults from sharkies the so called top team that said a win for stormers sharks and cheetahs,..i hope ur pridictios was where ur mouth is cause u will be on bottom of log,... to rest, sharkies, well done, u played well after the travel, but loosing against urself, was a great game for the eye but better luck next time, goo cheetahs, lets hope the odds turn.. good luck western breezers hope u bunch make it aswell...bulls my team, as i look at history, bad record against the reds, hope u bring out the best good luck all

  • Stormkaap - 2012-03-24 09:10

    The referee allowed early engaging by the Tahs throughout the match. This didint allow the Sharks scrum to settle and the Sharks would have had the upper hand here. For once Bosman had a good game. And Coetzee continues to impress. Thought Alberts was a bit slow, maybe he should move to lock.

      Koos - 2012-03-24 09:21

      Yip and side entry by the sharks, don't forget that the shark tackler never rolls away but get away with it.

      David - 2012-03-24 09:24

      yup-its those damn foreign refs again-always out to get us. I wonder why they call us whingers?

      David - 2012-03-24 09:27

      The pauses were too long, neither side knew when to engage. But I'm happy with Pollocks performance, he's probably one of NZ's better refs

  • Jean - 2012-03-24 09:14

    Looking at the score it looks like the Sharks put up a good fight.

  • joy.skene - 2012-03-24 10:03

    Once again Myopic Officials miss crucial knock-on infringements (2) in the last 15 minutes and gift the Waratah's the chance to score! Hard luck Sharks, well played!

  • Gerald - 2012-03-24 10:48

    The Sharks don't seem to be fit enough and they must learn to tackle. There were far too many missed tackles which cost them a game they should have won.

      David - 2012-03-24 11:06

      The first 10 minutes we defended aggresively and met them half way. Thereafter we simply allowed them to charge at us. Again some great moments by the Sharks but no where near a complete 80 minute performance

      Gerald - 2012-03-24 11:24

      I agree, but don't you think the reason we don't play for the full 80 minutes is a fitness issue?

      David - 2012-03-24 11:28

      Probably is, but it seems more of a mental issue. We just switch off at times. We had our 30 minutes of hell first up last week, and saved the worst til last today.

      Gerald - 2012-03-24 11:53

      That's what I am getting at. If you are not fit, it affects your concentration levels amongst other things

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-03-24 11:12

    We can't blame the non-award of a penalty try for losing but I really think we blew it with that last scrum. Why infringe when you are attacking? But once again a rule infringement cost us. And on that topic of rules, why pray tell are referees alloed to "interpret" the rules? Surely a rule is a rule and is not subject to interpretation. This is not a court of law wher the intricacy of a law can be pulled apart by opposing lawyers, it's a rule, written in a rule book and meant to be enforced. I have said it before, there is far too many gray areas in the current rule book, speciically with reference to scrums, rucks and mauls and referees are allowed to make their own interpretation which differ from referee to referee and from country to country and between North and South! Anyway, rant over... moving on... bad luck Saahrks but remember, the S15 isn't won in March (or May or June, or July...) Still a loooooong way to go ....

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-03-24 12:48

      PS - Feel free to disagree with me, it's an open forum but don't just give it a "thumbs down" and skulk off without a debate.

      David - 2012-03-24 12:57

      Agreed, feel free to disagree but at least state why you do.

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