Sharks fightback stuns Reds

2012-03-17 18:59

Durban - Second-half tries from Keegan Daniel and Riaan Viljoen helped the Sharks complete a stunning turnaround as they edged out a thrilling 27-22 Super Rugby victory over the Reds at Kings Park on Saturday.

The home side had trailed 17-0 at one stage to the defending champions after early tries by James Hanson and Scott Higginbotham.

But Jandre Marais scored before half-time and Daniel and Viljoen touched down either side of a Nick Frisby effort as the coastal side held on for a crucial win ahead of a four-match trip to Australia and New Zealand starting next week.

At the start, the Queensland outfit managed to score from their first attack when James Horwill won his own line-out and Hanson found a way through the maul as he burst through to touch the ball down one-handed.

Mike Harris added the conversion, but then missed a penalty in swirling conditionS after an error from hooker Bismarck du Plessis.

It was all the Reds thereafter with Higginbotham going in under the posts after superb play from the backs to take the ball wide and forward again after the Sharks failed to find touch with an ordinary clearance by flyhalf Patrick Lambie.

Ben Lucas looped over a simple conversion to make it 14-0 after 26 minutes.

More erring from the home side and vice-captain Du Plessis, who was caught off-side, allowed Lucas another chance at goal which he successfully completed, before the Reds’ momentum was finally halted in the 34th minute.

Marais had just come onto the field to replace the injured Steven Sykes and ran onto a thrown up pass from Charl McLeod to force his way over - Lambie adding the conversion.

Lwazi Mvovo was then denied a try after Willem Alberts was spotted going dangerously into a tackle.

Another precarious tackle by Digby Ioane on Marcell Coetzee resulted in a yellow card for the winger, with Lambie slotting over the resulting penalty to further cut the gap heading into half-time (10-17).

Straight after the restart, Lambie narrowed the gap to four with another penalty, while Coetzee and Mvovo wasted straightforward chances to draw their side level.

But they finally managed to take the lead in the 55th minute when skipper Daniel picked up at the base of the scrum and scampered through a tiring Reds defence to score.

Lambie converted, but straight after the restart, Ioane and Frisby won a sprint down the right with the former setting up the latter to score after the Sharks threw away possession.

However, the hosts did the same thing from the next kick-off with Viljoen dummying smartly and cutting inside to score another converted try on the right.

It proved the final score as the home side held on for a second win of the campaign.

Bismarck du Plessis was named Man of the Match.


Sharks: Tries: Jandre Marais, Keegan Daniel, Riaan Viljoen. Conversions: Patrick Lambie (3) Penalties: Lambie (2).

Reds: Tries: James Hanson, Scott Higginbotham, Nick Frisby. Conversions: Mike Harris, Ben Lucas. Penalty: Ben Lucas


  • Priester - 2012-03-17 19:01

    Sharks kept their cool and manage to pull this one through! Again some inconsistency showed up. Bulls received a red card for a dangerous tackle and Digby only received a yellow for a similar offence. I think Mark Lawrence would have shown a red card. Bismarck initially did not have a good game and he was penalized on a few occasions however his second half performance was great. Congratulations with the win! Blou Bul Groete!

      Priester - 2012-03-17 19:15

      Isak, ek is weer terug in Sudan. Jong ek dink die Bulls sal die game wen maar beslis nie met 'n bonus punt nie. Geniet die Ellis park game! Blou Bul Groete!

      Paul - 2012-03-17 19:50

      You didn't think the Sharks were ever going to lose this one with Kaplan on the whistle, did you?

      Priester - 2012-03-17 20:00

      @Paul I did. Kaplan is one of our better Referees, unlike a certain Mr. Lawrence. Blou Bul Groete!

      Tertius Coetzer - 2012-03-18 02:45

      hou op suurgat wees en gun 'n goeie span die wen wat hulle verdien!

      Maria Letizia Dewar - 2012-03-18 05:37

      Shame Paul sour grapes? Were you hoping for Bryce Lawrence or Keith Brown to help you Ozzies again? Tsk tsk

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-03-18 07:41

      Isak, the game being discussed is Sharks vs Reds, is everything in life about the Bulls and Stormers? You okes are obsessed with one another.

      Francois - 2012-03-18 13:20

      I certainlu hope that the Bulls can emulate the Sharks and give the Reds a good hiding. Chum scrubber, is this comment good enough for you? News24, how about opening a chat room for banter and off the topic chats? (This is a bit of an irony to suggest it, I know). Back to the rugby, I will like to see 4 SA teams and one of NZ and one of Aus making it to the playoffs - thus thanks to the Sharks for softening up the Reds for the Bulls like the Bulls did on the Blues for the Stormers. Isak, the Stomers article was the one about Allister, keep with the programme or go and find a chatroom.

  • Saffies - 2012-03-17 19:01

    Well done sharkies. DIE SWART MASJIEN IS TERUG. Ek is so trots op julle. Bismarck wys alweer wat se yster hy is vir die sharks en SA rugby. Daai ou is onmenslik sterk. Daniels wys hoe n agsteman speel wat hart het. Hy is STRATE beter as Spies. Ons sien julle in die final!!! GO SA spanne (behalwe vir die pienk koeie)

      Johan - 2012-03-17 19:37

      @ Saffies - Ek het nie geweet Spies speel meer nie? Miskien net nie mooi gekyk nie!

      Saffies - 2012-03-17 19:48

      Johan, ek sien hom twee keer as hy speel. Die eerste keer as hy uit hardloop en dan weer as hy by die interviews verduidelik wat fout gegaan het. Ek is altyd bly is hulle hom kies, die bulle is dan effektief 14 op die veld.

  • Stephan - 2012-03-17 19:05

    Well done Sharks. Brilliant come-back by the whole team, but besides Bismarck, I was very impressed with Marcell Coetzee.

      Mankini - 2012-03-17 19:43

      Bismark? The best hooker in the world according to Saffas? I'd be surprised if he made reserve grade in Australia or NZ. Maybe, maybe not, he's definately the best in SA but definately not the best in the world....definately the best whinger though.

      Gungets - 2012-03-17 21:30

      Well, at least we know your mankini is not the only thing stuck up your crack

      Maria Letizia Dewar - 2012-03-18 05:26

      Mankini do you actually watch rugby? Your credibility is shot! Bissie held or bettered the Wallaby front row last night with two youngsters last night! He stole more ball and without the refs assistance, and his throws were at least straight which faaingas were not, I think if Ewen had the choice I think we both know he would prefer having Bissie to anything you guys have!

      Maria Letizia Dewar - 2012-03-18 05:31

      Stephan Marcell is really impressing, and he is getting better every game and he is not even 21! The Boks are looking really good with all these youngsters coming up!

      Kevin - 2012-03-18 09:49

      Mankini - The game at this level are for people who understand Rugby.

  • Dirk - 2012-03-17 19:25

    Punte vir Suid Afrika! Well done to the Sharks, what a magnificent comeback. Julle het die Reds ''uitgerooi''

  • Johan - 2012-03-17 19:36

    Ja nee - Geluk aan die Sharkies - Goed gedoen om teen die VERDEDIGINDE KAMPIOENE te wen!!!! Dink steeds Kaplan is een van die beter skeidsregters in die game!!!! Miskien moet die Sharks net dink daaraan om vir Meyer terug te stuur Cheetahs toe. 2/2 sover, more maak ons dit 3/3. Stormers Groete!!

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-03-18 07:48

      Ek stem in verband met Meyer, alhoewel hy gister 'n bietjie beter was. Kaplan was goed, maar ek dink die geel moes 'n rooi gewees het - at dit een van ons spelers was was dit defnitief 'n rooi gewees het. Ek dink die grensregter het die geel aanbeveel - so miskien nie Kaplan se vout nie.

  • ckrohne1 - 2012-03-17 19:39

    Way to go Sharks. Bizzie, Man of the match! I am so going to make a killing in my fantazy team.....Glad Aanother SA team managed a victory. Cheetahs.

  • Saffa - 2012-03-17 20:30

    Well done Sharks, what a comeback!

      Pieter - 2012-03-17 20:56

      ek sien jys weer terug @ Saffa, tot laat nag k*k gepraat gistraand, any way volgende week die Reds, weet nou al ons gaan hulle gas gee, hierdie klomp jong outjies van die Bulle gaan vir hulle ore aansit. Vuurwarm Talent want ons nou het!!

      Saffa - 2012-03-18 00:08

      @Pieter Don't you be cocky with me! I know my rugby better than anyone in this country, I always give factual, unbiased opinions. All Bulls supporters are fat idiots, I have never seen a good Northern Transvaal/Bulls team, and Loftus is the worst stadium in the world. Even booing their own players

  • Pieter - 2012-03-17 20:59

    O ja , well done Sharkies, watch daai Riaan Viljoen van julle daai ou is kookwater!!!

  • Chris - 2012-03-17 21:01

    Excellent Sharks ... Bismarck, you beauty

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-03-18 07:50

      And Charl Mcleod - had a great game.

  • Alexander - 2012-03-17 21:29

    beating the defending champs from a 17-point deficit and looking dull as ditchwater in the first half is what one would like to call a highly promising sign of things to come

  • David - 2012-03-17 21:36

    Well done Sharks!! Showed you have a lot of character. There's a reason the Reds are the champions, they are not an easy side to beat. More of the same next week!!

  • Frans - 2012-03-17 21:46

    @ Paul can you elaborate on Donavan Kaplans refereeing of the game, with reference to the problems you had with him, i did not watch the game.

      Derrick - 2012-03-17 22:44

      Is this Donovan Kaplan a referee who whistled in honour of St Patrick's day ? Although I do believe there is a good semite ref called Jonathan K who has handled a few of top encounters !!

  • Julian - 2012-03-18 01:02

    Kaplan was best on ground for the SHORKS!!

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-03-18 07:55

      Yes Jillian ...

      Kevin - 2012-03-18 09:51

      Looks like the aussies want to win there Rugby like the N Zealanders. There is no Bryce Ellis trophy up for grabs here.

  • Ockie - 2012-03-18 09:56

    Well done Sharks. You fought till the end and showed great heart with this victory. Proud to be a SA supporter this weekend. Things look better for us. A number of youngsters also displayed their talent, which is very good for SA.

  • Frans - 2012-03-18 10:31

    @Paul So,quick to criticize the ref, may be only because he did'nt comb his hair or his shoe laces were loose, get real Paul and stop your bad habits.

  • Claud - 2012-03-18 10:54

    Sharks and Cheetahs made us proud this weekend!

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-19 09:00

      Indeed they did, I really enjoyed both games. But the Stormers game most of all! Going to Coco Cola park this weekend, can't wait! GO STORMERS

  • Neville - 2012-03-18 12:13

    This is a request - please include the names of the match officials in the final match summary - it is critical to know whether a Kiwi or Aussie was reffing - that way we SA supporters will know whether the game was a stitch-up. There is no question that the Downunder refs have agreed a strategy to make sure the SA teams do not win - at any price. Just look at the last 2 losses by SA teams through "controversial penalties" in the dying minutes - and the admission by SANZAR's head ref Lyndon Bray that his refs "got it badly wrong!" I'll say!! But the real problem is that the scoreline - as a rsult of blatant cheating by those refs - stands!! There is big money at stake - and I can't help feeling that there are big "incentives" on offer to the Downunder refs!! After Bryce Lawrence's shocking display which forced SA out of thr World Cup - and he was then voted "Kiwi Ref of the Year" - what else can you think!!

  • Tim - 2012-03-18 12:36

    ell done Sharks - Great second half and held your nerve in the last fib\ve minutes or so

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