Sharks make NZ, Oz nervous

2012-07-10 13:17

Cape Town – The Stormers may have won the South African conference but it is the Sharks who seem to be commanding special respect in Super Rugby’s late season from the other regions in the SANZAR alliance.

The dominating nature of their performance in thumping domestic rivals the Bulls 32-10 at Mr Price Kings Park on Friday night made critics in New Zealand and Australia sit up and take notice, despite the fact that they remain a tenuous sixth on the overall table and may still have work to do against the Cheetahs this Saturday to ensure a playoffs berth.

“More storming than the Stormers,” was the tribute from Chris Rattue of the New Zealand Herald.

“The Sharks have to be taken seriously on this form, and could be among three South African teams in the playoffs.

“Led by their fantastic front row, the Sharks – even with a couple of top players missing – demolished the Bulls, whose own title credentials were severely tarnished.

“The Stormers head the South African challenge but are incapable of this quality: the Sharks would have to win the title the hard way but are good enough to do so judging by what we saw over the weekend.”

Of course many Stormers enthusiasts may be bemused by this sudden high rating from afar of the unpredictable Durban-based side, who have lost four more times than Jean de Villiers’s men in ordinary season.

Rattue also awarded hooker Bismarck du Plessis his mantle of “Super Rugby forward of the week”, describing him thus: “The Bismarck that never sinks. The South African hooker is a cross between a motorway pillar and Fitzy (All Black No 2 legend Sean Fitzpatrick).

“Du Plessis led the assault on the Bulls, who took a backward step. He ploughed right through Zane Kirchner for the opening try and the Sharks never looked back.”

Meanwhile across the “ditch” in Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald, scribe Paul Cully pointed to the likelihood of the Sharks travelling to meet the Brumbies in the earliest part of the playoffs phase.

“The Sharks will present the Brumbies with a significant challenge if they meet in the qualifiers in Canberra.

“The Brumbies are further advanced at this stage of Jake White’s tenure than perhaps even the coach imagined (but) they aren’t ready to win this competition.”

Both the Bulls and Sharks may yet require bonus-point home victories over the Lions and Cheetahs respectively if they are to advance in the competition.

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  • werner.coetzer.311 - 2012-07-10 13:22

    U knowz it!!

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-10 13:43

      At last some decent rugby chat for a change! Sharks are looking very dangerous! Would be lekker to have 3 SA teams in the Semis! SFL

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-10 13:57

      Any Stormer Supporter would disagree with this Article...

      steyts - 2012-07-10 14:06

      I'm a stormers supporter and I sure don't disagree with it... The sharks demolished a PATHETIC, USELESS and UTTERLY HOPELESS BULLS team led by the utterly PATHETIC PIERRE SPIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The stormers would definitely not have been humiliated like that because we have people in our backline that can tackle unlike goldie locks and Martha Steyn... Based on last weekend the sharks are definitely the top team of the South Africans.

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-10 14:09

      @chaplinncharlie - According to the Stormers supporters , they already won the Super Rugby !! LOL !

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-10 14:15

      Sean you meant they won it 3 times already...Steyts the Sharks would have run Circles arounds the Stormers or any Top Team last-weekend... We all know that...

      carl.dillon.37 - 2012-07-10 14:30

      I'm also a Stormers supporter Chaplin and agree with steyts, so don't make yourself look foolish. I hope all the SA sides do well and good luck to them, but all hopes for the Stormers to win. sean.lambie...just a dumb comment!

      carl.dillon.37 - 2012-07-10 14:39

      Actually agreeing that the Sharks smashed the bulletjies, doing really well and good luck to them.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-10 15:01

      Carl i would expect less from you after all you are a Stormer Supporter...

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-10 15:02

      ***wouldn't expect

      carl.dillon.37 - 2012-07-10 15:47

      less of what Charlie...? The fact that I am not blind to our other great SA teams and CAN congratulate another South African team when it plays well (as in the thumping the Sharks gave the Bulls), Recognize a good player like Bismark having a good game...and give him credit when due, Hope that all the SA teams do well and then last but not least wish for my team the Stormers to win the whole shebang...cause I support them no matter what.... lol ...Siestog Charlie

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-10 15:54

      i suggest you go back to the article when the Sharks thumb the Bulls and go read what i said... Carl like i said... I wouldn't expect less.. you so full of yourself not even true...enough said... You enjoy your day...

      Jason - 2012-07-10 16:56

      I'm a stormer supporter and the stormers have been great defensively but on attack they really have struggled. Stormers have been consistent the sharks haven't but I do agree what the Sharks did to the Bulls the stormers are just not capable of.

      Caleb - 2012-07-11 03:19

      Ok im baffled, not long ago Sport24 was lambasting Chris Rattue from the NZ Herald for writing about the demolishing of the Springboks by the All Blacks and Wallabies in the Tri Nations. Virtually everyone on this forum threw out what he said as ill informed and labelled him as a no knowledge hack. Most people in NZ agree with this also, hes a terrible reporter that is more often than not, way off base with his analysis of the game. And now Sport24 and the rest of the 'well read' contributors on this forum are raising his words up on a pedestal like he is the Oracle of Rugby Analysis. Newsflash- This guy is still a hack and does not know what he is talking about. Looking for praise about 3 SA teams being in the semis and hopes for the inconsistent Sharks does not mean it will be so, certainly not if Rattue says so. There is a very pungent smell of desperation at Sport24.

      christopher.columbus.3950178 - 2012-07-11 03:20

      I am not worthy! I am not worthy!! Sharks forever!! You know what there is only one Charley Chaplin...and chaplinncharlie you really funny. The stormers...HAHAHAHAHAHAHAhahahahahahahaha......

      Caleb - 2012-07-11 03:20

      On another note, even the Lions would have beaten the Bulls if they played like that last weekend. I watched the game and couldnt believe the Sharks didnt put more on them.

  • morne.vandyk.58 - 2012-07-10 13:22

    Go Canes

      steyts - 2012-07-10 14:08

      HELL YES!!! GO canes sodat die stormers top spot kan vat!!!

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-07-10 15:20

      I do so hope the hurricanes will win so my beloved Stormers end top of the log, and I do hope that Josh Strauss can have one more victory this year in Super15, he is such a nice chap.

  • Blou-Daan - 2012-07-10 13:23

    Dis goed dat hulle worry. Hoe beter ons spanne lyk en hoe meer spanne ons in die uitspeel rondtes het hoe beter. Dit gaan nou amper nie meer vir my oor watse spanne nie, net dat dit SA spanne is!

      Enrico Capazorio - 2012-07-10 13:34

      Hoor, hoor Daan. Sterke vir al die spanne, ons weet julle kan dit doen. Come on canes do to the chiefs what you did to the saders.

      Tommy - 2012-07-10 14:13

      Agree, there comes a point where you have to take of your provincial jacket and support any SA team. As a Stormer that point was last weekend with confirmation that we are through. Now it's time to support the other SA teams.

      Tommy - 2012-07-10 14:14

      *point in time

      Bossie - 2012-07-10 15:39

      Daan, kan nie anders as om respek vir jou te he nie!! Wil jy nie asb n ander span support nie..jy pas glad nie in by die res van die BlouBulBrigade nie..

      yvettesteven.loots - 2012-07-10 21:17

      Jy is n ware rugby ondersteuner. Sterkte vir al die S A spanne.

  • kingriaan - 2012-07-10 13:24

    A cornered Shark is a very dangerous thing

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-10 15:03

      either that or a Chinese Soup...

      jason.children - 2012-07-10 18:32

      How do you corner a shark?? Im just asking! Many corners under the ocean?

  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-10 13:25

    The question is whether they can do it week after week.............good luck Sharkies with the play offs.

      djmain1 - 2012-07-10 13:29

      Just starting to get a head of steam!

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-07-10 13:52

      Peaking at the right time I say

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-10 13:53

      If they can keep it up then good for them

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-10 14:08

      Lets hope they can keep the good form :) Good luck boys !!

  • morneoosthuizen - 2012-07-10 13:32

    As a Stormers fan, I think the Sharks is the only SA team that can take the title. They showed great composure and a mature/exciting game plan against the bulls. The Stormers rely to much on their defense, and can't round off great attacking moves. Obviously I would want the Stormers to go all the way, but I'll be happy with any SA team winning the trophy. Best of luck to all the teams.

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-07-10 14:05

      you sir, are not a true stormer supporter. There is nothing wrong with noting the strengths of another team, and I must say the Sharks are looking very good, and may well win the super15, but writing off a team you claim to support? A true supporter will back his team even if it is almost a certainty they will lose. Shame on you sir, shame on you.

      lean.sadie - 2012-07-10 14:16

      You hit it on the head pieter. He is Not a real supporter. Or maybe getting ready for another dissapointment hehe. Likem ost said already tho, as long as the Cup comes to SA, that is a good thing.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-10 14:24

      No he is just realistic... I hope the Bulls will win this year but it hink it's going to be very hard for them... I'm just being realistic...

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-07-10 14:32

      @chaplincharlie - you are a true supporter, what got me was not the fact that Mo was complementary to the Sharks - they are on great form, but stating that he thinks they are the only SA team that can win it. You on the other hand admitted that is is gonna be tough for your bulls to win it, but by no means did you say your guys are out of the competition.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-10 15:04

      Point taken Pieter...

      gungets.tuft - 2012-07-11 08:05

      @Pieter - now if your team could attack like you do, they would have scored more ties and got more bonus points. They would have nailed a home final already.

      kosie.fires - 2012-07-11 11:24

      Who is the only SA team to just lose against the Stormers and the only SA team to beat them second time around?

  • brett.rosenberg.75 - 2012-07-10 13:37

    It is when I read the accolades being bestowed upon Bismarck, that I get bitter all over again about the fact that he had to sit on the bench during most of the World Cup so Telly Tubby could play! That will eek me for the rest of my life!

      mvw74 - 2012-07-10 13:41


      terry.burne - 2012-07-10 13:41

      ag shame ne?

  • Merven - 2012-07-10 13:58

    Lol, because the Bulls played like grade 4 pupils the Sharks is a favorite?

      vernon.annandale.7 - 2012-07-10 14:18

      You need to just correct your statment a bit,THE SHARKS made the bulls look like 4th graders, yeah that sounds about right,don't you think? Anyway SHARKS FOREVER!!!! Win loose or look like 4th graders

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-07-10 15:59

      Een swaveltjie maak nie 'n somer nie! Die Bulls en die Sharks is nie verniet gelyk op die log nie. Beide was soms ewe briljant en soms ewe pateties! So moet nie te veel staatmaak op verlede Saterdag nie, dis reeds geskiedenis. Vraag is nou wie gaan die balls hê vir die ware toets wat voorlê!

  • john.comyn.18 - 2012-07-10 14:04

    Very difficult to travel win and travel again. We are talking about 4 days in time zones. Last year the Saders traveled here, won, travel to OZ and lost to the Reds. Just a bridge too far. If they can do it they will have done what no other team has.

      charl.koegelenberg - 2012-07-10 14:31

      If there are any side that can do it it wil be them. Remember last year thay didn't play 1 game a christchurch and stil made the final

  • leonard.w.gray - 2012-07-10 14:08

    bismark is almost as brutal as alberts; like an uncontrollable steam train when he is on the move.

  • darren.peach - 2012-07-10 14:13

    Go Sharks...eer Bulls.....No wait..Go Stormers...I think. Mmm, Who do I support ? Go Schumi !

      Blou-Daan - 2012-07-10 14:45

      @darren.peach Hehehe...!!!! Skerp Darren :-)

      Tommy - 2012-07-10 14:58

      For ±month each year there comes a time when they broadcast Bok rugby, Protea cricket and F1 (sometimes at the the same time) on weekends. Must be the loneliest time for my wife and kids.

      yvettesteven.loots - 2012-07-10 21:25

      wat van die fietsry. Net 5ure per dag.

  • andrew.cooks.5 - 2012-07-10 14:26

    and worried they should be!! The Sharks is one of the most unpredictible sides in S15, and not the opposition nor fans know what to expect before each game. They can thump the mighty bulls or get thumped by struggling lions. If they could only play 4 more matches like they have played over the weekend, the cup is on its way to durban.

  • ej.smith.589 - 2012-07-10 14:36

    can't believe people take Chris Rattue serious as a journalist. He is the worst journalist in NZ and has often criticized the boks

      carl.dillon.37 - 2012-07-10 14:46

      ej.smith...Did the sharks thump the Bull's, have they got a great front row and are they in with a chance? whats wrong with what Chris said?

      carl.dillon.37 - 2012-07-10 14:50

      As for Bismarck du Plessis, he's a legend!

      Caleb - 2012-07-11 03:22

      ej i completely agree with you, Carl whats wrong with what Chris said is detailed in one of my posts above.

      carl.dillon.37 - 2012-07-11 07:33

      Caleb.drumm.... I did not say he was a good writer, READ what I said. He stated simple facts and I asked EJ if they were true or not, and if so, what was wrong with saying them?

  • fabio.marucchi.3 - 2012-07-10 15:11

    As a Bulls supporter it's great to see that there are other SA teams who could win this Super Title. Bulls have lost alot of the old guard & are building, still up there round the top though......upsetting to most of you Shark & Stormer supporters. Ha!

  • johan.coetzer.52 - 2012-07-10 15:47

    Ah IT IS GREAT TO BE A SHARKS FAN , hopefully we do not go and choke now . Brumbies in Canberra here we come .

  • stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-07-10 15:59

    Een swaveltjie maak nie 'n somer nie! Die Bulls en die Sharks is nie verniet gelyk op die log nie. Beide was soms ewe briljant en soms ewe pateties! So moet nie te veel staatmaak op verlede Saterdag nie, dis reeds geskiedenis. Vraag is nou wie gaan die balls hê vir die ware toets wat voorlê!

  • schalk.j.lubbe - 2012-07-10 16:12

    best part about the article "The dominating nature of their performance in THUMPING domestic rivals the Bulls 32-10 "

  • temakarini.mapu - 2012-07-11 03:06

    Shouldn't the title of the article read "Sharks make Rattue nervous"? He seems to be the only one who is making noise about it here in NZ.

  • theo.greeff.5 - 2012-07-11 10:53

    As a Stormers supporter - I really don't want to meet the Sharks in a playoff if they can keep playing like they did against the Bulls. However, they also have been rather inconsistent this season, so the biggest question is if they can keep the intesity up. That said, the biggest winner here is SA rugby, with a very likely chance of us having 3 teams in the playoffs, a testament of the wealth of talent we have.

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