Sharks overdue to cross chalk

2012-05-24 22:17

Cape Town - There is a certain irony to the Stormers probably being considered less likely to “play the rugby” in the Super Rugby derby against the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.

That is because for all the talk of the host team scoring tries and acquiring bonus points in that fashion rather more prolifically this season, they have a slightly embarrassing recent record in the try column against these particular opponents.

The Sharks may hold the aces 33-19 over the Newlands-based team purely in terms of “tries for” after 13 weeks of this season, but this is their grand sum of tries against the Stormers, specifically, since the conference system began last year and three matches have already been contested between the coastal sides: zero.

So in 240 minutes of rugby following the big shake-up of the competition, they have been kept stubbornly at bay by the Stormers in the most lucrative form of scoring.

The Capetonians, by contrast, can at least say that they have breached the Sharks’ defence in that way five times in the three fixtures (all won by the Stormers).

It is largely down to their particularly thumping victory at Newlands last season in the second conference encounter, when they won 32-12 and got the four-try bonus point.

That was the day when the Sharks’ midfield defence, more than any other area, was cut to ribbons by a sprightly, slippery Jean de Villiers, then partnered by his old Springbok ally Jaque Fourie.

Meyer Bosman, who is back in the No 12 jersey for the home side on Saturday and seems to have stiffened his tackling act subsequently, was especially culpable on that occasion.

The earlier meeting at Mr Price Kings Park had also seen the Sharks fail to notch a try in their own backyard - currently injured Stormers captain Schalk Burger got the only one of the match then.

Neither side managed a try at Newlands earlier this campaign, when the Stormers eked out a barely deserved 15-12 result, courtesy of a late high-pressure penalty from Peter Grant, who had only had one full training session with his side since returning from Japanese club commitments.

The Sharks’ last Super Rugby try against the Stormers came in 2010, when they beat them 20-14 in Durban toward the end of round-robin play and the try count was 2-2; the Stormers did go on to be losing finalists to the Bulls.

It is the sort of mini-drought that must niggle away at the Sharks, who have been fairly free-scoring in the try department against various sides recently and may well fancy a decent crack at smashing the dam wall on Saturday with some high-tempo rugby if conditions allow ...


15 Patrick Lambie, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Wiehan Herbst, 18 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 19 Ryan Kankowski, 20 Jacques Botes, 21 Odwa Ndungane, 22 Louis Ludik


15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Jebb Sinclair, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Don Armand, 20 Nick Fenton-Wells, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Burton Francis

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  • Vic - 2012-05-24 22:29

    We will see on Saturday night. I have all the confidence in the Sharks and they will pull this one off by not only winning but scorring more tries.

      Denése - 2012-05-25 00:52

      Vic, I hope so - with all my heart!

      naeem.february - 2012-05-25 07:21

      Haha tokolos u just as arrogant as the bulls....the highlanders beat use Last week that same team we F*** up at full strength awso on their home! Since the bulls lost last week I didn't c ' bull groete' but when the topped the log beating the rebels,and warathas and we had a bye, then u heard 'bul groete' and all the critics,,,haha n0ow the bulls laying 4th and 2nd,,,n0ow u wana shout for the sharks,,,haha support ur own pink koie!!!! Haha Groete Vannie kaaap (AKA LOG LEADERS) StormerS forever!!!!!

      Paddy - 2012-05-25 07:26

      @ bfvillet. This is rich coming from a supporter of a team who by the luck of the draw do not have to play against either of the other two conference leaders - Chiefs and Brumbies???? You live in cloud cuckoo land. That big rock towering above you is getting to your brain.

      hvanderlinde - 2012-05-25 07:55

      Paddy, we beat the Highlanders in NZ when they led the NZ conference. Log leaders change as the season progresses. So your argument doesn't really hold any water. We will face the conference leaders, whomever it may be at that time as we will take part in the play-offs.

      alfred.joseph.94 - 2012-05-25 09:04

      BTW die die Chiefs en Brumbies wat kan gelukkig voel hulle speel nie nou teen die Stormers nie

  • Cavin - 2012-05-25 06:09

    Tomorrow is a new game. You are only as good as your last performance. The Sharks have the upper hand at this point in time and should they loose it will be their own doing and not because the Stormers are a better team. This going to be like a clash between the ruling lion and the up and comming one fighting over who is in charge of the pack. Both teams are good on the board but the Sharks have more experienced players and with their current try scoring abilities and home advantage, the speedometer is turning in their favor. Another + for the Sharks is they can attack for 80 minutes. Whether the Stormers will be able to absorb such a fierce attacking team remains to be seen. May the best team on the day win *SHARKS!!!!*. SHARKS forever!!!

      gerhardmcsa - 2012-05-25 08:04

      Dear Cavin, go watch the 15-12 game again. The Sharks tried their pretty, expansive game for like, a full 20 minutes. That yielded them nothing excepts points in the against column. Please attack us for 80 minutes. Please please. Go watch the Highlanders game for a reminder what that gets you. Good luck on Saturday, you'll need lots of it.

      malcolm.molver - 2012-05-25 08:48

      Stormers supporters really are becoming arrogant chops. And what have they achieved in the last 11 years? Absolutely nothing! Sharks Forever!

      Cavin - 2012-05-25 11:07

      Dear Gerhard, the Stormers did not play a full strength Sharks team. Your team won in the last minute only. Tomorrow is going to be a totally different ballgame. We have the players that can break the defensive line. The Stormers can be penetrated which many a team has done this season but just not on a regular basis. The Sharks can as they have the speed, strength and experience. Only time will tell and my money is on the Sharks. It's going to be a hard game though. SHARKS forever!!!

      Jc - 2012-05-25 12:04

      @ Malcolm: And what have the Sharks achieved in Super Rugby in 11 years? You'll always have the "arrogant chops" - all teams have them! It's going to be tough tomorrow and may the best team win. Good luck to the Sharks but, Go Stormers!!!

      gerhardmcsa - 2012-05-25 13:58

      Malcolm86, I take it since you posted immediately after me that you are referring to me as an arrogant chop? Please see the response by Cavin.Snyman for how a well reasoned response should be. All I can say in reply is Cavin, yes, the Sharks were apparently badly depleted at the time, gave very good account of themselves, but the scoreboard really flatterred them. Based on the performance the Stormers deserved to beat them by a bigger margin on the night. Most commentators seem to only remeber the close result and not the on field action. Anyway, Saturday is a new game and the Sharks have the opprtunity to turn around that result. However the Stormers aren't going to roll over and have their tummies tickled. Most Sharks supporters seem to think the result is a foregone conclusion and I could even say overconfident. But I won't say arrogant because then I would be just like Malcolm86

  • David - 2012-05-25 08:48

    Did a sports journalist really write that headline ???????

  • Tertius - 2012-05-25 09:24

    How come these forums always land up to be Bulls and Stormers supporters childishly insulting each other???!!! This about the SHARKS, people!!! Anyway, I just wanted to say that Meyer Bosman is a recipe for disaster on the defense, and even though Jean de Villiers is slower than a pack donkey nowadays, he will take advantage of that hole in the defense. Because he knows Willem Alberts is not going to tackle him either. Anyway, I hope the Sharks win - it will be nice to entrench 3 SA teams in the top 6.

      Jc - 2012-05-25 12:10

      So Tokolos, it's really then the old story of the pot & the kettle, ne?!

  • gerhardmcsa - 2012-05-25 13:45

    sport24, why was my comment about al lsinging from the same songsheet removed? The one Eben replied to? If it was reported as abusive, please indicate what part of it is considered abusive?

  • Jacobus - 2012-05-25 16:02

    gogogogogoogogogoogogoggoogogogogoogo stormersssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss, vou daai sharkies

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