Sharks pass test of quality

2012-05-27 22:06

Durban - Sharks coach John Plumtree was beaming with pride after his side overcame the Stormers in Durban on Saturday.

The KwaZulu-Natal outfit secured a 25-20 win at Kings Park after a strong display against the table-topping visitors, thanks to tries by Frederic Michalak, Keegan Daniel and Lwazi Mvovo.

At one stage, the Sharks, who were 20-6 up at half time, led by 19 points, before two fine solo tries from Gio Aplon reduced the deficit.

“We put them under pressure, we forced them into some errors and each time we visited their 22 in the first half, we came away with points, so it was great,” said Plumtree.

“I’m really just proud of the boys because there was a lot of pressure on them.

“Obviously our defence had that 10-15 minutes to contend with in the second half and they showed a lot of character.”

The men from Cape Town had entered the weekend top of the overall standings, but surrendered their number one place, although they still lead the South African conference.

“You’ve got to admire the Stormers, they just never go away,” Plumtree said.

“They may have had a lot of injuries to contend with, but they were still outstanding in the second half.

“It shows you what character they’ve got. They are a good team and that’s why they’ve done so well in this competition.”

The hosts, meanwhile, secured a fourth successive win and also ended a three-match losing streak against the Stormers, which enabled them to move into sixth place on the overall standings.

Opposite number Allister Coetzee felt the Sharks were full value for their victory.

“One must give credit to the Sharks the way they performed,” Coetzee said.

“They put us under pressure at set piece and we couldn’t handle the high ball.

“With all their players back, they’ve really improved over the last few weeks. They’re playing with confidence too, which is good.”

However, he was also pleased with the fighting spirit shown by his injury-ravaged side.

“I'm satisfied with a bonus point from the game," said Coetzee.

"We’ve had our disruptions and have some of our senior players out.

“We really showed a courageous performance in the second half so it’s something we’ll keep in the back of our minds.”


  • ray.stadlerjd1 - 2012-05-27 22:14

    AC, we didn't deserve to win but the fact that we came close and scared the crap out of Durban is use full to move forward and work on, aplon's try , was the same move that got us a try last year against the chiefs, so more of that, please

      Craig - 2012-05-27 22:24

      I'll admit, the aplon try was a good move and great side-stepping, but the pass was clearly forward.

      malcolm.molver - 2012-05-27 22:26

      Great move, mistimed execution. Luckily for your team, they got away with it.

      ray.stadlerjd1 - 2012-05-27 22:29

      LOL the probably practised that last year and remembered it wen they ran out of ideas

      nibiru.sekkiejorge - 2012-05-28 07:24

      @ All the bulls and sharks supporters residing in the Western Cape are you merely visitors here or are you refugees. In a war situation we would have to intern the lot of you. - 2012-05-28 07:48

      @nibiru.sekkiejorge It's a good idea. I would like to be interned at the One & Only or Cape Grace with other Sharks supporters. Please put the Bulls supporters up at the Road Lodge. BTW - I have been a 'visitor' here for 18 years. I stuck with my team (in Durban) through relegation and B Section days. Moving to Cape Town cannot change that. Please note, I always support other SA sides against non-SA sides AND I never boo the opposition. Can 'real' Cape Tonians say that?

      Eben - 2012-05-28 07:55

      Come on, you only got close because the Ref and assistant refs, missed a American Football forward pass. Sharks then had to defend for the win and not go for another try, which would have made it a hiding of note. 30 - 13, would have been a better reflection of how the game went. Now you got 1 point for loss and we should have gotten 1 more point for scoring 4 tries, hence our game against the lions would have meant we leap the Stormers (loosing to the Bulls coming weekend). Now how much influence does the refs have??? Crazy!!!!

      steyts - 2012-05-28 08:26

      Eben we got close because we finally decided to attack... The scoreline could have been in the stormers favour if Deon Fourie didn't drop the ball over the line!! WHAT A CHOP!!!! Ai, but it was a definite wake up call to the coaching staff!! We must attack more! Look at what they created when we decided to attack, the sharks looked vulnerable!! Unfortunately shocking knock-ons spoiled most of the attacks! AND, things turned around in the tight game as well when Brok Harris was removed from the field. Frans Malherbe is definitely a better prop than Brok. Who cares about if you are mobile and all that crap if you can't even do your primary job well, which is SCRUMMING!!! The Beast destroyed Brok! This leading to massive pressure on the backline and when Frans came on it was a lot better!! I hope AC and Matt Proudfoot saw this because if they didn't we WILL lose against the Bulls as well...

      nibiru.sekkiejorge - 2012-05-28 08:34

      Sorry David.Baker. It will have to be Pollsmoor

      Allen - 2012-05-28 08:43

      @Eben, you're absolutely right! Refereeing these days like a lucky dip and which side the ref supports on the day! Each ref has his own set of rules that sometimes the students of the game are at a loss to decipher. Poor reffing decisions boils down to match fixing! SARFU must stamp this cancer out now before we, the rugby watching public, do the talking with our feet! Bring on after-the-fact TV referral system where dubious decisions can be put right! After all it is demoralising for any team to know that they where "robbed" by an incorrect decision that causes them to loose points!

      Hans - 2012-05-28 10:11

      "came close" via a forward pass try. tsk tsk.

  • Craig - 2012-05-27 22:26

    Let's keep it up Sharkies. Great effort to win that game, considering that the stormers had only lost one before it. Continue rising and improving. Loving it. The team just needs to keep believing, keep enjoying their rugby, and putting in 100%

      citizen.kane.35 - 2012-05-28 07:20

      A very good game all round, Sharks now need consistency going into these final weeks with a bit of the mongrel we saw against the Stormers and maybe just maybe we are contenders, Michalak, the brothers Grimm, Beast, Marcel Coetzee and Captain Keegan all had a very good game...Go Sharks!!

  • malcolm.molver - 2012-05-27 22:48

    Great job by the Sharks yesterday. You could see they were fired up for the game, and like the NZ commentators said a few weeks ago, when the Sharks get urgent they look dangerous! Well they've been playing with urgency the last few games, and have proven to be lethal. Full credit to the coach and players for changing the game plan and for turning their season around. There's still work to do, but the team has their destiny in their own hands, and a win with the bonus point against the Lions next week is crucial! Black and white. Nothing else matters. Sharks Forever!

      mpumelelo.kunene - 2012-05-27 23:57

      Couldnt have said it better sir. Sharks Forever!!

  • Pomene - 2012-05-28 06:48

    I am a Stormer supporter but just one question...............Why did the Sharks have to past the test of quality if they already possessed just that. Excellent rugby by Sharks and piss-poor rugby by Stormers. What is positive about this loss is that the Stormers can only improve on such a performance. Go Stormers wake up .........2 June 2012 is here and I am worried !!!!!

      trevor.izatt - 2012-05-28 07:56

      I agree 100% with your comment. The stormers only played 20 min in second half ----- not good enough on the day

  • francois.steyn.35 - 2012-05-28 07:47

    Sharks can still take the SA conference, just need to win all the remaining games, think the one against the bulls will be the decider

      Maxine - 2012-05-28 08:21

      We are going to battle to beat a very good bulls team after 1 month without rugby! Remember our bye is ridiculously straight after the three week international break!

      steyts - 2012-05-28 08:30

      If the stormers win against the bulls then I am afraid it's all over mate!!! The remaining three games with ALL the loose trio players back (Duane Vermeulen, Siya Kolisi, Schalk Burger, Nick KOster and Nizaam Carr) as well as Joe Pietersen is the Lions at Newlands, Cheetahs in Bloem and the rebels at Newlands. I fail to see them losing any of them with a full strength side...

      steyts - 2012-05-28 08:39

      Maxine the sharks might do well with that break because I reckon most of the boks team will exist out of bulls and sharks players. that break might do them very good after three weekends of test match rugby which the bulls will not have!

      francois.steyn.35 - 2012-05-28 09:08

      I can't see the stormers beating the bulls on Loftus on current form and injury problems this weekend, and if the the sharks take 5 points from the Lions game, then its basically going to come down to bonus points and the bulls/sharks game in the last few games

      Freedom - 2012-05-28 11:04

      Yip the Guppies did very well and applied a lot of pressure on the Stormers and forced them into making mistakes. But to those out there who say the ref favoured the Stormers are very very misled, please go and have a look at the game again and you will see how many times you guys got away with murder at the breakdown and every 50/50 decision went your way, also Mvovo’s try in the corner was not a try, after repeated replays nobody could say whether his foot touched the line or whether it didn’t and therefore was inconclusive, so you cannot award a try for that. So my Guppy friends take that score off the final result and what do you have? You battled to beat a Stormers side without over half their starting 15, and I could see how nervous everyone in Durban was towards the end as the brave never say die Stormers almost took a win in the Guppy tank.

  • Jody - 2012-05-28 09:47

    Sharks front row was simply awsome, based on that performance England in for tough times. Brok Harris will alwayes be good but no cigar. Province when are u going to realise tight five will win tough matches. Andries Bekker dissapointed and Duanne Vermeulen is sorely missed. Bulls should take this one on Saturday. Well done Cheethas.

  • gerhardmcsa - 2012-05-28 13:54

    Dear Cavin.Snyman and Eben We exchanged comments on Friday on the "Sharks overdue to cross the chalk" article. Congratulations, your Sharks really outplayed my Stormers. 25-20 is just as poor a reflection of the game as 15-12 was. I felt embarrassed that the refs did not spot a clear forward pass and a 25-13 game turned into a very tense affair. Anyway, the Stormers have been on the receiving side of a few of those this season (recently Cheethas comeback). What do you two students of the game think of the Stormemrs Bulls chances against each other? Probably a separate comment under another story rather. This one should be confined to congratulations to Sharks. Well played.

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