Sharks qualify for playoffs

2012-07-14 18:47

Durban - Tries from Keegan Daniel, Charl McLeod, Marcell Coetzee and Ryan Kankowski helped the Sharks mount a strong second-half recovery to book their place in the Super Rugby playoffs with a 34-15 victory over the Cheetahs in Durban on Saturday.

The home side's interest in the competition looked to be quickly slipping away after the opening 40 minutes as they trailed 15-6 thanks to five penalties from the boot of Cheetahs flyhalf Riaan Smit.

But a strong half-time talk from coach John Plumtree seemed to have reinvigorated them and they picked up 28 unanswered points in the second period.

It took the better part of 15 minutes before the deadlock was broken following a physical start, during which both packs tried to assert their dominance.

The coastal outfit went ahead via a 12th minute Frederic Michalak penalty after WP Nel failed to roll away following the first real passage of attacking play from the Sharks.

But the visitors hit back immediately after Coetzee did the same at the other end, with Smit popping over a kick from right in front.

The Cheetahs number 10 put his side in front after 19 minutes when Frans Steyn was sent to the sin bin for a dangerous tackle on Robert Ebersohn.

Lwazi Mvovo was next to err for the home side, who looked to be getting increasingly frustrated by their lack of possession, and after the winger failed to release, Smit stretched the gap further for his side.

When the Sharks finally managed to get forward, on the half-hour mark, they were awarded a penalty, with Heinrich Brussow illegally stealing the ball as Michalak cut the deficit.

McLeod, however, played his opposite number, Piet van Zyl, off the ball in front of the posts moments later, and replacement Willem Alberts gave away another kickable penalty on the stroke of half-time. Both were slotted over by Smit, giving the Free Staters a nine-point cushion at the interval.

Plumtree’s men came out firing after the restart, though, and Daniel scored his sixth try of the season in the 44th minute when he was on the end of an attacking move that began at the kick-off as he went over on the left.

The hosts scored twice more, on either side of the hour mark. JP Pietersen’s burst and kick-ahead first allowed McLeod to cross, before Coetzee sliced through the middle to score underneath the posts.

Kankowski added a bonus-point try when he broke away from the left six minutes from the end to score under the posts and seal the win.


15 Pat Lambie, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Keegan Daniel (captain), 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Jandre Marais, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Pieter-Steph du Toit/Jean Deysel, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Jacques Botes, 21 Meyer Bosman/Paul Jordaan, 22 Louis Ludik

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Barry Geel, 11 Philip Snyman, 10 Riaan Smit, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane

Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Marcel van der Merwe, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Ashley Johnson, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Andries Strauss


  • heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-14 18:52

    Good game sharks only the one try I'm not happy with since HB went off the sharks started playing great rugby

      heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-14 19:26

      I'm hoping for a lions upset let's hope they play great rugby

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-14 23:42

      isak de kock, how did u mean come to the party? your idiocy knows no bounds

  • leonard.lightman - 2012-07-14 18:54

    Is it serious Beast's injury ? NICE GAME NICE COMEBACK.... But maybe the bonus point wasnt the best one to get...I cant believe I said that....I prefer facing the reds than the saders

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-14 20:02

      dunno about that. the saders you know what you playing against but the reds are looking better each week! and cooper starting to be that x factor player again.

      scott.king.7739 - 2012-07-15 09:01

      Beast is sick not injured. Also heard that Cooper is out of the Reds team injured.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-15 09:28

      is beast injured? what happened?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-15 09:28

      i wish him a slow recovery

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-14 19:19

    well done sharks, you had me worried. lets see what the bulls/lions have to offer.

  • jack.bleck - 2012-07-14 19:32

    Well played Sharks! ps. someone needs to tell Bresler to save his celebratory spliff till after his media interview...

  • cavin.snyman - 2012-07-14 19:36

    Sleepy poor first half. Plumtree you were playing with fire!!! Great comeback the second half!!!! Play the full strength team next weekend or we will lose. Hope the Beast is back for the game. Now Bulls to make it to the playoffs. Sharks forever!!!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-15 09:29

      plumtree wasnt on the field

  • henrymatthews4 - 2012-07-14 19:39

    As die Cheetahs ooit n game wil wen moet hulle ontslae raak van Sias Ebersohn,ek is vas oortuig daai man kan nie rugby speel nie

      heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-15 06:31

      Ek stem 100% saam jou hy kan nie skop tackle of paas nie gelukkig volgende jaar is hy weg dan kan CHEETAHS dalk iewers kom hoeveel games net die jaar is verloor van hom net alleen oor stupid foute

  • cavin.snyman - 2012-07-14 19:41

    Why does Sport24 take so long to update? Supersport site is 100 times faster to update the latest on scores. The live scoring is way to slow. Crusaders results still up and Bulls game has already started???? Sport24 needs to catch a wake up!!!!

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-15 13:57

      Sport24 only updates Stormers news and results !!

  • gunner.zn.5 - 2012-07-14 20:06

    SHARKS forever!

  • david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-07-14 20:07

    Well done Sharks!! Great 2nd half and win. Whoever you play next week, you're going to make them fight hard to beat you guys

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-15 09:30

      euphemism for lose. just substitute "going to make them fight hard to beat you guys" with "lose" and that's lose for the idiots, not loose

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-07-15 09:51

      You love pissing on parades hey. Think you've got a screw loose (that's loose and not lose). Of course the Sharks will beat the Reds. My point is whoever plays this Sharks side is going to have to play damn well to beat us.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-15 16:56

      bud im supporting the sharks, no doubt, just not the stormers. go sharks!

  • sbonelo.dladla1 - 2012-07-14 21:01

    Halala!!! Well done boys! I was so tense,I thout we were chockin again, but u showed character on the second half! Whoever we meet, we gona fight!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-15 09:31

      thout we were engrish prease

  • cf.coetzee.3 - 2012-07-14 21:07

    Congrats sharks so chuffed with the team!good luck with the reds I believe if you play to your potential you will beat them convincingly!

  • mardeo.bezuidenhout - 2012-07-14 21:13

    Good Luck in the play-off's!!

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-14 21:57

    I knew they would win...keep going boys we behind you 100%

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-15 09:31

      would be an awkward thing to say if you were a man

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-14 22:05

    I am hoping in the last match it will be the Sharks against the Pink Panthers, with the Sharks kicking there ass

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-15 09:32

      pink panthers? thats a new one, never heard it before, come up with it all by yourselfs?

  • stmakhaza - 2012-07-15 05:36

    thats awesome

  • steveroodt - 2012-07-15 07:14

    Congrats to all the SA teams making it through

  • donovan.hendricks.7 - 2012-07-15 07:55

    Two consecutive controversial tries swung the match for the sharks,yes Macleod did knock the ball forward,and before Coetzee dotted down their was obstruction comitted by two sharks players.

      SpringBok - 2012-07-15 08:59


      tom.tardis - 2012-07-15 09:33

      every super game this weekend was rigged except the bulls cos we are awesome and the stormers cos they are just genuinely that pathetic they beat the rebels 26-21 at home. at crusader park i mean

      TravieGrif - 2012-07-15 09:55

      Oh seriously. The MacLoed 'knock-on' came off his knee...he moved his hands away, and Marcell was simply too quick for a prop caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. It was a great performance by the Cheetahs, but be a man and admit that they were not good enough on the night.

      herman.booysen2 - 2012-07-16 15:22

      I fully agree with, the obstruction on Coetzee's try. However Macleod's try I really can't say. One thing though, I thought it to be one that should went upstairs as there were a big possibility, bad refereeing. The biggest problem that I have with the local Darby's and this is especially the bulls and the Sharks, is the way they do the ball retention @ the breakdown, I simple can't understand why they are not blown more for going over the top and not staying on their feet, as long as you go forward, this is most irritating and someone still need to tell me how do you defend that. The breakdown should be a fair contest, with both attacker and fetcher on their feet.

  • ockie.barnard.9 - 2012-07-15 09:28

    Well done Sharks. The loss of HB and the fact that Bismarck and Alberts came on made a huge impact on this game.

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-07-15 09:38

    I nearly had a plutz in the first half, what on earth were they doing!? Second half was great, but its worrying the replacements made such a huge impact - and the fact that Brussouw was off. It shows there is no depth. I highly rate Burden, but the impact Bissie made when he came on just proves the big gap between the two players. McCleods try was suspect - would like to have seen a proper slow replay, almost like someone was desperate to have it allowed the way the ref rushed his decision.

  • danie.fick.98 - 2012-07-15 10:05

    Ek voel bja jammer vir Sias,maar ek is bly hy waai uit my span uit!!!! Nuttelose skoppe se moer,hy gee dit u nuwe betekenis!!!!! Maar ek hop hy vind sy ware spel al is dit by die Force!! Good luck boeda... Wel gedaan aan die 3 spanne van SA wat dit gemaak het.....dis great om te sien.... ek hou duim vas Sharks en Bulls om dit te maak vir die semi's... Cheetahs groete!!

  • reinert.wentzel - 2012-07-15 14:15

    what clown puts willem alberts and bismarck on the bench on a deciding match like this? The cheetahs slaughtered the sharks scrums. Looks like plumtree is following PDIV's footsteps- he liked putting his best players on the bench- if the sharks played a strong team like the reds or crusaders they would have put us away.

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