Sharks win in Auckland

2012-04-13 11:14

Cape Town - The Sharks, inspired by captain Keegan Daniel, ran in four tries to deepen the crisis at the Blues with a 29-23 victory in their Super Rugby clash at Eden Park on Friday.

The Sharks scored tries through lock Steven Sykes and fleet-footed hooker Craig Burden from intercepts in the first 17 minutes but looked to have been reined in when the Blues took the lead soon after halftime.

They roared back with tries from Daniel and centre Tim Whitehead inside two minutes, however, to open up a gap that the Blues could not bridge despite their obvious desperation to clinch a second win of the season.

As it was, the willing but error-prone Blues could manage only two tries through experienced All Black prop Tony Woodcock and centre Benson Stanley and remain rooted to the bottom of the New Zealand conference.

Number eight Daniel seemed to be all over the park, dogged at the tackle and breakdown and dynamic with ball in hand and it was his intercept and 50 metre run in the fourth minute that allowed Sykes to open the scoring.

"We haven't been very consistent on the trip but to come to the home of rugby and get five points, we're very happy with that," he said in a pitchside interview.

"We had to defend most of the half and that's been one of downfalls so I'm proud of the way we defended and then we scored the four tries to get the bonus point so we're very happy."

Blues centre and World Cup winner Ma'a Nonu, by contrast, typified his team's lack of cutting edge by running into tacklers all evening and sharing in a glut of handling errors.

"Two intercept tries, that's 14 gift points and against a team like the Sharks that's too many points," said Blues skipper Keven Mealamu.

"The boys are trying really hard out there but these little things really cost us, you can't win in this competition with that many errors."



15 Rudi Wulf, 14 Hadleigh Parkes, 13 Benson Stanley, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Rene Ranger, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Chris Lowrey, 7 Daniel Braid, 6 Luke Braid, 5 Filo Paulo, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Keven Mealamu (captain), 1 Tony Woodcock

Substitutes: 16 Tom McCartney, 17 Tevita Mailau, 18 Ali Williams, 19 Peter Saili, 20 Piri Weepu, 21 Michael Hobbs, 22 George Moala

15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Louis Ludik, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Dale Chadwick

Substitutes: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Jandre Marais, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Jacques Botes, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Frederic Michalak



  • Priester - 2012-04-13 11:18

    Congratulations Sharks!! You have done us proud! Blou Bul Groete!

      Justin - 2012-04-13 11:45

      Thanks boet, we could learn a thing or two from the Bulle. Especially what to do when you're under pressure in your own 22! We lost against the Warathas coz Plum seems to think we have to run from the 22, and it almost cost us again today. Give Lambie or Viljoen the ball and skop it into touch!

      Sulaiman - 2012-04-13 12:07

      Must say that guy Craig Burden was great at hooker. He definately needs to stay in the Sharks team and make Bismarck a prop. What a interception my Man of the Match. Stooooooooooormers................

      David - 2012-04-13 12:18

      Burdens been in the Shark setup for a while now but only see him in the Currie Cup. He is seriously good!! Thrilled he's getting game time

      Jason - 2012-04-13 12:34

      Well done Sharks, great game and i got the Superbru points! Stormers 4 life!

      Selma - 2012-04-13 13:08

      Get rid of Plumtree. He is not bringing out the best in the Sharks and his selections make no sense. Well done to the Sharks. Hope you don't succumb to home ground complacency on your return. It cost the Bulls dearly. Expecting a bruising encounter against the Lions.Bulls Greetings from Durban.

      Sulaiman - 2012-04-13 14:12

      Well Craig Burden was truly awsome for all the thumbs down use guys probably did not watch the game and are just Trolls on the blog.

      Pierre - 2012-04-14 01:28

      Yes congratulations Sharks; However not to be negative, but one must keep in mind that the Blues are currently struggling; plus two of the tries were intercept tries against run of play, and the fourth try with some especially "interesting" (lucky) handling techniques. Then the Sharks still slack off in the last minutes. This is where the better Australian teams and the Crusaders smell blood and come back at you with all there might. The Sharks will need to play the full 80 mins against these teams. The top 3 teams in Aus and the Crusaders would all have scored at least once in those dying minutes, and erased the Sharks 6 point lead very quickly. (How many games did the Sharks lead going into the last 5 mins, only to lose it in the dying minutes; it is not just bad luck, it is about committing in those last minutes.) This Blues game was good, but not one to get over confident about. The Sharks must seriously focus in getting all the home games coming up.

      malcolm.molver - 2012-04-14 09:27

      Pierre, you make some valid points. We can't get too excited about this win. But two things need to be pointed out. Firstly, both Blues tries were illegal. Woodcock's try came from a tighthead where Woodcock's knee was clearly on the ground and Luke Braid kicked the ball back while not bound to the scrum. Steve Walsh could've picked which of the two transgressions to punish, but didn't bother. The second Blues try came from a Sharks scrum in which the Blues refused to take the hit. Steve Walsh even said "take the hit Blue" but they didn't listen and he didn't bother penalising them. They were thus gifted 14 points. The second thing is that the Sharks defence was better than it's been all season. Look at those last 90 seconds when the Blues needed a converted try to win. The Sharks tackled them backwards and didn't even let them get over their 10m line. No side would have got through them. The Sharks, despite not being at their best, are really well placed to still do well this year. They'll lift their game.

      Pierre - 2012-04-14 13:49

      @Malcolm - Yes I agree. There are definate positives too.

  • heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-04-13 11:18

    Nice one Sharkies but they should have gone for poles to eliminate the Blues bonus point! Superbru margin out by 4 points

  • MornĂ© - 2012-04-13 11:19

    Well done Sharks keeping South African rugby teams naem high. Thanks

  • Nico - 2012-04-13 11:20

    well done sharks! got superbru within a point :) but just how crap is Welsh? how long will he still be a ref?

      Alan - 2012-04-13 18:04

      Hey Nico, what did Welsh do or not do, I missed the game but he is always such a plonker so I really want to know.

      David - 2012-04-13 20:51

      At the top of my head Alan: he allowed the Blues 2 tries that should have been Sharks penalties, gave the Sharks a try after Whitehead knocked the on but it bounced back off a Blues player to Whitehead, he missed 'flat' passes, a few knock-ons and simply didn't have a clue what was happening in the scrum (like most refs this year). At one scrums that went down, dear Steve stood there wide eyed scratching his chin trying to work out what happened.

  • hannes.handogg - 2012-04-13 11:20

    Well done Sharks! And thanks for the Superbru points! Whooop!

  • Paul - 2012-04-13 11:21

    Go Sharks!!!!

  • Pomene - 2012-04-13 11:22

    First of all - well done Sharks we are proud of you and then secondly - thanks for giving me a Superbru prediction within 1 point !!!!!!!!!! STORMERS GREETINGS !!!

  • Lionel - 2012-04-13 11:23

    Congrats for the Stormers,Cheetahs and Lions to make SA proud:):)

      Lionel - 2012-04-13 11:37

      Raven,I bet you were the only one who disliked my comment:):):)

      Lionel - 2012-04-13 11:44


  • Clive - 2012-04-13 11:23

    Well done, my Sharkies. Now let's all support the Stormers tomorrow.

      Clive - 2012-04-13 16:00

      Am I right in assuming that most, if not all, of the thumbs-downs come from Bulls supporters?

      Alan - 2012-04-13 18:06

      a few come from some kiwi trolls on this website or even worse, SA born and bred AB / Sader supporters, the lowest life forms known to the African continent.

  • LouisJohannesMyburgh - 2012-04-13 11:24

    Well done Sharks. I enjoyed the game. Now for the rest of our teams to win this weekend. Grettings from a Bulls Supporter

  • Kurt - 2012-04-13 11:24

    Well done my boys!!! good hard away win before we head home... good overseas tour except for the canes game... well done

  • Gunner - 2012-04-13 11:25

    Well done boys!!!

  • IAnon - 2012-04-13 11:25

    Nice Game Sharks :-)

  • EJ - 2012-04-13 11:25

    oh dear. Imagine the knives, grenades and what ever their supporters will grab after this loss. I feel for the players but then again they have themselves to blame.

  • David - 2012-04-13 11:28

    Well done Sharks, Daniel and Burden were fantastic!!! The reffing however was very average. I was beginning to get paranoid but Whiteheads try proved that the refs were useless not biased. And please can we get the scrums sorted out, it's becoming ridiculous now. Both of the Blues scrum tries should've been our penalty. Walsh's face at the one scrum was priceless, scratching his chin trying to figure out what happened. Anyway, great win Sharks, 5 log points. Stormers please add another SA win tomorrow morning

      Rob - 2012-04-13 11:59

      David, I realise you are fundi on rugby and I was not able to see the game, but from what I have read, Whitehead only juggled the ball and it did not touch the ground (stand to be corrected). If this is correct, then this was not a knockon and play should be allowed to continue. So for once, Walsh was correct, but I agree he one of the worst refs around.

      David - 2012-04-13 12:08

      Actually Walsh was wrong. The replays clearly showed the ball had bounced back against a Blues players. Still a knock-on

      Sulaiman - 2012-04-13 12:10

      @Tuner the ball was knocked forward onto a blues player and then whitehead got the ball and ran for try definately a referee mistake.

      Rob - 2012-04-13 12:19

      If that is so, then it was a knockon. It is a case of winining on the swings and losing on the roundabouts. At least they got 5 points. Thanks.

      David - 2012-04-13 12:28

      But they were gifted 14 points because Walsh hadn't a clue what was going on in the scrums, so I'll still take it

      Tokolos - 2012-04-13 18:10

      Tuner David a "fundi". Wahahahahahahahahaha! Think again

      Wim - 2012-04-13 18:20

      I agree. Walsh is going to find himself demoted from the test panel in the next "window" if he does not improve. Too many glaring blunders. Having said that, where are the supposed "assistant" referees? Or are they just back to being linesmen? They are there to assist the refree!

      David - 2012-04-13 20:54

      When you next crawl out your cave Tokolos, I'll try teach you some of the rugby basics. I don't have high hopes

  • Lance - 2012-04-13 11:33

    Job well done Sharks ! Supported you minute by minute via live scoring....Go SA teams...GO STORMERS !

      Rob - 2012-04-13 12:20

      Got any nails left!

  • Gareth - 2012-04-13 11:42

    THANKS MY BOYS!!!! spot on with superbru!!!!!! what a start to my weekend!

  • Justin - 2012-04-13 12:11

    Just some useless stats halfway into the season... SA teams - 100 points, NZ teams 107 points, Oz teams 83 points. SA teams win margin 55%, NZ teams = 55%, Oz teams = 41%. The Reds are the best Oz team, happen to have the worst points difference (-53 points), and on points should sit in 7th place on the overall table, yet because of some usless SANZAR system, they are put in 3rd place just for showing up...Hmmm

      Maxine - 2012-04-13 12:38

      It is even worse when you think they get to play each other twice!

  • Massey - 2012-04-13 12:14

    Please correct me if I am wrong, but it felt like Steve Walsh was a bit deurmekaar and not all there the whole game.

      David - 2012-04-13 12:25

      Not wrong at all. Though to be fair, the touch judges missed a few things that Walsh wasn't in position to see. Did you see his expression when our scrum went down at +-55 minutes? Wide eyed, rubbing chin trying to figure out what happened

      Massey - 2012-04-13 12:34

      Exactly what i mean, especially in scruming situations. Well I suppose it's difficult to see, but so many other refs get it right and when they blow the whistle, they tell you why, he blows and then think about what to say or why..... Otherwise he was okay.

      Gungets - 2012-04-13 12:39

      Probably p#ssed again. Should take him and all the other New Zealand refs and flush the lot. New Zealand might consistently produce the best rugby players but okes like Walsh, Lawrance and Jackson are just pathetic refs.

      Rich - 2012-04-13 13:07

      Gungets. Walsh is not a NZ ref and has no association with the NZRU.

      David - 2012-04-13 13:09

      He's a born and bred Kiwi Rich. I could go get myself an Aussie passport and learn the lingo, I'm still a Saffa at heart.

      Gungets - 2012-04-13 13:31

      Rich - I would know this because his incompetence was the reason the Sharks lost the S14 final that year, when he missed a knock on and a player playing the ball on the ground. He was fired by the NZRFU for being p#ssed at their conference after numerous offences leading up to that.

      Rich - 2012-04-13 13:58

      I'm well aware of that Gungets - as I said he has no association with the NZRU. Never rated him and glad he no longer represents NZ. He spends more time checking out his hair on the big screen that following the game.

  • malcolm.molver - 2012-04-13 12:23

    A bonus point win in New Zealand is always an achievement. The Sharks were far from perfect today, but they did what was required. To those who knock Pat Lambie, I hope you enjoy the humble pie! He proved again today what a brilliant player he is. He's simply on another level! Sharks Forever!

      David - 2012-04-13 12:26

      There were a few excellent touch finders by Lambie that Michalak would have tried to pass even though nothing was on. They eased the pressure off us and gave us good field position. His decision making was excellent

      LeonTheShark - 2012-04-13 23:50

      Steve walsh apparenmtly admitted he cost the sharks the s14 in 2007 well the irb should have changed that resullt

  • dale.johnston2 - 2012-04-13 12:54

    Yoh!! Burden can SHIFT!

      Alan - 2012-04-13 18:12

      Yip, he was a winger before becomming a hooker. All the exrtra power will make him quicker off the mark - well to an extent. I suggest Heyneke give him a run out in the Green and Gold.

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-13 13:08


      David - 2012-04-13 13:12

      Feeling a little Blu? :-)

  • LeonTheShark - 2012-04-13 17:40

    Beware of the shark!

  • Stormkaap - 2012-04-13 19:07

    Didnt watch the whole game, but Daniel looked really good. Some great carries and solid in the tackle. Another loosie who now has passed Spies in the pecking order

      David - 2012-04-13 21:00

      Daniel was excellent today. But I want to mention Jacques Botes also. He never seems to get the credit he deserves. He's not flash but his work ethic is amongst the best. Always there to tackle, clear the ruck and is somehow always in the right position which is why he scores so many tries. A lot of the hard yards is done by Botes.

  • springbokke - 2012-04-14 02:07

    The Sharks won . I surpose poping champagne corks, declaring a public holiday , freedom of the city etc, etc....are all in order.....Hmmm.

  • Ockie - 2012-04-14 07:46

    Well done Sharks. So far everyone has been talking about Sadie, but you also have a gem in Whitehead. He really impress so far.

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