Sharks 10, Brumbies 29

March 16, 2013
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The Sharks have been anything but convincing in recent weeks and will look to change that as they take on Australia’s top side, the Brumbies.


Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Francois Steyn, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Keegan Daniel (captain), 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 19 Jacques Botes, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Lwazi Mvovo.

Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Fotu Auelua, 7 George Smith, 6 Ben Mowen (captain), 5 Sam Carter, 4 Peter Kimlin, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Ruaidhri Murphy, 18 Scott Fardy, 19 Colby Faingaa, 20 Ian Prior, 21 Robbie Coleman, 22 Clyde Rathbone.

Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman (South Africa), Reuben Rossouw (South Africa)
TMO: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)

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  1. avatar Craven says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Did no one tell these Brumbies you cant play rugby like that in Durban in March? Conditions does not allow it ( or so we are told)

  2. avatar Ollie says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Sheeesh, Brumbies are playing like men possessed, they must be rating their chances at lifting the trophy

  3. avatar Vetgesmeerde Blits says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    The balance of the Sharks loose trio cost them in the first half.
    The Brumbies got very quick uncontested ball from the rucks an the holes opened up as a result. They are clearly missing Bismark an Deysel.

  4. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Pity the rain came and spoilt it.
    Sharks looked like Rising Sunsets III
    in first half.

  5. avatar Vetgesmeerde Blits says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Last week our SA sides was Ernie Els, this week we are Jurie Els.

    Thank goodness for the Cheetahs.

  6. avatar Craven says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    I’m still waiting for Frans to ignite the Sharks backline. I was more impressed with the unrated centre combination from last year.

  7. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    I think Frans had a good game in the
    WC 2007 Final.
    Probably his one and only.

  8. avatar Vetgesmeerde Blits says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Reply to Craven @ 8:35 pm: Steyn’s conditioning looks poor. He weighs 110kg and it doesn’t look like a fit 110kg.
    If he retained his speed when bulking up like Robbie Fruen and Sonny Bill Williams it wouldn’t be a problem but at the moment it’s like having a slow loose forward at inside centre.

    Imo he needs to go back to his more natural weight, around 100kg if I remember correctly, and get some of his speed and agility back.

    I do rate him though, he is still one of my favourate players.

  9. avatar Americano says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Wow. Only thing holding me back from what I’m about to say is –

    Sharks did give many indications that once they ran up against a team that had their proverbial xxxx together they’d be in for a whooping. Not saying they’re all hat & no cattle – they are operating under a big injury debt load right now.

    I really hope Jake White & his Machine don’t play the Cheetahs soon. Don’t know what exactly SARU did to that guy but he seems to throw an extra frog foot in his cauldron whenever he comes up against SA teams.

    HM best go to church & light more than one candle so that JW doesn’t get the Aus Int job. That would not be good – at all.

  10. avatar biltongbek says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Excellent performance ny the Sharkies.

    Oh, sorry I mean Brumbies. :tpuke:

  11. avatar Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa says:
    March 17th, 2013 at 12:46 am

    Reply to Americano @ 10:51 pm: Yep that is one Christian bent on revenge and if he could bring SARU to its knees he will.
    At least he is not Pdiddy or the others who just rolled over and took it.
    Well done Brumbies and it huts to say it Jake.

  12. avatar Duiwel says:
    March 17th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Thanks for F all Sharks.

  13. avatar biltongbek says:
    March 17th, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    When I see a South African team playing like that I can’t help but be totally pissed off, they didn’t even look like they are trying, it is simply unacceptable.

  14. avatar Ollie says:
    March 17th, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    The Sharks seemed to get their stuff together a bit in the 2nd half, but even then the Brumbies handed out a master class in rugby this weekend, you can’t take that away from them.

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