Vodacom Super Rugby: Cell C Sharks 27, Hurricanes 9

February 22, 2014
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The Sharks will be looking to make it two wins from two in Super Rugby when they face an injury-hit Hurricanes side at Kings Park on Saturday.

Victor Vito, Ardie Savea and Brad Shields aren’t involved for the ‘Canes in their opener, which is a major blow before a ball has been kicked.

It’s difficult to stress just how much of a loss this is to the visitors as the trio are some of coach Mark Hammett’s vital attacking weapons. Shields and Vito’s athleticism is often seen in wide channels, where they cause defences trouble, while Savea is New Zealand’s next big thing.

Their absence subsequently hands the Sharks a lift before kick-off but for the neutral it comes as a blow as a scrap between the trio and Ryan Kankowski, Willem Alberts and Marcell Coetzee would have been worth the entrance fee alone. A lot now rests on Faifili Levave and Jack Lam for the Hurricanes while Blade Thomson adds to his one appearance of last year at one of the toughest venues around, versus a side looking in-form.

Last week’s 31-16 win over the Bulls at this very ground saw strong games from several Sharks players, with a noticeable amount of hard work having gone in during the off-season. Frans Steyn looked to have slimmed down, Paul Jordaan seems niggle free while Pat Lambie played smart.

Indeed Steyn got the better of opposite number Jan Serfontein which, for the benefit of the Springboks, is great news for South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer. Having both those two snapping at each others’ heels behind Jean de Villiers can only be seen as a positive approaching 2015.

Willem Alberts was not at his best against the Bulls though so a riposte is expected, with his carrying combined with a powerful home driving maul set to feature heavily. If the Sharks do dominate up front, it would help nullify the threat that is Julian Savea and Cory Jane out wide.

Jane returns to Super Rugby following last season’s injury and lines up alongside one of the stories of the past twelve months, Marty Banks. Banks earned a Hurricanes deal after impressing for Tasman in the ITM Cup, this coming after stints in Russia and New Zealand’s Buller side.

Could it be a similar fairytale-esque start to the season for the Hurricanes? It’s unlikely as this is a Sharks team on a mission that has a week of top flight rugby under its belt. Expect moments of class from Beauden Barrett and company but the home side will have too much grunt.

The teams:

Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (c), 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Stephan Lewies, 20 Jean Deysel, 21 Charl McLeod, 22 Heimar Williams, 23 S’bura Sithole.

Hurricanes: 15 Marty Banks, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (c), 12 Hadleigh Parks, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 Mark Abbott, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffrey Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu’u, 17 Chris Eves, 18 John Schwalger, 19 Mark Reddish, 20 Adam Hill, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Alapati Leiua, 23 James Marshall.

Date: Saturday, February 22
Kick-off: 17:05 local (15:05 GMT)
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Referee: Andrew Lees (Australia)
Assistant referees: Marius Jonker (South Africa), Stefan Breytenbach (South Africa)
Television match official: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)

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34 Comments

  1. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Sharks agianst NZ Cans, should be a great game

  2. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    go Sharks!!!!

  3. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Sharks look good again today

  4. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Penalty Sharks for off sides and Sharks goes for points…

    Lambie kicks over

    Score: Sharks 3 , Hurricanes 0

  5. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Hurricanes kick directly out from kick off not good start for them

  6. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Shraks scrum the Hurricanes off the map and attack towards goal line……

    Sharks get a penalty and take a quick one but spil it in gaol no try

  7. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Sharks all over them in scrum and force a penalty..

    They take another scrum……five meters out

    Sharks push them over the line but lose the ball

  8. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Sharks with all the pressure but just can not get through

  9. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Third penalty against Hurricanes in the scrums

  10. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Lineout …..drive, and Alberts score a try in his 50th game

  11. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Hard working try

  12. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    70 % Ball and field position at this stage for teh Sharks

  13. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    End to end stuff from both teams…..

  14. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Hurricanes final get a kickable penalty…

    Barrett kick it over and on the board for them

  15. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Banks put one over for the Hurricanes from 55 meters out

  16. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    SSame old shit from SA teams kick ball away can not put phases together

  17. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Half time in Durban Sharks 10 , Hurricanes 6, Sharks had all the ball but couldnot turn it into points, kicking to much for me…..they have all the runners and should use it

  18. avatar DavidS says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Well if only they played like the Brumbiies they’d be up 120-0…

    If only Heyneke would see that reality and start playing like the Brumbies too…

    And like the Chiefs… and the Welsh and Leinster and Saracens and Toulon and Grey then the Boks woould also win…

  19. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Sharks get a penalty from maul and going for points

  20. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Lambnie kick over and Sharks get their lead to 13-6

  21. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Fu$%%^……I hate this kicking shit!!!!!!1

  22. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Sharks look tried…..Hurricanes looking to get into the game

  23. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Hurricanes get penalty straight infront and get closer to the Sharks score, now 13-9 to the Sharks

  24. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Hurricanes look atthis stage a better team than the Sharks

  25. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    And Lambie keep on kicking away the ball and Hurricanes happy to come back at them hard….if it was kicking with purpose it would have been a different story but they kick too deep

  26. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Sharks finally break away and gets a penalty in Hurricanes 22…..

    Sharks goes for points…..

    Lambie kicks over and extend the lead again to 16-9

  27. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Mvovo intercept and score but TMO check for off sides

  28. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Try stands although it looks like he was off sides but we take that

    Sharks 21 Hurricanes 9

  29. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Lambie mess up again and Hurricanes 5 meter scrum, Lambie not having a good game, his kicks out of hand is piss poor

  30. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Yellow card for Hurricanes for what they call a spear tackle which i fail to understand or see, lift the feet but put the feet down agian and players head was never close to the ground

  31. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Sharks get penalty and kick for points…

    Lambie kick over

    Sharkes lead24-9

  32. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    That famouse bird is working with my spelling :)

  33. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Sharks goes for points again from penalty last play of the game

    Lambie kicks over Sharks win 27-9

  34. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    February 22nd, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Guppies look solid as a unit. Our best shot this season.

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