S15: Cell C Sharks 35, Reds 20


The Sharks have won six of eight Super Rugby clashes against the Reds. They won the first three before losing the fourth clash and this pattern has been repeated in their last four meetings. However, that trend could change, as the reds’ two key playmakers – Will Genia and Quade Cooper appear to have regained their best form.

Sharks Director of Rugby Jake White knows all about what makes winning teams and he felt the key to beating the Reds is to minimise the contribution of the Wallaby duo. “There is no doubt, teams that have won this competition, the consistent theme [to winning this competition] is having good No.9s and No.10s,” White told a media briefing. “When the Reds won this competition, these two were on fire, but they were young and now much more experienced.

“The challenges are there, we have to make sure we step up to the plate. “We know that the only way to put pressure on No.9 and No.10 is to make sure you do your job in the forwards.” The Sharks feel they have the firepower to do the job up front.

“We’re lucky enough to have a good pack of forwards,” White said, adding: “[Captain] Bismarck [du Plessis] has 100 games, Jannie [du Plessis] and Beast [Tendai Mtawarira] have 90-odd, Ryan [Kankowski] and Willem [Alberts] have 80-odd each. “So we have an experienced pack of forwards. “There is a lot we have in our favour, but we need to make it count. It’s simple: pressure gets applied by the forwards and we have to make sure we don’t give them time and space to play because if you do, they can carve you to pieces.”

The Sharks skipper, Bismarck du Plessis, spoke to the value an experienced campaigner like Wallaby lock James Horwill – with 90-odd Super Rugby caps – will bring to the game. “They won the competition [in 2011] and he has been a really influential leader for them, he really plays well,” Du Plessis said, echoing his coach’s views.

“We want to put them under pressure in the set phases.” Du Plessis admitted playing an Australian team – after a few rounds against South African teams – mean you face very different challenges. “South African sides, like the Bulls and Lions we’ve faced so far, like to drive the ball. “The Australian players like to play it off the top, although they do drive as well. They want to get the ball into their play-makers’ hands.”

Recent results:
2013: Reds won 32-17, Brisbane
2012: Sharks won 30-17, Brisbane (preliminary play-off)
2012: Sharks 27-22, Durban
2010: Sharks won 30-28, Durban
2009: Reds won 25-13, Brisbane
2008: Sharks won 22-10, Durban

Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Sibusiso Sithole, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (captain), 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 TBC, 20 Tera Mtembu, 21 Charl McLeod, 22 Heimar Williams, 23 Jaco van Tonder.

Reds: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Rod Davies, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Mike Harris, 11 Lachie Turner, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Eddie Quirk, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Saia Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Jono Owen, 19 Ed O’Donoghue, 20 Beau Robinson, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Ben Tapuai, 23 Dom Shipperley.

Referee: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa), Stefan Breytenbach (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

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  1. Sharks start playing some interplay rugby with skills and gets a penalty after Beast gets tackled out in Reds 22…..Sharks goes for points again with Lambie going for poles


    Sharks now lead 12-6 with 25 min gone

  2. TRY !!!!

    Brilliant play from the Sharks as the Sharks move the ball wide with a kick to JP and the forwards rounding this off Willem gets the try

    Lambie converted

    Score: Sharks 19, Reds 6 with 27 min gone

  3. Harris make an mess of the ball with an open try line, certain try gone for Reds

    Half Time Score: Sharks 25, Reds 6

    Sharks deserve the lead as they outplay the Reds in almost all departments.

  4. Final Score: Sharks 35 Reds 20

    Sharks were made to work hard for this win but their class showed as they scored when in counted most.

    Brilliant again in the lose, scrums and lineouts from the Sharks. They are just one of the all round teams in the competition and rightly deserve the win.

    Reds looked dangerous and did not take the opportunities that came their way and will be kicking themselves.

  5. Sharks could have easily lost this one if the Reds did not butcher their tries…

    This game clearly shows that RSA has not learnt and is still behind in skill and intelligence than the punching above their weight Aussies.

    The technical obstruction at line outs, backline dummy obstruction runners and the forwards been used as blockers clearly from an offside position(not been behind the last mans feet at ruck) just running across field into front of their backline players.

    Domkrag running over a player and not at the gap. If we could just be smarter we would f@ck the kiwis up 6 love.

    Like the look of SP…glad to see terror back and pity Sithole is under utilized.
    Glad to Frans been back and those kicks, esih what a weapon

    Nice to see Sheryl’s work paying off too…oh if we could just have rugby smarts.