SR: Cell C Sharks 32 Waratahs 10

March 29, 2014
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imagesThe Sharks have made no secret that they are hurting from last week’s loss to the Bull and the Waratahs may feel the sting of that desire to right the wrongs.

Added to that the Waratahs’ prospects of being the first team to beat the table-topping Sharks at home this season nosedived when try-scoring freak Israel Folau was ruled out with a bruised throat.   Folau, who will only join the Waratahs at the weekend after being clear by a specialist in Sydney, has crossed for eight five-pointers in just four games – more than half his side’s total number of tries.

With a game in hand, the Waratahs sit fourth on the overall table, just three points behind the Sharks.  An away win could see the Tahs regain pole position, but Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has warned that the Jake White-coached side will be looking for vengeance after last weekend’s loss to the Bulls.

Recent results:
2012: Waratahs won 34-30, Sydney
2011: Sharks won 26-21, Durban
2010: Waratahs won 25-21, Sydney
2009: Waratahs won 16-12, Durban
2008: Waratahs won 28-13, Sydney (semifinal)
2008: Waratahs won 25-10, Sydney

Teams:

Sharks: 15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Sibusiso Sithole, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (captain), 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Keegan Daniel, 21 Stefan Ungerer, 22 Heimar Williams, 23 SP Marais.

Waratahs: 15 Jonno Lance, 14 Rob Horne, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Peter Betham, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis (captain), 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Jacques Potgieter, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: TBC

Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Marius Jonker (South Africa)
TMO: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)

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89 Comments

  1. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Lets hope the Sharks can give us a win

  2. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Don’t understand this Mvovo on fullback

  3. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Hard tackles from the Sharks and turn it over…Sharks look like they want to play

  4. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Penalty Tahs and they kick into Sharks half

  5. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Adam-Ashley through a huge gap and almost through…..

    Penalty Tahs straight in front……

    Tahs goes for poles…..

    Score: Sharks 0 Waratahs 3

  6. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Ref penalise the Tahs for coming in from the side in the tackle and Deysel takes it quickly

  7. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Sharks look full of running but knock the ball on in attack

  8. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Free kick from scrum for sharks…..

    Sharks take scrum just outside the 22 of the Tahs….

    Sharks move across field….but knock on ….again penalty against Tahs for coming in from the side

  9. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Sharks goes for Poles and scores are level at 3-3

  10. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Tahs great on attack but also lose ball forward in contact

  11. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Sharks on attack after great follow-up from kick ahead……

  12. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Scrum Sharks in the Tahs 22…..

    Sharks with great attack and Mvovo loose ball in contact…

  13. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Swinging arm on Frans that should be a yellow card

  14. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    No yellow card and he just give penalty just stupid call from TMO and Ref

  15. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Sharks extend lead to 6-3

  16. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Tahs same as Chiefs coming in from the side and tackling players of the ball

  17. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Sharks on attack from lineout….

    Sharks spill it

  18. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Penalty Sharks in scrum and they are busy taken control in the scrums…….

    Sharks go for poles…..

    Over!!!!
    Sharks lead 9-3

  19. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Penalty against Frans for late tackle…..

  20. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Tahs on attack from lineout but lose it…Sharks counter and lose it themselves ….eventually lineout on Sharks 22

  21. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Tahs from lineout…..

    Attack but loose the ball ….too many mistakes from both teams

  22. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Penalty Tahs in ruck and they go for points……

    And they miss the kick score still Sharks 9-3

  23. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Great attack from both team but both keep loosing the ball…

  24. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Sharks with 60 meter penalty and it is over from Frans

    Sharks lead now 12-3

  25. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Tahs going for post …….

    Missed a sitter

  26. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Halftime Sharks lead 12-3

  27. avatar bonrad says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    He didn’t batter an eyelid?

  28. avatar Blokkies says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Did you ous check that Ozzie tapping all his team mates on the @ss in the changeroom at half time…….

    Bwhaaaa, frikken mOzzies….

  29. avatar Cheetah Glory says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Must say I am not too turned on by the Sharks yet. They play the percentages and have some talent, but they dont excite me much.

  30. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Sharks on attack….

    Play backwards and kick down field……

    Turn over Sharks….

    Sharks losing ball in contact again some big hits

  31. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    @bonrad: hehehe

  32. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Finally the arrogant Aussie gets send off

  33. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    That should be another yellow card coming in from the side

  34. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    TRY!!!! SHARKS!!!!!

    Push over try from lineout…..

  35. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    19-3 for the Sharks

  36. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Tahs on attack…..

    Steyn kick down field and back in Tahs 22

  37. avatar Cheetah Glory says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    You mean to tell me an SA team scored from a line-out?

  38. avatar Cheetah Glory says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Sharks defend very well. Typical Jake White stuff.

  39. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Still some feeling out there

  40. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    @Cheetah Glory: Jip….jeez but their is some big hits out there

  41. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    penalty at scrum again for Sharks

  42. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    JP can go back to Japan he means nothing for this team

  43. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Mvovo failed at 15

  44. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Again Tahs from the side and ref let go….

  45. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Penalty Sharks…kickable ……

    Going for poles

  46. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    OVER!!!

    Sharks lead now 22-3

  47. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Tahs making too many mistakes

  48. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Their is now way it is similar than the one on Frans…this ref is just stupid

  49. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    I wish someone can get Beale in a ruck and moer him

  50. avatar Cheetah Glory says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    here comes a maul. Inspiring.

  51. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Again offside in ruck and still now yellow card from ref

  52. avatar Cheetah Glory says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Om so if maul does not work our plan is to pass to any forward, who then runs forward to take contact and then go to the ground.

    no set move

    no creativity

    nothing, fokkol.

  53. avatar Cheetah Glory says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Tahs turn over the ball from maul. Nee o fok I hope the Leinster Munster game has some more fizz.

  54. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    And still the refs let skew put in goes…..

  55. avatar Cheetah Glory says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Good try, glad for Daniel. One of my favourite SA players.

  56. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    TRY SHARKS!!!

    Daniels take quick from penalty in scrum

    Sharks now lead……29-3

  57. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    A knee on daniels head after he score try and his game is over and off course ref does nothing

  58. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Another high late tackle…..

  59. avatar Cheetah Glory says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    I dont mean to be too critical but how do you win with almost 30 points yet score only 2 tries – one off a maul?

    And again you play at home (are the sharks playing away this year?) – all that domination yet no tries.

    Come NZ time we all lament not being able to score.

    Its not good enough lads.

  60. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Just a penalty again

  61. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Tahs with brilliant interplay and score under the post

    Sharks lead 29-10

  62. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Sharks penalty and they go for poles last act of the game……

    OVER!!!!
    Sharks win the game 32-10

  63. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    @Cheetah Glory:

    Good enough for Dawie.
    :soek:

  64. avatar Cheetah Glory says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Look make no mistake. The Sharks are becoming hard to beat at home, but their gameplan is nothing special and in fairness a bit old school – as if White, knowing the average SA players limits, is just building something that can win more than it loses.

    There is no real evolution – just maybe a new broom at sharks sweeping clean. But clean brooms get dirty again.

  65. avatar DavidS says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    @Boertjie:

    I actually liked the Fraser guy… he’s the best ref I’ve seen in all rugby so far this year and that’s saying pplenty…

  66. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    @Cheetah Glory: White did the same to the Brumbies game…remember Rathbone saying that they needs to attack more…..

    That is Jake’s blue print he will not change, maybe he must bring in his tjomma Eddie again

  67. avatar DavidS says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    I simply fail to see the issue with playing an old game plan if it is successful…

    After all… the onlly thing everyone ever looks at is the scoreboard…

  68. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    @DavidS: You right I am just saying this is how White coach and that how he gets the winning record he has….some people like that others don’t as they want to see players running and passing the whole game….

  69. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Well, there was a walking YC on Frans
    that the ref missed.
    Took some time to lay down the law.

  70. avatar Cheetah Glory says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    @DavidS:

    ‘relatively’ successful.

    The Chiefs can win this competition again they way they play. I cannot say the Sharks will win it and I bet you they cannot win it twice on the go.

    Its just not ambitious enough? I am the only one concerned with this?

  71. avatar Cheetah Glory says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    This sharks team not as awesome yet as the one in that brief 7 game spell prior to making final 2 years ago. This one is maybe a bit ‘safer’.

  72. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    I’ve made a brave decision tonight: I’m going to
    stop watching the shit the Bulls and the Sharks
    are dishing up in ‘n SuperShit competition.

    I’ll give the Lions and the Cheetahs a chance –
    may one halve, depending.

    I’m contracted to watch the Stormers and in a way
    I devise pleasure from the shit they are dishing
    up because I can afterwards vent my opinion not
    only on RW.

    The Boks I’ll watch no matter what because I’ve been
    around with them since 1955 and because I’ve always
    been loyal to them even when they were down.

    As for the rest: Hulle kan almal maar lekker loop kak.

  73. avatar Americano says:
    March 30th, 2014 at 2:48 am

    So glad your path has lead you to this place Boertje.

    Over the coming weeks, while noticing your skin looking tighter, even glowing; more restful sleep & an overall renewed sense of hope for the human condition – I hope you’ll encourage others to c’mon over – to the sunny side of the street.

  74. avatar Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa says:
    March 30th, 2014 at 4:30 am

    LOL I stopped watching most of Supershit even before the Kiwis fixed the RWC. I am a rugby addict and so steal the occasional peek like last nights send half of the Bulls game when I could not sleep. I want to keep my eyes on talent like SP, Nothse, Sithole, Zelinga, DuPlesis…

    The refs are kak the plan is too blow one team out the game with penalties in the fist twenty then worse is our teams play doff conservative percentage test match keep your win ratio up without building a lasting new rugby culture. We need a Napoleon of sorts…in the rugby world.

    Otherwise we get what we see outdated average dof rugby with a defensive mindset. We have the talent we just dont have the balls as our rugby leadership are political parasites with AA mediocrity mentality.

    As much as Helium was crazy or Carel off the wall I could see what the end goal vision was and certainly not Jake the Snake(the Fluke) or Heinekens approach…

    Oh vei ….

  75. avatar Aldo says:
    March 30th, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Jees, the Sharks whipped the ‘best ever’ Waratahs and one of the most attacking teams in Superrugby, the Bulls came pretty damn close to beating the Chiefs and should’ve whipped them as well, yet you guys still complain. Ja die Sharks is kak.

  76. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 30th, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Damn good win in typical sweaty muggy Durban conditions…

  77. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 30th, 2014 at 9:36 am

    @Aldo: I am actually with you…yes the refs are kak but you get that in any sport…the other day in poofball the ref send of the wrong guy with a red card….even after the guy who touch the ball said he is the one….refs are kak in any sport….they make mistakes…

    Bulls and Sharks played the game as it was on the field to get the win….

  78. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 30th, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    @Aldo:

    I could have read all about the win
    on the internet without having to sit
    through the agony of watching it.

    I hope they keep on winning, ditto the Bulls,
    but I won’t be watching their ancient styles of play.

  79. avatar Aldo says:
    March 30th, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    I have no problem watching ‘ancient’ winning gameplans. As long as the execution is good I love any good gameplan.

  80. avatar Timeo says:
    March 30th, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    @Boertjie:

    Do you perhaps wear a hand-made T-shirt, saying “Running Rugby is King”, under your sweater?

  81. avatar Timeo says:
    March 30th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    :soek:

    soek kak

  82. avatar Timeo says:
    March 30th, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    I on the other hand thought these were 2 great games. The Sharks smothered the premier Aussie team’s vaunted attack.

    The Bulls/Chiefs game had some great aspects of all kinds of rugby. Offence, defense, running, kicking, team work and individualism. Deliberate play vs. throwing away the book. Wildly swinging this way and that way and ending in perfect balance.

    The only blight on the proceedings was the refereeing. As good as this bloke was last week, by not awarding the YC when he should have, he allowed the game to get out of hand.

  83. avatar Timeo says:
    March 30th, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    And another beautiful thing is that the best forward in the Waratah team was a guy name Potgieter.

    Anyone notice how often he takes the ball at 1st receiver to run it straight at the opponents?

    Shieldsie? Boertjie? Biltong?

    The Aussie coach sees value where you guys don’t.

  84. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 30th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    @Timeo:

    Yep take out the handling errors in typical Durban weather I thought the game was awesome…

  85. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 30th, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    @Timeo:

    I have no problem with the fact that a certain
    amount of trench warfare, whatever, is needed
    for the RIGHT to run the ball.

    However the Bulls won the warfare, never showed
    the skills to run the ball and in the end were
    shown up by the Chiefs – who out-skilled them
    with two tries in quick succession.

    BTW the Bulls LOST the game on BP’s: 2-3. At
    Loftus. Fair result.

  86. avatar Timeo says:
    March 31st, 2014 at 1:54 am

    The purpose of the trench warfare is not to RUN the ball. Not for the Bulls anyway. It’s to win the match, which they almost did.

    If a team with 7th to 9th place talent hope to beat a team with 1st to 2nd place talent, they have to use superior tactics. Or what you call trench warfare.

    In the end when the game unraveled, there were lots of one-on-one situations and the Chiefs players’ superior talents shined through but it was the Bulls’ inexperience that got them in that situation. If nothing else changes and the same teams meet in a year in similar circumstances, the Bulls will still have lesser talents than the Chiefs, but they will win the match, due to their superior tactics.

    Therein lies the beauty.

  87. avatar Boertjie says:
    April 1st, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    @Timeo:

    Lack of talent?
    With J-L Potgieter at 10, two Springbok centres, two
    Springbok wings and a Springbok at 9?

    Jeez, what more talent do you want? Superman at 15?

  88. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 1st, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    @Boertjie: Hehehe

  89. avatar Boertjie says:
    April 1st, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    @Jacques(Bunny):

    Ek is dalk oud, maar nie fkn seniel nie.
    :weed:

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