SR: Cell C Sharks 32 Waratahs 10


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


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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  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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…

  7. @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….

  8. @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?

  9. 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’.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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 ….

  13. 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.

  14. @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….

  15. @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.

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. @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.

  20. 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.

  21. @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?