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Xerox Golden Lions 10 10 48
Vodacom Blue Bulls 10 8 39
DHL Western Province 10 7 35
Toyota Free State Cheetahs 10 3 24
Cell C Sharks 10 4 22
Steval Pumas 10 3 17
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ORC Griquas 10 1 8
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Fantastic Fred wins it for Sharks

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, WP on 13 Aug 2011 at 09:25
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The Sharks overcame the Western Province in a cold and wet Friday night encounter, which as can be expected from playing in the rain, resulted in a pretty low scoring game. It was these unfortunate weather conditions that brought the best out of Sharks flyhalf Fred Michalak, who not for the first time this season, played a significant role in the Sharks victory.

The French maestro showed his class in kicking four penalties and three drop goals, not missing any attempt at goal, and in so doing keeping the Sharks in the hunt in the top half of the log.

The game started well for the Sharks, who were first to score through a Michalak penalty, set up by some good work by the forwards who were dominating at scrum time. Demetri Catrakilis had the opportunity to hit back a few minutes later, but missed a crucial kick from right in front. It took Province until the 30th minute to score, with Catrakilis making up for the miss with a drop goal, the first of four on the night.

Michalak got the scorers working again with a penalty to restore the three point lead for the Sharks, only for the him to kick a drop goal minutes before half time to stretch the lead to six. This continued after half time with two more drops from Fred to take the lead to nine points before Province scored points again. And they did this through a try from Brock Harris, the only try on the night, which was converted by Catrakilis, who had found his kicking boots.

The game then reverted back to penalties being exchanged, with Province even taking the lead in the 70th minute, but the Sharks were composed and took the points as they were available and eventually won the game by just two points.

Although it was a wet game and only one try was scored, the game was entertaining, except for a few frustrating calls by the rookie ref, who seemed clueless at the breakdown and at scrum time, penalizing the Sharks front row more times than they care to remember.

The forwards showed great work rate, and the entire team can be proud of themselves for the great defensive effort that was shown. There weren’t a lot of missed tackles from the Sharks, something we have become accustomed to, and it is refreshing to know that this is an area where the Sharks worked on it at the training ground.

As for the backline, not much ball went past the hands of Michalak at flyhalf, and Lambie was surprisingly not seen in the flyhalf channel too often, but on defence they shone with Lambie and Terblanche in particular tackling like I have not seen before. The back three were good under the bombs that Catrakilis and Jantjies dropped on them, and will have to wait for a dry game to show some running abaility.

All in all, the Sharks came away with a deserved four points, and will hopefully take this momentum into the next game against the Lions, which could see us battling them for top spot on the log, depending on how tonight’s game goes.


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