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What they had to say: Stormers vs Sharks, Round 4

Written by Stephen Smith (StevieS)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 9 Mar 2015 at 10:07
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Morning Sharks fans. What can one say after such a good first half, then to fall off the pace in the second-half? I was gutted, and I’m sure all of you and the players themselves will feel the same. Still, there are highlights to take from the game, and one can start to see the type of game Messrs Gold and Venter are starting to implement.

Let’s see what the Press and folks on Twitter had to say about the game:

South Africa:

“There were times when the Sharks bossed the Stormers at set-piece and turnover time but the Stormers made the most of the scoring chances which came their way. Flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis was in splendid form with the boot, scoring 14 points for his side. Errors crept into the Sharks’ game when it looked like they could crack the opposition defence.”

“At the heart of the Stormers’ match-winning performance was their tight-five who after a shaky start, bounced back in superb fashion to record three heels against the head in first-half scrums. ‘I’m apprehensive about throwing the baby out with the bath water. Our results have not been there, but there have been elements of our game where we showed good signs and we just need to be tough on ourselves to take those opportunities. (Gary Gold)’”

“After enduring a disappointing start to the season, Sharks coach Gary Gold has called on his side to ‘man-up’ and pull together. Much is expected of a squad loaded with Springboks, but they have yet to realise their potential this season, with just one win from their first four games.”

“It was a brutal match, contested by two hungry teams in front of a massive crowd of 40,232 at Newlands but it was the hosts who prevailed after yet another disciplined and effective showing from the top team in South Africa.”

“This fixture was always going to be shaped by the battle at the set pieces and collisions. The Stormers showed the Springbok-laden Sharks scrum no respect, winning three tightheads in the first 24 minutes of the game. The hosts contained the Sharks maul on several occasions. And through the efforts of the hard-running Damian de Allende, the Cape side caused all sorts of problems for that all-Bok Sharks midfield of Frans Steyn and JP Pietersen. Steyn and Pietersen gave as good as they got in their first Vodacom Super Rugby match since returning from Japan. Pat Lambie was influential in the first half, rounding off a good attacking movement and kicking accurately for goal. Unfortunately, the Sharks backline just never had the forward platform to challenge the Stormers defence consistently.”

“However, the longer the match lasted the more dominant the Stormers became, and by the end even their lineout, which was highly suspect for the first hour, was dominating their opponents.The Sharks would have been justified to be aggrieved at the refereeing and TMO performances at Loftus the previous week and could with justification blame that for their defeat, but in this game there were no excuses.”

New Zealand:

“10 Sharks (last week 8) – Won’t have enjoyed getting tooled up by the Stormers, so due a response this week. At 1-3, look a far cry from the team that thundered to 11 wins last season. A week of naval gazing should at least ensure motivation levels are high.”

“Sheer strength at scrum time set the platform for the Stormers, who had tries from Johnny Kotze and a penalty try. Flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis kicked 14 points. The Sharks’ points all came from Springboks No. 10 Pat Lambie with a try, conversion and two penalties, but the visitors were completely outmuscled in the second half in Cape Town.”


“There was nothing between the teams after a frenetic opening half at Newlands stadium on Saturday which finished 13-10 in favour of the Stormers. But the Sharks rarely got out of their half after the break, managed to add just three points and were sunk by a penalty try.”

“THE Stormers went top of the Super Rugby table Saturday after an ultimately comfortable 29-13 victory over fellow South Africans the Sharks in Cape Town.”

“Powerful scrummaging was a key factor in the Stormers’ success with loosehead prop Steven Kitshoff winning the official man-of-the-match award. He gave Sharks and former England tighthead Matt Stevens a torrid time to the delight of most in a 40,000 crowd.”


“A Lambie penalty after a rare attack cut the gap to six points, but one minute later the match ended as a contest. South African referee Jaco Peyper awarded a penalty try to Stormers after ruling that off-side Sharks scrum-half Cobus Reinach prevented a probable try by winger Dillyn Leyds. Replacement fly-half Kurt Coleman kicked the conversion and added a penalty to complete the scoring.”

“Stormers captain Duane Vermeulen hailed his team’s efforts in the scrums after Saturday’s 29-13 victory over the Sharks in Cape Town. The home side’s pack were dominant in that facet of play, especially during the first half when they won three tightheads.”

“The Stormers outscored the Sharks by two tries to one in the contest and leaves the Sharks down in tenth place with one win from four matches. There were times when the Sharks bossed the Stormers at set-piece and turnover time but the Stormers made the most of the scoring chances which came their way.”


“In yet another depressing match the Sharks lose to the Stormers. Stormers 29 Sharks 13 #STOvSHA #SuperRugby#SSRugby #SharksRugby”

“Lets go back to Jake’s boring hoofball winning rugby. Ayikho le. #SharksRugby”

“Relieved that I decided to eat seafood in Kalk Bay tonight rather than watch it being made at Newlands.”


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