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What they had to say: Sharks vs Cheetahs, Round 5

Written by Stephen Smith (StevieS)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 16 Mar 2015 at 10:21
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What a fantastic reply by the Sharks. I was really chuffed with the way the boys bounced back from last week’s game, with the senior players really putting their hands up. Marco Wentzel was a dynamo when he came on for the injured Pieter-Steph. On that note, all the best to Pieter-Steph and I’m sure you’ll all join me in wishing him a speedy recovery.

Let’s see what the Press from around the world had to say:

South Africa:

“The Sharks took Super Rugby revenge for their loss against the Cheetahs in Round One by beating the hosts 27-10 at the Free State stadium on Saturday.” –

“The Durban franchise began the season in insipid fashion, losing three of their first four games. And yet, the most recent performance in Bloem was encouraging. While it was far from polished, certain individuals as well as the collective are starting to gather momentum. That forward pack is starting to fire. The players who returned from Japan over the past two weeks are starting to settle, and we can expect the likes of Ryan Kankowski, Frans Steyn, and JP Pietersen to improve as the season unfolds. Pat Lambie is another who will grow stronger in the coming months.” –

“It was a game the Sharks daren’t lose, and they played as such. There was no hint of the expansive ball-in-hand approach that’s been touted by their coaches. Instead, they reverted to their forward-oriented, safety-first tactics and made off with a vital victory. They showed that when they get things right, they’re a difficult side to stop, although next weekend’s home match against the Chiefs will prove a much sterner test of their current level.” –

“The Sharks came alight, with Springbok flanker Marcell Coetzee crossing the whitewash twice. Springbok center Francois Steyn opened the scoring in the ninth minute with a good try, which flyhalf Pat Lambie converted.” –

“The Cell C Sharks got their season firmly back on track with a backs-to-the-wall dominant performance to beat the Toyota Cheetahs 27-10 in their Vodacom Super Rugby match in Bloemfontein on Saturday. It was only the second win for the Sharks in five games this season, but it was possibly their most important one, overturning their opening round loss to the Cheetahs in Durban and giving them a bonus point in the process.” –

New Zealand:

“Marcell Coetzee scored two tries to lift the Sharks to a comprehensive 27-10 bonus-point victory against the Cheetahs on Saturday (Sunday NZ time), just a second Super Rugby win of the season for the Durban-based side.” –

“8 Sharks (last week 10)

Their best performance of the season, a 27-10 dismantling of the Cheetahs in Bloem, sees some positive movement for the boys from Durban. Now let’s see how they go with a home clash against those Chiefs. It’s all about whether those big forwards can strangle the Kiwi team’s supply of ball.” –


“The Cheetahs made a fast start to the game as five-eighth Willie du Plessis slotted home an early penalty, but it took another 70 minutes before they scored again, when centre Francois Venter breached the Sharks line and Francois Brummer converted. “ –

“The Sharks have managed to realign their season with an away victory over Conference rivals the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. While achieving the bonus point, I suspect the Sharks will not be overly happy with their performance, particularly the second half. A number of missed tackles blighted their performance and will be an important aspect to get right with the Chiefs due in Durban which shapes as a must win for the Sharks with their overseas trip to come.” –


“An improved performance was always on the cards following the defeat the men from Durban suffered against Stormers in their previous outing and the revival particularly at scrum-time will be encouraging for both the Super Rugby team and the Springbok coaching set-up. The experience Tendai Mtawarira and brothers Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis brought to the game was crucial on the day, but the real winner for the Sharks was their defence against a Cheetahs outfit that was predictably full of running.” –

“Leading 22-3 at the break the Sharks needed just one try in the second stanza to bank the bonus point. Their hosts, however, had other plans as they tried to claw their way back into the match. They took every opportunity to attack the Sharks line and even though they dominated possession and territory for periods on end, they needed something special when the fat lady had already raised her voice.” –

“The result takes the Sharks to a record of played five matches and won two and moves them up from 11th to sixth place. The Sharks victory goes a little bit of the way to making up for their loss to the Cheetahs in round one earlier this year.” –


“Job Welldone Saaaks today,they needed that victory,Goodluck on tour Cheetahboys,have fun and manufacture some upsets boys!” – Breyton Paulse

“Enjoyed the Cheetahs vs Sharks game with a birds eye view! Sorry Cheetahs, but with 12 #Springboks in the team,…”

“Well done #SharksRugby good result. Still not convinced Gold is right coach but time and results will tell”

“#SuperRugby – RESULT: Dominant performance from the Sharks as they claim a bonus point win over the Cheetahs #SSRugby”


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