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What they had to say: Sharks vs Chiefs, Round 6

Written by Stephen Smith (StevieS)

Posted in :In the news, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 23 Mar 2015 at 09:48
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Hi Sharks fans. What a strange start to a game and what an incredible result from the 13 players we had on the field. In other news, Liam Messam will also appear before a SANZAR judiciary panel for foul play, so it seems the drama is not yet over. I’m sure Rob will go into a fuller analysis of the game for us, so let’s get to what the press had to say.

South Africa:

“A 13-man Sharks team registered a gutsy 12-11 victory over the Chiefs in an ill-tempered Super Rugby clash that featured three sendings-off on Saturday night.” –

“A 13-man Cell C Sharks team weathered a late onslaught from the 14-man Chiefs to score an important 12-11 win in a Vodacom Super Rugby game that won’t be remembered for the quality of rugby produced but rather for the bizarreness of a first half that featured no less than three red cards being dished out for foul play offences.

If ever there was a game where a match report could feature the words “and there was also some rugby” this one was it… After that it was 14 against 13, but even before the red cards the game had been a poor one, with players knocking on balls and both teams, but particularly the Chiefs, being uncharacteristically loose and poor in holding onto the ball and protecting their possession. The play frequently swung this way and that as teams took turns to lose possession and the other team ran it back at them.” –

“The Sharks did just enough to secure a 12-11 victory over the Chiefs at Kings Park in a match marred by poor discipline.

Sharks hooker and skipper Bismarck du Plessis and centre Frans Steyn and Chiefs hooker Hikawera Elliot were red-carded by Australian referee Angus Gardner within 28 minutes of the kick-off in Durban.

And several other players were lucky to escape at least a yellow card with Chiefs replacement back Tom Marshall not punished for striking scrumhalf Cobus Reinach in the back with his knee.” –

“It was a night of disgrace and delight for the Sharks as they edged the Chiefs 12-11 in an ugly representation of southern hemisphere rugby, writes MARK KEOHANE.

The Sharks won a match they simply had to in order to sustain an interest in the South African conference and push for the play-offs.

How they won is not for celebration. That they won is what needs to be celebrated.” –

New Zealand:

“8 Sharks (last week 8)

What they lacked in discipline they made up for in ticker en route to a remarkable victory over the Chiefs with just 13 men. Hopefully this gets them going, though will need to find a little more attacking fluency to really turn the corner.” –

“When red cards outnumber tries scored in a Super Rugby contest, you know something bizarre is happening.

That was the case as the 13-man Sharks defeated the 14-man Chiefs 12-11 in Durban on Sunday morning.

In truly bizarre scenes, three players were sent off in a 12-minute first half period as both sides lost discipline and horrid weather began to roll into Kings Park Stadium.” –

“If the Chiefs wish to break the unfortunate pattern they are following, the next fortnight presents an ideal opportunity.

Yesterday’s unseemly defeat to the Sharks saw history repeat for the Chiefs, with the ugly outing arriving a week after an impressive victory over the Stormers.

And it was exactly the same before the side headed for South Africa – the good will generated out of the crushing of the Crusaders was immediately lost with a wasteful effort against the Highlanders.” –

“Home first five-eighths, and captain for much of the match, Patrick Lambie landed four penalty goals for his side while Chiefs first five-eighths Aaron Cruden missed two chances to goal in the final quarter, one from a penalty and one from a dropped goal attempt.

It was a gutsy effort from the home team who played 53 minutes with 13 men in a game that was marred by three red cards.” –

“In a bizarre game with three red cards the Sharks just held on to beat the Chiefs 12-11 at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban this morning.

The game was messy from the get go with the wet conditions hindering both teams’ efforts in points.” –


“Three players were sent off during the first half as the Sharks edged the Chiefs 12-11 in a bruising Super Rugby clash in Durban.

It was a huge win for the Sharks who were a man down for most of the match due to the red-card frenzy.” –

“The Chiefs were well below par and struggled for any cohesion with a number of regulars out and poor decision making. Their usual handling skills deserted them and they probably asked too much of themselves in the conditions.

Of more concern was their inability to utilise their one-man advantage, and while the conditions explain some of that, the Chiefs’ brain trust won’t be overly happy. They return home this week and while they are still in a good position they will not want to drop any further behind the Hurricanes in the New Zealand conference.

The Sharks kept their season alive with a tough one-point win over the Chiefs in Durban. An ill-tempered affair played in terrible conditions, the Sharks lost two of their more experienced players in the first half to red cards, both players who should know better, and had to see out the majority of the match with 13 men.

The Chiefs also lost a man to a red card early in the match for a 14 on 13 man affair. It seems the secret to the Sharks’ success is to play out matches with a man down (if you can recall the 14-man effort against the Crusaders last year) as this seemed to galvanise the team.

A previously porous defence was shored up as they restricted the Chiefs to a sole try and took all of their opportunities off the boot of Pat Lambie to secure a much needed win. Sure, the conditions were a great leveller, but it was still a much needed win and keeps the Sharks alive in South Africa.” –


“The Sharks denied the Chiefs back-to-back wins in South Africa on Saturday as they held on to win 12-11 at a very wet Growthpoint KINGS PARK.

The result also means the Sharks end a five-game losing streak against the Chiefs, but they had to do it the hard way, having played with man down for over 50 minutes.” –

“After a chaotic night in Durban, four players have been cited for foul play during the Sharks one-point win over the Chiefs. Sharks captain Bismarck du Plessis and centre Francois Steyn and Chiefs hooker Hikawera Elliot were all red carded within the opening 30-minutes of the match, while Chiefs flanker Liam Messam was lucky to escape a yellow card but was later cited following the match.” –

“The game was turned on it’s head on the 15-minute mark when referee Angus Gardner sent Elliot off. With the Sharks camped on the Chiefs’ line, the visiting hooker shoulder charged into Tendai Mtawarira, who was lying on the side of a ruck. The officials deemed the impact on the Sharks prop’s head to be worth a red card.

That should have been the end of the contest but, just two minutes later, Sharks captain Bismarck du Plessis stupidly kicked out at the head of Chiefs number eight Michael Leitch when held on the floor. A red card was obvious, meaning parity was restored. “ –

“Chiefs flanker Sam Cane scored the only try at Kings Park stadium and Cruden slotted two penalties while missing two other shots at goal.

Victory lifted Sharks three places to fifth on the southern hemisphere inter-provincial championship table while two-time champions the Chiefs remained fourth.” –


“Pat Lambie for captain!! Well done to the 13 men! #SSRugby #sharksrugby”

“@FionaMcDonaldSA @Timatkin #sharksvchiefs has turned into a 7s game!”

“Gees this rugby match is resembling the after math of WWE Wrestling #sharksvchiefs”

“An ugly game of #SuperRugby. Would need to look at Messam arms around throat of Bothma. #SSRugby #SharksvChiefs”

Until next week Sharks fans.


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