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What they had to say: Sharks vs Crusaders, Round 8

Written by Stephen Smith (StevieS)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 7 Apr 2015 at 09:09
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Hi Sharks fans. I hope you all had a blessed and relaxed Easter Weekend, barring the Sharks game, which looked as if our players were already on holiday, and which did nothing to lower my blood pressure.

The press didn’t hold back this week, with in particular stating their opinion rather bluntly. Let’s dive straight into what the press had to say about the game:

South Africa:

“The Sharks were given a real lesson , and a hiding, by the Crusaders – who won their spiteful Super Rugby encounter 52-10. The visitor from New Zealand – who at one stage of Saturday’s encounter in Durban had three players in the sin bin – outscored the home team by eight tries to one. However, the spotlight will be firmly on a Sharks team devoid of a game plan and seemingly only able to resort to foul play to impose themselves on the opposition.” –

“The heartbeat design of the Sharks’ charity jersey was ironic, as this defeat, their fourth in eight matches, signals the flat-lining of their Vodacom Super Rugby hopes. The Sharks were absolutely awful and badly missed their Bok trio of Bismarck du Plessis, Frans Steyn (both suspended) and JP Pietersen (ruled out just before kick-off). So bad were they that they could not score any points when playing with 15 men against 12 and then 14 against 12.” –

“The seven-time champion Crusaders have put the Sharks to the sword in their Super Rugby clash in Durban on Saturday.” –

“The Crusaders exposed vulnerabilities and weaknesses in the Cell C Sharks that could well be the tipping point of the season for the once proud union as they run rough-shod over the Durbanites to record an overwhelming 52-10 victory in a Vodacom Super Rugby match played at Kings Park on Saturday.” –

New Zealand:

“The Sharks also lost captain Jean Deysel to a red card for kneeing opposite flanker Matt Todd in the head just before the break, but by then the Crusaders had established an unassailable lead and secured a four-try bonus point at 28-3.” –

“Last year Sharks loose forward Deysel was sent off for booting Jordan Taufua’s head at AMI Stadium, yet his team-mates overcame the numerical disadvantage to beat a tactically-naive Crusaders side 30-25. But the Sharks’ luck bled-out in spectacular fashion in Durban on Sunday morning. The memories of that fairytale win in Christchurch were obliterated by this 52-10 loss.” –

“It is doubtful there was anything the Sharks could take from the game. They were pressured into mistakes, and they made them by the hat full. As the television commentator said, ‘They said it was going to rain in Durban today, they didn’t say it was going to rain tries.’ Crusaders tries.” –

“In Durban, scrumhalf Andy Ellis and fullback Israel Dagg raced in for tries in the opening minutes for the unstoppable Crusaders, who were without star flyhalf Dan Carter, and put Richie McCaw on the bench. Centers Kieron Fonotia and Ryan Crotty, flyhalf Colin Slade, wing David Havili, Todd, and replacement Tom Taylor also went over, with Taylor’s length-of-the-field breakaway in the last minute after a Sharks error capping one of the most comprehensive wins in recent seasons in South Africa for the Crusaders.” –


“The Crusaders scored eight tries to thrash the Sharks 52-10 in a Super Rugby mismatch on Saturday despite having only 12 players on the field at one stage. South African referee Stuart Berry, a late replacement for ill compatriot Marius van der Westhuizen, yellow-carded three New Zealanders within four minutes approaching half-time. He then red-carded Sharks loose forward Jean Deysel, leaving the home team to play the entire second half with 14 men after trailing 28-3 at the break.” –

“Kings Park is becoming synonymous with red and yellow cards as two Sharks and one player from another New Zealand outfit, the Chiefs, were sent off there two weeks ago. A Crusaders team dominant in all facets throughout were ahead within three minutes and secured a bonus-point fourth try with five minutes left of the opening half.” –

“The record seven-time Super Rugby champions cruised to victory despite starting without two All Blacks icons in fly-half Dan Carter and loose forward Richie McCaw” –


“It was their fourth defeat in eight games this season and Gold has called on his team to show character and discipline in the wake of their heavy defeat. ‘There is nothing more we can do than apologise for that performance,’ he said. ‘It is not just the fact that we copped 50 points, but the manner in which we did. You see the ball bouncing in your 22, and there is no urgency to grab it … you look for the spark, but it is not there. We just kept giving them soft opportunities. It was an unacceptable performance and I am not going to blame the players, I take the responsibility. I put my hand up and we will fix it. We have to show some character now… and some discipline.’” –

“The Crusaders avenged the defeat they suffered to the Sharks at home last year with a drubbing that will go down as one of their worst defeats in recent history.” –

“The Crusaders issued a warning to their Super Rugby rivals by smashing the Sharks 10-52 at Kings Park in Durban. The Crusaders outscored the Sharks by eight tries to one and they take the full five points from the contest.” –

“A combination of unstructured defence, ill-discipline and a general lack of respect for their opponents didn’t help the Sharks who made so many schoolboy errors in the opening exchanges, that it begs the question whether their coaching staff is adept enough to be handling a team that boasts a host of international stars.” –


“Hope the coaches come down on players heads like a ton of bricks in halftime! Discipline Boys! #SharksvCrusaders”

“Is this rugby or mixed martial arts? #SharksvCrusaders #SSRugby #pathetic”

“Ok, now I can breathe – what the heck is happening with the #sharksrugby ??? No game plan. No defence pattern. No discipline. Management?”

“What the heck was that?! #sharksvscrusaders #SharksRugby”


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