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What they had to say: Sharks vs Bulls, Week 10

Written by Stephen Smith (StevieS)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 20 Apr 2015 at 11:00
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Morning Sharks fans. What’s there to say about the weekend? We put in a good effort, but I feel some of Jaco Peyper’s calls were a tad harsh. Still, the record books will reflect yet another loss for the Sharks, bringing us to 4 from 10. Not a pretty picture.

Let’s jump into what the press had to say:

South Africa:

“The match was an eye-sore with battering-ram rugby the order of the day. It was raw, highly physical and error-strewn with much poor handling and many turnovers. When there was tactical kicking, it was often misplaced, and Sharks supporters left the ground disillusioned after a poor game and a third straight loss for the Durban team.” –

“The Sharks played with passion and intensity. The Bulls played with physical intent, but also with intelligence. It was the latter quality that proved critical to the outcome. The Bulls’ halfbacks won the game for the Pretoria side. The scrums and breakdowns were fiercely contested by both teams. It was the decision-making and execution by Rudy Paige and Handré Pollard in the latter phases that set the Bulls apart.” –

“The highlight of the game came on 36 minutes as Hougaard scored after a brilliant exchange of passes with scrum-half Rudy Paige close to the right touchline. Pollard watched his difficult conversion rebound off the far post and the Pretoria outfit went into the break with an unflattering five-point lead. A rare spell in Bulls’ half of the pitch brought early second-half reward for the hosts as Coetzee claimed his fifth try of the season after a break by scrum-half Cobus Reinach.” –

“That the Sharks kept them at bay in a first half where the Bulls led 8-3 at halftime was down to two factors – one was that the Bulls still remain a bit predictable on attack and the second was that the Sharks have improved their defensive game immeasurably over the past two weeks.” –

New Zealand:

“11 Sharks (last week 7)

Three straight defeats including two in a row at home have the men from Durban heading in the wrong direction fast at 4-6 and 21 points. With two byes and their tour still to come, now wedged firmly between a rock and a hard place.” –


No interest if a New Zealand or Australian team isn’t playing.


“Broken thermostat: Sharks: With a win for the Stormers in Australia and having succumbed to the Bulls in Durban, the Sharks hopes of making the playoffs took a big dent. Their campaign is surprisingly still alive, as the Bulls are only seven points ahead of them in the South African Conference, but a lot of work needs to be done.” –

“Crushing defeats to the Crusaders and Lions have left the Sharks season in disarray, while the Bulls knew that victory in Durban would move them back to the top of the South African Conference after the Stormers’ earlier win over the Force. Perfect conditions should have encouraged both sides to open up their attacking game but the Sharks have struggled to find a cutting edge with the ball in hand.” –


“So now I just have to follow the #SharksvBulls on twitter thanks to Eskom #Loadshedding”

“Drink for everytime Ashwin Willimse says ‘Sarks’ #superugby #sharksvbulls”

“Had an awesome time at the Sharks game last night. #sharksvsbulls #GoldZone”

“Another disappointing game from the @TheSharksZA, I still blame management, not the players, #sharksvsbulls, #sharks”


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