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What they had to say: Sharks vs Hurricanes, Round 13

Written by Stephen Smith (StevieS)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 11 May 2015 at 10:25
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Hi Sharks fans. All round, a better effort by the Sharks who seemed to play with more structure. Let’s see what the press’ opinion was.

South Africa:

“The Hurricanes have beaten a vastly-improved Sharks side in their Super Rugby clash in Wellington on Saturday.” –

“There may still have been too many missed tackles for Gold’s liking – the ‘Canes did run in four tries – but the most important thing about Saturday’s display was that the Sharks were up for it. There was an intensity to their game that has been lacking in recent weeks, and if they can build on that then they needn’t approach their last two games on tour against the Waratahs and Reds with any trepidation. “ –

“There have been times during this Vodacom Super Rugby season when a Cell C Sharks defeat has been met with questions about the team’s passion and commitment, but their 32-24 loss to the table-topping Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium on Saturday was not one of those.” –

“It was a much-improved Sharks team, who will feel aggrieved by some questionable calls made by New Zealand referee Chris Pollock – including denying them a legitimate try. However, days, weeks and years from now the scoreboard will reflect a Hurricanes win. And they deserve credit for the manner in which they continued to come back in the face of a determined Sharks onslaught.” –

“The Sharks will lament their first-half inaccuracies as well as their poor discipline. Three players were guilty of head-high tackles in the opening 40 minutes, and it came as no surprise when the third offender, flank Etienne Oosthuizen, was sent to the sin bin. While the loss of the player didn’t cost the Sharks on the scoreboard, it stalled their momentum. Some will focus on the Sharks’ improved defensive showing in the second half, but how different the game may have been had they made their tackles in the first stanza.” –

New Zealand:

“The Sharks played with pride, managed to score three tries, and looked like they might steal an upset when wing Odwa Ndungane scored with 13 minutes to play to put them ahead 24-21. They had a lineout drive try disallowed by the TMO a few minutes earlier, otherwise they may have caused an upset. Without rested All Blacks Julian Savea and TJ Perenara, the Hurricanes looked less cohesive in attack, but defended well through a tough first half and kept their composure after falling behind three times during the match.” –

“’We didn’t play particularly well. I think they threw the kitchen sink at it. It was the last roll of the dice for them, probably.’ After conceding 48 points in a one-sided loss to the Highlanders last week, the Sharks knew their trip to Wellington was crucial but their eighth loss of the season was probably terminal for their playoff aspirations.” –

“The Hurricanes have been forced to work very hard for their 32-24 victory over the Sharks in their Super Rugby battle in the Capital tonight. The Sharks showed their intent early, having plenty of attacking opportunities which the Hurricanes withstood until a mistake at the lineout allowed veteran Bismarck du Plessis to barge his way over to put first points on the board.” –


“IT was no royal command performance but the Hurricanes did enough to beat the Sharks 32-24 in Wellington to extend their lead at the top of the Super Rugby ladder. With Prince Harry watching on at Westpac Stadium on Saturday, the home side posted four tries to three, including a crucial score to lock Jeremy Thrush seven minutes from the end to reclaim the lead.” –

“The dogged Sharks claimed the lead after each of their second-half tries to wingers Sibusiso Sithole and Odwa Ndungane but they couldn’t halt the hosts’ weight of possession, which create tries to reserve prop Reggie Goodes and Thrush, the latter after Savea unleashed an uncanny offload near the corner flag.” –


“We’ve witnessed the Hurricanes dazzle with their attacking play but this was about being gritty and grinding out a win that was never guaranteed until just before the final whistle.” –

“The Sharks dropped their eighth game from 12 in a result which all but sounds the death knell on their play-off chances. Their night worsened when captain Bismarck du Plessis limped off in the 55th minute, favouring his knee in an incident that will concern the Springboks selectors.” –

“After such an abject showing in Dunedin the Sharks owed it to their fans to put in a competent performance against the league leaders, and they had the perfect start. Showing real intent with the ball in hand, former captain Bismarck du Plessis was the man to grab the opening try when he cleared up the a messy lineout short of the ‘Canes line and powered his way over. Building on that bright start was fundamental but the same old ghosts came back to haunt the Sharks as their indiscipline let them down after two high tackles, the latter from Lionel Cronje on Nehe Milner-Skudder being particularly poor.” –


“Thoroughly satisfied with the sharks effort at improving this Saturday. Keep it up boys! #SSRugby #sharksrugby”

“Eish! Starting to wonder when the Sharks will win again. #sharksrugby #SuperRugby”

“Great effort by @TheSharksZA but it wasn’t our day #Sharksrugby #SuperRugby”

“Much better character shown by die Sharks. Senior players putting their hands up. Still missing Lambie badly at 10. #sharksrugby #HURvSHA”


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