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What they had to say: Sharks vs Stormers, Round 18

Written by Stephen Smith (StevieS)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 15 Jun 2015 at 09:27
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Hi Sharks fans. What an emotional game, I must admit I was cheering each of the boys off when they were subbed and thanking them in my heart for all of the good times. Bismarck’s speech was very moving and it hit me that it’s the end of an era. Good luck to all of the players and thanks for the memories.

Let’s see what the press had to say about the game.

South Africa:

“The Sharks finished their Super Rugby season on a high when they beat a weakened Stormers team in Durban on Saturday.” –

“South African hard man Bismarck du Plessis cried after his final Super Rugby appearance for the Sharks ended in a 34-12 home victory over Stormers… Sensing they were going to finish third whatever the result, the Cape Town outfit rested their first choices ahead of a home quarterfinal against the Brumbies next Saturday. Flyhalf Lionel Cronje, scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer, fullback Lwazi Mvovo and wing Odwa Ndungane were the other try scorers for the winners.” –

“The Cell C Sharks commemorated the emotional farewells of a trio of legendary players with the appropriate result as they overcame a second string DHL Stormers team in the final Vodacom Super Rugby league match of the season, but they were made to labour for their 34-12 win at Kings Park. It was supposed to be a passionate performance to send Bismarck du Plessis, his brother Jannie and fellow Springbok Willem Alberts on their way in winning style as they prepare for futures outside of Durban. The team did provide the win, but it wasn’t until the last move of the opening half that there was discernible passion from a team that at times before that looked as if it might be on a go-slow rather than looking for a fiery performance as a send-off to the stalwarts.” –

“The Sharks were always expected to overpower and outclass a Stormers side devoid of so many first-choice players. The win at Kings Park marks their seventh in a largely disappointing campaign, and sees them finishing 11th on the overall Vodacom Super Rugby log. The Sharks have battled for consistency all season, and so it came as no surprise when they turned in another patchy performance this past Saturday. In the first half, their handling was particularly poor, and their forward effort lacked intensity. They would also concede yet another yellow card for foul play when André Esterhuizen was sin-binned in the 10th minute for a dangerous tackle.” –

“In the end, the result was fitting for the occasion, but boy, did it take ages for the festivities to ignite for departing Sharks heroes Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis and Willem Alberts. And at the final whistle the reaction of the players said it all – they sunk to their knees in relief that they had manufactured a fitting end to what has been a very painful Super Rugby season. It was only at the three-quarter-mark, when the younger du Plessis brother had scored and his elder boet had just walked off to a standing ovation, that the Sharks took control of a match that for so long dithered along as the non-entity it ultimately was in terms of the competition. There really could be only one winner of this final Super Rugby round robin game of the year given that the Sharks were at home, were posting a farewell to three legends, and the Stormers had played ball by offering up a “B” team to the sacrificial altar. But it seemed the script had not been given to the Capetonians and they could well have been ahead at half-time after the Sharks had produced a précis of their season with a half of mistakes, unfinished opportunities and a mandatory yellow card for a tip tackle (André Esterhuizen’s second of the season).” –

New Zealand:

“The Sharks scored five unanswered tries to beat a second string Stormers outfit 34-12 in the last match of the regular Super Rugby season at Kings’ Park Rugby Stadium on Saturday (Sunday NZT). Flyhalf Lionel Cronje went over for the opening try and added seven more points with the boot as the Sharks said goodbye to several long-serving players heading to clubs in Europe. Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis, bound for France, scored a farewell try in his last appearance.” –

“Du Plessis, a 31-year-old rated among the best hookers in the world, is moving to France with elder brother and Sharks prop Jannie to play in the Top 14 competition. While the brothers have not disclosed who they are joining, reports link them with Montpellier, where 2007 Rugby World Cup-winning Springboks coach Jake White is in charge. “Durban has been a very special place for me,” said tearful Bismarck at Kings Park stadium after his 130th appearance for the Sharks, “and I will never forget my 11 seasons here. I will miss my team-mates, the supporters and everyone who helped me develop my career. I was once the seventh-choice hooker at the Cheetahs and now I am told I am among the best in the world,” Bismarck added after receiving the official man-of-the-match award. Bismarck recalled how he joined the Sharks after several seasons with the Bloemfontein-based Cheetahs. “I remember writing my last examinations and packing everything I owned into a little Volkswagen Beetle. It took me about 12 hours to drive from Bloemfontein to Durban in a car that could not go much faster than 80 kilometres an hour. I had to fill up about six times because it had only a small petrol tank,” he said.” –


Unfortunately no news other than the copying of articles found on South African sites.


“The Sharks beat a second-string Stormers side 34-12 in a dire South African derby in Durban on Saturday to bring the Super Rugby regular season to a close. The result has zero impact on the overall standings and the Stormers will host the Brumbies in next weekend’s qualifiers as the winners of the South African conference. While the Sharks were able to give a handful of stalwarts a winning farewell – outscoring the Stormers five tries to none and recording their third-straight win in the process – an error-strewn affair at Kings Park was a very poor advertisement for skill levels in South Africa, with handling errors outnumbering clean breaks at a ratio of four to one.” –


“And we won!!!! #GoSharks #Sharks #SharksVStormers awesome game well played!!!”

“@SuperRugby the Sharks were awarded two unfair tries last night in Durban. Bad TMO and refereeing #SSRugby #SuperRugby #SHARKSvsSTORMERS”

“Bumped into this amazing guy, @PatLambie, after the sharks game last night! Great seeing you Pat! #SharksVsStormers”

“What a game! So proud of you guys!! @TheSharksZA #ssrugby #SharksvsStormers”

That’s it guys and girls, the final instalment of ‘What they had to say’ for Super Rugby 2015. I hope you guys enjoyed the articles.


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