Cheetahs put the boot into lacklustre Sharks

The Cheetahs upset the Sharks for the second year running this time with a 20-25 away victory in Durban.


The victory was the Cheetahs first away win since the 2007 Super 14 season.


Both teams scored one try a piece but Sharks kicker Rory Kockott had a woeful day with the boot.


He did however kick a late penalty which earned the Sharks a losing bonus point.


Aside from a break after half time which saw Ryan Kankowski score his try the Sharks offered little in real attack and every time they got close to making a break their handling let them down.


The two South African franchises squared up in Durban and instead of thrilling fans with the kind of rugby expected of them, laboured on the fringe of boredom for 80 minutes before the Cheetahs ran out victors by 25-20.


It was a game of two halves – to be expected as referee Jonathan Kaplan was replaced after half-time by Pro Legoete with Kaplan suffering from a stomach ailment.


With Legoete in charge, the Sharks went into overdrive and needed only four minutes to send Ryan Kankowski away for the the home side’s first try.


Rory Kockott missed the conversion. But again things changed when Riaan Viljoen landed two long-range penalties to put the Cheetahs 19-14 ahead.


Kockott reduced the deficit to 19-17 with another penalty after another scrum infringement and then the game was on. Naas Olivier landed a drop goal with about 10 minutes to go and the Sharks were in trouble.


With the score at 22-17 in the Cheetahs’ favour, the hosts went offside at a ruck and Olivier made it 25-17.


At the death Kockott, who had a miserable evening with the boot, landed another penalty to earn his team an undeserved bonus point. The highlight of a mistake-riddled first half was the 75-metre try by Cheetahs fullback Riaan Viljoen.


He fielded a kick on his own 25 yard line and with hardly a finger laid on him, scored under the Sharks’ posts.


The rest was not much to write home about, as handling mistakes – most by international players – turned the game into a stop-start affair.


The scrums were not much better with the Cheetahs frequently penalised for early engagements and the game just never reached any momentum.


Kockott, who couldn’t retain his form of a 100 per cent kicking record in last week’s wet game against the Chiefs, had an off day and probably cost his team the game.


Final Score Sharks 20 Cheetahs 25




Tries – Ryan Kankowski
Pen – Kockott 5
Con –
Drop –
Cards –


Tries – R Viljoen
Pen – N. Olivier 3, R Viljoen 2
Con – N. Olivier
Drop – Riaan Viljoen
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (SA)
Ass. refs: Pro Legoete (SA), Cobus Wessels (SA)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (SA)


Sharks :15. Stefan Terblanche , 14. Odwa Ndungane , 13. Waylon Murray , 12. Adrian Jacobs , 11. JP Pietersen , 10. Ruan Pienaar , 9. Rory Kockott , 8. Ryan Kankowski , 7. Jean Deysel , 6. Jacques Botes , 5. Alistair Hargreaves , 4. Steven Sykes , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 2. John Smt (c), 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements , 16. Bismarck du Plessis , 17. Deon Carstens , 18. Willem Alberts , 19. Keegan Daniel , 20. Charl McLeod , 21. Monty Dumond , 22. Andries Strauss


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