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Sharks were senseless and shocking



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Former Springboks and Sharks winger has slammed the Sharks for their performance in the 41-0 hammering by the Hurricanes in Wellington.

Terblanche was in studio with Super Rugby broadcasters SuperSport and fellow former Springbok and Sharks back Butch James.

Despite some awful weather conditions the Hurricanes led 13-0 at half time but went on to outscore the Sharks by six tries to none in a totally one sided contest.

Speaking after the Sharks had been eliminated from the Super Rugby play offs Terblanche said,”I’m speechless …. bitterly disappointed, to be brutally honest. It was a shocking performance by the Sharks.”

“Sometimes we don’t like listening to the New Zealand commentators – they are (frank) and we think they are biased at times — but Justin Marshall said it: with 10 minutes to go, 34-0 down, the Sharks still select, I don’t know whether by choice or game-plan or whatever, to just kick the ball away.”

“There was some really senseless kicking.”

The former Sharks winger, who won 37 caps for the Springboks, also slammed the Sharks for their defensive effort by saying, “The ‘Canes made 94 tackles (to 72) so it shows you the Sharks actually had the ball for good periods of time, but it was what they did with it, or rather didn’t …. and 21 missed tackles by the guys; it’s a big percentage out of 72.

“The Hurricanes were full value for their 41 points, outstanding. They played the conditions so much better, played the situation.”

“When one of Beauden Barrett or TJ Perenara, who are world-class, plays well in a quarter-final you know the ‘Canes will have a good day – when both play like they did, and allow the space to open up, it makes for a long, long day for the Sharks, and for us to watch.”

Springbok Rugby World Cup winning back and former Shark Butch James agreed with Terblanche.

“It just looked on defence as if the Sharks had two or three men off the field or something … the Hurricanes seemed to have extra players running around.”

“The Sharks allowed in some soft, easy tries and poor decisions were made on defence.

“Also on attack, I’ve got to agree with Stef …. I just don’t think they had enough in their armoury.”

“They only had the pick-and-go with the forwards, and when it got (past flyhalf) they had nothing to show. The skill level from the Sharks was not up to scratch.”

The Sharks have played in more Super Rugby play off games than any other team that has not won a Super Rugby title.

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