Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Ryan Kankowski finishes off a great Sharks try against the Lions

Ryan Kankowski finishes off a great Sharks try against the Lions

The Natal Sharks held off large amounts of pressure from the Lions at Ellis Park this weekend, but managed to come away with a 30-19 Currie Cup win after scoring three tries away from home.

The Lions actually dominated at times, but were 23-0 down with ten minutes left in the match, before they themselves scored three quick tries.

The win for the Sharks takes their tally up to five unbeaten consecutively, keeping them in second place behind the Griquas.

Their first try was a classic as they moved the ball from deep, beating defenders with great handling from both forwards and backs, then the deft stepping of the superb Ryan Kankowski beat a few big boys before he crossed for the try.

The star Sharks number 8 was awarded the Man of the Match, but credited his team mates for the environment in which hes able to shine so brightly.

Its very special playing for The Sharks, he said.

Theyre a brilliant bunch of guys and its great to win with a team you enjoy playing with. Im very fortunate to be playing with such good players, they make my job so much easier.


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Posted at 11:31 am | 17 comments

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sharkgeorge August 18, 2009 11:34 am

I dont know what the big deal is with the first comment shit on this site but anyway here is mine to spoils the fun for those of you that love it.

Talented player but wow he has his work cut out to take speis out of the bok squad.. go sharks!

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GS August 18, 2009 11:45 am

What a try!

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Andy August 18, 2009 12:34 pm

Wahey! that no.5 would have been called up and made to down a dirty pint for that flairy reverse pass at my club. Heinous crime! He's a witch, burn him!

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Ally August 18, 2009 3:17 pm

I have always thought Kankowski is a terrific player (more of a natural rugby player than Spies although Spies is the better athlete - not suggesting Kankowski is un-athletic mind you)

The Boks are so spoiled in the backrow - when Burger and Kankowski can't make your starting line-up that is insane.......

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Bobby Nations August 18, 2009 5:23 pm

Finally! A team that actually runs the ball rather than mindless kicking. So beautiful to watch. And the forwards rumbling down-field swapping passes like teenagers swap spit did this old fullback's heart proud. Why more teams don't do this just baffles me.

Oh, and bring back proper rucking :-)

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Ben August 18, 2009 10:16 pm

What a beauty

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durbanDassie August 18, 2009 10:59 pm

This tape should be filed under Warren Brosnihan classics of cliched commentary.

"The defence parts like the red sea" beautiful wazza... now go down a dirty pint with the lock forward who threw that reverse pass for that shocka

Good to hear a south african commentator mind... whatever happened to old Hugh Bladen "the voice of south african rugby"?

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durbanDassie August 18, 2009 11:01 pm

oh yeah forgot to comment

- WHAT A TRY!!!

GO SHAAAAAARRKKS!!!!!

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Anonymous August 18, 2009 11:38 pm

What a bril team try!!! GO SHARKS - you gotta beat the bulls!!

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sharkgeorge August 19, 2009 6:19 am

@DurbanDassie.... hugh bladen is still around and is still the major commentator in south africa... watch the tri nations...... no idea why you think he has gone missing

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caucau's no.1 fan August 19, 2009 6:30 pm

even though spies is an absolute animal kankowski deserves to be in the boks side. he would be the vital link in the forwards to spark the backs. possibly see either spies or kankowski moving position, possibly kankowski to second row.

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Joost August 20, 2009 2:20 am

I must regret my early sayings about the lack of attendance to Currie Cups matches, as we see once again that big classics, like this Transvaal v Natal match showed. My apologies to everyone offended and let's hope we enjoy more big matches like this.

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Anonymous August 20, 2009 1:34 pm

The clinical passing, support, and the final flair of individual effort involved in this try is what makes rugby beautiful.

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Anonymous August 20, 2009 6:14 pm

"joost" are you for real, transvaal vs natal?!!! mate what planet are you living on?

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Anonymous August 20, 2009 10:01 pm

Why? the names are commercial bullshit, the provinces are what matter and their competiviness

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Anonymous August 21, 2009 3:45 pm

what an absolute beaut of a try!KANKO OVER!awesome crowd..im off to the GRIQUAS game tomorow :) come on SHARKS!!

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Anonymous August 21, 2009 3:59 pm

cos theres no province called transvaal anymore you tool! fyi we in durbs love the "sharks" maybe cos ur lions are so piss poor u want "die ou transvaal" back! lol

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