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Michalak fit for Stormers visit.


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Stormers, Super 14 on 18 Feb 2008 at 08:01

French flyhalf Frederic Michalak will make his Super 14 debut against the Stormers after he was withdrawn from the opening round clash against the Western Force.

News 24 reports (author unknown) that the Sharks, adopting a tactical kicking game in difficult ball-handling conditions, stuttered to a 17-10 win over the fancied Australian side.

Michalak, nursing a calf strain, was withdrawn by Muir who said on Sunday that the Frenchman would be fit for Saturday’s game against the Stormers on Saturday.

“Freddie could have played at a push or if, say, we had been in a final. But it would be crazy to gamble on the fitness of one of our top players at the start of the season.”

Michalak was probably never going to be risked but Muir delayed the announcement until shortly before kick-off. The Force had Matt Giteau at flyhalf but John Mitchell’s meticulous planning would have been disrupted when they found the powerful and physical Frans Steyn standing at flyhalf in place of the slightly-built, skilful Michalak.

The Force were not the only ones thrown a dummy. A couple of French rugby writers travelled out to South Africa to cover Michalak’s Super 14 debut – he remains big news in France – and are stuck in Durban, twiddling their thumbs for a week while they await the event.

Muir said that the Sharks had managed to avoid any major injuries and said he was delighted that the squad remains an effective unit in spite of the loss of their most experienced players of last year.

“I’m hugely relieved we won this game. We really did not know where we were in terms of our preparation and how we would deal with the new laws. The Force have played far more rugby under the new changes and they are a top side. It was not pretty and we may have overdone the kicking but to get out with a win is a huge boost.”

Rassie Erasmus’s Stormers, beaten by a brave, but limited, Bulls side at Newlands on Saturday, have certainly added some steel to their forward play.

Ironically, their attacking backline play was less impressive and they were unable to cross the Bulls’ line.

The Sharks game against the Stormers kicks off at 17:00 on Saturday.



48 Comments

  • Believe me, those journos will not be twiddling thei thumbs…there’s plenty to do in Durban :grin:

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.02.08 09:18:13 by Me2 Reply
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  • Hopefully Michalak can get the backline going…Steyn should stay @ fullback and certainly needs to launch counter attacks instead of kicking away ball possesion… :evil:

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.02.08 09:21:58 by Charlie Reply
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  • Yep…I’m sure they are the ones who convinced DM not to risk Freddie just to extend their stay in Durbs. The Stormers are going down!

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.02.08 09:22:44 by shark_time Reply
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  • Agree Charlie – I felt Steyn misused his boots at times against Force.
    But worry not – things will be back to normal this Saturday. Everyone is going on about Bobs…was he really that good against the Bulls ??? (missed the game)

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.02.08 09:26:25 by shark_time Reply
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  • There are two SB picks i have already made for this weekend.

    Sharks by 10

    and Crusaders by 12. (Don’t expect the Aus ref to be as error ridden as Roos was.

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.02.08 09:28:43 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • ST

    from what I could hear on the radio he had a pretty good game, there is ALSO a a lot of chatter about him not being able to hold onto the ball though, so i suspect his performance will be in the eye of the beholder.

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.02.08 09:30:42 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • shark_time,

    Well Bobo’s defence was good but was poor with ball in hand… :lol:

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.02.08 09:34:39 by Charlie Reply
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  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.02.08 09:36:10 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • :?: With the new laws, are we going to see more kicking and lesser tries being scored… :evil:

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.02.08 09:41:31 by Charlie Reply
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  • KSA- made your picks already? :razz:

    So if he gets his handling right…he could be someone to worry about?
    Talking about handling…I was a bit concerned with Henno on Saturday…normally a good ball carrier…

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.02.08 09:57:29 by shark_time Reply
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  • Sharks loosies need to pitch for the game…

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.02.08 10:15:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob,

    Surely with the exception of Jacques Botes… :wink:

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.02.08 10:17:53 by Charlie Reply

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  • Watched Bobs with interest – he had some good runs and his defence was good but, as when he was with the Sharks, his ball handling skills left much to be desired.

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.02.08 10:19:29 by Nessa Reply

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  • Charlie – I didn’t think JB had a particularly good game. Did you?

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.02.08 10:21:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • JB had a decent game…

    Less kicking and more running …hopefully we’ll see more tries and get that Bonus point.

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.02.08 10:22:47 by shark_time Reply

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  • The oke who really disappointed me was AJ… didn’t look like he really wanted to be there…

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.02.08 10:24:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • shark_time, I just can’t get over the feeling that JB isn’t as good a fetcher as he is a ball carrier. What you think?

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.02.08 10:27:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob,

    JB was not outstanding but surely understands the new ELV’s much better then the other forwards… :roll:

    I think he had a solid game… IMO… :wink:

    BEEEEAST… deserved Man-of-the-Match… :lol:

    BTW, the numerous kicks by Frans Steyn might have got JP & Murray fedup not getting any ball and did not bother to tackle…Adi Jacobs was for about 25min on the pitch and only handled the ball twice, when he was actually suppose to run the defence to threads as an impact player @ that stage of the match… :evil:

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.02.08 10:28:02 by Charlie Reply

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  • Yeah, but Pienaar and then Steyn alwys seemed to get slow, shit ball… evidence to me that we weren’t effective at securing at the breakdown… whose fault is that?

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.02.08 10:30:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • ST

    only made TWO picks the others will be decided later, but I think there will be a few more away wins this week.

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.02.08 10:36:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I had a pretty poor week by my usually high standards. Lions result really floored me

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.02.08 10:38:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob,

    With the new laws I would rather challenge players to try and stay on their feet in the contact situation or for the better to offlaod before contact, by this there are more fluent periods and lesser confusion @ rucks… :wink:

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.02.08 10:39:49 by Charlie Reply

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  • Yeah – but trying to avoid a breakdown siutation makes sense under whatever laws you’re playing. This is what the Lions did so well. Luckily, they had the hands to make it work, whereas the Sharks didn’t.

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.02.08 10:41:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • Dick Muir are always preaching that he allows his players to play the situation but surely did’nt ask them to kick possession away… :wink:

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.02.08 10:48:14 by Charlie Reply

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  • well, one would hope not… I start to wonder about this determination of his to play Steyn at 10.

    He did tackle very well, though…

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.02.08 10:56:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob – simple – when one player is injured, you bring in someone else… :roll:

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.02.08 11:04:13 by hellbent Reply

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  • yeah, of course you do. I guess we do need to be realistic about that. A late change at flyhalf is likely to disrupt the gameplan. That said, Dick knew that Fred wasn’t going to play all week, didn’t he?

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.02.08 11:09:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • I start to wonder about this determination of his to play Steyn at 10.

    18.02.08 10:56:01 – robdylan Edit

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
    HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT?

    If he plays him where the rest of us would prefer him then your lovechild will be on the bench :wink:

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.02.08 11:13:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I was waiting for you to say that. Remember, I like Frans most at Fullback ;)

    KSA, I know you didn’t see the game, but I hope others back me up here. Brad was one of the few Sharks backs to have a bloody good game the whole way through.

  • Comment 29, posted at 18.02.08 11:15:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • :smile:

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.02.08 11:19:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • you will see, you will see… ;)

  • Comment 31, posted at 18.02.08 11:31:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • you know, Brad would make an outstanding openside flanker…

  • Comment 32, posted at 18.02.08 11:31:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • Agree with everything Charlie said.

    Also, our loosies werent great, but we kicked anm awful lot of possession away too – Frans and Stefan most of all.

    AJ looked like he would rather not be there, JP, Henno and Murray were wondering when the game would start – they were whistling in the breeze for most of the game.

    Brad had a good game – but I really believe that you cant play him and Frans next to each other – both stand very flat.

    Beast and Bismark were brutal.

  • Comment 33, posted at 18.02.08 11:39:28 by Big Fish Reply
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  • How was Bissie’s monster on Giteau? Lovely!

  • Comment 34, posted at 18.02.08 11:47:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • AJ was nowhere to be seen…I even forgot he playing…early retirement? :lol: I’m really hoping that his experience will come through for us in the coming games.

    robdylan
    JB- is no Richie McCaw but the boy is a bit special and I think he will be one of the players to watch in this edition of the Super 14. I was frustrated by our slow reaction at breakdown but that’s obviously because the boys are still adjusting to ELVs…expect something different against the Stormers. I can’t wait to see Michalak’s boot in action.

    So what happens to Stefan?

  • Comment 35, posted at 18.02.08 11:55:48 by shark_time Reply

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  • if Odwa ain’t fit, I’ll have Stef at 14 against the Stormers. He did enough to keep his spot.

    Once Odwa is back, it’s a bench spot for Mr T…

  • Comment 36, posted at 18.02.08 11:57:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob – agree…

  • Comment 37, posted at 18.02.08 12:09:33 by shark_time Reply

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  • course you do… I’m always right ;)

  • Comment 38, posted at 18.02.08 12:22:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think Henno needs to play a bit of VC rugby. His handling was exceptionally poor. He also has less of a sidestep then any of the current Sharks props (barring Kees).

  • Comment 39, posted at 18.02.08 12:25:48 by hellbent Reply

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  • Shark_Time is that Beast I see in your Pic?

  • Comment 40, posted at 18.02.08 12:26:43 by hellbent Reply

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  • Kees? Don’t get me started on Kees, please!

  • Comment 41, posted at 18.02.08 12:27:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • we should rename this place “beastworld”!

  • Comment 42, posted at 18.02.08 12:27:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • hellbent-

    Yes it is “Beeeaaast!”
    I wish you could see this pic close up…he really does look like a “beast”. Scary thing is he’s got soooooo much room for improvement…

  • Comment 43, posted at 18.02.08 12:33:29 by shark_time Reply

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  • Earning Man of the match and you know he is only getting better….

    Now compare his situation to Solly, who had the same opportunities (in fact, probably more) and decided he was bigger than the game.

  • Comment 44, posted at 18.02.08 12:50:52 by hellbent Reply

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  • Solly was such a disappointment… :oops: :cry: :evil:

  • Comment 45, posted at 18.02.08 13:18:02 by shark_time Reply

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  • I had a pretty poor week by my usually high standards. Lions result really floored me

    18.02.08 10:38:50 – robdylan

    One season wonder :shock:

  • Comment 46, posted at 18.02.08 13:35:16 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • Hallo! :twisted:

  • Comment 47, posted at 18.02.08 13:45:16 by Ice Reply
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  • Where is KSA????

    Did you see the Bru ratings….. :lol:

  • Comment 48, posted at 18.02.08 13:46:17 by Ice Reply
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