Big Fish

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Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Stormers, Super 14 on 24 Feb 2008 at 17:16
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Having watched a fair bit of all the games this weekend, my advice to all my fellow SA rugby fans is to brace yourselves for some traumatic times.

Its still very early days, and the intensity of the Super 14, coupled with the rustiness of most sides, means that the log is susceptible to significant change before the play-offs. However, its very hard not to conclude that all the SA teams are going to struggle this season; both because of the ELVs and the return to full-strength of the New Zealand teams.

Probably the best SA team on display this weekend was the Cheetahs; not because they played particularly well, but because they seemed the SA side to adapt best to the ELVs, and much like the Sharks, should have closed out the game by the third quarter.

Again, its very early days, but what I noted so far is that the teams that have been successful under the new laws are teams that have several key characteristics; characteristics that are mostly missing from SA teams.

Firstly, they have strong tight fives – something which remains non-negotiable. I don’t think you have to destroy the opposition scrum at every turn, but you have to have the stable platform from which to attack – especially as it seems that the increase in free-kicks will result in the scrum replacing the lineout as the key attacking set-phase. No longer will a soaring Victor Matfield be the set-piece kingpin, but perhaps the less glamorous BJ Botha or Heinke van der Merwe will replace him; as teams look to exploit that extra space around the scrum.

Secondly, the loose trio is probably going to become more and more a set of three specialists rather than the kind of trio that Jake White was fond of – with three guys doing similar things (as will be seen later, the concept of a utility back could also change).

The kind of pace that the game is currently being played with; coupled with the fact that the ball is moving through phases very quickly means that firstly, a designated fetcher is very much on the cards. In defending, you have to have a guy whose sole job is to slow the ball down, and on attack, speed it up. While this was the subject of some debate under the previous rules, it seems to me that it’s a requirement now.

Another member of the loose trio will probably have to be a really dynamic, hard-runner, who can suck in defenders and also stay on his feet long enough to off-load; off the back of the scrum, with a bit of space to build up some steam, or even in the loose, to punch holes and drag in defenders who will then have no chance to get out with the quicker ball. Again, this is not a new concept, but it seems to have become an essential item under the new rules – whether it is Lauaki, Williams, Palu or perhaps Danie PK, you need a guy whose job it is to just run straight and hard until he is brought down or scores. Coupled with the fetcher to provide the quick ball, and the increased space created by the new laws, this provides brilliant attacking opportunities.

The other big requirement I see is for an old-school srcummy whose job is to provide direction and quick ball. I don’t see a Ruan Pienaar or even Joost van der Westhuizen thriving under the kind of laws that make a prevaricating scrum-half, caught between passing, kicking or trying to break, a liability. What is best is a guy whose first instinct is to give the backs or standing-off forwards quick ball – that has got to be his first instinct. A guy like Ruan, who likes the occasional meandering break into space without support, is just gonna waste time, and find that the speed of the game means that very often the fat boys are not there to clean up when he gets tackled, or to protect him at the base when he is at the ball– he must make do on his own.

Now more than ever, the backlines HAVE to be innovative on attack. Quicker ball also means that players don’t have the luxury of deciding their next move on the cuff, and SA players and fans who believe in this weird concept of the player “playing the situation in front of him” need to wipe the sleep from their eyes.

Try-scoring backlines like the Crusaders, Blues and Waratahs do not play by ear – they have lots of planned and practiced moves which they can use on various phases. The cut-backs and acute lines that they are running are not by fluke or the result of a player making a whimsical call, and under the new rules defending teams will have scrambling defence a lot of the time, so a runner running away from an outward fanning defence, or attacking the defender’s inside arm will be that much more effective, and must therefore be used more often.

There are of course a whole host of other changes and implications as well, but for me these are some of those which are most significant, and most ominous, for SA teams. I’m not a great fan of the new rules, and if things continue in this vein, my opinion of them will have good reason to fall even lower.

As for my own team, the Sharks, they have the abovementioned issue in the loose trio (AJ in particular is looking more and more like a bedraggled, ageing King Lear wandering forlornly in the rain), at scrumhalf, and with the backline moves. Only once in the entire game did we see an innovative move – an inside pass from Barritt to a flying Ndungane, while the rest of the backs seemed to be caught in the headlights every time Michalak threw an inside pass or looked to put a runner into space.

Considering that we have runners of the calibre of JP Pietersen (it was a great duel between him and Chavanga, and he showed some real wheels), Murray and Kankowski, one has to question the fact that they only seem to get opportunities in broken play. It is noteworthy that although we were far from dominated in any facet of the game, we hesitated to give the backs the ball, until Rory Kockott came on and basically forced the backs to grab the pill and try to do something.

In addition, guys like Pienaar and Frans Steyn need to decide quicker, and most of all, be less selfish with the ball. A very good point made to me by Charlie is that with the pace of the new game you can less afford players tackled out of a move, and that the best thing to do is to get the ball to the next guy before being taken out, where possible. Add to that that players need to know when wrong-footing one player instead of two or three is enough, and then you will find that even a few of the SA star players need to change their games.

All in all, a very dismal weekend for SA fans, and unless we are just really ring-rusty, some very troubling times ahead



106 Comments

  • I have said it before and I will say it now…..SA should never have fallen in with the S14…should have held out for the S12….neither SA or Aust. have the depth of players to field the required no. teams without importing a number of overseas players…New Zealand use the island players…and its too late for us to use the Argentinians, as their best players are plying their trade North of the Equator & for a lot more money :!: :sad: but true :!:

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.02.08 17:41:20 by Me2 Reply
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  • Man….SA are just tooooooooo negative towards the new LAWS…..they need to embrace it and play it else they just gonna make asses of themselves….

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.02.08 17:48:46 by Hmmm Reply
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  • agree, Hmmmm. They’re not going to go away. We just need to use the muscles between our ears more often.

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.02.08 21:40:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • “Quicker ball also means that players don’t have the luxury of deciding their next move on the cuff”

    This is not something that anyone else has picked up on yet. I’m still trying to play this through in my (alcohol-fuddled) mind to decide whether I agree or not

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.02.08 21:42:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • TG! You looked a bit tense last night, boet… ;)

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.02.08 21:46:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • I still think its too early to decide how things will be one way or another. To be fair there are strong indicators, however some teams and players will naturally adapt quicker than others, and so for me this just shows which teams (and players) have a higher degree of adaptability, and not necessarily which teams will be the best under the ELVS.

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.02.08 21:47:13 by TG Reply

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  • Rob, I tell you I was. For a moment I was living the quote, “Rugby is not a matter of life or death, it is more important than that.”

    I have been reminding myself today that although it means everything to me, it is just a game. :-)

    Good lesson for me, so early in the season.

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.02.08 21:48:45 by TG Reply

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  • Hey TG

    Good to see you out and about.

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.02.08 21:48:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • TG

    I was typing at that precise moment and therefor did not see, but Kette tells me you had a VERY slight grin on your face after Kockott took us into the lead?

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.02.08 21:50:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I remember a line from an instructional video we watched at school. “A paradigm shift resets everyone to zero”… In a year’s time, everyone will be up to speed, but right now, the “pioneer species” of the game have a distinct advantage

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.02.08 21:50:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • TG, to me, last night the value of the really mentally tough guys came through. Rocket just seems to have his own value well worked out in his own mind, so he just gets on with the job. Another guy that is impressing me with his maturity is Albert van den Berg.

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.02.08 21:51:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • This team has character. It knows how to win the close ones, so now the next step is just to fire earlier – whilst moving up a gear. The thought of that is definetly worth a slight grin.

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.02.08 21:52:57 by TG Reply

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  • KSA, good to be here.

    Rob

    A lot of guys are putting up their hands – its great to see.

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.02.08 21:54:18 by TG Reply

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  • Any news on Ruan P, TG? It looked serious

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.02.08 21:55:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • TG – yeah, I know you blog here under the condition that you ain’t going to “name names”, so apologies if it seemed like I was fishing ;)

    The Ruan question is genuine, of course, but if you don’t feel you can answer it, then tell me to get knotted ;)

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.02.08 21:56:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • I saw on All Out Rugby that 74% of the voters their voted against teh new laws….
    Jinne but South Africans can be such crybabies some times…but let Aus and Eng piss about something we get at them like they woman with a resemblance of a well you know….
    But just listen to us…..pissing and pissing….

    The teams must just come right….and maybe they should add a 7′s practice session for broken play….with a forward/backs chop and changing the combo’s….cozz with fast ball you don’t have the luxury of your usual partner…and you need to be able to play and be effective with anyone next to you…
    On Defense and attack….

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.02.08 21:57:01 by Hmmm Reply

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  • :smile:

    TG

    I have a question for you. It is well within the boundaries that you set out for us a few weeks ago when we appluaded your appointment to the Sharks squad.

    Can i ask?

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.02.08 21:57:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Rob, its not for me to say. (even if you email me)
    :-)

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.02.08 21:57:40 by TG Reply

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  • KSA, if I can answer I will.

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.02.08 21:58:32 by TG Reply

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  • TG

    I (as a layman) have always thought of your job as something that gets done during the week and hey maybe even the morning before the game.

    BUT your CLOSE involvement during the game opens up a WHOLE new train of thought to me.

    Do you actually “work” with the guys DURING the game as well?

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.02.08 22:00:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • TG, that’s cool. I have covered my bases by asking a number of your colleagues as well ;) Let’s see if any of them are easier to crack.

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.02.08 22:02:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • (even if you email me)

    24.02.08 21:57:40 – TG Edit

    That’s the polite way of saying “Please don’t stalk me?” :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.02.08 22:02:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • There is more rugby…and less waiting…that is better for us spectators…and had our teams been winning we be loving it too….

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.02.08 22:03:06 by Hmmm Reply

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  • KSA, I think it’s pretty interesting to note where TG sits during the game… I was quite surprised to see that. I assume that it may well happen that Ruan Fourie might take a “TG-inspired” message onto the field, from time to time. Just speculation on my part, of course… :)

  • Comment 24, posted at 24.02.08 22:04:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • KSA – my stalking victims eventually learn to be far more blatant than that ;)

  • Comment 25, posted at 24.02.08 22:04:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • Besides not enjoying watching their teams playing badly…..the SA spectators are doing it with wet pants too….must be crappy…

  • Comment 26, posted at 24.02.08 22:05:03 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Hmmmm – I agree. More ball in play time means a better spectacle. Now if they would only realise that the dumb kicking is counter-productive.

  • Comment 27, posted at 24.02.08 22:05:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • The majority of my work is during ‘office hours’, for me it is not useful to come and impose myself on what is a slick match day programme – and slick team for that matter, with every minute accounted for – when I know that this team is a successful team. Clearly what they do works, if they topped the log last year. The temptation as a newbee is to ‘stamp’ my authority on things, which is not my style at all. I am more interested in watching and listening to understand what specifically makes things work or not work – and then go from there.

    I am not one to speak to hear my own voice, however now that I have got more a of feel for how everything fits together and how everyone responds to things, I am more comfortable ‘working’ on match day, in whatever form that may be.

  • Comment 28, posted at 24.02.08 22:07:47 by TG Reply

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  • And if I could have 1 minute with the Lions and or Loffie…boi would I give them a piece of my mind…

  • Comment 29, posted at 24.02.08 22:09:53 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Thanks TG.

    I suppose it could also be very helpful being right there when a player comes off injured or subbed to get a better feel for his reactions etc.

    Thanks for answering

  • Comment 30, posted at 24.02.08 22:10:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • robd…but at least they don’t kick out and play goes on…

  • Comment 31, posted at 24.02.08 22:12:16 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Hmmmm – don’t suppose you fancy writing us a match report on the Lions game?

  • Comment 32, posted at 24.02.08 22:15:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • I might just be use words that need editing….LoL

  • Comment 33, posted at 24.02.08 22:20:41 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Robd I can give it a shot….by when would you need it?

  • Comment 34, posted at 24.02.08 22:22:03 by Hmmm Reply

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  • he he… tomorrow?

    Seriously, any time before Tuesday is good. Be as vocal as you like – we’re a fan site, after all

  • Comment 35, posted at 24.02.08 22:27:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hmmm

    i would say anytime in the next hour or so would be fine. If you are a little busy then anytime by 8am tomorrow would be fine. :wink:

    Nah anytime tomorrow, even late afternoon would be fine.

  • Comment 36, posted at 24.02.08 22:28:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Damn rob got his reply in before mine. :wink:

  • Comment 37, posted at 24.02.08 22:29:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • But we all know you a lil on the slow side KSA
    LoL

  • Comment 38, posted at 24.02.08 22:30:58 by Hmmm Reply

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  • :smile: :oops:

  • Comment 39, posted at 24.02.08 22:32:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • That’s why Robd is leading you with most comments…

  • Comment 40, posted at 24.02.08 22:32:19 by Hmmm Reply

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  • I am gonna doze off now as I need ot be at work at 6 am and gonna have a hectic day tomorrow…..but will do it tomorrow night…after work..

  • Comment 41, posted at 24.02.08 22:38:04 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Should I mail it to you guys?

  • Comment 42, posted at 24.02.08 22:39:57 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Night guys.

    approaching midnight here and i need to get to sleep.

    Will leave you with this thought provoking comment. This guy raises a few interesting questions.

    Hoekom kan die Sharks vir beide BJ Botha en Jannie du Plessis bekostig, maar ons moet ouens soos Rassie van Vuuren en Werner Kruger invoer?

    Hoekom bring die Sharks vir Michalak in, maar ons het nie eers 1 ordentlike senter nie?

    Hoekom het ons vir Kirchner as ons nr. 1 heelagter, maar ‘n man soos Hennie Daniller speel kookwater rugby vir die Cheetahs, wat bokkerol geld het?

    Hoekom hoor ons altyd die Sharks maak groot offers vir manne soos Bakkies, Olivier en Habana, maar die Bulle maak nooit offers vir Frans Steyn of Johan Muller nie?

    Ons sit met 20 000 belowende O/19 en O/21 spelers, maar dit beteken niks vir ons senior span nie. Daai outjies word nou op ons onkoste ontwikkel, net om vir die Cheetahs en WP te gaan speel as hulle 22 word.

    Waar is ons diepte op slot, stut, senter en heelagter?

    Daar is geen diepte in daardie posisies om van te praat nie. Hoe het ons by hierdie punt uitgekom?

    Posted by Shannow

  • Comment 43, posted at 24.02.08 22:41:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • My initial response is that a select FEW at the Bulls are getting the big bucks.

    But there aren’t that many of them (big buck players) so that cannot be the reason, unless there are players who threatended to leave and then got huge Bulls salaries and are now not shaping up to the salaries. As an example Wynand Olivier must be on a huge salary after having turned down the Sharks offer for more money at the Bulls.

  • Comment 44, posted at 24.02.08 22:47:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • guess the BBRC is paying its shareholders huge dividends :)

    Hmmmm – by email tomorrow night would be great, thanks oom!

  • Comment 45, posted at 24.02.08 22:50:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • Bulls fans bitching because other provinces steal their players – bwahahahaha.

    Tell me shannow – where is liefling, lobberts and habana from?

  • Comment 46, posted at 25.02.08 00:18:25 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Don’t think they’re bitching about poaching Vinnie…

    More so an enquiry as to why the Bulls pay mega bucks for a certain handful of players (who then go & sign for Toulon), & bugger the rest in terms of signing a few quality players for depth…

  • Comment 47, posted at 25.02.08 01:20:40 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • We simply don’t have the depth in quality backs to match the speed and skills of the Kiwi islanders with 5 teams in the S14… add to that crap coaching and dwindling resources as more youngsters move OS… something has got to give soon…

  • Comment 48, posted at 25.02.08 04:29:40 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • Quinny. :smile:

    Yeah that’s right they’re not bitching about poaching.

    Vinnie.
    I will translate the post for those of us who are liguisticly challenged :wink:

    Why can the Sharks afford both BJ Botha and Jannie du Plessis, but we have to import guys like Rassie van Vuuren and Werner Kruger?

    Why do the Sharks bring Michalak in but we don’t even have 1 decent center?

    Why do we have Kirchner as our no. 1 fullback, but a man like Hennie Daniller is playing terrific rugby for the Cheetahs, who have bugger all money?

    Why do we always hear about the Sharks making big offers for guys like bakkies, Olivier and Habana, but the Bulls never make offers for Frans Steyn or Johan Muller?

    We have 20 000 promising u/19 & u/21 players, but this means nothing to the senior team. Those guys are being developed at our cost only to go and play for the the Cheetahs and WP when they turn 22.

    Where is our depth at lock, prop, center and fullback?

    There is no depth, to talk of, in those positions. How did we get into this situation?

    Gepos deur Shannow (Translated by KSA) :wink:

  • Comment 49, posted at 25.02.08 07:48:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Big Fish,

    Great article, thanx for the mention :mrgreen:

  • Comment 50, posted at 25.02.08 09:38:12 by Charlie Reply

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  • i posted this on the sharks website and think it fits this argument well:

    after watching performances on saturday and looking at weaknesses in the sharks lineup here is my revised sharks team.

    1. Beast-Deserves his spot as he has played excellently
    2. Bis-He stays as he is by far the best no.2 in sa
    3. BJ/Jannie-Hard to call, but they both get game time so it doesn’t matter.
    4. Muller-Excellent except a captain needs to talk to referees more and not get involved in petty squabbles.
    5. Ackers-Last game so he deserves this swansong. Sykes needs to wake up before next week though as he was poor against the pumas.
    6. Jacques-Excellent, but needs support as he is often caught by himself and is pinned for holding on to the ball.
    7. AJ- keeps his spot solely on his experience. he needs to shift his game up a gear or two.
    8. Ryan-I am leaning towards burden becoming an eigthman if ryan cannot sort out his handling, so much skill wasted by his hands.
    9. Rory- His distribution is far superior to ruan’s.
    10. Fred- He will improve a lot with better ball. Needs to take tackles though. It is predictable that he will offload before he gets tackled and defenses will pick this up.
    11. JP- Just holds his spot, although stopping before even reaching your tackler has to stop. Wings run until they are caught. Needs a bit of a wake up.
    12. Frans-I give up. Frans is wasting his skill, so lets give him what he wants to get him playing properly again.
    13. Barritt-His direct play cannot be left out the game. He’ll still have his trusty partner on his outside.
    14. Murray-He battles to offload so give him wing where he doesn’t have to. His defence is needed though.
    15. Ruan/Odwa: Ruan has the boot and the speed to make this position his own. Odwa may be needed for numbers though.

    Superboys
    16. Burden/Skipper
    17. Jannie/BJ
    18. Deon
    19. Albert
    20. Deysel
    21. Stefan
    22. Adi

  • Comment 51, posted at 25.02.08 09:49:52 by try time Reply

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  • My Priceless moment from the weekend….. Wynand made to look like the pathetic player he is.

  • Comment 52, posted at 25.02.08 09:54:29 by try time Reply

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  • IMO keep Francois Steyn @ 15, does not help much if you play him at inside centre, surely does keep the ball to himself or do useless kicking, the Crusaders and Blues success are due to the fact that they let the ball go through the hands instead of running over the first defender infront of them, actually all the South African teams are guilty on doing this… :cry:

  • Comment 53, posted at 25.02.08 10:06:40 by Charlie Reply

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  • I am surprised there is no headline on this site like “Wynand the Crusader’s Hat Trick Man!” Or “Wynand on the Crusaders Payroll?”, because he alone put his team on the back foot by gifting the Crusaders 3 tries.

  • Comment 54, posted at 25.02.08 10:06:52 by try time Reply

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  • En nogal highly rated by Jake White … :roll:

  • Comment 55, posted at 25.02.08 10:08:39 by Charlie Reply

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  • Charlie, one of Frans skills that is being wasted at fullback is his ability to clear out ball in rucks. It is a toss up though, if he can take that extra second to line up drop goals, his position at full back can be vindicated, but his current game play of rushing kicks and crash balling is putting the sharks under pressure.

  • Comment 56, posted at 25.02.08 10:15:12 by try time Reply

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  • Frans Steyn could solve our problems at 7…

  • Comment 57, posted at 25.02.08 10:19:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hey lads.

    Charlie, a lot of what you said made me write this piece.

    I’m not saying that we should reject the laws out of hand, nor do I believe that we cant adapt; but I do feel that the game was fine as it was, and so the old maxim of dont fix it if it aint broke applies.

    Still very early days, but i think that teams will have to change certain approaches and players to thrive under the ELVs.

  • Comment 58, posted at 25.02.08 10:20:17 by Big Fish Reply
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  • very good piece, Fish… thanks for this

  • Comment 59, posted at 25.02.08 10:29:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • Shot dude.

  • Comment 60, posted at 25.02.08 10:35:31 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Big Fish,

    The new laws surely produced some attractive tries for Crusaders & Blues, why not for our SA franchises, are we a bit slow to adept to the situation :roll:

  • Comment 61, posted at 25.02.08 10:55:00 by Charlie Reply

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  • Charlie, I think its cos we lack behind in the coaching department in a big way, and our rugby philosophy is somewhat outdated.

    I dont believe that we cant match the Polynesian athletes, as some argue, but we need to make more scientific selections; based on what we need each player to do.

    As an example, Jacques Botes repeatedly tried to run the ball at the Stormers big boys and repeatedly got murdered.

    Let designate Beast, Bismark or AJ to do that, and rather let Jacques use his undoubted speed to run into the gaps created, or even better, to follow that ball and get it out to our best runners.

  • Comment 62, posted at 25.02.08 11:03:40 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Let AJ run the social committee…

  • Comment 63, posted at 25.02.08 11:06:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • Big Fish,

    Hell, so are we a bit slow to adept to the situation :idea:

  • Comment 64, posted at 25.02.08 11:32:02 by Charlie Reply

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  • Looks that way Charlie – might also be a case of us not wanting to adapt either.

    Stampkar rugby has worked so far, so why change? :roll:

  • Comment 65, posted at 25.02.08 11:35:28 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Big Fish, you a Baldur’s Gate fan?

  • Comment 66, posted at 25.02.08 11:44:10 by Waz Reply

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  • Hi Waz! Welcome to the site.

  • Comment 67, posted at 25.02.08 11:45:39 by Nessa Reply

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  • Sorry – forgot my manners. Good morning everyone. :oops:

  • Comment 68, posted at 25.02.08 11:46:14 by Nessa Reply

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  • hello Nessa ;)

  • Comment 69, posted at 25.02.08 11:47:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • RD – had such a busy morning. Quickly popped on to the site to see what is potting. Haven’t had a chance to read the articles yet – but I will.

  • Comment 70, posted at 25.02.08 11:48:36 by Nessa Reply

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  • be sure to…. some good stuff

  • Comment 71, posted at 25.02.08 12:02:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • 25.02.08 11:44:10 – Waz

    Shhhhhh! :wink:

  • Comment 72, posted at 25.02.08 12:55:48 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Fish – I’m clearly not cleva enough to understand the title of this article…

    Never got into Baldur’s gate, but wasted a few years of my life playing Diablo 2 obsessive-compulsively.

  • Comment 73, posted at 25.02.08 13:01:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • No Rob, you are not very clevah hey.

    Waz is referring to my avatar.

    The title is that of a song by ’90′s rapper PM Dawn – not a favourite song, but it does carry the point that we need to face a harsh reality in this Super 14.

  • Comment 74, posted at 25.02.08 13:07:07 by Big Fish Reply
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  • oh – right.

    I use to really like that band… HUGE-ass black dude with dreads like Odwa, not so?

  • Comment 75, posted at 25.02.08 13:11:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • Das da one.

    Some nice stuff – mostly dreamy music.

    Diablo II was good – Neverwinter Nights rocked.

    I have Dungeon Siege II at the moment, but dont have much time to play. I still putter away at me old Rugby 2001 – I rock at that game. :lol:

  • Comment 76, posted at 25.02.08 13:15:36 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I am trying so hard not to get back into any sort of computer game. Those things just EAT your time

  • Comment 77, posted at 25.02.08 13:35:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • Never a truer word spoken!

    Had a buddy over for 4 days in December while I was on leave.

    Lan connection and formed a party on DSII.

    We spent the entire day playing unless we needed food or ablution facilities.

    Those 4 days just disappeared…

  • Comment 78, posted at 25.02.08 13:48:16 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Games rock. :) I recently finished Assassins Creed and hell it’s excellent. I have cut back a lot, and these days I’m trying to read more (although I’ve always been a big reader).

    For the record, a few months ago I stopped my 1.5 year love affair with World of Warcraft. It has been the single most time consuming game I’ve ever played. In fact, during that time, I played no other games at all. Total time logged for my main character is something like 698 hours. Just insane. :shock:

  • Comment 79, posted at 25.02.08 13:58:24 by Waz Reply

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  • And I can vouch for that! Waz stayed with me for 3 weeks and I can’t say he spent more than 10 minutes in the lounge. As BF says, food, ablutions, that’s it.

  • Comment 80, posted at 25.02.08 14:05:37 by Nessa Reply

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  • Waz – not married, I take it?

  • Comment 81, posted at 25.02.08 14:05:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • RD – he has 2 little ones. Remember little Mia in the Sharks baby competition?

  • Comment 82, posted at 25.02.08 14:06:20 by Nessa Reply

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  • He does all his playing after the babies are sleeping.

  • Comment 83, posted at 25.02.08 14:06:57 by Nessa Reply

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  • I enjoy a variety of games.

    Enjoy RPG’s, the Need for Speed series, Rugby, Battlefield 1942, Max Payne, True Crimes and similar FPSs.

    Usually, if I am not racing it, I wanna be shooting it. :razz:

  • Comment 84, posted at 25.02.08 14:10:35 by Big Fish Reply
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  • He does all his playing after the babies are sleeping.

    25.02.08 14:06:57 – Nessa Edit

    So do I, doesn’t impress Kette to much though. (PS2) I am more into motor racing games though. (Less buttons to push)

  • Comment 85, posted at 25.02.08 14:12:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Hi KSA!

    My husband isn’t impressed with all the time I spent blogging this weekend. Says I am ignoring him. Hence the lack of blogging yesterday.

  • Comment 86, posted at 25.02.08 14:14:15 by Nessa Reply

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  • get hubby to come and blog with you… then yo can win a prize for the best-represented family here on SW ;)

  • Comment 87, posted at 25.02.08 14:19:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • :) Those hours were put in whilst burning the midnight oil between kiddie duties. Weekends spent mostly with my kids.

    Still, it’s a crazy amount of time to spend on a computer game, and I’d be considered a fairly casual player compared to most of the people I played with.

    Also enjoy various types of games Fish: FPS, Strat, RPG, Adventure, you name it. Next on the list is Bioshock. They have a few second hand copies at Greenstone mall for nearly 1/2 price of a new copy. :D

  • Comment 88, posted at 25.02.08 14:20:21 by Waz Reply

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  • RD – that’s a plan. If you can’t beat them, join them! That’s what I say.

  • Comment 89, posted at 25.02.08 14:21:57 by Nessa Reply

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  • I spend my spare time writing stories for Sharksworld ;)

    Actually, not true. At this stage, I spend my spare time doing my day job ;)

  • Comment 90, posted at 25.02.08 14:23:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • Waz has always wanted to write a book – maybe now with the kiddies sleeping a bit better – he can concentrate on that. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 91, posted at 25.02.08 14:32:37 by Nessa Reply

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  • My little one has actually slept through the last two nights! Shock

  • Comment 92, posted at 25.02.08 14:41:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • My grandson was a year old before he slept through for the first time. Prior to that he used to wake up 2 to 3 times a night. It was a nightmare!

    How old is your little one now Rob?

  • Comment 93, posted at 25.02.08 14:42:48 by Nessa Reply

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  • she is nearly 3, Ness! And still doesn’t sleep properly

  • Comment 94, posted at 25.02.08 14:47:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • Oh yes, I remember now, she was the same age as Mia. Mia is 3 on 10 June. Wasn’t your little girl’s name Caitlin?

  • Comment 95, posted at 25.02.08 14:49:28 by Nessa Reply

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  • My husband isn’t impressed with all the time I spent blogging this weekend. Says I am ignoring him. Hence the lack of blogging yesterday.

    25.02.08 14:14:15 – Nessa Edit

    Tell him getting into the top 5 is the hard part now that you are almost there it will be a little easier. :wink:

  • Comment 96, posted at 25.02.08 14:56:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I know – and it is even harder when nobody wants to talk to me! :cry:

  • Comment 97, posted at 25.02.08 14:58:11 by Nessa Reply

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  • Caitlin, that’s right. She’ll be 3 on 16 May

  • Comment 98, posted at 25.02.08 15:00:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • Waz’s two are just over a year apart – and that’s hard work. Until recently, both in nappies and both drinking bottles! Now that Mia is no longer in nappies it is a lot easier. They are both sleeping through now and that also helps.

  • Comment 99, posted at 25.02.08 15:08:09 by Nessa Reply

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  • well, we’re still desperately trying to get number 2 going after some (heartbreaking) false starts over the last year. Going to have a bigger gap than I anticipated, but you have to take what life gives you

  • Comment 100, posted at 25.02.08 15:13:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • we’re in deep shit, sharks are our last hope.
    bulls need to see pakslae and habana to sharks.
    JW to return in 2009 and win a second RWC in 2011.

  • Comment 101, posted at 25.02.08 15:15:00 by cab Reply

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  • RD – I know, remember you telling me about it the other day. Never mind, I have a 5 and a half year gap. Waz is only a year younger than you (boy now I feel old) and my daughter will be 24 in April.

  • Comment 102, posted at 25.02.08 15:16:07 by Nessa Reply

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  • cab – got it all sorted, have you? That Lions result must have damn near killed you, bud. Condolences

  • Comment 103, posted at 25.02.08 15:17:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • JW to return in 2009 and win a second RWC in 2011.

    25.02.08 15:15:00 – cab Edit

    I take it you have consulted with Skopskiet on this and he is in total agreement provided Eddy Jones is involved?

  • Comment 104, posted at 25.02.08 15:56:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • rob,
    the beauty of being a lions supporter is the rollercoaster ride involved, we’re either great or shit, never inbetween…but ja thought we’d get a slapping.

    KSA,
    SS is in firm agreement, he realises the folly of his ways and says only JW is reqd.

  • Comment 105, posted at 25.02.08 16:28:13 by cab Reply

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  • cab – you’re dreaming, son ;)

  • Comment 106, posted at 25.02.08 16:51:07 by robdylan Reply
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