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Bogey side show Blues errors of their ways


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 10 Mar 2008 at 13:00
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All too familiar for the Blues and all too frustrating.

Those were the blunt storylines from their third consecutive loss to the Sharks in a match where they were bewildered again by the breakdown rulings of Australian referee Brett Bowden.

But away from those unadorned assessments, the Blues could lay the blame for the 22-17 defeat on their lack of poise in the first half and a long list of handling, passing and kicking errors.

Wynne Gray writes in the NZ Herald that the Sharks applied their swarming attack on the ball, aggressive blitz defence mixed with short kicking tactics, and the Blues had an erratic response to the formula that had twice accounted for them last season.

They struggled to build any structure or tempo before the interval while the Sharks flourished on the momentum provided by flanker Keegan Daniel, who scored after just 17 seconds when the Blues failed to control the kickoff.

Daniel had a second from a close-range quick penalty and captain Johann Muller scored from a turnover and chip-kick when the Blues lost possession in their own 22.

The Blues ate into the 19-3 halftime deficit with tries to Nick Evans and Taniela Moa but their lack of precision and the Sharks’ belligerent defence meant the gap was too great for the visitors.

Coach David Nucifora acknowledged the damage done by conceding the opening try and the difficulties of playing catch-up rugby.

He admitted his side were flustered for much of the opening half but said they had employed more of the composure and strategies they had set for themselves, after the break.

While Nucifora was critical of his side’s performance – “we came here expecting to play better than we did” – it was clear that the Blues and Bowden were not on the same wavelength at the contentious collision areas of the game.

“They got away with it and credit to them for that, they were allowed to stifle us,” Nucifora said of the scramble for possession at the tackle zone.

Bowden was in charge of the Blues game last week against the Cheetahs and Nucifora agreed his team should have learned better from that refereeing preview.

“We knew what to expect, that it was likely to be interpreted differently but we should have coped.”

South African sides, generally, tend to go off their feet more or play the ball on the ground at the breakdowns and the Blues thought Bowden was too lenient in his rulings towards the Sharks.

But it will be the self-inflicted wounds which will make the ugliest viewing for the Blues this week as they review video footage of the game.

Sweltering conditions and high humidity made handling tough but the Blues had conditioned themselves by soaking balls at training and devoting extra care to passing and ball retention.

Censure could be widespread, from forwards not placing or protecting the ball better, to halfback Danny Lee having kicks charged down, and Evans throwing a handful of forward passes.

Where there had been a fluid thread through their previous games, this was a messy, fretful, muddling reaction from the Blues against the hustle of the coastal warriors from Durban.

“We made more errors in the first 20 minutes than we did in the last three weeks,” Nucifora said.

He did not attribute the problems to any physical or mental fatigue, it was more a case of the Sharks getting on a roll with the methods which had worked for them in the last few matches, and then hanging on as the Blues mounted their comeback.

“They got in our face and we did not cope with that at the time,” said Nucifora.

The Blues missed the win but importantly, gained a bonus point and denied the Sharks that dividend.



38 Comments

  • Anyone know why Keegan doesnt smile?

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.03.08 13:19:31 by billy Reply
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  • No front teeth??? :roll:

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.03.08 13:30:26 by wpw Reply
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  • Blues had an erratic response to the formula that had twice accounted for them last season.

    I WAS surprised really, I was expecting these guys to give us a bit of smack upside the head and then it never came. (well it almost did)

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.03.08 13:31:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • They got away with it and credit to them for that, they were allowed to stifle us,” Nucifora said of the scramble for possession at the tackle zone.

    Bowden was in charge of the Blues game last week against the Cheetahs and Nucifora agreed his team should have learned better from that refereeing preview.

    Sheez and you can’t even tell these guys they should play to the referee. The fact that they have arefree preview shows that they are expected to play to the referee.

    That Keegan Daniel try was worth a WHOLE lot more than we all think.

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.03.08 13:35:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • The Sharks were brilliant. Tactically Dick got it spot on.

    Lol WPW.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.03.08 13:42:17 by billy Reply

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  • Keegan is too hard to smile

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.03.08 14:02:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • 10.03.08 14:02:09 – robdylan

    You find that out yourself or ask his girlfriend? :oops:

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.03.08 14:08:46 by Big Fish Reply
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  • that’ll teach me to try and multitask!

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.03.08 14:33:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • :lol: :cry: :twisted:

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.03.08 14:44:17 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Sheesh. Blarrie Tjarks supporters.
    :roll:

    Fisrt I read 20 seconds, then 19 and now 17. You chops sure he didn’t score before the kick-off??

    ;)

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.03.08 15:30:28 by Namboer Reply

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  • 10.03.08 15:30:28 – Namboer

    Sorry Namboer – unlike the girlfriends of Stormers supporters, we are not used to counting in such small units of time. :twisted:

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.03.08 15:36:17 by Big Fish Reply
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  • BF – really???

    Now be so kind and remind me of where that S14 thropy would be collecting dust had it not been for a few ‘small units of time’ roundabout end May laste year…

    :tee-hee:

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.03.08 15:41:28 by Namboer Reply

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  • 10.03.08 15:41:28 – Namboer

    OUCH!!!

    You know how to hit where it hurts most Namboer, I’ll give you that! :cry:

    Still, better to be a runner-up than a bunch of nobodies! :cool:

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.03.08 15:44:24 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Yes come on BF.

    Remind Namboer where the S14 ‘thropy’ is… :roll:

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.03.08 15:47:01 by wpw Reply
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  • With the Buel Lubbs? :wink:

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.03.08 16:01:50 by Big Fish Reply
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  • this place goes all screwy on a Monday afternoon ;)

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.03.08 16:39:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • Gee, and I thought that the ref was nailing the Sharks at the breakdowns, particularly in the second half.

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.03.08 16:48:32 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Sheesh. Blarrie Tjarks supporters.

    Fisrt I read 20 seconds, then 19 and now 17. You chops sure he didn’t score before the kick-off??

    10.03.08 15:30:28 – Namboer Edit

    Sheez didn’t even see this post.

    by my reckoning it is 16 :cool:

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.03.08 17:14:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • :roll: :???: :lol:

    Eish!

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.03.08 17:16:50 by Namboer Reply

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  • Keegans try was actually scored spot on 16 seconds, he he

    you’re right Salmanoid, the ref did nail the sharks at the breakdown.

    before the game Nucifora said they were expecting the same tactics as last year from the Sharks… even knowing what they were going to do Blues had no answers

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.03.08 17:21:55 by spykerbaard Reply

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  • spyker

    same thing I said earlier.

    They knew how the ref was going to blow as well and still had no answers.

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.03.08 17:27:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Maybe the Blues just aren’t that good against quality opposition? THe term “flat-track bullies” comes to mind

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.03.08 17:28:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • hey, the blues are definitely a great team, the Sharks are just better, he he

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.03.08 18:00:40 by spykerbaard Reply

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  • i love the excuses

    cant agree with blues coach , not sure what game he watched but in 2nd half the ref nailed the crap outa the sharks

    every ruck the blue’s were alowed to hold onto the ball and the sharks got blown for it
    uhm mr nucifora its last 4 games to sharks??? and everytime you have blamed the ref and refused to acknowledge that the better team won

    as for the absa stadium man what a great venue
    the atmosphere was over whelming

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.03.08 20:37:28 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • damn its dead in here lol

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.03.08 20:48:24 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • nice pic!

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.03.08 20:58:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • dead as a doornail
    hey sharks_lover, it’s been a pretty low key response to the Sharks brilliant destruction of the Blues,…with everyone talking about how unbeatable they were upto saterday… think maybe people are still in shock

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.03.08 21:02:49 by spykerbaard Reply

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  • I have actually had to work for a change today.

    I’m quite happy to chat about it until the wee hours, if you guys are keen :)

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.03.08 21:08:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • so whats your answer Rob

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.03.08 21:13:56 by spykerbaard Reply

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  • what’s the question? :)

  • Comment 30, posted at 10.03.08 21:18:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • dead as a doornail
    hey sharks_lover, it’s been a pretty low key response to the Sharks brilliant destruction of the Blues,…with everyone talking about how unbeatable they were upto saterday… think maybe people are still in shock

    10.03.08 21:02:49 – spykerbaard

    as above

  • Comment 31, posted at 10.03.08 21:21:27 by spykerbaard Reply

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  • oh – I see.

    I reckon there was a fair amount of euphoria. Maybe we’re just naturally reserved people ;)

  • Comment 32, posted at 10.03.08 21:29:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • i didnt mean Sharks fans Rob, i meant reaction from the other provinces journos and supporters, and from NZ and Aus

  • Comment 33, posted at 10.03.08 21:34:40 by spykerbaard Reply

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  • oh right… yeah, but the Sharks are the province that everyone else loves to hate. Don’t expect there to be any euphoria in other parts of the country when we win.

  • Comment 34, posted at 10.03.08 21:37:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • seems to me everyone else is in denial, which should make them easier to beat later on

  • Comment 35, posted at 10.03.08 21:41:15 by spykerbaard Reply

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  • I like it. Shhhhh…. don’t tell em ;)

  • Comment 36, posted at 10.03.08 21:49:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • i’ll be quiet as a mouse,he he, g’night Rob

  • Comment 37, posted at 10.03.08 21:57:44 by spykerbaard Reply

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  • sleep tight, spyker

  • Comment 38, posted at 10.03.08 22:02:05 by robdylan Reply
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