Big Fish

Week in Review: Week 4


Written by (Big Fish)

Posted in :Original Content, Super 14 on 10 Mar 2008 at 09:17

So, my prediction of last week that at least 3 SA teams would win this weekend was shown to NOT be the ravings of a madman after all (how do you like them apples KSA? :evil: ).

The Stormers found their rhythm against an admittedly uninspiring Reds team, the Bulls out-brawled the Lions despite being down to 14 men for the majority of the match, and the Sharks brought the trigger-happy Blues back to Earth with a bump.

The Cheetahs should have been winners too, but they fought hard to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory – yet again.

So, after 3 weeks of gnashing of teeth and beating of breasts by SA fans, where does this leave us? Time to slaughter the fatted calf or should we not put away the sackcloth and ashes just yet?

The only team that truly worries me is the Lions. To lose to a team that had 13 men for 10 minutes and 14 for about 50, is a pretty poor effort. Yet, the scrums weren’t bad, the lineouts were fine, and the breakdowns were savagely competitive. In addition, the backs often attacked with great purpose and there were some great movements.

My feeling is that the Lions need some added steel in the lock department, preferably big guys capable of brutal tackles and some bullocking runs. Although they spread the ball very well, they are sometimes too lateral, and the defence has time to fan out. A few big runners to draw tacklers would help remedy this, while a more effective general than Louis Strydom would help to create space for those outside him. In spite of this, once must remember that they have often had the beating of the Sharks, so we should be careful of that fixture next week.

The Bulls must surely take heart from a very brave performance – winning with 14 men is nothing to be sneezed at. Derrick Hougaard, the slightly homoerotic hero of many a Thswane resident, played a great game, with some superb kicking coupled with slick distribution. Having Morne Steyn outside him helped ease the pressure on the Darling of Loftus, while Wynand Olivier had his best game in a long while at 13.

If anything, the return of Bryan Habana and Bakkies Botha underlined their worth, in that although they were both well below their best, they still added great value to the Bulls.

Unfortunately, I could only catch the highlights of the Stormers game, which I dearly wanted to watch, but from what I saw and read, they upped their intensity and skills levels and played a brand of rugby not unlike that of the late 90’s. The forwards didn’t seem to dominate, but their all-round performance was key. Peter Grant certainly has some ability, and was back to his best, while Gcobani Bobo and Jean de Villiers seem to be really gelling in midfield, though I still feel moving Bobo to 12 and Jean to 13 would be a better move.

I must mention the bizarre little try-celebration by Bolla Conradie, who looked like he wanted to threaten the entire stadium. Seems someones been slipping all the scrumhalves in the Super 14 some testosterone cocktails…

The Cheetahs played a great first half, with organized, hard defence, and slick, 15-man attacking rugby, before poor tactics and Tewis de Bruyn threw the game away. Jonghi Nokwe showed that genuine pace outside of good distributors inside can be truly devastating, and I for one hope he retains his place there, as he defended well while also giving the Chiefs backs a lot more to worry about than the evergreen, Salusa-45-sponsored Gavin Passens.

The terrible tactics consisted of the aimless kicking at the Chiefs, a team who surely score about 70% of their tries from counter-attacking from kicks, and one must wonder if that was a decision from the coach, or merely poor execution. Whatever the case, it gifted the Chiefs the majority of possession in the second half, and allowed them to play to their strengths.

Things got worse when Tewis de Bruyn stepped in for the impressive Conrad Barnard, and proceeded to knock-on, mis-kick, and lose possession in a display which earned him a warm and fuzzy place in the hearts of Chiefs supporters the world over, and also had me wondering if he maybe had been befriended by Hansie’s bookie. One wonders whether Hendrick Meyer maybe made fun of the Bloemfontein Waterfront or something, considering how far out of favour he has fallen.

The Sharks played a great game in upsetting the Blues, starting with some extremely robust play from the likes of Bismark du Plessis (playing an incredible game), BJ Botha, Keegan Daniel and Beast Matawira. Enough will be written about the why’s and wherefore’s of this great victory, but I would just like to note that Bismark du Plessis, Daniel, and Freddie Michalak had massive games, as did Beast and Adi Jacobs later on.

Keegan Daniel is of course completely mental. One look into his madly staring eyes, or perhaps a sight of the barely contained aggression that makes his whole body thrum like a geyser under great strain, is a giveaway, but his kamikaze style of play is another. This of course is a compliment, as all the great opensiders have been complete loonies – think Schalk Burger, Ruben Kruger, George Smith, and of course, the pin-up, Phil Waugh.

I hope Daniel can keep up his present standard of play, as he is finally back to where he was 2 years ago in terms of impact. With the Force showing that the Crusaders are not infallible, and that quick ball and intelligent play can beat their Trojan defence, a player like Daniel will be very important.

What is clear is that most of the SA sides are finding their feet with the new laws, which they have the least experience with, and that while we may not top the Super 14 table this year, we are no worse than before. The competition looks to be really getting into gear about now.



41 Comments

  • :mrgreen: :oops: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.03.08 09:26:21 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • As my grandmother used to say .. “jakkals prys sy eie stert.”

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.03.08 09:30:35 by Dawn Reply
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  • Dawn

    I say, “Prys die stert terwyl jy hom het”

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.03.08 09:32:38 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • 10.03.08 09:30:35 – Dawn

    Dawn, are you sour cos Freddie Michalak decided to do a Christopher Lambert impression on Saturday? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.03.08 09:36:15 by Big Fish Reply
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  • No BF … he looked ridiculous!

    Am not sour because of that.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.03.08 09:39:18 by Dawn Reply

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  • Fish, why did Keegan Daniel just ask me for your phone number? :-)

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.03.08 09:43:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • I mean, look at my pic.

    Epitome of a rugby player. Not overly honed and toned, minimum ink, hair natural colour.

    Nou wat nog soek jy.

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.03.08 09:45:39 by Dawn Reply

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  • Cos he has a thing for good-looking young attorneys with a penchant for hyperbole? :grin:

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.03.08 09:46:04 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I think Michalak asked for his number.

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.03.08 09:48:22 by Dawn Reply

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  • Dawnie, you can have a torso pic of me if you want.

    I have more ripples on my belly that your present paramour with his puny six-pack. :wink:

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.03.08 09:50:46 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I don’t think Keegan uses words like that, Fish!

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.03.08 09:51:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • Good mOrning everybody.. Nothing against Keegan..love the guy but my Man of the match was definitely Bismarck. He was every where!!!!
    Congrats to the Sharks!!! your the best!!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.03.08 09:53:00 by Reds Reply

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  • Reds!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’ve been waiting for you. :smile:

    You see any FA cup results this weekend :roll:

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.03.08 09:54:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • KSA don’t talk about it. That ref should be shot.. :evil: :evil:
    But we will bounch back.. You’ll see!!!!! :roll:

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.03.08 09:56:24 by Reds Reply

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  • Hehehe!

    Who needs to talk when you can play like that.

    Crazy stuff – took Joe Rockoco 50 metres to eventually catch him!

    Talk about freaking wheels!

    Reds, Bismark cant be all human. I cant recall seeing someone that powerful on his feet – and yet he remains incredibly mobile. The Shars have some incredible athletes at the moment.

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.03.08 09:56:37 by Big Fish Reply
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  • morning all, don’t feel like work today, mind if I hang out here instead
    :oops:

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.03.08 09:56:59 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • I’m with Reds. Bis was huge. Keven who?

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.03.08 09:58:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hey BOKKIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    How you doing? If you feeling down just walk past the Kiwi’s and say, “How was YOUR weekend?”

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.03.08 09:59:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Hi Sharkette – always place for a another rose amongst the pric- sorry, I mean the thorns.

    Who is Keven Rob? :?:

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.03.08 09:59:58 by Big Fish Reply
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  • KSA don’t talk about it. That ref should be shot..
    But we will bounch back.. You’ll see!!!!!

    10.03.08 09:56:24 – Reds Edit

    I stand corrected but that IS a knock out comp, there IS no bouncing back. :wink: :oops:

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.03.08 10:01:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • The league trophy will do nicely KSA

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.03.08 10:03:00 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • I want it on record now, WHEN the Sharks make it to any finals …..KSA WILL NOT be attending :shock:
    :oops: Sorry KSA, we just can’t afford it :lol: although maybe it was BF’s fault not yours :wink:

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.03.08 10:05:08 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • Keven Mealasomething

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.03.08 10:06:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • oh bother :mad: am I being spammed again with every comment :evil:
    now I remember why I never comment from work again :cry:

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.03.08 10:07:54 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • Isnt he a country and western singer?

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.03.08 10:09:36 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • whatchoo mean I can’t fly home for the final again. :evil:

    I had a jol last time, it was also the last time I had a bunny from Johnny’s. :cool:

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.03.08 10:15:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Could be, could be.

    But how come you know about county & western son?

    You realise your coolness rating has just dropped like 10 points?

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.03.08 10:15:58 by Big Fish Reply
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  • 10.03.08 10:05:08 – KSA Sharkette

    What do you mean?

    If I did something wrong, I want to at least know that I had fun doing it!

    I’ll have you know I was the chaperone! :razz:

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.03.08 10:17:42 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Something to do with me flying to SA for two matches last year, S14 Final and AB test in Durban, and us losing both those matches. :sad:

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.03.08 10:23:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Ah, it all becomes clear now.

    Was still great fun though!

  • Comment 30, posted at 10.03.08 10:26:30 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I stand corrected but that IS a knock out comp, there IS no bouncing back.

    10.03.08 10:01:03 – KSA Shark ©
    I know but we will take the FA premiere cup.. Arsenal won’t take it away from us.. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 10.03.08 10:29:56 by Reds Reply

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  • :smile:

  • Comment 32, posted at 10.03.08 10:32:02 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • ‘I must mention the bizarre little try-celebration by Bolla Conradie, who looked like he wanted to threaten the entire stadium.’

    The guy is from Bellville Suid… what do you expect?

    pjld

    How did your round ball team do this weekend? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 33, posted at 10.03.08 10:32:12 by wpw Reply
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  • Reds

    Surely (thanks Charlie)you mean the FA Premier LEAGUE. :roll:

  • Comment 34, posted at 10.03.08 10:33:37 by wpw Reply
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  • :oops: :oops: not myself today sorry wpw. Definitely the FA Premier League!!!
    Think I need a holiday. :twisted:

  • Comment 35, posted at 10.03.08 10:36:43 by Reds Reply

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  • :evil: must work get in the way :evil:

    now to answer the question …
    whatchoo mean I can’t fly home for the final again.

    I had a jol last time, it was also the last time I had a bunny from Johnny’s.

    10.03.08 10:15:50 – KSA Shark ©
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    was also the last time you saw your phone, oh wait you lost ANOTHER one since then too, maybe it has something to do with you flying home on your own :wink: :lol:

  • Comment 36, posted at 10.03.08 10:47:55 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • :oops: :oops:

    forgot about losing two cell phones :oops:

    :lol:

    Women……………why do they have such good memories? :wink:

  • Comment 37, posted at 10.03.08 10:54:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • going to lunch …can I get anyone anything :wink:
    remember though its cafeteria food :lol:

  • Comment 38, posted at 10.03.08 10:58:50 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • Think you can grab me a raise on your way back? :idea:

  • Comment 39, posted at 10.03.08 11:13:34 by Big Fish Reply
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  • lunch time in the republic?

  • Comment 40, posted at 10.03.08 11:48:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • Phil Waugh the ‘pin-up’… lol… Orang-utan’s are us…

    Bolla proved he is still a knob…

  • Comment 41, posted at 10.03.08 11:48:15 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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