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The good, the brave and the awful


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 30 Mar 2008 at 09:05

In the first half of the Super 14, SA teams offered their usual staple of class and farce. Clinton van der Berg issues his half-term report and selects a form-based Springbok team.

Bulls:
Progress so far: Their fall has been humiliating. They are the worst defenders of a Super crown, playing Neanderthal-age rugby.
What’s right: The certainty that bumbling coach Frans Ludeke won’t be allowed to inflict his dinosaur tactics beyond 2008.
What’s not: Mood, morale and attitude. Any team with nine Boks that can’t shape is a team in desperate trouble.
Room for improvement: Across the board, not least upstairs. The Bulls’ conditioning, skills and aptitude look all wrong.
Star man: Fourie du Preez.
Likely finish: Bottom quarter.

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Cheetahs:
Progress so far: The unluckiest team, the Cheetahs have become experts at turning likely wins into dramatic defeats.
What’s right: The beefy boys don’t hold back and attack in the best traditions of Free State.
What’s not: Lack of depth and conditioning. Running out of gas and ideas doesn’t happen by mistake.
Room for improvement: : Defence, defence, defence. The Cheetahs have leaked more tries than anyone else.
Star man: : Jongi Nokwe.
Likely finish: Among the bottom two.

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Lions:
Progress so far: One win and a draw in six games — not up to scratch, with the away leg still to come. Eina!
What’s right: Much of the ball handling has been sharp and the journeymen players have stood their ground. Nice, too, to see Big Joe van Niekerk’s classy comeback.
What’s not: The lack of good finishing, and mucking about in the backs.
Room for improvement: Limited until they find the right player at No10.
Star man: Jano Vermaak.
Likely finish: A rung or two off the bottom.

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Sharks:
Progress so far: Splendid. A full house of wins. You can’t ask for much more.
What’s right: They play with a swagger and sense of authority missing among SA’s other teams.
What’s not: From the splitting hairs department: more bonus points, please.
Room for improvement: The Sharks have it all — except killer instinct. Oh, for the day when they really cut loose.
Star man: Beast Mtawarira.
Likely finish: Breathing hard down the Crusaders’ necks.

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Stormers:
Progress so far: Medium to well done. Good in parts, less so in others.
What’s right: The Stormers have finally unearthed a macho scrum and Luke Watson is cooking. New coach Rassie Erasmus should take a bow .
What’s not: Points, points, points. The Stormers aren’t scoring enough of them.
Room for improvement: All round, but the team is up and running.
Star man: Andries Bekker.
Likely finish: Sixth.

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BOK XV
15 Conrad Jantjes (Stormers)
14 Tonderai Chavhanga (Stormers)
13 Waylon Murray (Sharks)
12 Meyer Bosman (Cheetahs)
11 Jongi Nokwe (Cheetahs)
10 Peter Grant (Stormers)
9 Rory Kockott (Sharks)
8 Ryan Kankowski (Sharks)
7 Duanne Vermeulen (Cheetahs)
6 Schalk Burger (Stormers)
5 Andries Bekker (Stormers)
4 Rory Duncan (Cheetahs)
3 Brian Mujati (Stormers)
2 Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks)
1 Heinke van der Merwe (Lions)



22 Comments

  • Bulls
    Likely finish: Bottom Quarter.

    NOT if you ask Victor Matfield of Frans Ludeke.

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.03.08 09:07:52 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Sharks:
    Progress so far: Splendid. A full house of wins. You can’t ask for much more

    Wanna BET??????????

    A bonus point or six would be nice.

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.03.08 09:09:42 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Sharks
    Star man: Beast Mtawarira.

    Proof that Clinton v Rensburg is not TryTime. Or else it would have been Love child Barritt. :wink:

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.03.08 09:12:20 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Stormers
    Star man: Andries Bekker

    Damn Right!!!!!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.03.08 09:14:32 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Not a bad Bok team.

    A tweak here or there will make it a great team

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.03.08 09:16:46 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • No way you can put Bekker in a Bok form XV ahead of Johann Muller. Sorry chaps, ain’t happening.

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.03.08 09:38:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • Also, Heinke’s work rate isn’t high enough. You need your loosehead to do more than just scrum.

    Beast and Mujati would make a fine set of props for the Boks, picking on form.

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.03.08 09:39:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • Of course you can Rob – that is if you look at it without any prejudice!!!

    But I would play Bekker with Muller and make Muller captain.

    11. Also, Habs over Nokwe any day.

    13. JW Jonker ahead of Murray.

    12. Barritt ahead of Bosman (what is Van der Berg thinking???) or even that youngster from the Lions (if we are chosing on form here)

    7. Brussow ahead of Vermeulen (would play two fetchers) or Botes ahead of Vermeulen but Brussow my first choice.

    Cant fault the front row too much, BJ has been a bit of a disappointment so far, workman-like, but I expected a stormer of a season from him.

    Kockett by a hair over Fourie who is trying real hard in a lost cause for the Bulls.

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.03.08 10:25:58 by MorneN Reply
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  • There is no stronger loosehead than Heinke. Scrums are again vitally important.

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.03.08 10:28:04 by MorneN Reply
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  • 12. Barritt ahead of Bosman (what is Van der Berg thinking???) or even that youngster from the Lions (if we are chosing on form here)

    If Jean pulls out more performances like yesterday he just might win his place back.

    And would someone please tell Dick to stop playing Steyn out of position!

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.03.08 10:29:30 by MorneN Reply
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  • What’s not: Points, points, points. The Stormers aren’t scoring enough of them.

    Mate they came back with 16 out of a possible 20 points on tour scoring 3 bonus point victories!

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.03.08 10:31:24 by MorneN Reply
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  • Barrit ahead of Bosman.

    Ag nee man Morne.

    But we wouldn’t be having this discussion if Dick got the right man at 12 for the Sharks. :wink:

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.03.08 10:34:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Exactly KSA.

    It pains me but Barritt has been the most consistent 12.

    But why we would not play our Word Cup WINNING 12 beats me.

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.03.08 10:36:35 by MorneN Reply
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  • Kockett by a hair over Fourie who is trying real hard in a lost cause for the Bulls.

    If the Bulls were playing better rugby then FduP would walk it IMO.

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.03.08 10:36:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Barritt basically he has screwed up the least of all the 12′s in the country.

    Not because he is the best we can field.

    But we are chosing on form here so take emotion out of it…

    Barritt it is.

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.03.08 10:38:11 by MorneN Reply
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  • But why we would not play our Word Cup WINNING 12 beats me.

    30.03.08 10:36:35 – MorneN Edit

    You are preaching to the choir. “Ek will my hare uit-trek” with Barrit being played ahead of Steyn all the time.

    Someone, I suspect tongue in cheek, said that Muir will spring the Steyn at 12 surprise on the teams while on tour.

    As silly as that sounds i am starting to hope he does that.

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.03.08 10:38:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Why should it be a surprise to play the best 12 of last year in SA and arguably the World Cup, AT 12!!!

    Crazy I tell you.

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.03.08 10:40:34 by MorneN Reply
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  • Anycase I will be back a bit later.

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.03.08 10:41:03 by MorneN Reply
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  • Cheers Morne.

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.03.08 10:44:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Actually it would be SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO funny if (when) Dick finally get’s his contract sorted with SARU and he then plays Steyn at 12 for the Boks. :lol:

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.03.08 10:45:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Habana was hot over the weekend,too bad he was the only Bull that pitched up with a bit of heart.

  • Comment 21, posted at 31.03.08 07:21:57 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • the local world cup boks seem to have slowly realised that the past is over and that they have to shape up soon, every week a diffrent one seems to start finding form, maybe they thought if the unions dont rest me i will only play for 20 min in a game till im rested, habanna and spies and kirsc made a diff in the bulls mentality

  • Comment 22, posted at 31.03.08 07:29:05 by barend Reply

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