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So What is Causing this?


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, Super 14 on 14 Apr 2008 at 14:00

Let’s explore the reasons behind the fall from grace of the Bulls – last year’s Super 14 champions, this year’s Super 14 chumps.

Gary Boshoff writes in his News 24 column that statisticians will show that despite one of the worst performances from a Bulls team in recent memory, the Bulls’ present log position is in fact far from their worst ever.

In the early days of Heyneke Meyer’s tenure as Bulls coach, the Bulls were the laughing stock of the Super 14 (then known as the Super 12) for a number of seasons. Nevertheless, it is certainly to Heyneke Meyer and also former Blue Bulls Rugby Union president Piet Olivier and Dolf van Huyssteen’s credit that the Bulls’ ended up being world beaters since then.

It was under the stewardship of Barend van Graan and Olivier that the Eugene van Wyk era was brought to an end and a crop of new young players were brought into the Blue Bulls’ fold.

Meyer was appointed to a restructured Blue Bulls Company coaching team to lead the union into a new era. Over the next three to four years Meyer introduced a culture of professionalism among his squad and concomitant to that a special type of what I would call “group dynamic” that saw each and every member of the Blue Bulls, be it player, coach or administrator, work towards one goal: the re-establishment of the Blue Bulls as the number one team in South Africa.

Hysterical celebration

In subsequent years he received the necessary support from Van Huyssteen who took over from Olivier as president. In 2007 the Blue Bulls exceeded their set objective by becoming the number one team in the Super 14. From near relegation (from the Currie Cup) in 2000 to Super 14 champions in 2007 – a remarkable achievement indeed!

However, success in sport is short-lived as you’re only as good as your last match. Looking at the current Super 14 log I could hardly recall the exhilaration, the almost hysterical celebration at Kings Park when Bryan Habana scored that match-winning try. That was barely 11 months ago. What has gone wrong? How is it possible for something so good to become so bad?

The hapless display against the Hurricanes made a mockery of the so-called turn-around of the Bulls’ season that supposedly started against the Blues.

Not so obvious

This past week, in the run-up to the Hurricanes game, Frans Ludeke was confident about his teams chances to resurrect the pride of the Bulls at fortress Loftus. However, what remains after their demolition by the Hurricanes is a disjointed team who has lost all confidence in their ability to win, but more importantly, a team without a coach to inspire them, to lift them out of their depressive mental state. The Bulls are on their knees waiting for the final count. If they succumb to the equally poor Highlanders next week, they will be down and out and well on their way to finishing the season at the bottom of the log.

So what will the leadership do to rectify the situation? To tell the truth, what for outsiders seems the obvious thing to do, is not so obvious when you’re inside, especially at the Bulls.

The fact of the matter is that 12 of the 15 players that were in the starting line-up of the Super 14 final last year, played against the Hurricanes this past weekend.

Fourie du Preez, the captain, articulated his unhappiness with the total lack of commitment from his fellow players, the majority of whom are senior players and Springboks.

Rotten apples

There is very little that Ludeke can do more than to tell guys like Pedrie Wannenburg, Danie Rossouw and Bakkies Botha to actually tackle an opponent that runs towards their tryline. On the other hand, if these senior Boks have scant respect for the coach and do not trust his ability and judgement, the problem becomes more complicated than missed tackles and a bad day at the office.

In fact, it requires a similar process, plan or solution, call it what you may, that was introduced in 2000 when Olivier and Van Graan got rid of the rotten apples and started to turn the union around.

One of the Bulls’ administrators remarked the other day that the success of teams works in cycles and perhaps the present cycle has reached full circle and a new one needs to start.

Trying times and difficult decisions lay ahead for the Bulls leadership in the days and weeks to come.



178 Comments

  • concomitant :shock:

    I just posted the article to show that my thesaurus has this word in it.

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.04.08 14:07:51 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Man, they’re just pining for Big Vic. :twisted:

    More seriously though, it is quite concerning when that number of Boks in a team can just switch off.

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.04.08 14:07:53 by Ollie Reply
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  • but more importantly, a team without a coach to inspire them, to lift them out of their depressive mental state

    i ask again do they have a mind coach in PTA?

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.04.08 14:10:30 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Hey Ollie.

    This from the IOL.

    Dear Peter,

    In little more than a month you’ll name your first national squad for the Test season and how confused, yet excited, you must be at this stage.

    One question we’re all interested in is whether you’re going to pick guys on reputation – especially those men who starred at the World Cup just a few months ago – or stick to your guns and go with some rookies who’ve really put their hands up in recent weeks. Will current form triumph over reputation?

    By the looks of things, it seems it’s going to be a bit of both. And so it should be.

    You’ve already named John Smit your captain even though it’s doubtful you’ve seen him in action – that is, of course, if he’s in action at all after picking up an injury a while ago.

    And you’ve also intimated the bulk of your squad will be made up of those men who did the job for South Africa so well last year.

    Well, if the bulk of the squad’s going to be made up of experienced campaigners, then some of them are seriously going to have to up their game considerably in the coming weeks.

    And, sadly, the guys who’re letting you down are the ones you would have been banking on to be certainties just a few weeks ago.

    I’m talking here of the Bulls players especially. Some of these men are simply not playing at the standard good enough for Test rugby – even though we know they’re good enough and will no doubt up their game when in a Bok jersey.

    Or so we hope.

    As I mentioned last week, there is at least decent depth in our game at the moment to fill all positions and go into the Test season with confidence, but at this stage there are probably only a few positions that are “taken”.

    On form alone, Conrad Jantjes is streets ahead of any other fullback.

    But then is he the man you want at No15 or will the versatile Frans Steyn get your vote? And on that topic, one can only wonder where Steyn fits into your plans – still no one knows where best he can be used.

    Tonderai Chavangha must now be a certainty for the right wing berth, while Jean de Villiers is sure to get the nod at inside centre. Peter Grant is the best among the flyhalves.

    While Bryan Habana will play on the left wing, he’ll do so on reputation at this stage, while any one of a number of players are vying for the outside centre role and scrumhalf, where Fourie du Preez is no certainty.

    On form, any number of players can come into the reckoning among the loose forwards, with the situation at lock and front row the same. No one, it seems, except Smit, is guaranteed a place.

    There are some fine players coming to the fore, which will make your squad announcement all the more interesting when it happens.

    Until next week,

    Cheers

    Jacques van der Westhuyzen

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.04.08 14:11:45 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Disagree a bit on his assessment of Habana, there is only so much a wing can do when everybody inside you is not performing.

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.04.08 14:14:50 by Ollie Reply
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  • The Bulls fans also have an online petition running at the moment… :lol:

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.04.08 14:19:00 by blackshark (JAWS) Reply
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  • BS, what are they petitioning for? Firing Ludeke?

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.04.08 14:21:25 by Ollie Reply
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  • Ollie…that’s a big part of it.

    You can check it out at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/ChangeatBulls/

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.04.08 14:25:53 by blackshark (JAWS) Reply
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  • I found it so funny a few weeks ago.

    The link to the petition was posted on the Bulls Website in the comment section. Yet any other links you try and post on their website get scrambled.

    I wonder if the admin guy who “unscrambled’ the link still has a job. :smile:

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.04.08 14:27:14 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I think the poster applied the skill of leaving spaces between the words.
    The “scrambling mechanism” only picks up on long words (too many characters together without a space).

    But I’m sure the site admin doesn’t mind the link. It probably sucks to post all these sad stories.

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.04.08 14:32:21 by blackshark (JAWS) Reply
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  • Yep yep, poor Habana has been trying.

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.04.08 14:32:23 by Clayton Reply
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  • Yeah…what more can CYBORG do?

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.04.08 14:33:25 by blackshark (JAWS) Reply

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  • I expect there will be quite an exodus at the end of the season with some being SENT and some wanting to go.

    Poor Haban and bakkies will have to suffer through it though with their looooong contracts.

    Habana would do well in Dbn :wink: Needs to moer his agent for suggesting he re-sign with the Bulls :wink:

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.04.08 14:36:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Bryan better find a way to get out of his contract otherwise he’ll be replaced pretty soon on that Gillette ad. :cool:

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.04.08 14:42:23 by blackshark (JAWS) Reply

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  • On Sunday he was probably repeating “i never think about yesterday”

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.04.08 14:45:52 by Clayton Reply
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  • KSA – you’ got mail…

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.04.08 14:48:43 by blackshark (JAWS) Reply

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  • Gary Boshoff is a former Saru player and well-known rugby administrator.

    :roll:

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.04.08 15:00:12 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • BS

    I replied :wink:

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.04.08 15:01:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • you have a second reply BTW :wink:

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.04.08 15:05:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Gary Boshoff is a former Saru player and well-known rugby administrator.

    Comment 17 of 19, posted at 14.04.08 15:00:12 by wpw (YNWA) Edit

    I decided that bit was not relevant to the story so i omitted to post it. :lol:

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.04.08 15:06:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.04.08 15:15:47 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • WTF???

    1. Die Blou Bulle het ‘n lang, trotse rugbygeskiedenis, as die suksesvolste span in die geskiedenis van die Curriebeker en as die huidige Super 14-kampioene.

  • Comment 22, posted at 14.04.08 15:27:12 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • The last time i checked, WP had the most CC trophies. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 14.04.08 15:28:36 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • Hi everybody.
    was in a very interesting discussion this weekend. Now I’m asking your opinion on it. don’t you guys think that maybe the Bok players in the teams are mentally tired if you go by their performances? They had to peak for the world cup and then again for the tour to England. Then they came home and are immediately thrown in the super 14 mix and everybody wants them to peak again? This is peaking 3 times in a very short period? What do you guys think ??? :?: :?:

  • Comment 24, posted at 14.04.08 15:28:59 by Reds Reply

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  • hello ollie,
    yes agree on habana, arguably the best winger/player in the world and the bulls don’t give him the ball…nearly put foot thru monitor on saturday.

  • Comment 25, posted at 14.04.08 15:36:47 by cab Reply

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  • Reds

    I for one think you could be right.

    If one has a look at all our WC winning Boks, not many of those in the match 22 are playing well.

    Steyn
    Bakkies
    Habana
    FDP
    Olivier
    JPP
    Ruan
    Danie PK
    Wickus

    Players like Burger, Juan and CJ have been injured and are playing quite well.

  • Comment 26, posted at 14.04.08 15:41:27 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • Disagree on Habana. He has been scoring/creating good tries in a dissappointing boels side. Can’t blame the wings if they don’t get good ball or are not brought into play. Same with JPP.

  • Comment 27, posted at 14.04.08 15:48:08 by Kal-El Reply

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  • I know Kal-El but they are not playing as well as they were last year and maybe a break would do them good.

  • Comment 28, posted at 14.04.08 15:57:50 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • wpw,
    Put Habana or JP on current form in the Crusaders team and they will be dynamite. They are miles better than for instance Maitland who appears to be on better form.

  • Comment 29, posted at 14.04.08 16:02:10 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply

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  • Cru-El I don’t agree with you. JP is just not inform. it is as if the urgency to chase after a kicked ball is just not there. IMO

  • Comment 30, posted at 14.04.08 16:07:45 by Reds Reply

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  • BABVA? Be afraid, be very afraid?? BHWAAAAAA!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 14.04.08 16:08:58 by I'ce Reply
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  • BTW Cru – you are one hensam fella!!! Nice pic! :wink:

  • Comment 32, posted at 14.04.08 16:09:44 by I'ce Reply
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  • Wings should be brought into play, not required to chase after kicked balls.

  • Comment 33, posted at 14.04.08 16:24:40 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply

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  • Yes wings should be brought into play, but they must also chase after kicked balls, it is part of their job description.

  • Comment 34, posted at 14.04.08 16:27:12 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • However they should be brought into play FIRST AND FOREMOST. There are too many aimless kicks which the wings are expected to chase.

  • Comment 35, posted at 14.04.08 16:34:39 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply

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  • I don’t disagree Cru-El, it is just that you said “not required to chase after kicked balls.” Wings are required to chase after kicked balls, it is part of their job description. However, that being said, I agree they should be brought into play first and foremost.

  • Comment 36, posted at 14.04.08 17:04:46 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Sorry, it should’ve read “not ONLY required to chase” :lol:

  • Comment 37, posted at 14.04.08 17:19:58 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply

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  • BABVA :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 38, posted at 14.04.08 17:21:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • KSA,
    You change pics more than I :lol:

  • Comment 39, posted at 14.04.08 17:31:01 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply

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  • Hey!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’ve only changed once ever. :oops:

    Did you mean BABA? but with the V being next to the B you accidentally typed the V? :wink:

  • Comment 40, posted at 14.04.08 17:39:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • KSA, is that an African tiger in the pic with you? :lol: :razz:

  • Comment 41, posted at 14.04.08 17:40:55 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • DB :lol:

    No it is from the Tiger Temple in Thailand.

    Click on my name under my post to get to our family blog to see the whole pic and other from the trip

  • Comment 42, posted at 14.04.08 17:46:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • hehehe, I think I knew that Tigers were native only to Asia. :lol: The Tiger Temple in Thailand is amazing. I have never been there, but have seen television shows and pictures. It is quite something. Very cool that you have been able to visit.

    By the way, not sure if you saw my response to you a few nights ago, but here goes again. Annapolis is on the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, about midway up the bay. Annapolis is also about 35 miles from Washington DC, and I work right on the outskirts of DC. So if you plan to visit DC when you come here, we will definitely have to get together. You should try to spend at least a day in Annapolis, it is a beautiful town to visit.

  • Comment 43, posted at 14.04.08 17:49:26 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • DB

    you name the spots to see in Annapolis and I will try and get there.

    I am just dead keen to see the monuments and museums in DC.

    i only used Annapolis as a reference to the bay, but if there are things worth seeing then it would be cool to swing by.

    Is it the Naval headquarters or Dive center?

  • Comment 44, posted at 14.04.08 17:54:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Getting together for a beer will be easily arranged as well.

  • Comment 45, posted at 14.04.08 17:56:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • KSA, great pictures. Definitely better seeing the whole picture, you look quite comfortable with the tiger in the pic here, but the whole pic reveals that your comfort level was not quite there. :wink:

    Annapolis houses the United States Naval Academy, and that is something worth visiting. The waterfront and downtown area of Annapolis is a tourist haven, lots to see, places to visit, etc. You will find much better seafood available around Annapolis than around DC, and there are some tour boats to go check out the harbor and so forth.

    Baltimore is only an hour away from DC as well, and a great place to visit with the family. The aquarium in Baltimore is spectacular, and the Inner Harbor is great to spend a day with the family.

    Definitely will have to arrange a beer, and if you all have some time, we can take you sailing on the Bay as well.

  • Comment 46, posted at 14.04.08 18:01:37 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • By the way, your daughters are beautiful as well, good thing they take after their mother and not you! :wink:

  • Comment 47, posted at 14.04.08 18:03:06 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • :lol:

    Should i be laughing or crying at that last post. :smile:

  • Comment 48, posted at 14.04.08 18:09:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • You DON’T want my little ones on your boat man. :smile: They will strip the boat in 5minutes flat. :wink:

  • Comment 49, posted at 14.04.08 18:11:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • :lol: you training your little ones to strip boats and cars?

  • Comment 50, posted at 14.04.08 18:12:57 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • thanks DB but not sure they take after me either :lol:

  • Comment 51, posted at 14.04.08 18:13:02 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • :lol:

    I think they will be either married to rich guys or jewel thieves when they grow up. All things shiny must be touched and played with :wink:

  • Comment 52, posted at 14.04.08 18:15:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • we heard the way to go was learn a trade and well stripping cars seems to be quite successful in most countries, keeps our options open just a bit :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 53, posted at 14.04.08 18:16:44 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • Thanks DB but not sure they take after me either :lol:
    Comment 51 of 52, posted at 14.04.08 18:13:02 by KSA Sharkette

    Surely their good looks come from you though? :grin:

  • Comment 54, posted at 14.04.08 18:17:10 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • When I had hair I was good looking :wink:

  • Comment 55, posted at 14.04.08 18:17:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • hehehe all things shiny, I happen to know an adult like that. Sometimes we can distract her by shaking keys in front of her, they are shiny after all. :lol:

  • Comment 56, posted at 14.04.08 18:18:26 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Awwwwwww KSA, that is just too easy. Do you really think the hair made all that much difference? :wink:

  • Comment 57, posted at 14.04.08 18:19:12 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • It’s a good trade kette, there is never a shortage of cars to strip anywhere in the world. :lol:

  • Comment 58, posted at 14.04.08 18:19:49 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • :lol:

    so how far do you think we can go before being defeated this year?

  • Comment 59, posted at 14.04.08 18:20:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Eish KSA, I just don’t know. The last three games on this tour are really tough. Our best shot at a win from the last three is this week against the Brumbies. The ‘tahs have only lost two games, and we know how good the ‘saders are. That being said, I still believe the Sharks can win all three games, even against the ‘saders, although I will not be so quick to predict a win against them. So, I still believe the Sharks can finish the season undefeated, but I have a feeling we may lose to the ‘tahs and ‘saders. How’s that for taking a stand? :lol:

  • Comment 60, posted at 14.04.08 18:23:12 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • isn’t the fence hurting your arse :wink:

    I think we can do the Brumbies this weekend and if we can show some improvement over our already good performances then we may do the tahs and the Saders as well.

    I actually am more concerned about the Cheetahs once we come back from tour. They always seem to give us a hard time

  • Comment 61, posted at 14.04.08 18:28:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • They do KSA, but the Cheetahs defense is pretty horrendous. I just can’t imagine not scoring four tries against the Cheetahs this season, and I also can’t imagine allowing them to score more than one try. I also think we can beat the Brumbies this weekend, but I think it is absolutely critical for the Sharks to win this one, the next two are going to be really hard to win.

  • Comment 62, posted at 14.04.08 18:30:26 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • I have been complaining a lot about the Sharks play from set pieces. They have been so predictable this season, and only seem to shovel the ball to the wings or run the centre crashball. Their backs have not been running good angles, until the game against the Highlanders. I saw some good angle running, and also saw some set plays that actually put the opposition defensive system to test. The Sharks have not tested any teams defensive system this year up until that game. The Sharks have been able to win games because of their superior athletes, and they have depended on the better athletes beating the opposition on a one on one basis. I really want to see the Sharks test defensive systems by running some set plays that put the opposition defensive pattern to test. Why have the Sharks not once run the inside pass from the 12 to the blind side wing running in on an angle. It worked in the RWC, and even if it does not work, it forces the opposition to defend that channel which should leave more space on the outside for the wings to work.

  • Comment 63, posted at 14.04.08 18:34:30 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • I EXPECT a loss in one of the next two.

    PA made some interesting comments on here a few days ago about Dick Muir fielding a B side against the Saders. I hope he was wrong.

    But then again the team PA was suggesting was still virtually an A side. (one of the benefits of depth)

    i am concerned about this Daniel and Muller injury story.

  • Comment 64, posted at 14.04.08 18:36:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I think the Best move the Sharks have made this season was The One where Frans Steyn cut through the line on a pop from Barrit. (i think it was him) He then wasted the GREAT line break with a one handed pass back inside.

  • Comment 65, posted at 14.04.08 18:39:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • In one of the next two, was supposed to be the next two after the Brumbies.

  • Comment 66, posted at 14.04.08 18:40:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I am very concerned about Muller’s injury. If you look at my suggested team on another thread, I thought Keegan should be rested this game anyway, with AJ starting. Keegan was not on fire in the last game like he was in the others, perhaps it was the injury, or perhaps he just needs a break. In the past I have noticed that he tends to play in streaks, a few great games, but then tends to slump and is best given some rest when he is slumping.

  • Comment 67, posted at 14.04.08 18:40:21 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • I have to go get something to eat. hopefully see you when I get back KSA. Cheers!

  • Comment 68, posted at 14.04.08 18:41:37 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • With both Daniel and Muller out, we will have only Deysel to cover lock and loose forward

  • Comment 69, posted at 14.04.08 18:42:43 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Cheers DB

  • Comment 70, posted at 14.04.08 18:45:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Rob

    is that if you use AJ to start

  • Comment 71, posted at 14.04.08 18:46:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • RobD, AJ can cover loose forward and lock, and Albert can play lock or 8, so even with both out, we should be OK with Deysel…..I hope! One sub on the bench to cover loose forward and lock with a full front row on the bench as well. Both Ali Hargreaves and Blignaut are still in SA right?

  • Comment 72, posted at 14.04.08 18:48:11 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • This is where Taione’s little indiscretion may come back to bite us.

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  • This is where Taione’s little indiscretion may come back to bite us.
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    You could not be more right. I also suppose that Burden can cover loose forwards as well as centre and wing. A little short for flank or 8, but if Brits can be a useful 8 for the Stormers, then Burden should be a useful loose forward cover.

  • Comment 74, posted at 14.04.08 19:00:13 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • and his “little indiscretion” was idiotic. I also found his explanation to the citing official to be laughable, the only way he was cleaning anyone out of that maul was with his head. What a waste this guy has been so far.

  • Comment 75, posted at 14.04.08 19:02:18 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Ag we just need to hope things work out once again. :oops:

    Okay i gotta be off. Are you smarter than a 5th grader is on. need to check how bright i am. :wink:

  • Comment 76, posted at 14.04.08 19:02:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Both HArgreaves and Bliggy are not good enough to play S14… I’m not yet sure Sykes is either… deep dwang with Muller out… and IMO that waif Quade Cooper’s bitch AVDB is scraping the bottom of the barrel these days too…

    I just hope AJ is ‘fit’…

    KSA… Steyn’s break and inside pass to Botes who then scored was a half decent play… still the best I can remember from the Shark’s this season…

  • Comment 77, posted at 14.04.08 19:03:07 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • you got that right in one aspect.

    he has been a waste, BUT he has been pretty good in the time he spent on the field though

  • Comment 78, posted at 14.04.08 19:03:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I thought Muller’s reaction when he was red carded was quite telling. Just patted Mr. Paddy Power on the shoulder turned around and shook his head.

  • Comment 79, posted at 14.04.08 19:04:25 by Dancing Bear Reply
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    The move i am refering to went nowhere after the messed up pass inside from Steyn

  • Comment 80, posted at 14.04.08 19:05:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Bryce, I can’t agree with you about Albert. He has been super every game he has come on as a substitute. He is the best lock in the world at disrupting mauls, and I think is one of the best players around the fringes of rucks and mauls. How many times have you seen him turn over balls that were sitting unprotected on the opposition side while all the other sharks were more interested in getting stuck into the maul or ruck than looking for the ball.

  • Comment 81, posted at 14.04.08 19:06:42 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • KSA, he was not even that great when he came on in those two games. Certainly didn’t bring anything to the game that Kankow didn’t already provide.

  • Comment 82, posted at 14.04.08 19:07:36 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • AvdB is more valuable in the loose to me than as a LO jumper

  • Comment 83, posted at 14.04.08 19:08:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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    I dunno hey, I agree that he is not better than Kankowski but he is as good as IMO.

    he made some great runs in the tight loose and his defence was well also

  • Comment 84, posted at 14.04.08 19:11:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Right on KSA, and he is a very good lineout option as well. Everyone talks about Albert being slight of build for a lock and so forth, but you don’t see him standing in the centres ala Matfield, he always gets stuck into the loose, and plays to the ball very well. I still think he is a very good 8, perhaps could have been a better 8 than lock.

  • Comment 85, posted at 14.04.08 19:11:21 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • KSA, perhaps he is a more powerful runner than Kankow, but he does not have the top speed or quickness of Kankow. And sorry, I just can’t get past his stupidity, he was so thick for that headbutt, and I don’t care how good an athlete he might be, he needs to be more intelligent and play more intelligently if he ever wants to be an asset to the Sharks.

  • Comment 86, posted at 14.04.08 19:13:26 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Stupid is a euphamism for what he did.

    IT was RIGHT next to the Referee. :oops:

  • Comment 87, posted at 14.04.08 19:18:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • KSA, not only right in front of the referee, but his opposition was standing upright in the maul, so any headbutt he threw was going to be seen by the referee and both assistants, there was no hiding it. Besides, it was a rather wimpy headbutt, I mean good gosh, if you are going to get you stupid arse suspended for 6 weeks, you may as well get a good shot in. Eish, just no redeeming qualities resulting from that stupidity at all. Sorry, I know I am being harsh, but really, he needs to grow a brain!

  • Comment 88, posted at 14.04.08 19:22:12 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • The next edition of the Oxford English Dictionary will have a picture of that headbutt under their definition of “Stupid”. :wink:

  • Comment 89, posted at 14.04.08 19:22:53 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • This is why I just don’t understand having 3 hookers in the squad

  • Comment 90, posted at 14.04.08 19:24:42 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • :mrgreen: And they guy he butted hardly flinched before appealing to the ref. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 91, posted at 14.04.08 19:25:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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    explain?

  • Comment 92, posted at 14.04.08 19:25:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • By the way KSA, I have a referee question for you regarding the ‘canes match. At the end, once the referee decided there was a knock-on by the ‘canes within the field of play (not in goal), even though he was clearly wrong, the referee can not consult the TMO correct? As I understand it, the TMO can only be consulted for actions happening in the act of scoring, or in the in-goal area, but the TMO can not be consulted for a knock on that occurred in the field of play prior to the ball going into goal. So once he called the knock on in the field of play, his only option was to call the game. Am I correct?

  • Comment 93, posted at 14.04.08 19:26:24 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • I think RobD is questioning why we brought Skipper along on the tour even though he probably will not get any game time, and only brought one extra loosie (assuming AJ is lock cover). Agree with RobD on that, even Burden is being held on the bench in case we need him as backline cover, meanwhile Bissie will get 80 minutes in every game.

  • Comment 94, posted at 14.04.08 19:28:10 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • I agree with you, DB. Paddy has screwed us 6 love. You reckon he’s a kiwi double agent?

  • Comment 95, posted at 14.04.08 19:28:20 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • DB

    That is spot on.

  • Comment 96, posted at 14.04.08 19:29:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • hehehe KSA the headbutt landed on the jaw, if there was any power behind it he should have knocked the guy out. Believe me, a headbutt landed on the jaw is an incredibly powerful shot, if I am going to headbutt someone it is not going to land on his forehead, but on his jaw if at all possible. Still the guy just laughed it off.

  • Comment 97, posted at 14.04.08 19:30:04 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • You reckon he’s a kiwi double agent?

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    You mean like Peter Grant is a Sharks Deep sleeper agent who will hopefully come home soon?? :wink:

  • Comment 98, posted at 14.04.08 19:30:59 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Thanks KSA, I was just wondering why everyone was clamouring for the referee to have consulted the TMO. There were so many articles written questioning why he didn’t consult the TMO, but not a single article I saw that explained why he could not consult the TMO. The knock on was clearly a very bad call on his part, but once he made that bad call he had no choice but to end the game. For once luck broke on the SA side this time.

  • Comment 99, posted at 14.04.08 19:32:10 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • You are right. We desperately need another lock or loose forward in the squad, yet are stuck with bloody Skipper. Same thing at scrummy. Why is MacLeod even on tour?

    maybe Frans will find himself at Flank this week

  • Comment 100, posted at 14.04.08 19:32:49 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • If that is what rob was asking then I agree as well.

  • Comment 101, posted at 14.04.08 19:33:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Not sure if he is a Kiwi double agent or not RobD, but one thing is sure, the Kiwis knew this guy better than we did, I am sure he would have signed with a NZ team if they would have taken him, I am sure they didn’t want him because they knew he was somewhat lacking in the intelligence department. Not the sharpest tool in the shed, brightest bulb in the chandelier, sharpest knife in the cutlery drawer.

  • Comment 102, posted at 14.04.08 19:34:20 by Dancing Bear Reply
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    That is correct. I actually didn’t think of it in that context at all.

  • Comment 103, posted at 14.04.08 19:35:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Does the Super 14 competition limit how many players a team may take on tour with them? I think it is important for any touring squad to have a third hooker and scrummie even though they may not play, a team can not field a squad without hooker and scrummie coverage on the bench. That being said, we certainly needed more cover at loosie than we did, but I suppose that was Paddy Power. But surely once he was suspended the Sharks should have replaced him in the squad with another loosie (probably Blignaut).

  • Comment 104, posted at 14.04.08 19:36:56 by Dancing Bear Reply
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    did you read Robs article on Taione’s incident? In it Rob revealed that Taione has done this before. Something ELSE i didn’t know

  • Comment 105, posted at 14.04.08 19:37:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Frans would probably play better at flank than at 13. :wink:

  • Comment 106, posted at 14.04.08 19:37:48 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • KSA, right, I did read Rob’s article, and was aware he had disciplinary problems in the past. I was honestly concerned about his discipline once I heard he had signed with the Sharks.

  • Comment 107, posted at 14.04.08 19:39:01 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • here’s the link just incase.

    http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2008/04/05/terrible-taione-does-it-again/

  • Comment 108, posted at 14.04.08 19:39:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I would rather have sent Deysel as the replacement. He played damn well on the occasions he was required until taione arrived.

  • Comment 109, posted at 14.04.08 19:40:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Isn’t Deysel in the touring squad KSA? I was under the impression he was already in Australasia. If he is not then I agree 100% would rather have him than Blignaut, but if we did travel with only three loosies (no Deysel and AJ at lock cover) then that is fairly thick squad selection for the tour.

  • Comment 110, posted at 14.04.08 19:42:20 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • I keep forgetting that Taione was loosie cover, wishful thinking on my part, hoping he was just a dream and not really a part of the Sharks squad. :lol:

  • Comment 111, posted at 14.04.08 19:43:35 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • We have already replaced Tainoe with Deysel. Problem here is really losing two guys at once. It has little to do with Paddy really.

    tour group is fixed at 26. Stupid. SA teams should be allowed a bigger squad cause our tours are longer

  • Comment 112, posted at 14.04.08 19:44:13 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • No he was playing VC for the Wildebeeste.

    Just an indication of our depth at Loosie. ironically the positions I was most concerned about our depth at the start of the season was our Loosies.

  • Comment 113, posted at 14.04.08 19:44:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Eish being limited to 26 does make it very difficult to have adequate cover at 2 and 9. Given that fact RobD, I agree with you 100% that we should not have brought three hookers and scrummies.

  • Comment 114, posted at 14.04.08 19:46:29 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • We have the following guys there in the 2nd and back rows: Daniel, Botes, Kanko, Muller, Albert, Sykes, Venter, Deysel.

    take 2 away and you are left with 6. And 7 spots to fill

  • Comment 115, posted at 14.04.08 19:46:59 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Unfortunately playing with both Botes and Keegan in the loosies does take a lineout option away. Both are rather short, and not factors in the lineouts. Playing AJ at 7 gives us 4 lineout options as opposed to three.

  • Comment 116, posted at 14.04.08 19:47:54 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • We now have two spare wingers in JP and Henno, neither of whom can make the bench. Wish we could turn one into a spare lock

  • Comment 117, posted at 14.04.08 19:49:17 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • RobD, I know you say 7 spots to fill, but with the versatility of AJ and even Albert, I think we can get away with a game with only one person covering second and back rows. Considering that not a single one of our backs is a specialist in any one position, I suppose we can carry more cover for the backline on the bench. Pienaar (9, 10, 11, 14

  • Comment 118, posted at 14.04.08 19:50:39 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • We really need Keegan fit. Even if we bench him and Deysel and start AJ at 7.

    i wonder how Deon C would do at flank.:)

  • Comment 119, posted at 14.04.08 19:51:07 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • I was going to say that Pienaar has played 9, 10, 11, 14 and 15, Michalak 9, 10 and 12, Steyn 10, 12, 13, 14 and 15, Barritt 10 and 12, JPP 15 and 11, Ndungane 14 and 15, Terblanche 11, 14

  • Comment 120, posted at 14.04.08 19:51:54 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • again, Terblanche at 11, 14 and 15. Now why do I keep hitting the submit button early????

  • Comment 121, posted at 14.04.08 19:52:23 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • i wonder how Deon C would do at flank.:)
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    Burden at flank???

  • Comment 122, posted at 14.04.08 19:52:58 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Yeah, we will need to go 4-3 this week and just expect everyone to put in that extra 10 per cent.

    who’s the skipper? I’d give it to Barritt

  • Comment 123, posted at 14.04.08 19:53:27 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Burden as cover at flank makes a shitload more sense! Thanks DB. I’m clearly not thinking

  • Comment 124, posted at 14.04.08 19:55:15 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Hey boys. How are things?

  • Comment 125, posted at 14.04.08 19:56:24 by TG Reply

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    of the remaining tour games THIS is the one where we can go in with only one guy covering IMO.

  • Comment 126, posted at 14.04.08 19:57:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • TG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    How is Aus?

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  • I think you have to give the captaincy to AJ no? Assuming he is starting, I noticed that as soon as he came on last week, he was the only voice you could hear on the ref’s mike. He is very involved, and although the fact he is nearing the end of his career and is not expected to play 80 minutes in all games prevents him from being the regular captain of the Sharks, he is an excellent stand in as captain for a game or two. Actually not so bad that Muller gets some rest, he has played more Super 14 games than any other South African player in the last three years.

  • Comment 128, posted at 14.04.08 19:59:03 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • KSA, not in Aus yet – been working with the Wild beasts. I tell you there is some great talent in the pipeline

  • Comment 129, posted at 14.04.08 19:59:33 by TG Reply

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  • hey TG We need your help more than the team at the moment.

    We are having all sorts of mental issues with wanting more from an already undefeated team :wink: Sort of like not being happy with what we got.

    Anything you can suggest to help us calm down? :wink:

  • Comment 130, posted at 14.04.08 20:00:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Are you going down to Aus?

    When?

    tell the guys we think they rock!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Deon must start this weekend. Did you see the Highlander scrum go backwards at a rate of knots once Deon came on? Granted the Beast was getting the better of their TH throughout the game, but once Deon came in, the Highlanders scrum just collapsed.

  • Comment 132, posted at 14.04.08 20:01:37 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Sheez DB

    i didn’t even think of the captaincy……….

    AJ IMO is the best option.

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  • KSA, I am very pleased with the Sharks being undefeated. They have shown they can win close matches, and that is the most important thing. Granted I would like to see more effective attacking (especially from set play) and a few more bonus points, but I am very happy with the results so far.

  • Comment 134, posted at 14.04.08 20:03:15 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Hi guys – it would probably be either AJ or Jacques.

  • Comment 135, posted at 14.04.08 20:04:11 by Nessa Reply

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  • I would like to dig up an old article on RW that I wrote on the difference between supporters and fans.

    The truth is that nothing that people are saying hasnt been heard or said already internally.

    We arent the Crusaders, so we are not going to get 5 points every game, but who is to say when we will emerge as something a little bit more than what they have to offer, something uniquely South African – I would rather be the 1st Sharks, then the 2nd Crusaders.

    Some mitigating circumstances, last Fri was the first game that wasnt played in rain/massive humidity. No excuse, just a fact. The boys WILL come right(er).

  • Comment 136, posted at 14.04.08 20:05:10 by TG Reply

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  • Hi Nessa

    Safe bet would be AJ. That way when he shouts at the ref he can say it is becasue he is the captain. :wink:

  • Comment 137, posted at 14.04.08 20:05:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • This is the article I wrote the Monday after Aus gave us 49-0 in the Tri-nations.

    We have heard from the fans, now its time to hear from a supporter

    I know I am swimming against the tide on this one, and I can completely understand the hurt, anger and disillusionment that has been expressed in many of the recent posts on Ruggaworld, even by some of the regulars.

    An argument that I often read is that as paying customers supporting the Springbok Brand, that supporters should vote with their “feet” and stop spending money to support their side, that the cost of tickets and other such goods are stretching family budgets as it is – and it simply isn’t worth it when evaluating the quality of recent performances.

    This makes sense to me, as someone contemplating going to the Ellis Park test, I recognize that what I pay for the tickets may not be returned in entertainment value. I don’t have to spend money (other than DSTV) to support my team – and my decision to go to Ellis Park will largely rest on what the Rustenburg test brings. In the meantime I will still watch the next game(s) (albeit on TV) sitting on the edge of my seat, willing my team on, hoping and believing even if it may be contrary to a lot of the recent evidence. As a supporter I have the right to never surrender my hope – even when things look hopeless ?

    I will not give up on my team, my coach or my country no matter what may happen. Whilst they have that role they have my respect and support. I can’t count the nights I have dreamt about playing for the Springboks, and still do – and so for them to have been selected (for whatever reason, especially when I never was) means that I will support them. I don’t believe that you choose your team to support, I believe it chooses you – and as a young and proud South African, I have been chosen to support the Springboks, it is my team (country) – right or wrong. As a fan I have earned the right to give feedback and commentary and as a supporter that feedback and commentary is aimed at improving the quality and performance of my side to support it being more right than wrong.

    I hate losing, in fact the only thing I hate more than losing is giving up.

    I know there has been a lot of derision of the effort put in by some of the team, chasing up kicks at Loftus has come in for some particular stick – and I can see where those comments are coming from as the effort hasn’t been at the level it could be. Those players have assumed a role within the team, and not seen out their responsibilities. I find it ironic that a lot of this type of commentary is accompanied by scathing personal attacks on players and sweeping statements of not supporting the Boks any longer – Ironic why? Because as supporters of a team, many of us are not seeing out our own responsibilities to stay true to our team – through good times and bad.

    In South Africa there is a growing blame culture, you see it in the papers where many headlines are linked to who may be responsible for failings. The recent power outages in Johannesburg, the less recent power shortages in Cape Town and the current failings of our national side, many of these stories that are been reported with a question tagged with them – Who is to blame? Who is responsible? By blaming someone or something – does it somehow make the problem go away? Does it help to find a solution? Does it make us more positive or happier? This coupled with a lack of people taking responsibility for their actions creates an unhappy and unproductive cycle.

    Many South African supporters have a child like relationship with their sport. As soon as disappointment or let down occurs, it is often accompanied with blaming, sweeping statements about never supporting the team again, ever! and a tendency to view problems in absolutes – the whole team is poor, they all must go, and so must the coach. Often South African fans are ready to walk away when they are hurt, to disengage as a safety mechanism.

    What kind of message are we sending to our children? Are we saying it is fine to support something/someone as long as things are going well – and as soon as things aren’t going well – walk away? What are we saying about the qualities of determination, persistence, belief and perhaps in our current case, delayed gratification?

    What if we had a more parenting relationship to our sport? – An inextinguishable belief in possibility, a core strength of support and a joint accountability to contribute to solutions rather than problems. Parents often don’t like the choices their children make, however they don’t abandon them at the first sign of trouble or challenge, they can love their child whilst disagreeing with the behaviour … They can support their team, without liking the results or some of the behaviours, they can be part of the solution rather than the problem.

    It would be easy to write many pages about the challenges facing the team, and I for one am not denying or excusing anything or condoning mediocrity. What I am saying is that often a supporter’s reaction to their team when it is struggling says more about them, then their team. What kind of message do you want to send to your kids?

    As always contrary viewpoints and disagreements are very welcome ?

  • Comment 138, posted at 14.04.08 20:07:15 by TG Reply

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  • i didn’t even think of the captaincy……….

    AJ IMO is the best option.
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    RobD is trying to make his love child Barritt the captain. :lol: I think Barritt needs to sit for a couple of games allow Steyn to play 12 and Murray at 13. RobD will probably try to ban me from this site for such blasphemy. :wink:

  • Comment 139, posted at 14.04.08 20:07:30 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • KSA – that’s if AJ starts.

    My daughter says your photo is awesome!

  • Comment 140, posted at 14.04.08 20:07:51 by Nessa Reply

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  • DB – you like living dangerously hey? Rob is going to bounce you right off the site. Rest Brad – hmmmm!

  • Comment 141, posted at 14.04.08 20:09:33 by Nessa Reply

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  • Nessa you should look at the full pics on KSA’s site, it is very clear that kette is much more comfortable with the tigers than KSA is. :lol:

  • Comment 142, posted at 14.04.08 20:10:11 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • DB – will go and take a look. Us girls are much braver! :grin:

  • Comment 143, posted at 14.04.08 20:11:32 by Nessa Reply

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  • Nessa, I have been saying all season that Brad is not playing up to his best. I think that is why RobD didn’t tell me when he started this site. :wink: I should be more careful when talking about our incumbent 12 shouldn’t I?

  • Comment 144, posted at 14.04.08 20:11:55 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • hehehe KSA is barely touching his tiger, like he is concerned it may get upset if he touches it. Kette has this enormous smile on her face, is petting the tiger like it is a puppy dog and is clearly enjoying every minute of it.

  • Comment 145, posted at 14.04.08 20:13:18 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Now where’s that Ban button

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  • DB – well,what do you expect? She is married to a tiger so she knows just how to deal with them! :wink:

  • Comment 147, posted at 14.04.08 20:14:24 by Nessa Reply

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  • There he is – hi Rob!

  • Comment 148, posted at 14.04.08 20:14:47 by Nessa Reply

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  • KSA – where will I find these photos?

  • Comment 149, posted at 14.04.08 20:17:03 by Nessa Reply

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  • Three American guys sitting at a bar talking about their wives. First one says I married an Australian girl, and told her it was her duty to keep the house clean and cook his meals. He said after the first day the house was a mess and no food on the table, same thing on the second day, but on the third day the house was clean and there was a wonderful supper on the table. Second guy says I married a New Zealander and told her it was her duty to clean the house, cook the meals and do the laundry. On the first day the house was a mess, I had no clean underpants and no food, same thing on the second day, but by the third day the house was clean all my clothes washed and the food on the table. The third guy says I married a South African girl, and told her it was her duty to clean the house, cook the meals, do the laundry and mow the lawn. On the first day I didn’t see anything, then on the second day I still didn’t see anything, but on the third day the swelling in my right eye had gone down enough so I was able to cook myself a bite to eat and call a landscape company!

  • Comment 150, posted at 14.04.08 20:18:58 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Barrit captain :shock: :shock: :shock:

    Sheez Rob how can he captain from the stands? :wink: Didn’t you want him rested this game. :lol:

  • Comment 151, posted at 14.04.08 20:19:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Barritt runs the defensive line. You want to see us leak tries without him

  • Comment 152, posted at 14.04.08 20:19:36 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Nessa, click on the link under KSA’s post, that is their family website. There are great pictures on there, including the tiger pictures. Awesome family, and two beautiful little girls that thankfully take after their mother when it comes to their looks. :wink:

  • Comment 153, posted at 14.04.08 20:20:18 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Nessa click on my name under my posts. that will take you to the family blog where you can find all the pics. :wink:

  • Comment 154, posted at 14.04.08 20:20:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I rest my case! :wink:

  • Comment 155, posted at 14.04.08 20:20:35 by Nessa Reply

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  • DB

    Not just with looks, but with backchat as well, (Ducks and runs) :wink:

  • Comment 156, posted at 14.04.08 20:21:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • RobD I love you man, don’t ban me!!! :lol:

    Barritt is superb on defense, but like Steyn and Muller has played every game this season so far. All three need a rest, but we can’t rest Steyn and Barritt at the same time. Play Steyn at 12 against the Brumbies then on the bench against the ‘tahs with Barritt back at 12.

  • Comment 157, posted at 14.04.08 20:21:59 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • I changed my mind. Without Muller we need all our leaders on the field.

    hi Ness

  • Comment 158, posted at 14.04.08 20:22:14 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Not just with looks, but with backchat as well, (Ducks and runs)
    Comment 156 of 158, posted at 14.04.08 20:21:37 by KSA Shark ©
    KSA oooooh boy you are treading on thin ice here, shall we start listing how they take after you :wink:

  • Comment 159, posted at 14.04.08 20:24:50 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • hi Nessa, how you doing ?
    we’ll be back in thailand in 2 years, same time, well at least i know i will be hehehe you joining us ?

  • Comment 160, posted at 14.04.08 20:26:16 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • Ah well. I’ll let Dick select the team this week

  • Comment 161, posted at 14.04.08 20:26:51 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Btw, I love you too, DB! :-)

  • Comment 162, posted at 14.04.08 20:28:20 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • I had a very frustrating trip to the Austrian embassy. They are only giving me a 5-day visa

  • Comment 163, posted at 14.04.08 20:30:12 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Hi Kette – just went to take a look at your pics. They are gorgeous.

    Don’t know what is cuter – the tiger cubs or your girls!

    I am in – just give me the dates so that I have 2 years to save. No excuses! Seriously though, that is somewhere my family have always wanted to go. Janine is so jealous!

  • Comment 164, posted at 14.04.08 20:31:41 by Nessa Reply

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  • Comment 163 of 163
    sounds like my visa to Greece last year, would only issue it for my conference time, nothing more :sad: guess they see a south african passport and figure “we’re not letting you stick around for any longer than you have to” :lol:

  • Comment 165, posted at 14.04.08 20:32:10 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • Ok, I’m off. Today was a bloody joke. I’ll be around properly tomorrow and will write lots of stuff for Fish to pick apart

  • Comment 166, posted at 14.04.08 20:32:52 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Hehehehhe

    Rob

    you are a Saffa and you have that kojak look about you. You’re lucky they GAVE you a visa.

  • Comment 167, posted at 14.04.08 20:32:52 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Rob just seems to have a problem when he travels. :wink:

  • Comment 168, posted at 14.04.08 20:33:08 by Nessa Reply

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  • Okay night All.

    bed time for me.

    Don’t get up to any mischief now…………….

  • Comment 169, posted at 14.04.08 20:35:50 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Night everyone, sorry for my slow posting, but some people here expect me to work when I am at work. Silly isn’t it? :lol:

  • Comment 170, posted at 14.04.08 20:39:03 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • ok guess that means I’m off to bed too :wink:
    that is if I am invited KSA :lol:
    night everybody, catch some of you tomorrow I guess

  • Comment 171, posted at 14.04.08 20:40:00 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • Night everyone, sorry for my slow posting, but some people here expect me to work when I am at work. Silly isn’t it?

    Comment 170 of 171, posted at 14.04.08 20:39:03 by Dancing Bear

    absolutely crazy :lol: best you have a word or six with them DB :lol: work should NEVER interfere with your blogging :mrgreen:
    night

  • Comment 172, posted at 14.04.08 20:42:05 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • night kette, it was really nice to chat with you a bit. It has been far too long since I have chatted with you.

  • Comment 173, posted at 14.04.08 20:42:06 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • agree totally DB, will have to make a plan for that ‘catch up’ on your side of the planet :razz:

  • Comment 174, posted at 14.04.08 20:44:17 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • Work – what’s that???

    Good night all – also going to sign off.

    Watched Trevor Immelman until 2 o’clock in the morning – crazy – and now I am mega tired!

  • Comment 175, posted at 14.04.08 20:48:18 by Nessa Reply

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  • Nessa, how could you watch the Masters? The Augusta Country Club which hosts the Masters every year still does not allow women members and does not even allow women to play on their courses. Disgusting.

  • Comment 176, posted at 14.04.08 20:52:43 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Too late by golly!

    Its ok though – I will post anyway.

    I think the WC Boks are still unrecovered from a tough season – thats why so many of them are out of form and partly why the Bulls are so crap.

  • Comment 177, posted at 14.04.08 20:59:39 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Comment 176
    And rightly so :twisted:

  • Comment 178, posted at 14.04.08 21:53:24 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply

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