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The Sharks – No longer unbeaten in 2008


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Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 20 Apr 2008 at 20:30

When Rob asked me to write a light hearted piece in light of the Sharks loss to the Brumbies, I replied that I needed to be in a light hearted mood before I tried, such was the disappointment I was feeling for the team. I then realised that however much I was feeling disappointed the team itself would be experiencing that to an even greater degree.

I watched the game with Epi Taoine and Kees Lensing at Sibaya. We were asked to give our pre-match, half time and post game views to the audience. Our sentiment at half time was unanimous – the Sharks are looking in fantastic form, they just need to come out firing for the first 10 minutes of the second half and we will have this game. History will show that didn’t happen, and the effects of that first 10 minutes of the 2nd half compounded to create the result. I firmly believe that if we fix that one thing, we will be a much more effective side. A real positive from my point of view.

Other positives for me was that the first half contained some of the best moments of the Sharks season so far – some great touches, flair and support play. We forced the Brumbies to play their best rugga of the season to beat us, their best by a long shot.

We had some calls that didn’t go our way – but that’s rugby. The team has been very good in the discipline department for most of the season, and for me it is good thing to have not performed well in this aspect now, as it gives us time to focus and fine tune.

We (as Sharks supporters) are experiencing for the first time what the Cheetahs have been experiencing regularly – the feeling of playing great rugby in patches, and loosing.

For me I get the feeling that a lot of frustration and disappointment comes from the fact that we know that this team is capable of so much more. Now as a Sharks supporter put your thinking hat on and imagine what it may be like to be a Bulls supporter – to have that much talent to burn, and only a few results to show for it. We can always talk about would of/could of/should of. The reality is our current placing on the log is very promising and the general consensus is that this team will fire sooner rather than later. The bigger picture will never dull the numb of frustration but it will certainly give perspective.

Go Sharks!

TG



80 Comments

  • TG – thanks for this. Certainly puts a lot into perspective. We mustn’t forget how AWESOME that first half was. Kanko looked the top no 8 in the whole world… He’s having a superb season.

    I hope you weren’t forced to share a platter with Kees and Epi… bet you there wouldn’t have been much food spare ;)

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.04.08 20:34:52 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Nice piece TG.

    I’ll tell you what I felt kak sitting in my lounge watching that game. Doing it in public must have been difficult.

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.04.08 20:40:07 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Let’s make this the innaugural meeting of Sharks Anonymous. :wink:

    My name is KSA and I am a Proud Shark Supporter.

    I realised I had this problem when i was about 12 years old.

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.04.08 20:42:12 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • I was about 13 when the bug really bit me hard… that was when I knew I had a problem ;)

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.04.08 20:43:11 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Rob – Its a pleasure, always happy to help out.

    There was plenty of food to go around, the staff looked after us well, and No, I didnt have to fight Epi (or Kees for that matter) off for Boerie rolls – apparently they are not as famous in Tonga as they are here ??!??

    KSA – I had that hollow feeling in my stomach, but it cant be a stitch on what they players must have felt.

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.04.08 20:46:00 by TG Reply

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  • The Sharks are still undefeated while wearing their black jerseys.

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.04.08 20:48:35 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Hey TG

    Thanks for the piece.

    Did Epi at least try a boerewors roll? Would love to have seen his face.

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.04.08 20:53:19 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Good point, db! Let’s ban the white ones

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.04.08 20:53:29 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • DB :lol:

    TG
    Are you going to join the team on tour at all?

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.04.08 20:54:25 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Still frustrated with yesterday’s loss, but we’re still in 2nd. The key is now we have to beat the ‘tahs. I would have thought they would be more difficult opponents than the Brumbies, the ‘tahs are playing very good rugby this season, and like the Sharks have managed to keep winning for the most part. I think it is true that teams must consider the Sharks their most difficult opponents this season, and consequently is is not difficult for a team to be fired up to play the Sharks. Everyone has everything to gain and nothing to lose. With the Bulls (last year’s champs) playing poorly, teams must look to the Sharks as the beaten finalists and up until this weekend undefeated as their most difficult opponents. We should expect everyone of our opponents to play their very best rugby of the season against us, it will make the season much more difficult for the Sharks than any other team, but I believe this team has the character to come through this most difficult season.

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.04.08 20:59:10 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Oh, and GO THE SHARKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :wink: :grin:

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.04.08 21:00:40 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • That’s the spirit

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.04.08 21:02:01 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Cos Stone Cold says so!

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.04.08 21:09:12 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Well said DB.

    As TG said. The Sharks showed some of their best form in the first half.

    Now was it a bad call or 60 that caused them to loose the plot? In a sense I hope so ONLY because it will give a reason for the change in performance and I would rather have something for them to be able to work with than to try and fish around in the dark as to what was behind the change. I am not saying that this sort of thing is as cut and dried as “the ref was kak so i stopped playing” or “my jockstrap was skew so i lost concentration”

    BUT I would like to believe that the team are strong enough to overcome that poor performance this coming week. I would love for them to carry on from the first half of this last week when they run out against the Tahs this weekend.

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.04.08 21:12:32 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • bed time for me guys.

    speak to you tomorrow.

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.04.08 21:13:25 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Sleep tight

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.04.08 21:14:43 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Loop nou! He he

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.04.08 21:15:41 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Why don’t anyone write about the LIONS….

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.04.08 21:56:58 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Cozz nobody cares to read…..LoL

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.04.08 21:57:15 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Walter writes Lions stories for us occasionally

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.04.08 22:10:31 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • :?: So should I not buy a white jersey when I’m in Durbs? I fully planned on wearing it at my wedding once I got tired of doing the whole dress thing.

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.04.08 03:02:53 by Milissa Reply

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  • Palooka’s…

    Muller is not a captains arse…

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.04.08 03:06:34 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • Bryce

    Nah dude You can’t blame this on the Captain. The whole team lost concentration and stopped playing. yes we can argue that a “John Smit” would have turned this around and won the game. Even JS lost games though.

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.04.08 06:51:11 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Sorry KSA… but whilst I think he is on form with his own game… he is not an assertive captain, never force-ably questions the ref nor inspires the troops on the field… I had high hopes for him as (C) once punting him as the new Bok (C)… there’s more to the position than good post match interviews…

    That said I’m certainly not blaming him for the loss…

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.04.08 10:16:06 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • Yeah, i agree, it was the whole team’s fault. Kockett cocked up, Steyn gift-wrapped an intercept, and the whole scrum did not commit themselves to the rucks at all. I would like to blame the ref for some dodgy calls but the truth is when you play hard and clean and hit those rucks well, the ref can’t fault you for anything…

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.04.08 10:20:02 by CapeShark Reply
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  • Bryce

    I have to agree with you there. He just accepted some of the decisions with a shrug of the shoulders or look of disbelief, without getting in the refs face to indicate his displeasure with it.

    Smit, or AJ would have been all over the ref albeit each in their own different way.

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.04.08 11:16:54 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • ok – I’m off to Austria

    Catch you guys later

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.04.08 11:26:20 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Well if no-one else wants to do it let me be the asshole then and piss on the parade here a bit.

    There is an extremely fine line between winning or losing close ones, and the Sharks, given the talent and continuity they had coming into 2008 did win almost every game, but they were always bordering on that line and unlike perhaps the Cheetahs, found themselves on the right end of the scale.

    To me that is because they have more experience than the Cheetahs and thus know how to close a game out better. So as much as supporters want to find solace in the fact that ‘it is our first loss’ or ‘we are still second on the log’ the reality to me is much harsher.

    I was yet again disappointed by their lack of being clinical in execution, especially on attack. Defensively Steyn is not a 13 for me either and rather just drop him or play him off the bench if you struggle to find a spot for him and bring Murray back. I also cannot believe the Sharks are struggling to find a decent goal kicker and that is possibly most worrying.

    I am a Muller fan but his inability to keep his players in check when things boiled over worried me, yes some calls go against you but the good captains keep their teams focused throughout those things. Steyn’s attitude when sent off is extremely worrying especially – you ask me someone needs to give him a PK.

    Make no mistake, the Sharks no comes up against the Tahs who by all accounts, is better than the Brumbies, and after that, the Saders who is better than both those combined. After that you have a resurgent Chiefs side who beat the Saders and the voodoo side, the Cheetahs to close things off. Right now the Sharks, and specifically Muller’s character needs to come to the fore and although I believe he has it in him, I am a bit worried.

    As quickly as the season turned for the Stormers when they started with 3 losses, can also happen to the Sharks in the remaining games, only difference is that 3 out of the 4 games left they play against teams who could still make the semi’s, so every weekend they will need to be on top form.

    No doubt I will still support them to make the play-off’s, but I get that all too familiar feeling of ‘losing the games that matter’.

    Let’s wait and see.

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.04.08 12:35:38 by MorneN Reply
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  • Good afternoon all.

    Why is it that when the Sharks lose – I feel like I have lost a member of my family??? I try and tell myself it is just a game – but that doesn’t work.

    It is easy to say – it is only one loss – but looking at our next 2 games – it could become a huge problem. There are about 4 or 5 teams right on our tail. The Tahs are only 1 point behind us. I am trying not to be negative – but we could land up not being in the semis at all (never mind a home semi).

    Everyone last week was moaning because people like me were saying this is where we needed the bonus points – in case of a tight finish for the semis.

    Hopefully this is what the boys needed – a bit of a wake up call – and they will come out with guns blazing this weekend.

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.04.08 12:49:58 by Nessa Reply

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  • A very dire prediction indeed and one that could so easily happen. I have faith that Frodo will make it to Mount Doom, though

    oh, wait. What site am I on now?

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.04.08 12:51:13 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Morne

    We have an excellent goal kicker in Kockott. he has missed but a few kiskc this season and had an almost 100% record in the CC last year.

  • Comment 31, posted at 21.04.08 12:55:14 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • KSA – sadly in close games like this the missed kicks land up costing you the match.

  • Comment 32, posted at 21.04.08 12:56:44 by Nessa Reply

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  • Steyn’s attitude when sent off is extremely worrying especially – you ask me someone needs to give him a PK.

    I saw Donner’s comments on that this morning and am surprised you take the same stance Donner went as far as saying it was as bad as Burgers binning.

    Yes the guy was pissed off when he was binned. Was he binned with reason? He and a lot of other people, me included, believe it was a harsh call. Was he as pissed off as Burger? Probably. Did he behave nearly as bad as Burger? Not even CLOSE!!!!!

  • Comment 33, posted at 21.04.08 12:59:16 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Well I would like to know his % this year so far because he looked way off-form to me.

  • Comment 34, posted at 21.04.08 12:59:23 by MorneN Reply
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  • Yes nessa they do, but to say we are having difficulty finding a decent kicker is a bit harsh though.

  • Comment 35, posted at 21.04.08 12:59:50 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • That seems to be trying to justify and end to a means KSA. Burger’s action or reaction was shocking and dealt with accordingly, problem I have with Steyn is that he loses his cool way too quickly and its going to cost him and his team.

    Yes it is experience but still no excuse.

  • Comment 36, posted at 21.04.08 13:01:02 by MorneN Reply
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  • KSA – I think Rory is our best bet at the moment. He did us proud in the CC and is definitely kicking better than Ruan.

  • Comment 37, posted at 21.04.08 13:03:12 by Nessa Reply

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  • Off to get some lunch – back soon.

  • Comment 38, posted at 21.04.08 13:03:36 by Nessa Reply

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  • Morne

    Don’t you worry about the Tahs game, I am not worried. :wink:

    Yes the Sharks were KAK in the second half. I believe they will learn from that and not make the same mistake against the Tahs. As Tim said “Other positives for me was that the first half contained some of the best moments of the Sharks season so far – some great touches, flair and support play”

    We just need to ensure our heads don’t hit neutral again this coming weekend.

  • Comment 39, posted at 21.04.08 13:04:12 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Morne

    The guy was pissed off and he showed it. Nothing wrong with that IMO. if he had sworn at the ref or the TJ or the camera then I would also be calling for some sort of action against him.

    All he did was show his disgust. In cricket that is not allowed in Rugby it is. :wink:

  • Comment 40, posted at 21.04.08 13:06:07 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • The Sharks certainly have issues that have been brewing for a while but with the right solutions I still believe they can still be Super 14 champs for 2008.

  • Comment 41, posted at 21.04.08 13:07:42 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Nessa #29

    I think you are worried because of the 2nd half performance and probably rightly so. But don’t be. We played magnificent rugby in the first half and lost concentration in the 2nd half.

    The guys will ensure that we play 1st half rugby for both halves next week. :wink: (Well i hope so anyway)

  • Comment 42, posted at 21.04.08 13:09:14 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • How’s this for opposing opinions?

    PA’s
    Make no mistake, the Sharks now comes up against the Tahs who by all accounts, is better than the Brumbies, and after that, the Saders who is better than both those combined. After that you have a resurgent Chiefs side who beat the Saders and the voodoo side, the Cheetahs to close things off.

    Sapa ( don’t mention the authors name)
    The two South African franchises who still have a chance to make it to the Super 14 semi-finals, the Sharks and the Stormers, have reasonably favourable fixtures ahead in their last four matches.

    I think SAPA puprposely don’t mention the author of their piece becasue he may be fired for being drunk and high on the job.!!!!!!!!!!!!

    How the heck can this guy think we have a favourable run in to the semi’s.

  • Comment 43, posted at 21.04.08 13:31:43 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • I think Frans does need a bit of a reality check, but there’s no way his action was even a tenth as petulant as Burger’s was. I’m not surprised our erstwhile friend thought it was – he’s a pretty twisted individual, after all.

  • Comment 44, posted at 21.04.08 13:33:07 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • our draw is now favourable… just not for us ;)

    No, to be honest, I like the fact that there’s no ambiguity any more. Every game from here to the end is a must win for us.

  • Comment 45, posted at 21.04.08 13:34:04 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • 37. Nessa i agree with you. Rory is much better than Pienaar at the moment. don’t know what is wrong with Pienaar. maybe he needs a rest because he is so slow behind the pack. IMO :???:

  • Comment 46, posted at 21.04.08 13:35:47 by Reds Reply

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  • Rob Exactly.

    Our draw is anything BUT easy/favourable/enticing/(choose your own word).

    “1st half rugby for two halves” Is my new slogan

  • Comment 47, posted at 21.04.08 13:36:21 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Please excuse my ignorance – but who is TG and why does he hang around with the “we should actually pay the Sharks back our contract fee society”?

  • Comment 48, posted at 21.04.08 13:56:39 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Anyone who pulls out a ‘no-look’ tap-on pass from inside his own half which then goes a mile forward and gets intercepted, needs to have his head assessed. i know some of you are steyn fans but Murray would never do that in a million years! my thoughts on Steyn are: just because he can kick a ball over the grand canyon doesn’t make him a good player much in the same way as the Harlem globetrotters are necessarily good basketball players.

  • Comment 49, posted at 21.04.08 13:56:51 by CapeShark Reply
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  • Comment 49 of 49, posted at 21.04.08 13:56:51 by CapeShark

    CapeShark…..now wasn’t that a bit of catty comment?

  • Comment 50, posted at 21.04.08 14:01:03 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • No KSA I disagree quite strongly on this issue.

    Players, any player losing his head like that becomes a liability to the team. Steyn showed it and Kanko showed it and almost received a red for his efforts.

    When things get tought the team needs to toughen up, not lose it, which is possibly why you lost the game, discipline.

    More so, the fact that Muller could not restore calm with all these individuals ‘losing their cool’ is worrying to me as he is the captain, and one I rate at that.

    Discipline was a huge reason you lost this one, therefore neither Steyn nor Kanko’s reaction can and should be justified under any circumstances.

    Worst of all, the Sharks is a much better team than this, and to me a team that does not live up to its promise is a team underperforming. Sometimes you win more games than not like the Sharks by not living up to the expectation than let’s say the Bulls who is also not living up to expectation but losing, but it still remains inexcusable.

    It is the reason the Sharks have had the best team for so many years in the last decade but have not won a cup or tournament in about 15 years.

    Or as you said before, play scintilating rugby in patches for 40 minutes…

  • Comment 51, posted at 21.04.08 14:05:00 by MorneN Reply
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  • It was a moment of madness, Dive Pass. Like a football defender kicking across his goal. Oh well, the folly of youth. If Dick Muir insists on keeping him in the team at the expense of other players, then he’s only got himself to blame.

  • Comment 52, posted at 21.04.08 14:06:20 by CapeShark Reply
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  • Oh well, Barrit’s crocked: Now Steyn must play inside centre whether he likes it or not.
    http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=6&click_id=4&art_id=vn20080421111002513C849968

  • Comment 53, posted at 21.04.08 14:09:52 by CapeShark Reply
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  • DivePass

    Your ignorance is excused. :wink:

    TG is Tim Goodenough he is the Sharks Mental conditioning coach. he has stayed in SA to work with the Wildebeeste while the Sharks are on tour.

  • Comment 54, posted at 21.04.08 14:11:10 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Comment 54 of 54, posted at 21.04.08 14:11:10 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!)

    The Sharks Mental conditioning coach wasn’t with them on tour, the time when they need the most psyching up????? No wonder they had the mental collapse in the second half! That’s just not good enough….

  • Comment 55, posted at 21.04.08 14:18:44 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • The reason we lost the game is very simple. No ball possession in the second half means we only scored 3 points. You don’t score many points playing without the ball in your own 22.

    Whose fault is that ? Partly the ref, partly our forwards who could not get the ball off the Brumbies and stop them recycling for hundreds of phases.

    It looked to me like the Brumbies were getting away with everything and anything in the loose, while we got pinged, penalised and carded at the slightest excuse.

    If that happens again, the guys have to come up with a plan to change the game around, instead of getting frustrated and helping the ref further loose his composure as well. Lets hope they live and learn.

  • Comment 56, posted at 21.04.08 14:21:13 by yossarian Reply

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    That’s just not (Tim) good enough….
    Comment 55 of 55, posted at 21.04.08 14:18:44 by Dive Pass

  • Comment 57, posted at 21.04.08 14:21:53 by MorneN Reply
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  • Okay let’s catch up :evil: FU^&*(N internet. :evil:

    in the same way as the Harlem globetrotters are necessarily good basketball players.

    Comment 49 of 57, posted at 21.04.08 13:56:51 by CapeShark Edit

    YOU said it. :wink: Sigmund Freud a friend of yours? :wink:

  • Comment 58, posted at 21.04.08 14:26:39 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • I agree that it’s crazy for the Sharks to tour without their head coach

  • Comment 59, posted at 21.04.08 14:28:14 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • PA # 51

    Essentially i agree with everything you say except the Steyn issue.

    Kankowski was penalised legitimately and MAYBE the card was harsh. Steyn was NOT penalised legitimately which made the card even more harsh.

    I will always believe that a player can show his frustration at being sent off provided he doesn’t go over board. What Steyn did at the RWC after he got his yellow was not acceptable. What he did this weekend was bordering on unacceptable and had he gone any further i would be in total agreement that he be punished ot spoken to.

  • Comment 60, posted at 21.04.08 14:33:29 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • I agree that it’s crazy for the Sharks to tour without their head coach

    Comment 59 of 60, posted at 21.04.08 14:28:14 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Edit

    Is Dick not with them on tour? :shock:

  • Comment 61, posted at 21.04.08 14:34:23 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Nope still dont agree.

    The fact whether the call was right or not is irrelivant.

    The fact that he completely lost his cool and composure is.

    Decisions will go against you, losing your head over it does nothing, except rile your team mates up too and remember, he still came back on the park obviously thinking about the decision still.

    I will say it again, how he lost his cool and how it affected not only his but the Sharks game in general is unacceptable.

  • Comment 62, posted at 21.04.08 14:37:49 by MorneN Reply
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  • I think Mr Steyn could do with a spell on the bench but with Barritt out I can’t see it happening…I just can’t see Dick starting with Adi at 12 and Murray at 13.

  • Comment 63, posted at 21.04.08 14:42:47 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • I still don’t agree either :wink:

    This is going to be one of those unresolved subjects i’m afraid. But i will give it one last shot.

    Did he completely lose his cool and composure? I don’t think he did. he lost his cool at the WC but not this weekend.

  • Comment 64, posted at 21.04.08 14:45:08 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Well his attitude subsequent to being sent off did not really come over as him being content even if slightly livid with the decision especially given his reaction to the cameraman.

    Nope he lost it.

  • Comment 65, posted at 21.04.08 14:52:57 by MorneN Reply
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  • I agree with KSA on this issue of Steyn – I think he is entitled to show a bit of frustration. It was not on the field and it was not pointed at an individual linesman or ref. It was at the camera in his face – leave him be.

  • Comment 66, posted at 21.04.08 14:58:11 by Nessa Reply

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  • I actually didn’t see what he did to the camera or cameraman. I was busy typing updates on the match :sad:

  • Comment 67, posted at 21.04.08 15:16:41 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • He didn’t actually do anything – he just walked away – he didn’t want them in his face.

  • Comment 68, posted at 21.04.08 15:21:10 by Nessa Reply

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  • Hello All.
    My mourning period is aver but i must say that second half was pretty bad, if not one of the worst in many a year.

    You cant blame Steyn for getting pissed with a camera in his face, i would too.

  • Comment 69, posted at 21.04.08 15:30:52 by billy Reply

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  • I didn’t think his reaction to the cameraman was all that bad..It could have been alot worse.

    As for TG not being on tour maybe it’s a good thing he’s ‘here’ with us instead. Hey TG what’s your take on pre-game rituals & superstitions? Interested in an in-depth study of rugby related OCD? I’m yer woman. ;)

  • Comment 70, posted at 21.04.08 15:36:32 by Milissa Reply

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  • #68

    So then what is the hoohaa about?

  • Comment 71, posted at 21.04.08 16:46:05 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • I’m not entirely sure..from what I saw on mediazone, Steyn took his seat and a cameraman swarmed in on him. Steyn proceeded to gesture with both his hands for the guy to go away. I didn’t see any vulgar or rude hand gestures and from my angle I couldn’t see if he was speaking so perhaps he muttered a few choice words?

  • Comment 72, posted at 21.04.08 17:04:02 by Milissa (25 days to Durban!) Reply

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  • hell this is dissapointing, just watching the match now, rest of tour going to be very difficult.

  • Comment 73, posted at 21.04.08 19:40:11 by cab Reply

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  • Hey Cab. :sad:

    We are the Sharks we are gonna rock!!!!

  • Comment 74, posted at 21.04.08 19:51:33 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • 2 yellow cards, bryce lawrence is utterly useless.
    actually this yellow card system is ruining the game, the brumbies were not the better team.

  • Comment 75, posted at 21.04.08 20:33:55 by cab Reply

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  • hi KSA,
    BJ Botha, Bismarck and Kankowski are brilliant, defnitely a cut above, springboks.

  • Comment 76, posted at 21.04.08 20:38:36 by cab Reply

    cabVodacom Cup player
     
  • I agree with you now we just need to convince lawrence :roll:

  • Comment 77, posted at 21.04.08 20:39:16 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • sharks outmuscled at breakdown by smith and hoyles.

  • Comment 78, posted at 21.04.08 20:40:23 by cab Reply

    cabVodacom Cup player
     
  • i mean the referee’s blown them right out of it.
    not a big one for blaming the ref, but 2 yellow cards.
    absolute crap, geroge smith was lying over every ball in the 1st hafl.
    hopeless, he actually looks like a little tosspot.

  • Comment 79, posted at 21.04.08 20:52:03 by cab Reply

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  • Glad they havent put up the usual tipping summary and have to admit I tipped for a Sharks loss. Sort of was this one see coming from a distance. Let me correct firsly I honestly dont want them to lose but you have to realize the S14 competition at this stage. Surely your hunger and desperate teams , specially at home always produce the goods on the day. The same may happen this weekend and all the danger is there.

    The S14 is not about stay unbeaten because some or other time you will drop a game. The secret is always the reaction to a loss. The Stormers lost a few in the start but myself was satisfied in the way they fight this through week after week. Once they won again it was if they gathered the confidense week after week and up their play. Now they sure as hell look like a difficult team to beat on Newlands. Was there this weekend and had a super day.

    The Sharks just have to win this weekend to get back winning. They have the Saders and the Chiefs also left and have to win two out of this three games to stay in the top lot.

  • Comment 80, posted at 22.04.08 10:48:47 by PaarlBok Reply

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