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Sharks’ bombs will rain down on us, says McKenzie

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 23 Apr 2008 at 06:47
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Wet weather is not forecast for Saturday’s Super 14 clash between the Waratahs and Sharks in Sydney but NSW still expect a heavy downpour – of footballs rather than raindrops.

Rupert Guinness reports for RugbyHeaven that the Waratahs believe the Sharks will bombard them with high balls at the Sydney Football Stadium.

“They have got an extensive kicking game and it is something we will have to deal with,” Waratahs coach Ewen McKenzie said yesterday. “We are looking forward to a bright night on Saturday … But, yeah, I think the rain will be replaced by high balls.”

McKenzie also believes the Sharks will challenge with some strategic kicking from behind the ruck. And he predicts that their French playmaker Frederic Michalak will be heavily in the fray there.

“They have a high kicking number, but they probably use it to get themselves on the front foot more than other teams,” McKenzie said.

“It is in the subtlety in their kicking. They use their nine and the short kicking game from Michalak. It gets the ball in behind quite a bit. They play coming on to that. They are a team that not necessarily uses their forwards to promote the ball in general play.

“They will use the kicking game to do that.”

NSW name their side tomorrow, but are unsure if No.6 Rocky Elsom (quadriceps strain) or back Timana Tahu (hamstring) will be available.

After undergoing a gruelling fitness test on Monday, Elsom had another scan yesterday. Tahu ran lightly at Waratahs training but left smiling.


  • Good attempt at trying to get the sharks to change their gameplan this. :roll:

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.04.08 06:48:25 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Sharks looked most dangerous last week when running with ball in hand. Our real strengths were forcing the half gap and offloading in the tackle. I’ve always thought we completely overdo the bombs, to our detriment

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.04.08 07:08:29 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • I am most dangerous when my internet connection gives me kak.

    :evil: :evil:

    I am going home now to work from there for the rest of the day. :evil: :cool:

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.04.08 07:13:57 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • good luck.

    I’ll be presenting all day, thus will be ultra-scarce

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.04.08 07:33:14 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Nice try Macca… although nothing surprises me with the Saffa game plans…

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.04.08 07:37:13 by bryce_in_oz Reply

    bryce_in_ozCurrie Cup player
  • I’ll be quite happy if we beat them 3-0, to be honest ;)

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.04.08 07:42:03 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Look AT THAT!!!!!!!!

    Page opened first time. :cool:

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.04.08 07:46:40 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Agree with RD that we often piss possession away with our kicking rather than making use of our excellent back line. Look at what keeping the ball in hand did for us against the Blues and (first half) Brumbies.

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.04.08 09:44:11 by Waz Reply

    WazUnder 21 player
  • Personally I don’t want Elsom to play on Saturday. So Powers That Be, do your job…. :smile:

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.04.08 09:49:46 by Nita Reply

    NitaVodacom Cup player
  • I think neither Elsom nor tahu will play. (or should that be HOPE) :wink:

    Either way we can take these guys.

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.04.08 10:09:51 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • #3. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.04.08 10:17:42 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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    IceAssistant coach
  • Haai Antie, Hoe gaan dit?

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.04.08 10:19:02 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • #12

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.04.08 10:33:29 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply

    Kal-ElCurrie Cup player
  • Hi Ice, ek voel so sleg vir Sykes, dat hy nou huis toe moes gaan. Hy het so goed gedoen…. :sad:

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.04.08 10:38:25 by Nita Reply

    NitaVodacom Cup player
  • She sommer ducked after that comment. :oops:

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.04.08 10:38:37 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach

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