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Nine into four won’t go

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Super 14 on 28 Apr 2008 at 08:30

Nostradamus couldn’t predict this season’s four Super 14 semi-finalists after another weekend of snakes and ladders for the competition’s nine remaining contenders.

Darren Walton writes in The Advertiser that below the table-topping Crusaders, the NSW Waratahs soared to second place, the Sharks slipped to third, the Chiefs rose to fourth, the Hurricanes advanced to fifth, the Stormers won but slid two spots to sixth, the Brumbies climbed to seventh and the Blues continued their freefall to eighth.

Western Force received nothing for the bye but are somehow still alive as just eight points separates the teams occupying between third and ninth position entering the final three rounds of the regular season.

“Anything’s possible,” acknowledged NSW coach Ewen McKenzie after the Waratahs completed a perfect home campaign with a 25-10 bonus-point victory over the Sharks at the Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday night. “It’s going to go down to the wire.”

The Waratahs’ record-equalling fifth straight win propelled the Sydneysiders four points clear of the third-placed Sharks, but skipper Phil Waugh was taking nothing for granted ahead of a gruelling three-game road trip that will take his team to Pretoria, Cape Town and Brisbane for showdowns with the Bulls, Stormers and Queensland Reds.

“The nature of this competition is that, if you slacken off, you lose games,” Waugh said.

“So we’re not getting too carried away. We’re not thinking about home semi-finals or anything like that. We’re just thinking about getting to Pretoria next week and just trying to maintain the momentum we’ve got at the moment.

“We’re sitting on 36 points. I don’t know how many you need to get to the semis, but we know we need more than that.”

The Crusaders are the only side virtually assured of a playoff berth.

The six-times Super champions opened up a seven-point break over the Waratahs with a thrilling 26-22 win over the Blues in Christchurch on Friday night.

The Crusaders will have the opportunity to clinch a top-two spot and, with it, a home semi-final when they host the faltering Sharks on Friday night. A third successive defeat for the Sharks, after they opened with seven straight wins, would oust the Durban outfit from the top four.

The Chiefs enhanced their prospects with a 32-20 bonus-point win over the Reds in Hamilton on Saturday night, the Waikato side’s fifth consecutive triumph just the tonic ahead of three testing away games against the Force, Lions and Sharks.


  • Crusaders, Tahs, Chiefs, Stormers. That’s what my money says

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.04.08 08:42:06 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Oh ye of little faith.

    Sharks will do the Chiefs and the Cheetahs.

    We will be in the semi’s but probably not in Dbn. Hopefully in CT.

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.04.08 09:48:48 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • We could do with the Force beating the Chiefs this weekend!
    Loads of teams in that group meeting each other so points are going to be dropped and I agree it will go down to the wire!

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.04.08 09:50:27 by Villie Reply
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  • How are we going to beat the Chiefs without a flyhalf? If we play like we did on Saturday, we’ll even lose to the Cheetahs

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.04.08 10:26:41 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Supposing we lose this weekend against Crusaders, we can’t afford a hammering as points difference could be crucial. It’s not looking good and if we do lose, then we need a bonus point!

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.04.08 14:02:59 by Villie Reply
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  • YIP.

    We have a difficult few weeks ahead.

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.04.08 14:06:34 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • How about a team like this:


    Ackers…is he over?

    Bench: Beast, Burden, AJ, Keegan, Kockett, Stefan, Henno

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.04.08 14:12:57 by Villie Reply
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  • i don’t think Ackers went.

    I would play Ruan rather than Steyn. Then bring Steyn on later with more options of where to play him dependant on how the game goes, hopefully not at 10 though :wink:

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.04.08 14:19:15 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • otherwise the team is cool. By NO means a “B” side

    Would have to be Albert at 4 and AJ as backup.

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.04.08 14:20:19 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • :lol: KSA, I think I’m the only one on here that would play Steyn at 10.
    I’m not keen about constantly changing the backline as I prefer continuity but that has all gone up in the air so far this season. I think it’s time Adi is given a start at 13 to see what he can do…only fair.

    On the subject of playing players out of position, that is why I believe the Wildebeeste and our junior teams have had a few poor years. It seems we keep moving players around and don’t allow them to grow in one position!

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.04.08 14:25:05 by Villie Reply
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  • Villie

    I am in agreement on the continuity thing, but also feel that Francois has had a go at 10 and didn’t do to well.

    On the one hand i would like RP to have another go there, but on the other hand (Darren) I would like to see someone (Steyn?) in there who can stop Tuiali’i when he breaks from the scrums.

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.04.08 14:27:51 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • I chose Deysel to try and give the loosies some more grunt. I’m a little concerned that the combination of Keegan and Botes is a little too lightweight. Both are good players in their own right…but the combination is not quite working.

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.04.08 14:34:37 by Villie Reply
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  • Blue Bulls player arrested for speeding

    April 28, 2008, 13:00

    A Blue Bulls player was arrested near Estcourt yesterday for speeding, the KwaZulu-Natal Transport Department said.

    Spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said the 21-year-old player, identified in other reports as centre Stephan Dippenaar, was caught travelling at 184km/h on the N3 freeway yesterday afternoon, the Independent Online reported yesterday.

    He was arrested and given bail of R1 500. He will appear in court tomorrow, Mngomezulu said. – Sapa

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.04.08 14:49:15 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply

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  • The Question is?

    Did the KZN Transport department get it wrong and the guy is a Bulls player or IS it a Blue Bulls player?

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.04.08 14:57:33 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • :oops: :lol:

    Seems I didn’t read the whole post. :oops: There was a similar article earlier that didn’t name the player. :lol: :oops:

    You can see it is home time for me.

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.04.08 14:59:39 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Question is: What was he doing in KZN – contract negotiations?

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.04.08 15:07:47 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply

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  • Difficult few weeks but sharks can still do it.
    A win against Saders going to be very difficult, but on their game sharks can look to be close (bonus point), then at home they will have two hard matches against chiefs and cheetahs, but the sharks have the heart and i think can pick themselves up and perhaps sneak in with some luck from the others. Bulls beating the Tahs this weekend would make a good start.

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.04.08 15:18:14 by cab Reply

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  • Stephan Dippenaar??????? Why would we be negotiating with him. Hilton College captain maybe? How about Kearsney 1st XV center?

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.04.08 16:52:15 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • How about if we just BEAT the Crusaders? Then our semi prospects are right back on track and all will be forgiven from the Tahs game! :grin: :lol:

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.04.08 18:14:01 by Villie Reply
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  • Suits me

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.04.08 19:11:14 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • We could easily have zero SA teams in the semi’s. I’m still hoping for two, but think best case we’ll have only one.

  • Comment 21, posted at 28.04.08 22:12:52 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • Perfect weekend would be if Sharks beat the Saders, Force beat Chiefs, Lions beat Canes (Stranger things have happened :roll: ), Bulls beat Tahs and Stormers klap Brumbies.

  • Comment 22, posted at 28.04.08 22:16:24 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • from your lips to God’s ears!

  • Comment 23, posted at 28.04.08 22:20:32 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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