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It’s Semi-Final Time!


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 23 May 2008 at 09:57

Let’s get into the mood for the big game by remembering the Sharks’ previous triumphs (and failures) in Super Rugby playoff games over the last 12 years.

The Sharks (or Natal, back in those days) first qualified for the semi-finals of the Super 12 in the competition’s inaugural year, 1996. Finishing fourth on the table with 33 points (from only 6 wins and 5 losses) they were clear underdogs going into the semi-final against the table-topping Reds at their Ballymore stronghold. Not for the first time (or the last), the banana boys went on to record a memorable victory against the odds, emerging as 43-25 victors. The stand-out performance on the night came from none other than left wing Jacobus Ferdinand “Cabous” van der Westhuizen, who scored three of Natal’s seven tries.

Fans will remember 1997 for the horrendous “beauty pageant” jersey design that Natal adopted; the black shirt had a diagonal white stripe reminiscent of the sashes dished out to Miss World runners up everywhere. The campaign got off to a perfect start when debutant Gavin Lawless memorably scored half a ton on his own in the opening game against the Highlanders. Natal only managed 5 wins out of 11, but courtesy of two draws and plenty bonus points, they again snuck into the semis in fourth spot. Coming up against the Blues (who had only lost a single game in the round-robin stage) they went down in a 55-36, 8 try to 6 thriller that sounded far more comprehensive than it actually was, considering we were basically blown out of the game by the referee. My memory is somewhat shaky, but I recall Fijian winger Joeli Vidiri doing most of the damage that day. Funny thing is, we all remember him as huge, but Frans Steyn is bigger than he was!

The following season, the newly named Coastal Sharks won 7 out of 11 games to go one better and end third on the table. A new force was emerging in the competition, though, after the Blues had taken the title in the first two seasons. The Crusaders from Canterbury finished in second spot that year and it was again on the back of an incredibly dodgy refereeing display that the eventual champions overcame the Sharks in the semi-final 36 points to 32. The Sharks outscored the hosts on that day by 5 tries to four but it was not enough to see them through to their second final.

The Sharks were hampered by a combination of senior players departing and poor coaching appointments over the next two seasons. but were back with a bang in 2001, now wearing grey jerseys and securing a home semi-final for the first time in their history. Finishing second with 8 wins from 11, they hosted the Cats in the semi-final in Durban. Fans will remember the resulting 5 try to zero, 30-12 drubbing as “the Butch James show” as the mercurial pivot was in absolutely untouchable form, playing a vital role in virtually all of the tries the Sharks ran in.

2002 through 2005 were dark years indeed for the Sharks as we wallowed in the mire of the “Kevin Putt era”. A pair of finishes right near the bottom of the ladder (never quite at the bottom, thanks to the Cats) led into a more promising seventh-spot finish in 2004, as the team enjoyed one of their best tours in history, only to go and and lose every single match they played at home. 2005 saw the Sharks finish stone last, with a solitary victory over the Brumbies in Dick Muir’s first game in charge the only ray of light. In that game, we witnessed a superb long-range try from a young scrumhalf by the name of Pienaar, the first of many.

Muir’s first full season in 2006 saw the side narrowly miss out on a fourth-placed finish thanks to the Stormers’ tame capitulation in the final round-robin fixture against the Bulls. 2007, as we all know, saw the Sharks top the table and host a semi-final against the Blues in Durban. The Sharks prevailed in a 34-18, 3 try to 2 performance which saw them rampant in the first half, yet forced to dig deep as the Aucklanders came back hard in the third quarter. It was a big win, particularly when looking back at the pain that the Blues inflicted on us in play-off games in the early years of the competition.

What will the score be when the Sharks play their first-ever semi-final against the Waratahs in 2008? A single log-point separates the sides at the end of the round-robin, with both sides having won 9 from 13, with a single draw and three loses. Home-ground advantage favours the Tahs, but the Sharks have played the better rugby in the last fortnight. Or will the specter of the 25-10 thrashing handed out at the Sydney Football Stadium a month ago be enough to ensure the Sharks don’t produce another memorable upset?

We’ve never lost a semi-final on Australian soil! Sharks Forever!



131 Comments

  • @blackshark – B.O.T.O.B! (Comment 42) :
    Just busy, Marcus.
    Why was this site down? And so slow stil. BAAAAD omen 4 the Sharks?

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.05.08 13:58:42 by Cru-El Reply
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  • As you say, missed out narrowly in 2006, even more narrowly in 2007. I say 2008 is the year. Third time lucky!! Go Sharks!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.05.08 10:04:26 by Nessa Reply
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  • GO SHAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRKKKSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.05.08 10:12:24 by classic Reply
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  • @classic (Comment 2) :

    Okay Classic – so you had to go and outdo me! :wink:

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.05.08 10:18:03 by Nessa Reply
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  • May Justice prevail. Home final with the Sharks taking the Super 14 title… Go Sharks

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.05.08 10:23:19 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 4) :

    Is this asking too much?

    Somebody please give us a break!!! We want this…we need this…but most of all…we deserve this!!! Go sharks!

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.05.08 10:24:57 by blackshark N.R.N.S! Reply

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  • Hope the Sharks make it this year. They been bridesmaid often enough. We need to keep the cup in SA.

    GO SHARKS!! :grin:

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.05.08 10:30:26 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • @blackshark N.R.N.S! (Comment 5) : I still have nightmares of the Habana try last year…..We REALLY deserve this… Jeez I’m already getting nervous. Will have ti start drinking early tomorrow :smile:

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.05.08 10:31:42 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 7) : make mine a double

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.05.08 10:37:00 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Best of luck, and I wish you success.

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.05.08 11:21:50 by BGG Reply

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  • @BGG (Comment 9) : Thanks BGG. Going to be tough as hell

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.05.08 11:25:13 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 8) :

    I’ll save that for after the game…either way I’LL NEED IT!!!

    Good old beer after breakfast then… :razz:

    @BGG (Comment 9) : Appreciate it!

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.05.08 11:49:48 by blackshark - B.O.T.O.B! Reply

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  • @blackshark – B.O.T.O.B! (Comment 11) : Bring Our Trophy Our Boys? ;)

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.05.08 11:52:16 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Ok, so you’ve all said it already and I agree. SHARKS FOREVER!!!!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.05.08 11:56:15 by Nita Reply

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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 12) :

    10/10 for creativity…
    Bring On The Opera Boys!

    I’m ready now…

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.05.08 12:07:18 by blackshark - B.O.T.O.B! Reply

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  • Opera? Oh my word. Have you heard some of those okes try to sing?

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.05.08 12:09:06 by robdylan (First Sydney, then the World) Reply
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  • Dan the man is at it again…

    http://iafrica.com/sport/columns/dan_world/243755.htm

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.05.08 12:31:48 by blackshark - B.O.T.O.B! Reply

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  • @robdylan (First Sydney, then the World) (Comment 15) :

    I figured that with the Opera-House and stuff they can hit a few high nad low notes. I hope they’ll hit the lowest barritone this weekend… :wink:

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.05.08 12:34:18 by blackshark - B.O.T.O.B! Reply

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  • @robdylan (First Sydney, then the World) (Comment 15) :

    Oh my word…I guess I’m a bit dyslexic cos I saw DISNEY somewhere next to your nick…

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.05.08 12:37:13 by blackshark - B.O.T.O.B! Reply

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  • May this indeed be third time lucky!

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.05.08 12:41:12 by AB Rugby Supporters Voice Reply

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  • See on the Bulls website they not behind the Sharks at all.!!!!
    Come on Sharkies show them who should have been the real defending champs :!: :!: :evil:
    GO SHARKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.05.08 12:43:11 by Reds Reply

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  • @Reds (Comment 20) : Not entirely correct, here is an extract from the Bulls supporters site : Dink maar wat
    ‘n paar weke gelede in die Blou Bul land gebeur het. Nou gaan ons almal vir ‘n paar weke rus en
    die Sharks en Springbokke ondersteun en self Barend van Graan en sy manne sal rustiger
    slaap met die wete dat hul darem miljoen rand in die bank is. Wees gegroet ou Blou grote.

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.05.08 12:47:14 by AB Rugby Supporters Voice Reply

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  • @AB Rugby Supporters Voice (Comment 21) : This is a part of one of their blogs: Go read their comments and you’ll see the most of their supporters are against Sharks winning :evil: :evil:
    169. Sharks 20 – Tahs 24 monster
    Sharks 14 – Tahs 22 Daisy
    Sharks 22 – Tahs 14 Blou Dino
    Sharks 17 – Tahs 19 AK
    Sharks 24 – Tahs 21 EEE (maar net omdat dit vir SA is
    Sharks 18 – Tahs 26 Spaanse Bul

    Hou noun op om my score weg te [email protected]….

    Posted by ASSKICKER (Die BUL is terug !!!) Friday, May 23, 2008 – 10:14

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.05.08 12:54:09 by Reds Reply

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  • @AB Rugby Supporters Voice (Comment 21) :

    Would you care to translate that? :neutral:

    I got something about Blou Bulls rallying behind the Sharks and Bokke in the next couple of weeks.
    I didn’t get the part about Barend van Graan…

  • Comment 24, posted at 23.05.08 12:58:49 by blackshark - B.O.T.O.B! Reply

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  • Hey guys! I’m a newbie :cool:

    Come on Sharks!!! We need to dictate the entire 80 (82 these days) minutes.. and I know we can do that

  • Comment 25, posted at 23.05.08 13:02:32 by Frisbee Reply

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  • @blackshark – B.O.T.O.B! (Comment 23) : Just that van Graan will be glad with the million they banked :lol:

  • Comment 26, posted at 23.05.08 13:02:46 by AB Rugby Supporters Voice Reply

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  • @AB Rugby Supporters Voice (Comment 25) :

    oh…thanks… :grin:

  • Comment 27, posted at 23.05.08 13:04:13 by blackshark - B.O.T.O.B! Reply

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  • @Frisbee (Comment 24) :

    Hey frisbee…welcome aboard fellow Sharkie…

    We have to push for 85 minutes if it goes that far… :smile:

  • Comment 28, posted at 23.05.08 13:05:35 by blackshark - B.O.T.O.B! Reply

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  • @blackshark – B.O.T.O.B! (Comment 27) :

    thanks blackshark! i am so nervous i can’t do anything to make the time past fast enough! we also need to be comfortable with playing against 16 men… how many white cards to we get a game? I’ve never seen one being used

  • Comment 29, posted at 23.05.08 13:11:32 by Frisbee Reply

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  • @Frisbee (Comment 28) :

    Same here – have to rush the next couple of hours.

    Are you in SA?

    No white cards so far in the S14…so hopefully Bryce will behave.

  • Comment 30, posted at 23.05.08 13:18:07 by blackshark - B.O.T.O.B! Reply

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  • @blackshark – B.O.T.O.B! (Comment 29) :

    my bad I must have picked up something somewhere and got it muddled up.. ya I’m in cape town – part of the supporters club actually! keeping my eye on flights to durban next week :wink: you?

  • Comment 31, posted at 23.05.08 13:20:54 by Frisbee Reply

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  • welcome to the site, Frisbee!

    Good news, Big Nik “Shamako” is now my friend on FaceBook

  • Comment 32, posted at 23.05.08 13:21:29 by robdylan (First Sydney, then the World) Reply
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  • I’m in Durban :mrgreen:

    Don’t have a season’s ticket so I might have to camp outside the Shark Tank one of these days…

  • Comment 33, posted at 23.05.08 13:24:13 by blackshark - B.O.T.O.B! Reply

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  • @blackshark – B.O.T.O.B! (Comment 32) : If the final comes to Durbs, we might just have a nice surprise in store. Just another reason to stay hopeful.

  • Comment 34, posted at 23.05.08 13:25:26 by robdylan (First Sydney, then the World) Reply
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  • @robdylan (First Sydney, then the World) (Comment 31) :

    thanks robdylan – good to be here!

    @blackshark – B.O.T.O.B! (Comment 32) :

    haha I hope you know some people who know some people! ;) I only bought my season ticket last year after the final because i was out of the country till april.. i had being going to the games but I had to win my tickets off ECR for the final that we do not speak of :grin:

  • Comment 35, posted at 23.05.08 13:27:29 by Frisbee Reply

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  • @robdylan (First Sydney, then the World) (Comment 31) :

    You,my friend, are in your own league when it comes to Facebook stalkers.

    Holla @ Niko…

  • Comment 36, posted at 23.05.08 13:27:29 by blackshark - B.O.T.O.B! Reply

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  • @Frisbee (Comment 34) :

    I actually do know some people :grin: …but they made me wait till the LAST day to give me tickets for last year’s final. I was over the moon!

  • Comment 37, posted at 23.05.08 13:29:33 by blackshark - B.O.T.O.B! Reply

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  • Welcome on board frisbee

  • Comment 38, posted at 23.05.08 13:30:46 by PJLD Reply
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  • @blackshark – B.O.T.O.B! (Comment 36) :

    well i hope you’re in their good books! ok but lets not get ahead of ourselves here… the Tahs will be equally as desperate to get to the final!! there is going to be some serious, country-wide screaming at Bryce Lawrence tomorrow…

  • Comment 39, posted at 23.05.08 13:32:40 by Frisbee Reply

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  • If Durbs final I will definitely be there.. I have season tickets which was only used ones this year.. damn petrol price :evil: :evil:

  • Comment 40, posted at 23.05.08 13:33:14 by Reds Reply

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  • bring on the damn game already! Sheesh!

  • Comment 41, posted at 23.05.08 13:33:20 by robdylan (First Sydney, then the World) Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 37) :

    thanks PJLD!

  • Comment 42, posted at 23.05.08 13:34:01 by Frisbee Reply

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  • @PJLD (Comment 37) :

    Awe!

    Does anyone know what happened to Cru-El ? Semi-jitters getting to him?

  • Comment 43, posted at 23.05.08 13:34:12 by blackshark - B.O.T.O.B! Reply

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  • @Frisbee (Comment 38) : Nah – Bryce will come right. The pressure will be on him and you can bet Dick’s had a meeting with him.

  • Comment 44, posted at 23.05.08 13:34:39 by robdylan (First Sydney, then the World) Reply
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  • @Reds (Comment 39) :

    That’s just SAD. And the price keeps going up…

  • Comment 45, posted at 23.05.08 13:35:58 by blackshark - B.O.T.O.B! Reply

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  • @robdylan (First Sydney, then the World) (Comment 43) : I hope you’re right! I’m just scared that he’ll take kanko’s height as a sign of intimidation

  • Comment 46, posted at 23.05.08 13:37:07 by Frisbee Reply

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  • Toets! PROVINCE

  • Comment 47, posted at 23.05.08 16:25:59 by Admin Reply
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  • Ag F*K. Nou’s die tyd al weer geskroef. Ek sal did nou regmaak.

    STOMERS!

    Hope this didn’t costed us hits

  • Comment 48, posted at 23.05.08 16:29:40 by Admin Reply
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  • Can I now posted this?

  • Comment 49, posted at 23.05.08 16:37:03 by Admin Reply
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  • he he… this posts can like to goed back in time

  • Comment 50, posted at 23.05.08 16:37:40 by Admin Reply
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  • Admin go shave your bokbaart

  • Comment 51, posted at 23.05.08 16:39:59 by PJLD Reply
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  • Well now THAT was irritating

  • Comment 52, posted at 23.05.08 16:44:39 by robdylan (First Sydney, then the World) Reply
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  • Back to normal. :grin:

  • Comment 53, posted at 23.05.08 16:45:06 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • sorry about that, vrinne.

    Router problem, apparently

  • Comment 54, posted at 23.05.08 16:46:30 by robdylan (First Sydney, then the World) Reply
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  • almost SnM dude

  • Comment 55, posted at 23.05.08 16:46:42 by PJLD Reply
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  • CRAP!

  • Comment 56, posted at 23.05.08 16:51:40 by robdylan (First Sydney, then the World) Reply
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  • All’s well that ends well. :cool:

  • Comment 57, posted at 23.05.08 16:55:56 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • yeah, but no doubt pissed off a lot of my most important customers ;)

  • Comment 58, posted at 23.05.08 17:01:59 by robdylan (First Sydney, then the World) Reply
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  • Some of us have to work tomorrow. :sad: and then their wife and kids get a call to say school is cancelled tomorrow coz the king is in the area. :evil:

  • Comment 59, posted at 23.05.08 17:10:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Frisbee (Comment 28) :
    @blackshark – B.O.T.O.B! (Comment 29) :

    As far as i’m aware the white cards were only used in ONE trial match / tourny in SA. I KNOW they are difinately NOT part of the S14.

  • Comment 60, posted at 23.05.08 17:17:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Long live the King.

  • Comment 61, posted at 23.05.08 17:18:41 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 59) : oh stop complaining, good things come to those …. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 62, posted at 23.05.08 17:20:37 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • @KSA Sharkette (Comment 62) :

    For those of you wondering………………….. We are sitting opposite each other in the lounge :lol:

  • Comment 63, posted at 23.05.08 17:22:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 63) : view’s not too bad from my couch :wink:

  • Comment 64, posted at 23.05.08 17:23:40 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • @KSA Sharkette (Comment 64) : You looking out the window? :grin:

  • Comment 65, posted at 23.05.08 17:25:11 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • @racheltjiedebeer (Comment 65) : :grin: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 66, posted at 23.05.08 17:26:22 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • @racheltjiedebeer (Comment 65) :
    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    So what are your predictions, How far are the Sharks gonna win by ? :wink:

  • Comment 67, posted at 23.05.08 17:27:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 67) : by 17.

  • Comment 68, posted at 23.05.08 17:29:08 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • My view is crap. Looking at an office full of people. :evil:

  • Comment 69, posted at 23.05.08 17:31:18 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 60) :

    Varsity Cup to my knowledge.

  • Comment 70, posted at 23.05.08 17:33:07 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • I am trying to come up with a “meeting” to have tomorrow so that i do not have to go back to the office after the Sharks game.

    Will have to follow the Canes match online though. :evil:

  • Comment 71, posted at 23.05.08 17:33:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 70) :

    Tha’s what i thought, but wasn’t sure if it was just the final or all the matches.

    Either way it’s a kak idea IMO.

  • Comment 72, posted at 23.05.08 17:34:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Cru-El must be a nervous puppy this evening. :roll:

  • Comment 73, posted at 23.05.08 17:36:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 59) :
    And some of us have to wake up at 3 a.m. to watch these games in Australasia. Life is tuff sometimes KSA…….HTFU! :razz: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 74, posted at 23.05.08 17:38:22 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Reds (Comment 20) :

    Did we really expect anything different.

    personally I couldn’t give a rats ass. But they mustn’t call us anti SA if we ever shout for teams other than them in S14 matches.

  • Comment 75, posted at 23.05.08 17:38:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 74) :

    :lol:

    HTFU?

  • Comment 76, posted at 23.05.08 17:39:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • hehehehe, you will have to watch this youtube video for the full story, just keep the volume low if there are kids around.

  • Comment 77, posted at 23.05.08 17:42:39 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • yep, HTFU, exactly what the Sharks did after their dismal display against the ‘tahs a few weeks ago. When they took on the ‘saders, they decided to Harden The F..ck Up (HTFU)! :evil: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 78, posted at 23.05.08 17:45:37 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 77) :

    thanks will give it a wirl in a bit.

    You watching online or is there a channel carrying the matches over there?

  • Comment 79, posted at 23.05.08 17:47:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 78) :
    :lol:

  • Comment 80, posted at 23.05.08 17:49:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Kuduclub through Mediazone.com carry the matches on broadband live streaming video. Setanta is the only channel in North America that carries rugby on a regular basis, and their coverage of the Super 14 is spotty at best. Still with a video output from my laptop to my television, it is a very good way to watch the games live. They have the Bok and Currie Cup games as well.

  • Comment 81, posted at 23.05.08 17:51:18 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 81) :

    oh okay cool.

    I can’t use Media zone here, the connections are to up and down like a prossy’s pants. :sad:

  • Comment 82, posted at 23.05.08 17:54:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Actually I have no complaint about the timing of the match. I have to make an 8:30 boat call for a race tomorrow, so with the match starting at 6 a.m. local time, the Sharks should have qualified for the finals before I have to leave to make my 8:30 boat call. Good thing I only live 5 minutes walk from the water!

  • Comment 83, posted at 23.05.08 17:54:48 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • It was a sad day on the Chesapeake Wednesday. One of our fellow racers fell overboard in some rough conditions while racing, and once recovered was in cardiac arrest. Sadly he could not be revived.

  • Comment 84, posted at 23.05.08 17:58:15 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Good thing I only live 5 minutes walk from the water!

    Comment 83, posted at 23.05.08 17:54:48 by Dancing Bear

    Tuff life you have :lol:

  • Comment 85, posted at 23.05.08 17:59:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 84) :

    Hey that sucks man.

    You have my condolences.

  • Comment 86, posted at 23.05.08 18:00:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Yeah, he was a regular on the weeknight racing scene around here. Conditions got really nasty very quickly as they sometimes do on the Chesapeake. We saw it coming up the river so were well prepared, but with gusts to 40 knots the danger is always there. He was driving his boat, leading his fleet, and as he rounded a mark, he fell overboard. The next boat was a couple minutes behind and recovered him, the owner of that boat was a physician, and immediately started CPR, but with no luck. Water is still fairly cold around here, but not freezing. This all happened behind us. This the second time I have been caught out just this year in quickly changing conditions like this, and I was in the water a month ago, it was cold!

  • Comment 87, posted at 23.05.08 18:05:45 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • right. Lawn is mowed

  • Comment 88, posted at 23.05.08 18:24:38 by robdylan (First Sydney, then the World) Reply
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  • Oops sorry started setting up the recorder only to discover it was never connected after we moved the lounge around.

    Okay so thats sorted and i have sufficient discs.

    Go Canes

    GO SHARKS

  • Comment 89, posted at 23.05.08 18:38:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 87) :

    Sheez I would have thought the water would be pretty warm by now, Summer is like 2 months away.

  • Comment 90, posted at 23.05.08 18:41:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 90) :
    Our air temperature hasn’t gone much above 20 yet this year, so the water has not yet warmed up to that level. It didn’t even get all that cold this year with no icing on the Bay, so this slow warming this year is somewhat unexpected. Within a month it will be close to 30.

  • Comment 91, posted at 23.05.08 19:06:36 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 91) :

    That’s what i was expecting. Not above 20 yet is a surprise.

  • Comment 92, posted at 23.05.08 19:18:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • My picks have been made.

    Hurricanes by 11
    Sharks by 12

  • Comment 93, posted at 23.05.08 19:20:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Yo

  • Comment 94, posted at 24.05.08 06:01:03 by robdylan (First Sydney, then the World) Reply
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  • yo

  • Comment 95, posted at 24.05.08 06:08:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • so its working again :?: :?:

  • Comment 96, posted at 24.05.08 06:14:48 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • so here’s the one I was ‘trying’ to post before …..
    just in case anyone thought my darling husband was behind his team 100% ….
    he has just said, while I contemplate my SB picks “go saders and tahs for your best chance of scoring” :shock: :cry: :mad:

  • Comment 97, posted at 24.05.08 06:15:44 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • @KSA Sharkette (Comment 97) : and I use the term darling loosely of course :twisted: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 98, posted at 24.05.08 06:16:44 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • Man I thought you were supposed to love me no matter what :wink:

  • Comment 99, posted at 24.05.08 06:22:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 99) : sorry, thought you knew you at least tied with THE team :wink: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 100, posted at 24.05.08 06:26:46 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • @KSA Sharkette (Comment 100) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    Ja, you don’t wear that little black outfit for me EVERY week :lol:

  • Comment 101, posted at 24.05.08 06:30:19 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Don’t wanna rain on your parade but to reckon you deserve this just doesn’t cut it in sport..it can be a cruel twist always..never really fair..just ask Chelsea.
    In saying that I believe you gys have the team to beat the Tahs and go on to the final where anything can happen.

    Good Luck hope the Coastal Sharks win today :!:

  • Comment 102, posted at 24.05.08 07:20:14 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 102) : thanks CSBc :razz:

  • Comment 103, posted at 24.05.08 07:22:21 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • @KSA Sharkette (Comment 103) : :oops: wher’d that extra c appear from :oops:

  • Comment 104, posted at 24.05.08 07:23:10 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • Thanks CSB.

    You gonna be able to watch, or are you working today?

  • Comment 105, posted at 24.05.08 07:25:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I’m gonna be able to watch KSA, hopefully with no delays..there quite a few Sharks supporters here all very nervous and excited can’t help but be caught up in it.
    Tell me how do you handle this middle eastern heat..man its HOT!

  • Comment 106, posted at 24.05.08 07:38:42 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 102) :

    you are right, you only “deserve” to win if you are the better team.

    we should be leaving that word for after the match.

    As in “we deserved the win with that performance” or “we were lucky to win with that ref” :wink:

  • Comment 107, posted at 24.05.08 07:40:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 106) :

    80% of the day is lived inside.

    It is a bit of a pain when you have to be out on site though. (As I will be in the next three weeks or so :oops: )

    Is this your first time out here? I thought you had been here before.

    Oh and BTW Summer is in August, it’s still going to get hotter every day.

  • Comment 108, posted at 24.05.08 07:42:59 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 106) : just wait for july & august csb, new respect for the inventor of the a/c :mrgreen:
    @KSA Shark © (Comment 107) : :cool:

  • Comment 109, posted at 24.05.08 07:43:17 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • For those of you not sure what CSB is on about……………

    Last weekend we got on the bikes at 05:30 and it was already 34DegC when we got off at around 7 it was 37DegC and as i said above the hotmonths are July, Aug, Sept. :oops: :oops:

  • Comment 110, posted at 24.05.08 07:44:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • yea 1st time since Jan..thats what vryone keeps telling me that this is nothing..wait for July and Aug is what I keep hearing..
    Sharkette absolutly thank goodness for the AC..I’m pretty much out on the road most of the time or on site with the client.Luckly they get the work done quickly and we head of again.

  • Comment 111, posted at 24.05.08 07:49:14 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 111) :

    Jan :lol:

    I still can’t get my head around how a place that can get so flippen cold in the winter can get so flippen hot in the summer.

    here’s me coming from SA and the first time i ever saw snow was in the mountains outside Aqaba in Jordan :lol:

  • Comment 112, posted at 24.05.08 08:03:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • LIONS

  • Comment 113, posted at 24.05.08 08:21:27 by Hmmm Reply

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  • I am glad that the Stormers did no make it…

  • Comment 114, posted at 24.05.08 08:23:10 by Hmmm Reply

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  • ha-ha Hmmm thats funny…so the last time the felines were any good was in 2001…7 years :roll:

    I’m gonna go with a Canes win 32 – 27

    and Sharks win 22 – 19

  • Comment 115, posted at 24.05.08 08:24:05 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 114) :

    No Dude, be happy your team did something rather than being happy at another teams failure.

  • Comment 116, posted at 24.05.08 08:24:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Sharks square with Brumbies as the team that has reached the semi’s seond most times….behind the Saders of cozz….

  • Comment 117, posted at 24.05.08 08:24:21 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 116) :

    My team did something….kept the Stormers from embarrassing SA in the semi’s…

  • Comment 118, posted at 24.05.08 08:25:16 by Hmmm Reply

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  • KSA I as in hospital this week….what was the fuss about the caling of the rucks of Marius Jonker!??!

  • Comment 119, posted at 24.05.08 08:26:14 by Hmmm Reply

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  • My Cheetahs supporter friend said that Baywatch told the LIONS at half time to compete for the ball as Marius is bowing the for everything…and then Marius blamed this on a car accident????

    True?

  • Comment 120, posted at 24.05.08 08:30:26 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 119) :

    Dunno, didn’t realise there was a fuss. Have been scarce myself this week.

    Hope you weren’t in hospital for something serious?

  • Comment 121, posted at 24.05.08 08:35:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 120) :

    wouldn’t think so.

    Sounds like something that woulda been big news.

    Maybe it was and i missed it, but I am not aware of it.

  • Comment 122, posted at 24.05.08 08:36:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • There should have been more of a fuss about the way the TMO called the Vodacom Cup final.

  • Comment 123, posted at 24.05.08 08:37:19 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I watched that match again and the Lins were being blown very nfairly..I’ll even go as far as to say that had jonker been fair(and Benjamne could learn to catch and pass) we should have won that game.
    Anyway its in the past now..looking forwrd to the international season…I also read that England fancy their chances at upsetting the All Blacks this year at home.. yea right

  • Comment 124, posted at 24.05.08 08:42:16 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • and Benjamne could learn to catch and pass

    he did learn to catch and pass. He was like a new man……….. Did you see his previous games. :wink:

    England must be hungover from the Man U victory to talk crap like that.

  • Comment 125, posted at 24.05.08 08:47:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • England been drinking the wrong tea again

  • Comment 126, posted at 24.05.08 08:49:22 by PJLD Reply
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  • Hell im still hungover from that game

  • Comment 127, posted at 24.05.08 08:50:18 by PJLD Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 127) :

    :lol:

    BTW GUYS SB PICKS NEED TO BE MADE.

    Hmmm you still have time to make the pick

  • Comment 128, posted at 24.05.08 08:51:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Anyway, enjoy the rugby gents

    GO SHARKS

  • Comment 129, posted at 24.05.08 08:52:23 by PJLD Reply
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  • Reckon Terry is crawled up in some hole in the Andeas mountains somewhere..

  • Comment 130, posted at 24.05.08 08:52:44 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 130) : :smile:

  • Comment 131, posted at 24.05.08 08:55:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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