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Coastal teams need to stabilise


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news on 25 Jul 2008 at 09:25

The two big coastal unions, the Sharks and Vodacom Western Province, will be hoping that the return of several Springboks for this weekend’s round of Absa Currie Cup matches will help get their respective campaigns back on track.

Gavin Rich writes on Superrugby that both teams lost last weekend, and while WP’s losing sequence has lasted two weeks now and the Sharks only one, in truth the Sharks have not looked at all convincing this entire domestic season.

Indeed, when you talk about the Sharks the conversation is a bit like the one we kept hearing during the Vodacom Super 14 season — “they are too good a team to continue struggling, they will come right soon”.

It is debatable that they came right at all during the Super 14, and the long sequence of matches where they won when not playing well gave away towards the end of the competition to a sequence of defeats.

It was only two home games right at the end of the league phase against relatively weak sides that saw the Sharks clinch a semifinal place that was considered almost certain in mid-season.

So what is the Sharks’ problem, and what is WP’s problem? In a word, it might come down to confidence. Three weeks ago Province were riding the crest of a wave and could do no wrong as they came from behind to beat the Blue Bulls and then saw off the Vodacom Cheetahs in a wet-weather game without really raising a sweat.

But they may have underestimated the Wildeklawer Griquas in Kimberley. When they came a cropper there, that was the first dent to their confidence.

The freaky flat-lining approach of the Valke unsettled them in the early stages in Brakpan last week, and against that style of play there were problems with the WP defensive alignment.

Yet heading towards half time, WP seemed to have recovered and settled and it seemed they had everything in hand. Had a PJ Vermeulen try that would have made it 22-14 been awarded, WP would probably have won by 20 points.

It wasn’t awarded and, instead of taking control, Ross Skeate was yellow carded and in the period he was off Province conceded three tries.

WP, facing a massive catch-up job, saw all their confidence disappear, and for the rest of the match nothing went right for them, and by the end of the game they were a demoralised team.

The good news for them for this weekend’s match against the Boland Cavaliers at Newlands is that their team is quite different, with the return of several players who have not lost in WP or Stormers jerseys since March. Peter Grant (if he plays), Schalk Brits, Brian Mujati and Bolla Conradie will bring back some of the confidence, and as Newlands is starting to turn into a bit of a fortress for the premier Cape team, the smart money should be on them getting back on track in resounding fashion with a comfortable victory.

Predicting what is going to happen with the Sharks is more difficult because their problem is not quite as easily diagnosed as the WP one. Their players did look down on confidence in Bloemfontein last week, where admittedly they were up against a strong team desperate for a win in their first home game for quite a while, but there were also times when they seemed to lack direction.

There are times when the Sharks look as if they are between coaches and coaching styles, which maybe they are. Well though previous coach Dick Muir and John Plumtree get on and work together, and it was a union that worked wonderfully during 2007, when the Sharks won the Super 14, it needs to be remembered that both have very different approaches.

Plumtree is big on structure, whereas Muir is very much a heads up coach, meaning that he likes to let the players play the situation in front of them.

For a while now the Sharks have been a bit like the current Springboks in that they appear to be not quite sure what is expected of them and, as a result, they have lost the clinical aspects that they were so good at last year.

It may though take just one game for it all to come back, and the Sharks have also had a ridiculous injury record so far in the competition. With Ryan Kankowski returning to No 8 and Ruan Pienaar also in the team, be it at scrumhalf or flyhalf, perhaps some of the old direction will return, which could spell problems for the Lions.

If the Sharks do win now, this could be the turning point of the season for them, and with more Boks destined to return later on, they may pick up the momentum they have been lacking. Durbanites will be living in hope…

WEEKEND FIXTURES

FRIDAY
Vodacom Cheetahs v Valke Bloemfontein 19:10
Prediction: Cheetahs to win by 10.

Saturday
Vodacom WP v Boland Cavaliers Cape Town 15:00
Prediction: WP to win by 20.

The Sharks v Xerox Lions Durban 17:05
Prediction: Sharks to win by 5.



68 Comments

  • it was a union that worked wonderfully during 2007, when the Sharks won the Super 14

    :shock: We won ???

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.07.08 09:51:58 by blackshark Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 1) :

    I think he meant “topped the table”

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.07.08 10:02:48 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Just looking at the SB picks and it seems Kette has stuck to her word of never picking WP again after they messed up her SB two weeks in a row. :lol:

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.07.08 10:05:08 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : So why didn’t he just say that? :evil:
    I thought someone with a conscience decided to give us the trophy… :wink:

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.07.08 10:08:38 by blackshark Reply
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  • I see from the POLL our guys are pretty confident.

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.07.08 10:12:05 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Ok….so is the valke gonna take it again this weekend??? I need to make my SB picks..
    :wink:

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.07.08 10:16:55 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 6) :

    No i don’t think so.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.07.08 10:19:19 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 6) : Nope…but wouldn’t it be awesome if they could?

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.07.08 10:20:34 by blackshark Reply

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  • eish…that’s jammer… :wink:

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.07.08 10:24:51 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 9) :

    I’ll CERTAINLY be shouting for the Valke.

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.07.08 10:26:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) :

    me Too…I dont believe in having ‘second” teams – but they certainly have turned me into liking them a lot and shouting for them… :grin:

    And I WIIL blame the 2 of you if the Valke goes out and Rook the Cheetahs… :evil:

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.07.08 10:29:28 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • The Valke had me shouting at my team as opposed to shouting for them. :evil:

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.07.08 10:30:58 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 11) : I hope I’m wrong :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.07.08 10:31:58 by blackshark Reply

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  • I have a cricket question. Why are we playing Bangladesh ‘A’ in Eng :?:

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.07.08 10:32:31 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 13) :

    hell have no fury…. :twisted:

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.07.08 10:33:13 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 12) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.07.08 10:35:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 14) : :shock:

    Didn’t know we were.

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.07.08 10:36:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) : 3 day match, starting today.

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.07.08 10:38:35 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 18) :

    Will be over in 2 :wink:

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.07.08 10:41:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • The Coastal minnows :cool:

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.07.08 10:43:50 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 20) :

    Who?? WP??? :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.07.08 10:44:46 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 21) :

    Them too :wink:

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.07.08 10:49:34 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • Just been checking the Showtime schedule and it seems as if they are only showing the Sharks Lions match for the weekend.

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.07.08 10:53:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 20) : You should choose your words carefully … you’re in SHARK territory… :evil:

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.07.08 10:55:19 by blackshark Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 23) :

    Yea its always just the one with the top teams playing that they show..which I don’t understand cause he Sharks aren’t one.

    :shock:

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.07.08 10:55:28 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • All three CC matches live on Sky this weekend. :cool:

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.07.08 10:55:57 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 25) :

    Bwhahahaha :mrgreen: Excellent dig that. :lol:

    need to be on my toes today I see.

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.07.08 10:57:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 26) :

    I have them all on Supersport as well :cool:

  • Comment 28, posted at 25.07.08 10:58:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 28) : So far it seems everyone’s a winner today. :grin:

  • Comment 29, posted at 25.07.08 10:59:03 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • Its fun being a Leeu..you have nothing to lose..No expectations at all and if you win its a bonus…

    The Valka , Cheetah game should be a goodin!

  • Comment 30, posted at 25.07.08 11:00:35 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 29) :

    YIP the only game CSB really wants to see is the Lions one, though for the life of me i can’t figure out why?

  • Comment 31, posted at 25.07.08 11:01:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 31) :

    To witness the fantastic return of Sephaka and perhaps see Benji catch a ball ..

  • Comment 32, posted at 25.07.08 11:10:11 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 32) :

    Seeing benji catch a ball would be historic………..have you got a recorder? :lol: :wink:

  • Comment 33, posted at 25.07.08 11:11:43 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 33) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 34, posted at 25.07.08 11:14:08 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • We won the toss and are batting first.

  • Comment 35, posted at 25.07.08 12:11:06 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • Smith, Duminy, Amla, JH Kallis, AB de Villiers, MV Boucher, RJ Peterson, A Nel, PL Harris, M Zondeki, M Ntini

  • Comment 36, posted at 25.07.08 12:11:49 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • 12/0 – 2 overs

  • Comment 37, posted at 25.07.08 12:12:14 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • Bangladesh A

    Mushfiqur Rahim, Sajidul Islam, Dhiman Ghosh, Mosharraf Hossain, Nazmul Hossain, Naeem Islam, Rubel Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan, Junaid Siddique, Tamim Iqbal, Nazimuddin

  • Comment 38, posted at 25.07.08 12:14:26 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 36) : Happy Birthday to Monde Zondeki…hope he will have a good game.

  • Comment 39, posted at 25.07.08 12:16:22 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 39) : 26 today. Happy Birthday Monde. :grin:

  • Comment 40, posted at 25.07.08 12:18:44 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • 32/0 – 7 overs

  • Comment 41, posted at 25.07.08 12:36:37 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • 51/0 – 12 overs

  • Comment 42, posted at 25.07.08 12:56:30 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 42) : Are you watching the game? Are these Bangladesh bowlers any good?

  • Comment 43, posted at 25.07.08 13:04:00 by blackshark Reply

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  • I see the GREAT Robin Petersen is playing… :roll:

  • Comment 44, posted at 25.07.08 13:12:06 by wpw Reply
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  • Test

  • Comment 45, posted at 25.07.08 13:28:26 by PJLD Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 45) :

    Hey Check it’s Ricky!!!!!!! Welcome to Sharksworld. :wink:

  • Comment 46, posted at 25.07.08 13:36:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 43) : Nope not watching unfortunately.

  • Comment 47, posted at 25.07.08 14:28:18 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • 139/0 (26.0 ov)

  • Comment 48, posted at 25.07.08 14:29:19 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • Jeez, this blog is quiet today :?:

  • Comment 49, posted at 25.07.08 14:39:23 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Maybe we should start talking politics again, that got things going :wink:

  • Comment 50, posted at 25.07.08 14:48:53 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Just joking…anyway I’m on my why home. Everybody have a fantastic weekend :grin:

  • Comment 51, posted at 25.07.08 14:50:09 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I nearly forgot …. GGGGOOOOOOO Sssshhhhhhhhaaaaaaarrrrrrrkkkkksssss

  • Comment 52, posted at 25.07.08 14:50:51 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 49) : We’ll have a lot to talk about tomorrow and Monday.
    A lot of tries to analyse… :lol:

    Sharks forever!

  • Comment 53, posted at 25.07.08 14:57:37 by blackshark Reply

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  • South Africans 191/1 (39.0 ov)

    Smith out for 87.

  • Comment 54, posted at 25.07.08 15:13:15 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 49) : my head hurts. Quiet is good

  • Comment 55, posted at 25.07.08 15:17:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • Smith is useless! :mrgreen:

    Go JP Duminy!!! :cool:

  • Comment 56, posted at 25.07.08 15:38:05 by wpw Reply
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  • why is the vodka always gone?

  • Comment 57, posted at 25.07.08 16:02:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • The CC problems for the coastal teams are not new…

    The last time a coastal team was in a CC final was in 2003 when there was no semi-final for them to fall out of…
    And the last time 2 coastal teams were in the final was 2001…

    They should maybe rename it to the Highveld Cup….LoL

  • Comment 58, posted at 25.07.08 17:19:04 by Hmmm Reply

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  • This goes even further to the Super competition…

    The only two SA teams to win a Super comp were from the Highveld too…

  • Comment 59, posted at 25.07.08 17:19:53 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 58) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    What should they call the S14?

  • Comment 60, posted at 25.07.08 17:22:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 60) :

    Bullucky cup….

  • Comment 61, posted at 25.07.08 17:27:14 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 61) :

    :lol:

  • Comment 62, posted at 25.07.08 17:28:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 61) :

    clutchplate cup?

  • Comment 63, posted at 25.07.08 17:29:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 63) :

    LoL

    Luckily the Bulls don’t really visit here…you might be censoring the whole weekend and miss all the games….
    LoL

  • Comment 64, posted at 25.07.08 17:31:26 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 64) : f*ckers aren’t bright enough to type the URL correctly ;)

  • Comment 65, posted at 25.07.08 17:34:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 65) :

    Must be the pluralled double barrel name…should have called it “swo”

  • Comment 66, posted at 25.07.08 17:37:59 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 66) :

    .co.za off cozz

  • Comment 67, posted at 25.07.08 17:38:16 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 65) :

    not enough repeated letters in the URL

    on their site they only have 4 letters to remember. B, U, L, and E

  • Comment 68, posted at 25.07.08 17:41:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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