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Sharks targeting the breakdowns


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Lions, Sharks on 8 Oct 2008 at 11:40

The Sharks will be looking to thwart the Lions in the very area where they tend to dominate other opponents when the two sides clash in their Absa Currie Cup semifinal in Durban on Saturday.

Gavin Rich writes for Superrugby that Cobus Grobbelaar is probably the best individual breakdown exponent in the competition, challenged only really by Heinrich Brussow of the Cheetahs, and it was Grobbelaar’s ability to slow ball down that prevented Western Province from scoring the big win last week that would enable them to leapfrog the Lions into fourth place.

The Lions effectively turned the Newlands match into an arm wrestle, and the Sharks, not that it takes a rugby rocket sciencest to figure this out for yourself, have heard that they will be out to do the same at Absa Stadium on Saturday afternoon. It is something a succession of teams have tried against the Sharks, starting with the Western Force and then the Stormers on the opening weekends of the Super 14.

With an experienced and talented set of backs rapidly gaining form, and the Sharks renowned for their ability to strike from anywhere, it is understandable why opposing teams would want to do this, and the Lions felt the full brunt of the Sharks’ attacking power in the second half of the recent match at Coca-Cola Park.

But the Sharks are getting used to playing against teams who want to slow the ball down, and coach John Plumtree reckons they are getting better at negating it.

“We can get our share of quick bal, alright. While the Lions are a very tough and physical side at the breakdown, we can also dish it out. It is hardly going to be one-way traffic at the breakdowns,” said Plumtree.

It will be interesting to see which of his two specialist ball scavengers, Jacques Botes and Keegan Daniel, that Plumtree will go with for Saturday. Botes is the more experienced player, but Daniel has been in good form lately.

The Sharks fielded a two fetcher combination for much of the Super 14, but the combination did not work out, so this is unlikely to be the route he will go this time.

Jean Deysel has been one of the form players in the Super 14 so he selects himself at No 7, while Ryan Kankowski is in a league of his own at No 8 in this country now that he has recovered from the injury that was plaguing him earlier in the season.

Talking of Kankowski, he is one of several players in the Sharks team who is profiting from the massive focus that Plumtree puts on breakdown skills, something that he has in common with most New Zealand coaches, and this might be one of the reasons the Sharks’ cleaning out skills are the best of all South African teams.

Plumtree, since returning to South Africa as assistant coach of the Sharks in the 2007 Super 14, has always said that the battle to either get quick ball or to slow it down is what modern rugby is all about — and it is in this area that Saturday’s game will be decided.

The Lions’ tendency to commit numbers to the breakdown could play into the Sharks’ hands as if they do get quick ball back it leads to a situation where the Lions have a lack of numbers on defence, something the Sharks will look to exploit in the semifinal.



28 Comments

  • he makes it sound so simple. Makes me think he doesn’t REALLY understand that well :)

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.10.08 12:01:32 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • Ok…on a bit of a different note….what is you peoples opinion on who will go through to the final…and why?

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.10.08 12:10:01 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 2) : sharks and bulls, cos they’re better than their opponents and playing at home. Simple, really :)

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.10.08 13:09:30 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 3) :

    ja….after i posted I realised HOW dumb my posting actually was…suppose I am bored and there’s no one to play with.. :sad: :wink:

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.10.08 13:12:20 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 4) : I’m here :)

    So work not so busy anymore?

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.10.08 13:24:09 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • at the very mo…no… :grin:

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.10.08 13:32:59 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • SHARKS TO BREAKDOWN BEFORE THE FINAL :lol:

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.10.08 13:44:59 by Kal-El Reply

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  • Botes and Daniel are open side flankers but I would hardly call them “specialist ball scavengers”?

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.10.08 13:48:40 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 8) : agree… basically, I think this whole article is in line with the rest of Rich’s stuff…

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.10.08 13:51:09 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • @Kal-El (Comment 7) :

    Hey dude your team hasn’t bothered making a semi since 2001. :wink:

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.10.08 14:00:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : MY team has never played in the CC :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.10.08 14:20:34 by Kal-El Reply

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  • @Kal-El (Comment 11) : :?:

    Crusaders are a kak team BTW :lol:

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.10.08 14:40:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : BTW is Afrikaans…VAT is English…

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.10.08 14:43:45 by Kal-El Reply

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  • @Kal-El (Comment 13) :

    WTF, is English for “I’m confused” :razz:

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.10.08 14:45:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) :

    belasting op toegevoegde waarde / value added tax… :roll:

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.10.08 14:48:52 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 15) :

    Oh Sorry I live in a tax free country :cool: :razz:

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.10.08 14:50:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Ola compadres… Im looking forward to total domination by the SHARKS! Come on boys!

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.10.08 19:55:56 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @just blackshark (Comment 17) : Oh THERE you are :-)

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.10.08 20:20:32 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 18) : Yeah man…cant wait to get back to good ol Durbs. Its not about any player…its about the Sharks doin what we have always believed they are capable of. SHARKS TILL I DIE…or… SHARKS forever!!!

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.10.08 01:55:26 by just blackshark Reply

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  • hey guys and girls,see icebabe is here….ja the big guns are in the final and its time to see who is gonna stay and dance.12yrs has been quite of a dry spell,but this year is different.the SHARKS are playing a different type of rugby,its gonna be a hard weekend for all four teams,but only the bounce of ball will say.goodlike to all and may the best team win.go sssshhhhhhaaaaarrrrrkkkksssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :cool:

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.10.08 14:32:30 by craig Reply

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  • @ICEBABE :wink:
    who is the dude with the tiger?the sharks are gonna win with a extra bit of BTW on top :smile:

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.10.08 14:36:57 by craig Reply

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  • @craig (Comment 20) :

    Welcome Craig!

    ROB….Craig is one of my recruits.. :wink: When can I get those Roaylties? And I’d like it in british pound or Euro’s…please.. (never forget my manners!) :lol:

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.10.08 14:37:45 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • @craig (Comment 21) :

    he is the “Resident referee” of the site…He is King Saudi Arabia Shark… :lol:

  • Comment 23, posted at 09.10.08 14:39:03 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • @craig (Comment 20) : Hey another fisherman. So you know many nicy Bass fishing spots :grin:

  • Comment 24, posted at 09.10.08 14:57:30 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 24) : nice , my typing is up to S**t

  • Comment 25, posted at 09.10.08 14:59:23 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 22) : how about a nice pat on the back? :)

    If you recruit loads more, we might start making enough money to pay the bills… :)

  • Comment 26, posted at 09.10.08 15:00:59 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 26) :

    A PAT???…nooit, man Rob, hoe’s jou hart?? :sad:

  • Comment 27, posted at 09.10.08 15:07:22 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 1) : ” he makes it sound so simple. Makes me think he doesn’t REALLY understand that well ”

    AND

    @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 3) : ” @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 2) : sharks and bulls, cos they’re better than their opponents and playing at home. Simple, really ”

    Hehehe, do you understand it all that well? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.10.08 06:15:03 by Silver Fox Reply

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