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Sharks wary of Chiefs


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 25 Feb 2009 at 12:48
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Last week, the Sharks had to prepare for a must-win match against the Lions, but this Saturday the shoe will be on the other foot when they encounter the Chiefs in Hamilton.

Craig Lewis writes for the Daily News that the Waikato team have been one of the most disappointing Kiwi franchises in the opening two rounds and after two away losses, a win at home is non-negotiable, something Sharks coach John Plumtree is only too aware of.

“This game will be huge for the Chiefs. If they don’t get a win at home you will just about be able to say they’re going to struggle to make the play-offs. However, we’ve got to get over a long trip and so it’s going to be a massive match for both teams.”

There is no doubt that the Sharks have arrived in New Zealand riding the crest of a wave after two successive wins, while the Chiefs are coming off the back of a particularly uninspiring performance against the Waratahs.

This is not to say the Sharks will not be feeling any pressure, though; they themselves will be placing huge emphasis on winning their first game on tour while looking to improve on defence as well as ensuring the basics of their game remain accurate.

“The players are really excited about being here,” Plumtree said from Auckland, where the team is staying at the Crowne Plaza.

“For me personally, it’s always a challenge coming back here with a team like this, I guess Ian Foster has been around for a while and I’m sure his planning will be pretty astute and they’ll be looking forward to getting at us.”

However, the Chiefs will certainly need to drastically improve their set-pieces, which were an absolute shambles in their loss to the Waratahs last weekend, something Foster has admitted to.

On the other hand, the Sharks have built up a lot of confidence from their proficiency at scrum-time during the opening couple of rounds.

“There’s nothing major that we should be scared of with regards to opposition forward packs on tour but we still have to keep performing well in this department,” Plumtree said.

“In particular with the Chiefs, they have so many running threats in their backline that if their forward pack gains some parity or gets on top of us, it could be a long day.

“We saw in 2008 how they scored 25 points against us even though we scored 47, you really have to go play well overseas if you want to get points.”

The Sharks spend this week in Auckland before heading to Hamilton on Friday, while next week they will base themselves in Taupo to prepare for the Blues.



65 Comments

  • Bit of a concern this. The match against the Lions must have taken a lot out of the Sharks plus the jetlag. Going to be tough.

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.02.09 13:02:58 by McLovin Reply
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  • Still deciding whether I’ll be getting out of bed at 6:30am on a Saturday to watch. :roll:

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.02.09 13:03:51 by McLovin Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 2) : Bring the TV to the room… :roll:

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.02.09 13:08:27 by Charlie Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 3) : Even better, make a Christmas bed in the TV room the night before… :lol:

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.02.09 13:09:48 by Charlie Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 4) : I sometimes do… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.02.09 13:13:45 by McLovin Reply
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  • Well I will certainly be rooting for the Chiefs.

    The arrogance of these Sharks supporters knows no bounds… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.02.09 13:15:23 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 6) :

    How coincidental!!!!!!!!!! A Dude from the Cape going on a fishing trip. :lol: :razz:

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.02.09 13:25:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : The only drawback to living in Plett, WeePee supporters. :smile: I’ve had them in chunks already

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.02.09 13:29:40 by rahul Reply

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  • @rahul (Comment 8) :

    What were they all doing while you were watching the CC Final? :lol:

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.02.09 13:30:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : They go into hiding when they are losing. They have the uncanny ability to turn up when they are winning.

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.02.09 13:32:45 by rahul Reply

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  • @rahul (Comment 10) :

    So you seldom see them then. :lol: :oops:

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.02.09 13:33:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 5) :

    Us too.. :oops: :wink:

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.02.09 13:34:17 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : And Sharks Stormers was the first time they ‘came out’ for a loss. but then went home sharpishly… or sheepishly. One fan commented ” now im really p1$$3@ off, when Stefan ran in his try, got up and left!!!! His wife stayed.

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.02.09 13:40:37 by rahul Reply

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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 12) : ‘Us’ – Sounds like fun.

    I’m usually on my own in the ‘christmas’ bed. :cry:

    Unless you count the cats. :roll:

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.02.09 13:43:45 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 14) : crazy old cat man

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.02.09 13:46:46 by willa Reply

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  • @willa (Comment 15) : Cats were the wife’s idea…. :neutral:

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.02.09 13:56:10 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 16) :

    Cats are cool.

    Have had many over the years, have two at the moment and getting a third one within days. :cool: as soon as she is 6 weeks old.

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.02.09 14:00:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) : They are. :cool: Never had cats as a kid, so was a bit anti cat at first. But they grow on you. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.02.09 14:05:01 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 2) : why so early ? isn’t the game only at 8.30 . scared to ask what are you doing before :lol:

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.02.09 14:38:54 by rekinek Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 18) : You got a wife? :shock: :shock: :twisted:

    With that avatar and being a Stormers supporter…this has come as a MEGA shock! :wink: :lol:

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.02.09 14:40:25 by Villie Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 19) : 6:30 GMT where I am. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.02.09 14:50:44 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 5) : Now do it again…YOU CAN DO IT !!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.02.09 14:51:02 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Villie (Comment 20) : :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted:

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.02.09 14:51:06 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 18) : sounds like you need to consider surgical removal

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.02.09 14:51:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : I know a Nigerian surgical specialist :twisted:

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.02.09 14:53:40 by Charlie Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : :lol:

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.02.09 15:05:25 by rekinek Reply
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  • Saracens have told 15 of their playing staff they will not be required next season as they will be replaced largely by South African players.

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.02.09 15:06:55 by McLovin Reply

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  • Saracens are now effectively run by a group of South African investors who also have a stake in provincial sides the Sharks and the Stormers in their home country.

    It is thought that players from those two sides could well be brought in at Saracens.

  • Comment 28, posted at 25.02.09 15:07:18 by McLovin Reply

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  • The Stormers have revealed that some of their players have already been approached by Saracens.

    “Some of the players have told us that they have been approached by Brendan (Venter),” Stormers media manager Frikki Erasmus said.

    “(One of) the players that has mentioned this approach is Schalk Burger. There have also been indications that Jean de Villiers has been approached, and Schalk Brits.”

  • Comment 29, posted at 25.02.09 15:07:44 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 28) : I though Saracens had some interest in Bulls and not Sharks.

  • Comment 30, posted at 25.02.09 15:16:16 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 30) : Think you’re right…

    Not sure myself.

  • Comment 31, posted at 25.02.09 15:19:12 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 23) : Sorry McLovin…but looking at that avatar and also recalling your previous “nick”…I have all these images in mind! :oops: :shock:

  • Comment 32, posted at 25.02.09 15:19:36 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 32) :

    what was his previous nic again? Hi Vills :grin:

  • Comment 33, posted at 25.02.09 15:23:08 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 32) : :lol:

  • Comment 34, posted at 25.02.09 15:23:13 by McLovin Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 30) :

    Sail who I believe is behind this Saracens business has interest in the following rugby teams.

    At SAIL we have a holistic focus on maximising shareholders’ wealth through incorporating both our business philosophy (on the macro level of your business) as well as our expertise (on the micro level of your business).

    SAIL’s strategic investments have been carefully chosen to add value to the broader sporting fraternity as well as to the Group itself. Since 1998, SAIL has invested more than R70 million in South African rugby brands by acquiring interests in certain provincial teams. Currently the Group holds the following investments in rugby and tennis:

    Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd – 50.0%

    Griffons Rugby (Pty) Ltd – 24.9%

    Western Province Rugby (Pty) Ltd – 24.9%

  • Comment 35, posted at 25.02.09 15:24:13 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 35) : Bit too much info. Only the last 3 lines are rellevant.

  • Comment 36, posted at 25.02.09 15:24:50 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 27) : provided that they get visas :mrgreen:

  • Comment 37, posted at 25.02.09 15:26:16 by rekinek Reply
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  • Recently SAIL obtained shares in the UK based, Premier Team Holdings. The agreement will allow PTH – the parent company which owns Saracens, RT Marketing, MBN Promotions and a major shareholding in the National Sporting Club.

  • Comment 38, posted at 25.02.09 15:26:29 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 33) : A boere hero. That’s if she existed at all… :wink:

  • Comment 39, posted at 25.02.09 15:28:00 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 39) :

    Oh Ja!! RACHEL!!! How could I forget! Thought you were a girl! But then again, you are!! You support the Stormers! :twisted:

  • Comment 40, posted at 25.02.09 15:38:16 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 40) : that explains it all :!: I think Rahul posted on some other thread – they often need to go in hiding… :grin: :grin:

  • Comment 41, posted at 25.02.09 15:42:25 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 40) :
    Hello Ice

    Yep…that is the one. We all thought “he/she” was a girl. :wink:
    But ja..you got it with the Stormers/Wee Pee supporter!

  • Comment 42, posted at 25.02.09 15:45:41 by Villie Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 41) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 43, posted at 25.02.09 15:45:47 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 42) :

    Any news on the big return, yet?

  • Comment 44, posted at 25.02.09 15:51:02 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • Does Rachel still live, on other sites anyway – I thought I saw her name somewhere recently.

  • Comment 45, posted at 25.02.09 15:51:47 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 45) :

    Rcahel is so dood soos ‘n mossie! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 46, posted at 25.02.09 15:55:01 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • Time to go Home!! See Ya! :grin:

  • Comment 47, posted at 25.02.09 15:57:27 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 45) : I make the odd post on Keo… :roll:

  • Comment 48, posted at 25.02.09 16:04:39 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 47) : Ya Ya Ya :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 49, posted at 25.02.09 16:05:09 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 46) : :lol: @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 47) : Koebaai. :grin:

  • Comment 50, posted at 25.02.09 16:05:26 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 35) : i heard johan rupert also threw in 60 mil in january to the sarries

  • Comment 51, posted at 25.02.09 16:09:17 by willa Reply

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  • @willa (Comment 51) : Wouldn’t surprise me. Wish he’d throw 60mil my way. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 52, posted at 25.02.09 16:12:12 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 52) : wouldnt mind 1 mil

  • Comment 53, posted at 25.02.09 16:19:15 by willa Reply

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  • @willa (Comment 53) : I accept donations of any value…. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 54, posted at 25.02.09 16:28:10 by McLovin Reply

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  • Yeh…it is going to be a tough one for the Sharks to win…
    And the Chiefs have not been looking bad at all….

  • Comment 55, posted at 25.02.09 16:38:36 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 37) : I hope they have Masters degrees… :twisted:

  • Comment 56, posted at 25.02.09 16:52:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 56) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 57, posted at 25.02.09 16:58:54 by rekinek Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 35) :

    If they bought those shares in the Bulls in 1998 they must have gotten it at a super cheap rate…

    And is that the Bulls or Blue Bulls (different companies…not?)…

  • Comment 58, posted at 25.02.09 17:23:56 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 58) : No idea. :???:

  • Comment 59, posted at 25.02.09 17:27:35 by McLovin Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 57) : don’t get me started… that rule is possibly going to f*ck me over big time.

  • Comment 60, posted at 25.02.09 17:42:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 60) : i thought you were joking :eek: do you need masters to get working visa ? are you on special skills?

    oops – i am getting inquisitive ….

  • Comment 61, posted at 25.02.09 17:57:35 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 61) : they have just announced that as of 1 April, you will need a Masters Degree to qualify for the UK Tier 1 (Highly Skilled) Visa. That’s the one that allows you to work here without being tied to a particular job.

    Still trying to find out if they plan to apply the same rule to people who already have it and need to extend.

  • Comment 62, posted at 25.02.09 18:08:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 62) : ouch – “they” are really on the go! this new visa rules seem to be messing a lot SAs
    so.. oxford here I come? or will UNISA do?
    wishing you good luck

  • Comment 63, posted at 25.02.09 18:20:52 by rekinek Reply
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  • I are dying at work!!!!

  • Comment 64, posted at 26.02.09 17:52:43 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 63) : depends on what your plans are… maybe drop me an email?

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