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Sharks ready to hit the home run


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 24 Mar 2009 at 06:57
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The Sharks, who returned to Durban late on Sunday night after their successful four-match tour of Australasia, are expected to name an unchanged squad for their Super 14 game against the Brumbies at King’s Park on Saturday.

The Sharks lost flank Jean Deysel, lock Alaistair Hargeaves and flyhalf Ruan Pienaar to injury on tour but appeared to come through Saturday’s win over the Force in Perth without further problems.

John Bishop writes for the Witness that assistant coach Grant Bashford said on Sunday that scrumhalf Rory Kockott and prop Jannie du Plessis were nursing slight injuries but were expected to be ready for Saturday.

“We gave the players off today (Monday) and will pick up again in the morning when we will assess the players’ fitness.” The Sharks are expected to stay with close to the 22 players who were involved in Perth with perhaps one or two rotational selections.

The Sharks won three of their four games on their travels but it was the defeat by the Reds in Brisbane which may have provided them with their most valuable lesson on tour.

“Before we left just about everyone was telling us that the one game we would definitely win was the one against the Reds,” said Bashford.

“Even over there we kept getting told that the Reds wouldn’t worry us. The press in Brisbane and the Reds’ coaching staff kept milking the situation and talking up the Sharks. We (the Sharks coaches) knew what was happening and we kept warning the players but I think it does work on the players’ minds.”

“Certainly the Reds were more up for the game than us and we learnt again that there is no side in this competition you can take for granted. You have to respect every team and the Brumbies this weekend are certainly not going to be taken lightly.”

Bashford also agreed that the Sharks, beaten in terms of territory and possession by the Force, were being forced to make too many tackles and playing too much rugby without the ball.

“I think we have to review our strategy. There is a lot of tactical kicking with the new ELVs, but you have to get the balance right between playing with the ball and booting it. So we will have to look at that,” he added.

Bashford did point out that the teams playing most with the ball – and therefore making the fewest tackles – were not amongst the top teams on the log.
“Still, we have to get that balance right and express ourselves more on attack. The Sharks backline coach said the Brumbies, in spite of their weekend loss to the Lions, remained a real threat.

“They have been one of our bogey teams in the past and they have some very good players. After what happened against the Reds we know we can’t lose focus,” said Bashford.

The news from the Brumbies camp is that Wallaby captain Stirling Mortlock has been cleared of a serious leg injury after his nasty collision during the Brumbies’ 25-17 loss to the Lions in Johannesburg.

Mortlock hobbled off Ellis Park in the second half after his leg was badly bent. The early reports back are that he suffered only a “cork” and should be available for the clash with the Sharks on Saturday.

“At this stage it appears that Stirling has suffered a corked thigh in both legs,” Brumbies doctor Warren McDonald said. “We will monitor him over the next 48 hours and see how he fares.”

Saturday’s match in Durban kicks off at 5 pm.



24 Comments

  • yes stefan kicks far too much ball. that is why we have such poor possession stats.

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.03.09 09:23:15 by try time Reply
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  • i am glad that they (ie coaches – here bash) realise that sometimes possession is not such a bad thing.

    surprisingley few people on sharks tread.

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.03.09 10:49:32 by rekinek Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 1) : i like when he kicks for chasing – him and jp are quite good in catching :grin:

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.03.09 10:50:40 by rekinek Reply
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  • Finally, a thread worth commenting on. :twisted:

    Go Sharks!

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.03.09 10:53:06 by blackshark Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 3) :

    It’s Stefan!!!! You ain’t gonna get TT to say anything good about him. :wink:

    I think Stefan’s kicking is working well for us.

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.03.09 10:55:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 4) : :grin:

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.03.09 10:56:02 by rekinek Reply
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  • We haven’t beaten “for a while” …a BP would make me sleep better…

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.03.09 11:10:46 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 7) :
    We haven’t beaten The Brumbies :oops:

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.03.09 11:11:18 by blackshark Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : from other posts I gather that TT is rather reserved with compliments :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.03.09 11:12:20 by rekinek Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 7) : check the other tread on refs :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.03.09 11:13:58 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 9) :

    Are you sure you’re a blonde? You learn much quicker than most blondes. :wink:

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.03.09 11:14:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : definately computer blond :mrgreen: their world is against me.

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.03.09 11:20:43 by rekinek Reply
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  • Joke of the day: :mrgreen:

    Two aunties from Mitchell’s Plain walk into a shop in Westgate Mall looking for a 21st birthday present for their nephew.

    They decide on monogrammed handkerchiefs and ask the sales assistant for ones with the letter “E” on them.

    The assistant checks and after hunting for several minutes tells them he has almost all the letters of the alphabet but not “E”.

    Disappointed, the aunties leave the store and as they turn away from the counter, the assistant hears the one say to the other:

    ” Jirre Sera!!! nou wat gat ôs vir Endrew gie vir sy birfday!”

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.03.09 11:25:24 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 13) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.03.09 11:27:40 by rekinek Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 13) :

    He he he…

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.03.09 11:31:53 by blackshark Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 13) :
    :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.03.09 13:15:28 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Was probably for Eddie Endrews.

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.03.09 13:16:13 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 17) :

    :mrgreen: :twisted:

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.03.09 13:48:36 by wpw Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 17) :

    :mrgreen: :lol:

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.03.09 13:56:01 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • Tuesdays = boring :(

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.03.09 14:43:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) :

    Tuesdays and Wednesdays… :roll: ZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz………

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.03.09 14:50:35 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 21) : yeah… can’t even think of a decent article to write

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.03.09 14:55:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : like in the reds game where he basically gave them the ball to run at the gap between adi and steyn? stefan needs to get a bit more variation in his game. but his positional play is excellent. he is always where the ball lands, so you can’t fault the man on that.

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.03.09 15:05:00 by try time Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 9) : why keep it in? it just builds up pressure and stress.

  • Comment 24, posted at 24.03.09 15:06:18 by try time Reply

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