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Muller is one happy man

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 2 Apr 2009 at 06:45
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Sharks captain Johann Muller is a happy man. His baby daughter is lying on his lap and his team is three league points ahead of the second-placed Waratahs on the Super14 log.

Louis de Villiers writes for Rapport that on top of that the rolling maul and tidier lineouts are back in the game. The big lock must be happy?

“Absolutely!” he says with a laugh.

“That’s what guys like me feed on. The more physical the game the better it suits us. The game will become slower. And I’m not getting any younger …”

Muller is only kidding. At 29 he’s far from past it and he admits that he would like to significantly increase his tally of 22 tests.

“The Springbok jersey is close to my heart, but I can only do my best in the Super14. To play in a side like this Sharks team makes the individuals look better. Hopefully a few of our guys are in the picture,” said Muller.

Forty points should be enough to make the semifinals this year and the Sharks already have 26, with six games to go.

Saturday’s clash with the Hurricanes can be a big step towards that. Muller’s direct opponent is All Black lock Jason Eaton.

“He’s a very good player – good in the lineouts, athletic. He covers the whole pitch so I don’t know how much we will see of one another. I prefer to play tight,” said Muller.

“The Hurricanes are a completely different challenge to the Brumbies. They are more physical and faster. They capitalise ruthlessly on your mistakes. But I was happy with our game in the second half on Saturday. One of our tries came after 11 phases. If you can keep your patience like that the dam wall has to burst.”

Muller believes the defeat to the Reds in Brisbane three Saturdays ago may just be what the Sharks needed to get focused in the run-in.

“Had we beaten the Reds, I think we would have lost to the Force the following week. Sometimes you get in the habit of winning and we won about 15 games on the trot, including the Currie Cup. You have to keep working to be successful, so sometimes you have to come down to earth,” he said.

Muller said there was no secret to the Sharks youngsters adapting so quickly to playing in the environment.

“There’s a good atmosphere here. We have a culture of friendship. There aren’t old or young guys. When you play for the Sharks you are part of one family.”


  • “When you play for the Sharks you are part of one family.” ah sweet!! :grin:

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.04.09 07:38:06 by Whindy Reply
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  • overrated!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.04.09 07:43:03 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 2) : “When you play for the Stormers you are part of a circus” :roll:

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.04.09 07:55:26 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Whindy (Comment 1) :
    I disagree with him actually. Most families are dysfunctional.

    In which case playing for the Lions makes you part of one family. :wink:

    @wpw (Comment 2) :
    I disagree – I have loved the hard yards he and Sykes have been putting in this season – you never see them, and thats what I want from a lock; not a run down the wing.

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.04.09 08:06:36 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 3) : lol

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.04.09 08:06:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • Talk about mood swings, yesterday he quit and today he is as happy as a pig in the proverbial. :grin:

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.04.09 08:16:47 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 2) : He’s doing the donkey work, not posing @ flyhalf in the 1st minute of the game ala Bekker… :evil:

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.04.09 08:29:46 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 7) : remember it was his scrummy who got all confused :lol:

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.04.09 08:58:12 by rekinek Reply
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  • no birthdays today.

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.04.09 08:59:01 by rekinek Reply
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  • Louis de Villiers is KING!

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.04.09 09:12:55 by Claytie Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 7) :

    And your point is???

    Do you actually for one minute think I am happy with Bekker at 10???

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.04.09 09:15:10 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 11) : What about centre or wing :?:

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.04.09 09:33:18 by Charlie Reply

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  • I take it the bowling thing has been sorted then…

    Muller for BOKS!

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.04.09 09:36:15 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 13) : maybe plumtree promised :wink:

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.04.09 09:45:29 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 3) :

    Very sharp…

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.04.09 08:31:58 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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