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All Rhodes lead to the top of the log


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 6 Apr 2009 at 09:53
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Man, but the Sharks XV underlined their pedigree in a big way this weekend, showing true ruthlessness in utterly SMASHING the hapless Elephants by 68 points to 6. Chief destroyer was blindside flanker Mike Rhodes, who scored three tries.

Rhodes was well supported by his fellow loosies, though, with number 8 Warren Whiteley scoring a brace and opensider Justin Downey also dotting down. Ten tries were scored in total, with Craig Burden, Guy Cronjé (the flyhalf) and Lwazi Mvovo also scoring. The latter scored two, to reclaim join top spot on the competition try-scoring table (6 tries in 6 games).

Ross Cronjé (the scrummie) succeeded with 7 conversions, missing only 1. What is it with goal-kicking scrumhalves in Durban?

The result places the Sharks XV firmly and unassailably on top of the South Section log, with 27 log point from a maximum of 30. They are the only team in the competition to win all six of their league games and now have a few weeks off to prepare for a quarter final, in Durban, against the fourth-placed team in the North Section – at this stage, likely to be either the Pumas or the Lions.

From the perspective of the wider Sharks franchise, though, the success of this team has been huge. Not only to we have a very real shot at winning the Vodacom Cup this year, which will look very nice alongside the Currie Cup and Super 14 trophies, but we are building the nucleus of a strong team, from which the next generation of Currie Cup stars will emerge. We have already seen Monty Dumond, Charl McLeod and Chris Jordaan bring their winning Sharks XV momentum to slot seamlessly into the Sharks Super 14 side. It’s good to know that, when our team is decimated by Bok call-ups later in the year, we have the Rhodes’s, Downeys, Cronjés and Mvovos of the world ready to step up and keep the side going.

Man, but it’s great to be a Shark today.



15 Comments

  • “Not only to we have a very real shot at winning the Vodacom Cup this year, which will look very nice alongside the Currie Cup and Super 14 trophies” – be careful, some are going to raise that ugly world arrogance . . .

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.04.09 11:47:12 by Baldrick Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 1) : world = word!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.04.09 11:47:33 by Baldrick Reply
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  • I don’t really follow the VC, but the Sharks seen to be doing a lot better than last year. What is the differance from last year?

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.04.09 11:53:07 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : a proper coach. Those are the exact words of a guy in the squad :-)

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.04.09 11:55:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 1) : I thought twice about putting that in… but fuggit… it’s our trophy to lose this year. If we bottle this one, then I guess they were right about us being chokers

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.04.09 12:01:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : I don’t even know who that is?? :oops:

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.04.09 12:05:11 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 6) : who what is? The coach? You should read some of the Sharks XV articles I write.

    Seriously… these guys are doing a GREAT job to prepare the next batch of talent for Currie Cup and Super 14 rugby. So what if it’s just the Vodacom Cup. They’re still Sharks and they deserve our unwavering, fanatical support.

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.04.09 12:16:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : You right,but my limited time and a wife that doesn’t like rugby, kind of makes me prioritise when it come to what I watch and read.

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.04.09 12:23:11 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 8) : your wife controls what you READ? :)

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.04.09 12:28:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : No work does, as it is I spend WAY to much time on this site

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.04.09 12:30:57 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 10) : he he :) :mrgreen: Keep it up

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.04.09 12:35:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • Great going by the Sharks XV…things seems to be coming together in KZN…from the top to the bottom…and back to the top…

    Sharks forever…

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.04.09 12:36:50 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 12) : there’s a 3-week break before the quarters… seems a bit ridiculous, frankly

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.04.09 12:44:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) :
    :shock: 3 weeks? That’s crazy…
    Good thing the big Sharks are around…

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.04.09 13:13:47 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 14) : indeed

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.04.09 13:19:36 by robdylan Reply
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