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Staying alive


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 27 Apr 2009 at 10:43
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After a week or so of utter negativity, it’s time to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and get fully behind out team as they make a push for the Super 14 title. A number of fortunate results see the Sharks still in fourth position after the bye round and of those in contention, we are the only side who has completed all of our away fixtures.

The Hurricanes, Bulls and Chiefs have emerged as the major contenders, along with the Sharks and each still has their destiny completely in their own hands. For the Sharks, the way is clear… pick up maximum points from each of the three remaining games and should any of the front three slip up, their place will be up for grabs. With the Bulls just two points ahead of us, our final round-robin game in Durban against the men in blue will, assuming we don’t lose a game before then, enable us to leap-frog them and may well be the difference between a home semi final and having to travel.

Now, the Hurricanes seem to have the toughest run-in of them all. They have only one more home game, this weekend against the Blues (themselves reeling after losing to the Reds). What follows is an away derby against the Chiefs, who themselves will have a home semi in their sights should they take out the men from Wellington. They finish with a trip to Brisbane to face the unpredictable Reds, who have already shown that they can beat better teams any given weekend. If the Canes drop even one of these matches, they could lose out on top spot. Lose two and they’re suddenly in serious danger of missing out altogether.

The Chiefs don’t have a significantly easier path. They still have an away game against the crap Stormers, but then the Canes lie in wait for them at home. They finish off with a home game against the Brumbies, which they should win. The Bulls still have the Force and Cheetahs at home, before travelling to Durban.

So on the face of it, then, the Sharks have the easiest path from here, followed by the Bulls, Chiefs and Canes in that order. Best case for us is for the Blues to beat the Canes, the Canes to beat the Chiefs and for us to (obviously) give the Bulls a carrot. Obviously a Stormers victory over the Chiefs or a shock Reds win over the Canes would suit us down to the ground. If each of the other contenders just drops one more match and we win our three then, assuming bonus points don’t come into it (which of course they will!) we can still end first.

It all starts with five points (yes Sharks – five) against the Highlanders. Assuming that the Bulls beat the Force, the Stormers hold the Chiefs to a non-bonus point win (dreaming?) and the Canes manage to tough it out against the Blues, again with no bonus point, the top four could look like this:

1 Canes 38
2 Bulls 38
3 Chiefs 37
4 Sharks 36

Two points shy of top spot with two home games to come? Bring it on.

Black and white… nothing else matters!



46 Comments

  • Just keep the Aussies out of it all together, so Mr O’neil can blabber on about kicking us out and we can shove it up his backside.

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.04.09 10:48:37 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 1) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.04.09 10:54:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • As the Boys on Supersport said on the weekend, the guys at the top have to play other teams at the top in the coming weeks and there WILL be changes to the log.

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.04.09 10:55:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • “After a week or so of utter negativity, ”

    Speak for yourself!

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.04.09 10:56:27 by Rahul Reply

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  • :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.04.09 10:56:54 by Rahul Reply

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  • @Whindy (Comment 1) :
    Thanks for the graphics. :cry:
    :lol:

    Main thing is that the Sharks have their fate in their own hands – time for everybody, including the coaches, to step up or go home.

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.04.09 10:58:36 by Big Fish Reply
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  • “They still have an away game against the crap Stormers,”

    Is that their new sponsor :twisted:

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.04.09 11:00:40 by Rahul Reply

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  • HEY RAHUL!!!!!!!!!

    WPW asked me to remind you about the Man U turnaround from 0-2 down on the weekend. he thinks it was pretty impressive.

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.04.09 11:01:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 6) : completely. at least 14 points over the next three weeks is crucial. I would argue that we need to throw caution to the wind against the Highlanders and Tahs and ensure that we score four tries (and win the game) no matter what.

    Against the Bulls we need to be more circumspect. Getting a bonus point ourselves will not be as important as denying them points.

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.04.09 11:03:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : NEVER EVER call them Man U!!!!!!

    At last wpw is beginning to see the light… by the end of this season we’ll have him supporting Man United and The Sharks

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.04.09 11:03:44 by Rahul Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) :

    On the “All about Frans” Thread, from comment 16 onwards. :wink:

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.04.09 11:03:59 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 7) : you know me… can’t resist the odd dig.

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.04.09 11:05:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • go sharkies!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.04.09 11:08:47 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : ROTFLMAO!!!!!! He had nightmares about logging into sharksworld :grin:

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.04.09 11:11:38 by Rahul Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :

    I HOPE 12 is enough. If we don’t pick up BP’s in our remaining games then we MAY go into the final game 4 points behind the Bulls and then a mer win won’t be enough to get us ahead of them. :sad:

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.04.09 11:15:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 14) :

    He seems to have left as soon as you arrived. :lol: :wink:

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.04.09 11:17:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) : depends on what we’re aiming for. I still want us to end top. Second would be acceptable.

    Having to travel for the semis means yet another failed season. I don’t even want to speculate about finishing lower than fourth.

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.04.09 11:38:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) :

    But we are at a very real risk of being in a situation that even if we beat the Bulls we still end behind them.

    We are 2 behind them on the log at the moment.
    If they pick up 2 BPs in their next games
    If we pick up NO BPs in our next games
    We will then go into the last game with a 4pt deficit.

    So we will HAVE to beat them with a BP to go above them. AND ensure they get nothing from the game.

    At the moment my first target is to be the top SA side. If we can achive that I believe the home semi will be automatic.

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.04.09 11:51:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : ummm… did you read my comment? :)

    I said we absolutely HAVE to get bonus points from our next two matches :mrgreen: We actually agree with each other

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.04.09 12:02:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • Don’t you have to win them first :lol: Sorry could not help it you left yourself wide open.

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.04.09 14:24:33 by Whindy Reply
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  • So glad we could help out our feLLow SaFFas!

    :twisted:

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.04.09 14:32:08 by Oranje Orakel Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : :?: :?:

    that’s not what it looked like you said. It looked like you said it depends on what we are aiming for?

    I am aiming to finish above the Bulls.

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.04.09 14:32:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Oranje Orakel (Comment 21) : He has been calling you names the whole season, “one hit wonders” etc. he should be apolagising to you :wink:

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.04.09 14:52:48 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 23) :

    hehehe

    No nEEd to

    I am just having my moment in the Sun… at the $harks expense

    we aLL know the underlying score….

    we are “just” two hit wonders!

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.04.09 14:54:58 by Oranje Orakel Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 22) : I am aiming to finish above the Chiefs and Hurricanes too

  • Comment 25, posted at 27.04.09 15:02:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 23) : I’ll apologise for my Cheetahs comments when they manage to finish above 13th place in the Super 14… and win a game overseas.

  • Comment 26, posted at 27.04.09 15:04:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • :whistling:

  • Comment 27, posted at 27.04.09 15:07:58 by Oranje Orakel Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : Just stirring,I hope you were impressed with the Lions winning overseas, I was. Now if only we could win a couple more games!! It would certainly help you guys but it may help the Buls as well

  • Comment 28, posted at 27.04.09 15:08:36 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 28) : I have such a soft spot for the Lions ;) Almost changed my mind when they looked like upsetting the Sharks XV’s Vodacom Cup party this weekend, though.

    tell you what, Ethienne Reynecke and Walter Venter are two bloody good players.

  • Comment 29, posted at 27.04.09 15:21:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : Leave them alone agree about Walter Venter waiting for him to move its only a matter of time, he is an ex college boy if my memory serves me right and Loffie has not treated him well.

  • Comment 30, posted at 27.04.09 15:42:37 by Whindy Reply
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  • Correction, I see he is a Monas boy

  • Comment 31, posted at 27.04.09 15:43:51 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 31) : would gladly swap Steyn for Venter

  • Comment 32, posted at 27.04.09 15:49:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 32) :
    You would gladly swop Steyn for a garden hose. :roll:

  • Comment 33, posted at 27.04.09 16:34:07 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 33) :

    Why?

    Has his “Hedge” aLL dried up?

  • Comment 34, posted at 27.04.09 17:00:50 by Oranje Orakel Reply

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  • @Oranje Orakel (Comment 34) : weeds are my current problem.

  • Comment 35, posted at 27.04.09 17:25:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 35) :

    Ah

    then no need to iRRigate further

    rather wEEd industriously then – :smile:

    and the reason why wEEds- ecluding the “Hemp” family of course- are not part of the Gardening plan is because they yield no return?

    OH and remember not to pay so much next time for that sEEdling- as you have no idea how it wiLL turn out!

  • Comment 36, posted at 27.04.09 17:41:42 by Oranje Orakel Reply

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  • There is a big question mark over the Sharks right now.

    The loss to the Cheetahs could be just a slip-up, but the 2nd loss a week later has to make one wonder and also re-evaluate all earlier games.
    Against the Chiefs and the Blues they were extremely lucky to win. Should the Sharks then be a 5-loss, rather than a 3-loss team?
    Since they scored all their tries from long range turnovers, are they incapable of scoring any other way?
    Are their weaknesses now so exposed that they will be easier to beat in the next few weeks?

  • Comment 37, posted at 27.04.09 18:04:15 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @Oranje Orakel (Comment 36) : you are so sharp, you should be careful not to cut yourself. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 38, posted at 27.04.09 18:12:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 37) :

    All is well in the Sharks camp IMO.

    We will have RP back this week, hopefully and that then settles the side a bit with some depth being pushed back onto the bench.

  • Comment 39, posted at 27.04.09 18:53:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Oranje Orakel (Comment 21) : hehehe

    we should say a big thank you to Reds as well – after all both them and cheetahs owed us one :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 40, posted at 27.04.09 19:15:20 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 32) : ej – no need to be so negative :razz:

  • Comment 41, posted at 27.04.09 19:16:37 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 38) :

    hehehe

    just “staying alive”!

  • Comment 42, posted at 27.04.09 19:16:53 by Oranje Orakel Reply

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  • @Oranje Orakel (Comment 42) :

    no problem- would have like to sEE the team do “more” but that is how it is it sEEms!

  • Comment 43, posted at 27.04.09 19:19:05 by Oranje Orakel Reply

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  • @Oranje Orakel (Comment 43) :

    Make that posting a coMMent to numbah 40!

  • Comment 44, posted at 27.04.09 19:22:35 by Oranje Orakel Reply

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  • only way sharks will get maximum points is if stefan and rory start distributing ball instead of kicking it away or wasting it.

  • Comment 45, posted at 27.04.09 20:20:19 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 45) : go stefan !!!!- go rory!!!!

    do u reckon they’ve heard u finally :-) )))

  • Comment 46, posted at 27.04.09 20:32:34 by rekinek Reply
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