The Great Couch Shark

Sharks learn about complacency the hard way


Written by Nick Gordon (The Great Couch Shark)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 18 May 2009 at 11:14
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Hi folks, this is not a postmortem report filled with dread and doom. In fact, I have to say I was encouraged by the way the Sharks played their last game. But also a little honesty and acknowledgment is needed by both fans and the players alike. So where do we begin?

After having stumbled against the two weakest teams in the Super 14 earlier this season, and having played average rugby for most part, the Sharks saved their finest performance for the game with the most impossible odds, raising questions about their professional attitude to rugby as a whole.

Against the Bulls on Saturday night, and needing a non-negotiable four tries, the Sharks dared to soar and were a sight to behold. The backs ran with purpose, Ruan Pienaar looked like the dangerous player he’s threatened to be. JP Pietersen reveled in the intensity and pace. Stefan Terblanche was in sublime form after arguably costing his team the game the week before. Which leaves fans scratching their heads in bemusement about their team’s mediocre performances up until this point.

Thing is, having a professional attitude means always playing like it could be your last game. It means being merciless. Against the supposedly minnow teams like the Reds and Cheetahs, the Sharks did not give enough credit to their opposition, bringing their B games to the field and got drilled. Perhaps the players have an overinflated sense of their worth, perhaps they’ve have fallen into bit of a rut, looking forward to the paycheck instead of the performance. What is certain, however, is that the hunger, pride and desperation to win has been noticeably absent of late.

Although the losses to the Reds and Cheetahs were unfortunate, it’s the Crusaders game that probably best defined the Sharks campaign of 2009, and it’s the one they should rue the most. Playing at home, the humidity was fine, the weather good and the Crusaders were far from their top form. This was the Sharks’ game, yet they made 23 handling errors, more than the average school team, and lost the ball within metres of the tryline on several occasions.

This almost astonishing inability to finish over the tryline became a scourge of the team all season. Time and again, the TMO was called into play and time and again the result went against the Sharks, either because of a knock-on or double movement. Now this is lack of patience, pure and simple. Sure it’s nice to dive for the line, but if it’s out of reach then getting the ball back in the ruck is the next most important thing. A few of the players (read: Bismark Du Plessis), need to be schooled in the basics of tryline play. Particularly the part about teamwork making the dream work.

The next question that needs to be raised is this: if the all-out attacking game plan of the Sharks delivered four tries as successfully as it did on Saturday, then why-oh-why have the Sharks been sticking to their conservative, ugly, hoof-it-at-all-costs approach. Having only scored bonus points on two occasions up until Saturday’s game (rather pathetic compared to the other teams), it doesn’t take a genius to work out that perhaps the Sharks are better suited to the expansive game. I mean, after all, they do have some of the best runners in the game (Kockett, Kankowski, Pienaar, Jacobs and Pietersen spring to mind). Dare I say John Plumtree’s forward-based kicking game is actually wrong? What I do know is that the back three looked infinitely more dangerous running it from the deep than simply hoofing up-and-unders all day long.

Although a lot of fans are probably hurting right now, I prefer to see the silver lining. By missing the semi-finals and going from first place on the log to finishing mid-table, the Sharks will be forced to do some introspection. Unlike the Stormers who never seem to learn from their bad seasons, the Sharks will have to address their tactics and their professional approach to the game.
Ironic isn’t it that Plumtree is famous for stressing pride in the jersey and Grant Bashford is known for his attention to the basics, because those were probably the qualities most lacking this year.
Rudolph Straueli will have to pull out all the stops to try and find an answer to the perennial crisis of depth at Number 10. And let’s hope for the sake of Natal rugby that Francois Steyn never plays flyhalf in the province again. Please can all we lay this bogey to rest.

Fans, let’s be honest here. The Sharks didn’t really deserve to be in the semi-finals anyway. Apart from the Blues and Bulls game, they never looked like championship material. Yet they had the best draw in years, an incredible overseas tour and were sitting pretty at the top after seven rounds. If our players are going to drop a gold nugget like that, then they deserve to watch the semi-finals from the couch. History never remembers the team that ‘almost made it’. So hard luck Sharks, and good luck to the Bulls next week. They showed the most hunger and resolve out of all the South African teams, and at the end of the season, the log never lies.



97 Comments

  • Hope Pienaar’s injury isn’t too bad. He was looking really good out there on Saturday. What is it with SA flyhalves and knee injuries?

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.05.09 11:18:29 by CapeShark Reply
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  • gOOde arti that!

    “Although the losses to the Reds and Cheetahs were unfortunate, it’s the Crusaders game that probably best defined the Sharks campaign of 2009, and it’s the one they should rue the most. Playing at home, the humidity was fine, the weather good and the Crusaders were far from their top form. This was the Sharks’ game, yet they made 23 handling errors, more than the average school team, and lost the ball within metres of the tryline on several occasions.

    yip- that was indEEd the tiPPing point!

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.05.09 11:27:33 by wiLLem Reply

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  • awesome article, CapeShark. Well done indeed, sir.

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.05.09 11:28:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • Although dissipointed after Saturday’s loss I agree with the article and the Bulls consistency really does deserve them a home semi and I for one hope they win it….I also have a soft spot for the Chiefs and if the Bulls doen’t make it I hope the Chiefs win.

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.05.09 11:34:17 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Dare I say John Plumtree’s forward-based kicking game is actually wrong?

    I hope / wonder if he will realise that the last performance was probably the best of the season and stick to that for the CC.

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.05.09 11:40:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • well – I have already written my article about admiring the Bulls’ structures. Doesn’t mean I will ever support them. So it’s Chiefs all the way for me. Don’t really care if some think that makes me unpatriotic.

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.05.09 11:41:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : I am already wearing my Crusaders Jersey No7. I would rather swallow nails mixed with glass than support the bully boys!

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.05.09 11:46:29 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • i am one of those very pissed off fans, and i hope we get good apolagies from them, for the last 4 – 5 months i have planned my life around them,did not shave my hair or beard for the last 7 months in build up to the super 14, drove down from jhb to the games,missed weddings, parties and lots more, including realationships, and i feel sort of robbed, we really give our all for them and they just dont show up for the games,ill always be a shark, but at this moment i just feel like the love of my life has cheated on me

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.05.09 11:50:13 by willa Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Its your democratic right Rob, still think you are unpatriotic, and I am hurt that you think I don’t care :cry:

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.05.09 11:57:34 by Whindy Reply
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  • @willa (Comment 8) : Willa I have been feeling like this since the Highlanders game! For the Crusaders match I made concessions for tired bodies, but the Higlanders game really peeved me! After the Tah’s match I was positively angry! I was offered tickets to the stadium for Saturday, but I refused them, and was set not to watch the game in protest! Of course I couldn’t keep that and watched, at the end I didn’t know whether to be happy or angry! Why didn’t they play like that all season?!!! I also rearranged my life, and has caused many a fight at home ’cause my husband hates rugby and I will simply not move (unless its to go to the Stadium) if there is a Sharks match! I really feel cheated!

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.05.09 12:10:02 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • You’ve got to marvel the Crusaders. Even having a bad year by their standards, they still make the semi’s. Unbelievable.

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.05.09 12:10:34 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @willa (Comment 8) : dude – to be fair, they neither asked, nor expected you to go to those lengths. I could argue that I bet my house on the Sharks at the start of the season, so now they need to buy me a new house. Makes about as much sense.

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.05.09 12:14:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • did not shave my hair or beard for the last 7 months

    Seems like your beard grows a lot faster than your hair. :wink:

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.05.09 12:15:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : And i want to be paid back for the Dros and Keg meals i ate! :smile: I hardly watch TV, so have never gone thru with DStv but when it comes to Sharks games, i have to find a venue. My wife hates smokers and loud obnoxious beer louts. Do you realize how hard it is to find such a place???

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.05.09 12:21:36 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 14) : you know how much I’ve dropped in MediaZone fees to watch the Sharks this season? Probably almost $100!

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.05.09 12:34:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : All we are asking, is for the same effort as we are putting in, after all they are earning the mulla for it! Why drop games against two of the weakest teams in the competition, and in my son’s team 5 boys were dropped to the fourths because of handling errors and they are only 12! 23 handling errors against the Crusaders, 25 against the Highlanders!

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.05.09 12:35:58 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : no its not the same, didnt ask for it back, i give my everything to a team that i love and supported for the last 16 years, i have not missed one game in the last 8 years, if its not on tv, i drive to the destination,witbank,sun city,ect. and they dont play to their potential against much weaker teams,

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.05.09 14:16:47 by willa Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) : ha ha no that was last year!!

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.05.09 14:17:47 by willa Reply

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  • @willa (Comment 18) : this year i left everything

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.05.09 14:18:15 by willa Reply

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  • I sat and watched this with my brother.

    And whenever the Sharks got a penalty in the zone, I screamed posts and he screamed kick for touch…

    Keo wrote an arti on it and I agree completely with him.

    The Sharks had a dof approach to this game given what was at stake.

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.05.09 14:47:54 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 20) : :?:

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.05.09 14:51:43 by Rahul Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 20) : I don’t agree , see comment from Keo from Some Bloke.

    I fully agree with ‘Some Bloke’

    19. Some Bloke :
    May 18th, 2009 at 1:48 pm
    I still think the Sharks attitude was right. There was no point in winning the match and screwing over another South African team. I don’t think the players or the supporters would have gained any joy out of that. I think their motivation was to go out there, play entertaining rugby and either win it with four tries or lose it. Nothing in-between

    And my response:

    53. pokkel :
    May 18th, 2009 at 2:41 pm
    #19 Some Bloke: I agree. Hindsight is a perfect. Imagine the article is the Sharks won and scored 3 tries and caused the Bulls to play an away semi……

    Hou op kak praat Keo

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.05.09 14:53:22 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 20) : not sure I concur… the win without the bonus point would have been just as useless as the bonus point without the win. We were right in the way we approached this. We just needed to execute better.

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.05.09 14:54:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 20) : That is something the Cheetah’s would do. :wink:

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.05.09 14:55:05 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 20) :

    I don’t agree at all.

    And while will never call YOU short sighted thinking that we should have gone for poles IS a short sighted approach.

    Had we scored the 4th try in the 60th minute or 60th minute of the game then i would have said yes, go for poles after that.

    What would the use have been if the Sharks had won but NOT got the bonus point? not only to them but to SA rugby.

    Can you imagine the comments from the narrow minded Bulls fans? “F%^&en stoopid Tjarks vans, kan’t even get themselfs into the semi finaal, but kan take away our chances of a home semi.”

    The Sharks did the right thing in the way they approached the game. Get the 4 BPs and then win the game. this was the ONE occasion where the back to front philophy was needed.

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.05.09 14:58:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 22) : @robdylan (Comment 23) :

    My point is simple (as I explained to my brother too).

    The Bulls needed a win, and wanted a win badly, no matter how ugly.

    If the Sharks scored early points and lets say opened up a 9 or 12 point lead, the Bulls’ game played would have had to change.

    By chasing the game the game will #1 speed up, and #2 open up autmotically. These are both things the Bulls do not like and are not very good at and something the Sharks are in fact, better at.

    Defenses would have been easily broken down or much easier than the Sharks found it to be on Saturday, no drops from Steyn as they are chasing tries now to close the gap and the Sharks can concentrate on calm, percentage rugby playing to their strengths, and FORCING the Bulls to deviate from their game plan or strategy and play the Sharks want them to play.

    As a coach, your first aim is and always will be to control the game and force the opposition to play the type of game you want to play.

    The Bulls defending a lead simply stood back, kicked for corners, slowed the ruck balls down and held their defensive lines which had been great all season.

    You allowed the Bulls to play to their strengths.

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.05.09 14:59:23 by Morné Reply
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  • That’ll show him!

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.05.09 14:59:42 by Rahul Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 22) :

    Hindsight is a perfect. Imagine the article is the Sharks won and scored 3 tries and caused the Bulls to play an away semi……

    My point exactly!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.05.09 15:00:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) :

    Why in the hell are you concerned as a Sharks team or player if the Bulls get a home semi or not???

    The Sharks had to force the Bulls to play the type of rugby the Sharks are good at, instead, the Sharks allowed to Bulls to dictate the terms.

  • Comment 29, posted at 18.05.09 15:01:24 by Morné Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : u are hugely prejudiced against the dude and still defend yourself for not being patriotic. Do you have British citizenship yet? Wonder how it’s possible to support only halve of the Bok’s (if the Bulls make up halve of the team), but then you probably have a Rose on your jersey (me being prejudiced now)

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.05.09 15:02:05 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 28) :

    You think we are npopular now, FOOK I wouldn’t want to see how popular we were if we had won without a BP.

    V(*&EN Guppies whyfor didn’t they loose and help SA, Kan only fink of thelselfs.

    ETC.

  • Comment 31, posted at 18.05.09 15:02:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 31) :

    If that was the mindset of the Sharks going into this match, or in this match, then they lost before they even took the field.

  • Comment 32, posted at 18.05.09 15:04:06 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 32) :

    the mindset was simple IMO.

    “A win without a BP is no use to us and no use to anybody else. Get the BP first and the win should come with it 99% of the time.”

  • Comment 33, posted at 18.05.09 15:08:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 29) :

    Coz i’ve alread decided that Ii will wear my Sharks Jersey for the flight to SA, (My English ones are a bit old) and I DO want to make it from Int arrivals to Domestic departures in one piece. :wink:

  • Comment 34, posted at 18.05.09 15:10:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 29) : @Morné (Comment 32) : The Sharks ‘normal’ gameplan if judged by the last couple of weeks would not have secured a win never mind a win with 4 tries

  • Comment 35, posted at 18.05.09 15:11:57 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 33) :

    And here I thought it was simple…

    Where the mindset should have been;

    “Let’s play to our strengths and stop them from playing to theirs.

    “That way we give ourselves the best possible chance to get the bonus point win and a semi.”

    (Who gives a shit what the Bulls want or need)

    Like I said, imo their approach was dof.

  • Comment 36, posted at 18.05.09 15:12:50 by Morné Reply
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  • I think this game was great in terms of changing the Sharks mindset for the CC. They realised that they can play a different brand of rugby successfully and the situation forced them to try a new style.

  • Comment 37, posted at 18.05.09 15:14:45 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 36) : I’ll agree to disagree, but see comment 37.

    I think the game openend some Sharks players and the coaches eyes.

    The current gameplan wasn’t working. We need a mix of the expansive and the current defensive structures

  • Comment 38, posted at 18.05.09 15:17:13 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 30) :

    *gulp* :shock:

  • Comment 39, posted at 18.05.09 15:18:24 by wpw Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 36) : and I actually give a shit about the Bulls. I’m am a patriot and would rather see the Bulls win than a NZ or Aus team.

  • Comment 40, posted at 18.05.09 15:18:48 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 30) : dude – that was way out of left field… Maybe think it through a little bit more? What exactly are you accusing me of?

  • Comment 41, posted at 18.05.09 15:32:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 39) : nothing to see here :)

  • Comment 42, posted at 18.05.09 15:34:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 35) :

    Who said anything about normal game plan?

    They should have given themselves the best possible chance to achieve their goal.

    That would have been to my mind, stopping the BUlls from playing to their strengths and force them to play a type of game which is in fact your own strength or where you know you are better than them.

  • Comment 43, posted at 18.05.09 15:35:29 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 43) : I think you should bring a bottle of 21 year old Glenfiddich and we can discuss this further. :wink:

  • Comment 44, posted at 18.05.09 15:41:33 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 41) :

    Clearly he’s got you mixed up with Oubaas. :wink:

    (I hope you don’t own an Engerland jersey) :???:

  • Comment 45, posted at 18.05.09 15:42:41 by wpw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 41) : Easy. Just what of you actualy said. See what Pokkel said at comment 40. I dislike the Bulls hecticly, but I would rather want them to win than a NZ team. So, if you would rather support the kiwi’s, then how can u support a Bok team with say halve of them Bulls players. As I said, me being prejudiced towards u now

  • Comment 46, posted at 18.05.09 15:43:26 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 46) : how about you let me support whomever I like without judging me and I’ll do the same to you?

    I support the Boks and I support the Sharks. That is it. I do not support the Bulls. I don’t need to like every person who plays for the Boks in order to support the team. Hell, I don’t even like every person who plays for the Sharks!

  • Comment 47, posted at 18.05.09 15:46:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 45) : no – I don’t. :) I don’t own a Bok one either though.

  • Comment 48, posted at 18.05.09 15:47:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • Entertaining read

    aLL Academic of course

    :smile:

  • Comment 49, posted at 18.05.09 15:53:07 by wiLLem Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 47) :
    You sir, disgust me.

    FJELN!

  • Comment 50, posted at 18.05.09 15:53:47 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 44) :

    Deal!

    @robdylan (Comment 47) :

    I have always backed the Chiefs as my ‘other’ team…

    Love their brand of rugby.

  • Comment 51, posted at 18.05.09 15:54:33 by Morné Reply
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  • from a SA perspective, i want the bulls to win, although i dont like them. I wouldnt have cared if the sharks cost them their home semi either, and i DONT GIVE A DAMN about whatever they would have or could have said about the sharks concerning that matter. BLACK AND WHITE, NOTHING ELSE MATTERS!

  • Comment 52, posted at 18.05.09 15:56:31 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 51) :

    But then that should have been obvious in the years most know me by now.

    Come pre-season, I always backed the Chiefs to do well.

    Bulls will take it though, and I am quite happy with that.

    But if the Saders win this weekend, I am backing the Chiefs 100%

  • Comment 53, posted at 18.05.09 15:56:33 by Morné Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 47) : Well well a turn coat minger loving kiwi eating mofo… :grin:

    While nobody likes the fellows from Pretoria, it does seem a little strange to wish ill on the Bulls and support the Kiwi’s…

    Makes me think of a small collective of folks in the Western Cape who support the All Blacks when they play here.

    Sad. But it is their choice.

  • Comment 54, posted at 18.05.09 15:57:02 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 50) :

    hahahahaa :mrgreen:

    (see you later alligator)

  • Comment 55, posted at 18.05.09 15:58:57 by wpw Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 54) :

    Did you hear Chris Jack will be wearing the blue and white hoops soon??

    Watch out for loads of NZ supporters at WP home games!!! :roll:

  • Comment 56, posted at 18.05.09 16:00:30 by wpw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 47) : @Morné (Comment 51) :

    I just cringe when I hear stats like : ‘SA has only ever won one Super 12/14 title in 13 years. ‘ I would rather hear stats next year that SA teams have won 2 from 14 Super titles…. Thats why I would rather have the Bulls win the title.

    But if the Bulls don’t take it, I hope the Chiefs do.

    But I do love the fact that there is no Aussies teams in the play-offs :twisted:

  • Comment 57, posted at 18.05.09 16:01:27 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Here is a question…

    How many tries were scored as a direct result of kicking the ball to touch in striking distance?

    I remember one, but then I was half pissed.

  • Comment 58, posted at 18.05.09 16:04:13 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 58) : Dunno I was in a similar state

  • Comment 59, posted at 18.05.09 16:05:51 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 58) : Jeez and i can drink fast when the game is on :oops:

  • Comment 60, posted at 18.05.09 16:06:50 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 57) :

    Me too.

    I back the Bulls to take it as I backed them pre-season the stand the best chance of all SA team to take it.

  • Comment 61, posted at 18.05.09 16:06:56 by Morné Reply
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  • Agree with the “Go Bulls” sentiment as expressed by many a reasonable blogger above – somethimes certain people’s hatred for everything “light blue” becomes somewhat nauseating!

  • Comment 62, posted at 18.05.09 16:12:05 by diablo Reply

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  • @diablo (Comment 62) : and vice versa. Some Bulls supporters hate anything not
    Powder blue :roll:

  • Comment 63, posted at 18.05.09 16:27:15 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @diablo (Comment 62) :
    Hi diablo, interesting name, are you from the other side / site.
    Im also going for the Bulls here.

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  • @diablo (Comment 62) : can I offer you a valoid? :mrgreen:

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  • @diablo (Comment 62) :
    Luke… is that you??? :shock:

  • Comment 66, posted at 18.05.09 17:33:15 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 65) :
    Why don’t you offer your Kiwi friends your drugs – landsverraier! :twisted:

  • Comment 67, posted at 18.05.09 17:34:04 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @diablo (Comment 62) : It’s just JP Nel’s serial swinging arm, forwards killing the ball, Bakkies head-butting / punching style of rugby. They are big and like to act like schoolboy bullies.

    That’s why the name Bull is so apt, short for Bully, and no-one likes a bully.

    I suppoer the Sharks and Boks, like Rob, I don’t like every shark, and I don’t like every bok (eg Look X) but I will support both against any team in the world. It doesn’t mean I have to support the Bulls.

    Stuff them. Go Chiefs – and that’s not because they are New Zealanders, it’s because they play attractive rugby and have been underdogs for the entire tournament’s history.

  • Comment 68, posted at 18.05.09 17:43:38 by Baldrick Reply

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  • Alrighty then! Interesting debate. I wonder what Vinchainsaw’s stance will be on this issue…

  • Comment 69, posted at 18.05.09 19:50:17 by wpw Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 20) :
    You exactly right.

    The Sharks played dof and the Bulls played clever.

    Sharks supporters are too dof to get it.

  • Comment 70, posted at 18.05.09 20:13:23 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 70) : lap it up while you can. Your team did very well

  • Comment 71, posted at 18.05.09 20:27:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 71) : Yes I am happy.
    Would have been happier if Saturday’s game was about top position for both teams.
    The good news for the Sharks is that next year their captain and coach will not be rookies anymore. Both smart guys, they will learn from their mistakes. I also hope they manage to keep Steyn.

    As for the Bulls they are now (only) favorites to win. They’ve managed to get 1st place without ever looking the part. Mainly because they’ve played smart rugby. Their game plan is simple, not stupid.

  • Comment 72, posted at 19.05.09 02:20:29 by fyndraai Reply
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  • Ons vir jou Suid Afrika (SHARKS, CHEETAHS, STORMERS, LIONS AND YEP, BULLS) :-)

  • Comment 73, posted at 19.05.09 05:54:33 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • @fyndraai (Comment 72) : I agree. The Bulls are very good at keeping it simple and structured. It’s the only way to get the best out of such am unimaginative group of players :-)

  • Comment 74, posted at 19.05.09 07:45:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 74) : Jeez Rob, the S :roll: harks didn’t exactly play imaginative rugby this season

  • Comment 75, posted at 19.05.09 08:57:14 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 75) : Sharks

  • Comment 76, posted at 19.05.09 09:00:11 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 75) :

    You are wrong, they did.

    They imagined they will win the thing before the season even started!

  • Comment 77, posted at 19.05.09 09:02:12 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 77) : And with Frans Steyn at flyhalf they were about as imaginative as a facebrick wall.

  • Comment 78, posted at 19.05.09 09:19:21 by CapeShark Reply
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  • Anyway, i think if someone wants to support a New Zealand team ahead of a South African team, it’s their prerogative. This is rugby not politics and the Chiefs and Crusaders play a very attractive brand of rugby that i admire…

  • Comment 79, posted at 19.05.09 09:20:58 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 78) : :lol:

  • Comment 80, posted at 19.05.09 09:34:30 by wpw Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 78) : a clinker facebrick wall.

    @CapeShark (Comment 79) : Thanks! Finally, someone being a grown up about the whole thing :mrgreen:

    @Pokkel (Comment 75) : you know what you call something that contains a lot of iron?

  • Comment 81, posted at 19.05.09 09:41:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) :

    Morning all..Rob – me too cannot get myself that far..

    My hubby was saying to someone on the phone on Sunday: “Ag well, I suppose we have to support the Bulls this coming weekend” …Well I nearly dropped my glass of Wine!!

    I asked him where is he planning on wathing the game, coz he sure as hell is notgonna watch it at MY house and shout for the Bulls… :twisted: :twisted:

    :mrgreen:

    Nice Article by the way.. :wink:

  • Comment 82, posted at 19.05.09 09:44:44 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 82) : he he… I like that one.

    It was the ever-impressive CapeShark who wrote it.

  • Comment 83, posted at 19.05.09 09:53:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • I STILL THINK ITS TRIES THAT BRING US TO THE GAME!!4 TRIES FIRST THEN WIN,EVEN IF WE LOSE WE WOULD HAVE BEEN ENTERTAINED,UNLIKE VERY DEFENSIVE AND DULL WINS WITH ALL AND SUNDRY SAYING “WE WON ,IMAGINE IF WE HAD PLAYED TO OUR POTENTIAL”TRIES PUT BUMS ON SEATS

  • Comment 84, posted at 19.05.09 14:25:07 by dragonshark Reply

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  • @dragonshark (Comment 84) :

    Sheesh!! We get it!! No need to shout now!! :roll: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 85, posted at 19.05.09 14:29:56 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 82) : :roll: my other half actually mentioned getting tickets to loftus – can u believe :mrgreen:

  • Comment 86, posted at 19.05.09 14:35:03 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 7) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 87, posted at 19.05.09 14:36:04 by rekinek Reply
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  • i think if the sharks just plain won – which i reckon they could have done – they would have a kinda satisfaction in beating the bulls. But I am really glad that they went for 4 tries.

  • Comment 88, posted at 19.05.09 14:37:51 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 86) :

    EISH!! :shock: :shock: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 89, posted at 19.05.09 14:39:57 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 87) : My ex is Bulls mad…. and I dont like her much…..
    GO CRUSADERS!!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 90, posted at 19.05.09 14:40:42 by Rahul Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 88) : If they had taken the three points at the end of the game, there was enough time to kick off and go for the 4th try. Going for the try first wasted too much precious time when we had to score twice anyhow!

  • Comment 91, posted at 19.05.09 14:42:35 by Rahul Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 90) : crusaders are a funny bunch. they just have this tendency of scrapping somehow.

  • Comment 92, posted at 19.05.09 14:46:31 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 92) :

    …but…i never would have thought in the beginning of the season that they were gonna make the play-offs…and us not.. :sad:

  • Comment 93, posted at 19.05.09 14:50:14 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 93) : neither would I – they looked sooooo bad. I only started thinking seriously about them when they won against stormers and bulls – they absolutely should have lost it.

    I hope that sharks take a good look at their season and pinpoint when they went wrong. I really hope it will be egoless exercise.

  • Comment 94, posted at 19.05.09 14:56:26 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 94) :

    So do I…

    last game was my game of the series and I have not even seen the play-offs! :mrgreen:

    Shows you though – they can play “mooi” rugby and play it well at that!! :grin:

  • Comment 95, posted at 19.05.09 15:01:50 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 95) : and there was the try of the season –
    that was absolutely beautiful.

  • Comment 96, posted at 19.05.09 15:08:32 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 96) :

    Jis – dit was stunning!! A real team effort and let me tell you i am glad I was not in Beast’s way then, and Sykes finsihing off perfectly..absolute Beautt of a try!

  • Comment 97, posted at 19.05.09 15:13:25 by Prof. Ice Reply
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