The Great Couch Shark

A few things the Sharks can learn from the Bulls


Written by Nick Gordon (The Great Couch Shark)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 26 May 2009 at 13:46
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Urrgghhh. As much as it pains me to write this, I fear I must. You see, I was one of many that watched the Bulls come back from 20 points down to stuff the Crusaders. And all I could think of at the time was:’ if only the Sharks could pull that off.’

Rugby is a simple game. And it generally goes without saying that the team who does more with the possession they have tends to win the game. In layman’s terms you hold onto a ball and you dictate the play. You hoof a ball away and you turn it into a lottery. But the Sharks this season couldn’t do much with ball in hand or when they put it to boot, so that makes them double losers, I guess.
Still if John Plumtree and Johann Muller were watching the Bulls-Crusaders game, they couldn’t do worse than note the following:

1)When down in the opposition 22 – come away with points.

The Bulls employed a successful strategy against the Crusaders. Get into their half and come away with points. Any points will do. Unlike the Sharks who, all season, battered away at the opposition tryline only to knock-on over the chalk countless times, Morne Steyn saved his players incalculable energy by pipping over the drop goals and keeping the score line ticking. I’m not saying drop at poles all the time, especially if there’s a 9 man overlap. But if you’re struggling to break the defences, come away with some points, any points, dammit.

2) Stop taking your leader off after 60 minutes

We have seen how invaluable Victor Matfield is to the Bulls’ cause. When the chips are down, he is the one who cries: ‘Once more unto the breach, dear friends’ or some Afrikaans equivalent thereof.
He is so focused on the task of leading his men that he sometimes forgets to shave for days on end.
Yet in Sharks country we like to take our talismanic leader (and by that I mean, John Smit not Muller) off the field so that when things get dicey and we get pipped in the last minute, all he can do is look on with anguish. Go figure.

3) Run the ball back

Oh gee, this one sounds simple, but we just can’t seem to do it. I have the utmost respect for Stefan Terblanche but no wonder PdV has opted for more exciting options at fullback because all this guy does is hoof ball away all day long. We saw how the Bulls punished the Crusaders for their silly chip-and-chases by running the ball back at unorganized defence. This was the 5 minute patch where the Crusaders bombed and the Bulls took charge. They kept the ball in hand, offloaded to the Roid Machine and the rest is history.

4)Have a half-decent flyhalf

Ruan Pienaar was unlucky to be injured, but we saw how Morne Steyn improved the more games he played this season. The guy isn’t flash but he does the basics well and his kicking was superb. If Ruan was allowed to settle into the position and play more games it might have been a different story for the woeful Sharks’ backline. A decent flyhalf knows when to play ten man rugby and when to run it and Fransie Boy had not the slightest clue. Oh, and when the Stormers stop messing around with the more-than-decent Peter Grant, they’ll start winning some games too.

5)Don’t panic

Easier said than done, you may say. I say, let’s take a leaf out of the Bulls’ book from Saturday.
At 20-7 down I thought they were finished. Of course I would, because I’m used to the sorry state of play in Durbs. You see when the Sharks get an early ‘klap’, they panic and scatter like antelope at a waterhole. The team goes into individual mode, with messrs Kankowski, Kockett and Steyn all trying to prove that they can win it on their own. It takes a good leader to calm the troops down and to focus on team play and to still keep doing the basics. One of the biggest problems this season was the lack of adequate protection at the rucks, and it was largely due to individuals running away from their support. Now this sounds simple but when you’ve got the ball in hand, it pays to look around for your support rather than trying to take the rapidly diminishing gap. And that, friends is what teamwork is all about. Doing the basics well, even in the face of defeat.



74 Comments

  • And that’s the last time i write of the Bulls, promise.

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.05.09 13:48:50 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 1) : well said mr bulls supporter :wink: i agree totally thats why the bulls deserve this years trophy

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.05.09 13:55:06 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 1) : last time I write OFF the Bulls :(

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.05.09 14:07:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • Excellent article.

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.05.09 14:12:57 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Yeah, what i meant was ‘write about the bulls’ but i guess nowadays even us fervent Sharks supporters, have to admit: they’re the best in SA. :cry:

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.05.09 14:13:24 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 5) :

    Followed closely by the Stormers in second place!!! :???:

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.05.09 14:22:35 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 6) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    It’s rather SAD, coz I think you ACTUALLY believe that… :lol: :roll:

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.05.09 14:25:19 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • Trotse pa van Pretoria skryf:

    Geagte vark van blok K, ry L, Loftus Versfeld, hoofpaviljoen:

    Kom jy toe mos Saterdag vol bravade daar aan met jou gesuipte lyf en vriende en is mos die man onder die manne!

    Vier skoolseuns van gr. 11, gr. 7 en gr. 4 is toe mos jou teiken om vir die mense rondom jou te wys wat in jou steek.

    Jy jaag hulle weg van die plek wat sogenaamd joune is, waar hulle bloot die ry verkeerd gelees het.

    Pleks van hulle op ’n beskaafde manier te help en hul sitplekke net een ry skuins agter jou aan te wys, raak jy mos stamperig en stoterig.

    Haal jou brilletjie af en druk jou drankasem in die oudste seun se gesig en vloek hulle van die sitplekke af.

    Almal moet jou sien, want jy’s mos ’n man!

    In plaas van ’n samehorige atmosfeer te skep waar kinders en ander volwassenes geborge en veilig voel tussen mense van ons mense, en deel te wees van hierdie groot geleentheid, moet ’n vark soos jy dit vir hulle totaal ontneem en onaangenaam maak.

    Drie van daai seuns is myne, die ander een ’n vriend van my jongste, en hulle moes in verstomming kyk hoe jy jou soos ’n vark gedra.

    Hulle is ook ondersteuners weet jy, groot ondersteuners, nes jy voorgee om te wees.

    Dankie die oudste het nie die vuis, wat hy reeds reggehou het, gebruik teen hierdie “kortmannetjiesindroom-oom” hier voor hom nie, want ek kan jou waarborg my vriend, jy sou anders gevoel het daarna.

    Gelukkig het hy die waardes en respek wat ons aan ons kinders leer, eerste gestel in plaas van sy vuiste.

    Gelukkig het hy aan sy boeties gedink en wou dit nie vir hulle onaangenaam maak nie, want hulle was daar om rugby te kyk.

    Gelukkig het hulle hul fout agtergekom en net ’n ry agtertoe geskuif.

    Dankie, seuns, dat julle groter as die mens voor julle was en ook so opgetree het.

    Ongelukkig het jy dit vir my gr. 4-seun, wat so graag die eindstryd hierdie komende Saterdag wou gaan kyk, so onaangenaam gemaak dat hy my mooi gevra het om nie vir hom ’n kaartjie te kry nie, “want hy is nie lus vir die dronk ooms op die paviljoen nie”.

    Dus vra ek jou en al jou varkagtige broers wat soos jy optree om asseblief Saterdag in jul varkhokke te bly en jul ondersteuning daar te toon.

    Gee die ondersteuners wat hulle drankies geniet en beheer die geleentheid om saam met hul kinders, broers, vrouens, meisies en vriende Saterdag se eindstryd te kan geniet.

    Letter written in Beeld…

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.05.09 14:33:11 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • Frans Steyn was not the problem with the Sharks, their first loss was to the Reds and they capitulated with Ruan in charge.

    Steyn come on leaps and bounds since he was given the responsibility as run on at the bulls, a whole season to be mediocre.

    Give Frans Steyn the opportunity to grow in a single position and he will be huge value as a player, the problem is that he’s so gifted and can play almost anywhere, it’s to his detriment.

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.05.09 14:51:41 by dummykick Reply

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  • My first post and I am already sucking in the grammar stakes :D

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.05.09 14:53:55 by dummykick Reply

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  • Great article, and your point about Terblanche is spot on and I know I will take abuse from his supporters, but the guy is over the hill, he has played some fabulous rugby, but its time for him to either go back to Europe or become the kicking coach, because not only does he kick the ball away, he runs across the field. The other question I have, are the Sharks playing to instructions and obviously all teams do, but does it occur to someone to stay stop kicking its not working or is that the plan and we stick with it, I think Plumtree is a more than accomplished coach, but if I have one criticism of him, he is one dimensional and he needs to come up with a different strategy, for next season, because on paper(IMO), it should be the Sharks playing on Saturday, not the Bulls. But the Bulls have played awesome rugby this year and have surprised the majority of us, who wrote them off before the season had even begun. Good luck to them for Saturday!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.05.09 14:55:49 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 8) :

    Ja Jy kry Afrikaanse mense en jy kry Dutchmen. Ek is Afrikaans. Die dronkgat kan maar self besluit wat hy is. :evil:

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.05.09 14:56:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • hey i never wrote this under robs name. you would think it was me, but it wasn’t. you know the funny thing is, i mentioned all of this after the stormers game and it could have been sorted out then. but plum and bash knew better. well guess thats why they aren’t in the final.

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.05.09 15:02:33 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : I think that goes for all language groups there are a couple of souties around that I am often embarresed to call South Africans, esp at the Dubai sevens, THIS YEAR WHAT A TONSIL!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.05.09 15:03:01 by Whindy Reply
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  • hey this is rubbish, i have moaned about stefan all season, and everyone kakked on me, rob says exactly the same things and he is a guru. :mad:

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.05.09 15:04:01 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • sounds like rob re did this oild article.
    http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2009/02/15/deja-vu/

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.05.09 15:06:17 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @Whindy (Comment 14) :

    Very true.

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.05.09 15:09:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) :

    Stem, mede-afrikaner!! :lol:

    Ek wys maar net die grootste rede hoekom mense nie van die bulle hou nie…die supporters…in another incident on Saturday a guy was shot dead by his brother -inb-law…all donning Blou Bul klere and painted blue… :???:

  • Comment 18, posted at 26.05.09 15:11:35 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 16) :

    Rob didn’t write this piece. :wink:

    @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 15) :

    You know when a something squeeks constantly you eventually get used to it and/or ignore it, :razz: and then when a different squeek comes along you end up hearing it again.

  • Comment 19, posted at 26.05.09 15:12:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 18) : Well that’s why i don’t like the Bulls. Obnoxious supporters. I happen to think the players are great. Except for the ego-manaic on the left wing who’s a complete nightmare on photoshoots….

  • Comment 20, posted at 26.05.09 15:14:28 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) : oh that explains plums coaching. he got so used certain sharks same errors, that he never noticed them anymore. :lol:

  • Comment 21, posted at 26.05.09 15:16:58 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) :

    and DON’T let the Rock speder chick in the avatar fool you… :mrgreen:

    @dummykick (Comment 10) :
    No prob – we are rugby lovers not grammar teachers.. :wink:

  • Comment 22, posted at 26.05.09 15:17:09 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 20) :

    and Morne Steyn Cum laude in Windgat 101… :roll: :mrgreen:

    @Prof. Ice (Comment 22) :

    SPIDER.. :oops: :lol:

  • Comment 23, posted at 26.05.09 15:18:32 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) : oh damn, egg is on my face. sorry rob. capeshark is the villian. actually i have so much egg on my face, i think i’ll have omelet for supper.

  • Comment 24, posted at 26.05.09 15:19:03 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @CapeShark (Comment 20) :

    Who needs football hooligans when the Bulls are in your country? :???:

  • Comment 25, posted at 26.05.09 15:21:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 24) : it pays not to read the article on the homepage that when you get to the end of whats there you see the next articles author. only when ksa alerted me to this mistake did i scroll up and see capesharks name. :oops: :oops:

  • Comment 26, posted at 26.05.09 15:24:10 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • We will soon have to start differentiating between the Bulls team and the Bulls fans.

    The one group is Spectacular.

    The other group is a species not usually associated with civilised behaviour.

  • Comment 27, posted at 26.05.09 15:27:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 27) : Two weeks ago I’m sitting in a pub watching the Sharkies. There’s this rather rotund woman who’s sitting behind me. Her Bulls jersey is just a little too too tight. Anyway, I laughingly say, ‘This is the Sharks game, you guys played this morning.’ She says ‘ I know, I’ve come to watch you guys lose. We lost this morning’
    Who the hell hates a team so much that they go out and root for them to lose… :shock:
    Strange people…

  • Comment 28, posted at 26.05.09 15:34:00 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 27) : totally agree, and i include supersport presenters in the latter category.

  • Comment 29, posted at 26.05.09 15:36:13 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @CapeShark (Comment 28) : Not two weeks – two months…but anyway…

  • Comment 30, posted at 26.05.09 15:36:32 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 28) :

    Her Bulls jersey is just a little too too tight.

    I didn’t know they came in any other size. :lol:

  • Comment 31, posted at 26.05.09 15:36:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • i have never seen such bias by presenters. joel stransky, kobus wiese take the platinum medal for bias commentary.

  • Comment 32, posted at 26.05.09 15:37:52 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 29) :

    I see “Joost did it” v d Westhuizen has been allowed by Supersport to commentate for the POM Channels during the Series, but they will not allow him back on the air for SS. :thankgoodness:

  • Comment 33, posted at 26.05.09 15:38:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Not that he is too biased, but you can hear the tears welling in Mathew Pearce’s voice when the Stormers are getting klapped.

  • Comment 34, posted at 26.05.09 15:41:55 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 33) : that is a relief. when hugh and joel get too much, i like changing to the afrikaans. but then you used to get joost and kobus and then i switched the volume off. with joost gone it is only kobus to ruin the afrikaans channel.

  • Comment 35, posted at 26.05.09 15:42:50 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 34) : :lol: thats the opposite of joel and kobus when the sharks are getting beaten. they get over excited as if they have just won the lotto.

  • Comment 36, posted at 26.05.09 15:45:13 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • ok cape shark. the article is very good. it mirrors my views. it is a pity our coach was too blind to see it.

  • Comment 37, posted at 26.05.09 15:46:49 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • Let me reiterate!

    It is the GAMEPLAN which has lost the Sharks a top spot this season. Somewhere after the Blues game, Plum said, “Right. We’ve got handy away wins in the bag, let’s try and defend our lead.” Hence, kicking the ball away at every possible opportunity. ST has copped a lot of flack for kicking ball away ((eyeballs TT) but the last game of the season PROVED that he is just following orders as I can’t remember a single occasion where he DID kick it away. The fact of the matter is that the Sharks played boring old style Bulls rugby for the last two months of the comp EXCEPT for when Plum’s hand was forced in the last week. What makes this even more ludicrous is that the ELVs are intended to make running rugby the more attractive option… :???:

  • Comment 38, posted at 26.05.09 16:13:19 by klempie Reply

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  • @CapeShark (Comment 28) : Yip. Very narrow minded behavior. I find it hard to comprehend people like that too.
    Maybe some on this site who supported the Crusaders and now the Chiefs can explain what makes them tick :smile:

  • Comment 39, posted at 26.05.09 16:15:45 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 28) : I do! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 40, posted at 26.05.09 16:24:10 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 40) : OK. I don’t go OUT and do it though… :???:

  • Comment 41, posted at 26.05.09 16:29:38 by klempie Reply

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  • hey dummy – good to finally have you here! :)

    BTW, Pienaar went off injured after 30 minutes of the Reds game…

  • Comment 42, posted at 26.05.09 16:30:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 32) : What I don’t understand is that Joel is a Shark. Why is he such a traitor?

  • Comment 43, posted at 26.05.09 16:31:04 by klempie Reply

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  • @fyndraai (Comment 39) : fyndraai – why do you HONESTLY think I don’t like the Bulls? The team, or the fans? Think back to some esteemed people of our mutual acquiantance and you’ll have your answer.

  • Comment 44, posted at 26.05.09 16:33:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 43) : remember he ended his career at WP.

  • Comment 45, posted at 26.05.09 16:34:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 45) : Yeh but born and bred Natal boy.

  • Comment 46, posted at 26.05.09 16:36:03 by klempie Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 44) : I’m the same. I used to hate their game but it’s actually quite attractive now. It’s the fact I have to park my car half a kay up the road at varsity when I go to a game in order to avoid it getting keyed that I hate Bulls fans and consequently their team.

    Please do share about your acquaintances. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 47, posted at 26.05.09 16:38:08 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 46) : he’s a bit of a tool, though…

  • Comment 48, posted at 26.05.09 16:41:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 47) : I won’t sully this site by discussing them any further

  • Comment 49, posted at 26.05.09 16:47:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 48) : Yeh. That’s the curious bit!

  • Comment 50, posted at 26.05.09 17:00:29 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 43) : Joel is a Blue bull… started his career at loftus when Naas was there

  • Comment 51, posted at 26.05.09 17:02:22 by Rahul Reply

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  • hello :razz: ,

    yes! :!: please stop taking off smit in 60th minute. when I saw it in the bulls game i thought – that’s it and when ruan went down some minutes later – i almost lost hope. let’s hope it will be third time lucky :mrgreen:

    about “don’t panic” – the shark knew it at the beginning of the season but after cheetahs game the wheels came loose and it looked like they really started doubting themselves.

  • Comment 52, posted at 26.05.09 17:12:33 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Rahul (Comment 51) : He played U20 for the Blue Bulls whilst in the military. In the bad old days the army often used postings like that to bring good players to Pretoria so I would not call him a Blue Bull based on that. It was a lucky thing though because he must have learned about the value of a drop-kick there.

  • Comment 53, posted at 26.05.09 17:14:22 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @Rahul (Comment 51) : hmmm… he played under 20s for them cos he went to Tshwane for military service. Does that really make him een vannie bloustes?

  • Comment 54, posted at 26.05.09 17:15:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • i wanted to post it on steyn (m)tread but here will do as well.
    for me steyn is a bit of a triumph of hard work and averageness over a talent. he ain’t flashy or spectacular – but he was left in one place, allowed to make mistakes, be average (as expected) and finally had a good performance.

    if frans steyn played so long in one position can you imagine what a classy flyhalf sharks would have.

  • Comment 55, posted at 26.05.09 17:17:03 by rekinek Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 53) : @robdylan (Comment 54) : Snap! :)

  • Comment 56, posted at 26.05.09 17:18:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 53) : According to my reliable source he did play senoir bulls a couple of times and he supports all three teams… :roll:

  • Comment 57, posted at 26.05.09 17:22:55 by Rahul Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 57) : oh really?

  • Comment 58, posted at 26.05.09 17:34:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Rahul (Comment 57) : Aha. That must be the reason why I have always liked him.

  • Comment 59, posted at 26.05.09 17:48:24 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 42) :

    That he did mate, but the sharks were already losing.

    Frans Steyn is a rare talent in this game, it’ll be sad if he has to leave SA rugby to prove it.

  • Comment 60, posted at 26.05.09 18:08:12 by dummykick Reply

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  • @dummykick (Comment 60) : dummy – what exactly is it that makes him so special? I’m doubting this now – I really am. It’s kind of like the proof of the pudding being in the eating, for me… I keep hearing that he’s special, but I just never see it

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  • @robdylan (Comment 61) :

  • Comment 62, posted at 26.05.09 18:44:27 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 61) : frans got talent but his ego is over shadowing that at this stage. I wish that racing metro or whoever signs him, plays him from the bench everytime :evil: he needs to come down from his vantage point or he is going to be a jack of all trades but master of none.

  • Comment 63, posted at 26.05.09 18:51:08 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 62) : :oops: :grin:

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  • @JarsonX (Comment 63) : sorry the comment was supposed to be directed @ DUMMYKICK. @ admin… Im not posting drunk, its just divided attention :grin:

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  • @JarsonX (Comment 65) : sure sure:-)

  • Comment 66, posted at 26.05.09 19:04:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 66) : No really! Would I lie? See what happens when im trying to be a sensible poster, i screw up :wink:

  • Comment 67, posted at 26.05.09 19:43:57 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 67) : now im scared to post anything :sad:

  • Comment 68, posted at 26.05.09 19:53:22 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 68) : it won’t last :-)

  • Comment 69, posted at 26.05.09 20:21:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 61) : There’s a number of things Rob, firstly he is one of the few back line players in world rugby who dominate in the tackle, his defense is very good. He had a massive punt, a massive drop punt, he’s capable of running over or through opposition. The only problem he has in game right now is that he is not being allowed to settle and gain true experience in a position. It’s always been my opinion that Frans Steyn has the ability to be the next Andre Joubert, he’s also proven in the world cup that he has the ability to do whatever is asked of him. People go through down periods in the game, especially young players who have so much responsibility lumped on their plates. With a steady head inside of him Frans will excel, as proved in the WC, but right now he is forced to be the “experience” in the sharks back line. If the Sharks are serious about the title, they need to get an experienced player in one of the hinge points, not at the end of the line like Stephan.

    Kocket is too hot headed and too inexperienced himself, Ruan is in a new position and still needs to find his feet. Funnily enough Steyn was doing ok at inside, Adi is not the leader needed.

    Morne Steyn has FDP inside of, probably the most gifted scrummy of this generation and Meisiekind outside of him, who when he played for the boks became the defensive leader, which show’s his ability as a leader. He’s also not shy of work.

    As experienced as that Sharks team might seem to some it, is not, it have youngsters and newbies in critical positions it’s always going to struggle to fire, at least until these guys get the combined experience as a unit.

  • Comment 70, posted at 26.05.09 20:32:14 by dummykick Reply

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  • @dummykick (Comment 70) : Agreed.
    This playing out of position is good for one game if you need to filla but then if you constantly doing somebody else’s job that messes up with you.

    The problem with guys like steyn and pienaar is that if they are so talented they are immediately taken to the next level instead of playing some less pressurised rugby and master the basics. methinks

  • Comment 71, posted at 27.05.09 09:21:55 by rekinek Reply
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  • @dummykick (Comment 70) :

    Well-said…

  • Comment 72, posted at 27.05.09 09:52:35 by blackshark Reply

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  • I have to go to the game on Saturday,lost the bet and R1000! :oops:

  • Comment 73, posted at 27.05.09 18:24:35 by Dameon Reply

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  • @Dameon (Comment 73) : he he. You got your Chiefs jersey ready?

  • Comment 74, posted at 27.05.09 20:35:23 by robdylan Reply
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