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Currie Cup hotting up


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Sharks, WP on 17 Aug 2009 at 10:28
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The Bulls’ last-minute win in Kimberley has certainly upset the Currie Cup apple cart, in more ways than one.

Griquas, the runaway log-leaders, finally came unstuck in Kimberley and were made to pay the price for negative play in the worst possible way, with referee Wilile Roos yellow carding two forwards in the last five minutes. It was by no means the worst thing that Roos did in another typically woeful performance with the whistle. If anything, he probably should have taken action against Griquas’ spoiling tactics far earlier in the game, but so incensed were the home faithful at what appeared to be an orchestrated move to give the Bulls the win that one of them took the law into his own hands. Roos was allegedly doused in brandy and Coke as he made his way off the field after the game.

He’s a pretty shit ref, is Roos and given that he has a family connection to the Bulls (former player Johann Wasserman is Roos’s brother-in-law) he should perhaps be a little more circumspect in what he does when the Bulls are playing under him as he has somewhat of a penchant for handing his favourite team a numerical advantage. Just ask Johan Ackermann!

That said, the Bulls were good value for their win and showed some real character and resolve, just as the Sharks did in downing the Lions at Ellis Park without ever getting out of second gear. The Pretoria crew have now clawed their way back into the top four and with a home fixture against the Leopards their final hurdle of the first round, expect them to bag five more points and consolidate further.

The Cheetahs and (to a lesser extent) Province did well in downing the pathetic opposition that the Leopards and Boland presented and although the former still have a mountain to climb after losing their first four games (two of them at home) they are building up a head of steam and will look for more of the same against Boland this weekend.

The weekend’s most exciting encounter will take place in Durban, with the Sharks needing a win to ensure they leap-frog Griquas and end the first round in top spot. With the Bulls sure to pick up a massive haul, they could well end up second, assuming Griquas fail to score a bonus point and Province don’t pick up a full house against the Lions. The other big clash of the weekend, at Newlands, is shaping up to be a rather one-sided affair, with the limp Lions – unable to capitalise on a surfeit of possession and territory against the Sharks – unlikely to fair any better against Province. The Cape side have, if anything, a stronger pack than the Sharks do at the moment and will certainly look to even up matters up front against a truly woeful Lions outfit who seem incapable of stringing even a simple set of passes together.

Things really are very evenly-matched on the table, though, with only a few points in it. A Griquas win would help them to stay clear of the chasing pack, but the Sharks will also know that winning their sixth successive match will allow them to open up just a little bit of daylight with an arguably easier second-round draw to come. Should Griquas be beaten soundly in Durban, they could find themselves dropping three places in the standings and face the prospect of their dream season starting to go just a little pear-shaped.

What an exciting weekend it’s going to be. Bring it on!



56 Comments

  • PROVINCE!

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.08.09 10:41:21 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 1) : :)

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.08.09 10:46:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • At least WP won’t lose to the Valke this year. :roll:

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.08.09 11:03:49 by McLovin Reply

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  • ‘Herkie werkie’

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.08.09 11:23:26 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 4) : LOL.

    How good was Monty, though?

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.08.09 11:30:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • He’s been great, his kicking is outstanding. Talk about taking your chances…

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.08.09 11:35:37 by CapeShark Reply
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  • “He’s a pretty shit ref”

    :twisted: :lol: :twisted:

    @McLovin (Comment 3) : :grin:

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.08.09 11:36:54 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • Bulls played a lot better than against both Sharks and Cheetahs – especially in first 30 and the last 20min. Much more decisive than before. Still too many mistakes. But at least we bagged 5 points, which is always great in Kby :grin:

    For the Sharks – Monty had a good game indeed. You guys have a wealth of talent in the no 10 jersey – Pienaar, Steyn, Monty, Cronje, Olivier?. Why u buy foreigners and set these guys back a year, I would never know. Give them extended chances and look what happens.

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.08.09 11:37:59 by Pink Oyster Reply

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  • @CapeShark (Comment 6) : hell yeah… in fact, both halfbacks were superb.

    You have to say that Strauss is about the only member of the team who’s not looking up to it.

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.08.09 11:39:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pink Oyster (Comment 8) : Steyn? :?: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.08.09 11:40:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • Brok Harris has been immense this year. :shock:

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.08.09 11:44:44 by wpw Reply
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  • @Pink Oyster (Comment 8) : Damn, i agree with you. Not sure if Cronje and Dumond are of ‘international quality’ but as they say in the classics: ‘give someone enough time, and they will surprise you’.

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.08.09 11:48:11 by CapeShark Reply
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  • Maybe it is just me but I still cannot get excited about the Currie Cup.

    Will clock in again when the last two rounds and semi’s start.

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.08.09 11:49:01 by Morné Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 11) : funny what you can do without the lightweight Bekker in the tight five.

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.08.09 11:49:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 13) : Sharks try on Saturday was one of the best I’ve ever seen. You’re missing out.

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.08.09 11:53:32 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) :

    I don’t think Bekker should take all the blame. Burger is also more interested in ‘hanging on’ at the side of the scrum where he should be pushing.

    Maybe he doesn’t like it that Luke is so close. :???:

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.08.09 11:53:39 by wpw Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 13) : Indeed. I couldn’t be bothered to watch unless WP are playing sharks or bulls – the rest really isn’t worth watching.

    @robdylan (Comment 14) : Bekker is useless, as i see it presently he is competeing with nak ala wookie for a place. Start with Fondse and Jack…Van Zyl on the bench…..

    But then again our issue will be solved when the Boks get together – We lose Ricky and Bekker….tgfb !

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.08.09 11:55:30 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 15) :

    I also thought the griqua try with Mokuena’s little kcik and the chase from Seconds was brilliant! I was a little worried about him going into the camera’s and concrete!! But those okes are tough!!

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.08.09 11:57:42 by Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 15) :

    Oh no I watch most of the games (cause there is nothing better on) but I am still hardly excited about it.

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.08.09 11:59:07 by Morné Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 17) :

    The answer to your problem is in your statement..I would also not get excited watching WP games… :twisted:

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.08.09 12:01:19 by Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) (Comment 20) : Like i said if WP aren’t playing its not worth it….So that includes your beloved Guppies :twisted: :lol:

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.08.09 12:04:44 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 21) :

    @Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) (Comment 20) : Like i said if WP aren’t playing its not worth it…… THAT’s the problem!!! it should read “if Wp IS playing, it’s not worth it.. :wink:

    Start watching the Guppies, boetman!! You’ll be going your laptop to the roof from excitement!!! :lol:

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.08.09 12:09:38 by Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 15) : +1000

  • Comment 23, posted at 17.08.09 12:09:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • uuurrrgh! currie cup rugby. roos helped the bulls out by gifting the bulls a try when once again there were a couple of dicey movements before the try was scored. there was definately obstruction by bulls players, but at least it helped the sharks out as well.

    and sharks play conservative “we-don’t-want-a-bp” game. 20 nil up and the idjoots go for penalties. by taking the three you put yourselves back in your own half from the restart and it was that, that gave the lions a comeback. the lions with rose on the park were never going to beat the sharks, so go for the tries. some great defence and handling was ruined by yet another stefan brainfart. you could see monty was keen to go for the touchline, but stefan told him to kick the points.

  • Comment 24, posted at 17.08.09 12:14:53 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @CapeShark (Comment 15) : you can watch great tries on the highlights reel. and you don’t have to watch the shit in between. i am on the fence with this, i just haven’t got the passion for the sharks and rugby i did 6 months ago.

  • Comment 25, posted at 17.08.09 12:17:08 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) (Comment 22) : I’ll pass – i look at the drivel you guys get excited by….like beating the Lions at least with WP we know not to bother geting excited :lol:

  • Comment 26, posted at 17.08.09 12:17:42 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 26) :

    i suppose at least we have a bit of drivel…you have sweet blow all!!

  • Comment 27, posted at 17.08.09 12:22:58 by Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Frans

  • Comment 28, posted at 17.08.09 12:28:02 by Pink Oyster Reply

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  • @Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) (Comment 27) : Again i will take this opportunity to ask you to recall the loss to WP in this series….. :twisted:

  • Comment 29, posted at 17.08.09 12:28:30 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 29) :

    I suffer from short term memory loss…Call me Dory!! :lol: Oh, did I tell you, i suffr from short term memmory loss…I think.. :lol:

  • Comment 30, posted at 17.08.09 12:34:51 by Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) (Comment 30) : :lol: Don’t worry down in the cape we suffer from decade memory loss….thats how long its been since we actually won something :lol:

  • Comment 31, posted at 17.08.09 12:36:39 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 31) :

    Papsak ….great memory eraser that stuff!! :twisted:

  • Comment 32, posted at 17.08.09 12:39:18 by Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) Reply
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  • i am actually only watching the cc to see what our depth is like. the cronjes aren’t impressing me too much. strauss and swannie are great on defence but aren’t igniting the backline. waylon was solid but also never set things alight. mvovo shows promise and stefan is solid at the back. monty is looking better. burden is good in the loose but he isn’t strong enough in the scrums. players 4 to 8 are looking good. so if we do lose the du plessis like the rumour mongers are suggesting, i don’t think it will be a great loss as long as we get a good backup hooker.

  • Comment 33, posted at 17.08.09 12:45:06 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 31) : we waited twelve years. and we are waiting to see what miraculous way we’ll throw the s14 title away next year.

  • Comment 34, posted at 17.08.09 12:47:52 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 34) :

    oh the ever-optimist again today I see….

  • Comment 35, posted at 17.08.09 12:49:44 by Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) (Comment 35) : no just realistic. as naas says don’t bet against history, and history shows the sharks are chokers.

  • Comment 36, posted at 17.08.09 12:55:09 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @Pink Oyster (Comment 28) : I know. I’m just amazed that you consider him flyhalf talent :)

  • Comment 37, posted at 17.08.09 12:56:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 36) :

    Ag, wat weet Naas??? :twisted:

  • Comment 38, posted at 17.08.09 13:00:51 by Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) (Comment 38) : exactly. but the sharks do have a knack of snatching defeat out the jaws of victory. i am just sick of getting my hopes up. so i’m going to be a wait and see fan from now on.

  • Comment 39, posted at 17.08.09 13:21:28 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 39) :

    kwaai vadag, ne?? :wink:

  • Comment 40, posted at 17.08.09 13:27:11 by Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) Reply
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  • Still no news on the armband saga…or did I miss something over the weekend??

    The Sharks discipline impressed me this weekend. Spending 70% of the time in your own half and not conceding many penalties was impressive.
    The question is why did we spend 70% of the game in our own half :???:

    Handeling was great and the Kanko try definately up there with the best of the season.

  • Comment 41, posted at 17.08.09 13:34:49 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 37) : It is a position he can play given time. Although I prefer him at fullback. He is talented – for a Shark. :twisted:

  • Comment 42, posted at 17.08.09 14:11:21 by Pink Oyster Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 41) : They will probably make their findings public when it is likely to cause the most disruption, like a day or two before our next test.

    Maybe get the whole team to fly to Dublin in the week before the test also. :wink: :twisted:

  • Comment 43, posted at 17.08.09 14:21:59 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 41) : still no news

  • Comment 44, posted at 17.08.09 14:39:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pink Oyster (Comment 8) : neither do we :mrgreen:

    morning all

  • Comment 45, posted at 17.08.09 15:12:49 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 45) : :oops:
    it’s afternoon. i must be working too much.

  • Comment 46, posted at 17.08.09 15:15:13 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 41) : can i answer this one, please. simple our scrum was going backwards and our kickers weren’t putting the ball in clever spots. no point in kicking it out but not contesting the lineouts. ask the kiwis and aussies about that. also no point in kicking up field and then allow the catcher to run it back into your half.

  • Comment 47, posted at 17.08.09 15:15:52 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • Ok in my opinion Saturday the wheels are really guna fall off the Griquas against the Sharks in Durban… You talk about the limp Lions… well they almost beat the Griquas so i dont give them a chance! Hernandes and Kockott will be playing and i see a BP win for the Sharks!!!

  • Comment 48, posted at 17.08.09 16:33:23 by Miguel Reply
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  • @Miguel (Comment 48) : ah – been hoping to catch you! Welcome to Sharksworld. How did you find us?

  • Comment 49, posted at 17.08.09 16:38:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • i dont know hey haha i think through Facebook or the Sharks website itself hey… I love a good Rugby chat anytime this is quite awesome!!

  • Comment 50, posted at 17.08.09 16:42:16 by Miguel Reply
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  • @Miguel (Comment 50) : must have been facebook… are you a fan of Sharksworld on FB? You’ll get notifications of new articles sent straight to your wall…

  • Comment 51, posted at 17.08.09 16:48:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 51) : Oh no im not but ill go join it.. that will be cool!

  • Comment 52, posted at 17.08.09 16:49:54 by Miguel Reply
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  • @Miguel (Comment 52) : there’s a link on the left hand side of this page that you can use

  • Comment 53, posted at 17.08.09 16:52:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 53) : thanks man ill do that

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  • @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 47) : lions were always good scrummers – and considering that entire front row was of second choices for sharks – i would not panic as yet. I reckon Burden is quite light – might have been a reason.

    You right with this kicking though – maybe they wanted earl to mess up sth.

  • Comment 55, posted at 17.08.09 17:01:27 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 51) : are you luring :?: :mrgreen:

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