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Stuff the mind games – it’s rugby time


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 16 Oct 2009 at 17:20
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I’ve heard a lot of talk this week – and most of it has been coming out of the Cheetahs camp. Don’t kid yourselves, chaps. There’s only one team that’s running scared ahead of tomorrow’s game and it’s the team who’s doing all their talking off the field.

Why are the Cheetahs making such a fuss about not seeing the Sharks players as Boks? Is it because they know, deep down, that they’re not in the same class, but are trying to psyche themselves up nonetheless? What happened to the gentlemanly approach of talking up your opposition – or better still, not talking at all? Until afterwards, that is.

Look, I’m nervous about this game, just like I always am before a big game, but despite all this “form team” nonsense, we need to acknowledge that it’s the Sharks who haven’t lost a game in 6 weeks. The Cheetahs have beaten the Leopards and Boland in recent weeks, but in the two outing before those, they lost to both the Bulls and the Sharks. They may have been narrow losses, but they were still losses. It’s the scoreboard that counts.

There aren’t going to be any points for scoring pretty rugby this weekend. The Sharks have their best pack available – a pack that has played together for two years at Super 14 level and has seldom been bested. The Cheetahs may have some individual stars – Wian du Preez and Hein Brüssow being the ones that come to mind immediately – but for the most part are journeymen. The same applies in the back division where, apart from a pair of hugely exciting wingers, they don’t have too much real class.

Riaan Swanepoel, in contrast, is the only uncapped member of the Sharks back division.

So good luck to both teams – I’m sure it will be a hard match. Let’s not fall into the trap of accepting all the pressure here, though. The Cheetahs need to find a way to beat the Sharks, something they have failed to do on two prior occasions this year. If the Sharks get suckered into trying to play too much rugby against them, then they could be in trouble.

Still, there’s an air of quiet confidence coming out of Durban this week and I just don’t see the boys losing this one. Bring on the game. Sharks forever!



48 Comments

  • GO WP!

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.10.09 17:43:38 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 1) : PROOOOOOOOOOOVIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNCCCCCCCCCEEEEEEEE

    Just had some oke go on about how the Bulls and Cheetahs need to win so they can have a “boerefinaal”. For that reason I amd supporting the coastal teams even more vigorously than before.

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.10.09 18:05:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • I Just Looks at the Scoreboards

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.10.09 18:07:57 by Baldrick Reply

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  • http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_scratch.png

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.10.09 18:10:50 by diablo Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : You not freaging serious :shock:

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.10.09 18:13:16 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 3) : :)

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.10.09 18:13:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : that’s not a good reason.

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.10.09 18:15:57 by rekinek (the battle has begun...) Reply
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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 5) : I am, I’m afraid. Makes me glad I left.

    Sorry, not the place for that, but yeah.

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.10.09 18:17:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    Dutchman of the World Unite!!!!!!!!!!

    Seems nobody understood the call and stayed as individuals. :oops:

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.10.09 19:07:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Coastal Teams ROCK!!!!!!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.10.09 19:07:56 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Jeremy mansfield recons a bulls cheetahs final in pretoria! Must be the drugs talking…

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.10.09 19:20:32 by Rahul Reply

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  • basted :mrgreen:

    i’m off to grab a bite. have a lekker evening and for tomorrow:
    GO SHAAAAAAAAAAARKS!!!!!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.10.09 19:24:31 by rekinek (the battle has begun...) Reply
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  • @Rahul (Comment 11) :

    He is so used to talking kak that he now just does it for the sake of getting ratings. He is the Keo of the Radio world.

    He was probably doing this while wearing a Lions Jersey. :razz:

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.10.09 19:25:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Lol… I can picture him in the studio wiff his lions rags on! :)

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.10.09 19:41:10 by Rahul Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 14) :

    DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!! How did you manage to comment on the LMS leaderboard page? I can’t even see your comment without going in to edit the page?

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.10.09 19:54:43 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • i have to admit the media has really irritated me this past week along with the cheetahs players and staff who have been ranting and raving about how the cheetahs, and as they put it basically brussow will upset the big sharks boks, after some thought i hope our players read all the crap because if i were a sharks player that would be motivation enough to smash the Brussow team

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.10.09 20:58:53 by Miguel Reply
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  • I wish the bookies would agree with the media and the big mouthed cheetah’s, I’d make a packet :lol:

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.10.09 21:26:18 by scrumpyjack Reply

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  • @scrumpyjack (Comment 17) :

    Good point!!!!!!!!!!

    What ARE the odds on the match?

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.10.09 21:28:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @scrumpyjack (Comment 17) : welcome to the site, BTW.

    I secretly hope that Brussow gets his self DEYSEL’ed in the first five minutes and spends the rest of the game looking for his teeth.

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.10.09 22:05:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • No upsets this weekend, Bulls to beat province comfortably and the Sharks to kick some serious cheetah butts.

    Go SHARKS :twisted:

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.10.09 00:33:11 by mbayshark Reply
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  • The cheetahs are going down 15 / 30 to the SHARKS…then thay gonna rename them FUBAR cause the SHARK TANK is gonna be so full of of spotted yellow Fur the FUBAR cheetas are get sponsord by imac Brazalian hair removal next year, which will suit the little bald p ..”kittens”..ies.

    Common SHARKS let plant a field of FUR… :twisted:

    nn

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.10.09 09:24:02 by k.storath@sdv.co.za Reply

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  • @k.storath@sdv.co.za (Comment 21) : nice one, K… like the passion.

    Welcome to Sharksworld!

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.10.09 09:26:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • Cool Rob just wanna WIIIIN.. :razz:

  • Comment 23, posted at 17.10.09 09:33:40 by k.storath@sdv.co.za Reply

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  • @k.storath@sdv.co.za (Comment 23) : I know the feeling :)

  • Comment 24, posted at 17.10.09 09:38:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • And next week time for Blue (bull)e balls
    Ken

  • Comment 25, posted at 17.10.09 09:44:56 by k.storath@sdv.co.za Reply

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  • @k.storath@sdv.co.za (Comment 25) : the week after. But first things first. Let’s beat the Cheetahs. And then Province :)

  • Comment 26, posted at 17.10.09 09:56:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • Boerefinaal, ha,ha.
    Some may even see a Bulls / Sharks final as such anyway.
    Funny.

  • Comment 27, posted at 17.10.09 10:35:02 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 27) : du plessis farmers would definately fit the picture :lol:

  • Comment 28, posted at 17.10.09 10:57:47 by rekinek (the battle has begun...) Reply
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  • @rekinek (the battle has begun…) (Comment 28) : .
    :lol: , imagine having to fight a war against those 2s great grandparents or even their grandchildren.
    There is a good reason for pacifists.

  • Comment 29, posted at 17.10.09 11:28:34 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 29) : i’m sure we would manage. just imagine this medevial Pole with his bear skin and pork on a spit. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 17.10.09 11:42:53 by rekinek (the battle has begun...) Reply
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  • Go Sharks!!

  • Comment 31, posted at 17.10.09 11:51:02 by JarsonX (Insomniac) Reply
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  • @rekinek (the battle has begun…) (Comment 30) :
    Here comes Jan,
    Jan Sobieski.
    You need some wings on your armour, maybe some Red Bull.

    Oh man would I like some pork on the spit right now, Im sure the dup brothers would join me, as a peace offering.

  • Comment 32, posted at 17.10.09 12:17:01 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 32) : just hope they’d leave you some :-)

  • Comment 33, posted at 17.10.09 12:30:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 32) : hussars – late invention (XVI – XVII century) – i’m going back to basics :lol:

    @robdylan (Comment 33) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 34, posted at 17.10.09 12:39:14 by rekinek (the battle has begun...) Reply
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  • @rekinek (the battle has begun…) (Comment 34) : man, I’m hungry now! This diet is getting old

  • Comment 35, posted at 17.10.09 12:47:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) :
    They would have fierce competition from me when it came to munching.

  • Comment 36, posted at 17.10.09 12:57:34 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @rekinek (the battle has begun…) (Comment 34) :
    You mean way back to the age when a Barbarian was a …Barbarian.

  • Comment 37, posted at 17.10.09 13:00:08 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 37) : when the life was simplier .

  • Comment 38, posted at 17.10.09 13:18:12 by rekinek (the battle has begun...) Reply
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  • That is a little arrogant for a team prone to choke.

    Game over!

    VRYSTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!

  • Comment 39, posted at 17.10.09 16:27:41 by Loosehead Reply

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  • @Loosehead (Comment 39) : it’s a lot easier to be clever after the game, isn’t it? Well done, I think you guys definitely wanted it more

  • Comment 40, posted at 17.10.09 16:40:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Rahul (Comment 11)Har,de,ha,ha,ha

  • Comment 41, posted at 17.10.09 20:26:57 by diablo Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 40) : I never doubted it.

  • Comment 42, posted at 18.10.09 08:59:24 by Loosehead Reply

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  • @Loosehead (Comment 42) : well, congratulations. Hope you guys can keep the intensity up in two weeks time. The Bulls look beatable. Actually beating them in a final is another story.

  • Comment 43, posted at 18.10.09 09:17:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • Food for thought: Whenever one or another statistic is mentioned, ie, ”Stefan has a 100% win record as captain” the other team wins. Another example, the Sharks havent lost at home for ‘so many matches’ wham they lose. :twisted: mind games

  • Comment 44, posted at 18.10.09 09:27:51 by JarsonX (Insomniac) Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Insomniac) (Comment 44) : my plan is to stop writing positive articles about the Sharks :mrgreen:

    In fact, from now on, I’m going to call them the Charks :)

  • Comment 45, posted at 18.10.09 09:42:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Rahul (Comment 11) : Rahul. do you still think mansfield is on Drugs, only joking bothe teams gave good accounts of themselves!!

  • Comment 46, posted at 18.10.09 12:53:42 by Whindy Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 45) : Rob what about an article on how to win the super14 and then let Plum have a copy of the answer. lol

  • Comment 47, posted at 18.10.09 12:54:51 by Whindy Reply
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  • good game Kak end score..sharks seemed to lost the intesity in the scrums and that translated into slower ball to the line, OS Durant seems to have made a formabile 5 pac scrum for the cheaters, so the end score is a fair coment on the game, still is a KAK final score..

  • Comment 48, posted at 19.10.09 08:46:53 by k.storath@sdv.co.za Reply

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