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Sharks to attack more in 2010 Super 14


Written by Warren Smith (war1)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 8 Feb 2010 at 08:06
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The Sharks will look to expand their attacking horizons when they start their Super 14 campaign against the Chiefs in Durban on Saturday, writes Jan de Koning for www.rugby365.com

Ulster-bound Springbok lock Johann Muller admitted that “scoring more tries” is a priority for the men from Durban this year.

The two-time and defending champion Bulls aside, the Sharks have been the most successful South African side in Super Rugby – runners-up three times and beaten semifinalists on another three occasions.

But as they look to finally claim some silverware in the toughest provincial competition in the world, they realise that they can’t afford to repeat the errors of the past.

“Yes, I do think so,” Muller told rugby365.com, when asked if there will be “something different” from the Sharks this year.

“Last year, despite winning all those early games, we only got a try-scoring bonus point a couple of times,” he said of a campaign that saw them win seven of their first eight matches, but still ended three points short of a play-off spot.

The Sharks were roundly criticised for a conservative approach in 2009 and now they look to be more adventurous.

“It may sound odd after we have played two [pre-season] games and having only scored one try in [those] two games, but we do really want to give the ball a lot more air,” Muller told rugby365.com.

“We want to play a bit more rugby and chase those bonus points,” he said, adding: “In the process you will probably lose one or two games, but if you look at our last game in the Super 14 last year, when we played the Bulls, that is the kind of rugby that people want to see and it is also what we as players want.

“That was certainly one of the better Super 14 games and was a really entertaining game that everybody enjoyed as spectators and we as players also enjoyed the type of rugby we played.

“We are certainly going to try and play a more exciting brand of rugby this year, if the situation and circumstances allow us.

“As I said, we still have some work to do, but we are certainly not going to be as conservative as last year.”

Muller admitted that the two pre-season games – a 0-26 loss to the Western Force and a 14-29 defeat at the hands of the Stormers – showed that hard work awaits, but they are confident they are on the right track.

“If you look at our last game against the Stormers, physically we were exactly where we wanted to be,” Muller said.

“The urgency was great, we really put them under pressure at the breakdowns. You can’t win any tournament without that, if you don’t have the mongrel and the intensity at the breakdowns you won’t get anywhere.

“We obviously still have some work to do in terms of our game plan.

“The most disappointing aspect for us would have been our defence.

“We’ve always been a team that prides itself on its defence and these last two games we conceded a few too many tries [0-4 try-count against the Force and one-three try-count against the Stormers], but then again, we also haven’t put that much work into our defensive systems and there are a few new guys who are not yet familiar with our defensive systems.

“But those are all small things we can work at training.”



78 Comments

  • this is good news to me!

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.02.10 08:07:20 by war1 Reply
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  • not if rory isn’t reined in and the backline players fined if they kick away good ball. so i won’t get excited until i see them practice what they preach.

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.02.10 08:38:44 by try time Reply

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  • i obviously don’t expect them to get 4 try bp’s in the first two games, but if they aren’t starting to go for the try line by game 3 then they might as well give up.

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.02.10 08:40:40 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 3) : first two games are crucial. if the sharks dont win those two we will have major problems on tour, it is quite possibly the worst tour. ever. :sad:

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.02.10 08:43:07 by war1 Reply
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  • so the sharks need to be playing well and have momentum, we take on the crusaders without them having mccaw, history in the making? i certainly hope so

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.02.10 08:48:41 by war1 Reply
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  • i like the sound of this, the sharks want to play helter skelter, this will suit the Chiefs perfectly. Plus with their defence as porous as it is, Kahui, Mils & Lelia Masaga will be sure to rip it to shreds… Chiefs by 15 points

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.02.10 08:54:27 by Megatron Reply

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  • Sharks to attack more in 2010 Super 14

    I’ll believe it when I see it. :roll: I didn’t really see much attacking during the warmups.

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.02.10 08:56:36 by klempie Reply

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  • @war1 (Comment 4) : the good thing is the sharks will still be fresh when they hit their tour. saturday is not going to be a beautiful game and i don’t expect many tries. durban is ridiculously hot and expect record breaking knock ons in the game. the good thing is the chiefs haven’t been training in this, the sharks have. as for the crusaders, they start slow, and the sharks have trained likewise, if the sharks can walk away with one point here it will be a victory. but then the fun should start, and by game 3 we should know if ludik and alberts are available.

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.02.10 08:57:59 by try time Reply

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  • rob love the new edit feature

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.02.10 09:03:14 by try time Reply

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  • oom bj and oom strools messed up, the willem alberts and louis ludik contract situation should have been sorted out long ago, their dragging of heels may cost the players game time! :evil:

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.02.10 09:24:37 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 10) : with you on this one. but isn’t this what we have come to expect from adolf. imagine plums fustration, he knows he will need bulk for the first game cos of the weather conditions, but he is short alberts. also the cost of having to fly the guys seperately overseas and send guys back.

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.02.10 09:28:48 by try time Reply

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  • GO SHARKS !!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.02.10 09:31:04 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 6) : well then its a good thing that masaga and mils isnt playing that game….jackass

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.02.10 09:38:16 by willa Reply

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  • @willa (Comment 13) : easy with the personal attacks there, kemosabe :-)

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.02.10 09:52:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : :twisted:

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.02.10 09:59:39 by Charlie Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : ha ha in a far side cartoon a retired lone ranger goes through an apache dictionery to find out that kemosabe means horses butt. which means you insulted willa. :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.02.10 10:00:19 by try time Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Ah, Rob, be gentle, it’s difficult to restrain one’s self when megatron is involved :lol:

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.02.10 10:03:55 by Greg Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 17) : trust me… I am as guilty as any other.

    Unfortunately, though, the same rules need to apply to everyone. I berated Megatron himself this weekend for a personal attack, so can you imagine the reaction if I didn’t do the same the other way?

    He’s a troll of note, though. I get the feeling he’s supporting the Chiefs against the Sharks, which is all well and good, if that’s what he wants to do. I just wish he’d tell us who he’s supporting in the Super 14 so we can repay the favour :)

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.02.10 10:11:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 16) : was thinking of that as I typed it :)

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.02.10 10:13:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 11) : not a good situation :sad:

  • Comment 20, posted at 08.02.10 10:14:10 by war1 Reply
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  • HAPPY Bday Walter :razz:

  • Comment 21, posted at 08.02.10 10:17:21 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : hehe – remember we have editing option now :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 08.02.10 10:18:02 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : Actually I don’t think he really supports any team, he just seems to get some perverse satisfaction in stirring the pot.

    On another note, you ‘Last Man Standing’ rules state the winner needs to consent to the publishing of a ‘suitable’ picture. Should I happen to win, would the picture of me in a Lion’s shirt be considered suitable? :lol:

  • Comment 23, posted at 08.02.10 10:18:36 by Greg Reply

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  • the big guns of the kiwi sides are missing the opening 3 rounds, hope that affects their momentum :mrgreen:

  • Comment 24, posted at 08.02.10 10:18:48 by war1 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) :
    But it takes balls to nail your colours to the mast – what makes you think that he has these? :twisted:

  • Comment 25, posted at 08.02.10 10:20:37 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 17) : Agreed.

  • Comment 26, posted at 08.02.10 10:21:29 by klempie Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : so can you imagine the reaction if I didn’t do the same the other way?

    Such protestations against hypocrisy go largely ignored on this site. I speak from experience…

  • Comment 27, posted at 08.02.10 10:22:59 by klempie Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : The Valke don’t play Super rugby last time I checked… :???:

  • Comment 28, posted at 08.02.10 10:23:50 by klempie Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : :lol: :lol: i thought it may have been too coincidental.

  • Comment 29, posted at 08.02.10 10:26:20 by try time Reply

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  • @war1 (Comment 20) : it must mess a coaches planning around. like injuries. all we can hope is that this situation is sorted out before the injuries start.

  • Comment 30, posted at 08.02.10 10:28:52 by try time Reply

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  • @war1 (Comment 24) : It really stuffs up Fantasy league though…..hey Rob how about some free trades after round 3?? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 08.02.10 10:29:23 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 24) : plays into the sharks hands, as we play the two top teams. at least there is something to smile about.

  • Comment 32, posted at 08.02.10 10:31:04 by try time Reply

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  • @war1 (Comment 24) : why nobody told me. surely you are not too afraid I will win this thing :mrgreen:

  • Comment 33, posted at 08.02.10 10:31:32 by rekinek Reply
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  • @willa (Comment 13) : masaga was passed fit last week for his shoulder injury but if he didn’t make the touring team the Foster is being cautious…still though…kahui, sivivatu and sweeney are capable of carving the sharks up.

  • Comment 34, posted at 08.02.10 10:36:46 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 23) : dude… if you’re still willing to be seen in a Lions jersey after the Super 14, then by all means :mrgreen:

  • Comment 35, posted at 08.02.10 10:46:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : robdylan you are a troll yourself.

  • Comment 36, posted at 08.02.10 11:02:33 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 36) : why would I troll on my own site? Need to go back to your bridge and rethink that one, pal. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 37, posted at 08.02.10 11:11:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • good morning to all sharks fans…and megatron . Question:why not just play willem alberts anyway?what repurcussions will there be if the case ends in favour of the sharks?

  • Comment 38, posted at 08.02.10 11:21:48 by bergshark Reply

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  • brian van zyl said in an interview in natal witness (6 feb) that sharks are not looking at contracting isma-eel dollie .they were looking at a few flyhalves but have decided on steve meyer(2year contract).

  • Comment 39, posted at 08.02.10 11:31:03 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 39) : thanks for that.

  • Comment 40, posted at 08.02.10 11:37:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : Rob, I ran the bar at the Gauteng Sharks Supporters club for 18 months. On match days, I used to serve drinks behind the bar in my Lions Shirt. My colours are well and truly nailed to the mast, will always be willing to wear a Lions Jersey :!: :!: :!: :!:

  • Comment 41, posted at 08.02.10 11:40:17 by Greg Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 41) : and good on you!

    Which supporters club? The one in Northcliff?

  • Comment 42, posted at 08.02.10 11:41:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 42) : That’s the one

  • Comment 43, posted at 08.02.10 11:55:59 by Greg Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 37) : did i say on this site.

  • Comment 44, posted at 08.02.10 11:57:13 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 44) : LAME!! :roll:

  • Comment 45, posted at 08.02.10 11:59:28 by klempie Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 43) : nice one. Good bunch of guys

  • Comment 46, posted at 08.02.10 12:08:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 46) : I assume you have been there? When last? Don’t go there anymore, not since I stopped running the bar, but made a lot of friends during my tenure!

  • Comment 47, posted at 08.02.10 12:13:33 by Greg Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 47) : haven’t been myself, but have heard via the grapevine that they are solid and offer good value for money. There’s another crowd operating out of Sandton that are somewhat less scrupulous.

  • Comment 48, posted at 08.02.10 12:15:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 47) : their clubhouse is only 5 minutes from my mom-in-law’s place, though, which is the closest thing I have left to a base in SA. Next time in Joburg I’ll be sure to pop in. With my Sharksworld flyers :)

  • Comment 49, posted at 08.02.10 12:16:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • Does anyone have a clue what the Chiefs team would look like? Specifically Masaga and Luaki are they starting? I don`t know what to expect here at all.

  • Comment 50, posted at 08.02.10 12:19:30 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 48) : Well I believe the bar offers good value for money now, not when I ran it, all the club profits came from the bar then :lol:

    Yeah, the Sandton crowd were not a pleasant lot, the chairman there is well known as a bit of a rip-off artist.

    Next time you are in Joburg, and if you go to the club, let me know, will pop in too, with a Lions jersey :lol:

  • Comment 51, posted at 08.02.10 12:25:48 by Greg Reply

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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 50) : masaga not coming to durban…, foster likely to play sweeney or nanai-williams in masaga’s place. Lauaki to captain the side in the absence of Mils

  • Comment 52, posted at 08.02.10 12:38:05 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 50) : CHIEFS TOURING SQUAD

    Ben Afeaki, Colin Bourke, Luke Braid, Callum Bruce, Craig Clarke, Aled de Malmanche, Mike Delany, Stephen Donald, Hika Elliot, Jason Hona, Jarrad Hoeata, Richard Kahui, Tanerau Latimer, Sione Lauaki (c), Brendon Leonard, James McGougan, Liam Messam, Tim Nanai-Williams, Kevin O’Neill, Junior Poluleuligaga, Culum Retallick, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Dwayne Sweeney, Sona Taumalolo, Nathan White, Jackson Willison.

  • Comment 53, posted at 08.02.10 12:54:30 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 51) : Lofty? Yes, I know all about him and his merry men :)

  • Comment 54, posted at 08.02.10 12:54:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 53) : mmmm so we get them without Mils and Masaga . . . this is not impossible guys.

  • Comment 55, posted at 08.02.10 13:05:13 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 55) : nothing’s impossible.

  • Comment 56, posted at 08.02.10 13:19:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 53) : Very good individuals in that side. Too bad rugby is a team sport.

  • Comment 57, posted at 08.02.10 13:42:11 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 57) : well it’s not as if the Sharks are a well-oiled unit themselves, your preferred halfback combination has not played a second of competitive rugby together! Waylon & Swannie are not dynamic duo either.

    The sharks also have a lot of individuals in their team!

  • Comment 58, posted at 08.02.10 13:51:20 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 58) : Yes, but we don’t have guys like Lauaki or Sivivatu, which is why I think we will be better as a team. We know we can’t rely on a handful of game-breakers to pull us through, which should be a strong point for us.

  • Comment 59, posted at 08.02.10 14:30:41 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 58) : so just to get this straight – are you a Chiefs supporter?

  • Comment 60, posted at 08.02.10 14:32:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 59) : lol, i’m not sure i get the logic in your last statement, are you suggesting the Crusaders would be a better team sans brilliant individuals like Richie Mc Caw & Daniel Carter? Try another story boet.

  • Comment 61, posted at 08.02.10 14:34:04 by Megatron Reply

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  • @robdylan: dewet barry is up for grabs .. Maybe sharks should look at using him,still a very abrasive ,direct player. And he has some experience.

  • Comment 62, posted at 08.02.10 14:48:18 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 62) : sorry – he’s never been anything but a cart-horse in my books.

  • Comment 63, posted at 08.02.10 14:52:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan:there are no genuine race horses in the sharks backlin :-D might as well put a sledgehammer next to those 3 flyhalves ..

  • Comment 64, posted at 08.02.10 14:56:26 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 64) : ja, but does Swannie offer anything less than Barry?

  • Comment 65, posted at 08.02.10 15:00:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan:barry is more aggresive -in all phases of the game.had a bit of a reputation as an enforcer when he played for the bokke.think our backline needs a hitman..someone who runs onto the field not looking to take any prisoners .

  • Comment 66, posted at 08.02.10 15:06:55 by bergshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 60) : look @ my photograph and see what team i support!

  • Comment 67, posted at 08.02.10 15:11:23 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 61) : No, other than the Chiefs (and to a lesser extent the Sharks) the Crusaders have perfected the art of the team dynamic. They can perform with or without their star players, which is why they have been so successful. Simples.

  • Comment 68, posted at 08.02.10 15:13:19 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 68) : you’re really scraping the barrel to be seen as underdogs, what happened to kankowski being a star? Are the Boks in your team not illustrious enough?

  • Comment 69, posted at 08.02.10 15:20:18 by Megatron Reply

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  • @robdylan: if the sharks were awarded that penalty try(from a scrum,remember that incident with mark lawrence the ref?) ,would we be saying the sharks need to change their game plan?would the sharks be saying the same ?and if terblanche didnt misjudge that fly-hack into touch vs waratahs,then i’m positive sharks wouldn’t have tampered to much with their game plan . Just a thought …

  • Comment 70, posted at 08.02.10 15:24:15 by bergshark Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 69) : No they’re not and my perception is that they became arrogant and need to earn back their reputations

  • Comment 71, posted at 08.02.10 15:25:55 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan: scrum incident vs crusaders

  • Comment 72, posted at 08.02.10 15:27:27 by bergshark Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 69) : Who said anything about underdogs? I said we would beat the Chiefs. And who cares about illustrious? We’re industrious enough to have won 2 RWC’s. Nuff said.

  • Comment 73, posted at 08.02.10 15:45:22 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 64) :
    The irony in this post is that Sledgehammer was one of South Africa’s really great racehorses in days gone buy. Appropriate that the word is used in a posting about analogies of our centres and racehorses

  • Comment 74, posted at 08.02.10 15:50:33 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • The Sharks must learn this year to run with the ball and stop trying to do unsuccessful drop kicks, the currie cup semi final against the Cheetahs proved that. :???:

  • Comment 75, posted at 12.02.10 08:51:31 by dawnwallenkamp Reply

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  • @dawnwallenkamp (Comment 75) : Nobody tries to do unsuccessful drop kicks. ;-)

  • Comment 76, posted at 12.02.10 09:03:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @dawnwallenkamp (Comment 75) : but what I think KSA meant to say was ‘welcome to the site!’ :-)

  • Comment 77, posted at 12.02.10 09:11:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 77) :

    That as well.

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