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Astute game plan a must against the Highlanders !


Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 17 Mar 2010 at 15:35
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The Sharks have all the resources to comfortably beat the Highlanders at Carisbrook this weekend, (actually when I think about it, I don’t think one Highlander would make the Sharks starting XV). That coupled with the hosts flight home, after an gruelling away leg in the Republic, makes the home side there for the taking.

However the Highlanders often prove difficult opposition for many of their more illustrious opponents.

After a lifetime of watching the Highlanders win and lose, it slowly becomes obvious early in a match if the opposition have the Highlanders number (or not).
Getting your game plan right is paramount to beating any side, and this weekends Highlanders are no exception. Sometimes sides come to Dunedin having done little analysis on the men from the deep south. Many a side, often spend too long hammering away at a prototype game plan, before they realise it’s not working. Consequently time and often the game is slipping away.

Back to the game plan. Many a visiting side spends too much time smashing away up front, in the tight exchanges and in one off the ruck collisions against the Highlanders. Trying over and over again to lay a so called foundation or platform up front. Trying to as the commentators say ‘earn the right to go wide’. However when it comes to the static exchanges, such as scrum and lineout time and the very tight exchanges in and around the ruck, you will often find the Highlanders surprisingly very comfortable. The Highlanders then often wait for the opposition to all of a sudden go to a ‘fifteen man game’ spreading it from one side of the field to the other. This is also where you find the Highlanders comfortable. These two extremities of approach both seem to sit well with the ‘Southerners’…as if they almost anticipate it.

IMO the sides that dominate the Highlanders are those that run over the top of them in the middle of the park. Crash ball through the middle of the park, through strong centres, then moving it again, not one but two or slightly wider of the initial contact zone. The Sharks need to get some go forward in the middle of the park, then bring their world class forwards into carrying action not one, but two off the ruck. The Highlanders lightweight midfield and smaller loose forwards always find it harder to contain sides when this is happening. However go too wide then often the Highlanders quicker, smaller loose forwards are in the game, but play too close to the ruck and the big tight five are well up for a battle they think they can win.

The Highlanders are difficult to play against because they are able unlike a lot of sides in the Super 14, too dictate the tempo of a game. They very effectively work out if they have the measure of the opposition front 5, and if they smell blood they are able to scrummage and maul and keep the ball up the jumper. However, it is also well in their repertoire to open it up and play high tempo rugby, from which they are well capable of striking from deep.

I feel against the Sharks they may try and run them (Sharks) off their feet. Setting their contact targets wide and will try and stretch the capable Sharks loose forward trio. On top of that they will run hard and most importantly straight in midfield. Attempting to create genuine space out wide, for their back three on attack. In so doing they will try and put genuine width on the game. They will back their ability to put quick phases together, play at a higher tempo and with more continuity than the Sharks. If the Sharks infringe in slowing it down they will cry foul. Sharks fans, brace yourselves for this call – ‘expect no favours from the officials’. They will back their passing skills, depth of running, fitness and hands over the Sharks. They will be hoping the Sharks especially the Sharks loose forward trio buy into a similar game plan. If they do, the Highlanders I think may just edge a close one. If the Sharks can live with the Highlanders in the first half, then the Southerners have to tire in the second forty, but don’t expect them to disintegrate.

It won’t be easy for the Sharks but they have the class and experience to play what is in front of them, and not stick blindly to a game plan that may not be working on the day.

Good luck Sharks….but hey not too much luck !



114 Comments

  • Now where did I hear that before? Oh Jake White said only 2 irish players would make his Bok side a few days before they thumped us IN South Africa.

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.03.10 15:38:20 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • And notice that I published it under your name thereby giving you the extra 200 post points. :smile:

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.03.10 15:40:27 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I see where you are coming from. Yes, The highlanders do cope well at the set pieces and i do feel they play a solid game. I just think they don’t have enough ammo in terms of quality players. If they did, with their gameplan and good basics they would be a really good side. It won’t be easy for The Sharks that is for sure. On your side, you guys will start winning more when your whole squad is available for Dunedin games.Consistency is selection will really make The Highlanders a force to reckon with.

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.03.10 15:42:37 by JJR Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : ;-)

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.03.10 15:45:14 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • still say GO SHARKS :smile:

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.03.10 15:45:35 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @JJR (Comment 3) : We just have no real firepower in the backs against the really good teams…..but i think we have played them all now ! Crusaders, Bulls, Stormers, Blues ! ;-)

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.03.10 15:46:47 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 4) : Geez HH I can think of a couple of Highlander players I would swop in the Sharks team at the moment….Let’s see…the whole backline for a start especially Dagg and the 2 props.

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.03.10 15:50:13 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 7) : and Adam Thompson if he playes 6 for the Sharks

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.03.10 15:51:03 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Great article, I like it a lot.

    I hope the Sharks have a good enough coach to also know these things.

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.03.10 15:51:26 by Letgo Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : How do we check our points?

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.03.10 15:52:33 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 9) : wishfull thinking :roll:

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.03.10 15:52:42 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 7) : Agreed

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.03.10 15:52:43 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 7) : Although, I’m not always that sure about it. Dagg yes, maybe Hobs, but would these guys look anywhere near as good if they don’t get good ball?

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.03.10 15:54:21 by Letgo Reply
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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 10) : go to the left to contents and click on users statistics :lol:

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.03.10 15:55:03 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 13) : The Sharks backline had had their fare share of good ball this season, they just haven’t managed to do anything with it.

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.03.10 15:56:12 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 7) : True i guess….Dagg is an AB in waiting. McIntosh at prop awesome. Thomson and Cowan at a push. Lets say 4 on a good day. :lol:

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.03.10 15:57:59 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 15) : well i think its time to manage the ball right so we can score :sad:

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.03.10 15:59:07 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 9) : Not enough stats for you ….am working on one for tomorrow that is right up your alley ;-)

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.03.10 15:59:37 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Charmaine (Comment 14) : :oops: :oops:

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.03.10 16:19:17 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • :razz: This one is perfect…you don’t need the stats to make a good article.

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.03.10 16:22:54 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 15) : the prblem with the backline is the lack of variation on attack,the stormers look good simply because they have so many dummy runners,lines of attack.whereas we seem to drift to the wing then hope for kanko to appear

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.03.10 16:31:23 by zenrugby Reply

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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 19) : ;-)

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.03.10 16:43:52 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 20) : ;-) :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 17.03.10 16:44:36 by Charmaine Reply

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  • Highlanders must ready themselves for a home town hiding come Saturday.

    And this ain’t only my view. Other highly skilled, awesome rugby kenners, such as our great rugby oracle Pdivvie, also said so. He said “If the Sharks click somebody is going to get a hiding.” Those were his words.

    I remember a similar prediction shortly before the Boks put 50 past the Assies at Loftus not too long ago.

  • Comment 24, posted at 17.03.10 17:12:26 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 10) :

    user stats.

    http://www.sharksworld.co.za/user-statistics/

  • Comment 25, posted at 17.03.10 17:17:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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    OOPS I see one of the Vodacom Cup players helped you out. :lol:

  • Comment 26, posted at 17.03.10 17:19:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • They just HAVE to win this weekend. My only concern. The Bulls gave them some confidence. :roll:

  • Comment 27, posted at 17.03.10 17:52:40 by RugbyGal Reply

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  • Well done on your 1st article HH. :cool:

  • Comment 28, posted at 17.03.10 18:06:25 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 28) : :lol:

  • Comment 29, posted at 17.03.10 18:21:37 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 24) : Well it won’t be this Saturday. This lot don’t look capable of putting 50 past anyone at the minute ! :grin:

  • Comment 30, posted at 17.03.10 18:23:12 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • I really wish plum would gamble a little and pick a slightly more progressive starting 15,I’d love to see this kind of side:
    Smit
    Bismark
    Beast
    Sykes
    Hargreaves
    Deysel
    Alberts
    Kanko
    Pienaar
    Goode
    pieterson
    Swannie
    Adi
    Mvovo
    Lambie
    I know the loosies are theoretically unbalanced but I would love to see it tried. Same goes for the gamble on the inexperience in the back 3

  • Comment 31, posted at 17.03.10 18:24:05 by zenrugby Reply

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  • @zenrugby (Comment 31) : So what you are saying is bring in a wing and a fullback…..surely we can get a little more progressive than that :?:

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  • @zenrugby (Comment 31) :

    Smit at Loosehead??????
    Alberts?

  • Comment 33, posted at 17.03.10 18:34:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 32) : the lock pairing(with a fit again hargreaves) and the backrow could make a big difference, there are not really a lot of other otions on tour,herbst is a pretty good tighthead who I’d love to see get some action too,otherwise there are not too many other moves possible. Trust me,for plumtree this team would seem like he made the selection drunk!

  • Comment 34, posted at 17.03.10 18:35:47 by zenrugby Reply

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  • @zenrugby (Comment 34) : :grin: :grin: :grin:

  • Comment 35, posted at 17.03.10 18:40:19 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 33) :sorry smit still at tighthead, I like deysel at 6 allberts at 7, I really feel that they are 2 great ball carriers and deysel is pretty effective at securing possesion at the breakdown

  • Comment 36, posted at 17.03.10 18:40:30 by zenrugby Reply

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  • @zenrugby (Comment 36) : Smit to get eaten by McIntosh on Saturday……I can just read the reaction on Sharksworld come Monday ! :evil:

  • Comment 37, posted at 17.03.10 18:47:36 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @zenrugby (Comment 36) :

    Ah okay.

  • Comment 38, posted at 17.03.10 18:49:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Oh and BTW my new avatar is in honour of the graphic on one of my all time favourite songs.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEUrLw3vCs8

  • Comment 39, posted at 17.03.10 18:50:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 33) : I can’t believe the LMS picks for the Sharks :roll:

    Nice new pick does your wife realise you used a photo of her :smile:

  • Comment 40, posted at 17.03.10 18:52:31 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 37) :

    I can just hear Grant10.

    Blah Blah BOOM BOOM Blah Reverse BOOM BOOM BOOM If we continue Blah Blah BOOM BOOM World Cup BOOM BOOM eliminated in the 1/4 finals BOOM BOOM Blah BOOM reputation damaged Blah Blah BOOM

  • Comment 41, posted at 17.03.10 18:52:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 40) :

    Bwhahahhahaha Gonna be a great round on LMS. I love the sight of Red. :lol:

  • Comment 42, posted at 17.03.10 18:53:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 40) :

    We might have to repose the pic. This one isn’t square and i’m losing valuable visual space on the display by it not being square. :lol:

  • Comment 43, posted at 17.03.10 18:54:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 37) : I don’t think smit will be too bad as its usually the smaller loosheads that give him a working over Mcintosh is a big fella. I’m not a huge fan of smit at tighthead but jannie is so crap! I can’t wait for bj botha to come home..

  • Comment 44, posted at 17.03.10 18:56:44 by zenrugby Reply

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  • @zenrugby (Comment 44) :

    I think we may (PROBABLY WILL) get rumbled in the scrums but in the tight loose we will have the upperhand.

  • Comment 45, posted at 17.03.10 19:00:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 45) :ja I tend to agree and would love to see smit back at 2 till he retires but not until bj is back or jannie goes to the rebels and herbst is given a go. Let’s hope there is not too many scrums!

  • Comment 46, posted at 17.03.10 19:04:33 by zenrugby Reply

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  • @zenrugby (Comment 46) : Maybe a few scrums if the forecast of rain is correct !

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 47) :ah the pros and cons odf life! Rain= good kicking game of goode/pienaar and not having to use our blunt backline but all those scrums..

  • Comment 48, posted at 17.03.10 19:13:28 by zenrugby Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 45) : Are you pondering any changes to your FL team this week ! :idea:

  • Comment 49, posted at 17.03.10 19:16:31 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 49) :

    I won’t make any trades, but will make some Starting XV switches based on who the guys are playing.

    i want to keep my extra trades for when we are certain who will be in the semis.

  • Comment 50, posted at 17.03.10 19:19:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I’m not setting up an excuse for later but it REALLY winds me up that we keep getting bloody newbie referees for our matches. :oops:

  • Comment 51, posted at 17.03.10 19:21:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Grant10 is an ass!!
    There i said it. :roll:

  • Comment 52, posted at 17.03.10 19:21:29 by wpw Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 49) :

    I AM glad that Ice is back this week. Has cost me in the last two rounds.

  • Comment 53, posted at 17.03.10 19:22:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 52) :

    Hey that’s not niiiiiiiiiiice.

  • Comment 54, posted at 17.03.10 19:23:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 52) : thats okay…..i am sure you are a decent chap…..

  • Comment 55, posted at 17.03.10 19:25:20 by grant10 Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 50) : Wise words 1 Crusaders 2 Bulls 3 Brumbies 4 Chiefs

    Crusaders v Bulls Final….just comes down to who qualifies top.

    I think the Saders can win up their in Round 12 or 13 when ever it is also think the Round 14 game Saders v Brumbies will be decisive !

  • Comment 56, posted at 17.03.10 19:25:23 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 51) : besides the fact that we have been paying kak there have definitely been some shocking referee decisions. The prob with these rookies is the laws are so subjective these days that its easy for the occasion to overwhem them. Think pro legota

  • Comment 57, posted at 17.03.10 19:25:28 by zenrugby Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 53) : Playing Fullback as well…..best position !

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 58) :

    DAMN RIGHT!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 59, posted at 17.03.10 19:28:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 51) : To be honest there is little experience in the 6 NZ Super 14 ref’s….only Lawerence who is doing ‘Le Crunch’ in Paris this weekend !

  • Comment 60, posted at 17.03.10 19:29:50 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 41) : strange…..but it seems most of my predictions become facts….

    I said Brussow in place of Schalk would assist Boks…rest is history.

    I called for M Steyn….rest is history…

    I said smit at 3 will result in long term pain for sharks and mounting losses….rest is history.

    i may be despised….but i am honest….and simply call it as i see it.

    Was wrong as i punted F Steyn at 10….seems he is a better 15 or 12…..but expressing opinions on a blog is surely not a sin?

  • Comment 61, posted at 17.03.10 19:30:30 by grant10 Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 60) : is the idea of neutral refs to save money on flights or to get the best refs officiating regardless of country of origin?

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 60) :

    Yip. Sad but true. We are very lucky in SA to have a crop of TOP referees and then a few more still coming up in the next season or so.

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  • @zenrugby (Comment 62) : What neutral ref’s …no need for them …..is there ?

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  • Sorry doing 3 things at once. Meant to say is the point in doing away with neautral refs etc etc

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  • @grant10 (Comment 61) :

    expressing opinions on a blog is anything but a sin. :cool:

    One (I hate that as a term, but don’t want to use “people” or “you”) has to realise though that ones :oops: opinions are bound to not be embraced by all who read them.

    I may disagree with your opinion but I DO have great respect for you coming back day after day to take it on the chin even though myself and others lay into your opion quite heavily.

    Have you applied for the Job of Bok coach yet? ;-)

  • Comment 66, posted at 17.03.10 19:40:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 63) : Well Kaplan, Jonker, Joubert are in a league of their own …….but they have mostly been lost to the 6Nations so far.

    But a ref’s a ref….be it Brown, Marks or Jonathan White…expect no favours from any of the official come saturday …i’m sure they have all been told no to forget their cards. :mrgreen:

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  • @zenrugby (Comment 62) :

    Originally (well that is the official story) it was supposed to be that the top referees would referee the top games and the “learner” referees would do the easier games or games with less of an influence on log positions.

    Then I got the impression that it MAY have been to save money as well, but the latest round of appointments leads me to believe that money isn’t a big issue.

  • Comment 68, posted at 17.03.10 19:43:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 63) : Quite looking forward to White referring the Sharks on Saturday. :cool:

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  • Hell at this point any game plan will do!

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  • My opionion on THIS weeks appointments.

    Blues vs Brumbies in Auckland
    Referee: Mark Lawrence (South Africa)Why fly a Saffa to NZ if you have flown a relatively new Aussie to SA
    Assistant referees: Garratt Williamson (New Zealand), Matthew Stanish (New Zealand)
    Television match official: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

    Bulls vs Hurricanes in Pretoria
    Referee: Nathan Pearce (Australia) Could have done the Blues/Brumbies match with Walsh or Lawrence doing this game
    Assistant referees: Steve Walsh (Australia), Stefan Breytenbach
    Television match official: Shaun Veldsman

    Crusaders vs Lions in Christchurch
    Referee: Keith Brown (New Zealand) This is going to be one-sided so no problem with him reffing this would prefer a neutral newbie to do these types of matches though
    Assistant referees: Matthew Stanish (New Zealand), James McPhail (New Zealand)
    Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

    Highlanders vs Sharks in Dunedin
    Referee: Jonathon White (New Zealand) Don’t know the guy so don’t know what he is like
    Assistant referees: Garratt Williamson (New Zealand), Kane McBride (New Zealand)
    Television match official: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

    Western Force vs Waratahs in Perth
    Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa) DERBY GAME :shock: Let an Aussie ref it. You have the TOP AUSSIE running touch??????? NOT the type of game for a guy to ref his 2nd or 3rd ever S14 game
    Assistant referees: Stuart Dickinson (Australia), Lourens van der Merwe
    Television match official: Julian Pritchard (Australia)

    Stormers vs Cheetahs at Newlands
    Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand) A Kiwi in SA? What for? Where are Jonker, and Joubert? Kaplan is doing 6N duty
    Assistant referees: Vinny Munro (New Zealand), Reuben Rossouw (South Africa)
    Television match official: Johann Meuwesen (South Africa)

    This season seems to be ANYTHING BUT merit appointments.

    LAst year they announced the TOP MERIT refs at the start of the S14 and those guys did most of the matches. Why not this season?

  • Comment 71, posted at 17.03.10 19:52:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Seriously though, the Sharks need to apply the KISS principle.

    Keep it simple stupid.

    Minimize unforced errors, keep the discipline.

  • Comment 72, posted at 17.03.10 19:52:57 by Morné Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 71) :

    Sorry Craig and Marius are running touch in the 6N.

  • Comment 73, posted at 17.03.10 19:56:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 71) : Surely we cant just have the same top 6 every week …can we ?

    3 SA Refs say Lawerence and Pollock and a Aussie

    I don’t think there are that many easy games.

    Maybe a solution is blood your rookies yourself (in own derbys)?

  • Comment 74, posted at 17.03.10 19:59:30 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 70) : ;-)

  • Comment 75, posted at 17.03.10 19:59:58 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • back in a bit …. have just seen a straight Red card infringment from my eldest :???:

  • Comment 76, posted at 17.03.10 20:02:27 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 74) :

    Yeah that is a good solution,

    TOP refs IMO.

    Stuart Dickinson (Aus)
    James Leckie (Aus)
    Bryce Lawrence (NZ)
    Steve Walsh (Aus)
    Marius Jonker (SA)
    Craig Joubert (SA)
    Jonathan Kaplan (SA)
    Mark Lawrence (SA)
    Chris Pollock (NZ)

    9 in there and if you then have a panel of dedicated ARs who will ref the odd easier match for a season or two the guys will be able to get PLENTY of rest and rotation.

  • Comment 77, posted at 17.03.10 20:05:02 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 76) :

    Hehehhehehe I only have girls and they still get carded from time to time. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 78, posted at 17.03.10 20:16:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 78) : no shit i got 1 bull b son and 1 girl sharkie and i want to band them but all grown up and got kids of there own but still give me hell on earth aaahhh but love them to bits :mrgreen:

  • Comment 79, posted at 17.03.10 20:20:12 by Charmaine Reply

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  • Lets have a look at the refs for round one of the Super 14.

    Blues v Canes – Stuart Dickinson
    Force v Brumbies – Steve Walsh
    Cheetahs v Bulls – Jonathon Kaplan
    Crusaders v Highlanders – Chris Pollock
    Reds v Waratahs – Craig Joubert
    Lions v Stormers – Jaco Peyper
    Sharks v Chiefs – Keith Brown

    Now we ALL know that the 1st game of the season is F%^&*EN important to a team and the result will go a long wat to establishing their prospects for the season. So in that case then WHY DIDN’T THE TOP REFEREES REFEREE THE MATCHES?????????

    Jonker running touch for Kaplan, Mark Lawrence running touch for Jaco Peyper. Surely Jonker and Lawrence would have been better served reffing than running touch?

    WTF were they thinking giving Keith Brown the Sharks v Chiefs match as a S14 debut?

    Craig Joubert flown to Aus to ref a Derby with Paul Marks running touch. :shock: WTF?!?!?!?!?!?!? Let the Aussie ref the Aussie Derby!!!!!!!!!!!

    If I had done the appointments for these matches.

    Blues v Canes – Bryce Lawrence (if not available THEN Craig Joubert)
    Force v Brumbies – Steve Walsh
    Cheetahs v Bulls – Jonathon Kaplan
    Crusaders v Highlanders – Chris Pollock
    Reds v Waratahs – Marius Jonker / Stuart Dickinson
    Lions v Stormers – Mark Lawrence
    Sharks v Chiefs – Stuart Dickinson / Marius Jonker

    Both Neutrality and top referees for the 1st round fulfilled.

  • Comment 80, posted at 17.03.10 20:32:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 80) : sent you post did you receive it :?:

  • Comment 81, posted at 17.03.10 20:34:22 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @Charmaine (Comment 81) :

    yip working on it now, will try and get it sorted by morning.

  • Comment 82, posted at 17.03.10 20:38:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 82) : ok thanks hope its ok still rookie :mrgreen:

  • Comment 83, posted at 17.03.10 20:46:43 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 78) : Pleaded guilty so only a one week ban !

  • Comment 84, posted at 17.03.10 20:56:11 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 80) : Understand your logic……you are such a ref by the why :!:

  • Comment 85, posted at 17.03.10 20:57:13 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Charmaine (Comment 83) : Your article better not be about how the Sharks have been so unlucky all year and that they are going to click on saturday and steam roll the Highlanders :mrgreen:

  • Comment 86, posted at 17.03.10 20:58:28 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 86) : well wait and see why aahhhh ;-)

  • Comment 87, posted at 17.03.10 21:01:31 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 86) : hey still a rookie get me a gap please still learning alot i some times think i’m one joke when i read everybody’s comments but gee jokes also have a say i think don’t you :oops:

  • Comment 88, posted at 17.03.10 21:03:58 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @Charmaine (Comment 88) : We are all still learning this great game…… so are most of the NZ ref’s :mrgreen:

  • Comment 89, posted at 17.03.10 21:06:18 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 89) : Well refs i think that one will do a very veryyyy good post how about it and give me 100 of those points you get eeehhhhh :mrgreen:

  • Comment 90, posted at 17.03.10 21:08:29 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 86) : oh by the way still old news did you see my first post in the name of a bet if not look it up would love t hear what you did :mrgreen: :oops:

  • Comment 91, posted at 17.03.10 21:11:06 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 86) : still waiting eeehhhh :evil:

  • Comment 92, posted at 17.03.10 21:22:02 by Charmaine Reply

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  • well still waiting but my time is up till tomorrow :cry:

  • Comment 93, posted at 17.03.10 21:31:39 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 84) :

    Hehehhehehee.

    He ran into my arm dad!!!! i didn’t hit him. :lol:

  • Comment 94, posted at 17.03.10 21:34:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Charmaine (Comment 93) : Sorry about that delay…..i have done far too many embarrassing things in the name of a bet….enjoyed your article looking forward to your one tomorrow ! ;-)

  • Comment 95, posted at 17.03.10 21:35:31 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 85) :

    you are such a ref by the why

    I don’t understand. Once i know you better i will just say HUH? :razz:

  • Comment 96, posted at 17.03.10 21:36:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 94) : well done but must do a go tonight see all 2 morrow :mrgreen: :oops:

  • Comment 97, posted at 17.03.10 21:36:10 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 95) : come on not so bad as mine think about it :mrgreen: please pretty please

  • Comment 98, posted at 17.03.10 21:37:31 by Charmaine Reply

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  • MTV playing some great music at the moment. :cool:

  • Comment 99, posted at 17.03.10 21:41:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 99) : Might watch Barcelona v Stuggart ….can that sort of comment get me a life ban :smile:

  • Comment 100, posted at 17.03.10 21:46:27 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 100) :

    Not a ban, but I Will tell you that soccer is for people who cannot predict the bounce of an oval ball. :lol:

  • Comment 101, posted at 17.03.10 21:53:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 101) : Wise words….right i’m off for dinner …thanks for posting my first article would you be interested in another one for Friday ? :?:

  • Comment 102, posted at 17.03.10 22:00:42 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 102) :

    Certainly.

    Once Rob is around we can get it sorted so you can post your own. :cool:

  • Comment 103, posted at 17.03.10 22:02:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 103) : Nice touch….only 3 more sleeps ! ;-)

  • Comment 104, posted at 17.03.10 22:03:24 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • After 11pm, I need to get to bed.

    Night all.

  • Comment 105, posted at 17.03.10 22:09:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 105) : Ditto

  • Comment 106, posted at 17.03.10 22:12:38 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • HH…congrats on your first article….a very good one too!!

    @zenrugby (Comment 21) : :smile:

  • Comment 107, posted at 17.03.10 22:48:52 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 39) : Ooooh!!! I see!!!

  • Comment 108, posted at 17.03.10 22:53:52 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 51) : Agree :roll: :sad:

  • Comment 109, posted at 17.03.10 22:57:40 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 101) : :razz:

  • Comment 110, posted at 17.03.10 23:09:04 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • Good night all!

  • Comment 111, posted at 17.03.10 23:10:21 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @grant10 (Comment 61) : Don’t worry Grant. The Sharks supporters aren’t ALL blind. I agree Smit at 3 is a bad idea especially againt the Highlanders. ;-)

  • Comment 112, posted at 18.03.10 08:14:05 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 30) : As they say in the classics: Moenie worry nie, watch net ;-)

  • Comment 113, posted at 18.03.10 09:22:45 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 113) : Unfortunately that’s loss in translation …..on me !

  • Comment 114, posted at 18.03.10 11:50:19 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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