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Early Preview: Highlanders Game


Written by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (JJR)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 17 Mar 2010 at 13:21

Kick off is at 8:35 South African time, on Saturday. The “House of Pain” will host a Sharks side so desperate for a win that if they fail this weekend we could see wholesale changes next week, in order to give the whole squad some game time.

The Sharks are a side that when gets things together can beat anybody they choose. We have all tried to figure out what the problems are; but enough talk, The Sharks are a brilliant professional side that needs to start delivering and producing after all the time and effort spent to build a side with as many as 15 international players.

The Sharks side should look very similar to last weeks considering that consistantcy is better than not having any.

Probable side:

  1. Beast
  2. Bis
  3. John
  4. sykes
  5. muller
  6. keegan
  7. willem
  8. kanko
  9. ruan
  10. Goode
  11. jp
  12. riaan
  13. adi
  14. odwa
  15. stef
  16. Jannie
  17. Herbst
  18. hargreaves
  19. botes
  20. Deysel
  21. Rory
  22. Waylon

Our side should have a better Goal kicker in Goode, Bigger and faster loose forwards, a lock pairing that have a large amount of games together and a very talented scrummie with something to prove. Stef will also want to pick up his form this week. Not to mention a really quality bench with The Crash ball king in Deysel, and a scrummie that can really change games in Rory and a Tighthead that can actually scrum someone in Herbst. Also our lineouts were pretty solid last week. Should help us build a good platform for the backs.

The Highlanders side will have a good scrum and thats about it. They have problems with suspended players and injury to Cowan to sort out this week. Should make it difficult for them. The biggest factor should be jetlag for The Highlanders.

All in All as “Letgo” has said already the Sharks should really not lose this game. Looking at the Highlanders side(probable side) they should beat them comfortably if weather stays fair. If The Sharks do lose i might have a mental breakdown; it just won’t make sense to me and the only conclusion will be that there is something seriously wrong in the camp. But i don’t believe so, i believe in this squad and believe they can bring the goods, but at the end of the day, (Naas comment) it is up to the team to keep training hard and leaving it all on the field.

 Sharks to win by at least 8 or so. Sharks 4 Life!



68 Comments

  • Sharks should take it, i just hope they throw some real aggression into the game.

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.03.10 13:27:59 by JJR Reply
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  • Well i also think they will take this on but if they don’t thats another story, we just have to wait and see :???: ;-)

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.03.10 13:33:14 by Charmaine Reply

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  • ‘Also our lineouts were pretty solid last week. Should help us build a good platform for the backs.’
    I’m surprised our forwards still give ball to the backs. If I was working hard getting the ball I wouldn’t give it to that backline. I say the forwards must pick and drive and let the backline get cold and just have them tackle all game. :twisted: :roll:

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.03.10 13:34:32 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I still think we have some glaring weaknesses in this team which have attributed to the loss of form and lack of penetration on attack. Muller seems hopelessly off his game and doesn’t seem to have the legs for this type of game. Swanepoel,odwa and tereblanche are not the game breakers needed. This season requires a lot less tactical kicking and more running guile.

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.03.10 13:46:26 by zenrugby Reply

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  • Yes, the Sharks should take this one. And then start to build on that to win at least a couple more in the future.

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.03.10 14:04:26 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : If the forwards protect the ball, like they should, they would also have more ball to play with.

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.03.10 14:05:16 by Letgo Reply
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  • @zenrugby (Comment 4) : Muller is good enough, not great, but good enough for now,until he leaves.
    I think swannie just needs to be given a chance and Odwa was never a game beraker, but Stefan can be if he wants to.

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.03.10 14:06:47 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 6) : that’s my issue with muller/botes/jannie etc they have not adapted to the laws and the value of protecting possesion as a team

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.03.10 14:08:06 by zenrugby Reply

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  • I would go for a 4/ 3 spit on the bench.. Seeing that we had to use Craig last weekend in the backline due to injuries. Even thought he was familair what the role.

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.03.10 14:16:18 by Rvw Reply

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  • ‘The Highlanders side will have a good scrum and thats about it.’

    A little more analysis may be required ! :lol:

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.03.10 14:20:50 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 10) :

    Where’s that article of yours??? :???:

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.03.10 14:23:13 by wpw Reply
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  • I for one hope it rains cos then we will clobber them Goode will kick to the corners Oom will kick to the other corner and we will drive and drive also wet takes scrums out of it. We wont have to worry about knockons cos the guys dont pass it will be take the ball up pic and drive drop kick or kick to the corner lineout drive the ball up its a game we will win!!!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.03.10 14:23:56 by Fattmann Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 11) : I’ve sent it to Rob….i’m wondering the same thing ?

    May not make the cut ! :roll:

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.03.10 14:27:56 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Fattmann (Comment 12) : It doesn’t rain in Dunedin ! :cool:

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.03.10 14:29:10 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @zenrugby (Comment 8) : How do specifically target just those players in that area? Don’t you think we should blame the forwards as a unit for their lack of ascendancy at ruck time? I would personally blame the coach, there’s a more than simple solution to this specific problem and the coach needs to address this and guide his players to do it right.

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.03.10 14:49:26 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Fattmann (Comment 12) : This is not a game I want to see, sounds very boring…oh wait, that’s what we’ve been doing anyway, just without the result. Okay, I’ll go for it, as long as we win.

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.03.10 14:51:43 by Letgo Reply
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  • hell rob…..smit at 3 again….you okes wont learn hey!!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.03.10 14:54:07 by grant10 Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 16) : @Hertford Highlander (Comment 14) : oh yes its gonna rain by early evening 7.30 it will be raining

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.03.10 15:04:28 by Fattmann Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 13) :

    Send it to Me, Rob is not available today as far as I’m aware.

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.03.10 15:09:02 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) : Great….. your email :?:

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.03.10 15:11:50 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) : is he still in Holand :sad: ;-)

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.03.10 15:15:54 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 20) :

    http://www.sharksworld.co.za/contact-us/

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.03.10 15:16:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 20) : So how confident are you for the game?

  • Comment 23, posted at 17.03.10 15:17:37 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Charmaine (Comment 21) :

    I believe so.

  • Comment 24, posted at 17.03.10 15:17:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 23) :

    Good question and we want to know how confident you are, NO FALSE BRAVADO PLEASE??? :razz: :razz:

  • Comment 25, posted at 17.03.10 15:18:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) : I’m not very positive about the Sharks as a whole this season so I don’t need false bravado. I’ll be the realistic one on the site now that TT has left.But saying that I think the Sharks should win purely because the Highlanders are returning from a tough tour of SA and will be jet lagged.

  • Comment 26, posted at 17.03.10 15:24:16 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 15) : although I agree that it is very much a collective situation at the breakdown,the palyers I mentioned have specific jobs in regard to the breakdown and are not fulfilling those roles. I agree it is a coaching problem as its the coach that needs to make the selection adjustments.I’ve seen very little lateral thinking from plum in terms of game plan and team selection

  • Comment 27, posted at 17.03.10 15:24:51 by zenrugby Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 26) :

    No No I am refering to HH not you. :lol:

  • Comment 28, posted at 17.03.10 15:27:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 22) : Sent :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 17.03.10 15:28:16 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 23) : @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) : false Bravado aside….i think we should win and win well……..though i’m told rain is forcast…..then again can’t see that being much of a factor.

  • Comment 30, posted at 17.03.10 15:31:22 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • i think the Landers will shade the Sharks on this one, but jetlag can come back to bite the Landers…if the game is open i tip the highlanders to triumph but if its raining and tight then the sharks will bulldoze the Landers

  • Comment 31, posted at 17.03.10 15:34:00 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 31) : It’s not going to be a mud bath :?:

  • Comment 32, posted at 17.03.10 15:35:41 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 31) : afternoon megatron its really good to see you up and about been on holiday ;-)

  • Comment 33, posted at 17.03.10 15:35:44 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 29) : Published. :cool:

  • Comment 34, posted at 17.03.10 15:35:59 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 34) : Thanks i feel quite special …a first :cool:

  • Comment 35, posted at 17.03.10 15:36:46 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 30) : yes i think we should nail this one for the first win GO SHARKS GO :smile:

  • Comment 36, posted at 17.03.10 15:36:53 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 32) : Sharks know how to play in rain and mud don’t you think :?:

  • Comment 37, posted at 17.03.10 15:37:36 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @Charmaine (Comment 37) : No just sand…its similar to mud :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 38, posted at 17.03.10 15:43:23 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 35) : its a nice feeling don’t you think when you do your 1st post and then read it on the screen and hear what the comments are well done :mrgreen:

  • Comment 39, posted at 17.03.10 15:43:37 by Charmaine Reply

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  • Let me guess, Plum is yet to announce the team for Saturday?

    Who’s Plum trying to bluff with these delayed announcements, the Landers or the Sharks? :roll:

  • Comment 40, posted at 17.03.10 15:49:05 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 40) : maybe both ;-)

  • Comment 41, posted at 17.03.10 15:51:34 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 38) : aahhhh you knew what i ment ;-)

  • Comment 42, posted at 17.03.10 15:52:22 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @Charmaine (Comment 39) : :cool:

  • Comment 43, posted at 17.03.10 15:54:02 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Charmaine (Comment 33) : hi charmaine…

  • Comment 44, posted at 17.03.10 17:11:15 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 44) : why so quite miss your comments ;-)

  • Comment 45, posted at 17.03.10 17:17:12 by Charmaine Reply

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  • Besides the jetlag and bit of a difficult tour issue for the Highlanders, the Sharks are due a game where everything actually works as intended.

    I got a feeling. And it’s groovy. ;-)

  • Comment 46, posted at 17.03.10 17:23:54 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 46) : as long as that groovy is there and we win what the hell ;-)

  • Comment 47, posted at 17.03.10 17:27:40 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @Charmaine (Comment 45) : he he he, you lie, you don’t miss my comments :D besides work has been keeping me busy, i’m constantly on site & even then don’t even get the time to blog on my mobile…otherwise i’m all good…

  • Comment 48, posted at 17.03.10 21:17:29 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 48) : no i don’t lie i like it when we comment it gets me all worked up and gee its fun don’t you think even if we do get in shit its all about fun eehhhh :lol: :oops: :mrgreen: ;-)

  • Comment 49, posted at 17.03.10 21:20:36 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 48) : well cheers till tomorrow and don’t be so slow on commenting gee i’m in shit with this :oops: sorry for me its fun and to hear what others say ;-)

  • Comment 50, posted at 17.03.10 21:33:46 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @Charmaine (Comment 49) : lol, okay i will try and not be slow… Cheers Chaz :D ;)

  • Comment 51, posted at 17.03.10 21:37:17 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 51) : cheers until 2 morrow from the bottem of my sharks heart and that a new name for me my only nick name is churmin :oops: oh shit and years back it could of been Chaz :oops: but thanks till 2 morrow :mrgreen:

  • Comment 52, posted at 17.03.10 21:41:21 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) : Where the hell did you get that pic?????
    Sorry, NOT YOU!!!
    :roll: ;-)

  • Comment 53, posted at 17.03.10 22:42:18 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 5) : Hopefuly the Sharks will take this game and then start their winning streak

  • Comment 54, posted at 18.03.10 08:46:45 by dawnwallenkamp Reply

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  • Ok HELP!!!! I need to make a pick for LMS, can’t choose Tahs cos I chose them last week, I have the option of Sharks, Stormers, Cheetahs, Blues, Crusaders, Chiefs, Highlanders, Reds and Force. I have no lifeline left so need a definate no doubt about it winning team, I am not sure who to choose so please people give me advice.

  • Comment 55, posted at 18.03.10 08:48:09 by dawnwallenkamp Reply

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  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 53) :

    No not me but it is an AWESOME song, so am just borrowing the graphic for a day or six.

  • Comment 56, posted at 18.03.10 08:49:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 56) :

    One of my favourite sonds for a spin class.

    Then there is
    Darude Sandstorm – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSYxT9GM0fQ

    Basshunter – Now You’re gone – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgFwiCApH7E

  • Comment 57, posted at 18.03.10 08:55:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @dawnwallenkamp (Comment 55) :

    Go with the Stormers!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 58, posted at 18.03.10 09:14:26 by wpw Reply
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  • Or this one. My current favourite:

  • Comment 59, posted at 18.03.10 09:16:42 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 58) : Thank you, pick has been made, Stormers it is. :grin:

  • Comment 60, posted at 18.03.10 09:59:09 by dawnwallenkamp Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 58) :

    You can’t keep saying that everyweek, people are going to cotton on that you only have one answer pretty soon. :razz:

  • Comment 61, posted at 18.03.10 13:17:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @rhineshark (Comment 59) :

    Not bad at all. I’m more on an electronica/house fan

  • Comment 62, posted at 18.03.10 13:17:59 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 62) : is my post ok :?: :oops:

  • Comment 63, posted at 18.03.10 13:19:42 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @Charmaine (Comment 63) :

    Yip. I have to do a bit of editting on the grammar, :wink: but have it scheduled for posting this afternoon.

  • Comment 64, posted at 18.03.10 13:44:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 64) : thats ok thanks :oops:

  • Comment 65, posted at 18.03.10 13:47:06 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @Charmaine (Comment 65) :

    glad nie ‘n probleem nie. :smile:

  • Comment 66, posted at 18.03.10 13:49:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 53) :
    midlife crisis?

  • Comment 67, posted at 18.03.10 13:52:23 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 66) : ;-)

  • Comment 68, posted at 18.03.10 13:52:41 by Charmaine Reply

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