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Realistically Speaking or Fanatically Wishing?!?


Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 6 Apr 2010 at 02:19
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Okay, so this might be a little interesting and of some importance to any Sharks supporter who is fanatical enough to believe that the Sharks has made such a turnaround that they will not only win all the rest of their games, but get at least 3 winning bonus points from those games.

Not that it is particularly fanatical to believe that the Sharks will do that in the last weeks of the super 14, they are actually being tipped to win by more and more people, but because I know that if you’re reading this article on this site, you are definitely fanatical enough to still believe that our Sharkies will make it to the Semi’s and then the Final and then take the trophy, win the lottery, find a cure for cancer, feed all the hungry and thus create world peace.  It’s not that farfetched when you are a fanatical Sharks supporter, because in our eyes they are just that good.

The thing is I’m also fanatical enough, that when I have two days extra in a weekend I use those two days to prove that there is some substance behind my believe in the Sharks.  I didn’t have enough time to get to world peace and that stuff, but as far as reaching the semi’s, I found prove that it is in fact plausible.  As I said before, and as most of you would have noticed, there is 10 teams in this competition that is good enough to beat any of the other teams and 4 that is erratic enough to beat any of those 10 teams on any given day.  Usually, as it has been pointed out by Rob, a team needs to get at least 40 points to reach the play-offs. This year though, because there are so many teams gunning for those four spots, I’d bet 37 will be the magic number, I wouldn’t be surprised if more than one team makes it into the semi’s with less than 40.

One more thing that I noticed, a very good thing, is that all of the top 5 teams still have to play 3 or more games away from home. If they lose three and we lose none, that’s a turnover worth 12 points and enough to actually give us top spot. This comment does not indicate that I am stupid enough to believe that when the Crusaders plays the W.Force away that they will definitely loose, but it doesn’t hurt the chances now does it.

So I set up this Microsoft Excel document with my prediction of wins and losses and the log for each week. If I can get it up onto the site it will support my belief in the Sharks even further. It’s kind of fun to have it on excel to, because every time a game doesn’t work out the way I predicted it I adjust it on all of my logs week by week and see how it will end up effecting the Sharks. It keeps my interest in this year’s Super 14 high, since now, every game is important for me and the Sharks.

I wish I could have added the pictures to the end of my article, but it seems that I am just not skilled enough. So for, total enjoyment please open the pictures at the end of the article now and then read the three last paragraphs as further explanation for each picture.

So, in the first table I have our fixtures listed from week 9 – 14, with an x indicating my winner for the respective games. There is some colors, but don’t worry I will explain what everything is for and I would kind of like to know if you agree with these predictions, because my whole end result log are based on these predictions.

In the second table I have all the logs as it would change week by week if my predictions came true. If my predictions is wrong, I make adjustments accordingly and see how it effects the Sharks’s chances. This week for example, the purple indicates that I made all the right predictions, with the exception of bonus points…indicated by light purple.

In my third table, I have a Wish Log, this log is the log I would like to see come week 14. For this to happen some of my predictions on my “VS Call” table has to be incorrect and the teams highlighted in yellow has to take those games.

VS Call

How the Log would then look week by week!

My Wish Log

…and that was my easter weekend, but now we all know who to root for!!! What a cool season it would be if the Sharks can sneak into a semi final spot or even win the whole tournament from here.



87 Comments

  • The best part is, it is 2am, and I have to get up at 5am…but I can’t sleep, because this whole long weekend thingy messed up my sleep patterns. :sad:

    This week will be fun. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.04.10 02:21:02 by Letgo Reply
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  • It would really suck a lot if the Sharks lost their next game.

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.04.10 02:22:34 by Letgo Reply
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  • All this trouble and really, then, no more chances.

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.04.10 02:23:00 by Letgo Reply
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  • Ryan is injured…that doesn’t help! :cry:

    I will sleep now and be grumpy tomorrow morning. :???:

    See, Ya.

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.04.10 02:24:40 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 4) : @Letgo (Comment 1) : Great job Letgo, I agree on the sleeping patterns being messed up :mrgreen: It really is a shame about Ryan, hope his replacements take the step up.

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.04.10 06:58:18 by JarsonX Reply
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  • GO SHARKS !!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.04.10 07:39:06 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 4) : Wow Letgo, fantastic job on the excel stuff there! I agree with how you have set it out and most of your predictions. Lets hope for a few upsets and see the sharks sneak a semi!

    Great stuff!

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.04.10 07:40:32 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • If you look at these predictions and logs, its only now that we realise how much that Cheetahs loss cost us, it should have been a banker 5 points!!

    Anyway, lets bring it home boys!

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.04.10 07:43:07 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 8) : It really annoys me how the Cheetahs always bring their A game when playing the Sharks and really punch well above their weight but when it comes to 95% of the other teams they are guaranteed to give the other team 5 points.

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.04.10 08:13:52 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 9) : Don`t be surprised if the Lions does it against us as well . . .

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.04.10 08:41:15 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 9) : Yip, that gives us an immediate disadvantage as soon as every Super 14 tournament begins. Every other team, basically has 4 easy wins, we have 3. And in the past with the Reds also not really showing any fire power we had 3 out of 5.

    Did we even win against the Reds, Cheethas and even the W.Force any of the times we got to the Semi’s? The Lions also gets a win against the Sharks every now and then. I wonder why that is, that we loose against these teams so often. Maybe a kop doktor for all of the Sharks won’t be such a bad idea.

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.04.10 08:46:11 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 10) : I was just thinking that. The highlanders is the only one of the regular botom four that we can beat almost every time. The Lions, Cheetahs, W.Force and the Reds of the past has cost us a lot of points over the years.

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.04.10 08:47:50 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 11) : The Stormers supporters won’t be very happy with your wish list :roll:

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.04.10 08:48:21 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 11) : I think it could be the Cheetahs players want to move down to Durban so they put on their best performance in front of the Sharks coach…

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.04.10 08:51:49 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 13) : I don’t really care about the Stormers supporters.

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.04.10 08:52:26 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 15) : :evil: :cry:

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.04.10 09:06:03 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 16) : Howzit Wes….Looking at the Stormers remaining games it’s not going to be an easy road to the finals…I hope for your sake the Stormers pull their socks up. I’m afraid I can’t see them beating the Blues this weekend.

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.04.10 09:15:47 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Nothing is impossible, but the Sharks should realistically aim for an 80% win record in the second round of the competition.

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.04.10 09:17:08 by Morné Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 16) : I care about them more than I do for the Bulls…does that help? :mrgreen:

    And also the last couple of years when they were struggling to get anywhere in the comp. As you can see, I only like the teams that can benifit the Sharks by winnning.

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.04.10 09:26:33 by Letgo Reply
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  • :roll: Maybe father Christmas really exists too. :lol:

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.04.10 09:29:57 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 20) : He doesn’t :?: :!: :!: :!:

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.04.10 09:30:58 by Letgo Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 20) : :cry:

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.04.10 09:31:18 by Letgo Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 20) : :smile: :lol: :grin:

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.04.10 09:31:39 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 2) : Morning Letgo, That could happen, Sharks losing to the Lions!! Hope it does not happen but it could.

    On your article, the only realistic thing, is that yes, we may see a team go into the semi getting under 40 points on the log. Could Sharks do it? No doubt it will happen. Actually it wont. We should have got a bonus this past weekend and also if we got that win against the Tahs, which we should have, :cry: then it would have been more realistic to hope for a semi.

    Just want to see us win as many as we can from here. Even though we wont make a semi, just enjoy us winning some games. ;-)

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.04.10 09:34:06 by Puma Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 15) : I like the look of your plan I think though we can get 5 points from Lions Blues and Force games and 4 from stormers and 2 from bulls which will be enough for a semi. Like the cheetahs are for us the Lions are the for bulls so they might get nailed in that game I also feel that this year the semi final points target are going to be mid 30′s as opposed to 40 and while one side might make 40 points it is not going to be easy if you look at the top 4 bulls tahs saders and stormers they still have to play each other so there will be losses for half of them which brings them back to the pack i think we will be ok with 7 wins and 7/8 bonus points

  • Comment 25, posted at 06.04.10 09:37:48 by Fattmann Reply
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  • awesome work as always, Letgo. Thanks a bunch

  • Comment 26, posted at 06.04.10 09:38:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 9) : We should have won against the Cheetahs had Rory got all his kicks over. :x Also they had a full strength side against us, now they are 4 players out injured. Remember they too beat the Canes, no easy feat that, takes a good team to beat the Canes. They were looking competitive until they lost 4 of their players. After playing the Canes they lost Brussow to injury. Now with 4 out don’t see them win any games on tour. Not even if Juan goes over to help out.

    No team in the S14 can lose 4 of their top players and expect to win much. Saders without Carter and McCaw don’t play as well either.

    So hoping no more injuries to our Sharks. We will lose some speed now without Kanko. Though Alberts is a fantastic replacement at 8 but a lot slower.

  • Comment 27, posted at 06.04.10 09:44:50 by Puma Reply

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  • Love the article…brilliant particularly like your week by week log…..will give it some thought and see how far we agree.

    However on first glance it looks by your calculations that the Bulls may be in trouble. I notice you have them 4th and that is winning their next two games on tour. I think their match against the Reds is a huge match. I also think they are not going to beat the Chiefs on Saturday (thought the Chiefs were impressive against the Highlanders).

    Does this mean the Bulls are in trouble ?

    Great work ! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 06.04.10 09:49:33 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Puma (Comment 24) : Hey, how could you be so sure? Would one bonus point really make that big of a difference?

    Btw…I know it’s all a little crazy, but it keeps the compition a little more tense and interesting for me. If the Sharks has no chance at all, I don’t like watching any of the other games. It gets pretty boring, like watching the Heiniken Cup, or the Air New Zeeland Cup. Whatever!

    I’m still hoping for the impossible to happen and then we can be the star of the next mission impossible movie!

  • Comment 29, posted at 06.04.10 09:52:39 by Letgo Reply
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  • 1. Bulls
    2. Crusaders

    3 & 4 too hard to call.

    Will be two of the following – Tahs, Reds, Brumbies, Chiefs or Stormers.

    Dark horse – Blues.

  • Comment 30, posted at 06.04.10 09:54:55 by McLovin Reply

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  • I think a team consisting of the Sharks pack and the Reds backline would be unbeatable…..oh how I wish we had a backline…

  • Comment 31, posted at 06.04.10 09:55:12 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Can’t see any team make the semi’s with less than 40 points.

    Very tempted to make an ‘eat my socks’ statement…. :twisted:

  • Comment 32, posted at 06.04.10 09:56:52 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 30) : The Brumbies will be in the mix as well.

  • Comment 33, posted at 06.04.10 09:56:57 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I’m hungry. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 34, posted at 06.04.10 09:57:34 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 33) : That’s mos what I said. ;-) :mrgreen: :razz:

    I love that edit function. :twisted:

  • Comment 35, posted at 06.04.10 09:59:17 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 28) : Yes the Bulls and the Stormers, though they are looking good at the top of the log, have a very hard road to the semi’s ahead of them. The waratahs already took the top spot this weekend.

    If the Bulls thought they were going to coast along like they did at Loftus they have a big suprise coming. It’s not as easy when you’re traveling against inform teams and Australian or New Zealnad refs.

    I’m enjoying this a lot. :grin:
    This weekend was great. Two day to rest. :razz: The Sharks won. :smile: We have a by to rest and get injured players back. :grin: And the Bulls lost. :lol: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 36, posted at 06.04.10 10:00:45 by Letgo Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 35) : Howzit McLovin…..look time no see…watching to much Heinekin Cup I see :mrgreen:

  • Comment 37, posted at 06.04.10 10:02:23 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 32) : Yes do it. Please do it. :razz:

  • Comment 38, posted at 06.04.10 10:03:04 by Letgo Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 30) : So, you think the Bulls will win almost all of the rest of their games.

    I don’t.

    I don’t think the Blues game was just an off game, I think it’s the start of things to come…well actually I hope. :grin:

  • Comment 39, posted at 06.04.10 10:05:40 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 39) : I think the most realistic chance the Sharks have to get into a semi is if the Tah’s,Bulls and Crusaders win all their games except any games against the Sharks and they may just sneek into 4th. I think you should be supporting the Bulls if you want the Sharks to make the semi’s

  • Comment 40, posted at 06.04.10 10:10:24 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 31) : Pokkel, for sure that is what is missing. Except Lambie we keep him, pure class on this own there. Actually only need to get centres and a FH. We sould be cooking. ;-)

  • Comment 41, posted at 06.04.10 10:10:48 by Puma Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 30) : You could at least put the Sharks up as a dark horse with the Blues. We’re only 4 log points behind them.

    I think the Blues will probably be there this year actually. Three of their games will be 5 pointers…log pointers. W.Force, Cheetahs, Lions. That puts them at 35 already. Then there’s the Stormers this weekend, probable 4 and the Chiefs the final weekend. The Blues are the better of the two Kiwi teams, 4 more. That puts them at 43 with the Sharks game the only one they will definately loose. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 42, posted at 06.04.10 10:10:58 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 39) : Letgo, Bulls will win this week for sure. Chiefs have plenty injuries. This is a game the Bulls will want to get 5 points. I think they will. Against the Reds they might beat the Reds too. Reds have to travel after the Lions game next week. But if Bulls pick up a win only against the Chiefs and Force they have done well.

  • Comment 43, posted at 06.04.10 10:12:57 by Puma Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 42) : I didn’t realise the Blues had such an easy road to the finals :shock:

  • Comment 44, posted at 06.04.10 10:14:25 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 36) : NZ refs keep it coming :roll:

    Stormers gone…they are totally rubbish !

    Bulls will get smashed on Saturday (0 points)….but then they have a Lions 5 pointer taking them to 33 points.

    From there by my calculations they need only 2 from 4 and say eight points for 41 points and 4th place.

    They are home if they beat the returning Reds…..however if they lose…..having to win two of these three fixturers versus the Sharks, Saders, Stormers could be tough.

  • Comment 45, posted at 06.04.10 10:14:50 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 40) : Now see, that’s something I will never do. And really I don’t think its even needed. The Bulls don’t really play the teams that will be a big threat come the final few weeks. These teams play to many of the other top teams. I’m going for the Crusaders as the team to win everything from here on out. And maybe the Waratahs, but not the Bulls.

  • Comment 46, posted at 06.04.10 10:18:07 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 29) : Okay, will try be more positive…hehehe. Going to be a huge, huge mountain to climb. Need to win all our games and get some bonus points.

    If we had beaten the Tahs, 3 extra points (we picked up a bonus point there) had we got a bonus point this week then we would be sitting with 20 points on the log. Then think we would be in with a chance. ;-)

    If we win all our remaining games without a bonus we land up on 36 that wont be enough. Need to pick up at least 3 bonus points on the way. We have not picked up one bonus point by scoring 4 tries. So for us to start doing it now, well that will be like a pressure cooker. ;-)

  • Comment 47, posted at 06.04.10 10:19:06 by Puma Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 30) : Bulls Top …..didn’t you see them on saturday …..same treatment coming this weekend….Reds looks a big match looming ! ;-) Could easily win that one ! :cool:

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 45) : You may have noticed that I actually have the Bulls in the top 4 on both my final logs. They will have to crew up pretty badly from here to not make it. The Chiefs and Reds games are key as you have pointed out. If they loose any one of these games, they’re making it tough on themselves.

  • Comment 49, posted at 06.04.10 10:23:27 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 46) : Tahs will lose to the Highlanders in Invercargill.

    You only need to travel from Sydney to Invercargill to understand why ? :mrgreen:

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 37) : Ja wat, keeping a low profile. ;-)

  • Comment 51, posted at 06.04.10 10:25:16 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 44) : Blues only have one maybe two tough game to play, that is against the Sharks at the tank and the Stormers this weekend. They should beat all the rest.

    Stormers – Auckland
    Force – Auckland
    Sharks – Tank
    Cheetahs – Bloem
    Lions – Ellis Park
    Chiefs – Auckland

    From those games think Blues could win 4 but probably 5. Stormers could beat them if they get on top of their game this week. Not too sure though but they could. Sharks could. The rest think Blues will pick up 5 points. Blues will make a semi. My feeling. They will end up 4th or even 3rd.

  • Comment 52, posted at 06.04.10 10:27:22 by Puma Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 39) : I do, also don’t think the Saders will win most of theirs. Away to Bulls & Stormers and then first game back at home to Brumbies.

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 50) : Good…. GOOOOOOOOO The Landers.. :grin:

  • Comment 54, posted at 06.04.10 10:28:35 by Puma Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 48) : They’re were still jetlagged. ;-)

  • Comment 55, posted at 06.04.10 10:32:13 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Puma (Comment 43) : I don’t think so.
    For some reason they looked clueless this weekend. The Chiefs isn’t that easy to beat at home. And if you thinkabout it the Bulls was even lucky to beat the W.Force so maybe, just maybe, the wheels are starting to come of for the Bulls. Peaking to early?

    I think it’s sometimes hard for a team that has had victories handed to them to start to dig deep and actually work for it. I’m not saying that the Bulls didn’t play really good rugby to get those victories, but you can’t deny that those victories was also served on a platter. This weekend the Bulls played like a rich boy waiting for the butler to bring him his breakfast in bed…its not always just going to come to you, especially when you’re a geust in someone elses house.

    Also, without any funny analogies, I think teams have the Bulls figured out. This week getting over the advatage line was much harder for them and all the Blues had to do was cover Wynand Olivier from every pass Steyn gave. They didn’t even need to look outside Olivier since he never passes.

    That was one of they’re big weapons and now, if teams are as smart as the Blues it will be nullified until the Bulls comes up with a new plan.

  • Comment 56, posted at 06.04.10 10:35:43 by Letgo Reply
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  • Tahs

    Crusaders away 0 points
    BYE
    Brumbies home 4 points
    Highlanders away 1 point
    Chiefs away 1 point
    Hurricanes home 4 points

    Warratahs 38 Points …makes the Landers game a big one for them won’t be easy for them either !

  • Comment 57, posted at 06.04.10 10:36:30 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Puma (Comment 54) : ;-) @McLovin (Comment 55) : They still will be this weekend as well ;-)

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  • @McLovin (Comment 55) : Whatever :roll: …you can use that excuse until the end of their tour.

    They didn’t look tired, not maybe until the last 10min, unless they were mentally tired and you don’t get that from traveling.

    Even when you’re jetlagged you should still put in a good performance. Or a decent but sluggish, tired performance. It was a bad, not so tired, clueless performance.

  • Comment 59, posted at 06.04.10 10:40:21 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 56) : Kahui to eat Olivier ;-)

  • Comment 60, posted at 06.04.10 10:41:32 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 56) : Bulls victories served on a platter? :roll:

  • Comment 61, posted at 06.04.10 10:41:51 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 55) : By the way, many of the things I’m saying is out of pure hope that bad things will come for the Bulls. I really don’t enjoy it when they are doing well and would dearly love to see “jetlagg” cause a few more losses for them.

  • Comment 62, posted at 06.04.10 10:42:23 by Letgo Reply
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  • Can’t believe I’m defending the Bulls but here goes.

    They cleaned up all the teams at Loftus so far except the Canes.

    Outsmarted the Canes with pragmagtic percentage rugby. Talk about digging deep, that was it.

    Crickey, I dislike them as much as the next non Bulls fan, but give them some credit.

    Still joint top of the log with a game in hand. Hardly any wheels coming off. :roll:

  • Comment 63, posted at 06.04.10 10:45:25 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 61) : Yip, watch them games again. Not the Hurricanes, because they actually put up a fight.

    Players fell of tackles and left open gaps like it was a Bulls birthday party. Yes they had to take those gaps, but they were there for them to take. It won’t be like that every game. Therefor they will have to start to work for those chances in the coming weeks.

  • Comment 64, posted at 06.04.10 10:45:43 by Letgo Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 63) : I hard being a realist :lol: :mrgreen: ;-)

  • Comment 65, posted at 06.04.10 10:47:09 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Brumbies

    Cheetahs home 5 points
    Canes home 4 points
    Tahs away 0 points
    Reds home 4 points
    Highlanders home 4 points
    Crusaders away 1 point

    Brumbies 39 points is that enough for the Semi’s i think YES

  • Comment 66, posted at 06.04.10 10:47:44 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 56) : Chiefs have too many injuries to be really competitive against the Bulls. Bulls will win this week Letgo have no doubts about it. Against the Reds that will be tougher. Then Reds have to travel. So have to see.

    Stormers will have the hardest game this weekend against the Blues. Also must not start with Ricky. Stormers could win they have a good side but against the Blues it will be very tough.

  • Comment 67, posted at 06.04.10 10:49:24 by Puma Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 64) : ‘Players fell of tackles and left open gaps like it was a Bulls birthday party.’

    Just shows how good they are. Make other teams look bad. Make things look easy. Signs of a great side.

  • Comment 68, posted at 06.04.10 10:50:41 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 63) : No, I was only hoping that maybe that’s what’s happening.

    You’re right they played some great rugby in the first few weeks, as much as it hurts me to say it, but the teams they played so far didn’t react very well to the pressure the Bulls put on them. Instead they buckled and gave the Bulls easy victories.

    Will the Bulls deliver more good games this season, for sure, I don’t doubt it. They are a quality team right now and as you rightly pointed out they deserve some credit.

    Here you go Bulls kudo’s to your seven victories and jointly holding the top spot on the log.

    Now go and eat dust against the Chiefs. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 69, posted at 06.04.10 10:51:35 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 65) : Tough job but someone has to do it. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 70, posted at 06.04.10 10:51:49 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 69) : We’re making progress. A few more sessions needed. Same time next week. ;-) :razz:

  • Comment 71, posted at 06.04.10 10:54:09 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 68) : :shock: , I think you win. I give up. :|

  • Comment 72, posted at 06.04.10 10:55:27 by Letgo Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 71) : Btw…you’re picture creeps me out. :shock:

  • Comment 73, posted at 06.04.10 10:56:25 by Letgo Reply
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  • Crusaders

    Tahs home 4 points
    Cheetahs home 5 points
    Force away 4 points
    Stormers away 4 points
    Bulls away 1 point
    Brumbies 4 points

    Crusaders total points 47 (seems too many) make it 43

    losing to either the Tahs, Stormers or Brumbies as well.

    Still enough to qualify !

  • Comment 74, posted at 06.04.10 11:00:44 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 73) : Been meaning to change it for some time now. I’m bored with it. :grin:

  • Comment 75, posted at 06.04.10 11:03:08 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 66) : Somehow think the Canes will beat the Brumbies, even in Canberra. Canes have a bye this week too, something they need. Was a tough tour here in SA then to face two good sides coming home. Canes to beat the Brumies my feeling. Brumbies were lucky to beat the Blues if it had not been for that intercept try. Also think Brumbies were lucky to beat the Sharks. Brumbies wont beat the Saders either and might fall to the Reds.

    S14 getting exciting now. See a lot of us going up or way down on our bru pools.. :razz:

  • Comment 76, posted at 06.04.10 11:03:09 by Puma Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 74) : Saders will get a home semi. 99.9999% sure of that.

  • Comment 77, posted at 06.04.10 11:04:04 by McLovin Reply

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  • Injuries will also have a major influence on some teams aspirations.

    The Hoff & Mils both out with broken thumbs.

  • Comment 78, posted at 06.04.10 11:11:18 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 77) : Should do !

    Brumbies there banana skin game !

  • Comment 79, posted at 06.04.10 11:13:51 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Another reason the Reds was able to find that many holes in our defense was due to our forwards counter rucking, or hanging around the ruck in case the opportunity arose to counter ruck (which we do rather effectively).

    Problem was, the Reds got some fast ball which forced us to commit two tacklers to a one on one tackle situation, allowing the Reds to break through the 10/12 and 12/13 channel, with Swaan running around like a headless chicken trying to assist everyone in defense.

  • Comment 80, posted at 06.04.10 11:14:01 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Puma (Comment 76) : Brumbies my dark horse ;-)

    I think one team will qualify for semis with less than 40 points

    Saders, Bulls, Blues, Tahs look the favourites for Semi spots but who knows in what order ?

  • Comment 81, posted at 06.04.10 11:17:24 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 80) : Most of the line breaks in the 10-12 axis was actually because of slow forwards in the backline. I didn’t concentrate on that but Cooper ran past the Beast at least twice and I think around Smit and Jannie as well.

  • Comment 82, posted at 06.04.10 11:22:05 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 81) : Tahs, have to face:
    Saders – Chrischurch = Saders win
    Brumbies – Sydney = 50/50 not sure who will win here. But maybe if no win pick up 1 point
    Landers – Invergargill – not too sure maybe a Tahs win 4 points
    Chiefs – Hamilton – if Chiefs have the injured still out a Tahs win with 4 points. Chiefs could win though.
    Canes – Sydney think a Canes win.

    So looking at it here a definite 36 points. Maybe 40. Tahs should make the semi. Not too sure about the Brumbies.

    For now it looks like: Bulls, Saders, Tahs. Then it could be Blues or Stormers. If Blues win this weekend then put the Blues in 4th spot or even 3rd spot and the Tahs at 4th.

  • Comment 83, posted at 06.04.10 11:55:44 by Puma Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 75) : Thanks, that picture suits you well. I feel like I’ve been Shrinked out of believing that the Bulls will loose all their games.

    I needed that, because it would have caused me a lot of dissapointment in the next few weeks.

    They still suck though and the Sharks rule and will make the semi’s :mrgreen:

  • Comment 84, posted at 06.04.10 12:04:05 by Letgo Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 77) : I agree. Cool, we agree. :smile:

  • Comment 85, posted at 06.04.10 12:05:50 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 81) : I think maybe the reds might also sneek in. We’re not really giving them any wins, yet they look like they can beat just about anyone. In fact, they did, they beat the Crusaders.

    Lions, Stormers, Hurricanes, Highlanders…they can beat all these teams, not the Bulls, McLovin won’t allow talk like that :lol: , but the other 4. that gives them 18 more points. 39 in total. They could do it. That’s why I want the Lions to have their upset game this weekend, they’re the only team, who still has to win, let alone cause an upset.

  • Comment 86, posted at 06.04.10 12:13:09 by Letgo Reply
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  • it would be just great if sharks can go up to the semi’s me wish they would but what are the chances :?: ;-)

  • Comment 87, posted at 06.04.10 16:30:20 by Chaz Reply

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