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Vodacom Cup quarter confusion


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 19 Apr 2010 at 11:42
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To say there’s a little confusion regarding the draw for this year’s Vodacom Cup knock-out rounds would be somewhat of an understatement. The Sharks XV recorded a handy 24-19 win over the Pampas XV on Friday evening, but had to wait for a Free State victory over Western Province to confirm their home quarter-final.

Boland’s big victory over EP introduced a spanner into the works, though and it is Loffie Eloff’s unfancied side that ended the round robin phase in pole position, with the Sharks XV second. Free State and Western Province will have to travel for the quarters, with the unlucky Argentinians just missing out on the play-offs.

Over in the North Section, the Bulls ended as the only unbeaten side and lead the Lions, Griquas and the Leopards at the top of the table.

The source of confusion, though, was a report last week that the quarter-finals would be played within sections, rather than across. That would mean the Sharks XV would come up against Free State on Saturday and this is certainly still the impression within the camp. A recent article on the SA Rugby site, however, seems to suggest a more traditional cross-ection knock-out format, meaning a visit to ABSA Stadium for the third-placed team in the North Section, Griquas.

Whatever the case, Sean Everett and his team will feel that they have accomplished the first stage of their mission by securing a top two finish on the log. Nothing has been achieved so far, though and whichever of Free State or Griquas ends up rolling into Durban this weekend, they should be significantly weakened as a result of contributing so many players to the Cheetahs ill-fated Super 14 tour.

The Sharks XV have played some very ordinary rugby, at times, against pretty average opposition, though and were again guilty of making their own lives more difficult on Friday by going to sleep after building an early lead. The Pampas XV duly hit back and it became a mad scramble from that point on to ensure victory. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?



49 Comments

  • So WP lost against Free State??

    How the hell Paartwater still has a job is beyond me??

    Last year he screwed up the U21′s as well… :evil:

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.04.10 11:55:39 by wpw Reply
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  • :mrgreen: well i hope the xv sharks go all the way to a quarter finals at home and for that matter to the finals also :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.04.10 12:01:06 by Chaz Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 1) : remember the Stormers are on tour as well… so a fair few fringe players are missing.

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.04.10 12:09:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob, this is the side that took on the Cheaters:

    15. Jurgen Visser
    14. Nick Koster
    13. Dylan Des Fountain
    12. Morgan Newman
    11. Johann Sadie
    10. Lionel Cronje
    9. Conrad Hoffmann
    8. Jody Burch
    7. Yaya Hartzenberg
    6. Pieter Myburgh
    5. Martin Muller
    4. Rynhardt Elstadt
    3. Buhle Mxunyelwa
    2. Hanyani Shimange (C)
    1. Michael De Neuilly-Rice
    Reserves:
    16. Callie Visagie
    17. PJ Smith/Lourens Adriaanse
    18. Hugo Kloppers
    19. Wimpie Van Der Walt
    20. Dustin Jinka
    21. Paul Bosch
    22. Danie Poolman

    We scored 12 points (from the boot of Hoffman) :roll:

    I think we should have won the game considering the number of players with S14 experience.

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.04.10 12:24:33 by wpw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : No dude, on paper the WP team is awesome but in reality they suck.Alot!

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.04.10 12:28:49 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : well, if you insist on picking a number 8 on the wing, what did you expect? :)

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.04.10 12:29:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 5) : In case I wasn’t clear earlier, THEY REALLY FREAGING SUCK :!:

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.04.10 12:29:48 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 7) : But still learning my friend :roll:

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.04.10 13:16:55 by Chaz Reply

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  • @Chaz (Comment 8) : I don’t think so

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.04.10 14:04:54 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • Damnit, missed it again….eish :oops:

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.04.10 18:20:54 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 10) : :?:

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.04.10 18:26:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : I only saw this thread was up after making my big anouncement on who’s playing where on the Southern Kings thread.

    I need to check the arti’s before commenting. :roll:

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.04.10 18:28:09 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Sharks XV plays the Griquas at 14:00 this Saturday on (edit) SHARK TANK, Durban :smile:

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.04.10 18:30:22 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : KSA, still here?

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.04.10 18:35:08 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 14) :

    Yip

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.04.10 18:44:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 12) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.04.10 18:44:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) : G’day…..I was going to ask if you would mind forwarding an e-mail to Salmonoid for me, but I sent it to Rob already, so hopefully he will forward it for me.

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.04.10 18:49:00 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 17) : Rob already took care of it….hehehe, best service I ever got, and I am not even paying for this. :lol:

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.04.10 18:52:48 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 18) : :mrgreen: :lol:

    How far are you from DC by the way? my US geography sucks a bit and i am to lazy to look how far the bay is from DC.

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.04.10 18:54:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) : hehehe, the road sign just outside Annapolis says it is 28 miles to DC. In general, it is around a 30 mile drive to get from DC to almost anywhere on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.04.10 18:57:40 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 20) :

    Cool thanks.

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.04.10 18:58:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 20) : Since the digging of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal in the 1800s, the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay is actually an Island, with only 5 bridges connecting it to the mainland.

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.04.10 19:00:02 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 22) : 3 over the C&D canal, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge here in Annapolis, and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in the southern Bay.

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.04.10 19:00:59 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) : There you go, a Geography lesson the Chesapeake and all. :lol:

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.04.10 19:01:34 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 24) : Actually, I am just posting as much as possible to see if I can’t earn myself another one of those little bronze stars! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.04.10 19:03:03 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 25) : Sometimes being on the other side of the world, I end up talking to myself. :lol:

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.04.10 19:04:19 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 25) :

    Hehehehehe

    Okay well then while you’re at it.

    Give us a list of things to see/ do in The Chesapeake bay area. :razz:

  • Comment 27, posted at 19.04.10 19:08:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 26) :

    I must be on the other side of the world as well then :lol:

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.04.10 19:09:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 27) : First, you need to visit Dancing Bear, I hear he is a fairly good Chesapeake Bay tour guide. :wink:

    Things to do, definitely spend some time in Annapolis and Baltimore. Annapolis is very historic (for the US), the Capitol Building in Annapolis is older than the Capitol in Washington DC, and was actually where the US Legislature met between Philadelphia and Washington DC. Baltimore City Dock is beautiful, and the Aquarium is definitely worth seeing.

  • Comment 29, posted at 19.04.10 19:13:21 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • In addition, if you have some time, you will want to try to get to the Eastern Shore and visit some of the small towns over there, sometimes it is like being lost in time while there. St. Michaels and Oxford are beautiful towns to visit, and if you have more time, it is worth driving down and taking a ferry to Tangier Island.

  • Comment 30, posted at 19.04.10 19:15:12 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 30) : And we haven’t even touched on DC where you can spend weeks in the Smithsonian Museums. Of course all the national monuments in DC are worth seeing as well. Philadelphia is only a 2 hour drive from DC, and in my opinion is a better city to go visit. There is more history there, with the original Continental Congress meeting there, that is where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were drafted and signed. Awesome walking tours around historic Philadelphia, and the Italian Market in South Philadelphia is worth visiting.

  • Comment 31, posted at 19.04.10 19:18:05 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Of course the time of year will drive some of your options. For example, if you are here autumn time, the foliage in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia (also about 2 hours from DC) is renowned for its beauty. The portion of the Blue Ridge Highway, known as “Skyline Drive” in the same area is generally considered the most beautiful stretch of road in North America.

  • Comment 32, posted at 19.04.10 19:20:11 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Spring time is Cherry Blossom time in the DC area, and there are Cherry Blossom trees all over the place. I have one in my front yard (until I move next week) and it is beautiful this time of year. We just finished the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in DC, which includes a variety of sporting events, including a Rugby tournament, Curling tournament, and various other events.

  • Comment 33, posted at 19.04.10 19:22:02 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 29) :

    We WILL try and locate DB. :smile:

    @Dancing Bear (Comment 31) :

    We have a minimum of 4 days set aside for DC. memorials, monuments, Smithsonians etc.

  • Comment 34, posted at 19.04.10 19:22:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 32) :

    look to be there between 16 Jun to 9 July ISH. We are in Ohio from the 10th to about 15th before we leave.

    Have to do DC, LA and NYC, in the first few weeks.

  • Comment 35, posted at 19.04.10 19:24:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Summertime is very hot and humid in this area, so the more time spent around, on and in the Chesapeake Bay the better. Amazingly a couple miles around the bay have much cooler temperatures in the summer than places like DC. Generally unknown in this area is that there is a fairly regular thermal wind (sea breeze) that develops in the afternoon, which helps to cool the areas around the bay somewhat.

  • Comment 36, posted at 19.04.10 19:24:27 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 35) : Am thinking about driving from DC to Ohio so will probably do DC just before Ohio.

  • Comment 37, posted at 19.04.10 19:25:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 36) :

    At least it will be cooler and less humid than here :)

  • Comment 38, posted at 19.04.10 19:26:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 35) : Well you may be around for July 4, and DC and Annapolis both have spectacular celebrations with wonderful fireworks. I should be around, no plans right now to be out of town, so would love to see you all and show you around a bit. Can arrange some boat rides for you and the family if you would like. Fishing if that is something you enjoy, or just pleasure cruising. If any of you actually want to try racing a sailboat, that can be arranged as well, just let me know. :wink:

  • Comment 39, posted at 19.04.10 19:27:04 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 37) : Where in Ohio? I have made that drive many times, pretty much anywhere in Ohio should be about an 8 hour drive from DC. If you do drive, let me know because there is a new and improved route you will want to take.

  • Comment 40, posted at 19.04.10 19:28:12 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 38) : The South West of the US is much hotter than here, but it is a “dry” heat from what I have heard. (whatever the hell that means). :lol:

  • Comment 41, posted at 19.04.10 19:29:27 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 39) : pleasure cruise would be about it. :grin:

    @Dancing Bear (Comment 40) :
    GE coordinates

    39°51’48.95″N
    81° 4’24.08″W

    Small little lake close to Wilson village. Closest town Beallsville

  • Comment 42, posted at 19.04.10 19:36:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 40) :

    Am looking to drive the smaller roads to have a look around

  • Comment 43, posted at 19.04.10 19:37:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 42) : Gotcha, that is actually a little closer, should not be more than a 6 or 7 hour drive. The drive through Maryland is beautiful, mountain scenery, as is the drive through West Virginia, then you are on small roads from there to Wilson. Definitely want to take 70 in Maryland and 68 in West Virginia then your small roads.

  • Comment 44, posted at 19.04.10 20:08:52 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 42) : Sweet Switzerland Lake.

  • Comment 45, posted at 19.04.10 20:10:49 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 45) :
    The coordinates are actually to the house we will be staying in. There are two houses on the lake for sale at the moment……..

  • Comment 46, posted at 19.04.10 20:16:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 46) : Nice, it should be beautiful, watch out for the mosquitoes though. :lol:

  • Comment 47, posted at 19.04.10 20:23:27 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 47) :

    And they DO flippen love me at the best of times. :(

  • Comment 48, posted at 19.04.10 20:26:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 48) : Sorry KSA, been posting and trying to work as well as pack all at the same time, clearly unsuccessfully. :lol: I better get back to these two jobs right now. :wink: Best to kette and the kids.

  • Comment 49, posted at 19.04.10 21:02:43 by Dancing Bear Reply
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