Once upon a time there was a team called the Sharks…

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Admin, Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 20 Apr 2010 at 05:51

Who thinks the Sharks can accumulate 41 Log points this season? If you do then you also believe the Sharks still have a reasonable chance of making the semi-finals this year.

It does seem like we will have to rely on other teams to keep us alive in this year’s competition and to a large extent that is true, but if you look closely at our remaining fixtures, you will realize that the team has more of the power than they might think.

With 25 Log points and two easy games against the Cheetahs and the Lions, 10 Log points are waiting in South Africa for the Blues, who has to feel that they still have a good chance of making the semi-finals this year. That’s why their next fixture against the Sharks will be such an important one for both teams.

The Sharks have said that every game from now on is a final for them, this will be true for both teams, but with the added pressure on the Sharks to go for the four try bonus point and keep their opposition of the day away from any. If they do allow the Blues a bonus point or even two, the Blues might just be the team to edge them out of the semis. The Blues plays the out of form Chiefs in their last fixture and will possibly end up on 39 log points.

The next team on our list is the Bulls. They might be at the top of the log, but the only easy log points left for them will be the 5 they take against the Lions next week. That will put them on 39 log points and just one short of that magic number. Their game against the Sharks is a crucial one for both teams, a win here will almost guarantee a play-off spot for the Bulls, whereas for the Sharks it could possibly mean they are 5 points closer to another one of the top teams and if they are still looking at that 41 log points it would seem that they could even edge out the now on top of the log Bulls team who would have to pick up three log points against the Crusaders and the Stormers. No easy task for any team, not even the Bulls and not even at Loftus, if they are even playing at Loftus.

Now we have the Stormers. Before I say anything, I need to stop just for a moment, to congratulate the Stormers on some excellent rugby this weekend against the Chiefs.  There’s nothing wrong with South African rugby and if the Stormers can continue to play like they did the past two weeks, it will be hard for most teams to beat them.  Having said that, no team keeps up that standard of performance and by the time they get to the Sharks, we’ll easily get a bonus point win against them…right?

I also still believe the Crusaders have the experience and class to put up a victory performance against the ‘just returning home from a long tour Stormers’, which will leave them on 37 log points with the Bulls to play. I back the Stormers to take this game and go to 41 log points, and leave the Bulls on 39 log points, but if they do loose, it could be good for the Sharks now standing on 41 log points after a drubbing of the Western Force.

So that’s only three of the 9 other teams gunning for the 4th spot on the log with six other teams that could also possible make more than 41 points, actually all six those teams can make 41 one log points just like the Sharks and 5 of them can even make more than 41. So what about them, they are out of our (the Sharks’) hands right. Well right, but it’s really only two teams we should worry about, and that is the Brumbies and the Reds. Let me explain why those two teams.

The Crusaders and The Waratahs I don’t really care about, because I believe they are competing for the top two places, therefore I’ll actually be cheering them on to take Log points from other teams. Go ‘Saders and ‘Tahs. The Chiefs and the Hurricanes won’t be a problem; since both of them still has a few difficult games to play and even still has to play each other and we only need one more loss from both these teams to get them off our backs. In fact after they have each lost another game I’ll be cheering them on to take wins against other top teams, for example the Hurricanes against the Reds and the Chiefs against the Blues.

Now for the two teams I’m a little worried about, and will probably need some lucky results from, as I said before, the Brumbies and The Reds.

Firstly, the Reds, on 30 log points will need three more wins and after the way they played against the Bulls that has become a bigger possibility than I might have thought before. By the way, this was the only bad result of the weekend, since I was backing the Bulls to be the third team on the log to take points from other teams and leave that third spot open for the “Super Sharks” to take the final spot with20 more log points from just four games… The Reds still has the Highlanders to play and I’m backing them to get a 5 pointer from this game which brings them to 35 and three other games to get 7 more points. The first against the Stormers, who, if they can keep their form up just for one more weekend to beat the Reds, will make me very happy.

Then we have the Brumbies, I don’t really want them to win this game, but since they have fewer log points after the Hurricanes beat them so beautifully this weekend a win here for the Brumbies will be great. The other difficult game the Reds have is the Hurricanes and I’m hoping for a Hurricanes win here too. This will leave the poor Reds on 35 and short of the semis.

The Brumbies who now has 26 log points, only one game ahead of the Sharks, needs to lose at least one more game, I’m backing the Waratahs and the Crusaders to do this. The Waratahs are playing the Brumbies this coming weekend, and after dropping out of the top four spot after their bye last weekend, I’m thinking they’ll be fired up to get a win and get back into the top four.

After that the Waratahs has three Kiwi sides and all of them have been looking to loose to be a threat to the Ausie team which will give them a good chance to go for a home final this year, they’ll end on about 45/47 log points, which will in turn motivate the Crusaders to get a win from their last game of the season against the Brumbies to elevate them to top spot and 51 points on the log and leave the Brumbies with 34.

The final log will then have the Crusaders at number 1 and 51 log points then the Waratahs with 47 log points after that the Bulls or the Stormers depending on the last game with 43 or 41 log points respectively, the fourth team with 41 log points or even as few as 40 log points or even 39 log points, with a good points difference, will be the Sharks.

The Sharks will then play the Crusaders at home and take their 9th victory, of this season, in a row and later play the high riding, overconfident …and injury ridden (I don’t know why, just because) Stormers at Newlands to take their first Super 14 trophy home.

…The End…

Here’s how I came to this (fairy tale) conclusion, just open the links below.

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  • I couldn’t figure out how to make proper paragraphs. :cry:

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.04.10 05:51:53 by Letgo Reply
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  • It’s not that insane to still believe the Sharks can make it…is it? :?: :???:

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.04.10 05:52:33 by Letgo Reply
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  • Letgo you are smoking some really good “stuff”, notice I used the correct word rather than the naughty one. I cannot see all these permutations coming together, plus you have to beat the Bulls at fortress Loftus which at the moment seems just a little out of the Sharks grasp, now I know you have done it before but realistically maybe a win, but four tries, nah. Then there are the Stormers with the best defensive record in the tournament, four tries,again nah. Anyway you let me know where you get your “stuff” from, as a lions supporter, I am in more need of it than you :mrgreen: , great article well done :grin:

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.04.10 07:07:05 by Whindy Reply
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  • The most positive realistic view would be the sharks getting another 18 points. but looking at how good Stefan and JP are at butchering try opportunities I would adjust it down towards 16 points. I know the Sharks can easily win the last 4 games as our forward pack is far superior to the opposition’s we play. But lets be honest our backline leaves a lot to be desired. We might have more luck playing ten man rugby, 1-9 and pat.

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.04.10 07:43:01 by try time Reply

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  • What really pees me off with Plum is how long it takes him to see things. We were calling for Pat to be included from game two. Stefan butchered another three games before Pat was included and we started winning. How long has it taken Plum to realise that JP is kak? Maybe a sabbatical during the CC is a good idea. Plum needs more training. He is a great technical coach, but he is kak with backline play.

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.04.10 07:47:35 by try time Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 1) :

    I sorted that out for you!!! ;-)

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.04.10 07:55:05 by wpw Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 2) : The Sharks managed their first 4 try bonuspoint against the worst defensive unit in the S14 and only just won the game. There is no way the Sharks will get bonuspoints in every one of the 4 remaining games….sorry to burts your bubble.

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.04.10 08:02:07 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 3) : you have to beat the Bulls at fortress Loftus ……Enter Butana Komphela and the Loftus pitch saga. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.04.10 08:26:43 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • :?: De ja vu :?:

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.04.10 08:30:57 by McLovin Reply

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  • Not only are the Stormers returning from NZ but the Crusaders as well. Plus they are away in Perth this weekend.

    Pretty much the same travel for both.

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.04.10 08:41:36 by McLovin Reply

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  • the sharks have no answer for rokocoko and rene ranger…albie mathewson to run rings around ruan…andy goode is shyte even when i comparison to stephen brett…

    Only the sharks forwards are superior to the blues, and if the keep it tight & carry it forward with gusto, they might upset the blues. But the blues have curtis haiu, paulo & jerome kaino who are no slouches…if they dominate the tackle area and move the ball quickly to their backs, it’s curtains for the sharks!

    This can either be a good duel or a massacre…i know what i wish it should be ;)

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.04.10 09:04:05 by Megatron Reply

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  • Letgo your positive outlook is testament to a true and passionate supporter. However I feel this might just be a pipe dream. The Sharks should never have been in this position and as soon as you have to rely on other teams to get to the semi’s, then you will not be up to the challenge come play-off time. There is just too much that has to go our way and I don’t see it happening.

    But it was a good article thou and I enjoyed the break from reality. Keep up the good work! ;-)

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.04.10 09:05:16 by Farlington Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 11) : Now now Mega…it’s far to early to be nasty :grin:

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.04.10 09:08:57 by Farlington Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 11) : Lions by 10 :?: :?: :?: :lol:

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.04.10 09:13:14 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 14) : Great article, I hope it ends with …..and they lived happily ever after :wink:

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.04.10 09:15:51 by JarsonX Reply
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  • If you guys supported the sharks for as long as I have you ought to know how this story unfolds . . . We`ll come close enough to get the fans` hopes up then crash and burn.

    @FireTheLooser (Comment 8) : hehehe
    Soweto Bulls anyone? :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.04.10 09:27:48 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Farlington (Comment 13) : must have been wet under the bridge :lol:

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.04.10 09:30:24 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 16) : The arti on the subject was mentioning Orlando Stadium in Soweto as an alternative :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.04.10 09:32:14 by rekinek Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 15) : Not yet, so far its …to be continued… :grin:

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.04.10 09:32:32 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 16) : Yes, but that’s what makes it fun,…painfully fun, but still fun.

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.04.10 09:33:56 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 3) : No smoking, no good stuff…I’ve just never been a realist, I tried it out once, I find it quite boring.

  • Comment 21, posted at 20.04.10 09:35:54 by Letgo Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 4) : positive, realistic…. :lol:

  • Comment 22, posted at 20.04.10 09:36:37 by Letgo Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 6) : Thanks…I don’t know why I couldn’t get it.

  • Comment 23, posted at 20.04.10 09:37:13 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Farlington (Comment 13) : no nastiness Farly ;) just an objective off the cuff analysis of the game… :D

  • Comment 24, posted at 20.04.10 09:41:52 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 7) : We always “only just” win our games, the opposition makes no difference to the Sharkies, they like to make us suffer.

    The Blues defense aren’t that great either, we’ve always been able to win against the Bulls when we needed to (except last year and finals), we probably won’t get a bonus point against the stormers easily, but with some smart thinking and the right game plan we could. And the Force, well, if I know the Sharks we might just do all the rest and mess it up right here at the end.

  • Comment 25, posted at 20.04.10 09:44:39 by Letgo Reply
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  • Just like Original Pierre said

  • Comment 26, posted at 20.04.10 09:45:56 by Letgo Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 10) : I’m not saying this is a definite win for the Crusaders, but its also not a definite win for the Stormers. The Crusaders play a smart, calm and confident game. They won’t be fazed by the good defense the Stormers has been showing. I’m backing the Crusaders to take this one. It’s not an insane call. The Same goes for the Bulls/Crusaders game.

  • Comment 27, posted at 20.04.10 09:50:06 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 24) : My mistake… should have known you would never wish for the Sharks to lose, I mean you always have such nice things to say about them :lol:

  • Comment 28, posted at 20.04.10 09:50:34 by Farlington Reply

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  • nice article letgo. i agree with most of the guys by saying that its only a dream now. and everytime i think of the situation we are in now, i cant help thinking how 2 refereeing decision changed our whole season. three points against the Chiefs and Waratahs extra and to be debated about the brumbies game, but in the end our destiny could still have been in our own hands. its not sour grapes from my side, but its sad to see in a era like now where the difference between a home semi and no semi, between 5 – 10 million rand and no rand could be decided by a refs decision. i`m the first one to get irretated when supporter blame the ref, but we could have had a interesting run in with 3 SA teams for semi`s. :grin:

  • Comment 29, posted at 20.04.10 10:07:56 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @Farlington (Comment 28) : it’s okay Farly, you know i like the sharks, it’s their fans who can’t seem to stand me…i don’t know why? :roll:

  • Comment 30, posted at 20.04.10 10:31:57 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 30) : Shark fans are a delicate bunch. I think that your “objective off the cuff analysis” is sometimes seen as insulting and a attack on the team.

    But I’ll be sure to raise this point with the others at our next secret gathering and reasure everybody that you only have the best intentions. :lol:

  • Comment 31, posted at 20.04.10 10:54:52 by Farlington Reply

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  • @Farlington (Comment 31) : thanks bud, really why would i be on sharksworld if i didn’t like the sharks… ;)

  • Comment 32, posted at 20.04.10 11:12:25 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Farlington (Comment 31) : @Megatron (Comment 32) : Old Mega isn’t that bad…we can’t all agree all the time and it would be so boring here without some stirring :grin:

  • Comment 33, posted at 20.04.10 11:24:34 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 32) : I still don’t think you like the Sharks though ;-)

  • Comment 34, posted at 20.04.10 11:25:15 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Farlington (Comment 31) : :mrgreen: just remember to place it on the agenda when you send out notices of the secret meeting. I’m sure everybody would like to hear that :lol:

  • Comment 35, posted at 20.04.10 11:26:59 by rekinek Reply
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  • GO SHARKS !!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 36, posted at 20.04.10 11:46:16 by Charlie Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 35) : Off course, along with a full progress report on our plan to take over the world. Europe is already feeling our wrath after the “Valcano” blew it’s top.

  • Comment 37, posted at 20.04.10 11:46:48 by Farlington Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 36) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 38, posted at 20.04.10 11:50:30 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 36) : Couldn’t have said it better myself :lol:

  • Comment 39, posted at 20.04.10 11:51:12 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Farlington (Comment 37) : Therefore the secret meeting shall be held promptly, we need to realign our strategy, eliminate possible risks, identify our allies and ponder advantages of sabotage amongst other team’s supporters(Megatron case must analysed, re-analysed, brainstormed, put forward for group discussions and referred for a special enquiry). We only have 4 weeks. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 40, posted at 20.04.10 12:03:15 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 2) : I like your positive thinking Letgo ;-) Just don’t think it will happen. :sad: Still would like to see us win as many as we can from here :cool:

  • Comment 41, posted at 20.04.10 12:27:14 by Puma Reply

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  • I don’t see them getting to 41 points!

    The Cheetah’s are not pushovers, they’ve had a bad tour without thier key loosies and captain – Juan Smith is back for the game against the Sharks though and recent history will show that the last 2 seasons Durban has been a happy hunting ground for the Cheetah’s. If I were a gambler I’d say Sharks to win this with a 5 point margin with no bonus point.

    As much as it pains me to say this – loosing thier next 2 games would actually do the Stormers and Bulls some good in thier race to secure a home semi final. But judging on current form I just don’t think the boys has what it takes to beat either one of those teams and if they do pull of the miracle wins, there is still a long list of if’s and maybe’s to keep count off.

    I’m confident they’ll be back next year and more competitive than ever – In the mean time lets back them to take down the Blues on Saterday!!

  • Comment 42, posted at 20.04.10 13:09:19 by MB1810 Reply

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  • @MB1810 (Comment 42) : Have you been sent from the future to replace the T3? You won’t find John Conner with us, he plays for the Streamers. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 43, posted at 20.04.10 13:24:51 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @MB1810 (Comment 42) : ???The Sharks already played the Cheetah’s this year :?:

  • Comment 44, posted at 20.04.10 13:26:12 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @MB1810 (Comment 42) : Btw, the Tjietas will do exactly what you say they will, in fact they’ve already done it in the second game of the S14. :wink:

  • Comment 45, posted at 20.04.10 13:26:30 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • lol – my bad, you can apply what I said to the blues, only leave out the Durban part.

  • Comment 46, posted at 20.04.10 13:36:30 by MB1810 Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 45) : Can look into the future, as well as the past :!:

  • Comment 47, posted at 20.04.10 13:39:23 by Greg Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 40) : To do all that you will need to establish a committee.

    To establish a committee you’ll inevitably first have to form a task group to determine the viability of said committee and identify possible problems, such as what kind of tea and sarmies to serve.

    And don’t forget the vital role of forming a sub-committee that will assist the main committee in it’s duties and carry the trays full of lunch goodies.

    4 weeks seems a very short time to accomplish your goals :mrgreen:

  • Comment 48, posted at 20.04.10 13:41:10 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @MB1810 (Comment 42) : lmao :D dude are you really from the future? The Cheetahs moered the sharks @ the tank nogal, it was the second game! Riaan Viljoen scored a stupendous try with ruan pienaar fooled by a dummy as the last line of defence! Where were you? :roll:

  • Comment 49, posted at 20.04.10 14:10:41 by Megatron Reply

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  • @rhineshark (Comment 48) : You’re rising vital points. In order to examine your submission the ad hoc commission will be established, its members elected in a secret ballot. You will be informed of its findings by way of a secret letter brought to you by camouflaged pigeon :mrgreen:

  • Comment 50, posted at 20.04.10 14:26:30 by rekinek Reply
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  • The heading says it all really.

    That is how you’d start a fairy tale. For this to happen it would have to be a fairy tail.

    We are the Sharks not the Stormers. No Fairies involved I’m afraid. :razz:

  • Comment 51, posted at 20.04.10 14:55:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 50) : I resign :mrgreen:

  • Comment 52, posted at 20.04.10 15:01:31 by rhineshark Reply
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  • If we do manage to pull off 4 bonus point wins in the next 4 games it will be the greatest comeback in the history of super rugby, especially if we go on and win the thing :lol:

    As much as I wish that would happen I can’t see it. Right now I would be happy with a top half of the table finish, which gives me a much warmer feeling than previous years, where we looked like the form team only to fall out in the semis or throw away the final :evil:

  • Comment 53, posted at 20.04.10 15:05:38 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 52) : i know, camouflaged pigeon was a bit too much :mrgreen:

  • Comment 54, posted at 20.04.10 19:33:25 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 53) : keep dreaming… :D

  • Comment 55, posted at 20.04.10 19:57:50 by Megatron Reply

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