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What a turnaround!


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 25 Apr 2010 at 10:45
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Let’s just get one thing straight. Having lost the first five games of the 2010 Super 14, the Sharks looked down and out before the Highlanders game last month. Just a few weeks later, the team has pulled of a frankly remarkable turnaround and regardless of whatever the final log position ends up being, they have done superbly over the last five weeks.

In beating the Blues yesterday, the Sharks chalked up their fifth straight victory and extended an unbeaten run over the Auckland team that now stands at six matches over five years. In denying the Blues any log points at all, they also did the Bulls and the Stormers a hell of a favour, although missing out on the bonus point didn’t do their own prospects the world of good.

The jury is firmly out as to whether the Sharks themselves now stand any chance of sneaking into the semis. Sure, a huge amount is going to depend on what the other sides do over the next three weeks, but with three bonus-point victories required in order to end on 40 points – which is likely not going to be enough in any case – the odds are heavily stacked against them. In order for the Sharks to make it, too, it will require both the Bulls and Stormers to lose badly against them, which is certainly not in the broader South African interest. Both of the aforementioned sides will need a victory over the Sharks in order to secure home-ground advantage in the play-offs. In fact, the Stormers could still miss out altogether if they fail to bring any points back from Durban.

My take is that the Sharks probably aren’t going to make it – but that it really doesn’t matter that they don’t. We need to be realistic about where we are and simply cannot discount the fact that our season was already over after we lost in Canberra. All that really matters is the renewed sense of pride that we can feel as our team shows real improvement week on week. They have stood up and showed they are men of character; the future of Sharks rugby indeed looks bright and I hope that we can all look back on the 2010 season as one of missed opportunities, but one in which real progress was nevertheless made.

Well done, Sharks. Let’s go to Loftus and see what the Bulls think of our pack!



58 Comments

  • I’d rather have the Sharks win with no bonus point than have them lose with a bonus point.

    Anyways, even if we do sqweek into 4th place we probably (almost guaranteed) won’t make the final. If you want to play S14, best be aiming to WIN the S14, and not merely compete in the semi’s.

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.04.10 11:02:07 by FireTheLooser Reply
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  • Well don’t want to say its our own fault, but in the long run with all that our Sharks, i think we did some of the games a down fold where we should of won but well like any person would say if you snooze you loose. Well our sharks have had some downs badly by loosing our first 5 games where we should of won, but gee we had 6 ups in a row for me thats all good nobody is perfect. Well we arn’t where we want to be but a win is a win and there is always next year to prepare for and the CC so what i’m trying to say its not the end of the world and if we say we are
    SHARK SUPPORTERS then we must stand with our team and show them we will uphold the SHARKS name our heads up high and forward :mrgreen: we arn’t the supporters of other teams that just give up on the team :sad: we stand united as one and if we can somehow sneek in the semis me say well done SHARKS and if you don’t well then its just a bad one :cry: but still me will always stay a SHARK SUPPORTER till the day me say goodbye so at the end of the day like Charlie would say

    :mrgreen: GO SHARKS GO :mrgreen:

    WE STAND BY YOU NO MATTER WHAT :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.04.10 11:11:29 by Chaz Reply
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  • One thing Bulls :mrgreen:

    we arn’t going to make it easy for you’s :lol:
    Years ago we took the CC from you on your own field :mrgreen:
    so beware sharks are prepared and will do their home work

    So don’t fool yourselves and say :!: :!: :!:
    OH THE SHARKS TO EASY OF A GAME FOR US :!: :!: :!:
    because we are back with full force
    and will everything to sneek in the semis

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.04.10 11:17:42 by Chaz Reply
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  • well till later

    :mrgreen: GO SHARKS GO :mrgreen:

    eeaahhhhh ;-)

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.04.10 11:21:08 by Chaz Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 1) : What makes you think that if we do somehow do go to the semis we won’t win the finals :?:

    i think that if we do go to the semi’ which is a big IF and do go to the finals
    Sharks won’t looseagain that i’m sure of :mrgreen: ;-)

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.04.10 12:58:52 by Chaz Reply
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  • I am proud of the guts showed by the guys! Well done boys!

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.04.10 16:17:08 by war1 Reply
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  • @Chaz (Comment 5) : Only once have a team won an away semi in the entire history of super rugby.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.04.10 16:26:43 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Still gotta score tries. You can’t win games without points on the board. And you can’t rack up the bonus points without tries, tries, tries, tries. No tries. No points. No wins. No semis.

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.04.10 16:30:43 by rugbypedia Reply

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  • They surely must have been under prepared at the start of the season…….the pack looks awesome.

    I think a few teams are going to get the speed wobbles at the top of the table over the next 3 weeks ie Stormers (who i think the Sharks can take) Reds & Tahs…still everything to play for !

    …..40 points still may be just enough if there are some slip ups.

    However even if the Sharks win their next three matches a bonus point in each looks tough :???:

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.04.10 16:34:22 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 9) : perhaps there was some true in the talk about unhappy brothers, the wins started when John was moved to 1. Suddenly all fallen into place front row-wise.

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.04.10 16:56:27 by rekinek Reply
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  • It was a good win and climbing up the log. I’m afraid though that Sharks may run out of weeks to make it to 4th place :roll:

    Anyway, good win but one can’t help lamenting all these opportunities that were missed. If handling was better the Sharks would walk away with the bonus point for 4 tries.

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.04.10 16:59:31 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 10) : True :???:

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.04.10 16:59:47 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 11) : I think it will be tough to get bonus points in the next three fixtures :cry:

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.04.10 17:01:18 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 13) : i think Sharks will struggle against Bulls and Stormers, the Force seems to be the best prospect.

    PS. Forgive personal question- is it real you on your avatar?

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.04.10 17:03:34 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 14) : Agreed

    ….of course it is …do you think i should change it to something less personal :?: :???:

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.04.10 17:08:35 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Looking at Sharks’ S12/S14 stats:

    against Bulls – 6 wins, 6 losses, 1 draw, average number of tries 2:2

    against Stormers – 6 wins 6 losses, tries: 3 :3

    against Force – 3 wins, 1 loss, tries : 3:2

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.04.10 17:09:13 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 16) : Great Try stat’s
    ….that points to the Sharks not picking up the bonus point :cry:

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.04.10 17:11:54 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 9) : However even if the Sharks win their next three matches a bonus point in each looks tough

    Won’t happen :sad: we will two of them and lose one to either the Stormers or the bulls. :sad:

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.04.10 17:19:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 16) : :shock:

    so we are dead even with both the stormers and the Bulls. :shock:

    I see you are loving pickandgo. :lol:

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.04.10 17:20:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : Come on go for all three and the bonus :cool:

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.04.10 17:25:58 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • I think potentially the final ‘Log Table Positions’ could be fascinating :cool:

    I need to get ….more interests :smile:

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.04.10 17:27:44 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 21) :

    hehehhehehe You need to become a Sharks supporter. :lol:

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.04.10 17:31:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 15) : not at all :razz: i was just being curious and suspicious. people put strangest things on their avatars :roll:

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.04.10 17:32:20 by rekinek Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) : i love it – got addicted to it :razz: you shouldn’t have told me about it – now I am one big number. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.04.10 17:33:40 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 23) : Like yours ….what an earth is that :?:

    No neede to be too suspicious of me very black and white :cool:

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.04.10 17:34:40 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 23) :

    WHAT?!?!?!?!??!!? You mean those aren’t your long slim legs in your avatar????????????

    I’m the Short guy in My Avatar. The other guy is Rahul, he was the best man at my wedding.

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.04.10 17:34:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 25) :

    Black hair white skin? :lol:

    You gotta be a Sharks supporter. :razz:

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.04.10 17:35:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 22) : I’ll leave that to you locals :cool:

  • Comment 28, posted at 25.04.10 17:35:47 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 17) : one could actually do a bit of an analysis and take all the points averages (pickandgo has it as well) from previous encounters together with number of tries for all the remaining games and create a hypothetical log after Round 14 – based entirely on historical data and then see how much history repeats itself.

  • Comment 29, posted at 25.04.10 17:36:53 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 25) :

    Rekinek has a distinctive slant to all her previous avatars. That little Shark in her avatar seems to be in all of them.

    Rekinek. Is that the same little Sharks that you cart around and pose for all the pics?

  • Comment 30, posted at 25.04.10 17:36:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 27) : Yes ….I was thinking I could be a bit of a Ruan Pienaar …lookalike :?:

  • Comment 31, posted at 25.04.10 17:37:18 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 29) :

    I think there is a term for people who do things like that.

    Anorak? :razz:

  • Comment 32, posted at 25.04.10 17:38:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 25) : it’s sharky and his new girlfriend – isn’t she an angel :mrgreen:

  • Comment 33, posted at 25.04.10 17:38:39 by rekinek Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 30) : See i’m only a new boy…. :???:

  • Comment 34, posted at 25.04.10 17:38:59 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 33) : Nice…. she does look fit ! :grin:

  • Comment 35, posted at 25.04.10 17:40:12 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 26) : nooo, her knees are too fat :lol:

    BTW what happened to Rahul, the man moves to Joburg and disappears completely – did he move to the BBB ermuda triangle :roll:

  • Comment 36, posted at 25.04.10 17:41:58 by rekinek Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 30) : it’s very photogenic :lol: I have the entire collection so just wait and see.

  • Comment 37, posted at 25.04.10 17:45:07 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 33) :

    Looks like she has legs all the way up top her armpits. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 38, posted at 25.04.10 17:58:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 36) :

    Not sure where he is he has been VERY scarce on FB as well. :sad:

  • Comment 39, posted at 25.04.10 17:59:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 39) : then no wonder that you look rather upset with him in your avatar :roll: ;-)

  • Comment 40, posted at 25.04.10 18:01:07 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 40) : :twisted:

  • Comment 41, posted at 25.04.10 18:06:56 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 41) : :roll: :mrgreen:
    gotta run. enjoy your evening & chatta later

  • Comment 42, posted at 25.04.10 18:12:31 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 42) :

    Cheers.

  • Comment 43, posted at 25.04.10 18:13:43 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 31) : Nah, you don’t have the wide unibrow.

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  • @lostfish (Comment 44) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 45, posted at 25.04.10 18:36:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @lostfish (Comment 44) :

    you should ahve seen that unibrow shortly after he matriculated. :shock: :shock: :shock:

    it is nothing now compared to then.

  • Comment 46, posted at 25.04.10 18:37:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 46) : I remember watching him doing a MOM interview shortly after he joined the Sharks and all I could see was this caterpillar on the screen ;-)

  • Comment 47, posted at 25.04.10 20:12:48 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 47) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 48, posted at 25.04.10 20:23:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @lostfish (Comment 47) :

    It must hurt like a bastard when he waxes. :oops:

  • Comment 49, posted at 25.04.10 20:23:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Well just maybe we could have been there, had we not those bad calls from the ref against the Chiefs, Cheehtahs (2nd half and missed kicks by Rory) terrible ref calls from the ref against the Tahs and also the Brumbies. We could be right up there. We now wont make the semi no matter what. Really would like to see us win another few though. :cool: We win a few from here that would be great. (Though don’t like to see the other saffa sides go out if we win, then that how it goes.) Sharks for ever….. Go Sharks.

    Still will support the saffa sides that are left in the running for the cup. Really don’t think we will be. Still always a Shark Supporter no matter what.

  • Comment 50, posted at 25.04.10 21:16:12 by Puma Reply

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  • @Puma (Comment 50) : Puma are you still around :?:

  • Comment 51, posted at 25.04.10 21:20:14 by Chaz Reply

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  • @Puma (Comment 50) :

    I’ll be backing the Stormers all the way now, seeing as we converted one of their own last eyar I will return the favour for a few weeks.

    Except against us of course.

    It will be GO STORMERS when they play anyone else and it will be VOERTSEK STORMERS when they play us.

  • Comment 52, posted at 25.04.10 21:20:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 52) :
    :mrgreen: eeeeaaahhh :mrgreen:
    AGREE :smile: and me too rather the Stormers than the Bulls :mrgreen:

  • Comment 53, posted at 25.04.10 21:23:05 by Chaz Reply

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  • @Chaz (Comment 53) :

    ANYONE but the Bulls, their fans make it so easy to dislike them.

  • Comment 54, posted at 25.04.10 21:25:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 54) : agree my son is a bull and gee if they loose well its room he goes and doesn’t watch another game until they win me say it a sore looser :???:

  • Comment 55, posted at 25.04.10 21:30:12 by Chaz Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 54) : When I was a kid I went to Loftus with my dad to watch the Sharks, I stupidly went by myself to buy some biltong and got seriously harassed by three grown men (with boeps) for wearing my Sharks jersey. Disliked them ever since…

  • Comment 56, posted at 25.04.10 21:45:50 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 56) : :sad: its just shows you a bull never ever :lol:

  • Comment 57, posted at 25.04.10 21:53:40 by Chaz Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 7) : not talking about S14 CC me friend ;-)

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