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Tries, tries, tries


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 12 May 2010 at 08:21
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The Sharks have very little to play for against the Western Force on Friday night, with neither side still in semi-final contention. The Durban side should nevertheless use the opportunity to further improve their attacking game.

An emphasis on defence and tactical kicking have become a virtual byword for the Sharks’ play over the last two seasons under John Plumtree, yet somehow perversely, their best performances always seem to come about when they deviate from that strategy and keep ball in hand. Last week’s unexpected triumph against the Stormers was no exception and while the Sharks must be applauded for spending so much extra time with the ball, rather than without, the reality is that they scarcely got enough reward for their dominance.

Plenty of tries were left on the table last week with virtually every player in the outside backs (bar Pat Lambie) guilty of poor decision-making and woeful finishing during the course of the game. It’s unfair to blame the players, since they’ve hardly seen the ball all year, but it is important that the same tacticas are employed this week – hopefully leading to a far more emphatic result.

The Sharks need to score tries, in short. Lots of them! I would argue that an emphasis on scoring at least four is almost more important than winning the match, although I could be swayed on that point.

Working in their favour should be a good bit of selection continuity, with Jacques Botes expected to replace the injured Willem Alberts as the only change to the team. If rumours are to be believed, this may be Botes’s last game for the Sharks, so let’s hope for a good one.



25 Comments

  • I reckon they had more than enough ball, just not the creativity or skill to do anything with it. Backlines of teams with less ball have managed more tries, so there’s no bloody excuse.

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.05.10 08:28:00 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 1) : when you look at the same Sharks team last year they could score from everywhere with very little ball. On Saturday on the other hand Odwa and Mvovo left at leat 3 tries on the park. Of course, not entirely their doing because somebody passed a difficult ball to the – but at the end opportunities missed.

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.05.10 08:52:20 by rekinek Reply
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  • Botes’s last game? WTF? Say it isnt so.

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.05.10 08:55:39 by billy Reply

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  • Rob tell us more about the Botes saga please!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.05.10 09:09:57 by ruggabugga Reply

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  • Not too concerned about Mvovo’s hands because of his high work rate, he’ll make up for the odd blunder, but Odwa is a seasoned veteran so there’s no excuse for his butter fingers. Then again, he’s never had great hands…

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.05.10 09:13:35 by CapeShark Reply
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  • I see Oupa managed to get into the rugby365 team of the week…..he probably had his best game of the year but still his distribution skills isn’t up to standard and left probably 2 tries on the park.

    Botes is leaving…why??

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.05.10 09:13:37 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 6) : a girl-friend ?? :mrgreen:

    good question – he is an established player – almost always starting XV. Perhaps northern hemisphere as he is unlikely to make Boks. Or perhaps just a rumour…

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.05.10 09:27:30 by rekinek Reply
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  • Jacques is rumoured to be on his way, although I don’t know why or where to. You’ll get more info as soon as I do, as always ;)

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.05.10 09:27:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 2) : Agree, Had Mvovo held onto the high ball over the line that was a try for sure. Odwa dropped one near the line too. Stefan never passed to Mvovo that was a sitter for a try. 3 left that we should have got we ease. Now hope we can produce something like we done last week only to score the tries. We could easy have got over 40 points last week had we not had the usual handling and not passing errors.

    Go for it iSharks. Let us enjoy the last S14 game ever. Next year it is S15. If this is Botes last game for the Sharks. Have a good one and all the best to where ever you play your rugby next.

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.05.10 09:52:01 by Puma Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Probably overseas Rob. 30 years old now so time to make the Euros or Sterling. Good luck to him. He has had a really good S14 this year. Pity we could not end on a high this year for him. Maybe just go allout on Saturday. :razz:

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.05.10 09:54:00 by Puma Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 2) : Precisely. We scored some amazing tries with lots of forwards and backs handling the ball. What the hell has happened in the mean time is anyone’s guess.

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.05.10 10:01:11 by rhineshark Reply
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  • If Botes is in fact leaving he will be sorely missed. He’s been one of our stand-out players over the past few years. I would wish him everything of the best overseas, working on his pension plan and wondering what the hell that big grey leaking thing in the sky is.

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.05.10 10:03:20 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 12) : I thought the big grey leaking thing WAS the sky? :)

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.05.10 10:42:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : sky is blue ….

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.05.10 10:47:44 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 11) : we lost Frans Steyn – this is actually the only difference to be honest and pienaar had to play fl, although I would be very cautious to attribute the poor performance to missing Steyn.

    Probably the most accurate explanation is that the senior players did start season badly. Botes was nowhere, Oupa kept kicking, Pienaar and Kockott were average, Adi and Odwa nothing to write home about and JP (least said the better) and to add to it front row struggling.

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.05.10 10:52:28 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Exactly :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.05.10 10:52:55 by rhineshark Reply
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  • pity that I can’t participate in Win Sharks tickets competition – I seem to know all the answers :lol:

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.05.10 11:02:45 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 15) : And we shouldn’t forget that when Frans Steyn left he wasn’t playing his best rugby.

    He was down on confidence, got shifted from position to position and had everyone pulling their hair out (OK, not Rob so much :mrgreen: ) when he went for 6 attempted drop goals every game.

    The season start was a disaster, because our pack struggled with Smit at tighthead and we were playing without a good scrumming number 8. When Smit moved to hooker or loosehead and Alberts came in to the back of the scrum, we stopped our turbo reverse, as grant10 loved to call it, and Botes could flourish.

    By then our backs were so used to defending all the time that they had a huge mental block getting front foot ball. A problem that still exists.

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.05.10 11:03:01 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 18) : and then andy came along and did a lot of kicking … and swannie did a lot of bashing … so yes, it looks like poor odwa not used to the ball too much :roll:

    Sharks season turnaroud started when the forward decided to come to the party, mainly front row, because we did not have alberts last year and although he is a great acquisition Kanko, Deysel and Botes were very good combination.

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.05.10 11:18:33 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 6) : With you there. I rated Terblanche high as a fullback and feel we shouldn`t judge him too harsh in this new position he has to help us out in, but if I remember anything negative about last weekend it`s the fact that Terblanche threw some shockingly poor passes.

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.05.10 11:48:22 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • yeah the only problem i have with stefan is his decision making on attack is shocking. it doesn’t matter what position he plays. if i was bored i would watch every game stefan has played and count hom many tries he has thrown away in his career. but stefan is a machine when it comes to defence and high ball. problem is swannie is also a defensive centre and also offers squat on attack. only chance of rob getting his wish is if ryan hangs out in the backline on attack. i was wondering the other day what percentage of tries were created by ryan compared to how many by our backline.

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.05.10 12:06:02 by try time Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : i wonder if adolf “forgot” to renew his contract like aj’s or campese’s etc. it will be a big loss to the sharks. i am sure they said on saturday that botes has played 76 consecutive games for the sharks. if so this is an amazing feat.

  • Comment 22, posted at 12.05.10 12:12:02 by try time Reply

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  • muller also had an amazing record until he broke his arm.

  • Comment 23, posted at 12.05.10 12:12:32 by try time Reply

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  • yeah botes is a player that tv doesn’t do justice. it is when you are at the game you notice how much work that red scrum cap goes through. he is another loose forward that was underrated. it shows what depth sa has at loosie that a player of his stature can’t make the boks. which makes one wonder why coaches aren’t turning this excess of loose forwards into centres, a position sa is begging for quality.

  • Comment 24, posted at 12.05.10 12:17:57 by try time Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 19) : I agree that Kanko, Deysel and Botes were a good combination, but I prefer Alberts at 8. His defense is great, he creates space by drawing a lot of defenders into his running channels, he is a very good scrumming loosie, and he has good hands from the base as well.

    As much as I like Kanko at the moment Alberts is on top form and I would even rate him higher than Spies right now. I hope he can remain injury-free.

  • Comment 25, posted at 12.05.10 13:39:30 by rhineshark Reply
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