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A predictable disaster


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 12 Jul 2010 at 08:54
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The days of being able to saunter into Kimberley with an under-strength team and emerge 80 minutes later with five Currie Cup points are long gone. The Sharks, given the current depletion in their player ranks, were on a hiding to nothing and yet still conspired to shoot themselves in the foot too.

Playing Griquas away, without your Boks and with a hefty injury toll to boot, is a little bit like being sent to see the Headmaster. Standing around outside his office, you know exactly what’s about to happen – but that doesn’t mean you can do anything to stop it. That said, I found myself quite pleasantly surprised going into half time with the Sharks leading 22-8, thinking ‘this looks far easier than it should be’. I guess the Sharks team thought the same thing, as the pack was taken to the cleaners in the second half, while the pedestrian backline could do nothing to stop the faster home side from scoring at will off a feast of turnover possession.

To my mind, this match was lost in two places, one of them easier to remedy than the other. I’ve written a number of previous articles about just how tough the Sharks are going to find it given the decimation of their Super 14 pack. I take no particular pleasure in being so emphatically vindicated, though. Fact is, there is simply no way for a tight five to get better than by playing together and in Pat Cilliers, Wiehahn Herbst and the rest, we have young players who still need to go through the furnace in order to be made hard. We have been clamouring for youth and now that we’ve got it, at least in the front row, we need to give it a chance to flourish, even if there are some setbacks along the way. Plumtree and his team messed up here by refusing to adjust the composition of the back row (and the game plan) to counteract the softer tight five. Hardly bloody surprising, though, given their track record.

The second problem, as again pointed out hundreds of times, is that you can’t get away with a pedestrian backline if you don’t have a dominant pack. The Sharks have shown on countless occasions that without Adi Jacobs, JP Pietersen and dare I say Ryan Kankowski, counter-attacking football isn’t an option. They lack the creativity in the centres to fashion anything off bad ball and rely on big forwards to break the line and supply the backs with front-foot ball. The current pack isn’t going to deliver that, so a new backline strategy – coupled with more adventurous selections – is what’s needed.

All fairly obvious stuff, I’m sorry to say and nothing particularly new here. Perhaps a slight deviation from the tried-and-tested could have turned a predictable defeat into an avoidable one.



47 Comments

  • I still think we are stronger than the Kwasse and should have walked all over them. We made plenty of silly mistakes and our defence wasnt up to standard. Most of the guys just didnt pitch up for it. This is probably the strongest Griquas team in years but the Sharks are still beter.

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.07.10 09:01:24 by Jarson Reply
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  • I agree with this article. Saw it coming a mile away . . refer my superbru and sportsbet accounts :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    Fact is, Kwasse should`ve been in the semi finals last year already, if it wasn`t for a certain ref who helped the bulls get through. The Sharks on the other hand, are in the middle of a collapse that I haven`t seen since, well since Hugh Reece Edwards was involved I suppose.

    Add to this the fact that we went in there missing what 11 or 12 super 14 players and you`ll find the result was very predictable indeed.

    But lets move on. We`ve got the Bulls in Dbn this weekend. Sharks needs to convince us they can bounce back . . . it`ll take some convincing though. :roll:

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.07.10 09:11:09 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • What I find surprising is that it seems the Sharks are trying to play the exact same game they did in the Super 14 but with a whole new team (almost).

    Surely new players means new strategies?

    The Sharks are very strong in certain aspects of their game but how they self-destruct by moving away from these and try to play away from their strengths (and to that of the oppo) confuses me.

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.07.10 09:34:41 by Morné Reply
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  • Still no backline and with the 1st choice forwards out injured or with the Boks this was always going to end in disaster. The Griquas forwards were solid as always and Sarel Pretorius , Bjorn Basson and Riaan Viljoen showed how a backline is meant to attack. Same old same old…we need decent 9, 10, 12, 13.

    And Lambie’s pace is a real worry.

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.07.10 09:37:33 by Pokkel Reply
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  • When was Jano and JL Potgieter supposed to arrive???

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.07.10 09:41:54 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 5) :

    Jano not coming, JLP only after the CC.

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.07.10 09:46:15 by Morné Reply
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  • Typical old Sharks story – lead by 19 at half time then go on and lose the game. Pathetic.

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.07.10 09:48:08 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 6) : Ja I know…it’s just wishfull thinking.

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.07.10 09:48:11 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Something else to keep in mind is that our pack is very light with Daniel in there and that won`t help Herbst`s cause much.

    But hey when Alberts and Deysel gets back we should still make the play offs!
    Of course by then the bokke would be back for the other teams . . . sigh

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.07.10 09:49:03 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • I don’t think the Sharks coaching staff have the ability to change the game plan for the players available… they’ll rather bury their heads in the sand and hope we can limit the damage until the bigger men get back from injury (read: Alberts & Deysel)

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.07.10 10:42:17 by CS Reply

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  • @CS (Comment 10) : but the same thing happens EVERY TIME Deysel breaks down… and it happens often!

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.07.10 11:03:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : For a big man he’s a bit of a softy these days ;-)

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.07.10 11:06:31 by CS Reply

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  • apparently the bulls have a few injured players

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.07.10 11:08:59 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 13) :Juandre Kruger,Ruan Snyman, Jacques-Louis Potgieter prop Dean Greyling

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.07.10 11:11:37 by war1 Reply
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  • @CS (Comment 12) : YOU tell him that to his face…

    He breaks down trying to shoulder the workload of the entire loose trio on his own :)

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.07.10 11:13:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 14) : Snyman . . . interesting . . . they must be running low on scrumhalves by now :lol:

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.07.10 11:32:34 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • And here is another thought for you guys.

    My opinion, making oupa Stef captain was a huge mistake.

    Given the last 10 months at the Sharks there should have been a deliberate move to invest in the next generation at the Sharks, and that includes captaincy.

    The Sharks will continue in to be in a rut if they continue to rely on tactics and players of the past.

    Not saying he should be dropped, but they should have breathed fresh air and attitudes into the union.

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.07.10 11:33:15 by Morné Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 16) : they signed justin jinka just last week (ex-Hamiltons scrummie if I’m not mistaken)

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.07.10 11:37:01 by war1 Reply
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  • We lost due to poor communication and concentration throughout the second half. We just need to give the whole 80 and we can definately take the Bulls on Sat.Bulls at the moment have a similar side when speaking of ability than ours at the moment. If we can take the Bulls the Momentum we will gain will be massive. We will play Pumas after and recieve player boosts in Deysel,Alberts and maybe a few more. We should be in a good place to take top spot around week 4 maybe 3. Go Sharkss!!!

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.07.10 11:46:06 by JJR Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : It is so True…Deysel is so important to our game plan. Simply put; no one can do what he does, both at disrupting opposition ball and running over the opposition. If we beat the Bulls we should take top spot very soon.

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.07.10 11:49:14 by JJR Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 19) : Dude you are the eternal optimist! things could be a lot worse, we allowed Griquas to get their tails up and in Kimberley that’s pretty much suicide, the Sharks need to improve but I have a feeling they will.

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.07.10 11:49:29 by war1 Reply
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  • those 2 bonus points will come in handy!

  • Comment 22, posted at 12.07.10 11:54:11 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 21) : We just need to tweak our gameplan a bit and play a slightly more conservative game, eg. kick for territory before going on attack and fan out on defence a bit faster. When we get guys like Deysel, Pretorius, and the list goes on, we should be really difficult to beat when we get into the groove.

  • Comment 23, posted at 12.07.10 11:55:32 by JJR Reply
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  • Morne, couldn’t agree more.

    Sign of a coach who is just not very insightful.

  • Comment 24, posted at 12.07.10 11:55:44 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 22) : 4 sure if we beat Bulls with a bonus we on 7!!!Not bad for only winning one game.

  • Comment 25, posted at 12.07.10 11:57:05 by JJR Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 23) : exactly, and there are injured players that need to come back too

  • Comment 26, posted at 12.07.10 12:01:14 by war1 Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 25) : if????a very big if if you ask me. Maybe after the injured return but not this weekend. :roll:

  • Comment 27, posted at 12.07.10 12:01:24 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 27) : I agree Pokkel… I’m gonna get hammered on FL next weekend if the Sharks loose at home though.

  • Comment 28, posted at 12.07.10 12:56:03 by CS Reply

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  • Good news… JP might come into the selection frame this weekend

  • Comment 29, posted at 12.07.10 13:17:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) :

    ….good your back ! :lol:

  • Comment 30, posted at 12.07.10 13:25:03 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : Great news. Mvovo cost us!

  • Comment 31, posted at 12.07.10 13:34:33 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 31) : I’d rather drop Ludick than Mvovo to be honest.

  • Comment 32, posted at 12.07.10 13:37:44 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 32) : Shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic . . .

    No come on it`s not really that bad. We`ll still make the semi`s I think. ;-)

  • Comment 33, posted at 12.07.10 13:47:16 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 33) : I should hope we make the semi’s but I doubt we’ll win the CC

  • Comment 34, posted at 12.07.10 13:57:31 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 31) : what? I disagree completely. Without Lwazi’s two tries, we wouldn’t have been close.

  • Comment 35, posted at 12.07.10 15:02:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • Deysel does not break down often, he is a physical player, and his physical approach obviously takes the toll on his body (he is not made from tungsten steel)… But yes, we do rely too heavily on him, and yes, you can’t have a Deysel gameplan if Deysel is not there, as you say Mr. R.Dylan… Gameplan, gameplan, gameplan…

  • Comment 36, posted at 12.07.10 15:23:41 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • The TWENTY lifelines that were lost on LMS were not so predictable though. :lol:

  • Comment 37, posted at 12.07.10 15:31:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 37) : I took a huge gamble and selected the Leopards…..guess that didn’t work too well :oops:

  • Comment 38, posted at 12.07.10 15:37:39 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 38) :

    And a few guys got nailed by the removal of the training wheels. :lol:

    A default pick now costs you a lifeline. no more coasting through without making picks.

  • Comment 39, posted at 12.07.10 15:43:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 37) : Actually it is, a lot of lives are lost on the 1st weekend, dont know if there is an archive but I’m sure I’m right :razz:

  • Comment 40, posted at 12.07.10 15:55:23 by Jarson Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 39) : We had training wheels :shock: :oops:

  • Comment 41, posted at 12.07.10 15:56:19 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 41) : the mismatch between the number of teams and number of rounds in the Currie Cup means that training wheels come by default. We’re doing our best to even things up a little so we don’t end up with 15 guys in a tie-break like we did last year.

  • Comment 42, posted at 12.07.10 16:01:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 41) :

    Rob can correct me, but I think the changes are

    A tie is no longer considered a win it is now a loss.
    Using default costs you a lifeline. 2nd defualt and you are dead.

  • Comment 43, posted at 12.07.10 16:06:43 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 42) : That’s a good thing :mrgreen: What bothers me is when a game is drawn, u dont lose sqat :twisted: But thats the luck of the draw I guess.

  • Comment 44, posted at 12.07.10 16:08:53 by Jarson Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 43) : I like that :grin:

  • Comment 45, posted at 12.07.10 16:10:04 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 44) : we have changed that. When a game is drawn, it now counts as a loss for LMS

  • Comment 46, posted at 12.07.10 16:11:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sometimes its best to read all the comments before posting :oops:

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