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That’s a hell of a team, actually


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Sharks on 6 Aug 2010 at 15:49
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I’ve just had another look at the Sharks team to face the Lions tomorrow and I must say, it’s an impressive outfit. Games are never won on paper, of course (or LCD… who reads anything on paper these days?) but I stand by my earlier prediction that the Sharks are going to seriously click and give the Lions a hiding.

Now that I’ve probably gone and jinxed them PROPERLY, let’s look at the reasons.

Sure, the Lions are going come out firing and throw everything at the Sharks. There’s a lot of talk of a revival, which I find interesting given that they are at 1 and 3 for the season, having managed a victory against the Leopards as their sole triumph in the first four rounds. They allegedly played impressive rugby against the Bulls last week, but it’s points that matter and the Blue chaps ended up with a fair few more of those in the final analysis. There are, of course, a few lads with points to prove, among them Waylon Murray, Warren Whiteley and Renaldo Bothma, all three of whom were recently part of the Sharks set up. The latter, in particular, is experiencing something of a whirlwind, having left Durban a few weeks ago disillusioned at having been cut from the Sharks under 21 squad. He now finds himself about to make his senior debut for the Lions against his old team. Whiteley is in a similar position, having accumulated a heap of age-group and Vodacom Cup caps for the Sharks, without getting a sniff of senior team action. He will want to show the Sharks that they were wrong to let him go.

If the Lions think the Sharks are just going to roll over, though and give them any satisfaction, they are horribly, horribly wrong. So much emphasis has been placed on Pat Lambie’s shift to flyhalf that we’re ignoring the fact that the Sharks have named the strongest pack that any side has yet to field in the 2010 Currie Cup, with Bok props Beast Mtawarira and Jannie du Plessis sure to wreak havoc against their far less experienced Lions counterparts. Expect a fiery performance from Craig Burden in between these two stalwarts, as he knows he needs to make the most of his starting opportunity, with Bismarck du Plessis lurking on the bench, eying his jersey with purpose. The loose trio, with Willem Alberts set to start the damage and Jean Deysel set to finish it later, has a far more balanced look and once the hard yards have been done, expect to see Jacques Botes come on to win his 100th Currie Cup cap, hopefully able to play a far freer game than he did against the Cheetahs.

There are some backs too, of course and it’s here that the Lions will like to think they hold an upper hand of some sort. While Elton Jantjes is a find, I can’t say I’m wholly convinced that he has the maturity and class of Pat Lambie just yet – I saw some quite average play from the young Lion at the IRB Junior World Champs – and with the Sharks holding virtually all the aces all over the park, I’d be very surprised if Lambie doesn’t deliver yet another impressive showing, built on the solid platform that his team mates will provide. With Charl McLeod (27 years young yesterday) and Dries Strauss on either side, he is surrounded by experienced players with maturity (in terms of years) on their side. That will prove invaluable as he adapts to the most demanding position in all of rugby.

So who is going to do the damage? Well, the whole team, of course, but don’t be too surprised to see the names Ryan Kankowski and JP Pietersen feature prominently on the score sheet at the end of 80 minutes.



26 Comments

  • Lions to receive a pummeling and we can call them the Clawless Cubs.. :!:

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.08.10 15:52:55 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Lambie to score the majority of the points..

    At least 20 points from the youngster again..

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.08.10 15:53:56 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Rob, you aren’t going all americanese on us are you: “they are at 1 and 3 for the season”.

    Paleese!

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.08.10 15:54:56 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 3) : just trying to expand to a larger target market, dude.

    Don’t be such a hater – it will give you wrinkles.

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.08.10 15:58:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • And to add something meaningful to your article (for a change), I have to agree that this is a very good side.

    We also shouldn’t forget that most teams are going to lose players along the way, we’re getting them back all the time.

    And since when were fans able to get all happy despite having lost two flyhalves and starting a new one in that position for the first time ina few years, having last performed that role in school?

    Lambie is singularly responsible for putting a lot of smiles on a lot of guys’ faces. And hell, I’ll admit I’m one, even if that does sound a bit sick!

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.08.10 16:07:41 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : So is saying “OMG” acceptable behavior (note spelling of behavior)?

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.08.10 16:08:55 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : eeeeaaaahhhhh :lol:

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.08.10 16:08:59 by chaz Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 3) :
    @robdylan (Comment 4) :
    Lost all credibility with the petulant “Paleese!” as well. :twisted:

    Reckon you are right about the game’s progression Rob – big boys to bring the pain, and the predators like Kanko and JPP to add the icing to the cake.

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.08.10 16:09:37 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : well u hv been asking to play Lambie at 10 for such a long timenow our chance to c if he’s good at 10 13 or 15 ;-)

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.08.10 16:10:29 by chaz Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 5) :
    LMAO! :lol:

    Pederasty is frowned upon at the Sharks academy! :twisted:

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.08.10 16:10:53 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I think its a great team so we should win mmm about 20 + :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.08.10 16:11:39 by chaz Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 10) : no it’s not… otherwise they would have all blocked my friend requests :)

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.08.10 16:13:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) :
    :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.08.10 16:13:53 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 5) : well… there’s a double edged sword. We are likely to lose a lot more players to the 3N home leg as a result of the current good form.

    Biz, Jannie, Kanks, Hargo, JPP – and maybe even Pat? God forbid…

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.08.10 16:14:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 13) : kin I git a “HELL YEAH”? :)

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.08.10 16:15:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 10) : Rob mentioned wrinkles and I was going to start talking cream and lambie and smiles on men’s faces and it just kind of made me throw up a little in my mouth.

    I think I need to go and do something meaningful and masculine like – chopping wood or fixing a leaking tap…..

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.08.10 16:16:44 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 16) : don’t start talking about wood now… :)

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.08.10 16:18:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 16) : and u told me what the hell am i talking about yesterday then u must stop drinking well i think i’m going to start drinking what the hell are u talking about :roll: ;-)

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.08.10 16:22:03 by chaz Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : only u know what u are chating about :roll: ;-)

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.08.10 16:23:00 by chaz Reply

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  • @chaz (Comment 19) : that’s quite a common situation around here

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.08.10 16:40:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : :lol:

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.08.10 16:41:50 by chaz Reply

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  • @chaz (Comment 19) : It’s men’s talk, we know what we are all saying. Same like chaz talk. I’m sure there are people who understand what you say. I’m just not one of them.

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.08.10 17:18:28 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) :
    HELL YEAH!!!

    @Baldrick (Comment 16) :
    @robdylan (Comment 17) :
    :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.08.10 17:27:30 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 22) : ;-)

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.08.10 17:32:50 by chaz Reply

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  • Rob one question though…when last did the sharks go crazzeee on a team…I wish I could see a tryfest with solid ruby structures thrown in…think it might closer though…30-22 to the sharks

  • Comment 25, posted at 06.08.10 20:03:59 by shaniboi Reply

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  • Don’t get to carried away , just remember the Lions are KAK, very very Kak.

  • Comment 26, posted at 07.08.10 20:06:15 by Tiger Reply

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