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Sharks facing semi-final catch 22


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, WP on 2 Oct 2010 at 23:19
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Any celebrations in Durban brought about by the Sharks securing top spot on the Currie Cup log a week early were soon dashed by Free State’s bonus point win over the Lions. With the Blue Bulls dashing Western Province’s hopes of a possible first place finish should they win next weekend, the Cheetahs have now moved into very real contention for a home semi-final themselves.

More importantly, though, due to the Bulls’ failure to score a fourth try, the Cheetahs are now have an equivalent number of log points to the champions, while their vastly superior points difference makes it incredibly unlikely that the Bulls could possibly finish above them. Both sides face regulation five-point games in their final fixture next week, although the relative strengths of Griquas and the Leopards makes it unlikely that the Bulls will be able to beat the Kimberley team by a big enough margin to overtake the Free Staters on points difference.

With the four semi-finalists now decided – the Sharks, Western Province, Blue Bulls and Cheetahs are all now safely through – the Cheetahs can end no lower than third, meaning that the Sharks cannot draw them in the semi-final under any circumstances. This is indeed a blow, because when all teams are at full strength, the Cheetahs in Durban would be the draw that the Sharks would choose. Instead, they face a catch-22 situation in which they will play either the Bulls or Province in a fortnight’s time, with whichever team that is boosted by the return of a large number of Springbok players.

The fact that this weekend’s final round-robin game against Province cannot have any impact on the Sharks’ final log position opens up some interesting possibilities, however. While bonus points and the like can always come into the equation, it boils down to a relatively simple choice. If the Sharks beat Province, they will face the Capetonians again in the semifinal a week later, in Durban, since a defeat will consign Province to fourth spot on the log. Should Province win, they will host Free State in the other semi-final, leaving the Sharks to contend with the Bulls in Durban.

Certainly, if one thing is now clear, it’s that sending a weakened team down to Cape Town is most assuredly not in the Sharks’ interest. While much will no doubt be written and discussed about this during the week, I feel the Sharks best chances of progression to the final will involve beating Province at Newlands and then repeating that feat again in Durban a week later. Letting the Cheetahs and the Blue Bulls beat seven shades of crap out of each other in the other semi final seems a far saner way to deal with the challenge of actually lifting the cup two weeks later.



79 Comments

  • The lions still have a chance to make the semis so the 4 semi finalists are not yet decided boet.

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.10.10 00:15:19 by Benna08 Reply
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  • @Benna08 (Comment 1) : Come on,the bulls with the boks ARE NOT going to lose to griquas and the cheetahs ARE NOT going to lose to the leopards.

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.10.10 00:41:22 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @Honey Badger (Comment 2) : I don’t care its not impossible for the lions to make it, so mathematically its not decided yet but I agree its very unlikely that it will happen but it still isn’t impossible!

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.10.10 01:27:00 by Benna08 Reply
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  • @Honey Badger (Comment 2) : And by the way the bulls are playing griquas in kimberley. Stranger things have happend….

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.10.10 01:30:34 by Benna08 Reply
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  • Whichever way, we need to beat the Bulls and WP at full strength to be able to call ourselves real Currie Cup Champions.

    The Bulls are weak, I reckon we could take them in a semi final, and then you the Cheetahs at to WP, and if we have to play the Cheetahs in the final, well that would be a bonus.

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.10.10 06:21:50 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Who are the WP getting back, Habana :roll: Jaque Fourie en Schalk. Easy peasy. I think it will be easier to beat a full strenght WP than a full strenght Bulls. But we can beat any team on any day, full strenght or not.

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.10.10 07:06:06 by Jarson Reply
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  • There’s a bye between the semies and final so I wont miss anything :cool: :razz:

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.10.10 07:07:49 by Jarson Reply
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  • I think WP have really missed Peter Grant during this CC.
    De Waal might be a good goal kicker but for goodness sake he can’t get our backline to fire.
    One only has to look at the number of bonus points we got for scoring 4 tries or more!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.10.10 07:25:25 by wpw Reply
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  • Are any of you guys real gamers, watching Gameface, The Verge etc. If only I had more time and money :razz:

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.10.10 07:35:25 by Jarson Reply
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  • Oh man, I feel so out of the loop. Thank goodness you guys are here to keep me posted on things rugby-ish.

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.10.10 07:42:19 by Lyndy_in_Mtl Reply

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  • :shock:
    Hi Lyndy!
    Wow you’ve been really scarce! :wink:

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.10.10 07:46:17 by wpw Reply
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  • I think facing The Bulls in Durban in the semi-finals would be the best option as I don’t fancy having to play the same team, Western Province, twice in a week. Take The Bulls in Durban and then WP or Cheetahs the next Saturday. But, of course, I wouldn’t want to be beaten by WP this Saturday! Oh dear!

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.10.10 11:59:13 by Donald Reply

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  • Sharks/Bulls semi at the Tank. Going to be tough but at least we have a home semi. :cool:

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.10.10 12:26:23 by Puma Reply

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  • Rob, Not sure if playing Province two weeks in a row is ideal. They also get JF, Burger and Habs back this week. They too going to be tough to beat.

    Think it is best we rest some of our players for this game. Far have a fresh team facing the Bulls the following week. Though we must play Bissie, JPP, JdP and Adi if Adi is ready this week. They all need game time.

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.10.10 12:30:55 by Puma Reply

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  • Felt sad for the Lions last night. They have been playing some great rugby and what a great turn around this CC. Would have been great to see them make the semi.

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.10.10 12:37:56 by Puma Reply

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  • Hey Puma. Sorry about the disappearing comments the other day. The anti-spam plugin picked you as its random victim. I’ve disabled it now.

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.10.10 13:15:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : Thanks Rob, Wondered why my posts never appeared. Same happening to my posts on keo. Just about to give up blogging there cause of it. Very frustrating.

    Anyhow think we have a mountain to climb in our semi with all the Bulls Boks back. Think we will be playing Bulls in our semi. Maybe ending top of the log not such a great thing after all. :sad: Though if we want to win the CC we need to play the best. :cool:

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.10.10 14:05:54 by Puma Reply

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  • It would be best for the Sharks to go all out and beat WP 2 games in a row. WP does not look that all that flash.

    The Bull Boks will be well rested and ready to go. The way the Bulls play they will slot in with no disruption.

    Loosing in the final is better than loosing in the semi. :lol:

    Look on the bright side, you won’t be knocked out by the Cheetahs this year.

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.10.10 14:25:15 by fyndraai Reply
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  • I think we have 4 very worthy semi finalists, even if the Lions had made it they would have been more than worthy too. To win the Currie cup we have to beat two of these teams and it will take some doing no matter who they are, if the Sharks play how they have at the best of times this season they must have at least a chance.

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.10.10 16:23:17 by war1 Reply
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  • I would play all the Boks, but rest some key players. Still go for the win though.

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.10.10 16:32:16 by Letgo Reply
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  • No reason for us not to win, but still to give a few guys a break. Make sure they’re fresh for the semi’s.

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.10.10 16:37:50 by Letgo Reply
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  • We’re going to have to play the Bulls anyway, because the chances are that they will win against the cheetahs in the semi’s. We can’t think of who we’re playing now, we need to get our best team ready to play any of the other semi-final contenders.

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.10.10 16:40:11 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 22) : Agreed, there’s no point worrying about who we will be playing, we will have to be at our best to win whoever it is

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.10.10 16:43:18 by war1 Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 20) : I would play the Boks as well as they will need the game time I would rest Alberts Sykes Mcloed Mvovo and Strauss Play Rory AP and Lambie at inside centre so i would play Ludik Oddone Adi Lambie JP Ap Rory Kanko Rhodes Keegan Hargreaves Mostert Jannie Bismark and Beast
    What do you think

  • Comment 24, posted at 03.10.10 16:44:13 by Fattmann Reply
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  • 15. Ludik, because he needs the game time
    14. JPP,
    13. Adi/Vulindlu
    12. Swannie
    11. Odwa
    10. Pretorius
    9. Kockett
    8. Kanko
    7. Rhodes
    6. Botes
    5. Hargreaves
    4. Mostert
    3. Jannie
    2. Bismark
    1. Beast

    Reserves
    John, Burden, Sykes, Alberts, McLeod, Lambie, Strauss

    I think this team can actually give WP a go, maybe even more so, because this will be some of these players’ last game and they will put everything in.

  • Comment 25, posted at 03.10.10 16:48:22 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Fattmann (Comment 24) : I think we pretty much have the same idea…I actually like your idea of playing Lambie next to AP just to see how they go together. If AP plays like he did against the Leopards it could be an interesting and exciting combination.

  • Comment 26, posted at 03.10.10 16:50:11 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Fattmann (Comment 24) : Keegan looked exhausted on Friday, if Plum’s going to start him in the last games he really needs a rest.

  • Comment 27, posted at 03.10.10 16:51:37 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 25) : unfortunately John cant play till December but otherwise a good enough side to beat wp!!!! Sorry Wes but Province don’t have a front row and until they do they will get Klapped

  • Comment 28, posted at 03.10.10 16:52:15 by Fattmann Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 26) : On the other hand, I don’t know about moving Lambie around now. I’m just hoping Plum will rest a couple of players.

  • Comment 29, posted at 03.10.10 16:52:58 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Fattmann (Comment 28) : Then Van Staden or Cilliers.

  • Comment 30, posted at 03.10.10 16:53:51 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Fattmann (Comment 28) : WP’s biggest problem is 10. Great back line but De waal is just no help.

  • Comment 31, posted at 03.10.10 16:54:45 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 30) : Vans the man but with this side we can beat WP and go a long way to beating the bulls Our pack will take them on and to be quite frank we have the beating of them in the backs
    My one caution is we must go in with an 80% kicker so either AP or Rory

  • Comment 32, posted at 03.10.10 16:55:59 by Fattmann Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 31) : He keeps them in the game with penalties and long touches I think Province will make the mistake of playing Fourie instead of De Jong and Habana What you think of Conrad Jantjies

  • Comment 33, posted at 03.10.10 16:58:46 by Fattmann Reply
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  • @Fattmann (Comment 33) : I wouldn’t replace De Jongh. I don’t know what they’re going to do. I wouldn’t play Habana, because I don’t think he’s good enough right now. Don’t know what they’re going to do with their three world class centers.

    Jantjes is a good player, I wouldn’t sub him either. We’ll see what WP does.

  • Comment 34, posted at 03.10.10 17:03:56 by Letgo Reply
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  • Hi everyone didn’t think i would get anyone on after last night but what here we are again

    :mrgreen: GO SHARKS GO :mrgreen:

  • Comment 35, posted at 03.10.10 17:05:47 by chaz Reply

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  • @Fattmann (Comment 32) : It was nice to have someone taking the conversions and not missing once, but it’s hard to justify dropping Lambie or McLeod from the team for the play-offs.

    I have seen AP making really bad errors in crunch games, so I’m still not on board with the idea of him taking over, even after the flawless game he had this weekend.

  • Comment 36, posted at 03.10.10 17:07:16 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 6) : you can say that again just hope our Boks don’t go and ruin it for us though but they hv be rested so maybe not :mrgreen:

  • Comment 37, posted at 03.10.10 17:07:49 by chaz Reply

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  • @Jarson (Comment 7) : thats a good think :mrgreen: should get their home work up to date :mrgreen:

  • Comment 38, posted at 03.10.10 17:09:27 by chaz Reply

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  • Rory was really bad behind the rucks this weekend. He doesn’t keep his eyes on the ball. It makes me so angry, because he’s such a talented player and then goes and makes stupid mistakes.

    If he could eliminate some things from his game he could be a great scrummy.

  • Comment 39, posted at 03.10.10 17:10:46 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 36) : The nice thing about playing AP at 10 and Lambie at 12 is Lambie can still do what he does and he wont have the pressure of taking the kicks and if AP boxes it Lambie just goes to 10 and continues to run the game like he would have when he was at 12 Like Wilkinson used to when he was Lambie’s age

  • Comment 40, posted at 03.10.10 17:15:02 by Fattmann Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 39) : what he is good at though is playing Blue Bulls rugby!!!!
    I though he made a few good breaks though gave us go forward and got the guys playing again when he cam on

  • Comment 41, posted at 03.10.10 17:17:31 by Fattmann Reply
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  • @Fattmann (Comment 41) : Yeah, he still is a good player, and you’re right he is much better when the game slows down. He gives a lot of ball to the forwards and has an eye for a gap, I just think he’s bad qualities negates his good ones right now.

    I am a little worried about our kicking average. You can’t miss points on offer in the crunch games. I don’t think missing really has any influence on Lambie’s game, but it does start to have an effect on the team when you realize 9 points has been left out on the field.

    Plum has a lot to think about, I hope he makes the right decisions. Only three more games, we can’t lose it now. Not after we’ve done so well the whole season.

  • Comment 42, posted at 03.10.10 17:24:32 by Letgo Reply
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  • Interesting that Andre Pretorius is now considered a good option at 10. Only weeks ago his name was whispered for fear that he would be selected. He had a good game on Friday but it was not a real pressure match and I still have my doubts.

  • Comment 43, posted at 03.10.10 17:27:43 by Donald Reply

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  • @Fattmann (Comment 40) : You’re right, that’s a good argument for this change. And AP made it really hard to argue against his selection. Probably a good idea to see how he goes against a stronger team before we get ahead of ourselves though. AP’s best suite is not his consistency, he can be great one moment and totally implode the next. We can only hope he will deliver 3 more good ones if Plum decides do use him more in the weeks to come.

  • Comment 44, posted at 03.10.10 17:28:56 by Letgo Reply
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  • Interesting that Andre Pretorius is now considered a good option at 10. Only weeks ago his name was whispered for fear that he would be selected. He had a good game on Friday but it was not a real pressure match and I still have my doubts.
    He can Kick, though.

  • Comment 45, posted at 03.10.10 17:30:41 by Donald Reply

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  • @Donald (Comment 43) : I agree with you Donald, I wouldn’t change the team to much for the semi’s…except for bringing back the Boks. I trust the guys that got us here so far. Lambie has been great, against strong opposition. This was a weak team and I must say, if AP is seen as a sure starter now, then it will be hard to argue against starting Swannie and Dries as a center pair. Yet Dries, and Swannie has proven average in other/bigger games.

  • Comment 46, posted at 03.10.10 17:32:15 by Letgo Reply
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  • Gotta go, will be very interesting to see what Plum decides to do, and how what other bloggers think. Rest key players, start with strongest team, make room for a kicker, stick with what has worked so far… so many things to consider, we haven’t even mentioned the loosies. Start with Botes or Keegan? Or both? Botes had a great game again, but so did Keegan.

  • Comment 47, posted at 03.10.10 17:35:10 by Letgo Reply
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  • Habana will have to warm the bench. JDV will play on the wing with De Jongh and Fourie the centres!!
    Coetzee basically confirmed this in his recent interview with Tank Lanning.

  • Comment 48, posted at 03.10.10 18:48:26 by wpw Reply
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  • @Lyndy_in_Mtl (Comment 10) :

    looooooooong time. New pic from the wedding?

  • Comment 49, posted at 03.10.10 18:55:38 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 48) : then that the game for you guys rather JDV at 12 Fourie 14 dejong 13 that will work but no matter how good they are no pack power=no ball=no win

  • Comment 50, posted at 03.10.10 18:57:59 by Fattmann Reply
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  • Fattmann
    WP will be really up for it and remember we’re playing at home!

  • Comment 51, posted at 03.10.10 19:13:10 by wpw Reply
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  • No pack power??
    We proved in the S14 that we have a decent pack.

  • Comment 52, posted at 03.10.10 19:15:11 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 52) :

    That was THEN this is NOW!!!!

    Do you have the same pack as in the S14? How many front rows have you lost? is this your 2nd or 3rd string Front row at the moment.

    I know you guys have valid reasons for having a 2nd string front row at the moment but the point is you DO HAVE a 2nd string Front row at the moment.

  • Comment 53, posted at 03.10.10 19:17:46 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

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  • Well, we’re missing Blaauw and Liebenberg so yeah we’re struggling with depth at the moment BUT we’ll be fine.

  • Comment 54, posted at 03.10.10 19:33:46 by wpw Reply
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  • We MUST rest Alberts, Keegan, Burden, Sykes and Mcleod.

    WP do have front-row problems, and are coming off a tough loss, but they need this win while we have nothing to gain.

    In addition, their centres are 10 times better than ours, and someone like Aplon can be a real handful given the amount of turnovers we concede.

    By the way, I heard that vd Heever was quicker than Habs, but he got eaten by Aplon!

  • Comment 55, posted at 03.10.10 20:10:42 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 55) : Plum is on record in saying he will rest his tired players this coming weekend, Keegs is the only name mentioned but the other guys mentioned by you will also probably be rested then. Plum says he is not sending a B team to Newlands, only resting his tired players

  • Comment 56, posted at 03.10.10 20:20:40 by war1 Reply
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  • I have said this for some time now,get AP at 10 and Lambie at 12 before the semis to see how they go,I think this will be the best solution for a kicker also

    What better time to try this then against wp this weekend?

    My 15 for the semis.

    15.Ludik
    14.JPP
    13.Adi
    12.Lambie
    11.Mvovo
    10.AP
    9.Mcloed
    8.Kanko
    7.Alberts
    6.Keegs
    5.Hargreaves
    4.Sykes
    3.Jannie
    2.Bismark
    1.Beast

  • Comment 57, posted at 03.10.10 20:52:41 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 52) : Sorry Wes you guys will be shunted all over the show once the Bok front row shows up and no matter how good your centres are without the ball you will get nothing. You have the flash but no ball no try

  • Comment 58, posted at 03.10.10 20:55:29 by Fattmann Reply
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  • @Honey Badger (Comment 57) : almost agree your side but leave Vic and Sykes to recover start with Mike Rhodes and Mostert

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  • Hi wpw and KSA Pink Shark! (And yes, new pic from the wedding. You’re so in the know!)

  • Comment 60, posted at 03.10.10 23:25:49 by Lyndy_in_Mtl Reply

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  • I would not go into a semi without Botes as our fetcher.

    That does leave a problem with who to put on the bench, and Plum has in the past left Botes out. We need a hard worker in rucks to keep the ball, we can’t have 3 running loosies.

  • Comment 61, posted at 04.10.10 06:48:30 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Good mouny mouny :lol:

    I dislike this type of speculation . If you are to be a champ you need to be able to beat anybody, does not matter whetehr in semis or finals.

    besides- it was cheetahs who surprised us last year. hey.

  • Comment 62, posted at 04.10.10 07:55:02 by rekinek Reply
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  • This really is a catch 22…… If I cast my memory back just a couple of years the following springs to mind: CC semi 2007 – The Sharks went in as favourites, The Lions came out as winners……. CC Semi 2009 – The Sharks went in as favourites (log leaders and form team of the tourni), The Cheetahs (Scraping into the semis by the skin on their teeth) came out as winners…… CC Final 2008 – The Sharks and the Bulls were pretty evenly matched, but the Bulls edged it because of their trumendous track record in finals over recent years so what happened here – The Bulls went in as Favourites (BUT ONLY JUST), and The Sharks came out as champions. :mrgreen: :lol: :o What i feel and think is that either the Bulls or WP must be beaten in Durban in the Semi. That is the only option :!: The pattern suggests that we struggle more against the underdogs…..

  • Comment 63, posted at 04.10.10 07:56:26 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 63) : very true.

    I am worried a bit of complecancy if they meet cheetahs in semis :roll: hopefully unjustified – completely.

  • Comment 64, posted at 04.10.10 08:03:54 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Fattmann (Comment 58) : You’re getting a little cocky. Wp is still a really good team. They lost the game against the Bulls, only because they have no clue of how to beat these guys anymore. We’re playing at Newlands against a team who has everything riding on a victory, we’ll have to put in a hell of a performance to just beat them.

  • Comment 65, posted at 04.10.10 08:55:50 by Letgo Reply
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  • I’m telling you it’s going to be Bulls in the semi, and then hopefully WP in the final. FACT!! :smile:

  • Comment 66, posted at 04.10.10 08:57:29 by Jarson Reply
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  • I still think WP’s biggest problem is 10. They’re missing Grant. When Jean or De Jongh takes the ball at first receiver things seems to happen in the back-line. When De Waal gets it, everything just stops. He kicks away possession way to much and doesn’t know how to put players outside him into space.

    Hey, maybe Jean should play 10…or is that toooooo crazy?

  • Comment 67, posted at 04.10.10 08:58:48 by Letgo Reply
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  • Yeah my celebrations came to an abrupt halt when we analized the log after the bulls match saturday night.
    What an anti-climax.

    To then read in yesterday`s paper than Plum plans on resting some key players against wp . . . very unsettling.

    What`s the use of finishing top of the log when you don`t get the advantage of an easier semi?

    However you look at it, we`ll have to take wp and the bulls out to win this, the last real currie cup. :|

  • Comment 68, posted at 04.10.10 09:02:19 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 66) : It’s likely, but not a fact. It’s probably better if we get the Bulls in the semi’s. I don’t like the idea of playing the same team twice, that would mean we’d have to beat them twice in two weeks. That doesn’t feel exactly right, but if we could beat them with 7 of our key players resting, I’d be okay to play them again with those 7 guys.

    Imagine how they must feel if we beat them with a weakened team and then they have to come and try to beat us at Kings Park with our strongest team of the season. That would be a great position to be in.

    Plum would make a big mistake to send a full-strength team, because even if we beat them, they’ll feel like they could take some lessons and tricks out of that game to come and beat us in the semi’s.

  • Comment 69, posted at 04.10.10 09:05:03 by Letgo Reply
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  • Apparently Braam van Straaten is working as a kicking coach with AP and Lambie? Could someone confirm this?

    When is the earliest day that I can buy semi-finals tickets?

    Also heard JPP is injured in conditioning. His having problems with his hamstrings again

    This is my team for the semis

    15 Terblache ( We need the experience)
    14 Odwa ( if JPP is injured)
    13 Dries Srauss ( his playing well this season)
    12 Lambie
    11 Mvovo
    10 AP ( if he plays well against WP this weekend)
    9 Mcloed
    8 Daniels ( Kanko and Daniels perform the same job to a degree)
    7 Alberts
    6 Botes ( we need a fetcher)
    5 Hargreves
    4 Sykes
    3 Jannie
    2 Burden ( lets face it, we win games in the first 20 minutes)
    1 Beast

    Bismarck (when the game gets tighter),Van Staaden, Kanko, Mostert, Rory Kockett, Ludik, Swaenepoel

    I feel that this is best loose forward combo, with either Kanko or Keeegs swapping for 8th man. WHat do you rate of this team? :?:

  • Comment 70, posted at 04.10.10 09:05:41 by Mocho Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 69) : Maybe not fact, but that is the most likely scenario, Sharks v Bulls and WP v Cheetahs and then hopefully Sharks v WP :smile:

  • Comment 71, posted at 04.10.10 09:10:49 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Mocho (Comment 70) : Is Alberts fit?

  • Comment 72, posted at 04.10.10 09:13:06 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • All this predicting!! Its driving me craze!! I believe that destiny has already been written, so whatever will be, will happen. Lets focus on one game at a time. The game coming up with Province. We want to be champions? We should back ourselves to beat any team in the semis. Remember, we have not lost a match at home for the past 13 or so games.

  • Comment 73, posted at 04.10.10 09:16:24 by Mocho Reply

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  • He should be by semi-finals, lets just hope he is.

  • Comment 74, posted at 04.10.10 09:18:02 by Mocho Reply

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  • You know, I was looking forward to reading more drivel from the cocky Lions supporters who suddenly materialised here last – but alas, for some reason they aren’t here teaching us how to be better people.

    I wonder why…

  • Comment 75, posted at 04.10.10 09:22:35 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 75) : Give them time. They`re probably browsing on pigspotters site to avoid the cops on the way back from bloem . . . :mrgreen:

  • Comment 76, posted at 04.10.10 09:26:14 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • On a Positive Note

    I think the Sharks should not rest anyone this weekend. We need to go for it!
    Make sure we face wp in Dbn.

    Fact is : WP`s only getting backline players. They already have some injury concerns in the front row with Liebenberg and Blaauw.
    Sharks are getting some bok forwards back so we should have their number in the forwards department. That`s half the battle won.
    I might be mistaken but I think we have a good record against WP in Dbn lately?
    Willempie is another factor. Yes he`s a kicking machine compared to our 60% kicker, but he doesn`t know how to make the most out of their bok backline.

    If you look at the possible bulls side : Bullebak, Groot Daan, Steyn heck even Olivier . .
    I think they might have our number.

    Lets see them get past FS first and then worry about them.

  • Comment 77, posted at 04.10.10 09:45:31 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 66) : me agrees :!:

  • Comment 78, posted at 04.10.10 09:56:05 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 75) : Maybe you just don’t listen? :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 79, posted at 04.10.10 10:27:15 by Greg Reply

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