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Sharks player ratings: the semi-final


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 18 Oct 2010 at 11:49
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Anyone who isn’t a Sharks supporter, don’t read this, cos it’s gonna make you sick! Or, at least, green with envy!

The Sharks, to a man, stood up wonderfully against their more-fancied opponents and the grit and determination showed by every single player is worth 20/10 at least. So I’m not even going to try and be objective here – will save that for the stats.

1) Beast Mtawarira. A huge performance as part of a superb tight five effort. Beast handled Kruger with ease in the scrum and was prominent on the drive in the first half. 8/10
2) Bismarck du Plessis. Massive work rate all over the field. Would have got 9, were it not for a few silly penalties and a wayward lineout or two. 8/10
3) Jannie du Plessis. His best game, probably ever. Got pinged for a few scrum infringements, but his awesome work on the drive, together with the hits he put in, gets him a respectable 9/10.
4) Steven Sykes. Sykesie was the heartbeat of a superb Sharks tight five showing and was simply immense wherever he went. Put the more fancied Bulls right back in their place. 8/10
5) Alistair Hargreaves. THE most impressive player on the park for the entire first half. Quite simply, he made Matfield his bitch. 9/10
6) Keegan Daniel. Keegan you are a legend, son. Played his heart out all day and his pace and skill allowed the Sharks to keep the high tempo game going all first half. Didn’t take a step back when things got tight in the second either. 9/10
7) Willem Alberts. Could not have played a better game. Simple as that. 10/10
8) Ryan Kankowski. Handed a huge helping of “shut the hell up” to those who said he can’t play a tighter game. Hoff was superb and kept both of the Bulls’ Bok number 8s very quiet indeed. 8/10
9) Charl McLeod. I doubt any scrumhalf has ever handled the ball more over the course of an 80 minute game. Kept the machin going, all day long. 8/10
10) Pat Lambie. Composed under pressure, strong on defence and committed on attack. The way he nonchalantly plucked Morne Steyn’s 78th-minute bomb out of the air just summed up his day. 9/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo. So strong with ball in hand, but on a day when the ball was never going to find its way to him, he needed to look for it more. 7/10
12) Andries Strauss. Ensured that there was simply no way through in midfield for the Bulls. Such a capable and strong defender, but his limitations on attack were again painfully evident. 7/10
13) Stefan Terblanche. You asked us to believe, Skipper. We did. And you delivered. Thank you! 9/10
14) JP Pietersen. Alas, his game didn’t last long enough for us to rate him. Hope he recovers quickly.
15) Louis Ludik. Got involved a huge amount from fullback and was never afraid to get involved. A great display. 8/10
16) Craig Burden. Unused replacement.
17) Eugene van Staden. Did HUGE work on defence in a frantic final few minutes. Such a useful player. 8/10
18) Anton Bresler. Unused replacement.
19) Jacques Botes. Came on at a time when his running game was never going to be required, but changed modes seamlessly as he always does and delivered the goods in an arm-wrestle, despite his size. 8/10
20) Rory Kockott. Unused replacement.
21) Andre Pretorius. Didn’t need to do too much, but made one or two superb line kicks under pressure. 7/10
22) Odwa Ndungane. Came on early and was his usual bustling self in a game when the wings had few opportunities. 8/10



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  • I was expecting more 10/10′s Rob. Are you reserving those for the final?

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.10.10 11:52:17 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • We have Hargo to thank for the first try when he secured the ball from the kick off. I am so glad he was picked in the 39 man squad. He should be going on tour while the others are rested.

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.10.10 11:59:25 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : I got seriously nailed the last time I dished out a 10 :)

    Settled for lots of 9s this week.

    I’m gonna take heat for Dries’s score… just sitting back and waiting

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.10.10 12:03:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • I’ve never been a big Hargs fan but he was brilliant on Saturday and Andries deserves at least an 8

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.10.10 12:04:32 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :

    He wasn’t magical. And he didnt tackle anybody out of their boots again. 7 seems fair..

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.10.10 12:05:26 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • The Greatest Band in the World is coming to SA again!!!

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    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
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    does his nut in

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    loses it

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.10.10 12:08:27 by klempie Reply

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  • i would give strauss more – i mean defence won it for us at the end. pity that Bresler did not get his chance but it was extremely tight.

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.10.10 12:09:03 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 5) : it’s not about how it looks but whether it was efficient :roll:

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.10.10 12:10:20 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : :mrgreen:

    i think Pokkel was tad quicker than me.

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.10.10 12:10:55 by rekinek Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 6) :

    And which band is that?

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.10.10 12:12:22 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 9) : I typed that comment before I saw Rob’s comment so he was spot on.

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.10.10 12:13:26 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Thought Dries was better than Stefan on the day actually.

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.10.10 12:14:03 by Sportbilly Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 10) :

    UUUUUUUUUUU222222222222222222!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.10.10 12:15:34 by klempie Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 10) : U2 I think. I saw U2 live at the Johannesburg stadium and I’m a big fan but it wasn’t as great as I thought it would be. These huge concerts are totally overrated. I prefer smaller venues and crowd of about 10 000 people it’s a lot more fun.

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.10.10 12:15:37 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 11) : me too :grin:

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.10.10 12:15:59 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :
    Think u way to harsh on the dries!after that game I was really expecting a floor of 8 on your rating system! Dries was inspirational on defence!
    Really thought lambie deserved a 10 for his mark! That’s the stuff that seperates the boys from the men and possibly secured us the game

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.10.10 12:17:01 by kevmaestro Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 14) : I didn’t go in ’97 or whenever it was.Time to make up for it! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.10.10 12:17:11 by klempie Reply

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  • jip, Dries was the reason they could not make any runs through our midfield, something the bulls depended on alot of late. Andries Straus – 8(and a half)/10

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.10.10 12:18:21 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 13) :

    Not really a big U2 fan to be honest..

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.10.10 12:21:37 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • just something i want other bloggers comments on – ludik is slowly getting back to his best, should he have been in the 39 player Bokke squad?

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.10.10 12:21:55 by VanWilder Reply

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  • I’m not even going to try and be objective here – will save that for the stats.

    I would have been worried if did try and be objective!

    Anyhow, the Bulls stats is a much worse read (if you are a Bulls supporter) than your ratings above.

    One point of observation though…

    With an overall possession stat of 60%, no doubt less than what it was throughout the game given the Bulls onslaught in the final 15 you came within a whisker of losing this one…

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.10.10 12:22:02 by Morné Reply
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  • @VanWilder (Comment 20) : not many other fullbacks there. Zane Kirchner and possibly lambie, so I guess he should be there. You could argue however whether Jantjies shouldn’t get in because of “he’s been there already” kinda thing.

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.10.10 12:24:48 by rekinek Reply
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  • @VanWilder (Comment 20) :

    I think so yes.. but he stands no chance to the favoured son of Bok rugby… Steyn (SPIT!!!)

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.10.10 12:25:47 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 21) : hence giving Dries a low rating…

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.10.10 12:26:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : yeah you have never liked working centers (barritt excluded). its all about show for you. :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.10.10 12:30:33 by try time Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 6) : which nut? and have you found it yet?

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.10.10 12:33:00 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 25) :

    Rob is right though, it is the job of the inside backs, specifically the inside center given time on his hands, to ensure chances and possession is converted into points by creating them.

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.10.10 12:33:10 by Morné Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 25) : that’s kind of unfair… :)

    You know I always considered Barritt a very creative player

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.10.10 12:34:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : :lol:

  • Comment 29, posted at 18.10.10 12:35:07 by try time Reply

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  • looking at the amount of good, front-foot ball the Sharks backs got, it was criminal that we couldn’t score more tries. Sorry, but Dries has to take the brunt of the blame for that

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.10.10 12:35:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 27) : switching a wing or loose forward on attack can overcome this. but a kak defender at 1st center is far worse.

  • Comment 31, posted at 18.10.10 12:36:34 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 31) : i’m with you on this one. and especially in knock -out stages.

  • Comment 32, posted at 18.10.10 12:39:32 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 30) : i looked back at the game and the reason we didn’t score more was because we didn’t throw 50/50 ball. this is also the reason our possession was impressive. we were tackled we set it up. but it meant we couldn’t exploit defences more. but i must say i prefered the safety first option. we didn’t need a 4 try bonus point.

  • Comment 33, posted at 18.10.10 12:40:31 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 31) :

    He had an exceptional game, by his standards. He is also great on defense, but the point Rob makes is that with so much ball, and not converting that into points, there is a problem.

    Naka told WP – deny the Sharks turn-over ball, that is almost the only way they score points – and in a lot of ways, he is right.

  • Comment 34, posted at 18.10.10 12:41:26 by Morné Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 32) : @try time (Comment 33) :

    Hey they took my advice from last week Monday – win ugly, and they did.

  • Comment 35, posted at 18.10.10 12:42:27 by Morné Reply
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  • nothing wrong with the win or the way the team played… but we need to do something different to beat Province. All I’m saying

  • Comment 36, posted at 18.10.10 12:44:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • Andries shut me up this season. I reckon what he has missed is a creative 10 (like Pat) and a strike runner at 13 (Adi).

  • Comment 37, posted at 18.10.10 12:45:51 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 34) : most sharks tries this season came from offloads. but offloading also created knock ons and turnovers. in a semi holding onto the ball and camping in the oppositions half is far more effective than risking a 50/50 pass that gets knocked on or intercepted.

  • Comment 38, posted at 18.10.10 12:46:51 by try time Reply

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  • And in fairness to Rob’s love-child, when he was at the Sharks was the last time Waylon Murray resembled anything like a rugby player.

    Similar to how Waylon is playing now, next to Doppies who is massively underrated.

  • Comment 39, posted at 18.10.10 12:48:07 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 34) : True fact, was my observation all along… ;-)

  • Comment 40, posted at 18.10.10 12:49:46 by Charlie Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : i think we do exactly what we did against the Bulls.
    they can’t score if they don’t have the ball… worked in S14 …

  • Comment 41, posted at 18.10.10 12:49:55 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : i think this game plam will be even more effective against province. although i will use the line out a bit more.

  • Comment 42, posted at 18.10.10 12:50:03 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 38) :

    Never have I once mentioned 50/50 passes, and never in my life did I ever support such plays, and I will never either.

    What I am referring to is constructive play with the ball in hand, asking questions of the defence, and putting the outside backs in situations where they can do what they do best on attack, convert opportunities to points.

    What Dries does without the ball is magnificent, no-one is questioning that – it is what he does with the ball that is the concern.

  • Comment 43, posted at 18.10.10 12:50:28 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 39) : I agree totally…just like Jeremy Thompson looked great when Dick Muir was on his inside and when Muir left Thompson looked out of sorts.

  • Comment 44, posted at 18.10.10 12:50:31 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 37) : It just took so long :lol:

  • Comment 45, posted at 18.10.10 12:50:37 by Charlie Reply

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  • I also think that Willem Alberts need to be less prtedictable…its a matter of time before someone is gonna figure out to stop him by tackling around the feet and bring him down..he needs to “wissel” his game..

  • Comment 46, posted at 18.10.10 12:51:39 by Ice Reply
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  • isn’t there a saying that states that possession is 9/10ths of the score. da dum tssh. :lol:

  • Comment 47, posted at 18.10.10 12:51:47 by try time Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 46) : they all tried to tackle him around his ankles on saturday and failed. so disagree, kanko and keegs are the alternative.

  • Comment 48, posted at 18.10.10 12:53:02 by try time Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 46) : …en wikkel daai boude, ne Auntie… :lol:

  • Comment 49, posted at 18.10.10 12:53:34 by Charlie Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 48) :

    I have rated Alberts since he was at the Lions – this guy is one scary prospect.

    What most Sharkies see in Deysel, I see in Alberts, he is absolutely massive for their cause.

  • Comment 50, posted at 18.10.10 12:54:31 by Morné Reply
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  • I agree with most of what has ben said above regarding Dries.

    His attacking play has never been the best, but his defence this game was simply awesome. Unfortunately a player like him and Brad Barritt are only missed once they have gone and we realize what a lot they brought to the party.

    Huge kudos to Dries for putting his body on the line like he has been doing the past few weeks, knowing he is off to play in Bloem next year.

    I think the Cheetahs may be getting the better deal in swapping Meyer Bosman for Dries. :(

  • Comment 51, posted at 18.10.10 12:54:32 by jonnow Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 43) : i agree. just feel that tiring the bulls was as effective. make them tackle so in the last 20 they are too tired to fight back.

  • Comment 52, posted at 18.10.10 12:55:53 by try time Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 50) : …the other plus with Alberts is his speed :twisted:

  • Comment 53, posted at 18.10.10 12:56:09 by Charlie Reply

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  • As for the ratings, I would have given each member of your tight 5 10 out of 10, they destroyed the Bulls forwards and the victory was built on this.

    The rest, with the exception of Alberts and Kanko would have been in the range from 5 to 7 out of 10.

  • Comment 54, posted at 18.10.10 12:56:56 by Morné Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 52) :

    Thats how you beat the Bulls, you get down and dirty and play ugly, and they did.

    I agree with Rob, WP will not be the same.

  • Comment 55, posted at 18.10.10 12:58:14 by Morné Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 53) :

    He is one scary mofo, the stuff that will give coaches nightmares on how to neutralise him.

  • Comment 56, posted at 18.10.10 12:58:52 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 56) : He actually kept 3-4 Bulls defenders busy @ time…It will surely be a clash between him and Sokkies…aga Duane Vermeulen… :lol:

  • Comment 57, posted at 18.10.10 13:01:23 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 55) : wp are dangerous if their backs get the ball. by playing pick and drive rugby and holding onto the ball, their backs will be starved and will get irritated. so when they do get the ball they will try too much. i think the game the sharks played on saturday will be even more effective. and the bonus is we will have craig joubert for the first time and he hates players spoiling in the ruck. so players with the go foeward ball are at a distinct advantage. marius jonker was very kind to the bulls players holding onto the ball.

  • Comment 58, posted at 18.10.10 13:05:53 by try time Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 57) :

    He made 140 odd meters – the only guy close to him is Kanko with just over 100.

    Alberts made more meters than the entire Bulls pack of forwards combined!!!

  • Comment 59, posted at 18.10.10 13:06:12 by Morné Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 58) :

    I think you underestimate the WP pack, they will be more clever than the Bulls who offers a single threat (one dimensional), to WP who poses multiple threats.

  • Comment 60, posted at 18.10.10 13:08:00 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 59) :

    So did Lambie.. haha

  • Comment 61, posted at 18.10.10 13:08:11 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 59) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 62, posted at 18.10.10 13:09:34 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 35) : looks they did ;-)
    they were getting themselves into trouble when running from their own 22 – clearly the ball retention was the instruction.

  • Comment 63, posted at 18.10.10 13:12:08 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 60) : vermeulen and fourie are the only players that can cause problems for the sharks. schalk is too loskop and louw isn’t that great. as long as the sharks don’t kick the ball up field and hold onto possession we can take it. if the sharks have to kick they must kick it out. and they should try going wide and forcing habana and jdv to try an intercept, that will release mvovo.

  • Comment 64, posted at 18.10.10 13:18:15 by try time Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 54) : agree with you here – the basics the basics and you build from there.

  • Comment 65, posted at 18.10.10 13:18:25 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 60) : i think you underestimate the sharks pack. :lol:

  • Comment 66, posted at 18.10.10 13:19:11 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 66) :

    Nope the Sharks pack was/has been good. But if you underestimate WP you might just have a repeat of what happened at Newlands.

  • Comment 67, posted at 18.10.10 13:21:32 by Morné Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 64) : WeePee pack has improved greatly past 3 years so it’s not only backs that will cause danger.

  • Comment 68, posted at 18.10.10 13:22:37 by rekinek Reply
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  • The WP pack is far better at the breakdown than any other SA pack, and enjoy defending. We won’t bully them to victory – we will need to score tries from the backs.

  • Comment 69, posted at 18.10.10 13:25:09 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 68) : you are panicking because of the last game. wp wanted it more. the sharks wanted to give their boks game time and try combinations. the sharks made province look good. cheetahs were shocking and also made the stormers look good. i think province might just go into the final a little over confident.

  • Comment 70, posted at 18.10.10 13:25:10 by try time Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 69) : Beating them at their own game, Will be tough, but can be done… ;-)

  • Comment 71, posted at 18.10.10 13:27:25 by Charlie Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 70) :

    After they have been dominated by the Sharks for the last 4 years?

    I would be surprised if they do…

  • Comment 72, posted at 18.10.10 13:27:28 by Morné Reply
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  • Alberts’s major advantage over Wolla is that he seems to be a bit more durable. Poor Wolla gets hurt a lot.

  • Comment 73, posted at 18.10.10 13:27:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 67) : you are panicking because of the last game. wp wanted it more. the sharks wanted to give their boks game time and try combinations. the sharks made province look good. cheetahs were shocking and also made the stormers look good. i think province might just go into the final a little over confident.

    the sharks cannot go into the game cocky though. keep to the basics and they should take it. a good start is all that is needed. province players crumble under pressure.

  • Comment 74, posted at 18.10.10 13:28:07 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 74) :

    I said last week you guys were way too hard on the Sharks team that went down to Newlands. The team that came away with the most answers was the Sharks, even though WP got the result.

    But that was round-robin, and getting answers were much more important that the result then, which of course, is different now.

    But be careful, you might be overestimating that very same team so many wanted to crucify last week…

  • Comment 75, posted at 18.10.10 13:31:00 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 72) : anyone who goes into a CC final overconfident is far too stupid to have got there in the first place.

  • Comment 76, posted at 18.10.10 13:31:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 72) : the team that does will have lost the game before the ball is kicked off. the sharks will have confidence because they went through a sterner test and passed. province were handed the victory on a plate so don’t know their weaknesses. the province forward pack has been made to look good recently, but they haven’t truly been tested.

  • Comment 77, posted at 18.10.10 13:31:25 by try time Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 75) : we\re a little schizophrenic, aren’t we? :)

  • Comment 78, posted at 18.10.10 13:31:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 76) :

    Yup, WP will know all too well what is in store for them, losing against a team that often does that.

  • Comment 79, posted at 18.10.10 13:32:14 by Morné Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 70) : i’m not panicking … at least not yet , will probably get very nervous as the 2weeks progresses.

    I just don’t want to be overconfident. The fact is it’s no longer light five and the Sharks mustn’t be overconfident after the win against the Bulls. The Sharks biggest enemy is complacency. They won on Saturday because they really wanted and put 80 min effort.

    2 weeks ago they did not have to win so they did not really bothered.

    I’m just worried that WP will not bring out the best in them as the Bulls tend to do.

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  • @Morné (Comment 56) : I still remember Alberts while still at The Lions, turning the Ball over on their 22 and out running our backs and nearly scoring a try! (2008 semi Sharks vs Lions Durban) I remember turning to my husband and saying I wish he wore the Black and white jersey :)

  • Comment 81, posted at 18.10.10 13:32:26 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 77) :

    Nah I think to a large extent it has become convenient to look at the WP pack as a weakness, but that suits them fine.

    @robdylan (Comment 78) :

    A little???

    :twisted:

  • Comment 82, posted at 18.10.10 13:37:46 by Morné Reply
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  • Wee Pee have very dangerous backs so we can’t afford to give them much ball at all. They have match winners all along the backline with Juan De Jongh probably the most improved player in the country. If they had a better 10, they would be even more destructive. We need to use the SAME game plan as in the Super 14, get in their faces, knock them back, deny them space and be disciplined. It all starts up front as we have to dominate them in the forwards and give Januarie/Duvenhage and De Waal backfoot ball to work with!!

  • Comment 83, posted at 18.10.10 13:41:49 by Villie Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 82) :

    Agree Morne. They rarely dominate but certainly can hold their own. It’s just like the Aussies…the Boks think they should destroy them in the tight 5 but they never do!!

  • Comment 84, posted at 18.10.10 13:43:18 by Villie Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 82) : far more so than you guys… which is weird, cos Province tend to blow hot and cold even worse than we do.

    Could whatsisname have been on to something with his “groupies” theory? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 85, posted at 18.10.10 13:43:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 83) : while I rate de Jongh immensely, his hands were SHOCKING on Saturday. Not the finished article by a long chalk

  • Comment 86, posted at 18.10.10 13:44:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • TT, I think you are not giving WP enough credit.

    Same as many who wrote them off 2 weeks ago.

    They will pose a stern test, different from what the Bulls did. They deserve respect.

  • Comment 87, posted at 18.10.10 13:44:57 by Big Fish Reply
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  • WP will be no push overs and the Sharks need to dominate possesion like they did this weekend and keep the ball away from WP’s dangerous backs.

  • Comment 88, posted at 18.10.10 13:46:58 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 85) :

    Haha, he might just have been! Nature of the beast though, supporters move from highs to lows in a matter of a week and its hard to stay focussed!

    As for WP fans, given their track record, you’d expect it and if they do well, it is a nice surprise…

  • Comment 89, posted at 18.10.10 13:50:17 by Morné Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 86) :

    The Cheetahs rush defense gave him no time and space, I would give Oupa Stef a video of this and tell him to take note…

  • Comment 90, posted at 18.10.10 13:54:58 by Morné Reply
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  • Well Alberts and Ludik moved to the Sharks because they wanted to be involved in a winning team and actually get a look-in at the Springboks. Alberts made it into the squad after a season and if Ludik hadn’t been out injured as long as he was this season he would probably have made it as well.

    Worried about WP but if the boys play as hard in 2 weeks as they did on Saturday then it’ll be ours to lose.

    Watched the game with a bunch of Bulls. Were very loud before the game with the bees. Shut up after 3 minutes. Absolutely great.

  • Comment 91, posted at 18.10.10 14:00:14 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • What about the oke that got rid of the bees? Surely he should get at least 8/10. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 92, posted at 18.10.10 14:02:22 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 92) : 9/10 – he won the game in 40 min :grin:

  • Comment 93, posted at 18.10.10 14:04:39 by rekinek Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 92) : like your avatar… :)

  • Comment 94, posted at 18.10.10 14:06:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 86) : I only watched the first 15 mins of the Wee Pee game on Saturday as it was a bit of a letdown after the Sharks – Bulls…so didn’t see his hands….but he is going to be a hell of a player and can play both 12 or 13!

  • Comment 95, posted at 18.10.10 14:06:07 by Villie Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 94) : Me too. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 96, posted at 18.10.10 14:07:43 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 87) : Totally agree. It will be another very tight game. Wee Pee offer a very different threat, possibly even a tougher nut to crack than the Bulls. We have to raise our game a further 5% from Sat.

  • Comment 97, posted at 18.10.10 14:08:15 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 95) : I tried to watch the WP game but I couldn’t sit down for more than a minute….I was just too pumped. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 98, posted at 18.10.10 14:09:00 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 98) : Me too. I was so amped at the TV during the Sharks game that my little guy (8 months old) just sat and stared at me with BIG eyes!! The last 2 minutes felt like an eternity and after the final whistle went I needed a beer and a chill…couldn’t be bothered with the next game!!

  • Comment 99, posted at 18.10.10 14:16:14 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 83) :

    I think we would have learned from our S14 final loss to the Bulls.

    We were totally outplayed and the occasion was just too big for most of our players!! :???:

  • Comment 100, posted at 18.10.10 14:20:00 by wpw Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 89) :

    Bro, do you still support WP??

    I really need to know cos you sound like you jumped over the fence!! :evil: :cry:

  • Comment 101, posted at 18.10.10 14:24:06 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 101) : :mrgreen: :lol: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 102, posted at 18.10.10 14:26:06 by Charlie Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 100) : Yes I agree…the occasion won’t get to Wee Pee. The Sharks have to be as pumped up as they were against the Bulls. This is going to be an epic encounter…very tight and close.

  • Comment 103, posted at 18.10.10 14:26:36 by Villie Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 101) :

    I told you mos before, I support rugby and am associated to WP!

    Also, massive difference between backing a team, and supporting a team… ;)

  • Comment 104, posted at 18.10.10 14:27:26 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 104) :

    Hahaha :lol:

    Stop skirting the issue. Which team do you support?? :twisted:

  • Comment 105, posted at 18.10.10 14:32:44 by wpw Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 104) : huh? Was that a roundabout way of saying “I’m not answering that question”?

  • Comment 106, posted at 18.10.10 14:34:27 by molly Reply
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  • Wpw, I recognise that simple people desire simplistic concepts, but stop trying to force Morne’s broader world view to fit your narrow-minded paradigm.

    Most other queens I know are very tolerant of people’s views…

  • Comment 107, posted at 18.10.10 14:36:48 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 105) :

    :lol:

    @molly (Comment 106) :

    ;-)

    @Big Fish (Comment 107) :

    Bwhahaha…

    I have, and will always be a WP supporter.

  • Comment 108, posted at 18.10.10 14:45:19 by Morné Reply
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  • Can any one confirm the rumour the Bee Gees song will be playing at the final? I heard that they would be performing “Stay in the hive”

    :lol:

  • Comment 109, posted at 18.10.10 14:49:24 by Greg Reply

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  • what about an extra point for Mcleod for that inside pass and an extra one for Mvovo who worked a lot harder than usual, just my thoughts.

  • Comment 110, posted at 18.10.10 15:16:42 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 107) :

    :lol: ;-)

  • Comment 111, posted at 18.10.10 15:16:42 by wpw Reply
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  • just went on to computicket and it says that all the tickets are sold out. I know they only get a limited amount of tickets like 5000 or 10 000 and they will be snapped up by thiose that live in JHB and CPT etc but can any1 give sum more information about the tickets – have they gone on sale in dbn at the shark cage or if not when are they?

  • Comment 112, posted at 18.10.10 16:02:29 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • @RuckingFun (Comment 112) : no idea. why don’t you call them. The details of the ticket office will be on http://www.sharksrugby.co.za. They are very helpful. where are you from ? perhaps local supporters clubs can be of assistance.

  • Comment 113, posted at 18.10.10 16:09:35 by rekinek Reply
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  • @RuckingFun (Comment 112) :

    I know Letgo has two tickets that she is selling if you are interested.

    Maria@sharksworld.co.za

  • Comment 114, posted at 18.10.10 16:10:12 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I can’t wait for the match stats thread.

  • Comment 115, posted at 18.10.10 16:15:25 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 115) :

    I’ve had a sneak peak and I must say that they are very interesting..

  • Comment 116, posted at 18.10.10 16:17:55 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 115) : I’ll write that one up this evening

  • Comment 117, posted at 18.10.10 16:54:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • wud give bissy a 7 for his disapline. the rest is great

  • Comment 118, posted at 18.10.10 18:22:29 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 81) :his bio says : born in pta .. poor old bulls .. you get some .. you lose some .. hahahahah … but i believe he was spotted by loffie eloff when he was still playing at the leopards and then brought to the lions ..loffie wasn`t a bad coach either .. (think the game you talking about was in a round robin match of the 2008 cc 2 dbn ..was still a bit of a wet field )

  • Comment 119, posted at 18.10.10 23:51:37 by bergshark Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 46) : running lines .. need alberts / deysel combo working off a clever sh/ fh (or even inside center ).. and working in combo will create uncertainty in opposition tacklers and defensive systems..plus,you add bissie into that mix :twisted: :grin: but hey,you know what the experts said about jonah lomu … just go low ..still,not that easy .. knowing how to stop someone and actually being able to do so are two totally different things .. would love to see alberts get in the clear and stampede upfield !!! what a sight that would be !!!!

  • Comment 120, posted at 19.10.10 00:04:26 by bergshark Reply

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  • Sheesh……..Yesterday there was not even a ‘squeeck’ from them anywhere. Today, all of a sudden the ‘smurf and smurfettes’ has surfaced again in their masses on the net. With 99% of them up to their usual arrogant crap comments.

  • Comment 121, posted at 19.10.10 07:47:54 by SharksRTB Reply

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