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Sharks do more right than wrong


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 21 Feb 2011 at 07:00
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The Sharks played the right game for the conditions they faced on Saturday and with the forwards enjoying clear superiority over the Cheetahs throughout, I feel that the result was never in any doubt. Those who would bemoan the absence of a four-try bonus point – as well as more attacking rugby from the Durbanites – would do well revisit the history books and take a hefty dose of reality on-board.

An interesting statistic, dug up by a friend at SA Rugby, started doing the rounds last week; no team, save the Cheetahs in 2006, has ever scored a four-try bonus point in Durban in February. It was bandied about on Twitter and even mentioned by the commentators on Saturday yet, it would seem, in the eyes of many self-styled experts, summarily dismissed as meaningless. These are the mighty Sharks, after all and any game in which they don’t score a bonus point is a total disaster and a sign that they are clueless and without any hope.

Bullshit, I say. The Sharks played more than well enough to win on Saturday – and win well. John Plumtree will have wanted better execution from his team, which will, of course, come in time, but with a ball that was already like a cake of soap BEFORE the rain started, trying to play high-tempo running rugby would have been nothing short of suicidal. We saw how the Cheetahs, every time they managed to gain a scrap of possession, struggled to gain more than a few yards before the ball was clumsily knocked on. I think it’s to the Sharks credit that they didn’t need to try that sort of game to know that it wasn’t going to work on the day.

Let’s give credit where it’s due and choose to focus on the many positives, rather than nitpicking. The Sharks did far more right than they did wrong on Saturday and emerged comfortable victors over an outclassed – and outwitted – opponent. The forwards were superb, while the backs did the job that needed to be done, without extending themselves. There were no serious injuries (that we know of) in the game and the Sharks, by virtue of the points difference, top the South African conference after the first round. I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate the coaches and the team on a job well done, knowing that this was just the first hurdle in a very long race.

Last year this time, we were licking our wounds having lost the opener against the Chiefs. How we would happily have accepted a 15-point win over the Cheetahs, bonus point or not, after round 2 last year, rather than the embarrassing defeat we suffered instead. Food for thought, perhaps? Or maybe a reminder to count our blessings and not look for problems where there aren’t any.



113 Comments

  • Wins a win. Take it and build.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.02.11 07:26:46 by Speed7 Reply
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  • Umm…maybe people who bitch about execution n game plan shoulf go down to kings park or durban for that matter in feb as oppossed to june or oct for that matter..conditions so different…

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.02.11 07:49:35 by shaniboi Reply
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  • My complaint is that once the Sharks get ahead they fall asleep. For 50 minutes of the game the Sharks were going through the motions, with no clear will to win. Then when they finally awoke at the end, Stefan decided to take pointless penalties instead of going for tries. Stefan doesn’t have what is needed to Captain Super rugby. It was clear that the Cheetahs were weak on attack and the Sharks defence was more than capable of holding them out, so why then play the kicking game that kept the Sharks starved of possession. The Sharks won, hoorah, but they lost out on a simple bonus point. And that is a major sin.

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.02.11 07:54:20 by try time Reply
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  • Rob The witness reports that McLeod is inJured :( could you confirm please. This leaves us with Hoffman that has not really impressed so far and Ross cronje against the Blues, I’m already starting to miss Rory :(

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.02.11 07:56:25 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply
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  • @shaniboi (Comment 2) : i would agree with you if the sharks were knocking everything on. but when they did decide to attack their ball retention was no worse than on a dry winter’s day. the problem is stefan didn’t know what he wanted to do, so the team just did what they wanted to.

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.02.11 07:57:40 by try time Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 4) : i do not miss rory one bit. good riddence. He with jonker killed the lions chance of winning on Saturday. Go look at the Lions game at how brilliant the backline was with Vermaak and how pathetic they were when Rory Kockedit.

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.02.11 07:59:55 by try time Reply
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  • TT it seems you and I watched the same game! The conditions were far worse in the CC semifinal against far superior oposition and we managed to play good attacking rugby and win! But a win is a win and I’ll take it.

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.02.11 08:01:59 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply
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  • Can the word ‘Bogey’ and Cheetahs still be used in the same sentence? I don’t think so. Winning by 15 points is much better than I expected.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.02.11 08:06:34 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 7) : exactly. the sharks handling wasn’t suspect, in fact everytime the forwards started building phases, it wasn’t handling errors that lost the momentum for the sharks, it was some twat in the backline kicking possession away.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.02.11 08:07:55 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 3) :

    @try time (Comment 5) :

    I see that anti Stefan drum has been reskinned and ready to go. :sad: very sad.

    I can see why the Sharksrugby blog shutdown.

    WE WON, we were in the lead, Stefan KNEW that 4 tries were unlikely in those conditions so took the CORRECT decision to kick at goal using the kicker who had been slotting them from there in the warmup.

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.02.11 08:09:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) :

    What is the long range Durban weather forecast for Round 2 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.02.11 08:11:37 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • It wasn’t pretty and Plum admitted to that but I’m more than happy with the win and a convincing one at that. I decided not to comment until I’ve had time to think more clearly about the game. It was actually good to see Lambie play a different style of play when needed. Yes we all want to see nice flowing running rugby and the Sharks were by no means perfect but they managed a convincing victory. The only team from the 14 that played that can be proud of their games would be the Blues, Saders, Waratah’s and to a lesser extent the Lions. The rest of the games were crap to say the least. I’m not very concerned and it’s certainly too early to start calling for certain players heads.

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.02.11 08:11:40 by Pokkel Reply
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  • TT I agree with you I was being sarcastic its how desperate I feel at having to face the blues without Charl! I didn’t see the Lions game was driving home from stadium but when the refs were announced I already knew the bulls would win – still cannot forget his sulky face when despite his best efforts The Sharks held on for the win :evil:

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.02.11 08:11:59 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 9) : Were you on the field then?

    Dude if you can’t praise the team for winning then go and have some happy juice and see if you can see sense after that. You and the other negative bloggers (if any) who are bitching about a win are spoiling it for those of us who are happy that our team won and won well.

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.02.11 08:13:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : Stefan was trying to get a lead of more than 2 converted tries. The Cheetah’s have a habit of sneaking win at the end and I’m sure Stefan 1st wanted to make sure of the win before taking chances.

    Let’s start judging the team after the 2nd or 3rd rounds rather.

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.02.11 08:15:17 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) :

    Agree..

    The sad reality is that Stefan will only really be missed once he is no longer there to save us…

    And I fear you all will have to eat your hats then.

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.02.11 08:15:30 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 11) : :lol: I have no idea but rest assured someone will be whining about the result regardless of how far we win. :smile:

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.02.11 08:15:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 9) : I’m pretty sure that if you were offered a 15 point win on Friday without a bonus point you would have taken it.

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.02.11 08:17:20 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 15) : I’m with you. TT needs convincing though :evil:

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.02.11 08:19:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) : :lol:

    Is the critcism really just a little bit of frustration / panic that the Sharks have arguably the best pack in the competition and not the best backline ! :cry:

    I didn’t see the game so can’t comment ! :sad:

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.02.11 08:22:48 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • I’m new here. Would hate to see what you guys are like when te wheels do come off. As they do for every team at some stage in their season.

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.02.11 08:23:27 by Speed7 Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 11) : Do you mean by how large a margin the Sharks will win? :wink:

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.02.11 08:23:56 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 22) :

    ;-)

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.02.11 08:25:46 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Yes the Sharks won and I’m sure that majority are pleased with the points in the bag but this win should not diminish the right of the fans to want even more from their team for the next game and the game after that.
    This game was boring as hell and execution of basics was questionable at times. Those of us that point these things out should not automatically be labeled as ungrateful fans or bitchers.
    Even if the Sharks go on to top S/R by playing a brand of unattractive rugby, I can’t see why this should stop us from continuing to voicing our opinions and concerns and debate the issues.
    Sharksworld have been telling us for months what a great S/R squad we have. This translates to very very high expectations.

    So happy that we won but still think there’s an awful lot we can do better does not equal wrong attitude.

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.02.11 08:25:58 by beet Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) : You are all about stats, looking at the game did you see more handling issues than when the sharks play in dry conditions?
    did they win or did the cheetahs lose? the sharks won, but no-one, even stefan will say the sharks played well. i am sure they will all cringe at how directionless they were when they watch the replay today. my negativity comes from the fact that, they had a good opportunity to get a bonus point, and get good momentum going into the blues game and the overseas trip. they now are going to question their gameplay, this week, while the blues will be on a high after a good positive win against the super rugby champs.

    the only players i will praise are our forwards, week in week out they do all the hard graft, while our backline hands possession back to the opposition. so maybe you have a point there the majority are doing a great job, pity they don’t use their size to smack a few of the stupid backline players around.

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.02.11 08:27:42 by try time Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 18) : no if you got a 15 point winning margin, why did you not get a bonus point as you are clearly better than the other team?

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.02.11 08:29:38 by try time Reply

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  • @beet (Comment 24) : Being happy with a win and wanting improvement for the future is a little different from the almost personal attacks our Captain on the day has had to endure from some bloggers.

    Your last paragraph is spot on, except that that is not the way the message is being brought across by some.

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.02.11 08:30:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 23) : Fantasy League challenge is on! You beat me by one point for the mvp bonus :smile:

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.02.11 08:32:48 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 28) : Yeah but you were crap, your selections at center sucked, You picked a shit captain, you selected the wrong kicker. you don’t deserve to be up there at the top.

    You better improve in the next round or else……..

    :razz:

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.02.11 08:36:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • The only thing I blame Stefan for is attempting those 2 penalties when there was Bosman was kiking them over from all over the park during the warm up.

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.02.11 08:36:57 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 28) :

    Didn’t want to meantion that ! :cool:

    With 13 Sharks in your squad you must have real faith ! ;-)

    What has been the one change that you made for Round 2 ! :?:

  • Comment 31, posted at 21.02.11 08:38:04 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 27) : the captain you refer to had no clue on how to get his team motivated. he then gets interviewed and it is all giggles and jokes as he admits it wasn’t “champagne rugby”. if he knew it wasn’t going well then why not get his team together like smit does and talk to team during the game. he is the glue and leader in the backline, so he must lead by example, and the backline definitely followed his lead of getting rid of possession. even a 15 point win won’t get me singing his praises.

  • Comment 32, posted at 21.02.11 08:38:36 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 25) :

    Are you saying that the Sharks do not have good momentum going into the Blues game?

  • Comment 33, posted at 21.02.11 08:38:43 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 30) :

    Did you not see Stef nailing the 55m kicks during warm up?

  • Comment 34, posted at 21.02.11 08:39:53 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 29) :

    You were not too bad yourself….almost looked like you put some thought into it ! :grin:

  • Comment 35, posted at 21.02.11 08:39:54 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 30) : we were well ahead at the time, we had 12 minutes to get 2 more tries. we were clearly on top. so why not take the lineout and use the maul that got us the other tries. it was bad decision making by stefan.

  • Comment 36, posted at 21.02.11 08:41:10 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 32) :

    Your comments really shouldn’t get me as worked up as they do, because you clearly have no idea what you are talking about!

  • Comment 37, posted at 21.02.11 08:42:00 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 36) :

    Did you see our lineouts? What if we went for the tries and lost the ball and conceded tries? What would you have said then?

  • Comment 38, posted at 21.02.11 08:42:45 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 32) : TT now your talking shit….Stefan was a great leader last year in the CC when the Sharks were the highest try scorers. Has he suddenly become a crappy captain in 4 months? You don’t know what the plan was or the instruction from Plum. I think Stef has a better record as captain of the Sharks than Smit.

  • Comment 39, posted at 21.02.11 08:43:17 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 35) : I did rue the odd selection as the weekend progressed, but will resist the urge to tinker for now. Maybe a starting xv adjustment or 2. Schalk Burger will certainly slot into the Starting Xv.

  • Comment 40, posted at 21.02.11 08:43:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 40) :

    Nonu cost me 48 points..

  • Comment 41, posted at 21.02.11 08:44:54 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 33) : which backline is going to feel better this week. the shark forward pack will easily handle the blues pack, it is our backline that is going to be wondering what they have to do while the blues backline can take heart from how well they broke the crusaders defence. they looked dangerous when the crusaders were kicking ball to them, the sharks cannot afford to do it on saturday.

  • Comment 42, posted at 21.02.11 08:45:03 by try time Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 41) : Same here…bliksem :evil:

  • Comment 43, posted at 21.02.11 08:46:46 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 39) : that is what i said earlier. he is a great cc captain, but he seems to battle to step up in super rugby.

  • Comment 44, posted at 21.02.11 08:46:46 by try time Reply

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  • Try time has no clue. At all.

  • Comment 45, posted at 21.02.11 08:46:58 by Speed7 Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 41) :

    :evil: Not flash was it !

  • Comment 46, posted at 21.02.11 08:47:39 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 41) : why 48? he scored -27 didn’t he?

  • Comment 47, posted at 21.02.11 08:48:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 42) :

    If you have a weak pack, it doesn’t matter how strong your backline is, if they don’t have ball, they can’t do anything..

    The kicking was an instruction and was as a result of the rain. And the Cheetahs didn’t run the ball on Saturday, so why not kick it to them? It was a ploy that worked..

  • Comment 48, posted at 21.02.11 08:48:55 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 39) : he is going to have a better record because he captains during the bokless currie cup. john smit captains super rugby, where all the top rugby players in the world play. you can’t compare.

  • Comment 49, posted at 21.02.11 08:49:04 by try time Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 47) : :???:

  • Comment 50, posted at 21.02.11 08:49:08 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Richard no I missed it! I was watching Pat and Meyer and thought we were going to have a good day with the boot

  • Comment 51, posted at 21.02.11 08:49:22 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 47) :

    He was a starting player for me..

  • Comment 52, posted at 21.02.11 08:49:25 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 44) : I just think you should chill about the weekend a bit. It was the first game and I think all of us would admit that it was far from perfect and by all means have a go at them later in the comp when they playing crap.

    Do yourself a favour and go look at the start of the S14 last year and see which you prefer.

  • Comment 53, posted at 21.02.11 08:49:32 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 47) : Oh?? Was he in your starting XV? :razz:

  • Comment 54, posted at 21.02.11 08:50:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 51) :

    We had a good day with the boot. Had Frans Steyn lined up those two kicks and missed, we would have said “ahh, bad luck”. But because its Stef, we want to crucify the oke..

  • Comment 55, posted at 21.02.11 08:50:26 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 47) : I had – 40.5 because he was in my starting 15

  • Comment 56, posted at 21.02.11 08:50:51 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 54) :

    I was stupid enough to select him as my starting centre, I thought he would have had a field day against the Highlanders.. oh well..

  • Comment 57, posted at 21.02.11 08:51:07 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 47) :
    @Pokkel (Comment 56) :

    My bad, I didn’t look properly, it was 40 points.. Sorry

  • Comment 58, posted at 21.02.11 08:51:48 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • This blog is almost too funny for words. Before the game there was serious apprehension that the sharks would lose to their bogey team. Instead they won by 15 and people are moaning??? WTF? The rugby was crap, as was the rugby in 99% of the other games of the weekend. It was the 1st game of the season, compounded by bad weather. Ive also had my doubts about Stef as a centre, but he beats the alternative at the moment (who couldnt catch a baloon in a sealed room) and his captaincy wasnt bad either. Will be interesting to see the comments here when the Sharks lose their first game. I suppose there are some who honestly believe the sharks are going to go through this season unbeaten :roll:

  • Comment 59, posted at 21.02.11 08:52:06 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 55) : we?

    Hoeveel onse is daar in jou pond? :smile:

  • Comment 60, posted at 21.02.11 08:53:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 48) : my grievance is they didn’t have to kick because of the rain. whenever they did decide to carry the ball the rain never affected them. both tries came from our forward pack pushing the cheetahs backwards, so why didn’t stefan just keep the ball among the forwards and let them keep mauling the cheetahs backwards. we had 4 or more penalties in the last 12 minutes, why did they not kick out and maul the ball over the cheetahs line. they had a 100% success with that already in the game? simple, poor captaincy.

  • Comment 61, posted at 21.02.11 08:54:01 by try time Reply

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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 59) :

    It’s sad isn’t it?

    Some supporters here would do well as Blue Bull supporters..

  • Comment 62, posted at 21.02.11 08:54:18 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 29) : :mrgreen: @Hertford Highlander (Comment 31) : Just a team change, didnt know how Cooper got in my team in the 1st place. I have faith in my boys, it is risky I admit.

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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 59) : I don’t think even they would be happy with an unbeaten season. They just have no clue.

    Oh and it’s not the blog, it’s a VERY select few. :sad:

  • Comment 64, posted at 21.02.11 08:56:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 62) : Richard Im just happy with 4 points. It took 4 games last season to get this many points on the log! Sharks will need to improve, sure, but they have the foundation.

  • Comment 65, posted at 21.02.11 08:58:18 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 59) : i actually found some of the other games exciting, because the teams wanted to play some rugby. you expect a few handling errors. but you don’t want to watch a game where kicking ball away was the sole form of attack.

  • Comment 66, posted at 21.02.11 08:58:34 by try time Reply

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  • @Speed7 (Comment 45) : dude you can’t go around saying things like that. You are a Lions supporter, you are supposed to say things I DON’T agree with.

  • Comment 67, posted at 21.02.11 08:58:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 64) : True, sorry. This isnt Keo.

  • Comment 68, posted at 21.02.11 08:59:02 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • Richard not crucify him no, I was just a bit annoyed, we left 12 points on the field on Saturday!

  • Comment 69, posted at 21.02.11 08:59:08 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 61) :

    Your comments are laughable.. to be honest..

    Win the game, that priority number one.

    Im sure if they did score four tries, you would have found something else to bitch about..

  • Comment 70, posted at 21.02.11 09:01:42 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 63) : That’s the type of leadership I like to see. “I don’t know how this guy got in my team……..Ah well let’s make him Captain” :lol:

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 60) :

    Hehe..

  • Comment 72, posted at 21.02.11 09:02:30 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 71) :

    :mrgreen:

    I see our FL leader had no Stormers in his team.. I take heart from the fact that he will battle for points when the Waratahs have their byes.

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  • @try time (Comment 66) : Granted, but again, the weather played a part. Im not saying the game was flawless, the sharks could have kicked better and played it tighter around the rucks. Either way it wasnt going to be exciting stuff. For those comparing this game to the semifinal of the CC last year must remember that game was played at the end of the season (after lots of match practice) and in autumn/winter, not the first game of a new season in Feb!!

  • Comment 74, posted at 21.02.11 09:05:06 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • tt do you really think we will have the same game plan against the blues i think you need to relax.plum and the boys know what they need to do.you adjust your game to the condisions and your oponent and that we did well against the cheatas.well done boys.we believe

  • Comment 75, posted at 21.02.11 09:06:09 by juba_fan Reply

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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 74) : it was raining in the lions bulls game, and one of the overseas game and that didn’t stop the teams running with the ball. i remember plumtree saying that playing in the rain is easier than playing in the humidity at the shark tank. you wouldn’t believe that true. i just want to see our backline trying a little more. i don’t think i am asking too much, am i?

  • Comment 76, posted at 21.02.11 09:09:36 by try time Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 73) : I stand corrected but I think Jarson also has no Stormers. Could be interesting.

  • Comment 77, posted at 21.02.11 09:09:43 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 71) : :lol: I have a strategy, and he was a late inclusion.

  • Comment 78, posted at 21.02.11 09:10:54 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 77) :

    The key to that game is to have a wide group of players to consistently score points. If Jason has 12 Sharks in his team, he will battle when they have their bye..

  • Comment 79, posted at 21.02.11 09:11:08 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @juba_fan (Comment 75) : we better not or we will get thrashed. the blues were loving the crusaders kicking ball to them. i hope our backline has the brains to keep possession on saturday.

  • Comment 80, posted at 21.02.11 09:11:25 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 76) :

    You are expecting a world class game from a game that is the first in the season.

    How many of the other teams that ran the ball so much got four tries? The Crusaders ran the ball and threw away a lead?

    The only team that scored a bonus point for four tries was the Waratahs who played against the blind school

  • Comment 81, posted at 21.02.11 09:12:45 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 70) : the sharks had won the game, and they had 12 minutes to get a bonus point. but they decided to waste time taking pointless penalty kicks, instead of using the maul again that got them the first two tries.

  • Comment 82, posted at 21.02.11 09:13:26 by try time Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 79) : very true

  • Comment 83, posted at 21.02.11 09:14:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 76) : I agree. I was very critical of the Sharks backline in the super 14 last year. I just dont think Saturdays game is any indication of what we can expect for the season. To be honest, Im not actually expecting them to swing it wide to often this weekend either, at least not at first. Against the Blues its best to hold possession (ie not kick aimlessly) but to keep it tight with the ball carriers. Dont expect touch rugby.

  • Comment 84, posted at 21.02.11 09:15:18 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 82) :

    With 12 minutes to go, the Sharks lead by 12 points.. that is two converted tries away from being a loss..

    Get your facts straight..

  • Comment 85, posted at 21.02.11 09:15:37 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 81) : no i was expecting the sharks to stick to their word about keeping possession and not giving away the ball. i can accept a few handling errors, as long as they kept the cheetahs defending. the sharks forwards did well and must be commended. but the backs gave away possession far to cheaply, forcing the sharks to waste energy defending.

  • Comment 86, posted at 21.02.11 09:16:59 by try time Reply

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  • Well this start is WAAAAYYYYY better than the start from last year. Weldone Sharks…..
    Does anyone know where was JP?

  • Comment 87, posted at 21.02.11 09:16:59 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 87) : we never had a fly half crises this year. and we had a fair ref.

  • Comment 88, posted at 21.02.11 09:18:04 by try time Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 77) : @Richard Ferguson (Comment 79) : Hey, it’s my team you are discussing here :mrgreen:

  • Comment 89, posted at 21.02.11 09:18:04 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 84) : so you mean we can expect more of the same from TT next week.

  • Comment 90, posted at 21.02.11 09:19:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 85) : did the cheetahs ever look like threatening the sharks line? they were worse than the sharks with kicking possession away. the sharks should have capitalised on this.

  • Comment 91, posted at 21.02.11 09:19:23 by try time Reply

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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 89) : Just call us the TryTimes. :wink:

  • Comment 92, posted at 21.02.11 09:21:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 84) : i’ll be happy if the forwards keep the ball this weekend, and the backline must keep letting the forwards recycle it. no pointless up and unders or kicks. boring bashem rugby is far better than what we saw on saturday.

  • Comment 93, posted at 21.02.11 09:22:19 by try time Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 90) : Well thats my take anyway… if TT dont like it, he can always take it up with the coaches ;-)

  • Comment 94, posted at 21.02.11 09:22:44 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 92) : :twisted:

  • Comment 95, posted at 21.02.11 09:23:42 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • “It wasn’t champagne rugby, but it is the start of the season,” Terblanche said, adding: “We now have the early season jitters out of the way. It became part of the game plan to kick a little more and make them think about pushing guys up in the line. We weren’t that accurate in the kicking all the time, but as I said: ‘Early season jitters’ and we’ll get over it.” —-Indeed

  • Comment 96, posted at 21.02.11 09:24:50 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : then stefan doesn’t believe in his team enough, or have faith in his forwards after they got two tries when then the conditions were worse. that makes him a poor captain. i have no problem with him as a player, but he needs to trust his team and want bonus points when on offer.

  • Comment 97, posted at 21.02.11 09:34:58 by try time Reply

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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 96) : “We weren’t that accurate in the kicking all the time, but as I said” then why keep doing it?

  • Comment 98, posted at 21.02.11 09:36:02 by try time Reply

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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 94) : i said i will be happy with that gameplan. read post 83. keeping possession means “NOT KICKING POSSESSION AWAY”. so that will make me happy.

  • Comment 99, posted at 21.02.11 09:38:47 by try time Reply

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  • this is my take on a good captain.
    he trusts his players around him.
    he analyses the game and changes direction when things aren’t working to things that are.
    he gets the team together and lifts their spirits.

  • Comment 100, posted at 21.02.11 09:44:15 by try time Reply

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  • The only thing Stefan did wrong was attempt the kicks himself. At 35 he could definitley pull something. Haha

  • Comment 101, posted at 21.02.11 09:46:15 by Speed7 Reply

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  • The Sharks did do more right than wrong – hence the victory. We can and will build from here. I am quietly confident for this season.

  • Comment 102, posted at 21.02.11 09:51:52 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 102) : you could also argue that the cheetahs did more wrong than right and that is why the sharks won.

  • Comment 103, posted at 21.02.11 10:01:38 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 103) : Indeed…

  • Comment 104, posted at 21.02.11 10:14:56 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • Some thoughts on the weekend’s game (and a response to some of the negative vibes):

    1) The result: Well done Sharks, including coaching team! Not only did you win your first home game of the season, you also walloped a team that for reasons unfathomable has seemed to have your number for a number of years now. Bogey buried, and off to a great start!

    2) The lack of bonus points: Only one bonus point for 4 tries has been achieved in Durban in Feb in living memory. This stat includes some of the all conquering, scary-ass, try-scoring, incisive-running, juggernauts that have dominated the competition in the past. I prefer to think of this as the Sharks playing the right game for the conditions, and the start of the building of an innings, Crusaders-style.

    3) The goal kicking: Pat Lambie kicked 4 out of 5 and people are concerned?! JLP kicked 1 out of 2, which at 50% is not great, but then again, Pat missed his first one, and then nailed the next 4. JLP missed the first one, and then nailed the next one, after which the game ended. Is it such a stretch of the imagination that perhaps that first kick was needed to get a feel for conditions, and maybe JLP could also have had better stats had the game continued a bit longer? Benefit of the doubt is what is called for here.

    4) The lack of flair in the backline: See the comment about the conditions. Also, we have a tight five and loose trio who would be the envy of many a national coach. You can be guaranteed that they will be punching holes and creating space for our backs to exploit. We have, for the first time in many seasons a set of inside backs who can distribute; I’m pretty sure people complaining about the backs will be singing their praises in weeks to come. Anyways, having wonderful runners in the back means diddly squat if the opposing teams’ defences do not allow you the room and latitude to move. I submit Exhibit A, the trophy cabinets of the Hurricanes, Chiefs, and more recently, the Blues.

    5) The commentary: If I hear Bob Skinstad calling a kick a “dink over the top” once more I may just go postal…

  • Comment 105, posted at 21.02.11 14:09:39 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 105) : My sentiments exactly

  • Comment 106, posted at 21.02.11 14:29:09 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 106) : Good comment…getting a bit fed up with negativity..I reckon for he first game of the season and in the rain…they did just fine…GO SHARKS!!!
    Sorry comment was meant for post above “blush” and I agree with Pokkel :-)

  • Comment 107, posted at 21.02.11 15:05:29 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 71) : This comment is cracking me up. :razz:

  • Comment 108, posted at 21.02.11 16:55:16 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 105) : Bravo… That dink over the top is Andy Cap’s fault… We need rugby men commenting on the game – give me captain obvious any day (Blades)…

  • Comment 109, posted at 21.02.11 18:11:13 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 109) : What cracked me up was the “dink” he took at SuperPat, by asserting that Pat’s ambition is to own a razor…

  • Comment 110, posted at 21.02.11 18:24:35 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 105) : The voice of reason in a seeming wilderness of naysayers and doubting Thomases…

  • Comment 111, posted at 21.02.11 18:25:53 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 110) : Yeah, I do concede that that was pretty funny, but yeah although Andy Cap is a very eloquent speaker, he is not a rugby man… He seems better suited to cricket (which as I am sure you know, does commentate on)… Imagine Blades commentating on cricket… Steyn……. Runs up…. Lets it go at a helluva pace…….. Batsmen blocks……. Duminy collects….. Steyn……. Runs up….. Lets it go at a helluva pace…… Duminy collects……. Steyn (OH FFS!!!!) he is a rugby man! ;-)

  • Comment 112, posted at 21.02.11 18:30:48 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 112) : Blades is a leg-end. Darren Scott is sending him (and Stransky and PDiv) up fabulously with the Rugby Panel on Jacaradana 94.2. Bob has verbal you-know-what… I swear he doesn’t pause to take breath.

  • Comment 113, posted at 21.02.11 18:44:35 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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