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Home comforts loom for Sharks


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 16 Mar 2011 at 09:04
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In a surprising, yet altogether well-thought-out move, the Sharks team will arrive back in Durban on Saturday, having opted to do the bulk of their preparation for the London clash against the Crusaders at their Kings Park base. They will depart for London on Thursday night, arriving in London two days before the Sunday game.

A number of factors have played a part in the decision, not least of which the desire to break up what would be a marathon journey from New Zealand (the team is to face the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday) all the way to London. By splitting the trip in half, the impact of the travel may be lessened, while there are added benefits in terms of being able to counter the inevitable jetlag by getting back to a familiar time zone more quickly.

South African teams find these four-week tours tough and while the Sharks have traditionally enjoyed them more than most, the pressures of being away from home and loved ones for a month take their toll on anyone. By opting to prepare for the Saders clash at home, the Sharks have effectively reduced their four-week tour to three weeks, plus a long weekend in London. Those concerned about the implications of facing the Stormers in Durban just six days after the Twickenham clash should hopefully see their fears allayed to an extent as well.

While the flight London is a long one, the fact that it can be comfortably done in a night with very little change in timezone means that, if you stretch your imagination just a little, one could almost view the Crusaders match as an away game against local opposition, rather than a full-blown foreign tour game. That is the mindset that the Sharks will be hoping get into and I’m sure that after five nights in their own comfortable beds, the team will approach the Crusaders match as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, with a real spring in their step, rather than as the last hurdle to be overcome in a tour that’s already been far too long.

Good thinking, Sharks, is all I can say. Now let’s welcome you back to Durban with a three-from-three tour record!



69 Comments

  • Works for me, who ever came up with the idea to do it this way deserves a Beer!

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.03.11 09:15:25 by G West Reply
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  • Good call!

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.03.11 09:15:35 by Crock Reply

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  • Great idea imo, could do wonders for the team.

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.03.11 09:16:47 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Im glad they get to come back to their families..

    No excuse now to lose this game!

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.03.11 09:19:44 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • very clever… in fact, so clever, I can’t believe I didn’t think of it :)

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.03.11 09:27:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • Good move. :cool:

    Don’t want any ‘Sharks were tired’ excuses when you lose to the Stormers. ;-) :razz:

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.03.11 09:27:31 by McLovin Reply

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  • Seems like a good idea even if its hard to imagine a game in London against the Crusaders as a local away game. :grin:

    Pity the Kiwi accommodation establishment that is now going to be heavily out of pocket.

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.03.11 09:28:07 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 7) : Well they are going to spend a bit more on travel.

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.03.11 09:31:34 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Hope they travel business – just done the SA – Europe – SA run in economy got back Fri – eish. Those seats dont accomodate South african rugby players….

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.03.11 09:47:53 by Caratacus Reply

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  • Sounds like a great idea.

    The thing I’m worried about though is that the Sharks might have one foot on the plane when we play the Chiefs this weekend.

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.03.11 09:48:59 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 8) : Good job to have, being SANZAR’s travel agent.

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.03.11 09:49:38 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Off Topic…when is Deysel back?

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.03.11 09:51:51 by JJR Reply
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  • Would love to see him play some Vodacom Cup this weekend, but i have not heard any Deysel update for a while now.

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.03.11 09:55:42 by JJR Reply
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  • and let’s not forget that we don’t need to take the SAME squad to England as we did to Aus/NZ.

    This could see Deysel in the squad if he recovers?

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.03.11 09:56:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @JJR (Comment 12) : not really off topic if he goes to London with the guys.

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.03.11 09:58:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) : we also don’t need to take the whole squad just the match day 22. leaving some tired guys behind to recover for the stormers.

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.03.11 10:00:08 by try time Reply

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  • i can’t see them rushing deysel in without some sharks xv game time. we have all seen how adi and john have been rusty after their long lay off.

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.03.11 10:01:34 by try time Reply

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  • Good move all round. At leasat someone at the Sharks doesn’t have the IQ problems other SA teams suffer from.

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.03.11 10:01:37 by Speed7 Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 16) : I would take 1 or 2 more than the match day 22 but the idea is the same.

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.03.11 10:03:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @JJR (Comment 13) :
    I think I saw that the game is being televised. :cool:

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.03.11 10:06:33 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Deysel is still 2-3 weeks away from playing

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.03.11 10:08:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : good morning Rob and everyone …

    Rob there is an article on Keo where it is said Ronnie Cooke and Marius Joubert is close to signing for the Sharks??

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.03.11 10:09:43 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : :razz: damn rob every week for the past 6 weeks you tell us 2 to 3 weeks :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.03.11 10:10:53 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) :

    Im assuming that is playing at all? Or for the Super Squad?

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.03.11 10:13:12 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 22) : if its on Keo then it wont happen!!!!
    Wait for independent confirmation

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.03.11 10:18:54 by Fattmann Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) : good point. don’t need a player injuring himself in the captains run. and then we are a man down.

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.03.11 10:21:14 by try time Reply

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  • @Fattmann (Comment 25) : :lol:

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.03.11 10:21:21 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 20) : they definitely will show the game. the advertisers paid for all super rugby games, supersport has to oblige. it is also a landmark game, supersport wouldn’t want to miss this.

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.03.11 10:24:24 by try time Reply

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  • Do you think we might have a couple of Supersport commentators/NZ commentators fly up to do the commentators or will be stuck with a pair of British prats who try to put Superugby down at every opportunity and pump the Heineken Cup snorefest?

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.03.11 10:28:34 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 29) : it is a kiwi game so fox will send commentators. but do what i do and change to afrikaans when the commentary is rubbish. it is easier to switch off to it and focus on the game.

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.03.11 10:32:45 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 30) : I’ve tried that a couple of times but usually get some Afrikaans buffoon trying to pump the Bulls, so in SA commentary it’s a case of damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

    The English Commentators are usually falling over Province all other teams are inferior to the hoops or blind drink (that’s you Bladesy) and the Afrikaans commentators are Bulle.

    Hell, the only commentator who is close to being a Shark is Bros and he’s pretty bad.

  • Comment 31, posted at 16.03.11 10:36:41 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 31) : true. i don’t get excited with the sa commentators. i hate to say it but the best guys are andy and bobby. eventhough bobby gets on my moobs when he goes through the dictionery to find new words to describe things.

  • Comment 32, posted at 16.03.11 10:41:21 by try time Reply

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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 31) : oh and that grey/white haired guy is good. can’t remember his name though.

  • Comment 33, posted at 16.03.11 10:42:02 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 33) : The dude with the tach? He is decent, although he can also get a bit WP blinded.

    Have to say that I enjoy the NZ/Aus commentators more than our SA kind. They are unashamedly biased toward their teams but are enjoyable to listen to. Our guys try to be neutral or suck up to the overseas teams and then make the sound of fingers on chalkboards seem to be enviable.

  • Comment 34, posted at 16.03.11 10:45:26 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 20) : Yup @robdylan (Comment 21) : Dammit…we need to be careful with how we manage Alberts…we need him for everygame until Deysel returns; then we can start rotating the 2 and keep them both fresh for Playoffs.

  • Comment 35, posted at 16.03.11 10:55:06 by JJR Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 8) : I am sure the financial incentive offered to the Sharks to play in London will more than make up for it.

  • Comment 36, posted at 16.03.11 10:58:43 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 34) : At least with some of the Aussie commentators you get a good laugh out of some of the stupid stuff they say.

  • Comment 37, posted at 16.03.11 11:00:38 by lostfish Reply
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  • the Joubert story is true… it’s been on the cards for more than a year.

    I’ll get something up about it a bit later

  • Comment 38, posted at 16.03.11 11:02:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 38) :

    What will Joubert add to the Sharks squad?

    Except pissing off the youngsters!

  • Comment 39, posted at 16.03.11 11:04:53 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 23) : you’ve spotted my trick :)

    I reckon Wolla will play some Vodacom Cup the week after next, if I had to guess. Maybe even next week.

  • Comment 40, posted at 16.03.11 11:05:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 39) : Plum rates him

  • Comment 41, posted at 16.03.11 11:05:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 28) :
    I was refering to the Vodacom Cup game against the Lion cubs. ;-)

  • Comment 42, posted at 16.03.11 11:10:35 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 41) :

    Question is, do you rate him Robbo?

  • Comment 43, posted at 16.03.11 11:11:38 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 40) : lol rob exactly why i said nothing further to fattman :mrgreen: :lol:

  • Comment 44, posted at 16.03.11 11:16:41 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 31) :
    Andy Capostagnio comes across as a Sharks fan.
    Regarding the WP / Stormers bias shown by some commentators, I love it when they are on and the Sharks are playing their team, and winning. Its justice to hear the pain in Mathew Pearces voice, not to mention the tears wekking in his eyes, as he realises they are going to lose.

  • Comment 45, posted at 16.03.11 11:18:12 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 40) : also rob i had heard but could not confirm, but i knew mentioning it here might get you to help confirm :lol: :lol:

    and with keo putting it up gave me that chance to ask here

  • Comment 46, posted at 16.03.11 11:21:41 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • i am in 3 minds regarding both those players though

    positive is jouberts experience as stefan will be retiring, cooke was quite a good center till he left , not sure about his growth as a player since then

  • Comment 47, posted at 16.03.11 11:23:52 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • :lol: @ 3 minds hehehehe , i meant 2 minds :lol:

  • Comment 48, posted at 16.03.11 11:25:03 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 42) : aaaah sorry sir. I assumed you were talking about the game this thread relates to. :lol:

  • Comment 49, posted at 16.03.11 11:26:39 by try time Reply

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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 47) : My hesitation though comes from the fact that Joubert was a good centre when playing here and he might still be a good player but he is now 31 so how long will he carry on playing?

    Ronnie Cooke is also a good player and is only 23/24 so he has a longer life than Marius Joubert.

    But what about our own young players like Piet Lindeque who will be around even LONGER than Cooke.

  • Comment 50, posted at 16.03.11 11:27:29 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 34) : go rate them on supersport. i have.

  • Comment 51, posted at 16.03.11 11:27:43 by try time Reply

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  • Rob my main concern is players like jordaan not getting chances and they end up leaving ala whitely

  • Comment 52, posted at 16.03.11 11:28:49 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 51) : Haha, I also have and I slated them. Hopefully there are other people who share my distaste.

    Only question what they are going to do with the ratings. “Oh well, our commentators suck they just have to get used to it.”

  • Comment 53, posted at 16.03.11 11:31:19 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 34) : The dude with the tach is Gavin Cowley. Played for EP for many years and then for Natal for a season or 2 if I remember correctly. Very decent fly-half and kept out of the Springbok team by one Naas Botha.

  • Comment 54, posted at 16.03.11 11:39:44 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 52) : I share your concern, although to my mind the sort of player who might see this as a threat is a guy like Jerome Pretoriua.

    We tend to forget that Lindeque and Jordaan are still teenagers.

  • Comment 55, posted at 16.03.11 11:41:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 49) :
    Sorry, I forgot my ADD meds this morning.

  • Comment 56, posted at 16.03.11 11:42:34 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 55) : true mate

    but remember lambie is also a teenager , and they gave him a chance

    do you know whats happened to wynand pienaar? the Fb come center?

  • Comment 57, posted at 16.03.11 11:45:34 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @MysticShark (Comment 54) :
    Dont remember Gavin Cowley playing for Natal. He was a great flyhalf. He also played a lot of cricket for Eastern Province.
    I think he is the main honcho of Addidas SA these days.

  • Comment 58, posted at 16.03.11 11:46:12 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 53) :
    Lets not forget the newest Cape addittion – Hanyani Shimangi.

  • Comment 59, posted at 16.03.11 11:48:17 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 59) : Don’t forget though that he played for the Sharks before he shifted to Province. Another in a long line of players who were behind Smittie and moved on before retiring. Players like Shimange and Lukas von Biljon.

  • Comment 60, posted at 16.03.11 11:57:18 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • This is going to be a great game, hopefully played in a sellout stadium with Twickers traditional atmosphere…

    GO SHARKS!

  • Comment 61, posted at 16.03.11 13:27:52 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 60) : INteresting that you should bring up Lukas van Biljon as today is his 35th Birthday. I used to be a fan of him back in the day.

  • Comment 62, posted at 16.03.11 13:41:47 by Jeremiser Reply
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  • @Jeremiser (Comment 62) : Whatever happened to the guy?

    He moved to the Lions after the Sharks played a couple of games and then disappeared.

  • Comment 63, posted at 16.03.11 13:46:33 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 57) : he’s still struggling to get properly fit after his leg break last year

  • Comment 64, posted at 16.03.11 14:17:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 63) : really struggled with his inner rage, that boy

  • Comment 65, posted at 16.03.11 14:22:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 65) : That he did.

    I’m hoping that while Bissie is probably in the same mould in terms of go forward, he has control of his rage.

  • Comment 66, posted at 16.03.11 14:28:58 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • Well at least they will be on the same time zone. Though will have added extra travel. Takes awhile to get over jetlag. Probably only just be getting over the jetlag and off to London.

    Anyhow now that it is on. Good luck to our team.

    See that Twickers will be reduced to 55 000 seater for the game. Hope everyone that lives over there gets to the stadium.

  • Comment 67, posted at 16.03.11 16:34:07 by Puma Reply

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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 34) : Yeah, never thought of that. Do hope it is a mix between Kiwi and Saffa commentators.

  • Comment 68, posted at 16.03.11 16:35:27 by Puma Reply

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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 66) : Bissie strikes me as a HECK of a lot brighter than poor old Lukas ever was

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