Sharks outmuscle Bulls at Lofuts

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 18 Jun 2011 at 19:00
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John Plumtree’s Sharks finally found an 80-minute performance and put in their best all-round team display of the year right when it mattered this evening. Emerging 26-23 victors over the Bulls in a tense encounter at Loftus Versveld, it’s the men in black who will progress to next week’s Super Rugby finals series.

The Sharks hit the Bulls hard from the first whistle to the last and in a dong-dong battle where no quarter was asked or given, the visitors just shaded the breakdown situation and the scrums. The Bulls were imperious at lineout time as always, but a combination of costly knocks – many of which were forced through good Sharks pressure tackle – and silly penalties allowed the Sharks to get their noses in front and keep them there virtually all game.

With Pat Lambie having an uncharacteristically off day with the boot – thanks in no small part to the idiot in the crowd shining a laser pointer in his eyes before every kick, Fred Michalak stepped up in the second half to keep the scoreboard ticking over. A try to each side in either half effectively cancelled each other out – first it was Stefan Terblanhce who scored for the Sharks after Keegan Daniel put JP Pietersen into space with a lovely inside pass, before Gerhard van den Heever scored one of his own on the stroke of halftime after the Bulls stretched the Sharks out wide. With the Sharks clinging onto the slenderest of tree-point leads for most of the second half, they appeared to finally be clear when Lambie combined with Meyer Bosman and Ryan Kankowski to put Lwazi Mvovo over in the corner. The Bulls, though, hit back straight away with a carbon-copy score to Francois Hougaard, but they were unable to score again and the Sharks eventually prevailed by the same three-point margin they had held at half time.

Bulls (23) – Tries by van den Heever, Hougaard. Morne Steyn hit 2 conversions and 3 penalties.
Sharks (26) – Tries by Terblanche and Mvovo. Pat Lambie hit a conversion and 2 penalties. Michalak a drop-goal, a conversion and a penalty.


  • I am overjoyed and speechless. I really didn’t have much faith and am ashamed of that.

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.06.11 19:04:17 by Donald Reply
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  • The boys were amazing and Plumtree got it right for a change. I need a drink.

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.06.11 19:08:36 by Donald Reply
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  • @Donald (Comment 1) : me neither and I’m also shamed by the guts those boys showed.

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.06.11 19:09:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Donald (Comment 1) : you should be! :P

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.06.11 19:09:26 by Poisy Reply
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  • @Donald (Comment 2) : you haven’t been drinking already?

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.06.11 19:16:01 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : shame on u

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.06.11 19:18:30 by Poisy Reply
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  • sharks played like they were posessed, well done boys great performance, really proud of them

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.06.11 19:22:37 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • Guys do u think this is ur peak or just a once off game?

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.06.11 19:39:28 by shaniboi Reply

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  • @shaniboi (Comment 8) : let’s worry about that on Monday

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.06.11 19:45:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • WHAT A GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Just finished watching.

    Where was this rugby in the last few weeks.

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.06.11 19:50:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Apoligise to the FRENCH la resistance.To the fred doubters.

    What a team effort.
    Mostert had a huge game.

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.06.11 19:51:15 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • i think we need to send our boys to rustenburg for a few days before every game..

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.06.11 19:55:41 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • Guys – our boys was simply awsome and in it to win it!! It was a great game to watch!

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.06.11 19:59:32 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 13) : What a feeling it must be to have been there in numbers. :cool:

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.06.11 20:01:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • So stoked!!! Just got back to see the result now. Plum, I apologise whole heartedly for my article last week. Stand proud. The boys can take this with them overseas and beat anybody anywhere.

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.06.11 20:02:04 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • When the score was 19-16 with less than 10min to go, I was waiting for that heartbreak moment on the field followed by the annoying scenes of celebration amongst the crowd and about one million blue flags waving vigorously.

    Not this time. Thank gooooodness :grin:

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.06.11 20:06:38 by beet Reply

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  • Thanks to the Sharksworld boys and girls and Ice in particular for the most memorable of Loftus visits. Felt like a small bit of justice for 2007 :) . Awesome game to watch live from awesome seats!

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.06.11 20:07:30 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Who’s next – Crusaders?

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.06.11 20:07:40 by beet Reply

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  • @beet (Comment 18) : Unless the Cheetahs beat the Stormers then the Stormers are next.

    GO CHEETAHS!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.06.11 20:16:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @beet (Comment 18) : Let’s keep it to only ONE team in Blue winning today.


    Losing teams in Blue, Bulls, Westville and hopefully stormers.

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.06.11 20:18:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • ok so we off to kiwi :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.06.11 20:54:30 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • we play like today same passion?? got no doubt we can win

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.06.11 20:54:58 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • so we off to crusaderland, wander where we’ll play them..

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.06.11 21:00:08 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • Jeez, worked it out wrong. Thought Sharks were gonna play Blues next week. We play SADERS.. :evil:

    I know it goes on wins first if you land up with the same points. So why the heck does a draw not count ahead of point difference?…hehe. :razz: Damn wished it did. We would have a better chance beating Blues than Saders.

    Well maybe we beat em this time round.

    Go Sharks. :cool:

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.06.11 21:01:27 by Puma Reply

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  • King Shark was there! My 100% record stands – never attended a game the sharks lost.

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.06.11 21:03:44 by King Shark - Kanko at 12! Reply
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  • If we beat Saders then we off to Brissie to play Reds. Heck we have made it hard for ourselves. Why did we not play a full 80min like we done today? We would have ended much higher on the log.

    Anyhow we made the play offs.

    Off we go to NZ. Probably tomorrow hoping.

    Just hope we not flying economy class again. Cause once again our flights will be booked on the spur of the moment.

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.06.11 21:04:56 by Puma Reply

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  • @Puma (Comment 26) : bro you watching the bokkie match??

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.06.11 21:06:57 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • @King Shark – Kanko at 12! (Comment 25) : Bragger :razz:

    Vibe must have been good there. Seen plenty of Shark Supporters in the stands.

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.06.11 21:07:00 by Puma Reply

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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 27) : Crikey forgot about it. Better Half watching a movie. Will have to record it.

  • Comment 29, posted at 18.06.11 21:07:46 by Puma Reply

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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 27) : What is the score? Have they started yet?

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.06.11 21:08:15 by Puma Reply

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  • if we play like we did today, we can deffinately beat the crusaders especially if its at a smaller ground, or in wellington

  • Comment 31, posted at 18.06.11 21:10:52 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • @Puma (Comment 29) : lulckily i recorded it :mrgreen: :lol:

  • Comment 32, posted at 18.06.11 21:11:04 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • 16 – 14 to eng after 50 min

  • Comment 33, posted at 18.06.11 21:13:35 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • I’m totally astounded. Support at the breakdown, variation in play/options and spreads to the wings. T’is is rugby. After the past few weeks, I really didnt expect this display. When i saw the guys getting of the bus at Loftus, I actually wondfered what their MINDSET would be like.
    Poured me another drink ……..uhm okay, poured meself a vast few more drinks in celebration. Die Blou Bul eet van die vloer af vanaand.

  • Comment 34, posted at 18.06.11 21:32:18 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • Well done sharks that was a great win from you guys like i said this week i thought the sharks were going to win the bulls have been kak this year and we don’t deserve to even lift the trophy this can not win 8 finals :mrgreen: i will not hide lol…i will not even blame the referee… this proved that the boks can be beaten by the all blacks in a worldc cup final :mrgreen: i am a huge fan of running rugby and rightfully so the sharks deserve to go through they played the better rugby….well the bulls need to look at their tactics rugby is changing even the baby boks were pathetic tonight…it’s time we officially ban the kickinh game and make the ball do the talking…

    Cheers guys!

  • Comment 35, posted at 18.06.11 22:13:38 by Muzi Reply

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  • Thanks Muz!!! It was great, unfortunately there has to be a loser.

  • Comment 36, posted at 18.06.11 22:39:48 by Ice Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : I wish we could see that every week.

  • Comment 37, posted at 18.06.11 22:59:21 by lostfish Reply
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  • @King Shark – Kanko at 12! (Comment 25) : Have you booked your ticket to NZ?

  • Comment 38, posted at 18.06.11 23:01:21 by lostfish Reply
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  • What an awesome game!!! Just finished ceebrating, oh I need that bed now. Thanks Ice this was awesome, we couldn’t have chosen a better game to go and watch. My throat is soar from all the shoutoing. SHARKS forever!!!

  • Comment 39, posted at 18.06.11 23:50:02 by Ben Reply

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  • @Muzi (Comment 35) : Muzi, you legend. Thanks for being humble.

  • Comment 40, posted at 18.06.11 23:55:23 by war1 Reply
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  • @Muzi (Comment 35) :
    Cheers bud: sorry we had to knock your lads out.

  • Comment 41, posted at 19.06.11 01:20:15 by Big Fish Reply
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  • GO SHARKS !!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 42, posted at 19.06.11 01:37:11 by Charlie Reply

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  • I’ve always figured if I were to script my ideal fantasy Sharks game it would involve kicking the shit out of the Bulls at Loftus by some embarrassingly large margin, but honestly, this was better. You have to give credit to the Bulls for playing their part in making this one of the most absorbing, brutal, thrilling and intense spectacles I have seen.

    The composure, calm under pressure and self-belief shown by the guys in blue really is something to marvel at; it’s the mark of a championship-winning side, which makes yesterday’s victory all the sweeter.

    For once, the Sharks displayed the necessary passion, incisiveness and accuracy, all at the same time, and for the full 80 minutes. Which of course begs the question, why only at this late juncture, but I’m sure that is something that will still be debated at length in the week to come. What matters is that every player stood up to be counted, particularly those who have been copping a lot of criticism of late (for which I too have been responsible).

    Well done boys! You’ve made believers again of those of us whose faith was flagging. Now keep on playing like you mean it!

  • Comment 43, posted at 19.06.11 04:15:37 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Sharks :cry: :smile:

  • Comment 44, posted at 19.06.11 08:20:40 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • I believed something was possible, but couldn’t believe my eyes when it was actually happening. And being at Loftus made it extra special.

  • Comment 45, posted at 19.06.11 08:32:33 by catfish Reply
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  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 34) : Great game indeed. Showed how badly we need an attacking fullback that will give our wings opportunities. Bring Riaan Viljoen to DurbÀn asap

  • Comment 46, posted at 19.06.11 08:56:08 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 17) : this is not a cup win yet, but it sure heal the pain off 2007

  • Comment 47, posted at 19.06.11 09:09:25 by franshark Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 39) : dito ben, and great to meat u and the other bloggers :)

  • Comment 48, posted at 19.06.11 09:17:44 by franshark Reply
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  • I see the mobile dit is back to its old self again?

  • Comment 49, posted at 19.06.11 09:18:28 by franshark Reply
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  • Dros Super 15 Steak Special:
    Buy a Blue Bull steak and get a free side order of Snot & Trane sauce.
    This offer is valid for the duration of the Super 15 Rugby Championship!

  • Comment 50, posted at 19.06.11 09:20:49 by franshark Reply
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  • Just watched the game again, on the pvr. This week the guys deserves their 6′s and 7′s, hell I’ll sommer give everyone an 8. :mrgreen: Le Frenchman and Lambighini gave each other a huge hug after the final whistle, regognition of the genious in each other I guess. :razz:

  • Comment 51, posted at 19.06.11 09:31:52 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 50) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 52, posted at 19.06.11 09:32:43 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @franshark (Comment 50) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 53, posted at 19.06.11 09:32:57 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 51) : That hug spoke a million words to me. They’ve known each other for less than 3 weeks and already they have such a bond. That was not your average “hey we won, congratulations” hug.

    Awesome to see that from two players essentially trying to hold down the same spot.

  • Comment 54, posted at 19.06.11 09:44:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 54) : Exactly. I actually cant wait to see what they bring to the table next week. I was pee’ed off after seeing Plum’s selection but it definitely paid off.

  • Comment 55, posted at 19.06.11 09:52:30 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 16) : LMAO! I said the same thing at the same point in my commentary stint. :lol:

  • Comment 56, posted at 19.06.11 10:36:33 by klempie Reply

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  • Awesome game ,mostert was great! Lambie was awesome and michalak was fantastic. The two centers deserve huge praise. Hope we can lift it like that for the second time

  • Comment 57, posted at 19.06.11 18:50:50 by Talent Reply
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  • eish.

    i am in mourning today, and probably will be until the end of the super rugby season at the very least. it was a very sad moment to see vic, bakkies, fourie and daan end their loftus days on such a note. but we probably left ourselves too much work over the last couple of weeks of the season.

    anyway, congrats on your team’s victory at loftus.

    i take pride in the fact that even though you outsmarted and outplayed us, and forced us into making uncharacteristic errors you were only 3 points better than us.

    i take pride in the fact that you had to play (probably) your best game of the season to beat us by a mere 3 points.

    i take pride in the fact that you had to re-shuffle your backline, and change your game plan to beat us by a margin of 3 points.

    but then i must also admit, that a score deficit of 3 points might have been a little bit flattering to us.

    loftus had to say goodbye to some legends of Bulls and Bok rugby over the last few years. their track record deserved a better send-off than losing at a packed loftus, but then no bulls supporter can claim that our team deserved the win on the night.

    well played to you, sharkies. and i hope you can make us proud in the play-offs.

    i really do prefer you to the stormers, any day of the week. but before you get too excited, it isn’t by that much… ;-)

  • Comment 58, posted at 20.06.11 07:11:01 by bloubulblog Reply

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  • @bloubulblog (Comment 58) : did u read comment 50 :)

  • Comment 59, posted at 20.06.11 07:22:00 by franshark Reply
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  • @bloubulblog (Comment 58) : thanks for that, we take it :)

  • Comment 60, posted at 20.06.11 07:24:22 by franshark Reply
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  • @bloubulblog (Comment 58) : Thanks for being so humble. ;)

  • Comment 61, posted at 20.06.11 07:41:36 by Ben Reply

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  • @franshark (Comment 59) : i did, and i didn’t enjoy it :-(

    @Ben (Comment 61) : i am sure you know it is not a quality that comes easily for us bulls supporters, so i am trying it out.

  • Comment 62, posted at 20.06.11 07:46:04 by bloubulblog Reply

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  • @bloubulblog (Comment 62) : Lol, my uncle is a big Bulls supporter and he told me the Sharks didn’t win, he says winning by 3 points isn’t winning its luck. What a idiot he is. :roll:

  • Comment 63, posted at 20.06.11 07:49:37 by Ben Reply

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  • @bloubulblog (Comment 58) : Thanks Eben, It is ALWAYS difficult to win when there is so much emotion involved.

    There have been so may cases through the years where centurions or players playing for some major milestone have ended on the losing side. :(

  • Comment 64, posted at 20.06.11 08:15:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 63) : Tell him it WAS luck.

    We were lucky to have Lambie and Michalak.
    We were also lucky that Michalak slotted the DG.

    And MOSTLY we were lucky that we supported the winners or else we would be as unhappy as he is. :)

  • Comment 65, posted at 20.06.11 08:19:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 65) : :) I don’t even listen to him anymore. Why waste my time like that? ;)

  • Comment 66, posted at 20.06.11 08:21:54 by Ben Reply

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  • Well I’m damn proud of the boys! I didn’t have faith and I was proven wrong. The first time this year I saw the passion and intensity that the Sharks had towards the end of last year.

    Well done Sharks! I haven’t had as much fun watching rugby since 30 October 2010.

  • Comment 67, posted at 20.06.11 08:24:18 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 64) : and i think that same emotion is what probably influenced our whole season. just by reading dewald potgieter’s column, you can get a bit of an insight into how much those players contributed to the bulls, and how much respect their teammates have for them.

    it is easy to sit on the sidelines and say these guys are professional and they shouldn’t let emotions come into play so much, but they are only human.

    in the end, not only those moving away from loftus, but also those remaining felt alot of pressure to make this one last great season for those players, and while they had a good run in the second half of the season, i think all that emotion eventually added up, and was just too big a hurdle too overcome.

    one thing i was glad to see, is that bakkies didn’t hold back at all. and while there was an incident here and there that you guys would think might have heralded more punishment, truth be told that if another player committed those acts, not a word would have been said.

    bakkies can be proud of the way he played in his 100th, even though the bulls did not win. it is certainly not because of him having held back in fear of being penalised\carded. with that said, even i was just a little more relaxed when he was replaced, as chances are that he might have gotten very close to a card if he had continued much longer.

    in the end having to win 7 games on the trot, was just too big an ask. and we probably should have known that, but in my mind, it shows what a special breed of player we have\had at loftus.

    i hope that you guys as sharks supporters can now start showing that same unwavering belief the bulls guys have in their team. even though we looked to be down and out midway through the season, every bulls supporter believed that we could still make it.

    we came to durban, and although i wasn’t confident, i knew we had the team that could beat you there. the same when we went to newlands, i wasn’t confident that we would win, but i knew if we played our game, we could win.

    you guys must start showing that same belief in your team. it doesn’t mean you have to be arrogant, or always be confident of your team actaully winning, but you must trust in them that they can win on any given day. and then perhaps those ‘given days’, wil happen more regularly.

  • Comment 68, posted at 20.06.11 08:28:20 by bloubulblog Reply

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  • @bloubulblog (Comment 68) : Personally I don’t think Bakkies did anything untoward in the match and the “warning” he got from JK for “2 incidents” was unwarranted IMO.

    I can’t recall the 1st but the 2nd where Hargreaves fell from the LO was POOR call.

    I don’t think we’ll EVER have that unwaivering belief that you guys have. Amongst our supporters there is to big a fickle bunch with a lot of negativity almost bred into them. :(

  • Comment 69, posted at 20.06.11 08:37:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 69) : I am deffo NOT amongs those “some”!!! :grin:

    I am still STOKED!!! And still have NO voice! :lol:

  • Comment 70, posted at 20.06.11 08:42:30 by Ice Reply
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  • WOW, I have to admit something….. Last years Super 14 I was very critical of Lambie and actually posted that he should rather go be a model as he is way to slow to do much in super 14 level… But wow he has really grown over this past year and he has proved that he is not only a genius, he is a super genius when the rest of the team pitches up for the game.
    Our forwards did a awesome job, and our backs are looking like the backline that won us the Currie cup, and JPP! Where have you been the last 4 years? Has he been playing with a injury all along? Coz I have not seen him run at full speed like that since 2007. Wow its great to have you back.

    Lastly thanks to the Bulls for pitching up for this game and showing that South Africa has some awesome rugby players in our ranks. It must rank as one of the best games I have ever watched. Awesome guys.

  • Comment 71, posted at 20.06.11 08:54:50 by Uli Reply
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  • @bloubulblog (Comment 68) : Ag no man, between you and Muzi you are totally dispossessing me of my deeply held convictions that Bulls fans are a bunch of sub-human, illiterate, arrogant, intolerable cretins. Thanks for nothing! ;-)

  • Comment 72, posted at 20.06.11 10:32:33 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 72) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 73, posted at 20.06.11 11:30:02 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 72) : :lol:

  • Comment 74, posted at 20.06.11 11:39:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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