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Improbable, not impossible


Written by Morné Nortier (Morné)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 23 Jun 2011 at 10:33
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Improbable, not impossible.  This is the feeling amongst most South Africans prior to the Sharks massive qualifier match against the Crusaders this weekend.

There would have been little time to celebrate the remarkable victory over the Bulls on their home ground, Fortress Loftus, for the Sharks as this victory meant they would have to travel over 11 000km across the globe to take on the most successful team in Super Rugby history, the Crusaders, in what is effectively, a quarter-final, winner takes all and loser goes home match.

But it’s this victory at Loftus, the improbable or even impossible victory over the defending champions, that instilled a sense of belief amongst the Sharks players and supporters that the Crusaders can be beaten, even in New Zealand.

The last time these teams met in the league stages, we were treated to a Super Rugby first, and an amazing spectacle.  The Crusaders walked away winners, but the Sharks took some valuable lessons from that match which will hopefully serve them well when they run out in Nelson on Saturday.

The Crusaders can be beaten, and although having the belief that this is possible is important, the result will come down to how the Sharks approach this match technically, and tactically.

One should not expect many changes to the team that beat the Bulls, apart from injuries of course, and nor should there be.  The Frenchman at flyhalf and Lambie in the last line provided the Sharks with a dimension we have not seen in 2011 yet, and given the forwards are more than capable to hold their own against the Crusaders, it is quite easy to conclude that the margin between winning and losing this Saturday will be very small.

But just how should the Sharks approach this match?

When it comes to set pieces, the Crusaders are quite simply one of the best.  For my money, they have the best scrum in the business and they are very clever at line-out time with the experienced Brad Thorn leading the way.

Apart from that, their outside backs from outside center to fullback has quite simply set the standard in 2011.

But there are areas to exploit.

First and foremost, percentage rugby will be key, but that goes without saying.  In Tom Marshall, the Crusaders have a very inexperienced player in their last line of defense and clever tactical kicking into space (not necessarily out) with a good chasing game from Pietersen and Mvovo can put the Crusaders under pressure in their own half.  For this the roles of McCleod (from the base), Michalak, Stefan and Lambie with the boot will be key.

The Crusaders, similar to the All Blacks, are also masters at ruck time, specifically counter rucking.  It will therefore be key for the Sharks to ensure their runners do not get isolated and avoid one-on-one situations at the tackle meaning resisting the temptation to play too far away from their forwards.  In fact, this is exactly where I believe the Crusaders can be tested on defense.

If you go through the team sheet and see the names of Ellis, Carter, Williams and Fruean, your first instincts might be to keep the play away from them as far as possible, but it will be in these channels, specifically on either side of Sonny Bill Williams that I will set up my strike runners.

Williams has been a revelation as a ball carrier this season, but it’s his inexperience in union as a defender I would target.  All great defensive systems relies on patterns, pattern recognition, and communication.  Much of this comes through repetition over a period of time and experience, something Williams does not have.  They key for the Sharks will be to attack these channels and have either Williams, or defenders on either side of him come out of line or break the defensive line.

In a player like Michalak, the Sharks have a very experienced and very dangerous player who will not only draw defenders to him, but also provide the Sharks with the ability to put various strike runners in space through clever off-loads or even kicks.  And in strike runners like Alberts, Kankowski, Bismarck, JP Pietersen, Mvovo and Lambie joining the line at pace, the Sharks have the ability to punish the Crusaders midfield if they make the smallest defensive error.

The idea however will be to box clever, not hard.  Where before the Sharks only had 2 or 3 strike runners who they employed and would be marked, they can now call on 5 or 6 players to offer variations and options.  Dummy or decoy runners, angled runs or cut backs and reverse passes should be the order of the day for the boys from Durban, all targeting the two channels around the Crusaders inside center.

The idea of sucking in defenders and having tacklers getting in each other’s way or marking the same attacker, centers around trying to compress play around your playmaker, and then explode out from there.  The Sharks will need to try and compress play in the channels between Carter, Williams and Fruean, and then explode out from there and with Michalak as the playmaker, the have the perfect weapon.

Defending against the Crusaders is not easy at the best of times, and given the dimension Sonny Bill added to the team, you can find yourself 14 points down in a blink of an eye.

The danger man for the Sharks is obviously Sonny Bill, but as Brenden Venter pointed out a month or so back, Sonny Bill and his stupendous off-loads to players into space is as much dependent on those support runners as it is on Williams’ skills.  But afford Williams time and space, and the Crusaders outside backs will kill you.

This will be the Sharks’ greatest challenge, and for this they would have to employ what is in my mind a bit of a hybrid-defensive system.  Firstly you have to rush up from the sides (inside and outside) to cut off space and time for Carter and Williams specifically from the danger men out wide, in other words, the old umbrella or rush defense – forcing them to play back to the forwards (similar to what the Sharks did to Jean de Villiers in the Currie Cup final).

Whilst you have defenders rushing in from the sides on Carter and Williams, you need to have players or defenders get between them as blockers, cutting them off from potential support players.  So on the one hand you will have your front-line defenders rushing their two play-makers, and on the other you will have defenders following any potential support players running off them and blocking those channels.

The key to this will be first time tackles, miss this, and you will be terribly exposed.

The result if executed correctly and effectively however, will be to force the Crusaders into a game they do not like to play, having to go to ground to secure possession (being cut off from support players and therefore quick ball), and having to play towards traffic (forwards) rather than the wider, more open outside channels.

As the Sharks showed with the Bulls, forcing a team into playing a game they do not enjoy, will always open the door for victory.  This and simple basics with minimal unforced errors, could see the Sharks outsmart the much fancied Crusaders.

Will the Sharks win on Saturday?  Well it’s not impossible, but it is highly improbable…



105 Comments

  • I am not even going to comment.

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.06.11 10:43:14 by Uli Reply
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  • And then there’s also the jet-lag. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.06.11 10:44:31 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 2) :

    Hehehe… Oh ja, I forgot they have to get over jet-lag too… :twisted:

    I see the boys nerves are shot a bit… :lol:

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.06.11 10:47:58 by Morné Reply
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  • I actually have virtually zero nerves this week. Just a lot of excitement. The boys face a damn-near impossible task. I’m really going to enjoy the win :)

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.06.11 10:49:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • Plum’s tactical finesse will be tested to the out most in this game. For us to succeed he will have to pass with flying colours. Michalak will be the go to man, he will create from 10, expect to see Lambie coming in a lot at 2 receiver with JPP and Mvovs coming off their wings to play off them.

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.06.11 10:57:48 by Ben Reply
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  • I am also not nervous – just hyper excited!

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.06.11 10:59:22 by Ice Reply
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  • This will also be the Crusaders first play-off not played in Christchurch, where btw they have contested 8 semi’s and lost not a single one. :|

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.06.11 11:00:08 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 7) : Perhaps a little thing working in our favour..

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.06.11 11:04:36 by Ice Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 7) : do you know there record away from home semi’s . I know this a home play-off for them just intrested

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.06.11 11:05:42 by BR Reply
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  • We beat the 2nd best last weekend, now let’s beat the best.

    Not improbable at all.

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.06.11 11:06:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 7) : do you know they’re record away from home semi’s . I know this a home play-off for them just intrested

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.06.11 11:06:55 by BR Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 8) : Could be. Only 17 000 capacity also. Just like the average KP crowd. :twisted:

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.06.11 11:07:23 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 12) : Oephhhhh!!!! :evil: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.06.11 11:08:13 by Ice Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 12) : :razz: :lol:

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.06.11 11:09:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @BR (Comment 11) : 1 from 4. Bulls beat them 3 times.

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.06.11 11:09:44 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 12) : actually the average KP crowd is around 28000 ;-)

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.06.11 11:31:06 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 16) : in semis, cant be?

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.06.11 11:34:57 by franshark Reply
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  • i see on a NZ website that plum confirmed that he held talks with Nonu regarding a move to the sharks. As plum also stated that a move next year would be unlikely as Nonu still wants to play for the AB`s, but they will still be in touch…

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.06.11 11:35:18 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @franshark (Comment 17) : In all games.

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.06.11 11:38:02 by Ben Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 16) : That wasn’t the point of the joke. :roll: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.06.11 11:38:31 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 12) : Thats also about the average size Stormers support base at Newlands, the rest support the opposition.

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.06.11 11:44:13 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 21) : :) :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.06.11 11:46:53 by Ben Reply
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  • Looks like a nerve was touched. :twisted:

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.06.11 11:48:32 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 21) : and if the crusaders play at newlands there is more crusaders supporters then stormers :twisted:

  • Comment 24, posted at 23.06.11 11:48:52 by BR Reply
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  • As a true blou bulle i will be wearing my sharks t-shirt straight out of mr price on saturday NOT :mrgreen: sharks supporters need not worry the crusaders will choke..there is no way the sharks will offer carter and his buddy in midfield sonny space plumtree knows what needs to be done they beat the bulls at loftus that alone will send a clear message to todd blackadder and his players they are in for a nasty rude awakening and surprise like the bulls the sharks have BMT in finals rugga and they know how to do the business…i want the sharks to win the damn whole super 15 comp :mrgreen: NOT the stormers ..not the saders not the reds not the blues…i hope lambie has a blinder…

  • Comment 25, posted at 23.06.11 11:50:04 by Muzi Reply

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  • :lol:

  • Comment 26, posted at 23.06.11 11:50:09 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 13) : @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) : At least there are two people with a sense of humor. ;-) :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 23.06.11 11:50:25 by McLovin Reply

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  • @BR (Comment 24) : Those broke back mountain saders supporters are a disgrace :evil:

  • Comment 28, posted at 23.06.11 11:51:18 by Muzi Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 27) : If you had a sense of humour you would have laughed at Salmanoid’s joke. ;) :lol:

  • Comment 29, posted at 23.06.11 11:52:36 by Ben Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 23) : Surely you were looking for a reaction. :razz:

  • Comment 30, posted at 23.06.11 11:53:52 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 29) : I’m lol’ing all over the show. :smile:

  • Comment 31, posted at 23.06.11 11:54:26 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 29) : ;-) :cool:

  • Comment 32, posted at 23.06.11 11:54:26 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 27) : there’s others too, we just waiting for you to say that the stormers gona win the cup, then u’ll see us laughing :)

  • Comment 33, posted at 23.06.11 11:56:19 by franshark Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 27) : gee jou net n` bietjie van jou eie medisyne ;-)
    @Muzi (Comment 28) : what else can you expect if they’re team hasn’t won a trophy in how long angain :twisted:

  • Comment 34, posted at 23.06.11 11:56:42 by BR Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 31) : :lol:

  • Comment 35, posted at 23.06.11 11:59:52 by Ben Reply
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  • @BR (Comment 34) : i hope that conference trophy is the only silverwear they see for another decade :evil:

  • Comment 36, posted at 23.06.11 12:00:16 by Muzi Reply

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  • You guys are being nasty, the Stormers are my 3rd Fav team! :lol:

  • Comment 37, posted at 23.06.11 12:04:29 by Ben Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 27) : I wasn’t laughing because it was funny, I was laughing because I was thinking of ways to get you back. :razz: :lol: :wink:

  • Comment 38, posted at 23.06.11 12:04:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 38) : There have already been some rather ‘flou’ attempts. :twisted:

    Still waiting for a good one. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 39, posted at 23.06.11 12:07:01 by McLovin Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 38) : lekka :lol:

  • Comment 40, posted at 23.06.11 12:09:34 by franshark Reply
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  • @Muzi (Comment 36) : that trophy is an excuse for a trophy they only made them so that the stormers can feel better about themselfs
    agree with you I would rather let an oz team win the comp before the stormers ;-)

  • Comment 41, posted at 23.06.11 12:09:57 by BR Reply
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  • @Muzi (Comment 28) : NOTHING Wrong with supporing the Crusaders if you don’t live in Christchurch.

    You can live anywhere and support anyone. Or else Ice would be a Lion, Rob would be a Bull turned Saracen, Big Fish would be a Stormer and I would be a Khobar Eagle.

    Let anyone support who they want and leave them be.

  • Comment 42, posted at 23.06.11 12:11:02 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 38) : I heart some andre something bosch going to chelsea for some manager role… 15mil transfer, what u up to these days :)

  • Comment 43, posted at 23.06.11 12:12:40 by franshark Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 39) : Here’s one.

    Matthew Proudfoot phones Allister Coetzee at 3 o’clock in the morning, screaming. “Allister Allister Newlands is on fire!!!!!” Allister replies screaming, “The Cups Matthew, the Cups, SAVE the CUPS!!!!!” There is a moment of silence and Matthew replies quietly, “The Fire hasn’t spread to the kitchen yet coach.”

  • Comment 44, posted at 23.06.11 12:12:50 by Ben Reply
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  • @BR (Comment 34) :Thats not fair they won the conference cup – the one that Schalk looked decidedly sheepish about accepting after the Cheetahs game.

  • Comment 45, posted at 23.06.11 12:13:42 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 37) : I would rather support the rebels than the stormers and that say quite alot :smile:

  • Comment 46, posted at 23.06.11 12:13:52 by BR Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 44) : Lolling almost out of control now. The old ones are the best aren’t they? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 47, posted at 23.06.11 12:14:58 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 44) : :lol:

  • Comment 48, posted at 23.06.11 12:15:56 by franshark Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 39) : I usually wait until the fish is NICE and hungry and then I dangle the bait. :wink:

    You caught a few good and hungry fish with your dangle. :wink:

  • Comment 49, posted at 23.06.11 12:16:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @franshark (Comment 43) : Wasn’t me! If I wanted to manage a diving team it wouldn’t be a bunch of soccer players.

  • Comment 50, posted at 23.06.11 12:18:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 50) : :)

  • Comment 51, posted at 23.06.11 12:19:56 by franshark Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 47) : Yes they are. :)

  • Comment 52, posted at 23.06.11 12:19:58 by Ben Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 49) : Good tactic. :cool:

    Wait till a time when nerves are jangling.
    Add in an element of truth mixed with some exaggeration.

    And voila! Or as some would say ‘walla’. :mrgreen: :twisted:

  • Comment 53, posted at 23.06.11 12:20:06 by McLovin Reply

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  • @vanwilder: … Maybe he will sign with the sharks after he makes the ab wc team.. Maybe that’s why not commiting and plum saying how much nono wants to play for abs next year..?
    So he will only sign for one year_2012 and then re-evaluate his options?dunno.maybe they having us and ab selectors? Let’s see how quick he signs with another nz franchise.

  • Comment 54, posted at 23.06.11 12:20:27 by bergshark Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 44) : :lol: :lol: hahaha good one the cups hehehehe :mrgreen:

  • Comment 55, posted at 23.06.11 12:21:15 by Muzi Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 44) : And if there is one place where Proudfoot should not go near its the kitchen.

  • Comment 56, posted at 23.06.11 12:21:15 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 50) : :lol:

  • Comment 57, posted at 23.06.11 12:21:17 by Ben Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 47) : :lol: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 58, posted at 23.06.11 12:21:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 45) : In what other sport do they give a trophy to a team that won a pool come on it is reducilas :evil:

    will they also be giving away trophies at the world cup for the pool winners :twisted: atleast the AB will then have some silver wear, becuase the cup is coming home ;-)

  • Comment 59, posted at 23.06.11 12:21:56 by BR Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 49) : “with your dangle” Something doesn’t sound QUITE right about that. :oops:

  • Comment 60, posted at 23.06.11 12:22:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • More of these kinds of articles please Morne! Love it!

  • Comment 61, posted at 23.06.11 12:23:45 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 53) : Those vitamins are keeping you very sharp. “walla” :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 62, posted at 23.06.11 12:24:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @BR (Comment 59) : Quite a few actually.

    Back in the day the team that finished top of the Currie Cup log also got a trophy.

  • Comment 63, posted at 23.06.11 12:25:17 by McLovin Reply

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  • On the topic:
    JOKE:
    On a farming family’s first visit to a mall the father and son find themselves in front of an elevator trying to figure out what’s its purpose. An elderly half disabled women walks up to the elevator, push the button, gets in, and goes of to her destination. After a while the elevator door opens and this sexy young woman gets out. The father looks at his son and says: Go get your mother!

  • Comment 64, posted at 23.06.11 12:25:22 by franshark Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 63) : and do you think I can remember the name of that trophy? NOPE!! :evil: been trying for months. :sad:

  • Comment 65, posted at 23.06.11 12:28:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 63) : That must have been way before my time you can’t maybe remember when that was that is also quite a bit of a joke :lol:

  • Comment 66, posted at 23.06.11 12:29:02 by BR Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 64) : Good one! :lol:

  • Comment 67, posted at 23.06.11 12:29:30 by Ben Reply
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  • My bulls players are drunk with success they have been spending time in malls promoting USN supplements…promoting melrose cheese and even sadly wearing tights…pampering themselves with botox..yea botox my gosh tjo in the process…promoting shaving cream..breaking brick walls in outsurance adds hell the bulls players are huge twitter followers no wonder die mense speel kak i hope heyneke meyer can fix all this social media business…. the trophy cabinet at loftus is sooooo full we have no space left :mrgreen: the only issue i have with loftus is that steve hoffmeyer song the guy is something else :???: everytime die blou bull liedjie plays i seriously feel :evil:

  • Comment 68, posted at 23.06.11 12:29:47 by Muzi Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 65) : Same here. Bugging me big time. :|

  • Comment 69, posted at 23.06.11 12:31:18 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 63) :

    Hey, these boys have earned the right to talk for one more week after the league stages. Put your feet up, and relax, like your team.

  • Comment 70, posted at 23.06.11 12:31:22 by Morné Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 63) : Thats right, can you remember the name of it. I was thinking about it the other day, couldnt remember. I think its named after a person.

  • Comment 71, posted at 23.06.11 12:31:45 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • while they are giving away trophies like this why don’t just give everybody one then everyone is happy :twisted:

  • Comment 72, posted at 23.06.11 12:32:11 by BR Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 70) : huh?

  • Comment 73, posted at 23.06.11 12:32:29 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 71) : :oops: see you guys have alreadyy answered. Maybe Morne knows.

    Where are John Maytham/ Edwil van Aarde when you need them?

  • Comment 74, posted at 23.06.11 12:34:24 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Alberts in for Kanko

  • Comment 75, posted at 23.06.11 12:34:43 by GeneralSpecific Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 65) : @Salmonoid (Comment 71) : I remember now. :cool:

  • Comment 76, posted at 23.06.11 12:35:30 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 73) :

    Let me put it another way…

    Let them talk and take the piss, it’s only for one more week! Your team on the other hand is at home, relaxing, and just watching all this knowing a home semi is already booked…

    (Insert appropriate smiley here!)

  • Comment 77, posted at 23.06.11 12:35:47 by Morné Reply
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  • The cup was called the ‘Percy Frames Cup’. :cool:

  • Comment 78, posted at 23.06.11 12:36:37 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 74) :

    Huh, what where?

  • Comment 79, posted at 23.06.11 12:37:32 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 77) : I’m not stopping them. :roll:

    Am I not allowed to say anything then? Just having a laugh, crickey.

  • Comment 80, posted at 23.06.11 12:39:28 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 80) :

    You misinterpret the tone of my post.

  • Comment 81, posted at 23.06.11 12:40:28 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 79) : Name of the trophy the team topping the CC log used to get. McLovin seems to have solved it. – Percy Frames.

  • Comment 82, posted at 23.06.11 12:41:37 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 82) :

    Aaaahhhhh…

  • Comment 83, posted at 23.06.11 12:44:19 by Morné Reply
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  • Here is the sharks team so long, not sure when Rob will but up a thread as he is pretty busy right now

    sure he will have it up a.s.a.p

    The Sharks

    1. Tendai Mtawarira
    2. Bismarck du Plessis
    3. Jannie du Plessis
    4. Gerhard Mostert
    5. Alistair Hargreaves
    6. Keegan Daniel
    7. Jean Deysel
    8. Willem Alberts
    9. Charl McLeod
    10. Frederic Michalak
    11. Lwazi Mvovo
    12. Meyer Bosman
    13. Stefan Terblanche (Captain)
    14. JP Pietersen
    15. Patrick Lambie

    Replacements
    16. John Smit
    17. Eugene van Staden
    18. Ross Skeate
    19. Ryan Kankowski
    20. Jacques Botes
    21. Adrian Jacobs
    22. Louis Ludik

  • Comment 84, posted at 23.06.11 12:45:43 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 81) : It’s not the tone, but your point. What is it?

    No-one’s allowed to post comments unless you support the Sharks?

  • Comment 85, posted at 23.06.11 12:47:11 by McLovin Reply

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  • “It was during the 1888 visit of Kimberley to Cape Town that Percy Ross Frames suggested that a national body be established to control rugby in the whole of South Africa, and that a regular competition between provincial sides should be instituted.
    The Craven Hotel in Kimberley was where the SA Rugby Football Board was formed in 1989, and Percy Ross Frames became the first president by virtue of the agreement that the union where the meeting was held would appoint the chairman.

    The first of the many matches between Western Province and Griquas was played on the third day of the tournament and was won by Province (6-2). Although the two sides were tied at the top of the log, this result gave the first official trophy in South Africa to Western Province, according to the rules of the tournament.

    The first Currie Cup in 1892 – also held in Kimberley – followed after the golden trophy was handed over to Griquas in 1891 by the British touring side of Bill Maclagan. Griquas were adjudged the best side that the British side had played against on their 20-match tour. Griquas then presented the trophy to the SA Rugby Football Board – and so started the most oldest and famous domestic competition in the world.”

    With acknowledgement to the Griqualand West Rugby Union. http://www.griquasrugby.co.za/features/preset-styles

  • Comment 86, posted at 23.06.11 12:48:41 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 84) : I like! :)

  • Comment 87, posted at 23.06.11 12:50:37 by franshark Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 85) : :shock:

  • Comment 88, posted at 23.06.11 12:54:37 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 85) :

    Mate there was no point.

    It was an attempt (obviously failed one) to assist you in the friendly banter with the Sharks boys, actually being on your side.

    Clearly, not perceived as such.

  • Comment 89, posted at 23.06.11 12:56:44 by Morné Reply
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  • :shock: omg we gonna get a stormer supporter fight on a sharks blog??? :mrgreen: :lol: jokiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiingggggggggggggg

  • Comment 90, posted at 23.06.11 12:58:39 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 87) : yeah i like too

    look i feel for kanko as he was superb last weekend, but i think its because of the wet weather

    also our scrums have been under pressure a lot and i reckon come scrum time both deysel and alberts will scrum as flanks and daniel will move to 8thman

  • Comment 91, posted at 23.06.11 13:00:21 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 90) :

    Haha, the day you see me fighting on any blog you know someone hi-jacked my account! :lol:

  • Comment 92, posted at 23.06.11 13:01:00 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 89) : I see. Apologies. :oops: :lol:

    Thought you was picking on me for being nice to them. :twisted:

  • Comment 93, posted at 23.06.11 13:02:52 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 92) : :mrgreen: :razz: yup bro no doubt

    what you think of the sharks team?

  • Comment 94, posted at 23.06.11 13:02:55 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 93) :

    Hey no stress mate, I know I suck at being funny! :twisted:

    @sharks_lover (Comment 94) :

    I am surprised they dropped Kanko, but it could work out quite nicely.

  • Comment 95, posted at 23.06.11 13:04:32 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 95) : like i explained to frans [email protected]sharks_lover (Comment 91) : i understand why even though yes i feel for kanko , he is playing good rugga

  • Comment 96, posted at 23.06.11 13:07:50 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • it also tells me the sharks will look to play a tighter game, keep ball in hand

  • Comment 97, posted at 23.06.11 13:08:53 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 97) :

    Can’t argue much with that, it is exactly what I suggested… ;)

  • Comment 98, posted at 23.06.11 13:10:06 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 98) : lol likewise,

  • Comment 99, posted at 23.06.11 13:15:07 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 69) : So much so that on a previous discussion on here sometime back I almost felt like I was imagining it because nobody else knew what I was on about.

  • Comment 100, posted at 23.06.11 13:26:59 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 71) : Yip it was. 2 initial and the surname. I’m sure it was English.

  • Comment 101, posted at 23.06.11 13:28:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 101) : Read on. It’s been solved. :smile:

  • Comment 102, posted at 23.06.11 13:29:47 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 76) : And? What is it?

  • Comment 103, posted at 23.06.11 13:31:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 78) :

    HA There you go. Thanks I Owe you for coming up with that name. :cool:

  • Comment 104, posted at 23.06.11 13:35:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 102) : I’m missing a bit by doing this from my phone. :grin:

  • Comment 105, posted at 23.06.11 13:36:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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