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Scrum! Scrum! Scrum!


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 24 Jun 2011 at 14:49
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For the Sharks to burgle a victory in Nelson tomorrow morning, the dual mantras of “keep it simple, keep it tight” and “scrum! scrum! scrum!” are the ones they should be repeating over and over to themselves as they sleep.

The Crusaders’ ultimately comfortable victory at Twickenham a few months back was built far more on scrum dominance than it was on the freakish talents of their playmakers in midfield. Simply put, the Crusaders 8 pulled together that day to hand out a lesson to the Sharks boys upfront and as any backline player worth his salt will tell you, it’s just so much easier to do clever things with the ball when you get it moving forwards. The Sharks had defensive issues in midfield – there’s no disputing that fact – and these may partially have been caused by the sudden change in flyhalf during a week that didn’t allow for a huge number of practice opportunities, given the travel involved.

The simplest way to avoid being found wanting on defence, though, is not to have to tackle. And that means two things – winning the ball and retaining it. Hence the necessary focus on set-piece dominance and a possession-oriented game plan to starve the hosts of the pill, frustrate them and then capitalise on whatever results from that frustration.

It’s all rather simple, I guess and with the massive pack that John Plumtree has picked, together with the anticipated inclement weather that’s likely to cause a wet game, devoid of any fancy stuff, the Sharks actually look reasonably well-placed to sneak an upset here. Accuracy will be key, at the set piece and in terms of handling, as well as discipline, given the fact that they’re unlikely to get any advantage from Bryce Lawrence’s interpretations. Kicks are going to be inevitable, since territory is going to be key as well, but it is crucial once again that these are executed well and find touch when intended (and are well chased when they don’t) in order to avoid giving the home side ball with which to attack. The relative inexperience of fullback Tom Marshall might also play into the kickers’ hands in this regard.

The Sharks, in short, have the personnel up-front to hand the Crusaders a bloody nose in the tight exchanges. Whether they will be able to actually effect that dominance after the challenges of the last week, though, should ultimately decide this encounter.



38 Comments

  • Sharks have no chance. Now everyone repeat after me. :lol:

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.06.11 14:59:59 by Ben Reply
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  • add to that

    Pressure, pressure, pressure…….terrier like pressure on Carter!

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.06.11 15:02:15 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I used to have some nifty tricks in my prop days. If my opposite prop was kinda short like the Frank brothers, I used to bind with a longarm onto their shorts. No prop can scrum with an atomic wedgie ;-)

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.06.11 15:04:26 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • Much has changed since that defeat at Twickenham : our midfield’s defence has improved, the front row has improved and we have Lambie in our backline. I reckon we will see a better performance from Jannie du plessis this week.
    Go Sharks!!!!!!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.06.11 15:04:43 by nimalen316 Reply

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  • You forgot to mention how jet-lagged they are! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.06.11 15:06:05 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @nimalen316 (Comment 4) : amen to that

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.06.11 15:07:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • How are we supposed to win if we are not allowed to tackle Dan Carter? :razz: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.06.11 15:13:27 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 7) : Are we allowed to shoulder charge him then? :)

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.06.11 15:15:03 by Ben Reply
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  • at twickers you had a hooker at loosehead.

    should go far better this time.

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.06.11 15:17:13 by grant10 Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 8) : Nope, but you won’t get penalized for a shoulder charge, but rather a late tackle. :lol:

    Dan Carter will be wearing one of those training vests so he will be distinguishable from other players and all Sharks will be expected to avoid any contact with him. Any contact with Dan Carter will be considered very bad form on the part of the Sharks! :wink:

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.06.11 15:17:34 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • And when we do kick for touch, then kick for TOUCH not the touchline. Forget about distance, rather make sure that they can’t use the same ball for quick throwins.

    kick it into row 8

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.06.11 15:17:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @grant10 (Comment 9) : Your point has been made, over and over and over and over and over and over and over. Are you really a one trick pony or can you actually come up with something else to post once in a while? :evil: :evil:

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.06.11 15:19:00 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : Oh now you’ve done it, Lambie will kick it into row 9 and PdV will consider that an error! :wink:

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.06.11 15:20:05 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 10) : Hi DB, did you hear that B, the smaller of the twins that we know, became a father 2 days ago. :cool:

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.06.11 15:20:27 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 10) : The NZ refs must be thinking that he will bring a WC home. He is sacred. :)

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.06.11 15:21:29 by Ben Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 14) : I did, I have been friends with him on facebook, so have been able to keep up on that. Very cool news for an old guy! :wink:

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.06.11 15:22:49 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @grant10 (Comment 9) : Did you watch Shaka Zulu. I liked that song, can’t remember the name, something like this.

    Bayete Nkosi, Boom..Boom..Boom..BoomBoom Boom..Boom..Boom..BoomBoom.

    :wink:

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.06.11 15:22:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 15) : :lol: didn’t you hear the NZ commentators after the comment by Hore? One repeated what Hore said (so we’re not allowed to tackle Dan Carter then?) and the other said, “that’s right, not until the World Cup.”

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.06.11 15:24:35 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 12) : :smile:

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.06.11 15:24:43 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) : We are growing…I think.

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.06.11 15:24:56 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) :
    I think Henry ‘black cat’ cele played Shaka!

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.06.11 15:28:06 by nimalen316 Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) : Still love that tune dude

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.06.11 15:28:22 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • We are growing, growing higher and higher :cool:

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.06.11 15:29:01 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • Heres the link

  • Comment 24, posted at 24.06.11 15:31:42 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 22) : So do I and Grant10 it seems. :lol:

    I have the Shaka Zulu DVD. awesome miniseries.

  • Comment 25, posted at 24.06.11 15:34:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @nimalen316 (Comment 21) : He did.

  • Comment 26, posted at 24.06.11 15:34:26 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 24) : Will check it out at home. :cool:

  • Comment 27, posted at 24.06.11 15:34:56 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 24) : goosies!

  • Comment 28, posted at 24.06.11 15:35:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 26) : I think passed away just recently. :sad:

  • Comment 29, posted at 24.06.11 15:36:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @nimalen316 (Comment 21) : Do you have fond memories of Gordon Igesund?

  • Comment 30, posted at 24.06.11 15:37:36 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 29) : Thats sad, my one cousin was besotted with him and actually bumped into him at the Musgrave Centre one day. He made her day and she said he was a really nice guy.

  • Comment 31, posted at 24.06.11 15:40:50 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 30) : Yes,coach of the inaugural winners of the PSL :)
    Igesund, the best coach never to have coached Bafana.

  • Comment 32, posted at 24.06.11 15:41:24 by nimalen316 Reply

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  • @nimalen316 (Comment 32) : You can say that again. How may different teams has he taken to the PSL championship title. A real pity that he could never be utilised anywhere in SA national football.

  • Comment 33, posted at 24.06.11 15:45:05 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 33) : I reckon the safa regime does not like him. It’s sad, as he has this ability to sum up a team’s strengths & weaknesses quikcly and get the best out of them!

  • Comment 34, posted at 24.06.11 15:55:27 by nimalen316 Reply

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  • Guys I think all safas should be supporting the sharks regardless of your team..this is the a lot of the all blacks who will be doing service later in the world cup and if the sharks can beat them I can see them having a mental disadvantage come world cup time…even if it was the bulls or stormers playing tomorrow I would support just to show these kiwis that south african rugby is strong..SHARKS forever!!!!

  • Comment 35, posted at 24.06.11 16:21:07 by shaniboi Reply

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  • @shaniboi (Comment 35) : TRUE.

    HOWEVER, losing will give them two weeks more rest than the rest of us. :razz:

  • Comment 36, posted at 24.06.11 16:46:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 36) : two more weeks to contemplate their snotting at the hands of the Sharks! :lol:

  • Comment 37, posted at 24.06.11 16:54:22 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 37) : LIKE

  • Comment 38, posted at 24.06.11 17:04:11 by robdylan Reply
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