Richard Ferguson

Sharp-shooter Jantjies sinks Sharks


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Sharks on 27 Aug 2011 at 18:52
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The Lions beat the Sharks at Coca Cola Park on Saturday night, the final score being 28 – 19, a match which was dominated by the Lions forward play and a fantastic performance from Elton Jantjies, who scored 23 points with his boot.

The match started slowly with the teams feeling each other out. Jantjies got the Lions on the board early with two penalties in the first ten minutes. Fred Michalak hit back with two successful penalties as a result if the Sharks dominating the scrums.

After a good phase of play in Sharks territory, initiated by a break by Jantjies, Mapoe scored in the corner, stretching the lead to seven points after a good conversion by Jantjies from the sideline. Michalak hit back immediately with another penalty, reducing the deficit to only four points.

The Sharks could not get their rhythm and made the same basic errors that cost them so dearly against the Leopards last weekend, and with Jantjies in top kicking form, every error put the Lions further in the lead. At half time, the Lions lead by ten points thanks to two further Jantjies penalties.

The second half started better for the Sharks, as they kept early possession and looked better with ball in hand. Unfortunately the Lions looked even better, and Jantjies kicked his 5th penalty goal to stretch the lead even further to thirteen points. Minutes later the Sharks dropped a Lions maul as they looked like scoring their second try, and Jantjies kept on punishing the Sharks.

After numerous changes to the forwards and backs, with Deysel and Jacobs making an impact, the Sharks finally managed to cross the line, through veteran Stefan Terblanche. The try was created by Fred Michalak who tokk a quick tap penalty after sustained pressure from the Sharks.

A few minutes later, a long range effort from Meyer Bosman pulled the deficit back to six points, a beautiful kick from the half way line. This was contra’d by Jantjies’ seventh penalty and the lead to the Lions was back at nine points.

The Lions managed to see out the game with this lead, the Sharks not able to penetrate the Lions defence. Elton Jantjies was the stand out performance as he punished the Sharks with every penalty conceded, and so keeping the score board ticking.

Scorers:
Lions:
Tries: Lionel Mapoe
Conversions: Elton Jantjies (1)
Penalties: Elton Jantjies (7)

Sharks:
Tries: Stefan Terblanche
Conversions: Fred Michalak (1)
Penalties: Fred Michalak (3), Meyer Bosman (1)



66 Comments

  • :cry:

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.08.11 18:54:01 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :

    I know.. tell me about it..

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.08.11 18:55:22 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • what an assured performance from the young man, well done elton. i see braam worked on his kicking too, he must be making a good bit of dosh coaching the likes of lambie, o’connor & jantjies

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.08.11 19:04:37 by Megatron Reply

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  • Disappointed with the backline.. They had good ball but played with zero cohesion..

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.08.11 19:04:43 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 3) :

    Elton bossed the Sharks today.. Good on him!

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.08.11 19:05:19 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Fred looked like he was trying too hard to create something with the little he had..

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.08.11 19:06:07 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Mvovo did look busy, he was looking for work the whole night!

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.08.11 19:06:41 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Like I said before the flyhalf that dictates the game will win it well done Elton

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.08.11 19:07:10 by Mutley Reply
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  • I think its time to put Terblanche at fullback so that there can be space for Adi in the 13 jersey..

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.08.11 19:07:44 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I’m a big fan of Marcell Coetzee. This was a good learning experience for him. He’s had two excellent performances coming into this game. Tonight the Lions had his number. The prominent ball carrying that’s seen him get over the gainline on numerous occasions in previous outing was countered by determined Lions first-time tacklers going in on him much lower than he expected, which prevented him getting the leg-drive in. Once he was stopped short of the advantage line, the real damage was caused by the speed and technique of the first arriving Lions support player who almost always got to the ball on the ground quicker than a Sharks cleanner. They really studied the tape well this past week and were up for the challenge.

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.08.11 19:10:37 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 10) :

    The Sharks were late arricing to the tackled player.. This cost us a lot of good ball in the first half.

    Deysel made a good impact from the bench, hope he starts next week.

    Kanko has looked out of it these last few games..

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.08.11 19:13:15 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Given our lack of ambition in midfield, it was bizarre to see so many cleanly won lineout balls getting flicked off the top into Mcleod’s hands for him to distribute. The only time it made sense was when they had decoys working off recipient Sbura, who at least looked like he could penetrate the D unlike his midfield partners.

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.08.11 19:13:41 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 10) :
    Coetzee will learn from today that sometimes you need to vary your play, but he wasn’t singly to blame – our cleaning today was very poor. Coetzee was not the only player to be dispossessed because Sharks cleaners arrived too late.

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.08.11 19:17:44 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 11) : Ja, I agree Rich.

    I also thought we didn’t come to terms with the slippy pitch as well as the Lions did. There were a few times when we overestimated the traction and were easily shepherded into touch, when common logic was crying out for us to steer clear of the 5m trams whenever in a too upright position or whenever period :grin:

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.08.11 19:18:54 by beet Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 13) :

    All the forwards are to blame for this, including the centres who need to be there to clean out every now and again..

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.08.11 19:19:38 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 14) :

    We arrived with no plan, as BF has said.. it was seriously disappointing..

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.08.11 19:21:38 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 13) : I know. I just wanted everyone to go easy on him, so I knocked him myself in the most positive way possible.
    He’s been so successful doing that exact thing that it was part of a premeditated gameplan. The sticky pitch also didn’t help his cause.

    But you’re absolutely right, there were other guilty players and the Sharks team incl coaches, were guilty of not varying it up or at least instructing Marcell to adjust to the situation. The ABs showed us just how you can reinvent yourself in a high pressure intense match today.

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.08.11 19:23:58 by beet Reply
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  • Congrats Lions. Good win.

    Congrats to Jantjies too. Had a superb game.

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.08.11 20:07:29 by Puma Reply

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  • Will we ever start with Adi.. :???: Why is Plum so blind to the fact that we need to start with Adi?

    Next week to we should start with Deysel.

    This year think with all Sharks/WP and Bulls without their Boks. Lions are the team to beat and they are playing very good rugby. Actually feel good for them. They have been bottom dewellers in SuperRugby for years. A good Lions team will always be good for South African Rugby. Still think our Sharks could have played a whole lot better. Now hoping for better against the Bulls next week.

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.08.11 20:10:57 by Puma Reply

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  • @Puma (Comment 19) : sorry typo there. meant – dwellers.

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.08.11 20:12:14 by Puma Reply

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  • Elton was monster today…and he is even defending better lately….
    Stepped well…kicked out of hand hell…great overall performance…

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.08.11 20:42:01 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Was concerned ahead of the game with no Doppies or Strauss…but the Lions showed they have a lot more character than they’ve had in some time without their leaders…even after they were at the receiving end of penalties come scrum time..

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.08.11 20:46:30 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Puma (Comment 19) : I would love someone to ask Plumtree that question in a press conference. :sad:

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.08.11 20:49:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • So KSA you gonna do a log article using that log pic?

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.08.11 20:59:26 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 24) : nope. :smile:

    you can load it as your avatar. :razz:

  • Comment 25, posted at 27.08.11 21:10:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Bad loser….lol

  • Comment 26, posted at 27.08.11 21:14:26 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @beet (Comment 10) : Coaching! We don’t change our gameplan, we use the same ball carriers at the same part of the field, run the same angles etc.

  • Comment 27, posted at 27.08.11 21:18:39 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 26) : :razz:

  • Comment 28, posted at 27.08.11 21:24:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Puma there are none more blind than those who don’t whant to see :(

  • Comment 29, posted at 27.08.11 21:38:58 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • We need a real fetcher in our team and real centres…plz! getting frustrated watching the sharks.

  • Comment 30, posted at 27.08.11 22:01:07 by Gotti Reply

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  • @Gotti (Comment 30) : Fetchers fetch beer. We had more than enough ball, our midfield had no clue.

    and the sad thing is we are going to end up with Lambie at 12 in the S15 to bail us out of a tight spot, messing the kid around. :(

  • Comment 31, posted at 27.08.11 22:08:56 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • The Sharks never kicked into gear; Jantjies was hot today, we were flat footed and uninspiring… Deysel made a greay impact, and oh so sadly Kanko vanished in another physical game… His shares are falling in my book – along with Charl Macleod, who has not been near his best for all too long… It was a scrambly type of game, and showed how vulnerable we are when we cannot impose our will… Need to bounce back at Loftus.

  • Comment 32, posted at 27.08.11 22:09:45 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • *greay = great…

  • Comment 33, posted at 27.08.11 22:10:26 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 24) : hahaha, ja you Lions ate some seafood tonight, congrats…

  • Comment 34, posted at 27.08.11 22:18:42 by Franshark Reply
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  • Thanks Franshark…

  • Comment 35, posted at 27.08.11 22:47:27 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @KSA shark so what do you call brussow, mccaw,peacock etc? We were outplayed in that department. So I guest u didn’t watch the 1st half.

  • Comment 36, posted at 27.08.11 22:53:08 by Gotti Reply

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  • @Gotti (Comment 36) :

    Firstly, I thought this was a rugby blog, not a bird blog.. Anyway..

    My guess is that you do not understand the difference between a fetcher, and the role of a forward. The fetcher steals the ball in the ruck situation whereas out forwards stood in the backline while they were supposed to hit rucks and secure ball.

    We don’t need a fetcher, we need a coach that can tell the players they need to focus on what their role is in the team.

  • Comment 37, posted at 27.08.11 23:17:50 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 37) : Yes; we were completely outclassed at the breakdown; we had the gameplan a little wrong, and didn’t adjust to the situation on the field. Daniel and Coetzee were nowhere near the ball, and when Jean Deysel came, you could see that he was clearly instructed to stand at pillar, or second reciever – thats OK, but you need someone playing to the ball… Until Botes played with Deysel, our trio looked unbalanced… Botes 6, Deysel 7, Daniel 8… This is my loose trio come Saturday VS Bulls…

  • Comment 38, posted at 28.08.11 00:14:53 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 31) : sounding a bit like Jake there KSA… You must be tired… I am sure you value a fetcher… ;)

  • Comment 39, posted at 28.08.11 00:16:13 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • The Lions have one of the best loose trio’s of the competition so it was expected the the breakdown were going to be tough, but the Sharks didn’t commit enough players to the ruck that’s why the Lions got I think bout 14 breakdown penalties and that killed the Sharks

  • Comment 40, posted at 28.08.11 07:07:46 by Mutley Reply
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  • Gutted. But well done Lions, you deserve top be top of the log.
    The refereeing, imo was piss-poor. And no, I am not sour because we lost, just as many dodgy calls went our way.
    Hoping to see some changes for the next game.

  • Comment 41, posted at 28.08.11 07:14:22 by Crock Reply

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  • I´m beginning to think that Plum can´t coach for shit. Where is our game plan? Do we even have such a thing?

    Headless chickens in approach and execution.

  • Comment 42, posted at 28.08.11 08:39:34 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Whoop whoop whoop whoop whoop. Whoop again.

  • Comment 43, posted at 28.08.11 09:28:44 by Speed7 Reply

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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 38) :

    I hear what you saying, but I would not drop Coetzee for having one average game..

    I would go for Coetzee, Deysel and Daniel.. Kanko and Botes on the bench as impact players in the second half.

    Remember that the Bulls loose forwards are nowhere in comparison to the Lions..

  • Comment 44, posted at 28.08.11 10:31:21 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 44) : Awesome that, been a long time since I heard a statement like your last paragraph :grin:

  • Comment 45, posted at 28.08.11 12:19:57 by Greg Reply

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  • Well done Lions, deserved victory, bad luck sharks, we’ll do better next week

  • Comment 46, posted at 28.08.11 12:32:09 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Speed7 (Comment 43) : :evil:

  • Comment 47, posted at 28.08.11 12:53:20 by Franshark Reply
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  • Anyone know the u19 score ? Missed it.

  • Comment 48, posted at 28.08.11 12:57:11 by Speed7 Reply

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  • @Speed7 (Comment 48) :

    something like 59 – 20 for the Lions !!!!! :twisted:

    anyways !!! great game ! the Lions where the better team on the day . Great kicking by Elton . It seemed like the Sharks never really got over the advantages lines . you guys really need a few good centers

    on the Lions side the lineouts where shocking …. scrums didnt go to well either . i hope Joe Snyman gets a few games now to prove himself .

    but please go and kill those bulls next weekend !!!

  • Comment 49, posted at 28.08.11 13:39:32 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Monday morning and here we go… Gonna get some ….. You know, even the bulls supporters are gona sing…..

  • Comment 50, posted at 29.08.11 06:47:10 by Franshark Reply
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  • Firstly, congratulations to the Lions and their supporters; the Lions handed the Sharks their asses on a plate, and delivered a masterclass in how the game should be played. Horrible to witness as a Sharks fan, but nice to see in a SA rugby context.

    Did any one else experience a horrible sense of deja vu watching this game? This made me think of the Sharks vs. Stormers in this year’s Super 15 – a clear case of victory due to superior coaching and better preparation by the Lions.

  • Comment 51, posted at 29.08.11 07:34:03 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 51) : Plum is a very good coach; what we did do wrong is not adjust our game according to the situation… We were bossed at the breakdown, and something that did not look good was our defence – we were almost always on the back foot in open play… We did damn well in the scrums, but like Plum said – the scrums are a mess in SA domestic rugby… However we should never have chased that game…

  • Comment 52, posted at 29.08.11 08:09:27 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 52) : Finally somebody that seems to have actually watched the game! I must admit i missed parts of it but could tell after 5min that the Sharks were in trouble. I think the scoreline flattered us. The Sharks were dominant in the scrum but the way the scrum is reffed these days its a lottery and a dominant scrum does not equal success-remember that when we talk world cup soon! Biggest problem on Sat and its been coming for a while is the Sharks defense! Also like New Zealand in the 1st half we got owned in the contact situations, besides the scrum! Dont always just blame the centres if we lose!

  • Comment 53, posted at 29.08.11 08:26:28 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 53) : This is Sharksworld, its always the centres fault, even all the scrum and breakdown penalties that result in 3 points for the opposition. :twisted:

  • Comment 54, posted at 29.08.11 08:59:55 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 52) : While Plum may be a good coach, I do have some personal reservations about aspects of his coaching, namely 1) his “blind spot” with regards to the performance of our centres, and his management thereof, 2) his use, or rather lack of use of substitutes and player rotation, as evidenced in the Super 15, 3) his aversion to specialists such as mental coaches, defense coaches, etc., and 4) his over-reliance on a single type of game plan.

    Of aforementioned, issues 1) and 2) probably had little bearing on the outcome of Saturday’s game. Issue 3) is a whole different can of worms. With regards to issue 4), I tend to get the idea that Plum devises an (initially effective) game plan, but once other teams work out ways to counter it, it takes him too long to devise alternative strategies. How long did we persist in the Super 15 using Willem Alberts as a one-off strike runner around the fringes? What changes did we witness to our approach between the 1st and 2nd game against the Stormers? Too long, and none, respectively. It’s a case of being reactive (and too slow at that) instead of being proactive.

    Just to be clear though, this is not a call for Plum’s head. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I believe he can add a lot of value to te Sharks setup. It’s just that I feel we’ve hit a plateau in our performance, and some out-of-the-box thinking is called for.

  • Comment 55, posted at 29.08.11 09:06:50 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 54) : My mistake, i will adjust future comments accordingly!

  • Comment 56, posted at 29.08.11 09:14:44 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 56) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 57, posted at 29.08.11 09:18:01 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 55) : I cannot fault your reasoning squire…

  • Comment 58, posted at 29.08.11 09:45:25 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • Ending at the top of the Log and then losing in the final means nothing. :razz:

  • Comment 59, posted at 29.08.11 10:03:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 54) : That’s only the case if Adi doesn’t play. :wink: :razz:

  • Comment 60, posted at 29.08.11 10:04:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 59) : :razz:

  • Comment 61, posted at 29.08.11 10:14:50 by Franshark Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 60) : :twisted:

  • Comment 62, posted at 29.08.11 10:18:04 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 62) : :smile:

  • Comment 63, posted at 29.08.11 10:27:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Zibbie (Comment 49) : Urm don`t count on us doing you any favours in SnorCity. Based on this weekends` performance you`re on your own . . . :sad:

  • Comment 64, posted at 29.08.11 11:04:55 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 60) : :twisted:

  • Comment 65, posted at 29.08.11 11:29:44 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 64) : cheetahs play leopards, Lions play pumas and province play griquas. Sure, in the first encounters Lions struggled against the pumas, and province could only draw to griquas, and both of them have either run opposition close, or even won against more fancied teams, but chances are good that Lions, province and cheetahs should win. Losing to the bulls could place you guys in a bit of trouble.

  • Comment 66, posted at 29.08.11 11:49:00 by Greg Reply

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