I would replace Keegan with just about anyone else. His last good game for the Sharks was of the bench against the Bulls at Kings Park 2 years ago when he snatched victory from the Bulls with a great chip and chase try. Then again, that’s not even a performance, that’s just a moment. Keegan use to live by these moments. Now he doesn’t even have that anymore. Play Botes and have Steph Du Toit on the bench as back-up. I’m tired of Keegan in the team. He’s become a liability. And now the coach made him captain. What a joke.
That’s my last Keegan rant for this season. Now everyone knows where I stand on this issue and I hope he proves me wrong!
It’s not like any of the other starting forwards did any better than the Captain, but I feel instead of leading from the front, our captain has become a deadweight his forwards need to pull along. An exciting player like Kankowski has lost all of his spark and call me cruel (or biased), but I blame it on Keegan. Suddenly everyone wants Kankowski to be a strong ball carrier, he’s never been one, he’s always been the exciting runner and if his tight five and other loosies failed to create a solid base for him, he has always (mostly) disappeared. I think it’s about time the coach stepped up and decided which one of these players he wants to start at the back, either one or the other, but not both. I just don’t think they’ll ever be good for the team as a unit.
Now with a clueless scrummy (even though Mich didn’t even do as badly as I expected him to do) and lifeless pack it hardly seems fair to judge the backs, but somehow in the last 15 minutes they came to life and it wasn’t because the forwards suddenly came into action and got them front foot ball. The forwards (aside from Botes) still sucked, the backs just started playing better rugby with the same ball given to them.
I don’t think Whitehead was as good, as he has been rated on this site. He’s passing game let us down; too many passes went to ground or didn’t happen at all. His running looks good, but on the day he didn’t combine well with Lambie or JP and most of his runs came to naught.
I would bring back Bosman and McCleod for the Stormers, in place of Michelack and Whitehead. In my book Lambie is a very gifted player and Flyhalf, and even with the ramblings that will follow I still have him down at 10 in my own team sheet. I just feel based on the time Bosman was on the field and the way he spread the ball to the backs someone will have to make way for him, if not Whitehead, then sorry to say, he should take over from Lambie, as whatever the reason may have been, Lambie did not look good out there. Not until Bosman came onto the field and Lambie was moved to the back on defence and brought into the midfield channel on attack. Before this he was standing deep in the pocket, not attacking the line at all and simply passing the ball to his backs, very un-Lambie-like. You can’t blame the whole lacklustre performance on him but we’ve, or I’ve come to expect more of him and no matter how you look at it, there’s one simple fact that stood out after the game, when McLeod, Botes and Bosman came on, the Sharks looked a different side. This could simply be because the Sharks again employed their favourite game plan of conserving energy and enthusiasm for at least 60 minutes before trying to win the game in less than 20, but it has to be something the coach will consider.
Who made the difference here? Was it Charl with his quick clearing and urgency from the base? Was it Botes, involved in everything in that 20 minutes, including the try? Skeate’s experience, composure or maybe even leadership. Did Herbst influence the scrumming and go forward that much. Bosman certainly did spread the ball accurately and seemed to put players into space and Paul Jordaan created the spark that was needed to get some excitement back, including that try that gave us all a glimmer of hope that we might again steal a win.
I don’t want the coach to throw his new way of thinking out the window. I don’t want him to call Stefan Terblanche and beg him to come back and not break the line at outside centre for us. Or drop Whitehead and Jordaan and get Marius Joubert to come and not pass to JP and not do anything remotely exciting in the backline. I want him to keep taking chances on players and keep experimenting, but still consider what might have been the object of improvement after 60 minutes off crap play from the Sharks. We’ll have to see what the coach does, but I feel changes will have to come, surely!
All in all it should be the forwards to shoulder most of the blame and step it up next week, that is if we’re not going to put any blame on the ref, who this week, I would have to say, was the worst of the bunch, just behind our favourite New Zeeland ref… Bryce Lawrence. Well done Kaplan, you’re now in the same class as New Zeeland’s ref of the year.Tweet