Richard Ferguson

Sharks bag 5 against Blues


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 13 Apr 2012 at 11:37
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The Sharks managed to beat the Blues in Auckland this morning, picking up a bonus point in the 29 – 23 victory. The Sharks scored two tries in each half, and were only behind for two minutes in a game in which two tries scored via intercepts and the fourth try was a lucky one indeed.

The Sharks got off to a great start, twice intercepting the Blues on the attack, first Daniel who put Sykes in the corner, and minutes later Burden showed the Blues a clean pair of heels by going over the line himself. A Pat Lambie penalty in amongst the tries had the Sharks leading by 15 points early in the game.

Gareth Anscombe pulled back three points, and the Blues were left wondering how they would score points, after having all of the possession and territory, but being way behind on the scoreboard.

It didn’t take long for them to break over the line though, as veteran Tony Woodcock burst over the line after multiple phases for the Blues. Anscombe put a dropped goal through the posts as the Blues went on the attack again and the Blues were in the match at half time, 15 – 13 down.

The second half started well for the Blues, who scored a try early on and took the lead for the first time in the match, but this only seemed to wake up the slumbering Sharks, who went on the attack and eventually had Keegan Daniel over the tryline, following a beautiful break from Pat Lambie.

Minutes later, Whitehead juggled a ball that should have been called a knock, but nevertheless controlled well to run in for the all-important fourth try, a try that many though would break the back of the Blues. It didn’t, and they fought back valiantly, scoring another try in the process, but could not break the strong defensive lines of the Sharks, or control the ball long enough to make their possession count.

The Sharks will be very happy from the outcome of the tour overall, scoring 11 points in the process, and still being unbeaten at home, still have a lot of work to do to make the impression they want to on the competition.

Players that stood out include Craig Burden, who showed that the Sharks can in fact win a game without the influential Bismarck du Plessis, and Louis Ludik, who was massive on defence. The Sharks also clearly missed the cool head of Mr Pat Lambie. Congratulation to Kyle Cooper who made his debut in this match.

The Sharks now fly home and take on the Chiefs at Kings park next weekend, before taking a week off with a bye.



65 Comments

  • Seriously Rich, how do you get these articles up so quickly??

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.04.12 11:42:27 by Culling Song Reply
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  • The Blues made so many mistakes, they actually reminded me of the Sharks of last week and against the Waratahs. Good win for the Sharks but the Blues can be rightfully miffed at themselves…

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.04.12 11:42:55 by The Quirk Reply
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  • We are still way off the pace if we want to be title contenders, we had a lot of luck, it could so easily have went the other way round (but then again you don’t win close games without luck),well done to the boys but there is still a lot to improve on.

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.04.12 11:44:45 by BR Reply

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  • Well done to Kyle Cooper for forcing that penalty on the hooter! The game could have so easily gone to the Blues in those dying seconds!

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.04.12 11:45:56 by vanmartin Reply
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  • 11 points isn’t a bad return from the tour. HOWEVER… if we can beat the Chiefs then I’ll know for sure we’re back in it. Holding thumbs…

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.04.12 11:48:50 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @BR (Comment 3) : I think the psychological boost of walking away from this game not only as victors, but with a 4-try bonus point is more important than the quality of the performance at this stage

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.04.12 11:49:10 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Well done boys. We got lucky on some occassions but so did they. If we can knock the chiefs, then Im convinced we can have a crack at the title. And there still a lot of room for improvement.

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.04.12 11:55:08 by Qshark Reply

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  • Im glad Botes came on for Marcell. He seriously needed the break.

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.04.12 12:00:31 by Qshark Reply

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  • What is 11 points could of been 16 to 19 points..in hindsight this team should of beaten the waratahs and should of beaten the hurricanes..but I guess a 50percent ratio on tour will do..

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.04.12 12:02:32 by shaniboi Reply

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  • @CapeShark (Comment 5) : Cheetahs also came back with 11 points

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.04.12 12:03:56 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Qshark (Comment 7) : chiefs have an advantage on us..they would of been in sa a week already..and they playing like champs too..good bunch of guys..I hope sending bizzie home was a plan to have him rested for the chiefs game..would be nice to have the beast back tho..I think kanko would of suited against the chiefs too..

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.04.12 12:04:30 by shaniboi Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 10) : the cheetahs could of also walked away with more points..close games that went the other way..

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.04.12 12:06:20 by shaniboi Reply

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  • @Qshark (Comment 7) : There is a hell of a lot of room for improvement. We will need to up our game 300% to beat the Chiefs.

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.04.12 12:07:49 by lostfish Reply
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  • @shaniboi (Comment 12) : they were definitely cheated out of the Brumbies game. Should have had 15

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.04.12 12:08:52 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • I just hope the players will start believing in themselves after this game. It does not look as if they have any confidence or believe they can win the tournament.

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.04.12 12:11:13 by Qshark Reply

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  • well done sharks, against the kakkest blues team ever riddled by internal strife and racism claims. :razz:

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.04.12 12:14:21 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 16) : not such a kak team – they actually have a couple of big name players. Probably just a kak coaching setup

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.04.12 12:17:50 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 14) : you mean Waratahs game?

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.04.12 12:19:13 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 16) : that K@k team that beat the bulls @ loftus :-)

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.04.12 12:20:35 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 18) : I mean Cheetahs were robbed in Brumbies game. Sharks lost to Tahs fair and square

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.04.12 12:25:44 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 20) : oh ok

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.04.12 12:26:42 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 17) : Sort of like the Sharks then?

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.04.12 12:37:07 by rhineshark Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 16) : Thanks, we were going to let them win, y’know as an act of charity, but then they kept passing it to our players in midfield… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.04.12 12:39:26 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 16) : Don’t think you’ll find any of us partying too hard as a result of this win. We also got the rub of the green with the TW try. Personally, I’m just relieved that we picked up another 5 points on tour.

    Now on to more pressing matters – how’s the article coming along?

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.04.12 12:44:13 by vanmartin Reply
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  • How porky is Piri Weepu??! :shock:

  • Comment 25, posted at 13.04.12 12:44:13 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 22) : yeah Plum seems to be for coaches what Steve Welsh is for refs – he can only seem to work on one aspect of the game at a time

  • Comment 26, posted at 13.04.12 12:46:52 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 17) : sharks have had big names and been kak so ja…

  • Comment 27, posted at 13.04.12 12:47:43 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 27) : but the Blues have “bigger” names – think Piri Weepu :twisted:

  • Comment 28, posted at 13.04.12 12:50:38 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • Yep we were lucky. Walsh also let a lot of ruck infringements go. Same with the scrums….Blues hit in that split second ahead.

    Think our defence was upped hugely. Rush and aggresive tackling. Well done!!

    Line outs a bit problematic and handling was not on par. Still not a force at the breakdowns. Players tend to stnad off the ball and not towards the tackled player, ie. waiting for an offload.

    Still a lot of work to be done.

    PS why sub Whitehead with Bosman every time. Rather sub Ludik, shift JPP and Tim out and Bosman at 12.

  • Comment 29, posted at 13.04.12 12:53:13 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 24) : must watch this morning’s game to corroborate some points i had in mind and then i will unleash it on y’all :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 13.04.12 12:57:31 by Megatron Reply

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  • Can we all just agree that this mindless run-the-ball-inside-your-own-22 thing is costing us every time. I’m no fan of Bulls rugby but the odd touchfinder from our danger area wouldn’t be such a bad idea, Mr Plumtree. Rather punt ahead and make mistakes in their half than try to run like headless chickens in front of our own tryline. :roll:

  • Comment 31, posted at 13.04.12 12:59:13 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 30) : Oh dear… :roll: Be nice.

  • Comment 32, posted at 13.04.12 13:00:56 by CapeShark Reply
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  • It seems to me that the breath of fresh air the sharks so badly needed has been sitting on the bench for the last 3 years in the form of Craig Burden.

    And Keegan has finally stopped being one of the boys and stood up to lead the side by example! Nice one. I am feeling quietly confident.

  • Comment 33, posted at 13.04.12 13:05:51 by Orelando_G Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 30) : Can’t wait! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 34, posted at 13.04.12 13:15:58 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 31) : Yup, it is becoming predictable. The point is to do it now and then.

    Makes no sense to repeat a high risk option all the time

  • Comment 35, posted at 13.04.12 13:26:20 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • i’m glad we won BUT this means avoiding execution for Plum and his boys :???:

  • Comment 36, posted at 13.04.12 13:50:58 by dawj Reply

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  • Think the strong defense and discipline paid off with the bonus point win this morning. Also concerned about the running with ball from 22 that’s who they scored one of their tries, and also played most of the rugby in the Sharks 22. We were lucky to get Tim’s try, should’ve been a knock on, but at least something went our way and not against us, but yes, the Shark need to up their game, playing at Kings Park the way they do will not make it easier for them.

  • Comment 37, posted at 13.04.12 16:09:21 by pierre_mackie Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 30) : Can´t wait to see if the same dedication to highlighting how kak teams are is still there when the `Kings` waddle into the spotlight. ;-)

  • Comment 38, posted at 13.04.12 17:32:19 by rhineshark Reply

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  • New coach please. Thank you! ;)

  • Comment 39, posted at 13.04.12 18:56:20 by Ben Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 39) : Thank you! I did not want to say it 1st, but I agree!

  • Comment 40, posted at 13.04.12 19:25:39 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 16) :
    New bait needed!

    In a clash of 2 desperate teams, the Sharks’ youngsters held on. That’s a huge victory when taken in context.

  • Comment 41, posted at 13.04.12 19:47:18 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Great to win.

    Amazing how much more I enjoy my weekends when the Sharks win.

  • Comment 42, posted at 13.04.12 19:54:56 by siorc Reply

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  • Right, now I didn’t watch the game but from the contemporaneous comments it seems the Sharks were a little lucky, big on “gees” but otherwise much the same as the last few weekends. Would it be fair to say that we benefited from the Blues being uber-kak?

    A win is a win, sure. But Plumtree and stooges still need to go.

  • Comment 43, posted at 13.04.12 19:59:35 by siorc Reply

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  • Amazing record the Sharks have against the Blues.

    75% win ratio – P16 W12 L4

    Some weird voodoo stuff there.

    No other team comes close. The team with the next best record is the Crusaders, with a 55% win ratio.

  • Comment 44, posted at 13.04.12 20:07:32 by siorc Reply

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  • @siorc (Comment 43) : Hi yes, your summation is pretty much accurate. Although some die-hards on the site say we upped our game, I think we benefited enormously from a Blues team in a downward spiral. The key here for the Sharks is to take confidence from this win and work towards eliminating their high error-count game in time for the Chiefs match.

  • Comment 45, posted at 14.04.12 06:27:06 by CapeShark Reply
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  • How the media (Rob Houwing in particular) can say we did well on this tour is beyond me.

    If we hadn’t squandered a good lead over the Waratahs because we thought we had the game in the bag then I would have agreed, but 2 wins from 4 is anything but good. 3 from 4 is good.

    I suppose accepting mediocrity from the Sharks has become the norm after they constantly deliver nothing more than that on the field.

    I watched this last night and we did anything but lift our game, we SCRAPED home against a team that is 1 point off the bottom of the log. And that log point is courtesy of the Sharks letting them get close enough to lose by less than 7.

    If I could my name would change from “KSA Shark” to “KSA”. :(

  • Comment 46, posted at 14.04.12 07:09:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @CapeShark (Comment 45) : I may be wrong, but since round 1 we have pointed out areas of concern, and the next week they seem to have improved on that area, only for 2 or 3 new problems to arise. It’s like we are going 2 steps forward and 3 steps back each week. And now thanks to fattigue it seems to be snowballing

  • Comment 47, posted at 14.04.12 07:12:31 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 46) : I haven’t watch the game yet(been half dead the last part of yesterday) just think its not all that bad… Yes its an avarage tour but not bad… With the home games left we can still go to the knockout stages…

  • Comment 48, posted at 14.04.12 08:00:57 by Franshark Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 46) : I think if even Rob “I hate anyone not from Cape Town” Houwing says we did well we must be doing something right.

    Fine we should have won those other 2 games but whats important is we are learning from our mistakes. That is not accepting mediocrity, it is saying that we played a bit better, won, and hope to keep improving so that we peak come playoff time.

  • Comment 49, posted at 14.04.12 08:17:11 by Orelando_G Reply

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  • @Franshark (Comment 48) : Have I ever told you that you are without a doubt *the* most dedicated, patriotic, dyed-in-the-wool Sharks fan I know?

  • Comment 50, posted at 14.04.12 08:44:03 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Just watched the game again, we were ok but the ref had a shocker, 3 of the tries should not have been allowed

  • Comment 51, posted at 14.04.12 09:09:10 by BR Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 50) : :) thanks, I think :)

  • Comment 52, posted at 14.04.12 09:10:01 by Franshark Reply
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  • what is the last news regardind frans steyn, haven’t heard anything for quite a while

  • Comment 53, posted at 14.04.12 09:12:10 by BR Reply

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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 47) : Unfortunately you are 100% correct. Plum is reactive and is playing “catch-up” coaching during the tournament (preseason training at the Sharks is all about weight lifting)…which in my opinion means we won’t beat a well trained team in the knock-out stages. Teams like the Stormers, Bulls and Crusaders have the basics as part of their DNA and “gees” alone my fellow sharks will lose that fight 8 out of 10. The real test will be this weekend. The Chiefs are a well coached, very physical and skillful side. Hope Plum can pull it off but not too convinced. Still think we need to part ways with Plum at the end of this competition. Would be great if Rhodes (lock-1.96m and 114kg- how did we let him go) and Cilliers would come back home. Our tight five is vulnerable. We need a tight 5 that works as one solid mean unit and is able to dominate or at least win the battle.

  • Comment 54, posted at 15.04.12 11:56:08 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • Ooooooh looking ahead to next weekend’s big clash the history between these 2 teams cannot be more even. Confirming just how 50/50 this clash will no doubt play out next weekend.

    Sharks v Chiefs overall:

    P 14 W7 L7

    Average score 26-25 to the Sharks

    Sharks v Chiefs at home:

    P7 W3 L4

    Sharks v Chiefs away:

    P7 W4 L3

    Stats show both these teams enjoy playing the other away…

  • Comment 55, posted at 15.04.12 12:40:23 by siorc Reply

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  • I watched the Sharks game this morning, geez that Walsh was leanent(spelling) in the game, both ways…
    There is a lot of positive’s out of the game

  • Comment 56, posted at 15.04.12 12:44:24 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 56) : what are the positives? [I didn't see the game]

  • Comment 57, posted at 15.04.12 12:53:12 by siorc Reply

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  • @siorc (Comment 55) : that win in 2010 was such a fluke tho..even the chiefs guys admitted it..but its gonna be a tough game..

  • Comment 58, posted at 15.04.12 13:50:01 by shaniboi Reply

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  • @shaniboi (Comment 58) : here are the highlights of that game:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNK28gM26To

    They outscored us 1 try to nil. They also seemed a lot hungrier and had a better technique at the breakdown (a problem which persists today?…) which directly led to their penalty on 80 minutes.

    I wouldn’t call it a fluke – we must ask why we had such a narrow lead in the first place. The Sharks, when they win, have for years now been a team of narrow wins and desperate defence. Can’t remember when last we truly put a team away, including the Lions, Cheetahs, Force and Rebels, etc.

  • Comment 59, posted at 15.04.12 14:06:48 by siorc Reply

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  • Different topic, I see Meyer has approached he’s entire Bulls coaching stuff to become his Bok assistants…I say let him get the people he thinks will enable him to get the results, at least he won’t give us the normal excuses when things don’t come right.

  • Comment 60, posted at 15.04.12 14:45:47 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 60) : and he wants to bring back victor and fourie..come on..surely he must be mistaken..

  • Comment 61, posted at 15.04.12 15:46:34 by shaniboi Reply

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  • @siorc (Comment 59) : The Sharks, a team of narrow victories and desperate defenses… I like it! Certainly more believable than “love them or fear them”…

  • Comment 62, posted at 15.04.12 16:16:55 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @siorc (Comment 57) : The absolut first positive is Lambi at 10, he really makes a big difference to our team, then the play of Daniel and also Deysel impressed me….
    the use of the bence was much better than previous games, we still create a lot of oppertunity’s just have to finish them.
    Jpp defence is great after all that was said when the talks of him at 13 started.
    Then Plum should not be so “suinig” with using Burden, he was so good…..

  • Comment 63, posted at 15.04.12 17:17:02 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 63) : And Whity is …… ag ok, so good.
    If Frans comes back, Tim at 13, JPP back at wing… oh oh can’t wait

  • Comment 64, posted at 15.04.12 17:19:37 by Franshark Reply
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  • @shaniboi (Comment 61) : Just read that, reckon it will be a huge mistake. FdP maybe but please no Victor. The challenge is that FH needs to be on the pitch so don’t know how he will manage that.

  • Comment 65, posted at 15.04.12 22:28:12 by GreatSharksays Reply

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