Richard Ferguson

Relentless Sharks show their teeth


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Sharks on 6 Jul 2012 at 20:54
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The Sharks kept alive the slim hopes they have of still qualifying for the playoffs of the Super Rugby competition, by beating the Bulls 32 – 10 at Mr Price Kings Park on Friday night. In a display of clinical running rugby, coupled with minimal errors, saw the Sharks knock back the Bulls in a showing of brutal rugby, showing that deep down, they do actually have what it takes to win the competition.

The game started at a frenetic pace, with the Sharks enjoying the majority of the ball, and the Bulls kicking everything back at them when they did get ball in hand. The first opportunity for points was missed by Fred Michalak, slicing the left upright. After further domination in possession and territory, the Sharks managed to put Bismarck du Plessis over the line for the first five pointer. The Sharks showed patience on attack and managed to keep errors from creeping into their attacking play to set up the all-important first try.

The first possession for the Bulls in Sharks territory turned into three points, with Morne Steyn hitting the target from 40m out. From the kick off, the Bulls had a great break through Francois Hougaard, but his offload, and certain try after, was ruled as obstruction, and instead the mercurial Frans Steyn set up for a 55m penalty goal, which sailed through for a further three.

The period that followed saw the game see saw in both halves, but the Sharks looked the better of the two teams, and proved that they do in fact have the ability to keep possession and get points when they get into the opposition 22m. This was seen again as JP Pietersen went over for the second try of the match, again following a good string of phases and play amongst the forwards. Michalak converted a difficult attempt from the touchline to take the lead to 14 points.

The Bulls hardly managed to get into the Sharks’ half of the field, with the men in Black and White relentless on defence, and preferring to play the game in the Bulls’ half, with huge punts from Steyn and even Ludik. The Sharks put the pressure on the Bulls and were rewarded with another penalty, which Michalak stroked through the poles.

The Bulls showed what a class outfit they are though, getting Akona Ndungane over the tryline, bar his foot in touch after a try saving tackle by Lwazi Mvovo. The Sharks defence was resilient, and the Bulls were kept from getting points with minutes remaining in the first half. The half came to an end with the Bulls on the front foot, but the Sharks would be happy to have two of the required tries on the board already.

Pieter-Steph du Toit went off just before the half time whistle, being replaced by Jandre Marais, and showed what an impact he will be making come the Currie Cup. He was good in the set pieces and was a great option as a ball carrier.

The second half started as the first half did, and turnover ball was ran 40 odd meters by Tim Whitehead, before being caught by Pierre Spies, but had the Sharks deep in Bulls territory which was converted into a fantastic five pointer scored by captain Keegan Daniel. The ball retention from the Sharks was crucial, as a turnover was punted down the park by the Bulls, only to be run back by the backs. Michalak pushed the conversion to the right, but the men in black and white had built themselves a comfortable 22 point cushion.

The Bulls found themselves on the attack immediately after the try, setting up a 5m lineout from a Sharks indiscretion. The Bulls lost the lineout, mainly due to the amount of pressure the jumper was put under by the Sharks competing in the lineouts. The Bulls came again with attack after attack, but the Sharks hardly missed a tackle as the Bulls started running out of ideas. Eventually though, the defence cracked, and the Bulls scored through Zane Kirchner, who has been all over the park with some crucial runs for the Bulls. Steyn converted the try and pulled the deficit to 15 points, with a lot of rugby still to be played.

A scrum penalty gave Frans ‘the boot’ Steyn another opportunity to add three points, this time from 57 or meters out, but this time he did not have enough on it, and the Bulls could breathe again. With 25 minutes left in the game, errors started creeping into the Sharks’ game, with passes going to ground and silly kicks leading to the Bulls seeing more possession as a result.

The Bulls kept possession for long stints in the last quarter of the match, but the Sharks defence held strong, with the players showing some intense commitment, something that has been short of in the Black and White of the Sharks in recent times. Fresh legs in the form of Herbst, Deysel and Ndungane helped the cause of being alert on defence, and possibly an attempt to get go forward in the search of the fourth try.

With less than five minutes on the clock, the Sharks won a penalty and pushed it into the corner for a 5m attacking lineout, which resulted in Louis Ludik going over for the most important try he has ever scored, securing a five point full house for the Sharks. Bosman converted the try to push the lead to 22 points, an emphatic victory over the mighty Bulls.

The Sharks looked a composed team for the first time this season, with the loose forward balanced in players that take the ball up and players getting to the rucks. The addition of Ryan Kankowski to double as a lineout jumper was genius. The ball was spread through the backline more in the first half alone, than I have seen this entire season. Frans Steyn had a massive influence in the game, not only in the presence of his massive boot, but his physicality in the backline was ever present and equally crucial.

That said though, the Sharks still have a long way to go to prove that they can perform as they have against the Bulls on a weekly basis. It requires the team to play at that level for the entire 80 minutes and not rest on their laurels once they have a lead. The Bulls seemed off their game tonight, and should the Sharks have caught them on a better night, the result might not have been as favourable.

Scorers:
Sharks:
Tries: Bismarck du Plessis, JP Pietersen, Keegan Daniel, Louis Ludik
Conversions: Fred Michalak (2 from 3), Meyer Bosman (1 from 1)
Penalties: Fred Michalak (1 from 2), Frans Steyn (1 from 1)

Bulls:
Tries: Zane Kirchner
Conversions: Morne Steyn (1 from 1)
Penalties: Morne Steyn (1 from 1)



119 Comments

  • Fcuk me that was fast!

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.07.12 20:57:18 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Sharks! Frans Steyn! Brilliant!

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.07.12 21:00:50 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Glad Kanko has showed his potential!

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.07.12 21:11:08 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : did you hear me screaming….. glad the neighbors did not call the cops…..

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.07.12 21:15:01 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 2) : Steyn kicked like his ring. Should stick to running and spreading the ball. Could have cost us the game with his mindless giving away of possession.

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.07.12 21:15:10 by rhineshark Reply

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  • Old Freddie just loves playing against the Bulls!

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.07.12 21:20:13 by Bite me Reply

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  • :cigar-smoking-smiley:

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.07.12 21:23:07 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Bite me (Comment 6) : thats for sure….

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.07.12 21:23:55 by Franshark Reply
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  • OMG…. I had my youngest in TEARS….when we scored the bonus point try! Had to explain VERY nicely that it was Mommy being VERY happy and nor very Cross! :oops:

    What an awesome display of rugby! Exciting. and all that stuff… I am thoroughly STOKED!

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.07.12 21:25:17 by Ice Reply
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  • now where’s the GEES?!! huh doubters much?

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.07.12 21:28:43 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 10) : You’ll see the doubters slowly crawling from under their beds, shell shocked and ready to blog about their favorite Sharks player of all time. :mrgreen: :lol:

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.07.12 21:32:44 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 11) : hahahaha :razz: you know this, everyone is going to give rob shit for giving kanko only a 8/10 when he walked on water :roll:

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.07.12 21:36:21 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 10) : Did you see my GEES on the other Thread?? we-pe-pe-pe-pe!!

    We are black, We are white! We Are! We are! DYNAMITE!!! :lol: :mrgreen: :grin:

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.07.12 21:36:36 by Ice Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 12) : Kanko was revived! Its a bloody miracle! :lol:

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.07.12 21:37:27 by Ice Reply
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  • Well done Sharks. These lads are good enough and with proper coaching staff we could see our team perform like this every weekend.

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.07.12 21:43:10 by Ben Reply

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  • Now for a blues win and a Lions draw and this weekend will be perfect….

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.07.12 21:49:23 by Franshark Reply
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  • Fantastic performance.

    As long as we beat the Cheetahs with a bonus point, I think we are guaranteed a play off place, right? Great to have destiny back in our own hands (although, bizarrely, that is when the Sharks seem to slip up).

    You could see how tense Plumtree was.

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.07.12 21:50:45 by siorc Reply

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  • The only better result than this is if the Bulls got 2 log points
    The more log points the SA teams have the BETTER

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.07.12 21:53:10 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Best improvement is the lineouts

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.07.12 21:53:35 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @siorc (Comment 17) : I think Plum probably threw up before and during the game – he looked really bad in the pre-match interview. :|

    Kinda felt for the guy.

    Yeah, destiny is back in our own hands, bonus point victory against Tjietas secures top 6 finish.

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.07.12 21:53:42 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @siorc (Comment 17) : yes that’s right.

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.07.12 21:53:45 by Ben Reply

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  • Really chuffed with the performance – and helluva impressed with how this Richard character gets these reports up so fast!

    Lets hope we can keep the intensity up for the old mielie-boer enemy next week.

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.07.12 21:54:28 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @siorc (Comment 17) :

    You sure….

    Who is playing tomorrow that can pass the Sharks still? Are the Hurricanes not playing?

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.07.12 21:54:57 by Hmmm Reply

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  • And Ludik at the back did very well for the Sharks…back 3 a lot more steady…

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.07.12 21:56:29 by Hmmm Reply

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  • PLEASE dont accuse me of bias…but SURELY Marcell needs to be recognised as MOTM sometime? Damnit that boy does HARD work.Kanko was great, but he was a “revival” from a very poor himself…When is Marcell gonna get the honours??

  • Comment 25, posted at 06.07.12 21:58:39 by Ice Reply
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  • Ok I see tomorrows games have no effect on the last 6…..and the Sharks no have 12 better points dif than the Canes…

  • Comment 26, posted at 06.07.12 21:59:24 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 25) :
    :roll:

  • Comment 27, posted at 06.07.12 22:00:53 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 25) :

    Well Kanko was def today…but Marcel made a great deal of tackles…and was strong at the breakdown…

  • Comment 28, posted at 06.07.12 22:01:31 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Ok I see now….

    It is log points then number of wins the points dif….

    So if the Sharks beat the Cheetahs and the Reds win their game with a bonus point they will automatically go through as they have 1 more win…

    But if the Sharks win with a bonus point next week they will go through no matter what…

    Same story for the Bulls….

  • Comment 29, posted at 06.07.12 22:05:05 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 29) : that’s it. The Sharks have it all in their own hands.

  • Comment 30, posted at 06.07.12 22:06:14 by siorc Reply

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  • There is such a fine line at the top.

    We will look back and say we should have beaten the Waratahs and probably should have beaten the Chiefs in Durban. Don’t even get me started on the last Lions game.

    Had we won just 2 of these games we would have been top of the log.

  • Comment 31, posted at 06.07.12 22:08:48 by siorc Reply

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  • Had the Brumbies not been in 3rd due to being a conference leader, they would have been in 5th place….

    The Reds can still pass the Brumbies should they lose tomorrow….

  • Comment 32, posted at 06.07.12 22:09:29 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @siorc (Comment 30) :

    Yip…Bulls and Sharks have it in their own hands…

    Should they both win with bonus…the only way top six as it stand now can change is if Reds finish top of Aus conference…

  • Comment 33, posted at 06.07.12 22:11:54 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @siorc (Comment 31) :

    I am with you on all that….HOWEVER….No matter what you did you would not have been able to beat the LIONS…. ;-)

  • Comment 34, posted at 06.07.12 22:13:06 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 27) : Please… I am SO GATVOL for getting flack everytime I mention Marcell’s name – NO, I am not in love with the guy – he could have been my son, I just really thinks he does outstanding work, that, like CW et al…nobody gives him the recogniton he deserves! because he is constantly good.

    Perhaps he should play SHIT for a year or more like Kanko, have ONE awsome game and get recognised for man of the match.. (how many matches compared to Marcell has Kanko played this year…or game time for that matter?)

    Seriously BF – you are being obnoxious.. Dory! :lol:

  • Comment 35, posted at 06.07.12 22:14:45 by Ice Reply
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  • Should the log stay as is…and the Bulls and Sharks with thei play-off matches….

    The Bulls will play the Stormers at Newlands and then fly to Hamilton should they beat them and the Chiefs win too…

    Should both win the SF too….the Bulls play Sharks on Loftus in the final….

  • Comment 36, posted at 06.07.12 22:15:59 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 33) : Now that we do NOT want. :|

    Go Brumbies

  • Comment 37, posted at 06.07.12 22:16:48 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 35) :

    Coetzee is playing very well…and does A LOT of hard work…no surprise he is keeping Deysel out fo the side…

    When Alberts comes back…I’d drop Daniel to the bench…Kanko playing better plus he makes a big dif in the lineout….

  • Comment 38, posted at 06.07.12 22:17:40 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 35) : Springbok cap at the tender age of 21 not enough recognition for you? ;-)

  • Comment 39, posted at 06.07.12 22:19:03 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 37) :

    But the Brumbies are a Jake coached side…and Jake is traditionally great at winning tight play-off games….

    Not sure who to root for…I think Reds will be easier to beat in the play-off…

  • Comment 40, posted at 06.07.12 22:19:30 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Can someone help me understand…why can Frans not play in the play-off’s?

    What if a team gets sooo many injuries that they need to call up a new player….should they then find someone in the squad to cover out of position?

  • Comment 41, posted at 06.07.12 22:21:54 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 28) : The thing is Kanko went from seriously and I meanSERIOUSLY kak to great…Marcell has beem constantly great…what more do you wANT??

    U want the oke to play kak for some games, lift it a bit ad then get recognised?? That is UTTER bullshit!

    I am happy 0 Kanko got his Mojo, but what a bout a guy that has been consistent for the whole season?

  • Comment 42, posted at 06.07.12 22:22:39 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 42) :

    It is man of the match….not man of the series ICE….

    So man of the match…you need to to play the best in THAT match…

    So Kanko got it….he was the best tonight….

  • Comment 43, posted at 06.07.12 22:25:47 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 40) : But that Brisbane seems to be a Reds and Oz fortress….not sure why.

    That’s where the Boks lost 49 – 0 to Oz back in ’06. None of the SA teams have won their very often.

    Gimme an inexperienced Brumbies side any day of the week – of course, we still have to beat the Tjietas with 4 tries, probably not wise to worry about the playoffs yet. :|

  • Comment 44, posted at 06.07.12 22:25:58 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 43) : I think it has gone beyond being biased for Ice – kinda an obsession if you look at the anger in those posts :shock: :mrgreen: :lol:

  • Comment 45, posted at 06.07.12 22:28:19 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 45) :

    Well she is fighting a good fight….just needs to put facts before passion at times then she will be spot on… ;-)

  • Comment 46, posted at 06.07.12 22:29:48 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 44) :

    I hear you…..tough one…

  • Comment 47, posted at 06.07.12 22:30:14 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 44) : The Sharks beat the Reds 59-16 in Brisbane in 2007. 9 tries to 1. And that remains their only win against the Reds in Brisbane! And the Sharks have only ever won in Canberra twice. This year was the first time since 1998. So pretty much, much of a muchness. History would be against us for both teams.

  • Comment 48, posted at 06.07.12 22:32:00 by siorc Reply

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  • @siorc (Comment 48) :

    So lets hope the Force can pull off a miracle and beat the Crusaders next week…then you have the Bulls at Loftus ;-)

  • Comment 49, posted at 06.07.12 22:34:39 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 49) : :grin:

  • Comment 50, posted at 06.07.12 22:38:01 by siorc Reply

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  • Reds didn’t look flash last night …. there for the taking in a fortnight!
    :cool:

  • Comment 51, posted at 06.07.12 22:39:31 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Very well done Sharks :cool:

  • Comment 52, posted at 06.07.12 22:40:10 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 51) :

    But the Brumbies need to lose against the Tahs for the Reds to have a hope to make it should both Sharks and Bulls win with bonus points….

  • Comment 53, posted at 06.07.12 22:44:40 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 45) : @Hmmm (Comment 46) : :mrgreen:

    Guys…all I am saying is…he has consitently been great, fantastic indefence…problem is..he is not flashy…so why should a guy who has been poor and inproved (Kanko played welll…VERY well) and i LOVED seeing him like that! be awarded and never a guy who has been good consistenlty…and in every game..

    You wanna lose him to the Bulls? People needto get recognised and feel appreciated…itis human nature..

    Let me add – I thouht Young Steph was fantastic too, did an awsome job! Think Keegs did an excellent job..Fransie…hell mans,Mvovs etc all of then guys!

  • Comment 54, posted at 06.07.12 22:47:39 by Ice Reply
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  • Brumbies will find it tough tonight ….. :idea:

  • Comment 55, posted at 06.07.12 22:49:00 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hmmm (Comment 43) : seriously…we all know the Oz run this comp…it will be an Oz that will get that honours :twisted:

  • Comment 56, posted at 06.07.12 22:49:51 by Ice Reply
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  • @Hmmm (Comment 53) :

    Looking forward to seeing Grayson Hart (AB Coach John Hart’s nephew) play tonight at halfback for the Tah’s was the first choice NZ Under 20 halfback … keeping Aaron Smith on the bench that year! :lol:

  • Comment 57, posted at 06.07.12 22:51:47 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 57) :

    What you think the Tahs chances are for a win?

  • Comment 58, posted at 06.07.12 22:55:06 by Hmmm Reply

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  • don’t ask me …….. i always think they look good on paper ….but they always come up short …they do go well in Sydney though …. Hooper next year will make a big difference …. he is a bit special!

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 59) :

    Well either way…Reds or Brumbies gonna be tough for The Bulls or Sharks should either or both make it…

  • Comment 60, posted at 06.07.12 23:01:58 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 60) :

    True ……. Crusaders look ominous as well – they are capable of winning anywhere! :???:

  • Comment 61, posted at 06.07.12 23:08:25 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Yip
    So the Bulls and Sharks will just have to step up should they make it…not hope for favours…

  • Comment 62, posted at 06.07.12 23:09:57 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 62) : I think we need to go to a home and away semi finals format with a pre-decided Final on a Oz, SA, and NZ rotation basis ….home ground advantage seems too much of an advantage in this competition!

  • Comment 63, posted at 06.07.12 23:17:58 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • It does….
    But hey…you need to benefit from playing consistently good throughout the tourno somehow…

  • Comment 64, posted at 06.07.12 23:24:29 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 63) : That’s the point HH. You reap what you sow.

  • Comment 65, posted at 06.07.12 23:29:02 by Ben Reply

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  • or do we ….. why not just a top four finish being enough of a reward for consistent performance …. I just think it takes the travel factor out of this comp…. it is basically unfair on a SA side to travel to NZ for a sudden death match and expect them to win!

    just an idea … good to chat ;-)

  • Comment 66, posted at 06.07.12 23:31:59 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 65) : i would agree if we first a) played everyone and b) if we play home and away during the season.

    use the bye round and one of playoff rounds for the extra round robin matches ….. you can’t play this comp and not play the Rebels and Lions surely?

    needs looked at surely especially now with this Test window?

    ….just ideas, just ideas …will take me a season or so to get them in place! haha :mrgreen:

  • Comment 67, posted at 06.07.12 23:37:35 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 67) : Haha yeah I don’t like the conference system either. But you can only play the hand that you’ve been delt and if you finished top then you deserve your home game.

  • Comment 68, posted at 06.07.12 23:39:47 by Ben Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 68) : fold and get a new hand dealt :mrgreen: in this comp if you finish top you win! Boring

  • Comment 69, posted at 06.07.12 23:45:45 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 69) : Chiefs might be the exception to the rule! :oops:

  • Comment 70, posted at 06.07.12 23:47:04 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 12) : I’m giving him 9!!!!

  • Comment 71, posted at 07.07.12 00:11:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 54) : hasn’t Marcell got MOTM at some stage this season? I’m sure he has!

  • Comment 72, posted at 07.07.12 00:20:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 72) : no – actually he hasn’t.

    The only Sharks players who have won are:
    Bismarck (v Reds)
    Pat (v Landers)
    Beast (v Force)
    Bismarck (v Cheetahs)
    Willem (v Stormers)
    Ryan (v Bulls)

    I think it’s Marcell’s turn next week

  • Comment 73, posted at 07.07.12 00:29:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • Piet Spiere Jr. is an YSTER!

  • Comment 74, posted at 07.07.12 00:50:07 by MysticShark Reply
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  • Again I will say it -
    6. Keegan
    7. Coetzee
    8. Kankowski

    Pace, power and creativity beats BULK EVERY TIME. Plus imagine Alberts coming on with 10-15min left running hard at tired defence.

    - Coetzee is a no7
    - so many line-out options with this trio

    Michalak was good, but add Lambie at 10 and it becomes a formidable lineup!!!

    Great performance – now to back it up

  • Comment 75, posted at 07.07.12 03:44:46 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • Awesome performance boys really proud of the heart shown, .now lets repeat this next weekend!

  • Comment 76, posted at 07.07.12 05:47:16 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • Such a good feeling to not just beat the bulls but to give them a good rodgering!

  • Comment 77, posted at 07.07.12 05:50:05 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • Very good game Sharkies!!!
    We now know what we can deliver, well we’ve known for a while anyway…
    Glad Kanko had a decent game, Spies didn’t have a bad game either –showed incredible pace to catch Whitehead!
    One player for me keeps putting his hand up ,week in and out ,without getting the firkin praise he deserves –Bresler ,he was by far the best tight forward on the park ,just shading Bismarck . All three of those locks that played have bright futures in the Black and White .PSDT looked like he was trying hard but is not quite ready for Super Rugby, Marias on the other hand was really good when he came on.
    I would keep the side the same for next week and give the injured guys the run from the bench –using both Alberts and Deysel on the bench with either Marias to start or Sykes.

  • Comment 78, posted at 07.07.12 07:46:07 by Talent Reply
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  • JJE was the only Bulls player worth a mention ,bar maybe Spies.

  • Comment 79, posted at 07.07.12 07:46:48 by Talent Reply
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  • 2 favourite moments in the game : Beast once again showing his absolute monster strength in holding on to Bresler (he ain’t heavy, He’s my brother!) And Frans’ super soccer skills in punting that rebound ball.
    We had a good laugh at Bissie’s very technical explanation after the game “we knew they had a good game plan and had to stop it”

  • Comment 80, posted at 07.07.12 08:00:20 by stertjie Reply

     
  • @Talent (Comment 78) : @Talent (Comment 79) : If you feel Spies had a good game then we definitely watched different games.

  • Comment 81, posted at 07.07.12 09:03:55 by Ben Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 72) : He should have against the Stormers…..still miffed….broken record and all….tough.

  • Comment 82, posted at 07.07.12 10:25:15 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 73) : Who got Motm when we beat the Brumbies? A Brumbies player?

  • Comment 83, posted at 07.07.12 10:33:06 by Ben Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 83) : And against the Blues?

  • Comment 84, posted at 07.07.12 10:33:50 by Ben Reply

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  • @Talent (Comment 78) : I thought Du Toit was actually very good. Shame he went off with injury. I quite like the combo of Du Toit and Bresler.

    Also great to see the evolution of Marcell’s game – adding some savvy to his work rate – offloads and ball steals. Don’t know who to credit – Plum or Meyer

    And overall to the Sharks team – you must be the most frustrating team to support. After such an atrocious game against the Lions you play a game like this. Must be the French influence over the years. So who can we expect to show next week?

  • Comment 85, posted at 07.07.12 10:35:10 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 85) : Did you see Marcell play in the Vodacom Cup last year? He played 8 (which is actually his preferred position) and he showed off all his skills there. He can offload. I think the coaches are telling him to keep his head down and gain ground because he is so strong!

  • Comment 86, posted at 07.07.12 10:44:29 by Ben Reply

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  • If there’s anything positive to come out of last night’s match,it’s Kanko’s performance,he was very good and deserved Man of The Match. He looked like his old self again and it was good to see,great physicality too

  • Comment 87, posted at 07.07.12 10:54:41 by Ludz Reply

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  • According to Sharks website:

    Crowd: 29 515

    Sure looked like more on t.v. :???:

  • Comment 88, posted at 07.07.12 12:29:22 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @pienaar111 (Comment 75) :

    Alberts ahead of any of those…

    I will Play Alberts, Marcell, Kanco

  • Comment 89, posted at 07.07.12 13:20:42 by Hmmm Reply

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  • When you least expect them to, they pull something from nowhere #sharksforever

  • Comment 90, posted at 07.07.12 14:08:31 by pierre_mackie Reply
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  • I had a feeling the Sharks were going to put the Bulls to the Sword, back to the ropes and all that. Player psychology is such an overlooked aspect of the game, you could see the guys were pumped and it was never a question of commitment ;which is all that is needed to undo the relatively primitive Bulls game plan.
    I hope the guys don’t become complacent against the Cheetahs. I’m sure the Lions game will be harbouring somewhere in their conscience, they won’t let themselves betray their fans and their team mates again like that.

  • Comment 91, posted at 07.07.12 14:33:02 by Talent Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 73) : He can get the MVP award at the end of the season.

  • Comment 92, posted at 07.07.12 14:48:56 by lostfish Reply
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  • Where has this Sharks team been all season. The players need to put that effort and passion into every game. It wasn’t perfect but it is a move in the right direction.

  • Comment 93, posted at 07.07.12 15:37:56 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 93) : You are not happy with much, are you?? :shock: :twisted: I’d say that was a tad bit more than just “a move in the right direction”!

  • Comment 94, posted at 07.07.12 15:50:50 by Ice Reply
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  • Think Marcel got MOTM against the Waratahs,that hand off was something else

  • Comment 95, posted at 07.07.12 16:56:29 by Ludz Reply

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  • @Ludz (Comment 95) :

    Nope Rob did list all the Sharks MOM’s higher up in the blog…he had not as yet…

  • Comment 96, posted at 07.07.12 17:04:15 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Ludz (Comment 95) : Nope! Believe me Ludz..I will know! :lol:

  • Comment 97, posted at 07.07.12 17:14:25 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 97) : Did lyk my jy het nou ´n nuwe toy boy in plek van DC. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 98, posted at 07.07.12 17:25:16 by rhineshark Reply

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  • @rhineshark (Comment 98) : neeeee!! No one can take my Dénny-Boys’ place! EVER! :lol:

  • Comment 99, posted at 07.07.12 17:35:24 by Ice Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 98) : let’s just call it “an eye for talent”.. :lol:

  • Comment 100, posted at 07.07.12 17:39:10 by Ice Reply
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  • 100

  • Comment 101, posted at 07.07.12 17:40:16 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 101) : The 99 looked so lonely, oh well :o

  • Comment 102, posted at 07.07.12 17:41:28 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 100) : :grin:

  • Comment 103, posted at 07.07.12 17:47:02 by rhineshark Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 101) : Missed it…..lol

  • Comment 104, posted at 07.07.12 17:53:50 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 83) : they don’t announce MOTM fir games outside of SA

  • Comment 105, posted at 07.07.12 17:56:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • Was only able to watch this game this afternoon. Two favourite moments of the game:
    - JPP steamrolling Chilliboy
    - Mvovo effortlessly taking down Spies

    I’m with Ice on the MOTM. Kanko was superb but Coetzee slightly better. The guy is such a versatile loose forward and is growing in leaps and bounds. Hope we see this loose trio for the Boks at some point in future:
    6. Kolisi
    7. Alberts
    8. Coetzee

  • Comment 106, posted at 07.07.12 18:22:30 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I just watched the game again…defnitely better than “just a move in the right direction”.. :twisted:

    Kanko WAS great, Marcell WAS great!, in fact, I cannot fault any of our players on being mediocre or bad. This was a proper team effort. Few mistakes..but nothing TOO serious. Perfect? No..but WHO can honestly say there has EVER been a perfect game?.. Just asking!

  • Comment 107, posted at 07.07.12 20:45:20 by Ice Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 106) :

    No fetchers and only Alberts a ball carrier…plus you have no speed there at all…Alberts is your fastest there…

  • Comment 108, posted at 07.07.12 21:21:02 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Just wondering….why can’t Frans play in the play-off’s?

  • Comment 109, posted at 07.07.12 21:21:56 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 109) :

    What rule did the Aus think up now to help them win in the play-off’s? ;-)

  • Comment 110, posted at 07.07.12 21:23:07 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 109) : something to the effect of that u have to be named in the initual squad of 30 odd player to play play-offs or something..

  • Comment 111, posted at 07.07.12 21:39:26 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 111) :

    But what if you had several injuries in a position (like the Stormers flankers and the Lions locks, centre’s, wings)

    So lets leave the Lions cause I don’t think they will be able to do enough in the final week to make it….but the Stormers called flankers in from Canada and wherever to cover…so those flankers may not play in the play-off’s either?

    What do you do as a team then…play players out of position? So if it was a prop you have planned uncontested scrums…

    That surely cannot be a rule? How daft is Super Rugby officials?

  • Comment 112, posted at 07.07.12 21:57:26 by Hmmm Reply

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  • So it is not about putting the best teams on in the play-off’s but the luckiest teams who had not suffered too many injuries….

    If not mistaken Jordaan was not in your initial 30 either…
    So you stuck with Bosman at 12? Or JPP at 13? No choices?

  • Comment 113, posted at 07.07.12 21:59:10 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 110) : its province fault… But I agree its a stupid rule…. If its because of injury I think it should be aloud….

  • Comment 114, posted at 07.07.12 23:38:58 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Hmmm (Comment 113) : I think bosman at 12….
    Lambi??

  • Comment 115, posted at 07.07.12 23:40:20 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Hmmm (Comment 112) : I think if u ask permission and defn do not have a player in ur squad that can cover, u are allowed to. Jordaan was in our extended squad from start if I am correct.

  • Comment 116, posted at 08.07.12 08:13:22 by Ice Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 114) :

    Well they are gonna suffer then…who are they gonna play at flank in the play-off’s?

  • Comment 117, posted at 08.07.12 23:52:06 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 116) :

    Then whats the use of having a rule if you just need to ask to break it?

  • Comment 118, posted at 08.07.12 23:52:47 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 118) : I think the rule is the player must have a contract with the franchise on 1 April and play 4 regular season games for the franchise.

  • Comment 119, posted at 09.07.12 05:54:46 by MysticShark Reply
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