In the back door out the front?

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 17 Jul 2012 at 09:58
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At the start of the Super Rugby season, all of us had high hopes for the Sharks to reach the final. We had some new signings and some young and exciting players coming through the ranks.

Its was a very emotional season, with lots of ups and down, a lot of players sticking up their hands to be counted for, some players not living up to our expectations, and some older players gaining our trust and support.

A few weeks ago we all though the quest of reaching the play offs was all over after a shock defeat against the Lions. After an outstanding team display of quality championship rugby we beat the Bulls at home, leaving them with no answers to our strong forward play, solid defense and running rugby from our backs.

As we turned our attention to the Cheetahs, some what of a bogey side in the past few seasons, and all we needed was for them to spoil our chances of reaching play offs which were still in our grasp. Needing to beat them with a 5 point difference, it almost looked impossible in that first half outing.

Once the thorn in the flesh of the Sharks, Heinrich Brussow was forced to stay off the field at the start of the second half and some changes from Plum and co. after the first 20 or so minutes, things starting to change in the favour of the men in black and white.

On the night, just by winning with 5 points was not good enough for the Sharks and it was encouraging to see the boys going for a full house of 5 log points, in the process scoring 4 tries and beating them 34-15.

You could immediately see the difference when Bismarck and Alberts came on, not to take anything away from Burden and Du Toit (injury), who will get ample playing time in the Currie Cup.

The Sharks will unfortunately face the Reds without the likes of Frans Steyn and Pat Lambie, but apart from them Plum needs to field his best possible team. No funny stuff, please John.

Can the Sharks put another 80min effort together like two weeks ago against the Bulls and give us another exciting game to cheer about and more reason to be proud of our boys.

If the last two weeks are anything to go by, did the Sharks keep the best for the play offs?


  • “No funny stuff, please John.”


  • Comment 1, posted at 17.07.12 10:32:36 by vanmartin Reply
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  • We can win this, we are going into these last 3 weeks with the best momentum (along with maybe the Reds). Our only problem will be jetlag, if they can overcome that, we just may go all the way

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.07.12 10:54:25 by Die Kriek Reply

    Currie Cup player
  • I think they are peaking at the right time…

    But so are the Reds…. Dammit!

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.07.12 10:55:28 by SharksRTB Reply

    SharksRTBCurrie Cup player
  • @SharksRTB (Comment 3) : yep, Reds are 6 from 6 at home!

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.07.12 11:47:58 by Megatron Reply

    MegatronSuper Rugby player
  • I think the key to the Sharks success in their last 2 games is the quick cleaning and distribution to the backs from the ruck.
    McLeod should bring that ball, he likes to take his time at rucks. Defense will b crucial, Reds like a running game!!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.07.12 13:42:39 by pierre_mackie Reply
    pierre_mackieSuper Rugby player
  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 5) : Also noticed in the second half (and last 10 mins of first half) that we got some super fast ball and we kept that ball alive for extended periods of time.

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.07.12 13:58:44 by FireTheLooser Reply

    FireTheLooserTeam captain
  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 5) :

    We need to contain Gill and Genia….that will be the game half won already.

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.07.12 14:11:52 by Pokkel Reply
    Team captain
  • sharks need to create more opportunities for jpp to run and not only work with scraps from high balls, the boy is on fire right now.

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.07.12 14:17:57 by Megatron Reply

    MegatronSuper Rugby player
  • @Megatron (Comment 8) :

    Is JPP also from the Eastern Cape?

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.07.12 14:23:59 by Pokkel Reply
    Team captain
  • @Pokkel (Comment 9) : Boland afik, i could be wrong.

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.07.12 14:25:35 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 10) :

    In other words, yes, he is from WP’s rugby academy (Stellenbosch/Paarl) :twisted:

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.07.12 14:28:38 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @Megatron (Comment 8) :
    We’ve got the game-breakers, but historically we’ve lacked the gameplan.

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.07.12 14:30:21 by Big Fish Reply
    Big FishTeam captain
  • @Pokkel (Comment 9) : you think i only recognise talent from the EC? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.07.12 14:39:46 by Megatron Reply

    MegatronSuper Rugby player
  • @Big Fish (Comment 12) :

    And you’ve lacked the mental strength… :???:

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.07.12 14:46:40 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 11) : He has family in Stellenbosch, went to school in Middelburg, Mpumalanga.

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.07.12 14:47:07 by Salmonoid Reply

    Salmonoid the SubtleTeam captain
  • @Salmonoid (Comment 15) :

    Was born in Stellenbosch and attended primary school there. :twisted:

    You’re right about his schooling in Mpumalanga though (for once) :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.07.12 14:52:08 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 16) : He was discovered playing club rugby in KZN.

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.07.12 15:09:27 by lostfish Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 11) : With the Western Cape obviously brimming with talent, one must wonder why your team have in 16 games not been able to score 4 tries? :shock: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.07.12 15:10:58 by FireTheLooser Reply

    FireTheLooserTeam captain
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 18) : oooo fightin’ words :grin:

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.07.12 15:18:35 by Just a Fan Reply

    Just a FanCurrie Cup player
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 18) :

    :mrgreen: :lol:

    You’re clutching at straws mate!!

    I suggest you focus on YOUR team’s next match against the Reds, they’re gonna need all the support they can get!! :twisted: ;-)

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.07.12 15:30:26 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 20) : At least the tackle stats won’t be the only highlight of any of this weekend’s games. ;-) :lol:

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.07.12 15:37:37 by FireTheLooser Reply

    FireTheLooserTeam captain
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 21) :

    Don’t worry. I’m sure the Sharks will add to their missed tackle stat of 345 (highest in the competition) :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.07.12 15:43:07 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • The Sharks may well beat the Reds in Brisbane.

    Then they will have to fly back across the ocean and beat the Stormers in Cape Town.
    Perhaps they can even do that.

    Then they will have to fly back again to play in New Zeeland.
    I fear this will prove one ocean crossing too many.

    The cards in the play-off deck are to heavily stacked against them. If I were the Sharks (or Bulls), I would not waste myself on an impossible quest. Go to Brisbane (or Christchurch), relax, lose and give the players a break.

  • Comment 23, posted at 17.07.12 15:59:00 by fyndraai Reply

    fyndraaiCurrie Cup player
  • @fyndraai (Comment 23) : WTF, please go to a site like KEO and post your negitve comments there, thank you.

  • Comment 24, posted at 17.07.12 16:02:36 by Uli Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 16) : So what does that have to do with Joe Pietersen being born in Vryheid.

    JP must have been an unbelieveable talent if he was already targeted in primary school.

  • Comment 25, posted at 17.07.12 16:18:47 by Salmonoid Reply

    Salmonoid the SubtleTeam captain
  • Uli
    You’re not allowed to mention the three lettered name on this here site! :lol:

    You’ve been warned! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 17.07.12 16:34:15 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 26) :
    As a blogger of long-standing, is it too much to expect anything more from you than stirring? :roll:

  • Comment 27, posted at 17.07.12 16:57:42 by Big Fish Reply
    Big FishTeam captain
  • @fyndraai (Comment 23) : What the F! Why on earth would they put their bodies on the line in the quest for a finals spot only to lose intentionally? Are you perhaprg one of those cape town kiwis? Afraid of some real rugby?

  • Comment 28, posted at 17.07.12 18:02:51 by Die Kriek Reply

    Currie Cup player
  • @Die Kriek (Comment 28) :

    Getting into the play-offs was nice but once you look at the schedule from there you have to realize that this is an impossibility.

    Fly to Brisbane on Monday, adapt to an 8 hour time-change and beat the Reds Saturday. Fly to Cape Town on Monday, adapt to an 8-hour time-change and beat the Stormers on Saturday. Fly to Hamilton on Monday, adapt to a 10-hour time-change and beat the Chiefs on Saturday. Fly back to Durban on Monday, adapt to a 10-hour time-change and go right into the Bok camp to prepare for an even tougher competition.

    This is career ending stuff. The reason why so many SA players, play in Europe is not just the money. The SH schedule is murder on SA players. For the Bulls and the Sharks, these finals are a waste of time. The outcome is set by the schedule. Neither the players, nor the teams will lose any money if they drop out this weekend.

  • Comment 29, posted at 17.07.12 20:02:39 by fyndraai Reply

    fyndraaiCurrie Cup player
  • @fyndraai (Comment 29) : I agree the Sharks or Bulls are extremely unlikely to win this competition from 6th / 5th places. However they just need to do their best and take it game by game. I can’t agree that they should just go through the motions.

    “We can beat anyone on the day, but we can also lose to anyone.” – Plum’s comment as reported on News24.

    That loss against the Lions was inexcusable – a simple win would have at least had us hosting a playoff game as the log currently stands.

    So what is the plan to fix that second part of your statement Plum?

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.07.12 08:40:13 by Bokhoring Reply

    BokhoringTeam captain
  • @fyndraai (Comment 29) : well the crusaders travelled all over the world last year and made it to the final and travelled just like we have to for the play offs this year, and they nearly beat the reds so why cant we, its going to be one hell of an achievement but it is possible

  • Comment 31, posted at 18.07.12 09:07:15 by MJ Reply

    MJUnder 21 player
  • @MJ (Comment 31) : Fyndraai knows the Bulls are going to get klapped and is getting his excuses in early.

    The only thing that will make it a little more palatable for him is if the Sharks suffer the same fate.

  • Comment 32, posted at 18.07.12 09:14:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 32) : No surprises there.

  • Comment 33, posted at 18.07.12 09:18:57 by Ben Reply

    BenTeam captain
  • @MJ (Comment 31) : Saders had to cross 6-8 time zones twice in 3 weeks – NZ – SA – Aus. Unless the Bulls can beat both the Saders and Chiefs, that Sharks will have to cross 8 time zones three times in 3 weeks – SA – NZ – SA – NZ

  • Comment 34, posted at 18.07.12 09:27:17 by Bokhoring Reply

    BokhoringTeam captain
  • Other than the two Bulls games, I’ve rooted for the Sharks in every match this year and will continue with that this week.

  • Comment 35, posted at 18.07.12 17:23:47 by fyndraai Reply

    fyndraaiCurrie Cup player

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