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Jordaan and Lambie still in doubt as Sharks focus on the semi finals


Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 24 Jul 2012 at 16:03
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The players had a light training session this morning, both Patrick Lambie and Paul Jordaan ran with the team, both players are still doubtful for the semi final though. “A late call will be made on Jordaan,” says Plumtree “He did train today, but there’s definitely a problem with his hammy, we hope we can get him ready in time, Lambie is doubtful, but Louis has been going pretty well at fullback.”

The Sharks have now travelled across the Indian Ocean twice in only a week and will be hoping to travel back once again at the end of this week, by beating the Stormers in the semi final clash this weekend, but will the effects of jet lag be too strong on their bodies? “It’s something we haven’t really talked about,” says John Plumtree, “We’re not going around saying – ‘How are you feeling, how are you feeling, how are you feeling?’ It’s more a case of – Guys this is not an unknown territory for us. We know what it feels like, we’ve been jet lagged before. They know how important it is to keep hydrated and get good rest and slowly get themselves prepared for what’s coming on Saturday, so we’re not putting a big focus on what we’ve been through. The main focus is on what’s coming.”

According to Plumtree the biggest challenges that the team will face against the Stormers this weekend will be cracking their wall of defence, fronting up to their line-out and contesting their strong territorial game – “They are consistent in what they do and their leadership is really strong because they play consistent rugby week in and week out and that’s why they finished on top of the conference.”

Since the June break the Sharks have come back with a vengeance scoring two unlikely bonus point victories against tough South African opponents to sneak into the knock out rounds where they then beat the Reds on their home turf after not many (especially Australian media) had predicted it. This great run of form has been coupled with the Sharks taking the game to the opposition and dominating early on, not allowing them into the game on the field and the scoreboard. Ryan Kankowski is in agreement with this point of view and says, “I think how you start a game is very important and that’s something we’ve been concentrating on later in the competition. With any team if you get behind in the beginning it’s hard to come back at the end so we’re really focused on building pressure and keeping it.”



17 Comments

  • No matter what the result Saturday the Sharks have shown Heyneke Meyer the folly of his ways….that first half performance was exactly what the Boks should be aiming to perfect….not the 1 dimensional skop en jag rubbish that M Steyn, Spies and company have dished up for Boks ad nauseum…..Even though I am a Stormers fan I can only applaud the type of rugby the Sharks have played against the Bulls and Reds….may the best team win…and if it is the Sharks I will be 100 % behind them for the final…

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.07.12 16:39:35 by grant10 Reply
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  • Atlantic = Indian

    Sharks need to build a decent lead while they still have gas in the tank. If the Stormers get ahead or close in the last 20 minutes, we will struggle to win

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.07.12 16:40:10 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @grant10 (Comment 1) :

    No complaints about the Sharks front row anymore? :idea:

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.07.12 16:46:44 by Pokkel Reply
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  • best front row in the competetion Pokkel….

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.07.12 16:50:22 by grant10 Reply

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  • although the Saders have been as consistent as ever come scrum time…

    Still believe it will be a Chiefs Stormers final though….if I had to make a prediction…

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.07.12 16:52:02 by grant10 Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : Grant only hated John “Turbo Reverse” Smit as a prop.

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.07.12 17:00:53 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 6) : not true

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.07.12 19:31:31 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • If Jordaan can’t play, according to training pictures bosman will be at 12 and timmy at 13…to be honest i really think Bosman could cost us the game…he has done it in the past and has still performed inconsistently this season and can’t score a try even if he has an open tryline!! :evil: I would go for JPP back at 13 and Ndunagne 14…i think that would be best if we don’t have Jordaan…JPP was really good at 13 as well this season; and the more he gets the ball the better with his form.

    If our starting XV doesn’t have bosman in it…i’m confident Sharks will pull it off, but if he starts i really think Sharks could struggle to get any backline players to score any tries thanks to his skip pass that is often used at the wrong times, and his execution has been crap…i tell u Bossie stresses me out…end of season he should go back to Cheetahs.

    Sharks to Win by 2-6 points and qualify for the Final…will it be 4th time lucky?

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.07.12 21:27:33 by JJR Reply
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  • Sharks simply have to lead on the scoreboard goin into half time this weekend.

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.07.12 21:32:57 by JJR Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 8) : I wouldn’t move JP away from 14, he’s been too good for us there!

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.07.12 21:40:45 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 2) : Maybe they went the long way round :grin:

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.07.12 22:00:23 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 7) : maybe also as a hooker too

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.07.12 22:01:17 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 12) : also because he is breathing as a human, trust me he hates him, :lol:

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.07.12 07:27:48 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @jrr (comment 8) I think you must drink stress pills. Bosman did a good job the last time against the Stormers. Don’t criticise players if you don’t like then. He can’t do anything wright in your eyes. Wonder if you ever played rugby (more than schools rugby). Hope for the best Sharks

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.07.12 08:41:37 by springbok Reply

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  • @springbok (Comment 14) : actually agree with you, JJR is getting no his horse again and being personal about players he doesn’t like.

    I think Meyer did great against the Reds. Top player.

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.07.12 08:47:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • Guys, any news on Jordaan? Agree Rob, Meyer is a top player and can do the job if Jordaan can’t make it.

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.07.12 09:37:03 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • :lol: @springbok (Comment 14) : @robdylan (Comment 15) : @GreatSharksays (Comment 16) : Fair enough, everyone has their own opinion…just moeg of seeing the amount of basic mistakes Bosman has made since he has joined The Sharks.

    @Springbok; got an offer to play pro rugby in Surrey, so i think my rugby knowledge ain’t too bad ;-) A person that has never played Rugby could still become a knowledgeable rugby guy…i mean listen what comes out of Breyton Paulse’s mouth…it sounds like he hasn’t seen the game before :lol:

    BTW, hope Reinach can make the number 9 jersey his own during the CC this year…the current no.1 has consistently made very basic errors, especially when the heat is on the opposition ;-)

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.07.12 10:39:00 by JJR Reply
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