Will JP’s lucky 7 swing it for the Sharks?

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 31 Jul 2012 at 10:15
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In a recent interview with Rugby365, Sharks coach John Plumtree has pointed to a greater sense of responsibility – and a higher standard of play – from his seniors as the main catalyst behind the Sharks’ revival in this year’s Super Rugby tournament. None, to my mind, epitomises that change more so than red-hot three-quarter JP Pietersen.

JP scored a cracking individual try against the Stormers on Saturday to arguably put the result of that semi-final clash beyond doubt. Just a week prior to that, it was again Pietersen who’s superb finishing made the Sharks’ opening try against the Reds look so easy.

An interesting statistic emerges from all this. Going back to the match against the Lions at Coca-Cola Park (which the Sharks lost, despite a Pietersen try), JP has scored a try in six of his last eight outings. In fact, the only game in which he hasn’t dotted down where the first test against England at Kings Park and the Sharks’ final Super Rugby league match against the Cheetahs. In that latter game, though, he was voted man of the match despite not getting on the score sheet as an individual.

We’ve been told that the bookies are not particularly confident about a Sharks victory, but for those of you keen to have a flutter, why not see if you can find decent odds on JP getting onto the score sheet again this weekend? I’ll make an early prediction that should our man – be he at wing or centre – score his seventh try in nine start this weekend, the Sharks will in all likelihood return from New Zealand with the Super Rugby trophy.


  • Of course JP is gona get that 7th and of course they are going to bring back the trophy that matters :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.07.12 10:54:50 by Viking Reply
    VikingCurrie Cup player
  • If he gets his lucky 7 it must be enough for the win. Any try in a final will be very important.

    I say Keegan will score that try.

    Just a feeling.

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.07.12 11:49:40 by Letgo Reply
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    LetgoAssistant coach
  • this week is taking to long, come on saturday

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.07.12 12:36:06 by MJ Reply

    MJUnder 21 player
  • Keegan to take the tackle from SBW, getting the back handed pass away to JPP that will even flabbergast SBW and JP to score under the posts! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.07.12 13:07:25 by KingRiaan Reply

    KingRiaanTeam captain
  • I noticed a few Stormers fans, on various sites, wanting the Chiefs to “murder” The Sharks…now say that the stormers had beaten us, would they all still route for the Chiefs???Well to be honest as a True Passionate Sharks and SA Rugby supporter I wouldve probably wished the stormers the best of luck…BUT they not there, WE ARE…WE WILL DEFY the odds stacked against us…Black and White,Nothing Else matters!

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.07.12 14:25:24 by Boiki04 Reply

  • @Boiki04 (Comment 5) : I would hate the Sharks to if I were a Stormers supporter. I don’t like losing and don’t like anyone involved in the loss.

    Also, they may feel had they won SA would have had a better chance of taking the cup, so to them it’s pointless for the Sharks to have won, only to lose and if we lose that will prove their point even more.

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.07.12 14:50:58 by Letgo Reply
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    LetgoAssistant coach
  • if the Stormers wanted to win the cup, they should have played better. Let’s leave them to their sour grapes and rather focus on our own team

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.08.12 07:46:15 by robdylan Reply
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