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Redemption time


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 29 Apr 2014 at 09:06
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It’s “Silver Lining Tuesday” (yes – that admittedly is a name I just made up on the spur of the moment) and time for all Sharks, fans, players and coaches alike, to shrug off the disappointments of the weekend and look forward to the challenges ahead.

Generally, after a bad loss, it takes me a few days to be able to see the bright side, but I’m determined to do just that this morning. We all knew that going through a Super Rugby season without suffering any losses along the way was a pipe dream and while it is far from ideal to conceded a loss at home – ever – it’s not quite the campaign death knell that some are making it out to be. After all, the Brumbies and Chiefs have each lost a game at home too this season but are still firmly in the race.

Any chance that the Sharks may have viewed Friday’s upcoming game against the Rebels as a bit of a soft tour opener will now have been completely blown away. Jake White has said that the target is four wins on tour and while it’s very unlikely the side will actually achieve that feat, you have to believe that they’ll die trying. Personally, I prefer not to look too far ahead and will be satisfied with a good bounce-back win in Melbourne, to set the tone for a good tour to follow.

The Sharks will be stronger than the scratch outfit picked to face the Highlanders. Also, they hopefully won’t have any nagging “if I get injured in this game I’ll miss the tour” type doubts, meaning we should be set for a full-blooded go at the unpredictable Rebels. Bismarck du Plessis, Odwa Ndungane and Jean Deysel should hopefully all be back as well, adding a huge injection of leadership to a side that looked rudderless without any of those players.

Perhaps the biggest reason for hope – at least in my mind – is the fact that the Sharks’ approach is simply going to have to change after the Highlanders debacle. Jake White is no mug and will have seen, clearly and without any doubt, how the kick-at-all-costs game plan failed, failed and failed again on Friday. Personally, I’m very excited to see exactly what White has up his sleeve for this weekend.

We’re not quite at the last chance saloon yet, Sharks fans, but you feel that with each defeat on tour, the Brumbies are simply going to ease further ahead. The Sharks have a golden opportunity, over the next two weeks, to ensure that doesn’t happen and can leave Australia still perched on the summit, having dealt their main rival a hammer blow along the way. That’s the outcome we have to hope for – that’s the outcome we have to believe in.



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  • Thanks rob, I for one will embrace “redemption tuesday”

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.04.14 09:19:24 by Stiko85 Reply
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  • Beating the Brumbies in Canberra would be the holy grail for the Sharks wouldn’t it? Personally don’t see it happening after the performances against the Lions, Cheetahs and then the debacle against the Highlanders. But if JW has got something up his sleeve as you suggest then you never know, rugby can be a funny old game. I think JW will have to bite the bullet as far as Tim Swiel goes and move FS to 10 for now though.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.04.14 09:22:40 by Greg Reply
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  • Sharks will win by 15+ points against the Rebels on Friday, with a bonus point

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.04.14 09:25:46 by Windgat101 Reply
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  • I agree Rob, but I don’t think the log position or even the loss is what is worrying the supporters but the manner of the loss.

    There has been a lot of disruptions in the team and just maybe we have the goods to win at least 2 on tour. If we can come home with 10 points on tour I reckon we can still end top of the log.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.04.14 09:26:55 by Pokkel Reply
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  • My hope that we win on Friday (a one point win is good enough) , then the Crusaders must beat The Brumbies early on Saturday morning. I wonder what odds I can get on that double

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.04.14 09:28:03 by DaveB Reply

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  • Interesting to look at Brumbies and Chiefs fixtures:

    Brumbies: Saders(away), Sharks(home), Cheetahs(away), Bulls(away), Rebels(home), Tahs(away), Bye, Force(home)

    Chiefs: Lions(home), Blues(home), Bye, Canes(away), Tahs(home), Highlanders(away), Canes(home), Blues(away)

    Who knows where we’ll stand in 2 months

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.04.14 09:32:45 by Robby Hambly Reply

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  • @Robby Hambly (Comment 6) : Crusaders are a much bigger threat right now than the Chiefs I think.

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.04.14 09:39:24 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • It’s going to be tough… jake says they are aiming for 4 out of 4… mmmm i think we will be lucky with 2 out of 4 and the 2 that we loose, we should try and pick up a point or 2 in each loss.

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.04.14 09:44:09 by R Hayward Reply

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  • Will be interesting to see who JW will pick on tour…i guess injuries will determine a lot. Id like to see Heimar start as well as SP Marais and Adriaanse

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.04.14 09:47:23 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Anyone knows how long till fred has recovered?

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.04.14 09:49:07 by R Hayward Reply

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  • @R Hayward (Comment 8) : it will be 3 from 4. You read it here first. We will kill the Rebels, scrape past the brumbies in a titanic match. Lose to the saders in the dreaded 3rd game on tour and beat the Blues with some comfort

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.04.14 09:50:11 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 7) : Lol, well. Crusaders: Brumbies(home), Reds(away), Sharks(home), Landers(away), Force(home), Canes(away), Blues(home), Highlanders(home).

    Good luck to the bookies. I think I’ll just take things game by game for now as far as the Sharks are concerned, they just need to get stuck in, they are able to win any game

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.04.14 09:56:24 by Robby Hambly Reply

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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 11) : i really hope so ou tjom! I can live with that. But i am concerned that we are on a downward curve. Hope we reached bottom last weekend!

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.04.14 09:57:09 by R Hayward Reply

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  • @R Hayward (Comment 13) : We did reach the bottom in style. Thats is exactly what 2 of my Blue Bulls friends said to me on saturday. “relax, at least you know it will take years before the sharks play that kak again”

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.04.14 10:02:47 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @R Hayward (Comment 13) : Remember 2012 when we reached the final, but got hammered by someting like 50 points against the canes in mid season? it happens. I dont know why im feeling positive I just am. I feel this tour came at exactly the right time. It will be good for the guys to get away from all the hype for a couple of weeks. I am putting money on a big this weekend. 10+

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.04.14 10:05:58 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • The problem that Jake had before going on this tour, has been made much worse by this loss. A guy like Alberts is in serious need of a break – likewise Steyn is starting to look jaded. 4 points from the Highlanders game could have given the team a bit of a buffer during the tour.

    Oosthuyzen did not look bad at all in a losing team – hopefully Deysel can take the 7 this weekend, and then Alberts on the bench. Start Kanko to have another line out option.

    The back line is a real problem though. There is some serious lack of synergy between these guys – to some point understandable with all the changes. But some of the worst culprits were Boks, and they really should be better than that. It starts with some really ordinary passing from McLeod – he has settled back into his bad habits.

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.04.14 10:08:26 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 14) : lol

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.04.14 10:18:51 by R Hayward Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 16) : I dont want to run a player down and I respect the hard work they do. But I cannot fathom why a professional scrumhalf cant pass a decent ball and sort his timing out.

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.04.14 10:28:41 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • I know I am normaly viewed as the most negative but now something positive,I believe after all is said and done it boils down to focus/mental aspect. The kop doctor must earn his/her keep get the players properly focused ,so they don’t get rattled by bad descisions ,just like Bullarinas/Crusaders of old,did not matter how far behind or what bad descisions were made,they played for full 80 min ,focused ,and you just knew they were going to win.With their kops fixed we 60% sorted already

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.04.14 10:30:36 by benji Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 18) : @Bokhoring (Comment 16) : after their kops are fixed and skills are worked on then a descision can be made on who is in and who should be out

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.04.14 10:36:28 by benji Reply
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  • A team without a decent leader ain’t going anywhere.

    The deer-in-the-headlights decision-making speaks volumes about the absence of a calming influence in the squad. Even senior players seem directionless.

    Bismarck is a much better leader by being an example on the field, than as the official captain.

    The only silver lining for me is that we play the Rebels first. Any side with the talent we have at our disposal should manage to beat them, even with the way we’re playing.

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.04.14 10:40:05 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 20) : Both of those won’t take a week or two to fix.

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.04.14 10:41:35 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 20) : My concern is more about players who need a break – than picking on specific players. You need pretty much two teams of whom anyone can slot in when needed to win the trophy.

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.04.14 10:44:20 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Silver Lining Tuesday it is! As long as get right back on the horse this weekend and hammer those rebels. Will be good, not only for us supporters, but also the team as a whole. Lets do this! Klap hulle! If we pick up 2 wins from the tour with a couple of bonus points here and there, I will be more than happy. I feel may 10th will almost be like a final for the boys, and a perfect time to get a clear message across. That is one we HAVE to win. Jake knows the players and their strengths and weaknesses. That should count in our favour no?

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.04.14 10:44:33 by Another Nick Reply

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  • the next two weeks is going to be crucial. If Sharks can beat the Rebels and the Brumbies it will really place them in a good possition on the log.

  • Comment 25, posted at 29.04.14 10:57:37 by JD Reply
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  • So Jake wants four from four, hey? Hmmmm. Well, I guess you have to shoot for the stars… :???:

  • Comment 26, posted at 29.04.14 10:58:09 by klempie Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 25) : I would rather target the Rebels and Blues. The Brumbies will be a tough nut to crack in Canberra, and likewise the Crusaders.

  • Comment 27, posted at 29.04.14 11:02:12 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 15) : thing is the Sharks got a tendancy to loss “easy” games. For years we would loss to 14th or 15th placed teams. Sharks tend to get drawn into the game of their opposition, were as they know they need to stay structured to win.

  • Comment 28, posted at 29.04.14 11:06:52 by JD Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 27) : Brumbies game is an 8-point swing though

  • Comment 29, posted at 29.04.14 11:07:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob, you are a much more positive man than me, I still feel like I’m recovering from a very bad hangover. Man that performance sucked.And with all the kicking going on, it felt like I was watching a Camo Cows game. We have some incredible fast and dangerous backs (some one just coat JPP’s hands with some super glue) and a young flyhalf that is suppose to be some kind of wunderkind that can run attack from anywhere. Use their strengths. I cant wait for Fred and Lambie to be back, personally I feel Swiel is way not ready yet, he first needs a decent CC.

  • Comment 30, posted at 29.04.14 11:07:58 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 27) : yes I agree with you the Rebels and Blues is almost “must win” games but as far as log positions go it would be huge to take 4 points from the Brumbies.

  • Comment 31, posted at 29.04.14 11:09:56 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : @KingRiaan (Comment 30) : I still believe the Sharks are only one game away from clicking. The guys are creating chances, it’s the finishing that’s letting them down. Would have been totally deferent if Sharks just kicked and did not create any chances. any day now they will give us that big one!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 32, posted at 29.04.14 11:13:52 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 32) : Yes they still haven’t clicked, but damn, we are halfway into the competition already they should be clicking away now, not clucking away. But friday the guys needed a leader and no one stood up. Makes it sad when u think that guys like Alberts, Keegan, Frans, and JP are massively experienced yet just dissapeared when the laaities like Tim needed them the most.

  • Comment 33, posted at 29.04.14 11:18:54 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : Have we ever won in Canberra though? I agree the Brumbies is the main challenger for top of the log at the moment, and it looks like the Crusaders will be the Kiwi contender. So winning both will be ever so great – but it will be a tall order for the team in its current state

  • Comment 34, posted at 29.04.14 11:19:52 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 33) : yes Friday was a bad game, but it’s better for me to think the Sharks are on top of the log without clicking and that they should start playing better rugby.

  • Comment 35, posted at 29.04.14 11:29:48 by JD Reply
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  • That loss on Friday has been 2 games in the making.

    We have employed the same game plan this whole year but have been relatively fortunate in the way in which we have won.(mostly from turnover ball etc)

    I cant remember the last time we built a platform of a few phases before scoring a try. It just hasn’t happened this whole year because of the kick, kick game plan.

    So I fail to see how we are suddenly going to play differently.
    Expect our only win of the tour to come of Friday where we will play the same game and just about come away with a win due to our superior physicality and strangling game plan.

    All the other teams we play on tour will have our number as they will be able to front us physically.

  • Comment 36, posted at 29.04.14 11:35:10 by John Galt Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 26) :and if the stars are out of reach then you may as well start at your own foot.

  • Comment 37, posted at 29.04.14 11:38:32 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @John Galt (Comment 36) : You didnt read the article did you – its silver lining Tuesday not not hard cold reality Tuesday. You may still have time to edit your post. :twisted:

  • Comment 38, posted at 29.04.14 11:48:55 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @John Galt (Comment 36) : Good post John, Agree with you fully,

    I have said before I am concerned with Swiel, yes he was thrown in the deep end and quite frankly does not have the full skills set to be the general in the backline.

    Is he alone to blame? NO, my feeling here is that he is nowhere near ready to play the JW kicking game but is having to do so, It has him taking wrong options all the time.

    I have seen our play go downhill game after game, even when winning there have been warning signs.

    For me I still maintain that with Lambie out, Frans should play 10 as the game plan is all about kicking and having a big boot, I do not see that changing.

  • Comment 39, posted at 29.04.14 11:58:14 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 38) : :mrgreen: :lol: You just beat me to it! Positive people! Silver Lining, Glass half full, bright side!!

  • Comment 40, posted at 29.04.14 12:00:06 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 34) :

    We beat them as recently as 2012 in Canberra.

    Weather prediction in Melbourne not the greatest. More than 60% chance of rain.

  • Comment 41, posted at 29.04.14 12:00:40 by gatewayshark Reply

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  • I am sitting here watching the game again :shock: the sharks played as individuals, our forwards need Plum back :mrgreen: :lol:

  • Comment 42, posted at 29.04.14 12:01:48 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 37) : to dream the impossible dream!!!!!

  • Comment 43, posted at 29.04.14 12:01:52 by JD Reply
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  • Quite scary to think though that without Bismark there doesn’t seem to be one competent leader in the team. Keegan was absolutely useless as a previous captain and you have to wonder why Charl McLeod was given the responsibility because he was practically invisible.

  • Comment 44, posted at 29.04.14 12:15:44 by lostfish Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 18) : Possibly because he isn’t very good and the only reason he isn’t playing vodacom cup is because we are so desperate for scrumhalves that we put up with his substandard skills.

  • Comment 45, posted at 29.04.14 12:17:10 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 45) : then why not play Ungerer,when you scraping the bottom of the barrel,it can’t get any worse

  • Comment 46, posted at 29.04.14 12:24:44 by benji Reply
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  • I think we should rather pray the Landers, Canes take the play-off spots as they are not accustomed to playing finals rugby and are not good playing away regardless of the fart on friday

  • Comment 47, posted at 29.04.14 12:31:45 by Chippa Reply

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  • @lostfish (Comment 45) : I also think the Sharks have a bad history of not backing talented and skilled youngsters but rather going with aging substandard players and also I wonder what influence the fact that The Great White could not bring his own choice of coaching staff but had to inherit what was in place has on such descisions/choices

  • Comment 48, posted at 29.04.14 12:51:19 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 48) : not to sure about the coaching staff not being JW choice? If memory serves me correct I’m pretty sure he had a say in Super rugby assistent coaches. As for going with substandard players hell all the guys looked substandard on Friday, bit harsh to lable any of the current squad so low. Talented youngsters needs to be nurtured and not just thrown into the deep end to swim or sink.

  • Comment 49, posted at 29.04.14 13:15:39 by JD Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 48) : go read http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2013/11/22/white-confirms-coaching-line-up/

  • Comment 50, posted at 29.04.14 13:23:04 by JD Reply
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  • If I remember correctly, the Springboks went through a slump about halfway into JW’s tenure and a lot of people were demanding his head. In the end we build up to what was a juggernaut of a team, unstoppable at the world cup. :smile: Just saying… ;-)

  • Comment 51, posted at 29.04.14 13:36:18 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • …hoping…

  • Comment 52, posted at 29.04.14 13:36:57 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 51) : Yes with the not so inconsiderable help from Eddie Jones. Just like then the backline play was non existent. Good luck with Jake’s new juggernaut!

  • Comment 53, posted at 29.04.14 13:40:35 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 37) : :razz:

  • Comment 54, posted at 29.04.14 13:45:42 by klempie Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 53) : @Southern_Shark (Comment 51) : atleast he’s not one of those “I know it all guys”, so give him credit for getting in help if it’s needed. also something to remember is that JW is a new coach at the Sharks, players and coaches must “find” each other, but now some people expect super performances even if star players are out injured. It’s just not going to happen. Slow and steady wins the race!!!!!!!

  • Comment 55, posted at 29.04.14 13:51:36 by JD Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 51) : I was one of the few that stayed the course with ol’ Jakey. I still back him but sometimes he makes it real difficult with his tjatjaraghede.

  • Comment 56, posted at 29.04.14 13:53:21 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 56) : @KingCheetah (Comment 53) : I’ll take the Great White and the juggernaut thank you . Tjatjarighede ?

  • Comment 57, posted at 29.04.14 14:11:17 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 57) : Oh come on. lol.

    His mouthing off. :razz:

  • Comment 58, posted at 29.04.14 14:17:43 by klempie Reply

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  • @gatewayshark (Comment 41) : Somehow I had the idea we have not won there in a while.

    Rain would suit the Sharks – provided they don’t try and play expansive rugby in the wet.

  • Comment 59, posted at 29.04.14 14:21:04 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • If Jake, JPP nd co didn’t catch a wake up on Fri then we deserve to lose all four on tour. The Highlanders abomination honestly couldn’t have come at a better time. You don’t want something like that happening against The Rebels, first game on tour, silver lining much?

  • Comment 60, posted at 29.04.14 14:21:43 by uShaka Reply

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  • Sheryl Calder must be fuming at the kak handling of the Sharks on the weekend.

  • Comment 61, posted at 29.04.14 14:25:35 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 61) : :lol:

  • Comment 62, posted at 29.04.14 14:37:42 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 61) : No they def saw the ball…im sure 1 even hit JPP in the face…

  • Comment 63, posted at 29.04.14 14:43:15 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 61) : don’t think it’s a quick fix, everything takes time. JW and the whole staff is new.

  • Comment 64, posted at 29.04.14 15:39:16 by JD Reply
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  • JW should give Swiel some license this weekend.

    He’s not a kicker, he’s a runner…let’s see if he’s able to get our backline away by playing to his own skills.

    And we need McLeod to get that darn ball out quickly….quick ball, illusive running, and we’ll at the very least be entertained, if not win.

  • Comment 65, posted at 29.04.14 15:53:01 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 65) : don’t think he’ll start if Fred is healthy to play.

  • Comment 66, posted at 29.04.14 16:57:24 by JD Reply
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  • BELIEVE

  • Comment 67, posted at 29.04.14 18:17:03 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • After only managing to watch the Highlanders game today I was left with the impression that if the early try was allowed and one or two other passes stuck and resulted in another try, the Sharks would probably have played with a lot more confidence for the rest of the match and our discussions here would have gone a lot differently. The Sharks will now have to build that confidence in the first game of the tour. It’s a tough ask but best of luck to them.

  • Comment 68, posted at 29.04.14 18:21:39 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 68) : still say the team is creating chances and is close to clicking.

  • Comment 69, posted at 29.04.14 19:11:14 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 69) : My feeling too JD.

  • Comment 70, posted at 29.04.14 19:39:34 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 70) : just hope we’re right and not still hoping they click after the season is done, but something in me just see them clicking sooner rather than later.

  • Comment 71, posted at 29.04.14 19:48:51 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 66) : Question is: will he be ready?

    Will it be wise to rush him back into the team with the first game on tour?

    Though, I agree, Fred is definitely first choice till Pat returns.

  • Comment 72, posted at 29.04.14 19:56:09 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 72) : don’t know how Fred is doing, but I’m sure we will see him back in the no.10 jersey as soon as he is fit. Don’t have anything against Swiel but think JW will want to have the experienced player playing as soon as possible.

  • Comment 73, posted at 29.04.14 20:13:37 by JD Reply
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  • I find it interesting that after one loss you will say: “…the kick-at-all-costs game plan failed, failed and failed again…”

    Yet teams like the Cheetahs or the Lions have lost dozens of matches playing run-at-all-cost rugby for years, but rarely does one hear a commentator say such about that game-plan. The missed tackles or the dropped passes are to blame, never the game-plan.

    The mugs have a strong bias for running and against kicking but it’s entirely based on preference, not evidence.

  • Comment 74, posted at 30.04.14 00:51:39 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 68) : I must say, I admire your ability to sound both rational and positive at the same time… :lol:

  • Comment 75, posted at 30.04.14 05:41:41 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 68) :

    That was exactly my feeling after watching the game a second time. It’s just hard to say that after watching at least 60 minutes of what can only be described as a struggling, no fumbling Sharks team.

    I watched the game for a second time on Monday and then again on Wednesday. It definitely calmed me down. There’s no need to panic. This is still a good team and I’m sure they will want to get the Highlanders mess behind them.

    Oh and by the way, the Highlanders played really well with ball in hand. What a dangerous side.

  • Comment 76, posted at 30.04.14 07:54:47 by Maria Delport Reply

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  • @Maria Delport (Comment 76) : that’s what I was thinking as well. Let’s see how the Sharks and Landers go this weekend before pushing the abandon ship buttons.

  • Comment 77, posted at 30.04.14 08:22:55 by JD Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 75) : Fine line between being critical and negative. I don’t always get it right but appreciate the compliment! :grin:

    @Maria Delport (Comment 76) : Phew, glad to know I wasn’t the only one who was left with that impression.

  • Comment 78, posted at 30.04.14 09:29:54 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 74) : Based on the evidence of how this team makes heavy weather of structured attack, the kicking game plan is probably better suited to this team at this stage anyway. Although the kicking was not great in the past couple of games, and the chase pretty non-existent.

  • Comment 79, posted at 30.04.14 09:45:54 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 77) :

    The signs of sinking is there though, the boys will have to make a big improvement in the next few weeks. Seriously. I want the Sharks of the first 5 weeks back. I know, that’s the Sharks that hardly had any injuries, but the guys that has stepped in should be comfortable enough now and the team should know each other by now.

    The next 4 weeks will be so important to where we end up. I really hope Jake can work some of his magic, because in previous years, a match or two like the ones the Sharks delivered these past few weeks, has always meant that it’s just about over for us.

    We’ll see. I’m still hopeful.

  • Comment 80, posted at 30.04.14 09:58:02 by Maria Delport Reply

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  • i maintain one match at a time, at this stage anyway, it is far to early to start looking at play-off permutations

  • Comment 81, posted at 01.05.14 00:08:12 by Gerhardt Reply

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