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Sharks break SA overseas duck


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 2 May 2014 at 13:25
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The Cell C Sharks have recorded a 22-16 win over the Melbourne Rebels, becoming the first South African side to win a tour match in the 2014 season.

A scrappy performance needed a breakout try – eventually scored by JP Pietersen – to finally give the Sharks the buffer they needed. Other than that, it was once again the unerring goal-kicking of Frans Steyn that secured a win, despite a poor and scrappy overall performance.

Referee Andrew Lees got on the visitors’ wrong side early on, as a clear penalty try was not awarded in the opening minutes. Rebels flyhalf Bryce Hegarty intentionally knocked the ball onto touch in goal, thus preventing Lwazi Mvovo from scoring, but the referee awarded a penalty only. It was the first of a number of strange calls on the night.

Jason Woodward got the hosts on the board first, with a penalty that was soon canceled out by Steyn. The sides continue to trade blows, with Lees penalising the home team more often than the visitors, who took a handy 15-6 lead into the break. A quiet start to the second half ensued, before Woodward brought his side back into matters with his third penalty.

Not looking like scoring, the Sharks finally burst into life with about a quarter of the match to play, as a turnover ball deep in their 22 was spun through the hands of Frans Steyn to Lwazi Mvovo. The fullback’s pace created the necessary opening down the left hand flank, with Pietersen on hand to take the inside pass and canter in under the posts. Steyn’s sixth good kick of the night took his side out to a commanding 22-9 lead.

Lees, however, was not done, seeing fit to award a try to Rebels hooker Pat Leafa despite the Sharks clearly believing play was off. In a highly familiar move, the referee allowed the Sharks captain to talk to his men, but waved play on regardless. Adding injury to insult, Hegarty did not appear to correctly tap the ball before spinning a suspiciously flat pass out to Leafa.

A tense final ten minutes ensued, with the Sharks’ defence proving equal to wave after wave of frantic attack from the Rebels.

Scores:
Rebels (16): Try Pat Leafa. Conversion Jason Woodward. Penalties Woodward (3).
Sharks (22): Try JP Pietersen. Conversion Frans Steyn. Penalties Steyn (5).



136 Comments

  • 4 points no serious injuries, perfect start.

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.05.14 13:27:02 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Sharks!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.05.14 13:27:23 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Yes boet already Sharks did better than other SA teams and what some people said they would. Lets see what the rest of the tour brings!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.05.14 13:30:10 by JD Reply
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  • Happy for the win. Can’t say much more as I didn’t see the game. Does anyone know if / when SS will show the reply of the game?

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.05.14 13:31:14 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • We did well against 18 Australian players. Well done!!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.05.14 13:32:55 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • 4 points on the overseas tour is gold. Good to see the boys yet to put some plays together – execution still needs work though.

    I hope the doom and gloom is down a notch this weekend.

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.05.14 13:34:38 by Big Fish Reply
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  • There was a 14 point swing in that game……the penalty try that wasn’t given and the rebels try that shouldn’t have been allowed. On that it was a decent performance.

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.05.14 13:35:09 by Stu Reply

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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 5) : We had one or two calls go our way too but you’re right for the most part :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.05.14 13:35:34 by vanmartin Reply
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  • An away win is all that counts but I really hope Frans isn’t the 10 for the rest of the tour. He isn’t a fly halfs arsehole. I know why he was chosen but lets hope Fred is ready to start next week.

    And how the hell is Heimar Williams in this Sharks squad ahead of Whitehead.

    Not super rugby championship material im afraid. Not yet.

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.05.14 13:35:57 by John Galt Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 6) : Haters gonna hate my hip nephew tells me ;)

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.05.14 13:37:03 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @John Galt (Comment 9) : open your eyes and watch next time. Heimar was the best back on the park apart from Mvovo.

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.05.14 13:38:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • Far from convincing, but at least we saw sparks of what we’re capable of. A win is what we needed and that’s what we managed. Next weekend will be a whole different ball game.

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.05.14 13:41:04 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @John Galt (Comment 9) : @robdylan (Comment 11) : sorry to say John I do think you must go and watch a rerun of this game as you missed one hell of a performance by Frans and Heimar.

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.05.14 13:42:36 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : He was huge on defense as well.

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.05.14 13:42:55 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Cobus, Fred, Heimar maybe?? Anyone? But I don’t see Frans getting a rest anytime soon.

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.05.14 13:43:38 by uShaka Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : Heimar had a good game. Hope JW keep this time for next week.

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.05.14 13:44:07 by JD Reply
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  • @John Galt (Comment 9) : Williams was great, you have a optometrist near by?

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.05.14 13:45:10 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Why was Marcell off so early? Anything serious?

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.05.14 13:45:16 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 18) : shoulder, didn’t look too bad.

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.05.14 13:45:47 by uShaka Reply

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  • Fred to start next week, you heard it here first.

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.05.14 13:46:51 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 18) : Got cleaned while trying to fetch.

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.05.14 13:47:11 by uShaka Reply

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  • @Seth101 (Comment 20) : Although Steyn played very we I thought, he needs a rest.

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.05.14 13:47:31 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 20) : so Heimar out you scheme?

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.05.14 13:48:03 by uShaka Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) :
    Really? How much was created in that 10/12 channel today? Didn’t see a hell of a lot. Very one dimensional.
    Sure he defended ok but the Sharks need more if they are going to challenge for this SR title.

    Fred at 10 and Frans back at 12 again please.

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.05.14 13:48:11 by John Galt Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 18) : He didn’t look to bad, don’t think it will be to serious, Keegan had a great game anyway.

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.05.14 13:48:28 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 20) : I would like to see the same team next week.

  • Comment 26, posted at 02.05.14 13:48:54 by JD Reply
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  • @John Galt (Comment 24) : ask yourself how often Steyn managed to actually get the ball to him.

    If it happened more than 3 times in 80 minutes I’d be surprised.

  • Comment 27, posted at 02.05.14 13:49:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @uShaka (Comment 23) : Steyn to rest me thinks. Brummbies will spend all week expecting Steys kicking game, shock them and start a running backline.

  • Comment 28, posted at 02.05.14 13:50:12 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @John Galt (Comment 24) : boet do you know what the tactics was set by JW?!?! Don’t always blame the players if they play the game plan set by the coach.

  • Comment 29, posted at 02.05.14 13:50:47 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 26) : I wouldn’t be unhappy with that :) .

  • Comment 30, posted at 02.05.14 13:51:09 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 25) : Yeah, thought Keegan played really well.

  • Comment 31, posted at 02.05.14 13:52:43 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Hopefully the Crusaders can peg back the Brumbies tomorrow, and the Cheetahs can at least prevent the Bulls from scoring 4 tries.

  • Comment 32, posted at 02.05.14 13:52:46 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Seth101 (Comment 28) : don’t see Steyn getting rested this year, he’s way to important to the Sharks game plan.

  • Comment 33, posted at 02.05.14 13:52:48 by JD Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 28) : Steyn won’t get a rest, not with that boot. Chances are slim to none.

  • Comment 34, posted at 02.05.14 13:54:08 by uShaka Reply

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  • Who was motm? Deysel?

  • Comment 35, posted at 02.05.14 13:54:26 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 35) : Aussies don’t award MOTM

  • Comment 36, posted at 02.05.14 13:55:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • If anyone doubted the bias of super sport, they are now showing the highlights of the sharks lose last week after we just won…..

  • Comment 37, posted at 02.05.14 13:55:50 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : But if they did the ref should definitely get a consideration. He was superb for the Rebels! ;)

  • Comment 38, posted at 02.05.14 13:56:43 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Good to see Lewies picking a few from the Rebels!

  • Comment 39, posted at 02.05.14 13:57:16 by uShaka Reply

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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 35) : @robdylan (Comment 36) : then I will award it to Deysel. Deysel was man of the match, he can come and get a 2lt Coke from me when they’re back in SA.

  • Comment 40, posted at 02.05.14 13:57:21 by JD Reply
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  • Disappointed by the basic ball skills as we showed far more promise on attack today.

    Was it just me or were the Rebels given a phenomenal amount of leeway for skew throw ins at lineout time?

    As far as the denied try.

    “A penalty try must be awarded if the offence prevents a try that would probably otherwise have been scored. A player who prevents a try being scored through foul play must either be cautioned and temporarily suspended or sent off.”

    All Mvovo had to do was catch and fall down. How was that not a probable try? Furthermore no caution or card for a deliberate knock down in the red zone?

  • Comment 41, posted at 02.05.14 13:59:31 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Watching some car racing and one of the drivers is called Will Power, he’s folks really had a sense of humor! !!

  • Comment 42, posted at 02.05.14 14:00:24 by JD Reply
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  • Rob is the title of your article and the news 24 article just coincidence?

  • Comment 43, posted at 02.05.14 14:00:42 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 41) : All of the above, I think everyone here agrees, shocking ref.

  • Comment 44, posted at 02.05.14 14:01:47 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Crazy how Jake is still coaching the same style of rugby that got him the RWC back in 07! That 15-6 win looks a blueprint for the Sharks this year.

  • Comment 45, posted at 02.05.14 14:02:05 by uShaka Reply

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  • If it aint broke..

  • Comment 46, posted at 02.05.14 14:02:48 by uShaka Reply

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  • @uShaka (Comment 45) : I doubt that the Bok team of 07 had such a high error rate.

  • Comment 47, posted at 02.05.14 14:04:58 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @uShaka (Comment 46) : ja well yes, Sharks playing territory and then counter attack on turnover balls and thus far it’s working.

  • Comment 48, posted at 02.05.14 14:06:25 by JD Reply
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  • well, Im happy. Top of the log after 9+ weeks. Playing shit rugby and winning overseas. It could be worse

  • Comment 49, posted at 02.05.14 14:09:53 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 8) :

    Talk about bad calls, I would have gone against Keegan in the final play. That was clearly a ruck by the time he reached in to get his hands on the ball, but the ref had been blowing it like that all match by then, so good on Keegan for playing to the ref.

    Bad ref though.

  • Comment 50, posted at 02.05.14 14:10:36 by Maria Delport Reply

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  • @Maria Delport (Comment 50) : They shouldn’t have been that close on the score board in the first place tho.

  • Comment 51, posted at 02.05.14 14:12:22 by Seth101 Reply
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  • a win against the Brumbies is NOT impossible. It will be tough but not impossible. We have an 8 day turnaround, not too much travel and the jetlag will be gone. We have our tails up me thinks. Not impossible. Im backing the sharks by 7 in an epic

  • Comment 52, posted at 02.05.14 14:12:39 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @Maria Delport (Comment 50) : that’s important to play to how the ref Iis blowing the game. Keegan had a good game.

  • Comment 53, posted at 02.05.14 14:13:06 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) :

    Agree 100%. Super impressed with Heimar. He didn’t get the ball until the second half, that you have to blame the guy on his inside for, but the few good passes and even loose balls that he picked up, he played a really smart and good game.

    I would consider playing him and Zeilinga for the next game. Seriously consider. Steyn needs a break, Zeilinga is a solid kicker. The Brumbies won’t be expecting it. Worth a shot really.

  • Comment 54, posted at 02.05.14 14:13:26 by Maria Delport Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 42) : Lol they sure did :smile:

  • Comment 55, posted at 02.05.14 14:13:50 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : any news on Jordaan or was it just a tactical substitution?

  • Comment 56, posted at 02.05.14 14:14:48 by JD Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 47) : That’s the only real thorn in the flesh quite frankly. It can be solved though. Hopefully soon.

  • Comment 57, posted at 02.05.14 14:14:54 by uShaka Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 53) :

    He did. Made me think, again, why didn’t we rest some of these guys from the start. Give Marcell the week, play Keegan, Mtwembu on the bench. Hope he’s okay, but the cover is good.

  • Comment 58, posted at 02.05.14 14:15:41 by Maria Delport Reply

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  • I agree Steyn should be rested – got a feeling it will be the Crusader game :mrgreen:

  • Comment 59, posted at 02.05.14 14:16:28 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 59) : probably will all depend on what happens new week, but I don’t see JW resting Steyn.

  • Comment 60, posted at 02.05.14 14:19:44 by JD Reply
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  • Jannie and Beast should be rested. Alberts too. That PSDT injury is really starting to sting now.

  • Comment 61, posted at 02.05.14 14:20:21 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 55) : my kids can be glad I do not have such a type of surname, or something like Walker cause my son would have been Johnny for sure.

  • Comment 62, posted at 02.05.14 14:22:31 by JD Reply
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  • @uShaka (Comment 57) : I don’t know. It has been with the Sharks for a long time now. For short periods (e.g. towards the end of S15 2012) they manage to correct it, and then it is just creeps back. This year the Sharks is the team that concedes the most turnovers, and my suspicion would be that on average over a few years they must be towards the top end of that stat.

    That to me is the biggest problem – the team gets into a good position, and then will inevitably turnover the ball. I think it is going to take some time to fix this inherent problem.

    In the mean time the kicking and attack from turnover game plan is the best way to get some success. The defense needs to be spot on in each game though.

  • Comment 63, posted at 02.05.14 14:22:46 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 61) : Jannie and Beast could be rested on tour but don’t think JW will any players.

  • Comment 64, posted at 02.05.14 14:25:44 by JD Reply
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  • The Blues at the moment look like a team we should be resting players against. Loss pretty much a foregone conclusion there. Brumbies and Crusaders we can still give a good go.

  • Comment 65, posted at 02.05.14 14:26:20 by uShaka Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 64) : Add Alberts to your list. Those would be the most essential players that need a break.

  • Comment 66, posted at 02.05.14 14:26:50 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 63) : defence was bad the last two weeks but the rest of the competition it was very good. Sharks just needs to pick it up again!!!

  • Comment 67, posted at 02.05.14 14:28:03 by JD Reply
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  • Must say, as far as handling goes, the Sharks did show a few things that got me excited. It’s again the backs that I’m most disappointing with.

    I like those offloads and getting the ball wide with quick hands, but the backs still seem to muck up good opportunities.

    The more we play like this, the more it will improve – a lot to be happy about after this game. Still some issues, but it seems like Jake has definitely put some focus on those things.

    And for a change the worse part of the game, wasn’t the Sharks, but the ref. I haven’t had a chance to really lay into the ref for a long time.

    Had some fun yelling at my screen today. My 4 year old niece was visiting while I was watching at my mom’s house – 5 minutes in, she wanted to know if I was enjoying the rugby. She didn’t think I was and suggested that I switch it of. At least we won, but yeah, it wasn’t the most enjoyable. I hate bad ref calls and these handling errors are giving me a headeache.

  • Comment 68, posted at 02.05.14 14:30:05 by Maria Delport Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 62) : Lmao :smile:

  • Comment 69, posted at 02.05.14 14:30:41 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • @uShaka (Comment 65) : no result is a forgon conclusion. Let’s wait and see what the Sharks do against them. Don’t think everything is all doom and gloom after one good performance by the Blues.

  • Comment 70, posted at 02.05.14 14:31:39 by JD Reply
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  • @Maria Delport (Comment 68) : I still think the handling will get better. Today they showed a bit of what they can do, just need to finish like they did for the try!!!!

  • Comment 71, posted at 02.05.14 14:37:51 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 70) :

    The Reds have been playing badly anyway. We don’t play the same game. If anyone things the Blues/Sharks game will be anything like the type of loose game we’ve seen them winning, they are mistaken. We won’t be pulled into that game.

  • Comment 72, posted at 02.05.14 14:38:35 by Maria Delport Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 70) : Fourth game on tour? Blues in form at home. I’m just saying that that game looks least likely to yield any points for us. Some of the boys really need a rest, especially before heading home. Could be the opportune time?

  • Comment 73, posted at 02.05.14 14:39:30 by uShaka Reply

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  • @Maria Delport (Comment 72) : hope not. The Sharks has alway been a team that must stick to playing structured rugby. Leave the flashy stuff for the Cheetahs and Stormers it’s really working for them.

  • Comment 74, posted at 02.05.14 14:41:57 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 71) :

    Yip, the second half was also much better than the first. I like that we didn’t kick all our ball away and looked to swing the ball around a little. If anything we looked a little rusty in this area, but clearly the guys can, if they want to. We almost scored on more than one occasion, just because we were willing to run and pounced on the opposition mistakes.

  • Comment 75, posted at 02.05.14 14:42:51 by Maria Delport Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 74) : You accusing the Stormers of flashy stuff – :roll:

  • Comment 76, posted at 02.05.14 14:43:59 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • Must say these Aussie teams don’t really look like they have much of an answer for our gameplan. Brumbies need to follow suit! Haha

  • Comment 77, posted at 02.05.14 14:44:34 by uShaka Reply

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  • @uShaka (Comment 73) : don’t call the outcome of the game “a forgon conclusion” 3 weeks in advance. Lots still can happen. All the games on tour will be tough but let’s see what happens.

  • Comment 78, posted at 02.05.14 14:45:47 by JD Reply
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  • @uShaka (Comment 73) :

    I think it will depend on how we do with the next two games and weather Jake has already rested a couple of guys by then. The guys who need a break – Willem (who looked good today btw), Marcell, Steyn and our props.

    So if Marcell (who went of in this game) can get a full rest this week and Maybe the two props, then maybe we can rest Willem and Steyn for the game after, with the others coming back.

    Then we can either go full strength for the last game, or give one of these guys another game of, or one of the other guys might need a break.

  • Comment 79, posted at 02.05.14 14:48:09 by Maria Delport Reply

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  • @Maria Delport (Comment 75) : Sharks playing better in the second half of all their games.

  • Comment 80, posted at 02.05.14 14:48:21 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 42) :In the early 80′s there was an athlete named Wimpie Burger.

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 76) : ja well they can do it if they want to, I still want the Sharks to play structured rugby and moving the ball wide when the chances of successful is good.

  • Comment 82, posted at 02.05.14 14:49:42 by JD Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 52) : Not begrudging the win, but the bonus point tries you told me to wait and see? It’s not an easy feat to score four tries in Super Rugby

  • Comment 83, posted at 02.05.14 14:51:36 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 81) : lol that’s funny!!!

  • Comment 84, posted at 02.05.14 14:57:09 by JD Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 83) : I’ll take the win any day! !!! Now your team must just come to the party and beat the Bulls tomorrow.

  • Comment 85, posted at 02.05.14 15:00:49 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 84) : Being SA I presume there are probably more than one Wimpie Burgers out there.

  • Comment 86, posted at 02.05.14 15:03:06 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : Not so sure about that Rob but I will watch the replay. If I hadn’t seen his name on the team sheet I wouldn’t have noticed he was on the park in the first half. Just as I was questioning his ability he almost scored a try. Then I start on about JP’s current form or lack there of and he scored a try. I know what to do now. Pity I didn’t question McLeod’e erratic form as his bad choice to run the blind side in the dying seconds almost cost us the game. All in all the boys did what they needed to do. Lets hope the Crusaders soften the Brumbies up a bit.

  • Comment 87, posted at 02.05.14 15:04:44 by markp Reply

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  • Historically we have the blues number … I think weve beaten them more often than not over the last 5 years

  • Comment 88, posted at 02.05.14 15:05:09 by byron Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 86) : ja boet some funny names out there.

  • Comment 89, posted at 02.05.14 15:05:14 by JD Reply
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  • @markp (Comment 87) : Sharks just defended the first half so it would have been difficult for him to perform then. Give him a chance he’s a solid player on attack and defence.

  • Comment 90, posted at 02.05.14 15:08:04 by JD Reply
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  • @Maria Delport (Comment 79) : @JD (Comment 78) : Acquiesced.

  • Comment 91, posted at 02.05.14 15:09:23 by uShaka Reply

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  • Heimar Williams, so underrated and yet so so talented. SP needs more airtime we need him at 15. Mvovo doing well but SP better at 15. Mvovo needed at wing. What a pleasure it would be to move JP and Frans to centre have Mvovo and ndugane (or williams) come on wing zeilinga on 10 reinach on 9 pair Keegan Daniel, Kanko and Marcell on flanks and nr 8 movie Alberts to Lock. Start Adriaanse instead of Jannie. Develop Dale’s tighthead skills.

  • Comment 92, posted at 02.05.14 15:18:30 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Sharks showing some much improved ball skills. Keep it up and we will soon be back to form!

  • Comment 93, posted at 02.05.14 15:19:07 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 92) : sorry to say but I do think the current backs is the best that’s available at the moment.

  • Comment 94, posted at 02.05.14 15:24:16 by JD Reply
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  • @ John Galt – if I’m not mistaken – Whitehead is no longer part of the sharks setup, he went to the kings, that said, Heimar had one hell of a game, seing that the tactic today was not attacking rugby, JW should have thought that we need to win this one for the start of the tour to get the guys moral up again after last week, please go and see again also whom on a couple of times got Jordaan away in space, no other than Heimar, also remember that he is not a seasoned PRO as yet, but he sure has all the making in him to become one, must say I really think on my oppinion that Mvovo is far better currently on FB that on the wing, he must just get settled well then I think will we see the fireworks coming, just glad that we got the tour of to a decent start

  • Comment 95, posted at 02.05.14 15:28:47 by Henkb Reply
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  • I am not arguing but I would like to see two strong centers like Steyn and JP rip that middle apart! Can’t wait for Pat to get better, I would offer him my bicep if I could.

  • Comment 96, posted at 02.05.14 15:37:34 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Henkb (Comment 95) : agree with you on Heimar. Mvovo is looking good at 15, kicking from the back is good and he’s really showing great guts and technique under the high balls. Could be a master stroke by JW to move Mvovo to 15.

  • Comment 97, posted at 02.05.14 15:38:24 by JD Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 83) : :oops: might have been a bit optimistic there…lol

  • Comment 98, posted at 02.05.14 15:38:44 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 97) : ja maybe Jake saying he could be springbok 15 wasnt such a wild statement after all.

  • Comment 99, posted at 02.05.14 15:41:24 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • Guys, just to double check is there any truth on the report on Sport 24 that Frans Steyn is going to Japan after the SR?

  • Comment 100, posted at 02.05.14 15:45:37 by Henkb Reply
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  • @Henkb (Comment 100) : waiting for confirmation from Rob, has busy looking into it, but really hope it’s just a rumour.

  • Comment 101, posted at 02.05.14 15:48:55 by JD Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 99) : yes he looks way better at 15 more involved in the game.

  • Comment 102, posted at 02.05.14 15:50:13 by JD Reply
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  • @JD I really hope so also, we will need him big time in the springbok setup

  • Comment 103, posted at 02.05.14 15:50:24 by Henkb Reply
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  • @Henkb (Comment 103) : ja Bokke will need him for his play and his kicking! !!!

  • Comment 104, posted at 02.05.14 15:55:44 by JD Reply
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  • I think he is going, they even have a statement from Jurie Roux

  • Comment 105, posted at 02.05.14 15:58:40 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • You must have seen the smiles on the faces when they got to throw the ball around a bit, I think they are also aching to get some more hands on ball and pass it around.

  • Comment 106, posted at 02.05.14 15:59:05 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Henkb (Comment 100) : Looks like he is going to Japan after SR, missing the Rugby Championship but will be back for the end of year tour and SR next year.

  • Comment 107, posted at 02.05.14 15:59:57 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 101) : well, lots of talk but still no confirmation yet from either the Sharks, or a Japanese club, that a deal has been struck.

  • Comment 108, posted at 02.05.14 16:00:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • as long as he plays for us Im happy. I couldnt care less about Heyneke’s mercenaries.

  • Comment 109, posted at 02.05.14 16:01:19 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 108) : great to hear just hope it stays a rumour! !!!

  • Comment 110, posted at 02.05.14 16:03:27 by JD Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 109) : don’t like this two contract deals, way better if he just stays in Banana land!!!

  • Comment 111, posted at 02.05.14 16:05:40 by JD Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 109) : Im lying. I still care a lot :smile: :smile:

  • Comment 112, posted at 02.05.14 16:12:32 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 111) : ja they tend to come back fat and lazy from the land of rising sun

  • Comment 113, posted at 02.05.14 16:14:04 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • I think sharks xv are getting klapped as we speak. What happened to the xv suddenly??

  • Comment 114, posted at 02.05.14 16:16:13 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • lions 17 xv 13 after 50

  • Comment 115, posted at 02.05.14 16:19:12 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • Score even worse now – Lions 27 – XV 13 not sure on the time though

  • Comment 116, posted at 02.05.14 16:36:38 by Henkb Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 98) : And why not? They are our best hope for SA glory.

  • Comment 117, posted at 02.05.14 16:48:54 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • It’s really quite amazing how we could lose the next 3 tour games, get no points, while the Bulls win with BPs, and STILL be on top of the SA conference.

    EDIT: Okay, I see the Lions have a game in hand, and could pass us with four wins with BPs.

  • Comment 118, posted at 02.05.14 16:55:21 by klempie Reply

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  • The Sharks XV lost 27-20. The Sharks S15 won a really below par game. I really have no hope for the S15 team to win the competition. So here we go. What have John Smith and Jake White and his extended team colder and co. done to improve our beloved rugby union. Arrogance, win at all cost, favouritism, etc. BRENDON VENTOR gelled the same players into a great winning team. 99% of all players in the squad was contracted by Plum and Rudolph? What has Jake brought – Ettienne and Tim Swiel ? Arrogant asshole if you ask me!

  • Comment 119, posted at 02.05.14 17:10:57 by Observer Reply

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  • @Observer (Comment 119) : Good to see you keeping up with the awful trolling attempts.

  • Comment 120, posted at 02.05.14 17:28:52 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Observer (Comment 119) : slow down boet Rome was not build in a day. Sharks can only get better from here and they’re leading the log.

  • Comment 121, posted at 02.05.14 17:33:22 by JD Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 120) : do you think if we ignore him long enough he will go away and support the Stormers?!?!?

  • Comment 122, posted at 02.05.14 17:34:31 by JD Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 118) : and what is the odds for Lions winning all 4 overseas games with bonus points?!?!?!

  • Comment 123, posted at 02.05.14 17:39:59 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 122) : As long as you remember the first rule of the internets, ‘Don’t feed the trolls!’

  • Comment 124, posted at 02.05.14 17:41:32 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 124) : sorry I forgot and replied to his comment ;-P

  • Comment 125, posted at 02.05.14 17:45:23 by JD Reply
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  • Geez the NZ conference is tight. Their 4th and 5th placed teams are above SA’s second team and they still have two games in hand as they only played 8 games.

  • Comment 126, posted at 02.05.14 17:50:14 by JD Reply
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  • Anyone else pick up that the Saders are also playing in OZ next week, a day after the Sharks game? That will leave them with the same travelling as the Sharks and a day less to rest/prepare. Going to be interesting next couple of weeks!!!!!

  • Comment 127, posted at 02.05.14 18:03:12 by JD Reply
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  • If there was a qualified ref and AR at this game the Sharks would have had a lot less pressure on them. I have 5 big issues with this Andrew Lees incompetent person: Obviously that slap down and that they had scored without tapping the ball, but the fact that we demolished their scrum and Lees awarding them the penalty and the fact that their 9 did not put 1 ball straight into the scrum after penalising McLoed early and that they were allowed to sack our drives at will. O yes, I almost forgot about the forward pass in the 14th minute as 10 rolled the ball to a forward in an offside position (not 3m in front of Lees)

  • Comment 128, posted at 02.05.14 18:29:00 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 127) : That’s a very interesting point – well spotted :mrgreen: Makes that game vs Saders quite interesting indeed!!

  • Comment 129, posted at 02.05.14 18:56:41 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 129) : all in all the Saders game is a bit more even than before. Another thing for the Brumbies game is they need to fly back from NZ whilst Sharks are in OZ waiting for them. Next couple of weeks is going to be interesting!

  • Comment 130, posted at 02.05.14 19:11:48 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 130) : Yeah so true – if we can just find a bit of rhythm on attack we will be much more dangerous ;-)

  • Comment 131, posted at 02.05.14 19:20:24 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 131) : like you said just a little rhythm will change a lot. I’m sure if they hit form it’s going to be huge!

  • Comment 132, posted at 02.05.14 20:26:19 by JD Reply
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  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 131) : IT’S MAN UNITED TIME!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 133, posted at 03.05.14 16:06:10 by JD Reply
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  • Apparently marcell is on his way back due to his injury he suffered in fridays game against the rebels. Why is nothing said about that? Surely its a big loss for the sharks. Id love to have an update on that seing that he is prob our best player now.

    He has realy proved himself in the ball fetching roll and im sure theire is some worries,not only for jake,but for Heineke aswell. Any update on that would be appreciated.

  • Comment 134, posted at 05.05.14 16:22:10 by kaapsebra Reply

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  • @kaapsebra (Comment 134) : Everyone deserves a day off once in a while. :smile:

    http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2014/05/05/well-be-right-back/

  • Comment 135, posted at 05.05.14 16:30:08 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • I’m pretty sure the only news out is that he is on his way home and is being replaced in the squad by Jaques Botes. I would imagine he will be thoroughly assessed once he returns and then information will be released.

    You are also right that Marcel has been superb this year, in my opinion, head and shoulders ahead of any SA loose forward in the competition.

  • Comment 136, posted at 05.05.14 16:34:13 by Dancing Bear Reply
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