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Second half romp for Sharks in PE


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 27 Feb 2016 at 17:16
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Gary Gold’s Sharks have overcome a tenacious first-half showing from the Southern Kings to run out with a 43-8 bonus point win in their Super Rugby opener.

The Sharks scored four tries in the second half in a totally dominant performance, after good physical play by the Kings had restricted them to a narrow 15-8 lead at half time. Gold – along with fans – may well have been wondering whether the promising signs seen on the French pre-season tour were nothing but a passing dream, so dire were the Sharks in the opening quarter. An ill-tempered and disjointed lot, they seemed unable to adjust to either the ferocity of the Kings’ play or the somewhat vague interpretations of referee Jaco van Heerden, who seemed to be blowing from a law-book that had not yet been written, much less read by the Sharks players. An early try, which went to Chris Cloete off what looked suspiciously like a truck-and-trailer maul, saw the Kings lead, but it also stung the Sharks into action and while it would take them at least another hour to properly sew the match up, to their credit, their try-line was not breached again after that 9th minute lapse.

Joe Pietersen pulled back a penalty to bring his side within 2 (Elgar Watts having missed the conversion) and the Sharks then hit the lead after some enterprising play deep in Kings territory. Cobus Reinach scooped an untidy ruck ball backwards between his legs to the marauding Willie le Roux, whose long looping pass found Odwa Ndungane unmarked on the right wing for the opening try. Watts brought the Kings level with a penalty (Pietersen also missing the try conversion) and you could feel that the Kings were taking real confidence from how close the game was.

A pair of Sharks tries either side of the break really knocked the stuffing out of the hosts, though. Man of the match Jean-Luc du Preez powered over ten minutes before the break to hand his side a 7-point cushion, while that man le Roux dazzled his way to an epic solo try just shortly after the break to stretch the lead even further. When Pietersen found Paul Jordaan with a pinpoint pass just five minutes later, the writing was on the wall for the Kings and you could see the heads start to drop as the Sharks centre (so good on the day) waltzed over for his team’s fourth score.

Le Roux was again the architect when Lwazi Mvovo scored the fifth, the fullback making a clever little half break down the left hand flank, moving the ball out to Jordaan whose deft hands found the flying winger in space. A sixth try, to Marcell Coetzee off the back of a lineout drive, was disallowed due to a technical infringement, but Ndungane was on hand to cap off a memorable afternoon for the Sharks in scoring his second with just a few minutes of the game left.

A memorable second forty – perhaps the best we’ve seen from the Sharks in this competition for at least a season – will perhaps not quite erase the memory of some turgid play in the first half, with set piece work and accuracy at the breakdown seemingly in need of major work ahead of next week’s first home fixture.

With five oh-so-valuable log points in the bag – and a nett points difference of 35 which puts them top of the Africa 2 conference log – the Sharks and their coach will rest well, knowing that today really could not have gone any better.

Sharks (43): Tries Odwa Ndungane (2), Jean-Luc du Preez, Willie le Roux, Lwazi Mvovo, Paul Jordaan. Conversions Joe Pietersen (5). Penalty Pietersen.
Kings (8): Try Chris Cloete. Penalty Elgar Watts.



75 Comments

  • Nicely done boys

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.02.16 17:20:08 by JarsonX Reply
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  • I liked what I saw in our backs…attacking space…Jordaan running beautifully, drawing men to pit his mates away…

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.02.16 17:22:55 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Slow start, first game of the season so forgivable. All in all great result.

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.02.16 17:24:00 by Seth101 Reply
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  • I picked the Sharks by 16 so I am happy with this…not necessarily Superbru happy…but happy nonetheless…

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.02.16 17:24:00 by pastorshark Reply
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  • That first half had me worried. Second half was far closer to the team we saw in France. Our inexperience was evident at times but a combination of composure and conditioning saw to a convincing win as expected. Well done boys!

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.02.16 17:28:07 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 4) : I had them by 21 so my expectations were met and exceeded I guess.

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.02.16 17:29:03 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 2) : One of the best outings at centre I have seen Jordaan play.

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.02.16 17:32:51 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 6) : If it wasn’t for the Brumbies game, then our score would have seemed like a huge beating….but that Brumbies thumping of the canes lends some perspective I guess.

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.02.16 17:33:24 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 7) : He caught and passed. More than once!

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.02.16 17:34:06 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 8) : At least the Kings were trying. The Canes just seemed disinterested. Sure they’ll still be a force to be reckoned with but that was an outing that could invite allegations of match fixing.

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.02.16 17:36:18 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 10) : Don’t tell the kiwis….according to them, everything they do have s above reproach, including their supernatural ability to always be fitter than their opposition ;)

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.02.16 18:07:53 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 11) : lol…..have you seen Corey Jane, Piri Wepu and Rene Ranger, showing there supernatural skills with a ball on YouTube, supernatural and amauzing!

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.02.16 18:25:08 by Skypig Reply

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  • Who got man of the match?

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.02.16 18:27:35 by Ben Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 2) : @vanmartin (Comment 5) : must say the Sharks played a beautifully planned game. They did the tough hard work in the first have and then in the second they just pulled away!!! Only thing that worried me a bit was ball retention at the rucks as Kings stole a lot of balls even in the second half!! All in all still a great victory!!!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.02.16 18:33:39 by JD Reply
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  • @Skypig (Comment 12) : Yeah I have to give it to them, they are exceptionally skilled with the rugby ball….

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.02.16 18:50:19 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 13) : Jean-Luc

    @JD (Comment 14) : First half was simply poor from the Sharks in my opinion. Think they struggled to settle the nerves. Rucks are a concern but I found the officiating very confusing in that area. Not sure whether this was the case for the players too.

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.02.16 19:26:00 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 16) : Thanks, good to know that SOMEONE can see my comments. :)

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.02.16 19:31:02 by Ben Reply
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  • Robert du Preez had 2 sons winning MOM awards today, one proud DAD.

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.02.16 22:33:26 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 7) : Yup…he was really good…I like…JPP to 14 I say…

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.02.16 22:44:12 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 16) : Yup…they did look nervy…that half wasn’t great…we also kicked aimlessly again for a while there…it had me a bit grumpy…but in the second half it was ball in hand, good running, lovely passing…much better…

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.02.16 22:47:43 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 18) : Robert was also very good today! Bring him home…

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.02.16 22:48:29 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 16) : @pastorshark (Comment 20) : must say I personally think the Kings deserve some credit for their first half performance and the Sharks had an OK first half. Not to say they’re as good or anything but look at the champion Crusaders and All Black sides, halftime score may be close but the hard work they did in the first half is rewarded later in the second half (as they tired out opponents) so they pull away to win comfortably and for me that is exactly what the Sharks did today. Hard grafting first 50min laid the foundation for the “easy” victory.

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.02.16 23:56:21 by JD Reply
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  • Michael Claassens was magnificent when he came on.He and Willie are a very special combination.Joe also had an exceptional game.
    Big warning is the way those Argies wrapped up Lood de Jager,the no 5 is a beast and I think that our two light weight locks who got schooled by Sykes and Astle are a big worry
    Lewies needs to make it back quick ,and the sooner Botha gets back the better.I enjoyed the amount of line out ball Dan took at 8,and still would rather have him at 5 and the ginger at 8,than him on the bench ,and the light weights we played at 5 .

  • Comment 23, posted at 28.02.16 08:22:55 by The hound Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 14) : Dude what is it with all the exclamation marks? We can read your posts clearly. If its down to enthusiasm, I salute you ;-)

  • Comment 24, posted at 28.02.16 08:53:32 by Quintin Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 14) : Our lineouts need some work as well. Think the blame is more on the hookers than young Andrews,but I will still be glad to see Lewies back!

  • Comment 25, posted at 28.02.16 08:59:28 by HeinF Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 23) : I have to agree regarding Dup at 5 with Ginger at 8 untill such time as we have Lewies back…..very tough for Hyron to make the jump to SR having hardly played senior CC….

    Our lineout will cost us the big games, unless it’s fixed…..our hookers need to be held accountable too, they need to put the hours in to perfect their throw-ins…..they’re either too straight, or too skew.

  • Comment 26, posted at 28.02.16 09:35:39 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 24) : argies no5 lock has been cited .

  • Comment 27, posted at 28.02.16 10:25:07 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 26) : At last some one agrees .

  • Comment 28, posted at 28.02.16 10:56:24 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 28) : We’re in desperate need of a stop gap….and we’ve used guys like Deysel and Kanko to shore up at lock before…..our lineout is in deep trouble, and Andrews didn’t do well at either lineout or general play.

  • Comment 29, posted at 28.02.16 11:41:03 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Anyone have the stats on how many lineouts we butchered yesterday?

  • Comment 30, posted at 28.02.16 12:27:53 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 25) : agree fully. we had a good view from our seats and especially with Franco the throws looked mostly to low. Astle as looked like he wanted prove a point

  • Comment 31, posted at 28.02.16 13:10:55 by Kabouter Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 29) : Uniavi looked really good when Namib played All Blacks and I would bring him in ASAP. Andrews will be a good squad player before he transitions to full first team player.

    Lewies should ensure his injuries are fully rehabilitaded as it is a looong season

  • Comment 32, posted at 28.02.16 13:13:41 by Kabouter Reply

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  • @Kabouter (Comment 32) : Not sure why the Sharks were willing to ship both Astle an Uniavi to the Kings….Hyron needs to learn from more experienced players.

    Why are you the Sharks always without a paddle when it come to locks?

  • Comment 33, posted at 28.02.16 13:27:18 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 33) : Since Plum days we have been shocking at managing our stock properly. yeah, loaning both out a strange decision especially Uniavi. To be honest this was by far the best I have seen Astle play.

  • Comment 34, posted at 28.02.16 13:33:23 by Kabouter Reply

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  • jeez guys, did any of you pay attention to Andrews’ all-round game yesterday? Responsible for at least two crucial steal on hte ground, one of which led DIRECTLY tot he first try. That’s aside from the tackles, ruck hits and a few good lineout takes, including one steal.

    Let’s not look at the two lineouts that he didn’t win and write him off as a player based on just that.

  • Comment 35, posted at 28.02.16 14:20:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 29) : I’m sorry, but that statement, to me, is just not correct.

  • Comment 36, posted at 28.02.16 14:21:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : He really had a good game. For me the problem was ot just loosing 2 lineouts,but some of the other lineouts we won,weren’t clean ball and we were put under pressure. Like I said though,think the problem is more with the throw than the jumpers. He showed real maturity by not grabbing for a high ball,but letting it go,knowing Odwa was to his right in a better position to score the try. I just miss the bit more aggression that a player like Botha or Lewies bring,but it is really great to see the sharks trusting a young,real 5 rather than pushing a makeshift 4 into the 5 jumper

  • Comment 37, posted at 28.02.16 14:35:31 by HeinF Reply

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  • @Kabouter (Comment 35) : uanivi has been recalled and training with the sharks.

  • Comment 38, posted at 28.02.16 16:16:48 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @Kabouter (Comment 33) : agree with you re: lewies should only play once over the injury.think he will definitely be considered for the argies game,though.re: andrews: one of the commentators in saders vs chiefs game said about another player:sometimes you need time to grow in the level of competition .or something like that.not quoting verbatim.he is still 20 and will mistakes.still saying this season is about building a team that can challenge for the title next season.does not mean we should not try and win or be competitive,but keep focus.this is a process.imo the sharks options at no5 are andrews,lewies,uanivi with botha on injured list.those are the player that should be selected.andrews can only grow at this level and keen to see what uanivi brings.

  • Comment 39, posted at 28.02.16 16:41:20 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : If I get the time to watch the game again, then I’d be more than happy to revisit my views on Andrews. My initial impression was that he didn’t have a good game….between Andrews and Astle, my initial feeling was that Astle had the better game.

  • Comment 40, posted at 28.02.16 16:57:11 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 39) : Agreed, I dont think andrews had a great game, nor did was it a complete disaster, i still saw great ability for someone so young

    I’ve been highly critical of Dave Dc’dulings performances since he got to durbs, but I must say he looks good yesterday off the bench, his ball security was sound when caring to the gain line

    Ettian ousthuisen wasnt too bad either, one of his better games

    now for the game itself

    We started slow IMHO, and the kings started better, sykes and astle we on form in the early minutes. Especially astle, he seem to want to prove a point, but thats awesome for him cause if he does he either, secures a trip back to durbs, settles in pe and grows his game or third option a fat contract overseas. I never had a concrete opinion of astles ability as we was often injured

    My big concern is the ill discilpline early on from cobus and etties ousthuisen, yes that ref seems to have it in for us, but no matter the ref your a professional, if the coach asks you to get in the other teams face, do it in a way that doesnt negatively affect your team, and if the coach didnt ask you to get in the other teams face, then dont do it, play to win for the team, not for your ego, how long have you been playing rugby, most of these okes a decade.we gotta get our players to play with a big brain, the already have the biggest muscles

    overall good 5 points, long season ahead, next weeks game will be awesome

  • Comment 41, posted at 28.02.16 17:04:38 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • I advise everyone who has time to watch the game again. Even the first half from the Sharks really wasn’t all that bad, bar one or two really bad patches.

  • Comment 42, posted at 28.02.16 18:14:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • Astle has always been very competitive in the lineouts but i must admit his general play was a major step up and i daresay that if he had put in a couple of performances in a row like that at the sharks he might still have a contract

    Thought hyron was a bit slow out of the blocks but a worthwhile debut and the right player for the right gane

  • Comment 43, posted at 28.02.16 18:46:56 by byron Reply

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  • And Beast I thought did an admiral job of captaining the Sharks. he certainly read the riot act to Ettiene Oosthuizen when the referee rubbed him up the wrong way. And although he was not my favourite person after being a little pedantic with the Sharks, van Heerden was at least communicating with Beast throughout the game.

  • Comment 44, posted at 28.02.16 19:13:11 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • The Cheetahs had the measure of the Jaguares scrum on Friday night and if they can do it so can Beast, Franco and Coenie, although they may go for Lourens against the Jaguares because of his greater experience in that position. I don’t know about anyone else but to me Ettiene Oosthuizen seems to have something a little extra compared to last year and I don’t really see him as a liability in the lineout, scrum or loose. Controlling the aggression is the key; like something a little south of Bakkies. Bakkies-lite, and when the ref is not watching. Speaking of aggression, Joe Pietersen seems so nice and polite (which is why I find it odd that van Heerden spoke to him about it), and I was just thinking about the days of Butch James and good old rib-ticklers. Maybe Joe doesn’t need to be aggressive on the other hand. His passing to Jordaan was a work of art. Anyway, I guess its a little bit of gushing…the guys did really well.

  • Comment 45, posted at 28.02.16 19:29:44 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 44) : Admiral Beast! I like it! :grin:

  • Comment 46, posted at 28.02.16 19:43:58 by Kiss_the_Gold Reply

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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 45) : I really enjoyed the way Etienne played. I was furious when he had that penalty overturned, but otherwise, he really did play very well.

  • Comment 47, posted at 28.02.16 20:55:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Kabouter (Comment 34) : Astle has always been good in my opinion. Lots to work with there. Shouldn’t giant be ready this weekend?

  • Comment 48, posted at 28.02.16 21:16:55 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 24) : it’s a bit of a stutter ;-P

  • Comment 49, posted at 28.02.16 21:23:31 by JD Reply
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  • @HeinF (Comment 25) : totally agree with you. Lewies must get back and hookers really must work on lineouts!

  • Comment 50, posted at 28.02.16 21:25:16 by JD Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 28) : must be a strange feeling for you! ;-D

  • Comment 51, posted at 28.02.16 21:27:14 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 42) : must agree I do think the Kings had a good first half but the Sharks did wear them down so that they could run them into the ground during the second half! Must say a very good game plan and well done by the Sharks!

  • Comment 52, posted at 28.02.16 21:35:10 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 47) : must say indo think all the Sharks players had good games!

  • Comment 53, posted at 28.02.16 21:39:16 by JD Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 48) : pretty close – if not this week, then the next.

  • Comment 54, posted at 29.02.16 00:35:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 47) : agreed. as with Bakkies he will give away silly penalties but major step so far in preseason and this game. Does look like he wants to fulfill his potential.

  • Comment 55, posted at 29.02.16 09:07:22 by Kabouter Reply

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  • For the first game of the season away from home and some new players and combos the Sharks were always going to start a bit rusty but was glad to see them keep it simple and come through that rough patch and really start to link well in the 2nd half. The Scrums were very solid and thats the platform you need. Lineouts a bit shaky but i feel thats a combo of throwing the ball in too softly and also our jumpers taking ages to get into the air- barring DuPreez. The biggest concern for me is the Sharks penalty count was high again…and better teams will take advantage of that. But overall a good win to start…maximum points away from home is all you can ask for.

  • Comment 56, posted at 29.02.16 09:08:43 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 47) : Have to admit that last season I had no idea why we were persisting with Ettiene or even keeping him in the squad. Armchair coaching fail right there.

  • Comment 57, posted at 29.02.16 09:27:04 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 56) : The Sharks squad is well stocked in all positions, except at hooker and lock. Andrews looks promising for the future, but it will be a tough task for a rookie to run the lineout at this level. I think Chiliboy will make a huge difference at lineout from the hooker end when he comes available – Cooper / Marais still needs a lot of improvement from that end.

  • Comment 58, posted at 29.02.16 10:04:48 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 23) : Complains that our locks are too light, and that Lood got monstered, then calls for a guy 10cm shorter and 10kgs lighter to be selected. My mind melts a little more trying to compute the logic on every new comment :lol:

    Rob we are in desperate need of :facepalm:

    @vanmartin (Comment 57) : I still worry about his discipline.

  • Comment 59, posted at 29.02.16 10:10:38 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 58) : I wouldnt hedge my bets on Chilli the cheat. He hasnt played any rugby for a long time so will be extremely rusty. I think both Cooper and Marais are perfectly fin- they just need to throw in quicker. Andrews is an SA u20 player so whilst young he does have ability…and he has a lot of help around him.

  • Comment 60, posted at 29.02.16 10:40:07 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Seth101 (Comment 59) : I’ll get worried if it’s a reoccurring theme with Ettiene.

  • Comment 61, posted at 29.02.16 10:47:51 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Early days but a very good game.

    First half was OK given its a new season and a new squad and coaching team. The second half contained some beautiful rugby.

    I hope I’m not reading too much into not seeing guys run straight and blind into attackers for once. All of Marcel, Reinach, Esterhuizen and Jordaan let the ball do most of the work for once.

  • Comment 62, posted at 29.02.16 11:11:29 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 62) : for me, perhaps teh biggest positive, was the amount of times I saw both Esterhuizen and Jordaan give out accurate passes.

    I also count zero handling errors between the two of them.

  • Comment 63, posted at 29.02.16 11:48:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 63) : I’ve become so conditioned that if I don’t see our inside centre crash balling on every backline move, I immediately assume he had a unremarkable game :shock:

    Seriously, if someone were to ask me on Satruday, I would have remarked that Esterhuizen was a bit too quiet in the backline.

  • Comment 64, posted at 29.02.16 11:50:32 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 64) : I can also only recall Esterhuizen taking the ball into contract and creating a ruck twice…So yes nice to see the Sharks actually pass the ball for a change

  • Comment 65, posted at 29.02.16 12:00:35 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 65) : and both times he made big yards and got the ball back.

  • Comment 66, posted at 29.02.16 12:10:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 64) : When the back three score four tries between them – in fact when five of hte six tries are scored by guys outside the 12 – then I’ll say by default that the 12 did his job superbly.

  • Comment 67, posted at 29.02.16 12:11:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 67) : If he isnt just bashing every time then his carries will gain ground as opposition wont be sure if he will carry or pass and that doubt and his large frame will definitely gain metres.

  • Comment 68, posted at 29.02.16 12:18:15 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 67) : Absolutely, just feels so weird when you have to ‘recalibrate’ your mind to appreciate decent centre play again. I’ve just come to the realisation again that we have to constantly remind ourselves that we can never judge players too harshly in sub-par coaching environments or even environments where rebuilding is on the go. If I look at players like Oosthuizen, Esterhuizen and Jordaan I’m just amazed at the difference a pre-season has made.

  • Comment 69, posted at 29.02.16 12:25:12 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 63) : Joe really impressed me with his attacking play especially that pass for Jordaan to score! but then again I think all the Sharks backs was really good.

  • Comment 70, posted at 29.02.16 17:53:12 by JD Reply
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  • Eish what’s all the smoke blowing after all this was the Kings so really,problem is why not 50-0 with 2 bonus points so all is not well then is it

  • Comment 71, posted at 29.02.16 19:10:22 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 71) : How exactly does one score two bonus points?

  • Comment 72, posted at 29.02.16 19:39:32 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 72) : I think the answer here is to suck in the smoke rather than blowing it.

  • Comment 73, posted at 29.02.16 19:47:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 73) : It’s being blown alright but the wrong orifice is in operation

  • Comment 74, posted at 29.02.16 22:15:47 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 71) : Geez dude, if negativity was an Olympic event, I’m sure the judges would feel compelled to award you the gold-, silver- and bronze medal…!

  • Comment 75, posted at 01.03.16 05:03:15 by Culling Song Reply
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