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Super Rugby 2016: Round 2 Preview and predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 3 Mar 2016 at 12:10
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Let’s see how this round of matches could play out…

Game 1: Crusaders v Blues

Both of these teams returned surprising results in the opening round, with the Blues winning against expectations and the Saders going down at home. Tana Umaga seems to have breathed new life into the once-mighty Auckland franchise, after a few turgid years under John Kirwan and they will push hard here. Todd Blackadder’s Crusaders will know that to lose a second game at home would be a massive early setback. They’ll be more desperate, so I’m picking the Crusaders to win this by 5.

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Jone Macilai, 13 Sean Wainui, 12 Kieron Fonotia, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Tim Boys, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Samuel Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Mike Alaalatoa, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Leon Fukofuka, 22 Ben Volavola, 23 Johnny McNicholl.

Blues: 15 Matt Duffie, 14 Melani Nanai, 13 Rene Ranger, 12 George Moala, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Matt McGahan, 9 Billy Guyton, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Jerome Kaino (captain), 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Sione Mafileo, 2 Quentin MacDonald, 1 Ofa Tu’ungafasi.
Replacements: 16 James Parsons, 17 Sam Prattley, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Akira Ioane, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Male Sa’u.

Game 2: Brumbies v Waratahs

Well now, Aussie derbies don’t come tastier than this one, between the two top sides in that particular conference. Both teams won well in week 1, setting up a mouthwatering contest here. The Tahs are bristling with talent and should be among the early title favourites, but man, the Brumbies were amazing against the Hurricanes last week and simply have to be backed to win another at home? Brumbies by just 2 points – how does that sound?

Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Christian Lealiifano (co-captain), 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Blake Enever, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (co-captain), 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Jarrad Butler, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Nigel Ah Wong.

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Matt Carraro, 13 Rob Horne, 12 David Horwitz, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Jed Holloway, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 David Dennis, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Paddy Ryan.
Replacements: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Matt Sandell, 18 Jeremy Tilse, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Wycliff Palu, 21 Jack Dempsey, 22 Matt Lucas, 23 Bryce Hegarty.

Game 3: Chiefs v Lions

Saturday’s action kicks off early, with the Lions playing the first of two games in New Zealand. While Warren Whiteley’s boys did well enough to “turn and face the strange” in Tokyo last week, Hamilton presents a rather different challenge and the Chiefs, it must be said, are already looking ominous this year. It’s pretty hard to see anything other than a rather convincing Chiefs win here, I’m afraid.

Chiefs: 15. Damian McKenzie, 14. Latu Vaeno, 13. Seta Tamanivalu, 12. Charlie Ngatai, 11. James Lowe, 10. Aaron Cruden, 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8. Maama Vaipulu, 7. Sam Cane (Captain), 6. Tom Sanders, 5. Brodie Retallick, 4. Michael Allardice, 3. Hiroshi Yamashita, 2. Rhys Marshall, 1. Pauliasi Manu
Replacements: 16. Nathan Harris, 17. Mitchell Graham, 18. Siate Tokolahi, 19. Taleni Seu, 20. Michael Leitch, 21. Brad Weber, 22. Anton Lienert-Brown, 23. Glen Fisiiahi

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnal Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith
Replacements: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Fabian Booysen, 21 Jaco van der Walt, 22 Howard Mnisi, 23 Rohan Janse van Rensburg

Game 4: Highlanders v Hurricanes

The two big Kiwi losers from round 1 go head to head here and both will be looking to bounce back hard. It’s a replay of last year’s final and should be an enthralling contest, although much will depend on how deep the psychological scars in the Canes camp are after taking a hammering in Canberra last week. The men from the Kiwi capital need to quickly overcome that loss and get back to winning ways, but it’s hard to see the Highlanders letting a home game slip. The two Smiths will find a way to win this one for them, so it’s Landers by 6 points for me.

Highlanders: TBA

Hurricanes: 15. Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14. Cory Jane, 13. Vince Aso, 12. Ngani Laumapi, 11. Julian Savea, 10. Beauden Barrett, 9. TJ Perenara (Captain), 8. Victor Vito, 7. Ardie Savea, 6. Brad Shields, 5. Mark Abbott, 4. Blade Thomson, 3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2. Leni Apisai, 1. Reg Goodes
Replacements: 16. Ricky Riccitelli, 17. Chris Eves, 18. Loni Uhila, 19. Vaea Fifita, 20. Callum Gibbins, 21. Jamison Gibson-Park, 22. James Marshall, 23. Willis Halaholo

Game 5: Reds v Force

This will be a rubbish game, perhaps only saved by a first Reds start for Japan’s somewhat over-hyped but nonetheless exciting Ayumu Goromaru. Teh reds looked clueless on attack against the Tahs, but will be at home to an equally limited Force outfit and hence should win, by a few points. Whoever wins, we know who the loser will be: the game of rugby.

Reds: 15. Ayumu Goromaru, 14. Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13. Samu Kerevi, 12. Karmichael Hunt, 11. Eto Ntabuli, 10. Jake Mcintyre, 9. Nicholas Frisby, 8. Jake Schatz, 7. Curtis Browning, 6. Hendrik Tui, 5. Rob Simmons (Captain), 4. Cadeyrn Neville, 3. Greg Holmes, 2. Saia Faingaa, 1. Ben Daley
Replacements: 16. Andrew Ready, 17. Sef Faagase, 18. Sam Talakai, 19. Ben Matwijow, 20. Michael Gunn, 21. Scott Gale, 22. Sam Greene, 23. Junior Laloifi

Western Force: 15. Dane Haylett-Petty, 14. Luke Morahan, 13. Ben Tapuai, 12. Junior Rasolea, 11. Semisi Masirewa, 10. Jono Lance, 9. Alby Mathewson, 8. Angus Cottrell, 7. Matthew Hodgson (Captain), 6. Brynard Stander, 5. Adam Coleman, 4. Steve Mafi, 3. Guy Millar, 2. Nathan Charles, 1. Pekahou Cowan
Replacements: 16. Heath Tessmann, 17. Chris Heiberg, 18. Jermaine Ainsley, 19. Ross Haylett-Petty, 20. Ben McCalman, 21. Ian Prior, 22. Peter Grant, 23. Marcel Brache

Game 6: Bulls v Rebels

“Chuck” Nollis Marais is trying to talk up the Aussie stragglers as favourites for this game – and the way the Bulls huffed and puffed to a big loss against the Stormers makes you wonder if he may not be right. A hell of a lot has gone badly wrong in Pretoria, it would seem and the Bulls simply do not have much of an aura about them this year. It’s early days, though and htey do have a slew of promising youngsters in the mix, who have to cmoe good some time. Are they bad enough to lose at home to the Rebels? I hoe not. Bulls by the skin of their teeth here.

Bulls: 15. Warrick Gelant, 14. Travis Ismaiel, 13. Jan Serfontein, 12. Burger Odendaal, 11. Bjorn Basson, 10. Francois Brummer, 9. Rudy Paige, 8. Arno Botha, 7. Jannes Kirsten, 6. Nick de Jager, 5. Grant Hattingh, 4. RG Snyman, 3. Marcel Van Der Merwe, 2. Adriaan Strauss (Captain), 1. Trevor Nyakane
Replacements: 16. Jaco Visagie, 17. Lizo Gqoboka, 18. Hencus van Wyk, 19. Jason Jenkins, 20. Roelof Smit, 21. Piet van Zyl, 22. Tian Schoeman, 23. Dries Swanepoel

Rebels: 15 Reece Hodge, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Ben Meehan, 8 Lopeti Timani, 7 Sean McMahon (captain), 6 Adam Thompson, 5 Steve Cummins, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 James Hanson, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Pat Leafa, 17 Cruze Ah Nau, 18 Jamie Hagan, 19 Sam Jeffries, 20 Jordy Reed, 21 Mick Snowden, 22 Jonah Placid, 23 Dan Hawkins

Game 7: Cheetahs v Stormers

Now, forgive me for daring to be different, but I didn’t actually think the Stormers were all that great last week. They appeared to have very few ideas on attack, particularly in the first half and really struggled to put a hopeless Bulls team away until relatively late in the game, by which stage their opponents were all but out on their feet. The Cheetahs will certainly test the Cape side with their attacking game, far more so than the Bulls did – on the flip side, unless Franco Smith has taught his boys to tackle, the Stormers are likely to find their own going a lot easier when they have the ball. I think we’ll learn a fair bit more about both sides over the course of these 80 minutes, but I see the Stormers emerging with a win that might not be the runaway formality that folks seem to think it will be. 5 points in it, for me.

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (c), 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais
Bench: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Luan de Bruin, 19 Francois Uys, 20 Boom Prinsloo, 21 Henco Venter, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 Niel Marais

Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Juan de Jongh (co-captain), 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oli Kebble.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones.

Game 8: Sharks v Los Jaguares

A big game – and one that could well go a long way towards determining the ultimate pecking order in the Africa 2 conference – kicks off in Durban to end the round. The Sharks look to be in good shape for this one, with Stephan Lewies and JP Pietersen adding a little extra oomph (even though the brilliant Lwazi Mvovo’s try-poaching exploits may be missed). The Jaguares showed just how dangerous they can be with ball in hand last week, but the Sharks will have learned a lesson about exactly what it takes to beat these guys and will hopefully not have a shred of complacency, even if they do manage to get well ahead. Jaco Peyper’s whistle may end up with chronic overuse syndrome by the end of this, such is the passion of both teams, but you feel that whoever maintains composure and discipline best will probably win. That’s not a trait you’d have associated with the Sharks much in 2015, but we believe a corner has been turned and let’s hope we see some evidence of it this weekend. Home ground advantage to hte Sharks and some injury concerns to the Jags should see Gary Gold’s men emerge with a reasonable win here, maybe by 8 points.

Sharks: 15. Willie le Roux, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Andre Esterhuizen, 11. JP Pietersen, 10. Joe Pietersen, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Daniel du Preez, 7. Jean-Luc du Preez, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Stephan Lewies, 4. Etienne Oosthuizen, 3. Coenie Oosthuizen, 2. Franco Marais, 1. Tendai Mtawarira (c)
Replacements: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Juan Schoeman, 18. Lourens Adriaanse, 19. Hyron Andrews, 20. Philip van der Walt, 21. Michael Claassens, 22. Garth April, 23. S’bura Sithole

Los Jaguares: 15 Santiago Cordero, 14 Matías Orlando, 13 Matías Moroni, 12 Santiago González Iglesias, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9, Martín Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Rodrigo Báez, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matías Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustín Creevy (c), 1 Santiago García Botta
Bench: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Felipe Arregui, 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19 Javier Ortega Desio, 20 Facunda Isa, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Joaquín Paz, 23 Lucas Gonzaláz Amorosino

Full fixture list and logs here.



103 Comments

  • Blues
    Brumbies
    Chiefs
    Western Force
    Stormers
    Sharks

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.03.16 12:16:56 by Seth101 Reply
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  • My picks too (in regards to the article). The two Aussie derbies are headscratchers so I went with the home teams. Still not sure if the Crusaders are stuck in their starting blocks so that’s a bit of a concern too. Would love to see a Lions upset even though I’m picking Chiefs. Cheetahs vs Stormers should be very revealing and deliver a few good scrums too. Bulls are an enigma at the moment but it’s hard to imagine them losing to the Rabbles at home in that highveld air. Sharks, composure by the boatload please!

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.03.16 12:25:11 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Reds vs force – when shopping shall be done.

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.03.16 12:39:11 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Crusaders
    Waratahs
    Chiefs
    Highlanders
    Force
    Bulls
    Stormers
    Sharks

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.03.16 12:53:03 by JD Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 3) : That’s why my wife is in favour of Aussie derbies.

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.03.16 13:22:52 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 3) : @vanmartin (Comment 5) : baie skerp julle twee!

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.03.16 13:35:41 by JD Reply
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  • Am I the only one seeing many unknown players in hte( :mrgreen: ) NZ sides. :???:

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.03.16 13:50:09 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • For such a kaK tournament there are some amazing match ups here,only definite banker are the Sharks,every other game is a lottery.

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.03.16 13:56:07 by The hound Reply
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  • I just went through the names quickly, but it looks like Aus teams have the most internationally capped players and NZ the least. (Except Arg and Jap) Looks like we have the most Boks as well.

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.03.16 14:08:53 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 8) : the Sharks are definitely no banker…. in fact I’m finding this round so MUCH harder to predict than last week… I’m going to have to think about it a little harder. Virtually every game can go either way – isn’t that what makes it a great comp (that and the fact the Kings aren’t playing)?

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.03.16 14:24:06 by Kiss_the_Gold Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 5) : Either shopping or washing the dog…..my dog hates Ozzie derbies. :)

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.03.16 14:37:43 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Kiss_the_Gold (Comment 10) : Trust me Goldie Sharks are the banker.Every thing else toss coin.

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.03.16 14:42:07 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 12) : Stormers, Chiefs and Brumbies. Happy to put money on all 3.

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.03.16 14:49:18 by Seth101 Reply
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  • who agrees with me that the Stormers weren’t amazing last weekend?

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.03.16 14:57:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Bulls more crap than Stormers were good. Bet against the Cheetahs at your own peril… ;-)

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.03.16 14:59:14 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 11) : I need to get a dog in that case. I despise shopping, especially on weekends.

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.03.16 14:59:36 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : I agree with you despite what Bobby,Pearce and Shimange thought
    ,but do I think they will be as kak this week end,ummm not so suuure

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.03.16 15:04:56 by The hound Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : The stormers weren’t all that good as what the nulle was up to shit

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.03.16 15:06:07 by Henkb Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : I still think they will take the cheethas though, but not by much

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.03.16 15:07:25 by Henkb Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 12) : actually in my research so far the Sharks v Jaguars game is the most dividing of opinion. Just one example, look at the SA Rugby Mag site – while every other game has a clear favourite, 4 of their 7 “experts” pick the Jaguars to beat the Sharks.

    There is potential for several upsets this round – Blues? Waratahs? Force? Rebels? I will have to think wisely before I enter my picks on the bru.

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.03.16 15:34:45 by Kiss_the_Gold Reply

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  • @@Kiss_the_Gold (Comment 20) : We will win and win well,I am going to the game and wearing my lucky underpants,

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.03.16 15:55:32 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 21) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGXzlRoNtHU

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.03.16 15:57:57 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 22) : not really my type of music but I love the sentiment
    ,You only become a winner when you refuse to believe there is any possibility that you can lose.
    Barcelona have that,Jordan’s Bulls had it,Steve Waugh’s aussies,and any team with SBW.
    Believe ,believe

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.03.16 16:23:01 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 23) : Agree completely, similar to the comment I made a few day ago. The mental game is not won by going in knowing the opposition can beat you if you don’t play hard (as many suggest), it’s won by going in KNOWING that they can’t.

  • Comment 24, posted at 03.03.16 16:27:07 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 21) : if they lose will you be throwing them at Jack Parrow?!?!

  • Comment 25, posted at 03.03.16 16:37:06 by JD Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 23) : @Seth101 (Comment 24) : but you must be prepared to play with 100% intensity for the full 80min. Even if you have the believe you can’t slack on the preparation!

  • Comment 26, posted at 03.03.16 16:42:39 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 26) : Seriously bud you thought we would lose to the Kings.
    I think this is going be a great game,because these Argies come to win,they play a similar game to us,but I think physically especially because that lock has been banned we are going to monster these guys.
    I want to watch running rugby with lots of trys,and hope to hell that loose canon Reinarch doesn’t try and control the game himself and kick the possession away.

  • Comment 27, posted at 03.03.16 16:50:30 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 27) : would you like to say something about who should start at scrumhalf?

  • Comment 28, posted at 03.03.16 16:59:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) :Every week Tiaan Meyer gets better,Ross Cronje gets better ,but at the moment
    #Claasens must start.

  • Comment 29, posted at 03.03.16 17:02:31 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 29) : http://sproutsocial.com/insights/how-to-use-hashtags/ ;-)

  • Comment 30, posted at 03.03.16 17:22:36 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 30) : look friend I am 66 and try very hard to be trendy,sometimes I miss it,sometimes by a mile.

  • Comment 31, posted at 03.03.16 17:30:44 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 27) : I never said Sharks would lose what I was trying to say is players must stay grounded and prepare 110% for each game. No game will be won by running onto the field. Sharks will (like on Saterday) need to work hard to win big!

  • Comment 32, posted at 03.03.16 17:39:51 by JD Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 29) : personally I’d also like Claasens to start but don’t forget that who ever starts the game will play under orders of the coach.

  • Comment 33, posted at 03.03.16 17:43:44 by JD Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 31) : must say very trendy for 66. Well done sir.

  • Comment 34, posted at 03.03.16 17:50:45 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : I wish I could say that I watched it, but I go out of my way to avoid watching the stormers…that said, with 3 tries (I read about it), and considering the score differential adding up to a heap of penalties and the fawning praise of Keo and the other mainstream journalists, I’m not that impressed. We play them next, and even though I’m in Cape Town and might conceivably get tickets, I wouldn’t want to; going to Newlands in a Sharks jersey means you put up with a lot of snarky abuse. I’ll rather just watch on the TV.

  • Comment 35, posted at 03.03.16 18:43:00 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 35) : I lost my DSTV remote control privileges once the Sharks game was done so I also missed the game but trust me I’m not complaining just saying! ;-P

  • Comment 36, posted at 03.03.16 20:17:28 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : I absolutely agree with you…other than for those 3 moments they were actually boring as can be….

  • Comment 37, posted at 03.03.16 20:24:46 by grant10 Reply

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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 35) : I will be there on grandstad…

  • Comment 38, posted at 03.03.16 20:25:44 by grant10 Reply

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  • Yay for the Bowie reference

  • Comment 39, posted at 03.03.16 20:31:51 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @MysticShark (Comment 39) : oh thank goodness SOMEBODY got it :)

  • Comment 40, posted at 03.03.16 21:18:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 40) : Was that Bowie? I had it as a Therapy? reference…

  • Comment 41, posted at 03.03.16 21:57:33 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Nope not great the bulls were super kak. If I had to match them up against any other side the would have come up second best maybe even the kings. Some hard words and work needed in bulls camp.

  • Comment 42, posted at 04.03.16 06:44:42 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Some tough picks this week, but went the same way as Rob…

  • Comment 43, posted at 04.03.16 07:02:03 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 31) : Just stirring, you’re welcome to use hashtags any way you want :smile:

  • Comment 44, posted at 04.03.16 09:13:18 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 44) : whats a hashtag?

  • Comment 45, posted at 04.03.16 09:22:38 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 31) : You’re 66 and know who the Hound is….Do you even get more trendy than that? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 46, posted at 04.03.16 09:26:59 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 46) : have you ever seen a pic of the guy who created that series?

  • Comment 47, posted at 04.03.16 09:34:00 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 45) : No one really knows but a lot of people feel it has to be important because a lot of other people use it.

  • Comment 48, posted at 04.03.16 10:15:38 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 47) : funny story. I walked past a guy in town a few months ago that was his absolute doppelgänger. The resemblance was bloody uncanny. Even had the braces (but not the hat). If he’d had the hat, I would have stopped him and asked for an autograph regardless.

  • Comment 49, posted at 04.03.16 10:20:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 49) : Maybe thats how he goes out incognito,takes off the hat,it worked on you :grin:

  • Comment 50, posted at 04.03.16 10:31:19 by The hound Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 49) : should have stopped and asked him. Just a chance that @The hound (Comment 50) : is correct about his disguise! ;-P

  • Comment 51, posted at 04.03.16 11:04:09 by JD Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 50) : he’s a clever guy. Enough room in his head to keep track of about 300 different characters and yet also remember when not to wear his hat :)

  • Comment 52, posted at 04.03.16 11:24:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 52) : geez I must start using your predictions!

  • Comment 53, posted at 04.03.16 13:57:30 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 52) : I’m at the point where I’m starting to suspect he doesn’t keep track of those characters in his head but on random till slips lying about his house and he spends all of his time looking for these instead of writing. Not too dissimilar to Tootles’ lost marbles.

  • Comment 54, posted at 04.03.16 14:21:08 by vanmartin Reply
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  • We might not have seen the last of The Hound…

  • Comment 55, posted at 04.03.16 14:35:11 by Kiss_the_Gold Reply

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  • @Kiss_the_Gold (Comment 55) : The Hound is dead. The elder brother on the quiet isle said as much.

    Whether Sandor Clegane is dead, though, is a completely different matter….

  • Comment 56, posted at 04.03.16 14:37:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 54) : I think you may have just nailed it.

  • Comment 57, posted at 04.03.16 14:38:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 56) : What about Jon Snow?

  • Comment 58, posted at 04.03.16 14:48:48 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 56) : ah you’ve obviously read the books, which I haven’t, and that part isn’t in the TV show (I don’t recall it and I hate it when the TV show departs from the books, as Brienne doesn’t fight the Hound). Don’t want to say any more for fear of dropping a spoiler, but when The Hound ‘died’ I was devastated that the opportunity to see The Hound fight his older brother had gone begging….

  • Comment 59, posted at 04.03.16 14:51:33 by Kiss_the_Gold Reply

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  • @Seth101 (Comment 58) : oh that’s easy, no secret there.

  • Comment 60, posted at 04.03.16 14:52:04 by Kiss_the_Gold Reply

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  • I see Rugby 365 are predicting the Jaguars will beat the Sharks…

    Must say, quite a few are calling this.

  • Comment 61, posted at 04.03.16 14:53:33 by Kiss_the_Gold Reply

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  • @Kiss_the_Gold (Comment 61) : Quite a few are idiots.

  • Comment 62, posted at 04.03.16 14:55:11 by Seth101 Reply
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  • #VikingsIsBetter

  • Comment 63, posted at 04.03.16 14:55:51 by Seth101 Reply
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  • #TheLastKiingdomIsEvenBetter

  • Comment 64, posted at 04.03.16 15:03:45 by Kiss_the_Gold Reply

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  • @Seth101 (Comment 63) : @Kiss_the_Gold (Comment 64) : prefer Duck Dynasty.

  • Comment 65, posted at 04.03.16 15:06:56 by JD Reply
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  • @Kiss_the_Gold (Comment 61) : @Seth101 (Comment 62) : like it if the people go against the Sharks usually it bring out the best in them!

  • Comment 66, posted at 04.03.16 15:08:08 by JD Reply
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  • @Kiss_the_Gold (Comment 64) : I actually haven’t watched it, should do. But IMO no Ragnar = no good. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 67, posted at 04.03.16 15:08:13 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Kiss_the_Gold (Comment 59) : “Cleganebowl.”

  • Comment 68, posted at 04.03.16 15:10:06 by The hound Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 67) : actually there is a Ragnar in the Last Kingdom… two in fact!

  • Comment 69, posted at 04.03.16 15:14:05 by Kiss_the_Gold Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 68) : now wouldn’t that be epic. Pity both Sandor and Gregor are dead hey…..

  • Comment 70, posted at 04.03.16 15:19:52 by Kiss_the_Gold Reply

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  • @Kiss_the_Gold (Comment 69) : But not Travis Fimmel :sad:

  • Comment 71, posted at 04.03.16 15:31:37 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 65) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 72, posted at 04.03.16 15:42:13 by vanmartin Reply
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  • hahaha Cleganebowl

  • Comment 73, posted at 04.03.16 15:44:39 by Kiss_the_Gold Reply

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  • Jeez if I was a Bulls fan I’d be fuming to hear the team’s leadership declare the Rebels are favourites to beat the Bulls at Loftus. This a Rebels who have never ever won a game in SA and who have been trounced every time they have visited Loftus before. Where do these dof SA coaches get off trying to claim the underdog status? Why can SA teams never wear the favourite tag comfortably?

  • Comment 74, posted at 04.03.16 15:53:38 by Kiss_the_Gold Reply

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  • @Kiss_the_Gold (Comment 74) : I hate the SA mentality “Lets roll over and hope our complete and utter lack of competitive spirit will cause that opposition to go easy on us”. There is no self belief, no winners attitude. The same can be said for Gold going on about the Argies being a test team. Stop pointing out how effing strong the opposition are and start looking strong ourselves. But no everyone is to scared of egg on there face to ever stand up and claim they have what it takes.

  • Comment 75, posted at 04.03.16 15:59:23 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Why does the coach have to say who the favourites are?

    Interview: So Oom Nollis, who are the favourites for this match?

    Oom Nollis: Deciding who the favourite is is for the bookies.

    Interviewer: So do you think you can win?

    Oom Nollis: We step out on to that field to win every game.

    Finish en klaar.

  • Comment 76, posted at 04.03.16 15:59:55 by Kiss_the_Gold Reply

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  • “Go check with the bookies to see who the favourites are.”

    “I am not a bookie”

    @Seth101 (Comment 75) : Hallelujah!

  • Comment 77, posted at 04.03.16 16:01:56 by Kiss_the_Gold Reply

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  • @Kiss_the_Gold (Comment 74) : Imagine Maywether going into a fight saying “yea I will try but I think he is the favorite”. And then we get all the rugby hipsters on this site who think its cool to not like Aussie derbies, when at least they go into their games head strong looking to dominate.

    One SA team who are really good at doing it right are the 7s. When last did they go into a game doubting themselves or over hyping their opposition?

  • Comment 78, posted at 04.03.16 16:02:38 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 75) : before the Kings game, Gold the salesman was trying to sell us on how much respect the Sharks have for the Kings. Talk like that and our first half performance in that game comes as no surprise.

  • Comment 79, posted at 04.03.16 16:04:02 by Kiss_the_Gold Reply

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  • @Kiss_the_Gold (Comment 79) : Imagine the Crusaders ‘having respect’ for the kings, no they will go into the game and treat them like the nothing, garbage, half arse excuse for a rugby team they are.
    Luckily we clicked in the second half and did that.

  • Comment 80, posted at 04.03.16 16:06:02 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 78) : we don’t need to be as extreme and arrogant as Mayweather, and we don’t need to disrespect the opposition, but jeez, grow a set of balls! The Rebels at Loftus are NEVER in a million years “favourites”. The kindergarten psychology aspect of it is frankly embarrassing.

  • Comment 81, posted at 04.03.16 16:06:20 by Kiss_the_Gold Reply

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  • @Kiss_the_Gold (Comment 81) : No I agree, there are extremes. Mayweather is just an easy example to make. And yea he is a dick head, but can’t deny it get’s him results. He is just an extreme example of the head strong mentality the best pro sportsman have.

  • Comment 82, posted at 04.03.16 16:10:46 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Kiss_the_Gold (Comment 81) : Something tells me the 07 Bulls didn’t doubt who the favorites were when they beat the Reds 92-3.

  • Comment 83, posted at 04.03.16 16:11:43 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 80) : @Kiss_the_Gold (Comment 81) : it’s not what you say that matters it’s how prepared you are. Don’t think Mayweather sits in an armchair eating fudge and drinking beer before a fight and then proclaiming himself to be the best ever! Trust me the only think he’s hitting harder than his opponents is the gym to ensure he stays on top. Unfortunately in SA once you think you’re the best practicing tends to fade away!

  • Comment 84, posted at 04.03.16 16:15:34 by JD Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 82) : can’t say it’s all the shit he talks that make him good it’s how he prepares for his fights.

  • Comment 85, posted at 04.03.16 16:19:05 by JD Reply
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  • @Kiss_the_Gold (Comment 81) : @Seth101 (Comment 83) : must admit Bulls should be favorites to win and should win with a bonus point!

  • Comment 86, posted at 04.03.16 16:21:13 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 84) : It’s mental preparation. You can have all the physical ability, if you don’t have the mental strength you won’t be the best. And visa versa, you can be physically not the best but perform at a leave better than you should because you believe you can.

    The placebo effect is proven in science. Believing something is true can have the ability to make it so. Obviously that is an over simplification, but still you get the point. Head strength is just as important as physical strength.

  • Comment 87, posted at 04.03.16 16:25:26 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 87) : The will to win is an amazing thing,when you look at little Kwagga Smith,the will to win pumps through his veins no matter what game he is playing.Then you look at a does like Pierre Spies gifted in every way except one absolutely fuck all will to win.

  • Comment 88, posted at 04.03.16 16:58:18 by The hound Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 87) : @The hound (Comment 88) : for sure the will and believe must also be there and for once I think this year (with this coaching staff) the Sharks have it.

  • Comment 89, posted at 04.03.16 17:43:51 by JD Reply
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  • Look I get the risk of embarrassment by talking big in the press before a match. Think Jake White before the test in Ireland when he was asked how many of the Irish team would make the Bok team. I can understand Jake’s answer – he wanted to show faith in his own players on the eve of the test – but he needed to be more diplomatic in his answer.

    But this underdog bullshit is not being diplomatic and is just that – bullshit (and there’s no surprise the word bull is in there as it turns out). So if we extrapolate Nollis’ claim, can the players now take it that a loss to the Rebels is OK and expected, considering their coach considers the Rebels to be favourites for the win?

    I simply do not understand the SA mentality of wanting to have “backs to the wall”. Why must we reserve our best only when nobody expects us to produce it?

    As much as I love SA rugby it is embarrassing in all aspects from our rubbish TV commentators, the administrators like Cheeky Watson who’re in it for their own personal gain, the Bok administrators who kowtow to politicians and come up with ridiculous self defeating things like the demand for 6 Super teams, the bumbling Boks who lose to Japan, to our poor coaches, to our 6 underperforming Super Rugby teams. Eish.

  • Comment 90, posted at 04.03.16 18:47:50 by Kiss_the_Gold Reply

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  • @Seth101 (Comment 87) : mental strenght is not measured by voice volume or amount of arrogance.ask the all blacks who are the favourites and they dodged and duck and dive just as much to make it sound like the other theam has a chance of winning-because your opponent always has.when your too confident,you can get hit hard.

  • Comment 91, posted at 04.03.16 19:47:28 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • And showing disrespect for opponents in pre-game or after-match is not something that is part of the all blacks culture.

  • Comment 92, posted at 04.03.16 19:52:58 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @Kiss_the_Gold (Comment 90) : That’s the most embarassing: saru pushing so hard for a sixth team, then blindly standing by as said sixth team turns into the biggest flop in Super Rugby history.

  • Comment 93, posted at 04.03.16 19:58:12 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 92) : It’s not part of rugby culture……(Ozzie’s have made it part of cricket lately)

  • Comment 94, posted at 04.03.16 19:59:43 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 94) : thank you.

  • Comment 95, posted at 04.03.16 20:02:30 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 94) : @50shadesofshark (Comment 95) : and they lost to the Protease tonight!!!

  • Comment 96, posted at 04.03.16 22:03:20 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 96) : super knock from miller!

  • Comment 97, posted at 04.03.16 22:12:30 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 96) : It looked lost for most of the game…..and then Miller time happenned….always fun beating the Ozzie’s…always!

  • Comment 98, posted at 04.03.16 22:27:10 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 94) : On the topic of cricket… I have the idea in my head that it would be super entertaining to watch the game with no-holds-barred, uncensored commentry… Anyone around here know if there’s a YouTube channel or something one can find that on?

  • Comment 99, posted at 05.03.16 00:07:04 by the ko Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 97) : @FireTheLooser (Comment 98) : yes it’s always fun! Geez he reminds me a lot of Zulu in the way that he can just change the flow and result of a game!

  • Comment 100, posted at 05.03.16 00:17:29 by JD Reply
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  • @the ko (Comment 99) : hahaha maybe entertaining but for sure not PG rated!

  • Comment 101, posted at 05.03.16 00:19:06 by JD Reply
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  • @Kiss_the_Gold (Comment 61) : Mate, this game has been on my mind since last Friday’s come back from 20 points down and 2 yellow cards. I am shit scared and anxious. However, I do believe we can win this game. This is going to be our new coaching team’s big test. We all know that the team has improved 100% and a win tonight and next week will confirm so many things.

  • Comment 102, posted at 05.03.16 05:33:49 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 92) : I never under estimate any team. I have respect for each and every SR team.

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