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Sharks grind out important win


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 6 Mar 2016 at 19:28
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On a day when the passes simply weren’t going to hand and the high-tempo offloading game turned from asset into liability, the Sharks showed that they can find other ways to win and put in a solid, if unspectacular, second half showing to record a 19-15 win over los Jaguares at Kings Park on Saturday.

If anything, the first half showed just how far the Argentine players have come over the last few years, successfully transforming themselves from a team known for a good set piece, but not much else to a dangerous counter-attacking outfit, more renowned for their free running backs than their monstrous “bajada-style” scumming pack. The Sharks discovered both aspects of this transformation in a half where they dominated possession and territory, but ended up behind on the scoreboard, courtesy of two long range turnover tries. The first, to left wing Emiliano Bofelli, came as early as the 7th minutes, more than cancelling out an early Joe Pietersen penalty for the home side. Trailing 3-7, the Sharks hit pretty much straight back, with Marcell Coetzee scoring what was to be their only try of the evening, from a textbook rolling maul try. Such was the ease with which this was achieved that it was immediately clear to those watching that the Sharks had the Jaguares well beaten up front and it came as somewhat of a surprise that they opted not to milk that advantage as the half went on.

Nicolas Sanchez levelled the scores about a quarter of the way in, before sustained pressure from the Sharks in the opposition 22 forced two yellow cards within the space of just a couple of minutes. For the second time in as many weeks, Augustin Creevy’s side found themselves playing with 13 men, but aside from a single Pietersen penalty, the Sharks failed to make that advantage count and, in fact, conceded a second against those 13 as the half drew to a close, Dan du Preez losing the ball in Jaguares territory only to see a strong counter-attack result in a score at the other end. Fullback Santiago Cordero scored that one and worryingly for the Sharks, for a second time their cover defence had been completely outpaced by the fleet-footed Argentine back division.

To give the Sharks their due, though, they found a way to come back after trailing 13-15 at the break. In a second half display that was far more Omar Mouneimne than it was Robert du Preez, the Sharks defended and scrummed the Argentine side into submission, getting in amongst the Jaguares players and forcing handling errors, with the sticky Durban conditions playing into their hands. Strong tight-five cameos from Lourens Adriaanse and Hyron Andrews were the perfect foil for Philip van der Watl’s back row composure; with the du Preez twins having been a little guilty of high-risk helter-skelter rugby in the first half, the cooler head of the former Free State number 8 prevailed in the second and it was a far more measured and sensible approach that finally subdued a strong challenge from a fired-up Jaguares team.

For fans bemoaning a lack of tries – or high-paced fancy footwork in the second half – I will say this: it’s comforting that the Sharks are able to play a number of different styles and seem able to adapt between one and the other depending on game situation. While we praised the likes of Paul Jordaan and Willie le Roux for their creative play against the Kings, this week the key men were the likes of Andre Esterhuizen – a rock in midfield – and cool calm Joe Pietersen who kicked a conversion and four penalties to seal the result. Plenty of work needs to be done, of course, to improve on what was a rather shaky performance, but with two wins from two starts, one can’t really fault the results achieved.

Sharks (19): Try Marcell Coetzee. Conversion Joe Pietersen. Penalties Pietersen (4)
Los Jaguares (15): Tries Emiliano Bofelli, Santiago Cordero. Conversion Nicolas Sanchez. Penalty Sanchez.



75 Comments

  • Well summarised. We need to win home games and we did. Doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to work on though. The one word that came up repeatedly in this week was composure and I think this young side demonstrated that to a large degree. Those two tries against the run of play could have bested us mentally but kudos to the team for keeping their cool and to management for introducing experienced subs at the right time.

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.03.16 19:58:37 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Well said boss and like I said on another post I don’t think 2015 Sharks team would have won the game and these boys just did that. They grafted hard in the second half to win. Well done!

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.03.16 20:17:45 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 2) : Just hope we can keep the same composure and temperament when we play them in Argentina?

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.03.16 21:36:19 by Henkb Reply
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  • That was never going to be a game like against the King’s and damn proud the boys could pull off a tough win when things weren’t going right. Great teams find a way to win, sometimes that means winning ugly.

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.03.16 21:38:23 by Hulk Reply

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  • @Henkb (Comment 3) : not only then but in all the games they play!

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.03.16 22:19:53 by JD Reply
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  • @Hulk (Comment 4) : yes they did well in winning the game but they must ensure that they take more of the chances they create as teams like the Saders will make you pay if you don’t score points.

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.03.16 22:22:53 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 5) : That is true, the only thing I meant was that we are still playing them on their home turf also, which should be another tight game for us, but I have faith in the guys as we will still grow in confidence and composure before we get there

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.03.16 05:45:01 by Henkb Reply
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  • I do like how the defense shaped up but there must be some glaring holes to fill. I saw the argies quite comfortably slice right through a few times. I don’t have replays so I can’t quite place why. Was it Odwa lack of pace combined with JP ‘ S disinterest? Besides that I can’t think of any backs who weren’t committed and capable, but there has to something there.

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.03.16 07:21:51 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Well if the hands were there and the dupreez brothers had better retention this conversation would be a lot different. Not only does scoring help the margin it also contains the opposition confidence. I think if we had the finish and the handling the argies would have been way less bold too seeing they were on the front foot for a large part of second half gave them the moral boost. And not slipping any points with two men down even more so. Imagine we did capitalize and had the 10 14 points advantage? Would their character have held up? Good on the sharks for showing character.

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.03.16 07:27:09 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Great win for the guys. The du Preez twins were devastating in carrying the ball but lost it at crucial times, that will improve. Pietersen looked like he would rather still be in Japan. I thought Joe P and Esterhuyzen had very good games as did Marcell (as he always does) our replacements made a vital impact, that of composure, most notably Rooies (van der walt) i also feel Sithole really has put his hand up for a start. And as Rob says its really good to see that we can win ugly if need be.

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.03.16 07:38:03 by Fox Reply

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  • @Henkb (Comment 7) : yes I know but I’d like to see the Sharks play for the full 80min every week. Playing them in Argentina will be very hard especially seeing al the traveling before the game but let’s hope the guys are up to it and in top form by then.

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.03.16 08:14:16 by JD Reply
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  • I must say it was great to watch the Sharks live again. You never want to over analyse a game but the Sharks did create some good scoring chances which we just didnt finish off and had we done so i think we could have been run away winners. The Argies have seriously upped their conditioning…they are stronger and more aggressive in the tackle and at the breakdown. They do rely on some excellent players though and in Creevy, Sanchez and Cordero they do have some serious world class talent. Creevy must be the best hooker in the world now or very close to it. I must give credit for the Sharks realising that they needed to resort to kicking in behind the Argie pack and getting them to turn around and retreat which they didnt like. When Creevy was replaced Coetzee had a free for all at the breakdown. There was a swirling wind so Pieterson kicked well and was pleasing to see our scrum being strong and stable mostly. As i said you dont want to over analyse but it was good to win at home.

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.03.16 08:14:20 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 8) : @coolfusion (Comment 9) : must agree the players showed commitment and guts to win the game but yes it could (and probably should) have been easier.

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.03.16 08:18:15 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 11) : Look, I’ll be the 1st to admit that on Saturday night I might have gotten a lot more worked up an passionate than what I should have at the guys, and we easily forget that this year is actually still a rebuilding phase for us, and I would have wanted the scoreline to be much bigger, but still if you look where we are now, we are a a lot better of than last year already, but there is still work that must be done, and I feel that we can grow to a great team with the current players and coaching staff, but as you said we should have focus and composure every game no matter who the opponent

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.03.16 08:19:42 by Henkb Reply
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  • @Fox (Comment 10) : think maybe a lot of us (me included) is being hard on the twins because it’s hard to tell them apart so “they” rather than “he” gets blamed. On the night al lot more player than the twins was responsible for losing balls whilst attacking in the Argies 22, think it happened 6-7 times and that’s a big concern. Personally I’d like to see Adriaanse, Ginger Ninja, Claasens and Sithole start against Stormers as I think they deserve a chance to show what they can do for 60min rather than just 20.

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.03.16 08:26:03 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 12) : tough hard grafting win!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.03.16 08:33:20 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 15) : Adriaanse did play a good 35min though. But yes in terms of Van Der Walt, Claasens and Sithole. Reinach did well- but a big weakness of his is the space he covers on defense and his composure there.

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.03.16 08:34:36 by SheldonK Reply

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  • I just don’t want to hear the word TEST match this week. This is Superugby. Tries win games 8 out of 10. Simple as that.

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.03.16 08:36:51 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • you know what impressed me a lot, the commitment that was again showed on defence, if you look at the 2nd try again from Cordero, who was the guy that kept on chasing, Coenie Oosthuizen, now I’m not particularly a big fan of him, but man the guy tried so hard to put in the extra effort to catch up with him, although it was Odwa’s guy to mark on the 1st place, he did not stop chasing until the ball was dotted down, that really shows that our commitment is on the right track and that the guys still showing a lot of heart for the jersey, maybe who knows at the end off the season i may change my views on Coenie

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.03.16 08:37:20 by Henkb Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 16) : 100%…that Argie side were good on the weekend. I was impressed

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.03.16 08:39:45 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Henkb (Comment 14) : I think we all got worked up because the Sharks show much promise but just could not finish the chances they created. Yes it’s still early in the season but already there’s a huge improvement over last year. For me I hear everyone talking about a building year and yes it should be, but I also feel the Sharks really produce their best results when they should not have a chance and from what I’ve seen this year I’m really expecting them to reach the playoffs and the final this year as I believe we have the players and the coaches to do it!

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.03.16 08:41:15 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 20) : yes the Argies showed guts and really competed well. They will however really need to improve their discipline.

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.03.16 08:48:29 by JD Reply
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  • Watching the game live and watching it again on T.V are two very different experiences,what you miss on TV is the physical impact of some of the hits those twins put in,Dan ‘s hit in particular on the wing who tried to come up the blind side, in the second half was something out of Willem Alberts play book.
    Thought the Jaguars win over the Cheetahs was far superior to the Stormers win,and am looking so forward to this weekends game.
    Gold just needs to keep calm this week,no need to talk up the Stormers in the press or panic at our structures.
    Just go to Newlands with quiet confidence,self belief,and a mix tape of Schalk coughing up the ball.

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.03.16 08:50:12 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 23) : Your thoughts on those Argies conditioning and play? A lot of people saying because its Argentina we should win by 50. Those guys all looked very fit and strong to me…they ran damn hard at our defense and their breakdown work was exceptional. So for me watching the Sharks did very well to get the win even if we did leave a few tries out there but i think that could always be the case against a team like that that like to play a bit loose.

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.03.16 09:01:04 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 23) : The lineout is going to be a big factor this week. We do however have 4 capable jumpers in our line and need to mix it up. Etzebeth has been in great form disrupting the opponents ball and we need to counter that.

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.03.16 09:02:19 by Hulk Reply

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  • People bitching and moaning that his team is playing the same as the one from last year etc etc…. get over it! Yes it was far from a polished performance, yes even though it was very slimy and slippery too many balls got knocked, but you guys know what? The team from last year would not have won this match. I also heard how people were bitching because beast opted not to go for poles with those two penalties, but yet he made perfect sense, just a couple of minutes earlier we destroyed them with a maul and they were on a couple of warnings so it made sense to try and exploit that, just a shame the lineout is still functioning like an old diesel tractor that struggles to start. Reinach did not have a very good game but he is class and will get better over time and the more he works with Robert and Michael. The twins must keep playing their game, to try and reign them in would be akin to blocking out the sun. Only real changes I will make to the team is to start with Lourens, Mvovo and Sithole.

  • Comment 26, posted at 07.03.16 09:02:40 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 23) : geez some of the hits was so hard my decoder almost lost signal!! Think if the Sharks play how we know they can play and believe we could just go down there and beat them. Those mix tapes up for sale somewhere?

  • Comment 27, posted at 07.03.16 09:04:18 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 24) : like I said they have been here 5 weeks, and were in peak condition,we should best lucky as to get 5 weeks prep in Argentina before we next play them.
    They must have expected to win,the memories of their last visit to K.P,fresh in their minds,and full of confidence after coming back to beat the Cheetahs.
    They basically lost because they tried to play a physical game and came off second best.

  • Comment 28, posted at 07.03.16 09:08:56 by The hound Reply
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  • @Hulk (Comment 25) : I thought Lewies was fantastic considering how long he has been out,pity we don’t have Botha for this game he must have a point to prove down there.

  • Comment 29, posted at 07.03.16 09:12:34 by The hound Reply
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  • The article says it all – a very important win. Im very happy with it, its just a pity about all the point s that we left out there.

  • Comment 30, posted at 07.03.16 09:13:39 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 29) : Agreed re: Lewies. Thought Andrews did good work when he came on too. But with Etzebeth and the blonde kid we’ve got our work cut out this weekend. Lots of work to do but we’ve got 4 capable jumpers and Marcell has proven to be more than capable in the jumping department in the past so I feel with good feeds we’ll be ok in this facet.

  • Comment 31, posted at 07.03.16 09:24:59 by Hulk Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 24) : 13 of those Argies were in the run on team that beat the Boks in Durban last year. They made the world cup semi finals. That should put the quality of this Argie team into context.

  • Comment 32, posted at 07.03.16 09:31:56 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Sharksworld, for whatever it’s worth, I’m damn proud of you all for rallying behind our boys :cool:

  • Comment 33, posted at 07.03.16 09:35:21 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Hulk (Comment 31) : Both scored 3 steals a piece, that is damn scary shit.

  • Comment 34, posted at 07.03.16 09:39:15 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 28) : Could see it in their body language when they walked off, they very much expected a win.

    Also credit to them, they waited to give the Sharks a tunnel, but they decided to do a victory lap instead.

  • Comment 35, posted at 07.03.16 09:42:05 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Hulk (Comment 31) : I said on Saturday night also, Lewies was contributing a lot, but you can see he is a bit rusty as can be expected on his first outing after such a long lay off, this weekend he will be better and match sharpness will be up also, think that with the line out options we have, that the stormers won’t dominate as they did against the other teams on the line outs

  • Comment 36, posted at 07.03.16 09:43:04 by Henkb Reply
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  • Also interesting stat, Lewies and Hyron both scored 1 steal, Hyron did it with less time on the field.

  • Comment 37, posted at 07.03.16 09:45:28 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 37) : if you look further into the stats also, the stormers had 18 knock on, and the Cheetahs 17, they played in dry sunny conditions, they might have been all over the other teams on these weekends, but they made 135 runs for a total of 351m, we on the other hand, made 93 runs for 478m and only made 16 handeling errors, which is a good stat in itself as we the stats show also that the Argies made 22 handeling errors, so our overall stats in worse conditions is still better that what the stormers was on good playing conditions, we have also won 15/18 line outs

  • Comment 38, posted at 07.03.16 09:53:26 by Henkb Reply
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  • @Henkb (Comment 38) : My stats article is coming soon, I have stats coming out my ears at this point :mrgreen:

    But we can not blame the conditions, I was there. Humidity was average, and there was a strong wind, so there was very little slipperiness to speak of at all. Our handling was not up to standard, but then again neither was theirs. Why both teams handling was so bad I couldn’t tell you but I don’t think it was humidity.

    Then again I never actually felt the grass so I could be way off.

    Interested to note, the Sharks backline warm up before the game was like 80% kicking for touch and up and unders, so clearly that was the game plan, perhaps they wet the field to suit that game plan?

  • Comment 39, posted at 07.03.16 09:59:30 by Seth101 Reply
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  • So i still have not watched the full game,but catched glimpses of it -which is always a dangerous position to to try and make an assessment and meaningful contribution re: the game :D

  • Comment 40, posted at 07.03.16 10:00:02 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 32) : I fully agree. People see Argentina and think it should be a 50point win. This is not the Argentina of 5-10 years ago. They are probably top5 in the world now

  • Comment 41, posted at 07.03.16 10:00:23 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Seth101 (Comment 39) : sorry, the only thing that I wanted to point out actually was that the stormers aren’t all tha great if we compare the stats from their game to ours, and the conditions would have been better as Bloemfontein only gets humidity from leaving a beer out of the fridge for to long :mrgreen:

  • Comment 42, posted at 07.03.16 10:02:57 by Henkb Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 39) : Looking forward to that

  • Comment 43, posted at 07.03.16 10:04:33 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Henkb (Comment 42) : https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wTA9RRtA291xoajI2CeAuPxl_Y801xbJtFwrh9ng1mk/edit?usp=sharing

    Take a look at that, especially the last column.
    I came up with a formula the calculate the best team of the weekend, and that scores us higher than both Cheetahs and Stormers.

  • Comment 44, posted at 07.03.16 10:06:46 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 44) : this is an awesome sheet, really giving you so much info on all the teams, I must really commend you on this, very interesting read for me

  • Comment 45, posted at 07.03.16 10:21:34 by Henkb Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 26) : U who exactly said that? I’m checking and I can’t find the bugger?

  • Comment 46, posted at 07.03.16 10:40:48 by coolfusion Reply

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  • I know it’s my team and I am a little biased but I must also add that for a bunch of young guys, whom we know can be hot headed and lose the plot, the sharks boys deftly avoided getting sucked in by argies negative play and sometimes dirty play. That to me is another sign of a team who will mature nicely onto a quality outfit.

  • Comment 47, posted at 07.03.16 10:43:07 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 47) : 3rd least penalties of the weekend (8), should be very proud of that.

  • Comment 48, posted at 07.03.16 10:47:48 by Seth101 Reply
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  • The big test comes this weekend! Looking at that Jags lineup, they too had a very young pack, missing a few stars.

    What will be interesting this week, is to see how our lineout functions against Etzebeth and Du Toit. Of course, the physical battle amoungst the likes of Etzebeth, Du Toit and Burger is going to be huge. To me, this game should test our plan b, ie -not being able to dominate up front and get go forward ball. I personally feel there is no way we are going to win, let alone dominate the tight 5 exchanges, so we will need to box smart and play a territory based game, no matter how boring that may be, we have to turn them on apply pressure on the likes of Colby and Leyds, very light players in the back 3

  • Comment 49, posted at 07.03.16 11:04:47 by Vonno13 Reply
     
  • @vanmartin (Comment 33) : amen to that!

  • Comment 50, posted at 07.03.16 11:04:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Vonno13 (Comment 49) : please look at the stats sheets, for the stormers and the Sharks, it will be tough, but according to me we have every opportunity to win this weekend, the Cheetahs was mediocre on Saturday and the Stormers did not dominate them as what was excpected

  • Comment 51, posted at 07.03.16 11:10:42 by Henkb Reply
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  • @Vonno13 (Comment 49) : which means we need our most powerful wingers running at them. Mvovo and Sithole to start, for me.

  • Comment 52, posted at 07.03.16 11:13:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 52) : Have this nagging feeling that Mvovo and JPP will be starting with Sbu on the bench.

  • Comment 53, posted at 07.03.16 11:22:57 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 29) : think Lewies will be even better this weekend and must say EO does help him as he’s doing a lot of the hard grafting work. Can only get better when Botha returns!

  • Comment 54, posted at 07.03.16 11:25:44 by JD Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 53) : Gary said during the week that S’bura was due a start. So let’s see….

  • Comment 55, posted at 07.03.16 11:30:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 46) : I ‘m sure there was a comment about how bad the Sharks played and nothing changed but I think it could be on another article.

  • Comment 56, posted at 07.03.16 11:34:23 by JD Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 33) : @robdylan (Comment 50) : yes it really nice to have all the positivity on the site!!!

  • Comment 57, posted at 07.03.16 11:36:30 by JD Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 53) : @robdylan (Comment 55) : must say I’d also like Mvovo and Sithole to start but with JPP’s size he could do a job with cross kicks especially if competing against Colby.

  • Comment 58, posted at 07.03.16 11:39:56 by JD Reply
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  • J.P has come back with the same attitude he had last year,basically I ‘ll play but I am not going to do anything that might get me injured.
    Jonah Lomu used to also play like that in his middle years.
    Probably caused by winning a W Cup medal at 21,or in Jonah’s case player of the tournament at 20.
    Still have to play a lot of rugby, but the highlights are all gone.
    I’d play Sithole,Mvovu and even Odwa ahead of him in his current dis interested state.

  • Comment 59, posted at 07.03.16 11:51:36 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 59) : Lomu was a legend, his problems were his failed kidneys…

  • Comment 60, posted at 07.03.16 11:55:49 by Vonno13 Reply
     
  • @Henkb (Comment 51) : The stats sheet, stats to me when little to nothing! The Stormers ground out a tough win against a fired up Cheetahs side in Bloemfontein. I am not for one moment saying we will not win, I am saying I do not think we will win the tight five battle, I am in fact, almost sure of it. We will need to be smart to win at Newlands against an incredible strong Stormers side

  • Comment 61, posted at 07.03.16 11:57:55 by Vonno13 Reply
     
  • @robdylan (Comment 52) : That is for sure, I am not sure if you remember the Brumbies game last year, Joe Tumani made Leyds look like a kid. I know rugby is not all about size, but I would certainly bomb the wingers and have Esterhuizen and co chasing up. Remember that Zas is still only 20, and although I feel he will be the next Habana, we can certainly pressure him by putting the ball in behind and chasing well. I just feel we need to play this way to win this game, with our very young pack, I think it will be dangerous to try and beat the Stormers up front.

  • Comment 62, posted at 07.03.16 12:01:13 by Vonno13 Reply
     
  • @Vonno13 (Comment 60) : long before his kidneys went he was a huge enigma in All Black rugby,guys like Mexted hated him because he went on the field only concerned with his own channel,give him the ball and he scored,but noway he went looking for it.

  • Comment 63, posted at 07.03.16 12:01:45 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 63) : But he was sick from 1997 onwards, the fact he could still perform at the level he did, is an absolute miracle and a mark of how great a man he was. Granted, he was not like a Jeff Wilson who would look for ball and be all over the field, but he did not need to be. He was a massive threat with ball in hand and a player we are probably likely never to see again, as the old saying goes, nobody is perfect and his work rate certainly was not prefect, but a mote devastating player with ball in hand you will not find.

  • Comment 64, posted at 07.03.16 12:14:07 by Vonno13 Reply
     
  • @Vonno13 (Comment 61) : look I might be on a very slippery slope with my one foot on a banana peel and the other on a bar soap but I will stand by these words: If the following forwards start Beast, Marais, Adriaanse, EO, Lewies, Marcell, JLdp/Ddp and the Ginger Ninja there is no reason way that the Stormers forwards should be able to dominate the Sharks forwards! Yes the Stormers forwards are very good but trust me they’re not invincible and if the Sharks forwards pitch like they did on Saturday it’s going to be lots of fun and game upfront!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 65, posted at 07.03.16 12:20:29 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 65) : I would like nothing more to agree with you and your prediction to be correct, I just have my doubts. Look, I think Oosthuizen and Lewies do a job, I do not think they are world beaters, no offence to either player, but in terms of power and efficiency around the park, they can’t compare to Etzebeth and Du Toit. Now if we look at the front row, the only apparent weakness for the Stormers is Kebble, he can blow hot and cold and losing the other ginger ninja, Kitshoff, has left a massive hole. However, the fact that they can bring on the likes of Ntubeni and Malherbe into the front row, added with Schickerling, means that I would have to favour the Stormers up front.

    Who knows, maybe the sharks tight five read what I am saying to add extra motivation to prove me wrong, but if I was coach, my game plan would be centred around the back three of the Stormers, I would pressure them all day long with hanging kicks and put it in behind them. If they play the donkey Coleman at flyhalf, I would also like to see Dan pick and go at him. either way, am excited about this contest.

  • Comment 66, posted at 07.03.16 12:54:12 by Vonno13 Reply
     
  • @Vonno13 (Comment 66) : look I know the Stormers forwards are good but for me personally I do not think the Sharks forwards are getting the credit that they deserve. They’re not flashy but silently they get the work done. As for a game plan vs Stormers I would not go to dominate their forwards but I would expect the Sharks to match them (at the scrums I’d try to pressure Kebble’s side and at lineouts I’d let Lewies/Andrews compete because Stormers did not perform all that well against the Cheetahs) and then put as much as possible pressure on the Stormers back (10-15) as I don’t think they’re as settled and experienced as in the past.

  • Comment 67, posted at 07.03.16 14:25:01 by JD Reply
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  • This was one of those weekends on which I could follow zero rugby…youth camp and energy and life intermingled with funerals and death and very little sleep! Without getting philosophical at this stage, I got through the weekend and at the end of it was perfectly happy to be able to find out that the Sharks had won a game that two pundits on the radio had predicted they would lose. Well done men!

  • Comment 68, posted at 07.03.16 16:33:04 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 68) : sorry to hear about funerals and deaths, hope the week is a bit better and that you get a bit of rest.

  • Comment 69, posted at 07.03.16 17:14:26 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 69) : Thanks! I really hope so too. I’ll have another two funerals next weekend but am hoping things slow down on that front after that…

  • Comment 70, posted at 07.03.16 17:16:27 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 70) : ja it unfortunately is part of the work you do but still not nice. Just hold out a bit the brass fest is getting closer and that will make things even again.

  • Comment 71, posted at 07.03.16 18:26:24 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 71) : :grin: I have actually got two brass festivals coming up…one on 1 May in Piet Retief (that is the main brass festival of our church) and one in Germany at the beginning of June (that is the huge one where they are expecting over 20 000 players). Yay…

  • Comment 72, posted at 07.03.16 19:34:11 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 72) : OK now you’re just trying to make me jealous!!!

  • Comment 73, posted at 07.03.16 20:01:28 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 73) : :lol:

  • Comment 74, posted at 07.03.16 20:54:39 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 74) : enjoy it sounds as if you deserve the break.

  • Comment 75, posted at 07.03.16 21:13:21 by JD Reply
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