ChrisS

Yes please! We’re heading in the right direction!


Written by Chris Smith (ChrisS)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 1 May 2016 at 10:10
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Hi everyone. I watched Friday’s game with one eye on our style of play and the other on the end result. Before I discuss that though, very well done to the guys who came in and played their hearts out.

Dale Chadwick was immense and looked like he’s fully intent on playing his way into the starting line-up and Beast will now know that he is being pushed hard for the number 1 jersey!

Another player that stood out was Kyle Cooper. He was industrious around the park and his lineouts and scrumming were top notch!

Lourens Adriaanse was, again, dominant in the number 3 jersey and has to now be the Sharks first choice tighthead with his rock solid scrummaging laying a platform from which we could attack.

Last but not least, Garth April has come of age and is looking very composed in the number 10 jersey. He gives us that extra something on attack and must be the main flyhalf until Lambie gets back.

Moving on to the style of play…

I know that the scoreline was close and that we scored some great tries but I still feel that the Sharks are erring in their choice of tactics. We kick without really bothering about where we’re kicking to and 99% of the time the ball goes straight to one of the opposition who was no pressure on him from chasers. The commentators summed it up when they said that we don’t seem to care where we kick it, we just want to get it out of our half!

Compare this with the New Zealand teams who use the kick as a weapon to put pressure on their opponents. They kick for space and keep the ball close to the touchline and then CHASE the kick, forcing the defender to scramble it out for a net gain or they put it up high and close enough so that the attacker can compete for the ball in the air with the defender.

The Chiefs got sucked into our game and it played into our hands but in the second half they came out determined to keep the ball in hand and it paid off for them. Rugby is like a game of chess. You have to constantly adapt your strategy to counter your opponents changes:

If they use a rush defence then chip it in behind them.

If they change their alignment to counter for the chip then run the ball.

The game has ebbs and flows…moves and counter moves. I feel that this is where most South African teams come unstuck. We come up with a Plan A but then don’t know what to do when that is countered because we didn’t think of Plan B, plan C and Plan D. The Bok game against Japan at the World Cup is a classic example of this lack of adaptability.

Onto the positive side of the game, now that my rant is over…

I was REALLY impressed by the phase play that the Sharks showed in the final quarter when we decided to keep the ball in hand. We ran with confidence, aggression and creativity and the offloads in the tackle were a thing of beauty. I’m really hoping that the Sharks learn from this (as well as the flashes of ball in hand rugby against both the Blues and Highlanders) and start keeping the ball in hand more. If we can do that, if we can keep this current squad together for 3 years more and if we improve our tactical kicking then the Sharks have some great times coming up!

There is a time to kick but it is not EVERY time!



76 Comments

  • Fully agree with you on your rant and your assessment 100%….just one thing. . ball handling skills or get Daniel a pair of gloves with Jesus tape on them! ???? I am also excited to see Botha in the lock position and how he features. Yeah we lost but I feel good.

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.05.16 11:47:20 by Sharkfinn Reply
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  • Well written and I must agree Sharks are moving in the right direction they must just keep on improving!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.05.16 12:34:42 by JD Reply
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  • I’m nowhere near a negative person when it comes to sharks rugby (maybe alittle sarcastic at times) but I do think we are being far to positive over a loss! When did this become the new normal for us? FACT:we lost. We might have improved but its still another loss on our record, we have good to excellent players and we still get beat and that for me is just not good enough I can’t bring myself to congratulate almost winning( sorry but that is what it sounds like) our coaching staff needs to start tAking responsibility for this mess. The du preez are great players but can’t catch a ball yet they keep starting(what’s the definition of insanity again?) Why are they not banished to currie cup qualifiers to sort it out? Why are they not promoting du toit or majola instead and send a clear message that if you do not perform someone else will take your place? The game plan is not working and people are lacking in basics why was this not sorted pre season and why is it still problem after so many rounds of super rugby? Yes there are positives and negatives in every game but the real statistic that matters is the win loss ratio and people here seem to be forgeting that. We are the mighty sharks we don’t take crap from anyone and we use to be legends now we are average over hyped over paid underperforming individuals and now we congratulate that our players finally started catching and running with a ball!!? WTF! They are suppose to know how to do that already. In closing I will say I am not attacking anyone here commenting I just think we need to be reminded who we once were and where we need to be and hopefully that puts things in perspective of the latest loss

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.05.16 12:57:19 by Poisy Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 3) : Poisy, I’m with you on this. We’re so desperate for positives we sound like Force or Reds supporters who turn over just about every stone to contextualize why getting close means we don’t need the whole cigar. I realise it’s Gary Gold’s neck on the block and not my own, however opting for continuity ahead of form seems to have put the Sharks in a position where the play-offs may well already be out of reach. I mean, why have such a big squad with ridiculous depth if they won’t get used? April is a case in point. Who knows what games may have turned out differently had April been backed? And now the sodding Bulls are on a rampage. It’s painful.

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.05.16 14:15:36 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 4) : there is something wrong at the sharks coaching structures, so many good players don’t play well at the sharks and when they move somewhere else they are on fire. Thing craig burden and now the bulls fullback. These players excelled after leaving the sharks and I’m sure there are many! Think howard mnisi and cronje aswell. Something is rotten in our team and I’m seriously thinking of not renewing my season tickets I’m just tired of showing up buying replica jersey’s buying food and drinks to watch us play like shit and than lose than have special fucking jersey’s awarded for best tackler or whatever or best attiude its ridiculous they need to win games and do they damn job period. Sharks are a family but this is also a business and people in charge need to own up to they fuck ups.

    On a side not my two little brothers sandile 10 and sphe 8 only started liking rugby because I watch it and they have attended most of our home games last year and this year so far and our teams have been shocking they know sharks rugby as losing rugby that is the new generation coming up and its pitiful

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.05.16 16:17:07 by Poisy Reply
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  • There’s still a slim chance we could make the play offs as the third best African team.

    6 games left, two tough ones being canes and lions third would be jaguars. We really should beat the kings, cheetahs and Sun puppies for all 5 points.

    In relation to all the flak the twins are getting lately. Yes they both looked great in pre season and last year’s Currie cup but remember there still young so we have to develop them, and strike a balance between youth and experience.

    And sign chris cloete before the stormed do as burger is leaving them, and we’re losing marcel

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.05.16 16:18:38 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 6) :chris was at the sharks tobegin with, and we let him go. Just another player that shined once he left. I really don’t think we lack in talent its the coaching I’m worried about. We can buy all the players we want but they don’t really perform with us. Willie looks like he has lost his way after being so promising at the cheetahs.

    The twins yes are young and like I said they are great players but we can’t keep letting them mess up at this level, if they can’t handle it yet than drop them and promote your other youth its not fair otherwise.

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.05.16 16:49:19 by Poisy Reply
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  • being a pensioner i get the opportunity to watch all the sharks game. my biggest gripe is that we keep getting bossed in the loose and at the breakdown. Dont know enough of the rules but the kiwi’s are forever getting turnovers and when they win a turnover they dont kick the ball away they run it. My wish is our boys match the kiwi’s with aggresive forward play. Take no prisoners.Im sure the kiwi forward coaches have a plan for us saffa’s teams.

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.05.16 17:59:56 by Papabear Reply

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  • I did look like the Sharks played a lot better, with a bit of luck the game could have gone their way. So often we say that rugby is an 80 minute game, and of course we talk about the final 5 minutes, but it seemed like the first 5 minutes, when they let that really soft try in; that was the pivotal moment of the game.

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.05.16 18:19:37 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • After the bulls draw, Saders loss and Lions loss, this game is as close to feeling like a win, without actually winning.

    For his year, I’m happy with weekly improvement….winning will be gravy.

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.05.16 21:14:42 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 10) : ja must say with the start the Sharks had I forgot about this being a building season I wanted wins now just building a team for next year and improving weekly is almost enough for me!

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.05.16 23:16:28 by JD Reply
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  • What bothers me are the things Rob highlighted as mistakes or errors. These things have been there since our first game of this series and are still there is there a problem with coaching or players simply not learning? If so what makes us believe the next game will be different?

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.05.16 08:39:15 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 12) : I must add I am happy about the positives. Not about the loss since losing by only two on the Chiefs home ground yells me we COULD have been one of the best teams in this series were it not for “thing” that is holding us back. But seeing some growth in the team is separate issue and being happy about that should not be confused with settling for a loss.

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.05.16 08:45:04 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 12) : @coolfusion (Comment 13) : I’m not happy that we lost but, since it’s a rebuilding year, I wanted to highlight the positives through this article.

    We have amazing potential and we will start winning if we just tweak one or two things.

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.05.16 09:02:06 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 14) : And I am agreeing with that.

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.05.16 13:19:56 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Papabear (Comment 8) : Very impressed by the Hurricanes during the weekend. They took off loading in contact to off loading just before contact to a player best placed to make more metres. Such a simple yet effective strategy. Why should you really first have to take contact when you’ve already committed the defender and your team mate is in a better position. This meant they always had players on their feet ready to support the ball carrier.

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.05.16 13:54:11 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • Can’t believe no mention is going to how Claasens improved our flow and momentum. All the Cobus fans would rather see Gold go before admitting Cobus’ style is not suited for us. It had been a long time since I saw such momentum. Back in the Charl days.. Cameron showed me glimpses before Jake stole him from right under our noses.

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.05.16 13:58:49 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 13) : For me it’s about the quality of play. There has to be a looser and winner. That’s sport. What I won’t tolerate is clueless rugby on the field…same mistakes, lack of concentration and a side that looks like it was put together an hour before the game.

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.05.16 14:04:20 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • It’s tough cause I don’t feel that it is a developmental year, I would have been ok if we had just made the play offs and out in the quarters yet it doesn’t seem like We will get that.

    There are a few talking points I would like to address.

    We would have been in a much better position had pat, potatoes and Ryan been fit

    The twins game time and development needs to be managed better as there struggling to adapt to this level, although with terra, Marcel, khaya, pottie and at times ginger all out injured I guess we had no choose, but with Keegan nd deysel fit again maybe we can improve on how we expose the twins.

    I rate Huron but feel greatly that his not yet ready to contribute at SR level, mostly physically. Why are we not using giant or Dave to impact off the bench.

    Cobus looked Good in pre season but his all round play has been sub par thus far.

    I’m disappointed in Cooper, he had a few good games but what happen to they guy that played so well when he first got in the team from u21. He carried the ball like a bull.

    Super rugby is now similar to the nfl we’re the strength of your schedule has a big impact on the likelihood of the team going all the way.

    Few thoughts, got many more, can’t think of any right now …

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.05.16 16:20:59 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 19) : some great points made. Must say think sometimes GG did not have a lot of options due to injuries but personally think he unfortunately also missed a couple of chances to give more players game time!

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.05.16 16:45:16 by JD Reply
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  • The idea of entering a game with multiple game-plans (flexibility) sounds great, but did you think through what it will take in practice?

    For a game-plan to be any good, it needs to executed well and for that you need preparation time. Going into a game with 4 half-baked plans is surely a recipe for failure.
    If plan-A, is the one judged as the best chance of success, then wasting limited prep time on B, C and D will only undermine the chances of success with A and if it fails then things can only go worse with the others.

    And if you ask how is then that “they” can do it and not “us”, then the obvious answer is that more talented teams can play any way they want. They do not need much of a plan to start with and being flexible, or having multiple plans is pretty much the same as having no plan.

    Clever game-plans is how the weaker sometimes gets to beat the stronger. Only sometimes….and repeats are rare.

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.05.16 17:40:50 by fyndraai Reply
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  • Why as NZ teams able to adapt during the game so easily then ?

    Cause their players play with their heads as much as their bodies

    and their skill level through out the match 23 is amazing

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.05.16 20:13:06 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @Poisy (Comment 3) : very well put and add the nursery school t shirt nonsense, really,and why Bambie,give GA the chance he is the real deal at 10

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.05.16 21:44:03 by benji Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 21) : sorry to say but a team must adapt if the game plan does not work. To expect them to carry on with plan a when it’s clearly not working is just idiotic! Players must be able to execute different “plans” during a game to ensure that the opposition does not settle in defending in one particular way. You must keep your opposition guessing as to a what you’re going to do next and thus players need to also be able to play what’s in front of them!
    So yes this will result in a team preparing a couple of different tactics for a game and surely professional rugby players will be able to grasp that.

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.05.16 21:56:33 by JD Reply
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  • It is so sad to hear excuses such as “We are in a building year” or “we have lost so many of our regular players at the end of last season”. Maybe my response should be: well since you have already surrendered, why did I not postpone my season ticket until such time that you are ready to compete in this competition again?

    If your loved one gets sick, do you stop visiting him / her in the hospital? I believe you support your team through sickness and health. I am a loyal Sharks supporter and this was my 17th year of renewing my season ticket. Sad thing, now the powers to be have decided that they want to change the “hospital”…

    I would most probably be at the stadium this weekend, watching both Sharks matches and I would be at the Sharks association cocktail night in May. After all, I am a Sharks Supporter, but…

    John S (and I asked this with a lot of respect) what have you done since you fired John P, which I as a Sharks supporter can say I am proud to be a Sharks supporter?

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.05.16 22:51:43 by BluffShark Reply

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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 22) :

    The most obvious explanation is that they have better athletes than their opponents.
    and yes they have amazing skills.
    No, running with and passing a rugby ball do not take much brain power.

  • Comment 26, posted at 03.05.16 00:40:18 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 24) :

    Here is a thought experiment.

    Say you have 2 teams with equal talent and equal preparation time and they meet in a match where all externalities such as the referee, the weather and even the bounce of the ball turns out to be equal also.

    The only difference is that one team spent all their prep time to perfect the execution of a single game-plan and the other team split their prep time between 4 game-plans.

    Which team is most likely to win the match?

  • Comment 27, posted at 03.05.16 02:02:11 by fyndraai Reply
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  • I never had high hopes for the Sharks of 2016 after the disaster season that was 2015. However the right noises was made before the season started with regards to appointments and such. Anyone on here that had high hopes of the Sharks winning the comp this year must have been smoking something. Teams go thru good times and bad, the bad times are usually followed by a building phase such as this one. Yes I hate seeing them lose but I think some on here might be missing the bigger picture. Remember the class of 2007 and where they were two years before that.

    “sometimes it’s hard to see the forest through the trees”

  • Comment 28, posted at 03.05.16 07:51:51 by Farlington Reply

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  • @fyndraai (Comment 27) : Good question – how much time do they have to prep before the game takes place.

  • Comment 29, posted at 03.05.16 08:29:45 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • I wonder if Claudio Ranieri can coach rugby?

  • Comment 30, posted at 03.05.16 08:31:04 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • I see you guys talking about having different game plans. But you only need one solid game-plan, but that game plan should be fluid enough to be adaptable to the situation. You also need to give players the freedom within the game plan, to be able to play to the situation. It is easier to drill one game plan and then just add variations as the season progresses

  • Comment 31, posted at 03.05.16 08:42:10 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • Interesting article and comments here. Whilst i definitely think the Sharks arent the finished product by any means, i think we should have a bit of perspective. The Sharks did play 3 NZ sides on tour…thats 3 sides that would beat most sides in this comp. Add in the Crusaders game and thats 4 top NZ sides the Sharks have played and forgetting all this hype about playing style, fact is the Sharks were close to winning all those games. So are we really that bad? So yes we can definitely do things better- especially our handling and silly penalties given away. And i truly believe if just those 2 aspects are addressed and we maintain our good defense the Sharks will be a very tough team to beat. In terms of rotating guys, yes perhaps the coaching staff can do that a bit more…but the many injuries and the shocking form of the CC qualifying side doesnt exactly inspire confidence in those guys.

  • Comment 32, posted at 03.05.16 09:41:27 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 32) : All true, do you know if GG has any input in the CC side, ditto our juniour teams, after all he is DOR.

  • Comment 33, posted at 03.05.16 09:58:44 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 33) : would bloody well hope so

  • Comment 34, posted at 03.05.16 10:01:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • I mentioned to another guy here a few weeks ago about being a broken record – so I won’t repeat my perspective on how so many seem to be missing the joy that a supporter should get in seeing a young team take its early steps into becoming a formidable force.

    @KingRiaan (Comment 31) :
    Spot on. The difference between style, strategy and tactics.

  • Comment 35, posted at 03.05.16 10:07:13 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 33) : I cant say its a fact that he does as in not fully involved in the coaching setup obviously but i would very much doubt that the senior super rugby coaches Gold, DuPrees and Omar dont have any influence. I would assume that like any professional organisation you want your junior teams playing the same way and adopting the same ideas as the senior team. So yes each team may tweak their game depending on individuals at their disposal but im sure that there is still the common methodology employed from the Sharks academy right the way through. I would also be surprised if Gold and co arent receiving regular feedback and analysis of all the Sharks Elite players which would include those playing in the CC and even the Impi side etc.

  • Comment 36, posted at 03.05.16 10:27:33 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 35) : I think just as what a DOR actually does means different things to different people, the term game plan is similarly abused.. I like your distinction between style, strategy and tactics.

  • Comment 37, posted at 03.05.16 10:36:11 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 35) : It seems to me that some folks around here are so determined to be negative that even if everything went according to their wishes, they’d feel compelled to complain about the weight of their blessings…

  • Comment 38, posted at 03.05.16 10:58:32 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 38) : “…they’d feel compelled to complain about the weight of their blessings…”

    You’ve come up with some pearlers in the past, but that has got to be the truest words ever spoken on social media.

  • Comment 39, posted at 03.05.16 11:21:27 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 38) : My pony needs more glitter dammit!

  • Comment 40, posted at 03.05.16 11:21:46 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 37) : to echo Robs words “would bloody well hope so”.

    Not too sure Omar has had much time with them.

  • Comment 41, posted at 03.05.16 11:25:32 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 35) : Ditto, this young team (if they can stick together) shows signs of things to come. They will only get better the more experience they gain. Besides they were up against the best team in the comp away nogal and gave them a real go.

  • Comment 42, posted at 03.05.16 11:32:35 by Farlington Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 41) : Heh?

  • Comment 43, posted at 03.05.16 11:38:05 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 43) : Was wondering if, Omar, the defense coach, has had any time with the CC (Super groups fringe) players. From the tries leaked Id guess no, to very little.

  • Comment 44, posted at 03.05.16 11:44:29 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 38) :
    :lol:

    Got to echo the others, CS you do have a beautiful turn of phrase!

    And you hit on the head too as usual. I’m not sure when the joy of supporting the Sharks (as opposed to just enjoying the wins) left SW, but you’ve been around long enough to remember what I’m talking about.

  • Comment 45, posted at 03.05.16 12:31:16 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 45) : I suspect that a lot of the joy leaving started around the time Mr Smit had that convo with Mr Plumtree on the Kings Park fields…although come to think of it maybe it started just a bit before then

  • Comment 46, posted at 03.05.16 12:37:32 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 46) :
    If your recollection is correct, it makes no sense, since most here, myself included, thought we needed some fresh ideas.

    The transition was an utter balls-up, but I believe we have the right team, coaches and vision now.

  • Comment 47, posted at 03.05.16 12:41:58 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 27) : if your game plan is not working will you carry-on using it for the whole game? It’s just like saying a team should specialize and practice only 1 lineout throw. Sure it will work a couple of times but then opposition will adapt and it will become harder for your team to win balls.
    Teams must adapt their lineouts just as they must adapt their game plan during a game to ensure that the opposition does not know exactly what they will do next.

  • Comment 48, posted at 03.05.16 12:51:04 by JD Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 29) : I think you’re implying that with enough time the 4plan team can get their executions up to a point where they’ll have the advantage through being more flexible. That would be true, but I don’t think that teams would ever have that much time for specific games. You could do it if you’re building a team up over a season or two and many games.

  • Comment 49, posted at 03.05.16 12:51:30 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 47) : Yeh look if we talking about sense then thats a whole different convo ;) But yeh i agree with you

  • Comment 50, posted at 03.05.16 12:51:36 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 31) : that’s exactly what I’m thinking!

  • Comment 51, posted at 03.05.16 12:56:13 by JD Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 33) : @robdylan (Comment 34) : not sure he would have time to worry about other teams?

  • Comment 52, posted at 03.05.16 12:58:02 by JD Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 38) : well said!!!

  • Comment 53, posted at 03.05.16 13:00:58 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 46) : Yes a bit before then, about when some used this platform to encourage the axing of Plum and the signing of Face Book petitions to get rid of him…..yep some may feel that those that helped sharpen the sword for Plums head were the first to “…feel compelled to complain about the weight of their blessings…”

  • Comment 54, posted at 03.05.16 13:01:22 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 52) : Thats my thought too. but as DOR thats exactly what he should be doing.

  • Comment 55, posted at 03.05.16 13:05:27 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 45) : “the joy of supporting the Sharks” that’s what it’s all about! Although they make me go mad at times I always come back and support them as they’re my “addiction” a love that just can’t stop! Sharks 4 ever!!!

  • Comment 56, posted at 03.05.16 13:06:34 by JD Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 55) : yes I know he should be involved with all the teams but coaching the Super rugby team I really can’t see him having time to do it and to be totally honest I would also expect him to give 100% of his time to the Super rugby team! Maybe after Super rugby or if a new head coach is appointed he will have time to do the job that he was appointed to do!?!?!?

  • Comment 57, posted at 03.05.16 13:14:14 by JD Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 45) : Come now, being happy is the same as giving up. Surely you know this?

  • Comment 58, posted at 03.05.16 13:17:32 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 54) : Yeh it was about that time thinking about it. Perhaps the way Plum left just added some gasline to the fire…

  • Comment 59, posted at 03.05.16 13:21:08 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 57) : Hmmm, well lets hope that by this time next year the “lure” of the “easier” Australian confrence hasnt won the battle of which hat to wear. Time will tell.

  • Comment 60, posted at 03.05.16 13:21:54 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 54) : You still beating that dead horse? Surely the SPCA should step in and bury the poor thing…whatever is left of it. :twisted:

  • Comment 61, posted at 03.05.16 14:33:14 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 61) : I like having the stench of that old horse wafting around, I suspect the only ones wanting it sanitised are the ones for whom the stench is particularly gagging. :twisted:

    So what do you think about this weekends game, Will it be the old Sharks coaches smiling or the new ones?

  • Comment 62, posted at 03.05.16 15:02:05 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 62) : Can’t see Plum not smiling either way, as he doesn’t have the pressure of being head coach on his shoulders anymore….he’s always excelled as the no.2 in the coaching ranks – kind of like Kyle Cooper, suddenly playing like a champion, now that he gets to play second fiddle to Chili :twisted:

  • Comment 63, posted at 03.05.16 15:21:25 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 63) : Some guys prefer and excel at the hands on coaching of an assistant coach rather than the man management role of a head coach

  • Comment 64, posted at 03.05.16 15:28:39 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 63) : Was Cooper that good, I havent seen the game yet.

  • Comment 65, posted at 03.05.16 15:39:49 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 65) : Almost as good as he was when he had to unseat Burden for the number 2 spot. ;-)

  • Comment 66, posted at 03.05.16 16:05:29 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Wow, I wonder what the effect would be if we called the whole team clowns. :twisted:

  • Comment 67, posted at 03.05.16 16:09:46 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 67) : Bladdy clowns :)

  • Comment 68, posted at 03.05.16 16:18:51 by SheldonK Reply

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  • No one is mentioning that the Sharks have the best defence in the competition,least points conceded.
    This from the team that a year ago had a very expensive arrogant prick of a d.o.r come out in the media with the Darwin Award winning statement ,that unfortunately he had forgotten to teach a team of Super rugby players how to defendant the beginning of the season.
    Richard Stanley great AB and reader of the game on the NZ rugby show the other night was raving about our boys and their physicality,rare praise from any New Zealander.
    Watch the game again and see just how many tackles those twins make,remembering they are 20,watch who they are hammering in those tackles,Brad Rettalick,Jerome Kaino,Kierran Reid,and al the comments on here are about a couple of spilled balls.

  • Comment 69, posted at 03.05.16 16:34:42 by The hound Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 60) : think he will wear the “head coach hat” until JS and co appoint a new head coach so we can’t blame GG for the current situation.

  • Comment 70, posted at 03.05.16 17:39:14 by JD Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 67) : @SheldonK (Comment 68) : don’t think it’s calling him names that made the change think it could rather be the competition for a spot in the match 23 that caused it.

  • Comment 71, posted at 03.05.16 17:44:27 by JD Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 66) : He was pretty good for about 55-60 minutes until he started losing concentration on his lineout throws. Still his best performance in ages though.

  • Comment 72, posted at 03.05.16 18:10:31 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 72) : Even Chadwick had a very good game…Gold is clearly doing something right in the motivation department. (also think these guys are scared MMA-Joe challenges them to a round in the octagon – fear is a wonderful motivation tool :twisted: )

  • Comment 73, posted at 03.05.16 19:32:49 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 73) : maybe he did take them to the octagon and he knocked them into shape?!

  • Comment 74, posted at 03.05.16 19:43:16 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 74) : Probably why Jacques Potgieter decided to stay injured…MMA-Joe sensed some lip, and decided to give him an attitude adjustment – suffice to say, he’s still adjusting. :twisted:

  • Comment 75, posted at 03.05.16 21:54:53 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 69) : They do tackle well, but cant ignore all those handling errors just because they tackle well. They are good enough so they are old enough…which means we cant keep giving them the excuse of they are young. So yes they tackle well but they need to hold onto the damn ball so other teams can do the tackling

  • Comment 76, posted at 04.05.16 08:20:49 by SheldonK Reply

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