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Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 18 Jul 2016 at 11:30
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There’s a lot of noise doing the rounds right now regarding the Sharks’ and their backroom dealings. My view is that we have a really big game to focus on, though and should rather be throwing our weight behind the guys ON the field this week.

It is starting to appear likely that Gary Teichmann will be the man tasked with sorting out the current mess, but media sources can’t seem to agree on whether he has, in fact, been offered and accepted the job. All speculation at this stage, in other words, so let’s rather talk about the game in Wellington this week and give Gary Gold and the boys a bit of breathing room. In other words, give them the luxury of concentrating on the game ahead without worrying that their fans are more concerned with what’s happening upstairs.

This is my way of saying that I’m not going to join in the “speculation game”. I’ll share new concrete information once I have it.

One thing that is, unfortunately, certain is that Pat Lambie won’t play for the Sharks this weekend. Lambie has seemingly yet to actually pass a concussion test and until he does so, the Sharks are not able to even consider challenging the SANZAAR ruling that has declared him ineligible for knock-out action. With a touring squad departing Durban tomorrow, I think we can safely conclude that Garth April is the man who will need to steer the Sharks ship in Wellington this weekend.



94 Comments

  • I hope Pat gets better soon but its knockout time so lets back Garth the whole way!…Come on Sharkies!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.07.16 11:45:50 by Keagan_Sharks Reply
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  • We don’t stand a chance, our heads will still be in South Africa by the time we take the field in the Quarter final. Expect a similar affair to the 2012 Final against the Chiefs, never mind the fact that we are yet to play any convincing rugby since the restart of the S18.

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.07.16 11:54:23 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • Teich is still away on holiday with his phone off, so the media have made their own mind in his absence, classic sports journalism as always.
    I’ll also wait for confirmation on this, as Teich is a highly successful businessman, and if I were him I’d think twice about getting involved with some of those rotten apples on the KZNRU board. The problem is the board always wants the new broom to sweep clean, but of course they mean everyone except them!

    Onto Saturday’s game, and I think we need to be a little positive about this one.
    Yes it sucks traveling across the globe without Pat Lambie, but a few things count in our favour. If they were up against a team like the ‘Saders, I’d say forget it because there is a mental block for the Sharks there, but the Sharks have shown already this season that they can beat the Hurricanes. The Canes are also a team that blows hot and cold, and if we put them under pressure, we could get the upper hand. They key to winning this one will be forcing the Hurricanes into losing it. April is a great kicker and if we can punish the Canes for their poor discipline, who knows, maybe we can cause an upset there.

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.07.16 11:56:16 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 2) : If it was the Saders or Chiefs, I’d write us off completely as we don’t have a culture of belief in beating those teams. But with the Canes, there is the slimmest of hopes….

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.07.16 11:58:38 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • With Willie there, April will have less pressure on his shoulders….probably also the big difference in the pre-June Garth, vs. the post-June Garth – Willie le Roux taking some of the responsibility at 10.

    Might even be wise having April swap out on defense – his channel seems to be the preferred route on attack for opposition teams….drop him to fullback on defense when it’s a set piece.

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.07.16 11:59:37 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 5) : just not as obvious as the Quade Cooper to blind wing please…

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.07.16 12:09:15 by Kabouter Reply

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  • @The Great Couch Shark (Comment 4) : Short memory I remember 13 Sharks against a rampant Crusaders team,when was it a year,2 years ago.The reason I remember and I am not going to let you forget is I was the only person in a 10000 km radius of this site who believed we could,
    We might get lucky with this game but we require something we haven’t had all year on field leadership,hope to fuck Gold doesn’t resort to his lets get politically correct with the captains arm band again.If he had been serious about it we could have had a settled captain going into battle for us,it should have been Keegan the day Lambie was laid out.
    Claasens and Chilli are other options.

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.07.16 12:09:39 by The hound Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 2) : I don’t get it – the same Sharks team went to NZ on tour, beat one side and ran the other two close, came back and properly hammered the Canes at home. We’re certainly not favourites this weekend – but it’d be disappointing given the evidence of the season so far if it wasn’t competitive at worst. The only games the Sharks have really been beaten comprehensively in that I remember are the two Lions games?

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.07.16 14:21:49 by JR Reply

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  • @JR (Comment 8) : this oke get a woody from being negative. Just let him enjoy the moment

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.07.16 14:24:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 5) : i really like having Esterhuizen next to April – think it really works for both of them – AE for me is as important to the Sharks game plan as Bissie used to be…

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.07.16 14:36:41 by JR Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Being realistic and negative are two different things, keep on dreaming about my woody in your dream world.

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.07.16 14:43:37 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • SHARKS TO WIN BY 9

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.07.16 14:59:13 by DuToit04 Reply

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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 11) : kiss kiss :)

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.07.16 15:13:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JR (Comment 10) : That is true, he is huge on defense, and showed a willingness to break the line and pass in the first 10-20 minutes against the wolves…

    …just a few things need clicking, and our boys will shine.

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.07.16 15:34:12 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : @Uli Boelie (Comment 11) : “Being realistic and negative are two different things…” True that. And Rob is being realistic about you being negative… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.07.16 15:39:38 by Culling Song Reply
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  • One thing I know is that April will have to curtail the aimless kicking display we saw on Saturday, otherwise the dangerous Canes backline are going to have a field day.

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.07.16 16:16:44 by stevovo Reply
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  • @stevovo (Comment 16) : Tired of high kicks, they only ever end up in turn-over ball, or a penalty (which is turnover ball)…unless your kick hits grass, chances are you’ve given possession away.

    Only schoolboys and South African teams are scared of catching the high ball – time to retire it.

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.07.16 16:26:38 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @stevovo (Comment 16) : his name is Julian and the preferred tic tac against him is no ball to Julian

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.07.16 17:55:20 by benji Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 7) : I fully agree, like said on another thread it is vital against these cheats so I go with Chilli at least Bullarinas are coached and have it engrained in them to plsy for 80 min and not get rattled,the other two should not even be on the field,geriatric is going to get a rugby lesson from TJP just like he got from Faf,what the hell is the real story with Bambie?

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.07.16 18:00:36 by benji Reply
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  • So is botha eligible?

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.07.16 18:50:43 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 17) : Which is why I like Claasens. He does his job and doesn’t do too much of that.

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.07.16 18:51:49 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 21) : Reading your post out of context makes it one of the funnier ones around. We need to look for more players like Claasens who do their job but not too much of it. :mrgreen: :twisted: Where is Culling Song????? :razz:

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.07.16 19:01:42 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Going to be a tough week for the Sharks!!! Safe travels and good luck!!!

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.07.16 19:16:43 by JD Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 22) : I heard my name. Wazzup?

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.07.16 19:27:38 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 24) : I was just thinking of a certain scrumhalf who did his job but not too much of it…… :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.07.16 19:30:42 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 22) : Actually meant doing his job without trying to do what he shouldn’t or even what he is not required to do like aimless kicks and especially if you aren’t particularly skilled at pinpointing them. He is comfortable with his skillset without trying to be Fourie du preez and then sucking at it.

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.07.16 19:31:05 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 26) : Also see how it’s out of context as the comment was about aimless kicking. Which is something he does little of.

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.07.16 19:32:59 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 26) : I knew what you meant, ;-) I did preface my comment by saying I was taking your post out of context. :grin:

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.07.16 19:33:29 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 26) : but your last point about not trying to be Fourie du Preez and sucking at it, does change the context a bit. Very good point.

  • Comment 29, posted at 18.07.16 19:35:31 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 25) : You are of course referring to “he who tries to emulate Ruan Pienaar if Ruan was on morphine, submerged in molasses and played to instructions to slow the game down”. My favourite!

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.07.16 19:39:59 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 30) : Yes that one, the one who does gym, but not too much of it. He also trains, but not too much of that either. He gets to the breakdown, but doesn’t do too much of that either, shall I go on??? ;-)

  • Comment 31, posted at 18.07.16 19:41:56 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 31) : You can go on, but don’t do too much of it…

  • Comment 32, posted at 18.07.16 19:45:39 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 32) : bwahahahaha Nice to get at least a couple posts in with you boet. Hope all is well with you and yours…..and may you be blessed to never again hear the name of the scrumhalf who shall not be named….. :grin:

  • Comment 33, posted at 18.07.16 19:48:40 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 15) : I can feel the burn :lol:

    @stevovo (Comment 16) : @FireTheLooser (Comment 17) : Agreed, those senseless kicks are seriously holding us back, I’m not saying we shouldn’t kick at all though, just think April isn’t executing the tactic right. I fear for Willies exit kicks from FB as well, he is not a good exit kicker at all, neither a tactical one. That being said I would much rather have him there than Odwa, especially on attack.

  • Comment 34, posted at 19.07.16 08:52:09 by Quintin Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 29) : @Culling Song (Comment 30) : @Dancing Bear (Comment 31) : @Culling Song (Comment 32) : Man are these a breath of fresh air on this site! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 35, posted at 19.07.16 09:00:21 by Quintin Reply

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  • a bit of info on Lambie …

    http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/SuperRugby/gold-clears-air-on-lambie-confusion-20160719

  • Comment 36, posted at 19.07.16 09:02:51 by John Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 34) : AE does quite well when asked to execute the exit kicks.

  • Comment 37, posted at 19.07.16 09:10:13 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 37) : Yeah, hes got a big boot on him, but he won’t always be at the back receiving the kicks like Willie will. I reckon if we can score a couple of tries early on we can rattle them and stay in the match even if they score, we can go at them. When we beat them they had just come of a huge win against the Lions, same with this weekend, coming off a huge win against the Saders, lets hope we can catch them off guard again, all we need is a few little things to click.

  • Comment 38, posted at 19.07.16 09:17:22 by Quintin Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 38) : forward and ruck dominance key to beating the Canes. If guys like Shields have to play tight, they are a lot less effective.

    Lets not forget who the coaches are, so just think back how did other teams beat the Sharks? Stop Bissie, Alberts and Kanko from running the show. Imo Canes play very much Boyd & Plum style with Coles, Shields and Vito key to their play. keep them very tight and Perenara & Barrett will not be able to run riot – just like in DBN. This does mean that KD, Ginger and JL Dup with EO will have to playing out of their skins

  • Comment 39, posted at 19.07.16 09:29:20 by Kabouter Reply

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  • @Kabouter (Comment 39) : With Ginger and EO there I believe we can be physical enough with KD an JLdP providing us with some play in the loose. I do hope GG is allowed to take Botha with, he will also provide some bulk coming off the bench. I read that he is enquiring to include him in the touring squad, don’t know any details though. If we make it all the way to the final, I hope it’s in NZ.

  • Comment 40, posted at 19.07.16 09:38:46 by Quintin Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 40) : a short tour of NZ could work nicely as Sharks always play better touring away and I am 100% sure that the Sharks are the team the NZ teams least likely want to face, especially if they are doing the SF traveling across the Ocean.

  • Comment 41, posted at 19.07.16 09:43:14 by Kabouter Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 40) : Sure would be better to stay in NZ, than having to fly back and beat the Lions (semi-final), then fly back to NZ again to beat the Landers in the final :twisted:

  • Comment 42, posted at 19.07.16 09:43:51 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Sharks’ 25-man touring squad:

    Forwards

    Chiliboy Ralepelle, Coenie Oosthuizen, Dale Chadwick, Etienne Oosthuizen, Franco Marais, Hyron Andrews, Jean-Luc du Preez, Keegan Daniel, Philip van der Walt, Ruan Botha, Stephan Lewies, Tendai Mtawarira (captain), Tera Mtembu, Thomas du Toit

    Backs

    Andre Esterhuizen, Curwin Bosch, Garth April, JP Pietersen, Lwazi Mvovo, Michael Claassens, Odwa Ndungane, Paul Jordaan, S’bura Sithole, Stefan Ungerer, Willie le Roux

  • Comment 43, posted at 19.07.16 10:52:50 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 43) : Great to see Ruan Botha an Bosch there, that means they are eligible to play though right? Not just going along for a ride?

  • Comment 44, posted at 19.07.16 11:03:23 by Quintin Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 44) : seems like it as I don’t think he will take them if they’re not cleared to play.

  • Comment 45, posted at 19.07.16 11:06:29 by JD Reply
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  • Well since lambie wasn’t named in the original sheet it is fair of sanzaar to exclude him. We can also criticize Gary foresight but would have been legal to include an injured man on the sheet? I think It is what it is. It’s a Damn shame but dwelling on it won’t get us further. Let’s hope this trial b fire brings out that extra we need in April and let’s hope Gary’s selections are a little more informed and tactical. Coenie had a good run last week but he should not be the safe bet. Neither is Ungerer. Daniel must be in since there is no proper structure upfront without him no matter the grunt Deysel brings. Chilliboy sheer experience beats Marais and against experienced or skilled opponents you must let experience win. For me it’s beast Chilliboy Adriaanse up front. Oosthuizen Lewies on lock Daniel and dupreez on flank or Daniel Deysel ninja in 8 Claasens on 9 April Mvovo and Willie on wings Odwa on 15 JP and Esterhuizen on center. Williams on bench.

  • Comment 46, posted at 19.07.16 11:16:04 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 46) : April on 10

  • Comment 47, posted at 19.07.16 11:18:44 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Kabouter (Comment 41) : The Hurricanes fans are very confident that they are going to smash us , everyone is putting the sharks as huge underdogs … if it goes like this we might smash them !!! the sharks like to be underdogs

  • Comment 48, posted at 19.07.16 11:19:02 by John Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 47) : would like to see Bosch have a go at 10 as well maybe give him few minutes he does have great vision

  • Comment 49, posted at 19.07.16 11:20:05 by John Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 46) : No PJ? His defense is brilliant on OC. Will count for a lot against the Hurricanes centers, even if he hasn’t played much since the Lions game. Add to that, Odwa on 15 is an absolute no go.

  • Comment 50, posted at 19.07.16 12:05:55 by Quintin Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 50) : Didn’t know until now that he was an option. Of course If he is available he must be the 13. That sorts out wings and Willie can play 15 although I wonder what he would be like at 10 with April or Bosch at 15.

  • Comment 51, posted at 19.07.16 13:01:22 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 51) : Sorts out wings cause JP can go back to wing. Still would like to see Bosch at 10 and Willie at 15. But at this stage that would be a gamble. Don’t know if Bosch can play 80 min of SR at advanced level. A though I have a suspicion he is already more capable than April.

  • Comment 52, posted at 19.07.16 13:58:49 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 52) : Bosch is a much better 15 than 10. Bosch at 10 would be like open gates…not that April is too much better.

  • Comment 53, posted at 19.07.16 14:11:31 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 53) : I suspect he is a much quicker thinker with a natural affinity for playmaking. April is, or will be your stable dependable workhorse once he learns some tactical play.

  • Comment 54, posted at 19.07.16 14:38:51 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 54) : Bosch seems to enjoy running from the back seeing the field in front of him with the gaps etc…he thrives on the extra time. At 10 he just looks rushed and often just tries to do a lot himself. April putting others into space from 10 suits him better. He just needs to run more and kick less as a kicking game isnt his best attribute.

  • Comment 55, posted at 19.07.16 14:47:30 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 55) : Give the kicking to Bosch – he seems to have the ball on a string when he kicks it….kicks accurately, kicks far, kicks tactical.

  • Comment 56, posted at 19.07.16 15:05:07 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 56) : He can do that from 15. Too much long distance kicking from our 10s i think. The 10s need to execute the little chips and grubbers otherwise just pass the ball.

  • Comment 57, posted at 19.07.16 15:10:58 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 57) : Agreed on the long range kicking from 10, we are loosing too much ball because of kicking from 9/10 altogether. I don’t think Bosch is that bad of a defender though, that being said, Willie isn’t a ‘bad’ defender either, but it’s certainly not something he’s very good at.

  • Comment 58, posted at 19.07.16 15:29:21 by Quintin Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 58) : There are a lot of things that Bosch and Willie are good at…defending just really isnt one of them. Their slight frames dont help but they also dont seem to have the stomach for it. They prefer to attack and they are good at it.

  • Comment 59, posted at 19.07.16 15:33:11 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 59) : That sums up what I was trying to say much better ;-)

  • Comment 60, posted at 19.07.16 15:35:18 by Quintin Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 57) : 100% agreed, those skills are best utilised from fullback….Sharks should alternate exit kicks between Bosch and AE (depending on left or right side of the field)….as Morne always insists, well executed exits are gold to teams.

    When you’re game plan is based on only attacking inside the opposition half, you need kickers able to get you there.

  • Comment 61, posted at 19.07.16 15:58:41 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 59) : Horses for courses,I remember a cricket world cup that was lost when Allan Donald threw away his wicket,he was universally berated for it.But if you have to rely on Allan Donalds batting to win a World Cup somebody else further up the line has seriously fucked up.
    Same thing with Bosch,you are never going to pick him for his defence,you pick him for the other things he is a genius at ,his boot,his speed and his brain

  • Comment 62, posted at 19.07.16 16:01:15 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 62) : Fair enough point. But just like locks need to have passing skills to improve a teams performance so too does a fullback need to be able to tackle. Locks dont need to pass like flyhalves and fullbacks dont need to tackle like flanks…but they still must be capable.

  • Comment 63, posted at 19.07.16 16:05:14 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Sharks should maybe look into James Hall from kings as possible scrumhalf stock next year.

  • Comment 64, posted at 19.07.16 16:06:16 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 64) : I would concur. Not sure why he wasnt signed as an u19 player for kzn as he was at kearsney

  • Comment 65, posted at 19.07.16 16:08:28 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 63) : Yup look at Rian Viljoen last week he was their (Sunwolves) line and many times only line of defense when the ball made it past the pivots. Headed a huge contribution in keeping that scoreline within reach.

  • Comment 66, posted at 19.07.16 16:08:28 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 65) : He is going to oyonaxx after SR to play there in off season. We should def. Make a play for him before he signs SR for kings after that.

  • Comment 67, posted at 19.07.16 16:10:30 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 63) :@The hound (Comment 62) : I’ve always liked a FB who is solid on defense, as you are the last man when someone breaks the line, defense is vital. I would say exit kicks are equally important too, but there are ways of getting around that these days for example AE doing the exit kicking, if he is in the right position though. Depends on the situation I guess.

  • Comment 68, posted at 19.07.16 16:11:06 by Quintin Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 67) : Well cant blame him as i believe EP CC side arent being paid and playing as amateurs. But yeh maybe show him an offer. But with scrumhalves already in our setup and cash not exactly flush i dont think there will be many arrivals for next year.

  • Comment 69, posted at 19.07.16 16:17:14 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Great Fullbacks who weren’t renowned for their tackling ability,Serge Blanco,Christian Cullen,Andre Joubert,Milner Skhude,Robinson,Israel Dagg,can’t for the life of me remember any who were.
    You remember fullbacks for their courage under the highball and their ability to attack from the back,with the boot and with their speed and stepping.
    Little I have seen of Bosch he is going to be one of the greats,everything Kolbe promised but failed deliver.

  • Comment 70, posted at 19.07.16 16:22:52 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 70) : Never said Bosch won’t become great, I agree, he definitely has the potential. I just like a FB that has good defense too like FS did when he played there.

  • Comment 71, posted at 19.07.16 16:59:19 by Quintin Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 64) : Just saw this : http://www.supersport.com/rugby/currie-cup/news/160719/Sharks_add_a_scrumhalf

    Don’t know the guy though.

  • Comment 72, posted at 19.07.16 17:01:09 by Quintin Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 72) : interesting!

  • Comment 73, posted at 19.07.16 21:55:28 by JD Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 70) : @Quintin (Comment 71) : ja Hound some quality players there but I do have to agree a little with Quintin that in today’s game fullbacks must be able to tackle a bit better as since most of those players you named played the game has moved on a bit as those days there were a lot less of players like Ndolo!!!

  • Comment 74, posted at 19.07.16 22:00:49 by JD Reply
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  • @Quintin (Comment 72) : @JD (Comment 73) : I hope he came very cheap as i think thats a waste of money. Could have easily promoted from within the union.

  • Comment 75, posted at 20.07.16 07:45:46 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 70) : I really cant remember any of those guys being particularly bad at defending…yes they didnt tackle like flanks but they still all put their body on the line and made tackles.

  • Comment 76, posted at 20.07.16 07:48:01 by SheldonK Reply

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  • http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/sa-rugby-rocked-by-double-doping-failure-20160720 Seems a 2year ban is doing well in deterring players….

  • Comment 77, posted at 20.07.16 07:52:40 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 76) : Maybe try Coenie at fullback…if there’s one thing he can do, it’s tackle – might need some work on his speed and line-kicks, but an easy fix :)

  • Comment 78, posted at 20.07.16 08:01:17 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 78) : Ah the sight of Coenie leaping to catch a high ball and hoofing it downfield will be worth the price of admission hahaha

  • Comment 79, posted at 20.07.16 08:13:50 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 78) : @SheldonK (Comment 79) : I would pay to see that! :lol:

    On a serious note I just hope he backs up last weeks game with another good one this week, he’s still not good in the scrums though. Who’s he up against in the Hurricanes front row? Don’t know their team all too well. Is it me or is the scrums better with Chili there?

  • Comment 80, posted at 20.07.16 08:25:42 by Quintin Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 80) : If Coenie concentrates and starts in a good position he is very tough to scrum against due to his height and large frame. But starting in a bad position means the total opposite and also throws off the entire scrum as there is no alignment and cohesion.

  • Comment 81, posted at 20.07.16 08:28:57 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 75) : ja but then again how does the local under 21 depth look like? Not sure if there’s someone?

  • Comment 82, posted at 20.07.16 08:33:16 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 77) : ja nee kyk it’s really working good!!! Just hope it’s not Sharks player(s) that tested positive!!!

  • Comment 83, posted at 20.07.16 08:34:38 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 82) : Its not like they signed a world class player so why not give the guys at the union a chance. Collegians had a fantastic u20 side this year. There is the UKZN impi players as well. This signing is a waste of money in my opinion.

  • Comment 84, posted at 20.07.16 08:39:36 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 83) : I dont think its any of the Sharks guys…

  • Comment 85, posted at 20.07.16 08:39:59 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 85) : & @ JD: Saw rumblings that one’s a Kings player, and the other’s a Shark (on Twitter)….due to retire because of this – all rumours of course…the rumour mill is really earning its keep this season.

  • Comment 86, posted at 20.07.16 08:53:25 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 84) : ja well to be fair there was a couple of them already this year so why stop now?!?!?!

  • Comment 87, posted at 20.07.16 08:53:31 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 85) : @FireTheLooser (Comment 86) : I really hope it’s not a Sharks players but these things do “get out” so Twitter could be correct.

  • Comment 88, posted at 20.07.16 08:55:54 by JD Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 86) : @JD (Comment 88) : As you say the rumour mill is rife but often where there is smoke there is fire…

  • Comment 89, posted at 20.07.16 09:16:10 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 87) : I just think there are positions we do need cover and scrumhalf isnt high on that list

  • Comment 90, posted at 20.07.16 09:17:27 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 86) : Ah dammit looks like its another Sharks hooker. Four year ban for Hadebe now…however in 4yrs he will be same age as Chilliboy is now…

  • Comment 91, posted at 20.07.16 11:53:02 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 79) : Whoever competes with him for the high ball will come off second best in any collision.

  • Comment 92, posted at 20.07.16 12:31:32 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 92) : Just like anyone who tries to compete with him in the lunch line…

  • Comment 93, posted at 20.07.16 12:33:54 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 92) : @SheldonK (Comment 93) : hahaha!!!!! Very funny Sheldon!!!!!

  • Comment 94, posted at 20.07.16 12:38:42 by JD Reply
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