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Sudden death


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 26 Sep 2016 at 09:19
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I’m sure I’m feeling much the same as many of you this morning, having watched in slow-motion horror as the past weekend’s Currie Cup fixtures conspired to turn out in the wort possible fashion for the Sharks.

There was a little early hope, as Boland seemed poised to do the impossible against the Blue Bulls, turning level at 12-all, before the men from the capital turned on the pressure and recorded the bonus-point victory needed to propel them to second on the table (above the Sharks). The Cheetahs recorded an expected big win over the Pumas in a result that sealed up top spot for them, before Griquas ultimately capitulated rather tamely to Western Province, handing their visitors the 5 log points they needed to move strongly into knock-out contention.

When hoping for a miracle, it’s tough if you only have the EP Kings on whom to rely. Needless to say, that didn’t work out either and the Lions absolutely thrashed the hapless bay-siders to themselves move within striking distance of a play-off spot.

The permutations, now, are a fair bit clearer. The Cheetahs are safe in first and the Bulls will end no lower than third, but probably second. Western Province will end no lower than fourth by recording a bonus-point win over Boland. The only remaining place will go to the winner of the Lions-Sharks clash at Ellis Park on Friday.

Brace yourselves, fans. Once more, I fear, the Sharks find themselves going into a do or die fixture in the final round that could see them either qualify, or miss out completely on a semi-final berth. That would be for the second year running and would frankly be a bitter disappointment after the strides made so far in this Currie Cup campaign.



88 Comments

  • This just feels bizarre and wrong.

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.09.16 09:23:39 by war1 Reply
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  • Good Luck , and may the best team win !

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.09.16 09:34:07 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Should the Sharks lose to the Lions they would have lost to Cheetahs, WP and Lions…so not really deserving of a semi final place to be honest. So yes at times the rugby from the Sharks has been better but unfortunately the log is based on points not pretty play. So would missing the semi finals deem Rob Du Preez a failure as a coach? Or are we allowing him more time and leeway?

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.09.16 09:39:16 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Can’t believe we are busy getting used to hoping that other teams “decides” wether we make the semis or not. I mean come on, if we deserved to be there, then we would have been there out of our own accord. It’s like a poultry chick hoping his mother will hatch him and he then ends up at a butchery or KFC

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.09.16 09:49:16 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 3) : Failure. We’ve lost about the least players to bok squad. So we should be around top. Bar the Cheetahs. We also know that for decades now that The Sharks have 1 decent team and after that there is no depth. The union are also to blame for this as the last 2 to 3 years we’ve lost plenty of top players. And no depth to replace. But its also the coaching staff job to work with what you have and to improve. Unfortunately we have taken 2 steps forward and sometimes 4 steps back to often. Buy… State of SA rugby is not good so not all The Sharks fault.

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.09.16 09:50:46 by ebenp Reply

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  • @ebenp (Comment 5) : Buy= But…. typo

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.09.16 09:52:12 by ebenp Reply

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  • At least it is in our own hands, that is better than when we have to rely on a win and other results.

    It’s simple Sharks, beat the Lions at Ellis Park to prove you are deserving of a Semi-Final, otherwise we deserve ending 5th. Simple really..

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.09.16 09:55:04 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Let’s be honest, it is not an impossible task.

    The Lions have been blowing hot and cold all season, they have had a similar season to the Sharks in a lot of aspects. They also have had injuries, they have a new captain and will be without some of the key players that played this past weekend.

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.09.16 09:56:23 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 8) :

    The Sharks come off a bye, hopefully the players are fully rested and have had time to recover fully from all niggles.

    It will be a great match, but not an impossible ask in my opinion.

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.09.16 09:57:31 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 9) : We can do it but if we don’t then it’s not the end of the world.

    I’ve been very pleased with the continued ball-in-hand approach and I think that, like the Lions, it will take a year or two for the team to gel and for their skill levels to improve. We need to stick with this approach and not move away from it for the sake of short term results in the Currie Cup.

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.09.16 10:04:52 by ChrisS Reply
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  • That’s all I need. Just great. Well look on the positive side. ……..

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.09.16 10:07:12 by Sharkfinn Reply

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  • Just great!

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.09.16 10:08:35 by Sharkfinn Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 3) : Win or lose, it will be way too early to call him a failure or a success. If we beat the Lions they will be out, that wont make the Lions coaching team a failure (maybe in this campaign, yes but not overall). Give RdP a full year in the hot seat before making the cal on his success.

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.09.16 10:20:24 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Going to be a tough day at the office for us come Saturday.

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.09.16 10:23:10 by sharkingmad Reply

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  • I think you guys have got this mostly right. I’m not planning to do any “season wash up” type piece until we now for a fact that we’re out, but the reality is, we really will need some patience with these players and this approach. Hell, even if we do end up missing out this year, it’s not like it will be by much.

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.09.16 10:26:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : my feeling is that you need to judge this years CC campaign on next years super rugby results .

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.09.16 10:43:09 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 13) : So you saying give him more time. Thats fair enough. Other coaches arent always given that same leeway but the Sharks play has been a bit better so fair enough. Im happy for RDP to continue as coach into super rugby

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.09.16 10:44:57 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) :

    Sharks and its management need to stick to a plan, whatever it is, but stick to it for more than a single campaign.

    The Sharks are so poor thanks to many different coaches, many different ideas, many different plans. Nothing we have tried in the last few years, has been been tried for more than a year. That is where it all breaks down…

  • Comment 18, posted at 26.09.16 10:45:59 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 17) :

    Question – Are we still looking for a coach for Super Rugby?

  • Comment 19, posted at 26.09.16 10:47:33 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 18) : chasing the instant fix …

  • Comment 20, posted at 26.09.16 10:47:44 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Any rumours on Lambie? Hope he can play for us on Friday

  • Comment 21, posted at 26.09.16 10:47:49 by HeinF Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : @Zibbie (Comment 16) : I agree. It took the Lions from 2013 to 2016 to see great results in Super Rugby.

    They kept most of their squad together (which we haven’t been able to do since the mid-90′s) and played

    1. Their games aggainst international opposition
    2. The Currie Cup
    3. 2014 Super Rugby
    4. 2014 Currie Cup
    5.2015 Super Rugby
    6. 2015 Currie Cup
    7. 2016 Super Rugby

    So it was only into their 7th campaign that the gelling process started to bear fruit. I’d rather go through tough times now and build that solid foundation than keep hiring and firing coaches and players because we don’t get immediate results.

  • Comment 22, posted at 26.09.16 10:48:28 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) :
    @Richard Ferguson (Comment 19) :

    This question might need to be aimed at you Rob…

  • Comment 23, posted at 26.09.16 10:48:36 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 18) : Exactly what I just said :mrgreen:

  • Comment 24, posted at 26.09.16 10:49:08 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 19) : I was under the impression that this CC coaching team would continue into Super rugby next year. Havnt heard anything regarding Sharks on the look out for a coach…not sure RDP would be sticking around if they were

  • Comment 25, posted at 26.09.16 10:57:39 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @ChrisS (Comment 22) : remember that each of those super rugby seasons from 2014 showed some sort of improvement from the last . i think in 2014 the lions won the most games ever as a francies . And improved on that again in 2015 and 2016 .

    so you need to see signs of improvement from the team . and build on those improvements

  • Comment 26, posted at 26.09.16 10:57:45 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 26) : Exactly right! I’ve seen great signs of improvement in this Currie Cup already and I want them to keep RDP as the coach and give him a chance to keep moulding this team.

  • Comment 27, posted at 26.09.16 11:07:40 by ChrisS Reply
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  • Win or lose on Saturday I’m happy with the strides we’ve made and the brand of rugby we’re playing. Rob Du Preez has certainly made a difference.

    @ebenp (Comment 5) : I think we shouldn’t discount how many injuries the Sharks have had. At one stage we’d lost all of our senior squad members. Not a coincidence we lost to WP and the Cheetahs at that stage.

    The fact that one loss would see us miss out just shows how close the top 5 teams are. This CC has been a success because of the following:

    - Inny Radebe has shown what he can do and is set for Super Rugby exposure next year
    - Bosch has shown marked improvements and is a precosious talent
    - Am has come on as a number 13 and combines well with Andre
    - Andre has shown better distribution skills and retained/improved his tackling
    - Exposure of new players to CC
    - Better game plan under RDP

  • Comment 28, posted at 26.09.16 11:09:19 by StevieS Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 23) : yeah, I interpreted it as such. :)

    Answer is I don’t know. I’m really hopeful that they let Rob take that role. Will try to figure out.

  • Comment 29, posted at 26.09.16 11:30:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ag just think of this game as a quarter final!!!

  • Comment 30, posted at 26.09.16 12:26:41 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) :

    At the stage that RdP was announced as coach, I cannot remember reading anything to say he would stay on. But honestly, I was so miff with Sharks rugby I don’t think I even read everything at that stage.

    I would back RdP as Super Rugby coach, I reckon he would do a better job than Gold, and would let Gold focus on what he was appointed to do, whatever that may be…

  • Comment 31, posted at 26.09.16 12:27:09 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 17) Yes, more time for sure, its not as if he is a world cup winning coach who has coached Super Rugby for years and has the countrys best players at his disposal. This is his first big gig and he is one win away from us even asking the question..

  • Comment 32, posted at 26.09.16 12:40:11 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 31) : Agree if we not moving across the road somebody needs get into the stadium maintenance,can’t think of a better man for the job.

  • Comment 33, posted at 26.09.16 13:00:10 by The hound Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 32) : Yeh very true. Winning at Ellis Park will be very tough. But that game aside what would you like to see RDP improve going into 2017? (Assuming he remains coach)

  • Comment 34, posted at 26.09.16 13:02:31 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @StevieS (Comment 28) : Im a bit conscerned about the pace of AE, and i dont know if he can improve on it but for me thats the only thing that is keeping him away from a bok jersey

  • Comment 35, posted at 26.09.16 13:17:11 by schrodingers cat Reply

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  • @schrodingers cat (Comment 35) : You could be right about his pace. I reckon Rob is more knowledgeable about that.

    The way he plays, I think he’d bring a lot of passion to the jersey and would provide the opposition with some aching bodies lol

  • Comment 36, posted at 26.09.16 14:09:52 by StevieS Reply
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  • I see no reason for us the to panic if we lose on Friday and less of a reason to point at RdP for it after only 1 CC campaign with a team who’s lost a lot of key players to oversees clubs or injury, we can’t expect the guy to win a CC title in his 1st campaign as coach. We can at least see there is an improvement and I would take that any day considering that we saw quite a lot of change in a short amount of time. If we lose on Friday, I will still think RdP has done well thus far, so keep him on as SR coach and see what he can provide. If he backs it up with more improvement in SR, this CC campaigns results will be irrelevant to me as we are then moving in the right direction.

  • Comment 37, posted at 26.09.16 14:36:39 by Quintin Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 34) : To start with defence firstly and GOOD front row depth. No, actually first just hoping that most of the squad remains intact come the new season.

  • Comment 38, posted at 26.09.16 14:40:06 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 38) : I think its tough to want good player resources/depth from RDP because as a coach i think he can only work with what he has and what the union sign. I agree with you on the defense. Id also like to see us improve our discipline, especially the penalty count.

  • Comment 39, posted at 26.09.16 14:52:01 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 33) : and if he wants to call himself Director of Stadium Maintenance, that is also fine by us.

  • Comment 40, posted at 26.09.16 14:55:23 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 38) : Yeah we seriously need some continuity going into next year, hard to win trophies and get an identity with players coming and going all the time.

  • Comment 41, posted at 26.09.16 14:59:20 by Quintin Reply

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  • Geez we need this guy in the Bok squad as it is, now he’s just rubbing it in AC’s face :

    http://www.supersport.com/rugby/european-rugby/news/160926/Francois_Steyn_steals_limelight_with_brilliant_try

  • Comment 42, posted at 26.09.16 15:03:56 by Quintin Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 39) : True, I tend to forget that the coach must work with what he is given but I also hope he has a big say in what he wants and needs.

  • Comment 43, posted at 26.09.16 15:04:16 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 40) : ;-)

  • Comment 44, posted at 26.09.16 15:04:37 by The hound Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 43) : Im sure he does convey the areas he is lacking or needs depth but it will depend on available finance, available players willing to come to the Sharks, and also whether they want that particular position covered by the juniors they have signed.

  • Comment 45, posted at 26.09.16 15:09:25 by SheldonK Reply

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  • I think the key to the Sharks Super rugby season is Pat Lambie,if he is fit we have a chance if he is not we are up shit creek without a paddle.
    Radebe is not the answer he is too small and weak on defence to build our team around.
    Bosch needs to stay at 15,with Pat at 10 he has an incredible opportunity to grow his own game,but without Pat an awful lot of responsibility is going to shift onto his shoulders.

  • Comment 46, posted at 26.09.16 15:44:07 by The hound Reply
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  • Seems Lambie will be in the Bok 23 on Saturday

  • Comment 47, posted at 26.09.16 15:44:08 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 46) : I know you know this very well…but when last did Lambie play a full super rugby season? Assuming he stays injury free he will play on end of year tour. Would it not be wiser to say rest him for the initial away leg of super rugby and let him start later? Just an idea

  • Comment 48, posted at 26.09.16 15:46:00 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 46) : Unfortunately I’m going to have to agree with you on Radebe as I quite like him when he’s on his game. I can see the guy has talent, there’s no doubt, but he is too small for SR. Every time I see WP play, I can’t help but notice how Kolbe is being run over and flung around after tackles and in rucks. The game demands speed and skill in the backs as much as it demands strength and power, that’s the modern game.

  • Comment 49, posted at 26.09.16 16:02:30 by Quintin Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 48) : My point exactly,we have known this since Fred hit the road but have had no viable back up.
    If we’d hung onto Swiel he’d be paying dividends about now.I also don’t think Rob du Preez jnr is the answer

  • Comment 50, posted at 26.09.16 16:11:24 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 50) : I think both Zeilinga and Swiel are very average…both make a lot of mistakes. And Rob Du Preez is more of a centre in my view. There are very few all round in 10s in SA currently. So if we going to play a fullback that can kick for poles in Bosch or Smith then we can go for more of a ‘centre’ type at 10…

  • Comment 51, posted at 26.09.16 16:14:57 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 46) : Just a quick one with regards to Radebe, you do realise we are talking about a 21 year old? Give the boy some time to develop his confidence at this level, he will come right.

  • Comment 52, posted at 26.09.16 16:20:35 by Vonno13 Reply
     
  • @Vonno13 (Comment 52) : Why don’t we get him to develop his confidence first and then play him,we are in the position we are in now because we are giving guys on the job training,then we wonder why we are in the shit.

  • Comment 53, posted at 26.09.16 16:31:37 by The hound Reply
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  • It’s not like we are going to be light years ahead of all other SA teams in year 1. So it is always going to be close.

  • Comment 54, posted at 26.09.16 16:51:51 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 53) : develop his confidence where and how?

  • Comment 55, posted at 26.09.16 17:25:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • As I said last week, I have seen what I wanted to see from Rob. Yes we should have beaten Province but didn’t due to lack of experience…. Big learning curve. A semi final or final won’t convince me that Rob doesn’t derserve to be given the head coach role. Rob gets my vote. Only concern is that the news from Sharks country is that Gold wants to win a SR before handing the robes to Rob. Challenge is that Gary is just not cut out and hasn’t the ability to do that. Hope Teichman makes a decision that will help the Sharks and that involves Rob at the helm.

  • Comment 56, posted at 26.09.16 19:07:09 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @Vonno13 (Comment 52) : Yeah that’s true, he is still young, probably hasn’t grown fully yet as well so he’s got time on his side. He’s got talent, that’s for sure.

  • Comment 57, posted at 26.09.16 19:11:50 by Quintin Reply

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  • What I have seen from Rob is his willingness to play a more expansive game and actually win. He’s obviously big on discipline, something we need and the ability to put lesser teams to the sword. Very important positives I feel.

    The 1 big negative is our difficulty to beat big opposition. That’s not to say it’s his fault and I’m sure with him at the helm we can but this is a crunch game I’d like to see us win. That would make me feel a whole lot more comfortable making him SR head coach.

  • Comment 58, posted at 26.09.16 19:18:40 by Hulk Reply

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  • I think RduP is the right coach for the Sharks going into SR. The greater worry is going to be what he will have to work with in terms of player resources. Guys like Radebe have been given a run in the CC, which is great, but depth in. Key positions is the challenge.
    Not too long ago the Sharks were not derailed when they lost a few players to injury. In this CC the lack of depth was exposed. vd Walt is in a class of his own, when he goes off injured the gap is too big.
    Ditto in the front row.

  • Comment 59, posted at 26.09.16 19:54:58 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 59) : think you’re spot on! Sharks needs depth in thise crucial positions as especially at 3 & 10 Inny & Thomas is not ready for Super rugby and seemingly the coach is reluctant to pick other players (like Meyer and April). As for the Ginger Ninja personally I rate him as probably one of the best no 8′s (if not the best) in SA so losing him to injury will be a huge loss that will not be easily filled. When he left the Cheetahs I was disappointed that Sharks did not sign him so when they did I was delighted!!!

  • Comment 60, posted at 26.09.16 20:54:38 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 55) : that’s a tough call but usually playing age group rugby could do it but seeing the Sharks under 21′s struggling I doubt it if he would have been better served playing there?!?!

  • Comment 61, posted at 26.09.16 20:57:47 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 55) : Exactly what I said ,unless you are one of those father’s who believes the best way to get your toddler to swim is to throw him in the deep end of the swimming pool.
    The kid is way out of his depth and has not yet got the physical maturity to cope at this level.
    Sharks like the Bulls usually have a number of journey man 10′s on the books,we made a mistake in not replacing Joe Pietersen with a similar experienced journeyman.

  • Comment 62, posted at 26.09.16 23:23:50 by The hound Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 60) : I agree on the Ginger Ninja being the best 8 playing in SA at the moment. Yes, better than Whiteley. He can play the grafter role, bash it up, and he links well with backs.

  • Comment 63, posted at 27.09.16 02:31:47 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • I think RdP is more Rae diy accepted and supported by sharks supporters than Gold. Probably more than 90% are comfortable with him. This is a big plus point. It will increase tollerance and reduce stress for him. It will translate into confidence from his side and player confidence in him. Whether he is good enough may then become self fulfilling.

  • Comment 64, posted at 27.09.16 07:52:01 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 64) : First sentence should read , more readily accepted.

  • Comment 65, posted at 27.09.16 07:54:58 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 62) : Interesting thought there as many criticised Joe Pieterson. Who would your journey man pick be? In case of emergency.

  • Comment 66, posted at 27.09.16 08:00:38 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 66) : I can almost guarantee you it will be Riaan Viljoen :)

  • Comment 67, posted at 27.09.16 08:12:02 by Henkb Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 66) : in 2012 We had Pat Lambie, backed up by Freddy Michalak and Meyer Bosman,compare that to what we have now,I would take those 2 now ahead of our current cover 4 years later

  • Comment 68, posted at 27.09.16 08:23:46 by The hound Reply
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  • @Henkb (Comment 67) : Dont think he would return to Durban- didnt enjoy his time here

  • Comment 69, posted at 27.09.16 08:27:13 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 68) : I quite like how Meyer Bosman plays to be honest…just cant see him leaving France. I would opt for Peter Grant if i could

  • Comment 70, posted at 27.09.16 08:29:31 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 70) : My point is we have always had solid though unspectacular back up at 10,for Pat,when Pietersen left we didn’t replace him and now we are sending a boy into do mens work and expecting him to live or die.
    Very unfair on him.

  • Comment 71, posted at 27.09.16 08:33:06 by The hound Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 70) : Grant would be perfect.

  • Comment 72, posted at 27.09.16 08:33:53 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 71) : @The hound (Comment 72) : Yeh i fully get your thinking. Its clear to see the Sharks are trying to compensate for a small 10 when defending and it affects everything.

  • Comment 73, posted at 27.09.16 08:40:44 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 63) : total package with size, power, skills and a bit of speed!

  • Comment 74, posted at 27.09.16 09:31:47 by JD Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 65) : @SheldonK (Comment 66) : @Henkb (Comment 67) : @The hound (Comment 68) : really wonder why April is totally unrated by RdP as since the first game he did not get a lot of time to prove himself?!

  • Comment 75, posted at 27.09.16 09:38:35 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 75) : Who knows how he is performing at training. Perhaps Inny, Bosch and Smith making him look like a club player. And now with Lambie back…

  • Comment 76, posted at 27.09.16 09:48:34 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 76) : maybe but he did show huge potential in Super rugby and now he’s nowhere!?!?!?

  • Comment 77, posted at 27.09.16 16:06:49 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 77) : he had at most 2 good games. and well yeh others surpass him. Unlucky. If Radebe wasnt injured at the start of the comp i doubt April would have got the shot initially

  • Comment 78, posted at 27.09.16 16:09:22 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 78) : bit hard on April think he had a solid Super rugby. Personally I think Inny is not ready for Super rugby and Sharks will need someone else to help cover 10.

  • Comment 79, posted at 27.09.16 16:14:37 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 79) : Look i think they both have some good traits but both very weak on defense. Between Lambie, Bosch, Smith,April and Radebe those are the guys that will cover 10 and 15…cant see anyone else coming to be honest

  • Comment 80, posted at 27.09.16 16:19:56 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 80) : for me that’s a problem as only Pat is tried and tested. Inny will take a mental hammering in Super rugby as he’s not physically up to it!

  • Comment 81, posted at 27.09.16 16:48:55 by JD Reply
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  • I would take Michalak back again. He can cover 10 and 9 for us as an experienced player.

  • Comment 82, posted at 27.09.16 20:43:57 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 82) : although I’m a huge fan of Michalak I don’t think it will be a good move getting him back.

  • Comment 83, posted at 27.09.16 21:21:37 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 83) : As a hired gun for the time it takes to sort out scrumhalf and flyhalf succession? Cause aby he moment we only have Claasens and Lambie capable of playing supers and Claasens is aging.

  • Comment 84, posted at 28.09.16 06:43:08 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 84) : Yeah you’re right. Ungerer wasn’t bad so far but I don’t think he’s SR capable yet so an experienced 9 could help us a lot. Has Rienach left ? Last I heard he was unjured.

  • Comment 85, posted at 28.09.16 08:05:03 by Quintin Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 85) : He’s back early next year. But his form is questionable so I’m not banking on that.

  • Comment 86, posted at 28.09.16 08:14:41 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Charl McLeod 2 deal expires soon maybe if he hasn’t signed longer we could have him back at 9. Also we should make effort to get James Hall signed ASAP.

  • Comment 87, posted at 28.09.16 08:23:55 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 84) : @Quintin (Comment 85) : yes Sharks needs extra cover at 9 and 10 but not sure who don’t think he’s the answer or even if he will come back to Durbs.

  • Comment 88, posted at 28.09.16 18:20:24 by JD Reply
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