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Left, right or straight ahead?


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 21 Mar 2017 at 09:58
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Rumours would indicate that there was a distinct blue haze hovering a few feet above KP2 after yesterday’s Sharks training sessions, with coach Rob du Preez, a passionate man who likes to uphold ihgh standards, not leaving his team in any doubts about what he thought of Saturday’s performance against the Kings.

A relatively restrained du Preez had already admitted, during the post-match presser, that he thought the close game against the competition minnows may have provided a wake-up call to his squad, but that the biggest disappointment in his mind was the way they had let their fans down. That latter message will have been delivered to the squad in spades yesterday and with the anticipated return of senior players including Beast Mtawarira, Coenie Oosthuizen and Lwazi Mvovo, I think we can feel confident that the Sharks will put on a significantly more credible showing in Bloemfontein this weekend.

That’s all well and good, of course, but it does leave one major unaddressed problem – and one which the coach himself will need to sort out. Who on earth is going to be entrusted in the vital number 10 jersey is a thorny problem for du Preez and to fall back on a cliché, last weekend’s game will have left him with plenty of questions and fewer answers.

Now, much of the talk on these pages has focused on Cobus Reinach and the harsh reality that his service against the Kings would have made Dan Carter himself look no better than a semi-pro club-grade hack. It is, undoubtedly, true that the nine men wearing lower numbers have a massive impact on how well a flyhalf is allowed to play, but that doesn’t change the fact that Benhard Janse van Rensburg delivered a very shaky individual performance in his first taste of rugby at this level. Whether or not du Preez changes the scrumhalf this week remains to be seen, but he is going to have to make a call on van Rensburg too – and that call will teach us a lot about the way this coach thinks and reacts under pressure.

Garth April is a player in whom the coach doesn’t appear to have a lot of faith, based on his difficulty in winning selection. April delivered some composed performances at flyhalf at a similar stage in the competition last year, but endured a shaky end to the year and is understandably low on confidence. He did, however, put in a good cameo against the Kings and must, one would think, at the very least offer a safe pair of hands should du Preez opt to go down that route this week. That’s one of the options and perhaps the most sensible, even thought April himself is not always incredibly consistent.

Another option is to back Curwin Bosch in the pivot role – this is one that Rob is understood to not favour, based on defensive concerns. Bosch put in a fine showing at flyhalf against the Waratahs, but it must be remembered that since he was not named to start that game, the Tahs will not have specifically planned for his presence in the number 10 channel. My feeling is that Curwin’s best position long term is flyhalf, but it may take a bit of careful management to ensure that he is groomed and developed properly before throwing him into the cauldron.

The third call – and one that would probably take the biggest balls given the expected fan backlash – would be to back Janse van Rensburg to start again. There’s a part of me that would respect such a call as I value loyalty, fairness and second chances very highly. The flipside to that coin, though, is that such a move could equally be born out of stubbornness, a trait unfortunately far too common in South African coaches and not one that tends to work to the advantage of the team.

I’m not going to make a call on this myself because I genuinely don’t know what I would do in the coach’s shoes. My leaning would be towards picking Bosch, but my gut tells me that isn’t what Rob is thinking this week. We’ll just have to wait and see – it’s certainly not going to be a dull week, though.



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  • Think his decision will also depend on the fitness of Clement.
    Personally if Clement if fit I’d start him at 15 and Bosch at 10 if not I’d start Bosch at 15 and April at 10.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.03.17 11:01:21 by JD Reply
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  • I wouldve backed April. Ben10 will get his chance

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.03.17 11:18:09 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • I would hedge my bets and start Ben10 giving all assistance necessary, knowing if it is too early he can be replaced.

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.03.17 11:38:35 by durbsguy Reply

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  • @durbsguy (Comment 3) : I might name Ben10 and then act surprised when he pulls a hammy during the warmup. But I’m evil like that

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.03.17 11:41:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : straight out of the Dick Muir handbook!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.03.17 11:48:12 by JD Reply
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  • i still believe we need a change at sh

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.03.17 11:54:16 by Dunx Reply

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  • @durbsguy (Comment 3) : I’m with you on this one. We have a lot of young guys coming through. Not every one of them will deliver Curwin-type performances out of the blocks.

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.03.17 11:54:26 by vanmartin Reply
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  • It will be a crime to pick Ben10 again. Pick April or Inny. Ben10 was allowed to get promoted above guys that have been there before him and have really not been bad, and he failed dismally. If he had managed a 4 out of 10, by all means give him a second chance. But a 1 out of 10 is inexcusable. Others must be given a chance and if they fail, only then give him a second chance. Ben10 didn’t repay the faith given to him and took for granted how some of us had to defend his selection to our mates. He disappointed bigtime.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.03.17 12:06:44 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • Ben 10, Inny or Curwin….?

    That should really not be a difficult choice….has any of Ben 10 or Inny proven to be better adept at defending the 10 channel than Curwin? If not, then you go with the guy getting paid adult money to play adult rugby.

    Either pick Curwin, or April….Inny as backup, Ben 10 needs to earn his stripes.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.03.17 12:13:25 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • i think back ben10 and give classens a start

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.03.17 12:31:42 by Dunx Reply

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  • I also agree with Rob on picking and settling bosch. I have nothing against April but a full game is a lot different to impact and I don’t think he has shown that he has the temperament for a full 80 in this arena. Also hasn’t shown that he can do consistently well 3 games in a row. My money would be on bosch but the coach is much closer so he would know who would shine. I also agree with everyone saying Reinach is too erratic for any flyhalf but a seasoned one to make a success of that position.

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.03.17 12:44:21 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Dunx (Comment 10) : @FireTheLooser (Comment 9) : @GreatSharksays (Comment 8) : so I’m glad we all agree :)

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.03.17 12:44:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Dunx (Comment 10) : Yup or start Claasens and bring Cobus on second half. He does run out of ideas and 80 seems a stretch for him.

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.03.17 12:46:03 by coolfusion Reply

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  • I’d go with April. Cheetahs looking dodgy on defence and that guy is a great attacker.

    Benhard would play a lot more conventional and any execution errors will open us up like a can of worms – Cheetahs thrive in broken play.

    That said, if we do start with the kid, aim would have to be to grind them up front and play from set pieces. Perhaps bring April on later to run at a tired defence.

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.03.17 12:46:55 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 8) : @FireTheLooser (Comment 9) : @Dunx (Comment 10) : @robdylan (Comment 12) : think either April or Bosch needs to start at 10. Who will be determine by the fitness of Clement. If he’s ready and able to play I’d start Bosch at 10 with April on the bench, if not I’d play April at 10 and Bosch at 15 with Smith on the bench. After last year’s Currie cup I would not play Inny in Super rugby!

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.03.17 13:02:48 by JD Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 14) : My sentiments exactly,start with April,my biggest problem is hooker,last year when deployed the Cheetahs in Durban,Ox and Torsten smashed us up front.Chilli has lost so much visible physical conditioning that he must have lost strength as well.
    If we start being dominated up front ,the 9 and 10 are going to be under pressure,and nobody any where here has any confidence in any of our 9′s or 10 ‘s ability to handle pressure

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.03.17 13:05:31 by The hound Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 14) : Which is why I would choose bosch at 10 I think his chase would be better than April especially on loose opportunities. But yes I agree either one on 10 and Bernhard us bench. Let’s try exposing him slowly I don’t think he is a lost cause.

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.03.17 13:05:51 by coolfusion Reply

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  • The other guy we know that crumbles under pressure is Fred.
    If we can get in his face quickly half our battle is won.
    Lets also hope that Lewies is back to his best and Ruan’s game last week was due to a hangover or something similar.
    Dan looked like he was ready to go last weekend if there are two players who need a rest it would be Andre and Jean Luc.

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.03.17 13:18:43 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 16) : that’s a good point! Hope Marais is ready as he will be needed!

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.03.17 13:24:09 by JD Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 16) : Hooker is also a problem. Hope Marais recovers in time for this game. Looks like Chilli is scared to even consume a protein shake. He’s light light light, must have surely lost some strength. Hope Phillip is also ready for this Saturday. Another topic, how do you rate Vermuelen? He hasn’t done it for me. Will rather have Dan on the bench and that’s only because Tera is captain else would start Dan. Who else could be captain?

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.03.17 13:30:26 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 17) : Where do you get that from? Is this the same April that stepped up bigtime against NZ sides last year? I see our memories are not good.

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.03.17 13:32:09 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 18) : Those two are unforgettably our best and most committed players. We need them every game. They must not do any contact during during the week. At least AE gets substituted, poor JLDP.

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.03.17 13:35:36 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • Dan definately in at 6, JL 7, then it leaves a below par Tera at 8. If the Ginger is ready I would slot him at 6 and Dan at 8. April in but Ben definately on the bench and ease him in.

    The frenchman at the back scares me. Looks shakey and scared of contact.

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.03.17 13:41:25 by Lieplapper Reply

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  • @Lieplapper (Comment 23) : Now if only Jean Deysel was the illegitimate half-son of RdP, then the entire family could’ve made up the loose trio….but alas :twisted:

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.03.17 13:47:50 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Would have no problem handing Ginger the Captaincy….he is senior and definately one of the leaders in the squad.

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.03.17 13:47:57 by Lieplapper Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 24) : I hear you brother, I hear you ;-)

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.03.17 13:51:42 by Lieplapper Reply

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  • April at 10, Bosch at 15. Bosch is going to be a great player, but he does not have the physique of a Frans Steyn to take all the big hits at 10. I would rather blood him slowly until he is ready physically.

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.03.17 14:11:16 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Where is Sheldon, :?: :?: :?:

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.03.17 15:03:37 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 28) : why are you so worried?

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.03.17 15:11:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 21) : Stepping up big time in one game. Kind proves the point re consistency. I like him I wish he can but am I being unrealistic?

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.03.17 15:16:59 by coolfusion Reply

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  • I like his head and he used to live on here, just saying.
    Moved a Winnebago in, no pup tent for him.
    Just seems strange that he disappeared.

  • Comment 31, posted at 21.03.17 15:16:59 by The hound Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : He always has a good point of view and a huge amount of All things Shark knowledge.

  • Comment 32, posted at 21.03.17 15:19:42 by The hound Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 30) : Maybe in your dreams. April delivered and hence he was called to the Bok training squad.

  • Comment 33, posted at 21.03.17 15:26:28 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 32) : I’ll see if I can find him for you

  • Comment 34, posted at 21.03.17 15:51:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • Bosch starting @10 shouldn’t depend on if clement is available or not. If you go with curwin then April is a must for the bench. We have another fullback guys. Ryno Smith! Or has everyone forgotten about him? Also the bench needs to change some time so that the back up players at least get 4 games before the playoff.

  • Comment 35, posted at 21.03.17 17:01:52 by sudhir Reply

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  • Forgot that Beast can also captain.

  • Comment 36, posted at 21.03.17 17:18:44 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @sudhir (Comment 35) : Where does he fit into the RdP family tree (seeing as everyone called up by RdP is supposedly related to RdP) ;)

  • Comment 37, posted at 21.03.17 17:19:49 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @sudhir (Comment 35) : I haven’t forgotten about him, but wonder what became of him. It seemed like the coaching staff rated him last year, this year he is nowhere in sight. Anyone know how he played in the warm-up matches?

  • Comment 38, posted at 21.03.17 17:32:28 by HeinF Reply

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  • I didn’t have a chance to watch the game, so I can’t really comment. I am looking forward to watching this weekend’s game, though, no matter which way RdP goes…

  • Comment 39, posted at 21.03.17 17:35:06 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @sudhir (Comment 35) : The players in our announced Super Rugby squad don’t have to play 4 games to be allowed to play in the playoffs…that rule is only for players from outside the squad. Am I right?

  • Comment 40, posted at 21.03.17 17:36:52 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I was not a fan of ben10 especially because he leap frogged ini. however, I believe that if you back a player than you do it all the way. the kid needs to work on his passing to his right side amongst other things, but he can only get better and hopefully we get to see what rob sees in him.

  • Comment 41, posted at 21.03.17 18:06:36 by Poisy Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 40) : you are right

  • Comment 42, posted at 21.03.17 18:10:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 41) : Learn at Superugby level when you have players available, fit and in April’s case, has played at this level is just not fair.

  • Comment 43, posted at 21.03.17 20:09:25 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • Nice to see that for a change there is a New Zealand team on a lowly 6 points keeping two South African teams on 13 and 9 points out of the knock out positions in this frankly absurd and stupid format… :o :mrgreen:

  • Comment 44, posted at 21.03.17 20:16:12 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 44) : no SA team in the bottom 4!!!

  • Comment 45, posted at 21.03.17 20:59:29 by JD Reply
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  • So jaco peyper is reffing the match against the cheetahs, van der merwe and van heerden are on the side and our all time favorite sharks hater Johan greeff tmo. So if we can pull off a convincing win it will be all we need to prove that this is going to be a better season

  • Comment 46, posted at 21.03.17 21:04:48 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @jdolivier (Comment 46) : Holy cow… :shock:

  • Comment 47, posted at 21.03.17 21:26:20 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 47) : Indeed Mr pastor indeed, the fates are conspiring

  • Comment 48, posted at 21.03.17 21:33:17 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @jdolivier (Comment 46) : Van der Merwe is a school teacher at Grey Bloem,how does that make him remotely impartial.

  • Comment 49, posted at 21.03.17 21:35:28 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 49) : Greeff and van heerden do not have the best track records with us either. So all the negatives are on the table, now we can start looking at positives

  • Comment 50, posted at 21.03.17 21:39:03 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @jdolivier (Comment 50) : Who decides which refs are assigned to which games, and is it possible for a team to decline a match official.

  • Comment 51, posted at 21.03.17 21:57:42 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 51) : Wish I knew, remember the all Australian panel in Australia against the reds……we just have to play the hand we’re dealt

  • Comment 52, posted at 21.03.17 22:44:19 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 42) : Im not sure we are reading this correctly, its not that RDP doesnt rate April, its that he broke team protocol at the start of the cc and now he had to play his way back into the team, which I believe he has, his our best fh after lambie he should start, cheetahs and lions are no joke, play april with cr and see he will still perform. bosch at fullback for me right now. ben on the bench. frog and sit out. I havnt forgotten about inny, he will be in the mix, its a long season.

    RDP is setting a ton with the squad, give it your all of lose your spot, and ungerer put that burger down son, for peet’s sake lol

  • Comment 53, posted at 21.03.17 23:23:39 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 13) : the Good Doctor rated CR as the best attacking and supporting 9 in the country. We have unfortunately only seen the box kick version the last game after a brief move to his old self vs Ponies and Tahs.

    Schreuder outplayed him imo but that is not a great measure as the last game was total brainfart from the team. However if Cam Wright is not a realistic option I think Schreuder can add real value at the Sharks. Technically and physically he ticks all the boxes (incl the kick) and reminds me of Joost and RdP – he just needs a good run in a decent team not coached by AC.

  • Comment 54, posted at 21.03.17 23:23:58 by Kabouter Reply

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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 53) : I have the same feeling of RdP as a disciplinarian – but based on his stint at Rovers. his time there was televised on Kyknet on a weekly show Tussen Die Lyne and he showed a strong demand of being physically on level and following team protocol – I think Tiaan Meyer was his 9 then and damn they cooked if I remember correctly.

    I do think we will see a lot more from April in the coming weeks either as starter or from bench which will do his own confidence good and add to the team attacking dynamics.

  • Comment 55, posted at 21.03.17 23:31:39 by Kabouter Reply

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  • @Kabouter (Comment 54) : I spoke this morning to one of the SA u20 FHs that got selected when Inny broke his foot and are currently playing for the Stormers. He recons the best young 9s in the country are Justin Phillips (22 years and being wasted in WP ranks) and Embrose Papier (Bulls & SA u20 currently).I wonder who Inny and Curwin think would suit the Sharks.

    Here is another example of how SA franchises are not working together as there are hoards of players in CPT and Pretoria just wasting which are much better than the rabble playing in Port Elizabeth.

  • Comment 56, posted at 22.03.17 08:55:53 by Kabouter Reply

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  • Well so far everyone seems concerned about who is going to play 10 because Ben10 had a bad game last week, you guys have to remember it was the lads’ 1st SR game ever and he’s only 20 years of age. I think it was a good game to give him some exposure as I wouldn’t start him against any other side(maybe Sunwolves?). Now that he has a game under his belt and we know he’s not ready yet we can give April a shot against the Cheetahs or even give him another shot and see if it wasn’t 1st game nerves, no big deal to me. He will come right with time.

    I’m more concerned about our regular starters not performing. I’m still waiting for Terra to put in a performance worthy of filling the boots of some legendary Sharks nr. 8′s that have played in that jersey. I was very excited at the beginning of the season to see how he plays but to me, he’s been quiet so far, or am I missing something?

    I’m not saying he’s bad, don’t get me wrong, I’m just waiting for a thorough stand out performance as that is what I expect from our captain, is to lead by setting an example with his actions on the field.

    It’s still early days in the competition and one bad game from our inexperienced team against the Kings is not a big worry to me, we underestimated them but we won the game. Let’s move on and make sure it doesn’t happen again.

  • Comment 57, posted at 22.03.17 10:14:32 by Quintin Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 57) : Yeah Terra was seriously MIA on saterday, he let JL and Vermeulen battle alone against the Kings loosies and his captaincy was also non existent. When he should have kept the guys calm and collected, he himself looked panicked, only once Michael Claasens came on, did the team seem to calm down a bit. Wasn’t MC captain at Bath? If so, why can’t he be captain this week, Terra to get a rest with Dan starting at 8.

  • Comment 58, posted at 22.03.17 10:21:25 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @Kabouter (Comment 54) : I fully agree on Schrueder,he is quick to the breakdown,passes clean off the deck with a crisp straight pass, eish, what more, give him a chance, he made CR look like the player that CR is

  • Comment 59, posted at 22.03.17 10:21:39 by benji Reply
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  • @Kabouter (Comment 55) : my view is that Spril is pure class, he just changes the momentum of a game,Bambie is always injured and his constant in out is disruptive to April or CB at 10,my view put them in, get consistency for the future and leave Bambie

  • Comment 60, posted at 22.03.17 10:24:41 by benji Reply
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  • @Kabouter (Comment 55) : Discipline is/used-to-be the backbone of South African rugby – which is why we run out in numerical order, and why your kit needs to be maintained at all times….socks up, jersey tucked (when you still had those kind of jerseys)….and why team protocol is to be followed at all times. Also why everyone in the team sings the national anthem – discipline and pride, nobody breaks rank.

    I remember James Smal being dropped for breaking curfew on a Bok tour – he went clubbing or something…..even the kiwis are quite strict on curfew.

    I’m glad RdP is serious about discipline, lest the Sharks become like the Streamers. ;-)

  • Comment 61, posted at 22.03.17 10:35:47 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 57) : RdP should’ve started a settled fh, and should the game become loose, and the forwards softened up the opposition, then only throw the noob in. The kid didn’t stand a chance.

    Terra, to me, is being asked to play a game that’s not suited to his strengths. Kanko would’ve been brilliant at filling the 8 position that RdP wants played.

  • Comment 62, posted at 22.03.17 10:42:36 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 61) : Kobus clearly does not like his socks up ;-)

    I like the discipline approach as it is key in team sports just as long it does go to the JW / JM levels that result in player revolt.

    Looking forward to this weekend

  • Comment 63, posted at 22.03.17 10:45:30 by Kabouter Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 58) : If you want to play with more width, you will need a loosie (usually 8) hang around the edges of the park to support the wings. Likewise for some coaches 8 is also supposed to cover the back especially if your 15 has joined the line. Exceptional eightmen have a good feel as where to be – just look at how often Kieran Read pops up out wide to support.

    Unless we go back to the traditional SA / Bok template where we rely more on the inside centre / forwards to attack the closer channels, I don’t see a problem with that approach. That would require more effort from our other forwards in the inner channels to provide clean ball to the scrummy.

    I had the impression that most of our turnovers came from our own mistakes, as opposed to Cloete really having a field day.

  • Comment 64, posted at 22.03.17 10:51:20 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 64) : I understand what you mean, but you need to adapt to what is happening on the field, if you see your flanks is struggling then you need get your head out of your own ass and get your head in the rucks. Fact is our loose trio was not working as a combination, your 8thman can only be flashy if his flankers do the hard work. Cloete had a field day because the whole loose trio was not protecting the ball well enough.

  • Comment 65, posted at 22.03.17 11:00:45 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 49) : How does that make him not?
    Geez you Okes love blaming the officials for the players ineptness!!

  • Comment 66, posted at 22.03.17 11:01:00 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 65) : “Flashy”? I don’t consider Tera falling back to make vital cover tackles behind the fullback “flashy”. I consider that doing the number 8′s job.

  • Comment 67, posted at 22.03.17 11:05:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 66) : I think you could probably make that case for any other official including Bryce Lawrence and Tampa Henning,but your boy van der Merwe,is a very special biased one eyed arsehole.
    Iam amazed that he doesn’t run the sideline in a Cheetahs jersey.

  • Comment 68, posted at 22.03.17 11:06:26 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 18) : Wishful thinking Bud, Fred has upped his game big time, and should be falter we can just fall back on the equally effective Neil Marais.
    The focus should rather be on the loose trio theSharks select. Big mistake wasting vd Walt at 6 imo. He is y far the best 8 in SA atthemoment.

  • Comment 69, posted at 22.03.17 11:07:40 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 67) : And fielding deep kicks when Bosch was stuck in a ruck and nobody else at the back.

  • Comment 70, posted at 22.03.17 11:09:47 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 67) : No I am with you on that, but I think I could count the times Terra actually did anything in the tight loose on one hand. Now does that mean that the wings and fullback did not do their jobs, so Terra had to cover for them, or does it mean that Terra did not complement his fellow loosies? Yes Terra did some great cover defence, and that is one of the 8thman’s jobs, to sweep, but we needed him in the tight exchanges on the weekend and he was not there.

  • Comment 71, posted at 22.03.17 11:10:06 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 70) : Yeah there I blame Odwa and Kobus, although yes the 8thman should be covering the back as well.

  • Comment 72, posted at 22.03.17 11:11:24 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • I wonder if any one has the stats of how many driving mauls Ettiene Oosthuizen has successfully and legally disrupted. It seems as if he just has a natural gift for stopping them.

  • Comment 73, posted at 22.03.17 11:13:16 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 73) : I suggested Oosthuizen at 8 behind Lewis and Botha a week ago and was laughed off these pages, add Jean Luc and the Ninja and Dan off the bench for any of the 5 and well………..

  • Comment 74, posted at 22.03.17 11:41:52 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 74) : Yeah I really like Ettienne, he is a player in the Mark Andrews/Danie Rossouw mold.

  • Comment 75, posted at 22.03.17 11:51:09 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 75) : @The hound (Comment 74) : would start with EO at 4 and either Lewies or Botha at 5.

  • Comment 76, posted at 22.03.17 12:07:06 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 76) : Who runs our line outs,Lewies or Botha???

  • Comment 77, posted at 22.03.17 12:15:42 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 77) : Botha’s been doing it so far this season, although Lewies is more than capable.

    I believe Ruan will start with Etienne this weekend, Stephan to bench

  • Comment 78, posted at 22.03.17 12:19:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 78) : Although Botha looked very tired when he trudged off the field last week, he looks like he needs the rest.He had his worst game in a long time.

  • Comment 79, posted at 22.03.17 12:24:10 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 79) : Ruan had a good 80 minutes rest last week – 55 on the field and 35 on the sidelines. Never seen him play such rubbish before, hope it was an aberration.

  • Comment 80, posted at 22.03.17 12:55:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 80) : Haha Rob, I hope you can give Ruan some ice for that burn :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 81, posted at 22.03.17 14:09:29 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 81) : I just hope he never reads it and finds me. Although I can duck pretty well

  • Comment 82, posted at 22.03.17 14:49:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 82) : Haha fall and play dead, oh no wait that is what you do with bears

  • Comment 83, posted at 22.03.17 14:55:37 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 77) : @robdylan (Comment 78) yes also think Botha but sure Lewies did it in the past so will be ok for EO to start.

  • Comment 84, posted at 22.03.17 17:26:20 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 80) : @KingRiaan (Comment 81) : brave being way far up north! :twisted:

  • Comment 85, posted at 22.03.17 17:28:23 by JD Reply
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  • Curwin is going to play 10, BTW/ Yay.

  • Comment 86, posted at 22.03.17 18:20:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 21) : And proceeded to go downhill the next few games till he fell out of favour for selection. Yes that one.

  • Comment 87, posted at 22.03.17 18:35:30 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 86) : I’m happy for that too. I really hope we can keep him there consistently so he can make it his own.

  • Comment 88, posted at 22.03.17 18:38:30 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 86) : @coolfusion (Comment 88) : not a bad call!!! BTW who is going to play 15 Clement or April?

  • Comment 89, posted at 22.03.17 19:38:13 by JD Reply
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  • Greetings everyone.

    The person who starts vs Cheetahs will have to start against the Lions and the Jaguares and that person is NOT going to be Ben 10.

    That’s all.

  • Comment 90, posted at 23.03.17 10:12:59 by shark_time Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 89) : Clement. I think April will bench

  • Comment 91, posted at 23.03.17 10:15:02 by robdylan Reply
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