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Bounce back and hit them HARD


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 24 Jul 2017 at 11:34
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I went on a bit of a rant on Twitter this weekend, pointing out that while the Sharks clearly have big match temperament in spades, it’s the lack of “small match temperament”, a phrase I am about to copyright, that has really stymied them this year.

I’ll go into this in more detail later, but for the Sharks this week it’s really vital to bounce back and really put in a good showing against the Pumas at Kings Park in the Currie Cup on Saturday. As a union, we lost ground this past weekend and it’s time to really start turning things around and focusing on a really good Currie Cup campaign, with a top 4 finish absolutely non-negotiable.

Fortunately, there’s a hell of a lot of good players to choose from – but counting against that is a distinct lack of time to pull things together ahead of a match against a Pumas team that knows each other well and have enjoyed an uninterrupted build-up ahead of this competition. For the Sharks, the challenge is to get everybody’s heads into Currie Cup mode as soon as possible and channel the disappointment of Ellis Park into positive energy for the next game.

Fans will be clamouring for news of a Currie Cup squad and here there are no easy answers. We know that the bulk of the Sharks Super Rugby squad will filter into Currie Cup, but that a few will go to Japan instead and yet more will be pulled into the Bok squad for the Rugby Championships once that is announced.

My information is that Stephan Lewies, Philip van der Walt, Andre Esterhuizen and Lwazi Mvovo will all go to Japan, while we know that Cobus Reinach, Etienne Oosthuizen and Lourens Adriaanse are moving on. Pat Lambie, Beast Mtawarira and Coenie Oosthuizen are contracted Boks and thus may not play Currie Cup, but apart from that group, everyone else really should be available. Ruan Botha is also available to play this week.

We should start to get a better feel for what Saturday’s team is likely to look like by tomorrow.



113 Comments

  • And the Pumas are not going to be a walk-over, as they showed against the Lions this weekend past, although I don’t have any idea what the Lions team looked like.

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.07.17 11:38:06 by T-Shark Reply
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  • I think you’re onto something with the “small match temperament” comment. Look forward to reading more on this.

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.07.17 11:55:41 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 2) : True…good phrase there, Rob! It was our Achilles heel this season…

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.07.17 11:59:42 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Really worried about locks and props again. Bosch and April are good enough for CC flyhalf. Will we have smith back? Hopefully Dan can play lock we can move Keegan and Tera back in. Hopefully the frenchie can be cut loose and we can fill some gaps.

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.07.17 11:59:49 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 4) : I’m not so worried about those two positions…

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.07.17 12:01:30 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 2) : Somewhere someone clever said “Rugby is a battle for the inches” – sounds like a similar idea to me

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.07.17 12:03:16 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • I still have a feeling that the Sharks will struggle in the CC as they have in past couple years. Just dont think we have the depth we think we have. Especially up front where the likes of the Pumas and Griquas will test us.

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.07.17 12:08:26 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 6) : Spot on! The quote and variations thereof are usually used in American Football. It was also part of Pacino’s famous speech in Any Given Sunday but it’s just as apt for rugby too. You have to pitch up for and fight those small, seemingly inconsequential, battles in order to win the war.

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.07.17 12:16:28 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Couldn’t agree with you more Rob. The playoffs didn’t go our way, but no amount of complaining will change the results. Time to get behind the Lions and to be honest, they stand a better chance than the Sharks would have advancing past the semi’s. So the correct team won from a South African point of view. That said, the players can hold their heads high in the fact that we didn’t exit the competition in humiliating fashion.

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.07.17 12:19:53 by boertjie101 Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 8) : Good movie that – almost had me hooked on NFL. Fortunately it took just one Super Bowl watched at a Yank’s house to cure me of that affliction.

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.07.17 12:22:22 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 10) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.07.17 14:17:42 by pastorshark Reply
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  • How serious do the Super rugby unions take the Currie Cup? Aside from the Cheetahs that is. Is there any point to it anymore?

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.07.17 16:02:56 by McLovin Reply

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  • Seeing as referees are all they rage lately, here’s a fun fact from SA Rugby’s site:

    When first there were Finals, the visiting team was given a panel of three referees from whom to choose the referee for the match.

    The first Final was played at Newlands in 1939, Western Province vs Transvaal. The referee was Boy Louw, a famous Western Province Springbok turned referee. It was the year after he had retired from rugby. Transvaal was captained by his brother and fellow-Springbok Fanie. Transvaal won, and there were no complaints about the referee.

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.07.17 17:02:12 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 12) : if you are a union with fans and those fans are desperate for a trophy, I’d think you would take it quite seriously.

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.07.17 17:02:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Suppose so.

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.07.17 17:07:37 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 15) : you could sound less convinced, but I’m not sure how

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.07.17 17:23:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : Can’t seem to muster more than apathy towards it. Maybe because it’s been years since I last watched a Currie Cup match. Will try and pay more attention this year. Maybe I just need a mars bar. :smile:

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.07.17 17:38:04 by McLovin Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 5) : Really? Besides Ruan Botha do we have anyone at the standard of Oosthuizen and Lewies? And props besides Thomas and Coenie who do we have at that level? Who are we looking at bringing up?

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.07.17 17:44:45 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : for this very reason I think the Shark needs a mental coach/sports phycologists!!!

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.07.17 17:47:32 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 7) : the Sharks have the depth to win the competition I just think it’s a mental thing!!!

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.07.17 17:51:26 by JD Reply
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  • Hopefully now they can settle on a plan and a sense of culture as to how they wanna play, and become more consistent, as i dont ever want to hear the sharks camp bitching over match officials again, YES saffa refs are ALL palookas (barring Stuart Berry) but good teams take the play away from the ref in a game, play a style that limits the prick with the whistles involvement,

    Good Luck CC2017

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.07.17 18:10:00 by Andrew Fletcher Reply

     
  • Maybe the sharks should silently consult with the Durban born Berry as to how to play the ref in future! Cause RDP thousand yard stare-downs at post match press tables doesn’t cut the mustard……

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.07.17 18:14:46 by Andrew Fletcher Reply

     
  • @McLovin (Comment 12) : Actually forgot the Cheetahs are moving north. So clearly they won’t be fielding their best side. :|

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.07.17 18:35:05 by McLovin Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 19) : See comment 37 of this thread: http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2017/05/02/that-was-great-sharks-but/

    Spoiler: the Sharks have a mental coach

  • Comment 24, posted at 24.07.17 18:48:53 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 24) : ok thanks totally missed that one!!! Hope he can sort out the trend of underperforming in “easy” games!!!

  • Comment 25, posted at 24.07.17 19:22:26 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 25) : Ummmmm Dr. Pieter Kruger has been with the Sharks for the entire Super Rugby Season and the Sharks continued to underperform in “easy” games, why do you think it will be different now? Seems to me that the mental problem is the largest one the Sharks face, and that is with a head doctor? Surely he has been a dismal failure this season.

  • Comment 26, posted at 24.07.17 19:37:50 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 26) : I would even go so far as saying that Dr. Pieter Kruger has been a dismal failure this season with the Sharks, and I sincerely hope they are looking for a more capable head doctor.

  • Comment 27, posted at 24.07.17 19:50:57 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 18) : Well, not at the level of Coenie, EO and SL…but up and coming guys who are fine for the Currie Cup and have a chance to develop for SR. So Ruan Botha, Tyler Paul and Hyron Andrews don’t cause me to lose sleep. Thomas, Johnny Meyer, MM and RG also look ok to me…

  • Comment 28, posted at 24.07.17 21:15:48 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Andrew Fletcher (Comment 22) : You can “play a ref” who interprets the breakdown in a certain way and who doesn’t blow offsides…but how on earth do you “play a ref” who gives a yellow for marginal offsides, doesn’t penalise a tackle without the ball and ignores holding on the ground after the hooter?! :mrgreen:
    But, yeah, I get your point…

  • Comment 29, posted at 24.07.17 21:21:09 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I didn’t watch any Currie Cup games this weekend…can anyone comment on how Kanko played for the Lions?

  • Comment 30, posted at 24.07.17 21:37:04 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 30) : Pretty well actually. He is very similar to Whiteley in the way he plays. Linked up nicely. That Pumas pack are a tough bunch though- Sharks in for a tough time this weekend

  • Comment 31, posted at 25.07.17 08:10:51 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 28) : I think Hyron could work but he needs to bulk a lot. He looks like he will snap easily. It may be better for his knees to be this light but the rest of his body and his ability to break tackle will suffer. As for the rest the fact that they haven’t spent a season even at CC level is still cause for worry, to me at least.

  • Comment 32, posted at 25.07.17 08:46:08 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 32) : Can’t wait to see that 130kg JJ be available to play “big man” rugby!

  • Comment 33, posted at 25.07.17 10:20:05 by T-Shark Reply

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  • @T-Shark (Comment 33) : I would fast track him into the seniors starting next year already

  • Comment 34, posted at 25.07.17 10:52:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 27) : That’s hardly a surprise, with a name like “Pieter Kruger”. I mean, seriously, what credible head doctor would operate with a moniker like that; it doesn’t elicit even the faintest echo of electro-shock therapy, frontal lobotomy or phrenology. Pffft, charlatan…!

  • Comment 35, posted at 25.07.17 10:59:33 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 34) : Id be careful with that. Playing lock at a senior level is very different to playing flyhalf. The impact to the body is a lot more and a lot more frequent. So yes there is the potential…but he needs to make sure he is properly conditioned or he will become injury prone and leave for overseas before he is 22

  • Comment 36, posted at 25.07.17 11:27:02 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 35) : Frederik Kruger. Now that you can work with.

  • Comment 37, posted at 25.07.17 11:37:29 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 37) : As in the one from Elm Street?

  • Comment 38, posted at 25.07.17 11:40:49 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 38) : :twisted:

  • Comment 39, posted at 25.07.17 11:44:08 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 39) : hate to be a party pooper, but that was “Krueger”

  • Comment 40, posted at 25.07.17 12:02:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 40) : We talking about Elm Street in Brakpan

  • Comment 41, posted at 25.07.17 12:10:05 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 41) : can proudly state with absolute certainty that I’ve never set foot in Brakpan

  • Comment 42, posted at 25.07.17 12:25:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 31) : Thanks…

  • Comment 43, posted at 25.07.17 12:58:08 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 42) : Charlize Theron comes from Brakpan,or is it Benoni?

  • Comment 44, posted at 25.07.17 13:35:16 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 44) : Benoni

  • Comment 45, posted at 25.07.17 14:05:05 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 45) : Does that make her upmarket or downmarket to being a Brakpan girl.

  • Comment 46, posted at 25.07.17 14:27:52 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 46) : A bit more upmarket I would say

  • Comment 47, posted at 25.07.17 14:31:53 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 42) : @The hound (Comment 46) : @Bokhoring (Comment 47) : Has anyone else notice the trend that places starting with a “B” tends to more often than not be havens of inbreeding? Brakpan, Benoni, Bronkhorstspruit, Bellville, Bluff, Brighton, Bahrain…

  • Comment 48, posted at 25.07.17 14:50:51 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 48) : B for inBreeding :roll:

  • Comment 49, posted at 25.07.17 15:06:32 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 48) : Goodness – I just noticed my nick starts with a B as well :lol:

  • Comment 50, posted at 25.07.17 15:09:46 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 44) : So, Hound, where did you have your first Campari?

  • Comment 51, posted at 25.07.17 15:35:49 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 49) : Blue Bulls… I rest my case!

  • Comment 52, posted at 25.07.17 15:57:01 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 52) : ‘Nuff said.

  • Comment 53, posted at 25.07.17 16:04:25 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 52) : Double whammy to top it

  • Comment 54, posted at 25.07.17 16:05:58 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 51) : Fuck you’ve got to be old to remember that :razz: :razz: :razz:

  • Comment 55, posted at 25.07.17 16:23:23 by The hound Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 48) : Boksburg

  • Comment 56, posted at 25.07.17 16:24:55 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 55) : :lol: I thought it may spark a memory.

  • Comment 57, posted at 25.07.17 16:26:38 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 57) : ;-) ;-) ;-)

  • Comment 58, posted at 25.07.17 17:00:09 by The hound Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 35) : @vanmartin (Comment 37) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :grin: :grin: : :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 59, posted at 25.07.17 17:24:33 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 40) : :cry: :shock:

  • Comment 60, posted at 25.07.17 17:25:26 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 48) : Bapsfontein now theres a cultural centre.

  • Comment 61, posted at 25.07.17 17:31:29 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 61) : Yes, but we also have to consider Betty, Bobby, and Billy Colt. :shock: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 62, posted at 25.07.17 17:41:54 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 62) : And that should end any further discussion of inBreeding. :twisted:

  • Comment 63, posted at 25.07.17 17:47:35 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 61) : Makes me wonder what to make of the fact that I live within a 100km radius of Benoni, Brakpan, Boksburg, Bapsfontein, Bronkhorstspruit and BWitbank (the “B” is silent).. :shock:

  • Comment 64, posted at 25.07.17 19:18:05 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 64) : Inside SA’s equivalent of the Bermuda triangle to boot

  • Comment 65, posted at 25.07.17 20:11:33 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 40) : I’m well aware. His Afrikaans alias is much scarier I reckon. Nagmerrie op 7de Laan.

  • Comment 66, posted at 25.07.17 20:26:11 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @T-Shark (Comment 33) : @robdylan (Comment 34) : he looked very good at the Craven week but personally I’d like to give him time to adjust to big boy rugby in under 21′s and then let him loose in 2019!

  • Comment 67, posted at 25.07.17 21:12:06 by JD Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 26) : bit harsh boet?! Can’t expect anyone to change a big thing like that in a couple of months! Maybe give him time till after the Currie cup and then decide if he’s useless!!!

  • Comment 68, posted at 25.07.17 21:17:17 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 68) : Expecting a complete turnaround is probably unfair, but there has been zero sign of improvement; the Sharks have always been able to get motivated for the big games, but if anything, their “small game temperament” has been the worst it’s ever been this season. I’m with the Bear on this one.

  • Comment 69, posted at 26.07.17 07:15:59 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 42) : I’ve only been in Brakpan once but I had a great excuse….The Pixies were playing there!

    It was worth venturing into the “east’ for that.

  • Comment 70, posted at 26.07.17 07:52:53 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 66) : :lol:

  • Comment 71, posted at 26.07.17 08:00:32 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 70) : Strange, judging from your profile pic I would have thought you were a product of their resident in breeding program.
    Is that Rudolp Straueli in the picture with you?

  • Comment 72, posted at 26.07.17 08:22:10 by The hound Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 70) : Carnival City does not really count as Brakpan though.

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  • Or
    alaBama
    As in
    http://www.thedowntowngallery.com/moore/goallinestand_large.jpg

    Inbreeding champions since 1874

  • Comment 74, posted at 26.07.17 08:48:05 by fyndraai Reply
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  • Funnily enough, when it comes to horses, dogs and royalty, inbreeding is seen as a good thing.

  • Comment 75, posted at 26.07.17 08:49:49 by fyndraai Reply
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  • Buckingham Palace.

  • Comment 76, posted at 26.07.17 08:58:29 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 76) : Definitely merit to this theory

  • Comment 77, posted at 26.07.17 09:02:33 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • This site today is so indicative of our season.if Marius was not such a cheat, we should have been talking about playing finals rugby against the best in the world this week end instead we have resorted to a big bang theory sub plot on the correlation of inbreding with towns beginning with B.
    Its been a sad sad season.
    But at least we are not calling for Robert’s header for Gary to resign, that might still come.

  • Comment 78, posted at 26.07.17 09:12:59 by The hound Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 75) : But its hell on the hip and knee joints, Knuckles tend to get scratched and scraped a lot too.

  • Comment 79, posted at 26.07.17 09:39:07 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 78) : If we had won we would probably be saying that we are lucky to be playing in the semi, are going to get destroyed and would be calling for Roberts head and for Gary to resign.

    Maybe this was the best result for our sanity in the end.

  • Comment 80, posted at 26.07.17 09:41:43 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Some law changes announced a week ago.

    The six law amendments will debut in full from 1 August 2017 in the northern hemisphere, and from 1 January 2018 in the southern hemisphere, and are as follows…

    Throwing the ball into the scrum
    Law 20.5 & 20.5 (d) 5

    No signal from referee. The scrum-half must throw the ball in straight, but is allowed to align their shoulder on the middle line of the scrum, therefore allowing them to stand a shoulder width towards their own side of the middle line.

    Rationale: To promote scrum stability, a fair contest for possession while also giving the advantage to the team throwing in.

    Handling in the scrum – exception
    Law 20.9 (b)

    The number eight shall be allowed to pick the ball from the feet of the second-rows.

    Rationale: To promote continuity.

    Striking after the throw-in
    Law 20

    Once the ball touches the ground in the tunnel, any front-row player may use either foot to try to win possession of the ball. One player from the team who put the ball in must strike for the ball.

    Rationale: To promote a fair contest for possession.

    Sanction: Free-kick

    Law 15.4 (c)
    The tackler must get up before playing the ball and then can only play from their own side of the tackle “gate”.

    Rationale: To make the tackle/ruck simpler for players and referees and more consistent with the rest of that law.

    Ruck
    Law 16

    A ruck commences when at least one player is on their feet and over the ball which is on the ground (tackled player, tackler). At this point the offside lines are created. Players on their feet may use their hands to pick up the ball as long as this is immediate. As soon as an opposition player arrives, no hands can be used.

    Rationale: To make the ruck simpler for players and referees.

    Other ruck offences
    Law 16.4

    A player must not kick the ball out of a ruck. The player can only hook it in a backwards motion.

    Rationale: To promote player welfare and to make it consistent with scrum law.

    Sanction: Penalty

  • Comment 81, posted at 26.07.17 09:54:41 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 81) : You forget Marius’s seventh amendment that went live last week :grin:

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 82) : :lol: Let’s not start that again.

  • Comment 83, posted at 26.07.17 10:20:58 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 82) : Actually with all the inbreeding talk, can’t believe his name didn’t come up. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 84, posted at 26.07.17 10:24:03 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 81) : Anything about tackling a player without the ball, if I remember correctly you were in favour of that one. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 85, posted at 26.07.17 10:30:25 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 82) : :lol:

  • Comment 86, posted at 26.07.17 10:30:42 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 84) : Some things are taken for granted…

  • Comment 87, posted at 26.07.17 10:31:21 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 85) : :mrgreen: :razz:

  • Comment 88, posted at 26.07.17 10:35:02 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 87) : Reckon he might be one of those Westworld robots gone off script.

  • Comment 89, posted at 26.07.17 10:36:29 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 84) : He comes from Goodwood, but that is not too far from Belville?

  • Comment 90, posted at 26.07.17 11:26:23 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 90) : Who Marius or McLovin

  • Comment 91, posted at 26.07.17 11:30:36 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 91) : Marius

  • Comment 92, posted at 26.07.17 11:31:37 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 90) : Yes?

  • Comment 93, posted at 26.07.17 11:31:50 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 93) : According to our resident expert, close proximity to Belville would qualify him for that distinction

  • Comment 94, posted at 26.07.17 11:33:17 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 91) : Oi. Nothing wrong with Goodwood. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 95, posted at 26.07.17 11:33:26 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 94) : Of course. How can I forget. :smile:

  • Comment 96, posted at 26.07.17 11:34:00 by McLovin Reply

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  • Love the addition to his wiki page:

    ‘His performance in the 2017 Lions vs Sharks Super Rugby quarter final was the beginning of the end of his professional career’.

    :lol:

  • Comment 97, posted at 26.07.17 11:39:48 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 97) : Ha, ha and I thought you were taking the piss – but it really is there. Did you update it?

  • Comment 98, posted at 26.07.17 12:37:14 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 98) : Not me, but hoping it’s someone from this site though.

  • Comment 99, posted at 26.07.17 12:43:36 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 97) : Hahahahahahaha…aaaaaahahahahahahaha!!

  • Comment 100, posted at 26.07.17 13:22:30 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 99) : Me too. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 101, posted at 26.07.17 16:25:26 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Also funny how newspapers started carrying stories about sub standard refereeing the week after THAT quarter final.

  • Comment 102, posted at 26.07.17 17:42:26 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Why is there a round of Currie Cup games on a Wednesday – 9th Aug?

    No other round is midweek. So teams will play 4/5th of Aug, then on the 9th and then on the 12th again. :?:

  • Comment 103, posted at 27.07.17 07:19:44 by McLovin Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 72) : His profile pic is of the same Bobby and Billy Colt I mentioned in my post. Of course the Colt family started out in NZ with a brother and sister marrying then moving to Aus where it was 100% inbreeding from there.

  • Comment 104, posted at 27.07.17 13:17:08 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 104) : I’ve just done a bit of reading about the Colt family. I see it is reported as having occurred (mostly) in Australia, but I have a suspicion that the location has been changed to protect the identity of persons involved, and that it actually played out in the western suburbs of Pretoria…

  • Comment 105, posted at 27.07.17 13:44:43 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 105) : Danville seems to stuff up your theory

  • Comment 106, posted at 27.07.17 14:03:09 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 106) : Not at all; the problem is that inbreeding has reduced grammatical capabilities to the point where capital letters are never used, and people battle to distinguish between “b” and “d”, “p” and “q”, etc. So the long and short of it is that it was originally called Banville. Again, I rest my case. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 107, posted at 27.07.17 14:08:17 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 107) : :grin:

  • Comment 108, posted at 27.07.17 14:08:45 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 105) : I still think that is Rudolp Strauelli in that picture with Pokkel.

  • Comment 109, posted at 27.07.17 16:35:27 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 109) : Entirely possible, because the other guy certainly looks like Pokkel… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 110, posted at 27.07.17 17:50:45 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 103) : I just saw that on the Sky Sports website and thought it might be an error but apparently not. :shock:

  • Comment 111, posted at 27.07.17 18:28:55 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 110) : :shock: :shock: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 112, posted at 27.07.17 19:27:15 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 110) : It’s the ears…. :razz: :mrgreen: :lol:

  • Comment 113, posted at 27.07.17 19:28:24 by Dancing Bear Reply
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