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Currie Cup 2017: Sharks v Western Province #Odwa249


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, WP on 14 Oct 2017 at 13:56
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The Sharks take on Western Province in a Currie Cup game that only has any real meaning for the visitors, in terms of log points.

That said, Rob du Preez’s mean will want to build momentum ahead of the play-offs and maintain a winning run that now stretches to the last 11 games. They’ll also be paying tribute to a very special team member, Odwa Ndungane, who retires at the end of the campaign.

Kick-off in Durban is at 3pm.

Sharks: 15 Garth April, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Sibusiso Nkosi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (captain), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Jean Droste, 19 Tera Mtembu, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Tristan Blewett, 22 Kobus van Wyk.

Western Province: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Ruhan Nel, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Jaco Coetzee, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Jan de Klerk, 19 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 20 Justin Phillips, 21 Werner Kok, 22 EW Viljoen.



94 Comments

  • Go Sharks!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.10.17 14:33:59 by JD Reply
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  • Well, seems like there is no rain forecast – thankfully – so conditions may be okay. Ideally, the team should be motivated to put in a performance for Odwa (and the fans of course). Hoping for team cohesion and focus, not slipping up against the opposition. Just want the team to do us proud.

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.10.17 14:37:25 by SeanJeff Reply

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  • Jean-Luc is out – Tera onto the bench

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.10.17 14:51:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • Goooo Sharks! Great White time! Feast on sime delectable Cape snoek :evil: :smile:

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.10.17 14:54:33 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • Hope jaco is better on the pitch than on “peyper ” today

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.10.17 14:55:57 by jdolivier Reply

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  • Pieter Muller Flashbacks anyone . . . ? :lol:

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.10.17 15:07:45 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Just keep the ball as far away from April as possible :roll:

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.10.17 15:21:39 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Good first 5 minutes and then just rubbish.

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.10.17 15:47:31 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • What a drop kick from Bosch!

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.10.17 15:48:39 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Wow that kick was barely over. Took a few slivers off the ball.

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.10.17 15:48:40 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Damien willemse has lost all credibility of sportsmanship with that adamant chat to the red saying it was short

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.10.17 15:54:01 by jdolivier Reply

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  • Can’t believe Province is handing us our arses in the scrums

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.10.17 16:04:50 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Pyper will need to patrol the stormers off the ball niggle. Somebody is going to get the moer in shortly

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.10.17 16:04:58 by Bayshark Reply

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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 12) : Check how the stormers loose head is scrummaging in

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.10.17 16:07:28 by Bayshark Reply

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  • Let’s hope these guys are just cruising and keeping their best for the knock-outs, because this doesn’t look very convincing.

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.10.17 16:15:44 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Sharks looking a bit rusty after the break. Kobus is full of energy which is good to see

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.10.17 16:17:54 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • Sharks should use kickers to get close and use the pick and drive. They make meters on every play. They are working too hard.

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.10.17 16:18:35 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 17) : And watch the turnover

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.10.17 16:19:26 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Rob junior is pissing off his dad big time today. Glad we’re getting him.

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.10.17 16:20:47 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Rob must be happy with his son flaying the Sharks but not so happy with the poor defence in the midfield

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.10.17 16:20:55 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • Du Preez 6 Bosch 1

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.10.17 16:21:27 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 21) : Bosch is looking very iffy today. Good kicking though

  • Comment 22, posted at 14.10.17 16:23:05 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 22) : The kicking’s why I gave him the 1 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 14.10.17 16:23:55 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Dan is getting very involved but the Sharks turnover the ball again.

  • Comment 24, posted at 14.10.17 16:25:33 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • We make so many easy meters on first channel. Why aren’t we using it?

  • Comment 25, posted at 14.10.17 16:25:44 by coolfusion Reply

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  • I think we should kick all the ball to Province

  • Comment 26, posted at 14.10.17 16:29:08 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • And now a really kak kick from Bosch allows WP to build to score another try

  • Comment 27, posted at 14.10.17 16:32:11 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • Bosch must make sure of touch. So much unnecessary pressure

  • Comment 28, posted at 14.10.17 16:32:21 by coolfusion Reply

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  • How is the cleaning at ruck time legal by province. Flying in off their feet every single time

  • Comment 29, posted at 14.10.17 16:32:51 by jdolivier Reply

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  • Don’t look much like CC Champs today

  • Comment 30, posted at 14.10.17 16:33:23 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • It really is games like this that gets me thinking the bloody fix is prearranged ……. oh WP need a home semi, no worries, here you go. Shambles of a game plan making it so.

  • Comment 31, posted at 14.10.17 16:33:29 by Mephisto_Shark Reply

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  • And now WP is spanking. Clear this Sharks team apart from one or two players are not interested in playing today

  • Comment 32, posted at 14.10.17 16:34:31 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • Sharks are the only team that has not improved their game as the CC progressed. Serious additions to the coaching staff are required. I really hope Dick Muir is joining us. This one dimensional rugby is actually bullshit. Why remove Marius, he was our best player on the field. Dan Du Preez has been pathetic.

  • Comment 33, posted at 14.10.17 16:35:06 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • And now becoming a hiding. Great character and respect shown to Odwa in his special game. :roll:

  • Comment 34, posted at 14.10.17 16:35:53 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Well he’s been the most atrocious today. Good thing it’s the last game.

  • Comment 35, posted at 14.10.17 16:37:43 by Mephisto_Shark Reply

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  • Guys are running into each other. Looking very clueless indeed.

  • Comment 36, posted at 14.10.17 16:40:20 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • Blewett should have passed

  • Comment 37, posted at 14.10.17 16:40:40 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • Guys consider this a practice run. Getting guys back into the swing. A win would be nice but not vital.

  • Comment 38, posted at 14.10.17 16:42:17 by coolfusion Reply

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  • WP defending like they defending a 3 point lead

  • Comment 39, posted at 14.10.17 16:42:17 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • Holy crap this is clueless! I must stop watching the Mitre 10 because the difference in skill and brains is depressing.

  • Comment 40, posted at 14.10.17 16:42:20 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 38) : Champion teams don’t lose at home the week before the knock-outs.

  • Comment 41, posted at 14.10.17 16:43:25 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • And van Wyk finally scores after a good offload from April

  • Comment 42, posted at 14.10.17 16:44:27 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • Tera – passenger for seasons now, when’s his send off :roll:

  • Comment 43, posted at 14.10.17 16:44:59 by Mephisto_Shark Reply

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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 41) : Unless the gain in regathering the team is worth more than the win.

  • Comment 44, posted at 14.10.17 16:45:10 by coolfusion Reply

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  • At least the Sharks will not take their opposition lightly next week

  • Comment 45, posted at 14.10.17 16:45:42 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • Match fixing gents. Match fixing

  • Comment 46, posted at 14.10.17 16:45:42 by jdolivier Reply

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  • Rob du Preez certainly played himself into the first team for SR 2018.

  • Comment 47, posted at 14.10.17 16:45:47 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 44) : Winning momentum is worse?

  • Comment 48, posted at 14.10.17 16:46:35 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Guys obviously did not want to get injured right before the semis but I don’t think Rob will be happy with this even as a practice run

  • Comment 49, posted at 14.10.17 16:47:53 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 48) : You can’t keep winning momentum if you go all out and not ease guys back in. Lose this week or next? I say get the guys back in for when it counts.

  • Comment 50, posted at 14.10.17 16:49:13 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 49) : Fair. But we need to ease the rusty guys in. This is a better time to lose than knockouts.

  • Comment 51, posted at 14.10.17 16:50:17 by coolfusion Reply

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  • And there we go, the Sharks of old

  • Comment 52, posted at 14.10.17 16:50:34 by SeanJeff Reply

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  • This looked like a match that the sharks did not feel like playing

  • Comment 53, posted at 14.10.17 16:51:36 by byron Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 47) : for us or wp though ?

    interesting game, good wake up call.

    would have preferred a win but hey lets get our heads right for a semi against likely a motivated Bulls team

    Tank struggled against louw

    match 23s for semi and final

    JLDP back next week correct ?

    my heart skipped a beat when nkosi went off

    happy to have Kobus back too

    who covers wing from the bench next week, I prefer bewett to odwa, the again they will likely have odwa for the experience

  • Comment 54, posted at 14.10.17 16:53:10 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • Ugh, I’d love to think ag they just resting/keeping things ready for semi’s but nope, I don’t believe that’s the case at all …… but keep persisting with no hopes and leave good players out the squad RdP, it’s working out great every time you do :roll:

  • Comment 55, posted at 14.10.17 16:58:56 by Mephisto_Shark Reply

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  • @byron (Comment 53) : hate to say it but ben10 and inny would’ve been better today than Bosch, he just doesn’t do well when our backs are against the wall or not raining

  • Comment 56, posted at 14.10.17 16:59:47 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 50) : Besides Am, who was there, who needed to be eased back in? This was an almost a full-strength side and they played like palookas.

  • Comment 57, posted at 14.10.17 17:23:52 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 52) : I read a great piece on Rugbypass by the Kiwi commentator Scotty about how hard it is to be a Northland supporter. I felt like messaging him my empathy because us Sharks supporters know the feeling.

  • Comment 58, posted at 14.10.17 17:30:25 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • One good thing from a loss – SA teams can’t seem to handle winning. At some point they become complacent and then get found out. Much better to get a wake-up call in a nothing to play for game than a semi. I am sure these guys will be much more motivated next week

  • Comment 59, posted at 14.10.17 17:30:38 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 59) : Shouldn’t they have been motivated to win today? If not, they’re a disgrace to the jersey.

  • Comment 60, posted at 14.10.17 17:33:01 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 60) : Give them a break. They played poorly, but it was a nothing game as far as need to win, whereas WP had to win this game. Nobody can stay super-motivated every game.

    I would rather loose this game than next week.

  • Comment 61, posted at 14.10.17 17:36:14 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 61) : Let’s hope that’s all it was – one poor game. All I’m saying is that proper pedigree sides don’t piss away games like this, especially at home.

  • Comment 62, posted at 14.10.17 17:39:55 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Mephisto_Shark (Comment 55) : Huh? Who did he leave out that you wanted picked?

  • Comment 63, posted at 14.10.17 17:55:05 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I hope Tank and Nkosi are ok…

  • Comment 64, posted at 14.10.17 17:56:58 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 63) : Mapimpi :mrgreen:

  • Comment 65, posted at 14.10.17 18:02:06 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Nah I’m not too phased, the guys seemed very relaxed…IMHO I think coach had a game plan to not show too much of his hand for the playoffs. Watch next week, its going to be a top notch performance from our team! ;-)

  • Comment 66, posted at 14.10.17 18:47:24 by DuToit04 Reply

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  • Sharks vs Bulls and WP vs Lions…then Sharks vs Lions and Sharks to take revenge for the super rugby quarter final mishap and be crowned Currie Cup Champions 2017

  • Comment 67, posted at 14.10.17 18:57:55 by DuToit04 Reply

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  • @DuToit04 (Comment 67) : Bulls will put up a fight, I hope to see Ben on the bench as fh back up, his passing needs work, but hopefully his been sharpening that up while his been with the u21s. As much as I also like Inny (at flyhalf not so much FB) ben has edged him in terms of impact at this point (things go back and forth). To the best of my knowledge its match 23s from now on. I hope JLDP is back starting next week, tough to decide who drops out completely between keegs, tera (comes in for un due criticism), vermualen.

    the hooker decision should be interesting as well

    cant wait for next week

  • Comment 68, posted at 14.10.17 20:02:23 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • Wow! Sharks just couldnt seem to but a try tonight! I was very surprisef to see the loss. Well at least you guys get to fight snothe round.
    Cheetahs were roundly beaten by a better Lions team. Clear difference in styles between Pro 14, playing narrower, and building phases. Lions suck in defenders, then go very wide, quickly.

  • Comment 69, posted at 14.10.17 20:15:46 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • 15Garth April
    14 Kobus van Wyk
    13 Lukhanyo Am
    12 Marius Louw
    11 Sibusiso Nkosi
    10 Curwin Bosch
    9 Michael Claassens
    8 Daniel du Preez
    7 Jacques Vermeulen
    6 JLDP
    5 Ruan Botha (captain)
    4 Tyler Paul
    3 Ross Geldenhuys
    2 Franco Marais
    1 Thomas du Toit.

    Replacements:
    16 Chiliboy Ralepelle/akker
    17 Juan Schoeman
    18 John H Meyer
    19 Jean Droste
    20Tera Mtembu/Keegan Daniel
    21 Louis Schreuder/Cam
    22 benji
    23 Tristan Blewett

    hmm, good but not great, prop back up abit iffy, Droste developed greatly this year but still green. blewett wing and centre back up reflection of injury issues at centre (ward and deysel out openned the door for louw, andre the gaint in japan)

  • Comment 70, posted at 14.10.17 20:16:29 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 69) : Nice tactical insight, thanks

  • Comment 71, posted at 14.10.17 20:20:32 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 71) : Hope this was just a blip! The Sharks forwards should be able to dominate the Bulls pack. Good luck for the semis

  • Comment 72, posted at 14.10.17 20:33:42 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 72) : I’m gutted for the Cheetahs…sorry man…good luck for the rest of the pro14…

  • Comment 73, posted at 14.10.17 22:29:30 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 70) : Is that your Currie Cup side? Then you need to drop a prop…surely it can’t be 23 for the knockouts if it’s been 22 all tournament?! Mind you, it is SARU, so anything is possible!!

  • Comment 74, posted at 14.10.17 22:32:00 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 75) : Hi pastor, I believe it is match 23s for semis and finals

    I welcome any suggestions on the team, is tank now a out and out LH ? I hope they are icing his ankle as we speak, its been giving him issues for weeks now.

    Who hear is in contact with Andre the giant in japan, hows he doing ? enjoying life over there ? whats it like playing fh ?

  • Comment 75, posted at 15.10.17 00:04:35 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 73) : hope so too, likely with everything on the line they will be more clinical next week. We are going to have to be focused as these days even the bulls props can step around a defender.

    If I can get tickets I will attend next weeks semi at Newlands as I reside in cape town. If anyone can assist in this regard let me know lol.

  • Comment 76, posted at 15.10.17 00:09:09 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 73) : Thanks Pastor, they were certainly not on top of their game, and the Lions were full value for their win.,

  • Comment 77, posted at 15.10.17 07:51:41 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 63) : We definitely missed akkers moungrel

  • Comment 78, posted at 15.10.17 08:43:18 by Dunx Reply

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  • Super rugby selection vindicated in that the four Superrugby teams made the semis.
    On the state of weekends play any of four could win,Lions ,Stormers ,Bulls all played best games of season.
    Hope to hell Sharks haven’t peaked.
    First time under Botha’s captaincy he couldn’t command a resurgence.

  • Comment 79, posted at 15.10.17 09:13:05 by The hound Reply
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  • Any way so much for all the doom merchants at the start of the cup ,who predicted the demise of the Currie Cup, next two weekends should produce three very exciting and well matched contests, and the winner of this years cupful have to be the best team two weekends in a row to win it.

  • Comment 80, posted at 15.10.17 09:19:03 by The hound Reply
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  • Why all the doom and gloom talk guys? From the start yesterday the sharks looked relaxed and to be in a fun mood. We had 2 or 3 short range penalty which we kicked to the corner. Indicated that the boys were not interested in securing the win with penalties. They also held back a bit in the physical exchanges especially in the 2nd half. So I am not worried about the performance as they played better than the game against the rebels and Kings even if it was just a 60% effort. Province should be worried because they will lose next week if they like they did yesterday.

  • Comment 81, posted at 15.10.17 09:54:18 by sudhir Reply

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  • @sudhir (Comment 81) : Yup you are so right the other thing is these bloody tribute games,how many times does the team giving the tribute end up on the losing side
    .Sharks could just have had a stroke of genius making the 249 the tribute in a nothing matters game, rather than honor the 250 in a semi final.

  • Comment 82, posted at 15.10.17 10:45:15 by The hound Reply
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  • @sudhir (Comment 81) : That’s what I said. This was a practice run getting am van wyk and to some extent curwin and dan back into the swing. I’m sure Rob told them to have fun and not feel too pressured. I would rather have all the guys ready for semi’s than winning momentum and possibly lose guys in high pressured high injury risk for some game that has no bearing on the outcomes.

  • Comment 83, posted at 15.10.17 12:24:46 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @sudhir (Comment 81) : We forget the lions even put a B side in against us in games like this. Give the coach some room if he wants to be strategic….

  • Comment 84, posted at 15.10.17 12:26:26 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Cheer up guys it’s a different thing if you give it your all and come up short to the relaxed game saw yesterday.

  • Comment 85, posted at 15.10.17 12:34:07 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 77) : A lot to be said for continuity and having ample playing time together. Pro was certainly a disruption.

  • Comment 86, posted at 15.10.17 12:35:28 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 80) : I must agree. My logic is this. NZ are masters at playing NZ style. We won’t beat them at that. There is no better platform for SA teams to learn and practice SA style (whatever that evolves into) than CC. I will always be a supporter of that.

  • Comment 87, posted at 15.10.17 12:41:02 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 79) : Unfortunately our game has remained the same throughout the CC whilst our team’s performance is improving every weekend. Lions and Bulls were for example at sea during the season but now look like champs. Hope we can concentrate and improve our accuracy within our limited game plan.

  • Comment 88, posted at 15.10.17 15:50:18 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 86) : That much is true. In Pro14, they tend to build phases before going wide. Cheetahs defence was constantly caught out wide. That said, the Lions pack certainly sucked in the defence, with good aggressive play. They deserved the win.

  • Comment 89, posted at 16.10.17 07:23:34 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 69) : @pastorshark (Comment 73) : “Cheetahs were roundly beaten by a better Lions team.” True, but they were ultimately beaten by the system, it must be very hard for the union, team and fans to “sluk”….

  • Comment 90, posted at 16.10.17 09:35:51 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 90) : I think most fans accepted that after the SR cull, and subsequent Pro14 inclusion, and the resulting overlap in fixtures with the CC, that this year will not be ideal. The positive for me, is despite the loss of the CC, young Cheetah players are being exposed to senior rugby earlier. Guys like Petzer, Stapelberg, and Okomela, were virtually unknown prior to being drafted in the senior team. The two fly halves especially have used their chances well. As well as the centres Mgijima and Stephan JvR.

    We had to temper our expectations!

  • Comment 91, posted at 16.10.17 15:01:43 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 92) : Cheetahs are in a promising spot for the future, going through a restart and the injuries didnt help.

    Kings a few steps behind you guys but on the same path, the style of play lions were able to exercute did reflect the different tactics use in SR compared to Pro14 although that will evolve also.

    having two teams in pro14 and four in SR is good for sa even if there will be ups and downs in all teams as they have to start over everytime they lose players to long term to teams in europe especially if those players feel they are good enough for the boks but just cant get any for some reason.

    also the cc has change its format every year for four years now, expect that to continue next year to help the pro14 teams not have to split their squads so many times.

  • Comment 92, posted at 16.10.17 23:45:00 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • the boks the lions got back were not messing around on saturday, they looked eager to play, and you could see that they level they were use too was way higher. they them to enjoy playing against opponents that were a yard slower.

  • Comment 93, posted at 16.10.17 23:48:49 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 91) : No doubt the current situation is good for getting Cheetah players experience, thats great but taking into context that you guys are defending CC champions, were strong front runners on the log until Pro rugby started and have now fallen totally out of the bus then you are a much more understanding fan than I would be. One, and possibly 2, big paydays (semi and possible final) have just flown out the window for the Cheetahs and they are soon going to have to embark on playing rugby in European winter conditions as well as losing some of their better firepower to SupeRugby teams.

  • Comment 94, posted at 17.10.17 10:34:59 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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