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Sharks confirm coverage, name team for Hong Kong


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 31 Jan 2018 at 22:15
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In two pieces of good news, the Sharks have both named a strong starting line-up for Saturday’s clash against Racing 92 in Hong Kong and also confirmed live streaming of the game via their Facebook page. Yay, say the fans!

Tune in just ahead of a 10am (SA time) kick-off to access the live stream. You can fine the Facebook page here.

Ruan Botha leads what looks close to a full-strength Super Rugby starting team, bar a few Bok players that aren’t on tour. Juan Schoeman, Franco Marais and Tom du Toit comprise the front row, with Stephan Lewies partnering the captain at lock. Philip van der Walt is at openside, with Jacques Vermeulen at blind and veteran Keegan Daniel at the back.

Cam Wright steps up as starting scrumhalf in Louis Schreuder’s place, with Robert du Preez at flyhalf and Marius Louw taking the number 12 jersey. Bok Lukhanyo Am wears 13, with Makezole Mapimpi, Kobus van Wyk and Lwazi Mvovo the back three.

The other 11 members of the touring squad will feature off an enlarged bench.

The Cell C Sharks: 15. Lwazi Mvovo, 14. Kobus van Wyk, 13. Lukhanyo Am, 12. Marius Louw, 11. Makazole Mapimpi, 10. Robert du Preez, 9. Cameron Wright, 8. Keegan Daniel, 7. Jacques Vermeulen, 6. Philip van der Walt, 5. Stephan Lewies, 4. Ruan Botha (Captain), 3. Thomas du Toit, 2. Franco Marais, 1. Juan Schoeman
Replacements: 16. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17. Mzamo Majola, 18. John-Hubert Meyer, 19. Hyron Andrews, 20. Tyler Paul, 21. Lubabalo “Tera” Mtembu, 22. Grant Williams, 23. Curwin Bosch, 24. Jeremy Ward, 25. Sbusiso Nkosi, 26. Garth April



81 Comments

  • Looking good…
    Please no injuries…please?

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.01.18 22:38:20 by pastorshark Reply
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  • My girlfriend and I were considering going to watch, but felt at HK$409 a pop for the cheapest tickets, it’s a bit to expensive. Glad it will be streamed at least.

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.02.18 05:33:24 by Nostraseth Reply
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  • Great news! Can’t wait.

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.02.18 07:27:26 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Nostraseth (Comment 2) : HK$409 – Ouch!

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.02.18 10:51:28 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @Nostraseth (Comment 2) : @MysticShark (Comment 4) : eina Ja that’s a bit much even for such a game!

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.02.18 12:41:45 by JD Reply
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  • Rob any idea how the Racing team looks? And yes I know they look like Argies with light blue and white stripe!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.02.18 12:43:17 by JD Reply
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  • The starting line-up looking good and no real surprises apart from Nkosi not making the list, even though Mapimpi is looking on form.

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.02.18 13:01:21 by stevovo Reply
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  • @stevovo (Comment 7) : The thinking behind this might be that Nkosi has been with the team for longer, so he knows the structures and players a lot better. Mapimpi needs all the time he can get to get to know the players around him. The result is’t that important, just bragging rights ;-)

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.02.18 13:27:39 by HeinF Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 8) : Possibly (and even hopefully)

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.02.18 13:46:49 by stevovo Reply
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  • Solid team, we might most possibly see a team like this somewhere during SR taking into account injuries.

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.02.18 14:06:06 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • Im happy with the path we have taken with pre season

    Rugby like football there is no such thing as a perfect pre season formula

    the concerns about travel for this fixture are valid, however I like the balance in the team and I like that guys like beast and dan stayed behind.

    We’ve seen many different types of pre season prep over the year so we know that you can get injured against Racing as easily as you can get injured against SWD.

    A one match tour with two weeks to recover from the game and flight seems reasonable. and if it generates additional revenue all the better (so long as said revenue is either save or well invested, many unions struggling financially)

    it looks more likely these days that wp will move to cape town stadium, I figure we will move across the road to moses mabida at some stage in the future, however we struggle to fill kings park so when that time comes I hope the sharks have figured out a way to get people interested in seeing them play live in numbers again. Im not from kzn, I grew up in cape town, people are so rugby crazy here if access to newlands was free it would be a full house all sr games and most cc games, people really want to see live pro rugby here, its mostly the cost that prevents people from attending (ticket, fuel, meals, parking etc)

    Even if wp play a forward oriented game with little to no flair (and win) people dont complain, its when they play boring rugby and dont win that people get upset, in this metro the amount of people that play or are connected to club rugby is huge so thats a factor, just way more rugby enthusiasts down here.

    are there way cooler stuff to do in durb thus people dont bother to attend live games? I remember when the lions were bad and the excuse was that the area around ellis park was unsafe so people refuse to go to the stadium ?

    Bulls had full houses when they were dominant, so is the solution have a all concurring team ? you can’t dominate all the time, every teams ability ebbs and flows.

    the CC final was not a sell out, correct ?

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.02.18 14:59:03 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • Good mix of experience and youth with plenty of exciting players thrown in.

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.02.18 18:54:13 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Any insights comments on Williams? To be honest I don’t know too much about him his history and ratings?

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.02.18 18:58:29 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 13) : Doesn’t have much of a digital footprint. Not on the SARU database even though he played 5 games for the Sharks u21s last year and apparently played for College Rovers after arriving in Durbs from WP

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.02.18 19:36:22 by Baylion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 13) : Dark horse. Came up through club rugby from nowhere and has now leapfrogged baby Bok Faf de Villiers.

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.02.18 22:10:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @HeinF (Comment 8) : @stevovo (Comment 7) : Sbu is on the list at number 25. But yeah, I’d like him and Mapimpi to feature together, with Mvovo at the back – we have great depth out wide, great to see – everybody going to have to play their socks out. Agree that Mapimpi is obviously being given the nod to learn the structures and fit in.

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.02.18 10:43:28 by Richard Reply

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  • @Richard (Comment 16) : geez, but Kobus van Wyk looked great against the Bulls, though.

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.02.18 10:53:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : Absolutely Rob, we have a gluttony of players out wide – Kobus is a natural 14, with Sbu and Mapimpi both 11s – long season, so possibly good squad management the answer to keep all players focused, stimulated – you know how it is. Kobus has been a good Shark, by no means saying he must just be dropped.

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.02.18 11:24:04 by Richard Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : totally off topic I see SA Rugby and AC parted ways. New coaching staff to be announced before end of Feb.

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.02.18 11:57:16 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 19) : yeah – we’ll get something up in the next couple of hours

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.02.18 12:12:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • Any news on the likes of Claasens, Zas, Droste..im assuming they have niggles but was wondering how bad.

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.02.18 12:17:30 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 21) : Droste out for 3 weeks with an ankle. Not sure about Zas, but I did hear he’s still injured. No clue re Mike

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.02.18 12:20:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : Droste really stepped up during the CC, good young player.

    the balance of youth and experience is good within the squad, guys like hyron andrews and droste learning from Botha and lewies

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.02.18 12:33:10 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : Mike has a lot of kids so i guess is permanently injured in some way ;) Hasnt Droste had ankles issues before? Wondering if perhaps chronic. I might be off though.

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.02.18 12:44:01 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : Lots of exciting things happening at the sharks lately. Keen to watch him come up.

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.02.18 14:46:13 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : He has the consistency we need as well.

  • Comment 26, posted at 02.02.18 17:47:30 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : @SheldonK (Comment 24) : think with all those little kids running around Mike’s wife may only allow him to play home games and he’s is not alowed to go on tours. :twisted:

  • Comment 27, posted at 02.02.18 23:44:46 by JD Reply
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  • https://www.facebook.com/TheSharks/videos/2011252025571239/

  • Comment 28, posted at 03.02.18 09:40:31 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Robert du Preez :(

  • Comment 29, posted at 03.02.18 10:11:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • http://www.vipboxtv.se/rugby/545909/2/racing-92-vs-sharks-stream.html for those battling with Facebook

  • Comment 30, posted at 03.02.18 10:23:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sharks lead 12-0

  • Comment 31, posted at 03.02.18 10:24:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • Got the game casting onto my tv, with good quality. Use chrome instead of safari

  • Comment 32, posted at 03.02.18 10:30:58 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 30) : Thanks Rob.

  • Comment 33, posted at 03.02.18 10:38:46 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • If anyone could give us running commentary you would be doing the less fortunate a solid….:)

  • Comment 34, posted at 03.02.18 10:45:41 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Worried that Tank has already had ice on the shoulder :sad:

  • Comment 35, posted at 03.02.18 10:48:02 by Mephisto_Shark Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 34) : Also maybe the frenchie lineup would be appreciated. ????

  • Comment 36, posted at 03.02.18 10:48:09 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Still 12-0 to Sharks, Mapimpi scored the 1st try, conversion missed. Louw scored the 2nd, RdP with the conversion

  • Comment 37, posted at 03.02.18 10:49:05 by Mephisto_Shark Reply

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  • @Mephisto_Shark (Comment 37) : Great how is rob adjusting?

  • Comment 38, posted at 03.02.18 10:50:30 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 38) : His game is a bit wonky looking but pretty decent and already looking like he’s been at the Sharks for a handful of games. I think the SR season is gonna be a good one

  • Comment 39, posted at 03.02.18 10:52:10 by Mephisto_Shark Reply

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  • Mvovo is playing really really well at 15 too

  • Comment 40, posted at 03.02.18 10:53:24 by Mephisto_Shark Reply

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  • @Mephisto_Shark (Comment 39) : Ja I had a feeling being back with his lifelong coach would be good for him.

  • Comment 41, posted at 03.02.18 10:53:54 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Afraid I missed the Racing lineup. Couldn’t find it anywhere on the net either

  • Comment 42, posted at 03.02.18 10:55:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • https://www.rugbypass.com/news/watch-racing-92-v-sharks-live-hong-kong

    another link if needed.

  • Comment 43, posted at 03.02.18 10:56:13 by Nostraseth Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 42) : Any faces you recognize? Shoot from the hip Bru. ..

  • Comment 44, posted at 03.02.18 10:56:17 by coolfusion Reply

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  • What a beautiful try by the sharks backline!!! Louw in for his second

  • Comment 45, posted at 03.02.18 10:58:44 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • Sharks 19 -0

  • Comment 46, posted at 03.02.18 10:59:45 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • So far looking good, just our passing very wobbly no straight flat passes

  • Comment 47, posted at 03.02.18 11:01:27 by jdolivier Reply

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  • https://www.rugbypass.com/news/watch-racing-92-v-sharks-live-hong-kong/

  • Comment 48, posted at 03.02.18 11:01:34 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Sharks 19 Racing 7 from a mall then pick and drives

  • Comment 49, posted at 03.02.18 11:05:04 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • 19-7 Sharks

  • Comment 50, posted at 03.02.18 11:06:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Nostraseth (Comment 43) : Just saw your post fast draw…

  • Comment 51, posted at 03.02.18 11:13:45 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Try to Cameron White with a dummy and missed by Bosch to make it 24 – 7

  • Comment 52, posted at 03.02.18 11:14:41 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • 24-7 Sharks. second half tries by Louw and Wright

  • Comment 53, posted at 03.02.18 11:22:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sharks scrum not looking good now

  • Comment 54, posted at 03.02.18 11:26:05 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • @RuckingFun (Comment 54) : Subs? Forced?

  • Comment 55, posted at 03.02.18 11:30:31 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 55) : subs by both teams, sharks second string front row wealer and racing bought ona bunch of massive islanders

  • Comment 56, posted at 03.02.18 11:33:44 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • Racing score, from a dominant scrum

  • Comment 57, posted at 03.02.18 11:34:29 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • try Racing

  • Comment 58, posted at 03.02.18 11:34:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • 24-14 Sharks

  • Comment 59, posted at 03.02.18 11:35:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • Replacement 9 Williams looks like he needs to hone his skill in club rugby

  • Comment 60, posted at 03.02.18 11:36:20 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • Bosch having a bad day at the office……..Just where he left off last season

  • Comment 61, posted at 03.02.18 11:36:44 by jdolivier Reply

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  • Cracker of a try by Bosch after Mvovo made a good break. Game over Sharks 31 – Racing 14

  • Comment 62, posted at 03.02.18 11:40:00 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • Very encouraging signs by the boys. Hopefully this continues.

  • Comment 63, posted at 03.02.18 11:40:22 by jdolivier Reply

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  • final score 31-14 – again.

    Sharks tries Louw (2), Mapimpi, Wright, Bosch. Conversions du Preez (2), Bosch.

  • Comment 64, posted at 03.02.18 11:42:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • Thanks for the assist boys. Last few scrums off because of power or skill? Backline sounds like the had a good romp apart from some niggles?

  • Comment 65, posted at 03.02.18 11:43:38 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 65) : No injury concerns?

  • Comment 66, posted at 03.02.18 11:44:23 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Concerns for me would be the replacement props and 9. But with Claassens there 9 should be alright. A good performance by most with Louw really putting his hand up to start at 12.

  • Comment 67, posted at 03.02.18 11:44:39 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • Quality defence by the sharks and the backline looking dam good to

  • Comment 68, posted at 03.02.18 11:47:43 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • Williams slows down our play a lot. We can’t have slow play in SR. Otherwise it looks really good, especially our handling. Mvovo at 15 is good.

    Guys, Marius Louw, man that guy has some great potential.

  • Comment 69, posted at 03.02.18 11:56:01 by Quintin Reply

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  • @RuckingFun (Comment 67) : I think we need to be a bit careful about what we say here. I only saw two scrums where we were really under pressure int he second half. The rest were about even. Racing brought on 3 120kg+ front rankers in the second half and when they got the rumble on, we battled.

    I have faith in Johnny and Mzamo, but remember they are actually our 3rd choice, not second. Beast and Ross Geldenhuys didn’t tour.

  • Comment 70, posted at 03.02.18 11:56:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 70) : I’m just being honest on what I saw, I thought it was an awesome alround performance by the Sharks but there were a couple concerns and the youngsters will only improve from this experience

  • Comment 71, posted at 03.02.18 12:02:15 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 70) : Johnny? Juan? He looks solid to me so does Mzamo. RdP looked much better in the 2nd half.

  • Comment 72, posted at 03.02.18 12:04:48 by Quintin Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 70) : Lots if factors to consider. Also did we completely come apart or was it a slight edge? Agree we have to give the subs a chance. Still hopeful 9 will find his feet. Not everyone has a cracker first time in the big leagues. Let’s watch. Love the comments on that backline, been starved for some “pulse racing” attack from the back. All round sounds like we can look forward to Sr. Great to hear rob (small r ) is fitting in. Bosch will have to up his game to keep up. All the right noises being made from our support camp so I’m happy.

  • Comment 73, posted at 03.02.18 12:04:49 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 72) : by Johnny I mean John-Hubert Meyer, the reserve tighthead in the second half. Juan Schoeman started at looshead

  • Comment 74, posted at 03.02.18 12:14:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 73) : must say I didn’t think much of Williams, but it was his first ever game at this sort of level so let’s give him a chance.

  • Comment 75, posted at 03.02.18 12:14:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 75) : Well I’ve always been on the side of the underdog so I’ll be supporting his progress. Did Tyler get a run? What’s the take?

  • Comment 76, posted at 03.02.18 12:54:05 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 75) : He looked nervous. May have been first game jitters as you mention.

  • Comment 77, posted at 03.02.18 22:55:13 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 77)@robdylan (Comment 75) :
    : Slowed down play considerably. But agreed, lets give him a chance.

  • Comment 78, posted at 04.02.18 08:07:41 by Quintin Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 78) : What would you say slowed him? Passing, step indecisiveness?

  • Comment 79, posted at 04.02.18 14:33:36 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 79) : My opinion…Wright did a very good job of managing ‘re game from 9, he was quick to the breakdown and made good decisions with snappy passes and good box kicks. That was too much to ask of a debutant with an inexperienced 10 (Bosch). Williams was a little slower getting to the breakdown, and understandably was slower in his decision making. I think these are things that time on the field will improve.

  • Comment 80, posted at 04.02.18 17:34:17 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 80) : Wish I had watched. Thanks for the insight.

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