Richard Ferguson

Super Rugby 2018: Bulls vs Sharks


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 12 May 2018 at 13:00
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The Sharks travel to Loftus to face the Bulls in a crunch match, the Bulls favourites to take this clash having beaten (or drawn with) the Sharks in the last 6 encounters.

The Sharks come off a winning high having dispatched the Highlanders in spectacular fashion last week, and with all but one of that team taking the field at Loftus, one has to think that there will be momentum on the side of the Sharks.

That said, the Bulls come off a loss to the Stormers at Newlands but will be buoyed by the thought of beating the Sharks by 30 points at Kings Park less than a month ago.

All in all, it is lining up to be quite an intense match.

From a Sharks point of view, let’s look at the key aspects to get a win at Loftus.

It’s become a bit of a cliché, but the Sharks simply have to be consistent. If they show similar intent and passion and skill as they did last week, there are very few teams that would beat them. The key is to start well, and that doesn’t necessarily mean a try in the opening minutes. Basic skills to start the match, no silly errors, get the scrums right from the start, find the jumpers in the first line-outs. Those simple things could get the ball rolling to dominate the match later on.

A couple of key battles to look forward to, Handre Pollard vs Robert du Preez the juiciest of the lot. Then there is the small matter of Akker van der Merwe vs an in form Adriaan Strauss. My personal favourite will be looking at how Warrick Gelant compares to Curwin Bosch. There won’t necessarily be many one on one face off’s, but there is sure to be plenty of kicking between the two.

I feel the Sharks’ main concern is being flat after their super high last weekend, and if this Bulls team gets the slightest sniff at a win, they will be difficult to beat. If the Sharks are serious about being playoff contenders, they simply have to win this match.

Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 John-Ben Kotze, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Marco van Staden, 7 Jason Jenkins, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Frans van Wyk/Nqobisizwe Mxoli, 18 Conraad van Vuuren, 19 Thembelani Bholi, 20 Nicholas de Jager, 21 Andre Warner, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Divan Rossouw.

Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Ruan Botha (captain), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Armand van der Merwe, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Stephan Lewies, 20 Wian Vosloo, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Lwazi Mvovo.

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs (South Africa), Archie Sehlako (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)



122 Comments

  • Should be fun to watch.

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.05.18 13:06:25 by Loosehead Reply
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  • Blankets packed, Kit On on our way to loftus!!! Go boys!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.05.18 13:33:58 by DuToit04 Reply
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  • We have to win this one. I don’t think I will be able to handle it if the Bulls win us again. Like I said earlier, our forwards will have a lot of work to do against this Bulls pack, they have such a high work rate. Most of it coming from their locks.

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.05.18 16:29:11 by Quintin Reply
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  • Gee glad we don’t gave mike Frazier reffing us tonight

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.05.18 16:34:16 by byron Reply
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  • @byron (Comment 4) : Be careful what you wish for, we’ve got Starving Marvin,the star of the show.

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.05.18 17:00:37 by The hound Reply
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  • Please don’t lose to the bulls. Seriously

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.05.18 17:00:51 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • Bosch could get a yellow for that trip

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.05.18 17:26:38 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 7) : And he does

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.05.18 17:27:21 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Geez ref … Surely that was too many phases?

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.05.18 17:27:41 by byron Reply

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  • @byron (Comment 9) : What did I tell you its the RASHAVENGA SHOW

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.05.18 17:28:49 by The hound Reply
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  • And the Bulls open the scoring. Sharks must not let them get too far ahead

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.05.18 17:29:44 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • 14 point turnaround

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.05.18 17:29:46 by byron Reply

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  • minutes go by, nevermind countless phases …. poor standard of reffing yet again

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.05.18 17:30:27 by Mephisto_Shark Reply

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  • @byron (Comment 9) : Phases does not matter when foul play is considered

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.05.18 17:33:57 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • same as last time, exact same moves, exact same reffing decisions, exact same fucking everything

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.05.18 17:34:19 by Mephisto_Shark Reply

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  • 12-0 not the start the Sharks wanted

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.05.18 17:34:29 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Twice he;’s told them to bind and twice he’s said he’s spoken to them. How about do your bloody job and penalise it you twat

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.05.18 17:36:40 by Mephisto_Shark Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 14) : foul play would not come into play for a try review. Ref would have called it at the turnover

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.05.18 17:37:44 by byron Reply

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  • they also apparently have no offside line to worry about, these officials are golden :roll:

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.05.18 17:38:46 by Mephisto_Shark Reply

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  • That was a neckroll

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.05.18 17:40:05 by byron Reply

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  • Good try by Bosch. Sharks back in the game

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.05.18 17:42:28 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Try bosch … 12-7

  • Comment 22, posted at 12.05.18 17:42:33 by byron Reply

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  • Funny how this TMO has to check every try a Sharks team ever scores but opposition try, nary a peep …..

  • Comment 23, posted at 12.05.18 17:43:12 by Mephisto_Shark Reply

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  • Gelant is causing us major trouble. He should be the shoe in for Bok 15

  • Comment 24, posted at 12.05.18 17:45:33 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • 19-7 Bulls

  • Comment 25, posted at 12.05.18 17:47:06 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • A ruck formed in touch alliwed?

  • Comment 26, posted at 12.05.18 17:47:09 by byron Reply

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  • Sharks need to get their hands on the ball. Bulls doing all the playing

  • Comment 27, posted at 12.05.18 17:48:54 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Bulls is targeting Bosch with high kicks and he is not handling it well.

  • Comment 28, posted at 12.05.18 17:51:02 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Ref misses a clear forward pass from Pollard

  • Comment 29, posted at 12.05.18 17:52:02 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Wow – actually penalizes Bulls for a late tackle

  • Comment 30, posted at 12.05.18 17:53:28 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Thats not a big contact but it us cynical

  • Comment 31, posted at 12.05.18 17:53:51 by byron Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 30) : And gives Snyman a yellow

  • Comment 32, posted at 12.05.18 17:54:39 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Clever dummy at the lineout and Vermeulen scores

  • Comment 33, posted at 12.05.18 17:55:36 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Clever lineout move

  • Comment 34, posted at 12.05.18 17:56:03 by byron Reply

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  • 19-14

  • Comment 35, posted at 12.05.18 17:56:32 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Pissing me off you keep hearing the linesmen calling offsides but only against the Sharks :evil:

  • Comment 36, posted at 12.05.18 17:58:56 by Mephisto_Shark Reply

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  • This arrogant little prick is so out of his depth he should be reffing women’s 7′s

  • Comment 37, posted at 12.05.18 17:59:21 by The hound Reply
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  • Second turnover penalty that Akker manages tonight

  • Comment 38, posted at 12.05.18 18:01:49 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Sharks found their fetcher, the angry warthog

  • Comment 39, posted at 12.05.18 18:02:16 by The hound Reply
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  • 22-17 after great penalty from Bosch

  • Comment 40, posted at 12.05.18 18:03:01 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Mephisto_Shark (Comment 36) : The whole set-up is bent, like Supersport and SARU want the bulls top do well, its almost like its part of a narrative that’s supposed to play out.

  • Comment 41, posted at 12.05.18 18:05:33 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • We still in the game but needs more possession to play with

  • Comment 42, posted at 12.05.18 18:05:56 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Ref keeping the Sharks in the game.

    Why no red for a blatant trip by Bosch? Pathetic.

  • Comment 43, posted at 12.05.18 18:12:04 by McLovin Reply

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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 41) : Its because its a Vodacom competition and the Sharks are wearing Cell C colours,

  • Comment 44, posted at 12.05.18 18:12:50 by The hound Reply
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  • Then in the build up to the 1st Sharks try, no.6 Sharks clearly obstructing no.8 Bulls from tackling no.14 Sharks. :roll:

  • Comment 45, posted at 12.05.18 18:13:36 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 43) : have some more drinks … Youll feel better about province losing in a little while

  • Comment 46, posted at 12.05.18 18:15:08 by byron Reply

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  • @byron (Comment 46) : If you can’t score more than 9 points in a match you don’t deserve to win. Chiefs did what they had to do. Fair and square. Well done to them.

  • Comment 47, posted at 12.05.18 18:18:25 by McLovin Reply

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  • Much better start from the Sharks

  • Comment 48, posted at 12.05.18 18:20:40 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • 22-20 game on

  • Comment 49, posted at 12.05.18 18:21:26 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • ^^ Must be related to the whiny stormers cnut we always seem to get commentating on the sidelines when we play

  • Comment 50, posted at 12.05.18 18:25:04 by Mephisto_Shark Reply

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  • Not sure why we dont use Bosch for the line kicks

  • Comment 51, posted at 12.05.18 18:27:51 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • 23-22 Sharks lead

  • Comment 52, posted at 12.05.18 18:29:03 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Bulls ahead again. Gelant somehow manages to hold onto the ball. 29-23

  • Comment 53, posted at 12.05.18 18:33:19 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Magic from Gelant.

    And hats off to the officials for getting it spot on in real time.

  • Comment 54, posted at 12.05.18 18:35:26 by McLovin Reply

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  • Sharks getting some good moves going that just breaks down due to one poor pass.

  • Comment 55, posted at 12.05.18 18:38:17 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Set backline moves not working so well. We getting much better result from the interplay between forwards and backs

  • Comment 56, posted at 12.05.18 18:40:47 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Weeks and weeks and weeks of results showing that fucking with the scrum when it’s working is a bad thing but hey, lets fuck with the scrum in a tight game once again

  • Comment 57, posted at 12.05.18 18:44:31 by Mephisto_Shark Reply

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  • Game set and match. Lood scores

  • Comment 58, posted at 12.05.18 18:44:57 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Impressive play from the Bulls.

    Nice to see from a Saffer side.

  • Comment 59, posted at 12.05.18 18:45:37 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 58) : YUP

  • Comment 60, posted at 12.05.18 18:45:42 by The hound Reply
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  • 36-23

  • Comment 61, posted at 12.05.18 18:45:53 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • We are simply not good enough!!!

  • Comment 62, posted at 12.05.18 18:45:56 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Mephisto_Shark (Comment 57) : nothing wrong with our scrum … Wasnt the best call by rasta

  • Comment 63, posted at 12.05.18 18:46:05 by byron Reply

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  • Red card coming up surely.

  • Comment 64, posted at 12.05.18 18:48:28 by McLovin Reply

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  • Season over.

  • Comment 65, posted at 12.05.18 18:48:46 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • We losing the game on the small things. Am getting yellow for dangerous tackle

  • Comment 66, posted at 12.05.18 18:49:20 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Again the officials are soft on foul play. :roll:

  • Comment 67, posted at 12.05.18 18:49:34 by McLovin Reply

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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 65) : 39-23

  • Comment 68, posted at 12.05.18 18:50:23 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • At least we are consistent in the form of always being inconsistent.

  • Comment 69, posted at 12.05.18 18:50:42 by Ben Reply
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  • That we lose someone like the creator of Sharksworld and retain the bitter trolling WP cunt really puts one off being here, good game or not. One less supporter

  • Comment 70, posted at 12.05.18 18:50:43 by Mephisto_Shark Reply

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  • Great subs there by the coach, the result is showing on the scoreboard!

  • Comment 71, posted at 12.05.18 18:51:02 by Quintin Reply

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  • JLDP scores. 39-30

  • Comment 72, posted at 12.05.18 18:51:38 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 69) : Bulls are just better overall. Gelant causing us major grief.

  • Comment 73, posted at 12.05.18 18:52:59 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 65) : Season was over when we lost to the Bulls by 30 in the 1st match against them. This will make it 4/11, one of our worst seasons in SR in recent history.

  • Comment 74, posted at 12.05.18 18:56:26 by Quintin Reply

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  • What a try from the Bulls.

    Very impressive.

  • Comment 75, posted at 12.05.18 18:57:07 by McLovin Reply

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  • Or was it forward?

  • Comment 76, posted at 12.05.18 18:57:38 by McLovin Reply

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  • Oh well, still some great stuff from both sides.

  • Comment 77, posted at 12.05.18 18:58:14 by McLovin Reply

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  • Can the Sharks still salvage a bonus point?

  • Comment 78, posted at 12.05.18 18:59:49 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Should have taken the kick there

  • Comment 79, posted at 12.05.18 19:01:11 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Take the fucken kick

  • Comment 80, posted at 12.05.18 19:03:52 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • We got beaten because we were not good enough, simple, the Bulls played with much more intensity and wanted it more. Yeah Ref made some shit calls but that is not why we lost. Congrats Bulls.

  • Comment 81, posted at 12.05.18 19:06:46 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • 39-33. Well done Bulls. JM is making a huge difference in Pretoria.

    Sharks need to continue working on cutting down the mistakes. Too many promising phases of play break down. Also some rythm lacking in our backline sometimes. Too many players having to stop to catch the ball

  • Comment 82, posted at 12.05.18 19:07:40 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Kriel and Gelant will probably start for the Boks

  • Comment 83, posted at 12.05.18 19:08:51 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 81) : Over scrutinized every try by the sharks and allowed 2 forward pass tries by the bulls no tmo. Rasta is a useless idiot, face it we don’t have captains that can communicate with a ref and that is why we don’t ever get equal calls. Great game and great advertisement for SA rugby

  • Comment 84, posted at 12.05.18 19:09:52 by jdolivier Reply

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  • No disgrace in that loss, boys played their hearts outj just hope the negative shit doesn’t start here again

  • Comment 85, posted at 12.05.18 19:10:35 by The hound Reply
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  • Good stuff from both sides.

    Bulls were just too good today.

  • Comment 86, posted at 12.05.18 19:10:59 by McLovin Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 85) : Absolutely no disgrace in that loss. It was a good game overall. If we look at the season so far though, theres no way to sugarcoat it. We aren’t getting results.

  • Comment 87, posted at 12.05.18 19:14:44 by Quintin Reply

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  • Losing is never easy, but the Sharks played right to the end.

  • Comment 88, posted at 12.05.18 19:15:38 by Loosehead Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 85) : @The hound (Comment 85) : Saying we not good enough on the day not negative mate, it is a simple fact, Yes played a full 80 minutes etc but they made the better decisions, I reckon we missed PvdWalt more than we realize as our Rucks was not as good as usual. Defense also not as great today, but overall great game but the best team on the day was the Bulls.

  • Comment 89, posted at 12.05.18 19:19:04 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Some say Ref was KAK, Mallet says ref brilliant.

  • Comment 90, posted at 12.05.18 19:21:56 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 90) : Mallet thinks that the sharks should all be shot just for living in kzn. What does he know

  • Comment 91, posted at 12.05.18 19:23:05 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 90) : Ref was good, even though he was very soft on Sharks’ foul play.

  • Comment 92, posted at 12.05.18 19:25:02 by McLovin Reply

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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 90) : @jdolivier (Comment 91) : Please, the ref was better than most NZ and Ausie refs were this whole season. Lets not bring that into the conversation. The Bulls were better than us today.

  • Comment 93, posted at 12.05.18 19:27:36 by Quintin Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 93) : Uhm I never said ref bad, read my posts.

  • Comment 94, posted at 12.05.18 19:37:56 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Leinster take the Euro Champions Cup.

  • Comment 95, posted at 12.05.18 19:38:00 by McLovin Reply

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  • We just need to keep at it. Not loose hope and revert to kick, tackle and bash rugby

  • Comment 96, posted at 12.05.18 19:59:32 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 94) : I didn’t say you said the ref was bad. I did read your post.

  • Comment 97, posted at 12.05.18 20:03:06 by Quintin Reply

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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 89) : Btw agree with you on ginger ninja, he puts in some good work off the ball. Which is pretty much what we needed.

  • Comment 98, posted at 12.05.18 20:05:34 by Quintin Reply

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  • Really bad under the high ball in the first half and some second half too. Mapimpi refusing to jump for an easy bouncer backline needs to tackle better jldp has to come back and show them how to stop a man instead of playing tickle fight.

  • Comment 99, posted at 12.05.18 20:14:53 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 99) : Scrumsvget worse when beadt and Akker go off. Many people talk smack about him but we don’t appreciate how much work he puts in.

  • Comment 100, posted at 12.05.18 20:16:50 by coolfusion Reply

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  • We gave some soft tries away.

  • Comment 101, posted at 12.05.18 20:21:14 by coolfusion Reply

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  • We are not as good as JM’s bulls, they have our number, its like they are perfectly suited to beating us.

    Gallant is class

    Mapimpi really stuggled today under the high ball, and general play, still good on attack, is he another Ruhle ?

    Maybe, just maybe we still make it into the play offs, tough games coming up.

    Looking forward to seeing the second team play tomorrow at 3pm on Ss1 and Ss10

  • Comment 102, posted at 12.05.18 20:52:46 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 102) : I disagree, we are better. This match was fraught with errors and I’ll discipline. Also we sucked under high ball for some reason but kept on pursuing that strategy. But when we get these things right you can compare the two again. I think we have some winning formulas but mastering and making that our iwb will take time and lots of practice.

  • Comment 103, posted at 13.05.18 07:45:27 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 103) : We sucked under the high ball because that is a collective weakness of our back three. The only one of the three that is relatively good under the high ball is Nkosi. The times Pollard targeted us with the high ball mostly worked in their favor.

    The Bulls were just better polished across the board and that made a difference. Also Gelant really is turning out to be a special player – pretty much everything he tried in this game turned into gold for the Bulls.

    However still some good signs for the Sharks but we need to keep at it, and also work on our weaknesses.

  • Comment 104, posted at 13.05.18 07:58:14 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 104) : Agreed. If we don’t get the high ball situation sorted our own kickers should also not be trying to play it all the time. Rather make metres ball in hand once your in their or put those kicks much further ahead when you are on the halfway. Better yet drill the backs on gathering balls from the air. We kind of helped the bulls by kicking balls we couldn’t contest properly. We should have read it and stayed away from the tactic. But hopefully we learned.

  • Comment 105, posted at 13.05.18 09:30:50 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 104) : And you’re correct on Gelant. They call him bok hopeful but I say he’s bok front runner for 15 with Coetzee behind him.

  • Comment 106, posted at 13.05.18 09:36:06 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 103) : Add the non existence of an offside line for the bulls defence, 2 yellow cards and pollard passing every second pass forward without any look in. We are better than the scorecard suggests

  • Comment 107, posted at 13.05.18 13:33:46 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 90) : Mallet has his own agenda. Rasta on my shit list. Would prefer a kiwi ref.

  • Comment 108, posted at 13.05.18 15:21:03 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 103) : I hear what you are saying however the thing is all teams are different and right now the bulls strengths seem to be our weakness and we cant seem to execute a game plan that works against them. we lost to them twice now this sr season.

    not to say that we dont have a chance of beating them in the unlikely chance we meet in the play offs

    right now they definitely have our number.

    Sharks second team having their way with Jonathon Mokoena’s very young leopards teams. makes for exciting backline moves. lots of varsity cup final players in the leopards team.

    winnar who I didnt rate as good last season is showing a lot of promise at fullback this year. had three good games in the SRC thus far.

    A good SRC could bode well for the cc, as we dont know who from the SR squad will be unavailable cause of bok call up, playing in japan or just leaving for Europe.

  • Comment 109, posted at 13.05.18 15:26:00 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • Looking at the game again it must be noted that we lost by 6 points, not even by a converted try, this game was that close.
    We played foe 30 min with 14 men, and one can only wonder what the score could have been if we hadn’t had those 2 cards, we also had a very good try disallowed for an incident that happened way ahead of the try.
    Bosch had rush of blood with that trip and Am was just desperately unlucky, no huge foul play in either of those cards, the Bulls card on the other hand was for a brutal no arms very late hit on a small guy Wright by a huge thug Snyman.
    Hope he is sited and banned ,if that happened in NewZealand as it did with the Bulls prop’s late forearm smash to the head of another little guy Damien McKenzie during the Bulls/Chiefs game, he would have got 3 weeks.
    Wright wasn’t the same after that hit and Schreuder just never had it when he came on.

  • Comment 110, posted at 13.05.18 16:45:01 by The hound Reply
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  • 1. Mzamo Majola
    2. Andrew du Plessis
    3. Khutha Mchunu
    4. Gideon Koegelenberg
    5. Hyron Andrews
    6. Cornelius Otto
    7. Kwanda Dimaza
    8. Tera Mtembu
    9. Grant Williams
    10. Garth April
    11. Leolin Zas
    12. Johan Deysel (C)
    13. Jeremy Ward
    14. Aphelele Fassi
    15. Courtney Winnaar

    16. Kerron van Vuuren
    17. Jordan Els
    18. Andrew Evans
    19. JJ van der Mescht
    20. Francois de Villiers
    21. Danrich Visagie
    22. Tristan Blewett

    Any Europe team must be waiting eagerly for Johan Deysel’s sharks contract to expire, that guys way too good for SRC level, we are lucky too have him

  • Comment 111, posted at 13.05.18 16:46:58 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • On the Bosch incident – the law states that the TMO is free to communicate with the referee at any time if he sees something he suspects is foul play. When the game stops, the TMO will then ask to review some play earlier that caught his eye. Personally I think it is better to let play continue in case the incident was nothing of note, and then review at a natural stoppage in play.

    I don’t have an issue with the handling of this incident. It looked like an instinctive reaction from Bosch, but a trip is still illegal and an immediate yellow.

  • Comment 112, posted at 13.05.18 17:00:28 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 112) : I concur, inexperience from Bosch, but his been more good than bad this season.

  • Comment 113, posted at 13.05.18 17:23:12 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • JJ van der Mescht is huge, his bigger than hyron and his bigger than droste, his arms are massive, and his only 19.

  • Comment 114, posted at 13.05.18 18:08:57 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 112) : What annoyed me about that incident is that the touch judge was about 2m away and the ref not that far away either. If they officials on the field arent going to make any calls and just send things upstairs to the TMO then why have any onfield officials. The number of times the TMO is used is increasing drastically. Im not saying the wrong call was made, just that the refs need to man up and make the calls as its killing the game as a spectacle

  • Comment 115, posted at 14.05.18 09:18:48 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 115) : Touch judges are there to assist the ref in guessing scrum calls. The amount of forward passes that are not picked up is also worrying.

  • Comment 116, posted at 14.05.18 09:57:16 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 115) : I am assuming the TMO alerted the ref though. I can’t recall if it was the assistant ref that flagged it.

  • Comment 117, posted at 14.05.18 10:14:21 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 117) : It sounded like Robbie Kempson alerted it on commentary to the TMO who then relayed to the ref. My point being was the touchjudge running down the line with his eyes closed?

  • Comment 118, posted at 14.05.18 10:47:45 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 116) : Seems none of the refs or touch judges are keen to make any decisions and send anything possible up to TMO. Varsity Cup want to trial all these crazy rules, how about trialling only having 1 ref and no touch judges like the old days….just let the teams have a go at each other

  • Comment 119, posted at 14.05.18 10:49:41 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 118) : If that was the case, I would have to question the legality of the ruling.

    These touch judges are now so-called assistant referees, but it does seem that they are just there as a “keep referees fit” exercise.

  • Comment 120, posted at 14.05.18 10:54:05 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 119) : More and more people would rather we got back to the old way of blowing a game. Ref is the sole judge.

    I cant see it happening because the advent of all angle, slow motion television has meant that the ref him/herself (for you Aimee) is just as much under scrutiny as the actual play. Refs are now using the referral as a cop out but can they really be blamed.

    I am also starting to get annoyed with all the niggles that are being treated on the field at critical times and in critical zones of the game allowing a breather for all and a heap of coaching and strategy to take place. Nothing wrong with treating the player with a niggle on the sidelines while the game continues – obviously this should not count for clearly serious injuries.

  • Comment 121, posted at 14.05.18 11:21:36 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 121) : Yeh fully agree with your comment

  • Comment 122, posted at 14.05.18 11:34:02 by SheldonK Reply

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