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Important win as Sharks down Rebels


Written by Udo Lütge (pastorshark)

Posted in :Bulls, Sharks, Super Rugby on 25 Mar 2019 at 10:11

The Sharks completed an important, if at times scrappy, win over the Melbourne Rebels to find their way back into the South African conference race. Losses for the Stormers and Bulls opened the door for them and they stepped through to regain some lost ground in what is turning out to be a very open conference race.

The Sharks notched up a good win, displaying far better intensity than in their last two games. In the end their power game was too much for the Rebels, though there are still plenty of areas that need improvement.

The Sharks started like a house on fire. In the first 15 minutes of the game they showed focus, speed at the breakdown and generally good decision-making. After kicking two penalties to the corner early on, Dan du Preez scored next to the upright in the 7th minute. Du Preez, who is having a good season so far, showed good strength to reach over after initially being held up by two Rebels players. The conversion and a RdP penalty made it 10-0 after 15 minutes. That signalled the start of the Sharks “walkabout” – the defense went to sleep to gift the Rebels two soft tries, the decision-making deteriorated and the lineout went to pieces. It seemed as if the concentration was just gone and with it the confidence too. Two penalties by Rob junior did see the Sharks head into halftime with a slender 16-14 lead.

The Shark will be pleased that they managed to shut out the Rebels in the second half, while scoring two tries of their own. After a goodstart to the second half by the Rebels, a period of pressure in the Rebels 22, saw Louis Schreuder put in a clever long pass to put RdP in at the corner. A few minutes later Makazole Mapimpi was sent over in the opposite corner straight of the back of a 5m scrum. The Sharks started the final quarter in control and would have been lookin to secure a bonus point. A very scrappy last 20 minutes left the scorebaord untroubled though. In all honesty, the Sharks left a few more tries out there and should have won by a greater margin. Amongst several other opportunities the gem of a try scored by Mapimpi – a stunning line break combined with real pace saw him score what would have been his second try – was disallowed when the TMO brought the officials attention to a clothesline tackle by Marius Louw which saw the centre yellow carded.

In the end the Sharks will be satisfied with the win. Several players shone on the day. Dan du Preez was strong in general play, Andre Esterhuizen was huge in defence, Coenie Oosthuizen made several barelling charges, the evergreen Beast was busy and Makazole Mapimpi was full of running. The latter showed plenty of pace, beat 5 defenders and compiled 78 running metres. The intensity was better by the Sharks, if also a bit too patchy. For the most part the scrum was dominant and the breakdown was strong. Most importantly, the Sharks managed to end a streak of two very disappointing games.

There were, however, still areas that need improvement. In fact, some of these are of great concern. The lineouts were poor. In the second quarter the Sharks lost three consecutive lineouts and this clearly limited their options and impacted their confidence in that period of play. If the Sharks want to trouble the top sides in the competition, this area has to be addressed. The other concern is the Sharks inability to produce 80 minutes of focussed, intense rugby. Periods of walkabout and poor concentration are just too costly at this level!

All this does mean, though, that the Sharksare right up there in the conference. They find themselves 3 points behind the conference leading Lions with a game in hand. The fact that the Lions have a bye this weekend makes the Sharks clash with the Bulls crucial to the conference race. With the Stormers currently on tour and the Bulls looking to bounce back from a shocker against the Chiefs, the Sharks really need to win at home against their rivals from Pretoria!



77 Comments

  • Marius Louw has been cited – the citing commissioner deemed the stupid Louw tackle to have met the red card threshold. His hearing will take place today and he is sure to cop a ban.

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.03.19 10:17:52 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 1) : With Jeremy Ward banned for 5 weeks after his tip tackle against the Bulls, our centre stocks suddenly look very thin. I guess RdP will back up Esterhuizen. Am could also play 12 and someone else like Kobus van Wyk 13…

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.03.19 10:25:55 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Good report. Lets hope we don’t get Peyper this weekend I have this weird feeling we will.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.03.19 10:26:47 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 2) : Does anyone know whether Kobus is injured?

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.03.19 10:26:59 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Byron Wright (Comment 3) : Please no…please, please, please noooooo!

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.03.19 10:27:54 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 5) : Mind you, I have always found Peyper a problem aganst the Stormers, but not so much against the Bulls. Anyway, let’s see…

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.03.19 10:28:47 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 1) : for sure can’t see him not getting at least 3 weeks for that tackle! :evil:

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.03.19 10:39:28 by JD Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 4) : No idea lets hope not or maybe its Sbu to cover 13 maybe even Fassi?

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.03.19 10:39:40 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • @Byron Wright (Comment 8) : My worry for Fassi at 13 would be defence…

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.03.19 10:41:57 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 7) : Agreed…sigh…

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.03.19 10:42:23 by pastorshark Reply
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  • There is a couple of players that I haven’t heard from for a while… Kobus van Wyk, Cameron,Ruan Botha, Chilliboy…any word on those guys?

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.03.19 10:51:05 by HeinF Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 11) : Chilli has a doping ban pending and Ruan a foot injury it seems(no timeline)

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.03.19 10:52:07 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 11) : In commentary, Butch James said that Cameron Wright is injured…
    Chilliboy has those rumours re: doping swirling around, but as far as I know no confirmation.
    No word on Kobus and Ruan I think…

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.03.19 10:53:39 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Byron Wright (Comment 12) : Okay, glad to hear Ruan has an injury, didn’t want it to be a case where he has lost interest after loosing the captaincy and being dropped to the bench

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.03.19 10:54:05 by HeinF Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 13) : I was really hoping that this year would have been Cameron’s breakthrough year

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.03.19 10:55:24 by HeinF Reply

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  • The last published injury update from the Sharks that I can find was put out at the beginning of February. Argh…

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.03.19 10:55:59 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Feel very sorry for Marius Louw just like Ward,both these guys are such good players and have had such little game time, they are the type of highly energetic players who should be playing every week.When they finally get on the park they are over energised and just go at it too hard.
    One of the two is going to have to leave, rather play for the Cheetahs or Kings than get splinters in your arse on the bench.
    I reckon a Louw/Ward mid field is more than a match for Amm/Esterhuizen
    Saw Marcel demolish the Cheetahs last night, that boy was our biggest loss in the last 5 years PSDT included.
    Our team is almost there only concerns at moment 6,7 and 15, 6 and 7 will soon be solved but 15 is going to cost us
    Fassi was like road kill on Sat and Bosch not much better.
    With the form Mpimpi and Nkosi are in, we don t need another elusive stepper but a solid last line of defence

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.03.19 11:20:14 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 17) : Louw or Ward to take 12 and Andre to take the 15 jersey for me!

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.03.19 11:25:11 by Karl Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 1) : It wasn’t even a tackle, but taking out an advancing player without the ball. Really stupid – I think he will cop a lengthy ban for that.

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.03.19 11:49:26 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 1) : Wow it still dumbfounds me how a professional player can be this thick. I think Sharks should fine these clowns as well.

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.03.19 12:14:22 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 17) : I agree with the Marcel comment…he was a huge loss…

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.03.19 12:16:09 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 17) : You don’t think we have a bit of an issues at 4? I feel our locks cover 5 well, but 4 is light…especially when Paul is injured…

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.03.19 12:17:49 by pastorshark Reply
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  • ok so I read on the sharks site that Burden and Phillip back in contention this week.

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.03.19 12:43:45 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • Lwazi would be solid at fullback, so not sure we have many worries there. It comes down to attitude. Sharks need to know that as a team they will stuff the bulls up.

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.03.19 12:56:11 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 24) : Yes as long as we fire ma’ a nonu as our backline coach…we’re running out of centres…

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.03.19 14:13:27 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 25) : LOL, yes, centre reserve is a concern. Unfortunately, at a guess it’s going to be at least 5 weeks. Unless the Sharks can raid the Cheetahs or Kings for a short term player (think I read they’re out of the PRO14) they’ll have to use Rob Jr I guess.

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.03.19 14:30:57 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 26) : What a time to bring back ben 10 future sharks 10 and can play 13

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.03.19 15:25:07 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 24) : Speaking of Lwazi…where is he? Just out of favour?

  • Comment 28, posted at 25.03.19 15:25:10 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Byron Wright (Comment 27) : Remind me, is Ben10 on loan or did he move permanently?

  • Comment 29, posted at 25.03.19 15:25:52 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 24) : The last time we have beaten the Bulls in Super Rugby was on 25 February 2014. A draw in 2016 was the best we could manage since then – so about time the Sharks do something about that

  • Comment 30, posted at 25.03.19 15:50:08 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 30) : That us just a shocking stat!

  • Comment 31, posted at 25.03.19 16:10:00 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 31) : We almost have a better record against the Saders

  • Comment 32, posted at 25.03.19 17:41:36 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 32) : The coach seems confident that Burden and Ninja will be ready for this week. GW. This will help a lot. When is Jldp back in?

  • Comment 33, posted at 25.03.19 17:54:06 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 32) : Time to fix that…

  • Comment 34, posted at 25.03.19 21:21:53 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 34) : Of course it would be great if we could improve both records…

  • Comment 35, posted at 25.03.19 21:22:25 by pastorshark Reply
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  • So Duane Vermeulen is available to play for the Bulls on Saturday…good news for them! No news on Marius Louw yet…

  • Comment 36, posted at 26.03.19 08:14:51 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 36) : Also they will still be without Lood de Jager and RG Snyman. Which is helpful to us.

  • Comment 37, posted at 26.03.19 10:21:06 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Don’t know why all the comments on the weakness of our pack what utter bullshit.We physically ground down the Rebels on Saturday.Dan’s try was a feat of incredible strength he ran three tacklers over the line
    Our front row and replacements were huge in the mauls and our defence was huge.As much as Gavin Cowley talked up the Rebels and his mate Dave Wessels at every opportunity and only reluctantly gave any acknowledgement to the Sharks we physically smashed the number one team in Australia who themselves had been building a reputation for physicality.
    Once Jean Luc and Philip are back we are going to be in an awesome position to allow the great potential of Koggelenburg and van Heerden time to grow into their positions .

  • Comment 38, posted at 26.03.19 12:20:27 by The hound Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 36) : I assume there is a plan to rest first choice Boks like Vermeulen?

  • Comment 39, posted at 26.03.19 12:36:42 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 38) : That’s what I said in the article and comments…the question was just re: locks. I agree with your sentiment that Jean-Luc and Philip will help our locks…right now I do think that is where we are a touch light. But that’s not an all encompassing criticism. We were just way biophysical for the Rebels to handle…and we need to show more of that in the next game…

  • Comment 40, posted at 26.03.19 12:59:12 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 39) : I don’t think Pote will rest him now, though what with RG and Lood out…

  • Comment 41, posted at 26.03.19 13:00:09 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 41) : Nope very unlikely. Basically Brits and Vermeulen is the leadership at the front at the moment.

  • Comment 42, posted at 26.03.19 13:48:17 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 41) : I am wondering about mandatory rest for all key Boks. Last WC year there were clear guidelines – have not seen any published so far

  • Comment 43, posted at 26.03.19 14:13:14 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 43) : Mandatory or suggested?

  • Comment 44, posted at 26.03.19 14:33:18 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 40) : They will definitely bring up the lineouts and that was a concern.

  • Comment 45, posted at 26.03.19 14:34:51 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 44) : Last time there was a total number of games the contracted Boks had to be rested – up to the franchises how they achieved it. It was agreed with the franchises up front – so became pretty much mandatory.

  • Comment 46, posted at 26.03.19 14:47:28 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 19) : Louw was caught in 2 minds trying to cover 2 advancing players, He hung his arm out towards the player where he thought the ball might go while tracking the ball in real time, he turns towards the ball while his arm is still out – contact made, red card. He was not even looking at the player that he connected with – there was no malicious intent there, it was unfortunate, the red card was justified but many of you are being overly harsh on the guy.

  • Comment 47, posted at 26.03.19 14:53:09 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 47) : Does anyone have a link for me to look at the tackle please? I missed the game on Saturday

  • Comment 48, posted at 26.03.19 15:19:49 by Karl Reply

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  • @Karl (Comment 48) : https://media.giphy.com/media/tHJPbAMNplfY8jOm4i/giphy.gif

  • Comment 49, posted at 26.03.19 15:37:20 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Karl (Comment 48) : If you are near Cape Town you can come for a beer or 2, I have it recorded. ;-) .

  • Comment 50, posted at 26.03.19 15:41:32 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 49) : Jeepers cants they slow it down any more – makes it look horrible. The Democrats should have given Trumps Russia collusion case to the crowd at Giphy instead of to Mueller, he would be preparing to be impeached right now.

  • Comment 51, posted at 26.03.19 15:46:43 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 47) : Excellent summation,Isaw that live just like Ward not a dirty player just pit into position that he has to commit 100% every scarce moment he is n the field, much rather back players like that than the touch rugby tacklers like Fassi and Bosch

  • Comment 52, posted at 26.03.19 15:49:17 by The hound Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 51) : It shows that instinctively turning his head made it worse as his shoulder lifted – hence the arm connected head height.

    At full speed it actually looked worse to me.

  • Comment 53, posted at 26.03.19 15:52:35 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 53) : The third time in slow motion was the worst. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 54, posted at 26.03.19 15:57:39 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 53) : First contact of his arm was on the players elbow, then moved up with the angle of the players arm while he was turning his head and his arm being raised by that motion.

  • Comment 55, posted at 26.03.19 16:00:19 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 53) : And we know already how harsh they are on this. Especially inred zones. So he must know he is sticking his neck out. This is where you need to be professional. But even in saying that I recall how many times Nonu and other NZ players got off Scott Free. But I don’t even want to try and beat that dead horse.

  • Comment 56, posted at 26.03.19 17:28:49 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 50) : 2300kms is JUST out of my range for a beer! Thanks though…

  • Comment 57, posted at 26.03.19 18:56:37 by Karl Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 49) : Thanks for that… He should obviously not have left his arm out there, but it irks me that rugby is becoming so soft that his arm slips up off the upper forearm and he’s cited! Guys duck into tackles and the defender gets pinged… P1sses me right off! Anyway, that’s my rant for the evening.

  • Comment 58, posted at 26.03.19 19:22:17 by Karl Reply

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  • I’m sorry guys but after viewing the footage of Louws tackle again I have to disagree with those who sympathetise with him. That was a high swinging arm that connects with the neck. It was not accidental. He saw where the Rebels player was and moved in that direction swinging 1arm and turning away to disguise it. That’s dangerous to anyone not rugby becoming soft. If it was our player on the receiving end we all would be shouting blue murder. Such stupid actions cannot be condoned no matter how much we like a player.

  • Comment 59, posted at 26.03.19 21:33:07 by sudhir Reply

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  • However you see the Louw incident, I think we can all agree that any suspension will leave us in a bit of a pickle at centre as far as backup goes. I really rate both Louw and Ward and like them too. Ward’s big hits on the likes of Jantjies in the Currie Cup last year still give great pleasure. Their bans just come at a bad time for us…

  • Comment 60, posted at 26.03.19 23:13:01 by pastorshark Reply
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  • All the articles on Louw’s citing say that the hearing was supposed to have taken place yesterday…and yet there is no news. Anyone know anything?

  • Comment 61, posted at 26.03.19 23:14:18 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @sudhir (Comment 59) : That’s how I see it too. And knowing the rules just putting yourself in that position, no matter how eager or anxious you are is already a bonehead move. He also started running off as soon as the whistle went no questions. I think the intent and the execution was there.

  • Comment 62, posted at 27.03.19 06:37:13 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 61) : 3 week Ban.

  • Comment 63, posted at 27.03.19 06:39:47 by coolfusion Reply

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  • I guess we will see either van Wyk or Zas coming into the selection.

  • Comment 65, posted at 27.03.19 06:50:30 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 63) : thanks…

  • Comment 66, posted at 27.03.19 07:01:45 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 62) : Well if that was his intent, then it was a decent hit…

  • Comment 67, posted at 27.03.19 07:04:27 by Karl Reply

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  • I’m really hoping to see some creative thinking from the coaches here if either of André or Am need to go off… Like Sbu to 13 or van Wyk to 12.

  • Comment 68, posted at 27.03.19 07:06:08 by Karl Reply

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  • @Karl (Comment 68) : Yes it would be interesting to see the combos with remaining players. Too bad we don’t have the french fry yet…

  • Comment 69, posted at 27.03.19 07:29:10 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Karl (Comment 68) : You could also have Curwin at 10, Rob at 12 and whichever one of Andre and Am is available at 13.

  • Comment 70, posted at 27.03.19 07:30:49 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Just relooking at that slow motion gif – it is clear the Aussies have been up to some skullduggery again. I believe they have found a way to mesmerize our players to think the other player had the ball. Not only did Louw have go at him but even Rob was so focused on this guy that the player with the ball slipped right past him.

  • Comment 71, posted at 27.03.19 07:47:16 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 70) : Or Cam Wright at 10 and Rob Jr at 12

  • Comment 72, posted at 27.03.19 07:55:36 by Karl Reply

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  • @Karl (Comment 72) : It seems that Cam is injured…

  • Comment 73, posted at 27.03.19 08:00:45 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @sudhir (Comment 59) : Disagree on the swinging arm, and it made first contact to the elbow, rode up to the neck – very different to going straight onto the neck – the result to the player though was the same.

  • Comment 74, posted at 27.03.19 08:43:44 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • No Peyper for us!! We have a chance. Mike Fraser.

  • Comment 75, posted at 27.03.19 09:23:28 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 71) : The Rebels are doing everything at pace, our guys basically have the whole backline charging at them at once (slight exaggeration) and I think that is why so many of their passes were knocked, fumbled etc. If they had all stuck we would have had a long day at the office. High risk, high reward.

  • Comment 76, posted at 27.03.19 10:31:01 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 76) : We should obviously incorporate a balanced proportion of that against bulls not our grinding physical only game.

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