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Consistency for Stormers


Written by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring)

Posted in :Super Rugby on 12 Mar 2020 at 12:00

In a sign of the importance of the local derby against the Stormers, Sean Everitt has selected exactly the same team from last week’s match. In the current Super Rugby format a team will firstly want to top the conference log.

If the ever improving Sharks pack can hold their own against a highly rated Stormers pack, the dangerous Sharks backs and loose forwards can take the chances on offer. The Stormers will be smarting after a shock loss to the Blues at home and will be very motivated for this match. South African derbies are generally hard fought battles of attrition but if the Sharks team can put together the same performance as in the first half against the Jaguares this team should have the ammunition to edge the Stormers.

1. Ox Nche
2. Kerron van Vuuren
3. Thomas du Toit
4. Ruben van Heerden
5. Hyron Andrews
6. James Venter
7. Tyler Paul
8. Sikhumbuzo Notshe
9. Louis Schreuder
10. Curwin Bosch
11. Makazole Mapimpi
12. Andre Esterhuizen
13. Lukhanyo Am (c)
14. Sbu Nkosi
15. Aphelele Fassi
16. Craig Burden
17. Juan Schoeman
18. John-Hubert Meyer
19. Le Roux Roets
20. Henco Venter
21. Sanele Nohamba
22. Jeremy Ward
23. Madosh Tambwe



139 Comments

  • This is the Sharks best 23 we can put on the fields, we have been fortunate to avoid injuries to our top players (bar Sbu who is back), but in today’s game that is unlikely to last. all season. The Stormers on the other hand have had a rash of long term injuries including top players like Bongi, PSdT and Siya. The Sharks really need to take this opportunity at home while things are going their way. It is highly unlikely we will see a similar match-up in the return in Slaapstad.

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.03.20 18:02:31 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Pretty decent Stormers lineup. Kitshoff vs DuToit and Roberts vs Esterhuizen are def going to be interesting match ups

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.03.20 10:39:06 by SheldonK Reply

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  • “For us, it has been about playing energising rugby each week and looking for a point of difference to focus on according to the opposition.

    “Last week (against the Jaguares) our point of difference was our kicking game. If the Stormers handle that, we will have to look somewhere else.”

    I really like what I hear from Sean – not stuck to a specific plan

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.03.20 11:05:57 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 3) : Sean also has some smart assistants that aide that process.

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.03.20 12:45:26 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 4) : Williams and van Rensburg are making major difference.

    The funny thing is that the Sharks probably kick as much as last year but the effectiveness of the kick / regain and the decision when to kick is just a lot better. Even Schreuder is starting to show the form he used to have at the Kings.

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.03.20 18:50:29 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • So super rugby has been suspended..

    Currie cup early ?

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.03.20 14:34:40 by Shane Hansen Reply

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  • Why is egon seconds allowed even near this game

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.03.20 15:06:25 by jdolivier Reply

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  • How is that just yellow

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.03.20 15:07:40 by jdolivier Reply

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  • Thank you tmo

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.03.20 15:08:26 by jdolivier Reply

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  • Louis Shreuder not looking good. Johan du Toit lucky not to get a red

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.03.20 15:09:16 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Absolutely pathetic to override the tmo when you asked his opinion

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.03.20 15:09:48 by jdolivier Reply

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  • Worst refereeing decision this year? How can ending a players game 10 seconds in be a mitigating factor?

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.03.20 15:10:15 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • That…was a shocker!!! Easiest decision in the world…how on earth was that not red?!?!?!?! Shocker…

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.03.20 15:12:07 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Hopefully Louis strechered is just precautionary

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.03.20 15:12:16 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 13) : 2007 final is all that comes to mind

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.03.20 15:12:49 by jdolivier Reply

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  • Well we are still playing against 15, come on aj Jacobs you are better than this

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.03.20 15:13:34 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 13) : Fill us in chaps

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.03.20 15:15:19 by Karl Reply

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  • Small mistakes by the Sharks letting them down

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.03.20 15:18:17 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Stormers are really playing on the edge of the rules

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.03.20 15:22:47 by jdolivier Reply

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  • Literally crawling with the ball in front of the ref. ……

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.03.20 15:24:44 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • @Karl (Comment 17) : First minute up and under…Schreuder jumps up, du Toit takes him out in the air. Schreuder lands hard, stretchered off.
    Dobson has head in hands because he knows it’s red, TMO says red, commentators say red…ref overruled…yellow only…
    Shocker!

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.03.20 15:25:13 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 21) : Eish

  • Comment 22, posted at 14.03.20 15:26:06 by Karl Reply

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  • @Karl (Comment 22) : Also allowing jantjes a full minute and 4 use it 9 calls to clear rucks, the crowd are booing the officials

  • Comment 23, posted at 14.03.20 15:28:36 by jdolivier Reply

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  • A decision like that is not only pathetic…it literally ends up leaving the Sharks rattled. Their starting scrummie is off after 22 seconds…and confidence in the ref shot…

  • Comment 24, posted at 14.03.20 15:29:30 by pastorshark Reply
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  • The boys will do well to focus after all that…

  • Comment 25, posted at 14.03.20 15:30:18 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Andre esterhuizen legally breaks Jean luc du Plessis

  • Comment 26, posted at 14.03.20 15:31:18 by jdolivier Reply

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  • Our lineouts are so poor…what was that?!?!

  • Comment 27, posted at 14.03.20 15:32:05 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 27) : I thought it was a Stormers throw in. Total lack of timing between Kerron and the jumpers. Okes need to concentrate

  • Comment 28, posted at 14.03.20 15:36:32 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Come on, boys!

  • Comment 29, posted at 14.03.20 15:37:45 by pastorshark Reply
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  • And Caspar scores. Brilliant

  • Comment 30, posted at 14.03.20 15:38:37 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Great try booooyyyyyss!+!+

  • Comment 31, posted at 14.03.20 15:38:43 by pastorshark Reply
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  • If we do win this it will be INTENSELY satisfying!!!

  • Comment 32, posted at 14.03.20 15:39:48 by pastorshark Reply
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  • 7-0 great work by Bosch as well

  • Comment 33, posted at 14.03.20 15:40:19 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • But the Stormers hit back. Sharks a bit asleep

  • Comment 34, posted at 14.03.20 15:41:14 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • And that…was poor…

  • Comment 35, posted at 14.03.20 15:41:55 by pastorshark Reply
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  • 7 all

  • Comment 36, posted at 14.03.20 15:41:58 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Bosch misses his second penalty…

  • Comment 37, posted at 14.03.20 15:45:12 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Wonder if the news of the suspension of the super rugby has affected the guys mentally. We don’t know what we are playing for now.

  • Comment 38, posted at 14.03.20 15:48:38 by Shane Hansen Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 37) : Ref misses his 8th offside

  • Comment 39, posted at 14.03.20 15:48:47 by jdolivier Reply

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  • So when the scrum turns on our ball it’s a reset…same thing happens on a Stormers ball it’s a Stormers penalty… ;-)

  • Comment 40, posted at 14.03.20 15:50:07 by pastorshark Reply
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  • So now it is a swivel scrum, when it was stormers ball he penalized us, aj Jacobs really is not having his best game

  • Comment 41, posted at 14.03.20 15:50:39 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @Shane Hansen (Comment 38) : I would think the first minute incident had a much bigger impact…

  • Comment 42, posted at 14.03.20 15:51:10 by pastorshark Reply
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  • How was that a knock?!

  • Comment 43, posted at 14.03.20 15:51:50 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Just need to cut out the little errors. Concentrate boys

  • Comment 44, posted at 14.03.20 15:52:09 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 43) : Sharks player had the ball

  • Comment 45, posted at 14.03.20 15:52:50 by jdolivier Reply

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  • Scrum holding up well.

  • Comment 46, posted at 14.03.20 15:53:00 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • And how is that not advantage over?

  • Comment 47, posted at 14.03.20 15:54:33 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @jdolivier (Comment 45) : He dropped it backwards and kicked it forward…
    It is difficult for me to keep focus with this reffing. I can only imagine how difficult it is for the players…

  • Comment 48, posted at 14.03.20 15:56:24 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Sharks makes it 10-3 through a Bosch drop goal

  • Comment 49, posted at 14.03.20 15:56:50 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 48) : The problem with RSA reffs is the stormers bias at the moment, egon seconds hasn’t called jantjes or Nel offsides once right in front of him, other ar(didn’t catch the name) pinged them for that and high tackles. Aj and egon allow them to slow down the ball and close off from the side. How wonderful will a win be despite all of this

  • Comment 50, posted at 14.03.20 15:59:26 by jdolivier Reply

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  • F off Mallett. 9 out of 10 refs would have given ref

  • Comment 51, posted at 14.03.20 16:02:00 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Right, I’m out…I have to be barman at our fishing competition and loadshedding means no TV…

  • Comment 52, posted at 14.03.20 16:02:20 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 51) : Red

  • Comment 53, posted at 14.03.20 16:02:20 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • 10-7…

  • Comment 54, posted at 14.03.20 16:03:17 by pastorshark Reply
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  • And surprise surprise Nick ‘Mr. Rugby brain’ Mallet agrees with the ref

  • Comment 55, posted at 14.03.20 16:03:30 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 51) : Mallet is a #%$&!

  • Comment 56, posted at 14.03.20 16:04:09 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @jdolivier (Comment 50) : Spot on…

  • Comment 57, posted at 14.03.20 16:04:40 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 55) : If it was any other team he would have shouted red red red, he hates the sharks, let him enjoy our win over his mountain goats

  • Comment 58, posted at 14.03.20 16:06:27 by jdolivier Reply

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  • Probably the largest Sharks crowd I have seen for a while

  • Comment 59, posted at 14.03.20 16:08:50 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Sharks get a scrum penalty from AJ. Wow

  • Comment 60, posted at 14.03.20 16:15:35 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Sharks dropping too many balls

  • Comment 61, posted at 14.03.20 16:17:43 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Come on boys. Concentrate

  • Comment 62, posted at 14.03.20 16:19:17 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • 13-7

  • Comment 63, posted at 14.03.20 16:21:03 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Damn. Someone needs to assist Andre and also make some metres

  • Comment 64, posted at 14.03.20 16:28:06 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Stormers score to take the lead

  • Comment 65, posted at 14.03.20 16:33:49 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • And we just lost the game, we are just not playing well. Prove me wrong sharks

  • Comment 66, posted at 14.03.20 16:34:59 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @jdolivier (Comment 66) : Game not over but the Sharks need to hold onto the ball.

  • Comment 67, posted at 14.03.20 16:40:02 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 67) : They can’t, that’s the problem

  • Comment 68, posted at 14.03.20 16:40:29 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 67) : Today

  • Comment 69, posted at 14.03.20 16:40:48 by jdolivier Reply

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  • Monster penalty from Bosch. 16-14 Sharks lead

  • Comment 70, posted at 14.03.20 16:43:16 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Venter doing a lot of good work since he is on

  • Comment 71, posted at 14.03.20 16:44:41 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 71) : He looks like notshe up until this match

  • Comment 72, posted at 14.03.20 16:45:48 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 67) : And they proved me wrong, thanks boys

  • Comment 73, posted at 14.03.20 16:56:16 by jdolivier Reply

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  • Sharks push the Stormers off their ball and Mapimps score on the other side

  • Comment 74, posted at 14.03.20 16:56:54 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • 2 great scrums at the end. Well done boys

  • Comment 75, posted at 14.03.20 16:57:37 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 74) : yip the Sharks pack really scrummed well today! Line outs was bit iffy but hey Sharks just beaten the “top 2 teams” in the SA conference in 2 weeks!!!

  • Comment 76, posted at 14.03.20 17:03:18 by JD Reply
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  • So stormers player receives motm, how wp eyed this country has become

  • Comment 77, posted at 14.03.20 17:04:11 by jdolivier Reply

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  • That, gentlemen and ladies, was sweet!!!

  • Comment 78, posted at 14.03.20 17:36:30 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Did not see the post match presentation but if Augustus received the motm award then it was deserved as he was very good today. Only thing that matters is that the Sharks won. Well played boys.

  • Comment 79, posted at 14.03.20 18:43:36 by sudhir Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 78) : really sweet indeed!!!

  • Comment 80, posted at 14.03.20 19:03:43 by JD Reply
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  • I notice that none of the highlights package include the du Toit tackle at all… ;-)

  • Comment 81, posted at 14.03.20 19:44:04 by pastorshark Reply
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  • That was a very pleasing result. From the moment we went behind on 60 minutes we were focused and absolutely dominated the last quarter, taking it 11-0…
    Really well done, boys…

  • Comment 82, posted at 14.03.20 19:45:36 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @sudhir (Comment 79) : Bud Fassi and Andre were also great, James Venter is also turning into an irreplaceable player, Thomas and Ox were very good. Mapimpi tackled his heart out. Augustus was good wouldn’t pick him over our boys mentioned

  • Comment 83, posted at 14.03.20 20:04:25 by jdolivier Reply

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  • So say they decide to scrap super rugby this year..

    How do we come back in 2021 with the same or better flair and win the damn thing. I kinda felt we were pretty much there to push for higher honours this year but the big man upstairs has other plans..

  • Comment 84, posted at 14.03.20 21:43:47 by Shane Hansen Reply

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  • So du Toit gets cited because the incident meets the red card threshold. Who would have thought?! Did you hear that Nick Mallet? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 85, posted at 15.03.20 17:14:05 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 85) : If had 1 IQ point higher, he would have been a tree

  • Comment 86, posted at 15.03.20 18:45:56 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @jdolivier (Comment 86) : *if he had…..

  • Comment 87, posted at 15.03.20 18:46:13 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @jdolivier (Comment 86) : Haha, if you’re blasting someone else for their low IQ, at least check your spelling before you post… Classic ;)

  • Comment 88, posted at 15.03.20 21:05:33 by Karl Reply

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  • @Karl (Comment 88) : Before blasting someone for spelling, check if he didn’t leave a single word out of the sentence ????????????????????

  • Comment 89, posted at 16.03.20 06:07:58 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @Karl (Comment 88) : ;-)

  • Comment 90, posted at 16.03.20 06:08:27 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @jdolivier (Comment 89) : You picked my mistake up, well done. Don’t know about the “blasting” part though…

  • Comment 91, posted at 16.03.20 07:13:26 by Karl Reply

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  • @Karl (Comment 91) : Mobile app doesn’t convey the laughing emoji. Hence the wink

  • Comment 92, posted at 16.03.20 07:18:35 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @Karl (Comment 91) : All things being equal, Mallet is still a chop

  • Comment 93, posted at 16.03.20 07:20:10 by jdolivier Reply

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  • Quick question to Mallet and AJ Jacobs….If he only landd on his back how come he could not continue the game due to having failed the head injury assessment?

  • Comment 94, posted at 16.03.20 09:30:04 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Great win by the Sharks. In terms of the DuToit tackle, I never like seeing a player given a red card as it ruins the contest and as it was after 10sec I think that was going through the refs mind as well. So for me penalty and yellow was enough punishment during the game and if he gets further punishment on review then so be it. Id rather lose 15v15 than win 15v14. Really not sure how the players will react to this indefinite break now…they obviously have to keep fit etc but match fitness and cohesion is difficult to maintain.
    Also in terms of season ticket holders, the Sharks surely cant afford to refund people….

  • Comment 95, posted at 16.03.20 09:39:32 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 94) : landed on his back but then as he landed his head snapped back and hit the ground really hard! Was a stupid and dangerous tackle and I really hope he gets the book (as well as the rest of the library) thrown at him to stop other players from doing the same thing!

  • Comment 96, posted at 16.03.20 10:51:13 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 95) : yes I also like to see 15vs15 but must disagree with you on the time remaining factor. If it is a red card in the 70th min then it is a red card in the first min! The only way to stop stupid actions and tackles is to be consistent with decisions and not let things like time remaining and keeping it competitive enter the thinking of the officials that must decide what card to show!

  • Comment 97, posted at 16.03.20 11:02:48 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 97) : I think we slightly over reacting here because its a Sharks player. It was a mistimed tackle, nothing malicious about it. Ref got it 100% right according to the rule framework he has to work with, in fact the TMO needs to be reprimanded for not following the protocol in that regard and trying for a sensational red. In regards to stopping other players, we can ban him for life and it wont stop others- just look at how the steroid use bans are not stopping others. If we want real change in preventing tackles in the air then ban players from jumping to catch the ball.

  • Comment 98, posted at 16.03.20 11:16:57 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 98) : I’d like to think of myself as a fairly impartial Sharks supporter and I really feel the ref was way too lenient. Timeeft in the match cannot be a factor, as that opens another can of worms as to where the line is drawn regarding how bad the foul play needs to be to warrant a red in the first 10 mins. As far as intent goes, I don’t feel that should be a factor either. The infringing team got off lightly with a player off for 10 mins, while the other team had their plans scuppered from the start. What if Nohamba pulled a hammy 5 minutes in? The best solution I can come up with to appease both sides is to send the guy off for 15 while Schreuder gets assessed. If he fails, du Toit goes for a shower. If he passes, du Toit can come back after 15

  • Comment 99, posted at 16.03.20 11:37:40 by Karl Reply

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  • @Karl (Comment 99) : Fact is letter of the law the ref got it 100% right. Yes was dangerous tackle but Schreuder landed on his upper back, thus the card is downscaled from red to yellow. Injury of a player cannot be used to assess the card. As said I think we over reacting to an unfortunate mistimed tackle. Of more concern should be the act of the Jaguares player stamping on the head of our player the previous game as that was malicious.

  • Comment 100, posted at 16.03.20 12:05:56 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 97) : @SheldonK (Comment 98) : The other touch judge (not Seconds) had it spot on. When Jacobs was considering the TMO recommendation, he said that it doesn’t matter how he lands, the tackle was reckless and dangerous as he could just as easily have landed directly on his head. I agree, the reckless and dangerous tackle was completely avoidable, and those kinds of tackles should receive harsh penalty (red card).

  • Comment 101, posted at 16.03.20 12:11:01 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 100) : I disagree, according to the letter of the law, the high danger involved in the tackle overrides the fact he landed on his back (ref’s mitigating factor).

  • Comment 102, posted at 16.03.20 12:16:10 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 100) : Also the fact he was cited because the tackle met the red card threshold would also indicate your reading of the laws is not correct.

  • Comment 103, posted at 16.03.20 12:17:12 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 101) : Unfortunately he was not spot on as the protocol the ref follows has to take into account how a player lands/where contact is made etc. So in that regard id like to see both the TMO and the AR sanctioned as they are making calls based on their feelings and not according to the laws and protocols laid out which is a concern for me. The Stormers flyhalf also went off for concussion caused by an Esterhuizen tackle, should Esterhuizen also be cited then? (Of course not as player injury cannot be a factor) But I guess as Sharks supporters only a public hanging of the ref and DuToit will suffice.

  • Comment 104, posted at 16.03.20 12:19:36 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 100) : If the ref got it 100% right there would not have been a citing. So he must have got it at least enough wrong to warrant a second look. The ref was most certainly not 100% right, we can argue how right or wrong he was. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 105, posted at 16.03.20 12:19:56 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 104) : Sheldon, that is just ridiculous, Esterhuizen’s tackle was 100% legal, du Toit’s was 100% illegal. Completely different things.

  • Comment 106, posted at 16.03.20 12:21:40 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 104) : The protocol requires they consider mitigating factors like how the player lands, it does not require they always reduce the penalty due to the mitigating factor. So you are not correct in your interpretation.

  • Comment 107, posted at 16.03.20 12:23:19 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 98) : @Karl (Comment 99) : nope it’s nothing to do with Sharks, Stormers or du Toit. If it was malicious or not does not factor into the danger level of his action. He took out the legs of a player that is in the air thus resulting in him falling on his back and causing a concussion. It is extremely dangerous and so the sanction should reflect that.
    Trust me if it was a Sharks player who did it I would be calling for him to be fined for letting down the team and causing them to play a man short.

  • Comment 108, posted at 16.03.20 12:26:00 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 104) : The tackle was a red card, the way he landed was a mitigating factor to be considered by the ref. The ref was within his rights to use the mitigating factor to reduce to a yellow, however both the TJ and TMO were also within their rights to not accept the mitigating factor and recommend the original penalty of red card.

  • Comment 109, posted at 16.03.20 12:26:16 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 108) : Spot on. Hence why I agree with the TJ that said that how he landed is not a mitigating factor since the danger level of the tackle was so high.

  • Comment 110, posted at 16.03.20 12:27:37 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 104) : nope no need for public hanging a good public flogging will suffice. :twisted:

  • Comment 111, posted at 16.03.20 12:31:55 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 104) : @Dancing Bear (Comment 109) : just like the ref and the TMO let’s agree to disagree. Fact is Sharks won and is top of the log! :lol:

  • Comment 112, posted at 16.03.20 12:33:44 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 112) : Happy to disagree on the tackle but def agree on the good Sharks victory, although not sure what will become of this season if anything at all.

  • Comment 113, posted at 16.03.20 12:43:23 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 112) : I’m a huge proponent for retaining the physical nature of rugby, it’s not tiddlywinks or ballroom dancing (thank you Tana and Heineken). However, reckless, dangerous and avoidable play like du Toit’s is simply not an acceptable part of the game we love, and must be stamped out by dealing with it very harshly.

    I remember centuries ago when I was still playing… :mrgreen: …our 4 lock tackled the opposing wing so hard (completely legal) he knocked him out cold, our lock would not leave the guy’s side until he woke up, he was literally begging him to wake up, and holding him. Play hard, but we never want to see opponents hurt like this, and we certainly don’t want to allow reckless and dangerous actions on the field that put players in this kind of danger. The beautiful game is tough enough without it..

  • Comment 114, posted at 16.03.20 12:44:25 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 113) : I can’t help but agree with you….. :grin:

  • Comment 115, posted at 16.03.20 12:45:30 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 112) : However, let me say this, Sheldon and I were having a vigorous debate, there were no personal attacks, we just disagree and express our arguments in a respectful manner. That’s kind of why Rob created this site in the first place. So while I am happy to end our discussion, I don’t regret any of it, and respect Sheldon’s opinion, even if I disagree.

  • Comment 116, posted at 16.03.20 12:47:26 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 113) : If there is no further SuperRugby, then we can relish we ended top of the log, we have a coach that seems to be going in the right directions and is saying and doing the right things. We have a happy bunch of young players, that now have something to prove next season. But most of all, we will always have the thrill and enjoyment of each of the Sharks wins this season, and the enjoyment of having watched some of the most exiting Sharks rugby in years.

  • Comment 117, posted at 16.03.20 12:53:38 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 113) : @Dancing Bear (Comment 115) : personally only thing I can see is a total scrapping of the season (and lot of other sporting competitions) or maybe a very slight chance of the season/competition to be continued next year as I can not see the virus situation going away any time soon enough for the season to be rescued.
    I also see sadness for the Japanese organizers of the Olympic games even tough they still hold firm that it will take place I can not see the Olympics happening this year.
    Locally even all our school activities has been suspended until further notice so now I find myself with “bonus” time and no sport to do or watch. Wonder what work wifey will think off to keep me busy during this sad time. :sad:

  • Comment 118, posted at 16.03.20 12:58:40 by JD Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 116) : @Dancing Bear (Comment 117) : Very good points. You have to feel for the players and coaches as I can imagine its very difficult with a lot of uncertainty. As you say kudos to the players and management for what they have produced to date.

  • Comment 119, posted at 16.03.20 13:10:17 by SheldonK Reply

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  • So Nick Mallet changed his tune on “Final Whistle” – did pretty much a frame by frame comparison with Quagga’s red card in the final a few seasons ago…same thing. Said it was really dangerous from du Toit and probably should have been red. Chat about how tough it is for refs if it is right at the beginning of the game with some good suggestions for alternatives. But this was a simple decision in my book…rules say nothing about back or head or anything. Directives in the past have said that, but those have also changed. At the moment the emphasis on whether it is unacceptably dangerous and this was certainly that. Anyway, luckily everything ended well…

  • Comment 120, posted at 16.03.20 18:12:25 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I can’t help but wonder, with both northern and southern hemispheres taking a break now, is this not maybe the ideal time to implement the global season everyone wants? If I recall, the biggest stumbling block was that neither hemisphere wanted to give up any part of their calendar. Now it’s enforced.

  • Comment 121, posted at 17.03.20 06:57:17 by Karl Reply

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  • I know that we’ve shredded Mark Keohane on this site and that he has a bias towards the Stormers. But I’ve been watching the SARugbyMag clips a lot and I must confess…I quite like his inputs. I was especially impressed by him in this clip: https://youtu.be/kGnKFubc34g
    Hats off, Mark!
    And I loved how he ripped off Mallet… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 122, posted at 17.03.20 07:05:17 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Karl (Comment 121) : Good point…

  • Comment 123, posted at 17.03.20 07:05:40 by pastorshark Reply
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  • On an unrelated tangent, while everyone is (rightfully) celebrating the champagne rugby our backline is producing, it should be remembered that this needs a solid platform from the forwards. And while a solid scrum is due to an eight man effort, it starts with a rock solid tighthead. Thomas du Toit has came in for a lot of flack for his conversion to tighthead, and his attendant performances, and I just think he hasn’t been getting the credit he is due for what he has done this season. This weekend he held his own against SA’s premier loosehead, outlasted him, and then had enough juice left to do a number on his replacement. That takes some doing; take a bow, big man!

  • Comment 124, posted at 17.03.20 07:34:04 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 124) : Agree BUT can they please leave DuToit at tighthead for the foreseeable future so he can continue to learn and grow there.

  • Comment 125, posted at 17.03.20 08:17:17 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 124) : Hear, hear. This scrum has manned up big time, they are hardly recognisable from the scrum that started the season.

  • Comment 126, posted at 17.03.20 08:58:08 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 124) : It was my favourite part of Saturday’s game!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 127, posted at 17.03.20 11:01:41 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 125) : I get the impression that there is a LOT more clarity under Everrit as to what players’ primary positions are seen as, so I’d be very surprised to see Thomas moved, except in a real emergency, or possibly in those games where he provides cover from the bench.

  • Comment 128, posted at 17.03.20 11:41:07 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Seems as if the Sharks broke the Stormers badly on Saturday https://www.sarugbymag.co.za/stormers-set-to-lose-key-trio-for-months/

  • Comment 129, posted at 17.03.20 12:08:04 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 120) : So AJ Jacobs has lost his one and only ally in this saga.

  • Comment 130, posted at 17.03.20 12:25:45 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 128) : Agree on Everitt and their roles, think im more concerned when/if he arrives at the Boks, but hoping they remain consistent too.

  • Comment 131, posted at 17.03.20 13:08:33 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Really miss watching the boys play

  • Comment 132, posted at 21.03.20 19:06:50 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @jdolivier (Comment 132) : for sure!!! Feels much longer than the one week!!!

  • Comment 133, posted at 23.03.20 08:26:12 by JD Reply
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  • @jdolivier (Comment 132) : @JD (Comment 133) : I’m having withdrawal systems.

    Jokes aside: I hope everyone’s and the families are safe and it remains that way.

  • Comment 134, posted at 23.03.20 15:39:10 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 134) : Safely watching replays on the couch. Really hope all you guys are doing well

  • Comment 135, posted at 23.03.20 19:27:24 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 133) : Have it bad bro

  • Comment 136, posted at 23.03.20 19:27:39 by jdolivier Reply

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  • @jdolivier (Comment 136) : The terrible withdrawal symptoms of not seeing the 2020 super rugby Champs in action

  • Comment 137, posted at 23.03.20 19:33:56 by jdolivier Reply

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  • Good luck to everyone for this lockdown mess. Stay healthy, and let’s pray we and our loved ones come out relatively unscathed

  • Comment 138, posted at 26.03.20 13:49:32 by Karl Reply

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  • @Karl (Comment 138) : To you and your family also.

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