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Episodes of Loving have produced more Semi’s than this …

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Original Content, Super 14 on 25 Feb 2008 at 20:45
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The standard of rugby seen from SA sides in the Super 14 in the 1st week is not good enough to win the, Vodacom Cup and in the 2nd week, the Curry Cup if a minimum amount of tries was required to reach the Final of 2 per match for any side as an average.

There was a slight improvement from some of the sides or players but not enough to get me excited.

We have shown a complete Zero in the appreciation and interpretation of the new laws and the type of rugby they reward and the type of rugby they punish .

The Cheetahs, Bulls and Lions have shown very little growth from the 1st week and the Stormers the most, The Sharks were expected to be our best hope yet they struggled to beat what is a hapless Mountain Goat herd, without the Great Sheppard himself in charge.

I spotted the lack of fitness David Nuccsie speaks of early in the first round. It will get worse as the NZ sides hit match fitness fuelled by the intense pace they are exposing themselves to.

Between Falie Oelshig and Fourie DP , I can’t say who has less respect for the new game but both are costing their sides dearly. Not that I have anytime for the new laws other than the 5m back from scrum which is proving the most successful as it rewards sides that attack off 1st phase.

The offside law is ok but it has not seen its full effect due to the rules about giving Free Kicks where Peanuts once abounded. The best example of this is Ritchie Break The Law Mcraw, he has quickly worked out that there is now no consequence to breaking the Law…

Example , Side A attacking and gaining momentum soon to expose cracks in a defensive line struggling to fall back under constant pressure … enter Ritchie, get hands in ruck and don’t let go !

2 results possible

1 = Turnover

2= Free Kick , thereby stemming the tide of an attacking side gaining momentum and allowing my side team b to reform in structured defense …

“Dead [email protected] Easy ay “

i.e. no consequence of 3 points so why the hell not !

The Bottom line …

Not 1 SA side in the Semi’s

Article submitted by Owen Murphy better known as Murph


  • Thanks for this Murph

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.02.08 20:47:22 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • hmmm

    Must say the likes of McCaw & co are just so much more “street smart”

    Amazing considering how many knocks they’ve taken.

    Murph raises a valid point though, & trust the Kiwis to have the new rules all worked out to know all possible loopholes 🙄

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.02.08 20:50:05 by Le Requinny Reply
  • Quin – looks like the SA teams are behind in that department. Can someone give them lessons?

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.02.08 20:51:09 by Nessa Reply

  • lol Ness, hopefully they can read this blog?

    Eish how do the Kiwis do it though? Is it something that is specifically brought to their attention by the coach / analyst? Or is just a sublime feel for the game or vision by the likes of McCaw etc?

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.02.08 20:57:10 by Le Requinny Reply
  • Quin – I think they just have an ability to adapt. It is called a professional unit. The Crusaders are just looking so polished. Let’s hope they are peaking too soon (wishful thinking) and the Sharks can only step up a gear.

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.02.08 21:02:35 by Nessa Reply

  • You guys remember the chick who used to play Trisha Alden in loving? Man… she gave me a double semi back when I was a pre-teen 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.02.08 00:12:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • Comment 7, posted at 26.02.08 00:13:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • wtf?

    this is a RUGBY site?!

    unless you tell me she had a sex-change op & now plays rugby under the guise of Meisiekind Olivier 😉 ?

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.02.08 00:29:20 by Le Requinny Reply
  • & who’s idea was the heading of this posting?

    I smell a set-up 😈

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.02.08 00:30:48 by Le Requinny Reply
  • :mrgreen: Quinny

    I posted the heading as supplied by Murph. 😆

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.02.08 06:54:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Nice article by the lover of gnomes. Agree entirely on the ELV’s and the breakdown.

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.02.08 08:36:30 by Sauce Reply
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  • If only they left the penalty for hands in as a PK and not a FK then things would already be better.

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.02.08 08:43:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Oi The Murph.

    Good read.

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.02.08 09:02:06 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I Love The Sharks :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.02.08 09:04:19 by Charlie Reply

  • Question

    Are the Bulls missing Matfield with Zero Lineouts per Match by opposition sides ?

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.02.08 10:10:21 by ELV=ElectLouisVVEER? Reply

  • Hey Murph!!!!!

    Nice pic

    Drop Kick Murphy’s – Tessie. 😎

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.02.08 10:36:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Are the Bulls missing Matfield with Zero Lineouts per Match by opposition sides ?

    26.02.08 10:10:21 – ELV=ElectLouisVVEER? Edit
    ❓ ❓ ❓

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.02.08 10:37:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • That song brings back some mammaries KSA. 😆

  • Comment 18, posted at 26.02.08 10:38:44 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Answer

    Not as much as i miss willem Dewaal !

  • Comment 19, posted at 26.02.08 10:43:39 by ELV=ElectLouisVVEER? Reply

  • Question

    If the SA sides did not kick away so much ball would they need any Lineout forwards at all ?

  • Comment 20, posted at 26.02.08 10:44:57 by ELV=ElectLouisVVEER? Reply

  • Fact the only Reason that NZ teams are scoring so many tries is ..

    The are running off 1st phase against teams that only have defense patterns for crash ball rugby

    It is not all due to the new rules , just a lack of adaption across the board

    Like in the Super 12 when the Aussies invented fanning out and as soon as everyone copied them they went straight through the middle

    Theseare natural cycles in Rugby, the Aussies were actually running off 1st phase last year

    Now the NZ sides do it and once again we are behind

    Nz are just in better condition as they didnt have a super 14 and WC fianl to contend with plus all the jet lag of going to Russia to get Laureus awards and frostbite

    The Aussies are behind beacuase of the binge drinking culture that has consumed them

    that and the Great Stirling Mortlock is injured !

  • Comment 21, posted at 26.02.08 10:51:59 by ELV=ElectLouisVVEER? Reply

  • That song brings back some mammaries KSA.

    26.02.08 10:38:44 – Big Fish Edit

    I wonder how many guys can say they needed to jumpstart their car becasue the battery went flat from playing ONE song on the CD player. 😆

    THE FOUR OF US CAN!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 22, posted at 26.02.08 10:55:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Best loose forward combo in the S14 ?

    Chris Kidney Blow Masoe

    Rodney Saianora Soialo

    Jerry Cool Hands Collins !

    Whatcshout !

  • Comment 23, posted at 26.02.08 10:57:33 by ELV=ElectLouisVVEER? Reply

  • Murph

    I didn’t notice it so much in the Saders Bulls match, but in the Blues Lions game the Blues were breaking the first tackle and andvantage line at will from the set pieces.

    It was amazing to watch and i would proobably have loved it had i not been a Saffa.

  • Comment 24, posted at 26.02.08 11:00:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • KSA

    You did n ot see as many broken tackles cause the saders always had a man in space to pass to and unlike Bakkies Tuck the Ball under my Arm Contact 1st Botha they always passed to the free man who cantered to the try line

    usually with Ritchie Mc visible in the scoring shot

  • Comment 25, posted at 26.02.08 11:06:56 by ELV=ElectLouisVVEER? Reply

  • The Lineout law is a contradication to opening up the game

    it contradicts the idea of disallowing loosies to break off the scrum early as we did back in the day , as in a lineout now they will line up to play who can kill the flyhalf and 1st centre

    There is no danger of leaving too few players in a lineout to counter a maul as now you may pull the maul down

    its also stupid cause look at the impact of the 5m from scrum law in opening up from set phase the lineout caould be equally awesome in setting up 1st phase attack were it consistent with thiis

    The laws should not change the requirements fundamentaly of the type of player a position requires as this has always been rugbys appeal

    fatties , thin ones , tall one short one …

    the scrum law and the offside law with penalties would have been suffient to open the game

    I believe that the free kick rule is a lead to allowing hands in at the ruck

    As soon as the ref’s get flak for the way Ritchie and friends are “spoiling” due to lack of consequence

    The powers that be will say ok fine then hands in then we dont have to stop it to allow structured defense to form and the game will be open …

    problem … = No rucking allowed to stop the frees to spoil hands in to be kept in check to stop slow ball !

  • Comment 26, posted at 26.02.08 11:17:14 by ELV=ElectLouisVVEER? Reply

  • I am afraid the margins for the Stormers and the Cheetahs are going to be rather big this weekend. 🙁

  • Comment 27, posted at 26.02.08 11:20:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Murph those are some DAMN valid points.

    I can only hope that the ELV’s do not get adopted.

  • Comment 28, posted at 26.02.08 11:23:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • 26.02.08 11:20:10 – KSA Shark ©
    pessimist! Saders and Blues will be so full of themselves and the Cheetahs/Stormers will know what is coming! diff won’t be more than 20 😕

  • Comment 29, posted at 26.02.08 11:23:33 by JT Reply

  • makes the superbru thing easier.

    Who’s the Blues goalkicker? Is it Evans?

  • Comment 30, posted at 26.02.08 11:28:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • JT

    yeah that is right.

    scored massive points this weekend

  • Comment 31, posted at 26.02.08 11:29:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • 😳 😳

    Sorry was meant to at Rob not JT.

    It will depend on how many changes the Blues and Seders make IMO.

  • Comment 32, posted at 26.02.08 11:30:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Burnout boys, burnout.

    I expect the NZ sides to do well, but I also expect them to slow up closer to the finish line.

    Murph, the Blues did break a lot of tackles against the Lions, often because they ran into space, admittedly, but also because they were stronger in contact then the Lions.

  • Comment 33, posted at 26.02.08 11:32:51 by Big Fish Reply
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  • remember, Blues ALWAYS start like a house on fire…

  • Comment 34, posted at 26.02.08 11:34:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • Fish , the Lions are no way to measure your ability to break the line you will always get favourable results 😯

  • Comment 35, posted at 26.02.08 12:01:37 by ELV=ElectLouisVVEER? Reply

  • NEXT weekend will be a good measure.

    We have only allowed in 2 tries so far this season.

    I am keen to see how many the Saders score against WP. Thye have only had ONE try scored against them thusfar.

  • Comment 36, posted at 26.02.08 12:10:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • MArk my words North Hemisphere will reject these laws

    They have enough threat from League

  • Comment 37, posted at 26.02.08 12:11:12 by ELV=ElectLouisVVEER? Reply

  • Murph

    I actually agree with you on that.


  • Comment 38, posted at 26.02.08 12:20:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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