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Match Report: Sharks v Bulls

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Posted in :Admin, Bulls, Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 2 Mar 2008 at 23:24
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A replay between the Finalists from last year, but also perhaps a match-up between a team on the ascendancy and another on the decline.

The game was an ill-tempered, niggly affair, that started with Johan Ackermann getting some time off for bad behaviour in the third minute for a punch on Derrick Kuun. The card was deserved, but it was aggravating watching Kuun point at his eye when replays clearly showed him getting a rib-tickler.

The Bulls dominated most facets of the game for most of the … uhm game. The Sharks had started with Jannie du Plessis in the unfamiliar loosehead position, alongside BJ Botha and perennial journeyman Skipper Badenhorst, who went to the same school as, and even looks like, Rob Dylan.

I have come to the conclusion that Skipper Badenhorst is a flagrant homosexual, based on his absolute and utter refusal to ever throw straight in the lineout. Skipper, your protest is noted my friend – you can stop with the skeef business now.

Nonetheless, despite the Bulls getting a huge amount of ball, playing most of the game in the Sharks 22 and also enjoying a one man advantage (due to Ackermann’s card, not Skipper’s ability), they looked like a slowed down and less imposing version of the 2007 side. Missing some big names obviously contributed, but even last year the Sharks were able to match up to the Bulls physically. This year the nature of the game has moved on a bit, but the Bulls playing style has not.

It was like watching a movie on the Somme as Bull after Bull was handed the ball and tasked with running straight and ineffectually into the Shark directly in front of him. Sometimes they looked up before they ran, sometimes they didn’t; that was about all the variation. It reminded me of a story that said that one day lemmings would evolve to fly. Until then they just threw themselves to their destruction at the base of the cliff. Maybe one a Bull player would evolve a side-step or something?

To be fair though, the Sharks were also slow and unimaginative and were also caught out a few times when the Bulls varied the line of attack slightly, most notably when Danwell Demas was put into space to chase a clever grubber by Pedrie Wannenburg. I think its unfair to blame Demas for knocking on (and only marginally so) in attempting to ground the ball; although he certainly stuffed up another chance created by FDP later in the game, when the latter broke clean through from a maul.
The Sharks scored while Danie Roussouw was sent off for a professional foul just before half time – Johan Muller bravely choosing to go for the try instead of the 3 points, and Rory Kockott and Waylon Murray doing some incisive work in getting Odwa Ndungane over, partly due to some poor marking by Zane Kirchner.

The second half was more of the same with the Bulls going up 15-7 thanks to a Morne Steyn penalty and well-taken drop-goal. Around the 70th minute, JP Nel, who is apparently considering a career in law based on his extensive experience of judicial hearings, received yet another yellow card for a spear tackle on Francois Steyn, with whom he had been involved in a number of incidents.

This was the turning point in the game with the Sharks first scoring through Freddie Michalak, then exposing the Bulls decision to go for a 7-man defensive scrum with substitute Jacques Botes breaking on the blindside before feeding the superb Keegan Daniel for a great score, and finally, the loss of a midfielder resulted in Jaco Engels popping up in midfield only to knock on a ball that was chipped ahead and eventually grounded by Botes for the bonus point. Final score; 26-15.

Jaco Engels will certainly cop a ban for a stupid punch on Johan Muller, and might well decide to split taxi fare with frequent transgressor JP Nel, who is similarly likely to get an all-expenses paid vacation. I would like to send a special shout-out to Derrick Kuun, who managed to be involved in most of the fracas during the game – if only he played as well as he talked.

The Sharks will have to play well above this level if they intend to beat the Blues, with particular emphasis being placed on closing down attackers immediately, and not allowing the off-load in the tackle.

In addition, although Brad Barrit didn’t have a bad game, not enough is happening in the 10-12-13 axis to bother a top-notch team. Now that Kockott is there to give the backs quick ball, one would expect the backs to be more dangerous; and this was indeed the case: but only once Adi Jacobs came on. Dick is going to have think about this one.

Another move worth considering is to move AJ to lock and start with Daniel, Botes and Kankowski. Daniel and Botes are not huge, but having a fit Bismark du Plessis in the front row will mean that the tight 5 can carry a smaller than usual loose trio. Key to this will be a plan to stop the likes of big Nick Williams next week though.

Special mention must be made of Daniel, Kankowski, Botes, Burden, Jacobs and Michalak, who all had excellent games.


  • who was man of the match

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.03.08 00:53:11 by jarsonx Reply
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  • Our players are still not hitting the ball at pace… other than Steyn… who never steps before the tackle anyways…

    JP, Kanko, Steyn, Murray need to be hitting the ball at warp speeds not flat-footed…

    Huge, huge game this weekend before heading off… a win no matter what margin will knock the Blues off their perch…


  • Comment 2, posted at 03.03.08 02:57:00 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Bryce

    Engels certainly hit it at pace. 👿

    Oh no wait you said hitting the ball at pace. 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.03.08 06:47:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Goodmorning everybody… :mrgreen:

    Big Fish,

    Great work buddy… 😀

    The trio of Daniel, Botes & Kankowski that I proposed ago surely paid the dividends… 😈

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.03.08 07:42:36 by Charlie Reply

  • Nice piece Fisho, great way to start the day.
    jarson,daniel was man of the match.

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.03.08 08:00:36 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • ‘The Sharks responded superbly’

    02 March 2008 (23:02)

    Dick Muir © Gallo Images
    A glance at the 29-15 scoreline suggests that Sharks coach Dick Muir’s plan worked a treat against the Bulls at Loftus on Saturday night, but the Sharks left it dangerously late before securing an important win against the Super 14 champions.
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    Muir, on the eve of the game, told The Witness that he thought his reserve bench would carry too much firepower for the Bulls in the closing stages. And so it proved, but even he had his doubts when the Sharks trailed 10-15 with just eight minutes remaining.

    Muir said: “I was worried,but in a way it was probably a good thing that we were five behind needing to score a goal to win.

    “It changed the mind-set of our players and made them more attacking. They responded superbly.” Indeed they did, running in three tries – to seal a bonus point – in eight minutes to turn a five-point deficit into a 14-point win.


    It was an extraordinary turnaround. The Bulls had their chances to close out the game with three tries lost through poor finishing.

    In contrast, and when the chances came late in both halves, the Sharks’ pace and enterprise brought tries for wing Odwa Ndungane, flyhalf Frederic Michalak and the two flanks, Keegan Daniel and substitute Jacques Botes.

    It was the introduction of the replacements, Adrian Jacobs, Botes, Craig Burden, Stefan Terblanche and Albert van den Berg, which brought energy and ambition to the Sharks’ attacks.

    Critically, though, they were helped by the yellow-card which was handed to JP Nel by referee Mark Lawrence for a spear-tackle on Frans Steyn well after he had passed the ball.

    Nel was off for 10 of the last 12 minutes and while he was brooding in the cooler, the Sharks scored three tries. Muir was back in familiar territory after the win, mightily relived, delighted with the log points, but unhappy with the quality of the rugby played by the Sharks.

    “It was a brilliant win. It’s not easy going to Loftus and I’m chuffed to come away with a win and a bonus point. But for an hour we did not exactly cover ourselves with glory and that’s a worry.”


    Muir said that the Sharks had planned and plotted to play “proper, expansive rugby” at Loftus. “We wanted to express ourselves with ball in hand. But the heavy rain during the warm-up changed everything and suddenly we were back playing with a wet ball.

    “We had to change our tactical approach and I think that threw us. Perhaps we were too defensive and it was only in the final quarter that we started to play the way we can.”

    Muir said he was proud of the way the players had responded, both to the physical challenge and the pressure in the closing minutes.

    “We knew the Bulls would try and soften us up, but the players stood up well and then they had the character to score those 19 points in eight minutes at the end.”

    The Sharks coach said that both tighthead Jannie du Plessis and centre Brad Barritt had taken hard knocks. Their fitness would be assessed this week ahead of the top-of-the-log clash against the Blues on Saturday night.


    The win enabled veteran Sharks lock Johan Ackermann to end his career on a high. The evening did not start well as referee Lawrence, who had a busy but impressive night controlling two fired-up teams, yellow-carded him after just a minute for throwing a punch.

    But he played his part in a Sharks pack which stood up well to the Bulls and made the heroic late flurry possible. Muir paid tribute to Daniel, a small but explosive flank. “He has all the skills but we we needed to know whether he was tough enough to play at this level. I think he showed that he is.”

    The man-of-the-match award went to Daniel but it should have gone to JP Nel who turned both the match and Steyn on their heads. The Sharks should have carried the Bulls centre from the field.

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.03.08 08:02:05 by Charlie Reply

  • Pity Ackers couldn’t finish it off with a win over the Blues…

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.03.08 08:09:26 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Charlie,you mind if i tidy the last part of that comment up for you?

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.03.08 08:18:12 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • Brilliant piece. Was canning myself.

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.03.08 08:24:36 by billy Reply

  • As far as my man of the match goes it has to be given to 3 of the Bulls players. Nel for being so predictable and f’ing stupid that he gave us the game. Stegman (SP?) for getting the sharks so pissed off they ran twice as hard and Kuun for forgetting why he was at loftus, it wasnt to argue you w*nker!

    Els will surely cancel the beachfront flat and trailer parking bay in Toti for December out of fear of reprisal for his cheapshot on Muller?

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.03.08 08:31:01 by billy Reply

  • Claytie,

    Anytime boet… 😳

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.03.08 08:34:25 by Charlie Reply

  • Cool,done. 😎

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.03.08 08:35:44 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • Thanx… 😉

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.03.08 08:44:15 by Charlie Reply

  • JP Nel is a thug and should go into wrestling because he isnt good at rugby, Wordup Sharks for that win over the Bulls

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.03.08 09:33:02 by djgap Reply

  • JP slugged Murray with more proper punches than you will see in any wrestling matches.Utterly disgusting.

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.03.08 09:37:28 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • Oh and its so nice to see Wynand Oliviers still punting his linesman theory,that attempt to skip Demas to put the linesman into space would have been class if Demas hadn’t been greedy and tried to grab it.

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.03.08 09:39:39 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • Just for the record, I did NOT go to the same school as Skipper Badenhorst!

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.03.08 10:17:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • Good morning everybody.

    The Bulls supporters behind me in the stands said that JP’s tackle was not a spear tackle and he will get off scott free – as he did last week.

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.03.08 10:26:08 by Nessa Reply

  • yeah, Ness, but those same Bulls supporters think Wynand Olivier is a centre 😉

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.03.08 10:29:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • hi Nessa
    for some reason beyond my knowlegdement the Bulls always gets away with dirty play.. I just can’t under stand it, especially JP Nel. I wonder with what he is paying them to set him free!!!!!!!!! 😀 😀 😀

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.03.08 10:30:50 by Reds Reply

  • And they are of the thinking that you should actually have a spear with you when tackling someone for it to be labeled a spear tackle.

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.03.08 10:31:20 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • :mrgreen: true!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.03.08 10:31:31 by Reds Reply

  • RD – I know. I am starting to feel sorry for poor Wynand!

    Reds – my thoughts exactly. He seems to get away with more than anyone else.

    Prov – so that’s what they were talking about. Thanks for that! 😆

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.03.08 10:33:41 by Nessa Reply

  • let them keep Nel. They are a poorer team with him in their squad. If he was actually banned, they might be forced to pick a rugby player at outside centre instead of a bar brawler.

  • Comment 24, posted at 03.03.08 10:36:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • It is so nice seeing tries again for a change. This penalty thing is not fun!

    Just wish they would stop with this ping pong kicking – makes you feel like you are watching tennis.

  • Comment 25, posted at 03.03.08 10:41:04 by Nessa Reply

  • Yeah… about the only guy that seemed to achieve ANYTHING with the kicks was Terblance. He’s a must-start this week, even if it does cost my mate Brad his place.

  • Comment 26, posted at 03.03.08 10:47:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • The Bulls (Cow) supporters might be thinking about a “assegaai duikslag” 😯

  • Comment 27, posted at 03.03.08 11:00:42 by Charlie Reply

  • Yeah… about the only guy that seemed to achieve ANYTHING with the kicks was Terblance. He’s a must-start this week, even if it does cost my mate Brad his place.

    03.03.08 10:47:18 – robdylan

    Hey, buddy

    Are you OK… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 03.03.08 11:01:24 by Charlie Reply

  • Congrats to the Sharks for the bonus point win on Saturday… I, for one, will be backing them to go all the way this year.

  • Comment 29, posted at 03.03.08 11:08:09 by Ghost10 Reply

  • Terblanche was very good when he came on and i believe Freds starting to find his feet. The Blues game could be just the place for Fred to start firing.

  • Comment 30, posted at 03.03.08 11:19:47 by billy Reply

  • The Bulls supporters behind me in the stands said that JP’s tackle was not a spear tackle and he will get off scott free – as he did last week.

    03.03.08 10:26:08 – Nessa Edit

    I hope you got some phone numbers, to call and say “I told you so”

    It wasn’t a spear tackle by definition but it was a dangerous tackle and the citing is for a dangerous tackle not a spear tackle.

    Just dial the number, laugh and then hang up without saying anything. 😉

  • Comment 31, posted at 03.03.08 11:25:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Hello all.

    Enjoyed the game on Sat. Loftus was great: atmosphere sans outright aggression, and the game itself was exciting if not pretty.

    Not hugely worried about the Blues next week. I have always thought that the Sharks are the sort of team that tend to rise and fall in accordance with the level of opposition. The Blues are a pukka rugger team (as opposed to a bunch of like-attired brawlers) and I think we’ll step up to the challenge.

    Not to say it will be an easy task, but we’ve shown that we can play a great game, if only in little bursts so far.

  • Comment 32, posted at 03.03.08 11:35:23 by Waz Reply

  • Thanks for the concern, Charlie.

    I would still rather drop Steyn, but I can tell which way the wind is blowing around here 😉

  • Comment 33, posted at 03.03.08 11:35:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • i think the criticism headed barrit’s way is a tad unfair. he got no ball in the first half, neither did freddy as kockott hardly passed to his flyhalf at all in the first 60 minutes, he was driving me a bit mad.

  • Comment 34, posted at 03.03.08 11:35:44 by knersboy Reply

  • Geez – can’t believe the boot Terblanche has on him. Quite impressive!

    KSA – let me tell you – there were many Bulls on the Sharks website last week with big mouthes and only 2 of them came onto the site this morning to say well done to the Sharks.

  • Comment 35, posted at 03.03.08 11:37:01 by Nessa Reply

  • I don’t want to head towards a political discussion here but this comment from the Bulls website is 100% correct in BOTH the subjects it mentions.

    It was posted after Demas had been called a quota amongst a few otehr names.

    Morning everyone.

    Congratulations to the Sharks, tough luck to the Bulls.

    Demas and a few other things cost you, the game least of which is JP Nel and his constant thuggery.

    Demas may not be the guy you guys want on wing but you can hardly call him a quota player (or it that a euphamism for something else you want to call him?)

    Face facts guys, you have a string of injuries on the wing at the moment and he is the best you have who is currently fit to take the field. He is not there because of his skin colour he is there because you have injuries.

    I agree with it 100%. The Bulls are suffering from injuries and for them to turn this thing into a quota/transformation issue is just so true to form. 👿

  • Comment 36, posted at 03.03.08 11:37:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • The Bulls are suffering from chronic stupidity… far more serious than the loss of Haban/Bakkies/Spies etc

  • Comment 37, posted at 03.03.08 11:42:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • Morning All!!

    About the Bulls getting away with dirty play….did you not hear Mark L. constantly asking his “Assistant Refers” to help him out?? He could not have his eyes everywhere!! Most of the fouls (punches etc) were missed by one particulatr AR….no prizes for guessing who!!
    Why is this man running the line when the bulls are playing?? For heavan’s sake his “swaar” is a Bull & surely to protect him from being called “biased” they should keep him well away from ALL Bulls games…just my opinion. 😕

  • Comment 38, posted at 03.03.08 11:56:48 by Me2 Reply

    Me2 aka Mama Shark
  • Hi Me2 – meant to tell you I love your pic!

    Had a long chat to Adi after the game and he said the Bulls are always so difficult to play because there is so much punching and niggling going on. They are always trying to get under your skin.

    Must agree with you about a certain man – should not be allowed near any Bulls games!

  • Comment 39, posted at 03.03.08 11:58:54 by Nessa Reply

  • Dont want to go back on quotes but surely Botes & Daniels need to play as a starting combo for the Sharks. Havent read through all the posts and surely there will be plenty but thought Knockkit nearly cost the Sharks the game. he was piss poor behind the Shark pack. Anyway a great win for the Guppies and good luck for the Blues game. Surely you have to bring that lot down to earth.

  • Comment 40, posted at 03.03.08 11:59:06 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Nessa hoped you enjoyed the game? 😎 I am looking for a pair of Bull horns, cant get them in these parts. Nessa any luck? 😛

  • Comment 41, posted at 03.03.08 12:00:51 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Me2

    If Roos is anything like i would hope he is then the Bulls wouldn’t want him to ref them either.

    I know of a few refs (me included) who tend to give the 50/50 calls to the “away” team in an effort to ensure that we are NOT accused of bias.

    It is after all Willie Roos who clarified JP Nel’s card for Lawrence and Ask Rory Kockott if he would like Roos to ref the Sharks v Bulls match after teh CC match last year.

    In Short accuse the refs of all the incompetence you like but don’t accuse us of bias. 😉

  • Comment 42, posted at 03.03.08 12:06:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Rory Kockott didn’t played a bad game….but he did try to break on his own a bit too often. I believe he is solid performer in all areas of the scrummie’s game and I would start with him against the Blues…bring on Ruan as an impact player.

  • Comment 43, posted at 03.03.08 12:10:52 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive Pass
  • KSA – you get me wrong…I am saying that he is sooo poor at what he does, that he should be kept away from Bulls games so that the “biased”
    label is not added to the “incompetent” one! 😀

  • Comment 44, posted at 03.03.08 12:14:27 by Me2 Reply

    Me2 aka Mama Shark
  • PB – sorry, don’t know where you can get a pair of those – other than in Pretoria. The game was great though – the atmosphere was brilliant – just my nerves are finished.

  • Comment 45, posted at 03.03.08 12:15:21 by Nessa Reply

  • DP

    i agree.

    I will say it again in the hope that ONE DAY Dick Muir will see my comment and go with it.

    9. Kockott
    10. Michalak
    11. JPP
    12. Steyn
    13. Murray
    14. Ndungane
    15. Terblanche

    20. Barrit
    21. Jacobs
    22. Pienaar

    C’mon Dick just this once please?????????????

  • Comment 46, posted at 03.03.08 12:16:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Me2 – you tell him girl!!! 😆

  • Comment 47, posted at 03.03.08 12:16:05 by Nessa Reply

  • Dive pass – Rory is not a bad player…just gets a bit carried away at times ❗

  • Comment 48, posted at 03.03.08 12:16:17 by Me2 Reply

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  • Me2

    OH OKAY COOL. 😆 😆

  • Comment 49, posted at 03.03.08 12:16:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Nessa! KSA must stop taking criticism of refs. personally! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 50, posted at 03.03.08 12:17:54 by Me2 Reply

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  • DP – I agree.

    I would have Steyn, Pienaar and Jacobs as impact replacements against the Blues.

  • Comment 51, posted at 03.03.08 12:18:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • Steyn is a flanker!

  • Comment 52, posted at 03.03.08 12:18:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • 😳 😳 😳


  • Comment 53, posted at 03.03.08 12:19:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • 03.03.08 12:16:00 – KSA Shark ©

    I could go with that as the backline for the Blues match….

  • Comment 54, posted at 03.03.08 12:20:12 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • 🙄 KSA – I love all Sharks supporters so don’t worry – you still “Top of the Pops” 👿 🙂

  • Comment 55, posted at 03.03.08 12:20:31 by Me2 Reply

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  • RD – I wonder why he does that? 😈

  • Comment 56, posted at 03.03.08 12:20:55 by Nessa Reply

  • Nessa, watching on tv I got the feeling that this was almost a home crows for the Sharks, was I imagining it or was there an abnormal amount of support for the Sharks, considering it was Loftus.

  • Comment 57, posted at 03.03.08 12:20:58 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • could go with that as the backline for the Blues match….

    03.03.08 12:20:12 – Dive Pass Edit

    No chance that you are Dick Muir posting here under an alias is there?

  • Comment 58, posted at 03.03.08 12:21:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Salmonoid – I have been to Loftus many times – and there is always a good support base for the Sharks there – but I don’t think there have ever been this many as there were on Saturday. When the Sharks scored and I looked back behind me – there was this huge wave of Sharks flags. It was awesome!

  • Comment 59, posted at 03.03.08 12:22:42 by Nessa Reply

  • Help Help They are ganging up on me!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 60, posted at 03.03.08 12:23:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • 03.03.08 12:21:46 – KSA Shark ©

    🙂 no chance….but I do know a friend, who know some one that once walked past him in the supermarket?

  • Comment 61, posted at 03.03.08 12:24:02 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • DP,

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 62, posted at 03.03.08 12:27:02 by Charlie Reply

  • one of our posters knows Dick from school 😉 Dick was his fag…

  • Comment 63, posted at 03.03.08 12:27:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • Dive pass – Rory is not a bad player…just gets a bit carried away at times ❗
    03.03.08 12:16:17 – Me2

    It’s a scrummies prerogative to get abit carried away, ask Gregan, Putt, Davidson and all the short in your face ones over the years. In fact when Webb-Ellis was devising the game there was a short obnoxious stick of dynamite in his class who insisted on the position…the rest is history.

  • Comment 64, posted at 03.03.08 12:29:44 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive Pass
  • DP – I think Rory was a bit over the top when he started – but he has calmed down a bit and I quite like him now.

  • Comment 65, posted at 03.03.08 12:35:42 by Nessa Reply

  • DP – Rory has a long way to go before you can even mention him along side Gregan, Putt & Davidson….although HE may not think so…and…that’s what is going to get him into trouble very soon…he was lucky Mark Lawrence had a sence of humour & it was early in the game ❗

  • Comment 66, posted at 03.03.08 12:35:58 by Me2 Reply

    Me2 aka Mama Shark
  • My problem with Rory is that he could not get the ball to the flyhalf and way to much kicking. That wont work against the Blues and why do you want to drop Barrett and bring Steyn in. Leave them in 12 & 15. Defense will be the key for the Sharks against the Blues. The Cheetahs scored 4 tries by keeping the ball but their defense was poor. Leaking tries everytime the Blues was attacking. Thought Heinrich Brussouw and JL Potgieter had excellent games vs the Blues.

  • Comment 67, posted at 03.03.08 12:38:33 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Me2 – I must agree with you there. Rory thinks he is the man! 😆

  • Comment 68, posted at 03.03.08 12:41:10 by Nessa Reply

  • I wonder if Fred might not be a liability against the Blues…

  • Comment 69, posted at 03.03.08 12:42:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob

    In what way.

    his defence has been awesome and i have no problem with his offence either.

    i think he will be fine.

  • Comment 70, posted at 03.03.08 12:44:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Hey KSA – guess what ❓


  • Comment 71, posted at 03.03.08 12:45:32 by Me2 Reply

    Me2 aka Mama Shark
  • Now there’s a turn up for the books! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 72, posted at 03.03.08 12:46:37 by Nessa Reply

  • Nessa – haven’t you got WORK to do ❓ 👿 😀

  • Comment 73, posted at 03.03.08 12:47:53 by Me2 Reply

    Me2 aka Mama Shark
  • 😯

    Nah!!!!!!!!!!!!! she must be pulling my leg. 🙄

  • Comment 74, posted at 03.03.08 12:48:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • OH WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW I get it.

    You agree with the he will be fine bit right? 😉

  • Comment 75, posted at 03.03.08 12:49:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Oh all of ye of little understanding of the in your face scrummie… 😉

    For most of the 1st half Fred wasn’t in the fly-half channel it was Steyn…in fact I think they might have been part of the problem of the first 2 matches and the first 60 minutes of the Bulls match …getting 2 clever in the backline before the proper foundations had been laid…Blues/Crusaders backlines has done alot of attacking penetration from 1st phase ball.

  • Comment 76, posted at 03.03.08 12:49:57 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive Pass
  • Who me? 😳

    KSA – 24 people on line at the moment – what is the record? I seem to think 22?

  • Comment 77, posted at 03.03.08 12:50:16 by Nessa Reply

  • 29 is the record

  • Comment 78, posted at 03.03.08 12:53:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • Fred didn’t touch the ball for the first 20 minutes.

  • Comment 79, posted at 03.03.08 12:54:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • Nessa

    No I am pulling Me2’s leg with her agreeing with me. 😉

  • Comment 80, posted at 03.03.08 12:56:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Fred didn’t touch the ball for the first 20 minutes.

    03.03.08 12:54:19 – robdylan Edit

    I don’t believe he can be blamed for that though.

  • Comment 81, posted at 03.03.08 12:57:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I don’t think Fred had a particularly good game (as some reports are saying). He didn’t have a bad game either. As he would say, it was a “comme ci comme ca” performance. Not for lack of effort though – you can’t fault Michalak’s enthusiasm – he looked like he was despeartely trying to get involved, but in the first 50 odd minutes he was skipped in passes & well, Rory “dictated” – a bit too much…

  • Comment 82, posted at 03.03.08 12:57:36 by Le Requinny Reply
  • Look I rate Rory, but he got a bit too carried away on Sat – trying to do everything himself. And some of his box-kicks were awful, not on. Somebody actually needed to have a word with him a little earlier in the game…

  • Comment 83, posted at 03.03.08 12:59:05 by Le Requinny Reply
  • that kick-pass to Murray was superb, though…

  • Comment 84, posted at 03.03.08 12:59:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • 29 is the record

    03.03.08 12:53:35 – robdylan Edit

    Sheez are you upset with Nessa or something. 😉


    The record is 29. If you go to the Who’s online page it will tell you near the top what the record is and when it was. .

  • Comment 85, posted at 03.03.08 12:59:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Sharks need to do less kicking, period.

  • Comment 86, posted at 03.03.08 12:59:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • KSA – don’t read anything into tone on a blog… go read the Rules 😉

    I am multitasking like mad here trying to get the Craig Burden interview typed up 😉

  • Comment 87, posted at 03.03.08 13:00:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • …Rory “dictated” – a bit too much…
    03.03.08 12:57:36 – Le Requinny

    Et tu Quinny….

  • Comment 88, posted at 03.03.08 13:00:42 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive Pass
  • Thanks KSA – maybe RD is short with me because I asked you and not him! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 89, posted at 03.03.08 13:02:49 by Nessa Reply

  • Definitely less kicking! Felt like I was at a tennis match!

    RD – you do your job now and get the Craig interview typed up. 😉

  • Comment 90, posted at 03.03.08 13:04:17 by Nessa Reply

  • Nessa

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 91, posted at 03.03.08 13:04:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Okay – off to get some lunch now. Back in a jiff!

  • Comment 92, posted at 03.03.08 13:05:46 by Nessa Reply

  • ok… I can take the hint.

    You will see me again later 😉

  • Comment 93, posted at 03.03.08 13:07:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • 😛

  • Comment 94, posted at 03.03.08 13:09:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Nessa – I said WORK not LUNCH 😆

    PS – thanks for the remark re my pic…meant to say so earlier but have been blogging between interuptions! Hehehehehe

  • Comment 95, posted at 03.03.08 13:27:16 by Me2 Reply

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  • PPS – we both got swell daughters hey 😉

  • Comment 96, posted at 03.03.08 13:28:03 by Me2 Reply

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  • Bad start – good finish… :mrgreen:

    I think our guys dealt better with the high balls…

    Kockott played well but needs to release the ball early sometimes. he’s a brave little guy but we don’t want him becoming to predictble (re: dummies etc).

    I know a lot has been said but I still cannot believe a below-average hooker like Skip is 2nd preference for a big team like the Sharks. we can’t have a player like that in such a CRITICAL position if we are serious about challenging for this trophy. It just doesn’t make sense. (I thought Craig had a much better game and used his pace very well in open play)

  • Comment 97, posted at 03.03.08 14:17:18 by blackshark Reply

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  • Agree with you Ebony!! 😀

  • Comment 98, posted at 03.03.08 14:30:42 by Me2 Reply

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  • you have got to see this

  • Comment 99, posted at 03.03.08 14:37:53 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • 😯 That must’ve been some hectic wind…Whooaa…is the video up on youtube ?

  • Comment 100, posted at 03.03.08 14:42:00 by blackshark Reply

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  • has to be,thats where it plays off of

  • Comment 101, posted at 03.03.08 14:43:10 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • PJLD-Haven’t seen the vid yet (no flash here) but I’ll check it out when I get home…

  • Comment 102, posted at 03.03.08 14:51:18 by blackshark Reply

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  • Me2 – that we do. We can be two very proud mums! 😀

  • Comment 103, posted at 03.03.08 14:54:48 by Nessa Reply

  • Ness – Burden interview is up

  • Comment 104, posted at 03.03.08 14:59:19 by robdylan Reply
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