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Sharks take on draw from hell

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark Β©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 1 Apr 2008 at 07:06

The Sharks’ daunting five-match Super 14 tour of Australasia had been planned with military precision, says coach Dick Muir, but the emphasis has been on making it an enjoyable adventure.

John Bishop of The Witness writes that Muir said that the Sharks were traditionally good travellers and the players were excited about the challenges ahead on the most demanding of tours.

Which is just as well as they have been handed a draw from hell as they criss-cross the Tasman Sea four times.

They start against the fourth-placed Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday, six days later they take on the Highlanders in Dunedin, then nip over to Australia to play the Brumbies and the Waratahs before ending the five-week trip against the log-leading Crusaders back in New Zealand.

Muir said the itinerary had been meticulously planned, ensuring that there was the right blend of work and play, of hard rugby and relaxation.


“The build-up to the Hurricanes will be brief and intense because it will be a short week but we then go to Queenstown (one of New Zealand’s top skiing resorts) before the game against the Highlanders,” said Muir shortly before the squad flew out of Durban.

“In Australia we will be based at a resort near Sydney for the games against the Brumbies and the Waratahs and we also have excellent accommodation in Christchurch for the last game.”

While many South African rugby players dread the overseas leg of the Super 14 season, Muir said the Sharks “turned the tour into a positive” and this had shown in their successes on past tours.

But Muir concedes that the Sharks will have to improve on their South African form if they are to enjoy a successful trip.

“What is encouraging is that we have been nowhere near our best and we are still unbeaten. The plan in the Super 14 is to be in the race for the play-offs when you get to the final few games and so far we are on track.

But if we play like we did in the first half against the Reds (on Saturday), we will be in trouble.” The Sharks have the best defensive record in the competition but what is worrying for Muir, and captain Johann Muller, is that their attacking play has been poor and they have picked up only one bonus point for scoring four tries.

Their backs, intent on running over opponents instead of creating opportunities for support players, has lacked rhythm.

“Our backs have tended to run laterally rather than straight and this had made it easy for the opposition defences.”

But the Sharks have also struggled because the forwards are not dominating at the breakdown and, without quickly recycled possession, there is little momentum.


Muir is certain to start with Frederic Michalak at flyalf against the Hurricanes with Francois Steyn probably playing at inside centre.

What must also be a concern is that second-choice scrumhalf Rory Kockott, all pace, energy and physical commitment, provides the team with more momentum than the composed Springbok Ruan Pienaar.

With Ryan Kankowski and Waylon Murray, who both limped from the field on Saturday, passed fit for the tour, Muir suddenly has a full squad of players and competition for places in the starting line-up is becoming more intense with each passing week.

Steyn and Adrian Jacobs are both challenging in midfield while Bok loosehead Deon Carstens and lock Steve Sykes are back in harness to provide options at tight forward.

Lock Albert van den Berg has more to offer than 30 minutes at the end of a game and the depth at loose forward has been further increased now that Tongan battering ram Epi Taione is on board and AJ Venter is not needed at lock.

Muir has the talent – the travelling squad contains 18 internationals – and this tour will provide the opportunity to turn a willing but patchy outfit into potential champions.

Sharks’ Super 14 tour fixtures:
April 5 (Sat) Huricanes (Wellingrton)
April 11 (Fri) Highlanders (Dunedin)
April 19 (Sat) Brumbies (Canberra)
April 26 (Sat) Waratahs (Sydney)
May 2 (Fri) Crusaders (Christchurch).


  • morning all
    at least we will not do worse than the cheetas, bulls or lions on tour, we will win 4 out of 5 and run the crusaders close its time for the magic to begin. the sharks has and will always be the saffa team that travels best,

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.04.08 07:13:06 by barend Reply
  • Morning Barend

    I am expecting 3 from 5 with at least 3 BP’s while on tour.

    Not sure if those BP’s will be loss BP’s or try BP’s though πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.04.08 07:15:24 by KSA Shark Β© Reply
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  • let look at some intresting options for the sharks in combinations
    6- botes
    7- burden
    8- epi
    6 daniels
    7 botes
    8 kannotcatchkie
    9 kockett
    10 pienaar
    12 adi
    9 kockett
    10 freddy
    12 steyn

    can be fun to play around with them

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.04.08 07:18:16 by barend Reply
  • morning KSA

    3 from 5 is realistic the wins should be over the
    April 5 (Sat) Huricanes (Wellingrton) with bp
    April 11 (Fri) Highlanders (Dunedin) with bp
    April 26 (Sat) Waratahs (Sydney)with bp
    April 19 (Sat) Brumbies (Canberra) no bp

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.04.08 07:21:18 by barend Reply
  • with a draw like this people are still wondering why sharks fans are irate about the lack of bonus points. and some fools even try to justify the sharks poor performances with a comparison of the sharks last year. mmm didn’t the kiwi teams have all blacks out last year? mmm didn’t we play more games on african soil last year? mmm i was taught to always compare apples with apples.

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.04.08 07:24:55 by try time Reply
  • Hi TT… πŸ˜€

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.04.08 07:50:34 by Charlie Reply
  • Charlie πŸ™‚

    I think they dropped some extra strong Cofee in TT’s cup this morning. 😯

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.04.08 07:56:09 by KSA Shark Β© Reply
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  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.04.08 07:59:04 by Charlie Reply
  • TT – Did someone catch you with an April fools prank or something?

    Wheew…everytime I look at that tour schedule I cringe a bit cos it’s a tough ask. But honestly if we want to prove to the rugby world that we are serious contenders for the title we need to win AT LEAST 3 of those games…starting with the Canes this weekend.

    Anyway…I don’t wanna bury myself into too much speculation…the proof has always been and will always be in the pudding. Time to separate the boys from the men! Sharks forever!

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.04.08 08:14:48 by blackshark Reply
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  • Good morning all.

    TT is right though – with a tough away draw like this – we really needed a few bonus points.

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.04.08 08:26:23 by Nessa Reply
  • The Sharks’ daunting five-match Super 14 tour of Australasia had been planned with military precision, says coach Dick Muir, but the emphasis has been on making it an enjoyable adventure.

    I like the part about “military precision.

    Nessa- Is there anyone who really thinks we didn’t need the BP’s?
    We need World Peace too but achieving it is not as easy as we might think.

    No use crying over spilt BP’s now…we need to march on, chests out…heads high…and take on these Aussies and Kiwi’s.

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.04.08 08:35:06 by blackshark Reply
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  • BS – yes, every time we say on the blog that we got the win but it should have been a better game and we should have got a bonus point – people jump up and down about our being negative and we should be happy with the win.

    I am not saying it is easy – but there are at least 3 games where a bonus point should have been a definite and we barely won those games.

    You are exactly the type of person I am talking about – we are more than happy with our team and will always support them but are not allowed to have our say. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.04.08 08:39:22 by Nessa Reply
  • :mrgreen: Nessa-You know all about the half empty, half full theory.
    (Normative statements)And there’s no way of getting around those…we can actually spend a lifetime debating on these two points…and still not agree.

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.04.08 08:56:09 by blackshark Reply
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  • Exactly – so we will agree to disagree then. πŸ˜€

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.04.08 09:06:51 by Nessa Reply
  • I actually think we’re on the same side Nessa…
    I couldn’t watch the Lions game but I was gutted when I saw the score. I was also disappointed with the other “potential” BP’s we lost but I just think the picture is way bigger than that.

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.04.08 09:35:34 by blackshark Reply
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  • I know we are BS – when the Lions game was being played – Klempie was at the airport waiting for his flight and he thought I had made a typing error when I sms’d him to say the Sharks had only scored 1 try.

    I just keep remembering 2 years ago when the Sharks missed out on a semi-final berth (to the Bulls) when we needed just 1 point – these things come back to bite you.

    My son posted a comment the other day about why we have come to expect great things from the Sharks – because they have spoilt us – we have seen those flashes of brilliance and we know what they are capable of and so we come to expect more from them. It doesn’t mean that for one minute we don’t support them.

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.04.08 09:40:33 by Nessa Reply
  • If we can pick up 3 wins and a couple of bonus points on the way, that would be IDEAL! πŸ˜›

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.04.08 09:47:07 by Villie Reply
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  • Hurricanes away will be a very tough game. Realistically it would not surprise me if we lost this game. Hurricanes are one of those sides that either blow extremely hot or cold, no middle ground.

    The lack of a suspension for Jerry Collins is another example of the inadequacy of the citing system. 3 different sets of laws for each country.

    There are 2 things that are irritating me ENORMOUSLY. My number one bug bear is the ludicrous TV replays deciding on tries. I’ve seen so many tries being awarded where there is absolutely NO WAY the TV ref can see the ball being grounded. 😑
    And number 2 is this inconsistency in the application of punishment for various offences.

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.04.08 09:54:30 by Villie Reply
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  • Hi Villie.

    I think the Canes and the Crusaders will be two very difficult games for us. The Highlanders we should win. The Brumbies and Chiefs should be wins for us but will not be easy games.

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.04.08 09:59:04 by Nessa Reply

  • I must agree with you on the TV refs – what is the point of having the luxury of being able to refer to the TV ref when they are awarding tries where you cannot see the grounding of the ball and you can’t see the line. It is so frustrating.

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.04.08 09:59:47 by Nessa Reply

  • well if the sharks were good enough to win with bonus points they would have, but they didn’t, some very good teams out there. if they win every match on tour, it wont make any difference. As for pointing to a home final, yeah compare the Saders to the Sharks, reality check.

    The sharks just need to take it one game at a time and keep doing what they are doing.

  • Comment 21, posted at 01.04.08 10:11:04 by cab Reply

  • Cab – I didn’t say a home final. I said a home “semi-final”.

  • Comment 22, posted at 01.04.08 10:16:55 by Nessa Reply

  • Nessa i think you are right that a home semi is probably realistic, but even that they are doing very well to get. dunno whats going to happen on this tour, but all i know is that 6 wins from 6 is pretty damn fine achievement thus far.

    reckon we are all a bit spoilt from last year’s results with 20 ABs out.

  • Comment 23, posted at 01.04.08 10:24:33 by cab Reply

  • Yeah…I think we’re all pushing for that home semi…and then we’ll take it from there…

    Cab- if the Sharks can win all their games on tour I’d legally change my middle name to Sharkie 😎

    I actually think the TV refs could do with better camera placings…it’s bad enough when there are a number of bodies around the ball…but sometimes the angles they are given are just not good enough…with ONLY TWO people involved in the “try”. Who’s in charge of the camera-setup anyway?

  • Comment 24, posted at 01.04.08 10:26:32 by blackshark Reply

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  • 6 from 6 is great – but we have the big guns to play still and realistically we will be lucky to win 3 of the 5.

    I feel last year was our best opportunity to win the S14 – and we didn’t. This year is a totally different ball game with the AB’s back in the teams.

  • Comment 25, posted at 01.04.08 10:27:00 by Nessa Reply

  • BS – hell, if the Sharks win all their away games, I will get a Shark tattoo! πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 26, posted at 01.04.08 10:27:58 by Nessa Reply

  • Is that a bet Nessa ❓

  • Comment 27, posted at 01.04.08 10:32:38 by blackshark Reply

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  • BS – that’s a bet. As old as I am, I will get a small Shark tattoo. πŸ˜€

  • Comment 28, posted at 01.04.08 10:34:47 by Nessa Reply

  • Ness – I will join you on that!! (even if they dont win all the games!! 😎 )

    BTW – Define “small” πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 29, posted at 01.04.08 10:55:59 by Ice Reply
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  • Ice,
    You are so short, the tattoo will HAVE to be small :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 01.04.08 10:59:47 by Kal-El Reply

  • Kal – how you know, huh?? πŸ™‚

  • Comment 31, posted at 01.04.08 11:00:49 by Ice Reply
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  • I wan to cover=up an old one….BADLYYYY!!! πŸ˜‰ So – I was actually thinking of putting a Sharks over it…now is my chance!! **husband having a hissy…AGAIN** :mrgreen:

  • Comment 32, posted at 01.04.08 11:05:14 by Ice Reply
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  • Because it looks like you’re sitting down in all your pics when you’re actually standing πŸ˜†

  • Comment 33, posted at 01.04.08 11:05:17 by Kal-El Reply

  • Just looking for an excuse to have a tattoo Ice?

    I’ve been playing around with that idea…and maybe the Sharks logo is currently miles ahead in the race for MY FIRST TATTOO 😯 …

  • Comment 34, posted at 01.04.08 11:06:40 by blackshark Reply

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  • BS, what’s your first tattoo – MOM?

  • Comment 35, posted at 01.04.08 11:09:18 by Kal-El Reply

  • Kal :mrgreen:

    My daughter has a tattoo in the small of her back and I like that because she can cover it up when she wants to. Hate it when women have these huge tattoos on their arms and back and when they get married or wear eveningwear – it looks so kitch!

  • Comment 36, posted at 01.04.08 11:13:37 by Nessa Reply

  • Very funny KAL!! πŸ™„ :mrgreen:

    BS – i am a bit of a tattoo junkie…so , ja, I guess any excuse will do! πŸ˜‰ (I only have two (been stopped to get more about 10 times) its so addictive – i LOVE the pain…. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ )

  • Comment 37, posted at 01.04.08 11:15:36 by Ice Reply
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  • The best place for a man to get a tattoo is his foreskin. If later he doesn’t want it…just cut it off. EINA!

  • Comment 38, posted at 01.04.08 11:17:57 by Kal-El Reply

  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 39, posted at 01.04.08 11:22:36 by Ice Reply
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  • Now that’s a bit drastic! 😈

  • Comment 40, posted at 01.04.08 11:23:13 by Nessa Reply

  • BEST tatoo I ever saw.

    A bit labourious describing it but here goes.

    The Picture is of a little “stick-man” pushing a lawnmower (drawn in the same method) with little TINY blades of grass (basically just little black 1millimeter lines scattered to represent the grass) being shot out to the side. If you are old enough, picture the intro to Roger Moore’s “The Saint” Tv program to understand the stickman effect.

    Now this is the good part. And EASY to hide later in life.

    Down by your nether regions you have your hair shaved so that it has a step cut in it.

    You then have the tatoo placed in such a way that the front edge of the lawnmower is just where the hair makes the vertical step up. The bottom of the lawnmower along with the Saint are on the level portion of the hair.

    This gives the illusion that the lawnmower is mowing that little patch of dark grass.

    And when you are older you can just let the patch grow over the tatoo.

    BRILLIANT OR WHAT!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 41, posted at 01.04.08 11:36:14 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • Geez KSA – that sounds too much like hard work! 😈

  • Comment 42, posted at 01.04.08 11:38:58 by Nessa Reply

  • instead of waxing in a straight line you do it in a step………..Eaaaaaasy

  • Comment 43, posted at 01.04.08 11:40:38 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • I saw that pic. Care to display it here? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 44, posted at 01.04.08 11:40:45 by Kal-El Reply

  • KSA – I’ve seen a pic with “that” tattoo…

    KAL …I have ZERO tattoos but I want one…or two…or three… ( see Ice, I’m addicted already) πŸ˜€

  • Comment 45, posted at 01.04.08 11:40:53 by blackshark Reply

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  • BS,
    Chief, I read you. Was just refering to your “MY FIRST TATTOO 😯 …”

  • Comment 46, posted at 01.04.08 11:46:49 by Kal-El Reply

  • Kal El if i find it I will display it. Saw it When i was in SA still (been here 6 years now)

    I haven’t made great efforts to search for it but would love to find it and show it to Kette as a POSSIBLE.

  • Comment 47, posted at 01.04.08 11:46:53 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • KSA – just drop your rods and take a picture. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 48, posted at 01.04.08 11:48:27 by Nessa Reply

  • KSA – just drop your rods and take a picture.

    01.04.08 11:48:27 – Nessa Edit

    I don’t have the wide angle lens with me in the office.

  • Comment 49, posted at 01.04.08 11:50:58 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • Wide? You mean your extra zoom isn’t on your camera today. 😈

  • Comment 50, posted at 01.04.08 11:52:08 by Nessa Reply

  • 01.04.08 11:50:58 – KSA Shark Β©

    Trek net jou maag in :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 51, posted at 01.04.08 11:53:43 by Kal-El Reply

  • 😈 😈 😈

  • Comment 52, posted at 01.04.08 11:59:41 by Nessa Reply

  • πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  • Comment 53, posted at 01.04.08 12:00:02 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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