Sharks need a big score

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 5 May 2008 at 12:15

Predictably, Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske is sounding off in the press about the “no favours” and “we’re going there to win” nonsense in the build-up to this weekend’s game at King’s Park. In order to maximise their slim chances of forcing a play-off spot after the final round, the Sharks really need to send these pretenders back to the platteland with their tails between their legs.

It’s quite typical of the “South African derby mentality”; the Cheetahs, having lost all but one of their matches against Anitpodean opposition this year, will no doubt save their best performance of the year for the Sharks, a side they dislike quite intensely. Drotske and his bunch of glorified Currie Cup bullies were unable to put away the 13-man Highlanders in Bloemfontein last week. They are fast learning that it’s one thing to beat all comers when the other sides have lost 10 or more players to the Boks, yet quite another when faced with 13 of the world’s premier provincial teams playing at full strength.

This weekend’s game, though, will not be about the Cheetahs. And it shouldn’t be, either. This game represents the last chance for the Sharks to improve their woeful points difference against the team that has conceded 6 more tries thus far than any other side in the competition. 44 tries in 11 games is an average of a four-try bonus point conceded every single time they have taken the field.

For the Sharks, though, this week has to be about recovering from the nightmare tour, building on a solid showing against the Crusaders and tuning up on attack for the real challenge; the Chiefs match next Saturday. The players and coaching staff insist that they know what went wrong overseas and how to fix it. Let’s just hope that they can apply these lessons in time and that the injury toll eases up enough to enable them to blow the Bloem boys away in the style which we know they are capable of.

Come on, Sharks. You owe us this one!


  • I would love THIS headline next week.


  • Comment 1, posted at 05.05.08 12:24:15 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
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  • he he he…

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.05.08 12:30:29 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • rob are you a closet Cheetah fan 😉 – this article is sure to bring out the best in the Cheetahs this coming weekend.

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.05.08 13:23:30 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Comment 3 of 3, posted at 05.05.08 13:23:30 by Salmonoid

    Agreed – careful there Rob, this one could come back to bite you in the ass – in fact, I am more worried about the Stormers against the Lions than against the Tahs…

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.05.08 13:27:40 by MorneN Reply
  • Yikes, robd what happened to my calming pic of Kosi bay. Vernon was meant to have appeared a week ago but didnt, and yet now here he is.
    Time for a change.

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.05.08 13:29:20 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Are you guys saying this article may have the same affect as

    Hamilton being called a Hick town and the chiefs winning.


    Drew mitchell saying the Force will easily cope with the reds’ 15min of macho bravado this season. (Reds 29 – 12 Western Force )

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.05.08 13:30:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Hes been there for a while Sal,remember it cause i was miffed that i didnt use the pic :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.05.08 13:31:11 by Slayton Caville Reply
  • Salmo

    Kosi Bay 😯

    Didn’t think many Saffa’s knew about that place.

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.05.08 13:33:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • your KKosi Bay pic has been approved should show up soon.

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.05.08 13:34:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • ah – you guys know me by now 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.05.08 14:00:24 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Clayton – Im giving up Vernon, he is yours …. at a price of course.

    KSA… and long may it continue that not too many Saffa’s know about Kosi Bay, actually they may all know about it as long as they RESPECT it.

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.05.08 14:21:14 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Salmo, when you change pics, just hold down shift and press the page reload button. That will clear the old image out of the browser cache and force the new one to be displayed

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.05.08 15:08:33 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • I have a bit of a soft spot for the Cheetahs, but after their ‘performance’ against the Highlanders… I was disgusted.

    And for the sake of the Sharks (and SA) I hope they get a hiding.

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.05.08 15:39:54 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • They just irritate me. Lots of big talk, then they get thrashed by the blind school

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.05.08 16:38:35 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • holy shit racheltjie, is that jan wilkins in the pic?

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.05.08 17:26:10 by cab Reply

  • Nope it’s Dan Carter chilling during injury time off…

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.05.08 17:50:37 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • lol bryce.

    yessus robd, dont tempt fate with this article, sharks must just win, could be a helluva game.

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.05.08 20:45:23 by cab Reply

  • He he. Look, if we lose to the Cheetahs, then we don’t flippin DESERVE to be in the semi

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.05.08 21:33:48 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • #18
    Or in the S14 😳

  • Comment 19, posted at 05.05.08 23:00:35 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply

  • I’m sorry but calling the Cheetahs pretenders is just arrogant and wrong..those lads have been punching way above their finacial weight for ages…some respect would be nice.

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.05.08 06:18:09 by csb Reply

  • But why don’t they have the money if they’re so good, dude? Everyone started off from the same position, as far as I’m concerned

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.05.08 08:24:59 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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