Sharks need to keep going

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 11 Sep 2008 at 10:35

My blood runs cold when I hear people say how easily we’re going to beat the Cheetahs this weekend.

Fact is, the Sharks haven’t beaten the Cheetahs in the Currie Cup AT ALL since 2003. That’s 5 years, boys and that kind of stain doesn’t just wash out. This isn’t the Super 14; it’s the Currie Cup. The Cheetahs have their name on the trophy, with three very important numbers next to it – 2005, 2006 and 2007. Another set of numbers is equally important: 31-9. That was the score when we played the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein in the first round. They scored four tries. We managed three penalties. Same year, same coaches.

Different team, though, for us this time round and not just in terms of personnel. Sure, the Sharks have more returning Springboks than the Cheetahs do, but let’s not forget that the real renaissance for the Sharks came against Griquas in Kimberley. For the first time this season, we played a game we could be proud of and that was accomplished without our plethora of Springbok stars.

Last week’s performance against the Bulls was encouraging, as it showed that the reintroduction of the Boks didn’t disrupt the momentum of the team all that much, although Frans Steyn, in particular, looks as though he really needs to settle. Ruan Pienaar, Odwa Ndungane, JP Pietersen and Bismarck du Plessis all slotted in with very little effort and added to the team performance, rather than attempting to overshadow their non-Bok team mates. There will be further changes this week and the chances are that Currie Cup stalwarts like Deon Carstens, Keegan Daniel and Craig Burden are going to start missing out. How this will affect the morale of the team is a key point. Already, some of the real stars of the early stages of the campaign, such as Chris Jordaan and Riaan Swanepoel have been sent back to club rugby.

That aside, though, the Cheetahs are always a quality side and understand Currie Cup rugby very well. They have a superb pack and probably the best loose trio in the competition. Losing Chris Rossouw may well prove to be a blessing in disguise for them, as a more running style as favoured by Tewis de Bruyn is likely to result in more ball for the exciting Rob Ebersohn, who can easily turn a game on its head. He may not be as big as Frans Steyn or Waylon Murray, but I predict he won’t have too much difficulty beating either of them in a one-on-one situation.

Look, I still believe the Sharks have every reason to be full of confidence going into this game. We are playing superb rugby and have a team that, on paper at least, should be at least ten points better than the Cheetahs. They are still the current champs, though and need to win every remaining game to avoid the ignominy of potentially missing out altogether on the semi-finals. The Sharks can’t afford to take anything for granted here.


  • The writer of this article are trying to ward off ANY POSSIBLE jinxes!!! 😀 😀 😀

    Although I think along the same lines myself, I do feel confident about the Sharks’ chances, providing they play well enough.

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.09.08 10:50:39 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 1) : I just wanted to present a balanced view… If we play to our potential, we’ll kill them. If we take the win for granted, we’ll lose.

    HUGE test of our resolve and character.

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.09.08 10:54:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hallo hallo hallo – se ou Jay vir ou Joe!!! Hoe lyk’it??? 😆

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.09.08 11:00:08 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Relax oh wise one…the guys know what to do…no-one is advising them to take the foot off the pedal…I think…

    If I see more stats from the last millenium I will 😥

    Seriously though…as you said…if we play to our potential, we’ll kill themfiguratively speaking off course…we’re not planning to take up arms or anything…

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.09.08 11:03:15 by blackshark - (Well done Serena!) Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : That’s more like it Rob. :mrgreen:

    BTW, good piece, you achieved what you wanted.

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.09.08 11:06:36 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 3) : Hi Ice. Where you been? 😈

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.09.08 11:08:10 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • Safety tips that will reduce the risk of a surfer, swimmer, diver or Cheetah being injured by a Shark.

    1.Swim, surf, or dive with other people, and don’t move too far away from assistance. (Self-explanatory)

    2.Stay out of the water at dawn, dusk, and night, when some species of sharks may move inshore to feed. (Too bad we can’t reschedule kick-off time)

    3.Do not enter the water if you have open wounds or are bleeding in any way. Sharks can detect blood and in extremely small concentrations. (Law 3.10a was passed because of this)

    4.Do not wear high-contrast clothing or shiny jewellery. Sharks see contrast very well. (That bright-orange is certainly not going to help)

    5.Do not provoke or harass a shark, even a small one. (Especially if that small Shark is Rory Kockott)

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.09.08 11:09:37 by blackshark - (Well done Serena!) Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 6) :

    All work and no play…makes Jill a dull girl… 🙁

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.09.08 11:12:10 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 8) : Hey I’ce…take it easy…it’s THIRSTday…

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.09.08 11:15:06 by blackshark - (Well done Serena!) Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @blackshark – (Well done Serena!) (Comment 7) : Hehehehe!!!

    @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 8) : I’ll talk to your boss… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.09.08 11:15:24 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 10) :

    Groot ‘seblief – I need a break…or need to bugger off.. 😎

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.09.08 11:16:50 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :
    Daar’s hy, op die kop.

    @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 3) :
    Hallo spI’ce

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.09.08 11:21:14 by spykerbaard Reply

  • @spykerbaard (Comment 12) :

    Hey Spyker!! 😀

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.09.08 11:25:04 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • That Rob Ebersohn is quite something though…we’ll have to tighten our midfield…

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.09.08 11:28:08 by blackshark - (A. jubatus? Sounds tasty) Reply

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  • Rob – you opened both eyes. 😛

    I think its going to be a lot tougher than expected for the Sharks to win this one.

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.09.08 11:28:27 by Sauce Reply
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  • This heading is all messed up.

    it should read…. Sharks need to ANNOUNCE THEIR TEAM

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.09.08 11:30:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • @blackshark – (A. jubatus? Sounds tasty) (Comment 14) : Agreed, i was suspecting another over hyped lightie, but he certainly looks like he can shake it.

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.09.08 11:30:23 by Sauce Reply
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  • @Sauce (Comment 15) :

    Ag Rob is just scared to be as openly biased as he used to be when he was younger.

    Seems living in Pomgolia has softened him up a bit. 👿

    GO SHARKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! by 38

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.09.08 11:31:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : 38 Special ? Pomgolia is bound to have negative effects on anyone.

    That’s a bold call, i think i picked the Tahs to go by 5.

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.09.08 11:35:45 by Sauce Reply
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  • @Sauce (Comment 17) : Yeah, I’ll be watching him…I hope Frans and Waylon will do the same…

    @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : plus 2… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.09.08 11:37:19 by blackshark - (A. jubatus? Sounds tasty) Reply

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  • SKW 80 – Despatch 0 ❗

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.09.08 11:37:46 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
  • @Sauce (Comment 19) : You think we’ll be scared if you call them the Tahs ? 🙄

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.09.08 11:38:53 by blackshark - (A. jubatus? Sounds tasty) Reply

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  • @Sauce (Comment 19) :

    Pomgolai made him soft.
    it seems you are not bill Clinton and that you did actually inhale. 😉 I can’t think of any other reason why you would have picked the wrong team 🙂

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.09.08 11:42:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • @blackshark – (A. jubatus? Sounds tasty) (Comment 22) : Tahs, States, Cheaters if they playing WP …

    Just accept crying into your beer is fine and no-one will think less of you


  • Comment 24, posted at 11.09.08 11:42:44 by Sauce Reply
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  • 😳 it was actually 18, my WP pick is 38. 😯

    Picks for Sharks 8804 (89.77%)
    Picks for Cheetahs 975 (9.94%)

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.09.08 11:43:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 23) : If he wasn’t a yank i wouldn’t be so offended.

    I never got the email about inhalation, it just seemed like the thing to do 😎

  • Comment 26, posted at 11.09.08 11:43:47 by Sauce Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) : KSA – should have checked the site before you posted at 11.30am 😳

    Minimal Changes for Cheetahs Clash: Thursday, September 11, 2008 – 11:00

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.09.08 12:28:51 by Baldrick Reply


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