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Perfect dress rehearsal?

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Sharks on 6 Oct 2008 at 07:25

Sharks coach John Plumtree says he will only know in a week whether the Sharks had indeed enjoyed the “perfect dress rehearsal” for the play-offs.

John Bishop writes for The Witness that there were lessons, one in each half, for the Sharks at King’s Park on Saturday as they cemented their place at the top of the Currie Cup log at the weekend.

While the other contenders took a bumpy road to the semi-finals, the Sharks continued their smooth build-up with a 10-try romp and 66-12 win over the Griquas.

Showing remarkable pace

Plumtree has a couple of problems, one an injury and the other in selection.

The injury to lanky lock Albert van den Berg came minutes into the second half and after a moment of mindless rugby by JP Pietersen.

The wing, who is back to playing his best rugby and showing remarkable pace, burst through the Griquas defence and a simple pass to supporting flank Jacques Botes would have provided an easy try.

Instead Pietersen tried to beat the final Griquas tackle and, in the hectic scramble which followed, Van den Berg went down with a damaged shoulder in scoring the try.

Plumtree’s preferred pair at lock is Johann Muller and Steven Sykes but he needs the cover of Van den Berg off the bench, particularly as Alistair Hargreaves is out with calf injury.

Plumtree said he could face “a lock crisis” but he was hoping that the injury to Van den Berg was not serious and that he would be ready for the semi-finals.

The coach’s other problem will be in deciding between Keegan Daniel and Jacques Botes as his breakaway flank.

Praised efforts of Smit

Botes has been in excellent form this year but has been relatively quiet in recent weeks and just at a time when Daniel ‘s star is rising.

Daniel, named man-of-the-match on Saturday, scored three tries – although the second should have been disallowed by the television referee because his arm was in touch.

The Sharks’ Pietersen and the sublime Ryan Kankowksi picked up where they left off at Ellis Park, cutting the defences to pieces, and it was significant that they were the first to be taken off minutes into the second half.

Plumtree also praised the efforts of captain John Smit, who played 80 minutes first at hooker and then prop, and Daniel for his “outstanding form at the moment.”


  • the best news is kaplan won’t be the ref this saturday. the bad news is he could very well ref the final. so sharks could see 2007 repeating itself again.

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.10.08 07:39:24 by try time Reply
  • problem for the sharks is the same problem the boks have. the best refs can’t ref their games. the top 3 refs in sa at the moment are mark lawrence, marius jonker and craig joubert. only mark lawrence can ref sharks games as both jonker and joubert are registered with kznru. that means other than lawrence sharks get the choice of all the average refs in sa. not a great situation to be in.

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.10.08 07:44:01 by try time Reply
  • although it was meaningless, sharks falling asleep for 30 minutes really ruined their chances to dominate the log. the two easy tries they gifted griquas allowed the sharks points difference to dip below the bulls. a couple more tries by the sharks could have also made the points for prettier than the bulls giving the sharks a very dominating final standing. as i said it was meaningless at the end, but it would have looked nice.

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.10.08 07:56:28 by try time Reply
  • so Rob, wherever you are u picked it mate, keegan hatrick, well done.

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.10.08 07:56:47 by knersboy Reply
  • @try time (Comment 2) : oh and in sa case the top 3 refs in the world are mark lawrence, stuart dickenson and marius jonker. and only stuart can blow in games that don’t include australia. seeing that most our games are against the kiwis and australia that doesn’t help us.

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.10.08 07:58:58 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 2) :

    It is a subjective opinion when individuals rate referees.

    I will tell you this though. The praise for JK was unanimous when we finally got him to ref his first Sharks match for this season.

    JK is certainly rated above both Jonker and Joubert both offically and in my eyes.

    National Panel (Top 10) (in merit order)
    1. Jonathan Kaplan (SARU)
    2. Craig Joubert (SARU)
    3. Marius Jonker (SARU)
    4. Mark Lawrence (SARU)

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.10.08 08:09:31 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : ksa i know you like kaplan, but i think he is holding onto number one because of his past work. his current form i don’t think is anywhere near his best. and i don’t think he has come to grips with the elvs as well as someone like stuart dickenson has. stuart was one of the poorer referees around, but since the elvs he is a new man, kaplan i think is the opposite. on the scale of refs worldwide jk is still a top ten man, but i disagree with his monopoly on number 1.
    i accepted your defence of him in the past, but this weekend highlighted again his tendency to blow against the sharks. his yellow card on barritt was right, but if he was consistent the griquas should have received at least one card. so i thought i’d look at his cc record in sharks games. in the 14 games he has reffed 4. in the fourteen games the sharks have received 4 yc. opposition teams have received five or six. jk has given three of the sharks yellows and no cards to the opposition. the other yellow was given to frans justly for that ugly tackle in kempton park. no, either the other referees are closet sharks fans, or jk has something against the sharks. maybe i am biased, but i am a fan i am supposed to be, i don’t get paid to be consistent and i don’t find jk consistent anymore.

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.10.08 08:32:27 by try time Reply
  • if he was fair/consistent bees roux would have also received a yellow card. barritt infringed once and got sent off. bees roux infringed at least three times. was given a lecture after the first penalty and was blown at least twice more after that for the exact same offence. kaplans excuse was barritts infringement was in the red zone. the way the sharks were playing on saturday the field was their red zone cos they were making tries from all over it, so surely at least three or four yellows should have been handed out the griquas players. as i have said before i don’t mind who the ref is as long as he is consistent. he must blow the same set of laws for both teams. jk has not convinced me he is consistent. in mark lawrences last sharks game he never had a good game, but he was poor to both teams. so i never complained.

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.10.08 08:48:24 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 7) :

    👿 Just lost a whole frikken post because of my lovely internet connection. 👿

    let’s try again.

    You don’t go on to say whether or not the Yellow cards were deserved though?

    maybe i am biased, but i am a fan i am supposed to be Therein lies the crux of the matter. As a biased fan you ARE going to be upset when a player from your team get’s a yellow card or a call goes against you.

    Every province has a ref or two and sometimes even three, who they feel victimises their team. This is no different from the way the Bulls and Waratahs felt about JK a little while ago.

    It is a common occurence for supporters to feel that the ref is screwing them when 50/50 calls go against them.

    It is also a common perception that 50/50 calls will mostly favour one team more during a match than it would the other. I can assure you that supporters on either side of the fence will feel that THEIR team is the one getting the short end of the stick everytime.

    On a lighter note: I find it :mrgreen: that the ONE Yellow card you DO find as being just is the player you like even less than JK though. 😆

    Supporters are predictable most of the time. For instance we KNOW Charlie is going to praise Adi, we KNOW Rob is going to praise Barritt and predict that Daniel will score a hat-trick 😉 , We KNOW I am going to have a go at Chopfield, and just like that we KNOW you are going to find wrong with Steyn and JK. 🙂

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.10.08 08:57:55 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • what i found odd is in the first half he nailed the sharks for diving over and sealing off the ball. he then nails the griquas for entering the ruck from the side. he then explains to the griquas captain that the sharks are sealing off the ball because the griquas are coming in from the side. so if this is the case, why weren’t the griquas penalised in the previous rucks for coming in the side but the sharks got penalised for sealing off the ball. isn’t the first offence, as per his explanation, the coming in from the side.

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.10.08 08:59:50 by try time Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : yeah i had that. i lost a huge one last week. i think the site battles with big posts.

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.10.08 09:01:04 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 11) :

    no not the site I think.

    i KNOW I have a problem with my connection. 😥

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.10.08 09:03:32 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : yeah steyn. steyn steyn steyn. i love the guys talent. i hate his poor judgement. i gave him kudos on saturday in one of the previous posts. he had a solid game. he just doesn’t seem to be a team man. i am sitting on the fence when it comes to steyn.

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.10.08 09:06:15 by try time Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : yeah whatever it is it is irritating. i am trying to remember that when i make a huge post before submitting i copy it in case.

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.10.08 09:08:32 by try time Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : Nah, Adi was average on Saturday, maybe more of the combination between him and Steyn not working 👿

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.10.08 09:08:52 by Charlie Reply
  • oh and the other question i have is does he like it at the sharks? i don’t think he is happy here. it is a feeling i get. maybe i am way off base, but for the boks sake hopefully he can find his footing soon.

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.10.08 09:10:58 by try time Reply
  • @Charlie (Comment 15) : 🙂

    I rest my case. 😛

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.10.08 09:11:34 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 15) : yes that combo hasn’t been particularly good.

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.10.08 09:11:54 by try time Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : yeah remember the sharks and tappe henning. jk is my tappe henning.

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.10.08 09:13:06 by try time Reply
  • @Charlie (Comment 15) : but isn’t it great that eventhough some players were average on saturday we were still looking strong. jp that i ridiculed during s14 is a player that has found his footing. and is making some amazing breaks. his biggest problem is he is faster than his brain (not saying he is stupid, i am highlighting his speed) and tends to be two steps ahead of the right decision. i take that try that albert got injured as a prime example. he had supporters on his outside but he had run two steps too far before his brain realised it. that was one of about three similar breaks he made.

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.10.08 09:19:11 by try time Reply
  • @Charlie (Comment 15) :

    Agreed… Murray in for Adi or Barrit to 12 and Steyn to 13… 😆

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.10.08 09:23:14 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 21) : or brad 12 riaan 13. we do need a backup starting 13 though. waylon has proved to be a superb winger and should maybe move there permanently. his defence there is better than odwas and his crabbing tactics get stopped by the touchline. i think his best games this year have been at 14.

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.10.08 09:29:43 by try time Reply
  • Agree he is best at wing…

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.10.08 09:46:04 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • i would like to start with brad at 12 on saturday. frans at 13. we need a solid defensive backline in the first 60, because the lions are attacking in this period. when they aren’t scoring they go into their shells and thats the time to unleash adi. my team for saturday would be 1 beast 2 bis 3 john 4 johan 5 sykes 6 botes 7 deysel 8 ryan 9 ruan 10 freddie 11 jp 12 brad 13 frans 14 odwa 15 stefan.
    16 jannie 17 deon 18 albert/hargreaves 19 keegan 20 adi 21 rory 22 waylon.

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.10.08 09:55:09 by try time Reply
  • Any news on Albert vd Berg. Will he be OK for the weekend? Great game by the Sharks. This will be the Sharks year 😀

  • Comment 25, posted at 06.10.08 11:58:12 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 25) : will try to find out

  • Comment 26, posted at 06.10.08 12:00:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 10) :
    I agree – was a strange call, and I also agree that the Griquas chould have been carded in the 1st half already. I still think he is is a good ref, but he hasn’t been that good this year.

    @try time (Comment 22) :
    @bryce_in_oz (Comment 23) :
    Agree on this too – I think its cos a wing is generally getting the ball at pace, or with space to run into.

    I really believe that he will emerge a much better 13 if he has a season or 2 on the wing – he won’t be the first.

    Barritt has done nothing at all to suggest that he should start a knockout game.

    Bench is where he belongs at the moment, although Adi isn’t setting the world alight at the moment either.

  • Comment 27, posted at 06.10.08 12:25:12 by Big Fish (Norman Jordaan is a LEGEND) Reply
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  • to be honest id start with this team

    15 stefan
    14 odwa
    13 murray
    12 steyn
    11 jpp
    10 fred
    09 ruan
    08 kanko
    07 deysel
    06 botes
    05 muller
    04 albert / sykes
    03 jannie he stood up well against heinke in the lions match
    02 bismark
    01 beast

    16 smitty
    17 carstens
    18 sykes / albert

  • Comment 28, posted at 06.10.08 12:49:00 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • sorry clicked wrong place lol

    19 daniel
    20 rory
    21 adi
    22 barritt

  • Comment 29, posted at 06.10.08 12:50:08 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 28) : Jannie got slaughtered by Heinke, dude!

  • Comment 30, posted at 06.10.08 12:50:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 30) : no way hose lol

    anyhows who you think we should play there>?

    carstens or smitty? not sure they stronger tight heads

    also albert started against the lions and this time maybe sykes should as he is stronger

  • Comment 31, posted at 06.10.08 13:11:06 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • i do know this bj woulda been perfect lol :mrgreen:

  • Comment 32, posted at 06.10.08 13:11:56 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 30) : uhm we know each other long enough the dudes name is tyrone and if ur to lazy to type lots just TY lol 😆

  • Comment 33, posted at 06.10.08 13:12:52 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 30) :
    I dont agree Rob – i thought it was very even, even though the Lions scrum illegally in my opinion – hope the ref is on the lookout this weekend.

  • Comment 34, posted at 06.10.08 13:29:05 by Big Fish (Norman Jordaan is a LEGEND) Reply
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  • Jannie is our best bet, but he is up against it in a big way…

  • Comment 35, posted at 06.10.08 13:29:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • O kak. what was i thinking earlier. kaplan can ref both semi and final. he is registered with the wpru. oh well lions by 5 on saturday.

  • Comment 36, posted at 06.10.08 13:39:19 by try time Reply

  • he reffed the first sharks lions game in dbn.

  • Comment 37, posted at 06.10.08 13:41:06 by try time Reply

  • Any reason why the CC final are played on the 25th and not the 18th ❓

  • Comment 38, posted at 06.10.08 13:54:56 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 38) :

    To give the Bulls time to devise a tool to put corks back in bottles????

  • Comment 39, posted at 06.10.08 13:57:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 38) : i was thinking the same thing. coaches moan about byes breaking continuity. maybe saru felt a bye gives both teams time to get injured players repaired to make sure of a top quality final. maybe it is also to give the host stadium time to set up for a final. or to give fans a chance to arrange transport and accomodation. whatever the reason it does seem odd.

  • Comment 40, posted at 06.10.08 14:05:05 by try time Reply

  • Have you guys seen the pic of AKONA that sport24 have put up with this article:

    the kit didn’t give it away for sure.

  • Comment 41, posted at 06.10.08 16:03:39 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 41) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    Ag they both look the same to me. 😉

  • Comment 42, posted at 06.10.08 16:09:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 42) : ja, you’re right, its not like sports24 focuses too much on sport.

  • Comment 43, posted at 06.10.08 16:14:43 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 43) :

    Funny thing is I’ve seen the article about 30 times today and didn’t notice the error 😳 😛

  • Comment 44, posted at 06.10.08 16:19:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I can barely spot the difference between a loosehead & tighthead. And most of them are not even related. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 45, posted at 06.10.08 16:24:36 by McLovin Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 42) : could it be because they’re identical twins?

  • Comment 46, posted at 06.10.08 16:29:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 46) : Maybe I’m just nitpicking… got a little bit of anger left from the rugger.
    But if there’s doubt, why not use a pic of him in his springbok colours?

  • Comment 47, posted at 06.10.08 16:52:59 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 47) : I agree… it’s an amateur error

  • Comment 48, posted at 06.10.08 16:57:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 47) :

    Maybe they have a loosehead making the decisions 😉 Tank Lenning maybe. 😆

  • Comment 49, posted at 06.10.08 18:09:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 38) :

    Hey Charlie, THIS could be your answer.

    Boland’s first promotion/relegation match is at Wellington on October 18, followed by the return match on October 24 at Welkom

    Maybe, just Maybe we might get to see that on TV. I certainly hope so.

  • Comment 50, posted at 07.10.08 07:28:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 50) :

    Ag sorry, I meant to add. I suspect the other Promotion relagation match will be played on the same weekends

  • Comment 51, posted at 07.10.08 07:29:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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