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Sharks have picked their side

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Sharks on 21 Oct 2008 at 07:24

The Sharks, without the injury problems that haunted them earlier this season, are now in the privileged position of being able to finalise their Currie Cup final team four days ahead of the match against the Blue Bulls.

Liam Del Carme writes in Beeld that the team for Saturday’s match in Durban will be announced on Tuesday. It is unlikely to differ much from the one that beat the Lions in the semifinal.

Probably the only question is whether Springbok captain John Smit will be among the substitutes again, with Bismarck du Plessis at hooker in the starting lineup.

There may also be some uncertainty about the position in which Frans Steyn will be deployed.

Assistant coach Grant Bashford admitted on Monday that teams seldom find themselves in such a position at the end of a season.

“We are very fortunate. With the exception of Alistair Hargreaves we have a full-strength squad to choose from.”

The Sharks would try to stick to their winning strategy, Bashford said. This meant they were not going to divert much from their usual routine.

Will ask questions

It probably also means they are not going to tinker with the composition of the team

However, Bashford realises the Sharks will have to do better than they did when they won their league-phase match against the Blue Bulls in Durban earlier this year.

“The Bulls have certainly developed as a team. They will ask questions of us all around the park. They have many strong points and they can no longer be regarded as a one-dimensional team.

“They have a formidable pack, with players such as Victor Matfield and Danie Rossouw. And with Morné Steyn at flyhalf, their backs are more likely to attack.

“They are going to put us under a lot of pressure. They are certainly a more balanced team now,” Bashford said.

The Sharks finished at the top of the points table. They beat the Bulls in a league match in Durban, they looked the most polished team in the competition and they’ll be playing at home on Saturday.

Yet Bashford feels they are no better off than the Bulls. “Finals are a different phenomenon. It’s about one match only and nothing else. Therefore, one’s approach should be different.

“We may be playing at home, but we can take nothing for granted. We dare not.”


  • good morning everyone! Only one more day and I’ll be boarding a plane 🙂 but right now I need to call it a night here. Spent the past 5 hours or so doing homework for 2 out my 3 classes, leaving my favorite and easiest for tomorrow at work.

    I can’t wait for Saturday, this game is worth the airfare x2 to me.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.10.08 07:28:41 by Milissa (Go Sharks!) Reply
  • @Milissa (Go Sharks!) (Comment 1) :

    Enjoy the trip.

    Why sleep now, you can sleep on the plane 😉

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.10.08 07:32:17 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) :

    Yes there will be time for sleeping there as well, after I read a seventy+ page thesis that one of my professors thinks will enlighten me on how I should start writing mine once I figure out exactly what my thesis will be.

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.10.08 07:35:27 by Milissa (Go Sharks!) Reply
  • @Milissa (Go Sharks!) (Comment 3) :

    ouch 🙁

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.10.08 07:38:22 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • This headline is seriously misleading!!!! 👿

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.10.08 08:04:04 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 5) :

    I didn’t alter it in anyway 😆

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.10.08 08:05:27 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 5) : Yeah… 👿

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.10.08 08:08:44 by just blackshark Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : Hehehe, okay, I see it is old Liam Del Carme that wrote it.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.10.08 08:13:03 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • According to the article it will be announced later today though.

    I hope he is right.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.10.08 08:14:41 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : I’m expecting an unchanged squad anyway…

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.10.08 08:15:58 by just blackshark Reply
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  • I see OFS have announced their season ticket prices for 2009.

    Damn cheap if you ask me.

    Hoofpaviljoen – R1 200
    Ooppaviljoen – R 960
    “Budget: – R 360

    Hoof- en ooppaviljoen – R200
    “Budget” – R100

    Hoofpaviljoen – R2 400
    Ooppaviljoen – R1 800
    *familiepakkette: 2 Volwassenes en 4 kinders

    Penioenarisse en mense wat op die platteland bly kry 10% afslag met bewys

    Die seisoenkaartjie sluit in kaartjie vir Britse Leeus toer

    I expect the Lions test to probably cos ZAR600-00 on it’s own.

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.10.08 08:16:46 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) :

    Oops The Lions are not playing a test in Bloem. Only against the Cheetahs. Eitherway still a damn good price IMO.

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.10.08 08:19:13 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • So then a pensioner that stays in the country will get a 20% discount…

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.10.08 08:24:31 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 13) :

    I think not maybe 😆 But there will be one or two who will ask. 😛

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.10.08 08:26:24 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @Milissa (Go Sharks!) (Comment 3) : Been meaning to ask. What exactly are you studying?

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.10.08 08:37:32 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 15) : I’ve just started my Masters in Homeland Security.

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.10.08 15:43:50 by Milissa (Go Sharks!) Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : Oh I’d love to see the finalised starters before I take off. The being out of touch with the world for so many hours in the one thing about the flight that I wish I could change.

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.10.08 15:47:10 by Milissa (Go Sharks!) Reply

  • @Milissa (Go Sharks!) (Comment 16) : what do you intend to do with that?

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.10.08 15:51:06 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • @Milissa (Go Sharks!) (Comment 16) : Are you serious?? 😯

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.10.08 15:53:28 by klempie Reply

  • @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 18) : She intends catching Osama of course! Dummy…. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.10.08 15:54:15 by klempie Reply

  • @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 18) :

    In a perfect world I’d like to find myself working for the office of bombing prevention at one of their satellite locations in Philly or NYC right after finishing up my degree. However, I know that since I have no pratical experience, I’ll have to get into another DHS agency first like FEMA, Customs or Border Patrol and work my way over.

    My one professor though is a government lifer and he’s taken an interest in me since I took one of his classes two years ago for my bachelors. So he’s been really helpful, sending me unclassified yet not really public papers, articles, links and presentations on various subjects in the field to help me keep me in the loop of things.

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.10.08 15:56:07 by Milissa (Go Sharks!) Reply

  • Milissa is actually a CIA operative in disguise. She’s coming out to SA to see if the latest political shenanigans will be the catalyst in starting any left wing South Africa terrorist groups.

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.10.08 15:57:39 by klempie Reply

  • @Milissa (Go Sharks!) (Comment 21) : Told ya Robbo! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.10.08 15:58:25 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 22) : 😆 it’s always the harmless looking ones.

    I am glad to be getting away though..the last time I spoke to my professor he started with my thesis and my head just started spinning. I’m only taking my first three classes in the program now and granted I know I will have to pick a thesis to graduate, I wasn’t quite at the stage to do it two months into the program…I had rugby to think about. Now during the break between CC and S14 when I have only one team to follow, I’ll figure out what direction to take my thesis in.

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.10.08 16:02:43 by Milissa (Go Sharks!) Reply

  • @Milissa (Go Sharks!) (Comment 24) : awesome! Would love to discuss it more, but let’s do so offline, since klempie is determined to steer this blog towards political discussions, even though I have repeatedly asked him not to 🙂

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.10.08 16:04:45 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • @Milissa (Go Sharks!) (Comment 24) : I’m doing my Master next year. Not sure what in yet. Maybe data mining. I’m currently studying a subject I don’t even need to pass my honours as I’ve already finished my Honours. Call me a sucker. 😛

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.10.08 16:05:55 by klempie Reply

  • @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 25) : Sport and politics are intimately entwined in SA Robbo. 😉 Like Yin and Yang. To deny this is like denying you’re human. 😛

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.10.08 16:07:57 by klempie Reply

  • Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! 👿 They are drilling upstairs!! It’s driving me nuts!!

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.10.08 16:09:00 by klempie Reply

  • @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 25) : 🙂 Sure thing.

    @Klempie (Comment 26) : Ahh I’ve taken quite a few classes in my time that I really didn’t need before I figured out what I really wanted to commit myself too

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.10.08 16:09:51 by Milissa (Go Sharks!) Reply

  • @Milissa (Go Sharks!) (Comment 29) : Can’t say I even have “figuring out what I want” as an excuse.

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.10.08 16:11:24 by klempie Reply


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