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Muller admits to a nervous moment

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, In the news, Sharks on 27 Oct 2008 at 06:56

An elated and proud Sharks captain Johann Muller admitted on Saturday night that some horrible nightmare visions went through his mind towards the end of his team’s 14-9 win over the Vodacom Blue Bulls in the Absa Currie Cup final in Durban.

Gavin Rich writes for SuperRugby that Muller was part of the Sharks team that lost to a late Bryan Habana try in last year’s Vodacom Super 14 final at the same Absa Stadium venue. On that occasion, a number of mistakes were made, among them a few tactical substitutions that went awry, and Frans Steyn fluffed the conversion of Albert van den Berg’s try that would have given the Sharks an eight point cushion and made it safe with two minutes to go.

With the same amount of time remaining in Saturday’s domestic final, the Sharks had another chance to make it safe as a penalty was awarded in a kickable position.

The Sharks were leading by five points, so a successful kick would have made it an eight point margin, and the Sharks would be safe.

Last May Steyn stepped up confidently to take the kick and almost took the ball out of the grasp of Butch James.

This time it was the reliable Rory Kockott who was heading towards the ball to take the responsibility for the clinching kick, but again Steyn’s confidence won the day. Again, to the Sharks’ frustration, he missed it, and with the hooter about to sound, the Bulls found themselves in possession near their own goalline.

It was precisely the same position they were in at the same stage last year, and then came a Bulls turn-over at a scrum after the hooter to prolong the Sharks’ agony and that of a jittery crowd that had been nervously counting down the clock.

“I always thought we were in control of that game on the field, but I would be lying if I told you that visions of last year’s game did not go through my mind when Frans missed that kick,” said Muller.

“And it happened again when we got turned over at that scrum and the Bulls found themselves putting the ball in for the last move of the game needing a try to win it. It was a nervous moment, but I kept telling myself that the same thing couldn’t possibly happen twice.”

It didn’t, and it was thanks to a great Sharks comeback in the scrum, one of their strongpoints for most of the match, that the Bulls were denied their opportunity to put Habana in for a repeat of 2007.

“We scrummed very well today, in fact our entire pack played really well. If we can keep this pack together I think this team can go places. We have a great coach in John Plumtree and what he has done in a very short space of time is unbelieveable.”

Muller, like his management, felt that the Currie Cup win was important in that it got the monkey off the Sharks’ backs after 12 years of coming so near yet so far by losing at the final hurdle in the two major competitions. And the several important big points that they played so well will stand them in good stead in future deciding games.

One of those was the Frederic Michalak ankle tap that prevented what had looked an almost certain Habana intercept try in the 20th minute.

“I don’t think there would have been many people in the stadium that would not have resigned themselves to a Bulls try when Habana intercepted, we know how quick he is and what a great finisher he is,” said Plumtree.

Indeed, the Michalak intercept and Steyn’s recovery from the mistake that led to the intercept in coming back to make the tackle was an indication to the Sharks management that their strong emphasis on team spirit and playing for one another had paid off.

“I think it is fair to say that many teams would just have stopped once they knew Bryan had intercepted, they would have conceded the try, but Freddy’s ankle tap showed the commitment there was to the team goal,” said assistant coach Grant Bashford.


  • “I always thought we were in control of that game on the field, but I would be lying if I told you that visions of last year’s game did not go through my mind when Frans missed that kick,” said Muller.

    I assure you that thought went through thousands of minds the world over. 🙂

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.10.08 07:31:16 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :

    I AGREE!!

    It feels so sureal….I have to remind myself over and over…I reckon when it hots home its gonna hit BIG TIME!!

    Well done to each and everyone of the guys – you did me so proud!! I am lost for words!!

    My MOM would have been Stefan…and I think he also deserved a place in the SB squad…

    “I feeel GOOD, te re ne ne ne ne, I knew that I would now..” 😀 😀


  • Comment 2, posted at 27.10.08 08:02:45 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 2) :

    We need a pic of it being stuck onto the car. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.10.08 08:08:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) :

    For Sure….I always ask for proof… 😉

    BTW…after Frans missed – i think Jo did a great job by keeping the guys together…I have new-found respect for him as a captain!

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.10.08 08:17:01 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • Blue Bulls fan 10x over limit
    26/10/2008 23:01 – (SA)

    Hilda Fourie, Beeld

    Pretoria – One of several Blue Bull supporters who had to sleep it off in the police cells on Saturday night, had almost ten times more than the permitted percentage of alcohol in his blood.

    The man’s blood alcohol level was 0.239?g/100?ml – compared to the legal limit of 0.024?g/100?ml for drivers.

    “I was just watching rugby.

    “I didn’t do anything wrong,” the man said before he was taken to the Sunnyside police station where he spent the night.

    He was one of ten men, some of them dejected Blue Bulls supporters, who ran into another group of men in blue – this time from Tshwane metro police – at a road block at Spaghetti Junction east of Hatfield, Pretoria.

    The man had been on his way to drop off a friend when he was pulled over.

    The breath of another fan, disappointed after the Bulls lost to the Sharks in the Currie Cup final, pushed the breathaliser to 0.05?g/100?ml – more than double the permitted percentage.

    “I’m in my moer now,” the man said.

    “It’s choices and consequences,” he added laconically.

    A third man’s blood alcohol reading was 0.221?g/100?ml.

    Metro police spokesperson, Senior Superintendent Alta Fourie, said when a person’s blood alcohol level exceeded 0.250?g/100?ml it entered the danger zone and the person could end up in hospital.

    “The public think we’re heartless.

    “We feel sorry for them, but we have to enforce the law and the traffic regulations.

    “The metro police must bear in mind not only the rules, but also the safety of the other road users.”

    The arrested men were taken to the Sunnyside police station, and then to a district surgeon who tested their blood alcohol levels.

    They spent Saturday night behind bars.

    – Beeld

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.10.08 08:22:57 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 4) : Yeah!!!!!

    Yo… 😯 that missed kick…hectic stuff…

    The Sharks deserved that win…the whole team showed up…but I’d like to mention Fred Michalak… AU REVOIR Monsieur and what a good parting gift from you to us and vice versa.

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.10.08 08:29:28 by just blackshark (dead bull gives you mince) Reply

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  • @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 5) : Ja hey, read in the newspaper this morning that some fans were involved in a fatal accident near PMB. May their souls rest in peace. 🙁

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.10.08 08:31:37 by just blackshark (dead bull gives you mince) Reply

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  • man, but did you guys SEE the look on Joe’s face before that last scrum? He looked like he wanted to cry!

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.10.08 10:07:04 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • @just blackshark (dead bull gives you mince) (Comment 7) : shit. Never good

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.10.08 10:08:33 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 8) :

    You think that was a deliberate “stop” from him to calm the guys?

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.10.08 10:13:25 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 8) : That last scrum was the moment of the match…

    A lot of Bulls are nursing ” Wolla-bruises”… 😆

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.10.08 10:16:36 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 10) :

    There was no injury. That was just brilliant captaincy.

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.10.08 10:24:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 10) : without a doubt.

    @just blackshark (Comment 11) : it was actually criminal to pick Brussow over him…

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.10.08 10:24:52 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 13) : its criminal to pick any of the sharks for year end duty. the guys deserve a break so they are fighting fit for training next month.

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.10.08 10:29:49 by try time Reply

  • muller admits to a nervous moment. ha show me a sharks fan that wasn’t nervous all game. (fans passed out from drunkeness doesn’t count)

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.10.08 10:31:30 by try time Reply

  • @robdylan (CC Champ ‘08) (Comment 13) : I think PdV looked all over for Tippex…

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.10.08 10:42:00 by just blackshark Reply

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