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Sharks look the real deal

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 9 Mar 2009 at 09:04
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Well, at least one Kiwi coach is sitting back this week surveying the Super 14 standings with a contented grin on his dial. Well done, John Plumtree.

Marc Hinton writes for RugbyHeaven that Plumtree’s Durban-based Sharks have been, I’d venture, the most impressive side of the opening month of the new Super 14 season. Saturday’s excellent win over the Blues on Eden Park surely put the rubber-stamp on that.

I know the Waratahs have more points but, please, did you watch that match in Sydney against the Chiefs! And the Bulls are travelling nicely enough but, geez, they haven’t left the high veldt yet.

The Sharks have played three of their first four games on the road, two of them in New Zealand, and to be a perfect four-from-four suggests that this crew from Natal are the real deal this year.

They know it too. This is what Plumtree said after arriving in New Zealand when I asked him about the high expectations back home for his Currie Cup champions to translate provincial success on to the Super stage.

“We think we’re a better team now, better prepared. We think we’re fitter. Our expectation of ourselves is higher. What everyone else thinks doesn’t matter, we are putting pressure on ourselves to deliver.”

Does that sound like a side unsure of itself to you?

And what’s to be bashful about? These Sharks have been building away for a while now, adding pieces to the puzzle, gaining in experience, learning how to play together as an effective rugby team.

They were beaten finalists a couple of years ago, and were damned unlucky not to win when they had victory snatched from them in the dying moments by a bizarre sequence of events and a little bit of Bryan Habana magic.

They couldn’t quite repeat the dose last year, but still made it as far as the semifinals before they came unstuck against the Waratahs in Sydney.

But something special has been brewing in Durban. Plumtree has been a big part of that too, the Kiwi first guiding the Natal Sharks to the Currie Cup title last year on the back of a 12-match winning streak. He had them humming by the end of it all.

Now, still under the Kiwi who’s earning his keep in delightful Durban, they’ve won four on the bounce in the Super 14 and the oddsmakers have already installed them as new title favourites.

Why not? They’ve got some form men, from that blockbusting No 8 Ryan Kankowski, to that fleet-footed halfback Rory Kockott, to the slippery Adi Jacobs in midfield, out to the slick Odwa Ndugane on the wing.

There’s oodles of experience too, with John Smit, Johann Muller, Jacques Botes, Ruan Pienaar and Stefan Terblanche bringing a fairly hard-nosed attitude to their work.

And young talent. Bismarck du Plessis is so good the Boks hooker can’t get a start at the moment, we all know how brilliant Francois Steyn is when he gets it right and JP Pietersen is sweet to watch when he’s in full flight.

What they’ve also got is an excellent pack, who don’t budge too far in the tight, execute when they have to and know their way round the breakdown pretty well.

Also, they simply know how to win. Don’t underestimate that quality.

The Sharks showed last week in Hamilton they can win ugly. Guts it out if they have to. And on Saturday, as they stunned the Blues with two tries in each half, they emphatically answered the doubters that wondered whether South African sides could win consistently on Kiwi soil.

Heaven forbid, the Sharks have now rolled the Blues five times in a row. Is that not proof enough of how good these guys are?

The Sharks may not overwhelm teams with their sparkling rugby, but what they do is play a pretty effective brand of kick-and-chase, of feasting off opposition errors, of hitting hard at the breakdown and of playing the percentages.

They also have a swagger about them that suggests they’ve had enough of knocking on the door. They’re coming in!

For all that the Sharks are by no means unbeatable, and the Blues will take something from a match in which, despite their sloppiness, they were still able to get within a score of the South Africans.

There were far too many handling errors and breakdown lapses for the Blues to really trouble the Sharks, but in the end they were possibly only a contentious referee decision (the 10-point swing that saw a blatant offside, and try, missed at one end and the Sharks score at the other) away from a much better result.

All is by no means lost for Pat Lam’s side who still have plenty to do, but have a decent run of home matches ahead to get some form and confidence going. There was enough stickability in the second half at Eden Park to suggest there’s a bit of substance lurking there this year.

It was good to see Ali Williams charging around a rugby field again too, even if the big All Black lock did rather pace himself through much of this return to top rugby in 2009.

It was a long way from Williams at his best – a fact he admitted later, giving himself three out of 10 – but it was nonetheless a step in the right direction for he and the Blues.

If Lam’s men are to be up there challenging the Sharks at the pointy end of this season, they’ll need Williams, and others, firing. Right now they’ve had a good look at the standard required.


  • Well done Sharks, but why do we take the foot off the gas every week and let the other team back.
    It’s hurting my Superbru – damit !!

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.03.09 09:39:08 by Ernie Reply
  • I’d venture to say that the Sharks have really earned the respect of the NZ rugby public – be it the opposition, the fans or the media.

    The big question mark that they will have to answer is about consistency – winning matches on an ongoing basis. A lot of hard work would be undone if they were on the wrong side of a few upsets!

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.03.09 09:47:01 by Baldrick Reply
  • Looking good so far boys…let’s stick to the basics and take it one game at a time.

    We have the potential to beat any team in the Super 14…no big heads…let’s play rugby!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.03.09 09:47:46 by blackshark Reply
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  • They also have a swagger about them that suggests they’ve had enough of knocking on the door. They’re coming in!

    I just LOVE that statement!! 😆

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.03.09 09:49:16 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
  • @blackshark (Comment 3) :

    Well said and let me please add.

    PLEASE don’t go all WP in the Media? Let’s just take it as it comes and think about winning the final when/if we get to play in it.

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.03.09 09:55:40 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 4) : Be careful some people don’t confuse the swagger of confidence with arrogance!

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.03.09 09:55:43 by Baldrick Reply
  • @Baldrick (Comment 2) : and to close out the opposition. in 4 games we have gone into defensive mode when we are ahead. a better team needs to drive home the win. the reds though should give us that opportunity.

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.03.09 09:59:21 by try time Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) :

    Well the boys are hot property and the media will be hounding them for interviews but they just need to focus. For now we concentrate on beating the next opponents.

    Last year we started with a winning streak (a boring one) but a few bad results in the middle and we lost our home semi and almost didn’t make it to the play-offs. We can’t have any of that this year.

    I’m just looking forward to payback time when we play the Brumbies , Waratahs and Crusaders – SHARK TANK!!!

    @Baldrick (Comment 6) :

    When you don’t have anything to be confident or arrogant about – it becomes difficult to separate the two. 😛

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.03.09 10:08:05 by blackshark Reply
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  • what i do find funny though is how the oversaeas media is raving about the sharks more than the local media. the local media is content on rolling themselves in bullshit. i just can’t wait for that shit to ferment and kill the reporters. watch a two game losing streak start in two weeks.

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.03.09 10:15:42 by try time Reply
  • @blackshark (Comment 8) :

    I am awaiting the appointments for the next few rounds with baited breath.

    Am keen to see who will be reffing our games. Will be looking for one name in particular. 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.03.09 10:17:05 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 9) :

    Gavin Rich is also raving about the Sharks. 😉

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.03.09 10:18:15 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 6) :

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.03.09 10:18:25 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : Had to klap myself just to mkae sure that I am not dreaming… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.03.09 10:23:55 by Charlie Reply
  • @Charlie (Comment 13) : 😳 “mkae = make” 😳

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.03.09 10:24:32 by Charlie Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) :

    He was also raving about Adi 😯

    Did hell freeze over or something??? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.03.09 10:25:14 by wpw Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : yeah thats cos the stormers are kak, and he dislikes the bulls. 😆

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.03.09 10:28:05 by try time Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 15) : i also was impressed with adi. he hasn’t got the pace, but he has the pace in his head to see things. jp can do the glory work.

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.03.09 10:29:29 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 17) :

    He knows how to delay the pass until the perfect moment. :mrgreen:

    Great game Adi!

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.03.09 10:37:51 by blackshark Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 16) :

    Watched the first full Bulls match on Saturday…and they looked average IMO – it’s just that the Stormers are so disjointed…even the Valke would give them a good run.

    But even the Stormers’ performance was way better than the rubbish called the Crusaders. WTF? 👿

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.03.09 10:41:29 by blackshark Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 18) : unlike stefan who thinks you have to pass with your foot. 😆

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.03.09 10:45:29 by try time Reply
  • @blackshark (Comment 19) : stormers gifted the bulls the game by not chasing kicks. de waal kicked decent ball, but no-one chased up. so they basically camped in their half. Rassie then throws all his subs on at once so the team lost all momentum. basically rassie is losing credibilty. you have to question coaches that don’t coach during the currie cup, cos that is where you get the feel of you players.

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.03.09 10:48:28 by try time Reply
  • @blackshark (Comment 19) :

    I am missing yet another weekend of matches due to work travel. 👿

    I have now missed 2 weeks in a row, 👿 and have one more to come. 👿

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.03.09 10:49:34 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Everybody loves a winner. 🙄

  • Comment 23, posted at 09.03.09 10:51:58 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 23) :

    My apologies in advance. 😉

    So then howcome WP are the “best supported” team in South Africa? 😛

  • Comment 24, posted at 09.03.09 10:53:46 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 22) : like the dubai world cup was work travel 😆 😆

  • Comment 25, posted at 09.03.09 10:56:32 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 25) :

    Well I DID work at the World Cup. 😉

  • Comment 26, posted at 09.03.09 10:57:50 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 24) : They are true supporters. A cut above the rest. 😉 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 09.03.09 10:57:55 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 27) : a kak above the rest.

  • Comment 28, posted at 09.03.09 11:02:12 by try time Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 26) : i’m sure. work on your tan. 😆

  • Comment 29, posted at 09.03.09 11:02:38 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 29) :

    Oh that reminded me to update my profile pic.

    thanks 😉

  • Comment 30, posted at 09.03.09 11:15:17 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 30) : are you dropping the missus, like she has dropped you from her avatar. 😆 😆

  • Comment 31, posted at 09.03.09 11:18:17 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 31) :


  • Comment 32, posted at 09.03.09 11:24:25 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 32) : PdV isn’t nearly as good looking as your wife

  • Comment 33, posted at 09.03.09 11:38:26 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 33) :


  • Comment 34, posted at 09.03.09 11:48:08 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 33) :

    He is not nearly s short as she is either. 😆

  • Comment 35, posted at 09.03.09 11:48:37 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 32) :

    Who’s the guy standing next to KSA??? :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 36, posted at 09.03.09 11:57:06 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
  • OK Rob owe me. I told you the Sharks will cash in on this one. The Sharks sure now will end right at the top of the log after 14 rounds. No ways they can lose to the Reds or Farce.

    Great victory not only for the Sharks but for all Saffers.

  • Comment 37, posted at 09.03.09 11:58:32 by PaarlBok Reply
  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 36) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 38, posted at 09.03.09 11:58:43 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 36) : Not me :mrgreen:

  • Comment 39, posted at 09.03.09 11:58:43 by rahul Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 39) :

    No you’re behind me 😆

  • Comment 40, posted at 09.03.09 11:59:25 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Okay I need food.
    let me slip away while WPW isn’t around to hear me mention food. 😉

  • Comment 41, posted at 09.03.09 12:01:02 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 40) :

    I see the PdV cardboard cut-out was a hit in Dubai… 😆

    So did you get a chance to have a bit of a chat with the Coach?

  • Comment 42, posted at 09.03.09 12:05:10 by blackshark Reply
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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 37) : it will be a travesty if they do

  • Comment 43, posted at 09.03.09 12:11:56 by robdylan Reply
  • LMS is quite interesting this week. 11 picks made so far

  • Comment 44, posted at 09.03.09 12:16:32 by rahul Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 44) : yeah i got in early before i overthought it.

  • Comment 45, posted at 09.03.09 12:25:52 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 45) : 😆 My sentiments exactly… Just pick and live with the consequences. Its working so far :mrgreen:

  • Comment 46, posted at 09.03.09 12:31:30 by rahul Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 46) : only problem is i am running out of big teams. it is going to get interesting soon when people have to start picking teams that are closely matched. we have cleared out all the lazy people that didn’t make picks, now there are 30 or more that are taking it seriously. there is some fun to come.

  • Comment 47, posted at 09.03.09 12:37:06 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 47) : No doubt, I still have to get rid of a few donkeys ❗ its gonna be fun 😕

  • Comment 48, posted at 09.03.09 12:38:50 by rahul Reply
  • Blues are a gimme this week.

  • Comment 49, posted at 09.03.09 12:40:23 by robdylan Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 41) : Like the new avatar, but who’s the ugly guy with the moustache ❓

  • Comment 50, posted at 09.03.09 12:40:41 by rahul Reply
  • @Ernie (Comment 1) : I went Sharks by 11. Imagine how happy I was with Joe’s try.

  • Comment 51, posted at 09.03.09 12:44:13 by deanoelsch Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 50) : what new avatar, it is still the same one. i liked ksa’s avatar with him dressed up as a tiger, but that avatar also had a guy with a snor ruining it. the guy looks like that guy from simon and simon (an old tv show in the 80’s). 😆 😆

  • Comment 52, posted at 09.03.09 12:45:10 by try time Reply
  • @deanoelsch (Comment 51) : as happy as i was with stefan? 😆

  • Comment 53, posted at 09.03.09 12:45:51 by try time Reply
  • Mrs B! say something

  • Comment 54, posted at 09.03.09 12:45:53 by rahul Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 49) :

    is this my tip for the week?? 😆

  • Comment 55, posted at 09.03.09 12:49:19 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
  • @try time (Comment 52) : its there on JR site. You giving your age away 😉

  • Comment 56, posted at 09.03.09 12:50:15 by rahul Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 56) : what site? damn now you know i am a eighties fan. won’t be able to live this down.

  • Comment 57, posted at 09.03.09 12:52:46 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 52) : Gerald Mcraney, now I feel old. Thanks for ruining my day 😉

  • Comment 58, posted at 09.03.09 12:53:30 by rahul Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 56) : did you see sharkettes avatar at the time. she was really liking ksa in the tiger outfit. looked like she wanted to go for a ride on his back. (keep it clean guys, don’t get the wrath of kette down on me cos of your minds)

  • Comment 59, posted at 09.03.09 12:55:11 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 57) : justrugby.net look for sandshark

  • Comment 60, posted at 09.03.09 12:56:12 by rahul Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 58) : ha ha. ksa also looks a bit like dr phil. i bet ksa wishes he never went for lunch now.

  • Comment 61, posted at 09.03.09 12:56:33 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 61) : Looks like he could live off his reserves for a while 😆

  • Comment 62, posted at 09.03.09 12:58:25 by rahul Reply
  • oops.. he’s back. working out how to ban me

  • Comment 63, posted at 09.03.09 12:59:37 by rahul Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 63) : if he knew how i would be gone a long time ago.

  • Comment 64, posted at 09.03.09 13:01:16 by try time Reply
  • @blackshark (Comment 42) :

    Yip we did.

    The man is very confident ahead of the Lions tour, and he mainly pointed out the similarities / differences between the previous Lions tour and this one.

    Both are coming 2 years after RWC victories.

    The difference is that the 1997 Boks had hardly any ’95 RWC stars in the side and the 2009 Boks will have a lot of ’07 Boks in the side.

  • Comment 65, posted at 09.03.09 13:05:40 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @rahul (Comment 44) :

    i suppose i have to make my pick before i can see those picks. ;sad;

  • Comment 66, posted at 09.03.09 13:08:37 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 65) :

    I hope you convinced him to change his homepage to sharksworld.co.za 😆

  • Comment 67, posted at 09.03.09 13:09:31 by blackshark Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 66) : add 2 more picks to that! you can probably see 😛

  • Comment 68, posted at 09.03.09 13:11:09 by rahul Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 66) :

    Everybody went for BLUES except me… 😎

  • Comment 69, posted at 09.03.09 13:13:21 by blackshark Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 47) :

    There are actually a lot more people dead than I expected to be dead at this stage.

  • Comment 70, posted at 09.03.09 13:14:03 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 65) : thats a doff comment. lions tours are always two years after/before a rwc.

  • Comment 71, posted at 09.03.09 13:15:41 by try time Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 70) : I see there were six picks for the lions… hopefully only serious ppl left 😐

  • Comment 72, posted at 09.03.09 13:16:16 by rahul Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 70) : yes i was also surprised. but then i started going through and i see there are some lazy guys that just didn’t bother to try they just took defaults. i am pleased the defaults lost. you must work for lions tickets, unless you are ksa who will get work to pay.

  • Comment 73, posted at 09.03.09 13:18:36 by try time Reply
  • he’s up to comment 47….

  • Comment 74, posted at 09.03.09 13:19:25 by rahul Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 72) : there are only 2 certainties this weekend and they are sharks and blues. who to use?

  • Comment 75, posted at 09.03.09 13:23:14 by try time Reply
  • I attended the Lions tour in the 70’s.. 😆 In Bloemfontein…maybe its time to go again.. 🙄

  • Comment 76, posted at 09.03.09 13:23:18 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 50) :

    The bald one with the moustache or the short one with the moustache? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 77, posted at 09.03.09 13:23:32 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 75) :

    Not the Sharks…cause you need to leave them for who’s going to win in the final.. 🙄 😈

  • Comment 78, posted at 09.03.09 13:24:13 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 74) : ha ha. i was wondering why he stopped blogging. he is probably venting.

  • Comment 79, posted at 09.03.09 13:24:29 by try time Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 77) : the short one with the moustache hasn’t grown through his hair yet. 😆 😆

  • Comment 80, posted at 09.03.09 13:25:33 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 73) :

    get work to pay???????

    Dude at the moment I am still FIGHTING to make sure I can get leave while working my notice period. :sad;

  • Comment 81, posted at 09.03.09 13:26:02 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 79) : hope he’s got a punch bag… or a spare screen :mrgreen:

  • Comment 82, posted at 09.03.09 13:26:22 by rahul Reply
  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 78) : damn i never thought of that. i see you are still blonde. you would have run out of teams by the final. 😆 😆

  • Comment 83, posted at 09.03.09 13:26:52 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 80) : lol

  • Comment 84, posted at 09.03.09 13:27:00 by rahul Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 54) :

    I am trying to multi task. gimme a break 😆

  • Comment 85, posted at 09.03.09 13:29:55 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 75) : The trick is to not take the certs unless there is no options. Get rid of the donkeys (like Stormers) when you get a chance :mrgreen:

  • Comment 86, posted at 09.03.09 13:29:56 by rahul Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 81) : you are always on leave is probably their argument. 😆

  • Comment 87, posted at 09.03.09 13:30:01 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 83) :

    Ag Jinne…am i understanding the competition forkeerd again?? 😳 😆 😕

  • Comment 88, posted at 09.03.09 13:30:02 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
  • 54….

  • Comment 89, posted at 09.03.09 13:30:32 by rahul Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 62) : :mrgreen:


  • Comment 90, posted at 09.03.09 13:31:34 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 69) : I also went for the Sharks, I feel guilty for not having chosen the Sharks( the form team)for any of the LMS rouds to date so this week it’s the Sharks.

  • Comment 91, posted at 09.03.09 13:32:18 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 78) :

    Just a pity the game will be finished after the pool rounds. 🙄 😆

  • Comment 92, posted at 09.03.09 13:33:11 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • HEY…how does it work??? i thought you have to choose a winner each week…? so if you choose the Sharks, then you will not be able to vote for them tyo win the final….how did Iget my wires crossed again??

    BS…please explain to me how it works… 😳 or anyone that can speak blonde.. 😳

  • Comment 93, posted at 09.03.09 13:35:36 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
  • Guys!!!

    There IS a cricket thread up in case you were wondering!!! 🙄

  • Comment 94, posted at 09.03.09 13:36:30 by wpw Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 86) : @KSA Shark © (Comment 77) : no comment

  • Comment 95, posted at 09.03.09 13:37:17 by rahul Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 86) : like this weekend. where there are only two certs.

  • Comment 96, posted at 09.03.09 13:38:59 by try time Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 91) :

    I had originally planned to pick the Blues this Round and the Sharks in Round ? but now I’ve decided to swop …

    @KSA Shark © (Comment 92) : 😆

  • Comment 97, posted at 09.03.09 13:39:04 by blackshark Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 94) : we aren’t losers, we support winners. it is part of being a shark supporter.

  • Comment 98, posted at 09.03.09 13:39:45 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 71) :

    Not a doff comment at all. It is only the 3nd time in history that that Lions are touring to the current RWC Champions.

  • Comment 99, posted at 09.03.09 13:41:05 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @rahul (Comment 84) : he still hasn’t picked up what we are on about. 😆 😆

  • Comment 100, posted at 09.03.09 13:41:09 by try time Reply
  • @blackshark (Comment 97) :

    hey…dont laugh…rather help! 👿 😉

  • Comment 101, posted at 09.03.09 13:41:39 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 94) : who cares?

  • Comment 102, posted at 09.03.09 13:41:45 by robdylan Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 94) : SA to loose by 400 runs, why do we want to torture ourselves 😐

  • Comment 103, posted at 09.03.09 13:41:46 by rahul Reply
  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 101) : also had a few troubles with the rules. Comp ends after round robin is finished. Semis and final dont count. So use the Sharks, thats a good option to still have in the bank!

  • Comment 104, posted at 09.03.09 13:43:40 by rahul Reply
  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 93) :

    Hey Blondie.

    There are 14 pool rounds to the tournament.

    There are 14 teams to pick

    So after the pool rounds you will have picked each team once (If you make it that far) 🙂

    So therefore the competition will end after tha last pool game.

    Ek kan nie prentjies teken nie. 😉

  • Comment 105, posted at 09.03.09 13:44:43 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 93) :

    You choose a different team every week but the competition ends on the last round of the group matches – because we’ll all run out of teams in that round.

  • Comment 106, posted at 09.03.09 13:45:45 by blackshark Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 99) : yes but all the lions tours take place two years after a rwc. no matter what country they are touring to. so it will always be a similarity to the previous tour. 😀 so it is a constant therefore must be ignored.

  • Comment 107, posted at 09.03.09 13:46:37 by try time Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 105) :

    are you not a CAD operator?? 🙄 😆

    I tog….and maths WAS my forte…obviously long time ago.. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 108, posted at 09.03.09 13:47:50 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 104) :

    So use the Sharks, thats a good option to still have in the bank!
    Okay now I am feeling blonde 😯

    USE the Sharks? good option to have in the bank????

    Isn’t that contradictory advice

  • Comment 109, posted at 09.03.09 13:48:27 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 107) :

    you didn’t see : VICTORIES ???

  • Comment 110, posted at 09.03.09 13:48:53 by blackshark Reply
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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 108) :

    I CAN use CAD but not that fast. 😉

  • Comment 111, posted at 09.03.09 13:49:23 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 107) : Both are coming 2 years after RWC victories.

    Victories being the key word. 🙂

  • Comment 112, posted at 09.03.09 13:49:27 by McLovin Reply
  • @try time (Comment 100) : He was speed reading and missed it. Same thing happened with his wedding vows :mrgreen:

  • Comment 113, posted at 09.03.09 13:50:09 by rahul Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 109) : I meant dont save them for the final

  • Comment 114, posted at 09.03.09 13:50:50 by rahul Reply
  • @try time (Comment 107) :

    The tour is a constant yes, but touring to the victorious country isn’t a constant.

    @blackshark (Comment 110) : Thanks. 😉

  • Comment 115, posted at 09.03.09 13:51:01 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 109) : and I was blonde… not any more 😥

  • Comment 116, posted at 09.03.09 13:52:36 by rahul Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 114) :

    Ahhhhh okay now it’s clear. 🙄

    I hang out with TT for 5minutes and my understanding of the english language get’s worse than his. 🙄 😳 😆

  • Comment 117, posted at 09.03.09 13:53:14 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 109) : i thought that too. but didn’t want to comment in case it was a trap.

  • Comment 118, posted at 09.03.09 13:55:05 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 100) : 😳

    @rahul (Comment 113) :

    :mrgreen: 😳

  • Comment 119, posted at 09.03.09 13:56:05 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 110) : ok i suppose that makes sense. i apologise. 😳

  • Comment 120, posted at 09.03.09 13:56:49 by try time Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 116) :

    Please tell me you’ve dyed your hair???????????? if you are bald I am making SURE we come and see you while on vacation. 😆

  • Comment 121, posted at 09.03.09 13:57:56 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @rahul (Comment 113) : yeah missed the fine print that said sex becomes procreational. it sucks that i only wanted one kid. i was so desperate i decided to have another.

  • Comment 122, posted at 09.03.09 13:58:46 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 120) :

    there’s a first. 😆 😆

    Now repeat after me.

    Stefan is the best fullback in SA on current form.

    Stefan is the best fullback in SA on current form.

    Stefan is the best fullback in SA on current form.

    Stefan is the best fullback in SA on current form.

    Stefan is the best fullback in SA on current form.

  • Comment 123, posted at 09.03.09 14:00:30 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 118) : I’m not that clever! 😉

  • Comment 124, posted at 09.03.09 14:02:06 by rahul Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 121) : why cos you need a landing strip for your private plane. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 125, posted at 09.03.09 14:02:06 by try time Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 123) : crap daniller is playing better than him.

  • Comment 126, posted at 09.03.09 14:02:43 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 120) :

    Speed-reading? 😛

    Anyway…I think his main point is the make up of the 2009 squad compared to the 1997 squad. This squad’s backbone is still made up of the RWC squad.

  • Comment 127, posted at 09.03.09 14:03:32 by blackshark Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 127) : and the elv’s have backfired on the northern hemisphere as it only made the sh stronger. irb thought the elv’s would take away the need for big forwards, little did they know the boks worked around that. and got stringer.

  • Comment 128, posted at 09.03.09 14:06:01 by try time Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 121) : Sparsly populated. I don’t waste my hormones on hair :mrgreen: @try time (Comment 125) : 😡

  • Comment 129, posted at 09.03.09 14:07:06 by rahul Reply
  • @try time (Comment 122) : he he. You’ll have a rugby team before you know it! 😆

  • Comment 130, posted at 09.03.09 14:10:33 by rahul Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 130) : a mistress might be cheaper.

  • Comment 131, posted at 09.03.09 14:12:18 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 126) : Didn’t realise Sharks won by 4 points! Last time I checked we had a healthy lead with a handfull of minutes left. What happened?!?

  • Comment 132, posted at 09.03.09 14:12:58 by rahul Reply
  • @try time (Comment 125) :

    Dude I sommer park on the pavement with my corolla. 🙂

    @try time (Comment 126) :

    Sheez that lucid moment of yours was only here for a second. 😆

    @blackshark (Comment 127) : That AND he also added that in 1997 the coach was appointed at the start of that season. The 2009 boks have a coach who is established and they know what he wants and expects. None of the new coach changes to contend with while the touring side is busy landing at Jhb International.

  • Comment 133, posted at 09.03.09 14:16:25 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 133) : Thats er.. OR Thambo International. Don’t confuse the people :mrgreen:

  • Comment 134, posted at 09.03.09 14:19:45 by rahul Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 132) : the sharks lost beast to a yellow and went into their shells again. basically they did what they had in the three games prior, get the lead and defend. that is why i am a little worried. it is going to backfire soon, you cannot always rely on defence.

  • Comment 135, posted at 09.03.09 14:20:52 by try time Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 133) : you admitted earlier that you haven’t seen the games for the last two weeks and now you are trying to argue with me. daniller played well on saturday. i was the only one awake for that game. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 136, posted at 09.03.09 14:23:15 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 135) : Glad I went to work then, heart attack stuff!!

  • Comment 137, posted at 09.03.09 14:23:45 by rahul Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 134) : its jhb or thambo international. you can call it either thats why they use or. 😆

  • Comment 138, posted at 09.03.09 14:25:05 by try time Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 137) : damn right. didn’t you see how irrate i was getting on the blog.

  • Comment 139, posted at 09.03.09 14:25:57 by try time Reply
  • If a stormers fan crys alone in the stand, does he still make a noise?

  • Comment 140, posted at 09.03.09 14:26:38 by rahul Reply
  • @try time (Comment 138) : lol

  • Comment 141, posted at 09.03.09 14:27:20 by rahul Reply
  • @try time (Comment 139) : which thread, ill go and speed read

  • Comment 142, posted at 09.03.09 14:28:03 by rahul Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 140) : stormers supporters don’t cry over lost games, failure is a norm for them. stormers supporters don’t like the feeling of joy because it shows them just how bleak their lives are, that is why they support the stormers for that feeling of normality. suicidal stormers supporters convert to eastern province.

  • Comment 143, posted at 09.03.09 14:30:59 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 135) :

    I don’t think they consciously got into their shells…the game just turns that way. The Blues (and even the Chiefs last week) didn’t want to roll over and die in front of their home crowd so they upped their tempo…luckily for us it was too late.

    We’re still on the right track… no need to panic… 😆

  • Comment 144, posted at 09.03.09 14:32:45 by blackshark Reply
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  • href=”#comment-111987″>rahul (Comment 142) : http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2009/03/07/blues-sharks-09/

  • Comment 145, posted at 09.03.09 14:33:44 by try time Reply
  • @blackshark (Comment 144) : When do we play Waratahs? I know Bulls is 16 May, last pool game

  • Comment 146, posted at 09.03.09 14:34:37 by rahul Reply
  • @blackshark (Comment 144) : black shark did you watch the last 5 minutes of the 2007 s14 final. i have good reason.

  • Comment 147, posted at 09.03.09 14:34:51 by try time Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 146) : 😳 Can I say pool? is WPW still around

  • Comment 148, posted at 09.03.09 14:35:35 by rahul Reply
  • @try time (Comment 147) : You have a point. Even in that final one more conversion would have sealed it, but alas we all know what happened next… that damn ref missed a knock on and gifted the Bulls the championship 😆

  • Comment 149, posted at 09.03.09 14:40:27 by rahul Reply
  • @try time (Comment 147) :

    Arrogance and a blind ref cost us that game…not our defence…
    You have to agree that we are a lot more organised now…

    Don’t get me wrong – we have to go for the kill and make the opposition feel helpless. If we give them room to fight back they will definitely use it.

    But instead of going all out on attack and then end up losing our defensive structure (especially with the tired bodies) – I understand how the guys may decide to slow it down / save the little energy that is left and absorb the pressure. Defence is part of the game and we have to use it at some point if we back ourselves to pull it off.

  • Comment 150, posted at 09.03.09 14:44:21 by blackshark Reply
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  • @rahul (Comment 149) : exactly, you cannot take the referee element lightly. it is a very unpredictable force of nature. it is an anti force, and therefore cannot be bought into the equation with any certainty. therefore the only way for certainty is to not get in a situation where the anti force can lose it for you. like the sharks have done in their last 5 games (i include the cc final when steyn missed that conversion)

  • Comment 151, posted at 09.03.09 14:44:47 by try time Reply
  • @blackshark (Comment 150) : see 151, never underestimate the anti force.

  • Comment 152, posted at 09.03.09 14:45:44 by try time Reply
  • @blackshark (Comment 150) : we are sharks not crocodiles. sharks kill instantly, crocodiles kill and wait, only to find someone else ate his food while he was resting. so if we are sharks we must attack like sharks.

  • Comment 153, posted at 09.03.09 14:48:04 by try time Reply
  • Rugby365’s team of the week.

    15 – Isaia Toeava (Blues):
    Playing in a losing team doesn’t mean you had a bad game. Also, go have a look at his role in that late comeback. He is a class act.

    14 – Lelia Masaga (Chiefs):
    We have known about his qualities for some time and maybe he has not always been consistent, but boy oh boy, was he good last Friday.

    13 – Adi Jacobs (Sharks):
    He showed again at the weekend why Springbok coach Peter de Villiers preferred him ahead of Jaque Fourie even when the Lions’ No.13 returned from injury last year. He is now, without doubt, South Africa’s premier outside centre.

    12 – Wynand Olivier (Bulls):
    He had faced a barrage of criticism after he lost some form, post 2007 World Cup. However, Olivier has looked every bit the player that first burst onto the scene and he certainly had the better of exchanges with his more illustrious Springbok teammate Jean de Villiers.

    11 – Hosea Gear (Hurricanes);
    His blistering pace and great skills had the Cheetahs defence as sixes and sevens on Saturday. Another player that has done his reputation no harm and put his hand up for All Black selection, yet again.

    10 – Stephen Donald (Chiefs):
    It is the way in which he controlled the game that eventually won our vote – although there was strong competition from Matt Giteau and Morne Steyn.

    9 – Fourie du Preez (Bulls):
    Simply the best, no doubt about that!

    8 – Pierre Spies (Bulls):
    Yes, there was some debate, but in the end it was a unanimous decision.

    7 – Phil Waugh (Waratahs):
    So strong, so skillful and a good leader to boot.

    6 – Duane Vermeulen (Stormers):
    This was Rassie Erasmus’ best buy in the off season and what a gem he is proving to be – big, strong and skillful. He matches the beefy Bulls ‘punch-for-punch’.

    5 – Jason Eaton (Hurricanes):
    Just letting the All Black selectors know that he is still around.

    4 – Bakkies Botha (Bulls):
    His style may not be everybody’s cup of tea and he may be as disliked in Cape Town as Luke Watson is in Pretoria, but Botha is one of the form locks in the Super 14.

    3 – Jannie du Plessis (Sharks):
    Who said South Africa lacked quality tighthead props? This man is playing out of his skin at the moment.

    2 – Aled de Malmanche (Chiefs):
    Although he can cover all three positions in the front row, he looks at his best at hooker – a brute of a man.

    1 – Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks):
    Forget the yellow card, that was just a culmination of his teammates’ transgressions. He remains a beast … in fact YThe Beast!

  • Comment 154, posted at 09.03.09 14:53:10 by McLovin Reply
  • GO ADI !!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 155, posted at 09.03.09 15:03:19 by Charlie Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 154) : where is botes, he was by far the best loosie. that is why i take these things with a pinch of salt.

  • Comment 156, posted at 09.03.09 15:04:37 by try time Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 154) :

    Travesty – no picks from the Highlanders and Crusaders…??? 😆


  • Comment 157, posted at 09.03.09 15:04:43 by blackshark Reply
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  • Where’s Luke ? 👿

  • Comment 158, posted at 09.03.09 15:05:55 by blackshark Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 154) : and how can you compare gear against a cheetahs b team, with jp’s performance against a powerful blues team. jp deserves the 11 spot more.

  • Comment 159, posted at 09.03.09 15:07:27 by try time Reply
  • @blackshark (Comment 158) : bathroom…

  • Comment 160, posted at 09.03.09 15:13:34 by rahul Reply
  • @try time (Comment 159) :
    JPP has never been given the credit he deserves.

    Its ok though; he is looking more and more like the class act he is – and at just 22, he is gonna rock for a long time yet.

    I’m really excited to see my boy Waylon back – injury-free and hungry – I feel sorry for the opposition backs. 😈

  • Comment 161, posted at 09.03.09 15:15:59 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 154) :
    I am surprised that there are any bulls or stormers in this team. their game was not so good. interesting because of all the off field drama and luke’s gesticulation but not so much as a game.

  • Comment 162, posted at 09.03.09 15:16:35 by rekinek Reply
  • @try time (Comment 156) : @try time (Comment 159) : Any non sharks you want to nominate? 😉 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 163, posted at 09.03.09 15:18:16 by McLovin Reply
  • @Big Fish (Comment 161) : i would like to see waylon take odwas place. odwa needs to get the hunger back.

  • Comment 164, posted at 09.03.09 15:19:21 by try time Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 163) : yes someone for the 15 jersey and 14 jerseys otherwise the sharks have the other positions covered.

  • Comment 165, posted at 09.03.09 15:21:31 by try time Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 163) : I know this question is not for me – but if it would 🙄
    NO :mrgreen:

  • Comment 166, posted at 09.03.09 15:22:32 by rekinek Reply
  • that “form XV” is a load of kak.

    Rocket was the best scrummie on display, Keegan Daniel needs to be amongst the loosies and Johann Muller was the best lock bar none.

    These guys are smoking their light blue socks

  • Comment 167, posted at 09.03.09 15:25:20 by robdylan Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 163) : and I just walzed straight into that one as well…

  • Comment 168, posted at 09.03.09 15:26:32 by robdylan Reply
  • @try time (Comment 164) :
    Odwa has been below his past standards, but not completely toilet.

    But I agree that Waylon on wing would be a good idea.

    That said, young Vulindlu looks a great prospect.

  • Comment 169, posted at 09.03.09 15:28:50 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 165) : 😆

  • Comment 170, posted at 09.03.09 15:30:17 by McLovin Reply
  • @Big Fish (Comment 169) : would rather have Zuks going forward than big Waylon going sideways

  • Comment 171, posted at 09.03.09 15:31:21 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 168) :

    Did you get my k-out this morning?? 😉

    @Big Fish (Comment 169) :

    The young Elephant also surprised me… 😀

  • Comment 172, posted at 09.03.09 15:32:11 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
  • @Big Fish (Comment 169) : i was just making space for the westville boy, don’t complicate things. 😆 😆

  • Comment 173, posted at 09.03.09 15:33:45 by try time Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 168) : I’m surprised no-one mentioned Kanko. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 174, posted at 09.03.09 15:34:15 by McLovin Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 171) : waylon played well at wing, zuks needs to prove he can. and i thought ndlovu had a good game, ye of little faith. don’t knock an elephant.

  • Comment 175, posted at 09.03.09 15:36:02 by try time Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 174) : i did in 165.

  • Comment 176, posted at 09.03.09 15:36:37 by try time Reply
  • @Big Fish (Comment 169) :
    at the end the backs did their work – and in a way I like that they are not trying to be too flashy. looks more like a team work 😛

  • Comment 177, posted at 09.03.09 15:38:17 by rekinek Reply
  • yeah yeah… all the loosies were good. Kanko is coasting a little and needs to stop believing his own hype quite so much.

  • Comment 178, posted at 09.03.09 15:38:26 by robdylan Reply
  • @try time (Comment 176) : Indeed you did. 🙂

  • Comment 179, posted at 09.03.09 15:38:28 by McLovin Reply
  • hope that next week the backs reserves will finally get some [email protected]robdylan (Comment 171) : that’s called stepping 😆
    i like waylon at the wing – he is strong and can get through. but having said that – know too little about a new guy. not like plum is using his reserves 🙄

  • Comment 180, posted at 09.03.09 15:42:28 by rekinek Reply
  • @try time (Comment 176) : he can kick! so we’ll put him at 15

  • Comment 181, posted at 09.03.09 15:44:06 by rahul Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 180) : stepping into poo 😆

  • Comment 182, posted at 09.03.09 15:46:05 by rahul Reply
  • Oh well… Luke is the best 8 in SA!!!

    FACT!!! 👿

  • Comment 183, posted at 09.03.09 15:47:09 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 183) : did you forget your medicine again. he’ll only ever be the best 8 in a sevens team :mrgreen:

  • Comment 184, posted at 09.03.09 15:49:06 by rahul Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 183) :

    Its not the “Friday Funnies” thread…. 🙄 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 185, posted at 09.03.09 15:53:09 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 182) : must have been planted by an enemy 😛

  • Comment 186, posted at 09.03.09 15:53:38 by rekinek Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 183) : You the bastard who stole my crack 😆

  • Comment 187, posted at 09.03.09 15:54:11 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 183) : that’s bit far -fetching … but he was good on Saturday -hehehehe (was just thinking about the bulls supporters)

  • Comment 188, posted at 09.03.09 15:55:23 by rekinek Reply
  • Gavin Rich

    Adrian Jacobs has left World Cup winning Springbok centre Jaques Fourie with a lot of work to do if he hopes to regain his old No 13 jersey for the forthcoming series against the British and Irish Lions.

    The Sharks centre was one of new national coach Peter de Villiers’ most surprising selections in 2008 – but he never let the coach or the Boks down and featured in several of the better attacking moments produced by the South Africans.

    He has continued where he left off last year in the current Super 14, and JP Pietersen, the Sharks and Bok left wing, can thank his teammate for the fact that suddenly it is raining tries for him.

    Jacobs did it against the Lions in the second game of the competition in Durban when he put in an electrifying burst down the left touch-line to put Pietersen in.

    Against the Blues on Saturday Pietersen again profited and it was Jacobs’ run off some clever thinking from wing Odwa Ndungane, who made the initial break from turn-over ball at the ruck, that set the Sharks on the road to an impressive victory.

    The Sharks’ 35-31 win was the stand-out performance of the weekend’s round of matches, but perhaps they were seduced by that early try, which came off turn-over ball, for they made life difficult for themselves in the first half through their failure to respect territory.

    They gave away one try by playing from their own half, something they generally have stopped doing since John Plumtree took over as coach.

    And they nearly gave away another, which could have seriously hurt their chances of winning.

    Sharks assistant coach Grant Bashford, communicating by SMS from Brisbane, agreed that it was dumb rugby and poor decisions were made, but explained that the heavy wind that the Sharks were playing into in the first half made it difficult as it rendered kicking a treacherous occupation.

    In the second half the Sharks were able to employ their usual excellent kicking game with much better effect, and by controlling both territory and possession they were able to ease away from their opponents.

    It was only a late consolation try for the Blues that brought the hosts within range.

    The most pleasing aspect for the Sharks would have been the way they managed to survive without Jean Deysel, and with matches against the Reds and Western Force to come, they stand an excellent chance of becoming the first South African team to return from tour with a 100 percent record.

    The Sharks are one of three unbeaten teams after four rounds, but they do look the most likely to maintain that momentum.

    The Bulls played their last match at Loftus for two months when they beat the Stormers 14-10, and in the two games they have played since their rout of the Blues there have been indications that they may be vulnerable when they play away from home.

    The Waratahs continue to “win ugly”, as the Sydney media would have it, but as Wallaby coach Robbie Deans has already said, that is the way to do it early in the competition, and already there are signs that winning is inspiring confidence.

    However, the Waratahs, who edged out the Reds in a Australian derby match, are in the same position as the Bulls in that they have played most of their games at home, whereas the Sharks have played three away.

    The Crusaders have now dropped three games after their 6-0 defeat to the Highlanders, and could be said to be “doing a Proteas” for the way they have so suddenly lost their previous aura. There is good reason for it, of course, for they are missing some great players in addition to having lost their former winning coach Deans.

    Weekend results

    Bulls 14 Stormers 10

    Blues 31 Sharks 35

    Hurricanes 29 Cheetahs 12

    Highlanders 6 Crusaders 0

    Waratahs 15 Reds 11

    Chiefs 31 Western Force 13

  • Comment 189, posted at 09.03.09 16:00:34 by wpw Reply

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