Sharks can only get better

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 6 Apr 2009 at 09:14
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The Sharks may be on top of the Super 14 totem pole, but captain Johann Muller feels their rivals haven’t seen the best of them yet.

Speaking after his team’s impressive 33-17 win over the Hurricanes at the weekend, Muller expressed his delight at the four points that put his team back on top of the standings.

Outscoring the Hurricanes by three tries to two, it was their defence and two-try blitz in the first 10 minutes of the second half that sealed the victory for the home team.

But it was also a game littered with errors, many of them coming from the Sharks.

“Obviously we are happy with the four points,” Muller said, adding: “But I don’t think we were at our best.

“We made a lot of mistakes and we didn’t keep hold of the ball all the time.

“However, we are very happy with four points we got against a quality side like this,” he said of a Hurricanes team that made them sweat.

Muller pinpointed a lack of ball control as one of the problem areas.

“We didn’t keep the ball in the first half and at the break we just said we have hold on to the ball and build some pressure.

“Then they made a couple of mistakes and we scored from it.”


  • Was a very good match to watch.

    Sharks to go all the way.

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.04.09 09:17:28 by McLovin Reply
  • “We didn’t keep the ball in the first half and at the break we just said we have hold on to the ball and build some pressure.”

    That just about sums it up. Once we started to be patient with our attacks…we were able to create the pressure that led to the errors…which led to the tries.

    It’s no secret though that defence is still our strong point but I’m really impressed with the way we counter-attack…you can’t call that ugly rugby at all.

    Well done to Zuks – we all had questions last week…but did he step up or did he step up? From the moment he made that first big tackle…I knew he was ready for the big stage. May he keep working hard and grow from this performance….hope the injury was nothing to worry about.

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.04.09 09:27:46 by blackshark Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 2) : we only attack for twenty minutes a game. we defend the first half. come out attack for twenty. close up shop for the last 20, nevermind that a bp is only a try or two away. sharks need to up their game. but in saying that their defence is amazing. but how much more can we take. defence kills a team energy wise. i think this bye will come just in the nick of time.

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.04.09 09:38:02 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 3) :

    By ” BYE” do you mean our game vs The Cheetahs? 👿

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.04.09 10:10:34 by blackshark Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 4) :
    Wrong smiley… 😈

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.04.09 10:12:01 by blackshark Reply
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  • Don’t need bonus points if you’re top of the log!

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.04.09 10:26:13 by Baldrick Reply
  • @try time (Comment 3) : dude – you’re actually starting to look a little petulant at this point… a bit like a spoiled child. Can’t you ever give the team just a smidgen of credit? Just look at what they’ve achieved.

    Your vision of “perfect rugby” is a nice fantasy, but it doesn’t exist in the real world. In this game, you need to rock up and score more points than the opposition, week in and week out. That’s waht the Sharks are doing.

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.04.09 10:32:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Rob TT finds when he gave the Sharks / players some credit they seems to lose the plot 😆

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.04.09 10:36:28 by Charlie Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : But as you said check the scoreboard & log standings GO SAHRKS !!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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  • Comment 10, posted at 06.04.09 10:38:20 by Charlie Reply

  • @try time (Comment 3) : and this 20 min seems to be sufficient sofar :mrgreen:
    can u imagine if they do 25 – they may win the competition.

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.04.09 10:39:25 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 10) : Pretty sure the keyboard jumped up and hit the wrong fingers… 😈

    @robdylan (Comment 7) : Dude, tt IS a spoiled child…and master of swimming against the tide…just for the F of it… I dilute all his comments anyway… 😀

    @rekinek (Comment 11) :


  • Comment 12, posted at 06.04.09 10:48:23 by blackshark Reply

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  • Like my hero – Sir Alex – would say, pacing yourself over the entire season is important. If you are 15 points up let them come at you.

    Morning all :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.04.09 10:55:03 by Rahul Reply

  • @Rahul (Comment 13) : you must have enjoyed yesterday’s game…

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.04.09 10:57:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : I missed IT!!!!! Like the result. Shows good character unlike liverpools lucky goal :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.04.09 10:59:21 by Rahul Reply

  • @Rahul (Comment 15) : ha ha… I only watched for 5 minutes and at that stage Villa were cruising. Even texted Villie 🙂

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.04.09 11:06:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : Had a thought the other day. Can you put a countdown clock till the Sharks next game. And one till we lift the trophy? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.04.09 11:09:02 by Rahul Reply

  • @Rahul (Comment 17) : that sounds like begging for jinx

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.04.09 11:19:25 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 18) : ok, just the first one then 😕

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.04.09 11:24:18 by Rahul Reply

  • @rekinek (Comment 18) : you picked the cheetahs ❓ ❓ ❓ ❓ ❓

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.04.09 11:24:45 by Rahul Reply

  • @Rahul (Comment 20) : yip – rub it in some more :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
    brumbies messed me twice in LMS

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.04.09 11:31:47 by rekinek Reply
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  • It’s good to see that Muller is still looking at improving and still sees the weaknesess….compared to Jean d V…I was shocked when I heard the post match interview from Jean…instead of kakking on his team, he states that they improving from week to week and can build of their performance( something like that) WTF!!!! 👿

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.04.09 11:43:14 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : rob how many tries have the sharks actually created this year? they are defensively brilliant, but defence injures and tires players. especially the scrambling defence of the sharks. we saw how the had a blow out the sharks had against the reds after the defence they had to put up in the previous 2 weeks. after the bye we play 4 big defensive games. when will the blow out happen? semi finals? you may call it petulance, i call it concern.

    @Baldrick (Comment 6) : i am sure the chiefs will laugh at that comment when we lose a [email protected]rekinek (Comment 11) : yes but not to get a nice cushion between us and 2nd. chiefs lost two games more than us and we are the wons under pressure. see my concern about bp’s.

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.04.09 11:55:51 by try time Reply

  • if you guys want me to sing hallelujahs after each game i will. it will definitely make this blog a dull place.

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.04.09 12:00:39 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 23) : i must agree that most of sharks tries comes from, like nowhere 😛 but do not get me wrong – I’m very happy about sharks’ log position.

    about the chiefs – they still need to face hurricanes and bulls at Loftus. and the stormers (who tend to pick themselves at the end of the season) will not be easy at newlands.

    same with waratahs – but they have much easier trip down here

  • Comment 25, posted at 06.04.09 12:03:37 by rekinek Reply
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  • to be honest though, i expect the chiefs to lose one game in sa. that will take the pressure off the sharks. i feel the saders and bulls shouldn’t bother the sharks too much, but the games that worry me are the tahs (who like the sharks have also been playing ugly effective rugby) and the landers, that are beatable in the last 20, which is amazingly the point the sharks stop attacking. so yes say we also lose one more, we should be on top smiling. i am hoping we have the energy though to win them all.

  • Comment 26, posted at 06.04.09 12:06:27 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 23) :

    We’re 3 points ahead of the Chiefs…we’re resting on their heads…therefore I think the pressure is on THEM.

    @try time (Comment 24) :

    It would be nice if you sang hallelujah on Monday before lunch…and start raining on the parade after lunch…at least :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 06.04.09 12:06:40 by blackshark Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 24) : I agree with most of your comments, but I’m very happy with where the Sharks are right now….and NO don’t stop doing what you doing…maybe Plum reads your comments and can work on a couple of things. I am very happy to be a Shark supporter at the moment.

  • Comment 28, posted at 06.04.09 12:08:01 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 26) :

    We should be looking to get maximum against the Cheetahs though…whatever we did wrong against the Reds – I hope we’re not going to do against the Cheetahs. That should add even more pressure on the Chiefs…who still have some tricky corners to negotiate.

  • Comment 29, posted at 06.04.09 12:10:01 by blackshark Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 24) : yeah ok – fair enough… to each his own and all that.

  • Comment 30, posted at 06.04.09 12:12:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : oh and didn’t you actually read what i said. i have been praising the teams overall defence from day one. maybe you missed it the first 20 times. and wasn’t i praising js yesterday while others were ripping into him. and other than my concern over stefans attack haven’t i praised the guys defence and control from the back. everyone seems to forget about that. i have been fair on frans this season. adi i praised and then he cocked up the next game, so i don’t want to praise him again, although other than his 3 stupid/poor tackles he was hot on saturday. i could go on, but i don’t want to be seen as actually liking the guys. 😆

    i however haven’t ever doomed the teams chances like you have in a few of your articles. i point out flaws in individuals but i don’t knock the team. lets actually look at my pre season predictions sometime and see how wrong i have been.

  • Comment 31, posted at 06.04.09 12:15:06 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 23) : sorry about my spelling in this i was rushing. should have re read before submitting. but looks like you guys got the gist.

  • Comment 32, posted at 06.04.09 12:17:27 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 31) :
    Ja, where are those predictions… 😛

  • Comment 33, posted at 06.04.09 12:20:06 by blackshark Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 25) : yes but we face saders tahs landers and bulls after our bye, no easy feat either. we don’t want to have go into the bulls game needing points, i would like to give the guys a little rest during that game.

  • Comment 34, posted at 06.04.09 12:20:09 by try time Reply

  • @blackshark (Comment 27) : ok i did it before breakfast. i am sure i can wait a couple of hours. 😆

  • Comment 35, posted at 06.04.09 12:21:41 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 34) :

    You’re correct about the Bulls game…I want us to go into that with no pressure whatsoever…and still be able to humiliate them…preferably with youngsters. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 36, posted at 06.04.09 12:24:13 by blackshark Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 34) : I know you can never write some teams off (or any – see reds example 🙄 ) but saders on what they showed last 2 weeks – not the biggest worry.

    out of the 4 – I’m worried about tahs the most – but listening to the crowd on sat. i think the home advantage will count

  • Comment 37, posted at 06.04.09 12:24:14 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 37) :

    The crowd was awesome…

  • Comment 38, posted at 06.04.09 12:26:25 by blackshark Reply

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  • Believe it or not, but I worry about the Cheetah’s game. It’s happened before that 1 SA team with no hope goes and plays their best game of the season against a SA team at the top.

  • Comment 39, posted at 06.04.09 12:27:37 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 38) : It was uncalled for when they boo-ed Frans Steyn in the first half when he attemted the drop goal. I was really dissapointed and embarrased when that happened

  • Comment 40, posted at 06.04.09 12:29:24 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 39) :

    Like when the useless Stormers beat the Crusaders about two years ago. 😯

  • Comment 41, posted at 06.04.09 12:30:15 by wpw Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 39) : i am worried too 🙄
    on paper sharks have too much power so it will all come down to attitude

  • Comment 42, posted at 06.04.09 12:30:51 by rekinek Reply
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  • here you go blackshark. found it. a lot has been wrtten in 2 months, it was like finding a ball in a breakdown.

  • Comment 43, posted at 06.04.09 12:31:11 by try time Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 40) : i think he is used by now :mrgreen:

  • Comment 44, posted at 06.04.09 12:31:45 by rekinek Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 41) : I was actually referring to local teams,but something like that

    What did you think of the post match interview with Jean d V on Saturday?

  • Comment 45, posted at 06.04.09 12:33:22 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 39) : yes the cheetahs game feels like the reds game. that is why i never mentioned them. i know the sharks will beat them, but i am to scared to say it.

  • Comment 46, posted at 06.04.09 12:33:36 by try time Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 45) : ha ha i laughed at him. that was total denial, like a druggie with a needle in his arm saying he is clean. watson was the only player worth praising, and that hurts to do.

  • Comment 47, posted at 06.04.09 12:36:37 by try time Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 40) :

    Oh yes… but that was probably just tt … 😈

  • Comment 48, posted at 06.04.09 12:40:37 by blackshark Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 47) : It was pathetic to say the least…..I actually feel sorry for the Stormers Supporters( no really I do )
    There was so much hype and anticipation for the Stormers and they really stuffed it up badly 🙄

  • Comment 49, posted at 06.04.09 12:41:24 by Pokkel Reply
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  • oops. i see that our bye only comes after the saders game. i thought it was after the cheetahs. mmm. i only hope the sharks attack this weekend, and stay in the cheetahs half, so we can reserve energy for the next week.

  • Comment 50, posted at 06.04.09 12:42:10 by try time Reply

  • @blackshark (Comment 48) : nah i was actually pleased he tried something. he was battling to get moves going.

  • Comment 51, posted at 06.04.09 12:43:14 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 47) :
    And what about the comment he made about the turnovers ?

    ” I’m not sure they were all legal…” …and then he played that off as a joke.

  • Comment 52, posted at 06.04.09 12:44:16 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 49) : i feel sorry for the sharks, they probably expected the stormers to get at least one of the chasers out of the tail smoke. same with the bulls. i will definately be holding thumbs for the bulls to beat the tahs. they might need to injure matfield again though if they want to stand a chance.

  • Comment 53, posted at 06.04.09 12:45:32 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 50) :

    But judging from the highlights of the Cheetahs vs Brumbies game…we can expect the Cheetahs to crack and make errors under pressure…if that fails…I guess we’ll have to create something… 🙄

  • Comment 54, posted at 06.04.09 12:46:22 by blackshark Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 41) : Oh dear! Holding on old memories. Was that the last time they won a game? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 55, posted at 06.04.09 12:46:43 by Rahul Reply

  • Whay has Nunu escaped mention today? I think he wis pissed at something and took it out on the field, he should have been yellowed!!!

  • Comment 56, posted at 06.04.09 12:48:48 by Rahul Reply

  • our destiny is firmly in our own hands, boys… we just need to keep winning and it won’t matter what the other SA teams do

  • Comment 57, posted at 06.04.09 12:49:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 53) :

    It’s pretty sad how Sc-HULK is now just a…a Ninja Turtle…

  • Comment 58, posted at 06.04.09 12:49:15 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 52) : 😆 everything he said was a joke. he didn’t have try and make jokes.

  • Comment 59, posted at 06.04.09 12:49:35 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 53) : Some support from the other SA teams would be nice.

  • Comment 60, posted at 06.04.09 12:52:05 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 54) : we just need to run at demas. up and unders won’t help much though cos daniller has been quite solid. our best bet is go at their 10-12 axis. bosman and whatshisname are weak on defence. this is probably a good game to have frans’ crash balling in. rory must pass though. his selfishness is bugging me.

  • Comment 61, posted at 06.04.09 12:53:09 by try time Reply

  • @blackshark (Comment 58) : hey don’t mock the turtles they are still mutant, schalk is just a chunk. he is like samson, cut his hair and he is weak. he was shocking as a ball carrier, he lost the ball every time he got tackled.

  • Comment 62, posted at 06.04.09 12:55:08 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 61) : oh yeah… turnstiles. Frans can just run at them all day with Keegan on his shoulder.

    How did Swannie go this weekend? Did anyone actually pass him the ball this time?

  • Comment 63, posted at 06.04.09 12:56:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 60) : ja they can’t even injure opposition players. they are like farts in the wind.

  • Comment 64, posted at 06.04.09 12:56:04 by try time Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 63) : yes he got two hospital passes. but that guy reminds me more of barritt and honiball by the day. he was always at a breakdown getting ready to tackle again. it was like we had three flamkers and ryan was a spare wheel.

  • Comment 65, posted at 06.04.09 12:59:14 by try time Reply

  • the problem with swannie is he looks a little like bis, so bis gets credit for stuff swannie does. also the 2’s on their backs don’t help.

  • Comment 66, posted at 06.04.09 13:00:29 by try time Reply

  • yeah swannie, keegs and botes have made rory’s and frans’ lives easier with their superb defence.

  • Comment 67, posted at 06.04.09 13:03:17 by try time Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 63) :

    Swannie was ok…pretty solid guy…I remember a few runs, offloads and tackles. I did miss the beginning of the second half…but I think he had a good game…plus the black hair makes me forget about Barritt…

  • Comment 68, posted at 06.04.09 13:05:59 by blackshark Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 66) : hey – good point! Yeah, he’s onviously smaller, but does look a lot like bissie, especially since he lost the Elvis do.

  • Comment 69, posted at 06.04.09 13:06:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 69) : even the commentators credited bis for a move, but it was swannies head that popped up.

  • Comment 70, posted at 06.04.09 13:12:08 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 70) : he should dye his hair pink… I’ll suggest it

  • Comment 71, posted at 06.04.09 13:17:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • here is my game plan for saturday. one of the big forwards set up fast ball, rory then passes quickly to frans who will crash between bossies and jlp. if he happens to get tackled by some sheer miracle, then adi must get handed the ball next to set up jp. we keep doing that all day, we’ll walk away with a 50-7 win. if we resort to kicking we should still win, but we will have really tired guys for the saders game.

  • Comment 72, posted at 06.04.09 13:19:02 by try time Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 71) : yeah he’ll get more tackles in cos the opposition will think he is a moffie. 😆

  • Comment 73, posted at 06.04.09 13:20:41 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 72) : oh and keegs and botes must keep de bruyn under pressure, he gives opposition teams tries for free. i am actually pleased deysel is injured for this game, because the keeg bote pair will be far more effective.

  • Comment 74, posted at 06.04.09 13:23:12 by try time Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 69) :
    Actually, I was helluva impressed with him.

    He carries the ball VERY well – maintains possession even in big traffic, but also can step. Very strong in the tackle, and even more impressive at the ruck.

    This kid has real talent; but not the flashy kind.

  • Comment 75, posted at 06.04.09 13:25:59 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish

  • Comment 76, posted at 06.04.09 13:27:18 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 76) : looks like Swannie disrupted Eatons’ picnic 😆

  • Comment 77, posted at 06.04.09 13:30:58 by Rahul Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 75) : yeah thats why i put him in the barritt-honiball class. he isn’t the try scoring type, but the grunt work he handles well. he opens the opposition up for the try boys.

  • Comment 78, posted at 06.04.09 13:31:17 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 72) : pity we won’t HAVE JP for the game… 🙂

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  • @blackshark (Comment 76) : good pic.

  • Comment 80, posted at 06.04.09 13:32:59 by try time Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 75) : he’s also a natural leader… I like him a hell of a lot.

  • Comment 81, posted at 06.04.09 13:34:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Rahul (Comment 77) :

    Is that a sandwich stuck to his togs… 😆

  • Comment 82, posted at 06.04.09 13:34:59 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 81) :

    Then you’ll like what the guys at planetrugby had to say about him:

    ” Man of the match: Luzuko Vulindlu, Frans Steyn and Chris Jordaan all scored tries and helped their team to build up an unassailable lead that helped earn the victory. But we thought the defensive work of centre Riaan Swanepoel on Ma’a Nonu and company was a game-defining act after keeping the Hurricanes’ dangerman out on several occasions. His strength with ball in hand was impressive too and barely put a foot wrong. “

  • Comment 83, posted at 06.04.09 13:36:22 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 79) : yeah he would tear demas apart. but we have to give the cheetahs a chance. don’t want to embarrass our development team.

  • Comment 84, posted at 06.04.09 13:37:08 by try time Reply

  • @blackshark (Comment 83) : at least people are starting to notice. he deserves the cred. far too often the grunt workers get overlooked by the fans.

  • Comment 85, posted at 06.04.09 13:38:48 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 85) : I always sang Brad’s praises… anyone notice? 🙂

  • Comment 86, posted at 06.04.09 14:20:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 86) : nah. i was too busy knocking steyn so brad got the limelight. 😆

  • Comment 87, posted at 06.04.09 14:22:44 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 87) : is this some sort of dysfunctional teamwork we have going? 🙂 :mrgreen:

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  • @try time (Comment 87) : Ok – I get that…but what’s the purpose of knocking Stef? 😕

    @robdylan (Comment 88) : Dysfunctional being the keyword… 🙂

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