Sharks to put Chiefs to the sword

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 12 Feb 2010 at 21:41
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Against a Chiefs side ravaged by injury and withdrawals, expect the Sharks to confound the nay-sayers and run out comfortable victors. That’s right, fans – my colours have been firmly nailed to the mast. The Sharks will win this one by ten points or more.

The home side has been given a timely boost by the ruling that Willem Alberts is, in fact, not still a Lions player. As such, the burly loose forward has been cleared to take his place in a squad that, certainly up front, has the fire-power to keep the Hamilton lads in reverse gear all day. Outside of the dynamic Aled de Malmanche, the Chiefs tight five has somewhat of a “journeyman” feel to it. The withdrawal of Sione Lauaki has robbed them of their primary strike weapon in the pack and although they too have packed their bench with forwards (there’s a full front row on there) one can’t see them living with the Sharks for 80 minutes, especially when Gerhard Mostert and Alberts come on to increase the physical intensity in the second half.

It’s amongst the halfbacks that the Chiefs would appear to have a distinct advantage. Brendan Leonard and Stephen Donald are both All Blacks, while the Sharks flyhalf shenanigans this week can hardly have made for a smooth build-up. I have a funny feeling, though, that Rory Kockott is going to put in one of those special performances tomorrow and show us exactly why he was so highly rated back in 2008. Monty Dumond is nowhere near as bad a pivot as some would have you believe either and I’m sure that, together with Andries Strauss, he’ll make good use of the surfeit of possession that the forwards provide.

Richard Kahui and Sitiveni Sivivatu are the real dangermen in the Chiefs outside back division and Waylon Murray, together with the Sharks wingers, are certainly going to have their work cut out for them. Sivivatu has never really got the better of Odwa Ndungane in any game that I’ve yet watched, though, so let’s hope that the status quo continues this weekend. In fact, you have to go pretty far back in history to find an away win over the Sharks for the Hamilton boys and that kind of record is the sort of thing that will weigh on the players’ minds, no matter how many times they try to deny it.

For the Sharks, we need big performances from virtually all the guys in the packs, with John Smit, Bismarck du Plessis and Johann Muller, in particular, all due a really top game. Ryan Kankowski is another who really needs to step back up to the heights he reached in 2008, while Dumond and Strauss will need to prove beyond all doubt that they belong at this level. Ruan Pienaar and Adi Jacobs both have a superb opportunity to stake their claims for places in the starting lineup next week and will hopefully both come into their own as the game opens up in the second half. Craig Burden is another who should do well if the game gets a little looser heading into the final quarter.

It may not be pretty at times, but the Sharks have the muscle to win this one comfortably, provided they play sensibly. They need to keep it tight and let the forwards do the work, at least initially. Trying to play silly buggers in our own half will be suicide, as will kicking the ball down the throats of the Chiefs backs 3. The same sort of pressure game that the Boks employed against the All Blacks in the Tri-Nations should work pretty well and with the refs now favouring the attacking team, provided we can stay in the Chiefs half with our hands on the ball, Kockott’s boot should be able to build up enough of a buffer to allow us to play more adventurously in the last half hour.

Sharks forever! Let’s do this thing.


  • Add to that the fact that the Chiefs will be playing with their THIRD choice captain tomorrow and we will have the BEST captain in the world and it gives us even more of an edge!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.02.10 21:48:39 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : only thing making me a little skittish is the rookie Kiwi ref. Then again, I’d rather have John there coaching the ref than Liam Messam, who I honestly think is about the most overrated rugby player in the whole world.

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.02.10 21:54:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    Yip the new Ref worries me a bit as well. 🙁

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.02.10 21:56:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I agree to a degree.

    Sharks will win no doubt.

    Playing at home.

    Hot & humid.

    Too many good players in the side not to.

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.02.10 22:05:15 by McLovin Reply

  • GO SHARKS!!! My superbru predictions have been within a few points up to so far, would love it if it was the same for this match, however unlikely that is

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.02.10 22:27:47 by war1 Reply
  • GO SHARKS !!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.02.10 22:34:21 by Charlie Reply

  • I think it is going to be a tough year for the Sharks. I am really hoping a place can be found for Pat Lambie but the form that Terblanche is in will make it tough for him.

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  • Comment 7, posted at 12.02.10 23:31:12 by sluiplips Reply

  • @sluiplips (Comment 7) : welcome to the site… just a word of advice, though… it’s a little rude to start posting links when we haven’t even got to know each other yet…

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.02.10 23:33:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • it,s all well and good that we going to beat the chiefs but if theres a team in the world I hate myself for supporting is the sharks when will we win a super 14 ,and this is why I want to start a petition to fire brian van zyl ,does he own the sharks or something how long of not getting results is allowed as c.e.o maybe this is the job I should aim for

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.02.10 04:34:59 by zvision10 Reply

  • @zvision10 (Comment 9) : hi and welcome to Sharksworld. While I agree it’s sometimes frustrating being a Sharks supporter, it has its highs as well… remember the 2008 Currie Cup? We could be a lot worse off – look at the Lions 🙂

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.02.10 08:32:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hey Rob. I detect a lot of “positive thinking” in this post, albeit a bit unrealistic. The Meyer incident is very suspect, and pinning your hopes on Willem Alberts is really scraping the bottom of a (not so) bottomless barrel. Still, that is the positivism that the start of a new season brings, pretty soon it will be knuckling down to face the harsh realities of another season not living up to expectations, squad depth, coach vision (lack thereof etc).

    I think the honeymoon period for your coach is over, if he doesn’t deliver this season it is time to fire him.

    Still I find this site very entertaining and hope the Sharks kick ass tonite.

    Go Bulls!

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.02.10 09:06:19 by eckard Reply

  • I smell sock puppets galore!

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.02.10 09:21:15 by klempie Reply

  • One thing cannot be taken away from Monty, he truly is a profesional sportsman, to how many fh’s has he played second fiddle, yet he always gives his best in Sharks colors, not once has he brought his personal feelings to the game, he gets stuck in and gets the job done…for that he has to be respected.

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.02.10 09:42:32 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • I wonder how much this farce cost the Lions rugby union …what a complete waste of time persuing players who obviously had no intentions to ever play for the Lions again.So why even bother especially if you consider the shoddy contracts being signed.
    Whoever had that job should be fired for goodness sake.

    To Ludik and Alberts good luck with the Sharks.

    Lions catch a wake up and focus on the players that want to play for you , not rocket science.

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.02.10 09:51:46 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @zvision10 (Comment 9) : Rob has my vote for new CEO. Anyone gonna second that? Of course to get my vote Rob you`ll have to organise me a job where I`ll have to work closely with the flasher girls :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.02.10 09:55:19 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Also I truely hope a decent contract is in place for Jakes Mjekevu cause in time other unions ARE going to want him.
    The Vaal unearthing another Habana imho.

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.02.10 09:59:23 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @eckard (Comment 11) : Alberts was the best 8 in the Currie Cup last year. If that’s the bottom of the barrel, I’ll take it 🙂

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.02.10 10:01:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • I wonder why Lions didn`t go for Bom Samaai from the Leopards though. That guy was on fire last year in the CC 😕

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.02.10 10:04:32 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : Better than Pierre Assegaai ??

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.02.10 10:06:56 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) :

    Robd class player , its a huge loss for us and he has been desperatly unlucky not to crack the Bok nod.

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.02.10 10:06:57 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @Original Pierre (Comment 19) : Assegaai. 😆

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.02.10 10:21:40 by klempie Reply

  • Finally someone who agrees with me that this Sharks team is damn good on paper – and no, unlike WP they actually take paper form onto the park most of the time.

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.02.10 12:48:30 by Morné Reply
  • VERY hot in Durbs. Daughter just phoned and said very, very hot and humid.

    Going to be tough for both teams playing in that heat.

    Still think Sharks should win this one. Sharks by 5.


  • Comment 23, posted at 13.02.10 13:12:47 by Puma Reply

  • i can confirm that its bloody hot in durbs, im sitting with a ice cold beer next to the pool and its steaming, and i do hope you are right rob, ive got 700 bucks running on the game :mrgreen:

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.02.10 13:26:56 by willa Reply

  • Joburg is a scorcher at the moment too. 35C 😯

  • Comment 25, posted at 13.02.10 13:30:10 by klempie Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : you can say that again we have the best captain in the world so go sharks and make your fans jump with joy

  • Comment 26, posted at 13.02.10 15:17:37 by Charmaine Reply

  • Damn I’m working, hope the game is on the radio. At least im recording it. And its damn hot and humid in the Vaal too. GO SHARKS!!

  • Comment 27, posted at 13.02.10 15:39:20 by Jarson's (X + V) Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 25) : Agree very, very hot here. Where I live it is 37. Believe is is very hot and humid in Durbs too. Not sure if we will see a really good game in those conditions. As long as we win that will be great.

  • Comment 28, posted at 13.02.10 15:46:47 by Puma Reply

  • Good luck Sharks.

  • Comment 29, posted at 13.02.10 18:54:37 by Puma Reply

  • Rob I rest my case (comment 17)

  • Comment 30, posted at 13.02.10 20:57:42 by eckard Reply


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