Super 14 week 3

Written by dean oelschig (deanoelsch)

Posted in :Original Content, Super 14 on 1 Mar 2010 at 17:51
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And then there were 3 unbeaten teams!

Supremely hectic at the moment with fun things like government tenders so I have to make this week’s short and sweet – if I can stop myself from ranting too much! The weekly wrap, twitter style πŸ™‚

Crusaders (35) vs Sharks (6)
My take on the game is a simple one. This Sharks team looks completely uncoached. They play just like the Barbarians except with one difference – the players don’t even look like they want to be there. I have narrowed the Plumtree case down to a few options: a) he has no idea what he is doing and I will continue to say that as long as John Smit plays number 3; b) he has no interest in being there and thought the Canes job was his in which case, HAHAHAHAHAHA; c) something is so dreadfully wrong within the authorities at Sharksville that none of the players are in the slightest bit interested in playing rugby and are currently at about 30% motivation. In fact, I think I have more motivation to walk onto the roof of our building right now and throw myself into the 5pm traffic. People say we must support the team through thick and thin but that performance on Friday was not up to scratch of even a Varsity Cup team. Uncoached, unmotivated and ill-disciplined. It’s dreadful to watch and the Lions at least have the excuse of a shortage of players. No one can make an excuse that a team with 10 Springboks against a team of unknowns from 11-15 can lose by 29 points. The management and coaching staff are to blame and if a muppet is running a JSE company, I will stop buying their shares so they must learn they will lose support! On a positive note for the Sharks, Ruan Pienaar wasn’t injured. I had to find something! Sharks are now 14th. Out of 14. Which is also known as “last”.

Oh, there was another team in this too. Yes the Crusaders look back to their winning ways.

Stormers (17) vs Brumbies (19)
I can’t say I have never seen this before: the talented Stormers team underperforming like a flaccid you-know-what. I cannot fathom how they lost a game they were completely in control for 70 minutes until an intercept try punished them for their inability to turn their control into points.

Hurricanes (33) vs Lions (18)
Canes too strong, Lions too weak. Not a big surprise except maybe the margin was slightly lighter than expected. Canes still unbeaten. Unlike the Sharks, at least the Lions look like they can score. Earl Rose played as badly as Earl Rose. Canes have injured most of their players and will struggle against the Cheetahs. Oh wait, no they won’t. Interestingly, Canes have a much better points difference to the Bulls after conceding 44 less points in 3 games. True though is that the Canes played the “speshal” Force/Lions teams.

Reds (18) vs Blues (27)
I have no idea how on earth the Blues have walked away with 2 wins. They just aren’t playing decent rugby and keep coming up against teams on their off days. Like the Reds who spent the past 6 days forgetting exactly how to play like they did against the Saders. Amazingly most articles still managed to make use of the most obvious pun ever, “I guess the Reds feel a bit Blue today”. Orginal guys, original. Blues are the easily the crappest team on the top half of the log.

Force (19) vs Chiefs (37)
I wrote last week that Lelia Masaga was back for the Chiefs which was good news. What good news it was. The guy is lethal and should become a regular AB this season. Powerful, quick, lethal to watch and a scoring machine. (On that note, a dummies guide to play Pick Morne Steyn and Lelia Masaga and then any 10 players after that). Chiefs brushed off the Force as expected (marketers are hating their Perth franchise name now: “A Force to be reckoned with” FAIL). The bonus point looked so comfortable for the Chiefs who have now a 3-from-3 record and haven’t played a home game yet! In other “I-hate-Superbru” news, the intercept try that pushed the scoreboard almost towards the point of flattery for the Force, did wonders for my 25 margin pick. Chiefs-Bulls final looks like a foregone conclusion at this point but too early to tell I guess!

Cheetahs (24) vs Highlanders (31)
What a boring game of rugby! Naka Drostdyhof said his team looked jetlagged which is an understatement, they looked hungover. They even got the benefit of some “local” TMO decisions which gave them an undeserved bonus point. At least the players look slightly interested in playing though. Highlanders finally 1 1 (won one) and Hobbs looks like a good player. Not much else to say about this game. The Highlanders fly to Cape Town to play the Stormers who will need to inject Red Bull into their eye to catch a wake up if they want to win what should be a tough game.

Bulls (48) vs Waratahs (38)
Oh. My. Shattered. Nerves. DID YOU WATCH THIS GAME? If not I suggest you pop on over to the Randburg studios and trade your mother-in-law’s best knitting for a copy. This was the most epic rugby game, EVER. It reminded me of that amazing SA-NZ game in 2000 which the Boks also scored about 48 points (my memory isn’t that good). I have tried to find the stats for this Bulls game but can’t. If someone else feels the urge, please can someone compare the handling errors in this game vs all others. The ball was drenched in Super Glue! This was the Detroit Motor Show of rugby exhibitions. Morne Steyn is now officially competing with Fourie du Preez as the world’s best rugby player and I am hugely excited at the prospect of the Springboks having the best flyhalf since Henry “the blade” Honiball. Morne has now developed a great balance between playmaking, running, tactical kicking, defense and sniper-like place kicking. He is so close to the complete product now that I wish the World Cup was tomorrow. Bulls were 0-17 early on and like most great men going down, they managed to lift it up and finish strongly! This Bulls team has just got better and better and after winning the final 60-odd minutes of that game 48-21, it shows how awesome they are against what must be said, was a shit-hot Waratahs side on the day. I reckon, if the opposition hadn’t been as brilliant as the Waratahs were, this would have been an absolutely caning, like my border master gave me in Std 6 for having porn in my locker (I still wish I could catch the guy who left it there :-). But the Waratahs contributed to making it the Super 14 game of probably the last 5 years. I loved it. The Bulls style of rugby, far from what I would call “parasitic”, has become an amazing brand of rugby that is now very entertaining to watch.

So, my preds for the final placing on the log in May:

Sharks (SURELY????)


  • We are 13th out of 14. 😈
    Another positive. πŸ˜›

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.03.10 18:43:23 by KSA Shark Β© Reply
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  • Masaga was one of the 1st players in my Fl squad and then i had to drop him before the 1st round due to his njury, am trying to decide whether to risk a trade and get him back ASAP.

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.03.10 18:46:20 by KSA Shark Β© Reply
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  • Bulls were 0-17 early on and like most great men going down, they managed to lift it up and finish strongly

    😯 :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.03.10 18:49:46 by KSA Shark Β© Reply
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  • That Bulls Tahs game WAS awesome. Before that game I was of the opinion the Sharks would be able to beat the Tahs this coming weekend because of their flight back to Aus.

    After watching that game, I don’t know so much. 😳

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.03.10 18:51:52 by KSA Shark Β© Reply
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  • Good read ‘Deano’ …..interesting call on the Blues i hope they get smashed by the Crussaders on saturday.

    My call they are the first team to beat the Bulls this year…..and not the last ! πŸ˜€

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.03.10 18:59:26 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 4) : Sharks no chance against the Tahs on Saturday unforunately πŸ˜₯

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.03.10 19:03:28 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 6) :

    This will be the first time in a VERY long time that i Don’t pick the Sharks in Superbru. πŸ˜• πŸ˜₯

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.03.10 19:26:23 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 7) : Unfortunately may not be the last time this season πŸ˜₯

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.03.10 19:48:06 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 8) : Yup, you got that right!

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.03.10 21:47:22 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 7) : you picked them last week? πŸ™‚

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.03.10 21:57:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 4) : 😳 me too don’t think at all we will make it πŸ™ ((SHARKS PROVE ME WRONG PLEASE)) πŸ™ πŸ˜₯ πŸ˜₯

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.03.10 22:09:17 by Charmaine Reply

  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 4) : but must say that game was out of the top books it was the best game i’ve seen this year and to that point that is the way the sharks should play all year around 😳 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.03.10 22:13:26 by Charmaine Reply

  • Well i pick the saders this week so magatron better c that his team wins other wise 2 dead lines for me and that i’don’t like at all
    so come saders just win by 10
    :mrgreen: πŸ™‚

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.03.10 22:17:15 by Charmaine Reply

  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 7) : i stop on picking them after the 1st time they lost me on lms but still scream my loungs out every week end 😳

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.03.10 22:21:50 by Charmaine Reply

  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 8) : agree there what is wrong with the sharks help somebody maybe the coaches should just read all our comments to c how we feel and put that and theirs together and just maybe our sharks fans will jump to joy when the coaches can c we are right and win our 1st game πŸ™‚

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.03.10 22:26:19 by Charmaine Reply

  • Sharks above Highlanders and FS?

    How do you figure ?

    I`m still trying to decide if we`ll be good enough for the Lions.
    Sure Lions can`t defend, but they attack.

    We don`t attack at all so their weakness won`t come into play. Add to this the fact that we play them up in gangsters paradise and I fear we might cement our place as Worst SA Entry this year . ..

    On the up side this might give someone enough motivation to ” restructure” sharks inept management.

    You guys want me to stop Jake White and ask him where he`d like to stay in KZN next time I see him at the airport?

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.03.10 08:05:05 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 16) : The players are too good to not win at least 4 games. I just can’t see such a pride bunch not pulling out of this eventually. Well, we can only hope!

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.03.10 08:08:07 by deanoelsch Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : I did!

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.03.10 08:08:23 by deanoelsch Reply

  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 1) : hehe

    in SB i just cannot make myself to pick against sharks so decided to concentrate my energies on some neutral tournaments such as 6N or Varsity Cup πŸ˜†

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.03.10 08:17:29 by rekinek Reply
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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 3) : Dirty mind!

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.03.10 09:24:06 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Great read and I think the Ruan/Steyn debate has now been settled…that little kick over the top by Steyn for the JL Potgieter try was just sublime and he varies his game so well.

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.03.10 09:35:25 by Pokkel Reply
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  • nice read deano

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.03.10 10:23:46 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 19) : .
    I didnt make a pick for last Saturdays game – that way I didnt pick against the Sharks but srtill got a default point for the Crusaders win. 😎

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.03.10 10:25:47 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 23) :
    Fridays game, not Saturdays.

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.03.10 10:42:16 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 23) : that is sneaky 😎

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.03.10 10:54:27 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 23) : though I am sth like 3 – 4 spots from the bottom so nothing will help me now πŸ˜†

  • Comment 26, posted at 02.03.10 10:57:51 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 26) :
    Im also down there somewhere – worst start ever.

  • Comment 27, posted at 02.03.10 12:09:44 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 26) : like the Sharks πŸ™‚

  • Comment 28, posted at 02.03.10 13:01:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : the word is “emphatize” :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 02.03.10 13:55:39 by rekinek Reply
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