The ghost of try time

So Where to Now?

Written by cheers had fun (The ghost of try time)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 9 Mar 2010 at 09:48
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Sharks have an interesting Super 14 ahead. They can either burn themselves out by trying to get a playoff spot, or re-build and maybe pick up a semi on the way.

There are varying views on whether Sharks should use the remainder of the Super 14 as a re-building phase to put themselves in good stead for future tournaments or they can carry on on the current dead end road of mending bruised egos.

The Sharks are going to need at least 39 points from their final 9 games to make a play off spot. This is not impossible…for the Bulls, that have a team that is creating and scoring tries. The Sharks however have players out of form and referees against them, so the odds are bleak. So why not re-build the team and bring in a few fresh faces that might bring some life back into the team. JP, Riaan, Odwa and Stefan although excellent on defence, don’t look like scoring tries in the next few games. So Plumtree should look at replacing a couple of them with attacking players. Pat Lambie has shown he enjoys carrying the ball up field and linking up with his backline, so throw him in the mix, and if he is battling you can always send Stefan onto the field to steady the ship. Give Mvovo a start in JP’s place, he has shown pace in the past and his defence has been solid. Ryan has been making some excellent line breaks, but has been average as a loose forward, so why not give him a stint at 12. He hangs out there every game anyway, so he wouldn’t be out of place. And by moving him out you add some bulk to the scrum, by having Deysel and Alberts on together. These little changes could just swing the momentum into Sharks favour, and they may find themselves in a position to compete for a playoff place in six weeks time.

Or we can field the same faces, that are down and predictable and sit and hope for miracles each game. And when the players retire or leave  for overseas the Sharks can run around trying to find suitable replacements. It is a simple decision between being reactive or pro-active.


  • saw a headline that al hargreaves will be joining up with the super 14 squad, could not read the article coz im not a subscriber 👿

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.03.10 09:56:54 by war1 Reply
  • johan muller’s shoulder seems stuffed. i think they are sending him as a precaution.

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.03.10 10:01:47 by try time Reply

  • sorry war 1, but i had to do a rob. when i saw your article, i realised i was wasting some good points in the posts when i could do a rob and put them altogether in an article. so i’ll give you the cred for the idea.

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.03.10 10:08:46 by try time Reply

  • @war1 (Comment 1) : glad for the dude

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.03.10 10:10:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • Not a damn, with Ryan @ 12 I will never get the ball 👿

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.03.10 10:13:24 by Charlie Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Glad for him too but i want to see a little more grizzly and a lot less panda… 🙂

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.03.10 10:14:12 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 5) : not that you see much now.
    with ryan at 8 even scrummy struggles :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.03.10 10:18:35 by rekinek Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 3) : 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.03.10 10:20:38 by war1 Reply
  • why do I have a feeling that some gloomy mood is hanging around here.

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.03.10 10:20:59 by rekinek Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 6) : that beard of his is kwaai, though!

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.03.10 10:26:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 5) : I disagree, Kanko makes the break and offloads to Adi for the try :mrgreen:
    And Adi gets all the praise 😉

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.03.10 10:35:38 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 11) : i have seen kanko offload a fair bit. at least he doesn’t kick it away with the try line beckoning.

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.03.10 10:39:09 by try time Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 11) : Can Kanko pass or offload 😈

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.03.10 10:39:26 by Charlie Reply

  • @try time (Comment 12) : Mostly when the try are not on @ the outside 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.03.10 10:40:30 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 13) : i have seen it. i have also seen stefan run with the ball. but it is a rare moment.

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.03.10 10:56:32 by try time Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 14) : you didn’t say the try had to be on. 😆 you just asked if he passed. 😀

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.03.10 10:57:55 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 16) : Ag well, I just stay positive… GO SHARKS !!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.03.10 11:12:19 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 17) : i want to get positive. and using whats left of this tournament constructively will make me positive. finishing sixth with the current starting lineup, is the same as coming last. so get the sharks ready for a good cc and s15.

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.03.10 12:02:38 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 18) : 😉

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.03.10 12:22:08 by Charlie Reply


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