Talk is cheap

Written by Warren Smith (war1)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 19 Mar 2010 at 12:41
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The Sharks have, predictably, talked up a big game before this Saturday’s game against the Highlanders. They have even denied there is a rift in the team for a record 323000 times this week. But all of this will count for nothing if they do not front up with a performance against the Highlanders.

While I am pleased that the team and management are trying to ease our fears, I do believe they have gone a bit over the top with their PR campaign because I believe the first win of the season would go a long way to dispelling those rumours.

The team has shown some encouraging signs in their recent tour games against the Waratahs and Brumbies. John Smit made a good point that a team with really bad morale does not lose by less than five points all the while fighting until the end, they are more likely to lose by fifty points or more. The critics seem to be in agreement that the Highlanders are there for the taking especially with them having flown half way across the world and having to deal with the accompanying jetlag. I would agree that they are, but the improvement in performance needs to continue, or maybe more to the point, the Sharks need to walk the talk. I believe a win would do wonders for the morale and confidence of the team and may stand them in good stead for a climb up the log if they build on that.

If the Super 14 games were won in the media and fighting talk from the coach, the Sharks would probably topping the log right now, the Sharks NEED to back their words up with a performance. We do believe in you guys and I personally will be drinking my coffee on Saturday morning cheering my team onto what will I believe will be a good win.


  • I think you may end up with something stronger than coffee

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.03.10 12:50:17 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • Afternoon everyone 😉

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.03.10 12:54:29 by Charmaine Reply

  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 1) : well me i’m going to start off with coffee, and when they do win it will be an ice cold hunters dry very early that morning 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.03.10 12:56:22 by Charmaine Reply

  • I`m gonna be more positive than you Coffee addicts! I think a lager at kickoff might be in order hehehe

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.03.10 13:03:18 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Im happy with coffee, thanks

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.03.10 13:04:44 by war1 Reply
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 4) : well i was thinking of that one but shit coffee so early does wonders but then lager will go down just fine as well eehhh :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.03.10 13:05:57 by Charmaine Reply

  • When one has nothing to say, do the Charlie….’GO SHARKS !!!’ :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.03.10 13:08:47 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • One hundred and thirty…..no….after this one hundred and twenty five more points to go.

    Been a long time coming. eish

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.03.10 13:12:44 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Well, I went and got myself a Mercury and so will quickly give highlights on the full story regarding Butch’s alleged return.

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.03.10 13:16:00 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • He might possibly be back in time for the second half of the S14, but more likely it will be for the CC….(don’t know about you guys, I’ll take him any way we can)

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.03.10 13:17:31 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • I don’t think it’s going to be pretty, but hell any win will do at this stage.

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.03.10 13:17:47 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Talks of a sizeable transfer fee that Bath would require, Sharks will need buy-in from SARU and possibly sponsors to afford the pounds sterling transfer fee. (eish, hope someone can get that sorted)

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.03.10 13:20:10 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • My friend confirmed yesterday that he was in advanced talks with Bath over James, he is apparently contracted until the end of next year. (they gonna want a lot of money, lets see how good old Straeuli is with his scheming ways)

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.03.10 13:22:15 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • I don’t even like coffee so a 8:30 beer seems good to me. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.03.10 13:22:27 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 12) : I just hope his knees hold if he comes….as long as it’s not another Mostert or Ludick situation.

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.03.10 13:25:09 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Basically, for the Sharks to get Butch back, SARU must just stick with their story to not contract foreign based players for 2011 wc….Bath said they won’t stand in Butch’s way regarding his international aspirations.

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.03.10 13:25:57 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • BTW, ‘my friend’ is not some scaly contact I have…it’s Straeuli, me being sarcastic. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.03.10 13:26:58 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 15) : Would be a complete waste….if his injury free, I wonder if he’ll be able to once again make the Boks starting XV in stead of Morne?

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.03.10 13:28:02 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • i dont think butch coming back would be a good idea 😐

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.03.10 13:30:42 by war1 Reply
  • And apparently Butch has recovered from his shoulder injury and is available for selection again. (good news, lets see how he goes for Bath)

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.03.10 13:31:00 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • And on a side note, also in the Mercury….

    Melbourne rebels has coach has met with the Duppies (joined by the hip it seems) during the Sharks tour down-under regarding a move to the rebels.

    Not to worry yet, both are contracted with the Sharks untill the end of 2011….(but the Rebels are welcome to have Jannie on loan for the whole of 2011 :mrgreen: )

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.03.10 13:34:02 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 20) : Can he just wait until he comes home before playing again?….hehe. Don’t want him to get any more injuries.

    Now that we may get Butchie back. They should go and buy Frans Steyn out of his contract too. Bring back BJ as well.

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.03.10 13:34:18 by Puma Reply

  • @war1 (Comment 19) : I agree he would just be another short term solution

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.03.10 13:34:55 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 19) : Got any better ideas? 😐

    Last I heard we only have Goode for the overseas leg of the S14….by the look of things, our future FH would be Lambie, but he’s still being primed it seems.

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.03.10 13:35:54 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 21) : We can send them Jannie for free 😛

    Heard the Oz commentators last week saying that the Dup brothers will probably be playing for the Rebels next year. So the sooner we get BJ back the better. Move John back to hooker. Butch back and if we get Fransie back too we going to look the business again 😉

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.03.10 13:36:32 by Puma Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 22) : I think we’ll have to get Virgin or someone big to sponsor the Steyn transfer fees.

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.03.10 13:37:18 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 24) : Fires, That is what I have heard too. Goode is only with the Sharks for the overseas tour. So just maybe we have Butch for the home games. 🙂

  • Comment 27, posted at 19.03.10 13:37:56 by Puma Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 25) : Can’t see Bis moving before until after the 2011 wc.

    Yes Jannie they can have for free, we’ll even send them some Biltong just to sweeten the deal. 😆

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.03.10 13:39:20 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 27) : Well the Mercury did say that we could possibly have him back in time…(holding thumbs)

    Else we’ll probably be stuck with dik bek Ruan at FH (fail), even though I always believed he’d be great, he obviously doesn’t want to play there, thus he’s been having a miserable time there.

  • Comment 29, posted at 19.03.10 13:42:24 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 26) : I know. Approach a big company to buy him out of that contract. Would also have to get who ever does that to sponsor him with extra cash. Otherwise don’t see him coming home. This is all dreams though. Read he is really enjoy it over there. I somehow feel he is going to feel really left out by not being back next year to play the WC.

    I know there is a sponsor that pays Matfield a bit extra too. Sharks should really look into that to get Fransie back. Then does he really want to come back to the Sharks? Everytime I went to a game the ones sitting in the East Stand seemed always to boo him when he tried his drops and missed. Maybe he has had enough of the supporters at the Tank. I hope not though but I know if it was me trying hard out there and getting booed all the time I would never be back.

    Unless the money was just too good of course 😀

  • Comment 30, posted at 19.03.10 13:43:04 by Puma Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 23) : I think the long term plan is Lambie for FH.

  • Comment 31, posted at 19.03.10 13:43:06 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 29) : Ruan and Butchie play well together. If Butch comes back think Ruans game will lift at scrummie. Shame for Kockott though. I have a feeling Kockott may also be off to the Rebels if he does not get enough game time with the Sharks. Now that is just my thoughts. Have no idea.

  • Comment 32, posted at 19.03.10 13:45:33 by Puma Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 31) : Who for FB then?

  • Comment 33, posted at 19.03.10 13:46:19 by Puma Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 30) : Ja Puma, haven’t heard any rumors of him wanting to come back.

    He might enjoy his alternative lifestyle too much over there :mrgreen: (just joking). The booing would get to me too. But I think those supporters went back to supporting the Blou Nulle again. 😀 Sharks supporters should be purists again.

  • Comment 34, posted at 19.03.10 13:46:27 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Cheers all….my prediction for tomorrow…The Sharks to win a scrappy game…but I’ll take it…it’s been to long since us Sharks supporters have been able to celebrate anything

  • Comment 35, posted at 19.03.10 13:46:30 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Of course forgot. LUDIK for FB. 😳

  • Comment 36, posted at 19.03.10 13:46:47 by Puma Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 35) : Cheers Pokkel. I will take any win. Scrappy by one point will even do. 😉

  • Comment 37, posted at 19.03.10 13:47:41 by Puma Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 32) : Yeah I can’t see him slugging it out as second choice SH forever, would be a shame to lose him, but I’ll support him where ever he goes (if he goes, which I hope won’t happen)

  • Comment 38, posted at 19.03.10 13:49:03 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 35) : Cheers Pokke…GO SHARKS!!!!!

  • Comment 39, posted at 19.03.10 13:49:45 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • getting Butch back solves nothing. Wrong side of 30 with buggered knees

  • Comment 40, posted at 19.03.10 13:49:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Puma (Comment 36) : Yes please, Ludik…I also forgot about him. So we’re sorted….almost.

  • Comment 41, posted at 19.03.10 13:50:32 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 34) : Just from the East Stand. Never ever heard it from the West Stand ever.

    We lost a huge star in Fransie that is for sure. Also Barritt. He will never come back though. I spoke to him last June when he was here on holiday. He is enjoying England huge. Will probably play for them soon.

  • Comment 42, posted at 19.03.10 13:50:38 by Puma Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 40) : Don’t rain on our parade.

    He’s got a got a good 2 years left in him….that’s all we need for Lambie to mature.

  • Comment 43, posted at 19.03.10 13:51:57 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 40) : I know Rob, That is what I said on RT. The only problem is Butch and his bad knees. How long will they hold out? He is very injury prone now too.

    I will take him for this year though. Anytime. Think he only really has this year and maybe next year to play rugby. Body wont take much more really.

  • Comment 44, posted at 19.03.10 13:52:31 by Puma Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 42) : Yeah Barrit was a great loss, I actually believed him to be a good candidate as the future Sharks captain….just before he left.

    Swannie is yet to step up to the plate, he’s not been having a huge season thus far, I hope he’ll fire soon.

  • Comment 45, posted at 19.03.10 13:54:07 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 45) : Swannie not up to the same standard as Barritt was. We lost a really talented player in him.

  • Comment 46, posted at 19.03.10 13:56:36 by Puma Reply

  • Well Straeuli got us into this hole (so nice to once again have an opportunity to blame him 😀 ) so he needs to dig us out, I think Butch is his first move in the right direction.

    Don’t worry about his knees, if they were still buggered, he would have injured them by now, he has recovered from his shoulder injury.

    Keep the faith boys, we need him to be the answer.

  • Comment 47, posted at 19.03.10 13:58:23 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 46) : Saddest of all, since losing all those guys, our Academy has taken a nose dive….it’s been toothless since the end of 2005…..real sad that is.

  • Comment 48, posted at 19.03.10 14:01:20 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Damn, in the last 35 Super rugby games in Oz, the Sharks have lost 33. Terrible stat. 😯

  • Comment 49, posted at 19.03.10 14:03:48 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 49) : Anyways…Go Sharks!!!

  • Comment 50, posted at 19.03.10 14:07:26 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 50) : GO SHARKS GO :mrgreen:

  • Comment 51, posted at 19.03.10 14:08:17 by Charmaine Reply

  • @Charmaine (Comment 51) : I think I’ll be joining your team after this comment 😀

  • Comment 52, posted at 19.03.10 14:12:16 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Yahooooooo, about bleeding time…..eish, thank goodness for the Mercury. 😀

  • Comment 53, posted at 19.03.10 14:13:01 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 52) : shit i,ve being in and out of sharks world hope it doesn’t happen again miss all the comments but will catch up somehow, but what team do you support i thought it was the sharks

  • Comment 54, posted at 19.03.10 14:35:58 by Charmaine Reply

  • Robdylan i don’t know what happened maybe the devil himself but that was scary not to talk to my sharks friends 👿

  • Comment 55, posted at 19.03.10 14:38:26 by Charmaine Reply

  • Rob i don’t know many times i’ve tried to get in maybe it will work this time in and out thats what i feel all day long with this pc hold thumbs 🙁 is it only me or everybody ❓ 😉

  • Comment 56, posted at 19.03.10 15:05:38 by Charmaine Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 8) : congrats you got your 3* well done :mrgreen:

  • Comment 57, posted at 19.03.10 15:09:02 by Charmaine Reply

  • fires the article is in the daily news to read the article :mrgreen: go buy them all

    id show you the article here but rob will have heart attack as he does not want me to copy and paste stuff in here

    so iffin ya wanna read it run to RT quickly 😆

  • Comment 58, posted at 19.03.10 15:52:09 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 58) : ok, so while you guys stole the article, I mailed the journo, who I know well and got the truth from the horse’s mouth… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 59, posted at 19.03.10 16:04:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 58) : it show you don’t copy and paste 🙁 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 60, posted at 19.03.10 16:16:02 by Charmaine Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 59) : 😉 happy for ya 🙄 😆 np rob i still beat ya to the info 😆

    but on a serious note mate , whats he say are the chances??

  • Comment 61, posted at 19.03.10 17:08:48 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • and it actually broke in the mercury first

  • Comment 62, posted at 19.03.10 17:09:19 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 61) : my take? Close to f*ck all 🙂 They want half a million pounds just as a transfer fee… that’s in addition to whatever wage demands Butch has

  • Comment 63, posted at 19.03.10 17:57:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 61) : you got a subscription, btw?

  • Comment 64, posted at 19.03.10 17:58:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 63) : no shit we’ll have to wash the sand and pic up the dirt in every city to get him back and that from coast to coast from all over the world 😳

  • Comment 65, posted at 19.03.10 18:16:34 by Chaz Reply


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