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No Place on a Sinking Ship for Pride

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

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 3 May 2010 at 10:51

Okay, lets look at the rest of the Super 14 and ask what good would there be in playing for pride?

If the Sharks finish 6th or 10th on the log it is all the same failure, so what pride is involved? What use does it do the Sharks to play Andy Goode, Wilhelm Steenkamp and Johan Muller when all are leaving the Sharks in a month’s time? Also why must the Sharks continue to batter our Bok players in the name of pride? Added to this there are players carrying niggles that should be rested. 

The Sharks are at a critical point at the moment, where if drastic work isn’t done the Sharks could be in a similar position as the Lions, where fans don’t pitch to games and everyone starts pointing fingers at eachother. It is time some quality backline players are invested in and time to re-build the squad so come Currie Cup we have a fighting chance to bring true pride to Durban.

The solution is simple rest the top Boks, namely John Smit and Beast. Drop Johan Muller and Andy Goode to the bench as mentors rather than players and lets start bringing in players that can carry the Sharks back to glory. Also give the players (Deysel, Pienaar and Alberts) carrying injuries a break. Play them off the bench rather.

A good team to field on Saturday is:

1. Jannie du Plessis
2. Craig Burden
3. Pat Cilliers
4. Stephen Sykes
5. Alistair Hargreaves
6. Jacques Botes
7. Mike Rhodes/Justin Downey
8. Keegan Daniel/Ryan Kankowski
9. Rory Kockett
10. Pat Lambie
11. Lwazi Mvovu
12. Riaan Swanepoel/Ryan Kankowski
13. Jean Stemmet
14. Odwa Ndugane
15. Louis Ludik.


  • Pretty much what the Stormers did last year when the writing was on the wall.

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.05.10 10:56:34 by Morné Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 1) : Nice Pic. . .

    But seriously . . Pride? What pride? We lost to the Cheetahs . . at Home. There`s no coming back from a low like that.

    Sad fact is, the Stormers have had our number over the last few years as well so we`re in for another long afternoon this saturday.

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.05.10 10:59:38 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 2) :

    Because pride is really all you have left.

    Like I said, Stormers last year was the same, they brought youngsters in who had no pressure on them, playing in the top competition in the world against the best.

    So I agree with the article, invest in your youngsters now – give them at least 160 minutes of Super rugby, it is 160 minutes you cannot coach or buy.

    Remember no team goes out there to lose. The Sharks lost for reasons highlighted many times this year – but no point in sulking about it – they must pick themselves up.

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.05.10 11:02:53 by Morné Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 3) : Don`t worry, they`ll pick themselves up again in the CC when we face opposition without bokke.

    Problem is, those bok players always comes back in time for the semi`s . .. then what?

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.05.10 11:06:45 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Yes please guys, field a second team, the Stormers would love to get the 5 point !!

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.05.10 11:07:30 by Ekkies XV Reply

  • @Original Pierre (Comment 4) : Boks aren’t playing CC this year. SARU decided.

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.05.10 11:09:46 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 6) : I agree with just about all you said…apart maybe about the Beast needing rest…if anything he needs more gametime.

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.05.10 11:15:23 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 6) : @Ekkies XV (Comment 5) : It won’t matter if they lose but the experience gained will be invaluable.

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.05.10 11:16:55 by Pokkel Reply
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  • What’s the plan at inside centre? Swaan, however much I like him and backed him, has done nothing except for tackling and running the crash ball.

    That’s our big weakness still, maybe it’s time for Strauss, at least he knows how to side step, just sadly he sucks on defense.

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.05.10 11:16:56 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @try time (Comment 6) : It’s too late now but the Sharks should have started intergrating younger players into the team earlier in the competition. Lambie and Mvovo proves this point it’s just a pity that it had to be injury enforced and not due to proper planning.

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.05.10 11:19:51 by Pokkel Reply
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  • If you didn’t win the S14, you lost. Winning all 13 your games but losing the final equals losing.

    How many times have SA won the 7’s this year? zero, no matter how many games they won.

    Same with our Sharks, we’re content with winning a few games and making the semis, but the bottom line is that stupid cup.

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.05.10 11:23:16 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 10) : pokkel no arguments from me. i was calling for this ages ago.

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.05.10 11:24:05 by try time Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 9) : i only put him in as there is no-one better. maybe ryan kankowski could try a game there. we have enough loosies and ryan has a mean step.

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.05.10 11:25:21 by try time Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 7) : he’ll get enough during the boks. he isn’t going to feature in the currie cup so no use starting with him.

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.05.10 11:26:36 by try time Reply

  • @Ekkies XV (Comment 5) : if they put their current team in the result will be the same.

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.05.10 11:27:21 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 13) : or Burden at 12 😉

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.05.10 11:28:21 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 16) : not a bad idea, but we have no hookers at the moment.

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.05.10 11:36:17 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 13) : @Pokkel (Comment 16) : Burden, Kanko, Keegan….convert Swaan to flank, or hooker 😉

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.05.10 11:36:45 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • BTW, I have a funny suspicion that Jean de Villiers will be joining the Sharks…

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.05.10 11:37:01 by Morné Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 19) : That would be fantastic….now if we could only get a loophole in JL Potgieter’s contract 😉

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.05.10 11:38:46 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 18) : he’s too slow to be a flanker 😈

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.05.10 11:39:48 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 6) : Great, then we should make the semi`s again.

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.05.10 11:39:57 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 21) : So hooker it is…. 😆

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.05.10 11:42:38 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 20) : Net nie Pootgieter nie :puke: 🙂

  • Comment 24, posted at 03.05.10 11:43:32 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 9) : Strauss isn`t the answer at 12 for us. What`s the use of scoring one if you let in three. Having said that, when last did he score or look like scoring?
    Adie was our best centre.

    But if we have to find someone new for every position in which we`re struggling we`ll need 5 or 6 guys! That`s just not an option.

  • Comment 25, posted at 03.05.10 11:43:49 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Hi Guys

    With the lacklusture performance of our backline over the weekend heres my “wishlist” backline for the CC & Super 15:

    9: Ruan Pienaar
    10: Pat Lambie
    11: Lwazi Mvovo
    12: Jean de Villiers
    13: Jean Stemmet / Adi Jacobs
    14: JP Pietersen
    15: Louis Ludik

    With the way Juan de Jongh is currently playing for the Stormers I can’t se Stormers management blowing their budget for JdV for only a season or two. Juan is also a long term prospect & investment for them so the Sharks should give JdV an offer he can’t refuse. JdV will also give experience & calmness to a young backline the same way as Fourie is doing at the Stormers. We should blood Lambie at 10 in the CC. He’s got the temperament, kicking boot, running & handling skills to ba a world class 10. Just look at Larkham who started his career at 15 and ended as one of the greatest flyhalves ever. I’ve watched Stemmet throughout the VC and he’s the real deal & should get a chance to prove himself especially with Adi aproaching the end of his career. JP always plays his best rugby for the Boks at right wing & we should keep him there with Mvovo moving to the left. We all know what Ludik is capable of so he should be our fullback.

    A backline like this should compliment the forwards we currently have & hopefully we can see some running rugby like in the good ol days 😉

  • Comment 26, posted at 03.05.10 11:45:07 by voltage Reply

  • Please explain “sinking ship”?

  • Comment 27, posted at 03.05.10 11:55:06 by war1 Reply
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 25) : We need a 10, 12 (desperately) 13 (untill Adi gets back) and 14 (youngster to take Odwa’s place).

    At 10 we’ll be using Lambie very shortly, which leaves us with a hole at 15.

    Our forwards are healthy, but that’s what you get when you’re stuck with a forward as head coach and as commercial manager, we need balance.

  • Comment 28, posted at 03.05.10 11:55:36 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Morné (Comment 19) :

    I think you’re wrong Morne!!!

    He is planning on getting married later this year and has always lived in CT.

    Why would he move to a team that is struggling at the moment as opposed to his hometown team where he can play alongside his Bok midfield partner??

    He is also good mates with Andries and Schalk so it is a no brainer if you ask me. 😈

  • Comment 29, posted at 03.05.10 11:58:54 by wpw Reply
  • @voltage (Comment 26) : That sounds just about right.

    We’re still a bit thin at 12 though, if we don’t get De Viliers we’re in a mess.

  • Comment 30, posted at 03.05.10 12:00:43 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Morné (Comment 19) : I have the same suspicion, not sure why.

  • Comment 31, posted at 03.05.10 12:01:38 by war1 Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 29) : But we didn’t ask you :mrgreen:

  • Comment 32, posted at 03.05.10 12:02:39 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @voltage (Comment 26) : that looks like a good backline, one problem though if jdv comes to durbs, i seriously doubt he would play currie cup this year

  • Comment 33, posted at 03.05.10 12:03:19 by war1 Reply
  • Isn`t JDV`s girl in P town? In that case he might go to the Bulls?!

    They might need some backup when Olivier gets called up for the bokke :mrgreen:

  • Comment 34, posted at 03.05.10 12:07:56 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 2) :
    Your love affair with Cape Town is seriously clouding your memory – the last time the Stormers beat the Sharks was in 2005, the year when Putt was coach. We have won the last 4 games, home and away.

  • Comment 35, posted at 03.05.10 12:19:41 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 33) : I agree with you on that war1. Jean also played rugby straight throughout the year & will most probably get some rest come CC time. I guess we’ll all have to wait & see what happens in the coming weeks. At the end of the day it’s money that talks & stranger things has happened before with signings. One can only hope….

  • Comment 36, posted at 03.05.10 12:24:30 by voltage Reply

  • @Salmonoid (Comment 35) : 2009 . . . 29 – 15. We didn`t even score a try . .

  • Comment 37, posted at 03.05.10 12:32:38 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 37) : That was the CC if memory serves me right.

  • Comment 38, posted at 03.05.10 12:35:12 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Original Pierre (Comment 37) :
    2009 was 20-15, to the Sharks – Jon Smit scored a try, Jeaan Div left the field on a stretcher and when they ran onto the field Luke Watson was boooed by the crowd. I was there, I didnt boo though.
    2008 12-10 Sharks
    2007 36-10 Sharks
    2006 24-17 Sharks
    2005 26-12 Stormers.

  • Comment 39, posted at 03.05.10 12:45:40 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 27) : well if you look at the sharks performances over the last decade, other than the miracles dick produced as the only man able to spot talent, the sharks have steadily been getting worse. we are almost back to where we were when putt was in control. so the sharks have one currie cup to show for all their hard work. nothing flash for a union with the budget it has. compare the sharks performance on saturday to the chiefs hurricanes stormers crusaders bulls. the sharks aren’t in the same league in certain areas. the sharks are lucky their fans are loyal, but how much more will the fans take before they stop going to the games or buying gear. sharks are on a precipice and it is administrations decision that will see the club fall or soar and looking at the depth at the moment, fall is the most likely scenario.

  • Comment 40, posted at 03.05.10 12:58:26 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 40) :
    Who in the current squad do you think should be culled an with whom would you replace them?

  • Comment 41, posted at 03.05.10 13:04:24 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • The reason for my suspicion is simple.

    Jean is currently refusing to say which union he will move to.

    WP is the only ‘official’ union he is talking to or the only union who confirmed they are talking to him.

    If it was clear cut, why does Jean not simply say he is coming back to WP?

  • Comment 42, posted at 03.05.10 13:05:31 by Morné Reply
  • Well I even dreamed the other night that he joined the Sharks.

  • Comment 43, posted at 03.05.10 13:10:07 by Uli Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 41) : stefan must be put on the bench, ludik can take his place. keegan is a cc player, but he isn’t superrugby material, there is a fair bit of backup so no need to replace him.

    jp needs a wake up call and bench may do him good. mvovu has shown promise in the last two games and done more than jp.

    rory kockett. i like and hate this guy. he has so much balls and skill but he has blinkers so he can only see himself. maybe move him to wing, but i wouldn’t cull him.

    the rest we need as backup, but i would like to see some more backline stars.

    i would like to know though, what the hell is the academy doing?

  • Comment 44, posted at 03.05.10 13:12:29 by try time Reply

  • @Morné (Comment 42) : @Uli (Comment 43) : isn’t just going to be another snyman? he can be used as a mentor, but we need some youngsters in a hurry.

  • Comment 45, posted at 03.05.10 13:14:02 by try time Reply

  • @Salmonoid (Comment 41) : sharks don’t have depth to cull. they need players that deserve to start cause they are good, not because they the best of the players available.

  • Comment 46, posted at 03.05.10 13:16:16 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 44) : @try time (Comment 46) :
    I can live with all your points, Im interested in who you would acquire / have acquired if they were available. Other han JL Potgieter as a flyhalf who in SA/ is was available at flyhalf. The whole backline has just not fired and never looked as if they could. Is this a coaching or player problem.

  • Comment 47, posted at 03.05.10 13:25:35 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • guy,s sharks always play to win, talk such as it dont matter any more win or lose is utter rubbish,we always pick our best team possible ,and only experiment in voda cup etc ,possibly cc!!!!

  • Comment 48, posted at 03.05.10 13:26:34 by ruggabugga Reply

  • @Morné (Comment 42) : Maybe he`s trying to negotiate for more money from WP that`s why he`s being . . . evasive.

  • Comment 49, posted at 03.05.10 13:28:14 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 47) : both coaching and player. other than ruan and lambie none of the backline players have deserved their spot. So who would i buy? This is a tough question because all players are under contract, but players the sharks missed out on that come to mind are delport (not super but better than what we have) jaco pretorius (he was pulled to the bulls, but did the sharks even make an offer) Potgieter same situation. but a backline coach is also needed, look what slaptjips has done to wynand. meisiekind was average but now is looking good for a bok place. the sharks did make one good purchase off season and that was ludik. but one doesn’t make up for the 3 lost (butch brad and frans)

  • Comment 50, posted at 03.05.10 13:36:19 by try time Reply

  • @ruggabugga (Comment 48) : yes but what good does that do. the lions and cheetahs do the same, but it hasn’t helped them.

  • Comment 51, posted at 03.05.10 13:37:51 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 50) : did you see ludick on the w/e voda semi??

  • Comment 52, posted at 03.05.10 13:38:39 by ruggabugga Reply

  • @try time (Comment 51) : so do stormers and bulle but it helps them,van der heever etc came in because they were best in there specific positions at their unions,i dont think so much experiments.

  • Comment 53, posted at 03.05.10 13:42:15 by ruggabugga Reply

  • @ruggabugga (Comment 52) : no, but i wouldn’t judge him on that performance as he has been out for a season with injury. but we all know he has what it takes if he isn’t injured.

  • Comment 54, posted at 03.05.10 13:44:41 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 54) : agreed TT i,ve watched this guy plenty for last 3 yrs and always wanted to see him at sharks ,but just from injury right now very rusty

  • Comment 55, posted at 03.05.10 13:47:34 by ruggabugga Reply

  • @ruggabugga (Comment 53) : bulls and stormers buy decent players and bring them into the fold. they buy depth. we buy one backline player a year, and they are usually injured for most part of a season. so we either must go on a buying spree or experiment, but stagnating is not the answer.

  • Comment 56, posted at 03.05.10 13:47:54 by try time Reply

  • @ruggabugga (Comment 53) : the bulls also have a good academy, and stormers have good varsities and clubs around to produce youngsters. we have an academy that isn’t producing the goods. so the sharks have to rely on purchasing, which they aren’t doing.

  • Comment 57, posted at 03.05.10 13:53:06 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 57) : You guys have a good academy, it used to be the best, the Bulls buy youngsters make no mistake, Meyer built huge reserves and they are almost overstaffed at the Bulls, there is an embarrassment of riches in their depth. The question is why are there not more quality youngsters at the Sharks??

  • Comment 58, posted at 03.05.10 14:02:49 by Whindy Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 57) :
    Bulls have depth, for sure but Stormers, despite having good clubs and varsities are not that great, if the Vodacom Cup squad can be reagarded as their next best, in fact the Bulls are far ahead of anyone here. I thought the Sharks 15 were close to the Bulls but the weekend proved otherwise.

  • Comment 59, posted at 03.05.10 14:19:44 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 59) : Agreed, I sometimes wonder though how good it is for our rugby, that one Union has so much depth that good players are not even reaching top flite rugby, and what worries me even more, the players at the bulls don’t want to leave, they are happy to be third in line, one of the problems with professionalism, I suppose, there is no hunger!!

  • Comment 60, posted at 03.05.10 14:27:25 by Whindy Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 56) :

    I don’t agree TT.

    WP have bought Habs and Fourie in the last year as well as Cronje (not a first XV player though)

    Who else??

    Duvenage (from Boland)
    De Waal

    And thats about it I think.

    We have loads of very good players who have come through the system or were signed at age group level:

    De Jongh
    D Fourie

  • Comment 61, posted at 03.05.10 14:31:07 by wpw Reply
  • KAK MAN!!!!!!!

  • Comment 62, posted at 03.05.10 14:43:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 62) : and that was directed to who??? 😉

  • Comment 63, posted at 03.05.10 14:52:28 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 63) :

    At the article.

    Pride is ALL that we have left this season why throw that away as well?

  • Comment 64, posted at 03.05.10 15:23:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • okay let me put my article in another light. lets play john smit with his neck injury and risk making it worse so he can’t captain the boks. lets play muller and goode because giving them game time really helps the sharks out. play ruan deysel and alberts who are battling with injury. play stefan who has been average at best this season. i don’t see how any of the above helps the sharks. this is why i offered a solution in my article. the sharks are out of the comp does it really matter who they play?

    as for who must be bought sold chopped hung-drawn and quartered, i couldn’t give a hoot. i don’t get paid a nice salary by the union to spot talent and contract a winning team, i can offer up suggestions, but there are thousands of players out there that have potential but i am not paid to find the ones to change the sharks fortunes. so if you want better solutions don’t ask me i am not a kznru employee. i find it amazing however that the bulls and stormers turned their average teams into winners by some wise coaching and buying, yet the sharks with a similar budget are getting worse.

  • Comment 65, posted at 03.05.10 15:25:09 by try time Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 61) : but you are agreeing, you are saying that wp has had good systems in place that they got the youngsters through to make the team a success. and they bought two to fill the gaps. sharks aren’t doing either. it doesn’t matter if wp got the players from schools or clubs or varsities, they got the players. judging from our sharks xv we haven’t. didn’t the sharks u19 and 21 do well last year. where are those players? or did the sharks poor coaching structures kill their chances of making it big?

  • Comment 66, posted at 03.05.10 15:29:52 by try time Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 64) : you serious? so we play our injured players and risk them so they cannot play cc or for the boks. all so we can look good against a team that actually deserves to be in the playoffs. makes sense.

  • Comment 67, posted at 03.05.10 15:36:46 by try time Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 64) : @try time (Comment 67) : Maybe it will make some supporters PROUD that the Sharks are at least thinking of the future and doing some decent planning

  • Comment 68, posted at 03.05.10 15:39:52 by Pokkel Reply
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  • at least on saturday we had a slim shout and therefore the risk was worth something. what do the sharks gain by playing these guys this weekend?

  • Comment 69, posted at 03.05.10 15:40:52 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 66) : hang on – are we being too hard on the Sharks XV here? They made the semi, after all and (let’s be honest) would have walked home against anyone other than the Bulls.

    Bulls are clearly in a class of their won in the Vodacom Cup, but I don’t reckon it’s unfair to say that the Sharks XV were the next best team, albeit some distance behind.

  • Comment 70, posted at 03.05.10 16:04:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 70) : And how many cups have 2nd place earned the Sharks franchise? 🙄

  • Comment 71, posted at 03.05.10 18:13:12 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @try time (Comment 67) :

    YES I am serious but you are using some VERY poetic license by implying that that is what I meant.

    If a player is able to play then he must play, you are almost as bad at the twit Tank Lanning calling for the Stormers to throw the match last year so that the Sharks could qualify for the play- offs.

    Your piece spews stuff like The Sharks are at a critical point at the moment, where if drastic work isn’t done the Sharks could be in a similar position as the Lions, where fans don’t pitch to games and everyone starts pointing fingers at eachother. 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 :BULL SH1T:

    THAT is one of the bits that I was refering to when I said KAK MAN!!!! Incase you missed it the first time KAK MAN

    How Injured are Deysel and Alberts BTW?

  • Comment 72, posted at 03.05.10 19:22:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Agree with your article try time…only saw your article after blabbering on about changing the team completely this week on another thread.

  • Comment 73, posted at 04.05.10 06:51:24 by Butchie Reply

  • Kanko in the centres?? What makes you think that could be a possibilty?? Has he ever played centre?
    Lets stop playing guys out of position!
    The days of the Utility Back should now be ended! We saw what it did to Brent Russell, Gaffie du Toit, Frans Steyn, Bradley Barrit, Waylon Murray and Ruan Pienaar!

  • Comment 74, posted at 04.05.10 06:54:19 by Butchie Reply

  • @Butchie (Comment 74) : Kanko at centre might seem odd but he is just about the only Shark to hve managed line breaks this year.Desperate times

  • Comment 75, posted at 04.05.10 08:09:43 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 75) : lol…noted. the backline at the mo lacks creativity, initiative, speed and leadership…but this won’t be solved by buying another mercenary! We have done it for years now…and its affected our young players!
    Time to bite the bullet and invest in our young guns. Expect a lean year or two lads.

  • Comment 76, posted at 04.05.10 08:20:03 by Butchie Reply

  • @Butchie (Comment 76) : I could live with a lean year or two IF I see that the Sharks managment are commited to investing and developing young players.

  • Comment 77, posted at 04.05.10 08:27:51 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 61) : Who cares about how many players you (Weepee) bought this year, last year or the year before.(Well done to Rassie for buying in key positions)
    The point I think here is The Sharks have been beaten at their own game. We did this (“buying”) successfully during the 90’s and early noughties. But we need to evolve, both the Bulls and Stormers have done better than us at this.
    We lead (past tense) the way with the Sharks Academy, but how many of those young guys are coming into the Super 14 team?
    Management needs to be held accountable. From the top (Oom Brian) to Rudolph and Plum. We have not had success in ages and as a proud supporter I’m starting to struggle to wake up and watch the games early in morning on a Sunday.

  • Comment 78, posted at 04.05.10 08:40:36 by Butchie Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 77) : Agree. So howabout we have a Q&A with Straueli or Oom Brian.
    I’d love to talk about the vision and strategy of The Sharks franchise for the next 2 – 5 years (anything longer would not be worth it, as the environment changes rapidly).

    P.S. Rob howabout a Q&A (on Sharksworld) with Rudolph with regards to the above? Or has his attitude towards the media not changed?

  • Comment 79, posted at 04.05.10 08:44:51 by Butchie Reply

  • @Butchie (Comment 79) : That would be nice but I’m not sure it can be pulled off.

  • Comment 80, posted at 04.05.10 08:56:45 by Pokkel Reply
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