We all just need to calm down

Written by Warren Smith (war1)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 12 Sep 2010 at 22:44
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Another weekend, another bonus point win for the Sharks. Maybe not a vintage performance, but 5 points nonetheless. The last 60 minutes of that game have been discussed at length but these things need to be taken into perspective.

Often times when playing against the smaller teams in the Currie cup, especially away from home, the opposition sucks the bigger team into a scrappy pattern of play and we then get the big teams winning by five points or less or even losing to the unfancied side. This did not happen on Friday night, in fact the Sharks kept the Pumas scoreless in the second half albeit only scoring a solitary penalty goal themselves. I am sure the players and coaching staff have picked up on the errors of the second half and will work hard to rectify those against the Cheetahs. There will be no lack of motivation this coming weekend when the Cheetahs come to Durban. It will no doubt be a tough game, and one the team will lift themselves for.

After the loss against the Bulls last weekend, this match against the Pumas was always going to be a tough one, the team was under immense pressure to perform in this match. Maybe sometimes we as supporters put too much pressure on the guys to perform and demand championship winning performances every weekend. It is too early to talk about winning championships at this stage of the competition. There is still a month left to go to the end of the league phase of the competition.

I know this an extremely over-used cliche but we have to take this Currie cup one game at a time. Not just the players but us supporters as well. The pressure of expectation can be massive on the guys and it is sometimes a little unfair how easily the guys are built up and then even more easily broken down despite a match where some pretty good rugby was played even if it was just for twenty minutes. Next up for the Sharks are the Cheetahs. This will be a very difficult game, the Cheetahs played very to beat a desperate Bulls team. The Sharks need to move on from an indifferent second half performance against the Pumas and focus on the positives from that game and making tweaks to their play which will highlight their strengths and fix their weaknesses. It seems like the guys were trying a bit too hard in that second half and the team also need to get back to enjoying their rugby again. The Bulls loss is behind us and it is time to move on positively.

I for one am expecting a another good performance from the Sharks because you have to admit that watching a confident Sharks team running the ball and enjoying their rugby is a joyous sight to behold. Hopefully we will see that sight again this weekend.


  • My prediction (are you reading this Hertford) is the Sharks will win the Currie Cup! šŸ™„

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.09.10 23:13:09 by wpw Reply
  • Thank you, war1, for a balanced point of view and for putting the past game in perspective. There are some hard games ahead but judging on The Sharks ability to move the ball around and find gaps in defences I for one am confident of at least a home semi-final, as long as the team sticks to the present game plan and improves upon their execution. When they are enjoying their rugby it is a pleasure to watch.

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.09.10 23:42:24 by Donald Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 1) : coming to your senses i see… Now for liverpool!

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.09.10 00:28:03 by Rahul Reply

  • I agree with that, to say we not going to win the CC after losing to the bulls is a bit extreme, I think this weekend against the Cheetahs is going to be a very important game and I hope we can do it

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.09.10 01:09:52 by Tintin Reply

  • I agree with this article it wasnt a polished performance but we got da job done. Now we move on and focus on da cheetahs at home. If we can play 4 a full 80 mins we’ll own em, if not we in 4 a long day. Hopefully lambies kicking wil b more accurate and ders less handling errors

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.09.10 01:56:54 by RuckingFun Reply

  • Haha @ Rahul. šŸ˜†
    Bro, our new coach is useless!!
    We’ll be lucky to finish in the top 6

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.09.10 07:04:53 by wpw Reply
  • This same pumas side should have beaten the lions and DID beat the Bulls. Maybe they aren’t getting enough credit? We also forget that aside from the bulls game, the sharks have played really well against top opposition this CC.
    If there is one criticism, it’s that the guys need to mentally get up for the games against the smaller unions.

    With four games to go, 2 wins is probably going to be enough to see us through to finishing top of the log.

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.09.10 07:21:49 by Baldrick Reply

  • I seea Cheetahs / Sharks final looming.

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.09.10 07:28:25 by Loosehead Reply

  • Nice article War šŸ˜‰
    I agree with what you are saying, perspective is needed. This weekend wasn’t fantastic, but we got the points and picked up another win this season.

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.09.10 07:59:09 by blueski palooski Reply

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  • This weekend could decide the bulls semi final chances. and i hope lions take it. they are looking good. elton jantjies is looking a far better player than lambie. if i had a lions pick left in lms i would put it on the lions this weekend. the lions also get wikus back this weekend so with bulls lions and sharks cheetahs it is going to be a great weekend of rugby.

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.09.10 08:07:05 by try time Reply

  • Super15 draw announced sharks start off wit cheetahs in durbs!

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.09.10 08:10:02 by RuckingFun Reply

  • Thanks War1! More or less my thoughts…

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.09.10 08:10:23 by Ice Reply
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  • @RuckingFun (Comment 11) : There’s a couple things about this new format that seems pretty brain dead to me!!!

    …luckily it’s not all bad.

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.09.10 08:37:50 by Letgo Reply
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  • @RuckingFun (Comment 11) : more reason for the sharks to be up for the game this weekend. they need to really get rid of the tag that the cheetahs are their bogey team.

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.09.10 08:39:11 by try time Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 13) : what do you expect, it was aussie driven? šŸ™„

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.09.10 08:39:50 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 10) : It is going to be a great weekend of rugby, no doubt about it, what I can’t agree with is Jantjies being better than Lambie. Jantjies has come up against some pretty ordinary number 10’s and is still new to the scene. We have to remember that the CC has been pretty ordinary with there being no Boks in the teams…so naturally somon with ability will shine. lambie has proven himself in the S14 and now into the CC. In my mind, our 10 is streets ahead.

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.09.10 08:43:58 by blueski palooski Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 13) :

    Like for instance the Stormers have a first round bye. šŸ™„

    What the hell?? šŸ˜Æ

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.09.10 08:45:43 by wpw Reply
  • @blueski palooski (Comment 16) : skill wise they are similar, but jantjies pips him with better skills and decision making with the boot. elton also has a less experienced forward pack getting ball for him. as much as i like lambie, i feel he needs to have a quality coach fine tune his game. carlos is doing a great job with elton.

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.09.10 08:48:57 by try time Reply

  • @blueski palooski (Comment 16) :

    Lets just say he is playing better than Lambie is at the moment. He is definitely the form flyhalf in the competition (last 4-5 games)

    I dont think its fair to compare them just yet dont you think?? šŸ˜‰

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.09.10 08:53:43 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 17) : the whole thing is a joke. a far better tournament could have been created using more teams. have your normal local tournaments in oz, sa, arg, islands and nz, so we have the currie cup etc. the top 2 teams from sa nz and oz, go through to a super 8 with one team from the islands and one from arg. but this is the type of sh.t you expect from aus, that have bought some wierd ideas into cricket.

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.09.10 08:55:16 by try time Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 17) : Since it’s 15 teams SOMEONE was bound to have a bye first up.

    Julle outjies sal maar met julleself moet speel daai naweek. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.09.10 09:00:57 by rhineshark Reply
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  • When the Sharks are having a losing streak, like the start of this year’s S14, I’m dissappointed but ok with it. But when they are having a winning streak and they lose, I get really pissed off with them. šŸ˜ˆ But I still love them. Black & Pink, It all matters!

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.09.10 09:03:55 by Jarson Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 19) : there’s no point in comparing jantjies to lambie…they’re both still developing, we’ll see in the next couple of seasons how they’re both managed.

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.09.10 09:11:04 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 23) : Meg have you seen Johann Goosen in action yet??

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.09.10 09:14:24 by ruggabugga Reply

  • @rhineshark (Comment 21) :


    They are used to playing with each other in the showers!!

    Bolla kissing DWB in previous matches!! šŸ˜Æ

    it all makes sense now!! šŸ˜† šŸ˜³

  • Comment 25, posted at 13.09.10 09:16:06 by wpw Reply
  • @Letgo (Comment 13) : wat looks krap 2 me from a quick look at it is the team that ends 3(first in der conference) has a home play off while teams 1 and 2 rest and den has 2 go away 4 a semi. The whole 6 teams imto 4 looks a bit wierd

  • Comment 26, posted at 13.09.10 09:17:48 by RuckingFun Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 19) : Fair enough, but Lambie plays in the Black and, um..Pink, so he has to be better. That’s just a fact šŸ˜›

  • Comment 27, posted at 13.09.10 09:26:33 by blueski palooski Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 19) : lambie,s only problem is his place kicking

  • Comment 28, posted at 13.09.10 09:28:55 by ruggabugga Reply

  • @ruggabugga (Comment 24) : yeah i watched him @ craven week this year and saw him against the english U19 team in PE…what a boot!

  • Comment 29, posted at 13.09.10 09:32:02 by Megatron Reply

  • @ruggabugga (Comment 28) : Very true,it’s the weak part of his game. That will change next year when Potgieter is part of the squad. lambie to focus entirely on running the showand leave the added pressure of kicking for poles behind. No doubt he’s a great player, kicking isn’t great and there is a good chance the team could get found out in the knock out stages because of it.

  • Comment 30, posted at 13.09.10 09:40:47 by blueski palooski Reply

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  • 5 points in Witbank is 5 points in Witbank. Finnish.

  • Comment 31, posted at 13.09.10 09:45:58 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 31) : En KLAAR

  • Comment 32, posted at 13.09.10 09:58:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 17) : That is the most ridiculous thing I have seen

  • Comment 33, posted at 13.09.10 10:00:39 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 33) : out of 15 teams someone always has to have a bye ,how else??

  • Comment 34, posted at 13.09.10 10:19:58 by ruggabugga Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 29) : i saw him play against glenwood a few weeks back ,and have got a feeling that he is going to steal all the thunder from both jantjies and lambie,sorry to say.I dont think he has a weakness!.he also took paul roos apart 2 weeks ago,some very powerful play,and really potent kicking,drop from 70 m + penality from 67 m WOW!!!

  • Comment 35, posted at 13.09.10 10:24:56 by ruggabugga Reply

  • @ruggabugga (Comment 35) : and yet the poor deluded fool has turned down our generous offer and wants to stay with the Cheetahs…

  • Comment 36, posted at 13.09.10 10:27:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : did we really make him an offer? i really believe that he could be our best signing ever,go to grey college on fb and see the hype!

  • Comment 37, posted at 13.09.10 10:32:13 by ruggabugga Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : why should he sigh for the sharks? šŸ˜Æ

  • Comment 38, posted at 13.09.10 10:40:24 by Megatron Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : why should he sign for the sharks? šŸ˜Æ mould your own players!

  • Comment 39, posted at 13.09.10 10:40:56 by Megatron Reply

  • @ruggabugga (Comment 34) : yeah but usually a bye is there to give the team a break… they probably don’t need a break on the first weekend.

  • Comment 40, posted at 13.09.10 10:45:10 by pinkfish Reply
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  • @ruggabugga (Comment 37) : The same thing happened with the Ebersohn twins, now they battle to get a starting spot. Watched the two of them them tear up Maritzburg College by 80 odd points in 2007, huge hype then and not much followed

  • Comment 41, posted at 13.09.10 10:46:43 by blueski palooski Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 39) : Meg its business dude ,if you dont have the right mix ,it has to be bought,are all real madrid players from madrid,or arsenal players from london etc etc?!?!

  • Comment 42, posted at 13.09.10 10:47:35 by ruggabugga Reply

  • @ruggabugga (Comment 42) : i know it’s business but the sharks and their deluded fans seem to think their famed ‘rugby academy’ exists in the Free State šŸ™„

  • Comment 43, posted at 13.09.10 10:56:06 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 43) : you are showing your ignorance.

    The Sharks Academy takes pupils from school. Goosen is still at school. Hence he is exactly the right target for us.

  • Comment 44, posted at 13.09.10 11:19:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @blueski palooski (Comment 41) :

    Earl Rose and his younger boet were also brilliant at age group level and yet… šŸ™„

  • Comment 45, posted at 13.09.10 11:27:14 by wpw Reply
  • “It seems like the guys were trying a bit too hard in that second half and the team also need to get back to enjoying their rugby again.” Completely in agreement. Nice one war1.

  • Comment 46, posted at 13.09.10 11:41:40 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 23) : I feel Jantjies might be a bit small. He picked up an injury this weekend already . . . Hopefully he`ll be back for the bulls match!
    Burton Francis won`t be enough for the bulls I`m sure of that.

  • Comment 47, posted at 13.09.10 12:20:02 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 47) : Lambs is not the biggest of okes either!

  • Comment 48, posted at 13.09.10 12:40:48 by Ice Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 43) : sorry to say meg but i plead “guilty” to being one of those (deluded sharks fans)i think any province in the world right now would want this lad on their books,it would be totally absurd not to.Btw who do you support??Me a supporter since about 1978 when i was a laaitie in Rodesia supporting the banana boys from Bulawayo.

  • Comment 49, posted at 13.09.10 12:44:36 by ruggabugga Reply

  • @Ice (Comment 48) : He looks bigger than Elton to me hehehe

    If only Lambie could kick . . . šŸ˜ˆ

    ( runs for cover! )

  • Comment 50, posted at 13.09.10 12:49:19 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 50) : agreed OP Lambie cant kick ,but that im sure is his only fault!!

  • Comment 51, posted at 13.09.10 13:12:26 by ruggabugga Reply


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