Original Pierre

Out of the Blocks

Written by Pierre Teich (Original Pierre)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 20 Feb 2011 at 12:55
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We have reason to celebrate. A hundred percent improvement on last years` start right? So why all the worried faces?

Yes conditions weren`t perfect, we haven`t scored 4 tries in February for 12 seasons now after all.
But kicking everything away in super rugby is the kiss of death.
Fact : we don`t have a Fourie du Preez who knows how to kick for territory effectively.
Everyone knows you need to play the game in the opponents half, apply the pressure and pounce on mistakes. Not finding touch or aimless kicks down the centre just creates the opposite effect. Opponents will either just kick it back at you or worse . . . run it out to put you under pressure. So kicking is fine, but kick for touch and keep it accurate.

Then we get to our goal kicking. Has a team ever won a super rugby championship with a 60% goal kicker?
I`m not sure what Potgieters` kicking stats looks like but I feel he has to be on the park.

Our backline didn`t fire, the forwards had to save us again. It is painfully obvious we have a problem in our backline. One of the most exciting wings in SA at the moment and we can`t get the ball to him? Maybe someone should teach Lambie how to kick-pass the ball to him ala Quade Cooper?
Lets hope our backline can improve. It is early days after all.
Lambie had an average outing, he`ll find his form again we know that.

Our lineouts were a complete shambles. Bismarck couldn`t find his jumpers and cost us with brainless penalties, nothing new here, but when do we learn? What if this was a more crucial game? Just because he is the bok hooker it doesn`t mean he can go out there and do whatever he likes. He has a reputation, you and I know about this, that means every ref and assistant referee does as well.
We need our most experienced line out expert on the park. Start John Smit if he`s fit to go.

Player assesments:
Ludick, tried hard and looked threatening at times.
Odwa, Mr Consistant, why would the Cheetahs even kick on him I wonder?
Stefan, our most experienced player on the field and it showed. Why gamble with those long range attempts at goal though? You`re not Frans Steyn, stick to what you`re good at. It`s not his fault he`s selected at 13 not 15 and he tries to make the best of it. He`ll be the first one to admit he`s not the best 13 in the country, but that`s the reality we have to live with.

Bosman, didn`t let us down. Nothing flashy but he definitely wasn`t the worst shark out there. The ball went through the hands, what once during the entire game? He wasn`t the only guilty party though.
Mvovo, chased balls all afternoon to no avail. A serious threat on attack but we need to involve him more, a guy with his abilities needs to be put in space.

Lambie, average goal kicking, aimless kicking out of hand and never got the backline away. Your second season is always a little more difficult. Opponents know what you can do. He needs to step up to the 2011 challenge. That`s why I`ll be more comfortable if he had Potgieter next to him. Just shift the pressure a little bit further away from the defence. Lambie can bring something special any time, we need him out there, so lets give him the best possible platform to work his magic.

McCleod , had a solid game under difficult circumstances.
Kankowski, yes again the conditions didn`t suit his style of play but if you compare Kankowski Version 2011 with Version 2008 you`ll see a marked difference. What happened to our explosive eigthman?
Willem Alberts, once again our man of the match. His aggressive style saves us week after week. How did we ever manage without his services? Plumtree will have to manage him very carefully. If we`re ever in a position where we can afford it, substitute him!

Botes, scored our first try of the season. He`ll be crucial for our success this year.
Keegan Daniel showed some flashes of brilliance out there. He`ll be a real threat on a dry surface.

Hargreaves and Sykes, our lineouts didn`t fire. Was it all Bismarcks fault? Some hard work ahead for you this week. You need to sort this out before Ali Williams arrives in Durban.
Jannie and Beast, the scrums were a complete lottery out there. True the Cheetahs commited more transgressions but surely we knew the scrum was going to get “ special attention” this year? We need to get it right.

I don`t even want to get into the Bismarck issue here. Our lineouts didn`t work and he focused the refs` attention on his lack of discipline again.
We have the services of one of the best, most experienced line out throwers, use him. John Smit`s cool head will help us with the pressure games, that`s a given. Hopefully the niggle he picked up in the captains run is sorted out by Saturday. Without him I fear the worst.

All in all, very disappointing as a spectacle but we got the all important result. Just like every other team in this competition we need to improve if we want to have a say in June. Lets hope the guys find some early form. We have relatively easy matches early on our tour. To quote Taine Randell “ We need to get our A`s in G now . . .”


  • Thanks for sharing your views, OC, but a bit early in the season to make some of these sweeping calls, don’t you think?

    Very few teams hit their straps running in week 1, and we played a game that ensured victory with very little risk – a good strategy for the first hit out.

    I fully agree with you on the lineout and halfback play, but I think that it was perhaps just a matter of getting sone game time.

    My long-term concern remains 13 and goak-kicking. By the way, Pat’s kicking out of habd was very good – I liked how he kept kicking into space down the middle, saving us more lineout embarrassment.

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.02.11 13:35:43 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Let’s see what next weekend brings.

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.02.11 14:21:05 by bergshark Reply

  • My biggest concern was the comms, or lack there of, between 9 and 10. Something was seriously amiss. Was it Charl’s service or Lamb’s indecision?

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.02.11 16:24:55 by catfish Reply
  • Guys we will get better…think the disprution of john smit been pulled out must of been a factor..the rain is kak to play in and the humidity must make it hard…but the boys look like they needed a game to have a feel for one another…let’s make harsher opinions aftr the blues game…

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.02.11 17:53:37 by shaniboi Reply

  • I think you’re being a bit hard on your team. They will get better as the tournament goes on. This is such a long season. Still plenty of highs and lows to go through. You won.

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.02.11 18:06:27 by Speed7 Reply

  • @Speed7 (Comment 5) : What’s your take on the lions game?

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.02.11 18:19:27 by Ben Reply
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  • I think the Lions are still far behind. Obviously they will get better and even turn over a couple of good teams this year. Last nights game shouldn’t be seen as a moral victory at all. The Bulls took it down a notch in their intensity and that helped the Lions.

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.02.11 18:46:12 by Speed7 Reply

  • @Speed7 (Comment 7) : I really like that Kamana chap. Very dangerous runner from the back. Allot like Mills.

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.02.11 18:48:41 by Ben Reply
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  • Also a massive eye-opener for the youngsters. Whitely ,jantjies and Taute now realise its a big step up from Currie Cup. That should help them vs Stormers.

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.02.11 18:49:01 by Speed7 Reply

  • Looks like broken play after 60 mins will suit him big time. Kamana/Killian combo could be good on a deep counter attack.

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.02.11 18:51:20 by Speed7 Reply

  • @Speed7 (Comment 10) : And you can add mapoe’s name there. He broke a few tackles yesterday.

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.02.11 18:54:00 by Ben Reply
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  • Conditions played a big part! In that rain with the humidity we cant expect our backline to fire ,thats crazy talk 😉

    Saying that ,our forwards could have put the game away ,2 min try from exactly what we should have done the whole game. With those conditions we should focus on mauling alot more ! We got drawn into a game that basically kept us out of the game and gave away possesion and penalties far to easily .

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.02.11 19:11:50 by Talent Reply
  • Okay guys I spoke to Brenden Nel who works for supersport and he had this to say. “As far as I am aware u get 4pts for a bye, thus the stormers ability to score without playing”

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.02.11 19:21:55 by Ben Reply
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  • Of the four SA Super Rugby teams on show this weekend, which impressed you the most?
    Bulls 15%
    Lions 55%
    Sharks 29%
    Cheetahs 1%

    399 votes

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.02.11 19:29:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) : Where did you get this?

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.02.11 19:41:47 by Ben Reply
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  • Does anyone else think Botes is looking particularly muscular these days? The off-season has served him well…

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.02.11 19:42:45 by CS Reply

  • @Ben (Comment 13) :

    At the moment the only places I can find that show the Stormers as having 4 log points are 365, Supersport and SARU & superrugby.com.au (Official Aus SR page)

    RugbyHeaven Aus
    RugbyHeaven NZ
    superrugby.co.nz (official NZ SR page)
    All show them as having zero.

    Now if only SANZAR had a page that we could go by?

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.02.11 19:45:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @CS (Comment 16) : Didn’t notice a change.

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.02.11 19:45:26 by Ben Reply
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  • I know Lambie has become this sites glory boy of late… and critism of him is becoming off-limits, but at the risk of people jumping down my throat, I’m going to put it out there… I’m concerned about his place-kicking! He’s not nearly consistent enough, and tends to miss the easy ones, which means he’s either losing concentration, or he has a flaw in his technique!

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.02.11 19:46:39 by CS Reply

  • Botes is a little bigger this year. Mark Steele gas done good work with the entire squad. Botes is the most underated player in this country. He’s miles ahead aof Stegmann.

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.02.11 19:48:02 by Speed7 Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) : It’s crazy that there’s even a debate about this? I’ve never heard of a team getting points during a bye? Everyteam is going to miss one weekend, so why would we award points to them, as it will all even out in the end anyway?

  • Comment 21, posted at 20.02.11 19:49:23 by CS Reply

  • @CS (Comment 19) : Don’t think anyone has ever praised him for his goal kicking! So you’re right its a problem.

  • Comment 22, posted at 20.02.11 19:50:10 by Ben Reply
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  • @Speed7 (Comment 20) : Absolutely agree… but then most loosies in the country at the moment are better than Stegmann :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 20.02.11 19:50:51 by CS Reply

  • I’d like to see Daniel starting in place of Kankowski for a while… what do you guys think of this suggestion?

  • Comment 24, posted at 20.02.11 19:53:52 by CS Reply

  • @Ben (Comment 15) :

    411 votes now.

    I picked the lions as well BTW.


    (bottom left)

  • Comment 25, posted at 20.02.11 19:54:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @CS (Comment 21) :

    Because there are people out there (Aussies) who are to thick to be able to figure that out i suspect. 🙂

  • Comment 26, posted at 20.02.11 19:55:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Poor Aussies :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 20.02.11 19:57:12 by CS Reply

  • That’s why our 2007 team was our best..we had percy butch n steyn to kick…even pienaar…so the pressure wasn’t only on one guy..wonder why bosman doesn’t work on his kicking more…

  • Comment 28, posted at 20.02.11 19:58:05 by shaniboi Reply

  • @CS (Comment 27) : From an article that Jarson sent me, it seems this “4 points for a bye” thing comes from the NRL and is being adopted by SANZAR.


  • Comment 29, posted at 20.02.11 19:59:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @CS (Comment 24) : I’d rather have Alberts at 8 and daniel 7

  • Comment 30, posted at 20.02.11 19:59:15 by Ben Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 29) : One way of insuring the Rebels at least score 4 points this season :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 20.02.11 20:01:14 by CS Reply

  • @Ben (Comment 30) : Good point… so you agree with Daniel taking Kankowski’s place in the starting line-up then?

  • Comment 32, posted at 20.02.11 20:02:17 by CS Reply

  • @CS (Comment 32) : Not fully but I’d give it a try. I rate Kanko very highly!

  • Comment 33, posted at 20.02.11 20:04:27 by Ben Reply
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  • @CS (Comment 31) :

    2 byes each so they’ll score at least 8 🙂

  • Comment 34, posted at 20.02.11 20:05:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 1) : Have to agree with you. It’s too early in the season to be making these big calls.

    Our backline didn’t perform too well but the conditions weren’t conducive to having a good performance by the backs. The fact that there weren’t too many knock-ons is a testament to the hard work performed by the guys in the off-season.

    JPL’s kicking performance wasn’t that fantastic either. He had two shots of goal and only succeeded in 1 kick. That’s a 50% return. If you look at the kicking in the first round of the competition as well, no-one (other than Morne) had spectacular figures. DC only had a 3/8 success ratio and the Crusaders’ fans aren’t calling for his head. These things will come right.

    As far as the lineouts go, JS was supposed to start and probably had been practicing throwing more than Bissie the whole week. So when he had to withdraw at the 11th hour because of the calf strain it meant that Bissie had practiced in the subs role and not for a starting position.

    Yes, there was a lot wrong but there was a lot right. Plum, Bash and the guys will be working hard this week to get the rest right for the Blues.

  • Comment 35, posted at 20.02.11 20:10:58 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 34) : Here at Sharksworld we struggle to see the logic behind the decision but imagine the vibe over at Lionsworld. They must be over the moon! A guaranteed 8 pts for the season. :mrgreen:

    In 2010: 1040min of rugby earned them 5pts.

  • Comment 36, posted at 20.02.11 20:16:06 by beet Reply
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  • @Speed7 (Comment 7) : I think the Stormers are in for a rough ride this coming weekend. The Lions looked like they came right in the second half. It might be because the Bulls took their foot off the pedal but they looked really dangerous.

    The Lions though have a good game of rugby behind them while the Stormers are now behind the curve after their bye. It’s possible the Stormers might be turned over.

  • Comment 37, posted at 20.02.11 20:22:07 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Butchie34 (Comment 35) : Dude john smit was gonna start at prop and as far as I know props don’t throw into the lineout!

  • Comment 38, posted at 20.02.11 20:31:57 by Ben Reply
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  • Stormers/Lions should be very close. Stormers aren’t even sure who there flhalf and back-up hooker will be. Jaque Fourie back in the mix but short of pre- season game time. Aplon may not start through injury. I would still not bet against the Stormers at Newlands. Would love it though seeing that I live here.

  • Comment 39, posted at 20.02.11 20:34:21 by Speed7 Reply

  • @beet (Comment 36) : Haha they must be ecstatic!

  • Comment 40, posted at 20.02.11 20:40:11 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 38) : You’re right, brain implosion.

  • Comment 41, posted at 20.02.11 20:41:27 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Butchie34 (Comment 41) : Haha yip so bissie can’t use that excuse.

  • Comment 42, posted at 20.02.11 20:42:48 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 42) : Haha, that’s true. Maybe another excuse is that this was the first time that Bissie, Steven and Hargs have played together in a match cos Syksie didn’t play in any of the warmup games. Hargs played for a part of the first game against the Lions before being injured (I might be wrong but I think JS was the hooker there).

    Hell, I’m just trying to find something positive here 😆

  • Comment 43, posted at 20.02.11 20:47:02 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Butchie34 (Comment 44) : Don’t worry man I’m sure bissie will sort it out. Whatever the reasons is he will know.

  • Comment 44, posted at 20.02.11 20:52:30 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 45) : Ja, it’s the first game of the season so we’re going to sort out whatever we did wrong over time. Just relieved we started the season off with a win.

  • Comment 45, posted at 20.02.11 20:54:41 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Butchie34 (Comment 46) : At the end of the day the win is all that matters. I’m happy

  • Comment 46, posted at 20.02.11 20:58:37 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 47) : Agreed, I was pleased with the win. It wasn’t pretty but it was a win. Next week is a different game.

  • Comment 47, posted at 20.02.11 21:04:12 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Butchie34 (Comment 48) : I really hope it doesn’t rain on saturday! Want to see some running rugby!

  • Comment 48, posted at 20.02.11 21:17:00 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 49) : I’d rather see the same sort of game with us winning, than losing to the Blues trying to play running rugby in unsuitable conditions…

  • Comment 49, posted at 20.02.11 21:24:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 50) : Agree 100% We need to play to the conditions, Sharks teams of not too long ago would have lost against the Cheetahs by playing stupid rugby.

  • Comment 50, posted at 20.02.11 21:31:58 by war1 Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 51) : this is why it irritates me a little to read articles panning the team and the approach. Any game plan that brings you a 15-point win in Super Rugby is the right one. Finish and klaar.

  • Comment 51, posted at 20.02.11 21:34:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 52) : From what I saw, the team has matured. They have learnt to win in difficult circumstances without playing fantastically well, that was my highlight. Maybe some perspective is needed from some of our fans.

  • Comment 52, posted at 20.02.11 21:39:44 by war1 Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 50) : Yes winning is the most important. But I feel we can run any team of their feet if the conditions allow.

  • Comment 53, posted at 20.02.11 21:59:53 by Ben Reply
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  • Any news on charl Mcleod?

  • Comment 54, posted at 20.02.11 22:36:12 by RuckingFun Reply

  • @Speed7 (Comment 5) : exactly!! and “Thank you”!!
    @Speed7 (Comment 20) : I have always said he is the unluckiest player to have never worn a Springbok jersey! Have always rated him very highly.
    @robdylan (Comment 50) :
    @robdylan (Comment 52) :

  • Comment 55, posted at 20.02.11 22:49:44 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @RuckingFun (Comment 55) : What do you mean?

  • Comment 56, posted at 20.02.11 22:55:52 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 57) : Did he not get injured just before he was sent off?

  • Comment 57, posted at 20.02.11 23:06:56 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 58) : rather..subbed?

  • Comment 58, posted at 20.02.11 23:15:26 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 58) : Saw he was subbed but missed the injury part.

  • Comment 59, posted at 20.02.11 23:21:19 by Ben Reply
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  • I don’t think the Sharks have anything to worry about…you have great forwards that can score or create space for your backs…
    I don’t think you have a combined set of backs that can break too many lines…so 4 tries will be a bonus but you will def win more than lose…

  • Comment 60, posted at 20.02.11 23:44:15 by Hmmm Reply

  • Scrums were a lottery?

    Jeez, Pierre… I know Windhoek Lager sponsors this site, but did you really need to put away an entire case on your own before watching the game? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 61, posted at 20.02.11 23:56:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 61) : Pierre?

  • Comment 62, posted at 20.02.11 23:59:38 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 62) : the oke who wrote this is called Pierre.

  • Comment 63, posted at 21.02.11 00:09:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 63) : I see….

  • Comment 64, posted at 21.02.11 00:12:31 by Ben Reply
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  • “Its amazing what a bit of cash and a few “Red” Bulls have done for the lions.” lol

  • Comment 65, posted at 21.02.11 02:12:32 by RuckingFun Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 49) : Exactly. The teams priority is to win games, not to try and look flashy.

    I’m scared to ask this because I’ll probably get some takers.

    Who here would rather accept a pretty loss than an ugly win?

    (Lions fans don’t need to answer) 😉

  • Comment 66, posted at 21.02.11 06:43:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I still think the Sharks are missing a gas man, you have Mvovo and thats it . Your backline is pedestrian and will be found out, I rate bosman, but the rest are really Journeyman, apart from Lambie who I still think is a fullback(ok shoot me)
    @beet (Comment 36) : Beet we look forward to making you eat your words, very brave words they are too, after Saturdays performance, remember it is early in the season for us as well. Look forward to kicking your arses when we meet. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 67, posted at 21.02.11 07:08:13 by Whindy Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 66) : Bonus points, are what get you to no 1 and to win this tournament you have to at least win the Conference Phase, in my opinion!! The Sharks have to score more that 4 tries a game, and before you state the obvious,yes a win is better than a loss 😈

  • Comment 68, posted at 21.02.11 07:12:43 by Whindy Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 66) : KSA as our resident referee, what do you think of Jonker’s performance on Saturday. Personally I feel the Lions can feel aggrieved with all the negative play he missed. In the first half there was a Bulls lineout, they got the ball the jumpers were on the ground and Gurthro let go of the players on the ground to get the maul going forward as a Lions player tackled Gurthro. Marius said it was coming in from the side, whereas the correct ruling was truck and trailer, penalty should have gone the other way. The exact same thing happened in the second half except it was Lions and he called it truck and trailer. Many times in the game the Bulls players would roll away, but towards the oppositions line taking Lions forwards away with them. The law clearly states towards the touchline or your own try line. When the Lions were going after the final try Jonker missed two high tackles. Yet a few minutes later he penalised the Lions forlifting Wynand past the horizontal, yet replays showed that even calling it a tackle was a far stretch of the imagination, as Wynand was falling. My final complaint was Jonker going to Matfield and warning him that there would be a yellow card if another Bulls player went offside, the very next penalty the Bulls were picked up for being offside and no yellow came. I am the first to admit that had the Lions handling been better they would have won, but in the same breath, had Jonker been cosistent and fair the Bulls would have been thrashed.

  • Comment 69, posted at 21.02.11 07:41:28 by try time Reply

  • @Whindy (Comment 67) : I’m with you here. During Currie Cup Stefan is a top player, but as soon as he plays Super rugby his captaincy and play is questionable.The sharks need to find a better vice captain and get a quality 13 that can make the gaps for mvovo to finish.

  • Comment 70, posted at 21.02.11 07:47:33 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 69) : I don’t think Jonker was onesided at all.

    I will say that I feel a 2nd yellow may have been warranted after the continued infringements at the death.

    People see refs as biased because they are rooting for the losing team.

  • Comment 71, posted at 21.02.11 07:59:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 71) : no i never thought he was one sided. because he wouldn’t have penalised the bulls as much as he did had he been. i just felt he missed a lot, which disadvantaged the lions. the bulls were definitely playing negative rugby in the second half and should have had another yellow to force them to play properly. All i ask for is the ref to keep the game flowing, and he failed to do so, by allowing the bulls to play negatively.

  • Comment 72, posted at 21.02.11 08:03:46 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 72) : @KSA Shark © (Comment 71) : Andre , I am afraid, I felt he was a bit on the Bulls side in the First half, did not agree with all his scrum calls, I dont think he was cheating, but sometimes I think these refs are intimidated by the Bigger teams. I will agree though my glasses were a touch on the red tainted side of life.

  • Comment 73, posted at 21.02.11 08:23:47 by Whindy Reply
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  • I see my quips about Cooper for Whitehead turned out to be spot on!
    Article in papers yesterday said stormers didn`t want to go for the deal though.
    Credit to our management, at least they tried.

  • Comment 74, posted at 21.02.11 09:24:29 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @Original Champion (Comment 74) : sorry I missed that, please elaborate

  • Comment 75, posted at 21.02.11 09:31:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I think us Sharks fans should be pleased with the victory, we cannot expect champagne rugby just because we are Currie Cup champs, this is a new season, with new challenges and also off season rustiness that creeps in with most teams. The conditions were atrocious and Coach Plum has pin-pointed the areas in which we were lacking, our pillar support was taken from back foot ball, we should have played closer to the forwards and the backs could never fire with the type of possession we received.

    Most concerning is lineouts, and I am sure that will be addressed, I am happy that we got our campaign off to a winning start and look forward to the rest of the season.

    I am worried about the fitness of Charl at scrumhalf – some say his injury could be more serious than initially thought.

  • Comment 76, posted at 21.02.11 09:36:29 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) : You voted Lions? Thanks for that 😆

  • Comment 77, posted at 21.02.11 11:01:24 by Greg Reply

  • @try time (Comment 69) : Now do you guys believe that Marius Jonker is a bull? 😈

  • Comment 78, posted at 21.02.11 12:36:54 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 75) : In the article about Peter Grants` return they said Sharks offered the services of Cooper but wanted Whitehead for centre cover.
    The Stormers doesn`t want to let Whitehead go though so it fell through.

  • Comment 79, posted at 21.02.11 12:38:48 by Original Champion Reply
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