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Super rugby 2011 Round 6: Preview and predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 24 Mar 2011 at 10:08
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Our record just keeps getting worse and worse as the upsets pile up! I haven’t even been brave enough to go and do a tally of how bad Round 5 was, but I know we got at least three results wrong, maybe more… Let’s hope Round 6 proves a little easier to predict.

REBELS vs HURRICANES, MELBOURNE, FRI 10:40

This is a tough one to call, because there are basically two different Rebels teams in this competition… the one that nearly beat the Sharks two weeks ago and the one that took 50 points from the Reds just a week later. The Hurricanes are far more consistent this season, though – they are simply woeful and for that reason I’m going to defy the odds and predict a Rebels win at home – by 3 points or so.

Rebels – 15 Richard Kingi, 14 Luke Rooney, 13 Lachlan Mitchell, 12 Stirling Mortlock (Captain), 11 Cooper Vuna, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Gareth Delve, 7 Michael Lipman, 6 Jarrod Saffy, 5 Hugh Pyle, 4 Alister Campbell, 3 Greg Somerville, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Rodney Blake
Subs : 16 Luke Holmes, 17 Laurie Weeks, 18 Adam Byrnes, 19 Tim Davidson, 20 JP du Plessis, 21 Peter Betham, 22 Afusipa Taumoepeau.

Hurricanes – 15 Cory Jane, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Andre Taylor, 10 Daniel Kirkpatrick, 9 Chris Eaton, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Neemia Tialata, 2 Andrew Hore (Captain), 1 John Schwalger.
Subs: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Anthony Perenise, 18 James Broadhurst, 19 Serge Lilo, 20 Tyson Keats, 21 Aaron Cruden, 22 Jayden Hayward.

REDS vs CHEETAHS, BRISBANE, SAT 06:40

Can lightning strike twice in succession? The Cheetahs got the tour money off their back in proper style last week when they upset the out-of-form Waratahs. The Reds are a different prospect, though and are on fire after a huge win against the Rebels. The Cheetahs have injuries to contend with as well and yet another new captain, so I fear the Reds will win by 15 or so.

Reds – 15 Ben Lucas, 14 Rod Davies, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Anthony Faingaa, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Leroy Houston, 7 Beau Robinson, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 James Horwill (Captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 James Slipper, 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 Ben Daley.
Subs: 16 James Hanson, 17 Greg Holmes, 18 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19 Radike Samo, 20 Jake Schatz, 21 Mike Harris, 22 Luke Morahan.

Cheetahs – 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14, Phillip Snyman, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Corne Uys, 11 Wilmaure Louw, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Phillip van der Walt, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp (Captain), 4 Martin Muller, 3 WP Nel, 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Subs: 16 Skipper Badenhorst, 17 Lourens Adriaanse, 18 Francois Uys, 19 Kabamba Floors, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21 Naas Olivier, 22 Fabian Juries.

CHIEFS vs BLUES, HAMILTON, SAT 08:35

This could be a toughie. The Chiefs were useful against the Sharks in round 5 (although the Sharks also made their job pretty easy) while the Blues annihilated the awful Canes. My gut feel is that Pat Lam’s side will take this derby, so let’s say Blues by 7.

Chiefs – 15 Tim Nanai-Williams, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Richard Kahui, 12 Tana Umaga, 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10 Mike Delany, 9 Brendon Leonard, 8 Liam Messam (Captain), 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Scott Waldrom, 5 Isaac Ross, 4 Craig Clarke, 3 Nathan White, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Sona Taumalolo.
Subs: 16 Aled de Malmanche, 17 Toby Smith, 18 Culum Retallick, 19 Fritz Lee, 20 Taniela Moa, 21 Dwayne Sweeney, 22 Save Tokula

Blues – 15 Isaia Toeava, 14 Rene Ranger, 13 Jared Payne, 12 Luke McAlister, 11 Joe Rokocoko, 10 Stephen Brett, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Luke Braid, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Anthony Boric, 4 Kurtis Haiu, 3 John Afoa, 2 Keven Mealamu (Captain), 2 Tony Woodcock.
Subs: 16 Tom McCartney, 17 Tevita Mailau, 18 Teofilo Paulo, 19 Mat Luamanu, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 Lachie Munro, 22 Benson Stanley/Sherwin Stowers.

BRUMBIES vs WARATAHS, CANBERRA, SAT 10:40

Ugh. Aussie derbies are always a pain to predict. The Brumbies are really limping at the moment, though, with lots of injury concerns and the Tahs will want to bounce back after their worst-ever Super Rugby performance against the Cheetahs last week. Tahs by 5, I say.

Brumbies – 15 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Francis Fainifo, 10 Matt Giteau (Captain), 9 Josh Valentine, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 Julian Salvi, 6 Colby Faingaa, 5 Mark Chisholm, 4 Ben Hand, 3 Dan Palmer, 2 Huia Edmonds, 1 Ben Alexander
Subs: 16 Anthony Hegarty, 17 Salesi Ma’afu, 18 Peter Kimlin, 19 Michael Hooper, 20 Pat Phibbs, 21 Matt Toomua, 22 Robbie Coleman.

Waratahs – TBC

STORMERS vs FORCE, CAPE TOWN, SAT 15:00

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that the only thing that can stop the Stormers winning this game is the Stormers themselves. They have too much class for this Force side, but also have an annoying habit of going to sleep against weaker opposition, so it might be closer than their fans would like. Still, this one should go according to the script, which says Stormers by 15 or more.

Stormers – 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Danie Poolman, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers (Captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Pieter Louw, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 De Kock Steenkamp, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Wicus Blaauw.
Subs: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Anton van Zyl, 19 Nick Koster, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Lionel Cronje, 22 Juan de Jongh.

Force – 15 Cameron Shepherd, 14 Alfie Mafi, 13 Nick Cummins, 12 Gene Fairbanks, 11 David Smith, 10 James O’Connor, 9 Brett Sheehan, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson, 6 Richard Brown, 5 Nathan Sharpe (captain), 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Tim Fairbrother, 2 Ben Whittaker, 1 Pek Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Nathan Charles, 17 Kieran Longbottom, 18 Tom Hockings, 19 Tevita Metuisela, 20 James Stannard, 21 Matt Brandon, 22 Pat Dellit.

BULLS vs LIONS, PRETORIA, SAT 17:05

Another derby – and one which is between two teams who can’t seem to buy a win at the moment. The Lions were utterly appalling in losing to an average Force side last week, while the Bulls have seemingly lost their mojo (and their way) in this competition. The Bulls haven’t lost three in a row at Loftus in absolute ages and this Lions side simply isn’t good enough to challenge that stat. The Bulls will be poor, I’m sure, but the Lions will find a way to be worse. Bulls by 7.

Bulls – 15 Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield (Captain), 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling.
Subs: 16 Gary Botha, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Danie Rossouw, 20 Derick Kuün, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Francois Brummer.

Lions – 15 Michael Killian, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Deon van Rensburg, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe (captain), 4 David Bulbring, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 Michael Rhodes, 19 Joshua Strauss, 20 Rory Kockott, 21 Andre Pretorius, 22 Jaco Taute.

CRUSADERS vs SHARKS, LONDON, SUN 18:00

There are far too many unknowns at play here for this game to be anything other than a lottery. The Sharks, I believe, have the firepower to topple the Crusaders on any given Sunday, but they will need a lot of factors to all go their way at the same time. The Kiwis are playing a truly awesome brand of rugby, though and the Sharks have been dealt a cruel blow in losing their real “X-factor” man, Pat Lambie, ahead of the game. I have a feeling in my water though that we’re about to see a truly special performance from the Sharks this weekend, though, so I’m going to close my eyes and go with my heart. Sharks to win by 2 points!

Crusaders – 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Chris Jack, 19 Jonathan Poff, 20 Kahn Fotuali’i, 21 Matt Berquist, 22 Adam Whitelock.

Sharks – 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Stefan Terblanche, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9. Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 John Smit (Captain).
Subs: 16 Eugene van Staden, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 Gehard Mostert, 19 Jacques Botes, 20 Conrad Hoffmann, 21 Adrian Jacobs, 22 JP Pietersen.


70 Comments

  • Only my 1st and last picks differ.

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.03.11 10:14:47 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 1) : shame on you!

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.03.11 10:57:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • Wrong !!!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.03.11 11:02:14 by Speed7 Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : I plead the 5th 😳

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.03.11 11:24:26 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • pick the the bulsl to win just so the lions can spite you hey 😛

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.03.11 11:34:23 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 1) : Mine too.

    Wouldn’t mind being wrong with the last one though. 🙂

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.03.11 11:42:16 by McLovin Reply

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  • Not sure the Rebels will beat the Canes, otherwise spot on

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.03.11 11:44:44 by Whindy Reply
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  • Rob how could you possibly pick the Rebels……. i’ll forgive other mistake ! 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.03.11 12:02:05 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • LOL – I thought my picks were gonna be the laughing stock of all…mine’s exactly (margins might differ though) like yours Rob! 😆

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.03.11 12:04:44 by Ice Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 6) : I’ll be shouting my lungs out for the Sharks 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.03.11 12:10:27 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 10) : you should be ashamed of yourself, no self respecting sharkfan should speak to you again, going for points above your own team, never mind I have backed the bulls to kick the lions backside and if they don’t I would suggest a couple of retirement calls from Snor for the world cup squad.

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.03.11 12:17:02 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 11) : YES!!! I agree! There is NO WAY IN HELL that I can get myself to put the Sharks up for a loss….EVER!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.03.11 12:24:39 by Ice Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 8) : The Canes are utter pish this season… if the Rebels play like they did against the Sharks or Brumbies, they’ll cream them.

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.03.11 12:38:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) :

    They are the same every year……. but they will be far to good for that lot ! 😎

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.03.11 12:44:35 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 14) : I don’t know… like I said, depends on which Rebels team pitches.

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.03.11 12:46:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) :

    What about if that Sharks team turns up at HQ 😯

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.03.11 12:49:36 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 11) : @Ice (Comment 12) : You’ll get over it 😉 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.03.11 13:14:18 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 17) : I’m with you I picked the Crusaders by 10.

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.03.11 13:35:21 by Ben Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 17) : @Ben (Comment 18) : then I expect U two to be very quiet IF we do lose as u will have no value to add to the convo as you doomed your own team, before they even played…what kinda support is that?

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.03.11 13:55:50 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 18) : I really want the Sharks to win, I really do. And I’ll be glad to lose SB points if we win, but if we dont win, why should I not get a SB point 🙂

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.03.11 13:57:52 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 19) : Listen Ice. My picks on Superbru has got nothing to do with who I support as I pick with my head and not my heart. And at the moment my head says that the Crusaders are in better form. So does that make me any less a good sharks supporter? I will be much happier if the sharks win and I lose my points on superbru as my team comes first. Superbru is just a silly little game why do you want to read into it so much?

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.03.11 14:00:58 by Ben Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 20) : I agree

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.03.11 14:02:19 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 19) : And I picked the Sharks to win against the Chiefs last week. Did it make a difference? No It didn’t 😉 You have no Idea how much I love and support the Sharks, so dont question it.

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.03.11 14:04:42 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 21) : SHHHHHHH!!! 😈

  • Comment 24, posted at 24.03.11 14:06:16 by Ice Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 23) : I’ve got a huge sharks flag above my bed and I’ve got a sharks tatood on my shoulder. I’m a huge sharks supporter so nobody should question my support. I eat and sleep sharks. I’d rather see the sharks win the super 15 than seeing the Boks win the WC.

    SHARKS FOREVER

  • Comment 25, posted at 24.03.11 14:09:05 by Ben Reply
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  • Lions:

    Michael Killian, Lionel Mapoe, Waylon Murray, Doppies la Grange, Deon van Rensburg, Elton Jantjies, Jano Vermaak, Warren Whiteley, Derick Minnie, Cobus Grobbelaar Franco van der Merwe (capt.), David Bulbring, Patric Cilliers, Bandise Maku, JC Janse van Rensburg. Replacements: Edgar Marutlulle, Jacobie Adriaanse, Michael Rhodes, Joshua Strauss; Rory Kockott; Andre Pretorius; Jaco Taute.

  • Comment 26, posted at 24.03.11 14:09:07 by Zibbie Reply
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  • You guys are SO easy to catch – hook line and sinker….then say woman are jumpy… 😆

    But seriously – game or no game, I simply cannot ever get myself to do that. SB might as well put a “default Sharks pick” on my profile!

  • Comment 27, posted at 24.03.11 14:09:09 by Ice Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 20) : Its called hedging your bets, seems you do not have absolute faith in the sharkies of yours!!

  • Comment 28, posted at 24.03.11 14:09:53 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 24) : 🙂

  • Comment 29, posted at 24.03.11 14:11:00 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 25) : If you eat and sleep Sharks, why not pick Sharks too? 😈 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 24.03.11 14:14:10 by Ice Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 28) : No I dont have enough faith, but they havent proved me wrong yet. Put some money on the Sharks to win, if you’d rather not, then you dont have enough faith either. 😉 This is by no means an invitation to a real bet, just to be clear 😛

  • Comment 31, posted at 24.03.11 14:15:16 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 30) : Haha never mind.

  • Comment 32, posted at 24.03.11 14:16:25 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 27) : @Ice (Comment 30) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 33, posted at 24.03.11 14:17:12 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Of course you can pick whoever you want, but only those that pick the Sharks are allowed to be critical and blame the ref in the event of a loss. 😉

    Sharks will win.

  • Comment 34, posted at 24.03.11 14:23:00 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 30) : I’m extremely competitive so let’s call it: Self preservation or survival of the fittest 😛

  • Comment 35, posted at 24.03.11 14:25:25 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 26) : Burton Francis been dropped or is he injured? He was poor against the force. The while he was on.

  • Comment 36, posted at 24.03.11 14:31:48 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 36) : Ben the whole bloody side was poor!! 😈

  • Comment 37, posted at 24.03.11 14:35:50 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 37) : Also true 🙂

  • Comment 38, posted at 24.03.11 14:41:27 by Ben Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 37) : Really hope they can get their stuff together for the bulls game. Bulls have to lose.

  • Comment 39, posted at 24.03.11 14:42:40 by Ben Reply
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  • You guys wont believe how many of our fellow SW bloggers have chose the Saders to win 😯 😈

  • Comment 40, posted at 24.03.11 15:43:35 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 30) : Don`t you read the signs outside Grand West?
    ” Winners bet with their heads, not their hearts” 😛

  • Comment 41, posted at 24.03.11 15:59:38 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 26) : Leaving Taute on the Bench is a mistake. I can`t see how Jantjies made the team above Pretorius either? 😕

  • Comment 42, posted at 24.03.11 16:02:24 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @Original Champion (Comment 41) : and yet, the house is the only real winner… 🙂

  • Comment 43, posted at 24.03.11 16:18:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 43) : True That!

  • Comment 44, posted at 24.03.11 16:21:13 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @Original Champion (Comment 42) :

    I have been in the Jantjies corner for sometime now but I have to agree that AP needs to start. The kid is a game or 2 away from being badly effected.

    I believe Taute has a slight niggle which is why he is on the bench.

    I don’t understand why Chavanga is not being given a chance.

  • Comment 45, posted at 24.03.11 17:31:56 by CoffeeshopBok;-) Reply

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  • @Original Champion (Comment 41) : @robdylan (Comment 43) : There’s a huge difference between predicting an outcome and gambling on it. I come from a horseracing family – my forebears trained racehorses for high society British blue-blood toffs and won the Derby, Oaks and Prix de Paris for their efforts before some aged old crone of a great aunt sold the family silver from under me!
    I used to go racing regularly and learnt to study form. I was always taught that to do so accurately was an art. And yet I always questioned why those who took such pride in studying bloodlines, dams, sires, performance over distances and the like so painstakingly into account never won more at the bookies? It seemed to me that if taking statistics into consideration was so reliable, then why did so many people get it so wrong and throw so much money effectively down the toilet every week?
    And so, aged 11 and a half, at Bulawayo racecourse one Saturday afternoon I decided to stop studying form and started looking at the horses in the paddock instead to see which one “leapt” out at me. And so I developed an eye for a winner, which used to make my dear old dad positively spitting mad! Until he started taking my advice and bet on my selections.
    Over the years my “eye” has come in handy, and given us some great days out, outstanding slap-up meals and the odd kitchen appliance… I even ended up, fresh out of college, working for Ladbrokes, one of the UK’s biggest chain of betting shops. All of this taught me a valuable lesson – that there is no such thing as a sure thing and that with a few exceptions, as Rob so rightly points out, the house absolutely always wins. Even when it doesn’t. The odds are always stacked against the punter.
    Me? I was just lucky when it came to the nags… And that’s what it boils down to when you gamble – luck. And the house’s need to create a sense of (false) hope!

  • Comment 46, posted at 24.03.11 20:01:16 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • Now on a completely different note… I saw Gurthro Steenkamp this afternoon out and about at a local mall and he seemed to have full use of both appendages… and there was no plaster or cast anywhere to be seen, which had me a bit confused because I thought he was supposed to have a fractured forearm?

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  • @Ben (Comment 36) :

    he replaced Aandre P in the Voddas side .

  • Comment 48, posted at 24.03.11 20:10:22 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Just remember the canes won the chiefs.

  • Comment 49, posted at 24.03.11 21:04:58 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • my take on this game is that the sharks have assembled a monumental bench thats extremely physical and they gonna try dominate the contact area with Beast Van Staaden Mostert coming on to dominate and carry on the onslaught throughout the match. Go Boys F’ken own EM!

    Sharks Forever

  • Comment 50, posted at 25.03.11 02:23:57 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • Eight o Clock Friday morning . . . and no rugby! 👿

  • Comment 51, posted at 25.03.11 08:03:36 by Original Champion Reply
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  • Two hours until the Proteas start 😉

  • Comment 52, posted at 25.03.11 08:23:29 by SharkyTaylor Reply

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  • @Original Champion (Comment 51) : Byt vas bru. Rugby starts later. Super & Sevens. And then there’s the cricket too. 😎 🙂

  • Comment 53, posted at 25.03.11 08:31:09 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 53) : Sevens and Cricket as well? Go SA! er who do we face this morning? 🙄

    Might turn out to be a great friday then . .

  • Comment 54, posted at 25.03.11 08:41:52 by Original Champion Reply
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  • Force to upset the stormers, win by 9

    Tahs to give the brumbies a fantastic hidding, big score 33 39 tahs to win

    Bulls to thump the lions…33 10…

    Sharks to win for 66min and then loose it by 6…

    Cains and chiefs for wins…

  • Comment 55, posted at 25.03.11 08:45:47 by BoerSeun Reply

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  • @Original Champion (Comment 54) : Wales, Hong Kong & Spain in our group.

    Spain today, the other two tomorrow.

  • Comment 56, posted at 25.03.11 08:47:41 by McLovin Reply

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  • Spot on so far for my round on sb!!!

    GO SHARKS!!!!

  • Comment 57, posted at 26.03.11 19:43:23 by Ice Reply
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  • Yup. 6 from 6 so far. Not bad

  • Comment 58, posted at 26.03.11 20:45:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 58) : Hi Rob. Are you able to elaborate on that thing you were saying about Hilton now gaining the upperhand on MHS or something. It had me worried about how good the Hiltons 1sts might be this year.

  • Comment 59, posted at 26.03.11 20:56:56 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 59) :

    I saw Hilton took a battering against Kearsney!

    Kearsney 42 – 0 Hilton

  • Comment 60, posted at 27.03.11 07:48:03 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 60) : and Westville gave Michaelhouse a hiding yesterday. Apparently a very dirty game.

  • Comment 61, posted at 27.03.11 08:24:56 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 61) : Westville 32 – 12 Michaelhouse.

  • Comment 62, posted at 27.03.11 08:29:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 62) :

    I wish we had the fixture list for these type of games, I would go watch!!

  • Comment 63, posted at 27.03.11 08:36:39 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : I bow to your superior knowledge!!

  • Comment 64, posted at 27.03.11 10:18:29 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 63) : Richard. I’m going to tidy up my excel spreadsheet which has all the fixtures and email it to you. The last game for the 1st quarter is this Tuesday 18h15 at DHS where they take on Northwood. DHS rugby has been going thru some tough times in the last few years but they have methinks 11 returning 2010 1st XV players incl 2 KZN schools players and a big pack so apart from obvious fitness issues at the end of the Kearsney game (28-10) I can’t understand why they have played so badly this year – (lost 32-0 to College yesteday).
    Anyway DHS have this super little hotstepping fullback Mbhembe Payi – a great player to watch. He really needs to set his sights at SA Schools this year.

  • Comment 65, posted at 27.03.11 10:30:07 by beet Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 62) : I was at this game. There were a few skirmishes but nothing bad. I’ve seen worse. Still uncalled for tho. What never ceases to surprise me is the behaviour of the adults on the sidelines and on the stands. So much for being role models and setting the example, a good few of these guys give the ref and opposition players stick non-stop for 70min. Really pathetic.

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  • @beet (Comment 65) :

    I would love to go to these games and I look forward to having a look at all the fixtures.

    My issue comes in that I would not know the player names, so there will be little point in going other than getting a result, if you know what I mean?

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  • @beet (Comment 66) : The parent who gave me the score is one of those. And then actually loves to brag about it on social networking sites. 🙁

  • Comment 68, posted at 27.03.11 11:18:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 67) : We must meet up at the Kearsney Festival 3 rugby days from 21-26 April. I pretty much know the whole Kearsney, Glenwood and Grey Bloem teams as well as many Monnas star players + a few other prospects that were there last year and I’m bound to know who’s who in the Gimmies team by the time things get underway. I could give you a crash course intro.
    I’m really excited about seeing Paul Jordaan’s younger brother and I’ll like you so see Robert du Preez twins as well as Reece-Edwards youngest son. Altho just 15yrs old now, the du Preez twins look like they are going far in rugby.

  • Comment 69, posted at 27.03.11 11:42:48 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 69) :

    Im game for the first of those days..

    The rest of that long weekend Im away in the Berg, so that kinda rules that out.

    We must def meet at the next Sharks XV game.. The curtain raiser for the Sharks/Lions main game!

  • Comment 70, posted at 27.03.11 12:46:10 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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