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Sharks player ratings v Lions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 11 Apr 2011 at 07:46
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After a far more encouraging (and successful) performance against the Lions last weekend, it’s time to hand out some player ratings again. Remember that these are subjective, so do let me know if you feel I’ve got any of them wrong.

1) John Smit. The captain’s best game in some time. He gave Pat Cilliers a lot to think about in the scrums and was prominent in the loose and on defence. 7/10
2) Bismarck du Plessis. Not a bad game from the fiery hooker, but jeepers, he really needs to get the lineouts sorted already! Responsible for a few critical rips and steals in the tackle, as usual. 7/10
3) Eugene van Staden. A very efficient performance from big Gena, who was absolutely immovable in the key tighthead position. He’s a bit short of gametime, though, and the resulting lack of match fitness reduced his impact in the loose. Will definitely improve on that aspect. 7/10
4) Steven Sykes. A very big defensive performance rom Sykesie, coupled with some nice ball carries at crucial times. Lineouts were again a bit messy and since he’s now calling them, he needs to shoulder some of the blame. 7/10
5) Gerhard Mostert. My pick of the tight forwards. Mossie played the game with furious intensity and brought huge physical presence to the tackle and breakdown. Great to have this big man back playing such good rugby. 8/10
6) Keegan Daniel. Once again, a key component of the rush defence that kept the Lions on the back foor all night. I can’t help feeling, though, that Keegan is not being used in a role that ideally suits his skills right now and his impact is limited as a result. 6/10
7) Willem Alberts. Flipping amazing again. Wish we had three of him. 9/10
8) Ryan Kankowski. Another impressive physical performance from the Hoff, who is really adapting his game to suit the team’s needs. Would be nice to see him given a bit more space to run, though. 7/10

9) Charl McLeod. A far better game from a player who has looked out of sorts recently. Far less kicking and far more crisp, accurate passing, which is what he does best after all. The try he scored was opportunistic, but brilliant nonetheless. 8/10
10) Jacques-Louis Potgieter. Were it not for his goalkicking, he’d be close to an 8, because he controlled the game beautifully from flyhalf and took some lovely options, none more so than the cross-kick that set up the third try. We can’t, unfortunately, get away from the fact that he kept his side under pressure by missing four kicks at goal. 6/10
11) JP Pietersen. A wonderfully strong game from a player who is rapidly regaining his best form. JP is so ridiculously strong on his feet and still has oodles of pace too, which makes him deadly on the counter attack. 8/10
12) Meyer Bosman. His game was cut short by injury, which saw him replaced on 30 minutes. Was useful during his time on the field, without doing anything particularly noteworthy. 7/10
13) Stefan Terblanche. His best game in some time. Absolutely massive on defence and got involved in a number of good attacking moves, particularly the first try, where his quick hands proved key. 7/10
14) Odwa Ndungane. Solid and dependable in all he did, with a work rate that was second to none. Looked particularly good at fullback later in the game, where he added some real attacking thrust from the last line of defence. 7/10
15) Louis Ludik. Hugely safe under the high ball and looks to get involved in everything from fullback. I feel his options on attack could sometimes be a little better, but he’s a hugely important player to the Sharks cause and always gives 100%. 7/10

16) Tendai Mtawarira. Beast came on with 20 minutes to go and gave a good account of himself, although Jacobie Adriaanse provided sterner opposition at tighthead than Pat Cilliers had done. Prominent in the loose as always. 7/10
17) Jannie du Plessis. Solid, without being spectacular in a 30-minute cameo. It was probably a good decision to reduce Jannie’s workload for this game, because he’s played a lot of rugby already this year. 6/10
18) Ross Skeate. Only got on for 10 minutes, which isn’t really long enough to rate him, but he was very visible, making some big hits and taking two lineout balls with consumate ease. Also put in a lovely run at the end which was instrumental in the final try, so we’ll close our eyes and give him 8/10.
19) Jacques Botes. I can’t help but feel that I’m falling into the old trap with Bootsie, of underestimating his impact because I never see him. Went about his job with quiet effectiveness as always, but wasn’t as prominent as you’d expect an impact replacement to be in the final quarter. 6/10
20) Conrad Hoffman. Unused.
21) Adrian Jacobs. Played a good 50 minutes and was the life and soul of the party in that time. Adi put in some frankly monstrous hits and added creativity and unpredictability to a backline that looked devoid of ideas against the Stormers a week ago. Simply has to start against the Hurricanes. 8/10
22) Lwazi Mvovo. Got 15 minutes at the end and looked to get involved straight away. Again showed how deadly he is as a runner, with those big thighs making him hard to bring down. A great player. 7/10


91 Comments

  • Agree with the points Rob.
    Do you think its more Sykes or Bissies blame for the shambles @ line-out time? Or because of Hargs being injured? That is most ptobably the single biggest concern of the game…

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.04.11 07:54:45 by SharksRTB Reply
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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 1) : Can’t be Sykesie’s fault primarily, cos it was just as bad with Hargs calling it last week…

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.04.11 08:00:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • Very happy with the performance of the Sharks this weekend and it is reflected in the ratings. The two guys that did a lot of hard work without getting sufficient credit from the public for the game must be Sykes and Mostert. These guys had a massive game as well and did a lot of the hard work up front. Well done you two!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.04.11 08:12:01 by Viking Reply
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  • 23) Charl Schwartzel. Brirdied the last four holes and sunk a 20 foot put at the 18th to win the US Masters Well done and congrats. 10/10

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.04.11 08:14:37 by Viking Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 3) : My prefered combo @ lock πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.04.11 08:23:29 by Charlie Reply

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  • Just a few thoughts…
    Firstly- all those that were bashing John Smit before the game please step forward as he gave Pat Cilliers a sound hiding at every scrum!
    The lineout problems lie solely with the hooker as the jumpers are going up correctly but the throw is off target!
    I think McCloed needs a rest as he isnt looking sharp- give Hoffman a run and see what he is really made of! I mean isnt that what the whole reason for having depth is?
    I think Stefan was quite average on Sat, i thought Murray dominated him!
    Im not the biggest Adi Jacobs fan but even i think he needs to be restored to the starting lineup. In a fantasy world id play him and Potgieter in the centres with Bosman at flyhalf until Pat returns. But we know thats never gonna happen.
    At the end of the day it was a much better performance all round so was glad to be there to watch it!

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.04.11 08:48:59 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 6) : I don’t know about Murray. The only two backline players that looked the least bit threatening were Doppies and Lionel. Stef had one of his best games this year in my opinion.

    JLP gave me a glimmer of hope this weekend. If he can sort out his kicking he should be a solid backup at both 10 and 12.

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.04.11 09:18:53 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Didn’t get to watch the game so I’ll have to take Rob’s word for it.
    Good to see JLP has raised his game (kicking excluded), as I was starting to worry we had no back-up for Lambieghini. Nice to see Odwa get a run at fullback as I feel this may be his next logical progression.

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.04.11 09:22:18 by CapeShark Reply
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  • I hate to be a stickler but I noticed there were no player ratings after your loss to the Stormers.

    Oh wait, i forgot. You don’t have an ‘objective’ bone in your body nuh Rob?? 😈 πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.04.11 09:28:31 by wpw Reply
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  • Glad to see the sharks get back to winning ways, but these rating are up there with those you gave when the Sharks beat the Blues, and I would suggest that they played better then than in this game against an out of sorts Lions team, but am not complaining as a win is a win (just pointing it out) πŸ™‚ Would also like to point out that Botes value is very under rated. It should be noted that he does a hell of a lot of tackling and also the Sharks protection of the ball at the breakdown is far better when he is on the park. Its an area the Sharks will need to address as both the Crusaders and Stormers exposed them there, and to be honest, for 60 minutes, so did the Lions.

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.04.11 09:37:34 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 7) : Yeah, ironic that when playing against the black and white JLP has banked some crucial kicks, but for them his radar has been broken.

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.04.11 09:39:37 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • I missed large portions of the first half as I was putting my daughter to bed, so take heed that below comments are written from that perspective.

    Firstly, I have to say that this was far from a great performance. However, I have to give credit to the great composure and wherewithall shown by the Sharks to achieve what was required, even if they left it quite late. Well done boys!

    Some comments on players who have been copping a lot of flak of late:

    John Smit: I’ve read that Smitty takes a while to play himself into form, and on the evidence of Saturday’s game I’d say that is spot on, and that John is hitting his straps at the right time of the season. Solid in the scrums, carried the ball really well, and very effective in defence. Now if only he could get a start as hooker.

    Ryan Kankowski: It’s easy for armchair pundits like myself to be seduced by flash, and overlook the importance of the basics. Right now Kanko is doing the hard graft, and while he’s not catching the eye as much, he is easing the pressure on those around him, and the team is reaping the benefits of his new approach. Compare that with Pierre Spies’ play at present, and you’ll see what I’m getting at.

    Jacques Louis Potgieter: While his place kicking remains atrocious (and isn’t that strange? he used to kick really well at the Cheetahs, and you *know* the Bulls wouldn’t have tried to coach a kicking game out of him), I thought he responded really well to criticism from his previous games, attacking the gain line and asking questions of the opposing defenders. I still think that he is displaying qualities that would make him better suited at centre, and with Bosman’s injury, we may see a 10-12 axis of Lambie-Potgieter. Now that could be a prospect to get excited about…

    Stefan Terblanche: I’m glad that he was rewarded in his 200th game for the Sharks with a good performance and result; regardless of current form, his service to the province has been peerless, and deserving of legendary status. While I’m not convinced he’s the answer at 13, his performance this weekend certainly allayed some of my fears. However, I do believe that Adi demonstrated that he is simply in another class; incisive, unpredictable, and the perception of him as a defensive liability has been shown to be just that – a perception, and one which should have ceased to exist long ago.

    JP Pietersen: Class, class, class! Mvovo’s time will come, and very soon, but thought of omitting Pietersen is simply madness.

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.04.11 09:49:16 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 10) : Now that we have a full complement of loosies in fit and healthy condition, I would like to see Botes, Deysel and Alberts rotated in the flank positions (Botes/Deysel, Botes/Alberts, Deysel/Alberts), and Keegan Daniel and Kanko rotating at 8. kanko is a game breaker, but Daniel is a play maker, and I don’t believe we get as much value from him at 6 as we could at 8.

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.04.11 09:54:57 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 9) :
    If you were to read this post:
    http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2011/04/05/working-together-to-right-the-ship/#more-17194

    You may notice it begins like this:
    ‘Astute readers will notice that I haven’t done any individual player ratings for the Sharks after Saturday’s loss against the Stormers’

    Clearly you don’t fall into this category!
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  • Comment 14, posted at 11.04.11 10:00:35 by Greg Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 12) : Agree completely with you. On the JLP issue, yes his kicking is not there at the moment but thought he can make a really great centre. He looked much better when he got the ball further down the line and could attack the advantage line more directly. Maybe its time to rather make MB our backup FH and develop JLP’s skills as a centre. He can do alot for the sharks with a bit more space on the outside.

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.04.11 10:01:48 by Viking Reply
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  • I can not agree on the JLP comments, with Charl playing a very good game gave JLP so much time and stiLl IMO did not dominate. He had a few bad passes, not so great on defence… No let me stop here my oppinion of him did not chance, he is not what we are looking for.

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.04.11 10:07:20 by franshark Reply
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  • Adi did more in the 50 min he was on than MB did all season, and I am not an adi fan.

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.04.11 10:09:15 by franshark Reply
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  • Stefs best game by far and if he keep that kind of intensity he kan keep playing….

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.04.11 10:10:37 by franshark Reply
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  • Well Rob we atleast have 2 of the 3 Alberts you want with Deysel returning soon.

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.04.11 10:12:45 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • I really got a sour taste with murray and rory @ the lions.

    It is just wrong.

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.04.11 10:13:43 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • We should have kept murray,he is only 24!

    Rory I really have a soft spot for the guy.

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.04.11 10:14:50 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • I do not know about ST rating.
    I saw him botch one try and if he offloaded earlier maybe another.

    But his general play probably canceled that.

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.04.11 10:16:54 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 6) : Not sure which game you watched on Sat. When did Murray dominate Stefan? I thought Oupa had a very good game and as Rob mentions in the article, his defence was excellent and his hands for the first try sublime.

    Murray had a reasonable game but nothing more than that and I don’t recall him breaking the line very often.

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.04.11 10:29:44 by Villie Reply
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  • IMHO – I think a much better performance (although not perfect) from the Sharks – and that says a lot when JS admitted that the team still had very little gas in the tank last week at training…

    That brings me to commitment, because if you dont have that “gas” commitment is what’s gonna pull you through.

    What I have noticed was that the guys went beyond the “stampkar” rugby of “fall down, play dead and roll over, Rover” when attacked by a tackler. These guys from David to Goliath actually tried to run through defense. Sykes / Mostert combo was great. Stef had a few AWSOME hits, JPP was absolutely stunning with his runs and mvovs showed he has serious gas and strenght. Kanko running backwards and then have a go at the defense fullforce. All the guys actually tried to stay up on their feet and gained metres. THIS alone left a positive feeling towards the season in my sole!

    The fisrt half was a much better showing, but getting a bonus point try in the 82nd minute – THAT is commitment!!!

    Thanks guys!

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.04.11 10:35:49 by Ice Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 23) : Stef gives me goosies…that absolute determination!!

    JLP was bad on the GK – but I thought he had a much better game – I’d really like to see him at 12. And i also thought Johnno stepped up his game very nicely.

    A few areas obvioulsy needs work, but I think we are on the right track!

    The best paper headline this weekend was from Mr JJ Harmse himself: “Bulle was gelukkig om Nul te kry” :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.04.11 10:40:52 by Ice Reply
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  • @Honey Badger (Comment 20) : Similar feeling I get watching Ludik, Alberts, Mostert, Deysel and Mcleod at the sharks, but hey I am over most of them. The only two that really irk me are Ludik and Alberts, because of the cloud under which they left. The others all left while they were out of contract. All the ex sharks that are currently at the Lions also left while out of contract.

  • Comment 26, posted at 11.04.11 10:44:50 by Greg Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 26) : It was quite ironic that two ex-Lions scored two of the tries for the Sharks! πŸ˜†

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.04.11 10:46:33 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 27) : Three, actually, but yeah, Ironic.

  • Comment 28, posted at 11.04.11 10:49:25 by Greg Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 28) : Who’s the 3rd?

  • Comment 29, posted at 11.04.11 10:51:56 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 29) : Ludik, Alberts and Mcleod.

    Charl moved from the valke, but he was there on loan from the Lions

  • Comment 30, posted at 11.04.11 10:54:59 by Greg Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 30) : Ohhhhh – okay! Thanks WikiGreg! πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 31, posted at 11.04.11 10:56:05 by Ice Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 26) : Alberts and Ludik are surely offset by the Lions “acquisition” of Mapoe

  • Comment 32, posted at 11.04.11 11:18:10 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Greg, on a serious note, what is going on at the Lions?, is Mitchell still the man for the job?.

  • Comment 33, posted at 11.04.11 11:19:52 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 23) : I think a few people watched the game with blinkers on and were caught up in the sentiment of Stefan”s 200th game. He didnt once beat Murray on attack and 3 times Murray ran straight over him. Im not saying Stefan’s play in general was bad, but in the 1 on 1 situations with Murray he was 2nd best. Yes his hands were good for the try, but these guys are professionals-they should all be able to catch and pass which is just what he did, nothing amazing!
    I am a fan of Stefan but i just think Murray was better than him in the 1 on 1 situations.
    Whilst im at it, i dont think Eugene Van Staden gets enough credit! He has been very good every time he has been on the field this year!

  • Comment 34, posted at 11.04.11 11:35:38 by SheldonK Reply

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  • I feel like Keegan is trying to much. Sometimes the best move is just going straight and trying to make a few yards. He shouldn’t try to do something special each time he gets the ball, but overall I’m still happy to have him there for the times he pulls it of.

  • Comment 35, posted at 11.04.11 11:35:46 by Letgo Reply
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  • Adi did really ad a spark to the backline, I feel like he should start regardless of who might loose their starting spot. JLP, Bosman even Stef. He adds something that none of them has in these past few weeks.

  • Comment 36, posted at 11.04.11 11:37:24 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 14) :

    Ouch!! :mrgreen: 😈

  • Comment 37, posted at 11.04.11 11:37:57 by wpw Reply
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  • Definitely something wrong with the line-outs. I think we’re becoming to predictable. We always have someone competing exactly where the ball is going. So it’s not really the thrower or the jumper, but rather the tactician.

    Who’s working on the line-outs before the game?

    Teams knows what we’re going to do as well as we do and that’s never good.

  • Comment 38, posted at 11.04.11 11:39:43 by Letgo Reply
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  • Rob, where Botes made a difference again, was at the breakdown. I know he’s just one player and it may just be a coincidence, but when he came on there was definitely more urgency to get to the rucks and give some good ball to Charl.

    I still don’t like that we have three loosies that would rather run and carry the ball, than get their hands dirty and give some clean ball to the team. We need one guy to assist Bissie in this area and Botes is that player. Having Deysel back soon may also have a good effect on this, but I have a feeling he will come of the bench first and then give Alberts a break.

  • Comment 39, posted at 11.04.11 11:44:04 by Letgo Reply
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  • I was close to giving up on Superbru. Last week I was placed well into the 100’s on the Sharksworld pool. Then my inspired pick this weekend for the Reds. I’m now at 45. Thanks Stormers! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 40, posted at 11.04.11 12:06:01 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 32) : We could debate that one for a while, and have done so here, many times, so I think we will stay away from that for now( well I will any way) πŸ˜†

  • Comment 41, posted at 11.04.11 12:07:24 by Greg Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 33) : Look Saturday we played poor, it was a disaster, but on the whole, we have been vastly improved this season from the prior few. Processes have been put in place, and will continue to happen, and we will become more competitive. It’s a bottom up approach.
    Wits – final of varsity shield
    UJ – semi varsity cup
    Golden Lions – Top of North section vodacom cup

  • Comment 42, posted at 11.04.11 12:16:15 by Greg Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 37) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 43, posted at 11.04.11 12:19:36 by Greg Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 12) : @Ice (Comment 25) : Yes. You see? Great minds think alike. I have been saying for some time now that I think JLP would be better at 12, and that the possibility of him combining with SuperPat in that position would create a hitherto ignored but hugely exciting dynamic.

  • Comment 44, posted at 11.04.11 12:24:18 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 35) : I got the exact same feeling watching him play on Saturday but I decided to write it off because I suspect he gets through a lot of work that I hardly ever notice.

  • Comment 45, posted at 11.04.11 12:30:32 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 42) :
    Admittedly that all looks good, but the Lions are starting to cause me a few bad flashbacks. I watched the Vodacom Cup side against the Sharks XV and they looked really good. Very physical and bullied the Sharks XV.

  • Comment 46, posted at 11.04.11 12:31:31 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Keo’s headlines from the past weekend

    “Crafty Reds stun Stormers”
    “Sharks stutter past pathetic Lions”

    😈

  • Comment 47, posted at 11.04.11 12:36:59 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 47) : Thats a bit biased. Should rather read Crafty Reds stun pathetic Stormers.

  • Comment 48, posted at 11.04.11 12:39:13 by Viking Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 46) : They are causing you flashbacks? What do you think they are doing to those of us who wear the Red and White? πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  • Comment 49, posted at 11.04.11 12:41:28 by Greg Reply

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  • @Viking (Comment 48) : Biased headlines on keo????

    I can’t believe that, let me rush over there and have a look!

    πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  • Comment 50, posted at 11.04.11 12:43:39 by Greg Reply

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  • @Viking (Comment 48) :
    Yep thats why I posted it, its as if the Sharks had to do nothing to win and that the Stormers were out thought (which they were but they were also totally outplayed)

    Why give credit where its due?

  • Comment 51, posted at 11.04.11 12:48:07 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • With regard to the lineouts, whomever is calling the lineouts, must assume the Hooker will make his throws. Bissie has been missing every throw to the back and it is distressing he has not been given a break to let smit get some time at Hooker

    As for JLP, he still played far too deep as first receiver. He was much more effective when he got the ball at 2nd or 3rd receiver closer to the gain line. I think he will make a better centre than flyhalf. Of course if he was not deep he would not have been able to make the cross kick to JPP, who was simply superb on then night.

  • Comment 52, posted at 11.04.11 12:53:24 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Botes, Daniel and Kanko needs a shift imo. Botes to 6, Daniel to 8 and Kanko to the bench. What is going to happen when Deysel gets back? Big Vic is going to need some rest but do we want to give him some? 😈

  • Comment 53, posted at 11.04.11 12:56:04 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 52) : Agree totally. That kick to JPP was almost a complete redemption for missing all those kicks… Almost… ! πŸ˜†

  • Comment 54, posted at 11.04.11 12:57:40 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 53) : Speaking of the devil, he did not look too impressed on Saturday! :mrgreen: Ag shame! πŸ˜†

  • Comment 55, posted at 11.04.11 13:01:12 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • Unbelievable, Kanko is playing a tighter game really well so keegs and alberts can excel and some want to drop him.

  • Comment 56, posted at 11.04.11 13:01:46 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • The whole team fired nicely. I would like to see Adi given some opportunity – he is looking hungry.

  • Comment 57, posted at 11.04.11 13:49:08 by King Shark Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 56) :
    Yeah. I share the confusion. Bosman similarly getting short shrift – and before this game JPP was apparently another poor performer who should have been dropped for Mvovo. πŸ˜†

  • Comment 58, posted at 11.04.11 14:07:38 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 56) : Agreed

  • Comment 59, posted at 11.04.11 14:45:54 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 58) : JPP was superb one of the best games I have seen him play in a long time. Odders also had a great game and I thought he was excellent at fullback.

  • Comment 60, posted at 11.04.11 14:58:06 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 60) : Agree, I loved it when JPP grabbed Warren Whiteley and drove him backwards in th tackle.

  • Comment 61, posted at 11.04.11 15:04:53 by Ben Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 56) : Sometimes I think some people would like to see 15 “flair” players running around with nobody doing the hard graft. They prefer 100-99 scorelines.

  • Comment 62, posted at 11.04.11 15:05:19 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • I think James Kamana learned that the best way to TRY and tackle Alberts would be around the ankles!

  • Comment 63, posted at 11.04.11 15:06:28 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 61) : The hand off of Taute was also a sight to behold.

  • Comment 64, posted at 11.04.11 15:11:06 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 64) : Yes a great try.

  • Comment 65, posted at 11.04.11 15:12:50 by Ben Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 47) : The excuses come thick and fast on that website when their beloved Stormers lose.

  • Comment 66, posted at 11.04.11 15:16:13 by CapeShark Reply
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  • I also thought that Kaplan got the Scrum penalties spot on. He seems to be the only ref that knows the difference between intentionally wheeling the Scrum and having the Scrum wheel with both props going forward.

  • Comment 67, posted at 11.04.11 15:16:54 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 67) : Stransky didn’t even know that it is a violation to intentionally wheel the Scrum.

  • Comment 68, posted at 11.04.11 15:29:52 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 68) : SA commentators don’t know much about rugby anyway. So not suprised.

  • Comment 69, posted at 11.04.11 15:35:40 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 61) : Probably my favourite moment of the entire match πŸ™‚

  • Comment 70, posted at 11.04.11 15:38:26 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 69) : True, and Bladen is worst of all. πŸ˜€ :LOL:

  • Comment 71, posted at 11.04.11 15:40:08 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 71) : He’s pathetic! He sat in the studio on Saturday and Arnold Getz asked Hugh what the most important thing is in commentary and Hugh replied “preparation preparation preparation. But yet Hugh has to look on his little book in front of him every 5 seconds when Arnold askes him a question. So ironic!

  • Comment 72, posted at 11.04.11 15:45:17 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 72) : He constantly gets names wrong. And his historical references are more often than not inaccurate.

  • Comment 73, posted at 11.04.11 15:49:27 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Yes, must admit I feel a little bit better now.

    In 2 weeks time we`ll have Lambie back, Adi looked a lot better at center and a certain Deysel can slot in on the flank with Alberts moving to 8.

    Lookout Hurricanes! 😈

  • Comment 74, posted at 11.04.11 15:52:48 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 73) : Yeah exactly, they really need to keep him off camera as well. Dumbo is a sight for sore eyes.

  • Comment 75, posted at 11.04.11 15:55:54 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 75) : It is embarrassing that Bladen is supposed to be the best South Africa has to offer.

  • Comment 76, posted at 11.04.11 16:01:22 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 76) : Yes it is. That’s the reason I’d much rather listen to the Biased Aussie commentators.

  • Comment 77, posted at 11.04.11 16:05:14 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 77) : The Aussies are entertaining, but I think the NZers are more accurate and less biased as well. And they whinge less. πŸ˜†

  • Comment 78, posted at 11.04.11 16:10:14 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 78) : Yes I do prefer the Kiwi commentators. Just named the Aussie commentators to show you how bad our commentators are! πŸ™‚

  • Comment 79, posted at 11.04.11 16:12:34 by Ben Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 26) : Yes but they did not make you a winning team like they made us.

    I feel your pain.

  • Comment 80, posted at 11.04.11 16:18:52 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • Did anyone else think that Vermaak was awful for the Lions. His passes were poor and he seemed to do nothing positive.

  • Comment 81, posted at 11.04.11 16:22:50 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 81) : The only in form scrummie in SA is Sarel Pretorius imo.

  • Comment 82, posted at 11.04.11 16:25:09 by Ben Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 56) : Nobody said ‘drop’. I just think that Keegan is a better 8 than 6 and surely Botes needs a bit more game time. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 83, posted at 11.04.11 16:30:26 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 82) : Hopefully Saturday’s match was a sign of Charl’s return to form.

  • Comment 84, posted at 11.04.11 16:31:12 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 84) : I really hope so. His crisp service will be dearly needed with Lambie back.

  • Comment 85, posted at 11.04.11 16:36:28 by Ben Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 83) : There are some that want to see Albert’s at 8 as well. I think if you were to start Botes, Kank would be back to his open running best. Keegan plays loosely and with Albert’s doing so much of the ball ball carrying, Kanko has had to play a much tighter game. With Botes hitting rick’s, Kanko can loosten it up a bit.

  • Comment 86, posted at 11.04.11 16:43:19 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 12) : I`d rather give Mvo 30 minutes in Odwa`s place. JP is close to his best form, leave him out there!

  • Comment 87, posted at 11.04.11 16:46:31 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 86) : I think a reunion with Lambie will only help his return to form.

  • Comment 88, posted at 11.04.11 16:47:53 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 87) : Mvovo at 13 😈

  • Comment 89, posted at 11.04.11 16:48:35 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 86) : Daniel was at his best at 8 in the CC. But you have a point, either way, a bit of a shift could be good. Rotation is needed.

  • Comment 90, posted at 11.04.11 16:50:59 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 89) : Stefan, JP, Odwa, Adi, Mvovo, Lambie, Charl . . . 😈

  • Comment 91, posted at 11.04.11 16:51:54 by Original Pierre Reply
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