Richard Ferguson

2011 Super Rugby: Preview and Predictions


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Lions, Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 12 May 2011 at 15:08
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Round 13 of the 2011 Super Rugby tournament kicks off tomorrow, so the it is the ideal time to have a look at the teams for the weekend and try and predict the results.

HIGHLANDERS vs HURRICANES, INVERCARGILL, FRI 09:35

We kick off the weekend with a nice and frisky New Zealand derby that should set the tone for the weekend’s rugby ahead of us.

The Highlanders have a lost a few key personnel to injuries and the Hurricanes on the other hand have some returning stars in Piri Weepu and Ma’a Nonu that will push the team to be very competitive. I predict a Highlanders win at home by around 12 points.

Highlanders: 1 .Jamie Mackintosh (C), 2. Mo Schwalger,3. Chris King, 4 . Tom Donnelly, 5. Josh Bekhuis, 6.Jarrad Hoeata, 7 . Alando Soakai, 8 .Nasi Manu, 9 . Jimmy Cowan (VC), 10 .Lima Sopoaga, 11 . Telusa Veainu, 12 . Matt Saunders, 13.Kendrick Lynn, 14 . Kade Poki, 15 . Ben Smith

Replacements: 16. Jason Rutledge, 17. Bronson Murray, 18. John Hardie, 19. Nick Crosswell, 20. Aaron Smith, 21. Ben Atiga, 22. Robbie Robinson/Tony Brown

The Highlanders have everything to play for as they have shifted back to mid table after a few bad results and will be desperate to get back into playoff contention.

Hurricanes team : 1. John Schwalger ,2. Andrew Hore (c) ,3. Neemia Tialata ,4. Jason Eaton ,5. James Broadhurst ,6. Faifili Levave ,7. Jack Lam ,8. Victor Vito ,9. Chris Eaton ,10. Aaron Cruden ,11. Hosea Gear ,12. Ma’a Nonu ,13. Jayden Hayward ,14. Alapati Leiua,15. Andre Taylor

Reserves :16. Dane Coles ,17. Anthony Perenise,18. Jeremy Thrush ,19. Mark Reddish ,20. Piri Weepu,21. Julian Savea ,22. Beauden Barrett

REDS vs BLUES, BRISBANE, FRI 11:40

The big one for the weekend, and aren’t we lucky that it is during a working day? The top Australian team taking on the top New Zealand team, and who would have thought it would be the Reds taking on the Blues.

The Reds have been in great form this season, and at home will look to take home the points in what could be a vital win come play off time, as to who ends top of the log and who needs to play in the first round of playoffs.

The Blues themselves have been in great form, losing only one game so far this season, against the Sharks, and would hate to lose that record this weekend. A loss to either team will push them back into the chasing group. I predict a win for the Reds by 7 points.

Reds: 15. Ben Lucas, 14. Luke Morahan, 13. Anthony Faingaa, 12. Ben Tapuai, 11. Digby Ioane, 10. Quade Cooper, 9. Will Genia, 8. Radike Samo, 7. Beau Robinson, 6. Scott Higginbotham, 5. James Horwill (Captain), 4. Rob Simmons, 3. James Slipper, 2. Saia Faingaa, 1. Ben Daley

Replacements: 16. James Hanson, 17. Guy Shepherdson, 18. Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19. Jake Schatz, 20. Ian Prior, 21. Will Chambers, 22. Dom Shipperley

Blues: 15. Jared Payne, 14. Joe Rokocoko, 13. Benson Stanley, 12. Luke McAlister, 11. Rene Ranger, 10. Stephen Brett, 9. Alby Mathewson, 8. Peter Saili, 7. Luke Braid, 6. Chris Lowrey, 5. Ali Williams, 4. Anthony Boric, 3. John Afoa, 2. Keven Mealamu (Captain), 1. Tevita Mailau

Replacements: 16. Tom McCartney, 17. Pauliasi Manu, 18. James King, 19. Sean Polwart, 20. Chris Smylie, 21. Aaron Bancroft / Lachie Munro, 22. Sherwin Lee Stowers

CHIEFS vs STORMERS, HAMILTON, SAT 09:35

Saturday morning kicks off with the first of the South African teams taking the field for the weekend, of which the Stormers are the leaders in their conference, and will look to make the most of their first tour match, kicking things off on a positive match.

The Chiefs have had a good last few weeks, picking up some important wins and suddenly finding themselves back in the chasing pack, and with a few results that could go either way, who knows who we will see at the end.

The Chiefs will do the rest of the South African teams a huge favour by beating the Stormers, but I think that is unlikely and that the Stormers will walk away victors by 8 points.

Chiefs: 15. Mils Muliaina (Captain), 14. Lelia Masaga, 13. Richard Kahui, 12. Dwayne Sweeney, 11. Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10. Stephen Donald, 9. Brendon Leonard, 8. Fritz Lee, 7. Tanerau Latimer, 6. Liam Messam, 5. Romana Graham, 4. Craig Clarke, 3. Ben Afeaki, 2. Hikawera Elliott, 1. Toby Smith

Replacements: 16. Aled De Malmanche, 17. Sona Taumalolo, 18. Isaac Ross, 19. Sam Cane, 20. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 21. Tim Nanai-Williams, 22. Jackson Willison

Stormers: 15. Conrad Jantjes, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Jaque Fourie, 12. Jean de Villiers, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Peter Grant, 9. Ricky Januarie, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Francois Louw, 6. Schalk Burger (Captain), 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Rynhardt Elstadt, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Wicus Blaauw

Replacements: 16. Tiaan Liebenberg, 17. Steven Kitshoff, 18. De Kock Steenkamp, 19. Anton van Zyl, 20. Dewaldt Duvenage, 21. Lionel Cronje, 22. Juan de Jongh

BRUMBIES vs LIONS, CANBERRA, SAT 11:40

The second of the South African team in action this weekend, and yet another team starting their tour. The Lions have been nothing short of woeful so far this season and are again stuck on 7 consecutive losses. The team sees another captain take charge in Josh Strauss, and with new combinations all over the park, I cannot see them scaring the Brumbies.

The Brumbies are back in Australia after their tour of South Africa, losing both games on the tour, and will be looking to get back into the winning rhythm in front of their crowd. I personally think they will stroll past a hapless Lions side and win comfortably, by at least 20 points.

Brumbies: 15. Pat McCabe, 14. Andrew Smith, 13. Tyrone Smith, 12. Christian Lealiifano, 11. Adam Ashley-Cooper, 10. Matt Giteau (Captain), 9. Josh Valentine, 8. Ita Vaea, 7. Colby Faingaa, 6. Mitchell Chapman, 5. Ben Hand, 4. Peter Kimlin, 3. Jono Owen, 2. Stephen Moore, 1. Ben Alexander

Replacements: 16. Huia Edmonds, 17. Salesi Ma’afu, 18. Mark Chisholm, 19. Michael Hooper, 20. Patrick Phibbs, 21. Robbie Coleman, 22. Henry Speight

Lions: 15. Jaco Taute, 14. Lionel Mapoe, 13. Dylan Des Fountain, 12. Alwyn Hollenbach, 11. Deon van Rensburg, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Jano Vermaak, 8. Joshua Strauss (Captain), 7. Michael Rhodes, 6. Derick Minnie, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Wikus van Heerden, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Edgar Marutlulle, 1. JC Janse van Rensburg

Replacements: 16. Bandise Maku, 17. Kevin Buys, 18. Warren Whiteley, 19. Cobus Grobbelaar, 20. Rory Kockott, 21. Burton Francis, 22. Jannie Boshoff

BULLS vs REBELS, PRETORIA, SAT 17:05

The Bulls are back after their bye last weekend and will have one thing on their mind, winning all their remaining matches to get their asses back in the play off race. They start their mission against the Rebels this weekend, who start their first ever tour of Southern Africa against possibly the best team from Africa over the last few years.

The Bulls are without Victor Matfield, who has been ruled out by injury, and will be lead by instrumental scrumhalf Fourie du Preez. I can only see one result in this match, and even though every single Sharks supporter will be willing on the Rebels, the Bulls will win this by at least 15 points.

Bulls: 15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Stephan Dippenaar, 12. Wynand Olivier, 11. Bjorn Basson, 10. MornΓ© Steyn, 9. Fourie du Preez (Captain), 8. Pierre Spies, 7. Dewald Potgieter, 6. Deon Stegmann, 5. Danie Rossouw, 4. Bakkies Botha, 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Gary Botha, 1. Dean Greyling

Replacements: 16. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17. Rossouw De Klerk, 18. Flip van der Merwe, 19. Victor Matfield, 20. Derick Kuun, 21. Francois Hougaard, 22. Francois Brummer

Rebels: 15. Richard Kingi, 14. Lachlan Mitchell, 13. Afusipa Taumoepeau, 12. Stirling Mortlock (Captain), 11. Luke Rooney, 10. Julian Huxley, 9. Nick Phipps, 8. Gareth Delve, 7. Michael Lipman, 6. Hoani MacDonald, 5. Hugh Pyle, 4. Alister Campbell, 3. Laurie Weeks, 2. Ged Robinson, 1. Greg Somerville

Replacements: 16. Heath Tessmann, 17. Nic Henderson, 18. Kevin O`Neill, 19. Jarrod Saffy, 20. Tim Davidson, 21. Peter Betham, 22. Cooper Vuna

CHEETAHS vs CRUSADERS, BLOEMFONTEIN, SAT 19:10

The weekend wraps up in Bloemfontein where a resurgent Cheetahs outfit, fresh off consecutive wins, take on a Crusaders team that will be brimming with confidence after toppling a strong Stormers outfit in Cape Town last weekend.

Most of us will be supporting the Cheetahs in this match, purely to level up the log standings and prevent the Crusaders from pulling away at the top of the log, but I honestly don’t think an upset is on the cards here. Crusaders to win by a good 10 points.

Cheetahs: 15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Riaan Smit, 13. Robert Ebersohn, 12. CornΓ© Uys, 11. Rayno Benjamin, 10. Sias Ebersohn, 9. Sarel Pretorius, 8. Davon Raubenheimer, 7. Ashley Johnson, 6. Heinrich Brussow, 5. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4. Francois (FS) Uys, 3. WP Nel, 2. Adriaan Strauss (Captain), 1. Coenie Oosthuizen

Replacements: 16. Ryno Barnes, 17. Lourens Adriaanse, 18. Waltie Vermeulen, 19. Kabamba Floors, 20. Tewis de Bruyn, 21. Naas Olivier, 22. Hennie Daniller

Crusaders: 15. Tom Marshall, 14. Robert Fruean, 13. Ryan Crotty, 12. Sonny Bill Williams, 11. Zac Guildford, 10. Dan Carter, 9. Willi Heinz, 8. Kieran Read, 7. Richie McCaw (Captain), 6. George Whitelock, 5. Chris Jack, 4. Luke Romano, 3. Owen Franks, 2. Corey Flynn, 1. Ben Franks

Replacements: 16. Quentin MacDonald, 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Joe Wheeler, 19. Matt Todd, 20. Steve Kenneth Alfeld, 21. Matthew Berquist, 22. Brent Ward


147 Comments

  • My upset for the weekend is the Canes to beat the Highlanders.

    I also think the Blues will beat the Reds

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.05.11 15:19:50 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) :

    A few very close calls this weekend..

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.05.11 15:30:10 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I think the Blues will win…. otherwise, can’t really argue with this. Good work, Rich

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.05.11 15:30:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :

    The Reds game can go either way..

    Home team by default in close games for me..

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.05.11 15:33:16 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : I also have the hurricanes and blues, and of course, ever the optomist, the Lions!

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.05.11 15:35:07 by Greg Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : yes – and it makes sense that way.

    I guess for me, the Blues is more a heart over mind thing… πŸ™‚

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.05.11 15:37:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 5) :

    We really have to respect you…..a Lions through thin and thinner!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.05.11 15:37:44 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Got all my predictions the same. Good work Richard! πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.05.11 15:39:19 by Ben Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 7) : that was funny πŸ™‚

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.05.11 15:41:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Not that funny πŸ‘Ώ

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.05.11 15:44:04 by Greg Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 10) : It was a compliment….really I respect your loyalty!

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.05.11 15:45:47 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 11) : Appreciate it, was having a go at Rob for finding it funny! πŸ˜†

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.05.11 15:53:27 by Greg Reply

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  • Chiefs are a very capable side and imo can beat anyone on their day. They will ask alot of the stormers . I think alot more needs to be read into the saders game ,where the stormers heads are at? Will they get back on the horse ,will they drop their heads ,if they are behind with 10 to go will schalk be able to pull them out and get the win ? Confidence wise that loss last weak may be big ! If you believe you are champions you will play like champions ,a knock like that last week just may take the wind out their sales…
    Also the chiefs remind me of the cheetahs ,similar game plan and similar hard nosed persistance -the chiefs are giant killers.

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.05.11 15:55:45 by Talent Reply
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  • Grammar and spelling 😯

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.05.11 15:56:25 by Talent Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 14) : if I can read it its not that bad

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.05.11 16:12:48 by franshark Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 13) : well, after losing to the Chiefs we know the Sharks went on a losing streak that was only stopped by a taking advantage of the hapless lions.

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.05.11 16:21:03 by Megatron Reply

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  • I am going different with a few picks, but that might just mean Rich will be spot on.

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.05.11 16:21:14 by franshark Reply
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  • And I also differ with the topic Superrugby 2011, nothing super if sharks are not playing… πŸ™

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.05.11 16:22:44 by franshark Reply
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  • Highlanders . .. Hurricanes . . . Highlanders . . . Hurricanes

    Would the Highlanders be good enough, even at home, without Thompson?

    Decisions Decisions . . . πŸ˜•

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.05.11 16:23:43 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 15) : Thanks πŸ™‚ usually type it out in word haha ! Child of technology i am :)@Megatron (Comment 16) : Confidence is a big thing ,stormers may feel as if they just not the best side in the competition πŸ˜› my thoughts anywaY

    The Saders could also come in a bit complacent to the cheetahs game, remember the cheetahs almost beat the stormers at the begining of the comp ,lets see what happens there -put my head on the block now and say the cheetahs will come close to an upset with 20 to go the saders will run away with it

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.05.11 16:25:53 by Talent Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 19) : Highlanders in my opinion

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.05.11 16:26:22 by Talent Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 20) : more like wishful thinking πŸ˜‰ is that how the Sharks felt before the Brumbies game after being pummeled in cape town? no wonder they had a putrid first half πŸ˜†

  • Comment 22, posted at 12.05.11 16:42:22 by Megatron Reply

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  • Friday is only a workday for some πŸ™‚

    I predict a CONVINCING Blues Victory.

    I have made it clear to my friends all week that I will not be taking any visitors tomorrow πŸ™‚
    Commentary will be done.

  • Comment 23, posted at 12.05.11 16:43:46 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • I predict the Sharks will get four log points this weekend. πŸ˜›

  • Comment 24, posted at 12.05.11 16:48:43 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 23) : cool πŸ™‚

  • Comment 25, posted at 12.05.11 16:55:03 by franshark Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 24) : and I predick you to be spot on

  • Comment 26, posted at 12.05.11 16:56:12 by franshark Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 24) : heeeeey πŸ™‚ Nice to see you dude

  • Comment 27, posted at 12.05.11 16:58:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 22) : Pobably wishful thinking haha

  • Comment 28, posted at 12.05.11 17:01:16 by Talent Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : Good to be here Rob! πŸ™‚

  • Comment 29, posted at 12.05.11 17:24:10 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 29) : Yo uncle DB! πŸ™‚

  • Comment 30, posted at 12.05.11 17:30:26 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 30) : Howzit Ben, did you find 6 hours to waste watching the Super Bowl? πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 31, posted at 12.05.11 17:31:53 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 31) : Haha nope not yet. Wasting 3 hours now watching UFC! πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 32, posted at 12.05.11 17:35:13 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 32) : πŸ˜† so UFC is now popular in SA as well. I always found it interesting that there has been talk of banning boxing because it is too rough and dangerous, yet the UFC continues. Tougher guys, more dangerous, etc.

  • Comment 33, posted at 12.05.11 17:37:30 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 33) : Doesn’t show here in SA. Have to download the stuff.

  • Comment 34, posted at 12.05.11 17:38:40 by Ben Reply
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  • So, is John going to be back next week captaining the side so Adi can start instead of Stef, or are we going to have to wait for Adi to come off the bench to ignite the backline again?

  • Comment 35, posted at 12.05.11 17:39:45 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 34) : No “mixed martial arts” on television in South Africa?

  • Comment 36, posted at 12.05.11 17:40:28 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 35) : Now really if Plum doesn’t start Adi with John captaining, well then he’s just plain an idiot!

  • Comment 37, posted at 12.05.11 17:41:39 by Ben Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 36) : They only show some EFC. Extreme Fighting Championship. Lol its Africa’s answer to the UFC.

  • Comment 38, posted at 12.05.11 17:43:12 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 37) : Ben, buddy, Plum just this week said Adi is pushing for selection consideration. Crazy, he has been pushing since week one, but just now Plum sees it? I agree it will seem idiotic, but I would not be particularly surprised to see Stef start again with Adi on the bench, or perhaps Adi at 12, even if John is captain. I have this sneaking suspicion that Plum will not drop Stef very easily at all.

  • Comment 39, posted at 12.05.11 17:44:30 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Just going to run to grab some lunch, will be back in a bit.

  • Comment 40, posted at 12.05.11 17:47:00 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 39) : Exactly why I’m saying he would be an idiotic. He tells the press that Adi is pushing for a start then he just goes and flat out ignores him. All I will do is fall on my back and laugh my ass of if Stef is starting on Saturday!

  • Comment 41, posted at 12.05.11 17:47:56 by Ben Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 29) : would love to chit chat tonight, but i have choir commitments πŸ™‚

  • Comment 42, posted at 12.05.11 17:48:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 41) : Next Saturday that is, I’m not thinking we play this weekend. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 43, posted at 12.05.11 17:51:11 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 43) : I wish we were… gonna be a boring old weekend

  • Comment 44, posted at 12.05.11 17:55:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 41) : Question is why did it take him until this week to realize Adi is pushing for a starting spot? Adi has been good off the bench all season, surely he has been pushing for a start much longer than just from the Brumbies match.

  • Comment 45, posted at 12.05.11 17:59:20 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 42) : Cheers Rob, and sing well.

  • Comment 46, posted at 12.05.11 17:59:51 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 44) : Nice relaxing one I think. No worries. But all the expectation is building up already, so by next Saturday I’ll be boiling over with excitement! πŸ™‚

  • Comment 47, posted at 12.05.11 18:01:24 by Ben Reply
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  • Plum never said he only noticed Adi this week. If you guys read an article I posted earlier in the season, Plum then already said that Adi is in good form.

    I get the feeling Plum would have selected Adi if it wasn’t for John being injured and the fact that it was raining just before kick off.

  • Comment 48, posted at 12.05.11 18:04:22 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 45) : I think he knew Adi was pushing but was too darn stubborn to drop his vice captain or captain. Which ever role Stef was playing, the old man just seems to never get injured as well.

  • Comment 49, posted at 12.05.11 18:05:13 by Ben Reply
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  • We need to ease up a bit on Plum. The oke knows what he is doing..

  • Comment 50, posted at 12.05.11 18:06:08 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 49) : Stef is in amazing condition, probably the fittest guy on the squad, which accounts for his ability to avoid injury. I wish some of the other guys put the effort into conditioning that Stef obviously does.

  • Comment 51, posted at 12.05.11 18:14:46 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 50) : I think the world of Plum’s coaching ability, yes he clearly knows what he is doing. But for some reason he seems to have a blind spot when it comes to two critical items. First, he can’t seem to see past the Bosman/Stef centre pairing and second he does not seem to want to rotate players except for injury.

  • Comment 52, posted at 12.05.11 18:16:04 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 50) : Nobody is perfect, and yes, even Plum can improve.

  • Comment 53, posted at 12.05.11 18:16:38 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 51) : That’s true. Stef is exceptionally fit. Fittest bloke in the squad I’d say.

  • Comment 54, posted at 12.05.11 18:17:22 by Ben Reply
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  • I think Plum knows what he has in Adi, and maybe he is of the opinion that Adi is best played off the bench, because if he starts he might not be as effective.

    And remember that Bosman and Stef’s defence is better than Adi’s.

    I’m not saying don’t play Adi, I think it should be tested, but I am sure Plum knows exactly what he is doing.

  • Comment 55, posted at 12.05.11 18:19:38 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 54) : To be honest Ben, I really hate saying anything negative about Stef, he has been an amazing servant to KZN rugby, is an incredible role model for younger players to try and emulate. He has helped bring us two Currie Cups in the past three years, and he just wants to play and help out his side. It just sucks that age eventually catches up with you, but to take Stef’s career as a whole, there is really nothing negative I would want to say.

  • Comment 56, posted at 12.05.11 18:20:53 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 55) : How can you say Bosman and Stef’s defence is better than Adi’s?

  • Comment 57, posted at 12.05.11 18:21:34 by Ben Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 55) : I have no doubt Plum knows exactly what he is doing, doesn’t make him right though.

  • Comment 58, posted at 12.05.11 18:21:52 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Maybe the time has come for Stef to play off the bench perhaps? Be the leader in the second half when John goes off?!

    But I hear what you saying DB and totally agree, Stef is a true role model!

  • Comment 59, posted at 12.05.11 18:23:19 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 56) : I have to agree I have nothing against Stef. I think he’s a great bloke. He doesn’t select himself for the team I keep saying.

  • Comment 60, posted at 12.05.11 18:23:24 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 57) : Skipped right over that sentence. Yeah Richard, what do you mean their defense is better than Adi’s? Sorry my friend, just nothing to really back that up, and we all know Adi is incredibly underrated as a defender. He is much better than given credit for. He has never let KZN Rugby or Bok Rugby down any time he has taken the field, and that is offensively and defensively.

  • Comment 61, posted at 12.05.11 18:23:39 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Ben

    Adi’s defence is solid, but both Stef and Bosman are better tacklers..

  • Comment 62, posted at 12.05.11 18:24:39 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 59) : It just makes it so hard to be critical of the man. We as Sharks supporters should always be in debt to Stef for what he has given to KZN Rugby.

    And I feel the same way about Plum, I think he is a brilliant coach, and that makes it hard to be critical. I just think he has a couple of blind spots for some reason.

  • Comment 63, posted at 12.05.11 18:25:19 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 62) : Have to disagree with you there Rich.

  • Comment 64, posted at 12.05.11 18:26:30 by Ben Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 62) : You may be right Richard, but being a good tackler does not get you in the correct position to make the tackle. To me that is first and foremost in defense, positioning, tackling comes after that. Adi is never out of position defensively, in my opinion. Bosman seems to have been caught wanting from time to time due to poor positioning and set up. Again, just my opinion.

  • Comment 65, posted at 12.05.11 18:27:10 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 64) : See my last post Ben, they may very well be better tacklers, but not being in a position to make a tackle kind of negates that superiority.

  • Comment 66, posted at 12.05.11 18:28:05 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Look.. I’m not knocking Adi.. And I’m sure that Adi has never let his side down.. I agree..

    But the current centres in Stef and Bosman are better defenders and both have better kicking boots..

  • Comment 67, posted at 12.05.11 18:28:22 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 67) : In agreement about the boot, but I just can’t say they are better defenders, honestly, not trying to be argumentative, but I just don’t see anything to back up your statement that they are better defenders.

  • Comment 68, posted at 12.05.11 18:30:31 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • I hear what you saying DB, and you are right, they do tend to be out of position at times..

  • Comment 69, posted at 12.05.11 18:30:50 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 66) : @Richard Ferguson (Comment 67) : I have seen nothing to convince me that Meyer and Stef are better tacklers than Adi. They might tackle a bit harder yes but in the en of the day a tackle consists of bringing the guy to the ground. DB I agree with your post on positioning, both Stef and Meyer have been found wanting in that department imo.

  • Comment 70, posted at 12.05.11 18:33:11 by Ben Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 69) : I think it is fantastic we are having this debate. Your points are well taken, unfortunately a majority of the posters here are in agreement with Ben and me about Adi, which means we don’t often get the other perspective which you are providing Rich. You bring up some excellent points, and they need to be made. It is great we have superb players that we can honestly have a debate as to who would be a better starter. Many teams would be happy just to have two solid centres to start, we have many more options at the Sharks. Keep up the debate and making the good points, even if a majority of us here don’t agree. I have gained some knowledge from your point of view, but you just haven’t changed my mind yet. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 71, posted at 12.05.11 18:34:37 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • I’m not trying to be argumentative either DB, just my opinion.

    I’m calling for Adi to start as well, I’m just in a way trying to see a reason why Plum would stick to his guns like this..

  • Comment 72, posted at 12.05.11 18:35:01 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Thanx DB, that post means a lot.

    I’m not trying to be difficult, I’m just raising something different.

    I think it comes down to me wanting to back the coach the whole time, and looking for things that aren’t there..

  • Comment 73, posted at 12.05.11 18:37:41 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I don’t think you guys were here at the beginning of Sharksworld, after we were jumping from Keo to Ruggaworld to here (finally). The debate here is so much better than the other sites. Personal agendas are not tolerated, in the same way personal attacks are not tolerated. I think we are all here to learn from our fellow bloggers, which inspires excellent debate.

  • Comment 74, posted at 12.05.11 18:38:19 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 73) : I do back Plum, but I’m still going to try to provide positive criticism if I feel he is missing something. Bottom line is your points needed to be made and needed a champion here. This is what makes Sharksworld great. (Thanks Rob)

  • Comment 75, posted at 12.05.11 18:39:40 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 72) : That makes sense.

  • Comment 76, posted at 12.05.11 18:40:31 by Ben Reply
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  • You make a good point DB..

    I love a good debate, and here it always generates some interesting view points.

  • Comment 77, posted at 12.05.11 18:40:33 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Alright enough of the love-in, lets start arguing…err I mean debating again. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

  • Comment 78, posted at 12.05.11 18:41:52 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Given that Plum seems to really want to persist with Stef, do you think he will ever rest Ludik and give Stef a start at 15 with Adi at 13? That way all of us would get what we wanted, Plum gets to keep Stef and we get to see Adi start. Nothing against Ludik, but he has played every game, and I think is one of many players in need of a rest.

  • Comment 79, posted at 12.05.11 18:43:53 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @DB

    Would you start Adi at 12 even though he is an outside centre?

  • Comment 80, posted at 12.05.11 18:44:31 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I would honestly rather have Adi at inside than to rest Ludik.

    I think he is integral to our game, he is having a good season so far and it would really be unfair to put him out of routine.

    Players generally struggle to get back into it after a rest.

    But it certainly is an option rather than just leaving the backline as is..

  • Comment 81, posted at 12.05.11 18:47:38 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 80) : I have always been of the opinion that Adi does not do as well at 12, perhaps as an impact player later on. My opinion is that Adi is best running off a good distributor. Even though he is certainly good at the distribution game, it is not his strong point. Bosman seems to be excellent at distribution, and I just feel that Adi would really benefit playing outside Bosman (or even JLP). I also don’t think that Adi’s defensive skills are suited to the inside channels. I know he has played 10 and 12 in the past, I just don’t think it is his best position.

  • Comment 82, posted at 12.05.11 18:49:54 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 81) : Don’t you think Ludik needs the rest? He is the only member of the back three that has not had a rest this season if I am not mistaken.

  • Comment 83, posted at 12.05.11 18:50:55 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • I am not saying that Adi has glaring weaknesses, I just think he has certain strengths and he should be used in a position where those strengths will most help the team.

  • Comment 84, posted at 12.05.11 18:53:53 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 82) :

    Very good point..

    Im no expert on distribution and the passing game..

  • Comment 85, posted at 12.05.11 18:54:17 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 82) :

    I do think Bosman is under rated and is a really good centre..

    He just needs a good outside centre to feed..

    And his worst games were when he played outside JLP..

  • Comment 86, posted at 12.05.11 18:55:18 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 83) :

    Ludik should have been rested already, because we are going into crunch matches now.. Same as with Alberts..

    Resting them now we have to write them off for the next match as well as it always takes a player a while to get into it again.

    But then again, they are professionals and should step up straight away..

  • Comment 87, posted at 12.05.11 18:56:37 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 84) : Can’t you start talking some snap? Getting tired of saying I agree I agree I agree wo all of your posts! Haha yeat again I agree. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 88, posted at 12.05.11 18:56:39 by Ben Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 86) : I agree about Bosman. I think he does offer more than Strauss did in the distribution game, even if his defense is not up to Dries’ standards. And I have always been one of the biggest Strauss supporters out there, even when everyone here had nothing nice to say about him.

  • Comment 89, posted at 12.05.11 18:57:28 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 84) :

    Adi can be used anywhere in the last 10 minutes of a game, he brings so much energy I am sure he will outrun a wing..

    But starting position, 13 is probably the best bet..

  • Comment 90, posted at 12.05.11 18:57:46 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 87) : And that’s where I think Plum missed a trick. His player rotation wasn’t good at all this season.

  • Comment 91, posted at 12.05.11 18:59:27 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 88) : hmmm you want something snap…..Bulls are awesome!!! Whoa wait a minute what was I thinking! No they aren’t!!!!

    I have a meeting to run to, will be back in an hour or so. Play nice fellas!

  • Comment 92, posted at 12.05.11 18:59:44 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 89) :

    And we forget that Bosman used to be a 75% kicker for the Cheetahs as well..

    That on the park is something that Plum really values..

    Plum put JLP on the bench instead of Mvovo purely because of the rain, and wanted that kicker on the park if Lambie had to get hurt or have a bad day..

    Thats why I say Plum is a thinking coach..

  • Comment 93, posted at 12.05.11 19:00:10 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 92) :

    Cheers boet..

    Thanx for the insights..

  • Comment 94, posted at 12.05.11 19:01:09 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 91) :

    I have to agree.. we cannot really rest the players in any of the remaining games..

    Two tough home games, and then three on the road that we cannot afford to slip up in..

  • Comment 95, posted at 12.05.11 19:02:32 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 95) : Guess we can rest the whole squad for the Lions game. :). Willem should have been rested and its obvious on the field that he is getting physically exhausted. Would you start with Marcell next Saturday if Botes is fit?

  • Comment 96, posted at 12.05.11 19:10:04 by Ben Reply
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  • Reds VS Blues – game of the weekend… I back the Blues by 8 points.

    Crusaders to beat The Cheetahs in an entertaining high tempo game. Despite the loss, the Cheetahs will be accredited with unlocking the matrix to beating The Crusaders.

  • Comment 97, posted at 12.05.11 19:11:52 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 96) :

    That is a tough one..

    I think Marcell should start, but to throw a guy into the deep end to play opposite Spies is a baptism of fire.. But I have no doubt he will say that he is ready and willing..

    So to answer your question, I don’t actually know.. But I am leaning towards bringing him off the bench, after giving it some serious thought..

  • Comment 98, posted at 12.05.11 19:15:00 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 97) :

    A lot of people backing the Blues..

    Rather interesting!

  • Comment 99, posted at 12.05.11 19:15:40 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 96) :

    I wouldn’t underestimate the Lions at Coke Park..

    It can derail the entire campaign for us..

  • Comment 100, posted at 12.05.11 19:16:28 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 99) : purely a gut feel for me Rich. I wouldn’t bet against The Reds generally, someone has to win this though… Going to be a cracker!

  • Comment 101, posted at 12.05.11 19:19:48 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 98) : Very tough choice this. Would love to see him start, he looks like such a great prospect for the future but then I’m so scared he gets a huge knock in confidence if he doesn’t play well. Going to go with you on this onme and say the most sensible thing to do is to play him off the bench. Would love to see him play though.

  • Comment 102, posted at 12.05.11 19:20:19 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 96) : a loose trio of Botes, Deysel, Marcel?

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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 101) :

    I generally base my selections in tight games on the home team..

    But then again, I went for the Crusaders last weekend, so I know what you mean by gut feel.

  • Comment 104, posted at 12.05.11 19:21:36 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 100) : Not underestimating them either, believe me. Just fooling around.

  • Comment 105, posted at 12.05.11 19:22:25 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 102) :

    It is a tough decision.

    As I said, I am sure Marcell will play his heart out!

  • Comment 106, posted at 12.05.11 19:22:30 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 105) :

    If we still had the Lions at home, I would say give the big guns a break.. but not away from home..

  • Comment 107, posted at 12.05.11 19:24:14 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 105) : I think The Lions game is going to be physically ugly, expect Butch in the 10 jumper… The Lions also ended Deysel’s Bok tour aspirations, so expect him to be supercharged… We will win, but I expect a grotesque match…

  • Comment 108, posted at 12.05.11 19:28:02 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 107) : Yip and not only are the wins important, the 5 pointers will come in very valuable come end of season. Should get those bonus points where ever possible.

  • Comment 109, posted at 12.05.11 19:28:10 by Ben Reply
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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 108) : Oh no! Forgot about Butch. Facing his old team, will be very interesting to watch. I say rest Lambie in that game.

  • Comment 110, posted at 12.05.11 19:29:54 by Ben Reply
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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 103) : Would not complain if that’s the loose trio Plum chooses.

  • Comment 111, posted at 12.05.11 19:32:31 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 110) :

    I reckon Lambie will overshadow Butch..

  • Comment 112, posted at 12.05.11 19:45:20 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 112) : Got no doubt Lambie can do that. Just afraid Butch injures Lambie, Butch can do that if he really wants to. Let’s hope he doesn’t want to.

  • Comment 113, posted at 12.05.11 20:01:24 by Ben Reply
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  • Good night all..

    Heavily medicated and I can no longer fight the urge to sleep!

  • Comment 114, posted at 12.05.11 20:11:43 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 114) : Cheers Rich..

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  • Rob if you see this , pretty sad news,

    Joost has debilitating illness

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    Johannesburg – Former Springbok rugby captain Joost van der Westhuizen is fighting for his health after being diagnosed with a motor-neuron muscle disease.
    The disease, which is apparently similar to the one that put one of his teammates, Springbok flank AndrΓ© Venter in a wheelchair a few years ago, has been diagnosed as very serious and could have drastic implications for his health.

    Van der Westhuizen, who led the Blue Bulls to Currie Cup victories in 1998 and 2002, and who is one of the most capped Springbok rugby players in the nation’s history, complained to his personal doctor, Dr Henry Kelbrick, of pain in his arm and was immediately sent for a battery of tests to diagnose the outcome.

    Once the diagnosis was made, the seriousness of the matter prompted Dr Kelbrick to send Van der Westhuizen to see two neurologists so that treatment could begin.

    While neither Van der Westhuizen nor his immediate family have been available to comment, sources close to the player tell SuperSport.com that the disease is “very serious” and could have massive implications for his future.

    “Sports personality Joost van der Westhuizen, has been diagnosed with a serious muscle related neural disease . Van der Westhuizen’s doctor, Dr Kelbrick who is also a close family friend noticed that Joost was having problems with his right arm and ran a series of tests, van der Westhuizen also consulted two neurologists and has began immediate treatment. The symptoms are serious and vary from person to person,” a statement from Van der Westhuizen’s publicist, Bridget van Oerle said.

    “The press is requested to respect his privacy at this time and note that neither he nor his family will be available for interviews.”

    Van der Westhuizen captained the Springboks to the semi-finals of the 1999 World Cup and was part of the 1995 World Cup winning squad. He was also a member of the 2003 World Cup squad which performed badly, being ousted in the quarter-finals of the tournament.

    After that, Van der Westhuizen worked as a commentator for SuperSport for a number of years. He was most recently in the news for a series of personal scandals which saw the end of his marriage to singer and television personality Amor Vittone.

  • Comment 116, posted at 12.05.11 20:29:22 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Robbie Fruean at 14!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMW!!!!!!!!! A TRY SCORING MACHINE WILL BE MADE!!!!!!!!

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  • @KSA

    Made him my captain over on fantasy league at SI..

  • Comment 118, posted at 12.05.11 21:09:49 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 118) : :mrgreen: Steyn Is mine. Going to kick a ton of conversions.

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 117) : Interesting ,wonder in Henry had a word with Blackadder?

  • Comment 120, posted at 12.05.11 21:29:50 by Talent Reply
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  • Tshotsho Mbovane! Our solution for the 13 jersey!! He’s currently with the Stormers, plays 7’s for the Boks and has been included in the Baby Bok squad. We need to get this guy whilst he is still young and feels that the competition in the Cape is tough. What a talent! He is going to be big in SA rugby. He said he wants to play for the Boks but would play league if he doesn’t make it. Please watch him during the u20 WC.

  • Comment 121, posted at 12.05.11 21:40:40 by GreatSharksays Reply

     
  • @Talent (Comment 120) : Nothing more than having to shuffle things a little after losing Maitland and Dagg IMO.

    And against the Cheetahs!!!!!!!!! I suspect philip Burger knew this before he got injured πŸ™‚

  • Comment 122, posted at 12.05.11 21:41:54 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 121) : Watched an interview on him didnt seem big enough ,if it was the same guy! @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 122) : Haha prob hey Freun is huge and fast @110 he caught ashley cooper on an intercept …eish

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 122) : Once he is a litle more defence savy he will be a class act ,get the feeling he still gets worked over in defence now and then but nothing to bad.

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 121) : I agree he is a very good player. I love his step.
    But remember before him, came Lindeque, before that Robert Ebersohn and before that Stefan Watermeyer and others. Plus there are so many that showed similar promise and have now fallen by the wayside. The truth is we’re producing good centres all the time in this country. The acid test comes when they’re required to make the step up from the juniors to senior rugby.

    Mbovane is a great player with the ball in hand. His real test in this RWC will be how well he does when he’s got to stop a big Kiwi, Aussie or Pom from getting over the gain line.

  • Comment 125, posted at 12.05.11 22:04:34 by beet Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 123) : He doesn’t have a big frame. The problem I’m starting to see with 7’s is that the players are beginning to look less like rugby players and more like athletes. So compared to Branco and Cecil, TM would look quite big. I figure at best he could probably get as big as Juan de Jongh.

  • Comment 126, posted at 12.05.11 22:08:09 by beet Reply
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  • Looks like everyone’s gone to bed, so on a closing note for all my fellow Durbanites. If you have some free time and you want to see a hot stepping youngster in action, get down to a DHS 1st team game. They may not be the best team but their fullback Mbhembe Payi who played C/W last year is one of the best steppers in the business period

  • Comment 127, posted at 12.05.11 22:20:54 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 127) : Damn shame I missed you now Beet. Wanted to discuss Paul Jordaan and Marcell Coetzee with you.

  • Comment 128, posted at 12.05.11 22:37:45 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 128) : No I’m still here. I thought we could talk NFL. Jokes πŸ˜›

  • Comment 129, posted at 12.05.11 22:43:33 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 127) : Watched him play last year not bad -against grey bloem errr i mean free state c/w he was average ,VS some of the other durban schools he wasnt great either.

  • Comment 130, posted at 12.05.11 22:54:31 by Talent Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 129) : Fancy the Gridiron chats again did you? πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 131, posted at 12.05.11 22:55:33 by Ben Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 130) : We call them Greystaat on another blog.
    Mbhembe really let himself down at C/W last year. He seemed overconfident. In the local games that I’ve watched him play, he’s always stood out. I really need to get my hands on his try against Kearsney from earlier this year. A sight for sore eyes.

  • Comment 132, posted at 12.05.11 23:03:12 by beet Reply
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  • Beet, how good is your knowledge on Paul Jordaan?

  • Comment 133, posted at 12.05.11 23:06:32 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 133) : Not great I guess. I’ve watched him play in maybe 8 SBR games last year. Why?

  • Comment 134, posted at 12.05.11 23:09:03 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 134) : What’s your take onm him? Real deal? Watched him play sevens, he was awesome! Anyway what I actually want to know is what is his prefered position? I’d say he’ll do well at 12.

  • Comment 135, posted at 12.05.11 23:14:04 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 135) : I believe he’s a 10/12

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  • @robdylan (Comment 136) : Interesting. How’s his boot? Any idea?

  • Comment 137, posted at 12.05.11 23:26:45 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 135) : By signing Paul, you have to realise that the Sharks got their hands on one of the 4 best players coming out of SBR last year. He has huge potential. I’ve likened him to a young Hennie le Roux and le Roux was a fantastic player that could have played any position in the backline (excl scrumhalf) when he was young. The Sharks get criticised for messing players about but I think we need to try him out in different possies in the junior ranks and see where he performs best. Down the line, he could easily be our solution at fullback. Ludik is a safe player but there isn’t an x-factor about his attacking game. I think Paul will offer us this x-factor.

    Some background info:
    Last year at Grey Bloem he kind of had to fit in somewhere. They had a brilliant flyhalf and an outstanding outside centre, so he was assigned the no.12 jersey. Many of the experts believed that he’d make a really good outside centre. When Hans Scriba and co signed him up, rumour had it that he was contracted as a flyhalf.

  • Comment 138, posted at 12.05.11 23:33:04 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 138) : Thanks, that’s awesome to know Beet. Thought he might be the near future answer for our centre crisis, shall I call it. Makes sense that you would like him at FB. Very strong illusive runner. Any idea how he’s kicking game is? Anyway I’m out for now. Will catch up again on this. Good night all.

  • Comment 139, posted at 12.05.11 23:38:43 by Ben Reply
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  • RS, we just want an attacking and creative backline to take advantage of the front foot ball our forwards provide. Imagine the Sharks’ pack and the Stormers’ backline playing in 1 team, with Lambie at 10 obviously! Crusaders have shown that your backline can cause havoc by running good lines, into space and giving the baller carrier options. Why can’t our guys do the same?? It’s been too long…bring back Campo!!

  • Comment 140, posted at 13.05.11 01:08:30 by GreatSharksays Reply

     
  • I know what I’m going to write is going to upset a few people but here goes. We all know Meyer Bosman is good number 12 and that’s why we were all happy when he joined us. Edwards and Bash need to find oΓ™t what made him good when he was still a Cheetah, if it means we have to adjust our formation and have our centres stand deeper or flatter, so be it… My point is that something needs to be done to get the best out of this guy cause he can get a backlinΓ‰ moving! Cheers

  • Comment 141, posted at 13.05.11 01:25:37 by GreatSharksays Reply

     
  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 140) : what happened with campo seem to remember he got a bit of a rough deal

  • Comment 142, posted at 13.05.11 02:07:28 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • Good morning friday, where you’ve been all week…

  • Comment 143, posted at 13.05.11 06:50:45 by franshark Reply
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  • Its friday the 13th, are you up for it?…. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 144, posted at 13.05.11 07:22:25 by franshark Reply
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  • Morning all its Friday the 13 oh shit the old saying friday the 13 is a bad day but sofar for its been great for me

    and then to top it all its Rugby

  • Comment 145, posted at 13.05.11 11:03:54 by chaz Reply

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  • I’m not sure if the comments have mentioned it or not, but I see Butch is now in at #22 for the Lions.

  • Comment 146, posted at 13.05.11 18:23:59 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 146) : Jip, seems Mitch was playing mind-games all along . . .
    Knew it :mrgreen:

  • Comment 147, posted at 13.05.11 18:59:30 by Original Pierre Reply
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