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Written by Frans Weyers (Franshark)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 23 May 2011 at 08:20
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It all began a few months ago. Sitting around a table at work and having a discussion about “The Game”, Shark vs Bulls – 21/5/2011.

There and then was decided that this game will be targeted as the one to go and watch live. And so the journey began with handing out responsibilities to a few willing volunteers to organise tickets, transport, food and all those lekke dinge.

Time went by and before we know the Super15 has developed and the importance of the game became crucial to both teams, making the trip “down under” that much more exiting. By now (a few days before the game) everything was in place. With the decision we made that this year the wives and kids were going to undertake this sacred trip with us, the venue that was previously book was no longer suitable and it became my responsibility to change it. Through a series of Internet searches, we found a place to stay at a good price – not far from the battleground.

Something about the place we stayed: I did the booking and then started getting nervous about the accommodation – is it going to be sufficient, are the guys and gals gonna be happy? Because it was at a good price, was this not just a dump?  Not so at all; it turned out to be one of the highlights of the weekend. The place was sublime, and we all got great rooms, reception was great, view of the big dam (sea) and it felt so much like home at the sea. (The place is called Wavecrest, located in Amanzimtoti, the contact is Cecilia 0832368339, tell her you heard it from me).

Then it was game time, after the weeks of build up. After the name calling, posting commenting, teasing, praying and all those thing we supporters go through before a game it all came down to the 80 minutes on the field. For the black and white dressed supporters this part did not go to well, 32-23 and it was all over. The descent from the stand became a wound-licking back-breaking hair-pulling death walk. The wife wanted mini donuts, and here I find myself standing on a payment holding bags filled with shark goodies (bought before the game) and my flag on the extra long pole waiting 45 minute for that line to end and herto get her donuts. Enduring the onslaught of every blue dressed fellow and his mates walking past there with these smiles as big as Victoria Falls. Man, how much pain can one man withstand? That was the defining moment of the weekend. Yes all was great. The accomadation, the fellowship with friends, the food, the weather all but that what was most important, the score……

The trip home was just not the same. Having to leave the place of “dreams” behind, knowing that tomorrow the the rubbing of salt into open wounds will commence, be prepared, for the enemies supporters won’t let this go easy……


  • I feel your pain this morning. Not at work for 10 minutes and already there has been a bunch of people (not all bulls supporters) giving me the 3rd degree. What can you do? Keep your head up high and remind them that the season is not over yet.


  • Comment 1, posted at 23.05.11 08:38:50 by Viking Reply
  • With a game like that I’m not to Surprised that your accommodation was the highlight of the weekend. 😉

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.05.11 08:38:55 by Ben Reply
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  • yet another poor rugby show by the sharks 😈 .the centers are poor and Charl McLeod form is going backwards.the last couple of games the teams have found huge holes in the defense and the miss tackles are mounting. 👿

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.05.11 08:52:19 by pete69 Reply

  • Nice article mate – you have some good writing skills and bring home the experience as I’m sure I would have felt.

    Chin up: things will hopefully improve – the gap is small.

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.05.11 08:54:12 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 4) : thanks, not a Sharon but enjoying it.

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.05.11 09:09:38 by franshark Reply
  • where do we go from here as a team? it looks like we are going to hit rockbottom very soon. i just wish that we would stop playing the bulldozer rugby and try to look for the gaps and not try to run over everybody the whole time.

    we need speed and this is where we bring in mvovo and put jlp at 12 and adi at 13.; we’ve got nothing to lose now. we need to go all out and play every team off their feet from now on.

    the other thing that bothers me is that we lack motivation. plumtree must sort this out as soon as possible, but whatever happens i will still support the sharks 100%. come on boys i know you can do better than that!

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.05.11 09:29:15 by jovner Reply

  • @franshark (Comment 5) :
    I feel you’re pain. Last year I also took my wife for her first game at The Tank. Traveled from Newcastle and stayed in Umhloti and watched the first S14 match between the Sharks and the Chiefs.
    My wife doesn’t enjoy rugby at all so I was hoping that the experience would change her mind. I don’t know if you guys remember that game but it was terrible. It was really pissing down with rain and our seating was on an open stand. Some Sharks supporters were trowing beer mugs to Stephen Donald and the ref and the Sharks lost the game due to a dubious penalty after the final hooter. The Sharks didn’t even score a try that day. I suppose that’s how it goes. My record at Kings Park isn’t great anyway. I’ve never seen the Sharks win at Kings Park so it’s probably best I stay away!

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.05.11 09:29:24 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 1) : same here all but shark supporter are up and cherry this morning 🙁

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.05.11 10:05:26 by franshark Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 7) : my record is actualy pretty good, only my second loss, my wifes first, but it does hurt.

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.05.11 10:08:39 by franshark Reply
  • @jovner (Comment 6) : its just different when you are there, it is as if you feel the emotions of the team better, at one stage, 20-3or6, u could feel the believe of the player that they think its not possible any more. When bisie knocked the ball did u see his face lit up in disappointment then he had to scrum and not going in with the will to rectify but rather with one saying ‘ag we lost this one’

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.05.11 10:16:58 by franshark Reply
  • Nice article Fransshark.
    Hope the next trip goes better, sommer much better.

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.05.11 10:35:29 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 11) : I’m not one to say I wasted time/money to go and be dissapointed, no its not ideal but still I love to be there, the vibe before the game was awesome

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.05.11 10:45:43 by franshark Reply
  • @franshark (Comment 12) :
    Fully agree regarding the live games, as long as the stadium is viewer friendly, which the tank is.

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.05.11 10:53:12 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Frans – My first trip to the Tank in 2000 went about the sam way – it was the Final against WP….very long 800kms back hom that trippie….with a moewiese headache!

    PS. You are a good husband! Mine would have told me to get my own fricken doughuts! Nah – I lie, he would have doen it for me – but luckily for him I dont do doughnuts!) 😆

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.05.11 10:59:55 by Ice Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 7) : That’s where I chose to play it safe. My only game at KP was between the Sharks and Lions. Sharks won on the day luckily. 😉

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.05.11 11:16:50 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 15) : one of the guys in our group also when to watch the stormers game, needless to say his not a happy chappie

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.05.11 12:27:12 by franshark Reply
  • @franshark (Comment 16) : I can imagine. 🙂 I wanted to fly over and watch that game but luckily I had to work. 😉

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.05.11 12:33:03 by Ben Reply
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  • Nicely done, franshark. You write from the heart, which is where it should come from. Good writing is all about passion! And you have it in spade-loads.
    Keep it up! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.05.11 14:43:31 by SharonvanWyk Reply
  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 18) : thanks 🙂

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.05.11 14:50:34 by franshark Reply

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