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Pinning our hopes on the Stormers


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 7 Jun 2011 at 08:05
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When a big derby game between local rivals comes up, as a supposedly neutral observer, one can generally find several reasons to support either team. Given that our motivation is generally the seeking of whatever outcome will best suit the Sharks, though, I feel we need to back only one team this weekend – the Stormers.

That statement might seem strange on the surface, since, due to the nature of the Super Rugby conference system, we’ve spent pretty much the last two months hoping and praying for a Stormers loss every week, in the hope that it would open up top spot in the South African conference for the Sharks. The Durbanites are, after all, only 6 points behind the Stormers and could surely capitalise from a slip-up against the Bulls on Saturday?

Looking at this in the harsh light of day, though, I truly feel that our ship has sailed in terms of finishing on top of the South African conference log. By losing to the Stormers home and away, the Sharks have allowed them to build up too big a lead to expect to realistically haul them in over just two rounds. We’d be banking on them losing both of their next two games – and the Sharks winning both of theirs – which I feel is a really big ask.

If the Stormers do lose to the Bulls this weekend, they’ll need a victory against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein to seal top spot, which really ins’t a huge ask (as the Sharks found out). Assuming that the Sharks pick up four or five points in Joburg this weekend (which is in itself a big assumption), then next week’s match at Loftus would become a knockout match, with whichever team loses knocked back either into 6th place, or more likely right out of contention altogether.

Should the Stormers win, though, again assuming the Sharks prevail in Joburg, the match at Loftus would be less significant for the Sharks, as the Bulls would probably no longer be able to haul them in. That said, depending on how well the Waratahs do over the coming fortnight, the Sharks may still need a point or two from the Loftus trip to stay safe.

The light at the end of the tunnel, dim though it may be, lies in the patchy form of the Blues at this stage. Pat Lam’s side are losing everything at the moment and with derbies against the Crusaders and Highlanders still to play, they could still end up below the Sharks. It will take a herculean effort from our boys, but there’s a glimmer of hope that the prize for victory over the Bullls may be a fourth-place finish, with a home knock-out against those self-same Blues to come the week after.

For that to happen, though, we need the Stormers, Highlanders and – most vitally – our own Sharks to show some superb form over the next two weeks. It’s all to play for in Super Rugby!


26 Comments

  • make sense to support the stormers as we have nothing to gain if they lose. they will beat the cheetahs next w-end so we won’t finish first. we need to win this w-end, because i don’t think we will win the bulls on loftus.

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.06.11 08:16:26 by jovner Reply
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  • This is the easy way out. I want the Sharks to end as high up on the final table as possible, first or second would be nice and for this to happen the Stormers need to lose both games sans any bonus points and the Sharks need to win both with full points. So no, my hopes arent pinned on the Stormers but rather on the Bulls.
    Of course my wish is highly unlikely if not downright impossible but that to me would serve the Sharks the best.

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.06.11 09:00:24 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Woo hoo! STOOOORRRRMMMERRRSS!

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.06.11 09:10:04 by molly Reply
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  • God bless you, Sammy 🙂

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.06.11 09:27:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • Apart from the Stormers, I’ll be pinning my hopes on any team playing the Reds from now on. 😈

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.06.11 09:28:09 by McLovin Reply

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  • Well what do ya know!! 😯 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.06.11 09:30:07 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 6) : Not because we like you but because it serves our purposes better. 🙂

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.06.11 09:32:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Plumtree in an article on SS”A lot of it will now be down to mental strength”

    😯 😯

    Shoulda thought about that before you fired your mental coach back in ’08. 🙁

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.06.11 09:35:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Thank you.
    I just cant help it if I want whats best for my team.

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.06.11 10:17:05 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • I actually want the Bulls to beat the Stormers on Saturday ,Sharks to beat the Lions and the Waratahs to lose. This will ensure that we finish with 3 teams in the top 6. I want that more than I want the Stormers to win this thing (becoming more and more a reality).

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.06.11 11:04:34 by GreatSharksays Reply

     
  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 10) : Don`t worry . . . DC and the boys will take them out! 😈

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.06.11 13:04:56 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • I cannot bring myself to support the Stormers….EVER!!!! 😈 😛

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.06.11 13:31:19 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 12) : So you’ll be supporting the Bulls???? 😯 😯 😯

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.06.11 14:04:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I don’t care who wins this game. I never like it when the Bulls win and knowing that a loss here will possibly cost them a play-off spot will just sweaten the deal for me, but if the Stormers looses here then the untimate optimistic that I am will still see that hope of the Sharks ending 1st in the SA confrence.

    I don’t want to lose against the Bulls in the final round anyway, if the Sharks can’t up their game to win that game then maybe it would be better if it would cost us a spot in the play-offs. Who wants to go into a top 6 knowing that the posiibility of a victory against almost all of them has become very slim to say the least.

    That’s mypoint of view.

    I can’t hope for the Stormers to win this weekend, because that would mean I supporting against the last chance the Sharks had to go into the 1st spot on the SA confrence.

    But like I said, I wouldn’t mind going into the Bulls game knowing that a win will kick them out of the whole thing.

    On evidence of the above, maybe I care about who wins here more than I thought, I’m just not sure who that team is yet.

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.06.11 14:28:22 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 2) : I think I’m with you.

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.06.11 14:30:58 by Letgo Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) :

    Seems like a silly comment knowing what happened to Tim..

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.06.11 14:33:28 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 16) : Indeed it is ❓

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.06.11 14:50:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 15) :
    How can it be any different when your team still has a sniff, no matter how slight it might be.

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.06.11 14:54:33 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 18) : You’re right, becuase if the Sharks win both their next games and the Stormers end up losing against the Cheetahs then we’re really gonna feel like fools for not just going with the Bulls for this one.

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.06.11 15:07:44 by Letgo Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) : Of course. I don’t have a problem with the Bulls!

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.06.11 15:26:16 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 20) : Supporting the Bulls in a rugby game would be VERY difficult for me.

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.06.11 15:33:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Will be cheering for the bulls ,thanks to the lot on keo I will never cheer for the stormers ,ever.
    I have an incredible dislike for MK and his colleagues.

    GO BULLS !!

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.06.11 15:34:59 by Talent Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 22) : Yes, MK is a cretin hobbit who cant find consistency in any of his rants. Last year he wrote a long article accusing Sharks supporters of always blaming the referee after the Sharks lose, then wrote a whiny crybaby piece about how the Stormers were robbed in the final by the ref. I also enjoyed his comments that the Sharks are to the super 14 what Real Madrid is to the champions league… I guess he meant that in recent years both teams have flattered to deceive, but seeing as Real Madrid have won more Champions league titles than any other team in history, the comparison rather falls flat. Ironically he is probably also responsible for the Stormers blowing one of their best chances at a super rugby title when in 1999 he broke the news that the Stormers players were in a battle against management and may not take the field in their super 12 home semi. The media storm was immediate, the fan reaction intense and the hapless Stormers were blown away on home turf… too funny.

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.06.11 15:58:47 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • When I feel like I have done something wrong in my life and I begin to question my morals I go and read what people have to say there

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.06.11 16:19:38 by Talent Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 21) : I’d agree with that, would rather shout for stormers(don’t let lovings and wpw’s hear) than bulls,

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.06.11 16:46:11 by franshark Reply
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  • Sttooooorrmmmeeerrrssss!!!

  • Comment 26, posted at 07.06.11 18:26:46 by wpw Reply
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