robdylan

Enough stating the bleeding obvious already…


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 23 Jun 2011 at 09:27
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If I read one more article today about some or other former Bok star or self-styled “expert” writing off the Sharks on the basis of jet-lag, I think I’m actually going to scream.

They all seem to follow exactly the same formula, don’t that? “Ja well, no definitely. It’s going to be very tough on the Sharks. They are going to be tired and sore and jet lag will play a big part… ” Then go on to add in something about how the travel factor always works against South African sides, throw in a quote from Heyneke Meyer, mention the respective sides’ record play-offs and away you go . You have a story.

The same old one, repeated over and over with only the names of the experts changing.

I think it’s time to move on from that. Of course jet lag and travel will work against the Sharks. That’s kind of the point, isn’t it? That’s why it’s better to finish higher up the log. That said, what’s done is done and complaining about the travel schedule isn’t going to change anything. Bringing it up over and over isn’t miraculously going to make New Zealand any closer, neither in distance nor in time-zone.

It’s an 80-minute game, at the end of the day, played on a rectangular field between two insanely talented teams of players. We all know that little factors can have big results, but I feel there are plenty of other factors we can concentrate on leading into this game, some of which are as likely to work to the Sharks’ favour as the much-discussed jet lag should work to the Crusaders’. Let’s stop concentrating on the negatives that we can’t control, just for a little and find something fresh to discuss about this match.


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  • Can I second?

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.06.11 09:30:35 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • How about we discuss selections for the Sharks? 😉

    I’ll start.

    If I were Plum this is the team I’d select……… 😛

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.06.11 09:32:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Amen to that

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.06.11 09:32:18 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • Jet-leg rob?

    Sounds painful!

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.06.11 09:32:41 by PTAShark Reply
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  • But yes, they can stop complaining. Saw that even Ollie opened his big mouth again…

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.06.11 09:33:24 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : Only if I can use a stronger word than “bleeding”.

    We here the same shit every year.

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.06.11 09:33:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) :

    I would go for the exact same Loftus 15..

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.06.11 09:34:28 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 7) : I second, but then again – should we not him them with a bit of a suprise like we did to the bulls?? How about another combo we have never played before?? 😀

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.06.11 09:38:13 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 8) : lets sommer make it.

    McLeod, Fred, Mvovs, Lambie, Adi / JLP / Bosman, JPP and Stefan

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.06.11 09:39:24 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 8) :

    Good point.. But a surprise combo only works if the combo can actually play together well..

    These guys will now have had a second week of working on thier communication, it should be even better than at Loftus..

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.06.11 09:39:38 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 4) : don’t mess with the man who has an edit button 🙂

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.06.11 09:40:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • I agree. Jet-lag is going to be a problem. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.06.11 09:40:50 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 10) : Communicating in the plane? 😆

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.06.11 09:42:54 by Ice Reply
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  • Even Dr Ross Tucker reckons it’ll be a problem. 😈

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.06.11 09:43:49 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 14) : :mrgreen: Jy soek weer, Rachel… 🙄 😆

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.06.11 09:44:40 by Ice Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 5) : Who was the moron that asked the Burger King for his opinion?

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.06.11 09:45:21 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 15) : 😛 😈

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.06.11 09:46:55 by McLovin Reply

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  • Saders should have asked to play the game at Twickenham again.

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.06.11 09:47:16 by lostfish Reply
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  • SSDD or SNDW 🙄

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.06.11 09:47:31 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 16) : Knwing him, he was not asked but gave it anyway! 😆

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.06.11 09:48:26 by Ice Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 16) : Probably no-one. He probably rang the newspaper himself. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.06.11 09:48:30 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 21) : Snap!

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.06.11 09:49:38 by Ice Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 19) : Same Shit Diffirent Day or Same News Diffirent Writer 😈

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.06.11 09:50:36 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 22) : Great minds né? 🙂

  • Comment 24, posted at 23.06.11 09:50:51 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 24) : We’ll stay away from the “fools never differ” thingy! 😆

  • Comment 25, posted at 23.06.11 09:52:16 by Ice Reply
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  • I agree ,jet lag is a lame excuse .

  • Comment 26, posted at 23.06.11 09:54:12 by Talent Reply
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  • jet lag ppppffffttt they said altitude at loftus now i hear the rain blablablabla me thinks the sharks will klap the saders…i still can not believe it that my bulletjies are not even playing this saturday 😥 in the lighter side of things i am loving the new bulls puma jersey :mrgreen: the currie cup is around the corner and guesss what we have the sharks at kings park stadium first talk 👿 sadly they will beat us again :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 23.06.11 09:55:33 by Muzi Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 25) : I predict we will see tears from the saders players especially from your dan the man carter :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 23.06.11 09:56:55 by Muzi Reply

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  • @Muzi (Comment 27) : Muzi – you called it last weekend…seems you calling it this weekend! Go MUZI!!!

    And sommer a great start to our CC campaign as well! Yeah fo Muzi!! 😀 😈

  • Comment 29, posted at 23.06.11 09:58:01 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 29) : You know the sharks will beat the bulls at kings park 👿 😥 the bulls always start badly in the currie cup

  • Comment 30, posted at 23.06.11 09:59:59 by Muzi Reply

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  • @Muzi (Comment 28) : I think I can handle seeing him cry just once! 😉

  • Comment 31, posted at 23.06.11 10:00:05 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 31) : let’s hope baby lambie can hold it together it would be a bad sight to see him shed a tear or two :mrgreen:

  • Comment 32, posted at 23.06.11 10:01:58 by Muzi Reply

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  • OH F??K!! What have I done? I HATE it (and I hate the word itself) When everyone plays selector. 😆

  • Comment 33, posted at 23.06.11 10:03:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 31) : Add some World Cup knock-out tears to that :mrgreen:

  • Comment 34, posted at 23.06.11 10:03:24 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 8) : Oh I see it was only popcicle who wanted to make changes. 😉

  • Comment 35, posted at 23.06.11 10:06:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • All this speculation will just give the Sharks extra motivation. We play best when we aint given a chance. Go boys!!!!

  • Comment 36, posted at 23.06.11 10:06:28 by Viking Reply
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  • Are we allowed to tackle Dan Carter in this game?

  • Comment 37, posted at 23.06.11 10:06:56 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 33) : I just did a backline suggestion.. 😆

    @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 34) : I will have to prepare for that one..

  • Comment 38, posted at 23.06.11 10:08:22 by Ice Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 37) : Yes you are allowed to tackle him in fact scratch him..ruck him..alles he is a pretty boy but not untouchable rugby teams give him waaaaayyyyyyyy tooooo much respect no wonder he looks chilled that guy can jol though :mrgreen:

  • Comment 39, posted at 23.06.11 10:10:09 by Muzi Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : If I had a Rand for every comment like that . . .

  • Comment 40, posted at 23.06.11 10:10:30 by war1 Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 37) : That was hilarious. Did you notice how Ma’a Nonu sounds like a 12 year old girl when he speaks?

  • Comment 41, posted at 23.06.11 10:12:51 by lostfish Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 40) : You’d be a millionaire. 🙂

  • Comment 42, posted at 23.06.11 10:13:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @war1 (Comment 40) : We all do it, its a sickness. 🙂

  • Comment 43, posted at 23.06.11 10:14:50 by Ben Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 41) : all those mauri oaks have a habit of saying the boys this the boys that..and the aussies with thier mate mate mate in every single sentence but as saffas we like the boet…brew…dude… i guuss we are all the same :mrgreen:

  • Comment 44, posted at 23.06.11 10:15:26 by Muzi Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 37) : Funny 😆

  • Comment 45, posted at 23.06.11 10:24:30 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 42) : The at least there would be a use for amateur selector comments.

  • Comment 46, posted at 23.06.11 10:28:40 by war1 Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 43) : Yep. It seems we do it a lot more when the Sharks have lost. But if I hear one more ‘We should never have let x go overseas’ or ‘Maybe we should throw money at x and he will join the Sharks’ I will scream.

  • Comment 47, posted at 23.06.11 10:36:25 by war1 Reply
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  • Its cold in Cape Town today

  • Comment 48, posted at 23.06.11 10:41:33 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 41) : 😆 yip. It was cause for a good giggle.

  • Comment 49, posted at 23.06.11 10:44:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @war1 (Comment 47) : I don’t see anything wrong with it. Its a blog after all and if people aren’t allowed to express their opinions, what are we here for?

  • Comment 50, posted at 23.06.11 10:46:13 by Ben Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 47) : scream really loudly… Maybe that way Straeuli will hear you 🙂

  • Comment 51, posted at 23.06.11 10:47:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 51) : 😆

  • Comment 52, posted at 23.06.11 10:53:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 50) : you’re right Ben. Select away. War1 and KSA are just grumpy old goats and I’m sure they’ll get over it 🙂

  • Comment 53, posted at 23.06.11 10:55:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 50) : It’s just completely unrealistic. The players that left have their reasons, mostly due to not getting enough chances to play for the Boks. Wrt to throwing money at players, this is not fantasy league top players generally only move when their contracts run out if it all. So while people will continue to do these things, it won’t stop irritating me, that is my opinion it is a blog after all.

  • Comment 54, posted at 23.06.11 10:55:37 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 47) : Never mind the “we should throw money….” scenario its more to the tune of we must buy De Jongh, Sadie, Samaai (remember him) etc as if they are all for sale and just dying to be bought by the Sharks. Last week were we also in the market for Dawie Theron!!

  • Comment 55, posted at 23.06.11 10:55:52 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 51) : Even if he hears, will he listen?

  • Comment 56, posted at 23.06.11 10:57:44 by war1 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 53) : Hey!!! War1 isn’t old.

  • Comment 57, posted at 23.06.11 10:57:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 57) : Tell him!

  • Comment 58, posted at 23.06.11 10:59:12 by war1 Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 55) : I actually believe we should buy my neighbour’s 18 year old soon ASAP, he sidestepped the tap in the garden before sidestepping the lounger. A real prospect for the future. 😉

  • Comment 59, posted at 23.06.11 11:00:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 55) : the fickleness….was meant to have been deleted.

  • Comment 60, posted at 23.06.11 11:02:26 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 54) : Yes its a blog but even so I don’t think its right for you to be of the opinion that someone else is wrong by giving their opinion. 😉

  • Comment 61, posted at 23.06.11 11:02:40 by Ben Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 59) : 🙂

  • Comment 62, posted at 23.06.11 11:04:09 by Ben Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 59) : 😆
    .If I saw a lounger now I would crash tackle it…..long day, short night yesterday.

  • Comment 63, posted at 23.06.11 11:06:06 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 61) : Shouls we start a “let’s irritate War1” thread?? 😈

  • Comment 64, posted at 23.06.11 11:06:08 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 64) : Good idea, who would you like to come and play for us?

    Johann Sadie would be my 1st buy. 🙂

  • Comment 65, posted at 23.06.11 11:11:38 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 65) : Ditto that! And Dan Carter… 😆

  • Comment 66, posted at 23.06.11 11:12:37 by Ice Reply
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  • This would be my team to face the Saders.

    1. Beast
    2. Bissie
    3. Jannie
    4. Mostert
    5. Chris Jack
    6. Keegan
    7. Alberts
    8. Kanko
    9. Sarel Pretorius
    10. Michalak
    11. Mvovo
    12. Nonu
    13. Sadie
    14. JPP
    15. Lambie

    :mrgreen: Nah just kidding

  • Comment 67, posted at 23.06.11 11:13:58 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 66) :
    Now you are going to reignite the Patrick at 10 furore. 😈

  • Comment 68, posted at 23.06.11 11:17:22 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 60) : hey presto 🙂

  • Comment 69, posted at 23.06.11 11:20:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 61) : Nah, by all means express your opinion. It just irritates me when we play fantasy league on here and I told you why.

  • Comment 70, posted at 23.06.11 11:21:20 by war1 Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 67) : wow quite a checkbook u have there 🙂

  • Comment 71, posted at 23.06.11 11:26:02 by franshark Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 70) : Thats what I love about it! You can play coach without gettin the shit if it does not work out! 😉

  • Comment 72, posted at 23.06.11 11:26:03 by Ice Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 70) : Thank you so kindly for your blessing. 🙂 😉

  • Comment 73, posted at 23.06.11 11:26:09 by Ben Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 69) : Thanks, 😎

  • Comment 74, posted at 23.06.11 11:32:22 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 71) : Fantasy league, huge chequebook involved! 🙂

  • Comment 75, posted at 23.06.11 11:36:16 by Ben Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 41) : mike tyson sounds like a girl too..but boy he would knock out many people..haha

  • Comment 76, posted at 23.06.11 12:10:30 by shaniboi Reply

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  • The discussions seems to veering off-topic. So… jet-lag… man that’s gonna be tough on the Sharks… 😈

  • Comment 77, posted at 23.06.11 12:28:03 by vanmartin Reply
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  • On the Supersport website there’s an article by some sports scientist, one Ross Tucker, stating that jet lag could be a problem (Really? You don’t say? Haven’t heard anyone venture that opinion yet…. 🙄 ).

    The interesting thing though is the size of the guys head!!? Some serious cranial capacity there to fit all the brains in to. Geez, if I could draw a cartoon of what a scientist should look like I’d use him as a template, just with a few tufts of hair on either side of his head a la Cuthbert Calculus…

    Anyways, made my day, that did.

  • Comment 78, posted at 23.06.11 12:42:09 by Culling Song Reply
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  • hehehe – The Sharks are the only SA team playing this weekend (not like NZ having two teams to concentrate on 😈 Still can’t believe that the Ausies grabbed the first spot. So no wonder the Sharks have so much attention – glad that all the sundry follows :mrgreen:

  • Comment 79, posted at 23.06.11 13:53:20 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Muzi (Comment 28) : dannie boy must just realise that there is only one team to play for :mrgreen:

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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 48) : go to Pretoria – its hot there … :mrgreen:

  • Comment 81, posted at 23.06.11 14:01:38 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 81) : Ja! 23-26! 😆

  • Comment 82, posted at 23.06.11 14:02:56 by Ice Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 81) : flippen hot :mrgreen:

  • Comment 83, posted at 23.06.11 14:03:07 by Muzi Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 82) : not you again come on i support the sharks now the bashing 😥

  • Comment 84, posted at 23.06.11 14:03:48 by Muzi Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 68) : the Sharks have great tradition of imported 10s – this Lambie at 10 seems so modern 🙄 🙄 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 85, posted at 23.06.11 14:04:20 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 67) : we want ruan back 🙄

  • Comment 86, posted at 23.06.11 14:05:55 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 82) : exactly :mrgreen:

  • Comment 87, posted at 23.06.11 14:06:49 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Muzi (Comment 84) : nahhh – nee worry only 2 more days and either we start saders jokes or we will go into deep depression 😀

  • Comment 88, posted at 23.06.11 14:07:57 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Muzi (Comment 84) : What, Muz?? What have I done?? 🙂 😆

  • Comment 89, posted at 23.06.11 14:08:23 by Ice Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 86) : Shirbit! Forgot about him.

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