Richard Ferguson

Sharks make Lions weep

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Sharks on 15 Oct 2011 at 21:23
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The Sharks dominated the table topping Lions in Durban on Saturday night, coming away 53 – 9 victors and in the process securing that all important home semi final against the Cheetahs. Man of the Match Freddie Michalak scored 23 points on the night and it is now clear that if this man is in form, the Sharks can achieve anything!

After some enterprising rugby to get the game started, Michael Rhodes made an incisive break, only for Taute to drop the offload meters from the tryline. The pressure never let up after this, as the Lions pressure resulted in a Francis penalty.

This got the Sharks out of their slumber, with pace being put on the ball and good running from the backs getting the Sharks in the Lions 22m. A good run from Kankowski got him over the line, but he lost control whilst placing the ball, resulting in a 5m scrum for the Lions. The Sharks managed to put the Lions under pressure deep in their own 22m, resulting in a penalty and more Sharks possession, leading to a 5m scrum for the Sharks and a TMO decided try for Fred Michalak.

The Sharks continued with this running approach, obviously seeking the all important four tries, but the Lions managed to capitalize on poor decision making, landing another penalty through Burton Francis. A quick kick off

Michael Rhodes was on the wrong side of a tip tackle on Lwazi Mvovo, and was subsequently sent to rest up in the bin for ten minutes, with the Sharks enjoying more possession deep inside the Lions 22m. All this possession meant very little as the Sharks made silly errors and not being able to capitalize on the Lions being a man down.

The Sharks had to do it the hard way, stealing a Lions lineout and sending Ryan Kankowski down the wing for a nice 40m run in, a belated birthday present that Rob asked for. Michalak continued his good kicking form with a kick from the touchline. The Sharks managed only seven points with Rhodes off the field, sloppy passes costing them more points. Two tries by half time and the Sharks were on course to reach their target.

The second half saw the introduction of both du Plessis brothers and Willem Alberts, at the expense of Herbst, Burden and Deysel. Alberts made an immediate impression, flying into tackles and just being a hulk in general play. Eight minutes into the half, JP Pietersen came on for Marius Joubert, after yet another below par performance, with a backline shift seeing Lambie running at inside centre and Odwa shifting to fullback.

It didn’t take long for the bone collector Alberts to drive over line and score the Sharks’ third try for the night, after some good pressure and a patient build up from the forwards. The Lions kept themselves in the game through another Burton Francis penalty, reducing the Shark lead to 12 points.

Ryan Kankowski wrapped up the bonus point by scoring his second of the night, a fantastic break off the back of the scrum and getting over the line in the corner, leaving Freddie with yet another touchline conversion attempt, which he duly nailed.

JP Pietersen broke the Lions hearts as he intercepted a ball inside his half of the field and strolled in under the poles for the fifth try of the night, giving Freddie his easiest kick of the night. It has to be said that the Lions had had ten minutes of uninterrupted ball in the Sharks half before that try, and must have dented any confidence the Lions had coming into this game and going into their semi final against Western Province next weekend.

The last minutes in the game were a bit of a disappointment for the fans, as the Sharks continued to dominate, but chose to go at goal rather than going for more tries, as the Sharks kicked out the game and preventing any injuries to their personnel.

My favourite part of the night was when Jacques Botes was allowed to play the last ten minutes, racking up his 100th Currie Cup cap for the Sharks and topping it off with a great individual try that ended the game in fantastic fashion. What a servant he has been to Sharks rugby. We salute you Bootsie!!

And the night was not quite done yet, as another centurion, Stefan Terblanche, crossed the try line after the hooter had gone, to wrap up the half century of points for the Sharks, and ending off a fantastic game, to a standing ovation from the 19 509 strong crowd.

All in all, one of the best Sharks games of the Currie Cup season so far, and a game that will give the fans the confidence to come out in their masses next weekend. The Sharks dominated the Lions in most aspects of the game, and will take all the confidence in the world into the game against the Cheetahs next weekend.

Tries: Fred Michalak, Ryan Kankowski (2), Willem Alberts, JP Pietersen, Jacques Botes, Stefan Terblanche
Conversions: Fred Michalak (6/6), Jacques-Louis Potgieter (0/1)
Penalties: Fred Michalak (2/2)

Penalties: Burton Francis (2/2)


  • bissie is a man possessed. Smit should never have gone to world cup. There is said it

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.10.11 21:36:50 by cody007 Reply
  • this was 2nd best performance since sharks beat province in s14 last year when pienaar was flyhalf. Went pear shaped from thereon. Come on now sharks, time to kick on.

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.10.11 21:42:23 by cody007 Reply
  • Richard isnt it botes 99 game not 100th?

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.10.11 21:43:57 by shaniboi Reply
  • One has to wonder why joubert is giving such below par performances…for a springbok

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.10.11 21:46:24 by shaniboi Reply
  • @shaniboi (Comment 4) : because he was a Springbok SIX years ago.

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.10.11 21:54:55 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • shaniboi, lets just hope plum has the balls to pick adi and lambie as centers from now on then we dont need to worry about marius and stef for that matter. But to answer your question he was past his sell by date when he played for cheetahs and that was 3 years ago, which explains what he is dishing up now.

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.10.11 22:10:29 by cody007 Reply
  • Dear WP,

    Have some tenderised Lion!

    Your coastal friends
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  • Comment 7, posted at 15.10.11 22:39:29 by vanmartin Reply
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  • think hendrikp can eat his words about deysel and alberts not being able to play lock …

    Good sharks good . We may see alberts and deysel play alongside eachother as locks next year if we have a small lock crisis but I doubt it . We should have held onto rhodes as a lock/flank he must have been worth more than bresler :p

    Joubert didnt have such a bad game ,I think he will be moved to inside center ,not bad . I worry about keegs captaincy ,hes a green captain and some of the older guys still seem to have a louder voice than him. But a good victory

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.10.11 22:50:15 by Talent Reply
  • Yes Fred should not play 10 🙄

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.10.11 23:28:24 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @Talent (Comment 8) : I dare you to say one more bad thing about Bresler… Come on, be really brave and do it…

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.10.11 23:32:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • That was so much fun!

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.10.11 00:06:04 by Letgo Reply
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  • For the first time in a long time, it was great to be at a SHarks game!

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.10.11 00:06:52 by Letgo Reply
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  • It’s interesting to note, that even in the first half with minimal changes to our regular season team, we still seem to play better rugby than all season.

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.10.11 00:17:43 by Letgo Reply
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  • I also don’t think we have enough good centers to justify the continued selection of Lambie at 15. I would start with Odwa, JP and Mvovo…Lambie moving to center.

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.10.11 00:20:25 by Letgo Reply
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  • Not that Lambie had a bad game, I just think as far as the team goes, we have enough outside backs and nothing when it comes to the midfield.

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.10.11 00:21:17 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 14) : continued selection? Isn’t that his 1st game at 15 for the Sharks?

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.10.11 06:07:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • We got an excellent pack of forwards wud love too see michalak play halfback and lambie 10 with terblanche 15 and jacobs and joubert at centre. 4 superrugby we need too buy a centre come on sharks do what it takes too get francouis steyn.Sharks vs WP final

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.10.11 06:08:59 by R Pahlad Reply

  • @Talent (Comment 8) :

    Look, when did I say that they can’t play lock? In fact I said Deysel should be tried there about 2 months ago.

    I do recall saying that Alberts should not play there because it’s unfair on him being part of the Springbok squad and so forth… He’s not an ideal lock as he’s not really a jumper, so can you use him off the bench in a test match? I think not.

    But nowhere, not once, did I say they can’t play lock.

    If this had been Keo I’d have given you a piece of my mind, but I’ll resort to telling you to get your facts straight :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.10.11 06:59:48 by hendrikp Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 15) :

    So you’re happy to move him around as is needed?

    How about looking out for the players best interests, rather then what the team needs? In the long run, looking after your players will benefit the team.

    Lambie needs to settle. If that means at flyhalf, then so be it. I’d prefer fullback… but any ONE position I’d be happy with.

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.10.11 07:02:01 by hendrikp Reply

  • @Talent (Comment 8) : Rhodes has a tendency to cross the line between hard play and dirty play, a walking card as the Lions are finding out. 😈 Glad he is not at the Sharks.

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.10.11 07:18:37 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • Lambie should not be moved around just because he is so good. They are wasting a fair percentage of his influence on a game by doing that.

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.10.11 07:20:52 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 13) : Yes and that is why I am mostly a grumbling supporter. I firmly believe a coach should see to it that players ALWAYS turn up in that mode, not only when they feel like it.

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.10.11 07:23:01 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • It would be better to play Keegan on inside centre the way Plumtree wants them to play. He will be way better there than any centre we currently have.

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.10.11 07:26:53 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : Hehehe and even then he only had his moments.

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.10.11 07:28:22 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • Wow!! Awesome game by the Sharks.

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.10.11 07:31:15 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 25) : ja u can say that again.. Most fun I had in quite a while 🙂

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.10.11 07:36:53 by Franshark Reply
  • Really sucks getting up for work this morning! 🙁

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.10.11 08:10:26 by Ben Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 18) : I’ll vouch for you there. Remember you saying Deysel might play lock next season. You didn’t say neither one of them can’t play lock. 😕

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.10.11 08:24:54 by Ben Reply
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  • who was the man of the match? ❓

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.10.11 09:30:31 by pete69 Reply

  • @pete69 (Comment 29) : Freddy

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.10.11 09:32:35 by beet Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 28) :

    Cheers bud. I think Deysel would make a terrific lock once he settles, because jumping at the front of the line-out isn’t as much about athleticism or height, as it is physicality, guts – sometimes you need to wrestle for the ball in the air.

    What they give up in the height department, they’d get back in terms of having an excellent support runner who will be one of your best locks outside of the line-out (which like I said, I don’t think would suddenly be a weakness – especially not if you’ve got Kankowski who is also a fantastic jumper). You need guys like Deysel to keep fetchers on their toes.

  • Comment 31, posted at 16.10.11 09:40:52 by hendrikp Reply

  • I was impressed by Jacques-Louis. He was given just a few minutes right at the end and performed like a true professional, full of enthusiasm and focused. He showed good speed as well. Here’s a guy who has had a forgettable and frustrating year as a result of what he must surely believe has been a regrettable decision to join the Sharks. Yet none of that came thru on Saturday evening. Instead he looked like a guy determined to impress the coach, even tho the game was already in the bag. Well done JLP. The Sharks could certainly have made better use of that liveliness for the last 6 or so weeks before this game.

  • Comment 32, posted at 16.10.11 09:41:00 by beet Reply
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  • I hope the NRU price the semi-final tickets right. The last thing we need is a half-empty stadium again.

    Megatron’s probably waiting for that to make a return from his hibernation. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 33, posted at 16.10.11 09:46:02 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 32) : I agree Beet. He looked determined. Would still like to see him have a go at centre. Didn’t look short on pace at all..

  • Comment 34, posted at 16.10.11 09:46:08 by Ben Reply
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  • I’m pretty sure JLP will do better at centre than Marius Joubert is doing!

  • Comment 35, posted at 16.10.11 09:51:58 by Ben Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 31) : I agree with what you say about the 2 jumper in the lineout. Shorter locks like Thorn, Anton vZ and Elstadt back up what you say.

    Obviously another important ingredient in any lineout is timing.

    A lot of lineouts are just about trying to outsmart your opponents or at least to keep them guessing.

    I think you were the guy who brought attention to the Lions making use of flank-cum-locks instead of specialists and how this could potentially hurt them in the SR next year. If that’s right, then surely the acid test for Deysel at lock has to be against a team who you believe will be strong come lineout-time in 2012?

  • Comment 36, posted at 16.10.11 09:52:57 by beet Reply
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  • Congrats to Boland taking the Kings crown!!

  • Comment 37, posted at 16.10.11 10:39:12 by Ice Ice Bokkie Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : 🙄 its my opinion and its not unfair ,so i dont know why you reacted like that.
    @hendrikp (Comment 18) : okay well fair enough about the jumping and I agree ,sharks may be found out if we do play either deysel or alberts there ,wonder if kanko may be used more as a line out option.You didnt say the cant you said they shouldnt or it would be foolish or something along those lines and actually they both played well -my response to the idea that they shouldnt play lock was that it was a case of fitting in your best players on the field ,something plumtree came out and said before the leopards game .I did go onto say that we should maybe blood Marias in these last few games so he is ready for super rugby last year ,now im confident we wont use him just to dit in deysel, alberts and coetzee in the same 22.

  • Comment 38, posted at 16.10.11 11:24:00 by Talent Reply
  • @Ben (Comment 35) : +100

  • Comment 39, posted at 16.10.11 12:07:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 38) : I don’t mind you having your own opinions, as long as they’re not wrong.

  • Comment 40, posted at 16.10.11 12:07:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 40) : rob ,wrong in what sense? its an opinion how can it be wrong,it may not be shared by you but that doesnt constitute it as wrong. Maybe your comments was an out burst to the fact that i never seem content with the way the sharks play ?was it the fact that rhodes left (betrayed maybe in your eyes?) the sharks while bresler has been faithful? -which in some ways i can share your point of view if thats the case, regardless in a well beaten lions side rhodes stood out for me ,I ask whether Bresler would have done the same? im not sure.

  • Comment 41, posted at 16.10.11 12:43:39 by Talent Reply
  • Rhodes and Bresler are such different players, it’s hard to compare them.

    In Bresler’s case I think he’s got tough company, with Skeate & Hargreaves also competing for the 5 jersey.

    People sometimes forget how important line-outs are to constructing moves, and considering how planned the first couple of phases are outside of the line-outs and scrums, which also adds to the demands on a player to specialize in his position.

    The Sharks have not missed Rhodes. They don’t need him. And while Bresler is an excellent player (I think), he’d probably benefit from a ‘draft’ being introduced for SA teams, so a team like the Cheetahs could turn him into their starting 5.

  • Comment 42, posted at 16.10.11 13:10:26 by hendrikp Reply

  • @beet (Comment 36) :

    True. Deysel will need time to settle in the position, and test his success in the position against stronger opposition.

    I do think the Lions will struggle a tad with their lock choices. Franco vd Merwe a decent lock, but lack of physicality, and then having another ‘softy’ 😆 at 4 means they lose a lot in contact situations, mauls and so forth IMO. If they consider Rhodes a good choice at lock, I’d stick with him there ahead of Wikus van Heerden, but not quite sure why they’re ignoring some of the locks they have. Johan Snyman, George Earl & David Bulbring are options?

  • Comment 43, posted at 16.10.11 13:28:39 by hendrikp Reply

  • My boss supports the Cheetahs. He didn’t look too confident when I saw him this morning! 😆

  • Comment 44, posted at 16.10.11 13:34:54 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 44) :

    I hope they bring Johan Goosen back in (if he’s fit). Brought a new dimension to the Cheetahs, so give the Sharks a bit of a challenge.

    Wouldn’t want a hollow victory like the All Blacks! 😆

  • Comment 45, posted at 16.10.11 13:37:26 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 43) : It seems that every single SA team is woefully soft at 4 lock, with Flip standing out and we all know how poor he was this year. It is a huge concern for every SA team and the Boks going forward. As for Deysel, as strong, talented and athletic as he is, unfortunately he is only 1,91 tall, just too short for an international lock. I just think that Sykesie picked a really bad time to leave, for him, the Sharks and the Boks.

  • Comment 46, posted at 16.10.11 13:38:00 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 42) : I wanted to quiz you about the draft. Hypothetically say a NZRU style draft was intro’d in SA for SR. SARU were strict and said you could only reserve 26 players. The rest had to be acquired in a draft based on worst performing SR team (Lions) picking first to best (Stormers) last per round. You’re the man charged with the job at the Stormers. Which 26 players do you book?

  • Comment 47, posted at 16.10.11 13:38:16 by beet Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 46) : While not spectacular, Sykesie is always solid in the set piece and always involves himself with the grunt work.

  • Comment 48, posted at 16.10.11 13:39:22 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 47) :

    Ouch. I wouldn’t necessarily have it like that, with a team picking first. Rather each team can put their name forward for certain players, and then the player gets to pick where he wants to go. That or allow for the national coach or something to have some input? Not sure how they would prefer for it to work 🙂

    But here goes:
    1 Steven Kitshoff, JC Kritzinger
    2 Deon Fourie, Tiaan Liebenberg
    3 Brok Harris, Frans Malherbe
    4 Rynhardt Elstadt
    5 Andries Bekker, De Kock Steenkamp (I know, I know)
    6 Pieter Louw
    7 Duane Vermeulen
    8 Schalk Burger, Nick Koster, Siya Kolisi
    9 Dewaldt Duvenage, Louis Schreuder
    10 Peter Grant, Gary van Aswegen
    11 Bryan Habana
    12 Jean de Villiers, Tim Whitehead
    13 Juan de Jongh, Jaque Fourie, JP du Plessis
    14 Danie Poolman
    15 Gio Aplon

  • Comment 49, posted at 16.10.11 13:50:18 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 49) :

    My thinking would also be that you’d have to pick a certain amount of locks, props, hookers etc. so that you can’t lock in a player you would probably not use.

    Like filling up a roster.

  • Comment 50, posted at 16.10.11 13:55:54 by hendrikp Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 7) :

    Dear Sharks

    What kind of service is this, we asked for tenderized, not pulverized!
    If your level of service does not improve we’re going to have a word with your manager!
    We’re eating out next week anyway.

  • Comment 51, posted at 16.10.11 13:58:10 by Leviathan Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 49) : Good work.
    So Siya Ntubeni, Quinn Roux, Hilton Lobberts, Nizaam Carr, Ruan Kitshoff, Wimpie, Fenton-Wells, Daniller, Nick Groom, DC, Berton, Brache, Jantjes would potentially all go into a pool for other Unions to select if they had a need or wanted to increase depth in that particular possie.

  • Comment 52, posted at 16.10.11 13:58:13 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 52) :

    Yup, pretty much. A few of them I can’t see anybody picking up. Kitshoff, Wimpie, Fenton-Wells, Daniller, DC & Jantjes almost surely not.

  • Comment 53, posted at 16.10.11 14:04:19 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 49) : I actually wanted to mention that I’ve seen this episode before in the W/Cape rugby.

    The Stormers had Barry, Joubert and Fleck on their books.

    An ideal draft system would see to it that key surplus players get reallocated.

    In this case it would be de Jongh, who would probably be an automatic starter on just about any other team in SA.

    However getting teams to part with star players even if they aren’t first choices is unthinkable.

  • Comment 54, posted at 16.10.11 14:05:08 by beet Reply
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  • You’d have to cap how many players they can draft as well. Set the limit at like 6.

  • Comment 55, posted at 16.10.11 14:06:32 by hendrikp Reply

  • @beet (Comment 54) :

    I think in de Jonghs case he would be retained by the Stormers, but it would probably benefit him to move on.

    I’m thinking more along the lines of players that are even further from a starting position being picked up by other franchises.

    According to Naka, there are players he would be starting that aren’t even playing CC rugby. He then went on to criticize franchises loading up on players. I’m guessing he was referring to the Bulls, but hey I could be wrong.

  • Comment 56, posted at 16.10.11 14:10:36 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 55) : Agreed but within that framework I think the motive should be to find a way to give the best players game time.

    So for example if Bekker breaks down midway thru the season and Bresler isn’t being utilised at the Sharks, nothing should be allowed to stand in the way of the Stormers acquiring Bresler for the remainder of the campaign.

    What I enjoy about the NZ system these days is that a player’s SR franchise doesn’t have to bear any kind of relation to his NPC team. It really opens up best fit opportunities in SR e.g. it was pointless having Carter or Slade/Brett on the same Crusaders team. In fact I liked the way the Cory Jane/Israel Dagg alloc played out with Dagg going to the Highlanders when he regional team suggested that he should have been a Canes player.

  • Comment 57, posted at 16.10.11 14:17:00 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 57) :

    Yeah not sure if I like the idea of a player playing for different sides throughout the year. It does happen in New Zealand, but that’s because they’re trying to keep their smaller teams like Hawkes Bay competitive. I don’t think that’s the direction we should go in South Africa… in fact I’d be heading in the complete opposite direction. Take the best players from those teams :mrgreen:

    I remember a few years ago no team was allowed to acquire more then 1 All Black per season, so Chris Jack ended up going to Tasman insead of Canterbury (think there was someone else as well) so that he could play for the Crusaders in the S15.

    Don’t think all the ideas that NZ have used would work for SA, but the draft definitely would. Too many players being signed by teams with more money, like the Bulls, that could help strengthen other teams, like the Lions & Cheetahs, instead of playing Vodacom Cup rugby.

    Juandre Kruger is now tipped to be a Springbok, yet spent the entire S15 playing Vodacom Cup rugby. He could’ve been with either of those sides! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 58, posted at 16.10.11 14:28:59 by hendrikp Reply

  • @beet (Comment 57) :

    In the case of Slade going to the Highlanders – I believe that was a negotiation between the player and franchises & that All Blacks management were involved.

    They all get together and go over the squads for a few hours, so must have convinced the Crusaders to let him go to the Highlanders, while picking up Matt Berquist, who was a worthy substitution.

    If we had a draft, I’m confident we’d find that sort of ‘team-work’ between different sides.

  • Comment 59, posted at 16.10.11 14:33:27 by hendrikp Reply

  • @Talent (Comment 41) :

    I think you missed the sarcasm in Rob’s comment..

  • Comment 60, posted at 16.10.11 16:15:58 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 60) :

    Just out of curiosity, in your opinion what is wrong with this comment:

    “We should have held onto rhodes as a lock/flank he must have been worth more than bresler :p” made by Talent as part of comment 8.

  • Comment 61, posted at 16.10.11 16:35:09 by beet Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) : with continued, I mean to select him at 15 for all the rest of the games. He is better suited to 10/12 and the team needs him there anyway.

  • Comment 62, posted at 16.10.11 17:05:04 by Letgo Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 19) : No actually, I was hoping to see him back at 10, the position where I believe he will become the best player he can possibly be.

  • Comment 63, posted at 16.10.11 17:06:50 by Letgo Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 19) : Just to make my previous comment clear, I was hoping Plum would select him at 10 right away, for the Lions game. I get why maybe he didn’t for the first game, since he had very little time to settle into the position after being selected at the back for the Boks the last few times, but I still believe Plum should now select him at 10/12 again.

  • Comment 64, posted at 16.10.11 17:08:51 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 64) : Where I believe he should also play in next years s15 and for the Boks from now on.

  • Comment 65, posted at 16.10.11 17:10:09 by Letgo Reply
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  • @cody007 (Comment 1) : I don’t care that Smit went, he played good rugby and Bissie made good impact from the bench.

    But you’re right, Bissie is playing some awesome rugby!

  • Comment 66, posted at 16.10.11 17:17:11 by Letgo Reply
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  • @cody007 (Comment 2) : I wouldn’t say that it went completely pear shaped from exactly there, but it does seem like a performance like the one against the stormers last year has not been repeated for a while now!

  • Comment 67, posted at 16.10.11 17:19:18 by Letgo Reply
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  • @shaniboi (Comment 3) : Yes, yes it was…..

    I’m a bit bored, so I’m going to see how many comments I can reply to.

  • Comment 68, posted at 16.10.11 17:20:09 by Letgo Reply
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  • @shaniboi (Comment 4) : @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : I never thought he was that good, even when he was a bok. He wasn’t horrible, but pretty average considering the number of bok caps he got.

    He never knew how to pass.

    Gave a good pass for Kanko’s try though.

  • Comment 69, posted at 16.10.11 17:21:53 by Letgo Reply
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  • @cody007 (Comment 6) : Isn’t Adi out for the season. If not, that would be awesome.

  • Comment 70, posted at 16.10.11 17:22:47 by Letgo Reply
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  • I’m bored of this already, see everyone on Monday.

  • Comment 71, posted at 16.10.11 17:24:53 by Letgo Reply
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  • Comment 72, posted at 16.10.11 17:25:10 by Letgo Reply
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  • Guys why isn’t there a 2 week break between the CC semi’s and finals this year?

  • Comment 73, posted at 16.10.11 18:04:51 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 73) : The CC started a week later than last year for sum reason.

  • Comment 74, posted at 16.10.11 20:17:18 by Danman110 Reply

  • @Ben (Comment 73) : Rather ask why there WAS one last year.

    I believe the norm is for there to be no break.

  • Comment 75, posted at 17.10.11 06:05:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Extended S15 has meant shortening the Currie Cup.

    Last year each time only had 13 games in Super rugby round-robin, this year they had 16…

    Think the shorter CC, strength versus strength, will do a lot of good. Not a fan of bothering with teams who get one upset every few years (Pumas & Leopards)… waste of time and money having them there.

    Sort of like Barcelona & Real Madrid participating in La Liga, except soccer gets more upsets. It’s a waste of time for the rest of the teams in the league, because only these 2 teams have a decent shot at winning the thing.

  • Comment 76, posted at 17.10.11 06:28:02 by hendrikp Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 75) : but its been like that for a while in the currie cup..i think every year since 2005 there has been a week break…

  • Comment 77, posted at 17.10.11 07:00:17 by shaniboi Reply

  • @beet (Comment 61) :

    I didnt say there was anything wrong with it.

    In my opinion, we have enough loose forwards hanging around and not enough pure locks, and Bresler is coming into his own at the moment, and I am sure he will get a shit load of game time next year.

    Never been the greatest fan of Rhodes, his discipline is an issue..

    Again, just my opinion, and I honestly do not want to get involved in a debate about it.

  • Comment 78, posted at 17.10.11 07:28:07 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Danman110 (Comment 74) : Is there one this year?

    As far as I can see the final will be played on the 29th.

  • Comment 79, posted at 17.10.11 08:19:49 by Letgo Reply
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  • Sharks, well done, well done! You made my weekend!!
    By the way, is there anybody that can please tell me how i go to work in order to obtain the autographs of the Sharks players?
    Thank you kindly!

  • Comment 80, posted at 17.10.11 08:29:29 by Anneleen Reply

  • Anneleen that is simple, attend the match on Sat and after the match go to gate 1 by railway line the players come out there and chat & sign autographs they are real good bunch 🙂

  • Comment 81, posted at 17.10.11 08:44:31 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • im excited to see the result of LMS 😉

  • Comment 82, posted at 17.10.11 08:46:22 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Thank you! Wish i was there, but am here in Cape Town…now i am searching bigtime for those autographs…thanks again for your help…maybe it is time to check out Kings Park!

  • Comment 83, posted at 17.10.11 08:47:50 by Anneleen Reply

  • @Ben (Comment 73) : Don’t know why not; just happy there aint…

  • Comment 84, posted at 17.10.11 08:53:10 by Franshark Reply

  • Comment 85, posted at 17.10.11 08:54:38 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Happy Bday Mr Pat Lambie!!!!

    Great performance by the Sharks!! Just my opinion, but I think John Smit should get a place on the bench ahead of craig burden for the semis. He is is top form and can cover looshead and hooker.

    My team vs the Cheetahs

    1 Beast
    2 Bismarck
    3 Jannie
    4 Alberts
    5 Skeate
    6 Daniel
    7 Coetzee
    8 Kanko
    9 Hoffman
    10 Freddie
    11 Mvovo
    12 Lambie
    13 Adi ( Plum said he will be fit for this weekend)
    14 JP
    15 Stef

    Subs: John, Herbst,Deysal, Botes, Cronje, JLP, Odwa.

  • Comment 86, posted at 17.10.11 08:55:12 by Mocho Reply

  • @Zibbie (Comment 82) : Everyone dead now 😈

  • Comment 87, posted at 17.10.11 08:56:00 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Happy 21st, Patrick Lambie! Enjoy! 😛

  • Comment 88, posted at 17.10.11 08:56:15 by Anneleen Reply

  • @JarsonX (Comment 87) :

    Rob ……
    in the kitchen …
    with a shotgun ?

  • Comment 89, posted at 17.10.11 08:57:23 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Mocho (Comment 86) : John will not play for the Sharks again. Apparently he has to get his affairs in order for his trip to England.

  • Comment 90, posted at 17.10.11 08:58:09 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 89) : 😆

  • Comment 91, posted at 17.10.11 08:59:50 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Anneleen then keep August free that is when the Sharks host the Ladies breakfast at Sibaya there are specials at Sibaya lodge for ladies attending the Breakfast u get to have a player at your table and get to talk to all of them. Sharksworld ladies have attended together for the last 2 years Ice, Rekinek coming from JHB and this year KSA kette came its worth the trip 🙂

  • Comment 92, posted at 17.10.11 09:06:16 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Zibbie (Comment 82) : My FL concerns me, only managed 3 tries and 12 kicks out of the dozens scored over the weekend 😕

  • Comment 93, posted at 17.10.11 09:06:33 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 93) :

    i think concerned is putting it mildly …. 😕

    i think the players should go through my FL selection and the once in my team should upgrade there medical aid ASAP … 👿

  • Comment 94, posted at 17.10.11 09:10:16 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 94) : Same here 🙁

  • Comment 95, posted at 17.10.11 09:19:33 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (comment 92).
    Thank you for the info…muchly appreciated!

  • Comment 96, posted at 17.10.11 09:21:10 by Anneleen Reply

  • The Sharks put in their best performance in the last 10 months and after we start calling for guys to be moved here and there. The only change needs to be at 12 and hopefully Bosman will be fit, otherwise id play JLP there. Lambie is a 15, let the boy play there and become a World Class 15 which he is already close to being. I hope the Sharks are paying Skeate lots of money cos he is our lineout at the moment, without him…eish!

  • Comment 97, posted at 17.10.11 09:53:22 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 79) : They started giving a week off in the 2007 season but this year the currie cup started a week later than last year so there is no week of this year.

  • Comment 98, posted at 17.10.11 10:11:29 by Danman110 Reply

  • @Danman110 (Comment 98) : Oh, okay cool. I don’t care for that break between the semi’s and finals.

    I miss alot of sleep that way, a whole two weeks of stress, that’s just too much.

  • Comment 99, posted at 17.10.11 10:38:37 by Letgo Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 97) : It’s interesting how some of us feel Patrick will be worldclass at 10 and others feel he will be worldclass at 15.

    Maybe he could be World Class at either one, but one thing is for certain, I doubt he will be worldclass at both and therefor his coaches needs to be certain of where they want to use him and stick with that.

    Maybe at some point we should have a reason’s why Lambie will be a better 10/15 column. And see why everyone is leaning in their own direction.

    Maybe after the Currie Cup, when we’ll be bored without much rugby.

  • Comment 100, posted at 17.10.11 10:47:17 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 100) : The reason i say he is a 15 is because thats where he has played most of his top level rugby and is so composed under pressure and his last line of defense tackling is good. He therefore allows the rest of the backline more freedom as they not worried about what is happening behind them. I think he can also be a good 10 but is better at 15 and then like Sat he popped up at 10 in broken play.

  • Comment 101, posted at 17.10.11 11:02:45 by SheldonK Reply


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