A few observations on the Tahs match

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 25 Mar 2012 at 08:57
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Should we be concerned about what happened yesterday morning, or was it just the bounce of the old rugby ball?

The first point I’d like to stress is the hands of some of the players, or actually just one that’s dropped us not only in this game but also in some of the earlier games – also in crucial areas on the field. That unlucky candidate is Dale Chadwick, a young player with a big future in SA Rugby but one thing he or the coaching staff must give serious attention to is his handling skills. In one incident I can recall, we were on attack right in front the Waratahs posts in their 22, quick ball came out, Chadwick was the receiver and couldn’t hold on. I know the tight 5’s handling is not always as sharp as your loosies or backs, but if you not doing the ground work and you’re putting yourself in a receiving position, make sure you are going to hold on to the ball. He is not the only player but unfortunately I’ve seen it in previous games as well.

The second area of concern and actually a shocking one was the fact the we could not take the ball from the kick off. Now I did not keep count but it was not once or twice, it happened quite a couple of times. Receiving good ball from the kick off can give you a good attacking or kicking option, but not securing good ball from the kick off can put you right back behind your posts, and that penalty goal or try you just scored being wiped out. Like Keegan Daniel said in the interview, they did not let the Waratahs work hard enough for their tries, letting tries go just after they worked so hard for theirs. I think the only time the Waratahs really came into the Sharks 22 was from the kick offs, apart from the two breaks from their own half.

The third observation is the use of the reserve bench. I’m pretty sure the replacements for Jannie du Plessis and Alberts were necessary after seeing them sitting with ice packs on their legs/calves. The use of Marius Joubert after Meyer Bosman was actually playing some good rugby after a disappointing last season is a bit confusing to say the least, Marius used to be a great centre – I’ll never forget the pairing he made with De Wet Barry in the 2004 Tri Nations series! – but in 2012 he adds nothing to the Sharks back line, sorry Marius. Another player with wasted talents is Freddy Michalak; you should use a player in his best position not, as a back up in his second or third position. Freddy’s got the ability to create magic from flyhalf, if you need to bring him on why not in the flyhalf role and let Lambie shift to inside center, where you have two brilliant players that can slice through any defense from anywhere on the field?

In saying all this, let us not forget about the exciting rugby the Sharks showed us in the first 60min or so, and let’s hope they’ll take the good, work on the bad and get the result in next weeks game!



  • 😈 Daniel took the punches but every member of the team is responsible for the poor showing. We had this game in the bag. It can only be fatigue leading to the loss of concentration. It seemed to hit the rookies hardest.
    The management is not responsible for players not holding on to the ball.
    Management should however, rotate players more. Burden and Joubert can not be expected to slip seamlessly into the team if they play 3 minutes every third game in the worlds toughest competition. Come on!!
    To be fair,Joubert needs time to show his ability. Fans had the same verbal diaree to spil on Bosman’s game and now that he has settled, we trust him.
    The youngsters need to step up now. Daniel is there to lead the squad, not pull lazy players. 😈

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.03.12 09:30:51 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • “Dale Chadwick, a young player with a big future in SA Rugby”

    Sorry Pierre can not agree with you there, he is below average in the scrums and adds nothing on defense(falling off tackles) or in ball carrying. Kitshoff has a big future.

    Funny, last year we didn’t have a backline with fire power and now that we do have a backline with attacking ability we find ourselves seriously lacking in the engine room.
    Jannie is way below par, poor in the scrums, very poor on defence and nowhere when he needs to take up the ball.

    Our locks are average at best, I know its not their fault they still young and learning their trade but dammit, have a look at Etzebeth, thats a lock!

    Bosman was excellent, Whitehead was good except for the ball he needed to kick out. Tim is a star for the future, just watch how many tackles he makes in a game.

    This is Plum’s and his 2 stooges last year, if they do not produce then it’s “good night nurse” they must go!

    Why do we not have proper assistant coaches< Bash and Reece, I mean really.
    Look at the Stormers defense last night, it is brilliant! Can we get a defensive coach please, we are missing too many tackles.

    [email protected] I am frustrated. Joubert with his rush defense, please chase that man back to France with his sidekick Freddy.

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.03.12 09:51:10 by Reynier Jacobs Reply

  • Chadwick did drop the ball when we were in a great attacking position. Handling skills is basics and he has to work on that. Another was Whitehead trying to run it from our line that cost us dearly as Tahs got a try from that. However, our biggest problem was from messing up from our kick offs. That too is a basic and one area of our game that is letting us down badly. Another thing to work on is our DEFENCE. That is letting us down bad here. Our defence against a strong pack like the Bulls was superb and again against Stormers. So there is no excuse for it we need to sharped up there.

    Have to agree, why the heck take off Bosman when he is having a absolute brilliant game? He never appeared to me that he was getting tired at all. Bosman could have played the full 80min yesterday. That was a daft sub really to bring on Joubert for Bosman. Thought Odwa and Mcleod could have played the 80min too.

    Next week hope to see Jordaan on the bench and JPP starting.

    Another thing that cost us dearly yesterday was the ref missing a knock on from the Tahs then awarding them a scrum with 7min left to play. The knock on came just after the hand off of Marcell when Bissie brought their lock down and he threw back for a Tah player to knock it on. For some reason the ref awarded them a scrum, from there came their try that probably might not have been had the ref had his eyes wide open.

    A game we should have won yesterday, much like we should have won in Cape Town wand probably Pretoria, only there our discipline cost us.

    Anyhow can’t cry over spilt milk now. Our defence has to sharpen up especially against Jakes team, they playing good rugby those youngsters. Also against the kiwi sides we had better be sharper. We need to pick up two wins on the road to stay in touch with the leaders of our conference. Otherwise we can forget it.

    Come on Sharks we know you can. Just do it.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.03.12 10:24:37 by Puma Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 3) : The Bulls and Stormers are at this stage looking like well drilled, well coached teams.

    We look the opposite.

    There is ever so slightly a tightening of the screws as far as Plumtree, Bashwho? and Reece-Edwards is concerned. The pressure is starting to mount (after a few seasons of mediocrity already). I would have said the same with regards to our full contingent of specialist coaches but we don’t have any of those.

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.03.12 10:59:15 by siorc Reply

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  • @siorc (Comment 4) : I have to agree Bulls and Stormers do look clinical but remember they haven’t suffered from many injuries like the Sharks not that I’m making excuses.

    I’m just throwing it out there but do you think Nick Mallett would consider coaching/managing the Sharks if he was approached? Likely he won’t get the England job so could be available. Maybe it is time for some changes within the Sharks management structure.

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.03.12 11:42:03 by slammerboy Reply
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  • Its become a mindset for the sharks to finish 5th or 6th on the super rugby log..to me it feels like they aim for it every season..we haven’t learnt from the past so something is clearly wrong..

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.03.12 11:48:13 by shaniboi Reply

  • @slammerboy (Comment 5) : the bulls have lost bakkies,victor,fourie,danie,gathro,gary..n yet they still going out n dominating..that my friend is a coaching thing..

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.03.12 11:49:51 by shaniboi Reply

  • After watching the SA teams yesterday I wish the following of the Sharks.

    The passion of the Lions.
    The creativity of the Cheetah’s.
    The ruthlessness of the Bulls.
    The dicipline on defense of the Stormers.

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.03.12 12:43:45 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @shaniboi (Comment 7) : I agree. We just like excuses instead of facing the facts. Our tight five is a weakness. Jannie isn’t delivering as a player and leader. Beast’s injury is hurting us. Our locks are below average. Guess we know why Sykes is back, no point staying in Ireland if you’re not going to make the national side.

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.03.12 13:22:11 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 8) :The Bulls, Lions and Stormers are well drilled and are prepared to put their bodies on the line for their teams. Think our focus this year should be to build a team with teammates that are willing to play for each other.

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.03.12 13:31:40 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Us Sharks fans have become quite used to making excuses, and accepting them, over the last 5 years. Well, when we start hearing the same excuses and still see the same inconsistent and poor results year on year, then the hard questions need to start being asked…

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.03.12 13:57:37 by siorc Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 8) : well said

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.03.12 14:44:58 by Franshark Reply
  • 😈 There you have it SHARKS 2012. No more excuses! We have the team, we need the wins. 😈

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.03.12 16:12:16 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • The Sharks poor handling is a real concern. It has been a glaring weakness in all four games. It’s like deja vu…same problem, different season.

    Their lazy defenders in the Waratahs game gliding across the field was really frustrating to watch. The Sharks allowed the opposition so much room to attack, it was as if they were being polite to the Waratahs.

    The Sharks lack a very important ingredient in their arsenal…AGGRESSION. They almost seem to lack passion and committment for the franchise.

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.03.12 17:05:50 by Predawn Reply

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  • I know this is off topic, but I feel it deserves mention. This weekend has shown all of us the promise and grit found within the Lions and the Cheetahs, and while the Lions were pushing the Stormers to their very limit, the team that might replace them, the EP Kings, were going down to Western Province in the Vodacom Cup.

    Worth mentioning.

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.03.12 19:16:35 by Leviathan Reply

  • I have to agree about our failure to control the kick offs, i have mentioned this in a previous post but no one seemed to pick up on it. We must be the worst team in ther competition when it comes to fielding the kick off and this probably costs us more in the game than the odd handling error, we seem to consistently allow the opposing team to score within minutes after scoring ourselves mostly as a direct result of that failure. the sharks lack the killer instinct needed to close out games, maybe its a mindset thing, but when the bulls get a sniff they go hell for leather and destroy ther opposition, we on the other hand tend to think that its time to reward ourselves with a bit of R&R after we score a try. Guess you can read between the lines to pick up my disappointment with this game 🙁

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.03.12 21:22:53 by SharkED Reply

  • I guess when fatigue sets in, the basics suffer. Kicks-offs were a mess, letting in those two soft tries after we scored was just horrific… It reminded me of a typical Quirk round of golf, that brain fart drive into the boggy marsh just short of the ladies tee, right after a great birdie on the stroke 1… Anyway, the guys are going to have to pull finger next week against the Brumbies. Jake White has them exceptionally well drilled and they’re always tough to beat at home…

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.03.12 07:59:05 by The Quirk Reply
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