The final stretch

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 30 Apr 2012 at 07:45
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As we go into the final stretch of this year’s Super Rugby competition, let’s find some positives and look at some would’ve, could’ve and should’ves.

Well it’s not really the final stretch because we’re taking another break in between the England test series against the Springboks. The Sharks are currently laying in a very unfavourable 7th position, which they only have themselves to blame. They managed to get a BP from 4 out of the 5 they lost, it could easily have been 8 wins from 9.

The Sharks did win their 2 first home games, which one would expect, but then came 6 points short against the Chief on their return to Kingspark last weekend. The Chiefs would’ve been favourites after a very good start with 7 out of 8 wins. The Sharks played like a team being told; “look, you guys are not good enough to beat the table topping Chiefs, so just go out and manage loosing within 7points and get the bonus point”.

For years now we’ve known the Sharks to do just enough to win the game, as soon as they’re in front they start defending the score, wait for the other team to get ahead then start playing again. For a team with so much potential in player ability and – I believe – coaching staff, they seriously need to sit down and ask themselves what they want to achieve.

One thing that came up a lot in weeks gone by is getting Plum a plane ticket back to where he came from. I don’t think that is going to happen or at least not now during the Super Rugby campaign; maybe something more realistic could be getting a new captain. Keegan is a brilliant player with loads of talent, a player I would rather have in my team then to play against, but we all know by now he is not a captain. Like KSA Shark pointed out in his post, Keegan is not the man to be making the decisions on the pitch. I believe you can blame the coach before the game for the team that is being picked, but as soon as they run onto the field the captain is running the show. Like I said previously, any player can be a captain, but you don’t need a captain you need a leader.

Plum has made some bad decisions in selecting the team, playing Freddy at no 9, last year he had some shocking games but he was also the hero in many, playing in his best position no 10. A guy like Bosman had a shocking season last year, but he had some brilliant games this year, he found his feet at no 12 and after 3 or 4 good games Plum moves him back to the bench.

One of the more interesting moves Plum made was to move JP to no 13, I don’t think many will have objection to that, but then we lost Odwa he could’ve moved JP back to wing. I’d say Ludik is a capable replacement but surely JP has more to offer on the wing? But also to add, Ludik’s been brilliant on defence and made some crucial try saving tackles, but not much on attacking play.

Another thing is their lack of passion to win or maybe there attitude on the pitch; let’s hope the boys were just tired after they had a hectic start to the campaign. They’ve have had their break to spend some time with the family and they’ve been to the Springbok training camp, players will know who is in line for Springbok honours and what Meyer expect of them. Let’s hope they return like a team that want to finish in the playoffs.

But not just to hop on the negatives, let’s give credit where it is due:

Players really doing their best game in and game out include Bismark, Bresler, Coetzee, Keegan, Lambie, Whitehead, Peterson, Mvovo, Viljoen, Botes and Burden, while Bosman had a few good games before he was moved back to the bench.

Coetzee making the most overall tackles 139.
Viljoen second in meters gained 919m.
Keegan and Whitehead among the top 10 line breakers, Keegan 5th with 10 and Whitehead 10th with 8.

And also awaiting the return of Deysel, Beeeeaaast and Kankowski.

With 5 out of their remaining 7 games at home let’s hope the boys can pull something out of the bag and give it their all for the remaining games and make it 7 from 7.


  • Well we`ve got Beast, Kankow and Odwa back now, that`s something at least.

    Possible team for the `Landers :

    Viljoen, Odwa, JP, Whitehead, Mvovo, Lambie, McLeod ( hopefully he ups his game cause we haven`t got other options ), Keegan ( but give Kankow 20 minutes ), Deysel, Alberts, Sykes, Botes, Jannie, Bismarck ( sub him after his second penalty conceded ), BEAAAST ! ( Should give Chadwick a nice break if he only has to play 30 minutes. )
    Burden, Chadwick, Bresler, Marcell, Kankow, Michalak, Ludick.

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.05.12 10:27:28 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 1) : you want Alberts and Sykes as your locks? What, you don’t like winning lineouts?

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.05.12 10:32:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : I understand, but we don`t compete on opposition throws anyway, Sykes and Alberts should be good enough for our own ball.
    Plus we can have Alberts and Deysel hitting the rucks in the first half, to wear the highlanders down.
    Second half we bring the more mobile players on and run riot.

    That`s my plan anyway.

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.05.12 13:24:42 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 3) : well, at least you have a plan, so you’re already one up on the Sharks coaches. 🙂

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.05.12 13:30:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • Here’s a would’ve, could’ve, should’ve for you.

    We could’ve and should’ve won most of our games then we would’ve been near the top of the log.

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.05.12 13:34:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : we should’ve been more prepared to back out young players sooner, then they could’ve had more experience by now and would’ve performed more consistently.

    This is a fun game – your turn. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.05.12 13:37:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • We would have had a Super 14 trophy back in 2007. But I wouldnt add the would have as its the closest well come to the trophy unless Plum gets his plane ticket.

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.05.12 14:00:13 by Quintin Reply

  • I cant edit my post 😐 The first would have should have been a could have :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.05.12 14:02:17 by Quintin Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 6) :

    We could’ve had a mentally strong team if the coach would’ve just done what the whole of KZN knew he should’ve done.

    We coulda been a top team, if the coach woulda woken up, he shoulda been fired by now.

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.05.12 14:04:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 8) : You mean you woulda changed it if you coulda. 🙂

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.05.12 14:05:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : I think he should’ve changed it, and would’ve if he could’ve 🙂

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.05.12 14:07:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : :mrgreen: 😀

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.05.12 14:08:50 by Quintin Reply

  • I think a player like Pat Cilliers could’ve added a huge amount to our campaign this year… he probably would’ve stayed if we’d backed him like we should’ve.

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.05.12 14:15:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • An abstract painting has more form than Kanko at this stage, but I’m pretty sure he might have more form than Alberts.

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.05.12 14:38:14 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Plumtree as quoted on News24:

    “So we’re not far away, we’ve just got to keep boxing on, believing in each other and working hard. That’s going to be key.

    “A lot of people out there will think I’m dreaming, but we believe in ourselves and we want to do well. If we can sort out some things internally, then we’ll be alright.”

    I wonder what “internal” things need to be “sorted out”? How intriguing…

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.05.12 23:15:22 by siorc Reply

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  • Good (Monday)morning all, what an excellent weekend….
    Have great(sort) week, looking forward to the weekends Rugga…

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.05.12 07:28:26 by Franshark Reply

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