A question of desire

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 23 May 2012 at 09:56
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A lot of people seem to be asking me the same question – and it’s one to which I wish I knew the answer! Simply put, Sharks fans are all focusing on a single things this week, that being the question of whether we can actually hope to beat the Stormers at Kings Park this weekend.

Rugby is a funny old game and I think we’ve long since moved on from thinking that paper-based analyses of team line ups can ever really be used to predict what will happen with complete accuracy. While the Sharks started the season with high hopes of romping to a home semi-final, based mostly on a deep squad with plenty of experience, reality set in pretty quickly with the whole somehow proving less than the sum of the parts. The Stormers, in contrast, have shown an ability to gel as a team despite regular losses of key personnel to injury and the ensuing replacement of those players with raw youngsters – and one Canadian that nobody has ever heard of.

There have been numerous theories put forward, of course…. the Sharks will win because their squad is fitter, the Stormers will win because the Sharks discipline will let them down, the Sharks will win because they know how to score tries, the Stormers will win because they never conceded tries… at the end of the day, any of these theories could be correct, or all of them could be completely wide of the mark. Hell, perhaps we’ll even see the Stormers flinging the ball around wildly like they used to do, and the Sharks concentrating on defence and kicking penalties? Anything, I guess, could really happen.

What I feel will prove telling, though, in this match between two quite evenly-matched teams, is the old cliché about “the team who wants it more”. This game, I feel, is going to be won in the top two inches and it’s here that the Sharks are going to have the greatest challenge to overcome, because the Stormers are on a confidence high. That said, the Sharks know that they simply cannot afford to lose this game and still hope to contest a play-off, whilst for the Stormers, while a loss would be a setback, it will by no means be the end of the world for them.

Let’s hope that the boys in black and white are able to keep the “playing for our lives” vibe going this week in order to put one over a side that they haven’t managed to beat in Super Rugby for a wee while now. Failing to do so could all but bring down the curtain on this campaign – and I’m sure the players all know that.


  • Big game..probably the turning point of the campaign for both teams..stormers need to win to stay top..knowing that either the chiefs or bulls can pass them and the sharks needa win as it edges them closer to the top if the bulls go down to the chiefs..

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.05.12 10:17:00 by shaniboi Reply
  • I’ve, watched Stormers play live twice this year. They won both games by 3 points, the games were against the Sharks and the Bulls and in both games the losing teams were actually the better teams on the day.

    With this in mind I have no doubt that the Sharks (and a few other teams) can beat the Stormers, especially on their home grounds.

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.05.12 10:18:50 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • 😈 Yes Rob, and like you I do not dabble in predictions. If we do the basics right we will win. We have 2 weaknesses which stem from taking the ball out of the air. We showed some bad lapses under kick off and the up-and-under balls. We can not afford to kick ball away without purpose.
    We have improved on all basics however, such as discipline etc. We are a GREAT (WHITE SHARK) side and we can destroy the Stormers if the desire is there!
    This is again the start of a series of finals which we have to win in order to get good position in the competition. GO BOYS! 😈

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.05.12 10:40:35 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 2) : The perfomances the last 2 weeks coupled with the cancellation of the Stormers’ training session on Monday because of player fatigue tells me that when our bench comes on it will be game over. By exactly how much will depend on how far we are behind at that stage.

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.05.12 11:09:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I’m prepared for an epic game……..this means one of two things.

    1. Utter and absolute disappointment(followed by a hangover)
    2. Utter and absolute joy(followed by a hangover) :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.05.12 11:10:25 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : Take 2 things from that comment.

    1) Don’t panic (I mean both the supporters and the players) when we are trailing.
    2) We will win once our bench comes on.

    Either Coetzee uses his bench late in the game to keep experienced players on against our bench and we then have the fresh legs advantage.
    He uses his bench early and we have the experience advantage.

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.05.12 11:13:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 5) : 😆

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.05.12 11:14:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • We definitely need this win more!

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.05.12 11:29:21 by Letgo Reply
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  • Don’t forget the bounce of the ball, and sometimes the whistle of the ref can also decide matters in close games.

    I hope Lady Luck is on our side for a change

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.05.12 11:42:45 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Just one thing that has been bothering me lately……why do the Sharks refuse to compete in ANY lineouts??

    Surely you have to at least try to put some pressure on the oppositions lineouts.

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.05.12 11:43:53 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 10) : It seems the Bulls caught the same disease against the Landers. Last lineout for the Landers in the dying seconds of the game – 5 points behind, the Bulls just watched the Landers lock catching the ball.

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.05.12 11:46:15 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 11) :

    That might be so but the Bulls stole several Lander’s lineouts in that game. Juandre Kruger was all over them.

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.05.12 11:51:40 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 12) : But then they left the most crucial line out alone. I would have expected at least an attempt

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.05.12 11:53:43 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 5) : That is a most sensible approach. It dovetails nicely with my philosophy: “I don’t care if the glass is half empty or half full, as long as it has whisky in it.”

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.05.12 11:59:41 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 10) : Really wish I knew the answer to this one! My best guess is not competing in the air means there’s little chance of a rolling maul forming after the take.

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.05.12 12:50:32 by vanmartin Reply
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  • You gotta love a game like this. Any team can realistically win. There are quality players on display. All im hoping for is that the weather stays good and that the ref doesnt become the show.

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.05.12 13:07:31 by SheldonK Reply

  • I saw someone at the Gym that looked like Jaco Peyper, but then I realised that it wasn’t him.

    The point of this story – Referees haunt me. I see referees.

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.05.12 14:30:51 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 17) : 😆 😆

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.05.12 14:48:23 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Stormers team is available:

    5 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Jebb Sinclair, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff

    Susbsitutes: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Don Armand, 20 Nick Fenton-Wells, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Burton Francis

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.05.12 15:20:01 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 19) : Well this is good news.

    Yes they don`t loose anything by playing Appels at 15, but Van den Heever on the wing? :mrgreen:
    Aplon brings a greater counter attack risk, but his kicking is nowhere near Joe Pietersens` standard.

    Sharks to Chip over the midget fullback and score bonus point tries! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.05.12 15:44:13 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 20) : lot’s at stake for you. must have been tough in the Cape after those Shark’s losses :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.05.12 15:46:37 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 21) : :mrgreen: True That!

    Gonna be a tense saturday afternoon in my house, I expect lotsa visitors in blue and white!

    Maybe I should allow Beast ( my bullterrier ) house priveleges for the afternoon just to even out the odds . . . 😈

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.05.12 15:51:00 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 22) : definitely – that will make them realise it’s not a friendly :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.05.12 15:53:27 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 20) : I can just see the newspaper headline: “Van den Heever fails to shadow Mvovo” :mrgreen:

  • Comment 24, posted at 23.05.12 15:53:39 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 24) : 😀

  • Comment 25, posted at 23.05.12 15:59:02 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 24) : yes, do jinx him 🙄 😆

  • Comment 26, posted at 23.05.12 16:00:09 by rekinek Reply
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  • Of all the league stage games, this is the one I most want the Sharks to win. Three games without a win, or indeed four if we lose this weekend, is FAR too long to go without beating the Stormers. The time is ripe, go Sharks!

  • Comment 27, posted at 23.05.12 16:05:23 by siorc Reply

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