An unratable performance

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 4 Jun 2012 at 08:00
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We’ve all been brought up, I’m sure, to believe that it’s better not to say anything at all if you don’t have anything nice to say.

On that basis, I’ve taken a completely unilateral decision not to do any players ratings after Saturday’s horror performance by the Sharks, which saw them lose to the Lions by 38 points to 28. While I know that most fans (myself included) are shocked and upset about the loss and would appreciate the opportunity to just have a good old vent, I cannot say with clear conscience that I see any point in going through the team, name by name, making negative comments and assigning a low score.

Quite simply, nothing good can come from that.

The players themselves are under no illusions as to exactly how poor they were on the day and having chatted to one or two of them, it’s pretty safe to say that they are as disappointed with the performance as we all are. Sharks rugby as a whole took a big step back on Saturday, but the team now has a month’s break in which to dwell on what went wrong and make plans to put it right.

It’s not a great situation to be in, but it is what it is and no amount of nit-picking and moaning from us is going to change it even one bit. While I don’t expect you all to follow my decision not to openly criticise individuals, I would respectfully ask that you refrain from sweeping statements and personal attacks, as always.

For those desperate to see some form of number, let’s give the team as a whole 3/10 for this week and leave it at that.


  • It is quite simple for me. The Bok players did not want to put their bodies on the line to save themselves for next week. The rest of the team followed

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.06.12 08:02:43 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 1) : rephrase…most of the old boks..and yes, call it what you want, but like my hsuband commented..”.the Sharks totally rely on Marcell, if it wasn’t for him, it might have been even worse”

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.06.12 08:36:43 by Ice Reply
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  • Sharks did not pitch up for this game. Us as proud supporters was disappointed once again. Don’t think I’m that surprised though.

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.06.12 08:36:48 by Rvw Reply

  • I think you are rather generous with a 3, I would give the entire team a -5/10.

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.06.12 08:43:52 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 1) : I agree, and Plum alluded to it earlier in the week suggesting he was going to back youth, but obviously didn’t have the balls to follow through. If only they all displayed the same level of hunger as Ludick, he made a helluva impact.

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.06.12 08:44:08 by neilster Reply

  • @lostfish (Comment 4) : I agree.

    @neilster (Comment 5) : That was my thought as well. It was almost as if HM had whispered into the guys ears “don’t get injured I need you next week” and both the Sharks and the Bulls who together have 82% of the Springbok squad (more if you include Frans) lost over the weekend. After being favourites… that’s not suspicious at all!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.06.12 08:49:15 by Butchie34 Reply
  • I hear what everyone is saying BUT I don’t blame the old boks/new boks. The TEAM didn’t do great. Just as the TEAM of the LIONS without boks did great. The Lions just did their homework well. They knew Plum would rely on the forwards. But if you look at all the tries the Lions dodged the forwards and took the gaps from our backs faults. The forwards didn’t get ball in hand. And if the Lions saw that there is a possibility of being tackled by one of the big forwards the immediately passed. What must the forwards do then? Let all of them follow the ball and leaving gaps that would have anyway make more space fro Lions. I don’t think Marcel had his best game ever. Also he can have a not-so-great day. I honestly think the Lions outplayed our tactics, def recognised our weak spots and hammered on that. We won the stormers that way. We knew they lost valuable forwards, so target that and tackle the backs. I can’t blame any individuals but as a team they didn’t pitch.

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.06.12 08:54:23 by Converted shark Reply

  • Same story every year from these guys ,make a last minute run for the play offs and fallout .Then they are always disappointed with themselves ,excuses excuses.

    Maybe they are to blame for poor crowd attendance?
    Who didn’t see it coming ?

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.06.12 08:55:30 by Talent Reply
  • I said to my wife just before the game started that I’m very nervous about the game because the Sharks seem to drop down to lower levels of intensity when they play weaker teams… I hate it that I was right.

    The Sharks still don’t have that killer instinct.

    Then they go and score 2 tries in 5 minutes and get all of us very excited and then disappoint us all again.

    Remind me where I’ve seen this script before?

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.06.12 08:55:56 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Why is it that the Sharks always save their absolute worst performance for the cellar dwellers?

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.06.12 09:16:01 by lostfish Reply
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  • The Times reports… “Sharks coach John Plumtree was so angry after his team’s lacklustre performance, particularly in the first half when they trailed 32-11 at the break, that he refused to be interviewed.”

    Ja, nee…

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.06.12 09:23:20 by klempie Reply

  • @lostfish (Comment 10) : That is a keen observation.

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.06.12 09:24:12 by klempie Reply

  • Utterly pathetic. It’s the same thing every year. Win or lose, I dont care anymore. My health is more important.

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.06.12 09:29:12 by JarsonX Reply
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  • First of all, I want to say the Sharks did not play well BUT if a team get two freebie tries from the ref then they are tails up and the other team must fight. The first try….. clearly offside (in front of the kicker). Second try…… How many moves can you make Fall, crawl, place crawl a bit further and then score. Both should have been penalties for the Sharks and the last try? AR says grounding good, the rest is history. If they did not get that first two tries, it would have been a different story. Michelak should also not have taken that tap, but then again a Lion player (I think 11) clearly shoulder him and take him out of play after he kicked the ball. I am going to change my story. The Sharks did not lose, the ref gave it to the Lions. It sounds like sour grapes, but it is TRUE. I hate incompetency. Is that a word in English? Well I still hate it. Refs are totally incompetent. I want to repeat what Andy Roddick (tennis player) once said on a court: “Kids you must study hard, otherwise you will become a ref”
    OK I feel better now. Thanks for listening. It was a LOOOOng weekend.

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.06.12 09:34:47 by Stef Reply

  • :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.06.12 09:49:14 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 12) : 😆 it seems our bogey team is now the Lions instead of the Cheetahs.

  • Comment 16, posted at 04.06.12 09:49:51 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 16) : I was thinking the same thing 🙁

  • Comment 17, posted at 04.06.12 09:50:54 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 13) : I keep saying tat the Sharks are going to make me go into early labour 😉

  • Comment 18, posted at 04.06.12 09:51:20 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Converted shark (Comment 7) : I disagree actually, I thought it all started up front where we got whipped! The 2nd try for eg was off our first lineout which we lost…
    Then it was Lions backs running onto fantastic quality ball which will always make you look stupid.
    Awesome work by Lions coaching staff who obviously picked up that if you tackle the ball and not the man, the sharks pack is impotent.

  • Comment 19, posted at 04.06.12 09:52:37 by neilster Reply

  • @lostfish (Comment 18) : Is there another bun in the oven?? 😯

  • Comment 20, posted at 04.06.12 09:53:48 by klempie Reply

  • @JarsonX (Comment 13) : Really? I try not to care and every time I get sucked in. Every year when things like tis happen, I decided to get another hobby or support a team thayt I am sure will not do things like this, but then again…… I do care again Sighh, Next year I am going to watch anything but rugby, I will still decide. Wish I was like many ladies Not interested in rugby, how am i gonna change that? Start 45 years back when I went to the field with my dad and ran up and down the touch line at club rugby, sitting on the stands with tests etc. HHMMMM and worst of all, I carried this genes to my daughters and we want to watch all the rugby and NOT go shopping, but we want the Sharks to win!!!!!!!!!!! Life is complicated

  • Comment 21, posted at 04.06.12 10:00:49 by Stef Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 9) : You took the words out of my mouth. My same words before the match to my husband. He was confident and we all warned him that the people who said the Titanic will not sink was also confident.

  • Comment 22, posted at 04.06.12 10:03:04 by Stef Reply

  • it’s amazing how much of a difference a week makes in sport, last week nobody on this site could get themselves to evaluate the sharks objectively, it was all “my favourite sharks player is jouba or honiball or davidson”, now it’s all despair and we won’t review the performance.

    that is just sad and a display of downright toadyness – “oh when our team is winning we’ll give them stars on their foreheads but when they shit we’ll save them the inconvinience of an honest appraisal” 😯

    i know politics are a no-no on this site but i can’t but make comparisons to a certain ruling party’s supporters hehehe


  • Comment 23, posted at 04.06.12 10:03:38 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 23) : You’ve got it right there in that we’re not giving an honest appraisal of each player. The Lions arrived on Saturday and wanted to play the game and it seemed as though the Sharks were already thinking about 9 o’clock and who will be selected for the Boks.

    A week makes a massive difference in sport and the Sharks are the ultimate paragon of this difference. The game against the Stormers the whole team stood up and played as a team. On Saturday, it didn’t even look as though the different combinations were on the same page. The only thing which survived was the Beast/Bresler bromance and Beast’s dogged determination not to let Bresler fall down on his head no matter how much Bresler tries.

    Spank them all on the hand, take away a ladybug because they “don’t play well with others” and drop them in the dunce’s corner.

  • Comment 24, posted at 04.06.12 10:09:04 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @klempie (Comment 20) : Yes there is! In a couple of months 😯

  • Comment 25, posted at 04.06.12 10:12:29 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 25) : Congratulations!!

  • Comment 26, posted at 04.06.12 10:13:34 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Butchie34 (Comment 26) : Thanks

  • Comment 27, posted at 04.06.12 10:17:36 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 25) : Damn girl! Seems like just yesterday the last one popped out. 😕

  • Comment 28, posted at 04.06.12 10:30:01 by klempie Reply

  • Hey guys. Look on the bright side. At least we won’t have to face the Lions next year. 😈

  • Comment 29, posted at 04.06.12 10:31:14 by klempie Reply

  • Missed the game completely and discovered it didnt tape…misread my sons chirp on facebook and for 2 glorious hours believed we had won. Bliksem but that was a comedown of note!!!

  • Comment 30, posted at 04.06.12 10:35:06 by Caratacus Reply

  • @Caratacus (Comment 30) : hahahah, shame!

  • Comment 31, posted at 04.06.12 10:40:20 by Ice Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 23) : Oh, pipe down, Henry Honiball is *still* my favourite player… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 32, posted at 04.06.12 10:40:43 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 23) : Ummmm. “nobody”? I was still pessimistic but I took the win.

  • Comment 33, posted at 04.06.12 10:42:48 by klempie Reply

  • @Talent (Comment 8) :
    Spot on. I dont intend singling anybody out, but I think Ludik, followed by Mvovo and JP showed real hunger.

    Like Talent said, same story every year; so I’m not about to join the pity party about how disappointed the team is in themselves etc etc. This is the real world – we all face tough situations, and when we perform badly, the general public do not come along and disguise the fact that we screwed up.

    Raise your game Sharks.

  • Comment 34, posted at 04.06.12 10:54:07 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 34) : The Sharks’ assistant coach Grant Bashford was defiant: “It’s not over yet, but we have to win our last two games with bonus points to have a chance.”

  • Comment 35, posted at 04.06.12 10:56:42 by Megatron Reply

  • Can I make things a little worse? Misery loves company right!

    The Sharks’s chances of making a play-off has gone from about 95% to 5%. We can get a maximum of 14 points in the last 3 weeks. The Reds 15 and will then have won 1 more game than us. If they want to make the tops six all they need to do is Rebels 5/ Highlanders 4/ Waratahs 5. Because we are probably won’t get 5 against the Bulls or win for that matter.

    The Hurricanes still have to beat the Chiefs and Crusaders and the Highlanders have the Reds and Chiefs to deal with, but can still also beat us to the top 6 if we don’t get maximum points.

    This blows, why give us hope and then just rip it away from us… it’s cruel damn it! 👿

  • Comment 36, posted at 04.06.12 10:57:03 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 32) : Andre Joubert…… 😆

  • Comment 37, posted at 04.06.12 11:04:02 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 28) : Almost 18 months ago.

  • Comment 38, posted at 04.06.12 11:07:57 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 36) : That may just be a blessing in disguise. IMO only the top 2 on the log and maybe the Crusaders have a realistic chance to win the S15.

    All the issues that bugged me earlier in the season were back with a vengeance:
    – poor protection of own ruck ball
    – lineouts
    – poor defense
    – clueless on attack except for the 10 minute period at the start of the second half

    I know it is always dangerous for a team with all to loose playing a team with nothing to loose. I can understand the Bok game in a week affecting some players’ intensity, but that does not excuse the execution of the basics of rugby

  • Comment 39, posted at 04.06.12 11:11:03 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Megatron (Comment 35) : Good luck with that. Might be possible against the Cheetahs, but I somehow doubt we’ll be able to beat the Bulls with a bonus point even if we are at home.

    Of course, if we knock the Bulls over we might be able to overtake them… but that’s a big IF.

  • Comment 40, posted at 04.06.12 12:18:00 by Butchie34 Reply
  • Every team is the sharks bogey team when it matters!

  • Comment 41, posted at 04.06.12 13:20:35 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @Honey Badger (Comment 41) : Lol, so true.

  • Comment 42, posted at 04.06.12 15:42:03 by siorc Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 23) : So who is your all time favourite Sharks player?

  • Comment 43, posted at 04.06.12 16:20:09 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • I also don’t believe it’s worth singling out the crap performances because in my mind the whole team played pathetically. I haven’t seen such a betrayal of the fans trust since the Stormers refused to run out the tunnel in ’99. It’s so obvious now that the dudes were saving themselves for the England Test. Shameful, is what it is. For what it’s worth only Louis Ludick seemed particularly interested in trying to win the game. And for that I am grateful. Thanks Louis. 🙄

  • Comment 44, posted at 05.06.12 08:10:04 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 44) : Well Said. And agree 100%.

    I’m sick and tired of always making an effort from Rustenburg to Loftus or Ellispark to watch a lacklustre team suffering a humiliating loss. (CC final 2011, Bulls first game this season, and Saturday…..)

    There was a shit load of Sharks supporters there on Saturday, I was one, probably about 75% of the crowd.

    CMON BOYS, YOU ARE REALLY HURTING US UP HERE!!!! All we ask is a decent performance with a lot of heart and character, and we will accept the result win or lose! But accepting a performance like that…. 😥

  • Comment 45, posted at 05.06.12 08:24:45 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 35) : :mrgreen:

    Yip, they`ll wait untill I stop backing them on Sportsbet before they wake up to give us a shimmer of false hope again . . . 🙄

  • Comment 46, posted at 05.06.12 14:02:13 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 43) :

    My favourite Sharks player is Freddie The Frog!! 😈

    He always seemed to assist the opposition with his wild passes and lack of BMT.

    There was that one game at Newlands on a rainy Friday evening when the Sharks managed to beat us.

    But I’m always reminded of that saying ‘even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes’


  • Comment 47, posted at 05.06.12 14:53:24 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 47) :
    Except if said blind squirrel wanders into the cavernous confines of your underpants. 😈

  • Comment 48, posted at 05.06.12 16:11:51 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 48) : A burn of the ice variety 😈

  • Comment 49, posted at 05.06.12 16:15:29 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 49) :
    I saw my opening and I took it. That’s what heroes do. 😆

  • Comment 50, posted at 05.06.12 16:33:37 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 43) : it’s a close race between andy goode & epi taione 😆

  • Comment 51, posted at 05.06.12 16:58:22 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 51) : Epi would have won a foot race between those two hands down

  • Comment 52, posted at 05.06.12 17:31:24 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 52) : skullet is a good kicker though.

  • Comment 53, posted at 05.06.12 17:48:30 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 51) : Don’t forget Yacques Lewy Pootgieter (Tjietas, Pienk Nulle, and finally the Sharks) – carnations, I’d rather see skullet in a Sharks jersey before him. 😯

  • Comment 54, posted at 05.06.12 18:39:28 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 54) : JLP wasn’t that bad..

  • Comment 55, posted at 05.06.12 19:37:36 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 55) :


  • Comment 56, posted at 05.06.12 19:48:26 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Ben (Comment 55) : Agreed

  • Comment 57, posted at 05.06.12 21:28:34 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Rodger Smith!! 😎
    Jaco Gouws. LEGENDS I tell ya! 😆

  • Comment 58, posted at 05.06.12 22:07:20 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 58) : My vote goes to Roger Smith as well! 😈

  • Comment 59, posted at 06.06.12 08:29:10 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 1) :

    Should the Sharks not have the quality to even beat the Lions with a second team ?

    i mean we had Vodacom cup and Varsity Cup players in our team ..

  • Comment 60, posted at 06.06.12 09:14:44 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Make no mistake – I thought the Lions played very well

    The 15 players on the field did not show the same commitment and hunger as against the Stormers, and we lost.

  • Comment 61, posted at 06.06.12 09:25:28 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 61) : Not the first time either.

    Curiously the previous time was against the Lions as well . .

    What were the odds on the Lions saturday? Match Fixing?! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 62, posted at 06.06.12 09:29:03 by Original Pierre Reply
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