The Great Couch Shark

Gracious in victory

Written by Nick Gordon (The Great Couch Shark)

Posted in :Super Rugby on 29 Jul 2012 at 08:10
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Hey guys just a short note to remind us all here to be gracious in victory; and to love the game of rugby more than loving the sight of other teams losing.

I’ve just noticed a lot of Stormers-bashing on other websites. Most of it seems to be coming from Bulls supporters (who seem to get a weird kick out of watching the other superior South African teams stumble). The one thing I know about Sharksworld is that, for the most part we’re a decent bunch of blokes, and we’d never stoop to those levels.

Having said that, I think we also need to be complimentary of the fine achievements recorded by the Stormers this season. Before we start tooting our horns, let’s get someย perspectiveย here: they won 14 out of 16 games, they had never lost at home prior to last night and they did it all despite a slew of injuries during the season.

If you had to liken the Super series to the Comrades Marathon (and with so many games, it can feel like a marathon at times), then you’d have to give the Stormers credit for bursting out of the gates, sailing up Polly Shorts, cruising down Fields Hill, only to stumble in the stadium. They ran a good race, and that makes them a bloody good team. You’d also have to concede that Alistair Coetzee is an excellent coach who has shown up our own coach over the years with his tactical astuteness.

But for all of that, they were beaten by a team that finished sixth. Obviously I am super chuffed and proud of my team for doing that. But let’s get some perspective: we snuck in the back door and beat a team that was consistently better than us the whole season.

Sharks I salute you. Stormers, I respect you.

Now that I’ve got that out of the way: let’s go scalp some Chiefs!


  • I don’t care much for most Streamers supporters, they really got big headed (yuuuup, we were there too once upon a time).

    But for their team, how it must feel to do everything right during the season just to once again stumble at the second last hurdle….it’s gotta hurt and I really feel for those guys.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.07.12 08:25:08 by FireTheLooser Reply
  • Being a huge Protea fan, I know how the supporters must be feeling. The Proteas always has a pretty fine side on paper, they dominate the league stages in the major competitions, but always choke somewhere during knock-outs or where it matters. Hope this will change with the new coach. The only way the Stormers will manage to stop choking is to change their boring game plan. They certainly have the players to do so. But for now, thanx for choking again you “full-of-yourself” mountainsgoats. The time to have the Super rugby and Currie Cup trophy in Durban has arrived, and I’m loving it!

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.07.12 08:47:53 by Bite me Reply
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  • @Bite me (Comment 2) : Well, they certainly chose the wrong game plan on Saturday. That kick and chase plan failed and they actually started looking good when they they threw the ball around. IMO I think the players themselves aren’t bad okes, but their windgat supporters and arrogant media are to blame for that ‘full-of-yourself’ attitude.

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.07.12 08:58:00 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 1) : I lost a bit of respect for Kolisi and Grant. They were very overhyped this season and both choked yesterday. I think Plum was playing mind games all week when he was lavishing praise on Peter Grant…

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.07.12 09:00:26 by CapeShark Reply
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  • Awesome win for our boys. But to Alistair, Jean and the rest of the Stormers, despite the loss you can hold your heads up high. You were humble and gracious in defeat, you are ambassadors for the game, and for your country!

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.07.12 09:12:24 by Gaff Reply

  • 100% CapeShark. We need to be gracious in victory and not stoop to those levels, the competition is far from over and we haven’t achieved anything, we’ve just put ourselves in a position to correct the wrongs of the past (2007 comes to mind). The Stormers are really a good side and have done well to win 14 out of the 17 games they played this year. They just came across a side that believes that this is their time. Let’s remain humble, keep our eyes on the prize and continue to believe that it’s our time.

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.07.12 09:54:53 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Think the boys must have 2 practice sessions this week, spend the rest of the time working on the mental aspect and of course resting. Are we taking Lambie and Jordaan along?

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.07.12 09:57:49 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Waking up with a hangover of note………After that performance who cares. Agree wholeheartedly that the Stormers players are decent guys. Jdv is an absolute gentleman and fully believe he’s the right guy for the bold as we’ll.

    I think what gets to us are their supporters and
    the blinkered press.

    A few years ago Bobby adopted the song “I believe I can fly” for the stormers. At this stage I believe the SHARKS have done the impossible and next week will do a miracle.

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.07.12 10:04:10 by Bayshark Reply

  • We know how they feel..
    Too get so close and not getting any…
    Saying that I’m sooooo chuffed/stoked about the Sharks for their achievement..

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.07.12 10:08:30 by Franshark Reply
  • Good article.

    Lets not disrespect a very good team, and a very gracious captain. On top of that, we still have Mission Impossible Part III next week.

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.07.12 10:16:19 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Great article and what I was saying last night after we won. Great game, epic win, but still lots to do!

    @CapeShark (Comment 4) : I thought Kolisi and Grant weren’t too bad. Kolisi knocked our heavies back on a number of occassions, and Grant made one or two mistakes, but kicked superbly and only missed once.

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.07.12 10:45:48 by StevieS Reply
  • @CapeShark (Comment 4) : No dude. Kolisi was pretty immense last night. Great article.

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.07.12 11:58:12 by Ben Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 7) : YES!

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.07.12 11:58:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • Yesterday’s result was the silver lining for my weekend. Yes the Stormers a good side but What I can’t stand is some of their backline try celebrations (Aplon, De Jongh, Pietersen). This isn’t soccer, too much showmanship in the Stormers side. Although I suppose they don’t score many so they have to celebrate like that…

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.07.12 12:07:52 by MikeVS Reply

  • I take a fair bit of pleasure in the fact that a good number of my friends are Stormers and they weren’t at all quiet about the Shark’s chances in the game yesterday, yet I will also remain quiet and humble this week.

    Fact is guys, as much as we may laud how well the Sharks have done, they’ve achieved nothing unless they win in Hamilton.

    That may sound hard, but really, it’s true. No one will care next week Sunday what the Sharks did if they lose… So best of luck boys!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.07.12 12:47:24 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 15) : “Fact is guys, as much as we may laud how well the Sharks have done, theyโ€™ve achieved nothing unless they win in Hamilton.”

    100% correct. History has a nasty habit of forgetting the guy who came second ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.07.12 16:01:56 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 16) : That’s no lie. I remember a guy who used to play 10 for the Sharks, who no-one seems to remember… bloke named Pat or something… Hurt his ankle playing for the Boks and then everyone started raving about some French oke and he disappeared completely off the radar. Very sad. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.07.12 16:38:13 by Shaz Reply
  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 15) : @CapeShark (Comment 16) : I dont think I will forget this season? Win or lose next week

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.07.12 16:52:13 by Rahul Reply

  • @CapeShark (Comment 16) : History doesn’t forget. It’s people like us who forget, and who allow those who tried and failed to be forgotten. I still remember Eddie the Eagle Edwards, and the Jamaican bobsled team… And while I still remember them, they will never be forgotten. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.07.12 17:08:02 by Shaz Reply
  • I take even more pleasure that we beat the Stormers than any other side. I have no problem with the Stormers players but their media and supporters I’m afraid are the worst.

    Looking at my twitter timeline earlier this week, it seemed pointless for the Sharks to turn up because we were going to get a hiding. When the Chiefs won on Friday, the crowing from Cape Town was a home final (Gareth Rosslee, Jean Smyth etc etc). My Stormers supporting “friends” were the same. And as I’ve pointed out to many people before, it’s VERY easy to make bold claims BEFORE a game..but the talking should only come after the game!

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.07.12 18:08:51 by Villie Reply
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  • I’ve been somewhat surprised to see some comment that Kolisi was nowhere in this match. I agree he was relatively anonymous on attack, but there were multiple times he tackled our big ball carriers backwards, and backwards quite hard.

    Anyone notice it was JPP that made the incredible clean out at the end of the game so we could win the turnover. It was awesome to see him drive the single Stormer at the breakdown back at least 5 metres.

    I’m thinking we were somewhat lucky AC chose the game plan he did, because when things seemed all lost, the Stormers looked very good attacking with ball in hand. I remember several times begging for some mistake from them, but they made none. Sharks defense was incredible, committing minimal players to the tackle area and trusting one another to play their line. It was good Rugby to watch. Stormers players and coaching staff should be very proud, finishing top of the log with all the injuries they have had to contend with. It is just too bad this could not have been the final.

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.07.12 19:06:17 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Once again well done to the Sharks and thanks for the article Capeshark

    Just one thing, let’s not generalize re: arrogant Stormers supporters, all teams have windgat supporters… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.07.12 22:07:31 by wpw Reply
  • Dancing Bear
    Howzit boet?

    The Sharks seemed so much more composed and I think the fact Michalak had such a great game as opposed to Grant says a lot.

    My opinion of Peter changed since last year’s semi final loss to the Crusaders. He just doesn’t perform when it matters.

    As for yesterday, our biggest culprits were Duvenage. Joe P, Grant, Bekker and some front row forwards who think they’re centres!!

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.07.12 22:12:00 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 22) : Bulls supporters are far worse than you! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.07.12 22:27:20 by Ben Reply
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  • Ben
    I refuse to generalize!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Comment 25, posted at 29.07.12 22:32:28 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 25) : More a observation than a generalization. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Comment 26, posted at 29.07.12 22:37:45 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 26) : I’d say it’s neither. It’s the blady truth that!

  • Comment 27, posted at 29.07.12 22:42:02 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Shaz (Comment 17) : Worse than Ice’s crush on Marcell! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  • Comment 28, posted at 29.07.12 22:43:00 by Ben Reply
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  • Nice article CapeShark! Agreed.

    One off-topic thought. It is my uneducated opinion that JdJ and JdV should swap positions.

  • Comment 29, posted at 29.07.12 23:33:11 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 4) : I thought Kolisi was pretty good. How Jaques Potgieter is a Springbok ahead of him is a mystery to me.

  • Comment 30, posted at 30.07.12 01:20:13 by MysticShark Reply
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  • One guy I did lose respect for on Saturday was Kitshof after his late, cheap-shot in McCloud quite early in the game.

  • Comment 31, posted at 30.07.12 01:21:29 by MysticShark Reply
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  • It was hell being a Cape Town Sharks Supporters living in Cape Town last week. But just as in life the wheel turns and it is going to be paradise being a Sharks Supporter in Cape Town this week.
    Humble but very proud.
    Thanks to all the Sharks Supporters who made it a memorable day at the Cape Town Sharks Supporters Club on Saturday. Great to watch with 300 plus fellow supporters all wearing black and white

  • Comment 32, posted at 30.07.12 08:06:07 by DaveB Reply

  • @CapeShark (Comment 4) : Agree with you re Kolisi – I was expecting a lot more from him with ball in hand. I havent seen the recording yet and will have a l;ook to see if my live impression changes on how he played. Peter Grant had a nightmare.

  • Comment 33, posted at 30.07.12 09:31:37 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 29) : As a Sharks supporter I would keep de Jongh just where he is. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 34, posted at 30.07.12 09:34:45 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 34) : I hear you, I have this suspicion that we would have had our hands even more full with JdV at 13 and he would probably have cut down JPP’s space a little better than JdJ did

  • Comment 35, posted at 30.07.12 10:32:22 by vanmartin Reply
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  • well done to Sharks. Cant wait to get Schalk and Duane back. And well done to my Stormers. You have made me proud.

  • Comment 36, posted at 30.07.12 12:20:10 by Leviathan Reply


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