Sharks gamble on Jordaan at 12

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 2 Aug 2012 at 11:48
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Pat Lambie and Paul Jordaan will both start for the Sharks in the Super Rugby final this weekend, with John Plumtree opting to give the latter a first-ever senior start in the number 12 jersey

Bismarck du Plessis will lead an unchanged pack onto the field as he celebrates the remarkable feat of 100 Super Rugby caps; he is joined by six other test Springboks in a strong starting pack, where only Anton Bresler is uncapped at international level.

It’s at the back that two changes have been made to the side that prevailed at Newlands last week; Jordaan comes in for the injured Tim Whitehead in a straight swap, meaning JP Pietersen and Louis Ludik are again in the relatively unfamiliar 13 and 14 jersey respectively. Lambie has been named to start at fullback, with Riaan Viljoen dropping to the wood this week.

The same 5-2 split has been retained on the bench as well, with Viljoen in for Odwa Ndungane in the only change to the reserve division that did battle last week. Jean Deysel and Jacques Botes will both have a huge role to play in the latter stages of the game, one feels.

The Sharks

1. Tendai Mtawarira
2. Bismarck du Plessis
3. Jannie du Plessis
4. Willem Alberts
5. Anton Bresler
6. Keegan Daniel ( C )
7. Marcell Coetzee
8. Ryan Kankowski
9. Charl McLeod
10. Frederic Michalak
11. Lwazi Mvovo
12. Paul Jordaan
13. JP Pietersen
14. Louis Ludik
15. Patrick Lambie

16. Craig Burden
17. Wiehahn Herbst
18. Steven Sykes
19. Jacques Botes
20. Jean Deysel
21. Meyer Bosman
22. Riaan Viljoen


  • Jordaan at 12?? πŸ˜†

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.08.12 11:49:26 by wpw Reply
  • Bismarck du Plessis *
    whats the * for?

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.08.12 11:54:00 by Uli Reply
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  • I would normally have blasted Plum for being really dumb with the Jordaan and Lambie positions, but after Saturday’s surprisingly stupid selections actually working out, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.08.12 11:54:55 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Uli (Comment 2) : 100

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.08.12 11:55:38 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 4) : cool πŸ˜‰
    I was worried it was a injury….

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.08.12 11:56:40 by Uli Reply
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  • So here’s what I wrote on this centre combo a few days ago (since someone is bound to ask)

    Option 5: Jordaan-Pietersen
    For: If his twitter handle is anything to go by, Paul Jordaan actually views himself first and foremost as an inside centre and it was as an inside back that this creative genius first shone on the junior rugby stage. If he can adapt to the position quickly enough, he could create a lot of space for Pietersen and the other dangerous finishers outside him.

    Against: We haven’t seen Jordaan at 12 for a long time and certainly never in a senior game. Will he be up to the Sonny Bill challenge defensively? Again, this combination involved picking two players outside of their more regular positions; there’s a strong school of thought arguing that Jordaan is a ready-made 13 and possibly the best we have in that position. Why then pick him out of position, rather than solving the real problem at 12?

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.08.12 11:57:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • i would prefer mvovo/lambie/jordaan/jp/ludik – but we know now that jp can play 13, ludik 1ing and lambie 15, so not too phased out 😎 haven’t seen jordaan at 12 though.

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.08.12 11:57:53 by rekinek Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 3) : what are the chances that this exact team will actually start?

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.08.12 11:57:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 3) : I hear you…Lets keep the faith in mr Plum and hope they pull it off. Personally I like the way it is set-up. Just whish it was not the final to take it for a test run.

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.08.12 11:58:05 by Viking Reply
  • So not what I would have done… But then again, I was pulling the hair out of my head when I saw the run on team last week, and we all know how that worked out… πŸ˜†

    My biggest concern is JP’s defensive alignment against a team with Sonny-Bill “I can do more than offload” Williams in it.

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.08.12 11:58:12 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : πŸ˜†

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.08.12 11:58:22 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Good question and I am sure the Chiefs are asking the same… 😈

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.08.12 11:59:53 by Viking Reply
  • I predict that Jordaan will intercept one of those SBW Offloads and score under the posts…You read it here first :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.08.12 12:01:19 by Viking Reply
  • That’s where Jordaan played as a schoolboy,at 12,that’s where I first saw him,I am of the opinion that he’s a 13 though,but it won’t be a position he is unfamiliar with

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.08.12 12:03:10 by Ludz Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : I think we’ll have to attempt to understand Plum if we are to unravel his rather strange selections from time to time.

    I think Plum himself is still struggling to figure himself out, it’s an impossible task. 😯

    With him as coach, when we’re supposed to win we lose, when we’re supposed to lose we win – maybe he’s trying tho give the Chiefs a fighting chance, adding to our underdog status? πŸ˜†

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.08.12 12:03:43 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • the real question should be if SBW will be able to handle Jordaan? got a good feeling about this 😈

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.08.12 12:05:24 by jako Reply
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  • Can’t say I’m very enthusiastic with this team. For all his talent Jordaan hasn’t instilled much confidence with his defense………. Am I nipping now.

    Would much prefer a Bosman/Jordaan combo and Ludick back at 15. πŸ˜₯

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.08.12 12:06:41 by Bayshark Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : This is the one time that I actually hope he makes another of his last second run on team announcements.

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.08.12 12:06:46 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Viking (Comment 13) : My feeling exactly & if Jordaan doesn’t intercept one of the loosies will be there to do it! πŸ˜€

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.08.12 12:06:56 by markm Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 14) : this is not SBR, though πŸ™‚

    Still, the player has ridiculous skills and a lovely ability to find space on the field. Let’s hope he’s up to the defensive demands of a 12.

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.08.12 12:07:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • nothing to stop them lining up differently on defence…

    12 Pat, 13 Paul, 14 JP, 15 Louis

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.08.12 12:08:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @jako (Comment 16) : exactly lol

    And another question is, will this team as it looks now run onto the park? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.08.12 12:08:55 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • I’m very satisfied with this team…and Jordaan is our physically strongest backline player and i’m sure he will do a great Job against Sonny and also step the crap outta sonny when he gets ball in hand…but don’t be surprised to see JPP defending at 12 and Going back to 13 on attack. If Paul has a solid against Sonny i really hope he gets that call up i really want him to get πŸ™‚ Go Sharks!!!

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.08.12 12:09:03 by JJR Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 18) : Who will start, in your opinion,then? πŸ˜•

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.08.12 12:09:36 by markm Reply

  • @sharks_lover (Comment 22) : Ha Ha, who knows…won’t be surprised to see Lambie run out with 12 and Jordaan with 13 πŸ™‚

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.08.12 12:09:56 by JJR Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 15) : and we play much better when its all counting against us….

  • Comment 26, posted at 02.08.12 12:10:09 by Franshark Reply
  • @markm (Comment 19) : @Bayshark (Comment 17) : @jako (Comment 16) : @Uli (Comment 5) :

    You can also become official Sharks supporters :mrgreen: :

  • Comment 27, posted at 02.08.12 12:10:22 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Knowing Plum the team will probably run out as 12 Pat, 13 Paul, 14 JP, 15 Louis

  • Comment 28, posted at 02.08.12 12:10:56 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @markm (Comment 19) : Hey MArk you well??

    one thing is for sure? this backline is more intent on running rugby than defense

  • Comment 29, posted at 02.08.12 12:12:00 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 22) : Or read comment 8 πŸ™‚

  • Comment 30, posted at 02.08.12 12:12:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • Very interesting team! I wasn’t expecting that 12-13 combo at all

  • Comment 31, posted at 02.08.12 12:13:01 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @markm (Comment 24) : That exact team, just in different positions – maybe – never know with Plum.

    Imagine what the Chiefs feel like at seeing this team sheet. If we are this confused, imagine what they’re thinking – they’ve never seen this backline before and won’t know if this will indeed be the actual backline setup.

  • Comment 32, posted at 02.08.12 12:15:40 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 30) : πŸ˜† ok so great minds think alike :mrgreen:

  • Comment 33, posted at 02.08.12 12:17:21 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • holy crap, I wouldn’t want to be the first oke that runs into Bissie on Saturday…

  • Comment 34, posted at 02.08.12 12:17:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 31) : yup – got to say it took me by surprise too.

    I was reliably informed that Pat would be benching… Guess you just can’t get good (free) information these days πŸ™‚

  • Comment 35, posted at 02.08.12 12:18:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • As a thought from left field, way left field play Keegan or Kanko at inside centre and have both Alberts and Deysel starting.

  • Comment 36, posted at 02.08.12 12:20:23 by Barryetodd Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : Maybe Pat will be benching, what do we know! There is still almost 40 hours to go

  • Comment 37, posted at 02.08.12 12:21:25 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : you got bamboozled πŸ˜†

  • Comment 38, posted at 02.08.12 12:22:07 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • I hope he does the musical chairs – I want Pat closer to the action, Louis at the back

  • Comment 39, posted at 02.08.12 12:22:11 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Barryetodd (Comment 36) : 😯

  • Comment 40, posted at 02.08.12 12:23:10 by Die Kriek Reply

  • I think the Chiefs heads are spinning at this stage not knowing if this is actually the team that they will face. Hahahaha…

  • Comment 41, posted at 02.08.12 12:26:21 by Viking Reply
  • @fire the looser (comment 27): Geez mate, come for a chat and get shat on πŸ˜›

    Just become a supporter.

    @jjr (comment 23): Where you get paul is our physically strongest backline player? JP is pretty fearsome and Paul only being 20 something, certainly doesn’t look as big and strong as FS was when he started.

  • Comment 42, posted at 02.08.12 12:26:37 by Bayshark Reply

  • @Viking (Comment 41) : After Plum’s stunt against the Stormers, I think the Chiefs don’t expect this back line to run out

  • Comment 43, posted at 02.08.12 12:28:33 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Maybe Plum has managed to get Steyn in the mix again and will surprise us all with him running out as 12 instead of Jordaan?

  • Comment 44, posted at 02.08.12 12:31:32 by Shred Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 43) : And there lies the challenge. Maybe they do, maybe they don’t. All will be revealed on Saturday. Well done on Plum for creating the confusion :mrgreen:

  • Comment 45, posted at 02.08.12 12:31:51 by Viking Reply
  • @Shred (Comment 44) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 46, posted at 02.08.12 12:32:12 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Shred (Comment 44) : πŸ˜† Now that will be a suprise of note!!!

  • Comment 47, posted at 02.08.12 12:33:10 by Viking Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 32) : Let’s hope Plum’s psychology pays off and they are confused – the lends itself to something really interesting! πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 48, posted at 02.08.12 12:48:30 by markm Reply

  • I changed my profile pick to show my support, but it hasn’t shown up yet.

  • Comment 49, posted at 02.08.12 12:49:48 by markm Reply

  • @markm (Comment 49) : clear your browser cache, mate

  • Comment 50, posted at 02.08.12 12:57:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • all the avatars look the same πŸ˜† I dont know who is talking any more

  • Comment 51, posted at 02.08.12 13:02:17 by Rahul Reply

  • looks a good team besides some rustiness on some of them, hopefully it isnt too soon for lambies ankle again

  • Comment 52, posted at 02.08.12 13:06:02 by Dunx Reply

  • Jordaan is probably more familiar with 12 than any other position having played there a lot at school level. I quite like the Jordaan/Pietersen combo. Making 1st time tackles will bring the entire Chiefs game plan to a halt as they rely on their players breaking tackles in 1 on 1 situations and getting into space to offload.

  • Comment 53, posted at 02.08.12 13:08:09 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 52) : I don’t want Pat at 15 specifically because of the ankle. He has injured that ankle each time on landing from taking an up an under.

    I reckon he will just add much more from 12 than the back

  • Comment 54, posted at 02.08.12 13:11:49 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Viking (Comment 12) : i think a lot will depend on conditions weather wise on the day, if heavy wind again , expect Riaan to start..

  • Comment 55, posted at 02.08.12 13:19:03 by CLASSIC SHARK Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 50) : Rob could you change mine too please! Facebook is banned at the office so can’t do it from my side. Any of the five would be great thank you. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 56, posted at 02.08.12 13:20:47 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 56) : There are 9

  • Comment 57, posted at 02.08.12 13:25:56 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 56) : done

  • Comment 58, posted at 02.08.12 13:26:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 56) : Facebook banned at work 😯

    Your company productivity must be sky high πŸ˜†

  • Comment 59, posted at 02.08.12 13:31:38 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Not sure this will be the actual lineup on Saturday. However, we know SBW is not the best defender, and perhaps the thinking is to exploit this with a quick 12 who can also step in or outside of him.

    Gotta trust the boys on this one – the centre injuries mean there is no tried and trusted alternative available.

  • Comment 60, posted at 02.08.12 13:34:48 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Saturday is also Mcleod’s birthday if I’m not mistaken.

  • Comment 61, posted at 02.08.12 13:37:08 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Bayshark (Comment 42) : So who did you support in the past?

  • Comment 62, posted at 02.08.12 13:40:18 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Hi guys
    I need to know which site i can stream off on saturday morning as i will be at class and at least want to see some of the action?

  • Comment 63, posted at 02.08.12 13:41:28 by shaniboi Reply

  • Rob, I think SuperSport stole your headline

  • Comment 64, posted at 02.08.12 13:45:51 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment62): I thought by mentioning Banana Boys it would have given my age away. Supported the boys from The Last Outpost since a school laaitjie………….and received extra duties in the army for my troubles as well.

  • Comment 65, posted at 02.08.12 13:50:08 by Bayshark Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 64) : did they now?

  • Comment 66, posted at 02.08.12 13:56:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 64) : A bit of lazy journalism from Blobby, who’s already admitted he would rather be writing about the Stormers this week than the Sharks.

    Alas, I can’t claim to have any copyright on the word “gamble” πŸ™

  • Comment 67, posted at 02.08.12 13:59:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • ROB can you please change my avatar, I’ll leave it to your tasteful imagination. Don’t want to be accused of being unpatriotic πŸ˜›

  • Comment 68, posted at 02.08.12 14:03:03 by Bayshark Reply

  • And SA wins another Gold, rowing4s

  • Comment 69, posted at 02.08.12 14:08:58 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 58) : Thank you very much Rob.

    @FireTheLooser (Comment 59) : I think that was the intention, they also tried to block blogs, but thank the lads were unsuccessful πŸ˜†

  • Comment 70, posted at 02.08.12 14:12:53 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 69) : is that now 3 gold medals or 6? :mrgreen: Congrats to the rowing team. Lets top it off with a victory on Saturday as well…

  • Comment 71, posted at 02.08.12 14:15:06 by Viking Reply
  • I have a very good feeling about this, normally the close to the game i get the more anxious I am till by match day I am bouncing off the walls. I remember feeling like this on two occasions, the week preceding the 2010 Currie Cup final, even comments from WP supporters didn’t get me up tight, as well as just a few weeks ago when we were facing the Reds. I think we will cause the biggest upset in Super Rugby πŸ™‚

  • Comment 72, posted at 02.08.12 14:18:09 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • Brave choices by Plumtree!

    Let’s hope they pan out as planned.

  • Comment 73, posted at 02.08.12 14:21:49 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 72) : I am already bouncing off the walls, but with excitement though. I believe we can do it and cannot wait for the Sharks to take the field.

  • Comment 74, posted at 02.08.12 14:22:24 by Viking Reply
  • @shaniboi (Comment 63) : kostatz rugby is probably the. Quality is just good enough to blow up onto your tv otherwise vipbox normally have rubbish quality

  • Comment 75, posted at 02.08.12 14:24:53 by durbsguy Reply

  • @shaniboi (Comment 63) : Or you can get your priorities straight 😈

  • Comment 76, posted at 02.08.12 14:27:59 by Viking Reply
  • I like it, but yes I wish we could`ve tested this combination in a less crucial match first . . .

  • Comment 77, posted at 02.08.12 14:30:05 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • You can do it guys!! Bring back that trophy!

    This just occurred to me (long week) – if they win on Saturday the Sharks will have beaten each of the conference winnners, away from home, three weeks in a row 😯

  • Comment 78, posted at 02.08.12 14:35:49 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 72) : NICE, i like the confidence. with lambie @ 15, if that defence is breached will he have the pace to catch robinson, nnai-williams or tiokorotua?

  • Comment 79, posted at 02.08.12 14:44:11 by Megatron Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 78) : that would be 😎

  • Comment 80, posted at 02.08.12 14:46:32 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 79) :

    Lots to worry about and lots of odd to overcome……but dammit it would be nice if they win this thing!!

    You supporting the Sharks on Saturday?

  • Comment 81, posted at 02.08.12 14:47:22 by Pokkel Reply
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  • One thing MornΓ© said was that it would be stupid to select a team to try and stop the Chiefs running game.
    Rather select a team that can outscore the Chiefs on the day and if that’s the answer then this is the team to do it.

  • Comment 82, posted at 02.08.12 14:50:21 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 79) : in the words of KWS… please don’t go. there.

  • Comment 83, posted at 02.08.12 14:51:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • The Japs must be spitting mad. 17 medals and they’re still behind us on the medals table…and we’ve only got 3! πŸ˜† Even better..the Brits have 10 and are also behind us. 😎

  • Comment 84, posted at 02.08.12 14:58:30 by klempie Reply

  • When do the Sharks fly to Auckland? Tomorrow?

  • Comment 85, posted at 02.08.12 15:00:52 by klempie Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 79) : Maybe they’ll shuffle on defense, Lambie 12/Jordaan 14/ Ludik 15 – turnover ball on the other hand will see Lambie having to burn serious rubber

  • Comment 86, posted at 02.08.12 15:01:32 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Viking (Comment 76) : I would if i could but i have class which i cant miss πŸ™
    i know i could tape it but with facebook and bbm and all my mates either phoning and congratulating me or giving condolances i cant wait.

  • Comment 87, posted at 02.08.12 15:06:06 by shaniboi Reply

  • Anybody have any idea of the weather prediction for Saturday?

  • Comment 88, posted at 02.08.12 15:06:13 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Viking (Comment 74) : And you know what your old school does to me? πŸ‘Ώ they have scheduled the my son’s match to start at precisely 9:30! I am slightly actually a whole lot peeved!

  • Comment 89, posted at 02.08.12 15:11:17 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 81) : i don’t know.

  • Comment 90, posted at 02.08.12 15:11:21 by Megatron Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 85) : arrived there today according to Louis Ludik

  • Comment 91, posted at 02.08.12 15:12:13 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 90) : If it were the Kings, we’d be backing them :mrgreen: πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 92, posted at 02.08.12 15:17:51 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 90) :

    So you’ll decide by 11:30 Saturday morning then? 😈

  • Comment 93, posted at 02.08.12 15:18:47 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 79) : I am superstitious, I believe God gives us some intuition, I have only felt like this before two games the CC final in 2010 and just before the Reds match a few weeks ago, which incidently I also followed this one on my twitter while watching Malcolm play (getting thrashed) against Affies. So while Its not an assurance that they will win I have a good feeling about the game.

    @Megatron (Comment 90) : Sour loser πŸ™ :mrgreen:

  • Comment 94, posted at 02.08.12 15:20:27 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 92) : i’m not sure about that, loads here hate the Kings mate πŸ˜†

  • Comment 95, posted at 02.08.12 15:29:05 by Megatron Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 93) : it actually doesn’t matter who i support, as long as it is an entertaining game i’ll be happy and both teams are capable of the sublime so i’m anticipating a cracker.

    if the sharks win, i’ll congratulate them on the BIGGEST super rugby title win EVER!!!!

  • Comment 96, posted at 02.08.12 15:31:57 by Megatron Reply

  • We can do this.

    Go Sharks!

  • Comment 97, posted at 02.08.12 15:32:44 by Letgo Reply
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  • Who played opposite SBW when we played them in Durban? I remember he was closely watched and even knocked a couple in the tackle. Was is Timmy?

  • Comment 98, posted at 02.08.12 15:36:16 by Bite me Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 89) : I’m sorry, that’s bullshit.

    That fine educational institution needs to get its head out of its Bulls-loving ass and get behind the province that it’s actually in.

  • Comment 99, posted at 02.08.12 15:38:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Bite me (Comment 98) : yup. Timmy

  • Comment 100, posted at 02.08.12 15:39:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 97) :

    Our team for the last game against the Chiefs:

    1 Dale Chadwick
    2 Bismarck du Plessis
    3 Jannie du Plessis
    4 Steven Sykes
    5 Anton Bresler
    6 Jacques Botes
    7 Willem Alberts
    8 Keegan Daniel (Captain)
    9 Charl McLeod
    10 Patrick Lambie
    11 Lwazi Mvovo
    12 Tim Whitehead
    13 JP Pietersen
    14 Louis Ludik
    15 Riaan Viljoen

  • Comment 101, posted at 02.08.12 15:39:24 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 101) :

    Chiefs round match team:

    1 Sona Taumalolo
    2 Mahonri Schwalger
    3 Ben Tameifuna
    4 Craig Clarke (Captain)
    5 Brodie Retallick
    6 Liam Messam
    7 Sam Cane
    8 Alex Bradley
    9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow
    10 Aaron Cruden
    11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma
    12 Sonny Bill Williams
    13 Richard Kahui
    14 Lelia Masaga
    15 Andrew Horrell

  • Comment 102, posted at 02.08.12 15:41:13 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 102) : so we’re slightly stronger and they’re slightly weaker? πŸ™‚

  • Comment 103, posted at 02.08.12 15:45:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 99) : Trust me when I saw the schedule yesterday I used some really flowery language!

  • Comment 104, posted at 02.08.12 15:50:11 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • Were we playing without Beast and Marcell starting? That is sure to make a difference. And they are without Kahui. Interesting.

  • Comment 105, posted at 02.08.12 15:51:29 by Bite me Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 104) : I don’t know if this is a common problem, but I get the feelings that the schools in KZN, in particular, seem to think that the Sharks are going to knock on each of their doors individually and BEG them to co-operate. As long as that doesn’t happen, they go out of their way to make life difficult by, for example, scheduling school rugby matches to clash with Sharks games.

  • Comment 106, posted at 02.08.12 15:52:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Bite me (Comment 105) : that said, they have Robinson in their starting line-up now… huge advantage.

  • Comment 107, posted at 02.08.12 15:52:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 91) : Thanks.

  • Comment 108, posted at 02.08.12 15:55:57 by klempie Reply

  • This team by Plum is made for running rugby, I think the aim is to shoot out of the gates, rack up a 14+ point lead and in the second half once the lads tire a bit to send up replacements meant to help defending

  • Comment 109, posted at 02.08.12 16:10:27 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 106) : You know that is a gripe I have had this year! Despite Megatron’s sarcastic remarks, this scheduling of games is a real problem! I have missed quite a few games because of it, and so have many other parents. I understand this game was scheduled last year and they couldn’t have known that we would be in the finals in NZ, but in general its really poor planning communication between schools and Sharks! SR schedules are out a year ahead use those and ensure that games are finished on time. We played at Pretoria Boys High last week and the games did start real early, but then by 14:00 they were finished, one could make it to the game in time so a larger percentage of supporters would have been able to make it to a game. In KZN first game is at 9 or so and 1xv kick off at 15:00/15:30 endin at about 16:30/17:00 so if playing outside DBN making the game is really hard or a 17:00 game impossible to attend! It is my contention that that is a large problem The Sharks have in filling the stadium. Durbanites are generally apathetic, and the rest of us who normally are the ones that attend home games are supporting sons in the Midlands! Scheduling an earlier start would be so much easier and ensure greater participation at games!

    I have been thinking of booking a meeting with Ryan Strudwick and discuss this with him, if we win on Sat it would make this a WHOLE lot easier!

  • Comment 110, posted at 02.08.12 16:10:52 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 110) : people with kids in Midlands schools aside, are you ok with just saying “durban people are apathetic”? is that all there is to it, mere apathy?

  • Comment 111, posted at 02.08.12 16:21:46 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 111) :

    Read that, apathy has very little to do with it

  • Comment 112, posted at 02.08.12 16:34:35 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 112) : so this is the laborious & verbose excuse for Durbanites/Sharks fans not to fill their stadium even when the Boks are playing or their team is playing the Bulls in a Currie Cup decider?

  • Comment 113, posted at 02.08.12 16:48:07 by Megatron Reply

  • @jako (Comment 16) : I’m also excited about this…

  • Comment 114, posted at 02.08.12 16:49:15 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 113) : Sounds more legit than simply saying “Durbanites are apathetic”

  • Comment 115, posted at 02.08.12 16:53:41 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 115) : aaah, legitimacy…mabe then durban deserves a 35 000 seater stadium.

  • Comment 116, posted at 02.08.12 17:06:13 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 116) : Or a 100 000 seater – watch us fill it with 70 000 spectators 😈

  • Comment 117, posted at 02.08.12 17:45:06 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Discuss game attendance elsewhere people.

    This thread is all about Saturday’s huge game for the SHARKS!!!

  • Comment 118, posted at 02.08.12 18:13:53 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Have you guys noticed how quickly the Chiefs shoot up when they defend? Could explain why Plum made the move. Paul is quick off the mark… like the fact that Plum is willing to try new things. We need to believe guys, we can are going to win this competition. It’s our time.

  • Comment 119, posted at 02.08.12 19:41:08 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • I don’t know what to think. 4 players “out of position”. I would have made minimal changes to the team, so only Bosman in at 12. Jordaan and Lambie on the bench.

    But, this line up has x-factor written all over it and it might just make the Chiefs a wee bit nervous. That this backline has what it takes and can do it, I have no doubt about. Plum managed to be not to predictable at all this past few games thus far.

  • Comment 120, posted at 02.08.12 19:49:22 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • This game will be the game of the Super series in these teams’ history.

    Chiefs use to not have a forward pack, and Sharks for a LONG while now did not have a backline worth mentioning. They’ve both solved their short comings.

    Both teams are brimming with talent from 1 – 22, there’s just no way to call this one. The greatest current and future talent in NZ and SA rugby will be on display.

    Everest awaits ❗

  • Comment 121, posted at 02.08.12 20:16:38 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • β€œRemember Everest had to be
    conquered by someone, and until it
    was, it was an impossible task ”Springbok
    conditioning coach Basil Carzils

  • Comment 122, posted at 02.08.12 20:47:31 by clarkville Reply

  • Guys we can do this!! Basics must be done well…scrums, rucks, cleaning, rolling mauls are going to be vital. Go Sharks!

  • Comment 123, posted at 02.08.12 22:25:19 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Current weather prediction is “A few showers. Light winds”

  • Comment 124, posted at 02.08.12 23:55:33 by MysticShark Reply
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  • Sharks we are behind you 100% make us proud boys and play to the best of your abilities.

  • Comment 125, posted at 03.08.12 07:19:01 by Dunx Reply

  • Yes yes yes….. Its friday..
    That Sharks win is kreeping closer….

  • Comment 126, posted at 03.08.12 07:21:07 by Franshark Reply
  • Where is the “Support for the Sharks” thread…???

  • Comment 127, posted at 03.08.12 07:41:44 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @SharksRTB (Comment 127) :

    I think Rob already send the messages.

  • Comment 128, posted at 03.08.12 08:14:41 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Less than 25 hours to go people….

  • Comment 129, posted at 03.08.12 09:05:57 by Franshark Reply
  • 23:59 to go…

  • Comment 130, posted at 03.08.12 09:36:31 by klempie Reply

  • 23:51

  • Comment 131, posted at 03.08.12 09:43:45 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Man, the tention waiting for this final is chowing at me. IΒ΄m at the same level of nerves as in the few hours before the playoffs and itΒ΄s still so bloody long to go!!!

  • Comment 132, posted at 03.08.12 11:03:21 by rhineshark Reply
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