Sharks lose ahead of tour

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 20 Apr 2013 at 19:02
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The Sharks put in another shocking display to lose to the Cheetahs by 6 points to 12.

With neither side reaching any great heights in atrocious conditions, it was the visitors who made better use of their opportunities to score two tries while the Sharks, once again, endured 80 minutes without being able to cross the try-line.

Built on a platform of breakdown dominance and solid defence, the Cheetahs more than handled anything the Sharks managed to throw at them, made easier by numerous promising moves from the home side breaking down due to poor skills and decision-making. Both Cheetah tries were somewhat opportunistic, with Raymond Rhule pouncing on a poorly-controlled kick o score the first and Willie le Roux intercepting a pass from Pieter-Steph du Toit for the second.

That latter score came with the Sharks trailing by a single point and desperate to get ahead; the decision to play on after a Cheetahs knock cost them dearly, with the referee adjudging advantage over shortly before le Roux’s moment of magic.


Sharks (6): Penalties Pat Lambie (2).

Cheetahs (12): Tries Raymond Rhule, Willie le Roux. Conversion Burton Francis.


  • three words:

    Fuck. This. Shit.

    I’m outta here. Going to call my mate KSA Shark, apologise to him and see if I can still sign his petition.

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.04.13 19:06:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : What petition and where do we sign?

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.04.13 19:07:25 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Please call in Mallet now. Get some decent back line coaching.

    Plum has hit his ceiling. He was outsmarted today by Naka Drotske

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.04.13 19:08:43 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : I think Plum has finally lost the plot. He’s been bordering there for quite some time, but I think the players are also gatvol now.

    The Sharks seem to be like an upset tummy, the more you mess with it the worse it becomes. Time to get rid of the bacterial infection.

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.04.13 19:15:47 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Embarrassing. The only thing I’m surprised about after that game is that we’re yet to have a noise complaint after my father’s reaction to that game. 😳

    Shocking performance. How unlucky can you be, bring in Coetzee who looks like a good player and then he is added to the injury list after 70 minutes and will probably not go on tour.

    I truly feel for players like Cooper, PSDT, Reinach and a few other who are playing their hearts out. But they can’t win the games on their own. 😥

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.04.13 19:16:08 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • With the Stormers and the Sharks touring…I see the Cheetahs as the fav’s to top the SA conference!!!!

    And if they do it will be WELL deserved….

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.04.13 19:17:15 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 3) : Worried about our injuries. Really hope Coetzee and Beast are fine. I’ve said all that I can about Plum.

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.04.13 19:17:53 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @SeanyJMc (Comment 5) : Reinach again took some nice breaks, but at the same time some real crappy passing to Lambie broke any momentum the back line could be getting. Van Zyl was light years ahead with his service to his back line. Problem is McLeod is even worse.

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.04.13 19:18:34 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Cooper excellent…

    Lambie too slow and not accurate enough…I’d play Viljoen at 10 the next game…I am serious…you’ll be surprised at the dif that will make to your backline…

    Frans and Bosman equally poor…

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.04.13 19:19:58 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 8) : True, in the few opportunities McLeod has had, he simply hasn’t performed.

    Am I the only one who is embarrassed that the SA conference leader has a negative points difference?? 🙁 What’s happening to SA rugby.

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.04.13 19:21:34 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • I am getting truly gatvol. Why don’t they realise that you cannot run through multiple players by yourself. PSDT and MC just don’t grasp that. They need to be sat down and spoken to.

    At the same time, can somebody please tell Keegan not to kick. Ever. We always lose possession.

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.04.13 19:44:37 by King Shark Reply
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  • I just realized there must be a number of people who must be even more pissed off than me. At least I did not pay and brave the rain to go watch this rubbish.

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.04.13 19:49:57 by Bokhoring Reply
  • The players should take respopnsibility for this poor performance. Sure Plum has no game plan as well. We will be stuck with Plum as there is no coatches out there that can take over and take the Sharks to a champion side.

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.04.13 19:52:41 by Rvw Reply

  • Need to get more Durban boys playing for the side. Lacking heart big time. Tired of these okes year in and year out. 😕

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.04.13 19:53:53 by Talent Reply
  • Something has been bugging me this season, how can such a strong Sharks team be so crap? Yes, players are off form, yes we are very badly hit by injuries, but so are the other teams, so what is really wrong?
    I think after this game I have a good idea. Nobody knows what our gameplan is! When someone runs the ball, there is little or no support, when we try to drive, players are too shallow and get little momentum, when we kick, players are too deep to chase properly!

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.04.13 19:54:18 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Cooper and Viljoen were standouts for me

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.04.13 19:55:28 by Talent Reply
  • @Rvw (Comment 13) : First thing on John Smit’s agenda on the 1st July is to find a new coaching team for the Sharks. And please just find the best available – no more ex-Sharks players for the sake of being ex-Sharks players.

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.04.13 19:58:37 by Bokhoring Reply
  • To lose to the Cheetahs anywhere in Super Rugby ,irrespective of circumstances ,is a bad result. We have now shown our hand and our heart ,and both are lacking where it really counts.

    Lucky they go on tour now ,doubt they would get 3000 people if they were to play at Kings Park next week.

    Worst thing now is Saffex will feel vindicated 😆 😆

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.04.13 19:59:41 by Talent Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 8) : I also saw that ,it was terrible

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.04.13 20:01:08 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 19) : The guy is a raw talent, but he needs to start working hard on his service. He has a good boot, and pretty fast, but his service is not great. In general the passing in the Sharks back line mostly stuff up the little bit of momentum the team generated up to that point.

    I think the worst moment for me was the scrum (after a rare Cheetah mistake fielding Lambie’s kick) from which Burton somehow ended up with the ball. I still can’t figure out what happened there.

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.04.13 20:07:39 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 20) : I know the worst thing to do is to kick a floundering ball like that ,why we didn’t just jump on it confuses me ,it leads me to think that the guys are just over it…

  • Comment 21, posted at 20.04.13 20:10:30 by Talent Reply
  • @Die Kriek (Comment 15) : That’s it…no structure no game plan no direction. Every man for himself.

  • Comment 22, posted at 20.04.13 20:12:29 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 22) : Question is, who do we blame for this? The players? The captain? The coach? Someone has to take the blame before we can start fixing. And we HAVE TO start fixing. Because I’m getting sick of ‘next week’ and ‘next year’.

  • Comment 23, posted at 20.04.13 20:21:38 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 23) : It’s now next year… We’ll have to hope we’ll have a new coaching staff.

  • Comment 24, posted at 20.04.13 20:36:04 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 24) : Time to go sign KSA’s petition then

  • Comment 25, posted at 20.04.13 20:39:27 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Plu plum plum I think your time has come

  • Comment 26, posted at 20.04.13 20:44:45 by RuckingFun Reply

  • super egos involved…from the top to the bottom…my disappointment in all that is Sharks at the moment remains

  • Comment 27, posted at 20.04.13 20:50:30 by kagun Reply

  • plum is coaching Sharks from the leading SA side right in to the playoffs between the Kings and Lions.

  • Comment 28, posted at 20.04.13 20:52:04 by JD Reply
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  • Plum used to be a good forward coach, but juggling head coach and forward coach is not working.

    The forward play is now regressing. I know we are missing a number of players (like Alberts and Bissy) through injury, but getting turned over at the breakdown at will is not a new thing.

  • Comment 29, posted at 20.04.13 20:52:17 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Die Kriek (Comment 25) : Where is it?

  • Comment 30, posted at 20.04.13 20:55:32 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 30) : On facebook, I’ll get a link when im on my PC again

  • Comment 31, posted at 20.04.13 21:07:32 by Die Kriek Reply

  • When we think long and hard, maybe old Plum has a bit of a similar problem to Mitch.

    I mean, how many players have had fall outs with Plum during his time as coach. He seems to treat players as if they are disposable, take a look at the number of players we’ve lost in quick succession.

    Bring on Stonehouse!

  • Comment 32, posted at 20.04.13 21:11:05 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 31) : Cheers. Appreciate it.

  • Comment 33, posted at 20.04.13 21:18:38 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Don’t think plum should get all the blame, the rest of the coaching staff does not seem any better and should also be replaced.

  • Comment 34, posted at 20.04.13 21:19:15 by JD Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 32) : I say bring Mallet and Campese.

  • Comment 35, posted at 20.04.13 21:19:30 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 30) :
    @rhineshark (Comment 2) :

  • Comment 36, posted at 20.04.13 21:23:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 36) : Thanks. I’m signing right now.

  • Comment 37, posted at 20.04.13 21:35:49 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Hehehe! See you’re struggling to overwhelm the masses with your message 😀

  • Comment 38, posted at 20.04.13 21:42:50 by rhineshark Reply
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  • I liked the page KSA

    I would love a Sharks team with a Mallet coach!!!

  • Comment 39, posted at 20.04.13 21:44:47 by Hmmm Reply

  • Stonehouse must be next Sharks coach pleeeeeaaaaaasssssseeeee !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 40, posted at 20.04.13 21:48:49 by JD Reply
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  • Stonehouse??? No ways leave puma’s right there. Nick mallet or else. Lol rob breaking his own rules is hectic jong. Forgiven for such a terrible match.

  • Comment 41, posted at 20.04.13 22:26:54 by Stiko85 Reply

  • John Smit’s first task will be to get rid of Plumtree. He should look at Mallet, Brendan Venter and or Mitchell.

  • Comment 42, posted at 20.04.13 22:37:07 by Loosehead Reply

  • @Loosehead (Comment 42) :

    Mitchell is the coach in history that has the most loses…
    And he had that record before he joined the Lions…

  • Comment 43, posted at 20.04.13 22:48:02 by Hmmm Reply

  • Sorry lads but that result was always on the cards. I said prior to the match that the Sharks side was a poor one. It had to be the worst backline I have seen in years.

    Plum has lost the plot, his blind faith in certain players and his targeting of others is just poor player management.

    Wholesale changes need to be made. Viljoen, Ndungane, Bosman and Franco v/d Merwe have to go and you cannot continue playing Daniel at 8, play him at 6.

  • Comment 44, posted at 21.04.13 00:00:33 by Saffex Reply

  • Just off the topic, how good is Adriaan Strauss, if I had anything to do with it, this oke would captain the Boks, sorry but not even a fit Bismarck would be an automatic selectio

  • Comment 45, posted at 21.04.13 00:05:37 by Ludz Reply

  • Yeah we have the best two hookers in the world in Strauss and Bismark

  • Comment 46, posted at 21.04.13 00:31:21 by Saffex Reply

  • 1. Beast – Is doing well this season and it is unfortunate that he is out.
    2. Cooper – Did well.
    3. Herbst – Played very well.
    4. Bresler – Should start every game.
    5. van der Merwe – Good line-outs (mostly), but not good enough in loose play.
    6. Coetzee – Needs to become more of a fetcher and less of a ball carrier.
    7. du Toit – Should be played at lock (much better there).
    8. Daniel – Not brilliant and needs to get his team more motivated, but still doing the basics.
    9. Reinach – Would be possibly the form scrumhalf of the competition if he were playing with a more convincing team.
    10. Lambie – Too much Heyneke on the head. He is kicking beautifully but not showing anything special on attack.
    11. Coetzee – Actually played quite well in his Sharks debut.
    12. Bosman – Made errors and didn’t add anything on attack to make up for it.
    13. Jordaan – Definitely not his worst performance of the season but this is not the Jordaan we know.
    14. Ndungane – Did better than expected. He stepped up when he needed to, in the absence of the big names.
    15. Viljoen – Played very well. In the absence of Ludik, this is the guy the sharks need.

    16. Burden – Not much to say.
    17. du Plessis – He wasn’t comfortable at loose-head, but scrummed decently well at tight-head.
    18. Deysel – Perhaps he should have started as he provided the go-forward that the Sharks needed.
    19. Mtembu – Not much to say.
    20. McLeod – It’s pretty clear that Reinach is the way to go.
    21. Steyn – Not terrible, but still refuses to pass. He seems to have a deathly case of white-line feaver and the Sharks are having to pay the medical bills.
    22. Robinson – Not much to say.

    I reckon Plum needs a talking to, or a sacking. This is getting rediculous. No, this is getting pathetic.

  • Comment 47, posted at 21.04.13 03:05:06 by David12246 Reply

  • @JD (Comment 34) : Don’t worry – no other coach will want to be saddled with HRE and Bashford

  • Comment 48, posted at 21.04.13 07:27:12 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Just a bit o team selection….
    Somewhere it was stated that the sharks has/had the most depth of the SA franchises. I think its obvious that we dont. Or do we, but Plum just dontwant to back the youngsters? True , the argument can always be made that they are inexperienced but damn somehow they must play to get the experience. Sean went from starting at wing, to being a benchwarmer behind Andries Coetzee!!!?? How must the likes of Kleynhans and Stander feel with Derrick Mienie suddenly ahead of them?? The Sharks must seriously wake up and retain these guys or just go and buy whoever they feel are needed. Because the academy is frankly a farce otherwise.

  • Comment 49, posted at 21.04.13 08:26:15 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 36) : I was just about to sign this petition until I read this statement;
    “How can a Springbok coach get such great performances from our players but our own coach cannot achieve those performances?”
    You need a frontal lobotomy if you believe Heyneke Meyer is way forward?!

  • Comment 50, posted at 21.04.13 08:26:40 by neilster Reply

  • Selecting like Plum is currently doing,smells of desperation on his side. He is clutching at straws

  • Comment 51, posted at 21.04.13 08:29:24 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • Is their any News on Beast? Wil he be touring?

  • Comment 52, posted at 21.04.13 08:58:07 by grant10 Reply

  • @neilster (Comment 50) :
    Meyer is not the way forward. My statement is not about Meyer’s gameplan, it is about hi ability to get the players to give everything in a game. How come they show 100% commitment when playing for Meyer but dish up this lackluster crap for Plumtree.

    Plumtree doesn’t have a clue how to get the best out of a player.

  • Comment 53, posted at 21.04.13 09:08:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @SeanyJMc (Comment 10) : Buddy, the Bulls top the SA Conference now, and they have a positive points diff. Besides, if you take away the Rebels result, guess what, Sharks would have had a negative points difference too.

  • Comment 54, posted at 21.04.13 09:54:51 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @Talent (Comment 18) : Bud you are just being arrogant and disrespectful to the Cheetahs. Sharks were outsmarted on the day.

  • Comment 55, posted at 21.04.13 09:57:28 by KingCheetah Reply

  • I know the Sharks fans are hurting, but a bit of perspective on this match only from my side.

    losing Beast that early in the game was a big blow, the whole dynamic of the Sharks scrum changed, and where the Sharks were very strong in the scrums initially, they became a area of attackfor the Cheetahs.

    Secondly, the Sharks injury list is astronomical.

    Yes the Sharks were outsmarted on the day, and didn’t play the conditions particularly well, but considering the injury toll, the Sharks did well, to even maintain their position as conference leaders for so long.

    Cheetahs despite being tired after having no bye as yet, have been relatively lucky with regards to injuries.

    Lastly, the Cheetahs aren’t a bad team at all, even though some arrogant Sharks supporters maintain, the Sharks should never lose to the Cheetahs in Super rugby.

  • Comment 56, posted at 21.04.13 10:04:19 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 56) : Agree 100% with you

  • Comment 57, posted at 21.04.13 10:34:46 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 55) : Well its the truth…

    We all love the Cheetahs because they are the traditional underdogs who scrape together a team every year and play well above their ability.

  • Comment 58, posted at 21.04.13 11:19:08 by Talent Reply
  • The Sharks should never lose to the Cheetahs in Super rugby.

  • Comment 59, posted at 21.04.13 11:24:52 by Feather Reply

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  • Had the Sharks beaten the Stormers last weekend, they would have overtaken the Chiefs on the log and moved into 2nd place, with a game in hand against the Brumbies.

    That was the moment a champion team would have stepped up.

    With this dire home loss against the Cheetahs, in view of the upcoming tour, the Sharks have consigned themselves from 1st on the SA log to 4th. One massive swing result. No heart, no passion.

    The way the players argued with the ref on Saturday revealed their frustrations, and suggests there are massive problems in the squad. The dropping of Kanko and Plumtree’s selections appear to confirm these problems. They are not a happy team and only happy teams win tournaments. Don’t be surprised if the Sharks go on to lose all games on tour by large margins, and possibly lose all remaining games…

  • Comment 60, posted at 21.04.13 11:55:27 by Feather Reply

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  • McLeod passed 1 slow ball on the floor last week and no other mistakes. His tries won us the cc in 2010 and put us in the final last year. Reinach cost us the cc and his knock on set up cheetah’s try. McLeod plays 4 the team and cobus for TV -These biased comments are so full of it.

  • Comment 61, posted at 21.04.13 11:59:52 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • So we’re tied in last place for the fewest tries scored in the competition. Considering the amount of opportunities they butchered it’s no wonder they got boo’ed for the second time this year at KP. Not time to go back to the drawing board; rather time for a brand new drawing board altogether.

  • Comment 62, posted at 21.04.13 12:35:46 by rhineshark Reply
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  • In the cold light of day, Plumtree’s Super rugby results have been a disappointment and he appears unable to achieve that little bit extra required to win the competition. The Sharks seem to lack motivation and I’m sick and tired that they seem to get some motivation only when “their backs are to the wall”.

    Not good enough for the Sharks and we are staring down the barrel of ANOTHER failed season… time for a change to the entire coaching staff…. Bashford and HRE are even more useless…

  • Comment 63, posted at 21.04.13 12:45:59 by Feather Reply

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  • @Feather (Comment 59) : a tad disrespectful wouldn’t you say? The Cheetahs have earned respect, let’s give it to them

  • Comment 64, posted at 21.04.13 13:13:32 by Ludz Reply

  • If only John Smit could take over now. I’m sure he would have the sense to fire Plumtree.

  • Comment 65, posted at 21.04.13 13:22:04 by David12246 Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 53) : I hear you, however I don’t think Meyer is a good example. I can remember a couple of occasions when the Boks did not understand each others roles, were not prepared and definitely appeared unmotivated.

  • Comment 66, posted at 21.04.13 13:22:36 by neilster Reply

  • @Feather (Comment 63) : Agreed ,im more than slightly pissed off. Get rid of the overpaid under-producing dead weight in the team and start investing in our own local talent.

  • Comment 67, posted at 21.04.13 13:22:40 by Talent Reply
  • @KingCheetah (Comment 56) : The Cheetahs – and apart from yesterday – the Kings are but two examples of a team of ‘no-names’ who, when coached correctly are proof of what can be achieved. I salute them and hope they go along way.

  • Comment 68, posted at 21.04.13 13:25:01 by neilster Reply

  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 61) : Nonsense! McLeod all around play is slow and inefficient. He has no running game, and his passing is inaccurate. He’s good for the Sharks off the bench at most. By the way, it was Lambie who won us the CC in 2010, and I don’t know what led you to believe that McLeod got us into the final last year. It was actually quite the other way around. Reinach was essentialy the star of the CC last year. Not to mention, he is one of the few players the Sharks have that is on form. The others being KANKOWSKI!!!!!, Cooper, du Toit, and probably Viljoen. The rest of them are just pathetic as a team at the moment, to be honest.

  • Comment 69, posted at 21.04.13 13:27:32 by David12246 Reply

  • Plumtree’s love affair with Keegan contrasted with his disrespect shown to players like Kanko and Deysel (Deysel in last year’s CC) makes for an unhealthy team environment.

    Far too many personality clashes during Plums reign as coach, just look at Kockott, brilliant scrummie, yet because Plum had personal issues with him he only got to play 5 mins of rugby per game.

    I bet there are plenty more situations where the players and Plum have personality clashes. That’s probably why we have the spate of players leaving for overseas during Plum’s time.

    No no, I think 90% of Sharks supporters have now finally had enough. Plum’s record reads no better than that of PdV for the Springboks.

    But please, don’t get Mallet, because that would be like buying our way to the top. I really think Stonehouse could come in and do something special and new with this team.

  • Comment 70, posted at 21.04.13 14:21:58 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • The Sharks players football like charging and surrounding the Ref after Le Roux’s try was a disgrace. This has no place in rugby.

  • Comment 71, posted at 21.04.13 14:52:12 by Loosehead Reply

  • @grant10 (Comment 52) : no

  • Comment 72, posted at 21.04.13 16:04:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • Kanko might as well get on the plane back to Japan and live the good life while he’s uninjured. Can’t see why he should hang around the mess in Durban any longer. Best to go where one’s being appreciated.

  • Comment 73, posted at 21.04.13 16:35:58 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Good Evening All. It’s been awhile since I’ve been on here. I pretty much share the feelings expressed by most of you regarding the Sharks performances of late. I’ve been trying to figure out what has caused such average performances and also the body language of the players. Could it be injuries to key players? What about the amount of games currently being played? Or what about losing three consecutive finals? Maybe it’s the coaching staff? Maybe the players just don’t believe they have what it takes?

    All of these questions run rampant through my mind. Truth be told, I could not get myself to watch the game against the Cheetahs. As the Sharks (My beloved Sharks) has shown little to inspire me this year. Where is that spark they had last year? Is that spark currently in France? Hell I don’t know and will battle with these questions.

    With all of this said and done… I don’t want to take anything away from how the Cheetahs are performing this year. They seem to have that “X” factor this season. So well done to them, I really hope they finish on top of the SA conference this year, because they deserve it.

  • Comment 74, posted at 21.04.13 18:44:20 by Farlington Reply

  • @David12246 (Comment 69) : 2010 McLeod scored first try in 6th minute. 2012 vs Reds he secured the final with intercept 43rd minute . Count his passes per game – He is instrumental in Lambie’s great game. No question

  • Comment 75, posted at 21.04.13 18:48:53 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • See, unfounded bias.

  • Comment 76, posted at 21.04.13 18:55:10 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 56) :
    Thanks for those words.

    @Loosehead (Comment 71) :
    You are right – that was disgusting.

    I felt the ref was terrible, but sometimes thats life. I hope that SANZAR deals with this strongly – we do not want to end up making that kind of behaviour acceptable.

  • Comment 77, posted at 21.04.13 19:12:38 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Farlington (Comment 74) :
    Can not agree more!

    13 tries, 7 games!
    10 tries were scored against the Rebels, that means 3 tries in 6 games.

    They need to clean up there! It’s a joke.

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  • Comment 78, posted at 21.04.13 19:27:37 by Reynier Jacobs Reply

  • I think they played with a little more attitude than last week. Most of the guys… Except Keegan. He needs to be dropped, he cost us possesion on multiple occasions yesterday. Make Deysel captain.

    We were hammering their tryline on a couple of occasions, but some funny decisions by the ref on one or two occasions, and some bad decisions by the players on one or two occasions (Cobus in the 81st minute springs to mind) Cost us dearly. Guys, we have to keep the conditions in mind as well, the players had a torrid time of handling that ball.

    The two tries… 1 , Rob Ebersohn never released after he made the tackle. Penalty Sharks.
    2 , advantage could never have been over as we were still 10 metres behind the place where the Cheetahs knocked the ball. Sharks scrum on about the Cheetahs 10 metre line. I know the ref said advantage over, but that intercept happened a split second after that, and he should’ve had the balls to blow the whistle and call them back.

    A lot of the momentum was with us, and we might have sneaked a win with a penalty if the ref made the call.

  • Comment 79, posted at 21.04.13 19:40:34 by SharksRTB Reply

  • I will not support or sign the facebook page for that petition.
    The season is halfway. If anything we need to support the guys as it is going to get more difficult for them.

    Don’t think that is really neccesarry, at the end of the tournament, different story.

  • Comment 80, posted at 21.04.13 19:44:21 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @SharksRTB (Comment 79) : @SharksRTB (Comment 80) : dude, you can’t blame the ref for the Sharks being just plain kak! Do you blame the ref every time the Sharks lose? Open your eyes and accept that there are pretty glaring internal problems at Kings Park – the players aren’t playing for each other or putting their hearts on the line for the team…

  • Comment 81, posted at 21.04.13 20:28:40 by Feather Reply

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  • It’s crazy how close the Super Rugby is this year. No team has completely stood out as the best. Only the Highlanders can’t make the playoffs!

    Sharks need to step it up if they hope to make it. At the moment they’re playing the worst rugby out of the SA teams apart from maybe the Kings. But at least the Kings are getting tries.

  • Comment 82, posted at 21.04.13 21:04:08 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • How many players are we missing that we want on our away tour? I can think of at least 12…but I’m probably missing some.

    Chiefs and Reds are going to be tough! And even Force can’t be ruled out after beating the Crusaders. 😐

  • Comment 83, posted at 21.04.13 21:08:44 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • I always find it best not to comment for at least 24 hours after a game. In this case – damn good thing I did not! 🙂

  • Comment 84, posted at 21.04.13 21:16:10 by Morné Reply
  • Wake up people this season is done for the Sharks. They will not win super rugby this year and for that matter as long as plum and his 2 puppets coach the live and fight out of my beloved Sharks!!! I love the Sharks and that’s the reason I say it’s time for a change NOW and not at the end of the season when we lost more players.

  • Comment 85, posted at 21.04.13 22:31:57 by JD Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 84) : Good plan, but I don’t have the patience! 😉

  • Comment 86, posted at 22.04.13 00:54:12 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • Possibly some good news from Twitter: 🙂

    JP Pietersen [email protected]
    Bags all packed. Ready for tour:) Going to miss durbs for the next 4weeks. Let’s go Sharks!!! #sharks4ever

  • Comment 87, posted at 22.04.13 00:59:52 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • According to Beeld this morning the Sharks will ask the Lions to lend them JC Janse van Rensburg. The Sharks left on tour with only two fit props after Allan Dell was also injured this weekend.

  • Comment 88, posted at 22.04.13 05:04:44 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 88) : ya Allan got injured in the Vodacom Cup on Saturday, real pity cause he might’ve made his debut on tour

  • Comment 89, posted at 22.04.13 05:38:35 by Ludz Reply

  • Now I hear on the radio JPP may be off to Japan too – will most likely miss the RC.

  • Comment 90, posted at 22.04.13 07:40:42 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Plum does not know when to just keep quiet – does he? Now he is quoted as saying the Cheetahs were not playing rugby but just kicking the ball.

    Sorry Plum – but even though I love running rugby, that was the game where you should have kicked – not run from your 22. Conditions were terrible, and the Sharks could not control the ball.

  • Comment 91, posted at 22.04.13 07:45:55 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Willie le Roux walks into the Cheetahs dressing room an hour before the game against the Sharks is due to kick off, and finds everyone with a glum look on their faces. On enquiring about the general gloom, Naka responds: “Ag Willie, we just can’t get motivated for the game. The Sharks play such a boring brand of rugby, and the weather is so dour, that this promises to be a dreary affair.”

    Being a stand-up type of guy, Willie tells the team that he’ll play against the Sharks, and that everyone else can head on down to the pub. Everyone brightens up, gives Willie high fives, and sets off for Joe Kools while Willie jogs out onto the pitch.

    At Joe Kools the DSTV is out due to the weather, but at least the guys can follow the game on their smartphones. 10 minutes in and it’s 7-3 to Willie. By 25 minutes it is 14-6, and when halftime arrives the score is 27-9 to Willie.

    Everyone is so excited that they start quaffing in earnest, completely forgetting to tune in after the halftime break. Eventually someone remembers, and they check in to find the final score 42 – 18 to Willie.

    Just then Willie walks in looking absolutely crestfallen. All the guys congratulate him on the sterling performance, but he wants none of it. Eventually, once everyone settles down, Naka asks Willie what’s wrong, to which he replies: “Sorry coach, I let you and the boys down. I was red-carded for a tip tackle on Pat Lambie in the 51st minute…”

  • Comment 92, posted at 22.04.13 07:52:06 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Feather (Comment 81) : Boet.. Relax.. Just saying, that in my opinion (If I may have one)… The Sharks played a lot of the rugby on the night, and I think the ref made two crucial mistakes that led to two crucial tries, that led to a crucial loss for the Sharks. I am not saying the Sharks deserved to win, but did the Cheetahs deserve to win………….

  • Comment 93, posted at 22.04.13 08:02:07 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 90) : WTF!!!!!!!!???????????? Guys, are we in any better state than the Lions at the moment?

  • Comment 94, posted at 22.04.13 08:03:15 by SharksRTB Reply

  • Dont get why we have to attack the players – every player on that field is pedigree…we have had coaching issues for a long LONG time now, and it has been getting worse every year. We have never recovered from losing or found a replacement to David Campese. You can have the a formula one winning car in your drive way and if you don’t how to drive it, or don’t have it look after, it useless.

    Jake White turned the Brumbies around with a group of no-namers and retirees in two years! Don’t say its the players and not the coach. I feel sorry for the players whose careers are being ruined by the Sharks coaching (cough! cough!) staff.

  • Comment 95, posted at 22.04.13 08:19:33 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 94) : Was on Highveld this morning. Can’t find any other confirmation of it yet. Just said that he is negotiating with a Japanese club and would not be playing in the Rugby Championship. I hope it is just a Kanko type of deal, and he would be back next year.

  • Comment 96, posted at 22.04.13 08:19:50 by Bokhoring Reply
  • STOP BLAMING THE REF, no one blamed the ref for letting the Sharks win against the Sader, so please just STOP IT!

    Sharks are terrible point blank. Id be very surprised if they come home with two wins on the tour.

  • Comment 97, posted at 22.04.13 08:20:05 by Uli Reply
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  • Well.. I remember quite a few comments posted on how lucky we were against the Saders, and how some funny decisions went our way.

    And also, nobody blamed the ref for the piss poor performance against the Stormers. Guess I am trying to look at the bright side of things as I really think we played better (although not a lot – but some improvement) than a week ago against the Stormers.
    Therefore, I am raising an opinion about some decisions that did not go our way.

    But all in all, the Sharks are not playing good rugga, and will depend on miracles to go their way for the rest of this tournament.

  • Comment 98, posted at 22.04.13 08:34:00 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @Uli (Comment 97) : I was not so sure about some of his breakdown decisions, but when it was shown on the replay it seemed it could have been correct. Although I really can’t say nowadays – it seems all of a lottery to me.

    In the case of Le Roux’s try, some refs may have given a bit longer advantage. I am not aware of some clear cut rule that says how long a ref should give advantage. In the end it probably did not affect the result anyway as the Sharks still managed to butcher the final try scoring opportunity that would have won them the game.

    Point is the Sharks should have realized the ref blows quickly for holding on, and adjusted the plan. It was suicidal to try running rugby in such conditions against a team with Brussow, Labuschangne, Coenie and Straus.

  • Comment 99, posted at 22.04.13 08:35:17 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 99) : Agree! Completely. Most times the ball turned over, the ref made the right call. I just think the two tries scored, not so much the right call…..

  • Comment 100, posted at 22.04.13 08:39:15 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 99) : We suck at adapting to the way the ref is blowing the game! And I think this is Keegan’s fault.. He needs to sort him self out, quickly! Really disappointed with the guy so far this season. And he is such a X-factor player..

  • Comment 101, posted at 22.04.13 08:41:14 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 99) : Yes it is a lottery, you just never know who will get the penalty. as it can go either way at each ruck.

  • Comment 102, posted at 22.04.13 08:50:51 by Uli Reply
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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 101) : I agree, he is not really doing a great job as captain. I feel he needs to get game time in the last 20 minutes. that said, I know we have a serious injury crisis, and not sure who can replace him.

    Kanko needs to be our no 8 finished.

  • Comment 103, posted at 22.04.13 08:52:25 by Uli Reply
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