Steyn boots Sharks to victory

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 8 Mar 2014 at 21:03
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Francois Steyn, asked to step into the flyhalf channel after a late withdrawal from regular Pat Lambie, has scored 17 points in a flawless kicking display to guide the Sharks to a 37-23 victory over the Lions.

The Sharks applied early pressure via Steyn’s unerring boot in the first half, with the big man kicking three good penalties in the first half to go with tries by Paul Jordaan and Cobus Reinach, both of which were converted. While the Sharks battled to really gel on attack and certainly found the Lions more than able competitors up-front, good positional work and kicking out of hand by both Steyn and SP Marais kept them in the right parts of the field.

Jordaan’s try was a gem; Willem Alberts forced a turnover with a big tackle, with Ryan Kankowski on hand to put Lwazi Mvovo into space. The wing made yard, then kicked on for Jordaan to juggle the ball before bringing it under control to go over. Reinach’s late score in the half came from a rare lineout fumble. Anton Bresler knocked the ball backwards and the nippy scrumhalf seized the opportunity as the Lions took their eyes off matters just for a second.

At 23-9 up, the Sharks were cruising at half time and they extended that lead further through a try to Odwa Ndungane 10 minutes after half time. As was the case against the Hurricanes, though, the team battled to really drive home the ascendancy and some poor discipline, made worse by ridiculous officiating by referee Jaco Peyper, saw them pinned in their own half for much of the 15 minutes that followed. Ryan Kankowski was shown a yellow card for a maul transgression and the ever-opportunistic Lions scored twice within the space of just a few minutes to suddenly find themselves back in the game.

To the Sharks’ credit, though, they then stopped playing basketball and concentrated on field position, putting in strong work to finally secure the bonus point try via a driving maul off the last movement of the game. Marcell Coetzee this bagged his first of the season, but the biggest cheer was saved for Steyn, who nailed the tricky touchline conversion to maintain a seven from seven record on the night in which he finally went over the 100 point mark in Super Rugby. The man of the match award was just gravy.

Sharks 37: Tries Paul Jordaan, Cobus Reinach, Odwa Ndungane, Marcell Coetzee. Conversions Frans Steyn (4). Penalties Steyn (3).
Lions 23: Tries Faf de Klerk, Deon van Rensburg. Conversions Marnitz Boshoff (2). Penalties Boshoff (3).


  • SHARKS!!!!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.03.14 21:03:59 by vanmartin Reply
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  • That was a damn fine kick from Steyn at the end. His kicking has improved enormously in recent years.

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.03.14 21:20:42 by lostfish Reply
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  • Well done boys. Difficult game. Lots of improvement still needed but not critical as we lost Lambie. Think Fred should have started in his place.

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.03.14 21:24:28 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • It was amazing to see how much the lions improved once Jantjies left the field. At one stage I was worried the Sharks were going to capitulate and throw the game away.

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.03.14 21:25:41 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 4) : Really feel for Jantjies though, he had a tough 2013 and you can tell that mentally he’s still struggling.

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.03.14 21:35:01 by vanmartin Reply
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  • A decent display by the boys and an awesome performance by Frans! But my day was made when it looked like the one assistant ref was wearing a gstring. Funniest thing ever

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.03.14 21:52:47 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 3) : Fred played nearly 80 minutes last night. No way he could have started this game.

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.03.14 21:59:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • Heimar Williams and Paul Jordaan aren’t exactly the most intimidating of centre pairings. Our backline play was a bit too lateral and when S’buru came on I was really hoping it was for one of the centres.

    @KingRiaan (Comment 6) : He promised his mom he’d be on TV tonight… 😮

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.03.14 22:08:06 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • I know I say this a lot, but there isn’t a soul in the Supersport commentary setup or their post-match “analysis” team who has one iota of respect or affection for the Sharks. If they do, they keep it buried very deep.

    They’ve finally started saying our sponsors’ names – I’d prefer not to have to, but nobody’s going to pay to be our sponsors if they’re not going to get their names mentioned – and we at least got our post-match interviews (unlike last week), but the incessant negativity and bias isn’t worth R660 a month.

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.03.14 22:09:54 by MerckZ Reply

  • We need to gel and start playing as a team or the Reds will beat us!

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.03.14 22:17:06 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @MerckZ (Comment 9) : Don’t necessarily agree with you on that point but even if it is the case, are you saying that you pay your DSTV subscription in the hopes of some guys in a studio talking up the Sharks? Surely they can like/respect whoever they want?

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.03.14 22:28:58 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Just wanna put this out there: The second Lions try came off a clear truck-and-trailer obstruction from the Lions rolling mall. How Peyper could not see that is beyond me. I thought he was pretty bad tonight for both sides – but that obstructed rolling mall was just pathetic.

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.03.14 22:29:42 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • @MerckZ (Comment 9) : I think Nick Mallet and Naas have a bit of hidden affection for the Sharks, but that’s obviously balanced out by Owen Nkumane who has publicly stated that he’s a staunch Lions supporter.

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.03.14 22:33:14 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 11) : A little impartiality wouldn’t go amiss.

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.03.14 22:42:56 by MerckZ Reply

  • @The Great Couch Shark (Comment 13) : I guess it’s like paying for your TV licence and being on the receiving end of political party propaganda for a party with which you wholeheartedly disagree.


  • Comment 15, posted at 08.03.14 22:48:25 by MerckZ Reply

  • Mvovo was my man of the match tonight. Single handedly created a try by running around a wing. His ability in the air has improved 100 fold and his defence is now great.

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.03.14 23:10:40 by byron Reply

  • @MerckZ (Comment 14) : Which is it? Affection or impartiality? Impartiality by the way is only a slightly realistic expectation for refs. That’s not a commentator or analyst’s primary concern.

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.03.14 23:37:11 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 17) : I don’t want them to blow smoke up our behinds, but if they’re going to call Newlands “the Home of Rugby” and go on ad nauseam about how unlucky the Stormers are to lose (whenever they lose), credit their “great attacking rugby” (when they score 1 try in every 3 games) and blame everything that goes against them on the ref; I’d appreciate if they didn’t scornfully regard us as being “meant to be” South Africa’s biggest hope in the tournament, claim that “well, they scored two tries in the first half, BUT they both came from unstructured play” as if scoring tries from unstructured play somehow meant they should count for less, and pinpoint each and every instance of poor refereeing that went against the Lions, whilst ignoring all the poor refereeing that went in their favour.

    I appreciate that this sounds like petty stuff, but it accumulates and they always do it. For instance, early in the first half – unrelated to the match situation or what was being said by the commentators at the time – they started displaying stats on screen stating that the Sharks had the 2nd lowest tackle success ratio of any of the teams in the tournament. It’s incessant negativity when they (briefly) talk about the Sharks. Robbie Kempson’s “interview” with Jake White at half-time amounted to “What weren’t you happy with in the first half?”

    I don’t expect them to love us – affection was probably the wrong word – but I do expect a bit of balance. I don’t mind if Owen Nkumane and Ashwin Willemse support the Lions, Naas supports the Bulls and everyone else in their employ supports the Stormers; it’s great that they all have horses in the race – but quit calling our horse a nag!

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.03.14 00:23:48 by MerckZ Reply

  • You guys watch Superugby on kyknet? Kobus Wiese is a Lions supporter, Aswhin Willemse Lions, Breyten Paulse Stormers, Naas Botha Bulls, needless to say the Sharks dont get much attention on that program. Even the people calling in are mostly Bulls/Stormers fans.

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.03.14 00:29:18 by DBOY Reply

  • Bring back Darren Scot! Afrikaans commentary Gary Boshoff, biggest Sharks commentator I came across…love listening to him and hear the passion in his voice.

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.03.14 00:33:23 by DBOY Reply

  • On an unrelated topic, I literally cannot pick between the Brumbies and the Waratahs on SuperBru 😕

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.03.14 00:41:02 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • @MerckZ (Comment 18) : I have to agree with you. The SuperSport love for the Stormers is blatant.

    I turn commentary off when Bobby is commentating. Was at the game and I am actually currently watching the half time review and thier comments are literally pointing out every aspect the Sharks are struggling at, and none of the positives.

    Its also visible in SuperSport adverts, where I notice a lot less Sharks then other teams, that does not include the new CellC paid for Sharks ads.

    I hate the notion that the Stormers are South Africa’s hope and that they are the be all and end all of South African rugby

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.03.14 00:45:08 by Seth101 Reply
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  • “the Sharks have struggled to be semi final and final contenders in the last couple of seasons but are looking to build on a good start” Bobby

    Remind me where we got in 2012……

  • Comment 23, posted at 09.03.14 00:51:29 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @MerckZ (Comment 18) : Okay, so it’s impartiality or balance you’re after. The commentators and analysts are paid for their opinions. Even their analysis is formed in the context of their opinions. They have a right to their opinions just as you have to yours. I restate, impartiality is what refs are supposedly paid for.

    I have a lot of understanding for where people like Nick and Naas are coming from by the way. The Sharks have been full of Super Rugby promise and failed to deliver for many a season. The onus is on Jake and the Sharks to prove them wrong and when they hopefully do it’ll be so much the sweeter.

  • Comment 24, posted at 09.03.14 07:19:34 by vanmartin Reply
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  • …And in other news, the Kenyan rugby team beat the EP Kings in their first Vodacom Cup game. Lol 😛

  • Comment 25, posted at 09.03.14 07:43:57 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • We need to work on our discipline.

  • Comment 26, posted at 09.03.14 08:34:27 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • Our forwards are not working as a unit. We are struggling with rolling mauls, using them as an attacking weapon and defending against them. I thought Paul Anthony would have really worked on this aspect of our game. Although Cobus is an extraordinary athlete, the team as a whole doesn’t function at the best best when he is 9. It becomes a stop start affair which allows the opposition time to organise their defence and therefore stop our ball carriers. Still think we need to give Keegan a run at 8 soon. All in all, not too stressed. We showed that we have cover at 10 and can cope with out our favourite son (only mentioning this because I had been worried about our bench cover). Lambie and Frans play a crucial role in our gameplan so we were always going to struggle a bit. Matter was made worse by the ref.

  • Comment 27, posted at 09.03.14 08:42:33 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Holy shit!!! U shark supporters can moan! Haven’t been here awhile and its just moan-moan-moan. No wonder no one at supersport likes u! Of course strms/bulls fans will phone/sms in more, they got the most fans. Cheer up man! [Any truth to the rumor K Daniel might go to kings?….]

  • Comment 28, posted at 09.03.14 09:03:22 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 24) : I think you’re missing the point of what I’m saying – I’m probably not communicating it very well. I am not some whinging teenager who wants to solely hear how awesome my favourite team is. I appreciate that the commentators have their own opinions that will differ from my (obviously rather biased) opinions, they (with some notable exceptions) know much more about the game than I do. It’s the fact that they either treat us with scorn and contempt or complete apathy and disinterest.

    I find it thoroughly interesting and informative when, for instance, someone like Mallett illustrates where the Sharks’ defence slipped up and how they should have done something differently, or where our decision making was poor and we missed out on a scoring opportunity. The constructive criticism and analysis is what we want to hear.

    What we get though, is often something rather different. The Sharks are often treated as an afterthought, with the bare minimum coverage or analysis given – and when it is, it’s usually utterly negative. Last night was a pretty good example; they were so positive about everything the Lions did, how “competitive” they were, about how our “much lauded” scrum was coming a distant second (well, yes, when they’re allowed to get away with murder at scrum time by Jaco Peyper – at least Robbie Kempson fought our corner there, but Bobby Skinstad tried his damndest to shut him down). I’m not saying they shouldn’t be positive about the Lions – I love the Lions and I thought they were terrific last night – but they were as negative about the Sharks as they were positive about the Lions.

    I struggle to think of a time where they’ve gone through all the referee’s mistakes against one team, whilst completely disregarding how awful he was for the other. Everything they said about the Sharks was said with a scoff. Bobby Skinstad was the worst; when he wasn’t spouting nonsensical drivel, he was blatant in his disgust that anything should go the Sharks’ way; his reaction to Mvovo being taken out in the air (I remember him having the opposite reaction when the same thing happened to Fourie du Preez at the hands of Matt Giteau in the Tri-Nations a few years ago) and his reaction to Jaco Peyper marching the Lions 10m when they blatantly through the ball away are obvious examples.

    Further, contrary to what you say, I feel the commentators DO have a duty of impartiality during the match – to report the game fairly and even handedly, without letting their personal bias get the better of them. Bobby Skinstad failed in that regard, as he always does.

    Sorry, I’ll shut up about this now.

  • Comment 29, posted at 09.03.14 09:51:31 by MerckZ Reply

  • Daaamn Kanko is looking good this season! With Duane looking pretty poor in the first few games Kanko must surely be a contender for the bok no. 8 jersey. Although I suppose that would require Meyer to select on form and not his group of favourites

  • Comment 30, posted at 09.03.14 09:52:21 by Half-Pint Reply

  • @MerckZ (Comment 29) : Still puzzled why it bothers you so much that other people don’t treat our team with the reverence we think they deserve when said people are under no obligation to do so? Don’t confuse duty with personal expectation. If impartiality was part of a commentator/analyst’s contract most of them would have been fired ages ago. It’s clearly not required by the broadcaster so best make peace with it.

    (Personally, as a very biased fan, I’d much rather be made acutely aware of what my team needs to work on as opposed to what they’re getting right. I’m well of what they’re doing right thanks to SW)

  • Comment 31, posted at 09.03.14 10:08:10 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @KingsArmy (Comment 28) : Haha, yeah, I’ve had a good moan – but I think your assumption that there are more Stormers or Bulls supporters than Sharks supporters might need a little fact checking…

  • Comment 32, posted at 09.03.14 10:16:47 by MerckZ Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 31) : Because I’ve had years of watching Supersport’s SupeRugby broadcasts and it irks me every weekend how they treat us, at best, like second-class supporters and, at worst, like an annoyance. I can imagine Cheetahs fans feel the same way.

  • Comment 33, posted at 09.03.14 10:23:42 by MerckZ Reply

  • You guys watch the game or just the commentators in studio???

    Good win. Not too bothered about the lack of structured tries just yet – new fly half and centre combination won’t help that.

    In addition, kicking for territory and playing off turnover ball in the humidity makes sense, particularly knowing that the the Lions’ M.O is to try to force kickable breakdown penalties in your half.

  • Comment 34, posted at 09.03.14 11:01:28 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 31) : @Big Fish (Comment 34) : The two of you do realize that trying to be the voice of reason on Sharksworld is as futile as pissing in the wind/swimming against a tsunami/debating with Saffex, right…? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 35, posted at 09.03.14 11:33:16 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 35) :

  • Comment 36, posted at 09.03.14 11:49:37 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @The Great Couch Shark (Comment 25) : that’s cold mate 🙁

  • Comment 37, posted at 09.03.14 11:57:17 by Ludz Reply

  • @KingsArmy (Comment 28) : It is actually a fact that the Sharks rugby brand is the most recognised and supported provincial brand in the world.

    But I do agree with the moaning problem. It amazes me how we can win all 3 games and have 14/15 points, yet all people do is point out the negatives and this includes the commentators/ panelists. No we are not perfect butbwe are doing well.

  • Comment 38, posted at 09.03.14 12:09:58 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 31) : There is a difference between pointing out strengths and weaknesses to just having a negative rant, which is what the SuperSport staff did last night.

  • Comment 39, posted at 09.03.14 12:11:32 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 39) : You’ve also proven there’s a difference between reading and comprehension

  • Comment 40, posted at 09.03.14 16:07:00 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Bob Skinstad reminds me of Paula Abdul on American Idol….or Pierre Spies at 8th man…or Jantjes at fh….or the tsietas studying their defensive structures….freaken clueless 😯 😆

  • Comment 41, posted at 09.03.14 17:11:47 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 40) :
    Met ys.

  • Comment 42, posted at 09.03.14 17:18:50 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Biggest issue with the Sharks at this moment, they remind me of a cat playing with a half dead mouse.

    They have more enjoyment in toying with the opposition, slapping them around, hurting them and proving that they are the superior specimen, without ever “killing” them.

    And so often, with the cat/mouse analogy, the mouse is able to escape because he’s never killed, but merely toyed with.

    Same happened to the Boks vs. Oz in the wc qtr. finals, we enjoyed outplaying and out-muscling them more than we enjoyed getting the required points on the scoreboard.

    Time to get down to the business of winning the game, for the full 80 mins.

  • Comment 43, posted at 09.03.14 17:20:52 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 43) : well done, your analogy is all that is needed to answer all those people that say we are being negative. We dominate opponents but never really kill them. In the Hurricanes game, we left about 3 tries on the field. We need to improve our decision making, create opportunities and give the ball to the man in a better position. Our game has improved 100%, there is structure and purpose in the way we play. We also need to remember that it is still very humid in Durban and to be able to score 9 tries in 3 games in awesome. We all know that our game improves as the season progresses so I’m very confident at this stage of the tournament. For our performance to be where it is in the 3rd week of Superugby is just amazing.

  • Comment 44, posted at 09.03.14 17:41:57 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @Seth101 (Comment 38) : Certainly not negative about anything to do with the team itself – I thought we were fantastic in parts, with the work Sheryl Calder’s been doing with the team quite evident. Very stoked about the direction the team is going, just sick of the constant downer SS has for the Sharks.

    @vanmartin (Comment 40) : Ouch. I think it was fairly evident that I comprehended what you’ve been saying – just that I disagree. No harm in that, surely? Sorry for going on about it though. Whinge Over. #HappySharksFan #DisappointedDStvSubscriber

    @Culling Song (Comment 35) : It’s hardly unreasonable to expect better from a service that costs as much as the monthly installments on a new hatchback, is it?

  • Comment 45, posted at 09.03.14 18:35:24 by MerckZ Reply

  • @MerckZ (Comment 45) : Consider the quality of the rest of the offerings on DSTV, and *then* tell me whether it is reasonable to expect better… 😆

  • Comment 46, posted at 09.03.14 19:11:20 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @merdZ( COMMENT 18) I agree with you ALL the way. My sentiments exactly. NOBODY has suffered from bad reffing as much as the Sharks did at the end of the 2007 Super 14 Final. So I get irritated when people keep saying Sharks did this or that wrong and caused whoever to lose out. NEVER – Oh the Sharks really lost out with such and such a movement! We know what we know and forget the rest. SHARKS ALL THE WAY!!! and SHARKS FOREVER~~~

  • Comment 47, posted at 09.03.14 19:38:50 by [email protected] Reply

  • The killer instinct is still badly lacking,bad ref or not Sharks need to dispose of weaker opponents more clinically.

  • Comment 48, posted at 09.03.14 20:21:29 by benji Reply
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  • So rumors is that Anton is off to Edinburgh after the Super Rugby en Keegan and Jean will joining Kanko in Japan and miss the CC. This is from Beeld.

  • Comment 49, posted at 10.03.14 06:49:39 by Rvw Reply

  • @Culling Song (Comment 46) :

    Actually, I don’t know how it is for MerckZ, but I don’t really watch any of the other channels on my DSTV and since you have to take the most expensive DSTV package to get SS1, I’m basically paying R650 pm just for my rugby. All the other packages are half of what the premium package is and no DSTV package allows me to have much fewer channels, but still have SS1, in order for me to pay less than R650 pm – so yes like MerckZ, I also always expect more from my SS commentators.

    I’m not bothered so much with bias either, I actually appreciate the bias of Kiwi and Aussie commentators, but at least while they are bias towards their teams (some Aussie commentators love the Force), they can appreciate the quality of the opposition. Like when they play the Crusaders or even when they play the Sharks, they would give these teams the credit they are due and even sometimes get down on their team if they are delivering bad performances.

    So if I would have been commentating this weekend, even tough I support the Sharks, I would have taken the time to say, damn the Lions are putting pressure on the Sharks’ scrum – the ref might be a little lenient, I’m not sure, but good on them for putting in a massive effort and getting away with it. The Sharks will have too look at this aspect of their game for next week, even if it is just finding clarity with next weeks ref.

    Also, I would have taken the time to say that the Lions are showing plenty of heart, to score two tries and get back into a game that they were seemingly out of – this is not the Lions we have become used to in recent years and other teams will have to watch out, because they won’t lie down.

    I don’t get way the SA commentators can’t be bias and still have something good to say about certain teams (it seems the Sharks is usually that team). I thought the Sharks played a really good tactical game, where they didn’t allow the Lions into the game. And by playing in the right areas of the field opened up a few opportunities, that they took brilliantly. But, I’ve gotten used to it by now – if you really want to know where the Sharks stand and how good we are, wait for the tour, the Aussies and Kiwis will give an honest analyses of our team.

  • Comment 50, posted at 10.03.14 08:21:15 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Rvw (Comment 49) : So we take it with a hand full of salt 😆

  • Comment 51, posted at 10.03.14 08:23:06 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Congrats! A good win for the Sharks after dominating most of the game.

    It must be a worry though that the game came so close to a draw after leading 23-9 and 3 tries to zip at halftime, and this against a bunch of no-names

  • Comment 52, posted at 10.03.14 08:27:57 by Baylion Reply

  • Now you guys must soften up the Reds this weekend! We want them nice and tender when they come to Joburg 🙂

  • Comment 53, posted at 10.03.14 08:29:32 by Baylion Reply

  • @MerckZ (Comment 45) : Relax bud, I was referring to Seth’s reply not yours. Though we clearly differ on the point, I had no doubt that you understood it. If Seth had read my previous posts he would have noticed that whether the commentors were balanced or completely negative had absolutely no bearing on the point I was trying to make.

  • Comment 54, posted at 10.03.14 08:46:19 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 52) : ag boet shit happens anyway the half time score does not count it’s the score at the end of the game that counts. 5 log points to zero.

  • Comment 55, posted at 10.03.14 08:46:32 by JD Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 43) : That’s a pretty apt analogy. I’d just add that we need to keep in mind that the mouse happens to be covered in grease at this time of the year 😀

  • Comment 56, posted at 10.03.14 08:48:51 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @DBOY (Comment 19) : They dont let you comment on that programme unless your last remaining braincells are actively being pickled in brannewyn and that,@KingsArmy (Comment 28) : is why the majority of callers that get through are Stormers and Bulls supporters. 😈

  • Comment 57, posted at 10.03.14 09:20:58 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 50) : Agreed 100%.

    I think dstv knows that as soon as they make SS1 available in a smaller package, most of us would switch over immediately so they`ll lose a lot of money. . .

  • Comment 58, posted at 10.03.14 09:37:05 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 58) :

    And this is way I expect more from the SS1 commentators. In all aspects, even with Springbok games. They won’t say anything against refs (Skinstad sometimes does), they won’t say anything negative about their favorite teams and struggle to find good things to say about other teams, this also goes for players – they are still going on about Morne Steyn and he’s not even here anymore.

    If you’re bias and a commentator you have to be able to say, look I really like the guy, but he’s having a crap game, or I don’t always like how he plays, but what a good move. So be honest about your bias. Give us an honest analyses of the game.

    Rob has done this plenty of times on this site in his ratings and team picks – but maybe I’m bias.

    I like the SS2 Cricket commentators, by the way, they are excellent. SS1 commentators can take a few tips from them – I know it’s a completely different medium, but I sometimes sit through Test matches just because of their interesting feedback.

  • Comment 59, posted at 10.03.14 09:52:09 by Letgo Reply
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  • I think you guys are too sensitive. I had no issue with what the commentators said. Was too busy enjoying the Sharks winning again.

  • Comment 60, posted at 10.03.14 09:52:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • Whats the weather doing over there? watching the England vs Wales game I got the impression it was mid summer.

  • Comment 61, posted at 10.03.14 10:20:58 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 61) : it’s been an unseasonably warm weekend, that’s for sure. The braai came out yesterday for the first time.

  • Comment 62, posted at 10.03.14 10:25:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 62) : Nice.

  • Comment 63, posted at 10.03.14 10:27:12 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 60) : great to see winning rugby back at the Pilchard tank for a change

  • Comment 64, posted at 10.03.14 10:43:55 by benji Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 50) : The Lions also show what can be done when you have a very good 9 and 10 paying

  • Comment 65, posted at 10.03.14 10:48:06 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 65) : playing

  • Comment 66, posted at 10.03.14 10:58:40 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 65) : Dont forget their scrum, Jannie Doep mentioned that they were by far their strongest scrumming opponents so far..ok it is still early days but their scrum is clearly making an impression.

  • Comment 67, posted at 10.03.14 11:10:29 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Well I’m happy with the win and 4 tries 😉 Yes we again didn’t play for the full 80 mins, but the Lions didn’t just roll over and let us have our way. Plus we had a new flyhalf whom did bloody well on the night I thought – esp his kicking and keeping the scoreboard ticking over.
    I personally think the Lions were wrong in starting with Jantjies at 10!! I would have started Boshoff at 10 and maybe change in the 2nd half with Boshoff going to fullback if it didn’t work for them, but anyway that’s just my opinion.
    Tough game this weekend – BELIEVE :mrgreen:

  • Comment 68, posted at 10.03.14 11:40:42 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 68) : I think you’re spot on with your Jantjies comment. He should have been eased back into the role.

  • Comment 69, posted at 10.03.14 12:34:25 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 54) : All good. Sorry about that.

    @robdylan (Comment 60) : My reaction does perhaps look oversensitive after just this weekend, but in the context of the way they cover the Sharks (and the Cheetahs – the Lions have enough “champions” in the studio and in the commentary team to counter it) in comparison to the Stormers (specifically) and the Bulls, week-in and week-out, I don’t think I’ve been that hysterical. I’m certainly not sitting here fuming about it; I just felt the need to justify my stance.

  • Comment 70, posted at 10.03.14 19:27:23 by MerckZ Reply

  • @MerckZ (Comment 70) : I always thought Stransky was a bit of a fan of the Sharks, I know he doesn’t like the Bulls at all – I usually change the language when he’s doing commentary on Bulls matches.

  • Comment 71, posted at 11.03.14 10:50:50 by Blue Centurion Reply

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