Sharks player ratings v Stormers

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 14 Jul 2014 at 09:35
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Let’s have a look at how the individuals did in a great team chowing against the Stormers!

1) Thomas du Toit. Woah hang on….. his first start at this level? For real? Thomas took a little strain initially against the far more experienced Pat Cilliers in the scrums, but settled nicely as the game went on. It was his contributions in loose play – particularly at the tackle, that stood out most. Let’s not forget he was in school last year. 7/10
2) Bismarck du Plessis. Captain courageous was again hugely influential, with a few wayward lineouts perhaps the only blot on an otherwise flawless copybook. He did well to hold the team together in the face of some awful refereeing and was his usual destructive presence at the breakdowns. 8/10
3) Jannie du Plessis. A good showing up front, where he was strong in the scrums, but showed a bit of a tendency to fall off tackles and possibly also conceded a penalty or two too many. 6/10
4) Anton Bresler. Continues to come back from his injury impressively. Made some telling contributions, particularly on defence, in a half where the Stormers had most of the possession. Took his lineout ball well and competed with physicality and aggression. 7/10
5) Stephan Lewies. Grows in stature with each game he plays. We saw less of his open field roving game this week, but it was important that he showed the ability to knuckle down and play it tight when required. 7/10
6) Marcell Coetzee. A simply amazing game from a simply amazing player. Continues to grow as a pilferer, where he won numerous penalties for his side and tackled like a man possessed for 80 minutes. 9/10
7) Willem Alberts. Look, we all know the yellow card was nonsense, so I’m not even factoring that into the equation. Big Vic was at his destructive best in this game and Peyper had no option but to remove him in order to save his Stormers mates from further pain. Alberts has the ability to turn the momentum of a phase by applying a hit that simply moves both players and ball five metres backwards and he did this with regularity on Saturday. 8/10
8) Ryan Kankowski. Will the real “Definite” please stand up? While Hoff was there or thereabouts for most of the game, we’re just not seeing any sign of the spark that makes him such an asset when on form. 6/10

9) Charl McLeod. A really good game form the scrumhalf who was pulled in at the 11th hour to start. Service was crisp and accurate, but it was his pace and harrying on defence that was instrumental – especially in the lead-up to Paul Jordaan’s try. 8/10
10) Frans Steyn. A flipping excellent display, with goal-kicking the stand out feature. Frans used his big accurate boot to turn the tide over and over again and made sure that every Stormers infringement was punished to the maximum. 9/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo. Not really a classic day for the wingers – and Lwazi had little to do. 6/10
12) Paul Jordaan. A brilliant game from the centre, who showed us a lot of different sides to his game. There was the uncompromising defence that kept the dangerous Stormers midfield at bay for 80 minutes, there was the searing pace that turned McLeod’s half-chance into a try and off course the silky distribution that found Tondie Chavanga with a beautiful inside pass in the build up to Sithole’s try. 9/10
13) JP Pietersen. Wasn’t completely looking the part, having missed a few direct tackles on his opposite number. Unfortunately his game came to a rather abrupt end int he first quarter when he knocked himself out attempting to tackle Duane “the Human Fridge” Vermuelen. 6/10
14) S’bura Sithole. Needs to work on his propensity for being caught offsides, but otherwise S’bura was very good in this game. Let’s for a second forget about the great late try; it was his tigerish defence that really stood out in this contest. For a player that was supposedly “defensively vulnerable” under the old guard, S’bura has clearly put in a lot of work. 8/10
15) SP Marais. Had few opportunities to show off his skills but was defensively top notch, with positional and clearing work both out of the top drawer. 8/10

16) Kyle Cooper. Another assured cameo in which set piece work was exemplary. Unfortunately we weren’t treated to any barraging runs this week. 7/10
17) Wiehahn Herbst. An amazingly good scrummaging display; the Stormers were well under the cosh at scrum time late in the game and you have to remember that Herbst was scrumming out of position too. 7/10
18) Lourens Adriaanse. What a competitor; like Herbst, scrummed very well but needs to cool down a little and keep an eye on his discipline. 7/10
19) Etienne Oosthuizen. Competed manfully and made his presence felt on defence. 7/10
20) Jean Deysel. A rather subdued cameo, but tackled manfully and made one particularly exciting little run towards the end. 7/10
21) Stefan Ungerer. Not on long enough to rate, but bagged a great try all the same.
22) Fred Zeiling. Also not on long enough to rate, but showed in his few minutes just how much he belongs at this level.
23) Tonderai Chavanga. Had few opportunities but made the most of those he did have, with the run to set up Sithole’s try a highlight. 7/10


  • We sure did chow them.

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.07.14 09:45:31 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Great performance by the whole team, showed really massive defense in the second half. Good prep for the knock outs!

    And to all those who say why didn’t we go for the 4 try 36 points at the start, what would you have said if we lost the game? The first half was too tight to go for it from the off.

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.07.14 09:53:35 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 2) : second half was pretty tight too…. I mean, we spent a good 25 minutes of it in our 22

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.07.14 09:56:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • Our no9 and 10 really stood out for me.

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.07.14 09:56:45 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : No question about it. I meant that the first half was too close to just chuck it around and go for the 4 tries and 36 points. Thus they went for the win. And the 25 minutes tackle practice was good for the boys!

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.07.14 10:09:24 by PTAShark Reply
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  • I am so glad you rated Frans Steyn so highly,he was the stand out for me.
    10 should have been his rightful position,not his default position,and if he had stayed there for his whole career,he probably would have been the best 10 ever.
    Before I get shouted down think about it he has the defence and menace of Henri Honiball,the boot of Dan Carter,and the instinct of Johhny Wilkinson,but unlike those three who were all alowed to develop in that position ,he hardly ever played 10 two weeks in a row.
    Ireally think that to replace him at 10 now is to weaken the team,as was the case with the Cheetahs two weeks ago.
    Even Lmbie is not an able replacement this late in the season.

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.07.14 10:09:33 by The hound Reply
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  • From this day forth, SP Marais will be know as “Side Step” Marais… At least in my mind anyway…

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.07.14 10:14:12 by The Quirk Reply
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  • That Marcell Coetzee is not the first name penciled into any bok team is a travesty

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.07.14 10:22:41 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 8) : penciled with a permanent marker

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.07.14 10:29:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 8) : @robdylan (Comment 9) : we all know why not

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.07.14 10:49:17 by benji Reply
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  • Phenomenal display – well-deserved scores!

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.07.14 10:50:46 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 6) : I agree and he has pure rugby kop ,he needs to be left at 10 for now

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.07.14 10:51:50 by benji Reply
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  • Why is EO not being left to partner SL considering what the two did on the away tour and are capable of?

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.07.14 10:54:55 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 12) : According to some newspaper reports Jake intends to start Lambie against the Highlanders.

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.07.14 10:57:45 by Bokhoring Reply
  • No so sold on the loose forward. Good start for a 19year old, great future ahead. 66 minutes: 1lineout won, 1 defender beaten, o turnovers, ONLY 6 tackles, ONLY 2 meters run, 3 carries.

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.07.14 11:02:39 by truthbetold Reply

  • My only problem with all the Sharks players is that they all give away too many silly penalites whether at the ruck or offside lines. Id actually drop everyones rating by at least a point because of that as it could end up costing us in tighter games. We apply pressure so well but let opposition teams off the hook or allow them good field position because of a silly penalty. But other than that it was the first game in a while that I have seen the Sharks actually put sum effort into defensive hits!

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.07.14 11:12:40 by SheldonK Reply

  • Jake is going to bring Lambie in as sure as im typing this comment.I also feel they should leave Frans at 10.We have won some emphatic victories this year with him at 10.And then Paul and Sbura can stay at centre wich I really like.

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.07.14 11:13:25 by tigershark Reply

  • Will be good to have Lambie on the bench.

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.07.14 11:15:01 by tigershark Reply

  • JPP will probably be out due to failing his concussion test during the match. So Frans and Jordaan just shifts one over, and Sbura stays on the wing. Frans should retain the place kicking duties for the remaining games though.

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.07.14 11:20:37 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 14) : Eish ,as if the Sharks don’t have enough of an uphill battle ahead

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.07.14 11:22:22 by benji Reply
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  • What was good to see was that apart from the Stormers try the Sharks (after some poor maul defence in some recent games), managed to stop the Stormers maul a number of times.

    What I did not like was the lineout after operating like clockwork for most of the match, suddenly fell apart for a number of consecutive throws, allowing the Stormers to camp in our 22.

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.07.14 11:26:22 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Great Win. On track. We have the whole package. Please Jake stop the senseless kicking game. We have a formidable forward pack that can stand up to anybody but our must underutilised weapon is our backline ! Unleash them ! Any news on JP, Lewies also limped a bit. I hope they are both fine as they play a huge role. GO SHARKS!!!!!

  • Comment 22, posted at 14.07.14 11:41:05 by Observer Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 6) : He does not have the boot of Carter or the instinct of Wilkinson – not a chance. His goalkicking has certainly improved greatly but his kicking out of hand is nowhere near as accurate as DC. And if you wanted someone to come up with the winning field goal or penalty from the corner would u trust him like I would Wilko??? NOOOOOO

    But that is my opinion I guess

  • Comment 23, posted at 14.07.14 12:07:36 by pienaar111 Reply

  • Loved Malletts thunder face after this game,man that guy has serious problems with the Sharks.
    Pity he never ripped into the Stormer’s porous defence like he ripped into Swiel the week before.
    Aplon ‘s defence is worse than Willie le Roux’s and thats saying something.
    I also thought that Liebenbergh’s elbow into Bismark’s neck deserved to be sited.
    Bismark has had neck surgery,and ever since Ethebeth put him down with a punch in the neck,the Stormers have targeted that perceived weakness.Imagine if Bressler had put his elbow into Scalk’s neck,it would have reached Louis Suarez proportions.

  • Comment 24, posted at 14.07.14 12:08:19 by The hound Reply
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  • Rob please explain how that ALberts yellow was nonsense?? The whistle went ages before he picked up the ball and decided to give the ref the bird by kicking it away…regardless of whether the penalty was warranted in the first place…

  • Comment 25, posted at 14.07.14 12:12:00 by pienaar111 Reply

  • Ja Mallet is a special case, was much sought after by bloggers to coach the Sharks last year.

    I did notice the Stormers number 4 lock give someone a flathand to the face.

    When did Etzebeth punch Bismarck, I dont remember that?

  • Comment 26, posted at 14.07.14 12:16:21 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 24) : Please excuse me but I am a conspiracy theorist of note, I know, but I think Mallet wanted the job at the Sharks and John said sorry mate job already earmarked for Venter, apply at WP. So to get back at John he makes a false statement to the press that he was asked to be Sharks coach hoping to derail John, now that it didn’t every win for the Sharks is a lemon in his mouth. 😉 You know I cannot think of a single SAn commentator (english) that I actually enjoy! I watched first half at ocean basket with no sound it was actually better than the second with that skidpants sprouting grrrr

  • Comment 27, posted at 14.07.14 12:21:19 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 27) : Have to agree with you on the commentators, I often switch over to Afrikaans just to get away from the fawning banality of Bob.

  • Comment 28, posted at 14.07.14 12:32:27 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 27) : As a conspiracy theorist I think you are in good company with The Hound – he has a damn interesting take on Jean de Villiers and Victor Matfield regarding injuries and the Bok captaincy. Love it. 😈

  • Comment 29, posted at 14.07.14 12:36:06 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 29) : would love to hear his view on JDV and Victoria 🙂

  • Comment 30, posted at 14.07.14 12:40:34 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @pienaar111 (Comment 25) : It was nonsense because it’s not consistent. It happens a lot and is usually ignored and now out of nowhere it’s a yellow. I’m all for stopping that but it should be done all the time to all teams.

  • Comment 31, posted at 14.07.14 12:41:49 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 28) : I also switch to afrikaans as soon as I hear Skinstad’s annoying voice, but even the afrikaans commentators was pro-Stormers. At least they were not as anying as Skinstadt

  • Comment 32, posted at 14.07.14 12:50:24 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 27) : Agreed, Skinstad is also a special kind of stupid!

  • Comment 33, posted at 14.07.14 12:52:01 by Bump Reply

  • @KingRiaan (Comment 32) : Was Kobus Wiese commentating on Saturday. I find him to normally be quiete unbiased in his commentating but not so in his tv programme.

    Wierdly my Afrikaans brother in law watches the rugby in English.

  • Comment 34, posted at 14.07.14 13:09:18 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @MysticShark (Comment 31) : That I can agree with!!!

  • Comment 35, posted at 14.07.14 13:37:11 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 29) :
    So according to you as soon as JdeV is ”better” he goes back to captain and Vic goes meekly back to just calling the line outs .

  • Comment 36, posted at 14.07.14 13:51:49 by The hound Reply
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  • SA commentators are the worst International Rugby. Both English and Afrikaans. We always choose the international commentary above SA commentators…even if we play Aussie teams!

  • Comment 37, posted at 14.07.14 13:53:23 by bokbok Reply

  • I actually enjoyed most of the soccer world cup commentators,very knowledgeable guys except for that turkey Neil Andrews who looks all the world like the serial masturbator lead actor in the Inbetweeners

  • Comment 38, posted at 14.07.14 13:55:55 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 36) : According to me Jean de Villiers is / was genuinely injured and not kept out of the team with some invented injury just so that Matfield could take over the captaincy in preperation for doing the same in the world cup.. My version is boring and I actually prefer your take on the situation.

  • Comment 39, posted at 14.07.14 13:59:00 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Hopefully the Sharks can build on the momentum for next week and correct the mistake they made against the Highlanders.

  • Comment 40, posted at 14.07.14 14:08:54 by Mutley Reply
  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 39) :
    So Jean will take back the captaincy then,my version is that even Bakkies Botha , couldn’t get that captain’s arm band off Vic’s arm.It’s there to stay as long as Meyer is the coach.

  • Comment 41, posted at 14.07.14 14:08:57 by The hound Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 34) : Wiese was ok, but he was partnered by Toks van den Linde, whom I normally enjoy, but his love for the Stormers was more than a bit on show.I personally like Justin Marshall and Tony Marshall from the Kiwi’s the best.

  • Comment 42, posted at 14.07.14 14:09:17 by KingRiaan Reply

  • Even if the Shark ‘s don t do the business on the Highlanders at least we get a bonus game on the season ticket.

  • Comment 43, posted at 14.07.14 14:10:48 by The hound Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 42) : Fully agree on the Kiwi commentators.

  • Comment 44, posted at 14.07.14 14:13:54 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Referee for Sharks vs. Highlanders: Steve Walsh

  • Comment 45, posted at 14.07.14 14:34:29 by David12246 Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 34) :

    I’m Afrikaans and can’t stand to watch the games with Afrikaans commentary, even my Dad who usually insisted that we switch to Afrikaans, can’t take the Afrikaans commentary anymore and has now reluctantly switched to English.

    English commentary is better, but not always great.

    Kiwi commentary is by far the better commentary, but they have their moments to.

  • Comment 46, posted at 14.07.14 14:57:58 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 46) : So the Taal debate continues, only now it goes like this….
    “your language is better than mine”,
    “no. no yours is better than mine”

  • Comment 47, posted at 14.07.14 15:14:21 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 47) :

    Actually the Afrikaans commentary don’t bother me as much as the guy next to the commentator pretending to know something about the game.

    I can’t switch to Afrikaans anymore. Had an error once, where all the options was Afrikaans… I had to mute my sound completely to continue watching the rugby.

  • Comment 48, posted at 14.07.14 15:21:21 by Letgo Reply
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  • Praying that Jordaan’s hammie lasts the next game(s). Loved the Jordaan/Sithole combo.

  • Comment 49, posted at 14.07.14 16:06:10 by vanmartin Reply
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  • You guys moan too much about the commentators. They’re not that bad. Bobby’s a Hilton boy and I think he knows his rugby pretty well. Glad we don’t have the Aussie commentators every game! They have to sell rugby in Aus all the time which is really irritating. Agree about the Kiwi commentators. Justin Marshall is superbly unbiased in my view.

  • Comment 50, posted at 15.07.14 07:07:41 by MikeSebMatt Reply

  • @MikeSebMatt (Comment 50) : yes Justin is good but the Aussie bunch do provide great humor ,compare that to the nonsense we have masquerading for commentators here

  • Comment 51, posted at 15.07.14 08:32:29 by benji Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 2) : Go out balls to the wall, win with a bonus point, and by 34 points, and get a home semi by finishing second, or fail to either win by the required margin, or fail to win at all, and finish third irrespective of the result? I know what I would have wanted. Go back to 2007, and look what the bulls did to the reds in the final round robin game.

  • Comment 52, posted at 15.07.14 10:42:03 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 52) : Yes but we didn’t have Gary Botha for this game. That guy won the game against the rubbish Reds all by his lonesome. He was spectacular on the day and started a little in-joke amongst our group of friends. Whenever one of us accomplished anything mildly remarkable, we’d pump a first in the air and shout “Gary Botha”! 😀

  • Comment 53, posted at 15.07.14 10:51:48 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 53) : That may well be, the point is though, win lose or draw, you end third on the log, go for the (not so) big win, and you end up second, with it’s associated benefits. For me, that is a no brainer.

  • Comment 54, posted at 15.07.14 11:52:12 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 54) : Fully agree,Sharks messed and missed this one

  • Comment 55, posted at 15.07.14 12:27:42 by benji Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 54) : I just couldn’t (and still don’t) see the Sharks putting that sort of score past the Stormers. It’s probably boils down to a lack of confidence in our running game. We took our chances well but we were defending for large parts of that game. The Lions are way more comfortable with the sort of game-plan needed for that kind of victory.

  • Comment 56, posted at 15.07.14 12:50:44 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 56) :

    We don’t need to run the ball to score tries. We took 5 penalty shots at goal, that was 5 missed opportunities to score tries. Especially the last penalty for goal at the start of the second half – a penalty for a collapsed maul. You opponent can’t stop your maul legally, you need tries and points, kick it to the corner and go for it.

    Had we managed a try then the score would have been 26 – 10 with 30 minutes to go, three more tries after that would have done the job. If we had gone for the tries in the first half it might even have been less.

    You just can’t know what would have happened if we had gone for it. The other team might just not be motivated anymore once you go 14 up then 21. They have nothing to play for and suddenly things open up. We’ve seen it before, but for that to happen the team has to just go for it.

  • Comment 57, posted at 15.07.14 14:54:09 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 57) : We didn’t have four tries in us against a lot of teams with more generous defences so I just didn’t see it happening against the Stormers. That’s not a slight aimed at the Sharks, that’s just the way we play and I’ve made peace with it. It’s provided us more wins than losses and ensured we’re the only SA team to make the playoffs. Personally, I’m thrilled with that.

    Perhaps we could have put 4 tries past the Stormers, had we not kicked those penalties or perhaps they could have defended our rolling mauls like we did theirs and we wouldn’t have had the necessary 3 pointers to effectively build pressure and execute our game-plan. Perhaps all we really needed was Fred to start at 10? The hypotheticals will eventually drive one crazy and that’s why I dislike dwelling on it for too long.

  • Comment 58, posted at 15.07.14 15:30:38 by vanmartin Reply
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