Jackson in the middle

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 21 Jul 2014 at 13:42
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The Sharks will have a kiwi ref in charge for the second week running as former Chiefs flyhalf Glenn Jackson takes the whistle for Saturday’s Super Rugby semi-final against the Crusaders in Christchurch.

Even though Steve Walsh – who blew a pretty fair game in the Durban qualifier – is on the Australian panel, he is of course a New Zealander by birth.

While the prospect of a home-town ref for the weekend’s match doesn’t exactly inspire confidence, we must remember that the last time the Sharks won in Christchurch it was also despite the efforts of the referee and it has been shown at times this season that the sense of being “up against it” from an officiating point of view often only serves to make the Sharks play better.

Jaco Peyper will ref the other semi, another good reason for the Sharks not to feel too aggrieved about who they’ve got.


  • Sharks campaign ends this weekend.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.07.14 13:50:17 by Morné Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 1) : I think most of us realise that… but you never know.

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.07.14 13:51:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • #about 26/27 days ago we did the #impossible

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.07.14 13:52:46 by bchanakira2 Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    I am not one to put too much on losing a player, but losing Bresler is massive.

    Your only saving grace is the apparent return of Richie McCaw 😉

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.07.14 13:52:47 by Morné Reply
  • May have played his last for us. #loss

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.07.14 13:55:18 by bchanakira2 Reply
  • Jackson not too bad. And Morne, we beat them with 14 players earlier in the year. We can do it again. Hell, we will do it with 15 on the park this saturday!

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.07.14 13:56:16 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 6) :

    Good luck with that, but no. Not in my books.

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.07.14 13:56:54 by Morné Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 7) : Well with you going against the Sharks, I am starting to feel confident 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.07.14 13:58:19 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • The odds are definitely against us…but I just can’t help feeling positive about this game…

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.07.14 13:59:04 by HeinF Reply

  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 8) :

    Glad to be the ray of light here! 😆

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.07.14 14:01:31 by Morné Reply
  • how does it work that a N.Z team plays an Aussie team in Aus with a totally neutral S.A ref,Brumbies vs Chiefs,an Aussie team plays an Aussie team in Aus with a totally neutral S.A ref,Brumbies vs Tahs,but an S.A plays at home against a N.Z team with a N.Z ref,Sharks versus Highlanders,thenA N.Z team plays an S.A team in N.Z with a N.Z ref,Sharks vs Saders.
    Firstly there is more at stake here than the outcome of the game,there is another game next week with lucrative gate receipts and television revenue.
    Something smells bad here.

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.07.14 14:02:06 by The hound Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 1) : Thank you for this.

    In all seriousness though, it’s a very tough ask. I think most of us realise that as Rob mentioned but hang on to whatever hope we can manage to scrape together.

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.07.14 14:02:44 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Heart says we can, head says we won’t. We played out of our skins to win with 13 against 15, but the Crusaders won’t be as generous this time. Nadolo had an absolute mare against us dropping the ball with an open try line – it sounds like he has been devastating in their recent games. Taylor at 15 kicked every ball back to us – Dagg won’t be as accommodating.

    The players best need to forget that game – this is going to be a totally different proposition.

    Go Sharks

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.07.14 14:06:53 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Just a small fact to consider here. Glen Jackson has been in control of eight crusaders games, and the have never lost. He has controlled three sharks games, and they have never won. He has, however, never been in charge of a crusaders/sharks game.

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.07.14 14:09:15 by Greg Reply

  • @Morné (Comment 1) : Sharks campaign ended in Bloemfontein, but we can hope

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.07.14 14:10:54 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • I think that the Sharks have a seriously good chance of winning this game,the more people write them off the less pressure they have.
    One thing this team has proved this year they can win on any day on any ground.
    The Crusaders side is not a great one, by Crusaders standards,they lumbered thru the season,and have beeen seriously disadvantage with carrying too many marquee players who have been unavailable most of the season.
    They go into this game without momentum,while the Sharks go in on the back of two hard won victories.
    My money as always is on the Sharks.

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.07.14 14:14:09 by The hound Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 1) :
    A very rational call, but bless you for putting the hex on them!

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.07.14 14:38:28 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 14) : So we can, in all honesty, say that the Sharks are lower than the lowest ranked flea on the underdog 😀

    We’re truly up against it, no chance whatsoever, never gonna make it, let’s hope we at least win the battle in spite of losing the war. 😈

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.07.14 14:48:16 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 14) :

    Wow! That almost seems to perfect to be a coincidence.

    I’ve always felt like Glen Jackson is a pretty good ref though.

    I really hope it doesn’t come down to a bad ref call. If the Highlanders had won this weekend, I would have had to applaud them for their game. Sure there was a few close calls that could have gone our way, but I thought Welsh had a pretty good game.

    Every point the Highlanders scored was deserved and so was the Sharks’. I just hope it ends up being like that this weekend. I can take a loss, but not if the ref plays a hand in it.

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.07.14 14:52:37 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 14) : Glen Jackson has been in control of eight crusaders games, and they have not lost … yet. 🙂

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.07.14 14:54:01 by gregkaos Reply
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  • The current crop of Aussie refs are not great at all. I would probably still prefer Jackson over any of them. There will also be the pressure on him to show that he is not biased to the local team.

    He was an extremely pedantic ref when he started, but has improved quite a bit.

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.07.14 15:00:02 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 18) : There is one huge positive in being total underdogs. The Sharks only seem to lift themselves to superhuman heights when they are written off completely. When they are the outright favourites to win a match against the team last on the log, you can usually make a load of money betting against them.

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.07.14 15:09:45 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Sure they have some players back but so do we. Last game we played them we played with Swiel and won that game now we have Lambie back. Steyn at 12 (hopefully) and Jordaan at 13 we also have a choice between 2 of the fastest wingers in SR Mvovo and Chavanga. I am positive we can do this. Yes they have Mcaw but we have Alberts and Coetzee. Its not mission impossible.

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.07.14 15:32:17 by coolfusion Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 18) : @Letgo (Comment 19) : @gregkaos (Comment 20) :

    Hey, I just collect and interpret the stats, what you read in to them is your call 😀

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.07.14 15:37:52 by Greg Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 23) : Mcaw reminds me of Scalk left his best playing days behind him,and is living on past glory.Reid is the key for them,but Sharks can match the Crusaders man for man.
    The only area of concern is the second row,and Lewies has been a standout in the air ,he was ta crucial difference in the last game,especially since they lost Remano just before the game.Lewies’s fitness is crucial,now that Bressler is out.

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.07.14 15:41:17 by The hound Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 23) :

    Actually the only changes to that team and the one that played in the weekends play-off would be in the Loose Forwards. I don’t think that combination is as strong as the one we are fielding now. This combination is more rounded.

    1 Tendai Mtawarira
    2 Bismarck du Plessis (Captain)
    3 Jannie du Plessis
    4 Ettienne Oosthuizen
    5 Stephan Lewies
    6 Lubabalo Mtembu
    7 Jean Deysel
    8 Willem Alberts
    9 Cobus Reinach
    10 Francois Steyn
    11 Lwazi Mvovo
    12 Paul Jordaan
    13 Sibusiso Sithole
    14 JP Pietersen
    15 SP Marais

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.07.14 15:42:38 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 1) : @robdylan (Comment 2) : I diagree with all of you,I think its a 50/50 game or call,just depends on the ref and the close/tight calls

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.07.14 17:24:38 by benji Reply
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  • Interesting Stat for anyone who cares about history.

    The Sharks the past weekend became the FIRST South African Conference winner to actually win a top 6 finals game. Stormers twice and the bulls once dropped out in the Semi’s after having won the conference and then going on to have home semi’s which they both lost. Thus giving the Stormers a 0/2 and the Bulls a 0/1 success ratio. The Bulls have also lost one quarter final game and The Cheetahs are the only other team to have featured in Super15 top 6 finals having lost in their only game. The Sharks have won 3 out of 5 Super 15 top 6 finals games. The only South African team to have EVER won ANY Super 15 top 6 finals games ever!

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.07.14 19:35:46 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 28) : interesting stat but it matters for nought for so long as the Sharks go without winning this competition.

    18 long years of pain and waiting.

    The Sharks – the best team never to have won it. Not a title we want to hold on to for too long.

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.07.14 22:02:05 by Feather Reply

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  • The only way to beat the Saders in NZ is through tries. If this is a close game decided by penalties a NZ ref shall hand them the game even beyond cries of controversy, as history can attest to.

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.07.14 22:18:50 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 28) : lets hope it continues this weekend!!!!

  • Comment 31, posted at 21.07.14 22:28:03 by JD Reply
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  • Well with a kiwi ref this is gonna be even harder for the Sharks. Like Killer Shark mentioned the only way to beat them is outscoring them with tries. Hoping for the best but fearing the worst..

  • Comment 32, posted at 25.07.14 22:09:18 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 32) : great things awaits us, just like ManU (let’s hope)!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 33, posted at 25.07.14 23:58:43 by JD Reply
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