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Lewies returns to action


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 16 Apr 2015 at 16:55
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Ryan Strudwick has again been able to name a very strong Sharks XV side for Friday’s Vodacom Cup match against SWD in George and will be hoping that the big names on paper translate into a much-needed win this weekend. Stephan Lewies returns to action after a long injury absence in one of several changes to bolster the pack.

Good mates Dale Chadwick and Kyle Cooper pack down together in the front row alongside Junior Bok prop Marne Coetzee, with Lewies partnering Hyron Andrews behind them. Khaya Majola is the only loose forward to retain his place from last week, with the du Preez brothers moved to the bench to allow Johan Meyer and Johan du Toit to start. The latter makes his first Vodacom Cup appearance and bears a rather striking resemblance to his more famous older brother, Pieter-Steph.

Innocent Radebe gets another run at flyhalf outside captain Stefan Ungerer, while Heimar Williams has a new centre partner in Neil Maritz (who played wing last week). Club player Charlie Mayeza enjoys another start at left wing after a promising debut last week, with Tonderai Chavhanga making his return from injury on the other side. Alcino Izaacs continues at fullback.

New faces on the bench this week are those of young prop Mthunzi Moloi and Varsity Shield sensation, centre Marius Louw.

Preparations have again been disrupted this week due to a number of players taking part in Junior Bok training sessions in Cape Town.

Sharks XV: 15 Alcino Izaacs, 14 Tonderai Chavhanga, 13 Neil Maritz, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 Charles Mayeza, 10 Innocent Radebe, 9 Stefan Ungerer (capt), 8 Johan Meyer, 7 Johan du Toit, 6 Khaya Majola, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Marne Coetzee, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Dale Chadwick
Subs: 16 Chris de Beer, 17 Mthunzi Moloi, 18 Daniel du Preez, 19 Jean-Luc du Preez, 20 Cameron Wright, 21 Marius Louw, 22 Tyler Fisher


103 Comments

  • Welcome back Stephan. Good luck against SWD lads.

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.04.15 17:04:45 by Ben Reply
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  • Will this game be televised?

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.04.15 17:05:39 by Ben Reply
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  • Now that is good news.

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.04.15 17:30:47 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 2) : Won’t be televised, instead Supersport will be showing the Crusaders vs Chiefs game again. 🙄

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.04.15 17:36:18 by Ben Reply
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  • Supersport have really outdone themselves.

    09:35-11:35 Crusaders vs Chiefs (live game)
    12:30-13:00 Crusaders vs Chiefs (highlights)
    17:45-18:15 Crusaders vs Chiefs (highlights)
    18:50-18:55 Crusaders vs Chiefs (highlights)
    18:55-20:40 Crusaders vs Chiefs (full game)

    No time to show a Vodacom Cup game. 🙄

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.04.15 17:42:50 by Ben Reply
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  • I wonder what the Sharks’ approach is to the Voda-cup team…are they merely using it to keep players match fit and to give youngsters a foretaste of senior rugby, or what?

    They’re definitely not serious about winning the thing, judging by their results. (useless competition in any case, unless you’re not a SR team)

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.04.15 17:58:08 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 6) : I think the Bulls and Stormers do it with their Vodacom Cup sides too. Their VC sides just don’t seem to suffer that much from it.

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.04.15 18:03:41 by Ben Reply
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  • Wow that front pack almost looking better than the A team with small exceptions ;). Nice to see Lewies back in action. What’s up with Oosthuizen?

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.04.15 18:07:47 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 8) : you mean the same Oosthuizen who’s on the bench for the Super Rugby side?

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.04.15 18:51:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • Didn’t see him there. Hope he gets some time this weekend. Bad luck getting hurt in the pre season. Competition for forward positions st the sharks being what it is no one can afford to be out too long.

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.04.15 19:32:26 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : @coolfusion (Comment 8) : well the sooner both of them resume normal duty at 4 and 5 the better

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.04.15 19:34:32 by benji Reply
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  • Going to the game tonight. Must say, I’m a little excited.

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.04.15 06:36:44 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Is the Sharks SR team, announced for tomorrow, finalized? No more changes? I still keep hoping we would exploit the obvious weakness and have Sithole on 13 to face JJ and get JPP or Wilson or even Perez on the wing opposite Hougaard.

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.04.15 08:39:45 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Good to see Chavhanga back to! Huge respect for that guy.

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.04.15 08:53:41 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 14) : Now there’s my nomination for the Andre Pretorious award,really love to his match fit /in rehab stats.

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.04.15 08:57:27 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 15) : Er you mean PRITTorius…cause thats what he was stuck together with…also Goosen should have similar award.

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.04.15 09:11:37 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Jack Wilson not in Super rugby or VC side…waste of a player. Stevens cant make the VC side, another waste

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.04.15 09:19:48 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 12) : the Vodies game? Will you keep us posted?

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.04.15 09:20:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • 22 Tyler Fisher 😯

    If only Saffex could speak…he’d be giving Gold an ear full as to why the future RWC winning phenom that is Fisher, is being defiled by sitting on the bench of the no-talent voda-cup team. 😈

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.04.15 09:23:43 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • Am i right in seeing no real flyhalf backup to Radebe? Guess its 80min for him

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.04.15 09:38:05 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 15) : He has indeed really struggled with injury but that’s where my respect for the guy comes from. He has an amazing attitude about it.

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.04.15 10:11:52 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 21) : Pretorius would have been a great asset if not for all the injuries. Had a good tactical head. What was his downfall? Pushed too early too far and unhealed injuries just caught up with his body?

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.04.15 12:32:11 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 22) : Not enough milk. Strong bones need milk :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 17.04.15 13:22:34 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 23) : Replaced the Milk with juice at too early an age

  • Comment 24, posted at 17.04.15 13:40:28 by The hound Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : Will do.

  • Comment 25, posted at 17.04.15 14:57:31 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 19) : :mrgreen: @vanmartin (Comment 23) : If I remember correctly his big problem was hamsting related, what do you need to drink for that? 😕

  • Comment 26, posted at 17.04.15 15:00:46 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 26) : Q20 😉

  • Comment 27, posted at 17.04.15 15:29:09 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • We have a little late kickoff. Don’t know why, but it’s been moved to 19h30.

  • Comment 28, posted at 17.04.15 19:10:40 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 27) : 😆

  • Comment 29, posted at 17.04.15 19:19:32 by Ben Reply
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  • OK, warm-ups done. Let’s get it on!

  • Comment 30, posted at 17.04.15 19:24:10 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 28) : it’s because the Sharks arrived without their jerseys 🙂

  • Comment 31, posted at 17.04.15 19:31:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • Oh dear, Sharks jerseys did not arrive so they are playing in Eagle’s away kit.

  • Comment 32, posted at 17.04.15 19:31:53 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Wow Rob! You are on it!

  • Comment 33, posted at 17.04.15 19:32:52 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Missed penalty to Eagles

  • Comment 34, posted at 17.04.15 19:33:33 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Try Eagles. Some sloppy existing of 22

  • Comment 35, posted at 17.04.15 19:35:20 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Wow! Shit defence! Eagles easy from halfway too 5m out

  • Comment 36, posted at 17.04.15 19:38:01 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Well done Lewies! Try Chavanga

  • Comment 37, posted at 17.04.15 19:38:54 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Eagles 7 – 7 Sharks

  • Comment 38, posted at 17.04.15 19:40:12 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : @Southern_Shark (Comment 32) : No wonder they made a 22 million financial turnaround. Not buying jerseys. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 39, posted at 17.04.15 19:40:35 by Ben Reply
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  • Again sloppy at the kick receive

  • Comment 40, posted at 17.04.15 19:42:05 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Very lucky in our 22

  • Comment 41, posted at 17.04.15 19:43:25 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Maritz down the touchline, but into touch

  • Comment 42, posted at 17.04.15 19:45:00 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 42) : you’re doing a great job, keep it up

  • Comment 43, posted at 17.04.15 19:46:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 39) : 🙂

  • Comment 44, posted at 17.04.15 19:48:14 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Penalty Sharks, 3 more!

  • Comment 45, posted at 17.04.15 19:49:43 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Much better exit

  • Comment 46, posted at 17.04.15 19:50:21 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Innocent not kicking out a penalty, back in our half

  • Comment 47, posted at 17.04.15 19:52:04 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Pass Dale! Damn it. Luckily the knock. Classic prop sidestep!

  • Comment 48, posted at 17.04.15 19:53:45 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Heimar getting handed off to easily. Luckily another forward pass

  • Comment 49, posted at 17.04.15 19:56:40 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Great scrum, penalty!

  • Comment 50, posted at 17.04.15 19:57:08 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Penalty 13 – 7

  • Comment 51, posted at 17.04.15 19:59:18 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Who is leading

  • Comment 52, posted at 17.04.15 20:01:40 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Damn… Try Eagles. Defense is a unfortunately a issue

  • Comment 53, posted at 17.04.15 20:02:12 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Eagles 14 – 13 Sharks

  • Comment 54, posted at 17.04.15 20:02:59 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 52) : it was us – now it’s them

  • Comment 55, posted at 17.04.15 20:03:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • I guess it can be quite confusing to play in other jerseys than what you’re used to.

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  • Thank you Sir

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  • We got hammered in that scrum.

  • Comment 58, posted at 17.04.15 20:04:46 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Eagles with attacking line out

  • Comment 59, posted at 17.04.15 20:05:56 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Good defense that time, Innocent clears

  • Comment 60, posted at 17.04.15 20:07:00 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Good cover defense by Chavanga

  • Comment 61, posted at 17.04.15 20:10:26 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 60) : I like that kid

  • Comment 62, posted at 17.04.15 20:10:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • He is doing well

  • Comment 63, posted at 17.04.15 20:11:21 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Damn penalty Eagles 17 – 13

  • Comment 64, posted at 17.04.15 20:12:06 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • We don’t look like a unit I’m afraid.

  • Comment 65, posted at 17.04.15 20:14:36 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Halftime

  • Comment 66, posted at 17.04.15 20:15:51 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 66) : Thanks for the updates!

  • Comment 67, posted at 17.04.15 20:17:44 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 66) : Who are the the standout players for the Sharks in the first half?

  • Comment 68, posted at 17.04.15 20:18:20 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 65) : the structure here is bollocks.

    I bet you that at least 12 players from the match 22 spent no time at all this week training with the other 10.

    Okes dropped from Super Rugby would only have pitched up for captains. Guys from Junior Boks probably only met the team in George today.

  • Comment 69, posted at 17.04.15 20:19:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • It’s very frustrating to watch. The intent is there. They haven’t really got going.

  • Comment 70, posted at 17.04.15 20:26:26 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Kickoff and brilliance by the younger du Toit. Penalty Sharks. But a miss from Innocent

  • Comment 71, posted at 17.04.15 20:27:50 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Nice passing but a knock in contact from the our 11,forgot his name.

  • Comment 72, posted at 17.04.15 20:29:59 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 72) : Charlie Mayeza

  • Comment 73, posted at 17.04.15 20:31:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 68) : Lewies, Ungerer and Innocent are doing well.

  • Comment 74, posted at 17.04.15 20:31:39 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Good covering by Ungerer, but no support

  • Comment 75, posted at 17.04.15 20:34:02 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Try Eagles. Little lucky, but bad mistake by Chavanga

  • Comment 76, posted at 17.04.15 20:35:19 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Lewies off, du Preez on. Don’t worry not a injury

  • Comment 77, posted at 17.04.15 20:36:35 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Game over! Fisher on…;)

  • Comment 78, posted at 17.04.15 20:37:43 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Our scrum is bad.

  • Comment 79, posted at 17.04.15 20:39:06 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 78) : Has he scored 3 tries yet?

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  • [email protected]&k! Another try Eagles. 29-13

  • Comment 81, posted at 17.04.15 20:40:09 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • 4 phases. The longest play we had…and a knock…

  • Comment 82, posted at 17.04.15 20:45:52 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 81) : Thanks for the updates!

  • Comment 83, posted at 17.04.15 20:47:28 by Ben Reply
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  • Wright on for Innocent, Ungerer to flyhalf

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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 84) : 😯

  • Comment 85, posted at 17.04.15 20:53:29 by Ben Reply
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  • Maritz almost scores in the corner

  • Comment 86, posted at 17.04.15 20:54:13 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • The du Preez twins are looking good. Marcus low has had a good run or two, but we just can’t keep the ball!

  • Comment 87, posted at 17.04.15 20:59:58 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 87) : Marius Louw

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  • Try Eagles

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  • 36-13

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  • Oh dear…

  • Comment 91, posted at 17.04.15 21:05:27 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Ouch! 🙁

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  • The woes in the scrum don’t sound like the best way for Cooper to play himself back into the senior side…

  • Comment 93, posted at 17.04.15 21:07:04 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Sums up the evening, forward pass to end a promising move…

  • Comment 94, posted at 17.04.15 21:09:33 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Thank goodness it’s over

  • Comment 95, posted at 17.04.15 21:12:23 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Awful. 🙄

  • Comment 96, posted at 17.04.15 21:58:57 by Ben Reply
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  • Well, the most disturbing thing was the scrum. Next was the inability to keep the ball, through unforced errors or poor kicking. The lack of cohesion greatly contributed to this. Thirdly our defense was “soft”, giving them too much space and they gained metres almost at will. There was no urgency and thus very little positive tackles were made.
    Of the forwards, Lewies and the young du Toit stood out in the first half and the du Preez twins brought some much needed physicality in the second half. Everybody else, most notably our Superugby players, were invisible at best. The backs were arguably worse. Kicking possession away, knocking on and passing forward halting any resemblance of momentum. Shining lights were Neil Maritz and Marius Louw. They were a handful on attack but received little support. Innocent started good, but his kicking out of hand was poor.

  • Comment 97, posted at 17.04.15 22:53:08 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • How is it that the Tsietas, bulls, lions and wp are able to be competitive in Voda-Cup, but our boys are too big to give a damn about representing the franchise (and themselves) on the field.

    Do they have no pride? Do they feel no shame? Do they not realise that these performances reflect on them personally?

    How the heck are the Sharks supposed to build a squad system, when nobody cares to take any pride in their personal abilities?

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 98) : this!

  • Comment 99, posted at 18.04.15 08:54:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • Well this simply shows that some of the players in this team that do play for the Sharks from time to time are simply not good enough are they and surely not for SR

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  • @benji (Comment 100) : despite the smoke blowing about them

  • Comment 101, posted at 18.04.15 09:27:22 by benji Reply
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  • What’s the reason for the jerseys not arriving??

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  • @Ice (Comment 102) : we’re not sure

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