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Super Rugby 2015: Round 18


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 11 Jun 2015 at 16:43
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Finally – for the Sharks at least – this nightmare comes to an end!

Well, perhaps I’m being a little melodramatic, but there’s plenty of room for introspection as we head into the last ever game of Super Rugby for our team under the current format. Perhaps more importantly, though, the game marks the departure of a number of stalwart players.

Sharks v Stormers (Saturday 19h10)

Well, one feels as though a bit of the sting has gone out of this encounter, with the Stormers (who seem to have conceded second place) opting to send an untried and rather “B-ish” team to Durban to take on a strong Sharks outfit. Fans of the black and white will not forget how a last-minute Jaco Taute drop-goal consigned the high-flying Sharks to a crushing defeat against a similarly under strength Stormers side this time last year, with that defeat ultimately costing the Sharks a top-tow finish. The players, I’m sure, won’t have forgotten it either and will want a measure of revenge.

The Sharks are coming off a bye, of course, so will be rusty, just as the Stormers will lack fluidity in the early exchanges due to new combinations coming together. This is unlikely to be a classic, but the emotion of the final game for Bismarck, Jannie and Willem Alberts (not to mention Fred Zeilinga) should give the Sharks the lift they need, especially against a Stormers team light on experience.

The Sharks will win this game with room to spare, by around 10 points.

Sharks: 15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 S’bura Sithole, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Renaldo Bothma, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Marco Wentzel (capt), 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Giant Mtayanda, 20 Khaya Majola, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Fred Zeilinga, 23 Heimar Williams

Stormers: 15 Robert du Preez, 14 Johnny Kotze, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Jaco Taute, 11 Pat Howard, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr (captain), 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Michael Willemse, 1 Oliver Kebble.
Replacements: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 Alister Vermaak, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Seabelo Senatla, 23 Kobus van Wyk.

In other games, here’s what I see happening:

Blues to lose to Highlanders by 8.
Rebels to beat Force by 5.
Brumbies to go down to the Crusaders by just a couple.
Chiefs to edge the Canes by 3.
Waratahs to beat the Reds by 12.
Bulls to hand the Cheetahs a 15-point defeat.


91 Comments

  • The format of this competition (and the new one from next year) has been designed to promote domestic derbies.

    And yet here we have the Stormers two years running showing massive disrespect by sending fledgling teams to Durban.

    They should have received a pasting last year for doing so. I hope the Sharks can set that record straight and show these arrogant losers just what happens when you send a B team to Kings Park.

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.06.15 17:05:02 by Feather Reply
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  • @Feather (Comment 1) : Loosers in deed. A team that will never win SR! Harsh? Yes! Just dont like them!!!????

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.06.15 17:20:34 by capesharks Reply
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  • @Feather (Comment 1) : Hope the Sharks take this one by 25!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.06.15 17:21:14 by capesharks Reply
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  • The same sharks who barely scraped it against a 14 man rebels team? I’m not holding my breath. GO on Gary set another record and lose at home against a B stormers team you and your team have been great at setting the wrong records.

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.06.15 18:53:57 by coolfusion Reply
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  • Stormers may be resting their team for their last Sr match next week 1st knockout round they will be sent packing.

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.06.15 18:55:08 by coolfusion Reply
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  • I really hope the Sharks can get a big win, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we lost this one.

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.06.15 20:10:11 by Ben Reply
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  • I picked a few differently…let’s see what happens…

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.06.15 22:39:16 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Come on Sharks!!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.06.15 22:39:33 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I hope Dup, Dup and Willem have a memorable last game…

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.06.15 22:40:10 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 9) : Me too after this season they deserve at least that much.

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.06.15 07:29:29 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 4) :

    Sorry to say, I feel the same way.

    I have zero faith in the management team and have absolutely no idea what they have done to kill the players’ confidence but already i see us either losing or scraping an embarrassingly narrow victory.

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.06.15 08:19:20 by willyzn Reply

     
  • To be honest this is probably the best team we have been able to field in a while, still missing Patrick,Steyn and PSDT
    But unlike in other weeks their replacements have been in place for a few games and not plucked out of obscurity and shoved on the centre stage.
    I know Its a bit late but we could have finally arrived at a comfortable place for the first time this season.

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.06.15 08:57:00 by The hound Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 4) : Jeez if we lose this one – weet ek nie meer nie..

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.06.15 09:00:34 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • Should I call it?

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.06.15 10:46:27 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 14) : go for it

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.06.15 10:47:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 12) : But didn’t we have like 80 to 90 % of this team form most games? I feel we should have performed a lot better with what we had at out disposal. Yes it is getting tired but I feel we had enough skill and talent we just don’t have the right people driving.

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.06.15 10:55:28 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 16) : haven’t you said this before.
    Seriously give it a break for awhile,if you can’t find it in you to get behind the team this week consider finding another team to support.
    I hope for all the years that this team has been an integral part of my life that they come right this week end.
    I hope that the du Pleases brother’s departure signals a new era for the Sharks,where they remember what its like to play for each other as a team, and not a bunch of arrogant, aggressive self centred individuals.

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.06.15 11:07:32 by The hound Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 16) : Good example of what I mean is the Blues,on paper they should have won this tournament.
    In John Kirwan and Graham Henry you have two of the best coaches in rugby,a winning culture and pedigree.They also have the players,but what they don’t have is a team.
    They are the closest team to the Sharks this year,and they will only improve when the older non team players leave.

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.06.15 11:18:07 by The hound Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) :

    Sharks by 15+

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.06.15 11:45:32 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 19) : oh dear

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.06.15 11:51:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • Well I am expecting an awesome performance from the boys this weekend, there is no reason we can’t put 50 on the board against this 2nd rate Stormers side. My only regret is that the Stormer’s are not sending their strongest side, I reckon they are ripe for the taking. The Sharks are the form SA side of the competition at the moment, coming off a 2 match winning streak :mrgreen: :mrgreen: .

    Even if it was against the Reds and Rebels.

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.06.15 11:51:35 by jonnow Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) :

    If they lose Gary and John should not read papers or social media for about 6 months.

  • Comment 22, posted at 12.06.15 11:59:45 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 22) : I think they’re already (not) doing that

  • Comment 23, posted at 12.06.15 12:04:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sharks victories predicted by both Rob and Morne? Good thing I’m in the bush this weekend 😀

  • Comment 24, posted at 12.06.15 12:26:45 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 24) : I wasn’t planning to, but I think I’ll find some German bush and hide in it.*

    *no it’s not what you think!

  • Comment 25, posted at 12.06.15 12:37:10 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 25) : Wahahahahaha

  • Comment 26, posted at 12.06.15 12:39:34 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 24) : Go you good thing! 😉

  • Comment 27, posted at 12.06.15 13:01:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • I doubt that which didn’t come right in many games this season will miraculously come right this weekend. Should the stormers take this one even if by one point or even stay within 7 points from us the shame will be total and complete. I doubt the sharks will annihalate them even a B team the finishing is just not there most cases we will be hurting ourselves with stupid mistakes.

  • Comment 28, posted at 12.06.15 13:09:02 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 28) : Ja, let’s just hope it’s not another one of those “drag them down to our level” and hope for the best efforts that we’ve come to despise from the Sharks.

  • Comment 29, posted at 12.06.15 14:01:29 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • If JP lies down on the field and can get just one offensive player to trip over him, he will have increased his current defensive effort by 100%.

  • Comment 30, posted at 12.06.15 14:18:16 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 30) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 12.06.15 20:44:49 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 30) : What a negative little person you are.

  • Comment 32, posted at 12.06.15 20:49:52 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 32) : Actually a negative large person. And I’m just taking the puss. …some people actually caught the joke

  • Comment 33, posted at 12.06.15 21:03:24 by coolfusion Reply

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  • The Crusaders were really good today! They won 37-24…I’m glad I changed my Superbru pick this morning. Initially had Brumbies for the win, but changed it just in time…

  • Comment 34, posted at 13.06.15 09:19:27 by pastorshark Reply
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  • With that win Ritchie McCaw achieved 100 Super Rugby wins and 100 Test wins…the only man to do so. That will surely never be matched? Hats off to you Mr McCaw…

  • Comment 35, posted at 13.06.15 09:21:36 by pastorshark Reply
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  • The Crusaders with an on form healthy Carter at flyhalf are a different animal!

  • Comment 36, posted at 13.06.15 09:22:14 by pastorshark Reply
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  • so the Waratahs have now won the Aussie conference. Interestingly, should the Waratahs lose to the Reds, the Stormers may regret picking their second stringers. A win would then give them a home semi…

  • Comment 37, posted at 13.06.15 09:24:59 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Good game coming up…Chiefs Canes…

  • Comment 38, posted at 13.06.15 09:36:18 by pastorshark Reply
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  • The conditions are not ideal…heavy rain up to an hour ago…no rain no, but slippery conditions…

  • Comment 39, posted at 13.06.15 09:37:12 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Should still be enterprising stuff though because the Chiefs cannot drop a position (after the Brumbies loss) but can climb a position if they win by 38 points!!! Unlikely, but they have nothing to lose!

  • Comment 40, posted at 13.06.15 09:39:09 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Poor, poor pass by McKenzie with the Chiefs on the attack…the Canes swarm all over that and win the penalty…

  • Comment 41, posted at 13.06.15 09:40:52 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Clean lineout win by Retallick against the throw…

  • Comment 42, posted at 13.06.15 09:41:27 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Still 0-0 after 7 mins…

  • Comment 43, posted at 13.06.15 09:42:34 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Now the Chiefs win a scrum penalty…

  • Comment 44, posted at 13.06.15 09:43:05 by pastorshark Reply
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  • The Chiefs are certainly giving it air!

  • Comment 45, posted at 13.06.15 09:44:53 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Lovely offload by Sonny Bill…straight to a Canes player…oops…

  • Comment 46, posted at 13.06.15 09:45:55 by pastorshark Reply
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  • The Canes lineout is just atrocious…they have had three throw-ins and the Chiefs have won every one against the throw! And that happens regularly…ai…

  • Comment 47, posted at 13.06.15 09:47:21 by pastorshark Reply
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  • The Chiefs are taking quick throws left, right and centre…

  • Comment 48, posted at 13.06.15 09:48:04 by pastorshark Reply
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  • The fourth lineout throw is also a shambles but this time they win a freekick…

  • Comment 49, posted at 13.06.15 09:48:40 by pastorshark Reply
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  • 0-0 after 14 minutes…

  • Comment 50, posted at 13.06.15 09:49:39 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Intercept and the Chiefs score…

  • Comment 51, posted at 13.06.15 09:50:31 by pastorshark Reply
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  • This time it was a fancy offload by Shields that went straight to the Chiefs winger…

  • Comment 52, posted at 13.06.15 09:51:25 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Heem scored in the corner…

  • Comment 53, posted at 13.06.15 09:51:53 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Marty McKenzie converts…7-0 after 17 mins…

  • Comment 54, posted at 13.06.15 09:52:47 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Cory Jane off with a hamstring injury…

  • Comment 55, posted at 13.06.15 09:53:50 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Canes win their first lineout 5m from their own line…

  • Comment 56, posted at 13.06.15 09:54:20 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Jeepers…to and fro…a lot of running, almost no kickng…but not many results…

  • Comment 57, posted at 13.06.15 09:59:54 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Chiefs win another scrum penalty and will take a shot…

  • Comment 58, posted at 13.06.15 10:01:36 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Nails it…10-0…

  • Comment 59, posted at 13.06.15 10:02:00 by pastorshark Reply
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  • 10-0, 27 mins…

  • Comment 60, posted at 13.06.15 10:02:29 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Canes now knock it on their own 22…Canes not great today…

  • Comment 61, posted at 13.06.15 10:03:03 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Sonny Bill can offload!

  • Comment 62, posted at 13.06.15 10:03:50 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Canes lose ANOTHER lineout…who is their forwards coach?! 😈

  • Comment 63, posted at 13.06.15 10:05:08 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Wow, but attacking teams are just not staying on their feet anymore! And the refs are not doing a thing about it…wow…

  • Comment 64, posted at 13.06.15 10:06:01 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Chiefs win a penalty and will take another shot…

  • Comment 65, posted at 13.06.15 10:06:29 by pastorshark Reply
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  • 13-0 after 30…

  • Comment 66, posted at 13.06.15 10:06:51 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Chiefs took it back into their own 22 and kicked it out on the fall…

  • Comment 67, posted at 13.06.15 10:07:49 by pastorshark Reply
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  • No worries, the Canes can’t win a lineout…what is that 1 out of 8…under 10 stuff this!

  • Comment 68, posted at 13.06.15 10:08:57 by pastorshark Reply
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  • But off the won lineout the Chiefs kick it over the dead ball line…attacking scrum Canes…

  • Comment 69, posted at 13.06.15 10:09:37 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Canes on the line…tapped two kickable penalties…

  • Comment 70, posted at 13.06.15 10:10:33 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Great offload…TMO to check…think Savea was in touch in goal…

  • Comment 71, posted at 13.06.15 10:11:28 by pastorshark Reply
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  • What an offload!!! Oh my word!! But Savea dropped it!

  • Comment 72, posted at 13.06.15 10:12:02 by pastorshark Reply
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  • But shoulder charge by Marshall…penalty try?

  • Comment 73, posted at 13.06.15 10:12:36 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Penalty try…fair call…

  • Comment 74, posted at 13.06.15 10:13:02 by pastorshark Reply
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  • And a yellow card…

  • Comment 75, posted at 13.06.15 10:13:19 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Messam is not happy, but I think it is a very fair call…

  • Comment 76, posted at 13.06.15 10:13:51 by pastorshark Reply
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  • 13-7 …

  • Comment 77, posted at 13.06.15 10:14:17 by pastorshark Reply
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  • That was, though, one of the best offloads I have ever seen by Milner-Skudder…oh wow!

  • Comment 78, posted at 13.06.15 10:15:04 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Now it’s all Canes! Great running…Chiefs penalised…

  • Comment 79, posted at 13.06.15 10:15:42 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Canes kick it the corner…can they win the lineout…

  • Comment 80, posted at 13.06.15 10:16:15 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Yes…and a wonderful break by Marshall puts Smith in for the try…

  • Comment 81, posted at 13.06.15 10:16:53 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Suddenly in a matter of minutes the Canes lead by 13-14 after 39 minutes…

  • Comment 82, posted at 13.06.15 10:17:47 by pastorshark Reply
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  • And they run it again from their own 22 from the kickoff…

  • Comment 83, posted at 13.06.15 10:18:18 by pastorshark Reply
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  • SBW creams Smith…and the Chiefs win a penalty which they kick to the corner…

  • Comment 84, posted at 13.06.15 10:18:55 by pastorshark Reply
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  • The Chiefs attack but knock it…and that is halftime…

  • Comment 85, posted at 13.06.15 10:21:25 by pastorshark Reply
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  • 13-14…halftime…

  • Comment 86, posted at 13.06.15 10:21:48 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Entertaining stuff…

  • Comment 87, posted at 13.06.15 10:22:09 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Right…I’m off to a board meeting…

  • Comment 88, posted at 13.06.15 10:23:07 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 88) : Anyone know where to find the stream?

  • Comment 89, posted at 13.06.15 10:28:41 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 89) : For the sharks game that is.

  • Comment 90, posted at 13.06.15 10:37:13 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Well, I had a great weekend on Superbru. In the pool with my buddies I went from 6 points behind the leader, soaring past everyone to the top. That is very pleasing… :mrgreen:

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