Bonus point joy for Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 13 Jun 2015 at 21:00
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The Sharks have beaten a game, but ultimately outclassed Stormers outfit by 34 points to 12, scoring five unanswered tries in the process.

The first half was a turgid affair, with neither team able to assert any dominance thanks to some frankly shocking handling all round. Stormers flyhalf Kurt Coleman made the most of some ill-discipline from the Sharks in the half, succeeding with each of three long-range penalties. A rather fortunate try to Lionel Cronje sandwiched in between (the flyhalf got fingertip pressure on a hacked through ball) was all the Sharks had to show for their efforts as the half drew to a close and trailing 5-9, the home side looked in trouble and out of ideas.

A penalty and then a try just before half time, after a period of sustained pressure from the pack, altered the complexion somewhat. JP Pietersen came close, before Stefan Ungerer managed to reach over for the second score. Cronje missed the conversion, but at 13-9 ahead, the Sharks at least had some daylight.

Coleman’s fourth penalty brought his side back within a point not long after the break, but the Sharks duly found an extra gear in the last half hour and took the game away from their less experienced opponents. It was again turnover ball that led to the third try, scored by Bismarck du Plessis after a great run by Odwa Ndungane. Lwazi Mvovo scored the fourth, to secure a rare bonus point, while a late score to Ndungane himself was just reward for some truly great work delivered throughout 80 minutes.

All in all, a fitting send off for man of the match Bismarck du Plessis, his brother Jannie, Willem Alberts and Fred Zeilinga.

Sharks (34): Tries Cronje, Ungerer, B du Plessis, Mvovo, Ndungane. Conversions Cronje (2), Zeilinga. Penalty Cronje
Stormers (12): Penalties Coleman (4)


  • Cheers Bissie. Cheers Jannie. Cheers Vic. Cheers Fred. Cheers Cam.

    Too damn sad

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.06.15 21:30:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • I must admit I got quite emotional when each of them got subbed and also at Bissie’s speech.

    You’ll be missed guys. Thanks for every special moment and memory. God bless.

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.06.15 21:41:36 by StevieS Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : ditto

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.06.15 21:50:26 by SharksRTB Reply

  • What real men,seriouse greats,eish as I said before,how the hell do you replace these 3

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.06.15 22:01:05 by benji Reply
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  • well what a season

    we forget that this was beast’s last game for the sharks also

    so thank you to all the players that are leaving for their service, beast, fred, jannie, Alberts, bismark

    hopefully we’l let mat stevens go too, tht has been a fail experiment, its smart to want a good balance of experience/youth in the team but mat just cant cut it at SR level

    other than just buying players (which we’ve done well with so far) we also need to reshape our squad to function better

    I actaully not apposed to dual contracts like the ones we have wit giant and bothma, as it allows us to have a good look at a player without him blocking the progress of a young player we may hav in the u19/u21 system. Once we establish that someone is the real deal then we should offer him a full time sharks contract

    a clear restructing of our coaching staff needs to happen now as well, we hav good ppl in gold, everit, bmh, etc, we just gotta clearly define everyones rule and give them a chance

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.06.15 23:01:47 by revolverocelot Reply

  • Good luck for the future and thanx for all the memories guys you will be missed!!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.06.15 23:04:04 by JD Reply
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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 5) : not sure anything is confirmed about Beast so still hope that he will sign an extension!!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.06.15 23:11:03 by JD Reply
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  • What a wonderful evening best weather in the world,and we whipped the Stormers five tries to nil,
    Really great atmosphere in the tank and some serious wet eyes.
    Highlight of the evening for me was Bismark dismissing Carr like a Rottweiller shaking off a Jack Russell.
    Best game of the year and I had the feeling that if we played next week it would have got better still.
    Hopeful that the talk around the stadium tonite of John Mitchell comes to fruition.

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.06.15 23:36:59 by The hound Reply
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  • So mt question is simple: now that the super15 is out the way … who is staying … who is leaving … who might/might not be staying?

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.06.15 23:45:06 by byron Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : Cheers men…it’s been a pleasure! All the best…

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.06.15 23:56:23 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I was a bit bummed that Bissie didn’t give Jannie his try! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.06.15 23:59:03 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Damn, would have loved to have finished above those useless Bulls on the log.
    Small minded thinking from me, I admit, but would have made feel a little better about our season.

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.06.15 07:42:11 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 5) : Bmh won’t be involved in the new setup. Gold is reverting back to Director of Rugby and wants an experienced head coach, like John Mitchell to take over the head coach role. We watch this space…

    Matt Stevens was a jobs-for-pals experiment that went horribly wrong. I hope an astute business leader like Steven Saad will have a whisper in John Smit’s ear about dodgy appointments in 2016.
    If Smit still thinks he can build a team around gnarly veterans he used to do battle with, then the franchise is screwed.

    Right now we have ex KZN schoolboys like Rob Du Preez and Tim Howard at WP and Jesse Kriel at the Bulls (to name a few). We simply have to figure out a way to retain our schoolboy talent.
    The investment has to go towards unearthing future talent.

    Bismark’s void. Jeez, how are we going to cover for the loss of this titan player?? Don’t see anything world class coming thru in the hooker department.

    Lastly, I think the backline looks encouraging for next year. Lambie will be the cool head, Willie Le Roux will add the spark and with exciting players like S’Bura Sithole and Lionel Cronje, I think we might just be able to create try scoring opportunities.

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.06.15 08:09:10 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 5) : Beast isn’t leaving, to my knowledge

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.06.15 08:30:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Didn’t Mitchell publicly rubbish the rumour of becoming head coach? Or was that him saying he doesn’t want assistant coach? I’m hopeful he takes the job but it seems like just another rumour?

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.06.15 09:05:33 by coolfusion Reply

  • Fred is going to do big things at the cheetahs. Too bad he is leaving before a good sharks coach could have moulded him. Ditto for Wright

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.06.15 09:07:07 by coolfusion Reply

  • @The Great Couch Shark (Comment 13) : I also heard yestereday for the first time that Gold wants to only be DoR. When did this happen, has it been confirmed by reliable sources? And then we have to find yet another coach…

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.06.15 09:07:38 by HeinF Reply

  • Big news for the bulls is that ludeke has apparently stepped down with immediate effect? Gold probably smart to step aside and get a proper head coach before he is forced to do the same?

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.06.15 09:28:17 by coolfusion Reply

  • @byron (Comment 9) : Would be great to know. Hope psdt coetzee beast stays. We must have a senior set of locks even if they rotate with younger ones oosthuizen just isn’t there yet. He makes very stupid decisions. Maybe a good idea to keep Giant on if possible?

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.06.15 09:33:44 by coolfusion Reply

  • @pastorshark (Comment 11) : At least bissie got his try. He made it and he finished it. Threw off the mighty Nizaam who came at him at full tilt, like he was a little rag dol. Where will we get that kind of physical impressiveness again? Same with the bone collector?

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.06.15 09:37:06 by coolfusion Reply

  • @HeinF (Comment 17) : Rugby365 article on Friday. Hope John now listens to the Sharks’ stakeholders and appoints Mitchell and moves aside Sean, Brad, Anthony and defence coach whom is only 1 year into his contract.

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.06.15 09:38:56 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 19) : I actually thought Oosthuizen had his best game in some time. Not saying much, mind.

    Giant is coming back for Super Rugby next year, but has to go back to Nelspruit for Currie Cup

  • Comment 22, posted at 14.06.15 09:42:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 16) : Yes they are big losses ,that combo would have been devastating,perhaps SR cup winning combo

  • Comment 23, posted at 14.06.15 09:48:02 by benji Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 21) : Yes, if we are getting a new coach, might be a good time to start almost completely fresh. You can’t have a defense coach and then have Brendon Venter saying in the middle of the season there was never focused on defense in the team…what the heck was the defense coach then doing up until then?

  • Comment 24, posted at 14.06.15 09:56:46 by HeinF Reply

  • @benji (Comment 23) : Wright is a loss, but Zeilinga had a few seasons now to prove how good he is and he never really delivered. Glad that he will have a chance to prove me wrong at the cheetahs, but we have Lambie, give the next yooung guy in line a chance now (Innocent Radebe)

  • Comment 25, posted at 14.06.15 10:00:42 by HeinF Reply

  • @HeinF (Comment 24) : Agreed on Brendan. He must decide in or out a real rebuild requires full dedication from all.

  • Comment 26, posted at 14.06.15 10:14:15 by coolfusion Reply

  • This Super rugby is such a shit tournament,when the team that comes 7th on the log has a chance of winning it.
    How we fall into the trap supporting this farce every year amazes me.
    Firstly we play 2 games against all our own conference competitors.Then we play 8 against a selection of the remaining 10,hardly a fair competion for the New Zealanders who had 4 in the top 7.
    The Stormers even with the weaker draw they had would have finished 4th on the N.Z. log.
    This tournament lost its credibility when it change from everyone play everyone once.
    Decide it on a league system and the log leader wins.
    SANZAR’s greed destroyed this competition.

  • Comment 27, posted at 14.06.15 11:56:09 by The hound Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 26) : That’s the problem. How do you get full dedication when half of your team is sitting in Japan. 🙄

  • Comment 28, posted at 14.06.15 12:14:50 by Ben Reply
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  • Next year Sr will fall out the bus additional teams will just make the current inequalities worse

  • Comment 29, posted at 14.06.15 12:16:19 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Ben (Comment 28) : Yes and they come back having to adjust to this style. Almost not worth bringing them back. Less japan players will equal more continuity.

  • Comment 30, posted at 14.06.15 12:17:54 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Ben (Comment 28) : main problem is non of the player that returns from Japan has nearly the form they had before they left!!!! Nice money making scheme for the players but not working for the SA teams!!!!

  • Comment 31, posted at 14.06.15 12:39:02 by JD Reply
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  • Just a question on the team from Japan to contest next year’s Super Rugby tournament. What are the criteria re the composition of the team (nationality) and player eligibility ? How many marquee players will be allowed?

  • Comment 32, posted at 14.06.15 12:41:28 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 32) : And will it be the Pampas XV from Vodacom Cup to be the Argentinian team?

  • Comment 33, posted at 14.06.15 12:43:52 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 30) : You really don’t understand it do you.
    The Japanese contract is worth much more than a Super rugby and Springbok contract put together.
    The only way we have of stopping our players going to Europe who contract the player for the whole season is to allow them to go to Japan,who then agree to share them with us.
    Make the player choose between Japan and South Africa,and we won’t have any players left.
    Ask yourself rather how an amateur Japanese factory league can afford to pay our players more than we can,then ask yourself why.

  • Comment 34, posted at 14.06.15 12:44:53 by The hound Reply
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  • The All Blacks have a rule only the players playing in New Zealand make the All Black team.
    We also used to have that till Heynekke Meyer changed it .

  • Comment 35, posted at 14.06.15 12:47:41 by The hound Reply
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  • Thank you to Bismarck, Alberts and Jannie for their loyalty and love for the Sharks through their playing careers. You guys have really contributed to the 3 titles we won recently and the numerous top 6 finishes. Go well gents.

  • Comment 36, posted at 14.06.15 12:51:47 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Who cares I’m in it for the spectator value I’m not sharing or accepting a lower standard selfish but so what? Japanese deals don’t work for me so I will voice my complaint. I won’t pay for a substandard car because the manufacturing deal benefits the car maker. Why should rugby be different for me the consumer.

  • Comment 37, posted at 14.06.15 13:03:06 by coolfusion Reply

  • So Gold saying he wants to bring in an experienced head coach confirms Jake’s assertion on the current assistants. Hope John listens this time around and gets Mitchell’s signature and allows him to bring his own coaching team. Pointless getting all these players on board and not have the coach to bring out the best out of them.

  • Comment 38, posted at 14.06.15 13:03:53 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Besides the player leaves anyways I would rather use and support the local guy who is sa based and comitted. Half a player from Japan is less than a full player from sa. Lions have proved that.

  • Comment 39, posted at 14.06.15 13:05:51 by coolfusion Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 38) : Agree 100%

  • Comment 40, posted at 14.06.15 13:06:47 by coolfusion Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 38) : There isn’t light years difference in the players just the back office

  • Comment 41, posted at 14.06.15 13:08:23 by coolfusion Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : I though he was a lot better too…but then, that is probably because he was picked at lock instead of flank!

  • Comment 42, posted at 14.06.15 13:57:35 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @The Great Couch Shark (Comment 13) : Do you mean Pat Howard?

  • Comment 43, posted at 14.06.15 13:58:20 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 27) : That last sentence seems spot on…

  • Comment 44, posted at 14.06.15 14:00:35 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 38) : Is all of this re: what Gold is saying and what the Sharks are looking for not still very unconfirmed? I’ve only seen the rugby365 article and Keo’s copy of it. Anyway, I suppose the point is well made…

  • Comment 45, posted at 14.06.15 14:07:15 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 39) : Yeah but unfortunately strange as it may seem, it is not all about you.
    Rugby is a professional sport,people who choose tot play rugby for money usually choose the highest offer.
    A rugby player has a limited playing life,and exposes himself every week to huge physical risks,like broken limbs,concussion,neck damage,paralysis,so what would you choose,playing in a brutal league for less money or playing in an easy league for more money.Trust me every decent rugby player who can will opt for the Jap contract.

  • Comment 46, posted at 14.06.15 14:29:34 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 46) : Strangely enough it is about me the consumer the more of me there is wanting to watch the sport the more money gets generated for the industry. And guess what the less of me no money I e no big contracts because why…no business value…

  • Comment 47, posted at 14.06.15 15:32:33 by coolfusion Reply

  • Just heard Goldilocks on ECR – Says he will be DOR only & not be coaching SR or CC- Thanks be….!

  • Comment 48, posted at 14.06.15 16:49:50 by Lastoutpost Reply

  • @Lastoutpost (Comment 48) : Aha…now I’m wondering who we will get as head coach…

  • Comment 49, posted at 14.06.15 17:50:54 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Lastoutpost (Comment 48) : I wonder why no formal announcements are made before guys talk about it on the radio?

  • Comment 50, posted at 14.06.15 17:54:15 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 50) : At least to share the thoughts and plans even if no announcement can yet be made about a new coach…

  • Comment 51, posted at 14.06.15 17:58:38 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 50) : Saw it in an article on SARugby…said article reported that Gold will be responsible for interviewing and appointing a new head coach.

    Once again, strong rumors are being thrown around regarding Mitchel, whom apparently turned down the Streamers head coach position (the same article claims that Plum has been approached by the Cape franchise).

  • Comment 52, posted at 14.06.15 19:06:43 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • let the re building begin, and let it start in the cc while marcel, lambie, beast and rainach are at the world cup.

    we hav beast (whose aparently back nxt yr for super rugby dispite releasing a statement that his off to france and not saying exactly which club) whose good but has set such a high bar for himself that its tough to live up to, so good but needs to be managed properly

    then dale chadwick: solid but not spectacular, might be make or break in the cc for him.

    I would put thomas the tank in this catagory but im still uncertatin as to where he will play 1 or 3, we play him at loose head, he plays for the baby boks at tight head, there are reports that he wants to be a tight head

    L adriaanse, i rate him, but his lived in jannies out of shape shadow since he got to durbs, mite jus need a chance

    im not that informed about the strength of our youth team props. Its sad those tht we saw guys with potential like max van dyk, allen dell, danie minnie and wain herbts leave and we bring in mat stevens

  • Comment 53, posted at 14.06.15 19:22:22 by revolverocelot Reply

  • Thank you Bissie, Jannie and Willem for all the memories. All of the best!!! 😉

  • Comment 54, posted at 14.06.15 19:42:31 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 53) : Yes Thomas wants to be 3.

  • Comment 55, posted at 14.06.15 19:44:03 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 53) : sorry to say but Lourens did not do much to get out of the shadow. He has not been near the form that made him a Bok and got his Sharks contract since he moved to Durbs!?!?!? Don’t get me wrong I really rated him back then but since then he just “blocked” some really talented youngsters that decided to leave because it was waaaayyyy to cold in the Jannie/Lourens shadow!!!!!

  • Comment 56, posted at 14.06.15 21:15:28 by JD Reply
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  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 55) : and so that will leave us thin at one again!!!! Time to sign 1 2 3 asap as none of the current guys is showing any form (except Beast and Tank)!!!!!

  • Comment 57, posted at 14.06.15 21:17:27 by JD Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 52) : Yeah…that article is repeated pretty much on most sites now…I just long for some proper official confirmation of what is going on…

  • Comment 58, posted at 14.06.15 22:11:11 by pastorshark Reply
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  • things arent as bad at hooker as we’l like to believe

    yes bissie was a presence, he also had questionable match focus, and would hurt us almost as much as he’d help us at times. Since he got back from his long suspension this season his calmed down and increased his concerntration on the result.

    Kyle cooper was so good when he broke on to the scene craig burden (more from him later) bought a plane ticket to france lol. And yet he struggled with form all super rugby

    Marais, looked solid and confident when he was on the field, he showed potential as a baby bok when they won it at newlands a few years ago.

    Monde hadebe, has been with the team from a young age and is someone that has earned a chance, his good at ruck time

    if we import anyone id
    vote for torsten van jaarsveld (yes another fs player) his got bok potential, or bring craig burden back, his won everything there is to win in france, about time he came back home

    yes none of our current crop look like world beaters, not yet anyway, but none of them are over the hill either

  • Comment 59, posted at 14.06.15 22:51:36 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 59) : I agree and disagree. First I doubt anyone we have can match his physicality. Do you think Cooper is worth the investment? Franco for sure. I like kyle and if he can be fixed it would be great.

  • Comment 60, posted at 15.06.15 07:31:39 by coolfusion Reply

  • a couple things i noticed on sat. Sharks were pretty shite in the 1st half (much like they have been all year). Something happened at halftime which i havnt seen all year. He changed tactics based on how the opposition were playing and we executed well. Not sure who instigated that or why it ever happened before but the players came out and looked sharper and were playing to a plan for the 1st time all year. The with the Cameron Wright sub it showed how poor Ungerer’s passing really is…Wright’s pass is much quicker and more accurate. Ungerer is a good player but he needs to improve his passing if we want our backline to fire. And then lastly i really dont think we are giving Lionel Cronje enough credit- everyone had written him off and not given him a chance till Zelinga imploded but Cronje has stepped up and really impressed and i hope he is given a real chance to press for that no.1 spot

  • Comment 61, posted at 15.06.15 08:48:42 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 61) : On top of it Cronje was fielding loopy passes from Ungerer over his head, on his toes, all over the place. I am really miffed that we let Wright go – the first Sharks scrumhalf in ages that can actually pass accurately. That said the horse has bolted – so Ungerer needs to spend a lot of time sorting his passing.

  • Comment 62, posted at 15.06.15 08:56:49 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 62) : Yes fully agree…hard to get your backline going when you spend half the match doing fielding practice. Ungerer had a great pass at school so not sure what has happened. But yes Wright def has a bullet pass. and he cleared the rucks very effectively.Was so sad to see Majola have a shocker…perhaps a case of trying too hard to impress

  • Comment 63, posted at 15.06.15 09:03:07 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 63) : I feel like Khaya had a shocking 5 minutes, but then recovered pretty well. Wouldn’t you agree? Nightmare start to drop two balls within minutes of getting onto the field, but credit to him for finding a way to get over that and contribute for the rest of the time he was on.

  • Comment 64, posted at 15.06.15 09:17:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 64) : Um yeh both yes and no to be honest. Yes he had a shocker with ball in hand in those first few moments but from when he came on he was good on defense and carried that throughout. After those dropepd balls he tended to shy away from getting his hands on the ball. So perhaps saying he was overall shocking is a bit unfair. Just probably his attack. Ive watched him play a lot and his hands are generally really good.

  • Comment 65, posted at 15.06.15 09:58:27 by SheldonK Reply

  • Anyone care to rate Heimar vs jp the short time he was on? Also Heimar vs Esterhuizen? Williams Sithole or steyn Sithole or Williams Jordaan any combo would be better. But if we insist on sithole at wing I would go Williams with Steyn or Jordaan. Esterhuizen is offering little more than size no creativity at all.

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